Today in Curve History – April

Altoona Curve history broken down into daily historical events and performances.

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April 1st

April 2nd

2006 – The Curve and Pittsburgh Pirates announce a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract through the 2010 season.

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April 3rd

2002 – The Altoona Curve ownership transfer from the Lozinak family to Chuck Greenberg became official less than 48 hours prior to Opening Day 2002. Todd “Parney” Parnell is tabbed as the club’s third general manager.

2002 – On the day of the ownership transfer, the Curve hosted an exhibition game against Penn State’s baseball team at Blair County Ballpark. The Curve were victorious, 3-2, in the seven-inning contest.

2003 – The Curve played the earliest Opening Day game in franchise history by starting the 2003 season at Reading. That record would be tied once more in 2008. On Opening Day 2003, the Curve lost, 8-7, while Josh Bonifay and Chris Duffy each made their Double-A debuts.

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April 4th

2003 – Sean Burnett, the 19th overall selection in the 2000 draft and Pittsburgh’s No. 2 prospect, made his Double-A debut for the Curve at Reading. He threw five one-run frames but was handed the loss as a result of Altoona’s 5-0 loss.

2013 – Gift Ngoepe became the first player born on the African continent to play for the Curve when he made his Double-A debut in the 2013 season opener at Erie. Ngoepe became the first African-born player to play Major League Baseball four years later when he debuted with the Pirates on April 26, 2017.

2019 – James Marvel turned in the best Opening Day start by a Curve starting pitcher, leading a 5-0 victory at Akron to extend Altoona’s Opening Day winning streak to three in a row. Marvel set or tied Opening Day pitching records with six innings pitched, did not allow a run, held Akron to one hit and struck out nine hitters.

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April 5th

2003 – Josh Bonifay connected on the first two hits of his storied Curve career, a double and the first of his club-record 55 homers, during an 11-2 win at Reading.

2012 – On Opening Day, the Curve and Pirates announced the two ballclubs will meet for an exhibition game in 2013. On the field that night, Altoona bettered Erie, 7-4, with the help of a two-run homer by Robbie Grossman, who was making his Double-A debut and was one of the Pirates’ top prospects to open the season.

2018 – The Curve rolled out one of the most prospect-laden Opening Day lineups in franchise history and defeated Akron, 6-5, at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Fresh off the 2017 Eastern League Championship, the 2018 Curve opened the season with three first-round picks (Cole Tucker, 2014; Ke’Bryan Hayes, 2015; Will Craig, 2016), one second-round pick (Bryan Reynolds, 2016 by San Francisco) and one third-round draft choice (Stephen Alemais, 2016). Additionally, 10 of Pittsburgh’s Top 30 prospects were on the Opening Day roster.

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April 6th

2014 – Nick Kingham led a 5-1 win vs. Erie at PNG Field with six scoreless innings, struck out six and held the SeaWolves to three hits.

2018 – Dario Agrazal dazzled in his second Double-A start and 2018 season debut with six hitless frames vs. Akron. Agrazal’s Double-A debut was cut short on June 21, 2017 and he missed the remainder of that season. In his return to the mound, he walked three and hit one batter and departed with a 6-0 lead before Akron stormed back to win, 7-6.

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April 7th

2000 – The Curve played at home on Opening Day for the first time and defeated Harrisburg, 7-3. Rob Mackowiak went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs while Adam Hyzdu contributed an RBI during a 1-for-3 showing in his return to Altoona.

2005 – Altoona opened the 2005 season with a 5-4 loss at Reading and had a pair of long-time major leaguers in the lineup: Rajai Davis and Jose Bautista. It was the Double-A debut for Davis, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and swiped the first of his single-season record 45 stolen bases. Bautista played his first game with the Curve after he went through the Rule 5 process during the 2004 season where he played for four MLB clubs.

2007 – The third and final game of the season-opening series at Erie was postponed due to snow. It still stands the only series in franchise history to be completely wiped out due to inclement weather.

