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Curve handed 4th straight setback

On deck

Tonight: Akron at Altoona, 6 p.m.

Pitchers: Curve RHP Kyle Nicolas vs. Ducks RHP Gavin Williams

Record: 14-15

Radio: WRTA-AM 1240 & 98.5-FM

By Cory Giger

sports@altoonamirror.com

When things are going bad, sometimes it can seem impossible to get back on the right track.

And that pretty much sums up what happened to the Curve on Wednesday night.

Despite a strong outing from starter Luis Ortiz, the Curve collapsed late and lost to Akron, 4-2, before 3,896 fans at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Curve lost their fourth straight game and for the ninth time in 11 games.

The way it happened Wednesday was disheartening, to say the least.

Ortiz was superb in pitching into the eighth inning, and the Curve had a 2-0 lead after three. But Ortiz (3-8) gave up a solo homer in the fourth, then a two-run shot in the eighth that put Akron on top.

Chris Roller’s two-run blast to left ended Ortiz’s night and gave the RubberDucks a 4-2 lead. Ortiz allowed only four hits, struck out five and walked none in taking the tough-luck loss.

The Curve scored both their runs in the third inning but couldn’t give Ortiz any more support. Jared Triolo had an RBI triple and scored on Blake Sabol’s sacrifice fly.

Brett Daniels (3-1) got the win in relief for Akron, while Cade Smith earned his first save.

With the loss, the Curve dropped to 14-15 in the second half, good for third place in the Southwest Division of the Eastern League, 6.5 games behind first-place Bowie (20-8).

Bowie took care of Harrisburg, 6-4, to remain ahead of second-place Erie (19-9), which defeated Portland, 9-5.

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