Results - Fall 2020  


Flamingos 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 4 8 5
Thunder 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 13 1


WP: Mikey Melendez


T-Men Edge Flamingos

1/10/2021 - Mikey Melendez singled home the winning run in walk-off fashion, as the Thunder edged the Flamingos Sunday to remain the top seed in the league. 


With two outs in the 3rd inning, Shawn Chiaramonte, Darren Hansen, Mike DeLeeuw (RBI), Mikey Melendez (RBI), and Eric Gormley hit consecutive singles to give the Thunder a 2-0 lead. The Flamingos answered with two of their own the following inning, then added runs in the 6th and 7th to take a 4-2 lead.


In the 8th, Mike DeLeeuw and Eric Gormley each singled, and Keaton Ijams reached on an infield error, which loaded the bases. Rookie Max Bleznak then ripped a double and tied the game, scoring DeLeeuw and Gormley. The rookie has done a nice job knocking off the rust and is tied for second on the team for hits. 


With one out in the bottom of the 9th, Darren Hansen singled then advanced to second when the right fielder mishandled the ball. With an open base available, the Flamingos intentionally walked Mike DeLeeuw who finished the game with three hits and an RBI. Mikey Melendez then ripped a line-drive single down the right-field line, scoring Shawn Chiaramonte (running for Hansen), giving the Thunder a walk-off win. 


Lefty Jeff Tomlinson (9-0, 78 IP, 81 K, 1.96 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) made a guest appearance for the Thunder. Tomlinson started the game, tossed the first six innings, struck out 10, gave up three runs (two earned), and did a great job keeping the team within striking distance. To date, Tomlinson has never lost a game when pitching for the Thunder. Mikey Melendez pitched the last three innings and picked up the win after he knocked in the winning run. Melendez struck out 8 in three innings pitched and gave up one unearned run. 


If the Thunder can win their last four games, they will hold onto the top seed in the league. 



Thunder 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 3 8 7 4
Nationals 0 0 0 5 0 3 1 0 X 9 10 5


LP: Josh Mowrey


Nats Nip Thunder. Again. 

1/3/2021 - One bad inning, one close call, one more hit, one more 1-run loss to the Nationals. For the second time this season, a late-inning comeback attempt was thwarted by the Nats as the Thunder again fell a run short against the defending champions.


Starter Josh Mowrey cruised through the first three innings with no hits and got two quick outs in the 4th before things unraveled quickly for the veteran. With two outs, the Nationals strung together some hits and pushed two runs across. Mowrey then appeared to minimize the damage with a strikeout, but the close call didn't go his way, and the Nationals added three more runs to take a 5-1 lead. During the inning, the Nats had six of their ten hits, including a 2-run home run, and two Thunder errors added fuel to the fire. 


Anthony Auletta tossed a couple of innings, struck out 4, but was also the victim of two errors, and Luis Jimenez and Daniel Hansen also saw action on the mound. Hansen tossed a 1-2-3 8th inning, keeping the Thunder in striking distance heading into the 9th. 


The Thunder offense chipped away at the lead, to include a 2-run home run by Mike DeLeeuw in the 6th, and headed into the 9th inning down by four. Mikey Melendez singled, Eric Gormley walked, and Matt McPherson singled to load the bases. Mad Max Bleznak singled home 2-runs and Dylan Brammer followed with a walk. With the bases still loaded, Shawn Chiaramonte hit a sacrifice fly scoring McPherson, but the Thunder left the tying run stranded at 2nd with an infield popout.  




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


WP: Luis Lopez


T-Men Score Early, Cruise To Victory

12/20/2020 - The Thunder scored 9 in the first two innings as they took advantage of six walks while banging out five of their seven hits, including a two-run home run by Brett Fick. The Panthers battled but were unable to come within striking distance as the Thunder held on to win Sunday afternoon at Dyer Park. 


Luis Lopez won his second game of the season before heading back to college, as he tossed the first five, striking out 7 while scattering two hits and giving up only an unearned run. Mikey Melendez threw the last four, gave up two hits, walked and struck out one, and was also the victim of two unearned runs. 


