Tuesday’s News and Notes

The Suns only rise above the losing on Tuesday in the Nats minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-5 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Jason Marquis (rehab) vs.
Michael Crotta (5-5, 5.00)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 @ New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (AA debut) vs.
Zach Stewart (8-2, 4.01)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 8-2 @ Wilmington, 12:05 p.m. Patrick Lehman (3-2, 4.88) vs.
Ivor Hodgson (5-8, 4.70)
Hagerstown Suns Won 5-4 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Vermont Lake Monsters OFF DAY vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05 p.m. Christopher McKenzie (1-0, 6.00) vs.
Wilmer Almonte (0-2, 3.31)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-5 @ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. Greg Lopez (0-2, 6.06) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1; 4-2 vs. DSL Orioles2 @ DSL Giants (DH), 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs, L, 8-5 vs. Indianapolis
Starting Pitcher: Martis 3⅓ IP 6H 6ER 4BB 1K 1HR
Pitching Star: Carr 2⅔ IP 2H 0ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Un-Star: Bergmann 1IP 1H 1ER 2BB
Batting Star #1: Botts 2-4 1-2B 1RBI
Batting Star #2: Bynum 1-4 1R 1HR 1RBI
Notes: Despite home runs from Carlos Maldonado (#3) and Seth Bynum (#10), the Syracuse Chiefs still fell to the Indianapolis Indians by a count of 8-5. Starting pitcher Shairon Martis was knocked out with one out in the 4th, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks and striking out just one. Down 6-2, Adam Carr made his AAA debut and struck out four of the nine batters he faced to keep the Chiefs within striking distance but the Indians pushed across two more while the Chiefs struggled to score without the long hit, going just 2-for-11 with RISP and stranding seven runners.

Harrisburg Senators, L, 4-3 @ New Hampshire
Starting Pitcher: Lannan (L, 1-4) 5IP 7H 4R 2ER 2BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: James 3IP 0H 0ER 5K
Batting Star #1: Espinosa 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Batting Star #2: Johnson 2-3, R, 2B
Notes: John Lannan’s struggles continues as the lefthander suffered his fourth AA pitching five complete innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits. He also walked two and struck out four. Chuck James did all he could to keep the Sens in it, pitching three perfect innings while striking out five. Harrisburg finally struck back with three runs in the 8th, hitting back-to-back-to-back doubles before Marvin Lowance decided two bases wasn’t enough and tripled. With nobody out and Lowrance on third, Ronald Uviedo came on in relief and filibustered the Senators with a strikeout, lineout and another strikeout, then pitched a scoreless ninth for the save and a 4-3 victory for the Fisher Cats.

Potomac Nationals L, 8-2 @ Wilmington
Starting Pitcher: Holder (ND) 5IP 4H 0R 1BB 5K
Pitching Un-Star: Barthmaier (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP 4H 5R 4ER 1BB 2K HR
Hitting Star #1: Jacobsen 3-3, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lyons 2-4, R, 2B
Notes: The Blue Rocks pounded Jimmy Barthmaier in his return to the Carolina League, battering the former Astros prospect for five runs on four hits as part of a seven-run rally in the 7th en route to an 8-2 win for Wilmington. Starter Trevor Holder pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. Hitters of the game Robby Jacobsen and Dan Lyons combined for five of the P-Nats’ seven hits. Mike Burgess returned to the lineup as a starter and went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Hagerstown Suns W, 5-4 (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Demny (ND) 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 0BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: Wort (W, 4-0) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 3-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Hague 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: J.P. Ramirez plated the game-winner with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to give the Hagerstown Suns a 5-4 victory and a series split against the West Virginia Power. Destin Hood (3-for-5) and Rick Hague (2-for-5) paced the 11-hit attack, driving in three runs combined. Starter Paul Demny got the no-decision, allowing four runs on six hits (one home run) while Kyle Morrison and Rob Wort combined for four scoreless and hitless innings to make the comeback from a 4-1 deficit after 5½ innings possible.

Vermont Lake Monsters — OFF DAY
Notes: Today was the second of just three scheduled off days in the New York-Penn League. Vermont plays host to Hudson Valley for three games before heading down I-89 & I-93 to visit Lowell for three games. Vermont remains in first place with a 23-14 mark, 2½ games up on second-place Connecticut.

GCL Nationals L, 7-5 vs. GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Kelvin Lopez (L, 3-1) 4IP 9H 6R 6ER 3BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Nick Serino 2⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, 2SB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Wander Nunez 2-4, R, 3B
Notes: Former National Luke Montz led off the top of the 4th with a solo shot to tie the game and start a three-run rally that put the GCL Mets ahead of the GCL Nationals for good. Starting pitcher Kelvin Lopez was touched for six of the seven runs allowed over his four innings of work, as the 20-year-old suffered his first GCL loss. Adrian Sanchez led the offense with two hits, two stolen bases and two RBI.

DSL Nationals L, 4-1 vs. DSL Orioles2 (GAME ONE)
Starting Pitcher: Silvio Medina (L, 2-4) 9IP 10H 4R 0ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Aladain Reyes 1-1, BB, SB, RBI
Notes: As of 7:57 a.m., MiLB.com is reporting that Silvio Medina pitched a complete game loss to the DSL Orioles2, allowing four unearned runs on 10 hits and one walk. The DSL Nationals were held to just seven singles, but drew six walks. Despite the baker’s dozen of baserunners, they scored just one run in the 4-1 loss.

