Monday’s News & Notes

It’s three wins, two losses and a suspended game on Sunday in the Nats minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 10-4 vs. Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-5, 4.42) vs.
Pat Misch (3-4, 5.34)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 9-3 vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (9-2, 2.14) vs.
Mark Sorensen (7-5, 5.85)
Potomac Nationals Losing, 4-2
(Suspended, Bot. 5)
vs. Wilmington, 5:00 p.m.
(continuation, 7 inn. game)
Adam Olbrychowski (2-3, 4.76) vs.
Noel Arguelles (2-3, 2.32)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-2 @ Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (8-4, 2.63) vs.
Jesse Biddle (3-6, 3.55)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 10-4 vs. State College, 6:05 p.m. Matt Benedict (1-0, 0.73) vs.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 9.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 13-8
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. Adalberto Mieses (1-0, 2.00) vs.
Francis Ramirez (0-0, 6.75)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Marlins, 10:30 a.m. Ivan Pineyro (1-2, 3.25) vs.
German Liriano (0-0, 2.01)

Syracuse 10 Buffalo 4
• Stammen (W, 8-3) 6IP, 8H, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Romero 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 3-6, R, 2-2B, RBI
• J Valdez 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Syracuse completely overpowered Buffalo in a 10-4 victory. The Chiefs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with RBI doubles from Jesus Valdez and Tug Hulett. Buffalo answered back with a run in the first. Bubba Bell helped give Buffalo a temporary 3-2 lead with a solo shot in the second and a single, stolen base, and run scored in the fourth. Steve Lombardozzi doubled in a run and later scored in the sixth to make the score 4-3. The Chiefs put the game out of reach with a six-run seventh inning. Seth Bynum doubled in Chris Marrero, and Corey Brown doubled to clear the bases. Jeff Frazier capped the rally with a two-run blast to left field. JC Ramero and Ryan Tatusko combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Syracuse is now 8-3 over its last eleven games and 36-45 overall, seven games in back of third-place Pawtucket and twelve games back of Lehigh Valley for first.

New Britain 9 Harrisburg 3
• Roark (L, 4-5) 7H, 4ER, 3BB, 6K, 2 HR, HBP
• McCoy 1⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• King 1-3, R, 2B

Tanner Roark continued his season struggles in a 9-3 Senators loss to New Britain. After a two-out Tyler Moore double to make the score 1-0, Roark proceeded to give up four runs over the next three innings. A single, a walk, and a hit by pitch led to two runs in the second. A Chris Parmelee homer led to a run in the bottom of the third. After Moore led off the fourth with a majestic homer to left, Mike Hollimon homered for New Britain to make the score 4-2. Jimmy Barthmaier gave up four runs over the next two innings, two of which were unearned due to back-to-back passed balls by Devin Ivany in the 6th. Harrisburg scored on back to back doubles by Stephen King and Josh Johnson in the eighth inning before New Britain tagged on another run against Pat McCoy in the bottom of the frame to make the final score 9-3. Harrisburg falls to 47-34 with the loss.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 2 — SUSP.
It’ll be 4-2 in the bottom of the 5th when play resumes, but see how they got there Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 2
• Grace 7IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Graham 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinson 2-3, 2RBI, 2BB
• Harper 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, E
• Nicol 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns were shut out for four innings before busting out the bats in an 8-2 victory over the Legends. Lexington scored an unearned run in the fifth off starter Matt Grace after a Bryce Harper fielding error allowed Telvin Nash to advance to second on his single. Aided by three walks, Hagerstown scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Hagerstown put the game out of reach with a four-run sixth inning rally to take a 6-1 lead. Doubles by Sean Nicol and Harper fueled the rally before an unearned run after David Freitas reached on a throwing error. Grace hurt his own cause with a throwing error that led to an unearned run in the 7th. Ben Graham and Shane McCatty pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, and Hagerstown extended the lead with a two-run eighth to close the scoring at 8-2. Hagerstown improves its record to 7-4 in the second half, good for a one-game lead over three teams in the Northern division of the South Atlantic League.

Auburn 10 State College 4
• Estevez 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Montilla 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Jimenez 2-5, BB, HR, 2RBI

Hendry Jimenez (2-for-5) and Matt Skole (3-for-5) extended their hit streaks to 14 games while the Auburn Doubledays snapped their losing mark of four games with a 10-4 win over State College. Brian Dupra pitched four innings of scoreless relief for his first professional win, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two. Wirkin “For The Weekend” got the start but gave up all four Spikes runs on six hits and a walk over the first four innings. NDFA Ben Grisz pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Angel Montilla (2-for-5, 2B and 3B, 3RBI) and Russell Moldenhauer (3-run HR) joined Skole and Jimenez as leaders in the 15-hit Doubleday attack. The win improves Auburn to 9-8, two games off the pace.

