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.
Win: Austin Coley (3-2)
Loss: Cameron Hill (3-3)
Save: Yeudy Garcia (1)
Win: Tate Scioneaux (6-3)
Loss: Nick Pasquale (3-7)
Save: Montana DuRapau (14)
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.
In the top of the seventh, Logan Hill drove an RBI double to score Pablo Reyes and stretch the Curve lead to 6-4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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