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Curve end up with split of six games in New Jersey

SOMERSET, N.J. — Two of the Eastern League’s top teams battled to a draw during their week-long series, as the Curve and Somerset split six games.

Altoona had a chance to take the series outright Sunday evening, but instead got pounded, 7-0, by the Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Curve had only five hits in getting shut out for the second time in the series. They also were blanked Thursday in a 10-0 loss, that after scoring nine runs in each of the first two games of the series.

Solid teams

The Curve entered play Sunday in third place in the Southwest Division with a 38-30 record, while Somerset was in second place in the Northeast Division with a 42-28 mark.

But while the standings are bunched up between five teams in the Curve’s division, the Patriots are way up on the third-place club in their division. Somerset was 10 ½ games up on New Hampshire starting play Sunday.

Close throughout

Even though the final score looks like a blowout, the Curve trailed only 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Then Somerset scored once in the seventh and blew it open with four in the eighth off reliever Nathan Kirby.

Dermis Garcia belted his 17th homer for Somerset in the second inning.

Stats and stuff

Travis MacGregor (3-3) started and took the loss for the Curve, giving up a run on two hits in two innings. Oddy Nunez allowed one run in one inning, and Jeff Passantino gave up one run in four innings.

Luis Medina (2-1) won for Somerset, tossing 5ª scoreless innings, striking out six with four walks.

Chase Murray had two of Altoona’s five hits.

Looking ahead

The Curve are off today, then host Harrisburg for a week-long series beginning Tuesday.

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