Game 74: Binghamton @ Trenton

Game 74 – Binghamton Mets @ Trenton Thunder
June 22, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: BNG Jon Niese (5-4, 2.93) vs. TRE Alfredo Aceves (2-2, 1.64)

Starting Lineups:


1 – Coronado
2 – Evans
3 – Carp
4 – Stewart
5 – Concepcion
6 – Petersen
7 – Garcia
8 – Nickeas
9 – Paniagua


1 – Pena
2 – Jackson
3 – Curtis
4 – Gonzalez
5 – Malec
6 – Tabata
7 – Mendoza
8 – Muich
9 – Corona

Pre-Game Notes: Steven Jackson’s off to Scranton. No move to replace him yet.

Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.

Live Box Score: The direct link is here.

Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.

In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): 1-1 in the bottom of the 2nd.  Mendoza with the RBI single for Trenton on a little flare to right on a good piece of hitting from the veteran Venezuelan.

3-1 Thunder through two, Ramiro Pena drove in two with a triple to right.

In the top of the 4th, Aceves threw a curveball that looked like it was coming at Ambiorix Concepcion’s head.  Concepcion hit the dirt.  The problem?  It broke back over the plate for a strike.

Josh Petersen just took Aceves deep down the line in left to make it a 3-2 game in the 4th.

Interesting play in the top of the 6th…with one out and a runner on first, there was a hard-hit liner hit to Reegie Corona.  Corona dropped the ball and flipped it to second for the first out and then flipped it to first for the double play…well, not exactly.  The umpire ruled Corona dropped the ball on purpose and therefore ruled a catch, negating the double play and leaving the original baserunner still on first.

3-2, Thunder in the bottom of the 6th.

Jose Tabata pulled a ball to the left side of the infield.  Surprise #1.  Then he hustled.  Then he beat the throw.  But then he was called out.

Tony Franklin came out to discuss the call with the first base umpire who blew the call…which is something you’ll see Tony do maybe six or eight times all year.

He then came back out and got very animated with the umpire, which is only something I’d seen him do one other time.  Seeing Tony pissed is a very, very rare occurence.

Aceves is out, by the way.  Not a real impressive outing out of the newly engaged pitcher, to be honest.  He was getting hit around to some extent.  6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.  But he did minimize the damage, a la Jason Jones.

For those of you wondering what’s happened to former Phillie Eudo Brito, well…he’s now pitching in relief of Niese for the B-Mets.  Anyone wondering what’s up with Fernando Martinez…he’s injured for what seems like the 74th time and did not play in the series.

Oneli Perez is in his second inning of relief here in the 8th, and he just gave up a run, so with the game tied 3-3, Aceves will not be able to get the win.

Perez just gave up an absolute cannon to Ambiorix Concepcion that should be landing any time now.  The two-run shot went over everything in left field to make the game 5-3, Mets.

Former Thunder pitcher Tim Lavigne now pitching for Binghamton.  (Bad joke alert) Perhaps on the way home, I’ll check out one of those 89 cent Brito’s at Taco Bell…

Bo Hall in to pitch the 9th.

Hall gives up a no-doubter to Mike Nickeas to left field.  Pretty sure it collided with the ball Concepcion hit, since that one was still in orbit.  6-3, Mets.

Nick Evans is the latest to join in the home run derby, hitting one over the Acme sign in left field.  7-3 in the 9th.  Anyone thinking I’m going in the clubhouse after the game is crazy…

In-Game Photo Gallery:

Alfredo Aceves


Austin Jackson

Jon Niese

Austin Jackson warms up with Colin Curtis and Chris Malec

In-Game YouTube Videos: Alfredo Aceves VIDEO, Alfredo Aceves VIDEO 2, Jon Niese VIDEO

Final Score: 7-3, Mets.

Post-Game Notes: Not the greatest pitching performance as a whole.  Aceves gave his team a chance to win, and then Perez and Hall gave up a combined five runs.

Thunder Thoughts: Jason Guarente, who covers the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, is reporting that the Yankees have expressed an interest in Southern Maryland reliever Matt Schweitzer.

“There’s something about the way the ball comes out of his hand. They just can’t catch up to it,” Southern Maryland manager Butch Hobson told Guarente.

In 30 appearances, he has a 0.31 ERA.  The Atlantic League is the same league that the Yankees once plucked Scott Patterson out of.  Like Patterson, Schweitzer has no prior experience in affiliated ball.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


7 Responses to “Game 74: Binghamton @ Trenton”

  1. ebyank Says:

    Just back from Trenton Thunder game. sat behind home plate with scouts. Aceves was OK, not great. He is bigger then I had thought {I’d say 6’2 220}. FB topped at 90, mostly threw from 87 to 89. Had good CB at 77, but it was hit several times hard as was FB. The scouts I asked said he was OK, nothing special, maybe off day for him?

  2. JT Says:

    Looked like just one of those days for the pitching staff. One of those days where the batters needed to step up but didn’t.

  3. JT Says:

    Bill Madden of the NYDN reported that Aceves got the call to SWB despite yesterday’s performance. Any truth to it?

  4. mbn Says:

    I was also wondering if he was moved up, based on that NY Daily News article. Please let us know what you were able to find.

    For what it’s worth, Scranton has an opening on Thursday in the rotation. Ponson is the expected starter, but I expect him to pitch one game on Friday against the Mets.

  5. ebyank Says:

    ACEVES – He is still what he is {this is after seeing him throw 90 pitches}. Maybe a back of the rotation guy at best in majors. I was hoping to see 92 and great CB. Instead mostly 88 and a solid CB. When he missed his spots he got hit very hard. He is the type of pitcher that will have to have perfect command to get by. Remember he pitched in a 3A league last year and was good. He is not a lights out guy. Don’t expect Fernandomania with this guy.

  6. David Mac Says:

    “Anyone thinking I’m going in the clubhouse after the game is crazy…”

    Suck it up, Mashmore! Get in there and get those quotes! Don’t be that guy!

  7. thunderbaseball Says:

    Haven’t heard anything on an Aceves call-up, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. I do know that I shouldn’t jump the gun on something down here based on what someone up there writes…right, Dan McCutchen?

    As for not going down after the game…in reality, I probably should have. But there really wasn’t too much anyone could have said after that one. It got away from them fast and turned into a pretty miserable last third of the game.

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