Nats MLNB: Balester, 19, Throws Gem for Savannah

Capitol Dugout Site Editor
Posted Jul 10, 2005


A young Nats prospect in Savannah shows promise, the Senators can't buy and run and Larry Broadway rehabs in the rookie league.

Pitching for A Savannah, Collin Balester, a 19-year-old right hander, pitched eight innings of one-hit ball against Greensboro, giving up just an infield single in the bottom of the first. He struck out eight and walked one, lowering his ERA to 3.17 and improving his record to 6-4 as Savannah won 3-0.

Brett Campbell struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth to pick up the save. The 23-year-old right hander has a 1.88 ERA in 31 relief appearances and has an impressive walks to strikeouts mark of 13-45.

The Sand Gnats scored a pair of runs in the third inning with Trey Webb driving in one with a double and Edgardo Baez driving in Webb for the other.

Just like the parent Nationals learned on Saturday, Harrisburg now knows that you can’t win if you don’t score. After losing 1-0 on Friday, the Senators wasted another excellent effort by a starting pitcher and lost to Altoona 3-0.

This time the hard-luck loser was Rich Rundles, who allowed one run in seven innings of work. He struck out eight and walked just one. Three straight singles in the sixth led to the only run that Rundles gave up and the only one that the Curve would need.

Rundles is no stranger to a lack of run support. He lowered his ERA to 3.36 but he has just a 5-6 record.

Harrisburg mustered two mild threats, but Ryan Zimmerman ended one in the sixth by grounding into a double play and in the seventh a popout and a ground out stranded a runner at second. Dee Haynes got two of the Senators’ five hits.

Ryan Church went one for four again as his rehab assignment in Harrisburg continues. Nick Johnson is on the Senators’ roster and is slated to see action on Sunday and Monday before the league’s two-day All-Star break starts. Pitcher Zach Day is the scheduled starter on Monday is what should be his final get-well appearance. In his two starts so far Day is 1-0 in 8 innings of work and has posted a 2.25 ERA while striking out seven and walking just one.

Kory Castro’ 13th home run of the year gave A Potomac a 1-0 lead over Salem, but that was all of the scoring the P-Nats could muster as they fell to the Avalanche 3-1. Potomac starter Michael O’Connor dropped to 3-9, giving up all three runs in seven innings of work.

Larry Broadway, one of the organization’s top hitting prospects, has been on AAA New Orleans’ disabled list for over two months. He is doing some rehab work with the Nationals’ entry in the Gulf Coast League. In eight games he is 10-20 with five doubles and a home run.


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