Archive for May 27th, 2011

Thunder Fog Up Portland

May 27, 2011

(PR) (Portland, ME) – The Trenton Thunder (28-18) used timely hitting, good pitching and a little help from Mother Nature to win their eighth straight game, a fog-shortened 4-2 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs (13-31) Friday night in Portland, Maine. Damon Sublett and Austin Romine both drove in runs for Trenton before the game was called in the bottom of the seventh due to thick fog rolling through Hadlock Field.  

Looking to get some early runs for their starting pitcher Manny Banuelos, the Thunder would strike in the top of the second. With Jose Pirela at second base, Damon Sublett lined a triple over the head of Sea Dog centerfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, scoring Pirela to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. Sublett scored a batter later on a Stolmy Pimentel wild pitch, giving Trenton the 2-0 advantage.

In a 3-2 ballgame in the top of the seventh, the Thunder found themselves in need of some insurance runs. With two outs and Ray Kruml at second, Austin Romine roped a double to right-centerfield to score Kruml and give the Thunder a 4-2 lead.

That 4-2 tally would end up being the final score as the fog that had been rolling through Hadlock Field since the fifth inning thickened to the point that the two teams could not continue the contest. The game was delayed thirty minutes before it was eventually called due to the fog.

Manny Banuelos notched his second win of the season for the Thunder as he hurled five innings and gave up just two runs. Grant Duff, who was in the midst of his second inning of relief when the game was called, was rewarded the save.

The Thunder continue their four-day, five-game Memorial Day weekend series with the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field Saturday at 1:00 PM for the first game of a doubleheader (two seven inning games) Trenton’s LHP Kei Igawa (2-1, 2.79) will face Portland’s RHP Stephen Fife (5-2, 2.41) in game one. Game two will see the Thunder’s RHP Cory Arbiso (3-1, 4.03) oppose the Sea Dog’s RHP Jeremy Kehrt (0-0, 4.03).

Tune-in to all of the doubleheader action on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 12:45 PM.

Two Thunder Alums To Indy Ball

May 27, 2011

Former Trenton Thunder infielder and catcher Myron Leslie has signed with the Can-Am League’s New Jersey Jackals.  In one game, he’s 2-for-5 with a run scored and two strikeouts.

This season for the Thunder, he went 3-for-9 with a run scored, a walk and two strikeouts in three games.

Also, ex-Trenton reliever John Van Benschoten (pictured) has agreed to terms with the Atlantic League’s York Revolution.  He has yet to pitch for the team. 

Last season, Van Benschoten collected two wins in three scoreless relief appearances for the Thunder.

Matt DeSalvo, however, is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in six appearances (five starts) for York.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Jennings: Updates From Newman

May 27, 2011

Just passing along a link from my buddy Chad Jennings, who spoke to Mark Newman to get some updates on some prospects in the system.  Check it out and such.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Anderson Released

May 27, 2011

(PR) (Portland, ME) – The Trenton Thunder, Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, announce that RHP Brian Anderson has been released from the organization.  With the move, Trenton’s roster stands one short of a full 24-man active roster. 
 
Anderson, a former Major League outfielder with the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox, was 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in seven appearances for the Thunder in 2011.  
 
The Thunder will open a four-day, five-game Memorial Day weekend series with the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine, Friday at 7:00 PM. The Thunder will send Yankees top left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos (1-0, 1.96) to the mound. Banuelos will face Portland’s RHP Stolmy Pimentel (0-6, 7.56). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:45 PM.