Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 15-1 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-4, 4.49) vs.
Justin Germano (0-2, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 13-2 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-5, 4.66) vs.
Rick Zagone (3-6, 4.62)
Potomac Suspended,
1-1, Top 5th
@ Wimington,
5:05 p.m.
(Comp, 7 inn.)
Danny Rosenbaum (5-5, 2.67)
vs. Noel Arguelles (3-4, 2.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 vs. Greenville,
11:05 a.m.
TBD vs.
Scott Swinson (2-2, 2.67)
Auburn Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 4.21) vs.
Patrick Hope (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-0
vs. DSL Phillies
vs. DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 1.89) vs.
Aliangel Lopez (1-0, 2.03)

Scranton/WB 15 Syracuse 1
• Maya (L, 1-7) 3IP, 8H, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR (5.32 ERA)
• Mandel 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-3, BB
• Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse was out of this game early as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored three runs in the 2nd inning against Yunesky Maya and was up 7-0 after four innings, with all seven earned runs charged against Maya. Collin Balester’s ERA also took a beating as he gave up seven runs in the 8th while retiring only one batter. Outside of Chris Marrero’s 2-3 night, not much happened offensively for the Chiefs. Syracuse’s lone run came from a Seth Bynum homer in the 9th inning. With the loss, the Chiefs fall to 44-57, 14½ games back of first-place Lehigh Valley and ten games behind third-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and just two games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo.

Harrisburg 13 Bowie 2
• Roark (W, 5-7) 8IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• McCoy 1IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Rhinehart 2-5, R, 3R HR, 3RBI
• Moore 2-5, R, HR, RBI
Harrisburg brought out the big bats in a 13-2 rout over Bowie. All starters except Josh Johnson and Leonard Davis (1-5, R in his Harrisburg 2011 debut) had at least two hits in a 15-hit onslaught. Tanner Roark easily had his best outing of the season, pitching eight innings to a total of 27 batters. Roark’s one run allowed was unearned, although his own error on a pickoff attempt contributed. Bowie led 1-0 until Harrisburg put the game out of reach with an eight-run fifth inning that featured two doubles, a triple, two singles, and back-to-back home runs from Bill Rhinehart and Tyler Moore after an error that made four of the eight runs unearned. Harrisburg would go on to score one more in the seventh and four more in the eighth before Pat Lehman gave up a run in the 9th to make the final score 13-2. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 58-45, good for a 1½ game lead over second-place Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 1 Wilmington 1 — SUSP
Play is set to resume this afternoon at 5 p.m. with the scored tied at 1-1, runners on 1st and 2nd, one out and Destin Hood at the plate. The two teams will play out this one, then a seven-inning game afterwards.

Greenville 6 Hagerstown 4
• Ray 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• McCatty (L, 1-3) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB
• A Sanchez 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• W Moore 2-3, R, 2B, BB

Shane McCatty has had eight appearances in which no runs came across while he was on the mound. This was not one of those outings. The 24-year-old served up four runs in the top of the 6th, three coming on one swing of the bat, as the Hagerstown Suns would eventually lose this one, 6-4. Robbie Ray went the first four innings, giving up a hit and three walks while striking out six. Adrian Sanchez doubled twice, scored a run, drove in a run and stole a base to lead the Suns offense. The loss puts Hagerstown at 16-14, 2½ games behind Hickory in the Sally League North. Chris Manno gave up a HR in the top of the 9th, his first of the season, but still leads the Sally League with the lowest OBA at .135

Auburn 8 Lowell 2
• Karns (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 4BB, 6K, HR
• Holt 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Miller 2-5, R, 2B
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Jimenez 1-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI, BB

Auburn’s offense amply supported Nathan Karns in an 8-2 thumping over the Lowell Spinners. Auburn had 11 hits; Justin Miller, Caleb Ramsey, and Jeremy Mayo had two hits apiece. Karns pitched well in his second start for the Doubledays, giving up only a 2nd-inning solo shot. Auburn scored one run in each of the 2nd through 5th innings and put the game out of reach with a three-run 6th inning to make the score 6-1. Gregory Holt allowed one run and three hits in three innings of relief. Travis Henke pitched a scoreless 9th. With the win, Auburn improves to 21-17 and moved back into first place, tied with Jameston and Mahoning Valley for first place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 2
• Mieses 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lee (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• J Rodriguez 2-4, R
• E Martinez 2-4, 2B, RBI

