Archive for May 8th, 2008

Seven Straight, But…

May 8, 2008

Sure, this year’s version of the Thunder have won seven straight games now. But they’re not the 2007 team. Not yet, anyway.

Last year’s Trenton squad put together an 11-game win streak early in the season, a streak that included them winning 19 out of 20 games. They also put together two other double-digit win streaks, 10 and 11, respectively.

However, did you know that last year’s team didn’t set the franchise record for consecutive wins? The all-time Thunder record for a winning streak is 13, set by the 1996 team between April 15th and April 30th.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 at gmail.com

“No Chance” for Chase

May 8, 2008

Over at Chad Jennings SWB Yankees blog, he asked Nardi Contreras whether Chase Wright would get called up for a start tomorrow.

Nardi’s reply: No chance.

There’s going to need to be a point where some of these guys in the Trenton rotation get rewarded for their strong performances before frustration starts to set in…apparently, now isn’t that time.

That means that SCW makes his scheduled start tomorrow in Akron.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 35: Trenton @ Erie

May 8, 2008

Game 35 – Trenton Thunder @ Erie SeaWolves
May 8, 2008
Jerry Uht Park – Erie, PA

Pitching Matchup: TRE Jason Jones (4-0, 2.19) vs. ERIE Josh Rainwater (2-1, 4.74)

Starting Lineups:

Trenton

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

Erie

1 –
2 –
3 –
4 –
5 –
6 –
7 –
8 –
9 –

Pre-Game Notes:

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.

Final Score: 7-2, Trenton.

Post-Game Notes: Jason Jones improves to 5-0 after allowing two runs on five hits through five innings of work.  Edwar Gonzalez and Carlos Mendoza both drive in three runs

Thunder Thoughts: Josh Schmidt, ladies and gentlemen!  He finished the game, allowing one walk in one inning of work.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Is It All Going According To Plan?

May 8, 2008

I posed this question to Thunder manager Tony Franklin during the team’s series against Portland, and here’s what he had to say…

“I try not to come in with a plan, so to speak.  I just try to come in, look at a ballclub, then say we’ve got a chance to do certain things.  We’ve got a chance to hit, which we did during spring training.  We’ve got a chance to pitch well, which I think we did a pretty good job of during the spring.  And I said I thought we’d be a good defensive club.  We’ve been OK, and I think that’s one of the areas we need to get better at.  I don’t like to come in with a plan, because anything’s bound to happen.  I’m not that smart to say our plan is this, this and this.  Baseball takes on a plan of its own and you try to make adjustments within that plan or within your thought process as far as what you think that club needs.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com