Altoona Curve

Kingham will pitch in Altoona Monday

READING — The Curve are on the road this weekend, and when they return home Monday night, Nick Kingham will be their surprise starting pitcher. Altoona won at Reading on Thursday night, 5-4, but the more noteworthy item surrounding the team came a few hours before that. Kingham, whose last ...

Keller pounded by Baysox

The last time Mitch Keller faced Bowie, he pitched the best game in Curve history. The Baysox got some revenge against the prized prospect Wednesday, however, as Keller endured his roughest start at the Double-A level. Bowie scored six runs — four earned — and hit Keller hard for 4 1/3 ...

Waddell makes quick work of Baysox

A fun fact baseball fans may not know: If a nine-inning game ends in less than two hours, the base umpires have to buy the home plate umpire a steak dinner as a reward for quickly moving things along. An ump getting such a steak dinner is very rare. But thanks to Brandon Waddell’s superb ...

Listless Curve ripped into by manager

Michael Ryan ripped into his Curve club Monday night as much as any manager I can ever recall during the franchise’s 20 seasons. The Curve managed just one hit in a 2-0 loss to Bowie, in a game that lasted only 1 hour, 51 minutes, tying the record for the fastest nine-inning game in ...

Musgrove gets his work in

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Joe Musgrove was remarkably efficient in his rehab start for the Curve on Monday, but he made one mistake, and Altoona’s struggling offense couldn’t pick him up. Musgrove threw 34 pitches, 28 for strikes, and struck out the final four hitters he ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Sunday afternoon against Erie at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Aug. 11. It was the fourth time the Curve have been rained out during the first month of the season, three of them at home. SAFE AT FIRST: ...

Curve split twinbill

The Curve’s most pleasant surprise so far this season established a new career high with his third home run Saturday afternoon. Catcher Christian Kelley reached three homers in only 18 games. In the first 234 games of his career prior to this year, he hit a grand total of four homers — ...

Curve’s big southpaw has mixed results in setback

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Taylor Hearn had a sensational start to Friday night’s game, recording strikeouts on seven of the first eight outs, and it was easy to see why he has a chance to be a future major league star. He’s a lefty, throws 97 mph and just looks imposing ...

Streak up to 5 for Curve

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve won the Eastern League title last season, just an upfront reminder because it’s uncanny how similar this season has started compared to last year. Altoona won its fifth straight game Thursday night, matching the longest regular-season ...

Curve returning off road sweep

RICHMOND, Va. — It’s been a wacky week for the Curve, who have overcome some struggles and big question marks to put together a four-game winning streak that’s landed them back in first place. Altoona finished off a three-game sweep of Richmond on Wednesday morning with a 3-2 victory in ...

Agrazal, Kelley lead Curve

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve have endured some wild ups and downs already this season, but they put together one of their best efforts of young campaign Tuesday night to win their third straight game. Dario Agrazal continued his impressive start with six strong innings, ...

Brubaker’s outing worth it

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — One big offensive inning and some great pitching all night carried the Curve to their second straight win Monday. J.T. Brubaker gave up just one run in eight innings, the longest regular-season outing of his career, and Altoona scored three times in the ...

Curve pull off miraculous rally for victory

HARRISBURG — The Curve were wrapping up an awful series when, out of the blue, something remarkable happened Sunday afternoon. It turned out to be one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history. The Curve overcame a seven-run deficit by scoring eight times in the final two innings, ...

Loss leaves Curve below .500 mark

Next stop Today: Altoona at Harrisburg, 1:30 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Taylor Hearn (0-2, 3.45) vs. Senators RHP Jefry Rodriguez (1-2, 3.00) Record: 9-10 From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — The Curve have a losing record for the first time this season following a poor all-around ...

Curve come up short

HARRISBURG — The Curve got good starting and relief pitching Friday night, but this time, the offense and defense let them down. Harrisburg took the lead with a gift run in the eighth inning on a dropped fly ball, and that run held up in a 2-1 win over Altoona at FNB Field. The Senators ...

Curve unable to hold on to late three-run advantage

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve bullpen continues to be a problem, and the club saw another potential win slip away with a late collapse Wednesday. Altoona led Erie by three runs in the eighth inning, only to have the SeaWolves tie it with back-to-back home runs off two ...

Real Crash Davis in town

One of the greatest legends in minor league baseball history is in town this week, and for the record, he puts Crash Davis to shame. Erie hitting coach Mike Hessman holds the career home run record in the minor leagues, belting an astonishing 433 during a career that spanned from 1996 to ...

Martin providing power

Curve manager Michael Ryan called outfielder Jason Martin “an extra-base hit machine,” and the story behind how the diminutive 5-foot-10, 185-pounder became that is a telling example of two things: 1. Why launch angle is more than just a fad in baseball, and 2. A big reason why the ...

Curve miss on chances

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve bullpen, which has been struggling, came up big Sunday afternoon, but for the first time all season, a starter had a rough outing. Altoona’s offense also let too many opportunities slip away, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring ...

Keller sharp in Curve victory

Curve starter Mitch Keller allowed three runs Saturday evening, all of which were scored on two home runs. That wasn’t enough to shake a guy that many consider to be one of the Pirates’ best overall prospects. Keller ended up going seven innings as the Curve hung on for the 7-6 win over ...