A balk and a sac fly scored the first two G-Nats in the 6th, Estarlin Martinez’s RBI single in the top of the 8th was the deciding run in a 3-2 victory over the GCL Mets. Martinez and Johan Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 to lead the offense, which collected just seven hits. The G-Nats pitchers survived seven walks, allowing six hits. Nick Lee got the win with two scoreless innings of relief of Adalaberto Mieses (3IP) and Garrett Mock (1IP). Ben Hawkins pitched the final three innings to notch the save. The win improves the G-Nats to 12-18, 8½ games off the pace.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Phillies 0
• Mendez, G (W, 4-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Vasquez (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ramirez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A trio of 18-year-old D-Nats pitchers combined on four-hit shutout of the D-Phillies for an 8-0 victory. Gilberto Mendez walked two and gave up two hits while striking out a season-high nine batters over the first six innings. Daury Vasquez followed him out of the ‘pen, striking out four in two innings. Jesus De Los Santos had his first scoreless outing with a one-hit, one-K 9th inning. Offensively, the D-Nats had just eight hits with Algenis Ramirez, a 17-year-old recently signed from the Dominican Prospect League, connecting for two doubles, scoring twice, and driving in two. With the win, the D-Nats move into fourth place and above .500 at 24-23, five games behind the DSL Rangers.

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.

33 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Someone beginning to feel “hitterish” in Harrisburg. I feel sorry for Maya, I hope Cuba will let him back in as all of his family is still there.

    1. Hopefully just in time for a historical breakout game where he hits for the cycle on Wednesday! I’m likely to go tomorrow with the perfect storm of good weather, car access, and an AM game. Of course, I won’t be expecting much from concessions after reading Sue’s advice on these camp games. First one of these that I’ll have been to.

      1. There’s a Chick-Fil-A at the end of the driveway if you can wait until before/after to eat, but I cannot stress enough that you need to snag a large soda or water no matter what the lines are because it gets HOT there for midday summer games.

        1. Thanks for the heads up. PG’s almost my hood and it’s all good. Takes me 20 minutes of easy highway driving against traffic to get out there. It’s looking like a Chick-Fil-A post game and a bring my agua during game. Hopefully they’ll hook me up with a coupon.

  2. Yeah, I feel sorry for Maya, too. He’s got to lug around that very large wallet, courtesy of Mike Rizzo the expert scout.

    1. Hey, that was a legit gamble on the Nats F.O.
      Maya didn’t cost much and these are the kind of gambles they should be making all the time.

    2. How much would they have to pay you to leave your family behind in Cuba? I’ll agree he has not lived up to expectations but I can’t say it was a bad gamble.

      on another matter, Estarlin Martinez has some very good numbers and he’s only 19. hopefully a more successful outcome for our Latin player development

  3. Richard, I’m with you on that large wallet and while we are at it, the McCatty legacy is evident that Shane McCatty while being a talented pitcher is most likely never going to make it to the Majors like his Dad. These legacy adventures like him and Cutter Dykstra usually go on way too long.

  4. Would not mind giving Maya a chance as a relieve pitcher. I realize we have not seen much but the family thing and the culture thing and the language barrier all have to be working against him. I realize he is not the first nor last player to face this kind of thing but we do have him under contract for I think a couple more years and it seems he makes it through the lineup pretty well the first time (last night, not so much)

    1. we actually control him for 5 years and change… He was only up on the ML roster for a couple of months… What do you do with a relief pitcher with 5 pitches? Yeah I wish he would hit the gym and try and up that velocity… Or go back to the old motion that allowed him to hit 94…

      1. I think he was definitely affected seeing CM Wang get advanced. From Maya’s perspective he is the better pitcher and he may be right. I think we have to chalk this one up to mental … but yes I agree he needs to boost that velocity perhaps come up with a power sinker that runs at 93-94 to go with the rest of his repertoire. Perhaps he would do better in AA with Tomlin as his pitching coach?

  5. Rich – Its not all about velo. It has to be velo with movement and control.

    If it was all about velo then Henry Rodriguez would be a good pitcher, right?

    I agree with SJM just like Detwiler, the only way they are effective is short inning work. Maybe Rizzo will see them for what they are. Oh yah, that’s right, Davey Johnson figured out Detwiler quickly and rarely uses him.

    Would love to see Detwiler really ramp it up as a setup and see what his 93 can ramp up to in velo if he knew he only had 3 or 4 batters to face!

