Last Night In Woodbridge

Myrtle Beach scored in six of nine innings while Potomac struggled to score at all, as the Woodbridge nine fell for the third straight gane, 7-2.

Lucas Giolito got the start on Friday night, but struggled with his command. As is often the case with high-profile prospects, it’s diffiuclt to separate the talent from the results. Giolito had moments where his changeup was a thing of beauty, as the Pelicans were light years ahead of the pitch. Yet Giolito “only” struck out four in five innings. And walked three — his second-highest total in 12 starts (oh, the horror).

Giolito would finish with a crooked line of 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, WP — not great, but not horrid, either.

While it might not satisfy the fair-weather fans, it’s fair to say that the Nats’ #1 prospect, and the #1 overall prospect according to some midseason prospect rankings (or is that post-preseason rankings?) might not yet be ready for AA just yet. And that’s okay. We’re still talking about a player that turned 21 this week.

Ulitmately, as has been the case for the past three games, it’s about the Potomac offense and its inability to score consistently. In three games against the Pelicans, they’ve collected 14 hits and scored four runs. It should come as no surprise that that’s resulted in three losses.

Veteran Khayyan Norfork was 2-for-4 and scored both runs, but the rest of the lineup was an atrocious 3-for-29 with one walk. The P-Nats had just four chances with runners in scoring position, and the one hit was a bunt single that scored the first run.

The series concludes tonight with a matchup of Phillips Valdez (3-2, 4.66) versus Jeremy Null (0-1, 4.24).

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.

9 thoughts on “Last Night In Woodbridge”

  1. Good point on Giolito’s age, which like Harper cannot be stressed enough when discussing his development. Giolito is essentially two years behind where Strasburg was when the latter made his MLB debut–one year younger chronologically and another year lost to already having had TJ surgery. Better he be brought along slowly than be promoted to the majors and struggle.

  2. GG Robles cooling off? Lol
    Look @ resumption of suspended game
    Vs cards.
    Robles, Augustin, Franco. (1st HR)
    Doubles for table setters .

    1. Pimental 2 run single
      SS Martinez 2b. (1)
      Luke saving you some sunday typing kkkkkk
      Soul dancer. Look @ Senators putting all
      The variants together. Bostick walk off cooool!

  3. John. Yes yes
    Jeffries and Kiernen too.
    That’s cool
    Add maybe DeBruna if Cathcart tells
    Him to go back to switch hit

  4. fair weather fans?, what does that even mean?

    he has dominated the last four outings, an inordinate number of the hits against him are infield hits and he pitched this week after going two innings in an All Star game and had his whole routine disrupted.

    sometimes I think you try too hard to fight back against the hype.

  5. Actually, he pitched in the Futures Game on five days’ rest and on Friday on four, which is — *gasp* — fairly routine. The infield hits comment? Show me the data.

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