Thursday’s News & Notes

Two splits, a loss, and a suspended game

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 3-1 (6 inn.)
vs. Toledo, 6:00 p.m. Tom Milone (1-2, 3.00) vs.
Adam Wilk (0-2, 2.95)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 6-5 vs. Altoona, 10:30 a.m. Brad Peacock (2-1, 1.59) vs.
Mike Crolla (1-0, 4.00)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-3;
Won, 4-3
@ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-2, 7.56) vs.
Joseph Wieland (1-1, 0.95)
Hagerstown Suns Suspended,
Bot. 2nd, Down 7-1
@ West Virginia, 6:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (4-0, 2.37) vs.

Toledo 6 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
∙ Martin (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP 6H 6R 6ER 0BB 0K 3HR
∙ Chico 2⅓ IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 1K
∙ Marrero 2-3
∙ Frazier 1-3, R, HR, RBI
∙ Whiting 1-3, CS (4)

Toledo’s Charlie Furbush got the complete-game win as the Chiefs mustered only two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eleven times, as the Mud Hens plucked the Chiefs, 6-2 in the first game of the double-header. Syracuse’s J.D. Martin served up three home runs to earn his 2nd loss of the season, pitching four and 2/3rds innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits with no walks and no strikeouts. Matt Chico kept the damage to a minimum, pitching two and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits and no walks while striking out one. Jeff Frazier got the biggest hit of the game for Syracuse in the top of the seventh, a solo home run, his second longball of the season.

Toledo 3 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO (6 inn.)
∙ Arnesen (L, 0-1) 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 0BB 4K 1HR
∙ Balester ⅔ IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K
∙ Aubrey 1-1, 2BB
∙ Bynum 1-3 1RBI

Syracuse mustered only five hits in a 3-1 loss to Toledo in the second game of the doubleheader. Erik Arnesen, recently promoted to backfill Roger Bernadina’s callup to Washington, took the loss. He pitched five complete innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Collin Balester retired both batters he faced in the top of the sixth before the game was called due to rain. With the doubleheader loss, the Chiefs have now lost four in a row.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 5 (11 inn.)
∙ Tatusko 5⅔ IP 9H 4R 4ER 1BB 4K
∙ VanAllen 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 4K
∙ Pena (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 2K
∙ Valdez 2-5, 2B, RBI
∙ Lombardozzi 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
∙ Johnson 2-4, R, 2RBI, 2BB
∙ Tyler Moore 2-5, 2 fielding errors (5)

An ugly, ejection-filled 11th inning took the shine off a furious four-run rally in the ninth to tie the game, as the Altoona Curve got past the Senators 6-5. Beat writer Geoff Morrow describes the series of events here. Starting pitcher Ryan Tatusko went the first five and 2/3rds of inning, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out four. Hassan Pena, the third man out of the ‘pen, took the loss after pitching one and 2/3rds innings, allowing one runs on three hits while striking out two and a hit batsmen that prompted his ejection. Offensively, the Sens pounded out 13 hits, with the top third of the lineup — Steve Lombardozzi, Josh Johnson, and Jesus Valdez — collectively going 6-for-14, with three runs scored, two doubles and four RBI.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE
∙ Clegg (L, 1-1) ⅔ 7H 5R 2ER 3BB 3K 1HR
∙ Wort ⅓ 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 1HR, WP, 2-2 IR-S
∙ Kobernus 1-3, 2SB, E
∙ Souza 1-2, R, 2SB
∙ Leon 2-2, BB

Pelican home runs in the 5th and 6th innings broke open a 1-0 game and sent the Potomac Nationals to a 6-3 loss in the first game of the doubleheader. Starter Mitchell Clegg held Myrtle Beach to a pair of doubles through the first four and 2/3rds before giving up hits or walks to six of nine batters before giving way to Rob Wort, who threw a wild pitch, and gave up a home run to allow both runners he inherited to score before getting the one out he needed to escape the jam. Potomac rallied for two runs in the seventh, taking advantage of Pelican walks and wild pitches and a hit batsman.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — GAME TWO
∙ Rosenbaum (ND) 5IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K HR
∙ Testa (W, 1-0) 1IP 0H 0R 2BB 1K
∙ Lehman (S, 4) 1IP 1H 0R 0B 1K
∙ Kobernus 3-4, 2B, RBI, E
∙ Dykstra 2-4, 2R, BB
∙ Souza 2-3, BB, RBI, SB

Jose Lozada’s two-out single in the top of the 7th broke a 3-3 tie to give the P-Nats a split of the doubleheader. It was just the fourth hit with RISP, as the P-Nats collected ten hits, drew six walks, and stole three bases but left 12 runners on base. Starter Danny Rosenbaum went the first five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks, while striking out six. Joe Testa got the win in his first appearance of ’11 while Pat Lehman weathered a leadoff single to earn his fourth save of the year.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 1, suspended, Bot. 2nd

The first matchup of the top two picks in the 2010 draft was reduced to a five-pitch walk in the the top of the first, thanks (well, no, not really) to yet another game affected by rainfall. West Virginia took batting practice a 7-1 lead against Suns’ starter Chris McKenzie who walked four of the 13 batters he faced and gave up four hits, including a two-run home run with two outs in the second that chased him from the game. Wilson Eusebio walked a batter and allowed a double before play was halted. The game will be resumed today and completed to the regulation nine innings, with a seven-inning game to follow.

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

10 thoughts on “Thursday’s News & Notes”

      1. Sue: Is that meant to be taken 1st thing in the A.M., or in the evening as the game results go final?

    1. Yes, both as a starter and a reliever. VanAllen’s walks are up this year, but the two things he did especially well last year was keep the ball in the yard and not hurt himself with walks and hit batsmen.

      He’s a good case for paying attention to the differential between ERA and FIP because the former was in the low 4’s but the latter was in the low 2’s. He was exceptionally unlucky last year with a .410 BABIP, but is, was, and has always been tough on lefties.

      The Nats ought to be grooming him as a LOOGY.

  1. The Nats are like the government, they promise a winner and all they give us is the finger. Awesome team in Syracuse this year guys. AWESOME!! Too bad we didn’t get the Yankees, as much as I dislike them, at least they give enough of a crap to win at the AAA level. I like the Nats, but this team is a friggin’ joke. Knorr is a tool, Browne is beyond incompitent and the team plays like they couldn’t give any less of a crap if they tried. Send Foli or Jewett back, if nothing else we were there until the end and the team played hard. 8 games out of first already. BRAVO!

      1. A guy who throws every 5 days is not going to help a team batting .216 This needs a lot more than a token meal ticket coming through once in a while, this team needs to be fixed. The Nats had better do something fast, this joke they have assembled here is unacceptable.

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