CURVE, Pa. - Adalberto Santos added two more hits to a blistering week, including the walk-off single that lifted the Curve to victory in the 10th, and Altoona picked up a series win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats with a 3-2 decision in front of 5,013 Sunday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
Following a dominant doubleheader sweep on Friday night over the Cats, Altoona saw its offense go quiet over Saturday and well into Sunday, going 15 innings at the plate with just one run, that one coming in Saturday's 5-1 defeat. In Sunday's series finale, Curve starter Kris Johnson and New Hampshire hurler Chad Jenkins impressed in their evenings on the hill. Johnson, making just his second start in his return to Double-A, allowed a lone tally in the third to give the Fisher Cats the upper hand on Koby Clemens's one-out solo shot homer. The home run was the third of the season for Clemens and the first hit of the night for the Fisher Cats. Johnson pitched five innings in total and allowed just that hit, working around five walks.
Jenkins stifled Altoona's bats through his first six innings, entering the bottom of the seventh with a 2-0 advantage thanks to another Clemens RBI in the top of the frame. The Curve finally cracked New Hampshire's righty there, though, as Matt Curry led off with his ninth home run of the year to get Altoona on the board at 2-1.
After ushering Jenkins from the ballgame in the eighth, the Curve pulled level in the ninth. A pair of sacrifice bunts followed Oscar Tejeda's leadoff infield single, neither of which resulted in an out. Tejeda slid into second safely on the bunt of Ramon Cabrera, ahead of the throw of Cats reliever Ryan Fisher and did the same going to third on the Jarek Cunningham's bunt. That time, Fisher's throw sailed up the left-field line and allowed Tejeda to take the plate and tie the game at 2-2.
One inning later, Altoona walked off to victory. Drew Maggi cruised around the basepaths after his leadoff single with a stolen base and an advance to third on Brock Holt's groundout. One batter later, Adalberto Santos continued his push for Eastern League Player of the Week honors by lacing the game-winning single through the right side, scoring Maggi for the win. Santos, mobbed by his teammates in a jubilant scene at first base, has gone 12-for-24 over the course of the last week with two home runs, five runs scored, and seven batted in.
The rally earned a victory for Vic Black (2-1) and came at the expense of Dyson (1-2).
--Curve Media Relations--