Game 40: Portland @ Trenton

NEWS: Quotes from McCutchen and Tony Franklin after the game

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can’t let myself get caught up in that stuff. I don’t want to tell my grandkids I almost made it or that the Post talked about me for a week. I still have a lot of goals to accomplish and a lot of different places I want to go.” – Dan McCutchen

Game 40 – Portland Sea Dogs @ Trenton Thunder
May 15, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE Jason Jones (5-0, 2.36) vs. POR Justin Masterson (3-3, 4.50)

Starting Lineups:

Portland

1 – Corsaletti
2 – Suarez
3 – Daeges
4 – Wagner
5 – Bates
6 – Pinckney
7 – Khoury
8 – Hall
9 – Granadillo

Trenton

1 – Pena, SS
2 – Jackson, DH
3 – Curtis, CF
4 – Gonzalez, LF
5 – Ehlers, 1B
6 – Tabata, RF
7 – Pilittere, C
8 – Malec, 3B
9 – Russo, 2B

Pre-Game Notes: Justin Masterson, who made a spot start for the Red Sox earlier this year, is scheduled to start for Portland tomorrow night. He’ll face the undefeated Jason Jones.

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): Thunder lead 3-1, in the fifth.

Trenton’s up 5-1 going into the sixth. Seems like Justin Masterson doesn’t pitch real well in Trenton. His numbers in his playoff start last year weren’t so hot, and he gave up five runs tonight.

Masterson has now given up seven through six innings. Yikes.

Seven real solid innings from JJ, now Mark Melancon makes his Double-A debut.

In-Game Photo Gallery:

Colin Curtis

Cody Ehlers

Edwar Gonzalez

Justin Masterson

Mark Melancon

Carlos Mendoza

Joe Muich

Artsy-fartsy outfield shot

A Rodriguez did show up…just not Alex.  This is Eladio.

In-Game YouTube Videos: Justin Masterson VIDEO, Thunder leave dugout to start game VIDEO, Jason Jones VIDEO, Chris Malec VIDEO, Justin Masterson VIDEO 2, Justin Masterson vs. Jose Tabata VIDEO, P.J. Pilittere VIDEO (by request)

Final Score: 7-2, Thunder.

Post-Game Notes: Another great start out of Jason Jones.  He gave up a run on no walks and seven hits in seven innings of work.

“I felt pretty good,” Jones said.

“I didn’t have all my pitches earlier and had to battle, but I had a lot of good plays behind me, and I just kept trying to make pitches.”

Melancon looked really good in the ninth, not so much in the eighth.  Still, four K’s over two innings is pretty solid.  I don’t know if the videos really capture his arm motion, but…it’s hard to describe.  Especially on the follow through, there seems to be a catapult sort of action.

Thunder Thoughts: Melancon is wearing #48.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

4 Responses to “Game 40: Portland @ Trenton”

  1. Kate Says:

    Hey Mike, I know this question is irrelevant but maybe you could give me some insight. Why is it that power -hitters dont really emerge until they get to the big leagues? Homerun numbers in the minors are very short of impressive, yet some of the guys who move through the ranks bang out about 30 of them once they get up there. Any thoughts on why this is?

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    I honestly don’t really feel qualified to answer a question like that…but my guess would just be that the discipline of the hitters seems to improve as they progress through the levels.

    One theory is that as you reach the higher levels, you also see better pitches…not necessarily pitchers, but pitches.

  3. ebyank Says:

    Where you able to get a peak at Mark Melancon’s speeds?? I had him at 94 in Staten Island a few year ago, but his arm wasn’t totally sound then. His curve is supposely plus plus. Thoughts???

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    Highest I saw him get tonight was 94, but I only sat behind the gun in the eighth. His curve had a lot of movement and froze guys at times…I’ll need to see it again before I can really attempt to evaluate it.

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