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Washington Nationals: Minor Leagues - The Week That Was Down on the Farm

A day late this week...

Performance of the Week

Potomac pitcher Daniel Rosenbaum rebounded from probably his worst start of the season by crafting a 9-inning complete game shutout where he allowed only three singles and a walk against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The P-Nats needed every one of those innings in a stellar performance from the southpaw as the game evolved into a pitcher's duel with Wilmington's Elisaul Pimentel. Both starting pitchers held the opposition in check as it was a scoreless tie headed into the ninth inning until Justin Bloxom delivered with the bases loaded to give the P-Nats a 3-0 victory. Rosenbaum was masterful as the Blue Rocks got a player past first base in only one inning on the night and that bases-loaded situation was erased with the lone double play of the game. Rosenbaum used his changeup effectively and kept the ball down on the Blue Rocks as evident by inducing a whopping thirteen ground balls.

By the Numbers (statistics through Tuesday 6/7)

Syracuse Chiefs (1-6, 23-33 overall)

Hot: IF Matt Antonelli .429 (12-28) 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB
Hot: RP Ryan Mattheus 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Hot: SP Ross Detweiler 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 5 K
Not: RP Hassan Pena 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R
Not: OF Jeff Frazier .000 (0-12), 1 RBI, 1 K
Not: SS Chris McConnell .158 (3-19), 2 R, 3 K

With Antonelli's healthy return, hot hitting, and positional flexibility he has definitely thrown his name into the hat for a potential callup should the Nationals want to give him a chance over Bixler, Hairston, or Cora.

Harrisburg Senators
(4-3, 33-23 overall)

Hot: C Derek Norris .353 (6-17), 7 R, 7 RBI, 3 HR
Hot: 2B Steve Lombardozzi .393 (11-28), 6 R, 3 RBI
Hot: OF Archie Gilbert .385 (10-26), 3 R, 2 RBI
Not: RP Matt Chico 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 K
Not: OF Jonathan Tucker .176 (3-17), 1 R, 4 RBI
Not: RP Jimmy Barthmaier 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R

The Senators solidified their hold on first place in the Eastern League's Western Division with a resurgent and explosive offense led by Norris, Tyler Moore, and Bill Rhinehart. As the weather has heated up, so has the Senators' power numbers as they now stand second in the league in home runs and first in extra-base hits.

Potomac Nationals
(4-3, 22-36 overall)

Hot: SP Daniel Rosenbaum 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Hot: RP Marcos Frias 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K
Hot: SP Cameron Selik 9 IP, 7 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 K
IF Justin Bloxom .414 (12-29), 2 R, 5 2B, 7 RBI
Hot: DH Cutter Dykstra .368 (7-19), 2 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI
Not: OF J.P. Ramirez .056 (1-18), 2 R, 4 BB
Not: SS Jose Lozada .087 (2-23), 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 K

Headed into Friday night's set of games, only one complete-game victory had been pitched in the entire Carolina League for the season. Two nights later that number was three thanks to Selik and Rosenbaum who threw back-to-back complete game gems for the P-Nats.

Hagerstown Suns
(3-4, 35-24 overall)

HotSP Robbie Ray 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K
Hot: OF Bryce Harper .429 (9-21), 6 R, 7 RBI, 6 BB, 3 HR, 1 Blown Kiss
Hot: C David Fretas .423 (11-26), 8 R, 8 RBI, 1 HR, 7 BB
Hot: 3B Blake Kelso .346 (9-26), 5 R, 3 RBI, 4 BB
Not: RP Shane McCatty 1.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Not: OF Michael Taylor .174 (4-23), 1 R, 2 RBI, 8 K
Not: RP Sam Brown 2.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

Congratulations to Harper, Kelso, Fretas, Taylor Jordan, and Chris Manno who were rewarded for their impressive first halves by being named to the Sally League's North Division All-Star Team for the June 21st game in Delmarva

DSL Nationals
(4-1-1, 5-3-1 overall)

Hot: P Gregory Baez 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K
Hot: OF Dionicio Rosario .471 (8-17), 3 R, 4 2B
Hot: SS Wilmer Difo .333 (5-15), 2 R, 3 SB, 6 BB
Hot: P Wander Suero 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K
Not: P Anderson Martinez 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 HR
Not: OF Bryan Mejia .000 (0-6), 3 K

Injury Update

MASN's Byron Kerr reported yesterday that Potomac shortstop Rick Hague's two months of rehabilitation for his shoulder have been fruitless and he will undergo surgery thus putting an early end to his season. Hague played in only four games this year before injuring the shoulder on a head-first slide into second base.