Curve manage only one hit in loss to Bowie

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.

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).