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.

Monday’s News and Notes

Four out five win on Monday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-0 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Arnesen (2-5, 4.95) vs.
Bascom (2-4, 6.15)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-3 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m. Thompson (4-10, 5.61) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Won, 13-0 vs. Salem, 7:03 p.m. Rosenbaum (A+ debut) vs.
Lee (7-3, 3.79)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY @ Asheville, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Vermont Lake Monsters Postponed @ Connecticut, 7:05 PM Hansen (3-1, 3.12) vs.
Smith (0-1, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-0 vs. GCL Marlins OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won 4-2 @ DSL Orioles2 vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 4-0 @ Norfolk
Starting Pitcher: Mandel 7⅔ IP 6H 4R 3ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Whiting 2-4
Notes: The Chiefs couldn’t get much of anything going today as they were held to only five hits for the entire game. Norfolk scored one in the bottom of the 3rd and added another in the 6th. Norfolk added a few more to the scoreboard in the 8th to make it 4-0 which is how this one would end with Norfolk winning 4-0 over Syracuse. Starter Jeff Mandel went 7⅔ innings giving up six hits, 4 runs, two walks with five strikeouts and took the loss.

Harrisburg Senators W, 6-3 vs. New Britain
Starting Pitcher: Milone 6⅔ IP 6H 3R 3ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: James (W, 4-0) 1⅓ IP 0R 0H 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Espinosa 5-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Solano 1-4, 2B, 3RBI
Notes: The Sens got down early in the 1st as New Britain scored two in the top of the inning. New Britain then added one more run in the 4th to make it 3-0. But the Sens got a spark from Danny Espinosa in the 5th as he homered over the right field wall to give the Sens their first run. Then in the 7th the Sens came out swinging, scoring five runs with the help of yet another homer by Espinosa making this a 6-3 game for the Sens. Starter Tom Milone went 6⅔ innings giving up six hits, three runs, one walk with four strikeouts. Chuck James got the win in relief while Zech Zinicola pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

Potomac Nationals W, 13-0 vs. Salem
Starting Pitcher: Alaniz (W, 5-3) 6IP 3H 0R 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: McCoy 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 4-5, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Lozada 2-4, HR, 2RBI
Notes: See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Notes: It was a travel day for all but Danny Rosenbaum, who was promoted to Potomac. The rest of the Suns head to North Carolina for a four-game set against the Asheville Tourists.

Vermont Lake Monsters — PPD
Notes: The Game versus Staten Island was postponed today due to wet grounds and will be made up in September as a doubleheader in Staten Island.

GCL Nationals W, 6-0 vs. GCL Marlns
Starter/Pitching Star #1: Kelvin Lopez 5IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Star #2: Christian Meza 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Wander Ramos 2-2, R
Notes: Three GCL Nationals pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout of the GCL Marlins. Almost as impressive: They issued no walks while striking out seven. Offensively, Adrian Sanchez led the 10-hit attack with a 2-for-5 afternoon, including a two-run single and a double. Starter Kelvin Lopez threw five no-hit innings to lower his ERA to 2.25.

DSL Nationals W, 4-2 @ DSL Orioles2
Starting Pitcher: Antonio Guzman (W, 3-2) 7IP 4H 2R 2ER 3BB 5K
Pitching Star: Jorge Hernandez (SV, 4) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Narciso Mesa 3-4, 2R, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Juan Pena 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: The DSL Nationals touched the DSL Orioles2 squad for three runs in the top of the 2nd and played error-free defense to cruise to a 4-2 win. Starter Antonio Guzman went seven strong innings, allowing both Orioles2 runs on four hits and three walks. He also struck out five. Jorge Hernandez struck out the side in the 9th for his 4th save.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Three PNats went deep in a 13-0 rout of Salem

Only the rain could stop the P-Nats last night, as they pummeled the Salem Red Sox 13-0 for a season-high fourth straight win.

Fresh off his Carolina League Player Of The Week Honors, Tyler Moore made his campaign to make it back-to-back with a 4-for-5 night, including two doubles and a home run. His hot streak coincides with the current home stand, as the 23-year-old Mississppian has gone 12-for-20 with seven doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI over the past four games.

Adrian Alaniz, who had been piggybacking onto Jordan Zimmermann’s rehab appearances, made the start last night when Zimmermann was scratched with a stiff neck. Alaniz went six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and walk while striking out four.

