Monday’s News and Notes

A Potomac win that reclaims 1st place is the lone bright spot on a dismal Monday for the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost. 6-5 @ Scranton/W-B, 7:00 p.m. Matt Chico (5-5, 3.64) vs.
Jason Hirsh (6-7, 4.22)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY @ Binghamton, 6:35 p.m. Brad Peacock (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Mark Cohooon (1-3, 7.24)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-4 (11 inn.) @ Lynchburg, 7:00 p.m. Pat Lehman (3-2, 4.79) vs.
Lance Janke (3-8, 6.28)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 9-4 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Graham Hicks (1-4, 4.85) vs.
Luis Cruz (5-2, 3.25)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 10-1 @ Tri-City, 7:00 p.m. Christopher McKenzie (1-1, 8.87) vs.
Alexander Sogard (1-2, 4.64)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. GCL Astros @ GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost 11-4 vs. DSL Mets1 @ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 6-5 vs. Scranton/WB
Starting Pitcher: Marquis 6IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Dud: Villone (L, 2-4) 1IP 2H 1ER 1K
Hitting Star#1: Whiting 2-4, 2R, 1-2B
Hitting Star#2: Orr 2-4, 1R, 1-2B
Notes:  Syracuse began the scoring in the bottom of the 1st with two runs, Scranton came back in the 2nd and 3rd with a run in each inning to tie it back up. Syracuse regained the lead in the bottom of the 3rd  and increased it to 4-2 after the 4 innings of play. But Scranton wouldn’t give up and once the 7th came around they tied this game back up at 4-4. But they weren’t done there as Scranton scored one run in the 8th to take the lead. Syracuse tied it back up in the bottom of the inning, unfortunately Scranton had the last laugh as they were able to sneak one more run in the 9th inning to win this one 6-5. Rehabbing Jason Marquis went six innings giving up three hits, two runs and two walks but got the no-decision.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Notes: The Senators are riding a four-game win streak and are now just 3&frac; games out of second place. They head north to Funkytown Binghamton for three games before hosting first-place Altoona this weekend.

Potomac Nationals W, 6-4 (11 inn.) @ Lynchburg
Starting Pitcher: Holder 2⅓ IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 0K
Pitching Star: McCoy (W, 2-1) 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Rhinehart 3-5, 2R, 2-2B,
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 3-6, 2R, 3RBI
Notes: A wild pitch plated Bill Rhinehart as the go-ahead run and sac fly off the bat of Steve Lombardozzi gave the P-Nats some insurance in the top of the 11th as they defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats 6-4. Starter Trevor Holder lasted just 2⅓ innings, but the Potomac bullpen was outstanding as Carlos Martinez (3⅔ innings), newly acquired Joe Testa (2 innings) and Pat McCoy (3 innings) combined to shut down the Hillcats, allowing three hits combined and striking out 11 the rest of the way.

Hagerstown Suns L, 9-4 vs. Lexington
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-4) 5⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Garcia 2IP 2H 0R 1K
Hitting Star#1: Ramirez 1-3, R, HR, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star#2: Jones 1-2, R, BB
Notes: Lexington scored two runs in the 2nd to start things off and scored one more run in the top of the 3rd. The Suns answered with two runs in bottom of the 3rd to keep things close at 3-2. Lexington started to pull away in the 6th scoring four runs making it 7-2. Hagerstown could only managed to get single runs in each of the 7th and 8th innings, but it wasn’t enough as Lexington scored two more in the 9th to win this one going away, 9-4. Starter Paul Demny went 5⅓ innings giving up seven hits, five runs and two walks with the loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 10-1 @ Tri-City
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (L, 1-2) 3IP 7H 7R 7ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Cahill 1⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 5K
Hitting Star#1: Moore 2-3, BB  
Hitting Star#2: Labrie 2-4, 1RBI
Notes: Vermont didn’t have much of a say in this game as their bats were pretty quiet today (six hits total). Tri-City Started their onslaught in the bottom of the 3rd with seven runs and added an additional run in the 4th, making it 8-0 early. In the 7th Tri-City added two more runs to make the score 10-0. On a positive note, the Lake Monsters prevented a shut-out as they were able to obtain one run in the top of the 9th to make this a final of 10-1 for Tri-City. Starter Taylor Jordan was hit hard for his fourth straight start. He went three innings giving up seven hits, seven runs, and three walks while striking out two.

GCL Nationals L, 5-2 vs. GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Pedro Encarnacion (L, 2-2) 2⅔ IP 5H 4R 4ER 3BB 1K
Pitching Star: Mitchell Clegg 3IP 2H 0R 2BB 1K
Hitting Star: Randolph Oduber 2-3, BB
Notes: Make that seven of eight, as the GCL Nationals fell again, 5-2, to the GCL Astros. Pedro Encarnacion was lit up for four runs on five hits and three walks over 2⅔ innings. Both Nationals runs were aided by Astros errors, as the offense was held to just three hits. Rehabbing Mitchell Clegg was the pitching star, tossing two-hit ball over three innings with two walks and one strikeout.

DSL Nationals L, 11-4 vs. DSL Mets1
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez 4IP 8H 5R 4ER 2BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Andy Santana 3IP 0H 0R 2BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Narciso Mesa 2-4, R, SB
Hitting Star #2: Nelalexfred 2-4, R, RBI
Notes: Not even staff ace Wirkin Estevez could stop the bleeding, as the DSL Nationals dropped their 8th straight game, 11-4 to the DSL Mets1 squad. Four double plays on offense and four errors on defense were also to blame for the futility. Estevez allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks over his four innings of work.

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

6 thoughts on “Monday’s News and Notes”

  1. Sue, I love me some wins and losses as much as the next guy, but Syracuse is pretty much the Wilson Ramos watch for many Nats fans at this point. Possible to include his line going forward in Syracuse updates? FWIW, 2-4, 1R, 1RBI, 0K, 0BB 1SB against, 1CS for. 2 of his first 3 games have been real encouraging. Get those walks up young man and depose Tony Vega and the band!

  2. Nice to see souldrummer so enthused, and unless SYR makes the playoffs I think we’ll see Mr. Ramos on a 9/7/10 callup list to the Nationals.

    On local news, hoping to catch a couple of P-Nat games on the next homestand; Maybe the Thurs-Fri against LYN & MB.

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