Curve shut down in series finale

RICHMOND, Va. – It happens all the time in baseball, that a team explodes for a lot of runs one day, then the next day it appears it should have saved some of that offense.

The Curve fell victim to that Sunday in a 3-0 loss to Richmond at The Diamond. A day after erupting for 13 runs in the second game of a doubleheader, Altoona did virtually nothing on offense and got shut out.

Once again, David Bromberg was on the mound for the poor offensive effort, which is nothing new for him. The right-hander, who entered the day second in the Eastern League with a 3.17 ERA, has been the unluckiest pitcher in baseball lately as he’s received almost no run support since returning to the team from Triple-A.

In his past four starts, the Curve have been shut out three times and scored only two runs in the other game. Bromberg had allowed just one earned run in his previous three outings, but Sunday he gave up three runs on a pair of homers over six innings.

Bromberg needed two superb starts at the end of the season to have a chance to win the league’s ERA title, but that’s virtually impossible now. His ERA is at 3.23, and even if he throws a nine-inning shutout in his final start, he would finish at 3.02. That would still be above the 2.95 figure already posted by Portland’s Anthony Ranaudo, who’s in Triple-A.

Bromberg (6-11) gave up a two-run homer to Jarrett Parker in the fourth inning and a solo shot to Adam Duvall in the sixth.

Richmond starter Edwin Escobar (5-3) pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Cody Hall pitched the ninth to finish off the shutout and earn his eighth save.

SUBHD: Game recap?Key player: Richmond RHP Edwin Escobar pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

Key play: RF Jarrett Parker’s two-run homer in the fourth inning gave the Flying Squirrels the lead for good.

Key stat: The Curve have been shut out in three of David Bromberg’s past four starts.

SUBHD: How they scored

Bottom 4th: Villalona walked, scored on Parker two-run homer (0-2).

Bottom 6th: Duvall solo homer (0-3).