Archive for July 2nd, 2009

Thunder Lose. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

July 2, 2009

(PR) (Erie, PA)- Erie scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to top Trenton 9-6 on Thursday night from Jerry Uht Park in Erie, PA. Erie has won the first three games of the series.

Down 2-0, Erie (43-36) scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game. Third baseman Ron Bourquin had an RBI groundout to plate the first run, and Right fielder Brennan Boesch scored the second run on a wild pitch by Thunder Starting Pitcher Jason Johnson (0-2). The Sea Wolves took the lead in the third inning on a two-out RBI single by Designated hitter Andy Dirks. Erie opened the lead up to 8-2 with a five-run fourth inning. All the runs were scored with two outs. With two outs and Borquin at second base, Shortstop Cale Iorg struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. Catcher Alex Avila followed with a two-run double to make it 5-2. First baseman Ryan Strieby then hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 7-2. Boesch capped off the scoring with a solo home run.

The Thunder would go on to score four straight runs to cut the gap to 8-6. Designated Hitter Jorge Vazquez connected on a three-run home run in the fifth inning off of Erie Starting Pitcher Jonah Nickerson (5-6). Vazquez went 4 x 5 with two runs, and three RBI in the loss. The four-hit game was his second of the season. Catcher Jesus Montero had a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning off of Erie Reliever Cody Satterwhite to bring Trenton within 8-6. Satterwhite pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his ninth save of the season. Three different Erie pitchers have recorded saves in the series. Erie scored an insurance run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch by Thunder Reliever Jose Valdez.

Trenton (38-40) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Montero and First Baseman Chris Malec hit back-to-back home runs off of Nickerson. Montero has hit four home runs so far in the series, and has hit home runs in his last four games. Last season, Former Thunder Outfielder Austin Jackson hit home runs in four straight games (6/13/08-6/17/08). Trenton has scored the first run in each of the three games in the series.

Johnson allowed 11 hits and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss in his second start for the Thunder. Nickerson allowed 11 hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings, but picked up the win for Erie. Trenton has dropped six straight games.

Trenton will look to salvage the final game of the four-game series on Friday night. Trenton’s Starting Pitcher is TBD. RHP Thad Weber (1-0, 5.00) will start for Erie. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

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Fireworks And Baseball On The 4th

July 2, 2009

(PR…ummm, T-Mail) Waterfront Park is the place to be this weekend as the Thunder will host post-game fireworks on both July 4th and 5th.

Saturday, July 4 will also feature the players wearing special American Flag jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game thanks to the US Army. Sunday, July 5th’s game will start at 6:05 PM and will be a great cap to the end of your holiday weekend.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Halsey Released

July 2, 2009

Hey there, bad timing!  On the very day that I wrote that Brad Halsey story, the Long Island Ducks released him.  I’d imagine he’ll re-surface somewhere else in the Atlantic League…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Thunder Limbo Under The .500 Mark

July 2, 2009

(PR) (Erie, PA)- Erie hit three home runs and posted a 5-3 victory over Trenton on Wednesday night from Jerry Uht Park in Erie, PA. Trenton slipped underneath the .500 mark (38-39) for the first time since May 25th (20-21). The Thunder have dropped five straight games.

Down 1-0, Erie (42-36) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning on a solo home run by Third baseman Ron Borquin. The Sea Wolves would take the lead in the fifth inning off of Thunder Reliever Michael Dunn (2-3). Erie Shortstop Cale Iorg singled with one out. Catcher Alex Avila followed with a two-run home run to give the Sea Wolves a 3-1 lead.

Trenton plated a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by First baseman Jorge Vazquez to cut the Erie lead to 3-2. But, with runners at second and third base and one out, Catcher Jesus Montero grounded into a double-play to end the threat. Erie tacked on two runs in the seventh inning on a solo home run by Iorg, and an RBI double by Right fielder Brennan Boesch. Iorg went 2 x 3 with two runs, and an RBI. Trenton’s final run of the game came in the top of the eighth inning on a solo home run by Shortstop Eduardo Nunez. The home run was Nunez’s fourth of the season.

Trenton took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run by Montero. The home run was his third of the series, and fourth of the season. Montero and Nunez each had two hits in the loss for the Thunder. Erie Starting Pitcher Jonathan Kibler (4-5) picked up the win. He scattered five hits and three runs (two earned) in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three. Erie Reliever Zach Simons hurled 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his second save. Dunn took the loss for Trenton. He allowed five hits and four runs in 2 2/3 innings. He tied a season-high with five strikeouts. Thunder Starting Pitcher Zach McAllister received a no-decision. He yielded only two hits and one run in four innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Trenton and Erie play the third game of their four-game series on Thursday night. RHP Jason Johnson (0-1, 10.80) will start for Trenton and face Erie RHP Jonah Nickerson (4-6, 5.08). Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.