At all #Nats Single-A to Triple-A affiliates, the minor league starters pitched scoreless appearances tonight. Congrats to Dustin Saenz (@FXBGNats), Tim Cate (@WilmBlueRocks), Ronald Herrera (@HbgSenators), and Cory Abbott (@RocRedWings).⭐️Tim Cate for star of the night — Talk Nats ⚾ (@TalkNats) June 24, 2022
Class-A Fredericksburg “FredNats” NationalsThe FredNats had a must-win game to secure first place in the Carolina League North Division and they got great starting pitching from Dustin Saenz who threw zeroes, but the bullpen yielded three runs, and TJ White tried to singlehandedly carry his team as he drove in two runs including a monster blast to bring his team to within one run, and it just was not meant to be. Jeremy De La Rosa was the other bright spot in this one with two hits. It is games like this where the pressure is at its highest in a playoff type atmosphere, and it was Saenz, White, and De La Rosa who showed that they got better as the Hi Lev ramped up. White and De La Rosa tallied four of the team’s seven hits.
FredNats lose 3-2
TJ White’s mom Elizabeth for a birthday present said, “I asked for a dinger on my bday and he delivered 😁.”That’s a good son @TJ_White2021 @FXBGNats https://t.co/cMtHLfe5RL — Talk Nats ⚾ (@TalkNats) June 24, 2022
High-A Wilmington Blue RocksAs we wrote, Cate pitched a gem and bettered Harvey who was at High-A for a rehab assignment. The ump was no friend of Cate’s on this night and missed several calls, and Cate shook it off and persevered.
In this pitcher’s duel, the scoreless game headed into the bottom of the eighth inning, and it was the Blue Rocks who scored the only run of the ballgame thanks to an RBI single by Jose Sanchez that scored Jeremy Ydens. Sanchez got an opportunity to bat following a battle at the plate by Cole Daily in the previous at-bat, which resulted in a walk. Sanchez cashed in on the opportunity and emerged as the hero along with Cate. In the bottom of the ninth inning in this 1-0 game, pitcher Malvin Pena got an early birthday present on the IronBirds and recorded his first save of the season. The Blue Rocks have now have a four winning streak. The Rocks win 1-0 over the rival Ironbirds.
Whoa, #Nats prospect TIM CATE just out-pitched former Cy Young candidate Matt Harvey in High-A.Cate got no help from the ump too. Final line: 7.0 IP 3 H 0 R 2 BB 8 K. Harvey pulled with 6.0 innings completed. pic.twitter.com/zPl3ErdLXy — Talk Nats ⚾ (@TalkNats) June 24, 2022