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.

Jul 312014
 

So Long
The Zach Walters era, which began in July 2011, is now over as the Washington Nationals have dealt him to the Cleveland Indians for SS-2B Asdrubal Cabrera and cash considerations.

The sad Spike pic is obligatory, of course, but the reality is that this is probably better for Walters in the long run, given that he’s currently blocked by Ian Desmond primarily and Danny Espinosa secondarily, though I’m quite sure some folks will disagree. With minutes to go as of this writing, we can only hope that perhaps some other guys who are similarly blocked might get a chance elsewhere.

Walters was batting .300/.358/.608 with 15HR and 48RBI in 60 games for Syracuse this season when he was recalled to Washington last week when Ryan Zimmerman went on the DL again with what’s been reported to be a severe (Grade 3) hamstring tear, per MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. The trade will solidify the parent club’s infield with Anthon Rendon playing 3B, Desmond at SS, and Cabrera at 2B.

Jul 312014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Hill (9-5, 2.62) vs.
Escobar (3-8, 5.11 @ PCL)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 (13 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (2-1, 5.68) vs.
Colon (8-6, 2.82)
Potomac Lost, 10-6 (16 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (6-2, 2.34) vs.
Herbert (1-2, 3.05)
Auburn Lost, 9-4 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (0-2, 6.89) vs.
Acosta (3-2, 2.14)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0;
Won, 7-4
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-0 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-2, 2.95) vs.
Fernandez (0-3, 7.63)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Cole 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Mattheus (L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI, SB
• Moore 1-3, 2BB

Syracuse and the Paw-Sox decided to put up a box score of binary code filled with “1’s” and “0”s last night in Pawtucket. Back-to-back doubles by former Washington Nationals Eury Perez and Steven “FREE ME” Souza scored a 1st-inning run for the Chiefs before Mookie “Not Bill Buckner’s Nemesis” Betts immediately erased A.J. Cole’s lead with a leadoff homer in the home half. Garin Cecchini added to the Paw-Sox Power Punishment of Syracuse with a one-out dinger of his own. Jhonatan “The Green Onion” Solano’s double play scored a run, but effectively killed a rally in the following top of the 3rd. While Danny Stange and Manny Delcarmen effectively kept the score tied at 2-2, former Washington National Ryan “Firework” Mattheus took the loss by allowing two singles through the infield and a sacrifice fly for the loss that shaved the Syracuse lead to one in the I.L. North.
Roster moves: OF Destin Hood placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to July 24, C Jeff Howell activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3 (13 inn.)
• Simms 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Herron 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Holland (W, 6-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 4-7, R, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Martinson 2-6, RBI
• Tejeda 2-6, R
• Skole 0-3, R, 4BB

In a shocking development, the Harrisburg offense woke up in a 6-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Harrisburg, not Richmond, flew out to an early 1-0 lead with a 1st-inning homer from Drew Vettleson. Mr. Vettleson, like the rest of the Harrisburg Senators, then proceeded to take the next 11½ innings off at the plate. Meanwhile, Richmond tied up the game at 1-1 off of starter John Simms when Matt “I’m a Toughy” Duffy doubled, Jarrett “Squirrelyman” Parker singled and Devin “Better at Basketball” Harris hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 6th. Harrisburg exploded for five runs in the 13th with a sacrifice fly by Jason Martinson following a leadoff walk, a hit by pitch, and a Fundamental Baseball Sacrifice Bunt to advance the runners. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore ended a 406-game drought for Harrisburg with a two-out grand slam. Harrisburg would need those insurance runs because Richmond fought back and scored two runs off of Robert “Happy House” Benincasa before ultimately falling 6-3.

