ELCS Game 4: Akron @ Trenton

ELDS Game 4 – Akron Aeros @ Trenton Thunder
September 14, 2008
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: AKR Frank Herrmann vs. TRE Jeff Marquez

Starting Lineups:


1 – Rodriguez
2 – Sardinha
3 – LaPorta
4 – Hodges
5 – Head
6 – Toregas
7 – Whitney
8 – Panther
9 – Pinckney


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

Pre-Game Notes: Same lineups as yesterday, which were the same lineups as the day before, etc.

If there’s a Game 5, Eric Hacker WILL start it.

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

Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.

In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): Scoreless through one.

Marquez balked a runner over to second base in the third inning, but we remain scoreless heading into the bottom of the third.  Trenton still looking for their first hit off of Rutherford, NJ native Frank Herrmann.

AUSTIN.  JACKSON.  IS.  CLUTCH.  With two on and two out in the third, he hit a ball to short right field that former Thunder star Bronson Sardinha dove for but couldn’t come up with.  Reegie Corona scored on the play.  1-0, Thunder.  B3.

The Thunder are absolutely clinging to a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th.

Marquez is coming out for the 6th, but Jason Jones is warming in the bullpen.

Matt Whitney just hit an 0-1 pitch from Marquez over the left field fence with two outs.  Tied at one, T6.  This place is quiet at the moment.

Herrmann’s out with one out in the sixth after Josh Rodriguez made an error allowing Chris Malec to reach.  Remember in my preview when I said Reid Santos would be in some big spots?  Here he is…

Curtis singled off of Santos, and he’s now out of the game.  Now in is Neil Wagner.

Jackson is clutch, but he’s no “Mister Clutch.”  P.J. Pilittere just singled home Malec to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead.  This is a tense, tense game right now…

Cervelli walks, and the bases are loaded for Edwar Gonzalez.

Wild pitch!  Curtis scores and it’s 3-1, Thunder.  Now Gonzalez is getting the free pass to load the bases again for Kevin Russo.  This game is one swing away from getting out of hand for Akron.

Another error by Rodriguez at short on a hard-hit Russo grounder.  It’s now 4-1 with the bases loaded and still only one out.  Still B6.  The Aeros are melting under the pressure, both in the field and on the mound.

Sac fly to right by Corona makes it 5-1.  Two outs.  B6.

The Thunder take a commanding 5-1 lead heading into the top of the 7th.  Marquez’s night is done, and Jason Jones is in the game.

If things stay as is, I’m going to have to start heading down to the field soon so I can get some pictures and video of the on-field ridiculousness…but this is far, far from over.

It is just not Josh Rodriguez’s night.  He reached on a Malec error with on out in the seventh, but got picked off of first by Francisco Cervelli.  Can’t do that in any situation, no less with your 2-3-4 hitters up.

Six outs to go…Thunder up 5-1, going into B7.

Tony Sipp in to pitch for Akron with one out in the bottom of the 7th.

5-1, T8.

Heading down now…definitely going to be a lot to see and read on here later tonight…

In-Game Photo Gallery:

Colin Curtis makes a catch in the first inning

God In Cleats Austin Jackson

Chris Malec

Jeff Marquez

Ramiro Pena

P.J. Pilittere

Humberto Sanchez

Final Score: 5-1, Thunder.

Post-Game Notes: Champions!

Thunder Thoughts: I’ll have some more stuff on the blog over the next few days and weeks…I plan on updating this all year long.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


29 Responses to “ELCS Game 4: Akron @ Trenton”

  1. Ralph Says:

    lol @ god in cleats…and wow sanchez is a biggggg dude

  2. Ralph Says:

    hey mike is there any chance a jax gets called up to AAA for the bricktown showdown next tuesday?

  3. thunderbaseball Says:

    Unless the Yankees need Melky Cabrera, I doubt it…

    My head comes up to Humberto’s chin. I’m six foot.

  4. Ish Says:

    Could you try to get a shot of Herrmann? You weren’t at the game the last time he pitched.

  5. thunderbaseball Says:

    Probably not going to be anything worthwhile in this light, to be honest. If I go down again, I’ll grab something…but I might not be able to until late in the game, and he may not still be in by the time I go.

  6. Rafi Says:

    Hey Mike, according to CJ, the SW/B Yanks could need an infielder(with more than half a season of experience) for the Bricktown. Can you try to find out if anything’s in the works? Thanks

  7. thunderbaseball Says:

    Will be a ton going on after the game — win or loss — but I’ll do what I can.

  8. Rafi Says:

    Any theories?

  9. thunderbaseball Says:

    If Castro’s gone, then Corona would go up…Russo can play second but is going to the AFL, and I don’t know if they want to burn him out. Pena’s a possibility too.

  10. Rafi Says:

    Btw, I think that the first picture of Marquez is mislabeled

  11. jennifer Says:

    Any chance the Yankees would bring up Action to see what he has. The Yankees need to know if they have a cf’er for next year.

  12. thunderbaseball Says:

    Only one pic of Marquez posted, I think…

  13. jennifer Says:

    3-1 now on the wild pitch!! I wish they had video of this game. 😦

  14. jennifer Says:

    bases juiced 1 out. 🙂 Go THUNDER

  15. thunderbaseball Says:

    No chance A-Jack comes up, I would think…no sense in rushing him and putting him in a somewhat losing environment either.

  16. jennifer Says:

    True about the bad environment. How many years away from the bigs do you think he is than?

  17. jennifer Says:

    What was the story with Bronson. I heard Seattle (?) released him for some strange reason.

  18. thunderbaseball Says:

    He said he made some bad off the field decisions that led to it. A-Jack could be there mid-2009 or start of 2010. He’s talented enough to be there now, but no need to rush.

  19. jennifer Says:


    3 outs away!! If the ML Yankees can’t win, it is nice to see the minor league teams doing there job.

  20. jennifer Says:

    Congrats to the Trenton Thunder!!

  21. Bob Says:

    Outstanding! Congrats Trenton!

  22. yankeesdaily.com » Blog Archive » Trenton Thunder wins Eastern Conference Championship Says:

    […] the win. Then Jason Jones pitched 3 scoreless innings for the save. Trenton won 5-1. According to Mike Ashmore’s Thunder’s Thoughts, AUSTIN. JACKSON. IS. CLUTCH. With two on and two out in the third, he hit a ball to short right […]

  23. Sean Serritella Says:

    Great job and congrats to the Thunder.

  24. Highlander Says:

    Congratulations to everyone who wore a Thunder uniform this season!

  25. Erik Says:

    Very Very Nice!!!
    Excellent work by the team and especially Tony Franklin!!!

    Thank You Mike for all the hard work you do covering this team.
    I will miss chatting with you before some of the games I attended.

  26. Brandon Says:

    God in cleats yes, clutch in game 3 yes…Come on Mike A. also give credit to Colin Curtis and PJ Pilittere if anybody has been clutch it’s been those 2 in this playoffs.

    Colin Curtis .414 AVG in the AA playoffs
    PJ Pilittere .333 AVG in the AA playoffs
    Ramiro Pena .345 AVG in the AA playoffs

  27. Brandon Says:

    Thany You Tony Franklins and all of the Trenton Thunder for a wonderful season. BACK TO BACK BABY !!!!

  28. Brandon Says:

    Thank You Tony Franklin and all of the Trenton Thunder for a wonderful season. BACK TO BACK BABY !!!!

  29. thunderbaseball Says:

    Erik…I’m looking forward to next year already, hope to see you then.

    Hard to think a three-peat is out of the question.

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