Archive for August 16th, 2009

Thunder Lose

August 16, 2009

(PR) (Harrisburg, PA)- Harrisburg scored the go-ahead two runs in the seventh inning, and posted a 3-1 win over Trenton on Sunday afternoon from Metro Bank Park. Despite the loss, Trenton did not lose any ground in the Northern Division battle for second place. New Britain lost to Akron on Sunday afternoon. The Thunder stayed a game behind New Britain for second place.

Harrisburg broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the seventh inning. With one out, Third baseman Joel Guzman walked against Trenton Starting Pitcher Lance Pendleton (0-2). Second baseman Leonard Davis followed with a single to move Guzman to third base. Trenton Reliever Wilkins Arias came on for Pendleton to face Pinch Hitter Matt Whitney. Whitney walked to load the bases for First baseman Bill Rhinehart. Rhinehart reached on an error by Shortstop Eduardo Nunez. The error allowed Guzman to score to give the Senators a 2-1 lead. Catcher Sean Rooney drove home the second run of the frame with a sacrifice fly RBI.

Harrisburg took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. Second baseman Leonard Davis double with one out. He moved to third base on a fly out by Left fielder Marvin Lowrance. Davis scored on an RBI single by First baseman Bill Rhinehart. Trenton tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh inning. First baseman Chris Malec doubled and advanced to third base on a passed ball. With one out in the frame, he scored on an RBI single by Left fielder James Cooper to tie the game at 1-1. Cooper had two hits for Trenton in the loss. Nunez had two hits, and six hits in the three-game series.

Pendleton retired the first 13 batters of the game. He yielded three runs (one earned) and five hits in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss. Meyers allowed only five hits and one run over seven innings to pick up the win. Harrisburg Reliever Drew Storen, a 2009 first round selection by the Nationals, tossed the final two innings for his third save.

Trenton is off on Monday. The Thunder will start a three-game series against the Erie Sea Wolves (Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) on Tuesday night. LHP Jeremy Bleich (3-5, 5.36) will start for Trenton. LHP Ramon Garcia (2-3, 5.73) will start for Erie. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.


Win Francisco Cervelli’s Bat

August 16, 2009


After the very popular giveaway of one of Colin Curtis’ broken bats this season where I got to learn about the wonders of shipping a bat, it’s time to give away a bat of a very popular player, Francisco Cervelli.

Cervelli has played for the Yankees over parts of the past two seasons, and has played for Italy in the World Baseball Classic as well.

While this was one of Cervelli’s bats, I can’t for sure tell you that he ever used it, and can say with great certainty that he wasn’t the one who broke it.  This SSK ProfessionalEdge maple bat was laying next to a trash can in two pieces in the Thunder dugout about two weeks ago.  I rescued it from certain doom, thinking it would be a great giveaway for the blog and might be a nice item for someone’s wall or room or just something neat for someone to get signed by the man himself compared to it simply being thrown away.

A two-tone bat, it is completely snapped in two at the handle and is currently being held together by some white athletic tape.  The barrel features great use, with many ball marks and deep imprints into the wood from the laces of the ball.

To win said bat, simply send me an e-mail to “mashmore98 @” with the subject “Cervelli Bat Contest” and I’ll pick a winner on August 28th.  One entry per person, blah, blah, blah…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT