Jun 212011
 

The specious nature of recent player moves prevents the use of the word “promote,” but Steve Lombardozzi has been moved from the AA roster of Harrisburg to the AAA roster of Syracuse.

Lombardozzi, who was recently named the Eastern League batter of the week, had been hitting .309 with a .466 OBP with Harrisburg, with 16 steals in 19 tries. Taking his place on the Senator roster is Chris McConnell, a recent “B” on our GBI for his .175/.250/.257 line put up over 57 games with the Chiefs.

In other roster moves, RHP Garrett Mock was placed on the 7-Day DL for Harrisburg while C Jhonatan Solano was activated for Syracuse.

Jun 212011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-2 @ Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Brad Meyers (4-3, 4.60) or
J.D. Martin (1-4, 4.94) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. Richmond, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (4-2, 3.30) vs.
Henry Sosa (2-0, 0.00)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Doubledays Won, 7-6 @ State College, 7:05 p.m. Colin Bates (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Joely Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 PM TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. DSL Mets1
vs. DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 2.50) vs.
Francibel Alejo (0-2, 3.18)

Gwinnett 8 Syracuse 2
• Detwiler (ND) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• Pena (L, 0-4) 1IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, K
• Marrero 2-3, R, RBI, BB
• Hulett 1-3, BB

Syracuse battled hard against the Gwinnett Braves’ JV Tomahawk Chop and Julio Teheran, the no. 5 overall rated prospect according to Baseball Prospectus. Teheran (W, 2-1, 8IP, 5H, 2ER, 0BB, 8K) easily retired the first ten Chiefs he faced, but Syracuse scratched out a game-tying run on a Matt Antonelli double and a Chris Marrero RBI single. Detwiler had allowed a first inning run after a dreaded leadoff walk. In the seventh, Syracuse eked out another tally with a Marrero single, a Tug Hulett single, and a Jesus Flores groundout. Syracuse, as has been their habit the last three games, then found a creative way to blow a late lead. With two out and nobody on base, Detwiler walked the pitcher, Teheran, and was justifably pulled from the game after a strong six and 2/3rds innings pitched where he yielded just one run and a two-out inherited runner for the bullpen that matched Teheran’s more dominating performance. Lee Hyde then came into “relieve” and gave up a walk and a single to allow Teheran to score. Hassan Pena then temporarily shut the door by inducing Gartrell to fly out. Pena (*ERA 19.29*) then imploded in the eighth giving up six runs before Ryan Tatusko mercifully retired the final batter in the 8th. All in all, Syracuse is becoming more frustrating as they continue to find worse and worse ways to blow late leads. If any Syracuse fans wander through our threads in a foul mood, let’s remind them to keep a sunny disposition.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
After a strong 5-2 roadtrip, the first-place Senators are home for the next six, hosting Richmond for three, then Altoona for three.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Tonight is the Carolina-California All-Star Game in Modesto, with Jeff Kobernus as the sole P-Nat player on the roster, a replacement for Destin Hood.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Tonight is the Sally League All-Star Game in Delmarva, with five Suns players on the roster. Due to injury concerns, Bryce Harper will forego the HR derby, MASN’s Byron Kerr reports.

Auburn Doubledays 7 State College Spikes 6
• Lopez 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 2K
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R
• B Ortega 2-4, SB

Adrian Nieto’s two-run HR in the top of the 7th broke a 3-3 tie and began a late-inning slugfest that saw another Auburn triumph by a 7-6 score. Nieto also doubled and drove in four total for the night, one of three Doubledays to get multiple hits, as Bryce Ortega and Khayyan Norfork also went 2-for-4. Kelvin Lopez got the start but was knocked out in the fourth after charged with three runs on five hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Richie Mirowski, a 45-round draft pick from Oklahoma Baptist Univ., got the win with one unearned run allowed on one hit and one walk over two innings.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 3
• Karns 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• J Smith 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramos 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Soriano 1-2, HR, RBI

Wander Ramos’s two-run HR in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference as the GCL Nationals held off a ninth-inning rally for a 5-3 win over the GCL Mets. Perenially rehabbing Nathan Karns took the ball first and allowed one hit and two walks over two and 2/3rds. NDFA Jason Smith was first out the ‘pen with an inning and a 1/3rd relief to get the win. Francisco Soriano also homered as the G-Nats had nine hits and made the most of their scoring opportunities, going 2-for-5 with RISP and just five runners left on.

