Saturday’s News and Notes

A 3-3 split for the Nats affiliates on Saturday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-3 @ Indianapolis, 2:00 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Jeremy Powell (8-8, 5.24)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-1 @ Trenton, 5:05 p.m. Aaron Thompson (4-11, 5.84) vs.
Hector Noesi (6-4, 3.57)
Potomac Nationals Won, 7-5 vs. Myrtle Beach 1:05 p.m. Marcos Frias (5-5, 6.40) vs.
Matthew Crim (7-9, 4.86)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 4-0 vs. Greensboro, 2:05 p.m. Billy Ott (1-1, 6.75) vs.
Chad James (3-8, 4.96)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 12-7 @ Jamestown, 1:05 p.m. Christopher Jenkins (2-5, 3.95) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5
vs. DSL Cubs2

Syracuse Chiefs L, 4-3 @ Indianapolis
WDWRD: 0-3, BB, K; 1-1 CS-SBA
Starting Pitcher: Kown 5⅓ IP 6H 2R 2ER 3BB 4K
Pitching Star: Balester 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Whiting 2-4, R, BB, SB
Hitting Star #2: Espinosa 3-5, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
Notes: After trailing for most of the game, the Syracuse Chiefs got one run in the 8th and two in the 9th thanks to a Danny Espinosa HR to take a 3-2 lead into the ninth. The Indianapolis Indians doubled and tripled off reliever Adam Carr to lead off the inning and get the tie. After two intentional walks to load the bases (and set up a double play), Athualpa Severino relieved Carr and got a popup before serving up the game-winning single to Alex Presley for a 4-3 Indians win. Boomer Whiting stole his 31st base for Syracuse to join Espinosa in the Hitting Star honors while starter Andrew Kown went 5⅓ innings and gave up the first two Indianapolis runs on six hits and three walks. He also struck out four.

Harrisburg Senators W, 7-1 @ Trenton
Starting Pitcher: Roark (W, 1-1) 6IP 3H 1R 0ER 0BB 6K
Pitching Star: Spradlin 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Baez 2-4, R, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Castro 3-5, 2B
Notes: With a single run in the 1st and two runs in each the 2nd and 3rd innings, Harrisburg built an early 5-0 lead en route to a 7-1 win over Trenton. Starter Tanner Roark earned his first win for the Senators with six innings pitched, one unearned run allowed on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Six of the nine batters got multiple hits, led by Ofilio Castro’s 3-for-5 effort as Harrisburg struck the Thunder pitchers for 15 hits, including five doubles.

Potomac Nationals W, 7-5 vs. Myrtle Beach
Starting Pitcher: Mock 4IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 7K
Pitching Star: Barthmaier (W, 3-1) 3IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Rooney 1-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: A six-run 6th, highlighted by a three-run double by Sean Rooney, broke a 1-1 tie to give Potomac a 7-1 lead and the bullpen weathered four runs in the late innings to emerge with a 7-5 win. Rehabbing Garrett Mock got the start and went the first four innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven before giving way to veteran Jimmy Barthmaier, who got the win with one run allowed over three innings. Tyler Moore hit his 23rd home run and drove in his 88th run — both Carolina League-leading totals — to join Rooney in the Hitting Star honors. Since his hot streak began on July 14, Moore has hit .417 with 15 doubles, 13 home runs,

Hagerstown Suns L, 4-0 vs. Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Hicks (L, 1-5) 4IP 5H 3R 2ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Graham 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star: None
Notes: Four Greensboro pitchers combined to shut out the Hagerstown Suns on seven hits for a 4-0 victory. The Suns managed to get just four runners into scoring position while committing three errors on the night. Starter Graham Hicks took his fifth loss for Hagerstown, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings. Sources report that reliever Rob Wort has been promoted to Potomac along with former Sun Sean Nicol; no word on their potential replacements.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 12-8
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (ND) 5IP 8H 5R 4ER 1BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Un-Star: Cahill ⅔ IP 6H 5R 5ER 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Martinson 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI
Notes: The Lake Monsters held an 8-7 lead going into the bottom of the 8th but the Jammers spread five runs across the plate to win going away, 12-7. Starter Taylor Jordan struggled yet again, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out five, but got the no-decision. Wade Moore led the offense with a 2-for-5 night with a run scored, a double, and an RBI. Despite the loss, Vermont still leads the Stedler Divison by one game.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: With Friday’s losses eliminating them, the G-Nats look to play out the string this week with two games apiece (one home, one away) against the Cardinals and Mets while visiting the Astros and hosting the Marlins.

DSL Nationals W, 8-5 vs. DSL Cubs2
Starting Pitcher: Silvio Medina 7IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 7K 2HR
Pitching Star: Inocencio Heredia (SV, 9) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Bienvenido Valdez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Victor Chavez 1-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
Notes: Bienvenido Valdez singled in a “smiling” Carlos Alvarez to break a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 8th as the DSL Nationals went on to beat the DSL Cubs2 by the score of 8-5. Inocencio Heredia struck out two in a scoreless 9th to earn his ninth save, which gave Andy Santana (who pitched the 8th) his 4th win against no losses. Starter Silvio Medina went the first seven innings, giving up all five Cubs2 runs on eight hits and a walk.

