Tuesday’s News & Notes – Playoff Edition

Team Pitching Star Hitting Star #1 Hitting Star #2
L, 3-2
Trevor Holder
3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
Brian Peacock
1-4, R, HR, RBI
Zach Walters
1-4, R, 2B
L, 9-2
Manny Rivera
1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
Billy Burns
2-4, R, 2B, SB
Wilfri Pena
1-4, 2B, RBI

The Frederick Keys got three runs in the bottom of the first and made them stand up for a 3-2 win over the Potomac Nationals in Game Five to advance to the 2011 Mills Cup Finals against the Kinston Indians.

The Potomac bullpen trio of Trevor Holder, Marcos Frias and Neil Holland tossed seven and a 1/3rd scoreless and hitless innings of relief to keep this game close, but the P-Nats bats were largely silent — just four hits and three walks total, though Brian Peacock did connect on a solo shot in the 9th to likely finish his five-season odyssey on a high note.

Meanwhile, the Auburn Doubledays dropped Game One of the best-of-three New York-Penn League Championship Series, 9-2 to the Staten Island Yankees. With the next two in New York City, they’ll have to beat the team with the best regular-season record overall and the second-best home record at 24-12 — twice.

Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was not sharp, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over five innings with several deep counts early in the game but struck out six, including four in the second thanks to a wild pitch. The bullpen imploded in the last two frames, as Richie Mirowski. Ben Hawkins and Travis Henke gave up six runs on six hits and four walks.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. 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.

13 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes – Playoff Edition”

  1. Congratulations to the P-Nats. They had a successful season during which they often seemed not to be doing that well. Let’s hope that their off-field off-season goes as well.


  2. Peacock’s home run was truly a shot – you could see as soon as the ball left the bat, it was gone. So nice to see him end on a high note!

    1. Until we hear otherwise, I think it’s best to deduce that Lecroy chose defense over offense while aiming to keep Bloxom’s bat in the lineup, knowing that Souza could come off the bench if he was needed for pinch-hit appearance.

  3. Souza wasnt there. I heard he was told to go home after another bout of inmaturity. Again, only rumer. I can say with certainty he wasnt there.

    1. Nothing really that significant or substantially different than what’s already been put forth. It’s probably fair to deduce that Souza and Lecroy won’t be exchanging cards this December, but they’d hardly be the first player and coach that had a falling out.

      1. I think we all need to clarify one thing, and that is that there should be zero blame levied on Lecroy for this episode. Souza made a choice and had to know there would be a penalty. This young man is, I’m told, extremely intelligent, but he continues to make mistakes of childishness and very poor judgment. Five years in A ball and he is showing no real progress on the field, and is an unneeded distraction off of it. Time to part ways?

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