Season Review: 2010 Vermont Lake Monsters

Our third season review over the next several weeks…

At the time that I went to see them, the Vermont Lake Monsters were 7-3 and in the second game of an eight-game win streak that saw them roll up an 18-5 record before they would lose consecutive games.  After losing those two games, they ripped off three more wins to go to 21-7. They would not win two games in a row again until the final two games of the year, going 15-31 the rest of the way to finish at 36-38 and two games behind the eventual league champion Tri-City Valley Cats (coincidentally, the team I had visited the night before on my drive up).

Q: What the hell happened?
A: The pitching took a nosedive.

The top four starters had a combined ERA of 4.75, which is nearly a run higher than the league average of 3.80. The good news is that just one of those starters was a 2010 draftee; the rest of the 2010 draftees were relievers. The bad news is that two of the other three starters were from the 2009 draft.

As you might have already deduced (or guessed, Skipper), the hitting was in the top quartile of the league. As we’ve done the two reviews prior, let’s take a look at how Vermont compared to the rest of the league…


Vermont 2430 365 597 34 340 591 .246 .347 .353 .244 58
Lg. Avg. 2488 334 620 36 254 571 .249 .326 .362 .237 68

Bold = League Leader


Vermont 649.0 4.47 5.07 1.408 43 266 587 9.0 3.7 8.1 2.21
Lg. Avg. 657.2 3.80 4.49 1.329 36 254 571 8.5 3.5 7.8 2.25

As it was with the GCL, there is some hope in the strength of team’s hitting. Leading the league in walks drawn is something that should not be taken lightly, especially for college bats adjusting to the wood-bat game. Those eighty or so “extra” baserunners helped offset league-average hitting and power, enabling the Lake Monsters to score 31 more runs than the league average.

Likewise, there is also some hope in the relievers that helped offset the poor starting pitching, as four relievers posted sub-3.00 ERAs while throwing more than 20 innings. Not surprisingly, three of those four piled up Ks at a rate of 10.2/9IP or more.

As before, I’m listing the Top 12 hitters and pitchers in terms of plate appearances and innings pitched and using defensive games played for the listing of position. The full statistics for the team can be found here.

Name Age Position(s) G @ Pos Fld% Err PA GPA
Jason Martinson 21 SS 68 .944 17 306 .242
Ronnie Labrie 23 1B 67 .990 6 280 .276
Chad Mozingo 21 CF/LF 42/17 .975 3 278 .239
Blake Kelso 21 3B/2B/SS 30/27/3 .949 10 274 .256
David Freitas 21 C 35 .994 2 261 .296
Wade Moore 22 RF/LF 57/3 .969 4 258 .275
Hendry Jimenez* 20 2B 45 .973 6 206 .201
Russell Moldenhauer 22 DH 1 @ 1B 1.000 0 162 .295
Kevin Keyes 21 LF/RF 35/3 .895 6 160 .214
Justin Miller 21 IF/OF 17/19 .902 8 155 .248
Connor Rowe 21 CF/RF/LF 11/21/7 .955 3 140 .195
Cole Leonida 21 C 31 .988 3 120 .154

Bold = 2010 Draftee      Italics = 2009 Draftee * = DSL Graduate

Obviously, the thing that jumps out is the usage of Russell Moldenhauer, the team leader in slugging percentage. With two catchers to evaluate (Freitas and Leonida), it was clear that when one would catch, the other would DH or sit, which begs the question: Why weren’t Labrie and Moldenhauer rotating at first base? The most logical deduction is that Moldenhauer is a terrible fielder, given that Moldenahauer did not play defensively at all for University of Texas this year and only played enough to register 53 putouts in the three seasons prior to 2010.

Seven of these twelve hitters were sent to the Florida Instructional League; a good sign that they’ll be in Hagerstown in 2011 and perhaps one may even jump to Potomac (best guess: David Freitas). Folks in Hagerstown should have another decent season in terms of offense, especially as the GCL standouts are mixed in with this bunch.

On to the pitchers, and should you be reading this past 5 p.m., this might be the time to pour yourself a cold adult beverage…

Matt Swynenberg 21 14/12 5-2, 0 4.60 62⅔ 65 17 43 1.309 6 2
Taylor Jordan 21 13/13 2-3, 0 4.94 62 73 17 54 1.452 5 3
Bobby Hansen 20 13/12 3-2, 0 4.79 56⅓ 72 19 51 1.615 7 7
Chad Jenkins 20 15/12 2-7, 0 4.67 54 40 34 52 1.370 13 3
Colin Bates 22 15/5 3-3, 2 5.40 48⅓ 55 8 45 1.303 6 2
Wilson Eusebio* 21 16/0 2-1, 0 4.26 44⅓ 44 26 32 1.579 3 11
Neil Holland 21 19/0 3-1, 3 2.20 32⅔ 25 9 37 1.041 2 2
Ryan Demmin 22 14/1 2-1, 2 1.45 31 25 10 32 1.129 1 0
Dustin Crane 23 19/0 2-2, 2 4.60 29⅓ 23 18 20 1.398 1 10
Cameron Selik 22 15/0 1-0, 1 2.54 28⅓ 22 13 32 1.235 2 2
Christopher McKenzie 20 8/6 1-2, 0 8.54 26⅓ 40 12 22 1.975 1 2
Mark Herrera 21 14/0 2-1, 1 2.88 25 20 8 31 1.120 2 4

Digging deeper into the usage, it would appear that the m.o. was to use last year’s college guys to start, and this year’s guys to relieve. The three ’09 draftees each started last season in the GCL. Two (Jenkins and Swynenburg) were sent up to Vermont and did not respond well to the challenge and thus, they repeated. Therefore, we may have some tea leaves to read in terms of guessing who’ll be in Auburn next summer and who won’t.

