Apr 122011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley, 10:35 a.m. Yunesky Maya (0-0, 9.64)* vs.
Ryan Feierabend (4-7, 5.30)
Harrisburg Senators Suspended, Top 2nd vs. New Britain, 5:00 p.m.
(Doubleheader)
TBD and Brad Peacock (2-2, 4.66) vs.
TBD and David Bromberg (5-5, 3.62)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-5 Postponed
(Doubleheader on Wed.)
Paul Demny (6-10, 4.23 @ A) and
Mitchell Clegg (9-3, 3.48 @ A) vs.
Terry Doyle (8-8, 3.71) and
Joe Searfin (3-4, 5.62)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed @ Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Taylor Jordan (0-1, 13.50) and
Paul Applebee (6-6, 4.10) vs.
Juan Minaya (4-12, 4.79) and
Gabriel Garcia (0-1, 3.86 @ Appy Lg)

* 2011 record

Leigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
∙ Stammen (ND_ 5IP 3H 1ER 1BB 3K
∙ Hyde 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Chico (L, 0-2) 0IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 0K WP
∙ Bixler 1-4, 2R, BB
∙ Frazier 2-4, R, 2B

For the second time this season, the Syracuse Chiefs lost on a walkoff wild pitch, as Iron Pigs’s Cory Sullivan doubled, moved to 2nd, and then scored on a Matt Chico wild pitch. Both losses were charged to Chico. The loss quickly reversed the momentum that had started when the Chiefs rallied in the 8th inning to tie the game at 3-3, thanks to doubles by Jeff Frazier and Chris Marreno. Starting Craig Stammen pitched well, allowing just three hits and one run in five innings, while walking only one and striking out three.

New Britain 0 Harrisburg 0 – Suspended (2nd inning)

The game against the Rock Cats was suspended in the 2nd inning due to field conditions. It will be made up today, beginning at 5 p.m., with the first game a nine-inning completion and the second game a seven-inning affair. In a common minor-league maneuver with the threat of rain, Henry Rodriguez started the game and pitched the top of the first inning. Unfortunately, Erik Davis warmed up to start the second and will likely be skipped in favor of Brad Peacock, with Jimmy Barthmaier and Erik Arnesen the two most likely pitchers in the nightcap. Derek Norris was injured running out a groundball, turning his right ankle on the bag according to eyewitnesses.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 5
∙ Frias (L, 0-1) 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
Caldera 2IP 6H 4R 4ER 0BB 1K 1HR
∙ Hood 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB
∙ Leon 2-4, R
∙ Hague 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown @ Lexington — PPD
Rain washed away the game in Lexington, forcing a doubleheader at 5:05 p.m.

Apr 122011
 

The first seven innings took 90 minutes to play. The last two inning took 75 minutes.

Such is the nature of minor-league baseball, where a 2-0, possible no-hitter can turn into a 7-5 slugfest with a couple of bad relievers and a few errors to boot.

Winston-Salem’s Cameron Bayne allowed just two baserunners through 6⅔ innings (both walks), before Destin Hood ripped a double to LF to set up Steven Souza with 2nd-and-3rd and two out. While not unimpressive, the tendency for the P-Nats to swing at the first pitch took a little bit of the shine off Bayne’s effort, which saw him strike out just three.

But that third strikeout came against Souza.

Marcos Frias took the loss, but the true culprit was Alex Caldera, who surrendered a solo shot in the 7th and three runs on five hits in eighth to dig the hole from 0-1 to 0-5 for the Nats batters.

Much like the Suns teams from early 2010, this group seems to be able to put up the big crooked number late. Stephen King led off with a walk, while Sandy Leon and Cutter Dykstra both singled to load the bases. Eury Perez beat out a double play for the first run while Jeff Kobernus tapped a slow grounder for the first two runs and Rick Hague went deep to drive in the last two runs to cut the Dash lead to 5-4.

Rob Wort took the mound in the ninth and started with a strikeout, but walks bookended around a single loaded the bases with one out. Rick Hague booted the ensuing groundball to send home two more, the fourth Potomac error of the night.

The P-Nats would rally for one more in the 9th, as Hood led off with his second double in as many at-bats, took third on a sharp, one-out single to RF, and came in on a sacrifice fly by Dykstra. Perez had runners on 1st and 3rd with two two out but came up empty after fouling off multiple pitches, eventually striking out.

The loss tumbles Potomac to 1-2 and as of this writing, today’s schoolday special has been postponed by rain. It will be made up on Wednesday at 6:05pm as a doubleheader.

