Archive for August 26th, 2009

Three Down With 13 To Go…

August 26, 2009

(PR) (Altoona, PA)- Altoona scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun Trenton 4-3 on Wednesday night from Blair County Ballpark. Trenton has now dropped four games in a row. Trenton remains three games behind New Britain for second place in the Eastern League Northern Divison. New Britain lost to Connecticut on Wednesday night.

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Altoona (57-73) scored two runs to win the game. Altoona Center fielder Gorkys Hernandez doubled off of Thunder Reliever Grant Duff to start the ninth inning. With one out, Altoona Third baseman Pedro Alvarez doubled off of Thunder Reliever Wilkins Arias to tie the game at 3-3. Two batters later, Altoona Shortstop Jonel Pacheco singled down the third base line to plate Alvarez with the winning run. Altoona Reliever Scott Nestor (2-2) earned the win by getting the final out in the top of the ninth. Arias (5-4) took the loss for the Thunder, as he allowed two hits and a run in the bottom of the ninth, without retiring a batter.

Trenton (63-66) broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning with a run. Catcher Kyle Anson singled to start the top of the ninth inning against Altoona Reliever Daniel Molleken (1-2). Pinch-runner James Cooper moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Center fielder Austin Kurm. A line out by Second baseman Justin Snyder advanced Cooper to third base. Thunder Shortstop Eduardo Nunez drove Cooper in with a two-out single to give the Thunder a 3-2 lead. Nunez had four hits in the loss for the Thunder.

Trenton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Center fielder Austin Krum led off the game with a single off of Altoona Starting Pitcher Daniel Moskos. Krum moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Second baseman Matt Cusick. Nunez followed with an RBI single to plate Krum and give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. The Thunder added a run in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead. With two outs and Nunez at third base, Right fielder Edwar Gonzalez delivered an RBI double to make it 2-0. But, Altoona scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2. With runners at first and third base and one out, First baseman Miles Durham drove home a run with an RBI groundout. Later in the frame, Hernandez produced an RBI single to score Durham and tie the game at 2-2. Gonzalez went 3 x 4 with an RBI and a walk in the loss for the Thunder.

Trenton Starting Pitcher Josh Schmidt hurled 3 1/3 innings in a spot start. He allowed two hits and two runs. Schmidt struck out four and walked two. Moskos scattered eight hits and two runs in six innings. He struck out two and walked two. Trenton went 4 x 17 with runners in scoring position, and left 12 men on base. Altoona went 3 x 11 with runners in scoring position, and left 12 men on base.

Trenton and Altoona play the final game of their series on Thursday night. RHP Lance Pendleton (0-2, 4.97) will start for Trenton against Altoona LHP Donald Veal (0-0, 0.00). Game time is set for 6:35 p.m.

Newman’s Talkin’ Trenton

August 26, 2009

Well, sort of.  Chad Jennings — he being the guy whose blog you should be reading about 20 times a day — got a chance to catch up with Mark Newman before tonight’s game in Scranton, and he came away with some valuable information that pertains to many of the organization’s prospects, as well as some players who either are in Trenton now or have seen some time at Waterfront Park this year.

Chad would also frown on a run-in sentence like that, but so be it.

In any event, check it out here.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Thunder Playoff Hopes Dwindle With Loss

August 26, 2009

(PR) (Altoona, PA)- Altoona scored four runs in the second inning, and hung on to top Trenton 4-3 on Tuesday night from Blair County Ballpark. Trenton dropped its third straight game, and third straight in the season-series against the Curve. With New Britain’s loss to Connecticut on Tuesday, Trenton remains three games behind New Britain for second place in the Eastern League Northern Division.

Down 1-0, Altoona (56-73) scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning against Thunder Starting Pitcher Ryan Pope (5-11). Left fielder Jeff Corsaletti connected on a one-out RBI double to score Catcher Steve Lerud and tie the game at 1-1. Center fielder Gorkys Hernandez followed with an RBI double to give Altoona a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Third baseman Pedro Alvarez drove home Hernandez with an RBI groundout. First baseman Jason Delaney capped off the scoring with an RBI single. Altoona had five hits in the inning. Trenton chipped away with single runs in the sixth inning and eighth inning. Trenton Designated Hitter Noah Hall had a two-out RBI single in the sixth inning to close the gap to 4-2. Trenton closed to 4-3 in the eighth inning on an RBI infield single by First baseman Chris Malec. Malec had two hits in the loss for the Thunder. But, Altoona Reliever Jared Hughes tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch his second save for the Curve. Altoona Designated Hitter Ray Chang had three hits in the win for the Curve.

Trenton (63-65) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Right fielder Edwar Gonzalez reached base on an error by Alvarez to start the inning. He advanced to second base on a groundout by Left fielder James Cooper, and scored on an RBI double by Catcher P.J. Pilittere. Trenton Shortstop Eduardo Nunez had two doubles in the game. He had his team-leading 39th multi-hit game of the season.

Pope allowed eight hits and four runs over five innings to take the loss. He struck out four and walked one. Altoona Starting Pitcher Tim Alderson won his third game in four starts against the Thunder this season. He scattered five hits and two runs (one earned) over seven innings to pick up the win. Trenton Relievers Wilkins Arias and Jose Valdez combined to toss three shutout innings.

Trenton and Altoona play the middle game of their series on Wednesday night. RHP Josh Schmidt (8-3, 1.34) will start for Trenton against Altoona LHP Daniel Moskos (10-9, 3.78). Game time is set for 6:35 p.m.


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