Archive for July 16th, 2009

Dunn To Scranton, Bush To Trenton

July 16, 2009

Mike Dunn called up to Scranton, Paul Bush getting sent down to Trenton…more later

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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McAllister To The DL

July 16, 2009

Apparently, Zach McAllister has been placed on the disabled list. I love being at the ballpark all day, and finding out in my e-mail that something like that’s happened. Not really much point in covering a team if nobody’s going to tell you anything. I literally spoke to McAllister today…nothing…spoke to Tony Franklin…nothing…have been around team officials all day…nothing. I can just as easily cover the team from home if that’s the way it’s going to go.

McAllister didn’t come to the ballpark until 5:45 PM today. He walked in carrying a large brown envelope, which I’d assume had the results of something inside…MRI…X-Ray, who knows.  Could be a restaurant menu.

But something was up. And nobody said anything. I find out in my e-mail. I mean, come on.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 90: Portland @ Trenton

July 16, 2009

Game 90 – Portland Sea Dogs @ Trenton Thunder
July 16, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: POR Felix Doubront vs. TRE Jeremy Bleich

Starting Lineups:

PORTLAND

Josh Reddick, CF
Ryan Khoury, 2B
Ryan Kalish, LF
Jon Still, DH
Lars Anderson, 1B
John Otness, C
Argenis Diaz, SS
Jason Place, RF
Iggy Suarez, 3B

TRENTON

Austin Krum, CF
Reegie Corona, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Jorge Vazquez, DH
Jesus Montero, C
Chris Malec, 1B
Noah Hall, LF
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B

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): Looks like the Phillies promoted Michael Taylor to Triple-A, just one day after competing in the Eastern League All-Star Game.

Jeremy Bleich walked the first batter and hit the second…looks like not much has changed for the Thunder in the second half.

After Ryan Kalish hit a flare to left field to load the bases, the umpires have pulled the players off the field due to lightning and thunder being VERY close tok the park. They are going to have a very, very difficult time getting this tarp on.

It is raining and hailing here…they’re having a hell of a time getting the tarp on. One of the staffers fell under, but is OK. I’ll omit the name, because this isn’t particularly funny right now…it’s actually kind of scary to see them all out there exposed on the field like this.

The staff did a great, great job of getting the tarp on. Kudos to them. I thought they had no shot.

Rick Astley is singing the rain away on the video board…looks like we’ll get back to playing in a little bit.

We’re back playing after a 45 minute rain delay. Bleich is back out there, complete with no outs and bases loaded.

Jon Still with a little flare to center…1-0, Sea Dogs, T1, nobody out.

Lars Anderson with a broken bat fielders choice…2-0, Sea Dogs, T1, one out.

John Otness grounded into a tailor made 4-6-3 DP ball…but Chris Malec couldn’t pick the ball at first, and they only got one out. 3-0, Sea Dogs, T1, two outs.

3-0, through 2.

6-0, 1 out, top 3. John Otness became John Hotness with one swing of the bat…he ripped a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left for a three-run shot. Jeremy Bleich…he may not be ready for this level yet.

Bleich out after two and two thirds. 77 pitches; 39 strikes/38 balls. Yikes. Wilkins Arias in to clean up the mess.

Reeginald Corona with a two-run double to left. 6-2, B3, 9:07 PM.

Jesus Montero laces a first pitch single to center, scoring Corona. 6-3, B3, two outs.

THE JORGE VAZQUEZ EXPERIENCE TRIPLES TO CENTER! TRIPLES!  9-6, Thunder…a huge six run inning makes this a whole new game.  Heading into T7 now.

In-Game Photos:

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Jeremy Bleich

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Felix Doubront

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Stump Merrill

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

Final Score:

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 90: Pre-Game Notes

July 16, 2009

5:45 PM — According to manager Tony Franklin, James Cooper may be activated as early as just before game time.  Franklin said that the lineup is set, so anyone thinking that Austin Krum may be the odd man out could be wrong.  Then again, I don’t expect Cooper to be activated until after the game.  So I guess we’ll see what happens.  But either way, a move needs to be made.

4:25 PM — Stump Merrill, former Thunder manager and current roving instructor, is on the field watching batting practice.

3:50 PM — Lineups are in…

PORTLAND

Josh Reddick, CF
Ryan Khoury, 2B
Ryan Kalish, LF
Jon Still, DH
Lars Anderson, 1B
John Otness, C
Argenis Diaz, SS
Jason Place, RF
Iggy Suarez, 3B

Felix Doubront, P

TRENTON

Austin Krum, CF
Reegie Corona, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Jorge Vazquez, DH
Jesus Montero, C
Chris Malec, 1B
Noah Hall, LF
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B

Jeremy Bleich, P

3:45 PM — Well, here’s some news. Zach McAllister, who started the Eastern League All-Star Game yesterday and threw one inning, will start for the Thunder on Sunday. It was expected he would pitch Monday, but he’s now listed as going on Sunday at home.

Ryan Pope will throw tomorrow, Kanekoa Texeira on Saturday and Wilkin de la Rosa on Monday on the road.

3:30 PM — Jeremy Bleich is set to take the mound in about three and a half hours, but that’s really the only news I have to report so far…no roster moves or anything as of yet.

It’s Blind and Visually Impaired Awareness Night at the ballpark as well…Ed Lucas, a well-known blind writer who’s covered the Yankees and Mets, is expcted to be at the ballpark, and has arranged for 180 kids to come as well, with each getting a baseball signed by a Thunder player.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Notes About The Eastern League All-Star Game

July 16, 2009

— It was an interesting sight to see Bowie’s Miguel Abreu pacing back and forth on his cell phone outside of the visiting clubhouse after the game, his face still showing the signs of having been hit with a pie after being named the All-Star Game MVP.

