Today in Curve History – September

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

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September 1st

2004 – The Curve clinched the first division championship in franchise history with a 4-2 victory over Trenton. Brad Eldred hit his 15th homer since joining the Curve in late July and Zach Duke was the winning pitcher.

2017 – Mitch Keller fanned 11 Harrisburg hitters and pick up the winning decision with six scoreless frames of Altoona’s 6-5 win.

2018 – Will Craig became the second player in franchise history to reach 100 RBIs in a single season after a first-inning double at Bowie.

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September 2nd

2002 – For the second year in a row, the Curve closed their season with a walk-off victory at Blair County Ballpark. After six one-run innings on the mound by Ryan Vogelsong, Carlos Rivera connected on a walk-off single in the 13th to down Bowie, 2-1.

2015 – One of Pittsburgh’s top prospect and the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Austin Meadows, made his Double-A debut for the Curve. He went 2-for-4 at the plate during a 4-0 loss at Bowie.

2018 – The Curve clinched the fourth division championship in team history and second in a row with a 10-8 win at Bowie. The accomplishment also tied a franchise record with the club’s fourth straight playoff berth.

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September 3rd

2001 – The Curve ended the year with a walk-off, 3-2 win vs. Portland. Justin Martin connected on the game-winning single in front of a new Blair County Ballpark-record 8,070 fans. The Curve also welcomed their 1 millionth fan at the close of the team’s third season.

2003 – The Curve played the first playoff game in team history at Akron, resulting in an 8-2 loss. Landon Jacobsen was tabbed the starting pitcher and was bounced in the fourth inning. The Curve built a 2-0 lead before Akron countered with a three-run third inning.

2004 – Ian Snell tied a team record with his second complete-game shutout with a five-hit, seven-inning 1-0 win at New Britain.

2005 – Josh Bonifay hit a solo homer in the sixth inning at Bowie for his 125th extra-base hit as a member of the Curve, passing Adam Hyzdu for the franchise’s all-time record in the category. The Curve won the game, 3-1.

2006 – Landon Jacobsen was denied tying the Curve’s single-season record 15th win. The Curve lost, 6-3, to Bowie at Blair County Ballpark after Jacobsen allowed six runs over six innings.

2018 – On the final day of the regular season, Curve pitchers allowed seven homers at Bowie to set a new single-game record for most home runs allowed. The 12 extra-base hits by the Baysox were also the most allowed by the Curve in one game in team history.

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September 4th

1999 – Craig Wilson had a monster game in Altoona’s 8-2 win at Bowie. He hit two homers and tripled twice during a four-hit game. He was the first player to hit two triples in the same game and set a still-standing record of 14 total bases in that game.

2000 – Adam Hyzdu’s No. 16 was retired by the Curve on the final day of the season. He set single-season records by playing in his 142nd game of the season and blasted his 31st homer of the year, resulting in the 55th of his Curve career (tied for the most all-time). However, Altoona lost the game to Akron, 2-1.

2003 – The Curve earned the franchise’s first playoff win with a 4-3 victory at Akron in Game 2 of the Eastern League Division Series. Akron led, 3-2, after six innings before the Curve tied the game in the seventh and Kevin Nicholson hit the game-winning homer in the top of the ninth inning.

2005 – Josh Bonifay tied Adam Hyzdu’s career home run record when he blasted his 55th homer in a Curve uniform. Bonifay’s homer, a three-run shot, was crucial to the game and lifted the Curve to a 4-1 lead in the 15th inning at Bowie. His homer was the 2005 club’s 139th of the season, setting a new single-season team record that eventually totaled 141 by the end of the season. Additionally, Hansel Izquierdo pitched 10 one-run innings for a single-game franchise record for innings pitched in one game.

2015 – Steven Brault stymied Binghamton over eight scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 2.00 for the season.

2017 – Mitchell Tolman hit a walk-off, three-run homer in the 12th inning to lift the Curve to a 7-4 win over Harrisburg. The Curve also clinched the division title on the final day of the regular season, send Altoona to the postseason for the third year in a row.

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September 5th

2003 – The Curve hosted the first home playoff game in franchise history in front of 7,097 fans, which remains the highest-attended home playoff game in team history. However, Akron defeated the Curve, 11-6, thanks to a six-run first inning against starting pitcher John Van Benschoten.

2004 – Ronny Paulino reached base for the 33rd straight game to break Nate McLouth’s record of 32 games set just weeks before. It was the third on-base streak of 30 games or more by a Curve player in 2004, with each of the other two by McLouth. Steve Pearce tied Paulino’s record in 2007.

2005 – The Curve defeated Bowie, 4-2, on the final day of the regular season to clinch a playoff berth for the third straight season. Craig Stansberry homered twice and Shane Youman pitched eight, one-run innings.

2011 – The 2011 season ended in an odd way. With the game tied, 1-1, between Richmond and Altoona at Blair County Ballpark, Richmond’s Wes Hodges hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth to put the Flying Squirrels up, 2-1. The umpires called for the tarp before the next batter came up and the game was called after an 89-minute rain delay. It resulted in a “walk-off” win for the road team due to the season’s last scheduled game and it could not be made up at a later date. For the Curve, Starling Marte went 1-for-3 and finished with a .332 average to win the Eastern League batting title.

2016 – Altoona earned the Western Division Wild Card on the final day of the regular season after a 2-0 win vs. Richmond, securing a playoff berth for the second year in a row.

