Archive for August 17th, 2011

Bats Breakout In Big Win

August 17, 2011

(PR) (Erie, PA) – Ray Kruml and Yadil Mujica combined for eight hits and the Trenton Thunder (61-62) got a much-needed, 9-6 win over the Erie SeaWolves (59-64) on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park. Kruml also joined Damon Sublett and Melky Mesa to each drive in two runs to lead the Thunder to just their fourth win in 15 games in the month of August. The win breaks a three-game losing streak for the Thunder, who win for just the eleventh time in 33 games on the road against the Western Division in 2011.Trailing 2-0 entering the top of the third inning, the Thunder struck for one of their better offensive outbursts in the entire month. With one out and the bases loaded, Rob Lyerly lined a single into right field to put the Thunder on the scoreboard for the first time in the game. With the bases sill loaded, Melky Mesa then flied out to right field to tie the score at 2-2. Later in the inning with two outs, Damon Sublett laced a two-run single to left field to give Trenton their first lead of the series at 4-2.

The Trenton offense was back at it in the top of the fourth after Erie tied it 4-4 in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and two outs, Mesa drew a walk to regain the lead for the Thunder and to chase Erie starter L.J. Gagnier from the game. The next batter, Ray Kruml, lined a ball into the gap in left field to score two and put the Thunder ahead for good 7-4.

Steve Garrison, who made his fourteenth start of the season, was only able to last four frames and left with his team ahead 7-4. Chase Whitley took over and provided a huge lift by hurling three scoreless frames to pick up his third win of the season. Late in the game, the Thunder added two big insurance runs on Addison Maruszak’s solo homerun and Yadil Mujica’s ninth inning RBI.

The Thunder and SeaWolves will play the finale of their four-game set on Thursday night at Jerry Uht Park at 7:05 PM. Trenton’s RHP Craig Heyer (9-6, 3.72) will get the start opposite of Erie’s RHP Brooks Brown (2-8, 6.65). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR and online at The SBLI Pre-Game show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:50 PM from Jerry Uht Park in Erie, PA.


Schmidt Sent To Trenton

August 17, 2011

Via my buddy Donnie Collins over in Scranton — if you’re not reading his blog, what are you thinking? — Josh Schmidt is once again being sent down to Trenton.

He’d made six appearances since re-joining the Yankees in late July, but he allowed three runs in a 1 2/3 inning outing against Syracuse his last time out.  Overall, the 28-year-old is 5-2 with one save and a 2.81 ERA in 19 games in Triple-A this season.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

2 Bad

August 17, 2011

(PR) (Erie, PA) – The Trenton Thunder (60-62) offense was quiet again on Tuesday night as the team was swept in a doubleheader by the Erie SeaWolves (59-63) 6-0 and 8-2. The losses drop the Thunder to one and one-half games back of second place Reading. In the team’s 3-11 start to the month of August, the Thunder have scored two runs or less in a loss now eight times.Game one was dominated by the SeaWolves, who rolled to a 6-0 victory. Erie’s starter Jay Voss lasted the full seven innings, only allowing one Thunder runner to reach second base. Shaeffer Hall allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings and received his seventh loss of the season. The SeaWolves scored three runs in the fifth inning, capped by an Audy Ciriaco two-run double, then added two runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI-double by Brandon Douglas and an RBI-single from Rawley Bishop.

The majority of game two was eerily similar to game one: timely hits for the SeaWolves and a lack of Thunder offense. The only Trenton offensive output for the entire night came on a Zoilo Almonte two-run double in the top of the fourth inning. Erie starter Dre Smyly picked up where Jay Voss left off as he retired the first nine Thunder batters of the game. Cory Arbiso allowed two early two-out, clutch hits by Erie: a two-run homerun for Rawley Bishop and another two-run double by Audy Ciriaco.

The two losses, along with a Reading win and a New Britain loss, drop the Thunder out of a Wild Card tie and into a tie with New Britain for the Eastern Division’s third place slot. Both teams stand 1.5 games back of the Reading Phillies, who stand alone in the Eastern Division’s Wild Card spot. First place New Hampshire also lost and but still has a 7.5 game lead over Trenton.

Trenton and Erie will continue their four-game series with game three on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park at 7:05 PM. The Thunder will send LHP Steve Garrison (3-8, 6.56), while the SeaWolves will counter with RHP L.J. Gagnier (4-5, 5.08). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR and online at The SBLI Pre-Game show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:50 PM from Jerry Uht Park in Erie, PA.