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Curve closing out 2019 season today

Final stop

Today: Altoona at Harrisburg, noon

Pitchers: Curve LHP Sean Brady (5-12, 4.32) vs. Senators RHP Kevin McGowan (1-3, 5.06)

Record: 33-38 (second half); 69-70 (overall)

From Mirror reports

HARRISBURG — The Curve cannot finish with a winning record this season, but they’ve got one last chance today to avoid having a losing campaign.

Altoona dropped its third straight game to Harrisburg, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at FNB Field to fall one game below .500 at 69-70. The Curve had won four in a row and entered this series two games over .500, but the playoff-bound Senators have knocked off the visitors three times in a row.

The season finale is at noon today, and lefty Sean Brady will be on the mound for the Curve trying to salvage a .500 season.

Pedro Vasquez (8-5) closed his season with a strong outing Sunday, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings, but he took a tough-luck loss. Vasquez finished with a 2.71 ERA, becoming just the 10th pitcher in franchise history to have an ERA under 3.00 while throwing at least 100 innings in a season.

Vasquez gave up a run in the fifth, but that’s all it took as the Curve offense fizzled, getting shut out on only two hits. Bligh Madris and Adrian Valerio had the lone hits on the day for Altoona.

Harrisburg added two insurance runs in the eight off reliever Nick Mears.

Mario Sanchez (10-5), dominated on the mound for the Senators, tossing seven shutout innings and giving up just two hits while striking out 10 and walking two.

Andrew Istler closed it out for the Senators for his second save.

SUBHD: Game recap

Key player: RHP Mario Sanchez blanked the Curve on two hits for seven innings, striking out 10.

Key play: The Senators scored a run in the fifth and added two insurance runs in the eighth.

Key stat: The Curve are one game under .500 heading into today’s season finale.

SUBHD: How they scored

Bottom 5th: Wiseman walked, scored on Masters single (0-1).

Bottom 8th: Bichette singled, Banks reached on Mears error, both scored on Barrera single (0-3).

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