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Game 122: Erie @ Trenton

August 19, 2009

Game 122 – Erie Seawolves @ Trenton Thunder
August 19, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: ERIE Jon Kibler vs. TRE Zach McAllister

Starting Lineups:

ERIE

Shawn Roof, 2B
Deik Scram, DH
Brennan Boesch, RF
Ryan Strieby, LF
Michael Bertram, 1B
Casper Wells, CF
Santo de Leon, 3B
Cale Iorg, SS
Jeff Kunkel, C

TRENTON

Austin Krum, CF
Matt Cusick, DH
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
P.J. Pilittere, C
James Cooper, LF
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
Justin Snyder, 2B

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): Zach McAllister with 14 pitches in the first, nine for strikes, zero for hits.  Good job by him.  0-0, heading into B1.

P.J. Pilittere!  Mister Clutch returns with a soft single to center field, scoring a run and giving the Thunder a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first of this seven inning contest.

McAllister just plunked Ryan Strieby in the head.  He appears to be all right and walked off the field under his own power.

Michael Bertram then doubled home pinch runner Danny Worth two pitches later…1-1 game, T2.

Justin Snyder with a run scoring double down the right field line in the bottom of the 2nd…2-1, Thunder, B2.

Zach McAllister has 8 K’s through three innings.  8.  45 pitches/31 strikes.

McAllister’s season high in strikeouts is 10 on May 31st against Altoona.

McAllister has 10 K’s through four.  Ties that season high.  2-1, Thunder, heading into B4.

McAllister’s career high in strikeouts is 11, set with Charleston against Greenville on May 15th, 2008.  The only other time he’s reached double digits in strikeouts was in 2007 with Staten Island, on July 11th against Auburn.

Right after his career-high tying 11th strikeout, with two outs in the fifth and a one run lead, McAllister was pulled after 81 pitches.  Clearly, he was on a hard count of 80.  In a seven inning game, the starting pitcher must still pitch five innings to get the win.  Wilkins Arias now pitching.

81/52 for Mac, by the way.

Humberto Sanchez now in to pitch the 6th…

In-Game Photos:

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

Final Score: 2-1, Thunder

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 121: Erie @ Trenton (Continued From Last Night)

August 19, 2009

Game 121 – Erie Seawolves @ Trenton Thunder
August 18, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: ERIE Ramon Garcia vs. TRE Jeremy Bleich

Starting Lineups:

ERIE

Cale Iorg, SS
Casper Wells, CF
Brennan Boesch, RF
Ryan Strieby, 1B
Deik Scram, LF
Santo De Leon, 3B
Max St. Pierre, C
Danny Worth, 2B
Andy Dirks, DH

Ramon Garcia, P

TRENTON

Austin Krum, CF
Matt Cusick, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
P.J. Pilittere, C
James Cooper, LF
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
Justin Snyder, DH

Jeremy Bleich, P

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):  Chris Malec with an RBI double.  P.J. Pilittere breaks out of his slump with a run scoring single, then James Cooper follows with a two-run double down the left field line.  Edwar Gonzalez with a single to left, but Tony Franklin sent Cooper when he probably should have and he was toast at the plate.

4-0, Thunder after one.  Let me repeat that.  4-0, Thunder after one. 

Bleich with 11 pitches through one, Garcia with 29…22 of them for strikes.  Thanks, stats guy Dave!

6-0 through three.  Chris Malec scored after an Erie error, and Marcos Vechionacci doubled home Edwar Gonzalez in the third…

Bleich looking good, but starting to run into some problems in the 4th with rain on the way…

68 pitches, 43 strikes for Bleich.  Unfortunately, five runs on eight hits as well.  He made it through three and two thirds before getting just rocked in the fourth.  A 30 pitch inning.  Oof.

Grant “Six-Six” Duff makes a rare early game appearance here in the fourth.

Wind delay in the fourth.  No expletives being spoken in here at all.

It’s 8:45 and starting to pour.  It’s raining in sheets.  Generally not condusive to baseball.

It’s 6:45 PM and Kanekoa Texeira is in for the 7th…still 6-5.

Max St. Pierre with a long home run to left field to tie the game at six in the 8th.

Austin Krum just got picked off of first base, and appeared to injure a finger on his right hand sliding back into the bag, which he did headfirst.  Vic Valencia waved trainer Tim Lentych over, but Krum walked into the dugout without seeking attention on the field.  No idea as to what Krum’s status is, but whether he plays in Game 2 will speak volumes to that.

