Archive for July 17th, 2009

Game 91: Portland @ Trenton

July 17, 2009

Game 91 – Portland Sea Dogs @ Trenton Thunder
July 17, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: POR Junichi Tazawa vs. TRE Ryan Pope

Starting Lineups:

PORTLAND

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

TRENTON

Austin Krum, CF
Reegie Corona, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Noah Hall, DH
Chris Malec, 1B
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Richie Robnett, LF
Kyle Anson, C
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): Jon Still with a no-doubter to left field…2-0, Sea Dogs, T2.

Josh Reddick with an RBI double…3-0, Sea Dogs, T2.

This team…wow. Marcos Vechionacci fielded a grounder with a runner on third…the runner went home, Vechionacci threw home…and a good throw would have beat the runner by eight feet, but it instead pulled Kyle Anson off the plate. 4-0, Sea Dogs, T3.

Ryan Pope out after four innings…Eric Wordekemper in. 5-0 now, T5.

In-Game Photos:

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

Final Score: 5-2, Sea Dogs

Thunder Thoughts:

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 91: Pre-Game Notes (Montero Scratched From Lineup With Injury)

July 17, 2009

6:10 PM — Montero said he expects to play tomorrow.  He apparently injured himself blocking a Kevin Whelan split-finger fastball.

I did not see Jorge Vazquez in the clubhouse.

Kyle Anson did not know where he’d be hitting in the lineup.

James Cooper said he’s ready to go and is just waiting to be activated.

Spoke to Paul Bush for a mini-feature, as well as Tommy Phelps about a few of the pitchers.

5:15 PM — Lineups are changed…

Jesus Montero apparently bruised his right thumb blocking a ball last night. He was in the original lineup, as you can see below, but has been taken out. Kyle Anson will likely replace him, but no clue on what that does to the order.

Jorge Vazquez is out of the lineup tonight with a wrist injury suffered on last night’s triple, when he slid into third.

Zach McAllister…there’s really no news on him. Tony Franklin said that McAllister didn’t say anything about his arm feeling dead until after the All-Star Game, so that’s why he pitched in it. He is apparently at the doctor today and is not expected to be at the park. Franklin had no explanation as to why McAllister was late to the ballpark yesterday.

Wilkin de la Rosa will now start Sunday, and Paul Bush will start on the road on Monday.

5:10 PM — Just to make a point, the Thunder only now released that Mike Dunn was called up to Triple-A, despite the fact that it was announced last night by Tony Franklin. The organizational restrictions placed on the distribution of information is absolutely ridiculous.

3:45 PM — Lineups are in…

PORTLAND

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

Junichi Tazawa, P

TRENTON

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

Ryan Pope, P

3:15 PM — They’re taking the sandbags off the tarp, so maybe they’re going to attempt to take BP.

I’ll try to get a Zach McAllister update for you guys. Maybe there can be another rain delay so I can get another e-mail.

Ha. Seriously though, the whole thing is bizarre if you think about it. McAllister started the All-Star Game two days ago. If he wasn’t fine, don’t pitch him. When he was placed on the DL, he was put on there retroactively to what seems to be a random date, July 14th. Why wouldn’t he be put on retroactive to the date he last pitched in the regular season?

Why was the information quietly released during the game? Why didn’t McAllister mention anything about this before the game for a now useless story on his ASG experience? Why didn’t Tony Franklin know he’d been placed on the DL after the game…or at least acted like he didn’t know?

It’s just bizarre. I wonder what the results of the MRI that McAllister likely already had done yesterday are.

3:00 PM — The tarp is on the field — surely it was put on with more ease than it was last night — and it remains uncertain whether baseball will be played tonight. Look at the radar and…yeah, it’s questionable.

But the pitchers are stretching in center field right now. Looks like Paul Bush has showed up and is wearing #38.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 90: Post-Game Notes (McAllister Update)

July 17, 2009

— This is going to be brief, because it’s 12:30 AM and I’m drop-dead tired…

In the span of a 42 second interview, Zach McAllister said the word “rest” six times.  If you ask him, it seems the organization feels he needs some of it. 

“I’m just kind of getting some rest,” he said.

“I’ve thrown a lot of innings so far.  That’s pretty much it.  It’s just for precautionary reasons.”

Hmmm.  OK.  Still doesn’t explain why McAllister arrived to the ballpark three hours after his teammates in street clothes.  Tony Franklin shed some more light on the issue.

“There’s nothing specifically you can say that’s wrong with him, but I think every pitcher goes through a little period of dead arm,” he said.

“He’s going to go have an MRI and make sure there’s nothing structurally wrong.”

I asked Franklin flat-out whether McAllister had the MRI already, which would explain his being late, and he told me he had not.  If I’m being honest, I’m not sure I believe that.  Franklin said it was just a dead arm issue at this point, and wasn’t sure if the MRI — which he may or may not have had already — was/would be for his shoulder, elbow or anything else.

“He complained of a dead arm, so they’re going to look at everything,” Franklin said.

“His last outing, when he was pitching the other night, Tommy and I both said he’s not throwing the ball well.  He mentioned to (trainer Tim Lentych) that maybe he wasn’t really feeling great, but that happens.  You have no idea how many guys come to Tim and say my arm feels like crap, can you rub this.  Their arm is their lifeline, they need to take care of it.”

— Franklin said he doesn’t know who will start Sunday, since McAllister was supposed to start that day.

— There is no news on James Cooper, who was supposed to be activated from the disabled list today.

— As reported here earlier, Mike Dunn was sent to Scranton and Paul Bush was sent down from Scranton to Trenton.

“Congratulations to Michael, I think he’s pitched well enough to earn the promotion,” Franklin said.

For Dunn, who leaves Trenton with a 3-3 record, 3.71 ERA and team high 76 strikeouts, this is his first trip up to Triple-A. 

“I’m excited,” Dunn said.

“I was hoping for it, but it’s something where you try not to think it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen…you just go and play and whenever you get the call, you get the call.”

The 24-year-old converted position player feels like he’s ready to make the jump.

“I’ve still got some stuff I’ve got to work on, but hopefully up there I can get it fixed.  I’m one step closer.”

Bush, a 29-year-old righty, started the season with Somerset of the independent Atlantic League, where he was a teammate of current Thunder outfielder Noah Hall.

Signed by the Yankees organization in late May, he’s made seven appearances for Scranton, going 2-2 with a 4.86 ERA, including two spot starts.  I’d be willing to bet you’ll see him in that role on Sunday as well…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com