Game 74: Pre-Game Notes (Bleich Called Up, One More Start For Johnson)

5:15 PM — Jason Johnson quotes: “It was my first time being in front of a crowd in two months, and I had a little bit of nervous energy going on at the beginning of the game. I think once I got through that first inning, I felt a more confident and I started to settle down a little bit and got a little bit better. I’m definitely not happy with it, but I’m happy that my shoulder felt good, and I’m happy that I threw all my pitches. I’m going to get one more start here on Thursday and then hopefully go up to Scranton.”

“I felt fine, I felt like I was throwing pretty good pitches at the beginning of the game, but I just wasn’t getting the calls. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

“I think I need to be more aggressive. I feel like I was maybe a little bit timid at the beginning of the game, just because it was a whole different scenario than down in Tampa, where you’re going against your own team with nobody in the stands and nothing going on. I think I’m going to be a lot more aggressive next time and get ahead of guys and get the job done the way that I should.”

Tommy Phelps quotes: “(Bleich) is a smart kid, very polished for coming out of college. Great command of both sides. He’s a good competitor, he’s got good feel for what he’s doing.”

“I don’t know what the expectations are, I’ve got to watch him and observe. I haven’t seen him really pitch in a game, I just saw him in extended last year after he got drafted, and he was rehabbing a little bit to get his pitch count up. But I haven’t really seen him pitch, so I’m going to observe and just watch him.”

“(Johnson) is going to have one more start here I think, and then I don’t know what his schedule is after that. I believe he’s going to go to Triple-A. But as far as I know, he’s going to start for us on Thursday.”

“I think he got squeezed a little bit. He had a lot of near misses around the zone and got into some bad counts. It was his first time coming up from extended spring, next time he’s going to be fine. He made one bad pitch for the home run, but other than that, he was pretty good.”

“He doesn’t have his velocity that he had before. He’s a mid 90’s guy, and he’s high 80’s right now. But he’s a good a real good changeup, and he’s pitched nine plus years in the big leagues, so obviously he knows what he’s doing and knows how to do it. It’s just a matter of him getting back out there and battling through it.”

“He got squeezed early and it kind of threw him off his game plan a little bit, and he was just trying to find the umpire’s zone. He had a couple walks there in a row and got a couple pitches elevated over the plate and guys put it in play, obviously.”

5:00 PM — Lineups are out…


Quintin Berry, CF
Carlos Leon, SS
Michael Taylor, DH
Brian Stavisky, 1B
Neil Sellers, 3B
Kevin Mahar, LF
Gus Milner, RF
Brad Harman, 2B
Tuffy Gosewich, C

Mike Stutes, P


Austin Krum, CF
Reegie Corona, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Jorge Vazquez, 1B
Jesus Montero, C
Chris Malec, DH
Noah Hall, LF
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B

Jason Stephens, P

4:55 PM — Jeremy Bleich has been called up from Tampa and will start for the Thunder on Tuesday…Jason Johnson will now stick around for one more start, which will come Thursday.

Bleich is not here yet — he’s expected to come later tonight — but I do have Phelps and Johnson quotes for you…will be posted shortly.

4:10 PM — There is a starting pitcher coming up from Tampa who is expected to start Tuesday…will hold off on the name until he shows up, which is expected to be later today. Jason Johnson may be the player taken off the roster — one way or the other — to accomodate him.

3:20 PM — Honestly, the big news here is that TV pitchman Billy Mays has passed away…I’ll admit, I was a Billy fan…so I’m pretty shocked by that news. Love watching Pitchmen on Discovery, etc.

And yes, for those of you looking for…oh, I don’t know, baseball news…Jay Stephens is starting today.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

11 Responses to “Game 74: Pre-Game Notes (Bleich Called Up, One More Start For Johnson)”

  1. Scott Says:

    I’ll say it for you Mike, it’s Jeremy Bleich, he last pitched on the 25th which puts him in line for the start on Tues. the Demotion to Charleston was just a paper move til Johnson made his start for Trenton and then was moved up.
    I’ll take credit for breaking the news on this one, I announced it yesterday on Scranton blog under Chad’s story about Nady’s rehad ending.

  2. Scott Says:

    I was gonna go even further by saying that Hector Noesi will be promoted to Tampa after only 2 inn. last night w/o any injury being reported, but Tampa announced that move before I did… 😦 LOL

  3. SWB Says:

    Did JB Cox really quit? Thats the rumor according to PeteAbe

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    Cox went home…hasn’t quit as far as I know. But he did go home.

  5. thunderbaseball Says:

    And just to be clear, everyone pretty much knew it was Bleich…but you can’t just go writing stuff on a whim in this business unless you have it confirmed. A few of the guys in the clubhouse knew after the game last night…

  6. SWB Says:

    Does a roster move have to be made or does Bleich get added after Johnson goes up?

  7. thunderbaseball Says:

    Well, the problem is that Bleich pitches Tuesday and Johnson’s scheduled to go Thursday…but yes, they will need to make a move.

  8. Minors notes: Cox, Ajax, | River Avenue Blues Says:

    […] Jeremy Bleich has been promoted to AA Trenton. He’ll make his debut on […]

  9. Mr. Scott Says:

    Thats crazy that Cox would just quit like that.

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