DSL Mets1 3 DSL Nationals 2
• Mendez 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 5K
• Barrientos (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 6K
• Mercedes 1-3, R, BB
• Rosario 1-3, BB, RBI, OF assist @ 3B

The D-Nats mustered just three hits but held a 2-1 lead into the seventh, when the D-Mets1 squad rallied for two with two outs for the eventual 3-2 outcome. The seventh began with the cardinal baserunning mistake, as Dionicio Rosario and Wilmer Difo combined to cut down a runner trying to stretch a leadoff double into a triple. Losing pitcher Joel Barrientos struck out the next batter but gave up a walk, then a two-out double that “Fred” Ortega threw away to allow both runs to score. Barrientos would finish the game and strike out six over three innings, but the lack of clutch hits (1-for-10 with RISP) and shaky defense (two errors) gave starter Gilberto Mendez a no-decision for his six innings, in which he allowed an unearned run on three hits and three walks while setting down five on strikes.

Jun 202011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 10-9 @ Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (5-6, 5.01) vs.
Julio Teheran (6-1, 1.78)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals vs. Salem — CANCELED ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Suns Won, 11-4 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Doubledays Won, 6-4 @ State College, 7:05 p.m. Kelvin Lopez (0-0, -.–) vs.
Stetson Allie (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals SEASON OPENER vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 PM TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. Gilberto Mendez (1-0, 3.46) vs.
Franly Caminero (1-0, 2.70)

Charlotte 10 Syracuse 9
• Maya 5IP, 10H, 6ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Mandel (BS 2, L, 1-2) 2IP, 5H, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Hulett 4-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Brown 3-4 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, BB
• J Valdez 3-5, 3R, 2-2B

This game featured 19 runs, 32 hits, 2 Syracuse blown saves, another heartbreaking loss to the Charlotte Knights, and an out-of-breath recapper. After Saturday night’s walkoff victory, Sunday afternoon Syracuse failed to tie the game up after loading the bases in the 9th inning. A poor performance starts with lackluster starting pitching, and Yunesky Maya appears to not be fooling anyone right now. After a leadoff double by Jordan Danks and a Michael Restovich walk in the sixth inning, Ryan Tatusko was brought in to add more gasoline to the fire, allowing both of Maya’s runners to score and two more of his own to score while putting Syracuse down 8-7. Syracuse got both perpetrators off the hook with a two-run 7th. Tug Hulett doubled in Jim Gallagher who had doubled and Chris Marrero (0-4, R, BB) who had walked earlier in the inning to put the Chiefs up 9-8. Charlotte, however, provided the dads in the house with an immediate response when Gookie (how do you get named Gookie?!?! [Ed. Note: It refers to a face made famous by Harpo Marx]) Dawkins hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th off Jeff Mandel to end the scoring and leave Syracuse on the wrong end of a wild 10-9 loss. Lost in the wild scoring at the end were Corey Brown’s two home runs and 3 early RBI to put the Chiefs up early 3-0 before Maya’s Meltdown.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 1
• Arnesen (L, 3-1) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 7K, WP
• VanAllen 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Johnson 1-4, 2B
• Arnesen 1-2

Erik Arnesen did everything he possibly could to carry a feeble Harrisburg offense to victory. He offered a quality six innings. He got a hit. Ultimately, the Harrisburg defense hurt his outing by contributing to an unearned run and the feeble offense couldn’t make up for it. The Suns only mustered one unearned run themselves when Jonothan Tucker reached on a throwing error by catcher Tony Sanchez, Josh Johnson doubled, and Archie Gilbert grounded out. Harrisburg’s chief nemesis was Quincy Latimore, who went 2-2 with a double, a homer, and two of Altoona’s run scored. Relievers Corey VanAllen and Jimmy Barthmaier failed to add quality relief; they allowed one run each.

