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Altoona Curve Game Recap: 7/1/11

Altoona Curve Game Recap: 7/1/11

For a second night in a row the starting pitcher failed to impress for Altoona but the bats broke out and the Curve were able to break their nine game losing streak tonight in Trenton winning 10-5.

Alderson threw one shutout inning tonight

Phillip Irwin had a bad night but didn't look as bad as Aaron Pribanic the night before, despite a somewhat similar pitching line. Except for the home run he allowed in the 3rd inning all the other nine hits he allowed were singles, a few of them well placed hits just out of the reach of fielders. The most damage was on the three run homer which followed a soft liner just out of the reach of a diving Quincy Latimore and a hit by pitch for the second runner. He also didn't get any help on defense when he was in trouble in the 1st and 2nd innings. On the night he allowed 4 earned runs, 2 walks and struck out four batters, all of them went down swinging.

Irwin was a little wild at times but not missing bad except for a couple of pitches. Betwee...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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