Jun 172011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-2 @ Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Tom Milone (4-4, 3.58) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 @ Altoona, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (2-2, 3.55) vs.
Aaron Pribanic (5-3, 2.86)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 10-3 vs. Salem, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (3-7, 6.31) vs.
Ryan Pressly (4-6, 4.58)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 6-5; Lost, 4-0 vs. Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (2-0, 1.03) vs.
Tim Berry (1-4, 5.65)
Auburn Doubledays N/A @ Batavia, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Demmin (0-0, -.–) vs.
Hector Hernandez (0-0, -.–)
DSL Nationals Postponed @ DSL Braves, 10:30 a.m.

Syracuse 3 Charlotte 2
• Meyers (W, 4-3) 7IP, 7H, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Severino (H, 2) 1IP, 1H, 2K
• Flores 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Blanco 2-3, R, 2B, BB

The Syracuse Chiefs got a dose of a rehabbing Jake Peavy and found him not to their liking. Peavy locked down the Chiefs with 9 strikeouts in six shutout innings. Damon Viciedo was the offensive star for Charlotte. He doubled in Alejandro De Aza in the first inning and homered in the second inning. Syracuse responded with a much-needed three run 8th inning rally. Tug Hulett pulled a fly ball to right for a leadoff double in front of a Jesus Flores two-run homer. Gregor Blanco resumed the rally with a single. Manager Randy Knorr opted for some late-inning small ball with a Chris McConnell sacrifice bunt. Corey Brown (2-4, RBI) doubled down the line for an RBI that gave Syracuse their 3-2 lead. Syracuse’s pitching depth was stronger than Jake Peavy’s dominant start. Following Brad Meyers two runs in seven innings, Atahualpa “Hualpa Time” Severino pitched a scoreless 8th and Hassan Pena pitched a scoreless 9th. Our old friend Lastings Milledge had a harmless 2-4 evening, in part because Meyers picked him off in the 6th.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 2
• Roark (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Barthmaier (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2R, BB
• Moore 1-5, 3B, RBI

Steve Lombardozzi offered another strong leadoff performance with a first-inning single, scoring on Tyler Moore triple for the first run of the game. Trenton answered with two runs with a leadoff single from Raymond Kruml and a run scoring double from Bradley “Not So” Suttle. Derek Norris gave up a passed ball to help Suttle advance to third, and Suttle scored an earned run on a Cody Johnson single. Harrisburg battled back with two runs in the top of the 7th and yet again Lombardozzi was at the center of the rally. Jonathan Tucker singled, advanced on a balk, and Lombardozzi singled on a grounder. Josh Johnson than landed the decisive punch with a one out double to score both Tucker and Lombardozzi. Following a strong seven innings of two run ball, Jimmy Barthmaier stranded a leadoff single against Roark as part of a strong four-out appearance. Pat McCoy and Rafael Martin combined to silence the Thunder for the last five outs to earn hold no. 5 and save no. 1, respectively.

Salem 10 Potomac 3
• Bronson (L, 1-3) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 5K, HR
• Clegg 2⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB (26)
• Higley 0-3, 3K
• Bloxom 2E (19, 20)

The P-Nats dodged the raindrops but not the loss, Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 5 — COMP. SUSP. GM
• Cole (ND) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 9K, HR
• Manno (L, 1-3) 3BF, 0IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1IBB, 0K
• Newsome 3-4, 2-2B
• Oduber 3-4, R, 2RBI

Thanks to the suspension, A.J. Cole was able to relieve himself pick up where he left off and finish what he started, pitching five and 2/3rds innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out nine. Unfortunately, the Suns ‘pen faltered (again) as Neil Holland blew the save and Chris Manno gave up two doubles sandwiched between an intentional walk to take the loss. Brett Newsome and Randolph Oduber each had three hits in four at-bats to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 0
• McCatty (L, 0-2) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 2K
• Brown 3IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Freitas 2-3, 2B

The Hagerstown lumber was still in a slumber for Game Two of the completion doubleheader, going 0-for-6 in scoring chances and getting shut out 4-0. Shane McCatty got the spot start and went four, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks, with the defense turning two double plays for him to limit the damage of nine baserunners. Sam Brown followed and threw three innings, allowing one run on four hits, no walks, and one strikeout.The two losses have put the Suns into a win-out-and-hope situation, as both Hickory and Greensboro both won to remain tied for first place, the Crawdads ahead on percentage points. It’s not clear whether Hickory would win on percentage points or Greensboro would win based on head-to-head record.

