Altoona Curve

’Pen struggles continue for Curve

From Mirror reports BOWIE, Md. — The Curve lost their best reliever, Jesus Liranzo, to Triple-A on Tuesday, which is good news for him and for the Pirates, as the 100-mph flamethrower looks to have a promising future. It’s a big loss, though, for a Curve bullpen that has struggled ...

Giger: Curve’s Tucker learns from recent slump

Cole Tucker knew it was up there, that ugly thing on the scoreboard when he went to the plate for his first at-bat Sunday afternoon. “Yeah, I knew,” the Curve shortstop said with a sly laugh. “It sucks when you’re not hitting your weight. But I did know.”?Tucker weighs 200 pounds. ...

Craig’s list of hits lifts Curve

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve have a very talented team that has not lived up to the high expectations so far, but Sunday afternoon the club showed what could be possible when it puts everything together. “When you think about how really good it can be, that’s the ...

Van Slyke recalls ups, downs with Pirates

Oct. 14 1992 is a date that will live in infamy with Pirates fans. Playoff baseball died in the Steel City for the next 20 years following the Pirates’ Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS, the third straight year in which the Buccos failed to advance past the conference ...

Curve fall to Sea Dogs

History has a way of repeating itself. Just a night removed from blowing a seven-run lead, the Curve appeared poised to string together a seven-run comeback of their own against Portland, before ultimately falling short, 8-4, in front of 3,678 fans at Peoples Natural Gas Field Much like a ...

Curves Waddell delivers

It seems like Brandon Waddell has been a member of the Curve for a long, long time, so one might assume he’s an older veteran still trying to figure out how to succeed in Double-A. Those assumptions are wrong about the left-handed pitcher, who tossed six superb innings in Altoona’s 6-3 win ...

Curve unable to hold on to 7-0 lead in seventh

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The Curve’s recurring bullpen issues advanced from big problem to full on crisis mode Thursday night during a shocking collapse. The Curve led Portland, 7-0, entering the seventh inning, only to have the bullpen give up nine runs over the next ...

OF Jackson makes most of having to go to indy ball

It’s no secret that independent league baseball is about the last place most players want to be playing. While the life of a minor leaguer is less than ideal, an affiliation with a Major League Baseball team at least presents a sliver of hope of one day being promoted to the bigs. For ...

Craig’s homer lifts Curve

By Matt Michelone For the Mirror Curve first baseman Will Craig’s numbers look more deceiving than they appear. Tuesday night his three-run home run with two strikes on a fly ball to straight away center field spark a five-run rally in the fourth as the Curve rallied for a 5-1 win over ...

Ex-Curve star Kingham roughed up

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There are about a million examples of why baseball is a crazy game, and one involving Nick Kingham occurred Monday night. Two weeks ago, Kingham took a perfect game into the seventh inning in winning his major league debut with the Pirates. Monday, ...

Harrison 0-3 in Curve return

Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch an astounding 23 times last season, including once on the left hand that broke a bone and ended his season with the Pirates on Sept. 2. Harrison was hit again on the left hand April 15, breaking another bone, and had been out of action since then, until ...

Harrison to rehab in Altoona

From Mirror reports READING — Looky, looky, looky here: “The Man” is coming back to Altoona. Pirates super utility man Josh Harrison will begin a rehab assignment tonight with the Curve, who return to Peoples Natural Gas Field to begin a week-long homestand. Harrison is coming back ...

Covering the bases 5-12: Curve rained out at Reading

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Saturday night at Reading. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader July 20. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitching matchups for today’s series finale against the Fightin Phils: Curve RHP Dario Agrazal (2-0, 1.26) vs. Reading LHP Ranger Suarez (1-2, ...

Bullpen implodes in defeat

READING — The Curve appeared to have solved many of their bullpen problems recently, but they endured another costly collapse Friday night to find yet another crushing way to lose. Altoona led by two entering the eighth inning, then Reading scored five runs in the eighth to steal a 9-8 ...

Kingham will pitch in Altoona Monday

READING — The Curve are on the road this weekend, and when they return home Monday night, Nick Kingham will be their surprise starting pitcher. Altoona won at Reading on Thursday night, 5-4, but the more noteworthy item surrounding the team came a few hours before that. Kingham, whose last ...

Keller pounded by Baysox

The last time Mitch Keller faced Bowie, he pitched the best game in Curve history. The Baysox got some revenge against the prized prospect Wednesday, however, as Keller endured his roughest start at the Double-A level. Bowie scored six runs — four earned — and hit Keller hard for 4 1/3 ...

Waddell makes quick work of Baysox

A fun fact baseball fans may not know: If a nine-inning game ends in less than two hours, the base umpires have to buy the home plate umpire a steak dinner as a reward for quickly moving things along. An ump getting such a steak dinner is very rare. But thanks to Brandon Waddell’s superb ...

Listless Curve ripped into by manager

Michael Ryan ripped into his Curve club Monday night as much as any manager I can ever recall during the franchise’s 20 seasons. The Curve managed just one hit in a 2-0 loss to Bowie, in a game that lasted only 1 hour, 51 minutes, tying the record for the fastest nine-inning game in ...

Musgrove gets his work in

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Joe Musgrove was remarkably efficient in his rehab start for the Curve on Monday, but he made one mistake, and Altoona’s struggling offense couldn’t pick him up. Musgrove threw 34 pitches, 28 for strikes, and struck out the final four hitters he ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Sunday afternoon against Erie at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Aug. 11. It was the fourth time the Curve have been rained out during the first month of the season, three of them at home. SAFE AT FIRST: ...