Sunday’s News & Notes

A Syracuse shutout was the afternoon’s highlight while Potomac rallied in the ninth for a winning Saturday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-2; Won, 2-0 @ Scranton-W/B, 1:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (0-1, 5.51) vs.
Andrew Brackman (1-0, 6.30)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-8 @ Salem, 4:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (0-0, -.–) or
Alex Caldera (0-0, 14.40) vs.
Chris Hernandez (2-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A

Scranton/WB 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
∙ Milone (L, 1-2) 5IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 6K 1HR
∙ Rodriguez 1IP 0H 1R 0ER 1BB 1K
∙ Bynum 2-3, 2B
∙ Frazier 2-3, HR, RBI, CS

Tom Milone couldn’t scatter the hits, giving up nine over five innings including a solo HR (third surrendered this year) for three runs and his second loss of the season. Of course, he was opposed by an established major-leaguer, Kevin Millwood, who went the distance in the seven-inning affair for the 4-2 win. Seth Bynum and Jeff Frazier both went 2-for-3 to lead the Syracuse offense.

Syracuse 2 Scranton/WB 0 — GAME TWO
∙ Stammen (W, 1-0) 7IP 4H 0R 0BB 7K
∙ Bynum 1-2, R, RBI, SB
∙ Aubrey 1-3, RBI

Game Two was a pitchers’ duel, with both pitchers throwing complete games, but Craig Stammen got the shutout as the Chiefs won to split the twinbill. Syracuse got single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, as Michael Aubrey’s RBI groundout plated the first run and Seth Bynum’s third hit of the afternoon drove in the second run.
Collin Balester was optioned back to Syracuse with the removal of Todd Coffey from the DL.

Harrisburg 8 Trenton 2
∙ Meyers (W, 3-1) 6⅔ IP 4H 2R 2ER 0BB 10K
∙ VanAllen 1⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Gilbert 4-4, 4R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, SB
∙ Moore 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
∙ Johnson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Lombardozzi 2-5, 3B, 2RBI

Archie Gilbert came a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-4 with four runs scored, as the Harrisburg Senators pounded the Trenton Thunder for 12 hits in an 8-2 win. Brad Meyers won his third game, striking out 10 over six and 2/3rds innings while allowing both runs on four hits. Tyler Moore’s home run drought ended with a 2nd-inning solo shot, while Josh Johnson and Steve Lombardozzi both collected two hits.

Potomac 9 Salem 8
∙ Frias (ND) 3IP 6H 7R 7ER 4BB 1K 1HR
∙ Morrison 3IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K
∙ Olbrychowski (W, 1-0) 2IP 1H 0R 1K
∙ Lehman (S, 3) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Kobernus 2-5, 3R, RBI, 2SB
∙ Soriano 0-1, R, 4BB
∙ Hood 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
∙ Leon 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

J.P. Ramirez had but one hit on Saturday night, but the two-out, ninth-inning homer was the difference in a 9-8 Potomac win. Starter Marcos Frias got pounded early, giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks, lowlighted by a first-inning grand slam. Unlike previous nights so far this year, the middle relievers were outstanding, as Kyle Morrison and Adam Olbrychowski combined for one run allowed on four hits and one walk over five innings and five strikeouts. Eight of the nine batters collected hits, with Sandy Leon collecting three of the 12, and the one that didn’t (Francisco Soriano) drawing four walks as the P-Nats rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 8-5.

Hickory 9 Hagerstown 4
∙ Hansen (L, 1-1) ⅔ IP 6H 6R 6ER 1BB 0K 1HR
∙ McCatty 4⅓ 3H 1R 1ER 0B 2K
∙ Rogers 2-4, R
∙ Moore 3-4, BB
∙ Freitas 0-2, 3BB

Payback for Friday night was swift as the Crawdads sent Bobby Hansen to the showers before the first inning was over in a 9-4 win. Hansen loaded the bases with a walk, single, and a fielder’s choice, while Hickory’s Andrew Clark emptied them with a grandslam to right-center. Hansen would leave after 2/3rds of an inning, with six runs allowed on six hits and no strikeouts. Shane McCatty stranded both runners he inherited to finish the first and went four more innings to give Hagerstown a chance, but despite a late charge in the 9th, the Suns couldn’t get the key hit and stranded 11 runners. Bryce Harper was given the night off, according to local beat writer Bob Parasiliti who filed this story about the autograph seekers at the Muni

