May 252011

Good pitching beats good hitting, but just a couple of errors can make it all for naught.

That was the story, plain and simple for the P-Nats on Tuesday night. Three errors equaled three unearned runs in a 4-3 loss. For a team that’s streaky on offense, a shaky defense is unacceptable.

Let’s fast-forward to the seventh, where things fell apart. Tied at 1-1, starter and losing pitcher Danny Rosenbaum let up a long double to left to lead off the inning. Rosenbaum turned a sacrifice attempt into another baserunner with a throwing error, setting up a single to shallow right and a 2-1 Kinston lead, runners on 1st and 3rd and still nobody out.

Things went from bad to worse when a dropped pickoff attempt plated the third run, enabling the Indians to sacrifice again, moving a slow-footed catcher to third with their #9 batter. A tapper down the line sent in the fourth run, which would prove to be the gamewinner.

Offensively, the P-Nats would get 14 baserunners — six hits, six walks, two errors — but only once in seven tries could they get the clutch hit with runners on 2nd or 3rd. Twice they would have runners thrown out. Steven Souza’s leadoff home run to dead center in the second inning and Sandy Leon’s double to right were the highlights of the night.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 18-28, nine games behind and just a ½ game out of last place in the Carolina League Northern Division.

  8 Responses to “Last Night In Woodbridge”

  1. When does the second half start? That appears to be the M.O. of the P-Nats. Wait for the bashers to get called up from Hagerstown and wreck shop.

  2. With the National minor-league bosses in the stands at Potomac last night ( Bob Boone-Davey Johnson-Doug Harris-Mark Schalaba) you will being seeing player moves shortly. With Kinstons win last night they have won their first series of the year.

  3. Sue how does Smoker look

    • Little worried he may have been playing to the the crowd (see previous comment) but he was touching 96 and sitting 94 — fastest I’ve seen him.

  4. wow sitting 94 touching 96 he might be moved up soon

  5. Wow, Smoker touching 96? Is the Potomac gun “juiced” by any means or do we believe these readings?

    • It was the opposing players’ radar gun I was stealing the readings from. Smoker was also grunting like Nolan Ryan, so I tend to believe it. That grunting actually prompted me to wonder how hard he was throwing and look over.

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