Monday’s News & Notes

Nats affiliates take three out of seven on doubleheader-laden Sunday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 10-6
(called, T9, Rain)
@ Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. J.D. Martin (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Matt Fox (1-1, 5.63)
Harrisburg Senators Lost 8-0; Won 8-2 @ Altoona, 7:05 p.m. Brad Meyers (1-1, 3.71) vs.
Jeff Locke (0-2, 1.93)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-0; Lost, 6-5 @ Frederick, 1:05 p.m. Paul Demny (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Jacob Rasner (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-1; Won, 8-3 vs. Lakewood, 10:35 a.m. Cameron Selik (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Ervis Manzanillo (0-1, 31.50)

Lehigh Valley 10 Syracuse 6
∙ Stammen 6⅔ IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K
Carr ⅔ IP 5H 5R 1BB 1K 2HR
Hyde ⅓ IP 2H 2ER 3BB
∙ Marrero 3-3, 3R, 2HR, 3RBI, BB
∙ Frazier 2-4 , 2B, 2RBI
Bernadina 0-4, 3K

The Syracuse Chiefs were able to get on the board early thanks to two HRs by Chris Marrero, building an early 5-2 lead after five innings. But the relief pitching  faltered badly, allowing LehighValley to score two runs in the seventh and six runs in the eighth to overcome the deficit and grab a 10-5 lead. While the Chiefs tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth as Boomer Whiting doubled in Alex Valdez, it would not be enough as the Chiefs lost by a score of 10-6; the game called with two outs in the top of the ninth due to rain. Starting pitcher Craig Stammen had a good outing, pitching 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Trenton 8 Harrisburg 0 — GAME ONE
∙ Artilano (L, 0-1). 1IP 8H 7ER 1BB 1K
∙ Arnesen 5IP 5H 1ER 0BB 4K
∙ Moore 1-2, BB
Rhinehart 0-3, 2K

With Kevin Millwood on the mound, the Harrisburg Senators expected the game to be tough, but perhaps not a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Tyler Moore’s single broke up the no-no, but that would be all for the Senators in the hit column. Conversely, Luis Atilano could only retire three of the twelve batters he faced in his inning-plus outing, as Trenton plastered him for eight his and a walk to take a 7-0 lead after two innngs. Erik Arnesen would finish the game in relief pitching the remaining five innings and allowing a run off of five hits and a walk.

Harrisburg 8 Trenton 2 — GAME TWO
∙ Peacock, Brad (W, 1-1) 5IP 2H 2R 1ER 1BB 9K
∙ Mattheus 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
∙ Tucker 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
∙ Peacock, Bri. 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
∙ Fox 2-4, RBI

After being shut out on one hit in the first game of the doubleheader, Harrisburg came back with a vengeance, scoring eight runs on 12 hits
runs to defeat Trenton by a score of 8-2. Starting pitcher Brad Peacock got his first win of the season pitching five fantastic innings, allowing two runs (one earned) run off two hits and a walk, while striking out an impressive nine batters. It was a team effort as every player got on base while the
only player without a hit was Archie Gilbert and the only player that did not score a run was Adam Fox, though he did get two hits and an RBI. Jonathan Tucker led the offense with double, a triple, a run scored and 2 RBI.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
· Holder (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP 8H 6R 6ER 0BB 4K 1HR
· Smoker ⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K 2-1 IR-S
· King 1-3, 2B
· Ramirez 1-3, SB

Wilmington’s pitchers silenced the Potomac bats, holding them to just three hits and striking them out 10 times as the Blue Rocks bludgeoned the P-Nats, 7-0 in the first game. Starter Trevor Holder was charged with all six runs, allowing eight hits (including a solo HR) over 5 and 2/3rd innings. J.P. Ramirez and Francisco Soriano both singled while Destin Hood walked and Stephen King doubled to account for the four Potomac baserunners.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 5 — GAME TWO
· Caldera (ND) 3IP 5H 4R 4ER 2BB 2K 2HR
· Martinez (L, 0-2) 1IP 2H 2R 2ER 0BB 0K
· Demmin 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 2BB 1K
· Lozada 2-3, R, CS
· Kobernus 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
· Curran 1-2, R, 2SB, CS

Potomac jumped out to an early 4-2 lead with a pair of two-run innings in the first and second innings, taking advantage of Wilmington miscues and stealing three bases, include home plate by Chris Curran in the 2nd. Veteran pitchers Alex Caldera and Carlos Martinez continue to disappoint, with the starter Caldera chased with no outs in the fourth after allowing a home run and a walk, finishing with four runs allowed on five hits over three-plus, and reliever Martinez charged with two runs on two hits as the Blue Rocks turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead. The P-Nats crept within one with a run in the fith, but double plays in both the sixth and seventh innings killed any hopes of tying the game, as the P-Nats would be swept in the doubleheader and swept in the series.

