LEADING OFF: July 4 hasn't been kind to the Curve in recent years as Thursday night's win is the first on Independence Day since 2009. Previously, the Curve had won just one other game since 2005 on July 4.
SAFE AT FIRST: Until Thursday, the Curve offense has been as explosive on July 4 as a sparkler. The Curve's offense had scored just seven runs since 2006 on the date.
STEALING SECOND: The Fourth of July crowd brought in the largest crowd at PNG Field this season, 8,422. Curve GM Rob Egan said that the holiday is one of the biggest nights along with opening night for a minor league team. "Here, July 4 really works here," he said. "Not only because we have baseball here, but we also have a great fireworks show after, and we also know there is a fireworks show right next store at Lakemont Park. [The fans] each get two shows where they are at. It's really a great marriage between the two facilities on July 4."
ROUNDING THIRD: As part of the Fourth of July festivities, more than 100 teams around the minor leagues wore Stars and Stripes hats. The hats featured a logo with American flag inspired colors. They were auctioned off, benefitting the Hollidaysburg Veterans. "They are fun hats to wear," Egan said. "People really enjoy them and winning them. We also have some for sale - a limited number - that sell out on this night. I think it's something different for fans, and at the same time, we are raising money for a good cause. "
HEADING HOME: The Curve will give away Andrew McCutchen bobbleheads to the first 1,500 fans tonight as a part of a three-part series. Each bobblehead is for each of the five years the Curve have existed. The first year's bobblehead was Sean Burnett, McCutchen the middle and Brock Holt the last.
- Darian Somers