Minor League News & Notes … Mark Zuckerman has a few of the names of the Nationals farmhands attending the Instructional League Forty-nine Nationals farmhands will participate in the Fall Instructional League. Workouts begin Sept. 17 in Viera, Fla., with a 16-game schedule beginning Sept. 22.
Among the organization’s top prospects playing this fall are pitchers Luis Atilano, Glenn Gibson, Josh Smoker, Colton Willems and Jordan Zimmermann; infielders Stephen King and Esmailyn Gonzalez; and outfielders Michael Burgess, Mike Daniel and Chris Marrero. I am working on getting the complete list of attendees … speaking of fall/winter league baseball, I have confirmed that given the Nationals will be holding an Instructional League, they will not be sending any players to the Hawaii Winter Baseball League
Columbus had a forgettable evening in Indianapolis, dropping the game 9-3 (box). Billy Traber allowed eight runs (four earned) on nine hits in only 3 2/3 innings. 2B Bernie Castro was 2/4 with a run scored; 1B Larry Broadway was 1/3 with a solo home run; and 2B Brent Abernathy was 3/4 with a double, run scored and RBI.
Tonight: Columbus opens up their final home stand of the season, a two-game series against Toledo with Clippers LHP Chris Michalak (5-7, 3.13) versus Mudhens RHP Virgil Vasquez (12-5, 3.48) at 7:25PM
Harrisburg fell behind early and never got back into it, losing 7-2 to Erie (box). Garrett Mock made his final Eastern League start of the season surrendering all seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and five walks over six innings, striking out five. Devin Perrin and David Trahan provided a combined three shutout innings of relief, allowing only one hit and striking out three. CF Roger Bernadina was 2/4 with his 40th stolen base of the season. And, DH Josh Whitesell was 1/3 with a double, run, and RBI, returning to the lineup after back spasms caused him to miss the last week.
Tonight: Harrisburg opens their final series of the season, a four-game home stand with Reading. Senators LHP Justin Jones (1-0, 4.91) matches up with Phillies RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-3, 4.48) at 6:35PM
Potomac won their tenth straight game, riding strong pitching from Marco Estrada and home runs from Justin Maxwell and Ian Desmond to a 3-2 victory over Lynchburg (box). Estrada finished hisCarolina League season 5-3 after throwing six innings allowing two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts. Estrada finished the month of August 4-1 with a 2.61ERA and 1.03WHIP with 33 strikeouts and only five walks in 31IP. CF Justin Maxwell was 2/4 with a pair of solo home runs. Maxwell now has twenty-six combine home runs, twelve in the Carolina League, and ten alone in the month of August. SS Ian Desmond was 2/4 with a double and a solo home run. And LF Mike Daniel was 3/3 with a walk.
Tonight: Potomac plays their final home game of the season tonight against Lynchburg. P-Nats RHP Shairon Martis (13-8, 4.47) throws against Hillcats RHP Derek Hankins (8-5, 5.20 ERA) at 7:35PM
Hagerstown’s game with Delmarva was called due to inclement weather in the eighth innings with game knotted at 2-2, neither teams will be credited with a win or charged with a loss, but the statistics will count (box). Chris Lugo pitched five innings allowing only one run on six hits. Yader Peralta threw two shutout innings of relief allowing one hit and two walks. Josh Wilkie allowed the game-tying run on one hit in one inning of work. SS Michael Martinez was 3/3 with a run scored. RF Joe Napoli was 1/3 with one RBI. And, CA John Poppert was 2/3 with one RBI.
Tonight: Hagerstown opens their final home series of the season, a two-gamer against Lakewood at 7:05PM. Suns LHP Zach Baldwin (4-5, 3.76) faces BlueClaws LHP Antonio Bastardo (9-0, 1.87)
Vermont finally got back on track with Jordan Zimmermann starting in his second straight shutout, blanking Oneonta 6-0 (box/gamer). Zimmermann allowed only one hit in his five innings of work, walking one and striking out nine to move to 5-1 on the season. Zimmermann is 3-0 in August with a 1.17ERA and 1.09WHIP with 31 strikeouts and seven walks in 23 IP. Caleb Staudt and Luke Pisker pitched the final four innings allowing only one additional hit and striking out a combined six. SH Boomer Whiting was 1/5 with his 31st steal of the season (in 54 games). 1B Aaron Seuss was 2/3 with a run and RBI. RF Michael Burgess was 3/3 with one run and one RBI. CF Stephen Englund was 1/4 with one RBI.
Tonight: LHP Glenn Gibson (4-2, 2.79) wraps up the quick two-game home series with Oneonta at 7:05PM. He’ll be opposed by Tigers RHP Jay Sborz (0-0, 4.32)
The DSL Nationals1 got their first taste of playoff action as they rallied from a 9-8 deficit to walk off with a 10-9 victory over the DSL Angels on an Eduardo Urbina single in the bottom of the ninth (box). Urbina was 2/4 with a double and three RBI. RF/LF Valerio Heredia was 1/4 with three runs scored and one RBI. DH Danny Taveras was 2/4 with a double, stolen base, two runs, and two RBI. LF Juan Beltre was 2/4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Federico Tanco started for the DSL Nats1 allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings,s triking out six. Juan Jamie pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing a run on two hits but getting all four outs on strikeouts. Carlos Peralta blew the save allowing an unearned run in his two innings of work but picked up the win when the Nats rallied in the ninth.
Today: The DSL Nationals1 look to close out the best-of-three series with an 11:00AM game in San Pedro de Macorís at Anaheim’s Complex. The winner of this series will take on the winner of the DSL Yankees1 and DSL Pirates series (Yankees1 leading 1-0)
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