Altoona Curve

Curve suffer first two-game skid

From Mirror reports AKRON, Ohio — Winning here has always been difficult for the Curve, and this year’s young team is finding that out in the early going of the season. Akron won in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning, 3-2, at Canal Park on Saturday afternoon to hand Altoona its first ...

Curve beaten in Akron

AKRON, Ohio — Of all the ways to lose a game, one of the most frustrating feelings for a team is when a pitcher gives up the tying and go-ahead runs without making batters do anything. The Curve fell victim to that Friday night in a 3-2 loss to Akron at Canal Park, watching their 2-1 lead ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Thursday and begin a three-game series at Akron tonight at 6:35. SAFE AT FIRST: Tonight’s pitchers: Curve RHP Tanner Anderson (1-0, 0.84) vs. RubberDucks RHP Nick Pasquale (0-0, 4.66). STEALING SECOND: Akron is off to a rare rough start ...

Curve capture series with SeaWolves

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve had a stinker of a game in their series-opening loss to Erie on Monday, and afterward, manager Michael Ryan told his club that the SeaWolves are the “better team right now” and challenged the players “to get to that level and get past ...

Pitching key as Curve prevail

Middle relievers don’t always get the notoriety they deserve, but on a Curve team with a strong bullpen, some outstanding relief work in the clutch helped the club hold on for a win Tuesday night. “It just shows you that they’re ready for any situation,” Curve manager Michael Ryan said ...

On the upswing: Hitters changing with the times

Baseball is changing right before our eyes, and will continue to do so, as more and more hitters begin to understand that a once-seemingly dumb idea is now the smart way to go. Hit the ball in the air. Don’t swing down or necessarily even level, as we were all taught when we first picked ...

SeaWolves ‘better’ than Curve

Manager Michael Ryan had some candidly critical observations about his team’s performance following the Curve’s first clunker loss of the season Monday night. Erie smacked Altoona around in a 7-1 win, ripping 15 hits and a pair of two-run homers before 2,434 fans at Peoples Natural Gas ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve, and the entire Eastern League, were off Sunday for Easter. SAFE AT FIRST: Altoona begins a three-game series against Erie tonight at 6 at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Pitchers are: Curve RHP Yeudy Garcia (0-0, 27.00) vs. SeaWolves LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-0, ...

Curve coach has fascinating past combining sport with ministry

Bryan Hickerson played on teams that included Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker and Will Clark, so he undoubtedly has some great stories to tell about life in the major leagues. Those are not the stories, however, that make Hickerson one of the more fascinating people you’ll find ...

Espinal’s blast, Anderson’s pitching lead Curve

The Curve now have the Eastern League’s best record and a four-game winning streak, thanks to one big hit and some outstanding mound work Saturday afternoon. “Like I said before, these guys know how to win,” manager Michael Ryan said. “They’re going to do whatever it takes to win, ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: J.T. Brubaker got the win on the mound Friday night for the Curve, giving up four runs — two earned — on six hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one. Buddy Borden pitched two scoreless innings of relief, then Jared Lakind finished it off in ...

Chavez, 30, helps Curve win

There’s no chance Curve catcher Zane Chavez was going to give up on his big league dreams, even when the vast majority of players who have been through what he’s been through would have called it quits long ago. Chavez started playing professionally at age 22 in 2009, in independent ball. ...

Kramer’s homers lead Curve in home opener

Kevin Kramer had not hit two home runs in a game since Little League, and in 693 professional at-bats prior to Thursday, he had belted only five balls out of the yard. The Curve second baseman picked a perfect time to drill two long balls, helping cap an all-around perfect night for the club ...

Record-setting crowd starts 19th year in A­ltoona

Whether it was the Josh Gallagher appearance, good weather or the excitement of seeing a new team, the Curve’s home opener Thursday night turned out to be one of the most memorable in franchise history. The club obliterated the record for largest crowd in a home opener, drawing 7,313 fans ...

Coonelly pleased with AA affiliate

Home opening day for the Altoona Curve dawned with sunny skies, mild temperatures and an expressed love for baseball from Pittsburgh Pirate President Frank Coonelly, who in an address to the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, praised local ownership and the way the community supports the ...

Curve set for home opener

RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve already have a week’s worth of games and a winning record as they get set to play their home opener tonight at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Alex McRae and John Kuchno combined on Altoona’s first shutout of the season Wednesday night in a 4-0 win over Richmond at ...

Curve lose lead in 10th inning

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond’s position player was a little bit better of a pitcher than the Curve’s position player Tuesday night. It was that kind of bizarre game, one that came down to both teams having to turn to a position player to pitch the 10th inning of a tie ...

Reyes delivers game-winning hit

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — The right percentage play was to intentionally walk Kevin Newman, the Curve’s best hitter, but the percentages came back to bite Richmond in extra innings Monday night. In a tie game in the 12th inning, Altoona had the go-ahead run at second base and ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: With Monday’s gem, allowing one run in 12 innings, the Curve pitching staff has the third-best ERA in the Eastern League in the early going at 3.64. SAFE AT FIRST: RHP Tanner Anderson made only the fourth start of his pro career Monday and held Richmond to ...

Late innings doom Curve in loss to Senators

HARRISBURG — One of the most important factors for success at the higher levels of pro ball is the shutdown inning after scoring, especially after a team just takes the lead. The Curve grabbed a lead in the top of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon at Harrisburg, only to see it vanish in a ...