Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (5-5, 4.31)
vs. Germano (8-3, 2.49)
Harrisburg Lost, 14-0 @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Pucetas (4-2, 1.63) vs.
Britton (1-0, 1.10)
Auburn Won, 8-7 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Cuda (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-8 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Won, 14-5 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 2.81) vs.
Almeida (0-1, 11.25)

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Duke (W, 8-3) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 0K, 2HR
• H. Rodriguez (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 0WP, 0HBP
• Pena (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Brown 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Komatsu 2-4

Zach Duke danced with the devil in the pale moonlight danger in each of the first four innings, walking four in the first two innings and stranding eight in the first four, but left the game with a slim 4-3 lead. Despite an appearance by rehabbing Henry Rodriguez, the Syracuse ‘pen got the “W” for Duke with three scoreless innings of relief. Corey Brown and Erik Komatsu combined to go 5-for-8 while rehabbing Chris Marrero delivered an RBI single in four at-bats. FA catcher Koyie Hill was assigned to Syracuse. Jeremy Mayo is a good bet to be transferred in the next couple of days.

Portland 14 Harrisburg 0
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-3) 3+ IP, 7H, 9R, 7ER, 4BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Rahl 2-2, 2B
• Walters 1-3, BB, E

A grand slam chased Danny Rosenbaum from the game in the 4th as part of a nine-run inning as Portland pounded Harrisburg, 14-0. Rosenbaum was charged with nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and four walks over three-plus innings. In his last six starts, he’s gone 2-2 but with an ERA of 5.94 and a WHIP of 1.74 (contrasted to 5-1, 0.86, 0.73 in his first eight starts). Chris Rahl singled and doubled to lead the offense. Zach Walters and Justin Bloxom both made their AA debuts, with Walters going 1-for-3 with a walk and Bloxom going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

David Freitas doubled, walked, scored a run, and drove a run but failed to stop any of the five stolen base attempts against him in the Carolina League’s 9-1 win over the California League last night in Winston-Salem. Rob Wort also appeared, giving up a hit but striking out speedster Billy Hamilton (80SBs in 66G) to end the game.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Sally League Northern Division beat the Southern, 3-2 last night in Charleston. Matt Skole went 0-for-3 coming off the bench and made an error while playing 3B in the 9th. Caleb Ramsey relieved the starting CF and went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Aaron Barrett got the save, but gave up both Sally South runs (one earned) on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

Auburn 8 Batavia 7
• Baez 4IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Henke (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mirowski (SV, 1) 1IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• B. Miller 1-2, 3R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Montilla 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 2B

In a back-and-forth contest, Auburn won the battle of attrition with Batavia on a sacrifice fly, 8-7. The Muckdogs scored in each of the first four innings and outhit the Doubledays 15-9, but committed three errors and hit into three double plays. Starter Gregory Baez was lit up for five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two. Travis Henke got the win in relief with two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings while Richie Mirowski got the save despite letting two baserunners on in the 9th. Angel Montilla, Steven Perez, and Spencer Kieboom each went 2-for-4 while Brandon Miller drove in three with a first-inning HR.
RHP Pedro Encarnacion was transferred from Hagerstown to Auburn.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Marlins 8
• Kimball 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marcelino 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Santana (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 3-3 IR-S
• Difo 2-4, 3R, 3B, 2RBI
• Mesa 1-2, 3R, 2B, BB, HBP, RBI
• McQuillan 3-4, BB, 2RBI

After blowing an 8-5 lead in the top of the 9th, the G-Marlins couldn’t stand the prosperity and gave it right back for a 9-8 walkoff win by the G-Nats. A walk, a hit batsmen, balk, and a throwing error turned the trick. Rehabbing Cole Kimball got the “start” and tossed a scoreless inning, followed by Anthony Marcelino who was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and and two walks while striking out four. Andy Santana got the blown-save-win by giving up a bases-clearing double to the first batter he faced before retiring three of the next four batters. 33rd-rounder Mike McQuillan led the eight-hit attack with three singles and a walk while driving in two.

