Game 6 – Trenton Thunder @ Altoona Curve
April 8, 2008
Blair County Ballpark – Altoona, PA
Pitching Matchup: TRE Chase Wright (0-1, 3.00) vs. ALT Kyle Bloom (0-1, 14.73)
Trenton (3-2) (3-2 road record, 1-0 vs. Altoona)
1 – Ramiro Pena, SS
2 – Austin Jackson, CF
3 – Jose Tabata, RF
4 – Colin Curtis, LF
5 – Matt Carson, DH
6 – Cody Ehlers, 1B
7 – P.J. Pilittere, C
8 – Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
9 – Reegie Corona, 2B
Altoona (1-4) (1-4 home record, 0-1 vs. Thunder)
1 – Boone
2 – Cruz
3 – Pacheco
4 – Corley
5 – Delaney
6 – Bowers
7 – Webster
8 – Perez
9 – Finegan
Farm Fresh: In Charleston, Zach McAllister picked up the win last night. Brad Suttle is smokin’ hot in the first week of the season, hitting .474 with a homer and three RBI. The River Dogs have five other regular players hitting .300 or better: David Williams (.444), Justin Snyder (.357), Wady Rufino (.333), Austin Krum (.300) and Abe Almonte (.300).
Dellin Betances is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA after a five-inning start, and Jesse Hoover has made two scoreless relief appearances, collecting a win along the way.
Edwar Gonzalez is hot in Tampa, hitting .278 with two home runs and seven RBI in his first five games. He has accounted for all of his team’s longballs, and half of their RBI. Mitch Hilligoss is also doing well for the T-Yanks, hitting .273, but he has made two errors already.
Mark Melancon, who all eyes will be on in Tampa until he’s inevitably shipped north to Trenton, is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two games and 3.2 IP.
In Scranton — home to the lovely Pam Beesly, by the way – Jason Lane’s already got three home runs in the first five games of the year. Brett Gardner has missed the past two games, but is 4-for-11 with one steal in his first three.
Alberto Gonzalez is hitting just .091 in his first four games, and Juan Miranda is 2-for-17 (.118) for the SWB Yanks.
Pre-Game Notes: The Thunder have announced that their new puppy will be named Derby. Derby was the puppy the team kept from the litter that came from Chase, their bat-collecting, ball-delivering, loveable mascot.
Despite the Thunder playing Altoona ten million 17 times last year, Chase Wright did not face the Curve last year. Kyle Bloom was picked in the fifth round by the Pirates in 2004, and is making his fourth career Double-A start.
Starts one and two, made last year, went really well.
Start three did not, as he comes in with a loss and 14.73 ERA next to his name.
Of players considered prospects in the Pirates system, Baseball America has him dead last on the depth chart for lefty starters.
As expected, Daniel McCutchen has been pushed back a day, and will now go on his regular four days rest…meaning he gets the ball for the home opener on the 10th against Harrisburg.
George Kontos is now slated to get the start tomorrow.
The problem with that, of course, is that he’d now be going on three days rest. He only went three innings on April 5th against Binghamton, so that may be the reasoning…but if he didn’t start, I wouldn’t be surprised either.
Remember Juan Francia? He hit .198 in 31 games for the Thunder last year. He’s resurfaced in the independent Atlantic League, signing with the Lancaster Barnstormers. That’s the same team that Scott Patterson came from. Jason Bowers, an infielder on Altoona, is a former teammate of Scott’s in Lancaster.
Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.
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In-Game Updates: I’ll be at the ballpark again starting Thursday, but these updates are from the comforts of the couch. Anyway, it’s 4-1 Thunder in the top of the 5th.
The only big mistake Chase Wright has made so far was a second inning home run to Jason Bowers.
Reegie Corona’s got his first two RBI of the year, and Jose Tabata and Marcos Vechionacci have got the others. Both Tabata and Austin Jackson have stolen a base as well.
Not a real great outing out of Altoona’s Kyle Bloom so far. Four runs on five hits through four innings of work so far.
Bottom 7th, and Trenton is up 5-1 now. Colin Curtis has driven in a run. Chase Wright is out, Steven Jackson is in. Wright’s line: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.
You’d like to see him go a little deeper, but that’s two straight solid performances out of Sebern Chase Wright.
A-Jax is the only Thunder player with two hits so far.
Final Score: 5-2, Thunder.
Post-Game Notes: Steven Jackson, ladies and gentlemen. Three innings of relief, no hits, seven strikeouts. Wow.
Two-hit nights for the top three in the order: Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata.
Another 0-fer out of Matt Carson, who has had two straight rough games now.
0-for-2 with two walks and two K’s for Cody Ehlers.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com