Baysox roll on stagnant Curve
BOWIE, Md. — Inconsistency has defined this Curve season from the very beginning, and there was another good example of it Thursday night.
Five days after shutting out Bowie on three hits over eight superb innings at home, Altoona starting pitcher Pedro Vasquez got pounded and lasted just two innings against the same team. The location was different this time, as the Baysox rolled to a 9-2 win at Prince George’s Stadium.
Vasquez gave up a homer to the first batter he faced, Cedric Mullins, on a 3-2 pitch. He allowed singles to the next two batters and later another single, so Bowie tagged him for four hits in the first inning alone after managing only three hits the last time out in eight innings.
Vasquez (7-4) allowed two runs in the first inning, then another two runs and three hits in the second. He departed after that, giving up four runs on seven hits with no strikeouts and two walks.
Utility man Anderson Feliz, who played for the Curve in 2016 and ’17, had a huge night for Bowie, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs. He had run-scoring hits in the second and fourth as the Baysox ran their lead to 7-0, then belted a two-run double in the eighth to close the scoring.
Zac Lowther (13-7), one of the Eastern League’s top pitchers, held Altoona to one run on five hits over six innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.71, while Vasquez managed to stay just under 3 as his ERA is now 2.97.
Logan Hill hit his 12th homer for the Curve in the sixth inning, and Adrian Valerio had an RBI single in the seventh. Valerio and Jackson had two hits apiece.
Bowie is in a tight race with Erie for the second-half title in the Western Division, so the Curve can play a spoiler role over the final three games of the series this weekend. The Baysox trail the SeaWolves by 1 ¢ games with a postseason berth on the line.
Key player: 2B Anderson Feliz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for Bowie.
Key play: The Baysox led off the game with a homer and scored two runs in each of the first two innings for a 4-0 lead.
Key stat: The Curve dropped back to one game below .500.
How they scored
Bottom 1st: Mullins solo homer (0-1); McKenna singled, scored on Valentin single (0-2).
Bottom 2nd: McCoy singled, scored on Mullins sacrifice fly (0-3); Cumberland walked, scored on Feliz single (0-4).
Bottom 4th: Mullins walked, McKenna hit by pitch, both scored on Feliz double (0-6); Perez single scored Feliz (0-7).
Top 6th: Hill solo homer (1-7).
Top 7th: Jackson doubled, scored on Valerio single (2-7).
Bottom 8th: Cumberland hit by pitch, scored on McKenna sacrifice fly (2-8); Nichting doubled, scored on Feliz double (2-9).