Finally, I can say I saw some of these guys (OK, maybe it was just once, but I can still say it). So here goes with the five bats and five arms to watch in 2011:

Top 5 Batters
1. David Freitas
2. Russell Moldenhauer
3. Wade Moore
4. Blake Kelso
5. Jason Martinson

Top 5 Pitchers
1. Neil Holland
2. Mark Herrera
3. Ryan Demmin
4. Taylor Jordan
5. Chad Jenkins

Sunday’s News and Notes

Harrisburg wins big to take control of its playoff destiny and highlight Sunday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 5-4 @ Pawtucket, 1:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (6-7, 3.91) vs.
Ramon Ramirez (4-5, 3.03)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 13-3 @ Binghamton, 1:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (1-1, 2.37) vs.
Dylan Owen (4-4, 4.23)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 1-0 (10 inn.) vs. Kinston, 1:05 p.m. Marcos Frias (7-5, 6.14) vs.
T.J. McFarland (11-5, 3.13)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ West Virginia, 1:05 p.m. Paul Applebee (6-5, 3.82) vs.
Brett Lorin (2-3, 5.73)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 7-4 SEASON OVER N/A

Syracuse Chiefs W, 5-4 @ Pawtucket Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Martis 5IP 4H 3R 3ER 4BB 4K
Pitching Star: Carr (SV, 9) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K; 1-3 IR-S
Hitting Star #1: Lambin 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, SB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Burke 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
Notes: A two-run rally in the top of the 8th broke a 3-3 tie and some clutch pitching by Adam Carr led the Chiefs to a 5-4 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox. Seth Bynum hit a sacrifice fly to get the go-ahead run and hitting star Chase Lambin’s solo HR provided the insurance run. The PawSox loaded the bases in the bottom of the 8th with no outs to chase Atahualpa Severino. Carr came on and and got two groundouts (and an assist) and a called third strike to end the threat, then set down the side in the ninth for his ninth AAA save. Severino got the win, while starter Shairon Martis got the no-decision with five innings pitched, and three runs allowed on four hits and four walks.

Harrisburg Senators W, 13-3 @ Binghamton Box | Gamer
Starter/Pitching Star: Tatusko (W, 3-1) 7IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Coon 5-5, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Burgess 2-4, R, 2BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Johnson 2-4, 4R, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI
Notes: The Senators are now in the driver’s seat for the E.L. West wildcard, thanks to 13-3 win over the Binghamton Mets and a 1-0 loss by Bowie. An eight-run third inning put this game away early, as Harrisburg pounded out 18 hits, with Brad Coon leading all hitters with a 5-for-5 effort. Starter Ryan Tatusko went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six. A Senator win or Bowie loss this afternoon in Richmond will seal the deal.

Potomac Nationals L, 1-0 (10 inn.) Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Barthmaier 5IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: Testa 3IP 0H 0R 1BB 4K
Hitting Star: None
Notes: See what happened Sunday Afternoon in Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns L, 4-3 @ West Virginia (10 inn.) Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Hicks 6IP 2H 1R 1ER 4BB 5K
Pitching Star: Weaver 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Un-Star: Garcia (BS, 2) 2IP 3H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Rogers 2-4, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Taylor 2-4, 2B, RBI
Notes: A leadoff HR in the bottom of the 10th downed the Suns by a 4-3 tally. The Suns bullpen was unable to hold a 3-1 lead, ruining a strong start by Graham Hicks, who gave up just one run on two hits and four walks over the first six innings. The Suns left eight runners on base and went 1-for-6 with RISP, with Mills Rogers and Michael Taylor pacing the offense as each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Vermont Lake Monster W, 7-4 @ Staten Island Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Mattheus 2IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Ott 3IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Rowe 2-4, 3B, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moldenhauer 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
Notes: Two three-run rallies led the Lake Monsters past the Staten Island Yankees for a 7-4 win, just their 15th in the past 45 games. Ryan Mattheus led the parade of pitchers, going the first two innings with an unearned run allowed on two hits. Billy Ott followed for the next three, giving up one run on one hit and one walk and Christian Meza got the rulebook win as the first of four relievers to pitch a single inning. Connor Rowe led the Lake Monster offense with two hits and four RBI.

Saturday’s News and Notes

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-2 @ Pawtucket, 6:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (8-7, 4.04) vs.
Fabio Castro (7-9, 4.76)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-2 @ Binghamton, 6:35 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (2-1, 1.82) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Won, 2-0; Lost, 7-5 vs. Kinston, 1:00 p.m. Jimmy Barthmaier (4-1, 4.15) vs.
Marty Popham (4-4, 4.28)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 7-0 @ West Virginia, 2:05 p.m. Graham Hicks (1-6, 5.64) vs.
Eliecer Navarro (1-2, 3.32)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 3-1; Won, 7-2 @ Staten Island, 4:00 p.m. Ryan Mattheus (1-0, 0.00) vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 8-2 @ Rochester Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Kown 5IP 3H 1R 0ER 1BB 6K
Pitching Star: 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Pyrotechnician: Wilkie (BS, 5)(L, 4-4) ⅓ IP 4H 6R 6ER 0BB 0K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Martinez 2-3, BB, SB
Hitting Star #2: Burke 2-4
Notes: A six-run seventh put the brakes on a 12-game skid for Rochester and ran the Syracuse playoff bus off the road as the Red Wings flew past the Chiefs 8-2. Josh Wilkie was torched for six runs, including a three-run home run (just his second this season) during the inning. Starter Andrew Kown went the first five innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out six.

