Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac wins for the third straight game and takes the series 3-1 against Kinston

An eleven-day layoff didn’t faze Potomac’s Brad Peacock, who won back-to-back starts for the first time this season as the Potomac Nationals doubled up Kinston by a score of 6-3.

Peacock went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits, but walked none and struck out eight. In a strange turn of events, he barely used his curve and kept the Kinston nine baffled by mixing his changeup masterfully with his 94mph heater. As has been the case all season long, he only ran into trouble when he pumped too many fastballs in succession, particularly in the fifth inning when he allowed a solo HR to Kinston’s Donnie Webb.

Meanwhile, the Potomac offense remained potent rapping out twelve hits to score six or more runs for third straight game, just the second time this season that’s happened. Bill Rhinehart and Jose Lozada paced the attack, each man hitting a home run, and Lozada having a four-hit night with two doubles and single to go along with the big fly.

With the win, Potomac improves to 12-9 in the second half, which is good for second place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division, two games behind Wilmington. Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start on Monday, as the Salem Red Sox make their final regular-season stop at Woodbridge.

Friday’s News and Notes

Extra-inning wins in Woodbridge and Viera highlighted an otherwise abysmal Friday night for the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-5 vs. Pawtucket, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (6-5, 3.75) vs.
Josh Beckett (rehab)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-0 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. John Lannan (1-2, 4.50) vs.
Bryan Morris (4-4, 4.19)
Potomac Nationals Won, 8-7 (10 inn.) vs. Kinston, 6:35 p.m. Brad Peacock (3-9, 4.09) vs.
Joey Mahalic (3-4, 4.15)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 6-5 vs. Rome, 7:05 p.m. Scott Olsen (rehab) vs.
Chris Masters (1-4, 2.93)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 10-4 vs. Aberdeen, 7:05 p.m. Chad Jenkins (1-3, 3.00) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 14-8 (10 inn.) vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 @ DSL Phillies OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs L, 9-5 vs. Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Jones (L, 1-4) 3⅔ IP 7H 5R 4ER 1BB 2K 3HR
Pitching Star: Garate 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
Pitching Un-star: Severino ⅔ IP 1H 4R 4ER 3BB 1K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Whiting 3-5, R, 2B, BB, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bynum 2-3, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Burke 3-4, 2B
Notes: Jason Jones just couldn’t stop Pawtucket from scoring, allowing runs in every inning he started before being lifted with two outs, down 5-2. After a Boomer Whiting scored on a groundout after a bunt-single-turned-triple-via-error got the Chiefs within striking distance at 5-3 in the fifth, Atahualpa Severino served up four runs to the PawSox in just two-thirds of an inning to put the game out of reach.

Harrisburg Senators L, 3-0 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Detwiler (L, 1-2) 5IP 3H 2R 1ER 1BB 7K
Pitching Star: Carr 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Marrero 2-4
Hitting Star #2: Baez 2-4
Notes: Ross Detwiler’s best effort at AA thus far was wasted on a night when the offense could only muster six hits. The lefthander went five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on just three hits and one walk while striking out seven. He also helped out his own cause with a single in two at-bats.

Potomac Nationals W, 8-7 (10 inn.) vs. Kinston
Starting Thrower: Walker ⅔IP 1H 3R 3ER 4BB 2K
Pitching Star: Phillabaum 2⅓ IP 3H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 3-5, R, 2-2B, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Norris 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB; two runners CS
Notes: Read more about how Kinston snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns L, 6-5 vs. Rome
Starting Pitcher: Hicks (L, 1-2) 5⅓ IP 8H 6R 6ER 1BB 6K 2HR
Pitching Star: Garcia 2⅔ 1H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Kobernus 1-3, 2R, BB
Notes: The longball was the undoing of Graham Hicks, who surrendered two last night, including a three-run shot as part of a four-run rally by the Rome Braves in the sixth inning. It also was the lion’s share of the Suns offense, as three of the five runs came on one swing by Justin Bloxom as Hagerstown managed to score five runs on just six hits, taking advantage of Rome’s five walks allowed. Francisco Soriano’s two errors pulled him into a second-place tie for the most errors in the Sally League with 32.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 10-4 vs. Aberdeen
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP 8H 6R 6ER 3BB 1K
Pitching Star: Cahill 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 1-4, 2R, 3B, BB
Hitting Star #2: Labrie 0-1, 3BB
Notes: David Freitas’s RBI double in the bottom of the first extended his hitting streak to 13 games and gave the Lake Monsters an early 2-1 lead. That was the highlight for Vermont as the Aberdeen Ironbirds carpet-bombed Centennial Field with 15 hits en route to a 10-4 victory. Taylor Jordan started and went 4⅔ innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks. He struck out just one.

