Cruz, Hill spark Curve
Tonight: Altoona at Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve RHP Cody Bolton (2-2, 4.85) vs. Senators RHP Tyler Mapes (5-6, 4.81)
Record: 24-29 (second half); 60-61 (overall)
From Mirror reports
HARRISBURG — One night after the teams combined for 23 runs and 33 hits, the Curve and Harrisburg both went scoreless for the first nine innings Wednesday night.
That’s as good of an example as any of just how crazy baseball can be sometimes.
The Curve broke the stalemate in the 10th inning with three runs and downed the Senators, 3-0, at FNB Field. Harrisburg was held to just two hits, a day after ripping 16 hits in a 13-10 win Tuesday night.
Oneil Cruz singled home the placed runner from second, Chris Sharpe, to put Altoona on top in the 10th. Logan Hill followed with a two-run homer for some insurance.
Hill went 3-for-4 with his ninth homer for the Curve. Darnell Sweeney was 2-for-3 at the top of the order, and Cruz delivered another clutch hit with his RBI single in the 10th.
Cam Vieaux was sharp in his return to the Curve from Triple-A Indianapolis. The lefty shut out Harrisburg on just two hits over six innings, striking out three and working around four walks.
Vieaux was impressive earlier this year for Altoona to earn a promotion to Indy, but he had some issues there, posting a 5.05 ERA in 13 starts. The Pirates usually don’t send many prospects back down from Triple-A, but Vieaux handled the demotion and came out with a strong performance in his return to Double-A.
Jesus Liranzo followed with two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to a miniscule 0.40. Blake Cederlind finished off the shutout with two innings of relief and earned the win, lowering his ERA to 1.44.
Harrisburg starter Kyle McGowin shut out the Curve on four hits over six innings. Bryan Bonnell (2-5) gave up the three runs in the 10th for the loss.
Key player: 1B Logan Hill went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Curve.
Key play: Altoona scored all three runs in the 10th, on an RBI single by SS Oneil Cruz and then a two-run homer by Hill.
Key stat: The teams scored zero runs on seven hits in the first nine innings, one day after combining for 23 runs and 33 hits.
How they scored
Top 10th: Sharpe started at second, scored on Cruz single (1-0); Hill two-run homer scored Cruz (3-0).