A Couple of “Guz Two” Moves…

Kimball up to AAA, Roark in from XST to AA

The ripple effect from the Kimball callup has resulted in a couple of transactions involving Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark, a.k.a. “The Guz Two”

Tatusko has been promoted to Syracuse. The 26-year-old went 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA for Harrisburg with 30 K’s in 33 IP. No word on whether he’ll start or relieve for the Chiefs.

Taking his place on the Senators roster will be Roark, who has been activated from extended spring training and will start tonight’s game. In the same press release, Harrisburg announced that Erik Davis will be placed on the DL. Taking Davis’s spot on the roster is Josh Johnson, who was activated from the DL today as well.

Broderick DFA’d, Cole Kimball Recalled

The 2006 draft class shutout is over.

The Nationals have announced that Brian Broderick has been designated for assignment, clearing the way for Cole Kimball to join the Washington Nationals.

Broderick was a Rule 5 pick last December and made the club out of spring training. He has struggled at the major-league level, allowing nine runs on 16 hits over 12⅓ innings in 11 appearances, posting 0-1 record with a 6.57 ERA.

Kimball has 0.00 ERA in 12 appearances, with eight hits and eight walks allowed over 13⅔ innings and 14 strikeouts. He had a 1-0 record with five saves before the move.

With the callup, the so-called 2006 Nationals draft shutout is officially over.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Suns and Sens win, Chiefs and P-Nats lose

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-2 vs. Durham 2:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (1-0, 7.20) vs.
Jeremy Hall (0-1, 9.28)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-2 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (1-0, 3.10) vs.
Daryl Maday (1-2, 3.00)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 13-4 vs. Wilmington, 6:35 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 1.98) vs.
Tyler Sample (1-3, 2.81)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-3 @ Lakewood 4:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Garett Claypool (0-1, 3.33)

Durham 9 Syracuse 2
• Detwiler (L, 2-3) 6⅔ 11H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K 2HR
• Balester 4BF: HBP, 2B, 2B, HR
• Carr 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Marrero 2-3, R, 2B, BB

A seven-run seventh spelled doom as the Durham Bulls gored the Syracuse Chiefs, 9-2. Starter Ross Detwiler took the loss, coughing up 11 hits (including two home runs) and charged with four runs. Collin Balester did not retire a batter as he hit batter, gave up back-to-back doubles and a home run before being lifted. Chris Marrero singled, doubled and took a walk to pace the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 2
• Peacock (W, 5-1) 7IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 14K
• McCoy (S, 2) 2IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
• King 2-3, BB, 3RBI
• Norris 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 3B, RBI

Brad Peacock rebounded from his worst outing of the season to spin his best as the Senators grounded the Flying Squirrels, 5-2. Peacock went seven inning, allowing one run on five hits and one walk. While he struck out 14, more impressive is that he needed just 106 pitches to do it, 74 of which were strikes. Hitters of the game Stephen King, Derek Norris, and Steve Lombardozzi collected five of the team’s ten hits and all five RBI, with King driving in three, Norris going deep, and Lombardozzi tripling.

Wilmington 13 Potomac 4
• Selik (L, 0-2) 4⅓ IP 10H 9R 8ER 1BB 4K
• Bronson 3⅔ IP 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 2K
• Lozada 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Hood 1-3, 2B

Pitching and defense wins. Well, at least when they’re good. Last night they weren’t.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3
• Cole (ND) 4IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K
• Applebee (W, 3-1) 2IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
• Graham (S, 5) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kelso 2-4, RBI

A four-run second held up for Hagerstown as they edged Lakewood, 4-3. A.J. Cole went the first four innings and allowed one run on two hits and two walks. Paul Applebee got the win in relief while Ben Graham pitched the last two inning for save #5. Michael Taylor and Blake Kelso both had two hits as the Suns drove in two of the three of the runners they put into scoring position and only left four men on base. Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single in the sixth. He was subsequently picked off for his third CS of the season.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac blown out 13-4

The box score does justice to the outcome of the game — way too much justice.

The first-place Wilmington Blue Rocks pounded the P-Nats for 17 hits, most for extra-base hits, but some that should have been caught. It’s not to say that the outcome would have been different, but the differential could have been closer than 13-4. Much closer.

Destin Hood was not charged with any errors but looked lost and out of position for the six innings he was in right field. He did not slip. He did not fall. He simply was in the wrong place to field the ball more often than not.

Hood was not alone in this department, but with the one putout out of a half-dozen or so balls hit to his “zone,” he was the most noticeable. Officially, the Potomac defense was charged with four errors, but the mental errors were easily double that number.

The misplays weighed upon starter Cameron Selik, who was making his first start in Woodbridge, as he looked haggard by the end of his outing, which ended with one out in the fifth and ten hits charged to his line, six of which went for extra bases (see above). He walked just one and struck out four, featuring, at times, a slow curve that was at least 10 mph slower than his fastball.

As the score suggests, neither reliever was particularly effective though Evan Bronson did retire six of the last seven batters he faced, an error (really) breaking up the string. Adam Olbrychowski was charged with a one or more runs for his sixth consecutive outing, letting in the last two runs in the ninth.

Offensively, the PNats had one good inning — the first, in which they scored three of their four runs and all with two out as Justin Bloxom and Steve Souza hit back-to-back doubles and Wilmington’s Tim Ferguson simply dropped J.P. Ramirez’s flyball to left. Otherwise, they flailed for 15 strikeouts with only veteran infielder Jose Lozada reaching base more than once.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 12-21 and back into the Carolina League North cellar, seven games off the pace. Danny Rosenbaum (team-best 1.16 WHIP) takes the hill tonight for the tenth home game of the season, opposed by Tyler Sample (1.48 WHIP).

Catching Up On Transactions

A rundown on some recent moves in the minors

I’d been holding out on this one, hoping to get some clarification on the moves made in Hagerstown, but neither MiLB.com nor BA are making it clear, so if you’re befuddled you’re not alone. This basically the moves over the past week or so.

• Added OF Gregor Blanco, acquired in a trade with Kansas City for a PTBNL
• Placed OF Boomer Whiting on the 7-Day DL

• Placed IF Josh Johnson on the 7-Day DL
• Activated IF Matt Antonelli from the 7-Day DL

• OF Chris Curran placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF J.R. Higley assigned from XST
• LHP Sammy Solis assigned, placed/listed on the 7-Day DL

• A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray assigned from XST
• Taylor Jordan placed on (and apparently activated from) 7-Day DL

As of this writing, the Hagerstown roster on MiLB.com is (still) listing 15 active pitchers.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 4

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 12-21, 6th place I.L. North, 7 games behind

Good Tug Hulett .288/.373/.404 in 15G
Bad Alex Valdez .145/.234/.290 in 25G
Interesting Jeff Mandel 0.65WHIP in 5G

HARRISBURG 16-17, 3rd place E.L. West Division, 1½ games behind

Good Archie Gilbert .324/.400/.765 in last 10G
Bad Jimmy Barthmaier 2.07WHIP in 18.1 IP
Interesting Chris Rahl .333BA in 17G

POTOMAC 12-20, 4th place C.L. North Division, six games behind

Good Danny Rosenbaum 1.16WHIP, 1.98ERA
Bad Cutter Dykstra .473OPS
Interesting Evan Bronson 1.42ERA in 3G

HAGERSTOWN 22-12, 2nd place Sally League Northern Division, .009 W% behind

Good Bryce Harper .395/.473/.702
Bad Chris McKenzie 10.23ERA, 2.14WHIP
Interesting David Freitas .286/.395/.467, 25RBI in 30G

Friday’s News & Notes

An 0-for-3 night for the Nats affiliates

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-1 vs. Durham 7:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (2-2, 4.64) vs.
Brian Baker (1-2 4.70)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 6-3 (11 inn.) @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (4-1, 2.29) vs.
Justin Fitzgerald (2-2, 3.99)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY vs. Wilmington, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Tim Melville (2-4, 5.17)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 6-3 @ Lakewood 7:05 p.m. A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.91) vs.
Jesse Biddle (1-4, 5.47)

Norfolk 4 Syracuse 1
• Maya (L, 1-3) 7⅓ IP 7H 4R 3ER 1BB 3K 1HR
• Mandel ⅔ IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
• McConnell 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Brown 1-3, BB

