Archive for April 24th, 2008

Game 22: New Britain @ Trenton

April 24, 2008

NEWS: Stay tuned early tomorrow morning for an update on Jose Tabata’s hand straight from Tabata himself.

Game 22 – New Britain Rock Cats @ Trenton Thunder
April 24, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE George Kontos (0-2, 4.26) vs. NB Johan Pino (0-0, 0.69)

Starting Lineups:

New Britain

1 – Luke Hughes, 3B 
2 – Matt Moses, LF
3 – Brock Peterson, 1B
4 – Dustin Martin, CF
5 – David Winfree, DH
6 – Erik Lis, RF
7 – Steve Tolleson, SS
8 – Felix Molina, 2B
9 – Drew Butera, C

Trenton

1 – Reegie Corona, SS
2 – Austin Jackson, CF
3 – Colin Curtis, LF
4 – Matt Carson, DH
5 – Cody Ehlers, 1B
6 – Jose Tabata, RF
7 – Joe Muich, C
8 – Chris Malec, 3B
9 – Kevin Russo, 2B

Pre-Game Notes: The pitching matchups for the rest of the series are as follows:

4/25 – TRE Dan McCutchen (2-1, 1.46) vs. NB Ryan Mullins (1-1, 1.57)
4/26 – TRE Phil Coke (0-1, 6.75) vs. NB Anthony Swarzak (2-0, 1.35)
4/27 – TRE Jason Jones (3-0, 1.80) vs. NB Jay Rainville (1-2, 9.53)

I will be at the ballpark today and Saturday afternoon. 

I added some new videos to the YouTube account from 2006, check those out.

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 (LIVE from the ballpark): Scoreless through one. 

David Winfree just hit an 0-1 rocket over the left field fence.  1-0 Rock Cats, top 2.

Matt Carson with the first Thunder hit in the bottom of the 5th.

Kontos is out after 6.1 very solid innings.  Zach Kroenke is in.

Kontos: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1ER , 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Colin Curtis with the second Thunder hit in the seventh inning, hustling to first on an infield single.  Matt Carson DESTROYED a first pitch fastball over everything in left field off of Pino, giving the Thunder a 2-1 lead.

Kroenke out in the 8th, Bo Hall in.  Reegie Corona appeared to tweak his wrist trying to tag out a runner trying to steal in the 8th.  2-1, Thunder, through 8.

Pino out after seven: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.  Zach Ward in for the Rock Cats. 

Wordekemper in the for the ninth.  2-1 heading into top 9.

Wordy made it rather interesting, loading the bases.  But he got out of it, and the Thunder won it 2-1.  Felix Molina swung at the first pitch to bail him out.

Final Score: 2-1, Thunder.

Multimedia: Eric Wordekemper YouTube video.  George Kontos YouTube video.  Yohan Pino YouTube video.  Kevin Russo YouTube video.

Photo Gallery:

Tino Martinez / Photo by Mike Ashmore

Jose Tabata / Photo by Mike Ashmore

Yohan Pino / Photo by Mike Ashmore

George Kontos / Photo by Mike Ashmore

Post-Game Notes: In events that defied all logic, I managed to get every question answered but one.  I’ll bang that one out Saturday and post the questions and answers in their entirety.

Tino Martinez was here, in full Thunder uniform, to help some of the players before the game.  I was very, very lucky to have wandered onto the field to see that, and he was gracious enough to speak to me for a few minutes.  I’ll have that for you tonight or tomorrow.

Finally went down and snuck a peek at the radar gun in the 5th.  Kontos threw fastballs between 91 and 93.

Former big league All-Star Danny Graves was added to the Rock Cats roster today, but wasn’t looking so good in the visiting clubhouse, laying down on the floor near the door.

Thunder Thoughts: Really looking forward to seeing George Kontos today.  Now when people ask me questions about the guy, I can actually have an informed opinion based on what I’ve seen.

Also, I’m very excited to see New Britain’s Anthony Swarzak on Saturday.  He’s the best prospect on the Rock Cats, and fifth best in the Twins organization according to Baseball America.

I spoke to Swarzak before the game, and will have that interview in the near future.

The Alumni Sunday feature will be on Dave Eiland.  Look for the answers to your questions for the players starting tomorrow.

Playing a riveting game of “what’s that odor” here in the 9th.

And of course, don’t forget about Autism Awareness Day on Sunday.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Autism Awareness Day, April 27th

April 24, 2008

Just a reminder that the Thunder will be holding their annual Autism Awareness Day on April 27th, during their 1:05 PM game at Waterfront Park against the New Britain Rock Cats.

I have learned that COSAC (Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community), Autism Speaks (New Jersey and Philadelphia Chapters), the Eden Family of Services, POAC (Parents of Autistic Children), The Durand Academy, and the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition will be among the groups promoting autism awareness.

These organizations will share information with fans via public address announcements, concourse displays and participation in pre-game ceremonies.

I am going to try to figure out some sort of way to make some donations based on the events of Sunday’s game, so stay tuned for that.  If you’d like to contribute as well, feel free to contact me and I’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com