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Curve collapse in ninth inning in setback at home

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

Pitchers: Curve RHP Travis MacGregor (1-1, 4.21) vs. Sens RHP Luis Reyes (3-4, 5.09)

Record: 25-17

Radio: WRTA-AM 1240 & FM-98.5

By Matthew Knaub

For the Mirror

The Curve defense made some costly mistakes on Tuesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Altoona committed three errors, the last of which allowed Harrisburg to score two unearned insurance runs in the top of the ninth on its way to a 7-4 victory. In total, five of the Senators’ seven runs were unearned.

“The defense got us today,” Curve manager Miguel Perez said. “It was one of those nights.”

The Curve exploded for three runs in the first inning, but scored just once the remainder of the contest. Altoona scratched across a run in the seventh to tie the contest at 4-4, but it was not enough.

In the top of the ninth, a bunt single from second baseman Corban Joseph combined with a throwing error allowed Harrisburg to score runners from first and second base and take a 6-4 lead. Joseph made it all the way to third base on the play, and scored later in the frame.

Contreras on the mound

Altoona ace Roansy Contreras manned the bump and tossed five innings, allowing just one earned run. However, a missed catch error by shortstop Oneil Cruz allowed the Senators to score three unearned runs in the third inning.

Contreras gave up six hits and no walks while striking out seven Harrisburg batters. The right-hander was ultimately tabbed with a no-decision.

Player of the game

Designated hitter Brendt Citta continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. With a .320 batting average, Citta leads all Curve hitters with at least 90 at bats this season.

“Just staying confident at the plate [and] controlling what I can control at the plate,” Citta said have been the keys to his consistency. “Just having fun and enjoying the movement.”

Stats and stuff

Senators right-hander Gabe Klobosits was credited with the win. He tossed two frames, allowing one earned run on three hits.

Righty Frankie Bartow tossed the ninth inning and was credited with the save. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter.

Curve right-hander John O’Reilly was tabbed with the loss. O’Reilly pitched the ninth inning, allowing three total runs on two hits.

Changes behind the plate

Injuries continue to impact Curve catchers, as Deon Stafford was placed on the seven-day injured list on Monday. He joins fellow catcher Raul Hernandez on the seven-day IL.

To fill the spot, Jason Delay was transferred from Triple-A Indianapolis to Altoona and earned the start Tuesday night behind the dish. He finished the game 1-for-4.

Delay played 67 games for the Curve in 2019, posting a .234 batting average. This season in Triple-A, Delay has played in just 13 games and has registered a .265 batting average.

Arden Pabst is the only other active catcher on the Altoona roster. The California native is batting .181 this season with a .194 on-base percentage.

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