If the other team can not score, you can not lose.
The Altoona Curve dominated the Akron Rubberducks 5-0 behind pitcher James Marvel’s scoreless six innings.
You can find a full media release courtesy of the Altoona Curve below:
AKRON, Ohio. –James Marvel led a 5-0 Opening Day shutout victory for the Altoona Curve against the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park on Thursday.
Arden Pabst drove home the first runs of the season with a two-run single as part of a three-run fourth andJerrick Suiter also knocked in a pair during the fifth.
Marvel matched franchise records for an Opening Day starter with six innings pitched and nine strikeouts, a career high. He allowed just one hit, a new season-opening best by a Curve starter, and did not issue a walk. He retired the final 10 batters he faced, a streak that began in the third inning.
The lone hit allowed by the right-hander was a triple by Tyler Krieger in the first inning. A sinking line drive towards left-center, center fielder Jared Oliva and left fielder Bralin Jackson collided as the ball fell. Oliva exited the game and was replaced by Robbie Glendinning while Alfredo Reyes moved from shortstop to center.
Akron starter Sam Hentges was plagued by four walks in his Double-A debut and was charged with five runs, four earned.
Hunter Owen drew two free passes, including one in the fourth to set up Pabst’s two-RBI knock. Reyes hit home Pabst with a line-drive single to right but was caught up between first and second base while the Curve’s catcher scored the third run of the inning.
Bligh Madris doubled off Hentges in the fifth for the Curve’s only extra-base hit as Akron went to the bullpen.
Argenis Angulo entered with one out in the fifth and his first batter faced, Suiter, plated two runs on a groundball single to left.
Vicente Campos, Scooter Hightower and Matt Eckelman all tossed scoreless innings of relief to close out the scoreless effort.
Glendinning went 2-for-3 with a walk in his Double-A debut off the bench while Suiter also got on base three times with a walk and two hits.
The Opening Day shutout is just the second all-time for the Curve with the other occurring in the 2015 season opener with a 1-0 win over Harrisburg. The Curve are now 10-11 in season openers and 3-0 under current manager Michael Ryan.