Today in Curve History – May

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

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May 1st

2001 – Led by four hits from Shaun Skrehot, the Curve set a then-team record with 21 hits in a 12-2 win vs. Harrisburg.

2007 – Future World Series MVP Steve Pearce made his Double-A debut with the Curve as a pinch-hitter at Connecticut.

2014 – Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe opened a game at Erie with back-to-back home runs, the first time in franchise history that the Curve hit consecutive homers to begin a game. The Curve won that contest, 9-4, which was part of a doubleheader that began at 11:06 in the morning.

2015 – Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell led the Curve to a 2-0 win over Erie. Glasnow was nearly unhittable on the mound and allowed just one hit and struck out seven over six scoreless innings. Additionally, Glasnow sat down the first 14 batters he faced and his only baserunner reached on a fifth-inning single. Bell, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 and knocked home both Altoona runs.

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May 2nd

1999 – The first walk-off win in Curve history was recorded after a solo home run by Tike Redman lifted Altoona over Bowie, 5-4.

2001 – The Curve turned the first triple play in franchise history vs. Harrisburg. The play went from catcher J.R. House to shortstop Shaun Skrehot to second baseman Chris Peterson.

2004 – Ian Snell struck out 12 Erie SeaWolves to lead a 2-1 Curve win. The pitching prospect was dominant with eight one-run innings and surrendered five hits. The Curve won in 10 innings after a walk-off single by Tomas de la Rosa.

2005 – Brad Eldred smacked two more home runs vs. Reading to extend his home run streak to six consecutive games. As Eldred broke Adam Hyzdu’s 1999 club record of five straight games with a homer, it turned out to be Eldred’s final game with the Curve before his promotion to Triple-A. In just 60 games with the Curve from 2004-05, Eldred hit 30 homers with 87 RBIs and a 1.104 OPS.

2007 – Steve Pearce made his first start for the Curve at Connecticut. He hit a line-drive homer in his first at-bat and doubled in his second plate appearance as the Curve won, 5-4.

2010 – The Curve faced Stephen Strasburg for a second time after his April 11 MiLB debut. Altoona posted four runs in the second inning and handed the right-hander his first professional loss in a 6-2 win at Harrisburg.

2015 – Josh Bell drove in all five runs of the Curve’s 5-3 win vs. Erie. Bell recorded a sacrifice fly in the first, an RBI groundout in the third inning and capped the night off with a dramatic two-out, three-run walk-off homer in the ninth to take Altoona from down 3-2 to a 5-3 victory. That walk-off home run was Bell’s first Double-A homer.

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May 3rd

2002 – Tony Alvarez compiled a 5-for-5 game vs. Bowie and the Curve downed the Baysox, 10-5, at Blair County Ballpark.

2006 – Brett Roneberg went 5-for-6 at Erie. The Curve entered the ninth inning down, 5-4, and scored seven runs to down the SeaWolves, 11-5.

2010 – The Curve visited The Diamond in Richmond for the first time and lost, 9-5, to the Flying Squirrels.

2016 – The Curve’s 14-0 loss at Erie set a franchise record for the largest shutout defeat in club history.

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May 4th

2003 – After homering in four straight games, Josh Bonifay nearly tied Adam Hyzdu’s record home run streak with a double off the wall in the ninth inning. The Curve defeated Akron, 11-1.

2005 – Tom Gorzelanny made his first regular-season Double-A start and earned the winning decision after six scoreless innings at Blair County Ballpark. As the Curve downed Reading, 7-6, Gorzelanny allowed just two hits and struck out seven.

2010 – Rudy Owens pitched six no-hit innings and struck out 11 hitters at Richmond as the Curve earned a 9-1 win.

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May 5th

2000 – Adam Hyzdu tied his own franchise record with seven RBIs at Bowie. Hyzdu had four hits, including a pair of home runs, as the Curve thrashed Bowie, 16-7.

