Altoona 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 ...

Vieaux, homers key win

AKRON, Ohio — Will Craig and Logan Hill keep trying to up one the other for the Curve’s top home run hitter, but neither one seems willing to let that happen. Hill took over the team lead with his 12th homer in the second inning Monday at Akron, then Craig followed suit with his 12th long ...

Ducks continue to haunt Curve in the late innings

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Akron, 7:05 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Cam Vieaux (3-1, 1.73) vs. RubberDucks LHP Sean Brady (5-3, 3.74) Record: 41-36 Next homestand: Wednesday, July 4, Trenton From Mirror reports AKRON, Ohio — Pretty much any way you slice the numbers, Akron has ...

Logan’s run to the mound saves the Curve

From Mirror reports AKRON, Ohio — One of the craziest endings in Curve history occurred Saturday night, with a position player on the mound in a crucial situation in the 10th inning trying to earn a save. Infielder Logan Ratledge was pressed into action pitching in the bottom of the 10th ...

Curve fall to Akron, Castro

AKRON, Ohio — The Curve have a chance this weekend to try and get closer to first-place Akron and to see how they stack up against a quality RubberDucks team. Things didn’t start out well Friday night as Akron edged Altoona, 4-3, in the opener of a five-game series at Canal Park. The ...

Curve’s best big leaguers

Commentary Editor’s note: This is the third story in a series looking back at various aspects of the Curve as the franchise celebrates its 20th season. There are two distinctly different ways to compile a ranking of the best Curve players of all time. One way is judging only how the ...

Costly Curve mistake keeps team from sweep

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Akron, 7:05 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Eduardo Vera (1-2, 5.76) vs. RHP Aaron Civale (4-2, 2.80) Record: 40-34 By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com It’s incredibly difficult to sweep a five-game series, and the Curve had a chance to do it for the first ...

Curve stars heading for Triple-A

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Mitch Keller and Jason Martin not only were the Curve’s best pitcher and position player, respectively, this season, both put up numbers that place them among the best in franchise history in some respects. Keller and Martin both were promoted to ...

Hearn sparks Curve to sweep

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror Curve manager Michael Ryan used the word “inconsistent” to describe his team’s play in the first half of the season. That description fits a number of players, as well, including pitcher Taylor Hearn. As the season has progressed, however, the ...

Curve righty stymies Senators in victory

Next stop Tonight: Harrisburg at Altoona, 5 p.m. (double-header) Pitchers: Senators RHP Jaron Long (1-5, 4.03) vs. Curve LHP Taylor Hearn (2-5, 3.63) Record: 37-33 By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror The old adage that the third time’s the charm was never more apparent than it was ...

Inconsistent Curve have plenty of potential

The Curve reached the midway point of the season Monday with their 70th game, and the bad news is the very talented team really hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential. The good news is the club has shown glimpses of doing just that recently. Furthermore, it survived the first-half ...

Curve finish trip with loss

ERIE — Today marks the halfway point of the season for the Curve, and they remain as inconsistent as ever, which was reinforced during this past week’s road trip. Erie pounded Altoona on Sunday, 9-4, at UPMC Park to take two out of three games in the series. The Curve won a season-high ...

Curve hang on at end to top SeaWolves, 5-3

ERIE — The ninth inning has a been a scary place for the Curve bullpen this season, and Saturday night had a chance to be yet another disappointing chapter. This time, though, Altoona was able to get out of major trouble, stranding the bases loaded and escaping with a 5-3 win over the Erie ...

SeaWolves score 8 in 6th to rout Curve

ERIE — The Curve offense suffered a hangover effect following a very late night and road trip from Richmond, but the club was still close midway through Friday night’s game. Erie then scored eight runs in the sixth inning and cruised to a 9-3 win over Altoona at UPMC Park. The SeaWolves ...

Curve lose in rain-shortened game

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — With heavy rain pouring down, the umpires waited as long as they could Thursday night before finally stopping the Curve’s game at Richmond. The game was halted as soon as it became official after 4 ¢ innings, and with play never resuming, the Flying ...

Keller sharp as Curve split DH

RICHMOND, Va. — Mitch Keller hit a bump in the road a few starts back at Harrisburg, giving up six runs and two homers in six innings, and it stood to be a potential turning point for the Pirates’ top pitching prospect. Keller could either hit a wall and scuffle for a bit, which happens ...

Altoona Curve: Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and begin a six-game road trip tonight. They’ll play three games at Richmond, then three at Erie. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers for tonight’s 6:35 game: Curve RHP Mitch Keller (7-2, 3.25) vs. Flying Squirrels RHP Shaun Anderson (5-3, 3.07). STEALING ...

Covering the bases: Curve rained out at Richmond

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Tuesday night at Richmond and will play a doubleheader tonight beginning at 5:05. They’ll play 10 games in the next seven days, with doubleheaders tonight, Saturday at Erie and Tuesday at home against Harrisburg. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers tonight: Curve ...