Today in Curve History – July

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

This page is dedicated to the month of July.

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July 1st

2010 – Pitcher Tim Alderson hit a two-run homer at Reading, making him the only Curve pitcher with multiple homers. He also pitched six one-run innings with six strikeouts for the winning decision during a 7-1 victory.

2012 – Stefan Welch went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs in a 7-4 win at Binghamton.

2015 – Steven Brault earned his first Double-A win during a 2-0 Curve victory at Trenton. Brault allowed just one hit over seven innings. He retired the first 12 hitters he faced, allowed a double to Gary Sanchez in the fifth and sat down his last nine batters.

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July 2nd

1998 – “Curve” is chosen as the nickname for Altoona’s new minor league franchise, beating out other finalists of “Fish”, “Ridge Runners” and “Lake Monsters”.

2000 – Adam Hyzdu hit the first pinch-hit home run in franchise history at Harrisburg. After he hit the solo shot, he remained in the game to play center field and blasted a second homer, a two-run blast, that turned out to be the game-winning hit. Altoona bettered Harrisburg, 5-4, on City Island.

2001 – The Curve played the longest scoreless game in team history and defeated Bowie, 1-0, in 15 innings. Justin Reid pitched eight scoreless innings for the Curve and Bowie’s Juan Figueroa went seven scoreless frames. Both starters allowed seven hits but did not give up a run. The game was just the second in team history that was tied 0-0 after nine innings and the contest remained scoreless until Shaun Skrehot knocked home the winning run on a 15th-inning single. Infielder Richard Paz earned the winning decision for the Curve, the first position player in team history to pick up a win.

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July 3rd

2002 – Curve pitcher Adrian Burnside went 3-for-3 with two RBIs during a 10-9 win at Harrisburg.

2005 – The Curve hammered New Hampshire, 12-3, in Manchester. Javier Guzman added four hits with a homer and double.

2019 – The Curve stunned Akron, 6-4, with four runs in the top of the eighth inning highlighted by a solo homer from Chris Sharpe and a go-ahead, two-run shot by Bligh Madris. The comeback win was Altoona’s final game in Akron for the season and closed out a 6-1 record at Canal Park for the year, resulting in Altoona’s best record at Akron at one of the toughest venues to play in the franchise’s history.

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July 4th

Five of the Curve’s Top 10 regular season crowds have been Fourth of July games (2003, 2004, 2014, 2017 and 2019). Altoona won all five of those games.

2004 – Vice President Dick Cheney threw out the first pitch and addressed the fans at Blair County Ballpark prior to Altoona’s game against Harrisburg. The Curve defeated the Senators in a rain-shortened contest, 2-0.

2007 – Trenton pitcher Brett Smith threw a no-hitter against the Curve despite seven walks. The Thunder crushed the Curve, 10-0, in a game that was called after five innings at Trenton.

2019 – The Curve knocked off Erie, 6-5, on a two-run, walk-off double by Robbie Glendinning in the 10th inning. It was the first Independence Day game in Curve history that went to extra innings and Altoona’s first walk-off win on July 4.

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July 5th

1999 – Catcher Yamid Haad became the first Curve player to reach the Majors when he debuted as a pinch-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. He was recalled from Double-A Altoona and sent back down before he could get into another game. He returned to the big leagues with the Giants in 2005.

2010 – Former Curve standout Zach Duke made a MLB rehab assignment and pitched three one-run innings during a 6-1 win vs. Binghamton.

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July 6th

2004 – The Curve faced the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the first time and lost, 6-3, at Blair County Ballpark.

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July 7th

2000 – Stephen Sparks pitched his second complete-game shutout of the 2000 season after holding Reading to five hits in a 5-0 win. Sparks stands as one of just two pitchers in team history to throw multiple nine-inning shutouts in the same season (Tom Gorzelanny in 2005).

2001 – Altoona erased a 4-1 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Erie, 5-4. Shaun Skrehot delivered a walk-off, two-run single with the Curve trailing, 4-3. It was the first walk-off hit that occurred with the Curve trailing at the time of the game-winner.

2009 – The Curve lost to Erie, 19-2; the largest margin of defeat in franchise history.

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July 8th

1999 – A pitchers duel in Harrisburg ended in a 1-0 score after Senators outfielder Milton Bradley hit a walk-off double in the ninth.

2000 – After Bowie scored once in the first and the Curve scored twice in the bottom of the inning, Altoona’s Wilson Guzman and Bowie’s Jeff Wilson each went the distance in a 2-1 Curve win.

