Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (AAA debut) vs.
Ryan Feierabend (8-5, 5.52)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-3, 3.74) vs.
Joe Gardner (6-6, 4.11)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Kinston,
5:30 p.m.
Sammy Solis (2-0, 2.08) and
Evan Bronson (2-3, 3.77)vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 7-0;
Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.)
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Auburn Lost, 10-4 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 12.86) vs.
Jose Almarante (2-0, 2.81)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-6
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (1-0, 5.40) vs.
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6
• Stammen 4⅔ IP, 10H, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, 2R HR, HR
• Mandel 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 2K, 1 IR stranded
• Lombardozzi 3-5, R, RBI
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, RBI, SF

Syracuse fell in a 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Syracuse hit 13 singles and couldn’t match the power of Lehigh Valley’s two home runs. Starter Craig Stammen gave up two runs in the third, one run in the fourth, and two runs in two-thirds of an inning in the fifth before being lifted for Collin Balester. Balester took the loss, giving up two runs in one and a third innings pitched. Jeff Mandel and Atahualpa Severino combined for
two innings of scoreless relief to keep the Chiefs in the game. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 39-50 and a tie for fourth place with Buffalo, fifteen games back of Lehigh Valley.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3
• Roark (L, 4-6) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• McCoy 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Moore 2-4
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI, BB

Harrisburg fell 4-3 to Akron despite a two-run homer from Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart in the sixth after a Derek Norris walk. Jerry Hairston, Jr. went 0-3 and played shortstop in a rehab start. Bryce Harper has cooled off at the plate and earned a sombrero, striking out three times. Tanner Roark continues to struggle at AA (6.36 ERA) and took the loss, allowing eight hits and walking two. Jimmy Barthmaier and Pat McCoy pitched two scoreless innings apiece to keep the game close. Harrisburg remains 5½ games over Bowie for first place in the E.L. West at 54-37 overall.

Potomac 4 Kinston 3
• Rosenbaum (W, 5-4) 8IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Nelo (S, 11) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Soriano 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Lozada 1-3, R, 3B

After two unscheduled nights off, it was all right Last Night In Woodbridge
Augusta 7 Hagerstown 0
• Cole (L, 2-5) 2IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, 5K
• McCatty 2IP, 4H, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Freitas 1-3
• Rogers 1-3
Hagerstown lost 7-0 in the resumption of yesterday’s suspended game. A.J. Cole gave up a single and an RBI double in the second but struck out Bobby Haney, his last batter, and struck out five of the six Greenjackets that he retired on Thursday night. Four Greenjackets pitchers combined to limit the Suns offense to just three singles and two walks in the seven-inning shutout.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2
• Swynenberg 4IP, 2H, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Manno 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3 IR stranded
• Kelso 1-5, R
• W Moore 1-2, 2RBI
Hagerstown was swept in the doubleheader when they lost 3-2 to Augusta in eleven innings. Starter Matt Swynenberg gave up a run in the third when Carlos Willoughby tripled and scored. Two leadoff walks in the fourth eventually led to a second run. Hagerstown came back to tie in the sixth with a two-run rally. Christopher Manno came in with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth and struck out Jeff Arnold and got Willoughby to get the Suns out of deep trouble. Overall, Paul Applebee, Manno, and Ryan Demmin combined for six innings of scoreless relief before Demmin tired in the eleventh and gave up three two-out walks, one intentional, to give Augusta the dreaded walkoff walk. After the doubleheader sweep, Hagerstown falls to third place at 12-9, 1½ games back of first-place Hickory in the Sally Northern division.

Brooklyn 10 Auburn 4
• Estevez (L, 2-2) 4IP, 10H, 8R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rowe 1-2, R, 2BB
• Hughes 1-4, 2RBI

Brooklyn scored in each of the first four innings, building an 8-1 lead as the Cyclones cruised to a 10-4 win over the Auburn Doubledays. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez gave up 10 hits in four innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks. The Doubledays took advantage of five walks to score four runs on just six hits. The loss drops Auburn to 15-13, one game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 6
• Encarnacion (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Lucas 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• E Fernandez 4-4, R, RBI
• Mesa 2-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Je Valdez 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Make that six losses in a row for the G-Nats, who fell 8-6 to the G-Mets. Pedro Encarnacion started and lasted 2/3rds of an inning, giving up four hits, throwing two wild pitches as the defense committed three of its five errors in the G-Mets five-run first inning. The Mets would tag on another three runs in the fourth to build an 8-0 lead. Jean Carlos Valdez smacked a three-run homer in the top of the 7th, as the G-Nats would score five in the 7th and one in the 8th to pull within two runs. The G-Nats are now 8-14, 7½ games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Phillies 1
• Santana (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 9K
• W Suero (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Rosario 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Mercedes 2-5, R
• Difo 2-5, SB (25)

