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Potomac wins Carolina League title

Class A Potomac provided an uplifting story during a dismal night for the major league Nationals, capturing the Carolina League with a 2-1 victory over Winston-Salem that sealed their 3-1 series win.

The P-Nats, who went 6-2 in two playoff series, were led in the clincher by starter Marcos Frias, who allowed one run in five innings on four hits no walks while striking out four. Reliever Joe Testa, a spare piece in the Matt Capps-Wilson Ramos trade, pitched 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings. Zach Dials recorded the final four outs without allowing a base runner for the save. Fittingly, first baseman and league MVP Tyler Moore provided the eventual winning run with an RBI double in the third inning. He went 2 for 4 for the game.

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 17, 2010; 9:29 PM ET
 
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Alright P-Nats!!

Posted by: Natstoyou | September 17, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

PNats need to repeat in Harrisburg ...

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Now, *that* was a fun game. :-)

Congrats to the 2010 Carolina League Champions!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 17, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

And don't forget y'all Trevor Holder helped ...

Posted by: periculum | September 17, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Great to see the younger players are tasting winning. Saw the PNats play here in Myrtle, some exciting players.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 17, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, P-Nats!

Posted by: Kev29 | September 18, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I truly felt sorry for Marquis last night. Pudge could not set up in the right spots (don't even get me started on how over rated I think he is...and why are we not seeing Ramos 2/3 of the time?). Most of those pitches called for balls were right to Pudge's mitt, which according to Ray Knight was set up to play against our own shift in the infield. The hits against Marquis were mostly easy grounders. Arghhhhh!

Anyways, except for Zimmerman the Nats can't seem to be competent at hitting the ball. That is rather predictable and goes a long way to explaining why they can't ever play well more than 3 games in a row.
If there is one team that I hate losing to its the Phillies (having successfully blotted the Orioles series out of my mind).

Posted by: driley | September 18, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

An excellent finish to a good season from the PNats. And between the renewed MWA, and some talented players coming into the system, there will be entertaining baseball in Woodbridge for another four years.

Posted by: BinM | September 18, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

It is nice that Woodbridge has some good ball being played, but DC could sure use some.

Posted by: dfh21 | September 18, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Agree, dfh. Perhaps it's filtering up a bit, as I believe the double- and triple-A teams were both in it late in the season.

As for the Big Boy Nats, before last night's official presentation, the Mills Cup appeared to be covered with a red fleece curly W blanket. Maybe some of that mojo rubbed off on it. Now they just need to bury it under the plate at Nats Park. Or maybe under the pitcher's mound. Heck, maybe they should just shred and scatter the daggone thing. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 18, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

@dfh21:

Not that I want to sound like StanK, but it's coming. The pitching is still a little further advanced than the bats at this point, but there is talent worth keeping an eye on at Syracuse & Harrisburg.

Josh Wilkie [RHRP-SYR] & Atahualpa Severino [LHRP-SYR] both had solid years in the bullpen. Shairon Martis [RHSP-SYR] we already know a little about from 2009, is only 23.

Chris Marrero [R/R,1B/DH-HAR] had a solid year as a hitter, but needs a little more polish defensively. Steve Lombardozzi [B/R,2B/SS-HAR] made the jump from Potomac in August, and had a very good year on both offense & defense - He's headed to the AFL in October. Michael Burgess [L/L,OF-HAR] was another August callup from Potomac is also headed to the AFL; He has some holes in his game, but is only 22.
Tom Milone [LHSP-HAR] had a very good year, and the two pitchers obtained in the Guzman trade, Ryan Tatusko & Tanner Roark [both RHSP], pitched well in Harrisburg.

Posted by: BinM | September 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Hooray P Nats!
Hooray Bad Lineup!
Hooray Beer!

Posted by: NatsFly | September 18, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Since WaPo is unlikely to get to it, here's the gamer:
http://nationalsprospects.com/2010/09/potomac-wins-carolina-league-championship/

Posted by: Wooden_U_Lykteneau | September 18, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

See also the gamers here:

http://www2.insidenova.com/sports/2010/sep/17/pitching-defense-help-p-nats-hoist-mills-cup-ar-511846/

and on the P-Nats site (the latter also featuring the box and recap):

http://potomac.nationals.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t436

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 18, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Whoohoo P-Nats!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | September 18, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Most of the game was due to Awsome Pitching and Defense. The Dash TRIED to threaten but did not succeed.

Way to Go PNATS!

Can't wait to get another Championship T-Shirt to go with my other one from 2008!

BTW, how about showing some love in the way of pictures and on the TV media outlets!

Posted by: CALSGR8 | September 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@Binm,

Marcos Frias success in the pivotal final game of the series is a bigger boon than many might suspect. He like the oft injured Juan Jaime spec out as top-of-the-rotation starters with good stuff.

Holder might as well but he seems like a #3 at most. Have to see how he progresses. AJ Morris now looks as if he has fallen behind.

Rosenbaum kind of lost focus or the league finally adapted to him at the end. Milone like Bradley Meyers should be Syracuse bound ... that is they decide to keep Meyers. Syracuse might just have more/better young pitching next year even if position players are still lacking. Marrerro and perhaps Moore will go. Burgess probably starts in AA.

Posted by: periculum | September 18, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Funny you all can only spout off about the Fighting Showalters after the fact. So awesome.

What's sad is deep down you all now know the O's are headed in the right direction, while the Natinals will keep floundering. Deep down you all know if the O's/Natinals faced each other the O's would win handily.

Oh it's hard for a Golem to come get me when he got caught up in a fight with The Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Easter Bunny, and Mothra.

Oh, and celebrating some team winning in Single-A. Oh, whoop-de-doo. I seem to recall one of the O's minor league teams doing just that not all that long ago and it really didn't equal success at the big league level.

Don't worry Natinals fans some day you all will have something to cheer about. Some day......

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 18, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@peric:

With as much love as you shown to the 'up and comers' in A+ Potomac and lower, they all still have a long way to go.

Frias is only 22, and could possibly advance to HAR at some point next year, but is most likely still behind Rosenbaum, Bronson, Morris, and your beloved Holder at this point, as well as Solis & Meyers.

The system players should begin to supplant some of the 'hired hands' (mlFA signees) in SYR in 2011. If nothing were to change in the pecking order, Chris Marrero & Josh Johnson would probably start the year in SYR, along with Tom Milone as a SP, and either Victor Garate or Zech Zinicola in the Bullpen.

Posted by: BinM | September 18, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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