December 22, 2014

Hagerstown Suns fall in Game 5 to Asheville

Courtesy Hagerstown Suns

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Hagerstown Suns (2-3, 87-53) closed their 2014 season by falling to the Asheville Tourists (3-2, 89-49) by a final of 4-1 in game five of the best-of-five South Atlantic League Championship Series on Saturday night. It is the second year in a row the Suns have lost in the South Atlantic League Championship Series.

The Tourists wasted no time going ahead on Saturday, as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Third baseman Ryan McMahon drew a two-out walk, and he advanced to second on a throwing error by RHP Nick Pivetta (0-2). McMahon scored from second on a line drive single to right by 1B Correlle Prime.

The Asheville lead grew to two in the third. With one out DH Raimel Tapia sent a ball out of the park over the center field wall for his first homerun of the postseason, making it 2-0 Tourists. The lead doubled in the fourth thanks to a two-out, two-run double by 2B Zach Osborne, which brought Prime home from second and catcher Jose Briceno home from first. That made it 4-0 Asheville after three and a half innings.

The lead remained at 4-0 until the eighth, when Hagerstown picked up its only run. Center fielder Rafael Bautista reached first on a fielding error by McMahon. Second baseman Wilmer Difo then singled to right, pushing Bautista to third. Bautista scored from third on a groundout to short by LF Narciso Mesa, setting the final score at 4-1.

Hagerstown Suns even series with Asheville at two games apiece

The Hagerstown Suns (2-2, 87-53) eliminated a three-run deficit with a five-run sixth inning on Friday night en route to a 6-3 win over the Asheville Tourists (2-2, 89-49) in game four of the South Atlantic League Championship Series at Municipal Stadium. The win by the Suns evens the best-of-five series at two games apiece.

Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Suns began the frame with a single to left by LF Narciso Mesa. Two batters later, 3B Drew Ward drew a walk, which forced Asheville to make their first pitching change of the night. In came RHP Trent Blank (0-1), and after striking out the first batter he faced he gave up a two-out triple to 1B Jimmy Yezzo, which drove in both runners on base to make it 3-2. Yezzo then scored from third on a fielding error by 3B Ryan McMahon, which allowed SS David Masters to reach first. Following the error, RF Cody Dent came to the plate and he blasted a two-run homer over the right-center field wall to put Hagerstown ahead 5-3.

The Suns built their lead to three the next inning thanks to a two-out single by Yezzo with the bases loaded. That brought home Catcher Craig Manuel from third and wound up setting the final score. Yezzo finished the night with three hits and three RBI.

Washington Nationals’ Lucas Giolito, Wilmer Difo Win End of Year Awards

On Thursday afternoon, the South Atlantic League announced its 2014 Annual All-Star Team, as well as league MVP, Most Outstanding Pitcher and Most Outstanding MLB Prospect. A pair of Hagerstown Suns, Lucas Giolito and Wilmer Difo, took home several of those awards. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending June 15th

Another week of minor league baseball is in the books. Here are some names around the Washington Nationals’ organization that are making headlines. Notice that the Auburn Doubledays have begun their schedule. [Read more…]

Scouting Report and Background on Taylor Jordan, the Washington Nationals New Fifth Starter

On Friday, the Nationals officially announced RHP Taylor Jordan will make his Major League debut, and start for them on Saturday against the New York Mets. Jordan takes the place of Dan Haren in the rotation, and was cleared a spot on the roster after the front office outrighted Ryan Perry to the minors and then optioned Chris Marrero.

Coming into 2013, Jordan was a relative unknown in the Nationals prospect world, barely breaking my top 30 for 2013. So, if you don’t know much about him, don’t worry, you’re not in the minority. Here’s a brief background and scouting report on the 24-year-old righty…

As an amateur player, Jordan played under former state coach of the year Chuck Goldfarb at Merritt Island High School. The Merritt Mustangs are well known for two things primarily: (1) their dominance at the class 5A level during the late 90’s and early 2000’s; (2) and as the alma mater of former phenom and current Pirates manager Clint Hurtle.

Merritt Island is located in Brevard County, which also happens to be the home of the Nationals’ spring complex. So, when Jordan posted dominant numbers as a senior for the Mustangs, the Nationals were able to get plenty of good looks at him. During the 2006-2007 season, while leading Merritt Island to a 22-2 record and a district title, Jordan went 12-1 with a microscopic 0.94 ERA and struck out 94 batters in 74.1 innings.

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Washington Nationals Minor League Update for the Week of 5/5/13

Welcome back to District Sports Page’s weekly Minor League Update. Throughout the regular season we will continue to post up-to-date stats and brief scouting reports on the hottest and coldest prospects in the Nationals’ minor league system. We also will track the progress of top-rated players in this columb, and give injury and suspension updates.

Here are some of the system’s notable performances from the first week of May:

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Washington Nationals Minor League Update for the Week of 4/28/13

Welcome back to District Sports Page’s weekly Minor League Update. Throughout the regular season we will continue to post up-to-date stats and brief scouting reports on the hottest and coldest prospects in the Nationals’ minor league system. We also will track the progress of top-rated players, and give injury and suspension updates.

With April coming to a close, the Nationals’ organization is looking pretty strong from top to bottom. The big club is off to a decent 13-12 start. But more importantly, they’re looking strong and equipped to perform at a high level for the duration of the season. Their key players are all healthy, and their crop of young stars continues to move forward at a healthy pace.

