Sunday’s News & Notes

Six wins and two losses. Guess which I got to see?!

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-7; Won, 8-3 vs. Charlotte 6:30 p.m. TBD vs. Gaby Hernandez (2-5, 8.77)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-3 vs. Bowie, 5:00 p.m. Erik Davis (1-1, 3.55) and
Oliver Perez (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Chorye Spoone (0-1, 3.12) and
Tim Bascom (2-1, 4.76)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 10-5; Lost, 7-2 vs. Lynchburg, 12:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-3, 7.63) and
Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.42) vs.
Willie Kempf (2-3, 7.96) and
Blaine Sims (0-0, 1.65)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-6; Won, 2-1 @ Kannapolis, 5:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-7 vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 7 (Comp.)
• Milone (ND) 6⅔ IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K
• Mandel (BS, 1)(W, 1-1) 2IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K 1HR
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Valdez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Hulett 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Jeff Mandel gave away the lead on Friday and nearly the game on Saturday until Tug Hulett’s solo HR and Chris Marrero’s RBI single gave him the blown-save-win and the Chiefs an 8-7 victory. Tom Milone started and got the no-decision with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. He also struck out six.

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 3
• Stammen (W, 5-2) 7IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K
• Carr 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
• Aubrey 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Antonelli 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hulett 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

Syracuse got five first-inning runs and cruised to an 8-3 victory in the “nightcap.” Craig Stammen got the win with seven strong innings, allowing all three Charlotte runs on eight its and two walks while striking out five. Michael Aubrey paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, including a double and an RBI.
The expected Yunesky Maya move has not officially occurred, but Collin Balester was optioned back from DC while Atahualpa Severino was activated from the DL

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 3
• Martis (W, 2-2) 6IP 5H 0R 1BB 5K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, 2B
• Moore 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Norris 2-2, 3R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• King 2-4, 2RBI

The Sens won their fifth straight with an 8-3 takedown of the Baysox. Shairon Martis tossed six scoreless innings to get the win, lowering his ERA to 3.57 while the quadrimvirate of Steve Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore, Derek Norris, and Stephen King combined for eight of the 14 Harrisburg hits, with Norris homering for the fifth time in his last nine games played.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 5 — GAME ONE
• Holder (L, 2-6) 1⅔ IP 9H 8R 8ER 2BB 0K 1HR
• Olbrychowski 3⅓ IP 1H 0R 3BB 2K
• Higley 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 1-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Demny (L, 1-5) 4IP 6H 6R 6ER 5BB 4K 2HR
• Martin 2IP 0H 0R 1B 2K
• Hood 1-3, R, HR, RBI

FWIW, here’s my take on LNIW.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 6 (Comp.)
• Hansen 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 1HR
• Graham (W, 1-1) 2IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB
• Rogers 2-3, R

A four-run eighth, highlighted by Adrian Sacnhez’s two-out, two-RBI single, powered the Suns past the Tourists for an 8-6 win in the completion. Relievers Matt Swynenberg and Ben Graham both gave up a run over two innings with Graham getting the decision. Sanchez led Hagerstown’s offense with a 3-for-5 effort and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1
• Jordan (ND) 5IP 4H 1R 0ER 1BB 5K
• Eusebio 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, R

Michael Taylor scored the tying run in the 6th and singled to left in the 9th, an error erasing the RBI, but not the game-winning run as the Suns swept the de facto doubleheader with a 2-1 win. Taylor Jordan started and went the first five innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Wilson Eusebio, Chris Manno, and Neil Holland combine four four scoreless innings of relief with Holland getting the win.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Rangers 7
• Pineyro (ND) 3IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K
• Heredia (W, 1-0) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
• B. Valdez 1-3, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Reyes 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Difo 1-2, 2R, 3BB

A six-run top of the 9th, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Bienvenido Valdez, catapulted the D-Nats past the D-Rangersfor an improbable 8-7 win.
Ivan Pineyro (19 y.o.) started the game and struck out six but was touched for three runs on three hits and two walks. Inocencio Heredia got the win with two scoreless innings in relief. Two of the 2010 IFA Signees — Diomedes Eusebio, 1-4 @ 3B; Dioncio Rosario, 0-4 @ CF — were spotted in the lineup.

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.

8 thoughts on “Sunday’s News & Notes”

  1. Martis with another strong outing. He just needs that consistency of many good outings.

    1. Martis is still young but he would be repeating levels. That is not usually considered a good thing.

      1. Agreed. Martis had a problem keeping the ball low in the zone. Yet another Nats AAAA type of pitcher that needs another pitch in his repetoire. Martis is one of the guys who could surprise us and put it all together.

  2. Harper’s OPS is .595 the past 10 games. Bye-bye, pre-June promotion.

    Also, has anyone else noticed that Hood is 8th in the Carolina League (was 4th not too long ago) in wOBA, but everyone ahead of him is at least 2 years older?

  3. I’ve commented as much before on Martis … but what exactly is he proving to us in AA? This is a guy who was in the Nats opening day rotation just two years ago. I realize he’s young, and perhaps I’m being a bit judgmental … but its the same story with Oliver Perez. Even when these types of guys throw 6 shutout innings, its really hard to get a takeaway from that. Shouldn’t a former major league pitcher consistently throw 6 shutout innings in the lower minor league levels?

    At least he’s not taking up a 40-man spot.

    1. I’ve commented as much before on Martis … but what exactly is he proving to us in AA? This is a guy who was in the Nats opening day rotation just two years ago.

      At least he’s not taking up a 40-man spot.

      He was placed on the 40-man by Segway Joy-riding Leather pants. The key is the last statement he’s not on the 40-man he’s been passed but he is still young.

      In the case of Perez I guess he is like Yunesky Maya. He needs to show something now.

      As far as the competition at that level. They have better pitchers (and in Perez’s case younger pitchers) ahead of them in AAA now. That was not the case as early as last year at this time. It shows vast improvement in pitching in the minor league system doesn’t it?

    2. Martis lacks a reliable out pitch. If he could develop one (say, a forkball or cutter) to go along with his 4-seam/curve/slider repitoire, he’d gain value. Throwing 87-91 with one off-speed pitch isn’t going to interest anyone, including Rizzo at this point.

  4. I kind of like these here’s the latest … Randy Knorr addresses Maya’s big league performance as well …

    AUDIO– 5-29: Randy Knorr Interview: Our weekly interview with Syracuse Manager Randy Knorr…

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