A-Rod Homers, Ready to Return to Yanks

Alex Rodriguez returns to the Thunder dugout after belting a two-run homer in the second inning. (Photo by Martin Griff)

TRENTON, NJ = Rehabbing Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run to help lead the Thunder to a 6-4, series clinching, victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.

The Thunder offense grabbed all six of their runs across the first two innings of the game against Casey Lawrence. The Thunder used three straight two-out hits from Tyler Austin, Kyle Higashioka, and Mark Payton to take a 3-0 lead.

In the second, Juan Silva led off the inning with a scorched double down the right field line. After a pair of groundouts, Dustin Fowler drove in Silva with a single and Rodriguez followed with a two-run home run to dead center field to give the Thunder the 6-0 lead.

Dietrich Enns improved to 4-2 with his six-inning effort on Wednesday night. He allowed just two runs, a two-run homer to Dwight Smith Jr. in the fourth, on nine hits and a pair of walks. The left-hander kept his ERA at a tidy 1.99 and added seven strikeouts in the game.

New Hampshire added two in the ninth inning against Caleb Smith, in part due to an error committed by Tyler Wade with two outs. Smith recovered and got Rowdy Tellez to bounce out to Wade to end the game.

Rodriguez finished his rehab assignment 3-for-6 with a home run and three RBI’s. Dustin Fowler added a three-hit game for the Thunder and scored a pair of runs.

The Thunder will go for the sweep tomorrow morning against the Fisher Cats at 10:30am. RHP Eric Ruth will start for the Thunder, RHP Luis Santos will go for New Hampshire. Pre-game coverage begins at 10:10am on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at Trentonthunder.com. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.

 

[PHOTOS] Alex Rodriguez Continues His Rehab Stint With the Trenton Thunder

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez at a press conference at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Trenton Thunder team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez made a rehab appearance with the Trenton Thunder for the second consecutive day on May 25, 2016.

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez arrives at a press conference at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Trenton Thunder team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez arrives at a press conference at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Trenton Thunder team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez at a press conference at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Trenton Thunder team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez at a press conference at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Trenton Thunder team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez taps Trenton Thunder center fielder Dustin Fowler on the batting helmet after plating Fowler on a two run home run in the second inning at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez taps Trenton Thunder center fielder Dustin Fowler on the batting helmet after plating Fowler on a two run home run in the second inning at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez watches the ball go over the wall in center field as he begins his trip around the bases in the second inning at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez watches the ball go over the wall in center field as he begins his trip around the bases in the second inning at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez prepares to bat in the first inning as Bat Dog Derby does his work at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez prepares to bat in the first inning as Bat Dog Derby does his work at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez warms up in the outfield in front of a sign promoting one of Trenton’s most well known delicacies at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez warms up in the outfield in front of a sign promoting one of Trenton’s most well known delicacies at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez signs autographs for fans at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez signs autographs for fans at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez heads to the on-deck circle at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the first inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez heads to the on-deck circle at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the first inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez bats in the first inning at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the first inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez bats in the first inning at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the first inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the second inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the second inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the second inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the second inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the second inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 during the second inning of a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez returns to the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 after hitting a second inning home run during game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez returns to the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 after hitting a second inning home run during game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff


New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez returns to the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 after hitting a second inning home run during game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez returns to the dugout at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 after hitting a second inning home run during game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Rodriguez joined the Double A Yankee farm team for a second day as part of a rehab assignment. Photo by Martin Griff

Parmelee’s Homer Gets RailRiders Back on Track

Chris Parmelee's blast got the RailRiders chugging Wednesday (Photo by Martin Griff)

MOOSIC, PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shook off a Tuesday night loss to Louisville by bouncing the Bats 7-1 on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The win clinched the season series for the RailRiders (27-20) against the Bats (23-22). SWB is 4-2 against the Cincinnati Reds’ top affiliate and 9-3 International League West division overall.

Phil Coke (3-0) earned the win by limiting the Bats to a run on four hits over five innings. He struck out four without allowing a walk. The Reds’ Anthony DeSclafani (0-1) made a rehab start for Louisville. The right-hander allowed three runs on three hits over three innings with two strikeouts.

The three runs DeSclafani allowed all came on a first inning home run to right-center by Chris Parmelee. The round-tripper was the third in two games against Louisville for the RailRiders’ first baseman.

After the Bats got a run back in the top of the fourth, SWB responded with a tally against reliever Stephen Johnson. An errant pitch hit Cesar Puello with one out. Deibinson Romero drove him in with a triple to center that went under the dive of Hernan Iribarren.

Ben Gamel began the fifth with a walk and stole second. A fielding error by Seth Mejias-Brean on a grounder from Puello allowed Gamel to score with two out.

