— So, I want to keep these post-game notes quick, because there are far more important things to write about tonight. I promise I’m back in the flow of things, and you’ve got me for the rest of the season now that hockey’s over with, but grant me this exception tonight.
— Eduardo Nunez performed well in the second game of what looks to be at least a three-game rehab stint with the Trenton Thunder. The infielder, who is coming back from an oblique issue, went 3-for-3 with a run scored, RBI and a walk after an uninspiring 0-for-5 “re-debut” last night.
“He was a little more aggressive tonight,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin. “The one thing he did say today was that he’d prefer to play a position, because when he’s DH’ing, he’s got to hit and then he gets cold and has to warm up again. It affects him a little bit. This way, he’s got a chance to stay warm throughout the game by playing and I think his performance showed that tonight.”
Nunez, who stressed before the game that it was more about how he felt than it was the results, seemed please with both sides of that question tonight.
“I feel better,” he said. “I start working my at-bats, I start seeing more pitches, try to get deep in the count to see more pitches. I felt awesome in the field. I work hard on my defense every day.”
— Shane Greene was good for the Thunder tonight, good for as long as his right middle finger would allow him to be anyway. In his fourth Double-A start, the 24-year-old righty recovered from a shaky first inning in which he allowed three hits to spin five scoreless innings over 73 pitches of work. He allowed just four hits, struck out six and walked two en route to upping his record to 3-1.
But a blister on his middle finger led to his early removal. No worries as far as the game goes; Fred Lewis and Tommy Kahnle held the Reading Phillies off the scoreboard, and combined to allow just two hits and one walk over the final four frames. As far as Greene goes? We’ll see.
“I was working through a little blister,” he said. “It’s happened to me at least once every year, and I guess tonight was the night for this year. Two years ago, I missed two starts. But last year, I didn’t miss a start at all, so I don’t plan on missing one this year either.”
— The Thunder offense exploded for eight runs in the first three innings, all of them charged to starter Brody Colvin, who struggled mightily through 2+ innings. Somewhat amazingly, Trenton only had one extra-base hit the entire game, a Ramon Flores double off of Colvin that plated Nunez from first just two batters into the game.
— Trenton, at 24 players, may make a roster move prior to tomorrow’s game. Shane Brown would not be eligible to be activated until July 7th.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com