— Quick and painless. Thunder manager Tony Franklin would surely take plenty more games like the won his team played in their 2-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday morning.
“That was great for me to watch, I enjoyed watching them play,” Franklin said.
Simple enough. And so is the story of this game, really. Nik Turley pitched well after struggling in the first, Nick McCoy came up from Low-A Charleston to go 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI, and the tandem of Tommy Kahnle and Branden Pinder shut down the Fisher Cats over the final three innings to seal the deal. It was, perhaps, a turning point of sorts for Turley, who had turned in some inconsistent outings before really seeming to piece it all together in his final three frames.
“He got stronger as he went on, and he has done that pretty much the entire season so far,” Franklin said. “He still needs to get off to a little bit better start…but so far, he’s been able to pick up some steam as the game’s gone on.”
Added Turley: “I felt like I got into a better rhythm, and I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes. It just kept building from there.”
As for McCoy, the light-hitting catcher was added to the roster from Low-A Charleston as somewhat of an afterthought after Kyle Higashioka went down with an elbow injury, the seriousness of which has yet to be revealed. But he looked like he belonged on Thursday, stroking two extra-base hits and, according to Franklin, calling an excellent game.
“He did a very good job today, I don’t think there was one pitch there that I felt was not the right pitch,” he said.
It would seem McCoy would be making his own pitch to stay longer than a few days…
“I’m just excited about the opportunity,” McCoy said. “The name of the game is improvement, and I think I’ve done that since I’ve signed. Hopefully, I’ll continue to do so.”
— Kevin Mahoney was sent down to Trenton from Triple-A Scranton after the game. Shane Brown was placed on the DL with “knee soreness.” Sure. Anyway, with Rob Segedin not traveling with the team on their road trip to Richmond, he might miss an extended period of time, and that would seem to present an opportunity to Mahoney to reclaim the third base position for the foreseeable future.
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