Today in Curve History – June

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

This page is dedicated to the month of June.

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June 1st

2018 – Ke’Bryan Hayes aided a 4-3 win at Hartford with a 4-for-5, three double performance.

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June 2nd

1999 – The Curve pounded out 18 hits at Norwich and scored twice in the top of the ninth to squeak past the Navigators, 9-7. Jeff Patzke went 4-for-4 and Adam Hyzdu homered during a two-hit day. Alfonso Soriano homered twice for Norwich.

2000 – The Curve and Portland engaged in an offensive shootout at Blair County Ballpark. The Sea Dogs were victorious, 13-11, while the two clubs combined for 35 hits.

2013 – Alex Dickerson racked up seven RBIs with the help of a grand slam in a 13-6 win at Portland. He was one RBI shy of the single-game franchise record of eight, a record that he tied six weeks later on July 26 at New Hampshire.

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June 3rd

2012 – Brandon Cumpton tossed eight scoreless innings vs. Portland to lead a 2-0 win for the Curve.

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June 4th

2000 – Almost one year to the day after Bronson Arroyo threw the first complete-game shutout in team history, Stephen Sparks became the second pitcher to throw a shutout. The Curve won, 7-0, at Harrisburg while Sparks struck out seven, walked two and held the Senators to four hits during the nine-inning effort.

2004 – Landon Jacobsen took a no-hitter into the seventh inning to tie Paul Ah Yat’s then-record for the longest no-hit effort (6.1 innings). Franklin Gutierrez hit a bloop single with one out in the seventh to break it up but the Curve defeated Akron, 4-1.

2005 – Jose Bautista led a 16-hit barrage by the Curve with a 4-for-5 performance. Bautista hit a solo homer and knocked in four runs as the Curve won, 10-8, at Reading.

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June 5th

2001 – Altoona erased a seven-run deficit to beat Harrisburg, 9-7, at Blair County Ballpark. The Senators led 7-0 in the fourth before the Curve plated one in the fifth, two in the sixth and six runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. The comeback set a franchise record for the Curve’s largest come-from-behind win.

2004 – The Curve set a franchise record (most runs scored in an inning) with a 10-run second inning at Akron and defeated the Aeros, 13-2. Chris Duffy homered twice and totaled five RBIs while Josh Bonifay recorded six RBIs and went 2-for-4.

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June 6th

2009 – The Curve beat Akron, 3-0, thanks to a complete-game, four-hit shutout by Sean Smith. In the second game of a doubleheader, Smith struck out seven hitters over seven innings.

2017 – Jordan Luplow became the fastest Curve slugger to reach 14 homers during a 7-6 loss at Bowie.

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June 7th

2003 – Jeff Bennett closed out a 6-1 win vs. Harrisburg with an immaculate inning, striking out the side on nine pitches in the ninth inning.

2007 – Steve Pearce and Neil Walked led the charge in Altoona’s 13-6 win at New Britain. Pearce had five RBIs and went 4-for-5 with a double while Walker went 4-for-6 with a double and two RBIs. Jason Bowers set a franchise record with five walks and Brett Roneberg tied a then-team record with four runs scored.

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June 8th

1999 – Bronson Arroyo dodged 11 hits by Bowie and pitched the first complete-game shutout in franchise history. The Curve won, 2-0, at Blair County Ballpark as Arroyo struck out three and walked one over nine innings for his eighth win of the season.

2003 – The Curve outlasted Harrisburg in 15 innings with a 2-1 win.

2004 – Ronny Paulino, Kevin Nicholson and Ray Sadler made Curve home run history with three straight home runs to snap a 3-3 tie vs. Harrisburg. It marked the first set of back-to-back-to-back homers in franchise history and eventually led to a 9-3 win at Blair County Ballpark.

2008 – A trio of Curve batters put up big numbers during a 13-4 win vs. Connecticut. Shelby Ford went 5-for-6 with a double and triple, Jonel Pacheco doubled three times and Miguel Perez drove in five runs.

2019 – Domingo Robles earned his first Double-A win with a four-hit, complete-game shutout in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Akron.

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June 9th

2012 – The Curve faced the tallest professional baseball player of all time, 7-foot-1 pitcher Loek van Mil. The Dutch right-hander threw two scoreless innings for Akron and was the winning pitcher after the RubberDucks defeated the Curve in 10 innings.

2013 – Future two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom made his last Double-A outing at PNG Field for the Binghamton Mets. deGrom threw seven two-run frames as Binghamton beat Altoona, 5-3.

2019 – Curve right-hander Pedro Vasquez struck out eight Akron RubberDucks over six one-hit innings. Altoona won the game, 4-2.

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June 10th

2010 – The Curve got no-hit and lost in seven innings, 1-0, to Harrisburg. In the second game of a doubleheader, Cole Kimball, Chuck James and Zech Zinicola combined on the no-hitter for the Senators. Meanwhile, Rudy Owens countered with six one-run frames for the Curve in the loss.

