CURVE, Pa. - The Altoona Curve split a double-header with the Trenton Thunder on Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Field in front of a crowd of 7,280.
Elvis Escobar delivered a walk-off single to win game one, 3-2, but the Curve were shut out, 4-0, in game two of the twinbill.
Wyatt Mathisen started the bottom of the seventh for the Curve with a triple. Trenton elected to intentionally walk both Jordan George and Justin Maffei to load the bases before Escobar's single won the game.
Mitch Keller dominated in his second start with the Curve (61-56), striking out nine without walking a batter. Trenton (77-40) suffered their 40th loss of the season in game one, becoming the final team in the Eastern League to reach the 40-loss mark.
The Curve got on the board in the first inning off of Trenton starter Dillon Tate. Cole Tucker led off the inning with a triple and was brought home on an RBI fielder's choice by Anderson Feliz. Later in the inning, Jerrick Suiter hit a single to center field to extend the Curve's lead to 2-0.
Altoona held the lead until the top of the sixth inning. With runners on second and third with two outs, Ryan McBroom singled to tie the game, 2-2, marking the only runs allowed by Keller.
Tate worked a six-inning complete game for the Thunder in his Double-A debut. He allowed six hits, walked four and struck out two.
After Keller left the game following the sixth inning, Luis Heredia (Win, 3-3) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
Trenton (78-40) pitchers Jose Mesa Jr. and James Reeves (Win, 1-0) combined to shut out the Curve (61-57) in game two of the double-header.
The Thunder struck first in the third inning when Thairo Estrada hit an RBI single. Mike Ford followed with an RBI single of his own to stretch the score to 2-0.
Avelino extended the Thunder's lead to 4-0 when he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his second homer of the season and both have come against Altoona.
Mesa Jr. threw 4.1 scoreless innings. He struck out four, walked three and gave up two hits. Reeves pitched the final 2.2 innings to secure the win.
Austin Coley (Loss, 4-4) made the game-two start, logging 5.2 innings and giving up four runs on nine hits with a season-high eight strikeouts, which matched his career high. Yeudy Garcia pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief.
The second game was played to make up a rain-postponement on July 28.
Altoona will wrap up their series with Trenton on Sunday. Right-hander Casey Sadler (4-4, 3.95) will start on the mound for the Curve while the Thunder will send out lefty Daniel Camarena (1-1, 3.81). First pitch for the series finale is set for 6 p.m.
Sunday will be Faith Night, presented by Element Church featuring a John Tibbs pregame concert beginning at 4:45 p.m. The ballpark gates open at 4:30. Fans can participate with pregame catch on the field, presented by PA Cyber. On Sunday, the Curve will wear special Faith Night jerseys, presented by Central States Manufacturing. All proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit Patched Together.
Following the game, there will be a Miracle League ball launch and kids will run the bases, as well as Praise Music-themed fireworks.
For tickets of more information visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.
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