Covering the bases

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Thursday and travel to Erie today to begin a three-game series against the SeaWolves. They’ll play three games at Akron after that.

SAFE AT FIRST: Pitching matchups for tonight’s 6:35 p.m. game: Curve RHP Chad Kuhl (1-0, 0.90) vs. SeaWolves RHP Chad Green (0-1, 5.63).

STEALING SECOND: Curve RHP Tyler Glasnow had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday, but that game was rained out. He’s now being pushed back to Saturday.

ROUNDING THIRD: At 7-5, the Curve led the Eastern Division by half a game entering Thursday’s contests and were only half a game away from the league’s best record (8-5).

HEADING HOME: The Curve won’t be home until May 1, when they’ll have a seven-game homestand against Erie and Richmond.

– Cory Giger

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve and Harrisburg Senators were rained out Wednesday evening at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Curve personnel covered the field with the tarp prior to the scheduled 6 p.m. start and the game never began.

SAFE AT FIRST: Curve general manager Rob Egan was in contact with the umpires and Eastern League officials most of the afternoon and, with more inclement weather in the forecast, the decision to postpone was made quickly. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, June 20, with a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 4:30 p.m.

STEALING SECOND: The rainout spoiled the return of Tim Alderson, who was scheduled to pitch for Harrisburg. Alderson spent parts of five seasons (2009-20013) with the Curve after being acquired by the Pirates for Freddy Sanchez in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. Alderson is the only Curve pitcher to hit two home runs.

ROUNDING THIRD: The Curve, who won four of six games in their first homestand, are idle today before starting a three-game series in Erie on Friday. Altoona will pitch Chad Kuhl in Friday’s 6:35 p.m. opener, Zack Dodson will go in Saturday’s 4:05 start and Angel Sanchez will pitch the finale against the SeaWolves on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

HEADING HOME: Altoona then will play three games at Akron before returning home Friday, May 1. The Curve lead the EL Western Division with a 7-5 record, their best start since 2010 when they opened 9-3. The Curve have won five one-run games already after going 21-38 in one-run games a year ago.

Covering the bases

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Tuesday night at Richmond, which means prized RHP prospect Tyler Glasnow will not start Thursday’s home opener at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Glasnow was scheduled to make that start, but the rainout pushes everyone back in the rotation one day. So RHP Jason Creasy will start Thursday for Altoona, while Glasnow will start Friday.

SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve and Richmond will play this morning at 10:35 at The Diamond. RHP Angel Sanchez (0-0, 0.00) will start for Altoona against Flying Squirrels RHP Chris Stratton (0-0, 3.60).

STEALING SECOND: Former major league RHP Collin Balester was added to the Curve roster Tuesday. He had pitched well for Triple-A Indianapolis, throwing three scoreless innings and allowing just one hit over two appearances. Balester, 28, pitched for the Nationals from 2008-11 and for the Tigers in 2012, going 7-16 with a 5.30 ERA in 73 big league games (22 starts). He struggled with the Curve last year, going 1-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 relief appearances.

ROUNDING THIRD: Tuesday’s rainout will be made up as part of a doubleheader July 17 at 5:35 p.m. in Richmond.

HEADING HOME: At 2-3, the Curve sit one game out of first place in the Eastern Division, behind Bowie and Richmond.

– Cory Giger