AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS 7.30 – Harrisburg @ Trenton (Doubleheader)

July 31, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Sorry about the lack of posting last night, it was 1 AM when the second game ended so I figured nobody would mind if I waited until the next morning to post the highlights.  The Thunder and Senators split a doubleheader on Thursday night from Waterfront Park.  After the Thunder dropped game one 8-4 in extra innings (9) to extend their losing streak against Harrisburg to six games, Paul Bush (pictured) pitched brilliantly in game two to secure a 5-0 win.  The right-hander went five shutout innings and gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out six.  After going just 1-for-11 in the first two games of the series with RISP, the Thunder pounded out six hits (6-for-19) with RISP in the two games of the doubleheader combined.  Here are some of the highlights…


TOP 1st – Mike Daniel continues to hurt the Thunder as he golfs a pitch over the right-field wall for his 5th home run of the season to put Harrisburg on top 1-0.  The next batter Matt Whitney, also took startign pitcher Wilkin De La Rosa deep, his 7th bomb of the season, to put the Senators up 2-0.
Mike Daniel HR
Matt Whitney HR

BOTTOM 1st – Jesus Montero records his 31st RBI of the season with an opposite field RBI single to plate Reegie Corona and make the score 2-1 Harrisburg.
Montero RBI single

BOTTOM 4th – A big two-out rally for Trenton.  Cory Van Allen relieves starter Brad Meyers with two outs and nobody on and quickly gives up back-to-back singles to Richie Robnett and Edwar Gonzalez.  Then, the next batter, James Cooper slapped a big two-out, two-run double over the head of left fielder Jemel Spearman (who was playing WAYYY to shallow) to bring Trenton to within 4-3.
Cooper RBI double

BOTTOM 5th – Another big RISP hit for Trenton.  After Austin Krum walked and stole second, Eduardo Nunez drilled a single to left to plate Krum and tie the game at 4-4.
Nunez RBI single

TOP 9th – Tough inning for Wilkins Arias.  He gives up three hits in the inning as an RBI single by Bill Rhinehart allows Sean Rooney to score which gives the Senators a 5-4 lead.  Two batters later, Ofilio Castro put the game out of reach with a bases clearing three-run double which put Harrisburg on top for good 8-4.
Bill Rhinehart RBI single
Ofilio Castro RBI double

BOTTOM 2nd – A bloop RBI single by Edwar Gonzalez allows Chris Malec to score to put Trenton ahead 1-0.  Sorry no audio on this one, I forgot to start my recorder in time for game two 😦

BOTTOM 3rd – Kind of an odd play here that goes in Trenton’s favor.  Reegie Corona rips a triple down the right field line.  As right fielder Leonard Davis tossed the relay throw to second baseman Ofilio Castro, Castro tried to nab Corona at third but yanked the throw well wide of third baseman Joel Guzman.  The throw reached the dugout and allowed Corona to score from third to put the Thunder ahead 2-0.
Corona triple and score on error

BOTTOM 4th – Edwar Gonzalez with another RBI single to plate Noah Hall and put the Thunder ahead 3-0.  For Gonzo it’s the first time he’s had multiple RBI in a game since his 2 HR game back on June 25 against Akron.  A few pitches later, a wild pitch allowed James Cooper to score from third to put Trenton ahead 4-0.
Gonzalez RBI single
Cooper scores on wild pitch

BOTTOM 5th – Another base hit for Trenton with RISP.  after a Reegie Corona single and stolen base put the second baseman in scoring position, Eduardo Nunez drilled an RBI to right field to plate Reeg and put the Thunder ahead 5-0.
Nunez RBI single

…that’s it for now, time now to enjoy my weekend and day off Monday.  I will be making my first road trip with the team next Tuesday-Thursday (August 4-6) in Reading so be ready for some road highlights for the first time this season.


AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS 7/28 – Harrisburg @ Trenton

July 28, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

A gorgeous day here on the banks of the Delaware River as the Thunder and Senators hooked up for game two of their five-game series.  It was a pitcher’s duel as the Senators grind out a 2-1 victory over Trenton to extend the Thunder losing streak to five games.  Jason Stephens (pictured) got the start for Trenton and received a no decision as the right-hander went 3.1 innings and gave one earned run off seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.  Adrian Alaniz pitched well for Harrisburg as the right-hander also received a no decision.  Alaniz hurled five innings and gave up one earned run off six hits with three walks and one strikeout.  Humberto Sanchez made his first appearance infront of the Waterfront Park crowd this season.  The big hefty right-hander pitched well in relief of Stephens as the former Tigers farm hand went 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.  Here are some of the highlights…

TOP 1st – After retiring the first two in order, Jason Stephens gave up back-to-back doubles.  First, Leonard Davis ripped a fastball over the head of Noah Hall in left.  Not to be shown up, the next batter Guzman slapped another double over Hall’s head to score Davis and put Harrisburg on top 1-0.
Joel Guzman RBI double

BOTTOM 3rd – Jesus Montero with a big two-out hit to put Trenton on the board.  With Nunez at first base after an infield bunt single, Montero ripped a double past a diving Marvin Lowrance in left field which allowed Nunez to chug around from first to score the Thunder’s first run of the game which tied the score at 1-1.
Jesus Montero RBI double

TOP 8th – A leadoff double by Edgardo Baez comes around to score.  Baez reached third base on a wild pitch, and coincidentally scored a few batters later also via the wild pitch to put Harrisburg on top 2-1.
Baez scores on wild pitch

…back with more tomorrow as these two teams continue their five-game series with a doubleheader (two 7-inning games).

AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 7/27 Harrisburg @ Trenton

July 28, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Welcome back, it’s been eight long days since the last Thunder home game as Trenton returns to Waterfront Park to play a five-game in four day series against the Harrisburg Senators.  Also it’s a very rare “home and home” series as Trenton and Harrisburg just wrapped up a three-game series from Metro Bank Ballpark in Harrisburg (a series where the Thunder were swept by the lowly Nationals affiliate).  As for the game, it was a very rough night for the Thunder as Harrisburg pounds out 14 hits and defeat Trenton 9-1 on Monday night to extend the Thunder’s losing streak to four.  Ryan Pope (pictured) got the start and continued his “good start-bad start” trend as the right-hander gave up nine runs (eight earned) off 12 hits with two walks and four strikeouts.  Pope (4-8) was tagged with the loss.  For Harrisburg, Luis Atilano (5-7) pitched brilliantly and earned the win as the right-hander went seven innings of one-run ball off six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.  Here are some of the highlights…

TOP 3rd – The first four batters of the inning all reached base safely as Michael Daniel and Matt Whitney both tallied RBI singles.  Bill Rhinehart followed with a sac fly as Harrisburg jumps out to a 3-0 lead.
Mike Daniel RBI single
Matt Whitney RBI single
Bill Rhinehart sac fly

TOP 4th – Another three-run frame for the Senators.  After a Freddie Bynum RBI single scored Edgardo Baez, Michael Daniel connected and sent a missile home run over the right field wall to put Harrisburg on top 6-0.
Freddie Bynum RBI single
Mike Daniel 2-run HR

TOP 5th – Leonard Davis drills the first pitch of the inning down the right field line for a double and the next batter Matt Whitney singled up the middle to score Davis and put Harrisburg ahead by a touchdown, 7-0.
Matt Whitney RBI single

BOTTOM 7th – Coop is back!  An RBI single for the left fielder puts Trenton on the board as they trail 9-1. It was Cooper’s first game back at home since being activated from the disabled list on July 20th after missing a month and a half with a strained oblique.
Cooper RBI single

…back with more tomorrow as the Thunder look to snap its four-game losing streak (all against the Senators).

Trenton vs. Harrisburg, 7:05 pm…listen live at

A little something to tide you over…

July 24, 2009
Kyle has posted a 6-1 record with a 3.18 ERA in eight starts for Double-A Reading this season

Kyle has posted a 6-1 record with a 3.12 ERA in eight starts for Double-A Reading this season

The Thunder have been on fire since the “unofficial” second half of the season has begun, winning six of their first eight games against Portland and New Hampshire after hosting the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 15th.  The team begins a three-game series in Harrisburg tonight before returning home to face those same Senators in a five-game in four day homestand.  Obviously the ThunderCast will be your home for audio highlights for the entire Harrisburg series here at Waterfront Park .  As for now though, you will just have to keep yourself occupied with a blast from the past….

