Archive for June 14th, 2011

Yadil Mujica? Yep, Yadil Mujica…

June 14, 2011

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – Behind four runs batted in by Yadil Mujica, the Trenton Thunder (39-25) won 7-3 over the Harrisburg Senators (34-28) Tuesday night at Waterfront Park. Jason Place, Addison Maruszak and Corban Joseph also drove in one run each behind Thunder starter Shaeffer Hall, who threw six innings of two-run ball to grab his sixth win. Taking game one of a three game set, the Thunder improve to 25-9 at Waterfront Park in 2011 and stay in first place of the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

Trenton was down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning but turned to Yadil Mujica to provide an answer. After singles by DeAngelo Mack and Jose Pirela and a walk from Addison Maruszak, Mujica lined a two-out single into right field to score two and give the Thunder a 2-1 lead. In just one swing of the bat, the Cuban infielder had his first multi-RBI game in his professional career.

In the top of the fourth, the Senators scored just one run to make the score 2-2 despite having the bases loaded and no outs. The Thunder were able to use the momentum gained from that situation and turn it into a five-run bottom of the seventh. Yadil Mujica had a two-run double sandwiched in the middle of RBI-singles from Jason Place, Addison Maruszak and Corban Joseph. In all, Trenton brought ten men to the plate and scored five runs on six hits to take a 7-2 lead.

Thunder starting pitcher Shaeffer Hall settled down to only allow two runs in his six innings. The lefty handed the ball to relievers Naoya Okamoto and Wilkins Arias who combined to only allow an unearned run.

Trenton will continue its three-game series with the Harrisburg Senators Wednesday night at 7:05 when the team sends RHP Dellin Betances (3-1, 1.75) to the Waterfront Park mound. The Senators will counter with RHP Shairon Martis (3-2, 3.79). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst begins at 6:45 PM.

At Wednesday night’s game, Thunder fans will have the opportunity to participate in an autograph session with New York Giants’ Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis “OJ” Anderson presented by Steiner Collectibles. Call 609-394-3300 or log on to trentonthunder.com for ticket information and to reserve your seats.

Quick Updates

June 14, 2011

I will not be at the Thunder game tonight, but will be there tomorrow night and Thursday…well, most of Thursday, before I have to leave to head on a bus for the 20-hour ride to Columbus, Georgia with the Trenton Steel.  That’s 20 hours one way.  Be jealous.

Outside of that, I have some news…

I exchanged e-mails with Mark Newman today, and he tells me that Steve Garrison is pitching in rehab games (I assume in extended spring training).  Garrison has not pitched for Trenton since May 3rd.

Graham Stoneburner is throwing bullpens right now.  He’s been sidelined since April 21st with neck and shoulder issues.

I exchanged texts with Alan Horne last night, who confirmed what Newman told me today…he’s close to a return.  Horne threw 70 pitches in extended spring training on Sunday, and is slated to make his last start on Friday before heading north.  Just where he’s going, however, is to be determined.

And Jeremy Bleich is “not close” to returning, according to Newman.  He’s been shelved since last season after undergoing labrum surgery.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com