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.

Aug 062014
 

Literally, the lights went out in the 8th. But figuratively, Brian Rauh was lights out for most of the night as Potomac tripled up Winston-Salem, 6-2.

The 23-year-old has had an up and down season thus far for Potomac, missing nearly two months from late April to late June, while shifting between starting and relieving over the last few weeks.

Thus, when he walked the first two batters in the 1st, his no-hit bid for three and a 1/3rd innings would almost go unnoticed. Courtney Hawkins, who’s venturing into Billy Rowell territory as he’s in his third season with the Dash but is only 21, broke it up with a one-out double in the 4th.

Rauh would let up his second hit in the 5th, and his third in the 6th, which came after his fourth walk to put runners on second and third with one out. A whiff (#4) and a lineout to third ended the threat and Rauh’s night.

Meanwhile, the offense broke out for three in the third. Dash pitcher J.B. Wendelken also hadn’t given up a hit, but that was over Estarlin Martinez got aboard with a swinging bunt single, followed by Pedro Severino’s first safety, then a two-run triple by Isaac Ballou. Tony Renda hit a flyball to medium center, which was deep enough for Ballou to, um, dash home with the third run.

Potomac got another run in the 5th, then two more in the 6th to extend the lead to 6-0 before Richie Mirowski had an adventuresome 7th as Winston Salem got to him for four flares/singles. A Stephen Perez error extended the inning and rendered one of the two runs given up unearned. Mirowski would strike out the side with a series of curves and changes.

As the pic shows, the stadium lights actually went out for 25 minutes in the bottom of the 8th, but the layoff didn’t affect the outcome as both teams put on a pair of runners in their final “ups,” but couldn’t push them across.

The Hillcats won to keep pace while the Blue Rocks dropped to four back of the P-Nats, who lead the C.L. North by three games. Tonight, it’s southpaw Matthew Spann (7-5, 4.65) against northpaw James Dykstra (2-0, 2.70) in game two of the series.

Aug 042014
 

Ripple
With the promotion of Steve Souza from Syracuse to Washington to replace an allegedly injured Nate McLouth, also comes the promotion of CF Michael Taylor from Harrisburg to take Souza’s place on the Syracuse roster.

Now, obviously it’s possible that both moves could be reversed in two weeks when McLouth is eligible to be activated, but it seems awfully convenient coincidental that the Nats waited until after the non-waiver trade deadline to make any of these moves. Washington GM Mike Rizzo is as brilliant as he is stubborn, and we could very well be seeing both traits on display here.

It’s been a topic of debate in the comments as to where Brian Goodwin is and/or what has happened to him. Officially, he’s on the DL (and without explanation), which, to remind the newcomers here, does not necessarily mean that a player is injured. But common sense — a misnomer, as Mark Twain once said because it’s so rarely found — does suggest that Goodwin is indeed hurt. It’s one thing to stash a guy for a week, but as of today it’s been a month.

Thus, the rumor that Goodwin has suffered a separated shoulder (via the comments) doesn’t seem all that implausible. Of course, that is the function of rumor — to fill in the gaps of knowledge when there is no official information. But if it’s true — and there is precedent in the example of Matt Purke, who went missing in the summer of 2012 only to be revealed during the 2012-13 offseason that he had undergone shoulder surgery — then we may be seeing an injury allow one prospect to leapfrog another again, just as we did with Tyler Moore and Chris Marrero.

The Senators and Chiefs also announced the following moves…
• RHP Josh Roenicke released
• RHP Scott McGregor reassigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse
• IF Ricky Hague and RHP Sam Runion activated from the 7-Day DL

It’s possible that Roenicke’s release was at his request; at the time he was signed he reportedly had a June 15 opt-out clause. Though it seems more likely that he was released outright with a two in-season FAs backfilling the gaps.

As always, if there are further moves related to this story, look for this space to be updated.

Aug 042014
 


Harrisburg Senator outfielder Quincy Latimore has been named the Eastern League’s Player of the Week for July 28 to August 3rd.

