Altoona got a great effort from starting pitcher Aaron Thompson tonight, as Thompson struck out seven and walked one in 4.2 innings. However, poor defense in the third inning led to four runs allowed, with only one of them being credited to the left hander. That, plus a lack of hitting, led to a 5-0 Altoona loss against Richmond.
Thompson allowed a leadoff single in the third inning to Justin Christian. Nick Noonan followed up with a sacrifice bunt attempt down the first base line, and was safe when first baseman Miles Durham and Thompson both went for the ball, leaving first base uncovered. Thompson followed that with a line drive single to Starling Marte. Marte's arm kept the bases loaded with his throw to home plate.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Thompson got a tailor made grounder to shortstop Jordy Mercer right by the second base bag. Mercer went for the 6-3 double play, but got ahead of himself, and bobbled the...
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