Cunningham comes alive, powers Curve to victory

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.

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).