There’s Thunder pitchers, and there’s Kei Igawa…

Six Thunder alums combined to allow just one hit and strikeout eight in an 11-4 win over the University of South Florida yesterday.

The four runs?  Those are courtesy of Kei Igawa, who gave up a pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning.  Again, this was against a college team.

NY Yankees ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Chamberlain (W, 1-0) 0.00 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6
Kennedy 0.00 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 7
Hughes 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
Igawa 36.00 1.0 1 4 4 2 2 1 7
Marquez 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Horne 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Wright 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3

Several Thunder alums also played in the field, as Justin Christian, Alberto Gonzalez, Colin Curtis, Robinson Cano, Shelley Duncan, Juan Miranda, Melky Cabrera and Austin Jackson all saw time in the game.

Christian replaced Johnny Damon and went 0-for-2
Gonzalez replaced Derek Jeter and went 1-for-3
Curtis replaced Bobby Abreu and went 1-for-3 with a double
Cano started and went 1-for-3 with a run scored
Duncan started and went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI
Miranda replaced Duncan and was 0-1 with a walk
Cabrera started and went 2-for-2 with an RBI
Jackson replaced Cabrera and was 0-for-1 with a walk

It seems like the pitchers that a lot of people were skeptical about going into the season are the exact same guys that are folding like a cheap tent under the pressure.  First Sean Henn, and now Kei Igawa.  It’s obviously very, very early into spring, but both guys need to step it up big time to stand out in a wide open race for the final few bullpen spots in the Bronx.

For Igawa specifically, I know this is a very pessimistic view of things, but there was legitimate talk that he might make a stop in Trenton last season, and I think you may see that resurface this year.  If the Yankees are going to stay behind their Japanese investment, then he may get a few starts in Trenton to try to correct some flaws against lesser competition.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

2 Responses to “There’s Thunder pitchers, and there’s Kei Igawa…”

  1. Thunderstruck Says:

    Igawa stinks – eveyone else who pitched that game performed like you would expect a MLB pitcher to against that competiton but he goes and gives up a granny to some college kid! Maybe the Yanks can work something out with Rutgers or a local high school JV team to get Igawa the work he needs. What a bust.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    It wouldn’t be Matsui-esque, but you can imagine there would be a rather large contingent of Japanese media following Igawa around if that worst-case scenario did play out, too.

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