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Altoona sweeps up Eastern League title with 4-2 win

Altoona beat Trenton, 4-2, to sweep their series and win the Eastern League title. The Curve won all six of their post-season games, allowing just ten runs in the process.

Mitch Keller had an outstanding start, giving up just four hits and one walk in seven and a third innings, while fanning eight. Two of the hits, both doubles, came in the second inning, along with a hit batsman. That produced two runs. Keller retired the side in order in every other inning until the seventh.

Altoona got all of its runs in the fifth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Jerrick Suiter walked to force in a run. Jin-De Jhang followed with a three-run triple. Mitchell Tolman and Michael Suchy each had two hits for the Curve.

Keller seemingly ran out of gas in the eighth, letting the first two runners reach base. He got a strikeout and then, having thrown 102 pitches, came out in favor of Johnny Hellweg. Despite throwing only four of 12 pitches for strikes, Hellweg got out of the inning with no damage after starting off with a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Tate Scioneaux then capped off the win by fanning the side in the ninth.