Apr 112011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 2-0 @ Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. Craig Stammen (2-0, 2.25) vs.
Brian Bass (4-4, 3.26)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-3 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m. Erik Davis (1-0, 3.60) vs.
Liam Hendriks (6-3, 1.93 @ A+)
Potomac Nationals Won, 7-6 (10 inn.) vs. Winston-Salem, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (6-10, 4.23 @ A) vs.
Cameron Bayne (12-9, 3.60 @ A)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-6 @ Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Taylor Jordan (0-1, 13.50) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 2 Leigh Valley 0
∙ Milone (W, 1-0) 7.0IP 5H 0ER 0BB 4K
∙ Wilkie (H, 1) 1.0IP 0H 0ER 0BB 3K
∙ Kimball (S, 2) 1.0IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K
∙ McConnell 1-3, 1R, 1-2B
∙ Bynum 2-4, 2K
∙ Brown 1-4, R, 1-3B

The Syracuse Chiefs won their second straight game with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs thanks to stellar pitching. Tom Milone, pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits while walking no batters and striking out four. Both Wilkie and Kimball relieved him, collectively pitching 2 complete innings and allowing only one hit while striking out four. The two Chief’s runs were scored by McConnell and Brown who had a double and a triple respectfully.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 4
∙ Atilano 5.0IP 4H 2ER 2BB 2K
∙ Rodriguez 1.0IP 2H 0BB 2K
∙ McCoy (W, 1-0) 0.2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 0K
∙ Fox 1-3, R, 1BB
∙ Gilbert 2-4, R, 1BB

In today’s game, Harrisburg proved that they will not give up, as for the second game in a row, the Sens starting pitcher allowing two runs in the first few innings. The Sens rallied back in the 8th inning to tie the game at 2-a-piece. While Bowie scored a run off of Erik Arnesen in the top of the 9th, the Senators proved determination, scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game in walk off fashion. Starting pitcher, Luis Atlano pitched five complete innings, allowing two earned runs off of four hits and 2 walks, while striking out two. Fox and Gilbert were the batters of the game, collectively going 3-7, scoring two runs and getting two walks.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 6 (10 inn.)
∙ Holder (ND) 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K
∙ Demmin (H, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
∙ Hague 2-5, R, BB, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Souza 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

See Sue’s take in Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 7 Rome 6
∙ Hansen (ND) 5IP 7H 2R 2ER BB 5K
∙ Jenkins (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Kelso 3-5, R, RBI
∙ Harper 2-4, R, BB, RBI
∙ Rogers 2-5, SB, 2RBI

A four-run rally in the Top of the 9th secured a series sweep and a 7-6 win for the Hagerstown Suns. Two walks helped the rally, but Bryce Harper’s RBI single, Randolph Oduber’s Homer Simpson HBP, and a two-run single from Mills Rogers were the key hits in the ninth. Chris Jenkins got the win in relief while starter Bobby Hansen turned in five innings of work with two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. He also struck out five.

Apr 102011
 

The 2011 edition of Potomac Nationals is apparently aware that walkoff wins on Sunday afternoon are a new tradition in Woodbridge, as Rick Hague doubled over the centerfielder’s head with two outs in the bottom of the tenth for a 7-6 win.

The double was Hague’s second hit and second RBI of the game, as the P-Nats pummeled Hillcats pitchers for 13 on the afternoon, with every batter getting a hit and four batters getting two, highlighted by Steve Souza’s second home run in as many days (and at-bats) with a solo shot in the second inning. Souza would also collect two RBI on the afternoon.

It made a winner out of Pat Lehman who misplayed a sacrifice bunt inthe 9th into a hit after a leadoff single and lost a valiant battle to Lynchburg’s Rick Gosselin after another sacrifice set up a 2nd-and-3rd with one out as the Hillcat DH chopped a grounder to Souza for an RBI groundout.

Lehman pitched a scoreless tenth, surviving an error that Brian Peacock erased by throwing out pinchrunner-turned-OF L.V. Ware for the second time in the game.

Trevor Holder pitched the first six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, but three of those went for extra bases, including a two-run blast to LF that would have been out most parks (except maybe Yellowstone). It’s a pattern that persists from last August-September: when his pitches are up in the zone, hitters will make him pay.

Like Souza and Hague, King and J.P. Ramirez also notched two hits to take the edge off both having an 0-for-4, 2K line in the boxscore last night. King did commit the 10th-inning error, but it was hardly a black mark after notching nine assists and snaring a line drive in the ten previous chances over two games. Similarly, Steve Souza’s transition across the diamond has been a success, as the 21-year-old has simply made all the plays and looked smooth.

