Ducks silence Curve, 3-0

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Eight walks from the Altoona Curve pitching staff set up three runs for the Akron RubberDucks’ 3-0 win at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Tuesday.
 
Pedro Vasquez (Loss, 0-2) logged his longest start of the season for the Curve (23-24) with a seven-inning outing against the RubberDucks (31-21). Vasquez struck out the side in the first and had five total in the game and also retired his first seven batters.
 
In the fifth, Vasquez walked home Akron’s first run of the game after a four-pitch walk to Sam Haggerty with the bases full. The Curve defense helped their starter escape the bases-loaded situation with a reverses, 3-6 double play from Will Craig to Cole Tucker.
 
Three more walks hurt Jake Brentz in the eighth inning as Akron opened up a 3-0 lead. Two free passes set the table for an RBI single from Andrew Calica and a third walk later loaded the bases. Akron scored their final run on a sacrifice fly to right field by Connor Marabell, but Logan Hill gunned down the runner going from second to third for an inning-ending double play.
 
Zach Plesac puzzled the Curve bats over six scoreless innings and ran his scoreless streak up to 11.2 innings to begin his Double-A career with Akron. Altoona’s best scoring threat was in the fourth inning with runners at second and third with one out, but Jason Martin was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on a ball bounced back to the mound.
 
Plesac along with Akron relievers Nick Pasquale and Argenis Angulo combined to sit down 14 straight batters between the fourth and ninth innings. Angulo walked Ke’Bryan Hayes with one out in the ninth to break the string before Martin grounded into a game-ending double play. Altoona’s three hits came from Stephen Alemais, Martin and Craig during the fourth shutout of the season suffered by the Curve.
 
The Curve continue their three-game series with the Akron RubberDucks on Wednesday. Altoona is scheduled to start left-hander Brandon Waddell (2-1, 2.68) and Akron will tab right-hander Dominic DeMasi (4-1, 6.49). First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
 
Wednesday in Curve, Pa. is another Winning Wednesday where fans will have chances to win prizes from the PA Lottery. The ballpark gates will open at 5 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.

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