Archive for May 4th, 2012

Game 26: VIDEO

May 4, 2012

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 26: Pre-Game Notes (Joseph Added)

May 4, 2012

6:25 PM — Joseph is not physically here yet, that’s why he isn’t playing. 

Injury updates…I spoke to David Adams in the clubhouse before the game, and he told me he’s likely headed to Tampa on Sunday to start playing in some rehab games on Monday.  No word on if he’s going to extended spring or to actually play for High-A Tampa.

Zoilo Almonte is day-to-day and Josh Romanski’s blister hasn’t completely healed yet, but looks much better from the last time I saw it.  Jose Pirela’s return seems like it’ll be a little bit longer, however…he’s apparently following MiLB protocol for head injuries.  Still haven’t heard the “c” word used yet, and you won’t…they’re very hesitant to use concussion, although that’s all but certainly what he’s got.

4:25 PM — Corban Joseph is here and has been officially added to the roster from Short Season A Staten Island.  Joseph was on the Empire State DL all season, so not sure why that’s how it officially went down, but honestly…who cares?  Anyway, he isn’t in the lineup.

Who is?  Well…

THUNDER: A. Almonte RF, Brewer LF, Mustelier 3B, Johnson DH, Mesa CF, Murton 1B, Mahoney 2B, Gil C, Maruszak SS, Marshall P

FISHER CATS: Goins 2B, Jimenez C, McDade 1B, Sobolewski 3B, Tolisano LF, Van Kirk RF, Clemens DH, Jackson CF, Diaz SS, Jenkins P

4:15 PM — Nothing going on at all here.  It’s a show and go for the Thunder, which means that they did not take and are not going to take batting practice before the game.  Lineups and all that when I get them.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Another Dramatic Thunder Win

May 4, 2012

(PR) (Portland, ME) – Ronnier Mustelier and Cody Johnson hit back-to-back home runs to break open a ninth-inning tie and propel the Trenton Thunder to a three-game sweep of the Portland Sea Dogs, taking Thursday’s contest 9-7 at chilly Hadlock Field. Mustelier’s blast was his third in as many games during the series including two ninth-inning game-winners.

The score was tied entering the ninth inning in all three games of the series, this time at 7. Leading off the inning, Mustelier hit Josh Fields’ (0-1) offering over the left-center field fence giving him his third RBI of the game. All four of Mustelier’s home runs this season have come against Portland.

Johnson followed with a blast well out to right field, his team-leading and league-high-matching sixth of the campaign. Ryan Flannery then recorded his second save in as many nights, pitching around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his fourth save in five opportunities.

The Thunder earlier squandered leads of 4-0 and 7-4, thanks in large to a pair of three-run home runs for Portland. Juan Carlos Linares’ three-run shot against starter Shaeffer Hall capped a four-run fifth inning for the Sea Dogs and tied the game at 4.

Trenton then scored three times in the sixth against reliever Jeremy Kehrt on an RBI double by Gustavo Molina and a two-run single by Addison Maruszak. But Matt Spring hit a three-run blast in the eighth against the Thunder’s Michael Dubee (1-0) in the eighth to tie the game again, this time at 7.

Hall pitched five innings and allowed eight hits and four runs. Portland starter Stolmy Pimentel allowed four runs in 4.1 innings pitched, including and RBI groundout to Mustelier in the first and an RBI single by Melky Mesa in the second.

Molina and Kevin Mahoney each had three hits to pace the Thunder’s 14-hit attack. Linares, Oscar Tejeda and Spring each had a pair of hits for Portland.

Trenton next returns home for a three-game series against New Hampshire, beginning with game one Friday night at 7:05 pm at Waterfront Park. Right-hander Brett Marshall (3-1) is expected to start for Trenton against righty Chad Jenkins (2-2) in a re-match of a game played in New Hampshire last Sunday. Limited tickets are available by contacting the Thunder box office at 609-394-3300 or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com.


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