Thunder manage just three hits, losing to the Altoona Curve 4-2. Starter Shane Greene allowed seven hits but worked his way out of a couple jams and allowed just two runs. Slade Heathcott, Jose Gil pick up the RBI for the Thunder.
What went right:
After Graham Stoneburner made a mess of the seventh inning, giving up two runs while recording just one out, Cesar Cabral came in and showed why a lot of people thought he was going to be a big contributor for the Yankees in 2012 before fracturing his elbow that spring training. Cabral was very good, striking out four while giving up just one hit in 1.2 innings, although he did allow an inherited runner to score. In five of his first six appearances with the Thunder, Cabral gave up multiple runs in five of his first six appearances with the Thunder, but now hasn't allowed a run in his last eight times out.
"He wasn’t fully equipped to get going because it was like
spring training for him," manager Tony Franklin said. "He wasn’t ready to go when he got here. Since that
time, he’s been very consistent and realy has done a nice job getting
lefthanders out for us. I can see what the Yankees saw. That slider is a pretty
good pitch for him. He’s done a real good job."
Offensively, Slade Heathcott's first-inning triple means that the center fielder has now recorded a hit in 20 of his last 22 games.
What went wrong: Though the Thunder only managed three hits, they somehow managed to leave seven (!) runners on base. They were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Also, it was the aforementioned Graham Stoneburner's second tough game in a row. Stoneburner had been coming off five scoreless outings in a row, but in the last two games has seen his Thunder ERA jump from 1.64 to 5.11.