Saturday’s News and Notes

Four out of seven affiliates win on Saturday night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 6-1 vs. Pawtucket, 5:00 p.m. Jason Jones (0-1, 1.23) vs.
Michael Bowden (2-3, 4.23)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 vs. Reading, 2:00 p.m. Aaron Thompson (3-9, 6.10) vs.
Drew Naylor (6-6, 4.15)
Potomac Nationals Won, 8-6 @ Kinston, 5:00 p.m. Adrian Alaniz (2-3, 3.40) vs.
Marty Popham (1-2, 5.16)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 10-4 vs. Hickory, 2:05 p.m. Josh Smoker (1-7, 6.57) vs.
Robert Erlin (2-1, 1.49)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 7-1 @ Connecticut, 1:05 p.m. Shane McCatty (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Lance Baxter (0-1, 12.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1 vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. Marcos Frias (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Juan Urbina (1-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-0 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs W, 6-1 vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
Starting Pitcher: Mandel (W, 3-3) 6⅓ IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Bergmann (H, 12) 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Davis 2-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Burke 2-4, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Maxwell 3-5
Notes: A three-run fifth enabled the Chiefs to pull away from a 2-1 nailbiter en route to a 6-1 win. The Chiefs collected 13 hits with four players collecting two or more. Jeff Mandel evened his record at 3-3 with 6⅓ innings of one-run ball with two walks and six hits allowed.

Harrisburg Senators L, 4-3 vs. Reading
Starting Pitcher: Kown (L, 2-3) 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 1K 1HR
Pitching Star: Pena 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Valdez 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Marrero 2-4, 2RBI
Notes: The Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three in the first, which the Senators matched in the third. Reading added a solo home run in the fourth, which proved to be the difference as Harrisburg lost 4-3. Both bullpens were remarkable, each going three scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.

Potomac Nationals W, 8-6 vs. Myrtle Beach
Starting Pitcher: Holder (ND) 5IP 8H 5R 4ER 1BB 1K 2HR
Pitching Star: Leatherman (SV, 4) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Peacock 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rhinehart 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
Notes: Learn how an IBB backfired again in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns W, 10-4 vs. Hickory
Starter/Pitching Star #1: Hicks (W, 1-0) 6IP 6H 2R 2ER 0BB 6K
Pitching Star #2: Garcia (H, 2) 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Cuevas 1-3, R, BB, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Soriano 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Bloxom 3-5, R, 2B
Notes: The Suns were late in rising, but shone brightly with crooked numbers in the fifth (2), sixth (2), and seventh innings (5) with a 10-4 beating of the Hickory Crawdads. Twenty-year-old Graham Hicks registered his first Low-A win with two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. The lefty also struck out six.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 7-1 @ Connecticut
Starting Pitcher: Hansen (L, 1-1) 4IP 10H 6R 4ER 0BB 7K
Pitching Star: Herrera 3IP 2H 1R 0ER 1BB 2K
Hitting Star: Martinson 1-2, R, 2BB
Notes: The Lake Monsters were limited to just four hits, and left eight men on while striking out 13 times. The Tigers tacked four runs in the third and two more in the fourth to chase Bobby Hansen, who was dinged for six runs on 10 hits.

GCL Nationals L, 2-1 @ GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: A.J. Morris 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Pitching Star: Manuel Rivera 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star: Wander Ramos 2-4, R
Notes: Rehabbing A.J. Morris and Jesse English handed over the the GCL Nats bullpen who held onto a 1-0 lead going into the 9th. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases, but a 5-2-3 DP put the GCL Nats in position to still win until a Michael Taylor threw away a grounder for the 2-1 walkoff win by the GCL Cards.

DSL Nationals W, 6-0
Starter/Pitching Star: Juan Diaz (W, 2-2) 6IP 1H 0R 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Bienvenido Valdez 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Wilmer Difo 2-3, RBI
Notes: “Slim” Diaz and three pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as the DSL Nationals defeated the DSL Marlins 6-0. The DSL Nats only collected seven hits, but the DSL Marlins aided them with five errors.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

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