Curve beat Bowie
Today: Bowie at Altoona, 2 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve RHP Jeff Passantino vs. Baysox RHP Brendan Hanifee
This was the kind of team Curve manager Miguel Perez expected to see this season.
Altoona scored early and late and received some clutch hits throughout in an 8-4 win over Bowie on Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The Curve dropped their first three games but have rebounded with back-to-back wins.
“I had a lot of those guys two years ago and the year before that, so I know what kind of team it is,” Perez said.
“This is the team I’m expecting.”
The Curve scored three runs in the first inning, only to have Bowie battle back to tie. Altoona broke up a 4-4 game with three runs in the sixth inning, ignited by a go-ahead two-run double from Arden Pabst.
SUBHD: Blue ribbon day
Pabst had a big day, going 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs hitting from the No. 8 spot in the order. The catcher belted his first homer of the season in the fourth inning, then came through with the big go-ahead double in the sixth.
“He’s a guy, we’ve been talking a lot,” Perez said of Pabst. “As a former catcher, we’ve been connecting. … He’s been doing tremendous for us. He’s been doing a great job behind the plate, and also he’s been producing for us.”
SUBHD: Castro stays hot
Rodolfo Castro went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run and is batting .409 in the early going.
SUBHD: Stats and stuff
Will Gardner picked up the win in relief for the Curve, tossing two scoreless innings. Hunter Stratton closed it out over the final two innings for his first save.
Tyler Erwin took the loss in relief for Bowie.
Jonah Davis had two hits from the leadoff spot for the Curve.
Starting pitcher Osvaldo Bido allowed three runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings for Altoona.
SUBHD: Room for a Vieaux
LHP Cam Vieaux returned to the Curve from Triple-A Indianapolis, where he had yet to appear in a game. Vieaux, 27, was one of Altoona’s top pitchers in 2018, going 9-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 15 starts.
He spent the 2019 season at Indy, going 4-2 with a 5.05 ERA in 13 starts.
Perez said this will be a chance for Vieaux to get more innings and that the veteran pitcher understood why the move was made to come back to Double-A.
Vieaux tossed 2 1/3 innings in relief Saturday, giving a run on two hits.