– Ivan Nova was good tonight. Really, really good. The day before the Thunder were going to need at least seven innings thanks to one of tomorrow’s doubleheader games being a bullpen start, Nova spun eight masterful innings and kept the relief core fresh for Saturday.
“It was a big lift,” said manager Tony Franklin.
“With this day-night doubleheader, it’s a pretty tough schedule. It’s something that you’re unaccustomed to doing, so you just don’t know how guys are going to react. So to get a performance like we got tonight is a big lift, knowing that you can go into the two games tomorrow with a full compliment of your bullpen.”
Nova allowed just one walk and three hits, striking out eight B-Mets batters along the way.
So Ivan, was that your best Double-A start?
“No,” said Nova with a smile, “That was a good one, but there’s more coming.”
“I threw a good curveball, a good changeup, a good fastball, and had command of all my pitches. It was all good.”
– When Noah Hall walked past reporters on his way into the clubhouse after the game, one of the more sarcastic ones — so, obviously me — thanked him for hitting his first inning home run. His solo shot in the first inning turned out to be the only run scored by either team.
“It seemed like it barely went out,” Hall joked after the game.
“When I hit it, I was like oh, it’s gone. I did my little trot or whatever. And then I’m like, man that might not get out. It was a situation early in the game, first at-bat, where he had just thrown a couple of changeups, and I figured a fastball was probably coming. Sure enough, it did. I was really just trying to hit it back up the middle, and it was just one of those I just kind of reacted to. It was a little bit in, but not too far, and just got to it.”
– One night after giving up a walk-off grand slam, Amauri Sanit was back out there to try to close another one out for the Thunder. This time, he blew threw the heart of Binghamton’s order for a 1-2-3 ninth and a Trenton victory.
“That’s what he’s supposed to for us,” Franklin said.
“Guys who close games for you, that’s going to happen to him from time to time. But more times than not, they’ll get the out for you.”
– Colleague and Trentonian beat writer Josh Norris exchanged some text messages with Alan Horne. Horne is in Tampa and will be shut down for at least a week. He experienced shoulder soreness and a drop in velocity in his last outing and is being evaluated in Florida.
– There is no update on the Brian Bruney situation. Tentatively, Ryan Pope and Josh Schmidt will start tomorrow’s games, in that order.
– Richie Robnett was in the clubhouse after the game. Seems like a safe bet he’ll make his Thunder debut during one of the games tomorrow.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com