It may be mean, but the reversion to it was apparent in Norfolk as the Tides rolled over the Chiefs, 4-1. Syracuse starter Yunesky Maya pitched well enough to win, going seven and 1/3rd innings with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk, but the offense stranded 10 baserunners and was 0-for-8 with RISP. Chris McConnell led the hitters with a 2-for-3 effort, including a walk and a stolen base.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 3 (11 inn.)
• Tatusko (ND) 4⅔ IP 6H 2R 1ER 2BB 3K
• Pena 2⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K
• Mattheus (L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Rahl 4-4, BB
• Norris 2-5, 2R, SB

As is often the case, when the bullpen is driven like rental, it’s going to break down, as Ryan Mattheus served up a three-run walkoff with two outs in the 11th for a 6-3 Sens loss. Starter Ryan Tatusko improved from his last outing, but couldn’t get out of the fifth, allowing two runs on six hits over four and 2/3rds. Carlos Martinez, Cory VanAllen, and Hassan Pena held Richmond to just one run over the next four and a 1/3rd to enable the Sens to eventually tie it in the eighth on a throwing error as Derek Norris and Archie Gilbert executed a double steal and Norris scampered in with the 3rd Harrisburg run. Chris Rahl had a career night, reaching base five times in five PAs with a walk and four singles.

Potomac — OFF DAY

The P-Nats return home for yet another mini-homestand of three games against first-place Wilmington, with Cameron Selik set to make his first Pfitz start. Naturally, there is rain in the forecast for each game.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 3
• Grace (L, 3-4) 4⅓ IP 7H 4R 3ER 2BB 3K
• Freitas 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-5, R, 2B
• Harper 1-3, R, BB, SB

Bryce Harper extended his hit streak to 16 with a third-inning single, but the Suns dropped the series finale to the Shorebirds, 6-3. Matt Grace went the first four and 1/3rd innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks and striking out three. Matt Swynenberg and Sam Brown followed from the bullpen but neither was particularly effective, each giving up a run over the finals four and 2/3rds. David Freitas and Adrian Sanchez both singled and doubled to lead the seven-hit offensive output, six of which came from the top four batters.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Harper’s grand slam highlights Wednesday night in the minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-2 @ Norfolk, 12:15 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-2, 3.55) vs.
Chris George (2-2, 4.23)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 13-2 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (1-3, 6.35) vs.
David Mixon (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Nationals Won, 10-4 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns Won, 11-5 vs. Delmarva, 6:35 p.m. A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.91) vs.
Jacob Pettit (3-0, 2.89)

Before folks comment on names you might see in the box score, I plan to do a transaction catchup post later this afternoon. Most notable: Sammy Solis has been assigned to Potomac

Syracuse 4 Norfolk 2
• Stammen (W, 2-2) 7⅓ IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 6K 1HR
• Wilkie (S, 3) 1⅔ 0H 0R 0BB 3K
• Brown 2-3, 2R, BB
• Aubrey 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-4, RBI

With a 4-2 win over Norfolk, the Syracuse Chiefs have put together their first three-game win streak of season. Starter Craig Stammen went seven and 1/3rd innings for his second win of the season while Josh Wilkie retired the last five batters, three by way of the K, for his third save. Corey Brown, Michael Aubrey, and Chris Marrero went 6-for-11 collectively with three runs and three RBIs, a double, and a walk between them.

Altoona 13 Harrisburg 2
• Davis (ND) 2IP 4H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K
• Barthmaier (L, 0-2) 3IP 7H 5R 5ER 0BB 5K 2HR
• Chico 2IP 5H 5R 4ER 0BB 1K 1HR
• Rhinehart 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Antonelli 2-4, R
• Valdez 2-4, 2B, RBI

The bullpen woes of the Senators continued with three relievers coughing up 11 runs over six innings in a 13-2 beatdown. Starter Erik Davis went the first two innings but left with a knee injury after pitching to two batters in the third inning (both inherited runners scored). Bill Rhinehart became the first position player to pitch for Harrisburg and was the most effective pitcher yesterday, retiring three of four batters faced on 14 pitches. Matt Antonelli and Jesus Valdez both went 2-for-4 to lead the offense, which was held to just six hits.

