NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - David Bromberg struck out 12 - one shy of the franchise record - in only six innings to highlight a big pitching night that led the Curve to a doubleheader sweep of New Britain on Wednesday.
Bromberg, a Rock Cats pitcher for parts of the past three seasons, helped lead Altoona to a 3-1 win in the second game. His 12 strikeouts were only one shy of Tom Gorzelanny's franchise record of 13 set in 2005.
Bromberg threw 105 pitches through six, and he was not allowed back out for the seventh as the Pirates have very strict pitch count rules for minor leaguers. He allowed only two hits and walked three.
Stolmy Pimentel pitched a seven-inning complete game, working around six walks, in the opener and the Curve offense enjoyed a strong effort in a 7-1 win at New Britain Stadium.
Oscar Tejeda hit a two-run homer in the third inning to provide all the offense the Curve needed in game two. Bromberg (3-6) baffled the Rock Cats with his 12 strikeouts, and Luis Sanz added three more in the ninth as he picked up his third save.
The 15 strikeouts set a team season high and fell just one short of the franchise record for a nine-inning game or less. The Curve got an insurance run in the seventh, and Sanz closed it out for the sweep.
Tonight: Altoona at New Britain, 6:35 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve RHP Casey Sadler (6-4, 3.20) vs. Rock Cats LHP Logan Darnell (5-5, 2.90)
A four-run fourth inning carried Altoona to victory in the first game. Drew Maggi hit a two-run double, then Alex Dickerson doubled home two more for a 4-0 lead against New Britain starter Pat Dean (3-7).
Jarek Cunningham hit his 12th homer in the sixth inning and added an RBI single in the seventh, while Charlie Cutler also had a run-scoring single.
Pimentel allowed only three hits in seven innings, struck out five and avoided damage from all his walks. He was able to complete the game despite all the free passes on 100 pitches.
The Curve had 12 hits in the opener, three apiece by Cunningham and Justin Howard. Altoona's pitching staff held the Rock Cats to only six hits in 14 innings.
New Britain starter Trevor May (5-3) took the loss in game one.
Key players: Curve RHPs Stolmy Pimentel (complete game) and David Bromberg allowed just two runs in their 13 innings, and 2B Jarek Cunningham went 3-for-4 with a homer and RBI single in game one.
Key plays: The Curve scored four runs in the third inning to take control in game one, and 3B Oscar Tejeda hit a two-run homer in the third inning of game two.
Key stat: Bromberg's 12 strikeouts were only one short of the franchise record, and he reached that total in only six innings.
SUBHD: How they scored
Top 3rd: Paulino singled, Howard singled, both scored on Maggi double (2-0); Santos walked, scored along with Maggi on Dickerson double (4-0).
Top 6th: Cunningham solo homer (5-0).
Bottom 6th: Rosario singled, scored on Sano sacrifice fly (5-1).
Top 7th: Santos doubled, scored on Cunningham single (6-1); Dickerson reached on Santana error, scored on Cutler single (7-1).
Top 3rd: Brown walked, scored on Tejeda two-run homer (2-0).
Bottom 3rd: Santana singled, scored on Sano sacrifice fly (2-1).
Top 7th: Solis singled, scored on Rojas single (3-1).