Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off on Monday after six days of games. Monday’s off day was the first scheduled off day since the All-Star break earlier this month but both games last Sunday and Monday’s games were postponed due to rain.

SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve will open up a six-game homestand tonight, starting at seven when they take on Binghamton. The B-Mets own a 6-2 record against the Curve this season.

STEALING SECOND: For the second time this month, Alex Dickerson was named the Eastern League Player of the Week. During the week, he homered twice, drove in 13 runs and hit .400. In the week, Dickerson tied the franchise record, driving in eight runs in a game as the Curve beat New Hampshire on Friday.

ROUNDING THIRD: Last week’s performance was the highlight of a month where Dickerson has hit .417, driving in 26 runs. This all comes after he hit .185 and .264 in April and May respectively. In July, he’s drove in 26 runs and hit six homers – both season highs. Dickerson leads the team in overall average (.298), RBIs (59) and runs (53).

HEADING HOME: RHP Nick Kingham (3-2, 2.89) will take the mound for the Curve tonight at 7 p.m. against B-Mets LHP Mark Cohoon (5-3, 4.64). It will also be the Double-A debut of SS Alen Hanson, the second best position player prospect in the Pirates system, according to Baseball America.

– Darian Somers

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Pirates promoted RHP Zack Thornton back to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Thornton started the season with the Curve, spent most of June with the Indians and made three appearances in Altoona before being promoted on Sunday. Thornton pitched on Sunday for the Indians, allowing three runs on three hits in three innings.

SAFE AT FIRST: 3B Adalberto Santos extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which is just two games shy of INF Justin Howard’s season-high 12 game streak. Santos went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday.

STEALING SECOND: Former Curve INF Quincy Latimore, who is now with Akron, appeared in Sunday’s game. It was the second time he has appeared against the Curve in the series. He went 0-for-3 on Thursday and went 0-for-2 on Sunday. Latimore replaced Jose Ramirez, who was injured in a collision in the fifth inning.

ROUNDING THIRD: The Curve walked away winning three of the four games against Akron. It’s the first time the Curve have won a series since they swept New Hampshire in three games from June 18 to June 20.

HEADING HOME: The Curve return home today, taking on Bowie for three games and then Erie for four. The Baysox swept the Curve earlier this season, and the SeaWolves, who were just in Altoona, won three straight to close out a five-game series before the All-Star break.

– Darian Somers

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: July 4 hasn’t been kind to the Curve in recent years as Thursday night’s win is the first on Independence Day since 2009. Previously, the Curve had won just one other game since 2005 on July 4.

SAFE AT FIRST: Until Thursday, the Curve offense has been as explosive on July 4 as a sparkler. The Curve’s offense had scored just seven runs since 2006 on the date.

STEALING SECOND: The Fourth of July crowd brought in the largest crowd at PNG Field this season, 8,422. Curve GM Rob Egan said that the holiday is one of the biggest nights along with opening night for a minor league team. “Here, July 4 really works here,” he said. “Not only because we have baseball here, but we also have a great fireworks show after, and we also know there is a fireworks show right next store at Lakemont Park. [The fans] each get two shows where they are at. It’s really a great marriage between the two facilities on July 4.”

ROUNDING THIRD: As part of the Fourth of July festivities, more than 100 teams around the minor leagues wore Stars and Stripes hats. The hats featured a logo with American flag inspired colors. They were auctioned off, benefitting the Hollidaysburg Veterans. “They are fun hats to wear,” Egan said. “People really enjoy them and winning them. We also have some for sale – a limited number – that sell out on this night. I think it’s something different for fans, and at the same time, we are raising money for a good cause. “

HEADING HOME: The Curve will give away Andrew McCutchen bobbleheads to the first 1,500 fans tonight as a part of a three-part series. Each bobblehead is for each of the five years the Curve have existed. The first year’s bobblehead was Sean Burnett, McCutchen the middle and Brock Holt the last.

– Darian Somers

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: It was announced on Wednesday that RHP Ethan Hollingsworth and 3B Adalberto Santos will be joining three other Curve players next week at the Eastern League All-Star Game in New Britain. RHP Jameson Taillon, RHP Casey Sadler and 2B Jarek Cunningham were the first three announced headed to the game.

SAFE AT FIRST: Santos has hit .274 this season, his second in Altoona. Santos, who played in the New York-Penn All-Star Game in 2010, hit .318 in June and finished the month with a season-high 28 hits. He also collected three homers and 14 RBIs in June. The .318 was second only to Justin Howard in the month of June.

STEALING SECOND: Hollingsworth, a reliever, has got the win in his last three appearances before Wednesday. He has a 5-3 record with a 3.13 ERA, going 4-0 in June. He allowed just two runs, both homers, in 25 1/3 innings pitched. He had the lowest ERA in June for any Curve pitcher of 0.71.

ROUNDING THIRD: The win in Binghamton capped off a rainy seven-game road trip where the Curve went 3-4. Of the seven games played, three were seven innings and one was one postponed. Due to the rain, the Curve had to sit through more than five and half combined hours of rain delays.

HEADING HOME: The Curve will open up a five-game homestand with Erie, starting tonight. The Curve are just 3-7 against the SeaWolves this year. The Curve have averaged one home run a game against the SeaWolves.

– Darian Somers