Aug 212010
 

It’s not unusual to leave a game early, especially when the home team is up 6-1. After seven innings, this game looked like it was in the bag, even with Marcos Frias set to pitch the 8th.

Well, maybe not.

With eight runs in the eighth inning, the Winston-Salem Dash turned that 6-1 deficit into a 9-6 lead, then held on for a 9-8 win over Potomac. Seven of the eight runs scored with two outs. Frias, who was pitching in his third inning and had been the scheduled starter prior to Thursday night’s rainout, gave up back-to-back singles and was lifted for A.J. Morris, who struck out the first batter he faced, walked a batter to load the bases, and got a ground ball that erased the runner at second for the second out, the lead still intact at 6-2 with runners at the corner.

Then he gave up a single, the lead now 6-3, runners at first and second. All quiet on the bullpen front.

Then he gave up another single, bases loaded. Bullpen mounds unoccupied.

Then he gave up another single, two runs score, runner takes second on the throw home. The lead now just 6-5. Bullpen finally up and active.

Then he gave up another single, two runs score, runner takes second on the throw home, the Dash now up 7-6.

Manager Gary Cathcart finally lifted Morris for Patrick McCoy. Duly cursed by being named for this week’s “GBI,” McCoy promptly gave up the first extra-base hit, a double, then a single to complete the rally before finally getting a tapper to the mound for the third and final out.

Potomac would scratch out single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but the number that jumps from the scorebook is 15. That’s the number of runners left on base, as the P-Nats would go just 3-for-16 with RISP.

Tyler Moore continues to be hotter than a two-dollar pistol as doubled to right field for two runs and launched a moonshot down the LF line for home run number 26 and RBI number 97. Starter Jimmy Barthmaier labored through five innings, but kept the Dash scoreless on three hits and one walk.

The loss blew an opportunity to gain ground on second-place Wilmington, as the Lynchburg Hillcats shut them out 7-0. Potomac still holds a 1½ game lead (two in the loss column) with staff ace Adrian Alaniz (6-4, 2.44) set to pitch against Joe Serafin (1-3, 6.21).

Aug 202010
 

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 62-57, 3rd place IL North, 7½ games back

Good Leonard Davis .282/.331/.518 since All-Star Break
Bad Atahualpa Severino 0-2, 6.14ERA since All-Star Break
Interesting Brian Bixler .372/.400/.465 since acquisition on 8/9

HARRISBURG 64-59, T3rd place, 7 games back, EL (1 game behind wild-card)

Good Tom Milone 10-5, 2.87ERA, 12QS in 24G
Bad Adam Fox .156/.240/.265 in 54G
Interesting Steve Lombardozzi .345/.406/.414 since promotion (8G)

POTOMAC
29-22 in 2nd Half, 1st place by 1½ games in CrL North

Good Patrick McCoy 1-0, 3SV, 0.56ERA, 23K in last 10 appearances (16IP)
Bad Nick Moresi .172BA, 12K in last 10G
Interesting Signing Jamar Walton (.200/.239/.293) to replace Mike Burgess

HAGERSTOWN
22-31 in 2nd Half, last place in SAL North, 9½ games back

Good Eury Perez .412BA, 6SB in August
Bad Paul Demny 0-4, 5.82ERA in August
Interesting Josh Smoker .143 OBA, 3.00ERA as reliever

VERMONT
30-27, 1st Place Stedler Division of NY-Penn League, 1½ games ahead

Good Wade Moore .455BA in August
Bad Matt Swynenburg 13R, 19H allowed in last three starts (13⅔ IP)
Interesting Mark Herrera 30K in 23#8532; IP in 12G

GCL NATIONALS
19-28, 5th place GCL East Division, 12 games back, Eliminated

Good Christopher Manno 0.95WHIP, 1.42ERA, 21K in 12⅔ IP
Bad Rashad Hatcher .222/.263/.222 in 24G
Interesting 25th Rd. Pick Christian Meza 1.83ERA, .174OBA, 20K in 19⅔ IP

