Tuesday’s News and Notes

The Suns only rise above the losing on Tuesday in the Nats minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-5 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Jason Marquis (rehab) vs.
Michael Crotta (5-5, 5.00)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 @ New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (AA debut) vs.
Zach Stewart (8-2, 4.01)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 8-2 @ Wilmington, 12:05 p.m. Patrick Lehman (3-2, 4.88) vs.
Ivor Hodgson (5-8, 4.70)
Hagerstown Suns Won 5-4 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Vermont Lake Monsters OFF DAY vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05 p.m. Christopher McKenzie (1-0, 6.00) vs.
Wilmer Almonte (0-2, 3.31)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-5 @ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. Greg Lopez (0-2, 6.06) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1; 4-2 vs. DSL Orioles2 @ DSL Giants (DH), 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs, L, 8-5 vs. Indianapolis
Starting Pitcher: Martis 3⅓ IP 6H 6ER 4BB 1K 1HR
Pitching Star: Carr 2⅔ IP 2H 0ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Un-Star: Bergmann 1IP 1H 1ER 2BB
Batting Star #1: Botts 2-4 1-2B 1RBI
Batting Star #2: Bynum 1-4 1R 1HR 1RBI
Notes: Despite home runs from Carlos Maldonado (#3) and Seth Bynum (#10), the Syracuse Chiefs still fell to the Indianapolis Indians by a count of 8-5. Starting pitcher Shairon Martis was knocked out with one out in the 4th, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks and striking out just one. Down 6-2, Adam Carr made his AAA debut and struck out four of the nine batters he faced to keep the Chiefs within striking distance but the Indians pushed across two more while the Chiefs struggled to score without the long hit, going just 2-for-11 with RISP and stranding seven runners.

Harrisburg Senators, L, 4-3 @ New Hampshire
Starting Pitcher: Lannan (L, 1-4) 5IP 7H 4R 2ER 2BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: James 3IP 0H 0ER 5K
Batting Star #1: Espinosa 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Batting Star #2: Johnson 2-3, R, 2B
Notes: John Lannan’s struggles continues as the lefthander suffered his fourth AA pitching five complete innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits. He also walked two and struck out four. Chuck James did all he could to keep the Sens in it, pitching three perfect innings while striking out five. Harrisburg finally struck back with three runs in the 8th, hitting back-to-back-to-back doubles before Marvin Lowance decided two bases wasn’t enough and tripled. With nobody out and Lowrance on third, Ronald Uviedo came on in relief and filibustered the Senators with a strikeout, lineout and another strikeout, then pitched a scoreless ninth for the save and a 4-3 victory for the Fisher Cats.

Potomac Nationals L, 8-2 @ Wilmington
Starting Pitcher: Holder (ND) 5IP 4H 0R 1BB 5K
Pitching Un-Star: Barthmaier (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP 4H 5R 4ER 1BB 2K HR
Hitting Star #1: Jacobsen 3-3, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lyons 2-4, R, 2B
Notes: The Blue Rocks pounded Jimmy Barthmaier in his return to the Carolina League, battering the former Astros prospect for five runs on four hits as part of a seven-run rally in the 7th en route to an 8-2 win for Wilmington. Starter Trevor Holder pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. Hitters of the game Robby Jacobsen and Dan Lyons combined for five of the P-Nats’ seven hits. Mike Burgess returned to the lineup as a starter and went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Hagerstown Suns W, 5-4 (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Demny (ND) 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 0BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: Wort (W, 4-0) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 3-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Hague 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: J.P. Ramirez plated the game-winner with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to give the Hagerstown Suns a 5-4 victory and a series split against the West Virginia Power. Destin Hood (3-for-5) and Rick Hague (2-for-5) paced the 11-hit attack, driving in three runs combined. Starter Paul Demny got the no-decision, allowing four runs on six hits (one home run) while Kyle Morrison and Rob Wort combined for four scoreless and hitless innings to make the comeback from a 4-1 deficit after 5½ innings possible.

Vermont Lake Monsters — OFF DAY
Notes: Today was the second of just three scheduled off days in the New York-Penn League. Vermont plays host to Hudson Valley for three games before heading down I-89 & I-93 to visit Lowell for three games. Vermont remains in first place with a 23-14 mark, 2½ games up on second-place Connecticut.

GCL Nationals L, 7-5 vs. GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Kelvin Lopez (L, 3-1) 4IP 9H 6R 6ER 3BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Nick Serino 2⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, 2SB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Wander Nunez 2-4, R, 3B
Notes: Former National Luke Montz led off the top of the 4th with a solo shot to tie the game and start a three-run rally that put the GCL Mets ahead of the GCL Nationals for good. Starting pitcher Kelvin Lopez was touched for six of the seven runs allowed over his four innings of work, as the 20-year-old suffered his first GCL loss. Adrian Sanchez led the offense with two hits, two stolen bases and two RBI.

DSL Nationals L, 4-1 vs. DSL Orioles2 (GAME ONE)
Starting Pitcher: Silvio Medina (L, 2-4) 9IP 10H 4R 0ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Aladain Reyes 1-1, BB, SB, RBI
Notes: As of 7:57 a.m., MiLB.com is reporting that Silvio Medina pitched a complete game loss to the DSL Orioles2, allowing four unearned runs on 10 hits and one walk. The DSL Nationals were held to just seven singles, but drew six walks. Despite the baker’s dozen of baserunners, they scored just one run in the 4-1 loss.

DSL Nationals L, 4-2 vs. DSL Orioles2 (GAME TWO)
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez (L, 5-4) 7IP 3H 4R 2ER 1BB 8K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Bienvenido Valdez 2-3, R
Notes: Game Two was nearly a repeat of Game One: A complete-game loss by Wirkin Estevez (seven innings pitched, four runs allowed on three hits and a walk) sporadic hitting (six hits, only one for extra bases) and the losing end of a 4-2 score. Bienvenido Valdez was the only multi-hit batter, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Author: April Whitzman

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