Archive for April 26th, 2012

Thunder Wake Up To A Loss

April 26, 2012

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – The Erie SeaWolves sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven times in the first inning en route to a 9-2 victory over Trenton Thursday afternoon before 5,378 fans on Education Day at Waterfront Park. With the win, Erie took the three-game series 2 games to 1.
After being handed a 7-0 lead before taking to the mound, SeaWolves starter Jared Wesson (2-1) pitched seven dominant innings, allowing one run (earned) on four hits while striking out eight.

Erie took a 2-0 advantage on a bases loaded walk to Jordan Lennerton and a fielder’s choice by Bryan Pounds against Trenton starter Craig Heyer (1-2). Then with two outs in the first Tony Plagman lined a two-run double to right to double the lead. After Brent Wyatt walked, Jamie Johnson hit an RBI double plating Plagman with the fifth run.

With runners on second and third, Niuman Romero batted for the second time in the inning and singled in both Wyatt and Johnson to make it 7-0. The 11th batter of the inning Brandon Douglas next singled, but Romero was thrown out at the plate by right-fielder Abraham Almonte while trying to score the eighth run of the frame.

Heyer then settled down and did not allow a run over his final four innings. He was charged with seven runs on eight hits in five innings pitched. Francisco Rondon pitched two scoreless innings in relief, but Michael Dubee allowed two runs on five hits in his two frames.

Almonte doubled home Yadil Mujica in the bottom of the third to plate the Thunder’s lone run of the contest. Mujica collected three of Trenton’s six hits on the afternoon. Neil Medchill homered in the ninth for his first hit with the Thunder.

Erie collected 14 hits for the second consecutive game. Romero led the attack by going 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Pounds went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Thunder take to the road for the next seven games beginning with a three-game series at New Hampshire beginning Friday night. First pitch is slated for 6:35 pm, with left-hander Shaeffer Hall (2-2) is expected to pitch for Trenton against Fisher Cats righty Ryan Tepera (1-1). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and streaming online begins at 6:20 pm.


VIDEO LINKS: Pettitte, Cashman Press Conferences

April 26, 2012

You can watch the Andy Pettitte press conference here

The Brian Cashman press conference can be viewed here and here

All Andy, All The Time

April 26, 2012


Pettitte vs. Brantley,
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Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Game 18: Post-Game Notes (Pettitte Mania)

April 26, 2012

— I will have videos from the Brian Cashman and Andy Pettitte pressers posted whenever YouTube will cooperate. My story in the Trentonian should have a lot of what you’re looking for, though.

— Andy Pettitte was not as bad as the line would indicate. Nowhere close, really. The 39-year-old lefty picked up his first minor league loss since 1994 on Wednesday night, allowing four runs (three earned) through 5+ innings of work. He walked one and gave up seven hits, but nothing was really hit too hard. He also struck out three, and when his command was there, it was really there, as he was able to really paint the corner in his first inning strikeout of Jordan Lennerton.

He retired nine batters in a row at one point, and while I’d be hard pressed to profess him as being big league-ready, he didn’t seem as far off as it may have seemed.

All in all, 35 of his 81 pitches were over 86 MPH, including two that hit 88 MPH.

His inning-by-inning breakdown of pitches/strikes looks like this:

1: 16/11
2: 15/9
3: 15/11
4: 15/11
5: 17/15
6: 3/2

So that’s a 72.84% strike percentage. Not bad. Jeff Farnham caught Pettitte in two sim games in spring training, and thought his stuff looked better today than it did then. As it should…

“You get some nerves going when you play in front of people, so everything’s going to be a little bit more crisp,” he said. “There’s going to be a little more giddy-up on it. He looked good.”

The crowd tonight was the tenth-largest in Waterfront Park history — 8,146 — eclipsing one of the Shane Victorino/Brad Lidge rehab games to sneak into the Top 10.

— Pettitte used MLB balls during his outing…he purchased the team a spread from Outback, and received many “thank you’s” inside the clubhouse after the game.

— Even in speaking with Tony Franklin after the game, there was no plan in place for Pettitte’s next start. Were he to stay with Trenton, he would pitch five days from now in Portland, Maine. While Cashman seemed to imply Pettitte wouldn’t pitch on the road, Franklin suggested Pettitte might enjoy a trip, despite the media attention.

— Rob Lyerly is going back to North Carolina for a second opinion on his shoulder. He was saying his goodbyes to teammates after the game, and surgery seems to be a very real option.

— There was some speculation that Josh Romanski’s blister was little more than BS, with this being his turn in the rotation, but there’s two things wrong with that. One: They didn’t need to make a move to get Pettitte on the roster and, most importantly, Two: Romanski really does have a blister.

The friendly lefty showed me a small chunk of skin missing from the top of his left middle finger, right by the top of his fingernail.

“It was a lot worse a couple days ago, but it’s getting better,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a big deal moving forward. I feel like I’ll be ready in a few days and I’ll be able to hop back in there and keep throwing.”

Romanski told us that he had an issue last season with his ring finger in Tampa last season, and he only missed a few days.

— Hard as it may be to believe, there was an actual baseball game played today. And the Thunder did not come close to winning it, dropping to 9-9 on the year after a 10-4 loss to Erie.

“We didn’t do some things well enough to keep the score where it was,” said Franklin of his team being down 4-0 early and subsequently getting blown out.

“We missed some plays and we made some poor decisions, and before you know it, the game was out of hand. We can’t afford to do that.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT