Unearned runs doom Altoona in 2-1 loss to Richmond.
Unearned runs doom Altoona in 2-1 loss to Richmond.
Evan Chambers played for both the Spikes and Curve, before he passed away in the offseason. His high school baseball teammate, Keon Broxton, remembers him every time he goes up to bat for the Curve.
Altoona lost all 3 weekend games in Richmond (after winning on Thursday in Virginia).
The Altoona Curve held a 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th in Richmond, but the Squirrels scored 4 runs to win, 5-4.
Check out the highlights from Day 1 of the Curve Classic, featuring wins from Bishop Carroll and Altoona. (Central and Hollidaysburg won the night games).
Altoona tallies 11 hits in 6-1 win at Richmond.
Altoona drops final game of season-opening home stand 5-4.
The Curve take down the Akron Rubber Ducks, 4-3, after Willy Garcia hits a walkoff homer
The former Curve pitcher, and top Pirates' pitching prospect, is expected to be out at least a year as he recovers.
Nick Kingham threw 6 shutout innings - allowing just 3 hits and striking out 6 batters - as the Curve get their first win of the season, 5-1.
After two days of postponements because of the rain, the Altoona Curve finally opened the 2014 baseball season. However, they lost both games of the doubleheader to the Seawolves.
Once a top pitching prospect, Pirates 2010 2nd pick makes move to infield.
Cunningham, Maggi headline players returning to Altoona in 2014.
Pitcher Nick Kingham and SS Alen Hanson headline the 2014 season opening roster.
Adam Hyzdu, Tike Redman and Jack Wilson will headline the Alumni team in the Heroes Softball Game on July 15th at PNG Field.
Dozens hoping for their shot in the spotlight.
Two WTAJ personalities will be judges at the first round of tryouts.
The Curve-Pirates exhibition game in Altoona had Bucs fans come out to PNG Field in droves.
The Pirates have traded former Curve OF Alex Dickerson to the Padres, and designated OF Garrett Jones for assignment.
Altoona Curve announce free admission to PNG field to watch the Pirates game on Thursday.
More than 100 Altoona Curve players have gone on to the majors.
The former Curve outfielder earns the honor after leading all Pirate minor leaguers with 32 home runs and 99 RBI.
After the Curve finale, it was announced that outfielder Alex Dickerson would be sent to play with AAA-Indianapolis.
Altoona falls in 11 innings to Akron in the 2013 season finale.
After his rehab start with the Curve on Labor Day, Bucs' closer Jason Grilli held an impromptu autograph session that lasted over an hour.
Curve's Alex Dickerson was named the EL Rookie of the Year, Curve MVP and then had a 4-hit night Sunday (including a 3-run homer).
Bucs' catcher Tony Sanchez confirms that pitcher Duke Welker was the PTBNL in the Morneau trade.
Bucs' catcher Tony Sanchez talks about his stuggles hitting in Altoona this weekend.
After Saturday's game, Curve manager Carlos Garcia confirmed that Gregory Polanco, David Bromberg and Zack Thornton would all move up to Indianapolis. Polanco talks about the promotion.
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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle challenged a play at second base in the seventh inning of Thursday's game against the Brewers, and the umpires ruled that the call would stand after replay review. The Pirates attempted a double steal with one out. Andrew McCutchen took third, but Pedro Alvarez was thrown out at second base by Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
Only Andrew McCutchen stood between Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse and a complete game last weekend at Miller Park, and the two are about to meet again. Lohse will aim for a repeat performance when he takes on Charlie Morton and the Pirates Friday.
Jose Tabata was available one day after crashing into the wall to make a catch.
Second baseman Neil Walker is off to a solid start for the Pirates, entering play on Thursday night batting .259 with five home runs and nine RBIs. He didn't hit his fifth home run last season until June.
Josh Harrison delivered a two-run seventh-inning home run to lift the Bucs to an 11-2 win over the Brewers behind starter Edinson Volquez, who had another quality start.
Pirates left fielder Jose Tabata was removed from Wednesday's game after making a spectacular catch of Brayan Pena's fifth-inning line drive an instant before slamming into the left-field wall of Great American Ball Park. Tabata, who was replaced by Starling Marte, was diagnosed with mild concussion-like symptoms.
Same place, different situation, different umpire: Same outcome. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was correct on another challenge of a play at first base in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Reds. In the bottom of the eighth Wednesday, there was a crew-chief challenge on a fielder's choice play at the plate.
