Dickerson sparks Curve

From Mirror reports

AKRON, Ohio – The Curve have been flirting lately.

No, not with women in the stands, but with the cycle.

For the second time in the series, a Curve player was one hit shy of the cycle as Alex Dickerson needed only a triple while the Curve downed Akron, 9-4 before 3,654 at Canal Park on Sunday afternoon.

Dickerson’s performance comes two games after Mel Rojas Jr. was a homer shy of the feat. Only one player has pulled off the cycle in the Curve’s 15 seasons as Andrew Lambo hit for the cycle back on April 9 against Akron this season.

Dickerson nearly got the cycle in the ninth inning when he hit a long ball to the outfield. However, third base coach Austin McClune held up Charlie Cutler, who reached prior to Dickerson, at third. Instead of a triple, Dickerson finished with two doubles.

Dickerson singled in the first inning, homered in the third inning and doubled in the fifth and ninth innings. He finished the day going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and scoring three runs. Dickerson’s homer – his 11th this season – was a two-run shot.

Dickerson’s performance was the highlight of the Curve’s 15-hit day. Rojas, Cutler, Justin Howard and Adalberto Santos all finished with multiple hits.

Drew Maggi finished the game with two RBIs.

David Bromberg (5-8) got the win, going seven innings and striking out five. Quinton Miller earned the save, his first this season.

Toru Murata (3-5) suffered the loss.

The Curve return home for a seven-game homestand with a game tonight at 7 p.m.

The game is the first of three with Bowie, and then the Curve wrap up the homestand with four games against Erie.

Game recap

Key player: RF Alex Dickerson went 4-for-5, a triple shy of the cycle.

Key play: Dickerson hit a two-run homer in the third inning.

Key stat: The Curve are 3-1 post All-Star Break.

How they scored

Top 2nd: Vasquez singled, scored on Rojas single (1-0); Solis reached on an error by Ramirez, scored on Santos single (2-0).

Top 3rd: Cutler singled, scored on Dickerson homer (4-0).

Bottom 3rd: Lawson walked, scored Ramirez triple (4-1); Ramirez tripled, scored on Rodriguez ground out (4-2); Hunter doubled, scored on Aguilar double (4-3).

Top 5th: Dickerson double, scored on Vasquez sacrifice fly (5-3).

Top 9th: Cutler singled, scored on Howard single (6-3); Dickerson doubled, stole home (7-3); Howard singled, Brown walked, both scored on Maggi single (9-3).

Bottom 9th: Lowery doubled, scored on Urshela single (9-4).