Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday but made an eight-hour drive to New Hampshire to begin a series tonight at 7:05. Curve RHP Adrian Sampson (4-3, 2.07), the active Eastern League ERA leader, will be opposed by Fisher Cats RHP P.J. Walters (1-0, 2.89) in the series opener.

SAFE AT FIRST: This could be some bad baseball in the series as the Curve (25-41) and Fisher Cats (28-40) have the two worst records in the EL. Something’s got to give, though, as New Hampshire is just 13-18 at home, while Altoona is 10-20 on the road. Both teams also have lost two games in a row.

STEALING SECOND: This is the longest road trip of the season for the Curve, who have to play 11 games in nine days. After this series, they head to Portland for four games plus the resumption of another suspended game, then they travel to New Britain for three.

ROUNDING THIRD: SS Alen Hanson has a team season-high 12-game hitting streak, raising his average from .252 to .273. Manager Carlos Garcia spoke highly of Hanson’s offensive abilities and work ethic in continuing to make himself a quality hitter at the plate.

HEADING HOME: Hanson, however, has a whopping 20 errors in only 62 games, which puts him on pace for more than 40 errors for the season. Garcia said he has seen improvement from the shortstop with regards to being aggressive going after grounders instead of letting the ball play him, but the manager also noted the young infielder must continue to work on his throws to first base.

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve and Portland were suspended because of rain in the middle of the third inning Wednesday night, with the Sea Dogs leading, 2-1. They will complete the suspended game to nine innings today at 5 p.m., then play a seven-inning game. The originally scheduled starting pitchers were Curve RHP Nick Kingham (1-7, 3.04) and Sea Dogs LHP Mickey Pena (2-1, 6.17).

SAFE AT FIRST: “American Pickers” fans can meet Danielle Colby at tonight’s game. She will be on hand to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs for two hours.

STEALING SECOND: The Curve defense has racked up 76 errors, most in the Eastern League.

ROUNDING THIRD: Portland INF Stefan Welch returned to Altoona on Tuesday, making him the second former Curve player to play for their opponent in three home series. 2010 team MVP Hector Gimenez recently made an appearance at Peoples Natural Gas Field with New Hampshire.

HEADING HOME: Entering Wednesday night’s action, former Curve INF Brock Holt was on a 10-game hitting streak with the Red Sox. He also celebrated his 26th birthday Wednesday.

– Matt Michelone

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday night and begin a home series tonight against Binghamton at Peoples Natural Gas Field. With the calendar turning to June, the primary starting time for weekday games is getting pushed back to 7 p.m.

SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve have lost nine in a row, just two shy of the franchise record set in 2000. A loss tonight would match the second-longest streak of 10 set in 2007.

STEALING SECOND: Tonight’s pitchers: Curve LHP Zack Dodson (1-2, 2.60) vs. B-Mets TBD. Dodson hasn’t pitched enough innings to qualify for the Eastern League leaderboard, but at 2.60, he would rank ninth in the league in ERA.

ROUNDING THIRD: The Curve have three pitchers in the top 10 in the EL in ERA: RHP A.J. Morris (first at 1.64), RHP Adrian Sampson (third at 1.98) and RHP Nick Kingham (10th at 2.95).

HEADING HOME: Based largely on the starting staff, the Curve rank third in the EL in team ERA at 3.59.

– Cory Giger