Archive for August 31st, 2009

Wordekemper, Sanchez Up To Scranton

August 31, 2009

– Eric Wordekemper and Humberto Sanchez have been called up to Scranton.  No word on who replaces them.

– New Britain will be losing players as well…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 134: New Britain @ Trenton

August 31, 2009

Game 134 – New Britain Rock Cats @ Trenton Thunder
August 31, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: NB Matt Fox vs. TRE Jason Stephens

Starting Lineups:

ROCK CATS

Brandon Roberts, CF
Rene Tosoni, RF
Luke Hughes, 3B
Erik Lis, DH
Wilson Ramos, C
Brian Dinkelman, LF
Steve Singleton, 2B
Whit Robbins, 1B
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

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): Rene Tosoni with a two-out, run scoring single up the middle in the third…New Britain leads, 1-0, T3.

Eduardo Nunez with a line drive home run to left field…ties the game, 1-1, B4.

Richie Robnett with a long home run over the video board in right…an absolute shot and one of the hardest hit homers I’ve seen here all year.  2-1, Thunder, B5.

Excellent start out of Jay Stephens…seven innings of quality work.  Grant Duff in with the season essentially on the line here in the 8th.  Still 2-1, T8.

2-2.  Brian Dinkelman ties it up with an infield single.  Amazing.  2-2, T8.

376,102 is where the Thunder end up at with attendance this year…most other teams would be happy with that, but this is the first time since 1994 they’ll end below 400,000 people.

Chris Malec with a two-run triple to the left center field gap.  Didn’t think he had that kind of speed.  It’s 4-2, B8.

In-Game Photos:

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Noah Hall wins the Samuel J. Plumeri Community Service Award

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And Chris Malec wins the Hamilton Jewelers Fan Favorite Award

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Malec adds his signature to the bat that features the names of every player to ever win the award, which has been given out since the club’s inception in 1994.

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

Final Score: 4-2, Thunder

Thunder Thoughts: Back to being one game back of a spot

Game 134: Pre-Game Notes

August 31, 2009

5:45 PM — Lineups…

ROCK CATS

Brandon Roberts, CF
Rene Tosoni, RF
Luke Hughes, 3B
Erik Lis, DH
Wilson Ramos, C
Brian Dinkelman, LF
Steve Singleton, 2B
Whit Robbins, 1B
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

4:55 PM — As expected, Ryan Baker was placed on the DL to make room for Jason Stephens.

3:45 PM — I don’t really want to address the stuff about myself any more than I have to with this being an important time for the team.  So I’ll keep all of that to the comments…

3:25 PM — Someone was asking me about this yesterday…there would be a one-game playoff if New Britain and Trenton finish in a tie for the final playoff spot.  The only way a tie-breaker would be used is between two teams that are already in the playoffs — i.e. deciding a tie for first place in a division, etc.

However, a tie-breaker would be used to determine which team would have home field advantage in the one-game playoff.  That tie-breaker is head-to-head record, and New Britain and Trenton are currently 8-8 against each other.

Also, each team only has eight games remaining, including this one.  Each team “lost” a date this year, so they will each only play 141 games.  Trenton is currently two games back of New Britain.

2:40 PM — Just got here a little while ago, there doesn’t seem to be much going on. 

As for me, yes the rumors are true and this may very well be my last Trenton Thunder game.  I had a whole little paragraph or two written out, but it really isn’t worth the explanation.  So I’d expect the updates to be a little light as I attempt to enjoy what may be last time here for a while.

I have, to some extent anyway, enjoyed my time here over the past six years — particularly the last two with this blog.  But I honestly can’t tell you whether I’ll be back for a seventh.

As for the blog, it will continue through the regular season, any playoff action and at least some part of the off-season.  My primary focus is with my current employer, the Hunterdon County Democrat, and I will be continuing to be providing content for them, so I’d might as well continue to provide content here as well.

But with the way things are going in the industry, I’d be foolish not to consider looking elsewhere or at an entirely different line of work all together.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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