Aug 012010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 2-1 @ Scranton/W-B, 5:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (6-6, 4.42) vs.
Zach McAllister (7-7, 4.82)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 10-0 @ Portland, 2:00 p.m. Aaron Thompson (4-11, 5.38) vs.
Alex Wilson (3-3, 6.46)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-4 @ Greensboro, 4:00 p.m. Evan Bronson (1-0, 4.50) vs.
Erick Carrillo (3-5, 5.11)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 4-3 @ Lowell, 1:35 p.m. Bobby Hansen (3-2, 3.11) vs.
Hunter Cervenka (0-2, 3.72)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-3 @ GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 11-1
@DSL Yankees1
OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs L, 2-1 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (L, 3-7) 7IP 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Bisenius 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star: Davis 1-2, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Former National Tim Redding stifled the Chiefs, allowing just one run (a Leonard Davis HR) on four hits as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre edged Syracuse 2-1. Starter Erik Arnesen was nearly as good, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk.

Harrisburg Senators W, 10-0 vs. Portland
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann 4⅔ IP 1H 0R 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: James (W, 6-0) 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Johnson 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Martinez 2-3, 2RBI
Notes: Three pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as the Harrisburg Senators blanked the Portland Sea Dogs 10-0. Josh Johnson singled, doubled, and homered and drove in three to lead the offensive onslaught. Jordan Zimmermann, recently activated and assigned to Harrisburg, started the game and went 4⅔ innings, allowing one hit and two walks. Chuck James got the win in relief, his sixth against no losses for Harrisburg this season.

Potomac Nationals L, 5-1 vs. Frederick
Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: VanAllen 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star: Lombardozzi 1-3, 2B, BB
Notes: Perhaps the catch of the year was made Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns L, 5-4 @ Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Smoker 3IP 5H 3R 2ER 3BB 1K 1HR
Pitching Star: Wort 1IP 0R 0H 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Hague 2-5, R, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bloxom 2-4
Notes: The Suns took an an early 1-0 lead in the 1st but the Grasshoppers leapt past them with a two-run rally in the 2nd and a single run in the 3rd to go up 3-1. Hagerstown tied it in the 4th with an infield single and an RBI ground out, but Greensboro answered those two runs with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Greensboro would give one run back on an error and a run coming in on a double play, but otherwise the Grasshopper bullpen was stifling, allowing just two hits over four innings while striking out eight. Starter Josh Smoker’s generosity to the opposition continued with three runs allowed on five hits, including a home run. He walked three and struck out one.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 4-3
Starting Pitcher: Bates (L, 2-2) 5IP 11H 4R 2ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: Holland 3IP 0R 0H 1BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Rowe 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI; OF assist at HP
Hitting Star #2: Jimenez 2-5, 2B, RBI
Notes: Connor Rowe’s two-run HR gave Vermont an early lead at 2-0 in the top of the 3rd. Two errors and a string of singles by the Spinners led to three runs to put the Lake Monsters down 3-2. Lowell would extend the lead to 4-2 in the 4th. Vermont could only muster an unearned run in the 7th as Lowell won 4-3. Starter Colin Bates was stung for 11 hits over his five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) in the loss.

GCL Nationals L, 7-3 vs. GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: Ryan Mattheus 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Pitching Star: Randy Mower 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star: Adrian Sanches 3-3, 2B, SB, RBI
Notes: With two runs in the 3rd and three runs in the 4th, the GCL Cardinals went up 5-2 after four full innings and were in control the whole way, as the GCL Nationals fell to them 7-3. The GCL Nationals only left three runners on base, but only the starting and finishing pitchers were untouched as the GCL Cardinals rapped out 10 hits.

DSL Nationals L, 11-1 @ DSL Yankees1
Starting Pitcher: Antonio Guzman (L, 3-3) 5IP 8H 6R 6ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Luis Matos 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star: Victor Chavez 1-3, BB
Notes: The DSL Nationals pitchers were pounded for 13 hits, while the batters were held to just five hits as the DSL Yankees1 won handily 11-1. Starter Antonio Guzman took his third loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks.

Aug 012010
 

Smart baserunning might get you an extra base, maybe an extra run. But dumb baserunning will kill rallies and cost runs.

Such was the case in the second inning last night in Woodbridge. It began with the No. 7 man in the lineup, Jose Lozada, leading off with a single and getting caught stealing. A calculated risk, given that the nos. 8 and 9 batters were up next. After both men singled, Steve Lombardozzi drew a walk to load the bases.

With one out, Will Ortiz lifted a foul fly to medium-shallow right, with the rightfielder, second baseman and first baseman converging. Nick Moresi wisely saw that perhaps an infielder would get to it and tagged up from third. When the rightfielder caught it (read: facing towards home plate, with forward momentum), Moresi unwisely started toward home. Though he only made it down the line about twenty feet, it was enough for two strong throws to catch him in a rundown for the inning-ending double play.

It was that kind of night for Potomac. Though in the end it was only eight men stranded on the night, five of those came in the first two innings. The lost chances wasted another fine effort by Danny Rosenbaum, who pitched five innings and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks.

But it could have been worse. The picture above captures the moment that made the crowd gasp and then roar with approval.

With a runner on first, and two outs in the fifth, Xavier Avery launched a rocket to right-center field. Chris Curran read it perfectly and took off on a dead run. And then he leapt, his body seemingly parallel to the ground, his left arm stretched out ahead him at a 45-degree angle. It was do or die, because Avery is a triple waiting to happen when outfielders are on their feet, never mind on the ground.

After sliding headfirst on the warning track, Curran rolled over and pointed his glove to the sky. Inning over. He did.

Curran would lead off the next inning — because that’s how the baseball gods roll — and come around to score on a two-out single by Ortiz, tying the game at 1-1.

Unfortunately, things fell apart after that. Frederick got the run back the very next inning to go back up by one at 2-1. They extended to 4-1 with two in the top of the 8th and added another in the ninth for the final score of 5-1. Potomac managed only two leadoff singles in the final four innings.

With the loss, Potomac missed a chance to reclaim first place and remains one game back of Wilmington in the Northern Division. They have an off day today before embarking on a seven-game roadtrip against Lynchburg for three games and Myrtle Beach for four games before returning home next Monday.