Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(11 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Buies Creek,
7:05 p.m.
Sanburn (0-1, 5.28) vs.
Adcock (1-3, 6.17)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Lakewood,
2:05 p.m.
Mills (5-2, 2.30) vs.
Suarez (4-1, 1.72)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5
• Antolin (L, 2-2) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K
• Suero 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Stevenson 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Butler 3-5, R, HR, RBI
• Solano 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SF

The Red Wings scored three in the 2nd and two in the 3rd to build a 5-0 lead and held off the Chiefs for a 6-5 win in the series finale. Dustin Antolin only put up one goose egg in four innings started as he was charged with all six Rochester runs on eight hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. The Syracuse ‘pen combined for four and a 1/2rd scoreless innings, but the offense struggled to score without the longball, going 2-for-12 with RISP and leaving 10 men on base. Andrew Stevenson singled twice, scored twice, and doubled while Joey Butler singled twice and homered.

Binghamton 4 Harrisburg 3 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Orlan (L, 1-2) 3BF, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Cordero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Read 2-5, R, 2B, BB
• Marmolejos 2-6, 2B
• Joseph 2-6, 2B

The wheels came off the bus in the 11th as Harrisburg’s relievers issued four walks and allowed two runs on just one hit in a 4-3 loss to Binghamton. R.C. Orlan loaded the bases on two walks and a single and Jimmy Cordero walked in one, and gave up a sacrifice fly, giving the loss to Orlan. John Simms started and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds for his sixth no-decision in 12 starts. Raudy Read reached based three times with a double, single, and a walk while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Corbin Joseph both went 2-for-6 with a double to lead the Sens offense.

Potomac 5 Down East 2
• Estevez (W, 4-3) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Schepel (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Carey 1-2, R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Lowery 1-3, 3B, RBI
• Sundberg 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez pitched into the 7th while Dale Carey homered in his first game back from “injury” as the P-Nats took the game, 5-2 and the series, 3-1. Estevez won for the fourth time and gave up both Wood Ducks runs on six hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Kyle Schepel got the next four outs for the hold while Gilberto Mendez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save. Carey also walked twice to reach base three times while Jack Sundberg singled, walked, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Potomac attack.

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 1
• Watson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 45-27 PIT-K
• Fuentes (L, 2-2) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Perkins 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Barrera 1-3, R

Lakewood broke open a 1-0 game with three in the 6th and put it away with three more in the 9th as they defeated Hagerstown, 7-1. Tyler Watson wobbled through two scoreless innings, throwing 45 pitches, 27 for strikes before the Suns ‘pen was summoned. The loss went to Steven Fuentes, who gave up four runs on six hits and a walks over four innings. Blake Perkins walked and doubled in Tres Barrera for the sole Hagerstown run as the Suns were held to just four this and two walks total and fanned 13 times with Sheldon Neuse wearing the golden sombrero and Anderson Franco donning the silver.

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.

21 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. Has Stevenson finally found his swing? He’s now 7 for his last 16. Still only one of those was for extra bases.

    I wander if Suero has played himself as next in line for some relief appearances. He’s been our best reliever in the minors this season, but would require a 40 man shift, and the obvious candidates for a DFA are becoming fewer in numbers.

  2. I hope Watson isn’t hurt and that they just took him out to keep him from flailing.

    I echo hope that Stevenson is finding his groove. At most levels, if I’m remembering correctly, he started off very heavily on singles before starting to find a few more gaps.

    Kudos to Dale Carey for having a good afternoon. He may not get many more opportunities, but you never know.

    It’s Dollar Monday at the Pfitz! That would be a lot more appealing if it were 15 degrees cooler.

    It’s also draft night. The Nats will pick at #25 and #65.

    1. There’s a lot of buzz about the Nats taking Romero at #25. It makes sense in that it goes with our tendency to pick Boras clients and ‘damaged goods’, it’s just ‘damaged’ is usually meant more literally than in regards to attitude. Still, we do love to go against conventional wisdom (Rendon, Giolito, Luzardo, Fedde, etc.), and Romero certainly fits the mold.

      1. The latest BA projection has the Nats taking Romero. Given the Boras link and the Nats history of taking top 10 talented prospects with some issue (usually injury) that causes a value drop, the Romero projection makes some sense.

        Wonder if the Nats would start Romero out as reliever to keep the option open of using him before the end of the season.

        1. I don’t want Romero. He’s too much of a knucklehead. While the Nats have been willing to take risks on injured players, that’s totally different from a guy who could spread poison wherever he goes in the minor-league system.

          One summer in college, Romero gained 40 pounds, so obviously conditioning isn’t his thing. Just this year, in his draft year, with millions of dollars on the line, he’s failed a drug test, fought with teammates, and been photographed in uniform with a bong. He didn’t get kicked off the team for one thing; it was habitual stupidity. And those are just the things that have been reported. This guy is going to be nothing but heartache for whichever team drafts him.

          I actually think Boras has been planting the Romero-to-Nats rumors because people might actually believe him. Otherwise, Romero likely wouldn’t even be in the first round of most mocks.

          What the Oregon State pitcher did was much worse, of course, and this isn’t the same league as Joe Mixon, either. But why take on such mess as Romero when there are other good options available?

          My guess for the Nats is Tanner Houck, a 6-5 RHP out of Missouri.

          1. Totally agreed; could’t have saidit better myself.
            The taking of bad character guys ended with the departure of Bowden.

          2. Indeed, here’s where I hope the Papelbon fiasco will serve as a good “learning experience.”

          3. Houck as MLB talked about might end up in bullpen
            Cue the same Rizzo 45: major program arm with TJ
            Rizzo building Gamecock alumni ‍

      2. The LSU ace at 25 makes total sense
        Baseball irony played out at park Sunday
        Austin B- Dirks bests Max years after he flamed at Harrisburg / AAA!! How many caught that one ?

        1. I’d love for Alex Lange from LSU to fall to #25. I think he’ll be gone, though, which is why I’m pointing to Houck. They’re both the big 6-4/6-5 RHP types the Nats like. Houck may be gone, too.

          I’d actually prefer a hitter, but the strength of this draft seems to be in college pitchers, and I think the college hitters with first-round grades will be gone by #25.

          1. KW. Weird week with moon lights
            Austin D-B beating maxis enough to prove whackey moon effect
            I can go with Houck though

  3. Trevor Gott being called up. Good for him. I thought he deserved the call-up that Grace got last month.

      1. With Drew back and able to cover SS, and with Difo not exactly setting things on fire when he’s gotten to play at the MLB level, he may have a steeper climb back to The Show than it would first appear (except in Sept., when the rosters expand). This is barring injuries with the big club, of course.

  4. Keith Law said in his chat that he thinks it will be Romero. I am curious to see what the bonus will be. Boras is not known for discounts, but this is a strange situation. This is a huge risk, but I love what I saw on video. He has absolutely nasty stuff. If he can get it together, I think he has legit ace potential.

    Catcher Geraldi Diaz of the DSL Nats is off to a great start. He turns 17 next month. Lefty hitter showing some pop early. GCL Nats should have at least five 17-year olds on their roster from last summer’s July 2 crop.

  5. That has to be the most stereotypical draft day for the Nats.

    In the first round we select the ‘damaged goods’ guy that we always draft (as noted above). And just in case anyone forgot we’re the Nats, we went with ANOTHER TJ case in Crowe. We’re almost becoming a caricature of ourselves.

    1. If anyone has a list of potential draftees who’ve had TJ, I can give you a list of our draft picks rounds 3-30.

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