Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Perry (0-2, 6.57) vs.
Torres (2-1, 2.08)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (2-1, 3.25) vs.
Taillon (2-3, 3.03)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (2-0, 0.00) vs.
K. Smith (0-1, 2.49)
Hagerstown Canceled @ Rome,
10:30 a.m.
Pineyro (1-2, 4.58) and
Pena (2-2, 4.43) vs.
LaFreniere (2-0, 4.50) and
Scoggin (2-2, 4.98)

Syracuse 5 Durham 0
• Maya (W, 1-3) 7⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 9K, WP
• Roark 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Three Syracuse pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout as Syracuse blanked Durham, 5-0. Yunesky Maya notched his first win with seven and 2/3rds innings pitched, six hits and a walk allowed, and nine strikeouts. Xavier Cedeno struck out the lone batter he faced while Tanner Roark closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. Zach Walters’s seventh HR (#2 in the I.L.) drove in three in the 2nd while Eury Perez’s 2-for-4 effort extended his hit streak to a modest six games and pushed his batting average to .333.

Altoona 3 Harrisburg 1
• Broderick (L, 1-3) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Swynenberg 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Leon 2-3
• Goodwin 0-2, BB, CS

All that stood between Casey Sadler and a no-hitter was Sandy Leon. The Senators catcher went 2-for-3, the rest of the Harrisburg lineup was 0-for-26 in a 3-1 loss to the Altoona Curve. Brian Broderick gave up his seventh HR (solo shot in the 6th) in his seventh, but still pitched well enough to win; a quality start of three runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Matt Swynenberg and Ian Krol combined for three scoreless (and hitless) innings relief, walking one apiece. Brian Goodwin and Justin Bloxom both drew a walk in the loss. Roster moves: RHP Trevor Holder was released yesterday to make room for LHP Bill Bray, who was assigned from XST. Geoff Morrow of the Patriot News has the story.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s a brief jaunt up 95 to visit Wilmington for three before heading home this weekend for a seven-game homestand versus the Winston-Salem Dash for four, then another three-game set against the Blue Rocks.

Hagerstown vs. Augusta — Canceled
Officially, rain canceled the regularly scheduled game on Monday. They’ll try to get in two this morning to make up Saturday’s rainout, which was postponed yesterday.

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.

11 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Zach Walters is an interesting player. If he can keep the power up he could be a very nice utility player.

    Rizzo has an eye for turning Major League parts (ie. Jason Marquis, Joe Beimel, Alberto Gonzalez etc) into potentially useful pieces (ie. Zach Walters, Erik Davis, Ryan Matheus etc).

    Ian Krol has also been an intriguing piece so far this year.

  2. Still need more info re the release of Holder. Morrow’s article implies that Holder’s release was a performance issue, I think. He quotes Menhart saying that sometimes statistics, which are good for Holder, don’t tell the story. Hmmm. This year Nats’ pitching prospects in AAA and AA are struggling. So why release a guy who’s not struggling, a guy you drafted in the 3rd round? I’m thinking there’s got to be something else. Is there no one else on the Senators roster that could have been reassigned? Could there be a positive test we don’t know about yet?

    1. You might want to reel that comment back in. Implying that there is a substance abuse issue for a player who had never had an issue is dangerous water. Not everyone gets released because they cheat. I would bet that Holder is picked up by another organization before this week ends.

      1. You are right. Players are released for any number of different reasons, many of which are not apparent outside the organization. Some aren’t even correct decisions! Still to imply a serious problem on pure speculation does a disservice to the player. Please don’t go there in a format which can be accessed by others.

      2. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate the community policing on this comment…

        …just to feed into what SensFan wrote, you could make the devil’s advocate argument that his release was a favor because there’s time for him to sign with either another affiliated team or hook on w/ the indys, most of which start up next week. If anything, I’d much prefer to see the Nats release more guys at the end of spring training rather than keep them warehoused in Viera or stashed on the DL (don’t get me started on how few players listed as such are actually hurt; I’ve been advocating a renaming of “Inactive List,” which is at least more honest).

  3. Why doesn’t Potomac invest in cameras? Milb Baseball on internet would be nice for us out of town folks.

    1. You’ve got to be kidding! Clearly you aren’t aware of their owner Art Silber. I could spend hours on here telling you of all the things he won’t do and is required to do, let alone something that would be nice. This is the same guy that took all of the cash registers out of the stadium because he doesn’t want to pay for the electricity, and bought one pocket calculator for everyone in the stadium to share – no joke, I saw it.

    2. Joe – The best $39 you can spend is for MiLB.tv — you can see Potomac’s road games vs. Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach, almost all of Syracuse’s games, most of Harrisburg’s, and some of Hagerstown’s (though most are just a fixed camera, which is less than useful because rarely are the audio and video in synch [insert joke about 1970s technology here].

      The key of course is not cameras at the stadium, but local cable companies that are willing to invest the time/resources to deploy cameras and producers — most use the radio broadcast for their audio.

      IMO, the enormous success of MLB.tv ought to make this something that all 120 full-season teams get coverage, but considering how many teams don’t broadcast over the air anymore, it probably won’t happen in my lifetime (or my children’s).

      1. Been using it for nigh on three years now. The lower you go the worse the coverage. AAA is about as good as it gets usually with a color man and commentator as well. Some even in HD.

  4. Thanks Luke. Have been watching as a subscriber for a couple of years. Enjoy watching the prospects move up the line and have really enjoyed seeing the broadcasts. The radio is also great and I really enjoyed Hagerstown’s play by play.

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