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July 9th

2011 – The Curve played a wild game against Bowie at Blair County Ballpark, taking four hours and 35 minutes to play 13 innings. Bowie scored six runs in the top of the ninth to take a 10-6 lead. However, Altoona rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a second homer of the game by Quincy Latimore and a pair of bases-loaded walks to tie the game. The Baysox ultimately won the game, 12-10.

2012 – Brock Holt connected on a walk-off single to lift the Curve to a 3-2 victory vs. Binghamton. The game-winner was Holt’s fourth during his Curve career, the most by any player in franchise history.

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July 10th

1999 – Altoona defeated Akron, 7-3, with a big third inning. The Curve hit three homers in the same inning for the first time in franchise history which included back-to-back homers by Adam Hyzdu and Garrett Long, also the first homers in consecutive at-bats in franchise history.

2000 – Pirates pitcher Jimmy Anderson was optioned to Altoona to continue his pitching routine through the MLB All-Star Break. He pitched a complete game and allowed one unearned run on seven hits in his lone start for the Curve.

2004 – Ray Sadler set a franchise record with four stolen bases at Portland.

2010 – Zach Duke continued his MLB rehab assignment, pitching four innings of a 2-1 Curve win vs. Richmond.

2015 – Tyler Glasnow carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and completed six one-run innings with seven strikeouts. The Curve defeated Bowie, 8-5.

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July 11th

2006 – At the 2006 Eastern League All-Star Gala, Eddie Money performed at Blair County Ballpark to kick off the All-Star Game festivities.

2008 – Melvin Dorta became the first and only player in franchise history to record a second five-hit game for the Curve when he went 5-for-6 in Erie. Dorta homered, tripled and drove in four RBIs during a 10-8 win.

2014 – The Curve swatted a team-record six home runs at Harrisburg and won, 13-12, in 11 innings.

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July 12th

2006 – Altoona hosted the 2006 Eastern League All-Star Game in front of a then-ballpark record 9,308 fans.

2008 – The Curve lost a shootout at Erie, 12-11.

2019 – Michael Ryan became the third and fastest manager in franchise history to reach 200 wins when he did so in his 365th game as Curve skipper. Altoona won at Erie, 1-0, thanks to a solo homer by Logan Hill during the fourth inning and overcame 18 strikeouts, the most offensive strikeouts during a nine-inning game in team history.

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July 13th

2000 – The longest game in Curve history was played at Norwich and took six hours and 17 minutes to play 19 innings. Altoona broke up a 2-2 tie in the top of the 19th with four runs and withstood a three-run comeback by the Navigators in the bottom of the inning to win, 6-5.

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July 14th

1999 – Kevin Haverbusch represented the Curve as the franchise’s first all-star in Mobile, Ala. for the Double-A All-Star Game.

2003 – The Curve held the first Awful Night promotion, an annual promotional night that occurred seven straight years through 2009.

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July 15th

2012 – Akron pitcher Giovanni Soto pitched a no-hitter against the Curve, becoming the first individual to no-hit the Curve over nine innings. Soto walked three hitters and even allowed one run in the sixth with a walk to Jarek Cunningham, a throwing error advanced him to third and a ground out scored him. Akron defeated the Curve, 2-1.

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July 16th

2007 – Jason Delaney and Adam Boeve each homered twice in a 10-5 win vs. Bowie while Delaney had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate.

2014 – The Curve hosted the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Stop for the second time in franchise history. 6,055 fans attended the game and the POW/MIA chair was dedicated at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

2015 – Tyler Glasnow was brilliant for the Curve by pitching seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. He held Richmond to just three hits while the Curve won, 5-0.

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July 17th

2004 – Zach Duke joined the Curve and made his Double-A debut. He pitched six scoreless innings and struck out six while he held Reading to four hits. The Curve defeated Reading, 7-0.

2010 – The Curve played the highest-scoring game in team history during an 18-15 win at Harrisburg. The game took four hours and 33 mintues, the longest nine-inning game in Curve history. Altoona trailed 14-8 after eight innings and posted 10 runs in the top of the ninth, including three home runs.

2014 – Josh Bell made his Double-A debut and went 0-for-2 with two walks. Bell, an outfielder when before he started to play first base the following season, was the first pick in the second round by Pittsburgh in 2011 and the team’s No. 7 prospect entering the season.