GCL Nationals W, 14-8 (10 inn.) @ GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: Jimmy Barthmaier 2IP 7H 5R 4ER 1BB 0K 1HR
Pitching Star: Pat Lehman (BS, 1) 3IP 4H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 3-5, 4R, 2-2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adrian Sanchez 2-6, 2R, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Rick Hague 2-4, 2R, BB, SB
Notes: In a game that saw two ties and five lead changes, the GCL Nationals cranked out six runs in the top of the 10th to defeat the GCL Cardinals 14-8. The two-three-four batters of Rick Hague, Adrian Sanchez, and Randolph Oduber combined for seven hits, three walks and five RBIs to pace the GCL offense. Jimmy Bathmaier was ineffective in his third game since the Nationals signed him, coughing up five runs on seven hits over just two innings.

Last Night In Woodbridge

A double play turns into a two-run error for an improbable 8-7 walkoff win

Folks who showed up an inning late, missed a whole lot of action. So did the folks who went home early, as the Potomac Nationals somehow prevailed 8-7 despite spotting the Kinston Indians three runs early and two runs late.

Rehab starts are overrated. It’s not just a snarky tag, it’s a cold, hard truth about minor-league baseball. Tyler Walker was the latest to victimize the fans at Woodbridge put teeth into this saw, walking four and striking out two while facing just seven batters in the top of the first inning. He was charged with three runs, as reliever Patrick McCoy walked one and struck out one in his brief, and undoubtedly unexpected appearance.

To their credit, the P-Nats showed their mettle by immediately loading the bases on a Josh Johnson single, a double by Steve Lombardozzi and a walk by Derek Norris. T.J. McFarland, a Carolina League All-Star, got taken to the woodshed by Tyler Moore, courtesy of a grand slam to left-center to give Potomac a 4-3 lead.

Marcos Frias, the announced starter online, came on to start the second and sporting a much-improved changeup, blanked the Kinston nine for the next three innings. McFarland reverted to form and matched Frias’s goose eggs.

The Indians would lead off the fifth with back-to-back singles, then went small-ball with a sacrifice bunt and a high chopper to first to tie the game at 4-4. Norris and Moore would go back-to-back with doubles to reclaim the lead at 5-4.

Kinston chased Frias in the sixth with two more runs, but the 21-year-old nearly escaped the jam. A single, walk, and a sacrifice-turned-single loaded the bases with nobody out. Frias only struck out three in his 4⅔ innings, but two of them came in this inning when he needed them most. A pitch-to-contact pitcher, Frias couldn’t get the grounder he needed from Kyle Bellows who singled to put the Indians ahead, 6-5.

“Dolla” Bill Rhinehart tied the game with a leadoff home run to right-center in the bottom of the sixth which is where it would stay until two outs in the ninth… when lightning was spotted and play was halted for 36 minutes.

The folks who remained were then treated to an improbable tenth inning. The Indians took the lead at 7-6 on a walk, sacrifice, and a single and nearly went up by two, but for Robby Jacobsen gunning down a runner for the third out.

With one out, the PNats got runners on first and second via a hit batsmen and a walk, and then the weirdness set in. Rhinehart grounded to first for what would have ordinarily been a 3-6-1 double play, except Kinston first baseman Nate Recknagle struck the runner at first base, Jacobsen, and the ball rolled into left field, allowing the lead runner to tie the game at 7-7.

Kinston’s throw from left was cut off and Rhinehart was caught in a rundown, the putout going 7-6-3-1. Jacobsen, who had taken third after the ball hit him, took home just as Rhinehart was tagged out, leaving the Indians on the short end of an 8-7 score.

With the win, Potomac goes two games over .500 for the first time the season at 11-9, three games behind Wilmington. Brad Peacock (3-9, 4.09) makes his first start since his complete-game shutout on July 5th (his turn had been missed at the Fenway Futures game rainout) as the Nationals look to take the series. Joey Mahalic (3-4, 4.15) takes the ball for Kinston.

Good, Bad, Interesting… Vol. 14

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

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

51-41, 2nd place IL North, 3 games back

Good Jason Jones 0.99WHIP in 24⅓ innings
Bad Chris Duncan .136BA since May 31
Interesting Atahualpa Severino 1.15ERA vs. LHB

45-47, 4th place, 11 games behind

Good Chris Marrero 51K in first 51G, 28K in last 42G
Bad Ross Detwiler 1.69WHIP, .353OBA
Interesting Marvin Lowrance .375/.479/.425 in July

10-9 2nd Half; 41-48 Overall

Good Derek Norris, 45BB in 51G
Bad Chris Curran, .161BA in July
Interesting Dan Lyons, .395 OBP over last 10G

8-13 2nd Half; 44-47 Overall

Good Jeff Kobernus .356/.400/.441 in July
Bad Luis Garcia 0-2, 8.53ERA in July
Interesting Justino Cuevas, RHB – .056 vs. LHP, .340 vs. RHP

19-7, 1st Place Stedler Division of NY-Penn League

Good Colin Bates 2-0, 1.62ERA, 0.96WHIP in 6G (1 start)
Bad Backup Catchers: .167BA, .197SLG
Interesting Shane McCatty 5.11ERA as reliever, 0.00ERA as starter

7-13, 5th place GCL East Division, 5½ games back

Good Randolph Oduber .450/.542/.650 since debut
Bad Mike Gallo, 8.18ERA, 1.73WHIP in 6 appearances
Interesting Jeremy Mayo .297/.435/.514 in 15G

21-18, 4th place B.C. South Division, 3 games back

Good Edgar Gonzalez 27BB in 35G (.404 OBP)
Bad Jean Valdez’s 2HR leads the team
Interesting 20-y.o. Adalberto Mieses team-highs for BB (23), HRs allowed (4) yet has a 2.72ERA

Thursday’s News and Notes

Walkoff wins in Harrisburg and Vermont highlight the Nats’ minors on Thursday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-2 vs. Pawtucket, 7:00 p.m. Jason Jones (1-3, 4.07) vs.
Clay Buchholz (rehab)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 9-7 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (1-1, 3.48) vs.
Jeff Locke (AA debut)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. Kinston, 7:03 p.m. Marcos Frias (3-4, 6.29) vs.
T.J. McFarland (9-2, 1.99)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 9-6 vs. Rome, 7:05 p.m. Paul Applebee or Graham Hicks vs.
Caleb Brewer (2-1, 3.86)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 7-6 vs. Aberdeen, 7:05 p.m. Talyor Jordan (1-0, 2.63) vs.
Tim Adleman (0-1, 3.10)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Jimmy Barthmaier (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Adriano Uribe (1-1, 2.25)
DSL Nationals Lost, 11-3 vs. DSL Mets1 @ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. Adalberto Mieses (3-2, 2.72) vs.
Carlos Best (3-0, 1.21)

Syracuse Chiefs L, 8-2 vs. Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Atilano (L, 2-1) 2⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 3BB
Pitching Star: Balester 1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Davis 3-4, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Whiting 1-3, 2BB
Notes:  Although he was impressive in his other starts, Luis Atliano did not have the same command as he earned his first AAA loss of the season, lasting only 2 1/3 innings, allowing 5 runs off seven hits and three walks. Pawtucket would later score another three runs, winning by a score of 8-2. Arnesen also had a rough game, lasting just 3⅔ innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) off 4 hits. He did, however, have an impressive K/BB ratio, as he struck out 3, while walking none. The offensive star of the game was Leonard Davis, who went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Harrisburg Senators W, 9-7 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Thompson 6IP 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Un-Star: Kimball (BS, 3) 1IP 2H 3R 3ER 2BB 0K 1HR
Pitching Star: Zinicola (W, 2-3) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Valdez 3-5, 2R, BB, 2HR, 6RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lowrance 2-3, 3R, 2BB
Notes:  The Senators got to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and scored two more in the third inning thanks to a home run by Jesus Valdez to take an early 5-0 lead. However, after Thomspson gave up 3 runs in the sixth inning, Cole Kimball came into the game, and unfortunately, could not hold on to the win either, as he also allowed three runs in just one inning. Altoona took a 7-5 lead to the bottom of the ninth. However, the Sens fought back to score four runs to win the game. It began with a Chris Marrero walk, a Brad Coon single, then a wild pitch that put both runners in scoring position, Danny Espinosa then hit a sac fly to plate Marrero to make it 7-6. Marvin Lowrance then walked ahead of Valdez’s second home run, a three-run shot that gave the Senators an exciting walkoff win homered for the second time in the game, his seventh of the year, which scored three and gave the Senators a very exciting walk-off win at 9-7.

