Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 3-1 vs. Wilmington,
12:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-1, 3.88) vs.
Puckett (7-7, 4.11)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 3-2
@ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
M. Mills (10-2, 2.39) vs.
Hickman (1-3, 4.39)
Auburn Won, 13-12
(12 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m.  

Rochester 8 Syracuse 2
• Stevenson 1-3, R, BB (10G hit streak)

Erie 7 Harrisburg 4
• McGowin (L, 0-5) 4IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Valdez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lowery 1-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Drew Ward smacked a three-run HR to give Harrisburg a 3-2 lead. After that, it was all Erie for a 7-4 Seawolves win over the Senators. Kyle McGowin lost for the fifth time in five AA starts with all seven runs coughed up on eight hits and three walks over four innings thrown. Ward also singled to go 2-for-4 while Jacke Lowery reached base three times with a pair of walks and a double to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1
• Williams (L, 0-1) 4IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mejia 1-4, 2B
• Carey 1-3

The Blue Rocks edged the P-Nats, 3-1 as the two teams combined for eight hits and 20 total bases. Austen Williams took the loss with one unearned run allowed on one hit over four innings. Jack Sundberg walked, took third on a Bryan Mejia double, and scored on a grounder to short to break up the shutout bid.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 – GAME ONE
• Pena (L, 4-5) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Howard 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Neuse 2-3, 2B
• Corredor 2-3

Kannapolis got to Carlos Pena early and built a 3-0 lead that Hagerstown couldn’t overcome for a 3-2 loss. Pena gave up all three Intimidator runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four while losing his fifth game. Sheldon Neuse and Aldrem Corredor both went 2-for-3 to pace the Suns offense.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 – GAME TWO
• Sharp 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• J. Mills (H, 1; L, 4-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Peterson (BS, 3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Franco 1-2, RBI
• Perkins 1-3, R, BB

The Suns couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead as the Intimidators got three in the bottom of the 6th to complete the doubleheader sweep with another 3-2 win. Sterling Sharp did his part with five scoreless innings and just five baserunners allowed (3H, 2BB). The loss (and hold) went to Jordan Mills who put on three baserunners with a hit and two walks while Tommy Peterson let in the tying and deciding run for his third blown save. Blake Perkins was the sole Hagerstown hitter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.

Auburn 13 State College 12
• DeRosier 4⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• McKinney ⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 1K, 0HR
• Engelbrekt (W, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 3-7, R, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Je. Baez 2-4, 2RBI
• Bogetto 2-6, 2B, 2RBI

Jeremy McKinney may have taken the “someday you could be pitching out of the bullpen in DC” speech a little too literally as he failed to hold a six-run lead in the 9th and retired just two of nine batters faced. Max Engelbrekt stopped the bleeding and pitched three more scoreless and was rewarded with a “W” as Kameron Esthay smacked a pinch-hit HR to give Auburn a 13-12 win in 12 innings. Matt DeRosier started and gave up the first three State College runs on four hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings for the no-decision. Randy Encarnacion led the ‘Days 15-hit parade with two singles and double while driving in two.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 3
• Ma. Pena 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Ramirez (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• L. Garcia 5-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Antuna 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, E(7)

The G-Nats got four runs early and five scoreless innings from the ‘pen to edge the G-Cards, 4-3. Malvin Pena allowed all three runs on hour hits and a walk while fanning five. Nector Ramirez was somehow given the win for a single scoreless inning pitched (vs. two by Angel Guillen) while Jared Johnson earned the save with two scoreless innings pitched and four whiffs. Luis Garcia went 5-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI while Yasel Antuna doubled, singled, walked, and drove in two to account for eight of the 13 G-Nat baserunners.

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.

10 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. Randy Encarnacion is bringing his lunch pail to the park because he is working hard. That OF assist @ 3 b
    Must have been something. RF/CF/1b. Hmmmm.

  2. With Joe Ross suffering from tricep issues, Nats will need a 5th starter after the ASB. Guessing it will be Edwin Jackson (other candidates would be Justin Turner or AJ Cole, neither of whom are in form right now) given his current scoreless innings streak. Adding Jackson to the Nats roster, would require dropping someone off the 40 man roster (Cordero, Skole, Voth?) or moving someone on the DL to the 60 day DL (Glover?). We shall see.

  3. Edwin Jackson is demonstrating the difference between AAA and the Majors right now. He gave up 11 hits and 4 walks in his 5IP with Baltimore … but for Syracuse so far he’s pitched 17 innings and zero runs. But he’s managed to walk 10 guys in those 17 innings, which is patently ridiculous given that he’s an experienced veteran. If he’s that wild pitching to hitters he should be dominating … why would we think he’d be anywhere close to effective in a spot-starting role in Washington?

    His AAA stats are a mirage; he’ll get shelled if they call him up and give him starts at the MLB level.

    If Ross is hurt and needs a D/L trip … i’d pick Fedde and hope that his AAA numbers are just a product of jerking him around roles. Or i’d let rubber armed Oliver Perez throw a spot start.

    1. Boz in his chat is lobbying for . . . Cole. No, no, a thousand times no. FWIW, Jacob Turner also got shelled in his one outing since returning to the Syracuse Death March.

      If it were me, I’d give Fedde a look. The risk, of course, would be devaluing his trade stock, as they certainly did with Giolito last year. Fedde’s older, though, and it’s really time to see what they have in him. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if EJax gets the call. I wouldn’t be pleased, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  4. Now that we’re at the ASB, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the bunch of players we traded last year:

    R. Lopez: a mixed bag, he’s posted a 3.97 ERA in 93 IP, 89:37 K:BB with a 1.32 WHIP in AAA
    Giolito: his season has been a rollercoaster. Case in point, last week, he pitched one of his worst games ever: 7 ER, 4 HR allowed, in 3.2 IP, which he followed up with one of his best ever: 10 K, 2 BB, 2 H, 0 ER in 7 IP. All in all, it’s been a very disappointing season: 4.98 ERA, 90 IP, 97:41 K:BB, 1.42 WHIP in AAA
    Dunning: dominated the Sally League (0.35 ERA, 33:2 K:BB ratio in 26 IP), got promoted to the Carolina League where he’s been good but not as masterful (3.03 ERA, 62 IP, 71:25 K:BB, 1.30 WHIP)
    Schrock: put up Schrock-esque numbers at AA: .307/.363/.429 (don’t forget it was all for 2 poor post-season innings from Rzepczynski)
    Bostick: got a well-deserved injury-motivated promotion, posting a .292/.349/.448 at AAA, while splitting his time evenly between 2B, RF, LF and even some 3B.
    Hearn: playing at A+. His ERA is mediocre, 4.35, but his peripherals are excellent. In 82 IP, 96:37 K:BB, 1.19 WHIP. (let’s also ignore that he was traded along with Felipe Rivero, who’s turned into one of the game’s best relievers… sigh….)
    Avila: struggled. started in A+ but after a 4.98 ERA through 43 IP got demoted to low A. He’s been worse there, posting a 5.86 ERA, but his peripherals are better: 33:5 K:BB, 1.34 WHIP,
    J. Rosa: struggling tremendously in the shortened App. League, 11.25 ERA, 8 IP, 8 K, 11 BB, 3.13 WHIP

    1. Don’t forget that Giolito padded his stats with the seven-inning no-no against some woeful team based in Syracuse.

    2. Good stuff.

      Not saying he will turn out to be a long-time successful MLB player, but the inclusion of Dunning in the Eaton trade was a head scratcher. Really find it hard to believe that White Sox wouldn’t have caved on the deal if Rizzo limited the Nats offer to Giolito and Lopez. It’s not like other teams were clamoring to acquire Adam Eaton.

  5. It’s early, and still just rookie league ball, but Jesus Luzardo is looking like a gem of a pick in the third round last year.

    Thru 3 starts, the lefty has thrown 13. 2 innings, allowed 2 runs on on 14 hits and hasn’t walked anyone while striking out 15. Gotta figure he takes the Auburn Express (which likely isn’t an actual express!) pretty soon.

  6. Robles went 0-1 in the Futures Game on Sunday but with an RBI on a sac fly. He didn’t start but got time in both LF and CF.

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