….back on June 27th, I had a chance to chat with the top pitching prospect in the Phillies Minor League System, Kyle Drabek.  Kyle is the son of former Major Leaguer Doug Drabek.  In 1990, the eldest Drabek went 22-6 with a 2.76 ERA for the Pirates en route to his first an only NL Cy Young Award.  Recently, Kyle has been in the center of the Roy Halladay trade talks, however in the past few days, Phil’s GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said he will NOT trade the youngest Drabek or slugging outfielder Michael Taylor to land Mr. Halladay. Anyways, here is my conversation with Kyle (because it was back on 6/27, I was unaware of the Halladay musings and did not ask him if he would enjoy moving north of the border to Toronto).  I hope you enjoy….
Kyle Drabek interview

A ThunderCast highlights montage…

July 22, 2009

GladiatorIn leiu of a conventional ThunderCast this week, I figured I would get cute and post something that is way more fun and exciting.  Let me set the scene, in the last couple of weeks (since July 4th), the Thunder have won six games in walk off or come from behind fashion.  The following clip has some of the most exciting highlights from all of those victories set to music.  Hopefully you enjoy, I know I certainly enjoyed producing it.
Highlights Mixtape

….take a guess what movie the music is from

An update on things…

July 20, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Rudy Jones

*Photo courtesy of Rudy Jones

I know it’s been over a week since the last podcast has been posted, however if you knew the crazy week that is has been here you will understand.  Today is the last day of an eight-day work week which started last Monday (July 13) and has spanned about 80+ hours.  Anyways now that the complaining is out of the way, let me fill you in on some things I have planned for the week.

MONDAY (today)- Starting to throw together some clips and highlights from the past week of action

TUESDAY – OFF!!!!!!!  First off day in 8 days, and I will definitely be enjoying it

WEDNESDAY – I plan on posting a new episode of the ThunderCast with some different features then the usual interviews and highlights.  It probably will resemble the “Top 5 Moments” feature that I posted earlier in the season.  It will definitely feature a montage of highlights from the very exciting walk off and come back victories the Thunder have earned in the past couple of weeks.  Should be a fun one.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY – Catch up on sleep/work and other random things, I will be posting back logged interviews and other fun stuff before the weekend.

….I hope that suffices for now.  It is crazy to think but we only have 21 more home games before the regular season ends.  Wow!

SIDENOTE – The picture above is one from the All-Star Game on July 15th.  I was on the field interviewing New Egypt High School baseball player Mike Fassl (winner of the HR Derby).

AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 7/19 Portland @ Trenton

July 19, 2009
Wilkin De La Rosa 2

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Another dramatic victory for the Thunder as they win the series three games to one and walk off with a 2-1 victory over Portland on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon from Waterfront Park.  Thunder starter Wilkin De La Rosa (pictured) wasn’t awful but was spotty with his control as the left-hander gave up one earned run on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.  On the flip side, Sea Dogs’ starter Ryne Lawson was brilliant as the right-hander only gave up one hit in six shutout innings of work.  The Thunder bullpen was brilliant again as Josh Schmidt, Kevin Whelan and Grant Duff combined for 4.1 scoreless and hitless innings.  Duff (3-0) pitched a perfect top half of the 9th to earn the victory. 

SIDENOTE – In the four-game series against Portland, the Thunder bullpen has tossed 20.2 innings and has allowed one unearend run, seven hits and seven walks with 28 strikeouts!

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s victory…

TOP 2nd – A pair of walks and a pair of wild pitches come around to bite Wilkin De La Rosa.  After Ryan Kalish and Jason Place worked back-to-back one-out walks, De La Rosa bounced a fastball which squirted past Montero and allowed both runners to advance.  Another wild pitch later in the inning allowed Kalish to score from third to give Portland a 1-0 lead.  The Sea Dogs have now scored first in all four games of the series.
Ryan Kalish scores on wild pitch

BOTTOM 7th – The Thunder are able to tie the game in the 7th in back-to-back days as Chris Malec lifts a sacrifice fly to center which plated Eduardo Nunez and evened the score at 1-1.
Malec sac fly

BOTTOM 9th – After a Reegie Corona lead off walk, Eduardo Nunez laid down a sac bunt back to the mound that was misplayed by pitcher Tommy Hottovy.  The reliever tried to get Corona via the force at second but his throw pulled shorstop Iggy Suarez off the bag and everyone was safe.  The next batter, Noah Hall laid down another sac bunt which advanced the winning run to third.  Montero then popped out and Malec walked to load the bases and set the scene for Edwar Gonzalez.  Gonzo worked the count to 2-2 before he lifted a bloop single to center just infront of the outstretched glove of Josh Reddick to plate Corona and give the Thunder a 2-1 walk off win.
Gonzalez walk off RBI single

…back with more in the coming days as the next episode of the ThunderCast will be unveileved next week.