Archive for March 5th, 2008

Colter Bean Loses Braves No-Hit Bid

March 5, 2008

The Braves ended up beating the Indians today, but the real story was that Atlanta’s pitchers carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning.

Colter Bean, who made three scoreless appearances for Trenton in 2003, was on the mound with history on the line the possibility for a nice moment in his topsy-turvy career.

But Danny Sandoval hit a run-scoring single off of Bean with two outs in the ninth, and the no-no was no more.  Bean had walked two batters prior to the hit.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Yankees lose to Twins, 7-5

March 5, 2008

The Yankees lost to Minnesota, 7-5, today.  Not a real great pitching performance from anyone involved, but Edwar Ramirez in particular struggled.  I did some sporadic live updates throughout the game, sooooo…

For those unfortunate souls (such as myself) who don’t get the YES Network (I suppose that would make it the No Network) the Yankees are playing the Twins right now on ESPN.

Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera are the Thunder alums currently in the field, while Ian Kennedy got the start for the Yankees.

Kennedy’s final line: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Heath Phillips came in for the third…

The game is in the fourth inning now, and Joba Chamberlain is in.  This should be good.

Well, maybe not.  Garrett Jones just hit an absolute bomb off of Chamberlain in the fifth, and Joba just drilled the next batter on the first pitch.  Uh-oh.

Jonathan Albaladejo in for Joba.  Not a stellar outing for either Kennedy or Chamberlain.

Shelley Duncan now in the game.  Score remains 4-3 Yankees.

Seventh inning, game now 4-4.  Albaladejo out, Edwar Ramirez is in.  With a runner on, he got the strikeout and got out of the jam.  He’ll probably start the season in Scranton, but he did well for himself in this particular spot.

It’s in the eighth, and Edwar has nailed a batter as well and threw his next pitch high and in to the following Twins hitter.

Just kind of waiting for one of Minnesota’s guys to nail a Yankee at this point…

Twins take a 6-4 lead in the 8th.  Edwar got into a jam, and couldn’t get himself out of it.  He gave up a bases loaded double, and there’s still two on with only one out.

Colin Curtis just made a dazzling, diving play in left field to bail out Ramirez to an extent.  It’s 7-4 now after the sac fly, and with two outs, that’s it for Ramirez.  Definitely not the outing he wanted…he’s given up three runs, and the runner on second is his.

Chris Britton’s been in since, Ross Ohlendorf’s now on the mound.

Shelley Duncan just crushed a ball over the left field fence, and the Yankees trail 7-5 in the 9th.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Trot Nixon Signs With Diamondbacks

March 5, 2008

I realized I forgot to post this a couple days ago, but Trenton Thunder alum Trot Nixon has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A member of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, Nixon played for the Thunder in 1995 and 1996.  While his 1995 numbers were nothing to write home about, he rebounded the following season to hit .251 with 11 home runs and 63 RBI before being called up to Boston to make his big league debut that September.

He played ten seasons for the Red Sox before signing with Cleveland last season, where he also hit .251.

I spoke to Nixon last season, and here’s what he had to say about playing in Trenton…

“The organization put some pretty good teams out there for the most part,” he said.

“We had some competitive teams that made it to the minor league postseason. It was a lot of fun to experience that and continue to grow as a professional baseball player.”

Altoona Curve To Honor Former Thunder OF Hyzdu

March 5, 2008

From the team’s press release…

As part of “Adam Hyzdu Night” on Thursday, June 19th, the first 2,000 fans in attendance will take home an Adam Hyzdu Throwback Bobblehead Doll. The giveaway will feature Hyzdu, the Curve’s 1999 and 2000 Most Valuable Player and the only player in club history to have his number retired (No. 16), wearing the Curve’s brand-new Sunday throwback uniform. Hyzdu is scheduled to be in attendance for the June 19th game and will take part in a pre-game ceremony, toss out a ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs for fans.

If you can’t make the exhibition game…

March 5, 2008

You can still have an opportunity to meet the 2008 Scranton Yankees team.  They’re having a “Meet the Yankees” event in Scranton on April 2nd, the day after the exhibition game in Trenton.  That also tells you that if this thing gets rained out, it won’t be played at all.

The Thunder do something like this annually as well, and I believe they call it the “Welcome North” dinner, or something to that effect.

Here’s the release…

Meet the Yankees Dinner Slated
Genetti’s Manor to host the April 2nd event
 
Moosic, PA – Fans will have their first opportunity to “Meet the Yankees” when the entire team will be on hand at a pre-season dinner sponsored by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Northeastern Baseball, Inc.
 
The dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Genetti’s Manor in Dickson City, PA.
 
The event will commence at 6:00 PM, when players, coaches, and the manager will be available to greet fans and sign autographs.  A full course dinner will be served at 7:15 PM promptly, and will be followed by the program and introduction of the 2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees team. 
 
Tickets are priced at $40.00 per person, with $15.00 being donated to a new program created by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees called “Kids Night Out”.  The program will provide tickets for children who may not normally be able to attend a game. 
 
“The Meet the Yankees event will once again be the kick off for another great season of baseball at PNC Field,” said Yankees Executive VP/COO Jeremy Ruby.  “Fans will get a chance to talk baseball and get autographs from the 2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees players and field staff as well as getting a fantastic dinner from Genetti’s.” 
 
Tables of 10 can also be reserved for $400.  Reserved status will be assigned to tables of 10, and priority will be given to those who purchase a table before Friday, March 14, 2008.  There are a limited number of seats available for the dinner.
 
Tickets can be reserved by sending a check payable to Northeastern Baseball, Inc, c/o “MEET THE YANKEES” Dinner, P. O. Box 983, Wilkes–Barre, PA 18703
 
Reservations are on a “First come–First served basis, and will close on Friday March 28, 2008, providing the dinner has not been sold our prior to that date. 

Hughes and Patterson are perfect

March 5, 2008

Phil Hughes and Scott Patterson were among four Yankees pitchers who combined on a rain-shortened perfect game yesterday.

They combined with Kei Igawa and Billy Traber to retire the first 15 Blue Jays batters they faced before the game was ultimately called before the start of the sixth inning.

Hughes retired all three batters he faced in the first inning, and was followed by Scott Patterson, who struck out one of three batters he faced in the second.

Kei Igawa (!!!) struck out two through two innings, and Billy Traber struck out the side to finish the game.

Here’s how other Thunder alums fared in the game…

Alberto Gonzalez: 0-2
Juan Miranda: 0-0, BB
Shelley Duncan: 2-2, R, 2B, RBI
Colin Curtis: 0-0
Melky Cabrera: 1-1, RBI
Justin Christian: 0-1

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com