Harrisburg Senators L, 3-2 @ Binghamton Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Peacock (L, 2-2) 4⅔ IP 3H 3R 3ER 4BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: Pena 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star: Johnson 2-3, R, 2B
Notes: With both Bowie and Harrisburg losing by a single run, the odds of a one-game playoff just got a little higher. Brad Peacock gave up all three of Binghamton’s runs in a 3-2 loss, going 4⅔ innings and giving up three hits (one a home run) while walking four and striking out seven. Four Binghamton pitchers combined to stifle the Senators, who managed just four hits and couldn’t take advantage of five walks, hitting into three double plays.

Potomac Nationals W, 2-0; L, 7-5 Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Holder (W, 3-3) 6IP 3H 0R 0BB 6K
Pitching Star: McCoy (SV, 6) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 1-3, RBI (110)
Hitting Star #2: Norris 1-2, R, BB, RBI
Notes: See how Potomac clinched Last Night In Woodbridge

Starting Pitcher: Martinez 4IP 5H 1R 0ER 1BB 2K
Midgame BP: Phillabaum 1⅓ IP 4H 6R 6ER 3BB 0K 1HR
Pitching Star: Lehman 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Lyon 2-3, R, 2B, BB
Hitting Star #2: Moresi 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: See how Potomac clinched Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns L, 7-0 @ West Virginia Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-10) 4⅔ IP 3H 3R 2ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Un-Star: Erb 1⅓ 3H 4R 4ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Graham 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star: Cuevas 3-4
Notes: The West Virginia Power pulled the plug on the Hagerstown Suns with a 7-0 shutout of the Hagerstown Suns. Starter Paul Demny was touched for the first three runs on three hits and no walks over 4⅔ innings. Relever Shane Erb coughed up the next four on three hits and two walks over the next 1⅓ innings. Justino Cuevas paced the Suns offense with three of their six hits.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 3-1; W, 7-2 Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (L, 2-3) 5⅓ 5H 3R 2ER 0BB 8K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Labrie 2-2, BB
Hitting Star #2: Freitas 2-3
Notes: The clutch hit escaped the Lake Monsters in game one, as the fell to the Staten Island Yankees by a 3-1 tally. Hitters of the game Ronnie Labire and David Freitas accounted for four of the five hits for Vermont, which left seven runners on base. Starter Taylor Jordan allowed all three SI-Yank runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight.

Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg (W, 5-2) 5IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 2-2, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Mozingo 3-4, R, RBI
Notes: A five-run third pushed Vermont towards the doubleheader split as the Lake Monsters would go on to a 7-2 victory. Jason Martinson would single, double, and walk while driving in two and scoring twice to join Chad Mozingo (3-for-4) for hitting-star honors. Matt Swynenberg won his 5th game with one run allowed on four hits and two walks over five innings.

Friday’s News and Notes

Vermont loses but every other affiliate wins on Friday night in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-1 vs. Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Andrew Kown (2-4, 3.79) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 9-1; Won, 3-1 @ Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (2-1, 4.50) vs.
Robert Carson (1-6, 8.74)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-0 vs. Kinston, 5:00 p.m.
Trevor Holder (2-3, 4.48) and
Carlos Martinez (0-0, 2.90) vs.
Joseph Gardner (12-5, 2.69) and
Austin Adams (5-1, 1.51)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 6-5 @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (6-9, 4.25) vs.
Jason Erickson (7-6, 4.44)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 7-4 @ Staten Island, 5:00 p.m.
Taylor Jordan (2-2, 5.08) and
Matt Swynenberg (4-2, 4.84) vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 4-1 @ Rochester Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Mock (W, 1-1) 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: Bisenius 1⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Davis 1-3, 3B, BB
Notes: Back-to-back RBI doubles by Chase Lambin and Pete Orr broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh as the Syracuse Chiefs won their sixth straight game by a score of 4-1. Garrett Mock started and pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks to go with three K’s, while three Chiefs relievers combined for the final three scoreless innings. The win kept pace with Columbus, as the tragic number is now down to one, meaning Syracuse has to win out and the Clippers to lose out just to force a tie.

Harrisburg Senators W, 9-1; W, 3-1 @ Binghamton Gamer
Starter/Pitching Star: Milone (W, 12-5) 7IP 7H 1R 1ER 1BB 9K
Hitting Star #1: Marrero 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Burgess 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #3: Lombardozzi 3-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
Notes: For the second straight season, Tom Milone has posted a 12-5 won-loss record, as the 23-year-old tossed a complete game in the opening game of the doubleheader. The 12 wins leads the Nats minors by two over teammate Chuck James, and the nine strikeouts is 14 ahead of teammate Brad Peacock. Chris Marrero, Mike Burgess, and Steve Lombardozzi all went deep, combining for eight of the 12 Harrisburg hits.

Starting Pitcher: Alaniz (W, 1-0) 5IP 2H 0R 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Spradlin (H, 0) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Johnson 2-3, 2R, 2-2B
Hitting Star #2: Burgess 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: The nightcap was a scoreless pitcher’s duel through five full innings before Mike Burgess went deep for third time on the night, his solo HR giving the Senators a 1-0 lead in the sixth. Harrisburg added two more in the seventh to extend the lead to 3-0. Binghamton would get its lone run in the bottom of the seventh as Brahaim Maldanado greeted closer Cole Kimball with a big fly, which was just the third hit of the night for the B-Mets. Starter Adrian Alaniz went the first five innings, allowing just two his and two walks while setting down five on strikes.

The doubleheader sweep pulls Harrisburg into a tie with Bowie for the E.L. West wildcard. In the event of a tie, Bowie would host Harrisburg for a one-game playoff.