Leading 5-1, SWB put the game away with a pair of bases-loaded singles by Gamel and Aaron Judge in the eighth frame.

The bullpen combo of Conor MulleeNeal Cotts and Anthony Swarzak held the Bats scoreless for the final four innings. They retired 12 straight to finish the game.

The RailRiders and Bats meet for the final time in the 2016 regular season on Thursday night. It’s “Thirsty Thursday” at PNC Field with a first pitch time of 6:35 p.m. Left-hander Tyler Olson (1-1, 4.66) makes the start. He will oppose right-hander Jon Moscot (0-2, 9.82) who is on Major League rehab assignment for the Reds. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

 

Parmelee’s Homer Gets RailRiders Back on Track

Chris Parmelee's blast got the RailRiders chugging Wednesday (Photo by Martin Griff)

MOOSIC, PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shook off a Tuesday night loss to Louisville by bouncing the Bats 7-1 on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The win clinched the season series for the RailRiders (27-20) against the Bats (23-22). SWB is 4-2 against the Cincinnati Reds’ top affiliate and 9-3 International League West division overall.

Phil Coke (3-0) earned the win by limiting the Bats to a run on four hits over five innings. He struck out four without allowing a walk. The Reds’ Anthony DeSclafani (0-1) made a rehab start for Louisville. The right-hander allowed three runs on three hits over three innings with two strikeouts.

The three runs DeSclafani allowed all came on a first inning home run to right-center by Chris Parmelee. The round-tripper was the third in two games against Louisville for the RailRiders’ first baseman.

After the Bats got a run back in the top of the fourth, SWB responded with a tally against reliever Stephen Johnson. An errant pitch hit Cesar Puello with one out. Deibinson Romero drove him in with a triple to center that went under the dive of Hernan Iribarren.

Ben Gamel began the fifth with a walk and stole second. A fielding error by Seth Mejias-Brean on a grounder from Puello allowed Gamel to score with two out.

Leading 5-1, SWB put the game away with a pair of bases-loaded singles by Gamel and Aaron Judge in the eighth frame.

The bullpen combo of Conor MulleeNeal Cotts and Anthony Swarzak held the Bats scoreless for the final four innings. They retired 12 straight to finish the game.

The RailRiders and Bats meet for the final time in the 2016 regular season on Thursday night. It’s “Thirsty Thursday” at PNC Field with a first pitch time of 6:35 p.m. Left-hander Tyler Olson (1-1, 4.66) makes the start. He will oppose right-hander Jon Moscot (0-2, 9.82) who is on Major League rehab assignment for the Reds. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

 

Gut reaction: Mets 2, Nationals 0 – 5/25/2016

Steven MatzThe Mets took the away series with the Nationals behind the dazzling pitching of Steven Matz. The young lefty was in control from start to finish, delivering eight shutout innings, that included retiring 16 batters in a row at one point. He struck out seven and allowed just four singles and a walk. Matz cruised through the first 7 2/3 innings until Michael Taylor got a seeing eye single and Bryce Harper, who had the day off, stepped in as a pinch hitter and the potential tying run. Matz smoothly got him to ground out. Whew! Jeurys Familia made it interesting in the 9th, coughing up two hits before shutting it down for his 16th save.

David Wright got the Mets offense going with a solo homer in the first inning. Rene Rivera contributed an RBI single in the 7th for an insurance run. One down note in this game is that Asdrubal Cabrera left in the first inning with back spasms. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious because our infield is already dangerously thin. With Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores already on the disabled list and Curtis Granderson hitting .199, the Mets are going to need pitching performances like this to win for a while. The Mets have the day off tomorrow before beginning a home series with the Dodgers on Friday.

Game Chatter: Steven Matz vs Tanner Roark (5/25/16)

Getting Eric Campbell’s feeble bat out of the lineup

Eric CampbellLet’s not mince words here: Eric Campbell is a very poor excuse for a major league baseball player. Now he may be a wonderful person and a great addition to the locker room environment but players at the top level of the game are expected to have major league tools. Superstars have all five while lesser players have one to four of them.

They are:

Hit – This is for batting average. Campbell can not hit. He has a .231 career major league batting average as of Monday morning.

Hit with power- No, he does not do that either. He’s hit six home runs in over 400 at bats in his career.

Field – While Campbell can be put at any position except catcher he is not proficient anywhere. Keith Hernandez would likely describe him as a Strat-O-Matic “4”. That’s bad.

Throw – Maybe his arm is adequate for third base but he seems to have as much trouble throwing with his healthy back as does David Wright with his stenotic one.

Run – He is not a fast runner and has shown little proficiency for stealing bases. He does have nine steals which is not horrible I suppose.

