Friday’s News & Notes

Four out of five affiliates win on Thursday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-3 vs. Louisville, 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (3-2, 4.19) vs.
Scott Carroll (4-2, 4.32)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-3 vs. Akron, 7:00 p.m. Tanner Roark (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Austin Adams (4-5, 3.31)
Potomac Nationals Won, 3-1 vs. Salem, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (2-3, 5.70) vs.
Drake Britton (1-6, 6.75)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-1 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (6-4, 4.26) vs.
Scott Copeland (4-4, 5.09)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-2 vs. DSL Marlins vs. DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m. Gregory Baez (0-1, 1.00) vs.
Eduardo Rivera (0-0, 1.80)

Syracuse 4 Louisville 3
• Detwiler (W, 5-5) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Balester (H, 4) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3K
• Antonelli 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Marrero 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Aubrey 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Ross Detwiler backed up a strong start last Saturday with an even stronger start yesterday. He pitched three perfect innings to start the game off. He was touched for a solo HR by Yonder Alonso, the no. 3 preseason prospect in the Reds system according to John Sickels. Detwiler struggled with control in the 7th, walking Alonso to lead off the frame and then Bert Cleven before ending his outing by striking out Daniel Dorn. Balester offered outstanding relief. He wriggled out of Detwiler’s jam by stranding two inherited runners, striking out Michael Griffin on his way to retiring all five batters he faced. Syracuse MI Matt Antonelli continues to rake; after his 2-for-3 plus a walk and a homer afternoon, he is now hitting .423/.463/.684 over his last ten games. Somebody in the front office should be noticing this 25-year-old’s outstanding season by now.

Harrisburg 7 Bingthamton 3
• Martis (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K, HR
• Barthmaier (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2R

A three run 9th homer by Josh Johnson broke the bats last night. They built a strong picket fence earlier in the game with single runs in the first, second, third, and fifth innings. They also brought the speed with stolen bases by Gilbert (1-4, RBI), Tucker (BB, R), Ivany, and Valdez (1-4, R). Shairon Martis answered some of his critics with a high K/BB ratio of 8:2. Jimmy Barthamier, Rafael Martin (in his first outing for Harrisburg this season, and Zech Zinicola combined for four scoreless innings.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 4-3) 7IP, 9H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Nelo (S, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zimmerman 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Bloxom 2-3
• Lozada 2-3, RBI

Six wins at home isn’t bad if it’s late April. A third the way the through June? Well, the 10-game losing streak is over and something appears to be clicking for Danny Rosenbaum. Check out Sue’s take on what happened Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 1
• Solis (W, 1-0) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K, 1HR
• Holland (H, 2) 1⅔ 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson, 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Oduber 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Sammy Solis turned in his long outing of the season, tossing six and 2/3rds innings with a solo HR among the five hits he gave up as the Suns took a 4-1 decision from the Shorebirds. Four Suns got multiple hits but four runners were lost on the basepaths as Delmarva’s Michael Ohlman gunned down three would-be basestealers and Jacob Petit picked off Jason Martinson. Randolph Oduber and Martinson both hit solo shots to lead the Suns offense. Neil Holland and Chris Manno finished the game with two and 1/3rds scoreless relief to earn the hold and save, respectively. Combined with a Greensboro loss, Hagerstown reduced its magic number to 10 games for the Sally League North’s first-half title.

DSL Marlins 6 DSL Nationals 2
• Pineyro (L, 0-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K, 1HR
• Rodriguez, Kel. 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 3-5
• Tillero 2-2, 2BB

A three-run sixth pushed the D-Fish past the D-Nats for a 6-2 decision. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, down 2-1 after his five innings, as Daury Vasquez surrendered four runs over the next three innings. Wilmer Difo led the 10-hit attack with a 3-for-5 game while the D-Nats were a woeful 1-for-14 with RISP and stranded 11 baserunners.

Author: The Two SDs

Souldrummer (a.k.a. The other SD) gets all of the prestige (but none of the pay), helping Sue Dinem on "her" mission to deliver the daily roundup of how the Nats did the previous day, night, or afternoon.

