Hanson was eventually erased in the first but that didn’t stop the Curve from rallying to tie the game after Joely Rodriguez surrendered two runs in the top of the inning. Ramon Cabrera singled with two away before Allie reached across the plate and blasted his team-leading 19th homer of the season to tie the game at two.
The bats stayed red hot in the second when Willy Garcia doubled to open the inning. Broxton grabbed the first of his two hits and two RBI with a single through the right side and the Curve had the lead they’d never give back. Hanson grounded out three batters later to bring Broxton home and make it a two-run game.
Rodriguez ran into trouble in the fourth and was forced to leave the ballgame with the bases loaded and one out. Jeff Inman (4-0) came in and bailed him out with an assist to Gift Ngoepe at short. With the bases juiced, Levi Michael hit a laser towards the middle of the diamond. Like a wizard, Ngoepe leaped and made the grab for the second out. Inman struck out Eddie Rosario to end the inning and the threat.
Altoona put themselves squarely in control of the game in the bottom of the sixth after a 17-minute power delay stalled the top of the inning. With one away, Andy Vasquez singled up the middle before Garcia was hit by a pitch to put two on. Broxton roped a double to right that scored Vasquez and put the Curve up, 5-2. Ngoepe then helped the Curve with his bat with a two-run single that made it, 7-2.
Matt Benedict tossed two scoreless, hitless innings while Matt Nevarez made his home debut with a clean inning. Kenn Kasparek closed the door with a perfect ninth to end it in a non-save spot.
-Curve Media Relations
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