Archive for August 20th, 2009

Game 123: Erie @ Trenton

August 20, 2009

Game 123 – Erie Seawolves @ Trenton Thunder
August 20, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: ERIE Pat Stanley vs. TRE Ryan Pope

Starting Lineups:

ERIE

Shawn Roof, 2B
Deik Scram, LF
Brennan Boesch, RF
Casper Wells, CF
Michael Bertram, 1B
Max St. Pierre, C
Santo De Leon, 3B
Cale Iorg, DH
Danny Worth, SS

TRENTON

Austin Krum, CF
Matt Cusick, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Francisco Santana, LF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
Ryan Baker, C
Justin Snyder, DH

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): Ryan Pope needed 13 pitches, 11 strikes to get through the first.

Oh wow, this is not good…Pat Stanley didn’t even make it through his warm-up pitches.  He left with an injury.  Stanley is a Ridgewood native and someone I got to cover and know a little bit when he was with Newark last year.  We chatted on Tuesday, and I know he had some family and friends here watching him.  Sad.  Jared Gayheart will be filling in.

In his bad starts, Ryan Pope seems to have an inning in which he falls apart a bit.  Tonight, it’s the third.  The first run scored on somewhat of a fluky play, in which the ball was eventually kicked out of Ryan Baker’s glove on a play the plate…but the second came in on a clean single to left field.

2-0, Seawolves, heading into T4…

Ryan Pope with 64 pitches and 48 strikes through 4.

Pope’s through six innings and ended up pitching relatively well.  89 pitches/64 strikes…I’d have to imagine that may be it for him, though.  And how about this kid Gayheart shutting the Thunder down to the tune of one hit and no runs through five.  Cody Satterwhite is now in to relieve him, though.

Josh Schmidt, who seemed to be the only Thunder reliever not used yesterday, is in the game to start the 7th with the Thunder down 2-0.

Pope’s line, by the way… 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Jose Valdez in to pitch the ninth

In-Game Photos:

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Cale Iorg

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Francisco Santana

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Pat Stanley

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

Final Score: 2-0, Thunder

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 123: Pre-Game Notes (Kennedy Confirmed For AFL)

August 20, 2009

6:30 PM — Nardi Contreras confirmed that Ian Kennedy will pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Humberto Sanchez, according to a scout, was pitching at 89 MPH last night.  McAllister was 87-91.

According to another source, though…Sanchez was as high as 92.  So…ummm, 89-92.

5:15 PM — Not a whole lot going on here, again.  I’m going to try to get those velo’s for you guys if I can track someone down who would know…also hoping to chat with Nardi Contreras again for a bit as well.

4:00 PM — Lineups are in.  And Francisco Santana is in!  Hey, hey!

ERIE

Shawn Roof, 2B
Deik Scram, LF
Brennan Boesch, RF
Casper Wells, CF
Michael Bertram, 1B
Max St. Pierre, C
Santo De Leon, 3B
Cale Iorg, DH
Danny Worth, SS

TRENTON

Austin Krum, CF
Matt Cusick, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Francisco Santana, LF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
Ryan Baker, C
Justin Snyder, DH

3:55 PM — It’s a late report today, so there isn’t anything going on.  Stay tuned for some thoughts from Tony Franklin and anyone else who might happen to be down there.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 121/122: Post-Game Notes

August 20, 2009

– This was the first time the Thunder have won a doubleheader (and technically, this doesn’t count…but in lieu of wasting my research) since June 21st in Binghamton.  Also, if my math is correct, this marks the 7,245th 21st time the Thunder have been at the .500 mark this year, as they now sit at 61-61.

– Zach McAllister was, again, good tonight.  However, unlike his last start, he couldn’t stick around long enough for the win.  14 outs — 11 via strikeout — four hits, one run, one walk, 81 pitches.  And even with that line…one disappointed pitcher.

“He wasn’t too happy about coming out,” said Thunder skipper Tony Franklin.

“But I think he understood what we were doing, and I think it was the right time to do it.  Everything kind of lined up and matched up with the lefthander and (Wilkins) Arias.  So under the circumstances, it worked out OK.”

McAllister tied a career high in strikeouts.  In 4 2/3 innings.

Let me say that again, because it’s so hard to believe.

Zach McAllister…he of the top 10 prospect in the organization status, he of the league leading 2.13 ERA, he of the strong contender for Yankees Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award…that Zach McAllister…that guy tied his career high in strikeouts tonight.  In four and two thirds innings of work.  With 11.

Wow.

– Kyle Anson and Noah Hall appear to be close to coming off of the DL.  Richie Robnett seems to be a little further away.  But Anson will start throwing behind the plate on Friday, and is about a week into a throwing program.  Franklin said the team is unlikely to carry three catchers.

– As a staff, the Thunder struck out 14 batters in game two.  The season high is 18, which occured on April 9th against the B-Mets.  That game, however, was 14 innings.  This one was seven.  Impressive outing all across the board.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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