— There’s plenty of Joba Chamberlain stuff on here. So I’ll get to him in a bit. But the news was not all good for the Thunder after their 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Harrisburg Senators on Sunday night.
Outfielder Neil Medchill will likely miss the remainder of the season after suffering a stress fracture in his left leg. Medchill, who is believed to have been playing with the injury for the past two weeks or so, had really picked up his play as of late. In his last 10 games, he was hitting .342 with four home runs and nine RBI.
Medchill was on crutches after the game, and leaves the Thunder outfield with Rob Segedin, Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte and possibly Kevin Mahoney, who played in right field tonight after being moved out of third base by David Adams sudden shift there.
— OK, the Joba stuff. I’m not transcribing quotes you can see in the video below this post. Wanna know exactly what he said and how he said it? Watch the video. It’s why I shot it. It saves both of us some time.
Here’s the perspective of Thunder catcher J.R. Murphy and Harrisburg right fielder Jimmy Van Ostrand, who faced Chamberlain.
“I didn’t get to talk to him much because it was the middle of the inning, but he shook me off a few times because of that. Other than that, we got on the same page and he threw well.”
“I know his arm’s been feeling good, he told me that before the game. But, it was coming in good.”
“He was still real early in the process (when I caught him) in spring training, he was just trying to get the feel back during March. But he looked really good today. Everything was really sharp. His fastball velocity and command was there. His curveball was sharp, his slider was a good out pitch today and we didn’t throw any changeups.”
“He looked pretty good from what I saw. I only saw four pitches, but he got a good curveball over for strike one. He made a quality pitch with a cutter for strike two. He went up with a fastball, and then his last pitch was a cutter that he left up a little bit that probably wasn’t exactly where he wanted it, but I was behind in the count so it was a good enough pitch to get me out. The ball was coming out of his hand well and he was throwing all his pitches for strikes. He looked good.”
“I think the biggest (difference between facing a Double-A pitcher and a big leaguer) is just the consistency. The Double-A guys, they might have the stuff or a pitch or an at-bat or whatever, but over the whole game you get more mistakes. When you’re facing big league guys, you don’t get as many pitches to hit and you don’t get mistakes in the same spot, especially in key moments.”
“(Joba’s) a guy with good stuff and multiple above-average pitches. He’s definitely going to be a tough at-bat. He’s a late inning guy for a reason. He’s got good stuff and he’s a tough at-bat.”
— Quite a few things get overlooked during a rehab…the starting pitching efforts of both Shaeffer Hall and Senators starter Ryan Perry are among them. Perry, who is becoming a starter in the Nationals system after three years of big league relief for the Tigers, shoved it to the tune of two hits and two walks through six innings. Hall was no slouch himself, allowing one earned run through 6 2/3 quality frames.
Mark Montgomery also picked up his first Double-A save.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com