In a total reverse of last week, the Thunder did all of their scoring early in this one. In the first, Brett Fick smashed a two-run home run to drive in Mike DeLeeuw, who had walked the prior at-bat. The team added seven more in the 2nd to take a 9-1 lead. In the inning, Mikey Melendez (RBI), Brett Fick (3 RBI), Keaton Ijams, and Matt Bleznak singled, while Shawn Chiaramonte (RBI), Mike DeLeeuw, and Daniel Hansen earned walks. From that point forward, the only other hits were double by Mike DeLeeuw and a single by Matt McPherson


Through nine games, the Thunder pitching staff has been the backbone of the team with a stellar 2.22 ERA and 0.90 WHIP, striking out an average of 9 batters per game. Conversely, the offense has struggled a bit with a .239 batting average, which is unusual as the average has typically hovered around .300 over the past few seasons.  




Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 0
Red Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 2


WP: Josh Mowrey S: Dylan Brammer


Pitchers Duel at Dyer Park

12/13/2020 - Everything you needed to know about this one took place in the last two innings, as the Thunder waited until the very last second to steal one from the Red Sox. 


Not much happened through the first seven innings, as the pitching staff from both teams kept batters off balance and avoided high traffic situations. Then in the bottom of the 8th, the Red Sox were able to get runners at second and third and pushed a run across with a sacrifice fly, taking what seemed to be a late victory win into the 9th. However, the Thunder had other ideas, as they ripped three of their seven hits of the game to jump ahead. Dylan Brammer led off the inning with a single then scored the tying run on a double by Shawn Chiaramonte. Mike DeLeeuw then smashed what ended up being a game-winning double that scored Chiaramonte, pushing the T-Men ahead 2-1. 


Josh Mowrey (2-0) struck out the first batter he faced in the bottom of the 9th, then the second batter reached on a single. A call to the pen was made, thrusting Dylan Brammer into short notice action. However, Brammer answered the call, striking out the two batters he faced to secure his fourth save of the season. Mowrey tossed 5 1/3 innings to pick up his second win of the season, striking out four while allowing just one earned run. Chris Young started the game and tossed two clean innings, followed by Anthony Auletta. In his season debut, Auletta faced five batters, struck out two, walked one, and did not allow any runs. 


At the plate, Shawn Chiaramonte (two doubles, RBI) and Mike DeLeeuw (single, double, RBI) had two hits, while Dylan Brammer, Chris Young, and newcomer Matt McPherson each singled. 



Thunder 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 2
D'Backs 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 4


WP: Luis Lopez S: Dylan Brammer


Staff 2-Hits D'Backs 

12/6/2020 - Mikey Melendez, Luis Lopez, and Dylan Brammer combined efforts and kept the Diamondbacks off balance today, and the offense had some timely hits against the wiley Josh Rivera, as the team improved their record to 6-1. 


The Thunder grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st with two outs. Mike DeLeeuw doubled in Shawn Chiaramonte who had reached on a Fielders Choice, then DeLeeuw scored on an opposite-field strike by Brett Fick. The Diamondbacks cut the lead in half in the 5th, scoring an unearned run off an errant throw. Again with two outs in the 7th, Brett Fick singled then scored on a double by Mikey Melendez, which was walloped into the right-field gap. 


Meanwhile, the story again was strong pitching by the Thunder staff. Mikey Melendez started the game, tossed three clean innings, and struck out two. Luis Lopez returned to the team, gave up a hit, struck out three over three, and was the victim of an unearned run. Dylan Brammer tossed the last three innings to earn his third save of the season, as he struck out five while allowing just one hit. 


So far through seven games, the T'Men's staff holds a 2.71 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP. Through 63 innings, they have struck out 69 batters, walked 22, and out of the 28 runs scored against them, only 19 were earned. 



