Curve swept in twinbill
TRENTON, N.J. – Trenton’s Slade Heathcott has been a Curve killer all season, so it’s no surprise that he continued his ways on Tuesday night.
Heathcott delivered two clutch hits as the Thunder swept the Curve in a doubleheader, winning game one, 3-2, and game two, 3-1, on Tuesday before 8,213 at ARM & HAMMER Park.
The doubleheader was the first games the Curve have played since Saturday after Sunday’s game with Erie was rained out and Monday’s game in Trenton was also rained out.
In game one, Heathcott drove in Jose Gil in the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off single. He also scored a run earlier in the game.
In the second game, Heathcott hit a homer to give the Thunder an insurance run.
Heathcott, this season, is hitting .344 against the Curve.
The Curve battled back in game one as Alex Dickerson hit a two-run homer that answered Trenton’s two-run first. In the past 10 games, Dickerson – who struggled early in the season – has hit .447. It was Dickerson’s third homer in that time frame.
Heathcott then retaliated in the seventh inning when he hit a ball back at pitcher Jhonathan Ramos. Ramos was unable to field the ball after it bounced off his glove, and Gil trotted home.
Ramos (2-2) got the loss in game one, and Rigoberto Arrebato earned his first win this year with one inning of relief.
In game two, only three Curve players were able to collect a hit as Zach Nuding got the complete-game win with three strikeouts. He gave up just four hits.
The Thunder once again jumped out to an early lead, this time scoring two runs in the second inning.
Kelson Brown – one the players able to get a hit – answered, scoring when Mel Rojas Jr. drove him in for the Curve’s lone run the game.
Heathcott then homered in the third.
Eliecer Navarro (2-4) got the loss, allowing all three runs, two homers in four innings. He walked one and didn’t record a strikeout.
The Curve will take on the Thunder today at noon. It is the last meeting between the teams.
Black called up to Bucs
Former Curve RHP Vic Black became the 108th player to be called up by the Pirates when he was added to the roster on Tuesday.
In just one season with the Curve in 2012, Black went 2-3 with a 1.65 ERA. He appeared in 51 games and got 13 saves in 16 opportunities. He recorded 85 strikeouts.
Key players: Trenton 2B Jose Pirela went 1-for-3, scoring a run and driving in another; Trenton CF Slade Heathcott went 2-for-3, driving in a run in game two.
Key plays: Heathcott drove in Pirela in the bottom of the seventh; Heathcott homered in game two.
Key stat: Heathcott is .344 against the Curve this year.
How they scored
Bottom 1st: Heathcott reaches on a force player, scored on Pirela triple (1-0); Pirela tripled, scored on Roller sacrifice fly (2-0).
Top 4th: Polanco walked, scored on Dickerson homer (2-2).
Bottom 7th: Gil singled, scored on Heathcott single (3-2).
Bottom 2nd: Roller homered (1-0); Sanchez reached on an error by Santos, scored on Stevenson sacrifice fly (2-0)
Top 3rd: Brown doubled, scored on Rojas ground out (2-1)
Bottom 3rd: Heathcott homered (3-1)