Saturday’s News & Notes

Bryce Harper’s 6RBIs highlights Friday night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed @ Scranton-W/B, 1:05 p.m. Tom Milone (1-1, 2.08) and
Craig Stammen (0-0, 3.09) vs.
Kevin Millwood (rehab) and
D.J. Mitchell (0-1, 5.40)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 vs. Trenton, 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (2-1, 3.07) vs.
Steve Garrison (0-1, 4.38)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-4 @ Salem, 6:05 p.m. Marcos Frias (1-1, 0.71) vs.
Pete Ruiz (0-0, 9.00)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 17-1 vs. Hickory, 6:35 p.m. Bobby Hansen (1-0, 1.64) vs.

Syracuse-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — PPD
Twice this past week, Syracuse was the sole affiliate to get in a game, but the rains got them last night. Thus, there’s a doubleheader in Scranton-Wilkes/Barre this afternoon.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 2
∙ Peacock 7⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 9K
∙ VanAllen ⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K, IR-S: 1-0
∙ Valdez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
∙ Norris 1-3, R, 2B
∙ Moore 1-4, 3B, RBI

While Trenton tried to come back in the 9th inning, scoring a pair, it was not enough to overcome the three runs that the Senators put on the board in the first three innings. The three runs came collectively from an RBI single from Jesus Valdez in the 1st inning, back-to-back doubles from Derek Norris and Tim Pahuta in the 2nd, and a Valdez double and Tyler Moore triple in the 3rd. Starting pitcher Brad Peacock won his second game of the season, pitching seven and 1/3 innings allowing only two hits with no walks, while striking out nine. Pena earned the save, but it was not an easy one, pitching the ninth inning, allowing two hits and two earned runs off a Bradley Suttle home run.

Salem 6 Potomac 4
∙ Holder (L, 0-2) 5IP 9H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K
∙ Wort 2⅔ IP 2H 0R 2BB 3K
∙ Kobernus 3-5, RBI
∙ Leon 2-5, R, 2B
∙ Higley 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Both teams got 13 hits on the night, but Salem came through in the clutch, scoring five times with two outs in a 6-4 win. Potomac got runners into scoring position 20 times but collected just three hits and left 13 men on base. Starter Trevor Holder struggled once again, allowing five runs in five innings on nine hits, but managed to keep the ball inside of Lewis-Gale Field. Jeff Kobernus led the hitters with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Sandy Leon’s 2-for-5 effort.

Hagerstown 17 Hickory 1
∙ Jordan (W, 4-0) 6IP 4H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Swynenberg 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Harper 3-3, 3R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 6RBI, SB
∙ Kelso 3-4, R, 2B, 2BB, 4RBI
∙ Moore 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
Oduber 0-6, R, BB, 5K

Bryce Harper put any doubts about his health to rest with a career night of 6RBIs, two coming off a 4th-inning HR that cleared everything in right-centerfield, as Hagerstown blasted Hickory 17-1. Starter Taylor Jordan flirted with perfection, retiring the first 14 batters before allowing a two-out single in the 5th. He would leave after six scoreless innings, with four hits and one walk allowed and three strikeouts. Blake Kelso and Wade Moore also shined in the laugher, going 3-for-4 and 2-for-4 respectively and both doubling and drawing two walks.

Catching Up On Transactions

The recall of Brian Bixler sets off a chain reaction from Syracuse to Potomac

Let’s see if we can following the bouncing ball, shall we?

Yesterday, Jesus Flores was optioned to Syracuse. Today, Brian Bixler was recalled from Syracuse. Due to the rainout on Friday, the corresponding DFA move does not have to be made until tomorrow.
UPDATE: Garrett Mock has been placed on the 7-day DL. Replacing him on the Chiefs roster is IF Tug Hulett.
UPDATE #2: Lee Hyde has been designated for assignment.

Taking Bixler’s place on the Syracuse roster is RHP Jeff Mandel, who was assigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse this afternoon.

Taking Mandel’s place on the Harrisburg roster is RHP Carlos Martinez, who was also assigned from Potomac to Harrisburg this afternoon.