Thunder 0 0 1 3 5 0 0 0 0 9 7 1
Mets 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 9 3


WP: Josh Mowrey S: Dylan Brammer


Thunder Improve to 5-1 

11/22/2020 - It had been 3 weeks since the team last played, but the T-Men mustered up just enough offense to beat the Mets Sunday, with Shawn Chiaramonte leading the way with 2 hits. 


The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the 2nd inning, but the Thunder quickly answered and tied the game at four heading into the 5th inning. The T-Men then batted around in the 5th inning, putting up five runs to take a 9-4 lead. Shawn Chiaramonte singled twice and had a sacrifice fly, knocking in two runs. Chris Young, Keaton Ijams, Alex McEnaney each singled, while hit leader Dylan Brammer ripped a double in the third inning. Veteran (19 seasons) Louie Napoleon, who is ranked 2nd for franchise hits, made a cameo Sunday and as usual, helped the cause with a single and RBI. 


Luis Jimenez started for the Thunder but he ran into trouble in the 2nd and was relieved by Chris Young after allowing four runs through an inning and a third. Young was making his season debut on the hill and looked sharp, as he struck out two of the five batters faced, while not allowing a hit or walk. Josh Mowrey took over in the fourth, tossed five, struck out six, and gave up three hits while allowing two late runs to earn his first win of the season. Dylan Brammer then tossed a 1-2-3 9th inning to earn his second save of the season. 



Thunder 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 5 10 3
Piranha 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 5 3


WP: Daniel Hansen S: Dylan Brammer


T-Men Nip Piranha 

11/1/2020 - The Thunder won their fourth game of the season as they held on to beat the Piranha at Santaluces on Sunday morning.


Max "Scrappy" Bleznak engergized the offense with a single, double, 2 runs scored, stolen base, and 2 RBI's. Dylan Brammer also had a strong showing at the plate as he led off the game with a triple, scored, then knocked in a run in the 5th with a single. Mike DeLeeuw (RBI) and Darren Hansen (SB) singled twice, while Mikey Melendez and Guy Bitchatcho each singled. Not to be forgotten was a crucial sacrifice bunt by Keaton Ijams' in the 5th inning, which helped lead the way to the game-winning three runs. 


Mikey Melendez (17 BF, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER) tossed the first four innings and kept the game tied at two. Daniel Hansen threw the next four, faced 17 batters, walked two, struck out one, gave up two hits and one earned run as he picked up his first win of the season. Dylan Brammer allowed an unearned run in the 9thy, but he struck out two of the four batters faced to earn the save. 


The Thunder are in good shape early in the fall campaign with a 4-1 record, but the team again couldn't come up with a big hit as they left the bases loaded three times without scoring a run. 




Marlins 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 7 8 5
Thunder 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 8 10 4


WP: Dylan Brammer


It Was Ugly, But A Win Is A Win 

10/18/2020 - It was a messy game by both teams, but the Thunder survived, winning in the bottom of the 9th via a walk-off-wild-pitch. As stated, messy. 


Mikey Melendez made his first start of the season and faced 18 batters. He walked one, struck out three, gave up three hits, and two unearned runs through four innings. Matt Sergey hadn't seen a mound in a long time but he struck out four in two innings. In hindsight, he tossed one too many in his return, as both runs scored were during his second inning of labored work. 


Luis Jimenez began the 7th inning but was relieved by Dylan Brammer after walking the first two batters faced. Brammer gave up an unearned run, and struck out five of the thirteen batters faced, as he picked up his first win of the season. 


Dylan Brammer also led the team with three hits, as he doubled and singled twice while driving in two runs. Brett Fick, Darren Hansen, Greg Nicholson (RBI), Mikey Melendez, Tyler Ziemak, Chris Young, and Max Bleznak each singled, and previously mentioned Darren Hansen and Mikey Melendez each had a sacrifice. 


What happened in the 9th? Down a run, Brett Fick led off the inning with a walk then Darren Hansen was hit by a pitch. Greg Nicholson then chopped a ball over the first baseman's head, which tied the game as he knocked in Fick. With Hansen at third base, the Marlins pitcher skipped one past their catcher, allowing Hansen to score the winning run.  