DSL NATIONALS
34-34, 5th place B.C. South Division, 10 games back, Eliminated

Good Edgar Gonzalez 39BB in 58G, .406 OBP
Bad Carlos David Alvarez 53G, 214PA
Interesting Adalberto Mieses 33BB, 5HR, 57H in 63⅓ IP = 2.98ERA?
Aug 202010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 6-2 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 0.75) vs.
Aaron Harang (0-1, 9.00)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 5-3 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (11-6, 4.00) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Winston-Salem, 7:03 p.m. Marcos Frias (5-5, 6.57) vs.
Joseph Serafin (1-3, 6.21)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 4-3; Won, 6-2 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Paul Applebee (5-6, 3.50) vs. Nick Haughian (5-4, 3.90)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 10-9 (11 inn.) vs. Brooklyn, 7:05 p.m. Aaron Barrett (0-2, 9.26) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @/vs. GCL Cardinals
(doubleheader), 11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1 @ DSL Phillies @ DSL Orioles2, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 6-2 @ Louisville
Starting Pitcher: Kown (L, 1-4) 6IP 6H 6R 6ER 1BB 6K 2HR
Pitching Star: Bergmann 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bixler 2-4, 2B, SB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Whiting 1-3, R, BB, SB
Notes: Louisville jumped to a 4-0 lead early, thanks to a grand slam by Devin Mesaraco in the bottom of the 2nd. Syracuse responded with two in the top of the 3rd to fight back, but Louisville crushed any hope of winning in the 6th with two more runs to win this one 6-2. Starter Andrew Kown took the loss and went six innings giving up six hits, six runs, one walk and got six strikeouts.

Harrisburg Senators L, 5-3 vs Erie
Starting Pitcher: Mock (L, 0-1) 5IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 0K 1HR
Pitching Star: Hernandez 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Valdez 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Johnson 2-4, R
Notes: Harrisburg scored one run in the bottom of the 1st, while Erie answered with one run in the 3rd to tie things back up. Harrisburg reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the 3rd with two runs making it 3-1. In the 5th Erie scored three to take the lead and the game as they kept the Sens scoreless for the remainder, winning 5-3. Rehabbing Garrett Mock went five innings, giving up six hits, four runs and two walks in the loss.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Notes: The rain came just before first pitch last night, setting up a doubleheader in Woodbridge on the final weekend. Wilmington fought back from a 4-3 deficit to win 6-5 against Frederick, cutting the P-Nats lead to 1½ games (two in the loss column).

Hagerstown Suns L, 4-3 @ Delmarva (Game 1)
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-7) 6⅔ IP 6H 4R 0ER 1BB 3K
Hitting Star: Perez  2-3, 1R, 2RBI, 4SB
Notes: Starter Paul Demny came within one batter of getting the complete-game win before surrendering a two-out, two-run double to tie the game at 3-3 in the 7th. After a pitching change, a wild pitch advanced the runner to third and an error sent him in, completing Delmarva’s comeback win for a walkoff 4-3 win over Hagerstown. Demny would take the loss with a line of 6⅔ innings pitched, four runs (none earned; the Suns committed four errors on the night) on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Eury Perez led the Suns offense with two hits, two RBI and four stolen bases.

Hagerstown Suns W, 6-2 @ Delmarva (game 2)
Starting Pitcher: Hicks 1IP 2H 2ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Morrison 3IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Rogers  2-3, 2R
Hitting Star #2: Perez 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
Notes: Delmarva kept the scoring going in the nightcap with two runs in the 1st. But Hagerstown wasn’t going to let this one get away as they scored two of their own in the 3rd. With the game tied going into the top of the 7th, Hagerstown finished their comeback with a four-run rally to pull away and win this one 6-2. Starter Graham Hicks went only one inning before being pulled as he gave up two hits, two runs and one walk. Eury Perez kept up his hot hitting with a 2-for-3 effort, including a double and an RBI

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 10-9 vs Lowell (11 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg 4⅔ IP 7H 7ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: Holland (W, 3-0) 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 4-5, R, 3B, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moldenhauer 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB
Hitting Star #3: Martinson 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Notes: Vermont had a great start as they scored seven runs in the bottom of the 1st. Like an annoying fly, Lowell started to inch their way back as they scored four in the 3rd and then took the lead in the 5th with another four runs. They also added one more run in the 6th to give them a 9-7 lead. Vermont started their comeback with one run in the 7th and in the 8th they tied things up with another run. The 9th decided nothing so that took us into extras, where in the bottom of the 11th Vermont scored the winning run to win this one 10-9. Starter Matt Swynenberg went 4⅔ innings giving up seven hits, seven runs and one walk to go along with four strikeouts.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Less than 10 games remain in the GCL season, but long-awaited deadline signs Sammy Solis, Robbie Ray and A.J. Cole are expected to be activated soon, perhap even for tomorrow’s doubleheader against the GCL Cards.

