Saturday’s News and Notes

Five wins highlight Saturday night in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-5 vs. Pawtucket, 2:00 p.m. Matt Chico (4-4, 3.94) vs.
Robert Coello (2-2, 3.29)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 18-14 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Andrew Kown (3-4, 4.45) vs.
Justin Wilson (7-4, 2.85)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns Won, 10-3 vs. Rome, 2:05 p.m. Josh Smoker (2-9, 7.16) vs.
Robinson Lopez (3-5, 3.72)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 7-0 vs. Aberdeen, 7:05 p.m. Matt Swynenberg (2-1, 2.63) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 12-2 vs. GCL Mets @ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (2-0, 2.74) vs.
Luis Ordosgoitti (0-1, 3.63)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 @ DSL Phillies OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs W, 9-5 vs. Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Martis 5⅓ IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 1-4, R, BB, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Maldonado 2-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
Notes:  Thanks to five runs scored in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Chiefs were able to come back from being down and win the game by a score of 9-5 versus Pawtucket. Starting pitcher Shairon Martis got the no decision, going 5⅓ innings pitched, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Colin Balester earned the win, although originally blowing the save, going 1⅔ innings pitched, allowing one run (via home run). Without a doubt, Seth Bynum was the star of the game, scoring five RBI, four of which were scored off a grand slam in the 7th inning. The home run was his 8th of the season.

Harrisburg Senators, L, 18-14 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Lannan 4⅔ IP 5H 4R 1ER 3BB 3K
Pitching Star: Carr 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Pitching Un-Star #1: Spradlin 0IP 5H 6R 5ER 1HR
Pitching Un-Star #2: Zinicola 0IP 2H 4R 4ER 2BB 2HR
Pitching Un-Star #3: Martin 1⅓ IP 4H 2R 2ER 2HR
Hitting Star #1: Valdez 3-4, 4R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lowrance 2-5, 2R, 1HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Marrero 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
Notes: I am not even sure where to begin with this game… The bullpen allowed 10 runs… 10 runs in the ninth inning! Spradlin allowed six runs, without recording an out, while Zinicola allowing four runs of his own (also without recording an out). The Sens had 14 hits, three of which were from Jesus Valdez, who had two doubles and scored 3RBI. Marvin Lowrance also hit his 6th homerun of the season, but it was not enough to combat the 20 hits and five home runs that were surrendered.

Potomac Nationals W, 6-3 vs. Kinston
Starting Pitcher: Peacock (W, 4-9) 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 8K
Pitching Star: Dials (H, 3) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Lozada 4-4, 2-2B, HR
Hitting Star #2: Rhinehart 3-4, HR, 2RBI
Notes: See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns, W 10-3 vs. Rome
Starting Pitcher: Olsen 4IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Star #1: Applebee (W, 2-2) 4IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star #2: Weaver 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 2-3, 2R, 1-2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Cuevas 1-2, 4RBI (two-run single, sac fly, RBI groundout)
Hitting Star #3: Leon 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: All of Hagerstown’s bats came alive today as the Suns defeated Rome by a score of 10-3. Rehabbing Scott Olsen pitched four complete innings, allowing one earned run on 2 hits. He also walked none, and struck out 4. Paul Applebee got the win, his 2nd of the season, going four innings and allowing two runs on five hits. Offensive stars of the game were Destin Hood, Justino Cuevas, and Sandy Leon, who collectively went 5-7 with 9 of the 10 RBI. Hood also hit his 4th home run of the season.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 7-0 vs. Staten Island
Starting Pitcher:  Jenkins (W, 2-3) 5IP 1H 0R 2BB 5K
Pitching Star #1: Selik 2IP 2H 0R 1BB 2K
Pitching Star #2: Crane 2IP 1H 0R 1BB
Hitting Star #1: Labrie 2-3, R, 3B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Miller 2-4, 2R, RBI
Notes: After scoring four runs in the 2nd inning, the Lake Monsters took an early lead and never looked back, scoring an additional three runs and winning the game by a score of 7-0 against Staten Island. Starter Chad Jenkins earned his second win of the season, pitching a tremendous five innings, allowing only three base runners, one via a base hit, and the other by two walks. He also had his fastball in command, as he also struck out five. Cameron Selik and Dustin Crane finished the game, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks over the final four innings. Batting stars of the game were Ronnie Labrie and Justin Miller, who went 4-7, with 3 runs and 4RBI combined.

GCL Nationals W, 12-2 vs. GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Tyler Hanks (W, 2-0) 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Manuel Rivera 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adrian Sanchez 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #3: Rick Hague 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #4: Mills Rogers 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
Notes: This one was over early as the GCL Mets score 10 runs over the first three innings and cruised to a 12-2 win over the GCL Mets. Starter Tyler Hanks went five innings, allowing just one run (a home run) on three hits and two walks while striking out two. The first four batters in the lineup were nearly the entire offense, collecting 11 of the 14 hits and driving in all twelve runs.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Today is the DSL All-Star game. Rosters were not available online.

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

2 thoughts on “Saturday’s News and Notes”

  1. OMG, Harrisburg is supposed to have good pitching and a weak offense, and now this!

    On a happier front, Freda must be having fun, as Vermont never seems to lose.

  2. Looks like “the Randy’s” (Knoor & Tomlin) made all the wrong moves last night in HAR. 10 runs allowed in the 9th – Yikes!
    If HAR doesn’t have that meltdown, it would have been a clean sweep for the affiliates yesterday – That doesn’t happen very often.

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