MANCHESTER, N.H.-It's safe to say that Alex Dickerson has returned to the form that won him the Florida State League Player of the Year Award last season.
Dickerson - who has hit .386 in July - tied a franchise record with eight RBIs as the Curve downed New Hampshire, 13-6, before 5,092 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
The eight RBI performance tied another Alex - Alex Presley - who drove in eight runs on May 24 in the 2010 season. It was also a career high for Dickerson, breaking a record he set against Portland earlier this season when he drove in seven runs. He homered twice in that game.
In Friday's game, Dickerson drove in three runs in the fifth inning on a bases-loaded double. He then blasted a three-run homer in the seventh inning and his double in the eighth inning produced two more runs.
Dickerson had a chance to break the franchise record as he batted with the bases full in the ninth inning but grounded out to third. Dickerson finished the game, going 3-for-6. He scored twice.
After Dickerson's sluggish start in April and May - much like the one he had in Single-A Bradenton last year - he has hit .342 in June and July in 2013. He has already eclipsed his season high of 27 hits in a month - which he did in June - and now has 34 this month.
Tonight: Altoona at New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve LHP Eliecer Navarro (2-4, 4.62) vs. Fisher Cats RHP Ryan Tepera (8-6, 3.99)
Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: Curve RHP Nate Baker picked up his third win of the season as he pitched five innings, striking out five. He gave up just one earned run on six hits. Fisher Cats RHP Marcus Walden got the loss.
SAFE AT FIRST: Both 3B Adalberto Santos and CF Gregory Polanco scored three runs on Friday. LF Mel Rojas Jr., RF Alex Dickerson and DH Charlie Cutler all scored twice.
STEALING SECOND: Although Polanco scored three times, he did not reach on a hit. Polanco scored all three times after being walked. He was walked four times in Friday's game.
ROUNDING THIRD: While RF Alex Dickerson has been on fire, another Curve player has quietly had a nice month as well. 1B Justin Howard is hitting .338 in 22 games this month, driving in seven runs and scoring nine times. In the past five games, Howard has hit .333 and has reached base in the all but one of the past 10 games.
HEADING HOME: The Curve bats have been tearing the cover of the ball in the past two games. The Curve offense has recorded 29 hits in the last two games.
- Darian Somers
Along with hits, he has knocked in 24 runs in the month of July after driving in just 15 in April and May combined.
A season like this is a bit of repeat of last year. In April and May of last year while he was with the Marauders, Dickerson hit .256 and .281, respectively. In June, July and August, Dickerson batted a combined .311. He ended up finishing second in the Florida State League in RBIs, third in hitting and third in total bases.
Dickerson is now leading the Curve in runs (50), RBIs (57) and trails Jarek Cunningham by one with 14 home runs.
Key player: RF Alex Dickerson went 3-for-6 with eight RBIs.
Key play: Dickerson blasted a three-run homer in the seventh inning.
Key stat: The eight RBIs from Dickerson ties a franchise record set by Alex Presley on May 24, 2010.
How they scored
Bottom 1st: Burns doubled, scored on Jimenez single (0-1).
Top 2nd: Cunningham singled, scored on error by Manzella (1-1).
Top 5th: Cutler singled, scored on Rojas double (2-1); Rojas doubled, Santos walked, Polanco walked, all scored on Dickerson double (5-1); Dickerson doubled, scored on Howard single (6-1).
Bottom 5th: Van Kirk singled, scored on Loewen single (6-2).
Top 6th: Cutler doubled, scored on Maggi single (7-2).
Bottom 6th: Jimenez walked, scored on Nolan ground out (7-3); Glenn doubled, scored on wild pitch by Miller (7-4).
Top 7th: Santos singled, Polanco walked, scored on Dickerson homer (10-4).
Top 8th: Rojas reached on wild pitch third strike, Santos walked, both scored on Dickerson double (12-4); Polanco walked, scored on Howard ground out (13-4).
Bottom 9th: Manzella reached on an error by Maggi, scored on Burns double (13-5); Burns doubled, scored on Glenn single (13-6).