Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-2;
Lost, 5-2
@ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.11) vs.
Nate Bump (2-6, 6.32)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (4-5, 6.45) vs. TBA
Potomac Postponed,
Unplayable Field
vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
Hagerstown Game 1, Suspended;
Game 2, Postponed
@ Augusta,
6:00 p.m.
Auburn Lost, 2-0 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-1
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 6.23) vs.
Edioglis Villasmil (1-1, 3.38)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-0
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
• Martin (W, 2-6) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2R HR
• Wilkie (S, 8 ) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Aubrey 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, 2B, RBI

Syracuse won the first game of the doubleheader against Lehigh Valley 3-2. Jeff Frazier hit a two-out double to score catcher Jhonatan Solano in the second. Michael Aubrey led off the fourth with a solo shot. Seth Bynum scored on a Jesus Valdez single after getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. JD Martin offered a strong 5 and 2/3rd innings of two run ball before Josh Wilkie struck out three of the four batters he faced to close the
game for the Chiefs.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2 — GAME TWO
• Tatukso (L, 1-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Severino 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• J Valdez 2-2, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Aubrey 1-1

Syracuse fell 5-2 to split the doubleheader against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Syracuse managed just four hits in the seven inning contest. The Chiefs took a short lived 2-0 lead on a Jesus Valdez home run following a Tug Hulett walk. Spot starter Ryan Tatusko immediately gave up three runs on four straight singles and an RBI groundout by opposing pitcher Scott Mathieson. Atahualpa Severino had his best relief outing of the season, striking out all four batters that he faced and stranding an inherited runner. Collin Balester pitched a scoreless ninth to lower his AAA ERA to 2.79. With the doubleheader split, Syracuse is now 39-51, nine games back of third place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and fourteen games back of first place Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 1
• Wang (W, 2-0) 6IP 6H, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Martin (S, 4) 1⅓ IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rahl 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• A Fox 2-3, 2 2B
• Tim Pahuta 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Chien-Ming Wang was back to his old groundball ways as he earned the win in Harrisburg’s 3-1 victory over Akron. He retired thirteen Aeros — nine on groundouts — in 75 pitches over six shutout innings. Corey VanAllen was charged with a run when Rafael Martin gave up a two-out double to allow inherited runner Beau Mills to score. Martin pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Harrisburg started the scoring with a Tim Pahuta solo shot in the second. Chris Rahl had two out RBIs with an RBI triple in the third and an RBI double for an insurance run in the eighth. Harrisburg improves to 54-36, good for a 5½ game lead over Bowie.

Potomac-Kinston — PPD
Click the link above for the official story on what happened in Woodbridge. Sue showed up just in time (6:39 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. start) to hear the on-field announcement and withholds editorial comment, lest she look and sound like this.

Hagerstown-Augusta — SUSP/PPD

Bad weather continues to plague the Suns’ series against Augusta. Game 1 of a doubleheader was suspended with the Suns down 1-0 but the Suns will have Mills Rogers on 3rd with two out when the game resumes today. The two teams will then play a second, seven-inning game. With a maximum of three games played for this series, at least one doubleheader will played next week when Augusta comes to Hagerstown.

Brooklyn 2 Auburn 0
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Skole 1-4, 3K
• Nieto 0-2, 2BB, K

Four Brooklyn pitchers combined to shut out Auburn on just three hits, as the Doubledays lost 2-0. Matt Skole, Carlos Alvarez, and Justin Miller were the lone batsmen to hit safely while Angel Montilla was the sole batter to not strike out, as the other eight whiffed 15 times. Brian Dupra allowed both Cyclone runs on two hits and three walks in his four and 2/3rds innings of work but took the loss, which now leaves Auburn at 15-12 and one game back.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez (L, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Chico 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E Fernandez 2-4, 2B
• Karlen 2-3, 2B

