Wednesday’s News and Notes

Everybody wins at least once on Wednesday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 7-2 vs. Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (0-0, -.–) vs.
Cole DeVries (0-1, 4.42)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-1 @ New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m. Aaron Thompson (4-13, 5.89) vs.
Kyle Drabek (14-9, 2.89)
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-2 @ Salem, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (3-7, 4.06) vs.
Brock Huntzinger (7-7, 3.90)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 9-1 @ Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (9-3, 3.38) vs.
Tanner Bushue (7-8, 3.92)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 6-4; Lost, 3-2 @ Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m. A.J. Cole (pro debut) vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 7-2 @ Rochester
Starting Pitcher: Maya (W, 1-1) 5⅔ IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: Wilkie (H, 9) 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 3-3, BB
Hitting Star #2: Martinez 3-5, R, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Maldonado 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
Notes: A four-run 5th gave Yunesky Maya all the run support he would need as the Chiefs would beat the Red Wings by a final count of 7-2. The Cuban defector’s first American professional win saw him go 5⅔ innings and give up one runs on six hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts. Veterans Seth Bynum, Michael Martinez, and Carlos Maldonado were the hitters of the game, combining for eight of the 11 Syracuse hits. The win kept pace with Columbus for the wild-card race, but the elimination number is now two with five to play.

Harrisburg Senators W, 2-1 @ New Hampshire
Starting Pitcher: Roark (ND) 6⅓ IP 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 2K
Pitching Star: Pena 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Johnson 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB
Hitting Star #2: Baez 1-3, BB, RBI
Notes: Edgardo Baez’s RBI single in the top of the 9th gave Harrisburg the 2-1 edge over New Hampshire. Tanner Roark got the no-decision, giving up the lone Fisher Cat run on five hits and three walks over 6⅓ innings. Hassan Pena and Jack Spradlin (who got the win by retiring the lone batter he faced) built the bridge for Cole Kimball, who pitched a scoreless bottom of the 9th for his 11th save for Harrisburg. The win keeps pace with Bowie, as the elimination number for the Baysox is now six. Fourth-place Akron lost to reduce its elimination number to three.

Potomac Nationals W, 4-2 @ Salem
Starting Pitcher: Frias (W, 7-5) 6IP 3H 1R 0ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: Martinez (H, 2) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Rooney 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jacobsen 2-3, 2B, RBI
Notes: Marcos Frias tossed his first quality start in nearly six weeks, while backup catchers Sean Rooney and Robby Jacobsen powered the Potomac offense to a 4-2 win over the Salem Red Sox. Frias went six innings and gave up an unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Rooney’s two-run blast in the top of the 4th broke a 1-1 tie to give Potomac the lead. In the 5th Jacobsen, who had been pressed into duty when starting catcher Derek Norris was ejected in the third, doubled in Francisco Soriano to extend the lead to 4-1. The win kept pace with Wilmington and reduced their magic number to clinch the second-half title to four, with two more to play in Salem before hosting red-hot (eight straight wins) Kinston this weekend.

Hagerstown Suns W, 9-1
Starting Pitcher: Solis 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: Applebee (W, 6-5) 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Cuevas 2-4, R, 2-2B, SB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Ramirez 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Hague 2-5, R, 2B, BB
Notes: Sammy Solis made his professional debut, tossing two perfect innings as the Suns debunked the Legends 9-1. The top third of the order (Hague, Cuevas, Ramirez) combined to go 6-for-14 with four doubles, four RBI and five runs scored as the Suns pounded out 14 hits overall. Paul Applebee followed Solis with seven solid innings, giving up the lone Lexington run on four hits, no walks, while setting down five on strikes.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 6-4 (8 inn.) @ Brooklyn (Game One)
Starting Pitcher: Grace 4⅔ IP 3H 4R 2ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Crane (W, 3-3) 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moldenhauer 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Kelso 2-3, 2R, BB
Notes: The Lake Monsters overcame a 4-0 deficit with picket fence of crooked numbers, scoring two runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings to win 6-4 in the first game against Brooklyn. Russell Moldenhauer’s two-run double tied the game at 4-4 to help him earn Hitting Star honors alongside Blake Kelso. Starter Matt Grace allowed all four Cyclone runs on three hits and a walk over 4⅔ innings, while Dustin Crane got the win with three scoreless innings of relief.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 3-2 (8 inn.) @ Brooklyn (Game Two)
Starter/Pitching Star: Demmin 5IP 3H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star: Moldenhauer 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: The nightcap also went into “extra” innings, but this time the Cyclones came out on top by a 3-2 score as reliever Wilson Eusebio literally threw the game away with an error on a sacrifice bunt. Reliever Ryan Demmin turned in a strong spot start with five scoreless innings with three hits allowed and three batters struck out. Russ Moldenhauer was the hitter of the game again with a solo HR that gave the Lake Monsters an early 1-0 lead. With the doubleheader split, Vermont remains in third place, 1½ games behind Tri-City with an elimination number of just four with five games to play. Fourth-round draft pick A.J. Cole has been listed to start tonight, which would be his professional debut.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of 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.

6 thoughts on “Wednesday’s News and Notes”

  1. Good stuff. Would it be possible to add a link to the box scores for each of the games?


  2. Five days left, and bodies are flying all over the landscape – SYR takes the first callup hits, losing Espinosa & Ramos; POT gains Marcus Jones, HAG gets Michael Taylor & Sammy Solis, while VT gets A.J. Cole. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard, boys & girls!

  3. We’ve got three teams fighting for their playoff lives, let’s hope this doesn’t upset things too much. Looking good so far.

  4. Sue – as a Nats Farm Authority refugee, let me say thank you so much for your web site. I may have taken NFA for ganted at times, but I don’t think that will happen again. Your attention to detail and all the hard work you put in is clear and very much appreciated. I look forward to keeping in touch with my beloved Nats farm system with your help!

  5. So many great games on the minors schedule today.
    1) Detwiler making a rehab start, hopefully his last before getting a September callup.
    2) Heart-attack Thompson against stud prospect Drabek. That will be a good chance to see how Burgess, Lombardozzi, and Marrero do against a legit MLB top 40 prospect.
    3) Cole’s debut. I have a call that I have to take around 8:00 or so, but I’ll probably setup a gamethread or discussion space at Federal Baseball for those listening to the radio broadcasts.

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