Jul 312010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-6 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (3-6, 4.37) vs.
Tim Redding (6-4, 2.62)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Portland, 7:00 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann (rehab) vs.
TBD
Potomac Nationals Lost, 8-7; Won, 8-2 vs. Frederick, 6:35 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-0, 0.69) vs.
Ryan O’Shea (5-6, 4.16)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 1-0 @ Greensboro, 7:00 p.m. Evan Bronson (1-0, 4.50) vs.
Edgar Olmos (2-4, 3.74)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 10-1 @ Lowell Colin Bates (2-1, 3.52) vs.
Tyler Wilson (0-3, 5.50)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 vs. DSL Marlins @ DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 8-6 vs. Indianapolis
Starting Pitcher: Mandel 5IP 6H 3R 1ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star: Bergmann (W, 3-3) 2IP 1H 1R 0ER 3BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Maxwell 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Orr 2-4, 2R
Notes: Indianapolis started the scoring early with one run in the top of the 1st, Syracuse didn’t let that lead last though, as they claimed the lead in the 2nd with 3 runs. In the 3rd Indianapolis kept the one-run streak going with another run and Syracuse hit in a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Indianapolis got another run in the 4th and added the tying run in the 6th making it 4-4. In the bottom of the 7th Syracuse started to run away with this one as they amassed four runs making it 8-4. Indianpolis could only get two in the 8th and lost steam after that as Syracuse took this one 8-6. Starter Jeff Mandel went five innings giving up six hits, three runs and two walks but got a no-decision. The win snaps a nine-game losing streak for the Chiefs.

Harrisburg Senators W, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Portland
Starting Pitcher: Milone 7.0IP 6H 2ER 8K
Pitching Star: Kimball (W, 3-1) 2.1IP 1H 1K
Hitting Star #1: Valdez 2-5, 1R, 1-3B
Hitting Star #2: Pahuta 2-5, 1R, 1-2B, 1RBI
Notes: Harrisburg and Portland were neck-and-neck throughout this one. Portland scored one run in the top of the 1st and Harrisburg tied the game back up with a run in the 2nd. In the 7th Portland took the lead, scoring another run, but the Sens tied it back up in the bottom of the frame. Things remained tied through 9 innings which meant extras for these two teams. The 10th solved nothing, but in the 11th Harrisburg’s Tim Pahuta singled one to right field to score Josh Johnson to win the game 3-2. Starter Tom Milone went seven innings, giving up six hits and two runs with eight strikeouts but got the no-decision.

Potomac Nationals L, 8-7; W, 8-2 vs. Frederick
For more details, check out Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

GAME ONE
Starting Pitcher: Frias (L, 4-5) 4IP 7H 7R 7ER 3BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: Martinez 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Norris 2-4, HR, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 3-4, RBI

GAME TWO
Starting Pitcher: Alaniz 4⅓ IP 6H 2R 1ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Barthmaier (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Rhinehart 2-4, 2HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lozada 3-4, R, 2B

Hagerstown Suns L, 1-0 @ Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Applebee (L, 2-4) 4⅓ IP 3H 1R 1ER 3BB 1K 1HR
Pitching Star: Weaver 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 2-4, SB
Hitting Star #2: Perez 1-3, BB, SB (#40)
Notes: A solo HR by Taylor Krick in the third inning was the lone run of the night, as the Grasshoppers shut out the Suns 1-0. Former teammates at UC Riverside, Greensboro’s Matt Montgomery got the best of Hagerstown’s Paul Applebee, who went 4⅓ innings and allowed two singles besides the Krick HR while walking three and striking out one. Ben Graham and Dean Weaver combined for 4⅔ innings of scoreless relief, with Graham allowing one hit and Weaver allowing one walk.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 10-1 vs. Hudson Valley
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg (W, 3-2) 5⅔ IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Demmin 2⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Rowe 3-3, R, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Freitas 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #3: Martinson 2-5, R, RBI
Notes: A seven-run fifth inning turned a close game into a runaway, as the Lake Monsters roared past the Renegades 10-1. Connor Rowe led the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-3 night, while David Freitas and Ronnie Labrie went deep. Starter Matt Swynenburg, who had given up 15 runs (all earned) in his past three starts, rebounded with a strong start. He allowed just one run on six hits over 5⅔ innings, walked none and struck out five.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The GCL Nats got a rare Friday night off and return to action today with a 13-19 mark, eight games off the pace and in last place.

DSL Nationals L, 6-5 vs. DSL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Dennis Lellis 2⅔ IP 3H 2R 1ER 3BB 2K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Juan Pena 2-4, R, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Emilio Caseres 2-3, R
Notes: A three-run rally by the DSL Marlins in the sixth inning erased an early 4-2 lead. Juan Pena’s RBI single in the 8th drove in pinch-runner Nelalexfred Ortega to give the DSL Nationals a tie at 5-5. Karin Burgos coughed up the game-winner with two walks and a two-out single in the top of the 9th, and the D-Nats failed in two chances to get the equalizer after a leadoff walk and a sacrifice.

