Archive for August 6th, 2009

Thunder Stay In Playoff Spot With Win

August 6, 2009

(PR) (Reading, PA)- Trenton scored seven runs in the seventh inning, and went on for an 8-4 win over Reading on Thursday night from First Energy Stadium. Trenton took two out of three games in the series, for its first series win of the season against Reading in three opportunities. Trenton scored seven runs in the seventh inning for the second time in the series (Tuesday night).

Down 4-1, Trenton (54-56) scored seven runs in the seventh inning to take an 8-4 lead. Third baseman Marcos Vechionacci led off the inning with a solo home run off of Reading Starting Pitcher Vance Worley. Second baseman Justin Snyder followed with a single, which chased Worley out of the game. Reading Reliever Mike Zaguriski came on for Worley and promptly gave up a double to Trenton Center fielder Austin Krum which moved Snyder to third base. After a walk to Shortstop Reegie Corona, First baseman Chris Malec struck out for the first out of the inning. But, Right fielder Richie Robnett came through with a two-run single to tie the game at 4-4. With two outs in the frame, Designated Hitter Noah Hall came through with a two-run single off of Reading Reliever Chance Chapman to give the Thunder a 6-4 lead. Vechionacci then tallied his second hit of the inning, an RBI single, to extend the lead to 7-4. Second baseman Justin Snyder capped off the scoring with an RBI single. Trenton sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, and Vechionacci and Snyder each had two hits in the inning. Snyder had his first three-hit game of the season. He went 3 x 3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk.

Reading (61-49) scored two runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Right fielder Dominic Brown connected on an RBI triple off of Trenton Starting Pitcher Lance Pendleton. First Baseman Brian Stavisky also had an RBI single. Trenton got a run back in the fifth inning on a two-out RBI single by Malec. Reading scored two runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Stavisky picked up a sacrifice fly RBI, and Third baseman Neil Sellers had an RBI double in the frame.

Trenton Starting Pitcher Lance Pendleton earned a no-decision. He allowed five hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings in his second Double-A start. He struck out eight and walked one. Reading Starting Pitcher Vance Worley yielded three runs and seven hits in six innings to also receive a no-decision. Thunder Reliever Josh Schmidt (8-2) picked up the win in relief as he retired the only batter he faced. Zagurski (2-4) allowed two hits and four runs in 2/3 inning to take the loss. Trenton returns to Waterfront Park on Friday night to start a four-game series against the Harrisburg Senators (Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals). RHP Ryan Pope (4-9, 5.45) will start for Trenton against Harrisburg RHP Jeff Mandel (2-0, 2.57). Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.


Pitching Matchups vs. Harrisburg

August 6, 2009

8/7: TRE Ryan Pope vs. HAR Jeff Mandel
8/8, G1: TRE TBA vs. HAR TBA
8/8, G2: TRE TBA vs. HAR Luis Atilano
8/9: TRE Wilkin De La Rosa vs. HAR Brad Meyers

I wonder if Jeff Mandel pitching on Friday will ensure the presence of colleague Ken Mandel…perhaps Howie Mandel will show up instead, trying to sell me things from

No word on who’s pitching for the Thunder on Saturday.  The Trentonian reported that Zach McAllister (tired arm) may come off of the disabled list on the 8th, so he would likely get one of those starts.  The other would likely be a bullpen start.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Two Harrisburg Players Suspended

August 6, 2009

The Harrisburg Senators will return to Waterfront Park for four games starting on Friday.  And they’ll be doing so without the services of outfielder Edgardo Baez and shortstop Ofilio Castro. reports that both players have been suspended  50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine.

Baez, the Carolina League All-Star Game MVP last season, was hitting .254 with nine home runs and 28 RBI this season for the Senators this year.

Castro, in his ninth season in the Nationals organization, was hitting .296 with four home runs and 36 RBI.

Geoff Morrow reports both players are no longer with the club, and also says one of the roster spots has been filled by OF Francisco Plasencia, while the other remains unfilled.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

The Thunder Voted For Pedro

August 6, 2009

As you all know by now, I don’t cover the team on the road.  So I got to miss the Pedro Martinez circus rolling into Reading yesterday.  I’m also on vacation, so the last thing I’d want to do with my time away from baseball is…well, watch baseball.

But there are a few places you can go for some info…

Friend and colleague Josh Norris — coming off a disappointing 8th place finish in a Drew McFedries look-a-like contest — has got you covered at the Trentonian.

If you’re a woman hoping your man got you a quality ring, or you’re a guy looking for the Thundercast, there’s really only four words you want to hear…he went to Jared.  Thunder broadcaster Jared Smith has got your ears taken care of with audio highlights from the past few days.

Nothing quite like cranking out those one percent jokes at about 2:30 in the morning.

Anyway, I’ll be back covering these guys on Friday, when Ryan Pope takes on my favorite pitcher and yours, TBA, for Harrisburg.  Also, keep in mind that Saturday’s game has turned into Saturday’s games…with a doubleheader slated to start at 6 PM.

Another doubleheader against the Harrisburg?  Ick.  Seeing how the Thunder don’t do too well against the Senators, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a “Malice In Thunderland” headline on here after Saturday’s games…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT