Altoona Curve

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve, and the entire Eastern League, were off Sunday for Easter. SAFE AT FIRST: Altoona begins a three-game series against Erie tonight at 6 at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Pitchers are: Curve RHP Yeudy Garcia (0-0, 27.00) vs. SeaWolves LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-0, ...

Curve coach has fascinating past combining sport with ministry

Bryan Hickerson played on teams that included Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker and Will Clark, so he undoubtedly has some great stories to tell about life in the major leagues. Those are not the stories, however, that make Hickerson one of the more fascinating people you’ll find ...

Espinal’s blast, Anderson’s pitching lead Curve

The Curve now have the Eastern League’s best record and a four-game winning streak, thanks to one big hit and some outstanding mound work Saturday afternoon. “Like I said before, these guys know how to win,” manager Michael Ryan said. “They’re going to do whatever it takes to win, ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: J.T. Brubaker got the win on the mound Friday night for the Curve, giving up four runs — two earned — on six hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one. Buddy Borden pitched two scoreless innings of relief, then Jared Lakind finished it off in ...

Chavez, 30, helps Curve win

There’s no chance Curve catcher Zane Chavez was going to give up on his big league dreams, even when the vast majority of players who have been through what he’s been through would have called it quits long ago. Chavez started playing professionally at age 22 in 2009, in independent ball. ...

Kramer’s homers lead Curve in home opener

Kevin Kramer had not hit two home runs in a game since Little League, and in 693 professional at-bats prior to Thursday, he had belted only five balls out of the yard. The Curve second baseman picked a perfect time to drill two long balls, helping cap an all-around perfect night for the club ...

Record-setting crowd starts 19th year in A­ltoona

Whether it was the Josh Gallagher appearance, good weather or the excitement of seeing a new team, the Curve’s home opener Thursday night turned out to be one of the most memorable in franchise history. The club obliterated the record for largest crowd in a home opener, drawing 7,313 fans ...

Coonelly pleased with AA affiliate

Home opening day for the Altoona Curve dawned with sunny skies, mild temperatures and an expressed love for baseball from Pittsburgh Pirate President Frank Coonelly, who in an address to the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, praised local ownership and the way the community supports the ...

Curve set for home opener

RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve already have a week’s worth of games and a winning record as they get set to play their home opener tonight at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Alex McRae and John Kuchno combined on Altoona’s first shutout of the season Wednesday night in a 4-0 win over Richmond at ...

Curve lose lead in 10th inning

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond’s position player was a little bit better of a pitcher than the Curve’s position player Tuesday night. It was that kind of bizarre game, one that came down to both teams having to turn to a position player to pitch the 10th inning of a tie ...

Reyes delivers game-winning hit

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — The right percentage play was to intentionally walk Kevin Newman, the Curve’s best hitter, but the percentages came back to bite Richmond in extra innings Monday night. In a tie game in the 12th inning, Altoona had the go-ahead run at second base and ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: With Monday’s gem, allowing one run in 12 innings, the Curve pitching staff has the third-best ERA in the Eastern League in the early going at 3.64. SAFE AT FIRST: RHP Tanner Anderson made only the fourth start of his pro career Monday and held Richmond to ...

Late innings doom Curve in loss to Senators

HARRISBURG — One of the most important factors for success at the higher levels of pro ball is the shutdown inning after scoring, especially after a team just takes the lead. The Curve grabbed a lead in the top of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon at Harrisburg, only to see it vanish in a ...

Curve split doubleheader with Sens

HARRISBURG — The Curve suffered their first loss of the season in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, but the way they finished that game seemed to help them bounce back to win the second one. Altoona was down big to Harrisburg in the seventh and final inning of game one, then Kevin ...

Curve begin year with road victory

HARRISBURG — On a brutally cold night that saw a lot of shaky baseball played by the home team, the visiting Curve turned in a strong, efficient showing from start to finish for a season-opening victory. “We’re going to pitch it, and we’re going to catch it and grind out at-bats,” ...

Espinal overlooked, valuable

HARRISBURG — The start of any minor league baseball season includes frequent — and quite often meaningless — discussions about where so and so falls on a list of prospect rankings. Those are important, and can be a starting point to determine which players to watch for. But in a lot of ...

McRae gets reason to celebrate

Birthday boy Alex McRae, who turns 24 today, will get the season-opening start on the mound for the Curve this evening at Harrisburg, “It’ll be pretty special,” McRae said. “I’m really excited. It’s definitely a big honor. There’s a lot of excitement going around, and I’m ...

Bullpen offers up nice mix for Ryan

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com It’s easy, on paper at least, to spot the strength of the Curve team to open the season. The bullpen features a good mix of effective veterans returning and some newcomers with a lot of potential. “The experience is going to be huge,” manager ...

Curve duo share TV, draft and baseball history

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com A Kramer and a Newman in the same infield? That’s gold, man, gold. Make up whatever “Seinfeld” joke you want, there’s nothing bizarro about the potential of the Curve’s middle infield combination of shortstop Kevin ...

Ryan’s first MLB game with Twins was memorable

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Curve manager Michael Ryan once set a pretty cool major league record as a player back in 2002, but instead of getting some of his memorabilia in the Hall of Fame, his amazing accomplishment wound up getting washed out. Ryan made his big league debut ...