Jul 312010
 

The Potomac bats remained hot, but the pitching was erratic, resulting in a split against the Frederick Keys.

In Game One, Marcos Frias took the hill against a team that he had thrown a quality start against earlier in the month, when Potomac swept the Keys on the road. For three innings, it looked like he might just duplicate that feat, though the signs that this might be short outing were evident: three of the first four Frederick hits were of the extra-base variety, enabling the Keys to get single runs in the 1st and 2nd.

In the fourth, Frias set down the first two batters fairly quickly but then struggled to get the Nos. 8 and 9 batters out, walking them both. This paved the way for the top of the order to make him pay. Xavier Avery* doubled to right, Kyle Hudson singled to left, and Ronnie Welty, who had doubled in his previous two at-bats, completed the scoring binge with a two-run shot to turn a 2-1 lead into a 7-1 chasm.

* If there’s a contest to rank great baseball names, how could MiLB look past this one?

Potomac, however, would not roll over in its half of the 4th. Derek Norris his just his second HR at the Pfitz to lead things off. Following singles by Bill Rhinehart and Jose Lozada, Chris Curran and Francisco Soriano hit back-to-back triples with two outs to rally the P-Nats to within two at 7-5.

Steve Lombardozzi’s third single of the game with two outs drove in Lozada in the sixth cut the lead to one at 7-6. Billy “But He’s Still Young” Rowell connected for a solo HR in the top of the 7th — his 25th for Frederick in 316 games since 2008 — to give the Keys an 8-6 lead.

That run would prove crucial as Potomac rallied one more time in the 7th, as a Moore single, a wild pitch, and a Rhinehart single whittled the lead to 8-7, but that’s as close as the P-Nats would get.

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After an announcement of a 20-minute break between games, the nightcap started 39 minutes later with Adrian Alaniz on the mound and he was not sharp. Consistently falling behind hitters, the 26-year-old battled through 4⅓ innings and somehow managed to allow just two runs on six hits and one walk before giving way to Jimmy Barthmaier.

Meanwhile, the Potomac bats, which had peppered the field in the first game with 14 hits, a-salted the Frederick pitchers for 11 hits in the second game. They scored in every inning but the first, highlighted by a pair of two-run blasts by Bill Rhinehart in the third and sixth innings. Jose Lozada led the hit parade with three hits, and had five hits combined in the doubleheader, as did Steve Lombardozzi.

With the split, Potomac gained a half game on first-place Wilmington and remains a game-and-a-half ahead of third-place Frederick, the first-half winner. Recently promoted Danny Rosenbaum makes his second home start for Potomac, with Ryan O’Shea taking the hill for Frederick.

Jul 302010
 

If the “news” that a big, fat lineman failed his physical hasn’t distracted you, then chances are you’ve heard that the Washington Nationals traded Matt Capps to the Minnesota Twins for two prospects. This is quite a coup for GM Mike Rizzo, as he’s managed to flip a guy that was non-tendered last season by the Pittsburgh Pirates and leveraged his overrated status as an All-Star closer into something this organization lacks: a catcher that’s both healthy and on the verge of contributing.

Wilson Ramos

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So who are these guys?

WILSON RAMOS
Wilson Ramos is obviously the key cog in this trade. Blocked by some guy name Joe Mauer at catcher, he’s coming off a season of injuries (broken finger, pulled hamstring) and has hit .241 with 5 HR and 30 RBI with Rochester in 71 games — .292 in June/July after a .177 April/May stretch.

John Sickels rated him a Grade-B prospect in his most recent edition, praising his ability to throw runners out (42% in ’09) and overall characterizing him as an above-average defender. Sickels cautioned his strike-zone judgment, noting his low walk rate, which has evidenced itself in 2010: 12BB in 71G.

Rob Gordon and Jeremy Deloney gave him an 8B rating (roughly a 70% chance of becoming a solid, everyday player) and praised his power potential and described his defensive play as “fundamentally sound… with plus arm strength and agility.” Unlike Sickels, they have more faith that he can hit for a high average, but like Sickels they believe that will only happen with more selectivity.

He is expected to begin his Washington Nationals career with the Syracuse Chiefs.

Joe Testa

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JOE TESTA
Josh Johnson of the Twins prospect-following site Josh’s Thoughts summarized the inclusion of Joe Testa into this trade:

Testa was ranked as the No. 49 prospect heading into the season and is back in Single-A Fort Myers after struggling in Double-A New Britain. His inclusion into the trade doesn’t bother me. He is a 24-year-old with control problems who is still three stops away from the Major Leagues.

Neither Sickels nor the MLBA rated Testa, thus I’ll defer to Johnson’s scouting report, which can be found here. It would appear that Testa, a non-drafted free agent  was the proverbial “throw-in” for this trade and has hit his ceiling and is on the verge of being too old for his current level. Thus, he’ll be reporting to Potomac, which has several pitchers that fit that description.

