Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 7-1 vs. Norfolk,
5:35 p.m.
Milone (0-0, 5.06) vs.
Wojciechowski (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Baez (0-0, 3.86) vs.
Alvarado (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 vs. Greensboro,
6:05 p.m.
Tetreault (0-1, 9.64) vs.
Bautista (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 7 Rochester 1
• Voth (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Smith 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• De Aza 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Falu 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Sanchez 2-5, R, 2B

Every Chiefs batter got a hit (wait, what?) as Syracuse completed the sweep of Rochester with a 7-1 victory. Austin Voth lost the shutout bid with two outs in the 1st but pitched into the 6th with just three total hits allowed, one walk, and nine strikeouts for his first win of the season. Tim Collins and Chris Smith combined for three and 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief to lower their ERAs to 13.50 and 15.43 respectively. Alejandro De Aza and Irving Falu led the 14-hit assault with three hits apiece, followed by Adrian Sanchez and Chris Dominguez with two each. Roster move: OF Moises Sierra recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 1
• Dragmire (W, 1-0) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gamache 2-3, HBP
• Gushue 2-4, 2B, RBI

Brady Dragmire tossed six scoreless inning and the Sens ‘pen held the lead as Harrisburg edged Altoona, 2-1. Dragmire gave up five hits and one walk while fanning two for “W” #1. Phillips Valdez let in one run over two innings but held the lead for Derek Self, who struck out the side in the 9th while earning the save. Dan Gamache collected two more hits and got Victor Robles’d to reach base three times while Taylor Gushue singled, doubled, and drove in a run to lead the Senators offense.

Down East 4 Potomac 2
• Sharp (L, 1-1) 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Pantoja 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Agustin 1-3, R, 3B, OF assist at 2B, E
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, RBI

Turnabout is fair play as Down East dropped a three-spot in the 1st and held on for a 4-2 win over Potomac. Sterling Sharp took the loss with all four runs allowed on seven hits and two walks over four innings. Jorge Pantoja (3IP) and Ronald Pena (2IP) combined for five scoreless to keep the P-Nats close. Austin Davidson’s RBI single in the 6th broke up the shutout and Telmito Agustin scored on a wild pitch following a one-out triple, which was the fifth and final hit for Potomac as they went in order in the 9th. Roster move: C Matt Wieters MLB rehab assignment ended, returned to Washington.

Columbia 8 Hagerstown 3
• Raquet 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Acevedo (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, BB, K, HBP, 2WP
• Soto 1-2, 3B, 3BB, RBI, SB
• Freeman 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

For the second time in three games Columbia scored six times in a single inning, this time in the 8th to overcome a 3-2 deficit and send Hagerstown home with an 8-3 loss. Nick Raquet’s six innings of one-run ball on two hits and two walks with six whiffs was only good for a no-decision. Carlos Acevedo was touched for one run in the 7th for the blown save and torched for six more in the 8th for the loss. He walked one, struck out, hit a batter, and threw two wild pitches. Juan Soto walked three times (once intentionally) and had an RBI triple while Cole Freeman singled, doubled, and drove in two to pace the Suns offense.

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.

11 thoughts on “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. Will, I spoke to a Suns pitcher a couple of weeks ago in spring training about the minor league talent he has seen in the system, and he volunteered that Soto was on an entirely different level than anyone else in the system ( I did not ask him about Robles, but that obviously includes people like Kieboom). The player said that Soto is a major leaguer RIGHT NOW and when I replied incredulously, he assured me he was serious, and predicted Soto would be an All-Star.

    That may be a marginally qualified observation, but the relevant discussion on Soto this year, assuming health, is not where he starts, but where he will play in September.

    1. Apparently, you can just ask John Sickels what he and his scouts think. They seem likely to concur. But, Soto isn’t the best in the field and he lacks the speed tool so I am wondering if he ends up at first base starting in Potomac. I guess he isn’t a bad outfielder by all accounts so may be he gets experience at both positions.

  2. 2019 plan: new Nats offense led by young superstar sparkplugs Victor Robles and Juan Soto while someone else overpays Harper to constantly tantalize but perennially disappoint, and the Nats (hopefully) use the salary savings to rebuild the bullpen and get a new catcher.

    1. If they can remain healthy … (watching Harper avoid the right side bleachers and letting a foul ball drop in front of him) … a bit of an issue the aggressive Harper also had when he was younger.

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