Joining Moore in the 15-hit onslaught were recently reactivated Michael Burgess, who sliced an RBI single to right in his first at-bat and went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored, and Josh Johnson, who went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Bill Rhinehart and Jose Lozada also went deep.

The victory puts Potomac at 13-9 in the second half, two games behind first-place Wilmington.


Quick Hits…

…’s Dave Utnik is reporting that Zimmermann will next throw on Wednesday night.

…Danny Rosenbaum has been promoted from Hagerstown and will make his Carolina League debut tonight against Salem

…Making room for Rosenbaum, Jesse Estrada was released. Making room for Burgess, Wilberto Ortiz returned to the DL

…Utnik also reported that Scott Olsen threw a bullpen session prior to last night’s game and will start on Thursday

Sunday’s News and Notes

Four out of five affiliates win on Sunday afternoon

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-0 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Jeff Mandel (4-4, 4.96) vs.
Chris George (4-4, 4.36)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 13-4 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (6-5, 3.18) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY vs. Salem, 7:03 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann (rehab) vs.
Brock Huntzinger (7-4, 3.33)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 9-5 vs. Staten Island, 7:05 p.m. Colin Bates (2-0, 1.62) vs.
Zachary Varce (0-2, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ GCL Astros vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Orioles2, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 3-0 vs. Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Chico (W, 5-4) 7IP 3H 0R 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Bergmann 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Orr 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Davis 1-3, R, 2B
Notes: This game remained scoreless through 3½ innings until Syracuse finally broke the ice with three runs in the bottom of the 4th thanks to a doubles from Pete Orr and Pedro Lopez. The rest of the game was left up to the pitching staff, who combined for the shutout. Starter Matt Chico went seven innings giving up only three hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Then the relievers were able to keep things scoreless to give the Chiefs the win at 3-0.

Harrisburg Senators W, 13-4 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Kown (W, 4-4) 6IP 5H 2R 1ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Walker 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Pahuta 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Martinez 2-2, 2R, RBI
Notes: The Sens scored early in the bottom of the 2nd with one run, but Altoona didn’t let that lead last as they scored 1 in the top of the 3rd to tie things back up. In the 4th Altoona then took the lead in the 4th with another run making it 2-1. Harrisburg saw that one run and answered with two in the 6th and threw down another pair in the 7th to make it 5-2. Then in the bottom of the 8th the flood gates opened as the Sens bats became hot, scoring a whopping eight runs. Altoona, in their shocked state, could only answer with two runs in the 9th as Harrisburg took this one 13-4. Starter Andrew Kown went six innings giving up five hits, two runs, and one walk with the win that evened his AA record at 4-4.

Hagerstown Suns W, 7-2 vs. Rome
Starting Pitcher: Smoker (W, 3-9) 6IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 6K
Pitching Star: Graham 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Newsome 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Perez 2-2, R, BB, 2SB, RBI
Notes: Hagerstown started things off in the bottom of the 1st with one run and followed up in the 3rd with five runs to put them up 6-0. Rome could only answer with one in the 4th, but the Suns were too strong today as they scored one more run in the 7th to go up 7-1 before the Braves got one back in the 9th for the 7-2 final. Starting pitcher Josh Smoker went six innings giving up six hits and one run (a home run) with 6 strikeouts for his third win of the season.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Potomac finishes up its seven-game homestand with three games against the Salem Red Sox. Jordan Zimmermann is slated to make his fourth rehab start, with Adrian Alaniz the most likely candidate to pitch out of the bullpen.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 9-5 vs. Staten Island
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg (L, 2-2) 4⅓ IP 8H 6R 6ER 1BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: Zellers 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 2-5, R, 3B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Freitas 1-4, 2B, 3RBI
Notes: A four-run fifth inning chased starter Matt Swynenberg from the game, down 6-0. Aaron Barrett didn’t fare much better, allowing three runs in the top of the sixth to put Staten Island up 9-0. Vermont responded with single runs in the 6th and 7th innings before breaking out in the bottom of the 8th with a three-run double by David Freitas, a hit that would extend his hitting streak to 14 games. But that’s as close as the Lake Monsters would get, falling by the count of 9-5.