DSL Nationals L, 4-2 vs. DSL Orioles2 (GAME TWO)
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez (L, 5-4) 7IP 3H 4R 2ER 1BB 8K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Bienvenido Valdez 2-3, R
Notes: Game Two was nearly a repeat of Game One: A complete-game loss by Wirkin Estevez (seven innings pitched, four runs allowed on three hits and a walk) sporadic hitting (six hits, only one for extra bases) and the losing end of a 4-2 score. Bienvenido Valdez was the only multi-hit batter, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Monday’s News and Notes

Danny Rosenbaum pitches Potomac into first place, the DSL Nationals rally in the 9th to highlight Monday night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 15-4 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Scott Olsen (0-0, 5.68) vs.
Charlie Morton (2-4, 4.74)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 8-3 @ New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m. John Lannan (1-3, 4.29) vs.
Kyle Drabek (9-9, 3.27)
Potomac Nationals Won 10-1 @ Wilmington, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-2, 3.98) vs.
Dan Duffy (0-0, 3.00)
Hagerstown Suns Lost 8-4; Won 9-3 vs. West Virginia, 11:05 a.m. Paul Demny (6-3, 3.43) vs.
Jason Erickson (5-5, 3.81)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 8-3 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 19-8 vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. Kelvin Lopez or Pat Lehman vs.
Domingo Tapia (0-3, 5.59)
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. DSL Orioles2, 10:30 a.m. Wirkin Estevez (5-3, 2.44) vs.
Samuel Jean (5-1, 1.23)

Syracuse Chiefs L, 15-4 @ Durham
Terrible Starting Pitcher: Jones, Jas (L, 1-6) ⅔ IP 9H 10R 10ER 1BB 0K 1HR
Pitching Star: Severino 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Botts 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Well, things did not go well for starting pitcher Jason Jones who pitched only ⅔ of an inning and gave up nine hits, 10 runs and 1 walk (yeah, not his day). So the Bulls started their stampede with 10 runs in the bottom of the 1st, and added one more in the 2nd to make it 11-1. In the 7th Durham added two more runs while Syracuse could only answer with 3 runs in the top of the 8th. Durham added two more runs in the bottom of the 8th to finish this blowout with a score of 15-4.

Harrisburg Senators L, 8-3 @ New Hampshire
Starting Pitcher: Thompson (L, 4-11) 4IP 4H 4R 4ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Spradlin  2IP 1H 1ER 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Fox 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Valdez 2-4, R, 2B
Notes: The Sens remained scoreless until the 7th in this one, while New Hampshire took advantage of the futility, scoring four in the 4th and three more in the bottom of the 5th to build a 7-0 lead. Harrisburg tried to fight back scoring a single run in each the 7th,8th, and 9th innings but with the addition of one more run in the 8th by New Hampshire, the Sens couldn’t come back as they were downed 8-3. Starting pitcher Aaron Thompson went 4 innings giving up 4 hits, 4 runs and 2 walks with the loss.

Potomac Nationals W, 10-1 @ Wilmington
Starter/Pitching Star: Rosenbaum (W, 2-0) 8IP 5H 0R 1BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Rhinehart 2-4, 3R, HR, BB, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 2-5, R, 3B, BB, SB, RBI
Notes: Danny Rosenbaum showed just what he could do with better run support and a less porous infield, throwing eight scoreless innings to lead Potomac to a 10-1 victory, his second in as many starts. Eight batters collected two hits, five batters had a long hit, including a grand slam by Bill Rhinehart in the 7th that put the game out of reach. Francisco Soriano made his High-A debut and drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies and made no errors. The win also puts Potomac in first place, percentage points ahead of Wilmington, for the first time this season

Hagerstown Suns L, 8-4; W, 9-3 vs. West Virginia

Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann (L, 0-1) 5IP 7H 7R 6ER 1BB 3K 2HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Ramirez 1-2, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Kobernus 1-3, 3B, BB, RBI
Notes: Jordan Zimmermann was knocked around for the first time in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits including two home runs in his five innings of work. West Virginia scored three times in both the 2nd and 3rd innings and single runs in both the 5th and 7th innings to build an 8-2 lead. Rick Hague made his Low-A debut and tripled in the second of two Hagerstown runs scored in the bottom of the 7th for the 8-4 final.

Starting Pitcher: Bronson (W, 1-0) 5IP 4H 3R 2ER 1BB 6K
Pitching Star: Wort 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Perez 2-2, R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jones 2-3, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: The second game in the double header was a different story then the first. West Virginia started with one run in the top of the 1st, while Hagerstown must have been mad about their previous loss as they scored seven in the bottom of the inning. In the 3rd the Suns drove in two more runs, while West Virginia’s only answer was two runs in the 5th, as Hagerstown won this one 9-3. Starter Evan Bronson won his first Low-A game of the season, pitching five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out six.

Vermont Lake Monsters L , 8-3 vs. Tri City
Starting Pitcher: Hansen (L, 3-2) 5⅔ IP 7H 5R 4ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: Demmin 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Rowe 2-3, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Martinson 2-4, 1-3B, 1RBI
Notes: Tri-City began the scoring with one run in the top of the 3rd, but Vermont scored two runs right after to steal the lead. In the top of the 6th Tri-City reclaimed the lead as they scored four runs and added two more in the 7th and one more in the 9th to win this one 8-3. Starter Hansen went 5⅔ innings giving up seven hits, five runs and one walk with the loss.

GCL Nationals L, 19-8 @ GCL Cardinals
Starting Thrower: Matt Grace 0IP 7H 8R 8ER 0BB 0K
Pitching Un-Star: Mike Gallo 1⅔ IP 4H 5R 5ER 3BB 3K; 2-2 IR-S
Pitching Star: Randy Mower 3IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Michael Taylor 3-4, 3R, HR, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rick Hughes 2-5, 2R, 2B
Notes: Matt Grace was unable to retire any of the eight batters he faced, allowing seven hits and hitting one batter. Mike Gallo wasn’t much more effective, allowing both inherited runners to score while the GCL Cardinals built a 13-1 lead after two innings with an eight-run first and five-run second.
Michael Taylor paced the 14-hit offensive effort with two singles and home run, driving in three. Aamzingly, the game had but one error despite the 27 runs and 35 hits combined.