Potomac Nationals W, 5-1 vs. Kinston
Starting Pitcher: Morris (W, 2-2) 5IP 2H 0R 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Leatherman (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
Notes: An antsy eight-year-old allowed Sue just two innings in Woodbridge, but here what she saw from A.J. Morris, who evened his Potomac record at 2-2 with five scoreless innings: “Much better control, a little more velocity. Better separation between fastball and breaking pitches. Hence, Morris striking out the side in the first.”

Hagerstown Suns L, 9-6 vs. Rome
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-3) 4⅓ IP 6H 6R 6ER 2BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: Arnold 1⅔ IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Bloxom  3-4, R, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Newsom 2-4, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Kobernus 2-4, 2R, SB
Notes: The Suns got down early as Rome scored four runs in the top of the 1st , Hagerstown could only answer with one run in the bottom of the inning. In the 3rd the Suns scored four runs to take the lead 5-4, unfortunately that lead was short-lived as Rome scored two runs in the 5th, and another two in the 7th to go up 8-5. The Suns were able to score 1 in the bottom of the 7th but that was all they could do in this one as Rome scored more In the 8th to take this one 9-6. Starter Paul Demny went 4⅓ innings giving up six hits (one home run), six runs (all earned) and 2 walks with the loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 7-6 vs. Aberdeen
Starting Pitcher: McKenzie 3⅔ IP 5H 5R 2ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: Barrett 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Freitas 3-5, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moldenhauer 2-3, BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Moore 2-4, 2R, SB, RBI
Notes: Vermont began the scoring in the bottom of the 1st with one run, while Aberdeen came back in the 3rd with 1 of their own. Aberdeen then scored 4 more runs in the top of the 4th to make it 5-1. But the Lake Monsters wouldn’t give up, scoring single runs in the 4th and 5th innings to whittle the lead down to 5-3. Vermont then reclaimed the lead in the 6th with three runs scored, making it 6-5. In the top of the 9th Aberdeen squared things up at 6-6 which made it look like extras, but the IronBirds handed it right back to Vermont in the bottom half of the inning. A single by Wade Moore and a hit batsmen set up first-and-second with nobody out. An error on the ensuing sacrifice by Connor Row sent home Moore for the 7-6 tally. Christopher McKenzie started the game and went 3⅔ innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The GCL Nationals, in last place at 7-13, resume play on the road in Jupiter against the second-place GCL Cardinals before finishing the week at home versus the third-place GCL Mets.

DSL Nationals L, 11-3 vs. DSL Mets1
Starting Pitcher: Silvio Medina (L, 2-3) ⅓ IP 5H 6R 6ER 1BB 0K
Pitching Star: Luis Matos 2IP 1H 0R 2BB 1K
Hitting Star: Jean Valdez 2-4, R, BB, RBI
Notes: Starting pitcher Silvio Medina could get out of the first inning, as the DSL Mets1 squad smacked him around for six runs on five hits and a walk. He left with two on but the bullpen didn’t add to his misery (i.e. that damage was all his doing). Wander Suero, Jorge De La Cruz, Dennis Lellis followed Medina and the trio were just as ineffective, allowing eight more hits, five more runs, and issuing four more walks. Offensively, Jean Valdez led the seven-hit effort with two singles, a walk, and an RBI.

Wednesday’s News and Notes

Three wins, two losses for the Nats in the minors on Wednesday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket, 7:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Aaron Thompson vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-1 vs. Kinston, 12:00 p.m. A.J. Morris (1-2, 3.91) vs.
Austin Adams (1-0, 1.42)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-3 vs. Rome, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. Brett Devall (4-6, 4.02)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 6-1 vs. Aberdeen, 11:05 a.m. Christopher McKenzie (1-0, 6.59) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 10-6 @ GCL Marlins OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 2-1 @ DSL Yankees1 vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Notes: Chase Lambin’s RBI double earned him MVP honors in the AAA All-Star Game held last night in Allentown, PA. He also scored the game-winning run in the 2-1 International League victory over the Pacific Coast League. The Chiefs’ second half begins with four-game homestand against Pawtucket, then Syracuse hits the road for eight games against the Norfolks Tides and Charlotte Knights.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Notes: Tom Milone started and pitched two scoreless innings and Rafael Martin got the win for the Western Division with a scoreless 7th in the Eastern League All-Star game. Chris Marrero came off the bench with a single and a run scored, while Danny Espinosa started at SS and went 0-for-2 with a run scored. The Senators now play host to the Altoona Curve for four games, then the New Britain Rock Cats for three.

