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Curve slug their way past Ducks

07/06/21 Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski / Curve's Connor Kaiser watches Akron 3rd baseman field a Canaan Smith-Njigba grounder to score on the fielders choice.

Mason Martin just keeps ripping baseballs over the fence, continuing his torrid tear Tuesday night with two more home runs.

Martin has now belted six long balls in his past four games, including a pair of two-homer contests, and leads the Curve with 15 on the season.

Both Altoona and Akron pounded the ball Tuesday, with the Curve holding on in a slugfest for a 12-9 win at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Altoona led 7-1 after five innings before the RubberDucks made things interesting late.

Martin mashing

Martin hit two homers in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader at Hartford, then another in the second game. He also homered in the series finale Sunday and now has homered in four consecutive games with his two blasts Tuesday, part of a 3-for-5, five RBI night.

“His work ethic is paying off right now, and his confidence at the plate (is high),” Curve manager Miguel Perez said.

The manager added that Martin takes good notes and studies opposing pitchers, so that he goes up to the plate with a good plan.

Martin is a powerful young hitter who belted 35 homers two years ago in A-ball.

The Curve have never had a player hit three home runs in one game. Martin had a chance when he batted in the eighth, and he lined an RBI single to center in his final at-bat.

SUBHD: Davis’ big night

Curve leadoff man Jonah Davis had a hit in his first four at-bats and finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs.

“He’s making adjustments, swinging at good pitches and seeing the big part of the field,” Perez said. “He’s actually focusing to go the other way. He’s making big strides there. … I’m excited to see what’s next with him.”

Stats and stuff

Cam Vieaux (3-1) started and picked up the win for the Curve, allowing one run on two hits in five innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

The bullpen struggled after Vieaux left, allowing eight runs. Cristofer Melendez tossed the final two innings and earned his third save.

Akron starter Zach Draper (0-2) gave up seven runs — four earned — in five innings for the loss.

Daniel Amaral and Chase Murray had two hits apiece for the Curve.

Transactions galore

There were a whopping NINE transactions involving Curve players Tuesday.

The biggest move was outfielder Rodolfo Castro getting promoted from Altoona directly to the Pirates, where he played one game at the beginning of the season before the Curve started.

Castro walked to lead off the ninth inning for the Pirates and scored the winning run in Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Rarely over the years have there been instances when the Curve had a player promoted directly to the Pirates. The previous front office led by GM Neal Huntington just never did that sort of thing, going more than 10 years at one point without a player moving directly from Double-A to the big league club.

These were the other eight transactions Tuesday, several involving the Curve’s best players:

n SS Oneil Cruz to seven-day injured list (forearm)

n RHP Roansy Contreras to seven-day IL (forearm)

n OF Brendt Citta to seven-day IL (hamstring)

n INF Ji-Hwan Bae activated from IL

n INF Ethan Paul transferred from Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis

n INF Claudio Finol transferred from Florida Coast League Gold to Altoona

n OF Chase Murray transferred from Single-A Greensboro to Altoona

n LHP Nathan Kirby activated after being acquired from Brewers

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