Potomac Nationals W, 5-0 @ Salem Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum (W, 3-2) 6IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: Dials (H, 4) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Jacobsen 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 1-3, R, HR (30), RBI (109)
Notes: With Wilmington idle, the Potomac Nationals shut out the Salem Red Sox 5-0, reducing their magic number to reach the playoffs to just one. Tyler Moore and Robbie Jacobsen both went deep in a three-run eighth that put the game out of reach. Starter Danny Rosenbaum went six scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and striking out four. Zach Dials pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th and A.J. Morris closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. The win also clinched a playoff berth for this weekend’s opponent, the Kinston Indians.

Hagerstown Suns W, 6-5 @ West Virginia Box
Starting Pitcher: McCatty (W, 1-1) 5IP 4H 1R 0ER 0BB 8K
Pitching Star: Morrison (SV, 2) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Newsome 2-5, R, 2-2B
Hitting Star #2: Leon 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
Notes: The Hagerstown Suns built a 6-1 lead and survived two late rallies to edge past the West Virginia Power, 6-5. Shane McCatty started and allowed just one unearned run on four hits over five innings while striking out eight to get the win. Kyle Morrison stopped the bullpen giveaways with 1-2-3 ninth on three strikeouts. Hitters of the game Brett Newsome and Sandy Leon both went 2-for-5 to pace the 10-hit Suns attack.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 7-4 @ Staten Island Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 4IP 11H 4R 4ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: Ray 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Pitching Un-Star: Jenkins (L, 2-7) 3IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Rowe 2-4, 2B; Two OF assists at HP
Hitting Star #2: Kelso 2-4, SB
Notes: Vermont completed its collapse with a 7-4 loss to Staten Island, which coupled with a Connecticut win, eliminated the Lake Monsters from the playoffs. Pitching and clutch hitting were both AWOL as Bobby Hansen started and threw for four innings, giving up four runs on 11 hits and a walk and the Vermont offense went just 3-for-15 with RISP, stranding 10 runners. Connor Rowe doubled in a 2-for-4 night and gunned down two runners at the plate to earn hitting star honors along with Blake Kelso, who stole a base while also going 2-for-4.

Thursday’s News and Notes

Syracuse and Potomac win to highlight Thursday night in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 7-3 vs. Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Garrett Mock (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Chris Province (0-1, 7.27)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-2 @ Binghamton, 5:35 p.m.
Tom Milone (11-5, 2.92) and
Adrian Alaniz (0-0, 3.00) vs.
Mark Cohoon (5-3, 4.36) and
Potomac Nationals Won, 10-3 @ Salem, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-2, 2.43) vs.
Stolmy Pimentel (9-10, 4.18)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-6 @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 8-1 @ Staten Island, 7:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 7-3 vs. Rochester Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Detwiler (W, 1-0) 5IP 5H 3R 1ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Balester (H, 4) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Bixler 1-2, R, 3BB, 2RBI; OF assist at 3B
Hitting Star #2: Botts 3-4, RBI
Notes: It may be too little, too late but the Chiefs closed out their home slate with their fifth straight win, a 7-3 victory over Rochester. Starter Ross Detwiler went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while Colin Balester and Atahualpa Severino each tossed two scoreless innings in relief. Brian Bixler reached based four times and drove in two to lead the Chiefs offense. The win combined with a Columbus loss kept Syracuse’s elimination number at two with four to play.

Harrisburg Senators L, 3-2 Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Thompson (ND) 5⅓ IP 6H 2R 2ER 4BB 4K
Pitching Star: Martin 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Burgess 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
Defensive Star: Baez, OF assist at HP
Notes: Solo home runs by Mike Burgess and Steve Lombardozzi were enough to chase blue-chipper Kyle Drabek, but the Senators were filibustered by the Fisher Cat bullpen as New Hampshire chipped away with single-run innings three times to come back for a 3-2 win. Starter Aaron Thompson threw 5⅓ innings and gave up two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four. Harrisburg was held to just five hits, and could not capitalize on the six walks issued by New Hampshire, grounding into three double plays. The loss, combined with a Baysox win, dropped the Senators a ½ game behind Bowie in the E.L. West wildcard race.

Potomac Nationals W, 10-3 Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Bronson (W, 4-7) 6⅓ IP 4H 2R 1ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Wort 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Walton 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Norris 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #3: Moore 3-4, R, BB, RBI
Notes: Jamar Walton’s three-run HR in the top of the fourth broke open a 1-1 game as the Potomac Nationals would break out for a 10-3 win over Salem. Combined with a Wilmington loss, the P-Nats’ magic number is now just two with five games to play. Evan Bronson made a triumphant return to the P-Nat rotation, tossing 6⅓ strong innings with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks. Also collecting three hits were Derek Norris, and the newly anointed Carolina League MVP Tyler Moore, as the Potomac offense collected 16 hits overall.

Hagerstown Suns L, 8-6 Box
Starting Pitcher: Clegg 5IP 7H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K 2HR
Pitching Un-Star: Garcia (BS, 1)(L, 4-4) 2⅓ 4H 5R 5ER 3BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Leon 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Hague 3-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI
Notes: The Suns bullpen couldn’t hold a 5-3 lead, coughing up five runs in three innings as the Lexington Legends took the game 8-6. Starter Mitchell Clegg allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks. Lexington turned four double plays to offset the 12 hits and five walks surrendered. Sandy Leon led the hit parade with two doubles and a single in hs four at-bats.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 8-1 Box | Gamer
Starting Pitcher: Barrett 4IP 5H 4R 4ER 1BB 5K
Pro Debut: A.J. Cole 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star: Kelso 1-4, R, HR, RBI
Notes: The death-spiral continues for Vermont, as the Lake Monster were spun 8-1 by the Brooklyn Cyclones for their eight loss in the past 11 games. Aaron Barrett made the start ahead of announced starter A.J. Cole and tired the Cyclones out with four runs allowed on five hits and a walk before Cole came on for a scoreless inning of relief for his pro debut. Blake Kelso’s solo HR in the eighth broke up the shutout, the third of three hits the Lake Monsters would manage on the night. The loss dropped Vermont to 2½ games behind Tri-City in the Stedler Divison and reduced the elimination number to just two.

