May 312011
 

A busy day today…

SYRACUSE
• Garrett Mock assigned to Potomac

HARRISBURG
• Shairon Martis placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 29

POTOMAC
• Evan Bronson assigned to Auburn

HAGERSTOWN
• Chris Curran assigned to Potomac

AUBURN
• Carlos Alvarez assigned from the Dominican Summer League

GCL
• Gregory Baez assigned to the Dominican Summer League

DON’T READ TOO MUCH INTO THESE
Clearly, this list is incomplete. As of this writing, both the Potomac and Hagerstown rosters are at 26 (one over), the Harrisburg roster is at 23 (one under), and Syracuse is also at 25 (one over). Note the use of the word “assigned,” which has become an unfortunate necessity given the facetious nature of the roster moves lately.

My hope guess is that pitching Mock tonight in Winston-Salem is a one-off that’s related to the weekend doubleheaders. Likewise, Evan Bronson may be in Auburn in the same way that Ryan Tatusko was in Syracuse, though I projected Mitchell Clegg to be pitching tonight on six days rest.

What’s probably more curious is the placement of Martis on the DL. Unfortunately, there’s an off day on the 6th and a doubleheader on the 7th that makes it harder to guess what the brass has in mind. Most likely? A older reliever (Rafael Martin or Hector Nelo) will be assigned from Potomac to Harrisburg to fill out the roster.

UPDATE
As predicted in the comments, Garrett Mock’s stay with Potomac is a short one as the 28-year-old was moved to the Harrisburg roster while Hassan Pena was assigned to the Syracuse roster.

UPDATE #2
Making room for Pena, Adam Carr was placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 29.

May 312011
 

The streak of “Player of The Week” awards for the Nationals farmhands extends to four with the naming of Tyler Moore as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of May 23 to May 29.

Moore batted .448 (13-for-29) during the week, including three HRs and seven RBI, while scoring seven runs and also clubbing four doubles. The 24-year-old is now tied for first in the Eastern League with 25 extra-base hits and is second in slugging (.538) and total bases (99). For the month of May, the 2010 Carolina League MVP has hit .320/.365/.629 and six of his nine HRs.

May 312011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-4 @ Louisville, 6:35 p.m. Brad Meyers (3-0, 3.09) vs.
Scott Carroll (2-2, 5.01)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-6 vs. New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (7-1, 2.13) vs.
Henderson Alvarez (2-0, 1.50)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-1 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Garrett Mock (de facto rehab) vs.
Joseph Serafin (0-4, 5.67)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-0; Lost, 4-3 @ Kannapolis, 7:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.47) vs.
Jimmy Ballinger (2-3, 2.00)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. DSL Giants @ DSL Cubs2, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 9 Syracuse 4
• Detwiler (L, 3-5) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 5K 1HR
• Mandel 1IP 2H 0R 0BB 0K
• Aubrey 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Flores 2-4, RBI

Ross Detwiler’s woes continue as the lefthander lost for the fifth time in the month of May and allowed four or more runs for his sixth straight start as the Louisville Bats slugged the Syracuse Chiefs, 9-4. A three-run homer in the four-run Louisville fourth was the bulk of the damage, as Detwiler allowed more baserunners than innings pitched for the ninth time in 10 starts. Michael Aubrey and Jesus Flores led the late Chiefs charge with a combined effort of 4-for-7 as the Nos. 3 and 4 batters in the Syracuse lineup.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 6
• Roark (W, 2-1) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 2K 1HR
• Moore 2-2, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Rhinehart 1-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2RBI

Twice the Senators answered two-run innings with three runs and held off a late charge to win 7-6, sweeping the five-game series and extending the win streak to eight games. Bill Rhinehart’s 9th HR was the second of the three-spots put up, and gave the Sens the lead for good, with Tyler Moore’s solo shot in the 5th providing the final margin of victory. Tanner Roark set down 10 straight to finish his six innings of work, overcoming four runs early for his second win of the year.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-3) 7⅔ 13H 7R 3ER 2BB 5K, PO at 1B
• Testa ⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K IR-S: 1-0
• Kobernus 1-3
• Souza 4BB, 2SB
• Leon PO at 1B, CS

Winston-Salem’s Ryan Buch was unhittable but wild, allowing no hits through six and 2/3rds but walking five in a 7-1 win over Potomac. Potomac starter Danny Rosenbaum flirted with disaster in every single inning, with the defense failing him for four unearned runs on two errors but also turning four double plays with Rosenbaum and Sandy Leon each picking a runner off first base. Jeff Kobernus got the lone P-Nat hit with two outs in the eighth while Steve Souza drew four of the team’s eight walks (none intentional).

