Alvarez Sees 20/20 in Series-Clinching Victory for Altoona
CURVE, Pa. – Andres Alvarez slugged his 20th home run of the season and Nick Gonzales added three hits as the Curve took the series over Akron with a Sunday victory, 5-2, at PNG Field. It was a historic shot for Alvarez, who became the first player in Altoona Curve
CURVE, Pa. – Andres Alvarez slugged his 20th home run of the season and Nick Gonzales added three hits as the Curve took the series over Akron with a Sunday victory, 5-2, at PNG Field.
It was a historic shot for Alvarez, who became the first player in Altoona Curve history to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season. His two-run shot came in the fifth inning off Akron reliever Jerson Ramirez and gave the Curve a 4-0 lead. He scored on a wild pitch from Akron starter Tanner Burns the inning before to give Altoona its second run.
Gonzales reached base safely five times in the win, finishing 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch. Gonzales scored on a Henry Davis RBI-single in the first inning off Burns to make it a 1-0 game. He later scored on an Endy Rodriguez RBI-single off Brett Daniels in the sixth to give the Curve a 5-0 lead.
Carmen Mlodzinski turned out another strong performance for Altoona, striking out five batters in four innings, allowing just two hits without issuing a walk. Nick Dombkowski earned the win, allowing one run on three hits in three innings of relief. Jhonkensy Noel and Angel Martinez hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning to bring the one run across.
Brad Case allowed a solo home run to Jose Tena in the eighth inning before Colin Selby earned his seventh save of the season in a scoreless ninth.
The win was the fourth of the week for Altoona, giving the Curve the series victory over Akron. The home run from Alvarez matched Altoona’s single season mark for home runs hit at home at 67, which was last done in 2005.
Altoona travels to Erie on Tuesday to begin a six-game series with the Erie SeaWolves, Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m., with RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long on the mound for Erie and Altoona sending RHP Aaron Shortridge to the mound.
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HISTORY IS MADE! @and6alv becomes the first player in Altoona Curve history to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a single season!! pic.twitter.com/OYqPpDOsxM— Altoona Curve (@AltoonaCurve) September 4, 2022