CURVE, Pa. - Making his Double-A debut, right-hander Tyler Waldron pitched into the sixth, and his offense got him loads of early support as the Curve snapped a season-worst eight-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Bowie Baysox before 6,160 on Wednesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
With Waldron (1-0) dealing through his first two innings, retiring the side in order in each, the Curve got their newest starting pitcher comfortable as early as possible, scoring a run in the first on a Matt Curry sacrifice fly and one in the second on a Drew Maggi RBI triple. After the Baysox put their first run on the board via Zelous Wheeler's one-out solo homer in the third, the Curve broke out to take control in a major way in the bottom half.
Eight men came to the plate in Altoona's third, and four scored on two separate base hits. Quincy Latimore doubled home a pair with a drive to left field, and Charlie Cutler plated two more with a single through the right side as the next man up. That four-run outburst gave the Curve a 6-1 advantage, and with another run in the fourth, Altoona held on the rest of the way. All of Altoona's runs came against Bowie starter Tim Bascom (5-6) who lasted just four innings in the loss.
Waldron retired 12 of the first 13 men he faced to cruise through four innings. In the fifth, he yielded solo homers to Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph but retired the only other three men he saw in the frame. After striking out the first two hitters in the sixth, Waldron allowed a Buck Britton double and walked Rhyne Hughes to see his day end. Left-hander Nathan Baker came on to close out the sixth and pitched the rest of the way to pick up the save, allowing just one run in the ninth.
--Altoona Curve Media Relations--