2011 – Future MLB All-Stars Brock Holt and Starling Marte made their Double-A debuts atop Altoona’s Opening Day lineup at Erie. The Curve lost the contest, however, by a 3-2 score.

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April 8th

2004 – The Curve bettered Portland, 3-2, on Opening Day behind five scoreless innings by winning pitcher Ian Snell. Future big leaguers Nate McLouth and Jeff Keppinger each made their Double-A debuts. McLouth recorded the first of his single-season record 40 doubles while Keppinger, the 2004 Eastern League batting champion, went 1-for-3.

2009 – Jim Negrych exploded for four hits during an 8-7 Opening Day loss at Erie. His 4-for-5 performance included three runs, two doubles and an RBI, which stands as the best offensive effort by a Curve hitter in a season opener.

2010 – The eventual Eastern League champion Curve rolled out a loaded Opening Day lineup during a 5-1 Opening Day victory vs. Harrisburg. Led by No. 5 Pirates prospect Chase d’Arnaud, Top 30 prospects Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and Gorkys Hernandez were also in the Opening Day lineup and all made their Double-A debuts. Pitching prospects Daniel Moskos, Tim Alderson and Rudy Owens were also on the team’s roster.

2019 – The Curve won, 6-3, at Erie to improve to 5-0 and tied the 2006 Curve for the most consecutive wins to begin a season in franchise history.

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April 9th

1999 – The Curve open up the first game in franchise history at Reading. The game was suspended after one inning and completed the following day as a doubleheader.

2005 – Former Pirates first-round draft pick Paul Maholm (eighth overall pick in 2003) made his Double-A debut with the Curve at Reading. He pitched five innings, struck out six and allowed three runs, two earned, in a no-decision while the Curve went on to win the game, 8-7.

2009 – A pair of first-round picks made their Double-A debuts for the Curve in a 10-7 loss at Erie. Starting pitcher Brad Lincoln, the fourth overall selection by the Pirates in the 2006 draft, pitched four innings and struck out six despite three runs allowed. Daniel Moskos, the fourth overall pick by Pittsburgh in 2007, debuted out of the bullpen and allowed one run during his lone inning of work.

2010 – The famous San Diego Chicken visited Blair County Ballpark.

2011 – After he went hitless in his first two Double-A games, Starling Marte broke out with a 4-for-5 performance that included a double. That game started a 13-game hitting streak for Marte, accounted for the first four hits of his league-high 178 hits and included the first of his league-leading 38 doubles during his EL Rookie of the Year season.

2013 – Andrew Lambo completed the first and only cycle in franchise history during a 14-6 win at Akron. He collected a single, double, triple and home run in order for the “natural cycle”. He completed one of baseball’s rarest feats in his first four at-bats and only needed five innings to do it.

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April 10th

1999 – After the first game in franchise history was suspended due to rain after one inning the day before, the completion of the 1999 season opener resulted in a 6-2 loss for the Curve at Reading. However, the new franchise earned it’s first victory hours later. Altoona recorded a five-run first inning backed by 5.1, four-run frames from starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo to aid a 6-4 win in game two.

2003 – Sean Burnett earned his first Double-A win in Altoona’s home opener. He pitched 5.2 scoreless innings, allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five in the Curve’s 4-1 win vs. Reading.

2006 – The Curve beat Erie, 9-1, to improve to 5-0 on the season and set the franchise’s longest winning streak to open up a season.

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April 11th

1999 – Luis Iglesias hit the first home run in franchise history, a solo shot, during a 5-1 loss at Reading. The contest was the final game of the franchise’s first series.

2004 – Bryan Bullington made his Double-A debut with the Curve vs. Portland. Bullington was the No. 1 overall pick by the Pirates in the 2002 draft and was the first No. 1 overall pick assigned to Altoona (Kris Benson, the 1996 No. 1 pick, played on MLB rehab for the Curve in 2002). The right-hander held the Sea Dogs to one unearned run over 5.1 innings but did not receive a decision in Altoona’s 6-1 win.