Taking Martinez’s place on the Potomac roster is LHP Evan Bronson, who was assigned from XST to Potomac.

OF Eury Perez was placed on the 7-Day DL, replaced by OF J.R. Higley from XST. UPDATE: According to one of our readers, Perez was involved in a collision at first base on Monday

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Nats’ minors.

It’s back! Our weekly look at the leaders (good), trailers (bad), and outliers (interesting) in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 6-8, T4th place IL North, 3 games back

Good Tom Milone 0.85WHIP, 0BB in 13 innings
Bad Garrett Mock 17BB, 2.29WHIP in 11⅓ IP
Interesting Brian Bixler .326/.483/.370 in 14G

HARRISBURG 6-7, T3rd place E.L. West, 1 game back

Good Brad Meyers 2-1, 3.07 in 3GS
Bad Jonathan Tucker .140/.178/.209 in 12G
Interesting Hassan Pena 9K, 0.90WHIP in 4 appearances

POTOMAC 5-7, 3rd place, Carolina League North, 3½ games back

Good Steve Souza 5HR, 1.079OPS in 12G
Bad Alex Caldera 14.40ERA, 2.60WHIP, 3HR in 2 appearances
Interesting Destin Hood 10BB, .467OBP in 12G

HAGERSTOWN 9-6, 3rd Place Sally League Northern, 2 games back

Good Cameron Selik 20K in 15IP, 0.00ERA, 3GS
Bad Michael Taylor .143/.205/.229 in 13G
Interesting Blake Kelso .333/.380/.422, 1E in 14G

Before folks chime in about who did or didn’t get named, bear in mind that:
(a) This ain’t Little League
(b) I try to keep the bats and arms balanced
(c) Outliers aren’t necessarily organizational soldiers; mostly it’s the unexpected in either extreme. For example, Bryce Harper might have been an “Interesting” because he’s not tearing up the Sally League, but Blake Kelso (who is a watchlist player) is both hitting and fielding better than expected.
(d) I also try to highlight (or lowlight) different folks every week unless someone’s on a run like Tyler Moore or Stephen Strasburg, in which case, I owe it to both you, the reader, and them to give them their due.

Now, comment away!

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.

Transactions Update

Updates on moves involving Syracuse and Harrisburg

By now many of you have already heard that Jesus Flores was optioned to AAA Syracuse and utilityman Brian Bixler was pulled from this afternoon’s game in Pawtucket, presumably headed for Logan for a flight to Pittsburgh. Garrett Mock is considered the most likely candidate to be DFA’d to make room.

Late this afternoon, the Harrisburg Senators announced that Luis Atilano has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday. He was replaced by Chris Rahl, an OF that was recently acquired from Arizona for future considerations.

The 27-year-old Rahl is a 2005 fifth-round pick who hit .291/.351/.462 for AAA Reno in 2010 but did not break camp with any of the Diamondback affiliates. He’s considered a hot-cold, defense-first OF (career .985FPct.) that’s spent 380 of his 645 career games at AA.

Thursday’s News & Notes

The Chiefs snaps their losing streak, the P-Nats split, the Suns and Sens lose

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 6-3 @ Pawtucket 12:05 p.m. Garrett Mock (0-1, 3.86) vs.
Brandon Duckworth (1-0, 0.77)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-2 vs. Trenton, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (0-2, 10.57) vs.
Graham Stoneburner (1-1, 1.64)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-1; Won, 8-4 @ Salem, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (0-1, 2.70) vs.
Tom Ebert (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-3 vs. Hickory, 5:05 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-1, 6.48) and
Paul Applebee (0-1, 7.94) vs.

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 3
∙ Detwiler (W, 2-0) 6IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K
∙ Rodriguez (H, 1) 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
∙ Kimball (S, 3) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K
∙ Bernadina 2-4, R, BB, 2SB
∙ Solano 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Five runs in the seventh and eighth innings combined gave the Syracuse a 6-3 win, snapping a five-game losing streak. Jhonatan Solano and Chris McConnell each connected for a two-run shot, while Roger Bernadina went 2-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases to pace the offense. Ross Detwiler got win #2 with six innings pitched, three runs allowed on nine hts and one walk. Henry Rodriguez and Cole Kimball shut the door with three innings of scoreless relief, earning the hold and save respectively.

