Harrison's Walk Off Lifts Curve to Win in 14 Innings
CURVE, Pa. - A single through the left side of the infield by Josh Harrison scored Jordy Mercer from third in the bottom of the 14th inning to catapult the Curve to a, 1-0, win over Richmond on Tuesday night at Blair County Ballpark. It is the second 1-0, extra-inning win for the Curve on this homestand.
With Mercer on at first via Conor Gillaspie's second error of the game and one out, a wild pitch from Rafael Cova (0-1) allowed Mercer to advance to second. Kris Watts grounded out to second base for the second out but did move Mercer to third to set up the walk-off hit by Harrison.
Derek Hankins (1-0) pitched the final three innings of the game and picked up his first win of the 2010 season.
Mike Crotta was masterful in his second start of the 2010 campaign as he no-hit the Squirrels through the first 5.1 innings before Jackson Williams singled into center field to break up the no-hit bid. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. product allowed just the one hit in seven innings and struck out four. In his two starts so far, Crotta has tossed 13 innings and allowed one run on two hits with eight strikeouts.
The Curve bullpen kept it going with scoreless innings of relief from Daniel Moskos, Ronald Uviedo and Hankins. Moskos tossed two innings while Uviedo struck out five of the seven batters he faced in two innings of work. All told, Curve pitching struck out 12 batters in the 14 innings of work Tuesday night.
Richmond starter Mike MacDonald also pitched very well but did not factor in the decision. MacDonald tossed six scoreless innings and struck out four.
Harrison finished the game 3-for-6 while Chase d'Arnaud finished 2-for-6 with a double.
Altoona (5-1) will once again head into the final game of a series on this homestand looking for a sweep as they meet Richmond (1-5) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at BCB. RHP Jared Hughes (1-0, 1.80) takes the hill for the Curve while LHP Clayton Tanner (1-0, 0.00) throws for the Flying Squirrels.
It's the first Wacky Wednesday of the season at the ballpark and we're kicking it off in style with Census Night. For tickets and more information, visit www.AltoonaCurve.com or call 877.99.CURVE. Radio coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1430, WVAM and the Altoona Curve Radio Network.
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