Archive for September 18th, 2010

Curve Beat Thunder, 5-2; Win First Eastern League Championship

September 18, 2010

Congratulations to the Altoona Curve, who defeated the Trenton Thunder, 5-2, to win the 2010 Eastern League Championship Series, three games to one, for their first title in franchise history.

I have video, more photos and post-game reaction from Tony Franklin, Justin Snyder and Austin Romine.  Stay tuned…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

ELCS Game 4: In-Game Updates

September 18, 2010

Top 1st — Manny Banuelos struck out Chase D’Arnaud to start off the game…but Josh Harrison reached when third baseman Justin Snyder made a very poor throw to first base after charging a grounder.  But Banuelos got Mercer to strike out, and  Snyder redeemed himself on a 5-3 to Matt Hague to end the inning.  0-0.

Bottom 1st — Trenton again got two men on with two out, and again did nothing

 with it.  Marcos Vechionacci K’s on three pitches to end the threat.  0-0

Top 2nd — Banuelos ran into trouble with two outs, putting two men on…but he got out of it, inducing a 4-3 groundout to Anthony Norman to end the inning.

Bottom 2nd — 1-2-3 inning for Curve starter Tony Watson…0-0.

Top 3rd — And Banuelos matches with a 1-2-3 inning of his own, including a Jordy Mercer K.  0-0

Bottom 3rd  — Matt Cusick led off the inning with a triple, and Trenton finally puts a run on the board when Dan Brewer’s two-out single to right scores him…Thunder, 1-0, going into T4.

Top 4th — Very scary moment in the fourth here…with runners on second and third, Jim Negrych laced a ball through the middle that caught Manny Banuelos flush — he did not deflect it, and it struck him underneath his right, non-pitching shoulder.  Banuelos stayed in the game, but two runs scored on the play.  2-1, Altoona, going into B4.

Bottom 4th — Watson strikes out the side in order.  2-1, Curve.

Top 5th — Well, this one’s about over.  Matt Hague’s little flare of an RBI single dropped in right field and scored another Curve run to put them up, 3-1.  Then, with Hector Gimenez up…they intentionally walk him (he struck out twice) to get to Negrych (who went 2-for-2 and nearly killed Banuelos).  Negrych promptly doubled to left.  Banuelos got knocked out of the game for good that time, and Wilkins Arias came in to finish the frame.  With the way Trenton’s offense has done next to nothing this whole postseason, and it’s hard to think they have it in them to come back.  4-1, Curve.

Bottom 5th — Austin Krum singles to left field with two outs…Justin Snyder walks…but Brewer flies out to right field.  End of the threat.  Again.  4-1, Curve.

Top 6th — Cory Arbiso in…Altoona goes down without scoring.  4-1, Altoona.

Bottom 6th — Watson shuts them down again…1-2-3 inning.  He has 10 K’s tonight.  4-1, Curve.

Top 7th — Arbiso retires the Curve in order in the 7th…

Bottom 7th — Damon Sublett hits home run to right center to make this a 4-2 game…

Top 8th — Altoona has made it a 5-2 game…a single by Chase D’Arnaud and a double by Josh Harrison do the damage.  Josh Schmidt relieved Arbiso with two outs in the frame.

Bottom 8th — Trenton goes down 1-2-3 in the eighth with their 3-4-5 hitters up…

Top 9th — I’ve got to head down to the field…if anything miraculous happens, check Twitter.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

ELCS Game 4: Pre-Game Notes

September 18, 2010

5:55 PM — Lineup change.  I guess Miles Durham isn’t all right after all.  Anthony Norman moves from center field to right field, and Jose de los Santos goes to right in Durham’s place in the order, eighth.

5:45 PM — Not a whole lot going on here today…perhaps the most interesting thing that came out of the clubhouse was looking at the pass list and seeing that reliever Adam Olbrychowski left two tickets for “A Win.”

“I hope he or she comes on in,” quipped Thunder manager Tony Franklin.

4:00 PM — Lineups…


Chase D’Arnaud, 2B
Josh Harrison, 3B
Jordy Mercer, SS
Matt Hague, 1B
Andrew Lambo, LF
Hector Gimenez, C
Jim Negrych, DH
Miles Durham, RF
Anthony Norman, CF

Tony Watson, P


Austin Krum, CF
Justin Snyder, 3B
Dan Brewer, RF
Austin Romine, C
Marcos Vechionacci, 1B
Rene Rivera, DH
Damon Sublett, LF
Luis Nunez, SS
Matt Cusick, 2B

Manny Banuelos, P 

3:45 PM — I have a note, but not related to this series…because honestly, there’s nothing to tell you just yet.

The Thunder have a survey on their website.  Take it.  You can win stuff.  And you can help them do a better job, too.  But yeah…win stuff.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Manny Banuelos, M.D.

September 18, 2010

You may recall the popular late 80’s-early 90’s television program, “Doogie Howser, M.D.”

In it, Neil Patrick Harris played a teenage doctor, holding the lives of his patients in his hands while still developing his craft. 

With their season on the line, the Trenton Thunder are relying on a teenager of their own with their playoff lives as well.

19-year-old Manny Banuelos, who has made a grand total of three Double-A starts, and is still in the early stages of his development, will take the ball for Game 4 at Waterfront Park later today.   

“I feel great, I’m not nervous,” Banuelos said.

“We have a little bit of pressure, we’re down 2-1 for (today).  I will try to get all my stuff pretty good to get a win.  I love this situation.  I can do my best.”

Thunder manager Tony Franklin obviously is well aware of what’s at stake for his young starter tonight.

“I don’t see it as a lot of pressure,” he said.

“I know he’s a young guy and is new to this level, but he was pretty good his last time against New Hampshire.  When you’re playing this time of year and you’re a pretty talented guy, I don’t think they feel like it’s a lot of pressure, I think they know they have to go out there and pitch a good baseball game.”

The Thunder certainly Wanda…errr…want to win tonight to extend the series to a decisive Game 5 on Sunday at 1:05 PM at Waterfront Park.  Banuelos feels he may have an advantage given that the Curve haven’t faced him yet this season.

“They don’t know me.  I know their hitters,” Banuelos said.

“I did the game chart a couple days ago and today.  I have a little bit of an idea of how I can throw to them.”

And if he doesn’t it’s all hands on deck for Franklin, who’s hoping to win his third championship ring in four seasons as Thunder manager.

“It’s the most important game of the season right now,” he said.  “We’ve got to win, there’s no question about it.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT