Curve pitching blows up early in defeat

From mirror reports

HARRISBURG – Just recently, the Curve have gone from winning 10 straight games against a dreadful Harrisburg team to dropping their last two.

It took just a seven-run first inning from the Senators to sink the Curve, 9-5, Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park.

This year, Altoona swept Harrisburg at Peoples Natural Gas Field in seven contests. The teams have split the first six in the state capital.

The Curve are the first team to reach the 60-loss plateau, in the Eastern League. If they’re going to avoid their franchise record 80 losses set in 2009, they must go 26-19 down the stretch.

That task looks even harder to avoid because more than half of those games are against teams who are in the thick of the EL playoff race going into the All-Star break.

Harrisburg’s outburst included three base hits that scored at least two runs. Former Curve outfielder Quincy Latimore blasted a three-run homer as part of the surge.

Kevin Keyes and Caleb Ramsey both tacked on two-run singles as part of the threat.

Dan Gamache powered a five-run rally for the Curve, which included his first Double-A home run, a three-run bomb to put the club within two, in the third.

It was the first time Gamache hit a home run since Sept. 1 in Single-A Bradenton’s season finale last year.

Keyes added a second two-run base hit in the sixth, this one a double, to put the game away for the Senators.

Zack Dodson (2-6), despite allowing at least seven runs in back-to-back starts, did go five innings, before giving up his season-high nine hits, and took the loss.

He gave up eight runs in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Erie, and last allowed nine hits on June 8 at Trenton.

James Simmons (2-0), wasn’t much better for the Senators, giving up all five Curve runs on six hits, but still picked up the win.

Game recap

Key player: Senators RF Kevin Keyes went 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs, and two two-run base hits.

Key play: Harrisburg LF Quincy Latimore hit a three-run homer as part of a seven run first inning for the Senators, and the Curve never recovered.

Key stat: The Curve have dropped two in a row to Harrisburg after beating them in the last 10 games.

How they scored

Bot 1st: Ramsey singled, Lozada singled, scored on Keyes single (0-2); Hague singled, scored with Keyes on Latimore homer (0-5); Jeroloman walked, Sanchez singled, both scored on Ramsey single (0-7).

Top 2nd: Gamache reached on fielder’s choice, scored on Broxton double (1-7); Broxton scores on Ngoepe single (2-7).

Top 3rd: Maggi walks, Allie walks, both score on Gamache homer (5-7).

Bot 6th: Sanchez singled, Lozada singled, both scored on Keyes double (5-9).