From Mirror reports
BOWIE, Md. - The Curve might be cursed when the manager doesn't travel with the team.
Back in 2004, then manager Tony Beasley was away from the Curve - who were in Portland at the time - coaching in the MLB All-Star Futures Game. The Curve led 7-1, but allowed seven runs, falling 8-7 in 10 innings.
Fast-forward to 2013, and with current manager Carlos Garcia away with his family, the Curve suffered the biggest collapse in franchise history. After leading 8-0 in the fourth, the Curve allowed 10 unanswered runs as Bowie came from behind to beat Altoona, 10-9, before 7,992 at Prince George's Stadium on Saturday.
The Curve, who led 8-4 after six innings, gave up six runs in the seventh inning. Jason Townsend and Jhonathan Ramos allowed eight runs in a combined 1 2/3 innings. Ramos, who got the loss, gave up four runs on five hits, only recording one out.
Bowie's Aaron Baker sparked the six-hit seventh inning after he tripled, driving in two runs. Baker was the first batter Ramos faced. Quinton Miller replaced Ramos after five runs came across.
Today: Altoona at Bowie, 2:05 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve RHP David Bromberg (3-6, 3.27) vs. Baysox RHP Eddie Gamboa (2-5, 4.12)
Bowie's Tim Bascom (1-0) earned the win, and Marcel Prado picked up his fourth save this year.
The Curve quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to Gregory Polanco's first homer in Double-A. The Curve scored in the first four innings, including two three-run innings in the first and fourth and led after 3 1/2 innings, 8-0. The Curve scored one run in the eighth but went down in order in the ninth inning.
After starter Jameson Taillon, who pitched five innings, gave up two runs and was pulled after 89 pitches, the bullpen allowed eight runs.
The Curve are now six games under .500 and have lost two straight after going on a season-high eight-game winning streak.
The Curve will take on Bowie today at 2 p.m. before returning to Altoona on Monday.
Key player: Bowie CF Kyle Hudson went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Key play: Bowie 1B Aaron Baker's two-RBI triple started a six-run seventh inning.
Key stat: The Curve lead 8-0 in the fourth but allowed 10 unanswered runs.
How they scored
Top 1st: Santos singled, Maggi singled, both scored on Polanco homer (3-0).
Top 2nd: Ngoepe reached on an error, scored on Maggi sacrifice fly (4-0).
Top 3rd: Dickerson hit by a pitch, scored on Paulino ground out (5-0).
Top 4th: Ngoepe doubled, scored on Santos homer (7-0); Maggi walked, score on Dickerson single (8-0).
Bottom 4th: Baker walked, scored on Horton ground out (8-1); Rosa singled, scored on Hudson single (8-2).
Bottom 6th: Rosa walked, scored on Hudson single (8-3); Bumbry reached on an error by Paulino, scored on Kelly sacrifice fly (8-4).
Bottom 7th: Urrutia reached on a fielder's choice, Joseph doubled, both scored on Baker triple (8-6); Baker tripled, scored on Rosa single (8-7); Rosa singled, scored on Hudson single (8-8); Bumbry singled, scored on Kelly sacrifice fly (8-9); Horton singled, scored on Urrutia walk (8-10).
Top 8th: Polanco singled, scored on Cunningham single (9-10).