Thursday’s News & Notes

Harper’s grand slam highlights Wednesday night in the minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-2 @ Norfolk, 12:15 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-2, 3.55) vs.
Chris George (2-2, 4.23)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 13-2 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (1-3, 6.35) vs.
David Mixon (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Nationals Won, 10-4 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns Won, 11-5 vs. Delmarva, 6:35 p.m. A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.91) vs.
Jacob Pettit (3-0, 2.89)

Before folks comment on names you might see in the box score, I plan to do a transaction catchup post later this afternoon. Most notable: Sammy Solis has been assigned to Potomac

Syracuse 4 Norfolk 2
• Stammen (W, 2-2) 7⅓ IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 6K 1HR
• Wilkie (S, 3) 1⅔ 0H 0R 0BB 3K
• Brown 2-3, 2R, BB
• Aubrey 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-4, RBI

With a 4-2 win over Norfolk, the Syracuse Chiefs have put together their first three-game win streak of season. Starter Craig Stammen went seven and 1/3rd innings for his second win of the season while Josh Wilkie retired the last five batters, three by way of the K, for his third save. Corey Brown, Michael Aubrey, and Chris Marrero went 6-for-11 collectively with three runs and three RBIs, a double, and a walk between them.

Altoona 13 Harrisburg 2
• Davis (ND) 2IP 4H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K
• Barthmaier (L, 0-2) 3IP 7H 5R 5ER 0BB 5K 2HR
• Chico 2IP 5H 5R 4ER 0BB 1K 1HR
• Rhinehart 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Antonelli 2-4, R
• Valdez 2-4, 2B, RBI

The bullpen woes of the Senators continued with three relievers coughing up 11 runs over six innings in a 13-2 beatdown. Starter Erik Davis went the first two innings but left with a knee injury after pitching to two batters in the third inning (both inherited runners scored). Bill Rhinehart became the first position player to pitch for Harrisburg and was the most effective pitcher yesterday, retiring three of four batters faced on 14 pitches. Matt Antonelli and Jesus Valdez both went 2-for-4 to lead the offense, which was held to just six hits.

Potomac 10 Winston-Salem 4
• Demny (W, 1-2) 6IP 4H 4R 4ER 2BB 6K 2HR
• Frias 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
• Bloxom 1-3, 3R, 3B, 2BB, RBI
• Ramirez 2-5, R, RBI
• Perez 2-4, RBI

While perhaps aided by the cozy dimensions of BB&T park, the P-Nats scored a season-high 10 runs, highlighted by a four-run sixth and three ejections. Francisco Soriano and manager Matt Lecroy were both tossed after the shortstop argued a called third strike in the fifth. Two innings later Steven Souza followed suit. Starter Paul Demny notched his first win of the season with four runs allowed over six innings on four hits, two of which were home runs. Joze Lozada, subbing for Soriano, J.P. Ramirez and Eury Perez each collected two hits.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 5
• Jordan (W, 6-0) 6IP 7H 5R 2ER 0BB 0K
• Holland (S, 1) 3IP 3H 0R 0BB 2K
• Harper 4-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI
• Sanchez 4-5, 4R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Martinson 2-3, 2B, RBI

Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to 15 games in grand fashion, slamming in four runs in the bottom of the third as Hagerstown scored the last 11 runs in an 11-5 rout of Delmarva. The 18-year-old also went 4-for-5 to raise his average to a Sally-League-leading .396, his RBI total to 30 (tied w/ 2 others), and his slugging percentage to .712. Taylor Jordan returned from the DL to get his sixth win with all five runs allowed (two earned) on seven hits while Neil Holland got the rulebook save with three scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking none and striking out two.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Three of four win on Tuesday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 6-3 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Craig Stammen (1-2, 3.45) vs.
Rick VandenHurk (2-4, 5.93)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 9-2 vs. Altoona, 10:30 a.m. Erik Davis (1-1, 3.08) vs.
Jeff Locke (1-3, 3.41)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Paul Demny (0-2, 2.28) vs.
Andre Rienzo (1-0, 2.27)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-3 vs. Delmarva, 6:35 p.m. Matt Grace (3-3, 4.31) vs.
Tim Adleman (3-1, 5.28)

Syracuse 6 Norfolk 3
• Milone (W, 2-3) 7⅔ IP 5H 3R 3ER 0BB 7K 1HR
• Kimball (S, 5) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
• Aubrey 2-3, BB
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Brown 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Every Syracuse player except for McConnell got a hit, as the Chiefs made a team effort to beat Norfolk by a score of 6-3. Milone pitched his best game of the year, going seven and 2/3rds innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out seven. Corey Brown, Michael Aubrey, Chris Marrero and Tug Hulett each collected two hits, accounting for four runs, two doubles, three walks and four RBIs between them.