Campbell is a zero tool major leaguer who has been getting far too much playing time due to the injuries to Wilmer Flores, David Wright, and now Lucas Duda.

During Sunday’s game announcers Gary Cohen and Ron Darling bandied some ideas around about how to cover first base if Lucas Duda were to be placed on the disabled list and lost for a long time.

On Monday the big first baseman was DL’d and the promotion was given to minor leaguer Ty Kelly.

Here are some of the possibilities discussed by Gary and Ron with a few others tossed in for consideration.

1- Use Alejandro De Aza at 1B. He has been taking grounders recently at the position. He would likely not be a strong defender but this would add a major league bat to the lineup while putting Campbell back on the bench where he belongs.

2- Move Michael Conforto to 1B. This was mentioned in passing and is probably a bad idea. Conforto is adequate and certainly comfortable in the outfield. Moving him now without a spring training to practice seems like it would be asking for trouble.

3- Move David Wright to 1B. Gary suggested this but there are a lot more negatives than positives associated with doing this at this time. David has volunteered to do this if the club wants him to but they rightly are not asking him to make this conversion now.

4- Move Neil Walker from second to first. Walker has token minor league experience at 1B. He probably could pull off the move without being terrible at the position. This would allow the team to promote Dilson Herrera who is considered the team’s second baseman of the future to start the future right now. Gary said that Dilson was “tearing it up” in Las Vegas. The table below shows that he is hitting well out there but not really tearing it up.

5- Hang in there for a week because Wilmer Flores figures to be back on Friday or Saturday. This is something the team might do but personally I see this as baby steps since while Flores is a superior player to Campbell he is needed as the primary backup at all the infield positions.

6- Not discussed by the announcers would be the promotion of one of the players doing particularly well at AAA. Other than Herrera none of these players are considered top prospects and players you would expect to take a major league job and run with it. Here’s a table that shows you their AAA stats as of Monday morning.

Name Age AB HR BA OBP SLG OPS positions
Ty Kelly# 27 115 2 0.391 0.478 0.548 1.026 LF, 3B, 1B
T.J. Rivera 27 144 5 0.375 0.406 0.569 0.976 3B, 1B, 2B
Travis Taijeron 27 139 6 0.295 0.390 0.547 0.937 RF
Dilson Herrera 22 141 8 0.291 0.324 0.546 0.870 2B

These players are right handed hitters except for Kelly who is a switch hitter. This could tip the scales in his favor as the team has allegedly been on the lookout for a lefty hitting infielder.

A consideration has to be that only Herrera is on the team’s 40 man roster so that if the front office wants to promote Kelly, T.J. Rivera or Taijeron they would have to lop someone off the 40 man roster. That’s their call but this writer would have no qualms about seeing Campbell let loose.

What did end up happening was Ty Kelly came up while minor league lefty reliever Dario Alvarez was designated for assignment which removed him from the 40 man roster.

During the off season my columns lobbied hard for the Mets to sign Ryan Raburn to be the extra righty bat on the bench. Raburn can play tolerably at any position except shortstop. He ended up signing a minor league deal with Colorado, made the team in spring training, and is now hitting over .300 with an OPS in the high 900’s. And the Mets end up frittering away at bats on Eric Campbell.

To compete with the Washington Nationals this year the Mets will need to have all their oars in the water. As long as the team insists on putting Eric Campbell out there they are up the creek without a paddle.

710 WOR Will Re-Broadcast 1986 World Series Game 6 On Thursday

Carter jersey (Rudy Riet)

Carter jersey (Rudy Riet)

The New York Mets’ radio flagship, 710 WOR-AM/New York, announced today that, it will re-air the entire radio broadcast of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox, as a prelude to a Memorial Day weekend-long tribute at Citi Field to the 1986 Championship team.

The special presentation will air on Thursday, May 26, and begin at 6:00pm ET with a 60-minute preshow hosted by WOR’s “Sports Zone” host Pete McCarthy, with contributions from Mets broadcasters Howie Rose, Josh Lewin, and Wayne Randazzo.  The show will feature interviews with members of the 1986 Mets “Dream Team” Mookie Wilson, Ray Knight, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling, as well as Gary Thorne, who along with Bob Murphy did the play-by-play for the 1986 radio broadcast.

Then at 7:00pm ET, WOR will unlock the vaults to let listeners relive the night when the Mets’ World Series fortunes turned around in dramatic fashion.  After a special introduction from the current voice of the Mets, Howie Rose, listeners will be treated to every call from the late, great Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy and Gary Thorne…just as they were heard almost 30 years ago.

