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Altoona Beats Reading in an 11-2 Blowout

Altoona Beats Reading in an 11-2 Blowout

The Altoona Curve beat the Reading Phillies 11-2 on Saturday night, thanks to two separate five run innings, led by some big hitting from Chase d'Arnaud and Matt Hague.

Yung-Chi Chen led off with a double, and was moved over to third on a ground out by Anthony Norman.  After Justin Wilson struck out, Chase d'Arnaud connected with an RBI double to the left field gap, tying the game at 1-1 at the time.  Jim Negrych was hit by a pitch, and Jordy Mercer walked to load the bases.  Matt Hague hit a loop single to shallow right field, bringing in two runs, and giving the Curve a 3-1 lead.  Hector Gimenez knocked in Mercer with a single, and Miles Durham followed up with an RBI double to make it 5-1.

Altoona got their second big inning in the seventh inning.  Chase d'Arnaud led off the inning with a stand up triple on a line drive down the third base line.  Jim Negrych was hit by the first pitch, getting hit for the second time tonight.  Jordy Mercer connected with an RBI double to the g...

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