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS — SEASON OPENER
The newly affiliated Auburn Doubledays start play tonight in the New York-Penn League with a still-undisclosed roster. Ryan Demmin is the Opening Day starter, according to MiLB.com.

DSL Nationals — PPD
Rain appears to have washed away the entire DSL slate on Thursday.

Jun 172011
 

The Potomac and Salem played for fourth time in seven days with the Red Sox finally getting a win at 10-3.

The game’s beginning was delayed for 39 minutes, but got finished in a welcome two hours and 30 minutes. Evan Bronson got the start and cruised through the first two innings, retiring six of seven batters with four flyouts and two strikeouts.

Despite showing some nice movement on his breaking pitches, the lack of groundballs early was an indicator that the evening would not go well for 24-year-old lefty. The third inning began with Salem rapping a single, a double, then a blast to dead center to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.

He would escape that jam by getting two popups and a groundout, and a bases-loaded-one-out situation in the fourth inning before having a more “normal” fifth with two grounders, a single, and strikeout.

Bronson would pitch into the sixth, but was let down to start the frame when J.R. Higley badly misplayed a line drive off the bat of Salem’s Wilfredo Pichardo for triple-by-rule (i.e. he never touched the ball). His fifth and final strikeout gave brief hope for stranding a fifth runner since the three-run homer, but a single to left chased him. His line would finish at four runs allowed on 11 hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings.

As has been the case for most of this homestand, the Potomac offense has been uneven, which is easy to miss when the pitching is stellar, but hard to ignore when it’s not. Three runs on seven hits simply isn’t going to be good enough on very many nights.

Jeff Kobernus was the leading hitter for the game, homering in the first inning to give Potomac a first-inning lead, and going 3-for-4 with a stolen base (no. 26). He’s batted .342 over his last 10 games (all at home) to raise his season batting average to .266 and make a case for a GBI mention.

As the 10-3 final score suggests, the bullpen had a rough go of it for this one. Dean Weaver and Mitchell Clegg gave up the last six runs on five hits and a walk, though two throwing errors by out-of-position-at-third Justin Bloxom made four of the six runs unearned.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 28-39 for the first half, which ends on Sunday. Trevor Holder (3-7, 6.31) is expected to make the start tonight against Salem’s Ryan Pressly (4-6, 4.58).

Jun 162011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs OFF DAY @ Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Brad Meyers (3-3, 4.95) vs.
Deunte Heath (1-2, 3.96)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-1 @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (3-2, 6.67) vs.
Craig Heyer (6-3, 2.97)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-4 vs. Salem, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (1-2, 2.70) vs.
Junichi Tazawa (0-1, 6.61)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-2; Lost, 9-5 vs Delmarva, 5:05 p.m.
(Comp., 7-inn. game)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-5
vs. DSL Giants
@ DSL Cubs2, 10:30 a.m. Miguel Navarro (0-1, 10.80) vs.
Jose Arias (0-1, 1.93)

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
The Chiefs fly down to North Carolina (and boy, will their arms be tired) this morning for four games in Charlotte, followed by four in Gwinnett, Ga. before returning to New York next Friday. The Syracuse-DC pitcher carousel has recently spun again, with Yunesky Maya and Craig Stammen optioned back this week and Collin Balester recalled, as Tom Gorzelanny is slated to return to the rotation on Sunday.

