Curve waste 5 homers, 17 hits

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at Harrisburg, 6:30 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve LHP Cam Vieaux (2-3, 2.86) vs. Senators RHP Kyle McGowin (0-1, 4.30)

Record: 23-29 (second half); 59-61 (overall)

From Mirror reports

HARRISBURG — The Curve offense had a banner night Tuesday with a season-high five homers, 10 runs and 17 hits.

The team still lost, though, because of an abysmal night by the pitching and defense.

Harrisburg battered Altoona’s pitchers for 16 hits and took advantage of three errors to score six unearned runs in a 13-10 win at FNB Field.

Chris Sharpe homered twice for the Curve and went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs. Oneil Cruz went 4-for-5, while Logan Hill was 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs.

Bligh Madris went 3-for-4, and Altoona also got homers from Brett Pope and Darnell Sweeney.

Still, all of that wasn’t enough to carry the Curve to victory.

Harrisburg hit just one home run, but the home team put together a huge offensive night to outslug Altoona.

The defense also let down the Curve, with Cruz committing two of their three errors. Cruz is a highly touted prospect and is now hitting .294, but the shortstop also has committed a whopping seven errors in only 15 games since joining the Curve.

Sean Brady (3-12) gave up eight runs — six earned — on 12 hit sin 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. The bullpen allowed five more runs, although only one earned.

Jordan Mills (4-1) won in relief for Harrisburg.

Dante Bichette Jr. went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs for the Senators.

Game recap

Key player: LF Chris Sharpe had a big night for the Curve with two homers and went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs.

Key play: The Senators scored five runs in the third inning to take the lead for good and added five more in the fifth for an 11-5 lead.

Key stat: The Curve hit a season-high five home runs but also allowed six unearned runs thanks to three big errors.

How they scored

Top 1st: Sharpe solo homer (1-0).

Bottom 1st: Taylor singled, scored on Sanchez sacrifice fly (1-1).

Top 2nd: Hill doubled, scored on Madris single (2-1).

Bottom 3rd: Garcia solo homer (2-2); Sanchez singled, scored on Sagdal single (2-3); Barrera singled, scored along with Sagdal on Bichette triple (2-5); Banks reached on fielder’s choice, scored on Wiseman double (2-6).

Top 5th: Pope solo homer (3-6); Tolman singled, scored on Sharpe two-run homer (5-6).

Bottom 5th: Bichette singled, scored on Rivera single (5-7); Wiseman doubled, scored on Cruz error that allowed Garcia to reach (5-8); Sanchez single scored Rivera (5-9); Sanchez singled, scored along with Garcia on Barrera double (5-11).

Top 7th: Sharpe doubled, scored on Cruz triple (6-11); Hill groundout scored Cruz (7-11).

Top 8th: Sweeney solo homer (8-11).

Bottom 8th: Sagdal walked, scored on Bichette triple (8-12); Tolman error scored Bichette (8-13).

Top 9th: Cruz singled, scored on Hill two-run homer (10-13).


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