Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 7-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Milone (5-4, 4.47) vs.
Pomeranz (0-1, 7.20)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Hartford,
7:00 p.m.
Long (3-6, 3.03) vs.
Grills (2-2, 4.55)
Potomac Won, 6-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Baumann (4-2, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Tetreault (3-7, 4.54) vs.
Grotz (1-2, 5.76)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Teel (1-0, 4.50) vs.
Brown (0-2, 1.72)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.

Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 3
• Valdez (L, 3-6) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, @P, 2HBP
• Marmolejos 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR(5), RBI, 2K
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB, E
Roster moves: IF Irving Falu activated from the TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Hartford 3
• Darnell (W, 5-4) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• R. Pena (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gamache 2-4, 2B
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Abreu 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI

The Senators answered the Yard Goats’ two-run rally in the top of the 2nd with a three runs and held on for a 4-3 win. Logan Darnell gave up all three Hartford runs on five hits, including a HR, over six innings for his fifth win. He walked one and struck out five. Dakota Bacus, Roman Mendez, and Ronald Pena each put up a goose egg on the scoreboard to close out the game. Alec Keller doubled twice, Dan Gamache once, and Osvaldo Abreu homered as each had two hits and combined for three runs and three RBI. Roster moves: C Raudy Read reassigned from Syracuse; OF Adam Walker placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 3
• Baez (W, 4-8) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• McKinney (H, 3) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Mejia 3-5, R, 2B
• Garcia 3-5, R, RBI
• Sagdal 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI, SB

Potomac once again had no trouble racking up the hits (15) but needed a two-HR from Nick Basto in the 9th to get some breathing room to take its third straight game from Lynchburg, 6-3 and win the four-game series, 3-1. Joan Baez won his fourth game and not coincidentally pitched into the 6th with all three Hillcats runs let in on six hits and two walks. He struck out four. Jeremy McKinney finished the 6th and had donuts in the 7th and 8th innings for his third hold. Hayden Howard cordero’d his way through the 9th with two hits allowed and two whiffs for his first save. Bryan Mejia, Luis Garcia, and Ian Sagdal each went 3-for-5 with a run scored while Rhett Wiseman was the beer man, though he did draw a walk.

Hagerstown 6 Columbia 0
• Lee (W, 3-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Held 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bartow 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Upshaw 3-3, 3R, 2B
• Esthay 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Scudder 1-3, RBI

Three Suns helped return the favor from Wednesday as they snuffed the Fireflies on three hits for a 6-0 shutout. Andrew Lee won for the third time as he got through five innings on just 68 pitches and allowed the first two hits and a walk while striking out one. Sam Held did for two innings while Frankie “Goes to Hagerstown” Bartow gave up the final Columbia hit while closing out the game with two innings. Armond Upshaw singled twice, doubled once, and scored thrice while Kameron Esthay homered to lead the Hagerstown offense. Roster moves: SS Juan Pascal reassigned from Auburn (prior to the game; Antuna appears to have been removed during the 3rd inning for not running out a popup).

Lowell 6 Auburn 1
• Peguero (L, 2-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, 2WP, BK
• Tapani 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• O’Connor 2-4, 2B
• Shaddy 1-4, 2B, RBI

Lowell torched four Auburn pitchers for 11 hits and cruised to a 6-1 win. Francys Peguero (pictured above) lost for the first time as he was burned for four runs on six hits and four walks over four innings. Telmito Agustin and Carson Shaddy hit back-to-back doubles in the 6th to break up the shutout bid but the Doubledays managed just four hits total, with Pablo O’Connor accounting for the other two hits, a single and a double.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Theophile 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cuello (L, 0-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Connell 2-4
• Morales 4-5, R
• Chisholm 2-3, RBI

Speak of the devil… Rodney Theophile made his second pro appearance and struck out the side in the 1st. After that, it was pretty much all G-Astros as they piled on six runs in the middle innings to extend the G-Nats’ slide to four games with a 6-1 loss. The “L” went to Carlos Cuello for giving up the first run on two hit over three innings. Jesus Morales picked up four hits while Justin Connell and Blake Chisholm had two apiece to lead the G-Nats 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.

34 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. After a couple of weeks exiled to the bullpen, Andrew Lee got another chance to start and made the most of it. Really pulling for this guy, coming back after missing almost two years with his second TJ. Walks have killed him this year (36 over 32 IP), but he surrendered only one last night. The .167 avg against seems to indicate that teams aren’t making good contact off him. He also sports a 10.4 K/9. At his age, you would hope that he can do enough to get to Potomac for a few starts this season.

    Luis Garcia has 11 hits in his first 8 games at Potomac. He seems to be putting himself into the conversation for a trip to the AZ Fall League, even at just 18.

