Luke Erickson

Luke Erickson is a season-ticket holder for the Potomac Nationals, but makes a point of seeing games in Hagerstown and Harrisburg at least once a summer. When the PNats are away on the weekend, Luke finds a minor-league game somewhere to watch, and generally attends 70-80 baseball games a year up across several states. A former sportswriter with newspapers in Massachusetts and Oregon, Luke lives in Western Fairfax County with his wife and two sons.

Sep 012011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (3-9, 5.09) vs.
Dylan Owen (6-6, 4.18)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Michael Lee (1-6, 5.12)
Potomac Won, 6-3 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.54)
vs. Matt Crim (2-7, 5.81)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (4-6, 6.80) vs.
Garett Claypool (4-7, 3.63)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 3.25) vs.
Jose Urena (4-7, 4.39)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1
• Meyers (W, 6-4) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Wilkie (S, 15) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Valdez 2-4, RBI
• Antonelli 0-2, 2RBI, BB, SF

Syracuse took advantage of Buffalo miscues to take their fourth straight game, 3-1. Brad Meyers got his sixth win by scattering seven hits — OK, six; one was a home run — over five and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Jesus Valdez was the sole Chief to get multiple hits, driving in the second Syracuse run in the 3rd with an RBI single as part of a 2-for-4 night. Josh Wilkie was the last of five relievers to follow Meyers, pitching a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.

Harrisburg 2 Portland 1
• Arnesen 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K
• VanAllen (W, 5-3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (S, 13) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• T Moore 2-4, RBI
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, RBI

Tyler Moore’s 8th-inning RBI single put the Sens in the playoffs with a 2-1 win over Portland. Moore’s hit gave Cory VanAllen the win for pitching a scoreless 8th. Erik Arnesen got the start and allowed just an unearned run on four hits and no walks over the first seven innings while setting down nine on strikes. Tim Pahuta homered in the 5th to tie the game at 1-1, and went 2-for-3 for the game to lead the offense. Rafael Martin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for save #13. Harrisburg can clinch the Eastern League West division with a win or a Richmond loss tonight.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 3
• Olbrychowski (W, 5-7) 7⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Selik ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB
• Bloxom 2-5, R
• Kobernus 2-5, 2RBI, SB

Likewise, Potomac clinched a playoff berth with a win over Lynchburg by a 6-3 count. Adam Olbrychowski pitched a masterful seven and a 1/3rd innings, allowing just two hits, though one was a home run. He walked one and struck out six. Potomac made him a winner by taking advantage of a Hillcats error in the 8th to pile on for four unearned runs. Jeff Kobernus, Justin Bloxom, and Zach Walters each had two hits as the P-Nats collected 11 total. Combined with another Frederick loss, the P-Nats are just 1½ games behind the Keys, the tragic number frozen at five.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns finish out 2011 with a five-game set against the Lakewood BlueClaws. They’ll need to win three to avoid a losing second-half record.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 2
• Karns (ND) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Kreis (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 2-5, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R

Auburn may have the best winning percentage of any Nats affiliate, but a 3-2 loss to Jamestown has tightened up the race for a playoff spot. Colin Bates was touched for two runs in the top of the 8th to burn a 2-1 lead, handing starter Nathan Karns a no-decision for his five innings of one-run ball. Matt Skole and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-5 to lead the Doubledays offense, which struggled in the clutch with a 2-for-9 mark with RISP and 10 men left on base. The loss slices Auburn’s lead over Williamsport to just one game in the Pinckney Division, which is also the same margin they have over the Brooklyn Cyclones in the wild-card chase.

Aug 312011
 

It’s almost a little fitting that the very first piece that I did for this site was a scouting report on Tom Milone. Why? Well, I hyperlinked it to show the date it was published: Christmas Eve, 2009.

This is not to gloat (well, maybe just a little). Hell, I’m quite well aware that Milone could get knocked around like a guest on the Jerry Springer show, leaving me feeling like Ralphie on a late Christmas morning. So chances are, I’m just gonna tape record his first start and go to the Potomac game on Saturday — it’s what I’m used to, and besides, it’s been too long since I gave you guys a “Last Night In Woodbridge.”

But I can prove that I’m not some Johnny-come-lately when it comes to Milone, so let’s look at what I had to say back then:

Fastball: An average fastball, but added a cutter in midseason, which seems to explain his ERA dropping from 3.89 to 2.91 over his last 10 starts.

