Final score: Reading 6, Trenton 3
Synopsis: A-Rod drove in a run on a sac fly, but Mikey O'Brien got roughed up in his bullpen debut and the Thunder dropped their second of three games to the Fightin Phils.
What Went Right: It wasn't filled with as many fireworks as his opening game, but Alex Rodriguez made it through his second night with the Thunder without any issues. He went 0 for 3 with a sac fly and made a couple of plays in the field, including a 5-4-3 twin-killing to end the fifth.
Tony Franklin mentioned afterward that Rodriguez hasn't yet had to slide or try to score from second, two tests the Yankees would like to see him clear before he is activated. Of course, if those somehow don't occur over the next few games, it's not like they'd hold him back, either.
After four straight games, Rodriguez won't play in Wednesday's matinee. Instead, he'll work out at FirstEnergy Stadium in the morning and take the rest of the day as a breather. He'll play again on Thursday, though he didn't say where. A Yankees official told me during the evening he believes he'll head to Scranton, though.
What Went Wrong: A-Rod accidentally flung his bat into the stands during his first at-bat. Everybody seemed to be OK, though, so it was only embarrassing. His was the first of three bats to land in the third-base seats, including once when Zach Collier's lumber shattered violently enough to send the barrel sailing over the Thunder dugout.
Flicks to click: I've posted them already, but here are my highlight reel and A-Rod's postgame presser.