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WP: Sean Kaselica (1-0) LP: Argenis Angulo (0-1) Save: Geoff Hartlieb (1)
Altoona's Logan Hill blasted a three-run homer to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning, completing a six-run rally and breaking a 3-3 tie, as the Curve rallied to beat the Akron RubberDucks, 6-5, on Opening Night at PNG Field Thursday night.
The Curve (1-0) rallied for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 3-0 Akron lead. Shortstop Cole Tucker stroked a two-run double off Dominic DeMasi to cut the deficit to 3-2. Akron righty Argenis Angulo (0-1) entered the game and surrendered a game-tying RBI single to Stephen Alemais, and, after a walk to Will Craig, served up a three-run homer to Hill, which made it 6-3.
Akron starter Shane Bieber was masterful in his first start of the season, but settled for a no-decision. The right-hander worked six shutout innings and fanned nine. Bieber allowed just two hits, both of which were harmless singles.
Akron third baseman Sam Haggerty made his Double-A debut one to remember with a two-hit, three-RBI performance. He smacked an RBI single in the fifth inning, igniting a three-run rally that gave the Ducks (0-1) a 3-0 lead. Then in the ninth inning, he jolted a two-run double off the left field fence to pull Akron to within 6-5. Haggerty also stole two bases and drew a walk.
The RubberDucks scored two more runs in the fifth when Altoona first baseman Will Craig misplayed a soft line drive off the bat of Dorssys Paulino, allowing two runs to score…Ka'ai Tom recorded three hits in his Double-A debut. He laced a double and a pair of singles and also swiped two bags…Tyler Krieger made his first career appearance in the outfield. He committed an error on a dropped fly ball in the eighth…Lefty Sean Kaselica (1-0) picked up the relief win for the Curve with a scoreless eighth inning…Despite allowing two runs on Haggerty's double in the ninth, Altoona closer Geoff Hartlieb picked up the save when he induced Krieger to fly out to end the game…Game time temperature was 41 degrees…Time of game: 2:25…Attendance: 5,024.
On the Pond
The RubberDucks and Curve will continue the series on Friday night at 6:00. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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