ALTOONA, PA (WWBT) - The Altoona Curve rolled behind six one-hit innings from righty Jameson Taillon to a 7-0 shutout win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Sunday night. It marked the second time on the season that the Squirrels had been shutout in back-to-back ballgames, and the 10th time they had been blanked on the year. The Squirrels managed just three total runs in the four games in Altoona, dropping three-of-four. Bowie's game against Harrisburg was postponed, but the Baysox gain a half-game on Richmond with the Squirrels' loss, as the deficit grows to 5.5 games.
Taillon was spectacular over six one-hit innings. He was perfect through four innings, and the only hit he allowed was an infield-single to Mark Minicozzi in the fifth. He struck out seven, including the final five batters that he faced. He earned the win, maintaining a 0.00 ERA after his second Double-A start.
Squirrels' lefty Chris Gloor got himself in trouble with a lead-off walk issued to Oscar Tejeda in the second inning. Jeremy Farrell followed with a single to put two aboard with nobody out. A batter later, Jarek Cunningham lofted a two-run triple off the right-field wall on a hop. Tejeda and Farrell scored for a 2-0 Altoona lead.
Gloor found more trouble in the third, allowing a lead-off single to Ramon Cabrera. A batter later, Matt Curry rifled a two-run home run to right field for a 4-0 lead.
The Curve chased Gloor with two more runs in the fourth inning. Quincy Latimore started the inning with a double off the left-field wall. He stole third and came in on a sacrifice-fly from Cunningham. With two outs, Gustavo Nunez sparked the Curve again with a single. Ramon Cabrera then knocked out Gloor and knocked in Nunez with a double to the right-field corner. The Curve were on top 6-0 as Gloor departed after 3.2 innings.
Gloor took the loss in his shortest start of the season. He conceded six earned runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out one.
Right-hander Austin Fleet relieved Gloor and there was an offensive cease-fire for the next couple of innings. However, the Curve picked up another run off of lefty Ari Ronick in the seventh inning for a 7-0 lead.
Altoona right-hander Hunter Strickland took over for Taillon and worked three scoreless innings to complete the shutout and earn his second save of the season.
The Squirrels return home to open a regular season-ending eight-game home stand. They will play four games against the Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals) and four games against the Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians). The series-opener with Harrisburg is scheduled for 7:05 on Monday night at The Diamond.