With the win, the P-Nats split the series and play host to the Winston-Salem for the next three, the first meeting between the two 2010 Mills Cup finalists.

Apr 102011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley, 1:35 p.m. Tom Milone (12-5, 2.85 @ AA) vs.
Eddie Bonine (4-1, 4.63 for DET)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 2-0 vs. Bowie, 2:00 p.m. Luis Atilano (6-7, 5.15 @ WAS) vs.
Richard Zagone (5-5, 4.34)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-5 vs. Lynchburg, 1:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (3-3, 4.09) vs.
Zeke Spruill (3-5, 5.54)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-2 @ Rome, 7:00 p.m. Bobby Hansen (3-2, 4.79 @ NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 2 Leigh Valley 1 (10 innings)
∙ Mock 5⅔ IP 3H 1ER 3BB 6K 1HR
∙ Balester 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
∙ Kimball (S, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Bynum 2-4
∙ Aubrey 2-4
∙ Bixler 2-5, 1R, 1-2B

It was a close game between the Syracuse Chiefs and Lehigh Valley as for the second game in a row, the Chiefs game was decided in extra innings. But this time, they won, thanks to a Boomer Whiting walk and a throwing error followed by a Jeff Frazier RBI single. Lehigh Valley tried to battle in the bottom of the inning as Jeff Larish was able to get double off of Cole Kimball, but the runner was stranded at second base. While the Chiefs bats were cold, going 0-for-15 with RISP, and leaving 13 runners on base, pitching was at a premium as starting pitcher Garrett Mock, pitched 5 and 2/3 innings allowing only one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six and Kimball earned his first save of the season, pitching the 10th inning, allowing just the one hit while striking out two.

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 0
∙ Tatusko (L, 0-1) 4IP 2ER 4BB 5K
∙ VanAllen 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Norris 1-3, BB
∙ Coats, 1-3, BB
∙ Moore, 0-4, 2K

The Baysox got on the board early, scoring 2 runs in the first inning off of Senators starter Ryan Tatusko, who lasted four innings allowing two earned runs on 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Unfortunately, the Sens just weren’t able to execute offensively, going 0-for-8 with RISP and leaving 9 players on base.  The upside to the game was that four Harrisburg relievers collectively pitched five strong innings, allowing no runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out eight.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 5
∙ Rosenbaum (L, 0-1) 5IP 2H 3R 2ER 3BB 4K
∙ Olbrychowski 1⅔ IP 1H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K 3WP
∙ Smoker 1⅓IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
∙ Kobernus 2-4, R, RBI
∙ Souza 1-4, HR, 3RBI

See Sue’s take in the first Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 3 Rome 2
∙ McKenzie (W, 1-0) 5IP 1H 1R 1ER 3BB 3K
∙ McCatty (H, 1) 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
∙ Graham (SV, 2) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Freitas 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
∙ Kelso 2-4, 2B, RBI

Another pitcher’s duel, another win for the Suns. David Freitas homered and Blake Kelso doubled in another for the first two runs in the fifth while Bryce Harper’s RBI groundout in the sixth proved to be the gamewinner. Four Hagerstown pitchers combined on a five-hitter, with starter Chris McKenzie getting the win, Steve McCatty got the hold, and Ben Graham got the save.

Apr 102011
 

The P-Nats got big innings in the first and ninth, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the mistakes in between, as they fell 6-5 to the Lynchburg Hillcats.

Danny Rosenbaum’s third inning was emblematic of the evening. He struggled with his control early, which is not unusual for him, but battled through it and only walked one while striking out four through the first seven batters. But a walk, an error, and another walk loaded the bases for Philip Gosselin, the only batter to make solid contact against him in the first pass through the lineup.

Rosenbaum fell behind again but snapped a curve on a hitter’s count. It was a good pitch, but Gosselin guessed right and deposited it into left-center, clearing the bases and turning a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 deficit. Rosenbaum would retire the last eight batters he faced, but that one bad inning was his undoing and hung the “L” on his pitching line of 5IP 2H 3R 2ER 3BB 4K.

The first two runs came on an odd combination of speed, luck, and power. Eury Perez provided the speed, steering a grounder into right field and then stealing second and third. Jeff Kobernus tapped a dribbler down the third base line that was thrown away but ruled a hit (luck of the hometown scorekeeper), though Perez would have scored in either case. Rick Hague blasted a double to set up runners on 2nd and 3rd, and after a J.P. Ramirez strikeout, Destin Hood tapped another “run-scoring grounder” to third for the P-Nats second run.