15 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. “Somebody in the front office should be noticing this 25-year-old’s outstanding season by now.” but will they pay attention at all to Mr. Antonelli? Inquiry minds gotta know…

  2. For anyone who has seen him play, is Antonelli for real? I know he was a former first round pick who has battled injuries, but he seemingly has come from out of nowhere.

    1. The time I saw him play, he absolutely killed the ball to LF a couple of times.

      He’s also very quick.

      Looked solid in the field as well.

      To be honest, he looked like a major leaguer playing against minor leaguers.

  3. Can someone give me some intel on Neil Holland in Hagerstown? He has quietly put up some ridiculous numbers so far this season:

    12 G; 18.2 IP; 0.96 ERA; 14 Hits; 0.75 WHIP; 0 walks and 18 strikeouts! .203 BAA

    He was an 11th Round draft pick out of Louisville last year. He’ll be 23 in August and put up decent numbers in Vermont last year. What’s his fastball clock in at? Does he have more than one pitch? What is his ceiling?

    1. Holland is a sidearmer that I saw last Saturday in Hagerstown, though just for a couple of batters. Not overpowering velocity, but appears to be the classic sinker-slider combo.

    1. Awesome, awesome, awesome, Sean. I’m not that draft focused, but I’m eager to look at the draft projections and scouting reports as guys start to come on line in Auburn, Hagerstown and Potomac. Your info will be so very helpful.

  4. More than the wins, what gave me good vibes last night was four strong pitching performances. I’d like to see Detwiler get some action at DC this year. He needs to run off 5-6 quality starts in a row before I start putting him back in the mix. Martis looks like solid OG. Rosenbaum showing something and especially Solis’ outing gives me hope.

    What’s the community read on Solis at this point? Second half boost for Potomac. Hagerstown’s squad could win two championships this year! First half for Hagerstown and second half for Potomac!

  5. Some intell on Holland

    He is the 8th inn guy period for the Suns. He is a better version of Graham . He is 87-89 side armer, throws strikes and is money on the mound. I think if he continues his progress he could develop into a right specialist. The suns love to throw him in the 8th and Manno in the 9th. I like Hollands approach and is very very tough on rightys

  6. The problem for Antonelli is that the Nats are likely looking to take send someone (Bixler) down rather than bring a player up with Zimmerman returning soon. If it was up to me, I would dump Matt Stairs and bring up Antonelli, and give him him a couple of starts a week at 2B, 3b and/or OF.

    BTW, what does Chris Manno need to do to get promoted. His numbers are ridiculous, and he is 22. Would hope that he moves up at least one step within the next month.

  7. Sue, glad you focused on Antonelli today. You look at his numbers and they’re eyepopping, Checking his history and it’s obvious there was a major injury there because he barely played for a year at all. I have no intel at all on what his backstory is, it’s worth knowing.

    Attention fellow members of the Rhinhart Mafia, his OPS for the season is now .948 & last 10 games is 1.236
    Antonelli, as Sue pointed out is 1.000 OPS at Syracuse & last 10 games is 1.148.

    Both of these guys are 26 years old, but to call them OG’s at this point is just not right.

    Not to mention Tyler Moore with an OPS of ONLY .866

    Something to pay attention to, as there are 3-4 guys with the big club who aren’t hitting at all! The Nats F.O. should be talking these guys up big time.

    1. I take the blame (credit?) for hyping up Antonelli a bit. Folks, I think we need to dial down the “Antonelli’s getting a raw deal!” stuff a bit. Jorge Padilla ripped up AAA for a while. It was a wonderful story that he got called up, but his AAA numbers didn’t transfer. Unless I’m getting actual scouting on a AAA guy of that age, I can’t say one way or another whether he should be promoted or not.

      There’s a small chance I may listen to some of the Syracuse broadcast tonight since Meyers is on the hill, Antonelli is in the lineup, and I’m more interested in minors broadcasts than majors broadcasts in this point.

      Do you know people are talking about Chris Manno the reliever and not Chris Marrero the first basemen? If you’re funnin’ me, you got me.

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