Curve head into break on losing skid
Where Curve manager Carlos Garcia coached last season – at Single-A Bradenton – after the All-Star break, it was a new season. Teams started with 0-0 records.
This year, in Double-A, Garcia’s team will have to adopt that same mentality as the defeats continue to pile up in the loss column.
The Curve lost their third straight to Erie on Monday afternoon, 7-6, before 3,048 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
“Not happy about it, but there is nothing I can do at this point,” Garcia said. “[I] just expect that we can play better.”
While out-hitting the SeaWolves for the second straight game, the Curve failed to produce in the ninth inning after Erie scored in the top of the ninth, breaking a 6-6 tie.
The Curve enter the All-Star break with a 39-50 record, the second worst record in the Eastern League.
“It’s the first half, it’s done,” Adalberto Santos said. “It’s over with. We’ve got a series with Akron … right after that we have to concentrate on. It’s just another game.”
Santos, who is among five players headed to the All-Star Game in New Britain, was part of the Curve’s first attempt to come back after giving up a 2-0 lead.
Santos homered in the sixth, tying the game at 3-3. Erie quickly answered with a three-run seventh.
The Curve then once again tie the game up in the eight, scoring three runs.
“We’ve just got to keep playing,” Garcia said. “What I like to see is that the guys know we are capable of doing that against good teams, against good pitching. I like the fight put at the plate. I don’t fault them for that.”
At the break, the Curve are tied for the second worst hitting in the league with a team batting average of .246. One of the strong points for the Curve had been pitching, but Altoona has the fourth worst ERA in the league.
While Garcia hopes the season can turn around after the break, it, like other things, is out of his control.
“The only foreseen things are that you are going to die some day and you are going to pay taxes,” he said. “Other than that, you just to keep coming back to the ballpark and try to get guys ready to play.”
Key player: Erie 3B Wade Gaynor went 2-for-3, scoring three runs
Key play: Gaynor scored on a sacrifice fly by Jamie Johnson breaking a 6-6 game in the ninth.
Key stat: The Curve enter the All-Star break with a 39-50 record.
How they scored
Bottom 1st: Polanco singled, scored on Dickerson single (1-0).
Bottom 2nd: Tejeda singled, scored on Brown sacrifice fly (2-0).
Top 3rd: Gaynor tripled, scored on Lemon ground out (2-1).
Top 5th: Robbins singled, scored on Johnson ground out (2-2); Gaynor walked, scored on Suarez double (2-3).
Bottom 6th: Santos homered (3-3).
Top 7th: Douglas singled, Lemon singled, both scored on Johnson single (3-5); Johnson singled, scored on Perez single (3-6).
Bottom 8th: Dickerson hit by pitch, scored on Brown single (4-6); Howard hit by pitch, Paulino walked, both scored on Maggi single (6-6).
Top 9th: Gaynor singled, scored on Johnson sacrifice fly (6-7).