Big inning defeats Curve
Today: Altoona at Harrisburg, 1 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve RHP Pedro Vasquez (8-4, 2.79) vs. Senators RHP Mario Sanchez (9-5, 3.04)
Record: 33-37 (second half); 69-69 (overall)
From Mirror reports
HARRISBURG — Harrisburg scored 11 runs in the seventh inning, the most ever allowed in one frame by the Curve, to rally for a 14-7 win Saturday night at FNB Field.
Altoona dropped back to .500 with two games remaining. The club had won four in a row before losing the first two games of this series against the Senators, who are gearing up for the playoffs.
Andrew Stevenson ripped a grand slam to cap Harrisburg’s record 11-run seventh inning. The Senators had seven hits and four walks in the inning, tying their franchise record for runs in one frame.
The Curve led 5-1 in the sixth before the bullpen imploded. Harrisburg scored twice in the sixth off Yeudy Garcia (1-2) and three more runs off him in the seventh, then tagged Shea Murray for six runs as he retired only one batter.
Bryan Bonnell (3-6) won for Harrisburg.
Logan Hill and Bralin Jackson had three hits apiece for the Curve, and Brett Pope homered.
Relievers Jesus Liranzo and Elvis Escobar were promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday and were replaced on the roster by pitchers Joe Jacques and John O’Reilly up from high-A Bradenton.
Key player: LF Andrew Stevenson went 2-for-5 with a grand slam for Harrisburg.
Key play: The Senators scored 11 runs in the seventh.
Key stat: The 11 spot was the most runs ever allowed in one inning by the Curve.
How they scored
Top 1st: Cruz walked, scored on Hill double (1-0); Madris single scored Hill (2-0).
Top 3rd: Jackson singled, scored on Hill single (3-0).
Bottom 4th: Sanchez doubled, scored on Taylor single (3-1).
Top 5th: Pope solo homer (4-1); Jackson singled, scored on Lowery catcher interference (5-1).
Bottom 6th: Garcia solo homer (5-2); Sanchez singled, scored on Taylor double (5-3).
Bottom 7th: Masters walked, scored on Wiseman single (5-4); Lowery walked, scored on Garcia single (5-5); Stevenson singled, scored along with Wiseman on Sanchez single (5-7); Taylor single scored Garcia (5-8); Bichette sacrifice fly scored Sanchez (5-9); Banks double scored Taylor (5-10); Masters walked, Lowery walked, both scored along with Banks on Stevenson grand slam (5-14).
Top 9th: Pope walked, scored on Cruz Jackson triple (6-14); Cruz single scored Jackson (7-14).