HARRISBURG – There was no higher method to finish the Curve season than what occurred on Monday afternoon to finish a vacation weekend.
This was a very inconsistent Curve group all through the season. The membership opened the 12 months 5-Zero, tying the perfect begin report, after which misplaced seven of its subsequent eight video games.
At an early level within the second half, the Curve had 10 video games above .500 (49-39) and had the perfect total report within the West Division.
Then got here a pointy fall to fall from the playoff race.
Final week, Altoona swept a collection of 4 video games at residence in opposition to Akron to enhance to 69-67, giving himself an amazing probability to complete with a successful report.
As a substitute, the Curve went on the way in which to Harrisburg this weekend, apparently forgot find out how to hit baseball and ended up being swept to ensure this may be a dropping season.
Senators beat Altoona on Monday afternoon, 1-Zero, at FNB Discipline to conclude the marketing campaign and saddle the curve with a report of 69-71. The group misplaced their final 4 video games and was excluded of their final two.
Earlier than that, Altoona scored just one run within the first recreation of the collection, earlier than erupting for seven runs within the second recreation. Then, in three of the final 4 video games of the season, the Curve achieved a complete of 1 race.
Altoona nonetheless had the possibility to win on Sunday, thanks to a different sturdy pitching presentation, one thing that grew to become the norm within the last stretch.
Left-hander Sean Brady led a recreation with out hits for five 2/Three innings, solely to lose him in a house run by Michael Taylor with two outs within the sixth. That turned out to be the one race within the recreation.
Brady (5-13) had one other lack of luck and completed with 13 losses for the Curve, regardless of a decent four.20 ERA.
Kevin McGowan (2-Three) gained for Harrisburg, leaving Altoona in three hits in six innings. Jhonatan German closed it within the ninth for his second save.
Harrisburg completed with solely three hits, however Taylor's residence run gave the Senators a four-game sweep earlier than reaching the playoffs. They gained the primary half division title and can face second half champion Bowie within the postseason.
SUBHD: recreation abstract
Key participant: RHP Kevin McGowan threw six bleached innings to win for Harrisburg.
Key recreation: RF Michael Taylor hit residence run in sixth place for the Senators, scoring the sport's solely run.
Key Statistics: The Curve misplaced its final 4 video games to finish the season with a dropping report in 69-71.
SUBHD: how they scored
sixth decrease: Taylor residence run homer (Zero-1).
The opening of the 2020 Curve season will likely be April 9 in opposition to Erie in PNG Discipline.