Sunday’s News and Notes

Four out of five affiliates win on Sunday afternoon

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-0 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Jeff Mandel (4-4, 4.96) vs.
Chris George (4-4, 4.36)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 13-4 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (6-5, 3.18) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY vs. Salem, 7:03 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann (rehab) vs.
Brock Huntzinger (7-4, 3.33)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 9-5 vs. Staten Island, 7:05 p.m. Colin Bates (2-0, 1.62) vs.
Zachary Varce (0-2, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ GCL Astros vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Orioles2, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 3-0 vs. Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Chico (W, 5-4) 7IP 3H 0R 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Bergmann 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Orr 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Davis 1-3, R, 2B
Notes: This game remained scoreless through 3½ innings until Syracuse finally broke the ice with three runs in the bottom of the 4th thanks to a doubles from Pete Orr and Pedro Lopez. The rest of the game was left up to the pitching staff, who combined for the shutout. Starter Matt Chico went seven innings giving up only three hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Then the relievers were able to keep things scoreless to give the Chiefs the win at 3-0.

Harrisburg Senators W, 13-4 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Kown (W, 4-4) 6IP 5H 2R 1ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Walker 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Pahuta 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Martinez 2-2, 2R, RBI
Notes: The Sens scored early in the bottom of the 2nd with one run, but Altoona didn’t let that lead last as they scored 1 in the top of the 3rd to tie things back up. In the 4th Altoona then took the lead in the 4th with another run making it 2-1. Harrisburg saw that one run and answered with two in the 6th and threw down another pair in the 7th to make it 5-2. Then in the bottom of the 8th the flood gates opened as the Sens bats became hot, scoring a whopping eight runs. Altoona, in their shocked state, could only answer with two runs in the 9th as Harrisburg took this one 13-4. Starter Andrew Kown went six innings giving up five hits, two runs, and one walk with the win that evened his AA record at 4-4.

Hagerstown Suns W, 7-2 vs. Rome
Starting Pitcher: Smoker (W, 3-9) 6IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 6K
Pitching Star: Graham 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Newsome 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Perez 2-2, R, BB, 2SB, RBI
Notes: Hagerstown started things off in the bottom of the 1st with one run and followed up in the 3rd with five runs to put them up 6-0. Rome could only answer with one in the 4th, but the Suns were too strong today as they scored one more run in the 7th to go up 7-1 before the Braves got one back in the 9th for the 7-2 final. Starting pitcher Josh Smoker went six innings giving up six hits and one run (a home run) with 6 strikeouts for his third win of the season.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Potomac finishes up its seven-game homestand with three games against the Salem Red Sox. Jordan Zimmermann is slated to make his fourth rehab start, with Adrian Alaniz the most likely candidate to pitch out of the bullpen.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 9-5 vs. Staten Island
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg (L, 2-2) 4⅓ IP 8H 6R 6ER 1BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: Zellers 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 2-5, R, 3B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Freitas 1-4, 2B, 3RBI
Notes: A four-run fifth inning chased starter Matt Swynenberg from the game, down 6-0. Aaron Barrett didn’t fare much better, allowing three runs in the top of the sixth to put Staten Island up 9-0. Vermont responded with single runs in the 6th and 7th innings before breaking out in the bottom of the 8th with a three-run double by David Freitas, a hit that would extend his hitting streak to 14 games. But that’s as close as the Lake Monsters would get, falling by the count of 9-5.

GCL Nationals W, 7-6 @ GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Andruth Ramirez (W, 1-0) 9IP 10H 6R 3ER 2BB 8K
Starting Pitcher: Jason Marquis 3IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: Billy Ott 5IP 2H 0R 1BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jeremy Mayo 2-3, 2R, 2BB
Hitting Star #3: Randolph Oduber 2-4, RBI
Notes: Relievers? We don’t need no stinkin’ relievers. It was decidedly old-school baseball in Kissimmee yesterday as both starting pitchers went the distance, despite the 13 runs and 20 hits between the two teams. Andruth Ramirez weathered a six-run fourth inning and blanked the Astros over the last five innings to get the win.

UPDATE: With any luck, the intern that posted yesterday’s box score will be locked in the clubhouse with an endless-loop Justin Bieber CD playing while (s)he cleans the team’s supporters with a toothbrush. We’ve since learned that Jason Marquis made the start yesterday and, lo and behold, the GCL Astros also used some relievers. It does appear that the meat of the order (Nos. 3 through 6) did still collect seven of the ten hits, scored three runs and drove three runs. H/T to Jake Titleman39 for setting us straight.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Jean Valdez doubled in a run and walked while Wirkin Estevez pitched a third of inning as the DSL American League All-Stars defeated the DSL National League All-Stars with a walkoff 4-3 win. The DSL Nationals resume the season today against the DSL Orioles2, their record at 21-19, four games behind the first-place DSL Yankees1 in the Boca Chica South Division.

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