Game 109: Altoona @ Trenton

Game 109 – Altoona Curve @ Trenton Thunder
July 30, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE Steven White (NR) vs. ALT Kyle Bloom (2-5, 4.12)

Starting Lineups:

Altoona

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

Trenton

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

Pre-Game Notes: There was a bit of a “guess that pitch count” game tonight before the game, and my guess of 60 for Steven White is apparently pretty close.  Still no word on a starter for Game 2 on Saturday just yet.

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): It would appear that only the rain can stop the Thunder from losing seven in a row.  3-0 already in the top of the 2nd, White’s getting knocked around a bit.

Walter Ibarra (!!!) just hit a three-run home run to tie the game at three, he just kept it fair here in the second.

Colin Curtis and Ramiro Pena just collided on a fly ball to short left field.  It wasn’t too bad as far as collisions go, and both players quickly got up and are OK.

Steven White is out after 2.2 innings, and wasn’t particularly that sharp.  I think the line will look a little better than he actually did.  The Z-Man, Tom Zenk Zach Kroenke is in.

Radio man Josh Landsburg had White at 62 pitches on the evening, so it would look like my guesswork was pretty spot-on.

Colin Curtis drives one in to give the Thunder a 4-3 lead heading into the 4th.

Phil Coke now in to pitch the 6th.  Chris Malec is now playing third, Cody Ehlers is at first and Walter Ibarra is at short.  So Ramiro Pena is out of the game…I wonder if something happened in that collision?

Over at Chad Jennings blog, he writes that Chase Wright posted this line: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks and that Mark Melancon is also making his Triple-A debut.  Great job by SCW.

Coke out after an inning, Jose Valdez in to pitch the 7th.  If the Thunder are going to have two bullpen games on Saturday — at least that’s the plan for now — they can’t be using the pen like this now.

Eladio Rodriguez just made a play that could easily be #1 on Sportscenter’s Top Plays.  With two outs and two strikes, Altoona’s batter struck out swinging but the ball got past Rodriguez and bounced off the backstop.  As the batter was running to first, Rodriguez slid to corral the ball and made a loopy throw to first off of his butt to get the out.  Great, great play.  6-3 Thunder in the 7th.

In-Game Photo Gallery:

Austin Jackson

Eladio Rodriguez

Steven White

In-Game YouTube Videos: Steven White VIDEO, Steven White VIDEO 2

Final Score: 6-3, Thunder.  The six game losing streak is no more…

Post-Game Notes: Thunder staffer Eric Lipsman, as on top of the trade scene as anyone, passed along that LaTroy Hawkins was dealt to the Astros for Matt Cusick.  Saw Cusick play last year…here’s what he looks like…

Thunder Thoughts: The Melancon/Wright call-up post was the 68th most read on WordPress yesterday.  Good to see my run of relative anonymity continues (ha-ha)…but thanks to everyone for continuing to come back for the latest info on the Thunder.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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9 Responses to “Game 109: Altoona @ Trenton”

  1. Heather Says:

    …did you just drop a Can-Am Connection reference? That is absolutely fantastic.

    Great job guessing the pitches, but 62 in 2.2 innings? Ouch.

    Also, great shot of A-Jax.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    Wow. Someone got my Z-Man reference. Amazing.

  3. Bob Says:

    WOW, the radio announcers are really rambling tonight.

  4. Bob Says:

    Must be drinking some Red Bull,lol.

  5. Heather Says:

    You should have known it would be me, Mike. Seriously…

    Wow, did White really have 2 wild pitches? He must have been buzzing with nerves. Hopefully he settles down in his next outing.

  6. thunderbaseball Says:

    Well played, Heather. Well played indeed.

    And yeah, 2 WP’s for White. He didn’t look too sharp, obviously.

  7. Kate Says:

    Mike I cant believe your camera wasn’t rolling during that play!!! Ok, maybe I can…

  8. Heather Says:

    Eladio Rodriguez wants to win this game.

  9. thunderbaseball Says:

    I was probably busy cursing up a storm in the press box at that point about how slowly the game was going…felt a lot longer than a little more than 3 hours.

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