Saturday’s News & Notes

Two for five on a Friday night for the Nats affiliates

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-1 @ Indianapolis, 7:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (3-5, 5.80) vs.
Sean Gallagher (1-7, 6.99)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 6-5 (10 inn.) @ Erie, 7:05 p.m. Oliver Perez (2-0, 0.75) vs.
Luke Putkonen (0-7, 8.74)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-1 @ Wilmington, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-3, 2.98) vs.
Elisaul Pimentel (3-3, 5.36)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 11-5 @ Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Sammy Solis (0-0, 5.79) vs.
Kyle Stroup (1-5, 6.79)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-2 vs. DSL Mets1 vs. DSL Braves, 10:30 AM Gregory Baez (0-1, 2.25) vs.

Louisville 3 Syracuse 1
• Martin (L, 0-5) 6IP 4H 3R 3ER 0BB 3K 2HR
• Mattheus 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Antonelli 2-4
• Flores 2-4

For the second straight night, the longball was the undoing of the Chiefs as Syracuse lost its sixth straight, 3-1. Starter J.D. Martin allowed all three runs, all scoring via the home run, on four hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out three. Matt Antonelli and Jesus Flores both went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs mustered just six hits and left on four runners.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 5 (10 inn.)
• Davis 6⅓ IP 7H 4R 4ER 5BB 7K
• Martinez (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP 3H 2R 2ER 2BB 2K HR
• Moore, 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Norris, 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI (1-2 CS-SB att.)

Derek Norris went deep twice and drove in three runs, helping the Sens to overcome a 4-0 deficit, but Erie prevailed in extras, 6-5. Tyler Moore also homered, accounting for the other two Harrisburg runs as both prospects went 2-for-5. Starter Erik Davis went the first six and a 1/3rd innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and five walks and struck out seven while veteran Carlos Martinez finished, allowing the walkoff HR that won the game in two and 2/3rds-plus innings.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Selik (W, 1-4) CG 9IP, 7H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Hood 3-5, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Dykstra 3-4, 2B, 2RBI

Cameron Selik went the distance, throwing the team’s first nine-inning complete game of the year as the Potomac Nationals won their second game in as many nights to down the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 5-1. Sources say that if they do it again tonight, it’ll be a winning streak and that it has happened before. Selik allowed seven hits but no walks and struck out four. The lone run was unearned. Destin Hood singled, doubled, and tripled and drove in one in five at-bats while Cutter Dykstra went 3-for-4 with two RBI to pace the P-Nat offense.

Hagerstown 11 Greenville 5
• Grace (W, 6-4) 6⅓IP 7H 2R 2ER BB 3K
• McCatty 1IP 1H 0R 0BB K
• Moore 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Sanchez 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI, BB, SB

The Greenville Drive held Bryce Harper hitless, but those other eight guys weren’t helpless, collecting 11 hits in an 11-5 Suns win. Four Suns collected multiple hits, with Wade Moore and Adrian Sanchez both homering to lead the attack. Matt Grace got the win (No. 6) with six and a 1/3rd innings pitched, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Randolph Oduber was activated before the game, but (as usual) no word on who was moved to make room on the roster.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 2
• Pineyro (ND) 5IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BB 6K
• Guzman 2⅓ IP 2H 0R BB 1K
• Mercedes 2-4, 2B, RBI, 1-4 SB-CS
• Rosario 1-3, 2B, BB

The DSL Mets1 broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth and put the game away with three in the ninth for a 7-2 win. Ivan Pineyro rebounded from his three-runs-in-three innings last time out to go five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Yermin Mercedes threw out three of four baserunners behind the plate and went 2-for-4 from the RH batter’s box to lead the D-Nat offense.

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.

24 thoughts on “Saturday’s News & Notes”

  1. Sadly, that looks like the JD Martin we all know and …..? Pounds the zone. Gives you quality spots. But eventually catches enough of the strike zone that has meager stuff gets hit hard for a long way. Basically, the difference between success and failure for him is can he limit his inevitable dingers to solo shots.

    1. Martin’s a gamer that’s for sure. He’s the one who would make the best use of Maya’s and Livo’s pitching repertoire. He’s a great competitor its really an unfortunate thing.

  2. Come for the info, stay for the wisecracks. “Sources say that if they do it again tonight, it’ll be a winning streak and that it has happened before.”

    1. No one’s hacking on the Holder pick lately … the guy appears to continue to improve in Potomac even though is ERA and WHIP do not reflect it. He’s got the walks down. He may be another firey competitor that needs another pitch?

