Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 5.02) vs.
Wilson (0-1, 12.00)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Blackmar (2-1, 4.15) vs.
Austin Coley (0-0, 2.76)
Potomac Won, 7-1 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-2, 6.75) vs.
Kent (1-1, 4.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
C. Pena (1-0, 4.61) vs.
Garabito (2-1, 2.63)

Durham 5 Syracuse 2
• Hill (L, 1-2) 5⅔ IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Nathan ⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 2K, E
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B, BB

The Bulls gored the Chiefs 13-3 to complete the three-game sweep. Taylor Hill served up HR nos. six and seven and 12 hits total over five and 2/3rds to take the loss, his second. He walked none and struck out five. Neal Cotts was the only reliever to not give up any runs, but did his part by letting in one of two inherited while getting the last out in Durham’s four-run 8th. Rafael Bautista walked, singled, and doubled, and scored a run to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster move: LHP Matt Grace optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
Harrisburg returns to action after its second scheduled off day in April with a six-game swing through lovely Altoona (kind of) and delightful Trenton (not really).

Potomac 7 Frederick 1
• Rodriguez (W, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Rivera 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wiseman 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Gushue 2-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, RBI

Jefry Rodriguez shook off a 1st-inning run to throw seven strong in a 7-1 win over Frederick in the series finale. Rodriguez gave up one run on five hits and struck out five while winning his second game. Jorge Pantoja and Mariano Rivera III both tossed a scoreless inning in relief. Rhett Wiseman and Taylor Gushue both went 2-for-4 with a homer, as they combined for three RBI and 13 total bases.

Lexington 12 Hagerstown 2
• Bourque (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• J. Soto 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB

Juan Soto homered with two out in the 1st to give Hagerstown an early 1-0 lead. It was all Lexington after that in a 12-2 demolition. James Bourque took the loss with four runs allowed on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Soto also singled to finish 2-for-4 while leadoff man Blake Perkins went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored the other Suns run on an RBI single by Sheldon Neuse in the 7th.

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.

12 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. Luke. You surprised about Jake Sundberg UCONN alum pitching in for pot nats @ lead off and CF?
    Tip of the cap to Rizzo on Taylor G trade from Pittsburgh !
    No other comments to keep other
    Surprises from getting hexed lol

    1. Nah, same as before: taken off the roster to make some adjustments. I’ve been assured that it’s not related to an injury.

  2. Taylor Hill has to be on borrowed time at this point. Off the 40-man, mediocre last year and so far this year just awful. He’s nearly given up as many homers (7) as he has strikeouts (11).

    Its now a month in; is it time to cut bait on Hill and move up Fedde to challenge him against more professional hitters?

    1. To get to the original point…. yeah, I’m wondering how much longer they’re going to invest innings in Hill, too. The Atlantic League is almost a week in and scouting reports for someone worth taking a flier on ought to be ready by now.

  3. This has been posted here before, but there really isn’t a need to move players up from AA to AAA to get ready for MLB. In many cases, AA has more MLB prospects than AAA. The Nats have promoted players straight from AA to the big club.

    1. The difference is the hitters gain from at-bats against the soft tossers in AAA and the pitchers gain from throwing against veterans and AAAA players.

      AAA is there for a reason.

  4. Everytime i start leaning towards writing off Jefrey Rodriguez as a prospect, he has a night like last night that saves him. Which is good, because heaven knows that outside of Feede, Watson and maybe Mills,, there’s very little in terms of pitching in the pipeline.

    On that note, does anybody know what the timetable is for Jesus Luzardo?

    1. He had surgery in March 2016, but I wouldn’t count on him surfacing north of Florida before August.

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