ALTOONA CURVE 7, AKRON AEROS 3
KEY STATS: Aeros starting pitcher Bobby Livingston spotted the Curve a five-run first inning before settling in and retiring 15 consecutive batters while holding Altoona to just one more hit over the next five innings...The Aeros offense went 0-for-9 with men on base - including eight with runners in scoring position after including leaving the bases loaded twice in the sixth and seventh innings.
KEY MOMENTS: The Curve batters pummeled Livingston for five runs on six hits - including three doubles and a triple - in the first inning to take the early lead...Although Livingston was able to gather himself and shut out the Curve over the next five innings, the early deficit was too much for the Aeros' anemic offense to overcome.
STORM'S STARS: Aeros catcher Carlos Santana was supposed to have the day off. But after three ejections, Santana was forced to take over for Beau Mills at designated hitter. Mills and manager Mike Sarbaugh were ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth inning. Outfielder John Drennen was also ejected a batter later for the same reason.
In Santana's first and only at-bat in the eighth inning, he ripped a lead-off home run to right field against Curve pitcher Scott Nestor to pull Akron within two runs, 5-3. The home run marked Santana's third in as many games.
UP NEXT: The Aeros continue their seven-game home stand by kicking off a four-game series with visiting Erie (Detroit Tigers) tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Aeros left-hander Ryan Edell (2-1, 2.71 ERA) and SeaWolves right-hander Pat Stanley (4-3, 4.62 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.
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