Starter Quinton Miller (1-5) pitched extremely well in his second spot start of the season, facing the minimum through the first three and only allowing two hits through his first five. The righty came out to start the sixth and encountered Burns, who at the time was 0-for-2. Burns hit a grounder towards short but beat Alen Hanson’s throw to the bag for an infield single.
Brian Goodwin then worked a walk off Miller to put two on with no one out. With Steven Souza, Jr. at the plate, the ‘Sens executed a double steal to get Burns to third and Goodwin to second. Souza then hit a check-swing grounder out towards short that got out to Hanson in a decent amount of time. Hanson, though, did not immediately go home with the ball and held the ball. Burns scored from third, Goodwin went to third and Souza was safe at first.
That would be the only run Harrisburg would need but they added another later in the inning on a fielder’s choice RBI from Sean Nicol. Harrisburg scored twice in the decisive sixth inning and not one ball went out of the infield.
The game did not pass for the Curve without opportunity as they actually had the first chance to score on Wednesday night in the first inning. With one out, Adalberto Santos singled, Gregory Polanco walked and Alex Dickerson singled to load them up. Senators’ starter A.J. Cole (4-2) ended up working out of the jam, however, by inducing a pop out from Justin Howard and a strikeout of Jarek Cunningham to end the inning.
Altoona also had a chance in the eighth with two on and one out. Dickerson was at the plate with Santos at second and Polanco at third and a case of déjà vu occurred sending the Curve straight back in time to August 3 when in the ninth inning they were down a run and had those same two on with Dickerson at the plate. Just like on August 3, Dickerson grounded out to second and Polanco went in to the bag sliding but the back part of the throw was late to get Dickerson. And just like on August 3, it was then determined that Polanco interfered with the throw to first and Dickerson was called out and this time the inning and threat were kaput.
The Curve also put two on with one out in the ninth but Tyler Herron, who was filling in for closer Aaron Barrett who hit the DL today, got the final two outs and left the tying run on the bases.
Santos and Dickerson had multi-hit games in the loss for the Curve.
--Curve Media Relations--
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