Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) vs.
Aceves (2-1, 3.52)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 @ Reading,
9:35 a.m.
Treinen (5-5, 3.97) vs.
Wright (0-3, 11.51)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (5-1, 1.29) vs.
Pasquale (0-3, 4.62)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (0-0, 0.00) vs.
F. Jose (0-0, 9.00)



Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 3
• Torra (L, 0-3) 5⅔ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Accardo 2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Brown 2-4, RBI, SB
• Owings 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Pawtucket went deep twice against Syracuse starter Matt Torra in the first two innings to put the Chiefs in a 4-0 hole as the PawSox cruised to a 5-3 win. Torra was peppered with 11 hits total over five and 2/3rds, walking two and striking out two while losing for the third time in three starts. Veterans Corey Brown and Micah Owings both went 2-for-4 with and RBI, with Brown swiping his 6th base and Owings smacking his 6th home run. Roster moves: 1B Chris Marrero recalled to Washington; OF-1B Tyler Moore optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 2
• Gilliam (W, 2-1) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 3-5, 3R, SB
• Head 4-5, 4R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI

Rob Gilliam was perfect for five innings while Jared Head was a triple shy of cycle as Harrisburg pounded Reading, 8-2. Manager Matt LeCroy claimed an organizational directive of five innings or eighty pitches (whichever came first) is why the 25-year-old was lifted after just 57 pitches. By then, the offense had built a 7-0 lead, thanks to a pair of two-run HRs by Head. Steve Souza Jr. singled three times to lead the hit column as Harrisburg notched 14 hits total. Four relievers each turned in an inning to finish the game.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Hill 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Bates (BS, 2; L, 2-4) 1IP, 4H, 6R, 0ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Burns 2-5, SB(30)
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, PB(12)
• Miller 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI

Potomac’s luck finally ran out on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 1
• Pineyro (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Henke (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Manuel 1-3, R, BB
• Difo 1-2, BB, RBI, SB

If you missed the 6th, you missed all the scoring as Hagerstown put up four in the top half and West Virginia answered with one in the bottom half for the game’s final outcome of 4-1. Ivan Pineyro tied fellow Dominican for the team lead in wins (5) with six strong innings, allowing the Power run on a two-out solo shot, the third and final hit he gave up while walking one and fanning four. Two errors, two walks, two doubles, and two sacrifice flies accounted for the Suns runs as Hagerstown sent 10 men to the plate in the inning.
It’s a battle for the first half title as first-place Hickory comes to the Muni for four games in three days this week, with just a ½ game separating the top two teams (and the Power lurking in third place, 1½ games behind second-place Hagerstown).

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats won five of six in the first full week of the 2013 season, losing to the DSL Yankees1 squad on Saturday. This week, it’s home games against the Yankees1, the Cubs, y Los Rojos (nee the DSL Reds), and road games against the Cubs, Rojos, and the Orioles2.

Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

It takes more than a little luck to win ten games straight, but the luck ran out on Potomac in a 7-6 loss to Frederick this afternoon.

Truth be told, both teams did their best to give this one away. The box score will say just four errors, but sloppy defense was the name of the game in the final three innings as a 1-0 game turned into a 7-6 battle of who could field less.

Potomac starter Taylor Hill got the no-decision despite tossing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out five for the game. He turned the game over to Colin Bates in the 7th, and while a 1-0 game is by no means a gimme, it didn’t take long for folks to wonder if maybe Hill might have been given the hook one inning too soon.

Frederick put on the first two men with a double and a single to set up first and third. A tapper back to the mound looked like the break Bates was looking for, as he fired over to Cutter Dykstra to catch the man at third leaning but dropped the ball for an error in the rundown, following the tag while trying for a second out, which allowed the original man at first to advance to third.

A controversial steal (looked like the runner overslid second and was tagged) took away the double-play setup and then the next batter hit one to Dykstra, who committed a second error to load up the bases. Bates induced a popup for the inning’s second out, but if you’re a fan of the game, you already know that the Keys would take advantage of the two extra chances.

A two-out walk tied the game at 1-1. The leak sprung with a two-run single by Jason Esposito, who had came off the bench in the first when Jerome Pena got tossed for arguing a called third strike, giving Frederick a 3-1 lead.

The levee broke with a three-run shot by Brenden Webb, who had entered the game in the fourth when Nicky Delmonico got tossed for arguing a called third strike. The big fly pushed the Keys lead to 6-1.

