LEADING OFF: Curve pitching coach Jeff Johnson has not been with the team since its series with Trenton last week and is home in North Carolina dealing with a family issue. Manager P.J. Forbes said there is no timetable for Johnson's return, and Miguel Bonilla - a coach in the Pirates' minor league system - has served as the Curve's interim pitching coach in Johnson's absence.
SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve extended their losing streak to eight games Tuesday, a season-worst. This team is now three losses shy of tying the franchise's longest losing streak, as the Curve lost 11 in a row from April 15-26, 2000.
STEALING SECOND: OF Quincy Latimore hit his team-leading 14th homer of the season in the third inning. 1B Matt Curry is currently second on the team in home runs with nine.
ROUNDING THIRD: Tuesday marked two weeks since former Curve CF Robbie Grossman was traded to the Astros organization. Entering Tuesday, Grossman was hitting .319 with a .448 on-base percentage in 12 games with Double-A Corpus Christi.
HEADING HOME: Due to personal reasons, Myron Noodleman will not be able to make his scheduled appearance Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Field. In his place will be the Zooperstars, who provided entertainment at the Curve's game against Akron on June 23.