Monday’s News & Notes

Shhh… Juan Soto has gone hitless in his last 12 at-bats

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 9-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2;
Won, 2-1
@ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Rodriguez (2-3, 4.58) vs.
Kelly (0-2, 5.84)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 12-9 vs. Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 8.31) vs.
Junk (1-2, 0.71 @ GCL in ’17)

Syracuse 9 Pawtucket 1
• Jackson (W, 2-1) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K, 2WP
• Satterwhite 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jones 4-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Gonzalez 3-4, 3RBI
• Falu 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

The Chiefs declawed the PawSox, 9-1 as they took the series, 3-1. Edwin Jackson won his second game as he pitched seven strong innings, allowing the lone Pawtucket run on four hits and four walks. Cody Satterwhite mopped up with two scoreless innings. Hunter Jones led the Syracuse offense with two singles, a double, and a triple while Bengie Gonzalez and Irving Falu each notched three. Jose Marmolejos was the sole Chief not to get a hit.

New Hampshire 6 Harrisburg 1 – GAME ONE
• Darnell (L, 2-1) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Hernandez 1-2, 2BB, RBI
• Gamache 1-2, BB

Cavan Biggio’s two-run HR in the 1st would prove to be enough, but New Hampshire made sure with four in the 7th as they took the opener from Harrisburg, 6-1. Logan Darnell threw four scoreless afterwards, but his five innings of two-run ball weren’t enough to prevent the loss. He walked none and struck out four while giving up seven hits total. Derek Self put up a donut in the 6th but was dunked for four in the 7th. Yadiel Hernandez plated Daniel Johnson, who led off the 1st with a double, with an RBI but the Sens were held to just three more hits and were unable to cash in on the seven walks issued by the Fisher Cats.

Harrisburg 2 New Hampshire 1 – GAME TWO
• Dragmire 5+ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• Mendez (W, 2-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lowery 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Johnson 2-2, BB, SAC

Yadiel Hernandez extended his hit streak to eight games with a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 7th for a 2-1 victory and a doubleheader split. Brady Dragmire ran out of gas in the 6th after loading the bases with no outs. Israel Guillon let in one of his three inherited runners for the blown save. Roman Mendez followed with a scoreless 7th and was rewarded with the “W” as Khayyan Norfork drew a leadoff walk, took second on a Daniel Johnson sacrifice and scored ahead of Hernandez’s hit. Jake Lowery homered in the 2nd to account for the first Harrisburg run.

Frederick 8 Potomac 6
• Sharp 5IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 1K, HBP, WP
• Klobosits (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP, 2WP
• Lora 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, 2E
• Kieboom 2-4, 2-2B, E(8)
• Mejia 2-4, R, RBI

Six errors led to seven unearned runs in an 8-6 P-Nats loss to the Keys. Three wild pitched, two hit batsman, and a balk didn’t help either. Sterling Sharp went the first five innings and was charged with two unearned runs on five hits and three walks. He hit a batter and struck out a batter. The loss went to Gabe Klobosits with three unearned runs let in on two hits and two walks with a hit batsman and two wild pitches. Edwin Lora and Jake Noll both had two errors, but while Lora led the Potomac hit column with three, Noll was the beer man with zero in the 13-hit, three-walk offense.

Charleston 12 Hagerstown 9
• Tetreault (L, 0-4) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Held 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Scudder 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Banks 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI, OF assist at HP
• Corredor 2-5, 3RBI

A 5-1 lead went up in smoke with a seven-run 3rd as Charleston beat Hagerstown, 12-9. Jackson Tetrault threw two and 2/3rds innings and was bitten for six runs (three earned) on seven hits, including two home runs for his fourth loss. Jake Scudder, Nick Banks, and Aldrem Corredor combined for six hits and six RBI to lead the Suns attack.

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.

21 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. Too many unearned runs yesterday. Probably just an anomaly, but defense and pitching are the keys to success. Soto clearly is a bust in AA and should be sent back to Potomac (sarcasm).