DSL Nationals W, 4-3 vs. DSL Phillies
Starting Pitcher: Antonio Guzman (ND) 7IP 3H 3R 2ER 3BB 7K
Pitching Star: Andy Santana (W, 1-0) 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Victor Chavez 2-3, R, 2BB
Hitting Star #2: Jean Valdez 2-5, 2B, RBI
Notes: Down 3-0 after allowing a three-run 5th, the DSL Nationals chipped away at the DSL Phillies bullpen, scoring single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to pull within one at 3-2. The comeback seemed unlikely after the first two batters were retired in the 9th, but a walk, a single, an error, and another single plated the tying and winning runs to give the D-Nats a 4-3 win. Starter Antonio Guzman went seven innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Carr Promoted to Syracuse

Adam Carr is movin’ on up… and so is Brad Peacock

Sources have indicated to us that Adam Carr is on his way to Syracuse to help bolster the Chiefs bullpen while Colin Balester remains with the parent club. Carr has a 6-1 mark with five saves a 3.04 ERA this season with Harrisburg with 48 strikeouts in 50⅓ innings. He was also named to the 2010 Eastern League All-Star game, in which he struck out the only batter he faced.

Carr was an 18th-round draft pick out of the University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State in the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He has a career record of 19-17 with 35 saves and a 4.44 ERA, as well as a .288BA with 3HRs in 71PAs (most at the GCL in ’06).

UPDATE: Per NFA, Brad Peacock and Josh Johnson have been sent up to Harrisburg, with Francisco “Watch Out Behind First Base” Soriano coming up from Hagerstown and Jimmy Barthmaier coming up from the GCL.

UPDATE #2: Replacing Soriano on the Hagerstown roster is Rick Hague, who will bat second as the DH in game one of today’s doubleheader, according to the Suns twitter feed

Sunday’s News and Notes

Two big wins, a shutout, and a rainout mark the last Sunday in July for the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-0
(8 inn.)
@ Durham, 7:05 p.m. Jason Jones (1-5, 6.21) vs.
Virgil Vasquez (4-1, 4.95)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 10-3 @ New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m. Aaron Vasquez (4-1, 4.95) vs.
B.J. LaMura (3-3, 5.13)
Potomac Nationals Won 13-3 @ Wilmington, 7:00 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Wally Lamb (6-2, 1.40)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed vs. West Virginia, 5:05 p.m. Zimmermann (rehab) and
Bronson (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Navarro (0-0, 0.60) and
McPherson (5-9, 4.07)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 10-8 vs. Tri-City, 7:05 PM Bobby Hansen (3-1, 2.53) vs.
Bobby Doran (0-3, 6.99)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 5-0 @ Durham (Completed Early)
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (L, 3-6) 6.0IP 7H 3ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Bergmann 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Orr  2-3, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Davis 2-3
Notes: Not much was going for Syracuse today as they were shut out and rained out. Durham started things with one in the bottom of the 1st, then two more in the 3rd. Then in the 8th Durham scored two more to make it 5-0. Mother Nature then took over which caused this game to end a bit early and give Durham the win at 5-0. Starter Erik Arnesen went six innings giving up seven hits, three runs and one walk for the loss, falling to 3-6 at AAA this year.

Senators W, 10-3 @ Portland
Starting Pitcher: Milone (W, 7-5) 5⅓ IP 5H 0R 1BB 6K
Pitching Star: Martin 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Lowrance 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Espinosa 2-6, 3RBI
Notes: In an unusually strong offensive outburst, the Senators scored 10 runs on 17 hits en route to a 10-3 win over the Portland Sea Dogs. Marvin Lowrance singled and homered twice to lead the attack, as Harrisburg only failed to score in the 2nd and 9th innings. Starter Tom Milone tossed 5⅓ scoreless innings for his 7th win, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out six.

Potomac Nationals W, 13-3 @ Winston-Salem
Starter/Pitching Star: Morris (W, 3-2) 6IP 2H 0R 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Ortiz 4-6, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lyons 2-4, 3R, HR, BB, 3RBI
Notes: A ten-run eighth inning turned a close game into a laugher as the Potomac Nationals cruised to a 13-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash. Eight of the PNats’ 17 hits went for extra bases, highlighted by Dan Lyons’s three-run shot in the (you guessed it) 8th. Tyler Moore’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end, though he did draw a season-high three walks. A.J. Morris bounced back from the beating he took from Salem last time out to throw six scoreless innings with just two hits and no walks allowed to collect his third win for Potomac this season.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Notes: The thunderstorms that swept across a swath of states from North Carolina to New Hampshire soaked Municipal Stadium. The Power and Suns will play a doubleheader today with two seven-inning contests beginning at 5:05 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann is slated to pitch the first game, while Evan Bronson is the most likely candidate to start the second game.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 10-8 vs.Tri City
Starting Pitcher: Bates 4⅓ IP 8H 5R 5ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star: Gibson 1IP 1H 0R
Hitting Star # 1: Kelso  3-4, 2RBI, 1BB
Hitting Star # 2: Mozingo 2-3, 2R, 1-2B, 2BB
Notes: Vermont started out well, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first including a 2-run home run from David Freitas, which extended his hitting streak to 21 games. After adding another run in the 2nd, the Lake Monsters held early 5-0 lead. In the 3rd the Valley Cats clawed back with three runs but Vermont scored two more runs in the 4th to keep Tri City at bay. In the 5th Tri City kept coming as they scored two more, while the Lake Monsters were starting to lose steam as they could only score one in the bottom of the inning. Tri City then tied things up in the 7th with three runs, and then completed the comeback in the 8th as they scored the last two runs to take this one 10-8. Starter Colin Bates went four innings giving up eight hits, five runs with two strikeouts.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The GCL Nationals start this week at 12-16 and a relatively light week of five games: home against the Mets, Marlins and Cardinals; visits to the Cardinals and Astros.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: It’s a day of rest that will be badly needed with a slew of doubleheaders to come this week, thanks to last week’s three rainouts. The D-Nats are 23-20, which is good for fifth place and five games back in their division.

