Four Run 5th Inning Too Much For Altoona

Last night the Altoona Curve got a great start from Rudy Owens, but ended up losing a low scoring game thanks to a few bad breaks.  The first three innings of tonight’s game looked like a repeat of last night, with Altoona starter Tony Watson getting off to a strong start.  Watson retired the first nine batters he faced, with four strikeouts, and only one ball leaving the infield, a shallow pop out to left field. Altoona got on...

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Altoona at Richmond Lineups

Lineups: Altoona Curve: 1. Chase d’Arnaud, SS 2. Josh Harrison, 3B 3. Brandon Jones, RF 4. Matt Hague, 1B 5. Hector Gimenez, C 6. Miles Durham, CF 7. Yung-Chi Chen, LF 8. Jose de los Santos, 2B 9. Tony Watson, P Richmond Flying Squirrels: 1. Darren Ford, CF 2. Ryan Lormand, SS 3. Thomas Neal, RF 4. Brandon Belt, LF 5. Conor Gillaspie, 3B 6. Sharlon Schoop, 1B 7. Tyler La Torre, C 8. Brad Boyer, 2B 9. Mike MacDonald, P -Jordy...

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Altoona Notes: Jordy Mercer, Jeff Locke, Questions

I talked briefly with some of the Altoona players last night after the game.  Mostly I was touching base with them, and will be talking more with them prior to the games this weekend.  Two important topics I did discuss: -Jordy Mercer left Wednesday’s game in the second inning after colliding with Anthony Norman on a pop-up to left field.  Jordy said that his back was sore from the collision, but that he will be fine and that it...

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Owens, Curve Catch Some Bad Breaks

You always hear the expression “he only threw one bad pitch” when a pitcher throws an excellent game, with his only blemish being a home run.  The problem with this phrase is that the pitcher probably threw a lot of bad pitches, but he only paid for one of them.  That wasn’t the case with Altoona Curve starter Rudy Owens tonight, as Altoona fell to Richmond 4-1. Owens was spectacular, with excellent control and...

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Jeff Locke Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted pitching prospect Jeff Locke from Bradenton to Altoona.  Locke tweeted a message saying he was headed North earlier tonight, and after an inquiry on the message, I received confirmation that Locke had been promoted to Altoona. Locke had a 3.54 ERA in 86.1 innings in Bradenton this year, with an 8.7 K/9 and a 1.5 BB/9 ratio.  This was a big improvement over his 4.59 ERA in 127.1 innings in...

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