Columbus wrapped up the season with a five-game series against Toledo over the Labor Day weekend, winning two of the five:
- Friday: Lost 5-2 (box/gamer): Chris Michalak started and went eight innings allowing five runs on ten hits and three walks with five strikeouts. CF Ryan Langerhans was 2/4 with a run scored. DH Abraham Nunez was 2/4. 1B Larry Broadway was 1/4 with a double and two RBI.
- Saturday: Won 4-0 (box/gamer): Levale Speigner closed out his 2007 in strong fashion, blanking the Mud Hens on two hits over seven shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked only one. Arnie Munoz and Chris Booker finished it off with two shutout innings of one-hit relief. DH Abraham Nunez was 2/4 with a two-run home run, his seventeenth of the season. 1B Larry Broadway was 2/3 with a solo home run, his thirteenth of the season. 3B Brent Abernathy was 2/4 with a run scored. SS Melvin Dorta was 2/2 with one RBI and two stolen bases.
- Sunday 1: Lost 5-4 (box): Beltran Perez was smacked around for five runs on ten hits in just 3 1/3 innings. CF Ryan Langerhans was 2/4 with a run scored. 2B Bernie Castro was 1/3 with two runs scored and his 34th stolen base of the season. RF Abraham Nunez was 2/4 with a pair of RBI.
- Sunday 2: Lost 6-4 (box/gamer): Craig Stammen, who was called up from Potomac over the weekend allowed five runs on four hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. 2B Bernie Castro was 2/4 with a double, run scored and RBI. RF Abraham Nunez was 1/3 with a double and RBI. CA Juan Brito was 2/3 with a double and run scored.
- Monday: Won 4-3 (box). CF Ryan Langerhans was 2/4 with a double and a ninth inning two-run home run that proved decisive in the 4-3 victory. 1B Larry Broadway was 0/3 with a sacrifice fly. SS Manny Alexander was 3/4 with a double and two runs scored. Collin Balester made the final start of the season, allowing two runs on four hits and one walks with eight strikeouts. Chris Booker picked up the win with two shutout innings of relief allowing only one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.
Harrisburg wrapped up their season with a four-game series with Reading, winning three of four:
- Friday: Won 8-6 (box/gamer). Justin Jones moved to 2-0 in the Eastern League scattering five runs (four earned) on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Zech Zinicola and Adam Carr closed out the game with 2 2/3 innings of two-hit/one-run relief striking out four. CF Roger Bernadina was 3/5 with a grand slam home run. 3B Dan Dement was 2/5 with a double and a solo home run. RF Frank Diaz was 2/4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
- Saturday: Lost 5-1 (box/gamer). Mike O’Connor allowed four runs on five hits over five innings of working, falling to 3-7 on the season. Carlos Martinez pitched three scoreless innings of relief allowing only one walk. Harrisburg could manage only three hits on the evening, singles by Marcos Yepez and Ofilio Castro and a double by Javi Herrera.
- Sunday: Won 18-3 (box/gamer). The Senators broke out the lumber on Sunday with every starter (except the pitcher, though reliever Mike Hinckley was 2/2) getting at least one hit and every player who had an AB (pitchers included) scored at least one run. CF Sheldon Fulse was 3/4 with three runs and two RBI. S Marcos Yepez was 2/4 with two RBI. LF Dan Dement was 1/4 with two runs and two RBI. 1B Josh Whitesell was 2/4 with a double, home run, and three RBI. 2B Brandon Powell was 1/5 with a grand slam. CA Luke Montz was 3/5 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. This was more than enough offense for starter Gerald Plexico who picked up the win with six innings of four-hit ball allowing both runs on solo home runs. Hinckley returned from the DL (Frank Diaz was returned to the DL with back spasms) and threw two innings allowing two hits and one run.