Friday’s News and Notes

Just two wins on Friday night for the Nats’ affiliates

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-2 @ Indianapolis, 7:15 p.m. Andrew Kown (1-3, 3.32) vs.
Michael Crotta (5-7, 4.70)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-1 @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Cory Arbiso (4-1, 3.43)
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach 6:35 p.m. Garrett Mock (rehab) vs.
Zeke Spruill (3-2, 4.65)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 10-2 vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. Paul Applebee (4-4, 3.81) vs.
Rob Morey (0-2, 2.78)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 8-7 @ Jamestown, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (2-2, 5.67) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost 4-0; Lost, 7-3
@ GCL Marlins
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-4
@ DSL Giants
vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs L, 5-2  @ Indianapolis
WDWRD: Did Not Play
Starting Pitcher: Chico (L, 6-7) 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 0BB 10K; 1-2, R as hitter
Pitching Star: Mandel 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Bixler 2-4, 1RBI
Hitting Star #2: Whiting 1-3, R, SB (#30)
Notes: Indanapolis started the game with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. The Chiefs meanwhile tried to fight back with one run in the 4th and another run in the 6th making it 3-2. But Indianapolis pulled away in the 8th with 2 runs which gave them the win at 5-2. Starter Matt Chico went six innings giving up six hits, three runs and no walks while striking out a season-high 10 batters, but took the loss.

Harrisburg Senators L, 4-1 @ Trenton
Starting Pitcher: Tatusko (L, 0-1) 6IP 5H 4R 3ER 2BB 8K 1HR
Pitching Star: James 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Johnson 2-3, 1R, 1BB
Hitting Star #2: Castro 2-4, 1-3B
Notes: Trenton began the game in the bottom of the 3rd with one run, while the Sens came back in the 4th with a run of their own, tying things up at 1-1. In the bottom of the 5th Trenton broke the game open with a three-run home run off recently acquired Ryan Tatusko, who finished with four runs allowed on five hits over six innings while striking out eight. Hitters of the game Josh Johnson and Ofilio Castro combined for four of the Senators’ six hits as the team went an abysmal 1-for-12 with RISP.

Potomac Nationals W, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach
Starting Pitcher: Holder (W, 1-2) 6⅓ IP 5H 1R 1ER 0BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: McCoy (SV, 3) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Norris 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Defensive Star: Curran L8-3 DP
Notes: This one was basically decided in the first inning, which is just as well because Sue had to leave in the bottom of the second. Here’s what she saw, in lieu of “LNIW”:

Derek Norris was moved to the #2 spot in the batting order, in the age-old ploy to feed him some fastballs. The move paid off instantly in the first inning with a two-run jack to left field as he drove in Dan Lyons, who had been hit by a pitch to lead off the game. After a Mike Burgess single, Tyler Moore put a coat on a hanger for another two-spot shot to give Potomac a 4-1 lead. Trevor Holder, who had given up a home run to lead off the game, settled down to pitch 6⅓ innings, giving up the one run on five hits, walking none, and striking out seven to earn his first win for Potomac this season. The win kept pace with second-place Wilmington; the two teams still separated by two games, three in the loss column.

Hagerstown Suns L, 10-2 vs. Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-6) 3⅓ IP 6H 4ER 1BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: Erb 3⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB
Hitting Star #1: Hood  2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Hague 2-4, 2R
Notes: Hagerstown began with the lead in the bottom of the 3rd with one run, but Greensboro quickly shattered that lead with seven runs of their own in the 4th. Greensboro wasn’t done there as they added one run in the 5th and another run in the 6th to make it 9-1. In the 8th they added one more, while the Suns added one in the bottom of the inning, but unfortunately it was far too late for a comeback as the Suns were downed 10-2. Starter Paul Demny went just 3⅓ innings, giving up six hits, four runs and one walk with the loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 8-7 @ Jamestown
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 3IP 6H 5R 5ER 3BB 0K
Pitching Star: Demmin (W, 1-1) 3IP 1H 0ER 2BB 5K
Hitting Star # 1: Moore 2-3 3R, 2BB, HR, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Leonida 2-5, 1-2B, 2RBI
Notes: Three errors by Jamestown and eight runs by the Lake Monsters game Vermont the win. It was a close game, however, as Jamestown had the lead going into the 9th inning. That being the case, Vermont rallied to score two in the top of the ninth to get the lead while Ryan Demmin finished the game for the win, going the last three innings, allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks, while striking out 5.

GCL Nationals L, 4-0; L, 7-3
Starting Pitcher: Yuniesky Maya 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: None
Notes: The professional debut of Yuniesky Maya — three scoreless & hitless innngs with no walks and one strikeout — is about the only thing worth noting in the first game, as the GCL Nationals were shut out 4-0 by the GCL Marlins. Angel Montilla and Estarlin Martinez were responsible for the two (2) GCL Nats hits in this one.