Thunder 1 5 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 9 12 1
Sugar Kings 0 0 1 0 5 0 2 0 x 0 2 3


WP: Anghel Cespedes


Cespedes/Mowrey Toss 2-Hit Shutout

10/11/2020 - Mike DeLeeuw was a single away from the cycle before being intentionally walked, and Anghel Cespedes and Josh Mowrey combined efforts to shutout the Sugar Kings, allowing only two hits. 


Four Thunder players had multi-hit games, as the team rattled off 12 hits against the Sugar Kings Sunday in a morning game at the Santaluces Sports Complex. Leading the way was Mike DeLeeuw (3 RBI), who doubled, tripled, and homered in each of his first three plate appearances. Unfortunately for DeLeeuw, a chance to hit for the cycle was taken away in the 7th, when the Sugar Kings intentionally walked him during his last at-bat. 


Matt Ziemak (RBI) continued his hot hitting with two more singles. Jose Acosta singled twice, stole two bases, and scored three times while playing a solid shortstop in his season debut. Meanwhile, 11 season veteran Alex McEnaney returned to the team after a short hiatus and got right back into the swing of things with two hits of his own, with Max Bleznak (single, RBI), Shawn Chiaramonte (single), and Keaton Ijams (single) picking up a hit a-piece. 


Anghel Cespedes threw the first five innings to pick up his 2nd win of the season, as he struck out two and allowed no hits. Cespedes leads the team in strikeouts through three games with 12, while Josh Mowrey leads to team with a stellar 0.00 ERA. Mowrey threw the last four innings, striking out four while giving up only two hits. 



Flamingos 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 9 4
Thunder 0 0 1 0 5 0 2 0 x 8 8 4


WP: Anghel Cespedes


His Name, Matt Ziemak 

9/27/2020 - Anghel Cespedes picked up his first win while Matt Ziemak knocked in three runs via two singles and a sacrifice fly, as the T-Men evened their record at 1 early in this fall season. 


Tied at 1 heading into the bottom of the 5th, the Thunder took advantage of three walks and two errors with timely hitting by Matt Ziemak and Brett Fick, both of whom singled to keep the inning going. Ziemak would wield his mighty bat again in the 7th, as he drove a ball deep in the outfield, allowing newcomer Max Bleznak to score from third base. On the day, Bleznak walked twice, singled, stole a base, and scored three times in his debut. 


Erick Abreu singled in his last game of the season, as somehow his day job with the Astros is more important than our men's league. Vicente Mota (single) and Asael Uribe (single) picked up their first hits of the season, while new daddy Darren Hansen, #newdaddydarren, also singled. 


The Thunder offense will need to pick things up if they hope to play in their sixth consecutive championship game, as a .219 batting average and .797 contact percentage are not going to get the job done.  


The pitching staff handled their walking problem, as they only issued two free passes, both of which were VERY questionable. Anghel Cespedes earned the win, pitching the first five as he struck out seven, scattered four hits, and gave up an earned run. Josh Mowrey struck out three over three innings and allowed two runs to score, (both unearned as usual), and Nector Ramirez tossed the last inning to finish the game. 



Nationals 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 7 2
Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 5 6 1


LP: Anghel Cespedes


T-Men Lose Opener

9/20/2020 - It was clear early which team had been active during the break and which team hadn't, as the Thunder looked uninspired and sluggish while the Nationals played free and smooth. 


However, down 6-0 in the 6th, the Thunder started knocking off some rust and battled a bit, scoring runs in each of the last three innings, but fell a run short with their efforts. 


Neither team hit the cover off the ball, but it's hard to win a baseball game when you walk 9 batters. Even harder, winning when five of those nine walks score, which is exactly what happened to the Thunder pitching staff. 


On offense, Matt Ziemak had two of the team's six hits, as he singled twice and drove in a run. Dylan Brammer, Brett Fick, and Shawn Chiaramonte (2RBI) each singled while Nector Ramirez doubled.