Sampson (4-3) rolled through the first inning in order before the Curve offense went to work on his behalf in the bottom of the inning. Alen Hanson got the party rolling with a double to left before Keon Broxton doubled behind him to bring him in and give the Curve a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Elias Diaz wanted to join the party and did so with a single to score Broxton to make it, 2-0.
Binghamton was kept off the scoreboard in the second before Altoona added another run in the bottom of the inning thanks to a Broxton groundout that scored Sampson, who had singled earlier in the inning, from third.
The only blip on the radar for Sampson came in the third inning when the B-Mets cut the lead to one by scoring a pair off the Curve righty. He settled in from there and faced one over the minimum from then on. All told, Sampson finished six innings and allowed a total of two runs on five hits while whiffing seven and walking one.
A big four-run third inning helped the Curve build a comfortable lead that they were able to ride to their second consecutive victory. Drew Maggi doubled home a pair in Stetson Allie and Gift Ngoepe in the inning. A throwing error by B-Mets third baseman Dustin Lawley on a ball hit by Hanson allowed Jarek Cunningham and Maggi to score to open up the big advantage.
The B-Mets made a late charge in the eighth with three runs (one earned) off reliever Joan Montero but the bullpen held in the ninth thanks to a third save of the season from Ryan Beckman. Yao-Hsun Yang made his Curve debut during the game as well, pitching a scoreless seventh.
Maggi led the Curve with three RBI on Thursday night while Broxton extended his on-base streak to eight games. Allie had the team’s only multi-hit game in the victory.
Altoona (22-37) begins a quick three-game trip at 7:05 p.m. Friday night in Trenton where they’ll meet the Thunder at Arm & Hammer Park. On the bump for the Curve in the series opener will be RHP Nick Kingham (1-6, 2.95), who is still searching for his first win since his first start of the season. He’ll be opposed by Thunder righty Graham Stoneburner (2-2, 6.25) on Friday.
--Altoona Curve Media Relations
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