Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.10) vs.
Pannone (AAA Debut)
Harrisburg Won, 11-0 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
McGowin (4-2, 4.24) vs.
Love (2-3, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 vs. Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Baez (3-7, 5.00) vs.
Houck (3-10, 5.32)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-3 @ West Virginia,
6:05 p.m.
Tetreault (2-7, 4.73) vs.
Bolton (3-1, 2.86)
Auburn Won, 4-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Bido (1-2, 7.52)
GCL Nationals Lost, 14-7 @ GCL Astros,
10:00 a.m.
 

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 4
• Goforth (L, 2-3) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Read 3-4,
• Marmolejos 2-5, R, 2-2B

Austin Voth did not start or pitch and five relievers were used. Keep in mind the AAA All-Star break is the 9th through the 11th. Roster moves: IF Irving Falu placed on 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 0
• Long (W, 3-6) 7IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Guillon 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Noll 3-6, 2R, 2RBI
• Gushue 2-5, R, HR(10), 2RBI, BB
• Gamache 2-5, BB, 3RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined on a six-hit, 11-0 shutout of the BaySox. Jaron “Yep, my Dad’s Kevin” Long went the first seven, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out two and hitting a batter to earn his third win. Ismael Guillon and Austen Williams each added another goose egg and allowed a hit. Zach Collier was the beer man in the 14-hit demolition while Jake Noll led the way with a 3-for-6 night, scoring twice and driving in two. SS Carter Kieboom was named to the U.S. roster for the Futures game on July 15. Harrisburg manager Matt LeCroy will join former teammate Torii Hunter as the bench coach but will be unable to pull anyone from the game for not running “properly” on a popup or ground ball.

Salem 5 Potomac 4
• Raquet 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Bogucki (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Sagdal 3-5
• Garcia 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th as Salem scored five times to erase an early 3-0 Potomac lead and held on for 5-4 win and take 2-1 lead in the five-game series. Nick Raquet was charged with the first three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out just two over five and a 1/3rd innings. A.J. Bogucki let in one inherited runner and two of his own to get the blown-save-loss. Luis Garcia doubled and tripled and drove in two as did Jack Sundberg on a single and a double. Ian Sagdal led the P-Nats hit column with a 3-for-5 night. Garcia was named to the World roster for the [no free advertising] Futures Game on All-Star Sunday

Delmarva 9 Hagerstown 3
• Johnston (L, 2-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K, WP, BK, HBP
• Held 3⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, 3-3 IR-S
• Choruby 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Freeman 1-4, CS(4), E(12)

The Shorebirds missed an extra point in the 4th but got a safety in the 7th and a rouge in the 8th as they tripled up the Suns, 9-3. Kyle Johnson took the brunt of the beating with six runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out three over three and 2/3rds innings for his third loss. Three of those runs were let in by Sam Held, who was only slightly less ineffective with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings. Nick Choruby singled, doubled, scored a run, and stole a base to lead Hagerstown’s six-hit one-walk offense.

Auburn 4 State College 2
• F. Peguero (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Tapani (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Zwetsch (SV, 5) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Pineda 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Daily 2-4

Auburn stopped its two-game slide with a 4-2 win over State College. Francys Peguero won for the second time on five innings of one-run ball on a homer and three hits total while walking one, striking out two, and hitting a batter. Ryan Tapani tossed two scoreless while fanning three to earn his second hold and Connor Zwetsch got credit for his fifth save despite giving up a run on three hits. Israel Pineda singled, homered, and drove in two while Cole Daily singled twice to lead the Doubleday offense.

GCL Cardinals 14 GCL Nationals 7
• C. Morse (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, WP, 2HBP
• Milacki 3⅓ IP. 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K , 3-1 IR-S
• Vickers 2-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Emiliani 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Pena 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The G-Cards jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one, 7-2 after two and cruised to a 14-7 win over the G-Nats. Colin Morse, younger brother of Phil, got the start and somehow got two outs in between three walks, two hit batsman, a double, and a wild pitch for his first loss. Trey Vickers, Leandro Emiliani, and Landerson Pena each went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the G-Nats attack.

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.

31 thoughts on “Saturday’s News & Notes”

    1. If Koda can stay healthy, he’d be a big asset to the Nats’ bullpen down the stretch. Kid throws heat and every bullpen can use that.

      Having said that, there’s little indication he can consistently stay healthy but let’s see if he can turn that around.

