Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Scranton/WB,
6:00 p.m.
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Kickham (6-7, 2.96)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-5, 4.87) vs.
Ferguson (0-0, -.–)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (9-4, 4.72) vs.
Urena (5-4, 2.96)
Auburn Won, 9-5 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Fischer (0-1, 4.91) vs.
Coffey (0-3, 12.66)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-3 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Hudgins (0-2, 4.70) vs.
Jackson (0-1, 1.50)
DSL Nationals Won, 15-5 vs. DSL Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (3-2, 3.45) vs.
Ramirez (1-2, 1.32)

• Brown 0-4
• Rivero 0-2, 2K
• Negrych 1-2,
• Duke 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K

The Pacific Coast League defeated the International League 3-0 in the Triple-A All Star Game. All four Chiefs saw game action, as indicated above.

• Perez 0-4
• Kobernus 1-2
• Rahl 1-4, RBI
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nelo (L, 0-1) 0IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K

The Eastern Division rallied for a 5-4 win in the last of the 9th, with Harrisburg’s Hector Nelo taking the loss with a run on two hits and a walk.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2
• Olbrychowski 6⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Carr 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Freitas 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, SB

Potomac led this one briefly, 2-1, but the Blue Rocks pantsed the P-Nats with five unanswered runs for a 6-2 win. Adam Olbrychowski took the loss with all six runs allowed (five earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out five. David Freitas drove in both Potomac runs while going 3-for-4 with a double.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 3
• Turnbull 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (W, 4-2) 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Barrett (SV, 16) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Miller 1-2, R, 2B, BB, SF, 2RBI
• Ortega 1-3, BB, RBI, SB

With three runs in the 7th and a run in the 8th, Hagerstown went from being nearly no-hit to a 4-3 win over Greensboro. Steve Souza broke up the no-no with a leadoff single in the 7th, with Justin Miller following him with an RBI double to break up the shutout. In the following frame, Miller broke the 3-3 tie with a sac fly that sent in Billy Burns, who had led off the 8th with a single. Colin Bates got the win in relief of Kylin Turnbull while Aaron Barrett pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his league-leading 16th save.

Auburn 9 Aberdeen 5
• Encarnacion 4⅔ IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Smith (W, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Henke (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Poole 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, RBI

Auburn batted around in the 7th for six-run inning and a 9-5 win over Aberdeen. The Ironbirds strafed starter Pedro Encarnacion for four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk. Jason Smith picked up the win in relief while Robert Benincasa snuffed a late Aberdeen charge in the 9th for the save. Travis Poole paced the offense with a 3-for-5 night, including a double and two RBI.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 3
• Schwartz 3IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Martin (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mesa 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, BB

A four-run 5th broke open 3-3 tie as the G-Nats downed the G-Marlins, 7-3. Blake Schwartz got the start but allowed all three Marlins runs on six hits over three innings. Rafael Martin led a trio of relievers that combined for six shutout and hitless innings with eight strikeouts. Eight of the nine G-Nats batters hit safely, with Narciso Mesa, Adrian Nieto, Jean Carlos Valdez and Will Piwnica-Worms each collecting two hits while the team compiled 12 total.

DSL Nationals 15 DSL Giants 5
• Valerio 4IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Valdez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 5RBI
• A. Martinez 3-6, 3R
• Cerda 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI

The D-Nats snapped their eight-game skid with a 15-5 beatdown of the D-Giants. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled, doubled, and tripled while driving in five to lead the 13-hit attack. Starter Maximo Valerio threw four scoreless, allowing just a hit and two walks while striking out three. Phillips Valdez completed the game and got the win, giving up five runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks.

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.

8 thoughts on “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. I know Deion Williams is obviously young/raw… but at some point, don’t you think the Nats would be better served actually letting the kid get some playing time to work on whatever adjustments they’re making with him?

      1. Deion? He was the only high school pick signed from last years draft. 16th round shortstop pick. Was committed to Georgia State. He is 6 ft 3 and toolsy, and extremely raw. .157 average last year, 44 strikeouts and only 8 walks. Arguably not much better this year. Hasn’t received much playing time, specifically with Hayden Jennings ahead of him. He pretty much gets attention because of the basic lack of high school prospects.

        1. Thanks.
          There’s a 15th round High Schooler this year (Brandon Smith) that should have been signed already. Don’t know if they’re going to wait until tomorrow’s deadline to say anything.

      2. A position change is probably in order. Very athletic kid who needs a chance to “figure it out”. Not sure that will happen with the Nats and the “overflow” of infielders in the organization.

  2. I agree with you David! I have said along that develop your HS talent. If you look through-out the GCL you will find HS players with BA below .200….. Other organization continue to allow their HS players to go out there and play everyday to attempt to “figure it out.” Williams has only had 109 AB’s . Not a big sample size! I attribute that to the Nationals lack of HS players drafted.

  3. Williams is still the youngest American born player in the organization. Hayden Jennings the 2012 draft pick is older than Williams. Jennings a 6th rounder has 26 K’s in 44 AB’s.
    A LSU signee but I still feel he should play EVERYDAY along with Williams in the GCL instead of playing 22/23 year old in the “kiddie league.” I’m just saying……….LOL

    1. Well, there is Thomas Alvarez in the DSL — he was born in Camden, NJ and turned 17 this past February /ducks

      Regardless of who’s the youngest, you can still put all the teenagers in the GCL into one vehicle. And that’s not a clown car, bro.

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