ELDS Game 3 – Akron Aeros @ Trenton Thunder
September 13, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ
Pitching Matchup: AKR Ryan Edell vs. TRE George Kontos
1 – Rodriguez
2 – Sardinha
3 – LaPorta
4 – Hodges
5 – Head
6 – Toregas
7 – Whitney
8 – Panther
9 – Pinckney
1 – Corona
2 – Pena
3 – Jackson
4 – Malec
5 – Curtis
6 – Pilittere
7 – Cervelli
8 – Gonzalez
9 – Russo
Pre-Game Notes: The big news tonight was that Jason Jones is in the bullpen and may not make his Game 5 start if it gets that far. Eric Hacker would get the start instead.
Hacker will also not be starting Game 4, which was an option considering the rainout would have him going on regular rest.
Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.
Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.
In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): Austin Jackson crushed a first pitch offering well over the left field wall in the first, giving Trenton a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st.
The ballpark hasn’t been this empty since the Thunder’s ill-fated “Win A Date With Mike Ashmore” promotion. Still, not a bad crowd for a postseason game…definitely better than what it was for the Portland series, actually. 1-0, Thunder. B2.
Austin Jackson just brought a Wes Hodges home run back into the ballpark. What a night he’s having. The Thunder still cling to a 1-0 lead, B4.
Kevin Russo just legged out an infield single that drove home a run to make it 2-0, B4. Akron’s manager Mike Sarbaugh just came out and made a pretty significant stink about the call…but Russo did appear safe, and there’s only one out, so the run scores either way.
Reegie Corona then had the ever-riveting sac fly to give the Thunder a 3-0 lead, still in B4.
Austin Jackson DID IT AGAIN, robbing another home run off of Matt Whitney’s bat in T5. It would have tied the game at three, but now there’s runners on the corners with one out. The runner advanced to third on the play, and now the Thunder are appealing that he left early. Tony Franklin’s out to discuss it with the umpire.
A-Jack is putting on a clinic. This is the best game I’ve ever seen him play. Nathan Panther drove a ball deep to the left center field gap, and Jackson ran it down with ease. But the run scored, and it’s now 3-1 with two outs, T5.
Dave Schofield got a GREAT shot of the first Jackson catch, which is on the Thunder website.
Kontos out after 4.2 innings, Anthony Claggett coming in. Sucks Kontos can’t pick up the win, but he had a pretty shaky 5th inning.
One pitch to Josh Rodriguez, and Claggett induces a pop-up. 3-1, Thunder, B5.
Neither starter lasts five. A Colin Curtis two-out single knocks Edell out of the game. Erik Stiller now in for the Aeros.
4,575 fans here tonight. Not bad. 3-1 Thunder, B7.
Reid Santos in for Stiller with one out in the seventh.
We’re through seven. Nice job in relief by Claggett, but now Mike Dunn’s coming in. Amazing how Dunn went from a kid who debuted in Double-A in the last game of the year and is now one of the most trusted relievers on the staff. He’s played a big, big role here in the postseason.
Dunn got a 4-6-3 DP to get out of the 8th. Thunder up 3-1, B8.
Santos out after a Pilittere double down the left field line with one out. Akron brings in The Rock’s favorite pitcher, Scott “Know Your” Roehl. We’ve also got a Coop sighting. James Cooper to pinch-run for Pilittere.
Cooper scores on a single through the left side by Edwar Gonzalez. 4-1, B8.
Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Jhonny (Nunez) to close this one out in the top of the 9th. 4-1, T9.
In-Game Photo Gallery:
Matt LaPorta shares a laugh before he takes his cuts in BP.
T.J. Burton going the extra mile to sign an autograph
Reegie Corona cooling off before the game
Matt LaPorta…guess what’s missing in the picture?
LaPorta at the plate
Johnny Jhonny Nunez
In-Game YouTube VIDEOS: Matt LaPorta BP VIDEO, Austin Jackson Pre-Game Intro VIDEO, George Kontos VIDEO, Matt LaPorta VIDEO, Chris Malec VIDEO, George Kontos VS. Matt LaPorta VIDEO, Jhonny Nunez vs. Matt Laporta VIDEO
Around The Eastern League: Remember Harrisburg’s Garrett Guzman? Well, so do the cops…
Final Score: 4-1, Thunder.
Post-Game Notes: The Thunder go into tomorrow’s game with a chance to win back-to-back Eastern League championships.
Thunder Thoughts: This is the 101st game I’ve covered this year (my 51st here), and the 500th of my professional career. Thanks to everyone on the Thunder who has helped me along the way, and to the many readers I’ve been fortunate enough to have throughout my career.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com