GCL Cardinals 13 GCL Nationals 8
• Marcelino (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 9R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K
• Heredia 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Curran 2-5, R, 3B, RBI
• E Fernandez 1-3, 2RBI, BB

Anthony Marcelino struggled for the third time in as many starts, allowing seven hits and three walks over three and a 1/3rd innings as the GCL Cardinals pounded the GCL Nationals, 13-8. The G-Cards sent 12 men to the plate in an eight-run fourth that put this game away early. Silvio Medina continues to spiral after being sent down from Auburn, letting in all three runs he inherited from Marcelino and then giving up three of his own in two and 2/3rds innings. The two DSL grads have four-digit ERAs of 10.45 (Marcelino) and 11.57 (Medina). Offensively, the G-Nats managed eight runs on eight hits, taking advantage of four G-Cards errors, with rehabbing (*cough, cough*) Chris Curran going 2-for-5 to lead the way. The loss drops the G-Nats to 5-5, 1½ games behind the G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s back to work after two days off, thanks to a rainout on a Saturday and the regularly scheduled off day on Sunday.

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 “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. Another stellar performance by the Guz2 as they combine for five earned runs at two levels last night! I’m very glad to see Peacock and Arnesen up next in Harrisburg. I wish we would start promoting some of these guys I keep hearing about in A Ball.

    1. OH happy day!!!! Harper is gone to Harrisburg… back to the Suns games we know and love without the media circus and the terrible cliches by the radio announcer. This is like christmas for me!! 🙂

        1. I can’t even follow the game when he’s announcing. Now, his “substitute” Phil Miller – – he’s got it right. 🙂

  2. Wonder how Rizzo spins this to the rest of the Prospects who have to play in the outfield at Potomac? Or was this just a stab at Pfitz ownership that they need to get their act together.

    1. My understanding is that the county is involved with the field conditions issue as well as ownership. It may be a message that the Nats are considering moving their Advanced A franchise?

      Be interesting to see what happens to Robbie Ray and Blake Kelso.

      I also wonder if a part of this promotion directly to AA might be Davey Johnson’s insistence on a future, more offensive oriented team as opposed to one designed around Riggleman’s “smart ball”?

      There’s also Rendon to consider. He might be close to major league ready.

      1. I’d interpret the jump to AA as a stab at Potomac’s field, absolutely. I know Sue believes otherwise (the desire to keep DC fans from seeing the uber-prospect til he arrives in DC).

        Rendon won’t sign til 11:59 on august 14th unfortunately, and may get a couple games in the GCL as is the custom of most high-profile, high-priced signings. Too bad; the better game is to guess where he starts in 2012 (high-A my guess) and how long before he earns a call up (june 2013 my guess). We’re assuming he’s going to hit like expected but its not a given.

        1. Never wrote I didn’t believe the field was a factor, only that Rizzo would deny it when askede, just as he would deny the inference that keeping Harper away from DC is a factor, which hasn’t been asked, as far as I know.

      2. The Potomac-Washington PDC is through 2014. Granted, it’s with Potomac Baseball LLC and not Prince William County, so if another facility were to become available or built, then the team could be moved in the interim. Of course, the odds are also good that the leasing arrangement between Potomac Baseball and PWC is for the same timeframe. So in other words, I don’t see the team moving before 2014 unless it’s sold to a buyer willing to move it elsewhere and pay off all creditors and obligations.

      3. Rendon, Rendon, Rendon; Easy to see who your newest obsession is. Given that he’s represented by Boras Corp., which as TBoss points out their 1st-round clients don’t usually sign until waaay late in the process.

        IF they sign him, it likely won’t come until the 2nd week of August, after which he’ll possibly get a couple of games with the G-Nats, or just wait & report to the FIL in October, where he should get work at the points (3B-2B-1B) imo.

  3. I hope this is a wake up call to the Oldest First Base Coach in Baseball (what a joke he is). This 4th of July weekend is all he cares about. How about taking away the 4th of July games as a punishment for a lousy run business. Sue, how does he seem to always have home games on the 4th anyway?

    1. Believe it or not, the coastal teams (e.g. Myrtle Beach, Wilmington) don’t like having games on the 4th of July because the holiday crowds prefer going elsewhere. Thus, it’s almost always Potomac versus the Blue Rocks or the Pelicans.

  4. If ever there was a night to make the haul up to Harrisburg, this is it. Harper’s debut combined with a Brad Peacock start is a sweet combination.

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