Game 9: Harrisburg @ Trenton

Game 9 – Harrisburg Senators @ Trenton Thunder
April 11, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: HAR Josh Hall (0-1, 24.00) vs. TRE Phil Coke (0-0, 6.75)

Starting Lineups:

Harrisburg (5-2) (1-0 road record, 1-0 vs. Trenton)

1 – Roger Bernardina
2 – Jorge Padilla
3 – Jusin Maxwell
4 – Luis Jimenez
5 – Yurendell De Caster
6 – Andrew LeFave
7 – Luke Montz
8 – Marco Yepez
9 – Ian Desmond

Trenton (4-4) (0-1 home record, 0-1 vs. Senators)

1 – Ramiro Pena, SS
2 – Austin Jackson, CF
3 – Jose Tabata, RF
4 – Colin Curtis, LF
5 – Matt Carson, DH
6 – Cody Ehlers, 1B
7 – P.J. Pilittere, C
8 – Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
9 – Reegie Corona, 2B

Pre-Game BP Photos:

Pre-Game Quotes:

TONY FRANKLIN

On if Phil Coke had to make an adjustment going from facing a Triple-A lineup to a Double-A lineup: “I don’t think so.  Hitters are hitters, no matter who is standing in there.  If it’s a Little League hitter, you’ve got to get him out.  I don’t think there’s any difference.”

On if he feels like he needs to make any adjustments to the lineup or batting order based on the low-run output of the past few games: “We’ll always try to tweak some things if we don’t feel like we’re getting very much production.  But right now, we’re eight or nine games in, I think it’s a little bit too early to start moving guys around.  We came out of spring training with the lineup the way it is, and I liked it then.  There’s no reason for me not to like it now.”

Thoughts on Alan Horne’s injury: “It’s unfortunate, it really is unfortunate.  Alan was coming off of a great season last year and had a great spring training.  But injuries, they take you right out of it.  I don’t know how serious this is or how long he’s going to be out.”

On if he’s heard anything from who would be going up: “I haven’t heard anything from anybody today.  I’m sure they’re trying to figure out what they’re going to do, and as soon as they do that, I’m sure I’ll get a call.  But so far, nothing.”

What kind of input do you get to give in a situation like that: “I’m not in the recommendation business, I’m in the development business.  We’ve got people in the organization who are going to do that sort of thing.  Our pitching staff and our pitching coordinator and our pitching coaches will probably get together and talk about who they’d like to see go there.  You don’t want to make any rash decisions when you’re making moves like this.”

MATT CARSON — on hitless streak

“You know, the season’s got its ups and downs, and right now things aren’t bouncing my way.  I’m just going to stick with what I’m doing, and it’ll work out.”

“Pretty much, I’ve just been going with my routine that has been successful in the past.  Sometimes guys get in trouble when they start to slump, and they start to press.  They start to do things they normally don’t do.  You have to stick with what got you there and what was successful in the past.  I’m going to stick with that until it gets to a point where I have to change something.  Right now, a couple hits here and there, and I’m right back in it.”

CHASE WRIGHT

“We’ll just wait and see what happens.  First of all, Alan Horne’s a great friend of mine, and that’s something you don’t want to hear with somebody going down like that.  I hadn’t really heard what’s really wrong or what he did.  Hopefully he gets healthy and comes back quick.”

“I think the first two starts, I’ve had pretty good stuff and that’s carried over from spring training.  As far as stuff goes, I definitely feel like I could go up there and compete.

Pre-Game Notes: It’s 4:45 and I’m at the ballpark.  Have been for about a half an hour.  Nobody seems to know the move yet, since Chad Jennings says Alan Horne is on the DL with a slight tear of his right biceps.

Doesn’t sound like there’s going to be a move here just yet, as Jennings reports that Scott Strickland has been activated for Scranton.  But that doesn’t really solve their need for a starter, so I’ll talk to Tony Franklin and see if he knows what’s going on…

Senators infielder Ed Rogers, who played in last night’s game, was promoted to Columbus and replaced by William Bergolla, who was called up from extended spring.

I spoke to both Chase Wright and Daniel McCutchen, and neither pitcher said he’d heard anything about a potential move.

Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.

Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.

Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.

Fearless Prediction: 7-2, Thunder.  They can’t possibly play like that two nights in a row, right?

In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): Quotes from Tony Franklin, Matt Carson and Chase Wright in the pre-game stuff…

Chad Jennings, who I believe I link to about eight times a game, has more on Alan Horne.

** For as good as Phil Coke looked in the exhibition game, he’s getting knocked around right now.  Harrisburg is up 2-0, but it could have been much worse.  Going into bottom 2.

** Three walks and four hits through three innings for Coke.  Still 2-0 Sens.

** Same score through four.  Ramiro Pena has the lone Thunder hit.

** The Thunder got five innings out of Phil Coke.  Coke: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. 

Josh Schmidt now in the game.

** Harrisburg’s first batter of the 6th, De Caster jacked a  2-1 pitch down the right field line for a bomb.  It’s now 3-0.

** Tabata singled up the middle to give the Thunder their first run in the bottom of the 6th.  Josh Hall came out right after that.  Mike Hinckley is in now.

** Schmidt: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.  Zach Kroenke now in the game in the top of the 7th.  3-1 Harrisburg.

** Beltran Perez in the game now after Hinckley walked three in the seventh.  Do the Thunder have a run this inning?  No, of course they don’t.

** 3,550 is the attendance tonight.  About half of yesterday’s.

** 3-1 going into the 8th.  Kroenke still in.

** Kroenke out after getting one out in the eighth.  Runner on second for Steven Jackson.  He got out of it.  3-1 Harrisburg going into the bottom of the 8th.

** 3-2 now.  Colin Curtis singled through the left side.  But Matt Carson flew out to end the rally and that’s all they got.  Apparently, rain is on the way.

** Montz just homered.  It’s 8-2.  It’s raining.  I’m leaving.  Jackson got crushed in the 9th.

Final Score: 8-4, Harrisburg.  Thinking about changing my pre-game picks to “Brainless Prediction.”

In-Game Downloadable Videos: Phil Coke VIDEO, Jose Tabata VIDEO

Post-Game Photos:

Josh Schmidt / Photo by Mike Ashmore

Post-Game Downloadable Video
: Josh Schmidt VIDEO 

Post-Game Notes: Rather than bother a scout myself, I just sat behind one for a little while. Coke was around 89-90 MPH on the gun.

Coke didn’t have a lot of movement on his pitches, and wasn’t changing speeds effectively.

Schmidt was around the same…90-91 MPH.

Thunder Thoughts: “Friends Forever” by Zack Attack was playing during BP.  That, of course, would be the fictional group “created” by Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell.  My mission for tonight?  Find the song and download it.  Legally, of course.

Said one reporter about today’s media spread: “I haven’t been able to identify that meat yet.”

It’s 6:45 and the lights have yet to come on here at Waterfront Park.  No idea why.

Aaaaaaaaand about a minute after I write that, they’re on.

Packed house last night.  Anything but tonight.  Thinking people stayed away thanks to the threat of rain.

Odd pre at-bat ritual by Luis Jimenez.  He carved out a large chunk of dirt from the batters box with the knob of his bat, then whacked P.J. Pilittere and home plate umpire Chad Whitson on the shins with his bat.

Austin Jackson came out to the Ultimate Warrior music as well.

I am sick.  So is another reporter down in the front row.  It’s like surround sound sneezing in here.

Man, nothing beats a low-scoring game where the team you cover can’t get anything going.  Makes for some fun conversations in a real upbeat clubhouse.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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