In the second game of Saturday’s twin bill, the Aeros suffered just their third shut out of the season and had to settle for a doubleheader split with a 7-0 loss to visiting Altoona.
Curve right fielder Alex Dickerson put the visitors on the board first with a two-out, two-run home run that landed in the right field bleachers off Aeros spot starter Cole Cook.
A wild pitch by Aeros reliever J.D. Reichenbach (who took over for Cook with one out in the sixth inning) gave the Curve an insurance run to increase their lead to 3-0. Left fielder Drew Maggiled off with a double, moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Adalberto Santos and then scored on the wild pitch.
In 5 1/3 innings, Cook gave up the three runs on four hits and walked one and struck out three to take the loss.
But the Curve broke open the game against Reichenbach, who mas making his Double-A debut, with four more runs in the seventh inning after a single, walk and a hit batter loaded the bases. The win snapped a Curve four-game losing streak.
After Altoona starter, right-hander Ethan Hollingsworth, picked up the win after limiting the Aeros to three harmless hits over 5 1/3 innings, as the host mounted their only real threat of the night against reliever Luis Sanz.
Sanz quickly got the first out, but Aeros catcher Jake Lowery singled. Designated hitter Quincy Latimore followed and reached safely on an error by Santos. But Sanz struck out Kyle Bellows and then coaxed second baseman Justin Toole to hit into a game-ending ground out.