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Altoona Curve

Yinzers promotion a big success for Curve

One of the hottest trends in the promotion-crazed business that is minor league baseball is teams rebranding themselves for certain theme nights during the season. Most teams change their names to something witty or to a local food item that’s popular. But when the Altoona Curve decided to ...

Curve shut out Squirrels

When Beau Sulser got the call down in the bullpen that he was going to be needed on Thursday night, he was originally confused. The Eastern League All-Star reliever pitched five innings last night and the Curve were holding onto a slim 1-0 lead. But then he realized that the bench was ...

Glendinning injury dampens night

Excitement filled Peoples Natural Gas Field late Wednesday as the Curve were trying to rally in the final inning for the second time on the night, but all that positive energy disappeared in a hurry after a bizarre injury to one of the club’s best players. Infielder Robbie Glendinning ...

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 ...

Saving Michael Ryan: Curve manager returns after major health scare

Curve manager Michael Ryan could have died eight days ago, had he waited just a little bit longer to go to the hospital. “The doctor told me that if I would have waited another hour to go, I could have died,” Ryan said Monday night, following his first game back with the team after missing ...

Cruz hits go-ahead single

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Oneil Cruz is a huge prospect for the Pirates. Literally. He’s 6-foot-6 and plays shortstop, a sight you pretty much never see in baseball, and he enjoyed a memorable home debut for the Curve on Monday. Cruz hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ...

Curve’s comeback goes for naught

READING — The Curve put together an impressive comeback in the ninth inning Sunday, but when things are going bad, sometimes it seems like nothing can right the ship. Trailing by two entering the ninth, Altoona scored four times to take a two-run lead. But Reading scored twice in its half ...

Curve fall to under .500

READING — Not long ago, the Curve were playing well and talking about being in meaningful games late in the season as part of a playoff push. Now, the only goal the team has left is trying to finish above .500, and it looks like that could be tough. Altoona dropped below .500 on Friday ...

First time at Reading ends badly for Curve

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Reading, 6:45 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Cody Bolton (1-1, 4.91) vs. Fightin Phils LHP David Parkinson (7-7, 3.31) Record: 19-23 (second half); 55-55 (overall) From Mirror reports READING — The season is four months old and, thanks to yet another in a ...

Curve no-hit again

TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve have had some major ups and downs this season, and they hit another one of the biggest downs Thursday night when they were no-hit for the second time. Right-hander Brian Keller held Altoona hitless for all seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader as ...

Curve’s struggles continue

TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve’s freefall continued Wednesday night as they got into a big hole early and were pounded by Trenton. The Thunder scored four runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth on their way to a 7-2 win at Arm & Hammer Park. The Curve dropped to one game ...

Curve settle for sweep

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Trenton, 7 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Nick Economos (0-1, 4.76) vs. Thunder RHP Nick Green (1-3, 8.78) Record: 18-20 (second half); 54-52 (overall) From Mirror reports TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve easily won the conclusion of a suspended game Tuesday night, ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday and will begin a series at Trenton tonight. SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve and Thunder will begin play at 5 p.m. this evening to resume a game that was suspended because of rain on May 30. Altoona leads the game 6-0 in the top of the third inning. Once the ...

Curve defeat Richmond

By Isaac Ritchey For the Mirror It was up in the air whether the streak would end Sunday, but after six games, the Curve’s winless skid is over. A 3-1 win over Richmond Sunday broke the longest losing streak in Curve manager Michael Ryan’s three seasons as skipper. The game began ...

Curve losing streak at six

Next stop Tonight: Richmond at Altoona, 6 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Cody Bolton (0-1, 5.79) vs. Flying Squirrels TBD Record: 17-19 (second half); 52-51 (overall) Heading into the ninth inning of Saturday night’s ballgame, the law of averages suggested the Curve were probably going to ...

Curve’s Ryan upset

By Tyler King For the Mirror Frustration has been building in Curve manager Michael Ryan for quite some time. In the midst of his team’s fifth straight loss, 5-3 to Richmond Friday, it finally boiled over. In the bottom of the sixth inning, with the bases loaded and one out and the ...

Tolman’s ejection part of Curve defeat

Next stop Tonight: Richmond at Altoona, 7 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Sean Brady (3-8, 4.74) vs. Flying Squirrels LHP Caleb Baragar (2-3, 3.62) Record: 17-17 (second half); 52-49 (overall) If pitching coach Joel Hanrahan hadn’t said anything to home plate umpire Jacob Metz, Mitchell ...

Curve bats disappoint in loss to SeaWolves

No team in the Eastern League has allowed fewer runs than the Erie SeaWolves. From top to bottom, it’s hard to find a better overall pitching staff, and even though the Curve faced the SeaWolves for the 23rd and final time in 2019, it didn’t make things any easier. Outside of a ...

Curve drop first game of doubleheader

As the 10th inning began and the game crept past five hours since the first pitch of the first game of the doubleheader between the Curve and the SeaWolves, the contest became about endurance. In a game that started at 4:30 p.m. and featured a near-two and a half hour rain delay, it was Erie ...

Getting to know you: Curve bats get it done against Faedo

Next stop Tonight: Doubleheader, Erie at Altoona, Game 1 starts at 4:30 p.m., Game 2 starts 30 min. after conclusion of Game 1 Pitchers: Game 1 — Curve RHP Cody Bolton (0-1, 5.31) vs. SeaWolves RHP Matt Manning (7-4, 2.81) Game 2 — Curve TBD vs. SeaWolves TBD Record: 17-13 (second ...