VIDEO: Curve and Sens Brawl, Altoona Loses 8-5

- ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - A benches-clearing brawl in the bottom of the fifth inning after both dugouts had previously been warned saw a total of six players/coaches ejected but when the dust settled, the Curve fell three runs shy in a, 8-5, series-opening loss.  Adalberto Santos doubled in a run in the loss on Friday to extend his on-base streak to 15 games. 

Both teams traded runs early before the Curve took a one-run lead in the third.  Harrisburg’s Carlos Rivero quickly tied it with his second solo homer of the game in the fourth.  With the game tied at 2-2 after the Rivero homer, Charlie Cutler was hit by a pitch to start the fourth.  He was later erased as part of a double play but he would be the first of three total hitters hit by a pitch on Friday.

Harrisburg opened up a five-run lead in the fifth inning and sent 10 men to the plate.  As part of the mix in the fifth, Rivero, who had the pair of solo home runs, was hit by a pitch and both benches were warned. 

In the bottom of the fifth, Senators starter Rob Gilliam hit Curve left fielder Mel Rojas, Jr. with the first pitch of the inning which sent Rojas, Jr. out to the mound.  Both benches and bullpens emptied and a brawl erupted near the pitcher’s mound that lasted a few minutes.  When both teams had been separated, a total of six players or coaches were ejected from the game.  Harrisburg’s starter Gilliam, reliever Ryan Perry and manager Matt LeCroy were the ones that were ejected on Harrisburg's side.  Rojas, Jr., infielder Drew Maggi and reliever Luis Sanz were the members of the Curve who were ejected. 

When play resumed, the Curve were able to score a run off the new pitcher Matt Grace (5-1) when Alen Hanson drove home Oscar Tejeda, who replace Rojas, Jr. at first after he was ejected. 

Harrisburg once again got the run right back to go up, 8-3.  Tejeda and Andy Vasquez both delivered RBI hits in the bottom of the sixth to pull the Curve back to within three but those would be the last runs scored on the night. 

Howard and Vasquez both had multi-hit games in the loss as the Curve collected five runs on a total of 10 hits.  Starter Ethan Hollingsworth (6-5) was saddled with a loss after allowing seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits in five innings. 

--Curve Media Relations--

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