Potomac Nationals L, 3-1 vs. Kinston
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann (L, 0-1) 4IP 6H 1R 0ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moresi 2-4
Notes: See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns W, 5-3 vs. Rome
Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum (W, 2-5) 6IP 5H 3R 2ER 2BB 7K
Pitching Star: Graham 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star # 1: Perez  2-4, 2R, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Hood  2-4, R
Notes: Rome started the scoring in 3rd with one run and added two more in the 4th inning. The Suns then answered in the bottom of the 4th with four runs to put them out front 4-3. Hagerstown then added one more run in the 6th to make it 5-3. With that they were able to hang onto that lead as they got the win at 5-3. Starter Dan Rosenbaum got the win, pitching six innings giving up five hits, three runs, three walks with seven strikeouts.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 6-1 vs. Aberdeen
Starting Pitcher: Hansen (W, 3-1) 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Demmin 3IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star # 1: Moldenhauer 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Moore 1-3, BB, RBI
Notes: Vermont started the scoring with one run in the bottom of the 1st and added one more in the bottom of the 2nd. Aberdeen answered back with one run in the top of the 3rd to make it 2-1. Both teams remained scoreless until the 7th, where Vermont scored four more runs in the bottom of the inning to take this one 6-1. Starter Bobby Hansen went six innings giving up four hits, one run and one walk with the win.

GCL Nationals L, 10-6 @ GCL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Miguel Navarro 1IP 3H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K
Pitching Star: Brandon Meister 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Pitching Un-Star: Michael Gallo 0IP 2H 3R 3ER 2BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 2-2, 2R, 2BB, 2SB
Hitting Star #2: Tyler Oliver 2-3, R, BB
Notes: A seven-run 5th turned a 5-3 lead into a 10-5 deficit as the GCL Nationals fell again to the GCL Marlins 10-6. Randolph Oduber and Tyler Oliver led the offense, collectively going 4-for-5 with three runs, three walks and two stolen bases.

DSL Nationals W, 2-1 @ DSL Yankees1
Starting Pitcher: Anthony Marcelino 5IP 3H 1R 0ER 3BB 3K
Pitching Star: Jorge Hernandez (W, 2-1) 3IP 2H 0R 1BB 5K
Hitting Star: Adderling Ruiz 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: A wild pitch in the 7th brought in the game-winner, as the DSL Nationals edged the DSL Yankees1 squad 2-1 on Wednesday. Both teams collected five hits, and unusually, the DSL Yankees1 lost despite issuing fewer walks (three vs. four), committing fewer errors (none vs. two) and turning more double plays (two vs. none). Starter Anthony Marcelino went five innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks, while Jorge Hernandez got the win with three scoreless innings of relief.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Despite a rehabbing MLB pitcher, the PNats lose 3-1

Jordan Zimmermann threw four solid but not spectacular innings of work, but took the loss last night thanks to poor defense and a weak offense. No, that’s not a cut & paste from a ’09 WaPo game recap, but it sure seems like one, doesn’t it?

As many minor leaguers do against rehabbing major leaguers, once they realize that they have no hope of getting ahead in the count — which was evident when Zimmermann dispatched Kinston’s leadoff hiter Lucas Montero on three pitches — they sit on the fastball and hope for the best. The next batter doubled, took third on a groundout to first, and came in on an error charged to shortstop Jose Lozada on an olé by Tyler Moore.

Zimmermann retired six of the next seven batters with ease before running into a little bit of trouble in the fourth. Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second with one out, but Zimmermann caught the lead runner leaning and got a break on some high-school-ego baserunning. Jeremie Tice doubled to the wall in right-center but speedy CF Chris Curran was just a step behind and gunned the ball to Steve Lombardozzi, who threw a one-hop seed to catcher Derek Norris. Kinston’s manager saw this and put up the stop sign, but Juan Diaz ran through it and was out by 25 feet.

As was the case in the previous rehab start in Woodbridge, Zimmerman’s velocity was there, his control was decent, but the pitches were just a little up in the zone — enough for High-A hitters to get decent wood on them.

The change of pace from fireballer (Zimmermann) to control artist (Alaniz) did not disrupt the Indians in the fifth, as the first three batters he faced tripled, doubled, and singled off him for the second and third runs of the night. Alaniz would settle down and pitch three scoreless innings, finishing the night with a halfway decent line of two runs allowed on six hits over four innings.

