Aeros split doubleheader with Curve
Akron earns 7-6 victory before falling 7-0 in second contest
Akron, OH – The Akron Aeros and Altoona Curve played two games on Saturday night, and each team claimed a win apiece.
In the first game, and picking up where they had left off from the night before, the Aeros took off with an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning and held on as they defeated the Curve 7-6.
The game was only 7 innings, as it was the first game of a back-to-back double header.
The Aeros loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning and with one out, Carlos Moncrief hit a three-run RBI double to left field for his 16th RBI of 2013. Moncrief was driven in by the very next batter, Giovanny Urshela, who reached base on a fielding error.
After the first inning, the Aeros held a 4-0 advantage.
In the bottom half of the inning, Tyler Holt hit a two-out double and Cedric Hunter smacked a two-run home run into the right field bleachers to extend the Aeros’ lead to 6-1. It was Hunter’s sixth home run with the Aeros this season.
The hard hitting continued in the third inning as Drew Maggi of Altoona hit a solo home run to left field, his first of the year.
Both sides remained scoreless until the top of the 6th inning, where Altoona’s Justin Howard hit a two-run double, his sixth of the year, to cut Akron’s lead to 6-4.
The Aeros would strike back in the bottom half of the inning, as Hunter hit a single to score Jose Ramirez. Hunter was responsible for three of Akron’s seven total runs.
The Curve would threaten Akron’s lead in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Gregory Polancohit a two-run single to cut Akron’s lead to 7-6, but that would be all the Curve could muster, as Cutler hit into a double play to end the game.
Both teams had strong hitting, but it was the Aeros who won the night with seven runs on 10 hits.
Among the Aeros’ leaders was Cedric Hunter, who went 3-for-3 with a home run and was inches away from hitting a second in the fourth inning as the ball nearly cleared the wall and went into the bullpen.
Giovanny Urshela went 0-for-4, putting an end to his hitting streak at seven games.
Brett Brach started for the Aeros and had a very strong performance. He went for five solid innings and allowed two runs on four hits and struck out three. He earned the win and his record stand at 5-4 for the season.
Brach was relieved by Blake Wood, who was on a rehab assignment for the Indians. He pitched for 2/3 of an inning and gave up two earned runs, one hit, and one walk, while also striking out a batter.
Wood was replaced by Austin Adams, who would finish the game and earned his third save.
The Aeros took full advantage of the Curve’s starting pitcher Eliecer Navarro, scoring six runs (all in the first two innings) and eight hits in Navarro’s five innings pitched. Navarro was credited with the loss and is 0-2 for the year.
Game two of the double header began a half hour after the first game’s final out, and had a different result, as the Curve shut out the Aeros 7-0.
This game got off to a much quieter start. It remained scoreless for the first three innings, as both starting pitchers had relative ease dealing with the opposing lineups.
The second game’s first major highlight came in the third inning, when Altoona’s Justin Howard hit a line drive to right field, but an enormous throw by Moncrief to second base was enough to get the out.
Altoona struck first, and struck in a big way. In the top of the fourth inning, Alex Dickerson blasted a massive two-run home run into right field, his seventh home run of the year.
Two innings later, Drew Maggi scored on a wild pitch to extend Altoona’s lead to 3-0.
Altoona finished off the Aeros in the top of the seventh inning, as Carlos Paulino hit a sacrifice fly to score Cunningham. Maggi was the next batter and hit an RBI double to score Cutler, which was his ninth RBI of the year.
The Curve kept the runs coming as Adalberto Santos hit a two-run single to score Howard and Maggi, extending Altoona’s lead to7-0, which was the final score.
The hitting for both ball clubs (especially the Aeros) was much more reserved in the second game. Akron managed five hits in the second game as opposed to 10 in the first, while Altoona hit nine in the second game, which was 1 more than they hit in the first.
Cole Cook started the game for Akron, and did very well until the fourth inning. After giving up a double to Maggi, he was taken out and relieved by JD Reichenbach, who was promoted to the Aeros from High-A Carolina on Friday.
Cole pitched for 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out three. He earned the loss and his record drops to 1-1.
Ethan Hollingsworth started for the Curve and had an excellent outing, only allowing no runs on only three hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched. He easily earned the win and is now 5-3 for Altoona.
After the doubleheader split, the Aeros’ record now stands at 39-42 and are in 5th place, trailing the Harrisburg Senators by 5 1/2 games in the Western Division. The Curve’s record holds at 35-46 and they remain in last place in the West.
The first pitch is set for 2:05 pm.