A four-run fourth was more than enough for the GCL Astros to send the GCL Nationals to their fifth straight defeat by a 6-1 count. Gregory Baez was charged with all four of those runs during his three and 2/3rds innings, giving up seven hits and a walk. Erick Fernandez and Frank Karlen both singled and doubled as the G-Nats collected just six hits, falling to 8-13 and six games behind.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 0
• Moscat (L, 2-3) 6IP, 11H, 6E, 5ER, 0BB, 5K
• Hernandez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rosario 2-4, OF assist @ HP
• E Gonzalez 1-2

This one was over early as the D-Mets1 squad piled on six of its seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 7-0 win over the D-Nats. Felix Moscat was left in for six innings, giving up those six runs on 11 hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Dionicio Rosario had two of the five D-Nats hits and threw a runner out at the plate. The loss drops the D-Nats to 18-21, six games behind the division leader.

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.

16 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. Every time Tatusko takes the mound the results are the same! When is the organization going to realize that this guy needs some work at a lower level. He is not a AAA caliber pitcher, and Roark is not a AA caliber pitcher.

  2. I hate to say it but I think the nats need to part ways with Potomac after this year. I dont like the idea because I live 2 minutes from the stadium and I have been going to game there for 20 years but the place is an absolute dump. Ive played a ton of game there and the field has always been sub-par, but now it seems like its been taken to a whole new level. They either need to tear it down and build again or move the pnats somewhere else.

    1. I think they would if they could but the PDC is signed through 2014. But it could be the last one if there’s not some dramatic changes this offseason.

      1. I am sure there is a paragraph in the PDC that states if the field is not kept up to a level where games are able to be played, the agreement becomes void. Get ready for the field to be condemned again and for the P-Nats to play their next series on the road. Thanks alot Silber,

      2. Sue isn’t the owner suppose to announce the plans for a new stadium in a week or so? A private venture. I really hope he does and he circumvents the county to get this done. I think he’s at his wits end because of all of this.

        1. Yes, but it is by no means a circumvention of the county; Silber will be looking to PWC to help with land acquisition, permitting, etc. As a fan, I hope this happens. As a taxpayer, I hope that PWC will strike a deal similar to what Charles County did in Southern Maryland.

          Before anyone else can point it out, Silber has been talking about a new stadium for years. I’ll believe it only when I see it (most likely: a dramatic increase) on my annual solicitation to renew my season tickets.

  3. Why can’t the Nats just buy the PNats and run it themselves? It’s not unheard of, Boston owns the Salem Red Sox, for example.
    It’s a great idea to have an affiliate close by, it fosters community with the big club, and it takes the club out of the hands of an incompetent organization.

    1. Sports business folks have long noted the prescience of the Atlanta Braves buying all but one of its affiliates (you only get one guess which one they didn’t get) in the early 1990s. Most orgs don’t want to be troubled by it, but in this case, and in this economy, such a move might be in order.

  4. It’s obvious Silber doesn’t have the money to upgrade the stadium, and I’ll bet Prince William County doesn’t either–not that I am ever in favor of taxpayers footing the bill to help rich sports owners. It’s a shame, because the P-Nats are the only minor league team convenient for me to attend the games in person.

    1. I don’t think it’s a question of capital but a question of principal. Any owner that pays money out of its own pocket is unlikely to ever get reimbursed by the municipality. I just question if the cost of fixing the field properly at this point really does outweigh the cost of the monies lost thus far and in the future, if indeed the field is condemned again.

  5. Well it’s kinda interesting that a story comes out today that they are hoping to announce in the next 30 days where a new stadium will be built. Art states the stadium “Will be located in PW County somewhere between I-95 and I-66”.

    1. Between 95 and 66, doesn’t that include most of PW County. Pure BS, by my count this is the 6th location in the past 15 years, and not one shovel has been put in the ground.

  6. The article I saw said Silber will hold a press conference by the end of July to announce private financing for a new park somewhere in Pronce Wm County. It’s supposed to open in 2013.

      1. Featuring the “I walked Jackie Robinson to the stadium” picnic area, the “I played stick ball with Duke Snider” souvenir shop, and the “I was a minor league shortstop” snack stand.

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