Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Columbus,
6:35 p.m.
Maya (2-4, 2.98) vs.
Kluber (3-2, 2.58)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Demny (2-2, 5.58) vs.
Westcott (3-2, 4.15)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Demmin (0-0, 3.77) and
Ray (0-1, 16.50) vs.
Simon (0-6, 5.50) and
Moore (0-4, 7.62)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 5.24) vs.
Perez (2-1, 4.66)

Syracuse 6 Rochester 4
• Wang (W, 2-0) 8IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 0HR
• VanAllen (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K; 2-2 IR-S, BK Pickoff at 1B
• Brown 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Paul 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bynum 1-3, R, HR, RBI

After pleading his case to finish the game, Chien-Ming Wang proved the coaches right for wanting to end his day after eight innings, as the Chiefs survived a 9th-inning scare. They won their 6th straight and completed the four-game sweep of the Rochester Redwings with a 6-4 win. Corey Brown homered to start a three-run 6th that broke a 1-1 tie. Seth Bynum followed suit a solo shot to start the 7th as Syracuse extended the lead from 4-2 to 6-2. Cory VanAllen let in both runs he inherited from Wang (albeit at 2nd and 3rd) on a sac fly and a single but erased the runner at 1st with a nifty balk pickoff move and got the last out on a flyball for his first save.

After taking three of four from 1st-place Akron, Harrisburg finishes its seven-game roadtrip with three games today, tomorrow, and Wednesday against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Thus far, the Sens have fared much better on the road than at home — 14-6 vs. 6-10.

Seems like old times as the Potomac Nationals and Frederick Keys were rained out for the second time in less than a month. It’s doubleheader tonight… weather permitting. A reporter from the Houston Chronicle caught up with Anthony Rendon, who told him "I’m probably not going to come back this year." Naturally, the Nationals’ official response was to deny that conclusion.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 3
• Estevez (ND) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Meza (W, 3-1) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Burns 2-5, R, 2B, RBI (26-game on-base streak)
• Nieto 2-4, R, RBI

After a 67-minute rain delay in the 6th, Hagerstown broke a 3-3 deadlock in the 8th with RBI singles from J.P. Ramirez (12-game hit streak) and Justin Miller for a 5-3 win over Hickory. Christian Meza got the win in relief, taking the hill after the rain delay with two and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief. Aaron Barrett got the last four outs (two by way of the K) to earn the save, his third. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez allowed all three Crawdad runs (two earned), given up on four hits and a walk over the first five innings.

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.

10 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Buster Olney linked to an article in which Anthony Rendon said his season is probably over. I thought that a clean fracture meant he was likely to come back sometime this year.


    1. That’s the Nationals official position (I was in the process of tweeting the link to here when I saw this). The story referenced the cast coming off two weeks, which is too short for any kind of open reduction — that’s the good news. That it’s still immobilized is likely a sign that there has been ligament damage, which is jibes with the eyewitness accounts I’ve heard.

  2. Any more word on what the story is with Solano? I assume there is lots more speculation given the recent developments (but of course fan / media curiosity and speculation has never been much cause for official answers).

    1. The folks in Syracuse insist he’s still sick, but he hasn’t been seen around the clubhouse for at least a week or so. Unless it’s mono, I’m highly suspicious.

    1. Here’s my guess: Devin Ivany to SYR, Beau Seabury to HBG, Sam Palace off the Potomac DL. I don’t see Rizzo socially promoting Freitas. In fact, he’ll probably pick up a veteran C to rebuild depth, a la Miguel Perez last summer.

      1. Surprised Skelton got the call to SYR and not Ivany? The have nearly identical MiLB career path, don’t they? Neither ever been a prospect I don’t believe.

  3. Is Potomac really set to start a doubleheader at 6:05 tonight? Looking forward to seeing how Ray does.

    Wonder at what stage in his recovery the Nats would order Rendon to report to one of their facilities? I realize if he’s more or less immobile / on crutches, it may be more reasonable to let him go home. However at some point, the team trainers / therapists would want to be in charge I would think.

  4. Rendon’s comments are disturbing. He has played in 2 minor league games. It would be huge for him to play the last month of the season. His comment that “it would not make sense to comeback for the last month” boggle my mind. According to reports, the kid has a ton of talent, but the looming question is that he has missed a ton of games over the last 3 years. Doubt that there is another player in baseball that could benefit more from getting in a month of playing time.

    By way of comparison, Bryce Harper can not wait to get on the field play. Hard to interpret Rendon’s comment any other way than he is not committed to getting back on the field ASAP and that he fears getting injured again. Not good.

    1. It’s definitely a confusing comment (“mind bottling” if you like Will Ferrell).

      Get healthy, come back for however many regular season games you can get, and then play/practice extra in Viera after the season is over.

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