Curve enjoy big night with sweep
From Mirror reports
RICHMOND,?Va. – The Curve put a smackdown on Richmond in game two Saturday night and swept a doubleheader to play the spoiler role against a Flying Squirrels team that’s trying to reach the playoffs.
Altoona scored seven runs in the fourth inning and crushed Richmond, 13-1, in the second game to finish off the doubleheader sweep. The Curve won the opener, 3-2, on a seventh-inning RBI double by Carlos Paulino.
Altoona just missed setting a franchise record in the second game as it took a 13-0 lead into the seventh and last inning. The largest shutout win in club history is 12-0 – accomplished twice – and the Curve had a shot to break that.
Casey Sadler pitched six scoreless innings and took the mound in the seventh looking to finish off the shutout. But Sadler gave up a leadoff double to Kelby?Tomlinson and RBI single to Ryan Lollis.
Sadler (11-7) departed but picked up the win after 6 1/3 solid innings. He moved into a tie for the league lead in wins and held Richmond to one run despite giving up six hits and four walks.
Alen Hanson and Justin Howard each had three hits for the Curve in game two, while four others had two hits.
The Curve broke it open with the seven-run fourth inning, highlight by a three-run triple from Andy Vasquez. All seven runs scored after there were two outs.
Every position player starter had at least one hit and one RBI for the Curve, while seven starters scored at least one run.
Taylor Rogers (5-9) took the loss for the Richmond.
Paulino doubled home Drew Maggi for the winning run in the first game. Jhonathan?Ramos (3-2) won in relief for Altoona, and Chris Gloor (9-7) took the loss.
Key players: C Carlos Paulino had the big hit in game one for the Curve, and LF?Andy Vasquez had a three-run triple in game two.
Key plays: Paulino’s RBI double in the seventh scored the decisive run, and Vasquez had a three-run triple to highlight a seven-run fourth inning.
Key stat: The Curve just missed setting a record for the largest shutout win in franchise history, which is 12-0.
How they scored
Top 3rd: Rojas Jr. doubled, scored on Hanson triple (1-0).
Bottom 3rd: Panik reached on Hanson error, scored on Herrera double (1-1).
Top 5th: Maggi hit by pitch, scored on Kingham bunt (2-1).
Bottom 5th: Lollis walked, scored on Panik double (2-2).
Top 7th: Maggi singled, scored on Paulino double (3-2).
Top 3rd: Hanson singled, scored on Polanco double (1-0).
Top 4th: Solis walked, scored on?Santos single (2-0); Sadler walked, scored on Howard bases-loaded walk (3-0); Santos scored on Cunningham hit by pitch with bases loaded (4-0); Polanco walked, scored along with Howard and Cunningham on Vasquez triple (7-0); Solis single scored Vasquez (8-0).
Top 5th: Santos reached on Tomlinson error, scored on Polanco double (9-0).
Top 6th: Vasquez singled, scored on Rojas groundout (10-0); Solis doubled, scored on Hanson single (11-0).
Top 7th: Howard doubled, scored on Cunningham single (12-0); Rojas double scored Cunningham (13-0).
Bottom 7th: Tomlinson doubled, scored on Lollis single (13-1).