Myrtle Beach 10 Potomac 6 (16 inn.)
• Encarnacion 4⅔ IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Henke 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 2WP
• Norfork (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, HR(GS)
• Oduber 4-7, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Ballou 2-7, R, HR, 2RBI
• Wooten 2-6, RBI

Isaac Ballou homered with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to force extras, where the Pelicans ‘pen shut down the P-Nats for seven innings to secure a 10-6 win and the three-game sweep. Khayyan Norfork, who pitched scoreless 15th, took the loss in the 16th on a grand slam following an intentional walk to set up a possible double (or triple) play. Randolph Oduber once again threatened to cycle but missed the longball to “only” go 4-for-7 to lead the 13-hit parade for Potomac.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown begins a brutal 14-road-games-in-18-days stretch with four against Charleston as they cling to a ½ game lead in the Sally North with 33 days left in the regular season.
Roster moves: LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Wander Suero activated from the 7-Day DL.

Brooklyn 9 Auburn 4
• Bourque (L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 2BB, K, BK, HBP, WP
• Swynenberg 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, BB
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A seven-run 2nd put this one away early for the Cyclones as they blew away the Doubledays, 9-4. James Bourque took the brunt of the beating with seven runs (three earned) allowed on five hits and two walks over just an inning and 2/3rds. Matt Swynenberg came out of retirement for two shutout frames with two hits, no walks, and two whiffs. Cutter Dykstra and Raudy Read both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Auburn nine totaled eight hits and five walks on offense.
Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg assigned from Washington.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME ONE
• Rivero 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Poveda (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, K
• Rosario 1-2, 2B
• Guzman 1-3

In the opener, the G-Marlins broke open a 1-0 game with a four-run 4th as they shut out the G-Nats, 5-0. Felipe Rivero tossed two scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed while striking out two. Omar Poveda took the loss with four charged on three hits and three walks. Dionicio Rosario connected for the sole extra-base hit as the G-Nats were limited to just three hits total.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 4 — GAME TWO
• K. Simmons 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2WP
• Je. Ramirez (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Reetz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Corredor 1-2, R, BB

In the second game, the G-Nats returned the favor with a five-run 4th to break a 2-2 deadlock as they held on for a 7-4 win to split the doubleheader. Kyle Simmons got the start and let in one run on three hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd. The win went to Jean Ramirez with an identical line but in one inning fewer. Kelvin Gutierrez and Jakson Reetz combined for five hits, two runs, three doubles, and three RBI to lead the G-Nats offense.
Roster moves: RHP Omar Poveda assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab; RHP Domenick Mancini reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cardinals 0
• Baez (W, 4-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Vargas (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Vilorio 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Pimentel 2-5, R, RBI
• Franco 2-5, R

Two D-Nat pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the D-Nats shut out the D-Cards, 5-0. Joan Baez struck out a season high of nine while walking just one over the first six innings. Miguel Vargas was perfect over the final three to earn his second save. Luis Vilorio reached base three times and drove in two while Davinson Pimentel and Anderson Franco both went 2-for-5 as the D-Nats pounded out 11 hits for the game.

Jul 282014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The moves first heard here in the comments are now being officially confirmed as 1B-3B John Wooten has been promoted from Low-A Hagerstown to Potomac and IF Oscar Tejeda has been promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg.

Wooten has been on a tear since returning to the Suns lineup earlier this month after taking a pitch to the face in mid-June, hanging a .413/.423/.652 line with 2HRs and 15 RBI in 12 games. Overall, he’s hitting .309 with eight HR and 54 RBI in 72 games for Hagerstown. The 23-y.o. was acquired last November from Oakland in a trade for Fernando Abad.

Tejeda, who was named the Carolina League’s Batter of the Week earlier today, returns to AA where he’s spent the past three seasons as a former farmhand for Boston, who signed him as an IFA in 2006, and Pittsburgh, where he spent 2013 largely as a backup for AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis.

In a related move, OF Brandon Miller’s rehab stint with Auburn has been completed and he’ll be returning to the P-Nats. Miller had strained a hamstring in Frederick in mid-May and missed more than two months before returning to action in the GCL for six games, then spending a series with the Doubledays to play back into game shape.

Jul 282014
 

Lucas Giolito and Oscar Tejeda were named the Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week for the Sally and Carolina Leagues, respectively for the week of July 21-27.