Altoona 3 Harrisburg 2
∙ Davis (ND) 5⅓ IP 4H 2R 2ER 4BB 3K 1HR
∙ Mandel 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
∙ Lomardozzi 2-4, R, 2B
∙ Valdez 2-2

Altoona scratched out an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out hit, a stolen base, and an error for a 3-2 win. Cory VanAllen, who was lifted after surrendering the two-out hit, took the loss. Starter Erik Davis went he first five and 1/3rd innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. Steve Lombardozzi and Jesus Valdez combined for four of the Sens’ five hits.

Frederick 6 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
∙ Demny (L, 0-1) 4IP 7H 5R 4ER 3BB 2K 2HR
∙ Smoker 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Curran 2-3, R, 2B
∙ Dykstra 2-3

The Keys would pound out 10 hits, including two solo HRs, in six turns at-bat to beat the P-Nats 6-1 in the first game. Paul Demny gave up both big flies, five runs total, on seven hits and three walks over four-plus innings. Kyle Morrison was ineffective as the first man out of the ‘penm, allowing both inherited runners to score along with one (unearned) run of his own. Table-setters Chris Curran were 4-for-6 combined, but only scored onces as the 3-4-5 men went 0-for-9.

Potomac 8 Frederick 4 — GAME TWO
∙ Clegg (W, 1-0) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 2BB 2K
∙ Demmin 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Dykstra 2-3, 3R, BB, SB
∙ Ramirez 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
∙ King 2-3, 2B, BB

Potomac would fall behind 2-0 early, but would roar back with three big innings in the third, fourth, and capped by a two-run shot by J.P. Ramirez to take an 8-4 decision, split the doubleheader, and secure the first series win. Starter Mitchell Clegg got his first win of the year with four runs allowed on seven hits and two walks over six innings.

Hickory 8 Hagerstown 3
∙ Grace (L, 1-2) 5IP 9H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K
Jenkins 1IP 3H 3R 3ER 1BB 1K
∙ Freitas 2-3, 2BB, 2RBI
∙ Kelso 2-3, 2B, RBI
∙ Harper 2-5, 2B

Leading 2-1, the Hagerstown Suns loaded the bases with nobody out in the third and were poised for the proverbial big inning. They got one. Hickory feasted on the Hagerstown middle relievers for seven unanswered runs for an 8-3 win. Individually, the Suns had a great night on offense with 11 hits, eight coming from the first four batters. But as a team, Hagerstown was a woeful 3-for-12 with RISP and 12 runners LOB. Starting pitcher Matt Grace went the first five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Once again just Syracuse gets in a game while the rest were… wait for it… rained out

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-1 @ Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. Detwiler (1-0, 1.50) vs. PAW: Miller (0-1, 1.17)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed @ Altoona, 10:35 a.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Jeff Locke (0-2, 1.93)
Potomac Nationals Postponed @ Frederick, 12:00 p.m. Paul Demny (0-0, 1.59) and
Mitchell Clegg (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Nathan Moreau (1-0, 6.75) and
Ryan O’Shea (1-0, 1.86)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed vs. Hickory, 6:35 p.m. TBD vs. TBD

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 1
∙ Maya (L, 0-1) 6IP 7H 3R 3ER 3BB 4K
∙ Chico 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
∙ Bixler 1-4, R
∙ Bernadina 1-4, 2B, RBI
Chris Marrero’s sacrifice fly in the first inning accounted for the only Chiefs run scored as Syracuse dropped its fifth straight game, 3-1 to Pawtucket. Starter Yunesky Maya went six mediocre innings with three runs allowed on seven hits and three walks. Matt Chico rebounded from his last outing to pitch two scoreless and hitless innings, striking out three. Syracuse mustered just six hits and only four in the last eight innings, stranding eight baserunners.

Harrisburg-Altoona — PPD
Rain washed away the Tuesday Curve-Sens game. It will be made up on June 18 at 5:30 p.m. as a Saturday night doubleheader.

Potomac-Frederick — PPD
An afternoon shower forced Tuesday’s game to be shifted to today for a noon doubleheader. The P-Nats have had four of 11 dates postponed, ahead of the pace set in 2009 when 15 dates were rained out or canceled.

