Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Pawucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (6-5, 3.38) vs.
B. Duckworth (4-5, 4.18)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
Casey Crosby (5-2, 3.42)
Potomac Won, 9-5 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (2-6, 4.15) vs.
Bobby Bundy (8-5, 2.95)
Hagerstown Lost. 1-0 vs. W. Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 3.29) vs.
Zach Fuesser (2-2, 2.09)
Auburn Won, 6-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Ryan Demmin (3-0, 3.48) vs.
Josh Hodges (2-0, 5.59)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2;
Won. 6-1 vs.
GCL Marlins
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1
vs. DSL Mets1
vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-0, 1.42) vs.
Francibel Alejo (1-3, 3.99)

Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0
• JD Martin (L, 1-6) 6IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• JC Romero 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Aubrey 2-4
• Solano 2-3

Syracuse was shut out by the Pawtucket Red Sox’s combination of Felix Doubrount and Tony Pena. After JD Martin yielded solo home runs by Lars Anderson and Luis Exposito in the second and fifth innings, JC Romero and Lee Hyde combined for three innings of scoreless relief. The Chiefs managed just five hits on the evening. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 37-47, 7½ games behind Scranton Wilkes-Barre for third place and twelve games behind Lehigh Valley for the division lead.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 3
• Martis (W, 6-3) 7IP, 4H, ER, 2B, 6K
• R Martin (S, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Harper 3-3, RBI, S, SB
• Rahl, 1-3 2R, 2B, BB
Harrisburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Erie on a one-out Archie Gilbert doubled that scored Chris Rahl and Archie Gilbert. Following six strong innings of one-run ball from Shairon Martis, Pat McCoy gave up two runs in the eighth inning to bring the score to 4-3. Rafael Martin (0.75 ERA/.150 BAA/12IP) pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Harrisburg improves to 50-34, good for a six-game lead over Richmond for first place in the Western Divison of the Eastern League.

Potomac 9 Frederick 5
• Demny (W, 6-7) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Nelo 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2RBI

What’s that clicking noise? That’s the sound of the Potomac offense running on all cylinders, pumping out another big inning for a 9-5 comeback win over Frederick. A six-run eighth turned a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 lead, making a winner of Paul Demny who sent seven innings for the second straight start to win his team-leading sixth game. Nos. 3-4 hitters Destin Hood and Justin Bloxom combined for four hits and five RBI. Potomac is now in first place by a ½ game over the Keys.

Lakewood 1 Hagerstown 0
• Ray 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Graham 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Brown (L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Nicol 1-3, BB
• Keyes 1-4, SB

It was a pitcher’s duel in Lakewood, as the Blue Claws drew blood in the first extra frame to win 1-0. Robbie Ray was great, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and walking two while striking out seven. But Lakewood’s Lisalberto Bonilla was sensational, throwing nine shutout innings and striking out 12 with no walks and yielded just five singles. A single, sacrifice and another single made Sam Brown the losing pitcher. With the loss, Hagerstown drops to 8-6 but remains in first place, tied with Lakewood, Hickory, and Kannapolis for the Sally North lead.

Auburn 6 Jamestown 2
• Bates (W, 2-1) 5IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Grisz (S, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Jimenez 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI, E
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K, PB

NYPL pitchers would like to know how to hold Hendry Jimenez hitless, failing again for the 17th time as the Doubledays spread the Jammers, 6-2. Colin Bates got the win by scattering eight hits and two walks over five innings, giving up just an unearned run. Jimenez was one of five Doubledays to get multiple hits, joined by Adrian Nieto, Justin Miller, Angel Montilla, and Roberto Perez. Missing from the H column for the first time in 16 games was Matt Skole, who went 0-for-5 with an RBI. The win puts Auburn back in first place, tied with Jamestown with a 12-8 mark.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2 — COMP.
• Baez 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Heredia 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Jo. Rodriguez 2-2
• Curran 2-3
• W Ramos 2-4

The Nationals came into this suspended game losing 4-2 in the 7th and that’s how it finished as the G-Marlins Luis Gomez tossed three scoreless innings to earn the save. Gregory Baez started and went the first four innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Wander Ramos, (reassigned in the interim) Chris Curran and Johan Rodriguez paced the offense with two hits apiece.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1 — Reg. Gm
• Karns 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Simko (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-4, RBI
• HWNBM 2-5, 2R

In the regularly scheduled contest, Nathan Karns tossed four no-hit innings, walking one and striking out six, to extend his season total to 13⅔ scoreless innings for a perfect 0.00 ERA. Todd Simko got the win in relief, giving up just a hit and striking out three over two innings. Pedro Severino led the age-appropriate hitters with a 2-for-4 effort. The “doubleheader” split keeps the G-Nats at .500 with a 7-7 mark.

