One of the most anticipated events in the 15-year history of the Altoona Curve is now just days away. The Pirates-Curve exhibition game will be held on March 30 with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. There are still standing room only tickets available for the event. These tickets can be purchased at the box office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or online.
All those fans that have already purchased tickets may pick them up at the box office anytime during the week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. These special commemorative tickets will not be mailed out. Fans are encouraged to pick-up their tickets prior to the game to avoid long lines at the box office.
Yunesky Sanchez was one of the hottest hitters in the tournament before Spain was eliminated. Sanchez led the Spanish team in average .636, hits (7), runs (2), and doubles (1).
Yung-Chi Chen and Chinese-Taipei advanced to the second round of tournament play but failed to make it out in a tough bracket with the Netherlands, Cuba and Japan. Chen was tops on the team in at bats making 19 trips to the plate. He was second on the team with four hits and had an RBI in his first five games.
Carlos Rivera has gone 0-for-3 in limited action with Puerto Rico, but does have an RBI. Ronald Belisario has also appeared in limited action for Venezuela working 1.2 innings allowing just one hit and striking out a pair.
Yurendell de Caster has appeared in a pair of games for the Netherlands going 2-for-5 at the plate thus far in the tournament. Ryan Vogelsong earned the first win of the classic for Team USA. He went four innings allowing six hits and two runs, while striking out four.
Jameson Taillon took the mound for Team Canada with a chance to eliminate Team USA in the first round of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday afternoon. Taillon did his part for Canada, tossing four innings allowing four hits and just one earned run, while striking out three.
The 21-year-old looked sharp in his only appearance for Team Canada. A late rally by Team USA was too much for the Canadians and eliminated them from the Classic. Taillon will return to Bradenton for the remainder of the spring, and continue to sharpen his skills.
Canada’s team also featured former Curve pitchers Chris Leroux and Dustin Molleken. Leroux earned Canada’s only victory working three innings allowing just one earned run and fanning four. Molleken appeared in two games working four scoreless innings allowing just two hits.
Stefan Welch had himself a good WBC as well. The third-baseman was 3-for-10 with a pair of doubles and a solo home run for Australia. Welch will be returning to Bradenton as well since Australia was eliminated in the first round of play.
Luis Cruz, a member of the Curve in 2008, produced at the plate for team Mexico. The third-baseman was second on the team with three hits, and tied for the team lead with three RBI.
Ray Chang also put together a solid first round in the WBC. Chang finished the round second in batting average .364 and tops on the Chinese team in RBI with three. He spent last summer in Triple-A with the Rochester Red Wings, the top-affiliate for the Minnesota Twins.
Texas Road House
Some of the Curve staff were invited for a pre-Grand Opening party at Texas Roadhouse on Saturday to sample some of the food that will be served. There is a Curve table, located in the very back corner of the restaurant, and we hope that everyone who eats at it has a great time. Tweet us your pictures @AltoonaCurve or tag us on Instagram (@AltoonaCurve) from the table.
There is also a pretty cool painting featuring Peoples Natural Gas Field and the Texas Roadhouse mascot Andy the Armadillo in the waiting area in addition to other Curve memoriblia! Plus, if you look closer (below) you’ll see that 2012 Curve 2B Jarek Cunningham will live on in Texas Roadhouse history as he is the batter featured on the scoreboard in the photo.
Texas Roadhouse opens up to the general public today! Check out their meu here.