Archive for August 9th, 2009

Assorted Notes And Such

August 9, 2009

— I did go down into the clubhouse after the doubleheader last night, just never got around to posting anything between falling asleep early last night and taking today off.  Figured it’s better late than never.  Here are some audio clips from myself and Trentonian colleague Josh Norris interviewing a few of the guys…

Chris Malec audio

Zach McAllister audio

Jason Stephens audio

— I spoke to Paul Bush in the clubhouse last night as well.  It seems his fingernail has healed to the point where he’s ready to be activated from the disabled list, and he’s just waiting for the go-ahead to be back on the roster.  He said the crack in his nail came from the pressure he was putting on the ball while pitching, and that he wasn’t struck by a ball or anything like that.  His nail did have a noticeable, clear coating on it though.

— Humberto Sanchez is also expected to be activated from the Teporarily Inactive List on Tuesday.

— The Thunder have the day off on Monday.  Reading comes in for their last trip this season starting Tuesday.  Lance Pendelton makes his Waterfront Park debut on the 11th against Mike Stutes.  Jeremy Bleich faces Vance Worley on the 12th and Zach McAllister will take on Yohan Flande on the 13th.  I tried the Yohan Flande the other day at Across The Border…it was delicious. 

So if you wanted to see Kyle Drabek pitch, oh well.  He will not have appeared in either of the R-Phils trips in here.  Add him to Madison Bumgarner, Ross Detwiler and others who Thunder fans — and reporters — have been jobbed out of seeing pitch this season.

— Chad Jennings, Scranton’s information machine/beat writer, reports that former Thunder starter Ivan Nova has been placed on the DL.

— Rebecca from This Purist Bleeds Pinstripes was at the doubleheader on Saturday…got to meet her and chat a bit before the game and inbetween games.  She has a little write-up and some photos from her trip posted here.  And for the record, The Humpty Dance is still horrendous.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


Thunder Lose In Extras

August 9, 2009

(PR) (Trenton, NJ)- Harrisburg edged Trenton 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in 11 innings at Waterfront Park. The Thunder and the Harrisburg Senators split their four-game series. Harrisburg leads the season-series 8-5.

Harrisburg scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning. Left fielder Francisco Plasencia led off the frame with a solo home run off of Thunder Reliever Eric Wordekemper (0-1) to give the Senators a 2-1 lead. The home run was Plasencia’s first in Double-A. Harrisburg Reliever Atahualpa Severino (1-0) picked up the win with three shutout innings. Wordekemper took his first loss of the season. Trenton Outfielder Richie Robnett led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a double off of Harrisburg Reliever Carlos Martinez. But, Martinez coaxed three consecutive groundouts to notch his first save for the Senators. Robnett had two doubles in the loss for the Thunder, and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Trenton took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With two outs in the second inning, Left fielder James Cooper doubled off of Harrisburg Starting Pitcher Brad Meyers. Outfielder Edwar Gonzalez followed with an RBI single to plate Cooper. Harrisburg tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning. With two outs in the frame, Shortstop Freddie Bynum connected on an RBI single off of Thunder Reliever Josh Schmidt to tie the game at 1-1.

Trenton Starting Pitcher Wilkin De La Rosa hurled six shutout innings. He yielded three hits. De La Rosa struck out five and walked four. He has now thrown 13 scoreless innings during his last two starts. Meyers tossed six hits and one run in five-plus innings of work for a no-decision. Meyers has two no-decisions in two starts against the Thunder since his call-up from Potomac (High-A).

Trenton is off on Monday. The Thunder start a three-game series against the Reading Phillies (Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) on Tuesday night. RHP Lance Pendleton (0-1, 9.31) will start for Trenton against Reading RHP Mike Stutes (8-6, 3.86) To hear the radio highlights of today’s game, check out the Thunder Cast at