— The 1000th win of Tony Franklin’s managerial career will have to wait. Loss #909, however, became a foregone conclusion after a five-run eighth inning by the Portland Sea Dogs. Three errors by the Thunder in that frame certainly didn’t help matters in their 7-1 loss tonight.
While Portland got its first win of the season, Trenton dropped to 2-3, and the theme from the first few games seems to remain: What kind of team is this going to be? It’s still, says Franklin, too early to tell.
“It takes a little bit of time to find out what exactly they’re going to do, and how they’re going to do it each and every night,” he said.
“You always have your expectations. I think we’re a good defensive team, I think we’ve got some guys out there that can catch the baseball, but we haven’t demonstrated it as well as I’d like. It takes pretty close to a month to find out exactly what your team is all about. I think you’ll see it soon enough. We’ll start developing some patterns; we’ve made some mistakes on the bases and we’ve missed some plays and we’ve given up a couple key hits, but we’ve also made some pretty doggone good plays and we’ve done some good things as well. It’s just a matter of guys getting comfortable and doing the things they normally do on a daily basis.”
Tonight, however, didn’t seem like much of an indication of anything.
“We’re not always going to hit, but we can play pretty good defense that’s going to keep us in ballgames, and tonight, we didn’t do that,” Franklin said.
— Ronnier Mustelier made two of Trenton’s four errors tonight, but those both came at second base, which is where David Adams was supposed to be at before being scratched late with neck stiffness. Mustelier has been a third baseman so far this season, and certainly looks more comfortable there.
” He had a tough night,” Franklin said. “Because he made two errors at second base doesn’t mean he’s not a good baseball player. He’s got more experience at third, but we’re going to find out if guys can play multiple positions this year…we’ve got some versatility here, and I think that’s part of them being good baseball players. But they’re going to make some errors at these different positions.
— No update on Adams other than what was said pre-game, which was that he woke up with a stiff neck. I asked Franklin if he’d sit Adams tomorrow given that it’s a 10:35 AM start, but he said he’s taking a wait and see approach. I also asked before the game if it was safe to assume that Adams is someone they’re going to take extra precautions with. Yep, it’s safe to assume.
“We would do that with David, just because of the history of his injury with his ankle,” Franklin said. “We certainly want him to see a lot of playing time this year, and we’ll do everything we can to keep him in there. The guy has lost a year and a half, that’s a lot of baseball. But yeah, (we’ll take) a little extra precaution. We’d take the same precautions with the rest of the guys as well.”
For what it’s worth, Franklin said Adams has not expressed any discomfort about his ankle yet this season, but stressed he encourages him to speak up if there is any issue.
— Brett Marshall starts Thursday, and Cory Arbiso on Friday. Marshall essentially slides one slot up, into Graham Stoneburner’s spot in the rotation.
— Speaking of starters, nice job by Craig Heyer tonight. 74 pitches/44 strikes, and his fastball topped out around 91 MPH. He only allowed one earned run through 4 2/3 innings of work in his first start of the year.
— Zoilo Almonte had the only multi-hit game for the Thunder tonight, and is now batting .381.
— I will be covering tomorrow’s 10:35 AM
nightmare game for The Trentonian. So, you’ll either see the Dan Brewer story in there, or on the blog if they don’t need anything besides a game story.
— A moment of silence will be held in the press box tomorrow to mourn the loss of “Ripken Power Shred” and Sour Patch Kids from available food options this season. Personal favorites of Josh Norris and myself, repsectively. Although I have recently discovered the Rosenberger’s Iced Tea, which is good…and Mike and Ike’s, which are new for this season.
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