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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Game 9 - Thunder vs. Flying Squirrels (updated with Heathcott quotes)

Pitching matchup: LHP Matt Tracy (0-1, 135.00) vs. LHP Ryan Bradley (0-0, 22.50)

In the standings: The Thunder are tied for first in the Eastern Division with Binghamton and Reading. Richmond is in a four-way tie for second place behind Altoona.

Ehire Adrianza - SS
Joe Panik - 2B
Javier Herrera - LF
Adam Duvall - 3B
Mark Minicozzi - DH
Ricky Oropesa - 1B
Jarrett Parker - RF
Andrew Susac - C
Ryan Lollis - CF
Ryan Bradley - LHP

Ramon Flores - CF
Jose Pirela - 2B
Tyler Austin - RF
Kyle Roller - 1B
Rob Segedin - DH
Neil Medchill - LF
Kyle Higashioka - C
Kevin Mahoney - 3B
Walter Ibarra - SS
Matt Tracy - LHP

Next up: Starting on Monday, the Thunder will face Akron for three games. Here are the pitching matchups for that set.

Monday - LHP Nik Turley (0-1, 9.35) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (0-2, 5.87)
Tuesday - RHP Zach Nuding (0-1, 0.93) vs. LHP T.J. House (0-1, 5.06)
Wednesday - Francisco Rondon (1-0, 5.00) vs. LHP Matt Packer (0-1, 6.10)

Last night's highlights:

NOTES: The big thing of the day will be the updated status of Slade Heathcott, who was scratched last night with a stiff neck. There's been no official DL announcement yet, but I'd expect to see one in short order. ... Second on the agenda is seeing whether Matt Tracy from his disaster the last time out, when he allowed five runs on three hits and four walks in one-third of an inning. ... The Thunder today are having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new Horizon Healthy Plate Concession Stand before the game. ... There will be a screening of  "The Sandlot" after today's game. David Evans, the writer and director of the movie, will host the event.

Update - 4:03: Here's what Heathcott had to say about his injury. He sounds pretty optimistic that he'll avoid an extended layoff.

"It's fine. I guess it's just the cold weather stiffening (it) up. I'm just trying to take all the precautionary measures, that way it doesn't turn into anything bad. ... It was just the next morning (when I felt it). It felt stiff when I came it. I was just trying to be up front. I just decided to take a couple of days off to see how it felt. ... It was just tight and stiff. I guess there's been a couple of guys in the past that's had some tightness turn into a lot more, and they didn't want it to happen (with me). I shouldn't be on the DL, but we'll take it day by day and we'll see."


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