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Game 59: Post-Game Notes

June 12, 2009

– Ivan Nova was good tonight.  Really, really good.  The day before the Thunder were going to need at least seven innings thanks to one of tomorrow’s doubleheader games being a bullpen start, Nova spun eight masterful innings and kept the relief core fresh for Saturday.

“It was a big lift,” said manager Tony Franklin.

“With this day-night doubleheader, it’s a pretty tough schedule.  It’s something that you’re unaccustomed to doing, so you just don’t know how guys are going to react.  So to get a performance like we got tonight is a big lift, knowing that you can go into the two games tomorrow with a full compliment of your bullpen.”

Nova allowed just one walk and three hits, striking out eight B-Mets batters along the way.

So Ivan, was that your best Double-A start?

“No,” said Nova with a smile, “That was a good one, but there’s more coming.”

“I threw a good curveball, a good changeup, a good fastball, and had command of all my pitches.  It was all good.”

– When Noah Hall walked past reporters on his way into the clubhouse after the game, one of the more sarcastic ones — so, obviously me — thanked him for hitting his first inning home run.  His solo shot in the first inning turned out to be the only run scored by either team.

“It seemed like it barely went out,” Hall joked after the game.

“When I hit it, I was like oh, it’s gone.  I did my little trot or whatever.  And then I’m like, man that might not get out.  It was a situation early in the game, first at-bat, where he had just thrown a couple of changeups, and I figured a fastball was probably coming.  Sure enough, it did.  I was really just trying to hit it back up the middle, and it was just one of those I just kind of reacted to.  It was a little bit in, but not too far, and just got to it.”

– One night after giving up a walk-off grand slam, Amauri Sanit was back out there to try to close another one out for the Thunder.  This time, he blew threw the heart of Binghamton’s order for a 1-2-3 ninth and a Trenton victory.

“That’s what he’s supposed to for us,” Franklin said.

“Guys who close games for you, that’s going to happen to him from time to time.  But more times than not, they’ll get the out for you.”

– Colleague and Trentonian beat writer Josh Norris exchanged some text messages with Alan Horne.  Horne is in Tampa and will be shut down for at least a week.  He experienced shoulder soreness and a drop in velocity in his last outing and is being evaluated in Florida.

– There is no update on the Brian Bruney situation.  Tentatively, Ryan Pope and Josh Schmidt will start tomorrow’s games, in that order.

– Richie Robnett was in the clubhouse after the game.  Seems like a safe bet he’ll make his Thunder debut during one of the games tomorrow.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 59: Binghamton @ Trenton

June 12, 2009

Game 59 – Binghamton Mets @ Trenton Thunder
June 12, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: BNG Mike Antonini vs. TRE Ivan Nova

Starting Lineups:

METS

Emmanuel Garcia, CF
Nick Evans, 1B
Josh Thole, C
Matt Watson, RF
Lucas Duda, LF
Shawn Bowman, 3B
D.J. Wabick, DH
Jose Coronado, 2B
Ruben Tejada, SS

Mike Antonini, P

THUNDER

Reegie Corona, 2B
Noah Hall, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
Jesus Montero, DH
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Kyle Anson, C
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
Justin Snyder, CF

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): Just to update Colin Curtis injury situation, he told me he landed on the first base bag funny, and that he’s going for an MRI tomorrow and will know more. For other updates, make sure you see my pre-game notes post.

Noah Hall with a long, no doubt about it home run to left center field to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st.

Ivan Nova at 66 pitches through five; 47 strikes, 19 balls.

Eduardo Nunez, sent home by Tony Franklin, attempted to score on a botched grounder by Shawn Bowman. Throw beat him by a solid eight feet. 1-0, Thunder, heading into T6.

Nova…doing it like a boss tonight. 88 pitches through 7…62 strikes, 26 balls. Two hits, one walk, seven K’s.

99p-71s-28b for Nova…he’s out after eight innings. A day after coming into a one-run game and giving up a walk-off granny, Amauri Sanit is back out there to close this one out.

In-Game Photos:

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Kyle Anson

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Ivan Nova

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Eduardo Nunez

In-Game YouTube Videos: Check out my YouTube account for videos updated throughout the game…

Ivan Nova

Final Score: 1-0, Thunder

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 59: Pre-Game Notes (Cox To Trenton)

June 12, 2009

6:00 PM — Also, keep in mind it’s a doubleheader tomorrow.  First game starts at 1.  It’s a split-admission doubleheader, but both games will only be seven innings each.

5:55 PM — James Cooper strained his oblique. Colin Curtis turned his ankle. Christian Garcia had a reoccurence of an elbow issue…he’s here, but was not available to the media before the game. Alan Horne has been sent back to Tampa to be evaluated, but he told the team he’s fine. Jorge Vazquez is getting closer, but isn’t there quite yet…

Brian Bruney is coming tomorrow, but Tony Franklin still does not know which game he’s pitching. Also, with Garcia down, the team will need a starter at some point.

Anything else?

5:10 PM — Richie Robnett is the name of the outfielder. He is expected to be here tonight. He was picked in the first round by Oakland in 2004. Has five years of minor league time, topping out at Triple-A. He entered 2009 as a .256 career hitter.

He played with the Cubs organization this year. He was hitting .184 in Double-A and .143 in Triple-A.

4:05 PM — The Jorge Vazquez Experience is back taking grounders at first base…

3:30 PM — Lineups are in…

METS

Emmanuel Garcia, CF
Nick Evans, 1B
Josh Thole, C
Matt Watson, RF
Lucas Duda, LF
Shawn Bowman, 3B
D.J. Wabick, DH
Jose Coronado, 2B
Ruben Tejada, SS

Mike Antonini, P

THUNDER

Reegie Corona, 2B
Noah Hall, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
Jesus Montero, DH
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Kyle Anson, C
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
Justin Snyder, CF

3:20 PM — J.B. Cox has been sent down from Scranton to Trenton. Also, a mysterious free agent outfielder has been added…he’s apparently not from the Yankees system, and even one of the players doesn’t know who it is.

Cox will apparently be wearing #49, he may be physically here. Not sure on mystery man.

No word on what Brian Bruney’s status is or what game he’s pitching in tomorrow. I’m sure the Thunder front office is thrilled.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Pitching Matchups vs. Binghamton

June 12, 2009

6/12: BNG Mike Antonini (4-1, 5.47) vs. TRE Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.12)
6/13, Game 1: BNG Tobi Stoner (1-2, 3.15) vs. TRE Ryan Pope (2-4, 4.83)
6/13, Game 2: BNG TBD vs. TRE Josh Schmidt (4-1, 1.20)
6/14: BNG TBD vs. TRE Wilkin de la Rosa (3-3, 3.66)

I could see some changes to the 6/13 game(s) with Brian Bruney scheduled to come…I imagine he could start the first game and then Schmidt could pick him up.  Then Pope would pitch the second game.  Again, just a guess.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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