Monday’s News & Notes

It’s a high (lose) low (win) split for the Nats on Sunday afternoon

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-6 vs. Rochester, 7:00 p.m. J.D. Martin (0-2, 7.62) vs.
Scott Diamond (1-1, 3.48)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 8-7 @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (0-2, 7.71) vs.
Wynn Pelzer (1-1, 0.95)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-2 vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 2.82) vs.
Barret Loux (2-1, 3.72)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-0 @ West Virginia, 10:30 a.m. Chris McKenzie (1-3, 12.46) vs.

Rochester 9 Syrcause 6
• Detwiler (L, 2-1)2⅔ IP 9H 7R 7ER 2BB 0K
• Mandel 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Marrero 2-4, 2R
• Flores 2-4, 2B, RBI
• McConnell 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

A six-run third spelled doom for Ross Detwiler and the Syracuse as the Chiefs went down 9-6 to Rochester. Detwiler was chased with two outs in the third, charged with seven runs on nine hits and two walks. The Syracuse ‘pen allowed just two runs the rest of the way, but the offense couldn’t dig out from the 7-3 hole after three. Chris Marrero, Jesus Flores and Chris McConnell each went 2-for-4 to pace the 10-hit attack.

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 7 (10 inn.)
• Davis (ND) 5IP 10H 6R 5ER 1BB 5K
• Arnesen 3IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 3K
• Rahl 3-6, R, 2B
• Valdez 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Fox 2-5, 2RBI

Harrisburg built a 6-1 lead early, rallied to tie in the 9th, but fell in the botom of the 10th by an 8-7 count. Starter Erik Davis saw his ERA balloon from 1.15 to 3.05 as the spring-training pickup was knocked for six runs on 10 hits and a walk over the first five innings. Five Senators collected multiple hits as Harrisburg pounded out 14 hits, led by leadoff hitter Chris Rahl’s 3-for-5 effort. On three days’ rest from a spot start at Syracuse, Erik Arnesen threw three innings to follow Davis, giving up the go-ahead run. Devan Ivany’s two-out single in the top of the ninth forced extras but New Britain would touch Pat McCoy for a leadoff double in the 10th, then pushed in the gamewinner with a sacrifice and a fielder’s choice.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Bronson (W, 1-0) 5IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K
• Lehman (S, 6) 2IP 0H 0R 2K
• King 2-4, R, 2B
• Peacock 2-4, 2RBI

Potomac jumped out to a 4-0 lead early and cruised to 5-2 win on Sunday, finishing their prolonged 17-game road trip at 7-10. Evan Bronson got the win with five solid innings in his first start of the season, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. Pat Lehman came on with runners on second and third in the eighth and stranded them both, retiring six straight batters for his sixth save of the season. Stephen King and Brian Peacock both went 2-for-4 to lead the Potomac offense. King went 6-for-11 in the series with three doubles.

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

Like Bobby Hansen two nights before, Matt Grace rebounded from a terrible outing, combining with Shane McCatty and Chris Manno on a three-hit shutout in a 4-0 Hagerstown win over Rome. Grace allowed just two hits and three walks over six innings for his second win, with McCatty tossing two scoreless innings for his second hold. Chris Manno pitched the ninth and struck out two. The great pitching helped mask a mediocre offensive output, as the Suns were just 3-for-16 with RISP. Blake Kelso led the eight-it attack with a single and a double in four at-bats.

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.

4 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. Was listening to a piece by the Potomac’s play by play guy, and he was saying that Lehman was unhittable during the long road trip, culminating with coming in to a firestorm in the 8th last night with the bases loaded and nobody out and proceeded to blow out the next 6 batters.
    Great stuff.

    1. It’s time for the player development people to start giving Lehman his due. He has been great, and overlooked. And a pat on the back to Paul Menhart too. Lehman as closer is looking like a great move so far.

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