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Cunningham comes alive, powers Curve to victory

July 25, 2013
From Mirror reports

TRENTON, N.J.-Jarek Cunningham's power outage showed its first spark of ending on Wednesday.

Cunningham belted a two-run home run as the Curve avoided being swept by Trenton, beating the Thunder 4-2 before 5,034 at ARM & HAMMER Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Cunningham, once in the midst of the Eastern League leaders in homers, hit his first homer since June 20 in the fourth inning off of Sean Greene. Greene got the loss for the Thunder, allowing two runs and seven hits.

Kenn Kasparek got the win, throwing four innings of relief work. He allowed just one hit and no runs.

Cunningham now holds the team lead with 15 homers and is sixth in the EL. He was tied with Andrew Lambo, who left on June 7.

Only Cunningham and Alex Dickerson have more than 10 home runs on the current roster.

Fact Box

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve RHP Ethan Hollingsworth (6-4, 3.38) vs. Fisher Cats LHP Sean Nolin (7-2, 2.45)

Record: 46-56

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: Curve RHP David Bromberg left after just four innings of work. He allowed just two hits, one run and struck out five, throwing 62 pitches. Bromberg, who has been in the minors since 2006, has normally been allowed to go deeper into starts than most Curve starters but it's the second straight start Bromberg has gone four innings. He wasn't injured according to a team official.

SAFE AT FIRST: Curve CF Gregory Polanco collected two hits for the first time since July 12. Polanco is now hitting .268 this year down from .295 before he left for the All-Star Futures Game in New York. He is batting .200 in the last nine games.

STEALING SECOND: Former Curve OF Quincy Latimore is no longer with the Akron Aeros, an Eastern League foe of the Curve. He recently signed a contract to play with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. Latimore, who was dealt in a trade for Jeanmar Gomez, spent two seasons with the Curve, blasting 30 homers and driving in 130 runs.

ROUNDING THIRD: Wednesday game was the last time the Curve and Thunder met this year. The Curve held a 6-3 record against the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

HEADING HOME: The Curve open up a four game series with New Hampshire tonight. It will be the second series the teams meet this year. The Curve swept the Fisher Cats in a three game series earlier in the year.

- Darian Somers

Cunningham recently appeared in the Eastern League Home Run Derby as a part of the all-star game festivities. However, the homer on Wednesday was his first post All-Star Break.

Through July, Cunningham has struggled hitting just .154 this month. Last month - when he hit five homer - he hit a season-high .247. He has driven in six runs this month, but in June, the Spokane native drove in 12 runs. In May he drove in 11 runs.

Cunningham's slugging percentage is also down at .215 from .518 last month, and his on-base percentage is .191 after it was over .300 the past two months.

Dickerson also contributed on Wednesday, driving in a run and going 2-for-4. Dickerson is batting .447 and has driven in eight runs, both team highs, in the past 10 games.

The Curve open up a series with New Hampshire tonight for four games before returning home on July 30.

Game recap

Key player: 2B Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-4 with two-run homer.

Key play: Cunningham's homer gave the Curve a 2-1 lead.

Key stat: It was his first homer since June 20.

How they scored

Bottom 1st: Corona walked, scored on Heathcott triple (1-0).

Top 4th: Howard singled, scored on Cunningham homer (2-1).

Top 7th: Rojas Jr. singled, scored on Santos single (3-1); Santos singled, scored on Dickerson single (4-1).

Bottom 9th: Stevenson walked, scored on Gils double (4-2).

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