Archive for August 23rd, 2009

Game 126: Post-Game Audio

August 23, 2009

Notes coming shortly, here’s some audio for now…

Jeremy Bleich

Lance Pendleton

Austin Krum

Game 126: New Hampshire @ Trenton

August 23, 2009

Game 126 – New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder
August 23, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: NH Nate Starner vs. TRE Jeremy Bleich

Starting Lineups:

FISHER CATS

Todd Donovan, LF
Manny Mayorson, 3B
Brad Emaus, 2B
David Cooper, 1B
Al Quintana, C
Darin Mastroianni, SS
Nick Gorneault, RF
Brian Van Kirk, DH
Jonathan Diaz, SS

THUNDER

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

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.

Here’s a photo of the walk-off celebration, courtesy of Kenny Barto…all other photos on here today are mine:

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In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): Nick Gorneault with a home run that bounced off the top of the right field wall…2-0, Fisher Cats, T2.

With the bases loaded and one out, David Cooper hit a weak ground ball to second base…Cooper was out at first, but the run scored.  Todd Donovan, who started the play on second base, never stopped running, and while the throw from Chris Malec easily beat him, P.J. Pilittere didn’t block the plate and Donovan managed to get in there before he got the tag down.  Then, Al Quintana hit a single to left field, making it 5-0, Fisher Cats, T3.

6-0 now.  Follow the box score or radio broadcast, I’m giving up on this one for now…

That will be all for Mr. Bleich.  Mr. Duff will be joining us for the fourth.

In-Game Photos:

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Jeremy Bleich

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Bleich

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Pilittere

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Francisco Santana

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Justin Snyder

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

Final Score: 7-2, New Hampshire

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 125: New Hampshire @ Trenton (AFL Updates)

August 23, 2009

Game 125 – New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder
August 23, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: NH Kenny Rodriguez vs. TRE Lance Pendleton

Starting Lineups:

FISHER CATS

Todd Donovan, LF
Scott Campbell, DH
Brad Emaus, 2B
David Cooper, 1B
Darin Mastroianni, CF
Manny Mayorson, SS
Brian Jeroloman, C
Brian Van Kirk, RF
Bryan Kervin, 3B

THUNDER

Austin Krum, CF
Matt Cusick, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Noah Hall, DH
Chris Malec, 1B
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
James Cooper, LF
Kyle Anson, C
Justin Snyder, 3B

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): Grant Duff is on the list of pitchers possibly headed to the AFL…but it isn’t official just yet.  But as of now, it seems likely.  Also, Tommy Phelps has been confirmed as one of the coaches.

Oh wow.  Bottom first…Eduardo Nunez hits a line drive right back through the box that caught Fisher Cats starter Kenny Rodriguez…ummm, in a place he wouldn’t want to get hit — either that, or he just got his hand in the way — and the ball ricocheted to Rodriguez’s right.  After an Adrian Beltre situation appeared to have been averted, he recovered, and threw wide to first…but Nunez seemed to trip over either the bag or first baseman.  He went down in agony and was heavily limping.  Rodriguez…uhhh, well he needed some time too.  So both trainers were on the field and there was a delay for a minute or two.  Both stayed in the game.

Ummm, so Noah Hall appears to be all right.  He just a ball that kept carrying to left field, just far enough to sneak over the wall for a two-run home run.  His first at-bat back and he goes yard.  A nice moment for one of the good guys.  2-0, Thunder, B1.

Still 2-0, through 3.

So, ummm…that’s it for Pendleton after 3 1/3.  He had a no-hitter carried into the fourth, but threw a lot of pitches…although, I can’t say I felt like he threw that many to get yanked.  He walked four guys, but still.  Kanekoa Texeira now in.

Texeira came in with runners on first and second, got a strikeout, and then gave up a run on a wild pitch.  Bryan Kervin then singled to left, scoring the two remaining runners.  It’s now 3-2, Fisher Cats, T4.

Todd Donovan singles through the left side on a bit of a weird one, scoring a run.  With Kervin on second, Eduardo Nunez inexplicably started to cover second after the ball had already been thrown.  Had he stayed where he was, the ball would have come right to him…instead a run scored, and the Thunder now trail, 4-2, T4.

Sad news to report, as former Thunder pitcher Greg Montalbano has passed away after a long battle with testicular cancer — the same disease which current Trenton infielder Chris Malec and former outfielder Colin Curtis suffered from — at the age of 31.  He pitched in ten games for the Thunder in 2001, going 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in ten games.

Still 4-2, heading into T6.

For what it’s worth — or FWIW, if you’re cool like that (and there isn’t anyone cool in here with the windows inexplicably open) — Wilkin de la Rosa will not start throwing until tomorrow…the original plan was for that to happen today.  He’s still slated for a September return.

4-4 game.  4-4.  Tied.  Doubleheader.  Game one.  Sweet.  Chris Malec doubles home a run to tie it…before that, Noah Hall beat out a throw on a double play ball…the throw was errant, and a run scored there.  4-4.  Four to four.  B6.

