Archive for April 23rd, 2009

Don’t Touch That Dial…

April 23, 2009

Will have quotes from Tony Franklin and Zach McAllister either later tonight or early tomorrow…we also spoke to Jorge Vazquez through interpreter/coach Vic Valencia before the game, so I’ll have something with him soon as well.

I took some McAllister photos that I’d be happy to share with everyone as well.

I appreciate everyone’s understanding of today’s coverage being very, very light.  As I had written earlier, I had no intentions of coming to Trenton tonight…but I needed to be there to pay my respects to my friend and colleague.

I will be in Trenton tomorrow, but will likely skip the weekend games as of now…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


Game 12: New Britain @ Trenton

April 23, 2009

Game 12 – New Britain Rock Cats @ Trenton Thunder
April 23, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: TRE Zach McAllister vs. NB Ryan Mullins

Starting Lineups:

New Britain

1- Steve Tolleson, SS
2- Brian Dinkleman, 2B
3- Danny Valencia, 3B
4- Erik Lis, DH
5- Wilson Ramos, C
6- Whit Robbins, 1B
7- Rene Tosoni, RF
8- Matt Moses, LF
9- Brandon Roberts, CF


1- Eduardo Nunez, SS
2- Reegie Corona, 2B
3- Colin Curtis, LF
4- Edwar Gonzalez, RF
5- Jorge Vasquez, DH
6- Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
7- Francisco Cervelli, C
8- Chris Malec, 1B
9- James Cooper, LF

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): I’ll post photos and a video later tonight…

No hits, no runs, no errors for either team through two innings…

Jorge Vazquez just CRUSHED a two-run homer to left. CRUSHED. 2-0, Thunder. B4.

A Rene Tosoni sac fly cuts the lead in half…2-1, T5.

Vazquez with a two-run single…it would appear this guy is good. 4-1, Thunder, B6.

Zach McAllister “scattered” two hits through seven innings. Allowed one run. Best pitching performance of the season by any Thunder pitcher. Mike Dunn now in.

In-Game Photos:

In-Game YouTube Videos:

Final Score: 4-1, Thunder

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Vazquez To Trenton; Smith “Sent To Staten Island”

April 23, 2009

I couldn’t have any less interest in baseball at the moment, but still have to go through with doing my job…hope everyone understands that this isn’t going to be an easy day for anyone here, myself included.

Real quick, the Thunder have received first baseman Jorge Vasquez from extended spring training. He’ll be wearing #40…last worn by Cody Ehlers.

Additionally, Kevin Smith has been transferred to Staten Island. Except, you know, not. Can’t transfer a guy to a team that doesn’t start playing until June, yes? So it’s a paper move.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Remembering Stephen Cornell

April 23, 2009


I know that many of you come here looking to see who got called up, who got sent down and so on.

But this post will have nothing to do about baseball.

Please give me a minute to remember my friend and colleague, Stephen Cornell, who unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday.

Steve had covered the Thunder ever since their inception in 1994, and had been writing for the Bucks County Courier Times. 

When I first started covering the team as a beat writer in 2006, things were a little different than they are now.  I would go to the games, keep my mouth shut, do my work and go home.  The guys from the big papers, the Times and The Trentonian, would usually sit in the lower level of the press box.  Most of the rest of us sat up top.

I spent many a game sitting next to Steve, and he was one of the first reporters I ever really started talking with in Trenton, and someone I looked up to, admired and respected.  Through talking with him and some of the other familiar faces from the top level, I started opening up and really started to enjoy my experiences covering the team.

Often, in situations like this, things are said that people don’t really mean just to be nice.  But I think everyone genuinely liked Steve.  I liked working with him and enjoyed his company very much.  We were always cracking jokes about something…and if you look back through the archives of this very blog, you’ll see he made a handful of comments in that regard.

If I close my eyes, I can see Steve sitting to my right, laughing about something…anything.  He’d often bring one of his two young sons, Christopher, with him in the press box, and they’d have a good time together at the game.