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May 6th

2003 – Landon Jacobsen went the distance during an 11-1 win at Akron. Over nine innings, Jacobsen allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out one.

2015 – Adam Frazier made his Double-A debut as a pinch-hitter vs. Richmond and delivered a single in his first plate appearance.

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May 7th

2003 – Jose Castillo recorded a five-hit game (5-for-6) at Akron while the Curve racked up 21 total hits in a 10-2 victory.

2018 – The Curve and Bowie Baysox played a nine-inning game in just one hour and 51 minutes, resulting in a 2-0 victory for Bowie and the shortest nine-inning contest ever played at PNG Field. Newly-acquired right-hander Joe Musgrove started the game for the Curve on an MLB rehab assignment and pitched four innings with one run allowed, a solo homer in the first frame.

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May 8th

2001 – Adrian Brown recorded the second five-hit game in franchise history in a 5-for-5 performance at Bowie. Brown also scored four runs in Altoona’s 8-7 win at Blair County Ballpark.

2012 – The Curve hosted Manny Machado and the Bowie Baysox. Machado hit a pair of doubles and walked twice in his first game played at Altoona while the Baysox won, 7-4.

2015 – Charlie Morton made his final of six MLB rehab outings over three years with the Curve at Harrisburg. He pitched seven scoreless innings with a pair of hits allowed, five strikeouts and walked two as the Curve won, 10-4. Morton was traded to Philadelphia after the 2015 season and eventually blossomed into an All-Star and World Series champion with the Houston Astros.

2018 – For the second day in a row, the Curve and Bowie Baysox finished a game under two hours. The contest took one hour and 59 minutes thanks to a brilliant outing by Altoona’s left-handed starter Brandon Waddell, who came one out away from a complete-game shutout, as the Curve won, 2-1.

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May 9th

2010 – Despite a 10-7 loss to Erie in Altoona, Rudy Owens, Michael Dubee and Ronald Uviedo combined for 16 strikeouts and set a single-game franchise record for the most strikeouts over a nine-inning game. Owens fanned nine over five innings while Dubee struck out four and Uviedo whiffed three.

2013 – Neil Walker returned to Altoona for the first of four games on MLB rehab assignment. He doubled during a 1-for-4 night as the Curve defeated Richmond, 9-8.

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May 10th

1999 – The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Adam Hyzdu and assigned him to Double-A Altoona. The 27-year-old made his Curve debut at Akron that night and went 1-for-3 with a double, stole a base, walked twice and scored three times in a 7-5 victory for Altoona.

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May 11th

2005 – The Curve outlasted Harrisburg, 13-10, while Jorge Cortes recorded four hits and four RBIs.

2011 – Jordy Mercer exploded for two homers and five RBIs during a morning game on City Island, resulting in 13-2 win for the Curve.

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May 12th

2012 – Tony Plagman led Erie to an 11-6 win over the Curve with three home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth inning. Plagman totaled eight RBIs and also scored three times while going 4-for-5 at the plate.

2013 – Neil Walker completed his four-game MLB rehab assignment with the Curve by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and walk during Altoona’s 2-1 win vs. Richmond.

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May 13th

1999 – Adam Hyzdu played his first home game at Blair County Ballpark. He went 1-for-4 but the Curve were dropped, 13-1, by Harrisburg.

2000 – The Curve led Trenton, 7-1, before the Thunder stormed back with seven runs in the eighth inning against the Curve bullpen. The loss stood as the largest blown lead in franchise history for nearly a decade.

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May 14th

1999 – Adam Hyzdu recorded the first five-RBI game in franchise history and went 3-for-3 with a double as the Curve defeated Harrisburg, 9-2. Ron Wright chipped in with four hits and two doubles.

2016 – The Curve stunned Richmond at The Diamond by erasing a 6-1 deficit with six runs in the top of the ninth, including two-run doubles by Erich Weiss and Jin-De Jhang.

