Archive for March 3rd, 2008

Thunder Release Spring Schedule

March 3, 2008

Straight from the press release…

(Trenton, NJ) – The Trenton Thunder, the Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees, and the New York Yankees announced their 2008 Spring Training schedule. The schedule gets underway with a game against the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on March 15th.

The schedule will consist of 14 games total, seven at the Yankees Minor League Complex in Tampa, FL with the remaining games against other organizations in the area, Clearwater (Phillies), St. Petersburg (Devil Rays) and Dunedin (Blue Jays).

The complete list of games is below.

Date Opponent Site Time
March 15 Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay) St. Petersburg, FL 1:00 PM
March 16 Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay) Tampa, FL 1:00 PM
March 17 New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto) Dunedin, FL 1:00 PM
March 18 New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto) Tampa, FL 1:00 PM
March 19 Reading Phillies (Philadelphia) Clearwater, FL 1:00 PM
March 20 Reading Phillies (Philadelphia) Tampa, FL 1:00 PM
March 21 Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay) St. Petersburg, FL 1:00 PM
March 22 Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay) Tampa, FL 1:00 PM
March 24 Reading Phillies (Philadelphia) Clearwater, FL 1:00 PM
March 25 Reading Phillies (Philadelphia) Tampa, FL 1:00 PM
March 26 Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay) St. Petersburg, FL 1:00 PM
March 27 Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay) Tampa, FL 1:00 PM
March 28 New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto) Tampa, FL 1:00 PM
March 29 New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto) Dunedin, FL 1:00 PM

Game times are subject to change.

Matt DeSalvo, the live blog!

March 3, 2008

2005 and 2006 Thunder pitcher Matt DeSalvo is pitching for the Braves, facing the Mets in the eighth inning of a 2-2 game.  He still has his weird delivery — think Hideo Nomo without the turn — and is wearing #66.

EIGHTH INNING

VS. Ruben Tejada — First pitch fastball, fly out to right

VS. Anderson Hernandez — Hernandez got behind 0-2, worked count to 2-2.  Hits 2-2 pitch to the first baseman, who gets the out unassisted.

VS. Gustavo Molina — Struck him out on a nasty 2-2 breaking ball. 

A 1-2-3 inning for Matt DeSalvo.  Not bad.

NINTH INNING

VS. Ezequiel Carrera — Grounded out to third base on a swinging bunt.

VS. Angel Pagan — Flied out to center on a 2-1 pitch

VS. Ramon Castro — Flied out to center on an 0-2 breaking ball.

Six batters, six outs for DeSalvo.  And he made a few guys look foolish with his breaking ball.  A great start with the Braves for Matt DeSalvo, no question.

Duncan Among First Four Cut – UPDATED

March 3, 2008

According to Peter Abraham, 2003 first round draft pick and Thunder alum Eric Duncan was among the first four players cut from Major League spring training by the Yankees.

Duncan, Eduardo Nunez, Jesus Montero and Austin Romine were the four players cut by the Yankees yesterday, leaving them with a still-high 65 players in camp.

I’m sure some perceive me as an Eric Duncan basher, but there’s just no way anyone can spin this as a good sign for his future with the club.  He’s still a relatively young guy, but it seems to becoming increasingly more clear that his opportunities at the Major League level with the Yankees are dwindling. 

It seems safe to assume that he’ll start the season at Triple-A Scranton.

Updated – In reading Bryan Hoch’s piece at MLB.com, he has a change in the list…so I’m not sure what’s what.  Duncan is still cut, but he has Marcos Vechionacci going down instead of Eduardo Nunez.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Henn Steps Up, White Does Not *UPDATED*

March 3, 2008

Not counting rehab assignments, nine players with time on the Trenton Thunder roster played in yesterday’s exhibition game between the Yankees and Phillies.

Steven White, who’s had an up and down past few years, got off to a bad start this spring.  In relief of Andy Pettitte, he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in just an inning and two thirds.

Scott Patterson finished out the fourth for him and induced a groundout with a runner on.

Sean Henn rebounded from his poor outing (which didn’t count in the official spring training stats, by the way) to allow just one hit in the seventh inning while striking out one.

Colin Curtis replaced Bobby Abreu in right field and went 1-for-2 with a strikeout.

Juan Miranda replaced the prolific Jason Giambi at first base and was 0-for-1.

Robinson Cano started the game at second base and was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Alberto Gonzalez was 1-for-1 with an RBI after replacing Cano.

Melky Cabrera was the starting center fielder and went 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI.

Justin Christian replaced him and went 0-for-1.

The game ended in a 7-7 tie.

Note: Justin Christian, and not Alberto Gonzalez, appears to have had the game-tying RBI in this game.  The official boxscore would then be incorrect.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com