Saturday’s News and Notes

Tyler Moore and David Freitas extended their hitting streaks on Saturday night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-1 @ Durham, 7:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (3-5, 4.35) vs.
Richard de los Santos (8-5, 4.09)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-1 @ Portland, 1:00 p.m. Tom Milone (6-5, 3.24) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-7, 5.20)
Potomac Nationals Won, 7-2 @ Winston-Salem, 2:00 p.m. A.J. Morris (2-2, 3.67) vs.
Terry Doyle (5-5, 3.17)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 9-1 @ West Virginia, 2:05 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann (rehab) vs.
Eliecer Navarro (0-0, 0.60)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 11-5 vs. Tri-City, 1:05 PM Colin Bates (2-1, 1.93) vs.
Carlos Quevedo (3-1, 2.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs L 5-1 @Durham
Starting Pitcher: Mandel (L, 4-6) 6IP 7H 3ER 4BB 8K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star # 1: Botts 1-4, 2B
Hitting Star # 2: Ordaz 1-4, 2B
Notes: Durham started the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd with one run and another run in the 3rd. Durham then scored one more in the 5th making it 3-0. Syracuse tried to make a charge in the 6th but could only muster one run, albeit a steal of home by Boomer Whiting, while Durham on the other hand was able to add 2 more in the 8th taking the win 5-1. Starter Jeff Mandel got the loss, pitching six innings giving up seven hits, three runs and four walks.

Harrisburg Senators W, 2-1 @ Portland
Starting Pitcher: Kown (W, 5-4) 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Carr (SV, 5) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Valdez  2-4, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Pahuta 1-4, R, 2B
Notes: This game was a pretty low-scoring affair and was mostly left up to the pitching staff to decide the outcome. Portland started the scoring in the 4th with one run, and kept the score at 1-0 until the 8th. Jesus Valdez drove in the tying and game-winning runs with a two-out single. Adam Carr survived a shaky eighth and slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth, punctuated by a game-ending strikeout. Starter Andrew Kown got the win, pitching seven innings giving up only four hits, one run with five strikeouts.

Potomac Nationals W, 7-2 @ Winston-Salem
Starting Pitcher: Frias (W, 4-4) 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 4BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: Alaniz (SV, 1) 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Ortiz 3-4, 2R, RBI
Notes: Tyler Moore smacked his league-leading 17th home run to lead the P-Nats to a 7-2 victory. The three-run jack also extended his hitting streak to 10 games, a streak in which the 22-year-old has hit .548 with 7HR and 25RBI, and also assumed the league lead in RBI at 72. Starter Marcos Frias notched a quality start with two runs allowed on five hits and four walks over six innings and evened his A+ record at 4-4.

Hagerstown Suns L, 9-1 vs. West Virginia
Starting Pitcher: Smoker (L, 3-10) 2⅓ IP 11H 8R 8ER 0BB 1K 1HR
Pitching Star: Vasquez 2.0IP 1H 1BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Newsome 1-3, 1H,1R, 1HR, 1RBI
Notes: West Virginia wasted no time getting on the scoreboard scoring two runs in the 2nd. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Power turned on the juice with a whopping seven runs, making it 9-0. Brett Newsome broke up the shut out and the no-hitter with a solo home run in the top of the 8th. The Suns were still eclipsed 9-1. Starter Josh Smoker pitched two innings giving up 11 hits, eight runs (all earned), with no walks and one strikeout for his 10th loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 11-5 vs. Lowell
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg  4IP 3H 3R 3ER 4BB 2K
Pitching Un-Star: Barrett (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP 1H 3R 3ER 5BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Mozingo 3-4, 2R, 2-3B, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Jimenez 2-4, 1R
Notes: Lowell got the first batch of runs in the top of the 1st with two, but Vermont answered with three in the bottom of the inning to take their only lead at 3-2. Lowell tied things back up in the 4th with one run and went out in front with three runs in the 6th. But they weren’t done there as they scored two more in the 7th and another three in the 9th. Meanwhile Vermont was only able to add two more runs to their score in the 8th as they lost this one 11-5. Starter Matt Swynenberg went four innings giving up three hits, three runs and four walks with the loss. David Freitas extended his hit streak to 20 games.

GCL Nationals L, 5-2 @ GCL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Pedro Encarnacion (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP 3H 4R 4ER 2BB 0K
Pitching Star: Billy Ott 4IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star: Matt Hague 3-5
Notes: A four-run 2nd by the GCL Marlins put the game out of reach early as the GCL Nationals could only muster two ninth-innings runs and lost 5-2. Matt Hague paced the offense with three of the seven hits. Pedro Encarnacion made his first start and was knocked from the box with two outs in the 2nd, charged with four runs on three hits and two walks.

DSL Nationals L, 7-6 @ DSL Mets1
Starting Pitcher: Anthony Marcelino (ND) 5IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Karin Burgos 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Pitching Un-Star #1: Wander Suero (BS, 1; L, 1-3) ⅔ IP 0H 4BB 0K
Pitching Un-Star #2: Antonio Guzman ⅓ IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K; 3-2 IR-S
Hitting Star #1: Aladin Reyes 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
Hitting Star #2: Nelalexfred Ortega 2-4, 2R, BB, 3SB
Notes: A sixth-inning meltdown by the DSL Nationals bullpen, which saw the DSL Mets1 score three times on three hits and four walks, was the key moment in a 7-6 loss. The D-Nats stranded 12 runners, unable to take advantage of six walks and three errors by the DSL Mets1 pitchers and fielders. Starter Anthony Marcelino got the no-decision with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings.

