Game 31: Portland @ Trenton

Game 31 – Portland Sea Dogs @ Trenton Thunder
May 4, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: POR Dustin Richardson (3-2, 3.96) vs. TRE Chase Wright (4-1, 2.95)

Starting Lineups:

Portland

1 – Bubba Bell, CF
2 – Ryan Khoury, SS
3 – Jeff Corsaletti, DH
4 – Mark Wagner, C
5 – Zach Daeges, LF
6 – Aaron Bates, 1B
7 – Andrew Pinckney, 3B
8 – Mickey Hall, RF
9 – Tony Granadillo, 2B

Trenton

1 – Ramiro Pena, SS
2 – Kevin Russo, DH
3 – Colin Curtis, CF
4 – Edwar Gonzalez, LF
5 – P.J. Pilittere, C
6 – Jose Tabata, RF
7 – Cody Ehlers, 1B
8 – Chris Malec, 3B
9 – Reegie Corona, 2B

Pre-Game Notes: The options for the day were to sit at home and relax and do absolutely nothing, or come to the park and see Chase Wright pitch.  It’s 11 AM, and I’m staring at an empty baseball field.  Who needs sleep?

A-Jack is back at the ballpark, but is not in today’s lineup.  Also, his locker is no longer under the stereo, which means I’ll actually be able to hear what he’s saying to me after games.  A nice bonus.

Peter Abraham reports that Ian Kennedy’s been sent down to Scranton.

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

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

In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): 1-0, Portland in the top of the 3rd on the ever thrilling sac fly.

2-0 Portland heading into bottom 5.  Wright has thrown a lot of pitches, and this start seems eerily similar to the one JJ had last night.  But JJ was able to escape with only one run and Wright hasn’t been so lucky.

Chris Malec deposited a 3-2 Dustin Richardson offering just over the left field fence to cut Portland’s lead to one.  Didn’t look like he got that ball at all, but it just kept carrying.

Sac fly by Kevin Russo in the 7th off of Beau Vaughan ties it at two.  Wright left after six, and Bo Hall came in, so that gets SCW off the hook.

P.J. Pilittere sends us home with a single through the left side of the infield.  3-2, Thunder come from behind to win.

In-Game Photo Gallery:

Austin Jackson shares a light moment with Jose Tabata

Portland’s Bubba Bell takes a cut

Chase, the Thunder’s bat dog.

Recently promoted reliever Anthony Claggett

Sea Dogs DH Jeff Corsaletti chops a ball in front of the plate

Thunder first baseman Cody Ehlers

Thunder reliever Bo Hall

Shortstop Ramiro Pena gets loose before the start of the inning

Thunder backstop P.J. Pilittere

Red Sox pitching prospect Dustin Richardson

A closer look at Richardson…

19-year-old outfielder Jose Tabata

Chase Wright gets loose in the bullpen under the watchful eye of pitching coach Scott Aldred

Wright on the mound

Sebern Chase Wright gets ready to deliver.

Portland reliever Beau Vaughan

Dustin Richardson’s wacky follow through.

Bo Hall in action

Zach Kroenke, Trenton lefty

In-Game YouTube Videos: Colin Curtis VIDEO, Dustin Richardson VIDEO, Dustin Richardson VIDEO 2, Kevin Russo VIDEO, Chase Wright VIDEO, Beau Vaughan VIDEO, Bo Hall VIDEO, Dustin Richardson VIDEO 3, Zach Kroenke VIDEO

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

Final Score: 3-2, Thunder.

Post-Game Notes:

Thunder Thoughts: It took me a month to figure out what the annoying and persistent thumping we can feel in the press box, but I finally did it…it’s the people jumping around on the Dance Dance Revolution machine on the concourse.  Maybe they can install something with a little less impact, like Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge…

Would you like to play again?  You have selected…no

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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11 Responses to “Game 31: Portland @ Trenton”

  1. Dan Says:

    With Kennedy being sent down, do you imagine Marquez will be seeing time back in Trenton? His numbers in Scranton are not looking to good.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    Not yet. They would probably just move Giese or Phillips back to the bullpen and sent down either Jackson or Robertson…

    I’m sure Chad Jennings will post something in about 5 minutes that makes me look like an idiot, but that’s my guess…

  3. Dan Says:

    thanks Mike, keep us posted!

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    Also, the Yankees will need a fifth starter since they now only have four too…maybe they send Rasner back down and call IPK back up? I dunno, I should just wait until they actually do something instead of guessing.

  5. jcarr Says:

    awesome pictures, great job!

  6. thunderbaseball Says:

    Thanks. Taking pictures is easily my favorite part of making the trek out here for day games. As relievers come in, I’ll try to add a few more throughout the game.

  7. thunderbaseball Says:

    Have added a few videos as the links have gone live on YouTube as well, make sure you check those out…

  8. Kelly Says:

    Mike, Any idea of when the Thunder will being seeing some MILB.TV action?

  9. thunderbaseball Says:

    As far as I know, only Triple-A teams are a part of that. There’s been talk that MILB might add the Gameday feature for Double-A in 2009, so maybe that will change as well…but I haven’t heard anything as of yet.

  10. Kelly Says:

    Too early for all-star predictions?

  11. Belinda Broido Says:

    Belinda Broido

    Game 31: Portland @ Trenton | Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts

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