The PNats got their lone run in the bottom of the sixth, as a Derek Norris was hit by a pitch (you already know it was on his left arm, right?) and took second on wild pitch. Tyler Moore drove him in with the only solidly hit ball of the night, an opposite-field double to right.

With the loss, Potomac falls to back to .500 at 9-9 in the second half. A.J. Morris is projected to make his return to the rotation, opposed by Kinston’s Austin Adams for today’s noontime tilt.

Tuesday’s News and Notes

A sweep for the short-season Nats’ affiliates on Tuesday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY vs. Kinston, 7:03 p.m. Zimmermann (rehab) vs.
Joseph Gardner (6-4, 2.86)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY OFF DAY Paul Demny (6-2, 2.53) vs.
Cory Rasmus (6-4, 3.27)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 3-1 vs. Aberdeen, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. Scott Copeland (0-2, 4.50)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-2 vs. GCL Astros @ GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-0 vs. DSL Marlins @ DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m. Anthony Marcelino (0-1, 1.47) vs.
Dawerd Cruz (2-2, 3.18)

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Notes: Tonight is the AAA all-star game, being held in Allentown. Chase Lambin is the lone representative as a reserve infielder.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Notes: Newly renovated Metro Bank is the host of the 2010 Eastern League All-Star game. Seven Senators were named to the Western Division squad, including relievers Adam Carr and Rafael Martin, starter Tom Milone, infielders Chris Marrero, Michael Martinez, and Danny Espinosa, and catcher Jhonatan Solano.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Potomac returns home for a four-game set against the Kinston Indians. Jordan Zimmermann is expected to make his third rehab appearance with the team.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Notes: The Suns return from their five-game swing into South Carolina by hosting the Rome Braves for five games this week in Hagerstown.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 3-1 @ State College
Starting Pitcher: Bates 4IP 3H 0R 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: McCatty (W, 2-1) 4IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Freitas 2-4, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Labrie 2-3, 2B, BB
Notes: The Lake Monsters broke even on their six-game swing with a 3-1 victory over the State College Spikes. Colin Bates started and pitched four scoreless innings, while Shane McCatty earned with win with four innings of relief, though his skein of scoreless frames was snapped at 16 with the Spikes’ lone run of the game. David Freitas and Ronnie Labrie each collected a single and double to lead the Lake Monster offense.

GCL Nationals W, 9-2 vs. GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Kelvin Lopez (W, 2-0) 5IP 1H 2R 0ER 1BB 1K
Pitching Star: John Santiago 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Roberto Perez 2-3, 2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Derrick Phillips 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
Notes: The GCL Nationals scored nine unanswered runs after letting up two unearned runs to cruise to a 9-2 win on Tuesday. Third round pick Rick Hague made his debut, scoring a run on a walk but going 0-for-3 as the DH. Starting pitcher Kelvin Lopez went five innings and allowed just one hit and one walk, while Nick Serino and John Santiago combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

DSL Nationals W,4-0 vs. DSL Marlins
Starter/Pitching Star #1: Wirkin Estevez (W, 4-3) 7IP 2H 0R 0BB 9K
Pitching Star #2: Andy Santana 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Jose Arismendy 2-4
Hitting Star #2: Adderling Ruiz 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: Wirkin Estevez rebounded from his last outing (7R in 5IP) with seven scoreless innings with just two hits and no walks allowed. The 18-year-old also struck out nine to improve his season total to 53, which is fourth-best in the DSL. Jose Arismendy and Adderling Ruiz were the batting leaders, collecting three of the team’s six hits.

Monday’s News and Notes

A couple of splits, a couple of wins, and beatdown in Western PA in the Nats’ Minors on Monday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Lost, 4-1; Won, 8-5 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 4-0 (comp.);
Won, 5-4 (7 inn.)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 13-2 @ State College, 12:00 p.m. Shane McCatty (1-1, 3.12) vs.
Tyler Waldron (0-1, 4.76)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-4 @ GCL Mets vs. GCL Astros, 10:00 a.m. A.J. Morris (0-0, 3.21) vs.
Luis Ordosgoitti (0-0, 2.63)
DSL Nationals Postponed vs. DSL Marlins, 10:30 a.m. Wirkin Estevez (3-3, 2.87) vs.
Ramon Del Orbe (1-2, 4.61)

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Notes: The Syracuse Chiefs are off until Thursday, same as the parent club. They begin the second half by hosting the Pawtucket Red Sox for four games before making an eight-game swing through Norfolk, Va. and Charlotte, N.C.

