Yesterday's Poll Question: Rick Hague is a 2010 draft pick from Rice University who currently possesses a .758 OPS in 31 professional games. What round was he drafted in and where is he playing right now? (Answer: 3rd round, Hagerstown; 46% of 88 voters got it right. He's started out fine with a .788 OPS. IRWT! )
Tough games for the teams fighting for playoff spots yesterday, but Michael Burgess had a two HR game in his Harrisburg debut while Hagerstown managed an 8-6 win. Burgess is a strong candidate for the Arizona Fall League and hopefully he can help Harrisburg pass the Orioles' Bowie Baysox for an Eastern League playoff spot. Harrisburg is currently two games out of playoff position after a Bowie comeback win and a heartbreaking Harrisburg loss.
New poll question (not going to promise these every day but I'll do my best based on yesterday's positive response), minors summary, links, and key performances after the jump:
Shairon Martis gave up 7 runs in an 8-5 Syracuse loss to Louisville as Reds phenom Aroldis Chapman earned his seventh save striking out his only batter. Chase Lambin provided 2RBI of support with his 3-4 night. Syracuse playoff hopes are dwindling as they are now 5.5 games behind Louisville for a wildcard spot. They desperately need a strong showing in the three remaining games against Louisville in the series. Harrisburg lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Erie in extra innings despite a 2HR night for Michael Burgess and a dominant seven shutout innings from Brad Peacock. Stephen Lombardozzi's error with two outs in the 9th inning was responsible for a Harrisburg blown save despite his now hitting safely in all six of his games for Harrisburg. Potomac lost both games of a doubleheader but maintained a one game lead in its division. Derek Norris' tenth home run was the lone bright spot in a game one 3-1 loss to Kinston. In game 2, Franciso Soriano's HR and 2RBI were not enough to avoid a 5-3 loss. Catcher Sandy Leon helped with 3RBI in a Hagerstown 8-6 win over the Orioles' Delmarva Shorebirds.
Links of interest:
- April Whitzman at nationalsprospects.com has tonight's starters and full organizational summary, including Yuniesky Maya's second start in the GCL.
- (Ed. Note: 1:44 PM) Sue Dinem at nationalsprospects.com gives a full update of all the affiliates playoff hopes and how recent roster moves affect their chances.
- Geoff Morrow at the Patriot-News writes about how Harrisburg needs to bounce back from last night's tough loss.
- The Herald Mail recaps Hagerstown's 3rd straight win.
- Fan Fav Boomer Whiting, LF: 1-4, 2B, BB, 2K, CS
- Fan Fav Michael Martinez, CF: 2-4, R, K, 2SB
- Danny Espinosa, SS: 0-5, 3K
- Wilson Ramos, C: 1-4, R, 2K
- Leonard Davis, RF: 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, 2K
- Shairon Martis, RSP: (L, 7-7) 4.1IP, 9H, 7ER, 2BB, 5K
- Jason Bergmann, RRP: 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
High A Potomac:
Derek Norris: C Game 1, 1-1, R, HR, 2BB, K SB against; DH Game 2, 0-2, BB, RBI
Tyler Moore, 1B: Game 1, 1-3, K, missed catch error; Game 2, 1-3, 3B, K
Daniel Rosenbaum, LSP: Game 1 (L, 2-2) 8H, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
Pat Lehman, RSP: Game 2 (L, 4-3) 4H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 1HR
- Brad Peacock, RSP: 7IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 8K
- Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez: (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 1ER, K
- Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B: 1-5, 2B, K
- Chris Marrero, 1B: 0-4 He's in an awful funk now. .114 BA/.205 OBP/.143 SLG/.348 OPS over his last 10 games.
- Michael Burgess, RF: 2-4, 2R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, K
Low A Hagerstown:
- Rick Hague, SS: 1-4, 2RBI
- Adrian Sanchez, 2B: 0-4
- JP Ramirez, LF: 2-5, R, CS
- Destin Hood, RF: 3-5, 2R, 2B, K
- Eury Perez, CF: 1-4, R, K, SB