The visiting Altoona Curve scored two unearned runs in the top of the third inning to defeat the host Akron Aeros 2-0 on a chilly Tuesday night at Canal Park.
Altoona's Jeremy Farrell led off the inning by being hit by a pitch and Eric Fryer followed with a single. Jose Hernandez advanced both base runners with a sacrifice bunt. Farrell proceeded to score after Brock Holt reached base on an error. Starling Marte grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Fryer.
Grady Sizemore update
Indians star Grady Sizemore made his fourth rehabilitation appearance with the Aeros on Tuesday. He played center field and batted lead off.
Sizemore played in back-to-back games for the first time since he had microfracture surgery on his left knee in June. He went 0-for-3 at bat with a walk and showed his range defensively, by making two running catches of fly balls in deep right center.
Joe Smith update
Indians right-handed relief pitcher Joe Smith continued his rehab with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts.
Aeros left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz pitched five innings and took the loss. He allowed both unearned runs, two hits, struck out five and walked three. . . . Curve right-hander Bryan Morris got the win after pitching six innings. He limited the Aeros to four hits, struck out three, walked one. . . . Curve right-handers Brian Leach, Michael Dubee and Noah Krol combined for three innings of scoreless relief. . . . Fryer finished 3-for-4 at bat and Farrell went 2-for-3 at bat. . . . Chun Chen, Matt McBride, Kyle Bellows and Donnie Webb each hit one single for the Aeros. . . . Members of the Buchtel High School football team were recognized on the field before the game for being the Division II state runnerup.
Aeros center fielder Grady Sizemore
On his two running catches in the right-center field gap: "I felt good, obviously that second one was pretty challenging for me. It felt good to be able to get there and make the play, and still have no symptoms in the knee."
On his at bats: "They could have been better, but I still felt good at the plate. I feel like I am seeing the ball well. It is just a matter of getting more at bats. I feel ready to go right now. There will be a couple more games before I am scheduled to go back up, so we will see how it feels."
Aeros manager Chris Tremie
On Kelvin De La Cruz: "He threw the ball well. He had a good fastball and a good breaking ball. He threw a couple of changeups. He probably should have used his changeup a little bit more, but he threw the ball well. He very easily could have had five shutout innings."
On the game: "The turning point in the game was one of the inning where we as a team gave up two runs. Then, we didn't swing the bat well. Give credit to their pitcher's they threw well."
On Grady Sizemore: "I thought he looked good. He got a really good jump on the one ball and ran it down in center field, and he had another play that he did a nice job on. He looked good at the plate too, but just didn't have the desired results. He had good swings and a good approach."
Aeros left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz
On the game: "I was working on everything I needed to work on. I had three walks, which is one of things I need to work on. It was a pretty good game. The pitchers were tough on the hitters."
On the pitches that felt good: "My slider and my two-seam fastball were working pretty well for me tonight."
Next game starting pitchers
Right-hander Joe Gardner will start for the Aeros and left-hander Jeff Locke for the Curve at 10:35 in the morning Wednesday.