Game 111 – Harrisburg Senators @ Trenton Thunder
August 7, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ
Pitching Matchup: HAR Jeff Mandel vs. TRE Ryan Pope
Mike Daniel, CF
Freddie Bynum, SS
Leonard Davis, LF
Joel Guzman, 3B
Bill Rhinehart, 1B
Marvin Lowrance, DH
Francisco Plasencia, RF
Sean Rooney, C
Greg Veloz, 2B
Jeff Mandel, P
Austin Krum, CF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
Richie Robnett, RF
Noah Hall, DH
James Cooper, LF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
Ryan Baker, C
Justin Snyder, 2B
Ryan Pope, P
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Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.
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In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark):
Not that you’d know it with the top half of the scoreboard having gone dark, but Ryan Pope has kept the Senators off the board through two. Bill Rhinehart has a double to the gap off of him, but that’s it so far. 0-0, heading into B2.
45 pitches, 29 strikes for Pope through three. Four strikeouts, no walks, and the one double so far. Looks really good right now…
57/36 for Pope through four. Meanwhile, Jeff Mandel has 30 pitches through three. The Thunder lineup continues to be impatient at the plate.
The biggest news so far is that it’s 8:30 and we’re in the seventh. OBVIOUSLY I’m jinxing things — don’t think it’s just me, either…there’s a sportswriter code where you don’t talk about how quickly the game is moving or say “extra innings,” etc. — but this game is moving along very, very quickly. 86/59 for Pope through seven.
Ryan Pope is flat out getting it done tonight. 11 K’s through 7 2/3, a career high and a season high for a Thunder starter. They absolutely needed this. Great, great effort by him. The kid works hard, and the results may not always show it…but it’s not uncommon to see him running stadium steps when I get here early enough.
98/65 for Pope through eight. That’s likely it for him. Can’t say enough about how well he pitched.
Pope out after eight, Wilkins Arias in. Pope’s line: 8 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 er, 0 bb, 11 k
Jeff Mandel, who also spun an absolute gem for the Senators, is out after eight in favor of Carlos Martinez. His line? 8 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 0 er, 2 bb, 4 k. He’ll face Austin Krum, Eduardo Nunez and Chris Malec…Trenton’s 1-2-3 hitters.
Chris Malec with a soft single through the middle, and the Thunder win it in walk-off fashion, 1-0, in about two hours. Can’t ask for much more than that.
In-Game YouTube Videos: Check out my YouTube account for videos updated throughout the game…
Final Score: 1-0, Thunder.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com