Curve Fall Victim to Thunder Sweep with Loss on ThursdayAugust 2, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Altoona Curve
After spotting the Thunder a run in the first inning, Altoona scored its first run of the game in the second as it had all series long. Oscar Tejeda worked a leadoff walk thanks to Thunder starter Dellin Betances (2-1) and came home three batters later thanks to a two-out double by Charlie Cutler.
With the game tied at one, Trenton moved back in front for good in the bottom of the inning when Yadil Mujica grabbed a two-out RBI hit of his own to bring in J.R. Murphy. The 2-1 deficit was as close as the Curve came the rest of the way as the Thunder scored two runs in the third, fourth and fifth before adding a single run in the sixth.
Altoona was able to pull within three in the fifth inning thanks to RBI from Brock Holt (sac fly) and Matt Curry (single) but Trenton's counter with two in the bottom of the inning once again boosted its lead.
Brandon Cumpton (10-9) lasted four innings Thursday afternoon and gave up six runs on eight hits before turning it over to Mike Colla, who allowed three runs in two innings of work. Kyle Kaminska made his Altoona debut and threw two scoreless innings while striking out three.
The Curve did try and rally in the final two innings, scoring one in the eighth thanks to an RBI single by Ramon Cabrera and two more in the ninth on a RBI double by Santos along with an RBI single from Tejeda. Unfortunately it wasn't enough as Ryan Pope was able to close out the game and seal the three-run victory for the Thunder.
With the series in Trenton concluded, the Curve (54-56) now travel to New Britain, Conn. to take on the Rock Cats (AA - Twins) in the first of three beginning Friday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Kyle McPherson (3-5, 4.22) will stroll to the hill for the Curve in the series opener and face former Curve hurler Aaron Thompson (3-6, 5.81), who tosses for New Britain.
Airtime on ESPN Radio 1430, WVAM and the Curve Radio Network is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. For tickets and more information on the upcoming Curve homestand beginning Monday, call 877.99.CURVE, visit AltoonaCurve.com or stop by the box office windows at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
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