Madris key to Curve victory
Next game: Richmond at Altoona, Friday, 6 p.m.
From Mirror reports
HARRISBURG — The Curve busted out with a big offensive afternoon to finally cool down red-hot Harrisburg on Wednesday.
Altoona scored four runs in the first inning and piled up 17 hits in a 10-5 win over the Senators at FNB Field. Harrisburg had won seven in a row and came into the game with the best record (16-2) in all pro baseball, including a 5-0 mark against the Curve.
Bligh Madris went 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Jerrick Suiter was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Seven of the eight starting position players had at least two hits for Altoona. The only one who didn’t, shortstop Stephen Alemais, batted just once and had a single before coming out of the game in the bottom of the first inning with an undisclosed injury.
Jared Oliva, Logan Hill, Hunter Owen, Arden Pabst and Brett Pope had two hits apiece for the Curve, who came in struggling offensively with just seven runs in the previous four games.
After scoring four times in the first, the Curve scored single runs in each of the next four innings for an 8-4 lead. The Senators had a good day offensively with five runs on nine hits, but this time it wasn’t enough as the Altoona hitters kept the pressure on throughout the game.
Beau Sulser (3-0) won in relief for the Curve with two scoreless innings. Starter Scooter Hightower allowed four runs — three earned — on seven hits over three innings.
Sterling Sharp (2-2) took the loss for Harrisburg, getting rocked for seven runs on 10 hits in 32/3 innings.
The Curve are off today and will begin a six-game homestand Friday against Richmond.
Hearn to majors
LHP Taylor Hearn was promoted to the majors Wednesday by the Texas Rangers, becoming the 163rd former Curve player to reach the big leagues.
Hearn was dealt to Texas last season for major league reliever Keone Kela. Hearn was 1-3 with a 4.05 ERA at Triple-A Nashville this year, giving up just 14 hits and striking out 26 with 10 walks in 20 innings.
Key player: RF Bligh Madris went 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs for the Curve.
Key play: Altoona took control right off the bat with four runs in the first inning, with Madris doubling home the first two.
Key stat: The Curve had 10 runs on 17 hits and snapped Harrisburg’s seven-game winning streak.
How they scored
Top 1st: Oliva singled, Alemais singled, both scored on Madris double (2-0); Sharp wild pitch scored Madris (3-0); Hill singled, scored on Suiter single (4-0).
Bottom 1st: Taylor singled, scored on Ward double (4-1); Barrera single scored Ward (4-2).
Top 2nd: Oliva walked, scored on Madris double (5-2).
Top 3rd: Suiter singled, scored on Hightower bunt (6-2).
Bottom 3rd: Sagdal solo homer (6-3); Ward doubled, scored on Davidson single (6-4).
Top 4th: Hill walked, scored on Suiter double (7-4).
Top 5th: Pope singled, scored on Oliva single (8-4).
Bottom 6th: Mejia solo homer (8-5).
Top 8th: Madris singled, scored on Hill double (9-5); Owen double scored Hill (10-5).