Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 5-2
(7½ inn.)
@ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.55) vs.
Reid-Foley (4-2, 4.04)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Long (2-6, 3.36) vs.
Akin (8-5, 2.63)
Potomac Lost, 10-9 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (1-1, 11.25) vs.
Thompson (3-7, 4.57)
Hagerstown Won, 1-0
(10 inn.)
@ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Johnston (2-2, 3.14) vs.
Peluffo (1-4, 7.85)
Auburn Lost, 8-0
(7½ inn.)
vs. State College,
6:30 p.m.
F. Peguero (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Dahlberg (0-0, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2 (7½ inn.)
• Valdez (L, 3-5) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR, HBP
• Adams 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos 1-3
• Stevenson 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Roster moves: RHP Jefry Rodriguez recalled to Washington; RHPs Austin Adams, Trevor Gott activated from 3-Day TIL; RHP Brady Dragmire placed on 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 5
• Darnell (W, 4-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Self (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Noll 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, E(4)
• Gushue 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Gamache 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Harrisburg got three HRs and a quality start and survived a late comeback bid to beat Bowie, 8-5. Logan Darnell gave up two runs on five hits (one HR) and a walk while setting down one (1) on strikes to earn his fourth save. Derek Self was the lone reliever who did not give up a run, pitching a 1-2-3 seventh for the hold. Jake Noll, Taylor Gushue, and Dan Gamache combined for nine hits and seven RBI, each scoring a run on a solo HR to lead the 14-hit parade.

Salem 10 Potomac 9
• Crownover (L, 3-8) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, 2HR, WP
• Howard 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Sagdal 3-4, R, BB, RBI
• Wiseman 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Corredor 3-5, R, 2RBI

The P-Nats got five in the bottom of the 9th but needed six as they dropped their 10th game of the second half, 10-9 to the Red Sox. Matthew Crownover got knocked from the box—and knocked around, period—as Salem jumped on the 54 (of 90) pitches thrown for strikes for ten hits, two homers, and seven runs over four and a 1/3rd innings. It was his eighth loss in 16 starts. Ian Sagdal, Rhett Wiseman, and Aldrem Corredor each had three hits, scored a run, and combined for four RBI to pace the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 1 Delmarva 0 (10 inn.)
• Alastre 6IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Acevedo (W, 1-4) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 7K, HBP
• Dunlap 1-4
• Upshaw 0-3, BB

Hagerstown was no-hit for nine innings but broke up the no-hitter and the shutout on the first two pitches in the top of the 10th and held on in the bottom of the 10th for 1-0 win over Delmarva. Tomas Alastre put up the first half-dozen donuts on the scoreboard with just one hit and two walks allowed and six whiffs. Carlos Acevedo closed out the game with four scoreless, giving up a hit, walking two, hitting a batter, and fanning seven. Alex Dunlap dropped down a bunt to push over the free runner while Armond Upshaw and Gage Canning each drew a walk to comprise the Suns offense.

State College 8 Auburn 0 (7½ inn.)
• Ramirez (L, 1-3) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Pineda 2-3, 2B
• Marinconz 1-2, 2B

The Doubledays were shut out on five hits, 8-0 in a rain-shortened contest. Yonathan Ramirez allowed the first two Spikes runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings but lost for the third time. He struck out five. The Auburn ‘pen was lit up for six runs on four hits to put this one out of reach. Israel Pineda singled and doubled and was the only Doubleday hitter to reach base twice. Roster moves: OF Telmito Agustin reassigned from Potomac; OF Pablo O’Connor reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 3
• Strom 3⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Segura (L, 1-3) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Cropley 1-3, R, BB
• Senior 1-1, BB

The G-Nats led 2-0 early and tied at 3-3 after 7 before the G-Mets rallied for three in the 8th and one in the 9th to put this one away, 7-3. Leif Strom went the first three and a 1/3rd innings and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. The loss went to Fausto Seguro, as he let in three on four hits and a walk over two innings. The G-Nats drew six walks and collected eight hits, but were just 1-for-6 with RISP and left on nine runners. Roster move: RHP Jake Irvin (4th Rd., Oklahoma) assigned from Washington.

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.

25 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. I’m trying to get myself excited about Alastre. His age (turned 20 last month) is exciting, as is his 6-4 frame. But he’s only generating 6 K’s per 9 with it, and FIP argues that his 4.71 ERA should be closer to 6.00. Five of his last six starts have been pretty good, though.