- Monday: Won 8-3 (box/gamer). RF Steve Mortimer was 2/4 with a grand slam and five RBI. CA Javi Herrera was 2/4 with a solo homer. 3B Ofilio Castro was 2/3 with a triple and one RBI.And, 2B Brandon Powell was 1/3 with two runs and one RBI. Jim Magrane picked up the win allowing only two runs on five hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.
- Senators manager Scott Little will be leaving the Nationals organization.
Potomac entered the weekend as a longshot to force a one-game playoff with Wilmington on Tuesday. Unfortunately for the P-Nats, despite their win 4-0 over Lynchburg on Friday, Wilmington’s 4-0 shutout of Salem ended the playoff chances. Potomac then wrapped up their season on the road in Wilmington, winning only one out of three games, but finishing as the only full season Nationals team with an above 0.500 record.
- Friday: Won 4-0 over Lynchburg (box/gamer). Shairon Martis was masterful on Friday night, keeping the Hillcats off-balance the entire game with an assortment of pitches. Martis allowed only four hits over eight innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Jack Spradlin pitched a scoreless ninth sealing the win. Martis was aided by spectacular defense led by CF Justin Maxwell who brought back a home run from Lynchburg’s Tripper Johnson. RF Mike Daniel was 1/2 with a walk, double, and two RBI. SS Ian Desmond was 2/3 with a run scored. Maxwell and LF Chris Marerro each had an RBI. And, 3B Greg Thissen was 0/1 with two runs scored, including a home plate collision jarring the ball loose.
- Saturday: Lost to Wilmington 2-1 (box). Cory VanAllen scattered nine hits and two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Greg Bunn and Clint Everts pitched the final 2 1/3 innings allowing only one walk. Potomac could only manage four hits on the evening, singles by SS Ian Desmond, 3B Leonard Davis, & 1B Brett McMillan and a double by Matt Rogelstad.
- Sunday: Lost to Wilmington 2-1 (box). Brad Meyers final start of the season was a mixed bag. He allowed no runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, but he walked five Blue Rocks hitters. Jack Spradlin closed his season strong with two shutout innings allowing no hits, walking only one and striking out four. SS Ian Desmond was 2/4. CF Justin Maxwell was 1/4 with a double and a run scored. 2B Matt Rogelstad was 2/4.
- Monday: Won over Wilmington 11-5 (box). Ross Detwiler made the final start of the season allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks over three innings with two strikeouts. Gene Yost picked up the win with four innings of relief allowing only one run on three hits with three strikeouts. CF Justin Maxwell was 1/3 with a three run home run, LF Chris Marrero was 2/5 with a solo home run, and 3B Leonard Davis was 2/5 with a two-run homer. CA Devin Ivany was 2/5 with a double, stolen base, RBI and two runs scored. And, 1B Brett McMillan was 2/4 with two RBI.
Hagerstown wrapped up their season with a four games against Lakewood, winning three of four.
- Friday: Lost 12-0 (box). The Suns made nine errors leading to five unearned runs. There were errors for everybody, SS Michael Martinez made three (40 on the season), 3B Trevor Lawhorn made two (8 in his short time), 2B Marcos Cabral mad two (25 on the season), and single errors by CF Francisco Plasencia and 1B Robby Jacobsen. Plasencia was 2/4, Cabral was 3/5, and Jacobsen was 3/4.
- Saturday: Won 7-0 (box). Yunior Novoa and three relievers combined on a five five-hit shutout. Novoa went the first four allowing only two hits and three walks while striking out three. Joseph Welsh picked up the win with two one-hit innings, walking and striking out one. SS Michael Martinez was 1/4 with a triple and two RBI. 3B Trevor Lawhorn was 3/5 with a double, triple, home run, two runs and three RBI.1B Robby Jacobsen was 2/4 with one RBI.
- Sunday: Won 4-1 (box). Erik Arnesen picked up the win in his final start allowing only one run on three hits and one walk over seven innings of work with four strikeouts. Aaron Jackson picked up the save with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit and striking out one. 1B Robby Jacobsen was 1/3 with a double and three RBI and 2B Marcos Cabral was 1/4 with a solo home run.
