Nate Baker (4-4) went right through the Aeros lineup in the first inning 1-2-3 to get his offense to the batter’s box quickly versus Toru Murata (6-6). Alen Hanson and Adalberto Santos both singled to right to start the first before Dickerson jettisoned his three-run homer to put the Curve up, 3-0. The hits kept coming for the Curve as Tony Sanchez singled and Justin Howard doubled to put runners back and second and third still with no one out.
Murata retired Mel Rojas, Jr. for the inning’s first out but he did not retire Andy Vasquez, who ripped a three-run homer down the line in right to make it, 6-0. Ali Solis singled following the homer and then Murata hit Drew Maggi to flip the lineup card over again. After a wild pitch moved both runners up, Hanson batted for a second time in the inning and stroked a sac fly to bring Solis home for a 7-0 Curve lead.
Santos added the inning’s final run with a single of his own to bring Maggi home from second base. Dickerson walked following Santos’ single before Sanchez grounded out to end the inning. Akron’s Murata threw a total of 43 pitches in the inning.
That was more than enough run support for Baker, who did not allow his first baserunner or hit until the fourth inning when Tyler Naquin singled to start the inning. Akron scored both its runs off Baker in the sixth inning but the starter was able to limit the damage there. In his six innings of work, Baker allowed the two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. The seven strikeouts were a new season high for Baker.
Each member in the Curve lineup had a hit with Dickerson leading the way with four. Eight of the nine batters also scored at least one run in the win. Hanson, Howard, Santos, Vasquez and Solis all had multi-hit games in the win.
Altoona (63-78) will host Akron (67-73) for the final game of the 2013 season at noon on Labor Day with gates opening up at 11 a.m.
On the mound for the Curve in the final game of the season will be LHP Eliecer Navarro (4-7, 4.34), who looks to close 2013 on a high note. He’ll face Aeros’ RHP Brett Brach (9-9, 4.88) on Monday.
--Altoona Curve Media Relations
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