Archive for May 2nd, 2013

Game 27: Post-Game Notes

May 2, 2013

— Quick and painless. Thunder manager Tony Franklin would surely take plenty more games like the won his team played in their 2-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday morning.

“That was great for me to watch, I enjoyed watching them play,” Franklin said.

Simple enough. And so is the story of this game, really. Nik Turley pitched well after struggling in the first, Nick McCoy came up from Low-A Charleston to go 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI, and the tandem of Tommy Kahnle and Branden Pinder shut down the Fisher Cats over the final three innings to seal the deal. It was, perhaps, a turning point of sorts for Turley, who had turned in some inconsistent outings before really seeming to piece it all together in his final three frames.

“He got stronger as he went on, and he has done that pretty much the entire season so far,” Franklin said. “He still needs to get off to a little bit better start…but so far, he’s been able to pick up some steam as the game’s gone on.”

Added Turley: “I felt like I got into a better rhythm, and I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes. It just kept building from there.”

As for McCoy, the light-hitting catcher was added to the roster from Low-A Charleston as somewhat of an afterthought after Kyle Higashioka went down with an elbow injury, the seriousness of which has yet to be revealed. But he looked like he belonged on Thursday, stroking two extra-base hits and, according to Franklin, calling an excellent game.

“He did a very good job today, I don’t think there was one pitch there that I felt was not the right pitch,” he said.

It would seem McCoy would be making his own pitch to stay longer than a few days…

“I’m just excited about the opportunity,” McCoy said. “The name of the game is improvement, and I think I’ve done that since I’ve signed. Hopefully, I’ll continue to do so.”

— Kevin Mahoney was sent down to Trenton from Triple-A Scranton after the game. Shane Brown was placed on the DL with “knee soreness.” Sure. Anyway, with Rob Segedin not traveling with the team on their road trip to Richmond, he might miss an extended period of time, and that would seem to present an opportunity to Mahoney to reclaim the third base position for the foreseeable future.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Ramirez Sharp In First Start

May 2, 2013

(PR) TRENTON, NJ – A run in the top of the 9th for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats broke a 1-1 tie and sent New Hampshire to the 2-1 win in front of 3,412 fans at ARM & HAMMER Park.

The Thunder threw out three runners at the plate in the game, but it was a slide by Fisher Cats first baseman Clint Robinson that knocked a ball out of the glove of catcher J.R. Murphy and gave New Hampshire the victory. Shortstop Kevin Nolan singled to left field with runners on first and second base. Robinson rounded third as the ball was scooped up by left fielder Ramon Flores. Flores’ throw was slightly wide of the plate, but Murphy snagged it up cleanly on a hop, but couldn’t maintain control as Robinson arrived at the plate.

The Thunder went quietly against Joel Carrena who struck out one of the three batters he faced in the 9th en route to his second save of the season.

The game marked the first time that Reegie Corona appeared in a minor league game since July 30, 2010 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Corona, who appeared in 249 games for the Thunder from 2007-2009, started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a double in the 4th inning.

Jose Ramirez, ranked as the No. 16 prospect in the New York Yankees system according to Baseball America, made his first start of the 2013 season and his first career Double-A start. Though he did not earn a victory, he allowed one run on one hit while striking out six over five innings Wednesday night. In his two appearances for the Thunder, Ramirez has allowed one earned run in 9.0 IP with 12 Ks.

The Thunder and New Hampshire Fisher Cats conclude their four-game series Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. The game features LHP Nik Turley (2-1, 5.79) for Trenton against RHP Deck McGuire (1-2, 5.88) for the Fisher Cats. Limited tickets are available through the Thunder box office at (609) 394-3300 or online at http://www.trentonthunder.com/tickets. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 10:15 a.m.