Saturday’s News and Notes

Four wins for the Nats on Saturday in the minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 1-0 @ Pawtucket, 1:05 p.m. Jeff Mandel (4-3, 5.08) vs.
Josh Beckett (rehab)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 @ Reading, 6:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (0-1, 3.45) vs.
Michael Cisco (2-4, 3.27)
Potomac Nationals Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-6 @ Greenville, 7:00 p.m. Graham Hicks (1-1, 3.38) vs.
Pete Ruiz (5-6, 5.50)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 10-4 @ State College, 6:05 p.m. Chad Jenkins (1-2, 2.95) vs.
Quinton Miller (0-0, 13.50)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (1-0, 3.50) vs.
DSL Nationals Won, 3-1 @ DSL Giants OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs W, 1-0 @ Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Chico (W, 4-4) 7IP 3H 0R 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: Garate (H, 5) 0.2IP 0H 1K
Hitting Star #1: Whiting 2-4, R, 2B, SB  
Hitting Star #2: Lambin 1-3, RBI
Notes: Despite only getting three hits, the one run scored in the eighth inning was all the Chiefs needed to win the game, as they defeated Pawtucket by a score of 1-0. Matt Chico pitched a great game, going seven complete innings, allowing only three hits and a walk. He also struck out four. Victor Garate, Jason Bergmnann and Josh Wilkie combined on the last two frames to nail down the game. Getting the lone RBI was Chase Lambin, who drove in Boomer Whiting after he had doubled and stole third with one out in the 8th. Lambin and Whiting were the only Chiefs to record a hit.

Harrisburg Senators W, 3-2 @ Reading
Starting Pitcher: Lannan 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 6K
Pitching Star: Bisenius (W, 2-0) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Martinez 1-3, R, BB, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Valdez 1-4, R, HR, RBI             
Notes: Reading started the scoring with one run in the 1st and another in the 2nd getting an early lead of 2-0. The Sens got redemption in the 4th scoring two to tie it all back up at 2-2. Both the Sens and Bowie remained all knotted up at 2-2 until the 8th when Michael Martinez singled to score Ofilio Castro to put the Sens ahead for the eventual final score of 3-2. Starter John Lannan got the no-decision and went six innings, giving up five hits, two runs while walking one and striking out six.

Potomac Nationals vs. Salem Red Sox @ Fenway Park — PPD
Notes: Heavy thundershowers drenched the outfield and forced the cancellation of the game. The two teams will play a scheduled doubleheader tomorrow in Salem, and are likely to make up this game next week in Woodbridge when the two teams meet on July 19-21.

Hagerstown Suns L, 8-6 @ Greenville
Starting Pitcher: Applebee 5⅔ IP 6H 4R 4ER 0BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: Morrison 1⅓ IP 3H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Un-Star: Weaver (BS, 6; L, 1-3) ⅔ IP 4H 4R 4ER 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Kobernus  3-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Hood 2-5, R, HR, RBI                
Notes:  The Suns started out strong in this one scoring one in the 1st and three in 2nd to put them up 4-1. But Greenville was like an annoying fly and scored one in the 3rd to keep it close at 4-2. Hagerstown added single runs in the 5th and 6th to put them up 6-2. Greenville then let loose, scoring two in the bottom of the 6th and then in the 8th they eclipsed the Suns by scoring four runs to take the lead 8-6. Starter Paul Applebee went 5⅔ innings giving up six hits and four runs.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 10-4 Mahoning Valley
Starting Pitcher: Jordan 4IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 6K
Pitching Star: Herrera (W, 2-0) 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: King 2-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI 
Hitting Star #2: Martinson 2-6, R, RBI
Notes: Mahoning Valley started scoring in the 4th scoring three runs and looked to be off to a good start. But the Lake Monsters didn’t seem to like that and answered with three of their own in the top of the 5th. They didn’t stop there though, as they went on to score four more runs in the 6th and another three runs in the 8th making it 10-3 for Vermont. Mahoning could only put one more up on the scoreboard in the 8th as the Lake Monsters took this one 10-4. Starter Taylor Jordan went four innings giving up four hits, three runs and one walk with six strikeouts with the win.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The G-Nats sit in the cellar at 5-11 with the GCL’s Cardinals, Astros, and Mets coming to Viera while visiting the Mets, Marlins and Cards this week.

DSL Nationals W, 3-1 @ DSL Giants
Starting Pitcher: Adalberto Mieses (W, 3-2) 5⅓ IP 1H 0R 3BB 3K
Pitching Star: Inocencio Heredia (SV, 5) 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Jose Arismendy 3-4, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bienvenido Valdez 2-3, 2B, RBI
Notes: The D-Nats scored once in the 3rd, 7th and 9th innings to take this pitcher’s duel 3-1 over the second-place D-Giants. Jose Arismendy and Bienvenido Valdez combined to go 5-for-7 with 2RBI to pace the nine-hit attack. Starter Adalberto Mieses went 5⅓ scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out one for the win.

Author: April Whitzman

April is the Chief Foreign Correspondent for, and a lifelong fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos. Based out of Ottawa, she also runs and writes for

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