Around the Curve

Updating the record books

Montana DuRapau set the all-time franchise record, compiling 36 career saves before his promotion to Triple-A (Photo: Mark Olson)

By Trey Wilson
AltoonaCurve.com

The 2017 season will certainly go down as one of the best in the history of the Altoona Curve franchise. Ending the season with an incredible postseason run and finishing with a new championship trophy on the shelf is obviously the best way to cap a year.

Over the course of the year, there were a few new marks that we will be adding to our all-time records list, although fewer than we have seen in some recent seasons.

We saw much more player turnover than in recent years due to promotions, injuries, trades and some players being released. Taking that into consideration, it makes the job done by this year’s players and staff even more impressive.

With the high player turnover, there were only a handful of players who were around long enough to qualify for new records.

Had Jordan Luplow been around longer, he might have had a chance to make a run at the team’s single-season home run record. He left with 16 homers through just 73 games, which would have put him on pace for 31 on the year, matching the team record set by Adam Hyzdu in 2000. But we were thrilled to see Luplow make the move to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he continued to hit well, and eventually made his way to the majors.

Another player who was on pace for setting some history this season was Edwin Espinal, who picked up a promotion to Triple-A on July 28 after playing in 95 games for the Curve. At the time, he had collected 72 RBIs for the year, putting him on pace for 106 on the season, which would have tied the team record, another mark set by Hyzdu in 2000.

Here is a list of the records that were set or tied by the 2017 Altoona Curve:

Team Records

Most Extra-Inning Games: 18
Old Record: 17 (2003)

Most Extra-Inning Wins: 9
Tied the mark set in 2008

Highest Fielding Percentage (Team): .980
Tied the mark set in 2016

Fewest Errors (Team): 105
Tied the mark set in 2016

Individual Records

Highest Fielding Percentage (1B): 1.000, Edwin Espinal
Old Record: .995, Justin Howard (2013), Simon Pond (2006) and Josh Bonifay (2005)

Highest Fielding Percentage (SS): .980, Kevin Newman
Old Record: .972, Shaun Skrehot (2003)

Most Hits in a Game (tied): 5, Elvis Escobar (June 20)
It was the 14th time a player has recorded five hits in a single game

Most Triples in a Game (tied): 2, Elvis Escobar (June 20)
Had been done several times, most recently by Keon Broxton on May 9, 2015

Most Base on Balls in a Game (tied): 4, Cole Tucker (August 28)
Had been done several times, most recently by Drew Maggi on May 7, 2014

Most Hits Allowed in a Game by a Starting Pitcher: 14, Alex McRae (June 9)
Had been done twice before, by Aaron Pribanic on June 17, 2011 and Matt Benedict on August 24, 2015. The start was a small setback in an otherwise strong season by McRae.

Most Saves, Career: 36, Montana DuRapau
Old Record: 31, Matt Peterson (2004-07)
DuRapau had 14 saves this season on top of the 22 he picked up in 2016 to take the all-time career mark

Most Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star Selections, Career (tied): 2, Edwin Espinal
Espinal became the fourth player to pick up multiple all-star selections, joining Shawn Garrett (2002-03), Jason Delaney (2008-09) and Brock Holt (2008-09).