Curveball: Good separation in speed from his fastball/cutter, typically in the mid-70s

Change: Arguably his best pitch, especially with his outstanding command

Control: Terrific control, which has been his hallmark since his days at USC — 2.14/9IP in the Carolina League last season

Strengths: Mixes pitches well and can hit his spots seemingly at will and generally keeps the ball down to prevent HRs (just 9 last season)

Weaknesses: Because he’s always around the plate and doesn’t throw hard, he can be quite hittable (144 in 151IP)

Milone is an under-the-radar kind of prospect because his best assets are between his ears. His champions will compare him to Cliff Lee. His detractors will compare him to Adrian Alaniz, a prospect that shot out of the gate in ’08 then hit a wall at the next level. Milone will likely start 2010 at Harrisburg having just turned 23 in February, the youngest SP to begin the year at that level in three years.

Now before folks start chiming in about Strasburg, remember that at the time he was expected to begin 2010 in Potomac, not Harrisburg, like most turning-22 first-round picks have done the past couple of years (e.g. Alex White, Barrett Loux). But overall, I think I got that one right.

Aug 312011
 

While I’ve yet to see an official press release, buried in one of the Strasburg/Milone stories were the names of the prospects selected for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Washington’s AFL team for 2011.

• OF Bryce Harper

• C Derek Norris

• LHP Sammy Solis

• RHP Rafael Martin

• RHP Pat Lehman

Taxi squad members (which Harper was last year) will be revealed at a later date, and as the above story mentions, 2011 picks such as Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke are still possibilities to play in that capacity. Unlike last year, the focus doesn’t appear to be on figuring out who to protect for the Rule V draft (still not sure if Martin is eligible) but the more mundane task of supplying the roster with players that fit the description of the AFL as a “finishing school for AA/AAA players.”

Aug 312011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (5-4, 3.57)
vs. Mark Cohoon (4-9, 6.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-4, 2.57) vs.
Brock Huntzinger (5-11, 6.46)
Potomac Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.54) vs.
David Hale (3-6, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5
(11 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 11-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.69) vs.
Josh Hodges (8-1, 3.48)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
Multiple sources are now reporting that Tom Milone will be called up on Saturday to replace Jordan Zimmermann in the Washington rotation, with Brad Peacock another likely candidate to get the nod before the end of the AAA season. Meanwhile, the Chiefs finish out 2011 needing two wins and/or two Bison losses to secure a fourth-place finish in the I.L. North.

Portland 4 Harrisburg 1
• O Perez (L, 3-5) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 1-3, SB
• Gilbert 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger held the Sens to just two hits in a 4-1 loss to Portland. Oliver Perez gave up a three-run shot in the first and was knocked from the box with two outs in the 4th, allowing four hits and four walks total. Harrisburg couldn’t take advantage three first-inning walks and was no-hit until the 5th, when Chris Rahl beat out an infield single. Archie Gilbert’s solo HR in the 7th broke up the shutout bid. Both Bowie and Richmond failed to capitalize on the Harrisburg loss, each losing to drop the Sens magic number to clinch a playoff spot to two.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 4 (10 inn.)
• Bronson (ND) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Testa (W, 6-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Nelo (S, 18) 1IP, 0H, BB, 0K
• Perez 3-4, R, 3SB
• Walters 2-5, RBI, SB

Zach Walters’ two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th gave the P-Nats a 5-4 win in extras over the Lynchburg Hillcats. The win puts Potomac one win away from clinching a playoff berth, and combined with a Keys loss, an outside shot at winning the second-half division crown with 2½ games to make up in six days. Evan Bronson got the start and went five and a 1/3rd innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk but got the no-decision when Marcos Frias let in the tying run in the last of the 7th. Joe Testa got the win with a scoreless 9th and Hector Nelo got the save with a scoreless 10th. Eury Perez led the offense with three singles and three stolen bases.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 (11 inn.)
• Swynenberg 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Oduber 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
• Freitas 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Home runs by Randolph Oduber and David Freitas weren’t enough to prevent the five-game sweep and season elimination as the Suns were beaten in extras by a 6-5 score. Matt Swynenberg also surrendered two home runs in his five and 2/3rds innings to account for the first four Tourist runs, while Sam Brown took the loss with two walks, a stolen base, and a one-out single. Oduber and Freitas went 4-for-9 combined with three runs scored, four RBI, a double (Freitas), and a walk and a stolen base (Oduber).

