Portland’s Derrik Gibson provided the first run of the game for the East. The outfielder hit just two home runs in all of the season but delivered a one-out shot off Akron’s Shawn Armstrong to give the East a 1-0 lead.
However, Altoona’s own Alen Hanson led off the third and later tied the game. The 21-year-old shortstop reached on a two-base error by Kennys Vargas and later scored on an RBI single by Harrisburg’s Michael Taylor to tie the game at one.
Hanson, along with the Curve’s Willy Garcia, started the rally in the fifth inning. After Hanson led off with a walk, he reached second when Garcia lined a one-out single up the middle. After Akron’s Francisco Lindor drew a two-out walk with the count full against him, Moya blasted the grand slam to put the West up 5-1.
The East got one back in the eighth after a leadoff triple by Gibson who scored on a groundout from New Hampshire’s Jon Berti.
Altoona’s Ryan Beckman (1-0) earned the win after he worked a scoreless fifth. The Texas native allowed the first two batters in the inning to reach but settled down to retire the next three which included two strikeouts. New Hampshire’s Dustin Antolin (1-0) suffered the loss while Curve, Pa’s own Kenn Kasparek notched the save by working a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.
Hanson finished the game 0-for-2 but scored two runs while Garcia went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Elias Diaz went 0-for-2 in the win while Drew Maggi went 0-for-1.
With the curtains closed on the Eastern League All-Star Stop, Altoona will get its focus back to the regular season when they welcome in the Bowie Baysox to Peoples Natural Gas Field for a four-game series beginning Thursday night.
-Curve Media Relations
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