Curve Get Much-Needed Win Over Harrisburg


CURVE, Pa. – The Altoona Curve picked up a series-opening win, beating the Harrisburg Senators, 6-1, on Monday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

(Photo: Elvis Escobar. Photo courtesy of Altoona Curve)

The Curve (48-44) are now 2-3 on the homestand and improved to 7-4 against Harrisburg (37-56) this season.

The Curve scored first with two runs in the first inning off Senators starter Austin Voth (Loss, 0-1). Altoona loaded the bases with back-to-back singles from Kevin Newman and Elvis Escobar, and a walk by Jerrick Suiter. With two outs, Jin-De Jhang hit a two-run infield single on a ground ball up the middle to make it a 2-0 game.

Harrisburg got a run back in the top of the second to cut the deficit to 2-1. With a runner on first, Yadiel Hernandez put down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Curve starter Cody Dickson (Win, 1-3), but his throw sailed wide of first base allowing Osvaldo Abreu to score all the way from first.

Altoona added another run in the third inning. Pablo Reyes hit a solo home run, his seventh of the season to extend the lead to 3-1.

In the fourth, with Jhang at third base and two outs, Voth walked Dickson to put runners at first and third. Derek Eitel was summoned in relief and Newman greeted him with an RBI single to push the lead to 4-1.

The Curve went ahead 5-1 after the fifth inning. Suiter led off with a double and Logan Hill hit an RBI single to widen the lead.

Suiter added some more insurance by singling home Newman in the eighth inning to cap the scoring at 6-1.

Reyes has now hit four home runs over his last eight games. Newman, Elvis Escobar, Suiter and Jhang each had multi-hit games for Altoona. Jhang collected his first multi-RBI game of the season.

Four of the Curve’s six runs came with two outs.

Dickson went a season-high 5.0 innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits, striking out seven. Casey Sadler pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen with two strikeouts. Tate Scioneaux pitched a scoreless ninth inning and struck out the side for Altoona.

Voth lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits. He made his first appearance with Harrisburg since 2015. Eitel allowed a run on three hits in 2.1 innings and Braulio Lara gave up a run in 2.0 frames.

The Curve will continue the homestand with game two in the three-game series against Harrisburg on Tuesday. Right-hander J.T. Brubaker (4-4, 5.17) will get the start for Altoona opposite of right-hander Taylor Hill (4-1, 4.78,) for Harrisburg. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field.


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