Harrisburg 6 Trenton 1
• Martis (W, 4-2) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Lehman (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• McCoy (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, 3B
• Rahl, 2-4, 2R, 2RBI, BB

In the first, Josh Johnson homered off starter Delin Betances. Chris Rahl scored when he was walked, Tyler Moore was hit by a pitch, and Bill Rhinehart reached on a fielding error. In the 6th, Harrisburg was glad to greet Brad Halsey with a two-out rally, as Stephen King walked, Lombardozzi singled, Johnson walked, and Rahl delivered with a clutch two-out single to score both King and Lombardozzi. Harrisburg put things out of reach in the 9th when the Godfather of the Bill Rhinehart Mafia landed a bomb in the right-centerfield seats. Sharion Martis delievered a strong six innings, allowing only one unearned run, to lower his ERA to 3.30. The Pats (Lehman and McCoy) and Zech Zinicola offered three innings of scoreless relief, yielding only one hit and one walk. Outside of errors by Gilbert, Johnson, King, and Norris (catcher interference), Harrisburg delivered a dominating win to silence the Trenton faithful and stop a four-game slide.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 4 (10 inn.)
• Gaudin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rosenbaum 5⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Bloxom 3-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

The big fly sufficed when the clutch hit went missing as the Potomac Nationals edged the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in extras for a 5-4 victory. Destin Hood’s 5th home run was the sole P-Nat hit in 11 chances with RISP, capping off a four-run fifth. Danny Rosenbaum, who followed Chad Gaudin’s scoreless inning of rehab work, ran into trouble in the 7th and left with the game tied at 4-4. Rob Wort, Marcos Frias and Joe Testa combined for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings, with Testa getting the win. Justin Bloxom’s walkoff HR to lead off the bottom of tenth gave Potomac the walkoff win. In the last seven games, the bullpen has posted a line of 21IP, 13H, 4R, 3ER, 9BB, 16K, 1HR, earning two wins, four holds, and three saves.

Lakewood 3 Hagerstown 2 (12 inn.) — COMPLETION
• Solis 7IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Manno 2IP, H, BB, 3K
• Freitas 2-3, R, 2R HR, BB
• Kelso, R, BB, K

Sean Nicol singled to “lead off” the suspended game in the 11th, and Randolph Oduber doubled with one out in the 12th, but Hagerstown fell in the bottom of the 12th on a throwing error, 3-2.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 5
• Grace (L, 7-5), 3IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Applebee 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Kelso 2-4, R, BB
• Sanchez 2-5, R, RBI
• Harper 1-4, R, 3B, 2RBI

The Blue Claws completed the four-game sweep with a 9-5 victory over the Suns. Starter Matt Grace was less than amazing, torched for eight runs on nine hits and a walk, including a three-run shot in the bottom of the first. Bryce Harper returned to the lineup after sitting out the past two games with a sore thumb and went 1-for-4 with a two-run triple, the second and third runs in a four-run fifth that got the Suns as close as 8-5. With the two losses, Hagerstown drops to third place as Hickory won its fourth straight to overtake both the Suns and the Grasshoppers. The Suns finish with five games at home against Delmarva, starting with a completion doubleheader tonight. Starters have not been officially announced, but A.J. Cole could potentially pick up where he left off in Game 1, and Bobby Hansen, if healthy, is a likely candidate for Game 2

DSL Giants 9 DSL Nationals 5
• Pineyro (ND) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 7K
• Vasquez (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Read 3-4, 2B, RBI, SB
• Reyes 2-4, RBI
• Mercedes 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats bullpen collapsed, giving up seven of the nine D-Giant runs in the 8th and 9th innings to turn a 4-0 mid-game lead into a 9-5 defeat. Starter Ivan Pineyro went five scoreless innings with two hits and one walk allowed and seven strikeouts. Raudy Read led the 11-hit attack with a three hits, including a double and a stolen base, followed by Yermin Mercedes’ and Aladin Reyes, who collected two hits apiece.

