Curve fall again to 16-2 Senators
HARRISBURG — The Harrisburg Senators have the best record in all of pro baseball at 16-2, and they keep finding ways to torment the Curve.
Altoona battled back to tie the game in the eighth inning Tuesday night, only to see Harrisburg score the go-ahead run in its half of the frame for a 5-4 win at FNB Field. The Curve dropped to 0-5 against the Senators, who have won seven in a row.
Hunter Owen gave the Curve a chance Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a homer, triple and two runs. He hit a solo shot in the second inning for a 1-0 lead, and down a run in the eighth, he tripled and tied the game at 4-4 on a sacrifice fly by Mitchell Tolman.
Harrisburg, which won Monday night, 1-0, on a home run in the eighth, again did its damage in the next-to-last inning to win. Adrian Sanchez tripled to start the eighth against reliever Jake Brentz (0-1), and two batters later, Drew Ward singled up the middle to bring home the decisive run.
Dan Jennings (1-0) won in relief for the Senators, and James Bourque pitched the ninth for his third save.
The Curve jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind Owen’s homer in the second and Stephen Alemais scoring on a passed ball in the third.
The Senators charged back in the fifth, scoring four times off Curve starter Cam Vieaux. Pitcher Erick Fedde singled home Harrisburg’s first run, and Ian Sagdal later drilled a three-run homer for a 4-2 lead.
Harrisburg’s 16-2 start is the best in franchise history, and it has gone 10-1 at home. The Senators have opened up a 6 1/2-game lead in the Western Division, a sizable cushion with the Eastern League going to a split-half format this season.
SUBHD: Game recap
Key player: Curve 3B Hunter Owen had a homer and triple in a losing effort.
Key play: LF Adrian Sanchez tripled to lead off the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on 3B Drew Ward’s single to snap a 4-4 tie for the Senators.
Key stat: Harrisburg is 16-2 for the best record in all of baseball.
SUBHD: How they scored
Top 2nd: Owen solo homer (1-0).
Top 3rd: Alemais singled, scored on Kieboom passed ball (2-0).
Bottom 5th: Goeddel tripled, scored on Fedde single (2-1); Garcia reached on fielder’s choice, Sanchez singled, both scored on Sagdal three-run homer (2-4).
Top 6th: Jackson singled, scored on Kieboom error (3-4).
Top 8th: Owen tripled, scored on Tolman sacrifice fly (4-4).
Bottom 8th: Sanchez tripled, scored on Ward single (4-5).
Today: Altoona at Harrisburg, noon
Pitchers: Curve RHP Scooter Hightower (0-2, 5.02) vs. Senators RHP Sterling Sharp (2-1, 3.71)