Harrisburg 9 Altoona 2
• Martis (W, 1-1) 6IP 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K 1HR
• Pena 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
• Rahl 3-5, R, 2-3B, RBI, SB
• Rhinehart 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Norris 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB

Bill Rhinehart went deep twice last night — the fourth straight game a Senator has hit two home runs — as Harrisburg crushed Altoona, 9-2. Shairon Martis threw his first quality start and got the win with a line of two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three. Chris Rahl led the hit parade with a single and two triples, Rhinehart’s two HR drove in four, while Derek Norris and Jonathan Tucker both singled and doubled as the Senators pounded out 12 hits total. As predicted in the comments, Matt Antonelli was activated from the DL.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Holder (L, 1-4) 6⅓ IP 8H 5R 4ER 0BB 2K
• Weaver 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Hood 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ramirez 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A two-run triple punctuated a three-run seventh as the Dash overcame a 3-2 deficit to defeat the P-Nats by a 5-3 score for the second straight night. Half of the eight hits that Holder allowed came with one out in the seventh, leading to his team-high fourth loss of the season. Potomac was all-or-nothing on offense, with all three runs coming via the longball (HRs by Destin Hood and J.P. Ramirez) and only five hits overall, with just one P-Nat (Eury Perez) reaching base twice (double, walk).

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 3
• Hansen (W, 4-1) 6IP 7H 3R 2ER 3BB 4K
• Manno 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kelso 2-4, 2B, 1BB, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Harper 2-5, RBI

Hagerstown broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the third and scored in the next two innings, as the pitchers grounded the Shorebirds the rest of the way en route to a 7-3 victory that put the Suns in sole possession of first place in the Sally League North. Starting pitcher Bobby Hansen got the win, going six complete innings allowing only three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out four. Kelso and Sanchez combined to go 4-for-9 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBI. Bryce Harper extended hist hit streak to 14 games with an RBI single that he failed to stretch into a double. Still no official word as to which player(s) have been removed with the additions of A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Another split, with the AA and AAA teams winning and stopping their losing streaks

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-4 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Tom Milone (1-3, 4.40) vs.
Chris Jakubauskas (0-1, 18.90)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (0-1, 4.73) vs.
Aaron Pribanic (3-0, 1.86)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-3, 6.18) vs.
Terry Doyle (0-4, 4.11)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-2 vs. Delmarva, 10:35 a.m. Bobby Hansen (3-1, 4.37) vs.
Luis Noel (2-2, 4.75)

Syracuse 8 Norfolk 4
• Meyers (W, 1-0) 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 1BB 5K
• Martin, J (H, 2) 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Hulett 2-2, R, 2-2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Flores 2-4, R, HR, 5RBI

Brad Meyers’ AAA debut was a bit pedestrian, but he had the fortune of throwing it on a night when the Chiefs offense wasn’t its usual self as Syracuse doubled up Norfolk 8-4, stopping the Syracuse four-game losing streak. Meyers gave up all four runs on five hits and a walk over five innings to get the win. The bullpen, led by J.D. Martin, tossed four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. Tug Hulett and Jesus Flores powered the offense with four hits, two doubles, two walks, a grand slam by Flores, and seven RBI.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2
• Arnesen (ND) 5⅓ IP 2H 2R 2ER 1BB 6K 1HR
• Barthmaier 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
• VanAllen 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• Mattheus (W, 2-0) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Pahuta 2-3, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Norris 0-2, R, 2BB