Wednesday’s News and Notes

Everybody wins at least once on Wednesday in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 7-2 vs. Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (0-0, -.–) vs.
Cole DeVries (0-1, 4.42)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-1 @ New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m. Aaron Thompson (4-13, 5.89) vs.
Kyle Drabek (14-9, 2.89)
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-2 @ Salem, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (3-7, 4.06) vs.
Brock Huntzinger (7-7, 3.90)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 9-1 @ Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (9-3, 3.38) vs.
Tanner Bushue (7-8, 3.92)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 6-4; Lost, 3-2 @ Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m. A.J. Cole (pro debut) vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 7-2 @ Rochester
Starting Pitcher: Maya (W, 1-1) 5⅔ IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: Wilkie (H, 9) 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 3-3, BB
Hitting Star #2: Martinez 3-5, R, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Maldonado 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
Notes: A four-run 5th gave Yunesky Maya all the run support he would need as the Chiefs would beat the Red Wings by a final count of 7-2. The Cuban defector’s first American professional win saw him go 5⅔ innings and give up one runs on six hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts. Veterans Seth Bynum, Michael Martinez, and Carlos Maldonado were the hitters of the game, combining for eight of the 11 Syracuse hits. The win kept pace with Columbus for the wild-card race, but the elimination number is now two with five to play.

Harrisburg Senators W, 2-1 @ New Hampshire
Starting Pitcher: Roark (ND) 6⅓ IP 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 2K
Pitching Star: Pena 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Johnson 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB
Hitting Star #2: Baez 1-3, BB, RBI
Notes: Edgardo Baez’s RBI single in the top of the 9th gave Harrisburg the 2-1 edge over New Hampshire. Tanner Roark got the no-decision, giving up the lone Fisher Cat run on five hits and three walks over 6⅓ innings. Hassan Pena and Jack Spradlin (who got the win by retiring the lone batter he faced) built the bridge for Cole Kimball, who pitched a scoreless bottom of the 9th for his 11th save for Harrisburg. The win keeps pace with Bowie, as the elimination number for the Baysox is now six. Fourth-place Akron lost to reduce its elimination number to three.

Potomac Nationals W, 4-2 @ Salem
Starting Pitcher: Frias (W, 7-5) 6IP 3H 1R 0ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: Martinez (H, 2) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Rooney 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jacobsen 2-3, 2B, RBI
Notes: Marcos Frias tossed his first quality start in nearly six weeks, while backup catchers Sean Rooney and Robby Jacobsen powered the Potomac offense to a 4-2 win over the Salem Red Sox. Frias went six innings and gave up an unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Rooney’s two-run blast in the top of the 4th broke a 1-1 tie to give Potomac the lead. In the 5th Jacobsen, who had been pressed into duty when starting catcher Derek Norris was ejected in the third, doubled in Francisco Soriano to extend the lead to 4-1. The win kept pace with Wilmington and reduced their magic number to clinch the second-half title to four, with two more to play in Salem before hosting red-hot (eight straight wins) Kinston this weekend.

Hagerstown Suns W, 9-1
Starting Pitcher: Solis 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: Applebee (W, 6-5) 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Cuevas 2-4, R, 2-2B, SB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Ramirez 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Hague 2-5, R, 2B, BB
Notes: Sammy Solis made his professional debut, tossing two perfect innings as the Suns debunked the Legends 9-1. The top third of the order (Hague, Cuevas, Ramirez) combined to go 6-for-14 with four doubles, four RBI and five runs scored as the Suns pounded out 14 hits overall. Paul Applebee followed Solis with seven solid innings, giving up the lone Lexington run on four hits, no walks, while setting down five on strikes.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 6-4 (8 inn.) @ Brooklyn (Game One)
Starting Pitcher: Grace 4⅔ IP 3H 4R 2ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Crane (W, 3-3) 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moldenhauer 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Kelso 2-3, 2R, BB
Notes: The Lake Monsters overcame a 4-0 deficit with picket fence of crooked numbers, scoring two runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings to win 6-4 in the first game against Brooklyn. Russell Moldenhauer’s two-run double tied the game at 4-4 to help him earn Hitting Star honors alongside Blake Kelso. Starter Matt Grace allowed all four Cyclone runs on three hits and a walk over 4⅔ innings, while Dustin Crane got the win with three scoreless innings of relief.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 3-2 (8 inn.) @ Brooklyn (Game Two)
Starter/Pitching Star: Demmin 5IP 3H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star: Moldenhauer 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: The nightcap also went into “extra” innings, but this time the Cyclones came out on top by a 3-2 score as reliever Wilson Eusebio literally threw the game away with an error on a sacrifice bunt. Reliever Ryan Demmin turned in a strong spot start with five scoreless innings with three hits allowed and three batters struck out. Russ Moldenhauer was the hitter of the game again with a solo HR that gave the Lake Monsters an early 1-0 lead. With the doubleheader split, Vermont remains in third place, 1½ games behind Tri-City with an elimination number of just four with five games to play. Fourth-round draft pick A.J. Cole has been listed to start tonight, which would be his professional debut.