2019 – Following a scoreless first inning of relief on the mound, Curve pitcher Beau Sulser slugged a solo home run at Binghamton to lead off the third inning.

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May 15th

2000 – The Curve hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first exhibition game between the MLB club and Double-A affiliate. Altoona won the game, 8-5, in front of 7,346 fans. The Pirates fielded a lineup that included Jason Kendall, Kevin Young, Brian Giles and future Curve manager Dale Sveum.

2007 – Neil Walker enjoyed a perfect day at the plate and went 4-for-4 with a double and homer. The Curve defeated Portland, 6-2.

2010 – Shelby Ford drove in five runs on two home runs as the Curve blew out Richmond, 9-2, at The Diamond.

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May 16th

2005 – Mike Connolly went the distance at Bowie during a 6-1 Curve win. He held the Baysox to one run on five hits, walked two and struck out a pair.

2013 – Charlie Morton appears on MLB rehab vs. Trenton and pitched four two-run innings during a 6-2 Altoona win.

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May 17th

2006 – Vic Buttler homered, tripled, singled and drove home six runs during Altoona’s 13-5 win vs. Reading.

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May 18th

2005 – Jose Bautista recorded four hits (4-for-5), including a double, and knocked home three runs during a 13-7 Curve loss at Bowie. Josh Bonifay also went 3-for-5 with a homer and double.

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May 19th

1999 – The Curve and Bowie Baysox played an 11-inning offensive thriller in Maryland. Altoona scored four runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings but the contest resulted in a 14-11 win for the Baysox.

2000 – Indiana, Pa. native Michael Ryan went 2-for-5 with a double for the New Britain Rock Cats during his first visit to Altoona’s new ballpark. Ryan went on to manage the Curve for three seasons from 2017-19, led the franchise to the 2017 Eastern League championship and sits atop the organization’s all-time managerial wins list.

2017 – Montana DuRapau set a new franchise record for career saves when he locked down his 30th as a member of the Curve. He pitched two scoreless innings to close out an 11-10 win vs. Erie and went on to record 38 total saves for the Curve from 2015-18.

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May 20th

1999 – Adam Hyzdu bashed the first two home runs of his Curve career in the same game and went 4-for-6 with four RBIs to aid a 12-inning, 10-8 win at Bowie.

2008 – Former Curve shortstop Jack Wilson (2000) rejoined the club at Akron for a MLB rehab assignment.

2017 – Connor Joe went 4-for-4 with three doubles and scored three runs during a 4-1 win vs. Erie.

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May 21st

2007 – Andrew McCutchen legged out an inside-the-park home run during an 8-4 loss at Akron.

2009 – Brad Lincoln led a 2-0 shutout win at Bowie, holding the Baysox to two hits over a nine-inning complete game. The win resulted in Lincoln’s first and only Double-A victory and included four strikeouts and two walks. Jason Delaney drove in the only two runs of the game with a two-run double in the second inning.

2011 – Aaron Pribanic threw a complete-game shutout against Akron despite seven hits allowed and one strikeout. The Curve won by a 2-0 final score.

2013 – Charlie Morton pitched 4.2 innings on MLB rehab at Reading but the Curve lost, 3-0.

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May 22nd

1999 – Kevin Haverbusch helped the Curve to a 4-3 win vs. Akron with three sacrifice flies.

2004 – The Curve swept a doubleheader at Akron with great pitching and timely hitting. During a 5-2 game one win, Bryan Bullington pitched six two-run frames with one earned run allowed while Nate McLouth doubled twice with four RBIs. In a 3-0 game two victory, Ian Snell and Jeremy Guthrie went toe-to-toe for seven innings before Altoona rallied for three runs in the ninth.

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May 23rd

2008 – The Curve and Pittsburgh Pirates announced a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract through the 2014 season. Additionally, Jack Wilson continued his MLB rehab assignment and went 2-for-3 with a walk as the Curve returned home vs. Trenton.

