Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Toledo,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Farmer (0-0, 3.27)
Harrisburg Won, 16-14
(13 inn.)
@ Hartford,
7:05 p.m.
Long (1-1, 0.82)
Wynkoop (1-1, 2.03)
Potomac Postponed vs. Down East,
4:00 p.m.
Reyes (1-1, 3.27) and
Crownover (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Pena, R (0-0, 2.70) and
Palumbo (1-0, 1.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3
(13 inn.)
@ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Sharp (0-0, 9.00)
Romero (0-0, 5.00)

Syracuse – OFF DAY
After a 2-4 road trip, the Chiefs return home to host the Mud Hens and the Tides for three apiece.

Harrisburg 16 Hartford 14
• Simms 4⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Blackmar (W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K; 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 5-7, 4R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Keller 4-7, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 4RBI
• Perez 2-6, 3R, 2B, BB, 3K

It took 30 runs, 30 hits, and 13 innings to decide this slugfest between Harrisburg and Hartford, which the Sens won 16-14. The game was not a paragon of pitching as the Yard Goats blew an 8-4 lead in the 7th and the Senators gave away a 12-8 lead in the 9th. Harrisburg put up two in top of the 12th, gave them back in the bottom and got them back in the 13th. Mark Blackmar was the winning pitcher with two runs allowed on four hits and three walks over three innings. Derek Self, the eighth Sens pitcher, got the save with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts in the 13th.

Potomac vs. Down East – PPD
A torrential downpour of 0.23" on an uncovered infield was enough to postpone last night’s game between the Down East Wood Ducks and the Potomac Nationals. They’ll make it up today with a doubleheader at 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 3 (13 inn.)
• Watson 6IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, 2E (pickoffs)
• Howard 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Held (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2IBB, 1K
• Johnson 3-6, R, 2B
• Neuse 2-6, R, 2B, RBI

The Suns lost the battle of the bullpens as they fell, 4-3 in 13 innings. Tyler Watson turned in a quality start of three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Jordan Mills (1IP) and Hayden Howard (4IP) followed with five scoreless innings while Sam Held added a sixth before the Blue Claws got to him in his second inning of work with a run on two hits and a sacrifice. Dan Johnson singled twice and doubled once to lead Hagerstown’s 12-hit output, of which one (1) came with RISP while ten men were stranded. Roster move: RHP Weston Davis placed on the 7-Day DL.

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 “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. I had seen online that Robles was in the lineup (as DH), on the wet field, coming off what seemed to be a leg-muscle strain. Umm . . .

    Looks like a solid start from Tyler Watson and excellent long relief from Hayden Howard at Hagerstown. About the only bright spot I see in the Harrisburg pitching box was Brinley, who is off to a much better start at AA than he had last year. Cordero, on the other hand, got bombed for five earned runs in 0.1 IP, with no homers allowed (amazingly, for that many runs) but three walks. In fact, the Sens managed to give up 14 runs but only one homer.

  2. Not only 30 hits, but 26 walks allowed too (14 allowed by the good guys)!

    Our pitching continues to be miserable at all levels. But besides the errors, Watson had another solid game, as well as Howard.

    On another note, has anyone else noticed the comically bad photoshopping of the Hagerstown player photos? It makes me cringe every time I see them. It’s not that hard to make an even, white background!

    1. One correction, Luke- Howard had 6 strikeouts through 4 IP (and 1 BB).

      After a completely un-noteworthy 2016, he’s started 2017 really strong, 9 IP and 12 K, 2 BB and 5 H. Hope he keeps it up!

      1. I was high on Howard when he was drafted. He was basically Texas Tech’s version of Andrew Miller (or Dane Dunning) as it made a run to the College World Series last year. Very glad to see him bouncing back this season. I wonder whether he’ll get a look as a starter at some point, considering how few lefty starters there are in the system.

  3. Andrew Stevenson and Alec Keller, the 1-2 hitters, were a combined 9-for-14 with a BB and a HBP, a HR, 3 2B, 6 runs and 7 RBI.

    The rest of the Harrisburg lineup went 6-for-35.

    Stevenson we know about. Kid doesn’t have much power but he can hit and run and plays great D. He’ll probably be in the bigs sometime this year.

    But Keller has quietly worked his way up the system. I don’t know that his ceiling is that high but he’s a contact hitter who might be able to stick eventually as a reserve OF. And if that doesn’t work out he’ll have to rely in his Princeton degree. Poor kid.

    1. Keller has less speed than Stevenson (not surprising) and less power, if that’s possible. He didn’t even homer as a pro until last season, when he hit three. He’s always had good BA and OBP, and he’s shown some doubles power, so he has progressed apace through the system. But without an elite tool, it’s hard to see him progressing to the MLB level, at least with a contender like the Nats. He’s certainly made it a lot farther than a multitude of more highly touted guys, though, so never say never.

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