Tuesday’s News and Notes

Three walkoff losses lowlight the last night of August in the Nats’ minors

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 6-4 vs. Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya vs. Anthony Swarzak (5-10, 6.08)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 1-0 (10 inn.) @ New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m. Tanner Roark (11-6, 3.91) vs.
B.J. LaMura (5-6, 3.98)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-3; Lost, 3-2 @ Salem, 7:05 p.m. Marcos Frias (6-5, 6.61) vs.
Miguel Gonzalez (6-2, 3.88)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 10-7 @ Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (4-2, 5.40) vs.
Luis Cruz (7-4, 3.13)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 8-7; Lost, 6-4 @ Brooklyn, 6:00 p.m.
Matt Grace (0-1, 10.80) and
Ryan Demmin (2-1, 1.73) vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 6-4
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (W, 6-7) 5IP 7H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 2HR
Pitching Star: Bisenius (H, 3) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 3-4, R, 2B, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Martinez 2-4, 2R, 2B
Notes: Erik Arnesen won his sixth game, Adam Carr notched his seventh save as the Syrcause Chiefs staved off elimination one more day with their third straight victory.

Harrisburg Senators L, 1-0 (10 inn.)
Starter/Pitching Star: Tatusko 7IP 6H 0R 2BB 3K
Hitting Star: Johnson 1-2, 2BB
Notes: Matt Liuzza led off the bottom of the 10th to break a 0-0 tie and hand the Harrisburg Senators a heartbreaking 1-0 loss. Bowie, however, also lost while Akron won as the Sens’ lead remains a ½ game over the Baysox and 2½ games over the Aeros.

Potomac Nationals W, 5-3 @ Salem (Game One)
Starting Pitcher: Barthmaier (W, 4-1) 5IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Morris (SV, 2) 2IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Walton 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rhinehart 2-3, RBI
Notes: See my take in Last Night In Salem

Potomac Nationals L, 3-2 @ Salem (Game Two)
Starting Pitcher: Lehman 4IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Dials 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Norris 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rooney 1-3, 2B, RBI
Notes: See my take in Last Night In Salem

Hagerstown Suns L, 10-7 @ Lexington
Starting Pitcher: Hicks (L, 1-6) 4IP 9H 5R 5ER 1BB 8K 1HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Hague 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Perez 2-4, 2R, 3SB (59, 60, 61)
Notes: Hagerstown rallied for three in the 7th to pull within two at 7-5, but the Lexington Legends answered right back with three of their own en route to a 10-7 victory and the Suns’ second straight loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 8-7 (12 inn.) vs. Brooklyn
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 3⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 2BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Selik 2⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 7K
Hitting Star #1: Mozingo 3-7, 2R
Hitting Star #2: Martinson 2-6, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: In a continuation from a suspended game from last month, Vermont entered the bottom of the 12th with a runner on second and one out. With two chances to score the tying run, Chad Mozingo struck out and Blake Kelso flew out to end the game.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 6-4 @ brooklyn
Starting Pitcher: Ott 4IP 6H3R 3ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Mozingo 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Notes: A three-run walkoff HR sent the Lake Monsters to a 6-4 defeat, dropping them below .500 and into third place, one game behind Tri-City and a ½ game behind Connecticut with seven games left to play.

Monday’s News and Notes

The Chiefs win in extras, the Sens lose late, the Suns lose early, and the Lake Monsters win big to stay in first

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-1 (10 inn.) @ Buffalo, 7:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (5-7, 3.76) vs.
Fernando Nieve (2-0, 5.40)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 8-7 @ New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (11-3, 2.86) vs.
Scott Richmond (0-0, 2.70)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY @ Salem, 5:35 p.m.
Jimmy Barthmaier (3-1, 4.26) and
Pat Lehman (5-4, 4.96) vs.
Michael Lee (9-6, 4.09) and
Mark Holliman (3-0, 3.38)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 14-1 @ Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Applebee or Hicks vs.
Cameron Bayne (12-9, 3.79)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 11-5 @ Brooklyn, 6:00 p.m.
(comp. of susp. game, regular game)
Billy Ott (0-2, 2.35) vs.

Syracuse Chiefs W, 4-1 @ Buffalo (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Martis 7IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: Balester (W, 3-3) 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Martinez 2-4, 2R, 2B, SB, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Espinosa 2-4
Notes: After surviving a first-and-third threat with one out in the bottom of the ninth, which the Chiefs escaped with a double play, Syracuse put a three-spot on the board in the tenth to win this one 4-1 over Buffalo. Michael Martinez was the offensive force for the Chiefs, his solo home run tying the game at 1-1 in the sixth, and his two-run double breaking the 1-1 tie in the tenth. Starter Shairon Martis gave up just one run on five hits and one walk over seven innings to keep pace with 20-year-old Mets phenom Jenrry Mejia, who went eight innings and struck out nine in his AAA debut. The win keeps pace with wild-card leader Columbus, but the elimination number is now down to just three with seven games left.

Harrisburg Senators L, 8-7 @ New Hampshire
Starting Pitcher: Peacock (ND) 5IP 6H 5R 5ER 3BB 4K 2HR
Pitching Star: VanAllen ⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K (pickoff at 1st base)
Hitting Star #1: Lombardozzi 3-5, R, 2B, SB, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Ivany 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Burgess 2-4, R
Notes: After falling behind 5-0 midway through, the Senators rallied for five to tie in the top of the fifth and took the lead at 6-5 in the top of the seventh. But the bullpen faltered and the Senators fell 8-7. Starter Brad Peacock was knocked for five runs on six hits, including two home runs, while walking three and striking out four. Steve Lombardozzi continues to hit as if he’d been demoted instead of promoted, going 3-for-5 with a double, home run, and three RBI. He also stole a base. The loss shaves the Harrisburg lead over Bowie to just a ½ game, while Akron lost to reduce its elimination number to five.