Starting Pitcher: Kelvin Lopez (L, 3-4) 2IP 6H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K
Pitching Star: Chris Manno 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Sean Nicol 1-3, SB
Hitting Star #2: Randolph Oduber 1-2, R, RBI
Notes: Game Two wasn’t much better as the GCL Marlins bested the GCL Nationals 7-3 to sweep the doubleheader. Rehabbing Sean Nicol and Randolph Oduber got two of the three (3) G-Nats hits in the, um, afternoon-cap.

DSL Nationals L, 9-4
Starting Pitcher: Adalberto Mieses (L, 3-3) 6IP 13H 8R 5ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Edgar Gonzalez 3-5, 2R
Hitting Star #2: Jean Valdez 1-2, 3RBI
Notes: A five-run sixth broke erased a 4-3 leads for the DSL Nationals, who went went on to lose 9-4 to the DSL Giants. Starting Pitcher Adalberto Mieses took a 13-hit beating over six innings, with eight runs (five earned) allowed with one walk and four strikeouts for his third loss of the season. Hitters of the game Edgar Gonzalez and Jean Valdez combined for four hits, two runs, and three RBI.

Good, Bad , Interesting… Vol. 18

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 62-57, 3rd place IL North, 7½ games back

Good Danny Espinosa .536SLG since promotion
Bad Catchers not named Wilson Ramos: .208 BA/.297 SLG
Interesting Joe Bisenius 0.88WHIP, .190OBA in first 6 appearances

HARRISBURG 62-55, 3rd place, 5 games back, EL (1 game behind wild-card leader)

Good Marvin Lowrance .296/.389/.472 in 79G
Bad Zach Dials 2.11WHIP, .370OBA in 10G before trip to DL
Interesting 34 different pitchers have pitched for the Senators

25-19 in 2nd Half, 1st place by 2 games in CrL North

Good Tyler Moore .375/.395/.775 in August (yes, I’m picking the low-hanging fruit)
Bad Francisco Soriano 5E in 8G for Potomac; 37E in 99G overall
Interesting Jose Lozada .333/.326/.524 in 11G since Soriano promotion

18-28 in 2nd Half, last place in SAL North, 9½ games back

Good Adrian Sanchez .441/.457/.529 since promotion from GCL
Bad Stephen King 26K in 22G, .167BA since promotion from Vermont
Interesting Jeff Kobernus has not played since August 1; hit .342 in July

28-24, 1st Place Stedler Division of NY-Penn League, 1 game ahead

Good Kevin Cahill 1.62ERA, 1.14WHIP in 9G
Bad Jack Walker .105/.320/.105 in 20G
Interesting Chad Mozingo 25BB in 42G

16-26, 5th place GCL East Division, 11 games back, Elimination No: 5

Good Randolph Oduber .451 OBP, 14SB, 0E in 27G
Bad Mike Gallo 2.07WHIP, 10.93ERA, 21H in 14IP
Interesting Angel Montilla .280/.352/.392

32-31, 5th place B.C. South Division, 10 games back, Eliminated From Playoffs

Good Antonio Guzman 80K in 70⅔ IP
Bad Adderling Ruiz .195/.262/.248
Interesting Jorge Hernandez 2.05ERA, .194OBA, 0.98WHIP in 30⅔ IP

Thursday’s News and Notes

Three wins, two losses, two rainouts

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-3 (13 inn.) @ Indianapolis, 7:15 p.m. Matt Chico (6-6, 3.88) vs.
Charlie Morton (3-4, 4.24)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (10-6, 4.22) vs.
D.J. Mitchell (9-4, 4.33)
Potomac Nationals Rained Out vs. Myrtle Beach 7:03 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-2, 4.36) vs.
Brett Oberholtzer (4-5, 4.59)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-2 vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (6-5, 3.93) vs.
Erick Carrillo (4-5, 4.68)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 8-2 @ Jamestown, 7:05 p.m. Bobby Hansen (3-2, 3.40) vs.
Saul Gonzalez (3-1, 3.14)
GCL Nationals Won, 14-7
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Marlins, 11:00 a.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-4
vs. DSL Orioles2
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs W, 4-3 vs. Columbus (13 inn)
WDWRD: 1-5, R, 2B, 2K; PO-A in 1-2-3 DP
Starting Pitcher: Martis 7.P 5H 3ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Wilkie (W, 3-3) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Bynum 2-4,  1-2B, 1RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Lambin 1-4,  1R, 1HR, 1RBI
Notes: Columbus started the game with 1 run in the 2nd and added 2 more in the top of  the 5th to make it 3-0. Syracuse fought back with 1 in the 5th and another in the 7th to make it 3-2. In the 8th they tied the game back up at 3-3 and with no runs in the 9th inning, meant extras for these two. Seth Bynum ended this contest with a solo HR in the bottom of 13th, giving the Chiefs a 4-3 win. Starter Shairon Martis went the first seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks to go with five strikeouts. Athualpa Severino, Adam Carr, and Josh Wilkie each tossed two scoreless innings, combining for three walks and seven strikeouts, with Wilkie getting the win as the last man on the mound.

