Last Night In Woodbridge

P-Nats fall into last place after a Hillcat doubleheader sweep

As the pic suggests, the P-Nats dropped a pair to fall into the Carolina League North Division cellar, losing 10-5 in the first game and 7-2 in the second. The losing streak is now six games.

The story in both games was much the same: the starting pitching was ineffective and made a mediocre offense look terrific. Except for one big inning in the first game, the Potomac offense was listless. It took nearly four innings in the first game for a runner to reach base. In the second game, they collected just three hits.

I’m not sure what the Nats brass, who have been on hand for the past couple of nights, has in mind to shake things up, but it’s pretty clear that some bats need to be thrown in the shower. Maybe even some wooden ones, too.

Individually, there is some decent talent in this group of players. But I keep hearing the rumblings that, while not quite 25 cabs for 25 guys, this is not yet a team. The difference in the record at home vs. the road in the past couple of weeks certainly begs the question of “why?” — especially when the opponents have been either the same (Lynchburg) or second-division (Kinston).

Again, I try hard not to editorialize in this space, but I know that folks value the eyes on the field and I’m seeing a collection of talent that needs some reshuffling. Maybe some guys that have been starting need to sit out today. Maybe some starters need to work out of the ‘pen and vice-versa. But something needs to happen soon.

Today, Cameron Selik and Evan Bronson are tasked with turning things around (and making me eat these words) with a noontime doubleheader against these same Hillcats, with a chance to both split the series and return to third place.

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.

7 thoughts on “Last Night In Woodbridge”

  1. Wonder if a shake-up at the top is in order – a number of these guys played for LeCroy last year in HAG & underacheived as well.

  2. FWIW- Was there yesterday as well, but was ground down by a combination seeing both Holder and Weaver getting hammered in game 1, and an irritating, yet sober rowmate (far more interested acquiring multiple giveaways than the game, but baited the umpire at high volume on P-Nat at-bats); Bailed on game 2 as a result.

    A general question – Do Fan Appreciation days (such as last night) tend to bring out the worst in fans, or just expose the cretins who are only there to collect stuff?

    1. $1 beers bring out the worst in “fans,” followed closely by bobbleheads. But as we all know, baseball is a lot like church: Lots of people go but not everybody understands…

      1. oh don’t get me started on baseball etiquette. I about come unglued when people get up and down during play. 🙁 🙁

  3. Not saying it needs to happen but how common/uncommon is it to can a coach in the minors?

    1. It doesn’t happen often, but Managers / Coaches do get ‘re-assigned’ from time-to-time if the FO thinks that player development is being stunted by a particular individual. I don’t think that’s the case in Potomac. There’s more to this teams’ problems than I can comprehend.

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