The SeaWolves fell in another one-run ballgame at UPMC Park Sunday afternoon, losing to the Altoona Curve 3-2.
Jameson Taillon’s rehab start for Altoona proved to be an early challenge for Erie. The 25-year-old righty fanned six and only let up one hit to Kody Eaves through three innings of work. This was Taillon’sfirst rehab start after being treated for testicular cancer earlier this month.
Altoona jumped out to an early lead with two solo shot home runs off of Erie starter A.J. Ladwig. Catcher Jackson Williams belted his first bomb of the year into left in the third, while first baseman EdwinEspinal crushed his sixth home run of the season in the fourth inning.
Down 2-0, SeaWolves first baseman Gabriel Quintana smoked a two-run shot into left field that tied the ballgame off of Altoona RHP Yeudy Garcia. The 407-foot homer was Quintana’s tenth of the year and raised his RBI total to 32.
After a stout two-inning performance by Erie reliever Jairo Labourt, Waldis Joaquin came into the ballgame with the score still tied 2-2 in the eighth. After a single from Edwin Espinal, Altoona’s Jin-DeJhang sent a ball in the leftfield corner that earned him a double. On the play, SeaWolves leftfielder Dominic Ficociello misplayed the ball, and Espinal scored the go-ahead run on the error.
Erie had another chance in the bottom half of the eighth inning to score. With Mike Gerber at first, Christin Stewart singled into rightfield, but was easily gunned down at second by rightfielder Connor Joe. Curve reliever Jared Lakind then retired the side, leaving Gerber at third.
Tate Sciouneaux silenced Erie in the ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season, ending the third game of the series 3-2.
With the loss, the SeaWolves fall to 21-25 while Altoona improves to 26-21. The series will conclude tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. at UPMC Park. RHP Myles Jaye (0-4, 4.30 ERA) returns to the mound for Erie, facing off against RHPAlex McRae (3-1, 3.53 ERA).
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