Archive for May 25th, 2011

Shameless Self Promotion

May 25, 2011

I never do this. 

Shamelessly self promote myself?  No, I do that all the time.  But promote other ventures?  I rarely do that.

So this one goes out to the Trenton-area fans.  As you likely know, I write for the Southern Indoor Football League’s Trenton Steel.  In their inaugural season, the team is 6-4…and the last home game of the season is tomorrow night at 7 PM.  And it is a BIG one.

They host the Erie Explosion, and there is a lot of bad blood between the two teams.  A win, and the Steel clinch a playoff berth (and likely clinch me a 16-hour bus ride to Georgia, but that’s besides the point).  Tickets start at $10, and you can get more information at TrentonSteel.com or read my gameday-only blog here.

Win or lose, you can meet the players on the field after the game and get autographs and pictures and so on. 

From a writing standpoint, it’s given me a different perspective actually writing for a team and traveling on the road with the guys and so on.  So it’s been a valuable experience professionally as well…and it’s also a break from baseball, which can get a little monotonous when you do 110 games or so a year.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Betances Strikes Out 10, Thunder Win In 10

May 25, 2011

(PR) (Reading, PA) – The Trenton Thunder (26-18) dramatically came from behind to beat the Reading Phillies (24-20) 4-3 in ten innings Wednesday night in game two of a three-game set from FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania. Damon Sublett sent the game to extras with a two-out, solo homerun in the top of the ninth, and Jose Gil drove home the go-ahead run in the tenth to give the Thunder their season-high sixth straight win. With the series victory, Trenton has now won seven of eight series and has not lost a series in the month of May.

The R-Phils grabbed their first lead of the series on a Derrick Mitchell two-run homerun in the bottom of the second, but the Thunder would tie the score at two apiece in the top of the fourth. Austin Romine led the frame off with his eighth double of the season. The next batter, Jose Gil, also doubled, scoring Romine from second to cut the Reading lead in half at 2-1. Two batters later, with Gil at third and one out, Melky Mesa grounded out to shortstop to score Gil and tie the score at 2-2.

Reading took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on a single by Michael Spidale, and it looked like the Thunder’s five game winning streak would come to an end. But, down to their final out, Damon Sublett smacked a solo homerun over the wall in right field to dramatically tie the game at 3-3. It was Sublett’s first hit in four games for the Thunder in 2011.

After Wilkins Arias pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth, the Thunder looked to take the lead in the top of the tenth. Jose Pirela led the frame off with a single to left field and was advanced to second one batter later on Romine’s groundout. Jose Gil then lined a hard-hit ball off of the glove of Reading third baseman Carlos Rivero and into left field foul territory. Hustling around third was Pirela to score the go-ahead and eventual winning run and the Thunder led 4-3.

Fernando Hernandez picked-up his seventh save in the bottom of the tenth inning, but the R-Phils made it interesting. With a runner at second base and one out, Hernandez struck out Tuffy Gosewisch and induced a Freddy Galvis fly out to left for the final two outs in the win.

Thunder starter Dellin Betances did not factor in the decision, hurling a season-high six innings and ten strikeouts. Betances made one bad pitch all night, the two-run homerun to Mitchell in the second.    

The Thunder will attempt their second straight sweep as the team wraps its three-game series with the Reading Phillies at FirstEnergy Stadium Thursday at 11:05 AM. RHP Craig Heyer (3-2, 3.19) will get the pearl for the Thunder. Heyer will oppose Reading’s RHP B.J. Rosenberg (0-0, 1.90). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 10:50 AM.

Fun In The Big Leagues

May 25, 2011

11:30 AM — Not the most productive day I’ve had in the big leagues, but not the least productive, either…

I did speak to all-world good guy Lance Pendleton for about five minutes in the Yankees clubhouse.  He told me a real neat story about how he found out he was getting called up for the first time.  It was right at the time when Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos went down with blisters, so he thought he was getting sent down to Trenton to get stretched out to start again…turns out, he was going up instead of down.  But I’ll have that whole piece for you sometime soon.

The big leagues…where day games are OK!

9:00 AM — Ask any player in either clubhouse at Waterfront Park — or the clubbies or the staff or trainers or anyone, really — and they’ll all tell you they want to be in the big leagues.  Well, for some of the beat writers, that’s the goal as well.

So it sure is nice to be back at Yankee Stadium covering Major League Baseball once again.  It’s my first time up in the show since the ALCS last year, and I sure did miss it up here.  Nine former Thunder players have been kind enough to join me, but the two I have my focus on today are Hector Noesi and Lance Pendleton.  Both have made their big league debuts with the Yankees this season after spending time in Trenton’s starting rotation just last year, and I’m going to try to speak to both of them for stories you’ll see down the road.

I will, of course, pass along any relevant information I should stumble upon while I’m here…be sure to check the blog or follow me on Twitter at Mashmore98.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com