(PR) (Altoona, PA) – Top prospect Gerrit Cole tossed 5.1 shutout innings as part of a six-hitter as the Altoona Curve handed the Trenton Thunder their third straight loss, 6-1, Friday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Cole (3-4) struck out six and allowed only three hits as Trenton (70-48) narrowly avoided a shutout, scoring with two out in the ninth for the second consecutive night.
Shaeffer Hall (8-8), returning from the disabled list earlier in the day, allowed two-run home runs to Oscar Tejeda and Jarek Cunningham in a four-run, five-hit fourth inning that opened the scoring. Hall allowed five runs (four earned) in his 5.1 innings of work.
Cole, the overall number one pick in the 2011 draft by Pittsburgh, touched 98 miles per hour in the stadium radar gun as he worked into the sixth inning. He allowed three singles, two by Rob Segedin, and three walks. Reliever Kyle Kaminska came in and threw 2.2 scoreless innings after Cole’s exit.
Trailing 6-0 in the ninth, Segedin drew a one-out walk from Hunter Strickland and advanced to second on Jose Gil’s groundout. Then just as David Adams had done Thursday against Reading, Walter Ibarra collected a two-out RBI hit that avoided Trenton being shut out for the first time since June 9.
The teams continue the series and Trenton tries losing a fourth straight for the first time this season on Saturday night at 7:00 pm. Right-hander Brett Marshall (12-4, 2.77) is expected to start for Trenton while Altoona counters with righty Phil Irwin (3-7, 2.93). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:45 pm.