Curve top Aeros 3-2 in extra innings
Akron, OH - When it rains, it pours. After a 1 ½ hour rain delay before the start of the game, the Curve came from behind to beat the Aeros 3-2 in 12 innings Thursday night at Canal Park.
Akron (52-39) mustered only three hits off of Altoona’s pitching staff, which went 11 scoreless innings and kept the Curve in a position to gut one out the entire night.
Altoona starter Tim Alderson went five innings and gave up two runs on two hits while striking out eight. Mike Colla, Jeff Inman, Logan Kensing and Kris Harvey came on in relief for the Curve (44-45) and continued to give the Akron lineup trouble throughout the night. The five pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts, the most Ks by Aeros hitters in a game this year.
“[Altoona] commanded their fastball pretty well and threw some good breaking balls that kept us off balance,” said Aeros manager Chris Tremie. “You’ve got to give them credit; they threw the ball well tonight.”
The Aeros started the game’s scoring in the second inning when Matt Lawson belted an RBI single that scored Jordan Henry and Roberto Perez to give Akron a 2-0 lead.
The Curve began their comeback in the sixth inning when shortstop Drew Maggi hit an RBI single to score Quincy Lattimore and cut the lead to 2-1.
Akron starter T.J. House pitched another quality outing for the Aeros, going 7 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out eight.
“Really good outing out of [House]. He was good with his fastball, and had really good command with his change-up,” Tremie said. “He got ground balls and some double plays, and overall a very strong outing.”
House took a 2-1 lead into the eighth, but gave up a triple and walk before turning things over to the bullpen with two outs. Closer Preston Guilmet came on and surrendered a hit to Altoona’s Oscar Tejada to tie the game, 2-2, and set the stage for extra innings.
Altoona catcher Charlie Cutler drove in the go-ahead run with a single to left field in the top of the 12th inning to give the Curve the win.
The Aeros had their opportunities to win the ballgame. In the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and no outs, they failed to produce a hit or draw a walk.
The Curve won for the first time in seven tries at Canal Park this season. The Curve and Aeros have played three extra-inning games. Thursday’s game rivaled a 13-inning outing, won by the Aeros back on April 29th.
The Aeros and Curve will play game two of the series Friday night at 7:05. RHP Kyle McPherson (1-3, 4.37) will start for Altoona, and RHP Steven Wright (6-6, 2.62) will start for Akron.