Results - Spring 2018  


Thunder 0 0 0 1 2 x x x x 3 3 2
Tigres 2 0 1 0 0 x x x x 3 6 2


ND: Justin Weithorn    ND: Mike Melendez

Rain Leads to Tie     

5/6/2018 - The second game ended in a tie as rain halted play after five innings. 


The Tigres led 3-0 after three, but the Thunder scored one in the 4th and two more in the top of the 5th to earn the deadlock. Shaun Garceau tripled in one run, and Greg Nicholson drove in the other two. Both players had two hits. Lee Doloff laid down a sacrifice bunt to put two runners into scoring position in the 5th for Nicholson's game tying RBI's. OF Matt Ziemak tweaked both hamstrings, the third player hurt on the day. 


For the Tigres, Jorge Rivera had a double and a single, Alex Roberts had two singles and an RBI. Mike Melendez had an RBI single, and Nick Adames and newcomers Abraham DeJesus and Eric Lara had a hit each. 


Justin Weithorn (2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER) started for the Thunder, and Hunter Kyzer pitched three shutout innings in relief. Melendez pitched five for the Tigres, giving up four hits, three runs with two earned. 


The team has off for Mother's Day then resumes play 5/20 against the Piranha at Santaluces.



Tigres 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 x x 2 6 3
Thunder 0 3 0 0 0 0 x x x 3 5 1


W: Josh Mowrey    L: Angher Cespedes 

Miscues Help Thunder     

5/6/2018 - Josh Mowrey (4-0) pitched the complete game, fanned six and did not walk a batter as the Thunder nipped the Tigres in the first of two scheduled seven inning games at Santaluces. 


The TMen scored three in the second inning, aided by two Tigres' errors, and the Tigres got their two in the top of the fourth. Eric Gormley had two singles, Matt Ziemak had an RBI hit, and Eric Morales and Lee Doloff had singles. The team also lost Eric Morales and Danny Moya to leg injuries. 


Angher Cespedes (3-2) also went the route for the Tigres, giving up five hits, pitching to contact with no strikeouts while walking one. Jorge Rivera had a double and single for the Tigres. Cory shaver and Nick Adames had RBI singles, with Melvin Bruno, Mike Melendez and Eduardo Godines a hit each. 



Rowdy Boyz 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 9 5
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 5 8 3


W: Tim Place    L: Hunter Kyzar 

Thunder Lose Late    

4/29/2018 - It was a battle of unbeaten at Roger Dean, with a four hit 9th inning propelling the Rowdy Boyz to a come from behind win over the Thunder. The loss drops the T-Men into second place behind the Boyz in the National Division.  


The Rowdy Boyz jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first couple innings, as newcomer Jesus Pina battled some control problems as well as bad luck, as he walked three while giving up three seeing eye singles and 3 earned runs. Erick Abreu relieved Pina in the second inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Abreu induced a ground ball and struck out two, limiting the damage to one run. On the day, Abreu struck out 6 through his three innings of work. Josh Mowrey (3-0) followed Abreu, and allowed only 1 hit through three, lowering his season ERA to 1.75, and a solid 1.13 WHIP. Abreu and Mowrey pitched great, as they allowed the Thunder to climb back into the game, and eventually the lead. But after a 1-2-3 eighth inning by lefty Hunter Kyzar, the Boyz managed four hits and 3 runs in the top of the 9th, as they took back the lead. The Thunder went quietly in the bottom of the ninth, sticking Kyzar with the loss.   


Tim Place threw well against the Thunder, keeping hitters a little off balance as he scattered 8 hits in his complete game performance. Contact wasn't a problem for the T-Men, as they only struck out four times, but they just couldn't get things going. Henry Wilson (single, double, 2 RBI) and Greg Nicholson (two singles) led the team with two hits apiece, while Eric Gormley, Danny Moya, Eric Morales and Keaton Ijams added singles. 


SS Jimmy Efre played in his last regular season game of the season, as he's off to help coach the New Jersey Jackals in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball league (CANAM). Good luck Jimmy!


The Thunder play in their second doubleheader of the season next Sunday at Santaluces. It's a twinbill against the Los Tigres. Game starts at 9:30 AM on field 2. 


Thunder 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 7 11 4
Blades 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 6 13 4


W: Josh Mowrey    L: O. Pedraza 

5-Run 8th Fuels Comeback   

4/22/2018 - The Blades Josh Rivera did his thing as he frustrated Thunder hitters, tossing seven strong innings and departing the game with what seemed to be an unsurmountable 6-2 lead. However, eager for a change, the T-Men rudely welcomed the Blades relievers to the game, scoring 5 in the 8th, as they completed the comeback and then held on for their fifth win of the season. 


