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WP: Tate Scioneaux (1-0) LP: Cole Sulser (1-1) Save: Montana DuRapau (2)
Altoona's Kevin Kramer clubbed a pair of solo homers, including a go-ahead shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Curve edged the Akron RubberDucks, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Thursday night at PNG Field.
Kramer ripped a homer just over the right field wall leading off the eighth inning. It came against Akron reliever Cole Sulser (1-1) and broke a 2-2 tie. It was Kramer's second of the game and third homer of the season.
Michael Peoples started for the RubberDucks (2-6) and worked six innings in his second outing of the season. Peoples allowed two runs on eight hits and fanned three. He threw 88 pitches, 60 of which were in the strike zone. Sulser held the Curve scoreless in the 7th before yielding Kramer's homer in the 8th. Altoona reliever Tate Scioneaux (1-0) picked up the win for the Curve (5-3) despite allowing a 2-0 lead to slip away after he took over for starter Austin Coley in the 6th. DuRapau worked a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Down 2-0 in the sixth, the RubberDucks put two runners on via a hit-by-pitch and a walk from Coley. Yu Chang then tripled to right field off Scioneaux to tie the game, 2-2. Chang now has nine RBI, most on the team. Francisco Mejia ripped a double to right in the fourth, extending his hitting streak to six games to start the season.
The RubberDucks have lost three straight…Three Altoona pitchers combined to allow just five Akron hits…Kramer slugged a two-out homer off Peoples in the fifth to make it 2-0…Michael Suchy drove in the other Altoona run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth…Time of game: 2:29…Attendance: 7,313.
The RubberDucks and Curve will play the middle game of the series Friday night at 6:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM, the WARF iHeart channel, and the TuneIn Radio App.
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