Game 42: New Hampshire @ Trenton

Game 42 – New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder
May 17, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE George Kontos (1-4, 3.38 ) vs. NH Scott Richmond (3-4, 5.86)

Starting Lineups:

New Hampshire

1 – Campbell
2 – Mathews
3 – Snider
4 – Smith
5 – Jeroloman Phillips
6 – Butler
7 – Patterson
8 – Hatch
9 – Klosterman

Trenton

1 – Pena
2 – Jackson
3 – Curtis
4 – Gonzalez
5 – Ehlers
6 – Tabata
7 – Pilittere
8 – Russo
9 – Corona

Pre-Game Notes: The 2,201 hits we got yesterday set a new record for this blog. Thanks to everyone who visited, and thanks to the people who check here every day.

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.

I spoke to Fisher Cats starter Brett Cecil before the game, and am also hoping to speak to Travis Snider as well tomorrow.  Cecil and Snider are the #2 and #1 prospects in the Blue Jays organization, respectively.

In-Game Updates: George Kontos gave up a leadoff home run to Scott Campbell that landed in the plantlife past the right field wall.  1-0, Fisher Cats, top 1.

Kevin Russo drove in a run on what should have been a triple, but was scored a single and a two-base error.  1-1, top 3.

New Hampshire’s up 2-1 through 5.  Colin Curtis was thrown out at the plate for the 3rd out of the 5th by left fielder Ryan Patterson, who apparently stole a hose from the grounds crew to throw him out.

Kontos only lasted five — he threw a lot of pitches — and Zach Kroenke is now in.  5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR for Kontos.

Russo doubles home two in the bottom of the sixth, to get Kontos off the hook and give Trenton a 3-2 lead.

Pilittere walks with the bases loaded, 4-2 Thunder in the bottom of the 7th.

Kroenke pitched two scoreless innings, now it’s Michael Gardner’s turn.

Gardy made it very interesting and gave up a run after loading the bases, but he’s back out for the 9th.

In-Game Photo Gallery:

Pitching coach Scott Aldred

A crowd of over 7,000 was expected for the game…

First baseman Cody Ehlers

Eladio Rodriguez

Another shot of Rodriguez. 

Edwar Gonzalez

Austin Jackson with some pink lumber

George Kontos

Joe Muich

Yankees pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras

New Hampshire starter Scott Richmond

Kevin Russo takes a grounder during BP

Top Blue Jays prospect Travis Snider

Hitting coach Tom Wilson strains for a better viewpoint during BP

In-Game YouTube Videos: Austin Jackson BP VIDEO, Colin Curtis BP VIDEO, Colin Curtis VIDEOCody Ehlers BP VIDEO, George Kontos VIDEO, George Kontos VIDEO 2Scott Richmond VIDEO, Travis Snider VIDEO.

Final Score: 4-3, Thunder.

Post-Game Notes: I had Kontos at 89 on the gun…and by “I had,” I mean that’s what I saw on a scout’s gun when I peeked over his shoulder.  He’s usually at 88-92, so that makes sense.

Both Gene “Stick” Michael and Nardi Contreras were in attendance. 

7,696 fans turned out for the game…

Gardy faced six hitters in the 8th and got ahead of just one.  He walked two.

Thunder Thoughts: I had Scott Aldred break down the bullpen for me, and had a lengthy chat with Nardi Contreras as well.  I also banged out “Getting to Know” features with Colin Curtis and P.J. Pilittere, and also chatted with Josh Schmidt about his use — or lack thereof – in the bullpen.

Also, don’t forget my Around the EL piece with Brett Cecil.

You’ll see all of those very soon…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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5 Responses to “Game 42: New Hampshire @ Trenton”

  1. K Says:

    for all those watching from home, tonights game is being aired by milb.tv

  2. ebyank Says:

    Mike,

    3 Questions:
    1} Were you able to ask Nardi about Christian Garcia {just started today in Tampa} and his thoughts on Alfredo Aceves?
    2} Also, knowing Gene Michael a little I know he only goes to view a player the organization has major interest in, whether that be by trading him or by evaluating him for promotions. Any clue why he was in Trenton with Nardi??
    3} Who would you compare Kontos to from pitchers who have pitched at Trenton in the last few years in terms of comparitive stuff??
    THANKS!!

  3. thunderbaseball Says:

    I asked Nardi a more general question about pitchers in Tampa and who might be on their way up, and he didn’t really specifically mention anyone by name…

    It seemed he didn’t really want to talk about specific guys too much…

    Stick is known for not really divulging too much. I would assume it was just a routine visit…but who knows.

    Kontos…he reminds me of Jeff Karstens in a way. Fastball and slider guys who aren’t going to blow you away, but still give you a halfway decent outing and will dazzle occasionally.

  4. ebyank Says:

    If you see Nardi tomorrow, Please ask him about: Garcia, Aceves and throw in Betanaces.

    Thanks!

  5. thunderbaseball Says:

    I posted the question I asked Nardi and the answer I got…I’ll do what I can, but I have a feeling he’ll tell me the Tampa and Charleston staffs in general are doing well and not really go into the kind of specifics you’re going to want.

    I also don’t know if he’ll be around tomorrow. I hope so, because I could really ask him stuff all day long…

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