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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