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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Top 10 words from the season that was - No. 10

Yeah, Hammer of Thor is three words -- sue me. 
Today's word is: Hammer of Thor

What it means: For most of the early part of the season, the Thunder's bullpen was tremendous, and help came from every corner of the clubhouse.  

- Pat Venditte, the famed switch pitcher, tossed 23 consecutive innings from May 5 until June 6 without allowing an earned run. 

- Josh Schmidt, the funky junkballer, allowed just two earned runs from May 20 until Sept. 2, a stretch of 19 1/3 innings. He fanned 29 against 6 unintentional walks during that span. 

- Naoya Okamoto, the Japanese lefty from the Mexican League, had a stretch of 11 2/3 consecutive zeroes from May 20 until June 11. He allowed just five hits in that time, struck out 10 and walked only one. 

But the unquestioned bullpen star all year was Tim Norton, the tall, intimidating right-hander from the seventh round of the 2006 draft (the same round and year as Mike Leake and Doug Fister) who'd seen his career become increasingly derailed by injuries. 

Before he left Trenton Norton put up fantastic numbers and was becoming a must-watch every time he jogged down the right-field line and onto the mound. He had become the bullpen's lights-out closer, so it was only appropriate that he had a poster of Thor and a toy hammer (like the one in the picture) above his locker.  

For his efforts, as well as those of the bullpen as a whole, today's word (or phrase) is Hammer of Thor. 


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