BOWIE, Md. - Jarek Cunningham's batting average usually has hovered around .220 at this point in the summer since joining the Curve two years ago.
Tuesday night, Cunningham went 3-for-4 with a double and a run, as the Curve fell for the second game in a row to Bowie, 4-3, at Prince George's Stadium. Altoona is now a season-high 25 games under .500, one off the franchise low point of 26 set in 2009.
Cunningham's big night raised his average to .264, fifth amongst active members of the roster and far above his typical figure with the Curve.
His average has improved, but Cunningham does want to add more power to his swing.
He hit a career-high 19 home runs last year with the Curve, but finished the season batting .216 with a slugging percentage of .393. This year he has only hit four homers and has 20 RBIs, to go along with a .398 slugging percentage.
Tuesday night's game started off much like Monday's, with the Baysox scoring three runs in the second inning, only to see the Curve come right back with three runs of their own.
Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: 1B Stetson Allie missed his second straight game Tuesday night. He was kept out of Monday's contest with an illness. Allie came off of the disabled list on Saturday after sustaining a concussion, and it's unclear if his illness is related in any way.
SAFE AT FIRST: C Elias Diaz is on pace to break career highs in batting average and RBIs. He is currently hitting .318 with 32 RBIs. Diaz hit .279 last year at high-A Bradenton and knocked in 45 runs with low-A West Virginia in 2011.
STEALING SECOND: This weekend, the Curve start an eight-game, seven day homestand against Harrisburg and Erie. They will play a doubleheader on Tuesday against the SeaWolves beginning at 5 p.m., making up a rainout from April 3.
ROUNDING THIRD: Former Curve OF Rajai Davis belted a walk-off grand slam in Detroit's 5-4 win over Oakland on Monday. Davis, who played for Altoona in 2005, is batting .276 with six home runs and 27 RBIs.
HEADING HOME: Another former Curve OF, Steve Pearce, hit two home runs in Baltimore's 7-1 victory against Texas on Monday. That's the first time he has belted multiple homers in a game during his major league career. Pearce, who played for Altoona in 2007, is hitting .327 with nine homers and 25 RBIs.
- Matt Michelone
Gift Ngoepe belted a solo homer in the third, his fifth of the year, and Keon Broxton tied the game with his fifth homer in the sixth inning.
Following Broxton's homer, Bowie again ended the scoring, this time with a solo shot by Christian Walker, who leads the Eastern League with 19.
Curve starter Joely Rodriguez (4-7) pitched five innings, allowing four runs on five hits to take the loss.
Key player: 3B Jarek Cunningham went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored for the Curve.
Key play: PH Justin Howard struck out with a runner at third base at the end of the eighth, missing a chance to tie the game.
Key stat: One more loss today, and the Curve will match a franchise low point of 26 games below .500.
Tonight: Altoona at Bowie, 6:35
Pitchers: Curve RHP Adrian Sampson (5-5, 2.90) vs. Bowie RHP Zach Davies (4-4, 3.69)