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Musgrove rehabs with Curve, Bowie edges Altoona


Working on a rehab assignment from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Joe Musgrove threw four solid innings as the Curve fell to the Bowie Baysox, 2-0, on Monday night in the fastest game ever played at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
The Curve (15-13) have now been shut out in back-to-back games. The series opener with the Baysox (14-15) took one hour and 51 minutes to play, tying a franchise record for the fastest nine-inning game in team history (April 17, 2004 at Harrisburg). It also broke the record for the shortest home game the franchise has played, surpassing a one-hour and 54-minute game on July 20, 2001 against New Haven.
Throwing his second rehab start while working back from a shoulder strain and his first with the Curve, Musgrove (Loss, 0-1) gave up a solo home run in the first inning to Bowie’s Corban Joseph, but settled in to allow just one more baserunner over his scheduled four innings.
Musgrove threw 34 total pitches, including 28 for strikes, striking out four and allowing two total hits with no walks.
The second hit off of Musgrove was a leadoff double by Ademar Rifaela in the second, who reached third on an error. Musgrove stranded the runner with three straight outs to start a string of nine consecutve batters retired to finish his outing. After he left the game, he threw the remainder of his allotted pitches in the bullpen.
Jayson Aquino (Win, 1-0) and Luis Gonzalez (Save, 4) limited the Curve offense to one hit in the shutout and sat down the last 22 Curve batters that stepped to the plate. Aquino tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out seven.
The only hit by Altoona was a two-out double by Will Craig in the first inning off Aquino that placed runners at second and third, but the Curve did not score. Aquino hit Jason Martin with a pitch prior to Craig’s double and later walked Christian Kelley in the second before he retired the final 16 Altoona batters he faced.
Dario Agrazal took over on the mound for Musgrove to start the fifth inning and pitched the final five innings. The lone run allowed by Agrazal was unearned in the ninth after a two of three total Curve errors set up an RBI single by Mike Yastrzemski.
The last Curve run was in the sixth inning on Saturday of the suspended game from Friday when Kelley hit a solo homer. The Curve have been held scoreless in 16 straight innings.
The Curve and Baysox continue their three-game series on Tuesday with first pitch set for 6 p.m. Left-hander Brandon Waddell (0-0, 1.74) will start for Altoona and Bowie will turn to right-hander Lucas Long (0-2, 6.57).
Tuesday at PNG Field is Two-for-Tuesday, presented by Atlantic Broadband, with two-for-one specials on tickets, hot dogs and small popcorn. The ballpark gates will open at 5 p.m.

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