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Curve grab early lead and never look back

Double-A Altoona grabbed an early lead over the Akron RubberDucks on Wednesday and never looked back. The Curve jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning and rolled to an 8-1 victory, improving to 54-59 on the season.

The Curve grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Will Matthiessen doubled in Matt Fraizer and Andres Alvarez. This was part of a 4-for-5 night for Fraizer who drove in a run and scored twice. Matthiessen also had a pair of hits and drove in three runs, while Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a double of his own, an RBI, and two runs scored. Designated hitter Joe Perez went 1-for-4 with a 2-run home run.

Aaron Shortridge started for Altoona and pitched 5 strong innings. Shortridge allowed a run on three hits, four walks, and three strikeouts in 5 innings pitched. Shortridge has now struck out 100 batters in 120.1 innings pitched this season.

The Curve bullpen then took over and fired 4 scoreless innings. Geronimo Franzua allowed a hit and struck out four in 2 scoreless innings pitched. Tyler Samaniego issued a walk and struck a batter out in a scoreless 8th inning, Noe Toribio then struck out a pair in a scoreless 9th inning.