Curve Hold Their Own Against Pettitte, But Lose Game One

Jared Hughes took over for Owens to begin the 6th inning.� Hughes retired the first 6 batters he faced, with 2 strikeouts in each of the 6th and 7th innings.� He gave up a lead-off single in the top of the 8th, but left that runner stranded.

Andrew Brackman relieved Pettitte, also to begin the 6th inning.� Brackman worked around a single by CF Andrew Lambo in the 6th, then retired the Curve in order in the 7th.� The Curve threatened again in the 8th, beginning with another error by the Trenton third baseman, who just plain dropped Mercer’s infield pop, allowing Mercer to reach second base.� Hague was hit by a pitch, and Lambo sacrifice bunted the two runners into scoring position.� Brackman intentionally walked the dangerous C Hector Gimenez, loading the bases with one out.� Then he got RF Miles Durham to bounce to short, where the Thunder were able to start an inning-ending double play.

Daniel Moskos came on to pitch the top of the 9th, and he also retired the Thunder in order.� D’Arnaud was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the inning, but was left on base, and the game went into extra innings — but not for long.

Bryan Morris began the top of the 10th by walking the lead-off batter.� A bunt turned into a force out at second, leaving a different runner at first, but with one out.� A single put two runners on, then after a strikeout, another single drove in the runner from second base with the go-ahead run.� Morris ended the inning with another strikeout, but the damage had been done.� The Curve went down in order in the bottom of the frame, and Morris was charged with the loss.

The two teams go at it again on Wednesday evening, again in Altoona.

In the International League Governor’s Cup playoffs:

The Columbus Clippers beat up on the Durham Bulls, posting 18 runs on 20 hits.� The Clippers began the game with 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th, then added 7 runs in the 5th, and never looked back.� The Bulls scored one run in the 5th and 4 in the 8th, on a total of 10 hits, but it was far too little too late.� Former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak doubled and walked, and scored once for the Bulls, while another former Indian, 1B Chris Richard, singled and scored.� Clippers’ C Luke Carlin, who played for the Indians for most of the 2010 season, hit one of the Clippers’ 4 homers — a solo blast in the 8th, had an RBI single in the 5th, and also walked.

The Pirates lost to the Mets 9-1 tonight, but several recently promoted Indy Indians got into the game.� Pedro Ciriaco led off the top of the 9th with a pinch-hit triple lined into center field.� He scored moments later on pinch-hitter John Bowker’s RBI ground out.� That was the only run the Pirates’ scored.� Ciriaco has now gone 2-for-2 at the plate for the Pirates.

Alex Presley came in to pinch-hit in the top of the 6th (strikeout), then he stayed in the game to play center field.� Brandon Moss also took over in right field in the middle of the 6th.� Presley made one out in centerfield, though that was the only ball that came his way for the rest of the game.� He grounded out in his other plate appearance, and Moss also grounded out in both of his trips to the plate.

Joe Martinez entered the game in the 4th inning to relieve Zach Duke, taking the mound with one run in, a runner on first, and one out.� Martinez did not have a good time, though.� He gave up a single and a double, which drove in two more runs (one charged to Duke and one to Martinez).� A pop up, a walk, and a strikeout ended the inning.

Steven Jackson pitched the 6th inning.� He faced only 3 batters, with the help of LF Jose Tabata — Mets’ David Wright singled, but Tabata threw him out at second base as he tried to stretch it into a double.� The newest Pirate, Chris Leroux, pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th.

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