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Altoona Curve

Pirates’ general manager switch will impact Curve in big ways

Firing GM Neal Huntingdon was the appropriate move for the Pirates, without question, but it may not have been the best thing for the Curve. That might not mean much to a lot of fans who only care about the success of the big league club. But if you’ve become spoiled by watching a great ...

Didn’t see it coming: Curve manager let go by Pirates’ front office

His voice sounding sad and stunned, Michael Ryan relayed the shocking news by phone Tuesday afternoon. “They’re not bringing me back,” Ryan, the most successful manager in Curve history, said shortly after he was fired by the Pirates. Why? He wasn’t really told when he got the phone ...

Giger: Firing of Ryan simply makes no sense at all

This makes no sense whatsoever and is a totally disgraceful move by the Pirates organization, which has so many people who are bad at their jobs, yet they decided to scapegoat the wrong guy. Curve manager Michael Ryan got fired Tuesday, and he was told the news by Bucs farm director Larry ...

Curve finish 69-71

HARRISBURG — There was no more fitting way for the Curve’s season to end than what occurred Monday afternoon to wrap up a dud of a holiday weekend. This was a wildly inconsistent Curve team all season. The club opened the year 5-0, tying the record for best start ever, then proceeded to ...

Pirates fire Curve manager Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan, the most successful manager in Curve history, has been fired today by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ryan just finished his third season with the Curve, compiling a 69-71 record this year with a team that had very few prospects. He won the Eastern League title in 2017 and reached the ...

Curve closing out 2019 season today

Final stop Today: Altoona at Harrisburg, noon Pitchers: Curve LHP Sean Brady (5-12, 4.32) vs. Senators RHP Kevin McGowan (1-3, 5.06) Record: 33-38 (second half); 69-70 (overall) From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — The Curve cannot finish with a winning record this season, but they’ve ...

Big inning defeats Curve

Next stop Today: Altoona at Harrisburg, 1 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Pedro Vasquez (8-4, 2.79) vs. Senators RHP Mario Sanchez (9-5, 3.04) Record: 33-37 (second half); 69-69 (overall) From Mirror reports HARRISBURG — Harrisburg scored 11 runs in the seventh inning, the most ever allowed ...

Tough first inning dooms Curve in loss

HARRISBURG — A rough first inning spoiled things for pitcher Beau Sulser and the Curve on Friday night. Sulser, the club’s co-pitcher of the year, allowed three runs on three hits and also committed a throwing error in the first. The Senators rode that early lead to a 4-1 win over Altoona ...

Coonelly praises Curve

Manager Ryan wins 500th career game The Curve will wrap up the home portion of their 21st season tonight, and the relationship between the franchise and the Pirates remains as strong as ever. “We absolutely love our relationship here in Altoona with the Curve, its ownership team, ...

Pitchers learning from Hanrahan

Next stop Tonight: Akron at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Sean Brady (4-12, 4.47) vs. RubberDucks LHP Adam Scott (4-4, 3.63) Record: 31-35 (second half); 67-67 (overall) It’s not out of the question that Curve pitching coach Joel Hanrahan could be the Pirates’ pitching coach as ...

Keeping the ’Ducks on the pond: Robles shuts out Akron

In the Curve’s 21 seasons, there have only been 18 nine-inning complete-game shutouts thrown by an individual pitcher. Two of those have occurred in the past four days. Lefty Domingo Robles joined the list Monday night in an ultra-efficient 5-0 win over Akron before 3,333 fans at Peoples ...

Curve on final homestand

Next stop Tonight: Akron at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Domingo Robles (3-6, 4.55) vs. Akron’s TBD Record: 29-35 (second half); 65-67 (overall) From Mirror reports BOWIE, Md. — The Curve begin their final homestand of the season tonight — a four-game series against Akron ...

Baysox homer dampens Vieaux’s performance

BOWIE, Md. — Curve starter Cam Vieaux had a no-hitter for 52/3 innings Saturday night, then the only hit he allowed wound up winning the game for Bowie. Carlos Perez drilled a three-run homer to break up the no-no, and that carried the Baysox to a 3-2 win over Altoona at Prince George’s ...

Brady tosses first-career shutout in Curve win

BOWIE, Md. — Sean Brady did something that hasn't been accomplished by a Curve pitcher since Mitch Keller threw the best game in franchise history two years ago. Brady tossed a nine-inning shutout in Altoona's 7-0 win over Bowie on Friday night at Prince George's Stadium. It was the first ...

Baysox roll on stagnant Curve

BOWIE, Md. — Inconsistency has defined this Curve season from the very beginning, and there was another good example of it Thursday night. Five days after shutting out Bowie on three hits over eight superb innings at home, Altoona starting pitcher Pedro Vasquez got pounded and lasted just ...

Delay speeds up his MLB timetable

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Pedro Vasquez (7-3, 2.69) vs. Baysox LHP Zac Lowther (12-7, 2.77) Record: 28-32 (second half); 64-64 (overall) There are always at least a dozen guys from each Curve team who go on to play in the major leagues, and it can be ...

Walks doom Curve

It looked like Logan Hill would be the hero of a really good comeback win for the Curve. It turned out, instead, to be a really bad loss. Hill destroyed a 420-foot home run to dead center to cap a three-run eighth inning that put Altoona on top by a run Tuesday night. The Curve suddenly ...

Curve enjoy Vieaux from mound

What pitcher Cam Vieaux has done for the Curve over the past week has been very impressive, and very respectable for a player in his position. Vieaux shut out Hartford on four hits over seven innings Monday night in Altoona’s 3-0 win before 3,456 fans at Peoples Natural Gas ...