Ordinarily, have two of the opponents’ starters ejected might be a good thing, but perhaps the P-Nats might have wished the umps were more mature patient, as the replacements combined to go 2-for-5 with a walk and five RBI.

Potomac got single runs in the 7th and 8th innings, earning the first one with a Michael Taylor triple in the 7th followed by an RBI groundout by Jason Martinson, but getting a gift run in the 8th with a two-out error that extended the frame and allowed Potomac within striking distance at 7-3 after eight innings.

Another error in the 9th and some poor glovesmanship led to three more unearned runs in the 9th, but the equalizer never made it into scoring position as Billy Burns, batting righthanded, rolled one to short for the game’s final out.

The loss keeps the Potomac magic number to clinch at six with eight games to play. Frederick is in second place, three games back and Lynchburg, with a doubleheader split today, is in third place at four games back.

The P-Nats finish on the road, beginning with a three-game set in Zebulon, followed five in Frederick as the first half winds down next Sunday.

Last Night In Woodbridge

It took nearly five hours to play 13 innings of baseball, but the folks that endured the Potomac bullpen woes were rewarded with a pair of one-run victories — 8-7 in the opener, 4-3 in the nightcap as the P-Nats won their ninth and tenth consecutive games.

Ross Detwiler took the hill on a rehab start in Game One and went four innings. Shaking off the rust is the point, of course, and the southpaw scattered seven hits (all singles) over three and 2/3rds innings. Thirty-eight of sixty pitches went for strikes, as the 27-year-old struck out four but walked none.

The offense, which has shown a proclivity for the big inning, got started early with a four-spot in the 1st, highlighted by a triple-double-single sequence from the 4-5-6 batters Jason Martinson, Adrian Nieto, and Kevin Keyes.

Brian Dupra followed Detwiler out of the ‘pen, but was lit up for multiple runs for the third time in his last four appearances as Frederick rallied for two in the 5th and two in the 6th to tie the game at five.

Since this unbeaten streak has begun, the dirty little secret is that Potomac has been able to hit their way out of any pitching mistakes. In 11 games, they’ve scored 74 runs (that’s counting the five scored in the suspended game on Thursday), an average of 6.72 runs per game.

That trend continued as the P-Nats rallied for three in the last of the 6th, as Adrian Sanchez singled, took third on an errant pickoff and trotted home on a Billy Burns triple. Michael Taylor sent in Burns with his big fly that went deep into the woods beyond left field to put up Potomac, 8-5.

The rally helped make a winner out of Richie Mirowski, who had blown the save (his 5th) by letting in two runners he had inherited from Greg Holt, though he served up a two-run homer following an error to make things close, 8-7.

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Having used three relievers in seven-inning game, the P-Nats needed strong start from A.J. Cole in the second game of the doubleheader… and got one. The 21-year-old put on a show, striking out 11 over six innings with just two walks allowed. He allowed just three hits, but one of them left the yard for a solo shot that gave Frederick a 1-0 lead in the 3rd.

Frederick’s Trent Howard, who’s mostly been used as a reliever, kept the Potomac bats quiet for four innings before turning over the ball to Matt Price in the 5th. Price let up a double and a walk in the 5th, then walked Martinson to lead off the 6th.

As is so often in single-A ball, one mistake can turn an ordinary inning into something special (or awful, depending on your point of view). A grounder to third that looked like a 5-4-3 DP with the lumbering Keyes was dropped at second. Instead of two out and nobody on, it was two on and nobody out.

The Keys called on David Walters to clean up the mess, but the 25-year-old veteran only made things worse. He got Sanchez out on a tapper to the mound that was hit too slowly for a twin-killing, but then had trouble hitting the backstop (well, the one with the glove) as he let in Martinson with the first of four wild pitches, then gave up an RBI triple to Justin Miller, an RBI double to Cole Leonida.

After Oduber flied out to right for the inning’s second out, the second wild pitch moved up Leonida. Billy Burns broke his bat and rolled one to short that never saw the infield dirt, as Burns easily beat it out to cap the four-run binge.

Up 4-1, Derek Self was given the ball in the 7th and struck out the first batter. Then, like last call at a singles bar, things got ugly fast. Self walked three of the next four batters, with a single interrupting the string while throwing a wild pitch. (If you’ve lost count, that was the seventh of the game between the two teams).

