Tuesday’s News and Notes

The Chiefs, Sens and Suns win to highlight Tuesday night in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (7-7, 4.42) vs.
Brian Mazone (6-12, 3.86)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-3 vs. Portland, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (1-1, 4.63) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-10, 4.80)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 4-2 vs. Wilmington, 7:03 p.m. Jimmy Barthmaier (3-1, 3.54) vs.
Timothy Melville (2-11, 5.29)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-3; Lost, 2-1 vs. Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Vermont Lake Monsters Canceled vs. Connecticut, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (SS-A debut) vs.
Brennan Smith (0-5, 3.67)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. N/A

Syracuse Chiefs W, 5-4 @ Lehigh Valley
Starting Pitcher: Chico 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Bisenius 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Bixler 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Martinez 2-4, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Hitters of the game Michael Martinez homered and tripled to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the 9th while Josh Wilkie and Adam Carr weathered a two-hit, two-error ninth to get the win and save respectively as the Syracuse Chiefs prevailed 5-4 over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Matt Chico started the game and went five innings, allowing three runs eight hits and two walks. The win keeps the Chiefs’ slim playoff hopes alive with the elimination nos. for the division and wild card staying put at 8 and 4.

Harrisburg Senators W, 6-3 vs. Portland
Starting Pitcher: Milone (W, 11-5) 6⅓ IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: James (H, 4) 1⅔ 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Marrero 2-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Pahuta 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, SB, RBI
Notes: Tom Milone remains unbeaten since the All-Star break, winning for the fifth time in seven starts (11-5 overall) with a 6-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs. With seven strikeouts, Milone also pulled ahead of teammate Brad Peacock for the organization lead at 143, as he allowed three runs on four hits and one walk, registering his 13th quality start in 25 starts. Chris Marrero and Tim Pahuta both homered and went 2-for-3 to pace the Harrisburg offense. The win, combined with doubleheader split between Bowie and Akron, extends the Sens’ wild-card lead by a ½ game over the Baysox and 3½ games over the Aeros

Potomac Nationals L, 4-2 vs. Wilmington
Starting Pitcher: Holder (L, 2-3) 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 2BB 5K 2HR
Pitching Star: Testa 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star: Moresi 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
Notes: See what happens when an average pitcher gets the gift of free swinging in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns W, 5-3 vs. Lakewood (Game 1)
Starting Pitcher: Hicks 5⅓ IP 5H 0R 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Morrison, K (W, 3-5) 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Sanchez 4-5, R
Hitting Star #2: Cuevas 2-5, R, 2SB, RBI
Notes: A two-run home run by Marcus Jones in the bottom of the 9th gave the Hagerstown Suns a 5-3 victory in the first game of the doubleheader. Starter Graham Hicks got the no-decision, working 5⅓ scoreless innings with five hits and no walks allowed while striking out three, while Kyle Morrison got the win with two scoreless innings of relief with one walk allowed and two batters struck out. Adrian Sanchez led the 14-hit attack with a 4-for-5 effort, as the Suns struggled to get the clutch hit with 10 men left on base and a 2-for-15 mark with RISP.

Hagerstown Suns L, 2-1 vs. Lakewood (Game 2)
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-8) 4⅔ IP 6H 2R 0ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Erb 2⅓ IP 0H 0R 1B 3K
Hitting Star #1: Cuevas 2-3
Hitting Star #2: Perez 1-1, R, SB
Notes: A two-out error by Rick Hague in the 2nd enabled Lakewood to score two unearned runs, while the Suns could only muster one run to lose the nightcap 2-1. Starter Paul Demny was charged with both Blue Claws runs on six hits and two walks over his 4⅔ innings of work, giving him his 8th loss of the season. Hague would redeem himself with an RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd but the Suns were limited to just five hits while committing three errors.

Vermont Lake Monsters @ Lowell — CNCLD
Notes: Rain canceled the finale of this two-game series, which was also the final meeting between these two teams this season. A win by second-place Tri-City has shaved the Lake Monsters’ lead to a ½ game (two in the loss column), with a three-game series against third-place Connecticut set to begin tonight before their lone appearance at Aberdeen for Saturday through Monday.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Just four games remain in the GCL season with the G-Nats visiting the Cardinals today and the Astros on Friday, and hosting the Mets tomorrow and the Marlins on Saturday.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

5 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News and Notes”

    1. Let’s see what happens in the next 8 days. Balester might not be DFA’d but I think there will be some shuffling around.

  1. Sec 314 – You’re right that Wilkie is the better pitcher, think just a case of expediancy since Balester was only up for one or two games. Remember, the Rule 5 draft is coming!

    Sue, I remember when you were a compiling a top prospects list before the season began and almost apologetically included Milone. Ya gotta think he’s minor league pitcher of the year now. NJ had a nice piece on Rosenbaum that in essence gave proof that Milone was better.
    An eyepopping 6.5 to 1 str to wks ratio, are you kidding me?

    Hopefully, regular contributors BinM & Souldrummer will paste their comments on NJ here for all to see. Good stuff.

    Was rather shocking that the Wash. Post sent someone down to Woodbridge to do some poking around.

    1. Mark, I retweeted to Kilgore and my followers about Milone and it appears that he threw in a parenthetical remark about Milone.

      Rosenbaum is definitely one to watch, though I wouldn’t say he is where Milone was last August.

      Milone was indeed my sentimental #20, but I stand by that decision and certainly hope that the parent club gives him a trip to the AFL.

  2. Kilgore spent Sunday AM/PM at Potomac covering both the Maya start and clearly was an Elks-Club pimp (getting the most bang for the buck) by interviewing Menhart & Nokes for stories about Moore and Rosenbaum. Good work.

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