Altoona Curve

Scioneaux saves the day for Curve

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror The Curve might have finally found the answer to their closer conundrum, and the solution may have been as easy as turning to the guy responsible for recording the save in last year’s Eastern League Championship Series clincher. Tate Scioneaux’s ...

Curve can not hold lead

Curve manager Michael Ryan challenged his bullpen Monday night, after yet another blown lead, for someone to step up. To say that the bullpen has had a nightmare season would be an understatement. Things might have hit a new bottom Tuesday night as Matt Eckelman blew his first save since ...

Sadly, no help on its way for Curve ’pen

It had disaster written all over it once again, for the third straight day. But this time, the Curve found a way to avoid yet another costly ninth-inning collapse Wednesday afternoon. The good news is that Tate Scioneaux got out of trouble against Bowie and recorded a much-needed save from ...

Not enough arms hurting Curve in loss to Bowie

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Under just about any other circumstance, Sean Keselica would not have been on the mound for the Curve in the ninth inning Monday night, would not have given up four runs and would not have been responsible — at least from a stats perspective — for ...

Ratledge silver lining in setback for Curve

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve really had no shot to win Sunday’s game against Erie after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning, so utility man Logan Ratledge got yet another opportunity to showcase his pitching skills. Ratledge had quite a memorable day, first hitting a home ...

Curve duo contribute to ‘W’

From Mirror reports WASHINGTON — Curve third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes had an impressive showing in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park, belting a two-run homer and also drawing a 10-pitch walk. Hayes started at third base and batted ninth for the U.S. team, which beat the ...

Curve get relief when it’s needed

From Mirror reports ERIE — If the Altoona Curve had plans to provide as much comfort as possible for their pitcher making his first start in six weeks, they executed the plan to perfection on Saturday night. Three first-inning Altoona runs allowed for starter Austin Coley to settle in ...

Craig, Gaffney help Curve get nightcap

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve had plenty of opportunities to win game one of their doubleheader Friday night but failed to protect several leads and ultimately wound up losing to Erie, 8-7, in 11 innings at UPMC Park. Altoona bounced back to take the second game, 5-1, behind a ...

Curve start second half with 4th straight win

ERIE — The Curve picked up where they left off from before the Eastern League All-Star break by continuing their red-hot play Thursday night. Altoona led a tight game throughout, then poured it on with five runs in the ninth inning for a 10-2 win over Erie at UPMC Park. The Curve have won ...

Curve’s Craig wins All-Star Game in strange way

TRENTON, N.J. — Baseball All-Star Games rarely provide great drama at the end, but the Eastern League’s showcase had plenty of it Wednesday night, and Curve first baseman Will Craig became the hero in unusual fashion. The Western Division All-Stars, featuring four Curve players and led by ...

Curve’s Hearn earns All-Star start

Taylor Hearn won the genetics lottery when it comes to being a pitcher. He’s left-handed, throws upwards of 100 mph and is 6-foot-5. Any one of those physical gifts is extremely valuable in baseball. When a pitcher has all three, he has a chance, if everything goes well, to be a superstar ...

Craig embraces challenge

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Curve manager Michael Ryan will get to manage an All-Star Game for the first time in his career in the Eastern League showcase Wednesday in Trenton, while tonight, slugger Will Craig will take his hacks in the home run derby. Craig, playing for Wake ...

Curve cap off impressive weekend

The Curve just enjoyed their most impressive three days of the season and reinforced the notion that the current version of the club is indeed a legitimate contender to win an Eastern League title this year. Trenton pounded Altoona the first two contests of a five-game series, by a combined ...

Big league struggles could cost Curve

As the Pirates’ freefall toward what may become a dreadful season continues, there’s a good chance it will have a negative impact on what otherwise could be another run at an Eastern League championship for the Curve. The Bucs (40-48) are now eight games under .500 with three weeks left ...

Victory keeps Curve on track; break looms

A few nights ago, the mood and trajectory surrounding the Curve season was headed in an ominous direction. Starting pitching was bombarded in consecutive nights, and Altoona still had three games left against the best team in the Eastern Division. With the All-Star break beginning Monday, a ...

Curve’s Hearn, bullpen turn in strong outing

Next stop Tonight: Trenton at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Cam Vieaux (4-1, 1.41) vs. Thunder RHP Trevor Stephan (2-4, 4.78) Record: 43-39 By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror The Curve were in need of their first solid starting pitching performance of the last four games, and ...

Cervelli working way back

Francisco Cervelli was just happy to be back playing baseball Thursday night after missing a couple of weeks because of a concussion. “I feel good because I’m playing and I’m able to be on a baseball field,” the Pirates catcher said after his first rehab game with the Curve. ...

Bell reflects on career

Jay Bell has so many great memories of his time with the Pirates during their early 1990s playoff runs, and one thing sticks out the most to him about those clubs. “It was simply a team put together that the city of Pittsburgh, in particular, and the surrounding area and fans that pulled ...

Pitching depth an issue

A cool and interesting thing happened last week when the Curve had to turn to a position player to get a save in the 10th inning at Akron, but it also was actually a bad sign and something that’s become a big problem for the Pirates organization. The Bucs have all kinds of pitching issues ...

Curve offense stymied

AKRON, Ohio — The Curve return home tonight for the Fourth of July and a huge fireworks show, but the club’s offense had no fireworks whatsoever in Tuesday night’s finale of a big series against Akron. Altoona was held hitless until the seventh inning and managed just two hits total in ...