Friday’s News and Notes

A Friday-night split in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-4 @ Durham, 7:05 p.m. Jeff Mandel (4-5, 4.80) vs.
Jeremy Hellickson (11-3, 2.56)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-5 @ Portland, 6:00 p.m. Tom Milone (6-5, 3.24) vs.
Kyle Weiland (5-5, 4.12
Potomac Nationals Lost, 13-12 (12 inn.) @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Marcos Frias (3-4, 6.24) vs.
Stephen Sauer (6-6, 4.74)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 7-4 @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Josh Smoker (3-9, 6.69) vs.
Phillip Irwin (4-1, 2.70)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 6-5 vs. Lowell, 7:05 PM Matt Swynenberg (2-2, 4.13) vs.
Roman Mendez (1-3, 4.13)
GCL Nationals Won, 11-4 vs. GCL Astros @ GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Postponed @ DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 5-4 @ Durham
Starter/Pitching Star: Chico 7IP 7H 3R 3ER 2K 2H
Hitting Star # 1: Davis 2-4, 2B
Hitting Star # 2: Botts 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Notes: Durham started the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the 1st, while Syracuse could only score one of their own in the 5th. Durham extended their lead in the bottom of the 5th with another run making it 3-1. But Syracuse made a charge in the 8th and took the lead as they scored three runs but unfortunately Durham answered with two more runs in the bottom of the 8th to win this one 5-4. Starter Matt Chico went seven innings giving up seven hits, three runs and two homers but got the no-decision.

Harrisburg Senators W, 7-5 @ Portland
Starting Pitcher: Marquis 3⅓ IP 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: James (W, 5-0) 2⅔ IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Marrero 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Valdez 2-4, 2R, RBI
Notes: The Sens & Portland stayed neck-and-neck in this one, when Portland scored two in the 1st, Harrisburg answered with two of their own in the next inning. Then Portland scored one in the bottom of the 2nd and Harrisburg once again tied it all up in the next inning. Harrisburg finally broke free in the 6th scoring two making it 5-3. In the 8th the Sens pulled away scoring two more, while Portland could only come back with two of their own as the Sens got the 7-5 win. Rehabbing Jason Marquis went 3⅓ innings giving up five hits, three runs, one walk and three strikeouts while reliever Chuck James got the win, pitching 2⅔ innings.

Potomac Nationals L, 13-12 (12 inn.) @ Winston-Salem
Starting Pitcher: Peacock 2⅔ IP 9H 6R 6ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: McCoy 3IP 2H 0R 3BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 3-7, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rooney 3-5, 2B, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #3: Jacobsen 3-5, 4R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
Notes: On 93-degree night with a slight breeze, neither team had any trouble generating offense with a combined 25 runs and 40 hits on the scoreboard. But Winston-Salem won again in walkoff fashion, scoring the tying and winning runs with two outs in the bottom of the 12th. Tyler Moore remained red-hot, smacking two doubles and driving in three while extending his hitting streak to nine games. Starter Brad Peacock was knocked out early, giving up six runs on nine hits in 2⅔ while Dan Leatherman took the loss with two runs allowed on three hits and a hit batsmen in ⅔ of an inning.

Hagerstown Suns L, 7-4 @ Asheville
Starting Pitcher: Applebee (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP 8H 5R 4ER 2BB 1K 3HR
Pitching Star: Weaver 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Perez 4-4, 2R, 2B, 3B
Hitting Star #2: Soriano 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB
Notes: In the 3rd the Suns scored one run to start things off, and kept things scoreless until the bottom of the 5th when Asheville scored four. Hagerstown scored one in the top of the 6th, but Asheville wouldn’t let up as they scored one in the bottom of the inning. Hagerstown scored another run in the 7th and 1 more in the 9th, unfortunately Asheville scored 2 of their own in the bottom of the 8th to win this one 7-4. Starter Paul Applebee took the loss, going 5⅔ innings while giving up eight hits (three home runs), five runs and two walks.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 6-5 vs. Lowell
Starting Pitcher: Jenkins (ND) 5IP 3H 4R 3ER 3BB 6K
Pitching Star: Selik (SV, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Pena 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Labrie 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
Notes: Lowell scored two in the top of the 2nd, while Vermont countered with two of their own in the bottom of the inning. In the next inning the Lake Monsters took the lead with two more runs, making it 4-2. but the Spinners wouldn’t let up as they posted a picket fence with single runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings, retaking the lead at 5-4. In the 7th Vermont put this one to bed as they scored two runs to win 6-5. Starter Chad Jenkins went five innings, giving up four runs on three hits and three walks while collecting six strikeouts, but the decision went to Wilson Eusebio who pitched three innings in relief and allowed one run. David Freitas set the team record by extending his hitting streak to 19 games with a first-inning single.

GCL Nationals W, 11-4 vs. GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Christian Meza 3IP 1H 1R 0ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Tyler Hanks (W, 3-0) 5IP 3H 2R 1ER 0BB 7K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 2-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI, SB
Hitting Star #2: Adrian Sanchez 3-5, 2R, SB
Notes: A six-run sixth inning turned a 3-1 deficit into a 7-3 lead for the GCL Nationals, powering the GCL Nationals to an 11-4 victory over the GCL Astros in Viera. Randolph Oduber shook off his slump of 12 hitless at-bats to collect three its and drive in three runs, pacing the 12-hit, 11-run offensive effort. Tyler Hanks was the first man out of the bullpen, and got the win with two runs (one unearned) allowed over five innings.

DSL Nationals — PPD
Notes: The DSL Nationals were rained out for the third time in four days. They next meet the DSL Yankees1 on July 31, which will also mean three doubleheaders in four days next week… unless it rains again.

