Friday’s News & Notes

Syracuse shut out, Harrisburg walked off, P-Nats got the key hits, Hagerstown didn’t

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 14-0 @ Scranton-W/B, 6:35 p.m. Tom Milone (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Kevin Millwood (rehab)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Trenton, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (1-1, 2.79) vs.
Craig Heyer (1-1, 1.54)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-2 @ Salem, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-1, 6.94) vs.
Chris Balcom-Miller(2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-5; Lost, 7-6 vs. Hickory, 6:35 p.m. Taylor Jordan (3-0, 3.46) vs.

Pawtucket 14 Syracuse 0
· Mock (L, 0-2) 2+ IP 4H 8R 8ER 7BB 2K
· Carr 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
· Frazier 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
· Brown 2-4
· Maldonado 2-4

Garrett Mock’s aversion to the strike zone continued for the second straight start with seven walks surrendered in two-plus innings as the PawSox pounded the Chiefs, 14-0. He threw 69 pitches, 34 for strikes and faced just 17 batters. Corey Brown and Carlos Maldonado combined for fourof the eight Syracuse hits as the Chiefs lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 3 (10 inn.)
· Tatusko (ND) 5⅓ IP 7H 3R 3ER 3BB 4K 0HR
· McCoy 2⅔ IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
· Pahuta 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
· Gilbert 2-3, 2B, SB, RBI

Tim Pahuta’s one-out shot in the bottom of the 10th gave the Senators a 4-3 win, the second walkoff of the year for Harrisburg. After getting hammered by the Thunder last Friday night, starter Ryan Tatusko recovered for a much better outing with three runs allowed on seven hits and three walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. The Sens bullpen combined for four and 2/3rds of scoreless relief, with one hit allowed and five strikeouts. The veteran bats of Pahuta, Archie Gilbert and Jonathan Tucker combined for four of the Sens six hits and all four RBI.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
· Rosenbaum (W, 1-1) 7⅓ IP 6H 2R 2ER 5BB 2K
· Lehman (S, 2) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
· Kobernus 1-3, 2B
· Souza 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
· Leon 1-4, 2B, 3RBI

Danny Rosenbaum struggled with his control yet again, but pitched into the 8th to secure his first win of ’11 as the P-Nats stopped the Salem win streak at five with a 5-2 win. The Potomac lefthander’s key moment came in the third inning, after two walks, a flyout, and two singles brought in a run and loaded the bases with one out. Rosenbaum got the DP and got out of the inning, preserving the lead that Steve Souza’s 5th HR had given the P-Nats. Sandy Leon emptied the bases in the very next half-inning with a double to take a 5-1 lead. Pat Lehman would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the year.

Hickory 8 Hagerstown 5 — GAME ONE
· McKenzie (L, 1-2) 3⅓ IP 4H 6R 6ER 4BB 3K
· Eusebio 3⅔ IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K 1HR
· Harper 1-2, 2R, BB, HR, RBI; OF assist at 2B
· Oduber 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Suns built a 5-2 lead after three, but gave up six unanswered runs to lose 8-5. Bryce Harper put one over the wall in the bottom of the first, but ran into it during the five-run fourth [Ed. Note: SFW, but poorly edited]. He stayed in the game but was held out of the nightcap. Starter Chris McKenzie was tagged for six runs on four hits and four walks. The Suns took advantage of five walks to score five runs on just four hits, highlighted by solo HRs by Harper and Randolph Oduber.

Hickory 7 Hagerstown 6 — GAME TWO
· Applebee (ND) 5IP 6H 4R 3ER 0BB 4K
· Sanchez 2-4, 2RBI
· Leonida 1-2, R, BB
· Oduber, OF assist at HP

Hickory did all it could to give this game away, walking eight batters — including five in the Suns’ five-run fifth — but Hagerstown saved its worst for last, committing two errors in the top of the 7th to drop this one 7-6. Chris Manno was the hard-luck loser, charged with both unearned runs. Starter Paul Applebee went the first five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits. The Suns managed just four hits in the game, with Adrian Sanchez getting two of them.

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.

14 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. If anyone knows much about Brian Bixler, I’m all ears. He’s 27, so not a hot prospect, but he was the last player cut from the team in March & he’s hitting .853 (OPS) so far in Syracuse.

    I just hope that Desmond gets to the Hospital after the delivery; a wrong place to be an error machine.

    TBRFan’s lament about the middle relief in Hagerstown still rings true. Talk about an achilles heel!

    When Tatusko started in Harrisburg, I thought it a mistake, but obviously not.

    Encouraged by Rosenbaum; didn’t have his A game but kept battling, a very good sign. Maybe the Nats could send Mock to Potomac so he learn a little about mental toughness from Danny.

    1. Day-to-day. A lot will depend on how sore he is this morning. Could miss another game, but I’d only worry if he missed two games in a row.

      1. He had a noticeable limp after the first game, which was interesting since he landed on his shoulder on the warning track and then appeared to run into the fence with his face. His bat will come around, but his footwork in the outfield is atrocious. I know it’s still early, but he looks to be a born DH. Maybe they should have kept him behind the plate.

    1. Why not? I hope it isn’t the standard, and stupid “He didn’t sign MY baseball” stuff.

      1. A lot of it is that he wouldn’t acknowledge that the fans even existed. He was much better last night, but he still avoids eye contact or speaking. I heard one kid – about 12 years old – yell at him, “I know you can see me, I know you’re not blind.” He is not obligated to sign autographs, but he could at least look at people or wave, or at least say he’s too busy. It may be disappointing, but it’s better than fans being treated like they don’t exist. But again, he was much much better last night.

  2. Well I seen one thing from Harper last night that was very interesting and smart. I was behind the dugout for the second game which he did not play.

    When a first base coach was needed, he promptly said “give me the hat” and ran out to do the job. He was the first to volunteer, it was a good move or shall I say a class move. He also was the only bench player that came out of the dugout to take practice swings and get timing of each new pitcher that came into the game even though he never got in.

    People also need to quit bothering his family, they are just trying to watch their son play. But they seemed very polite to the multitudes of well wishers, some they clearly knew other they didn’t.

  3. With Harper it sounds like the typical ‘let’s put down the phenom–it makes us look important’ kind of crap. Many people live a life of frustration and envy. Their only recourse is to put down those who succeed, and an eighteen year old will likely give them that opportunity.

  4. Let’s get him out of there after a month. He doesn’t belong in low A. Move him to Potomac in May and see what happens.

    1. There is no chance of him going to Potomac with the disaster they have there in right field. If he’s ready to move up, he’ll go to Harrisburg, where they know how to prepare a field.

          1. Wow, thanks, Sue, a great link.
            I had their story about the renovation, but hadn’t seen this article.

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