1-0 victory for Altoona
The Double-A Altoona Curve shutout the Reading Fightin Phils for a 1-0 victory on Sunday. With the win, the Curve are now 42-44 on the season.
Braxton Ashcraft started for Altoona. Ashcraft pitched 3 hitless, scoreless innings. He retired all nine batters he faced, filled the strike zone by throwing 25 of 29 pitches for strikes, and he struck out four batters. Ashcraft's comeback story continues as he has now pitched 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched at Double-A.
Omar Cruz followed, allowing two hits, walking a batter, and striking out two in 3 scoreless innings pitched. Noe Toribio allowed two hits in a scoreless 7th inning and Braeden Ogle pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning. Oliver Garcia walked three batters to load the bases in the 9th, but with the help of a strikeout closed out the game.
Altoona's lone run was driven in by Mike Jarvis who went 1-for-3. Abrahan Gutierrez was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Matt Fraizer, Domingo Leyba, and Tsung-Che Cheng each had a hit as well. That was it for Curve base runners, but it was enough to secure victory.