Harrisburg Senators — PPD
Notes: Rain put the kibosh on the series finale between the Binghamton Mets. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday, September 3rd.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Notes: Rain also fell in Woodbridge, cancelling the series finale between Lynchburg and Potomac. This was the final regular-season game between these two teams and will likely not be made up unless it affects the second-half playoff race.

Hagerstown Suns W, 7-2 vs. Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Bronson  (W, 2-2) 5IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Garcia 3IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Hood  2-3, 2R, RBI
Hitting Star #2: King 1-2, R, BB, RBI
Notes: Hagerstown began this one with one run in the bottom of the 1st, Greensboro answered back with two runs to take the lead 2-1 in the top of the 2nd. The Suns however tied things up at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning. But Hagerstown wasn’t done there as they scored two more in the 4th, another two in the 5th, and one more run in the 8th keeping Greensboro scoreless for the rest of the game. Hagerstown got the win 7-2 . Starter Evan Bronson went five innings, giving up three hits, two runs and two strikeouts to earn the win.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 8-2 @ Hudson Valley
Starting Pitcher: Bates (L, 3-3) 4⅔ IP 7H 7R 7ER 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Zellers 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Moldenhauer 2-3
Hitting Star # 2: Labrie 1-3
Notes: Hudson Valley had control of this one for most of the game. They began the scoring in bottom of the 3rd with three runs and added four more in the 5th and another run in the 6th keeping Vermont scoreless through six innings. Finally in the 9th Vermont broke the ice as they managed to score two but unfortunately this game was too far out of their reach as they lost 8-2. Starter Colin Bates went 4⅔ innings, giving up seven hits, seven runs to go with 5 strikeouts with the loss. 

GCL Nationals W, 14-7 vs. GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Matthew Grace 4IP 3H 2R 0ER 1BB 1K
Pitching Star: Nick Serino (W, 2-2) 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 3-4, 4R, 2-2B, 2SB, HR, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Angel Montilla 4-6, R, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Andruth Ramirez 3-5, 2R, RBI
Notes: A four-run fifth inning broke open a 6-4 lead as the GCL Nationals went on to double up the GCL Astros, 14-7. Starting Pitcher Matthew Grace put together his longest pro outing, going four innings and allowing two unearned runs on three hits and a walk. Randolph Oduber led the 16-hit attack with a single, two doubles, and a home run while driving in three. Nick Serino got the win in relief, striking out two and allowing no hits and no walks over 1⅓ innings.

DSL Nationals L, 7-4 vs. DSL Orioles2
Starting Pitcher: Antonio Guzman (L, 4-4) 5IP 6H 7R 7ER 2BB 8K
Pitching Star: Kelvin Rodriguez 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Aladin Reyes 4-4, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Wilmer Difo 3-4, 3B
Notes: It was basically over after the first inning, as the DSL Orioles2 darkened seven diamonds in the scorebook for a 7-0 lead and cruised to a 7-4 win over the DSL Nationals. Starter Antonio Guzman pitched four more innings after the first, but his final line was still u-g-l-y: five innings, six hits, seven runs (all earned) two walks, eight strikeouts. Amazingly, neither team was charged with an error. Aladin Reyes (4-for-4) and Wilmer Difo (3-for-4) combined for seven of the Nationals 15 hits, which was eight more than than the Orioles2 squad got. The loss, combined with a DSL Giants win, eliminated the D-Nats from the playoffs.

Wednesday’s News and Notes

Four wins highlight Wednesday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 7-3 vs. Columbus, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (7-6, 4.09) vs.
Carlos Carrasco (9-5, 4.04)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-4 vs. Binghamton, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (9-2, 2.92) vs.
Jenrry Mejia (0-0, 1.17)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. Lynchburg 7:03 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-2, 4.36) vs.
Chase Ware (1-3, 4.05)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 12-4 @ Hudson Valley, 7:05 p.m. Colin Bates (3-2, 4.09) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1
@ GCL Mets
vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-9 (15 inn.)
vs. DSL Phillies
vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs W, 7-3 vs. Columbus
WDWRD: 2-4, R, HR, RBI; no CS-SB
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (W, 4-7) 7IP 7H 2R 1ER 2BB 1K
Pitching Star: Bisenius 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Bixler 3-5, R, 2B, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bynum 3-4, R, 2B
Notes: Syracuse got the jump start in this one scoring one run in the bottom  of the 1st, another four in the 2nd and one more in the 3rd making it 6-0. Columbus came back with one run in the 4th, but the Chiefs countered that with one run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Columbus kept chipping away at Syracuse’s lead with another run in the 5th and with one more in the 8th, but that was as close as they’d get as they lost 7-3. Starter Erik Arnesen went seven innings giving up seven hits, two runs and two walks with the win.

