Today in Curve History – August

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

This page is dedicated to the month of August.

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August 1st

2008 – The Curve were blown out by Bowie, 19-3, which was a record at the time for the most lopsided loss in franchise history. Luis Montanez hit for the cycle and went 5-for-6 with RBIs for the Baysox. Matt Weiters was the only Bowie player without a hit.

2009 – Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer and drew four walks in Altoona’s 8-4 win vs. Trenton.

2016 – On trade deadline day, Curve catcher Reese McGuire and outfielder Harold Ramirez are traded to the Blue Jays along with Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano.

2019 – Trenton’s Brian Keller threw a no-hitter against the Curve during the first game of a doubleheader.

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August 2nd

2005 – Longtime Major Leaguers Justin Verlander for Erie and Tom Gorzelanny for Altoona faced off in Erie. Verlander, who made two starts as the 26th man for the Tigers in a pair of 2005 doubleheaders, pitched three scoreless, hitless innings in what would be his final outing of the season. Gorzelanny struck out 10 hitters over six one-run innings and the Curve won, 5-2.

2006 – Mike Connolly recorded his 322nd career strikeout for the Curve to set a new all-time franchise record. The right-hander struck out Shawn Hill looking to finish the second inning to pass John Grabow’s record of 321. Connolly’s record-setting day was part of a no-decision in which he allowed four runs in four innings while the Curve lost, 8-7, at Harrisburg.

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August 3rd

2017 – Wyatt Mathisen went 5-for-5 and Jin-De Jhang added five RBIs with a three-run homer and two-run triple as the Curve defeated Trenton, 10-5.

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August 4th

2009 – During a 12-6 win at Portland, the Curve racked up 10 doubles and 11 extra-base hits, both single-game records. Pedro Alvarez doubled twice and hit a solo homer to lead the way.

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August 5th

2002 – The Pirates and Curve announced a second four-year Player Development Contract that secured affiliation between the two ball clubs through the 2006 season. On the field, future MLB All-Star and World Series champion Ryan Vogelsong earned his lone win of his Curve tenure after he pitched seven two-run frames with seven strikeouts during a 10-2 win vs. Erie.

2012 – Brock Holt played his final game with the Curve before his promotion to Triple-A. He went 3-for-4 to boost his batting average to .322, which held up to win the Eastern League batting title.

2017 – Curve infielder/outfielder Connor Joe is involved in a trade with the Atlanta Braves that brought Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates.

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August 6th

2003 – Ian Snell (Oquendo) made his Double-A debut with the Curve at Harrisburg. He earned the winning decision in Altoona’s 8-4 win with six innings of work and four runs allowed, three earned.

2017 – Mitch Keller, Pittsburgh’s top pitching and 2014 second-round draft choice, made his Double-A debut for the Curve at Trenton. Keller threw six two-run frames and did not factor into the decision of an 11-inning, 4-2 loss.

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August 7th

1999 – Adam Hyzdu homered for the fifth straight game, which stood as the longest home run streak in team history until 2005. His 1-for-3 performance also extended his season-best hitting streak to 18 games, which stood as the franchise’s longest hitting streak until 2002.

2000 – Adam Hyzdu clobbered two home runs to increase his total to 28, which was his sixth career two-homer game and still stands as the most by a player in team history. Hyzdu went 4-for-5 with five RBIs during the 6-2 win vs. Erie at Blair County Ballpark.

2009 – Tim Alderson pitched six hitless innings with one walk and improved his record to 8-1 as the Curve won, 7-2, at New Hampshire.

2010 – For the second time in 2010, the Curve scored 18 runs at Harrisburg with a 10-run ninth inning. Chase d’Arnaud, Kris Watts and Miles Durham all added four hits apiece.

2016 – For the second time in 2016, the Curve were beaten by a 14-0 score to tie a club record for the largest shutout loss in team history. Phillies top prospect Rhys Hoskins drew five walks in the game.

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August 8th

2002 – The Curve were featured in a full-page feature story in the USA Today sports section. The article was titled “Curve Shape a Region’s Heart” and documented the gameday happenings at Blair County Ballpark.

