Shairon Martis' final start for Syracuse was enough to keep the Chiefs in the game, but not enough for him to earn the win in a 5-4 Syracuse win over Rochester. Atahualpa Severino earned the win, yielding one run in two innings. Adam Carr (S, 10) was tremendous. He got out of no out bases loaded jam Severino left him with and only allowed one of the three inherited runners to score. He then sealed the game with an efficient two innings and two strikeouts to earn his tenth save. Carr will be part of the Nationals Arizona Fall League contingent. Chase Lambin had one of his better games in a rough second half with a homer and two runs scored. Jamie Burke (remember him?) went 2-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
The Senators needed some clutch performances to help keep their playoff hopes alive. Ryan Tatusko (W, 3-1) provided the pitching they needed with seven innings of one run ball. Finally, the Senators offense awoke to reward a solid starting pitching effort with an abundance of run support. Harrisburg scored eight runs and sent twelve men to the plate in an eight run third inning. Brad Coon went 5-5 on the day and had a solo HR for the first run in that third inning to rattle Binghamton starter Scott Shaw. Shaw immediately walked Tatusko after the HR and seven more Senators would score. Michael Burgess had a key two out RBI double off the wall to make the score 5-0 in the third as well. The rout was on as the Senators would go on to defeat Binghamton 13-3. With the win and a 1-0 Bowie loss to Richmond, the Senators will advance to the playoffs with either a Bowie loss or a Senators win tomorrow. The Senators play at 1:05 tomorrow in Binghamton and Bowie plays as 12:05 in Richmond.
Potomac summary, Hagerstown summary and key performances after the jump. Links on hold so I can get up early in time to see JZim pitch at the ballpark.
Tyler Moore has been carrying the P-Nats the second half on his way to an MVP season. Sunday he was rested, and the offense fell hard. The P-Nats were no-hit over ten innings by a combination of three pitchers. Marty Popham, 20th round 2008 Indians draft pick, was responsible for seven innings of shutout, no-hit, eight strikeout ball. Derek Norris had a walk and three of those eight strikeouts. Jimmy Barthmaier and Joe Testa, the extra piece in the Ramos for Capps trade, combined to match the K-tribe with eight shutout innings of their own before Zach Dials gave up a run in his second inning of work and took the 1-0 P-Nats loss to the Kinston Indians.
Graham Hicks battled for six innings in his final start for Hagerstown, walking four batters but only yielding one run. Hagerstown had a 3-1 lead heading into the 7th inning led by solo HRs by first baseman Brett Newsome and 2010 third baseman and undrafted free agent Mills Rogers. Filling in for regular Destin Hood, 2009 6th round high school draft pick Michael Taylor had his best day so far in his fourth game for Hagerstown going 2-4 with a double and an RBI. The West Virginia fans went home happy after Kyle Morrison yielded a walkoff solo HR in a 4-3 Power victory the Suns.
- Shairon Martis, LSP: 5IP, 4H, 3ER, 4BB, 4K
- Atahualpa Severino, LRP: (W, 6-3) 2IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, K
- Adam Carr, RRP: (S, 10) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K; allowed just one of three inherited runners to score and recorded six outs on twenty pitches, fifteen of them strikes.
- Fan Fav Michael Martinez, CF: 2-5, RBI, 2K
- Chase Lambin, LF: 2-3, 2R, RBI, HR, BB, SB
- Jamie Burke, DH: 2-4, R, RBI, 2B
- Ryan Tatusko, RSP: 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 0BB, 6K (Harrisburg ERA now 1.72 in 36 2/3 innings)
- Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B: 2-6, R, RBI, K
- Josh Johnson, SS: 2-4, 4R, 2RBI, 3B, 2BB, K
- Jesus Valdez, LF: 2-5, R, BB, K
Chris Marrero, 1B: 2-5, 2RBI, BB, K, CS on hit and run; missed catch error (18th); did make a nifty play to start a 3-6 double play, though.
- Michael Burgess, RF: 2-4, R, 3RBI, 2BB, K
- Jhonotan Solano, C: 2-5, 2R, RBI, 2B, K
- Brad Coon, CF: 5-5, 2R, 3RBI, HR
- Ryan Tatusko, P: 0-3, R, BB, 2K
High A Potomac:
- Jimmy Barthmaier, RSP: 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
- Joe Testa, LRP: 3IP, 0R, 1BB, 4K
- Zach Dials, RRP: (L, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, 1ER, BB, 2K
- Derek Norris, DH: 0-3, BB, 3K
- Sean Nicol, 3B: 0-3, 3K
Low A Hagerstown:
- Graham Hicks, LSP: 6IP, 2H, 1ER, 4BB, 5K
Rick Hague, SS: 2-5, 2B, K, SB
- JP Ramirez, LF: 1-5, K
- Randolph Oduber, RF: 0-4, 2K
- Eury Perez, CF: 0-4, outfield assist