Reading Phillies �3, �Altoona Curve �2 (box)
Bryan Morris gave up 8 hits for 3 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings in his second game for the Curve, and his first home game in Altoona. �The R-Phils scored their first run in the top of the 1st, on a double, a single, and a wild pitch by Morris. �A walk and another double put runners on second and third, but Morris halted the scoring with a fly out. � Reading came back to poke at Morris again in the 2nd inning. �A single, complicated by a fielding error by CF Gorkys Hernandez, put the lead-off runner on second base, and another double drove him in, to give the R-Phils a 2-0 lead.
The Curve tied the score on a solo home run by 1B Matt Hague to lead off the 3rd inning, and another run in the 2nd. �RF�Miles Durham opened the 2nd with a single, and Morris’s sacrifice bunt moved him to second base. �SS Chase d’Arnaud grounded to short, and Durham beat out the throw to third base, leaving runners on the corners. �2B Josh Harrison’s double into left field plated Durham. �Score tied, 2-2.
The tie did not last long. �The top of the 3rd began with three consecutive singles off Morris, and the go-ahead run came in. �Morris finished that inning without letting in another run, but he was done for the evening. �Derek Hankins relieved Morris to begin the 5th inning. �Hankins pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits. �The rehabbing Jack Taschner took over for the 8th, when he retired all three batters in order. �Mike Dubee finished things up for the Curve with a scoreless 9th. �He hit a batter, but erased him with a double play, then gave up a single, and a stolen base plus a missed catch error by SS d’Arnaud put the runner on third base, but Dubee struck out the next batter to end the inning.
The Curve threatened in the 4th inning, when 3B Jordy Mercer led off with a ground-rule double and LF Alex Presley walked, but a double play ended the inning. �Harrison singled in the 6th, but was picked off first base. �C Hector Gimenez singled in the 7th and walked in the 9th, but both times was left on base.
The Eastern League All-Star Game will be held on Wednesday July 14th in Harrisburg. �Again this year, fans will be given a chance to vote for one position player and one pitcher to be named to the All-Star teams. �You can vote for the Eastern League All-Stars: �go to the ballot page here to vote for your favorite Curve player.
The Bradenton Marauders have a scheduled day off for Memorial Day.