Potomac Nationals — OFF Day
Notes: With a loss by Wilmington, the P-Nats lead is now 2½ games as they begin a doubleheader tonight against Salem, the first two of a five-game series that will conclude their road slate before heading home this weekend for four games (and another doubleheader) against second-place Kinston, for yet another possible playoff preview.

Hagerstown Suns L, 14-1 @ Lexington
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-9) ⅓ IP 3H 7R 7ER 3BB 1K 1HR 1HBP
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Perez 1-3, R, SB
Notes: A nine-run first put no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lexington would win last night as the Hagerstown Suns were routed 14-1. Starter Paul Demny retired just one of the eight batters he faced, the rest all scored. Every reliever was touched for at least one run, prompting Matt LeCroy to send an infielder (Brett Newsome) out to pitch the eighth. Offensively, the Suns were held to just four hits, with the lone run scoring on a wild pitch.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 11-5 @ Aberdeen
Starting Pitcher: Jenkins 3IP 4H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Swynenberg (W, 4-2) 4IP 2H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Moldenhauer 4-6, R, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Kelso 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, 2BB
Hitting Star #3: Mozingo 3-6, 3R, 2RBI
Notes: Russ Moldenhauer’s two-out, three-run home run was the turning point, as the Lake Monsters went from a 3-2 edge to a 6-2 lead en route to an 11-5 strafing of the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Moldenhauer went 4-for-6 on the night to lead the offensive barrage, which saw the top three batters combine for 10 hits, seven runs, two doubles, and seven RBI. Matt Swynenberg got the win in relief or starter Chad Jenkins, who was touched for two runs on four hits over the first three innings. The win kept place with second-place Connecticut to maintain a ½-game lead.

Sunday’s News and Notes

A split in the Nats’ minors on Sunday

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-2 @ Buffalo, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (8-7, 4.18) vs.
Jenrry Mejia (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) @ New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (2-1, 3.72) vs.
Randy Boone (4-9, 3.65)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-6 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY @ Lexington, 7: Graham Hicks (1-5, 5.24) vs.
Jose Cisnero (6-6, 3.94)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 7-2 @ Aberdeen, 5:35 p.m. Christopher Jenkins (2-6, 4.31) vs.
Justin Anderson (4-4, 5.92)

Syracuse Chiefs W, 3-2 vs. Lehigh Valley
Starting Pitcher: Chico (ND) 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Severino (W, 5-3) 2IP 2H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Martinez 1-2, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Orr 1-3, R, RBI
Notes: Pete Orr singled in pinch-runner Yunesky Maya and Mike Martinez doubled in Orr for the two-run rally that would erase a 2-1 deficit and give the Syracuse Chiefs a 3-2 win over Lehigh Valley. Starter Matt Chico went six innings and gave up both Iron Pig runs on five hits and two walks. Atahualpa Severino pitched the seventh and eighth innings for the win, while Adam Carr came on for a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth save. The win kept pace with wild-card leader Columbus, but the Chiefs still trail by 4½ games.

Harrisburg Senators W, 6-5 vs. Trenton (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Milone 6⅔ IP 6H 2R 2ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Pena 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Pitching Un-Star: James (BS, 1) 1IP 3H 3R 0BB 3K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Lombardozzi 2-4, 3R, BB, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Valdez 2-4, 3B, RBI
Notes: Chris Marrero was intentionally walked to set up a double play and Jesus Valdez showed his disdain with an RBI single to give the Senators a 6-5 win over the Trenton Thunder. The bullpen failed Tom Milone in his bid for win #12, as Chuck James surrendered a two-run HR to the first batter he faced in the top of the seventh to turn a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit. James would give up two more runs in the top of the eighth to extend the Thunder lead to 5-2, but the Senators rallied for three in the bottom half to tie the game at 5-5, thanks to a three-run shot by Marvin Lowrance. The win kept place with third-place Bowie, while fourth-place Akron fell; Harrisburg’s lead remains 1½ over the Baysox and 3½ games over the Aeros.

Potomac Nationals L, 7-6 @ Frederick
Starting Pitcher: Holder 4IP 8H 6R 5ER 2BB 2K 3HR
Pitching Star: Martinez 2⅔ IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Norris 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lyons 2-3, R, 2B, BB
Notes: Pedro Florimon Jr. channeled Homer Simpson with a hit-by-pitch to drive in the winning run and avert a series sweep as the Frederick Keys defeated the Potomac Nationals 7-6. It was the fifth and final lead change as just three times neither team was able to score in either half of the inning. Starter Trevor Holder continues to struggle keeping the ball in the park, as surrendered three home runs in four-plus innings, charged with six runs on eight hits and two walks. Joe Testa took the loss with a rocky ninth inning that featured two hits, two walks (one intentional) and two strikeouts before the run-scoring hit-by-pitch. Despite the opportunity to gain ground, Wilmington fell in extras to Lynchburg.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Notes: The Suns set the 2010 season with a seven-game road trip through Kentucky and West Virginia, three against the Legends, four against the Power. Hagerstown is two games out of the cellar and 1½ games away from fifth place in the second half.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 7-2 @ Aberdeen
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (ND) 6IP 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: Crane 2IP 1H 1R 0ER 2BB 1K
Pitching Un-Star: Meza 5BF, 3H, 2HBP
Hitting Star #1: Keyes 1-4, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: A four-run seventh broke a 2-2 tie and sent Vermont to a 7-2 loss, its fourth in the past five games. Starter Taylor Jordan went the first six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while setting down seven on strikes. The first man out of the bullpen, newly promoted from the GCL Christian Meza, failed to retire a batter, giving up three hits and hitting two batters with two pitches before Dustin Crane was able to get out of the inning with a strikeout, a groundout that sent home one runner, and a popup. Hitters of the game Kevin Keyes and Wade Moore collected the only extra-base hits, as the Lake Monsters were 0-for-8 with RISP and left… wait for it… eight men on base. The loss drops Vermont back into a tie for first place with Connecticut.

