Monday’s News & Notes

GCL Nats win one-game playoff, advance to GCL League Finals

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Cancelled vs. Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 5.63) vs.
House (9-11, 4.27)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 6-0
@ Altoona,
12:00 p.m.
Hill (4-6, 5.33) vs.
Brubaker (7-6, 4.51)
Potomac Lost, 10-4; @ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (3-3, 3.18) vs.
Peralta (2-10, 5.58)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
Braymer (2-2, 5.97) vs.
Garabito (4-4, 2.71)
Auburn Lost, 8-0 @ State College,
12:00 p.m.
Raquet (2-2, 2.78) vs.
Summerville (4-0, 1.62)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 vs. GCL Yankees East,
12:00 p.m.


Syracuse vs. Buffalo – CNCLD
Rain cancelled last night’s game in Syracuse and enabled the Chiefs to take a ½-game lead in the battle for the worst record in AAA as the 51’s won their game, 2-1 in Las Vegas.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 – COMP.
• Dragmire (BS, 2; W, 5-1) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Robinson (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Joseph 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Hernandez 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Corban Jopseh’s two-run homer in the top of the 9th turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 Sens lead that Andrew Robinson held for Harrisburg’s 60th win. Brady Dragmire picked up the blown-save-win with two runs allowed on seven hits and three ewalks over three innings. Robinson worked around a leadoff single for his 13th save. Joseph and Dan Gamache both finished 3-for-5 while Yadiel Hernandez also reached base three times—and extended his modest hit streak to seven games—with a single, double, and a walk.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 0 – GAME TWO
• Voth (L, 3-4) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 8K, 0HR
• Lara 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Norfork 1-3, 2B
• Robles 1-4, 0HBP

It was all Altoona in the nightcap as the Curve shut out the Sens, 6-0. Austin Voth went off the rails with a three-run first and single runs in the 2nd and 3rd before getting back on track with three scoreless. He gave up nine hits total over six innings and struck out a season high of eight. Khayyak Norfork doubled the sole extra-base knock among Harrisubrg’s tally of five hits, which included a single from (unclutch your pearls) Victor Robles.

Frederick 10 Potomac 4 – GAME ONE
• Guilbeau (L, 4-5) 1⅓ IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Rivera 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Reetz 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Masters 1-3, R, RBI

In the opener, the Keys clinched a playoff spot with a 10-4 demolition of the P-Nats. Taylor Guilbeau retired just four of 13 batters faced as Frederick tagged him for eight runs on seven hits and two walks. Mariano Rivera III was only marginally less ineffective as he let in all three inherited runners and two more runs of his own over three and 2/3rds innings. David Masters ended the shutout bid with an RBI single while Jakson Reetz dropped an Earl Weaver special to complete Potomac’s four-run output.

Frederick 10 Potomac 4 – GAME TWO
• Williams (L, 2-5) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mills 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Mejia 1-2
• Sagdal 1-3

Potomac’s losing streak was extended to six with a 2-0 shutout in the nightcap. Austen Williams gave up both Frederick runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two but lost for the fifth time in High-A and 11th overall. Jordan Mills worked around a hit batsman in the 6th to keep things close, but the P-Nats bats were limited to five singles and no walks.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 3
• DeRosier (W, 3-4) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HBP, E(4)
• Troop (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Banks 1-2, R, BB, HR, SF, 3RBI
• La Bruna 1-2, 2B, BB

Hagerstown got two in the 1st and two in the 4th and held on for a 4-3 win. Matt DeRosier let in all three Legends runs on seven hits, but walked none and struck out six for this third win at Low-A. Alex Troop put up two goose eggs for the hold while Gabe Klobosits earned the save with a scoreless 9th. Nick Banks drove in three with a two-run HR and a sac fly to lead the six-hit, five-walk offense.

State College 8 Auburn 0
• Tetreault (L, 2-2) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Rishwain 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Esthay 2-4
• Meregildo 1-3

The wheels came off the bus in the middle innings as the Spikes scored three in 5th, three in the 6th, and two in the 7th in an 8-0 shutout of the Doubledays. Jackson Tetreault was knocked from the box in the 5th after giving up three runs on five hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings for his second loss. Gilberto Chu (3R, 1⅔ IP) and Jared Brasher (2R, 1IP) were also victimized before Michael Rishwain threw a scoreless 8th. Kameron Esthay singled twice while Omar Meregildo and Andres Martinez both singled once. The rest of the Auburn lineup went 0-for-19 with two walks.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Twins 0
• Alastre (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Adler (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soto 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Antuna 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI, 2K, 0E

Tomas Alastre and Sean Adler combined for five-hit shutout of the G-Twins for a 4-0 win that sent the G-Nats back to the GCL Championship for the first since 2013. Alastre walked none, srtuck out four, and gave up four hits over the first six innings to get the “W.” Adler gave up one hit, no walks, and fanned three over the final three frames for the “SV.” Juan Soto singled, doubled, and drove in a run while Yasel Antuna singled, tripled, drove in two, and played error-free (as the DH) to lead the G-Nats’ attack.

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.

6 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. All hail the 2022 (GCL) Nats! Soto does seem like a bit of a ringer, though. With his error-prone ways in the middle infield, you would think that Antuna is going to end up at 3B or the OF.

    On the flip side, thus ends the Austin Voth 2017 death march. Across two levels, he went 4-12 with a 5.94 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, and .302 average against. This from a guy with a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and .232 avg against at AAA in 2016. What happened? On a larger level, why does such regression keep happening to Nat pitching prospects at this level? It’s now happened to Voth, Cole, T. Hill, and T. Jordan within the last few seasons, guys who had a very good AAA year and then stagnated and went backwards fast.

  2. I noted a couple of days ago Nick Banks’s strong finishing kick for the season. He’s subsequently homered in each of the last two days. He spent much of the year looking like a struggling higher draft pick who might not live up to his college rep, but now he’ll end the season feeling a lot better about where he’s going. So will the Nats.

  3. GCL squad deeper than 2013 squad built around Difo Bautista Silvestre and Jefry-Rod.
    The observation on pitching maturity is how guys just can’t escape A plus ceiling .
    Have a great Labor Day everybody .

  4. Good to see the lefties compete up and down the farm. Walking back my harshness on Gilabeau who faced a tough Fred Keys lineup Sunday
    Hmmm both Williams and Kyle pitched ok in their season finales
    Raquet sure did for auburn

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