The Curve loaded the bases in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as Akron eeked out the victory.
All of the offense came from Brock Holt who was 3-for-4, Jeremy Farrell, and Starling Marte all of whom were on base in the ninth inning.
Brock Holt has been a spark for the Curve lineup this season with six hits and five walks.
Starling Marte has an OPS over a grand to go with his .593 slugging.
Jeff Locke, 0-2, 1.93ERA, got the loss. He has struckout ten batters and walked just two in 9.1 innings of work this season. Tough luck is mandatory it seems in the new Curve unis.
The Curve open tomorrow in Altoona with Aaron Thompson on the mound for a 6:30 start.
But the festivities begin at 5:50 when live entertainment begins, followed by first pitch at 6pm and the Eastern League Champion on-field ceremony. The weather is supposed to be perfect for the big night in Altoona, or Curve, PA as the ballclub calls it.
The Curve are handing out championship rings to all of the players back with the Curve this season and the championship banner will be flying. Cool stuff and Congratulations to the Curve.
Video of Locke this Spring Training:
Locke faced Vlad in Bradenton
The left hander faced some prominent Toronto Blue Jays prospects. Locke induced ground outs from 2008 (17th) first-rounder David Cooper and 2009 third-rounder Jacob Marisnick, then got former Phillies first-rounder, Travis d’Arnaud, to pop-out for a perfect eighth inning in a 4-1 Pirates victory.