3:45 PM — Pitching matchups for the weekend (Sat-Sun-Mon)…
TRENTON: Pope, O’Brien, Nuno
PORTLAND: Ranaudo, Hernandez, Britton
3:30 PM — Lineups…
Thunder: A Almonte 8, Pirela 4, Z Almonte 9, Mesa DH, Murton 3, Sublett 7, Maruszak 5, Gil 2, Mujica 6, Hall P
Portland: Bradley 8, Tejeda 7, Rodriguez 3, Brentz DH, Smith 5, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Dent 4, Hissey 9, Pimentel P
3:15 PM — Just got to the ballpark, and there’s news already. It isn’t good, but it was unfortunately expected. Thunder slugger Cody Johnson has been placed on the disabled list with “left hamstring tightness.” Jeff Farnham has been activated. Kyle Higashioka remains for now.
With all due respect to the backstops mentioned, the main story here is Johnson. The 23-year-old led the Eastern League with 16 home runs this season, but pulled up lame running out a fourth inning single on Wednesday night. While he had struggled as of late (.167 in last ten games; 19 K’s in 36 AB’s), he still provided a power threat in the middle of Tony Franklin’s lineup. I hope to have word from Cody, as well as any word on the severity of the injury, after I get back from the clubhouse around 6 PM.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com