Results - Spring 2020  


Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 7 1
Athletics 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1


WP: Mikey Melendez    S: Dylan Brammer


DeLeeuw's Dinger Saves Thunder

7/5/2020 - For a third time in five games, Thunder pitching allowed just 3 hits while Mike DeLeeuw hit his first home run of the season, helping the team remain undefeated in a low scoring game Sunday morning at Dyer Park. 


The Athletics' pitching staff escaped a bases-loaded first inning, then kept Thunder batters off-balance while scattering singles to six hitters. Matt Ziemak, Erick Abreu, Shawn Chiaramonte, Eric Gormley, Mikey Melendez, and Greg Nicholson had a base-knock each, while Mike DeLeeuw clobbered an opposite-field, game-winning, 3-run home run in the 6th inning. 


Mikey Melendez (5 IP, 6 K, 3 H, 1 R) made his first start and found a nice rhythm to earn his first win of the season. Ivan Pineyro kept the A's quiet, tossing three shutout innings, striking out 5, which moved him into the team lead with 14 strikeouts in just 7 innings pitched. Dylan Brammer struck out the side in the 9th to earn his first save.  


The team takes on a good-hitting Diamondbacks team next Sunday, in an afternoon game at the Santaluces Sports Complex.  




Panthers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 7 12 4
Thunder 0 1 3 2 2 2 0 0 X 10 7 1


WP: Josh Mowrey  S: Mikey Melendez


Mowrey Becomes Franchise Leader In Wins

7/2/2020 - The Panthers came out swinging Thursday night at Santaluces and out-hit the Thunder, but the T-Men played a slightly cleaner game and took advantage of 6 walks and two costly wild pitches, to improve to 4-0. 


In only his second game of the season, veteran hurler Josh Mowrey (5 K) admittedly wasn't as sharp as normal, but nonetheless battled and limited the Panthers to two runs through five innings to pick up his first win of the season. The win was relevant in Thunder history, as Mowrey passed Brian Holden to become the franchise leader in wins. Congrats Josh!  


Ivan Pineyro (5 K) followed Mowrey and tossed two scoreless innings, leaving the bullpen in good shape with a 10-2 lead. Unfortunately, Luis Jimenez had some control problems and was lifted after facing six batters. Luis Lopez relieved Jimenez and got the final two outs of the 8th inning, but the Panthers scored five times, pulling within 3 runs. Lopez was scheduled to throw the 9th, but he pulled up lame on the basepaths with an apparent hamstring injury, so Mikey Melendez was thrust into action on short notice. Melendez walked a couple of batters but got the final three outs via strikeout to earn the save. 


In other news, Darren Hansen FINALLY got a hit (two in fact), as he singled twice and drove in two. Mikey Melendez (RBI) and Dylan Brammer (RBI) both smashed triples, while Mike DeLeeuw (2 RBI) and Shawn Chiaramonte stroked doubles. Greg Nicholson had the only other hit, a single in the 6th. 


A rematch against the Athletics is set to take place on Sunday morning at Dyer Park.   



Thunder 0 0 0 4 1 3 2 0 0 10 13 0
Gators 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3


WP: Anghel Cespedes


Cespedes Deals, Thunder 1-Hit Gators

6/30/2020 - The T-Men improved to 3-0 early in this abbreviated spring/summer season, as the team again put up double-digits in the hit column, while Anghel Cespedes and the bullpen limited the Gators to one hit. 


Anghel Cespedes hurled 5 strong innings, striking out 4, while only allowing a solo home run in the 5th, to earn his second win of the season. The bullpen followed by tossing four scoreless innings, with Nector Ramirez (2 K), Luis Jimenez (K), Dylan Brammer (2 K), and Erick Abreu (2 K) throwing an inning each. 


