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Big sixth inning propels Curve to win

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A big fifth inning was all the Curve needed for a victory on Wednesday night.

Altoona scored six runs in the frame on its way to a 9-6 win over Somerset. With the result, the Curve have now won six of their last eight games.

Altoona used small ball to pile on the runs in the fifth, generating offense on three hits, two walks and a hit batter. Designated hitter David Amaral also hit a two-run single in the frame.

The Curve also scored three runs early in the contest via the home run. First baseman Mason Martin opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run homer before catcher Arden Pabst hit a solo blast the following inning for his second home run in as many games.

The Patriots scored runs in four different innings but failed to complete a comeback. Center fielder Brandon Lockridge hit a two-run homer in the second inning and left fielder Isiah Gilliam hit a solo shot in the ninth.

Players of the game

Amaral had a strong night on offense for Altoona, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.

In addition, second baseman Ji-hwan Bae and left fielder Canaan Smith-Njigba both finished the contest 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

Stats and stuff

Lefty Trey McGough started on the mound for the Curve and threw five innings. The Johnstown native allowed three earned runs on six hits and earned the victory.

J.P. Sears opposed McGough and tossed four innings. The southpaw allowed seven earned runs on six hits and was tabbed with the loss.

The two teams will meet again tonight at 7:05 p.m. in the third game of the six-game series with Osvaldo Bido throwing for the Curve.

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