Norman tacked on one more in the 7th, with a lead-off home run. � When Justin Wilson exited after his 7 innings of work, he had a 5-0 lead in his pocket. The Curve threatened again in the top of the 9th, again with two outs recorded, when d’Arnaud reached base on a fielding error, and Harrison singled, but a ground out ended the inning.
Mike Dubee relieved Wilson to begin the 8th inning, and he retired the side in order.� The bottom of the 9th brought trouble for Dubee, though.� He gave up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, then struck out the next batter on three pitches.� A wild pitch got past C Hector Gimenez, to push both runners into scoring position, and a walk loaded the bases.� That was enough for Curve manager Matt Walbeck, who sent Dubee to the showers and brought in Daniel Moskos. Moskos stepped up and struck out both batters he faced to end the threat and the game.
RF Miles Durham left the game at the end of the 2nd inning due to a head injury.� Durham made the last out in the bottom of the 2nd, when he made the catch of a foul fly ball –but he crashed into the wall, hitting his head on a metal railing.� He was checked out and seemed to be ok intially, but will be checked again before tomorrow’s game.
The Curve and the Thunder will play Game 4 on Saturday at 7 pm, with Tony Watson making the start for Altoona.
In the International League, the Columbus Clippers won the Governor’s Cup with another huge win over the Durham Bulls, 13 – 2.� The Clippers also won Game 1 in blow-out fashion, 18 – 5, and in both of the blow-outs, the Clippers posted 20 hits.� Columbus recorded a total of 37 runs on 54 hits in the 4-game series, while Durham was held to 10 runs on 32 hits.� Tonight the Clippers scored in 6 different innings, and the 4-run 6th was their biggest inning.� DH Jason Kipnis had the only home run for the Clippers, as he went 4-for-6 at the plate.� LF Jerad Head went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 4 runs scored.� SS Josh Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with 4 RBI.� Former Indy Indian Luke Carlin did not play in the game.� Durham scored one run in the 3rd on an RBI double by former Indy Indian Chris Richard, and one more in the 4th, on an RBI single by another former Indian, JJ Furmaniak.�
The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3, on a walk-off RBI single that scored pinch-hitter Andrew McCutchen from second base.� McCutchen has the stomach flu and did not make the start.� Instead, Jose Tabata played center field and Alex Presley made the start in left field.� Presley went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt.� John Bowker started in right field, and he also went 0-for-3.� Brandon Moss pinch-hit in the 7th inning for pitcher Brian Burres, but he grounded out.� Burress pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, no walks, with 3 strikeouts.