Jul 292012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Lehigh Valley,
3:00 p.m.
Lannan (6-9, 4.89) and
Roark (5-12, 5.19) vs.
Rosenberg (3-2, 1.68) and
TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 5-1
@ Trenton,
5:05 p.m.
Perry (1-2, 2.14) vs.
Hall (8-6, 3.42)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Frederick,
4:00 p.m.
Ray (3-7, 5.26) vs.
Wilson (5-4, 3.58)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1;
Lost, 2-0
@ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-0, 5.06) vs.
Dufek (5-2, 5.26)
Auburn Lost, 5-1 vs. Tri-City,
6:05 p.m.
Medina (0-0, 4.34) vs.
Bircher (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-3 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 4
• Mandel (W, 2-3) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Severino 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Tracy 3-4, R, RBI
• Werth 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Maldonado 2-4, R, RBI

Rehabbers Jayson Werth and Chad Tracy combined for five hits and four RBI to power Syracuse past Lehigh Valley, 6-4. Starter Jeff Mandel held the Iron Pigs to just one run over seven innings, giving up five hits and walking two while striking out five. As a starter, the 27-year-old is 2-1 with 2.10ERA for the Chiefs. An error and two singles chased Pat Lehman after three batters. Christian Garcia got the three outs required for the save, his sixth, but let in both inherited runners.

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 3 — GAME ONE
• Wang (L, 1-2) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 1-3, 2B

With the wind blowing in, Trenton still managed to hit two out against Chien-Ming Wang in a 4-3 win over Harrisburg. Wang gave up nine hits total over six innings, walking none and striking out two as the sole Senator pitcher. Tim Pahuta gave his hometown fans something to cheer about as the Jersey native hit s a two-run shot in the second and went 2-for-3 overall.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO (6 inn.)
• Tatusko (L, 2-4) 4IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 0HR
• Broderick 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 2-3, 2B
• Walters 1-3, RBI

Rain shortened this one to six innings but the Thunder had already built a 5-1 lead and swept the doubleheader. Ryan Tatusko suffered the loss with all five runs allowed on eight hits and no walks over four innings. Recently FA signing (and former Rule 5 pick) Brian Broderick pitched the next inning and 2/3rds before the game was called. The Senators hit into three double plays and left on four baserunners. Jimmy Van Ostrand led the six-hit attack with a 2-for-3 effort.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1
• Gilliam 5⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Demmin (W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wort (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Freitas 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Kelso 2-4, SB, CS
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 3K

Steve Souza Jr. struck out three times before finally making contact, a two-run blast to dead center to break a 1-1 tie in the 9th and push the P-Nats past the Keys, 3-1. Rob Gilliam got the start and gave up a first-inning run but pitched into the sixth allowed just five hits total, walking two and fanning five. Ryan Demmin got the win in relief while Rob Wort got the save with his fourth straight scoreless outing.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 1 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Rauh 3IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR (Friday night)
• Hollins 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Kreis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Nieto 3-4, R
• Dykstra 1-3

The Legends picked up where they left off on Friday night and cruised from a 4-0 lead to an 8-1 win. Leonard Hollins and Chris McKenzie both gave up two runs over two innings before Alex Kreis stopped the bleeding with a scoreless 8th. Adrian Nieto went 3-for-4 to lead the hit column, but the Suns were limited to just six safeties total.

Lexington 2 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Hill (L, 9-6) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Hawkins 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 1-2
• Dykstra 1-3, 2B

Taylor Hill retired the first 10 batters in order before issuing a one-out walk to lose the perfecto, then gave up a two-out triple to lose both the no-no and the shutout, then another single for the game’s final score of 2-0. Hill pitched five innings total, giving up four hits and two walks and striking out three but took the loss. Matt Skole’s single and Cutter Dykstra’s double were the only two base hits for Hagerstown, which has lost three in a row. Roster moves: Cs Jeremy Mayo and Cole Leonida swapped places on the 7-Day DL.

