MILB Spring Training Trenton Thunder Game Notes – March 15, 2019


On a hot day in the Tampa sun, the Trenton Thunder took the field at the Yankees Player Development & Scouting Complex to face off against the Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguers.  Here are the notes from the game.

Pitching

Albert Abreu

  • Abreu was sitting 96-97 miles per hour with his fastball, and touched 99 once
  • He struggled with his command in the first inning but was able to get out of the inning unsaved. At one point he threw five straight balls.
  • Abreu struck out four batters in his three innings of work
  • He looked better on the mound as he progressed in the game.
  • He allowed 1 run on a home run on a fastball that was left up in the zone and had little movement. That was the only hit he allowed.  He also walked two batters.
  • He flashed good break on his curveball

Garrett Whitlock

  • Whitlock came into the game in the fourth inning for the Yankees.
  • He struck out four batters in 2 2/3 innings of work.
  • He did not allow a run.
  • His fastball was 95-97 mph throughout his outing.

Brooks Kriske

  • Kriske came into the game to get the final out of the sixth inning, which was a strike out.
  • He remained in the game for the seventh, allowing a home run before striking out two more batters
  • Kriske looked to be in great form as his fastball was 95-97 mph

Austin Gardner

  • Gardner pitched the last two innings for the Yankees
  • He struck out one batter, allowed a 2-run home run and 2 walks in his outing.
  • Gardner was 89-91 MPH with his fastball, his curveball was at 8 mph, slider at 85 mph and changeup at 82 mph.

Hitting/Fielding

  • Ryan Lidge was showing off his arm early, gunning a runner at second in the first inning.
  • David Metzgar tripled in the third inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
  • Garrett Whitlock just missed out on making a web-gem catch in the fifth inning on a liner that went just by his glove as he came off the mound.
  • Angel Aguilar impressed, he went 2-for-3 with a walk and 5 RBIs. All of his RBIs were on two home runs.  A 2-run home run in the first and a 3-run home run in the sixth.
  • Isiah Gilliam went opposite field in the sixth inning for a double to LF.
  • Evan Alexander legged out a triple in the sixth, showcasing his strong speed.
  • Gustavo Campero came in as a defensive replacement for Lidge in the sixth. He walked in the seventh inning.