Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:31 PM
Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Baysox pitcher Eddie Gamboa pitched a nearly perfect game Sunday against the Altoona Curve at Prince George's Stadium.
Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Baysox pitcher Eddie Gamboa was coming off a frustrating loss against the Harrisburg Senators last Tuesday, but he bounced back against the Altoona Curve on Sunday at Prince George’s Stadium.
Gamboa used his favorite pitch — the knuckleball — 60 percent of the time to topple the Curve 1-0 going into the seventh inning.
“The knuckleball was great,” Gamboa said. “It feels like it gets better and better every day. Sometimes you fall back, but you are always trying something new with it. I have only been throwing it since March, so it’s very frustrating. But, at times, it can pay off when things go well. The defense behind me made great plays, and I was hoping for the best.”
The last time a Baysox pitcher has thrown a perfect game was June 1, 2007, when Radhames Liz did it against the Senators.
But Altoona’s Justin Howard interrupted Gamboa’s chance at making Baysox history. Howard ripped a shot at Gamboa’s leg and beat out the throw to first — nullifying the near-perfect game.
Gamboa struck out seven batters and picked off two runners. He gave up only one hit to complete Bowie’s three-game sweep of the Curve.
Josh Horton hit a two-out double to left-centerfield in the sixth inning. Ty Kelly smacked an RBI-single to left-field to score the only run of the game.
Gamboa earned his third win of the season. Baysox Manager Gary Kendall was impressed with Gamboa’s consistency and command on the mound.
“He was terrific. … He had a lot of composure, mixed in his knuckleball, and he had everything working for him today,” Kendall said. “I really thought he had a good advantage because this was the first time Altoona has come here and faced a knuckleballer. The way he was able to cut the ball and mix things in kept them out of gear a little bit.”