Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-2 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (6-17, 4.39) vs.
Familia (4-1, 2.55)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (7-7, 4.37 @ A+) vs.
Pettit (11-3, 3.86)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-12, 6.56) vs.
Moore (8-3, 3.86 @ A-)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (3-2, 5.50 @ SS-A) vs.
Blackmar (4-3, 3.57 @ SS-A)

Syracuse 11 Lehigh Valley 2
• Ohlendorf (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Romero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kobernus 3-4, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Owings 2-6, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Marrero 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI, SF
• Rosenbaum PH BB, R

Highlighted by a back-to-back jacks from Micah Owings and Zach Walters, Syracuse broke open a 1-0 game with a five-run 3rd and cruised to an 11-2 opening night win. Ross Ohlendorf tossed six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walks while striking out four. Jeff Kobernus led the 14-hit parade with a trio of singles and a pair of walks, followed by Owings and Eury Perez, who both went 2-for-6. RHP Chris Young has re-signed with the Nats while RHP Christian Garcia successfully threw from 60 feet; both will report to Viera with the goal of getting to Syracuse later this month, per WaPo’s James Wagner.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3
• Broderick 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Krol 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 3-4, 2R, 2B, SB
• Rendon 1-2, R, 2BB

Destin Hood’s two-run single in the bottom of the 8th sealed the deal as Harrisburg cut down Bowie, 4-3. Rob Wort got the win in relief while Pat Lehman earned the save as each turned in a 1-2-3 frame with a strikeout. Brian Broderick got the start and pitched five mediocre innings, giving up three runs on six hits including a pair of solo shots in the 4th and 5th innings. Steve Souza paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, including a double and a stolen base while Anthony Rendon also reached base three times with a single and two walks.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 3
• Anderson 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Rauh (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, BK, WP
• McQuillan 2-5, R, BB, RBI
• S. Perez 2-4

Delmarva seemed determined to give this one away, committing two errors in the Suns’ three-run 5th and a third in the 9th, but held on to hand Hagerstown a 4-3 loss. Dixon Anderson got the start and turned in a career-high five innings, a good sign for the 2011 ninth-rounder in his recovery from shoulder woes, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks. He hit a batter but struck out four. Brian Rauh finished the game but took the loss, giving up single runs in the 7th and 8th innings on two hits and two walks. Mike McQuillan led the seven-hit attack with a pair of singles and a walk, followed closely by Stephen Perez’s 2-for-4 night.

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 “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. Those Syracuse numbers make me particularly happy. It would be very satisfying if Micah Owings put up video game numbers in Syracuse, and if Kobernus made Detroit unhappier with each passing day. Am I reading it correctly that Danny Rosenbaum was sent up as a pinch hitter and walked?

    1. Yes, that’s correct about Rosenbaum. We can only hope that the Milone comparisons continue to be made (Rosenbaum in ’12 – .154/.148/.154, Milone in ’10 -.167 .158 .167) and be true (Milone in ’11 – .346/.370/.385).

  2. I read you daily and comment rarely but I have been waiting for this headline! Only thing missing is one of your great pictures. Thanks again for all the information. Makes me look good when I can actually discuss what is going on with our lads coming up. My season ticket group actually thinks I know what I am talking about but its all stolen from you. (shhh)

  3. Krol pitched two innings for the Senators last night (not one).
    His line 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K

      1. I don’t think your copyeditor carefully reviewed the employment contract. Or at least doesn’t seem too happy bout the “fixed” part of the equation!

  4. Interesting note this morning deep inside the Wash. Post re Loudoun County yesterday okaying a new baseball/soccer stadium at Route 7 and Loudoun Parkway. It’s supposed to be the home of an indy league team in 2014. Wonder if this could affect the P-Nats, even tho’ Art and Prince Wm. County are supposed to be building that great-looking stadium (P-Nats only?) off 95 … someday. Any thoughts?

    1. It’s only taken 2½ years to get to this stage, and ground has still not been broken. Basically, the developers have beaten down the NIMBYs, which is not insignificant given the affluence of the area. In terms of the P-Nats, I don’t think it’s going to hurt them all that much. Team officials have told me privately that it’ll have more effect on the Frederick Keys, which draws from Loudoun County and obviously will be competing for some of the same sponsor dollars. I’m 90% certain Potomac would not have been able to move there anyway because of territorial rules.

      As for the latest on the decade(s)-long saga to replace the Pfitz, the latest stadium plan is tied to the VDOT and its HOV-lane expansion. Without getting too political or off base, this is good in that there will be some benefit for folks who have no interest in baseball whatsoever, but as some watchdogs have noted, it’s still a corporate handout. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the ballpark could fall through and a smaller parking garage gets built anyway.

  5. I think Tony’s biggest challenge in SYR will be managing PA’s and IP’s for that roster. Good problem to have but trying to keep them all sharp or developing skills for potential call-ups won’t be easy IMO.

  6. Wow, Harrisburg is going to be a fantastic team this year. I didn’t quite realize until now just how stacked the team is- Goodwin, Rendon AND Skole, and dark horses like Souza, Hood, Leon and Hague…

    Despite that quality, I’m all aboard the Rob Wort-fan train. 2012 wasn’t a fluke, and against some “real” competition, I’m excited to see him match his best-reliever-in-minor-league-baseball numbers from last year. (Seriously, statistically, Wort was arguably the best reliever across all levels and organizations last year)

    1. the prospect of seeing this lineup hit against Dylan Bundy or Kevis Gausman makes a trip to Bowie a must do

  7. So with Chris Young added to the Chiefs rotation, who is the odd-man out? Presumably not Ohlendorff as he is also MLB-ready based on his experience and the team seems pretty committed to the Perry-as-a-starter Project so I doubt its him.

    That leaves it between Roark, Rosenbaum and Maya. Being a lefty, and being the youngest pitcher on the roster gives Rosenbaum value and while he may get converted to relief later, I suspect he stays in the rotation for now.

    The team has a lot of money invested in Maya but he’s also 5 years older than Roark and likely isn’t going to get much better.

    It will be interesting to see what they do.

    1. Maya will stay in the rotation because he is already on the 40 man roster and therefore would not have to require a 40 man move in order to be brought up for an emergency start. So they will keep Maya stretched out. If Roark was a more promising prospect it might be different, but (IMHO) he’s just this side of organizational depth at this point.

  8. BTW, has anyone noticed the number of apparently really smart players – based on their colleges – at Syracuse.

    Two Princeton alums (Young and Ohlendorff), one each from Stanford (Davis), Cal-Berkeley (Kobernus), and Cal Poly (Van Ostrand), another from Tulane (Owings) and three from William & Mary (Bray, Rahl and Rhymes).

    There schools don’t automatically make them smarter than the rest of us, but in theory they’re a pretty highly-educated lot.

    1. Okay, so does that mean I can drop a Gen. Chamberlain at Little Round Top reference on a squeeze play for Harrisburg?

  9. Those schools also require that they actually take classes and pass tests unlike some football related schools with programs!!

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