Harrisburg Senators W, 5-4 vs. Binghamton
Starting Pitcher: Milone (W, 9-5) 7IP 6H 2R 2ER 0BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: Kimball (SV, 5) 1IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Lombardozzi 2-4
Hitting Star #2: Baez 1-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: Edgardo Baez’s two-run double highlighted a four-run seventh that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead en route to a 5-4 win over Binghamton. Starter Tom Milone got win #9, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven. Steve Lombardozzi went 2-for-4 in his first start to earn Hitting Star honors along with Baez. Cole Kimball survived a rocky ninth, allowing a leadoff walk and double, but stranded those two runners on second and third for his fifth AA save.

Potomac Nationals L, 4-1 vs. Lynchburg
Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP 8H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: Martinez, Ca. 2⅔ IP 2H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star: Moore 2-4, R, 2B
Notes: See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Notes: The Suns begin a 17-games-in-17-days stretch in the State of Maryland with a five-game series against Greensboro tonight before heading out to Delmarva for four and coming back home for four against Lakewood and four more against the Shorebirds.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 12-4 @ Hudson Valley
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg 5IP 9H 3R 3ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: Gibson (W, 1-1) 4IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K
Hitting Star # 1: Moore 4-5, 1R, 1-2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Keyes 1-3, 2R, 1HR, 4RBI, 2BB
Notes: Hudson Valley started the game off with two runs in the bottom of the 1st, Vermont answered with three runs in the 2nd. Hudson Valley tied things up at 3-3 in the 3rd with one run and the score remained that way until the 7th. In the top of the 7th Vermont scored four runs to jump ahead 7-3, Hudson Valley could only answer with one more run to make it 7-4. But Vermont was not done as they added five more runs in the 8th to win this one 12-4. Starter Matt Swynenberg went five innings giving up nine hits, three runs and four strikeouts, but got the no-decision.

GCL Nationals L, 4-1 @ GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Mitchell Clegg (L, 0-1) 5IP 7H 2R 1ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Roberto Perez 2-3, R, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Randolph Oduber 1-3, BB, SB
Notes: An RBI single after a double, flyout, and a walk in the first inning gave the GCL Nationals a 1-0 lead after a half inning. It would be all downhill from there as the GCL Mets would shut them down and hand them a 4-1 defeat. Starter Mitchell Clegg took the loss despite scattering seven hits over five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out four.

DSL Nationals W, 10-9 (15 inn.) vs. DSL Phillies
Starting Pitcher: Anthony Marcelino 4⅓ IP 8H 4R 3ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Luis Matos 2⅔ IP 3H 0R 1BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Jean Valdez 3-7, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Narciso Mesa 3-6, R, 2B, BB, SB
Notes: In a wild game that saw 19 runs and 31 hits combined, the DSL Nationals outlasted the DSL Phillies 10-9 in 15 innings. The game featured three lead changes in regulation, and twice saw the two teams match single runs in extras before Aladin Reyes doubled, took third on a sac bunt, and scored on a sac fly to win it in the 15th. Anthony Marcelino got the start and went 4⅓ innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out two.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac misses a chance to go up 3 games on Wilmington

Baseball players are creatures of habit and routine; the process often matters as much as the results. Upset that process, though, and an adverse effect on results is nearly inevitable.

Such was the case last night with Danny Rosenbaum. Pitching for the first time in 11 days, the interruption was noticeable over the course of his start as the 22-year-old struggled with his command and was unable to locate his offspeed pitches. That he only gave up three runs is actually a testament to his skill; it should have been more, with eight hits allowed over 4⅓ innings.

Of course, with the offense reverting to its feast-or-famine form, it would have required a shutout to beat the Hillcats, as Lynchburg handed Potomac a 4-1 loss.

Take the fifth inning as an example of the offense’s futility. Sean Rooney led off with a walk, followed by a Jose Lozada double to right-center. With nobody out, Rooney was held to give the P-Nats runners on second and third. That’s two chances to score by making an out, and three overall. Chris Curran taps to third for out #1. Francisco Soriano pops out in foul territory by third base for out #2. Dan Lyons strikes out swinging. Inning over, two runners stranded.

That LOB number would swell to nine before Tyler Moore doubled for the 38th time this season in the bottom of the eighth and Bill Rhinehart singled him in, pulling Potomac to within two at 3-1. Lynchburg would get it right back with a double to LF, an error by Rhinehart, and a sacrifice fly, and then set down the P-Nats 1-2-3 in the ninth to seal the deal.

With the loss, Potomac remains two games ahead of Wilmington for first place in the second half with a 25-19 mark. Tonight, Trevor Holder (0-2, 4.36) takes the hill against Chase Ware (1-3, 4.05) in the series and season finale between these two teams.