Good, Bad, Interesting… Vol. 15

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

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

SYRACUSE 54-45, 2nd place IL North, 3 games back

Good Justin Maxwell .342/.432/.605 in July
Bad Jason Jones 20H, 14R, 7HR in last three starts (yes, we can fickle)
Interesting Boomer Whiting .264BA as a LHB (began switching hitting this year)

HARRISBURG 49-50, 4th place, 9 games behind

Good Jesus Valdez .315BA, 18RBI in July
Bad 13E each for starting 1B, 2B, and SS
Interesting Chuck James as a reliever: 3-0, 0.00ERA in 15G

14-11 2nd Half; 45-50 Overall

Good Tyler Moore 18-for-30, 8-2B, 6HR, 19RBI in last 8G
Bad Nick Moresi .186BA in July
Interesting Justin Phillabaum, four runs allowed over last eight appearances
(vs. 11 runs allowed in first eight appearances)

10-17 2nd Half; 46-51 Overall

Good Eury Perez .328BA, 13SB in July
Bad Dean Weaver 0-2, five blown saves since return from DL on Jun. 16
Interesting Ben Graham 8K, 5H, 0BB in first four appearances (6⅔ IP) since promotion

22-11, 1st Place Stedler Division of NY-Penn League

Good David Freitas .443BA during 18-game hit streak
Bad Taylor Jordan 0-1, 7.94ERA in July
Interesting Neil Holland 0.66ERA, 1.02WHIP, 14K in 9 appearances (13⅔ IP)

11-15, 4th place GCL East Division, 7 games back

Good Adrian Sanchez .375/.390/.600 in 19G
Bad Estarlin Martinez .150/.209/.275 in 14G
Interesting Billy Ott 1-0, SV, 0.60ERA, 0.87WHIP in 5G

23-19, 5th place B.C. South Division, 4 games back

Good 18-y.o. Wirkin Estevez 5-3, 2.44ERA, 61K in 51⅔ IP
Bad Jorge De La Cruz, 9.28ERA, 2.25WHIP, 6HB in 7G
Interesting Nelalexfred Ortega 15/16 in stolen-base attempts

Thursday’s News and Notes

Three unearned runs fuel a Lake Monster win, preventing a total washout on Thursday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 7-6 @ Durham, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. Carlos Hernandez (6-5, 4.26)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 9-1 @ Portland, 7:00 p.m. Andrew Kown (4-4, 4.18) vs.
Stephen Fife (6-2, 3.58)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (4-9, 4.02) vs.
Joseph Serafin (0-2, 8.49)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 13-4 @ Asheville, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. Jose Gonzalez (3-4, 3.94)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost 11-7; Won 4-3 vs. Lowell, 7:05 PM Chad Jenkins (2-3, 2.42) vs.
Hunter Cervenka (0-2, 3.46)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 @ GCL Mets vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Postponed vs. DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 7-6 @ Norfolk
Starting Pitcher: Martis 3⅓ IP 9H 4R 4ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star (kind of): Walker ⅔ IP 0H 0R 2BB
Hitting Star #1: Ordaz 2-5, R, 3B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Maxwell 2-2, R, 2-2B, BB, SB, RBI
Notes: A throwing error in the bottom of the eighth sealed the win for the Norfolk Tides, who took the series three games to one. Syracuse started with bang with a three-run first inning, only to have the Tide answer with two then take the lead 4-3 with another pair of runs in the bottom of the 4th. The Chiefs struck again for three runs in the 5th, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Luis Ordaz to give Syracuse a 6-4 lead. Norfolk tied the game at six one inning later in the bottom of the 6th and took the lead for good thanks to the Chiefs’ fourth error of the game when Jamie Burke’s errant throw to first on an attempted 5-2-3 double play. Starter Shairon Martis went just 3⅓ and gave up the first four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two.

Harrisburg Senators L, 9-1 @ Portland
Starting Pitcher: Lannan (L, 1-3) 5IP 9H 4R 3ER 0BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star # 1: Ivany 2-4, R, 2B
Hitting Star # 2: Castro 1-2, 2B, BB, RBI
Notes: Harrisburg started with the lead in the top of the 2nd with 1 run, unfortunately that was all they’d get in this one. Portland took advantage of the Sens lack of scoring by scoring plenty of their own runs. Portland added one run each in the 4th and 5th, and another three runs each in both the 6th and 7th innings. They finally added one more in run in the 8th making this a 9-1 blowout win for Portland. Starter John Lannan went five innings giving up nine hits, four runs and five strikeouts with the loss, his third at AA.

Potomac Nationals L, 5-4 @ Winston-Salem
Starting Pitcher: Olsen (ND) 5IP 6H 4R 3ER 0BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: Holder (L, 0-2) 3⅔ IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rhinehart 2-4
Notes: Winston-Salem appeared to have tagged up too soon but the umps disagreed and refused the appeal, handing Trevor Holder and the P-Nats the loss, with a score of 5-4. Tyler Moore’s hot streak continued with the 22-year-old going deep twice for his 15th and 16th home runs of the season, driving in all four Potomac runs. Rehabbing Scott Olsen got the start and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits (one home run) while striking out four. Holder came on in relief and finished the game, allowing just the lone run on two hits, walking two, and striking out five.

Hagerstown Suns, L, 13-4 vs. Asheville
Starting Pitcher: Hicks (L, 1-3) 4⅓ IP 5H 3R 3ER 5BB 2K
Pitching Un-Star #1: Vasquez 1⅔ IP 4H 3ER 2BB 1K
Pitching Un-Star #2: Morrison 1⅔ IP 7H 7R 5ER 1BB 3K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Ramirez 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: Thanks to eight runs in the seventh inning, Asheville was able to take a commanding lead and win the game, defeating the Suns by a score of 13-4. Stater Graham Hicks was credited with his 3rd loss of the season, allowing 3 runs over 4⅓ innings. Wanel Vasquez and Kyle Morrison came on in his relief, but failed miserably, collectively pitching just over 3 innings, but allowing 10 runs in the process. Highlight of the game for the Suns was J.P. Ramirez’s two-run homerun in the eighth inning. This was his 9th of the season.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 11-7; W, 4-3 @ Connecticut
Starting Pitcher: Jordan 3IP 8H 4R 4ER 1BB 1K
Pitcher Un-Star #1: McCatty (L, 2-2) 1⅔ IP 5H 4R 4ER 1BB 0K
Pitcher Un-Star #2: Herrera 1⅓ IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Miller 1-2, R, 2RBI
Notes: Pitching took the game off as the Lake Monsters allowed 11 runs on 17 hits while striking out one (1) batter en route to an 11-7 loss to Connecticut. Starting pitcher Taylor Jordan got the no decision, and went three innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. Shane McCatty was credited with the loss, lasting only 1⅔ innings, allowing four runs of his own on five hits. Jason Martinson and Justin Miller were offensive players of the game, collectively going 3-5, scoring three runs, and getting four RBI.