Jul 302010
 

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 54-52, 2nd place IL North, 7 games back

Good Jason Bergmann 2.19ERA, 1.16WHIP, .212OBA
Bad Chase Lambin .216BA, 31K in July
Interesting Adam Carr 4K in 2⅔ IP in AAA debut

HARRISBURG 53-53, 4th place, 8 games behind

Good Danny Espinosa .287/.324/.545 in July
Bad John Lannan 1 quality start in 7 AA games
Interesting Brad Peacock 7 scoreless innings in AA debut

POTOMAC
17-14 2nd Half; 48-53 Overall

Good Daniel Rosenbaum 2-0, 0.69ERA in first two A+ starts
Bad Jimmy Barthmaier 4H, 5R, BB, HR in return to A+
Interesting Tyler Moore 17HR, 73RBI leads all Nats affiliates (Pahuta tied in HR)

HAGERSTOWN
12-21 2nd Half; 48-55 Overall

Good Rob Wort 4-0, 5SV, 28K in 24IP in June/July
Bad Adrian Nieto .097BA in July
Interesting Paul Demny’s .240OBA is second-best

VERMONT
23-16, 1st Place Stedler Division of NY-Penn League

Good Chad Jenkins .192OBA, 1.11WHIP system-best for SPs
Bad Jason Martinson 10E in 35G
Interesting Wade Moore’s 12SB is 4th highest total in NYPL

GCL NATIONALS
13-19, 5th place GCL East Division, 7½ games back

Good Randolph Oduber .366/.418/.620 in 17G
Bad Matthew Grace 22.09ERA, 3.55WHIP in first 3 appearances
Interesting Mills Rogers .393OBP, 16BB in 26G

DSL NATIONALS
24-25, 5th place B.C. South Division, 9 games back

Good Jorge Hernandez 0.98WHIP, 2.05ERA
Bad Jose Arismendy .196BA .208OBP
Interesting Juan Pena 4 OF assists in 13G as CF
Jul 302010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-1 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Jeff Mandel (4-6, 4.78) vs.
Brad Lincoln (6-2, 3.16)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 10-5 vs. Portland, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (7-5, 3.08) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-8, 5.37)
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Frederick, 7:03 p.m. Marcos Frias (4-4, 5.92) and
Adrian Alaniz (5-3, 2.91) vs.
Zack Clark (1-0, 3.00) and
Luis Noel (2-0, 4.50)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 7-3 @ Greensboro, 7:00 p.m. Paul Applebee (2-3, 4.39) vs.
Matthew Montgomery (8-8, 2.80)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 2-1 vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05 p.m. Matt Swynenberg (2-2, 4.45) vs.
Miguel Sierra (2-1, 4.59)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
vs. GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-2
(11 inn.);
Lost 7-2 vs.
DSL Cubs2
@ DSL Marlins, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 4-1 vs. Indianapolis
Starting Pitcher: Chico (L, 5-5) 6IP 4H 3ER 4BB 2K
Pitching Star: Leatherman  2IP 2H 1ER 2BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Lambin 2-4, R
Hitting Star # 2: Bynum, 2-4, RBI
Notes: Indianapolis started the scoring off with one in the top of the 1st, and soon after they followed up with two in the 3rd. In the 7th Indianapolis continued to build their lead as they scored one more run to make it 4-0. Syracuse finally made it on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 9th as they scored one, but unfortunately they were too late as Indianapolis took the win at 4-1. Starter Matt Chico went six innings giving up four hits, three runs and four walks with the loss.

Harrisburg Senators W, 10-5 vs. Portland
Starting Pitcher: Kown (W, 6-4) 7IP 3H 2ER 2BB 7K
Pitching Star: Bisenius  1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Espinosa 2-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lowrance 1-2, R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI
Notes: Portland opened the scoring in the top of the 1st with two runs, quickly claiming the lead at 2-0. The Sens struck back with two of their own in the 4th and decided to continue getting runs as they scored three in the 6th and two more in the 8th. Portland could only add three more runs to chop at the Sens lead but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Sens won 10-5. Starter Andrew Kown went seven innings, giving up three hits, two runs and two walks with seven strikeouts with the win.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Notes: Two torrential downpours rendered the field unplayable to force a doubleheader, which starts today at 5:00 p.m. Marcos Frias and Adrian Alaniz are the scheduled starters, to be opposed by Frederick’s Zack Clark and Luis Noel.

Hagerstown Suns L, 7-3 @ Greensboro
Starting Pitcher:   Hicks (L, 1-4) 5IP 7H 5R 4ER 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: Vasquez  1IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
Hitting Star # 1: Cuevas 1-2
Hitting Star # 2: Bloxom 2-5, 2B, 2K
Notes: Greensboro started the scoring in the bottom of the 1st with two runs and scored an additional two in the next inning. The Suns fought back with three runs of their own but Greensboro scored one more in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 5-3. Greensboro then pulled away in the 6th in 7th scoring one run in each inning as Greensboro took this one 7-3. Starter Graham Hicks took his fourth loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He also struck out three.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 2-1 vs. Hudson Valley
Starting Pitcher: Jenkins (ND) 5IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Crane 1⅔ IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Jimenez 2-3, 2B
Hitting Star # 2: Moore 2-4, R
Notes: In this low-scoring affair Hudson Valley broke the goose eggs in the 4th with one run. But not to be outdone, Vermont scored one of their own in the next inning to make things all square. But Hudson Valley had winning on the brain as they scored one run in the 7th inning, and that proved to be all they needed as they claimed the win of 2-1. Starter Chad Jenkins went five innings giving up four hits, one run and two walks but got the no-decision.