Hagerstown-Hickory; — PPD
Today’s game will be at its regularly scheduled time/length as yesterday’s rainout will be made up on Thursday at 5:05 p.m.

Derek Norris Activated From DL

Peacock and Mayo returned to previous assignments

The Harrisburg Senators have announced that Derek Norris has been activated from the 7-Day DL, with Brian Peacock returned to Potomac. Consequently, Jeremy Mayo has been returned to the GCL Nationals Roster, a.k.a. Extended Spring Training (XST).

Brian Peacock appeared in three games for Harrisburg, batting .286 (2-for-7) with a double and an RBI. Jeremy Mayo appeared in two games for Potomac, drawing two walks, scoring one run, but going hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts.

As mentioned in the notes yesterday, over the weekend the Potomac Nationals also placed SS Rick Hague on the 7-Day DL, recalling Jose Lozada from XST.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Nats affiliates take three of four on Monday afternoon and night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-1 @ Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. Yunesky Maya (0-0, 6.10) vs.
Kyle Weiland (0-1, 5.87)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-2 @ Altoona, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Jeff Locke (0-2, 1.93)
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-0 @ Frederick, 1:05 p.m. Paul Demny (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Nathan Moreau (1-0, 6.75)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 1-0 vs. Hickory, 6:35 p.m. Matt Grace (1-1, 5.40) vs.
Nicholas Tepesch (0-1, 0.00

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 1
∙ Martin (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP 9H 5ER 2BB 1K 2HR
∙ Wilkie 2⅔ IP 1H 0R 3BB 2K
∙ Rodriguez 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
∙ Brown 2-4, R, HR, RBI
∙ Bixler 1-2, 2BB

While Syracuse was the first to get on the board, thanks to a solo HR from Corey Brown, the Chiefs were not the last to get on the board. Pawtucket would answer with two runs in the second and three runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead, which is how the game would end. Starting pitcher J.D. Martin pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out one. Josh Wilkie, Henry Rodriguez and Cole Kimball would follow him, collectively pitching 4 2/3 shutout innings with just three hits and five walks allowed and five strikeouts combined.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 2
∙ Meyers (W, 2-1) 5IP 4H 1ER 0BB 3K 1HR
∙ Mandel (H, 2) 2IP 1H 0ER 1BB 1K
∙ Moore 2-5, R, 3B
∙ Lombardozzi 3-5, 2B, 3B
∙ Ivany 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

With three-run outbursts in the fourth and eighth innings, the Harrisburg Senators flattened the Altoona Curve by a score of 6-2. The No. 3 and No. 4 batters Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore combined for five of the 11 Senators hits, including a double and two triples. Starting pitcher Brad Meyers pitched five outstanding innings, allowing only one earned run off four hits while walking none and striking out three. Jeff Mandel followed with two scoreless innings and Hassan Pena survived a ninth-inning scare to finish the game.

Potomac 9 Frederick 0
· Frias (W, 1-1) 6⅔ IP 4H 0R 2BB 5K
· Wort 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
· Lehman 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
· King 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
· Perez 3-4, SB
· Hood 2-4, 2R, RBI

Marcos Frias is emerging as the team’s ace, tossing six and 2/3rds innings of shutout ball to lower his ERA to 0.71 as the Potomac Nationals blanked the Frederck Keys, 9-0. Stephen King homered twice and drove in five as the P-Nats pounded out 12 hits while breaking their three-game losing streak. Rob Wort and Pat Lehman followed Frias with two and 1/3rds innings of scoreless relief, as the three pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout.

Hagerstown 1 Lakewood 0
· Selik (ND) 5IP 1H 0R 1BB 11K
· Eusebio 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 3K
· Applebee 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
· Manno (W, 1-0) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
· Freitas 1-3, 2B

Brett Newsome’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth gave the Suns a 1-0 walkoff win on Monday morning. Hagerstown’s pitchers, led by starter Cameron Selik’s 11, combined to strike out 18 batters with just one walk issued. Newsome was the replacement for Bryce Harper, who struck out and flew out before being sent to the bench in the seventh. Daubauch would not elaborate beyond the stock answer of “manager’s decision” and its corollary, “he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.”