Columbus dropped the series opener in Toledo 5-2 (box). Collin Balester started for the Clippers, taking the loss with 5 1/3 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks. CF Brandon Watson was 1/4 with a triple and a run scored. CA Brandon Harper was 2/4 with a double. And 2B Bernie Castro and PH Abraham Nunez each drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Notes: LHP Matt Chico was optioned from Washington to Columbus after the game at RFK. The spot opens up a spot for recently acquired OF Wily Mo Pena.
Tonight: RHP Jason Bergmann (0-1, 3.27) makes another rehab start. This time in Toledo against Mud Hens RHP Dennis Tankersley (9-6, 4.75) at 7PM
Luke Montz’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth scored Sheldon Fulse as the Senators walked off with a 2-1 victory on Friday night (box/gamer). Fulse (1/4) generated that run on his speed, beating out an infield single, going to second on an errant throw, moving to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a foul out to left. Harrisburg could only muster three other hits (including an RBI double by 1B Josh Whitesell) but that was more than enough offense for Beltran Perez and Brett Campbell. Perez went seven strong innings allowing no runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Campbell’s only mistake of his two innings of relief was a solo home run.
Tonight: RHP Jim Magrane (4-8, 4.24) takes on Bowie RHP Radhames Liz (11-4, 3.29) at 6:05PM
Pitching was the first order of business for Potomac as well. Marco Estrada and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout in Myrtle Beach as the P-Nats beat the Pelicans 2-0 (box). Estrada evened his record at 3-3 with 6 2/3 no-hit/no run innings walking four and striking out eight. Jack Spradlin and Josh Perrault pitched the final 2 1/3 innings allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out four. SS Ian Desmond was 1/2 with a run scored. LF Chris Marrero was 1/2 with three walks and one RBI. DH Matt Rogelstad was 2/5. And 3B Leonard Davis was 2/5 with a double and a run scored.
Tonight: LHP Cory VanAllen (2-5, 6.35) takes the mound in Myrtle Beach against Pelicans RHP Jairo Cuevas (6-11, 3.65) at 7:05PM
Continuing the trend of solid pitching, the Hagerstown Suns scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Greensboro 2-1 (box). 2007 5th round selection Brad Meyers pitched well but got the no-decision. Over six innings, Meyers allowed only one run (a solo home run) on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Joe Welsh picked up the win in relief with 1 1/3 innings allowing only two hits. Josh Wilkie picked up the save with 1 2/3 shutout innings with three strikeouts. LF Francisco Guzman drove in the game-winning runs with a two run single.
Tonight: RHP Erik Arnesen (5-6, 4.81) takes on Greensboro RHP Christhian Martinez (8-3, 3.87) at 7:05PM
Vermont lost its second straight game out of the All-Star break (and their fifth out of the last six) as the Lake Monsters fell 3-1 to Lowell (box/gamer). Cole Kimball took the loss allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings of work while striking out five. Randy Matias made his Vermont debut with three shutout inningsgiving up two hits and one walk while striking out three. CF Boomer Whiting had half of the Vermont hits going 4/5 with a triple and two stolen bases (26 on the season).
Tonight: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-1, 2.34) faces Vermont LHP Felix Doubront (0-1, 12.60) at 5:05PM
While GCL Nationals pitchers did strike out fourteen batters, they also allowed sixteen hits in a 9-5 loss to the GCL Marlins (box). Wuillys Bravo made the start allowing three runs on five hits over three innings of work. Kai Tuomi gave up two runs and struck out three in his one inning. Jeff McCollum was the only GCL Nats pitcher to go without being scored upon with two innings allowing two hits and striking out two. Noel de Leon took the loss allowing a run on three hits over one inning. Justin Phillabaum allowed three runs (one earned) over the final two innings striking out four. SS Stephen King was 2/5 with a run scored. DH Yhonson Lopez was 2/4 with a run and two RBI. And CA Sandy Leon was 2/4 with one run and one RBI.
Today: The GCL Nationals host the GCL Dodgers at 10AM
The DSL Nationals1 edged the DSL Padres 5-3 (box). 20-year old RHP Juan Jamie picked up the win with three innings allowing only two his and one unearned run. 22-year old RHP Carlos Peralta picked up his 16th save with a scoreless ninth. 21-year old CF Juan Beltre was 0/2 with one RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. 19-year old 1B Eduardo Urbina was 2/4 with an RBI. The DSL Nationals2 lost to the DSL Mets 3-1 (box). 17-year old LHP Joel Campana-Ventura made his first start of the season count with five shutout innings allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out six. 20-year old 1B Victor Vizcaino had two hits in the losing effort.
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