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Game 7: Trenton @ Altoona

April 9, 2008

Game 7 – Trenton Thunder @ Altoona Curve
April 9, 2008
Blair County Ballpark – Altoona, PA

Pitching Matchup: TRE George Kontos (0-1, 3.00) vs. ALT Derek Hankins (0-0, 0.00)

Starting Lineups:

Trenton (4-2) (4-2 road record, 2-0 vs. Altoona)

1 – Reegie Corona, SS
2 – Austin Jackson, CF
3 – Jose Tabata, RF
4 – Colin Curtis, LF
5 – Matt Carson, DH
6 – Cody Ehlers, 1B
7 – Joe Muich, C
8 – Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
9 – Chris Malec, 2B

Altoona (1-5) (1-5 home record, 0-2 vs. Thunder)

1 – Boone
2 – Webster
3 – Pacheco
4 – Corley
5 – Delaney
6 – Bowers
7 – Cruz
8 – Perez
9 – Finegan

Farm Fresh: Our apparently now daily look at what’s going on elsewhere in the system…

(AAA) Scranton – While it hasn’t worked out for either highly touted pitcher at the big league level just yet, Homer Bailey vs. Kei Igawa is one hell of a matchup at the Triple-A level.  Accordingly, it was a 1-0 game.

But Scranton came out on the short end of the stick, losing on a first inning RBI double by super-prospect Jay Bruce.  Never trust a guy with two first names, kids.

Oddly, Chad Moeller may go from an 0-for-3 night with 3 K’s to the big leagues today.  Jorge Posada came out of the game last night with a shoulder issue.  Somewhere, Francisco Cervelli is throwing darts at a picture of Elliot Johnson.

Chris Britton, Jon Albaladejo and Edwar Ramirez combined for five innings of two-hit relief with four strikeouts.

(A) Tampa – The T-Yanks squeaked out a 1-0 win over Dunedin.  Eric Hacker is the truth, ladies and gentlemen.  Check this line out…

7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

The game was scoreless through nine after a rehabbing Sean Henn blew the perfect game, but Edwar Gonzalez drove in Chris Kunda in the bottom of the 10th for the W.

Seems like the choice is pretty obvious if the Thunder should need a starter early in the year…

(A) Charleston – It was a good night for River Dogs fans last night.  Seven runs, 16 hits and another W out of Dellin Betances added up to a 7-3 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Betances clearly had some control issues, walking six batters in 5.1 innings of work.  But he also struck out eight, and allowed only two runs on two hits.

Every starter had at least one hit except for Taylor Holiday.  Brad Suttle is now hitting .500 after a 3-for-5 night, while Jesus Montero connected for his first A-Ball home run.

A lot of the offense came off of Mike Antonini, the Mets farmhand who was lights out in his debut a few days ago — allowing no hits in six innings — and the subject of a recent MILB.com piece.

Pre-Game Notes: Doubting anyone minds the 4:05 start on a getaway day.

Tim Lavigne, who appeared in 25 games for the Thunder, was recently released by the Baltimore Orioles organization.  Lavigne, who probably started hating his name right around the time a certain Canadian popstar became popular (see: Evan Longoria and Eva) was 0-2 with a 4.93 ERA for Trenton. 

In other moves, Dave Parrish was let go by the Rockies, and Colter Bean was axed by the Braves.  Aaron Rifkin was cut loose by the Marlins, and Gabe Lopez got canned by the Padres.

It is Kontos on the mound.  Incredible they’d let him go on three days rest, regardless of how many pitches he threw.  Phil Hughes could have thrown one pitch on April 5th, and trust me…he would not be pitching today.

Anyway, the pitching matchups have been set for the Harrisburg series.  Incredibly, it looks like Bobby Brownlie will not be pitching for the Senators.  Instead, he’s pitching tonight.  If a stray storm cloud wanted to stay over there for a while so the greedy reporter could get to see Brownlie tomorrow, that would be OK.

4/10: TRE Daniel McCutchen (1-0, 0.00) vs. HAR Shairon Martis (0-0, 9.00)
4/11: TRE Phil Coke (0-0, 6.75) vs. HAR Josh Hall (0-1, 24.00)
4/12: TRE Jason Jones (1-0, 0.00) vs. HAR Marco Estrada (1-0, 5.40)
4/13: TRE Chase Wright (1-1, 2.45) vs. HAR Imsael Ramirez (0-1, 6.75)

Chad Jennings is reporting that Alberto Gonzalez has been called up to New York, and Jason Brown has been activated for Scranton to take his place.  I suppose it’s worth noting that Ramiro Pena isn’t in today’s lineup.

Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.

Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.

Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.

In-Game Updates: After A-Jax singled and Tabata singled him over to third, Colin Curtis hit a sac fly to put the Thunder up 1-0 in the first.  That’s where we stand in the bottom of the 2nd.

