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Cruz ties it late, but Curve fall

From Mirror reports

BOWIE, Md. — Oneil Cruz tried to help the Curve to a magical victory Wednesday night, but the struggling team continues to have issues with finding ways to win games.

Cruz belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game. But the Curve failed to score in the 10th, and Bowie pushed across a run in its half of the inning for a 5-4 win at Prince Georges Stadium.

Altoona dropped to 56-57 on the season and needs to go 3-1 the rest of the way against a very good Baysox team in order to avoid a losing campaign.

Late hope

The Curve trailed 4-1 entering the ninth inning, then got a couple of runners on. Cruz came up with two outs and drilled a homer to right field, his 11th of the season, to even the game.

Cruz finished 1-for-5 and is batting .290. He recently was named the 19th best prospect in the minor leagues by Baseball America.

Another loss

The Curve went down in order in the 10th inning, failing to bring in their placed runner from second base.

Bowie got a base hit from Andrew Daschbach in the 10th, but center fielder Ji-hwan Bae threw out the runner at home to keep the Curve’s hopes alive. Toby Welk followed with a single to score Daschbach with the winning run.

Bowie is now 71-45 and battling not only for a playoff spot but also first place in the Southwest Division. The Baysox are 6-2 against the Curve this season.

Stats and stuff

Cristofer Melendez (3-3) took the loss in relief for Altoona, while Claudio Custodio (1-0) won for Bowie.

Bae, Cal Mitchell, Grant Koch and Connor Kaiser had two hits apiece for the Curve.

Next stop

Tonight: Altoona at Bowie, 6:35 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve RHP Travis MacGregor (3-9, 6.62) vs. Baysox RHP Garrett Stallings (2-2, 5.57)

Record: 56-57

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