Matt Ziemak (RBI) continued his hot hitting with three more singles, followed by Greg "The Hitman" Nicholson, who knocked in four with two singles and a double. Dylan Brammer ripped two singles of his own while scoring three times from the leadoff spot. Mikey Melendez wisely listened to his coach and roped a double down the right-field line, while Anghel Cespedes helped his own cause smashing a double over the left fielders head. Shawn Chiaramonte and Daniel Hansen had RBI singles, and Erick Abreu added to his hit total with another single. Abreu and Matt Ziemak lead the team with 6 hits, while Abreu leads the team with a video-game-like .750 batting average through three games.


For entertainment purposes, Darren Hansen is still hitless on the season. 


The Thunder need to physically rebound quickly, as they play the Panthers (1-0) on Thursday night.  



Athletics 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 8
Thunder 2 1 3 0 3 0 3 1 x 13 16 2


WP: Ivan Pineyro


Pitching Staff 3-Hits A's

6/24/2020 - The Thunder offense exploded for 16 hits while the pitching staff combined for a 3-hitter, as the T-Men spoiled the A's season opener Wednesday night at Santaluces. 


Matt Ziemak rebounded from a rough first game as he singled thrice and knocked in a run. Mike DeLeeuw showed off his warning track power by doubling and scoring twice, and Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI) got back on track himself as he singled and doubled. Three other players followed suit with two hits each - Ivan Pineyro (2 singles, RBI), Dylan Brammer (singled, double), and Roberto "Erick Abreu" Clemente. Abreu knocked in a run and singled twice, and continues to lead the team with five hits through two games. Adriel Martinez (2 RBI), Keaton Ijams and Anghel Cespedes (RBI) each chipped in with singles as well. 


Cespedes (5 K), Ivan Pineyro (4 K), Mikey Melendez (3 K), Dylan Brammer (2 K) and Luis Jimenez combined their efforts to 3-hit the A's, while striking out 14. The Athletics managed two runs, but neither were earned, as a couple Thunder miscues ruined the chance for a shutout. 


Next up - a Tuesday night game on 6/30 against the newly created Gators at Santaluces. 




Thunder 0 0 0 6 0 2 3 x x 11 7 2
Marlins 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 x x 7 3 3


WP: Anghel Cespedes  S: Josh Mowrey


Thunder Win Summer Opener

6/21/2020 - Down by a run in the 5th, the T-Men scored two in the 6th and three in the 7th to pull away from the Marlins and win their Summer opener Sunday morning at Seminole Palms Park. 


The good - baseball was back. The bad - it was hotter than hell. The ugly - players were rusty after the long layoff. The later shined through as the teams combined for 19 walks, 22 strikeouts, 12 wild pitches, 5 errors, and only 10 hits. Miscues turned the game into an excruciatingly slow-moving game, which mercifully ended after 7 innings thanks to the 3-hour time limit. Did we mention it was hot as hell? 


Erick Abreu was the star on offense, singling three times while knocking in a run with the hardest-hit ball of the day. Eric Gormley singled, walked, and scored twice while Greg Nicholson knocked in a run with a single, and also scored twice. Mikey Melendez (RBI) ripped a line-drive single down the right-field line and Keaton Ijams knocked in two with a single in the 4th. Big Mike (DeLeeuw) scored twice and drove in a run on a fielders-choice and veteran Matt Ziemak helped the cause with an RBI sac fly. 


John Richy (4 K's) tossed the first three innings before packing his car and driving to Milwaukee. His season with the Milwaukee Milkmen begins July 3. Luis Jimenez (2 K's) tossed next but he ran into some trouble after getting two outs and was relieved by Chris Young. Young gave up a single before striking out the next batter, ending a messy 4th inning which saw the Marlins score five times. Young was relieved by Anghel Cespedes (3 K's) in the 5th after a throwing error and wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score, with Cespedes shutting down any additional threat by stranding a runner on base. Cespedes tossed a scoreless 6th inning and picked up the win as the Thunder took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Mowrey then spun a 1-2-3 seventh inning and earned a save as time expired. 


The T-Men take on the Athletics on Wednesday night (6/24), at the Santaluces Sports Complex, field 3 at 6:45 PM.