According to, on Friday Rick Hague was placed on the 7-Day DL, replaced by Jose Lozada who was assigned from XST. Potomac’s three-day road trip was extended to 17 days when the Pfitz playing field was deemed unplayable for this week’s scheduled Mon-Wed series, which will be held in Frederick instead with each game starting at 1:05 p.m. and $5 GA tickets.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 1 — GAME ONE
· Bobby Hansen 6IP 5H 1R 0ER 4BB 4K
· Ben Graham 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
· Kelso 2-3, R, RBI
· Oduber 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
· Harper 1-3, R, RBI, 2K

The Suns four-run third was more than enough to support another solid pitching performance as Bobby Hansen threw six strong innings to lead the Suns to a 5-1 win in the first game. Randolph Oduber’s two-run HR was the inning’s highlight, which also included an RBI single by Bryce Harper. Mills Rogers and Michael Taylor each stole a base.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 3 &mash; GAME TWO
· Jordan (W, 3-0) 6IP 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 1K 1HR
· Brown 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
· Oduber 4-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
· Freitas 1-3, R, HR, RBI
· Harper 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Randolph Oduber was one-man wrecking crew, going deep for the second time on the day and finishing the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base, his sixth on the season. Hagerstown would score in each of the first three innings. Starter Taylor Jordan got the win with six innings pitched, three runs allowed on five hits and a walk, while striking out one and allowing a solo HR.

Balester Recalled From Syracuse

No word on any related minor-league moves yet.

The Washington Nationals have placed Todd Coffey on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, and recalled Collin Balester from Syracuse to take his place on the 25-man roster. As of this writing, no corresponding moves with either the Chiefs or the Harrisburg Senators to backfill Balester’s spot on the Syracuse roster have been announced.

Coffey is eligible to come off the DL as early as one week from today. Henry Rodriguez’s 20-day rehab assignment is expected to end on Tuesday, perhaps delaying a decision on the minor-league rosters or resulting in another DL assignment. Details to be added as they become apparent below.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Only Syracuse plays on a rainy Saturday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-2 vs. Lehigh Valley, 2:00 p.m. Craig Stammen (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Brian Bass (0-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed @ Trenton, 1:05 p.m. Luis Atilano (0-0, 3.60) and
Brad Peacock (0-1, 3.86) vs.
Kevin Millwood (rehab) and
Craig Heyer (1-0, 1.35)
Potomac Nationals Postponed @ Wilmington, 12:35 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-0, 4.50) and
Alex Caldera (0-0, 18.00) vs.
Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 2.25) and
Noel Arguelles (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed vs. Lakewood, 1:05 p.m. Bobby Hansen (0-0, 3.60) and
Taylor Jordan (2-0, 2.57) vs.
Jesse Biddle (0-1, 1.93) and
and Shreve (1-0, 0.00)

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 2
∙ Milone (L, 1-1) 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 0BB 5K 2HR
∙ Wilkie 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Maldonado 2-4, R, RBI
∙ Valdez 1-1, R, HR, RBI

Three out of four affiliates were rained out on Saturday, but a 4-2 loss by Syracuse extended the minors’ losing streak to five. Tom Milone surrendered two solo HRs in the second inning but registered a quality start with three runs allowed total over six innings. He was still charged with the loss, as the Chiefs were limited to just six hits, with three coming from backup catcher Carlos Maldonado and journeyman Alex Valdez, who cranked a pinch-hit HR in the 8th.

