NEWS: Oneli Perez DFA’d, Chase Wright to start tonight
Game 80 – Trenton Thunder @ Portland Sea Dogs
June 28, 2008
Hadlock Field – Portland, ME
Pitching Matchup: TRE Chase Wright (6-1, 2.56) vs. POR Matthew Goodson (4-4, 5.34)
1 – Curtis
2 – Jackson
3 – Pilittere
4 – Ehlers
5 – Malec
6 – Tabata
7 – Gonzalez
8 – Mendoza
9 – Corona
Pre-Game Notes: Chad Jennings reports that David Robertson has been called up to the Yankees.
Pete Abraham reports that Kei Igawa was sent back to Scranton, and that Oneli Perez was designated for assignment. It’s that last move that affects the Thunder, as it would appear that would spell the end of Perez’s incredibly brief tenure in the Yankees organization.
Chase Wright will apparently start tonight after four innings of work for the Yankees Gulf Coast League affiliate. I would strongly hope that he’s ready to go, and wasn’t rushed because of the situation, because considering how overused the bullpen’s been lately, they’re going to need six or seven out of him tonight.
Carlos Mendoza is playing second, and Reegie Corona is at short. Kind of a wacky lineup tonight. P.J.’s hitting third? Curtis leading off? I guess Ramiro Pena being out really changes things up.
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Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.
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Final Score: 7-4, Thunder
Post-Game Notes: You really can’t say enough about the job that the bullpen did tonight. Six and a third innings of scoreless relief from Anthony Claggett, Zach Kroenke and Bo Hall. These are big games against Portland, and to essentially steal one like they did tonight could be big down the road.
Thunder Thoughts: Two and two thirds innings out of Wright? Could anyone not see that coming? No idea why they wouldn’t have just sent somebody up from Tampa. Needing 6+ out of your bullpen isn’t ideal in any situation, no less one where you’re short guys and you just had a bullpen start yesterday. Both starters didn’t last long, so perhaps there was a delay…but regardless, this was poorly, poorly handled.
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