The Altoona Curve scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to rally from behind for a 9-4 win after the Baysox had opened a 4-1 lead after four innings with several chances to make it larger.
Both teams struggled early in the game with runners in scoring positions, as a combined 22 runners were left on base in the game. The Baysox loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third inning but came away with no runs. The team came back the next inning and scored a pair of runs, but had a chance for more as a Quincy Latimore had a possible three-run homer robbed at the wall by Altoona’s Austin Meadows.
Tucker Nathans got things started in the first with a one-out home run to right-center field off Altoona starting pitcher Tyler Eppler to make the score 1-0.
Bowie kept the runs coming in the bottom of the second inning. Quincy Latimore drew a lead-off walk and moved to third base on a single to right field from Jeff Kemp. With one out, Drew Dosch singled to center field to plate Latimore and give the Baysox a 2-0 lead.
Altoona got on the board in the top of the third inning against Baysox starter Jason Garcia. Chris Diaz drew a lead-off walk and Harold Ramirez was then hit-by-a-pitch. After a groundout advanced both runners, Austin Meadows plated Diaz with a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-1.
The Baysox added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Dosch hit a lead-off double down the right field line and moved to third base on a Julio Borbon bunt single. Nathans brought Dosch home with a sacrifice fly and Borbon then stole second base with two outs. Garabez Rosa followed with a single to left field that scored Borbon and extended the Baysox lead to 4-1.
Altoona’s rally began in the top of the fifth inning after the home-run saving catch by Meadows. With one out, Meadows hit a solo home run to right field. Jose Osuna was then hit-by-a-pitch and Jin-De Jhang followed with a single to right field. A wild pitch moved both runners up one base before Eric Wood plated a run with a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-3.
The Curve came back to take a commanding lead with five runs in the top of the sixth inning. Facing reliever Jon Keller, Barrett Barnes and Diaz hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. After a pop-out, reliever Donnie Hart replaced Keller on the mound and surrendered and RBI double to Anderson Feliz. Meadows then singled to right field to plate a run before an intentional walk loaded the bases. Jhang doubled to right field to plate two runs as the third Baysox reliever of the inning came on to pitch, Genison Reyes. A sacrifice fly from Wood brought home the final run of the inning as Altoona gained the 8-4 lead.
The final Curve run came in the top of the ninth inning as Jonathan Schwind hit a solo home run to left field off Baysox reliever Jason Stoffel to make the score 9-4.
Garcia threw five innings and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts and three hit batters in the loss. Keller recorded just one out in the sixth inning while allowing two runs on two hits. Hart allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in the sixth inning while not recording an out. Reyes threw the next 2.2 innings, not allowing a run on two hits and a strikeout. Stoffel pitched the ninth inning and allow one run on two hits with one strikeout.
Eppler picked up the win for Altoona, throwing five innings and allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking three batters.
Tuesday, the Baysox open a three day series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels that includes a doubleheader Wednesday. The team returns home Friday, June 3 for a weekend home series against the Akron RubberDucks.
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