The Altoona Curve brawl with New Hampshire included plenty of firepower, but in the end the Curve didn’t have enough on the scoreboard. Altoona left the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Zack Dodson pitched well over seven innings.
The brawl started in the seventh inning when Jarek Cunningham was hit by a pitch. Eight ejections occured including Cunningham, Keon Broxton and Gift Ngoepe. Four Cats and the skipper for New Hampshire Bobby Meacham. Stetson Allie hit his 12th homer off Daniel Norris who made his first Double A start and struck out nine. Allie was later hit by a Norris pitch, and would later leave the game.
Dodson hit Andy Burns to retaliate, but when Cunningham was beaned, the brawl was on.
Altoona took a 4-3 lead into the 8th, but Matt Benedict gave up three runs in the bottom half. (For some reason, the Curve keep using Benedict with the game on the line, with usually dire results. He now has an ERA of 8.35, with peripherals to match.) Altoona loaded the bases with no out in the 9th, but got only one run. The Curve were facing Daniel Norris in his first AA start and got four runs against him, including HRs by Elias Diaz, his fourth, and Stetson Allie, his 12th.
The Curve struck out 13 times in the game. Altoona is 26-42 on the season.
— Kris (@KennedyMLB) June 19, 2014
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