Santos lifts Curve
In 1999, the first-ever Curve game was rained out.
In 2013, it rained for the first ever Altoona Coasters game, but the game eventually finished.
The Curve, who were playing under the name of Coasters – one of the finalists when a Double-A franchise came to Altoona – defeated New Hampshire, 5-4, in the 10th inning before 3,073 fans on Tuesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The game entered a one hour, 28- minute rain delay in the top of the 10th inning, but wrapped up in the 10th inning when Adalberto Santos knocked in Drew Maggi on a hit up the middle. The Curve, 31-37, have now won a season-high six straight games and are just six games under .500 after being 12 games under .500 before the streak.
It is the third walk-off win for the Curve this season as Andrew Lambo hit a walk-off single on April 16 and later blasted a walk-off homer on June 4.
After Santos homered to give the Curve a 3-1 lead in the eighth, New Hampshire designated hitter Brian Van Kirk blasted a three-run homer to give the Fisher Cats in the ninth.
With the rain hammering down, the Curve tied it up in the ninth to force extra-innings as Andy Vasquez drove in Alex Dickerson with one out in the ninth. The game went into delay in the top of the 10th with one out.
The Curve nearly won the game in the ninth when Jarek Cunningham hit a shot to left field that was caught at the wall by Adam Loewen in the ninth inning. The homer would have won the game.
Curve starter David Bromberg and Fisher Cat starter Marcus Walden dueled it out, but Walden broke first, giving up the homer to Santos and immediately being pulled.
Bromberg allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings. He struck out seven.
It was Bromberg’s second deepest start this season, pitching 7 1/3 innings on May 22. He fanned seven batters on Thursday.
During the homestand, Curve starting pitching has allowed one run in 23 2/3 innings.
Key player: Adalberto Santos hit a home run in the eighth inning and drove in the winning run on a single in the 10th.
Key play: DH Andy Vasquez knocked in RF Alex Dickerson to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom ninth.
Key stat: In the past five games, Curve starting pitching has given up no earned runs in 23 2/3 innings.
How they scored
Bottom 5th: Cutler tripled, scored on Paulino single (1-0).
Top 8th: Pillar singled, scored on Jimenez sacrifice fly (1-1).
Bottom 8th: Rojas Jr. singled, scored on Santos homer (3-1).
Top 9th: Nolan singled, Loewen walked, scored on Van Kirk homer (3-4).
Bottom 9th: Dickerson doubled, scored on Vasquez single (4-4).
Bottom 10th: Maggi, who was pinch running, scored on Santo single (5-4).