Altoona Curve

A simpler time: McGinnis performed most memorable Curve anthem ever

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series looking back at various aspects of the Curve as the franchise celebrates its 20th season. There have been hundreds of wonderful national anthem performances at Curve games over the years, but still to this day, none of them have topped the ...

Covering the bases: Tebow goes to DL

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Saturday night at Reading. The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 3 p.m. SAFE AT FIRST: Binghamton OF Tim Tebow was placed on the 7-day disabled list Saturday with a hand injury, meaning he almost certainly will not play against the Curve ...

Reynolds, Craig homer twice in Curve split

READING — The Curve had another bullpen collapse Friday night, but they bounced back when they needed to as Bryan Reynolds and Will Craig saved the day. Reynolds and Craig each homered twice, including in back-to-back fashion in the seventh and final inning, to lead Altoona to a 10-8 win ...

Curve win; Tebow trip in question

READING — If Tim Tebow comes to town and plays next week against the Curve, it could provide a big boost in ticket sales and, thereby, some big financial gains for the franchise. But there’s now a question about Tebow’s status for the short term and for Binghamton’s visit to Altoona a ...

Scioneaux saves the day for Curve

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror The Curve might have finally found the answer to their closer conundrum, and the solution may have been as easy as turning to the guy responsible for recording the save in last year’s Eastern League Championship Series clincher. Tate Scioneaux’s ...

Curve can not hold lead

Curve manager Michael Ryan challenged his bullpen Monday night, after yet another blown lead, for someone to step up. To say that the bullpen has had a nightmare season would be an understatement. Things might have hit a new bottom Tuesday night as Matt Eckelman blew his first save since ...

Sadly, no help on its way for Curve ’pen

It had disaster written all over it once again, for the third straight day. But this time, the Curve found a way to avoid yet another costly ninth-inning collapse Wednesday afternoon. The good news is that Tate Scioneaux got out of trouble against Bowie and recorded a much-needed save from ...

Not enough arms hurting Curve in loss to Bowie

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Under just about any other circumstance, Sean Keselica would not have been on the mound for the Curve in the ninth inning Monday night, would not have given up four runs and would not have been responsible — at least from a stats perspective — for ...

Ratledge silver lining in setback for Curve

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve really had no shot to win Sunday’s game against Erie after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning, so utility man Logan Ratledge got yet another opportunity to showcase his pitching skills. Ratledge had quite a memorable day, first hitting a home ...

Curve duo contribute to ‘W’

From Mirror reports WASHINGTON — Curve third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes had an impressive showing in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park, belting a two-run homer and also drawing a 10-pitch walk. Hayes started at third base and batted ninth for the U.S. team, which beat the ...

Curve get relief when it’s needed

From Mirror reports ERIE — If the Altoona Curve had plans to provide as much comfort as possible for their pitcher making his first start in six weeks, they executed the plan to perfection on Saturday night. Three first-inning Altoona runs allowed for starter Austin Coley to settle in ...

Craig, Gaffney help Curve get nightcap

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve had plenty of opportunities to win game one of their doubleheader Friday night but failed to protect several leads and ultimately wound up losing to Erie, 8-7, in 11 innings at UPMC Park. Altoona bounced back to take the second game, 5-1, behind a ...

Curve start second half with 4th straight win

ERIE — The Curve picked up where they left off from before the Eastern League All-Star break by continuing their red-hot play Thursday night. Altoona led a tight game throughout, then poured it on with five runs in the ninth inning for a 10-2 win over Erie at UPMC Park. The Curve have won ...

Curve’s Craig wins All-Star Game in strange way

TRENTON, N.J. — Baseball All-Star Games rarely provide great drama at the end, but the Eastern League’s showcase had plenty of it Wednesday night, and Curve first baseman Will Craig became the hero in unusual fashion. The Western Division All-Stars, featuring four Curve players and led by ...

Curve’s Hearn earns All-Star start

Taylor Hearn won the genetics lottery when it comes to being a pitcher. He’s left-handed, throws upwards of 100 mph and is 6-foot-5. Any one of those physical gifts is extremely valuable in baseball. When a pitcher has all three, he has a chance, if everything goes well, to be a superstar ...

Craig embraces challenge

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Curve manager Michael Ryan will get to manage an All-Star Game for the first time in his career in the Eastern League showcase Wednesday in Trenton, while tonight, slugger Will Craig will take his hacks in the home run derby. Craig, playing for Wake ...

Curve cap off impressive weekend

The Curve just enjoyed their most impressive three days of the season and reinforced the notion that the current version of the club is indeed a legitimate contender to win an Eastern League title this year. Trenton pounded Altoona the first two contests of a five-game series, by a combined ...

Big league struggles could cost Curve

As the Pirates’ freefall toward what may become a dreadful season continues, there’s a good chance it will have a negative impact on what otherwise could be another run at an Eastern League championship for the Curve. The Bucs (40-48) are now eight games under .500 with three weeks left ...

Victory keeps Curve on track; break looms

A few nights ago, the mood and trajectory surrounding the Curve season was headed in an ominous direction. Starting pitching was bombarded in consecutive nights, and Altoona still had three games left against the best team in the Eastern Division. With the All-Star break beginning Monday, a ...

Curve’s Hearn, bullpen turn in strong outing

Next stop Tonight: Trenton at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Cam Vieaux (4-1, 1.41) vs. Thunder RHP Trevor Stephan (2-4, 4.78) Record: 43-39 By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror The Curve were in need of their first solid starting pitching performance of the last four games, and ...