Potomac Nationals vs. Salem Red Sox — CANCELED
The link above is the official press release regarding the cancellation. This is how the field looked like at approximately 1:10 p.m. yesterday afternoon: Pic1 | Pic2. The second half resumes on Thursday with a six-game trip from South to North Carolina, with visits to Myrtle Beach and Kinston for three games each.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 4
• Solis 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Manno 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 1K
• Martinson 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Keyes 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 3R, 2B, RBI

After being mathematically eliminated on Saturday night, the Hagerstown Suns closed out the first half with a big 11-4 win, its third straight following a six-game tailspin that killed their playoff hopes. The Suns pounded out 19 hits, with every batter collecting at least one and four collecting three. Kevin Keyes and Wade Moore both homered. Bryce Harper sat for the second straight game, ostensibly to rest his nagging injuries. Sammy Solis pitched the first four innings while four relievers followed him out of the ‘pen, including Chad Gaudin on rehab. Christopher Manno’s struggles returned with his worst outing of the season: two runs on three hits and walk over just one inning.

Auburn 6 Batavia 4
• Encarnacion 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
• Henke (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K IR-S: 2-1
• Moldenhauer 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI, BB
• Montilla 2-4

Russell Moldenhauer’s two-run double capped off a four-run second, as the Auburn Doubledays held on for a 6-4 win and took the series 2-1. Pedro Encarnacion couldn’t go the requisite five to get the win, chased with two outs in the fourth inning with three runs allowed on three hits and four walks. Aaron Barrett got the win despite also giving up four walks and a run in just two and 2/3rds innings. Travis Henke and Ben Grisz closed out the game with two and 2/3rds scoreless innings to get the hold and save respectively. Angel Montilla and Moldenhauer paced the 12-hit attack that saw eight of the nine batters reach base safely.

GCL Nationals — SEASON OPENER
The initial roster has a strong Dominican feel to it with roughly a dozen-plus DSL “grads” making it stateside (yes, including HWMNBN) for Opening Day in Viera. Some notables: 17-y.o. IFA Pedro Severino (C), 18-y.o. IFA Arialdi Peguero (1B), Nathan Karns (RHP), Luis Atilano (rehab), Francisco Soriano (rehab), and our 2011 Watchlisters — OF Victor Chavez, RHPs Anthony Marcelino and Andy Santana, IF Jean Carlos Valdez.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Some home cooking this week for the D-Nats with just one road game over the next six (@ D-Giants) as they host the D-Mets1, D-Phillies, D-Rangers, D-Cubs2 and the D-Marlins.

Jun 192011
 

It’s not looking great for a dry, sunny day at the ballpark today, but I’ll be going anyway because baseball is what always bonded me to my father. This is the second Father’s Day since he passed away early last year, not too long after I started writing for this website.

My father never taught me how to play the game, in his mid-50s by the time I was in Little League, to which he drove me to many games and practices despite his three hours of driving each day for work. He often couldn’t stay because I was one of several children and my older brothers had games, too.

If you think that that bothered me, that there was some resentment, well, you’re wrong. My father was the master of calm, serenity, and subtlety. Every once in a while, he would talk about seeing some kid “really get a hold of a low, outside pitch and drive it the other way” when he showed up to get me, not ask about how many hits I got. Instead he’d ask about how many runners I threw out.

Back then, I was a catcher. Five feet tall, 130 lbs. The big kid with a strong arm, but too slow for the outfield. Granted, much of my success came from kids that would run because the rest of the catchers couldn’t reach second base with a throw, much less get it there accurately. That’s what I could do.
And my Dad knew to praise me for that versus my hitting.

When I got older, Dad would talk about baseball while we watched games together. Maybe I might have missed out on becoming more of a player in part because the coaches couldn’t size up my Dad (I’m adopted) but I might have missed out on learning about the game, too.

So I’m not going to get all “Cat’s In The Cradle” on you. I miss my Dad and think about him while I’m watching baseball. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you might have a father or grandfather like him in some way. Call him today, take him out to a ballgame (or whatever his passion is) and tell him you love him. Do it while you still can.

