Tuesday’s News & Notes

Three losses and a suspended game on Monday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 6-4 vs. Louisville, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Tom Cochran (5-1, 3.82)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY @ Binghamton, 5:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (7-1, 2.03) and
Garrett Mock (1st AA start of ’11) vs.
Jeurys Familia (0-2, 2.89) and
Potomac Nationals Lost, 8-1 vs. Frederick, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (2-5, 4.50) vs.
Nathan Moreau (5-3, 3.76)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-2 vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-1, 2.48) vs.
Kyle Winters (5-3, 4.96)
DSL Nationals Suspended, 1-1 vs.
DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 4
• Milone (ND) 6⅓ IP, 8H 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 9K
• Pena (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Antonelli 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI (both with 2 outs)
• Marrero 1-3, R, 2R HR, BB
Things were looking good for a vintage 2010 Harrisburg Tommy Milone strikezone hammering exhibition. Zero walks, check. Nine strikeouts, check. Clutch two-out, two-RBI double two RBI following a Milone sacrifice bunt, check. Two-run home run by Marrero, check. Milone leaves the mound with a 4-3 lead, tips his cap to the dugout and hands the ball to the “relief” of Hassan “Pain-ya In My Heart” Pena, who immediately allows the inherited to score, blows
the save, and loses the game in such craptaculor fashion that a scoreless inning from Josh Wilkie can’t revive it.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
After an off day on Monday, the first-place Senators look to make some hay against E.L.-worst Binghamton Mets for four games, starting with a doubleheader tonight. Brad Peacock and Garrett Mock are the announced starters. Erik Arnesen hasn’t been officially reassigned, but according to the Louisville Bats’ website, he’ll be in Syracuse tonight as the starting pitcher.

Frederick 8 Potomac 1
• Holder (L, 2-7) 5+ IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, 1BB, 2K, 1HR
• Bronson 4IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Zimmerman 2-3, 2B
• Bloxom 3-4, 2B, HR, RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2B

No animals were harmed in the writing of Last Night In Woodbridge. There is however, a mark on Sue’s forehead.

Greensboro 3 Hagerstown 2
• Ray (ND) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 9K
• McCatty (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) 4BF, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 0K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Freitas 3-3, R, BB
Perhaps the postgame meal following last night’s Harper/Cole/Zim festivities was a bit much? Four batters showed up: Harper, to relief of all in the Natmosphere; Freitas who continues to be scorching hot; the Groovin’ Aruban Randolph Oduber, who managed one knock; and Wade “Watch Your Mouth” Moore, who had a double. The rest of the batters managed to go 0-for-18 with 9Ks. Ray was, um, robbed of a win by a particularly poor outing by Shane McCatty, who failed to retire any of the four batters he faced in the top of the 7th. With the loss, the Suns magic number stays put at 12 and the lead goes back to 1½ games.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Rangers 1 — SUSPENDED
• Moscat 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 4K

The teams got in three before rain cut the day short. It will presumably be made up when they next play each other on Tuesday, June 14.

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.

10 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. The Suns loss was definitely the responsibility of the coaching staff. Putting in McCatty was the absolute WORST decision ever. Robbie Ray had pitched an amazing game up to that point and there are definitely better choices in our bullpen than McC. I honestly don’t care who’s up to bat, lefty or righty, just anyone but McCatty. I sure hope at the break he’s either down to Auburn or just isn’t on the roster.

    For the regulars/season ticket holders watching last night, it was absolutely a “come unglued” moment. As one of the folks who sits around me said “i’ve become used to winning a little after a few crappy years, now we have to endure this??”. With the about 600 people left in the stands, you could hear every insult and every angry word tossed Daubach’s way, as well as McCatty’s.

    Freitas is starting to have Michael Morse at bats, but still seemingly struggles to block the ball in the dirt. A little coaching can help that out.

    Oh, and Martinson is another player that needs some definite help. 4 K’s last night, and when Daubach could have pulled him in the 9th when he came to bat and put in someone else to hit? He did nothing and Martinson struck out for the 4th time.

    I don’t know if both the coaching and the players know the break is coming and are just losing focus or the real team is coming out. IMHO, middle relief and shortstop are BIG questions for this team going into the break. We know we’ll lose Harper, probably Kelso, and a starter or two….I hope Sanchez stays. 🙂

  2. So what’s your inside scoop or your thoughts on the Harper Blown Kiss?! I’m hoping there’s some history or background other than him just being an ass.

    1. Well, apparently the pitcher had been staring down him and other Suns batters after strikeouts, but I think mostly, it’s an 18-year-old kid acting like an 18-year-old kid. Unfortunately, at some point somebody’s going to go Bob Gibson on him if he doesn’t knock off that crap.

      Craig Calcaterra has a more eloquent take here.

  3. Any scouting reports on Ray & AJ Cole? Where are their FBs sitting, movement, etc? Secondary pitches? Big thanks – love this site.

    1. Unfortunately, I missed them when I made my trek last weekend. In-season it’s tough unless I see them in person.

  4. Ray was ‘robbed’? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Thanks for the link, TBRFan, all 5 of those players are richly deserving of recognition. You have to think that all 5 are destined for Potomac sooner rather than later.

    How much freedom does Daubach really have in regards to his decisions. I honestly don’t know. Ray’s been phenomenal and you have to think the F.O. wouldn’t want his starts to be ruined like this more than a few times, regardless of McCatty’s father being a pitching coach.

  5. I know LeCroy told me last year he was merely a puppet as a coach. Most if not all decisions were made for him higher up. But you would have to think he can make at least one game time decision at some point.

    I heard from a little birdie this AM that (maybe because of the “kiss”, not sure) Harper isn’t getting called up. But in the same breath I heard at the game last night he’s not going to Potomac. Guess well all have to wait and see. 🙂

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