In 1999, the first-ever Curve game was rained out.
In 2013, it rained for the first ever Altoona Coasters game, but the game eventually finished.
The Curve, who were playing under the name of Coasters - one of the finalists when a Double-A franchise came to Altoona - defeated New Hampshire, 5-4, in the 10th inning before 3,073 fans on Tuesday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
The Curve’s Charles Cutler triples on a grounder to right in the fifth inning.
The game entered a one hour, 28- minute rain delay in the top of the 10th inning, but wrapped up in the 10th inning when Adalberto Santos knocked in Drew Maggi on a hit up the middle. The Curve, 31-37, have now won a season-high six straight games and are just six games under .500 after being 12 games under .500 before the streak.
It is the third walk-off win for the Curve this season as Andrew Lambo hit a walk-off single on April 16 and later blasted a walk-off homer on June 4.
After Santos homered to give the Curve a 3-1 lead in the eighth, New Hampshire designated hitter Brian Van Kirk blasted a three-run homer to give the Fisher Cats in the ninth.
Tonight: New Hampshire at Altoona, 7 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve LlHP Eliecer Navarro vs. Fisher Cats RHP Deck McGuire (3-6, 5.45)
Covering the bases: B3
Covering the bases
LEADING OFF: LHP Eliecer Navarro is expected to start tonight. The Panama native has been in Single-A Bradenton since 2011, compiling a 7-19 record with the Marauders.
SAFE AT FIRST: Navarro, who is 25, has been with the Pirates since he was 19. He went 1-9 with Bradenton but has a 2.86 ERA in 11 starts. He allowed 22 earned runs in 13 appearances.
STEALING SECOND: OF Andrew Lambo, who is in Triple-A Indianapolis, has appeared in eight games and hit just .172. However, Lambo, who led the Eastern League in homers before he left, has blasted two homers, driving in nine runs.
ROUNDING THIRD: West Virginia 1B Stetson Allie was among six Power players playing in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Thursday night. Allie is tied for the league lead in RBIs at the All-Star break with 61. He is second in homers with 17 and third in total bases with 148. He has also struck out 79 times, fifth most.
HEADING HOME: The Curve dawned special Coasters uniforms on Tuesday night. The name Coasters was one of the finalists when the franchise begun in 1999. "The fact that the Curve just work so well from both the Horseshoe Curve and from the baseball side, it really became a no-brainer," GM Rob Egan said. "Coasters would have been a nice fit over the right field wall, but I don't know if it would have had that double meaning with baseball. It's fun to do it for a night."
- Darian Somers
With the rain hammering down, the Curve tied it up in the ninth to force extra-innings as Andy Vasquez drove in Alex Dickerson with one out in the ninth. The game went into delay in the top of the 10th with one out.
The Curve nearly won the game in the ninth when Jarek Cunningham hit a shot to left field that was caught at the wall by Adam Loewen in the ninth inning. The homer would have won the game.
Curve starter David Bromberg and Fisher Cat starter Marcus Walden dueled it out, but Walden broke first, giving up the homer to Santos and immediately being pulled.
Bromberg allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings. He struck out seven.
It was Bromberg's second deepest start this season, pitching 7 1/3 innings on May 22. He fanned seven batters on Thursday.
During the homestand, Curve starting pitching has allowed one run in 23 2/3 innings.
Key player: Adalberto Santos hit a home run in the eighth inning and drove in the winning run on a single in the 10th.
Key play: DH Andy Vasquez knocked in RF Alex Dickerson to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom ninth.
Key stat: In the past five games, Curve starting pitching has given up no earned runs in 23 2/3 innings.
How they scored
Bottom 5th: Cutler tripled, scored on Paulino single (1-0).
Top 8th: Pillar singled, scored on Jimenez sacrifice fly (1-1).
Bottom 8th: Rojas Jr. singled, scored on Santos homer (3-1).
Top 9th: Nolan singled, Loewen walked, scored on Van Kirk homer (3-4).
Bottom 9th: Dickerson doubled, scored on Vasquez single (4-4).
Bottom 10th: Maggi, who was pinch running, scored on Santo single (5-4).