AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/21 New Hampshire @ Trenton

August 22, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Trenton continues the homestand on Friday night as the Fisher Cats come to town for the first of a four-game series.  Trenton came into play 8-3 against New Hampshrie in 2009 (Trenton’s best winning percentage against any other Eastern League team so far this season).  As for the game, it was an absolute snoozefest, no runs through the first 9.5  innings before Trenton finally broke through in the bottom of the 10th to take a 1-0 victory and get back to the .5o0 mark at 62-62.  Paul Bush (pictured) started the game and pitched four shutout innings before he gave way to the Thunder bullpen which was brilliant again with five shutout innings of their own.  Here are the highlights..

BOTTOM 10th – Finally someone breaks the scoreless streak as a pair of singles and a sac fly by Edwar Gonzlaez puts the Fisher Cats to bed.  Francisco Santana (who pinch ran for Pillittere) touched home to give Trenton a 1-0 walk off victory.
Edwar Gonzalez sac fly

…back with more tomorrow for game two.


AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/20 Erie @ Trenton

August 21, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

We’re back for more from Waterfront Park on a gorgeous Thursday evening as Erie and Trenton conclude their three-game series. Erie got five shutout innings from Jared Gayhart and needed just a pair of third inning runs to defeat Trenton 2-0 and salvage the third game of the series.  Gayhart was not supposed to start the game as he had to come on in relief of the expected starter Pat Stanley, (pictured) who unexpectedly hurt himself warming up in the bottom of the first inning.  With the victory, Erie wins the season series over the Thunder four games to three.  Here are the highlights…

TOP 3rd – Tough break for Ryan Pope and the Thunder.  With runners on first and second and two outs, Deik Scram rolled one over towards second but first baseman Chris Malec ranged too far off the bag trying to field the ball and Scram beat him back for an infield single.  Cale Iorg scored all the way from second on the play to put Erie on top 1-0.  The next batter Brennan Boesch ripped an RBI single to left to plate Danny Worth and give Erie a 2-0 advantage.
Iorg scores on infield single
Brennan Boesch RBI single


AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/19 Erie @ Trenton (completion of suspended game and game two)

August 20, 2009

The rain finally held off as Erie and Trenton picked things up from where they left off last night, with the Thunder leading 6-5 in the bottom of the 4th inning.  The Thunder needed some more late inning dramatics as they walked off with a 7-6 victory in the 10th inning of the completion of the suspended game.  In the regularly schedule game, Zach McAllister got the start and struck out a season high 11 batters in a 2-1 Thunder victory.  Humberto Sanchez also pitched two perfect innings to earn his first save of the season.  Here are the highlights…

TOP 8th – Max St. Pierre gets the job done with a solo home run off Kanekoa Texeira to tie the game at 6-6.
Max St. Pierre HR

BOTTOM 10th – Eduardo Nunez is the hero again.  His moonshot RBI single over the head of left fielder Deik Scram allowed Justin Snyder to score the winning run as the Thunder walk off with a 7-6 victory.
Nunez GW RBI single

GAME 2

BOTTOM 1st – P.J. Pillittere comes through with a two-out single to plate Austin Krum and give Trenton a 1-0 lead.
Pillittere RBI single

TOP 2nd – Erie comes right back with a Michael Bertram RBI double to score Danny Worth from first and tie the game at 1-1.
Michael Bertram RBI double

BOTTOM 2nd – Justin Snyder answers right back of an RBI double of his own.  Marcos Vechionacci scores all the way from first to vault Trenton back on top 2-1.
Snyder RBI double


AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/18 Erie @ Trenton (SUSPENDED GAME)

