BINGHAMTON- Three walks by Kip Bouknight in the sixth inning doomed the Curve as Jamar Hill put the B-Mets ahead with a two-run single en route to a 5-3 series opening victory.
was charged with all three runs scored by
Cruz, who replaced
Wilson Batista after he was hit in the head by Bouknight
in the fourth, homered to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning to cap the
Mike Carp got the B-Mets started with a solo home run in the first off of Bouknight for a 1-0 lead. But the Curve got some help in starting a rally to go-ahead in the third. B-Mets' starter Bobby Parnell (4-4) endured back-to-back defensive miscues to put Curve runners at first and third with nobody out. Vic Buttler laced a single to tie the game, and Brett Roneberg's ground out scored Jason Bowers to put the Curve in front, 2-1.
Peter Bergeron drove home Brian Peterson with a third Curve run in the ninth, but ultimately a night of opportunities went by the way-side for Altoona. The Curve had the leadoff man aboard in each of the last seven innings and only managed one earned run.
The loss drops the
Curve (63-56) into fourth place in the Southern Division behind the
surging Bowie Baysox who won their seventh straight game to pull a game in
game of the three-game series will be contested on Wednesday night at 7:05
PM. RHP Dewon Brazelton (3-3, 4.22) will
make the start for the Curve against RHP Jose Sanchez
(3-6, 4.10) for