GCL Nationals W, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. GCL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Gregory Baez 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 6K
Pitching Star: Christian Meza (W, 1-1) 3IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Hector Taveras 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, R
Notes: The GCL Nationals rallied to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 8th on a two-out, two-run double by Hector Taveras. Christian Meza took the mound in the ninth and did not allow the Marlins to respond, shutting them down for three innings with just one hit and one walk allowed. Wander Nunez scored the game-winner on a steal of third and a throwing error with one out in the bottom of the 11th to secure the 3-2 win.

DSL Nationals L, 3-2 (11 inn); L, 7-2

GAME ONE
Starting Pitcher: Antonio Guzman 7IP 8H 2R 2ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Wander Suero 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star: “Smiley” Alvarez 1-2, R, 3B, 3BB
Fielding Star: Aladin Reyes: OF assists at 2B, HP
Notes: The DSL Nationals twice took one-run leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but with just seven hits over 11 innings, they couldn’t get a third run before the DSL Cubs2 did, falling 3-2 in extras. The dismal offense ruined another good outing by Antonio Guzman, who went seven innings and allowed two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three.

GAME TWO
Starting Pitcher: Anthony Marcelino (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP 5H 6R 3ER 1BB 0K
Pitching Star: Luis Matos 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star: Victor Chavez 2-4
Notes: The DSL Cubs2 squad rallied for two in the 3rd and four in the 5th to put this game on ice early, eventually winning by a count of 7-2. The D-Nats bats were just as listless in Game Two, as both runs scored were unearned as a result of three D-Cubs2 errors. Starter Anthony Marcelino took the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk over 4⅔ innings.

Jul 292010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 7-5 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Matt Chico (5-4, 3.58) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 1-0 vs. Portland, 7:00 p.m. Andrew Kown (5-4, 3.89) vs.
Kyle Weiland (5-5, 3.82)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 vs. Frederick, 7:03 p.m. Marcos Frias (4-4, 5.92) vs.
Zach Clark (1-0, 3.00)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY @ Greensboro, 7:00 p.m. Graham Hicks (1-3, 4.50) vs.
Chad James (3-7, 4.40)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost 14-2 vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05 p.m. Chad Jenkins (2-3, 2.90) vs.
Jacob Thompson (1-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-5 vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. DSL Giants @ DSL Cubs2, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 7-5
Starting Pitcher: Marquis (ND) 5IP 4H 4R 4ER 1BB 7K 1HR (grand slam)
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Orr 2-4, R, 3B
Hitting Star #2: Lambin 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Notes: The Syracuse losing streak was extended to eight games with a 7-5 loss to Indianapolis. Starter Jason Marquis gave up a grand slam to Brandon Moss but settled down in the next four innings. Meanwhile, the Chiefs began chipping away with a single run in the 3rd, two more in the 5th, and got the two they needed to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the 8th. But the Indians got to every Chiefs pitcher in the first inning they faced them, as Atahualpa Severino coughed up two runs in the top of the 9th for the game’s final tally.

Harrisburg Senators L, 1-0 (11 inn.)
Starter/Pitching Star #1: Peacock (ND) 7IP 2H 0R 3BB 5K
Pitching Star #2: Kimball 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 4K
Hitting Star #1: Fox 2-3, 2B, SB, BB
Hitting Star #2: Lowrance 2-3, 2BB
Notes: Brad Peacock was brilliant in his AA debut, pitching seven innings and allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out five. Unfortunately, Fisher Cats’ Zach Stewart was just as brilliant, and the New Hampshire bullpen just a little better than the Senators as New Hampshire defeated Harrisburg 1-0 in 11 innings. Nine times the Senators got a runner into scoring position and only once was a runner able to get to third, thanks to a wild pitch just after a failed sacrifice in the 8th. Rafael Martin took the loss by surrendering a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th.

