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Curve struggle against Bowie

BOWIE, Md. — The Curve needed a big week here. Instead, they wound up with a big disappointment.

First-place Bowie pounded Altoona, 14-6, Sunday afternoon at Prince Georges Stadium and went 5-1 in the series to drop the Curve 4 ¢ games back in the Southwest Division. Altoona entered the series just a half game behind the Baysox in the second-half standings.

A 4¢-game deficit isn’t insurmountable with a month and a half left, but the deficit grew a lot bigger than the Curve would have liked during the week.

The Curve twice led by three runs Sunday, only to see the Baysox fight back and finish the series with a blowout. Bowie overcame a 6-3 deficit with three runs in the sixth inning, then took the lead with two in the seventh and blew it open with six in the eighth.

The Baysox scored at least 11 runs in four games during the series and outscored the Curve in the six games, 56-25.

Saturday night’s game was a good one, with Curve ace Quinn Priester pitching well in a 2-1 loss. Altoona’s lone win in the series was a 6-4 outcome Friday night.

Aaron Shackelford hit his team-leading 18th home run Sunday for the Curve. Fabricio Macias had a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth.

But Bowie belted five homers, two by Greg Cullen, and won going away.

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