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Curve Win Doubleheader

Altoona technically keep their playoff hopes alive by taking two games against Richmond on Saturday.
RICHMOND, VA  – Playing the role of the spoiler, the Curve swept a doubleheader from the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Saturday night at The Diamond by scores of 3-2 and 13-1 to deal the Squirrels a blow in their chase towards the playoffs.  Altoona used a clutch RBI double from Carlos Paulino in the first game to win while a monstrous fourth inning lifted the Curve in the second game.  Every position player in the second game for Altoona had a hit and a RBI in the 12-run win. 

In the first game, Altoona took two different one-run leads only to see them immediately erased with Richmond adding single tallies to tie the game.  Starter Nick Kingham tossed 4.2 innings and struck out a Double-A best eight batters but also walked five to only last 4.2 innings.

With the game tied at two in the bottom of the fifth, Jhonathan Ramos (3-2) was called into a tough spot with the bases loaded and two out.  He struck out Jarrett Parker to end the inning and the threat.  Altoona picked up its go-ahead run in the seventh off starter Chris Gloor (9-7) when Paulino delivered the one-out double to score Drew Maggi from first base. 

Luis Sanz pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh for his 16th save of the season. 
It was a much different story in the second game as Casey Sadler (11-7) and Taylor Rogers (5-9) put zeroes up for the first few innings.  It was Gregory Polanco getting the Curve on the board with their first run of the second game when he doubled home Alen Hanson to place the Curve in front, 1-0. 

Most of the damage from the Curve offense came in the fourth inning when they sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven times off four different Richmond pitchers.  Only three hits were had by Curve players in the fourth inning and the biggest was from Andy Vasquez with the bases loaded.  Already up, 4-0, Vasquez roped a bases-clearing triple inside the line in right field to make it 7-0 and put the game squarely out of reach.  Ali Solis, who started the inning with a walk, continued it when he drove in the team’s eighth run of the game overall with an RBI single to score Vasquez. 

When the dust settled the Curve had scored seven runs on three hits and the benefit of four walks, one hit batter and a Richmond error.  All of the runs in the fourth inning were scored with two away. 

The offense wasn’t just satisfied with the seven-run fourth and went on to add five more runs the rest of the way to go up , 13-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.  Richmond was able to plate a run in the last of the seventh to avoid being shutout and wipe away a shutout win that would have been the largest in franchise history. 

Sadler finished 6.1 innings and gave up one run while picking up his 11th win of the season, which is now tied for most in the Eastern League.  Of his 11 total wins, eight have come away from home. 

Hanson and Justin Howard led the offense with three hits apiece in the second game while six of eight position players had multi-hit games.  Vasquez’s three RBI paced the squad while Cunningham, Polanco and Rojas all had two RBI apiece.
 
With a series win in sights after a doubleheader sweep, the Curve (61-72) and Richmond (67-66) will meet for the final time in the series finale at 2:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  RHP David Bromberg (6-10, 3.17) throws for the Curve and enters his start having allowed a total of one earned run in his last 20 innings of work. He opposes LHP Edwin Escobar (4-3, 2.98)

--Altoona Curve Media Relations
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