Harrisburg Senators W, 5-3 @ Reading
Starting Pitcher: Kown (ND) 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 1BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Martin (H, 6) 1⅔ IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Lowrance 3-4, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Valdez 1-3, 2B, 3RBI
Notes: The Senators rallied for four runs with two outs and nobody on in the 8th for an improbable 5-3 win against the Reading Phillies. Jesus Valdez got the big hit with a two-run double, while Marvin Lowrance and Chris Marrero also collected RBI singles in the frame. Starter Andrew Kown went the first five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk, while Joe Bisenius got the rulebook win with his strikeout in the bottom of the seventh with two outs before leaving for Brad Coon, who started the eighth-inning rally with a single.

Potomac Nationals L, 4-1; W, 8-5 @ Salem
Starting Pitcher: Bronson (L , 3-7) 4IP 6H 4R 4ER 3BB 4K
Pitching Star: Estrada 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Lombardozzi 2-3, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Peacock 2-2, R, 2B, BB, SB, HR, RBI
Notes: Brian Peacock and Steve Lombardozzi combined for four hits, two doubles, and a home run. Unfortunately, the other seven batters went hitless as the Salem Red Sox prevailed 4-1. Evan Bronson took the loss, giving up all four runs in the bottom of the 4th on six hits and three walks.

Starting Pitcher: Holder 3IP 3H 5R 2ER 3BB 3K
Pitching Star: Dill (W, 5-5) 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Ortiz 3-3, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 3-4, 2-2B, 4RBI
Hitting Star #3: Lyons 2-2, 3R, 2BB, SB
Notes: Steve Lombardozzi remained hot in the nightcap, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, the last of which was a bases-clearing shot in the top of the 3rd that gave Potomac a 7-2 lead after 2½ innings. Starter Trevor Holder labored through three innings, giving up five runs (two earned) while allowing three hits and three walks while striking out three.

Hagerstown Suns L, 4-0 (comp.); W, 5-4 (7 inn.) @ Greenville
First Reliever: Garcia (L, 1-3) 3IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Vasquez 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star: Ramirez 2-4, 3B
Notes: In the completion from last night’s suspended game, The Drive got to the “starter” Luis Garcia with a run in the bottom of the third, which turned out to be all Greenville would need as two pitchers combined to limit the Suns to four hits over six innings to register a shutout.

GAME TWO (7 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Smoker (W, 2-9) 5IP 6H 3R 3ER 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Wort (SV, 7) 2IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 3K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Bloxom 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Niero 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI
Notes: In the “nightcap,” Adrian Nieto and Justin Bloxom each clubbed a two-run home run to power the Suns past the Greenville 5-4. Starter Josh Smoker broke a four-game winless streak with five serviceable innings of work, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 13-2 @ State College
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg 2IP 9H 6R 6ER 1BB 1K
Pitching Star: Cahill 2IP 4H 1ER 1BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Kelso 2-5, R
Hitting Star #2: Martinson 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI
Notes: Vermont started out ahead, but that’s all that was going for them in this one. The Lake Monsters scored one in the 1st and State College answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. But the Spikes weren’t done there, as they added two more in the 2nd, three more in the 3rd, and a couple of runs in the 5th and 7th innings. State then added two more in the 8th to make this one a blow out. The Lake Monsters added one in the 9th to make it a little less embarrassing but unfortunately that’s all they could muster as they lost 13-2. Starter Matt Swynenberg went two innings giving up nine hits, six runs, and one walk with the loss.

GCL Nationals W, 8-4 @ GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Scott Olsen 3IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Billy Ott (SV, 1) 4IP 3H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Mills Rogers 3-5, 2R, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Michael Taylor 2-4, 3B
Notes: The G-Nats smacked the G-Mets for 15 hits en route to an 8-4 triumph. Six batters collected multiple hits, led by Mills Rogers (3-for-5). Scott Olsen allowed just a single run over three innings in his second rehab start, while Pat Lehman got the rulebook win with two ineffective innings in which he allowed two runs on three hits.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Cubs2 — PPD
Notes: Rain gave the D-Nats an unscheduled day off. The two teams will play a doubleheader next Wednesday to make this game up.