Tri-City 5 Auburn 1
• Monar (L, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Henke 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Lopez 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Schill 2-4, 2B

Game one of the three-game series between the NYPL’s top two teams went to Tri-City as the ValleyCats scratched the Doubledays for a 5-1 win. Blake Monar took the loss despite allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. Auburn collected eight hits but left on eight runners, going 0-for-6 with RISP. Carlos Lopez and Wes Schill both went 2-for-4 with a double, with Lopez driving in the sole Doubleday run. Estarlin Martinez extended his hit streak to 11 games with a first-inning single.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Astros 3
• Anderson 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrientos (W, 2-0) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Chubb 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Bailey 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, R

The G-Nats rallied for two in the 7th and 8th innings to break open a 2-1 game and held off the Astros for a 6-3 win. Austin Chubb went 2-for-4 with a double and homer and drove in three to lead the offense. Dixon Anderson stretched out to three innings, allowing just two hits, no walks and striking out two. Joel Barrientos got the win with with a run on five hits and a walk over five innings, setting down seven on strikes.

DSL Giants 9 DSL Nationals 3
• Valerio (ND) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Acevedo (BS, 1; L, 0-2) 2IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 3B, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• Aguero 2-4

The D-Nats ‘pen gave up nine unanswered runs to turn a 3-0 lead after five into a 9-3 loss. Starter Maximo Valerio did his part with five innings of no-run, three-hit ball, issuing a walk and striking out one. Migeul Acevedo was torched for seven runs on five hits and two walks to take the loss. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled and tripled while driving in a run, while Raudy Read and Younaifred Aguero both singled twice to combine for six of the nine D-Nats hits. Roster move: RHP Mario Sanchez, a 17-year-old from Venezuela, assigned from Washington.

  13 Responses to “Sunday’s News & Notes”

  1. Is this 17-year-old Venezuelan the first international signing for the Nats this summer? They really did nothing, didn’t they?

    +1/2St.

  2. I don’t think so, but bear in mind two things: (1) coverage beyond the Top 20 IFAs is about as common as polka-music stars that went to Julliard (2) the new CBA has severely limited the budget for international spending.

    What I would like to see is somebody, somewhere do a comprehensive analysis of IFA signings relative to the number of major-leaguers produced. All I ever see are anecdotes and bitching about the lack of spending.

    • That would be interesting. But just anecdotally, the teams that consistently have a strong farm system frequently have invested in IFA.

      The Braves and Rangers are two clubs that consistently have good farm systems over the last decade or so (and have not not following the Rays/Nats method of being really bad to stockpile #1 overall picks).

      Just browsing over BA’s top 10. The Rangers have 7 IFAs in their top 10. The Braves have 5 (of which their top 3 are all IFAs).

      The Nats have been squandering many changes to significantly improve the quality and depth of their farm system, if clubs like the Braves and Rangers are getting more than 50% of their top talent from international signings. The Nats haven’t had one IFA reach the majors since…. Bernadina (I could be forgetting someone?), who was signed in 2002!

      • Dont forget ‘The Onion’.

      • But is that a result of greater spending or superior player development? How do you tell the difference, objectively? Rankings are inherently subjective. For example, how would you control for age? Doesn’t being anywhere from two to six years younger than the average American-born draftee skew things towards the IFAs just a little (or a lot)?

        For better or worse, this is a moot point. The new CBA has mandated a ceiling for international spending and thus far, there is very little information as to how much teams have spent beyond the big-name signings. This is the best that I’ve been able to find so far.

      • Dont forget Michael Martinez, Atahualpa Severino, Sandy Leon, or Jhonatan Solano

  3. Some good news on Purke, perhaps?

    “Matt Purke is working out with the Nationals Gulf Coast summer league team, trying to build strength in his shoulder while also tweaking his delivery to a more consistent and fluid motion. The team is not thinking about surgery but certainly there are still concerns with Matt’s progress, expect to see the Nationals slow play his development from here on out.”

    http://www.frogsowar.com/2012/7/23/3176186/monday-morning-manager-july-23rd-2012

    Who knows how accurate that is… but we can always dream!

    • If it is, then I was wrong about seeing him at the Pfitz last week — certainly possible, which I allowed for all along. Of course, having to play “Where’s Waldo?” with injured players is so much fun, isn’t it?

      • Agreed. I still haven’t figured out what the competitive advantage is of being top secret with this stuff.

        Reading that TCU alumni page r.e. Purke, I realized that they’ve had some quality pitchers come through there; a bit surprising considering the coach there uses Dusty ‘blow it out’ Baker as his role model for pitcher usage.

  4. 19 year old 2011 16th rounder Deion Williams is being converted a pitcher. BA ranked “Best Infield Arm” in last season.

  5. Sorry! 19 year old Deion Williams, the Nats 16th rounder in 2011 draft is being converted into a pitcher. BA ranked him “Best Infield Arm” in 2011.

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