NEWS: Despite last night’s incident, Jose Tabata IS in tonight’s lineup, as first reported here around 3:45 PM.
Game 54 – Trenton Thunder @ New Britain Rock Cats
May 30, 2008
New Britain Stadium – New Britain, CT
Pitching Matchup: TRE Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 0.00) vs. NB Jay Rainville (4-5, 6.61)
1 – Ramiro Pena
2 – Austin Jackson
3 – Colin Curtis
4 – Edwar Gonzalez
5 – Cody Ehlers
6 – JOSE TABATA
7 – P.J. Pilittere Kevin Russo
8 – Kevin Russo Joe Muich
9 – Reegie Corona
1 – Hughes
2 – Plouffe
3 – Lis
4 – Peterson
5 – Tolleson
6 – Winfree
7 – Martin
8 – Gardenhire
9 – Butera
Pre-Game Notes: Oh, by the way, there is a game to be played tonight. Might seem hard to believe with Tabata Part Deux going on, but the rest of the guys are playing baseball tonight too.
I asked Tony Franklin about Mark Melancon’s four inning outing on Tuesday — and considering that Melancon’s “plan” would entail him pitching today — I figured it would be relevant to post what Tony had to say…
“He had an excellent outing. Minimal amount of pitches, that’s the longest he had gone. I’m very pleased with what Melancon did (Tuesday). Since he’s been here, he’s been very good for us.”
“You start looking at the clicker, and you think oh my goodness gracious, he’s got three innings in, and he’s got about nine pitches per inning. That’s pretty good, it was unexpected to be honest with you. We’ve got to protect him a little bit, we’d like to use him in the next few days. If we let him throw a few more pitches than that, we’d probably lose his services for about three days.”
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: 2-1, Rock Cats
Post-Game Notes: Jose Tabata was 1-for-4 and scored the only Thunder run.
Thunder Thoughts: If every team sends out a press release like the one Altoona did, then Thunder fans will be able to vote in the position player and pitcher from Trenton they’d like to see in the All-Star Game.
Here’s Altoona’s release…
Altoona Curve fans will have the unique opportunity to directly send two Curve players – one pitcher and one position player – to the 2008 Eastern League All-Star Game, which will be played on Wednesday, July 16 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Starting today (Friday, May 30) and running through June 26, Curve fans can visit AltoonaCurve.com to cast their ballot for one Altoona Curve pitcher and one position player, who they would most like to see in the E.L. All-Star Game. At the end of the voting period, the pitcher and position player with the most votes will represent the Curve in the E.L. All-Star Game on July 16 in New Hampshire.
To participate in fan balloting, fans can either click the banner on the AltoonaCurve.com home page or select the “E.L. All-Star Voting” subpage under “FAN ZONE”. Fans can also vote for players from all 12 Eastern League teams by visiting www.easternleague.com.
Because of this unique voting system, each of the league’s 12 clubs will be guaranteed at least two All-Star players. The remaining All-Star players will be chosen through voting done by league managers, broadcasters and media.
There have been some rumblings that next season’s midsummer classic could be taking place in Trenton — it’s believed that Waterfront Park is next in the Eastern League rotation — so if this process continues next year, it could be much more significant for Thunder fans than it already is.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com