Archive for July 18th, 2009

Game 92: Portland @ Trenton

July 18, 2009

Game 92 – Portland Sea Dogs @ Trenton Thunder
July 18, 2009
Waterfront Park – Trenton, NJ

Pitching Matchup: POR Jarod Plummer vs. TRE Kanekoa Texeira

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
Jesus Montero, C
Chris Malec, 1B
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Richie Robnett, LF
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): Sorry I didn’t have a pre-game notes post…there was a lot going on here behind the scenes today.

Jorge Vazquez was placed on the DL with a bone bruise on his wrist. James Cooper was activated from the DL, but isn’t in the lineup.

Jay Stephens is expected to be activated from the DL tomorrow.

4-0, Sea Dogs, T4. Rough third inning for Tex…

Wilkins Arias is in to pitch the fifth…

Grant Duff in to pitch the seventh…still 4-0. Trenton’s had a lot of chances, but can’t seem to buy a hit with RISP right now.

Bases loaded, two outs, B7, 4-0 game…Jesus Montero up. Big situation right here. GRAND SLAM TO LEFT. BRAND NEW GAME. 4-4. That ball was laced to left field. Jesus delivers.

It’s all falling apart for the Sea Dogs…Edwar Gonzalez grounded to shortstop with two outs, and his throw eluded the first baseman…Chris Malec scored and it’s 5-4, Thunder.

Duff with what was scored a passed ball with a runner on third to tie this puppy up at five in the top of the 8th…

Noah Hall with the sac fly to give Trenton a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 8th in what’s become a back and forth game here late in the going…

Jose Valdez in to close this one out…

In-Game Photos:

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

Final Score: 6-5, Thunder

Thunder Thoughts: A little under 8,000 people here tonight…nice job by the Thunder packing them in this series.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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Game 91: Post-Game Notes

July 18, 2009

— Pretty much the only thing I care about writing after tonight’s game is this: If anyone took myself saying I wasn’t sure if I believed Tony Franklin when I asked him about the timing of Zach McAllister’s MRI as an attack on the character of Franklin himself, they’re flat out wrong.

Franklin is one of the most respected men in baseball, and has earned every bit of it.  If I wasn’t clear in what I was saying, then I apologize to anyone it may have offended.  Perhaps I should have said that I wasn’t sure I believed him because he may have been handcuffed by the organization in terms of what he can and can’t say.  And I get that…anyone who does this knows that nothing gets said until it’s official — look at the Mike Dunn release not getting sent out until 5 PM when he was called up the night earlier as an example.

Maybe it’s that I’m not sure what to believe anymore.  Perfectly healthy players being placed on the disabled list would be a good example of that.  It’s sad that I have to ask if players are legitimately injured when they’re put on the DL now.  But that’s the environment that’s been created.

Anyone who’s ever encountered Franklin has nothing but respect for him, myself included.  So whether it was myself not making my comments clear enough or whatever the case may be, know that anything I said was not intended to be a slight on him in any way, shape or form.

— I will have the Brian Cashman interview from the All-Star Game, as well as the Paul Bush story and anything else that’s been backlogged from the past few days posted at some point this weekend or possibly by Monday at the latest.

— As I had planned before the game, I went into Portland’s clubhouse after tonight’s game; getting interviews with Junichi Tazawa and Lars Anderson for later use.

For what it’s worth, Tazawa said — through an interpreter, of course — that the rain affected him a little bit during his start, but he was able to adjust and give Portland a solid outing.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com