Curve topped by Senators
The Skyliner sits just beyond the right field fence at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
It provides joy to those who ride it and the perfect metaphor for the Curve’s season thus far.
The Curve record has been a roller coaster ride all season, and right now it’s on a downslope.
The Curve dropped their seventh in the last 10 as they fell to Harrisburg, 5-3, before 5,661 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The loss puts the Curve nine games under .500, just eight games after they were a mere four games under.
“At least we are consistent in being inconsistent,” Curve manager Carlos Garica said with a chuckle. “I don’t know man. Sometimes you just have different series. You see different teams and you match up better against different teams.”
All season the long the Curve have toyed with the .500 line but haven’t been above it since they were just a mere 4-3. They haven’t been at .500 since then, too.
But they’ve never been more than 12 games below the line, either.
Both Garcia and Curve second baseman Jarek Cunningham say it has something to do with the scheduling.
“It’s tough to be consistent in this game,” Cunningham said. “We play team, and we match up well against them. Then, when a new series comes into town, we don’t do so well against that matchup.”
While the Curve own .500 or better records against four teams this season – New Britain, Trenton, Portland and New Hampshire – only three teams have been more than two wins better than Altoona – Binghamton, Bowie and Erie.
Against the B-Mets this year, the Curve are 5-10, against Bowie, they are 1-5 and against Erie, they are 7-11.
The rest of the teams — Akron, Harrisburg, Reading and Richmond — hold no more than two more victories than the Curve.
“We tried to be consistent in what we are doing, but in some areas, we don’t make the pitch,” Garcia said. “We don’t get the RBIs that we need at the time when we need to make them.”
The Curve were that RBI away on Sunday when Justin Howard came just a few feet shy of putting the Curve ahead by one. Instead, he just hit a long fly ball to right field that was caught for the eighth inning’s final out.
If it would have went a few more feet, it would have been Howard’s second homer of the game. Instead, the Curve trailed, 5-3, going into the ninth.
“Definitely we fight,” Garcia said. “Definitely we compete every night.”
If the pattern is the same and baseball is baseball where the numbers never lie, the Curve are due to turn it around soon. They get that chance on Tuesday when they take on Portland.
The Curve own a 2-1 record against the SeaDogs this year.
“We make a push for the playoffs every night,” Garcia said of his team that is eight games out of a playoff spot. “Every night we go up there and do our best. We’ve got to be more consistent I think at home.”
Key player: Harrisburg 2B Rick Hague went 2-fo-r-3 with three RBIs.
Key play: Harrisburg LF Sean Nickel singled in RF Destin Hood to break a 3-3 tie.
Key stat: The Curve are 3-7 in their last 10.
How they scored
Top 1st: Burns singled, Nicol walked, scored on Hague single (0-2).
Bottom 1st: Hanson walked, scored on Polanco single (1-2); Santos walked, scored on Howard single (2-2).
Bottom 4th: Howard homered (3-2).
Top 6th: Martinson homered (3-3).
Top 7th: Hood doubled, scored on Nicol double (3-4); Nicol doubled, scored Hague single (3-5)