Archive for May 16th, 2008

A-Jack Finally A-Jack’s One

May 16, 2008

It was the Austin Jackson show tonight, as he finally broke his season-long home run drought with a three-run home run in the seventh inning off of Fisher Cats starter A.J. Wideman.

He had gone 153 at-bats without going yard, and has struggled all season with runners in scoring position.

It was his first home run since August 27, 2007, when he hit a solo home run en route to a 4-for-4 game for Single-A Tampa.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 41: New Hampshire @ Trenton

May 16, 2008

Game 41 – New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder
May 16, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE Chase Wright (5-1, 2.54) vs. NH A.J. Wideman (3-3, 4.50)

Starting Lineups:

New Hampshire

1 – Mathews
2 – Gutierrez
3 – Smith
4 – Butler
5 – Snider
6 – Patterson
7 – Campbell
8 – Klosterman
9 – Jeroloman

Trenton

1 – Pena
2 – Jackson
3 – Curtis
4 – Gonzalez
5 – Ehlers
6 – Tabata
7 – Pilittere
8 – Russo
9 – Corona

Pre-Game Notes: I added several new links to the blogroll today, make sure you check them out. Bronx Liason and My Pinstripes are included.

Also, we’re going to set a new record for hits today, over 2,000, mainly thanks to Peter Abraham over at the LoHud Yankees Blog. Make sure you venture over to the right side of the page and check his stuff out, or click on this link.

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: 5-3, Thunder

Post-Game Notes: Anthony Claggett with his first Double-A save, and Austin Jackson with his first Double-A home run.

Outside of that, Chase Wright went seven strong innings, and was able to minimize the damage for the most part. Edwar Gonzalez also stole two bases.

Thunder Thoughts: I will be at the ballpark again tomorrow.  John Nalbone over at The Times of Trenton has started a blog as well, and he was kind enough to give me credit on the Tabata story, so here’s a link to his great work.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Full Circle on McCutchen…for now

May 16, 2008

So we’ve established that the story in the New York Post was incorrect…well, at least it is for now.

Make no mistake about it, Dan McCutchen is going to Scranton at some point this season.  It just wasn’t today.

“There’s always speculation that guys are going to leave when they’re doing well,” Thunder skipper Tony Franklin said before the game.

“But there’s nothing concrete now.  But that could change between now and the end of the game.  It could change between now and 20 minutes from now.”

In the fast paced world of player moves in minor league baseball, that was only a slight exaggeration.  But almost exactly 20 minutes after the beat reporters had their daily chat with the manager, there was McCutchen, standing in front of his locker and chatting with teammates.

Until some idiot reporter called him at 1:30 this afternoon, he had no idea that he had supposedly been sent to the home of Dunder Mifflin.

“I try not to get too excited yet, not until anything’s official,” McCutchen said.

So has he heard anything from the Yankees organization?

“I haven’t heard anything from anyone besides you guys,” he said.

“There’s been other people reading that story too, though.  Alan Horne sent me a text message, and some other guys on our team too.  But as far as the big dogs, nobody’s told me anything yet.”

The timing of the move would have been particularly curious as well, considering McCutchen just came off of his worst start of the young season — a loss to Portland two days ago in which he lasted just four innings after walking five and allowing six hits.

“That’s definitely the start you try to avoid, with stuff like that,” he said.

“But it definitely could have been a lot worse.  I didn’t have good stuff, which happens to everybody.  I just don’t know (what happened).”

But everyone who has followed McCutchen and followed his progress through the Yankees system knows that start was an anomaly instead of the norm.  And with his still solid numbers, the hype is building around the 25-year-old, with more and more fans and publications taking notice.  McCutchen just isn’t one of the guys buying into his own hype.

“I don’t look at that stuff too much,” he said.

“My dad does, so I hear about it.  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.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com