Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse All Star Break N/A N/A
Harrisburg All Star Break N/A N/A
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
Chien-Mien Wang (rehab) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) vs.
Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Colin Bates (2-1, 1.85) vs.
Marcos Camarena (1-1, 1.86)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Dail Villanueva (0-0, 5.23)
DSL Nationals Lost, 18-10
vs. DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Triple-A All-Star Game is tonight in Salt Lake City, with Tom Milone and Matt Antonelli representing the Chiefs.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Eastern League All-Star Game is tonight in Manchester, NH with Five Senators representing Harrisburg.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Chien-Ming Wang makes another rehab start, scheduled to go five innings as the P-Nats begin an eight-game homestand against the Kinston Indians and Lynchburg Hillcats.

Augusta 5 Hagerstown 3
• Ray 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Demmin (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP 2H, 1ER, 0BB, K
• A Sanchez 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Martinson 3-4, 2B

Hagerstown jumped out to a 3-0 fifth inning lead but ulimately fell to Augusta 5-3. The Suns scored in the first on a two-out Kevin Keyes RBI single and scored in the fifth on a two-out, two-run double by Russell Moldenhauer. Robbie Ray was unable to make it through the fifth inning after he hit Chris Lofton, allowed Lofton to steal second and third, and gave up a two out RBI single. Sam Brown failed to stop the bleeding, allowing an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch in the fifth and later walking a batter and allowing a single to start a three-run Augusta rally in the seventh. With the loss, Hagerstown falls into a first-place tie with Hickory at 12-7 in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — OFF DAY
The Doubledays start a brief three-game road trip against the Brooklyn Cyclones today before heading back to upstate New York for a home-and-home series against Batavia.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are on the the road for three of the next four games, all against the GCL East.

DSL Marlins 18 DSL Nationals 10
• K Rodriguez 3IP, 3H 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, HR 3.32
• Ruiz ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Eusebio 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• E Gonzalez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The two teams combined for 30 hits and 28 runs with only two errors. Walks? Well, the D-Nats gave up 15 of those. Three position players were called on to pitch. One of them, Adderling Ruiz, was the most effective reliever of the game, and the only pitcher to not give up any runs — inherited or otherwise. The loss drops the D-Nats to 17-19, but they remain only 5½ games behind.

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.

20 thoughts on “Wednesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Ray apparently did not have his best stuff, but he battled through it pretty well. This kid looks like the real deal, as early in the process as it is.

    1. Wish they had pitch counts for low minors starts. I suspect that he would have been given a chance to battle through the fifth inning with two outs were it not for a pitch count.

  2. I have been to several Suns game, and Robbie Ray is the real deal. Not overpowering but really understands how to pitch

  3. FYI, Baseball America is showing Taylor Hill as signed, though I don’t see him on either the Auburn or GCL Nats rosters.

    1. Not surprised. has an annoying habit of backdating transactions so when I make my daily sweep, it’s very possible for me to miss things if/when there’s been a slew of other transactions in the league. Which reminds me that it looks like I better make that sweep now…

  4. ok guys I did it last year with Manno and I will do it this year. The guy that I am looking at this year is a young man names Colin Bates. It should not be in Auburn and hoping to see him in Hagerstown soon. I like his makeup and he is a high 80’s righty that should prove to be valuable in Hagerstown
    Its time for him to pay us a visit

    1. Okay, guys, on Colin Bates, from Andy Seiler-
      — 23rd Round (Mel loves these 20+ round players) “Bates has fringe-average stuff, but a lot of experience in a good program, and perhaps his best attribute is a rubber arm that can be used on a regular basis out of the bullpen. He has an injury history, havng had thoracic outlet surgery, But I like this pick for value here, as he’s already signed.”
      6′ 1″ 175 lbs.
      DOB 3/10/88

      The only thing I want to add is
      1) @21 years, he’s what BinM would call an ‘old fart’ at Short Season A
      2) What the hell is thoracic outlet surgery.

      1. Thoracic outlet surgery is basically a procedure to relieve an impingement of nerves and/or blood vessels at the top of the rib cage, typically near the clavicle. It’s similar to the surgical treatment for spinal stenosis.

      2. Stop with the ‘old fart’ stuff – I know, we kid because we love.

        I try to look at anyone entering pro ball as exactly what they are, a rookie. I only start to classify by age when they repeat levels after a year (or more) of pro experience; Bowden’s folly is the prime current example (a 25yo assigned to Auburn), and Carlos Martinez was another (parts of three years in the POT bullpen).

  5. Anybody know what the story is on Turnbull and his signability? I read he could go to Oregon…

    1. Santa Barbara Community College. Yep he could pretty much go anywhere he wants. Rizzo will sign him. He wants to play with the big boys. But, hey Santa Barbara? Everyone there thinks they are worth a million bucks not just ballplayers. Rizzo will have a tough row to hoe with him in addition to the 4 Boras clients.

    2. He’s a 3rd year JC player, so he may only have a year of eligibility left. As a 4th-rounder this year, he’d be gambling a lot on returning to school, imo.

  6. Here’s hoping they can get 6IP / 65-70 pitches out of Wang tonight against Kinston. Keep stretching him out & have him ready to go to DC at the end of the month.

    1. Am I losing my mind or isn’t Wang pitching at Harrisburg, not Potomac? Wouldn’t think he’s got more than two starts prior to roster move deadline.

      1. Wang was scheduled to pitch in Potomac on Wednesday, when Harrisburg was off, but is now pitching there tonight (Thursday) because the game in Potomac last night (Wednesday) was rained out (really).

  7. Eastern League All Star Game Results:

    Rhinehart went one for three with a double and a walk. Pena pitched 1 inning acquiring 2k’s. Arnesen threw 14 pitches, 9 for strikes, in an inning’s worth of work fanning all three batters he faced. The Western division wins! Good showing for our H-burg representatives.

    The International League All Star Game is currently under way, and although Milone has not gotten in the game yet, I just wanted to mention that currently pitching for the Pacific Coast League is former Chief Andrew Kown. I appreciated what he did when he was here and I wish him all the best.

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