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Bullpen struggles for Curve

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at Akron, 6:30 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve LHP Omar Cruz (2-3) vs. Ducks RHP Peyton Battenfield (4-0)

Record: 52-49

From Mirror reports

AKRON, Ohio — The Curve got some good news Wednesday night as promising pitching prospect Roansy Contreras returned to the mound after missing two months with an injury.

But there wasn’t much other good news for the Curve as they lost to Akron, 9-5, at Canal Park. The RubberDucks scored five runs off the Altoona bullpen in the fourth inning and coasted to victory.

Welcome back

Contreras missed all of July and August with a forearm injury, last pitching on June 30. He was one of the more impressive pitchers in the minor leagues the first two months of the season, posting a 2.35 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 46 innings.

Contreras, who came to the Pirates from the Yankees in the Jameson Taillon trade, was getting a lot of attention two months ago, with some calling for him to be promoted to Triple-A.

The injury cost him a good bit of the season, but he has been able to make it back so he can get a handful of starts down the stretch.

Contreras pitched a scoreless first inning, then gave up a solo homer to Marcos Gonzalez in the second. Contreras was lifted after the second, giving up one run on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Big leaguer

Akron started Cleveland Indians right-hander Aaron Civale in a rehab outing. He allowed two runs — one earned — on four hits over five innings, striking out six with one walk.

Civale is coming back from a broken finger and should be in line to rejoin the Indians soon.

Stats and stuff

Curve reliever Osvaldo Bido (4-6) allowed seven runs — four earned — on nine hits over four innings to take the loss.

Akron has scored 20 runs over the first two games of this series.

Jack Suwinski, Mason Martin and Grant Koch had two hits apiece for the Curve.

Brayan Rocchio went 3-for-5 for the RubberDucks.

Altoona is now just three games above .500.

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