Thursday’s News and Notes

A full-season sweep, but a short-season washout in the Nats’ minors on Thursday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-0 vs. Lehigh Valley, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (2-5, 5.22) vs.
J.A. Happ (0-0, 5.79)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 9-7 @ Reading, 7:05 p.m. Tom Milone (6-4, 3.39) vs.
Vance Worley (7-4, 3.76)
Potomac Nationals Won, 7-4 @ Frederick, 7:00 p.m. Marcos Frias (2-4, 6.75) vs.
Ryan Berry (2-0, 2.08)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) @ Greenville, 7:00 p.m. Paul Demny (6-2, 2.57) vs.
Ryan Pressly (3-5, 4.10)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 6-5 @ Mahoning Valley, 7:05 p.m. Christopher McKenzie (1-0, 5.00) vs.
Michael Rayl (0-2, 4.32)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-5 vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. Tyler Hanks (1-0, 1.13) vs.
Kyle Kaminska (1-4, 3.51)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 vs. DSL Orioles2, 10:30 a.m. TBA vs. TBA

Syracuse Chiefs W, 9-0 vs. Lehigh Valley
Starter/Pitching Star: Martis (W, 6-5) 7IP 6H 0R 1BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Maxwell  3-4, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 2RBI; DP, OF assist
Hitting Star #2: Orr 2-3, R, 2B, BB,
Notes: Led by starter Shairon Martis, three Syracuse pitchers combined to shut out the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs by a 9-0 count. Martis went seven innings giving up six hits, no runs and one walk with four strikeouts. The Chiefs offense backed up the pitching staff by scoring eight of their nine runs in the first four innings, powered by 12 hits (six for extra bases), including home runs by Justin Maxwell and Leonard Davis.

Harrisburg Senators W, 9-7 vs. Richmond
Starting Pitcher: Thompson (ND) 6⅓ IP 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: Carr (S, 2) 1IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Solano 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Marrero 2-4, R, HR, 4RBI
Notes: A three-run, first-inning home run by Chris Marrero led off the Harrisburg scoring binge. The Sens then added two more in the 3rd and one more in the 5th to make it 6-0. Starter Aaron Thompson pitched into the seventh, leaving with a 6-2 lead and a man on after 6⅓ innings of work (five hits, one walk, five strikeouts), but saw the bullpen blow the lead as Richmond scored all seven of its runs in the tops of the 7th and 8th innings. Harrisburg reclaimed the lead with a three-run rally in the bottom of the 8th, highlighted by a two-run single by Edgardo Baez, and Adam Carr nailed it down with a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Potomac Nationals W, 7-4 @ Frederick
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Alaniz (W, 4-3) 5IP 0H 0R 1BB 8K
Pitching Un-Star: McCoy ⅔ IP 6H 4R 4ER 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Burgess 4-5, R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 2-4, 2R
Notes: A three-run blast in the third from Mike Burgess broke open a 2-0 game to send Potomac to its second straight win over the Frederick Keys by a 7-4 tally. Jordan Zimmermann allowed just one hit over three innings in his second rehab start, throwing 49 pitches (34 for strikes) according to MASN’s Byron Kerr. As predicted last week, Kerr also reported that Zimmermann is most likely going to next start in Woodbridge against Kinston on July 14.

Hagerstown Suns W, 6-5 @ Greenville (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum (ND) 6IP 11H 4R 4ER 4BB 7K  
Pitching Star: Wort (W, 3-0) 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Perez 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2SB
Hitting Star #2: Jones 2-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Thanks to Souza’s 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the 10th, Hagerstown was able to defeat Greenville in extra innings by a score of 6-5. Rob Wort won the game in relief, pitching three dominant innings with just one hit allowed while striking out five. Starter Dan Rosenbaum went the first six innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits and four walks. He also struck out seven. Offensively, Eury Perez led the 12-hit attack with three hits while recently promoted Marcus Jones went 2-for-4 with a home run.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 6-5 @ Mahoning Valley
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 4⅔ IP 5H 3R 2ER 4BB 5K
Pitching Star: McCatty 2⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
Pitching Un-Star: Crane ⅔ IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Miller 2-4, 2R, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Moldenhauer 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI
Notes: It was a devastating loss for the Lake Monsters, as they took a 5-3 lead into the 9th inning only to have Dustin Crane allow 3 runs to score in just 2/3 of an inning. Starter Bobby Hansen got the no-decision, pitching 4⅔ innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks. He also struck out five. Reliever Shane McCatty tried to keep it close, pitching a wonderful 2⅓ innings, allowing only one hit and a walk. Russell Moldenhauer drove in two with his 5th home run of the season. 

GCL Nationals L,8-5 @ GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: A.J. Morris (ND) 5IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: Brandon Meister 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Mills Rogers 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Derrick Philips 2-5, 2-2B
Hitting Star #3: Johan Rodriguez 3-3, BB, RBI
Notes: Rehabbing A.J. Morris stretched out to five innings, but gave up three runs, including a home run in the first in his 4th GCL appearance. The relievers that followed were even less effective, allowing two runs in the sixth, and three in the seventh as the G-Nats fell to the G-Astros 8-5. Offensively, the Viera crew collected 13 hits but twice hit into twin-killings, and left 14 men on base.

DSL Nationals L, 6-5 vs. DSL Phillies
Starting Pitcher: Anthony Marcelino (L, 0-1) 6IP 2H 4R 2ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: “Smiley” Alvarez 3-4, R, 2-2B, 3B
Hitting Star #2: Edgar Gonzalez 2-5, 2B, RBI
Notes: Three times the DSL Phillies pushed runners across twice in an inning, but the DSL Nationals could only match them once, scoring single runs three times to lose 6-5. The D-Nats outhit the D-Phils 14-5 but hit into two double plays while stranding eight men.

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