Friday Night Down on the Farm: 8/7/09


Christopher Marrero locked it down at first base

Tonight I went to the Potomac Nationals game for the second week in a row.  They faced off against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Kansas City Royals Advanced A affiliate, in a clash for first place.  This Wilmington team was on fire, having won 11 in a row coming into tonight’s game and they had no problem making it an even dozen after an 8-1 win.  This game was pretty one sided right from the start as the Nationals’ bats never got started.  In fact, they only managed to get two hits on the day, one of them being a monstrous home run by 3rd baseman Tim Pahuta.  As bad as the hitting was for Potomac, the pitching wasn’t much better.  Adam Carr and the rest of the Nationals’ pitchers gave up 14 hits and 7walks including two huge home runs by Clint Robinson.  Aside from the Pahuta home run, the only positive thing I can really come up with for the Nationals was their defense, especially by 1st baseman Christopher Marrero.

Drew Storen: Future Nats Closer?

First round pick Drew Storen came in to pitch the 9th inning and showed the stuff that has many feeling he’ll be in the major league bullpen sometime next season.  He gave up a few hits that probably could be blamed on the defense being tired but he showed excellent poise in recovering and getting out of the jam fairly unharmed. 

For Wilmington, I was mainly interested in the play of 3B Mike Moustakas and 1B Eric Hosmer, as both are fairly highly rated prospects in the Kansas City farm system.  They both managed to play excellent defense and each happened to drive in a run at the plate.  I didn’t know anything about DH Clay Robinson coming into the game but he definitely got my attention with his power after crushing two homers.  As a final note, I came away very impressed with Derrick Robinson who went 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs and his 52nd stolen base of the year.

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  • souldrummer

    I live in Northeast DC, and I try to catch the minor league teams when I can as well. The things that bug me about Potomac is that the ballpark is really old and decrepit, and when you factor in parking, it’s more expensive than going to Frederick. I’ve had a much better experience catching the P-Nats when they play Frederick on the road, although I try to catch Potomac when I can leave DC early enough to avoid the bulk of the traffic down I-95.

    I keep hoping Burgess will turn the corner and cut down on his strikeouts. Marrero is where he belongs and he has made some improvement. I’m not totally sold on him being the first basement of the future yet, but he’s got a shot. Sounds like Storen had an off night when you were there.

    I saw Holder when I went this past Thursday. He looked good for the first couple of innings then struggled with his command some and ended up getting hit pretty good.

    I get the sense that Potomac’s best starters, Mandel, Arneson, and Meyers have been promoted up to Harrisburg and it’s going to be tough for the P-Nats to hold off Wilmington and make the playoffs with recent call-ups.

    Always root for the P-Nats and keep up the good work on the blog.

  • Kevin David

    I grew up in Montgomery County, MD so I used to go to the Frederick games all the time as well. I love Grove Stadium and agree that Pfitzer really needs some work. I played at nicer ballparks in high school. It’s especially depressing to know that there are men’s slow pitch softball games going on less than 50 feet away during the game(and some of them have larger, louder crowds).

    I saw Holder make his Potomac debut last Friday and came away impressed. I think he’ll have a shot as a Major league starter but he’s still a good 2 or 3 years awy from that.

    Everyone on Potomac has issues with striking out it seems. Marrero had an especially rough night at the plate.

    Anyway, thanks for reading.