Rob Wort was summoned with the bases loaded and a 4-2 lead and promptly issued the fourth bases on balls to cut the lead to one at 4-3. He narrowly avoided the fifth walk with a strikeout on a full count then got the grounder to short that Martinson gunned across to end it.

With the doubleheader sweep, and a split between Lynchburg and Salem, Potomac’s magic number is now six with nine games to play in the first half. Taylor Hill (4-2, 3.78) has the dial and will try to set the amp for 11 with Frederick’s Tim Berry (3-3, 4.63) opposing him in the series finale.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Torra (0-2, 6.19) vs.
Workman (5-1, 3.43)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0;
Lost, 2-1
@ Reading,
1:35 p.m.
Gilliam (1-1, 5.65) vs.
Buchanan (2-6, 4.67)
Potomac Won, 8-7;
Won, 4-3
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (4-2, 3.78) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 @ West Virginia,
2:05 p.m.
Pineyro (4-3, 3.33) vs.
Glasnow (3-1, 3.21)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, PO
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-3, R, 2RBI

Eury Perez’s two-run triple capped off a three-run 7th as the Chiefs came back from a 2-1 deficit to edge the PawSox, 4-3. Rehabbing Christian Garcia got the win in relief, giving up a run over two innings on a hit and two walks while fanning three. Starter Danny Rosenbaum turned in a quality start with six innings pitched, two runs allowed on four hits and a walk, but struck out just one. Michael Broadway got the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Harrisburg 1 Reading 0 — GAME ONE
• Jordan (W, 4-0) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Nicol 1-2, BB

Taylor Jordan outdueled Phillies top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle as Harrisburg shut out Reading, 1-0. Both pitchers went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out seven over seven innings but Jordan was just a little finer, walking none to Biddle’s three and needing just 84 pitches versus 111. The difference of course was the solo HR that batterymate Sandy Leon hit to lead off the seventh.

Reading 2 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO
• Clay (L, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Herron 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Hague 1-1, 2B, BB

Harrisburg got just a solo HR in the nightcap, but Caleb Clay couldn’t toss the shutout as the Fightin’ Phils landed a 2-1 punch on the Senators to split the doubleheader. Clay gave up both Reading runs on five hits over five innings, walking none and setting down five on strikes. Jimmy Van Ostrand homered and walked, going 2-for-4 with two walks for the night to account for the lone Harrisburg run.

Potomac 8 Frederick 7 — GAME ONE
• Detwiler 3⅔ IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Mirowski (BS, 5; W, 4-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Burns 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB, SB

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 — GAME TWO
• Cole (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 11K, HR
• Wort (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 3-1 IR-S
• Burns 2-4, RBI
• Miller 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Took nearly five hours to play 13 innings Last Night In Woodbridge.

West Virginia 1 Hagerstown 0
• Lee (L, 1-2) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinez 1-3, SB
• Severino 1-3

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined to limit West Virginia to seven hits, but the one run given up was enough as the Power shorted the Suns, 1-0. Nick Lee gave up all seven safeties over six innings pitched with no walks and three strikeouts but suffered the loss. Cody Davis and Bryan Harper each turned in a 1-2-3 inning. Estarlin Martinez and Pedro Severino were the only two Suns to reach base, both singling, with Martinez the long Hagerstown batter to reach second base.

DSL Yankees1 8 DSL Nationals 6
• Reyes 5IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• A. Ramirez (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Lora 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

A four-run 6th stopped the D-Nats win streak at five as the D-Yankees1 squad dropped them, 8-6. Luis Reyes went five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks in start no. 2. Algenis Ramirez blew the save and took the loss, charged with all four runs on five hits over 2/3rds of an inning. 17-y.o. Edwin Lora led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, scoring two runs, drawing a walk, and driving in one.

Transaction Update

Transactions for NPP
The rain has helped solve some short-term problems for the parent club, but with yesterday’s waiver claim filling up the 40-man, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s it for now. Without further ado, here’s the latest moves, some of which were reported in the News & Notes this morning.

