Columbus took two out of three games over the weekend against Louisville, winning 12-9 on Friday (box/gamer); winning 3-2 on Saturday (box/gamer); and losing 3-1 on Sunday (box).
- Friday: The Clippers won a slugfest led by CA Brandon Harper who was 4/5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored. 2B Bernie Castro was 3/6 with three runs scored. LF Kory Casto was 2/6 with three RBI. 1B Larry Broadway was 2/5 with a double and two RBI. RF Abraham Nunez was 2/4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Collin Balester started but did not figure in the decision, going four innings allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks. Chris Booker picked up his 28th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
- Saturday: Abraham Nunez’s (2/3) two-run home run in the seventh tied the game and a sacrifice fly by CA Juan Brito (0/2) put the Clippers ahead to stay. Billy Traver gave Columbus five strong innings allowing only a solo home run among his five hits while striking out six. Jon Albaladejo picked up the win in relief with two innings allowing a solo home run and striking out one. Chris Booker added his 29th save striking out two in a perfect ninth.
- Sunday: Columbus missed ou on the three-game road sweep as they could muster only four hits (two for extra bases, doubles by Bernie Castro and Melvin Dorta). Chris Michalak took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings of work.
- Notes: RHP Beltran Perez was added from Harrisburg. LHP John Lannan was sent down from Washington (he’ll likely not pitch and only occupy a roster spot there until September 1st roster expansion). RHP Jason Bergmann was activated from the DL
Tonight: The Clippers open a series in Indianapolis with a doubleheader starting at 6:00PM. LHP Matt Chico (1-0, 0.00) & possibly RHP Beltran Perez (NR) throwing for Columbus.
Harrisburg split a four-game series in Altoona. After losing on Thursday, the Senators won 6-5 on Friday (box/gamer); lost 7-6 on Saturday (box/gamer); and won 6-3 on Sunday (box/gamer).
- Friday: Jim Magrane scattered four runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings but it took a pair of solo home runs in the top of the ninth for the Senators to pull out the win. Adam Carr picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings allowing one run on one hit and two walks. David Trahan got the save with a scoreless ninth. CF Roger Bernadina (1/4 with two runs and one SB) and LF Frank Diaz (2/4 with two runs and one SB) hit solo home runs in the top of the ninth giving Harrisburg the lead for good. 3B/LF Dan Dement was 3/5 with two doubles and three RBI in his first game back since the birth of his second child.
- Saturday: Harrisburg blew a 6-2 lead, kicking away an ugly game in which they made five errors. 2B Brandon Powell was 3/4 with a double and two runs scored. RF Frank Diaz was 2/5 with a double and a run scored. CA Luke Montz was 2/4 with a double and three RBI. Garrett Mock started for Harrisburg allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings of work. A more promising sign was his 9/4 groundball/flyball ratio, Mock is at his best when he gets groundballs. The bullpen (Carlos Martinez, Alex Morales, and Zech Zinicola) allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks over the final three innings.
- Sunday: Justin Jones made his return to Harrisburg, picking up the victory with six innings allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out six and not walking a batter. David Trahan and Brett Campbell pitched the final three scoreless innings allowing only one baserunner. Roger Bernadina was 1/5 with a double, two RBI and his 39th stolen base of the season. SS Marcos Yepez was 3/4 with a double and a run scored. LF Sheldon Fulse was 2/4 with a double and two runs scored. 3B Ofilio Castro was 3/4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and one run scored.
Notes: LHP Justin Jones was added from Potomac, replacing RHP Beltran Perez. Geoff Morrow of the Patriot News says give 1B Josh Whitesell a shot at the majors.
Tonight: Harrisburg opens up their final homestand of the season with LHP Mike O’Connor (3-6, 6.50) taking on Erie RHP Eulogio De La Cruz (4-5, 3.57) at 6:35PM
Potomac battled both the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the elements over the weekend. On Friday, they defeated the Pelicans 5-1 (box/gamer); were rained out on Saturday; and only got half of their doubleheader in on Sunday, taking the first game 4-1 (box) and having game two suspended after an inning with the P-Nats leading 4-0. The game will be completed this evening as part of a doubleheader with the regularly scheduled game (two seven inning games).
- Friday: Marco Estrada held the Pelicans scoreless over six innings allowing only four hits and striking out seven without walking a batter. Estrada is now 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA over four August starts.Jack Spradlin and Clint Everts pitched the final three innings allowing three hits and one unearned run while striking out four. SS Ian Desmond was 2/4 with a double, run scored, and two RBI. CF Mike Daniel was 1/3 with a triple, run scored, and two RBI. And LF Chris Marrero was 2/4 with one RBI.
- Sunday: Shairon Martis threw a seven inning complete game allowing only one run on five hits with five strikeouts. Martis moved to 13-8 on the season. CF Justin Maxwell was 1/2 with a solo home run, his tenth in the Carolina League and 24th overall. LF Mike Daniel was 2/2 with a double and two RBI. Daniel is hitting 297/363/463 since his promotion to Potomac.
