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)
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.
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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:
Austin Jackson warms up with Colin Curtis and Chris Malec
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 gmail.com