Monday’s News & Notes

Two out of three affiliates win on Sunday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed @ Norfolk, 11:00 a.m.
Tom Milone (2-3, 4.21) and
Craig Stammen (2-2, 3.26) vs.
Edgar Gonzalez (2-2, 3.26) and
Alex Cobb (4-0, 1.31)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 11-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-4 @ Frederick, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-4, 6.09) vs.
Brian Matusz (rehab)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-2 @ Lakewood, 6:35 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-0, 2.51) vs.
Mario Hollands (2-3, 4.54)

Syracuse-Durham — PPD
The Syracuse-Durham game was rained out on Sunday and will be made up with a doubleheader on Monday morning and afternoon.

Richmond 11 Harrisburg 4
• Roark (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP 10H 5R 5ER 2BB 3K
• Arnesen 1⅔ IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
• Moore 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Tucker, 2-4, 2-2B

Tanner Roark’s first start of 2011 was a rough one as Richmond beat Harrisburg handily, 11-4. The Flying Squirrels went, um, nuts on offense, getting at least two hits in every inning and 22 altogether. Roark gave up the first 10 over three and 2/3rds, allowing five runs and two walks to go with three strikeouts. Tyler Moore (3-for-5) and Jonathan Tucker (2-for-4) combined for five of the nine Senators hits.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 4
• Clegg (ND) 5⅓ IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
• Frias (H, 1) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K 2-1 IR-S
• Hood 4-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Perez 4-4, 2R, 3-2B

Another walkoff win on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 2
• Hansen (W, 5-1) 7IP 4H 2R 1ER 1BB 5K
• Holland 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
• Nicol 2-3, BB
• Leonida 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kelso 2-5, RBI

With two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, Hagerstown turned a 1-1 game into a 6-2 win over Lakewood. Starter Bobby Hansen turned in seven solid innings to get his 5th win, allowing both Lakewood runs on four hits and a walk. Sean Nicol, Cole Leonida, and Blake Kelso each collected two hits as the Suns won their third straight. Alas, Bryce Harper’s hit streak was snapped at 18 games with an 0-for-4 afternoon. His on-base string was extended to 23 games with a walk.

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.

18 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. The squirrels ‘went nuts? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    This Hansen kids has been just terrific; he’s had 7 outings now, 6 of them have been good to lights out. The 1 very bad outing, I’d be interested as to what happened. And, he just a pup, a few months past his 21st birthday.

    Sue, I think you’re very legitimate concerns about Tyler Moore’s adjustment to AA thankfully went unfounded. He’s not too far from bypassing Marrero on the prospect list. Good for him.

  2. Sue, what happened to the Tatusko promotion? I spoke to my son and he said Ryan was still in Harrisburg???????? Do you know what is going on? Thanks

  3. It means I’ll have some mocking to do in my next transactions post because that would mean that his name was placed on the roster but his person was not. That actually isn’t hard for me to believe to be true, given, for example, how Potomac’s Brian Peacock is on the DL but somehow healthy enough to run down to the bullpen to warm up the pitchers.

      1. I was sitting there wondering if they were about to do the “Bally Balester” with Tatusko and convert him to a reliever? Unless a starter gets promoted in Syracuse …
        At this point it is about time to bring Maya up … to see what he can do … and Marquis trade value will never get higher so … ???

      2. The Chiefs website has him listed as “active” not DL like Severino, Mock, Oliver Perez? I think it means he is on the team for their next away game series versus the Norfolk Tides? Today’s doubleheader was cancelled as torrential rains pelt upstate NY.

        I really am still wondering if they are going to convert him to a reliever to replace Kimball? And then there’s Peacock who will likely get promoted to join Meyers in the SYR rotation? Will the convert Detwiler to relief (as some are wondering)?

        If they think a player just isn’t cutting it seems as if they usually just ‘DL’ them.

  4. I was at the Senators/Squirrels game yesterday and Roark was very uninspiring. His fastball was lifeless and sat at 90-92 most of the game. It seemed to be too straight when he threw it 91 and 92 but when it backed down to 88-90 the Squirrels didn’t do anything with it. My guess is it was a 2 seamer vs a 4 seamer. He didn’t seem to be able to throw his offspeed for strikes either. Could have been first start of the year jitters because the slower fastball looked really good and his curve seemed to be a good pitch when ahead in the count.

    Derek Norris still seems to have a hard time defensively. He was handcuffed on a couple of blockable balls. He also came out of position on a play at the plate that should have been a sure out and that allowed the runner to sneak in around him.

    Jonathan Tucker can fly. He stretched a pretty routine looking single into a double.

    Tyler Moore has a pretty stroke and looks comfortable around the bag. I’ve only seen him twice but I’ve been impressed with him both times.

  5. Norris has been very dissapointing thus far. I was really expecting a huge year out of him. Between last year, the AFL and so far this year, his batting avergae has hovered around .200. Anyone know what is going on? I mean I know about the injuries, but enough time has passed that it shouldn’t be a factor anymore.

    1. If you look at his April (.125/.310/.156 in 11G) vs. his May (.265/.405/.500 in 10G) it seems to me that something has clicked recently. Admittedly, both are small sample sizes. People can harp on his defense, but the fact of the matter is switching him to 1st or LF would be relatively easy to do, but until his bat is ready, there’s no need to rush or panic.

  6. Thanks Sue. It would be great if he can turn it around. It’s funny how people were so quick to trade away Pudge because of Norris and Flores. Goes to show that like pitchers, you can never have enough catchers. I’m curious about Freitas. Any scouting reports on him?

    1. Similar to Norris, a hitter learning to catch whose hallmark is patience at the plate. The Hagerstown newspaper had this writeup on him earlier this month.

      1. If I remember right, Freitas is a convert 1st base player….I think he does a pretty good job for being new to the position. But I got to watch Sandy Leon catch yesterday and he’s improving defensively. His batting average is still horrid.

        To me this proves good all-around catchers are hard to come by. So, what’s harder: finding a hitter that can catch, or find a catcher that can hit? What’s the easier skill to teach?

        1. TBR: Tough question! To me, it depends on the level of competency you’re looking for. Great catchers are born IMHO, not made; The special combination of hand-eye coordination (both at the plate & behind it), game command, energy, durability & physical stature is a rare commodity. Both ‘Pudges’ had it, along with Bench, Munson, Campanella, & most of the HOF’s. Good catchers can be made, I think, but will always lack at least one of the basic skills or physical traits. Examples might include Mauer (durability), Biggio (stature), Yeager, Dempsey (couldn’t hit).

          Hitting might be a little easier skill to teach, since it requires an aquireable skill set. See (recognize) the pitch; track the flight & meet it with the swing of the bat. I’m not saying that’s easy, but it is something you can learn.

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