(PR) (Altoona, PA) – Altoona roughed up Dellin Betances for eight runs on ten hits in four innings and the Curve completed a three-game sweep of Trenton, 8-3, Sunday night to hand the Thunder a fifth-straight loss. Betances (3-2) tied his career high in both runs and hits allowed as Trenton (70-50) was swept in a series for the first time this season.
Altoona broke open a close game by batting around and scoring five runs in the fifth. Betances allowed the first five batters to reach in the inning on four hits and a walk and was pulled with two runners on and the Curve leading 6-1. Craig Heyer entered and allowed a two-run triple to Jarek Cunningham on his first pitch to complete the scoring in the inning.
Zoilo Almonte, whose RBI double in the fourth against Brandon Cumpton (11-9) put Trenton on the board, drilled a two-run home run off of Cumpton in the sixth for his third RBI of the game. Cumpton would last 5.2 innings and allow eight hits and three runs. Kris Harvey and Jeff Inman combined for 3.1 scoreless relief innings to finish the victory for Altoona.
Oscar Tejeda had two RBI doubles for the Curve, while Cunningham and Adalberto Santos each went 3-for-4 to pace Altoona’s 12-hit attack. Abraham Almonte went 0-for-5 for Trenton and saw his consecutive on-base streak end at a team-season-high 27 games.
The Thunder next head to Reading for a huge four-game series beginning Monday night. First pitch of the series-opener is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Left-hander Vidal Nuno (7-3, 2.32) is expected to start for Trenton while Reading counters with righty Ethan Martin (2-0, 1.46). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm