Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-4 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-6, 4.45) vs.
Dylan Owen (4-5, 4.48)
Harrisburg Won, 9-7 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-1, 2.27) vs.
Tim Bascom (5-2, 2.96)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Cameron Selik (2-6, 4.42) vs.
Chris Masters (5-4, 3.48)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.76) vs.
Alex Sogard (1-3, 3.98)
Auburn Lost, 8-3 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Colin Bates (2-1, 1.93) vs.
Tod McInnis (2-1, 1.44)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Brandon King (1-2, 8.44) vs.
Victor De Leon (0-3, 5.03)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-0, 2.33) vs.
Yeini Martinez (2-3, 2.55)

Syracuse 8 Lehigh Valley 4
• Milone (W, 8-5) 7⅓ IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K; 3-3, 2R, RBI (.421 BA)
• Wilkie ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Frazier 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Marrero 3-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Lombardozzi 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Tom Milone picked up where he left off from before the All-Star break, tossing seven and 1/3rd innings of one-run pitching for his 8th win as Syracuse doubled up Lehigh Valley, 8-4. Steve Lombardozzi’s three-run homer in the bottom of the 4th was the offensive highlight, as five Chiefs would collect multiple hits, including Milone (3-for-3). The win improves Syracuse to 40-53, 15 games behind Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 9 Akron 7

• O Perez 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Barthmaier (W, 2-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Gilbert 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Perhaps it’s time for tines in the spine for Oliver Perez, who needed 67 pitches to get six outs while giving up four runs. He was bailed out by Jimmy Barthmaier’s hold-the-fort relief effort of three and 2/3rds scoreless innings, as the Harrisburg Senators fell behind early (4-1), went up big (9-4) and held on for a 9-7 win. Tyler Moore continues his assault on the E.L., smacking HR #20 to go back into a tie with teammate Bill Rhinehart for the league lead as the Sens got nine runs on nine hits and went 5-for-11 with RISP in the win. Second-place Bowie is in town for the next three, hoping to chip away at the 4½ game lead the Sens have built with their 55-38 mark.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 4
• Demny (L, 6-8) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Soriano 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, RBI

A too-little-too-late offensive effort for the P-Nats Last Night In Woodbridge

Lexington 6 Hagerstown 2
• Grace 6IP, 6H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 6K
• Hanks (L, 0-1) 2IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K
• Keyes 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, RBI

Shortly after Kevin Keyes had bailed him out with a solo shot in the top of the 8th, Tyler Hanks was even less effective in the bottom of the 8th as the Lexington Legends battered him for five runs on six hits over the last two innings in a 6-2 win over the Hagerstown Suns. Matt Grace started and went the first six, allowing one unearned run on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Jason Martinson, David Freitas and Keyes each had two hits, but just one hit came from the rest of the lineup. With the loss, Hagerstown falls to 2½ games behind first-half champ Hickory in the Sally North with a 13-10 record.

Batavia 8 Auburn 3

• Rodriguez, M (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K
• Ramsey 2-5
• Skole 2-4, R, BB

The Muckdogs pretty much had their way with whomever was on the mound, as they battered three Doubledays pitchers for 15 hits in 8-3 romp over Auburn. Manny Rodriguez took the most damage, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts, losing his second game of the season.
Caleb Ramsey, Matt Skole, and “Bowden’s Folly” each had two hits in the nine-hit offensive effort. The loss was the fourth straight for Auburn, evening the Doubleday record at 15-15, two games behind the trio of Batavia, Jamestown and Mahoning Valley in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Nationals
Seems early to start referring to the elimination number, but with G-Marlins on an 8-game win streak and the G-Nats on a 7-game losing skid, it’s down to 25 with 33 games left to play and a nine-game deficit (6½ in the wild-card race) to overcome.

DSL Nationals
Just five games this week for the D-Nats, who are also looking at bleak prospects for postseason play — down six games in the division, eight games in the wild-card race.

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.

13 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. Welcome to Low A, Tyler Hanks.
    I remember when he was drafted last year, there was a lot of talk of him being a diamond in the rough.

    I like the analogy the other day of Rhinehart & Moore being this years Mantle & Maris for the Nats system. Hang em’ and bang em’!

    1. Don’t forget Gilbert. Keeps the pressure pretty low on Harper. I would have expected a move to AAA for Gilbert and Rhinehart given the Chiefs offensive woes. But keeping them in H’burg for now definitely takes the heat off of Harper as he adjusts to the new league.

      1. The team in SYR has suffered on a number of fronts this year. An inconsistent offense, starters who can’t seem to dodge a big inning, and a bullpen that has failed to cover the bridge innings to the 8th-9th innings far more often than not has led to a dissapointing record for the fans in upstate NY this season.

        There are some good individual players on that roster, but it’s just never quite worked this year in terms of the W-L record.

  2. Tyler Hanks can pitch , He is young and green and once he gets his feet under him , he will be fine. These young guys must learn to eat sleep and drink this game

  3. This will sound odd, but I’m glad Harper is struggling at Harrisburg. After his “I got bored in Hagerstown” statement, and going to the Future’s game, I’m intrigued to see how he handles his current struggles and if he bounces back.

    Hopefully, he won’t have any emotional outbursts while he struggles. But I think we’re going to learn a lot about this kid over the next couple of weeks. The struggles are also good in helping tamp down all the “promote him now!” histrionics.

  4. I love Harper and his abilities. My worry is the same as all of our bloggers. This is a difficult game and to be humble and just work is the only direction he should have. Go Bryce, go Bryce GO

  5. I just hope they don’t trade everyone to get Bourne I don’t think he’s worth it. BJ Upton might come at bargain prices and he is a guy who just might experience a baseball renaissance in DC.

    In other words I like that Rizzo hordes prospects. This system has been prospect-bare for so long …

  6. BJ Upton is exactly the wrong type of player for the Nationals to get. His lack of hustle and work ethic are the reason his stats have declined every year. They are also the reason he would not experience a renaissance with the nationals.

    1. Exactly. If Rizzo is to be criticized for anything, it’s his pigheadedness regarding certain guys he drafted or scouted with Arizona. Everybody knows who I mean.

      1. Yup; Maybe he misinterpreted the “Past Due – Do Not Sell” label that we saw on that meat last year as a sign to keep him.

    2. The simple fact is Upton is not even league average in any #’s.
      And, every year he’s been worse than the year before for 4 years now.

  7. I think the D-Nats would be capable of a playoff run in their division, if they weren’t being completely p’wnd by the D-fish.

    The G-Nats are struggling to find supporting pieces to surround the few players who are putting together a good season. If you look at their roster, there are three players hitting the snot out of the ball (Fernandez, Ramos, & E. Martinez), then nothing. The pitching staff is in a state of flux, with a half-dozen roster moves over the first 23 games.
    Just my two-cents worth.

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