Monday’s News & Notes – Playoff Edition

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 ELIMINATED N/A
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny or Mitchell Clegg vs.
Nick Haughian or Jacob Petit
Auburn OFF DAY vs.
Staten Island,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (6-3, 4.01) vs.
Taylor Morton (0-1, 5.40)

The Harrisburg Senators were swept from the Eastern League playoffs with a 2-1 loss to Richmond. While the flooding that delayed the series two days and shifted it to entirely in Richmond didn’t help, the lack of offense was more to blame. The Sens had just five hits yesterday and 18 for the series, batting a .175 overall, .143 with RISP, and 23 runners left on base. The starting pitching was sensational, with Erik Arnesen, Shairon Martis, and Tanner Roark each going seven innings and the trio striking out 29 batters combined while allowing just five runs total.

The Potomac Nationals decided to wait until the next-to-last chance they had on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge to beat the Keys and force a Game Five in the Northern Division Championship Series tonight in Frederick. The winner will meet Kinston for the 2011 Mills Cup.

It’s the final home game of the 2011 season in Auburn, New York as the Doubledays play host to the Staten Island Yankees in Game One of the best-of-three New York-Penn League Championship Series. The two teams split the only two games they played during the regular season. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez gets the start against 2010 9th-round pick 19-year-old Taylor Morton, who threw all but five of his 55 innings in the regular season in the GCL.

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.

3 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes – Playoff Edition”

  1. Harrisburg had such a great season, a bad time for the bats to go silent.
    Here’s hoping the home team can beat the ‘old farts’ of Frederick.
    No offense BinM.

    1. No offense taken. I’d love to see that Potomac was able to take care of the ‘old farts’ loaded onto the Frederick lineup, and move onto a series against Kinston.

      A number of bad breaks conspired against Harrisburg – No home games due to the flooding, and a couple of missing starters (Harper injured, Gilbert suspended), and as Sue_D notes, no offense from what was left to support what was some very good starting pitching.

  2. The real problem for Harrisburg was the inability of the bullpen to hold a lead. You are right that the lsoo of Harper and Gilbert dragged down an offense that had only 2 productive hitters at the end of the season Moore and Rahl.

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