Behind six strong innings from starter Andy Santana, the DSL Nationals defeated the DSL Phillies by a 5-1 score. Santana gave up just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine to earn the win. Wilmer Difo, Dioncio Rosario and Yermin Mercedes combined to go 6-for-15 from the first three spots in the batting order. Wander Suero pitched three scoreless innings for the save, his first of the year. The D-Nats improved to 19-21, five games in back of the D-Rangers in the B.C. South Division.

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.

14 thoughts on “Saturday’s News & Notes”

  1. Any idea why AJ Cole only pitched two innings? He only gave up 1 ER I’m confused as to why he was pulled early…

  2. Sue great words on Rosenbaum and well written article.You could not of said it any bettter.Once upon a time ago I was A LHP in the minors and about athe age of 21 or 22 and my velocity was steady at 87 88. My third year of pro ball, I decided that I really needed to get stronger (core Rear and legs) and gained about 12-15 lbs in the of season. I did my throwing and really made a effort 85% of the time to make this happen. The next spring training I was ready to go. Not knowing how I would pitch but knowing that I did everything possible (in my mind ) to make it to the higher levels. Well 3 weeks into spring training and the intra squad games began I was 90-92 steady. Sorry to be long winded I apologize. My point guys like Rosenbaum, Robby Ray, have a chance to throw harder as the body matures. I think a perfect example of that and we have to wait and see is Chris Manno. I have seen him pitch and he has a good 20 pounds that he can put on that frame. Here is what I look at. Manno is 6″3 but look at his wing span, look at his legs. He is long , not very very tall, but 6″3 will be just fine. He will throw harder as he gains weight and gets stronger . Robbie Ray I feel the same way. Rosenbaum got stronger and the velocity picked up.
    When I speak to scouts, the good ones mention things like this. Do no make the mistake of lumping all pitchers in a bunch. Some have higher upside, some project different then others. Some have already peaked , and some are just get started. It sometimes is age, but in my experience it has alot to do with body type

  3. Rich just saw your comment and I was listening to both the suns and the Pnats. This was a susended game in which Cole started the game a couple of days ago and was the pitcher of record leaving the game losing 2-0( I think)

  4. Elliot , it is important to have guys like you on this blog , speaking from experience. Love the nationals and really love the suns. I guess I am a glutton for punishment, but I am sure good days are ahead for the nats (big league) I look at the minor league system and I see some really good players. Now I think it is up to player development to get the job done. I am sure that we have future all stars , I just want them developed properly and hope to the Lord above that we have coaches in place that thrive on that. Also listen to the games last night, I cannot imagine being manno in that situation. Bottom of the next to last inning he gets the call to come in with the bases loaded and 1 out, and strikes out the 1st guy , then gets the next guy out on a weak pop up. I might of soiled myself (hahahah) if I was him. I guess thats why after High school , I was done

  5. Thanks Wally & Elliot — You remind of something that has always stuck with me.
    A wine commercial about 10-12 years ago. A bunch of 30somethings are sitting around a front porch and one of them says “So you want to open a restaurant”………. and the 2nd guy says “No, I want to play 2nd base, but yes I’m going to open a restaurant”.

  6. Can we just start calling McCatty ‘the incinerator’ or ‘gasoline’ something like that.

    1. Russ, the longer version is a few years ago Rhinehart was tearing up Low A in Hagerstown and the front office refused to promote him because Marrero was manning 1st base in Potomac.
      Us minor league seamheads screamed about it so long and hard (similar to what is being said about Manno) that we were starting to being accused of acting like the Mafia. Hence the name.

      Next, Bill Rhinehart was promoted and bounced around so much it took him a year to recover, which he’s doing nicely, I might add.
      He’s now hitting a breakthrough 1.018 OPS.
      The Rhinhart Mafia lives!

  7. Bradley Peacock got badly torched in Syracuse in his first outing in AAA giving up 7 runs in 4.1 innings to the Iron Pigs. He gave up 2 home runs, walked 2 but struck out 4.

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