Curve drop another to Bowie
By Alex Church
For the Mirror
The Curve failed to carry over momentum from their magical come back Saturday night, and continued an unfortunate trend against Bowie.
The Baysox piled on the runs late to take the game, 9-1, before 5,484 fans in the final game of a four game series at Peoples Natural Gas field.
The Curve have now lost nine of 11 games against the Baysox this year. Bowie widened its lead to two games above the Curve atop the Western Division in the Eastern League.
“We’ve got a long way to go, so there can be streaks,” Curve manager Michael Ryan said. “We play them eight more times, so it could be a different story next series.”
Curve pitcher Tanner Anderson struggled early on.
After Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Hays reached base, Garabez Rosa and D.J. Stewart both plated runs with back-to-back RBI singles in the top of the first.
Hays ripped a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to provide Bowie some insurance. The ball soared over the 385 feet marker and provided the Baysox a 5-1 advantage.
“He might have gotten fatigued at the end,” Ryan said of Anderson. “He threw a lot of pitches.”
Still, Ryan said he was impressed with the way Anderson fought through adversity.
“He did a good job of getting out of some tough situations, especially when it could have gotten ugly in the first,” Ryan said. “But he did a good job limiting them to two and he battled.”
Anderson (7-8) allowed eight hits, five runs and three walks on 108 pitches. The game marked the third time that the right-hander’s pitch count broke triple digits.
“I’m super pumped that they’re allowing me to do it,” Anderson said of pitching deep into games. “The more time that I spend out there, the more experience that I get.”
Anderson said in addition to the experience, the longer leash shows that the team trusts him.
Bowie really broke things open with four runs in the eighth inning. Yastrzemski drove in two runs with a triple over the head of Michael Suchy in right field.
Yastrzemski has been a Curve killer during his time with Bowie. The right fielder hit .632 over the four games in Altoona.
“Any pitch that we were throwing he was barreling,” Ryan said. “I was particularly impressed by his defense too, so it was a full series for him.”
Yastrzemski, the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, has been a thorn in Altoona’s side throughout his time with Bowie.
“He’s got a quite stance and he stays on baseballs well,” Anderson said of Yastrzemski. “I think he comes up with the same approach every time, and then as he sees stuff during the game he adjusts. He’s a pretty good hitter.”
Hays followed Yastrzemski with his second home run in as many innings. The two-run shot concluded the scoring for Bowie, and ended any thought of a Curve come back.
Jake Brentz relieved Anderson in the seventh and came back out for the eighth. Brentz allowed a single to Erik Salcedo before leaving the came with an injury.
“The grass was a little damp and a little long, and he got his spike caught and his knee buckled,” Ryan said. “We’ll see how we can evaluate him later and see what’s going on.”
The Curve scored their only run in the first inning.
Kevin Newman reached on a throwing error to start the game. Newman stole second, advanced to third after a Justin Maffei single, and scored on a Logan Hill sacrifice fly.
Spot-starter Lucas Long picked up the win for Bowie. Long (6-3) pitched seven strong innings, and allowed one run on six hits.
The Curve will host Harrisburg for a three game series before traveling to Bowie for four games.
Key player: RF Mike Yastrzemski finished 4-5 with a walk and four runs scored
Key play: CF Austin Hays first homer chased Anderson from the game and provided Bowie a 5-1 advantage.
Key stat: Yastrzemski went 12-19 and drew two walks in the four game series.
How they scored
Top 1st: Yastrzemski singled, scored on Rosa single (0-1); Hays walked, scored on Stewart single (0-2).
Bottom 1st: Newman reached on throwing error, scored on Hill sacrifice fly (1-2).
Top 3rd: Yastrzemski doubled, scored on Rosa single (1-3).
Top 7th: Mike Yastrzemski singled, Hays homered, both scored (1-5).
Top 8th: Chris O’Brien walked, Salcedo singled, both scored on Yastrzemski triple (1-7); Yastrzemski tripled, Hays homered, both scored (1-9).
Tonight: Harrisburg at Altoona, 7 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve LHP Cody Dickson (0-2, 10.97) vs. Senators RHP Austin Voth (1-7, 6.38 at Tripe-A Syracuse)