AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/12 Reading @ Trenton

August 13, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Middle game of the three-game set here from the banks of the Delaware as the Thunder and Reading renew their rivalry.   Trenton gets back in the win column with a nail-biting 3-2 victory over the R-Phils to even the series at one game apiece.  Jeremy Bleich (pictured) got the start for Trenton and he pitched well as he improved to 3-5 with five solid innings of one-run baseball.  The left-hander also gave up just five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.  Here are some of the highlights…

BOTTOM 1st – Chris Malec gives Trenton an early 2-0 lead with his 7th home run over the season of the right field wall towards the Delaware River.
Malec 2-run HR

TOP 3rd – The Domonic Brown show continues.  The top prospect in the Phils organization tallied his second hit of the night, an RBI single to left which plated Quintin Berry and trimmed Trenton’s lead to 2-1.
Domonic Brown RBI single

BOTTOM 8th – Trenton with a much needed insurance run as an Austin Krum tallies a sac fly to plate Justin Snyder which extends the Thunder lead to 3-1.
Krum sac fly

TOP 9th – Things get a little dicey as Thunder releiver Jose Valdez gives up a home run to Steve Susdorf on the first pitch of the inning to trim Trenton’s lead to 3-2.
Steve Susdorf HR

…back with more tomorrow as these two team’s play the rubber match of the three-game series.


AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/11 Reading @ Trenton

August 12, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore


First game of a three-game series between Reading and Trenton tonight from a muggy, humid Waterfront Park.   Reading comes from behind with three runs in the top of the 8th off reliever Grant Duff to win game one of the series 6-5.  The Thunder made a rally with two outs in the 9th and scored two runs but were unable to get the game tying hit off R-Phils reliever B.J. Rosenberg who earned his first Double-A save.   Duff fell to 3-2 on the season as he gave up a season-high three earned runs in his appearance. Lance Pendleton (pictured) got the start for Trenton and the right-hander pitched significantly better than his first two starts.  Pendleton went six innings and gave up just one run off four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

BOTTOM 1st – Austin Krum back in the lineup and it immediately pays dividends.  The leadoff man singled, then stole second and subsequently scored on an Eduardo Nunez RBI single to put Trenton on top 1-0.
Nunez RBI single

BOTTOM 4th – Richie Robnett laces a one-out triple into the right field corner.  After an Edwar Gonzlaez walk, Gonzo decided to swipe second and after he was successful, the ball skipped off the glove of shortstop Ozzie Chavez and into short right field.  The E6 allowed Robnett to score from third to give Trenton a 2-0 edge.
Robnett scores on error

BOTTOM 5th – Eduardo Nunez steals his second base of the night and advances to third on an E2.  Trenton now has a season-high four steals in the game as Chris Malec knocks home Nunez on a sac fly to put Trenton on top 3-0.
Malec sac fly

TOP 6th – Neil Sellers with a sac fly to right field to plate Michael Spidale and bring Reading to within 3-1.
Neil Sellers sac fly

TOP 8th – Scott Susdorf tallies his first career Double-A RBI with a bullet single to right field to plate Spidale again and trim Trenton’s lead to 3-2.  The next batter, Tim Kennelly, ripped an opposite field two-run double to right field which put the R-Phils on top 4-3.
Steve Susdorf RBI single
Tim Kennelly RBI double

BOTTOM 9thTrailing 6-3, Trenton mounted a rally as Brad Harman and Dominic Brown commit errors on a routein grounder to second base off the bat of Austin Krum.  James Cooper scored on the play to make the score 6-4.  Then, Matt Cusick singled home Krum and collected his first Double-A RBI to pull the Thunder within 6-5.  However, the rally would fall short from there as Chris Malec grounded out to end the game with the tying run at second base.
Cooper scores on pair of Reading errors
Cusick RBI single

…back with more tomorrow as these two teams play the middle game of the three-game series.

AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/9 Harrisburg @ Trenton

August 9, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Final game of the four game series this afternoon between Trenton and Harrisburg on a dreary, overcast day at Waterfront Park.   Another pitcher’s duel as neither team could muster much offense.  Francisco Plasencia hit his first career Double-A home run in the top of the 11th inning as the Senators eek out a 2-1 victory to earn a series split.   Wilkin De La Rosa (pictured) got the start for Trenton today as the left-hander went six shutout innings and gave up three hits and four walks with five strikeouts.  Here are the highlights…

BOTTOM 2nd – A two-out rally for Trenton as James Cooper doubles and Edwar Gonzalez singles home Coop to give Trenton a 1-0 lead.
Gonzalez RBI single

TOP 7th – The Senators manufacture a run and tie the game.  After a leadoff single by Sean Rooney, Greg Veloz laid down a sac bunt to advance Rooney to second.  Two batters later, Freddie Bynum drilled an RBI single to center to plate Rooney and tie the game at 1-1.
Freddie Bynum

TOP 11th – Francisco Plasencia leads off the inning with a solo home run over the right field wall to break the tie and put Harrisburg on top 2-1.
Francisco Plasencia HR

…back with more on Tuesday as Trenton welcomes Reading to town for a three-game series.

AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/8 Harrisburg @ Trenton (Doubleheader)

August 9, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

Let’s play two!  A glorious doubleheader tonight as Trenton and Harrisburg play games two and three of the four-game series from an overcast and humid Waterfront Park.  Trenton and Harrisburg split the doubleheader as neither team could muster much offense with only six runs being scored in the two games combined.  Game one went to Trenton as Chris Malec was the hero again.  The switch hitting first baseman tallied his second consecutive walk-off hit to give the Thunder a 3-2 victory.  Zach McAllister (pictured) returned from the disabled list to start game one as the right-hander has been inactive since July 16th with arm fatigue.  McAllister was on a pitch count, but made the most of his first start back as he went four solid innings and gave up three hits and one run while walking none and striking out two.  Game two went to Harrisburg as Luis Atilano pitched 6.2 shutout innings en route to a 1-0 Senators victory.  Here are some of the highlights…


TOP 1st – Zach McAllister with a rude welcome back from the DL.  Freddie Bynum led off the game with a double and Mike Daniel followed with a RBI single up the middle to give the Senators an early 1-0 lead.
Daniel RBI single

BOTTOM 2nd – Austin Krum ties the game  at 1-1 with an opposite field, two-out RBI single to plate James Cooper.
Krum RBI single

TOP 5th – Freddie Bynum connects on an RBI single to center to plate Luke Montz and give the Senators a 2-1 lead.
Freddie Bynum RBI single

BOTTOM 5th – James Cooper with a bloop RBI single to right center to plate Richie Robnett from third and tie the game at 2-2.
Cooper RBI single

BOTTOM 8th – Chris Malec is the hero again.  The first baseman drilled an RBI single with the bases loaded to plate Justin Snyder and give Trenton a 3-2 walk-off win in game one of the doubleheader.
Malec GW RBI single

Game 2

TOP 1st – Mike Daniel starts things off with a bang as he drills the first pitch of the game over the right field wall for his 6th home run of the season to put Harrisburg quickly on top 1-0.  (Didn’t have my recorder started in time so I did not get the clip, sorry).

…back with more tomorrow as these two teams wrap up their four-game series.

AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/7 Harrisburg @ Trenton

August 8, 2009
*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

*Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore

A beautiful night here from the banks of the Delaware as Trenton welcomes Harrisburg back to town for another four-game series.  Game one was the definition of a pitcher’s duel as the Thunder eeked out a 1-0 victory with a walk-off RBI single by Chris Malec.  Ryan Pope (pictured) got the start for the Thunder and was BRILLIANT as the right hander tossed eight innings of shutout baseball and only allowed two hits (the only two baserunners to reach against Pope).  Ryan also struck out a season-high 11 batters (the most strikeouts recorded by a Thunder starter all season).  At one point in the 8th inning, Pope had retired 19 batters in a row before an infield single by Francisco Plasencia ended the streak.  Harrisburg’s starter Jeff Mandel also pitched a gem as the right-hander went eight shutout innings and gave up just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.  Here are the highlights (there is only one)….

BOTTOM 9th – After a leadoff single by Austin Krum, Eduardo Nunez laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Krum to second.  Then Malec slapped a single up the middle off Harrisburg reliever Carlos Martinez (6-5), who was tagged with the loss, and Krum slid headfirst into home to score the only run of the night as the Thunder walked off with a 1-0 victory.
Chris Malec GW RBI single

….back with more tomorrow as Trenton and Harrisburg play games two and three of the series with a doubleheader (two 7-inning games) starting at 6:05.

AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/6 Trenton @ Reading

August 7, 2009
Lance during his time as a member of the Rice University baseball team

Lance during his time as a member of the Rice University baseball team

Another beautiful night from Reading as the Thunder and R-Phils play the rubber game of their three-game series.  Lance Pendleton got his second start for Trenton since his call-up from Tampa a few days ago.  The right-hander showed improvement from his first start as he gave up four runs (four earned) off five hits in 5.1 innings pitched.  The more impressive number for Lance however was his eight strikeouts and only one walk as he showed plus command of his changeup and curveball to go along with his 90-92 MPH fastball.  Pendleton would not play into the decision however as the Thunder clawed back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Reading 8-4 to take two out of three from the R-Phils.  Here are some of the highlights…

BOTTOM 4th – The Dominic Brown show continues.  After a one-out single by Mike Spidale, Brown ripped a base hit down the right field line, Spidale was able to score all the way from first as Brown chugged all the way to third with a triple, his first with Reading.  The next batter, Brian Stavisky, singled up the middle to plate Brown.  When the inning ended Reading held a 2-0 lead.
Dominic Brown RBI triple
Stavisky RBI single

TOP 5th – Trenton strikes right back with a run of their own as Chris Malec comes through with a single to plate Justin Snyder from second to make the score 2-1.
Malec RBI single

BOTTOM 6th – A sac fly by Brian Stavisky and an RBI double by Neil Sellers gives Reading a pair of insurance runs as they knock out Thunder starter Lance Pendleton and take a 4-1 lead.
Brian Stavisky sac fly
Neil Sellers RBI double

TOP 7th – WOW!  A seven run inning for Trenton as they explode into the lead.  Marcos Vechionacci started things off as he belted his 7th home run of the season over the center field wall to bring Trenton to within 4-2.  Three out of the next four men would reach base safely to load the bases for Richie Robnett.  The former 1st round pick would come through with a clutch two-run single to tie the game at 4-4.  Noah Hall then drilled a two-run single to put the Thunder on top 6-4.  Vechionacci then singled in another run to make it 7-4 and then Snyder doubled home the final run of the inning to make the score 8-4.  Vechionacci and Snyder both had multiple RBI hits in the inning as the Thunder score seven runs in an inning for the second time this series…unreal.
Vechionacci HR
Robnett RBI single
Hall RBI single
Vechionacci RBI single
Snyder RBI double

…back with more tomorrow as the Thunder return to Waterfront Park for a four-game in three day series agaisnt the Harrisburg Senators.

AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS – 8/5 Trenton @ Reading

August 6, 2009

Pedro MartinezSpecial night here in Baseballtown (that’s the nickname they have dubbed for Reading, PA…no idea why).  Anyways Pedro Martinez (pictured) got the start tongiht for the R-Phils in a Major League rehabilitation start.  The veteran righty had his changeup working as he struck out 11 batters over six innings while giving up four runs (three earned) off five hits without issuing a walk.   Martinez (1-0) also earned the victory as Reading tallied two three-run innings in support of Pedro to defeat Trenton 8-4 in game two of the three-game series.  Here are some of the highlights…

TOP 1st – After two straight swinging strikeouts by Krum and Corona, Eduardo Nunez hit a solo jack (probably the most exciting HR of his career) over the left field wall to put Trenton ahead 1-0.
Nunez HR

BOTTOM 1st – Phils #1 prospect answers with a two-out solo HR of his own as he sends one wayyyy over the right field wall (it actually left the stadium and traveled an estimated 426 feet according to the Reading PR people) to tie the game 1-1.
Dominic Brown HR

BOTTOM 3rd – The Dominic Brown show continues, a missle double into the gap in right center plated Mike Spidale and put the R-Phils ahead 2-1.  Two batters later, Neil Sellers golfed a changeup over the left field wall for a two-run home run to give Reading a 4-1 lead.
Dominic Brown RBI double
Neil Sellers HR

TOP 6th – Marcos Vechionacci with some heads up base running as he is able to score on a throwing error by catcher Tim Kennelly to make the score 4-2.  Nunez then reached on an infield single which allowed Corona to score and brought the Thunder to within 4-3.  The next batter Chris Malec flew out to right field, Nunez tagged and went to third but the throw by right fielder Dominic Brown was wide and found its way into the dugout which allowed Nunez to score and tie the game at 4-4.
Vechionacci scores on error
Nunez RBI infield single
Nunez scores on error

BOTTOM 6th – The Thunder giveth, and the Thunder taketh away. After a three-run rally to tie the game in the top half of the inning, Reading strikes back for three of their own.  Ozzie Chavez started things off with an RBI single to plate Jeremy Slayden.  Then with the bases loaded and nobody out, Quintin Berry grounded int Veo the unconvention 6-2-3 double play which seemed to pull the Thunder out of any further trouble.  However the next batter, Mike Spidale, grounded to Vechionacci at third but his throw was wide left and Malec was unable to scoop it.  The throwing error allowed Chavez and Brad Harman to score to make the score 7-4 Reading.
Ozzie Chavez RBI single
Vechionacci two-run throwing error

…back with more tomorrow as Trenton and Reading play the rubber match of their three-game series.