Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse All Star Break @ Lehigh Valley,
6:05 p.m.
J.D. Martin (1-6, 4.37) and
Ryan Tatusko (1-0, 6.14) vs.
Brian Bass (4-6, 4.12) and
Scott Mathieson (0-0, 2.59)
Harrisburg All Star Break vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
Matt Packer (3-8, 5.71)
Potomac Postponed vs. Kinston,
6:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (2-6, 4.42) and
Danny Rosenbaum (4-4, 2.76) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71) and
Steve Wright (1-1, 5.04)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) and TBD
vs. Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95) and TBD
Auburn Won, 9-3 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-1, 6.92) vs.
Eduardo Aldama (1-0, 2.35)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-0, 4.24) vs.
Adrian Houser (0-0, 3.60)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 (8 inn);
Won, 6-3
vs. DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 3-0 IL win over the PCL, Tom Milone pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one while Matt Antonelli went 0-for-2 with a strikeout but helped turn a double play.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 8-3 Western Division win over the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star game, Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena each pitched a scoreless inning with Arnesen striking out the side with no hits, runs, or walks allowed while Pena allowed one hit, no walks, and struck out two. For the baters, Tyler Moore went 0-for-5; Bill Rhinehart went 1-for-3, with double, walk, and a run scored while Archie Gilbert went 1-for-2.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
A late-afternoon thunderstorm produced yet another rainout and shifted Chien-Ming Wang’s rehab outing to Harrisburg. It’s doubleheader today at 6 p.m.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Hagerstown’s game with Augusta was postponed until today. They will play two seven-inning games today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Auburn 9 Brooklyn 3
• Bates 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grisz (S, 3) 3⅔ IP,1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J Miller 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• R Perez 2-5, R, 3RBI

Three straight crooked numbers on the scoreboard gave the Auburn Doubledays an 8-0 lead as they cruised to a 9-3 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones. Justin Miller led the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night from the leadoff spot, followed by Roberto Perez’s 2-for-5 effort with three RBI. Chad Jenkins got the win in relief of Colin Bates, while Ben Grisz earned his third save. The win was the third straight for Auburn and puts them at 15-11, one game behind Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Karns 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Hanks 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schill 2-3, R
• E Martinez 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Both hands on the keyboard when commenting about Nathan Karns, who threw another five no-hit innings in a 3-2 G-Nats loss. The 23-year-old Texan now has 26K in 18 and 2/3rds innings and two (2) hits allowed. The G-Cards had but one hit in the game, a double, scoring their three runs on two sac fies and a wild pitch. Estarlin Martinez drove in both G-Nat runs with a two-run home run in the top of the 8th. The loss drops the G-Nats to 8-12, 5½ games off the pace in the GCL East.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 6 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Guzman 3IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Vasquez 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• N Ortega 2-4, R, RBI
• E Gonzalez 2-4, R, RBI

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Yankees1 3 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
• Tillero 2-3, R, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats split an unlisted doubleheader with the DSL Yankees1, losing the first game 7-6 in eight innings and taking the second game 6-3 in seven innings. The split puts the D-Nats at 18-20 for the season, six 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.

14 thoughts on “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. I noticed Nathan Karns was drafted in 2009, but has not statistics listed on MILB for 09 or 10. Was he injured during this time?

  2. It is a mystery Paul. He just did not play. If there was an injury, it was not announced (at least that’s my memory of it, Sue can correct me on that).

    Sue, does Karns get to Hagerstown this season?

    1. The injury was in his shoulder, that much I can confirm, per Byron Kerr and John Sickels. Whether or not he had surgery, I cannot.

      Nearly every scouting report around his 2009 drafting referenced his poor mechanics. He’s been in XST and in the GCL for months now, so you have to think his mehanics have been “fixed.” Plus, if he’s been strong enough to go 4-5IP on six days’ rest, he might be ready for Auburn on his next turn (~7/19)

    2. I thought we had someone here say it was illness, not injury related that kept Karns out for the last 2 years.

      1. I read in some article it just said “Illness” is what kept him out. very strange that no one knows what kept him out

  3. Would anyone be willing to do a post or offer in the comments here some thoughts on the most viable prospects at DSL, GCL and Auburn?

    1. I plan to do season reviews (one a week) in the offseason that will give obligatory Top 5’s at the end of each. Obviously, in-season, it’s hard to provide both day-to-day coverage and churn out features, aside from the LNIs and GBIs. For my money, the sample sizes on all the short-season affiliates is too small to be all that meaningful, and I’d be wary of making judgments in case of a 2010 Vermont kind of season.

      1. Awesome, sounds great. Hope that I don’t come across as ungrateful.

        Completely understand about the sample sizes etc. Nieto seems like someone we should have a handle on soon.

  4. The Nats Blog has put up their mid-season take on the top 10 prospects (

    1. Bryce Harper – .320/.422/.544, 14 HR, 48 RBI, 20 SB
    2. Brad Peacock – 10-2, 2.01 ERA, 129 SO, 98.2 IP
    3. A.J. Cole – 2-4, 2.87 ERA, 57 K in 47 IP
    4. Tom Milone – 7-5, 3.15 ERA, 107 K, 103.0 IP, 15.29 K/BB
    5. Sammy Solis – 4-1, 3.54 ERA, 50 K in 53.1 IP
    6. Chris Marrero – .301/.373/.433 9 HR, 46 RBI
    7. Derek Norris – .197/.360/.426 12 HR, 28 RBI
    8. Stephen Lombardozzi – .319/.365/.446, 4 HR, 20 SB
    9. Robbie Ray – 2-1, 1.76 ERA, 61K in 61 IP
    10. Eury Perez – .282/.310/.332, 1 HR, 26 SB

    Sue already commented over there that Perez has played his way off the list and Destin Hood on.


  5. I give in here, Arnesen should be in AAA with a shot at a September call-up

    With the numbers he has put up, its hard not to at least see what he can do on the big stage.

  6. Karns was ill the year he signed, and then after reporting to FL, yr 2, had nagging shoulder issues which turned into shoulder surgery. He is looking strong and hopefully moving forward. Reports say he has been throwing low to mid 90’s/ 95 this past week. He has been known to wind it up to 98, however who knows if that will occur in the future…hopefully he is wise and continues on his rehab path without over doing it….rehab schedule
    seems to be working for him.

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