DH sweep drops Curve to .500
BOWIE, Md. — The Curve’s hopes of finishing above .500 this season now come down to the final five games, playing on the road against one of the best teams in the Northeast League.
Altoona dropped both gams of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Bowie to fall back to .500 at 56-56. The Baysox won two close games, 3-2 in the opener and 6-4 in the nightcap.
These teams are playing seven games in six days, and the series did not get off to a good start for the Curve.
Bowie scored two runs in the first inning off Roansy Contreras, and added a third run off the pitcher in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead.
The Curve scored twice in the fifth but couldn’t catch up.
Contreras (3-2) made his final Double-A start of the season and allowed three runs on three hits over 3• innings, striking out four with one walk. The promising prospect finished with a 2.65 ERA over 12 starts, giving up just 37 hits in 54• innings while striking out 76 and walking only 12.
It’s possible Contreras could get called up to Triple-A to make a start or two, since that level is playing until Oct. 3. He missed two months with a forearm issue, so the Pirates might like to get him more work.
Other members of the Curve also could get called up to finish the season in Triple-A.
Jack Suwinski homered for the Curve. Bowie starter Gray Fenter got the win and Steven Klimek his first save.
Altoona had only three hits.
Bowie again took command early with single runs in the first and second innings, then scored four times in the fourth for a 6-0 lead.
The Curve battled back with three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, but again came up short.
Osvaldo Bido (4-8) had a tough end to his Double-A season, allowing six runs — five earned — on five hits over four innings.
Mason Martin hit his 22nd home run, and Ji-hwan Bae hit his sixth.
David Lebron (6-0) won for Bowie, and Diogenes Almengo earned his 14th save.
The Curve were the home team and batted last in the second game, since it was a makeup for a game postponed in Altoona on May 9.