Hill sends Altoona Curve into All-Star break with walk-off single
ALTOONA — The Altoona Curve came from behind to win their third straight game, 3-2, over the Trenton Thunder as Logan Hill delivered the game-winner on Sunday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The Curve (45-39) recorded three consecutive singles from Will Craig , Jordan George and Hill’s walk-off knock without using an out against Brody Koerner (Loss, 1-1) of the Thunder (49-39). The game-ending hit by Hill is the fourth walk-off hit for the Curve this season.
Trenton starter Domingo Acevedo held the Curve to two hits, both to Alfredo Reyes , and two walks, each to Ke’Bryan Hayes , over six innings. Reyes and Hayes each stole three bases in the game and used their speed to create two runs in the sixth. Reyes started the inning with his second hit and stole second and third before he scored on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Reynolds . Hayes walked for the second time with one out and moved up to second on his third stolen base with Craig batting. Craig reached on a throwing error by Trenton third baseman Mandy Alvarez but Hayes kept running with two outs and scored on the play to give Altoona a 2-1 edge.
Pedro Vasquez tossed his third quality start in a row and limited Trenton to one run on three hits over six innings. The lone Thunder score on Vasquez came in the fourth when Devyn Bolasky tripled and scored on a single by Billy Fleming. Trey Amburgey followed with a third straight hit before Vasquez retired his last nine batters.
The Thunder tied the game, 2-2, during the seventh inning with Sean Keselica on the mound for the Curve. Keselica issued back-to-back walks with one out to set up an RBI single off the bat of Jorge Saez.
Geoff Hartlieb (Win, 8-2) recorded the final four outs on the mound for his third win over his last four outings and now sits second in the Eastern Leagues in winning decisions.
The Curve are off for the Eastern League All-Star Break for the next three days and return to action on Thursday in Erie at 7:05 p.m. The starting pitchers are to be determined for Thursday’s series opener. Trenton will host the 2018 Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11 with left-handed pitchers Taylor Hearn and Sean Keselica in addition to infielders Ke’Bryan Hayes and Will Craig representing the Curve for the Western Division team. Craig will also participate in Tuesday’s home run derby.
The team will return to Altoona on Monday, July 16 for a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox, Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. For tickets or more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.