DSL Nationals 2-1 over DSL Mets1
• Pineyro (L, 1-3) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Difo 1-3, BB, CS
• Ortega 1-3, R, 2B

In another pitcher’s duel, the DSL Nationals were outgunned 8-2 in the hit column but couldn’t muster a second run in the 9th to lose 2-1. “Fred” Ortega doubled and scored on a wild-pitch-error sequence for the lone run while Wilmer Difo was the other D-Nat to hit safely. Ivan Pineyro took the loss with a run given up over the first five innings while Gilberto Mendez was nearly as good with one run over four innings; both pitchers allowed four hits and one walk. The loss drops the D-Nats to 13-17, seven games off the pace.

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.

11 thoughts on “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. Earlier in the Harrisburg game Bryce Harper was 2 for 3. Later it was changed to 3 for 3. What changed?

  2. Nate Karns at it again. Anyone seen him in person or heard any reports besides just box score stats. Curious where his velocity is at after all that time off.

  3. @Rob – slighly intersting but not worth much more than a “23 y.o. striking out 19 y.o.s”. Clearly he can be moved up to Auburn and keep an eye on. His size (6’5″ 230lbs)has Rizzo written all over this pick – he likes the big boys on the mound. He’s probably got a 93-95 FB and maybe two other descent pitches the GCL players can’t read.

  4. For those planning on heading down to Richmond to see Harper on Friday, DON’T.

    According to an e-mail concerning his media availability, “Major League Baseball has requested that Bryce Harper travel to Phoenix, AZ, for the XM All-Star Futures Game on Friday. Therefore, he will not travel with the Harrisburg Senators to Richmond for Friday’s game. “

  5. Karn’s velocity gets as high as 97mph+. He has been known to have control problems but apparently his stint in XST was well spent as those appear to have vanished. Still recovering from what was reported to be a shoulder injury and he had surgery. Not sure what the extent of it was.

    1. Bryce Harper, of, Nationals
    2. Mike Trout, of, Angels
    3. Matt Moore, lhp, Rays
    4. Julio Teheran, rhp, Braves
    5. Manny Machado, ss, Orioles
    6. Martin Perez, lhp, Rangers
    7. Shelby Miller, rhp, Cardinals
    8. Jesus Montero, c, Yankees
    9. Jameson Taillon, rhp, Pirates
    10. Brett Lawrie, 3b, Blue Jays
    11. Jacob Turner, rhp, Tigers
    12. Jurickson Profar, ss, Rangers
    13. Manny Banuelos, lhp, Yankees
    14. Drew Pomeranz, lhp, Indians
    15. Devin Mesoraco, c, Reds
    16. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Braves
    17. Wil Myers, of, Royals
    18. Carlos Martinez, rhp, Cardinals
    19. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Diamondbacks
    20. Desmond Jennings, of, Rays
    21. Dee Gordon, ss, Dodgers
    22. Hak-Ju Lee, ss, Rays
    23. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, Royals
    24. Aaron Hicks, of, Twins
    25. Leonys Martin, of, Rangers
    26. Dellin Betances, rhp, Yankees
    27. Mike Montgomery, lhp, Royals
    28. Wilin Rosario, c, Rockies
    29. Travis d’Arnaud, c, Blue Jays
    30. Matt Harvey, rhp, Mets
    31. Jason Kipnis, 2b, Indians
    32. Brett Jackson, of, Cubs
    33. Gary Brown, of, Giants
    34. Robbie Erlin, lhp, Rangers
    35. Zack Wheeler, rhp, Giants
    36. Kyle Gibson, rhp, Twins
    37. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp, Red Sox
    38. Taijuan Walker, rhp, Mariners
    39. Zach Lee, rhp, Dodgers
    40. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Diamondbacks
    41. Jonathan Singleton, of/1b, Phillies
    42. Brad Peacock, rhp, Nationals
    43. Jarred Cosart, rhp, Phillies
    44. Randall Delgado, rhp, Braves
    45. Anthony Gose, cf, Blue Jays
    46. Nolan Arenado, 3b, Rockies
    47. Allen Webster, rhp, Dodgers
    48. Matt Szczur, of, Cubs
    49. Jedd Gyorko, 3b, Padres
    50. Paul Goldschmidt, 1b, Diamondbacks

    Notice who 42 is on BA top 50 prospects list

  7. Karns velo has been clocked at the Astros field @ 98 throug several innings. His injury , rumored to have existed during college, was obvioulsy an issue and contributing factor to his inconsistencies. Anyone basically sitting out as long as he did which eventually lead to surgery and then to rehab, is bound to take some time to get the velo back. Hope he keeps it up. How many can throw 93-95 healthy?

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