Saturday’s News & Notes

The Suns remain red-hot, the P-Nats are rained out, the Suns and Chiefs lose

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-1 @ Durham, 5:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-2, 3.73) vs.
Alexander Torres (2-2, 1.78)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 7-4 vs. Reading, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (1-2, 5.68) vs.
Ryan Edell (2-1, 3.86)
Potomac Nationals Postponed @ Kinston, 4:30 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 2.15) and
Cameron Selik (A+ Debut) vs.
Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 1.54) and
Clayton Cook (1-2, 5.09)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-2 vs. Lexington, 6:35 p.m. A.J. Cole (Low-A Debut) vs.
Tanner Bushue (4-0, 3.13)

Durham 3 Syracuse 1
• Stammen 6IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K 1HR
• Kimball 2IP 1H 0ER 3BB 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Maldonado 3-3, BB, RBI, E, PB
• Brown 1-4, 3B, 3K

After tying the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning, the Chiefs relief pitchers couldn’t do their part, allowing Durham to score both inherited runners in the bottom of the seventh, which turned out to be the difference as Syracuse lost to Durham, 3-1. Starting pitcher Craig Stammen pitched a decent game, going six full innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three. Despite Maldonado going 3-for-3 on the night (with an RBI) the Chiefs mustered only six hits, losing their 18th game of the season against just nine wins.

Harrisburg 7 Reading 4
• Davis 5⅔ IP 4H 5R 2ER 3BB 3K
• Arnesen ⅓ IP 3H 2ER 0BB 0K
• Martinez 2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 1K
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B,
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Tucker 2-4, R

Despite the fact that the Senators were able to grab an early 3-0 in the first inning, thanks to Bill Rhinehart’s 3-run blast, his fifth of the season, Reading fought back, scoring two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth, winning the game by a score of 7-4. Starting pitcher Erik Davis went five and 2/3rds innings, allowing five runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Tyler Moore, Jonathan Tucker, and Jesus Valdez each collected two hits as the Sens got ten for the night, but stranded eight runners.

Potomac-Kinston — PPD

The team’s sixth rainout will result in its fifth doubleheader on Saturday afternoon and evening in Kinston.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• Grace (W, 3-3) 6⅓ IP 6H 2R 1ER 3BB 3K
• Eusebio (H, 3) 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K, 1-3 IR-S
• Harper 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, two OF assists (1B, HP)
• Sanchez 2-5, R
• Freitas 2-4, R, 2RBI

Streaks are the story for the Suns. Bryce Harper’s two doubles now has his run at 10 games as Hagerstown won its eighth straight with a 5-2 decision over the Lexington Legends. Matt Grace spun his second quality start in as many starts with two runs allowed (one earned) on six hits and three walks over six and 1/3rd innings, while Wilson Eusebio notched his third hold with one and 2/3rds innings of relief for his third consecutive outing with no earned runs. Adrian Sanchez and David Freitas each got two hits as the Suns got ten for the night, though they also committed four errors. As mentioned in the comments, Neil Holland has been summoned from XST to replace Cameron Selik

Author: April Whitzman

April is the Chief Foreign Correspondent for, and a lifelong fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos. Based out of Ottawa, she also runs and writes for

13 thoughts on “Saturday’s News & Notes”

    1. @Gonats: I think he’d gone nearly a week without a game appearance – probably just a little rust.

      April – Hope you’re right about McCatty getting the start tonight for HAG, although Applebee wouldn’t be a bad 2nd choice imho.

  1. A.J. Cole have been promoted to Hagerstown and will start today. Robbie Ray is supposed to start Monday.

      1. Interesting development, but it leaves me a little on-edge regarding Solis’ injury status.

  2. Any idea how Harper’s defense in RF is coming along? Seems the only reason to keep him in Hagerstown, although how to share the OF starts at Potomac w/ Ramirez, Perez and Hood would be a challenge.

    1. If I were tasked with that, I’d go Ramirez-Perez-Hood, Ramirez-Harper-Hood, Perez-Harper-Hood, Ramirez-Perez-Harper and repeat every four games, the odd man out at DH. The problem is that they’ve been using the DH slot to keep Dykstra in the lineup. Both Ramirez and Hood lack polish in the OF, particularly Ramirez.

      1. Sue, couldn’t they just move one of them back to Hagerstown. Potomac doesn’t seem to have anyone from their outfield hitting right now. When your best hitting outfielder has an OPS of .648, it’s getting time for a demotion or two.
        Hood seems to have more upside than Ramirez. Ramirez is still listed @ 5′ 10″ which is what he was listed 2-3 years ago. You have to hope there’s gonna be a growth spurt in there before he’s finished.

        1. Sure, they could, but I don’t think they will. As for Ramirez, I’d love to see the Afro or pompadour he had at the time because he’s only 5’10” in heels (which I don’t want to see).

  3. Today could be the best pitching for tne nats to date. With actual prsopects starting at every level of the minors(Maya debatable). Should be a fun day

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