SYRACUSE
• RHP Christian Garcia transferred from Harrisburg for MLB Rehab
• LHP Tyler Robertson optioned from Washington (claimed on waivers)
• UT Francisco Soriano reassigned from Potomac

HARRISBURG
• RHP Paul Demny reassigned from Syracuse

POTOMAC
• IF Jean Valdez assigned from XST

SIGNED
• LHP Aneudy Rosario
• OF Gilberto Ramirez

As mentioned in the “promotions” post earlier this week, injuries have created a lot of need-based moves between the affiliates. This latest batch is no exception. It’s a bit curious to move up Valdez to Potomac, but it would not surprise me in the least if this merely a temporary move that will be undone in week or less. As usual, there’s nothing to be found on the two signees, who are presumably IFAs that weren’t high-dollar (otherwise, I’d have expected Baseball America to remark about them in yesterday’s transaction post).

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Torra (0-2, 6.19) vs.
Workman (5-1, 3.43)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Reading,
5:35 p.m.
Clay (5-2, 3.69) and
Jordan (3-0, 1.08) vs.
Zambrano (0-0, -.–) and
Biddle (3-5, 3.23)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:05 p.m.
Detwiler (MLB Rehab)
and Hill (4-2, 3.78) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63) and
Petersime (2-5, 6.99)
Hagerstown Won, 9-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-1, 7.82) vs.
Castro (6-3, 2.04)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Polanco (0-0, 7.36)



Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Ohlendorf 5IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Tatusko (W, 1-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Roark (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brown 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Rahl 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Marrero 2-3, R, BB, RBI

Corey Brown’s three-run shot in the bottom of the 8th capped a comeback from an early 2-0 deficit as Syracuse derailed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 4-2. Starter Ross Ohlendorf hadn’t pitched in more than a week, thanks to the injuries in DC as well as the rain. He walked three and paid for back-to-back walks in the third with the lone hit he allowed, resulting in a two-run double. He went five innings and struck out five. Ryan Tatusko, the originally scheduled starter, got the win in relief with three scoreless innings, with two hits and two walks given up and five strikeouts. Chris Rahl, who had doubled in front of Brown in the 8th, and Chris Marrero, who had walked, paced the eight-hit attack with two hits apiece. Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia assigned on MLB rehab; LHP Tyler Robertson optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Reading — PPD
For the second straight night, the Harrisburg Senators have been rained out. This one, however, is to be made up immediately as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Roster move: Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow reports that RHP Paul Demny will be reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
Prolonged rainfall postponed the opening game of the three-game series against the Keys, creating a doubleheader between the first- and second-place team in the C.L. North tonight. Ross Detwiler is expected to make a rehab start in the first game, with last night’s scheduled starter A.J. Cole coming on in relief.

Hagerstown 9 West Virginia 3
• Encarnacion (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Pena (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2WP
• Benincasa (SV, 9) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Martinez 3-5, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B

After taking a 5-0 lead early, then seeing the Power surge back to within two at 5-3, the Suns scored four unanswered runs in the last two innings for a 9-3 win. Tony Renda was the beer man as the sole Hagerstown batter not to hit safely. Will Piwinica-Worms led the offense with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI. Pedro Encarnacion won his team-leading fifth game with two runs allowed (one earned) on five hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Ronald Pena and Robert Benincasa each pitched two innings in relief, earning the hold and save, respectively.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Mets1 5
• Valerio 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Yefri Pena (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• D. Rosario 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Mercedes 1-1, 2RBI

The D-Nats rallied for four runs in the 8th and held off a late D-Mets1 charge to win another one-run game, 6-5. Maximo Valerio was touched for three runs on six hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings in his second start. Yefri Pena got the win in relief, tossing two and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out two. Dionicio Rosario struck again for two runs and two walks while going 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Three P-Nats Named To Carolina League All-Star Team

For the first time since 2009, Potomac has multiple representatives named to the Carolina League All-Star team, as the rosters for the 2013 contingent were announced today.

OF Billy Burns, LHP Robbie Ray, and RHP Blake Schwartz were among those named on the roster. It’s believed to be the first All-Star appearance for all three players.

Burns will be among the starting outfielders, most likely in center. The 23-year-old Georgia native leads the Carolina League with 28 steals, while his .418 on-base percentage is second in the league.

Ray leads the Carolina League with 81 strikeouts in 62 innings, but is also third in most walks allowed with 29. After a disastrous 2012 (4-12, 6.56), the 21-year-old from Tennessee will take it as he’s also third in ERA at 2.32 and has posted a won-loss mark of 4-2.

