Curve 4 RubberDucks 0
WP: Mitch Keller (1-0) LP: Sean Brady (0-1) Save: none
Altoona's Mitch Keller tossed six shutout innings Sunday, and first baseman Will Craig homered for the second straight day, as the Curve blanked the Akron RubberDucks, 4-0, on another frigid day at PNG Field in Altoona, Pa.
Craig belted his second homer in as many days in the fifth inning, blasting a two-run shot to left off Akron right-hander Dom DeMasi to extend Altoona's lead to 4-0. Craig hit a three-run homer to the same spot on Saturday.
Lefty Sean Brady (0-1) made his Double-A debut for the RubberDucks. He allowed three runs on four hits over 4.1 innings. With one out in the second inning, he allowed a double and a walk before serving up a two-run double to Pablo Reyes, allowing the Curve (3-1) to grab a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, he gave up a lead-off hit to Cole Tucker before leaving in favor of DeMasi, who gave up the homer to Craig on the first pitch he threw. Brady, a 5th-round draft choice in 2013, walked three and struck out four.
The RubberDucks (1-3) were held to just three hits. Catcher Daniel Salters made his first start of the season and picked up a pair of singles. Sam Haggerty led off the game with a single and finished 1-3, with a walk. Haggerty is now 5-14 at the plate (.357).
Keller (1-0) is Pittsburgh's overall top minor league prospect. He allowed only two hits and two walks, while striking out eight batters over his six innings. Tate Scioneaux (2 IP) and Geoff Hartlieb (1 IP) chipped in scoreless relief to complete the whitewash…The RubberDucks were 2-21 with runners in scoring position the last three games of the series…Game time temperature was 34 degrees…Time of game: 2:25…Attendance: 2,784.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks will open a three-game series at Binghamton on Monday evening at 6:35. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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