— Over their past two games, the Thunder are 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. This is not good. However, the bullpen hasn’t been good either. After a decent start to the year, the bullpen is starting to look more like bull-something else.
Noel Castillo recovered from his lousy outing the other day with a 1-2-3 ninth. However, that was after Wilkin De La Rosa’s eighth inning, in which he allowed three runs on two walks and four hits, including a long home run to Brian Jeroloman.
Thunder starters this year: 98 IP, 31 ER, 70 H, 45 BB, 77 K (2.84 ERA) (6-6)
Thunder relievers this year: 69 IP, 20 ER, 46 H, 37 BB, 70 K (2.69 ERA) (3-4)
Thunder relievers over the past 3 days: 12.1 IP, 12 ER, 22 H, 9 BB, 10 K (8.75 ERA) (0-3)
“We’ve had about a week, week and half’s worth of that,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin, when asked about his bullpen’s woes.
“It’s growing pains. But we’d like to grow out of them as quick as we can. We have to give these guys a chance to pitch. They’re not going to be in comfortable situations all the time. If you don’t make good pitches…you get hurt. That’s what’s happened to us.”
I asked starter Lance Pendleton, who turned in a real solid six inning outing for the Thunder tonight, if there was a sense of frustration from the starters regarding the bullpen’s woes…
“The bullpen has been such a strength,” he told me.
“They’ve had a couple rough spells, but that’s baseball…our bullpen is very good. I have confidence that they can get the job done when they come in after me.”
— Austin Romine’s on an 11-game hitting streak, and has obviously been hot as of late…he was the only Thunder batter with two hits tonight, and drove in Trenton’s only run.
— Another Austin, Austin Krum, stole his seventh base tonight, as did Daniel Brewer. Edwar Gonzalez swiped his first bag of the year as well. This team has some decent speed.
— Trenton had no extra-base hits tonight. This tends to lead to losing. The Thunder are now 9-10, and I’ve got to admit I’m a little surprised by that. I thought this team would be better than this. Maybe I was fooled by the good start against a pretty lousy Erie team…but looking at this team on paper before the season started, I didn’t think they’d be below .500 19 games into the year.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com