2019 – Curve closer Matt Eckelman converted his 26th consecutive save with a scoreless ninth and a 6-5 Curve win vs. Trenton. His streak started on August 3, 2018 and stands as the longest successful save streak in franchise history.

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July 18th

1999 – The Curve defeated Reading, 9-3, with big performances by Kevin Haverbusch (2-for-3, home run and five RBIs) and Adam Hyzdu (three doubles).

2007 – Just two days following a four-hit, two-homer game, Jason Delaney went 5-for-5 with a double. The Curve cranked out 20 hits in a 10-4 win.

2014 – Adrian Sampson came two outs away from a no-hitter vs. Bowie. Mike Yastrzemski broke up the no-no on a double with one out in the ninth. Sampson completed the complete-game shutout two batters later and finished the game on just 98 pitches. The performance still stands as the closest call for an individual no-hitter in Curve history.

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July 19th

1999 – Bronson Arroyo earned his 10th victory of the inaugural season with seven scoreless innings and 10 strikeouts. The Curve defeated Erie, 4-2.

2016 – The Curve opened up a three-game series at Peoples Natural Gas Field in which they were the road team. The Hartford Yard Goats’ new stadium was not completed in time for the team’s inaugural season. Hartford swept the series with a 10-2 win followed by a doubleheader sweep the next day with 4-2 and 2-1 final scores.

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July 20th

2001 – The Curve scored one run in the first inning and Justin Reid did the rest of the work on a four-hit, complete-game shutout to defeat New Haven, 1-0. The lone run of the game was scored by Shaun Skrehot on a sacrifice fly by J.R. House. The ballgame took just one hour and 54 minutes, the shortest nine-inning game at Blair County Ballpark until 2018.

2017 – Cole Tucker, Pittsburgh’s 2014 first-round draft choice with the 24th overall pick, made his Double-A debut with the Curve at Bowie. He went 0-for-5 in a 7-6 loss to the Baysox.

2018 – During a 10-8 win at Reading and the first game of a doubleheader, Will Craig and Bryan Reynolds each hit two home runs. Their second homers of the night were in back-to-back blasts in the seventh inning to put the Curve ahead by two runs in the final inning.

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July 21st

2003 – Altoona’s Sean Burnett, the Pirates’ No. 2 prospect, faced Dustin McGowan, the top prospect of the Blue Jays, for New Haven in one of the highest-profile pitching matchups in Blair County Ballpark history. Each pitcher threw seven, two-run innings and allowed 17 combined hits but New Haven won, 4-3.

2004 – Altoona closed out a seven-day homestand from July 15-21 and welcomed 44,488 fans, the largest attendance figure over the course of a week in franchise history. In the final game of the series, Brad Eldred made his Double-A debut with the Curve during a loss to Erie.

2006 – Landon Jacobsen passed teammate Mike Connolly as the Curve’s all-time wins leader when he recorded his 26th victory. Jacobsen pitched six one-run frames at Bowie during a 9-2 Curve win.

2015 – The Curve offense had a day for the record books during a doubleheader against Erie. In just seven innings in game one, the Curve racked up a team record 24 hits and tied a team record with 18 runs scored during an 18-7 victory. Jose Osuna set a team record by scoring five runs. In the second game, the Curve erased a 7-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the SeaWolves, 8-7, on a two-run double by Andy Vasquez.

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July 22nd

2006 – Ron Chiavacci pitched five innings of relief and struck out nine hitters, the most by a reliever in team history. Altoona lost the game, 4-0.

2007 – Steve Pearce tied Ronny Paulino’s franchise record 33-game on-base streak with a three-hit, three-RBI performance. Pearce’s streak was snapped the next day after he went 0-for-4.

2012 – Robbie Grossman went 4-for-5 with a triple and five RBIs in Altoona’s 11-2 win vs. Erie.

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July 23rd

2002 – Brian O’Connor led a 5-0 win after a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts in the second game of a doubleheader vs. Harrisburg. In the first game, Kutztown baseball product Ryan Vogelsong made his Curve debut but was tagged for nine runs in a 9-5 loss.

2005 – Josh Bonifay became the Curve’s all-time RBI leader with a two-run double in the fourth inning to pass Adam Hyzdu’s previous record of 184 RBIs. Bonifay finished his Curve career with 209 RBIs.

2014 – Keon Broxton, Gift Ngoepe and Carlos Paulino hit back-to-back-to-back home runs to start the second inning of their 8-5 win at New Britain. It was the second set of three consecutive homers in team history.

