NEWS: ERIC HACKER IS HERE. HE WILL START TOMORROW. MORE ON THIS LATER.
Game 43 (Completion of suspended game) – New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder
May 27, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ
Original Pitching Matchup: TRE Dan McCutchen (4-3, 2.52) vs. NH Brandon Magee (0-6, 6.44)
1 – Campbell
2 – Mathews
3 – Snider
4 – Butler
5 – Patterson
6 – Phillips
7 – Kreuzer
8 – Hatch
9 – Klosterman
1 – Pena
2 – Jackson
3 – Curtis
4 – Gonzalez
5 – Ehlers
6 – Tabata
7 – Russo
8 – Rodriguez
9 – Corona
Pre-Game Notes: Alfredo Aceves was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.
Mark Melancon will “start” for Trenton, while A.J. Wideman “starts” for the Fisher Cats.
Thunder alum Bronson Sardinha was sent down to Akron by the Indians.
The company line on Chase Wright is “shoulder stiffness.” No word on a timetable.
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.
In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): Still 1-0 going into the bottom of the 5th. Nice job by Melancon to get out of the inherited jam.
Rodriguez RBI groundout makes it 1-1.
Two-run double by A-Jack in the fifth makes it 3-1 Thunder.
We’re in the seventh, and Melancon is still in there. Very, very surprised by this.
Melancon out after FOUR innings, Steven Jackson now in.
3-2, two on, bottom 9. Jackson making it interesting.
All right. Tie game. Passed ball scores the runner. 3-3. Great.
And now its completely blown. Travis Snider hits a gapper to right center to score another run, and New Hampshire has a 4-3 lead.
5-3. Two rough, rough outings for Jack.
Zach Dials now in to close the game for the Fisher Cats.
Updates from the first part of the game from about a week back…
The game is underway, but the rain is already here…if this gets to the fifth, I’ll be surprised.
Raining pretty hard here in the bottom of the 2nd, but they’re still playing. 1-0, New Hampshire.
Eladio Rodriguez has pinch hit for Joe Muich in the 3rd. No idea what’s up…didn’t see an apparent injury to Muich.
In a stunner, the game has entered a rain delay around 2:05. 1-0 Fisher Cats in the top of the 4th.
In-Game Photo Gallery:
Mark Melancon. Notice a theme with the photos?
In-Game YouTube Videos: Eladio Rodriguez VIDEO, Edwar Gonzalez VIDEO, Mark Melancon VIDEO, Mark Melancon VIDEO 2, Mark Melancon VIDEO 3, Mark Melancon VIDEO 4, Mark Melancon VIDEO 5, Reegie Corona VIDEO, Steven Jackson VIDEO, A.J. Richmond VIDEO
Final Score: 5-3, Fisher Cats.
Post-Game Notes: Reggie Jackson was in attendance for at least the first game. I shook his hand and told him it was good to see him again, but I let the new guys talk to him. I’ve already interviewed him once…and it certainly isn’t that he’s a bad quote, but I wanted to leave him alone.
Tony Franklin told me before the game that Marcos Vechionacci had a setback and will not be back soon. He was expected back by the end of the month, but that will not happen now.
Thunder Thoughts: Melancon was consistently at 91 on the gun, and hit 92 once. He looked OK, but he had some control problems at times.
Could not agree more with a scouting report I saw on Jose Tabata that says he tends to turn his talent on and off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen him make no effort on catchable balls that are hit right at him that end up landing. Anthony Hatch hit a ball off of Melancon in the 5th that was right to him, but he barely moved and watched it land about three feet in front of him. I hate to rip the guy, but enough already…
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com