Krum’s actually coming out to the field for the 9th inning…

Eric Wordekemper in to pitch the 9th as well…

EXTRA INNINGS.  Awesome.  Everyone wins.  Love me some free baseball.  Oh yeah.  Big fan.  Sweet.  6-6, heading into T10.

Further delaying things is that there’s some sort of apparent issue with the mound.  With Wordekemper on the mound, Tony Franklin came out and the groundscrew was summoned.  That delayed things about two minutes.

Eduardo Nunez ends game one with a walk-off double off the left field wall in the 10th.  7-6 win.

In-Game Photos:

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Jeremy Bleich

duff

Grant Duff

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Duff

glove

Artsy-fartsy glove shot

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Austin Krum

scoreboard

What we started with at 6:05…

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

Final Score: 7-6, Thunder

Thunder Thoughts: Duff was between 92-96 MPH on the gun with his fastball tonight.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 121/122: Pre-Game Notes (Updated with Nardi Contreras Information, NOW QUOTES)

August 19, 2009

4:50 PM — Spoke to Tony Franklin for a bit…Francisco Santana seems unlikely to play at…ummm, any point.  There really isn’t much else going on to speak of.

3:40 PM — Contreras quotes:

On Ian Kennedy pitching a regular season game somewhere: “I don’t think so.  At least not in the minor leagues, unless the Triple-A team goes to the playoffs.  Because he’s going to first BP that I’ve got him for on August 31st.  So, that’s a BP, his first BP.  So he’ll have another BP, then we’ll get him into some type of simulated games or something.  Is it possible?  Possible.  A two inning job or something like that.  But to be ready to pitch six, seven innings any place?  No.”

On Alan Horne: “He pitches tomorrow in the Gulf Coast League.  We’ll see how he does.  I think his last outing, he went six innings and gave up three runs.  But (Trenton’s staff) is set, there’s a lot of pitching.” 

On Wilkin de la Rosa returning: “Our throwing program has him ready to pitch the last week of the season.  But again, that’s on paper.  He has to go out and see how he feels.  Paper wise, with his rest and the work we’ll do with the sides and the long toss programs, we could get him to pitch in the last week and the playoffs, possibly.  He’s got something wrong with the biceps tendon, that’s what it is.”

On Humberto Sanchez: “He’s coming along good.  He’s lost weight, he’s pitching well, he’s competing, he’s regaining his arm strength.  When I saw him in Harrisburg, it was the best I’ve seen him since we’ve had him.”

On Grant Duff: “Things are clicking for him.  He’s got a power arm.  We have Romulo Sanchez, who hits 99.  Melancon’s hit 97.  He’s in the top three or four (with velocity).  At least second for sure.  Romulo Sanchez is hitting 99 every game.  He’s come really well, though.  His delivery has really improved.  The slider’s good, the split’s there.  He’s done well.”

3:30 PM – Nardi Contreras, who’s been in Charleston for the past three weeks, was a surprise visitor today in Trenton.  He’ll be here through Sunday’s game.

I’ll have quotes shortly…but he said it seems unlikely Ian Kennedy will pitch in a regular season minor league game this season (Contreras told me he’ll be throwing his first BP on August 31st, so it’s possible but unlikely that he’ll be ready by then).

Contreras also told me that it seems the Trenton staff is pretty much set.  As a result, it seems Alan Horne, although he recently threw six innings, won’t be rejoining the staff any time soon.

He’s pleased with Zach McAllister’s return from shoulder fatigue issues.

He confirmed that Wilkins de la Rosa had an issue with a biceps tendon, but also said that De la Rosa is on schedule to return for the last week of the season.

He also was pleased with Grant Duff, saying that other than Romulo Sanchez — who consistently hits 99 MPH, he said — that he can’t think of anyone at the upper levels who’s throwing harder right now.

3:15 PM — Seems as though Grant Duff will pick up Game 1 for Trenton, which is interesting considering he got the final out yesterday.  Zach McAllister is still slated to go in Game 2.

For what it’s worth, here’s who’s set to go for the Fisher Cats when they come into town: Friday: RHP Randy Boone, Saturday: RHP Kenny Rodriguez, Sunday: RHP Adrian Martin, Monday: LHP Luis Perez.

3:00 PM — Just got to the park.  Going to try to get some info on who’s “starting” game one, and if the scheduled starters for today’s scheduled game are staying as is.  Updated: Jon Kibler is starting the “second game” for Erie, as scheduled.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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