Curve keep up their winning ways
From Mirror reports
BOWIE, Md. – Willy Garcia is enjoying his best hitting stretch of the season.
He has gone 24-for-59 in his last 16 games, which amounts to a staggering .407 batting average, while he didn’t get above .240 overall until June.
Sunday night his hot streak continued, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the fifth, as the Curve doubled up Bowie, 6-3, at Prince George’s Stadium.
Garcia is now hitting .271, and is tied with Stetson Allie for the most home runs with 14. He also has 49 RBIs.
The outfielder is on pace to break his career-high home run mark, set in 2012 when he smacked 18 with West Virginia.
The victory marks the third time the Curve won on the road when the opponent scored first. They’ve posted a dreadful 3-21 mark in that situation, and are 8-43 overall.
Bowie started the scoring in a similar manner to what the Curve did Saturday. Mike Yastrzemski led off with a double, and scored on Niuman Romero’s double the next at-bat to help put the Baysox up 2-0.
The Curve offense put up a five runs in the second and batted around. Gift Ngoepe’s double scoring both Carlos Paulino and Jarek Cunningham tied the game.
Josh Bell continued the threat with an RBI single, scoring Alen Hanson to help cap off the rally.
Bell went 2-for-5 with an RBI for his second multi-hit game since joining the Curve in as many days.
Michael Ohlman scored on Sharlon Schoop’s sacrifice fly in the fourth, but that’s as close as the Baysox would get.
Pat Ludwig (2-4) turned in a respectable start and got the win, going six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking four and striking out three. He was recalled from Class-A Saturday after being sent down two weeks ago.
Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7) was hit for five runs – three earned – on six hits, striking out three and walking three in four innings. He took the loss.
Kenn Kaspaprek continued his ninth-inning success, retiring the Baysox in order. He picked up his eighth save.
Key player: LF Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo homer to tie the team lead with 14.
Key play: The Curve’s five-run second put the game away.
Key stat: The Curve won their third game on the road when the opponent scores first.
How they scored
Bot 1st: Yastrzemski singled, scored on Romero double (0-1); Romero scores on Kang single (0-2).
Top 2nd: Paulino singled, Cunningham doubled, both scored on Ngoepe single (2-2); Ngoepe scored on Hanson single (3-2); Maggi reached on fielding error by Romero, Hanson scored on Bell single (4-2); Maggi scored on fielding error by Romero (5-2).
Bot 4th: Ohlman doubled, scored on Schoop sacrifice fly (5-3).
Top 5th: Garcia homered (6-3).