Curve pitcher helps team win with bat

From Mirror reports

HARRISBURG – Casey Sadler took matters into his own hands – and bat – to pretty much single-handedly snap the Curve’s six-game losing streak Monday night.

Sadler gave up just two hits and an unearned run over eight superb innings. He also provided most of Altoona’s offense with a big two-run single in a 3-1 win over Harrisburg at Metro Bank Park.

The Curve offense has struggled mightily all season and had only three hits Monday, but Sadler didn’t have to worry about that as he took care of the key run production himself.

Jarek Cunningham doubled to start the fifth inning in a scoreless game, and with two outs, Harrisburg elected to intentionally walk Mel Rojas Jr. to get to Sadler. The pitcher made the Senators’ move backfire as he hit a sinking single to right-center that scored both runners for a 2-0 lead.

Harrisburg didn’t have a hit until the fifth inning, and Sadler was perfect until he walked Justin Bloxom with one out in the fifth. Sandy Leon singled with two outs, and Bloxom came home on an error by Rojas in center field.

The Curve got that run back in the sixth as Alex Dickerson belted a solo homer to center for a 3-1 lead.

Sadler (4-2) pitched a career-best eight innings, striking out four with two walks. The only other hit he allowed came in the eighth, again by Leon.

Sadler lowered his ERA to 2.86 and outdueled Harrisburg starter Brian Broderick, who gave up three runs on three hits in six innings. Sadler threw 88 pitches (52 strikes) but did not get a chance for his first career complete game as Tim Alderson was called upon in the ninth.

With so little offense from both teams – only a combined five hits – the game nearly was completed in less than two hours. The final game time was two hours on the nose, and it would have been finished a couple of minutes earlier if not for a two-out error in the ninth by shortstop Gift Ngoepe.

Game recap

Key player: Curve RHP Casey Sadler did it all, allowing only two hits and one unearned run over eight innings and driving in two runs with a single.

Key play: Sadler’s hit in the fifth gave Altoona a 2-0 lead.

Key stat: The Curve snapped a six-game losing streak.

How they scored

Top 5th: Cunningham doubled, Rojas intentionally walked, both scored on Sadler single (2-0).

Bottom 5th: Bloxom walked, scored on Rojas error (2-1).

Top 6th: Dickerson solo homer (3-1).