Curve now 10 games above .500 with win
From Mirror reports
TRENTON, N.J. — It’s taken two seasons, but the Curve finally reached a minor milestone Tuesday as they reached 10 games over .500.
Altoona scored four runs in the fifth inning and rode that to a 5-1 win over Trenton at Arm & Hammer Park. The Curve are 60-50, the first time they’ve gotten to 10 games over during this season or last.
Harrisburg also won Tuesday, so the Curve’s lead remains at three games over the Senators for the Western Division’s final playoff spot. Altoona is four games behind first-place Akron, which lost Tuesday.
Will Craig drove in two runs on a triple in the fifth inning, giving him 91 RBIs, the second most in Curve history. He needs just 15 over the final 29 games to match Adam Hyzdu’s long-standing record of 106 RBIs set in 2000.
Ke’Bryan Hayes singled in Altoona’s first run in the fifth, then Craig tripled home a pair before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Jin-De Jhang to make it 4-0. Jhang added an RBI groundout in the sixth.
Logan Sendelbach (4-2) won in relief for the Curve, while Adonis Rosa (0-1) took the loss for Trenton.
Curve starter Scooter Hightower was ejected in the second inning following a peculiar sequence.
Hightower was pitching to Wendell Rijo and was beginning his windup when the batter called timeout, which was granted by the umpire. Hightower continued his delivery and then tossed a softer pitch that went toward the head of Rijo, who backed out of the way.
The plate umpire, Takahito Matsuda, felt Hightower was throwing at the batter and, without issuing a warning, ejected the pitcher.
In an incredibly rare feat, not one, but two former Curve players hit for the cycle in the same game Tuesday night for Triple-A Indianapolis. Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings both accomplished the feat in a 12-5 home victory over Lehigh Valley.
As rare as it might seem to have two cycles by one team in the same game, it actually happened earlier this season, as well, when a pair of players for the Single-A San Jose Giants pulled off the feat.
C Jin-De Jhang was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, while OF Bralin Jackson went on the DL with a left quad strain. … RHP Dario Agrazal came off the DL earlier this week and will start tonight. … RHP James Marvel was promoted to the Curve from high-A Bradenton on Monday. … The game featured a 56-minute rain delay.
Key player: 1B Will Craig went 3-for-5 with a two-run triple.
Key play: The Curve scored four runs in the fifth inning to take control.
Key stat: Craig now has 91 RBIs, second most in a season in Curve history.
How they scored
Top 5th: Tucker reached on Alvarez error, scored on Hayes single (1-0); Hayes singled, Reynolds singled, both scored on Craig triple (3-0); Jhang sacrifice fly scored Craig (4-0).
Top 7th: Hayes singled, scored on Jhang groundout (5-0).
Bottom 8th: Rijo singled, scored on Perez single (5-1).