The all-or-nothing nature of the Sens offense (two Tim Pahuta solo HRs, nine K’s) continued, but the losses stopped as the Altoona ‘pen and defense faltered in the 9th for anticlimactic walkoff. Derek Norris drew the leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second. After an intentional walk to Pahuta and unintentional walk to Jonathan Tucker, Jesus Valdez tapped to third but the Curve couldn’t execute the 5-4-3 DP, giving the Sens a 3-2 win. Starter Erik Arnesen went the first five and 1/3rd innings, giving up both runs on two hits (one home run) and a walk. Jimmy Barthmaier, Cory VanAllen and Ryan Mattheus combined for three and 2/3rds of scoreless relief. Josh Johnson was placed on the DL, retroactive to May 6, but a corresponding move has not yet been made

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Clegg (ND) 5IP 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
• Wort 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, SB, RBI
• Lozada 2-2, 2B, 3B, 2BB
• Ramirez 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Ian Gac’s two-run shot in the bottom of the 7th off Joe Testa capped a three-run rally and was the difference in a 5-3 win by Winston-Salem over Potomac. Starter Mitchell Clegg gave up two runs, but unlike last Tuesday afternoon got eight outs in between them, as he went the first five innings and allowed six hits and a walk. Destin Hood and Jose Lozada combined for four of the eight P-Nat hits and six of the 10 baserunners, seven of which were stranded as just Hood was able to drive in a runner from scoring position in 10 opportunities.

Delmarva 3 Hagerstown 2
• Ray (ND) 5IP 1H 0R 0BB 6K
Eusebio (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 2K
• Harper 2-4, 2K
• Kelso 2-4
• Martinson 1-2, 2SH, SB
• Oduber 1-1, R, BB, 3SB

Robbie Ray’s Low-A debut was a brilliant one-hit, six-K, five-inning performance, but the ‘pen couldn’t hold the 1-0 lead as the Hagerstown Suns lost 3-2 to Delmarva. Bryce Harper’s first-inning infield single extended his hitting streak to 13 games, but the clutch hit eluded the Suns all game long as they went 0-for-8 with RISP and had two baserunners picked off, and went 4-for-6 on stolen-base attempts, with Randolph Oduber swiping three and taking the Sally League lead with 13. Two errors, two passed balls, and two wild pitches also put pressure on the Suns but all three runs were earned. Ray’s activation was listed on MiLB.com but the corresponding move was not, as 26 men are listed on the roster as this goes to virtual press

Gilbert, Harper Named POTW

Player of The Week Honors For Nats

For the second time this season a pair of Nationals farmhands garnered Player of The Week Honors, as Archie Gilbert won it for the Eastern League and Bryce Harper won it for the South Atlantic League.

Gilbert clubbed four of the five HRs he hit for the week against the Reading Phillies on Saturday and Sunday, and went 8-for-23 for the week (May 2-8) with 6 RBI overall. Gilbert is the current Eastern League leader in slugging percentage at .609.

Bryce Harper only hit one HR for the same timeframe but hit .500 (12-for-24) with four doubles and four RBI and is in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak that has pushed his batting average to .371. The 18-year-old was the #1 pick overall in the 2010 draft

Monday’s News & Notes

The A teams win, AA and AAA lose.

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-0 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Brad Meyers (AAA debut) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 15-6 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Michael Colla (1-1, 4.00)
Potomac Nationals Won, 2-1 (11 inn.) @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (1-2, 6.98) vs.
Joe Serafin (0-2, 5.57)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 12-11 vs. Delmarva, 6:35 p.m. Robbie Ray (Low-A Debut) vs.
Tim Berry (0-1, 5.95)

Durham 4 Syracuse 0
• Detwiler 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 3BB 6K
• Mandel 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
• Hulett 1-4
• Flores 1-3

The Chiefs mustered just two hits in the final game of the series against Durham as they went on to lose by a score of 4-0, completing the four-game sweep. Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler took the loss, pitching six complete innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six. Mandel pitched in relief, pitching two innings, allowing only one hit and one walk. Both of Syracuse’s hits were singles, one by Tug Hulett, the other by Jesus Flores. With 10 strikeouts on Sunday, the Syracuse batters whiffed 41 times for the series.

