The heat was a player in John Maine's rehab start for the Binghamton Mets at Waterfront Park, home of the Trenton Thunder. The baby Bombers completed a 3-game sweep of the baby Metros, with a 10-2 pounding.
But while the heat got to Maine (and everyone in the press box due to air conditioning problems), his heater was not exactly, well, hot. He never got above 88 mph, but he located well and he changed speeds effectively. As he got more comfortable he also went in and out off the plate, though when he missed he missed outside. But he got outs and the Thunder managed only two hits off the rehabbing righty. In four innings, he kept them scoreless.
Maine was relaxed after the game and he seemed hopeful and also realistic. The Mets need him back, but healthy. How healthy is the question and has been for some time with Maine. He appears to be headed for Triple-A Buffalo next week.
The Thunder have continued their string of successes, winning their seventh straight. Brandon Laird has been a huge part of that success, but what will the Yankees do with him? He's making a case for himself and if he continues to play this good, his value goes up for any deals the Yanks might make down the road. The third baseman is hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 59 runs knocked in this season. He was named May Player of the Month after hitting .339 in May. On the 26th he hit for the cycle. He's spent time in the AFL, which is always a competitive experience for any player, and he had a good run there.
Hector Noesi pitched a complete game in the Thunder's win and it was a performance of precision. He was economical with his pitches and had good movement on the ball. His CG was the first for a Thunder player since 2008. Noesi has won his last three starts.