GCL Nationals W, 7-6 @ GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Andruth Ramirez (W, 1-0) 9IP 10H 6R 3ER 2BB 8K
Starting Pitcher: Jason Marquis 3IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: Billy Ott 5IP 2H 0R 1BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jeremy Mayo 2-3, 2R, 2BB
Hitting Star #3: Randolph Oduber 2-4, RBI
Notes: Relievers? We don’t need no stinkin’ relievers. It was decidedly old-school baseball in Kissimmee yesterday as both starting pitchers went the distance, despite the 13 runs and 20 hits between the two teams. Andruth Ramirez weathered a six-run fourth inning and blanked the Astros over the last five innings to get the win.

UPDATE: With any luck, the intern that posted yesterday’s box score will be locked in the clubhouse with an endless-loop Justin Bieber CD playing while (s)he cleans the team’s supporters with a toothbrush. We’ve since learned that Jason Marquis made the start yesterday and, lo and behold, the GCL Astros also used some relievers. It does appear that the meat of the order (Nos. 3 through 6) did still collect seven of the ten hits, scored three runs and drove three runs. H/T to Jake Titleman39 for setting us straight.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Jean Valdez doubled in a run and walked while Wirkin Estevez pitched a third of inning as the DSL American League All-Stars defeated the DSL National League All-Stars with a walkoff 4-3 win. The DSL Nationals resume the season today against the DSL Orioles2, their record at 21-19, four games behind the first-place DSL Yankees1 in the Boca Chica South Division.

Saturday’s News and Notes

Five wins highlight Saturday night in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-5 vs. Pawtucket, 2:00 p.m. Matt Chico (4-4, 3.94) vs.
Robert Coello (2-2, 3.29)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 18-14 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Andrew Kown (3-4, 4.45) vs.
Justin Wilson (7-4, 2.85)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns Won, 10-3 vs. Rome, 2:05 p.m. Josh Smoker (2-9, 7.16) vs.
Robinson Lopez (3-5, 3.72)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 7-0 vs. Aberdeen, 7:05 p.m. Matt Swynenberg (2-1, 2.63) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 12-2 vs. GCL Mets @ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (2-0, 2.74) vs.
Luis Ordosgoitti (0-1, 3.63)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 @ DSL Phillies OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs W, 9-5 vs. Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Martis 5⅓ IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 1-4, R, BB, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Maldonado 2-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
Notes:  Thanks to five runs scored in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Chiefs were able to come back from being down and win the game by a score of 9-5 versus Pawtucket. Starting pitcher Shairon Martis got the no decision, going 5⅓ innings pitched, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Colin Balester earned the win, although originally blowing the save, going 1⅔ innings pitched, allowing one run (via home run). Without a doubt, Seth Bynum was the star of the game, scoring five RBI, four of which were scored off a grand slam in the 7th inning. The home run was his 8th of the season.

Harrisburg Senators, L, 18-14 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Lannan 4⅔ IP 5H 4R 1ER 3BB 3K
Pitching Star: Carr 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Pitching Un-Star #1: Spradlin 0IP 5H 6R 5ER 1HR
Pitching Un-Star #2: Zinicola 0IP 2H 4R 4ER 2BB 2HR
Pitching Un-Star #3: Martin 1⅓ IP 4H 2R 2ER 2HR
Hitting Star #1: Valdez 3-4, 4R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lowrance 2-5, 2R, 1HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Marrero 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
Notes: I am not even sure where to begin with this game… The bullpen allowed 10 runs… 10 runs in the ninth inning! Spradlin allowed six runs, without recording an out, while Zinicola allowing four runs of his own (also without recording an out). The Sens had 14 hits, three of which were from Jesus Valdez, who had two doubles and scored 3RBI. Marvin Lowrance also hit his 6th homerun of the season, but it was not enough to combat the 20 hits and five home runs that were surrendered.