Wilkins “Arias 51″ in the game now with it tied at four…yes, tied at four…heading into T7.  There’s no cheering in the press box, but I think it’s OK to root for “someone” to win, yes?

I drink that Santana champ ‘cuz it’s so crisp!  Francisco Santana — pinch-running for Kyle Anson — scores the game-winning run on a deep double to right off the bat of Austin Krum.  It’s another walk-off for the Thunder, who are…hey, hey…over .500 for the first time since July 25th.  5-4, Thunder win.

In-Game Photos:

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The ALS patch on the jerseys

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Kyle Anson

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Wilkins Arias

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Ryan Baker

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Matt Cusick

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Tony Franklin

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Austin Krum

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Krum

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Chris Malec

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Malec

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Eduardo Nunez

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Lance Pendleton

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Pendleton

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Humberto Sanchez

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Francisco Santana

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Justin Snyder

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Kanekoa Texeira

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Marcos Vechionacci

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Jose Valdez

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Vechionacci enjoys a game off

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Eric Wordekemper

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

Final Score: 5-4, Thunder

Thunder Thoughts: Pendleton is at 89-91 MPH on the gun…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 125: Pre-Game Notes

August 23, 2009

12:05 PM — Josh Schmidt starts the middle game of the Altoona series…

11:45 AM — Nothing really going on in the clubhouse. 

Lineups…

FISHER CATS

Todd Donovan, LF
Scott Campbell, DH
Brad Emaus, 2B
David Cooper, 1B
Darin Mastroianni, CF
Manny Mayorson, SS
Brian Jeroloman, C
Brian Van Kirk, RF
Bryan Kervin, 3B

THUNDER

Austin Krum, CF
Matt Cusick, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Noah Hall, DH
Chris Malec, 1B
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
James Cooper, LF
Kyle Anson, C
Justin Snyder, 3B

10:45 AM — Apparently, I didn’t get the memo.  That’s what happens when you’re off for two days, I guess.  But everyone in the front office is wearing NFL jerseys.  Sadly, my Walter Payton jersey remains at home.

Secondly, the team will be wearing blue ALS jerseys in Game 1.  Hadn’t heard about that either.  I assume they’ll be auctioned off.

Some players are wearing different numbers.  The following are the players normal numbers, followed by their special numbers:

Arias 14/12, De La Rosa 15/21, McAllister 56/52, Sanchez, 59/56, Wordekemper 54/51, Malec 17/24, Cooper 31/32, Krum 4/10

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Morning Links

August 23, 2009

After a stellar off day on Friday and a Saturday that — aside from an awesome Buffalo Chicken pizza from Domino’s — I primarily slept through, here are a few things to take a look at before the Thunder’s doubleheader on Sunday:

– Friend and colleague Josh Norris — follow him on Twitter at jnorris427, if you so desire — has got some info for you in the Trentonian.  He reports that the reason Paul Bush was placed on the DL was with some elbow discomfort.  He’s also got word on just when Wilkin De La Rosa is going to start throwing again.  If you remember, Nardi Contreras told me that “Dela” might not miss the rest of the year after all.  Check it out.

– It’s an interesting day for the Thunder’s broadcasting duo.  Steve Rudenstein celebrates a birthday — happy birthday, Rudy — while it’s Jared Smith’s last day on the job.  To read about where he’s headed, check this out.

Chad Jennings has the names you need to know for the Arizona Fall League.  Two more have been added to play alongside Ian Kennedy and Colin Curtis.  If you aren’t reading Chad every day…you simply aren’t cool.  You wannt be cool, yes?  Then go read Chad.

– New Britain, who will be the last team Trenton faces at home at the end of the month — has added former MLB infielder Alejandro Machado.  Machado appeared in 10 games with the 2005 Boston Red Sox.  2003 gave us the “Cowboy Up” squad, 2004 brought us “The Idiots,” and 2005…ummm, “The Disappointments?”

Outfielder Matt Moses was placed on the DL to make room for Machado.  It’s odd to read a press release where a player’s reason for going on it is…oh, I don’t know, actually listed…but alas, Moses has a strained finger.

– Erie’s Thad Weber no-hit the Akron Aeros last night, as the Seawolves beat the tar out of the Indians affiliate, 16-0.  I’m told someone on Akron threw a perfect game in Trenton this year, but I don’t seem to recall this…

Here’s the press release:

(PR) History was made on Saturday night at Jerry Uht Park as starter Thad Weber fired Erie’s first no-hitter since 1995 in a 16-0 win over the Akron Aeros.

The night began with Weber setting down the Aeros in order in the top of the first inning on only six pitches and from there it was smooth sailing. He retired the first eight hitters before Cristo Arnal reached on an error in the top of the third. Weber battled back getting a comebacker off the bat of Jose Constanza for the final out of the inning. 

The only other baserunner to reach on Weber was Matt McBride who led off the eighth inning and was hit by a pitch. Following the hit batter, Weber would retire the final six hitters of the game, completing the rare feat.

In the top of the ninth, he got a soft liner off the bat of Arnal to the shortstop Danny Worth. Weber then struck out both Constanza and Josh Rodriguez to end the game.

