Anderson, Newman Fuel Curve To 6-0 Victory

CURVE, Pa. – The Altoona Curve blanked the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 6-0, behind eight scoreless innings tossed by Tanner Anderson and a four-RBI night from Kevin Newman. 

The Curve (42-39) held the Rumble Ponies (44-35) to four hits in front of an Independence Day crowd of 8,796 fans, the ninth-largest regular-season crowd in Peoples Natural Gas Field history.

Anderson (Win, 7-7) worked eight innings, a new career high, and allowing four hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Newman finished the game 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, four RBIs and two runs scored. He is batting .367 over his last 14 games.

In the first inning, Newman hit a lead-off double and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Logan Hill.

The Curve added to the lead with two runs in the second inning. With two runners on base, Anderson attempted a sacrifice bunt, but a missed catch error by third baseman David Thompson allowed Jin-De Jhang to score. Newman followed with a run-scoring groundout, bringing Pablo Reyes across the plate from third.

Wyatt Mathisen singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Two batters later, Newman hit a two-run homer to left-center, his fourth of the season, stretching the lead to 5-0.

The combination of Mathisen and Newman struck for another run in the sixth. Mathisen started the inning with a walk and came across the plate on a two-out single by Newman, pushing the lead to 6-0.

Binghamton put just two runners beyond first base in the game and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Yeudy Garcia worked around a hit batter in the ninth to close out the game.

Edwin Espinal went 3-for-4 in the game with three singles.

Binghamton starter Marcos Molina (Loss, 0-4) allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits over 5.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.

The Curve and Rumble Ponies continue the series on Wednesday night at PNG Field. Right-hander J.T. Brubaker (4-3, 4.92) will be on the mound for Altoona, opposed by Binghamton right-hander Chris Flexen (3-1, 1.69). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The night features a performance by BirdZerk, “America’s Ballpark Prankster,” presented by WTAJ. It’s also Winning Wednesday, presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Fans have the chance to win prizes from the PA Lottery, including free lottery tickets for a month. Plus, if the Curve win, fans can redeem their ticket at the Curve box office for another ticket of equal or lesser value to another Wednesday home game in 2017 (based on availability).

For tickets or more information, visit, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.