Curve’s playoff game postponed

By Cory Giger

cgiger@altoonamirror.com

AKRON, Ohio – The Curve and Akron were rained out in Game 4 of their Western Division series Saturday night at Canal Park, and in an interesting turn, one of Altoona’s best players won’t be in the lineup when the game is made up tonight.

Shortstop Kevin Newman is getting benched for the game by manager Joey Cora, who has a policy that if one of his players makes the mistake of forgetting how many outs there are in an inning, he has to sit out the next game.

Newman hit a two-run double in Friday night’s Game 3, and after a play at the plate, he was thrown out trying to get to third base. Cora said Newman did indeed forget how many outs there were in that situation, so even with the club in the playoffs and facing an elimination game, Newman will still have to sit out.

Akron leads the best-of-five series, 2-1, and if Altoona can win tonight, Game 5 would be Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Curve lefty Brandon Waddell will be on the mound tonight trying to help the team keep its season alive. Waddell was asked Friday night about the possibility of a rainout Saturday and if that would impact his routine, but he said he didn’t expect it to be an issue.

Waddell made three starts against Akron during the regular season, going 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA over 14 innings.

The RubberDucks will counter with right-hander Nick Pasquale, who made one start against Altoona during the regular season and gave up four runs – two earned – in six innings.

One positive for the Curve with Saturday’s rainout is that lefty Jared Lakind, one of the team’s top relievers, will be available out of the bullpen in a tight game late. He would not have been available to pitch Saturday.