READING- The Curve scored
three runs in the top of the 10th inning to beat the Reading Phillies, 5-2, on
Wednesday night, snapping
Taber Lee pinch-hit to
lead off the 10th for
Johnson awoke the Curve's
previously slumbering offense in the first inning with the first
of two home runs on the night. Johnson's blast to left field off of
Phillies' starter Chris Rojas gave
The R-Phils took the lead in the fourth inning, finally getting to Curve starter Luis Munoz. Joey Hammond led off the inning with a single, and was pushed to second base when Munoz walked Michael Costanzo. The pair were sacrificed to third, and scored on a two-run single delivered by Peeter Ramos to give Reading a 2-1 lead. Munoz worked six strong innings, allowing just those two runs on five hits, but did not factor in the decision.
Johnson leveled the score with his second drive of the night in the sixth. Again Johnson victimized Rojas, sending his second homer to left field to tie the score, 2-2.
The game stayed tied into the tenth, as Romulo Sanchez turned in three scoreless inning of relief. Sanchez (6-3) was rewarded with his sixth victory of the season.
Following the Curve rally, Matt
Peterson retired the
Chris Key (5-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing the three runs to the Curve in the tenth.
The five runs for the Curve came on the heels of scoring just one run over their previous 30 offensive innings.
The Curve return to Blair County Ballpark on
Thursday night to open an eight-game homestand which will conclude the home
portion of the Curve's regular season. The homestand begins with a
four-game series against the Harrisburg Senators. Game one is scheduled
for 7:05 PM. LHP Josh Shortslef (3-12, 4.45) will
make the start for