Altoona Curve

Winning brings major fun to minor leagues

Commentary One of the best things about minor league baseball is when August rolls around and the Curve are in contention. Things just start to feel different. The sport, by its very nature, at this level is about player development every day. Winning is important to minor league teams ...

Scioneaux comes up big out of Curve bullpen

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com One of the Eastern League’s best relief pitchers, who will be vital to the Curve’s playoff hopes down the stretch, was a 39th round draft pick two years ago. How in the world did Tate Scioneaux slip that far in the draft? “Could be a late ...

Curve not missing a beat

Jordan Luplow is gone. And Edwin Espinal. Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer, too. That’s the Curve’s four best players this season, and without them, one might think the team would have little chance of closing strong and making the playoffs. Well, think again. The Curve opened a big ...

Curve drop another close one to Thunder

By Alex Church For the Mirror The Curve have played Trenton tough this year, but there is a reason why the Thunder have won 72 games before the end of July. Altoona provided too many opportunities to a team that rarely wastes them. Reliever Yeudy Garcia narrowly escaped jams in the ...

Curve split doubleheader

By Alex Church For the Mirror Newcomer Jordan George did not waste any time announcing his presence in his Curve debut. George doubled twice, and blasted a clutch two-run home run in Altoona’s doubleheader split against Trenton. George took Edwin Espinal’s roster spot after Espinal ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: Friday’s game against Trenton was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up during a doubleheader on Saturday, Aug. 12. Curve RHP J.T. Brubaker (5-4, 4.72) was scheduled to start against Thunder LHP Daniel Camarena (1-0, 3.16). Fans can exchange their ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: Friday’s game against Trenton was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up during a doubleheader on Saturday, Aug. 12. Curve RHP J.T. Brubaker (5-4, 4.72) was scheduled to start against Thunder LHP Daniel Camarena (1-0, 3.16). Fans can exchange their tickets for Friday’s ...

Espinal promoted after loss

Edwin Espinal went out in style. The power hitter drove a clutch, three-run home run to left field to even the score at four, before finding out after the game that he was being promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Trenton went on to win the game, 5-4 “I’m so excited,” Espinal said. ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve called up 2014 first-round pick Cole Tucker on Thursday. Tucker, the Pirates fifth top prospect according to MLB.com, hit .285 at A-Advanced Bradenton, and got on base at a .364 clip. The speedy shortstop led the league with 36 steals before his ...

History is made with the sweep

From Mirror reports READING — It took 19 years for the Curve to finally sweep a series in Reading, but the club did just that with some terrific pitching the past three days. Altoona has had very little success at Reading over the years — going 57-80 all-time entering this week — and ...

Curve win pitching duel

From Mirror reports READING — Alex McRae did it all for the Curve on Tuesday night, pitching and hitting the club to its third straight victory. McRae was brilliant on the mound, giving up just one run on four hits over eight innings, striking out eight with no walks. He also did his part ...

Coley gives Curve a boost

READING — Austin Coley did masterful work on the mound, and a stagnant Curve offense got the one big hit it needed for a victory on a rainy Monday night. The Curve were no-hit for 5ª innings, then Coley said enough of that and delivered a single to break up the no-no himself. Altoona ...

Curve solve Bowie

From Mirror reports BOWIE, Md. — The Curve finally found a way to hold off Bowie and finish off a win Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t easy. In a game that played out like so many other head-to-head meetings this season, Altoona took an early lead and Bowie fought back late. This time, ...

Curve blow another lead against Bowie

From Mirror reports BOWIE, Md. — It’s basically become the theater of the absurd for the Curve against Bowie this season. There’s just no other way to describe what has happened to Altoona time after time after time against the Baysox, and it happened yet again Friday night in another ...

Curve blow another late lead against Bowie

BOWIE, Md. — No matter what they do, no matter how much it appears they’re on the way to victory, the Curve just continue to get stung time and again by Bowie. It happened again Thursday night, once again in deflating fashion. Altoona blew a four-run lead, Bowie tied it in the eighth ...

Curve bounce back in homestand finale

The Curve ended a seven-game homestand on a high note with a one-run victory over Harrisburg. Altoona took the game, 3-2, before 4,134 fans and managed to gain some momentum after a disastrous 9-7 loss Tuesday night and dropping three-of-four to Bowie. “I think they knew the importance ...

Newman promoted to Triple-A

It was surprising that Kevin Newman lasted with the Curve this deep into the season, but the prized shortstop prospect’s time in Double-A is now over. Newman was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, and he will be replaced on Altoona’s roster by another former first-round pick, ...

Curve’s bullpen falls apart

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There haven’t been many more brutal Curve home losses over the years than the disaster that unfolded Tuesday night. Altoona scored seven runs in the third inning and appeared to be cruising to an easy victory over a bad Harrisburg team. Then the ...

Dickson has ties to area

Sports are full of “it’s a small world” kind of stories, and the Curve have a cool one with pitcher Cody Dickson. His grandfather, George Dickson, was born and raised in Altoona and graduated from Altoona High School in 1930. George’s adopted son, George Jr., is Cody’s father, and ...

Curve drop another to Bowie

By Alex Church For the Mirror The Curve failed to carry over momentum from their magical come back Saturday night, and continued an unfortunate trend against Bowie. The Baysox piled on the runs late to take the game, 9-1, before 5,484 fans in the final game of a four game series at ...