Cunningham Picks Up Three Hits, But Curve Continue Losing Skid
Aug22

Cunningham Picks Up Three Hits, But Curve Continue Losing Skid

The Altoona Curve have found themselves in a late season swoon, losing to the Reading Fightins 8-0 on Wednesday night. They lost three of four to the Philadelphia Phillies’ AA affiliate in the series and five of six overall, scoring just seven runs in that span. “It’s just not being able to make adjustments,” Jarek Cunningham said about the lack of offense. “Last night and tonight we faced very similar pitching and we weren’t able to...

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Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem
Aug21

Pat Ludwig Follows Up Pitcher of the Week Honors With Another Gem

Last week Pat Ludwig tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out seven. The outing was the second best in the Pirates system for the week, and was enough to earn Ludwig the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week award. Tonight was the first time Ludwig made a start since that outing. His follow up performance didn’t disappoint. Ludwig once again went seven innings, giving up one run on...

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Altoona Loses Pitcher’s Duel Against Reading
Aug21

Altoona Loses Pitcher’s Duel Against Reading

Reading’s Ryan Demmin and Altoona’s David Bromberg found themselves in a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday night at Peoples’ Natural Gas Field. The Fightins scored a controversial run in the sixth and added an insurance run in the eighth to shut out the Curve 2-0 in Eastern League action. The lefty Demmin was making a spot start for the Philadelphia Phillies AA affiliate. While not possessing overpowering stuff, Demmin allowed five hits,...

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GCL Notes: First Looks at Pitchers Billy Roth and Yhonathan Barrios
Aug20

GCL Notes: First Looks at Pitchers Billy Roth and Yhonathan Barrios

The Pittsburgh Pirates took right-handed pitcher Billy Roth in the 16th round of the 2013 draft, giving him a $190,000 bonus, which amounted to $90,000 against the draft pool. Roth was a highly rated prep pitching prospect with a clean delivery, a fastball that could touch 92 MPH, and a sharp breaking ball. Coming into today’s start he had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings on the season. Today was the first time I had a chance to see...

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Justin Howard Homers Again in Altoona Curve Loss
Aug12

Justin Howard Homers Again in Altoona Curve Loss

For the second consecutive night Justin Howard hit  a solo home-run to give the Altoona Curve a lead. The Curve were unable to hold on as the Senators came roaring back to win the game 5-3. The Curve not only lost the series against the Senators but this also marks the third straight series loss for the club. Harrisburg got off to a quick start against Curve lefty Eliecer Navarro in the first inning. A combination of hard hit balls...

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West Virginia Loses Series Finale Despite Fine Outing By Kyle Haynes
Aug11

West Virginia Loses Series Finale Despite Fine Outing By Kyle Haynes

West Virginia came into Sunday’s game against the Lakewood BlueClaws with a 20-3 record in the season series. They also took the first three games of the current series and went with reliever-turned-starter, Kyle Haynes for the last game. Haynes had shut down Lakewood over four innings on August 1st and in his four starts coming into tonight, he had a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings, with 23 strikeouts. He pitched well tonight, going a...

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