Curve get 2 in 9th, edge Fisher Cats
MANCHESTER — The Fisher Cats snapped their scoreless streak. They were not able to stop their losing streak.
The Altoona Curve scored a couple of runs in the top of the ninth inning to grab a 4-2 win in the first of a three-game series in front of 5,781 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Tuesday night.
First baseman K.C. Hobson, just up from Single-A Dunedin and the son of former Red Sox player and manager Butch, homered in the seventh inning in his Double-A debut. It was New Hampshire’s first run since Friday night in Richmond.
The Fisher Cats, shut out 1-0 on Saturday and 2-0 on Sunday in Richmond, lost their third straight game and fell to 28-41.
Altoona improved to 26-41.
Hobson’s homer to right field on a 1-0 pitch led off the seventh inning and cut Altoona’s lead in half to 2-1.
The Fisher Cats tied it in the eighth inning.
Kenny Wilson led off the inning with an infield single and went to second on Jon Berti’s sacrifice bunt. After Ryan Schimpf struck out, Mike McDade knocked in Wilson with a double off the wall in right.
Reliever Jhonathan Ramos intentionally walked Berti to put runners on first and second with two outs and then struck out Hobson to end the inning.
The Curve answered with their two runs off Randy Boone, on for starter P.J. Walters, in the top of the ninth.
Keon Broxton and Matt Curry started the inning with singles and each eventually scored on sacrifice flies to right field. Elias Diaz and Jarek Cunningham knocked in the runs.
Hobson had five home runs and knocked in 15 runs in his last 10 games in Dunedin.
Last year, Hobson played for this year’s New Hampshire manager, Bobby Meacham, in Dunedin.
“He competed at the plate with the pitchers and drove in a lot of runs,” Meacham said. “He had one hot streak where he had a bunch of homers and bunch of ribbies in one month and he ended up with 80 some-odd RBI. I expect him to do good things.”
The Curve managed six hits off Walters in eight innings, two of them solo homers. No. 9 batter Gift Ngoepe hit one out to right with two outs in the third inning. Andy Vasquez led off the fifth with a homer to right.
Walters struck out six and did not walk a batter.
Fisher Cat infielder Andy Fermin was activated from the disabled list on Monday and sent to Dunedin. Infielder Gabe Jacobo was activated and released.