Archive for August 29th, 2009

Updating Game 132…Well, Sort Of

August 29, 2009

I am home.  Apparently, the tarp is still on the field and no decisions has been made regarding the game yet, which is…somewhat deplorable, if I’m being honest about it.

Bang it, don’t bang it, whatever…but it shouldn’t take this long to make the decision.

It’s obviously a huge game for both teams, but if they can just suspend it and finish it up tomorrow, I don’t really see what the need is to make everyone wait around at this hour — it’s 11:30 PM as I write this.

My alarm’s set for 8:30 AM tomorrow, and I will be at the ballpark.  I just have no idea how many innings I’ll be covering.  Check out the Thunder website for any updates on tonight’s game and what may happen tomorrow if tonight’s second game is suspended.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Walk-Off Celebration

August 29, 2009

Trenton has won 38 times at home now. 13 of those have been of the walk-off variety. 13.

Game 131: New Britain @ Trenton

August 29, 2009

Game 131 – New Britain Rock Cats @ Trenton Thunder
August 29, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: NB Cole DeVries vs. TRE Jeremy Bleich

Starting Lineups:

ROCK CATS

Brandon Roberts, CF
Alejandro Machado, 2B
Rene Tosoni, RF
Luke Hughes, 3B
Wilson Ramos, C
Juan Portes, DH
Erik Lis, 1B
Brian Dinkelman, LF
Yancarlos Ortiz, SS

THUNDER

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

Nacci was a late scratch…

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): Jeremy Bleich needed to step up tonight.  He did not.  Trenton’s down 2-0 already in the first.  Wilson Ramos just hit a long, two-out double to the deepest part of the ballpark.

Matt Cusick snatching the a single from the jaws of a double by tripping while rounding the corner at first on a hard hit ball down the right field line.  Pretty much sums up the season.  Still 2-0, B1.

31 minute first inning.  31 minutes.  1,860 seconds.  Doubleheader.  Come on.

Edwar Gonzalez drives in Eduardo Nunez in the bottom of the third with two outs…anything resembling a good throw from Rene Tosoni and Nunez is out, but a great slide scores the run and cuts the deficit in half.  2-1, B3.  Really, the Thunder must sweep this doubleheader.  Every game is a must-win now.

And now they’ve tied it on a wild pitch that Ramos couldn’t locate after it bounced behind him.  2-2, B3.

Justin Snyder…wait, Justin Snyder?  Yes, Justin Snyder with a bases clearing double.  5-2, Thunder, B3.  Wow.  Five run third so far.

5-3.  Ramos does it again, this time with a single through the left side.  T5.

Kanekoa Texeira in to pitch the 6th.  Hmmm.  Texeira.  Texeira.  Guy looks familiar.  Has he been used at all this year? 

The line for Bleich: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.  Not bad…but honestly I don’t think he was as decent as the line would indicate.  He’s really struggling out there, but you have to give him credit for keeping them in the game this time around. 

Texeira came in, got one out and put some runners on…odd that he might not be good, considering he seems to have thrown about 1000 innings this year.  Then Jose Valdez came in and was absolutely awesome threw two wild pitches to tie the game at 5.  It’s like they spin a wheel in the clubhouse and whatever new way to lose it lands on, that’s what they go with.  It’s hard to be anything but sarcastic sometimes when covering this team, because they don’t seem to give consistent reason to be confident in them as a whole.  5-5, T6.

Valdez gets out of it, but did manage to tie it up.  5-5, heading into B6. 

7′ 1″ Loek Van Mil into pitch the 7th.  I was in the press box, he was on the mound…we shook hands.  Nice moment.  Pfft.  Anyway, there’s runners on the corners with no outs for the Thunder, and Richie Robnett is being intentionally walked to get to Edwar Gonzalez.  Tie game, B7.  Walk-off?  Yes?