Auburn 11 Jamestown 2
• Estevez (W, 6-3) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• K Lopez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Moldenhauer 2-3, RBI
• Pena 2-5, R, 2RBI

The Doubledays got back on track with a big win on Tuesday, spreading the Jammers, 11-2. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez won his team-leading sixth game with both Jamestown runs allowed on four hits and two walks. Four relievers combined to shut down the Jammers the rest of the way. Justin Miller led the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night, including a two-run homer in the 4th, in which Auburn scored seven times to break open a 3-2 lead. The win keeps pace with second-place Williamsport to maintain a two-game lead and cuts the magic number to clinch the Pinckney division to five.

Aug 302011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-0;
Won, 4-0
OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-4, 3.04) vs.
Charlie Haeger (3-0, 2.75)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
7:05
Evan Bronson (5-4, 3.47) vs.
Chris Masters (9-5, 3.19)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-11 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-3, 3.61) vs.
Josh Slaats (7-2, 4.26)
Auburn Lost, 8-7 @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (5-2, 3.77) vs.
Helpi Reyes (1-5, 4.31)

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 0 — GAME ONE
• Milone (W, 12-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Severino 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Antonelli 2-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Brown 2-3

Home runs by Matt Antonelli and Roger Bernadina were more than enough to support Tom Milone, who won his 12th game of the season to match his 2010 and 2009 totals. Milone flirted with a perfect game for 13 batters before giving up a single and two walks in the 5th, but worked out of a bases-loaded jam to finish with five scoreless innings. Atahualpa Severino finished up the 4-0 win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 0 — GAME TWO
• Peacock (W, 5-1) 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Slaten 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Brown 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Hulett 2-3, R

The Chiefs wasted no time to get their four runs in the nightcap, scoring ‘em all in the top of the 1st with Corey Brown’s two-out, two-run double capping the rally. Brad Peacock got his fifth AAA win (15th overall) with five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Brown doubled again in the 6th to match Tug Hulett as both men went 2-for-3 on the night. Doug Slaten and Jeff Mandel each laid an egg on the scoreboard to complete the shutout and sweep the doubleheader.

Portland 4 Harrisburg 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 3-1) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gilbert 3-4, 2B
• Norris 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB

All the scoring in this one came in the 4th inning as the Portland Sea Dogs ended the Harrisburg Senators’ seven-game win streak by handing them a 4-2 loss. Danny Rosenbaum took his first AA loss, giving up the four runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings. Harrisburg’s struggles with RISP resurfaced with a 1-for-11 night and 12 men left on base, as Archie Gilbert was the sole Sen to collect multiple hits with a 3-for-4 night. Bowie was unable to gain ground on Harrisburg, losing to Altoona to stay 4½ back in the E.L. West.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac visits Lynchburg for the next four games, leading the Hillcats by 5½ games and trailing the Keys by 3½ games. The magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three, the tragic number to lose the division title is five.

Asheville 12 Hagerstown 11
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 9K
• Graham (BS, 3; L, 4-4) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Sanchez 5-6, 2R, RBI
• Freitas 3-5, 2R, 2RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-6, R, HR, 3RBI

Corey Dickinson’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit home run (#31 for the year, #25 at home) over the right field wall at McCormick Field sent the Suns to their sixth straight defeat by a 12-11 count. The Suns pounded out 21 hits for the contest with Adrian Sanchez leading the way with a 5-for-6 night, overcoming an early 5-0 deficit to take an 11-6 lead. A.J. Cole struggled again, giving up five first-inning runs and allowing seven hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings while striking out nine. The loss drops Hagerstown to below .500 at 31-32 and cuts their elimination number to one.

Jamestown 8 Auburn 7
• M Rodriguez 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Bates 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Montilla 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Jimenez 2-3, 2RBI, BB, SB

Like the Suns, the Doubledays blew a five-run lead and imploded in the 9th for an 8-7 loss. Aaron Barrett took the hill in the 9th with a 7-4 lead and walked three, including one with the bases loaded to score the first run, uncorked a wild pitch to let in two and tie the game at 7-7, and gave up the game-winner with two outs. The loss was Auburn’s second straight and cuts their lead over Williamsport to two games in the NYPL’s Pinckney division.

Aug 292011
 

It’s a dozen weekly honors for the Nats farm system, with Harrisburg’s Shairon Martis picking up the hardware for just seven innings of work last week.