Potomac Nationals W, 6-3 vs. Kinston
Starting Pitcher: Peacock (W, 4-9) 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 8K
Pitching Star: Dials (H, 3) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Lozada 4-4, 2-2B, HR
Hitting Star #2: Rhinehart 3-4, HR, 2RBI
Notes: See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns, W 10-3 vs. Rome
Starting Pitcher: Olsen 4IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Star #1: Applebee (W, 2-2) 4IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star #2: Weaver 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 2-3, 2R, 1-2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Cuevas 1-2, 4RBI (two-run single, sac fly, RBI groundout)
Hitting Star #3: Leon 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: All of Hagerstown’s bats came alive today as the Suns defeated Rome by a score of 10-3. Rehabbing Scott Olsen pitched four complete innings, allowing one earned run on 2 hits. He also walked none, and struck out 4. Paul Applebee got the win, his 2nd of the season, going four innings and allowing two runs on five hits. Offensive stars of the game were Destin Hood, Justino Cuevas, and Sandy Leon, who collectively went 5-7 with 9 of the 10 RBI. Hood also hit his 4th home run of the season.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 7-0 vs. Staten Island
Starting Pitcher:  Jenkins (W, 2-3) 5IP 1H 0R 2BB 5K
Pitching Star #1: Selik 2IP 2H 0R 1BB 2K
Pitching Star #2: Crane 2IP 1H 0R 1BB
Hitting Star #1: Labrie 2-3, R, 3B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Miller 2-4, 2R, RBI
Notes: After scoring four runs in the 2nd inning, the Lake Monsters took an early lead and never looked back, scoring an additional three runs and winning the game by a score of 7-0 against Staten Island. Starter Chad Jenkins earned his second win of the season, pitching a tremendous five innings, allowing only three base runners, one via a base hit, and the other by two walks. He also had his fastball in command, as he also struck out five. Cameron Selik and Dustin Crane finished the game, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks over the final four innings. Batting stars of the game were Ronnie Labrie and Justin Miller, who went 4-7, with 3 runs and 4RBI combined.

GCL Nationals W, 12-2 vs. GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Tyler Hanks (W, 2-0) 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Manuel Rivera 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adrian Sanchez 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #3: Rick Hague 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #4: Mills Rogers 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
Notes: This one was over early as the GCL Mets score 10 runs over the first three innings and cruised to a 12-2 win over the GCL Mets. Starter Tyler Hanks went five innings, allowing just one run (a home run) on three hits and two walks while striking out two. The first four batters in the lineup were nearly the entire offense, collecting 11 of the 14 hits and driving in all twelve runs.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Today is the DSL All-Star game. Rosters were not available online.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac wins for the third straight game and takes the series 3-1 against Kinston

An eleven-day layoff didn’t faze Potomac’s Brad Peacock, who won back-to-back starts for the first time this season as the Potomac Nationals doubled up Kinston by a score of 6-3.

Peacock went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits, but walked none and struck out eight. In a strange turn of events, he barely used his curve and kept the Kinston nine baffled by mixing his changeup masterfully with his 94mph heater. As has been the case all season long, he only ran into trouble when he pumped too many fastballs in succession, particularly in the fifth inning when he allowed a solo HR to Kinston’s Donnie Webb.

Meanwhile, the Potomac offense remained potent rapping out twelve hits to score six or more runs for third straight game, just the second time this season that’s happened. Bill Rhinehart and Jose Lozada paced the attack, each man hitting a home run, and Lozada having a four-hit night with two doubles and single to go along with the big fly.

With the win, Potomac improves to 12-9 in the second half, which is good for second place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division, two games behind Wilmington. Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start on Monday, as the Salem Red Sox make their final regular-season stop at Woodbridge.

Friday’s News and Notes

Extra-inning wins in Woodbridge and Viera highlighted an otherwise abysmal Friday night for the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-5 vs. Pawtucket, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (6-5, 3.75) vs.
Josh Beckett (rehab)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-0 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. John Lannan (1-2, 4.50) vs.
Bryan Morris (4-4, 4.19)
Potomac Nationals Won, 8-7 (10 inn.) vs. Kinston, 6:35 p.m. Brad Peacock (3-9, 4.09) vs.
Joey Mahalic (3-4, 4.15)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 6-5 vs. Rome, 7:05 p.m. Scott Olsen (rehab) vs.
Chris Masters (1-4, 2.93)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 10-4 vs. Aberdeen, 7:05 p.m. Chad Jenkins (1-3, 3.00) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 14-8 (10 inn.) vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 @ DSL Phillies OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs L, 9-5 vs. Pawtucket
Starting Pitcher: Jones (L, 1-4) 3⅔ IP 7H 5R 4ER 1BB 2K 3HR
Pitching Star: Garate 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
Pitching Un-star: Severino ⅔ IP 1H 4R 4ER 3BB 1K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Whiting 3-5, R, 2B, BB, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bynum 2-3, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Burke 3-4, 2B
Notes: Jason Jones just couldn’t stop Pawtucket from scoring, allowing runs in every inning he started before being lifted with two outs, down 5-2. After a Boomer Whiting scored on a groundout after a bunt-single-turned-triple-via-error got the Chiefs within striking distance at 5-3 in the fifth, Atahualpa Severino served up four runs to the PawSox in just two-thirds of an inning to put the game out of reach.