Jun 192011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 7-6 (11 inn.) @ Charlotte, 2:15 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-4, 3.79) vs.
Matt Zaleski (1-3, 6.75)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-3; Won, 4-3 @ Altoona, 6:05 p.m. Garrett Mock (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Bryan Morris (1-3, 5.05)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-2; Won, 2-0 vs. Salem, 1:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (2-4, 3.64) vs.
Chris Hernandez (5-4, 2.95)

CANCELED
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-3 vs. Delmarva, 1:05 p.m. Sammy Solis (1-0, 3.47) vs.
Scott Copeland (4-4, 4.78)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 9-6 vs. Batavia, 1:05 p.m. Pedro Encarnacion (0-0, -.–) vs.
Andrew Benes (0-0, -.–)
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1
vs. DSL Yankees1
OFF DAY N/A

Charlotte 7 Syracuse 6 (11 inn.)
• Stammen 3IP 6H, 5ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Wilkie 2IP 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• J Flores 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Frazier 2-4, R, 2R HR, 4RBI

Why? Why? Why did they pitch to Damon Viciedo, the 21-year-old phenom (.912 OPS) for the White Sox, after coming back from five runs down to take a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th inning? With two outs, a man on second, and an 0-2 count, Viciedo rapped a game tying single that was part of the two-run Charlotte walkoff eleventh. Outstanding bullpen work by JD Martin, Jeff Mandel, Atahulapa Severino, and even eventual loser Hassan Pena held down the knights for 7 scoreless innings to give Syracuse a chance for what might have been. In the fifth, Jeff Frazier started the comeback with a two run homer. In the sixth inning Jesus Flores had an RBI double (his 11th two-bagger), and Jeff Frazier stepped up with a 2RBI single to plate Flores and Tug Hulett. All in all, this is the kind of loss that Syracuse will look back upon if they manage to run off a miraculous win streak to get back into the IL playoff picture from their current 27-39 record.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3 — GAME ONE
• Brad Peacock (W, 8-2) 7IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HR, CG
• Moore 2-4, 2 2B, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Brad Peacock proved to the Altoona Curve that he is one of the better pitching prospects in the Nationals system. Last night, he gave up a first-inning home run. He gave up a double and a triple in the 6th as part of a two-run rally for the Curve, but in-between he must have been filthy, striking out seven and walking only one in a seven-inning complete game. Harrisburg did most of its damage in the third inning, keyed by doubles from Chris Rahl and Tyler Moore and helped by a Curve fielding error. Archie Gilbert had a strong game as well. He helped engineer a run in the second with some get ‘em on (walk), get ‘em over (stolen base), get ‘em over once more (balk), and get ‘em in on a Jonathan Tucker groundout. He later led off the sixth inning with a home run.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 — GAME TWO
• C. Martinez 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zinicola (S, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• A. Valdez 1-2, R, HR, BB
• Tucker 2-3 2R, 3B, RBI
This game got off to an inauspicious start when Carlos Martinez gave up a first-inning, three-run shot to Jordy Mercer. The back end of the bullpen and the back end of the lineup sealed the deal on the doubleheader sweep for Harrisburg against former Harrisburg pitcher Aaron Thompson. Batters six through eight scored all four runs. In the second, Alex Valdez homered and Jonathan Tucker scored on a two out wild pitch from Thompson. In the fourth, an RBI Tucker triple was the big blow in a two-run frame. Rafael Martin pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Protecting a one-run lead, Zech Zinicola struck out the side in the 9th.

Salem 5 Potomac 2 — GAME ONE
• Holder (L, 3-8) 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR (three-run)
• Nelo ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, R
• Ramirez 0-1, 3BB

Sue may have picked the wrong game to skip, but here’s what “she” saw in the first game Last Night In Woodbridge.

Potomac 2 Salem 0 — GAME TWO
• Demny (W, 4-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Testa (S, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Perez 2-3, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-3

Paul Demny carried a no-hitter into the fifth, giving up a one-out double with a runner on but getting two key outs to escape the jam. Josh Smoker would pitch to two batters in the sixth, hitting one and walking the other before Joe Testa was brought on to kill the rally. Testa got the last six outs to earn his first save of 2011. Eury Perez’s two-run single in the second against the #39 pick in the 2010 Draft, Tony Ranaudo, stood up as the game-winner. Perez and Jeff Kobernus both went 2-for-3 to pace the Potomac offense. Sue skipped this one in part because of fatigute, but also to make time to write a Father’s Day essay.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 3
• Jordan (W, 7-3) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Eusebio (S, 3) 3IP, 2H, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Keyes 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI
• Martinson 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB
Hagerstown battled back from a 3-0 fourth inning deficit. Taylor Jordan was hit hard in the second and gave up a double and two singles as part of an early two-run rally. In the fourth inning, two singles and a Michael Mooney error led to an eventual Tyler Kelly sacrifice fly. Kevin Keyes answered back with a three-run homer that scored David Freitas, who had doubled, and Jason Martinson. Hagerstown went on score in three consecutive innings with back-to-back homers by Martinson and Keyes to put the game out of reach. Wilson Eusebio pitched three shutout innings to close the door and earn his third save.