The Thunder are trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the 3rd.  Gee, it was hard to predict Kontos might run into trouble on short rest.  Anyway, Miguel Perez drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the 2nd to give Altoona the lead.

Trenton then proceeded to waste a leadoff triple by Chris Malec, and the game remains 2-1.

Same score in the bottom of the 4th.  Matt Carson is now hitless in his last nine at-bats.

2-1, bottom 5.  Trenton has left seven men on base through the first five innings.  Nice game out of Austin Jackson so far, he’s 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Curve got another run off of Kontos in the 6th, and it’s now 3-1.

Kontos is out, Zach Kroenke is in.  Kontos line: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.

Gotta give Kontos some credit for hanging in there today.  Looking forward to chatting with him and maybe Scott Aldred tomorrow about this whole deal…

Kroenke pitched a perfect seventh, striking out two, and it’s 3-1 going into the 8th.

Hey, hey!  It’s tied 3-3 in Altoona after a two-run single from Reegie Corona.  Eric Wordekemper now in for the Thunder.

Three up, three down for the Thunder in the top of the 9th.  Altoona goes into the bottom of the frame with a chance for a walk-off win.

Wordekemper gave up two singles to start the ninth and was replaced by Josh Schmidt.  Harrisburg brought in Melvin Dorta to pinch-run for Brad Corley, who got the first of the two hits and was standing at second.

Nothing against Schmidt, who has been one of the Thunder’s better bullpen guys so far, but Steven Jackson being unavailable (most likely) after throwing three innings couldn’t have been comforting to Tony Franklin. 
Schmidt got two outs, but couldn’t get the third.  Miguel Perez singled home Jason Delaney for the walk-off win.  Had a feeling it would end that way.

Final Score: 4-3, Curve.

Post-Game Notes: Wordekemper hasn’t been as good as advertised, at least not yet.  He picked up the loss, and his ERA sits at a hearty 10.12 at the moment.

Matt Carson is now hitless in his last 12 at-bats.  Looks like that hot start has turned into a mini-slump.

Joe Muich threw out one of two attempted basestealers.

Jackson, Tabata, Curtis and Malec each had two hits.  Vechionacci’s 5-game hitting streak is over.

Thunder Thoughts: With the Thunder coming home tomorrow, please don’t forget that I’ll be back at the ballpark as well…I intend on covering the games on Thursday, Friday (unless I get Rangers-Devils tickets…in which case, you guys are on your own), Saturday and Sunday.  After that, I will likely go either Monday or Tuesday, but not both due to an Atlantic League commitment. 

If you have any specific things you want answered by any of the guys, or questions for myself, please pass them along in the comments or my inbox and I’ll do what I can.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Henn Steps Up, White Does Not *UPDATED*

March 3, 2008

Not counting rehab assignments, nine players with time on the Trenton Thunder roster played in yesterday’s exhibition game between the Yankees and Phillies.

Steven White, who’s had an up and down past few years, got off to a bad start this spring.  In relief of Andy Pettitte, he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in just an inning and two thirds.

Scott Patterson finished out the fourth for him and induced a groundout with a runner on.

Sean Henn rebounded from his poor outing (which didn’t count in the official spring training stats, by the way) to allow just one hit in the seventh inning while striking out one.

Colin Curtis replaced Bobby Abreu in right field and went 1-for-2 with a strikeout.

Juan Miranda replaced the prolific Jason Giambi at first base and was 0-for-1.

Robinson Cano started the game at second base and was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Alberto Gonzalez was 1-for-1 with an RBI after replacing Cano.

Melky Cabrera was the starting center fielder and went 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI.

Justin Christian replaced him and went 0-for-1.

The game ended in a 7-7 tie.

Note: Justin Christian, and not Alberto Gonzalez, appears to have had the game-tying RBI in this game.  The official boxscore would then be incorrect.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Thunder Alums Shine In Intrasquad Game

February 28, 2008

Well, most of them did.  Over at his frequently linked to blog, Pete Abraham’s got the pitching line’s from yesterday’s intrasquad game.

Jeff Karstens, Scott Patterson, Steven Jackson and Edwar Ramirez pitched for “Team Goose,” while Dan McCutchen and Sean Henn laced em’ up for “Team Gator.”  Here are the pitching lines for pitchers from Thunder past.

Team Goose
Karstens: 2 IP,  1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Patterson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Jackson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Ramirez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Team Gator
McCutchen: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Henn: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

So most of the pitchers really stood out for good reasons.  For Sean Henn…well, I guess it’s more of the same.  I wonder if he’s ever recovered from getting the call straight out of Double-A.  In the Yankee clubhouse last season, Henn told me that he felt like he was ready at the time, but didn’t really feel like he’d showed it.

