Jun 262010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 6-1 vs. Pawtucket, 7:00 p.m. Jeff Mandel (2-3, 5.58) vs.
Kris Johnson (3-5, 4.68)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-2 vs. Reading, 7:00 p.m. Andrew Kown (2-2, 3.43) vs.
Yohan Flande (4-5, 4.48)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-4 vs. Myrtle Beach, 6:35 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-1, 2.61) vs.
Randall Delgado (2-5, 2.41)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 4-0 vs. Hickory, 7:05 p.m. Graham Hicks (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Robert Ross (8-5, 2.15)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 9-7 (10 inn.) @ Connecticut, 7:05 p.m. Bobby Hansen (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Josue Carreno (0-1, 8.10)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Javier Avendano (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1 vs.
DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins, 10:30 a.m. Juan Diaz (1-2, 4.24) vs.
TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 6-1 vs. Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Chico (W, 3-3) 5⅔ IP 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 4K
Pitching Star: MacDougal (H, 2) 1⅓ IP 0H 0ER 1BB 3K
Hitting Star # 1: Lambin 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Maxwell 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: Syracuse grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the second inning and never looked back, adding one more in the 6th and two more in the seventh to win the game by a score of 6-1 against Pawtucket. Matt Chico pitched 5⅔ innings, allowing only one run off five hits and 3 walks to earn the victory, while the bullpen combined for 3⅓ hitless and scoreless innings, allowing just one walk. Offensively, Chase Lambin was the player of the game, going 2-4, with 2 runs, highilighted by his 9th home run of the season in the 6th inning.

Harrisburg Senators W, 5-2 vs. Reading
Starting Pitcher: Lannan (W, 1-0) 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: Carr (SV, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Coon 2-4, R, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Valdez 3-4, R, 2B, 1RBI
Notes:John Lannan’s first start since his return to the minors was successful, as the tall southpaw pitched seven full innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He also struck out five. Brad Coon and Jesus Valdez were the hitters of the game, collectively going 5-8, scoring 2 runs and getting 3 of Harrisburg`s 5 runs.

Potomac Nationals L, 7-4
Starter/Pitching Star: Bronson 6+ IP 6H 3R 3ER 1BB 6K
Pyrotechnician: Phillabaum ⅓ IP 3H 3R 3ER 0BB 0K; 2-2 IR-S; 4 BF
Hitting Star #1: Rhinehart 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 2-4, R, RBI
Notes: See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns L, 4-0 vs. Hickory
Starter/Pitching Star: Clegg (L, 8-1) 7IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K
Hitting Star: Leon 2-3
Honorable Mention: Perez, OF assist at HP
Not So Honorable Mention: Soriano, error #23
Notes: Hagerstown couldn’t couldn’t get anything going against Hickory’s Joseph Wieland, who pitched a five-hit shutout with one walk, five strikeouts, and two pickoffs at 1st base. Mitchell Clegg’s winning streak ended at eight, despite pitching well enough to win with three runs allowed on four hits and two walks over seven innings.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 9-7 (10 inn.) @ Tri-City
Starter/Pitching Star: Swynenberg 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: King 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jones 3-5, R, 2-2B
Hitting Star #3: Mozingo 2-4, 2R, 2BB, SB
Notes: Tri-City got off to an early start vs. Vermont but in the end the victor was the Lake Monsters. Vermont started their run in the top of the 5th scoring two and then they didn’t stop. In the 6th they added two more and single runs in both the 7th and 9th inning to tie things up at 7-7, which meant extra innings. In the top of the 10th Vermont got two more runs and held on for a 9-7 win. Starting Pitcher Matt Swynenberg pitched five innings, with one run allowed on three hits and two walks.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The GCL Nationals resume play today against the GCL Cards in a rematch of Opening Day. They are 2-2 thus far.

DSL Nationals W, 5-1 vs. DSL Cubs2
Starter/Pitching Star: Wirkin Estevez 6IP 5H 0R 1BB 10K
Hitting Star #1: Nelalexfred Ortega 2-3, 2R, BB, 3SB
Hitting Star #2: Edgar Gonzalez 0-2, 2R, 2BB
Notes: Starter Estevez was “Wirkin” it to the tune of six shutout innings with just five hits and one walk allowed while ten opposing batters went down by way of the K. “Fred” Ortega was a terror on the basepaths, swiping second twice and third once. The win put the D-Nats back over .500 at 12-11, 2½ games off the pace.

