Altoona Curve

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: One thing that made RHP Mitch Keller’s night even more special was that his brother, Jon, was in attendance. Jon had been a pitcher in the Orioles’ system and opened the season with Bowie before getting sent down to high-A Frederick. Jon, though, was traded to the Rockies on ...

Curve playoff opener postponed

Game 1 of the Curve’s playoff series was rained out Wednesday night in Bowie, pushing the best-of-five set back one day. That means instead of playing their first home game Friday night, the Curve now will do so Saturday night. Altoona will play Game 1 at Bowie tonight at 7:05, then Game ...

Keller gets call for EL opener

Mitch Keller is the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, the guy they hope will pitch big games for them in the big leagues for many years. Tonight, Keller gets to pitch a big game for the Curve as they begin their quest for an Eastern League title. The 21-year-old right-hander, ranked as the ...

Curve begin EL playoffs Wednesday at Bowie

Next stop Next game: Wednesday at Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Game 1 Western Division playoffs Final record: 74-66 Covering the bases: Page B2 By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve won the third regular-season division title in franchise history Monday, and the greatest testament ...

Curve still play the waiting game

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There could be a wild celebration at Peoples Natural Gas Field this afternoon on the final day of the regular season as the Curve play for just the third division title in franchise history. Altoona holds a one-game lead over Bowie in the Western ...

Rain forces Curve to wait another day

Playoff scenarios If the Curve win the division title, they would play games 1 and 2 at Bowie on Wednesday and Thursday, then host games 3-5 Friday through Sunday. If Bowie wins the division, games 1 and 2 would be in Altoona on Wednesday and Thursday, then games 3-5 in Bowie on Friday ...

Curve miscue costly

From Mirror reports Next stop Tonight: Harrisburg at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Mitch Keller (1-2, 3.77) vs. Senators RHP Brady Dragmire (4-1, 2.93) Record: 71-65 RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve have found ways to win a lot of good, tough games down the stretch, but they’ve also ...

Curve clinch spot in EL playoffs

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — Party No. 1 is in the books, and the Curve hope to enjoy three more of them before all is said and done. “I feel like I’m at senior prom right now. We’re getting after it, we’re having a blast,” Altoona shortstop Cole Tucker said during ...

Curve do not clinch

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — Monday was about as strange of a night as the Curve have ever had — from many, many baseball standpoints — and it ended with the team failing to clinch a playoff berth in a long, bizarre game. Richmond beat Altoona in 15 innings, 2-1, at The Diamond ...

Curve clincher on hold

The McDonald’s strikeout guy promotion has long been a fan favorite at Curve games, but the team’s front office picked the absolute wrong Bowie player for it Sunday night. Aderlin Rodriguez not only didn’t strike out, he pretty much single-handedly beat Altoona with a grand slam and ...

Ex-MLB pitcher could help

Pirates fans may remember the name John Holdzkom from three years ago, the hard-throwing right-hander signed out of independent ball to help the Curve, only to find himself in the majors two months later. Holdzkom threw 100 mph, and when he showed the Bucs success with that kind of arm, they ...

Curve want more than just a playoff spot

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve will not be able to clinch a playoff berth at home tonight, but it should happen over the next few days during a road trip to Richmond. Altoona has a bigger goal in mind than just making the postseason, though, and earned another key win ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: RHP Casey Sadler will make his next start for the Curve on Tuesday, manager Michael Ryan confirmed, rather than be sent up to Triple-A before then. Sadler could be with the Curve the rest of the season, or if Indianapolis needs another pitcher, could go up at some point. SAFE AT ...

Sadler goes the distance

In Curve history, it will go down as the Casey Sadler game — as good of a clutch pitching performance as the franchise has seen, and during a pennant race, to boot. Sadler pitched the first nine-inning complete game of his professional career Thursday night, holding the Eastern League’s ...

Mills, Palko talk rivalry

Zack Mills and Tyler Palko didn’t get to enjoy playing in a Penn State vs. Pitt matchup, but the record-setting quarterbacks understand very well how much the rivalry means to people on both sides. “The game should have never been taken off the calendar,” Palko said during the Curve’s ...

Curve, Bowie headed for a showdown

From Mirror reports HARTFORD, Conn. — The stage is set for one of the best late-season home series in Curve history as second-place Bowie comes to town tonight for a four-game set against first-place Altoona. The Curve remain one game ahead of the Baysox thanks to an 8-4 win over Hartford ...

Curve moving back to top of standings

From Mirror reports HARTFORD, Conn. — The Curve aren’t thinking about just getting into the playoffs at this point, they have their sights set on winning the division title. Altoona regained sole possession of first place in the Western Division by holding on for a 5-4 win at Hartford ...

Tucker’s HR wins it for Curve

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Curve continue to find ways to win close games late, and all it came down to one swing by Cole Tucker on Monday night to put the club back into a tie for first place. Tucker belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning for the only runs of the game as Altoona beat ...

Curve rally for key win

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Curve earned one of their best wins of the season Sunday afternoon to create just a little more separation in the playoff race with two weeks left in the season. Altoona trailed by two runs entering the ninth inning before Jerrick Suiter tied it with a two-run double. ...

Curve split DH, miss chance to tie for 1st

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Curve got some big hits late in game one to rally for a victory, but the bats went quiet in game two as they split a doubleheader with New Hampshire on Saturday night. Altoona tied game one in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jerrick Suiter, then Jordan George ...