Harrisburg Senators L, 3-0 vs. Altoona
Starting Pitcher: Detwiler (L, 1-2) 5IP 3H 2R 1ER 1BB 7K
Pitching Star: Carr 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Marrero 2-4
Hitting Star #2: Baez 2-4
Notes: Ross Detwiler’s best effort at AA thus far was wasted on a night when the offense could only muster six hits. The lefthander went five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on just three hits and one walk while striking out seven. He also helped out his own cause with a single in two at-bats.

Potomac Nationals W, 8-7 (10 inn.) vs. Kinston
Starting Thrower: Walker ⅔IP 1H 3R 3ER 4BB 2K
Pitching Star: Phillabaum 2⅓ IP 3H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 3-5, R, 2-2B, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Norris 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB; two runners CS
Notes: Read more about how Kinston snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns L, 6-5 vs. Rome
Starting Pitcher: Hicks (L, 1-2) 5⅓ IP 8H 6R 6ER 1BB 6K 2HR
Pitching Star: Garcia 2⅔ 1H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Kobernus 1-3, 2R, BB
Notes: The longball was the undoing of Graham Hicks, who surrendered two last night, including a three-run shot as part of a four-run rally by the Rome Braves in the sixth inning. It also was the lion’s share of the Suns offense, as three of the five runs came on one swing by Justin Bloxom as Hagerstown managed to score five runs on just six hits, taking advantage of Rome’s five walks allowed. Francisco Soriano’s two errors pulled him into a second-place tie for the most errors in the Sally League with 32.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 10-4 vs. Aberdeen
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP 8H 6R 6ER 3BB 1K
Pitching Star: Cahill 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 1-4, 2R, 3B, BB
Hitting Star #2: Labrie 0-1, 3BB
Notes: David Freitas’s RBI double in the bottom of the first extended his hitting streak to 13 games and gave the Lake Monsters an early 2-1 lead. That was the highlight for Vermont as the Aberdeen Ironbirds carpet-bombed Centennial Field with 15 hits en route to a 10-4 victory. Taylor Jordan started and went 4⅔ innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks. He struck out just one.

GCL Nationals W, 14-8 (10 inn.) @ GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: Jimmy Barthmaier 2IP 7H 5R 4ER 1BB 0K 1HR
Pitching Star: Pat Lehman (BS, 1) 3IP 4H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Randolph Oduber 3-5, 4R, 2-2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adrian Sanchez 2-6, 2R, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Rick Hague 2-4, 2R, BB, SB
Notes: In a game that saw two ties and five lead changes, the GCL Nationals cranked out six runs in the top of the 10th to defeat the GCL Cardinals 14-8. The two-three-four batters of Rick Hague, Adrian Sanchez, and Randolph Oduber combined for seven hits, three walks and five RBIs to pace the GCL offense. Jimmy Bathmaier was ineffective in his third game since the Nationals signed him, coughing up five runs on seven hits over just two innings.

Last Night In Woodbridge

A double play turns into a two-run error for an improbable 8-7 walkoff win

Folks who showed up an inning late, missed a whole lot of action. So did the folks who went home early, as the Potomac Nationals somehow prevailed 8-7 despite spotting the Kinston Indians three runs early and two runs late.

Rehab starts are overrated. It’s not just a snarky tag, it’s a cold, hard truth about minor-league baseball. Tyler Walker was the latest to victimize the fans at Woodbridge put teeth into this saw, walking four and striking out two while facing just seven batters in the top of the first inning. He was charged with three runs, as reliever Patrick McCoy walked one and struck out one in his brief, and undoubtedly unexpected appearance.