Like Rosenbaum, Lynchburg’s Arodys Vizcaino settled down, retiring 10 straight with mid-90s heat, a low-80s curve, and high-70s change until walking Destin Hood with one out in the fourth. The Hillcats botched a double play ball off the bat of Steve Souza, who took second on the overthrow to first, but a strikeout to Stephen King ended the only other threat against Vizcaino, who finished with six in five innings.

The score remained 3-2 until the top of the 8th, when reliever Adam Olbyrchowski, who was stellar in the seventh, fell to earth to a single, two walks, and three wild pitches to score three runs, capped off by a double steal that saw Jeff Kobernus decide to throw home despite having a play at second and Sandy Leon standing still on the five-feet-wide-of throw back to home plate. Olbryshowski managed to strike out the last batter, but the damage was done.

Down 6-2 in the Potomac 9th, Rick Hague led off with a single and went to second on a Destin Hood single to left. Steve Souza brought the announced crowd of 4,318 to its feet with a “oppo boppo” for three runs. After another Stephen King groundout, Sandy Leon drew a two-out walk, but with speedy Francisco Soriano pinch-running Cutter Dykstra struck out on a check swing to end it.

Game Two of the abbreviated series is today with Trevor Holder taking the hill against Zeke Spruill.

Apr 092011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-2 (13 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley, 6:35 p.m. Garrett Mock (1-1, 4.09) vs.
Eddie Bonine (4-1, 4.63 for DET)
Harrisburg Senators PPD vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (12-3, 2.63) vs.
Steve Johnson (7-8, 5.09)
Potomac Nationals PPD vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.09) vs.
Arodys Vizcaino (0-0, 4.61)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 2-0 @ Rome, 7:00 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-2, 8.54 @ NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 2 Buffalo 3 (13 innings)
∙ Detwiler 6IP 4H 1ER 1BB 8K
∙ Martin 4IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Chico (L, 0-1) ⅓IP 2H 1ER 1BB 0K
∙ Marrero 2-5, BB, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Solano 2-4, BB
∙ Brown 2-5, R, BB, CS

It was a closely matched game between the Syracuse Chiefs and the Buffalo Bisons as the game was not decided until the 13th inning, when the Bisons were able to score a run off of Chico and win the game in walk-off fashion. Unfortunately, just four out of the 13 batters got a hit, including a pair from Marreno, Solano, Brown, and a single from Bixler. The Chiefs’ problem in today’s game was execution, going 1-for-10 with RISP and leaving 14 men on base. One strength of the game was pitching, as starter Ross Detwiler pitched 6 complete innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out eight. J.D. Martin also pitched four outstanding innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD

Last night’s Harrisburg Senators game versus the Bowie Baysox was postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 29th at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader, and tonight’s fireworks show has also been shifted to that date.

Potomac Nationals vs. Lynchburg Hillcats — PPD

Ditto for Potomac, who will make up the game when Lynchburg returns next month, according to beat writer Robert Daski. Unlike Harrisburg, the fireworks show will still be held.

Hagerstown 2, Rome 0
∙ Grace (W, 1-0) 6IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
∙ Manno (SV, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Oduber 2-5, 2B, 2SB
∙ Kelso 1-3, BB, RBI

Hagerstown took their second straight with a 2-0 win as three pitchers combined for an eight-hit shutout. The Suns scored just single runs in the 7th and 8th innings, with Wade Moore singling in Jason Martinson and Blake Kelso driving home Bryce Harper, who was hitless in three at-bats but drew a walk. The Suns were outhit 8-4 but ran rampant with four stolen bases in five tries.

Apr 082011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-5 @ Buffalo, 5:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Jenrry Mejia (0-0, 1.13)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-0 vs. Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (12-3, 2.63) vs.
Steve Johnson (7-8, 5.09)
Potomac Nationals Did Not Play vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.09) vs.
Arodys Vizcaino (0-0, 4.61)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-2 @ Rome, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (1-2, 6.41 @ GCL/NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Editor’s note: We’re trying a slightly different format this year. The bullet points will highlight the SP, one or two outstanding RPs, and the game’s top two or three batters. When there’s some related tidbits, we’ll add sentence or two in italics. The mission is to keep this succinct and manageable, so there may be times when not every prospect gets a mention.

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 5
∙ Maya 4.2IP 8H 5ER 2BB 2K 1HR
∙ Kimball (W, 1-0) 1.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Balester (H, 1) 1.2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Bynum 2-4, R, 1HR, 5RBI
∙ Bixler 2-4, R, 1-2B

Both the Syracuse Chiefs and the Buffalo Bisons scored all of their runs in the 4th and 5th innings. In fact, all five of Buffalo’s runs came off Chief’s starter, Yunesky Maya. Syracuse put eight runs up on the board, paced by 5 RBI (including a 3-run HR) from Seth Bynum, and was enough to give the Chiefs the win. The team got both stellar relief pitching (4 innings of shutout baseball), and the key hit when it mattered (3-for-6 with RISP).

