Tuesday’s News & Notes

Sens win to prevent a complete case of the Mondays for the Nats minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-4 @ Louisville, 6:35 p.m. Brad Meyers (3-0, 3.09) vs.
Scott Carroll (2-2, 5.01)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-6 vs. New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (7-1, 2.13) vs.
Henderson Alvarez (2-0, 1.50)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-1 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Garrett Mock (de facto rehab) vs.
Joseph Serafin (0-4, 5.67)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-0; Lost, 4-3 @ Kannapolis, 7:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.47) vs.
Jimmy Ballinger (2-3, 2.00)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. DSL Giants @ DSL Cubs2, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 9 Syracuse 4
• Detwiler (L, 3-5) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 5K 1HR
• Mandel 1IP 2H 0R 0BB 0K
• Aubrey 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Flores 2-4, RBI

Ross Detwiler’s woes continue as the lefthander lost for the fifth time in the month of May and allowed four or more runs for his sixth straight start as the Louisville Bats slugged the Syracuse Chiefs, 9-4. A three-run homer in the four-run Louisville fourth was the bulk of the damage, as Detwiler allowed more baserunners than innings pitched for the ninth time in 10 starts. Michael Aubrey and Jesus Flores led the late Chiefs charge with a combined effort of 4-for-7 as the Nos. 3 and 4 batters in the Syracuse lineup.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 6
• Roark (W, 2-1) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 2K 1HR
• Moore 2-2, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Rhinehart 1-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2RBI

Twice the Senators answered two-run innings with three runs and held off a late charge to win 7-6, sweeping the five-game series and extending the win streak to eight games. Bill Rhinehart’s 9th HR was the second of the three-spots put up, and gave the Sens the lead for good, with Tyler Moore’s solo shot in the 5th providing the final margin of victory. Tanner Roark set down 10 straight to finish his six innings of work, overcoming four runs early for his second win of the year.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-3) 7⅔ 13H 7R 3ER 2BB 5K, PO at 1B
• Testa ⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K IR-S: 1-0
• Kobernus 1-3
• Souza 4BB, 2SB
• Leon PO at 1B, CS

Winston-Salem’s Ryan Buch was unhittable but wild, allowing no hits through six and 2/3rds but walking five in a 7-1 win over Potomac. Potomac starter Danny Rosenbaum flirted with disaster in every single inning, with the defense failing him for four unearned runs on two errors but also turning four double plays with Rosenbaum and Sandy Leon each picking a runner off first base. Jeff Kobernus got the lone P-Nat hit with two outs in the eighth while Steve Souza drew four of the team’s eight walks (none intentional).

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 0 — GAME ONE
• Cole (L, 0-4) 5IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K
• Kelso 1-3
• Newsome 1-3

A.J. Cole continues to pitch well but still lose, dropping his fourth decision without a win in a 3-0 loss to Kannapolis. The 19-year-old tossed five innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out six, and lowered his ERA to 3.38. The Suns managed just two hits, with Blake Kelso and Brett Newsome both going 1-for-3. Wade Moore and Sammy Solis were added to the roster over the last two days, but which players were removed is still not known — presumably Chris Curran and a pitcher.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• Solis 4⅔ 4H 3R 3ER 3BB 7K
• Eusebio 1⅓ 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Harper 2-3, BB, CS
• Newsome 2-3, R, 2B
• Leonida 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Cole Leonida’s two-run triple capped off a three-run fourth, but Sammy Solis ran into trouble in the fifth, giving up the tying runs. Wilson Eusebio surrendered the game-winning home run in the bottom of the sixth as the Kannapolis Intimidators took the nightcap and swept the doubleheader with a 4-3 win. Solis struck out seven over four and 2/3rds innings and allowed four hits and three walks. Bryce Harper and Brett Newsome each went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns offense.

DSL Giants 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Baez, G (L, 0-1) 4IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K 1HR
• Escolastico 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K, PO at 2B
• Ortega 2-3, 2SB
• Mejia 1-2, 2B

Gregory Baez returned to the DSL, perhaps only until the GCL starts up, and tossed four strong innings in a 4-1, rain-shortened (presumably) loss. The 19-year-old gave up a single, a homer, and a walk while striking out five. “Fred” Ortega went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases while 17-year-old Bryan Mejia got the only other hit for the D-Nats, a double.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. 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.

17 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. I don’t know when the first half of the season ends in High A, but it can’t come fast enough for the PNats.

    Go Harrisburg!, sweeping a 5 game series is almost impossible.

    Very much looking forward to Robbie Ray’s performance tonight.