Reading 15 Harrisburg 6
• Peacock (ND) 4⅓ IP 6H 5R 5ER 2BB 6K
• Chico (L, 0-1) 1⅔ 4H 6R 2ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Martinez 2IP 5H 4R 4EFR 0BB 2K 1HR
• VanAllen 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Gilbert 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• King 2-4, 2B
• Moore 1-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The brooms were also out in the ‘Burg as Reading picked up where they left off on Saturday night and pummeled Harrisburg, 15-6. Senators’ ace Brad Peacock retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced before the wheels spun off in a five-run fifth that turned a 4-0 lead into a 5-4 deficit. Neither Matt Chico nor Carlos Martinez could stop the bleeding as the Phillies piled on six more in the sixth and four more in the eighth. Archie Gilbert also repeated his Saturday night with a single and another two HRs, while Steven King singled and doubled.

Potomac 2 Kinston 1 (11 inn.)
• Rosenbaum (ND) 7IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K
• Smoker 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Lehman (S, 7) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Hood 2-5, R, 2B, SB
• Bloxom 1-3, 2BB, RBI

A first-inning run broke a 16-inning scoreless streak for Potomac, but it took some stellar pitching to survive the next nine-inning drought as the P-Nats prevailed in extras, 2-1 to salvage one game of the four-game series. Starter Danny Rosenbaum lowered his ERA to 1.98 with one run allowed on six hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out seven along the way. Marcos Frias got the win in relief while Pat Lehman tied for the Carolina League lead with his 7th save. Destin Hood led the offense with a 2-for-5 game, with a double and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 12 Lexington 11
• McKenzie 2IP 7H 7R 7ER 2BB 3K
• Applenee (W, 2-1) 4IP 4H 2R 1ER 0BB 3K 1HR
• Manno 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kelso 1-3, 3R, HR, 2BB, 4RBI
• Leonida 2-3, 2R
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Harper 2-5, 2B, RBI

This game was certainly not a pitcher’s duel as eighteen runs were collectively scored between the two teams during the first three innings. Starting pitcher Chris McKenzie lasted only two innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Paul Applebee took over in relief, earned his second win of the year, pitching four complete innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out three. Only one Suns’ player ended the game without a hit, Randolph Oduber, while Cole Leonida, Adrian Sanchez and Bryce Harper (hitting streak now 12 games) combined to go 6-for-12 with five runs, two doubles and two RBIs. Blake Kelso also went 1-for-3, with three runs scored and a grand slam.

Sunday’s News & Notes

It was an oh-for-Saturday night for the Nats

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 6-5 (11 inn.) @ Durham, 5:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (2-1, 4.33) vs.
Brian Baker (0-2, 6.35)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 13-6 vs. Reading, 2:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (4-1, 1.16) vs.
Chris Kissock (1-3, 5.34)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-0; Lost, 5-0 @ Kinston, 1:30 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 2.15) vs.
Giovanni Soto (1-3, 3.00)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-6 vs. Lexington, 1:05 p.m. Chris McKenzie (2-3, 8.10) vs.
Dydalewicz (0-3, 5.95)

Durham 6 Syracuse 5 (11 inn.)
• Maya (ND) 6⅔ IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 7K
• Wilkie 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 0K
Carr (BS, 3; L, 1-2) ⅔ IP 2H 2R 2ER 2BB 1K
• Whiting 2-6, R
• Hulett 2-5, R, 2B
• Brown 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI

After rallying for two to tie it in the 8th, and three to go ahead in the 11th, the Chiefs couldn’t stand the prosperity and gave up four runs in the of the 11th to lose 6-5. Adam Carr took the blown-save-loss, third and second respectively. Starter Yunesky Maya went the first six and 2/3rds, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Boomer Whiting and Tug Hulett each had two hits as the Chiefs had 10 for the night and left eight men on base.

Reading 13 Harrisburg 6
• Tatusko (L, 1-3) 3IP 9H 5R 4ER 1BB 3K 2HR
Barthmaier 1IP 5H 5R 5ER 1BB 1K
• Pena 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Gilbert 4-5, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI
• Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-5, R

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s what I wrote about Last Night In Harrisburg

Kinston 3 Potomac 0
• Selik (L, 0-1) 6IP 4H 3R 2ER 4BB 3K 2HR
• Perez 2-3, 2SB
• Souza 1-2, BB, SB

Cameron Selik went the distance, but the P-Nats bats were silenced by Drew Pomeranz as Kinston prevailed, 3-0.

