TRENTON, NJ – The Thunder’s two big offensive guns – right-fielder Aaron Judge and third baseman Eric Jagielo – suddenly were taken out of Tuesday night’s lineup vs. Bowie.
Add that to Greg Bird rehabbing a strained shoulder in Tampa, and much of the boom in the Thunder’s attack was not on the field vs Baltimore’s Double-A team. So it was not surprising the Thunder (19-19) dropped a 3-2, 10-inning decision to the Baysox (20-18) 0n a home run by Eastern League veteran Quincy Latimore before 4,578 fans at Arm&Hammer Park.
Gary Sanchez did blast a two-run homer, his fourth, to provide the Trenton offense in the first inning. The Thunder also had 10 hits and left as many on base.
“We just didn’t do the little things you have to do, bring runners in from third, get the needed hit,” said Thunder manager Al Pedrique. “You have to do the ABCs of the game.”
So much for the contest, which had a surreal feel after both Judge and Jagielo were pulled, the latter five minutes before the first pitch.
There were simple reasons, and neither appear much to be overly concerned about.
“Aaron said he felt a pain in the back of his knee while taking batting practice,” said Pedrique. “So, as a precaution, we gave him an extra day off.
“He passed all the tests and we’ll see how he does in the morning (Trenton plays a 10:35 a.m, School Day game Wednesday) Hopefully we’ll have him.”
Judge is hitting .314 (44-for-140) with six homers and 21 RBIs in 34 games. With Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury hurting a knee in Tuesday night’s 8-6, extra-inning loss at Washington, the Yankees announced both Ellsbury will head to the 15-day disabled list and Slade Haethcott, hitting ,285 (43-for-151) with a homer and 17 RBIs in 37 games, would be called up.
A 40-man roster spot would have to be opened for Heathcott, necessitating another move. And would Judge be sent to Scranton to replace him? The situation was fluid as of midnight.
As for Jagielo, who is batting .291 (37-for-127) with a team-leading seven honers and 25 RBIs, a rise in his blood-sugar level was the cause of his absence from the lineup.
“Eric saw the doctor and was feeing better,” said Pedrique. “His sugar level was too high for his situation, so, as a precaution, we held him out.
“We’ll see how he is doing Wednesday morning.”
It was also announced Luis Severino would be activated for a start Thursday evening awaits Bowie.
“Luis (who has been on the 7-day DL with a blister) is all set for that,” said Pedrique.
The Thunder have an open roster spot – at 24 – s0 Severino will simply be activated with no other move needed.