Game 138: Connecticut @ Trenton

NEWS: Cody Ehlers RELEASED, Austin Jackson ACTIVATED from DL.

Game 138 – Connecticut Defenders @ Trenton Thunder
August 30, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE George Kontos vs. CON Ben Snyder

Starting Lineups:

Connecticut

1 – Haines
2 – Richardson
3 – Klink
4 – Alfonzo
5 – Witter
6 – Sosa
7 – Rosario
8 – Martinez-Esteve
9 – Cordido

Trenton

1 – Corona
2 – Pena
3 – Jackson
4 – Cervelli
5 – Russo
6 – Pilittere
7 – Malec
8 – Gonzalez
9 – Cooper

Pre-Game Notes: The news before the game was that the Yankees organization released 1B Cody Ehlers to make room for Austin Jackson coming off of the DL.

Ehlers, who was still in the clubhouse as of 6 PM and told me he didn’t know what his future plans were, was hitting .200 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 104 games this season.

Jason Jones is listed as pitching tomorrow, and Eric Hacker is listed as pitching Game 1 of the playoffs. 

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): Oh yeah, I’m supposed to update this thing during the game.  3-1, Defenders, B3.

Tied at three, T7.  Sorry, have been busy with other things and haven’t really been able to update as much as I’d like…

Jhonny Nunez in for Kontos in the 7th.  Outside of the first inning, not a real bad outing from Kontos…

Final Score: 4-3, Thunder.  A-Jack with the walk-off single.

Post-Game Notes: Looks like Jason Jones will be starting tomorrow night in order to set him up for a Game 3 start.  Game 3?  For the best pitcher on the team?  Really?

Thunder Thoughts: There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things.  The way Cody Ehlers release was handled was flat out wrong.  Yes, his numbers absolutely warranted it, but the timing of it is what I have the issue with.  How do you let a guy stick around for 137 games of a 140 game season and then pull the plug?

If you’re going to let the guy stick around for that long…he’s as much a part of the team as anyone else who’s been there all year long, and he deserved to be with the team in the playoffs.  If the Thunder win a championship, I can only hope he gets a ring.  No matter what some may believe, he did earn it. 

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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4 Responses to “Game 138: Connecticut @ Trenton”

  1. greg8370 Says:

    That stinks..there HAS to have been a better way than that. Stick him on the DL or something and let him finsh the season with his mates.

  2. Bob Says:

    I guess the old saying” players are nothing more than a piece of meat” has just been proven to be true. I wish Cody nothing but the best of luck!

  3. ebyank Says:

    Mike,
    Now that you have seen Jhonny Nunez pitch several times what’s your opinion of him and who does he remind you of??
    Thanks!!

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    I’ll let Tony Franklin answer that for you…see a few posts up.

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