Walk-off indeed.  Van Mil issues a four pitch walk to Gonzalez.  Thunder win, 6-5.  Played in a crisp 2:47.

In-Game Photos:

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

Final Score: 6-5, Thunder.

Thunder Thoughts: Special thanks to one of my loyal readers for sharing a birthday brownie.  ‘Twas good. 

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 131: Pre-Game Notes

August 29, 2009

4:05 PM — Tarp’s on the field, and it’s raining lightly.  Sweet.  Meanwhile, here are your Game 1 lineups…

ROCK CATS

Brandon Roberts, CF
Alejandro Machado, 2B
Rene Tosoni, RF
Luke Hughes, 3B
Wilson Ramos, C
Juan Portes, DH
Erik Lis, 1B
Brian Dinkelman, LF
Yancarlos Ortiz, SS

THUNDER

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

3:50 PM — Richie Robnett has been activated, and Francisco Santana has been sent back to Staten Island.

Damon Oppenheimer is in the house…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Notes From The Past 48 Hours

August 29, 2009

– It, um, rained a lot.

– Friday night’s game has been postponed and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader that is set to start at 5 PM today.  Thankfully, these would be two seven inning games.  Via the Thunder, fans with tickets to Friday’s game may exchange them for tickets of equal or lesser value to another 2009 Thunder regular season home game OR a game in April 2010, subject to availability.  Ticket stubs may be presented in person at the Thunder Ticket Office at Waterfront Park starting at 9:30 AM on Sunday, August 29.

– Assuming the rotations stay as is, Jeremy Bleich and Zach McAllister will pitch both games.  If you’re interested in top prospects from other teams, New Britain’s Deolis Guerra will toe the rubber on Sunday against Ryan Pope.  Guerra, a Futures Game alum, was one of the key pieces in the Johan Santana trade.

– Eduardo Nunez was named as the shortstop on the 2009 Eastern League Postseason All-Star Team.  In what may be telling as to who wins the 2009 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year, Akron’s Jeanmar Gomez got the nod at the Right-Handed Pitcher slot over Zach McAllister.   

Via the Thunder, the rest of the selections for the 2009 EL All-Star Team are as follows:

1B: Brett Pill (CON)
2B: Brock Bond (CON)
3B: Neil Sellers (REA)
SS: Eduardo Nunez (TRE)
C: Carlos Santana (AKR)
OF: Quintin Berry (REA)
OF: Brennan Boesch (ERI)
OF: Michael Taylor (REA)
DH: Brian Dopirak (NHP)
UTL: Brian Dinkelman (NBR)
RHP: Jeanmar Gomez (AKR)
LHP: Joe Savery (REA)
RP: Anthony Slama (NBR)

Nunez joins the following Thunder players who have been named to the Eastern League Post-Season All-Star team: Phil Coke (2008), Alan Horne (2007), Randy Ruiz (2006), Shelley Duncan (2005), Mitch Jones (2004), Freddy Sanchez (2002), Shea Hillenbrand (2000), David Eckstein (1999), Raul Gonzalez (1999), Dernell Stenson (1998), Adam Hyzdu (1996), Walt McKeel (1996), Carl Pavano (1996), Pork Chop Pough (1995), Nomar Garciaparra (1995), and Tony Clark (1994).

– The Thunder continue to find ways to lose perfectly winnable games.  In this case, the bullpen essentially self-destructed on Thursday night in a 9-4 loss to Altoona.  It was particularly disappointing considering the solid start they got from Lance Pendleton on short rest.

– Trenton has actually performed worse than I predicted they would very early this year, when I suggested they’d finish five or ten games over .500.  Injuries have really, really hurt this team — figuratively and literally — but they just don’t seem to have the overall talent level they’ve had in years past.  Missing the postseason this year would snap a streak of four straight playoff appearances that goes back to 2005.

I seem to remember this post getting a lot of attention…

…and you have to ask yourself, ultimately did things ever get any better?

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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