Altoona blew an early four-run lead and lost in walkoff fashion, 6-5, to Bowie. It was the Curve’s 83rd straight loss to the Baysox, by rough estimate.
Things looked promising in the first, which Cole Tucker led off with a grounder up the middle for his first AA hit. Another single followed and Jerrick Suiter chopped a ball over the third baseman’s head and into the left field corner for a two-run double. Later in the inning, Michael Suchy (pictured) hit a long HR to left, on which the outfielder never bothered to go back. It was Suchy’s second HR in what’s been a difficult year for him.
Tanner Anderson gave half the lead back in the bottom half, on an even longer two-run HR than Suchy’s. Anderson has pretty borderline stuff, apart from a good change, and has to hit the edges of the strike zone to be effective. When he’s off, loud noises happen. He gave up a couple of RBI doubles later in his five-inning outing, leaving with five hits, two walks and four runs allowed, one of them unearned. He struck out six.
The Curve got little offense after the first. Their only other run came in the fourth: Anderson Feliz doubled and came around when the center fielder dropped a laser off the bat of Pablo Reyes. Reyes had himself a TOOTBLAN on the play, rounding first and then hesitating before deciding to try for second. He naturally got thrown out. Notwithstanding that adventure, Reyes played well, showing good range at second on one ball hit to his left and making a very quick pivot on a double play attempt, getting two on a grounder that didn’t look at first to have been hit hard enough. Tucker played well in the field and finished 1-4, including a hard line drive right at the third baseman.
Sean Keselica followed Anderson with two scoreless innings. Keselica throws a low-90s fastball with good movement and a curve that he’ll throw to right- or left-handed hitters. His command comes and goes. After Keselica came Yeudy Garcia, whose prospect status is more and more becoming a thing of memory. Garcia showed a little more velocity than the low-90s fastball he’s had the last two years, edging into the mid-90s, and he threw a lot of sliders. His command faltered after he got two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth. He hit the third batter and a double brought in the tying run. In the ninth, Garcia nearly escaped from a first-and-third, one-out jam, betting a strikeout on several good pitches. The next batter, though, ended the game with a drive into the left field corner.