Giolito was near-perfect on Friday night, giving up a leadoff single then retiring the next 18 batters in a row — including seven by way of the K — for six shutout innings and his second Pitcher of the Week award during the month of July. Since returning to action in early June after a three-week layoff in May, the 20-year-old has won four of nine starts and posted a 2.22 ERA over 44⅔ innings with 52 strikeouts, 11 walks, and four HR’s allowed.

Tejeda blasted home runs nos. 15 & 16 last night, including a towering shot off the Pftizner stadium scoreboard that gave the P-Nats a 6-5 walkoff win in 11 innings. The 24-y.o. batted .438 (14-for-32) with four doubles and eight RBI during the week and has been reportedly reassigned to Harrisburg, which wourld return him to the E.L. where he spent the 2011 and 2012 season with Portland and 2013 with Altoona.

Jul 282014
 


Oscar Tejeda homered in the 1st to get Potomac on the scoreboard first, then homered in the 11th off the scoreboard for the last Potomac run and a 6-5 walkoff win to complete the three-game sweep of Carolina.

The HR also snapped a seven-inning scoring drought, as the P-Nats jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings while literally knocking out Mudcat starter Dylan Baker with a screamer back to the mound off the bat of Estarlin Martinez that bounded off what appeared to be the noggin as he crumpled in a heap by the mound. He walked off the field under his own power.

Meanwhile, Hector Silvestre made his 2014 debut for the P-Nats and turned in a quality start of three runs on six hits over six innings, but all three runs came via the longball with a solo blast in the 3rd and a two-run blast in the 6th. He would walk none and strike out six without issuing a walk, and left in position to win with a 5-3 lead.

Travis Henke would blow the save with two runs given up in the 7th to allow the Mudcats to tie it at 5-5. He would follow his Mr. Hyde inning with a Dr. Jekyll 8th before giving way to Jake Walsh, who pitched around baserunners in each of his three innings for htis third win in six appearances.

The win, which was the 13th in walkoff fashion, was also the fourth straight for Potomac. Combined with a Wilmington loss extends the P-Nats lead to two games in the C.L. North. The homestand continues with three against Myrtle Beach in a battle of the 2014 first-half champs. Dakota Bacus (3-5, 3.58) gets the ball for the P-Nats versus Chad James (1-1, 5.59) for the Pelicans.

Jul 262014
 


Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

NOTE: Stats & standings prior to games of July 25
SYRACUSE CHIEFS 61-45, 1st place I.L. North, 2½ games ahead

Good A.J. Cole 3-0, 2.88 ERA, 1.21 WHIP in July (4GS)
Bad Greg Dobbs .194/.219/.258 in last 10 games
Interesting In first place since June 5, 28-19 over that stretch



HARRISBURG SENATORS 42-62, 5th place E.L. West, 21½ games behind

Good Jason Martinson .280/.375/.440 in July (22G)
Bad Zach Kroenke 0-3, 7.48 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 5HR allowed in July (5 appearances)
Interesting Now up to 55 different players used (record, 61 in 2012 – H/T to Sens PR folks)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-15, T1st place C.L. North, 1½ games ahead (55-46 overall)

Good Gilberto Mendez 2-0, 4SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Stephen Perez .158/.214/.158 in last 10 games
Interesting Jake Walsh 2-0, 1.86 ERA, 0.72 WHIP in first 5 appearances



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 22-12, T1st place Sally North, 3 games ahead (66-38 overall)

Good Rafael Bautista 55-for-63 in SB attempts (87.3% success rate)
Bad Jake Johansen 5.11 BB/9IP
Interesting Isaac Ballou 24-game on-base streak



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 18-21, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 9½ games behind

Good Travis Ott 1-1, 2.27/3.39/1.14 in 7GS
Bad Jeff Gardner .123/.200/.192 in 21G
Interesting Tyler Mapes 3SV, 0R first 5 appearances (9IP)



GCL NATIONALS 17-14, 2nd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 4 games behind

Good “Fred” Aguero .321/.357/.434 in 19G
Bad D.J. Jauss 7.71 ERA, 2.29 WHIP in 7 appearances
Interesting Jakson Reetz .410 OBP (11BB in 19G)



DSL NATIONALS 25-21, 5th place Boca Chica South, 9 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Victor Robles .312/.410/.478, 21SB in 40G
Bad 18-y.o. Jose Nunez 6.86/5.93/2.33 in 9 appearances, 4GS
Interesting Catchers 51% CS rate (44/86) — 2nd best in DSL
Jul 262014
 


After a six-run top of the first, the Luftwaffe weren’t circling Woodbridge, but it sure looked like this wasn’t going to be Potomac’s night.

