Curve fall in extras to Fightin Phils in series opener

Reading wins back-and-fourth battle with go-ahead run in tenth

Curve infielder Pablo Reyes (Rob Lynn/Altoona Curve)

By Brian McLaughlin / Altoona Curve | August 8, 2017 11:06 PM ET

CURVE, Pa. - The Reading Fightin Phils topped the Altoona Curve, 5-4, on Tuesday at Peoples Natural Gas Field in ten innings. Chace Numata delivered the big hit with an RBI single in the tenth to give the Fightins the lead. 

The loss was the second straight for the Curve (58-55), who did not score after the third inning as Reading (60-53) took the series opener.


After back-to-back singles for Reading to open the first inning against Curve starter Casey Sadler , Kyle Martin started the scoring with a three-run home run, his 19th home run of the year.


The Curve answered back in the bottom of the first. Pablo Reyes  hit an RBI triple to score Cole Tucker, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Jerrick Suiter  reached on an infield single to score Reyes to bring the Curve to within a run. After advancing to third, Suiter scored on a sacrifice fly from Wyatt Mathisen  to tie the game at 3-3.


Altoona took the lead in the third inning. Jin-De Jhang  plated Anderson Feliz with an RBI groundout to put the Curve in front, 4-3.

Reading evened the score at 4-4 in the eighth inning with an RBI single by Cord Sandberg.


Sadler went six innings and allowed just the three runs in the first inning. He scattered five hits and walked one while striking out seven. 


Tanner Anderson  escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh before allowing one run in the eighth inning. Tate Scioneaux (Loss, 6-5) allowed the winning run in his two innings of work in relief. 


Reading starter Tyler Viza tossed six innings and allowed four runs. He gave up four hits, four walks and struck out two batters. Victor Arano (Win, 1-1) picked up the win out of the bullpen for Reading, going two innings and only allowing one hit. Austin Davis (Save, 1) pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the tenth.


Right-hander J.T. Brubaker  (6-4, 4.70) will start on the mound for the Curve on Wednesday. The Fightin Phils will counter with lefty Cole Irvin (5-2, 4.56). First pitch is set for 7 p.m. 


Wednesday is UPMC Health Plan Member Appreciation Night. It will also be Winning Wednesday, presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery, and fans will have the chance to win prizes from the PA Lottery, including free 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 any remaining home game in 2017. It is also a Wing Wednesday where fans can purchase boneless wings for 50 cents at Curve concessions.


For tickets or more information, visit, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.



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