2017-07-25 / State/National Sports

Coley powers Curve to 2-0 win over Phils

The Altoona Curve blanked the Reading Fightin Phils on Monday night at FirstEnergy Stadium, 2-0, behind seven scoreless innings by Austin Coley and a go-ahead, eightinning double by Jerrick Suiter.

The Curve (51-48) picked up a win in the series opener, holding the Fightin Phils (54-45) to four hits in the game. Coley (4-2) allowed two hits over his seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk.

The Curve broke the scoreless tie with a two-out, tworun double by Suiter off of Austin Davis (3-2) in the top of the eighth inning, bringing home Michael Suchy and Cole Tucker.

Reading threatened in the bottom of the eighth. Reliever Jake Brentz hit the leadoff hitter, Kyle Martin, with a pitch. After a strikeout of Malquin Canelo, Brentz walked Damek Tomscha and Zach Coppola to load the bases with one out.

The Curve brought in reliever Luis Heredia, who struck out Angelo Mora and Carlos Tocci to strand the bases loaded. In the bottom of the ninth, Reading put two runners on base, but Tate Scioneaux (Save, 9) stranded them on the corners to pick up his second save in the last two days.

Reading starter Tyler Viza did not allow a hit until two outs in the sixth inning, when Coley knocked a single for his first professional hit to break up the no-hitter.

Jin-De Jhang went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles for the Curve.

The start of the game was delayed by an hour and 38 minutes due to rain.

The Curve and Fightin Phils continue the three-game series on Tuesday night. Right-hander Alex McRae (7-4, 3.70) will start on the mound for Altoona, opposed by Reading lefty Cole Irvin (4-1, 3.18). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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