Saturday’s News & Notes

All four affiliates lose on Friday night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 7-0 vs. Lehigh Valley, 2:00 p.m. Craig Stammen (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Eddie Bonine (0-1, 1.50)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 8-1 @ Trenton, 5:05 p.m. Luis Atilano (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Craig Heyer (1-0, 1.35)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 @ Wilmington, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-4 vs. Lakewood, 6:35 p.m. Bobby Hansen (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Jesse Biddle (0-1, 1.93)

Pawtucket 8 Syracuse 2
∙ Mock (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP 2H 3R 3ER 7BB 2K
∙ Kimball 1IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Marrero 2-4
∙ Solano 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Garrett Mock and the strike zone weren’t well acquainted Friday night, as he walked seven of the 20 batters he faced as the Chiefs fell to the PawSox, 8-2. The first two men out of the ‘pen were also ineffective, as Matt Chico and Lee Hyde allowed five of the six batters they inherited to score. Jhonatan Solano’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th prevented a shutout, as Syracuse was held to just four hits overall.

Trenton 8 Harrisburg 1
∙ Tatusko (L, 0-2) 3⅔ IP 10H 7R 7ER 3BB 2K
∙ Pena 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 5K
∙ Johnson 1-3, 2B, RBI
∙ Valdez 1-4, 2B

Ryan Tatusko suffered through another tough outing, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks as the Senators lost 8-1 in Trenton. Like the Syracuse game, the bats were silent, with just one run and five hits by five different players. But the bullpen was much more effective, with one run in 4⅓ innings and six strikeouts (five by Hassan Pena).

Wilmington 5 Potomac 4
∙ Rosenbaum 5IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 6K
∙ Morrison, K (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP 3H 3R 3ER 1BB 2K 1HR
∙ Perez 2-4, CS
∙ Kobernus 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
∙ Souza 1-4, 3B, 3RBI

A four-run seventh turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead that Wilmington would hold to defeat the P-Nats. Three stolen bases, a passed ball, and a wild pitch also aided the Blue Rocks rally, which was highlighted by a two-run shot off Kyle Morrison that tied the game at 4-4. The rally took away a possible win from Danny Rosenbaum, who started and went the first five innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks. He also struck out six. Steven Souza gave the P-Nats the 4-1 lead with a two-out, three-run triple in the top of the sixth. Eury Perez and Jeff Kobernus each had two hits while Destin Hood drew two walks to up his total to six in six games.

Lakewood 8 Hagerstown 4
∙ McKenzie (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 6BB 1K
∙ Manno 2IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K
∙ Sanchez 2-5, R, 2B
∙ Kelso 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Harper 0-3, BB, K

The Suns dropped their third straight game by an 8-4 score in Hagerstown’s 2011 Home Opener, which was a reported sellout of 6,107. Lakewood chased starter Chris McKenzie with one out in the fourth after touching him for two runs in the second and three runs in the third. Hagerstown got back two runs in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of two errors and two wild pitches. But a three-run rally off reliever Shane McCatty in the top of the sixth put the game out of reach. Adrian Sanchez and Blake Kelso each had two hits as the Suns had six for the night, and were a woeful 1-for-10 with RISP. Bryce Harper struck out and grounded out twice before drawing a walk in his last plate appearance.

Catching Up On Transactions

BA’s weekly installment gives a little more insight as to where the MIAs are

As many have noted in the comments, there seems to be several players that are in limbo — neither released nor appearing on any roster. The latest minor-league transactions (April 6-12 from Baseball America sheds a little light on the mystery. Ordinarily, I omit the moves I’ve already reported, but this is more complete rehash so that folks can see the swim-through necessary to do this.

RHP Hector Nelo

C’s Adian Nieto, Sean Rooney

RHPs Patrick Arnold, Rafael Martin, Shairon Martis, Dean Weaver, Zech Zinicola
LHPs Jack McGeary, Oliver Perez, Atahualpa Severino, Sammy Solis
C’s Derek Norris, Sam Palace
2B Matt Antonelli
IF-OF Justin Bloxom

C Miguel Perez
OF Roger Bernadina (since reinstated)

I checked on the transaction logs for the entire system this morning and the only previously unreported move is not really in our niche, but Henry Rodriguez has finished his rehab stint in Harrisburg and is beginning another in Syracuse. Some quick takes from the above…

…Nelo is a 24-year-old that was released from the Texas organization with a career 5.17 ERA in 102 games (9 starts)

…As BA themselves put it, the 7-Day DL is being liberally for the purposes of making the rosters. Chances are this is also the case for Tanner Roark.

…As previously reported, Adrian Nieto is serving a 50-game suspension for a PED infraction.

…The placement of Sean Rooney on the restricted list is pretty customary for a guy that declares retirement, a move that essentially reserves him in case he changes his mind.