The rub, of course, is that nobody reached base via a hit during those seven innings, which came in the first game of doubleheader against New Hampshire. It was the third no-hitter thrown in franchise history.

Martis, acquired in July 2006 in deadline deal for reliever Mike Stanton, has posted an 8-5 mark with a 2.81 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP in 22 starts for the Senators this season. His 143 strikeouts is currently fourth in the Eastern League. More importantly, his BB/9 rate of 2.7 is down from 3.6 last season, which was spent entirely in Syracuse one year after he flamed out as a 22-year-old breaking camp with the big club.

Aug 292011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Postponed @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (4-1, 3.56) and
Tom Milone (11-6, 3.33) vs.
Scott Mathieson (2-1, 2.71) and
Andy Bass (7-9, 4.15)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (3-0, 1.37) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-1, 4.54)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Lost, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 15-5 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-7, 3.70) vs.
Josh Mueller (6-6, 4.97)
Auburn Postponed @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.79) vs.
Dan Oliver (1-4, 5.86)

Syracuse — PPD
Rains from Hurricane Irene have postponed this one until today, when they’ll attempt to play a doubleheader at Lehigh Valley at 6:05 p.m.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators play the next eight at home, riding a seven-game win streak and leading the E.L. West by 4½ games. A playoff berth is a near certainty, but their first-round opponent is not as Bowie and Richmond are separated by just 1½ games.

Potomac 3 Frederick 2 — GAME ONE
• Solis (W, 5-2) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Nelo (S, 17) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lozada 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Potomac scored all three runs via the longball and held off a late charge by the Keys for a 3-2 win in the first game. Jeff Kobernus hit a two-run shot in the 6th to go up 2-1 while Jose Lozada’s solo shot in the 7th extended the lead to 3-1. Joe Testa, Marcos Frias, and Hector Nelo each got two outs to nail down the win for Sammy Solis, who gave up an unearned run on four hits while striking out eight over the first five innings.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• E Davis (L, 0-4) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• Selik 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Soriano 1-3, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, HR, RBI
• I Rodriguez, 1-3, HR, RBI

The big fly continued to power the Potomac offense in the nightcap, but three solo shots weren’t enough as Frederick got the 4-3 win to split the doubleheader and prevent a series sweep. Erik Davis lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing all four Keys runs on four hits and three walks. Francisco Soriano, Jeff Kobernus, and rehabbing Ivan Rodriguez all went 1-for-3 with a solo HR in the loss, which puts Potomac 3½ back in the C.L. North with seven games left to play.

Asheville 15 Hagerstown 5
• Grace (L, 12-7) 4IP, 14H, 11R, 11ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Brown 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kelso 2-5, 2B
• W Moore 1-3, R, BB, SB

Asheville tired slightly from Saturday night, scoring just 15 runs against Hagerstown on Sunday afternoon to take their third straight from the Suns, 15-5. Matt Grace got 12 outs and gave up 11 runs on 14 hits and a walk for his seventh loss of the year. Blake Kelso led the Suns offense with a 2-for-5 game, as Hagerstown took advantage of the six walks they drew to score five runs on six hits. The loss (fifth straight) drops the Suns to .500 at 31-31, 5½ games behind and reduces their elimination number to just two.

Auburn — PPD
It was either the rain or the underpants gnomes that convinced team officials to postpone Sunday’s series finale to this Friday, when Auburn and Batavia will play a pair of seven-inning games in the final regular-season home game for the Doubledays.

Aug 282011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @
Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (4-1, 3.56) vs.
Scott Mathieson (2-1, 2.71)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Erik Davis (0-3, 6.14) and
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.25) vs.
Nathan Moreau (11-10, 4.42) and
Jake Pettit (5-0, 1.38)
Hagerstown Lost, 21-11 @ Asheville,
6:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (12-6, 4.49) vs.
Peter Tago (3-5, 7.07)
Auburn Lost, 7-5 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.79) vs.
Corey Baker (5-1, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. GCL Cards
END OF SEASON. N/A

Syracuse 4 Rochester 3
• Strasburg (ND) 5+ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 7K
• Wilkie (S, 14) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bernadina 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Solano 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

