Final score: Trenton 8, Reading 0
Synopsis: Everything finally went Trenton's way. They hit the daylights out of Brody Colvin, hit with runners in scoring position, pitched brilliantly and played flawless defense. After six days of losing, the Thunder let it all out and brought home a win.
What went right: As you might have gathered from the synopsis, everything. Trenton collected 14 hits -- 13 of which were singles -- and chased the erratic Colvin from the game in the third. Every starter besides Tyler Austin had a hit. From there, it was up to Shane Greene and Co. to do the rest.
Greene, in his fourth start with Trenton, survived a rocky first thanks to a double play started by rehabbing Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez. The next hitters blooped in singles, but Greene coaxed a weak grounder to first from newcomer Kelly Dugan to extinguish Reading's threat.
He scattered a hit and two walks over the rest of his four innings, with six strikeouts along the way, before succumbing to a blister and handing the ball to lefty Fred Lewis in the sixth. Lewis threw zeroes at Reading for three more frames before Tommy Kahnle put them out for good in the ninth.
After the game, while Eddie Murphy's "Party All The Time" and Taylor Swift's "Trouble" blared from the clubhouse down the hall, the manager was very pleased with what his team had done.
“That’s what it should look like just
about every night,” Franklin said. “We’d like to get as close to
that as we can. That’s the way it’s supposed to look. They played a nice game.
I was very pleased.”
Getting better: As for Nunez, he'll be here again today, but last night was very encouraging. He was 3 for 3 with a bases-loaded walk, and was in the middle of two double plays. It was just about as perfect a test as could be on his road to recovery.
“I feel better,” Nunez said. “I started
working my at-bats, started seeing more pitches, tried to get deep in the count
to see more pitches.”
Nunez is back at Yankee Stadium this morning and is in the lineup against the Orioles. Considering he believed he was going to play seven innings again today with the Thunder, this move is a little surprising.
As for Greene, he's not worried about the blister on his right middle finger. He said it cost him two starts two years ago, none last year, and he doesn't think it will cost him a start this year.
What went wrong: Just about the only negative from yesterday was Kyle Roller going on the DL (retroactive to July 3) with a right ankle sprain. He seems to think it will only be a short-term stint, but it hurts nonetheless that the team is losing its longball leader.
Picks to click:
Here are my game story
and Billy Tharp's feature
on the retirement of Chase, the Thunder's original beloved batdog.