The Syracuse Chiefs scored 12 runs in the top of the ninth inning en route to a 16-5 pasting of Rochester (box/gamer). RHP Shairon Martis scattered five runs on ten hits and two walks over 6IP with three strikeouts. RHP Josh Wilkie picked up the win in relief, retiring all five batters he faced. 3B Pete Orr was 3/4 with a double, homer, two runs & three RBI; RF Kory Casto was 3/5 with two runs scored; 1B Mike Morse was 4/6 with a triple, three runs & three RBI; DH Brad Eldred was 1/5 with a two-run homer; CF Justin Maxwell was 1/5 with a two RBI, two stolen bases & three runs scored; SS Ian Desmond was 0/5; and 2B Marcos Yepez was 3/4 with three RBI. Notes: IF Mike Morse was added to the Washington roster replacing the DFA RHP Logan Kensing. No word yet on who will join the Chiefs to replace Morse. Additionally, OF Mike Vento was placed on the DL over the weekend and replaced by 1B Brad Eldred who activated from the DL.
Today: Buffalo (pitcher TBA) at Syracuse RHP Marco Estrada (8-4, 3.85) 7PM
Harrisburg did not play on Monday. Notes: As previously posted, 1B Chris Marrero has joined the Senators but no word yet on who he replaces though sources have suggested to me that it may be an OF.
Today: Altoona LHP Kyle Bloom (4-8, 4.09) at Harrisburg LHP Aaron Thompson (0-1, 4.22) 7PM
Potomac did not play on Monday. Notes: LHP Ricardo Pecina joined the P-Nats replacing Marrero. The P-Nats are still one player short of a full roster and it should be a bat (they have two hitters on the bench right now). Perhaps 1B Tyler Moore from the Suns?
Today: Potomac RHPs Trevor Holder (1-1, 7.11) & Adam Carr (1-4, 5.61) at Winston-Salem (pitchers TBA) 6PM
The Suns fell behind 6-0 early and could not rally, falling 7-5 to Augusta (box/gamer). RHP Paul Demny allowed six runs on three hits and five walks over 2 2/3IP while striking out three. LHP Austin Garrett struck out three over two shutout innings of relief. 2B Stephen Lombardozzi was 2/4 with a double, walk,stolen base & two runs; CA Derek Norris was 1/2 with three walks & two runs scored; 1B Tyler Moore was 1/4 with one RBI; CF Charlie Fermaint was 2/4 with two RBI; RF Robby Jacobsen was 2/5; and PH/DH Steve Souza was 1/2 with one RBI. Notes: The Suns are down one player with the promotion of Pecina. Vermont LHP Evan Bronson could be the choice after the All-Star game.
Today: No game scheduled
Vermont is on the New York/Penn League All-Star break. 2B Francisco Soriano, SS Sean Nicol, LHSP Mitchell Clegg, and LHRP Evan Bronson will represent the Monsters.
Today: New York/Penn League All-Star game at State College 7:15PM
The GCL Nationals did not play on Monday.
Today: GCL Nationals at GCL Cardinals 12PM
The DSL Nationals lost a rain-shortened 5-0 game to the DSL White Sox (box). RHP Manuel Rivera pitched one inning, allowing a hit and striking out one. LHP Raudy Almonte took the loss, surrendering four runs on four hits and four walks over just 1 1/3IP. The DSL Nationals managed only four hits, three by SS Carlos Alvarez and one by 1B Juan Urdaneta.
Today: DSL Indians at DSL Nationals 10:30AM
#1 by Wallyball - August 18th, 2009 at 08:06
How could you possibly have put this together too? Didn’t you know that last night was the signing deadline?
Great job all around, Brian.
#2 by Brian Oliver - August 18th, 2009 at 08:10
and the answer is an extra large Dunkin Donuts coffee
#3 by Sue Dinem - August 18th, 2009 at 08:12
Doesn’t it make more sense to drop Rhinehart down than bring up Moore? Clearly, they did not promote Marrero to sit the bench in Harrisburg and Rhinehart will more easily handle the CL pitchers over a three- (or more) week period.
#4 by estuartj - August 18th, 2009 at 08:26
Sure sign that Derrick Norris is the real deal, he’s slumping sure (.121 avg in last 10 games), but he’s also gotten 11 walk in that span and an obp just over .333 – this is how good hitters remain productive when they either aren’t swinging the bat very well or just aren’t getting balls to fall in for them.
I’m looking forward to seeing him in Potomac next year!
#5 by mcgalinmd - August 18th, 2009 at 08:54
estuartj, let’s hope Derek Norris works on his defensive skills before he gets to you from the Suns. He’s a great hitter, but as the season has gone on, his lack of experience behind the plate shows. Just last night, he really should have been given 2 errors on passed balls that he was not. Seemingly refuses to shift weight and put his body in front of the ball, attempts to backhand pitches that are not in front of him instead of turning his glove over or shifting weight. Even Coach LeCroy states that “he has to want to listen to directions first”….but i’ll tell you this, he threw out 2 runners last night with the ball getting to 2nd base and the runner still about 10 feet away. :o)
#6 by Marcus - August 18th, 2009 at 09:30
yea lets all hope he can improve is defense in the AFL this summer.
#7 by Chris - August 18th, 2009 at 10:28
I still don’t think Derek will make the bigs as a catcher. The sooner the Nats come to that realization, the sooner his development at first or one of the corner OF spots can begin.
#8 by estuartj - August 18th, 2009 at 11:13
If Norris needs to come out from behind the plate he looks more like a first baseman than a outfielder, but I haven’t seen him play.
For 2010 I think the 3 positions we need focus on are catcher (Flores keeps getting hurt and I think back-up catcher is the most. Under utilized spot on the roster), and the middle infileld, especially 2B but also a good alternative to Guzman if/when he is traded.
#9 by Chris - August 18th, 2009 at 11:25
I think Sean Rooney should get a long look at winning the back-up catcher job in ST. History says Flores will get hurt at some point in 2010, so there should be a good amount of PT available to whoever wins that job.
The MI is definitely in need of an upgrade too. No more Belliard and Hernandez, meaning Guzzie and Gonzo are our only major league ready options. I’m really hoping Desmond gets a call to the bigs in September to see what he can do. I’m afraid his shaky glove will keep him off short though. I’d love to see us sign an Adam Kennedy type player for 2010.
#10 by SpringfieldFan - August 18th, 2009 at 11:33
I’m still trying to figure out how Morse fits into the infield plan, too. He played short for the Mariners in ‘05, but presumably he continues to be viewed as a backup at that position.
#11 by Pilchard - August 18th, 2009 at 12:07
I don’t have his minor league position breakdown, but I believe that Morse has become more of a corner IF and OF prospect than a SS-2b.
Also, I have a vague recollection of Morse being suspended for violation of the MLB policy against PEDs. Is that right?
#12 by Brian Oliver - August 18th, 2009 at 12:08
Pilchard – He plays a little bit of all the IF positions and yes he had a PED suspension
#13 by SpringfieldFan - August 18th, 2009 at 14:44
Actually, I’m surprised to see that Morse has played more at shortstop than anywhere else during his career in the minors. Even at Tacoma this season, he got slightly more playing time at short than at second or third (which were his other main positions this season before coming to Syracuse).