Saturday’s News and Notes

Just two teams played on a rainy Friday night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-2 (13 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley, 6:35 p.m. Garrett Mock (1-1, 4.09) vs.
Eddie Bonine (4-1, 4.63 for DET)
Harrisburg Senators PPD vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (12-3, 2.63) vs.
Steve Johnson (7-8, 5.09)
Potomac Nationals PPD vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.09) vs.
Arodys Vizcaino (0-0, 4.61)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 2-0 @ Rome, 7:00 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-2, 8.54 @ NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 2 Buffalo 3 (13 innings)
∙ Detwiler 6IP 4H 1ER 1BB 8K
∙ Martin 4IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Chico (L, 0-1) ⅓IP 2H 1ER 1BB 0K
∙ Marrero 2-5, BB, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Solano 2-4, BB
∙ Brown 2-5, R, BB, CS

It was a closely matched game between the Syracuse Chiefs and the Buffalo Bisons as the game was not decided until the 13th inning, when the Bisons were able to score a run off of Chico and win the game in walk-off fashion. Unfortunately, just four out of the 13 batters got a hit, including a pair from Marreno, Solano, Brown, and a single from Bixler. The Chiefs’ problem in today’s game was execution, going 1-for-10 with RISP and leaving 14 men on base. One strength of the game was pitching, as starter Ross Detwiler pitched 6 complete innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out eight. J.D. Martin also pitched four outstanding innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD

Last night’s Harrisburg Senators game versus the Bowie Baysox was postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 29th at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader, and tonight’s fireworks show has also been shifted to that date.

Potomac Nationals vs. Lynchburg Hillcats — PPD

Ditto for Potomac, who will make up the game when Lynchburg returns next month, according to beat writer Robert Daski. Unlike Harrisburg, the fireworks show will still be held.

Hagerstown 2, Rome 0
∙ Grace (W, 1-0) 6IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
∙ Manno (SV, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Oduber 2-5, 2B, 2SB
∙ Kelso 1-3, BB, RBI

Hagerstown took their second straight with a 2-0 win as three pitchers combined for an eight-hit shutout. The Suns scored just single runs in the 7th and 8th innings, with Wade Moore singling in Jason Martinson and Blake Kelso driving home Bryce Harper, who was hitless in three at-bats but drew a walk. The Suns were outhit 8-4 but ran rampant with four stolen bases in five tries.

Author: April Whitzman

April is the Chief Foreign Correspondent for, and a lifelong fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos. Based out of Ottawa, she also runs and writes for

20 thoughts on “Saturday’s News and Notes”

  1. Great news for ‘Manno’s Minions’, also glad to hear Oduber picked up where he left off from last year. Didn’t know about the baserunning prowess.
    I think/hope both are in Potomac before the halfway point.

    1. As April called him yesterday, the “groovin’ Aruban” needs to make the jump to same-age players (turned 22 in March) this year. He was a man among boys in the GCL last year, but stumbled in a late promotion to HAG. If he can turn it back on, maybe we’ll get some eyes-on chances in Potomac come July.

      1. BinM & Everyone Else — Went back to my Andy Seilor report on the Nats draft. Brian NFA said he was the best and here’s what he had to say about Oduber.

        32nd Round — Randolph Oduber 6’3″ 186 lbs. DOB 3/18/89

        “Oduber was a late-round pick by the Giants a year ago, and I thought he’d be drafted in the teens this year. However, after a late commitment to Okla. State his stock dropped. He has above-average raw power and can run, so he could go much higher next year if he figures it out. I don’t think he’ll sign”

        After the Nats signed him, his college coach said he’d have been crazy not to sign, they offered him so much money. Probably over 6 figures.
        Give props to the F.O. for finding this diamond in the rough.
        It’s okay he’s an ‘old fart’ @ 22, probably a late start.

