Potomac began the season with an unorthodox pitching system, but the Cannons returned to a five-man rotation in recent weeks.
For most of the season Potomac used an eight-man rotation -- pairs of pitchers would pitch every four games, with the pitchers in each pair alternating between starting and relieving. But the Cincinnati Reds' front office made the decision to switch Potomac back to the traditional five-man rotation for the remainder of the season.
"We're trying to stretch our starters a little bit, and get them ready for the playoffs," said Potomac Manager Edgar Caceres, whose team already qualified for the Carolina League postseason. "It lets us get their pitch counts up a little higher and see how they do."
Thomas Pauly, already one of Potomac's best pitchers, has flourished since the switch. After coming off the disabled list on July 29 -- he had experienced tightness in his elbow -- Pauly earned Carolina League player of the week honors after going 1-0 in two starts and posting a 0.00 ERA. In 12 innings of work, he struck out 13 and walked one.
Pauly is second in the league in strikeouts with 117 (in 98 innings) and he's tied for fifth in the league in ERA at 3.21.
Cannons Notes: Two days ago, a third of Potomac's starting lineup in yesterday's 12-6 loss to Lynchburg was playing in Dayton, Ohio.
The Cannons put the three promoted players into their lineup: catcher Miguel Perez, center fielder Chris Dickerson and first baseman Joey Votto. All three got hits, including Dickerson's bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning. . . .
Seldom-used catcher Rafael Motooka got a chance to shine Tuesday, hitting a solo home in the second inning to give the Cannons a 1-0 victory over Lynchburg. It was his first home run in the minor leagues since July 13, 2001. The home run was also just his third hit in 20 at-bats this season.