Dickerson, Cunningham Go Yard, But Curve Fall to Sens

4 Curve errors lead to 5 unearned runs in 12-5 loss at Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - Altoona’s offense was able to generate five runs on 12 hits on Monday after being shut out the day before but it still wasn’t enough in a, 12-5, loss to the Harrisburg Senators at Metro Bank Park.  Alex Dickerson reached base four times and homered in the loss for the Curve.  The Curve committed a season-high tying four errors in the loss that led to five unearned runs. 
The Curve actually scored first in the game on Monday with Dickerson busting out of a recent funk with his first home run since August 3.  It was a 16th home run of the season for Dickerson, which moved him into a tie for the team lead until later in the game, and the Curve were in front, 1-0.
That lead lasted until the fourth inning when Harrisburg sent eight men to the plate and scored four unearned runs off starter Nate Baker (3-4).  The inning began with shortstop Alen Hanson making an error on a ball dropped out in shallow center.  After that, the inning snowballed from there with the pitcher Nathan Karns putting a bunt back out in front of the plate with Jason Martinson at second after he’d been balked there.  Carlos Paulino tried to get Martinson at third only to have him called safe and Harrisburg had runners at the corners with no one out.
Billy Burns came to the plate and smoked a bunt up the first-base line that Justin Howard thought was going to go foul.  It instead hit the first-base bag and rifled down the right-field line allowing Martinson to score and tie the game at one.  Burns ended up at second base with a bunt double. 
Now with runners at second and third, Brian Goodwin was able to work a walk before Steven Souza, Jr. delivered the first out of the inning with a sac fly.  It also, however, put Harrisburg up, 2-1.  Justin Bloxom singled through the left side to bring Burns home before Ricky Hague struck out for the inning’s second out.  Sean Nicol had the final RBI of the inning, driving home Goodwin to give the Senators a three-run lead at, 4-1.  None of the four runs in the third inning were earned to Baker.  
They’d add on two more in the fourth to go up, 6-1.  Altoona got a jolt of offense late in the game from Jarek Cunningham, who took the team lead in home runs back with his 17th home run of the season in the seventh.  Adalberto Santos also had an RBI later in the inning and the Curve had cut the lead to three. 
Harrisburg, however, once again had an answer with four more runs in the bottom of the inning to pull away.  Burns and Goodwin, the top two batters in the lineup for Harrisburg, reached base a combined eight times in 10 total trips to the plate to score seven of Harrisburg’s 12 runs on the night. 
Dickerson was on base four times and finished 2-for-3 while Cunningham had the team’s only multi-RBI game of the night. 

--Curve Media Relations--

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