Archive for July 31st, 2010

Game 107: Pre-Game Notes

July 31, 2010

6:15 PM — Lineups…

NH

Mastroianni, CF
Hechavarria, SS
Loewen, RF
Thames, LF
Bowman, 3B
Cooper, 1B
Liuzza, DH
Jeroloman, C
Diaz, 2B

LaMura, P

TRE

Christian, LF
Krum, CF
Laird, 3B
Brewer, RF
Vechionacci, 1B
Cusick, 2B
Rivera, C
Gonzalez, DH
Nunez, SS

Brackman, P

6:10 PM — Duff had to shut himself down.  He said he experienced a dull pain in his arm, and couldn’t make it through the 25 pitches he was scheduled to throw.  He also said he doesn’t expect it to be anything serious.

4:10 PM — Grant Duff threw a simulated inning…he’s tentatively scheduled to come back in three days.

3:05 PM — Everything is status quo here at Waterfront Park…as of now, anyway.  This is perhaps the most hectic day, and quite a bit can happen, even after 4 o’clock.  Stay tuned…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Former Thunder Star Melancon Reportedly Dealt

July 31, 2010

Joel Sherman of The New York Post was the first to report that Mark Melancon, as well as Charleston second baseman Jimmy Paredes, were involved in a potential deal that will send Houston Astros first baseman Lance Berkman to the Yankees.

Melancon made his much anticipated and hyped arrival in Trenton in May of 2008 and was every bit as good as he was made out to be.  During his two month stay, the imposing righty posted a 6-0 record with a 1.81 ERA in 19 appearances before being called up to Scranton at the end of July.

However, despite all of his talent, the 25-year-old could never completely put things together at the big league level, and largely struggled in parts of two seasons in the Bronx.  He made all of 15 appearances in a Yankees uniform, including two this season, but was solid for Scranton this season.

Tony Franklin, who managed Melancon in Trenton, was surprised to learn the news after the game from reporters.

“Not hearing anything previous to what you guys just told me, the thought was, ‘Golly, not Melancon.’  He was so good here,” Franklin said.

“Nice guy, I loved the guy.  But that’s part of the business.  He’s a pretty good pitcher, I could see Houston wanting him.  He’ll do a pretty good job there, he may get an opportunity there.  Not that he didn’t get one here, he got a pretty good one here.  But it’s always a good thing when somebody wants you, sometimes kids don’t realize that because there’s no place like home.  The Yankees organization is a special one.  But when you’re traded for, somebody wants you.  That’s not a bad thing.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 106: Post-Game Notes

July 31, 2010

– I’ll have a game story and an Adams/Sublett/Banuelos/Betances notebook in The Trentonian.  Check that out.  I’m also now writing for them Sunday as well…so I’ll have no in-game updates Saturday or Sunday.  Really, though…you’re either listening to the dynamic duo of Justin Shackil and Jay Burnham or checking out the MILB.com boxscore anyway, so my “ZOMG HE HIT THE BALL SO FAR LOLZ” updates probably aren’t too worthwhile anyway.

– Hector Noesi had his second consecutive rough outing today.  Had you seen him in the first inning, you never would have predicted it.  He threw seven pitches, all strikes, and blew Adam Loewen’s doors off with a three-pitch strikeout to end the frame.

In the second inning, however, Shawn Bowman hit a moonshot off of him to left center field that plated two runs, and he escaped further damage after loading the bases later in the inning.  So what happened in the second?

“There was no difference (between the first and the second).  It’s just part of the game,” Noesi said through interpreter and real, live outfielder Edwar Gonzalez.

After a 1-2-3 third inning, things completely unraveled in the fourth, and Noesi was ultimately charged with seven runs (all earned) in just 3.1 innings of work.  He threw 72 pitches, 48 of them for strikes. 

“I’m going to try to be extra focused in my next outing and try to come out on top,” Noesi said.

– The Thunder outhit the Fisher Cats, 14-13.  In the column to the left, however…the one that matters, New Hampshire put up a ten spot, and Trenton only three.  The Thunder left 13 men on base (13!!!) and hit into four double plays. 

“We hit some balls really hard tonight,” Franklin said.

“We hit balls hard throughout the game.  We just couldn’t find any holes out there tonight.  I thought we got off to a decent start tonight.  We got some guys on, hit the ball hard, but we didn’t capitalize and getting anyone across the plate.  You have those nights from time to time where you barrel the ball and they find fielders.”

I asked Franklin if he felt like the score of the game didn’t necessarily indicate how close it was…

“Well, yes and no,” he said.

“There were a lot of if’s in the game.  If they’d have made this play, if we do this…we walked too many guys and gave them way too many chances tonight.  But they made the plays, and that’s part of the game.  We’ve got to be better, but this is not a game of if’s.  They just made plays.”

– I also have a story on NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday, Jr. in The Trentonian today as well.  I…ummm, really have nowhere else to promote that, so yeah.  Um.  Read up.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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