      1. Get a load of the tall dudes Pitching
        Today. Glover, Cuello in GCL
        Pozo in DSL
        Fernandez RBI. The best goes on with him

        1. Koda with 2ks, no Hs and one BB in his return.

          Curious how many appearances he gets in the GCL before they move him up.

    2. Joe Ross threw off the mound at Nats Park yesterday and probably isn’t far off from starting GCL appearances as well.

    3. The mystery man has reappeared. I wonder if he has been taking Zim’s spot on the back fields in FL. I think they will do slowly with him and don’t expect to see him with the Nats until September, if then.

  1. I fear that Garcia is being showcased as the Nats prime trade chip. I’m crossing my fingers that they don’t try to salvage the Titanic via huge trade. The big club is simply too old and injured and their best player’s lack of caring is pretty obvious.

    Much better to retool for next year and concentrate on building around their new core of Turner, Soto, Baby Kieboomer and Robles. Having those last three guys all coming up at the same time is terrific luck on the Nats’ part. I just hope they don’t blow it.

    1. Agreed
      Robles leading off in G2 in GCL DH
      With Astros. De Aza hitting in 2 slot
      Schiller 3 Ks in first frame.
      Dandy Vandy from Indy

    2. I would be surprised if they trade Garcia. I do think they will be buyers rather than sellers, but I think they’ll be shopping with lower-tier stock, like they did to get Herrera. Don’t believe all the fuss about trading for Realmuto. They’re not going to mortgage that level of future capital.

      1. Surprise that Drew Ward just caught the shuttle to Syracuse from
        Harrisburg ? Norfork off DL. More ABs for Davidson. Corresponding move to add a body to Sens ? Wiseman ??

    3. Karl. You are implying that Bryces
      Lack of ” fill in the blank ” means he might have his off season decision
      Made up ??

    4. The suitors for that deal would be hard pressed to come up with what Rizzo would require for 18 year old Luis Garcia now in A+, hit tool appears to be improving, defense is reasonably sweet at short and second. Speed better than Turner, projected Plus-Plus. Left-handed bat.

      The Nats need a prospect catcher like Sean Murphy. The Nats need starting pitching coming out of every pore like Atlanta. That would just about do it I think and maybe they’d throw in Antuna.

  2. Victor Robles sighting!

    Never have I been so happy at seeing a prospect go 0-for-2!

    I wonder how long he’ll need to be ready to get back to AAA?

  3. And speaking of 2017 draftees, it was a rough night for Raquet and Johnston. Raquet has given up 13 ER at Potomac in 13.1 IP. I’m sure the Nats are disappointed to only have two of their 2017 starter draftees to Potomac by now, and only one of them succeeding.

    1. Bullpen guys getting stretched out
      With Raquet and Johnston
      Let’s see what Pena does @ Auburn tonight and Jackson T in Hags
      What actually is Rizzo shopping for
      @ the deadline ?

        1. Fascinating for Pena.
          What is the reality with Andrew Lee? Just let him work out the kinks on the road back from TJ??

          1. It was the second TJ for Lee, and he basically missed two years. The clock is ticking fast for him because of age, though. Still, they may not expect him to be back at full strength until next season.

        2. Luke silly question. Just how do players get shuttled around when they get bumped up an affiliate ?
          Auburn to Hagerstown by jet into BWI then ubered over or personally driven by a Nats staff member ?
          Harrisburg direct to Syracuse must be on a major/ minor airline .

          1. Most if the time it’s my understanding it’s by car but occasionally it’s a flight.

      1. Not good! He’s only 22, though, so he may get to camp out in Woodbridge for a while. (Please stop me from thinking about a certain 3d-round lefty who was pretty good at Hags but couldn’t make the step to Potomac — Mooneyham.)

  4. Big news seeing Koda back. He was as good as buried. Robles also thought to be aways off.

    Crowe’s “injury” a halt to keep innings low? Dodger style?

    Harper bat has to wake up at the right time.

    1. Harper hotness would be good with
      The health improvement of Murphy ,
      Sept call up of Robles or an addition of a Valencia , Dietrich or better yet Buffalo

      1. Still think Rizzo should bundle a couple of prospects and get Sean Murphy … but the A’s are doing pretty well. I would have thought he’d be a major league promotion given his defense. Buffalo’s are terrible in the 2nd half. Exhausted and way too heavy. Their offense is nothing short of terrible and we have all seen the defense. Then there’s the catastrophic injury risk which is always very high.

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