2008 – Jose Tabata became the second teenager (Andrew McCutchen) to play for the Curve when he debuted with the team at Harrisburg. Tabata spent most of the season with Trenton before he was traded from the Yankees on July 26 along with Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf and Daniel McCutchen for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. Tabata was on the disabled list for nearly a month and played his first games as a Pirate for the GCL squad before he joined the Curve in his return to Double-A.

2012 – Manny Machado homered against the Curve at Blair County Ballpark during his last minor league game. Machado was recalled by the Orioles after the contest and made his MLB debut on August 9 at Camden Yards vs. Kansas City.

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August 9th

2002 – Shawn Garrett drove in five of the Curve’s six runs during a 6-1 win vs. Harrisburg, which included a seventh-inning grand slam.

2005 – Jose Bautista launched his 20th homer of the season, joining Josh Bonifay in the 20-homer department. Bautista and Bonifay are the last pair of Curve teammates to hit 20 homers in the same season and third all-time.

2009 – Yoslan Herrera improved his record to 9-0 with a 6.1-inning, two-run effort at New Hampshire. His ninth straight winning decision set team records for the most consecutive wins and most wins to start a season. Herrera was defeated in his next start, which was at home against the Fisher Cats and his only loss of the campaign.

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August 10th

2000 – Rico Washington and Eric Furniss each blasted a piar of home runs in the same game during a 13-2 win at Reading. It was the first time the Curve had two players hit multiple homers in the same game.

2003 – The Curve split a doubleheader vs. Harrisburg in front of 9,255 fans, the highest attended regular season game in franchise history. Harrisburg won the first game, 4-2, while the Curve claimed the second contest, 4-3.

2004 – The Curve visited Manchester, N.H. for the first time and won the series opener against the Fisher Cats, 6-2. Nate McLouth extended his second 30-plus-game on-base streak of the season to 32 games with a 2-for-4 performance.

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August 11th

1999 – Adam Hyzdu blasted his 20th homer of Altoona’s inaugural season. It also proved to be the game-winner during a 5-3 win vs. New Britain.

2003 – Ian Snell made his first outing at Blair County Ballpark and earned his second win. Snell tossed seven, two-run innings and struck out eight hitters while the Curve defeated Bowie, 8-4.

2004 – Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson performed a concert at Blair County Ballpark as one of 22 stops at minor league ballparks over a month-long tour named “The Bob Dylan Show”.

2016 – The Curve overcame a single-game club record seven errors to beat Harrisburg, 8-4.

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August 12th

2004 – Ian Snell struck out 11 hitters, including seven in a row, at New Hampshire over five, one-hit and scoreless innings. Backed by an 11-run offensive output, he earned his 10th win of the season.

2006 – The Curve scored five runs to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the 14th inning to win at New Britain, 9-4.

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August 13th

2000 – Humberto Cota went 5-for-6 at Bowie to record the first five-hit performance in franchise history. The Curve won the game, 4-3, in 12 innings.

2010 – The longest game in Blair County Ballpark history is played between the Curve and New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The 19-inning affair tied a franchise record for innings played while the five-hour, 49-minute contest stands as the second-longest in terms of time. Miles Durham socked a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 19th to give the Curve a 4-3 victory.

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August 14th

2010 – Justin Wilson fanned 11 hitters over eight scoreless, two-hit innings while the Curve defeated New Hampshire, 2-0.

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August 15th

2004 – Brad Eldred had a monster day during a 10-5 win at Reading. Eldred went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and six RBIs. At this point, he had 23 RBIs during the month of August and finished the month with 50 RBIs and 14 homers, both franchise-record production in one month.

2006 – Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker, a pair of Pirates first-round picks, the team’s top two prospects and future staples of Pittsburgh’s Major League lineup, made their Double-A debuts together during a 2-1 loss at Connecticut. McCutchen, the 11th overall pick in 2005, went 1-for-4 with a fourth-inning single and became the youngest player to ever play for the Curve (19 years, 10 months, five days). Walker, a catcher at the time, was the 11th pick in the 2004 draft and hit a solo homer for Altoona’s lone run of the game.

2008 – The Curve tied a team record with the largest shutout win in team history after beating New Hampshire, 12-0. Jamie Romak led the way by going 4-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs.

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August 16th

2012 – Gerrit Cole struck out nine batters over six innings at Portland but shouldered the losing decision of a 2-1 loss.