DSL Nationals L, 2-1 vs. DSL Phillies
Starter/Pitching Star: Adalberto Mieses (ND) 6IP 5H 0R 2BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bienvenido Valdez 2-4, 2B
Hitting Star #2: “Fred” Ortega 2-4, SB
Notes: Unlike the parent club, the DSL Nationals got strong pitching and played solid defense. Like the parent club, the hitting and the bullpen were both lacking as the DSL Phillies got single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to win 2-1. Starting pitcher Adalberto Mieses threw six scoreless inninings, allowing five hits and two walks while setting down three on strikes. Bienvenido Valdez and “Fred” Ortega both went 2-for-4 without a run scored or driven in as the D-Nats were held to just one run on seven hits and left six runners on base.

Aug 192010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-3 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Andrew Kown (1-3, 3.32) vs.
Sam LeCure (7-3, 3.76)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 10-1 vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 3.38) vs.
Duane Below (4-12, 5.12)
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-1 @ Kinston 7:00 p.m. Jimmy Barthmaier (3-1, 4.70) vs.
Joe Mahalic (4-8, 4.19)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed @ Delmarva, 6:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 4-3 vs. Lowell, 7:00 p.m. Matt Swynenberg (3-2, 4.40) vs.
Keith Couch (1-4, 3.38)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Marlins OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Mets1 @ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 5-3 @ Louisville
Starting Pitcher: Chico (ND) 6IP 6H 0R 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Wilkie [H, 8] 2IP 1H 0R 0BB5K
Pyrotechnician: Severino (BS, 5; L, 4-3) ⅓ IP 2H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 1-1, 1R, 1HR, 1RBI
Hitting Star #2: Davis 1-3, 1R
Notes: Syracuse and Louisville remained scoreless through five innings of play until the 6th where Syracuse scored two runs, courtesy of RBI singles by Boomer Whiting and Danny Espinosa. A solo HR by Seth Bynum in the 8th extended the Chiefs’ lead to 3-0, and things were looking good. Louisville had their backs to the wall until the bottom of the 9th where they scored five runs off relievers Adam Carr and Athualpa Severino, capped off by a grand slam by stud catching prospect Devin Mesaraco to give Louisville the 5-3 win. Starter Matt Chico went six scoreless innings, giving up six hits and no walks while registering five strikeouts with the loss

Harrisburg Senators W, 10-1 vs. Erie
Starting Pitcher: Milone (W, 10-5) 6⅔ IP 7H 1R 1ER 0BB 13K
Pitching Star: Jones, Jas 1.1IP 2H 0R 1K
Hitting Star #1: Marrero 4-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Ivany  3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
Notes: Tom Milone won his 10th game in striking fashion (13K), as the Harrisburg Senators drowned the Seawolves 10-1. The 23-year-old southpaw allowed just one run on seven hits and no walks over 6⅔ innings. Offensively, Harrisburg started the scoring early in the bottom of the 1st with 2 runs, and added two more in the 4th making it 4-0. Erie scored its lone run in the top of the 5th, but Harrisburg was just too hot today as they scored three more in the bottom of the 5th, then piled on with one more in the 6th then two more runs in the 8th to finish the night at 10-1. Chris Marrero led the 14-hit onslaught with a 4-for-5 night with four RBI.

Potomac Nationals W, 9-1 @ Kinston
Starting Pitcher: Holder (W, 2-2) 5⅔ IP 3H 1R 1ER 3BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: Wort 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, R, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Nicol 3-5, R, RBI
Notes: Tempers flared in the 6th inning, as both starter Trevor Holder and manager Gary Cathcart were ejected after Holder allegedly threw behind a Kinston batter (Chun-Hsiu Chen, who had homered in his previous at-bat) one inning after Tyler Moore was plunked. Moore’s crime was merely doing what he’s been doing since the middle of last month: beating the snot out of opposing pitchers, which he did in grand (slam) fashion in the first inning for third time this season as the P-Nats prevailed 9-1. The Potomac first baseman ran the bases following the HBP, but removed from the game when the Potomac took the field in the bottom of the 5th, indicating that perhaps his removal was defensive but not injury-related. Moore would finish the night at 2-for-3 with 5 RBI. Holder was done but got the win—his second in as many starts—with the one Kinston run allowed on three hits and three walks over 5⅔ innings. Two more batters would be hit (one for each side) but no more ejections were issued. The win, combined with a Blue Rocks loss, returns the Potomac lead to two games over Wilmington.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Notes: Heavy rains forced an early cancellation of Wednesday night’s game, forcing a doubleheader tonight at 6:05 p.m. For more details, click the link above.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 4-3 vs. Lowell
Starting Pitcher: Ott (L, 0-1) 3IP 3H 2R 2ER 4BB 3K
Pitching Star: Selik 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, R, BB
Hitting Star #2: Freitas 1-3, 2B, BB
Notes: Vermont was well rested for this one but it seems Lowell was too. In the 3rd Lowell scored two runs and added 1 more in the 5th and another in the 6th to make it 4-0. The Lake Monsters roared back with three runs in the bottom of the 6th but lost steam after that as they were downed 4-3. Recently demoted starter Billy Ott went just three innings giving up three hits, two runs and three walks and took the loss.

