Tuesday’s News and Notes

Three walkoff losses lowlight the last night of August in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 6-4 vs. Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya vs. Anthony Swarzak (5-10, 6.08)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 1-0 (10 inn.) @ New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m. Tanner Roark (11-6, 3.91) vs.
B.J. LaMura (5-6, 3.98)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-3; Lost, 3-2 @ Salem, 7:05 p.m. Marcos Frias (6-5, 6.61) vs.
Miguel Gonzalez (6-2, 3.88)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 10-7 @ Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (4-2, 5.40) vs.
Luis Cruz (7-4, 3.13)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 8-7; Lost, 6-4 @ Brooklyn, 6:00 p.m.
Matt Grace (0-1, 10.80) and
Ryan Demmin (2-1, 1.73) vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 6-4
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (W, 6-7) 5IP 7H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 2HR
Pitching Star: Bisenius (H, 3) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 3-4, R, 2B, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Martinez 2-4, 2R, 2B
Notes: Erik Arnesen won his sixth game, Adam Carr notched his seventh save as the Syrcause Chiefs staved off elimination one more day with their third straight victory.

Harrisburg Senators L, 1-0 (10 inn.)
Starter/Pitching Star: Tatusko 7IP 6H 0R 2BB 3K
Hitting Star: Johnson 1-2, 2BB
Notes: Matt Liuzza led off the bottom of the 10th to break a 0-0 tie and hand the Harrisburg Senators a heartbreaking 1-0 loss. Bowie, however, also lost while Akron won as the Sens’ lead remains a ½ game over the Baysox and 2½ games over the Aeros.

Potomac Nationals W, 5-3 @ Salem (Game One)
Starting Pitcher: Barthmaier (W, 4-1) 5IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Morris (SV, 2) 2IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Walton 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rhinehart 2-3, RBI
Notes: See my take in Last Night In Salem

Potomac Nationals L, 3-2 @ Salem (Game Two)
Starting Pitcher: Lehman 4IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Dials 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Norris 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rooney 1-3, 2B, RBI
Notes: See my take in Last Night In Salem

Hagerstown Suns L, 10-7 @ Lexington
Starting Pitcher: Hicks (L, 1-6) 4IP 9H 5R 5ER 1BB 8K 1HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Hague 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Perez 2-4, 2R, 3SB (59, 60, 61)
Notes: Hagerstown rallied for three in the 7th to pull within two at 7-5, but the Lexington Legends answered right back with three of their own en route to a 10-7 victory and the Suns’ second straight loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 8-7 (12 inn.) vs. Brooklyn
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 3⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 2BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Selik 2⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 7K
Hitting Star #1: Mozingo 3-7, 2R
Hitting Star #2: Martinson 2-6, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: In a continuation from a suspended game from last month, Vermont entered the bottom of the 12th with a runner on second and one out. With two chances to score the tying run, Chad Mozingo struck out and Blake Kelso flew out to end the game.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 6-4 @ brooklyn
Starting Pitcher: Ott 4IP 6H3R 3ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Mozingo 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Notes: A three-run walkoff HR sent the Lake Monsters to a 6-4 defeat, dropping them below .500 and into third place, one game behind Tri-City and a ½ game behind Connecticut with seven games left to play.

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.

7 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News and Notes”

  1. So, SYR lives to fight yet another day, HAR gets a though luck loss, and POT splits, but they hold their leads. It looks like Vermont’s season is headed to a dissapointing conclusion.

    S_D: Do you think that the Nationals will hold off on their Sept. callups until all the minor-league clubs finish the year, or not?

    Off-topic, but sorry to see Brian shutting down NFA – He’s been a great source of info for the last 5 years. Hoping you and April can continue to “feed the beast” through this site for some time to come.

    1. I’m hoping they do. My gut says that they’ll draw from Syracuse first, then Harrisburg after the playoffs.

  2. mlbtraderumors just published the reverse standings for the 2011 MLB draft: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/reversestandings/

    Looks like the Nats can’t do any worse than pick 9th next year (where they presently sit), but there is a huge pack of 6 teams between #3 (Seattle) and #9 (the Nats) which are only separated by 4.5 games. The Diamondbacks will get the #7 pick regardless for failing to sign Barret Loux; so, the D-backs will get two top picks next year.

  3. Thursday morning, and I am reporting for my first day as a NFA refugee. I believe you will have a lot more regulars at this site now.

  4. Sue, I’m updating my roster of Nats bloggers for post-season awards voting. please contact me directly if you’re interested so I can add you to the email distribution list etc.

    Hope you’ll join.
    Nats News Network

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