Snider Makes Curve Rehab Start

By Amy Gill

Published 08/20 2013 12:05AM

Updated 08/20 2013 12:07AM

ALTOONA - The Altoona Curve salvaged a split of the doubleheader on Monday night with the Reading Fightins taking game two, 3-2.  Reading defeated the Curve 4-2 in the first game of the doubleheader.

Altoona got out to an early lead in game one getting an RBI-single from Justin Howard in the bottom of the first inning that scored Travis Snider to give the Curve a 1-0 lead.  Nick Kingham collected his first career-hit an RBI-single in the second inning that chased home Jarek Cunningham to make it 2-0. 

Snider playing in the first game of his rehab assignment finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.  He played six innings in right field in game one.

The Fightins used single runs in the third and fifth innings to tie up the game at two.  Reading then took advantage of a Cunningham error to get to Tyler Waldron (0-3) for a pair of unearned runs in the top half of the seventh inning, to take their first lead of the game at 4-2.

Kingham worked five innings allowing eight hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.  The seven strikeouts tied a Double-A season high.  Kingham also fanned seven in his Double-A debut on June 15 against the Trenton Thunder.

Kyle Simon (2-6) worked two scoreless innings to earn the victory for the Fightins in game one.

The Curve offense again got on the board first in game two.  Drew Maggi was hit by a pitch and moved up to third base on a double by Adalberto Santos.  Gregory Polanco followed with an RBI-groundout to plate Maggi and make it a 1-0 contest.

Howard walked to start the second inning and was later driven home when Mel Rojas Jr. grounded into a force out to give Altoona a two-run lead.  Reading got on the scoreboard pushing across a run to cut the Curve (59-69) lead to 2-1 in the top half of the third frame.

Maggi was hit by a pitch again to start the bottom of the third inning.  Polanco drove him in for his second RBI of the night with a single to make it a 3-1 game. 
Quinton Miller turned in a solid outing on the mound in game two.  The right-hander worked four innings allowing four hits and one run, while striking out four in his first start of the season. Luis Sanz (3-5) followed Miller going three innings scattering three hits and fanning four to earn the victory. 

Juan Sosa (3-4) took the loss in game two for the Fightins (53-74) working four innings and allowing three hits and three runs. 

Santos failed to reach base in game one of the doubleheader to snap his streak at 24 games, the second longest by a Curve player this season.  Polanco collected the only multi-hit game of the day for Altoona going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in game two.   

Tuesday night’s game is a Two-For-Tuesday presented by Atlantic Broadband.  Fans can receive two-for-one offers on tickets, hot dogs, and small popcorns thanks to Atlantic Broadband.  Postgame fireworks will follow the game presented by L.R. Webber and Associates.  Select items will be auctioned off throughout the night with the proceeds going to the Griffith Family Foundation to help fund a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. 

RHP David Bromberg (6-9, 3.32) will take the mound for the Curve in game three of the four game series against the Fightins.  It will be the second start of the season for Bromberg against Reading.  The Santa Monica, Calif. native went 7.1 innings allowing four unearned runs on May 22 against the Fightins. He will be opposed by LHP Ryan Demmin (NR), who will be making his Double-A debut on Wednesday night.

--Altoona Curve Media Relations

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