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Pitching still shining for the Curve

April 22, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

From Mirror reports

HARRISBURG - Just about any pitcher in the same starting rotation as Jameson Taillon is going to get overshadowed somewhat, but so far the Curve have two other starters who deserve their share of recognition.

Stolmy Pimentel leads the Eastern League with a 0.00 ERA through three starts, while Taillon is second at 1.00. Casey Sadler is tied for the league lead in wins with three, and he's also eighth in the circuit with a 2.16 ERA.

Sadler tossed seven superb innings Sunday, giving up just one run on four hits, as the Curve beat Harrisburg, 4-1, at Metro Bank Park. Sadler improved to 3-0 and has yet to have any issues at all making the jump to Double-A.

Sadler made only one mistake, giving up a solo homer to Brian Goodwin in the sixth inning. Jose Contreras pitched a perfect eighth in his second appearance with the Curve, then Jason Townsend worked the ninth to earn his first save.

The Curve have dropped to second in the EL in team ERA at 3.58, slightly behind Binghamton (3.48) but nearly half a run better than any other team.

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Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: Pirates RHP Charlie Morton is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Curve on Tuesday at Richmond. Morton, coming off Tommy John surgery last year, made his first rehab start for Single-A Bradenton last week and allowed two runs on three hits in three innings. He struck out two, walked none and hit one while throwing 44 pitches. He should be in the 50-60 pitch range for the Curve.

SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve beat Harrisburg late Saturday night in game two of a doubleheader, 4-2, on Charlie Cutler's two-run double in the 11th inning. The game was scheduled for seven innings, and the Curve blew a 6-1 lead as Harrisburg rallied to tie. The win gave the Curve a split in the doubleheader.

STEALING SECOND: Mel Rojas Jr. singled and Matt Curry reached on an error to start the 11th inning of game two Saturday. Cutler then came up with two outs and ripped a double to center to score both runs.

ROUNDING THIRD: OF Andrew Lambo has reached base safely in all 17 of the Curve's games. He went 1-for-4 Sunday and is batting .338, which ranks 10th in the Eastern League.

HEADING HOME: The Curve head to Richmond for a three-game series starting tonight. They'll have their first off day Thursday and return to PNG Field Friday against Erie.

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Matt Curry ripped his third homer for a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, and the Curve made it 2-0 in the sixth when Andy Vasquez scored on a single by Gift Ngoepe and error by Harrisburg left fielder Jose Lozada.

The Curve added two insurance runs in the eighth inning, with Vasquez singling home Carlos Paulino for the first. Sadler hit for himself in the inning in a sacrifice bunt situation, and he wound up reaching on the bunt - which was ruled a single and later came home on an error by third baseman Sean Nicol.

Senators starter Blake Treinen (1-3) took the loss, giving up four runs - two earned - in seven innings. He gave up seven hits but struck out eight with no walks.

Game recap

Key player: RHP Casey Sadler allowed one run on four hits in seven innings for the Curve.

Key play: Harrisburg errors in the sixth and eighth innings allowed the Curve to score two big unearned runs.

Key stat: The Curve have the top two ERA pitchers and three of the top eight in the Eastern League (Stolmy Pimentel first, Jameson Taillon second, Casey Sadler eighth).

How they scored

Top 4th: Curry solo homer (1-0).

Top 6th: Vasquez singled, scored on Ngoepe single and Lozada error (2-0).

Bottom 6th: Goodwin solo homer (2-1).

Top 8th: Paulino hit by pitch, scored on Vasquez single (3-1); Sadler singled, scored on Nicol error (4-1).

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