From Mirror reports
HARRISBURG - Adrian Sampson won't pitch in Wednesday's Eastern League All-Star Game, but he had a great start to end the first half on Saturday.
The right-hander pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on four hits as the Curve slammed the Senators, 9-1, in game one of a doubleheader at Metro Bank Park.
He carried a shutout through the 5 2/3 innings before Jose Lozada scored on Rick Hague's sacrifice fly.
This is the second time a Curve player went the distance this year, and Sampson's second complete game in as many years. Joely Rodriguez tossed a complete game on June 21 against Portland.
Sampson has been the face of the rotation, since the departures of Nick Kingham and A.J. Morris. He is now 7-5 with a 2.79 ERA, which is fourth in the Eastern League, and whose 1.14 WHIP is third.
Today: Altoona at Harrisburg, 2 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve LHP Zack Dodson (2-5, 5.14) vs. Senators RHP James Simmons (1-0, 4.99)
The Curve bats were back at it again in game one, recording three-run innings in the first and fourth. In the fourth, Alen Hanson belted a two-run home run for a 6-0 lead.
John Simms (2-1) was shelled, going four innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits. He walked four and took the loss.
Game two brought an end to the Curve's 10-game winning streak against the Senators, as they fell 3-2 in the nightcap.
The last time Harrisburg beat Altoona was April 14 when the Senators won, 4-3, in 10 innings.
Both offenses finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Dan Gamache drove in Drew Maggi to give the Curve the early lead.
Hague responded with a double for the Senators. He then scored on Matt Skole's two-run home run as part of a three-run rally.
Paolo Espino (4-3) went 6 1/3 innings, struck out nine while giving up two runs on three hits. He picked up the win.
Rodriguez (4-8) went the distance again for the Curve, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six.
Colin Bates finished the game for the Senators and grabbed his first save.
Game 1 recap
Key player: RHP Adrian Sampson pitched a complete game, giving up just one run on three hits while striking out six.
Key play: The Curve's three-run first sparked a seven-run outburst.
Key stat: Sampson has two complete games.
How they scored:
Top 1st: Maggi walked, Diaz walked, Maggi scored on Vasquez single (1-0); Diaz and Vasquez scored on Broxton double (3-0).
Top 4th: Broxton walked, scored on Sampson groundout (4-0); Cunningham doubled, scored on Hanson homer (6-0).
Top 5th: Diaz walked, scored on Broxton sacrifice fly (7-0).
Bot 6th: Lozada singled, scored on Hague sacrifice fly (7-1).
Top 7th: Allie walked, scored on Broxton single (8-1); Vasquez singled, scored on Cunningham groundout into double play (9-1).
Game 2 recap
Key player: Harrisburg's Paolo Espino went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, and striking out nine.
Key play: 2B Adrian Sanchez' sacrifice fly in the fourth, scoring Quincy Latimore, plated the deciding run.
Key stat: The Curve's 10-game winning streak against Harrisburg was snapped.
How they scored:
Top 4th: Maggi hit by pitch, scored on Gamache single (1-0).
Bot 4th: Hague doubled, scored on Skole home run (1-2); Latimore singled, scored on Sanchez sacrifice fly (1-3).
Top 7th: Gamache doubled, scored on Broxton double (2-3).