2010 – Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Washington Nationals, made his professional debut for the Harrisburg Senators at Blair County Ballpark. A standing-room-only crowd of 7,887 fans made the game the highest-attended April game in franchise history. ESPNews aired Strasburg’s half innings to a national audience. Strasburg pitched five innings, allowed four runs, one earned, and struck out eight while picking up the winning decision in Harrisburg’s 6-4 victory.

2015 – Pirates’ top prospect Tyler Glasnow made his Double-A debut with the Curve during a 4-1 loss at Harrisburg. Glasnow threw five scoreless frames, allowed two hits, walked four and fanned six hitters in a no-decision.

2016 – During a 9-1 loss to the Akron RubberDucks, Bradley Zimmer put on a power display at PNG Field. The left-hand hitting No. 1 prospect of the Cleveland Indians muscled his first of two homers in the game off the videoboard in left-center during the seventh inning. Later in the ninth inning, he hit a mammoth home run to right-center field that cleared the lower turn of “The Skyliner” roller coaster.

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April 12th

1999 – Curve pitcher Aaron France socked a solo home run at Harrisburg, the first pitcher in team history to do so in just the franchise’s fourth game. France pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief during a 6-4 victory.

2010 – The Curve faced Richmond’s new Double-A franchise, the Flying Squirrels, for the first time. Altoona won the game, 4-1, at Blair County Ballpark.

2013 – Jameson Taillon started Altoona’s home opener vs. Harrisburg and struck out 10 hitters. However, the right-hander was tagged with the losing decision after he allowed two runs of a 4-0 defeat.

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April 13th

1999 – Kevin Haverbusch blasted the first grand slam in franchise history during an 11-8 victory at Harrisburg. It turned out to be a difference-maker in the contest as well. Haverbusch’s slam aided a five-run seventh inning and Altoona took a 9-5 lead before the Curve held on for an 11-8 win.

2010 – The Curve and Richmond Flying Squirrels played a 14-inning contest that ended in a 1-0 win for the Curve. Josh Harrison connected on a walk-off single to end the second-longest 1-0 game in team history. Michael Crotta pitched seven scoreless, one-hit innings for the Curve while Richmond’s Mike McDonald lasted six scoreless innings.

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April 14th

2000 – The Curve mounted a valiant comeback against Reading at Blair County Ballpark. Reading led the contest, 8-4, until the Curve scored six times in the bottom of the eighth for a 10-8 victory.

2005 – Paul Maholm earned his first Double-A win in Altoona’s home opener. The Curve beat Erie, 7-3, and Maholm pitched six two-run innings without an earned run allowed. Ben Shaffar pitched the final three innings with seven strikeouts and allowed one run.

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April 15th

1999 – The first home game in franchise history at Blair County Ballpark took place in front of 6,171 fans. After a 57-minute rain delay, the Curve defeated the Bowie Baysox, 6-1, with the help of six scoreless innings by starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

2010 – One year after starting the 2009 season with an 0-8 record, the Curve defeated Erie, 13-5, to improve to 7-1 on the young season. Matt Hague led the way offensively with three extra-base hits, two doubles and a home run.

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April 16th

1999 – Altoona received Pirates pitcher Marc Wilkins for the team’s first-ever MLB rehab assignment. Wilkins pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish off an 8-3 win vs. Bowie.

2002 – The Curve hammered out 19 hits during a 10-4 victory vs. Erie at Blair County Ballpark.

2009 – Altoona avoided a no-hitter vs. Erie when Jamie Romak hit a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth off Erie’s third pitcher of the game, Brett Jensen. Erie won the game, 3-0.

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April 17th

2004 – The Curve played the fastest nine-inning game in franchise history on City Island in Harrisburg. The contest took just 1:51 and the Curve defeated the Senators, 1-0. Altoona’s Bryan Bullington earned his first Double-A win with six scoreless innings.

2009 – The Curve dropped to 0-8 after a 3-1 loss vs. Erie, the longest losing streak to start any season in team history.

2013 – Jameson Taillon spun seven scoreless, two-hit frames and struck out six batters for his second win of the season. The Curve defeated Richmond, 4-3.