DSL Nationals 14 DSL Mets1 5
• P. Valdez 5IP, 6H, 5R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, 0HR
• Aquino (W, 2-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Aguero 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 4RBI
• Bautista 2-2, 3R, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats scored 14 unanswered runs in a 14-5 decision over the D-Mets1 squad. 18-y.o. Raudy Read continues to flash serious power, smacking HRs #4 and #5 while driving in four to push his slugging percentage to .517 (lg. avg. is .341). Philips Valdez got the no-decision but went five innings, giving up five runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out four. 17-y.o. Jonathan Aquino got the win with four scoreless innings of relief, with just two hits allowed and four set down by way of the K.

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.

20 thoughts on “Wednesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Seriously- although he wasn’t that impressive yesterday, is it possible that Zach Duke has played himself ahead of John Lannan in the depth chart? The way Wang has pitched, it seems possible that he could get the DFA, and someone would come from Syracuse to join the big club.

    It is sad that we are at the point of saying that our AAA team won in spite of Henry Rodriguez pitching in the game.


    1. I would call Lannan up before Duke, becuase not only do I have faith that Lannan will come up and be his usual self, Duke has not been getting enough K’s for me to have any faith in him, not to mention all the hits and walks hes giving up

      1. I’d call Rosenbaum AND Maya before Lannan.

        Lannan is just another CMW implosion waiting to happen. Lannan’s last three years have been absolutely horrendous hidden by quick hooks when he got in trouble and two really terrible years preceding last year.

        Big mistake going with CMW over Detwiler and I said as much.

        1. Peric, have you ever worked in professional baseball? Given your impressive track record of analysis, I’m guessing you have some organizational experience.

  2. Maya may have a better claim than either Duke or Lannan based on current performance. Not much difference in strikeouts, but ERA is the lowest of the three (3.67 to 3.83 for Duke, 4.91 for Lannan) and so is WHIP (1.09 to Duke’s 1.43 and Lannan’s 1.51). You may be right that Lannan’s mediocre performance in AAA is due to his funk over being there, and that he’ll rise to the occasion once called back up, but it’s a heck of a gamble to take.

    1. Hey, I try to spread it around, but in the big picture… it was two plate appearances and no defensive chances.

      1. It’s all good! Big fan of the site, just didn’t know if you happened to miss it. Keep up the good work.

        1. Thanks for the support. Certainly possible for me to have missed it, especially now that I’m short a copyeditor…

          1. I think so, but it might not be a bulldog. We switched breeds after having lab mixes for 11 years and might do the same again.

    1. Luke posted a link to an article by a Houston sportswriter who interviewed Rendon. Rendon said it wouldn’t be until late August so he said as far as he was concerned he would tee-it-up again next season and spend this one rehabbing the ankle without any baseball activities.

      1. A lot of conflicting information. Shortly after the Houston Chronicle story, Nats officials were backtracking, alleging he “has had no setbacks and is on schedule for a late July or August return.” Last week, Amanda Comak tweeted about being back by the all-star break (mid-July), but that’s the extent of her reportage.

        My feeling is that he will be shielded in Florida and hidden in Hagerstown until he’s clobbering the ball and able to run well enough for wise-ass bloggers to not make Chris Marrero comps.

  3. Anybody wonder why down 11-0 Kobernus was stealing 2nd in that game. PS. he got thrown out!!!

    1. Minors games aren’t always about what makes sense from a “winning” perspective. So it very well may have been a test against a pitcher with a quick motion to home and a quality throwing catcher.

      Or he got chewed out after the game for doing something stupid.

    1. Last year was a breakthrough year for Hood. This year has been a struggle. He’s Rule 5 eligible this offseason, so a decision will have to be made in the next few months.

    2. This year hasn’t gone the way he’s liked I’m sure. He’s been on the shelf for almost a month and apparently that wrist injury affected the way he was swinging early on in the year.

      He still has a bright future.

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