August 26 - Matthew Crownover pitched the first no-hitter in club history as the Potomac Nationals beat the Lynchburg Hillcats in a Carolina League contest last night in Woodbridge.
Crownover struck out three and walked three in the 25-year-old left-hander’s longest career outing, tossing 110 pitches and improving to 5-8 this season. He beat Hillcats starter Zach Plesac, the nephew of former Major League pitcher Dan Plesac.
"This was all just very surreal tonight," Crownover told MiLB.com. "It's been a very up-and-down year for me, when it comes to my performance and everything. I feel like I've been pitching pretty well, but I haven't had a lot of breaks go my way."
The no-hitter was the current club’s first since becoming the Potomac Nationals in 2005, and the first nine-inning no-hitter by the franchise since Brian Woods and Archie Vazquez combined on one for the Prince William Cannons in April 1995.
Crownover was a sixth round pick out of Clemson in 2015. Potomac (68-59) has clinched a playoff spot after winning the North Division’s first-half championship.
Scrubb, Sborz Excel in Relief Roles in Dodgers' Farm System
Two local products are excelling this season as relievers in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, with Andre Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) continuing his impressive campaign since being promoted to Double-A Tulsa and Josh Sborz (McLean) providing consistent late-inning relief work with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Scrubb has allowed just one earned run over his past 17 appearances and has struck out six over 5.2 scoreless innings since his promotion from High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Aug. 11. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound right-hander is 7-2 with a 2.73 ERA and five saves and 68 strikeouts in 59.1 innings over three levels this year.
After a three-week stint on the disabled list, Sborz returned and pitched a scoreless inning on Friday against Colorado Springs. In his fourth professional season, the former University of Virginia standout has transitioned from a starter and is 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA and six saves with 65 strikeouts to 19 walks in 49.2 innings between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Doyle Leads South Atlantic League in Saves, Appearances
Sborz’ former college teammate, Tommy Doyle (Flint Hill), continues to post dominant numbers for Single-A Asheville and will enter the week leading the South Atlantic League with 47 appearances and 15 saves.
Doyle has allowed just one earned run over his last 27 appearances and has converted nine consecutive save opportunities despite the struggles this season by the Tourists (59-70). The 6-foot-6, 235-pound right-hander is 7-5 with a 2.21 ERA and 61 strikeouts to just 11 walks in 59 innings.
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Photo of the Potomac Nationals' Matthew Crownover by Ken Inness