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Morris, Curve Ground Squirrels

Curve Pitcher A.J. Morris moves to 4-0 this season with win versus Richmond.
ALTOONA - A.J. Morris was lights-out on Saturday, tossing seven scoreless innings to guide the Curve by the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 3-0, at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Morris (4-0) lowered his ERA to 1.46, which once again leads the Eastern League now that he has enough innings to qualify. All told, in his last two starts at home, Morris has thrown 13 scoreless innings. He also picked up his fourth win in as many appearances.
 
Morris grounded the Squirrels in the first and then immediately received support from his offense in the bottom half of the first. Alen Hanson grabbed the first of his three hits with a single to center. After Mel Rojas, Jr. flew out, Stetson Allie homered into the bleachers in left field to put the Curve up, 2-0.
 
Altoona never looked back from there as Morris remained locked in through his seven innings of work. Altoona gave him another run to work with in the sixth when Hanson nabbed his third hit of the game, this one a solo homer to left that made it a three-run game.
 
Morris followed the sixth with a seventh inning where he faced the minimum thanks to an inning-ending double play. The Texas native induced four ground ball double plays on Saturday night, two more than he had induced all season entering the game. He also becomes the second Curve starter to toss seven innings this season, joining Adrian Sampson who did so on Thursday night in Binghamton.
 
Jhonathan Ramos pitched the eighth and was able to deke and dance out of a jam to keep the game scoreless. Emmanuel De Leon tossed the ninth and picked up his first save of the season.
 
Hanson and Allie were the only members of the Curve lineup to register multi-hit games in the win on Saturday.
 
With the series even at a game apiece, the Curve (16-24) eye a series win on Sunday night versus the Squirrels (21-19) in the 6 p.m. series finale. On the bump for the Curve in the finale will be LHP Zack Dodson (0-1, 2.63), who is making his second start since coming back from an oblique injury that sidelined him for a month. Richmond counters with LHP Jack Snodgrass (3-0, 1.80) in the finale.

-Curve Media Relations
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