Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Misch (0-1, 3.60)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (0-0, 0.00) vs.
May (1-0, 7.20)
Potomac Won, 6-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Winters (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Meyer (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Nesseth (0-1, 14.73)

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6
• Roark (L, 0-2) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K
• Bibens-Dirkx 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Brown 4-5, 2B, R, SB, CS
• Solano 3-5, R, E
• Moore 2-3, R, HR, 2BB, RBI

The IronPigs scored in each of the first four innings off starter Tanner Roark, building a 6-2 lead. The Chiefs rallied for three in the 6th to pull within one at 6-5 but double plays in the 7th and 8th innings killed any chance of a comeback. Tyler Moore homered with one out in the 9th to answer Lehigh Valley’s big fly in the 8th, but Bryce Harper, who had tripled earlier in the contest, grounded out and Jhonatan Solano struck out to end the game. Corey Brown led the 13-hit attack with a 4-for-5 night, including a double, a stolen base, and a run scored.

Harrisburg 8 New Britain 2
• Demny (ND) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, K
• Davis (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Lozada 3-4, R, RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B, SB

A pair of four-run rallies in the fifth and seventh innings pushed the Senators past the Rock Cats for an 8-2 victory and a 2-1 series win. For the second time in as many starts, Paul Demny struggled with his control and couldn’t go the requisite five innings for the “W.” The 22-year-old walked five of the 23 batters he faced and struck just one over 4&#8532l innings. Erik Davis followed him again but pitched much better: 3⅓ scoreless innings to earn his second win. After a 1-for-23 start in the first six games, Destin Hood drove in four runs and collected two extra-base hits (double, triple). Jeff Kobernus extended his season-opening hit streak to seven games while Eury Perez went 0-for-4 to stop his streak at six. Harrisburg opens its home schedule with a four-game set tonight against the Reading Phillies, followed by a three-game series against the Altoona Curve.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 3
• Swynenberg (W, 1-0) 5H, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Demmin (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Freitas 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, E(3)

With six free passes over the first two innings, the P-Nats took advantage to score all six runs as they doubled up the Pelicans, 6-3 for their second win of the 2012 campaign. Myrtle Beach walked 11 batters overall, including four in the first inning without an out by Wilmer Font (guess the strike zone wasn’t his type?). David Freitas paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, scoring twice and driving in a run, followed by Justin Bloxom with a 2-for-4, 2RBI effort. Matt Swynenberg got the win with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings while Trevor Holder and Ryan Demmin both turned in two scoreless frames to close out the game.

Lexington 3 Hagerstown 0
• Dupra (L, 0-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Karns 3IP, 0H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Leonida 1-3
• Jimenez 1-3

Brian Dupra pitched six solid innings, scattering five hits and allowing just two runs (on earned), which would be good enough to win most of the time. But Lexington’s hurlers, led by Mike Foltynewicz, were just a little better, limiting the Suns to a season-low four hits — all singles — to hand Hagerstown a 3-0 shutout loss. The Legends scored single runs in the 4th, 6th, and 8th and left on six runners, while the Suns were unable to push any of their nine baserunners past third base. The Suns finish their homestand at 5-2 and head north to visit the Lakewood Blueclaws for a four-game series.

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.

10 thoughts on “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. Harrisburg score should be 8-4. Nats sure are good at developing catchers, what are your thoughts on Frietas so far?

    1. Fixed – like my copy editor 😉

      Home opener is tomorrow, but the times I’ve seen him in Vermont and Hagerstown, I’ve liked what I’ve seen, albeit just two games. This year is a real test for him because he will expected to continue to pound the ball due to his age/level (he and Sandy Leon are five days apart in age – both 23) while improving his defensive skills, which are considered average on most facets, except throwing out runners.

  2. I see Ankiel exited the Suns’ game early last night. Since you didn’t mention any problems, I assume the early exit wasn’t health related.

    1. Considering the cold weather (42F w/ a breeze), I’m surprised he played at all. My guess is that he’ll DH tonight for Harrisburg, take Friday off, then be reactivated on Saturday.

    2. I asked the Nat’s beat reporters on Twitter, thinking Ankiel was supposed to go all nine, but no one responded or reported anything.

      *Rimshot for the Font joke ha ha. I guess he needed the ump to widen the margins.

      1. Rehab starts are overrated. Occasionally, you’ll get a night like last August with Strasburg, or an Elijah Dukes playing like he’s trying to make the team.

        But more often not, it’s fastballs-only from the pitchers, who get teed off on because minor-leaguers can hit them when they know they’re coming, and hitters that lollygag to 1st after serving up a basehit.

        Anyway, it’s usually 2-3 PAs then a substitution.

  3. Meyer’s up again tonight? Hope he can back up his stellar first start with another one. Glad to see my man Destin Hood had a good night. Don’t look now, but Derek Norris is raking in the PCL. .393/.367/.857/1.224. You’re on notice NatGio to live up to some high expectations. Souldrummer is all in for Derek Norris.

  4. And Milone threw 8 scoreless innings against the Royals, but I’m not gloating just yet because he’s next pitching against Tacoma Seattle, which the naysayers will dismiss if he shuts them down, too.

    1. Wish Milone the best but Rizzo loves fire ballers on his pitching staff so one way or the other Tom Milone wasn’t going to be a long term National. Just like Lannan.

      I think Peacock and especially Cole(he actually drafted him) are the ones Rizzo might end up missing.

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