Instead, the P-Nats answered with four of their own, beginning with Isaac Ballou’s leadoff single in his Carolina League debut, and ending with an inside-the-park home run by Randolph Oduber as he launched a line drive that bounded off the glove of the Mudcat centerfelder on the warning track.

The comeback was made possible by Kylin Turnbull, who scattered six hits and walked none over four scoreless innings for his best outing of the season. He came on in relief of Brian Rauh, who was hammered for six runs (five earned) on five hits, including a grand slam.

The decision went to Cody Davis despite giving up two runs over two and a 1/3rd innings, as he was the pitcher of record when Potomac rallied for for three in the 7th, highlighted by RBI doubles by Ballou and Stephen Perez and a run-scoring single by Shawn Pleffner.

Bryan Harper and his mustache came on in the 8th and locked it down with two perfect innings of relief for his second save.

With the win, Potomac improves to 18-15 in the second half, still tied with Wilmington for first place. Tonight, Ian Dickson (2-8, 5.61) gets the start, opposed by Michael Peoples (7-7, 4.57) for Carolina.

Jul 252014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
Among the slew of transactions that were received today, the promotion of 22-year-old Austin Voth stands out.

The move comes despite his worst outing in High-A this past Wednesday when he gave up five runs on six hits to Winston-Salem, chased by his second HR in 37⅔ innings. He’ll join former teammate John Simms as one of two pitchers to advance two levels this season, which has been rare since current GM Mike Rizzo took the helm from leath..er, previous GM Jim Bowden in 2009.

Here’s a rundown of the other moves made today…
SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez optioned from Washington (end of rehab)
• RHP Ryan Mattheus activated from the 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• RHP Neil Holland reassigned from Syracuse
• RHP Sam Runion placed on the 7-Day DL
• LHP Matt Purke recalled to Washington, placed on the 60-Day DL

POTOMAC
• LHP Bryan Harper reassigned from Harrisburg
• LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned from Hagerstown
• OF Isaac Ballou promoted from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• IF-OF Cody Dent reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from Auburn
• LHP Joseph Webb activated from the 7-Day DL

AUBURN
• LHP David Napoli reassigned from Hagerstown

Now, it’s certainly possible that the corresponding moves of Silvestre and Lopez are also promotions, but in a season where it feels like I need to take an Ex-Lax to keep up with all the moves, I’m hedging my bets with the more neutral verb.

Apologies in advance… the GBI is going to be delayed a day or so as some of you may have noticed that my website was having server issues earlier.

Jul 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 3.42) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.45) vs.
Vasquez (4-6, 4.70)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 @ Winston-Salem,
12:00 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.27) vs.
Danish (2-2, 3.64)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-5, 3.87) vs.
Brennan (0-0, 1.50)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.10) vs.
Eppler (0-1, 4.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-1 vs GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 1-0 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-4, 1.82) vs.
Gomez (1-2, 3.04)


Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 3
• Treinen (L, 6-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• E. Perez 2-4, R, 2B
• Solano 1-3, BB, SB

The PawSox jumped on Blake Treinen for two in the 1st, four in the 2nd, and seven runs total as they tripled up the Chiefs, 9-3. The 26-y.o. was charged with his first AAA loss of the year with eight hits and two walks allowed over five innings. Syracuse took advantage of six walks to score three times on seven hits, including three doubles. Eury Perez was the lone Chief to register multiple hits has he went 2-for-4 with two-base knock, while Jhonatan Solano singled, walked, and nabbed his 12th stolen base of his career.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2
• Dupra 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Demny (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Latimore 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-4, 2B, BB, 2SB