The amazing accomplishment was witnessed by nearly 4,000 fans at “The Uht” and by two very special guests…Weber’s parents Les and Nancy. He threw just 88 pitches in the game.

The Erie righty had plenty of run support as Erie notched their highest run total since July 24 against Binghamton. Weber was on the winning end of that game as well.

The ‘Wolves got on the board in the bottom of the second inning against Akron starter Josh Tomlin. Tomlin, who is 11-3 against the rest of the league, was just 1-5 against the ‘Wolves entering Saturday’s game. Casper Wells led off and was hit by a pitch. Michael Bertram followed with a two-run home run to left, his fourth of the season and second in as many games, putting the ‘Wolves ahead 2-0. With one out, Chris White, who was called up from Lakeland on Friday, connected on his first Double-A hit, a solo home run to right for a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Deik Scram led off with the first of four hits in the game, a solo home run to right for his 18th of the season and a 4-0 lead. Scram would fall a triple shy of the cycle.

The big inning came in the bottom of the fourth when the ‘Wolves put up a seven-spot. Bertram led off with a walk and White reached on a fielder’s choice and an error by the second baseman Arnal. Jeff Kunkel followed with a three-run home run to right for a 7-0 lead. The home run for Kunkel was his third of the season and he would finish the night with a season-high three hits and four RBI. Danny Worth followed the home run with a base hit to center, Scram then doubled and Cale Iorg walked to load the bases. Brennan Boesch drove in a run on a fielders choice and a second Akron error for an 8-0 lead. Erie would go on to score three more runs on a Bertram two-run single and a Santo De Leon RBI single for an 11-0 lead.

In the fifth, Kukel led off with a double and scored on a one-out ground out by Scram for a 12-0 lead.

In the sixth, Kunkel picked up his second double bringing home White who walked for a 13-0 lead.

A three-run seventh would give Erie the 16-0 advantage. Scram walked and Shawn Roof doubled putting a pair on for Boesch who singled home both picking up his second and third RBI in the game. Boesch is now tied for second in the league with 86 RBI. Boesch would later score on a sacrifice fly by White.

The no-hitter was Erie’s first since Elvin Hernandez accomplished the feat on August 24, 1995 at Oneonta. It was the first no-hitter thrown by a SeaWolf in the 15-year history of Jerry Uht Park.

The icing on the cake was Erie gaining a game on the wild card leading Reading Phillies who lost to New Britain. The ‘Wolves are now just 1.5 games out of the wild card.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Thunder Win Friday, Rained Out On Saturday, Doubleheader Sunday

August 23, 2009

Yesterday’s game against New Hampshire was rained out, and a doubleheader has been scheduled for Sunday at 1:05 PM.  So if you’re going to the stadium thinking you’ll just be seeing one game…no, no, my friend.  You’re in luck.  Two.  Let’s play two.

Also, Noah Hall and Kyle Anson were both activated from the DL.  Paul Bush was placed on the DL.

As for Friday, I apparently missed an offensive slugfest that was played in the regulation nine innings.  No?  I misread something?  Here’s the press release, complete with a great Kenny Barto photo:

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(PR) (Trenton, NJ)- Trenton Outfielder Edwar Gonzalez connected on a sacrifice fly RBI in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Trenton to a 1-0 10-inning victory over New Hampshire on Friday night from Waterfront Park. Trenton has won three of its first four games of the seven-game homestand.

Trenton broke a scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the tenth inning to walk-off with the win. Catcher P.J. Pilittere singled to start the bottom of the tenth inning against New Hampshire Reliever Wilfredo Ledezma (0-1). Left fielder James Cooper followed by dropping a bunt down the first base side. The bunt was fielded by New Hampshire Second baseman Brad Emaus. Emaus’s throw to first base glanced off the glove of New Hampshire First baseman David Cooper. The error allowed Santana to move to third base. Cooper was credited with a bunt single, and David Cooper was given an error. Right fielder Edwar Gonzalez drove Santana home with a sacrifice fly RBI to win the game.

The win was Trenton’s 11th walk-off win of the season, and second of the homestand. This was the fourth time Trenton’s Pitching Staff has only allowed one hit this season. Trenton (62-62) now has 15 shutouts on the season to lead the Eastern League.

Trenton Starting Pitcher Paul Bush tossed four shutout innings. He allowed only one hit. He struck out four and walked three. New Hampshire Starting Pitcher Randy Boone hurled 7 2/3 innings and yielded only two hits. He struck out six and walked three. Both pitchers received no-decisions. Trenton Reliever Humberto Sanchez picked up the win in relief with a scoreless 10th. Ledezma allowed one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. Trenton’s bullpen hurled a combined six shutout innings.

Bush worked out of a jam in the first inning. New Hampshire Left fielder Todd Donovan walked to start the game. He moved to second base on a single by Designated Hitter Manny Mayorson. A double-steal moved Donovan to third base and Mayorson to second base. But, Bush induced two consecutive pop-outs and struck out Center fielder Darin Mastroianni to work his way out of the inning. Trenton’s best opportunity to score came in the fourth inning. The Thunder loaded the bases with one out for Pilittere. But, Pilittere grounded into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.


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