August 19, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Back to work as the Thunder begin a seven-game homestand starting with three against a Southern Division foe, the Erie Sea Wolves.  This is the first and only time Erie will grace the presence of Waterfront Park this season as the Sea Wolves took three-of-four from the Thunder at Jerry Uht Park in Erie, PA earlier this season.  As for game one, it was a slugfest early as Trenton held a 6-5 lead in the 4th inning before rain halted play which forced a suspension.   Jeremy Bleich (pictured) got the start for Trenton and was crusing through the first three inning before hitting a road block in the fourth.  The left-hander ended up going 3.2 innings and gave up eight hits and five runs (all earned) with two walks and five strikeouts.  Here are the highlights from the first four-plus innings of action…

BOTTOM 1st – Trenton exploded for four runs off six hits (all consecutive).  The big blow was a two-run double by James Cooper which made it 4-0.  Pillittere and Malec each had RBI hits as well.
Pillittere RBI single
Cooper RBI double

BOTTOM 3rd – Two more runs tacked on for Trenton as Edwar Gonzalez lines an RBI single off Deik Scram’s glove in left field which scored Chris Malec and put Trenton ahead 5-0.  Marcos Vechionacci drilled the next pitch over Scram’s head for an RBI double to plate Gonzo and put Trenton ahead 6-0.
Malec scores on E7
Vechionacci RBI double

TOP 4th – Trenton gets a taste of their own medicine as Erie explodes for five runs off six hits.  The big blow was a two-run double by Max St. Pierre.  Danny Worth and Casper Wells added RBI singles and Brennan Boesch tallies a sac fly to cut the Thunder lead to 6-5.
Max St. Pierre RBI double
Danny Worth RBI single
Casper Wells RBI single
Brennan Boesch sac fly

….I’ll be back with more later tonight after these two teams finish the suspended game and the 7-inning affair which will follow shortly thereafter.


Game SUSPENDED due to rain

August 19, 2009

Tonight’s game between Erie and Trenton has been SUSPENDED due to rain.  The game will resume on Wednesday night with Trenton leading 6-5 in the bottom of the 4th inning.  Stay tuned for highlights tomorrow after both games have been concluded.


All good things must come to an end…

August 17, 2009

FAUI just wanted to let all of you faithful Thundercasters know that this will be my last week of podcasting for the Thunder (no, I did not get fired).  Infact, I got a brand spankin’ new full-time media relations/broadcasting  job for the Athletic Department of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Thanks again for tuning in this summer and I hope you enjoyed all of the blog has to offer.  If you want to get in touch with me for any reason feel free to do so at jsmitty228@gmail.com.

I will check the blog from time to time for comments and such but the last game that I will post highlights from will be this Sunday, August 23.


AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/13 Reading @ Trenton

August 14, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Rubber match of the three-game series between Reading and Trenton on a beautiful Thursday evening from Waterfront Park.  Trenton took a lead and never looked back as they defeat Reading 5-1 to win the series two-games-to-one.  Zach McAllister (pictured) got the start in his second appearance from being activated from the disabled list.  The right-hander showed progress from his arm fatigue as he pitched five shutout innings and gave up just three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.  McAllister (6-4) also earned the win (his first victory  since June 5th) as he lowered his Eastern Leauge leading ERA to 2.14.  Here are some of the highlights…

BOTTOM 5th – Justin Snyder breaks the scoreless tie as he rips an RBI single up the middle to plate Edwar Gonzalez to put the Thunder on top 1-0.  The next batter, Austin Krum, hit a sac fly to center which plated Marcos Vechionacci and extended Trenton’s lead to 2-0.
Snyder RBI single
Krum sac fly

TOP 6th – The Domonic Brown show continues.  The Phils’ top prospect turns on the jets and legs out a triple as the next batter Brian Stavisky grounded out to second to plate Brown and trim the Thunder lead to 2-1.
Matt Cusick RBI double

BOTTOM 7th – Matt Cusick with his first big-time hit in a Thunder uniform.  The recent Tampa callup slaps a two-out double down the right field line with the bases loaded to plate all three runs as the Thunder tack on some insurance and take a 5-1 lead.
Matt Cusick RBI double

…back with more on Monday as I enjoy a well deserved three-day weekend starting tomorrow, ahhhhhh.


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