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May 24th

2006 – Belgium-born Brant Ust socked two homers and drove in five runs during Altoona’s 11-9 win vs. Bowie.

2010 – Alex Presley recorded perhaps the greatest single-game offensive performance in franchise history. During an 11-1 win at Akron, Presley recorded eight RBIs to surpass Adam Hyzdu’s single-game record of seven. At the plate, Presley went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and two homers for 13 total bases.

2015 – Josh Bell cranked out four hits and four RBIs during an 11-3 win at New Hampshire.

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May 25th

2003 – Pittsburgh’s 2001 first-round draft choice and No. 1 prospect, John Van Benschoten, was called up from Lynchburg with a 6-0 record and 2.22 ERA. He made his Double-A debut with the Curve vs. Binghamton and pitched four innings, allowed two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Altoona went on to win the contest, 5-4. Van Benschoten was the second first-rounder to debut at Double-A that season, joining Sean Burnett.

2015 – Dan Gamache became the first player in seven seasons to record a five-hit game when he went 5-for-5, including a two-run homer in the seventh, at New Hampshire. Keon Broxton also had a perfect day at the plate with a 4-for-4 showing including a home run, double and walk. The Curve won, 9-4.

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May 26th

2006 – Pirates first baseman Sean Casey began a MLB rehab assignment with the Curve. Casey went 0-for-3 but the Curve won, 8-6, at Erie.

2008 – Jack Wilson finished his MLB rehab assignment with a single and walk as Altoona’s DH vs. Trenton.

2013 – The Curve were on the wrong side of history vs. Richmond at PNG Field. The Flying Squirrels throttled the Curve, 20-9, and pounded out 22 hits in a game that took three hours and 55 minutes. Richmond also scored nine runs in the first inning and Curve starting pitcher Luis Sanz did not record an out before he was pulled from the game. Richmond’s offensive output set single-game records for the Curve with the most runs allowed, most hits allowed, most runs allowed in the first inning and it turned out to be the longest nine-inning game in PNG Field history. Jarrett Parker led the way for Richmond with two homers, both in the first inning, and drove in seven runs.

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May 27th

2006 – In his second game on MLB rehab, Sean Casey slugged a solo home run in the first inning during a 9-5 loss at Erie.

2007 – Neil Walker homered twice during a 7-6 win at Bowie.

2010 – The Curve turned the second triple play in franchise history. On a line drive hit by Akron’s John Drennen, Chase d’Arnaud caught the batted ball, stepped on second base and threw to first baseman Matt Hague to get an innings worth of work in a matter of seconds.

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May 28th

2006 – Pitcher Mike Connolly picked up his 25th career win for the Curve, passing Brian O’Connor and John Grabow for the most in team history. However, Connolly’s new record only stood for two months until teammate Landon Jacobsen tied him on July 16 and took sole possession on July 21. Additionally during this contest, Sean Casey finished his MLB rehab assignment with the Curve and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and walk.

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May 29th

1999 – Garrett Long homered twice and knocked in six runs during an 11-1 win over Portland. Bronson Arroyo dodged nine hits to pitch seven one-run innings for his sixth win of the inaugural campaign.

2000 – The Curve committed six errors during an 11-0 loss vs. Binghamton in the first game of a doubleheader.

2004 – Jeff Keppinger went 4-for-4 with three doubles as the Curve defeated New Britain, 9-8.

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May 30th

2000 – Altoona defeated Portland, 5-4, in 11 innings at Blair County Ballpark in an unusual way. With Humberto Cota at third base, Portland pitcher Scott Henderson balked in the winning run for the Curve.

2012 – Matt Curry doubled three times and went 3-for-4 during a 5-4 loss to Richmond.

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May 31st

2011 – Brock Holt doubled twice during a four-hit day and 2-1 Curve victory at Trenton.

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