Curve sweep Saturday double-header in Akron

Altoona moves back into first place in Western Division with fourth straight win

(Rob Lynn)

By Trey Wilson / Altoona Curve | July 9, 2017 12:41 AM ET

AKRON, Ohio - The Altoona Curve swept a double-header against the Akron RubberDucks, 6-5 and 5-1, on Saturday night at Canal Park.

The Curve (46-40) have now won four straight games and six of their last seven, reclaiming first place in the Eastern League West. The RubberDucks (43-41) left nine runners on base in the two games on Saturday.

Game One
Austin Coley (3-2)
Loss: Cameron Hill (3-3)
Save: Yeudy Garcia (1)
TOG: 2:26
Box Score

Game Two
Tate Scioneaux (6-3)
Loss: Nick Pasquale (3-7)
Save: Montana DuRapau (14)
TOG: 2:30
Attendance: 7,583
Box Score

Game One

The Curve pulled ahead with four runs over the sixth and seventh and stranded the bases loaded in the final frame to hold off the RubberDucks, 6-5.

Down 4-2 heading to the sixth, Jerrick Suiter hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the year, to even the score over the right-field wall against Akron reliever Cameron Hill (Loss, 3-3). Wyatt Mathisen followed with a single and scored on a go-ahead double by Tomas Morales to put the Curve ahead, 5-4.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: Suit up! @jerricksuiter with a game-tying two-run oppo ��, his sixth of the year

In the top of the seventh, Logan Hill drove an RBI double to score Pablo Reyes and stretch the Curve lead to 6-4.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: .@HillSan33 adds to the Curve lead with an RBI double We're up 6-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh

Akron loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but Yeudy Garcia worked a 6-4-3 double play from Joe Sever to end the inning.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: 6 + 4 + 3 = 0 for the RubberDucks.Bases loaded with one out but the Curve deflate the scoring chance.Off to the 7th. We're up 5-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, Dorssys Paulino brought the RubberDucks within a run with a two-out single. With the bases loaded, Luigi Rodriguez flied out to center to end the game.

Altoona struck first in the first inning. Edwin Espinal brought Reyes across the plate with an RBI single, his team-leading 54th RBI of the year.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: All-Star Edwin Espinal picks up his team-leading 54th RBI of the season

Akron tied the score in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly by Bobby Bradley and took the lead with an RBI single by Yu Chang.

The Curve tied the game at 2-2 on an RBI single by Kevin Newman in the top of the second inning.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: .@OfficialKBN ties it up in the second. He's now got at least one hit in nine of his last ten games.

The game stayed even until the fifth inning when Sever hit a two-run double against Austin Coley (Win, 3-2), putting Akron ahead, 4-2. The RubberDucks left the bases loaded when Coley struck out Mike Papu to end the fifth, the last batter he faced in the game.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: .@AustinColey has sat down 10 of the last 11 Akron battersCurve and 'Ducks tied 2-2 heading to the fifth inning

Coley pitched five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Hill and Morales each had two doubles in the game. Reyes and Espinal also had two hits.

Garcia allowed one run on two hits and four walks with two strikeouts over his two innings. Curve pitching combined to leave 10 Akron runners on base.

Akron starter Thomas Pannone allowed three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings with a walk and five strikeouts. Hill was charged with his first blown save of the season, allowing three runs on five hits with no walks and a strikeout.

Game Two

The Curve broke a scoreless tie in the fourth and pulled away in the sixth to complete the double-header sweep with a 5-1 win over the RubberDucks in the second game of the night.

Edwin Espinal hit a solo home run in the fourth against Nick Pasquale (Loss, 3-7), his tenth of the year, to break a scoreless tie.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: ��������������������Edwin Espinal now has ten ��s this season, a new career high

Curve starter Sean Keselica worked three innings and allowed three hits with a walk and a strikeout. Tate Scioneaux (Win, 6-3) took over in the fourth and allowed three hits and a walk with one strikeout over two scoreless innings.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: Sean Keselica tosses a 1-2-3 first and we are under way at Canal Park#FullSteamAhead

The Curve added four runs in the top of the sixth inning to open a 5-0 lead. Jin-De Jhang drove an opposite field RBI single to score Logan Hill. The next batter, Wyatt Mathisen, hit a ground ball to second, but Akron's Todd Hankins misplayed it, allowed Mathisen to reach and Jerrick Suiter scored.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: Jin-De Jhang singles in @HillSan33. An error and two wild pitches score three more runs for a four-run frame.We're up 5-0 in the sixth.

Jhang and Mathisen each scored on wild pitches by Jordan Milbrath later in the inning to push the Curve lead to 5-0.

Brandon Cumpton worked a scoreless sixth inning. In the seventh, a single and a pair of walks by Cumpton loaded the bases with no outs. Yhoxian Medina broke the shutout with an fielder's choice groundout. Montana DuRapau (Save, 14) entered and recorded the final two outs to strand two runners on base.

Tweet from @AltoonaCurve: #EDWINNINGEdwin Espinal ends the ballgame with a nifty play

Cumpton pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout.

Hill reached base three times with a double and two walks.

The Curve and RubberDucks conclude the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park. Right-hander Tanner Anderson (7-7, 3.89) will take the mound for Altoona, opposed by Akron lefty Matt Whitehouse (5-3, 3.10). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.


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