Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 3-2 @ Rochester,
12:35 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Romero (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dragmire (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Brubaker (0-0, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 8-4 vs. Down East,
10:35 a.m.
Sharp (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Martinez (0-1, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 9-3 @ Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Dibrell (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
• Vargas 5IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Simms (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Adams (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jones 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Marmolejos 2-4

Back-to-back doubles in the 8th by veterans Chris Dominguez and Alejandro De Aza plated the gamewinner as the Chiefs edged the Red Wings, 3-2 and won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Cesar Vargas started and let in an unearned run on five hits over five innings with no walks and four whiffs. The win went to John Simms who gave up the second Rochester run on four hits over two and 2/3rds innings. Hunter Jones and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos led the hit column with a 2-for-4 mark. Roster move: OF Hunter Jones assigned from Washington.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 3
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Fleck (BS, 2; L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Hernandez 1-3, R, BB
• Gamache 0-2, 2BB

A three-run, inside-the-park HR proved to be the difference in a 4-3 Altoona win over Harrisburg. Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez got the start and allowed just one run on four hits and a walk over five innings. Kaleb Fleck took the loss with his second blown save as he was charged with the final three Curve runs on the aforementioned HR. The Senators drew eight walks and collected four singles, but none with RISP as the two of their three runs came in via errors. Yadiel Hernandez, Rafael Bautista were the only two Harrisburg hitters to both collect a hit and draw a walk.

Potomac 8 Down East 4
• Crownover (W, 1-0) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Howard 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perkins 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2B
• Davidson 2-4, R, 2RBI

The P-Nats struck again with three in the 1st and never looked back as they doubled up the Wood Ducks, 8-4. Matthew Crownover spun six innings of one-run ball on five hits and a walk while striking out five to earn the win, Blake Perkins collected three hits, scored a run, drove in two, and stole a base while Austin Davidson extended his hit streak to six games as the 25-y.o. went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Roster move: C Matt Wieters assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 9 Columbia 3
• Hill 4⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, 3WP
• Braymer (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, HBP, 2-1 IR-S
• Soto 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 6RBI
• Antuna 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, E
• Banks 2-3, 2BB, CS

Juan Soto drove in six, including two on his third HR in six games, as Hagerstown tripled up Columbia, 9-3. The 19-y.o. reached base five times total as he also singled, doubled, and walked twice. Brigham Hill struck out six but fell two outs shy of qualifying for the win. Ben Braymer let in one of two inherited runners while closing out the 5th and then threw three scoreless innings to get the “W.” Jeremy McKinney struck out two in the 9th for a baker’s dozen of whiffs by the Suns’ pitchers. Nick Banks singled twice and walked twice while Yasel Antuna doubled, walked, singled, and scored three runs to highlight the non-Soto Hagerstown offense.

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.

11 thoughts on “Wednesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Juan who? What’s the over/under on when he arrives in Woodbridge? The scuttlebutt was that they want to move him up pretty quickly if he’s hitting. I think there’s a chance he will be at the Pfitz before June.

    1. O/U – May 10 for promotion, and I might take the under.

      The ‘kids’ (Garcia and Antuna) struggling a bit but that’s expected. I thought it was a reasonably aggressive assignment. Perkins and Upshaw showing some early signs that things are starting to click.

      Still no word on the troublemaker?

      I guess we have to wait until next week for a real Robles update, when the swelling subsides.

  2. You can talk small sample size ad nauseum but Soto sure looks like someone who should not be in Low A.

    1. To be honest, he’s never looked the part at any time in his career! Always a step ahead of everyone else.

      1. Our friend Forencicane reported that when he saw Soto in West Palm, he looked at least 25 years old, with a full-grown body. That’s all the more surprising considering how undernourished so many of the Dominican kids look when they come into the system. Well, other than Gutierrez.

  3. Hey FWIW, I get different web pages depending on whether I visit on my phone, iPad or desktop computer. Been happening for a while now. For instance, my phone takes me to this page with Wednesday ‘s news and notes. Desktop still goes to Tuesday as does iPad. And ipad often doesn’t let me look at th comments. Best way is to find Luke’s twitter post and click the link.

    Could be all on my end, just mentioning it in case there is a site issue too.

      1. Guys, welcome to my hell as an email marketer… unfortunately, I don’t have the skills or the confidence to dig into the WordPress code to diagnose the problem. Based on these comments, it has something to do with the browser; I get the same problem of not seeing the latest post from time to time in Firefox, for example. Sadly, my best recommendation is to try another browser when you encounter problems. But do keep me posted if things get worse.

    1. I don’t get the latest posts on Firefox at the office, but I’ve never had that problem with Firefox at home. Yes, this has been happening for quite a while. No problems on Explorer at the office.

      1. Yep, same problems with me. At home on my ipad this morning I was getting Tuesday’s news and notes; in work an hour later on IE and I’m getting Wednesday’s (with comments).

        It’s a pain (and must be even more so for Luke), but it’s get-around-able if you’ve got the patience. And, with all the great stuff Luke puts up here that I’d never get otherwise, I have all the patience in the world…..

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