Losing streak keeps on growing for Curve
Tonight: Altoona at Akron, 6:30 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve RHP Travis MacGregor (3-8) vs. Ducks LHP Adam Scott (2-2)
From Mirror reports
AKRON, Ohio — The Curve continue to limp to the finish line, bringing up a possibility that seemed highly unlikely just a few weeks ago.
Altoona is now just two games over .500 and could be in danger of having a losing season.
The Curve fell, 5-0, to Akron on Thursday night at Canal Park to drop to drop to 8-16 over the past 24 games. They’ve now lost a season-high five in a row.
The club was 44-34 on Aug. 5, matching the season high of 10 games over .500, but the bottom has fallen out since then. The Curve are now just 52-50 with 16 games remaining.
The tough times began for the Curve at Akron on Aug. 6 when they lost a doubleheader, then lost again the next day. There was a four-game losing streak against Erie, which had been a season high, but that has now been topped by the current five-game skid.
Altoona might not even be above .500 when this series is over. It still has three games left at Akron, which has the best record in the league at 65-39.
The Curve were shut out Thursday on only five hits. The pitching was better as Altoona allowed five runs, after giving up 11 and nine in the first two games of the series.
The game was close for much of the night, with the RubberDucks scoring in the fourth and taking that 1-0 lead to the seventh. They tacked on three more runs that inning to pull away.
Omar Cruz (2-4) gave up just one run on four hits in 4ª innings but suffered the loss. Akron broke it open with three runs off reliever Cam Alldred.
Peyton Bettenfield (2-0) won for Akron, blanking the Curve over six innings. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked one.