Curve’s struggles continue

TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve’s freefall continued Wednesday night as they got into a big hole early and were pounded by Trenton.

The Thunder scored four runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth on their way to a 7-2 win at Arm & Hammer Park.

The Curve dropped to one game above .500 at 54-53, and their playoff hopes are gone after a swoon over the past two weeks. They’ve lost eight out of 10, and one of those wins was the continuation of a suspended game from two months ago with Altoona up 6-0 in the third inning.

The Curve were 49-39 on July 14 before going 5-14 since.

Starter Nick Economos (0-2) gave up seven runs — six earned — on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings to take the loss for Altoona.

Nick Green (2-3) won for Trenton, holding the Curve to one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Jared Oliva had two hits for Altoona, which had just six hits for the game. He drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, and the Curve’s other run scored in the third on a wild pitch.

The Curve and Thunder will play a doubleheader tonight starting at 5. It’s the makeup of a game rained out May 29.

SUBHD: Game recap

Key player: SS Kyle Holder went 3-for-5 for Trenton.

Key play: The Thunder took control with four runs in the third inning.

Key stat: The Curve are back to one game above .500 after dropping eight of 10.

SUBHD: How they scored

Top 3rd: Tolman walked, scored on Green wild pitch (1-0).

Bottom 3rd: Crawford solo homer (1-1); Ruta hit by pitch, scored on Gittens single (1-2); Park walked, scored Deglan single (1-3); on Wagner sacrifice fly scored Gittens (1-4).

Bottom 4th: Crawford doubled, scored on Holder single (1-5); Ruta double scored Holder (1-6); Park single scored Ruta (1-7).

Top 7th: Pabst tripled, scored on Oliva sacrifice fly (2-7).

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