Curve shutout Senators in twin bill

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The Altoona Curve shut out the Harrisburg Senators with identical 1-0 victories to claim both games of Tuesday’s double-header at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Taylor Hearn  went the distance in the first seven-inning game before four relievers combined on seven more scoreless innings in the second contest.
 
The Curve (39-33) have held the Senators (40-37) off the scoreboard in the first three games of their five-game series, totaling 23 innings that included a 4-0 win on Monday night. Dating back to Sunday, Altoona pitchers have hurled 24.1 straight innings without letting a run pass home.
Game One
 
Altoona’s first inning score, the lone run of the game, supported Hearn (Win, 3-5) in the first complete-game shutout of his pro career.
 
Bryan Reynolds  delivered a two-out, RBI single to score Cole Tucker  from second base, who reached on a lead-off single and moved up on a groundout. Ke’Bryan Hayes  tripled off the right field wall with two outs in the third but was the last runner to reach scoring position on the Senators’ Jaron Long (Loss, 1-6), who also threw a complete game.
 
Hearn danced around two baserunners during a scoreless first inning and allowed one runner on the bases between the second and sixth. Taylor Gushue and Drew Ward began the seventh with back-to-back singles for Harrisburg, but Hearn recorded his sixth and seventh strikeouts before a game-ending groundout to the shortstop position to secure a scoreless outing.
 
Hearn worked four 1-2-3 innings and retired nine in a row between the first and fourth. He has thrown back-to-back complete games after a rain-shortened, four-inning outing in his previous start to become second Eastern League pitcher with multiple full-game efforts.
 
Game Two
 
Tate Scioneaux  made a spot-start in game two, the first start of his pro career, and was followed with scoreless relief outings from Yeudy Garcia  (Win, 1-2), Sean Keselica and Montana DuRapau to shut out Harrisburg for a third consecutive game.
 
Another early run held up for the Curve in the second game. Jordan George  slapped a two-out, RBI double down the left field line and brought Reynolds around from first base. Due to Reynolds reaching on a fielding error by Harrisburg first baseman Jake Noll, Altoona’s lone run against Austen Williams (Loss, 2-2) was unearned. The Curve offense did not put a runner in scoring position with less than two outs and went 0-for-3 in those situations.  
 
Scioneaux retired the first eight Senators on four strikeouts before he issued a walk to the pitcher Williams. He closed out a third scoreless inning with a fly out after a single by Alec Keller, which was one of three Harrisburg hits in the game.
 
The Senators applied some pressure in the fourth against Garcia with runners at second and third and two outs. Zach Collier lined out to second base to end the threat and Garcia returned for a 1-2-3 fifth.
 
As in game one, Harrisburg’s best scoring opportunity came in the seventh inning. Keselica walked a pair with two outs in the final frame and was removed after he recorded five outs. DuRapau came on for the final out and recorded his franchise-record 38th save with Altoona.
 
The Curve and Senators continue their series on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Altoona will start left-hander Cam Vieaux  (2-1, 1.42) against Harrisburg right-hander Kyle McGowin (4-1, 3.08).
 
Wednesday night will feature fireworks after the ballgame, presented by CNB Bank, in addition to another Winning Wednesday, presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery. For tickets or more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office. 

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