MANCHESTER, N.H. - Altoona's offense didn't take its foot off the gas as they racked up 12 more hits in a, 7-3, win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday afternoon. The win for the Curve completes a super sweep of the Fisher Cats with the Curve claiming all seven games in the season series in 2013.
Altoona jumped to the early lead in the first inning when Gregory Polanco hit a sac fly that scored Drew Maggi, who tripled to start the game. New Hampshire quickly tied it but the Curve were able to untie it just as quickly.
Justin Howard led off the second with a single off starter Deck McGuire (5-9) before Jarek Cunningham walked to put two on with no out. Charlie Cutler swung and missed at a strike three with both runners off on the play but things looked up when catcher Jack Murphy's throw went off the glove of third baseman Andy Burns in into left field. Howard hit third and headed home to untie the game and then Cunningham moved to third on the error.
Oscar Tejeda cashed the run in and drove home Cunningham to make it a two-run game and the Curve never looked back.
Casey Sadler (8-5) returned from the disabled list and pitched five innings while allowing two runs on a pair of hits. The Stillwater, Okla. native remains perfect on the road with the win on Sunday, going to 6-0 in nine road starts this season.
The Curve made sure he'd have his road win with some more run support throughout the rest of the game. Cutler homered in the fourth, Alex Dickerson doubled in a run in the fifth and again in the eighth. Cunningham had the game's final RBI for the Curve with a single to bring Dickerson in later in the eighth.
Dickerson finished the day 2-for-4 with two doubles to give him 30 on the season to go with his two RBI, which ran his season total to 59. Cunningham's hit in the eighth extended his hit streak to five games and he has five RBI in his last two games played.
Kenn Kasparek was once again dominant out of the bullpen with two perfect innings of relief behind Sadler with a pair of strikeouts.
With the 12 hits, the Curve have 68 hits during the five-game winning streak.
With a five-game win streak at their back heading home , the Curve (50-56) now enjoy an off day on Monday before opening up a homestand on Tuesday night versus the Binghamton Mets (AA - New York Mets) at 7 p.m. Postgame fireworks will follow the game on Tuesday night, which is also Senior Night presented by Senior Life. There will be information at the Senior Life concourse table and also a register-to-win opportunity for two lucky fans to take home a Steelers or Pirates Prize Basket courtesy of Senior Life for stopping by the table to check out their LIFE program.
Fans can also take advantage of a Two-for-Tuesday at the ballpark with 2-for-1 offers on tickets, hot dogs and regular popcorns thanks to Atlantic Broadband.
On the mound for the Curve in the series opener will be RHP Nick Kingham (3-2, 2.89), who searches for his fourth win of the season in his second start versus the B-Mets.
--Altoona Curve Media Relations