Altoona Curve

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and begin a six-game homestand tonight against Reading. The Fightin Phils will be in town for three games, then Hartford visits for three. The Curve took two out of three at Reading from May 10-13. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers tonight: Curve RHP Eduardo Vera ...

Curve pitching takes a pounding

From Mirror reports HARTFORD, Conn. — The Curve have been very good in the final game of a series on the road this season, entering play Sunday with a 6-1 record in such contests. That’s a sign that a team is able to focus on the game at hand, instead of looking past it and thinking ...

Bullpen crushed in setback

HARTFORD, Conn. — To say things didn’t go quite as planned for the Curve Saturday against Hartford would be a vast understatement. An emergency start from Logan Sendelbach (2-2) in place of the anticipated Austin Coley, coupled with a first pitch delayed by almost 10 minutes due to ...

Back from suspension, RP DuRapau shines

From Mirror reports HARTFORD, Conn. — Montana DuRapau served his punishment, and now his addition to the Curve bullpen could turn out to be one of the biggest moves of the season for the club. Altoona’s bullpen has struggled most of the season, but DuRapau made an immediate impact ...

Right man at the right time

Jin-De Jhang has a knack for bringing fans to their feet with timely hitting. The man responsible for arguably the biggest hit in Curve history — a go-ahead three-run triple to help capture the 2017 Eastern League championship — was at it again Thursday afternoon. Jhang delivered a ...

Alemais delivers game-winner

Stephen Alemais enjoyed the first walk-off hit of his pro career and gave the Curve one of their better wins of the season Wednesday night. “It was a good feeling. I thought I hit it pretty well,” Alemais said of his drive to the left field wall that scored Jordan George from second base ...

Akron manager has Bucs ties

Akron manager Tony Mansolino once played with a couple of dozen future Curve players as a minor leaguer with the Pirates, but he never got the call to Altoona himself. Mansolino now is in position to give the Curve fits with the RubberDucks, who pretty much have always given Altoona ...

Coley helps Curve down Harrisburg

HARRISBURG — Austin Coley had a pretty miserable time at Triple-A Indianapolis this season, but the pitcher’s return to the Curve produced good results Sunday. Coley pitched six innings and held Harrisburg to two runs, then the bullpen came through late in Altoona’s 4-2 win at FNB ...

Senators make the most of Nats’ star

From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Major leaguer Daniel Murphy almost single-handedly won a minor league game Sunday for Harrisburg. Murphy, on a rehab assignment from the Washington Nationals, drove in six of the Senators’ seven runs in a 7-2 win over the Curve at FNB Field. Murphy ...

Curve rally, avoid 5-game skid

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Harrisburg, 6:30 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Taylor Hearn (1-3, 4.32) vs. Senators RHP Kyle McGowan (1-0, 2.84) Record: 22-22 From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — With everything going wrong, including ace Mitch Keller getting rocked, the Curve appeared to be ...

Senators hammer Curve

HARRISBURG — Things just went from from bad to worse for the Curve. For just the second time in its last 291 games, Altoona finds itself in unfamiliar territory: below .500. An uncharacteristic rough start from Altoona’s Brandon Waddell (2-1), one of the Eastern League’s top ...

Baysox sweep Curve right out of town

BOWIE, Md. — The Curve finished up a rough series here Thursday afternoon, getting swept in the three-game set to fall back to .500. Former Curve player Anderson Feliz went 3-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs to lead Bowie to a 5-2 win at Prince George’s Stadium. The Baysox ...

Curve pitching gets roughed up

BOWIE, Md. — The Curve played so well in the finale of a homestand Sunday, a 12-3 win over Portland, that it looked like it could be the start of a hot streak. The first two games of a week-long road trip have proven otherwise. Bowie pounded Altoona on Wednesday, 9-3, at Prince George’s ...

’Pen struggles continue for Curve

From Mirror reports BOWIE, Md. — The Curve lost their best reliever, Jesus Liranzo, to Triple-A on Tuesday, which is good news for him and for the Pirates, as the 100-mph flamethrower looks to have a promising future. It’s a big loss, though, for a Curve bullpen that has struggled ...

Giger: Curve’s Tucker learns from recent slump

Cole Tucker knew it was up there, that ugly thing on the scoreboard when he went to the plate for his first at-bat Sunday afternoon. “Yeah, I knew,” the Curve shortstop said with a sly laugh. “It sucks when you’re not hitting your weight. But I did know.”?Tucker weighs 200 pounds. ...

Craig’s list of hits lifts Curve

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve have a very talented team that has not lived up to the high expectations so far, but Sunday afternoon the club showed what could be possible when it puts everything together. “When you think about how really good it can be, that’s the ...

Van Slyke recalls ups, downs with Pirates

Oct. 14 1992 is a date that will live in infamy with Pirates fans. Playoff baseball died in the Steel City for the next 20 years following the Pirates’ Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS, the third straight year in which the Buccos failed to advance past the conference ...

Curve fall to Sea Dogs

History has a way of repeating itself. Just a night removed from blowing a seven-run lead, the Curve appeared poised to string together a seven-run comeback of their own against Portland, before ultimately falling short, 8-4, in front of 3,678 fans at Peoples Natural Gas Field Much like a ...

Curves Waddell delivers

It seems like Brandon Waddell has been a member of the Curve for a long, long time, so one might assume he’s an older veteran still trying to figure out how to succeed in Double-A. Those assumptions are wrong about the left-handed pitcher, who tossed six superb innings in Altoona’s 6-3 win ...

Curve unable to hold on to 7-0 lead in seventh

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve’s recurring bullpen issues advanced from big problem to full on crisis mode Thursday night during a shocking collapse. The Curve led Portland, 7-0, entering the seventh inning, only to have the bullpen give up nine runs over the next ...