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.

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.

12 thoughts on “Saturday’s News & Notes”

  1. Guys reporting from Hagerstown

    Stadium looks great field looks wonderful congrats to the crew in Hagerstown

    (1) Boys are just not hitting, from top to bottom looks stale
    (2) Harper needs plate discipline his swing is fine and I am not going to judge a 18 year old great player after 10 games
    (3) The guys look tired Staring pitching was off . Only highlights were Manno and Graham

  2. Harper will adjust as the season progresses. That is what he does best and appears to be his best attribute: the ability to adapt and adjust to what he faces.

    Needs base running 101. He keeps getting caught stealing or picked off.

  3. Both Chico and Mock looked pretty bad … makes you kind of wonder if and when it turns out that they are blocking someone from below … what happens? As in Sharion Martis?

  4. Harper looks like Burgess to me right now – home run or strike out. He’s trying too hard, way too hard to be a hero or something. Sanchez was awesome, Kelso had some throwing issues to first, but it surely was not a “souza-esque” performance. He at least kept it playable (in the dirt instead of over the head into the stands). Left field was an adventure for a while….I will say the wind was terrible and playing havoc with every ball hit in the air.

    McCatty did pretty ok, Manno was spot on. The starter McKenzie looked horrid. If it wasn’t for the suns catcher Freitas, the score would have been worse than what it was.

    And yes, bats are COLD.

    I’ll reserve judgement until after 2 or so homestands – I figure they’ve probably had 3 total hours playing time on their own field before that game.

    And the game surely was not a sellout, plenty of bleacher seats and seats behind the plate empty. Like any team, they count sold tickets, not butts in the seats or who actually walked in the door. 🙂

  5. Thanks, TBRFan, was waiting from a report on Sanchez; tell us more on him please.

    On another front, TBRFan, you failed to report if your kid was successful finagling a date with Harper! 🙂

  6. Another impressive 2 innings by Wilkie who looks a lot better than HRod. Milone made two mistakes, 2 home runs … otherwise no walks again.

  7. I’m really sad that Tatusko got rocked after a rough first inning his first start. He seems like a great kid, and the problem with being so public and twitterish is that when things go south it’s got to feel like you’re letting down the whole world. Looking forward to his next start. I don’t go to too many games this year, but I might make an exception to catch Tatusko should he start for the Sens against Bowie.

    OT: Any DC area folks interested in making a road trip at some point to Bowie when the Sens come into town or Frederick to see the P-Nats?

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