Batavia 9 Auburn 6
• Esteves (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 6K
• Jenkins 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Ortega 2-2, 2R
• Norfork 3-5, 2B, 4RBI

A five-run fourth chased DSL grad Wirkin Estevez, who gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk, as the Auburn Doubledays lost their home opener, 9-6 to Batavia. Middle infielders Bryce Ortega and Khayyan Norfork combined to go 5-for-7 with two runs and four RBIs to lead the Doubleday offense, which scored five of their six runs in the last three innings.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Yankees1
• Martinez, A 4IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• Vasquez (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Difo 2-2, 2R, 2BB
• Tllero 1-3

Their fourth error of the day prevented the shutout, but not before the D-Nats snapped their three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the DSL Yankees1 squad. Venezuelan Anderson Martinez made his first start, going four scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three. Daury Vasquez was awarded the win as the most effective reliever to follow, pitching two and 2/3rds innings and charged with the lone run on one it and a walk. Wilmer Difo reached base four times with two hits and two walks to lead the D-Nat offense.

Jun 192011
 

If ever there was a game that might sum up a team’s half-season in seven innings, the first game of this doubleheader just might be it.

A pool-cue single opened the game, as the ball spun just over Trevor Holder’s reach and spun into the infield grass to give the runner that split second he needed to beat it out. A single to right followed, then a three-run homer that cleared the centerfield wall to put Potomac in an early 3-0 hole — and there was still nobody out.

Holder escaped further damage with back-to-back K’s and a flyout

The P-Nats got two runners on with one out in the bottom of the first. And left them on.

Holder gave up what was later changed to leadoff single in the second, then retired five straight before issuing a two-out walk in the third.

The P-Nats got a two-out double in the second, then left ‘em loaded in third, only scoring when a wild pitch sent Eury Perez home from third. A one-out walk was stranded at second in the fourth.

Holder put up goose eggs in the fourth and fifth, allowing two baserunners via an error and a single, both with two outs.

Justin Bloxom ripped a single to right-center with one out in the fifth, took second on a wild pitch, and went to third went the Salem rightfielder dropped a Souza flyball. J.P. Ramirez, who has suddenly become a walk machine (11BB in 14G in June; he had six in May, two in April), drew a walk to load the bases.

After grounding out the last time he saw the sacks full, Sandy Leon delivered the clutch hit to shallow center to drive in Bloxom. Souza ran through the stop sign and was gunned down, though the play was close and the CF had shown a weak arm previously. That hit would be the only one in 13 opportunities with runners in scoring position.

Holder issued his second walk to lead off the sixth inning to Salem’s David Mailman. The next batter singled to center, but Perez made him a dead letter with a special delivery to Bloxom, who deftly applied the tag at the very last moment.

There’s a reason why coaches call that baserunning blunder the cardinal sin, because another single followed to put runners on first and second, one that might have scored Mailman. Given a chance to work out of the jam, Holder got the double-play ball he needed, leading it himself for a 1-6-3 DP to end the inning.

Two more runners were left on in the bottom of the sixth. Holder would leave with one out in the top of the seventh, but Hector Nelo’s wildness and another error led to the last two Salem runs.

Potomac would get the tying run to the plate twice in the bottom of the seventh, but a strikeout and a popup ended it, the two runners left were nos. 12 and 13 for the game.

