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Curve manage only one hit in loss to Bowie

June 24, 2013
From Mirror reports , The Altoona Mirror

BOWIE, Md., - One day after the Curve blew an 8-0 lead in a loss, they were almost put into the record books for the wrong reason again.

Bowie starter Eddie Gamboa carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Justin Howard broke it up. It was the only hit the Curve would get as they lost, 1-0, Sunday afternoon to get swept by the Baysox in the three-game series at Prince George's Stadium.

The sweep comes after the Curve went on a season-long, eight-game winning streak, the club's longest streak since 2010.

In the three losses, Bowie scored 18 runs - one more than the Curve had allowed in their entire eight-game winning streak.

Gamboa (3-5), who earned the win, pitched 7 1/3 innings and struck out seven. He walked three and gave up the hit to Howard before being pulled. Marcel Prado got his fifth save this season and his second in the series as he finished off the one-hitter.

It was the eighth time this season the Curve were shut out and the first time they were held to just one hit.

Fact Box

Covering the bases:

LEADING OFF: The Curve were nearly no-hit Sunday afternoon by Bowie. RHP Eddie Gamboa carried a no-hitter into the eighth, but Justin Howard broke it up with one out. RHP Zech Zinicola relieved Gamboa. Zinicola was part of a no-hitter against the Curve in 2010 when he played for Harrisburg.

SAFE AT FIRST: The last time the Curve were no-hit was last year when Giovanni Soto went nine innings for Akron. Soto struck out nine, but allowed a run, walking three. No pitcher has thrown a complete-game no-hitter for the Curve, but three pitchers combined in 2002 against Akron to throw a no-hitter.

STEALING SECOND: Former Curve C Tony Sanchez doubled in his first major league at-bat Sunday for the Pirates in Anaheim. He finished 1-for-3, and the double was memorable as the ball got stuck in the right field wall. Sanchez is the 107th former Curve player to reach the big leagues.

ROUNDING THIRD: Former Curve RHP Duke Welker also made his major league debut on Sunday, pitching a scoreless eighth inning for the Pirates. Welker was called up to the majors before but never pitched until Sunday.

HEADING HOME: The Curve return home tonight, taking on New Britain. The two teams will square off in a doubleheader tonight, starting at 6 p.m. It is a make-up of a postponed game from June 13. The last time the Rock Cats and Curve played, it was also a doubleheader.

- Darian Somers

Curve starter David Bromberg (3-7) got the loss after he allowed a season-high six walks. He struck out seven and was charged with the losing run, allowing Josh Horton to double in the sixth.

Bromberg was pulled, and Bowie's Ty Kelly singled off Kenn?Kasparek to knock in Horton, breaking the 0-0 tie.

Only four Curve players reached base, and when they were on the basepaths, they also struggled. Andy Vasquez was caught stealing, while Gamboa picked off Gift Ngoepe at first and Adalberto Santos at second.

The Curve are now 18-29 against division opponents, the worst mark in the Eastern League.

The Curve return home for three days tonight, playing four games with New Britain before going back on the road to Akron. The Curve are 14-23 on the road this season and 19-17 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Game recap

Key player: RHP Eddie Gamboa didn't give up a hit through 7 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking three.

Key play: 3B Ty Kelly knocked in 2B Josh Horton to break a 0-0 tie.

Key stat: The Curve have now lost three in a row after going on an eight-game winning streak.

How they scored

Bottom 6th: Horton doubled, scored on Kelly single (0-1).

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