Curve nearly no-hit
Saturday: Altoona at Akron, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday: Altoona at Akron, 6:05 p.m.
From Mirror reports
AKRON, Ohio — The Curve’s late-season collapse nearly included an historically bad night with a no-hitter, but Mason Martin at least saved the club from that dubious distinction Friday.
Altoona was one pitch away from getting no-hit, with Martin at the plate with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning. Martin faced a full count from reliever Nic Enright, then ended the no-hit bid by smacking a single to left field.
The game ended with the final out a few seconds later, so Akron had to settle for a one-hitter and a 3-0 victory at Canal Park. The Curve lost their sixth straight game and have dropped nine of 11.
The Curve have been no-hit in a nine-inning game just three times in the franchise’s 22 seasons. They avoided having it happen for the fourth time as Martin wrecked Akron’s combined bid.
Erie’s Casey Mize threw the first nine-inning no-hitter at Peoples Natural Gas Field in 2019. Akron’s Giovanni Soto no-hit the Curve in 2012 at Canal Park. And Bowie combined on a no-hitter in 2004 at Blair County Ballpark.
Altoona also has been no hit eight other times in games that lasted seven innings or less.
Akron starter Adam Scott (3-2) tossed the first six innings Friday, striking out eight with two walks. Jake Miednik retired two batters but also walked two. Enright came on and tried to finish off the no-no but gave up the hit to Martin before settling for his second save.
Not so easy
The Curve fielded a strong lineup filled with prospects, yet still were nearly no-hit. Oneil Cruz, Rodolfo Castro, Matt Fraizer, Jack Suwinski and Martin all started Friday and are considered solid major league prospects.