The 25-y.o. smacked four home runs during the week, including a grand slam last Wednesday and a walkoff solo shot on Thursday; both big flies came in extra innings. Overall, Latimore went 9-for-23 with 11 runs driven in and an OPS 1.438 for the week.

The North Carolina native was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in he 4th Round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in January 2013 and signed with the Washington Nationals this past offseason. In 85 games for the Senators, he’s put up a line of .294/.362/.452 with 9 HR, 37 RBI, and seven stolen bases.

According to MiLB.com, this is his second Player of the Week Award in his career, the previous coming in May 2009 while he was with the West Virginia Power.

Aug 012014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 62-49, 1st place I.L. North +.001 W% ahead

Good Emmanuel Burris .351/.422/.514 in July (17G)
Bad Taylor Hill 0-3, 5.48/6.67/1.69, 5HR in 5 July GS
Interesting Rafael Martin 38 consecutive IP w/o an ER (19⅓ at AA; 18⅔ at AAA)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 45-65, 6th place E.L. West, 20 games behind

Good Scott McGregor 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.85 WHIP in July
Bad Senators third baseman not named Adrian Sanchez = 19E, .875 Fld. Pct.
Interesting Adrian Sanchez 2E in 39G at 3B (.971 Fld. Pct.)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 20-18, 1st place C.L. North, .001 W% ahead (58-49 overall)

Good Pedro Severino .304/.368/.468 since All-Star Break (26G)
Bad Dakota Bacus 6.33 ERA, 1.66 WHIP in July (5GS)
Interesting 752 batting K second-fewest in the Carolina League



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 26-14, 1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (70-40 overall)

Good Lucas Giolito (duh) 5-2, 1.95/2.90/0.87, 10.3K/9IP in last 10 GS
Bad Narciso Mesa 6BB drawn in 46G
Interesting Zero CG through 110G (tied with Asheville; Savannah has 8)



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 21-25, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 10½ games behind

Good Raudy Read .319/.350/.532, 4HR, 16RBI in July (25G)
Bad Connor Bach 4.96 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 18BB in 7 appearances (16⅓ IP)
Interesting 3.87 R/G = 13th in 14-team NYPL



GCL NATIONALS 20-16, 2nd place GCL East, 4½ games behind

Good John Feliz 3-1, 1SV, 1.23/2.04/0.82 in 14⅔ IP
Bad Ryan Ripken .453 OPS in 51AB
Interesting 2012 Avg. Batter Age = 20.9
2013 Avg. Batter Age = 19.7 (2014 Lg. Avg)
2014 Avg. Batter Age = 19.2



DSL NATIONALS 29-23, 4th place Boca Chica South, 8 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Telmito Agustin .877 OPS, 22SB, 5CS
Bad 19-y.o. Michael Archibald 1-0, 7.43 ERA, 2.10 WHIP in 13⅓ IP
Interesting 20-y.o. Angher Cespedes 4-0, 7SV, 3.49 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 38K in 28⅓ IP
Aug 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Lively (0-2, 7.20) vs.
Ranaudo (12-4, 2.41)
Ely (0-0, 1.75)

Harrisburg Won, 10-9 (10 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (1-1, 6.04) vs.
Roberts (10-10, 4.11)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 1-0 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 6.55) vs.
Encinas (0-1, 9.90)
Auburn Won, 14-3 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 7.27) vs.
Oswalt (4-1, 2.56)
GCL Nationals Won, 13-10 vs GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (1-4, 3.61) vs.
Pacheco (2-4, 1.60)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Hill 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Madrigal (L, 0-4) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Perez 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, SB
• Laird 2-4, 2B