GCL Nationals W, 5-4 vs. GCL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Matt Grace (W, 1-1) 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K
Pitching Star: Nick Serino (H, 3) 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Estarlin Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Roberto Perez 3-4, SB
Notes: Matthew Grace continues to pitch stronger, going five innings and allowing one run on three hits and one walk. He also struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 6.27 for his first professional win as the GCL Nationals defeated the GCL Marlins 5-4. Roberto Perez led the 11-hit offensive attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon, while Chris Manno came on in the ninth with two out and two runners on and struck out the lone batter he faced for the save, also a professional first.

DSL Nationals L, 5-3 vs. DSL Mets1
Starting Pitcher: Antonio Guzman (L, 4-5) 4IP 4H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Karin Burgos 2IP 1H 0R 2BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Bienvenido Valdez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adderling Ruiz 2-4, R, 2B, 2SB
Notes: Bienvenido Valdez’s two-run HR in the bottom of the ninth made this game look closer than it was, as the DSL Nationals lost to the DSL Mets1 by a count of 5-3. The DSL Nationals hit the ball far (three extra-base hits) but not often (four hits total) going 0-for-7 with RISP and stranding five baserunners. Starting Pitcher Antonio Guzman took the loss, giving up one unearned run on four hits while striking out three, while three of the four relievers that followed surrendered runs to enable the Mets1 squad to build a 5-0 lead before Hitting Star #2 Adderling Ruiz scored on an RBI groundout in the 8th to break up the shutout.

Aug 182010
 

Multiple online sources are reporting that Wilson Ramos has been recalled from AAA Syracuse, in part to replace Wil Nieves who is expected to leave the team for the birth of his daughter with wife Yormarie Nieves.

Ramos has put up a line of .317/.349/.483 since joining the Syracuse Chiefs after the trade with Minnesota for All-Star Closer Matt Capps in late July. He is expected to be optioned back upon Nieves’ return, but is also expected to be one of the September call-ups.

Aug 182010
 

Early last week, we looked at the playoff chances for the seven Nationals affiliates. The underlying tone was who and when for promotions that would qualify players for the Arizona Fall League, an exercise that has taken on greater meaning with a front office that promotes deliberately and carefully. Just how (much more) would the Potomac roster be gutted altered to meet this goal was the primary question; who would be backfilled from Hagerstown would be the secondary question.

On Monday afternoon, Michael Burgess got the call providing part of the primary answer. On Monday night, a scan of the Potomac box score provided a little more… Derek Norris and Tyler Moore were staying put. Last night, the secondary answer came when minor-league free agent Jamar Walton was assigned to Potomac and played right field in the second game of a doubleheader. Like a middle child, Potomac would have to achieve without advantage or favor.

Now that the other shoe has dropped, here’s a quick revisit of where the affiliates stand as we enter the home stretch…

SYRACUSE
Trailing Louisville for the wild card by 4frac12; games going into last night’s game, the Chiefs needed to sweep to have much of a chance of making a run. They lost. Most of the drama will be who gets the callup in September.

HARRISBURG
The infusion of Mike Burgess and Steve Lombardozzi can only help one of the system’s more lackluster offenses, but the trend of falling behind early continues to put more pressure on the bullpen, as witnessed last night. Still only out by two games, but no games remain against the team they’re trying to catch (Bowie) and there’s still seven games against Eastern Division powerhouses Trenton and New Hampshire.

