The Curve threatened again in the 6th, when Gimenez singled, then advanced to third base on Negrych’s double.� A pop out and a ground out left both on base.� The Curve took another big step forward in the 7th inning, when the opened the frame with back-to-back home runs.� D’Arnaud blasted a no-doubt-about-it home run over the right field wall, and Harrison smashed the very next pitch over the left field wall, to increase the Curve’s lead to 5-0.
They added another 2 runs in the 8th.� With one out, Negrych grounded to second base, but beat out a high throw to first base for an infield single.� Durham also singled, and Colla moved them both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.� D’Arnaud grounded to short, but the ball skittered through SS Johnson’s legs, and both Negrych and Durham came around to score.� Curve up, 7-0.
Mike Dubee came on to pitch the bottom of the 9th for the Curve.� He gave up a lead-off single, then got a strikeout and a ground out.� Pinch-hitter Adam Fox gave the Senators their only runs of the game, with a 2-out 2-run homer off Dubee.� It was too little, too late, though, as Dubee got Lombardozzi to fly out, ending the game.
The two teams meet again tomorrow for Game 4, which will begin at 4 pm in Harrisburg.
The Trenton Thunder defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-1, sweeping the first three games of the best-of-5 series.� The Thunder will advance to the Eastern League championship series, and � they will face the winner of the Curve/Senators’ series.� The Fisher Cats scored just one run in the three playoff games, and that came in the bottom of the 9th tonight, on two doubles.
In the International League playoffs, the Columbus Clippers took a 2-1 game lead in the series with a 1-0 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.� That one Clippers’ run came in the 8th inning, when former Indy Indian Luke Carlin smacked a one-out double, then scored from second base on Jose Constanza’s infield single.
The Louisville Bats defeated the Durham Bulls 2-1 to take a 2-1 game lead in their series.� Former Indy Indian and Pittsburgh Pirate JJ Furmaniak singled and scored in the 1st inning for Durham.� The Bats’ Todd Frazier knocked a 2-run home run in the 7th to give Louisville the win.
IF Akinori Iwamura was removed from the Pirates’ 40-man roster earlier in the week.� He has now cleared waivers and was officially released by the Pirates.
C Erik Kratz, who was also removed from the 40-man roster, has also cleared waivers.� He was outrighted to the Indianapolis Indians.