The Bucs' rotation has gone six-plus innings in 11 of the first 14 games. So the problem became having one key reliever with nothing to do: Entering Wednesday, Stolmy Pimentel had gotten into one game, albeit for four innings in the 16-inning extravaganza on April 2 with the Cubs.
Pittsburgh leadoff hitter Starling Marte got a breather Wednesday, in the wake of his second straight three-strikeout game.
One could say that the Reds stole one Wednesday from Francisco Liriano and the Pirates, and one would not be wildly wrong. Billy Hamilton, who gives batterymen the shakes, went hitless but scored two of the runs as the Reds blanked the Bucs, 4-0, at Great American Ball Park behind Johnny Cueto.
The Pirates and Reds combined for 10 home runs at Great American Ball Park in a game that was completed Tuesday, including three sets of back-to-back shots by the Bucs.
Pirates manger Clint Hurdle successfully challenged a call that originally credited the Reds with a double play in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game.
The Pirates went down in a 7-5 defeat at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night, with Gerrit Cole allowing a career-high five runs against the Reds.
Russell Martin provided the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh -- the first inning in the resumption of a game suspended by rain after six with the teams tied -- giving the Pirates the two-day 8-7 win at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.
Losing Tuesday night made Gerrit Cole feel bad. Losing on Jackie Robinson's Day and in his No. 42 made Cole feel inconsolable.
Three of Wandy Rodriguez's mistakes went over the wall in the Monday portion of the suspended game completed Tuesday afternoon. And those were not the young season's first far-hit mistakes by Rodriguez, whose velocity has been a couple ticks off his usual 92-93 mph.
From the outset, Clint Hurdle said first base would not be a "cookie-cutter" platoon, and Gaby Sanchez can look forward to facing more right-handers after drilling a couple of cookies into the seats Monday night.
The Pirates hit six home runs, all solo shots in three back-to-back sets. The Reds hit four, but three of theirs came with a man on. Oh, and all that happened within six innings, which was all the teams got to play before rain suspended the 7-7 game. It will be resumed at 5:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, prior to the regularly scheduled second game of the series.
The Pirates broke out of their batting slump Monday night -- in duplicate. Or triplicate, if you count the number of times they hit back-to-back home runs. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco's homer set a new Great American Ball Park record of 10 home runs, breaking the standard set on May 27, 2012, by the Rockies (five) and the Reds (four).
The Reds had their first successful manager's challenge on Monday vs. the Pirates on a play that proved painful for Pittsburgh right fielder Travis Snider.
One week into his rehab assignment, and less than a month since the surgery on his right knee, Chris Stewart may have already passed the ultimate physical test for his return.
Friday night in Milwaukee, Bryan Morris gave his manager the shakes. The righty reliever pounced on a swinging bunt by Ryan Braun between the mound and third base with, yes, Morris-the-cat-like quickness and whirled for an off-balance throw to first that was on target but a tick late. Clint Hurdle would rather not have his pitchers try that body-challenging maneuver.
Milwaukee stretched its winning streak to nine by completing the sweep of the Pirates, with a key defensive miscue by the Bucs factoring into the Brewers' 4-1 win at Miller Park on Sunday.
When he took the mound Saturday night for his second start with the Bucs, Edinson Volquez proved adept at not only pitching, but also cheering on his teammates and lifting them up.
Andrew McCutchen regards Jackie Robinson Day the way many people regard Christmas Day: It is nice to have a holiday celebrating the human condition, but it is far more meaningful to have a life filled with Christmas spirit.
The Pirates' last hopes of a ninth-inning rally in Saturday night's game were extinguished when a replay review confirmed that the Brewers had turned a double play.
Jordy Mercer swung the bat well enough as a part-time shortstop for the Pirates last season that he earned the starting job this year. So far, it's been a transition for the 27-year-old.
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled for the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning Saturday, as ace setup reliever Mark Melancon and the rest of the Pirates again fell victims to the scalding Brewers, 3-2.
Andrew McCutchen's absence with a "nagging thing" in his left ankle lasted one inning. The reigning National League MVP was penciled back in the Pirates' lineup for Saturday night, after having removed himself in the eighth inning of the previous night's game against the Brewers.
The Pirates were the latest victims of the Brewers' win streak, dropping the series opener in Milwaukee 4-2 on Friday night behind Francisco Liriano.
KC's broadcasting career began his sophomore year of college, when he was hired to do some Public Address work for The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.
Amy Gill comes to WTAJ as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter in August 2012.
Jacob Kaucher joins WTAJ as its State College-based sports reporter. Jacob comes to central Pennsylvania after two years as sports director at KMOT in Minot, North Dakota.