Wilson Ramos' HR and 2-4 night are the biggest hope for Nats fans from yesterday. If we didn't mind the lack of at bats with Pudge around, his improved hitting since he's arrived at Syracuse helps me to believe he could survive on the roster today and should be more than just a backup catcher on next year's roster. Last night brings us on the ground reports from all three upper minors affiliates in action. Espinosa went 1-5 with a triple and new Chief Brian Bixler also contributed in the Syracuse in Erik Arnesen's 7-3 win over Columbus (link to gamer). Ramos and Espinosa have helped jolt the offense for a team that has received solid pitching but has struggled at times offensively due to instability in the starting lineup. Jeff Dewees from The Patriot-News offers a gamer from Tom Milone's Harrisburg 5-4 victory of Mets affiliate Binghamton and their manager Tim Tuefel. He also writes a nice piece on recent Harrisburg callup Stephen Lombardozzi's dad and his visit to Stephen's first start. For Lombardozzi Sr., watching his son play at this high level gives him parental pride that rivals the joy he experienced playing outstanding ball while helping the Twins win the 1987 World Series. The mysterious Sue Dinem of nationalsprospects.com writes up a gamer on Danny Rosenbaum's loss to Lynchburg. The boy named Sue suggests that Rosenbaum struggled with stuff but almost escaped damage with smarts.
Nationalsprospects.com has projected pitching matchups for tonight and game summaries for those looking for a quick snapshot of yesterday's results. The Matchup tonight of interest for me is new Senator Tatusko pitching against Binghamton's Mets prospect Jenry Mejiia. If Mejiia is on, he'll be a good high level prospect for Lombardozzi and Marrero. Key prospect performances after the jump.AAA Syracuse Performances:
Fan Fav Boomer Whiting: 0-3, 2R, 2BB, K
Danny Espinosa, SS: 1-5, R, 3B, K, throwing error
Wilson Ramos, C: 2-4, R, RBI, HR, third passed ball
Grizzy Fav Michael Martinez, CF: 1-4, K
Collin Balester: 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, but only 11 strikes in 21 pitches
Tom Milone, LSP: (W, 9-5) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, HR Another great start for Harrisburg's staff ace Tom Milone.
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B: 2-4, CS in first start for AA Harrisburg
Chris Marerro, 1B: 1-4, R, 2K
High A Potomac:
Danny Rosenbaum, LSP: (L, 2-1) 4.1IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
Michael Burgess, RF: 0-3, BB, 2K
Tyler Moore, 1B: 2-4, R, 2B, K
Derek Norris, DH: 0-2, 2BB Derek Norris isn't making much contact lately with a .138 AVG in his last ten games, although he has continued to maintain a .419 OBP.