Erie Takes Series From Curve

By Amy Gill

Published 08/18 2013 10:18PM

Updated 08/18 2013 10:21PM

ERIE – Altoona’s early one-run lead and no-hit bid fell by the wayside in the sixth inning when Erie flipped the scoreboard to take a lead and an eventual, 3-1, win on Sunday afternoon at Jerry Uht Park.  Starter Casey Sadler (10-7) suffered his first loss on the road this season despite turning in a quality start.

Altoona staked Sadler to a 1-0 lead early in the game when they executed a successful squeeze play in the third inning.  Mel Rojas, Jr., who sat out the first three games of the series while serving a suspension for the incident with Harrisburg a few weeks ago, tripled with one out in the inning and then immediately came home when Alen Hanson put down the successful squeeze bunt to get him home. 

Early on it looked like that might be enough for Sadler, who amidst a four walks through the first five innings, had not allowed a hit entering the sixth. He retired Jamie Johnson to start the sixth but then Eugenio Suarez tripled on a ball down the right field line to break up the bid.

He subsequently scored when Daniel Fields hit a soft grounder that got by Sadler and out to Hanson.  Hanson fired home trying to cut down Suarez but the throw was wide and Suarez scored the tying run while it also moved Fields to second.  That throwing error proved costly with the very next batter Ramon Cabrera as he singled into center to bring Fields in for the go-ahead run.

Erie tacked on its third and final run in the seventh inning when Fields singled on the infield again, this time scoring Wade Gaynor from third. 

Sadler finished seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on just four hits but walked a career-high six in his first road loss of the 2013 season.  Kenn Kasparek pitched the eighth inning for Altoona and struck out two while not allowing a run.  That scoreless inning for Kasparek ran his scoreless inning streak to 16.1 IP over his last seven outings.
Adalberto Santos had a pair of hits in the loss for the Curve on Sunday and ran his on-base streak to 24 games, which is four shy of the season-best mark set by Andrew Lambo that was active when he was promoted to Triple-A Indy in early June. 

Done with the SeaWolves for the remainder of 2013, the Curve (58-68) now travel back home to open up a quick four-game, three-day homestand with the Reading Fightins that starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday night for a doubleheader.

The Curve will send RHP Nick Kingham (3-3, 3.02) to the mound in Game 1 and follow with RHP Quinton Miller (1-4, 4.30) making the spot start in Game 2.

--Altoona Curve Media Relations

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