Roger Bernadina was out of the lineup due a family issue and is expected out for a few games. Matt Chico appeared in relief while Josh Wilkie appeared in the ninth for the rulebook save. Chris Marrero went 0-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 0
∙ Meyers (W, 1-0) 5IP 4H 0R 0BB 9K
∙ Rodriguez 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
∙ Moore 2-4, R, 2RBI
∙ Lombardozzi 0-2, 2R, 2BB

Pitching was the story last night, as Brad Meyers tossed five shutout innings, allowing only five hits and striking out nine. The bullpen, including Henry Rodriguez, Pat McCoy and Ryan Mattheus followed suit with four more goose eggs, one hit allowed and six more strikeout. No Harrisburg pitcher issued a walk. The Baysox moundsmen could not say the same, walking eight batters. Moore and Lombardozzi were the key hitters of the game, collectively batting 2-6, while scoring 3 runs from 2 walks and collecting 2 RBI.

Derek Norris went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. The OF was a veteran contingent of Jesus Valdez, Jonathan Tucker, and Buck Coats.

Hagerstown 3 Rome 2
∙ Selik (ND) 5IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
∙ Graham (SV, 1) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Harper 2-4, SB, CS, RBI
∙ Oduber 1-3, 2R, BB, SB

Bryce Harper wasted no time in making his presence felt, driving in Randolph Oduber in the top of the 1st after the “Groovin Aruban” had drawn a walk and stolen second. Former reliever Cameron Selik got the start blanked the Rome nine for five frames and left with a 2-0 lead. Former starter Taylor Jordan was touched for two runs in the 6th to tie the game. Wade Moore walked, stole second, took third on an error and trotted home on a Jason Martinson single for what what proved to be the gamewinner in the top of the 7th. Ben Graham closed out the game with two innings of one-hit relief for the save.

Michael Taylor’s shift to the OF is now official, as he took CF, flanked by Oduber and Harper in LF and RF, respectively. David Freitas was the cleanup hitter and caught while Mills Rogers was the first baseman.

Apr 072011
 

The latest BA transactions report has been issued and here are the highlights, i.e. what we haven’t reported previously…

RELEASED
RHP Adrian Alaniz (Harrisburg)
C Lou Santangelo (MLFA signed in offseason)
2B Alex Cintron (Syracuse)
3B Dan Lyons (Hagerstown/Potomac)
OF Robby Jacobsen (Potomac/Harrisburg)

PLACED ON THE DL
SS Matt Antonelli (Harrisburg)

ON REHAB
RHP Henry Rodriguez (Harrisburg)

Apr 072011
 

Three of the four full-season affiliates start up today, with the Syracuse Chiefs visiting Buffalo this afternoon, the Harrisburg Senators hosting the Bowie Baysox tonight, and the Hagerstown Suns visiting the Rome Braves tonight.

Team Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10/level stats)
Syracuse Chiefs @ Buffalo, 3:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-1, 0.87) vs. Dillon Gee (13-8, 4.96)
Harrisburg Senators vs. Bowie 7:05 p.m. Brad Meyers (1-0, 1.47) vs. Chorye Spoone (7-6, 4.02)
Hagerstown Suns @ Rome, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (1-0, 2.54) vs. TBD

As we proceed through the first five or so games, pay attention to how these pitchers line up because it’s not necessarily that so and so is the team ace, it’s how Washington wants the starters to align when the promotions start, give or take a slot. Yunesky Maya and Ross Detwiler are the first two Chiefs starters while Brad Meyers and Ryan Tatusko are the first two Sens and Danny Rosenbaum and Trevor Holder are the first two P-Nats.

Cameron Selik gets the opening-night nod for the Hagerstown, making his first professional start after 15 relief appearances last summer in Vermont. No word yet on who the Suns’ #2 will be just yet.

As aforementioned, Rosenbaum will get the ball tomorrow night, weather permitting, as the Potomac Nationals mount their 2010 Mills Cup title defense against the Lynchburg Hillcats, a team that’s expected to be a force in the Northern Division with eight BA Top-30 prospects from the Atlanta organization (Myrtle Beach switched affiliation to Texas, thanks in no small part to having the same owner).

News & Notes starts back up tomorrow, so a shout-out in advance to our foreign correspondent, April Whitzman (a.k.a. @Alleycat17 on Twitter) who’ll be helping out for the second straight year.

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