Friday’s News and Notes

Syracuse sweeps a doubleheader, Sens break a three-game losing streak, Suns drop second game

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-2; Won, 4-1 vs. Pawtucket, 2:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-2 @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Graham Stoneburner (0-1, 1.80)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY @ Wilmington, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Justin Marks (0-0, 5.40)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 7-0 vs. Lakewood, 6:35 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-0, 1.80) vs.
David Buchanan (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Leigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
∙ Maya (ND) 5⅔ IP 4H 2ER BB 5K
∙ Carr (W, 1-0) 2IP 1H 0R BB 1K
∙ Maldonado 2-4, R, 2-2B
∙ Bixler 1-3, 2BB, RBI

Syracuse was the first to get on the board and the last to get on the board as the Chiefs beat Leigh Valley in walkoff fashion by a score of 3-2 in their first home game. Adam Carr took the win with two innings of relief, allowing only one hit and one walk. Starting pitcher Yunesky Maya, took the no decision, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. While the team only hit 2-for-11 with RISP, key hits made a difference in the game. Maldonado was seeing the ball well, going 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored, and both Brown and Bixler combined to go 2-7, with two RBI and two walks.

Syracuse 4 Leigh Valley 1 — GAME TWO
∙ Detwiler (W, 1-0) 6IP 6H 1ER 2BB 4K
∙ Wilkie (S, 2) 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
∙ Bernadina 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
∙ Bixler 1-1, 2BB

Once again, thanks to an early lead, the Chiefs were able to settle down and sweep the double header by taking game two against Lehigh Valley by a score of 4-1. Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler got the win, pitching six complete innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Bernadina was the hero of the game, starting the game with a single and scoring on a Chris Marrero single, then launching a 2-run homerun in the third.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 2
∙ Davis (ND) 4IP 3H 0R 2BB 6K
∙ VanAllen (W, 1-0) 3IP 2H 1R 1ER 4K 1HR, PO
∙ Lombardozzi 2-4, SB, RBI
∙ Moore 2-5
∙ Ivany 1-3, R, 2BB

Harrisburg broke open a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth and held on for a 4-2 win, thanks to a game-saving catch by Jonathan Tucker to end it. Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi each had two hits as the Sens broke a three-game losing streak. Erik Davis returned on two days’ rest from his rained-out start on Monday (⅓ IP) to pitch four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six. Cory VanAllen got the win in relief with three solid innings of work, spoiled by a solo shot in the sixth but striking out four.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
The P-Nats head up 95 for a weekend set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, with Danny Rosenbaum making his second start tonight. For a tweeter, follow @pinetarpress for in-game updates, or if you make it up to Frawley, you can try to find a woofer.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 0
∙ Grace (L, 1-1) 4IP 11H 6R 6ER 1BB 1K 2HR
∙ Jenkins 1⅔ 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Martinson 2-3
∙ Harper 1-3, 2B, BB, CS

The 19-year-old Tanner Bushue was sensational in his professional debut, retiring the first seven batters he faced and holding the Hagerstown Suns to just five hits over eight innings as the Lexington Legends won 7-0 to split the four-game series. Suns starter Matt Grace was peppered for two runs on four hits in the first and tagged for four runs, including two home runs in the fourth to take the loss. Jason Martinson paced the offense with two of the five hits while Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double but was picked off third by Bushue.

Thursday’s News and Notes

Another ‘Cuse rainout, Sens lose, P-Nats and Suns split

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed vs. Pawtucket, 2:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (0-0, 9.64) and
Ross Detwiler (0-0, 1.05) vs.
Kyle Weiland (0-1, 12.00) and
Matt Fox (1-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Shaeffer Hall (0-0, 7.20)
Potomac Nationals Lost 3-2 (10 inn.);
Won, 3-2 (7 inn.)
Hagerstown Suns Lost , 1-0; Won, 6-4 @ Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Matt Grace (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Tanner Bushue (1-0, 6.00)

Syracuse 0 Pawtucket 0 – POSTPONED

The Syracuse Chiefs’ first home game of the season against the Pawtucket Red Sox was postponed due to rain. The game will be played as part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 2 p.m.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 3
∙ Meyers (L, 1-1) 4⅔IP 9H 4R 4ER 0BB 5K
∙ Arnesen 3⅓ IP 2H 0R 2BB 1K
∙ Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
∙ Rhinehart 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Despite three solo homeruns from Bill Rhinehart, Steve Lombardozzi and Adam Fox, the Senators weren’t able to overcome New Britain as they got swept in the final game of the series by a score of 4-3. While this game was closer than the first two, the Sens lost the three games by a 15-6 margin. On a positive note, the team had nine hits in the game (a season high), the most impressive coming from Lombardozzi who hit a double in the third and a solo homerun in the fifth, breaking an 0-for-17 slump at the plate.