After five perfect innings, Stephen Strasburg gave up two hits in the 6th and was lifted with a 1-0 lead after his 64th pitch. Craig Stammen let in one baserunner to tie the game but got the win when the Chiefs reclaimed the lead. Syracuse would go on to win by a 4-3 count, ending a three-game losing streak. Strasburg walked none and struck out seven and is expected to make one more rehab start before returning to the Washington roster. Roger Bernadina and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 2 New Hampshire 1
• Roark (W, 9-8) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Pena (S, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Pahuta 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ivany 1-3, 2B, RBI

The Senators rallied for two in the 2nd and the pitching made it stand up for a 2-1 win over New Hampshire. Tanner Roark went seven-plus innings to earn his ninth win, allowing the Fisher Cats’ run on five hits and two walks. He struck out two. Tim Pahuta connected for a solo HR while Leonard Davis (single) and Devin Ivany (double) teamed up for the second run. Cory VanAllen, Rafael Martin, and Hassan Pena combined to shut down New Hampshire for the last two innings. The win, which was the seventh straight for Harrisburg, extends the Sens lead on Bowie to five games in the E.L. West, while Richmond is just a ½-game behind the BaySox for the wild card position.

Potomac — PPD
The ancillary effects of Hurricane Irene (a.k.a. rain) postponed Saturday’s game. The two teams will attempt to make it up today with a doubleheader at 1:05 p.m.

Asheville 21 Hagerstown 11
• Ray (L, 2-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K
• Graham 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Freitas 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Newsome 3-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Cuevas 2-5, R

Four Suns got ejected and eight home runs were surrendered as the Asheville Tourists pummeled Hagerstown, 21-11. Adrian Nieto and manager Brian Daubach got tossed in the bottom of the 1st, while hitting coach Marlon Anderson hit the showers in the 3rd and Robbie Ray was given the heave-ho in the 4th in the midst of a six-run rally. Brett Newsome led the Suns offense with a 3-for-4 night, hitting the sole Hagerstown homer. The Suns’ fourth straight loss dropped them to five behind in the Sally North with an elmination number of just four.

Batavia 7 Auburn 5
• Dupra 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Rivera ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Moldenhauer 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Ortega 1-3, 2R, 2BB

Russell Moldenhauer’s three-run bomb in the 6th tied the game at 4-4, but the Auburn bullpen faltered for a 7-5 loss to Batavia. Brian Dupra went the first four innings, giving up the first four runs (three earned) on a walk and seven hits and striking out two. Travis Henke took the loss on an unearned run allowed over two innings. The loss ended a modest three-game win streak, but another Williamsport loss reduced the magic number to clinch the Pinckney Division of the NYPL to just six with eight games left.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Baez 4+ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Peguero 1-2, 2BB

The G-Nats bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the middle innings as the GCL Cardinals won the season finale, 3-2. Gregory Baez left the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the 5th after the first three batters reached base. He took the loss with two runs allowed on two hits and three walks while striking out five. Wander Ramos and Arialdi Peguero were the only two G-Nats to hit safely. Thanks to the cancellations earlier this week, the G-Nats escaped last place with a 20-33 mark, 17½ games in back of the GCL Marlins

Aug 272011
 


Chris Marrero has become the latest player from our 2011 Watchlist to make it to D.C., as his callup became official this afternoon. He’s in the lineup tonight against the Cincinnati Reds, batting seventh and playing first base. He’ll be wearing #14.

Marrero batted an even .300 for the Syracuse Chiefs, hitting 14 home runs and collecting 69 RBIs in 127 games. He was drafted in 2006 as the Nationals first-round pick at #15 out of Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, Florida. He’s the second player (Cole Kimball) from that (in)famous draft, and the first position player to make the Nationals’ 25-man roster.

Aug 272011
 


The Eastern League has announced its postseason 2011 All-Star team, with RHP Brad Peacock and 1B Tyler Moore making the grade.

Just 13 players are named to the squad, with the eight defensive positions, a DH, a utility player, left- and right-handed starters and a reliever. The lineup is voted on by league managers, sportswriters, broadcasters and other media members.

Moore, who was the 2010 Carolina League MVP, currently leads the Eastern League in HRs (30), RBIs (87), and total bases (265) — clearly making him a candidate, if not a favorite, for the Eastern League MVP in 2011.

Peacock went 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA for Harrisburg prior to his promotion last month to Syracuse, where he currently sports a 4-1 record with a 3.56 ERA. Combined, he has gone 14-3 with a 2.48 ERA and 170 SOs in 141⅔ innings.

Peacock was also named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year.