Altoona Curve

Curve announce fans’ all-time list

As part of their 20th season celebration, the Altoona Curve, the Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, unveiled the Fans’ Choice honors for their all-time favorite Altoona Curve team on Monday. Fans voted online over the last month from a list of 82 finalists featuring players from ...

PNG Field getting new surface

As good as the Curve players looked on the field this season in winning the Eastern League title, the grass itself at Peoples Natural Gas Field wasn’t nearly as appealing. With dead spots covering several large areas of grass, it was obvious the Curve needed a new playing surface. Now ...

Ex-Curve player Luplow, Brault honored by Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Luplow and Steven Brault were the gems of the Pirates farm system in 2017 Luplow was honored as the organization’s minor league player of the year, and Brault was selected as the top pitcher. “It’s a pretty cool award,” said Luplow, who was not invited to major ...

Espinal wins minor league gold glove

From Mirror reports Curve first baseman Edwin Espinal has been named a minor league Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner following a perfect season in the field. Espinal was the only first baseman in the minors this season to post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. He played 81 games at first ...

Curve’s Ryan a rising star in coaching

Commentary As his Curve players celebrated their Eastern League championship on the field and later in the clubhouse Thursday night, manager Michael Ryan could be seen standing off to the side for a few seconds, a focused and proud look on his face as he watched the scene unfold and soaked it ...

Curve sweep their way to Eastern League title

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com When Jin-De Jhang hit the ball, the home crowd erupted as loudly as it ever has in the Curve’s 19 seasons. “That was the biggest hit I’ve ever seen in my life,” pitcher Mitch Keller said. “Right when he hit it, I just got straight chills. ...

Curve title a great moment for Altoona sports fans

We are so, so lucky as sports fans to be living in an area where championships aren’t just the hope, they are the expectation. Since 1971, there have been 16 major sports titles won by teams from central and western PA, including the Steelers (6), Penguins (5), Pirates (2), Penn State ...

Curve eyeing sweep

TRENTON, N.J. — Everybody knows hitting is contagious, but that also applies to pitching, and it’s the biggest reason why the Curve are one game away from an Eastern League title. J.T Brubaker picked the perfect time for the longest outing of his career, going eight strong innings, and ...

Altoona playing with cohesion

TRENTON, N.J. — A win tonight would cap a remarkable season for the Curve by giving them a clean sweep of the Eastern League playoffs and just the second championship in franchise history. This is a terrific Double-A team. And the key word is team. The Curve’s tremendous pitching is ...

Pitching department gets Curve series lead

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Trenton, 7 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP J.T. Brubaker (7-6, 4.44) vs. Thunder LHP Justus Sheffield (7-6, 3.18) Best-of-5-series: Curve lead, 1-0 By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com TRENTON, N.J. — Pitching has carried the Curve this far, and it carried ...

Tolman playing big role for curve

Commentary TRENTON, N.J. — Mitchell Tolman was ready to head home about two weeks ago, set to pack up his car in Bradenton, Fla., and make the long drive back to California with his girlfriend, Ashlee. But a funny thing happened the night before Tolman was scheduled to play his final game ...

Curve hoping for a repeat of 2010

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Trenton, Game 1, Eastern League Championship Series, 7 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Brandon Waddell (3-3, 3.55) vs. Thunder RHP Dillon Tate (1-2, 3.24) Notable: Remaining order for Curve’s rotation in the series: RHP J.T. Brubaker, RHP Mitch Keller, RHP Alex ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve finished off a sweep of their first-round playoff series against Bowie on Saturday, giving them two days off. They’ll return to action Tuesday night in Trenton in Game 1 of the Eastern League Championship Series at 7. This is a rematch of the 2010 title series, which ...

Curve sweep, heading to finals

Next Stop Tonight: Idle Next up: Game 1 ELCS: Tuesday, Altoona at Trenton, 7 p.m. Division Series: Curve sweep Baysox, 3-0 By Matt Michelone For the Mirror Bowie may have had the best batting average, but it was the Curve pitching staff — which had the the Eastern League’s No. ...

Tucker lost 4-6 weeks to injury

By Matt Michelone For the Mirror Altoona Curve shortstop Cole Tucker’s 2017 season has likely come to a close. The Pirates’ No. 9 overall prospect according to Baseball America will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken left hand. Tucker broke the hand while attempting to steal third base ...

Curve head home looking for sweep

BOWIE, Md. — As much as Bowie dominated the season series against the Curve, going 14-5, a closer look at the individual games showed there wasn’t that much difference between the teams. Altoona led in the seventh inning or later in seven of the losses but just couldn’t stop the ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: There was some potential bad news Friday as SS Cole Tucker came out of the game with a hand injury in the second inning. Tucker tried to steal third base in the first inning, slid head first and was thrown out. He hurt his hand on the slide. He stayed in the game on defense for the ...

Curve head home looking for sweep

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com BOWIE, Md. — As much as Bowie dominated the season series against the Curve, going 14-5, a closer look at the individual games showed there wasn’t that much difference between the teams. Altoona led in the seventh inning or later in seven of the ...

Curve pitcher tosses one-hitter in playoff opener

BOWIE, Md. — In baseball terms, it’s called a Maddux. In Curve terms, Mitch Keller’s masterpiece Thursday night gets the label of best pitching performance in franchise history. Keller, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, fired a one-hit shutout and became the first Curve pitcher ever ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: One thing that made RHP Mitch Keller’s night even more special was that his brother, Jon, was in attendance. Jon had been a pitcher in the Orioles’ system and opened the season with Bowie before getting sent down to high-A Frederick. Jon, though, was traded to the Rockies on ...