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 0 — GAME ONE
• Cole (L, 0-4) 5IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K
• Kelso 1-3
• Newsome 1-3

A.J. Cole continues to pitch well but still lose, dropping his fourth decision without a win in a 3-0 loss to Kannapolis. The 19-year-old tossed five innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out six, and lowered his ERA to 3.38. The Suns managed just two hits, with Blake Kelso and Brett Newsome both going 1-for-3. Wade Moore and Sammy Solis were added to the roster over the last two days, but which players were removed is still not known — presumably Chris Curran and a pitcher.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• Solis 4⅔ 4H 3R 3ER 3BB 7K
• Eusebio 1⅓ 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Harper 2-3, BB, CS
• Newsome 2-3, R, 2B
• Leonida 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Cole Leonida’s two-run triple capped off a three-run fourth, but Sammy Solis ran into trouble in the fifth, giving up the tying runs. Wilson Eusebio surrendered the game-winning home run in the bottom of the sixth as the Kannapolis Intimidators took the nightcap and swept the doubleheader with a 4-3 win. Solis struck out seven over four and 2/3rds innings and allowed four hits and three walks. Bryce Harper and Brett Newsome each went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns offense.

DSL Giants 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Baez, G (L, 0-1) 4IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K 1HR
• Escolastico 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K, PO at 2B
• Ortega 2-3, 2SB
• Mejia 1-2, 2B

Gregory Baez returned to the DSL, perhaps only until the GCL starts up, and tossed four strong innings in a 4-1, rain-shortened (presumably) loss. The 19-year-old gave up a single, a homer, and a walk while striking out five. “Fred” Ortega went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases while 17-year-old Bryan Mejia got the only other hit for the D-Nats, a double.

May 302011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-3 @ Louisville, 4:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (3-4, 5.77) vs.
Matt Klinker (2-1, 9.00)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-1; Won, 1-0 vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Tanner Roark (1-1, 4.76) vs.
Wynn Pelzer (1-5, 4.43)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-2; Lost, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem, 4:00 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-2, 2.91) vs.
Ryan Buch (0-0, 1.50)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 10-5 @ Kannapolis, 1:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
A.J. Cole (0-3, 3.86) and
Sammy Solis (’11 debut) vs.
Paul Burnside (3-2, 4.07) and
TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Martin (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP 8H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K 1HR
• Balester 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 1K
• Marrero 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, 2B

Filling in for the promoted Yunesky Maya, J.D. Martin started strong, striking out the side in the first, but let up all five Charlotte runs over the next three innings as the Chiefs fell, 5-3. Collin Balester tossed two scoreless innings, as the Syracuse ‘pen held the Knights down the rest of the way. Chris Marrero went 2-for-3 with a walk and solo HR to lead the offense, which was held to seven hits total.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 1 — GAME ONE
• Davis (W, 2-1) 5⅓ 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 2K
• Pena (S, 4) 1⅔ 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Moore 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R

Tyler Moore’s first-inning HR gave the Sens an early lead while a three-run sixth put the game away as Harrisburg took the first game, 6-1. Starter Erik Davis got the win with five and a 1/3rd strong innings, allowing the lone Baysox run on five hits and three walks while Hassan Pena got the last five out for his fourth save.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0 — GAME TWO
• Perez (W, 2-0) 6+ IP 5H 0R 0BB 5K
• Barthmaier (S, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Tucker 1-2, R, 2B
• Lombardozzi 1-3, 2B, RBI

Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Joanthan Tucker and Steve Lombardozzi scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth as Harrisburg swept the doubleheader with a 1-0 decision, extending their winning streak to seven games. It was also their eighth win in ten games against Bowie. Oliver Perez went the first six innings, plus one batter in the seventh for the win while Jimmy Barthmaier walked a batter but struck out the side for the save.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 — GAME ONE
• Selik (L, 0-4) 5⅔ 5H 3R 2ER 1BB 2K
• Frias 1⅓ 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Bronson (L, 1-2) 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 3K 1HR
• Smoker 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 1HR
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2SB
• Ramirez 1-3, 2RBI

Another sweep, but two much closer games Sunday Afternoon in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 5
• Grace (W, 5-4) 7IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K
• Applebee 2IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K
• Harper 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Newsome 1-2, 2R, 2BB, 3RBI
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

After posting a picket fence in the 2nd through 5th innings, the Suns put up a six-spot in the 6th to take a 10-1 lead and cruised to a 10-5 win over Kannapolis. Bryce Harper, Jason Martinson, and Wade Moore each homered as no Sun collected multiple hits, but four drew multiple walks as the Intimidators pitchers issued 11 walks for the game. Matt Grace went the first seven innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk to earn his fifth win.

May 302011
 

In the standings, Sunday was the same as Saturday with two more losses for Potomac to Lynchburg, 3-2 and 5-2. Offensively, it was just 12 hits in 14 innings. But the pitching and defense was markedly better — just one crooked number and one error versus five and three the night before.

Maybe those are the little things that might not add up to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

With the first half a lost cause, it’s time to start looking for the things that have improved.

Take Cameron Selik, for example. In his first home start, he got knocked around for nine runs and ten hits. The pitches were up in the zone, hard, flat and fast. Yesterday afternoon, the pitches were down and he’s begun to command his slider, pounding it inside under the right-handed batters hands. Few hitters can handle that pitch in that spot, fewer can do much with it.

Jeff Kobernus had a breakout day, going 5-for-7 on the afternoon with a double and two stolen bases, including third bases. With the assault of flyballs of late, it’s sometimes hard to notice how good he is on defense… until someone else plays second. Maybe it was just one day, but we’ll take it.

Steve Souza drew four walks. Yes, one of them was intentional, but for a guy that has struck out 62 times in 47 games, that kind of patience is good to see. He’s still a project on defense, particularly on when to defer on popups, but has leveraged his size and athleticism very quickly. You have to see him nightly to notice the faults because on some nights he looks like he’s been there all along.

Unfortunately, Souza’s presence at first has forced Justin Bloxom to play out of position at third. The positive that can be drawn from this is that his troubles on defense have not followed him on offense, as so often happens. Bloxom went 2-for-4 in the first game to raise his average to .231 in 22 games, with a .270 mark in the last 10 games.

In the second game, Evan Bronson survived a tough second inning (three runs, three hits, a walk) retiring seven of eight after a two-out single in the third before surrendering a long home run to turn what might have been a quality start into something more mediocre. But it just might have been good enough to earn another start, as the P-Nats are going to need a sixth man in the rotation this week with the back-to-back doubleheaders this weekend.

For today, it’s back to the top of the rotation with Danny Rosenbaum on the bump in Winston-Salem, attempting to stop an eight-game slide as the P-Nats take their final road trip of the first half to North Carolina four days and Delaware for three before returning for the long-anticipated 14-game homestand from June 6 to June 19.

May 292011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-7; Won, 8-3 vs. Charlotte 6:30 p.m. TBD vs. Gaby Hernandez (2-5, 8.77)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-3 vs. Bowie, 5:00 p.m. Erik Davis (1-1, 3.55) and
Oliver Perez (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Chorye Spoone (0-1, 3.12) and
Tim Bascom (2-1, 4.76)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 10-5; Lost, 7-2 vs. Lynchburg, 12:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-3, 7.63) and
Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.42) vs.
Willie Kempf (2-3, 7.96) and
Blaine Sims (0-0, 1.65)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-6; Won, 2-1 @ Kannapolis, 5:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-7 vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 7 (Comp.)
• Milone (ND) 6⅔ IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K
• Mandel (BS, 1)(W, 1-1) 2IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K 1HR
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Valdez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Hulett 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Jeff Mandel gave away the lead on Friday and nearly the game on Saturday until Tug Hulett’s solo HR and Chris Marrero’s RBI single gave him the blown-save-win and the Chiefs an 8-7 victory. Tom Milone started and got the no-decision with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. He also struck out six.

