Curve eliminated from playoffs with loss to RubberDucks

ALTOONA — The Eastern League Western Division champion Altoona Curve were knocked out of postseason play with a 9-0 loss to the Akron RubberDucks on Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Out of nine total playoff appearances, the Curve have been bounced from the Eastern League playoffs five times by the RubberDucks. After winning three-of-four, Akron advances to play the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, in the Eastern League Championship Series. Akron has won five Eastern League titles, most recently in 2016. The Fisher Cats’ lone Eastern League championship was won in 2004 over the Curve.

Akron jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning with three singles off Dario Agrazal (Loss, 0-1). Ernie Clement and Josh Donaldson started the game with back-to-back singles to place runners on first and third with no outs. Tyler Krieger grounded out to bring in the first run of the game followed by an RBI single from Andrew Calica.

In the third inning, Calica slugged a two-run homer that boosted Akron’s lead to 4-0. Krieger began the inning with a single and scored on the blast that went over the wall in the right field corner.

Agrazal’s day ended after he walked the next two hitters. The Curve starter lasted 2.1 innings, allowed six hits, three walks and struck out two while he was charged with five runs.