Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (4-5, 5.63) vs.
Gustafson (2-2, 5.04)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Cohoon (3-5, 3.52)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Holder (2-1, 4.99) and
Nathan Karns (A+ debut) vs.
Zagone (2-0, 3.13) and
Howard (1-2, 5.71)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Snodgress (1-2, 5.29)
DSL Nationals Won, 12-5 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.

Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 3
• Duke (L, 6-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Arnesen 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Teahen 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

An RBI triple in the 5th broke a 2-2 tie and the sac fly that followed proved to be the gamewinner as the I-tribe downed the S-Chiefs, 4-3. It was the third straight loss for Syracuse, but the closest game as the Indians outscored the Chiefs 30-19 during the series. Zach Duke took the loss, giving up all four runs on seven hits and three walks. Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled and tripled to lead the seven-hit offense while Corey Brown smacked his 13th HR. Syracuse plays its next 21 games at Alliance Bank Park, thanks to a shifted four-game series vs. the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees next week.

After a weekend jaunt to lovely (no, not really) New Britain, the Senators return to City Island to host the Binghamton Mets for three games, hoping to make a dent in their 10-16 home record (vs. 20-10 on the road).

Frederick 4 Potomac 0
• Lidge (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Grace 7⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Taylor 2-3, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3
• Oduber 1-3

Potomac’s four-game win streak came to a screeching halt in Frederick, as the Keys scored one in the first and three in the second and blanked the P-Nats, 4-0. Brad Lidge hit his pitch limit in the first inning in the space of just four batters and was charged with the loss. Matt Grace was roughed up early, but went the rest of the way for a serviceable three runs over seven and 2/3rds innings. Offensively, the P-Nats put just two baserunners into scoring position as the lineup was limited to just four hits. Prior to the game, OF J.R. Higley was activated while OF Kevin Keyes was placed on the 7-Day DL. Higley started in LF and went 0-for-4 with 2K.

After their final scheduled off day of the first half, the Suns have a home-and-home series vs. Kannapolis over the next six games, where all signs point to Hagerstown playing out the string despite a .589 win pct. (33-23) as they trail the 40-17 Greensboro Grasshoppers by 6½ with 13 to play.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Mets1 5
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Gomez (H, 1) 3IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Mejia 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Bautista 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Diaz 3-5, 2B, 3B
• Novas 2-4, 4R, RBI, 2SB

With four big innings, the DSL Nationals overcame an early 2-0 deficit and pounded the DSL Mets1 squad, 12-5. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz and Rafael Bautista both singled, doubled, and tripled to combine for six hits and seven RBI as the D-Nats tallied 12 hits total. DSL veteran Wander Suero got the win with two runs allowed on three hits (one a HR) and two walks while fanning seven.

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.

12 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. It appears the guys we need to watch in the DSL (mostly based on age) are:

    RHP Maximo Valerio 16 years old
    RHP Jonathan Aquino 17
    RHP Jorge Berrio 17
    RH hitting SS Andres Martinez 16
    RH hitting OF Miguel Atencio 17
    RH hitting OF Armando Echinique 17

    1. Breakdown of the newbs (ages as of 1 Aug 2012):

      Born in NYC (2): Cerda – 3b – 19 yr old; Dilone – rhp – 19

      Dominicans (9): Suarez – 1b – 18; Serrata – C – 18 ;Bautista – OF – 19; Abreu – ss – 18; Acevedo – rhp- 18; Aquino -rhp- 17;
      Gomez – rhp-20; J Rodriguez – rhp-19; Valerio -rhp-17

      Venezuelans (3): Aguero – 3b-19; Echanique – of – 17; Martinez – ss – 17

      Panamanian(1) – Atencio – of – 17

      Columbian(1) – Berrio – rhp – 17

  2. Really looking forward to the scouting report on Karns.
    Missing a year or two bothers me a lot less with pitchers than hitters.

    1. Sounded like he is waiting to see what he looks like in Potomac before making any judgement … like Cameron Selik … another older pitcher that did well in Hagerstown.

    1. One of a half-dozen or so pitchers that have been shuffling on/off the DL the past month or so. Don’t think he’s hurt — more likely is that he’s going to repeat Auburn.

      1. Thanks…Don’t know if thats a good or bad sign his results were improving as the year went on.

  3. It will be interesting to see what Nats do with Karns. He has a fairly “young” arm compare to most…even with having surgery. While others played fall ball before their college years , Karns was playing football. Add 2yrs sitting out due to surgery etc. , though he may seem like an “old man” in baseball, he is actually fairly raw and still developing. At 6’5, 230 , 94-95 but can and has hit 98, Do the Nats let go or continue to develope this power pitcher ?

    1. From what I can gather, Karns signed late in 2009 and was in XST when he suffered his injury, having surgery in July 2010. Maybe it’s splitting hairs, but he hasn’t missed as much time as it appears at first glance. “Fairly raw” are the two key words. I thought going into this season that he’d be converted to the ‘pen after proving his health in ’11, but it’s pretty clear that they are going to use him as a starter in order to solve his control issues.

  4. Karns had been looking fairly consistent while at Hagerstown. I wondered how he would fare in this league, as he is known for brushing the corners….and it seems that this league does not like to call a strike unless it is down the pipe….anyone see it differently? Also waiting for more moves, as the suns have several good pitchers.

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