A two-run walkoff in the 9th dropped Syracuse, 4-2, and into a first-place tie with Pawtucket (percentage points ahead). Taylor Hill turned in his best outing of the month with one run on four hits and three walks but gave up a longball for the sixth straight start. Warner Madrigal took the loss as he gave up a single and a homer with one out in the 9th after pitching a scoreless 8th. Eury Perez scored both Chiefs runs, doubling in the 1st, stealing third, and trotting home on a Tyler Moore two-out double, then homering in the 8th to tie it at 2-2. Brandon Laird singled and doubled as Syracuse was held to just six hits on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 10 Akron 9 (10 inn.)
• Simmons 5⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self (W, 2-2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Latimore 2-4, 3R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Michael Taylor announced his return to the lineup by going Rickey Henderson in the 1st with a leadoff home run, but it was Quincy “The Dude” Latimore’s walkoff blast in the last of the 10th that sent the folks in Harrisburg home happy with a 10-9 win. Starter James Simmons left with a 7-4 lead with one out in the 6th but both runners he turned over to Colin Bates came in while Paul Demny melted down with a three runs in the top of the 9th to put the Senators in a 9-7 hole. Harrisburg rallied to tie at 9-9 when Kevin “Special Ks” Keyes hit a two-run, game-tying single in the next half-inning. The Sens then found their best Derek Self, who stopped the bleeding in the 10th before Q “I Ended You” Latimore connected for his second HR on the night and third in two games.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The P-Nats make the first of three three-game road trips this month with a Friday-to-Sunday series in Zebulon in a rematch of last weekend’s series against the Mudcats, who they swept last weekend. It’s also the beginning of a stretch of 31 games in 32 days as two doubleheaders (19th and 31st) offset the three scheduled off days (4th, 11th, 18th) in August.

Hagerstown 1 Charleston 0
• Giolito (W, 7-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero (SV, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Difo 2-4, R
• Kieboom 1-4, RBI

Unless someone throws a complete-game shutout over the weekend, odds are Lucas Giolito’s got the Sally Lg. Pitcher of the Week for a second straight week for his effort in a 1-0 neutering of the RiverDogs. The 20-y.o. spun another six scoreless innings, letting up two hits and one walk while “only” striking out six. Wander Suero followed with three more goose eggs to complete the combined three-hit shutout, the ninth this season for the Suns. Charleston’s Chaz Hebert was nearly as brilliant — yes, we can acknowledge this — giving up just the one unearned run off two hits: a two-out Wilmer Difo single, which the defense turned into a “double” with an error, followed by an RBI single by Hagerstown backstop Spencer Kieboom in the 4th.

Auburn 14 Brooklyn 3
• A. Williams (W, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Torres 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mejia 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Read 2-3, R

The Doubledays stormed the Cyclones for 10 runs in the 4th and 5th innings en route to a 14-3 smackdown in Brooklyn. Austen Williams rebounded from a season-worst outing last Friday, with serviceable effort of three runs let in on six hits and a walk over five innings for his first professional win. Any thoughts of a comeback or getting some runs back for pride were squashed by the relief duo of Chase McDowell and Luis Torres with two scoreless inning apiece. Bryan Mejia reached base four times from the #9 spot in the lineup while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Jeff “Call Me Bad, Will You?” Gardner smacked two- and three-run HRs respectively to highlight Auburn’s six-run 5th.

GCL Nationals 13 GCL Mets 10
• Yrizarri 1⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, 3BB, 0K
• Valerio (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S, WP
• Guzman 3-5, R, 3B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2-2B, 4RBI

After blowing leads of 3-0 and 7-5, the G-Nats tied the game at 9-9 in the 6th and rallied for four in the 8th to take this see-saw battle, 13-10. Deibi Yrizarri started and was charged with five unearned runs on three hits and three walks with no strikeouts. The win went o Maximo Valerio, who finished off the 6th and allowed one run over the last three innings on two walks (one intentional) and a wild pitch. The 4-5-6 combo of Kelvin Gutierrez, Randy Encarnacion, and Luis Guzman combined to go 7-for-12 with four runs scored, two doubles, two triples and six RBI as the G-Nats pounded out 14 hits total.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Cardinals 3
• Acevedo (W, 3-2) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Charlis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Agustin 3-4, 2R, 2B, CS
• Viloro 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, RBI

Carlos Acevedo turned in six shutout innings as the D-Nats put up four in the 1st en route to a 7-3 win over the D-Cards. Acevedo walked one and struck out five while letting up just four hits in his third win. Telmito Agustin singled twice and doubled once to lead the D-Nats ten-hit parade, which featured a two-run HR by the still-just-16-y.o. Anderson Franco.

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.