Curve end bad trip on good note

TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve didn’t win the final game of their long road trip, but they were well on the way to doing so before Mother Nature intervened Thursday night.

Altoona led Trenton, 6-0, when play was suspended in the top of the third inning because of heavy rain at Arm & Hammer Park. The teams were supposed to play a doubleheader after getting rained out Wednesday, but instead weren’t able to complete any games Thursday.

The suspended game will be resumed at a later date. Since it began in the first half of the Eastern League season, the outcome will count toward the first-half standings, even if completed in the second half.

The Curve had a rough road trip, going 1-7, but at least were able to do something positive on the final day by building a big lead before the rains came.

The team now returns home for a brief spell, with three games against New Hampshire this weekend, before hitting the road again Monday.

Altoona jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to RBI doubles by Mitchell Tolman and Arden Pabst, then a run-scoring groundout by Bligh Madris.?The Curve doubled the lead an inning later, with Bralin Jackson driving home a run and then Brett Pope bringing in two with a double. The game was suspended with Pope on second and two outs.

Altoona’s offense struggled mightily for most of the road trip, but Thursday it scored six runs on seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

James Marvel tossed two scoreless innings in his start for the Curve, giving up two hits with one strikeout. Trenton starter Deivi Garcia was tagged for all six runs and seven hits, although he also had six strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

The Curve will be called the Allegheny Yinzers once again tonight for the series opener against New Hampshire, and they will wear the special Yinzers jerseys, part of a season-long promotion.

SUBHD: How they scored

Top 2nd: Suiter hit by pitch, scored on Tolman double (1-0); Pabst double scored Tolman (2-0); Madris groundout scored Pabst (3-0).

Top 3rd: Suiter walked, scored on Jackson single (4-0); Tolman singled, scored along with Jackson on Pope double (6-0).


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