Curve’s Sadler loses on road for first time

ERIE – Taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning usually means a pitcher is in control, but Casey Sadler never really had control Sunday for the Curve and lost on the road for the first time all season.

Sadler flirted with danger with four walks through five innings, and Erie finally got to him for two runs on two hits in the sixth to take the lead for good. Altoona’s offense managed only a run in the third inning and lost, 3-1, at Jerry Uht Park.

Sadler (10-7) had been 7-0 away from home before suffering the loss, allowing three runs – two earned – on four hits in seven innings. He gave up just four hits but also walked six while striking out only two.

The loss of command was unusual for Sadler, whose season high prior to Sunday was three walks. He had only 32 walks in 117 innings entering the day.

The Curve scored their lone run in the third when Mel Rojas Jr. tripled and came home on a squeeze bunt by Alen Hanson.

Sadler carried a no-hitter for 5 1/3 innings before Eugenio Suarez tripled in the sixth. Erie tied the game when Suarez came home on a grounder to Hanson at shortstop, and Hanson’s wild throw allowed Daniel Fields to get to second. That proved to be a costly error as Ramon Cabrera singled home Fields for a 2-1 Erie lead.

The SeaWolves added an insurance run in the seventh when Fields singled home Wade Gaynor.

Erie starter Warwick Saupold (7-5) picked up the win, allowing one run in six innings. Melvin Mercedes finished it off in the ninth for his 10th save.

SUBHD: Game recap

Key player: Erie CF Daniel Fields went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and scored the go-ahead run.

Key play: A grounder to SS Alen Hanson with a runner at third tied the game in the sixth, and Hanson’s throwing error to the plate allowed the eventual go-ahead run to get into scoring position.

Key stat: Curve RHP Casey Sadler had been 7-0 on the road this season but lost for the first time Sunday.

SUBHD: How they scored

Top 3rd: Rojas Jr. tripled, scored on Hanson squeeze bunt (1-0).

Bottom 6th: Suarez tripled, scored on Fields fielder’s choice (1-1); Cabrera single scored Fields (1-2).

Bottom 7th: Gaynor walked, scored on Fields single (1-3).