    1. Indeed.
      I was wondering how long the processing in office would take on Irwin
      Angel Guillen targeted as middle IP guy?
      Let’s cross our fingers on Augustin
      Second tour on rehab in Auburn

  2. Too crowded for Guillen. He is a starter. Irvin just getting innings in before the bump to come. But he signed late and has a long line in front of him.

    Movement starts when Romero gets a push up; perhaps Malvin Pena up, or an 18 draftee at Auburn now. That will be statement in who looks the part.

    1. Irvin could be a stud — 6-6, 225, with a 1.08 WHIP, 10.9 K/9, and .201 avg against this season at Oklahoma. He was talked of as high as the second round but got hammered in the NCAA regional (7 ER in 3.1 IP) and dropped to the 4th. He won’t turn 22 until February.

      1. Sleeper in draft then
        Can you imagine the paperwork
        Coaching staffs have to do on line
        With reporting back to D.C.??

  3. Taylor Gushue’s power appears to be legit; now has 27 HRs the last season and a half after his 9th of the year last night. Doesn’t hit for much average but in this organization, what catcher does?

    I have no idea how he is defensively – statistically, he throws out just under 30 percent of baserunners, but no clue if that’s more to the pitching or the runners or his arm. Anyone seen him that can give a report on him behind the plate?

    Meanwhile, Rhett Wiseman’s slash line is now .275/.356/.519 and he has 15 2Bs, 2 3Bs 15 15 HRs in 70 games. He’s also thrown out 5 runners from the OF. Really not sure why he’s not in AA yet.

    1. Wiseman has more homers than all the Harrisburg OFs combined, all of whom (with the exception of DJ on the DL) are 26 or older.

      I don’t think Luke was too keen on Gushue defensively, but that kind of pop in a catcher will keep him around the game a long time and perhaps get him some MLB time at some point.

    2. Aside from taking a huge step backwards on defense, there’s no reason not to bump up Wiseman. The bat seems ready for a new challenge.

  4. Taylor Gushue does not excite. Either Raudy Read ripens, or Barrera matures, but otherwise it’s a matter of picking at the short season level.

    Of course, with a little patience and opportunity, Spencer Kieboom may prove to be a keeper. The possibility of Spencer and Carter in the same staring lineup is no longer as fanciful as once believed. Will that happen before or after Tim Tebow makes it to the majors?

    1. Gil, Knorr ran out Goforth in Cuse tonight when Voth was penciled in by Luke this morning (3K! Bravo ) .
      Discernment prevails or overreacting
      To maybe Voth tomorrow for Cuse needs or OR has Helly been sidelined for bad mechanics ??

      1. Fedde is on the 10-day DL. His rotation spot comes up Monday. Can’t know if it’s Voth in his place for certain, or whether Voth will be in reserve in case they have to use J-Rod as the long man at some point (like the Roark start on Sunday).

      2. So. The Nats are going to wear out the 26 th man aka Syracuse shuttle
        Until the rotation is healthy and
        On all cylinders. Ross will be very welcome in Sept .
        Not every day , Luke , you can type
        (2) HRs hit @ Auburn & GCL same day .
        We see the Head using Perkins @ 1b. Maybe Chisholm gets a bump to Auburn since GCL has that 18 year old playing 1b and OF.

  5. This needs to be said:

    The Nationals system, as utterly disappointing as it was last year, has taken a big leap forward this year. What is particularly impressive to me is not merely how many people are not only being promoted, which is an organizational philosophy (and a good one) but the position players that are notably succeeding after promotion or at least holding their own. Soto is the most celebrated example. And we are speaking of Carter Kieboom as well. But look at people like Aldrem Corredor (!) and Nick Banks, Jake Noll. Of course, the pitchers have underperformed on promotion (and Justin Miller does not count!).

    Still lots of baseball to be played and we’ll know a lot more by August, with many folks really now getting on the field for the first time or settling into the roles they’ve earned. You look at Hagerstown’s rotation, heavily made up of 2017 draftees, and wonder who will stand out in the next month to get August bumps to Potomac and make room for the high pitching inventory in Aubirn and GCL. LOTS of arms there with not enough innings.

    1. Kind of curious that Luzardo is on the “World” roster since his family moved to the U.S. when he was one, and he was a U.S. draft pick. Of course on the flip side, Garcia was born in NYC.

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