Archive for July 25th, 2010

Noesi Has Rare Rough Outing In Thunder Loss

July 25, 2010

(PR) Altoona, PA- The Curve sent ten batters to the plate during a six-run fifth inning off RHP Hector Noesi, and Altoona held on to beat Trenton 6-4 in the series finale on Sunday night. With the loss, the Thunder fall to 60-41 on the year.

The Thunder came away with the game’s first run, as Daniel Brewer hit an RBI single to center field in the top of the first inning, scoring Austin Krum and putting Trenton ahead 1-0 off LHP Tony Watson. In the top of the second inning, Edwar Gonzalez hit a solo home run off Watson to give the Thunder a 2-0 lead. Another run came in to score on a Justin Snyder sacrifice fly, and Trenton went up 3-0 at the end of two innings.

For the third time this series, Brandon Laird connected on a solo home run to left field off a left-hander. Laird’s third inning homer put Trenton ahead 4-0.

Hector Noesi (6-2) cruised through the first four innings by only allowing two hits. In the fifth, he was touched for six runs on six hits, including a two-run double by the ninth batter, Anthony Norman. Altoona tied the ball game after Noesi committed a throwing error on a pick-off attempt, bring in Josh Harrison from third base.

Cory Arbiso, Wilkin de la Rosa and Kevin Whelan combined to shut down the Curve for just two hits over the last 3 1/3 innings. In the top of the ninth with one out, Justin Christian tripled to right field, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. However, Krum hit a ground out to the pitcher and Laird flew out to center field to end the ball game.

Trenton next opens up a seven game home stand starting on Monday night at 7:05 PM against the New Britain Rock Cats. RHP Andrew Brackman will start for the Thunder, while New Britain gives the ball to RHP Mike McCardell. Catch all the action on 107. 7 FM The Bronc or at


Saturday: Thunder Shut Out Curve

July 25, 2010

(PR) Altoona, PA- Trenton pitching held Altoona to just three hits, as they went on to defeat the Curve 2-0 on Saturday night at Blair County Ballpark. With the win, the Thunder improve to 60-40 on the year.

Both lineups had no answer for the opposing pitcher through the first five innings, as both RHP Lance Pendleton and LHP Rudy Owens cruised along to open up the game. Between both pitchers, only one base runner reached third base through the first five innings.

In the sixth inning, Justin Christian led off with a single against Owens and took second base on a passed ball. After an Austin Krum strikeout and an Austin Romine ground out, Brandon Laird delivered the game’s first run with a two-out RBI single to left field to score Christian and give Trenton a 1-0 lead. Owens (8-5) finished the night allowing just one run on seven hits and striking out six over seven innings.

Lance Pendleton (9-4) picked up his second consecutive win on the road, as he shut down the Curve for just two hits over seven innings of work. The right-hander struck out seven batters and retired the last ten hitters he faced.

With two outs in the eighth inning, Romine hit a double to right field off Tom Boleska. After intentionally walking Laird to face Daniel Brewer, Boleska surrendered a base hit down the left field line, which brought in Romine to give Trenton a 2-0 advantage. Laird tried to score on the hit as well, but was thrown out at home plate to retire the side.

Josh Schmidt and Ryan Pope pitched the final two innings, respectively. Both pitchers faced the minimum, with Pope inducing a double play to end the ball game and record his sixth save of the year.

Trenton and Altoona close out their series on Sunday evening starting a 6:00 PM. RHP Hector Noesi gets the ball for Trenton, while the Curve will start RHP Tony Watson. Catch all the action on 107. 7 FM The Bronc or at