Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-0 @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Roark (6-16, 4.57) vs.
Axelrod (7-5, 2.88)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Wang (1-4, 5.17) vs.
Westcott (11-10, 4.03)
Potomac Lost, 10-7 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Cancelled OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 4-0 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (4-1, 4.28) vs.
Creasy (0-4, 4.99)

Syracuse 7 Gwinnett 0
• Mandel (W, 5-5) 9IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Leon 3-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Rivero 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, BB, SB

Jeff Mandel followed the lead of John Lannan and spun a six-hit shutout on Sunday night, but had much more margin for error as the score was 7-0 Syracuse over Gwinnett. Mandel walked none and struck out four, throwing 102 pitches and 69 for strikes for his fifth AAA win. Sandy Leon went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk and an RBI to lead the Chiefs offense, which pounded out 12 hits and drew five walks. Carlos Rivero was close behind a 3-for-5 effort and drove in two. Eury Perez tripled to extend his hit streak to 14 games.

Bowie vs. Harrisburg — PPD
Rain postponed the finale of the four-game series turning it into a three-game sweep for the Baysox. The Senators head down the road to Richmond for four games before returning to Harrisburg for what will now be a five-game series, with this game being made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Frederick 10 Potomac 7
• Ray (L, 4-12) 3⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 4K, 2HR
• Olbrychowski 3IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Kelso 2-5, R, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB

One winning streak was stopped while another losing streak was extended as the P-Nats fell to the Keys, 10-7. The loss snapped a five-game run for Potomac but continued starter Robbie Ray’s August swirl with his fifth loss in as many starts. The 20-year-old southpaw gave up a pair of home runs, including a three-run blast in the first and five runs total on four hits and four walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. The nos. 2, 3, 4 batters Blake Kelso, Matt Skole, and Kevin Keyes combined for six hits, three runs, two doubles, two walks and four RBI as Potomac pounded out 10 hits and drew six walks (three by Steve Souza). The loss lowered the P-Nats’ tragic number to five with seven games to play, including three against the current first-place Wilmington, which split a doubleheader with Lynchburg and leads Potomac by 2½, Lynchburg by two, and Frederick by a ½ game in the somebody-has-to-win-this (right?) Carolina League’s Northern Division.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — CANCELLED
Hagerstown was leading 1-0 in the top of the 3rd when the rains came, forcing the final meeting between these two teams to be cancelled. This is the second cancellation in the second half, setting up the possibility of a division title on percentage points, though the Suns still lead the division by three games and have a magic number of six with seven games left to play. Today is a scheduled off day with Hagerstown making its final regular-season road trip to Greensboro for a three-game series starting tomorrow.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 0
• Mooneyham (W, 2-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Boyden 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Henke 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Manuel 2-3, BB, RBI
• McQuillan 2-4, R

Auburn closed out the regular-season home schedule with badly needed 4-0 shutout of Mahoning Valley. Starter Brett Mooneyham went the first six frames, allowing just a hit and two walks and striking out three to get the victory, his second for the Doubledays. Michael Boyden and Travis Henke combined for three innings of scoreless relief, each allowing a hit and striking out two. Craig Manuel reached base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the 10-hit Auburn attack. The win kept pace with second-place Batavia to maintain the Pinckney Division lead of two games and lower the magic number to clinch to nine with 10 to play. Next up: a three-game series against third-place State College.

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.

9 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. Did Potomac really think they had a chance at the playoffs sending Robbie “First Inning” Ray out there every five days?

  2. I saw Robbie pitch for the 1st time this season…ouch! He needs to be sent to Viera and spend some quality time with Spin Williams.

    1. The decision to start Ray instead of Grace — both pitched last Tuesday — was ill-advised. I get that they want to keep Ray on a regular schedule, but even Stevie Wonder can see that the 20-y.o. is running on fumes. Flip-flopping them would have given Ray seven full days off and still lined both him and Grace up for one more start. Never mind that Grace is on a hot streak right now and could have the opposite effect (too much rest).

  3. Would love to see Mandel get a cup of coffee in September, but I realize he’s not on the 40 man so that’s pretty unlikely

    1. He’s quietly had a great season.

      It will be interesting to see if any other team snags him in the Rule-5 draft.

  4. Correct me if I’m wrong, but if the Nats plan to call C Garcia up from SYR for Sept, he must be added to the 40 Man no later than midnight this Friday. Since the Nats are at 39 (as far as I can tell), this shouldn’t be an issue unless they are going to add more than 1 non roster player. I’m guessing we’ll learn something on Saturday 😉

  5. With each passing week, Skole’s numbers become too good to ignore, by which I mean he appears to be a real prospect, at least with the bat. I know he’s not a third baseman, but what upside do you see for him, Luke?

    1. He’s very patient at the plate, has pop to all fields, though he tends to pull more often than not, but produces a fair amount of line drives. He doesn’t run all that well, so the most obvious switch is over to 1B, not LF.

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