Rivera scattered six hits through 7 innings, induced 14 outs on ground balls and struck out three while walking nobody. Raiko Ramos entered the game in the top of the 8th inning and was chased after three consecutive singles by Luis Tavarez, Shaun Garceau and Shawn Chiaramonte, who knocked in Tavarez. With runners at 1st and 2nd, Ramos was relieved by thier catcher, former Tigres player Osvaldo Pedraza.


Hammering Hank Wilson welcomed Pedraza to the mound by smashing a double to deep left-center field, which scored Garceau and Chiaramonte. Eric Gormley then tied the game with a double of his own, which easily scored the speedy Wilson. Gormley advanced to third after an infield error, then scored what would end up being the winning run, off a fielder's choice game winning RBI by Eric Morales


Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) paced the Thunder with two singles and a double, while Eric Gormley (2 RBI, single, double) followed suit with two hits of his own. Matt Ziemak and Henry Wilson (2 RBI) added doubles while Jimmy Efre, Greg Nicholson, Luis Tavarez and Shaun Garceau each singled. The versatile Josh Mowrey helped the team crawl back into things with a sacrifice bunt in the 6th, which allowed Chiaramonte to single home Ziemak, who had doubled earlier in the inning. 


RHP Shaun Garceau returned to action after taking most of the fall season off. Garceau was rusty and struggled a bit with his command, but battled for 3 2/3 innings and kept the game within a reach, leaving with a 2-run deficit in the 4th inning. Newcomer Justin Weithorn relieved Garceau with runners at 1st and 2nd base, and escaped trouble by getting the only batter he faced to ground out which ended the inning. Weithorn (2 IP, 9 BF, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 unearned run) threw well in his debut, but will have to cut down on his walks as he progresses through the season.


Josh Mowrey, who played 2B most of the game, pitched the last 3 1/3 innings to pick up his third win of the season. The veteran faced fifteen batters, allowed four hits, struck out three and walked nobody, allowing only an unearned run. 


The team returns to Roger Dean next week for a morning game against the red hot Rowdy Boyz. 



Thunder 2 4 3 0 4 3 x x x 16 18 5
Marlins 4 0 0 0 0 0 x x x 4 5 5


W: Jeff Tomlinson    L: Riley Otero 

Marlins SouthPawled  

4/15/2018 - The Thunder put up crooked numbers in all but one inning, out-hitting the Marlins 18-5, as they swept todays twinbill against the Marlins. The win puts the team at 4-0, tied with the Rowdy Boyz atop the National Division.  


The T-Men appeared a bit more prepared than the Marlins on the mound for their 16 inning day, as Thunder pitchers allowed only 5 hits through a shortened run-ruled game. Veteran LHP Jeff Tomlinson returned to the mound, having last pitched for the team during the Spring 2013 season. During that season, the gritty Tomlinson went undefeated (7-0) as he averaged a strikeout per inning, with a 1.41 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, while allowing batters a dismal .164 Batting Average.


Tomlinson (4 IP, 6 K) endured a shaky first inning which was fueled by three errors, then settled down and returned to form, as he tossed three scoreless innings to pick up the win. Lefty Hunter Kyzar had hoped to throw the last three innings, but the Thunder offense shortened his workload by scoring three runs in the 6th, pushing the team past the run-rule. But Kyzar  continued to shake off rust, as he tossed two scoreless innings while striking out three. 


Thunder hitters took advantage of a weakened Marlins pitching staff, as they banged out 18 hits. Eric Morales (two singles, triple, RBI), Keaton Ijams (three singles, 4 RBI) and Jorge Diaz (two singles, triple, 4 RBI) led the way with three hits each. Meanwhile, every other batter in the lineup helped out with a hit. Henry Wilson (RBI) doubled, while Shawn Chiaramonte, Eric Gormley, Jimmy Efre (RBI), Greg Nicholson (RBI), Jeff Tomlinson, Roy Nino, Matt Ziemak and Luis Tavarez each singled. 


The schedule heats up for the next few weeks, with the Thunder first battling the hit-happy Blades in a morning game at Roger Dean stadium next Sunday. 



Marlins 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 x 6 9 4
Thunder 0 7 2 5 0 1 0 x x 15 13 2


W: Josh Mowrey    L: Alex Hummer 


2nd Inning Sinks Fish

4/15/2018 - An explosive second inning for the Thunder (7 runs, five hits, a walk and two costly errors) was the difference in the morning game of the twinbill against the Marlins Sunday at Santaluces. 


