ELDS Game 1: Pre-Game Notes

September 4, 2013

6:00 PM — “We’re excited about (facing Syndergaard).  It’s going to be a long night for him.”

Those were the words of Tyler Austin before the game.  In about four hours, we’ll all find out how true they are.  Trenton faces arguably one of the top prospects in all of baseball tonight, but here’s the thing…Bryan Mitchell is no pushover either.

“I think Mitchell is going to give them something to look at tonight,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin.  “As much as Noah Syndergaard is going to give us something to look at, I think it’s going to be a pretty good matchup.”

Franklin downplayed facing Syndergaard…

“We’re going to approach this just like we always do, I just can’t see doing it any other way,” he said.  “I don’t think just because there’s a lot written about how good this kid is — and let’s face it, he’s pretty good… — when we’re facing pitchers of this caliber, we approach it like any other pitcher.  We know he’s good, and if we can get to him early, we’ve got a shot.  That’s the way we have to look at it.”

Franklin also downplayed his team being the underdog in the series, having finished 12 games behind the B-Mets in the standings.

“The amount of games that we were behind is no indication of how good I think we are,” he said.  “But let’s face it, Binghamton has had a year like no other…how often do you get to have a year like that?  You have years like that because you have good baseball players.”

4:45 PM — Noah Syndergaard is pitching.  What else do you need to know?  Lineups?  Fine, fine…

Trenton: Williams CF, Flores LF, Pirela 2B, Sanchez C, Austin RF, Roller 1B, Gamel DH, Corona 3B, Castillo SS, Mitchell P

Binghamton: Muno 2B, Rodriguez 3B, Hughes 1B, Dykstra DH, Vaughn LF, Taijeron RF, Ceciliani CF, Forsythe C, Tovar SS, Syndergaard P

Going to head down to the clubhouse in a half an hour to get some info for you guys…

Game 133: Pre-Game Notes

August 25, 2013

3:55 PM — Charley Short, who was 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 25 games in High-A with Tampa, has been promoted to the Thunder.  Reliever Diego Moreno is expected to be placed on the disabled list with arm soreness.

2:25 PM — Sounds like there will be a roster move made shortly…

Also, I’ve got lineups…

Sea Dogs: Wilkerson CF, Marrero SS, Cecchini 3B, Linares RF, Almanzar DH, Vazquez C, Shaw 1B, Dent LF, Gibson 2B, Hernandez P

Thunder: Williams CF, Flores LF, Pirela 2B, Sanchez C, Angelini SS, Roller 1B, Gamel RF, Y Sanchez DH, Corona 3B, O’Brien P

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 132: Pre-Game Notes

August 24, 2013

5:55 PM — Not much going on here, so not much to tell you.  I did speak at length with Yankees roving catching instructor Julio Mosquera about Gary Sanchez’s much-discussed receiving skills, so I’ll have something for you on that aside from Tony Franklin’s comments, which I got yesterday.

3:35 PM — Lineups…

Thunder lineup: Williams DH, Flores LF, Pirela 2B, Sanchez C, Roller 1B, Angelini SS, Gamel CF, Y Sanchez RF, Corona 3B, Mitchell P
Sea Dogs lineup: Wilkerson CF, Marrero SS, Cecchini DH, Linares RF, Almanzar 3B, Vazquez C, Shaw 1B, Dent LF, Gibson 2B, Couch P

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Video And Stuff…

August 24, 2013

Video from the last two nights? Video from the last two nights…

Game 131: Pre-Game Notes

August 23, 2013

6:10 PM — Lineups…

Sea Dogs lineup: Hissey LF, Marrero SS, Cecchini 3B, Linares RF, Almanzar DH, Shaw 1B, Spring C, Wilkerson CF, Dent 2B, Barnes P

Thunder lineup: Williams CF, Flores DH, Sanchez C, Roller 1B, Angelini SS, Gamel LF, Sanchez RF, Stevenson 3B, Corona 2B, Allen P

More good stuff from Tony Franklin today as well…I asked him specifically about his team’s playoff chances and Gary Sanchez’s receiving skills compared to Jesus Montero’s when he was here.