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 3
• Stammen (W, 5-2) 7IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K
• Carr 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
• Aubrey 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Antonelli 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hulett 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

Syracuse got five first-inning runs and cruised to an 8-3 victory in the “nightcap.” Craig Stammen got the win with seven strong innings, allowing all three Charlotte runs on eight its and two walks while striking out five. Michael Aubrey paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, including a double and an RBI.
The expected Yunesky Maya move has not officially occurred, but Collin Balester was optioned back from DC while Atahualpa Severino was activated from the DL

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 3
• Martis (W, 2-2) 6IP 5H 0R 1BB 5K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, 2B
• Moore 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Norris 2-2, 3R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• King 2-4, 2RBI

The Sens won their fifth straight with an 8-3 takedown of the Baysox. Shairon Martis tossed six scoreless innings to get the win, lowering his ERA to 3.57 while the quadrimvirate of Steve Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore, Derek Norris, and Stephen King combined for eight of the 14 Harrisburg hits, with Norris homering for the fifth time in his last nine games played.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 5 — GAME ONE
• Holder (L, 2-6) 1⅔ IP 9H 8R 8ER 2BB 0K 1HR
• Olbrychowski 3⅓ IP 1H 0R 3BB 2K
• Higley 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 1-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Demny (L, 1-5) 4IP 6H 6R 6ER 5BB 4K 2HR
• Martin 2IP 0H 0R 1B 2K
• Hood 1-3, R, HR, RBI

FWIW, here’s my take on LNIW.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 6 (Comp.)
• Hansen 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 1HR
• Graham (W, 1-1) 2IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB
• Rogers 2-3, R

A four-run eighth, highlighted by Adrian Sacnhez’s two-out, two-RBI single, powered the Suns past the Tourists for an 8-6 win in the completion. Relievers Matt Swynenberg and Ben Graham both gave up a run over two innings with Graham getting the decision. Sanchez led Hagerstown’s offense with a 3-for-5 effort and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1
• Jordan (ND) 5IP 4H 1R 0ER 1BB 5K
• Eusebio 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, R

Michael Taylor scored the tying run in the 6th and singled to left in the 9th, an error erasing the RBI, but not the game-winning run as the Suns swept the de facto doubleheader with a 2-1 win. Taylor Jordan started and went the first five innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Wilson Eusebio, Chris Manno, and Neil Holland combine four four scoreless innings of relief with Holland getting the win.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Rangers 7
• Pineyro (ND) 3IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K
• Heredia (W, 1-0) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
• B. Valdez 1-3, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Reyes 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Difo 1-2, 2R, 3BB

A six-run top of the 9th, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Bienvenido Valdez, catapulted the D-Nats past the D-Rangersfor an improbable 8-7 win.
Ivan Pineyro (19 y.o.) started the game and struck out six but was touched for three runs on three hits and two walks. Inocencio Heredia got the win with two scoreless innings in relief. Two of the 2010 IFA Signees — Diomedes Eusebio, 1-4 @ 3B; Dioncio Rosario, 0-4 @ CF — were spotted in the lineup.

May 292011
 

As the pic suggests, the P-Nats dropped a pair to fall into the Carolina League North Division cellar, losing 10-5 in the first game and 7-2 in the second. The losing streak is now six games.

The story in both games was much the same: the starting pitching was ineffective and made a mediocre offense look terrific. Except for one big inning in the first game, the Potomac offense was listless. It took nearly four innings in the first game for a runner to reach base. In the second game, they collected just three hits.

I’m not sure what the Nats brass, who have been on hand for the past couple of nights, has in mind to shake things up, but it’s pretty clear that some bats need to be thrown in the shower. Maybe even some wooden ones, too.

Individually, there is some decent talent in this group of players. But I keep hearing the rumblings that, while not quite 25 cabs for 25 guys, this is not yet a team. The difference in the record at home vs. the road in the past couple of weeks certainly begs the question of “why?” — especially when the opponents have been either the same (Lynchburg) or second-division (Kinston).

