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Curve pitching hit hard

BOWIE, Md. — The biggest series of the season to date has produced two uncompetitive games for the Curve, who need to regroup and make the best of things the rest of the week.

Bowie pounded Altoona on Wednesday night, 12-3, at Prince Georges Stadium, one day after winning, 11-5. The Curve entered the series one-half game behind the Baysox in the Southwest Division standings, but have been outclassed so far in dropping to 2 ¢ back.

The Curve scored twice in the second inning, only to have Bowie answer with three runs in its half of the frame. The Baysox then erupted for five runs in the fourth and ran away with it.

Fabricio Macias hit his first Double-A homer in the second, a two-run shot.

Curve starter Aaron Shortridge (0-1) got blasted for eight runs — seven earned — on six hits over three innings to take the loss.

Altoona finished with just five hits and committed two errors, so it was a tough game all around.

There are four games left in the series, and if the Curve can find a way to split, it would make a big difference in the standings in the early going of the second half.

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