Apr 222012
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
12:00 p.m.
Maya (1-1, 2.60) and
Roark (0-3, 6.46) vs.
Familia (1-1, 6.59) and
Schwinden (2-1, 2.25)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Trenton,
1:05 p.m.
Mandel (1-1, 0.96) vs.
Marshall (2-1, 5.40)
Potomac Postponed vs. Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Grace (1-1, 7.00) and
Applebee (1-0, 1.35) vs.
Couch (2-1, 3.38) and TBD
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Dupra (0-3, 5.02) and
Meyer (1-2, 6.75) vs.
Manzanillo (0-1, 6.55) and
Nesseth (1-1, 7.59)

Rain washed out three of four games on the Washington Nationals farm last night, and with percentages of 80, 80 and 100 forecast for Woodbridge, Hagerstown, and Trenton, there’s a good chance that it’ll be another three rainouts today. Without further ado, here’s how things went in Trenton, NJ.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 1
• Demny (W, 1-1) 6⅓ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• McCoy (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Garcia (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, R
• Pahuta 2-4, R
• Valdez OF assist at 2B (4th in 9G)

Walks had been the bugaboo for Paul Demny — 13 in 11⅔ innings — in his first three outings, but with just one last night, the 22-year-old Texan was able to pitch into 7th inning for the first time this season. Thanks to Chris Rahl’s two-run triple in the top of the 7th, Demny would get the win, too. Rahl fell short of the cycle, but singled, tripled, and homered (#4, second in the Nats minors behind Tyler Moore) to drive in three of the four Senator runs. Harrisburg got 10 hits total, including a double by Chris McConnell to halt an 0-for-21 skid, while Pat McCoy and Christian Garcia both tossed an inning and a third of scoreless relief to earn the hold and save, respectively.

  14 Responses to “Sunday’s News & Notes”

  1. Chris Rahl had another good game last night. He provided the offense for the Senators. Last year our man Harper seemed to praise him. And yet there he is in AA at 28. Any insights re how guys like Rahl, who’s minor league record looks pretty good, never get a shot at the Show. Looks like he’s barely sniffed AAA.

    • Bad luck and blocked. Sounds like sour grapes sometimes, but it’s also often the truth. Unfortunately, all he can do is continue to play well.

  2. Rahl has one season of AAA in 2010 with Reno. He fought his way into the starting lineup about half way thru and hit close to .400 as a starter. Then was shipped to Mobile AA as depth on the bench for the playoffs.
    The D’backs had J Upton, C Gonzales, and G Parra in the system while he was coming up. Always had to fight for playing time and produced when allowed to start. Nationals first organization to let him run and use his speed on the base paths (he was clocked consistently 6.35 – 6.4 for the 60.)

    • For those wondering, 6.7-6.9 seconds is considered average for MIs and OFs, 6.5-6.6 is what most CFs are supposed to be.

      • It did seem like Davey looked at him quite a bit in the spring. Not sure why they would want a Nady over a Rahl except for the obvious major league experience factor.

        Now I guess he’s playing behind Jason Michaels and Teahen who are in Syracuse?

  3. Ladson is announcing that the Nats signed a 27 year old left-handed hitting AA/AAA infielder named Jim Negrych to a minor league deal. Wonder if he’s going to Harrisburg or Syracuse? I suppose Potomac is also a possibility?

    • He probably read it here, see Luke’s transactions report on 4/18.

      • Ladson may have a mancrush on Ian Desmond, but he’s a decent reporter. He’s just filling time with no gamer to write today. Not sure why they signed Negrych unless it’s a hedge against someone in XST being out longer than expected.

        • Hahahaha given his frequent tweets about Desmond …

          I think Ladson’s okay. I like it when he and Heist go toe-to-toe. Its hilarious.

  4. It’s nice that someone thinks a lot of Desi. He’s the best offensive player on the Nats so far this year. And he sure has been crapped on by a lot of fans, so it is a nice change.

  5. Desmond is OK, not great by any means. His stats collectively, minors included, does not scream star! Wish him all the best, but hype is just that. His start this year has been good, but his OBP is subpar for a lead off man.

    • Actually, it’s subpar, period. But as a minors site, our focus is on his heir apparent, and alas, there are no immediate challengers on the farm.

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