Last night saw the end of the Indianapolis season and the continuation of the Altoona season. The Indians lost a tough game, while Altoona breezed through a series sweep of Bowie, which was a team they had trouble with during the entire regular season. The pitcher they beat (Lucas Long) had gone seven innings in all three starts against Altoona this season and didn't walk a single batter in 21 innings. So of course he walked the first batter of the game last night on four pitches, then ended up going just four innings.
The Curve now move to Trenton for two games after an off-day today and tomorrow, then the series shifts to Altoona for the final three games. Trenton went 92-48 during the regular season and then won 3-1 in their division series over a Binghamton team that won 85 games on...
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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.