Archive for July 7th, 2012

Game 87: Pre-Game Notes

July 7, 2012

6:10 PM — Nothing going on here. Thankfully, a common theme of the past few days given the injury problems this team has endured.

Spoke with Neil Medchill before the game, as well as Luis Dorante. I need story ideas for Monday and wanted a lot in the can to pick from…so you’ll see one of those in the paper, and one on here. Just not sure what’s what yet.

3:15 PM — Thunder lineup: Pirela 4, Marsuzak 5, Adams DH, Almonte Z 9, Mesa 8, Murton 3, Murphy 2, Medchill 7, Mujica 6, Marshall P

Sea Dogs lineup: Bradley, Jr. DH, Hazelbaker 7, Brentz 9, Smith 5, Butler 2, Hedman 3, Hissey 8, Gibson 6, Gentile 4, Kehrt P

2:45 PM — Well, if you were thinking of coming to the ballpark to see Jacoby Ellsbury play, think again.  Kevin Thomas has the story of how he’s headed to Pawtucket to continue his rehab instead.

That picture to the left is one of Ellsbury I shot when he originally came through here with Portland in 2006.  Notice the future Yankee on the top step of the dugout, too.

Just a reminder that starting today, Luis Dorante will take over managerial duties for the team until Tuesday, when Tony Franklin is expected to return from his fifth trip to the Futures Game.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 86: Post-Game Notes

July 7, 2012

— For reasons known only to them, The Trentonian continues to have me cover games for them.  I’ll try to post the links to my early story on David Phelps and the game story.

— You’ll see the names Vidal Nuno and David Adams quite a bit in said game story.  Let’s start with Nuno.  What a revelation he’s been for this team.  He allowed one run through six innings tonight and his ERA went UP.  That’s how good he’s been…and it was his ninth start.  Not exactly a small sample size.

“As it turns out, he’s really stabilized us,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin.  “I really like his tempo.  It’s really fast, and he’s in the strike zone a lot…he’s been very stable for us.  I like the way he goes about his business.  He doesn’t say too much, he just grabs the ball and gets it and goes.  The outcome’s pretty good.”

Didn’t see Nuno in the clubhouse after the game, I assume he was getting iced up, and I was on deadline…

As for Adams…well, he’s upped his average 48 points in the past six games.  That’s not too shabby.  Adams, who as everyone knows by now was sidetracked by a fractured ankle in 2010, has been on a “three games on, one game off” policy at this point in the season.

“We’re still being very cautious with him,” Franklin said.  “After he missed a year and a half or close to two years, you finally get him back and you want to be as cautious as you can.  It’s by design, the three days on and one day off.  Every now and then, he may say he feels a little stiffness (in the foot).” 

I’ve got some Adams quotes in the paper…but here’s some more from Tony.

“He’s definitely hot, he’s definitely swinging it well,” Franklin said.

“I’m standing there at third base and I’m thinking, ‘Man, he’s got a pretty good rhythm.’  I didn’t know that his totals were climbing that fast, but he’s put a string of games together where he’s had two hits here and three hits there, and I think it all started when we were in New Britain.  I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the numbers, but I can tell he’s doing pretty good.”

— According to Kevin Gray, the Fisher cats beat writer, Jacoby Ellsbury is likely to travel with Portland to Trenton for the series starting tomorrow, although things can change. 

— Trenton’s franchise record for home runs is 150, which was set in 1996 and matched in 1999.  After Jeff Farnham’s first Double-A home run and Jose Pirela’s shot, the 2012 Thunder now sit at 101 on the year with 56 games to play.

— As mentioned earlier, Franklin is leaving tomorrow to coach in the Futures Game.  Luis Dorante will manage in his place.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com