POTOMAC
While not the narc-at-biker-rally beatings of years past, Potomac still has trouble winning in Kinston and has seen its lead dwindle to one in the past two days, thanks to three straight losses by one or two runs. They return home this weekend to play playoff-bound Winston-Salem, then Wilmington next week for three games. After that first-vs.-second showdown, the P-Nats take the road for eight games: three against first-half-winner Frederick and five against division-leading Salem. Meanwhile, after its series with Potomac, Wilmington goes to last-place Lynchburg for three then plays out the string with seven straight at home against Myrtle Beach and Frederick. It will basically come down to who’s the hotter team over the last 11 days of the season.

HAGERSTOWN
Three straight wins have pulled the Suns out of the cellar, but with an elimination number of just 10 with ~19 games left, the team needs to go 13-6 just to finish .500 overall for the year.

VERMONT
The Lake Monsters lead the division by one game, but have been playing below .500 ball for nearly six weeks. There’s still a series left against the second-place Connecticut Tigers, but no games left against third-place Tri-City, who could potentially pass both teams in the standings. Still time left, but pitching, which was a strength early on, has become a weakness.

GCL & DSL NATIONALS
Both teams have been eliminated. The DSL Nationals can still finish above .500 but the GCL Nationals are playing out the string and whatever pride they may perceive in not finishing last in their division.

Aug 182010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-5 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Matt Chico (6-7, 3.92) vs.
Chad Reineke (9-7, 3.47)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (9-5, 2.95) vs.
Brooks Brown (11-7, 3.70)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-1; Lost, 5-3 @ Kinston 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-2, 3.99) vs.
T.J. McFarland (10-4, 3.05)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-6 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. Kenny Moreland (7-6, 4.00)
Vermont Lake Monsters ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Lowell, 7:00 p.m. TBD vs. Hunter Cervenka (0-4, 4.40)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-9 vs.
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6 (7 inn.);
Game 2 suspended
vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 8-5 @ Louisville
Starting Pitcher: Martis (L, 7-7) 4⅓ IP 9H 7R 7ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Bergmann 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Lambin 3-4, R, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Davis 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: Louisville started the scoring in the bottom of 1st with three runs, while Syracuse answered with two runs in the 4th. In the bottom of the 4th Louisville scored two more and added an additional two runs in the 5th making it 7-2. In the 6th Syracuse chipped away at the lead with one run, but Louisville didn’t let up as they scored one of their own in the bottom of the inning. Syracuse could only add two more runs in the 8th and 9th but ran out of time as they lost 8-5. Starter Shairon Martis went 4⅓ innings giving up nine hits, seven runs and two strikeout along with 5 strikeouts with the loss.        

Harrisburg Senators L, 4-3 vs. Erie (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Peacock (ND) 7IP 1H 0R 3BB 8K
Pitching Un- Star: Kimball (BS, 4) 1⅓ IP 1H 2R 1ER 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Burgess 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 3-4, R, 1-2B
Notes: Mike Burgess made the most of his AA debut, going 2-for-4 with two solo HRs to help the Sens build a 3-0 lead through seven innings. Unfortunately, the Senators bullpen could not keep the shutout going, allowing one run in the 8th, two runs in the 9th and the winning run in the 10th. The implosion ruined a fine outing by starter Brad Peacock who went seven scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, three walks while registering eight strikeouts.

Potomac Nationals L, 3-1; L, 5-3 @ Kinston

GAME ONE
Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum (L, 2-2) 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 3BB 5K
Pitching Star: Testa 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star: Norris 1-1, R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: Tuesday’s offensive futility continued in the first game as the P-Nats managed just three hits, with Derek Norris’s solo HR preventing the shutout. Starter Danny Rosenbaum went five innings and allowed all three Indian runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five.

GAME TWO
Starting Pitcher: Lehman (L, 4-3) 3IP 4H 5R 2ER 2BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: McCoy 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Soriano 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Curran 2-2, R, BB
Notes: Francisco Soriano’s solo HR to lead off the 1st gave Potomac faint hopes that a split was possible, but four runs in the bottom of the inning dashed those hopes as the Kinston Indians went on to win 5-3, sweeping the doubleheader. Starter Pat Lehman gave up all five Kinston runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. The two losses shaved Potomac’s lead over second-place Wilmington to just one game. Rather than promote or demote, Washington replaced Mike Burgess on the roster with former Blue Rock Jamar Walton, a 24-year-old OF who was originally drafted by Florida in 2004.

