Game 1: Binghamton @ Trenton

Game 1 – Binghamton Mets @ Trenton Thunder
April 8, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE Eric Hacker (NR) vs. BNG Mike Antonini (NR)

Starting Lineups:


1- Emmanuel Garcia, CF
2- Ruben Tejeda, SS
3- Josh Thole, C
4- Shawn Bowman, 3B
5- Lucas Duda, 1B
6- Matt Bouchard, 2B
7- D.J. Wabick, LF
8- Caleb Stewart, DH
9- Carl Loadenthal, RF


1- Eduardo Nunez, SS
2- Reegie Corona, 2B
3- Colin Curtis, LF
4- Edwar Gonzalez, RF
5- Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
6- Francisco Cervelli, C
7- Seth Fortenberry, CF
8- Chris Malec, DH
9- Kevin Smith, 1B

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): 0-0 through two innings.  Eric Hacker struggled a bit early on, giving up a leadoff single and then a walk, but recovered to get the next three B-Mets out.

Six up, six down so far for Mike Antonini…

Eduardo Nunez gets the first hit of the Thunder season with 2 outs in the 3rd…

Marcos Vechionacci singled through the right side to score Colin Curtis, who doubled to left in the 4th.  1-0, Thunder.

Vechionacci scores on a Chris Malec single.  2-0, B4.

Seth Fortenberry scores on a Kevin Smith single to center.  3-0, B4.  Antonini starting to unravel a bit here with two outs.

Antonini’s out after four and two thirds…seven hits, three earned, one walk, four strikeouts.  Julio de la Cruz in for the B-Mets.

Hacker’s coming out for the sixth…

Whelan got out of it, striking out Matt Bouchard with some high heat to escape.  3-1, Thunder, heading into B6.

Sounds like P.J. Pilittere’s in for an unfortunate year.  Ick.

Ruben Tejeda drove in Carl Loadenthal to put Binghamton on the board.  3-1, T6.  That was Hacker’s 82nd pitch, so he’s just about done…

That’ll be it for Hacker after five and a third.  He threw 86 pitches.  Tony Franklin said before the game he’d be around 70-75, so it’s a bit surprising he got that far.  Kevin Whelan now in the game for the Thunder.

Whelan has loaded the bases here in the sixth…

Whelan isn’t so lucky this time…he got five outs and allowed four baserunners.  Tejeda drove in another run.

Eric Wordekemper in the game for Trenton now.  Two outs, runners on second and third.  3-2, Thunder.  T7.

Wordy starts Josh Thole with three straight balls and gives him the unintentional, yet intentional walk.  Bases loaded.

Shawn Bowman hit a hard ground ball up the middle that Reegie Corona couldn’t get out of his glove quickly enough, and Bowman beat the throw to first, which scored one run.  But a second runner tried to score as the play unfolded, and was just tagged out at the plate by Francisco Cervelli.  Still, it’s a 3-3 game.

Mike Dunn into the game for the Thunder to start the top of the 8th… 

Dunn with a 1-2-3 inning with two straight K’s.  He looked pretty nasty…

Caleb Stewart doubled, then Loadenthal singled to left.  Colin Curtis bobbled the ball, but Stewart stayed at third…but the bobble allowed Loadenthal to get to second.  E-7.  Runners at second and third, no outs…

Emmanuel Garcia hit a little flare to center that landed, scoring Stewart.  4-3, B-Mets, T9.  Four unanswered runs for the boys from Bingo.  Runners on the corners, still nobody out.

Dunn struck out Tejeda, but Thole singled to right.  5-3, Binghamton.  One out.  Runners on first and second.

Heading into B9, 5-3, Mets.

In-Game Photos:


The new championship banner


Pitching coach Tommy Phelps signs autographs for some young fans


Colin Curtis


Kanekoa Texeira


Eric Hacker


Bill Masse


Mike Antonini


Your 2009 Trenton Thunder


Marcos Vechionacci




Carlos Mendoza


Francisco Cervelli


Ruben Tejeda


Kevin Smith

In-Game YouTube Videos:

Eric Hacker

Mike Antonini

Hacker throws the first pitch of 2009

Josh Thole

Lucas Duda



Eduardo Nunez

Reegie Corona


Edwar Gonzalez

Marcos Vechionacci

Francisco Cervelli

Final Score: 5-3, Mets.

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


8 Responses to “Game 1: Binghamton @ Trenton”

  1. Bob Says:

    I can’t get the Trenton radio station, but I am able to get the Binghamton station.

  2. SP Says:


    Try this link

  3. Bob Says:

    Thanks, quite the echo chamber huh,lol

  4. » Blog Archive » Trenton Thunder loses but Hacker looked great Says:

    […] The Trenton Thunder lost to the Binghamton Mets by a score of 5-3. […]

  5. yankeesdaily Says:

    You do a great job Mike. I’m going to link to you the whole year.

  6. Dave S. Staten Island Says:


    I can’t believe this is happening to PJ. Pro baseball is a cruel game. You know how much PJ loved to be out there, this must be killing him. I wish they would just release him and let him try to catch on somewhere.


  7. thunderbaseball Says:

    Thanks YD, appreciate the kind words and the links…

    Dave — the Chris Stewart trade pretty much led to this. Nobody seems to be able to figure out why they made that move. It sucks for P.J., there’s no other way to put it.

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    […] press access just to figure out the basics about what was going on at the minor league level. Now, Mike Ashmore is loading up Youtube every game. Look at how easy Eric Hacker’s motion […]

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