Friday’s News & Notes

Another split for the Nats affiliates

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-3 @ Durham, 7:05 p.m. Craig Stammen (1-1, 3.20) vs.
Alex Cobb (3-0, 2.05)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-6 vs. Reading, 7:00 p.m. Erik Davis (1-0, 3.05) vs.
Austin Hyatt (3-1, 3.00)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-1 @ Kinston, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (A+ Debut) vs.
Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 1.54)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-2 vs. Lexington, 6:35 p.m. Matt Grace (2-3, 5.04) vs.
Michael Foltynewicz (0-4, 5.86)

Durham 4 Syracuse 3
• Milone (ND) 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 11K
Carr (BS, 2) 1IP 2H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K 1HR
• Wilkie (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 0K
• Solano 2-4, R, 2B
• McConnell 2-4, 2B, RBI

Tom Milone’s bounceback from his worst outing of the season was spoiled by a similar effort by the Chiefs bullpen as the Durham Bulls rallied from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 walkoff in. Milone struck out 11 over seven innings, allowing just a run on four hits and a walk. Adam Carr gave up the tying runs in the eighth with a double and a home run while Josh Wilie took the loss with a walk, a sacrifice, an infield single, and another single.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 6
• Martis (ND) 5IP 7H 3R 2ER 3BB 5K 1HR
Barthmaier (BS, 1) 2IP 3H 3R 3ER 0BB 0K 1HR
• Mattheus (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Moore 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Gilbert 1-3, 2R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 1B

A one-out triple by Tyler Moore drove in Steve Lombardozzi to break a 6-6 tie, and a wild pitch gave the Sens some insurance as Harrisburg outlasted Bowie 8-6. The RBI was the fourth of the afternoon for Moore, who singled, and doubled previously as Harrisburg somehow scored eight runs on nine hits. Shairon Martis’s third start was better than his second, but still mediocre with three runs allowed on seven hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts. Ryan Mattheus struck out out two of the four straight batters he retired to get the win in relief.

Kinston 3 Potomac 1
• Demny (L, 0-2) 6IP 4H 2R 2ER 4BB 3K
• Lehman 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
• Bloxom 1-4, R, 2B
• Dykstra 1-4, RBI

Potomac’s offensive woes continued with a 3-1 loss on Thursday night. The P-Nats managed just three hits and drew four walks but were able to score a run to break up the scoreless inning streak at 17 with a run in the seventh. Starter Paul Demny went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks. Marcos Frias gave up the third run in relief on a double, a sacrifice hit and a sacrifice fly, with two walks sprinkled in.

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 2
• Hansen (W, 3-1) 5IP 8H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
• Brown (H, 3) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kelso 3-5, 3R, 2B
• Freitas 3-4, 2R, HR, 5RBI
• Harper 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI

David Freitas’s grand slam in the bottom of the seventh was the highlight of the night as the Hagerstown Suns gave the Lexington Legends a reality check (ok, that was a stretch) at 8-2. Bryce Harper also homered, a two-run shot in the third. Freitas and Blake Kelso paced the 11-hit onslaught with three hits apiece. Starter Bobby Hansen went the first five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk for his third win of the year.

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.

11 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. Accidently posted under Thursday!

    2004 7th rounder (out of Golden West Junior College) Marvin Lowrance is being shown as released by the Los Anaheim Angels.

    Marvin spent 7 years in the Nats system before becoming a free agent last winter. Last year he made it to AAA for the Nats for the 1st time, he hit 20 HRs in 2k7 & 2k8, not a speed demon, he doubled his previous season high in SB last year, upping it to 6. A good but not great hitter, after hitting .289 and .292 in Vermont then GCL/Savannah, hit mostly in the .270 range.

    Good luck to him, hope he gets picked up. Can’t do any worse than Aubrey/Frazier/Whiting/Stairs.

  2. PNats had interminable road trip, then come back home for three to that poor excuse for a batting cage, now next 3 out of 17 games on the road. How are they to get quality batting work in when they’re hamstrung like this?

    Local HS have multiple batting cages…MULTIPLE…yet PNats have a single net with a green rug over an uneven surface. Doubtful they even have a Tanner Tee. Pathetic and embarrassing. Yeah: enjoy that wonderful scoreboard. Rather have kids hanging signs on hooks for a scoreboard and spending the money on batting cages.

  3. In terms of on the field prospects, the PNats should have a good offensive team, what with the three outfielders, good catcher, and solid middle infield. How do the results reflect poor recognition of talent on the part of the Nat’s scouting?

  4. The P-Nats hitting woes have nothing to do with their batting cage, and is one of the 18 problems that was listed in the letter delivered to the teams owner at the end of last season, its the same one that has been their forever and they were able to win 2 of the last 3 league championships. The problem is a hitting coach who was a carees .195 hitter and couldn’t hit himself out of a wet paper bag if his life depended on it.

    1. You mean the batting cage that also serves as part of the Kids’ Zone because the owner isn’t going to pay to get something that actually belongs there? Maybe we can get an old priest and a young priest and get that nasty batting cage exorcised. Yeah, that’ll wake up the bats alright. Or maybe an attitude adjustment is needed by the Potomac supposed prospects. I know – let’s get Jobu.

    2. A hitting coach’s own batting average as a prerequisite? Here’s a quick rundown at the MLB level of hitting coaches and their backgrounds: Don’t let facts get in the way of your argument.

      Facilities facilitate hitting improvement, so although you should be lauded for your 18 point letter, just a wild guess that it didn’t impact the state of the hitting facility. Coach can’t do much with 10-15 hitters per day with a dilapidated cage, so putting the blame on the coach makes absolutely no sense.

      1. Interesting that Matt Nokes, a silver slugger and all star, didn’t have any trouble getting Tyler Moore to go from nowhere to league MVP with a dilapidated batting cage. Putting the blame on the coach makes no sense? And putting the blame on the batting cage does, I guess. Don’t let facts get in the way of your argument? So I guess that means that your “fact” is that the batting cage is responsible for the team’s poor hitting performance. Unbelievable . . .

      2. Hey, great article about major league hittings coaches, but we a talking about the P-Nats hitting coach who topped out at High A which is the level he is now coaching at not a very good comparison. Also Jerry Browne also won a championship using the same batting cage in 2008.

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