Curve on final homestand
Tonight: Akron at Altoona, 6 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve LHP Domingo Robles (3-6, 4.55) vs. Akron’s TBD
Record: 29-35 (second half); 65-67 (overall)
From Mirror reports
BOWIE, Md. — The Curve begin their final homestand of the season tonight — a four-game series against Akron — and the fact that these games won’t mean anything in the standings for either team is a rarity.
Altoona and Akron have been perennial playoff teams over the years as the class of the Western Division, but neither club is remotely close to the postseason this year.
Altoona is 65-67 overall and 29-35 in the second half, while the RubberDucks have had a tougher year, going 60-72 overall and 26-37 in the second half.
The Curve lost for the third time in four days Sunday afternoon, 4-3, against Bowie at Prince George’s Stadium. The Baysox carried a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning before Altoona rallied for three runs, but that’s as close as things would get.
Jared Oliva singled home the Curve’s first run in the eighth, and Logan Hill’s two-run single brought the visitors within one run. Bowie got out of that inning, then Cristian Alvarado pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
Curve starter Beau Sulser (8-2) lost for just the second time all season. He’s been a reliever most of the year but started and allowed two runs on four hits in three innings Sunday.
Bowie also scored twice off reliever Jesus Liranzo in the fourth inning. Liranzo has been tremendous for the Curve, entering the day with a 0.25 ERA and giving up only one earned run in 36 innings. He had yielded just five hits in his previous 20 innings before the Baysox scored twice on two hits in the fourth.
Tyler Herb (4-2) shut out the Curve for the first six innings before they scored two unearned runs off him in the seventh. He allowed four hits, struck out four and walked one in the win.
Hill went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Altoona.
Key player: RHP Tyler Herb carried a shutout into the seventh inning for Bowie and got the win.
Key play: The Baysox scored twice in the fourth inning to push their lead to 4-0 and held off the Curve’s eighth-inning rally.
Key stat: The Curve have just four home games remaining, with a four-game series against Akron starting tonight.
How they scored
Bottom 1st: McKenna doubled, scored on Sulser wild pitch (0-1).
Bottom 2nd: McCoy singled, scored on Nichting double (0-2).
Bottom 4th: Mullins walked, scored on McKenna double (0-3); Feliz single scored McKenna (0-4).
Top 8th: Pabst reached on Feliz error, scored on Oliva single (1-4); Valerio singled, scored along with Oliva on Hill single (3-4).