— Again, a lot to get to and not a lot of time to do it, as I’m writing this from the Somerset Patriots press box. Yep, two games one day. Thanks to Phil Hughes for getting us out of Trenton in a sporty two hours and 15 minutes.
— Usually this is where I’d give you the whole rundown of how Hughes did and what he had to say, but you can watch every pitch of his outing and hear every word of his post-game press conference with reporters in videos that are posted below this. I think it’s fairly obvious that he’s big league ready, but he also needs to get a little more stretched out, and I’d anticipate one more start in which he gets up to 100 pitches before he goes back to the Bronx. Would be hard not to think he’s going to Scranton.
— In all honesty, I couldn’t tell you much about the non-Hughes stuff in the game. So much of the focus was there, as I think it’s expected to be, so I’d more or less be pulling any intelligent comments out of my rear end. And nobody wants that.
— Austin Romine, Corban Joseph, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will be representing the Thunder in the 2011 Eastern League All-Star Game. This is Romine’s second consecutive ELASG appearance, as well as his second straight Futures Game appearance. I’m a little surprised Ray Kruml didn’t get the nod as well.
— I’ll be curious to see if the rotation gets rearranged since Shaeffer Hall only got two innings today, or if he’ll get his extra work in with a longer throw day session. Cory Arbiso came in to replace Hughes in the 7th presumably because they didn’t want Hall coming into the game in the middle of an inning, which he obviously isn’t used to.
— Addison Maruszak, who was promoted to Triple-A Scranton today, was still with the team prior to the game but was not in uniform.
— Mark Newman’s chat with Josh Norris and myself with go live simultaneously on both of our blogs later tonight…
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com