Greg Nicholson led the Thunder attack with two triples, a single and 3 RBI's, as the T-Men out-hit the Marlins 13-9. Jimmy Efre singled and had an RBI double, while Roy Nino (RBI) and Eric Morales each singled twice, with Nino stealing home in the bottom of the third. Shawn Chiaramonte, Eric Gormely, Erick Abreu added RBI singles, while Matt Ziemak picked up two RBI's with a single in that busy 2nd inning. 


Josh Mowrey tossed the first six innings for his second win, as he scattered seven hits, struck out 7 and allowed only 1 earned run out of four. RHP Ivany Valdes struck out the side in the 7th inning, but had to leave in the 8th with an apparent elbow problem on his throwing arm. Erick Abreu struck out the only batter he faced in relief of Valdes. 


Windy conditions wreaked a little havoc on the field, but defensively the Thunder escaped with only 2 errors while the Marlins committed four. 



Thunder 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 9 9 3
Mets 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 2


W: Josh Mowrey    L: J. McNeely 


Mowrey Gets First Win

4/8/2018 - Josh Mowrey picked up his first win in a Thunder uniform Sunday afternoon, as the Thunder cruised to their second win in as many games. 


The team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first, as Mets starter J. McNeely had control problems, walking four of the six batters he faced while hitting one. The Mets answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, produced solely on the legs of the speedy Wade Lashells, who beat out a throw to earn an infield hit. 


In the fourth, the Thunder added four runs off of reliever Kemonte Keesee, who had relieved McNeely in the first inning. Shawn Chiaramonte led off the inning with a drive to center field, which was mishandled, allowing him to reach second base. Henry Wilson singled, scoring Chiaramonte, then Wilson stole second. Wilson advanced to third after a single by Eric Gormley, then scored after a double by Jimmy Efre. Roy Nino added a single, which scored Gormley and Efre, which gave the Thunder a 6-1 lead. 


In the 7th inning, Ivany Valdes led off the inning with walk. Jorge Diaz, running for Valdes, then stole second base. Shawn Chiaramonte drove a ball deep to right center fielder, which was caught, and the tagging Diaz scored from second base allowing Chiaramonte to pick up a sacrifice fly RBI. Henry Wilson followed with a double then stole third base. Jimmy Efre then picked up his second RBI on the day with the second sac fly of the inning. Another run was added in the 9th when Shawn Chiaramonte slammed a triple, and was waved home when the throw from the outfield was mishandled by the cut off man. 


Josh Mowrey (19 BF, 1 BB, 1 K, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER) tossed the first five innings for the win. Hunter Kyzar hadn't faced live batters in some time, but he followed Mowrey and threw two scoreless innings, as he walked one and struck out 3 of the 7 batters faced. Jimmy Efre handled the last two innings of the game, and what was supposed to be a 1-2-3 9th inning turned into a 2 run (unearned) inning for the Mets thanks to a couple of Thunder miscues. 


The Thunder have their first two-team doubleheader of the season next week at Santaluces agains the Marlins (0-2), who were previously the Red Sox. 


Scores 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 7 3
Thunder 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 10 5


W: Jimmy Efre    L: Dupont 


Thunder Squeak By Scores

3/25/2018 - A revamped Scores team had the lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, but Jorge Diaz saved the day for a rusty Thunder team, as he smashed a walk-off double to right center field, which scored the tying and winning run. 


Veteran righty Josh Mowrey was solid in his season debut, tossing 8 1/3 innings for the Thunder. He faced 37 batters, battled five errors, struck out 6, scattered 7 hits, walked two and gave up 5 runs, with only 3 earned. In the top of the 9th, Jimmy Efre relieved Mowrey with one out, after a walk and hit batter. Efre got the last two outs without giving up a hit, and picked up a vulture win after facing only 4 batters. 


The game was tied at three through seven innings of play, until the Scores added runs in the 8th and 9th inning to take a 2-run lead. However, in the 9th, with two outs and runners on second and third, Roy Nino made a fabulous play in the hole to throw the runner out at first base, which avoided a further deficit and possible multi-run inning. 


In the bottom of the 9th, Henry Wilson led off the inning with a single. Wilson advanced to third base after Shawn Chiaramonte singled, who then stole second. Danny Moya ripped a ball up the middle, but the pitcher snared what would have been a game tying single and threw Moya out at first base.


With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Keaton Ijams was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Ivany Valdes picked up an RBI with a fielder's choice when the first baseman tried to force Ijams out at second base, but the throw pulled the shortstop off the bag. Down a run, Jorge Diaz took matters into his own hands and slammed a walk-off double into right center field, which scored Shawn Chiaramonte and Keaton Ijams to end the game. Diaz also played fantastic defense, as he made two diving plays in right field.  


The league has off for Easter next Sunday, with play resuming on 4/8 with a 1:30 PM home game against the Mets (1-0) at Santaluces.