  2. Nice to see Kieboom’s OPS up to a healthy .800. Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated 🙂

    Is DJ showing some adjustments to AA? BA and OBP have moved into acceptable levels, but SLG is lagging. But that seems kind of normal for a kid adjusting to a higher level?

    Why did they sign Hernandez if they aren’t going to give him a chance once he is producing. he’s been above average at AA for the last 1.5 seasons

  3. Don’t look now but Kieboom has finally found his stroke and is hitting a Soto-esque .487 over his past 10 G, including a 10:4 BB:K.

    1. Time changes everything especially if Rizzo flips Stevenson for a piece .
      Mock drafts should be taken with a grain of salt and pita bread , but Jonathan Mayo mentions a HS SS out of Miami area. The kid sounded like Cole Freeman with table setting possibilities. Hmmmm.

      1. What to do with Luis Garcia who might be good enough at shortstop at the major league level and still only 18. Then there’s Jose Sanchez who seems to already have the best glove and still might develop a hit tool. Another shortstop prospect given there’s really only two and only 1 with a glove … and only 1 with speed that might develop the glove? Yes thank you but I hope they get a lot more pitching.

  4. Looks like the Nats may have found their right-handed bat to go with Rendon. Moises Sierra seems Syracuse bound sooner rather than later.

  5. A subject not involving Fresh Prince of Harrisburg. Luke. How will the Nats bring along Raudy Read from the time off? XST? Directly to SYR or some game action up the ladder??

  6. Well, that’s nice.

    Hopefully Hernandez will play there.

    No one has written about Hunter Jones, but what a return from oblivion!!!! There’s obviously an incredible story there, if anyone can share it.

  7. We do not overvalue our prospects. Look at Severino. Until the Nationals got Doolittle/Madson, folks were kicking themselves over not trading him for Robertson.

    Seve is sure nice to have around these days.

    Stevenson is an excellent defensive outfielder who plays clutch and plays smart. He is young and has had a quick track to the majors. He has not yet peaked.

    I’m hoping for for big bopper outfielders and corner IF types and more left handed arms this year in the draft.

    Nats are not going to draft an undersized middle IF in the first round. They could sign one in the international draft, and have more than enough of them incubating on the back fields of WPB and Dominican Republic.

  8. Thought Boz summed up what I think I am seeing …

    “Made me look up another 19-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder from 80 years ago. In 1938, he hit .366 and slugged .701 for Minneapolis, but he did it in a full year with 43 homers, which means a lot more. They called him up to Boston the next year at 20. Ted Williams.

    Sometimes, if you are too good for the minors, they bring you up pretty fast. In ’51, a 20-year-old hit .477 in just 35 games in AAA. The Giants had seen enough. They called him up. Rookie of the Year. Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff. Willie Mays.

    That same year, the Yankees had a 19-year-old outfielder who’d hit .383 in C Ball in ’50, then in just 166 at bats in AA ball — the level Soto’s at now — he hit .361 and slugged .651. So, they brought him up at 19 with just those 166 ABs in Kansas City. Mickey Mantle.

    In ’12, the Nationals had a 19-year-old outfielder who’d hit .300 with a .917 OPS in just 569 plate appearances as various minor league stops, and only 74 of those ABs at AAA (.243). But they thought they knew what they had and brought him up. Bryce Harper.

    Good or very good minor league numbers, as I said, don’t have to mean anything. But if you slug .800 and hit .370 — or .700 — in the minors as a teenager, history says that you don’t stay down there too long.”

    Nah, Soto won’t be able to hit AA or AAA pitching … ~smiles~

    1. Someone still doesn’t quite get when I’m poking fun at the hype machine… also, you forgot about Tony Conigliaro, 24 homers, 42 doubles, 74 RBI, 1.139 OPS in 83 games in the NYPL at the age of 18, by ’65 — at the age of 20 — he led the A.L. in HRs.

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