Archive for July 8th, 2009

Game 84: New Hampshire @ Trenton

July 8, 2009

Game 84 – New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder
July 8, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: NH Rey Gonzalez vs. TRE Wilkin de la Rosa

Starting Lineups:

FISHER CATS

Todd Donovan, LF
Darin Mastroianni, CF
Brian Dopirak, DH
David Cooper, 1B
Brad Emaus, 2B
Nick Gorneault, RF
Brian Jeroloman, C
Al Quintana, 3B
Luis Sanchez, SS

THUNDER

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

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

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

Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.

In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): De la Rosa hasn’t allowed a hit through four…although he did walk the bases loaded with two outs in the third. 0-0, heading into B4.

63 pitches/35 strikes for De La Rosa…and, uhhh…that’s it for him. Eric Wordekemper in for the 5th. No, seriously.

The no-hitter is over, and so is Trenton’s lead…New Hampshire manufactured a run on two stolen bases and an RBI groundout. It’s 1-1, heading into B6.

Mike Dunn in to pitch the 7th…

Jose Valdez in for the 9th…1-1, T9.

Marcos Vechionacci with a great diving stop at third that would have got the Thunder out of the inning, but Jorge Vazquez mishandled the throw and it extended the inning. Valdez struck out the side, though…1-1, heading into B9.

Grant Duff in to make his Double-A debut for the 10th inning. Saw him at 93 on the gun. Big kid, throws hard.

Patience. Thunder hitters don’t have it. There have been so many first and second pitch outs over the past few games. Heck, there’s even someone named Patience in the front office. There’s aggressive, and then there’s ridiculous. This is a lot of one, and not a lot of the other.

New Hampshire faced four Thunder batters in the 10th. Reliever Celson Polanco threw a grand total of seven pitches. Seven.

Eduardo Nunez with a walk-off single…the left fielder botched it, and the winning run scored on what should have put runners on the corners.

In-Game Photos:

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Wilkin de la Rosa

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de la Rosa

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Grant Duff meets his people…

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Rey Gonzalez

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

Final Score: 2-1, Thunder, F/11

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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Game 84: Pre-Game Notes (Montero An All-Star)

July 8, 2009

6:00 PM — Nothing official yet, but I’d be very surprised if Zach McAllister didn’t get the nod to start the Eastern League All-Star Game.

3:35 PM — Jesus Montero has been added to the Eastern League All-Star Game. Despite playing in the Futures Game in St. Louis, he is expected to actually play in the ELASG as well. Portland’s Junichi Tazawa will attend the ELASG but not play thanks to his Futures Game participation, and Connecticut’s Madison Bumgarner won’t even show up.

Montero is hitting .299 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games for the Thunder this season.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Could Scranton Play In Trenton?

July 8, 2009

The field conditions at PNC Field in Scranton, home of the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, seem to have gotten so bad that someone spilling a bottle of water in the outfield could force the cancellation of an entire series.

OK, so that’s clearly an exaggeration.  But by how much?

Unplayable field conditions have forced the cancellation of several games, including potential huge crowds on July 4th and July 5th, and Chad Jennings has already written that Scranton could be forced to find other stadiums to play their home games in.

Apparently, Trenton’s Waterfront Park could be one of those options.

“The Trenton Thunder have offered our stadium as a potential place to play any SWB Yankees games if needed; however, those decisions will be made by the International League and the New York Yankees,” said Thunder general manager Will Smith.

Recently, the Scranton club sent out a release that said, in part: “The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are currently experiencing a significant drainage problem at PNC Field which has been highlighted by the inordinate amount of rainfall this summer…The PNC Field playing surface, as well as the drainage system, needs to be replaced.”

I’d imagine that 99.9 percent of the fans reading about the drainage system of a baseball field don’t really understand what goes into it, so I asked Trenton’s head groundskeeper, Ryan Hills, to explain it to me.

“The field is constructed on a sand base layer, which is about 12 inches of sand on top of a gravel layer,” Hills said.

“Within that gravel layer, there’s a drainage system and drainage pipes.  The water moves through the sand profile into the gravel, and it’s carried away by the drainage pipes.  The system we have here works pretty well, but also what’s involved with drainage is surface drainage.  You have to start with good surface drainage to have a chance.”

While no one seems to be entirely sure of what specifically is wrong with the drainage system at PNC Field, Hills said that there could be a littany of reasons — poor design, pipes being crushed during construction — and that there’s a lot that can go wrong in the system.

Ultimately, with Scranton and Trenton’s schedules not necessarily intertwining, if the team would need to move some games to Waterfront Park, it’s entirely possible that two games could be played on the field on the same day.

Hills says that while the field would suffer aesthetically, it would be able to handle that kind of increased workload.

“In some areas, it would increase wear on the field,” he said.

“In front of the mound is the hardest part of the field to grow grass on, especially with more games and less time to recover.  It would be a little extra work, but it’s nothing some sod can’t fix.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com