Schwartz is a bit of a surprise, given that he began the season in Hagerstown and in the bullpen. Since his promotion in late April he’s won five of eight starts (5-1 for Potomac, 7-1 overall) and posted a league-best ERA of 1.29. The 23-year-old Minnesotan has risen rapidly up the Nationals ladder, going from a 17-round pick from Okalahoma City College to High-A in less than a calendar year.

The 2013 Carolina-California All-Star game is scheduled for June 18th with the San Jose Giants as the host city for the California League. The game will be televised locally as well as on MiLB.tv.

As aforementioned, the P-Nats have had only one player named the past three seasons with OF Michael Burgess the sole representative in 2010 and 2011 and C David Freitas in 2012 (RHP Rob Wort was named as an injury replacement). The previous multiple-player representation came in 2009, when RHPs Brad Meyers and Jeff Mandel were named to the Carolina League’s pitching staff.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 8


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 24-35, 6th place I.L. North, 11 games behind

Good Chris Marrero .301/.348/.500, 10HR, 43RBI in 54G
Bad Ryan Perry 1-4, 7.88 ERA/6.40 FIP/1.85 WHIP
Interesting Michael Broadway .111 OBA in first three appearances



HARRISBURG SENATORS 30-29, 3rd place E.L. West, 3 games behind

Good Sean Nicol .333/.395/.485 in last 10G
Bad Tyler Herron 6.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP in six appearances
Interesting 23 pitchers used in 59 games



POTOMAC NATIONALS 34-24, 1st place C.L. North, 2 games ahead

Good Robbie Ray 11.75K/9IP
Bad Robbie Ray 4.2BB/9IP
Interesting Kevin Keyes .302/.373/.415 during current 14-game on-base streak


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 31-25, 2nd place Sally North, 1 games behind

Good Dixon Anderson 2.80 ERA/ 3.53 FIP/ 1.07 WHIP
Bad Tony Renda 11E in 56G
Interesting Pedro Severino 7E, 6PB, 49% CS

Friday’s News & Notes

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.

Tatusko (0-2, 3.45) vs.
Wang (4-4, 2.33)

Ohlendorf (4-5, 4.32) vs.
Nuno (2-0, 1.54)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (5-2, 3.69) vs.
Biddle (3-5, 3.23)
Zambrano (0-0, -.–)
Potomac Suspended, 5-5
(Two outs, Bottom of 9th)
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-2, 4.94) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63)
Hagerstown Canceled @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (4-3, 2.18) vs.
Holmes (2-4, 5.04)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Arias (0-0, 0.00)



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s Chiefs-RailRiders game until June 26, when it will be made up at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader.
Roster move: LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD
Same story as Syracuse, but no makeup date has been set just yet. Bowie next visits for five games on July 4-8.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 5 — SUSP., Bot. 9th
• Solis 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Bates 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R

On the plus side, Potomac remains unbeaten over the last nine games. The minus is that the blown save in the 9th — the 17th of the season — denied the P-Nats to take advantage of the idle Frederick Keys and reduce the magic number to clinch to ten. Potomac overcame an early 3-0 deficit two in the 6th (courtesy of a Kevin Keyes HR) and three in the 7th to take a 5-3 lead. Myrtle Beach answered with one in the 7th and tied it in the ninth on a walk, sacrifice, and a two-out single before the rain halted play and the game was called. No continuation date has been announced, as the Carolina League will likely cross its fingers and hope that the Southern Division is won without this one affecting the outcome.

Kannapolis vs. Hagerstown — Cancelled
For the third time in a month, Hagerstown had a game canceled, increasing the odds of the first half being decided by less than a full game or on percentage points. The second-place Suns visit the third-place Power for a three-game series this weekend. Hagerstown leads West Virginia by a ½ game but trails Hickory by a full game. The Suns and Crawdads are scheduled for four games in three days on Monday through Wednesday at the Muni as Hagerstown closes out the first half at home.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 4
• J. Ramirez 2⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, K
• Feliz (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• D. Rosario 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Aguero 1-3, BB, SB

The D-Nats rallied for two in the last of the 9th to win, 5-4. John Feliz picked up his second win in relief, stranding two in the 7th and pitching two and 2/3rds scoreless inning with no hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Jean Ramirez got the start, but was roughed up four runs on three hits and four walks. Dionicio Rosario paced the offense with a 3-for-5 game, doubling, homering, and driving in three. He also stole a base.