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August 17th

2000 – Adam Hyzdu’s defensive heroics secured a 9-7 win for the Curve. Akron scored five times in the top of the ninth to close the gap and had the tying run at the plate when Billy Munoz skied a ball towards the right field fence. Hyzdu robbed a potential homer for the game’s final out and kept the Curve’s two-game division lead in tact.

2003 – Ray Sadler was acquired by the Pirates from the Chicago Cubs for Randall Simon. Sadler was assigned to Altoona after the trade.

2007 – Almost one year to the day after debuting at Double-A together, former first-round picks and top prospects Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker were promoted to Triple-A.

2019 – Pedro Vasquez led a 5-0 shutout win vs. Bowie with eight scoreless innings on the mound with three hits allowed, one walk and four strikeouts.

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August 18th

2001 – Mike Gonzalez threw a six-hit, nine-inning shutout at Harrisburg and Altoona won, 3-0.

2003 – The Curve scored once in the first inning and rode it out with eight shutout frames from Sean Burnett, who earned his 13th win of the season, during a 1-0 victory vs. Bowie.

2006 – Andrew McCutchen socked his first Double-A home run, a two-run blast, during his first game at Blair County Ballpark. McCutchen totaled four RBIs while the Curve defeated Harrisburg, 13-1.

2019 – Michael Ryan became the winningest manager in franchise history when the Curve defeated Bowie, 5-4, for his 214th victory at the helm.

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August 19th

1999 – Bronson Arroyo recorded his league-best and franchise-record-setting 15th win after his 7.2, one-run innings led to a 3-2 win vs. Trenton. It was Arroyo’s last outing with the Curve due to his promotion to Triple-A Nashville.

2000 – Adam Hyzdu hit his 30th home run and drew four walks during an 8-6 win vs. Harrisburg.

2004 – The Curve were no-hit for the second time in team history. Bowie pitcher Dave Crouthers led the way with seven no-hit frames followed by single innings from Andy Mitchell and Jacobo Seque.

2009 – Tim Alderson hit a solo homer at Harrisburg, the first by a Curve pitcher since 2001.

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August 20th

2006 – The Curve completed a three-game series vs. Harrisburg with 24,513 fans entering through the turnstiles. That figure made it the most-attended three-game series in franchise history.

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August 21st

2007 – Reading’s Carlos Carrasco pitched a no-hitter against the Curve during a six-inning, rain-shortened contest. Carrasco struck out eight and walked two while Reading defeated Altoona, 1-0.

2012 – Jameson Taillon made his Double-A debut at Trenton. He pitched five scoreless innings, struck out six and allowed four hits to earn the win in Altoona’s 5-0 victory. Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft and No. 2 Pirates prospect, joined top prospect and 2011 No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole in the Curve rotation.

2016 – Erich Weiss exploded for seven RBIs at New Hampshire, one shy of tying the franchise record. Weiss homered, tripled and doubled during Altoona’s 11-5 win.

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August 22nd

2003 – Bowie’s Mike Fontenot hit for the cycle for during a 9-6 Curve loss at Bowie. It was the first time the Curve experienced a player hitting for the cycle.

2004 – Brad Eldred recorded his second six-RBI game of his 50-RBI August, increasing his total-to-date to 36. The Curve also closed out a four-game series vs. Bowie that hosted 30,914 fans at Blair County Ballpark for the most-attended series in franchise history.

2005 – Rich Thompson crushed a tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the ninth to boost the Curve to an 8-4 win at Bowie. Thompson also swiped two bases in the game to increase his total to 38 of his eventual-record 45 stolen bases.

2015 – Adam Frazier reached base six times after a 4-for-4 performance with two walks. Jose Osuna also added six RBIs during a two-hit game and the Curve won at Bowie, 12-8.

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August 23rd

2004 – Brad Eldred followed three and six-RBI games with a four-RBI performance to complete a three-game stretch of 13 RBIs from August 21-23, pushing his August total to 40 RBIs.

2006 – Piggy-backing the top three-game series in franchise history from August 18-20, the Curve closed out the most-attended six-game homestand from August 18-23 with 41,390 fans at Blair County Ballpark.

2015 – Chad Kuhl recorded his 10th win of the season by blanking Bowie over seven two-hit innings.

2019 – Sean Brady pitched a complete-game, seven-hit shutout during a 7-0 win at Bowie.

