Minor League Notebook: Potomac Trio Tosses Shutout

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Pitching:

Trio Tosses Shutout: Mayque Quintero, Christopher Schroder, and Devin Perrin combined for a five-hit shutout for A Potomac. Quintero pitched the first five innings of the 2-0 win over Myrtle Beach and Schroder and Perrin finished up with two innings each. Schroder, who has been in both AAA and the rookie league this year, has not allowed an earned run in four appearances with Potomac.

Self-Imposed Hard Luck: Rich Rundles of AA Harrisburg was charged with all seven runs in the Senators' 7-3 loss to Akron, but only two of them were earned. It's not as though he was totally blameless in those runs being scored, however. His fielding error opened the floodgates for five Aeros runs in the third inning, all of which ended up scoring after two were out. Rundles' wild pitch in the sixth set up Akron's final two runs, both of which were earned. Fielding mishaps aside, Rundles probably deserves better than his 6-8 record with his 3.53 ERA.

Blown Save: AAA New Orleans jumped to a 3-0 lead over Las Vegas, but starter Chad Durbin yielded two runs, both unearned, in the fifth inning and then Joe Horgan blew the save opportunity by giving up one in the seventh and three in the eighth.

Hitting:

Streak Snapped: Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals' first-round pick in the recent draft, had his modest eight-game hitting streak snapped in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader. The third baseman, playing for Harrisburg, has seen his batting average rise to .284 and, according to sources with the Senators, he is seeing the ball better than anyone expected for a player less than two months into his pro career.

Moving on?: Matt Cepicky, who batted .278 for the Nationals in a brief July callup, is hitting .268 with 14 home runs and an OPS of .819 for New Orleans. Once considered one of the organization's top prospects, Cepicky is not on the Nats' 40-man roster and will be a free agent this offseason. It is considered unlikely that he will be

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