Bryce Harper not only appears to have avoided (knock on wood) a slumping sophomore season, but he looks to be putting it all together even earlier than anyone could have hoped. The same goes for their young rotation, which is firing on all cylinders. And while Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos are sitting on the DL with minor injuries, the Nats used their system to overcome their temporary absence quite effectively. Luckily though, both players are on their way back anyway.

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Washington Nationals Prospect Preview and Scouting Report: Brian Goodwin

Brian Goodwin
Center Field
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Height/Weight: 6’1″/200lbs
Comparable MLB Players: Ray Lankford, Grady SizemoreAndy Van Slyke, Michael Tucker

 Present  Future
 Hitting Ability  4  6
 Raw Power  5  6
 Power Frequency  4  6
 Plate Discipline  5  6
 Running Speed  7  7
 Baserunning  4  5
 Arm Strength  6  6
 Arm Accuracy  3  5
 Fielding  4  5
 Range  6  7
 Overall  5  6

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NATS/SUNS: Hagerstown Sun 2013 Promotional Schedule

Hagerstown Suns LogoSuns Single Game Tickets Now On Sale

HAGERSTOWN M.D. – The Hagerstown Suns begin the 2013 season in less than a month, and individual game tickets are now on sale. All the fun at Municipal Stadium begins Thursday April 11 with the home opener against the Delmarva Shorebirds. Opening night will be the first of many exciting events and promotions to take place at the ballpark this season.

Returning in 2013 is the weekly “Thirsty Thursday” promotion. Every Thursday home game fans 21 and over will be able to purchase Coors Light, Miller Light and Yuengling for just $1.00 each. The fun continues each Friday home game with the new “Flat Screen Friday” promotion. During Friday home games this season one 32” flat screen television will be given to one lucky fan thanks to Spicher’s Appliances, Electronics, and Security.

Another new weekly promotion in 2013 will be “Red-Out Sunday” presented by Volvo. The purpose of the “Red-Out Sunday” promotion is to bring awareness to and show support for the anti-bullying movement. As part of the promotion the Suns players and coaches will be wearing red jerseys during the game, and fans in attendance are requested to wear red to show their support as well.

Also new for 2013 is the opening of the recently constructed “Kid’s Fun Zone”, which will be located near the main entrance. The “Kid’s Fun Zone” will have classic arcade games, a bounce house, and speed pitch. The post-game fireworks schedule has also been expanded from 12 to 14 shows for the 2013 season. The first fireworks show will take place following the game on Friday, May 10 against Delmarva.

The 2013 season is loaded with some fantastic giveaways as well, beginning on opening night with a magnet schedule giveaway presented by Hagerstown Magazine. On Saturday, April 13 Benny’s Pub home of Antietam Brewery will be giving out a 22oz. beer stein to the first 1,000 fans 21 and over that can be brought back to Municipal Stadium and Benny’s all season long for discounted beer specials.

Other giveaways this season include a Bryce Harper thermal lunch tote presented by Pepsi, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans on Wednesday June 5, a pink Stephen Strasburg blanket presented by Lehigh Phoenix & Associated Radiologists, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans on Saturday June 15 as part of “Pink Weekend” , a Steve Lombardozzi garden gnome will be the featured giveaway August 7th and a Bryce Harper bobble head, which will be given to the first 1,000 fans on Sunday August 18, plus many more!

For more information on all of the promotions and giveaways throughout the 2013 season and to reserve your seats at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, or go to www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Hagerstown Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball, LLC.

NATS/SUNS: Hagerstown Suns Holding Auditions for National Anthem Singers

Hagerstown Suns Logo

The Hagerstown Suns will hold auditions for National Anthem singers on Saturday February 23, 2013. This spectacular event will be held at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, MD within the Food Court area. The Sing for the Suns National Anthem Auditions will be an opportunity for anyone in the community to show off their amazing talent for the chance to be featured during a Hagerstown Suns home game during the 2013 season.

The Registration process for the event will kick off at 8:30 a.m., with prior registration available at the Hagerstown Suns business office. Auditions will follow promptly starting at 9 a.m. with an emcee welcoming all the auditions. The event will operate until 1 p.m. in the afternoon or until the last contestant has had the opportunity to sing for the Suns. Each contestant will be viewed and evaluated by 3 qualified and musically enriched personalities as well as one soon to be named celebrity panelist.

Our judging panel will award the premier performing contestants with the chance to sing at 5 exciting and highly anticipated promotional events during the Suns 2013 season. Other contestants will have the possibility of being featured during the other 65 home games of the Suns season. Last year over 90 contestants took a shot, singing their way into the spotlight at Municipal Stadium the Suns anticipate a similar turnout this year.

“The sing for the Suns event is a fun way to get the community ready for the Suns season, said Suns General Manager Bill Farley. He went onto say, “We have a ton of great promotions planned for 2013 and we thank the Valley Mall for hosting the event.” The Hagerstown Suns have developed 12 reasons for Suns fans to be excited this season as they will feature a newly constructed kid’s fun zone, hold Red Out Sundays, an anti-bullying promotion to raise awareness, host the Cowboy Monkeys August 16th, and increase the number of firework shows this season.

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