“We all know how the game turned out, and we’ve all heard Bob Murphy’s epic call countless times; but to get the full flavor of one of the greatest moments in Mets history you really need to listen from start to finish,” said Howie Rose. “Allow yourself to escape to a moment in time when every pitch and every play would define the Mets season, providing proper context to a comeback that somehow seems even harder to believe today than it did thirty years ago,” Rose added.

Mets fans will also be able to hear all the special commemorative festivities from Citi Field on WOR over Memorial Day weekend, as the station will carry the entire 1986 30th Anniversary Ceremony on Saturday May 28th beginning at 6:05pm with an extended Mets Pregame Show.

Additionally, all fans in attendance at the May 27 game will receive a 1986 replica jersey, and the first 15,000 fans to arrive at the May 29 game will receive a 1986 championship replica ring.  Tickets are available at mets.com/1986.

As the flagship radio station of the New York Mets, WOR is New York’s oldest radio station and one of the country’s top rated talk stations.  Founded in 1922, it was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna to increase the scope and range of its broadcast, and is one of the best radio broadcast signals in the U.S.

A-Rod Contributes to Thunder, To Play in Trenton Wednesday

Ales Rodriguez runs to first after popping up to second in the first inning Tuesday. (Photo by Martin Griff)

TRENTON, NJ – With New York Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez rehabbing with the Thunder, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, his replacement, Juan Silva, sent 6,217 fans home happy with a 3-2 walk-off win in 11 innings over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats  Tuesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.

Following the game, Rodriguez confirmed he would be playing in Trenton Wednesday as well. He has been out since May 4 with a hamstring injury. This is his second rehab appearance with Trenton, having done so previously in 2013.

“Tomorrow is another day, another step,” he told reporters. “I’m playing here tomorrow (Wednesday). That is the plan right now.”  The Yankees want him to get some at-bats before he is reactivated, likely later in the week.

Rodriguez popped out in his first at-bat, but stepped to the plate with runners on first and third base in the third inning. The 40-year-old DH lined a single back through the middle to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead.

That 1-0 lead held for the Thunder into the seventh inning when the Fisher Cats broke through with a pair of doubles from Rowdy Tellez and Dwight Smith Jr. tied the game.

The Thunder offense rallied back in the bottom half of that inning and put two on with one out. Rodriguez stepped to the plate for his final at-bat of the night and singled to left, loading the bases. Tyler Austin worked a bases loaded walk after that to take a 2-1 lead for the Thunder.

In the ninth, New Hampshire saw each of its first three men reach base against Tyler Jones. The tying run came across on Smith Jr’s RBI single with nobody out. The Thunder had a chance in the bottom of the ninth when Silva, pinch-hitting for Rodriguez, wasn’t able to bring home the winning run and neither was Austin.

Cito Culver, who scored all three runs for the Thunder in the game, led off the eleventh inning with a single and got to third with two men out. Silva stepped to the plate and lined a 1-0 pitch into right-center for Trenton’s second walk-off win of the season.

LHP Daniel Camarena threw six shutout innings for the Thunder on Tuesday night, however, he took a no-decision thanks to the late-game lead changes. Camarena allowed three hits, two walks and struck out seven.

Another lefty, Dietrich Enns, back from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will start for the Thunder at 7 p.m. Wednesday. RHP Casey Lawrence will counter on the mound for New Hampshire.

 

Gut reaction: Nationals 7, Mets 4 – 5/24/2016

harvey sadSad Harvey may soon replace sad Keanu as the meme of the moment. The struggling righty had another bad night on the mound, surrendering five runs on three homers. In just five innings of work, Matt Harvey gave up eight hits, two walks and struck out just one. Harvey actually looked okay in the first three innings, getting a lot of ground outs, including a big 1-6-3 double play. In the fourth and fifth innings, Harvey came undone, giving up gopher balls to Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, and, yes, Daniel Murphy. For good measure, relievers Jim Henderson and Hansel Robles gave up another homer apiece to give the Nationals five long balls on the night.

The Mets offense mainly sputtered against Stephen Strasburg, who held them to one run on a solo shot to Asdrubal Cabrera through the first six before tiring in the seventh. Strasburg struck out 11 before surrendering a run on a ground out in the seventh. The Mets got two more runs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Eric Campbell off reliever Shawn Kelley, but it was too little too late. Harvey left the stadium without talking to reporters. Perhaps it’s time for him to stop being so stubborn, skip a start and clear his head.

A few bright spots tonight. Ty Kelly made his Mets debut, filling in at third for David Wright, Campbell hit his first homer of the season, and down on the farm, Wilmer Flores made a rehab start on his way back to the Mets. We could certainly use him right now. Tomorrow we wrap the away series with the Nationals with a day game – Steven Matz vs. Tanner Roark. Two out of three would be great.