Hagerstown Suns W, 8-6 @ Delmarva
Starting Pitcher: Bronson (W, 3-2) 6⅓ IP 6H 5R 2ER 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: Smoker (SV, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 3-5, 2R, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Leon 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
Notes: The Suns began the scoring in the 4th with five runs, Delmarva kept the game close with three runs of their own in the bottom of the 5th. But Hagerstown didn’t want Delmarva to gain anymore ground as they scored two more in the 6th and another run in the 7th making it 8-3. Delmarva could only counter with three more runs in the bottom of the 7th but fell short in the end as Hagerstown took this one 8-6. Starter Evan Bronson went 6⅓ innings, giving up six hits, five runs and no walks with one strikeout for the win. Josh Smoker pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.

Vermont Lake Monsters — OFF DAY
Notes: Vermont had another day off today to prepare for their 2 games versus Lowell this week. Meanwhile, at the New York-Penn League All-Star game, David Freitas and Blake Kelso both started but were hitless in two at-bats while Neil Holland hit two batters and struck out two batters while pitching a scoreless inning.

GCL Nationals W, 10-8 @ GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Yuniesky Maya 4IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Tim Dupuis (W, 2-1) 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Angel Montilla 2-6, R, 2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Roberto Perez 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Rashad Hatcher 3-5, 2R, RBI
Notes: Robert Perez’s 10th-inning double broke an 8-8 tie as the GCL Nationals went on to defeat the GCL Astros by a score of 10-8. Yuniesky Maya’s second start was not quite as smooth as the 29-year-old Cuban defector gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks over four innings.
Hitters of the game Angel Montilla, Perez, and Rashad Hatcher would account for seven of the 12 G-Nats hits and six RBI. Timothy Dupuis got the win in relief with three prefect innings and six strikeouts.

DSL Nationals W, 7-6 vs. DSL Yankees1 (7 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Dennis Lellis 2IP 7H 6R 3ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Andy Santana (W, 3-0) 5IP 2H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Victor Chavez 3-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bienvenido Valdez 2-4, RBI
Notes: In a repeat of last week, the two teams were scheduled to have a doubleheader but were only able to get one game played, which the DSL Nationals won 7-6 in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the 7th. Game two was suspended. Andy Santana pitched the final five innings to earn the win, allowing no runs on two hits and no walks while striking out six. In the final inning, hitter of the game Victor Chavez homered to tie it at 6-6 while Aladin Reyes singled, stole second, took third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a wild pitch.

Aug 172010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 11-4 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (7-6, 4.08) vs.
Micah Owings (0-0, 2.35)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (1-1, 6.61) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Lost, 2-1 @ Kinston 6:00 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Danny Rosenbaum (2-1, 2.01)
vs. Austin Adams (3-0, 1.35);
Game Two Starters TBD
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-1 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (2-2, 4.50) vs.
Brent William Allar (2-2, 5.10)
Vermont Lake Monsters ALL-STAR BREAK N/A N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 9-4 vs.
GCL Mets
@ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 vs. DSL Marlins @/vs. DSL Yankees1
(Doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 11-4 @ Indianpolis
WDWRD: 2-5; No CS-SB
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (W, 5-7) 5IP 6H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Wilkie  2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 2-6, 1R, 1HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bixler 3-5, 2R, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Espinosa 1-4, 2R, HR, BB, 4RBI
Notes: Indianpolis started out with a bit of a run as they scored one in the bottom of the 1st, another run in the 2nd and one more in the 3rd. But Syracuse didn’t take this sitting down as they scored two in the top of the 3rd, three in the 4th and two more runs in the top of the 5th making it 7-3. Indianpolis answered with 1 run in the 5th, but Syracuse shut them down with one more in the 7th and another 3 runs in the 9th, courtesy of Danny Espinosa’s fourth AAA home run, to win this one 11-4. Starter Erik Arnesen went five innings giving up six hits, four runs and three strikeouts with the win.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Notes: The Sens had an off day on Monday and begin a three-game series versus Erie starting today. Harrisburg trails Bowie by one game for second place in the Western Division. The top two teams in each division make the Eastern League playoffs.