Kinston 5 Potomac 0
• Bronson (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 0K
Weaver ⅔ IP 1H 4R 4ER 2BB 0K 0HR
• Testa ⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K 3-2 IR-S
• Kobernus 2-4
• Mayo 2-3, 2B

A four-run sixth by the Kinston Indians put any hope of tying up a 1-0 game to rest as the Potomac Nationals were shut out again, 5-0. Jeff Kobernus and Jeremy Mayo each had two hits to pace the offense, which left on nine and went 1-for-11 with RISP. Evan Bronson took the loss, allowing one run on five hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 6
• Cole (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 3K 1HR
McCatty 1IP 5H 5R 3BB 2K
• Swynenberg 2⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
• Freitas 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Kelso 2-5, R
• Harper 2-5

A.J. Cole’s Low-A debut was a loss, stopping Hagerstown’s 10-game win streak with an 8-6 loss to Lexington. Cole went three and 2/3rds innings and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks. Shane McCatty took the brunt of the Lexington offense, allowing the Legends’ five-run fifth inning. Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to 11 with a 2-for-5 night, while David Frietas and Randolph Oduber also collected two hits in the loss.

Last Night In Harrisburg

With 19 hits and 13 runs allowed, the best that can be said is that the pitching was not there last night for Harrisburg Senators.

Every Reading position player had a hit, with five players collecting three or more, as the Phillies dominated the first three Senator pitchers until Hassan Pena finally silenced them for the last five outs of the game.

Starter Ryan Tatusko labored through three innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts to take his third loss of the season. He threw 80 pitches, 51 for strikes. Though some of his pitches were left up in the zone, it was uncanny how they seemed to guess fastball and get it — even when he switched up and started throwing mostly offspeed in his second pass through the lineup.

Jimmy Barthmaier’s luck and results were much the same. A leadoff bunt that he appeared to field and tag the runner was ruled safe. A hit-and-run set up a 1st-and-3rd situation. The next batter tapped to Tyler Moore who both hesitated and dropped the ball, eliminating both a play at the plate and a double play opportunity.

A hit batsmen, a wild pitch, a double, a walk, an opposite-field single and suddenly the game went from 5-3 to 10-3 in the space of maybe ten minutes. Pat McCoy would follow Barthmaier and would get roughed up in his first and last innings of work, allowing two HRs and four runs total over three and a 1/3rd innings before yielding to Pena.

As the 5-3 score suggests, for a brief moment, the Senators were in this game. Archie Gilbert singled with one out in the bottom of the second, the first of his four hits on the night, took second on a groundout by Steve Lombardozzi and went to third on an infield single by Tyler Moore that both the pitcher and the shortstop got a glove on. Jesus Valdez scorched a single to left that was misplayed into a two-RBI double as the fielder tried to snare the sinking liner and failed to touch it. After one full inning, it was 2-0 Harrisburg.

Strange as it may sound, the Senators managed to get a baserunner in eight of the nine innings and did not hit into any double plays, as they managed a respectable 13 hits. On most nights, that would be more than good enough. Tonight, it was like getting 100 yards rushing when the opposing QB had toasted the backfield for five TDs.

The loss dropped Harrisburg to .500 at 14-14, good for second place in the E.L. West while Reading improved to 18-10 and took sole possession of first place in the E.L. East. Brad Peacock will take the hill tomorrow afternoon, going for his fifth win and a chance to prevent a Reading sweep.

Cole and Ray Are On Their Way To Hagerstown

Nats’ 2010 H.S. arms are headed to Maryland

The news that even I didn’t believe at first should make the impatient hungry Nats fans happy: A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray are coming to Hagerstown, with Cole starting tonight and Ray starting on Monday, according to MASN’s Byron Kerr.

MiLB.com has not listed these transactions, nor the ones necessary to make room for them on the roster. Taylor Jordan will reportedly go to the 7-day DL for one of the pitchers, but there is no indication what the other move will be.

Adam Kilgore is reporting that Roger Bernadina will be back in D.C. to replace an ailing Rick Ankiel, but the move has not been made official yet, and thus, the corresponding moves to backfill him in Syracuse are not known.

UPDATE: Michael Aubrey has been activated from the DL, taking the place of Bernadina.