Potomac 10 Winston-Salem 4
• Demny (W, 1-2) 6IP 4H 4R 4ER 2BB 6K 2HR
• Frias 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
• Bloxom 1-3, 3R, 3B, 2BB, RBI
• Ramirez 2-5, R, RBI
• Perez 2-4, RBI

While perhaps aided by the cozy dimensions of BB&T park, the P-Nats scored a season-high 10 runs, highlighted by a four-run sixth and three ejections. Francisco Soriano and manager Matt Lecroy were both tossed after the shortstop argued a called third strike in the fifth. Two innings later Steven Souza followed suit. Starter Paul Demny notched his first win of the season with four runs allowed over six innings on four hits, two of which were home runs. Joze Lozada, subbing for Soriano, J.P. Ramirez and Eury Perez each collected two hits.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 5
• Jordan (W, 6-0) 6IP 7H 5R 2ER 0BB 0K
• Holland (S, 1) 3IP 3H 0R 0BB 2K
• Harper 4-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI
• Sanchez 4-5, 4R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Martinson 2-3, 2B, RBI

Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to 15 games in grand fashion, slamming in four runs in the bottom of the third as Hagerstown scored the last 11 runs in an 11-5 rout of Delmarva. The 18-year-old also went 4-for-5 to raise his average to a Sally-League-leading .396, his RBI total to 30 (tied w/ 2 others), and his slugging percentage to .712. Taylor Jordan returned from the DL to get his sixth win with all five runs allowed (two earned) on seven hits while Neil Holland got the rulebook save with three scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking none and striking out two.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Three of four win on Tuesday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 6-3 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Craig Stammen (1-2, 3.45) vs.
Rick VandenHurk (2-4, 5.93)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 9-2 vs. Altoona, 10:30 a.m. Erik Davis (1-1, 3.08) vs.
Jeff Locke (1-3, 3.41)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Paul Demny (0-2, 2.28) vs.
Andre Rienzo (1-0, 2.27)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-3 vs. Delmarva, 6:35 p.m. Matt Grace (3-3, 4.31) vs.
Tim Adleman (3-1, 5.28)

Syracuse 6 Norfolk 3
• Milone (W, 2-3) 7⅔ IP 5H 3R 3ER 0BB 7K 1HR
• Kimball (S, 5) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
• Aubrey 2-3, BB
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Brown 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Every Syracuse player except for McConnell got a hit, as the Chiefs made a team effort to beat Norfolk by a score of 6-3. Milone pitched his best game of the year, going seven and 2/3rds innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out seven. Corey Brown, Michael Aubrey, Chris Marrero and Tug Hulett each collected two hits, accounting for four runs, two doubles, three walks and four RBIs between them.

Harrisburg 9 Altoona 2
• Martis (W, 1-1) 6IP 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K 1HR
• Pena 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
• Rahl 3-5, R, 2-3B, RBI, SB
• Rhinehart 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Norris 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB

Bill Rhinehart went deep twice last night — the fourth straight game a Senator has hit two home runs — as Harrisburg crushed Altoona, 9-2. Shairon Martis threw his first quality start and got the win with a line of two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three. Chris Rahl led the hit parade with a single and two triples, Rhinehart’s two HR drove in four, while Derek Norris and Jonathan Tucker both singled and doubled as the Senators pounded out 12 hits total. As predicted in the comments, Matt Antonelli was activated from the DL.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Holder (L, 1-4) 6⅓ IP 8H 5R 4ER 0BB 2K
• Weaver 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Hood 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ramirez 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A two-run triple punctuated a three-run seventh as the Dash overcame a 3-2 deficit to defeat the P-Nats by a 5-3 score for the second straight night. Half of the eight hits that Holder allowed came with one out in the seventh, leading to his team-high fourth loss of the season. Potomac was all-or-nothing on offense, with all three runs coming via the longball (HRs by Destin Hood and J.P. Ramirez) and only five hits overall, with just one P-Nat (Eury Perez) reaching base twice (double, walk).