Sunday’s News and Notes

Just one win in the Nats minors on Sunday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 @ Reading, 12:05 p.m. Andrew Kown (3-4, 4.36) vs.
Yohan Flande (6-6, 4.35)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY @ Salem, 5:30
Peacock (3-9, 4.09) and Bronson (3-6, 3.83) vs.
Gonzalez (2-1, 4.67) and Pimentel (5-7, 4.61)
Hagerstown Suns Suspended, 0-0 @ Greenville, 11:00 a.m.
(comp., 7-inn DH)
TBA & Josh Smoker (1-9, 7.30) vs.
TBA & Kendal Volz (5-2, 3.79)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 3-0 @ State College, 7:05 p.m. Matt Swynenberg (2-0, 0.41) vs.
Zachary Fuesser (0-0, 3.18)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs.
GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (1-0, 3.50) vs.
Zachary Dotson (0-1, 3.97)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Cubs2, 10:30 a.m. Antonio Guzman (2-2, 2.70) vs.
Jose Arias (0-2, 7.09)

Syracuse Chiefs W, 2-1 @ Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Mandel (L, 4-4) 5IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 5K
Pitching Star: Severino 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
Hitting Star: Botts 1-4, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Two two-out one-run singles gave the Pawtucket all they would need to defeat Syracuse 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Rehabbing Josh Beckett gave up the lone Chiefs run, a solo shot by Jason Botts, in his four innings of work. With the All-Star break for AAA starting tomorrow, both teams emptied their bullpens and like a Twilight movie, nobody scored the rest of the way. Syracuse starter Jeff Mandel took the loss, allowing both PawSox runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five

Harrisburg Senators W, 7-3 @Reading
Starting Pitcher:  Detwiler (W, 1-1) 5IP 7H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: Kimball 2⅔ IP 3H 1R 1ER 4K|
Hitting Star #1: Lowrance 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
Hitting Star #2: Castro 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: Harrisburg started the scoring off with one run in the top of the 3rd, and Reading answered with one run of their own in the bottom of the frame. Harrisburg added three more in the 4th inning to put them ahead 4-1. Reading could only add 1 run in the bottom of the inning which gave the Sens some room to work. The next inning Harrisburg added one more to make it 5-2 and the score remained that way until the bottom of the 8th where Reading got one last run. Harrisburg put this one to bed in the 9th as they added two more to make it 7-3 which was the final. Starter Ross Detwiler went five innings, giving up seven hits, two runs and one walk to earn the win.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The Potomac Nationals return to Virginia to face the Salem Red Sox in… wait for it… Salem, which was a scheduled doubleheader. Yesterday’s Fifth Annual “Futures At Fenway” game was rained out due to poor field conditions. Potomac returns home on Wednesday to face the Kinston Indians for four games, with Jordan Zimmermann reported to pitch his third rehab start in the series opener.

Hagerstown Suns 0-0 @ Greenville (Suspended, Top of the 4th)
Starting Pitcher: Hicks 3IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Notes: Heavy rain suspended play until today at 11 a.m., when the two teams will resume the game then play a seven-inning contest for the regularly scheduled game.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 3-0 @ State College
Starting Pitcher:  Jenkins (L, 1-3) 2⅔ IP 2H 1R 1ER 4BB 1K
Pitching Star: Zellers 2IP 3H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 1-3, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Labrie 1-2, BB
Defensive Star: Moore, OF assists at 3B and HP
Notes:  Vermont bats were pretty quiet today, as they only accumulated four hits for the entire game. State College got the ball rolling scoring one in the bottom of the 2nd and another two runs in the 5th. State College pitching staff did the rest as they kept the Lake Monsters scoreless for the entire game, as the Spikes took this one 3-0. Starter Chad Jenkins went 2⅔ innings giving up one run on two hits and four walks with the loss.

GCL Nationals L, 4-3 vs. GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: Jimmy Barthmaier 3IP 1H 0R 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: Tyler Hanks 4⅓ IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Un-Star: Manuel Rivera ⅓ IP 2H 3R 2ER 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Hector Taveras 3-4, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Angel Montilla 1-2, 2R, 2BB, SB
Notes: Relievers Manuel Rivera imploded in the top of the ninth to turn a 3-1 lead into a 3-3 tie in the space of five batters, then yet another two-out error chased home what proved to be the gamewinner, as the GCL Nationals lost 4-3 to the GCL Cardinals. Catcher Hector Taveras led the eight-hit offensive effort, collecting three of his own with an RBI. Tyler Hanks pitched well (one run over 4⅓ innings) in relief of rehabbing Jimmy Barthmaier, who threw three scoreless innings to start the game.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The DSL Nationals stand at 19-17, 4½ games back in its division with five games scheduled for this week against the DSL Cubs2, Marlins, Yankees1, Mets1, and Phillies.