Altoona Curve

Cooled-off Curve on losing skid

By Alex Church For the Mirror The Curve dominated early in the season at Peoples Natural Gas field, starting 14-3, but they had to come back down to earth eventually. Altoona has cooled off the past few days and lost its third straight home game, 4-2, to Akron on Tuesday night before ...

Brothers square off halfway around the world

Two brothers who come from 7,884 miles away in Taiwan will find themselves separated by one foot tonight playing minor league baseball on opposing teams in central Pennsylvania. Talk about a small world. Jin-De Jhang will be behind the plate at catcher tonight for the Curve, and probably in ...

Curve offense stuck in mini-slump

By Alex Church For the Mirror After winning 14 of their first 17 home games to begin the season, the Curve stalled on offense for a second consecutive game Monday night and lost back-to-back games at Peoples Natural Gas Field for the first time. Akron broke a tie with two runs in the ...

Curve shut out by Erie

The Curve have been so good at home that it was just a matter of time before they had a tough game, and it finally happened Sunday night. Altoona came into the day with the best home record in all of minor league baseball at 14-3, but it was shut out for the first time at Peoples Natural Gas ...

Canseco still an entertainer

By Matt Michelone For the Mirror Jose Canseco belted three home runs into the left field bleachers Saturday night, even though it’s been awhile since he last took a few swings. “I haven’t picked up a bat in a year,” he said. “I’m going to feel this tomorrow.” He did, ...

Canseco not shy about telling story

Of all the fascinating things in Jose Canseco’s past — and there are many — even he laughed when asked about what question he hears the most from people. “The most asked question, believe it or not, is, ‘How’s Madonna? How was she? Were you really dating her?’” Canseco said. ...

Curve take wild affair

One of the most bizarre Curve contests ever unfolded Friday night and served as a reminder that you just never know what you might see in any given baseball game. As Altoona second baseman Kevin Kramer said, “Tonight was a crazy game.” To say the least. Erie scored seven runs in the ...

Kramer’s streak ends in Curve loss

From Mirror reports BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Kevin Kramer began his Curve career with one of the most notable streaks in franchise history, but he fell just one game shy of tying a team record. Kramer went 0-for-5 in Thursday’s 8-5 loss to Binghamton at NYSEG Stadium, ending his 32-game ...

Luplow delivers game-winning homer

From Mirror reports BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — One thing the Pirates organization desperately needs is power-hitting prospects, and Curve outfielder Jordan Luplow is opening eyes in that department in his first season of of Double-A. Luplow came off the bench to hit a game-winning, pinch-hit ...

Ugly end to Curve winning streak

From Mirror reports BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Curve came here playing well, winning four of five, but endured a rough night pitching and hitting Tuesday. Binghamton rumbled past Altoona, 10-2, at NYSEG Stadium in the first meeting between the teams this season. The Rumble Ponies scored twice ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and begin a three-game series at Binghamton tonight. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers tonight: Curve RHP Tanner Anderson (2-2, 2.90) vs. Rumble Ponies RHP Casey Delgado (1-4, 7.28). STEALING SECOND: You read that right above: The Binghamton ...

Curve roll behind sub Diaz

The Eastern League’s best hitter so far, Kevin Kramer, got the day off for the Curve on Sunday, and his replacement, Chris Diaz, went 3-for-4 and played a big role in a victory. It’s been that kind of season so far from Altoona, which has gotten contributions from numerous players to ...

Having best record in EL doesn’t always matter in the game of baseball

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Eastern League’s best team, with the best home record in all of baseball, grabbed a four-run lead in the first inning against the league’s worst team, had its best starter on the mound, then had the league’s best reliever on in the ninth ...

Sgt. Slaughter remains beloved wrestling figure

One of the legendary heel turns in professional wrestling occurred when real American hero Sgt. Slaughter started portraying an Iraqi sympathizer in 1990, a bit that was so convincing and made some fans so irate that the wrestler actually started getting death threats. “They took it serious ...

Winning continues for Curve

Michael Ryan earned his 300th victory as a minor league manager Friday night with the Curve, and the 39-year-old has enjoyed a great deal of success in his young managerial career. While all the winning has been fun, there was one season of losing — a lot of losing — that taught Ryan his ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: 2B Kevin Kramer extended his on-base streak to 29 games Friday, just four shy of the Curve record shared by Ronny Paulino (2004) and Steve Pearce (2007). What’s most impressive is that Kramer’s streak is at the very start of his Double-A career as he’s ...

Top hitters spark Curve

The Curve have the best home record in all of professional baseball at 10-2, and a big reason for it is because they have the Eastern League’s top 1-2 punch offensively. Kevin Kramer leads the EL in hitting at .371, while Edwin Espinal is second at .361. This is believed to be the first ...

Newman survives beaning in Curve victory

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — Curve shortstop Kevin Newman was hit in the head by a fastball while batting Wednesday afternoon and was taken to a local hospital, but the diagnosis turned out to be good news. Newman suffered a forehead contusion and not a concussion, Curve manager ...

Squirrels collect 15 hits in win

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve pitching staff has been superb all season, but it had a disastrous evening Tuesday in a blowout loss to Richmond. The Flying Squirrels pounded 15 hits and took advantage of nine walks — three with the bases loaded — to rout Altoona, 14-6, ...

Curve offense goes flat, stays there

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve scored just minutes into Monday night’s game at Richmond, then fell flat the rest of the night. The Flying Squirrels scored twice in the eighth inning to snap a tie and beat Altoona, 3-1, at The Diamond. The Curve managed only four hits — ...