Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
@ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Long (2-4, 4.60) vs.
Haviland (6-6, 3.88)
Harrisburg Won, 9-5 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (4-2, 5.03) vs.
Viza (7-7, 5.29)
Potomac Won, 6-5 @ Winston Salem,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Valerio (3-3, 5.83)
Hagerstown Won, 7-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
B. Hill (Low-A Debut) vs.
Llovera (1-1, 2.14)
Auburn Won, 9-6 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Tetreault (0-0, 2.57) vs.
McCarty (2-0, 0.49)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 5 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Severino 1-4, R, 2B, BB

The Chiefs endured an 85-minute rain delay and outlasted the PawSox, 6-5 in 11 innings. Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis, RHP Erick Fedde optioned from Washington; RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 9 Reading 5
• Voth (W, 2-1) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• ⅓ ⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Robles 3-4, 2R, RBI, SAC
• Joseph 3-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI

Harrisburg’s three-run 8th broke open a 6-4 game and the held on in the 9th for a 9-5 win. Victor Robles has his third straight multi-hit game, singling twice and scoring twice, with a double, a sacrifice, and an RBI. Austin Voth got the win with five innings of two-run ball on seven hits, a walk, and seven strikeouts.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 5
• Sanburn 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Pantoja (W, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• G. Mendez (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Carey 2-2, BB, CS
• Davidson 2-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Johnson 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The P-Nats gave up four runs in the first two innings but managed to answer each salvo with a total of six runs, capped off by an Earl Weaver special by Daniel Johnson for a 6-5 win over the Hillcats in the series finale. Jorge Pantoja got the win in relief while Gilberto Mendez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 1
• Braymer (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Fuentes (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Corredor 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Perkins 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Franco 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Ben Braymer dazzled in his Sally Lg. debut while Aldrem Corredor and Anderson Franco both homered as Hagerstown avoided the sweep with a 7-1 win in the series finale with Hickory. Blake Perkins singled, walked, doubled, scored twice, and stole a base to lead the Suns’ hit column. Roster moves: RHP Brigham Hill promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 9 Mahoning Valley 6
• Ja. Johnson 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Cousins (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Guibor 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Boggetto 3-5, R
• Je. Baez 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI

The Doubledays piled on six runs in the 1st and survived a four-run 9th to outslug the Scrappers, 9-6. Jake Cousins got the win in relief with three scoreless innings of relief. Austin Guibor, Branden Boggetto, and Jeyner Baez each had three hits and combined for two runs scored and four RBI to power the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 1
• A. Lee 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Zwetsch (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• R. Mendez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, 2SB
• Dunlap 2-4, R, RBI
• C. Kieboom 1-2, 2B, BB

The G-Nats continue to roll (when they get the game in) as they won for the 20th time with a 5-1 decision over the G-Marlins. Andrew Lee made his first appearance in 14 months as he started and retired five of seven batters faced. Connor Swetsch got the win in relief while Ricardo Mendes singled twice, doubled once, stole two bases, scored a run took out the trash, unloaded the dishwasher, folded the laundry to lead the G-Nats’ attack. Roster moves: RHP Andrew Lee assigned from Hagerstown for MiLB rehab.

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.

23 thoughts on “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. I’m pretty sure this hasn’t happened since the shortened season leagues began: we won every game at each level (even the DSL too).

    Considering we’re in last place everywhere except Hagerstown and GCL, that’s quite an impressive feat!

    Also, it’s good to see Andrew Lee back.

    I’m also pleasantly surprised with some aggressive promotions. Tim Collins has made his way up to Potomac already, and Brigham Hill is the first 2017 draftee to make it to Hagerstown.

    1. Every team won EXCEPT the big club!

      GREAT to see Andrew Lee pitching again after his second TJ last summer. This was a guy good enough to make it all the way to Hagerstown the summer he was drafted, and by some reports was looking better there at that time than Fedde was. Good to see Brigham Hill earn that first Hagerstown promotion this year.

      Also, kudos to Daniel Johnson for his 20th homer of the season. Other than Skole, I can’t even remember the last Nat farmhand to hit that mark. I guess it was probably Taylor. Anyway, 20-homer years on the Nat farm are (too) few and far between.

        1. Close — last guy to lead the Nats minors besides Skole (who led in ’16, ’15, and ’12) was Kevin Keyes’s 24HR in ’14, one better than Taylor’s 23HR. In between, Zach Walters with 29HR in ’13.

          1. Ah yes, the great Zach Walters, who was going to be Desi’s replacement. Of those who reached the 20-HR mark since 2012, only Taylor is still with the organization.

            Has anyone else topped 30 besides T-Mo? He had 31 in 2010 and 2011. It’s hard to see Johnson making 30 with just a month of the season to go. Gushue should make 20, although he has really cooled off after the first few weeks of the season.

        1. Did Noll getting replaced by Beckwith in game vs WS mean- a breather , an injury or even more cool , promotion to Potomac with Boggetto coming up?

    2. Sterling Sharp is going to Potomac, but not clear where Tim Collins is headed next (“Extended Spring Training” per MiLB.com but I think the intern got it wrong).

    1. As long as Cordero was on the 40 man, there was room on the 40 man.
      Related, glad to see Skole be a free agent. Go for it!

  2. Ricardo Mendez the CF for the GCL Nats that went 3-4 with 2 SBs yesterday was born in 2000!

    He is from Venezuela, but if he was a U.S. HS player, he would be heading into his senior (and possibly his junior year in HS). Pretty impressive to be holding his own against much older players.

    1. He must be fast Luke to do all that and launder 25 uniforms post game then fold them. Ricky Henderson has nothing on him. The kid deserves a Sam Adams summer edition !!
      Unlike some fans here. I get into some of the kids toiling in DSL and GCL: Falcon Evangelista and Pena

      Old expo fan laughs at Marlins.
      Loria would love to see Stanton traded so he can get his$$$ for art exhibits . What a clown

    2. Mendez (1/24/00) is not the only “millennial” on the GCL Nats roster. Israel Pineda (4/3/00), Luis Garcia (5/16/00) and Jose Sanchez (7/12/00) were also born this century while Yasel Antuna (10/26/99) is the old man of the group.

      1. The 21st century began January 1, 2001. These are some of the first born in the 2000’s but also among the last born in the 20th century.

          1. nah, just change it to “when the odometer flipped,” then weep when you realize that most of these kids don’t know what that means 🙁

          2. You mean we fretted about Y2K for nuttin’?! That seems so long ago . . . back in the days of dial-up modems!

  3. Would be cool to see this promotion chain reaction happen : DJ joins Robles in Burg , Perkins heads to Potomac , Fresno State kids heads to Hagerstown . Agustin could see Potomac again this season ( Ah-gust-in? Or August-een) last trip to hags the announcer announced August -teen.

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