— The first inning had the makings of a sloppy, offensive slugfest…and then the next four innings shut down any…uhhh, hopes of that. Craig Heyer settled down from a pretty rocky first frame to allow just two hits over his next six innings. Heyer’s made 12 starts this season and allowed three runs or fewer in all of them…very Jason Jones-esque.
After the game, Tony Franklin called Heyer his most consistent starter as of late. Which makes it all the more interesting that Heyer’s turn was skipped in favor of Alan Horne on Wednesday in Portland, something Heyer used to motivate himself this time out. I asked Heyer if he pitches any differently as a starter than he does in relief. His answer was simple.
“I just try to attack the zone either way,” Heyer said.
— Somewhat oddly, only Corban Joseph went hitless among Thunder starters. Both he and Damon Sublett drew two walks a piece, however.
— No hitting coach was listed on the Thunder roster today, which Franklin chalked up to James Rowson’s plane being late getting in today. When Rowson isn’t available — as he’s still serving as the organization’s roving minor league hitting coordinator — Justin Pope serves as hitting coach. When asked if Julius Matos would be returning this season, Franklin directed the question towards the Yankees front office.
— Must have been a sale on plane tickets from Tampa to Philly. Reggie Jackson, Mark Newman, Billy Eppler and Julio Mosquera were all at Waterfront Park today.
— Hey, kids! It’s video of Chase Whitley’s Double-A debut!
Whitley’s fastball was around 92 MPH during his two innings of work. The line wasn’t pretty: 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K — but it was his first outing at this level…might take him a little while to adjust.
— Josh Romanski, who will be pitching out of the bullpen for Trenton, will likely be activated tomorrow. That would necessitate a roster move to accommodate him.
— Jesse Litsch pitches for New Hampshire tomorrow. You might remember him from such films as “68 Games In The Big Leagues Since 2007.” He’s rehabbing a minor shoulder issue after starting out the season with Toronto.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com