Saturday’s News and Notes

Syracuse splits, Harrisburg and GCL lose by one, the P-Nats and Suns win

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-3; Lost, 6-4 vs. Lehigh Valley, 5:00 p.m. Matt Chico (6-7, 3.78) vs.
Vance Worley (1-2, 3.82)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 2-1 vs. Trenton, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (11-5, 2.93 vs.
Dellin Betances (0-0, 1.93)
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-3 @ Frederick, 2:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (2-3, 4.03) vs.
Kenny Moreland (2-2, 5.22)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 7-1 @ Aberdeen, 5:35 p.m. Taylor Jordan (2-2, 5.33) vs.
Tyler Sexton (1-6, 7.20)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. GCL Marlins

Syracuse Chiefs W, 4-3 (Game One) vs. Lehigh Valley
Starting Pitcher: Kown 5⅓ IP 7H 2R 2ER 2BB 1K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Martinez 3-3, R, 2-2B, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Orr 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Mike Martinez’s sole mistake was getting thrown out at home, as the veteran minor-leaguer went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, and 2RBI to help lead the Chiefs past the Iron Pigs 4-3. Andrew Kown started and went 5⅓ innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks to get the win while Josh Wilkie labored through the last 1⅔ innings to get the credit for his seventh save.

Syracuse Chiefs L, 6-4 vs. Lehigh Valley (Game Two)
Starting Pitcher: Mock (L, 0-1) 5IP 7H 4H 4ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Bixler 2-2, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Whiting 3-4, R
Notes: Centerfield was once again the defensive position for the hitter of the game as former major-leaguer Brian Bixler went 2-for-2 with a double and drove in three to lead the Chiefs offense. But it wasn’t enough as starter Garrett Mock was touched for four runs over five innings as Syracuse dropped the nightcap 6-4. The split doubleheader lowered the elimination number for the playoffs to five, as the Chiefs still trail by 4½ games with nine left to play.

Harrisburg Senators L, 2-1 vs. Trenton
Starter/Pitching Star: Thompson (ND) 7IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K
Hitting Star: Marrero 2-4
Notes: Aaron Thompson had his best start in more than three months, allowing just a single run over seven innings on five hits and one walk, but got the no-decision as the Senators were edged 2-1 by the Thunder. Hitting Star Chris Marrero got two of the team’s five hits, but the team went 0-for-9 with RISP. Rafael Martin was touched for the winning (unearned) run during his two innings of relief and was charged with the loss. Bowie also lost, but Akron won to creep to within 2½ games of Harrisburg in the wild-card race.

Potomac Nationals W, 6-4 @ Frederick
Starting Pitcher: Detwiler 3IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: McCoy (SV, 4) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rhinehart 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: Tyler Moore doubled to tie it, and Jamar Walton tripled to get the go-ahead run as the Potomac Nationals rallied for three runs in the ninth to overcome the Frederick Keys by a score of 6-4. Ross Detwiler got the nod to start in a rehab stint and gave up a solo HR to Frederick slugger Ronnie Welty for his one run allowed over three innings. A.J. Morris continues to struggle as a reliever, as all three runners he inherited from Danny Rosenbaum came in to score during the Keys’ three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. The win, coupled with a Wilmington loss, opened up Potomac’s lead to 1½ games (two in the loss column) as the two teams close out their series today, a possible preview of another series to come after Labor Day.

Hagerstown Suns W, 5-2 vs. Delmarva
Starting Pitcher: McCatty 4IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Garcia (W, 4-3) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Newswome 2-4, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Oduber 2-4, 2B
Notes: The Hagerstown Suns closed out their home schedule with a 5-2 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds, putting two games between them and last place in the Sally League’s Northern Divison. Shane McCatty got the call to start and went four innings with one unearned run allowed on one hit while setting down five on strikes. Randolph Oduber’s second game for the Suns saw the 21-year-old go 2-for-4 with a double to earn the coveted Hitting Star honors (that and $2 gets you a coffee, young man). Luis Garcia picked up the win in relief with two scoreless innings while Josh Smoker closed out the ninth for his third save.

McCatty 4.0 1 1 0 0 5

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 7-1 @ Aberdeen
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 3⅔ IP 3H 0R 2BB 2K
Pitching Star: Holland 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 2-4, R, BB, HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 3-5, R, RBI
Notes: A two-run fifth followed by a three-run sixth broke open this pitcher’s duel for a 7-1 runaway victory for the Vermont Lake Monsters, snapping a three-gam losing streak. Ryan Mattheus got the win in relief of starter Bobby Hansen, who went the first 3⅔ innings with just three hits and two walks allowed to go with his two strikeouts. Hitter of the game Jason Martinson was responsible for the fifth-inning rally with a two-run blast that drove in the first of his four RBIs on the night. With the win and a Connecticut loss, Vermont regains sole possession of first place, a ½ game ahead of Tri-City.

GCL Nats L, 3-2 @ GCL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Pedro Encarnacion (L, 0-3) 5IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: Chris Manno 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Wander Nunez 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2SB
Hitting Star #2: Angel Montilla 1-3, R, 3SB
Notes: The GCL Nationals finished the 2010 campaign on a down note, losing to the GCL Marlins 3-2. The batters were held to just four hits, three of which came off the bats of hitters of the game Wander Nunez and Angel Montilla, who also combined to steal five bases. Starter Pedro Encarnacion went five innings, allowing all three Marlin runs on five hits and two walks. Relievers Miguel Navarro and Chris Manno combined for four scoreless innings to finish the game, with Navarro setting down two on strikes and Manno whiffing four.