      1. Have to say I think he’ll prove you wrong … but then very few saw that Peacock might become what he has.

    1. Day off, I’d presume — hasn’t not played since May 17, no mention of injury in gamer from paper.

  3. Selik, nice! Derek Norris nice!

    Destin Hood continues his hot hitting. Eury Perez has cooled off some. My prediction is when Bryce Harper gets to Potomac that outfield tandem will all be hot together. Some oppo boppo and hitterish times ahead!!!!

  4. The general feeling at the Suns game is that no lead is safe anymore. 🙂 And when McCatty was announced to pitch? There was collective “gasp” from the regulars….LOL. But he pitched great and closed out the game quickly.

    I had not heard any reason for Kelso not to play; might have just been a day off. He was there in uniform and did warm-up with the team.

    The Sunday circus with Harper and Zim both there should be crazy……

    1. Yeah, that back-end of the bullpen that I was high on a couple of weeks ago has been slapped around a bit of late. Your starting staff looks pretty solid, and could get an additional boost from Solis.

  5. Best part of last night was Norris and Tyler Moore. If Moore keeps it up, he just might play his way into contention to eventually be the first basemen in DC. 🙂

    1. The way Morse is hitting, if he continues Moore and Marerro could be blocked by a combo of Morse and LaRoche. But Moore and Norris both still have Syracuse to do and you can expect they will both be there for an entire season at least.

    2. He’s certainly forcing his way into the conversation, isn’t he?

      Great news on Selik, wish we could get a pitch count for last nite’s game. Hood keeps marching along.

    1. Soul – Something has to give and Detwiler is still the same guy who can get through 50 pitches and Maya can get through 60 and just about the same for Stammen.

      You know what you call guys like that? RELIEVERS

      Rizzo has to bite the bullet and stop putting lipstick on his donkeys and calling them thouroughbreds.

      Rizzo comparing Detwiler to Randy Johnson yesterday on his MASN chat had me wondering what Rizzo drank for breakfast. I mean really?!?

      1. The fact he’s left-handed and 25 years old … throw in the fact he’s a power pitcher? Which left-handed power pitcher currently in the minors do you replace him with? Smoker has already been converted to relief? Rosenbaum is not a power pitcher, nor is Milone? There’s really only Solis at this point? At least until after the draft.

        How many relievers do you need given H-Rod, Ramirez, Pena, Mattheus, Kimball, etc?

        Its probably why Mock is still a starter.

        1. AJ Cole is a power pitcher and the only one I see of the power pitchers with front of the rotation potential in the Minors.

          Detwiler doesn’t want to be a career minor leaguer.

          1. AJ Cole is a right handed power pitcher. Detwiler is left-handed. However, I did forget to mention Robbie Ray who is also a left-handed starter and I assume he is considered a power pitcher for a left-hander? So, that leaves 2 other than Detwiler, Solis and Ray.

          2. I think it is how you quantify power pitchers. Detwiler is 91-93 which is tops for Nats lefties and in my book doesn’t translate to a power pitcher especially when you can’t make it through 5 innings.

            I think these guys over throw and their pitches flatten out.

            A serious problems with many pitchers, not just Nats pitchers.

  6. An excerpt on the Chiefs new bullpen ace (since Kimball and H-Rod were promoted and Carr placed on the DL for poor performance):

    Lindsay Kramer, The Post Standard:

    While waiting for the season to begin, Mattheus had the chance to speak with another Nationals pitcher trying to emerge from the same injury gloom — Stephen Strasburg.

    “I know the process he’s going through right now,” Mattheus said. “You can get ahead of yourself. I tried to tell him it’s an individual process, you have to listen to your body, take it at your pace.”

    Mattheus doesn’t have Strasburg’s arm or future, but he returned to baseball with the pleasant surprise of an improved menu of pitches. He posted a 2.45 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings in Harrisburg and with the Chiefs has shown a craftsman’s command of his fastball, slider and split-finger fastball.

    1. Carr was placed on the DL due to an injury, not poor performance. Might be nice if you had the facts and didn’t just spout misinformation.

      1. Joneric – players are often placed on the DL and even other teams rosters as a paper move – it doesn’t mean they are actually injured or even with the team their listed with. Chris Curran is a prime example of this during this season. So what you see or hear is not always reality. I didn’t even realize how much of this goes on until this season…. 🙂 I’m always learning something.

        1. I’d much rather have the minors just call it an Inactive List and stop playing these kind of games with the fans. It won’t stop people speculating, but it’d be at least a little more honest. By the way, was it Doug Slaten’s left elbow that was injured? 😉

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