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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Postgame notes - June 11
Final score: Binghamton 6, Trenton 5
Synopsis: The Thunder spent all game playing catch-up. First, after Mikey O'Brien allowed a four-spot in the second inning, and again after Danny Burawa allowed a pair in his outing. Kyle Roller's two-run bomb in the ninth brought them within one, but they couldn't finish the comeback.
What went right: Kyle Roller hit two bombs, which he and the Thunder hope will go a long way toward getting him out of his funk. After hitting .337 in April, he hit just .198 in May and is at .267 thus far this month. His longballs last night were the first he's hit in 25 at-bats.
Speaking of funks, Neil Medchill got two hits last night. That's his first multi-hit game since May 23. Since May 1, Medchill is hitting .204/.264/.265 -- among the bottom 10 in the Eastern League -- and he hasn't homered since May 16. If his bat could get hot again, it would represent a huge boost for the Thunder's offense.
Carmen Angelini opened his Thunder career with a solid single up the middle. He also scored a run and stole a base. For a guy who's gone through a torn hip labrum, a broken ankle and a broken wrist, getting his first Double-A hit out of the way has to be a huge landmark out of the way.
J.R. Murphy caught three more runners last night -- although one doesn't count as a caught stealing because the runner wasn't going until the ball squirted away from Murphy. He's proved a powerful weapon on defense this season. To wit, he's caught 24 of the 50 runners who've attempted to run on him -- good for a 48-percent clip. His previous career-best is 32 percent, from last year.
What went wrong: First and foremost, the injury to Kevin Mahoney. He felt a pop in his right elbow on a swing late in the game, and was in a sling afterward. He's going to have X-Rays today to see what's going on in there, but it doesn't look good.
If Mahoney is out for a significant amount of time, and it seems likely he will be, then Casey Stevenson would seem the logical one to get the call from Tampa. As it stands, Trenton has four infielders -- Jose Pirela, Reegie Corona, Carmen Angelini and Kyle Roller -- without Mahoney, so they'll probably need a guy. Tony Franklin also said Shane Brown could play first or third if needed. Brown has eight games at first and five games at third in his career.
Mahoney hasn't hit at all this year, but he's played stellar defense at third and is versatile enough to play first or second if needed, so he'd be a bit of a loss.