Curve make it four straight against Senators


The Altoona Curve rolled to their fourth consecutive victory over the Harrisburg Senators with a 7-2 win on Wednesday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
Cam Vieaux (Win, 3-1) required just 81 pitches to navigate through seven innings for the Curve (40-33). He struck out five Senators (40-38) and held Harrisburg to four hits. Vieaux employed three double plays to eliminate all but one baserunner that reached base against him, and the left-hander also recorded his first professional base hit in the sixth inning, a line-drive single to left field.
Harrisburg’s first two batters of the game, Alec Keller and Carter Kieboom, singled and moved up one base each after a fly out. A sacrifice fly by Taylor Gushue plated Keller but it turned into a double play when Kieboom got hung up between second and third to end the inning. Vieaux then faced one over the minimum until for the rest of the night, a streak that was interrupted by a solo homer from Osvaldo Abreu in the sixth.
The Senators 1-0 lead was short lived when the Curve moved ahead after a two-run first frame. Altoona loaded the bases on a Cole Tucker single, a double by Ke’Bryan Hayes and a walk from Jason Martin. Will Craig delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly and the Curve took the lead moments later on an RBI single from Bryan Reynolds.
Stephen Alemais helped add single Curve runs in the second and third. He led off the second with a single and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Vieaux before Tucker hit him home on a single. In the third, Alemais knocked in Reynolds on an RBI single.
Altoona broke the game open with three in the sixth and took a 7-2 lead. Martin legged out an infield single with the bases loaded to score one and a second run crossed home after a throwing error by Abreu, the Harrisburg second baseman. Craig followed with his second sacrifice fly of the night to put the Curve ahead by five.
Harrisburg’s run in the first was their first score of the series, a stretch that lasted 23.2 innings through the first four games in Altoona and ended a period of 25 scoreless innings by Curve pitching that began on Sunday in Erie.
Logan Sendelbach allowed two hits in relief but escaped a scoreless eighth inning with an inning-ended double play, and Geoff Hartlieb also induced Altoona’s fifth twin killer to finish the game with a scoreless ninth.
Craig’s two RBIs give him 54 on the season to lead the Pirates organization and third-most in the Eastern League. Martin (1-for-3, two walks), Tucker (2-for-4, walk) and Hayes (2-for-4, walk) all climbed on base three times each while Reynolds (2-for-4) and Alemias (2-for-4) also recorded multi-hit games during a 10-hit night for Altoona.
The Curve and Senators complete their series on Thursday with right-hander Pedro Vasquez (2-5, 3.63) on the hill for the Curve and right-hander Tyler Mapes (1-0, 1.50) pitching for the Senators. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at PNG Field.
The Office Night on Thursday will tie together last year’s title season to the popular sit-com with a Championship Ring in Jell-O giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, presented by Stuckey Subaru.

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