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Roller Coaster – Game 28

May 5, 2012

If you have ever been to the park in Altoona, or at least have seen pictures, you know there is a roller coaster just beyond the right field fence (as seen here and here). And what better way to describe this game.

Richmond got out of the gate quickly against Altoona’s starter Mike Colla. He made it through six innings, but not before surrendering six runs on nine hits and three strikeouts. The two relievers that followed out of the bullpen would shut down the Richmond hitters for the remainder of the game. Tim Alderson worked two near perfect, and very efficient,  innings allowing only a hit and walk. It would take him only 29 pitches, 20 for strikes, to get through those innings. Victor Black would pick up his first save of the year, but not before making the game interesting. He allowed a run on one hit, one walk, and one strikeout.

Jason Stevenson cruised early for Richmond, but then would hit a wall and would not make it through the fifth inning. In his four innings of work he allowed six runs on nine hits and three strikeouts. He would require only 30 pitches to get through the first three innings. He threw 33 in the fourth alone. And after giving up two hits to start the fifth he was removed. Chris Gloor was in first relief and tossed two quality innings, giving up a hit and walking one. Ari Ronick would follow Gloor and would not make it more than a third of an inning, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits. He would take the loss. Jake Dunning would finish off the last 1.2 innings. He would give up two hit and strike out two.

For Altoona, Matt Curry and Kelson Brown would pace their hitters. Both ended up 2-for-4 on the night, driving in two runs each. Robbie Grossman and Brock Holt would both add two hits for the Curve as well.

Richmond, again, jumped out early. They pound out four doubles in the four innings. Chris Dominguez had the best night at the dish for Richmond, going 3-for-4. Gary Brown and Ryan Cavan would both add two hits for Richmond.

It was again a game of missed opportunities for Richmond, as they would strand six runners and go only 3-for-13 with RISP.

Notes:

– Defensively it was also a pretty ugly game for Richmond. Daniel Mayora ran his error count up to 10 for the season. Ehire Adrianza committed two errors, running his count to three in two games.

– Gary Brown swiped his seventh bag on the season.

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