Potomac Nationals L, 5-4 @ Wilmington
Starting Pitcher: Lehman (ND) 5IP 4H 2R 2ER 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Rhinehart 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Curran 2-4, R, 2B, SB (OF assist)
Notes: Potomac scored all four runs in the final three innings, rallying from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 to take a 4-3 lead, but couldn’t hold off the Blue Rocks in the 9th as they fell 5-4 to Wilmington. Pat Lehman returned from his rehab stint in the GCL to pitch five innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five. Bill Rhinehart and Chris Curran were the hitters of the game, collecting four of the PNats’ eight hits, including a double apiece. Justin Phillabaum took the loss, allowing four hits in the bottom of the ninth after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Notes: Yesterday was an off day for the Hagerstown Suns. Today, they begin four-game swing into North Carolina to visit the Greensboro Grasshoppers before returning to Municipal Stadium on Monday for four against the Lexington Legends.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 14-2 vs. Hudson Valley
Starting Pitcher: McKenzie (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP 8H 8R 8ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Zellers 4IP 2H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star: Freitas 3-3, R, BB, RBI
Notes: An eight-run 2nd put this game out of reach early, as Hudson Valley pounded the Vermont 14-2. David Freitas was the only Lake Monster to not strike out — the rest combined for 17Ks — and went 3-for-3 to raise his batting average to .390, third-best in the New York Penn League. Starting pitcher Christopher McKenzie was knocked from the box with one out in the second, and was charged with eight runs on eight hits and one walk. Somehow he also struck out two.

GCL Nationals L, 4-3 (12 inn.) @ GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Mitchell Clegg 2IP 2R 0ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star #1: Pedro Encarnacion 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Pitching Star #2: John Santiago 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star: Rondolph Oduber 2-4, SB, 2RBI
Notes: The GCL Nationals fell behind early 2-0 to the GCL Astros, as starter Mitchell Clegg was touched for two unearned runs in the bottom of the 1st. Stellar relief work from Pedro Encarnacion and John Santiago, who combined for six scoreless innings, kept the G-Nats in it, setting up a would-be comeback with a run in the 4th and two runs in the top of the 9th to take a 3-2 lead. Alas, even at this level, the Nationals couldn’t stand the prosperity and gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th and the winning run in the bottom of the 12th. Randolph Oduber paced the offense with a 2-for-4 afternoon with two RBI.

DSL Nationals L, 4-3 @ DSL Giants
Starting Pitcher: Wander Suero 5IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K
Pitching Star: Karin Burgos 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star: Paul Chacin 2-3, BB
Notes: The game was scoreless until the 7th, when the DSL Nationals struck for three runs with two hits and aided by two errors. The DSL Giants responded with one run in the bottom half of the inning, then took the lead with a three-run rally of their own in the bottom of the 8th for what’s known as a sportswriter’s win (because you can start totaling the scorecard and thinking of your lede in the ninth).

Jul 282010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-5 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Jason Marquis (rehab) vs.
Michael Crotta (5-5, 5.00)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 @ New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (AA debut) vs.
Zach Stewart (8-2, 4.01)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 8-2 @ Wilmington, 12:05 p.m. Patrick Lehman (3-2, 4.88) vs.
Ivor Hodgson (5-8, 4.70)
Hagerstown Suns Won 5-4 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Vermont Lake Monsters OFF DAY vs. Hudson Valley, 7:05 p.m. Christopher McKenzie (1-0, 6.00) vs.
Wilmer Almonte (0-2, 3.31)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-5 @ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. Greg Lopez (0-2, 6.06) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1; 4-2 vs. DSL Orioles2 @ DSL Giants (DH), 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs, L, 8-5 vs. Indianapolis
Starting Pitcher: Martis 3⅓ IP 6H 6ER 4BB 1K 1HR
Pitching Star: Carr 2⅔ IP 2H 0ER 0BB 4K
Pitching Un-Star: Bergmann 1IP 1H 1ER 2BB
Batting Star #1: Botts 2-4 1-2B 1RBI
Batting Star #2: Bynum 1-4 1R 1HR 1RBI
Notes: Despite home runs from Carlos Maldonado (#3) and Seth Bynum (#10), the Syracuse Chiefs still fell to the Indianapolis Indians by a count of 8-5. Starting pitcher Shairon Martis was knocked out with one out in the 4th, allowing six runs on six hits and four walks and striking out just one. Down 6-2, Adam Carr made his AAA debut and struck out four of the nine batters he faced to keep the Chiefs within striking distance but the Indians pushed across two more while the Chiefs struggled to score without the long hit, going just 2-for-11 with RISP and stranding seven runners.

Harrisburg Senators, L, 4-3 @ New Hampshire
Starting Pitcher: Lannan (L, 1-4) 5IP 7H 4R 2ER 2BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: James 3IP 0H 0ER 5K
Batting Star #1: Espinosa 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
Batting Star #2: Johnson 2-3, R, 2B
Notes: John Lannan’s struggles continues as the lefthander suffered his fourth AA pitching five complete innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits. He also walked two and struck out four. Chuck James did all he could to keep the Sens in it, pitching three perfect innings while striking out five. Harrisburg finally struck back with three runs in the 8th, hitting back-to-back-to-back doubles before Marvin Lowance decided two bases wasn’t enough and tripled. With nobody out and Lowrance on third, Ronald Uviedo came on in relief and filibustered the Senators with a strikeout, lineout and another strikeout, then pitched a scoreless ninth for the save and a 4-3 victory for the Fisher Cats.

