Archive for September 14th, 2010

Trenton Takes 1-0 Series Lead

September 14, 2010

Austin Romine’s soft single to right field in the tenth inning put the Thunder ahead to give them a 3-2 win over the Altoona Curve in Game 1 of the Eastern League Championship Series.

Stay tuned for post-game notes and player reaction.  Here’s a hint: They’re going to be happy…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

VIDEO: Andy Pettitte Press Conference

September 14, 2010

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

PETTITTE POST-GAME INFO

September 14, 2010

Andy Pettitte addresses reporters following his five inning Game 1 start in the 2010 Eastern League Championship Series…

(Stay tuned for video from Pettitte’s press conference)

– Pettitte threw 10 pitches in the bullpen to make his grand total 77 on the night…

– He said that unless he is told otherwise, his next start will be in the big leagues against Baltimore

– He said he felt fine and experienced no discomfort in his groin.

– Pettitte told reporters that the pitch to D’Arnaud that left the yard was a cutter that stayed flat.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

ANDY PETTITTE REHAB HEADQUARTERS, THE SEQUEL

September 14, 2010

Info

1st Inning: Pettitte allowed a no doubt, leadoff home run to Eastern League All-Star Game MVP Chase D’Arnaud, but retired Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer and Matt Hague in order to end the frame.  13 pitches/10 strikes.

2nd Inning: Pettitte retired Andrew Lambo, Hector Gimenez and Miles Durham on 8 pitches/6 strikes.  He got Durham on a 3 pitch K.

3rd Inning: Pettitte ran into trouble…Yung Chi Chen singled to right field. Wild pitches by Pettitte advanced Chen to third, and Harrison drove him home with a single of his own. — 21 pitches/14 strikes. Total: 42 pitches/30 strikes

4th Inning: 6 pitches/6 strikes that inning…and he gave up a base hit. Wacky inning, but Pettitte’s been efficient. He’s at 48 pitches, 36 strikes through 4, but trails, 2-1…

5th Inning: Wow.  Pettitte loaded the bases…but induced a 1-2-3 DP and got Matt Hague to strike out swinging.  67 pitches/49 strikes total.

FINAL LINE: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

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Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

ELCS GAME 1: IN-GAME UPDATES

September 14, 2010

Top 1st — Austin Krum, Justin Snyder and Dan Brewer go down in order against Rudy Owens…here comes Andy Pettitte.  0-0, going into B1.

Bottom 1st — Pettitte allowed a no doubt, leadoff home run to Eastern League All-Star Game MVP Chase D’Arnaud, but retired Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer and Matt Hague in order to end the frame.  13 pitches/10 strikes.  1-0, Curve, going into T2.

Top 2nd — The Thunder put two runners on with one out for Damon Sublett, but he grounded into a 5-4-3 DP to the dn the threat…

Bottom 2nd — Pettitte retired Andrew Lambo, Hector Gimenez and Miles Durham on 8 pitches/6 strikes.  He got Durham on a 3 pitch K.

Top 3rd — Owens looked like he was again going to pitch out of trouble…the Thunder had runners on first and second with one out, but Justin Snyder struck out.  However, Dan Brewer sent a flare to right field and tied the game at one. 

Bottom 3rd — Pettitte ran into trouble…Yung Chi Chen singled to right field. Wild pitches by Pettitte advanced Chen to third, and Harrison drove him home with a single of his own. — 21 pitches/14 strikes. Total: 42 pitches/30 strikes. 2-1, Curve.

Top 4th — Owens with a 1-2-3 inning…Altoona leads, 2-1, going into B4.

Bottom 4th — Pettitte with 6 pitches/6 strikes that inning…and he gave up a base hit.  Wacky inning, but Pettitte’s been efficient. He’s at 48 pitches, 36 strikes through 4, but trails, 2-1…

Top 5th — Trenton ties it up…Luis Nunez led off the inning with a double, got moved to third by Matt Cusick, and scored on a double by Austin Krum.  2-2, going into B5.

Bottom 5th — Wow.  Pettitte loaded the bases…but induced a 1-2-3 DP and got Matt Hague to strike out swinging.  67 pitches/49 strikes total.

Top 6th — Going down to speak to Pettitte…

Bottom 8th — I came back up to see the bases loaded with one out, but Brackman escaped with a 6-4-3 DP.  2-2 game, still.

Top 9th — Altoona gets a 1-2-3 inning out of Daniel Moskos and the game remains tied, 2-2…the Curve go into the bottom of the 9th with a chance to win.

Bottom 9th — An outstanding running grab by Dan Brewer in right field sends this one to extras…2-2, top 10.

Top 10th — Austin Romine’s soft single to right center gives Trenton the 3-2 lead going into B10…

Bottom 10th — Brackman seals it…Trenton’s up, 1-0, in the best-of-5 series for the league title.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

ELCS Game 1: Pre-Game Notes

September 14, 2010

5:30 PM — Andrew Brackman will back up Andy Pettitte tonight.  That makes Dellin Betances your Game 2 starter, puts Adam Warren at Game 3, Manny Banuelos at Game 4 and TBD for Game 5.  Thunder manager Tony Franklin did not rule out one of his pitchers going on short rest…it would, most likely, be Brackman.

Steve Garrison never joined the Thunder…no word on if he’s injured or what it is if he is…

5:00 PM — Lineups…

TRENTON

Austin Krum, CF
Justin Snyder, 3B
Daniel Brewer, RF
Austin Romine, C
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B
Rene Rivera, DH
Damon Sublett, LF
Luis Nunez, SS
Matt Cusick, 2B

Andy Pettitte, P

ALTOONA

Chase D’Arnaud, 2B
Josh Harrison, 3B
Jordy Mercer, SS
Matt Hague, 1B
Andrew Lambo, CF
Hector Gimenez, C
Miles Durham, RF
Jim Negrych, LF
Yung-Chi Chen, DH

Rudy Owens, P

4:05 PM — The Trenton media contingent has arrived at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona, PA for Game 1 of the Eastern League Championship Series.  The Thunder are stretching on the field, and I hope to have some updates for you shortly.

Wilkin De La Rosa has been re-added to the Thunder roster, and Steve Garrison has been placed on the DL…he may have eaten some bad peanuts on the flight?  Interesting move…I’ll find out more when I can.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Because Knowledge Is Power!

September 14, 2010

As you read this, I’ll likely be in the middle of embarking on the riveting, sights and sounds filled drive heading from Trenton to Altoona to cover the first two games of the 2010 Eastern League Championship Series.  I’ll have my usual pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage of both games…post-game coverage will come to you live from my very own “I Can’t Believe I Paid For This Trip Out Of Pocket, But Hey At Least I’m Getting A ‘Free’ Breakfast” hotel suite blog headquarters!

In the meantime, there’s plenty of great coverage from people other than myself that you can check out.  Enjoy.

John Nalbone: Rene Rivera Coming Up Big For Trenton

John Nalbone: Altoona Pysched To Face Pettitte

Josh Norris: Pettitte Takes Ball For Game 1

Josh Norris: Romine Key To Thunder Success

Jed Weisberger: Series Preview

Altoona Mirror: Curve Coverage

Look forward to my own dopey headlines, like: “Thunder Look To Stay Ahead Of The Curve” and so on… 

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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