Nats Minor League Notebook: Zephyrs face Wood

The Zephyrs face Kerry Wood, the P-Nats waste a good pitching effort and Harrisburg continues to win in exciting fashion. (a free preview of premium content)

The AAA Zephyrs faced the Cubs' Kerry Wood on Monday. The 1998 NL Rookie of the Year, in Iowa on a rehab assignment, pitched three innings before a rain delay of nearly an hour. New Orleans did touch Wood for a second-inning run. Matt Cepicky doubled and advanced on third on a throwing error. Rick Short, back from a short stint with the Nationals, drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Iowa eventually won the game 8-5.

Short homered after Wood left the game. Tyrell Godwin had two hits on the night, including one off of Woods. Shortstop Josh Labandeira also collected two hits, giving him five in 12 at bats since being called up from AA Harrisburg.

In A Potomac, the P-Nats wasted a solid pitching performance by Devin Perrin, who shut out Wilmington for five innings. Potomac led 1-0 when Perrin left, having gained that lead on a first-inning home run by Frank Diaz, his fourth of the year.

Bill Bray, the Nationals' first-round draft pick last year, followed Perrin with two innings of work in which he struck out four, but was charged with a blown save when he gave up the tying run on a double and a single in the sixth. Alex Morales was charged with the loss after giving up an eighth-inning home run to Jeffery Ontiveros and Potomac lost 3-1.

Besides Diaz, Carolina League All-Star catcher Salomon Manriquez was the bright spot in Potomac's offense, getting two hits in four at bats to raise his average to an even .300 on the season.

The AA Harrisburg Senators were on a hot streak before dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Portland. Like the parent club, the Senators have been winning in exciting fashion lately. Senators broadcaster Terry Byrum on their Sunday win over Reading:
For the third game in a row, the Senators won in their final at bat coming from behind in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 7-6 win. Edgar Gonzalez hit a pinch-hit two-run triple, scoring Melvin Dorta and Jesus Feliciano with the winning runs with one out in the ninth. The Senators trailed 6-1 in the sixth before beginning their comeback. Ramon Castro homered in the bottom of the sixth cutting the lead to four, then Melvin Dorta hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the seventh to cut the lead to a run. Billy Sylvester pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first win as a Senator.

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