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Curve Drop Finale At Reading In 18 Innings

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READING, Pa – The Altoona Curve surrendered a three-run lead in the ninth inning and lost in 18 innings, 8-7, to the Reading Fightin Phils on Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Curve (35-23) lost the series rubber match to the Fightin Phils (33-26) on a night that saw 15 different pitchers between the two teams, including three position players.
Reading pinch hitter Art Charles launched a three-run homer against Altoona reliever John Kuchno (Blown save, 4) to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Fightins walked off with a bases-loaded walk issued by Edward Salcedo (Loss, 0-1) to Cam Perkins in the bottom of the 18th.
After beginning the game at his normal position of first base, Brock Stassi (Win, 1-0) did not allow a hit in three scoreless relief innings for Reading. He finished with one walk and three strikeouts.
Curve outfielder Andy Vasquez pitched three scoreless innings, working around two hits and two walks with one strikeout.
After falling behind 3-0 early, the Curve tied the game after a two-run triple from Dan Gamache and an RBI single by Stetson Allie in the sixth inning.
Later in the inning, Jacob Stallings clubbed a two-run homer to put the Curve ahead, 5-3. Gamache added a two-run single in the seventh and finished the night with three this and four RBI.
Willy Garcia went 2-for-7 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, which is the longest for any Curve player in 2015 and the longest active streak in the Eastern League.
The game was one inning shy of the longest in franchise history, set at 19 innings in 2000 and 2010.
Curve starting pitcher Zack Dodson allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits during his six innings. Tom Harlan (Hold, 7) pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
Reliever Jhondaniel Medina allowed two hits and a walk in his two innings but did not allow a run. Josh Smith worked three scoreless frames with two strikeouts and one hit allowed.
The Curve return to Peoples Natural Gas Field on Friday night to begin a brief three-game home stand against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Right-hander Chad Kuhl (4-2, 3.38) will be on the mound for Altoona, countered by New Hampshire righty Joel Pinero (1-2, 5.23).


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