Curve Magic Number Down to Three After Win Over Bowie

CURVE, Pa. – The Altoona Curve held off a late surge, beating the Bowie Baysox, 4-3, on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 6,597 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

(Photo: Brandon Waddell. Photo courtesy of Altoona Curve)

Leading 4-1 going into the ninth inning, Tate Scioneaux allowed a one-out two-run home run to Cedric Mullins to cut the deficit to 4-3. Luis Heredia (Save, 2) was summoned and retired the final two hitters to preserve the win.

The Curve (70-61) extended their Western Division lead to two games over the Baysox (68-63) and trimmed their playoff magic number to three with nine games remaining.

Down 1-0 in the fifth, Altoona tied the game on a two-out RBI double by Jordan George.

In the sixth, the Curve scored three runs to pull ahead for good. Justin Maffei was hit by a pitch to start the inning and later came around to score on a two-out single by Cole Tucker. Later in the frame with the bases loaded, Jerrick Suiter swatted a two-run single to stretch the lead to 4-1.

Bowie struck first with a run in the top of the fifth inning when D.J. Stewart hit an RBI double.

The win marked the Curve’s 29th come-from-behind victory this season and the second of the series.

Curve starter Brandon Waddell allowed just one earned run on six hits in 5.2 innings, striking out four. Tanner Anderson (Win, 10-8) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Bowie starter John Means logged 4.2 innings and allowed one run on seven hits, striking out three. Jason Garcia (Loss, 5-4) allowed three runs in the sixth inning.

The Curve will conclude their series against the Baysox with the finale on Sunday. Altoona will send right-hander Mitch Keller (1-1, 3.13) to the mound, while righty Yefry Ramirez (13-3, 3.62) will start for Bowie. First pitch at Peoples Natural Gas Field is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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