Winston-Salem 3, Potomac 2 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
∙ Demny (ND) 5⅔ IP 3H 1R 1ER BB 3K
∙ Olbrychowski 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Souza 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
∙ Hood 1-3, R, BB
Potomac 3, Winston-Salem 2 — GAME TWO
∙ Clegg (ND) 4IP 4H 2R 2ER BB 3K
∙ Lehman (S,1) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Souza 2-3, R, 3B, SB, RBI
∙ Soriano 2-3, 3B, RBI

See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 1 Lexington 0 — GAME ONE
∙ Selik (W, 1-0) 5IP 4H 0R 2BB 5K
∙ Eusebio (S, 1) 2IP 0H 0R B 3K
∙ Rogers 2-3, 2-2B, RBI
∙ Moore 1-3, 2B
∙ Martinson 1-3, 2B

Cameron Selik turned in another strong start, throwing five shutout innings, to which Wilson Eusebio added two more for a 1-0 shutout and Hagerstown’s sixth straight win to open the season. Mills Rogers led the hit parade with two doubles and an RBI, while Wade Moore and Jason Martinson also doubled in three at-bats.

Lexington 6, Hagerstown 4
∙ Applebee (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP 6H 5R 5ER 2BB 5K 2HR
∙ Brown 1⅓ IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
∙ Harper 1-4, R, HR, RBI
∙ Sanchez 1-3, R, BB
∙ Oduber 1-3, BB, SB

A four-run rally with two outs in the bottom of the fifth set the Suns down for a 6-4 tally and a doubleheader split. Bryce Harper hit his regular-season home run with a solo shot in the top of the third. Both managers were ejected during the game for arguing. The series concludes today in Lexington before Hagerstown returns to Municipal Stadium tomorrow for the Home Opener.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac splits a pair of 3-2 decisions

Midweek doubleheaders are a tough go, especially when the first game goes longer than seven, so I apologize in advance for folks looking for a hands-on writeup for both games…

On a chilly night the Potomac Nationals and Winston-Salem Dash played 17 innings and scored 10 runs, with each team taking a 3-2 decision.

In Game One, the two teams traded goose eggs for the first three innings, as the P-Nat bats started cold for the second straight game and starter Paul Demny allowed just a two-out single in the first.

A leadoff single in the Dash fourth was quickly erased by Sandy Leon (his second CS in six attempts) before Demny allowed a two-out walk and single before escaping the jam with a groundout.

The P-Nats broke up the no-no three innings earlier than Monday night with a Rick Hague single to left. Steve Souza put a coat on a hanger for a two-run shot three batters later for his third home run of the season to give the Pfitz tenants a 2-0 lead.

Demny was lifted with two outs in the sixth and a runner on first in favor of Ryan Demmin who returned the fourth-inning favor with a curve that didn’t that was smacked by Dash’s veteran first baseman Ian Gac for a game-tying two-run shot.

Bad baserunning erased the last true threat of the night for Potomac in the sixth as J.P. Ramirez attempted to take third base from first base on an infield single by Destin Hood. Walks to Leon and Francisco Soriano in the seventh and eighth and a leadoff bunt single by Souza in the ninth was the extent of the offense the rest of the way.

Adam Olbrychowski followed Demmin on the mound and turned in two solid innings of relief with a just a walk allowed and a two strikeouts. Carlos Martinez took the loss in the 10th inning on a lucky break as a grounder up the middle bounced off his ankle towards right field, away from second baseman Jeff Kobernus who was tracking the ball behind the bag. Unable to reverse direction fast enough, the would-be groundout turned into a game-winning single.

The P-Nats took the nightcap in the regulation seven innings with a 3-2 win. Starter Mitchell Clegg turned in four innings, allowing both Winston-Salem runs on four hits and a walk. He also struck out three. Josh Smoker got the win in relief for his 1-2-3 inning while Pat Lehman did likewise for two more for this first save of the season.

With the split, Potomac now stands at 2-3 and has its lone scheduled day off in April before heading up the highway to visit Wilimington for the weekend, coming back next Monday-Wednesday for three-game set against the Frederick Keys.

