Game 105 – Portland Sea Dogs @ Trenton Thunder
July 26, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ
Pitching Matchup: TRE George Kontos (3-9, 3.77) vs. POR Dave Gassner (2-5, 6.89)
1 – Pritz
2 – Jimenez
3 – Wagner
4 – Daeges
5 – Bates
6 – Anderson
7 – Reddick
8 – Diaz
9 – Suarez
1 – Corona
2 – Pena
3 – Jackson
4 – Malec
5 – Curtis
6 – Ibarra
7 – Ehlers
8 – Muich
9 – Cooper
Pre-Game Notes: A worthless bit of info on any other day, but with everyone on high alert mode…worth noting that Jason Jones is bringing the bag of balls back and forth during BP today. Usually, that’s the job of the previous day’s starter. I assume Coke is here, and I know Kontos is still set to pitch.
I asked Tony Franklin about the report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that both Coke and Kontos were removed from the trade because one had a labrum issue, and he said he had no idea about any of that. Coke was also not given a reason as to why he was removed from the trade.
If I’m guessing, they’re referring to George’s shoulder injury last year, where he missed two months.
Word on the street is that Coke will be getting his innings cut down, but it’s not known yet whether he’ll be heading to the bullpen.
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): George Kontos is here! And he’s pitching! 0-0 in the bottom of the first.
Reegie Corona provided a very, very scary moment here in the bottom of the 1st. He broke his bat on a grounder to the pitcher, and the majority of the bat went flying into the stands. It deflected off a row of miraculously empty seats (on a fireworks night, no less) and went into the concourse separating the lower and upper level of seats. Thankfully, nobody was injured, but the bat went into the stands at a very high rate of speed.
Kontos with quite a rough 2nd inning. Four runs on four hits, but the big blow came on a three-run triple by Josh Reddick.
Well, as colleague Josh Brett pointed out, George Kontos can’t complain about run support tonight. Not that he does, but the point is, is that he flat out doesn’t have it tonight. He just gave up a home run to Aaron Bates in the 3rd to make it 6-1. The Thunder, if you’re curious, scored on an RBI groundout from Cody Ehlers. Ehlers seemed pretty frustrated in batting practice today…don’t know if the confidence has taken a hit.
Mark Wagner gets on my crap list for fouling one back in my general direction. Missed coming in here by about an inch or two. In relevant news, it’s still 6-1 Portland in the 5th.
James Cooper drives one in here in the bottom of the 5th, it’s now 6-2. Will Portland snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Perhaps…Reegie Corona drives in another to make it 6-3.
Kontos out after six. Six runs, five hits, four walks, blah. Not the solid outing many people were hoping for. Sticking with the six theme, Oneli Perez is in…
Michael Gardner in for Perez after two solid innings of relief out of the six-fingered specialist.
Aaaaaaaaand it’s over. Trenton’s lost four out of their last five. Should be just a joyous clubhouse tonight.
In-Game Photo Gallery:
Phil Coke, who was in charge of carrying the backpack of sunflower seeds and gum to the bullpen.
George Kontos — not traded after all
Final Score: 6-3, Sea Dogs.
Post-Game Notes: Check out Baseball Digest Daily Live for an interview with one Austin Jackson.
Thunder Thoughts: Ah, yes. The press box can have many fun moments. For example, there was this exchange with myself and another reporter upon entering yesterday…
Me: Anyone wanna play guess that odor?
Colleague: It smells like feet.
But today, the Thunder have redeemed themselves by providing the press with a wide array of lovely desserts. Raspberry cheesecake, apple pie. Well played, Thunder. Well played indeed.
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