Curve take four of five, fall in series finale to Harrisburg


The Altoona Curve’s four-game winning streak was snapped with a 3-2 loss in extra innings to the Harrisburg Senators on Thursday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Senators (41-38) plated the free runner on second base in the tenth inning after a fielding error by second baseman Stephen Alemais . Sean Keselica (Loss, 2-2) was stuck with the loss despite 2.1 innings of relief in which he stranded two inherited runners in the eighth by striking out Drew Ward to end the frame. Dakota Bacus (Save, 1) locked down the save for Harrisburg by maneuvering through the heart of the Curve (40-34) batting order for a 1-2-3 tenth.


Pedro Vasquez gave the Curve his second quality start of the season by tossing six innings without an earned run allowed in a no-decision. He held Harrisburg to three hits and struck out a season-high seven batters without issuing a walk.


The Senators struck first in the third with an unearned run that scored on a two-out double by Carter Kieboom. Altoona evened the score, 1-1, during the fourth after a bases-loaded wild pitch brought in Bryan Reynolds .


In the seventh, both squads traded runs to make it a 2-2 ballgame. In the top half of the inning, Austin Davidson‘s triple off Bret Helton set up an RBI single for Zach Collier. Cole Tucker started the bottom of the frame with a single and stole his way to third base before Reynolds produced a sacrifice fly to bring in the tying run.


Altoona stranded ten runners on base and went a combined 0-for-10 with men in scoring position. Through six extra-inning games under the new pace-of-play rules, the Curve are 0-3 in extra-inning contests at home versus 3-0 on the road.


The Curve travel to Akron on Friday to open a five-game series against the first-place RubberDucks, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Altoona will open the series with right-hander Eduardo Vera (1-2, 5.76) on the mound and righty Aaron Civale (4-2, 2.80) starting for Akron. First pitch at Canal Park on Friday is set for 7:05 p.m.

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