LEADING OFF: Curve RHP Luis Sanz, who got the save Friday, is the brother of 2012 Erie C Luis Sanz. That's right, they have the same first name. The Curve pitcher is named Luis Angel Sanz, while his brother is Luis Alberto Sanz. Both were named after their father. The boys were addressed by their middle names growing up to avoid confusion at home. The two actually played on the same minor league team at West Michigan in 2010.
SAFE AT FIRST: SS Gift Ngoepe has been impressive in the field so far, showing good range, smooth mechanics and a good arm on several chances to his left and right. Ngoepe was rated the best defensive infielder in the Pirates' system by Baseball America. He helped RHP Casey Sadler escape a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when he charged in and made a scoop on a short hop to get the final out and preserve a 4-1 lead. Ngoepe later made a superb running catch in foul territory down the left field line to snare a popup.
STEALING SECOND: Ngoepe has been superb in the field but has yet to get anything going offensively as he's 0-for-7 with five strikeouts.
ROUNDING THIRD: LF Andrew Lambo, who robbed Andrew McCutchen of a hit with a diving catch in the Pirates exhibition game last Saturday, had another highlight-reel play Friday when he dove to his left to take away a hit from Erie's Daniel Fields.
HEADING HOME: Prior to Mel Rojas doing it Friday, the last time a Curve player hit an inside-the-park homer was James Boone on April 18, 2008. That also came against Erie but was at Blair County Ballpark.
- Cory Giger