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August 24th

2001 – Altoona’s Steve Sparks and Akron’s Nerio Rodriguez pitched dual complete games, resulting in a 1-0 Akron win. Sparks struck out nine while Rodriguez fanned 13 and both pitchers allowed four hits. Billy Munoz’s solo home run in the third inning was the only run of the game.

2010 – Jordy Mercer capped off a four-hit, four-RBI game with a walk-off single to lift the Curve to a 6-5 win vs. Erie.

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August 25th

2003 – The Curve clinched the first playoff berth in franchise history with a 7-1 win vs. Reading at Blair County Ballpark.

2004 – An eighth-inning lead slipped away from the Curve at Erie when the SeaWolves broke a 4-4 tie with nine runs and won, 13-4.

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August 26th

2000 – The Curve rallied for three runs in the top of the 12th inning to win at Reading, 4-1.

2012 – Jameson Taillon made his home debut for the Curve and pitched six, one-hit frames with seven strikeouts. Hunter Strickland carried the 7-0 shutout win vs. Richmond over the final three innings on the mound.

2019 – Domingo Robles became the fourth player in franchise history to pitch multiple complete-game shutouts in a single season after a five-hitter vs. Akron.

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August 27th

2000 – The day after a 12-inning game, the Curve played a 16-inning contest at Reading. The contest took four hours and 35 minutes while Altoona broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 16th for a 4-2 win.

2002 – Kevin Sefcik knocked in all four Curve runs while Mike Gonzalez pitched 6.2, one-run innings with eight strikeouts. Altoona won at Erie, 4-1.

2009 – Pedro Alvarez hammered a pair of home runs during a 9-4, comeback win vs. Trenton. Alvarez delivered three hits, scored three runs and drove in three.

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August 28th

2006 – Landon Jacobsen earned his franchise-best 30th winning decision after he pitched 8.1 innings vs. Akron. The Curve won, 5-3, and it was Jacobsen’s 14th win of the season, the second-best, single-season total in team history.

2014 – Charlie Morton made a MLB rehab start vs. Richmond in Altoona and struck out six hitters over four two-run frames. Former Curve pitcher Hunter Strickland appeared on the mound for Richmond and was the losing pitcher.

2017 – The Curve played a 15-inning contest at Richmond and lost, 2-1.

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August 29th

2002 – Brad Guy pitched a three-hit, complete-game shutout for a 3-0 Curve win at Erie. Guy walked one batter and struck out five. Offensively, Carlos Rivera hit his 21st homer and J.J. Davis launched his 20th of the year as the tandem became the second set of Curve teammates to swat 20 homers in the same season.

2003 – Sean Burnett won his 14th game of the season, the league’s best total that year. In the final start of Burnett’s EL Pitcher of the Year campaign, he pitched five innings of a rain-shortened game that the Curve won, 12-3, vs. Erie. The Curve backed him with a franchise-record nine runs in the first inning while Ray Sadler went 4-for-4 with two doubles.

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August 30th

1999 – Pitcher Alex Pena hit a home run vs. Reading, a two-run shot and the second by a pitcher in team history.

2002 – Bowie’s Doug Gredvig hit an inside-the-park home run at Blair County Ballpark during a 5-2 Baysox win over the Curve.

2006 – The Curve clinched a playoff berth for the fourth straight season with a 4-2 win over Akron. Akron defeated the Curve the night before to clinch the division title.

2013 – Nick Kingham fanned eight hitters over seven scoreless innings despite a 3-1 loss vs. Akron.

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August 31st

2004 – Brad Eldred closed out a 14-homer, 50-RBI month with four RBIs and a home run while the Curve defeated Trenton, 5-4.

2007 – Matt Peterson set a new single-season franchise record with his 28th save during a 3-0 win at Erie. He raised the bar with his 29th save of the year the next day.

2010 – The Curve defeated Bowie, 9-1, to clinch the team’s first division title since 2004 and second overall. Rudy Owens pitched six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts to lower his EL-best ERA to 2.46 and won his 12th game.

2013 – Pirates closer Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless first inning on MLB rehab. Grilli was the ninth Pirate to make a rehab outing with the Curve in 2013, the most in a single season in Curve history.

2019 – Harrisburg scored 11 runs during the seventh inning of a 14-7 win over the Curve, setting a new record for the most runs allowed in an inning.

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