Friday’s News & Notes – Playoff Edition

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Harrisburg Postponed @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-4, 2.43) vs.
Daryl Maday (4-10, 4.47)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Sammy Solis (6-2, 2.72) vs.
Richard Zagone (4-2, 2.97)
Auburn Won, 3-2 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (4-4, 3.46) vs.
Seth Frankoff (6-3, 2.34)

Well, if you haven’t seen Tim Pahuta’s twitpic of Metro Bank Park (above) by now… According to’s C. Trent Rosecrans, Eastern League officials will meet tomorrow to determine if MBP will be playable. If not, Rosencrans reports that the rest of the series will be played in Richmond with a doubleheader on Saturday followed by games on Sunday and Monday (if necessary).

Meanwhile, Game Two of the Carolina League’s Divisional Series was postponed to tonight. You have to wonder if the series might just stay at Harry Grove in Frederick if officials decide that the Pfitz is unplayable tomorrow. And that’s presuming that a game gets played tonight in Frederick. There is, after all, more rain in the forecast.

Finally, the Doubledays won 3-2 to force a deciding game in Auburn tonight against the Vermont Lake Monsters. Wilfri Pena made good on his shot at redemption, hitting a solo home run in the 7th, just a half-inning after giving up two passed balls that enabled Vermont to tie the score at 2-2. Pena doubled earlier as part of his 2-for-3 night while Billy Burns drove in the first two runs with a double in the bottom of the 2nd. Manny Rivera got the win in relief of Taylor Hill, who struck out eight and allowed just one hit over the first five innings. Aaron Barrett weathered a hit and a walk in the 9th but got the three outs he needed for the save.

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.

8 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes – Playoff Edition”

  1. It’s such a beautiful park there in Harrisburg, situated where it is. This is the downside. Sad.
    Instead of playing all games in Richmond, how about playing Harrisburg’s home games in Washington, the Nats hit the road Monday and the park is not being used.
    The same for the PNats, Pfitzner won’t be ready for a long time with that little league drainage system.

    Go Auburn!

  2. Love the idea Mark L!

    What a tragedy that the field and stadium flooded so much in Harrisburg, I think the probablm is more than if the field will be playable for the rest of the season but all that mold that will be in the stadium will probably cause it to be closed for a long time until they can gut it and remodel it…AGAIN! SAD

  3. Good idea about using the stadium in DC, but I don’t think they will do it for one simple reason: no one will come. If they have the games in Richmond, they will sell out. As far as the Pfitzner Swamp, they might as well stay in Frederick. It’s unplayable after a five minute shower. Imagine what it’s like after this deluge.

    1. Agreed. If it were merely an isolated incident, you’d have to think that a deal could be struck to have the games in York.

      I’m going to try to swing by the Pfitz this afternoon to see the damages and get back to folks later.

      1. Well, it’s not as bad as I had feared, which is kind of like saying “He’s not as short as Danny DeVito,” so instead of 20/80 odds I might be inclined to go as high as 50/50. No ponding but obviously the ground is soaked. If the sun stays out this afternoon and tomorrow and the rains predicted overnight are light and/or miss the field, then we may be in luck.

    1. Much as I like that idea, I think the Carolina League may go the same route as the Eastern League — especially if tonight’s game gets postponed.

  4. Pahuta’s photo of the field just breaks my heart. A beautiful little ballpark under what looks to be at least 12′ of water – I hope the good people of Harrisburg are weathering this in better shape.

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