To their credit, the P-Nats showed their mettle by immediately loading the bases on a Josh Johnson single, a double by Steve Lombardozzi and a walk by Derek Norris. T.J. McFarland, a Carolina League All-Star, got taken to the woodshed by Tyler Moore, courtesy of a grand slam to left-center to give Potomac a 4-3 lead.

Marcos Frias, the announced starter online, came on to start the second and sporting a much-improved changeup, blanked the Kinston nine for the next three innings. McFarland reverted to form and matched Frias’s goose eggs.

The Indians would lead off the fifth with back-to-back singles, then went small-ball with a sacrifice bunt and a high chopper to first to tie the game at 4-4. Norris and Moore would go back-to-back with doubles to reclaim the lead at 5-4.

Kinston chased Frias in the sixth with two more runs, but the 21-year-old nearly escaped the jam. A single, walk, and a sacrifice-turned-single loaded the bases with nobody out. Frias only struck out three in his 4⅔ innings, but two of them came in this inning when he needed them most. A pitch-to-contact pitcher, Frias couldn’t get the grounder he needed from Kyle Bellows who singled to put the Indians ahead, 6-5.

“Dolla” Bill Rhinehart tied the game with a leadoff home run to right-center in the bottom of the sixth which is where it would stay until two outs in the ninth… when lightning was spotted and play was halted for 36 minutes.

The folks who remained were then treated to an improbable tenth inning. The Indians took the lead at 7-6 on a walk, sacrifice, and a single and nearly went up by two, but for Robby Jacobsen gunning down a runner for the third out.

With one out, the PNats got runners on first and second via a hit batsmen and a walk, and then the weirdness set in. Rhinehart grounded to first for what would have ordinarily been a 3-6-1 double play, except Kinston first baseman Nate Recknagle struck the runner at first base, Jacobsen, and the ball rolled into left field, allowing the lead runner to tie the game at 7-7.

Kinston’s throw from left was cut off and Rhinehart was caught in a rundown, the putout going 7-6-3-1. Jacobsen, who had taken third after the ball hit him, took home just as Rhinehart was tagged out, leaving the Indians on the short end of an 8-7 score.

With the win, Potomac goes two games over .500 for the first time the season at 11-9, three games behind Wilmington. Brad Peacock (3-9, 4.09) makes his first start since his complete-game shutout on July 5th (his turn had been missed at the Fenway Futures game rainout) as the Nationals look to take the series. Joey Mahalic (3-4, 4.15) takes the ball for Kinston.

Good, Bad, Interesting… Vol. 14

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.

51-41, 2nd place IL North, 3 games back

Good Jason Jones 0.99WHIP in 24⅓ innings
Bad Chris Duncan .136BA since May 31
Interesting Atahualpa Severino 1.15ERA vs. LHB

45-47, 4th place, 11 games behind

Good Chris Marrero 51K in first 51G, 28K in last 42G
Bad Ross Detwiler 1.69WHIP, .353OBA
Interesting Marvin Lowrance .375/.479/.425 in July

10-9 2nd Half; 41-48 Overall

Good Derek Norris, 45BB in 51G
Bad Chris Curran, .161BA in July
Interesting Dan Lyons, .395 OBP over last 10G

8-13 2nd Half; 44-47 Overall

Good Jeff Kobernus .356/.400/.441 in July
Bad Luis Garcia 0-2, 8.53ERA in July
Interesting Justino Cuevas, RHB – .056 vs. LHP, .340 vs. RHP

19-7, 1st Place Stedler Division of NY-Penn League

Good Colin Bates 2-0, 1.62ERA, 0.96WHIP in 6G (1 start)
Bad Backup Catchers: .167BA, .197SLG
Interesting Shane McCatty 5.11ERA as reliever, 0.00ERA as starter

7-13, 5th place GCL East Division, 5½ games back

Good Randolph Oduber .450/.542/.650 since debut
Bad Mike Gallo, 8.18ERA, 1.73WHIP in 6 appearances
Interesting Jeremy Mayo .297/.435/.514 in 15G

21-18, 4th place B.C. South Division, 3 games back

Good Edgar Gonzalez 27BB in 35G (.404 OBP)
Bad Jean Valdez’s 2HR leads the team
Interesting 20-y.o. Adalberto Mieses team-highs for BB (23), HRs allowed (4) yet has a 2.72ERA