Archive for September 4th, 2010

Kroenke Called Up By Diamondbacks

September 4, 2010

The Arizona Diamondbacks have called up left-handed reliever Zach Kroenke to the major leagues.  The 26-year-old spent parts of two seasons in Trenton; the latter year far more successful than the former.

In 2007, Kroenke was 0-1 with a 9.42 in 15 appearances, but turned things around the following season to post a 6-0 record and 3.09 ERA in 37 games on his way to a Triple-A call-up.

Kroenke was not called up by the Yankees last season despite an unbelieveable campaign in Scranton that saw him post a 7-1 mark and microscopic 1.99 ERA with four saves in 36 appearances.  Selected in the Rule 5 draft for the second consecutive year — this time by Arizona — Kroenke pitched in 40 games for Triple-A Reno, including nine starts, and went 7-3 with a 3.51 ERA.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Pettitte A Strong Possibility For Wednesday

September 4, 2010

The Thunder front office has never pulled as hard for their team as they likely are tonight.  A Trenton win in New Britain would clinch the division title and home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs against New Hampshire.

It would also put Andy Pettitte on pace to start the first game on Wednesday at Waterfront Park.

According to Chad Jennings, the “Core Four” Yankee threw 50 pitches in a successful simulated game earlier today, and would likely throw a bullpen on Monday and make a rehab appearance on Wednesday.  Jennings speculates Pettitte would be allowed to throw roughly 65 pitches.

Barring a meltdown against an absolutely horrendous Rock Cats team, the Thunder will host the Fisher Cats on Wednesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 9 for the first two games of the series — as well as Sunday, September 12 (if necessary) for a fifth and deciding game.

A likely scenario if Pettitte takes the hill for Trenton is this: Cory Arbiso backs up Pettitte in the first game.  Dellin Betances starts game two, Adam Warren starts game three, Andrew Brackman starts game four and Manny Banuelos would start game five.  It seems unlikely Trenton would use two starters in the first game, and with Arbiso being singled out as the fifth man in the rotation by Thunder manager Tony Franklin anyway, this may be the best way to go.

Betances and Warren would be pitching on five days rest, while Brackman would get his regular four days.

Playoff tickets are available at trentonthunder.com — and the house is likely to be packed when/if Pettitte takes the bump.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Friday: 20 Runs Puts Magic Number At 1

September 4, 2010

(PR) New Britain, CT- Thunder hitters put on an offensive showcase, as they tied the single season record for runs scored in a 20-6 drubbing of New Britain on Friday night at New Britain Stadium. With the win and a New Hampshire loss, Trenton’s (82-57) magic number to clinch the Eastern Division stands at one.

The Thunder wasted little time, as they plated four runs in the top of the first inning off RHP Bruce Pugh (0-2). The inning was highlighted by a pair of two-run doubles by Marcos Vechionacci and Rene Rivera. Trenton then put up six runs in the second and three runs in the third to go ahead 13-0 over New Britain. The Rock Cats were able to get on the board in the bottom of the third off RHP Dellin Betances, bringing in two runs on three hits. A solo home run by Steve Singleton in the fourth inning made the score 13-3 in favor of Trenton.

After picking up an additional run in the fifth inning, the Thunder stormed for five runs on five hits in the sixth inning, capped off by a two-run double by Austin Romine. Trenton scored one last run in the eighth inning to go up 20-6.

Daniel Brewer and Rene Rivera each finished the night with three hits. Brewer scored a single-game franchise record five runs and drove in four runs as well. Justin Christian extended his career high hitting streak to 17 games with a single in the first inning.

The Thunder and Rock Cats square off in the second game of the four game set on Saturday night starting at 7:05 PM. RHP Adam Warren will start for Trenton, as New Britain will throw RHP Kane Holbrooks. Catch all the action on 107.7 FM The Bronc or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com


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