Again, I try hard not to editorialize in this space, but I know that folks value the eyes on the field and I’m seeing a collection of talent that needs some reshuffling. Maybe some guys that have been starting need to sit out today. Maybe some starters need to work out of the ‘pen and vice-versa. But something needs to happen soon.

Today, Cameron Selik and Evan Bronson are tasked with turning things around (and making me eat these words) with a noontime doubleheader against these same Hillcats, with a chance to both split the series and return to third place.

May 282011
 

With the placement of Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-Day DL retroactive to Tuesday, the Washington Nationals have recalled Collin Balester from Syracuse to take his roster spot. Balester, however, will be in the ‘pen which means another move may be coming to replace Gorzelanny in the rotation.

Bill Ladson is reporting that that will be Yunesky Maya. Presuming that’s true, one can surmise that at the very least, J.D. Martin will get a spot start tomorrow. Whether he stays in the Syracuse rotation is another matter.

The addition of Zech Zinicola is most likely a tipoff that a pitcher is going from Harrisburg to Syracuse. Unfortunately, it could be a reliever just as easily as it might be a starter (Brad Peacock last pitched on Wednesday). Doubleheaders further down the ladder (Potomac and Hagerstown today, Harrisburg and Potomac tomorrow) further complicate matters and make it harder to guess what may be coming.

As always, if anything breaks in the next few hours, watch this space for updates…

May 282011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs 6-6, Susp. (Top 8th) vs. Charlotte 6:00 p.m.
(completion, scheduled game)
Craig Stammen (4-2, 3.62) vs.
Matt Zaleski (0-1, 14.73)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-0 (6 inn.) vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (1-2, 4.30) vs.
Zach Clark (5-2, 3.40)
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Lynchburg, 5:35 p.m. Paul Demny (1-4, 3.83) and
Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.42) vs.
Corey Rasmus (1-5, 7.09) and
Arodys Vizcaino (2-2, 2.45)
Hagerstown Suns 4-3, Asheville,
Susp. (Bot. 5th)
vs. Asheville, 5:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-1, 3.12) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals   @ DSL Rangers, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 6 Charlotte 6 — SUSP (Top 8th)
• Milone (ND) 6⅔ IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K

Syracuse put up three spots in the 3rd and 7th innings to take a 6-4 lead but Jeff Mandel surrendered a home run to the second batter he faced in the 8th to tie the game. Play was halted shortly thereafter. The game will be completed tonight followed by the regularly scheduled nine-inning game.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 0
• Roark (ND) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Arnesen (W, 2-0) 3⅔ IP 4H 0R 1BB 2K
• Chico (S, 1) ⅓ 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Johnson 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Moore 1-2, R, HR, RBI

Rain both shortened and delayed game, as Harrisburg won 2-0 in six innings. Josh Johnson and Tyler Moore both hit a solo home run, with Stephen King collecting the only other Senator hit. Tanner Roark allowed a hit and struck out two in the two innings he pitched before play was halted and delayed for 81 minutes. Erik Arnesen took the hill in relief and went the next three and 2/3rds innings, giving up four hits and a walk. Matt Chico struck out the only batter he faced to earn the save when the game was called. Tim Pahuta was placed on the DL to make room for Zech Zinicola, who was assigned to the team from XST

Potomac-Lynchburg — PPD
After initially delaying the start 25 minutes, the skies above Woodbridge opened up and forced the postponement. Tonight was an already scheduled doubleheader, thus another doubleheader will be played on Sunday, weather permitting.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 3
• Hansen 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 1HR

After surrendering the lead with a four-run fifth, the Suns put on two runners before Mother Nature said “That’s all for tonight, boys.” The game will be resumed tonight with a seven-inning game to follow.

GCLDSL Nationals — Opening Day
Extended Spring Training is finally overIt’s time to learn some new names… and the “TBD vs. TBD” macro is ready to go.

May 272011
 

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, the rest of the indys have begun play and concludes my indulgence this series.

It’s a pretty short list (except for one, but I digress) — just three names:

Matt Rogelstad, Chico Outlaws

Jesse Estras, Newark Bears

Leonard Davis, New Jersey Jackals

For folks who may have missed the earlier editions: bn

Intro & The Atlantic League

Part 2: The American Association and the Frontier League