First rain, now electricity, keep Curve from finishing

From Mirror reports

AKRON — An eighth-inning power outage officially brought the game to a close, but the Curve had already turned the lights out on Akron a full inning before.

Six runs in the seventh inning, including four off of Major League Baseball All-Star Andrew Miller, brought Altoona from behind to lead the RubberDucks, 8-2, through 7¢ innings at Canal Park Tuesday night. However, the game was suspended in the eighth due to a stadium power outage. Play will resume today at 12:05 p.m. prior to the third and final game of the series which will follow immediately.

Will Craig continued his magnificent roadtrip with three more RBIs and his 17th home run of the season. Craig has 10 RBIs since the Curve left Altoona five game ago and with his 80 RBIs this season, is currently on pace to hit 113, a Curve record.

Luis Escobar’s second career Double-A start for Altoona got off to a slow start, just like his debut last week. He struggled mightily against the first three batters of the night. Escobar allowed a lead-off home run followed by two consecutive walks, triggering early action in the Curve bullpen.

Escobar also allowed the first three batters of his debut to reach base safely, but on both occasions, he ended up settling in nicely. Tuesday night the right-hander allowed just two earned runs, three hits and struck out three.

Rather than the young Escobar struggling for the Curve, it was two-time Cleveland Indian All-Star Miller that triggered the comeback from Altoona.

Miller was making his fourth minor league rehab appearance and first for Akron since being placed on the disabled list on May 26 with the Cleveland Indians. In just one-third of an inning, the six-foot-seven pitcher allowed four earned runs, walked a batter and hit another batter with a pitch to push his Double-A ERA to 108.0.

Game notes: Altoona’s six runs in the seventh tied a season-high as 12 batters came to the plate before Akron’s Argenis Angulo could finally end the disaster inning out of the bullpen. … Cole Tucker stole his 27th base in the first inning to move into a tie for most stolen bases in the Eastern League, and Geoff Hartlieb pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Curve before the game was suspended. … Harrisburg lost to Portland on Tuesday to give Altoona a 3 ¢ game lead over the Senators for the final playoff spot with a little over a month to play.

Tebow not coming to Altoona

Tim Tebow’s presence playing in Altoona this week would have generated great interest and boosted ticket sales for the Curve, but that won’t happen now that the Binghamton outfielder has been diagnosed with a broken hamate bone in his right hand.

Tebow is slated to undergo surgery today and will miss the rest of the season, the New York Mets confirmed Monday. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback was hitting .273 with six homers and 36 RBIs for Binghamton, which comes to town Thursday for a four-game series against the Curve.

— Cory Giger

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