June 27, 2013 - Eastern League (EL) - Altoona Curve
AKRON, Ohio - Jameson Taillon matched a career high with seven innings pitched on Thursday night but it was not enough to fuel the Curve in a, 3-2, loss to the Akron Aeros at Canal Park. It's the second time this season that Taillon has worked seven innings and the fifth time in his career.
Taillon gave up two early runs, one each in the first and second innings, but then kept the Aeros off the scoreboard for his final five innings of work to keep the Curve in the game. Altoona was once again kept in check early by Toru Murata, who pitched well against the Curve earlier this season, but Alex Dickerson was able to get the Curve on the board in the sixth.
Adalberto Santos doubled to start the inning and then Dickerson singled through the middle to bring him home two batters later to cut the deficit to one.
Altoona went on to tie it in the seventh thanks to some odd luck. With Charlie Cutler on at first, Carlos Paulino hit a ball that looked like it would be turned into a double play. On the back end of the play, however, Paulino was ruled safe at first because the relay throw from second actually broke the webbing in the glove of first baseman Jesus Aguilar.
Paulino proceeded to steal second and come home when Drew Maggi singled him in to tie it at two.
Taillon came back out for the seventh and came away unscathed to keep the game tied at two. He tossed seven innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out one.
Akron scored the go-ahead and winning run off Quinton Miller (1-2) in the eighth thanks to a two-out single by Giovanny Urshela to score Jesus Aguilar, who had walked earlier in the inning.
The Curve had a chance to tie in the ninth, loading up the bases off reliever Trey Haley, but Gregory Polanco hit into a fielder's choice to end the game and the potential second comeback.
Santos continued his hot June, finishing the game 2-for-3 while Cutler, Justin Howard and Maggi also all chipped in two-hit days.
The Curve (34-44) and Akron (37-41) will now gear up for a doubleheader beginning at 5:35 p.m. Friday night at Canal Park. RHP David Bromberg (3-7, 3.14) will get the game one start for the Curve while RHP Ethan Hollingsworth (4-3, 3.47) starts on short rest in the second game. Akron will throw All-Star LHP Mat Packer (5-5, 2.64) in the first game and has yet to announce a starter for the second game.
Airtime on ESPN Radio 1430, WVAM and the Curve Radio Network is scheduled for 5 p.m. For tickets and more information on the upcoming homestand beginning July 4, call 877.99.CURVE, visit AltoonaCurve.com or stop by the ticket windows at Peoples Natural Gas Field.