Brady tosses first-career shutout in Curve win
BOWIE, Md. — Sean Brady did something that hasn’t been accomplished by a Curve pitcher since Mitch Keller threw the best game in franchise history two years ago.
Brady tossed a nine-inning shutout in Altoona’s 7-0 win over Bowie on Friday night at Prince George’s Stadium. It was the first nine-inning shutout or complete game by a Curve hurler since Keller one-hit Bowie in the same stadium during the 2017 Eastern League playoffs.
Brady, a 25-year-old veteran, came into the game with a 3-11 record, but there have been times this season when he’s been very good. The lefty has never been better than he was Friday, firing the first shutout of his seven-year career and just his third complete game.
The Curve scored a run in the fourth on a solo homer by Chris Sharpe, then erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to give Brady a big cushion.
The pitcher took it from there.
Brady allowed seven hits, including one in four of the first five innings, and walked one, but he kept Bowie off the scoreboard. He finished with six strikeouts and wound up at 110 pitches (77 strikes).
Brady not only won the game in memorable fashion, he beat one of the EL’s best pitchers thanks to the big night by his offense.
The Curve pounded Baysox lefty Alex Wells for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Wells (8-4) came into the night with a 2.40 ERA, which ranked second in the EL, and had posted a 2.50 ERA in three starts this season against Altoona.
None of that mattered Friday, though, as Altoona ripped Wells in the fifth inning. Jason Delay hit an RBI double, Adrian Valerio smacked a two-run double and Sharpe another two-run double. Sharpe swiped home as part of a double steal to cap the six-run inning.
Sharpe went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs as the Curve pulled back to the .500 mark at 65-65.
Key players: LHP Sean Brady tossed his first-career shutout for the Curve.
Key play: Altoona scored six runs in the fifth inning.
Key stat: Brady had made 138 career starts prior to Friday without throwing a shutout.
How they scored
Top 4th: Sharpe solo homer (1-0).
Top 5th: Madris singled, scored on Delay double (2-0); Suiter singled, scored along with Delay on Valerio double (4-0); Medrano hit by pitch, scored along with Valerio on Sharpe double (6-0); Sharpe stole home (7-0).