Big seventh inning caps Curve’s win
READING – Sunday’s seventh inning featured the Curve’s most dominant offensive performance of the season.
It took 12 batters, seven runs and six hits before it ended as the Curve slammed Reading, 13-2, at First Energy Stadium, to avoid a sweep for the second time this road trip.
The club came within striking distance of breaking their franchise record for most runs in an inning. That mark is 10, set back in 2010 against Harrisburg.
Drew Maggi started the outburst with a leadoff single, and scored on Elias Diaz’ single to put the team up 7-2.
Willy Garcia continued the barrage with a double, which scored both Kelson Brown and Diaz to help lift the Curve to seven-run lead.
Garcia continued his dominance at the plate, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fourth. His 17th long ball of the year gives him the team lead, and he also has a team-high 59 RBIs, with a .277 batting average.
Jarek Cunningham wrapped up the rally scoring on a fielding error by KC Serna, with Keon Broxton, to wrap up the threat.
The Curve’s explosion fell on the shoulders of Fightin Phils reliever Kyle Simon, who allowed all seven runs – five earned – on eight hits with a walk. He didn’t factor in the decision, or get credit for an inning pitched, before Seth Rosin replaced him.
Tom Harlan (3-2) went 5 innings for the Curve, giving up two runs on four hits, striking out and walking three, before picking up the win. It’s his third win since making his Curve debut July 8.
Hoby Milner (7-6) was shelled, going six innings allowing six runs – five earned – with a walk and three strikeouts, and took the loss.
Key player: RF Willy Garcia went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including his two-run homer in the fourth.
Key play: LF Drew Maggi’s single in the seventh set off a seven-run rally by the Curve.
Key stat: The last time the Curve was swept in a series was May 30-June 1 against New Hampshire, which was part of their season-long 10-game losing streak.
How they scored
Bottom 1st: Cartwright doubled, scored on Altherr sacrifice fly (0-1).
Top 2nd: Cunningham doubled, scored on Ngoepe sacrifice bunt (1-1).
Top 4th: Allie singled, scored on Garcia homer (3-1).
Bottom 4th: Altherr homered (3-2).
Top 5th: Harlan reached on Alonso fielding error, scored on Diaz sacrifice fly (4-2).
Top 6th: Cunningham walked, scored on Ngoepe homer (6-2).
Top 7th: Maggi singled, scored on Diaz single (7-2); Brown singled, scored with Diaz on Garcia single (9-2); Allie walked, scored on Broxton single (10-2); Garcia scored on Inman sacrifice fly (11-2); Cunningham hit-by-pitch, scored with Broxton on fielding error by Serna (13-2).