BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Two home runs for the Altoona Curve backed seven one-run innings by starting pitcher Pedro Vasquez during a 5-1 victory over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Saturday at NYSEG Stadium.
Hunter Owen tied the contest, 1-1, when he began the fourth inning with a solo homer, his league-best 15th of the season, over the left field fence off Rumble Ponies (33-29) starter Luc Rennie (Loss, 0-1). Following a one-out walk by Owen in the sixth, Bligh Madris took Rennie deep to right-center for a tie-breaking, two-run shot that gave the Curve (34-31) the upper hand.
Vasquez (Win, 6-1) continued his dominance on the hill in his third start after a two-game stint at Triple-A. Coming off back-to-back scoreless starts of six innings each, the righty held Binghamton to one run on four hits. Andres Gimenez greeted Vasquez with a lead-off triple in the first and scored the game's first run on a ground out by Braxton Lee. From there, Vasquez would strand three runners on base while the Rumble Ponies were unable to move a runner beyond first base over the final eight innings.
Vasquez got involved in the offense during the seventh when he started the inning with a single to right, his second hit of the year. Robbie Glendinning got aboard with two outs to extend the inning for Jerrick Suiter, who smacked a two-run single to center after the runners advanced on a wild pitch as the Curve took a 5-1 lead.
Yeudy Garcia fired two scoreless innings in relief and faced the minimum with the help of a double play in the ninth to erase a lead-off single by Lee, his second hit of the game.
Altoona goes for the sweep in the series finale on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Right-hander Beau Sulser (4-0, 1.34) will start for the Curve against southpaw David Peterson (2-2, 4.82) for the Rumble Ponies.
The Curve return home on Monday for a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators that features Daily Value Promotions and Wednesday night fireworks. For tickets or more information about upcoming promotions, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office. Additionally, the Stockyard Team Store is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during every home game and online 24/7/365.
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