Potomac Nationals L, 8-2 @ Wilmington
Starting Pitcher: Holder (ND) 5IP 4H 0R 1BB 5K
Pitching Un-Star: Barthmaier (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP 4H 5R 4ER 1BB 2K HR
Hitting Star #1: Jacobsen 3-3, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lyons 2-4, R, 2B
Notes: The Blue Rocks pounded Jimmy Barthmaier in his return to the Carolina League, battering the former Astros prospect for five runs on four hits as part of a seven-run rally in the 7th en route to an 8-2 win for Wilmington. Starter Trevor Holder pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. Hitters of the game Robby Jacobsen and Dan Lyons combined for five of the P-Nats’ seven hits. Mike Burgess returned to the lineup as a starter and went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Hagerstown Suns W, 5-4 (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Demny (ND) 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 0BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: Wort (W, 4-0) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 3-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Hague 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
Notes: J.P. Ramirez plated the game-winner with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to give the Hagerstown Suns a 5-4 victory and a series split against the West Virginia Power. Destin Hood (3-for-5) and Rick Hague (2-for-5) paced the 11-hit attack, driving in three runs combined. Starter Paul Demny got the no-decision, allowing four runs on six hits (one home run) while Kyle Morrison and Rob Wort combined for four scoreless and hitless innings to make the comeback from a 4-1 deficit after 5½ innings possible.

Vermont Lake Monsters — OFF DAY
Notes: Today was the second of just three scheduled off days in the New York-Penn League. Vermont plays host to Hudson Valley for three games before heading down I-89 & I-93 to visit Lowell for three games. Vermont remains in first place with a 23-14 mark, 2½ games up on second-place Connecticut.

GCL Nationals L, 7-5 vs. GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Kelvin Lopez (L, 3-1) 4IP 9H 6R 6ER 3BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Nick Serino 2⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Adrian Sanchez 2-5, 2SB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Wander Nunez 2-4, R, 3B
Notes: Former National Luke Montz led off the top of the 4th with a solo shot to tie the game and start a three-run rally that put the GCL Mets ahead of the GCL Nationals for good. Starting pitcher Kelvin Lopez was touched for six of the seven runs allowed over his four innings of work, as the 20-year-old suffered his first GCL loss. Adrian Sanchez led the offense with two hits, two stolen bases and two RBI.

DSL Nationals L, 4-1 vs. DSL Orioles2 (GAME ONE)
Starting Pitcher: Silvio Medina (L, 2-4) 9IP 10H 4R 0ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Aladain Reyes 1-1, BB, SB, RBI
Notes: As of 7:57 a.m., MiLB.com is reporting that Silvio Medina pitched a complete game loss to the DSL Orioles2, allowing four unearned runs on 10 hits and one walk. The DSL Nationals were held to just seven singles, but drew six walks. Despite the baker’s dozen of baserunners, they scored just one run in the 4-1 loss.

DSL Nationals L, 4-2 vs. DSL Orioles2 (GAME TWO)
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez (L, 5-4) 7IP 3H 4R 2ER 1BB 8K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Bienvenido Valdez 2-3, R
Notes: Game Two was nearly a repeat of Game One: A complete-game loss by Wirkin Estevez (seven innings pitched, four runs allowed on three hits and a walk) sporadic hitting (six hits, only one for extra bases) and the losing end of a 4-2 score. Bienvenido Valdez was the only multi-hit batter, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Jul 272010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 15-4 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Scott Olsen (0-0, 5.68) vs.
Charlie Morton (2-4, 4.74)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 8-3 @ New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m. John Lannan (1-3, 4.29) vs.
Kyle Drabek (9-9, 3.27)
Potomac Nationals Won 10-1 @ Wilmington, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-2, 3.98) vs.
Dan Duffy (0-0, 3.00)
Hagerstown Suns Lost 8-4; Won 9-3 vs. West Virginia, 11:05 a.m. Paul Demny (6-3, 3.43) vs.
Jason Erickson (5-5, 3.81)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 8-3 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 19-8 vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. Kelvin Lopez or Pat Lehman vs.
Domingo Tapia (0-3, 5.59)
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. DSL Orioles2, 10:30 a.m. Wirkin Estevez (5-3, 2.44) vs.
Samuel Jean (5-1, 1.23)

Syracuse Chiefs L, 15-4 @ Durham
Terrible Starting Pitcher: Jones, Jas (L, 1-6) ⅔ IP 9H 10R 10ER 1BB 0K 1HR
Pitching Star: Severino 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Botts 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Well, things did not go well for starting pitcher Jason Jones who pitched only ⅔ of an inning and gave up nine hits, 10 runs and 1 walk (yeah, not his day). So the Bulls started their stampede with 10 runs in the bottom of the 1st, and added one more in the 2nd to make it 11-1. In the 7th Durham added two more runs while Syracuse could only answer with 3 runs in the top of the 8th. Durham added two more runs in the bottom of the 8th to finish this blowout with a score of 15-4.