2015 – Tyler Glasnow made his first start at PNG Field and earned his first Double-A win during a 2-1 victory vs. Akron. The Pirates’ top prospect pitched six one-run frames and struck out seven hitters.

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April 18th

2005 – Rajai Davis scored a then-team record four runs and stole three bases during an 8-4 win vs. Akron. At the plate, he went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI.

2008 – Melvin Dorta went 5-for-5 with two doubles despite a 13-4 loss vs. Erie.

2009 – The Curve snapped their eight-game losing streak to start the season with a 7-5 win over Erie.

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April 19th

1999 – The Curve pitched the first team shutout in franchise history with a 9-0 victory vs. Harrisburg. Paul Ah Yat threw seven, three-hit frames paired with single scoreless innings from Matt Dunbar and David Daniels.

2000 – The Bowie Baysox pitched the first no-hitter in Blair County Ballpark history. It was also the first no-hitter experienced by the Curve, home or away. During the second game of a doubleheader, Baysox starter Sean Douglass held the Curve hitless over the first six innings before Jimmy Hamilton closed out the seventh.

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April 20th

2002 – The Curve posted eight runs in the first inning at Bowie that fueled a 13-2 win. Shawn Garrett knocked in four RBIs with a homer while John Pachot went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. On the mound, Mike Gonzalez pitched six two-run innings with seven strikeouts.

2006 – The Curve posted the most runs and largest margin of victory in franchise history with an 18-4 win vs. Akron.

2013 – Francisco Liriano made a rehab start for the Curve at Harrisburg but allowed four runs on four hits and three walks over 2.2 innings. Altoona lost the game, 4-1, in the first game of a doubleheader.

2019 – James Marvel pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout at Richmond.

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April 21st

2003 – Shawn Garrett led a 9-7 win at Erie by reaching base four times and drove in five RBIs. Garrett went 2-for-2 with two homers, walked one and was hit by a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader.

2010 – Tony Watson earned his first Double-A win thanks to 3.1 scoreless innings of relief and three late runs scored by the Curve during a 9-6 win at Akron.

2014 – Elias Diaz roped four singles and knocked home three RBIs during a 10-1 win vs. Harrisburg.

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April 22nd

2010 – Rudy Owens tossed six one-run frames vs. Erie during a 3-2 Curve victory. Owens received his first of 12 wins during the Curve’s 2010 championship season. Jordy Mercer led the offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and home run.

2011 – The Curve defeated Richmond, 11-5, in 15 innings thanks to a six-run outburst in the top of the 15th. Starling Marte drove in six runs, including a three-run triple that broke the game open and he scored on the play due to a throwing error by the right fielder.

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April 23rd

2002 – Curve pitchers Adrian Burnside, Neal McDade and Chris Spurling combine for Altoona’s first no-hitter and the first nine-inning no-no at Blair County Ballpark. The 2-0 win vs. Akron began with five hitless frames by Burnside despite six walks. McDade followed with three no-hit innings and Spurling closed things out with a perfect ninth inning.

2007 – Andrew McCutchen tied a then-team record with four runs scored during an 8-7 loss vs. Bowie. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, one triple and drew a walk.

2013 – Future MLB All-Star Charlie Morton made a rehab outing for the Curve at Richmond and pitched four one-hit innings.

2014 – The Curve and Harrisburg Senators went back-and-forth in a classic at PNG Field. After the Curve jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings, Harrisburg answered and built up a 9-6 advantage entering the bottom of the ninth. Then, Altoona rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to win, 10-9. Justin Howard led off the ninth with a solo home run and Elias Diaz won it with a sacrifice fly. Stetson Allie had a big day by going 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and totaled five RBIs.

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April 24th

2015 – Keon Broxton enjoyed a six-RBI game to help the Curve to a 12-3 win at Erie. Altoona’s leadoff hitter went 2-for-5 with a double and a seventh-inning grand slam.

