(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – Altoona scored the final 14 runs after Trenton had built an early lead as the Curve completed a three-game sweep of the Thunder, 14-2, Wednesday afternoon at Waterfront Park in front of 4,585 fans to hand the Thunder (73-57) their 12th loss in their last 15 games. Altoona out-scored Trenton 25-4 during the series as the Curve swept the Thunder for the second time in as many weeks.
The Thunder’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot dropped to 8 with a loss by Reading at Harrisburg. Second-place New Britain will host Portland Wednesday night with the Rock Cats now within 4.5 games of the Thunder in the Eastern Division standings with 12 games remaining.
The 14 runs allowed by the Thunder were the most in any game during the season. The Curve scored five in the fourth against Dellin Betances (3-4), then four in the fifth against Craig Heyer to break the open open. RBI hits by David Adams and Addison Maruszak had given the Thunder a 2-0 lead in the first against Altoona starter Gerrit Cole.
Cole lasted 4.2 innings and threw 98 pitches, allowing the two runs on five hits and four walks. Jason Townsend (1-0) threw the final 4.1 frames for Altoona in his Double-A debut and permitted only two hits and no walks. Quincy Latimore hit a two-run home run and collected four RBI to pace the Curve’s 14-hit attack.
The Thunder head to Akron on Thursday night to begin an important four-game series with the Western Division-leading Aeros. First pitch of the series-opener is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Left-hander Vidal Nuno (7-5, 2.60) is expected to start for Trenton while Akron counters with righty Brett Brach (3-6, 4.36). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm.