The Altoona Curve were officially
eliminated from playoff contention as they dropped their home finale at Blair
County Ballpark, 6-2, to
The loss coupled with an
The 6,191 in attendance brought the Curve's season attendance to 356,339, the sixth consecutive season the Curve have eclipsed 350,000 in attendance. A streak that stretches back to 2002.
Reading starter Josh
Outman was in control throughout his seven-inning stint,
Curve starter Kip Bouknight also pitched well, equaling a career-high with 10 strikeouts over seven innings. The right-hander made one mistake however, and Joey Hammond made it hurt, blasting a Bouknight offering for a three-run home run in the fourth inning to give Reading a 3-0 lead.
The Curve response came immediately as they plated their lone two runs in the bottom of the inning. Brandon Chaves, activated from the disabled list prior to the ballgame contributed a sacrifice fly to score Adam Boeve and an infield-single from Bouknight that scored Jason Delaney made it a one-run game.
Outman recovered after the uprising to retire nine straight Curve hitters. The R-Phils used that time to stretch their lead. The final run off of Bouknight plated on an RBI single for Greg Golson in the seventh as Reading upped the lead to 4-2.
Jose Paniagua relieved Bouknight in the eighth and permitted two runs in two innings. Peeter Ramos doubled home Hammond in the seventh and Golson clubbed a solo home run in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Bouknight (11-6) was tagged with his sixth loss of the season.
Julio Mateo tossed two scoreless innings to finish the ballgame and was rewarded with his third save of the season.
The Curve will open a season-ending series
with the Erie SeaWolves with a doubleheader at