Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1;
Lost, 6-3
vs. Pawtucket,
5:05 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 5.32) vs.
Haviland (3-4, 3.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (2-1, 5.93) vs.
Pasquale (3-5, 5.11)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Buies Creek,
7:05 p.m.
Borne (1-2, 1.14) vs.
Alcala (1-2, 3.72)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
5:00 p.m.
Sharp (3-3, 3.62) and
Bogucki (0-0, 2.51) vs.
Flores (6-4, 3.14) and TBD

2017 MLB Draft Update
I’ve updated the MLB Draft Tracker in the sidebar, but since that can be a pain to get to in mobile, here’s the new link. What’s the word on a nickname for the 10th Rd. selection as “OT” (Other Trey or Other Turner)?

Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 1 – GAME ONE
• G. Ross (L, 2-5) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K, WP
• Martin 6BF, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, HBP
• Robinson 1-3, BB, RBI
• Butler 0-0, 4BB
• 1-for-8 RISP, 10 LOB

Starter Greg Ross left in a 2-1 hole then watched Rafael Martin put six consecutive runners on base in the 6th to help secure the 7-1 win for Pawtucket in the opener. Ross took the loss despite an appreciable five innings of two-run ball on four hits and three walks with one (1) strikeout. Clint Robinson drove in the lone Chiefs run and connected for one of just four Chiefs hits while Joey Butler drew four of the ten walks issued by the PawSox.

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 3 – GAME TWO
• McGowin (L, 1-6) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 1K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramsey 1-2, BB
• Snyder 1-3, 2B, RBI

The PawSox got three in the 3rd, one in the 4th, and two in the 5th as they doubled up the Chiefs, 6-3 and swept the doubleheader. Kyle McGowin lost for the sixth time in nine starts as he coughed up all six Pawtucket runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. Matt Grace followed with two scoreless to keep things relatively close. Syracuse mustered three hits, including doubles by Adrian Sanchez and Brandon Snyder, and took four free passes; two by Irving Falu. Roster moves: RHP Erick Fedde promoted, C Spencer Kieboom reassigned from Harrisburg; C Pedro Severino placed on the 7-Day DL (retroactive to June 10); 1B-3B Matt Skole placed on the 7-Day DL (retroactive to June 12).

Akron 3 Harrisburg 0
• Long (L, 5-6) 8IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• N. Soto 1-3, BB
• Marmolejos 1-4
• Lisson 1-4

Jaron Long went the distance in a losing effort as the RubberDucks shut out the Senators, 3-0. Long gave up four hits, including two homers, and issued no walks while setting down three on strikes. Neftali Soto was the sole Harrisburg batter to reach base twice as he walked and singled. Mario Lisson and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos also singled while Corbin Joseph and Yadiel Hernandez also walked to account for the Sens’ six baserunners.

Buies Creek 5 Potomac 1
• Reyes (L, 5-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, HBP
• J. Mills 2⅓, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Page 1-3, BB, RBI
• Sundberg OF assist at HP

Potomac’s three-game win streak was ended with a 5-1 loss to Buies Creek. Luis Reyes, who dominated Down East in his last outing, was strafed for three runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings for his sixth loss. Matt Page drew a bases-loaded walk in the 9th to break up the shutout bid as the P-Nats were limited to just four hits.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis – PPD
Both the Suns and the Grasshoppers were rained out and will have doubleheaders today. Hagerstown, however, has another one scheduled for tomorrow while Greensboro does not. Because the Grasshoppers have had two cancellations, they could conceivably win the first half by less than a game (as the Suns did last year) or percentage points. As of now, however, the Suns lead by a game and a half.

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.

5 thoughts on “Wednesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Another dreadful day in the Nationals’ farm system. 4 losses, and only 3 extra base hits (all doubles) in all 4 games. Unfortunately, this year’s draft isn’t going to do anything to rectify that, but maybe some of these 22-23 year old pitchers can be of some assistance. Let’s just hope they don’t all get sent to Auburn for a full (shortened) season (or even worse- the GCL) again like in past years.

  2. FWIW, Jaron Long has an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 1.18. He’s only walked 15 in 79 IP. He’s not a big guy or a big-numbers K guy, but he’s been one of the most solid pitchers the Nats have this year in the top three levels of the minors.

  3. Anyone know the story with Bryce Montes de Oca? He’s a big (6-7, 265) hard-throwing righty from Mizzou who was rated as a top 100 player in the draft yet the Nats snagged him after he fell to them in the 15th round.

    Injury? Signability? Another head case? Child molestation? Curious why he fell so far and if the Nats got a steal.

    1. TJ in high school, some sort of nerve issue as a college soph. He’s back touching 100 this spring, though. Mizzou has used him as a starter, but he profiles more as a reliever. had him rated as their #89 player, so I consider him a steal where the Nats got him.

      Luke, this one seems too obvious: Montes de Oca the Killer Whale!

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