Altoona Curve

Little Big League: Umpires get help from 11-year-old

As Harrisburg Senators right fielder Rhett Wiseman slid into home ahead of the tag by Curve catcher Arden Pabst, home plate umpire Ben Phillips yelled out, “Safe!” About 50 feet behind him, in the front row of section 111 at Peoples Natural Gas Field, Vincent Stio does the same. For all ...

Not enough

Next stop Tonight: Harrisburg at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Sterling Sharp (4-2, 3.63) vs. Senators James Marvel (3-4, 4.27)n Record: 20-20 The Curve did exactly what they wanted to early in Friday night’s ballgame — they got to Harrisburg starter Jackson ...

Curve on a small hot streak

The past two days could not have been scripted much better for the Curve, who may be able to use the back-to-back impressive wins as a turning point for the season. “Time will tell,” second baseman Mitchell Tolman said. “I don’t know if it’s a turning point or not. I hope it is, but ...

Curve look to improve at home

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Curve return home tonight looking to turn around their unusual struggles at Peoples Natural Gas Field, and they’ll be riding high following a come-from behind, nail-biting win Wednesday. Altoona gave up five runs in the first inning at Binghamton, only to rally and ...

Curve offense struggles in DH

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Curve offense had a rough night in a doubleheader sweep Tuesday. Altoona scored just one run in 14 innings, and that came on a homer by relief pitcher Beau Sulser. The rest of the guys who get paid to hit were shut out on only six hits on the night as the Curve lost, ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Monday night at Binghamton. The teams will play a doubleheader tonight beginning at 5:35. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers tonight: Curve RHP Pedro Vasquez (3-0, 2.73) and TBD vs. Rumble Ponies LHP Anthony Kay (3-2, 1.47) and LHP David ...

Erie walks past Curve

Things started badly for the Curve pitchers Sunday afternoon and kept getting worse in a blowout loss to Erie. Starter James Marvel hit the first batter of the game and walked the second, then gave up an RBI double as part of a three-run inning for the SeaWolves. The visitors kept taking ...

Curve follow up Friday night win with another solid outing

Next stop Today: Erie at Altoona, 2 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP James Marvel (3-3, 3.07) vs. SeaWolves TBD Record: 18-16 The Curve have put together back-to-back impressive victories after edging Erie in a pitchers’ duel Saturday afternoon. Scooter Hightower tossed six shutout innings ...

Payback time

Next stop Today: Erie at Altoona, 4 p.m. Pitchers: SeaWolves RHP Matt Manning (3-1, 227) vs. Curve RHP Scooter Hightower (1-3, 5.52) Record: 17-16 Different week. Different result. Erie rookie right-hander Casey Mize pitched a nine-inning no-hitter against the Curve in his ...

Curve set to face no-hitter pitcher again

The Curve didn’t have to wait long to get another crack at Casey Mize, as they’ll face the phenom pitcher tonight at home, just 11 days after he no-hit them in a historic game at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Mize, the No. 1 overall draft pick last year, will start for the Erie SeaWolves ...

Lopsided setback concerning

The team with the worst record in professional baseball came to town and crushed the Curve in two out of three games this week. The good news: It was just two losses, it’s still early May, and the Curve have a .500 record, which is about where anyone realistically would have pegged the club ...

Vasquez helps Curve in victory

The Curve got back on the winning track Tuesday, using good pitching, timely hitting and a terrific throw for an out at home plate to nudge Bowie, 3-2, before 3,312 fans at Peoples Natural Gas Field. “Very good pitching,” manager Michael Ryan said after the Curve’s 16th win in 31 ...

Bowie gets better in series opener

Next stop Tonight: Bowie at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Pedro Vasquez (2-0, 2.67) vs. Baysox LHP Zac Lowther (2-2, 2.66) Record: 15-15 Bowie came to town with the worst record in professional baseball at 7-23, and the Baysox also have the worst offense and worst pitching staff in ...

Offense goes quiet in finale

From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve failed to finish off a four-game sweep Sunday at Richmond, and they’ll return home tonight to begin a series against the team with the worst record in professional baseball. Altoona managed only three hits and was shut out, 6-0, by the ...

Lots of walks equal Curve ‘W’

Next stop Today: Altoona at Richmond, 1:05 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Scooter Hightower (1-2, 4.63) vs. Flying Squirrels LHP Conner Menez (1-1, 2.49) Record: 15-13 From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — Ball four, ball eight … ball 24. Add it all up, and it led to a seven spot for the ...

Curve rally in the ninth

RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve fell behind by four runs early, but they battled back and stunned Richmond with four runs in the ninth inning to win Friday night. A couple of walks started the big ninth inning, and Altoona’s hitters came through in the clutch to post a 10-7 win at The Diamond. ...

Curve bats wake up in road win

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Yeudy Garcia (0-0, 1.84) vs. Flying Squirrels RHP Alfred Gutierrez (0-1, 4.61) Record: 13-13 From Mirror reports RICHMOND, Va. — The Curve offense had difficulty against Erie’s first-round pitchers this week, so ...

First things first

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Richmond, 6:35 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Pedro Vasquez (1-0, 2.86) vs. Flying Squirrels TBD Record: 12-13 This week produced some fascinating pitching history at Peoples Natural Gas Field, courtesy of the visiting club from Erie. The SeaWolves, of course, ...

Giants’ double-A prospect suspended

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The commissioner’s office on Wednesday announced the punishment without pay for the Double-A pitcher. The ...

He’s a big hit

The Curve’s best player so far this season, third baseman Hunter Owen, was an unheralded 25th round draft pick who is not ranked among the Pirates’ top 30 prospects. Being overlooked is nothing new for Owen, though, so he’s used to having to scratch and claw to get the attention he ...