Starting Pitcher: McKenzie 3⅔ IP 4H 2R 2ER 3BB 7K
Pitching Star: Holland (W, 2-0) 3IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star: Freitas 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: The Lake Monsters took advantage of some shoddy defense to score three times in the top of the 7th and split the doubleheader with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. Starter Chris McKenzie lasted just 3⅔ innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, though he did strike out seven. Neil Holland got the win with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit, one walk, and registering three strikeouts. David Freitas extended his hitting streak to 18 games by hitting safely in both games, a feat that ties the team record also held by Geoff Blum and Jason Tuttle.

GCL Nationals L, 4-1 @ GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Gregory Baez (L, 0-2) 4IP 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Jimmy Barthmaier 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Rick Hughes 1-3, R, 3B
Hitting Star #2: Andruth Ramirez 1-3, RBI
Notes: The GCL Mets pitchers allowed just one run on two hits while touching GCL Nationals starter Gregory Baez for three runs in the bottom of the 4th to erase an early 1-0 lead. Rick Hughes’ triple and Adruth Ramirez’s RBI single that followed comprised the entire G-Nats offense, as the G-Mets walked none and struck 10 and committed no errors.

DSL Nationals @ DSL Marlins — PPD
Notes: The D-Nats were rained out for the second time this week. This game will most likely be made up when the two teams meet again next Friday.

Wednesday’s News and Notes

Harrisburg’s second straight shutout highlighted Wednesday’s action in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 10-7 @ Norfolk, 12:15 p.m. Shairon Martis (6-5, 3.82) vs.
Zach Britton (1-1, 1.50)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-0 @ Portland, 7:00 p.m. John Lannan (1-2, 4.11) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Lost 3-2 (8 inn.);
Won 4-1
@ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Scott Olsen (rehab) vs.
Nathan Jones (7-3, 4.48)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 13-10 @ Asheville, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. Jonathan Vargas (2-7, 6.87)
Vermont Lake Monsters Postponed @ Connecticut, 7:05 PM Jordan (1-1, 4.08) and
McKenzie (1-0, 6.23) vs.
Cooper (2-1, 3.18) and
Mendoza (2-3, 5.91)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-3 vs. GCL Cardinals @ GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-4 @ DSL Cubs2 @ DSL Marlins, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 10-7 @ Norfolk
Starting Pitcher: Jones (L, 1-5) 1IP 5H 5R 5ER 1BB 1HR
Pitching Star: English 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Ordaz 2-4, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Davis 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Notes: The Chiefs got into a big mess early as Norfolk scored five runs in the bottom of the 1st. But Norfolk wasn’t done there as they scored one more in the 2nd and thre more in the 3rd to take a 9-0 lead with only 4 innings played. Syracuse finally cut into that lead in the 5th with one run and in the 7th they got some momentum going as they scored two. Then in the 8th they added one more making it 10-4. In the 9th was the Chiefs last chance for a great comeback, but unfortunately they fell a bit short as they only managed to score three runs, losing this one 10-7. Starter Jason Jones went only one inning giving up five hits, five runs and one walk with the loss.

Harrisburg Senators W, 2-0 vs. New Britain
Starter/Pitching Star: Detwiler (W, 2-2) 7IP 5H 0R 1BB 7K
Pitching Star #2: Kimball (SV, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Valdez 2-4, R
Hitting Star #2: Lowrance 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
Notes: For the second straight game, the Harrisburg Senators blanked the New Britain Rock Cats by a score of 2-0. Marvin Lowrance matched Danny Espinosa’s feat from Tuesday, connecting on a two-run shot in the second inning to account for both runs. Starter Ross Detwiler evened his AA mark at 2-2 with his second straight scoreless outing, allowing five hits and one walk over seven innings. He also struck out seven.

Potomac Nationals L, 3-2 (8 inn.); W, 4-1 vs. Salem
Starter/Pitching Star: Zimmermann 4IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Johnson 3-4, 2B, SB
Hitting Star #2: Moore 2-3, BB
Notes: [The odd start time plus parental duties precluded Sue from seeing much of either game.] The offense generated 13 baserunners, but the clutch hit escaped the P-Nats yesterday, as the two runs were scored by a Mike Burgess home run and a wild pitch. Jordan Zimmermann made his fourth, and one would think, final rehab outing for Potomac striking out four and allowing two hits over four scoreless innings.

Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum (W, 1-0) 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: Leatherman (SV, 11) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 2-4, SB
Notes: Danny Rosenbaum won his Carolina League debut with five innings pitched, one run allowed on three hits and two walks. He also struck out two. Sue’s take on his repetoire: “Had some difficulty locating his fastball and his curveball could use some dentures, but bore down when he needed to and got the key grounder off his sinker and a changeup that ‘drops off the table.’ Appears shorter than his listed 6’1″ but that could very well be an illusion created by his, um, sturdy carriage – a trait that appears highly valued by the Rizzo regime as a sign of durability”

Hagerstown Suns L, 13-10 @ Asheville
Starting Pitcher: Demny  3⅔ IP 5H 6R 6ER 3BB 1K  
Pitching Un-Star: Graham (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP 6H 4R 3ER 3K
Hitting Star #1: Kobernus 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Leon  2-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB
Notes: Hagerstown started the scoring with one in the top of the 1st which Asheville matched in the bottom of the inning. In the 2nd the Suns added four more, but Asheville wouldn’t give any breathing room to the Suns as they scored four runs in the 3rd to tie things back up. Hagerstown finally got a bit ahead in the 4th scoring two and they added one more in the next inning making it 8-6. They went on to add one more in the 6th to make it 9-6, unfortunately Asheville got hot and scored one in the 7th and four more in the 8th to make it 11-9. Hagerstown scored one run in the 8th but that was as close as they’d get as Asheville added two more runs in the bottom of the 8th to win this one 13-10. Starter Paul Demny went 3⅔ innings giving up five hits, six runs, three walks but got the no-decision. 

