Thompson started out strong with five shutout innings, but fell apart in the sixth.
Altoona got off to a nice start, taking a 3-0 lead in the first three innings, and riding a strong start by left hander Aaron Thompson. Thompson, who entered the night with a 0.75 ERA in his first two starts of the 2011 season, started the game with five shutout innings, extending his scoreless inning streak to 16. He ran in to trouble in the sixth inning.
Thompson allowed a leadoff single to Adam Lowenstein, and a sacrifice by Richmond's pitcher Ronnie Ray put Lowenstein at second. A looping single to right field put runners at first and third, and brought a visit to the mound.
Following the visit, Thompson allowed his first run in 16.1 innings with a balk, bringing in the runner from third. Justin Christian stole third following the balk, and scored on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. Thompson loaded the bases, and was pulled for Anthony Claggett, with Altoona still leading 3-2.
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