Jun 182011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-2 @ Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Craig Stammen (5-3, 3.84) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-4 @ Altoona, 5:05
(doubleheader)
Brad Peacock (7-2, 2.33) and
Erik Arnesen (3-0, 2.78) vs.
Jeff Locke (5-5, 4.46) and TBD
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Salem, 5:35 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Trevor Holder (3-7, 6.31) and
Paul Demny (3-6, 4.38) vs.
Anthony Ranaudo (1-2, 2.55) and
Ryan Pressly (4-6, 4.58)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-3, 2.84) vs.
Luis Noel (4-6, 5.76)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 6-1 vs. Batavia, 7:05 p.m. Wirkin Estevez (0-0, -.–) vs.
Patrick Daugherty (0-0, -.–)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-4
@ DSL Braves
vs. DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m. Anthony Marcelino (1-0, 0.57) vs.
Cesar Vargas (0-2, 6.30)

Charlotte 5 Syracuse 2
• Milone (L, 4-5) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• Tatusko 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Aubrey 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB
• Hulett 2-2, 2B, BB

The Charlotte Knights’ Lastings Milledge picked last night to show one of those flashes of offensive brilliance that has tantalized and tormented Nats fans. He had a two-run double after Tug Hulett allowed Eduardo Escobar to reach on a fielding error. Milledge also had a two-out RBI single to almost singlehandedly beat the Chiefs. Tom Milone showed control (six K’s and just one walk for the IL strikeout leader entering the game), but didn’t miss enough bats within the strike zone to earn the win. Offensively, the Chiefs struggled to score early when they got their leadoff man aboard, wasting a leadoff single in the first, a Tug Hulett walk in the second, and an Adam Fox double in the third. Overall, the Chiefs went 2-for-10 with RISP and left nine runners on base.

Harrisburg 8 Altoona 4
• Davis (W, 3-2) 6IP, 10H, 4ER, 0BB, 8K
• VanAllen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Norris 2-3, 2RBI, 2BB

The Altoona Curve pitching was a bit flat as the Harrisburg offense exploded for eight runs in Altoona. Six Senators had multihit games. Eight Senators tallied in the box score with either runs or hits. Harrisburg did half of its damage in a four-run third inning. Tyler Moore’s two-run double was a key blow, followed by a Derek Norris RBI single, and an RBI single from Alex Valdez that scored Bill Rhinehart, who had doubled earlier in the inning. If it wasn’t for a caught stealing of Alex Valdez, Harrisburg might still be batting. Erik Davis was didn’t walk anyone but caught too much of the plate, yielding 10 hits and four runs in his six innings. Pat Lehman, Corey VanAllen and Zech Zinicola combined for three innings of perfect relief to shut the door on the Curve.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Heavy thunderstorms in the six-o’clock hour dumped enough rain on the Pfitz field to force a rainout and a Saturday night
doubleheader between the High-A affiliates of the Boston and Washington franchises of the same names.

Hagerstown 2 Delmarva 1
• Ray (ND) 5IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
• Swynenberg 4IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 7K
• Harper 2-3, 2RBI, 2BB, SB
• Freitas 2-3, BB

Hagerstown snapped its six-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds, but it may be too little, too late as both Greensboro and Hickory won on Friday night to reduce the Suns’ elimination number to one. Randolph Oduber drove in the gamewinner in the bottom of the tenth after back-to-back walks issued to Bryce Harper (intentional) and Mills Rogers (unintentional) after Blake Kelso’s leadoff single. Ben Graham got the win in relief, following four scoreless and hitless innings from Matt Swynenberg. Robbie Ray started and allowed the lone Delmarva run on seven hits and one walk over the first five innings.

Auburn 6 Batavia 1
• Demmin (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Bates (S, 1) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Nieto 3-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Moldenhauer 2-4, R, 2B

Hendry Jimenez’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run sixth, as the Auburn Doubledays broke open a 2-1 lead for a 6-1 victory on the Opening Day of the New York-Penn League. Ryan Demmin returned to action as a starter after struggling in relief for Potomac with the lone Muckdog run allowed on three hits and three walks over five innings. Adrian Nieto returned from his PED suspension with a 3-for-3 night, including a solo HR and two RBIs. Colin Bates finished the game with four scoreless innings to earn the save.