Caleb Ramsey’s two-run, pinch-hit single highlighted a three-run 9th as Harrisburg knifed Bowie, 4-2. Paul Demny got the win with two perfect innings in relief of starter Brian Dupra, who scattered eight hits over six innings while allowing both BaySox runs. Quincy Latimore led the Senators offense with a single and a double in four at-bats, followed by Michael Taylor who walked, doubled, and stole two bases.
Roster moves: RHP Paul Demny activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Paolo Espino placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 5
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Turnbull (BS, 1; L, 0-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, RBI, 2SB
• Renda 2-4, 2R, BB
• Martinez 2-4

The P-Nats jumped out to a 4-0 lead early but fell in the late innings, 6-5 to end a modest three-game win streak. Dakota Bacus held the lead for five innings before the Dash got to him for three in the 6th to send him packing with a no-decision. The staff ace finished with four runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks over six innings. Oscar Tejeda led the Potomac offense with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Tony Renda and Estarlin Martinez, who both went 2-for-4. Kylin Turnbull suffered the loss with two runs allowed on four hits over the final two frames.
Roster move: RHP Cody Davis reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns return to the Muni for seven games on a three-game win streak, but remain tied with Greensboro for first place in the Sally North. It’s three against division rival Kannapolis and then four against league doormat Greenville.
Roster move: RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 5 Jamestown 3
• Lopez (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, BK
• Mapes (S, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Read 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Mejia 1-3, RBI, SB

Raudy Read and Cody Gunter both went deep in Auburn’s four-run 4th in a 5-3 win over Jamestown. All nine Doubledays reached base, with Read also drawing a walk and single to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored and lead the attack. Reynaldo Lopez dropped his ERA to 0.75 with six shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four in his third win. Tyler Mapes came in with the bases loaded and nobody out and let in just one in the 8th then put the lid on the Jammers in the 9th for his third save.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 1
• A. Martinez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Plouck 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• R. Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Lora 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Florentino 2-4, 2B

Randy Encarnacion’s RBI double highlighted a four-run 4th as the G-Nats cruised to a 5-1 win over the G-Mets. Anderson Martinez got the win with one run allowed on a solo HR and four hits total over five innings. He walked none and struck out two. Maximo Valerio and Cole Plouck both followed with two scoreless innings in relief. Encarnacion and Edwin Lora both went 2-for-3 with a run scored as the G-Nats registered eight hits total and drew four walks for the afternoon.

DSL Rockies 1 DSL Nationals 0
• Fuentes 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K,
• Rosario (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Robles 2-4, SB, CS
• A. Martinez 1-3, BB

The D-Nats were shut out 1-0 by the D-Rockies with the winning run scoring on a double-play ball that only got one out. The D-Nats would get the tying run to third in the final two “ups,” only to get picked off to end the 8th and miss two chances in score in the 9th. Steven Fuentes tossed six scoreless for the second time in three starts, fanning six, walking none, and allowing just three hits but would get nothing for his efforts. The loss went to Ramses Rosario, who gave up the lone in the bottom of the 7th and let up three hits total over his two innings of work. Victor Robles and Andres Martinez both reached base twice as the D-Nats were held to seven hits and three walks.

Jul 212014
 

Potomac Nationals pitcher Austin Voth has been named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week.

As he did the week prior, Voth tossed seven scoreless innings with one walk and eight K’s on the 18th but went one better with only one hit allowed versus two. He retired the last 16 batters he faced.

Unfortunately, the effort did not result in a win as Voth matched up against Wilmington’s Jonathan Dziedzic, who matched him goose egg for goose egg on the scoreboard and also got a no-decision for his efforts. The P-Nats ultimately lost the game, 3-0.

In five starts since his callup from Hagerstown, the 22-y.o. “northpaw” has turned in a quality start each time out with just a single run allowed on home run on June 29th and 36 strikeouts over 33 innings pitched. Between the two levels, Voth is 6-3 with a 1.75 ERA in 18 starts with a WHIP of 0.86 and 110 strikeouts in 102⅔ innings (9.64/9IP).