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Altoona crushes Akron at People's Natural Gas Field

Altoona crushes Akron at People's Natural Gas Field
June 24, 2012
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ALTOONA -- Altoona shortstop Brock Holt had two extra-base hits and four RBIs Saturday night, as the Curve crushed the Akron Aeros 13-5 at People’s Natural Gas Field.
The win snapped a seven-game winning streak against the Curve, and tied the series at a game apiece.
Holt hit a two-run triple off Aeros starter Brett Brach (2-3, 3.86) that contributed to a six-run second inning.  After two innings, the Curve had built an 8-0 lead.  The inning also included two fielding errors, two bunt singles, two walks, and a wild pitch. 
Brach opened the scoring after allowing a two-run home run in the first inning to first baseman Matt Curry.  Brach left with two outs in the fourth inning, trailing 8-0.  In his short start, he allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and five walks.
In the fifth, the Curve added four more runs off Akron reliever Jose De La Torre, making the score 12-1.  Two came on a double by Holt, who increased his RBI season total to 26.
De La Torre, who had allowed just two baserunners in his previous four appearances, wasn’t sharp against the bloodthirsty Altoona lineup.  In one inning, he allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out none.
Rob Bryson and Bryan Price combined to pitch the final three and one-third innings of the game for Akron, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and a walk.
The Curve's 13 runs is the most scored against Akron in a single game this season.  The eight-run margin is also largest of the season for the Aeros.
Despite falling behind by double digits early, the Aeros managed to put runs on the board.
Adam Abraham, playing his first game at third base, went 3-for-4, with three doubles and an RBI, though he made two throwing errors in the game.  First baseman Chun Chen and left fielder Jeremie Tice each homered.  Chen’s homer was his second of the season and one of three hits on the night.  Tice hit a three-run shot in the sixth inning, his first Double-A round-tripper. 
The Aeros and Curve (34-38) will meet again on Sunday night at 6 p.m.  The third game the series will place Akron right-hander Paolo Espino (1-2, 3.08) against Altoona right-hander Phil Irwin (0-4, 4.35).
Notes: Brett Brach broke a two-start streak in which he had pitched 12 innings, allowing just one earned run. … Jordan Henry is just 4-for-29 with no extra-base hits since his return from knee surgery. … Announced attendance: 6,152.

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

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