Curve rally falls short in 9th

AKRON, Ohio, – Adalberto Santos hung on to keep the ninth inning alive, but Gregory Polanco didn’t get good wood on the ball for the final out.

The Curve had the bases loaded in the ninth inning but failed to drive in a run, falling to Akron, 3-2, before 5,567 on Thursday night at Canal Park.

With two outs, Santos drew a walk, which loaded the bases, to give Polanco an at-bat. Polanco failed to get ahold of the ball, sending it just a few feet out of the batter’s box. Aeros catcher Jake Lowery snatched the ball and then stepped on home plate for the final out of the game.

The game was Polanco’s first after taking a few days rest due to a shoulder injury. He finished 0-for-4 but scored a run after being hit by a pitch.

Santos went 2-for-3, scoring a run, and Drew Maggi went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Brett Myers, rehabbing with Akron, earned the win, and Trey Haley picked up his second save of the season.

Curve reliever Quinton Miller (1-2) got the loss as Akron’s Giovanny Urshela knocked in the game-winning run off Miller in the eighth inning.

Akron had jumped out to a 2-0 lead early as Curve starter Jameson Taillon gave up two runs in the first two innings. The two runs were the only two that Taillon allowed in seven innings. He struck out one.

The Curve then answered with run in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 2-2. That’s when Urshela broke the tie in the eighth.

The Curve has won one in the last five games and 3-7 in the last 10 games. Since the Curve’s eight game winning streak was snapped on June 21, they have won just one game in the last eight games. Altoona was just four games under .500 on June 20 and is back to 10 games under .500.

The Curve will play Akron in a doubleheader, starting tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Game recap

Key player: Akron 3B Giovanny Urshela went 2-for-3, driving in the game-winning run.

Key play: Urshela’s single in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie.

Key stat: The Curve have gone from four games under .500 to 10 games under since June 20.

How they scored

Bottom 1st: Hunter singled, scored on Moncrief double (0-1).

Bottom 2nd: Urshela hit by a pitch, scored on error by Vasquez (0-2).

Top 6th: Santos doubled, scored on Dickerson single (1-2).

Top 7th: Paulino reached on a fielder’s choice, scored on Maggi single (2-2).

Bottom 8th: Aguilar walked, scored on Urshela single (2-3).