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June 11th

2003 – John Van Benschoten earned his first Double-A win after six one-run frames, one unearned run allowed and three hits during a 3-1 win at New Britain.

2015 – The Curve played an 18-inning game at Reading and lost, 8-7. It was the third-longest game in franchise history by both innings and time (5:07). Altoona led 7-4 before Reading rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and send it to extras.

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June 12th

2006 – The Curve played Reading at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Reading defeated Altoona, 5-4.

2007 – Brett Roneberg and Steve Pearce each collected three hits and homered twice during a 13-3 win vs. New Britain.

2013 – David Bromberg whiffed 12 batters over six one-run innings at New Britain to aid a 3-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader.

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June 13th

2000 – Sam McConnell blanked Bowie on the road with five hits allowed during a complete-game shutout, resulting in a 2-0 win.

2002 – The Curve shut out Erie, 9-0, in Altoona behind a five-hit, complete-game shutout by John Grabow.

2010 – 7-foot-1 pitcher Loek van Mil became the tallest person to take the field at Blair County Ballpark when he appeared for New Britain. He recorded the final out of the eighth inning with a strikeout of Shelby Ford. He went on to play for Akron in 2012 and appeared in Altoona a second time on June 24, 2012.

2018 – The Curve faced Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback-turned outfielder Tim Tebow for the first time during his lone season with Binghamton. Tebow went 1-for-4 with a double during the seventh inning of a 7-2 Curve win. Tebow went 0-for-2 the next day and did not face Altoona again that season.

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June 14th

2012 – The Curve rallied from down 6-1 with six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun Trenton, 7-6, at Blair County Ballpark. Jarek Cunningham delivered the game-winning hit on a two-run, two-out walk-off double.

2013 – One of Pittsburgh’s prized prospects, Gregory Polanco, made his Double-A debut. During an 8-4 win vs. Trenton, Polanco went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs.

2016 – Austin Meadows broke Kevin Sefcik’s franchise record 21-game hitting streak by hitting safely in his 22nd straight game with a seventh-inning double. Meadows’ streak reached 24 games before he was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis.

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June 15th

1999 – The Curve defeated Binghamton, 5-1, in 14 innings with a walk-off grand slam by Alex Hernandez, the only walk-off grand slam in franchise history.

2003 – Altoona stormed back from down 9-6 with seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to win, 13-9, at Harrisburg.

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June 16th

2004 – Jeff Keppinger went 5-for-6 at Harrisburg while the Curve won, 7-4, in 11 innings. Combined with a four-hit game the day before, Keppinger’s batting average rose to .411 after the five-hit outing. Keppinger won the 2004 EL batting title that season with a .338 batting average for Altoona and Binghamton.

2005 – Jose Bautista blistered a three-run double in the top of the ninth inning to take the Curve from down 2-1 to a 4-2 lead and final score at Norwich.

2006 – Vic Buttler set a new single-season franchise record when he hit his 13th triple of the season in just his 57th game. He finished the year with 14 triples, all before the All-Star Break.

2016 – Austin Meadows extended his franchise-record hitting streak to 24 games with a first-inning home run vs. New Hampshire. It turned out to be his final game before he was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis.

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June 17th

2000 – Wilson Guzman pitched a two-hit, complete-game shutout during the second game of a doubleheader at Akron. Altoona won, 3-0, resulting in the third complete-game shutout by a Curve pitcher over a two-week period in June 2000.

2008 – Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, and his wife, Rosalynn, attended the Curve vs. Reading game at Blair County Ballpark while on a fishing trip in nearby Huntingdon. He watched the contest in a black Curve jersey from Suite 410.

2016 – The Curve played their first game against the Hartford Yard Goats at PNG Field. Hartford defeated Altoona, 3-2.

2017 – Altoona completed their first game at Hartford’s Dunkin Donuts Park. The game was started and suspended on June 16 and completed the next day with a 4-2 Hartford win. Altoona won the second game of the day, 2-0.

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June 18th

2003 – Sean Burnett spun a two-hit, complete-game shutout vs. Trenton. In the 3-0 Curve win, Burnett improved to 7-3 and struck out three hitters in the nine-inning effort.

2016 – Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in 2015, Kevin Newman, made his Double-A debut for the Curve. He went 2-for-5 during an 11-3 win vs. Hartford.

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June 19th

2011 – Phil Irwin dazzled in his Double-A debut with six scoreless, two-hit innings pitched to aid a 4-1 Curve win vs. Harrisburg. Irwin did not yield a hit until there were two outs in the fifth inning.

2019 – The Curve played the first game of the Second Half in the final game of a three-game series vs. Harrisburg. Prior to the season, the Eastern League instituted a split-season format to determine playoff qualification, a move that would crown champions of the league’s two divisions for each half. Records were reset mid-season to 0-0 for the first time since Altoona joined the league in 1999. Altoona’s James Marvel struck out nine hitters over 7.2 one-run innings as the Curve defeated the First Half champs by a 3-1 score.

