AKRON, OHIO - Alex Dickerson turned in a monster day offensively as the Curve defeated the Akron Aeros 9-4 on Sunday afternoon in the series finale. The outfielder pounded out four hits on the afternoon and finished a triple shy of the cycle.
The Curve offense struck first in the top half of the second inning. Andy Vasquez began the frame with a single and moved to second base when Ali Solis reached on a fielding error by Aeros shortstop Jose Ramirez. Vasquez came around to score the game's first run on an RBI-single by Mel Rojas Jr. Adalberto Santos followed with an RBI-single that scored Solis and put the Curve in front, 2-0.
Charlie Cutler fired up the offense again for Altoona leading off the top of the third inning by dropping a single in front of Aeros right fielder Carlos Moncrief. Alex Dickerson belted his eleventh home run of the year to bring home Cutler and make it 4-0. The home run by Dickerson was his fifth of the season against the Aeros in 14 games.
Akron's offense got in on the act in the bottom half of the third inning scoring three times against Curve starter David Bromberg to cut the Curve advantage to, 4-3. Bromberg would settle in following the tough third inning and go on to throw seven frames. The right-hander surrendered six hits and three runs, walking two and striking out five. Bromberg is now tied with Jameson Taillon for the team lead in strikeouts with 93.
Dickerson reached base for the third time in the game with a one-out double to left field in the top half of the fifth inning. He later came around to score on a Vasquez sacrifice fly to push the Curve lead back two runs at, 5-3.
Altoona plated four insurance runs in the top half of the ninth inning including two on an RBI-single by Drew Maggi to extend their advantage to 9-3. Quinton Miller worked the final two frames to earn his first save of the season.
Santos went 2-for-5 at the plate to extend his season-long hitting streak to ten games. Dickerson went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored for the offense.
The Curve return home to open a brief three-game series with the Bowie Baysox tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. and Postgame Fireworks to follow the contest. It will also be a Mirror Monday at the ballpark. Fans can check the front page of the Sports section in the Altoona Mirror for money-saving coupons good for Monday's game. Fans will be able to take in the 2013 Home Run Derby from the Rocky Gap Casino Resort Party Deck tomorrow night while watching the Curve game. A 60" TV showing the derby will be brought in thanks to Rent-A-Center.
RHP Ethan Hollingsworth (6-3, 3.12) will head to the mound for the series opener against Bowie. The start will mark the first career appearance for Hollingsworth against the Baysox. He will be opposed by RHP Mike Wright (7-2, 3.86) for Bowie. Wright will make his first start of the season against the Curve.
-- Altoona Curve Media Relations