Hiroki Kuroda is that pitcher mentioned in the first paragraph. There are two nice things about his place on the mound today. The first is that he has been very good at home. He is 9-5 at the ballpark in the Bronx with a 2.38 ERA and a WHIP of only 0.950. His strikeout to walk rate at home is a very impressive 3.9 to one. That will due nicely. Combine that with the fact that he is not only pitching at home, but is pitching during the day. Kuroda has made six day game starts and is 4-1 in those starts with a minuscule ERA of 0.84 and a WHIP of 0.891. His strikeout to walk ratio in those day games is 6.80. Very nice.
The only dark cloud to this rosy picture is that his one loss in the daytime was to these same Tampa Bay Rays on the second day of the season. And that game was at home.…
With one last chance to force a fifth game, Trenton got some life with two outs. A single by Maruszak gave them a batter and Murphy and Mahoney both drew walks, loading the bases. Unfortunately, Rob Segedin couldn’t keep the rally going, grounding into a force out at second and ending the game with Akron on top 6-1 and taking the EL crown.
Ramon Flores, David Adams, Rob Segedin: Each went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Segedin left two runners in scoring position. Flores had an error.
Ryan Pope: In just 0.1 innings of work, Pope gave up three runs on two hits and two walks.
Addison Maruszak: He was arguably one of the most consistent players for Trenton this season and he carried that into the post season. He went 2-4, but his team couldn’t push him across the plate.
JR Murphy: He went 1-3 with a homer, the lone Thunder run. He also drew a walk and struck out once.…
So I liked what Brien did last night recapping the game, so I’m going to follow his style. Let’s break it up!
The Objectively Good
- Ivan Nova’s command. Normally, it takes at least a couple of starts to get back into the rhythm of starting pitching, but Nova jumped right back on the horse, and spotted the ball perfectly tonight. I rarely saw him miss his spots entirely (sure, he left one out there for Evan Longoria in the 6th, but, well, a mistake to Longoria is a homer; a mistake to others might be a foul ball…though I’m not sure that’s making my point). Anyways, the point is that he looked sharp–much sharper than I expected. I wonder if the shoulder injury that kept him out for the last month is something that we could at least think about retroactively applying to some of his catastrophic starts before he was shut down–that is, maybe his 4.50-plus ERA isn’t something to be too worried about.
Ivan Nova makes his first start after a brief DL stint for a sore shoulder, and Yankee fans can only hope he’s a improved pitcher from the guy who went on the DL. Facing Nova will be James Shields, who has had mixed results facing the Yanks in recent years.
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Trenton used another big rally in the bottom of the fifth, however, to retake the lead for good. After two quick outs, Garcia singled to center and Flores drew a walk. Adams was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Almonte lined a single to center, plating two runs and bringing the Thunder within one run of the Aeros. A double by Addison Maruszak brought home Adams and Almonte for the 8-7 edge. In a game where no lead seemed safe, Trenton kept adding to their lead during the late innings. A RBI single by Flores in the sixth plated Kevin Mahoney, while JR Murphy hit a RBI double in the seventh. Adams scored Walter Ibarra in the eighth on a single to left, giving the Thunder an 11-7 victory over the Aeros and sending the series to a Game 4.
Rob Segedin: The designated hitter did not do much hitting, going 0-4 with three Ks.
Mikey O’Brien: Trenton’s starter did not last long, going just two innings and allowing five runs on eight hits.…
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