CURVE, Pa. - The Altoona Curve rolled to their fourth straight victory on Friday, 10-1, over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats with a four RBI night from Bralin Jackson paired with seven stellar innings from Cam Vieaux .
The Curve (33-28) broke the game open in the fourth inning and forced an early exit for the Fisher Cats' (39-27) starter, Josh DeGraaf (Loss, 1-4). Out of six runs during that fourth frame, Altoona recorded four scores with two outs.
Jackson highlighted the two-out damage with a two-run homer to right field, his third of the season. In the previous inning, Jackson broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double and was thrown out at third trying to stretch his two-base hit into a triple. Jackson ran his RBI total up to four with two outs in the eight on his second double of the game and plated tenth run of the night for Altoona.
Prior to Jackson's big knock, the Curve opened up a 5-1 lead with an RBI single from Jordan George and Stephen Alemais drove a two-run double into the left field corner.
Vieaux (Win, 2-0) held the Fisher Cats to one run during his second start at Double-A. As he accomplished in his first outing for Altoona, the left-hander pitched seven innings and did not issue a walk. He struck out five while the Fisher Cats scattered five hits on the Curve starter.
The Curve and Fisher Cats traded runs early in the game. Bryan Reynolds put the Curve on the board, 1-0, and drilled a double off the left field wall in the second to score Will Craig from first base. New Hampshire equaled the score in the next half inning when Jon Berti knocked in Jonathan Davis on a single to right for their only run of the game.
Enny Romero joined the Curve on Friday and continued his Major League rehab assignment. Romero tossed a scoreless eighth inning, struck out one and walked one.
Bret Helton locked down the final three outs of the night for Altoona. With runners on second and third with no outs to begin the ninth, Helton fanned a pair before he induced a groundout back to the mound to cap a scoreless outing.
With three more hits for Jackson on Friday, he has three straight multi-hit games and has compiled a 10-or-15 stretch at the plate with four doubles. Jackson also tied a career-high with four RBIs and three extra-base hits on Friday. Craig went 3-for-3 with a walk and scored twice. Alemais, and Reynolds each recorded two-hit games and had a double apiece. Jason Martin went 0-for-5 to halt his hitting streak at ten games.
The Curve and Fisher Cats continue their three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. with right-hander Pedro Vasquez (0-4, 5.73) starting for Altoona and righty Justin Dillon (1-1, 6.00) going to the mound for New Hampshire.
Saturday, June 16 will be highlighted by No. 16 and one of the most popular Curve players of all time, Adam Hyzdu. There will be an appearance and bobblehead giveaway of Adam Hyzdu, one of three outfielders in the 2018 Fans' Choice All-Time Curve Team Bobblehead Series, courtesy of US Foods. Hyzdu will throw out a first pitch and have his retired No. 16 re-dedicated before the game while the first 1,000 fans to PNG Field will receive the bobblehead. The ballpark gates open at 5 p.m. prior to Saturday's game. For tickets or more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.
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