  2. Before the Nats won 2 in a row, I was ready to make this my main baseball reading for the rest of the season. I sure can be fickle. Even though the team has awakened slightly, I will be a very loyal reader here. Thanks for the reprt.

    1. Kevin: You’re not fickle, just looking for a stable foundation, imo. Hang around here, and I think you’ll find what you’re looking for. Speaking for myself, now that the season is in full swing, I personally spend more time on this blog than any of the others, and probably gain more insight than I can from other sites as well.

      1. As always I’ll be here … waiting for the Chiefs to have a race between Hiawatha, an orange guy, the infamous Hyde Park white hot dog, and the 3 presidents of course …

  3. Hey guys the story of that game was Grace. Matt really needed to come out strong this year. He really struggled last year and is to good of a pitcher to continue at that pace. Manno looked good and looks like they will use him as a bullpen/closer guy. Good start suns

  4. Same here BinM. Best spot by far. It’s all about baseball and guys that love the sport. Opinions, but not the incessant negativity found in some other sites.

  5. Guys not present at the game in Rome yesterday but my traveling crew that attends games in both Rome and Charleston said three things, (1) R Oduber can flat out play (2) Starting Pitching has looked good (3) Loves Manno in the closer role. Also told me that Harper in batting practice bat has a completly different sound then others. Might have something to do with his bat speed(hahah) Just wanted to report. I will be in Kentuky and then hagerstown for a few day. I will report . I will also be in syracuse after

    1. Mel,
      You’ve been gone for awhile, so I don’t know if you’re still president of ‘Manno’s Minions’, but I was thinking that Manno should have been a starter. I’ll defer to your judgement on him, but would ike your input.

  6. Mark how are you my friend, and hello to everyone on this very informative blog headed by Sue. It truly is a good place to get info on our nationals.
    Mark here is my take. Manno has four to five pitches FastBall,change, curve, and cutter. His fastball(4 and 2 seam naturally) both move , and his deception is pretty good. So to answer your question , he has the stuff to be a starter, but I have to tell you, I like him as a closer. He has a bulldogs mentality and really has proved in college and early pro career that he can strike people out. So the nationals will find that he can do both but I have a feeling that young Manno will move up the ranks quickly as a relief/ closer for the organization. But one more thing , He is not and I repeat a situational only pitcher. If you look at his stats over his college and pro career, he is just as tough on righty’s as he is on lefties. Overall you guys know I love this kid, and think he has a bright future, but I am not the leader of the Minions(hahahahah)

    Good luck Chris Manno and Good luck Nats

    1. Thanks, Mel, for the reply. I didn’t know about the 4 or 5 pitch repertoire, which certainly makes him starter worthy,
      I’ve always thought it requires a lot more brains to be a starter, because you have to see these batters 2 or 3 times in a game. Think Greg Maddox, who couldn’t break a plate of glass with his fastball.
      If he graduated from Duke, he’s no dummy and let’s face it, starters are a lot more valuable to a team than relievers.
      Maybe the Nats underestimated him, being a 26th round pick and all.
      Regardless, this is going to be fun seeing how it all shakes out.

  7. Mel is back and better then ever. I have to say I agree 100% with Mel. It is a very good problem to have, when you can start or close. Good versatility is important to the future of this young man. Remember lefties are a commodity and if manage and groomed properly he could be a very productive player

  8. Unfortunately, this year, watching minor league futures rise is what its about for Nats fans. We’re the one’s who will be rooting and hoping for Rizzo to trade solid performing veterans for prospects to continue the rebuilding process of the farm system. If the Nats were Tampa Bay this wouldn’t be a problem with 11 or 12 top 70 or 90? picks in 2011?

    They claim KC did it with few high end draft picks … we’ll see what Rizzo and Clark can do with this one.

  9. on the other end of the PD spectrum…any word on ho extensive the international talent combing is proceeding with Johnny P and company::::??? Latin maturity would sure enhance the flow up the ladder.
    Yavol, Detweiler!
    Greetings to the Tyler clan in Harrisburg!

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