Harrisburg Senators L, 8-3 @ New Hampshire
Starting Pitcher: Thompson (L, 4-11) 4IP 4H 4R 4ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Spradlin  2IP 1H 1ER 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Fox 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Valdez 2-4, R, 2B
Notes: The Sens remained scoreless until the 7th in this one, while New Hampshire took advantage of the futility, scoring four in the 4th and three more in the bottom of the 5th to build a 7-0 lead. Harrisburg tried to fight back scoring a single run in each the 7th,8th, and 9th innings but with the addition of one more run in the 8th by New Hampshire, the Sens couldn’t come back as they were downed 8-3. Starting pitcher Aaron Thompson went 4 innings giving up 4 hits, 4 runs and 2 walks with the loss.

Potomac Nationals W, 10-1 @ Wilmington
Starter/Pitching Star: Rosenbaum (W, 2-0) 8IP 5H 0R 1BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Rhinehart 2-4, 3R, HR, BB, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 2-5, R, 3B, BB, SB, RBI
Notes: Danny Rosenbaum showed just what he could do with better run support and a less porous infield, throwing eight scoreless innings to lead Potomac to a 10-1 victory, his second in as many starts. Eight batters collected two hits, five batters had a long hit, including a grand slam by Bill Rhinehart in the 7th that put the game out of reach. Francisco Soriano made his High-A debut and drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies and made no errors. The win also puts Potomac in first place, percentage points ahead of Wilmington, for the first time this season

Hagerstown Suns L, 8-4; W, 9-3 vs. West Virginia

GAME ONE
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann (L, 0-1) 5IP 7H 7R 6ER 1BB 3K 2HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Ramirez 1-2, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Kobernus 1-3, 3B, BB, RBI
Notes: Jordan Zimmermann was knocked around for the first time in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits including two home runs in his five innings of work. West Virginia scored three times in both the 2nd and 3rd innings and single runs in both the 5th and 7th innings to build an 8-2 lead. Rick Hague made his Low-A debut and tripled in the second of two Hagerstown runs scored in the bottom of the 7th for the 8-4 final.

GAME TWO
Starting Pitcher: Bronson (W, 1-0) 5IP 4H 3R 2ER 1BB 6K
Pitching Star: Wort 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Perez 2-2, R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jones 2-3, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: The second game in the double header was a different story then the first. West Virginia started with one run in the top of the 1st, while Hagerstown must have been mad about their previous loss as they scored seven in the bottom of the inning. In the 3rd the Suns drove in two more runs, while West Virginia’s only answer was two runs in the 5th, as Hagerstown won this one 9-3. Starter Evan Bronson won his first Low-A game of the season, pitching five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out six.

Vermont Lake Monsters L , 8-3 vs. Tri City
Starting Pitcher: Hansen (L, 3-2) 5⅔ IP 7H 5R 4ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: Demmin 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Rowe 2-3, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Martinson 2-4, 1-3B, 1RBI
Notes: Tri-City began the scoring with one run in the top of the 3rd, but Vermont scored two runs right after to steal the lead. In the top of the 6th Tri-City reclaimed the lead as they scored four runs and added two more in the 7th and one more in the 9th to win this one 8-3. Starter Hansen went 5⅔ innings giving up seven hits, five runs and one walk with the loss.

GCL Nationals L, 19-8 @ GCL Cardinals
Starting Thrower: Matt Grace 0IP 7H 8R 8ER 0BB 0K
Pitching Un-Star: Mike Gallo 1⅔ IP 4H 5R 5ER 3BB 3K; 2-2 IR-S
Pitching Star: Randy Mower 3IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Michael Taylor 3-4, 3R, HR, BB, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rick Hughes 2-5, 2R, 2B
Notes: Matt Grace was unable to retire any of the eight batters he faced, allowing seven hits and hitting one batter. Mike Gallo wasn’t much more effective, allowing both inherited runners to score while the GCL Cardinals built a 13-1 lead after two innings with an eight-run first and five-run second.
Michael Taylor paced the 14-hit offensive effort with two singles and home run, driving in three. Aamzingly, the game had but one error despite the 27 runs and 35 hits combined.

DSL Nationals W, 4-3 vs. DSL Phillies
Starting Pitcher: Antonio Guzman (ND) 7IP 3H 3R 2ER 3BB 7K
Pitching Star: Andy Santana (W, 1-0) 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Victor Chavez 2-3, R, 2BB
Hitting Star #2: Jean Valdez 2-5, 2B, RBI
Notes: Down 3-0 after allowing a three-run 5th, the DSL Nationals chipped away at the DSL Phillies bullpen, scoring single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to pull within one at 3-2. The comeback seemed unlikely after the first two batters were retired in the 9th, but a walk, a single, an error, and another single plated the tying and winning runs to give the D-Nats a 4-3 win. Starter Antonio Guzman went seven innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Jul 262010
 

Sources have indicated to us that Adam Carr is on his way to Syracuse to help bolster the Chiefs bullpen while Colin Balester remains with the parent club. Carr has a 6-1 mark with five saves a 3.04 ERA this season with Harrisburg with 48 strikeouts in 50⅓ innings. He was also named to the 2010 Eastern League All-Star game, in which he struck out the only batter he faced.