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September 6th

2003 – Altoona’s first playoff run came to an end after an 8-0 loss vs. Akron.

2015 – The Curve clinched their first playoff berth since 2010 as a result of a 4-1 win at Binghamton.

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September 7th

2017 – Mitch Keller kickstarted Altoona’s championship run with one of the best pitching performances in team history. Keller only needed 90 pitches and faced the minimum during a nine-inning, complete-game shutout in Game 1 of the ELDS at Bowie. His performance was the second complete-game shutout by a Curve pitcher during a playoff game. While the Curve won, 2-0, Bowie managed to get four runners on base: a walk in the second, single in the fourth, error in the sixth and a walk in the ninth.

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September 9th

2005 – Facing elimination in Game 3 of the ELDS vs. Akron, Tom Gorzelanny delivered a gem for the Curve at Blair County Ballpark. He set a single-game team record with 13 strikeouts and pitched the franchise’s first complete-game shutout in a playoff game. The performance kept the Curve’s season alive with a 3-0 win.

2015 – The Curve tied a team record by overcoming a seven-run deficit in Game 1 of the ELDS vs. Bowie at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Trailing 7-0 in the second inning, the Curve chipped away with one in the fourth and a grand slam by Barrett Barnes in the fifth. Austin Meadows completed the comeback with a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth and set the stage for a walk-off single by Jacob Stallings two hitters later. Barnes’ grand slam and Stallings’ walk-off hit were each firsts in Altoona’s postseason history.

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September 10th

2005 – The Curve forced a decisive fifth game of the ELDS with a 6-3 win vs. Akron in Game 4 in Altoona.

2006 – The Curve played in a winner-take-all playoff game for the second time in team history. Altoona is defeated, 5-2, at Akron in Game 5 of the ELDS.

2010 – Altoona took a 2-1 series lead after a 7-2 win at Harrisburg in Game 3 of the ELDS. Justin Wilson pitched six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and two hits allowed. Matt Hague hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the third inning while Chase d’Arnaud and Josh Harrison hit back-to-back homers in the seventh.

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September 11th

2004 – The Curve completed a three-game sweep of Erie with a 14-4 win to secure the first playoff series win in franchise history and advanced to the Eastern League Championship Series for the first time.

2005 – The first winner-take-all playoff game resulted in a 6-4 Curve loss at Akron in Game 5 of the ELDS.

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September 12th

2018 – For the first time in the 20-year relationship between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve, the Pirates starting lineup is made up of all Curve alumni. Adam Frazier (2B), Starling Marte (CF), Josh Bell (1B), Jordan Luplow (RF), Kevin Kramer (3B), Pablo Reyes (LF), Kevin Newman (SS), Jacob Stallings (C) and Jameson Taillon (P) were penciled in by Pirates manager Clint Hurdle at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Pirates defeated the Cardinals, 4-3.

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September 13th

2017 – The Curve won, 4-2, at Trenton for the team’s fifth straight win to begin the playoffs and sent the 2017 ELCS back to Altoona with a chance to sweep through the playoffs. J.T. Brubaker pitched eight one-run innings for Altoona.

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September 14th

2004 – The Curve faced New Hampshire in Game 1 each franchise’s first appearance in the Eastern League Championship Series. Despite a 3-0 lead for Altoona, New Hampshire won, 5-4.

2010 – The Curve hosted the Trenton Thunder in Game 1 of the 2010 ELCS. Yankees All-Star Andy Pettitte started the game for Trenton on MLB rehab. Chase d’Arnaud hit a lead-off homer off Pettitte but Trenton came back to claim the first game, 3-2, in 10 innings.

2017 – The Curve defeated Trenton, 4-2, in Game 3 of the ELCS to clinch the franchise’s second Eastern League championship at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Mitch Keller pitched 7.1 innings and struck out eight hitters after Trenton scored two runs in the second inning. Jin-De Jhang put the Curve on top for good in the fifth inning with a three-run triple. After sweeping the series, three games to none, the Curve became just the third team to go 6-0 through the Eastern League playoffs.

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September 15th

1998 – The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve announced the initial four-year Player Development Contract between the two ball clubs, beginning with the inaugural 1999 season.

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September 18th

2004 – The Curve’s first trip to the ELCS ended in a three-game sweep after the New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated Altoona, 2-0, in Manchester. The EL championship was earned by New Hampshire in the franchise’s first season. Meanwhile at Blair County Ballpark, country music icon Travis Tritt performed a concert at the ballpark.

2010 – The Curve defeated Trenton, 5-2, in Game 4 of the ELCS to capture the first league title in franchise history. Tony Watson struck out 10 hitters over six two-run frames and Jim Negrych connected on a go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth.

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September 20th

2017 – First baseman Edwin Espinal was named 2017 MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient for defensive excellency. It was the first Gold Glove Award for an Altoona player.

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September 23rd

2018 – The Pirates sent out the second all-Curve alumni starting lineup and the first at PNC Park. Pablo Reyes (RF), Starling Marte (CF), Josh Bell (1B), Elias Diaz (C), Jordan Luplow (LF), Jose Osuna (3B), Josh Harrison (2B), Jordy Mercer (SS) and Nick Kingham (P) took the field against the Brewers. The Pirates lost, 13-6, and also faced former Curve outfielder Keon Broxton playing for Milwaukee.

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