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By Marty Leap
Altoona fails to recover from an early hole
It did not take the Double-A Altoona Curve in an early hole on Wednesday. This early hole was one that the Curve were never able to dig out of in a 9-3 loss against the Bowie Baysox. With the loss, the Curve are now 4-7 on the season.
Local product Justin Meis started for Altoona, allowing 4 runs on five hits, three walks, two home runs, and a strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched. Meis, who likely projects as a reliever long-term, has struggled to the tune of a 7.15 ERA through his first three starts at Double-A.
Altoona attempted to battle back from this 4-0 hole. Matt Gorski walked to start the 5th inning and Joshua Palacio singled. Gorski would score on an Andres Alvarez sacrifice fly and Palacio on a Dylan Shockely base hit.
After Matt Eckelman pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief, a trio of Curve relievers to allow 5 more runs. Oliver Garcia allowed 3 runs on a hit and a walk in just 2/3 of an inning pitched. Juan Mianaya got the final out of the 7th inning, but not before he walked a pair and allowed a run. Tyle Samaniego pitched the 9th inning, allowing a run on two walks and a base hit.
Shortstop Liover Peguero was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts at the plate. Mason Martin was at first base with Henry Davis serving as the team's designated hitter, Martin and Davis were both 0-for-3 with a walk.