Tuesday’s News and Notes

Wins for the D-Nats and G-Nats, but losses for teams playing north of Viera

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-5 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Matt Chico (6-7, 3.92) vs.
Chad Reineke (9-7, 3.47)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (9-5, 2.95) vs.
Brooks Brown (11-7, 3.70)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-1; Lost, 5-3 @ Kinston 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-2, 3.99) vs.
T.J. McFarland (10-4, 3.05)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-6 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. Kenny Moreland (7-6, 4.00)
Vermont Lake Monsters ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Lowell, 7:00 p.m. TBD vs. Hunter Cervenka (0-4, 4.40)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-9 vs.
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6 (7 inn.);
Game 2 suspended
vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 8-5 @ Louisville
Starting Pitcher: Martis (L, 7-7) 4⅓ IP 9H 7R 7ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Bergmann 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Lambin 3-4, R, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Davis 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: Louisville started the scoring in the bottom of 1st with three runs, while Syracuse answered with two runs in the 4th. In the bottom of the 4th Louisville scored two more and added an additional two runs in the 5th making it 7-2. In the 6th Syracuse chipped away at the lead with one run, but Louisville didn’t let up as they scored one of their own in the bottom of the inning. Syracuse could only add two more runs in the 8th and 9th but ran out of time as they lost 8-5. Starter Shairon Martis went 4⅓ innings giving up nine hits, seven runs and two strikeout along with 5 strikeouts with the loss.        

Harrisburg Senators L, 4-3 vs. Erie (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Peacock (ND) 7IP 1H 0R 3BB 8K
Pitching Un- Star: Kimball (BS, 4) 1⅓ IP 1H 2R 1ER 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Burgess 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 3-4, R, 1-2B
Notes: Mike Burgess made the most of his AA debut, going 2-for-4 with two solo HRs to help the Sens build a 3-0 lead through seven innings. Unfortunately, the Senators bullpen could not keep the shutout going, allowing one run in the 8th, two runs in the 9th and the winning run in the 10th. The implosion ruined a fine outing by starter Brad Peacock who went seven scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, three walks while registering eight strikeouts.

Potomac Nationals L, 3-1; L, 5-3 @ Kinston

Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum (L, 2-2) 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 3BB 5K
Pitching Star: Testa 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star: Norris 1-1, R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: Tuesday’s offensive futility continued in the first game as the P-Nats managed just three hits, with Derek Norris’s solo HR preventing the shutout. Starter Danny Rosenbaum went five innings and allowed all three Indian runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five.

Starting Pitcher: Lehman (L, 4-3) 3IP 4H 5R 2ER 2BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: McCoy 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Soriano 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Curran 2-2, R, BB
Notes: Francisco Soriano’s solo HR to lead off the 1st gave Potomac faint hopes that a split was possible, but four runs in the bottom of the inning dashed those hopes as the Kinston Indians went on to win 5-3, sweeping the doubleheader. Starter Pat Lehman gave up all five Kinston runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. The two losses shaved Potomac’s lead over second-place Wilmington to just one game. Rather than promote or demote, Washington replaced Mike Burgess on the roster with former Blue Rock Jamar Walton, a 24-year-old OF who was originally drafted by Florida in 2004.

Hagerstown Suns W, 8-6 @ Delmarva
Starting Pitcher: Bronson (W, 3-2) 6⅓ IP 6H 5R 2ER 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: Smoker (SV, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 3-5, 2R, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Leon 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
Notes: The Suns began the scoring in the 4th with five runs, Delmarva kept the game close with three runs of their own in the bottom of the 5th. But Hagerstown didn’t want Delmarva to gain anymore ground as they scored two more in the 6th and another run in the 7th making it 8-3. Delmarva could only counter with three more runs in the bottom of the 7th but fell short in the end as Hagerstown took this one 8-6. Starter Evan Bronson went 6⅓ innings, giving up six hits, five runs and no walks with one strikeout for the win. Josh Smoker pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.

Vermont Lake Monsters — OFF DAY
Notes: Vermont had another day off today to prepare for their 2 games versus Lowell this week. Meanwhile, at the New York-Penn League All-Star game, David Freitas and Blake Kelso both started but were hitless in two at-bats while Neil Holland hit two batters and struck out two batters while pitching a scoreless inning.

GCL Nationals W, 10-8 @ GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Yuniesky Maya 4IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Tim Dupuis (W, 2-1) 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Angel Montilla 2-6, R, 2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Roberto Perez 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Rashad Hatcher 3-5, 2R, RBI
Notes: Robert Perez’s 10th-inning double broke an 8-8 tie as the GCL Nationals went on to defeat the GCL Astros by a score of 10-8. Yuniesky Maya’s second start was not quite as smooth as the 29-year-old Cuban defector gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks over four innings.
Hitters of the game Angel Montilla, Perez, and Rashad Hatcher would account for seven of the 12 G-Nats hits and six RBI. Timothy Dupuis got the win in relief with three prefect innings and six strikeouts.

DSL Nationals W, 7-6 vs. DSL Yankees1 (7 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Dennis Lellis 2IP 7H 6R 3ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Andy Santana (W, 3-0) 5IP 2H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Victor Chavez 3-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bienvenido Valdez 2-4, RBI
Notes: In a repeat of last week, the two teams were scheduled to have a doubleheader but were only able to get one game played, which the DSL Nationals won 7-6 in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the 7th. Game two was suspended. Andy Santana pitched the final five innings to earn the win, allowing no runs on two hits and no walks while striking out six. In the final inning, hitter of the game Victor Chavez homered to tie it at 6-6 while Aladin Reyes singled, stole second, took third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a wild pitch.

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

6 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News and Notes”

  1. Nice debut for Burgess but unfortunately bad relief pitching spoiled a great outing by Brad. Also nice to see Smoker get a save!

  2. FYI, I emailed the guy who does the Hagerstown gamers about Kobernus and Bloxom. Totally baffles me why they aren’t playing. Seems real early to give up on Kobernus and Bloxom’s got some of the best offensive statistics in the system. Don’t see why they’d sit him for Newsome.

    Have you gotten a chance to see Rosenbaum in person in Potomac yet? What’s your opinion on him?

    1. re: Kobernus – He’s been spotted a lot wearing just warmups and is hardly ever on the field stretching. Just baffling to use a roster spot if he’s hurt.

      re: Bloxom – I’ve heard he’s pretty banged up, which certainly explains why he’s cooled off some

      re: Rosenbaum – I’ve seen him pitch twice for Potomac, once for Hagerstown. When he’s throwing his curve and change, he can be effective, but the last time out the breaking stuff just wasn’t there, so he got hit. Looks like that may have happened again last night, too.

  3. This is just my opinion, but I’m getting the feeling that Kobernus is either very brittle, or has an extremely low pain threshold. I think the kid has skills, but if you can’t stay in the lineup, you can’t prove it to anybody.

    1. I’ve heard that same sentiment from others close to H’town. I’m just mystified as to why he’s still active if he’s not being used.

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