Vermont Lake Monsters — PPD
Notes: The game at Connecticut was rained out today and will be made up Thursday as a doubleheader starting at 6:05 p.m. Vermont leads Connecticut by five games in the Stedler Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Nationals L, 6-3 vs. GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: Matthew Grace 1⅔ IP 4H 2R 1ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Pat Lehman 4IP 1H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Hector Taveras 3-5, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jeremy Mayo 2-4, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Matthew Grace stumbled in his GCL debut, allowing two first-inning runs and four hits overall in just 1⅔ innings as the GCL Cardinals doubled up the GCL Nationals 6-3. The G-Cards would extend their lead to 3-1 after seven innings before the G-Nats tied it at 3-3 in their half. Relievers Nick Serino and Tim Dupuis wilted in the ninth, allowing the game’s final three runs for the 6-3 count.

DSL Nationals W, 7-4 @ DSL Cubs2
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez (W, 5-3) 7IP 8H 4R 2ER 0BB 8K
Pitching Star: Inocencio Heredia (SV, 7) 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: “Smiley” Alvarez 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
Hitting Star #2: Paul Chacin 3-4, 2B, 4RBI
Hitting Star #3: Aderling Ruiz 2-4, 2RBI
Notes: Wirkin Estevez got his 5th win of the year with seven strong innings of work, lowering his ERA to 2.44 and striking out eight to pull within two of the league lead. The D-Nats were a respectable 5-for-15 with RISP, plating seven runs on 12 hits and stranding just four runners. The $1.6M sinkhole now known as Carlos Alvarez led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort, with two runs scored, a double, walk and a stolen base.

Tuesday’s News and Notes

Two wins, two losses, two rainouts on Twosday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-5 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Jason Jones (1-4, 4.82) vs.
Troy Patton (6-9, 4.91)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-0 vs. New Britain, 12:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (1-2, 3.16) vs.
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Salem, 5:30 p.m. Zimmermann (rehab) and Rosenbaum (A+ debut) vs.
Clay (3-8, 4.52) and Lee (7-3, 3.79)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 7-6 (12 inn.) @ Asheville, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (6-3, 2.99) vs.
Tyler Matzek (2-1, 2.50)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 2-1 @ Connecticut, 7:05 PM Christopher McKenzie (1-0, 6.23) vs.
Clemente Mendoza (2-3, 5.91)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Postponed @ DSL Cubs2, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse W, 8-5 @ Norfolk
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (W, 3-5) 6IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Severino (H, 9) 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star # 1: Ordaz 3-5, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Whiting 2-4, 3R, BB, SB
Notes: The Chiefs started quick out of the gate scoring two runs in the top of the 1st and another four runs in the 2nd to give them a comfy lead to start things off. To add to their comfort starter Erik Arnesen went six innings giving up only a single hit with no runs and three strikeouts. In the 5th, Syracuse added one more run to add to their lead. Norfolk made an attempt to break the lead Syracuse had obtained by scoring four runs in the bottom of the 7th . But Syracuse proved too strong today as they added one more in the 8th to win this one 8-5.

Harrisburg Senators W, 2-0 vs. New Britain
Starting Pitcher: Thompson 6⅔ IP 3H 0R 1BB 7K
Pitching Star: Pena (W, 1-2) 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Castro 2-3, R
Hitting Star # 2: Espinosa 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Notes: Harrisburg and New Britain were having a battle of the pitchers throughout this one as starter Thompson went 6⅔ innings giving up only three hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Finally in the 7th Harrisburg was able to break the tie with two runs scored which would be all the Sens would need to win this one 2-0. Special thanks goes to Danny Espinosa who hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th to win it.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Notes: There’s something about Salem and the rain as the skies opened up last night in Woodbridge to force a doubleheader tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. with Jordan Zimmermann slated to pitch game one, and Danny Rosenbaum to make his debut in game two.

Hagerstown Suns L, 7-6 @ Asheville (12 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Bronson 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 1BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: Erb 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Perez 3-5, R, 2B, 4SB
Hitting Star #2: Newsome 2-5
Notes: Dean Weaver’s struggles to close out ballgames continues as the 22-year-old blew his 7th save in 20 opportunities with two runs allowed in the bottom of the 8th against the Asheville Tourists. Since the All-Star break, he has gone 0-4 with a 7.71ERA and has allowed 12 runs in 11 appearances. Offensively, Eury Perez wreaked havoc on the basepaths, stealing four bases — second base twice, third base twice while going 3-for-5 at the plate. Evan Bronson started the game and went five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out four.

Vermont Lake Monsters X, x-x @ Connecticut
Starter/Pitching Star: Hansen (ND) 6IP 5H 1R 0ER 1BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Freitas 2-4, 2B, RBI (hitting streak now 16 games)
Hitting Star #2: Martinson 1-2, R, 2BB
Notes: Connecticut started the scoring in the bottom of the 1st with one run, but Vermont answered back in the top of the 3rd with a run of their own, thanks to a David Freitas RBI double to tie things up at 1-1. The game remained scoreless until the the bottom of the 7th, when Connecticut broke the ice with the winning run as they went on to win this one 2-1. Starter Bobby Hansen went six innings giving up five hits, one unearned run and one walk, but got the no-decision while Colin bates took the loss with one run allowed over two innings pitched.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The GCL Nationals are still aiming for .500 with an 11-13 mark thus far this season. The GCL Cards visit Viera today at noon.

DSL Nationals — PPD
Notes: The two teams will most likely make this game up when the next meet each other on Wednesday, July 28.