CURVE, Pa. - Behind a terrific start from J.T. Brubaker, the Altoona Curve blanked the Portland Sea Dogs, 6-0, on Tuesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The Curve (34-28) collected their fourth shutout of the season and Brubaker struck out a season-high ten batters in the win against Portland (28-31).
Brubaker pitched seven innings and allowed just three hits, all singles, without walking a batter. He was the first Curve pitcher to record double-digit strikeouts in a game since Tyler Glasnow struck out 12 at Akron on July 27, 2015.
Miguel Rosario (Save, 2) pitched the back end of the shutout and struck out two in two innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.88, which is the lowest in the Eastern League for a pitcher who has thrown at least 20 innings this year.
Altoona started the scoring in the fifth inning. With two runners on and one out, Jerrick Suiter lined an RBI single to left field, scoring Jordan Luplow for a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, Connor Joe lined a triple to center field with two outs and Edwin Espinal drove him in with an RBI single to extend Altoona's lead to 2-0.
Elvis Escobar crushed a solo home run, his first of the season, in the eighth to extend the lead to 3-0. Later in the inning, Jin-De Jhang hit an RBI groundout and Luplow hit a two-run single to cap the scoring and give Altoona a 6-0 lead.
The start of the game was delayed 34 minutes due to threatening rain in the area.
Portland starter Travis Lakins (Loss, 0-4) pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Josh Cosart walked three and allowed four runs while recording just one out in the eighth inning.
The Curve will continue their series against the Sea Dogs on Wednesday. Altoona will send right-hander Yeudy Garcia (2-4, 5.80) to the mound against right-hander Elih Villanueva (0-1, 21.60) for Portland. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at People's Natural Gas Field.
Wednesday is Winning Wednesday, presented by the PA Lottery. Fans have the chance to win prizes from the Pennsylvania Lottery, including free lottery tickets for a month. Plus, if the Curve win, fans can redeem their ticket at the Curve box office to receive a ticket of equal or lesser value to another Wednesday home game in 2017. There will also be post-game 90s country music-themed Fireworks. Wednesday is Wing Wednesday, featuring 50-cent boneless wings available at Curve concessions.
For tickets and more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.
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