Today: The P-Nats resume Sunday’s second game at 5:35PM with LHP Ross Detwiler (1-2, 6.57) taking over for Potomac against Myrtle Beach RHP Jeff Lyman (0-5, 9.39). In the second game, either LHP Cory VanAllen (2-6, 6.14) or RHP Clint Everts (3-10, 5.12) will take the mound for Potomac against Pelicans RHP Ryan Drese (0-1, 3.60)
The Hagerstown Suns played a four-game home & home series with the Lakewood BlueClaws the first two in Lakewood followed by two in Hagerstown). On Friday, the Suns defeated the BlueClaws 7-4 (box); on Saturday, they won again in Lakewood 3-1 (box); but lost the first game of their home series 10-2 (box). The fourth game is scheduled for this evening.
- Friday: 1B Robby Jacobsen was 2/4 with a double and three RBI. Newcomer RF Robby Tolan was 2/5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Tolan was signed by the Nationals this year as an undrafted minor league free agent. CF Francisco Plasencia was 2/5 with one RBI and one run scored. SS Michael Martinez was 3/5 with a run and a stolen base. Jeff Mandel picked up the win allowing three runs on four hits and two walks over five innings with six strikeouts. Yader Peralta picked up the save with two hitless/scoreless innings striking out four.
- Saturday: Hagerstown used four pitchers to hold the BlueClaws to one run on six hits . Chris Lugo started and went 4 1/3 innings allowing the only run on four hits with three strikeouts. Coby Mavroulis picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief and Josh Wilkie got his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Michael Martinez was 2/4 with one run scored and a stolen base. 3B Trevor Lawhorn was 2/4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. DH Marcos Cabral was 1/4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Robby Tolan was 1/3 with a walk.
- Sunday: The Suns return home was error-filled as Hagerstown made four errors leading to five unearned runs. Zach Baldwin took the loss allowing eight runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings. Marcos Cabral was 2/3 with one RBI. Robby Tolan was 2/4 with a run scored and his a hit in all three of his games for Hagerstown.
Tonight: LHP Yunior Novoa (5-11, 4.44) takes on Lakewood RHP Darren Byrd (8-10, 4.15) at 7:05PM
Vermont got one strong starting pitching performance, one average one, and one clunker as the Lake Monsters beat Staten Island 10-0 on Friday (box/gamer); lost two to Brooklyn 14-3 on Saturday (box/gamer) and 8-2 on Sunday (box/gamer).
- Friday: Jordan Zimmermann pitched six shutout innings allowing only four hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter. Randy Matias picked up the save with three innings of three-hit relief, striking out five. DH Boomer Whiting was 2/4 with two RBI, two runs and one stolen base. 2B Stephen King was 2/4 with a double, run scored and two RBI … King has got at least one hit in all six of his games in Vermont. 1B Bill Rhinehart was 2/4 with a two-run home run. 3B Anthony Benner was 3/4 with one RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
- Saturday: Glenn Gibson was blasted for seven runs on five hits and two walks in only 1 1/3 innings of work. RF Michael Burgess was 1/4 with a solo home run, his first in Vermont. DH Stephen Englund was 1/2 with a double, two walks and one run scored. 1B Jean Alvarez was 2/4 with two RBI and actually finished the game on the mound with one inning allowing no runs on one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
- Sunday: Adrian Alaniz allowed three runs on four hits over five innings of work, striking out six. Boomer Whiting was 1/3 with a double, walk, and one run. Anthony Benner was 1/3 with one RBI.
- Notes: LHPs Josh Smoker and Jack McGeary have both joined the Lake Monsters and were seen in uniform in the dugout for yesterday’s game … OF Mark Gildea was activated from the DL, while OF Garrett Bass was placed on the DL … 2B Stephen King & 1B Bill Rhinehart are nursing sore hamstrings
Tonight: RHP Colton Willems (3-1, 2.03) wraps up the three-game series with Brooklyn and RHP Dillon Gee (2-1, 2.58) at 7:05PM
The GCL Nationals game on Friday was postponed by rain. On Saturday, they dropped a 9-6 12-inning decision to the GCL Mets (box). And were not scheduled to play on Sunday. Patrick Arnold started on Saturday, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks over three innings with five strikeouts. Bradley Clark made his second appearance,a llowing two runs on two hits with five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings. 1B Zach Booker was 2/5 with a double and two RBI. 2B Angel de Castro was 2/5 with a double. SS Frank Cruz was 0/5 but stole two bases. LF/3B Clint Pridmore was 1/4 with two RBI and one stolen base.
Today: The GCL Nationals wrap up their season with a 10:00AM game against the GCL Marlins
The DSL Nationals2 wrapped up their season dropping a 4-3 game to the DSL Padres (box). Joel Campana-Ventura started, striking out three over two scoreless innings. The DSL Nats2 managed only two hits, a single by Felix Fermin Jr and a double by Jose Altuve.
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