    1. Speaking of Latin prospects , I wonder if Juan Pascal will be that spare outfield guy who hits RH
      With Armond ?? Anothecguy for Anderson to teach

      1. Pascal is a SS, but has played 3B too.

        I wouldn’t read much into the move, there’s just a sudden dearth of INFs in Hagerstown since Garcia was promoted and Boggetto was released.

          1. Anderson Franco long DL creates the need for a couple of options in Omar and another
            From right side

          2. Looks like bullpen by committee Saturday night
            In Potomac , Hags and Auburn who has the starter types to open up legit.
            Go , Jesus Morales
            Go Voth. Great story

          1. Another day. More hits for Braian Fernandez for DSL vs
            Tough cards kids
            Danny Hernandez doubles and adds another youthful discretion error to his tally.
            Suffer the young

      2. Luke and Gil. I would love to see
        Rizzo make a deal similar in name size as the one Bowman Jr did in Chicago in NHL with Coyotes

  2. Any word on Mason Denaburg? He was supposed to do some training before being assigned, presumably to the GCL, but thought we might have seen him by now.

  3. I just wanted to let folks know about the great catch Zac Collier made to end the Harrisburg/Hartford game. With 2 outs and a 1 run lead by HBG in the top of the 9th, the batter hit a deep fly to right and he jumped at the wall and pulled it back to prevent the tie. Fantastic play!

    1. It’s fun to see a guy like Collier enjoying the moment so much. He’s a baseball lifer who has been riding the buses for 11 seasons, since he was drafted at 17. In fact, he played his 800th minor-league game this week, now at 802.

      1. Good for Collier. He has a long way to go to match minor league legend Razor Shines
        Thought of the day. Fonzy Hernandez is no nerd.
        Dog days of summer for some of the guys in GCL with am humid
        Scrimmages .

  4. I assume the Read “demotion” to Harrisburg was so both he and Severino (at Syracuse) can be playing full time. Unless the big club trades for a catcher, I would think that Read and his bat will get another look in DC sooner or later.

  5. Bourque promotion as expected. Now he gets a chance to show whether is (or Austen Williams) is to be taken seriously after this year for Rule 5 protection. The Nats have only ust started to use him on back to back days.

    Jordan Mills is the unheralded promotion of the day, but not to be overlooked. A big guy, low pick and the Nats picked him up off release list, but has steadily climbed and now reached AA, a lefty, and swimming in the same pool as Bryan Harper in Bryce’s walk year. Just sayin. ith Fleck and Guillion released, it’s great to see organizationally developed players taking the place of released career minor leaguers brought in until they can earn it.

    Pascal is an interesting move. Only 20, and offensively underperforming out of position (3b). So they kick him upstairs to play SS rather than to keep 24 yo Bogetto (Hagerstown’s best bat who did not make it in a brief trial at Potomac), now that Garcia looks like he is at A+ to stay. With three shortstops down at Auburn – Sanchez, Marinconz, and Daily, it feel a bit like the way players like Jake Lowery have been promoted up and down the system while the lower levels sort out the talent ladder. Unless Pascal is out of this world, it just doesn’t feel like he will be there long before someone emerges from Auburn. I was sure it would be Sanchez, but his bat has gone cold.

    No room at AA for Crowe – yet. So back he goes to A+.

    You can feel the competition with these moves. Some players are getting the sink or swim treatment. makes one wonder who else is soon to emerge from XST and the DL.

    1. Morales bat hot Gil while Sanchez cold
      Winter time free agent relievers
      Sink in AA EL fan box parks
      Good for newly promoted lefty to Sens pen

    2. Crowe has nothing left to prove at Potomac. Looks like he was pretty efficient tonight, although he won’t get win #9 since they went easy on him with only four innings. Maybe they were just trying to make sure he’s healthy and got his best stuff before he steps up.

      1. Ehh. He has had only one outing that could remotely called dominant and is still racking up high pitch counts, which is also why he hasn’t been able to go seven innings. And I’ve seen him pitch a few times — I’m just not seeing what I usually see from guys who are ready for the next level. Everyone seems to be blinded by the nine wins, not noticing that he’s had nearly six runs a game scored behind him.

  6. The guard changes quickly on the Latin forefront. First, the crown jewel was Rey Lopez, then Robles, then Soto. Robles will then again have his day, and folks will be soon taking up Garcia.

    Is the next to rise Theophile? Or Israel Pineda?

  7. Can’t ever tell – that’s the magic of it. It may be the big bonus guy, it may be the 20k guy. Lopez came out of absolute nowhere, even after he signed. It’s amazing.

  8. Yes, Morales and Pascal same age. Morales did hard time in the DSL though. And no way he leaps the folks ahead of him.

    1. Shaddy in Hagerstown could cause a Shaddy shack promo night with people dressed up like Bill Murray as bizarre golf guy

  9. Gil. You really love Pineda
    I recall that certain USC infielder
    Last year in Hags telling me about
    Pineda teammate in 18, Carrillo : watch out for him!!

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