Morris (3-0) had early run support thanks to back-to-back homers from Hanson and Mel Rojas, Jr. with one out in the first inning. The offense continued as Morris continued to run his scoreless innings streak higher and higher.
Altoona added another run in the third thanks to a two-out RBI single from Stetson Allie, which was the first of his three hits on the day. In the fourth, the Curve opened up a 6-0 lead thanks to a two-out RBI single from Gift Ngoepe and a two-out, two-run double from Hanson.
Akron scored its first run of the game in the fourth with one out off of Morris when Joe Wendle homered to right to make it a, 6-1, game. That homer ended a scoreless innings streak of 22 innings for Morris that dated back to April 11 in Richmond. The 22-inning mark fell 1.2 innings shy of the franchise-record mark set by Derek Hankins back in 2010.
Leading 6-1, Akron mounted a charge in the sixth and scored a pair of runs after an error by Hanson on a potential double play ball only resulted in one out. Morris departed after 5.2 innings and ended up allowing three runs on a total of five hits with four strikeouts.
The Curve immediately countered Akron’s run in the seventh thanks to a Justin Howard RBI single through the right side to score Matt Curry from third. In see-saw fashion, Akron got the run right back but that capped the scoring on the afternoon. Quinton Miller pitched the ninth inning to notch his first save of the season.
Altoona’s 14 hits tied a season-high in the win while Allie led the team with three hits. Eight of the nine starters in the lineup recorded at least one hit in the victory.
Done with the RubberDucks for a week, the Curve (14-21) will now enjoy an off day on Monday before embarking on a three-game road trip to Binghamton to take on the B-Mets (AA – New York Mets) beginning Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m.
---Curve Media Relations
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