Final score: Curve 2, Squirrels 1
Player of the game: Altoona starting pitcher Casey Sadler — no runs, five hits in seven innings.
Play of the game: With the Squirrels trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, Ryan Lollis was thrown out trying to score from second on Jarrett Parker’s one-out single to right.
Extra innings: Squirrels manager Dave Machemer said there is a possibility third baseman Adam Duvall may return from the disabled list during this homestand. Duvall has been out since April 16 with a thumb injury. Duvall has been playing in extended spring training at San Francisco’s Arizona complex. … Shortstop Ehire Adrianza has reached base in 25 consecutive games. Adrianza singled in the third inning. He has walked 15 times during the streak. Second baseman Joe Panik has reached base in 24 consecutive games. He walked in the fourth. … The Squirrels wore black jerseys in honor of late VCU baseball coach Paul Keyes. The jerseys were auctioned off after the game, with the proceeds going to the Paul Keyes Memorial Scholarship Fund. With a high leg kick, Rams coach Shaka Smart whipped in a strike with the pregame first pitch. The 2,000 Shaka Smart bobbleheads that were given away were gone in about 15 minutes.
Next: Richmond and Altoona play the middle game of the three-game series at 6:05 p.m. at The Diamond. Left-hander Chris Gloor (1-1, 5.22 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Squirrels against righty Jeff Karstens, who is down from the Pittsburgh Pirates on a rehab assignment because of shoulder inflammation. Karstens will be limited to four innings or 65 pitches.