Tuesday’s News and Notes

Just two wins on Tuesday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 1-0; Lost, 6-3 vs. Columbus, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (3-7, 4.08) vs.
Eric Berger (0-0, 2.87)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 7-1 vs. Binghamton, 12:00 p.m. Tom Milone (8-5, 2.97) vs.
Chris Schwinden (4-7, 5.68)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-2 vs. Lynchburg 7:03 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-0, 1.00) vs.
Jordan Hotchkiss (8-4, 2.39)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 4-3 @ Hudson Valley, 7:05 p.m. Matt Swynenberg (3-2, 4.29) vs.
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4
vs. GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5
@ DSL Mets1
vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs W, 1-0; L, 6-3

WDWRD: Did Not Play
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann 4IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: Bergmann (W, 5-3) 1IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Davis 1-2, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Espinosa 1-3,
Notes: In game 1 of the doubleheader there wasn’t match scoring as both pitchers battled it out. Starter Jordan Zimmerman went four innings giving up only one hit with no runs and 1 strikeout. Leonard Davis’s third-inning home run, his 14th at AAA, proved to be enough as four Chiefs relievers followed Zimmerman, with Jason Bergmann earning the win and Adam Carr registering the save.

WDWRD: 1-3, R; no CS/SB
Starting Pitcher: Kown (L, 1-3) 2⅓ IP 7H 4R 4ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star: Villone 2IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Espinosa 2-4, R
Hitting Star # 2: Orr 2-3, SB
Notes: In game two Syracuse started things off with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, but Columbus came right back with two of their own in the top of the 2nd. The Chiefs got two runners via single, and moved ’em up and in with a sac bunt and a sac fly to take the lead back at 3-2 in the bottom of the 2nd, but the Clippers sailed past with three more runs in third and one more run in the fourth for the game’s final tally of 6-3. Starter Andrew Kown went 2⅓ innings giving up seven hits, four runs and two strikeouts with the loss.

Harrisburg Senators L, 7-1 vs Binghamton
Starting Pitcher: Peacock, Brad (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP 8H 7R 7ER 3BB 2K
Pitching Star: Hernandez, O. 2⅓ IP 1H 0R 2BB 3K
Hitting Star: Baez 2-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: This one was all Binghamton’s game as they started things off with four runs in the top of the 1st, followed by 1 run each in the 3rd , 4th, and 5th innings, while the Sens could only muster one on a solo HR by Edgardo Baez in the 3rd as they fell to Binghamton 7-1. Starter Brad Peacock went 4⅓ innings, giving up all seven runs on eight hits and three walks. Recently activated Orlando Hernandez pitched 2⅓ scoreless innings in relief while recently promoted Steve Lombardozzi singled in his lone plate appearance.

Potomac Nationals W, 5-2 vs. Lynchburg
Starting Pitcher: Alaniz (ND) 6IP 6H 2R 2ER 3BB 8K
Pitching Star: Morris (W, 4-2) 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Lozada 2-4, 2R, 2-2B
Hitting Star #2: Rinehart 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: [Ed note: Parental duties kept Sue from the game, so no Tuesday Afternoon in Woodbridge.] The Hillcats got to Adrian Alaniz early for two first-inning runs but couldn’t solve the veteran for any more, as he settled down to register a quality start with just the two runs allowed on six hits and three walks. He also struck out eight. Hitters of the game Bill Rhinehart and Jose Lozada got the offense going in the 4th as “Dolla” deposited home run #12 over the right-field wall and Lozada doubled and scored to tie things at 2-2. The P-Nats took the lead at 4-2 in the bottom of the 7th with singles by Mike Burgess and Dan Lyons followed by an RBI groundout by Tyler Moore and an error by Lynchburg. Another Hillcat error and another double by Lozada led to the fifth and final run. A.J. Morris, who replaced Harrisburg-bound Steve Lombardozzi on the roster, got the win in relief while Pat McCoy pitched a scoreless 9th for his second save.

Hagerstown Suns L, 8-2 @ Kannapolis
Starting Pitcher: Ott (L, 1-1) 3IP 7H 7R 6ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Smoker 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Sanchez 3-5, 1RBI
Hitting Star #2: Perez 2-4, 2R
Notes: Kannapolis started the game in the bottom of the 1st with 3 runs, while the Suns could only light up the board with 1 run in the 3rd to answer. Kannapolis scored two more in the 3rd and added another three in the 4th to make it 8-1. Hagerstown got one back in the 5th but that was as close as they’d get as they were downed 8-2. Starter Billy Ott fared much worse in his second Low-A start, as he went three innings, giving up seven hits, six runs and two walks with the loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 4-3 @ Hudson Valley
Starting Pitcher: Jenkins (L, 2-5) 0⅓ IP 2H 4R 4ER 4BB 1K
Pitching Star: Selik 4IP 3H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star # 1: Labrie 2-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Mozingo 2-3, BB
Notes: Hudson Valley blasted out of the starting gate with four runs in the bottom of the 1st and were able to keep things scoreless until the top of the 6th where Vermont scored two runs to cut away at the lead. In the top of the 9th Vermont scored one more run but fell short as they lost 4-3. Starter Chad Jenkins got knocked from the box in the first inning, giving up four runs on two hits and four walks, the one strikeout he recorded being the only batter he retired.

