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Curve Slip Against Akron

Altoona drops below .500 mark.
AKRON, OHIO - A bid to go back above the .500 mark fell flat for the Curve in a, 6-4, loss to the Akron RubberDucks on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park.

Adrian Sampson (3-2) was quick out of the gate in the first but could not survive the second inning. Bryan LaHair led off the inning with a double and Joe Wendle followed with a 10-pitch at bat to eventually work the walk. With two on, Bryson Myles singled to right-center and they waived LaHair around third. Andy Vasquez came up firing and threw LaHair out at the plate for the inning’s first out.

Tony Wolters walked to load the bases and then Jordan Smith drove home the first run of the game with a single through the middle. With the bases still loaded, Ronny Rodriguez came to the plate and hit a ball to shallow center that Mel Rojas, Jr. was able to catch. Myles, who was now at third, was off the bag up the line and didn’t appear to be tagging. Rojas, however, never threw the ball in from center so Myles went back to third and tagged up and managed to score, putting the RubberDucks up 2-0. 

Sampson didn’t make another pitch in the game as the last one he threw was his 31st of the second inning. This came an inning after he retired the RubberDucks in order on eight pitches.

Akron added a run off Matt Benedict in the third before the Curve broke on to the scoreboard. Justin Howard walked with one out in the fourth before Elias Diaz delivered the team’s first hit since the fifth inning on Saturday night. Diaz’s double scored Howard and put the Curve on the board. Then, two batters later, Drew Maggi singled home Diaz and it was a one-run game.

The ‘Ducks once again made it a three-run game in the fifth after scoring twice. That’s where it stayed until each club traded runs in the eighth. Gift Ngoepe homered in the top of the eighth, his first homer of the year, to cut the lead to two. Akron got that run right back in the bottom half with an unearned run off Quinton Miller.

A ninth-inning rally saw the Curve score on a two-out triple from Alen Hanson but things went no further.

Done with the RubberDucks for a series, the Curve (10-11) now embark on a short drive to Erie to meet the SeaWolves (AA – Tigers) at 6:35 p.m. Monday night in the first of four at Jerry Uht Park. RHP Nick Kingham (1-1, 1.61) is scheduled to take the bump for the Curve in the opener.

----Curve Communications
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