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Cannonballs coming: Altoona takes 2-0 lead in finals

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Altoona beat Trenton, 4-2, to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern League finals. J.T. Brubaker had the longest of his career, allowing two runs, one earned, over eight innings. (The second run was originally ruled unearned as well, but was later changed when an error was altered to a hit.) Brubaker allowed seven hits, walked just one and struck out six. He needed just 94 pitches. Altoona got enough offense, knocking out Yankee prospect Justus Sheffield in the fifth and getting two more off the bullpen. Elvis Escobar (pictured) had a pair of RBI singles and Jin-De Jhang had two hits and two runs scored. Kevin Kramer drew two walks, one with the bases loaded, and Jordan George had an RBI single. The Curve also had two runners thrown out at the plate. Yeudy Garcia got two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth for the save.

The Curve can wrap up the Eastern League title tomorrow at home with Mitch Keller on the mound.