DSL Braves 5 DSL Nationals 4
• Moscat (ND) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Guzman 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, CS
• Rosario 0-1, R, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats dry spell was extended to three straight with a 5-4 loss to the DSL Braves. Starter Felix Moscat couldn’t hold an early 3-0 lead, coughing up four runs over five and 2/3rds innings. A run in the top of the eighth gave him the no-decision, but the ‘pen gave it back in the bottom of the inning for the loss. Wilmer Difo went 2-for-5 to lead the offense, which managed seven hits for the game.

Jun 172011
 

Absent an official press release, we’re presuming the roster now posted on the Auburn Doubledays site is live and accurate…

PITCHERS
Ryan Demmin
Chad Jenkins
Blake Monar
Aaron Barrett
Colin Bates
Brian Dupra
Pedro Encarnacion
Wirkin Estevez
Travis Henke
Alex Kreis
Kelvin Lopez
Silvio Medina
Richard Mirowski
Manuel Rivera
Manny Rodriguez

CATCHERS
Adrian Nieto
Wilfri Pena

INFIELDERS
Seth Bynum (rehab)
Hendry Jimenez
Justin Miller
Russell Moldenhauer
Khayyan Norfork
Bryce Ortega
Roberto Perez
Matthew Skole

OUTFIELDERS

Rick Hughes
Angelberth Montilla
Caleb Ramsey
Connor Rowe

italics = 2011 draft
green = 2010 Vermont Lake Monster
blue = 2010 GCL guy
red = 2010 DSL guy

By my count, that’s 10 of this year’s picks, nine guys repeating from Vermont, five GCL “grads,” thee DSL guys leapfrogging up the ladder and two OGs. Feel free to discuss in the comments…

Jun 172011
 

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

SYRACUSE 27-37, 4th place I.L. North, 13 games behind

Good Ross Detwiler 2-1, 2.79ERA, .219 OBA in June
Bad Chris McConnell, .166/.240/.245
Interesting Tom Milone IL Leader, 76Ks (9.7/9IP)

HARRISBURG 36-28, 1st place E.L. West Division, 3 games ahead

Good Steve Lombardozzi .403/.464/.548 in June
Bad Pat McCoy 6HR in 25⅔ IP
Interesting Garrett Mock 24⅔ IP, 25H, 23R, 23ER, 22BB — still on 40-man roster

POTOMAC 28-39, 4th place C.L. North Division, 13 games behind

Good Cameron Selik, 2-0, 0.86ERA, 0.91WHIP in June
Bad Cutter Dykstra 48K in 51G, .253OBP
Interesting Mitchell Clegg 17 unearned runs in 11 appearances

HAGERSTOWN 37-30, 3rd place Sally League Northern Division, 2 games behind

Good David Freitas .411/.492/.679 in June
Bad 2-8 in last 10 games, six straight losses (current)
Interesting Paul Applebee 5-1, 3.86, 1.13WHIP in relief

DSL NATIONALS 7-8, 5th place, Boca Chica South Division of Dominican Summer League, 3 games behind

Good Anthony Marcelino (Age 18) 1-0, 0.57 in 1st three starts
Bad Raudy Read (Age 17) .143/.167/.171 in 10G
Interesting Inocencio Heredia (Age 19) 2-1, 2SV in 5 appearances
Jun 172011
 

I know, I know: Folks are anxious to see who’s been signed and assigned, but apparently it’s a state secret this year. If/when I hear otherwise, I’ll pass along…

The Harrisburg Senators announced a few moves this morning…

PLACED ON DL
• LHP Oliver Perez
• 1B/3B Tim Pahuta

ASSIGNED FROM SYRACUSE
• RHP Erik Arnesen

ACTIVATED FROM IL
• RHP Erik Davis

Yesterday, Baseball America released its weekly transaction summary. Here’s the list of players that signed from last Wednesday to Tuesday of this week:
• 3B Matt Skole (5)
• OF Caleb Ramsey (11)
• RHP Travis Henke (22)
• 2B Khayyan Norfork (23)
• LHP Bobby Lucas (27)
• C Sean Cotten (29)
• 2B Trey Karlen (33)
• LHP Ben Hawkins (36)
• OF Tony Nix (50)

UPDATE: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is reporting that Destin Hood has been placed on the DL with knee problems that will require an MRI, though they are not considered serious. No word on his replacement, but a (not all that) wild guess is Chris Curran, who was assigned to the Potomac roster on May 31 and has yet to appear in a game since.