Altoona Curve

Altoona Curve Game Notes

April 20, 2009 - Eastern League (EL1)
Altoona Curve News Release

Reading Phillies (6-3) at Altoona Curve (2-8)

Monday, April 20 - 6:35 p.m.

Blair County Ballpark- Altoona, PA

Game #11 Home Game #5

YESTERDAY: The Altoona Curve secured their second-straight victory of the 2009 season at Blair County Ballpark on Sunday afternoon, prevailing 6-4 over the Erie SeaWolves (AA - Detroit). Daniel Moskos tossed 6.0 solid innings allowing two runs on eight hits. Offensively, Brad Corley homered while Angel Gonzalez and James Boone each had a pair of RBI.

TONIGHT'S GAME AT A GLANCE: The Altoona Curve will look for their third straight win of the 2009 season tonight as they welcome in the Reading Phillies (AA - Philadelphia) for the first time this season. Reading is managed by Steve Roadcap, who enters his first year as R-Phils skipper, replacing P.J. Forbes. Forbes currently manages in the Pirates' chain as the bench boss for the Lynchburg Hillcats (Advanced - A)

TONIGHT'S STARTING PITCHERS: Altoona's Tony Watson is slated to make his third start of the 2009 season tonight. Watson did not fair well in his last outing (4/15) at Akron as he didn't make it out of the first inning, exceeding a 30-pitch count limit in the frame. He was lifted after 0.2 innings and allowing four runs on four hits.

Reading will counter with right-hander Tyson Brummett. Brummett was taken by Philly in the seventh round of the 2005 draft out of high school...Brummett is in his first Double-A season after splitting the '08 campaign with Lakewood (A) and Clearwater (Advanced - A) going a combined 5-9...Brummett makes his third start of the season after suffering the loss his last time out against Binghamton.

CURVE/READING SERIES: Tonight is the first of 21 meetings between the Curve and R-Phils. Last season, Altoona sported a mark of 7-11 versus Reading...the Curve have an impressive all-time mark of 54-33 against the R-Phils at Blair County Ballpark.

TOUGH OUT: The Altoona Curve bats have the early signs of being a tough out for opposing Eastern League hitters. The Curve have only struck out 54 times as a team, which is the fewest in the Eastern League.

SCOUTING THE R-PHILS: The Reading Phillies currently lead the E.L. in hitting (.282 team average)...Quintin Berry leads the circuit in steals (5)..Kevin Mahar (.385) currently ranks third in the league in batting average.

WELCOME BACK, SHORTY: LHP Josh Shortslef a former Pirates' farmhand is now a member of the Reading bullpen. Shortslef signed with the Philadelphia organization on 12/30/08 as a minor league free agent...Shortslef spent three seasons with Altoona (2006-08). He was the 2007 Opening Day starter for Altoona and last season moved to the bullpen where he went 5-2 with a 3.47 ERA and was one of the representatives for Altoona in the 2008 Eastern League All Star Game.

BULL OF A PEN: Over the last five games, Altoona's bullpen has been called to duty often. They have come through, tossing 26.0 innings over that span, allowing just four earned runs (1.39 ERA).

FRIDAY FEATURED: Shortstop Brian Friday was featured in the top 25 of Baseball America's weekly Prospect Hot Sheet. Friday was ranked seventh on the list for the opening week of the 2009 season.

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