Altoona Curve

Curve’s loss isn’t all bad

BOWIE, Md. — The Curve lost Monday night, but they pulled off a pretty amazing feat in a 2-1 setback at Bowie. Altoona trailed 2-0 in the eighth inning when Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton entered the game on a rehab assignment. Britton has been as untouchable as any pitcher in the ...

Curve end homestand right way

Tim Tebow will not be waiting for the Curve when they come back to Altoona in eight days, but the team does have a couple of big things to look forward to on its next homestand. The Curve have been home for 12 of the past 15 games, and they wrapped up the lengthy stretch with an entertaining ...

Curve still living up to expectations

The Curve passed the halfway point of the season this weekend, and by all accounts, the first-place club is pretty much where everyone thought it would be at this stage. The consensus inside the clubhouse is that the team will only get better the rest of the way. “Going into the season, I ...

Curve not ready to play in defeat

It’s always tough to predict the weather in Altoona — surrounded by forecast-killing mountains — and Friday night some Curve players may have gotten too caught up paying attention to the ominous radar. With the weather map covered in green, it appeared there was no way the Curve would ...

Altoona falls to Trenton

Trenton has the best record in all of minor league baseball going back to the start of last season, and the Thunder have done it with terrific pitching. That makes what the Curve did in Tuesday’s series opener (14-4 blowout with 19 hits) such an aberration. Wednesday’s game was much ...

Curve losing players due to AAA injuries

Filling out a lineup has gotten tougher for Curve manager Michael Ryan, with the team and the upper levels of the Pirates’ minor league system dealing with a rash of injuries. The Curve were rained out Thursday night against Trenton at Peoples Natural Gas Field, perhaps a good thing so that ...

AAABA standout returns to Altoona

Lino Diaz wasn’t scared when he moved from the Central American nation of Panama to Altoona in 1988. He was determined. A 17-year-old kid at the time, Diaz knew he had a great opportunity in front of him, and he was going to do everything he could to take advantage of it. Determination, ...

Curve blow out first-place Trenton

The Curve and Trenton entered Tuesday night’s game in first place of their respective divisions, and despite the Thunder entering the contest with a superior record, Altoona looked like the only first-place club on the field. The Curve exploded for a season-high 14 runs and 19 hits in a ...

Curve find a way to prevail in 11th inning

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Curve cashed in on a bizarre play in the 11th inning to beat Hartford in Sunday night’s game, although it appears Altoona might not be able to beat the Yard Goats for the crown of best Double-A ballpark in the country. Tied in the 11th and with Justin Maffei on ...

Curve split two games

HARTFORD, Conn. — Two Curve pitchers combined on a gem, facing just one over the minimum in seven innings, to win game two and earn a doubleheader split Saturday night. Starter Tanner Anderson pitched six shutout innings and faced the minimum number of batters (18), thanks to two double ...

Curve has chance to win Double-A ballpark award

You make the call Go to the Curve’s Facebook page and click on the best ballpark contest link. Fans can vote once per day, and the contest ends Monday. By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field has a chance to be voted the best Double-A ballpark in ...

McRae does what is necessary

By Alex Church For the Mirror Curve manager Michael Ryan knew his team would need a quality start from Alex McRae after the Curve bullpen pitched more than seven innings Wednesday night. McRae did not disappoint. The right-hander threw seven strong innings, and outside of a Rafael ...

Garcia injured in defeat

Curve starting pitcher Yuedy Garcia (2-5) continued to struggle with his command in a brief outing Wednesday night. The right-hander failed to hold an early two-run lead, and imploded in the second inning before leaving with an injury. Garcia pointed to his back when asked about his ...

Creative services director gets called to ‘The Show’

Joining a very select group of people, Curve front office member Emily Rutzen is getting promoted from Double-A directly to the major leagues. Rutzen is in her second season as the Curve’s director of creative services, but today will be her last day with the club, as she’s been hired by ...

Curve shut out Portland

J.T. Brubaker delivered the Curve’s best outing of the season on Tuesday, becoming the franchise’s first pitcher with 10 strikeouts in a game since Tyler Glasnow two years ago. Brubaker tossed seven shutout innings, giving up only three hits and no walks, as Altoona blanked Portland, 6-0, ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and begin a three-game home series tonight against Portland at 7. Wednesday’s game also is at 7, then Thursday the teams will wrap up the series with a noon start. SAFE AT FIRST: Tonight’s pitchers: Curve RHP J.T. Brubaker (3-2, ...

Ex-Buc Moreno working with Curve players

Drifting to his right, directly in front of the 385 feet sign at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, Omar Moreno caught a fly ball for the final out of the Pirates’ 1979 World Series championship against the Orioles. That prized ball, 38 years later, still belongs to Moreno, who has it back ...

Nova shuts down Marlins

The Curve learned early Sunday that one of their best players, second baseman Kevin Kramer, will miss significant time with an injury. Instead of reeling from that, the struggling the club overcame the bad news with a late rally to beat Richmond, 9-3, later in the evening before 5,702 fans at ...

Curve swept in doubleheader

The Curve’s home fortunes have suffered a dramatic and head-scratching turnaround. Altoona opened the season 14-3 at Peoples Natural Gas Field, for the best home record in all of minor league baseball. Since then, however, the club has gone just 2-9, including Saturday’s doubleheader ...

First-place Curve begin homestand with a clunker

The Curve started a stretch Friday playing 13 out of 16 games at Peoples Natural Gas Field, which would seem to offer up a lot of benefits for the first-place club. But after a disastrous first game — a 10-1 loss to last-place Richmond before 6,012 fans — manager Michael Ryan was in no ...