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Longtime readers already know this, but for the more recent visitors to this space… If you’re looking for news and/or opinion on the Nats’ 68th pick, this isn’t the place. I know that sounds a bit odd for a prospect follower, but I’ll be blunt: I’m too damn busy following the guys “we” already have to expend energy wondering about the ones “we” might have… never mind the hype or Harold Reynolds.

But I’m more than happy to point you in the direction of folks that do have that inclination:
… Sean Hogan, who wrote for the site last summer, has his take.
… Local scouting guru Ryan Kelley had this to say.
… Another Ryan (Sullivan), live-blogged the 1st round and will have more later on today.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-0 vs. Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.

Tatusko (0-2, 3.45) vs.
Wang (4-4, 2.33)
Harrisburg Won, 6-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
TBA vs. Wright (6-0, 3.30)
Potomac Won, 5-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Jackson (5-4, 2.44)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 11-0
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (4-3, 2.18) vs.
Leyer (2-6, 4.95)
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 0
• Demny (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 6K, HR, HBP, WP
• Broadway 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 2-4, 2B
• Rahl 1-4, 2B, OF assist at 1B

The RailRiders spoiled Paul Demny’s AAA debut, lighting up the 23-y.o. for seven runs en route to an 8-0 shutout of the Chiefs. Demny pitched five inning, walked one and allowed nine hits, including a two-run HR in the four-run 2nd. Three relievers followed for an inning apiece but it was largely moot as the Syracuse offense was held to just five hits. Eury Perez and Chris Rahl accounted for three of them including both extra-base hits registered for the Chiefs. RHP Paul Demny assigned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 0
• Garcia 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Treinen (W, 5-5) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Hood 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Leon 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined on a shutout as Harrisburg blanked Bowie, 6-0. Christian Garcia put in his rehab work early, pitching the first and second innings with two walks and hit allowed and four strikeouts. Blake Treinen nearly completed the game, going six and 2/3rds innings with six hits and a walk given up, but Aaron Barrett was summoned from the ‘pen to get the final out. Brian Goodwin and Destin Hood each went 2-for-4 with a double to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 0
• Ray (W, 4-2) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Mirowski (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 2-4, BB, RBI, SB
• Oduber 2-4, R, RBI
• Soriano 2-4, R, RBI

The P-Nats rolled to their eighth straight win as three pitchers combined to shut out the Pelicans, 5-0. Robbie Ray allowed all four of Myrtle Beach’s hits but walked just one and struck out seven over six and 2/3rds while earning his fourth win. Richie Mirowski stranded a runner in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th while Derek Self matched the feat in the 9th. Potomac rapped out 11 hits, with Billy Burns, Randolph Oduber, and Francisco Soriano each going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Frederick won to keep pace with Potomac, two games behind, but the magic number to clinch was reduced to 11.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Anderson (L, 4-3) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Hudgins ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Piwinica-Worms 1-3
• Foat 1-3

Hagerstown couldn’t keep Kannapolis off the board for consecutive innings and lost the opener, 6-2. Dixon Anderson nearly went the distance, pitching six and 2/3rds innings with all six Intimidators runs charged to him on eight hits and a walk, but suffered the loss. Five Suns went 1-for-3 (all singles) but nobody reached base twice against 18-year-old Jefferson Olacio, who got the complete-game win for Kannapolis.

Kannapolis 11 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K
• Norfork 0-1, 2BB

Three Intimidators combined on a seven-inning no-hitter as Kannapolis swept the doubleheader from Hagerstown with an 11-0 shutout in the nightcap. Brett Mooneyham’s return from the DL was a short stint of just two innings, as the 23-y.o. was lapped for three runs on a hit and four walks, though he did strike out four. Khayyan Norfork was the sole Sun to reach base twice, as he went 0-for-1 with two walks. The losses paired with a win by Hickory dropped Hagerstown into second place (percentage points ahead of West Virginia) by a ½ game. The Suns host the Crawdads next week for four games at the Muni, including a doubleheader on Tuesday.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Pirates2 3
• Torres 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Aquino (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Cerda 1-3, BB, RBI

After losing a 3-2 lead in the 8th, the D-Nats answered the D-Pirates2 run with their one of their own for a 4-3 win. Jonathan Aquino got the dreaded blown-save-win, giving up the lead in the 8th but pitching a scoreless 9th. 19-y.o. Luis Torres got the start and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six. Kelvin Gutierrez continues to dominate, doubling twice and scoring twice.