Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: It was raining, but Oneil Cruz was about to step into the batter’s box to start the bottom of the second inning. Then it began to rain harder. Soon it was down pouring. Tuesday’s night contest between the Curve and the Flying Squirrels was stopped at 6:50 p.m. and never resumed play.
SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve and Flying Squirrels will finish Tuesday night’s game starting at 4:30 p.m. today. After the continuation of Tuesday’s game finishes, there will be a short break followed by a seven-inning contest.
STEALING SECOND: Left-hander Sean Brady will get the start for the Curve tomorrow in search of his first win since June 23. The veteran starter has lost back-to-back starts, allowing seven total earned runs in those starts, and has lost double digits games in Double-A this season.
ROUNDING THIRD: Despite having 15 more wins than Richmond this season, Altoona sits just one and a half games ahead of the Flying Squirrels in the second half standings. After a 7-2 start to the month of July, the Curve season has been on a downward spiral and now the team is five games under .500, sitting 13 games back of Erie in the division.
HEADING HOME: The Curve lineup has undergone some major changes over the course of the last week and a half. One of the top prospects in the Pirates’ organization — shortstop Oneil Cruz — was recently promoted from High-A Bradenton and he, along with hot-hitting outfielder Jared Oliva, have provided an exciting one-two punch in the middle of Altoona’s lineup. Oliva, who is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 11 prospect in the Pirates’ organization, has been the Eastern League’s best hitter since June 3 and finished the month of July with a .388 batting average.
— Tyler King