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Ducks jump out early in big victory

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at Akron, 6:35 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve (TBA) vs. Ducks RHP Aaron Civale (rehab start from Indians)

Record: 52-48

From Mirror reports

AKRON, Ohio — The Curve played a whole bunch of close games that were decided in the late innings the last time they visited here, but the opener of this week’s series was never close.

Akron pounced on Altoona’s pitching early with eight runs over the first three innings Tuesday night on its way to an 11-2 win at Canal Park.

The RubberDucks scored one run in the first inning and four more in the second off Curve starter Trey McGough (4-5).

Curve third baseman Diego Castillo was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis earlier Tuesday. He came to the Pirates in a trade with the Yankees for pitcher Clay Holmes. Castillo batted .282 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 28 games for Altoona.

Tough night

McGough had been pitching well of late but ran into big trouble in the second inning as Akron took control.

The RubberDucks then smacked around reliever Steven Jennings for six runs — five earned — on five hits over three innings.

Altoona managed only two runs, both coming in the seventh inning on a double by Cal Mitchell that scored a pair.

Akron starter Logan Allen (3-0) shut out the Curve on three hits over six innings, striking out six with no walks.

Rehab guys

Cleveland Indians catcher Robert Perez, coming back from a shoulder injury, played for Akron on a rehab assignment and had a big night. He went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring double, two RBIs and one run.

Indians right-handed pitcher Aaron Civale will start for Akron tonight on a rehab assignment. Civale, coming back from a broken finger, has gone 10-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 15 starts this season for the Indians.

Getting close

The Curve’s record is 52-48, and facing a tough Akron team all week, it could fall even closer to the .500 mark.

It will be worth watching the rest of the way to see if the Curve can finish with a winning record, something that seemed like a given all season but now is more in doubt.

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