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.

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

12 thoughts on “Wednesday’s News & Notes”

  1. I’m very disappointed in the Potomac Nationals performance this year. Not only from a team Wins standpoint but that there doesn’t seem to be anybody producing there other than Daniel Rosenbaum (1.16 WHIP 1.98 ERA 29K’s in 36IP)… I have only made it to maybe 3 games this year… do you think it Mathew LeCroy’s coaching or just poor prospects. The reason I bring this up is because LeCroy had a poor record in Hagerstown last year… but with the same underperforming prospects. Any thoughts or comments on this?

    1. You mean you didn’t see the reason on here the other day? It’s the batting cage’s fault.

  2. PNatsFan: At least from a pitching perspective, I think the Potomac team was bound to have a bit of a lull. After all, they’ve won two straight league championship series and have “graduated” a ton of arms to AA. At some point you’d have to think the gravy train of arms would run a bit dry.

    Looking at their rotation and high-leverage bullpen guys, versus where they were drafted, kinda tells the story a bit

    Starters and draft rounds: 22nd, 6th, 21st, 3rd (Holder, a known over-draft/under-slot pick) and 22nd.

    Their closer was a 13th round college senior pick. Bronson 29th, Word 30th. Weaver 7th, Smoker a supp-1st.

    But, overall the point is they have a number of “organizational guys” in the rotation and bullpen. Outside the top 10 rounds, you’re basically drafting long shots. And outside the 20th round you’re drafting guys to fill out your rosters.

  3. Todd Boss makes some good points but when you are batting .225 overall as a team (8th) and your pitching 4.93 era (8th) is dead last out of an eight team league you are not going to win many games no matter how many so called prospects are on your roster.

    1. Harper might be the exception to this, but folks ought to remember that you can count the number of position players to get promoted from Hagerstown to Potomac on the hand of a bad shop teacher. You’re more likely to see someone get dropped down from Harrisburg than promoted from Hagerstown. That’s the new world order under Rizzo.

  4. Why was Erik Davis pulled in the third inning of today’s game? He gives up two singles and gets yanked out of the game. Is he hurt?

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