Three years later, and there are still questions about whether he’s a ready for primetime player.

Another thing that may be working against him, at least in the long term, would be the loss of Ron Guidry.  While did pitch on Guidry’s team, Dave Eiland is the pitching coach now, and Henn also told me last year that he credited Guidry with helping him with “certain situations and how to attack guys and what to look for and things like that.” 

Making David Letterman Proud…

January 19, 2008

While our Top 20 Moments of 2007 countdown returns on Monday, I figured that with the 2008 Baseball America Prospect Handbook set to reach bookstores very soon, it might be time to revisit some of their picks from years back.

For starters, let’s take a look at their top 30 Yankees prospects from 2004 and see how they turned out…

1. Dioner Navarro, C

Dioner Navarro / Photo by Mike Ashmore (2004)

While I will always think that dealing Dioner Navarro was a mistake, it’s also fair to say that he didn’t turn out quite the way a lot of people thought he would.  Only at the last trade deadline were the Yankees able to acquire an adequate backup catcher in Jose Molina, but this is a role that Navarro easily could have filled instead.

Traded in the Randy Johnson deal, he’s spent the past two seasons with the Dodgers and Devil Rays.  Since L.A. shipped him off to Tampa, his stats have steadily declined, and he hit a career low .227 in 119 games last season.

2. Eric Duncan, 3B

It’s interesting that while Shelley Duncan was crushing the ball at every stop of the Yankees organization, it was Eric that was getting the recognition as a top prospect.  Now, Eric is about a year away from being considered a total bust, while it’s Shelley who set the world on fire in the Bronx last year.

Frequently hampered by injuries, the Yankees first pick in 2003 struggled last season in Triple-A Scranton, hitting .241 with 11 home runs and 61 RBI.

He was left unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft, and went unclaimed.

3. Rudy Guillen, OF

It’s really hard to believe he was the 3rd best prospect in the Yankees organization at one time.  He spent parts of two seasons in Trenton, and after hitting a paltry .173 in 21 games in Double-A in 2006, he attempted a conversion to pitcher.

Last season for the Gulf Coast League Yankees, he appeared in three games, and allowed three runs in four innings of work.

4. Joaquin Arias, SS

Arias was dealt to Texas right before the start of the 2004 season and actually reached the big leagues with Texas in 2006.  He hit .545 in six games, collecting an RBI.  He only appeared in five games last season at the minor league level, and missed the majority of the season after suffering a shoulder injury.

5. Ramon Ramirez, P

Ten years from now, if anyone remembers Ramirez at all, they’ll recall that he got busted for performance enhancing drugs.  In reality, Ramirez was a pretty solid pitcher who played for the Thunder in parts of three seasons.

As has been mentioned here before, the converted outfielder was dealt in the deal that netted the Yankees future Hall of Famer Shawn Chacon.  He has appeared in 83 games for the Rockies over the past two seasons, but struggled last year after an impressive 4-3 record and 3.46 ERA in 2006.

6. Robinson Cano, 2B

Robinson Cano / Photo by Mike Ashmore (2006)

Is there really anything new I can tell you about Robinson Cano?  Along with Navarro, he was one of the first true top prospects that the Thunder had under their relatively new affiliation with the Yankees.  He joined Trenton in July of 2003, and stayed there until he eventually hit his way to Triple-A in June of 2004.

He briefly returned to Trenton during his All-Star season of 2006, rehabbing an injury in three games at Waterfront Park.  Cano was very generous with his time with the media, and also with the fans, and reminded everyone why he was one of the more popular players in Thunder history.

7. Ferdin Tejeda, SS

Tejeda is the second position player in the top 10 who crapped out and tried a conversion to the mound.  He wowed Thunder fans with a .174 batting average in 30 games during the 2004 season, and lasted one more year as a middle infielder before trying his hand as a relief pitcher.

He was actually quite good last season in Charleston, going 2-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 31 games. 

8. Jorge DePaula, P

Jorge DePaula / Photo by Mike Ashmore (2006)

Those looking for a sign that the Yankees pitching depth has improved need look no further than DePaula being ranked as their second best pitching prospect just four years ago.  I personally liked DePaula a lot, and he was subject of the very first feature I ever did on the Thunder.

But the Yankees got very little out of him (10 games over a three year span) after he battled injuries, and he eventually went back to the Rockies organization for 2007.  A 6.41 ERA in 19 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs earned him his release.

9. Estee Harris, OF

Harris was the Yankees second round pick in the 2003 draft.  That’s pretty much the extent of good moments he had under the Yankees umbrella.  He never made it out of Charleston, hitting .216 in 2005 and a mind-numbing .177 in 2006.