    1. Actually Mark, it may come too quickly. The P-Nats have some issues to resolve, both on and possibly off the field as well. The team isn’t hitting, pitching, or fielding particularly well at this point, and there may be some clubhouse cliques developing that can damage a team environment overall. There are a lot of games left to be played, but I’m starting to be concerned, as the sum of the parts (to date) has produced far less than expected, IMO.

  2. Sue, any info, rumor, tell-tale signs that Harper is going to be promoted to Potomac and, if so, when. I have to plan my trip down there. Ha, ha!

  3. Carlos “not-Smiley” Alvarez is being shown as transferred to Auburn’s roster. So he’ll finally get his stateside debut, as a rather “old” for the level, 25 yr old.

    1. They finally got him a U. S. work permit. Understandably, the U.S. doesn’t like people who traffic in phony identification.
      A 25 year old in Auburn is not ‘rather old’, that’s extremely old. But, they might as well see if they can even get 5 cents on the dollar for their $1.8 million investment.

  4. I just read from Byron Kerr that Solis hit 95 and was sitting around 92-95 for his 4 2/3… and said he tried out in the 5th…wow if he can stay healthy we could really use a kid like him from the left side.

  5. Was it Cole or Ray pitching in game one at Hagerstown? The stat summary says Ray, but the narrative says Cole.

  6. Moore and Rhinehart tearing it up with the long ball (our 2011 “Bash Brothers”). Norris and Gilbert are not far behind, either. It’s nice to see actual offense in the organization.

  7. Good to see a decent start for Solis. He dominated for 4 innings but tired in the 5th. Not too many lefties throw 93-95 so the uptick in velocity is promising. It will be great to see if Robbie Ray can keep up his incredibly hot start tonight in Kannapolis. It looks like we got 2 promising lefties in the 2010 draft.

  8. Are we ready to say that Tyler Moore is a legit prospect? I did not expect him to hit as well as he has in the Eastern League. .288/.318/.538(!).856 OPS? In 184 ABs that’s starting to feel legit. Nats could so use a real first base prospect.

  9. Soul – I agree. His numbers are comparable to Marrero’s, in fact Moore does have overall better offensive numbers, most notable: Moore: 28 R, 9 HR, 99TB, .856 OPS/ Marrero 21 R, 5 HR 77 TB .771 OPS. But on the downside Moore is almost 2 years older. Marrero is also a former #1 pick and is 1″ taller – for a 1B you need all the height you can get. Marrero’s defense (2 E vs. Morre’s 5 E) also projects as average for a MLB level, which is higher than anyone thought for Chris. I haven’t seen or heard of any ML projection for Moore, which probably for him at age 24 is not a good thing. Moore might project soon, but Marrero is directly in his way. The only way for Moore to get the FO’s eye ahead of Marrero is to have another HR output like he did last year and keep those error’s to a minimum.

    1. Mark L: Moore is only a year older, but still a level behind Marrero in development. Granted, he’s a former college player versus a HS signee, so the comparison is a bit skewed – Look more toward their level-to-level comps for a fair evaluation…

      Marrero – (POT): [18-20]: 250GP, .269/.344/.452 slash, 36HR, 138RBI, 215K, 99BB.
      Moore, T. (POT) – [23]: 129GP, .269/.321/.552 slash, 31HR, 111RBI, 125K, 40BB.

      Marrero, C. (HAR) – [20-21]: 164GP, .290/.349/.442 slash, 19HR, 93RBI, 120K, 51BB.
      Moore, T. (HAR) – [24], as of 5/30/11: 47GP, .288/.318/.538 slash, 9HR, 23RBI, 45K, 5BB.

      Marrero has shown to be more patient at the plate, and has a better OBP, but Moore shows far more power at equivalent levels. It’s a toss-up as to who you like more offensively; Marrero might have the slightest edge defensively, FWIW.

  10. Soul – as a follow up, there has been some talk about having Derek Morris at 1B in the next two years while keeping Wilson at catcher. The question is how do you keep all those powerful bats in the linuep? In two years (2013) you want Werth, Harper, Norris, Wilson in the day-to-day lineup, so someone has to go. I could even foresee both Marrero AND Moore getting traded / cut.

  11. Auburn Doubleday’s – DH – Carlos Alverez… a.k.a. Esmailyn “Smiley” Gonzales. Sue – what’s the scoop?

    1. As “the other Mark” noted, it’s most likely that they were finally able to get him a work permit but I don’t expect very much from him.

  12. He should crush in Auburn, to be honest. I expect a .350 BA or more. As far as his plan in the Nats farm system, I can only assume they don’t want him there, but they’re trying to get as much as they can and maybe sell some tickets in the process.

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