— Not real sure of what I can tell you that the video can’t. Dellin Betances could tell you a hell of a lot more, I’m sure, but I never saw him in the clubhouse after the game, and neither did a few players I asked either. Not sure what’s up there, but hopefully I can track him down tomorrow.
“He pitched a very nice ballgame, I thought he did a very good job,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin.
— The game felt as though it was secondary tonight to the interest in Betances…but it’s not like I magically didn’t notice the bullpen coughing up another lead. Francisco Rondon was the main culprit tonight, although as Franklin pointed out after the game, he should have got the first out of the inning after Jose Pirela and Zoilo Almonte couldn’t catch a soft fly ball to short right field. Things snowballed from there, Rondon didn’t get an out and gave up a bases-loaded and bases-clearing double to left center by Jeremy Hazelbaker to totally waste Betances’ outing and tie the game, 3-3.
Interestingly, much like the scene in Major League, the last two runners to score were about two feet apart, and both slid at the plate, avoiding the tag of Jose Gil.
— At the loss was quicker than it could have been. Lee Hyde came in for the ninth and gave up a walk-off, moon-shot of a home run to Drew Hedman that just got over the right field fence on the third pitch of the inning.
— Craig Heyer threw a scoreless inning in his first outing since May 13. He was initially expecting to be activated three days from now, but was certainly happy to find himself back on the mound a little earlier than he hoped…
“I’m excited to get in there tonight,” Heyer said before the game. “I’m not really too worried about the results, I just hope I feel good and I’m hoping I don’t walk guys.”
— Brett Marshall found from the worst possible source that he’d be pitching in the Eastern League All-Star Game. Me. It was my congratulatory tweet — after the Eastern League finally released the list of names that had been on Franklin’s desk for about a week — that alerted the 22-year-old righty that he’d be heading to the midsummer classic.
“This is exciting,” Marshall said.
“I’ve been working hard, and it seems to have been paying off. I’m looking forward to it. It’s exciting to know that people are starting to get to know my name.”
Marshall has not heard anything about possibly starting the game, which would seem realistic now that Zack Wheeler has been removed from the roster so he can pitch in the Futures Game.
— Abe Almonte’s placement on the disabled list was a nagging right hamstring issue that hasn’t been deemed serious and was, according to Franklin, a precautionary move.
“It just doesn’t feel right, but he’s not hurt,” Franklin said.
— Danny Farquhar and the Yankees will find out at 1 PM tomorrow whether they’ll reunite. The deadline to claim the oft-moved reliever is then, and Franklin is hoping he returns.
“I’ve liked him ever since I saw him in New Hampshire,” Franklin said.
“I thought, ‘Boy, it would be great to have this guy on your team.’ He’s a good pitcher.”
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com