Win: Joe Gunkel (5-2)
Loss: Steven Brault (1-3)
CURVE, Pa. - The Altoona Curve were not able to recover after giving up six runs in the second inning in an 8-2 loss to the Bowie Baysox on Sunday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Adam Frazier went 2-for-5 to extend his current hitting streak to 14 games.
With the loss, the Curve (48-40) are now one game behind the Baysox (49-39) for first place in the Eastern League's Western Division.
Frazier singled in the seventh inning to keep his hitting streak alive, the longest current streak among active players in the Eastern League. He added a double in the ninth.
The Baysox scored six runs in the second inning off Curve starter Steven Brault (Loss, 1-3). John Ruttiger started the scoring for Bowie with an RBI single that plated Quincy Latimore. After Mike Yastrzemski's two-run single, Trey Mancini connect for a three-run homer to put the Curve behind, 6-0. The Baysox brought 10 batters to the plate in the inning.
Brault lasted just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs and striking out two. Tom Harlan worked 4.1 innings, giving up two run on four hits. Clario Perez pitched three scoreless frames of relief for the Curve.
The Curve could only accumulate three hits off Baysox starter Joe Gunkel (Win, 5-2). Altoona plated a run in the sixth inning when Mel Rojas Jr. drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Max Moroff.
Altoona and Bowie play the series finale on Monday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. It will be Mega Monday presented by the Altoona Mirror with $1 Bleacher tickets. Meatball subs from Mama Randazzo's are available exclusively on Mondays at PNG Field. It is also a guaranteed win night, and if the Curve do not win on Mondays, fans can bring their ticket back to another Monday home game, for equal or lesser value based on availability.
On the bump for the Curve for Monday's matinee and the last game before the All-Star break will be lefty Zack Dodson (4-5, 3.64).] Right-hander Terry Doyle (9-1, 2.16) will be on the mound for the Baysox.
Airtime on ESPN Radio 1430, WVAM and the Curve Radio Network is scheduled for 11:45 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit AltoonaCurve.com, call 877.99.CURVE or stop by the PNG Field box office.
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