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

Monday, November 8, 2010

Top 10 Games of the Year - No. 10

Every Monday, Minor Matters will run down the top 10 games of the Thunder's 2010 season. In a year that saw eight of Baseball America's 16 pitchers (excluding Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino, who were out of the organization) in their top 30, not to mention Austin Romine and Brandon Laird, there are plenty of good choices to go around.

No. 10 Hector Noesi tosses a complete game

Recap: The day was supposed to be about John Maine making a rehab start with Binghamton. Quickly, however, the focus swung to the man opposing Maine, the Thunder's Hector Noesi -- at the point the hottest prospect to hit the team's rotation.

After up-and-down performances in first the turns in Double-A, Noesi had shown a flash of his potential in his prior start, a seven-inning, 10-strikeout masterpiece at home against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. This effort, however, blew that away.

Of his 111 pitches, Noesi tossed an eye-popping 87 strikes (78 percent), fanned six and walked just one while turning in the team's first nine-inning complete game since Alfredo Aceves turned the trick two years earlier.

The complete game almost ended in the ninth inning, when second baseman Kevin Mahoney's misplay with one outs and a runner on first extended the afternoon. Pitching coach Tommy Phelps and manager Tony Franklin, however, decided to stick with their starter, and he rewarded them for their trust.

Link to original game story

Reaction: “After he got the second out of the inning, I was going to get him. Phelpsie said ‘let him have one more hitter.’ What we try to do is have a pitch count in mind, and then one more hitter. He was there.” -- Tony Franklin

“I wasn’t surprised because I was focused, more than anything else." -- Hector Noesi

Noesi finished his stint with Trenton 8-4 with a 3.10 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings. He was promoted to Triple-A along with D.J. Mitchell when Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos got the bump from Tampa. Overall, Noesi finished 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA and 153 strikeouts against just 28 walks.

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