Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: The Curve got a big two-run double from 3B Oscar Tejeda in the first inning Sunday to give RHP Charlie Morton an early lead in his rehab start. RHP Tim Alderson later stranded the bases loaded in the eighth to protect a 2-1 lead. Morton got the win, Alderson his fist save and Erie RHP Patrick Cooper (0-2) took the loss.
SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve got a big break in the eighth inning when Erie's Daniel Fields hit a ground-rule double off LHP Jhonathan Ramos. Had the ball stayed in the park, it would have scored RF Luis Castillo from first base to tie the game, but because it bounced over the fence, Castillo had to go back to third and wound up getting stranded there.
STEALING SECOND: SS Andy Vasquez went 2-for-4 and provided some insurance with a solo homer in the eighth inning. Vasquez, who batted leadoff and later moved to RF, has been a big surprise so far as he's hitting .354.
ROUNDING THIRD: Vasquez, 25, is a .256 career hitter who hit .264 for high-A Bradenton last year. "This guy can be a super-utility guy in the highest levels," Curve manager Carlos Garcia said. "I picture him being a big leaguer, that's why we give him the opportunity. He came here without a spot, but I know he is capable of playing different positions, and he's already showcasing what he's capable of doing. He battles, he plays with a lot of energy and has a lot of versatility, and it's good for our ballclub because playing National League games he's able to move around real well."
HEADING HOME: The Curve begin a four-game series against Akron tonight at PNG Field.
- Cory Giger