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MacGregor’s pitching wasted as Curve bats are silenced

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

Pitchers: Curve RHP Noe Toribio (0-1, 5.87) vs. Senators RHP Luis Reyes (0-1, 3.60)

Records: Curve (8-5); Senators (5-9)

Radio: WRTA-AM 1290 & 98-5 FM

From Mirror reports

HARRISBURG — The Curve received another excellent start in yet another pitchers’ duel, but their offense fell flat Wednesday afternoon.

Travis MacGregor allowed just one hit over five shutout innings for Altoona, an impressive game for a pitcher who missed the past 2¢ years because of Tommy John surgery and then no minor league baseball in 2020.

But Altoona’s hitters didn’t do much of anything on the day and lost to the Senators, 2-0, at FNB Field.

Harrisburg’s Rhett Wiseman belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning for the game’s only runs. The teams had just four hits apiece and combined for 22 strikeouts.

HR run over

The Curve had homered in nine consecutive games, just one shy of the franchise record set in 2005, and that streak came to an end in Wednesday’s shutout loss. Brad Eldred was a member of the Curve team that set that record 16 years ago.

Stats and stuff

MacGregor, a second-round draft pick in 2016, struck out seven and walked two in his five innings, lowering his ERA to 3.38.

Harrisburg starter Sterling Sharp was indeed sharp, tossing six shutout innings, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Reliever Will Gardner (1-1) gave up Wiseman’s homer to take the loss. Alberto Baldonado (2-0) won in relief for the Senators, striking out six in two innings, while Frankie Bartow earned the save.

Curve batters struck out 12 times.

Roster move

Outfielder Bligh Madris was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis, and catcher Deon Stafford was activated from the development list.

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