Today is a travel day but it’s a tight schedule to go back and forth from Harrisburg in time for Mother’s Day festivities tomorrow, so further updates might not be made until late this evening.

Saturday’s News & Notes

The Suns remain red-hot, the P-Nats are rained out, the Suns and Chiefs lose

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-1 @ Durham, 5:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-2, 3.73) vs.
Alexander Torres (2-2, 1.78)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 7-4 vs. Reading, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (1-2, 5.68) vs.
Ryan Edell (2-1, 3.86)
Potomac Nationals Postponed @ Kinston, 4:30 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 2.15) and
Cameron Selik (A+ Debut) vs.
Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 1.54) and
Clayton Cook (1-2, 5.09)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-2 vs. Lexington, 6:35 p.m. A.J. Cole (Low-A Debut) vs.
Tanner Bushue (4-0, 3.13)

Durham 3 Syracuse 1
• Stammen 6IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K 1HR
• Kimball 2IP 1H 0ER 3BB 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Maldonado 3-3, BB, RBI, E, PB
• Brown 1-4, 3B, 3K

After tying the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning, the Chiefs relief pitchers couldn’t do their part, allowing Durham to score both inherited runners in the bottom of the seventh, which turned out to be the difference as Syracuse lost to Durham, 3-1. Starting pitcher Craig Stammen pitched a decent game, going six full innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three. Despite Maldonado going 3-for-3 on the night (with an RBI) the Chiefs mustered only six hits, losing their 18th game of the season against just nine wins.

Harrisburg 7 Reading 4
• Davis 5⅔ IP 4H 5R 2ER 3BB 3K
• Arnesen ⅓ IP 3H 2ER 0BB 0K
• Martinez 2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 1K
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B,
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Tucker 2-4, R

Despite the fact that the Senators were able to grab an early 3-0 in the first inning, thanks to Bill Rhinehart’s 3-run blast, his fifth of the season, Reading fought back, scoring two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth, winning the game by a score of 7-4. Starting pitcher Erik Davis went five and 2/3rds innings, allowing five runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Tyler Moore, Jonathan Tucker, and Jesus Valdez each collected two hits as the Sens got ten for the night, but stranded eight runners.


Potomac-Kinston — PPD

The team’s sixth rainout will result in its fifth doubleheader on Saturday afternoon and evening in Kinston.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• Grace (W, 3-3) 6⅓ IP 6H 2R 1ER 3BB 3K
• Eusebio (H, 3) 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K, 1-3 IR-S
• Harper 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, two OF assists (1B, HP)
• Sanchez 2-5, R
• Freitas 2-4, R, 2RBI

Streaks are the story for the Suns. Bryce Harper’s two doubles now has his run at 10 games as Hagerstown won its eighth straight with a 5-2 decision over the Lexington Legends. Matt Grace spun his second quality start in as many starts with two runs allowed (one earned) on six hits and three walks over six and 1/3rd innings, while Wilson Eusebio notched his third hold with one and 2/3rds innings of relief for his third consecutive outing with no earned runs. Adrian Sanchez and David Freitas each got two hits as the Suns got ten for the night, though they also committed four errors. As mentioned in the comments, Neil Holland has been summoned from XST to replace Cameron Selik

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 3

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 9-17, 6th place I.L. North, 7 games behind

Good Yunesky Maya 2.57ERA last 3 starts
Bad Ross Detwiler 2.06WHIP last 3 starts
Interesting Roger Bernadina 7SB in last 10G

HARRISBURG 14-12, 1st place E.L. West Division, ½ game ahead

Good Cory VanAllen 1-1, 0.64 in 10G
Bad Shairon Martis, 23H in 13.1IP in 3 starts
Interesting Bill Rhinehart .310/.375/.655 in last 10G

POTOMAC 10-16, 4th place C.L. North Division, six games behind

Good Sandy Leon .303 last 10G, 4CS last 5SB attempts
Bad Ryan Demmin 6HR allowed in 11.2IP
Interesting Carolina League leaders with 44 steals

HAGERSTOWN 18-9, 2nd place Sally League Northern Division, ½ game behind

Good Cameron Selik 3-0, 0.31ERA (makes his High-A debut tonight)
Bad Jason Martinson 9E in 26G
Interesting Blake Kelso .361/.400/.454