D.J. Mitchell has turned a corner
Here's the interesting -- if slightly obvious -- part: Were Mitchell to have set the B-Mets without allowing a hit in the seventh, he still would not have come out for the eighth. Manager Tony Franklin said after the game that there was no chance. He finished with 106 pitches, thus reaching his limit for the evening.
Here's what Franklin had to say afterward:
"Very good performance by D.J. He was extremely good. That's probably the best he's been this year. Balance, rhythm, command of strike zone and pitches. Probably the best he's been, and he's been pretty good off and on. Very efficient with his pitches and getting guys out."On whether he would leave Mitchell in for the eighth:
"No. He was racking up some pitches late in the game, so no. We were talking about it there, simply because we've got to look at what we've got here (and) is that important. It's probably important to him, but to the organization and to his future, probably not. So, no, he wasn't going to come back out there."And here's what Mitchell himself had to say:
Also, it was announced after the game that first/third baseman Jorge Vazquez has been promoted to Triple-A. Oddly enough, the move came after the only game in which Vazquez went hitless. I suspect Kevin Smith will be activated from the DL to replace him, but a promotion of Addison Maruszak is also a possibility.