Recap 08/05: Curve Complete Sweep, Defeat Aeros 6-1

ALTOONA,
PA – Akron matched a season-high with a sixth straight loss Thursday as the
Altoona Curve finished a four-game sweep with a 6-1 victory at Blair County
Ballpark. Despite just one earned run charged against Aeros pitchers Kelvin De
La Cruz and Nick Hagadone in front of the crowd of 4,316 fans, the offense again
could not muster enough support. Altoona improved to 65-46 with the win while fourth-place
Akron fell to 56-54 on the season, 4.5 games behind the wild card-leading Bowie
Baysox.

Lefty
starters De La Cruz and Altoona’s Tony Watson combined to retire the first 21
batters of the contest before a big bottom of the fourth inning. Josh Harrison
reached base on a one-out hit by pitch, stole second and third base before scoring
on an RBI single from Matt Hague. After a throwing error from De La Cruz, two
singles, a balk and a walk followed to give the Curve a quick 4-0 advantage.

Right
fielder John Drennen recorded the first Aeros hit in the fifth but Watson
cruised through his six frames. Reliever Ramon Aguero entered in the seventh
and after stranding a runners, Akron rallied in the eighth. Second baseman
Jason Kipnis walked with one out with a runner on first and Lonnie Chisenhall singled
to center, scoring Cristo Arnal.

Andrew
Lambo singled to start the bottom of that eighth while a throwing error by
Chisenhall extended the lead to 5-1. Two batters later, Hagadone permitted an
RBI infield single to Yung Chi Chen to provide for the final run of the game.  

Watson
(4-1) allowed just two hits in his six scoreless frames while earning the
victory, striking out three batters in his third start of the year. De La Cruz
(4-6) took the loss in allowing four runs (one earned) in his five innings,
walking one with five strikeouts but his error was the crucial difference.  Hagadone then permitted two more unearned runs
with two strikeouts in his three innings pitched because of Chisenhall’s error in
the eighth.

Drennen
and left fielder Tim Fedroff each collected a pair of hits on the night while
Akron finished with only seven runs and 24 hits in the series. The Aeros had
gone 36-18 in a stretch from May 31st through July 30th,
but have struggled thus far in the month of August.

Akron’s
weeklong road trip continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. as the team heads over
to Connecticut for the start of a three-game series against the New Britain
Rock Cats. Aeros starter and nearby Chicopee, MA native Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.16
ERA) makes the start at New Britain Stadium against Chris Province (5-3, 4.91
ERA) of the Rock Cats. Join Ken Carman for Friday’s radio broadcast beginning
at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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