Altoona Curve

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and begin a three-game home series tonight against Portland at 7. Wednesday’s game also is at 7, then Thursday the teams will wrap up the series with a noon start. SAFE AT FIRST: Tonight’s pitchers: Curve RHP J.T. Brubaker (3-2, ...

Ex-Buc Moreno working with Curve players

Drifting to his right, directly in front of the 385 feet sign at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, Omar Moreno caught a fly ball for the final out of the Pirates’ 1979 World Series championship against the Orioles. That prized ball, 38 years later, still belongs to Moreno, who has it back ...

Nova shuts down Marlins

The Curve learned early Sunday that one of their best players, second baseman Kevin Kramer, will miss significant time with an injury. Instead of reeling from that, the struggling the club overcame the bad news with a late rally to beat Richmond, 9-3, later in the evening before 5,702 fans at ...

Curve swept in doubleheader

The Curve’s home fortunes have suffered a dramatic and head-scratching turnaround. Altoona opened the season 14-3 at Peoples Natural Gas Field, for the best home record in all of minor league baseball. Since then, however, the club has gone just 2-9, including Saturday’s doubleheader ...

First-place Curve begin homestand with a clunker

The Curve started a stretch Friday playing 13 out of 16 games at Peoples Natural Gas Field, which would seem to offer up a lot of benefits for the first-place club. But after a disastrous first game — a 10-1 loss to last-place Richmond before 6,012 fans — manager Michael Ryan was in no ...

Big night for Curve, field

The Curve had a historic night Wednesday with regards to the Pirates’ starting lineup, and when the team returns home to Peoples Natural Gas Field on Friday, fans will notice an important change. It took 19 seasons, but for the first time ever, the Pirates fielded a lineup Wednesday night ...

Brubaker, Simpson spark Curve victory

HARRISBURG - Starting pitching has been hit and miss for the Curve most of this season, but as the Double-A newcomers get more experience, that could start changing. J.T. Brubaker turned in a stellar outing Wednesday night, shutting out Harrisburg on two hits for six innings, and Altoona ...

Luplow hits HR No. 14

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Harrisburg, 7 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP J.T. Brubaker (2-2, 4.53) vs. Senators RHP Jaron Long (5-4, 2.37) Record: 31-24 From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Pitcher Tanner Anderson had an impressive first month in Double-A for the Curve, but not much went ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday, along with the entire Eastern League. They begin a three-game series at Harrisburg tonight at 6:30. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers tonight: Curve RHP Tanner Anderson (2-6, 4.41) vs. Senators RHP Austen Williams (1-6, 7.06). STEALING ...

Curve falter late in game

BOWIE, Md. — Pitchers couldn’t get anybody out the first couple of innings between the Curve and Bowie on Sunday, and after things settled down, the Baysox wound up getting the big hits late in the game. Bowie scored four runs in the first inning to chase Altoona starter Brandon Waddell, ...

McRae baffles Bowie during Curve victory

From Mirror reports BOWIE, Md. — The only time Bowie, which has the Eastern League’s best offense, had been shut out prior to Saturday night, it came at the hands of former American League Cy Young winner Corey Kluber during a rehab start for Akron. That’s some perspective about how ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Pirates once again started eight former Curve players Saturday night, the fifth time this season that’s happened and about the 20th occurrence all-time. The lone exception was 3B David Freese. All nine has still never happened in a game, but it could soon now that C Elias ...

Bullpen falters late for Curve

BOWIE, Md. — It’s taken nearly two months for the top two teams in the Western Division to finally square off, and round one between the Curve and Bowie was an entertaining slugfest Friday night. For one of the few times this season, Altoona’s dominant bullpen had a rough night, giving ...

Bullpen aids in Curve win

On a big offensive night for the Curve, it was actually their bullpen that made a huge difference in helping pick up a win. It’s been that way all season for Altoona, which has a fantastic bullpen filled with several guys having an impressive season. “Our bullpen has been unbelievable,” ...

Curve can’t duck this Akron club

Next stop Tonight: Akron at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP J.T. Brubaker (2-2, 3.86) vs. Ducks RHP Nick Pasquale (3-4, 4.25) Record: 28-22 By Alex Church For the Mirror The Curve have seen a lot of the Akron RubberDucks already this season. A whole lot. Tonight’s game will ...

Mathisen delivers winning hit

Next stop Today: Akron at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Tanner Anderson (2-5, 4.29) vs. RubberDucks RHP Matt Esparza (3-3, 3.26 at high-A) Record: 28-21 By Alex Church For the Mirror The Curve appeared to have the first of a three-game series against Akron secured when they ...

Pirates banking on Newman to hit

The Pirates have an interesting decision to make with shortstop Jordy Mercer, and it’s not making matters easy for them that the Curve’s Kevin Newman is having a down year so far at the plate. Newman is the Bucs’ shortstop of the future. A first-round draft pick in 2015, he can hit for ...

Luplow powers Curve to win

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve have hit only 34 home runs all season, and outfielder Jordan Luplow now has 10 of them after a memorable Memorial Day. Luplow belted a pair of solo homers, the second snapping a tie game in the seventh inning, to lead Altoona to a 3-2 win over Erie on ...

Ngoepe enjoys his field, his dream

By Gerald Imray The Associated Press The clubhouse was Gift Ngoepe’s home, an equipment storeroom his bedroom. The field, where the beginnings of his road to baseball history started, was his backyard. Never mind that Ngoepe’s field of dreams was a bit patchy. Never mind that there ...

Taillon feels good after return from treatment

ERIE — Jameson Taillon started and dominated for the Curve during a rehab outing Sunday, less than three weeks after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer. Taillon pitched three innings and struck out six, allowing only one hit and one walk. The right-hander was superb from the get-go, ...