AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 6/29 Reading @ Trenton

June 29, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Rough day for Ryan Pope.  The right-hander has not won a game since May 13th and that streak continued today as Pope gave up a career-high 10 runs and 13 hits in the 12-2 Trenton loss.  The 12-run output for the R-Phils is the most amount of runs Trenton has given up all season as every Phillies starter scored a run.  Here are some of the highlights….

TOP 1st – Gus Milner led off the game for Reading with a single as he would eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Neil Sellers to put Reading on top 1-0.
Sellers sac fly

TOP 2nd – The floodgates are officially open as a five run inning for the Phils puts them ahead 6-0.  The most exciting highlight of the inning was an opposite field RBI double for Michael Taylor.  The #6 prospect int he Phils organization continues his stellar season as he has driven in a team-high 56 RBI.
Taylor RBI double

TOP 6th – Another five-run inning for Reading as the first six men of the frame all recorded base hits.  Taylor racks up another base hit, his third of the game and eighth of the series.  Taylor would eventually come around to score on a Neil Sellers RBI single.  When the inning concluded, Reading had a commanding 12-0 lead.
Sellers RBI sinlge

BOTTOM 9th – Trenton finally gets on the board as Chris Malec hits a two-run home run and caps off a 4-for-4 day.  Unfortunately I had already turned my recorded off due to the blowout status of the game so no audio on the play (sad face).  Anyways, Malec’s fourth HR of the season makes it a 12-2 score in favor of Reading.

….back with more later in the week as we get things ready for a new ThunderCast which will be released on Friday.

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AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 6/28 Reading @ Trenton

June 29, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Rough game for the Thunder, Jason Stephens (pictured) got the spot start and pitched three decent innings, the rest of the bullpen faltered though as Wilkins Arias gave up two runs to take the loss and Jose Valdez gave up four more (two earned).  Overall, the Thunder fell 8-3 in game three of the four-game series.  Here are some of the highlights…

BOTTOM 1st – Reegie Corona hits his third home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall to give Trenton a 1-0 lead.
Corona HR

TOP 2nd – Reading strikes right back with two runs, the big blow was an RBI double off the bat of Gus Milner to tie the game at 1-1.  Milner would score two batters later on a wild pitch to put Reading ahead 2-1.
Gus Milner RBI double
Tuffy Gozewich RBI single

BOTTOM 2nd – FINALLY!  Jesus Montero hits his first career Double-A home run, a missile off the batter’s eye in deep center to tie the score at 1-1.
Montero HR

TOP 5th – Reading breaks through for the go-ahead run, an RBI triple off the bat of Neil Sellers, his fourth RBI of the series as the fightin’ Phils take a 3-2 lead.
Neil Sellers RBI triple

TOP 6th – Michael Taylor shows us why he is the top power hitter in the Phils farm system right now, a line drive cannon three-run home run that cleared all four levels of billboards in left field.  The Phils are cruising now as they take a 6-2 lead.
Michael Taylor HR

TOP 8th – More problems for the Thunder defense, Richie Robnett takes over for Noah Hall in left field and promptly commits an error to allow Carlos Leon to reach base.  The next batter Michael Taylor continues his offensive onslaught with his third hit of the night, a RBI double that plated Leon and put the Phils ahead 7-2.  Taylor would later score on a wild pitch.
Michael Taylor RBI double

….back with more tomorrow as Reading and Trenton play the final game of the four-game series at 12:05 pm, stay tuned.


AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 6/27 Reading @ Trenton Games 1+2

June 28, 2009

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore*

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore*

Sorry for the late post on the highlights, it was a long day yesterday with Rudy gone.  All-in-all thought not a bad day for the Thunder, as they split the fake doubleheader with Reading (game one was the resumption of Friday night’s suspended game).  Trenton clinched game one 8-2 as Jorge Vazquez continued his torrid pace going 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.  Here are some of the highlights…..

GAME 1
BOTTOM 1st – The only highlight to come from Friday nigh was an RBI groundout by Eduardo Nunez that plated Austin Krum and gave Trenton a 1-0 lead.
Nunez RBI groundout

TOP 3rd – Josh Schmidt came on in relief of Zach McAllister, who was lost due to the suspended game, and allowed the first three runners of the inning to reach safely.  After Kevin Mahar singled to lead off the inning, Brad Harman tripled into the right-centerfield gap, plating Mahar and tying the game at 1-1.  During the next at-bat Schmidt would throw a wild pitch past catcher Jesus Montero allowing Harman tos core from third base whcih game Reading a 2-1 lead.
Brad Harman RBI triple
Harman scores on wild pitch

