Curve split Saturday double-header with Senators

Early runs hold up behind strong pitching in nightcap victory

Curve pitcher Austin Coley (Trey Wilson)

By Max Gun / Altoona Curve | April 9, 2017 12:34 AM ET

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pablo Reyes hit a lead-off home run and the Curve cruised to a 5-1 win in the second game of a double-header on Saturday night against the Harrisburg Senators. The Curve dropped the first game of the day, 6-4.

The Curve (2-1) offense went on to score two more runs in the first inning, leading 3-0 after Connor Joe hit an RBI triple and Wyatt Mathisen scored Joe with an RBI double.

In the sixth, with two on and two out, Tomas Morales , making his season debut, hammered an RBI double to give Altoona a 5-1 lead.

Austin Coley started for the Curve and pitched four innings, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts.  

Sean Kesselica (Win, 1-0) followed Coley with two scoreless innings. Buddy Borden tossed a perfect seventh to close it out.

Each of the eight position players in the Curve lineup for game two had one hit.

In the first game of the night, Kevin Kramer hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to bring Altoona to within two runs, but it was not enough as the Senators stranded the potential tying run at the plate later in the inning.

Brandon Waddell (Loss, 0-1) started for the Curve and surrendered four earned runs on three hits in four innings. After not allowing a hit in the first three innings, the Senators put a run on the board with two outs in the fourth and followed with a three-run homer by Adrian Sanchez.

Miguel Rosario took over for Waddell to open the fifth and Raudy Read tagged him for a two-run double. Rosario allowed two runs on three hits in two innings. All six of Harrisburg's runs in came with two outs.

Nationals No. 2 prospect Erick Fedde (Win, 1-0) went five innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts. Ryan Brinley (Save, 1) entered to get the final out and finish the game.

The Curve and Senators conclude the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at FNB Field. Right-hander JT Brubaker is scheduled to start for Altoona, opposed by Harrisburg right-hander Greg Ross. First pitch for the series finale is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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