Game 7 – Trenton Thunder @ Altoona Curve
April 9, 2008
Blair County Ballpark – Altoona, PA
Pitching Matchup: TRE George Kontos (0-1, 3.00) vs. ALT Derek Hankins (0-0, 0.00)
Trenton (4-2) (4-2 road record, 2-0 vs. Altoona)
1 – Reegie Corona, SS
2 – Austin Jackson, CF
3 – Jose Tabata, RF
4 – Colin Curtis, LF
5 – Matt Carson, DH
6 – Cody Ehlers, 1B
7 – Joe Muich, C
8 – Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
9 – Chris Malec, 2B
Altoona (1-5) (1-5 home record, 0-2 vs. Thunder)
1 – Boone
2 – Webster
3 – Pacheco
4 – Corley
5 – Delaney
6 – Bowers
7 – Cruz
8 – Perez
9 – Finegan
Farm Fresh: Our apparently now daily look at what’s going on elsewhere in the system…
(AAA) Scranton - While it hasn’t worked out for either highly touted pitcher at the big league level just yet, Homer Bailey vs. Kei Igawa is one hell of a matchup at the Triple-A level. Accordingly, it was a 1-0 game.
But Scranton came out on the short end of the stick, losing on a first inning RBI double by super-prospect Jay Bruce. Never trust a guy with two first names, kids.
Oddly, Chad Moeller may go from an 0-for-3 night with 3 K’s to the big leagues today. Jorge Posada came out of the game last night with a shoulder issue. Somewhere, Francisco Cervelli is throwing darts at a picture of Elliot Johnson.
Chris Britton, Jon Albaladejo and Edwar Ramirez combined for five innings of two-hit relief with four strikeouts.
(A) Tampa – The T-Yanks squeaked out a 1-0 win over Dunedin. Eric Hacker is the truth, ladies and gentlemen. Check this line out…
7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
The game was scoreless through nine after a rehabbing Sean Henn blew the perfect game, but Edwar Gonzalez drove in Chris Kunda in the bottom of the 10th for the W.
Seems like the choice is pretty obvious if the Thunder should need a starter early in the year…
(A) Charleston – It was a good night for River Dogs fans last night. Seven runs, 16 hits and another W out of Dellin Betances added up to a 7-3 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Betances clearly had some control issues, walking six batters in 5.1 innings of work. But he also struck out eight, and allowed only two runs on two hits.
Every starter had at least one hit except for Taylor Holiday. Brad Suttle is now hitting .500 after a 3-for-5 night, while Jesus Montero connected for his first A-Ball home run.
A lot of the offense came off of Mike Antonini, the Mets farmhand who was lights out in his debut a few days ago — allowing no hits in six innings — and the subject of a recent MILB.com piece.
Pre-Game Notes: Doubting anyone minds the 4:05 start on a getaway day.
Tim Lavigne, who appeared in 25 games for the Thunder, was recently released by the Baltimore Orioles organization. Lavigne, who probably started hating his name right around the time a certain Canadian popstar became popular (see: Evan Longoria and Eva) was 0-2 with a 4.93 ERA for Trenton.
In other moves, Dave Parrish was let go by the Rockies, and Colter Bean was axed by the Braves. Aaron Rifkin was cut loose by the Marlins, and Gabe Lopez got canned by the Padres.
It is Kontos on the mound. Incredible they’d let him go on three days rest, regardless of how many pitches he threw. Phil Hughes could have thrown one pitch on April 5th, and trust me…he would not be pitching today.
Anyway, the pitching matchups have been set for the Harrisburg series. Incredibly, it looks like Bobby Brownlie will not be pitching for the Senators. Instead, he’s pitching tonight. If a stray storm cloud wanted to stay over there for a while so the greedy reporter could get to see Brownlie tomorrow, that would be OK.
4/10: TRE Daniel McCutchen (1-0, 0.00) vs. HAR Shairon Martis (0-0, 9.00)
4/11: TRE Phil Coke (0-0, 6.75) vs. HAR Josh Hall (0-1, 24.00)
4/12: TRE Jason Jones (1-0, 0.00) vs. HAR Marco Estrada (1-0, 5.40)
4/13: TRE Chase Wright (1-1, 2.45) vs. HAR Imsael Ramirez (0-1, 6.75)
Chad Jennings is reporting that Alberto Gonzalez has been called up to New York, and Jason Brown has been activated for Scranton to take his place. I suppose it’s worth noting that Ramiro Pena isn’t in today’s lineup.
Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.
Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.
Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.
In-Game Updates: After A-Jax singled and Tabata singled him over to third, Colin Curtis hit a sac fly to put the Thunder up 1-0 in the first. That’s where we stand in the bottom of the 2nd.
The Thunder are trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the 3rd. Gee, it was hard to predict Kontos might run into trouble on short rest. Anyway, Miguel Perez drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the 2nd to give Altoona the lead.
Trenton then proceeded to waste a leadoff triple by Chris Malec, and the game remains 2-1.
Same score in the bottom of the 4th. Matt Carson is now hitless in his last nine at-bats.
2-1, bottom 5. Trenton has left seven men on base through the first five innings. Nice game out of Austin Jackson so far, he’s 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Curve got another run off of Kontos in the 6th, and it’s now 3-1.
Kontos is out, Zach Kroenke is in. Kontos line: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Gotta give Kontos some credit for hanging in there today. Looking forward to chatting with him and maybe Scott Aldred tomorrow about this whole deal…
Kroenke pitched a perfect seventh, striking out two, and it’s 3-1 going into the 8th.
Hey, hey! It’s tied 3-3 in Altoona after a two-run single from Reegie Corona. Eric Wordekemper now in for the Thunder.
Three up, three down for the Thunder in the top of the 9th. Altoona goes into the bottom of the frame with a chance for a walk-off win.
Wordekemper gave up two singles to start the ninth and was replaced by Josh Schmidt. Harrisburg brought in Melvin Dorta to pinch-run for Brad Corley, who got the first of the two hits and was standing at second.
Nothing against Schmidt, who has been one of the Thunder’s better bullpen guys so far, but Steven Jackson being unavailable (most likely) after throwing three innings couldn’t have been comforting to Tony Franklin.
Schmidt got two outs, but couldn’t get the third. Miguel Perez singled home Jason Delaney for the walk-off win. Had a feeling it would end that way.
Final Score: 4-3, Curve.
Post-Game Notes: Wordekemper hasn’t been as good as advertised, at least not yet. He picked up the loss, and his ERA sits at a hearty 10.12 at the moment.
Matt Carson is now hitless in his last 12 at-bats. Looks like that hot start has turned into a mini-slump.
Joe Muich threw out one of two attempted basestealers.
Jackson, Tabata, Curtis and Malec each had two hits. Vechionacci’s 5-game hitting streak is over.
Thunder Thoughts: With the Thunder coming home tomorrow, please don’t forget that I’ll be back at the ballpark as well…I intend on covering the games on Thursday, Friday (unless I get Rangers-Devils tickets…in which case, you guys are on your own), Saturday and Sunday. After that, I will likely go either Monday or Tuesday, but not both due to an Atlantic League commitment.
If you have any specific things you want answered by any of the guys, or questions for myself, please pass them along in the comments or my inbox and I’ll do what I can.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com