Game 45: Post-Game Notes

– As I mentioned in the post below this one, shortstop Eduardo Nunez experienced swelling in his thumb and was taken to the hospital during the game.  I stayed after the game and was able to speak to manager Tony Franklin…

“He went to the hospital to get his thumb X-rayed,” Franklin said. 

“I think the X-rays are negative, but it was on the thumb that he had surgery on a couple years ago, so it’s more of a precaution.  It did swell up on him, but I think he’s OK.  I haven’t seen him, (trainer) Tim (Lentych) kind of relayed the message to me.  I don’t know how much time he’s going to miss, or if he’s going to miss any at all.  We’ll know a little bit better tomorrow.”

Oddly, there seems to be no specific indicent that led to the swelling…

“He doesn’t really know (what happened),” Franklin said.

“He says he doesn’t know how the thumb actually swelled up on him.  He didn’t get jammed, the ball didn’t hit him.  But he really can’t remember how it occured or how it happened.”

– Wilkin de la Rosa…the numbers aren’t too bad, but he really wasn’t that great tonight.  105 pitches to get 17 outs, three long home runs, etc.  Of the four runs he gave up, only one was earned because of a two-out error by The Jorge Vazquez Experience on what should have been an easy 3-1 groundout that was followed by a two-run bomb and a solo shot.

“He’s been a lot better,” Franklin said.

“It’s kind of the same pattern the last couple times out.  We’ve got to be a little bit more efficient and throw more strikes.  He’s got the capability of not walking anybody.  He doesn’t overpower anybody, but he’s got enough fastball to pitch.  He’s got to make them put it in play, and when he does that, he’s pretty good.  When he puts it in play, his rhythm is pretty good, and he throws more strikes, and that’s what we’re trying to get him to do.  But he hung in there and battled and threw five and two thirds innings, and that’s pretty good.”

– Nice job by the 7-8-9 hitters tonight, going a combined 7 for 12 with seven RBI.  Kyle Anson, Justin Snyder and James Cooper all turned in outstanding games tonight, and Anson upped his average all the way to a respectable .242.

– Pitcher Jason Stephens will be leaving the Thunder and will be assigned to Single-A Tampa.  That leaves outfielder Seth Fortenberry as the only member of Trenton’s club who’s still in Staten Island limbo.

– Your friendly neighborhood beat writer didn’t leave the ballpark until 11:50 and didn’t get home until 12:35 AM.  If you see me tomorrow, give me a hug…either that or a caffienated beverage.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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