BOTTOM 6th – A big inning for the Thunder.  After a Reegie Corona lead off walk, Nunez doubled down the left field line to score Reeg and tie the game at 2-2.  The next batter Jorge Vazquez hit a MONSTER two-run home run off the scoreboard in left-centerfield to put Trenton ahead 4-2.  Two batters later, Noah Hall doubled and would eventually score on an RBI single by Edwar Gonzalez.  After the inning concluded, Trenton sent eight men to the plate and led 5-2.
Nunez RBI double
Vazquez HR
Gonzalez RBI single

BOTTOM 7th – The hits keep on coming for the home team.  After another walk by Corona (he seems to always be the first man on base when Trenton scores multiple runs in an inning), Nunez singled followed by another missile of the bat of Vazquez to plate Corona and put Trenton ahead 6-2.  Jesus Montero followed that up with a two-RBI double off the wall in deep left field to finish off the scoring and put the Thunder ahead 8-2.
Montero RBI double

…..The first pitch of game two came at 7:59 PM and Reading took control from the start en route to a 7-2 victory.  Jason Johnson (pictured) made his first career start for Trenton after making four appearances for Scranton/Wikles-Barre (Triple-A) back in April.  You could tell he was a little rusty as the right-hander gave up nine hits and six runs in only five innings of work.  Here are some of the highlights….

GAME 2
TOP 1st – Reading took an early lead when J.J. allowed the first five men of the inning to reach safely.  A single, followed by two walks then another single capped off by a double and a sacrafcie fly, gave the R-Phils a 4-0 lead.  The big blow was the two-RBI double by Neil Sellers.
Brian Stavisky RBI single
Neil Sellers RBI double

TOP 3rd – Reading kept piling it on as Jeremy Slayden drilled a two-run home run off the scoreboard in right-centerfield to put the Phils on top 6-0.
Jeremy Slayden HR

BOTTOM 4th – The Thunder finally got on the board with a Richie Robnett RBI double that plated Chris Malec and made the score 6-1.  The next batter Kyle Anson hit a sacrifcie fly to centerfield to plate Edwar Gonzalez and bring Trenton to within 7-2.
Robnett RBI double
Anson sac fly

…..again sorry for the late posting, I’ll try to have the highlights from tonight’s game online after the action wraps up and I take care of my increased post game duties.


Game Suspended….

June 27, 2009

More rain…the game has been suspended with Trenton coming to bat in the bottom of the 2nd inning and Noah Hall leading off.  

The suspended game will be resumed at 5:05 PM tomorrow and will be a full 9 inning game, then regularly scheduled Saturday night game will start 30 minutes after the first game and will be 7 innings.  It will be a long day tomorrow, might have to hold off on the highlights until Sunday morning due to the time crunch in between games.  Plus I will be doing both games on my own tomorrow as my partner Steve Rudenstein has the weekend off.  Should be interesting, I have never broadcasted 15 innings of baseball on my own before.  Check back tomorrow…

….Stay dry.


Rain delay boredom = early THUNDERCAST release!!!

June 27, 2009

Thunder PrimaryWe are just about to get underway here from Waterfrnot Park after nearly a 2 hour rain delay.  So i figured that i would finish up the newest edition of the ThunderCast, originally scheduled to be released tomorrow.  Enjoy the early release, back with more highlights after the game.
THUNDERCAST #6


Sweeping up the Krums

June 23, 2009
Krum made his professional debut with the Staten Island Yankees back in 2007

Krum made his professional debut with the Staten Island Yankees back in 2007

During Trenton’s last homestand, I sat down with the newest member of the Thunder, outfielder Austin Krum.  The Krum Bum (that’s what my old football coach used to call me when I messed up) was called up to Trenton from Tampa on June 16 after appearing in 53 games for the T-Yanks (52 in centerfield) while sporting a .272 batting average, a team leading 35 walks and a .395 on-base percentage.

After watching Austin appear in his first Double-A action during the Connecticut series last week, I think he will be a really solid addition to the Thunder outfield.  He seems like he has the right attitude and will certainly go all-out to make a play.  The Colorado native was drafted back in 2007 in the 9th round out of Division II Dallas Baptist University.

Here is the interview for your listening pleasure…
Austin Krum (6.17)


New ThunderCast due out on Saturday

June 22, 2009
Justin Snyder

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

I know you are all still digesting the latest ThunderCast but I figured I would throw out some coming attractions on episode #6, due to hit the airwaves on Saturday June 27 (the day after the team returns from the road).  Here is what is in store for all of you loyal listeners…

  • A recap of the six-game road trip (3 @ Binghamton, 3 @ Akron)
  • “Tony’s Take” with Thunder skipper Tony Franklin
  • “Getting to know your Thunder” with infielder/outfielder/ renaissance man Justin Snyder (pictured)
  • A look ahead at the week of games for Trenton (home series vs. Reading, mini road trip in Erie)

….well that’s it for now, check back in tomorrow, I’ll try and keep everyone entertained while the team is on the road with some updates and old interviews.