Game 108: Altoona @ Trenton

NEWS: Steven White to start Wednesday

Game 108 – Altoona Curve @ Trenton Thunder
July 29, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE Eric Hacker (5-2, 2.78 ) vs. ALT Dan Reichert (1-1, 3.55)

Starting Lineups:

Altoona

1 – Dorta
2 – Ford
3 – Negrych
4 – Romak
5 – Corley
6 – Lerud
7 – Boone
8 – Webster
9 – Bowers

Trenton

1 – Corona
2 – Pena
3 – Jackson
4 – Malec
5 – Curtis
6 – Gonzalez
7 – Ehlers
8 – Muich
9 – Cooper

Pre-Game Notes: It has been confirmed that Steven White will be taking the ball for the Thunder tomorrow.  Michael Gardner is penciled in to start game one of Saturday’s doubleheader…no word on what’s going on for the second game just yet.

Just got up from talking with Tony Franklin…he said that while Phil Coke’s name has been discussed as a possibility to start the second game on Saturday, that it isn’t what he was moved into the bullpen for.  I brought up the names Marquez, Hughes and Pavano, and he said he hadn’t heard anything regarding them, nor could he say anything about whether someone was coming up to make the start either.

I’ll be on the Fox Sports 1260 AM pre-game show to talk about everything that’s been going on…

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): 0-0, heading into T2.

Hacker had four straight swinging K’s at one point, but hit a rough patch in the 3rd and the Thunder trail, 2-0.

Chris Malec drives in Ramiro Pena with a double in the 4th, it’s now 2-1.

And Malec scores in the 6th to tie it at two after a low throw from Altoona’s second baseman gets away on what looked like a 6-4-3 DP ball.  2-2 in the 6th.

Anthony Claggett in the game in the 7th after six solid innings from Hacker.  Outside of a rough third, Hacker was pretty darn good.

Joe Muich dropped the ball on two consecutive plays at the plate with two outs — he really got nailed on the second play — and Altoona has a 4-2 lead.

In-Game Photo Gallery:

Wilkins Arias

Eric Hacker

Joe Muich

Jim Negrych

Dan Reichert

Eladio Rodriguez

Jose Valdez

Arias

In-Game YouTube Videos: Eric Hacker VIDEO, Jim Negrych VIDEO, Ramiro Pena VIDEO, Eric Hacker VIDEO 2, Chris Malec VIDEO, Anthony Claggett VIDEO, Wilkins Arias VIDEO, Wilkins Arias VIDEO 2

Final Score: 4-2, Thunder

Post-Game Notes: This team is absolutely brutal on the eyes right now.  There just isn’t enough offense to go around.  Losing guys like Russo, Pilittere and even Mendoza have caught up with them.

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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6 Responses to “Game 108: Altoona @ Trenton”

  1. Bob Says:

    The Yankees almost seem determined to undermine this team. I know they aren’t but the moves they are making are doing anything but helping the Thunder. Mike, are there any good sticks in the lower levels, maybe the Yankees could make some moves that way also.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    The Thunder need to get their injured guys back instead of worrying about guys a level below who can help them out…Kevin Russo’s return will be a big boost to the offense, and they really miss P.J. Pilittere’s clutch hits. They haven’t won without him. Even Carlos Mendoza’s bat and versatility could be useful right now.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I kind of doubt the starter for Saturday will be Hughes or Pavano…don’t the Yankees typically have their rehab guys play in home games?

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    Matsui traveled to Portland for the playoff series in ’06, Sheffield did his rehab on the road, etc. Most of the time, yes…but not always.

  5. mbn Says:

    Hughes and Pavano both pitched last night. That puts them both in line for another rehab start on Sunday. Not sure about Pavano, but Hughes threw 28 pitches over 3 innings (he only had 14 after 2, so he went a 3rd). I doubt either gets used on early rest.

  6. Mr. Scott Says:

    how many games have they lost since they put the post season tickets on sale? Maybe they jinxed themselves and should stop selling them.

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