Horne Rocked In Relief As Portland Rolls

Alan Horne came out of the bullpen for the Thunder today, clearly the odd man out of the starting rotation.  It didn’t go very well…

His line: 1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Horne picked up the loss as the Thunder fell, 10-3, to the Portland Sea Dogs today.

Stay tuned for the press release…

(PR) (Portland, ME)- Portland scored eight runs in the seventh inning and went on for a 10-3 win over Trenton on Sunday afternoon from Hadlock Field. The eight runs were the most allowed by the Thunder in an inning this season. Trenton lost its first series since a three-game series against Akron (5/19-21). Trenton lost back-to-back games for the first time since being swept in a double-header at Binghamton on May 17th.

Portland broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Center fielder Bubba Bell off of Thunder Reliever Alan Horne (0-3). The Sea Dogs then broke the game open with an eight-run seventh inning. Portland sent 12 batters to the plate in the seventh inning. With runners at first and second base and no outs, Shortstop Argenis Diaz dropped a sacrifice bunt in front of home plate. Horne picked up the bunt, and made an errant throw down the first base line for an error. The error allowed Right fielder Ryan Kalish to score and make it 3-1. Bell followed with an RBI single to score Second baseman Ryan Khoury to increase the lead to 4-1. After a walk to Catcher Mark Wagner, Third baseman Jorge Jimenez connected on a two-run single to extend the lead to 6-1. After an RBI single by Left Fielder Aaron Bates made it 7-1, Horne was lifted from the game. The first eight Sea Dog Batters in the inning reached base (seven straight off of Horne). Later in the inning, First Baseman Lars Anderson had an RBI double, and Kalish drilled a two-run single.

Down 1-0, Trenton (30-25) tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Designated Hitter Noah Hall off of Portland Starting Pitcher Junichi Tazawa (7-3). In the eighth inning, Trenton Third Baseman Chris Malec connected on a two-run home run off of Portland Reliever Richie Lentz. The home run was Malec’s second of the season. Trenton Starting Pitcher Ryan Pope received a no-decision. He scattered four hits and one run in five innings of work. Tazawa yielded four hits and one run in six innigns to notch his second win of the season against the Thunder. He struck out six and walked two.

Trenton has an off day on Monday, before starting a three-game series against the Reading Phillies (Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) on Tuesday night at First Energy Stadium in Reading, PA. LHP Wilkin De La Rosa (3-2, 3.24) will start for Trenton against Reading RHP Kyle Drabek (1-0, 0.00). Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

9 Responses to “Horne Rocked In Relief As Portland Rolls”

  1. jim Says:

    Horne is a BUM. He is DONE. Too many injuries and now he just plain sucks. Maybe he should start thiningk of life after baseball

  2. Peter Lacock (anyone that boos a Yankee is the enemy) Says:

    Mike, has Horne ever come out of the bullpen before this?

  3. EBYanks Says:

    After 10 starts in AA Zack McAllister has great stats, burt what is your opinion of him and have you seen much differances in his pitching from April to now?? Has his velocity increased like Coke’s did last year after a few starts?

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    Was Horne’s first relief outing since August 7, 2006 for Single-A Tampa. That was one of two relief appearances he had made prior to today.

    Horne isn’t a bum, and he isn’t done. He doesn’t suck. But…he also clearly isn’t what he once was. If you give him time, maybe he’ll get back to that. Maybe he won’t.

    But the organization messing around with him the way they are isn’t helping either. If he really was fine, he shouldn’t have missed two or three starts. And given his history, he shouldn’t be used as a reliever.

    With that said, his performance didn’t necessarily justify a rotation spot considering what Trenton has now. You aren’t sending WDLR back down, etc. So he should either be sent somewhere where he can take the ball every five days, or perhaps they should do him a favor and release him so he can catch on somewhere else.

    Honestly, that would probably be the best solution for both sides right now…

  5. thunderbaseball Says:

    Big Mac’s consistency has improved a lot since he first started…seems he’s really settled in. I’m honestly not sure on the velo question — there isn’t a stadium gun and I don’t always have time to check out guns in the stands.

    I still don’t really feel like he has that one standout pitch that he may need as he progresses, though. Hard to argue with what he’s doing right now, but he’s never blown me away with his stuff.

  6. EBYanks Says:

    Do you see Big Mac as a version of Clippard??

  7. John Says:

    Any word on Montero? Noticed he did not even DH. Alan

  8. Bronx Baseball Daily Says:

    Tough to see Horne still struggling. I was hoping he would improve and maybe provide the Yankees some more depth later this year or next.

  9. CEC Says:

    You guys are stressing mike out, he has a broken Colin Curtis bat and I think he is ready to use it. Horne is a nice guy, I hope he can get back on track.

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