Kramer Eighth Inning Homer Lifts Curve to Win in Home Opener

Kevin Kramer Altoona Curve
CURVE, Pa. – Kevin Kramer hit a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Altoona Curve to a 3-2 win on Opening Night at Peoples Natural Gas Field over the Akron RubberDucks.

(Photo: Kevin Kramer. Photo courtesy of Altoona Curve)

A crowd of 7,313 packed the stands, the largest attendance for a home opener in the Curve’s 19-year franchise history.

Kramer’s eighth-inning home, his second of the night and third of the season, broke a 2-2 tie. Montana DuRapau (Save, 2) closed out the win in the ninth inning.

The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning. Edwin Espinal led off the frame with a single, and Connor Joe followed by working a walk. Jordan Luplow hit a ground ball to second base, but it was booted by Tyler Krieger, loading the bases. Michael Suchy followed with a sacrifice fly to give Altoona a 1-0 lead.

Kramer hit his first homer of the night in the fifth inning to extend the Curve lead to 2-0.

Austin Coley left the game in the sixth with two runners on, and Yu-Cheng Chang hit a triple off Tate Scioneaux (Win, 1-0) to tie the game at 2-2.

Coley pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out.

Michael Peoples started for the RubberDucks, going six innings and allowing two runs. Cole Sulser (Loss, 1-1) allowed the go-ahead home run to Kramer. It was the only hit he surrendered in two innings.

Altoona and Akron continue the series on Friday night. Right-hander J.T. Brubaker (0-1, 6.75) gets the start for the Curve, opposite of right-hander Nick Pasquale (0-0, 3.60) for the RubberDucks. First pitch is at 6 p.m. from Peoples Natural Gas Field.

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