Carr was an 18th-round draft pick out of the University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State in the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He has a career record of 19-17 with 35 saves and a 4.44 ERA, as well as a .288BA with 3HRs in 71PAs (most at the GCL in ’06).

UPDATE: Per NFA, Brad Peacock and Josh Johnson have been sent up to Harrisburg, with Francisco “Watch Out Behind First Base” Soriano coming up from Hagerstown and Jimmy Barthmaier coming up from the GCL.

UPDATE #2: Replacing Soriano on the Hagerstown roster is Rick Hague, who will bat second as the DH in game one of today’s doubleheader, according to the Suns twitter feed

Jul 262010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-0
(8 inn.)
@ Durham, 7:05 p.m. Jason Jones (1-5, 6.21) vs.
Virgil Vasquez (4-1, 4.95)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 10-3 @ New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m. Aaron Vasquez (4-1, 4.95) vs.
B.J. LaMura (3-3, 5.13)
Potomac Nationals Won 13-3 @ Wilmington, 7:00 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Wally Lamb (6-2, 1.40)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed vs. West Virginia, 5:05 p.m. Zimmermann (rehab) and
Bronson (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Navarro (0-0, 0.60) and
McPherson (5-9, 4.07)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 10-8 vs. Tri-City, 7:05 PM Bobby Hansen (3-1, 2.53) vs.
Bobby Doran (0-3, 6.99)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 5-0 @ Durham (Completed Early)
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (L, 3-6) 6.0IP 7H 3ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Bergmann 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Orr  2-3, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Davis 2-3
Notes: Not much was going for Syracuse today as they were shut out and rained out. Durham started things with one in the bottom of the 1st, then two more in the 3rd. Then in the 8th Durham scored two more to make it 5-0. Mother Nature then took over which caused this game to end a bit early and give Durham the win at 5-0. Starter Erik Arnesen went six innings giving up seven hits, three runs and one walk for the loss, falling to 3-6 at AAA this year.

Senators W, 10-3 @ Portland
Starting Pitcher: Milone (W, 7-5) 5⅓ IP 5H 0R 1BB 6K
Pitching Star: Martin 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Lowrance 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Espinosa 2-6, 3RBI
Notes: In an unusually strong offensive outburst, the Senators scored 10 runs on 17 hits en route to a 10-3 win over the Portland Sea Dogs. Marvin Lowrance singled and homered twice to lead the attack, as Harrisburg only failed to score in the 2nd and 9th innings. Starter Tom Milone tossed 5⅓ scoreless innings for his 7th win, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out six.

Potomac Nationals W, 13-3 @ Winston-Salem
Starter/Pitching Star: Morris (W, 3-2) 6IP 2H 0R 0BB 5K
Hitting Star #1: Ortiz 4-6, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lyons 2-4, 3R, HR, BB, 3RBI
Notes: A ten-run eighth inning turned a close game into a laugher as the Potomac Nationals cruised to a 13-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash. Eight of the PNats’ 17 hits went for extra bases, highlighted by Dan Lyons’s three-run shot in the (you guessed it) 8th. Tyler Moore’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end, though he did draw a season-high three walks. A.J. Morris bounced back from the beating he took from Salem last time out to throw six scoreless innings with just two hits and no walks allowed to collect his third win for Potomac this season.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Notes: The thunderstorms that swept across a swath of states from North Carolina to New Hampshire soaked Municipal Stadium. The Power and Suns will play a doubleheader today with two seven-inning contests beginning at 5:05 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann is slated to pitch the first game, while Evan Bronson is the most likely candidate to start the second game.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 10-8 vs.Tri City
Starting Pitcher: Bates 4⅓ IP 8H 5R 5ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star: Gibson 1IP 1H 0R
Hitting Star # 1: Kelso  3-4, 2RBI, 1BB
Hitting Star # 2: Mozingo 2-3, 2R, 1-2B, 2BB
Notes: Vermont started out well, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first including a 2-run home run from David Freitas, which extended his hitting streak to 21 games. After adding another run in the 2nd, the Lake Monsters held early 5-0 lead. In the 3rd the Valley Cats clawed back with three runs but Vermont scored two more runs in the 4th to keep Tri City at bay. In the 5th Tri City kept coming as they scored two more, while the Lake Monsters were starting to lose steam as they could only score one in the bottom of the inning. Tri City then tied things up in the 7th with three runs, and then completed the comeback in the 8th as they scored the last two runs to take this one 10-8. Starter Colin Bates went four innings giving up eight hits, five runs with two strikeouts.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The GCL Nationals start this week at 12-16 and a relatively light week of five games: home against the Mets, Marlins and Cardinals; visits to the Cardinals and Astros.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: It’s a day of rest that will be badly needed with a slew of doubleheaders to come this week, thanks to last week’s three rainouts. The D-Nats are 23-20, which is good for fifth place and five games back in their division.