Potomac Nationals L, 2-1 @ Kinston
Starting Pitcher: Alaniz (L, 6-4) 6IP 4H 2R 2ER 2BB 7K
Pitching Star: Morris 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star: Lozada 1-3, 2B, BB
Notes: Kinston’s reputation as “House of Horrors” for Potomac remained intact as the P-Nats fell 2-1. Staff ace Adrian Alaniz took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Kinston pitchers surrendered five walks, which Potomac tried its best to exploit with five stolen bases. But the clutch hit came just once in thirteen run-scoring opportunities, as the P-Nats left nine men on base overall. The loss slices their lead to just one over second-place Wilmington, who doubled up Frederick 8-4.

Hagerstown Suns W, 8-1 vs. Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Clegg (W, 9-1) 6IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 1K
Pitching Star: Vasquez 1⅓ IP 2H 0R 2BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Perez 2-4, 2R
Hitting Star # 2: King 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Notes: Hagerstown scored one in the bottom of the first to start the game off. Greensboro tied the game back up in the 4th with one run but Hagerstown seemed to take offense to the run as they came back with six runs in the bottom of the inning, making it 7-1. In the 8th The Suns put this one to bed with one more run as they won this one 8-1. Starter Mitchel Clegg went six innings, giving up five hits, one run, and two walks with the win, his ninth for Hagerstown this season. 

Vermont Lake Monsters — ALL STAR BREAK
Notes: It’s the New York-Penn League All Star game tonight in Staten Island, as Neil Holland, David Freitas, and Blake Kelso will represent the Lake Monsters as the N.L. Affiliates take on the A.L. affiliates. The legendary 74-games-in-77-days schedule resumes tomorrow with Vermont hosting Lowell.

GCL Nationals W, 9-4 vs. GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Pedro Encarnacion 4IP 3H 2R 2ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Chris Manno 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Tyler Oliver 2-5, R, 2B, HR, BB, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rick Hughes 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Angel Montilla 3-5, R, SB, RBI
Notes: A four-run 2nd propelled the GCL Nationals to 9-4 win over the GCL Mets. Five batters collected two or more more hits, with Tyler Oliver driving in five runs. Starter Pedro Encarnacion went the first four innings, allowing two runs on three hits without a walk and striking out three while Chris Manno earned pitching star honors with two scoreless innings to close out the game.

DSL Nationals L, 6-5 vs. DSL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez (L, 5-7) 6IP 5H 3R 2ER 1BB 8K
Pitching Star: Inocencio Heredia 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Wilmer Difo 2-4
Hitting Star #2: Jean Valdez 1-3, R, 2B
Notes: The D-Nats bats were held down until the bottom of the 7th, when they put up a three-spot. Unfortunately, that only cut the DSL Marlins lead in half, as the DSL Nationals could only get two more runs in the next innings, falling by a final of 6-5. Starting pitcher Wirkin Estevez went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk while setting down eight on strikes. Wilmer Difo led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort.

Aug 162010
 

Various online reports have stated that Potomac OF Mike Burgess has been promoted to AA Harrisburg. This is not unexpected, as the deadline for the Arizona Fall League is tomorrow and the 21-year-old has been considered a candidate for this year’s AFL class.

Burgess began the year slowly, then heated up in May (.313/.394/.509) before cooling off in June (.183/.280/.312). Much of July was lost to bereavement leave after a death in his family.

Strikeouts are still very much a problem for Burgess, but his struggles to hit lefties appear to be behind him. This year, he has hit them to the tune of .281 (.256 for RHPs) whereas last year he hit .221, and his slugging percentage, down from last year, is dead-even with .430 against both. His arm remains one of the best in the system and the 15 lbs or so he lost in the offseason has been noticed in the field with better range and more balls in the gap being run down and/or caught.

UPDATE: MASN’s Ben Goessling has gone to virtual ink with the story.

Aug 162010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-2 @ Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (7-6, 4.08) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-3, 3.39)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 7-5 (10 inn.) @ Kinston 7:00 p.m. Adrian Alaniz (6-3, 2.40) vs.
Austin Adams (3-0, 1.35)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-5 vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (8-1, 2.60) vs.
Matt Montgomery (9-10, 2.72)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 11-5 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Suspended,
0-2 after 2 inn. vs.
GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Marlins TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 4-2 @ Indianapolis
WDWRD: 3-4, 1R; No CS-SB
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann (ND) 5IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 3K; 1-2, 2B as batter
Pitching Star: Bergmann (W, 6-3) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star: Davis 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
Notes: Indianapolis started the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd and retained the lead until the the 6th where they extended it with another run. Syracuse however managed to tie things up at 2-2 in 7th, then took the lead in the 8th completing the comeback as they won 4-2. Starter Jordan Zimmermann went five innings, giving up six hits, one run, one walk and got three strikeouts for a no-decision. Jason Bergmann got the win in relief while Adam Carr bounced back Saturday night to get his 4th save at AAA.

