Wednesday’s News & Notes

Two out of three ain’t bad, but that loss was

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-0 @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Brad Meyers (3-1, 2.45) vs.
Mitch Atkins (0-0, 9.00)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 20-6 vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-2, 6.75) vs.
Joe Wieland (1-2, 2.52)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse-Rochester — PPD
Oh, look: A rainout! The fifth postponement of the season for Syracuse will force this game to be made up as a doubleheader on Saturday, June 25.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 0
• Peacock (W, 4-1) 7IP 2H 0R 1BB 8K
• McCoy (H, 3) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Mattheus (S, 4) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Johnson 3-5, 2-2B,
• Lombardozzi 2-5, RBI
• Tucker 3-4, SB

Stellar pitching and solo HRs from Derek Norris and Bill Rhinehart carried the Harrisburg Senators past the Bowie Baysox, 3-0. Brad Peacock, Pat McCoy, and Ryan Mattheus combined for a two-hit shutout, the second in as many nights, with Peacock lowering his ERA to 1.16 and raising his strikeout tally to 36 — both second-best in the Eastern League. The longballs helped mask a poor performance in the clutch as the Sens were just 1-for-12 with RISP and left nine men on base.

Myrtle Beach 20 Potomac 6
• Clegg (L, 1-2) 3⅔ IP 13H 11R 7ER 1BB 1K 1HR
• Demmin 3⅓ IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 3K 1HR
• Higley 3-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Leon 2-4, R, 2B, 3-3 SB-CS

See my take on yesterday’s debacle. Or not. We won’t blame you.

Hagerstown 8 Rome 2
• Jordan (ND) 2⅓ IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K
• Applebee (W, 1-1) 3⅔ 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 1HR
• Graham 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Harper 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

RHP Taylor Jordan’s bid for win #6 was derailed by a line drive off his left elbow, but a five-run 7th secured an 8-2 victory for the Hagerstown Suns, capping another four-game sweep and and winning the season series 8-0. Bryce Harper sparked the rally with bunt single, took second on a walk, and stole third. He came home on a groundout, finishing the game at 2-for-5, which raised his average to .358. Michael Taylor also doubled twice and drove in two and scored two runs. Paul Applebee got the win with one run allowed on two hits and walks over three and 2/3rds innings of relief.

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.

12 thoughts on “Wednesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Thanks for emphasizing the left elbow on Jordon, scary nonetheless.

    I keep seeing bunts on Harper’s line, wonder if the opposing infield is Way back, so this is his way to counterpunch.

  2. Hi Sue. What do you make of Sandy Leon? He had a pretty good year last year and seems to be doing well so far this year.Do you seen him turning into a decent prospect?

    1. Leon has been a pleasant surprise on offense. Defensively, he’s lived up to his billing and yesterday was no fluke – bullets to both second and third. I’m old-school in that if a catcher can call a good game, control the basepaths, block the plate then anything you get out of his bat is just gravy. Leon seems to fit the more classic model of a catcher that’s learning to hit versus the trend of hitters being asked to learn how to catch that’s been popular lately.

      1. Sandy had a great defensive season last year at Hagerstown – he can block just about anything tossed his way. His bat was the only question. If he starts hitting consistently, there might be a diamond in the rough here. 🙂

  3. Missed you guys. I’ve been real busy with work, and need to work harder to make the site my first stop on the interwebs.

    I’m assuming Harper’s hitting enough for Potomac. Defense and attitude holding him back? Have we started the “guess when Bryce gets promoted talk?” yet.

    Glad to see Selik got moved up. Guess he’s ready and there’s room at the inn?

    Nice to see Peacock starting and doing well. Hopefully he’s starting to get on people’s radar and that can be one more name to apply some pressure or depth to the crew at Syracuse.

  4. Man, I wish I had me some funds and time! Brad Meyers at Bowie! That would be on like Donkey Kong. Anybody going to that game? If so, please pretty please put up some kind of scouting report.

    1. @souldrummer, AA is a pretty big leap. Pretty close to major league pitching, lots of good true pitching prospects.

      As I recall Marerro had a pretty long adjustment period last year? … and he has never repeated his early in his career power numbers. Tyler Moore is another guy having adjustment problems. Its a wait and see at this point as far as their offense I guess.

      And yeah, you’ll have to expect its going to happen to Harper as well once he gets to that level.

      We should be grateful that H’burg’s pitching coach Randy Tomlin was able to help Tatusko past his rut. He is starting to pitch like Peacock now. Pretty decent rotation with Meyers, Peacock, Tatusko, Davis and Atilano as the fifth starter.

  5. Is Taylor Jordan okay? I hope the injury isn’t serious, he’s been pitching very well.

  6. Selik to Potomac, Demmin to “extended spring training purgatory,” and Weaver into the Potomac bullpen. My guess on who makes way for Selik is Holder. The days rest makes sense and Holder probably is the worst of the 5 starters (Clegg’s ridiculously bad outing makes his numbers worse, but that could have been a one-off night)

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