Bido throws gem in win over Squirrels

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Curve third baseman Diego Castillo (right) is mirrored by shortstop Oneil Cruz on a groundball on Thursday.

Curve pitcher Osvaldo Bido went into manager Miguel Perez’s office Thursday afternoon and made a bold prediction.

“He said, ‘I’m going to go seven innings today. You’re not going to take the ball out of my hands,'” Perez said after the game.

Bido hadn’t lasted seven innings all season, so his declaration was pretty confident. The right-hander then went out and backed it up, though, with seven fantastic innings against Richmond.

Bido shut out the Flying Squirrels and gave up just two hits over seven innings as the Curve won, 3-0, at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

“You can tell how much confidence he was going to have tonight in the game,” Perez said. “As the game went on, I wasn’t saying anything, but I walked next to him (in the dugout) and let him know I was watching him.

“It was fun to watch him compete today.”

Two in a row

Bido came in with confidence because he had pitched well his last time out, allowing two runs on four hits in 6ª innings last week against Somerset.

He did even better this time around with the seven-inning scoreless outing.

“He was aggressive, he wasn’t afraid to throw the ball over the plate, he wasn’t running away from contact,” Perez said. “He trusted his stuff.”

Bido (4-5) struck out three and walked one while lowering his ERA to 4.52, nearly half a run less than the 4.97 figure he had entering the game.

Early support

Ji-hwan Bae singled home Cal Mitchell in the second inning to give the Curve an early 1-0 lead. Jack Suwinski had an RBI single in the fourth and Matt Fraizer a run-scoring double in the fifth to make it 3-0.

That early support was plenty for Bido, who shut down the Flying Squirrels all night.

Richmond starter Matt Frisbee (5-2) took the loss, allowing three runs over five innings.

Cristofer Melendez picked up his seventh save for the Curve by working the ninth inning.

Finish strong

The goal for the Curve as the season winds down is to finish strong, Perez said.

Barring a miracle winning streak, the club won’t be making the playoffs this year, but there are still a lot of goals for all of the talented prospects to work toward the next few weeks.

“One of the things that as a leader I’ve been trying to do is create an environment where they can feel free to be themselves, to make mistakes, to let them know I’m going to have their backs, I’m going to be there for them,” Perez said.

“I’m pushing the envelope. I’m encouraging them to finish strong. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”


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