Jarek Cunningham hit his 19th homer of the year. Photo Credit: David Hague

Jarek Cunningham Hits 19th Homer in Altoona’s Final Game

The Altoona Curve lost a tough game in eleven innings to end the season on a sour note. The Curve had a 2-0 lead until the seventh inning. Alen Hanson helped the Akron Aeros get the lead with a fielding error.

Akron’s Matt Lawson broke the tie in the eleventh with an RBI single to right field, which was followed by a Chris Wallace sacrifice fly.

The Curve got on board in the third inning thanks to a two-out rally with no one base. Three consecutive singles brought in a run, culminated by Mel Rojas Jr.’s RBI single to left field.

Jarek Cunningham hit his 19th homer of the year. Photo Credit: David Hague

Jarek Cunningham hit his 19th homer of the year. Photo Credit: David Hague

In the fifth, Jarek Cunningham launched a leadoff solo home run on a first pitch fastball that landed in the last row of the left field bleachers. It was Cunningham’s 19th homer of the season and showcased his power that is rare for a second baseman. Cunningham made a nice leaping catch of a line drive in the ninth, timing his jump perfectly and catching the ball at the apex of his jump.

Mel Rojas Jr. led the Curve offense going 3-for-5 with a double and RBI at the plate. In the tenth, the speedy center fielder hit a line drive into the left-center field gap that he stretched into a double to get in scoring position for Dickerson with two outs. The first baseman made a diving play to his right to keep the game tied at two.

Player Notes

**SS Alen Hanson – Hanson had a fielding error in the sixth inning, but then showed a short memory by making a nice backhand play on a ground ball in the hole in the seventh.

**RF Alex Dickerson – Dickerson was promoted to Indianapolis after the game to play in the International League playoffs with the Indians before competing in the Arizona Fall League.

**RHP Jason Grilli – Grilli threw a rehab start today, striking out three batters.

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  • jschwartz

    What is Cunningham’s defense like? He’s obviously been somewhat lost in the shuffle over the last year, but that plus power is nice. I’ve never read much about his glove.

  • Jake Oswalt

    In the games I saw this year, he was adequate for 2B. Made a nice play in a line drive the last weekend. Needs to quicken his release on the pivot throw for a double play. His range is average or a tick above average, good arm strength.

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