Altoona Curve

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out for the second straight day at Akron on Saturday. The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 1:05 p.m. Friday’s rainout will be made up in a doubleheader Saturday, July 8 at 5:35 p.m. SAFE AT FIRST: Today’s pitchers: ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Friday night at Akron. No makeup date has been scheduled yet. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers for tonight’s 6:35 game at Akron: Curve RHP Yeudy Garcia (0-2, 6.43) vs. RubberDucks RHP D.J. Brown (0-1, 9.00). STEALING SECOND: The game between the Curve and ...

Ducks continue mastery of Curve at Canal Park

AKRON, Ohio — The Curve have the third-best record in all of professional baseball — majors or minors – with a 9-2 mark, but the road has been a different story so far. Primarily because of Akron. Altoona dropped to 0-4 at Canal Park with a 3-2 loss Thursday night, as the RubberDucks ...

Curve adapting well to PNG Field

There are a lot of things to like about this year’s Curve team, which has the Eastern League’s second-best record, and one of the most important is that the club seems to be made perfectly for its home ballpark. Altoona improved to 9-2 at Peoples Natural Gas Field this season on Wednesday ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve have a good situation at 1B with Edwin Espinal and Connor Joe both playing very well. Joe has a 10-game hitting streak, while Espinal has been superb all season, hitting .356 with a team-high 12 RBIs. “It’s a good problem, unless you’re the guy ...

Brubaker pitches gem for Curve

There was always an expectation within the club that the Curve pitching staff would be strong this season, and so far it’s been even better than expected. Altoona has the second-best record in the Eastern League at 14-9, and the biggest reason why is a 2.86 team ERA, which also ranks second ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: RHP Montana DuRapau is closing in on the Curve franchise record for career saves. DuRapau has five this year and 27 in two seasons. He’s two behind the record set by Matt Peterson, who had all 29 of his saves in 2007. SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve went 9-1 at home and 16-6 overall ...

Pirates moving catchers around

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com When you pitch with your left hand or you’re a catcher, there will always be opportunities in baseball, some of which can come out of nowhere. The Pirates had one of those situations over the weekend when they called up a catcher, John Bormann, ...

McRae punctuates win with homer

Alex McRae recorded his own bit of history Sunday afternoon when he hit just the second home run ever by a Curve pitcher at home, and becoming the first to do so in 18 years. “That was pretty fun,” McRae said. “You don’t get to experience that a lot, so that’s something I’ll ...

Curve take advantage of bad Sens pitching

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com A walk-off win is typically when a team gets a hit to end a game and walk off as a winner, but the Curve pulled off another type of walk-off win Saturday night. Harrisburg’s pitching completely fell apart in the seventh inning as the Senators ...

Curve pitcher overcomes scare

Just when he thought he was finally getting his first crack at Double-A after a long and winding road, pitcher Luis Heredia went through a health scare in spring training that led to a big change in his life. Heredia has long been a well-known and often-discussed member of the Pirates’ ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Thursday and begin a six-game homestand tonight at 6 against Harrisburg at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Senators are in town for three games, then Richmond visits Monday for three. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers tonight: Curve RHP Austin Coley ...

Simpson’s home run lifts Curve in 10th

ERIE — Chase Simpson can do a lot of damage for the Curve when he connects with the ball, and he connected in a big way Wednesday afternoon. Simpson led off the 10th inning with a home run to lift Altoona to a 3-2 win over Erie at UPMC Park. Simpson drilled his blast to right field on an ...

Reyes puts an end to game in 12th

From Mirror reports ERIE — The struggling Curve offense didn’t do a whole lot to help win Monday evening, but a superb night by Altoona’s pitchers kept giving the hitters chance after chance after chance. It took until the 12th inning for Altoona to finally come through with a clutch ...

Curve stuck on 3-game losing skid

From Mirror reports AKRON, Ohio — The Curve have been getting hits, but coming through in the clutch has started to become a big problem for the club. Akron finished off a three-game sweep of Altoona on Sunday at Canal Park, 6-1, with Eric Haase doing most of the damage for the ...

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 ...