Archive for July 4th, 2009

Game 80: New Britain @ Trenton (Molina Update)

July 4, 2009

Nothing official yet on Jose Molina, but I heard from one of the players that Molina is expected to come to Trenton tomorrow and catch 7 innings…we’ll see what Tony Franklin has to say after the game about that.

Game 80 – New Britain Rock Cats @ Trenton Thunder
July 4, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: NB Carlos Gutierrez vs. TRE Ryan Pope

Starting Lineups:


Rene Tosoni, CF
Juan Portes, RF
Brian Dinkleman, 2B
Erik Lis, DH
Whit Robbins, 1B
Matt Moses, LF
Yancarlos Ortiz, SS
Toby Gardenhire, 3B
Allan De San Miguel, C


Austin Krum, CF
Reegie Corona, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Jorge Vazquez, 1B
Jesus Montero, C
Chris Malec, 3B
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Richard Robnett, LF
Justin Snyder, DH

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): Eduardo Nunez with an RBI GIDP to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead, B1.

Ryan Pope’s running into trouble in the 3rd…Juan Portes with an RBI single down the left line to tie it at one. Tommy Phelps making a visit.

Pope gives up a sac fly to Brian Dinkleman, but escapes down just 2-1 through three…

Stupid play by Vazquez in the 5th…on a somewhat softly hit ball hit to him with only one out and the bases loaded, he attempted to throw the ball to second for one out. Why you wouldn’t throw home if you were only get one out is beyond me…but of course, he threw it way wide of Eduardo Nunez and it went into left field. 4-1, Rock Cats.

The Jorge Vazquez Experience attones for his horrific defense, hitting a two-run double down the left line…4-3, Rock Cats, B6.

Kevin Whelan in to start the 7th after six decent frames from Pope. Pope’s line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.

Richie Robnett ties the game (uggh) 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th with a double to left center.

Jose Valdez in to pitch the 9th…

Valdez struck out the first two guys, but then had the audacity to issue a walk…Wilkins Arias is in the game, now. B9, 4-4.

Extra innings. Sweet.

Amauri Sanit into the game in the 10th with runners on the corners and nobody out.

Yancarlos Ortiz with a sac fly to right, giving the Rock Cats a 5-4 lead, B10. Oddly, Edwar Gonzalez made no attempt to get the runner out at the plate, instead trying for the out at third.

Toby Gardenhire with a squeeze bunt, 6-4, Cats…B10


Eric Wordekemper in to pitch the 11th…Kyle Anson has replaced Jesus Montero behind the plate. No idea why.

Heading into the 13th here. Pumped about it.

Josh Schmidt pitching the 13th…

14th inning! Sweet!

Justin Snyder wins it with a walkoff double, scoring Richie Robnett…Thunder pull off an improbable win in 14 innings, 7-6.

In-Game Photos:


Kyle Anson


Wilkins Arias


July 4th artsy-fartsyness


The coaches boxes were painted in a patriotic theme and such…


James Cooper


Reegie Corona


Mike Dunn


Edwar Gonzalez






Carlos Gutierrez


Noah Hall


Austin Krum


Chris Malec


Jesus Montero


Eduardo Nunez




Ryan Pope






Pope and Montero. Great picture? Or the greatest picture?


Richie Robnett




Amauri Sanit


Josh Schmidt


Justin Snyder


Kanekoa Texeira


Jose Valdez and Arias


Jorge Vazquez




Marcos Vechionacci




Man in a hot dog costume.


Eric Wordekemper

In-Game YouTube Videos: Check out my YouTube account for videos updated throughout the game…

Final Score: 7-6, Thunder.

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


Molina May Come To Trenton Tomorrow

July 4, 2009

Got a text from Chad Jennings…seems like the talk in the SWB clubhouse — outside of yet another rainout over there — is that catcher Jose Molina may be on his way to Trenton to continue his rehab assignment there.

No official word yet, but when I know anything, so will you.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Game 80: Pre-Game Notes

July 4, 2009

4:55 PM — James Cooper and Noah Hall, both on the DL, are running around the bases under the supervision of trainer Tim Lentych.

The players are also wearing special July 4th jerseys, as they did last year. A few guys will have different numbers tonight…#12 for Wilkins Arias, #26 for Wilkin de la Rosa, #51 for Eric Wordekemper, #23 for Chris Malec, #10 for Austin Krum.

The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game.

3:40 PM — The players don’t even report until like 5:30, so there’s really nothing to tell you. Glad I got here early, though.

Two off the field things of note, and yes they’re cut and pasted from the Thunder’s site…on July 7th, clean out your closet or basement and bring all that stuff you no longer wear to the ballpark for the Thunder and Salvation Army Clothing Drive.

The Salvation Army truck will be parked on the stadium approach… just drop your clothing off on your way in to the stadium.

And at the Eastern League All-Star Game…as if you needed another reason to attend the EL All-Star Game on July 15… one lucky fan at the big game will take home the collectible of a lifetime – a pair of seats from the original Yankee Stadium.

This prize is courtesy of Yankee Steiner Collectibles and will be awarded to a lucky ticket holder at the All-Star Game

Anson Leads Thunder To Victory

July 4, 2009

(PR) (Erie, PA)- Thunder Catcher Kyle Anson hit a grand slam and had five RBI to lift Trenton to a 10-1 win over the Erie on Friday night from Jerry Uht Park in Erie, PA. The win snapped Trenton’s season-long six-game losing streak.

Trenton (39-40) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning off of Erie Starting Pitcher Thad Weber (1-1). First baseman Jorge Vazquez led off the frame with a solo home run for his 12th home run of the season. Later in the frame, Left fielder Justin Snyder walked with the bases loaded to drive home a run. Center fielder Austin Krum capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly RBI.

After Erie tallied a run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Right fielder Brennan Boesch, Trenton scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. With two outs and runners at first and third base, Right fielder Edwar Gonzalez delivered an RBI double to plate Shortstop Eduardo Nunez. Anson followed with an RBI single to make it 5-1. In the seventh inning, The Thunder loaded the bases with one out for Anson. He connected on a grand slam off of Erie Reliever Josh Kite to extend the lead to 9-1. The grand slam was Trenton’s second of the season. Vazquez connected on a grand slam against Binghamton on May 8th. Anson had five RBI in the win, which is the most RBI in a game this season for a Thunder player. Trenton scored its final run of the night in the top of the eighth inning on a two-out RBI single by Designated Hitter Jesus Montero. Montero had three hits in the win, but failed to hit a home run in his fifth consecutive game. Five Thunder players had multi-hit games in the win.

Trenton Starting Pitcher Wilkin De La Rosa tossed four innings in his first start since coming off the Disabled List. De La Rosa allowed only one hit and one run. He struck out five and walked two. Weber allowed 11 hits and five runs over five innings to take the loss. Thunder Reliever Kanekoa Texeira (6-4) was credited with the win in relief. He tossed two shutout innings. The Thunder bullpen combined to toss five shutout innings, and only allowed two hits.

Trenton returns to Waterfront Park on Saturday night to start a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins). RHP Ryan Pope (2-6, 5.35) will start for Trenton against New Britain RHP Carlos Gutierrez (1-2, 6.26). Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.