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Curve getting no help on offense

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Tonight: Altoona at Harrisburg, 6:30 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve LHP Cam Vieaux (0-1, 1.08) vs. RHP Erick Fedde (2-0, 2.50)

Record: 8-9

From Mirror reports

HARRISBURG — The Curve got more great pitching and finished a nine-inning game in less than two hours Monday night, but they still haven’t been able to solve the best team in the minor leagues.

Harrisburg hit a solo homer in the eighth inning, and that was all it needed for a 1-0 win over Altoona at FNB Field. The Senators won their sixth straight to improve to 15-2, the best record in all of pro ball, and they are now 4-0 against the Curve.

The game lasted just 1 hour, 56 minutes. The Curve record for quickest nine-inning game is 1 hour, 51 minutes, which has occurred twice, including last year when Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove was on the mound for a rehab start.

The Curve came into the game after throwing 15 scoreless innings in a doubleheader sweep Saturday at Richmond. Dario Agrazal then tossed seven shutout innings in his start, but the offense couldn’t get anything going.

Agrazal tied a career high with eight strikeouts and allowed three hits in his seven innings. He did not walk a batter and still has not walked anyone in 25 innings this season. That’s the most innings by any pitcher in all of pro ball without issuing a walk.

It didn’t take long for the Senators to cash in after Agrazal departed. Vicente Campos (1-2) came on in the eighth inning, and the first batter he faced, Chuck Taylor, hit a home run. Taylor fouled off five straight pitches, then belted one over the wall in right for the lead.

Aaron Barnett came on in the ninth and worked around a two-out single to earn his fourth save. Joan Baez (2-0) won in relief for Harrisburg.

Senators starter Will Crowe blanked the Curve on five hits over seven innings, striking out seven with no walks.

Altoona had two hits, including two by Bligh Madris, but was shut out for the third time this season.

Marvel honored

n RHP James Marvel was named Eastern League pitcher of the week on Monday after going 1-0 with an 0.82 ERA in 11 innings over two starts. He pitched a one-hit complete-game shutout in a seven-inning win over Richmond on Saturday.

Transactions

n RHP Angel German was assigned to extended spring training Monday. LHP Blake Weiman was added to the roster from extended spring.

n INF Alfredo Reyes was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis over the weekend to help that team with depth. OF Ryan Peurifoy was added to the Curve roster from extended spring.

Game recap

Key player: RHPs Dario Agrazal and Will Crowe each tossed seven shutout innings.

Key play: LF Chuck Taylor homered to start the Senators’ eighth for the game’s only run.

Key stat: Agrazal has the longest streak in all of baseball to start this season with 25 consecutive innings without walking a batter.

How they scored

Bottom 8th: Taylor solo homer (0-1).

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