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June 20th

2012 – Gerrit Cole made his Double-A debut with the Curve and earned the win during Altoona’s 9-4 win vs. New Britain. Cole, the No. 1 overall pick by the Pirates in the 2011 draft, struck out six hitters and allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

2017 – Elvis Escobar went 5-for-5 vs. Trenton with two triples, one double and scored three times with two RBIs. Altoona won, 14-4.

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June 21st

2004 – Ronny Paulino delivered a walk-off, solo home run in the 10th inning to lift the Curve over Akron, 5-4.

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June 22nd

2004 – Former first-round picks Bryan Bullington (No. 1 overall in 2002) and Jeremy Guthrie (22nd overall in 2002) pitched head-to-head at Blair County Ballpark. Guthrie went seven, one-run innings while Bullington allowed five runs, two earned, over 6.2 innings. However, the Curve pulled out a 6-5 win in 10 innings.

2006 – Landon Jacobsen blanked Harrisburg over six innings of a shortened complete-game shutout and 7-0 Curve win.

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June 23rd

2009 – Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates’ No. 1 prospect and the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, was promoted to Double-A Altoona from Lynchburg. He went 0-for-4 in his debut game at Erie.

2016 – Curve reliever Jared Lakind’s 25.1-inning scoreless streak was snapped on a ninth-inning ground out in Binghamton. His string of consecutive scoreless innings is the longest streak by a pitcher in franchise history. The Curve won the contest, 9-6.

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June 24th

1999 – The Curve rallied for nine runs in the sixth inning at New Britain before completing an 11-5 win. Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo earned his ninth win of the season.

2009 – Pedro Alvarez ripped his first Double-A hit, a two-run homer, in the fourth inning of an 8-4 win at Erie.

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June 25th

1999 – Adam Hyzdu set a then-single-game record with seven RBIs during a 9-3 win at New Britain. Two home runs, including a grand slam, did the damage for Hyzdu. He tied the feat on May 5, 2000 and his record stood until Alex Presley drove in eight runs on May 24, 2010.

2004 – Nate McLouth extended his on-base streak to 30 games after going 2-for-2 in a 6-4 win at Erie. His streak was ended the next day but McLouth compiled a second on-base streak longer than 30 games later in the season. This 30-game streak was a team record at the time until he and Ronny Paulino surpassed it later that season.

2013 – Kelvin Brown popped off the bench and hammered two solo home runs as part of a 3-for-3, four runs scored performance. Brown entered the game as a pinch-runner for Brock Holt in the third inning and Altoona won the game, 13-8.

2018 – Pittsburgh’s top prospect Mitch Keller made his final Double-A start with an eight-inning, one-hit effort that featured six strikeouts. Altoona won, 4-0, as Keller picked up his fourth straight winning decision. His lone hit allowed came from the second hitter of the game before he rolled up an inning-ending double play and faced the minimum through five innings.

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June 26th

2004 – The Curve played the Erie SeaWolves at PNC Park and lost, 2-0. Ian Snell pitched seven one-run innings with seven strikeouts despite shouldering the losing decision.

2005 – Tom Gorzelanny threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout vs. New Britain. The left-hander walked one and struck out seven in a 7-0 win for the Curve.

2009 – Pedro Alvarez made his home debut for the Curve vs. Bowie and went 0-for-5.

2018 – The Curve pitched back-to-back 1-0 shutouts for the first time in franchise history during a doubleheader vs. Harrisburg. Taylor Hearn tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout in the first game with seven strikeouts over seven innings. Paired with a 4-0 shutout win over the Senators the day before, the dual 1-0 wins marked the first time in franchise history that Altoona pitched three consecutive shutout victories.

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June 27th

2010 – Josh Harrison set a single-game franchise record with four doubles during a 12-3 win vs. Bowie. He also scored three times while Jordy Mercer recorded four RBIs with a three-run homer and a double during a 3-for-5 performance.

2018 – The Curve extended the team’s scoreless streak to 25 innings in the first inning, coming 3.1 innings shy of the franchise record. The streak ended on an inning-ending double play that started with a sacrifice fly. Altoona won the contest, 7-2.

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June 28th

2007 – Luis Munoz shut out Trenton on five hits while the Curve won, 2-0, in the first game of a doubleheader. In game two, Neil Walker led the charge of an 11-2 win with a grand slam and five RBIs.

2010 – A 6-1 lead slipped away from the Curve when Binghamton rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth. Luis Hernandez ended the contest with a walk-off, two-run double to give the Mets a 7-6 win.

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June 29th

1999 – Erie’s Russ Ortiz pitched a nine-inning one-hitter as the SeaWolves beat the Curve 5-0 at Blair County Ballpark. Ortiz walked three, struck out six and hit a batter while Jeff Patzke accounted for the Curve’s only hit.

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June 30th

2006 – Vic Buttler recorded his 14th triple of the season, extending his single-season franchise record. He did not triple again for the remainder of the season and still led the Eastern League in the category by four triples over second place.

2019 – James Marvel won his fifth straight start with seven two-run inning during his final start before his promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis.

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