“You see it in baseball, but I’ve never had (getting hit in the face with a pie) happen before, it’s a good feeling,” Abreu told me after the game.

While there seemingly was no standout choice for the award — I actually voted for Altoona’s Jason Delaney for driving in the game-winning run — Abreu was as good of a selection as any, going 2-for-4 with two runs, two stolen bases and a few dazzling defensive plays.

“If you play the game right, sometimes good things will happen,” Abreu said.

— Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin, who also managed the North side after helping coach in the Futures Game, has certainly had an interesting week…

“The most important thing in these games is to make sure everybody gets an opportunity to play, which they did,” he said.

“You hope the winning score is on your side, but it just wasn’t there for us tonight.  The festivities were nice, being with the guys was nice.  This was a good group of guys, I really enjoyed being with them.  It’s a long day, but we got through it.”

— Reading’s Michael Taylor, whose name has been mentioned in recent trade talks involving Toronto’s Roy Halladay, was a popular player among the nearly 80 reporters who were credentialed for the game.

“In a perfect world, I would get to play in the big leagues with the Phillies, but that’s not the business side of this game,” Taylor said.

“I’ve said before that we’ve got three All-Star outfielders right now.  I’d definitely like to play in the big leagues as soon as possible, so if that opportunity comes with another club, I’ll definitely be happy.  If it comes with another club, I’ll be elated as well.”

Taylor, a 23-year-old outfielder rated as the Phillies sixth-best prospect coming into 2009 by Baseball America, has been getting a lot of national attention ever since first being mentioned as possibly being involved in a trade.

“It’s a little surreal,” Taylor said.

“I’ve grown up very much as a student of the game, and I’ve been watching Baseball Tonight on TV and Peter Gammons and Buster Olney and all these guys almost my entire life.  Just to be mentioned has been great, it’s been an honor.  It’s been a lot of fun to have people call me and say they heard you being mentioned by so and so.”

I asked Taylor where he thought he’d be come August 1st, and he gave me a pretty interesting answer…

“To be honest with you, it depends on whether or not the Phillies want to give up (Kyle) Drabek,” said Taylor with a laugh.

“The Blue Jays won’t let anyone negotiate with (Roy) Halladay, and they’re probably going to want more than a rental if they’re going to give away a guy like Drabek, who’s probably one of the better prospects I’ve seen.  It’ll be interesting.  It’ll be whoever gives up on their game first.  If you get a chance to get a guy like that on a team that’s offensively built to win now — they might be a quality starter away like Halladay from winning a championship — it might be tough to turn that down.”

— Akron’s Carlos Santana was one of a few players who participated in this game as well as the Futures Game.  Rated the Cleveland Indians top prospect, Santana is sure to attract some attention at the trade deadline as well, but he too had a hectic week.

“I got to play in the Futures Game, and now the All-Star Game, and I’m very happy.  It’s very fun here,” he said.

“That was my first time playing in a big league (stadium).  I liked it, there were more people.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Thunder Thoughts On The 2009 All-Star Game

July 16, 2009

— All in all, the Trenton Thunder should be congratulated for putting on a great All-Star event.  There were a lot of nice touches, just about everything was handled well, and things seemed to be pretty well organized.

— The one big complaint I heard when I was talking to a few players after the game and some fans outside of the stadium after the game was how the autograph session was organized.  The players didn’t seem to like having to sit out in the sun for an hour, and the fans would have liked to have been able to meet all the players, not just guys from one team.  Fans who weren’t interested in autographs had to fight through a jammed concourse and crowded aisles, as the lines were set up so that ends to certain aisles that weren’t covered by protective netting behind the plate led to a group of players from one or two Eastern League teams.

— Outside of that, I can’t really think of too much else to complain about, which is rare for me.

— Fans received free All-Star Game programs upon entering the stadium.  The programs were sponsored by the Times of Trenton and featured articles from John Nalbone, as well as some photography from memorable events in team history.

— Plenty of merchandise was available.  I thought some of the stuff was a little pricey ($10 for an All-Star card set of just one of the divisions is a bit much…that was probably the one thing I would have liked to have had, but I didn’t end up getting anything) but it certainly seems they thought of everything.

— It was nice to see former radio broadcaster/assistant GM Tom McCarthy again, and it was a nice touch by the organization to recognize the people who had been with them from the beginning.

— The media was well taken care of.  Players that we requested were made available, as was Yankees GM Brian Cashman.  There was enough food for everyone, and the press areas weren’t too crowded thanks to seating charts that let everyone know where they were supposed to be.

— No one would have cared if two high school kids were in the home run derby if one of them didn’t win it.  Yes, it’s a little lame that one of them one…but blame the professional ballplayers who couldn’t hit home runs for that, not the kids for participating.

— Fans were handed a photo of the players lined up on the baselines after the game.  The photo was taken during player introductions, sent off and printed, and returned in time to be given away after the game.  An interesting idea, if nothing else.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Eastern League All-Star Game Photo Gallery

July 16, 2009

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All-Star Game logos are painted onto the field

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Reading’s Michael Taylor answers questions from reporters

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Portland’s Junichi Tazawa showed up, but did not participate in the game

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Portland’s Lars Anderson

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Trenton’s Jorge Vazquez

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Akron’s Nick Weglarz

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Akron’s Carlos Santana

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Trenton manager Tony Franklin

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Trenton pitching coach Tommy Phelps

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Jesus Montero

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Montero speaks with reporters

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com