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Thursday, September 6, 2012

ELDS Game 2 - Pregame notes

Pitching matchup: RHP David Aardsma (0-0-, 0.00) vs. RHP Trevor May (0-0, 0.00)

Situation: The Thunder are down 0-1 in the best-of-five Eastern League Division Series

Adonis Garcia - CF
Ramon Flores - LF
David Adams - 3B
Zoilo Almonte - RF
Addison Maruszak - SS
J.R. Murphy - C
Kevin Mahoney - 1B
Rob Segedin - DH
Walter Ibarra - 2B
David Aardsma - RHP

Tyson Gillies - CF
Cody Asche - 3B
Darin Ruf - LF
Jake Fox - DH
Tug Hulett - 1B
Tommy Joseph - C
Leandro Castro - RF
Miguel Abreu - 2B
Troy Hanzawa - SS
Trevor May - RHP

Notes: Tony Franklin said after last night's loss that the lineup wouldn't change today, and he wasn't lying. It's baffling, really, that Tyler Austin, arguably the organization's most productive position player this season, can't crack a playoff nine. 

Franklin said yesterday that he wanted to play the guys who got him here, and that's admirable. If that were the case, however, then why was Ramon Flores in left field instead of Shane Brown, who has been the good DL solider all season long?

Nik Turley will start tomorrow at Waterfront Park in what -- win or lose -- has the potential to be the biggest start of the 22-year-old's career. In between bouts of blisters, Turley put forth 9-5 record with a 2.89 ERA in 21 turns (and two relief appearances).

Tonight, however, it will be David Aardsma's turn on the hill for an inning before handing the ball to Shaeffer Hall, who'll then proceed as if he were starting. This will be Aardsma's sixth rehab appearance -- all starts -- between the Gulf Coast League, Staten Island and Tampa. 

He says he's not taking it any differently than any other outing, even considering the circumstances for his temporary team. 

“I never think of things like that, even in normal situations,” he said. “It doesn’t matter in the big leagues or here. I have to make my pitches. That’s all that matters.”


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