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Curve nearly no-hit in loss to Baysox

From Mirror reports

BOWIE, Md. — This has been an incredibly disappointing finish to the season for the Altoona Curve, and they nearly got dealt the embarrassment of being no-hit Friday night.

The Curve didn’t have a hit for the first seven innings, before Jack Suwinski broke up Bowie’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the eighth. Altoona managed just two hits and one run in a 3-1 loss to the Baysox, who are one win away from clinching a playoff spot.

The Curve are now below .500 at 57-58 and will have to win their final two games this weekend to avoid a losing season.

No offense

Starter Drew Rom (3-1) tossed five perfect innings, striking out seven, while Bowie jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Tyler Burch pitched a hitless sixth, and the Curve broke up the perfect game when Oneil walked to start the seventh against Ryan Conroy.

The Curve were close to getting no-hit for the second time in two weeks. They avoided being no-hit at Akron on Sept. 3 when Mason Martin singled with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning.

Matt Fraizer had Altoona’s other hit, also in the eighth inning, and the Curve’s lone run scored on an error.

Jeff Passantino (1-8) took the loss for Altoona, giving up three runs in four innings.

Winding up

The Curve and Baysox will play tonight, then wrap up the regular season Sunday afternoon.

Bowie is one of the Northeast League’s best teams, with a 72-46 record, and can wrap up a playoff spot with a victory tonight.

Altoona, therefore, likely will have a tough time finding a way to win two games this weekend to avoid having a losing record.

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