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Curve continue their success vs. Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve have enjoyed a lot of success against Richmond, particularly on the road, and that continued thanks to a big seventh inning Monday night.

Altoona broke up a tie game with three runs in the seventh and beat the Flying Squirrels, 5-2. The Curve improved to 8-3 overall against Richmond and 6-2 at The Diamond.

Tied at 2-2 entering the seventh, the Curve got a leadoff single from Jerrick Suiter, then Arden Pabst was hit by a pitch and Brett Pope reached on an error to load the bases with no outs.

Pitcher Beau Sulser put Altoona ahead with an RBI groundout, bringing home Suiter for a 3-2 lead. Mitchell Tolman followed with an RBI single to bring in Pabst, and Chris Sharpe’s groundout scored Sulser for a 5-2 cushion.

Sulser also had a big night on the mound, tossing three scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. He’s now 6-0 on the season pitching out of the bullpen.

Curve starter Brandon Waddell allowed two runs on four hits in four innings in his second start since coming down from Triple-A. Matt Eckelman closed it out in the ninth for his 11th save.

Richmond reliever Frank Rubio (0-1) took the loss.

Bligh Madris brought in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second for Altoona, while Bralin Jackson singled one home in the fifth to even the score at 2-2.

Pope had a pair of hits for the Curve, who improved to 20-17 on the road overall.

Game recap

Key player: RHP Beau Sulser drove in the go-ahead run for the Curve and pitched three shutout innings of relief.

Key play: The Curve loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning of a tie game and scored three to pull ahead.

Key stat: Sulser is 6-0 pitching out of the bullpen.

How they scored

Top 2nd: Glendinning tripled, scored on Madris sacrifice fly (1-0).

Bottom 2nd: Arenado walked, scored on Austin double (1-1); Van Horn single scored Austin (1-2).

Top 5th: Pope doubled, scored on Jackson single (2-2).

Top 7th: Suiter singled, scored on Sulser fielder’s choice groundout (3-2); Pabst hit by pitch, scored on Tolman single (4-2); Sharpe groundout scored Sulser (5-2).

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