Byron Kerr is reporting that Rick Hague has injured his shoulder during Game One. This was seen by yours truly but he did not come off the field in apparent distress, so it was attributed to simply playing it safe and giving the bench some playing time. This morning, when looking through the boxscores, I knew something was awry when Dykstra was put in at third base, an unusual move given his defensive struggles.

Wednesday’s News and Notes

Another rainy day and night abbreviates the slate (hey, that rhymes)

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed vs. Pawtucket, 2:00 p.m. Yunesky Maya (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Kyle Weiland (0-1, 12.00)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-1; Lost, 8-2 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Deolis Guerra (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Winston-Salem, 6:05 p.m. Paul Demny (6-10, 4.23 @ A) and
Mitchell Clegg (9-3, 3.48 @ A) vs.
Terry Doyle (8-8, 3.71) and
Joe Searfin (3-4, 5.62)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-0 @ Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-0, 0.00) and
Paul Applebee (1st start) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–) and TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 3 Leigh Valley 4 (Postponed)
The game between the Syracuse Chiefs and Lehigh Valley IronPigs was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 6:05 PM on July 14th at Coca-Cola Park.

New Britain 3 Harrisburg 1 – Game #1
∙ Rodriguez 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 2K
∙ Peacock, Brad (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP 7H 2ER 1BB 3K
∙ Mandel 2IP 3H 1ER 0BB 1K
∙ Valdez 2-4, 1K
∙ Coats 2-3
∙ Ivany 2-4, 1R

While Harrisburg tried to fight back from a 3-0 deficit in the 9th inning, the one run scored thanks to an Ivany single and a bunch of errors and passed balls, was not enough to come back as New Britain was able to defeat Harrisburg by a score of 3-1 in the first game of the doubleheader. Brad Peacock took the loss, pitching 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three.

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 2 – Game #2
∙ Barthmaier (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP 5H 5ER 3BB 4K
∙ Pena 2IP 1H 2H 0R 3BB 2K
∙ Coats 1-3, 2RBI
∙ Rhinehart 1-3
Moore 0-3, 3K

A five-run third enabled New Britain to take the early lead and not look back as the Senators were defeated by a score of 8-2 and fall to 2-2 for the season, after losing both games of the double header. Barthmaier, took the loss after lasting only 2 2/3 of an inning, allowing five earned runs off five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Harrisburg managed just four hits, the biggest being a two-RBI single from Buck Coats. Johnathan Tucker also went 1-2 and showed his speed by stealing second base. Brian Peacock went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in his AA debut.

Potomac vs. Winston-Salem — PPD
The 10:30am game between Winston-Salem and Potomac was postponed due to rain. It will be made up tonight as part of a doubleheader at 6:05 p.m.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 0
∙ Jordan (W, 2-0) 5IP 2H 0R 1BB 5K
∙ Manno 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 5K
∙ Sanchez 2-4, R, SB, 3RBI
∙ Oduber 1-4, R, SB, BB
Harper 0-4, 3K

Hagerstown remains unbeaten, winning their fifth straight by a 5-1 score over Lexington. The Suns put up a two-spot in the first two innings, using a double steal to force an error in the first, and showing the Legends the truth about issuing walks in the second. Despite the five runs scored, the Suns were just 1-for-11 with RISP and Bryce Harper suffered through an 0-for-4 night with three strikeouts. Taylor Jordan made his first start of the season, going the first five innings, followed by two innings apiece by Shane McCatty and Chris Manno. The doubleheader that had been scheduled for last night was shifted to tonight because the field was not playable in time for the 5:05 start.

Derek Norris Injured; Brian Peacock Gets The Call

Jeremy Mayo assigned from XST to fill roster slot

The Harrisburg Senators have announced that Derek Norris will be placed on the disabled list, effective immediately. Taking his place on the roster will be Potomac National Brian Peacock. Devin Ivany will be the starting catcher in Game One of tonight’s doubleheader between Harrisburg and New Britain.

Watch for this space for further information as the ripple effect of transactions has not been located yet. The most likely scenario is that Sam Palace will be activated from the Hagerstown DL and sent to Potomac.

UPDATE is reporting that Jeremy Mayo has been activated from XST (technically, assigned from the GCL Nationals to Potomac). It is not known whether he will have traveled to Woodbridge in time for tonight’s games.