Game 130: Post-Game Notes

August 23, 2013

So, it’s weird doing post-game notes for the Thunder when you’re serving as the other team’s beat writer.  But let me give this a quick shot.

Sea Dogs starter Henry Owens said after the game that he “stunk.”  Rated the fifth-best prospect in the Red Sox system coming into this season by Baseball America, Owens couldn’t command much of anything on Thursday night and got pulled after failing to retire a batter in the fourth inning.

But Trenton couldn’t capitalize.  Portland catcher Christian Vazquez picked off Carmen Angelini at third — sparking a massive argument by and subsequent ejection of Tony Franklin — and reliever Pete Ruiz somehow managed to shut the door after that.  Portland’s win pulls them to within four games of the Thunder for the second and final playoff spot in the division, and those two teams are certainly not done playing each other this season.

Before the game, Franklin spoke at length about how a lot of his new players would need time to adjust to the new level…but here’s the thing, they don’t have that time to spare.  The playoffs are well within the Thunder’s grasp, but so are plane tickets home after the last game of the regular season if they can’t right the ship.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 130: Pre-Game Notes

August 22, 2013

6:05 PM — Not much to tell you. No updates on either Tyler Austin or Slade Heathcott via Tony Franklin.

4:15 PM — Hey, anyone remember when I covered this team full-time? No? Well, I’m back for the whole series…but I’ll be serving as the beat writer for the Portland Press Herald. But I’m still going to update this when I’m here.

I’ve pretty much made up my mind about 2014, but I’ll make those announcements at a more appropriate time…

Anyway, here are lineups for tonight’s game…

Sea Dogs lineup: Dent LF, Marrero SS, Cecchini DH, Linares RF, Almanzar 3B, Vazquez C, Shaw 1B, Wilkerson CF, Gibson 2B, Owens P

Thunder lineup: Williams CF, Flores LF, Pirela 2B, Sanchez C, Roller DH, Angelini SS, Y. Sanchez RF, Gil 1B, Corona 3B, Turley P

In addition, OF Neil Medchill has been activated from the Thunder’s disabled list and assigned to Triple-A Scranton.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 119: VIDEO

August 11, 2013

Game 119: Pre-Game Notes

August 10, 2013

6:20 PM — Lineups…

Akron: Ramirez SS, Rodriguez 2B, Hunter CF, Aguilar 1B, Moncrief RF, Abraham DH, Urshela 3B, Monsalve C, Lawson LF, Murata P

Thunder: Flores LF, Corona 2B, Heathcott CF, Sanchez C, Roller DH, Angelini SS, Butler 1B, Stevenson 3B, Grice RF, Lewis P

3:35 PM — Back at Arm & Hammer Park. I should explain why this blog has been silent for the past week or so…

I took a job with MyCentralJersey.com filling in on the Somerset Patriots beat for the remainder of the season. It’s a good opportunity for me, and that’s where my focus has been for the past week or so. If you can’t be happy for me or respect that, please don’t waste my time.

I will still be finishing out the season here as well, but whereas before my priority would be to come here when both teams were home, I HAVE to be there for every home game.

News? I’ve got news. Fred Lewis has been activated off the DL to start today, while Shane Brown has been placed on the DL…but, get this, he’s actually hurt this time. Brown suffered a left acromioclavicular sprain on a collision at home plate.

Lineups when I get them…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

A-Rod In Trenton on Friday and Saturday

August 1, 2013

(PR) (TRENTON, NJ) – New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will participate in a rehabilitation assignment for the Trenton Thunder as they face the Reading Fightin Phils (Philadephia Phillies) on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at 7:05pm at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton.

The Thunder expect a large crowd for the game and additional details regarding ballpark opening time and parking will be posted on trentonthunder.com soon.

Rodriguez has been sidelined all season due to offseason hip surgery followed by a strained quad.

Rodriguez is a 14 time All-Star (1996–1998, 2000–2008, 2010, 2011), 10 time Silver Slugger Award winner (1996, 1998–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008), five time American League home run champion (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007), two time AL RBI leader (2002, 2007), two time Gold Glove Award winner (2002, 2003) and the 1996 AL batting champion. He was a World Series champion with the Yankees in 2009. Last year with New York he hit .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 122 games.


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