It was an exciting day in Curve, PA as the Double-A Altoona Curve hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a record crowd of 10,116. The Curve won the game 8-6, but as an exhibition, the score can be a bit deceiving, since pitchers for both clubs switched teams to create more competitive match-ups. Pirate starter James McDonald struggled on the day, only lasting two innings, and former Curve all-star Starling Marte hit a towering grand slam.
The organization also announced today that the Curve’s contract with Pirates has been renewed through 2018. In addition, Altoona will host the 2014 Eastern League all-star game next summer.
James McDonald struggled in his start tonight. - Photo: David Hague
McDonald struggles to find the strike zone
James McDonald got the start for the Pirates...
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John Eshleman wrote for Pirates Prospects in 2012 and 2013, providing live coverage of the State College Spikes and the Altoona Curve. He now writes for the prospect team at Baseball Prospectus, and occasionally guest contributes for Pirates Prospects. John earned a Ph.D in Rural Sociology from Penn State University in 2016 and has held academic positions at North Carolina State and Duke Universities. Now, he is chasing his dream of joining an MLB front office. He lives in Durham, NC