Thunder Updates

It's been a rough week for Austine Romine: 4 hits in 20 ABs, no BB, no extra base hits, and 10 strike outs.

Last week, I mentioned that Adam Warren was player I thought could move up quickly.  Only trouble is, nobody mentioned that to Warren.  He only lasted 5 innings in his only start this week, allowing 3 runs despite only 6 baserunners, no home runs and 5 K.

George Kontos has heard my doubts, and as he recovers from arm surgery, he's decided to pick up the pace.  He pitched 4.1 IP, allowed only 3 baserunners (2H, 1BB), and 6K.

Corban Joseph has been steady, but he's not gone on a tear yet.  He's reached base once a game for the last week, but he's not had a multi-hit game since his AA debut.  I think he'll be fine, but the pressure is on him to fill the offensive gap left by recent call-ups.

Andrew Brackman pitched 5 innings last night to finish up the game started by Alfredo Aceves (rehab, yay!).  Brackman allowed 6 baserunners (4H, 2BB) and recorded 6K.  Brackman (as usual) had one bad inning, but this time some of the blame is shared by Luis Nunez, who botched a play.  Learning to pick up your teammates is just one of the intangibles that a pitcher has to learn in the minor leagues.

Hector Noesi gave up 10 hits, a BB and 2K over 5IP in his August 10th outing.  Since then he's lengthened his stride a little, and it resulted in 7 innings of 2 hit shutout ball with 10K.  Keep it up, kid.

Damon Sublett

Kevin Whelan, a catcher turned reliever who came to the Yankees in the Gary Sheffield trade, has been called up to AAA.

In case you missed it, El Duque was in Trenton, pitching for the Nationals' AA farm team.

All the stats come from www.milb.com

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