Steve thought highly of me, which meant a lot…he was a damn good writer — whether he was writing about sports or the medical profession — and the news of his passing hit myself and many of his friends very hard.  Steve had a lot of friends…and his laughter, company and kind words often were a bright spot in my day and surely theirs as well.

Especially early in my time covering the team, but throughout…I looked forward to seeing him in the press box.  He was a friendly face in a time when I felt like I didn’t have a lot of them, and that meant so much.

Things simply will not be the same without Steve around.  The fact that his spot in the press box, which was directly next to mine, will be empty…just doesn’t seem right.

He leaves behind a wife and two kids, and he will be greatly, greatly missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with him.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Several of Steve’s colleagues have sent along their thoughts and memories of their friend…

“On behalf of the writers that have worked with Steve since the inception of the Thunder franchise in 1994, we are deeply saddened by his passing and can only pray that he has finally found the peace he sought.

Our heart-felt thoughts are with Steve’s family at this incredibly tragic time.”
John Nalbone and Larry O’Rourke 

“Steve Cornell was a valued friend and colleague. From the first time I entered the Trenton Thunder pressbox over 15 years ago, Steve and I struck up a friendship that made working at Waterfront Park that much more of a pleasure. His humor, his low-key good nature and his professionalism were always on display.

I started out doing a monthly report on the Thunder for a fan magazine. It was Steve who got me into the business of game-day reporting, when he asked me to begin filling in for him at the Courier-Times. The only thing I regretted about taking that assignment is that we were less often at the same game. When we were, I always made a point to sit next to him in his customary seat in the back row of the pressbox, knowing that we would share a laugh or two – not just about baseball, but the world in general.

It is never easy to know the pain that is in someone else’s heart. But I hope that whatever troubled Steve is behind him now, and that he has the peace that he so much deserves.

Rest easy, in green pastures, my friend.”

David McDonough

The Thunder will have a moment of silence for Steve prior to tonight’s game against New Britain.  To read more thoughts about Cornell, please click here.

Thank you.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Thunder Snatch Defeat From Jaws Of Victory In 4-3 Loss

April 23, 2009

(PR) (Binghamton, NY)- Binghamton scored four unanswered runs, including the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and went on for a 4-3 win over Trenton on Wednesday night from NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, NY. Trenton finished its first road trip at 3-3.

With the game tied 3-3 in the seventh inning, Binghamton (7-4) scored a run to take a 4-3 lead. Binghamton Right Fielder Carl Loadenthal walked to start the inning against Trenton Reliever Kanekoa Texeira (1-1). He moved to second base on a ground out, and then stole third base. He scored on an RBI single by Binghamton Left fielder Josh Peterson. Loadenthal finished the game 2 x 3 with two runs, an RBI, a triple, and two stolen bases. Binghamton Reliever Edgar Alfonso (1-0) tossed 1 1/3 shutout innings in relief to pick up the win. Binghamton Reliever Roy Merritt pitched two shutout innings to close out the game for his Eastern League-leading sixth save.

Trenton took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly RBI by Right fielder Edwar Gonzalez. He leads the team with eight RBI. The Thunder increased the lead to 3-0 with two runs in the fifth inning. Shortstop Eduardo Nunez and Second Baseman Reegie Corona had back-to-back two-out RBI singles. Binghamton rallied with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, and a run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3. Carl Loadenthal had an RBI triple to trim the Trenton lead to 3-1. Loadenthal then scored on a sacrifice fly RBI by Designated Hitter D.J. Wabick to make it 3-2. Binghamton tied the game at 3-3 on a fielder’s choice RBI ground-out off the bat of Binghamton Shortstop Ruben Tejada.

Trenton Starting Pitcher George Kontos received a no-decision. He allowed only two hits and two runs over five innings. He struck out seven and walked four. Binghamton Starting Pitcher Dylan Owen yielded only three runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He also received a no-decision. Corona and Trenton Catcher Francisco Cervelli each had two hits in the loss.

Trenton returns to Waterfront Park on Thursday night to start a series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins). RHP Zach McAllister (0-0, 2.61) will start for Trenton against New Britain LHP Ryan Mullins (0-2, 3.86). Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.