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July 24th

2002 – Six RBIs and two homers from Tony Alvarez turned out to be the difference in Altoona’s 13-7 win vs. Harrisburg.

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July 25th

2005 – Jose Bautista blasted a solo homer in the bottom of the 12th to lift the Curve to a 5-4 over Binghamton. Hansel Izquierdo pitched eight scoreless innings before Binghamton scored four in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

2013 – Four pitchers teamed up for the Curve’s second no-hitter in franchise history. In a 5-0 win at New Hampshire, Ethan Hollingsworth pitched four innings, Jason Townsend threw three innings and single innings by Jhonathan Ramos and Ryan Beckman completed the hitless effort.

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July 26th

2007 – Jason Delaney delivered an RBI for the 12th straight game to bookend his franchise record for the most consecutive games with an RBI. The streak lasted from July 15-26.

2013 – Alex Dickerson tied Alex Presley’s single-game record with eight RBIs during a 13-6 win at New Hampshire. Dickerson’s big day was highlighted by a three-run double in the fifth and a three-run homer in the seventh. Gregory Polanco also drew four walks in the contest.

2015 – Tyler Glasnow fanned 12 Akron hitters at Canal Park but was outdueled by Shawn Morimando, who threw six scoreless innings that led to a 2-0 Akron win. It was Glasnow’s last Double-A start before his promotion to Triple-A but he returned for a pair of MLB rehab starts in 2016.

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July 27th

2001 – Former MLB All-Star Terry Mulholland made a one-inning start for the Curve on MLB rehab.

2005 – Rajai Davis went 5-for-6 with a double and scored twice during a 14-8 win vs. Binghamton.

2010 – The Curve struck out 20 hitters over 13 innings at Erie, a single-game team record. Bryan Morris (eight strikeouts), Dustin Molleken (six) and Michael Dubee (six) pitched 12 scoreless innings before a walk-off, two-run homer by Erie’s Cale Iorg broke a 0-0 tie in the 13th.

2012 – Phil Irwin two-hit New Hampshire in Altoona to lead a 1-0 Curve win. During the first game of a doubleheader, Irwin struck out nine and walked one during his complete-game shutout.

2016 – Stetson Allie homered and doubled twice in a 5-for-5 performance. He knocked in three runs of an 11-10 win vs. Erie and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning.

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July 28th

2000 – Garrett Long legged out the first inside-the-park home run in franchise history during a 7-4 win at New Britain.

2001 – Former MLB All-Star Terry Mulholland pitched 1.1 innings in his final rehab outing with the Curve.

2019 – Matt Eckelman became the second pitcher in team history to reach 30 career saves when he locked down a 3-1 win vs. Richmond. Pitching prospect Cody Bolton earned his first Double-A win with six one-run innings and eight strikeouts.

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July 29th

1999 – Bronson Arroyo went the distance for a one-run, nine-inning effort and earned his 12th win of the Curve’s first season.

2000 – Adam Hyzdu socked his 25th home run to break his own single-season record of 24 that he set during the inaugural 1999 season. Altoona lost the contest at Binghamton, 6-4.

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July 30th

2004 – Jeff Keppinger was traded to the New York Mets along with Kris Benson for Jose Bautista, Ty Wigginton and Matt Peterson. Keppinger hit .334 in 82 games with the Curve and reported to Binghamton after the trade. Keppinger eventually won the Eastern League batting title with a .338 average.

2015 – A few days after his promotion to Altoona, Jacoby Jones was traded by the Pirates to Detroit for Joakim Soria.

2019 – Oneil Cruz made his Double-A debut for the Curve at Trenton as a defensive replacement during a suspended game from May 30 and started the seven-inning game that followed. The 6-foot-7 shortstop was the tallest position player in franchise history.

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July 31st

2001 – The Curve received Adrian Burnside as a result of the Pirates trade with the Dodgers that sent Terry Mulholland to Los Angeles for Burnside and Mike Fetters.

2003 – Just a matter of days after he joined the Curve due to a trade with the Red Sox, Anastacio Martinez was traded back to the Red Sox with Brandon Lyon and Jeff Suppan for Mike Gonzalez, Freddy Sanchez and cash.

2010 – Andrew Lambo was traded from the Dodgers to the Pirates for Octavio Dotel and assigned to Double-A Altoona for the remainder of the season.

2018 – Curve pitcher Taylor Hearn was involved in a deadline deal that sent him to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Keone Kela.

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