— The big story of the day was word coming out of New York that Joba Chamberlain is set to rehab with the Thunder on Sunday. Keep in mind it’s a 5:05 start and not the usual 1:05. <*corposhill>Tickets are available at trentonthunder.com<*/endcorposhill>
I won’t be at the ballpark for tomorrow’s start by Chien-Ming wang, but…you know what, I’m excited about Joba’s appearance. I’m pretty open about the fact that I hate rehabs, but this one won’t be too bad and it’ll be over with pretty quickly. Plus, it’s not the end of the world if I don’t get to chat with him, because I covered him when he was originally with the Thunder in 2007.
I remember interviewing Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy in the same day — quite a haul, looking back on it — and I wanted to do something different on him than what everyone else was doing…and trust me, he was getting a ton of press even then. So I delved into his Native American heritage a bit…which isn’t something I’m real comfortable doing because I’m not at all familiar with what to ask. But he couldn’t have been nicer about it — he was a nice guy in general, he introduced himself to me before I even went up to him — and I’ve pulled for him ever since. Looking forward to seeing him live at Waterfront Park again, I only got to see him once…but it was very memorable. He struck out 12 in six innings in one of the most dominant performances I’ve seen in the capital city.
— So, it would be a little disingenuous of me to go around posting Gerrit Cole and Dylan Bundy video on a blog in which I cover the Thunder, and then not post video of the Thunder when I cover them. Thus, here are a few Thunder AB’s and Dellin Betances’ third inning from the first game, as well as Brian Goodwin facing him in the fourth.
— Full disclosure, I didn’t stay for the end of Game 2. Left to get home before midnight, but I did stay for six innings out of the seven. Real nice little spot start by Ryan Pope, limiting Harrisburg to just one hit through three innings.
— At times, Dellin Betances had the kind of stuff that Chamberlain showed in that start I mentioned earlier. He struck out the side in the seventh. In order. On nine pitches. But Betances can also be mindnumbingly frustrating at times, as evidenced by the walk he issued to the first batter of the eighth. On four pitches.
But perhaps most important given that it was a doubleheader, he went seven innings…which is only the second time he’s done that in a Trenton Thunder uniform. He didn’t get much help from his defense at times, and only one of the four runs he gave up were earned.
— I’m never too comfortable talking about myself, but I just want to thank everyone for their kind words for my brief little moment of fame on Baseball Tonight when they showed my Dylan Bundy video. I was actually in the press box during Game 2 when someone was watching BBTN on their phone and played the clip for me. Pretty damn unreal. Thanks to Steve Berthiaume of ESPN for going about it the right way and asking me if it was OK to use the clip and then using my name on air…totally first class right there.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com