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April 25th

1999 – Starting pitcher Paul Ah Yat threw eight one-hit, one-run innings with 10 strikeouts at Bowie. His no-hit bid lasted 7.1 innings, the second-longest by an individual in franchise history. As a result, Ah Yat was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, the first player in franchise history to receive league-wide recognition.

2006 – Trailing Portland, 4-1, entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Adam Boeve hit a two-run homer before a solo shot by Brett Roneberg tied the game two batters later to force extra innings. The Curve won in 11 innings on a walk-off single by Brandon Chaves.

2011 – Future MLB All-Stars Brock Holt and Starling Marte each collected four hits in an 8-7 win at Harrisburg.

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April 26th

2000 – The Curve lost their franchise record 11th straight game with a 3-2 defeat at Harrisburg. The streak is snapped the next day at home with a 3-2 win over Erie.

2001 – Pitcher Randy Galvez hit a home run at Harrisburg, the third by a pitcher in franchise history. On the mound, Galvez turned in a quality start with six innings and three runs allowed, two earned, for the winning decision.

2005 – The Curve and Erie SeaWolves smash eight combined home runs at Jerry Uht Park, a game that Erie won, 15-11. Josh Bonifay, Brad Eldred and Tom Evans all homered for the Curve while Eldred started a six-game home run streak.

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April 27th

1998 – Altoona is officially granted a new franchise by the Eastern League.

2000 – The Curve snapped the longest losing streak in franchise history (11 games). The Curve trailed Erie, 2-1, at the stretch and tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Adam Hyzdu delivered a walk-off double with two outs to lift Altoona to a 3-2 victory.

2003 – A pair of first-round pitchers square off at Blair County Ballpark with Altoona’s Sean Burnett (2000 by the Pirates) facing Jeremy Guthrie (2002 by Cleveland) for Akron. Guthrie went the distance with a three-hit shutout and struck out six Curve hitters while Burnett allowed three runs over five frames. Akron won the contest, 4-0.

2004 – During the first game of a doubleheader, Curve starter Ian Snell and Norwich’s Josh Habel threw dual complete games in Connecticut. Josh Bonifay connected on an RBI double in the seventh for the game’s lone run while Snell held Norwich to three hits in his shutout effort.

2013 – The Curve played their 1000th regular-season home game at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Curve fan Susan Mielnik is also honored for attending her 1000th consecutive regular-season home game. On the field, Jameson Taillon made the start for the Curve but Altoona lost to Erie, 3-1.

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April 28th

2004 – Altoona swept a doubleheader at Norwich, which completed a four-game series over two days that featured back-to-back doubleheaders. The Curve went 3-1 in the series.

2013 – Charlie Morton pitched six one-run innings on MLB rehab during a 3-1 Curve win vs. Erie.

2015 – Altoona played a tight contest at Akron. Tied up a 1-1 through 13 innings, the Curve scored three times in the top of the 14th but Akron plated four of their own to beat Altoona, 5-4.

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April 29th

2005 – Brad Eldred tied Rob Mackowiak’s Curve record with his third grand slam during a 10-3 win vs. Trenton.

2018 – The Curve overcame a seven-run deficit to win at Harrisburg, tying a team record for the largest comeback to win. The Senators led, 8-1, before the Curve stormed back to win, 9-8, including six runs by Altoona in the top of the ninth.

2019 – Casey Mize pitched a no-hitter in his Double-A debut for the Erie SeaWolves at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The historic performance resulted in the first individual nine-inning no-hitter in PNG Field history. The first overall pick by the Tigers in the 2018 draft struck out seven Curve hitters during Erie’s 1-0 win. After Mize hit his first batter of the game, he mowed down every other hitter aside from a two-out walk in the seventh inning.

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April 30th

2017 – Curve pitcher Alex McRae hit a solo home run vs. Harrisburg, the first by an Altoona pitcher since 2010 and just the second at PNG Field. His blast tied the game, 1-1, and fueled a three-run third. McRae also pitched seven two-run innings and earned the winning decision of Altoona’s 3-2 victory.

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