Curve Eliminated From Postseason

By Amy Gill

Published 08/25 2013 11:57PM

Updated 08/25 2013 11:59PM

RICHMOND, VA – Runs were once again hard to come by for the Curve and David Bromberg took another tough-luck loss as the Curve were blanked, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon in Richmond.  Bromberg turned in a quality start with six innings of three-run ball but received little run support for a fourth-straight start.  In his last four starts, the Curve have been shut out three times and scored a total of two runs.

The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when Bromberg walked Angel Villalona with one out before falling behind Jarrett Parker, 3-1.  Parker hit Bromberg’s 3-1 pitch over the wall in right-center and placed Richmond in front, 2-0. 

It was another homer from Richmond two innings later that widened their lead to, 3-0, when Adam Duvall hit an opposite-field homer to right. 

That was all the scoring the Squirrels needed as a night after the Curve racked up 13 runs on 16 hits, the offense sputtered for just four hits and did not have a runner reach third base in the game.  LHP Edwin Escobar (5-3) was largely responsible for the lack of offense as the Squirrels starter struck out six batters and scattered the four hits.  At one point in the game, Escobar retired 11 straight Curve batters from the third to the sixth innings. 

Bromberg (6-11) lasted six innings and allowed three runs on the two homers with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.  In his last four starts, the Santa Monica, Calif. native has given up a total of five runs with only four of them earned in 26.2 innings pitched.  Zack Thornton tossed two scoreless innings of relief in the loss on Sunday as well. 

Alen Hanson finished Sunday afternoon’s game 1-for-4 and extended his Double-A best hit streak to eight games.
Altoona (61-73) now travels to the capital of the commonwealth to take on the Harrisburg Senators beginning at 7 p.m. Monday night from Metro Bank Park.  LHP Nate Baker (3-3, 6.59) takes the bump for the Curve in the first game of the four-game series and will be opposed by RHP Nathan Karns (8-6, 3.32) on Monday night. 

--Altoona Curve Media Relations

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