GCL Nationals L, 6-4 vs. GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: Pedro Encarnacion 4IP 2H 2R 0ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: Miguel Navarro 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 3BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Mills Rogers 2-4, RBI
Notes: The GCL Nationals got to the GCL Cardinals early with a four-run first, but could not answer two-run outbursts in the 2nd, 7th, and… you guessed it… the 9th to lose 6-4. The two teams combined for seven errors, with the G-Cards committing three and the G-Nats committing four. Starter Pedro Encarnacion went four innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and two walks. Randolph Oduber led the six-hit attached with a single and a double and 2 RBI.

DSL Nationals W, 6-5 @ DSL Mets1
Starting Pitcher: Wander Suero 3IP 4H 4R 3ER 5BB 4K
Pitching Star: Andy Santana (W, 3-0) 4IP 3H 1R 1ER 4BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Aladin Reyes 3-4, 2R
Hitting Star #2: Narciso Mesa 2-5, SB, RBI
Notes: Scoring a single run in six separate innings, the DSL Nationals bested the DSL Mets1 by a score of 6-5. Pitching and defense weren’t exactly hallmarks of this game, as the D-Nats walked 11 batters and the DSL Mets committed six errors. Clutch hitting was also absent, as the two teams combined to go 3-for-29 with RISP and left 23 runners on base. Starting pitcher Wander Suero went just three innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks. He also struck out four. Andy Santana got the win in relief with one run allowed over four innings despite four walks.

Monday’s News and Notes

Three wins on a rainy Monday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed vs. Columbus, 5:00 p.m. Andrew Kown (1-2, 2.52) and
Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Yohan Pino (8-6, 5.87) and
Jeremy Sowers (2-6, 5.66)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. Binghamton, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (1-0, 3.75) vs.
Mark Cohoon (1-3, 6.63)
Potomac Nationals Won, 8-7; Lost, 5-2 vs. Lynchburg 12:05 p.m. Adrian Alaniz (6-3, 2.36) vs.
Curtis Partch (5-8, 5.21)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-1 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Billy Ott (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Andre Rienzo (4-4, 4.40)
Vermont Lake Monsters Postponed @ Hudson Valley, 7:05 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-2, 8.54) vs.
Kenneth Kelly (1-1, 2.11)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-0
vs. DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs vs. Columbus — PPD
Notes: The game versus Columbus was postponed due to rain and will be made up tomorrow as a doubleheader. For more details, click on the link above.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Notes: Harrisburg had the day off to prepare for their series versus Binghamton this week. For more details, click on the link above.

Potomac Nationals W, 8-7; L, 5-2 vs. Lynchburg
Starting Pitcher: Frias (W, 5-5) 7IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 3K 2HR
Pitching Star: Dill (H, 3) 1IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Norris 2-3, 2B, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Burgess 2-5, 2B, RBI

Starting Pitcher: Mock (L, 0-1) 4IP 8H 3R 3ER 0BB 2K 1HR 2HBP
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Burgess 2-3, HR, 2RBI
Notes: For Sue’s take on both games, check out Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns W, 4-1 @ Kannapolis
Starting Pitcher: Applebee (W, 4-4) 7IP 7H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: Weaver (SV, 15) 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Newsome 3-4, R
Hitting Star # 2: Ramirez 3-4
Notes: Hagerstown began the scoring in the 2nd with three runs, while Kannapolis could only answer with one of their own in the bottom of the 3rd. Hagerstown added the icing on the cake in the 5th with one more run and the rest of the game was left up to the pitchers as the Suns took this one 4-1. Starter Paul Applebee went seven innings giving up seven hits, one run, and evened his won-loss record at 4-4 with the win.

Vermont Lake Monsters vs. Batavia — PPD
Notes: Today’s game versus Batavia was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up. For more details, click on the link above.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The G-Nats did not play, but their elimination number fell to eight with a win by the division-leading GCL Marlins. At some point this week, Yunesky Maya is expected to pitch.

DSL Nationals W, 3-0 vs. DSL Yankees1 (7 inn.)
Starter/Pitching Star: Silvio Medina (W, 4-4) 7IP 4H 0R 2BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Victor Chavez 2-3, R, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jose Arismendy 1-3, R
Notes: In a game that was appears to have been the first of two, the second of which was suspended, Silvio Medina pitched a complete-game shutout. He evened his record at 4-4 and lowered his ERA to 2.91 while pitching seven innings and allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five. Victor Chavez led the offense with a 2-for-3 afternoon while stealing a base and driving in a run.

Last Night In Woodbridge

A doubleheader split for Potomac despite terrific Lynchburg pitching

Thunder and lightning suspended this game at 8-2 last week, and Potomac used every bit of that anomaly to come away with an 8-7 score-that-counts-as-a-win in the first game played last night in Woodbridge.

Lynchburg’s three pitchers that took the mound on Monday shut down the Potomac offense, limiting them to just four hits and two walks by (who else?) Derek Norris while striking out nine batters.

Meanwhile, Marcos Frias, who had been pitching last Wednesday, resumed the game and immediately gave up two runs to cut the deficit from 8-2 to 8-4. He would settle down and retire eight of nine before surrendering a solo home run in the sixth, his team- and league-leading 16th of the season. It was now 8-5, Potomac.

