Curve’s Gonzales gets winning hit | News, Sports, Jobs - Altoona Mirror

2022-08-31 08:37:00 By : Mr. Zetian Kuang

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Curve's Andres Alvarez advances to third base by Akron's Daniel Schneemann from first base on a single by Matt Fraizer in the fifth inning. Alvarez would score on a Liover Peguero bases loaded walk.

Tonight: Akron at Altoona, 6 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve RHP Aaron Shortridge vs. Rubber Ducks RHP Tanner Bibee

Nick Gonzales’ three-run double in the sixth inning against Akron gave the Curve the cushion they needed to come out with a 7-5 victory Monday night.

Gonzales might get a lot of the credit for the insurance runs but it was shortstop Liover Peguero who set the table for him in the middle of a five-run sixth inning.

Peguero worked a 12-pitch walk against the Rubber Ducks’ Carlos that plated first baseman Malcom Nunez with the go-ahead run. That brought up Gonzalez who deposited his double into left-center field.

“He saw every pitch so that was really good for me on deck to see him throw every single pitch,” Gonzales said. “He really loves a slider and he threw a slider to Peguero like 10 of those 12 pitches.”

Being able to see what Vargas had in his arsenal paid off in a big way for Gonzales who had an excellent view of the at bat from the on-deck circle.

“To see someone, when you’re on deck, fight and have a great at bat, it gives you confidence that you can go up there and do the same thing,” Gonzales said.

Prior to Gonzales’ three-run double, the Curve benefitted largely from Akron pitchers walking Curve hitters with the bases loaded.

Altoona scored three runs off bases loaded walks by Akron’s Tanner Burns, Robert Broom and Varga, including the game-tying and go-ahead run by Broom and Vargas respectively in the sixth inning.

Top prospect Henry Davis made his return from the injured list Monday, going 2-for-4 on the night with a pair of sixth-inning singles. Davis also scored the game-tying run on the Sanchez walk.

“Feels great,” Davis said. “I’m really thankful for our medical staff and everybody around me who helped me get back on the field. And just really happy to I’m playing again.”

Davis will be getting time at both catcher and designated hitter now that he’s back in Altoona and healthy.

Starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski went six innings scattering six hits while allowing three earned runs. Mlodzinski notched five strikeouts and walked only one on the night throwing 88 pitches with 57 of those thrown for strikes.

“Definitely a step in the right direction with Carmen today,” Mattison said. “He has been working his tail off and get tough breaks but he was good, he was more efficient in the zone especially ahead in the count. He stayed away from allowing the inning to keep going sometimes.”

Reliever Enmanuel Mejia followed Mlodzinski and promptly struck out the side in order in the seventh inning. Mejia followed that up with a flawless eighth inning before Bear Bellomy came in for the ninth.

Catcher Blake Sabol was promoted to Triple A Indianapolis after hitting .281 with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 98 games with Altoona. Third baseman Jared Triolo was placed on the injured list with a left knee injury while outfielder Matt Gorski began his rehab stint in Bradenton Tuesday.

Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

CRESSON — The team of Craig Tremel and Tony, Anthony and Sam Mignogna won the four-player scramble with a 56 at ...

BEDFORD — Hailey Kravetz scored two goals and had an assist, and Hannah Vancas scored a goal and had two assists ...

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis swept Northern Bedford, 25-16, 25-23, 25-20, behind 11 kills from Lydia Worthing and 10 ...

TYRONE — Tyrone’s R.J. Royer (76) was just one stroke back of medalist Issac Bloom of Bellefonte (75), but it ...

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Oneil Cruz went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and scored the go-ahead run as the ...

Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

Copyright © Altoona Mirror | | 301 Cayuga Ave., Altoona, PA 16602 | 814-946-7411