Nats ML Notebook: Watson Still Hot in AAA

Nats ML Notebook: Watson Still Hot in AAA

Tyrell Godwin stroked a third-inning grand slam for AAA New Orleans. Unfortunately, the big fly accounted for all of the Zephyrs' runs in their 10-4 loss to Omaha.(A free preview of premium content)

After three straight solid outings, starter Chad Durbin was dinged for three Omaha homers and reliever Joe Horgan gave up a fourth to the Royals. The loss dropped the Zephyrs to 35-41, including a 14-22 record at home.

Rick Short hit safely in his 18th straight game. During this current tear he has batted .527 with 18 RBI.

Another hot Zephyr is outfielder Brandon Watson. He has reached base safely in all 38 games he has played in since being called up from AA Harrisburg on May 16. He's batting over 100 points better in AAA (.367) than he was in the 34 games he played for the Senators (.247).

Savannah's Ryan Zimmerman went three for five on Friday with his second home run and a double, driving in four runs in the Sand Gnats' 8-2 win over Greenville. This won't become a daily recitation here, but his stats in four games are so impressive that they bear being noted: .471 batting average, 1.059 slugging average, OPS of 1.570. If you're looking for a downside, he hasn't drawn a walk and has three strikeouts.

According to the AA Harrisburg Senators' beat writer for the Patriot-News, Andrew Linker, Zimmerman could be called up to Harrisburg as early as next week. The Sand Gnats will be idle due to the Sally League all-star break and the Senators will begin a three-game set in Erie.

Jim Henderson pitched seven strong innings to pick up the win, moving his record to 6-5. The right-hander received more of the excellent run support that he's been enjoying all year; this winning record has come in spite of an ERA that he lowered to 6.51 on Friday.

The Senators won their second straight game on Friday by edging Akron 3-2. They are trying to climb out of a slump that saw them lost 11 of 12 games before they snapped out of it with a win over Norwich on Thursday.

Almost desperate to break out of their funk, the Senators were very aggressive on the basepaths. Jesus Feliciano stole home on a delayed double steal to tie the game at two in the second inning. With Feliciano on third, Melvin Dorta broke for second base and drew the throw. Feliciano took off and scored while Dorta was also safe.

The winning run was set up with an infield hit and a steal of second. What was unusual here was that it was catcher John Wilson, not exactly a speed demon, getting the scratch hit and, apparently feeling his oats after that, swiping second. He moved to third on Cristian Guerrero's single and scored on a deep sacrifice fly by Shawn Norris. Even Wilson admitted that the sequence of events was "freakish".

Brett Price tossed a gem for A Potomac, a two-hit shutout of the Frederick Keys. The lefthander struck out nine and walked five.

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