Archive for April 19th, 2012

Zoilo Almonte Injured In Thunder Loss

April 19, 2012

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – A four-run first inning put Harrisburg ahead early and Mike Ballard and two relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Senators defeated the Trenton Thunder, 6-2, Thursday night at Waterfront Park in front of 6,080 fans. Ballard (1-1) struck out eight in 6.2 innings to lead Harrisburg.

The Senators picked up 14 hits on the night, five of which came against Trenton starter Josh Romanski (1-1) in the opening inning. Jesus Valdez and Destin Hood delivered RBI hits to put Harrisburg ahead 2-0, then Chris Rahl clubbed his third home run of the season, a shot to dead center that made it 4-0.

Ballard changed speeds effectively to keep the Thunder batters off balanced and off the scoreboard until the seventh. With two outs in that inning Ballard was pulled in favor of former Trenton hurler Christian Garcia, and a throwing error by shortstop Chris McConnell on Addison Maruszak’s ground ball gave the Thunder its first run.

The Senators added two insurance runs against reliever Michael Dubee in the ninth on consecutive RBI base hits by Valdez and Tim Pahuta. Luke Murton led off the bottom of the ninth with his first Eastern league home run, a line drive to left against Patrick Lehman, but Lehman finished the victory without allowing another hit.

Romanski settled down following the first inning and pitched six consecutive scoreless frames. In seven innings of work the lefty allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out six. At one point he retired 12 straight Harrisburg hitters.

The series continues Friday night with a 7:05 pm scheduled first pitch at Waterfront Park. Thunder righty Craig Heyer (1-1) is expected to pitch against Senators righty Rob Gilliam (1-2). Limited tickets are available by contacting the box office at 609-394-3300 or online at


Gotcha Covered. Well, Sort Of…

April 19, 2012

I’m only able to cover the Friday and Sunday games this series.  I’m writing this update from the Prudential Center press box…I covered the Devils morning skate, the Somerset Patriots spring training opener, and now I’m here to work Panthers-Devils.  Busy day.

Tomorrow, however, you’ve got me all day.  And hopefully I can catch up with the new seemingly endless sea of new guys in the Thunder clubhouse.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Medchill Called Up; Brewer On DL

April 19, 2012

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) The Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced today that OF Neil Medchill has been transferred to the team from Class A-Advanced Tampa and OF Dan Brewer has been placed on the DL (retroactive to 4/18) with a hand injury. Medchill played in 11 games at Tampa this season and batted .316 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI. Also, INF David Adams has changed his number from 24 to 35.