Harrisburg Senators L, 3-2 @Trenton
Starting Pitcher: Thompson (L, 4-12) 5IP 5H 3R 2ER 5BB 5K
Pitching Star: Pena 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Lombardozzi  1-3, R, BB
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 1-4, R
Notes: Trenton scored 1 run in the bottom of the 1st and added 2 more in the 3rd to give them a 3-0 lead early. Harrisburg remained scoreless until the top of the 9th when Steve Lombardozzi walked and Josh Johnson singled to lead off the inning. Chris Marrero grounded out to move them to second and third, Jesus Valdez grounded out score Lombardozzi while Ofilio Castro singled to send in Johnson. Tim Pahuta couldn’t keep the rally going, grounding into a fielder’s choice to end it. Final score: Trenton 3, Harrisburg 2. Starter Aaron Thompson took loss #12, going five innings, giving up all three Trenton runs on five hits and five walks.

Potomac Nationals W, 7-5 (10 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach
Starting Pitcher: Frias 3⅔ IP 6H 4R 4ER 3BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Wort (W, 1-0)
Hitting Star #1: Rooney 2-4, R, 2B, BB, HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 2-5, R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: Jose Lozada’s two-run shot in the bottom of the 10th gave the P-Nats a 7-5 win and completed a three-game sweep of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Newly promoted Rob Wort got the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings with three walks (one intentional) and two strikeouts. Starting pitcher Marcos Frias went 3⅔ innings and gave up four runs on six hits and three walks and two strikeouts. Hitters of the game Tyler Moore and Sean Rooney accounted for the first four runs of the game via the longball, with Moore hitting a solo shot in the 2nd and Rooney smacking a three-run blast in the 6th to tie the game at 4-4 and take Frias off the hook. The win combined with a cancellation in Salem extended the P-Nats’ lead over second-place Wilmington to 2½ games (three in the loss column) as they head to Kinston for five games in four days before returning to Woodbridge on Friday to take on Winston-Salem.

Hagerstown Suns W, 7-5 vs. Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Applebee (W, 5-4) 5IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: Weaver (SV, 16) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star # 1: Hague 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB
Hitting Star # 2: Perez 2-3, R, RBI
Notes: Greensboro scored two in the top of the 1st, but the Suns came right back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. In the 2nd Hagerstown added one more, then another in the 3rd, making it 6-2 in favor of the Suns. Greensboro sliced the lead to three with one run in the top of the 4th, but Hagerstown got it back with a run of their own in the 6th. Greensboro made a charge in the 8th with two runs, but the Suns managed to keep Greensboro at bay as they came away with the win at 7-5. Starter Paul Applebee went five innings giving up four hits, three runs and got for strikeouts in the win.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 11-5 @ Jamestown
Starting Pitcher: Jenkins (L, 2-6) 3IP 4H 4R 4ER 4BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Moore 1-2, R, 2BB, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moldenhauer 2-5, R, 2B
Notes: Jamestown wasted no time getting started as they scored four in the bottom of the 1st. Vermont could only counter that with one run in the 4th, but Jamestown didn’t give them any room as they scored three more in the bottom of the inning. Vermont made a charge with two runs in each of the 6th and 7th innings, but Jamestown put any hope of a comeback to rest in the bottom of the 7th with four more runs, giving them the win at 11-5. Starter Chad Jenkins went three innings giving up four hits, four runs and four walks with the loss. Vermont returns home after the two-day All-Star break to host Lowell for two and Brooklyn for three.

GCL Nationals 0-2 vs. GCL Cardinals — SUSP (2 inn.)
Notes: After two innings this game was suspended with the GCL Cardinals leading 3-0. Starter Brandon King was touched for one run in the 1st, two in the 2nd on five hits (all singles) and no walks before play was halted. The two teams meet again on Friday, which is presumably when this game will be continued.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The DSL Nationals close out their season with home dates against the Marlins, Mets2, and Giants while visiting the Yankees1, Phillies and Orioles2. At 33-32, the D-Nats need three wins to prevent a losing season, four to finish as a winner.