Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Milone (3-4, 5.40) vs.
Shepherd (4-4, 3.53)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Reading,
7:15 p.m.
McGowin (2-1, 2.56) vs.
E. Garcia (0-5, 5.12)
Potomac Won, 9-4;
Won, 4-0
@ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sharp (3-2, 3.65) vs.
Mata (3-2, 3.73)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-0, 3.38) vs.
Rosso (3-1, 1.62)

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 1
• Voth (L, 4-4) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K, HBP
• Goforth 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Dominguez 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Gonzalez 1-3

Syracuse returned home but the offense remained AWOL in a 3-1 loss to Pawtucket, its third straight. Austin Voth got the start and the loss as her gave up all three PwaSox runs on seven hits over six innings, He walked two and struck out eight. Josh Edgin and David Goforth combined for three scoreless to keep it close. Chris Dominguez was one of just two batters to make it to second base, as the Chiefs were held to three (3) hits and one (1) walk.

Harrisburg – OFF DAY
The Senators resume their road trip—on which they’ve gone 3-1—with three against the Fightins in Reading. Harrisburg is currently fourth in the E.L. West, four games off the pace behind Akron.

Potomac 9 Salem 4 – GAME ONE
• Crownover 4⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• McKinney (W, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, 2WP, 2-0 IR-S
• Wiseman 2-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Noll 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, BB, 2E(13,14)

Potomac made Salem their, um, witches as they dropped seven in the 5th to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 9-4 win. Matthew Crownover labored through four and 2/3rds innings (102 pitches) and fell one out short of getting the “W” as he allowed three runs on four hits and three walks and fanned five. Jeremy McKinney stranded two while getting out of the 5th and let in the fourth Red Sox run on two walks over the final two innings to earn the win. David Masters was the beer man in a 12-hit barrage, which featured Rhett Wiseman’s 12th HR (2nd in C.L.) and two-hit, two-RBI performances from Jake Noll and Jakson Reetz. Six P-Nats were named to the 2018 Carolina League All-Star game.

Potomac 4 Salem 0 – GAME TWO
• Braymer (W, 2-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Bourque 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kieboom 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Sagdal 2-3, 2B, SF, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, R, 2B

Two P-Nats pitchers were lights-out* in a two-hit, 4-0 shutout to complete the doubleheader sweep. Combined with a 1-0 loss by Lynchburg, Potomac now holds a 5½ game lead over both the Hillcats and the Red Sox with six days and seven games left in the first half. Ben Braymer went the first six innings and allowed both Salem hits and a walk while striking out six. James Bourque made quick work (yes, that rhymes) as he struck out the side in the 7th. Carter Kieboom homered for the 11th times and had two hits, as did Ian Sagdal and Tres Barrera as Potomac racked up nine hits in the nightcap.
* In case you were wondering what that 17-minute delay was; H/T to Sterling Sharp

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 1
• DeRosier (L, 2-4) 7IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Esthay 2-3, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Je. Baez 1-3

The BlueClaws put the pinch on Matt DeRosier for three runs in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1 win in the series opener. DeRosier went seven innings and allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six in his fourth loss. Jared Brasher let in the fourth and final Lakewood run in the 8th on a HR. Kameron Esthay’s 6th-inning solo shot prevented a shutout as the Suns were held to just five hits and two walks total.

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.

17 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Ben Braymer gets his first start of 2018 in the second game of the double-header and is terrific. He struggled as a starter in 2017 but has flourished as a long reliever this year. Is he turning himself into a late-blooming sorta-prospect at age 24? Maybe the next Matt Grace, albeit with better K numbers?

    Eleven taters for Kieboom now, with his average above .300. He seems likely to be leaving Woodbridge soon. Wiseman and his 12 homers may be joining him. He’s finally showing the power the Nats hoped he would have as a pro.

    1. 6 innings pitched is pretty impressive. Perhaps Braymer is a better starter? They may have to start converting Carter Kieboom to play a different position. By most accounts he doesn’t project as a major league shortstop? And the Nats will soon have a vacancy at 2nd base, if not already. Murphy is a first base, DH type over this season and probably next and perhaps into the future. I assume they would promote Luis Garcia up to Potomac replacing Kieboom at shortstop? But who knows?

      1. Of course there’s always the obvious: moving Turner to 2nd base from shortstop. But where do you get that shortstop? The last really good glove with a projectable bat probably was Espinosa a client of Bora$.

        1. Dig the DSL Nasty Nats. Win 14-6 with 9 combined errors in game today with Yanx who hit all the bombs. Digging ‘ A2 @ 1b conversion !!
          Chorus chime in

    1. Same tune with Jackson Stoekinger sent down to Auburn, Gil, so the chorus audition line can run out Jared Johnson before the 2018 draft arms get plotted …

  2. Turner is a better defensive SS than Kieboom is. If Kieboom does prove to be MLB starter quality — which we hope, but he’s only at A+ right now — he’ll be tickets either for 2B to replace Murphy or 3B if they can’t/don’t re-sign Rendon.

    1. Considering the L/R and B/R kids coming up to fill middle of the infield spots , I could see Carter on the Corner ( sounds like a Netflix sitcom).
      Gil I have withdrawal symptoms from the silence of your comments.
      Let’s hope somebody in social media for Nats nation ( Chelsea James) heads down to DR to check out the new cast under Sandy Martinez .
      Poll question. Tim Cate will climb higher than Matthew Crownover??

  3. It’s worth using, as a reference point of two years to the future, the Nats 2016 as a comparison point by which other team drafts are judged.

    The Potomac Nats have 6(!) all stars this year – most in at least five years. Sharp, Kieboom, Noll, and Barrera were all 2016 draftees. So was SAL all-star Banks, but he is obviously low for his age. And that class has Daniel Johnson as well, along with departees Neuse, Dunning, and Luzardo.

    2016 is a class in the era of current slots that sets the pace for the low drafting Nats.

  4. KW, Braymer showed some dominance as a starter at Auburn last year. He just struggled after a promotion to his first taste of Hagerstown.

    He is an example of someone who gets parked in long relief until competition, promotion, or demotion gives him a chance to bust out into a starting opportunity. The Nats did that just today with Jared Johnson at Hagerstown, as Romero is in the rotation, Stoeckinger will go back to auburn and Andrew Lee also toils in long relief as a starter-in-waiting at Hagerstown. Great to see Braymer show up well at A+ only a year later.

    Post Carolina League All Star Game this month, I would expect promotions coming to Mapes and Crowe. Dragmire is up to Syracuse and McGowin is not long for Harrisburg. If Braymer is next in line for one of the starting spots there, perhaps we will see the return of Grant Borne, or perhaps a promotion of Raquet.

    From the looks of things, the cream of the just drafted pitching will get routed to Aubirn to start things off, although the Doubledays start their season any day now.

  5. Of course, I’m speaking of Braymer, Borne, and Raquet — all lefties(!) – in connection with Potomac’s coming changes.

    1. Wonderful , Gil. Love the phrase long reliever in waiting to start. Minors all about getting guys IP built up without labeling some guys pure starter, long relieve, C starter for game …
      Years ago I dreamed as an expo fan to see this much lefty arms haul in the farm.
      Prayers for Fedde tonight in the Bronx . Bring it, Eric the red…

    2. Aaron Fletcher signs with Nats. Will brass keep him and Romero on separate affiliates to avoid a WWF
      Event ?? Lol

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