In addition to their
Curve starter Wardell Starling (2-5)
retired the first two batters in the bottom of the first before the Rock
Cats' offense started their big inning.
Meanwhile, Rock Cats'
starter Tristan Crawford
cruised to his sixth win of the season, limiting the Curve to just one run and
four hits over seven innings. Crawford (6-3) gave up his only
run in the top of the second inning when Steven Pearce clocked a solo home run to left
field. The blast was Pearce's fourth with
Despite the loss, third baseman Neil Walker continued to build upon his outstanding season at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a walk. The 21-year old Walker, who was converted from catcher to third base by the Pirates in spring training, is now batting .305 on the season and ranks among the Eastern League's leaders in home runs, hits, extra base hits and slugging percentage.
Pearce added a ninth-inning single to his earlier homer to record the Curve's only other multiple hit game.
The Curve and
Rock Cats will play the deciding game of their three-game series Thursday
morning at 10:35 a.m. at New Britain Stadium.
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