    1. That is a good point. I know it is not only velocity, but it makes me wonder where his velocity went. Wasn’t it Davey Johnson who wanted to keep Detwiler?

      I like the theory of using them for just one inning would make them better and could ramp up the velocity, but with that philosophy Balester would have been more successful.

  6. Agree Michael, especially with Detwiler – I think if he knew he was in for just one inning he could have killer stuff – not sure why he needs to be on a starters rest when he is in the bullpen but I have to trust that they know best

    1. An decent read from an insiders viewpoint. What Kevin didn’t address in his posts was the possibility of prospects or SYR players in particular being moved in any of the trade scenarios. Everything was a simple chess-piece view, imo, with no additional cost / fallout analysis.
      Houston would likely want prospects and/or young MLB-proven players for Bourne – probably three total, with at least one high-level / MLB ready player or arm. I’d ask for something along the lines of Norris, Peacock, and Solis as a starting point.

      Minnesota certainly won’t repeat their panic move from last year – Span would probably cost an immediate player of need, plus a high-level prospect or more. Think Desmond, plus either Peacock, or maybe Flores and Rosenbaum.

      Tampa Bay will want good, young talent at positions of need (MI/CA/RP) for them in exchange for Upton. I’m thinking they’d ask for either Lombardozzi/Desmond, plus possibly Norris & someone like Smoker.

  7. Nats get Gomes for Rheinhart(sp?), and Manno

    I know there will be some unhappy people that Manno is gone

    1. I think that was a huge mistake. Huge. He’s 30 and right handed. Likely what Davey Johnson wanted. Rheinhard is a left-handed power hitter that is just now developing?

      I think they’ll be sorry for this.

      1. If that is true, that would be one of the few times I agree with peric. A huge mistake, trading a very promising arm & a youngish power hitter for the RH equivalent of Lanyce Nix.

  8. I’m very disappointed, 2 of my favorite players gone…Gomes is just another guy with a horrible average to add to our putrid offense

    1. If thats true I will be LIVID. Manno, or Rhienhart would be a good turn out for a sandwich pick. I kind of like the trade if we sign Gomes. Manno was blocked by Clippard and Storen, and I dont think Rhienhart would make it under Rizzo

      1. I’m absolutely livid – Rizzo has crapped on the playoff chances for two minor-league franchises (Harrisburg & Hagerstown) for a LF platoon piece (Gomes) that adds nothing to the big league team.

        Guess that also puts the writing on the wall for how the FO really feels about Bernadina going forward.

      2. I think we have to take the good with the bad. Last year, we got four new guys added into the mix, one of whom has already made it up to the parent club, and we gave up relatively little for them. Maybe this is how Rhinehart gets to AAA, where he can make some decent coin (relative to what he’s been paid in the past) if he continues to mash the ball. Now we have to wonder if Rizzo was doing what the Yankees did for years: keeping a guy on the cusp a level too low to inflate his numbers. But in either case we have to wish these boys well and hope for them to succeed in their new homes.

        1. Sue, I’m glad you can come across as being so level-headed about this trade. Maybe I’ll calm down after a good night’s sleep, or a few more games played (whichever comes first), but this just looks like a crappy trade on face value.

          Gomes is a 30yo rental for WSH, carrying Small American Ballpark inflated stats over the last couple of years from CIN; If Rizzo was going to make a trade to immediately help the big club, this wasn’t it, imo.

    2. I’m with you. Rhinehart’s blocked all over the diamond at this point, now matter how much we like him. So for me, this deal is pretty much Manno for a compensation pick unless Gomes (or another outfielder) is flipped at the deadline.

  9. Both ‘Manno’s Minions’ & the ‘Rhinehart Mafia’ taken out with a single trade – That’s devestating.

  10. I don’t necessarily mind Rhinehart being traded, as he’s had his struggles in the Nationals’ system, but to surrender both Rhinehart & Manno for what amounts to a MLB platoon OF two-month rental just baffles me.

      1. Grrrr – If you’re the GM, do you make a trade that completely removes two MiLB players/prospects, and marginalizes (sp?) a third young MLB player from the mix for a 2-month MLB platoon rental, and the outside possibility of a 2nd-round draft pick?
        That’s a 3-for-1.4 (or less) trade, and it sucks right now, imo. If Rizzo can flip Gomes (& others) for another deal without doing further damage to the minors, maybe I’ll change my outlook, but right now, I’m just angry.

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