Thunder get a solid start from Nik Turley, but a trio of defensive errors prove costly. Harrisburg's A.J. Cole is extremely effective, and Curtis Granderson - despite suffering from a stomach bug - has another positive day at the plate, going 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Slade Heathcott, Jose Pirela and Casey Stevenson pick up RBI.
What went right:
Looking at the numbers, Turley had every bit as good a day as Cole, who is one of the Nationals top prospects. Their lines are actually bizarrely similar:
Turley: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 106 pitches, 65 stikes
Cole: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 107 pitches, 65 stikes.
Also, Granderson did not get injured on a collision at the plate with Harrisburg catcher Brian Jeroloman, which would not have went over well with the Yankees brass. After the game, Granderson said he felt fine and that he feels he's ready to return to the big leagues.
Here is a link to four of Granderson's AB's, plus parts of his postgame press conference.
What went wrong:
The worst thing to happen to the Thunder Wednesday probably happened before the game, as Tyler Austin was sent to the Yankees' complex in Tampa to continue rehabbing the bone bruise in his right wrist. Just by reading in between the lines of Tony Franklin's pregame comments, I'd be suprised if we see Austin back in Trenton this season:
"Tyler is en route to Tampa," Franklin said. "He had an evaluation yesterday
and the organization felt that it was best for him to go down to Tampa and
continue his rehab there. Don’t know what’s going to happen from here, but he’s
en route to Tampa today and they’ll do an evaluation down there and we’ll see
if we’re going to get him back this year. I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I can’t tell you if he’s going to come back, I don’t know if we’re going to try
to get him back. All I can tell you is
that he’s going to Tampa, where they are going to keep an eye on him."
Also bad for the Thunder Wednesday was Casey Stevenson at third base, as his two errors were basically the difference in the ballgame. Stevenson hasn't been great at the hot corner all year. Before today, he had recorded six errors in 26 games at at third, posting a fielding percentage of just .918. That's the lowest mark for anyone who has played more than 25 games at third for the Thunder this year. In 34 games at third, Reegie Corona has fielded at a .951 rate, while Kevin Mahoney was fielding at a .981 rate in 31 games before getting injured.