10 inning victory for Altoona
Once again, the Double-A Altoona Curve are within a game of .500. Following a 4-3 victory in 10 innings over the Akron RubberDucks on Sunday night the Curve now sit at 67-68 overall on the season.
Justin Meis started for Altoona and pitched 3.1 innings. Meis allowed a run on two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. He threw 38 of 62 pitches for strikes, and exited with two runners on base. Oliver Garcia replaced Meis, working around a walk with the help of a strikeout to finish off the 4th inning.
After getting the first two outs of the 5th inning, Garcia issued a walk and allowed a hit. This led to him being pulled for Tyler Samaniego. Samaniego would strikeout Aaron Bracho to end the 5th inning. Even though he put two runners on base, Samaniego was able to also pitch a scoreless 6th inning.
Tahnaj Thomas pitched a scoreless 7th inning before running into trouble in the 8th inning. Thomas allowed 2 runs on three hits and two walks in 1.2 innings pitched. Cam Junker was then summoned to get the final out of the 8th inning. Junker also pitched the 9th inning, posting a zero to send the game to extra innings.
Tsung-Che Cheng was the runner who started the 10th inning on second base. After moving to third base on a ground out, it looked like he may be stranded there following Jase Bowen striking out for the second out of the inning. However, Cheng was able to use his speed to take advantage of a passed ball to scurry home to give the Curve a 4-3 lead.
Junker returned to the hill in the bottom of the 10th and retired the RuberDucks in order to close out the game. Junker could easily be named the player of the game for the Curve after pitching 2.1 hitless, scoreless innings of relief. Junker now owns a 3.25 ERA in 55.1 innings pitched this season.
Cheng went 0-for-4 at the top of the lineup, but drew a walk and scored two runs. Bowen was 1-for-5 with a double and a RBI. Connor Scott was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, Chavez Young went 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI, and Lolo Sanchez was 1-for-3 with a run scored.