He eventually ended up with the Road Warriors of the independent Atlantic League last season, and spent most of the season there before being acquired by the Long Island Ducks of the same league.

10. Bronson Sardinha, 3B

No, that’s not a typo.  Sardinha was a third baseman at the time, and stayed that way through the 2004 season before being converted to an outfielder in Trenton for the 2005 campaign.

He was also still pretty highly regarded as a top prospect in the organization, but his average play over the next few seasons would eventually send him down the Top 30 list.  But the Yankees still thought enough of him to protect him on their 40-man roster before the start of last season, and he somewhat imexplicably got a big league call-up despite hitting just .222 in Triple-A last year.

11. Eduardo Sierra, P

Has yet to crack the big leagues after nine seasons in the minors.  Was dealt in the Shawn Chacon trade.

12. Chien-Ming Wang, P

Quite possibly the most underrated starting pitcher in the game.  He’s 38-13 in his last two seasons with the Yankees, and has emerged as a perennial Cy Young contender.  Oddly enough, the highest ERA of his minor league career came in Trenton in 2003 (4.65).

13. Scott Proctor, P

Was one of Joe Torre’s most reliable relievers before being traded back to Los Angeles, where they’re now re-united.

14. Danny Borrell, P

One of the game’s good guys, Borrell was tantalizingly close to the big leagues before injuries essentially ended his career…or so everyone thought.  He came back last season with the Oakland Athletics organization, and went 3-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 19 games, including nine starts.

15. Matt DeSalvo, P

DeSalvo recently signed with the Braves organization after finally putting it all together and getting a chance at the big league level in the Bronx last year.

16. Hector Made, SS

A made man by name only, the undersized Dominican was traded to the Phillies in the Sal Fasano deal.  Entering his seventh season in the minors, he briefly reached Double-A last season, hitting a home run for his only hit in ten at-bats.

17. Sean Henn, P

Henn had his best chance of securing a regular spot in the Yankees bullpen last season, but essentially blew it after posting an ERA of over seven in 29 games.

18. Mark Phillips, P

Phillips returned to professional baseball for the first time since 2003 last year, appearing in seven games for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League.

19. Melky Cabrera, OF

Got Melky?  The Yankees still do, despite numerous trade rumors involving the young outfielder.  Several analysts have predicted the Thunder alum will be a breakout player in 2008, but for which team?

20. Jose Garcia, P

Garcia was traded to Texas in February of 2004, and eventually found his way to the Cardinals organization.  Released midway through last season by St. Louis, he also went to Newark of the Atlantic League, where he and Phillips won a championship.

21. Jose Valdez, P

Did not pitch in the 2005 season, and appeared in only 14 in 2006.  In his first full year back, Valdez went 3-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 37 relief appearances in Tampa.

22. Michael Vento, OF

Vento appeared in two games for the Yankees in 2005 before joining the Nationals organization the following season.  The career .282 hitter in the minor leagues collected five hits in nine games with Washington before spending all of 2007 in Triple-A Syracuse with the Blue Jays.

23. J.T. Stotts, SS/2B

Stotts did not play last season.  He hit just .228 with no home runs and 21 RBI in 86 games for the Thunder in 2006, primarily being used as a utility infielder.

24. Brad Halsey, P

Halsey made his Bronx debut in 2004 after going 11-4 with a 2.63 ERA for Columbus.  He pitched in a grand total of eight games for the Yankees before being shipped west to Arizona as part of the Randy Johnson deal.  After joining Oakland in 2006, he was converted to a reliever, but appeared in just three games last season due to injury.

25. Jason Stephens, P

In five seasons of minor league baseball, has appeared in just 61 games.  The sixth rounder is 17-9 with a 2.68 ERA when he does pitch, however.

26. Jon-Mark Sprowl, C

Sprowl did not play last season, and most recently played in 2006 as a member of the Cubs organization.  He hit just .118 at the Single-A level.

27. Erick Almonte, SS

Another player who eventually went to independent baseball, Almonte was off of the affiliated map by 2006 and ended up as a member of the independent Long Island Ducks.  The man best known as Derek Jeter’s temporary replacement was eventually picked up by the Detroit Tigers and played well for them at the Double-A and Triple-A levels last season.

28. Tyler Clippard, P

Clippard threw the first no-hitter in Thunder history, and made a very steady climb as a prospect in the organization.  But with a glut of starting pitching prospects — something that was clearly not a problem when this list came out — he was dealt this off-season to Washington for reliever Jonathan Albaladejo.

29. Ben Julianel, P

Julianel had two relatively unremarkable years in the Yankees system before joining the Marlins organization in 2006.  He reached Triple-A for the first time last season.

30. Mike Knox, P

Knox last pitched in 2005, where he had an 11.50 ERA in 14 games for Single-A Tampa.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com