Altoona Curve

Curve split DH, miss chance to tie for 1st

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Curve got some big hits late in game one to rally for a victory, but the bats went quiet in game two as they split a doubleheader with New Hampshire on Saturday night. Altoona tied game one in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jerrick Suiter, then Jordan George ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Friday night at New Hampshire and will make up the game as part of a doubleheader tonight at 6:05. SAFE AT FIRST: Altoona picked up half a game on first-place Bowie, which lost to Erie, and now trails the Baysox by just half a game. Third-place Akron, ...

Curve fall flat in key road loss

PORTLAND, Maine — At this stage of the season, in such a tight playoff race, the Curve simply cannot afford bad losses. They had a really bad one Thursday afternoon. Facing a pitcher who had a 5.83 ERA coming in, Altoona’s offense looked lost and put up no fight in a 2-0 loss to ...

Quick start puts Curve in first

PORTLAND, Maine — The Curve began their most important road trip of the season in strong fashion Tuesday night, right from the start. Cole Tucker tripled to open the game, and Pablo Reyes followed with a two-run homer to give Altoona a quick lead. The Curve later scored three runs in the ...

Curve fall back into tie for 1st

Tiebreakers could help down stretch PORTLAND, Maine — With the Western Division playoff race coming down to the wire, the Curve have one subtle but important edge in their favor against two of the three teams they’re battling for a postseason berth. Altoona lost Wednesday night at ...

Curve’s Escobar dealing with fears back home in Venezuela

Twelve days ago, a lifelong friend of Elvis Escobar’s was killed in their home country of Venezuela. “He was in the street just asking for a better life, and he got shot,” Escobar, an outfielder who plays for the Curve, said. “That’s bad. That’s really, really bad.” Escobar ...

Escobar sparks Curve

With a sellout crowd that was hanging on every pitch to create a playoff atmosphere, the Curve earned a sensational and vital victory Sunday night to move back into a tie for first place. It would be easy to try and come up with a clever line about Elvis leaving the building. But what ...

Curve prospect shines in the spotlight

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Pirates prized pitching prospect Mitch Keller obviously has the “electric stuff” that baseball folks love to talk about, but it was something else he showed during his Curve home debut that stood out even more. “His presence out there, it’s ...

Rolling Thunder nip Curve

The highest above .500 the Curve have ever been was 30 games, near the end of the terrific 2004 season when they finished 85-56, won the division and reached the Eastern League Championship Series. How good is the Trenton team that’s in town this weekend? Well, the Thunder improved to a ...

Curve find the pretty in ugly win over Phils

By Alex Church For the Mirror Minor league baseball isn’t always pretty. The Curve and the Reading Fightin Phils combined for five errors, 11 walks, and one balk in the series finale. But after all of that, the Curve found themselves in sole possession of first place in the Western ...

Schwind delivers for Curve in the clutch

By Alex Church For the Mirror Jon Schwind has faced a great deal of adversity throughout his seven-year minor league career. He’s outlasted multiple trips to the disabled list, and recovered from a gruesome collision in 2015 that left him with a ruptured spleen. But moments like his ...

Curve’s ’18 schedule a challenge for GM

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, and they will have a daunting front-loaded schedule that includes 30 home games — nearly half the season total — in the colder months of April and May. Next year’s home schedule will ...

Curve fail to find way to victory

The current version of the Curve club, which has undergone significant roster changes over the past month, continues to be good enough to play with any team in the Eastern League. Finding ways to win close games, though, will be the determining factor on whether the Curve make the playoffs ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and return to Peoples Natural Gas Field tonight to begin a big seven-game homestand. Reading is in town for three games, then Trenton for four, including a doubleheader Saturday. SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve need to play well during this homestand, because ...

Curve come back but fall in 11 innings

TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve had a chance to move back into first place in prized prospect Mitch Keller’s Double-A debut, but they couldn’t outlast the best team in minor league baseball. Altoona tied the game with a run in the ninth inning, only to lose in 11 on a walk-off two-run homer by ...

Altoona gets past Thunder

TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve lost a key player, first baseman Connor Joe, in the Sean Rodriguez trade Saturday, but the team put together a strong performance to win a big game later in the evening. Four Altoona pitchers combined to limit Trenton to one run, and reserve outfielder Justin ...

Thunder silent Curve

TRENTON, N.J. — The Trenton Thunder are a whopping 38 games over .500 at 74-36 — the best record in all of pro ball — and an amazing 42-14 at home. Beating them has been a gargantuan task for everyone in the Eastern League, and that includes the Curve. On a night when Reggie Jackson ...

Jhang, Mathisen explode

Jin-De Jhang and Wyatt Mathisen both put on a show offensively as the Curve wrapped up a big series with an impressive win Thursday night. Altoona erupted for eight runs over the first two innings — with Jhang driving in five of them — and cruised to a 10-5 win over Erie before 3,574 fans ...

Curve offense wastes solid showing from pitchers

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve are getting the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, Mitch Keller, which should help the team for the playoff push over the final month. Altoona didn’t do much to help its cause Wednesday night, though, as the offense fell flat with just ...

Winning brings major fun to minor leagues

Commentary One of the best things about minor league baseball is when August rolls around and the Curve are in contention. Things just start to feel different. The sport, by its very nature, at this level is about player development every day. Winning is important to minor league teams ...