Jun 262010
 

The seventh inning was unkind to the Potomac Nationals, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans swooped on a tiring Evan Bronson and two relievers for a six-run inning en route to a 7-4 win.

As annoying as Rob Dibble may be to some folks, his mantra of putting up a goose egg after the offense gets some runs is absolutely correct. Twice last night the P-Nats took the lead, and twice the Pelicans answered the first chance they got.

It’s especially important to do this when the offense is, to be kind, inconsistent. For the second time in as many nights, Potomac’s first six batters went down in order. On Thursday, they broke through with a bunt single in the third; On Friday, it was an opposite field chalk-eater off the bat of Chris Curran in the fourth that got things started.

Steve Lombardozzi sacrificed Curran to third and Derek Norris lofted a flyball to center to score him for Potomac’s early 1-0 lead.

Former P-Nat Dan Nelson led off the fifth with a double to left that Bill Rhinehart nearly misplayed into a leadoff triple. After Bronson struck out Samuel Sime for the first out, Nelson took third on a grounder to, well, third and then came in on a two-out double from Cole Miles, who was offensive player of the night with three hits and stolen base.

Potomac regained the lead with a three-run rally in the sixth. After a Curran groundout, Lombardozzi reached first on a dribbler to second that was ruled a single, then stole second. Norris was caught looking. Rocket Wheeler curiously ordered an intentional walk of Mike Burgess and Tyler Moore made him pay with a line-drive single to left that scored Lombardozzi and sent Burgess to third. Castro threw wild to send Burgess home, Moore to second, then surrendered a double to Rhinehart to complete the three-run rally.

Potomac manager Gary Cathcart matched Wheeler’s decision-making prowess by sending out Bronson in the seventh, despite having warmed up a reliever in the previous inning. A leadoff walk wasn’t sign enough that Bronson was on empty either. After a seeing-eye single brought the tying run to the plate, Cathcart finally brought the hook.

Justin Phillabaum inherited two runners. He would pitch to four batters. Five of those six batters would score, as he uncorked a wild pitch, gave up a single, induced a grounder that went home to nail one runner, then gave up another single. A bloop double to very shallow right field ended Phillabaum’s night, the game now tied at 4-4.

A two-run double greeted lefty Patrick McCoy to put Myrtle Beach on top 6-4, and after a grounder to short, a two-out single capped the six-run rally. McCoy would finish the night admirably with two scoreless innings, but the Potomac offense couldn’t answer despite a bases-loaded threat in the seventh.

With the loss, Potomac drops to .500 in the second half. Trevor Holder (0-1, 2.61) takes mound in tonight’s series finale, opposed by the Pelicans’ Randall Delgado (2-5, 2.41).

Jun 252010
 

Our apologies for the interruption. It’s still gonna be a little dusty around here while we sort through restoring old pages, pictures, settings, etc.

The inside scoop? It’s actually pretty mundane. Jordan from OriolesProspects.com founded this site in January and solicited help on Brian Oliver’s NatsFarm.com, where I am a frequent troublemaker commenter. The idea of putting my money where my mouth was appealed to me then, and it still appeals to me, which is why I chose to assume full ownership of this site when Jordan decided he needed to devote all his time, energy and resources to his primary website.  I appreciate the chance he took on me, and was glad to serve as the Senior Editor/Writer for him.

Speaking of which, I also want to give a shout-out to our Foreign Correspondent, April Whitzman, who has her own site, too: JaysProspects.com. She writes the lion’s share of the News & Notes, which gives me more time to write features like “Last Night In Woodbridge” and “Good, Bad, Interesting.” And of course, I can’t neglect my buddy Shawn, a.k.a. our guy in Hagerstown, who blogs about a wide variety of sports on his terrific blog Musings about Sports and other important items.

So bear with us while we try to get things back to normal. I’ll be making a trip to Vermont to catch a game on Monday night and hope to give you folks a glimpse at the future. And if anyone reading this happens be a regular there, or in Syracuse, or in Viera, or in Harrisburg, we’d love to hear from you; just drop a line to enfieldmass-natsprospects[at]yahoo[dot]com.