- Monday: Won 2-1 (box). Jeff Mandel and two relievers combined on a six-hitter ending the Suns season on a winning note. Mandel went five innings allowing all six hits and one run with four strikeouts. Yader Peralta picked up the win with three no-hit shutout innings of relief, striking out two and Josh Wilkie picked up his 11th save of the season with a perfect ninth, striking out two. RF Joe Napoli and 1B Robby Jacobsen each had a double and one RBI, while 3B Trevor Lawhorn and CA John Poppert scored the Hagerstown runs.
Vermont played four games over the Labor Day weekend, dropping one to Oneonta and losing two out of the first three games against Lowell.
- Friday: Lost to Oneonta 5-4 (box/gamer). Glenn Gibson’s struggles after early dominance continued as he allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits over five innings with four strikeouts. LF Boomer Whiting was 2/4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases (he now has 33 on the season). DH Mark Gildea was 1/4 with two RBI. And, SS Dan Lyons was 1/2 with one RBI.
- Saturday: Lost to Lowell 4-0 (box/gamer). Josh Smoker and Jack McGeary made their professional debuts, one good and one not so good. Smoker started and three two scoreless/hitless innings allowing one walk and striking out three. McGeary went one allowing two runs on one hit and two walks with two strikeouts. Adrian Alaniz took over allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits over four innings with four strikeouts. RF Michael Burgess was 2/3 with a double.
- Sunday: Lost to Lowell 7-4 (box). Colton Willems allowed four runs (only one earned) on five hits and two walks over five innings of work, striking out four. CA Sean Rooney was 2/4 with a run scored. RF Michael Burgess was 1/5 with a run. CF Stephen Englund was 1/4 with one RBI. 2B Jean Alvarez was 2/4 with a double. And, 3B Anthony Benner was 2/4.
- Monday: Won 9-5 over Lowell (box/gamer). The Lake Monsters bats finally woke up, pounding out 15 hits. LF Boomer Whiting was 3/4 with one RBI and two runs scored. 1B Aaron Seuss was 1/5 with two RBI. DH Garrett Bass was 2/5 with a home run and two RBI. CF Stephen Englund was 2/3 with a home run and two RBI. And, 3B Anthony Benner was 2/4 with a run scored. Hassan Pena started, going five innings allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with five strikeouts. Ryan Buchter picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief, striking out two. And Randy Matias worked a scoreless seventh, striking out the side.
- Glenn Gibson was placed on the DL over the weekend. I’m trying to find out the reason UPDATE: Tip of the hat to Freda who gave me the information, Gibson was shut down to open up a roster spot for Garrett Bass. There was nothing specifically injury related other than a tired arm.
Tonight: RHP Cole Kimball (2-6, 4.40) wraps up the series with Lowell with the final 2007 game in Vermont at 7:05PM
The DSL Nationals1 became the first Washington team to not only reach the playoffs but also reach the championship series, defeating the DSL Angels 5-2 on Friday (box) moving on to the best-of-five championship series with the DSL Yankees1. 20-year old RHP Jorge Urena picked up the win with six scoreless innings allowing only four hits, walking three and striking out three. 22-year old RHP Carlos Peralta picked up the save striking out the only batter he faced. 19-year old 1B Eduardo Urbina was 2/4 with two runs scored and 19-year old 3B Yeurys Tejeda was 2/4 with a home run and two RBI. On Monday, the DSL Nationals1 took the opener of the DSL championship, winning the first game at home over the DSL Yankees1 3-2,. CA Danny Taveras was 2/4 with a double. Marcos Frias started and went six innings allowing three hits, two walks and two runs (one earned). Juan Jamie relieved Frias, walking one and striking out two. Valerio Heredia was 2/4 with a run scored and Dani Arias was 2/3 with a run scored and two RBI.
Today: Game two between the DSL Nationals1 and DSL Yankees1 is played at the home of the Yankees at 10:30AM
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