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 3
• Hansen (W, 4-1) 6IP 7H 3R 2ER 3BB 4K
• Manno 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kelso 2-4, 2B, 1BB, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Harper 2-5, RBI

Hagerstown broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the third and scored in the next two innings, as the pitchers grounded the Shorebirds the rest of the way en route to a 7-3 victory that put the Suns in sole possession of first place in the Sally League North. Starting pitcher Bobby Hansen got the win, going six complete innings allowing only three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out four. Kelso and Sanchez combined to go 4-for-9 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBI. Bryce Harper extended hist hit streak to 14 games with an RBI single that he failed to stretch into a double. Still no official word as to which player(s) have been removed with the additions of A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Another split, with the AA and AAA teams winning and stopping their losing streaks

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-4 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Tom Milone (1-3, 4.40) vs.
Chris Jakubauskas (0-1, 18.90)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (0-1, 4.73) vs.
Aaron Pribanic (3-0, 1.86)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-3, 6.18) vs.
Terry Doyle (0-4, 4.11)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-2 vs. Delmarva, 10:35 a.m. Bobby Hansen (3-1, 4.37) vs.
Luis Noel (2-2, 4.75)

Syracuse 8 Norfolk 4
• Meyers (W, 1-0) 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 1BB 5K
• Martin, J (H, 2) 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Hulett 2-2, R, 2-2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Flores 2-4, R, HR, 5RBI

Brad Meyers’ AAA debut was a bit pedestrian, but he had the fortune of throwing it on a night when the Chiefs offense wasn’t its usual self as Syracuse doubled up Norfolk 8-4, stopping the Syracuse four-game losing streak. Meyers gave up all four runs on five hits and a walk over five innings to get the win. The bullpen, led by J.D. Martin, tossed four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. Tug Hulett and Jesus Flores powered the offense with four hits, two doubles, two walks, a grand slam by Flores, and seven RBI.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2
• Arnesen (ND) 5⅓ IP 2H 2R 2ER 1BB 6K 1HR
• Barthmaier 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
• VanAllen 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• Mattheus (W, 2-0) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Pahuta 2-3, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Norris 0-2, R, 2BB

The all-or-nothing nature of the Sens offense (two Tim Pahuta solo HRs, nine K’s) continued, but the losses stopped as the Altoona ‘pen and defense faltered in the 9th for anticlimactic walkoff. Derek Norris drew the leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second. After an intentional walk to Pahuta and unintentional walk to Jonathan Tucker, Jesus Valdez tapped to third but the Curve couldn’t execute the 5-4-3 DP, giving the Sens a 3-2 win. Starter Erik Arnesen went the first five and 1/3rd innings, giving up both runs on two hits (one home run) and a walk. Jimmy Barthmaier, Cory VanAllen and Ryan Mattheus combined for three and 2/3rds of scoreless relief. Josh Johnson was placed on the DL, retroactive to May 6, but a corresponding move has not yet been made

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Clegg (ND) 5IP 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
• Wort 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, SB, RBI
• Lozada 2-2, 2B, 3B, 2BB
• Ramirez 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Ian Gac’s two-run shot in the bottom of the 7th off Joe Testa capped a three-run rally and was the difference in a 5-3 win by Winston-Salem over Potomac. Starter Mitchell Clegg gave up two runs, but unlike last Tuesday afternoon got eight outs in between them, as he went the first five innings and allowed six hits and a walk. Destin Hood and Jose Lozada combined for four of the eight P-Nat hits and six of the 10 baserunners, seven of which were stranded as just Hood was able to drive in a runner from scoring position in 10 opportunities.

Delmarva 3 Hagerstown 2
• Ray (ND) 5IP 1H 0R 0BB 6K
Eusebio (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 2K
• Harper 2-4, 2K
• Kelso 2-4
• Martinson 1-2, 2SH, SB
• Oduber 1-1, R, BB, 3SB

Robbie Ray’s Low-A debut was a brilliant one-hit, six-K, five-inning performance, but the ‘pen couldn’t hold the 1-0 lead as the Hagerstown Suns lost 3-2 to Delmarva. Bryce Harper’s first-inning infield single extended his hitting streak to 13 games, but the clutch hit eluded the Suns all game long as they went 0-for-8 with RISP and had two baserunners picked off, and went 4-for-6 on stolen-base attempts, with Randolph Oduber swiping three and taking the Sally League lead with 13. Two errors, two passed balls, and two wild pitches also put pressure on the Suns but all three runs were earned. Ray’s activation was listed on MiLB.com but the corresponding move was not, as 26 men are listed on the roster as this goes to virtual press