Clayton Dill would follow Frias on the mound in the eighth and surrender a double to right, and suffer an error by Jose Lozada before getting a double play ball, which plated another run, shaving the lead to 8-6 for Potomac.

Justin Phillabaum took the ball in the ninth, and also gave up a leadoff double. But like Dill, he got two groundball outs, the first sending the runner to third, the second scoring him on a bullet down the LF line that Dan Lyons snared and fired across the diamond for out #2. After a two-out single, Phillabaum induced a fly to right field and sigh of relief from the stands, with the game in hand for an 8-7 victory.

Garrett Mock took the hill in Game Two, and did little to disprove the mantra that rehab starts are overrated, coughing up a two-out, two-run blast to admittedly red-hot Denis Phipps (home run #8 since being demoted from AA Carolina) in the first inning, hitting two batters and surrendering eight hits over our innings. He also gave up a run in the fourth, his final inning of work.

It could have been worse were it not for a terrific relay on a two-out double to deep CF by Lynchburg’s Justin Greene. Speedsters Chris Curran and Francisco Soriano showed off their arms with a strong throw from the warning track to shallow and a bullet to the plate. Norris blocked the plate, absorbed the hit, and then glared at the baserunner — opposing catcher Jordan Wideman, who broke the catcher’s code by not sliding — before flipping the ball towards the mound, the body language roughly translated as: Is that all you got?

Unfortunately, the great defensive play did not spark the offense, which went down 1-2-3 for the next four innings. Newly acquired reliever Joe Testa worked the final the final three innings, the last of which saw him get roughed up for two runs on three hits.

With the split, Potomac’s lead over second-place Wilmington drops to just one game again. Adrian Alaniz is the scheduled starter for Potomac in today’s noontime barbeque ballgame, opposed by Curtis Partch for Lynchburg.

Nats Affiliates Playoff Chances

For the first time in recent memory, there are more than one or two Nationals affiliates that could actually make the playoffs.

While development is the key goal of the minors, real fans (or at least the season-ticket holders) do like to see some playoff baseball. For the first time in recent memory, there are more than one or two Nationals affiliates that could actually make the playoffs. This, we believe, is a nice byproduct of GM Mike Rizzo’s tendency to promote slowly and methodically versus the previous regime’s “pluck ’em and who cares if it [fouls] ’em” mindset behavior that ruined more than a couple of prospects.

Here’s a look at their chances…

Five or six weeks ago, this team seemed like it might be a lock to make the playoffs, buoyed by some kid pitcher, Stras-something-or-other. Since then, they’ve been in a tailspin going from first place to third place and falling to nearly 10 games back. But with a wild card, and seven games left against the two teams they’re chasing for it (Louisville and Buffalo), it’s still possible, but not very probable.

Winning eight straight will bring any team back from the dead, and Harrisburg is no exception. Though Danny Espinosa has already been promoted to AAA, an infusion of prospects from Potomac is imminent with the Arizona Fall League promotion deadline coming next week, and with Brad Peacock already a Senator, it’s likely that most of these “AFL promotions” will be batters — a weak spot for the Senators. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they’ve got no games left against Altoona and Bowie, the two teams in front of them in the Western Division, eight games against the Eastern Division’s top two teams. The Senators are 1½ games behind Bowie for 2nd place.

Full disclosure to any first-time reader: I’m a season-ticket holder to Potomac. The rest of you know I’m no Pollyanna, so here goes… This team is coming off a seven-game road trip where they did what they had to do: make hay against the younger and weaker teams in Lynchburg and Myrtle Beach. They have to do the same this week against those same two teams to have a chance before (A) they lose their best players to the aforementioned AFL promotions (B) Wilmington comes to town on August 23-25. As of this writing, Potomac leads Wilmington by 1½ games. If they can extend that lead to three or four games by the time the Blue Rocks visit, they’ll have a decent chance before a much, much harder road trip — three against Frederick, five against Salem, which has the best overall record in the Carolina League.

Mathematically alive, but at 9½ games back with 27 games to go, it’s not happening. Most of the drama will be who gets the call to backfill the promotions from Potomac to Harrisburg.

The Lake Monsters began their schedule with a bang, winning 15 of their first 20, but have since gone 12-17 over the past 29 games. Like Potomac, they only have one series left against the second-place team, Connecticut. Like Harrisburg, they still have six games against one of the league’s powerhouses. Offense does not seem to be the problem, but pitching does. Three starters (Swyneburg, Jordan, McKenzie) posted ERAs of 6.55 or worse in July, so the adjustments they make over the next three starts or so will determine both whether or not Vermont makes the playoffs, and how deep they’ll go.

At 15-24, the GCL Nationals are 10 games back with three weeks left to play. Their elimination number is nine.

The DSL Nationals should be eliminated by the end of the week, but this is mostly a function that only six teams out of 34 make the cut. The DSL Nationals have been hovering near .500 for most of the year.