Jun 152011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 7-3 vs. Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (3-2, 3.79) vs.
Dellin Betances (3-1, 1.75)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-1; Lost, 2-0 vs. Myrtle Beach, 10:30 a.m. Chad Gaudin (rehab) vs.
Wilfredo Boscan (1-2, 4.31)
Hagerstown Suns Suspended, 2-2 (Top 11) @ Lakewood, 6:05 p.m.
(completion, reg. gm)
Matt Grace (7-4, 4.14) vs.
Garrett Claypool (1-3, 2.69)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6
@ DSL Rangers
vs. DSL Giants Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 3.46) vs.
Yeini Martinez (1-1, 2.31)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 Syracuse 1
• Detwiler (L, 5-6) 7IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Mandel 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Blanco 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, BB

After a leadoff home run by Gregor Blanco, Syracuse was completely stymied by the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees’ Adam Warren last night. Matt Antonelli sat, and apparently the Chiefs offense sat with him as they mustered just two more hits and five walks on the evening. Ross Detwiler barely managed to survive the third inning. He gave up a single, a double, and a Kevin Russo two-run double to start the frame. That was immediately followed by a Greg Golson RBI single to make four consecutive hits and to have Detwiler reeling against the ropes. After a lineout to Jesus Valdez, Detwiler bounced back by striking out Jorge Vazquez and Brandon Laird. Detwiler showed some moxie in pitching through adversity for an encouraging fourth consecutive quality start, which will help him battle his way back into the DC conversation.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 3
• Mock (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 4K
• Martinez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Van Allen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Norris R, 2 BB
• Moore 1-4, 2B

I would like to offer a moment of silence for all of those Harrisburg fans who will have to watch Garrett Mock today.” — Souldrummer, 6/14/11

Carlos Martinez did his best to keep clean up after Mock, turning in a strong two and 2/3rds innings of relief and stranding both baserunners he inherited. Unfortunately, Harrisburg was practicing its binary code with a 100100100 box score. Steve Lombardozzi followed up his Eastern League player of the week with a classic get-on walk, get-over stolen base, and get-in on a Chris Rahl Single to give Harrisburg an early 1-0 lead. Derek Norris walked to leadoff the fourth, two singles loaded the bastes, and a Jonathan Tucker walk were responsible for Harrisburg’s second run. Sadly, the rally lost steam with a Lombardozzi double play groundout. In the 7th, Lombardozzi reached first on a Jose Pirela error, stole second, reached third on a Corban Joseph fielding error and later scored on a Rahl groundout.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 1 — GAME ONE
• Selik, 7IP, 4H, ER, BB, 4K *CG*
• Kobernus 3-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SB (24)
• Hood 1-4, 2B, RBI

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Olbrychowski 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Smoker 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kobernus 1-3, SB (25)
• Peacock 1-3, 2B

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Sue’s take on the doubleheader split.

Hagerstown 2 Lakewood 2 — SUSP. (Top 11)
• Solis 7IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Manno 2IP, H, BB, 3K *(ERA 0.29. BA .117 in 31 IP)
• Freitas 2-3, R, 2R HR, BB
• Kelso, R, BB, K
Some of the usual suspects showed up for Hagerstown last night. Kelso scored in front of a 2R Frietas home run in the first. Manno’s Minions witnessed another dominant two innings of relief in the 9th and the first frame of extra innings. Sadly, Sammy Solis was his own worst enemy in the fifth. After allowing a leadoff double by Cameron Rupp, Miguel Alvarez singled. Carlos Pedermo reached on a Solis throwing error that ultimately led to an unearned run. Ground outs by Edgar “Duran” Duran, Zach Collier, and Jim Murphy were responsible for the second run that ended the scoring in last night’s extra inning affair before it was suspended. The Grasshoppers won to move into a virtual tie for first place with the Suns with five games to play, while Hagerstown’s magic number remains frozen at seven with seven games to play. Hickory also won last night and is a ½ game back of the top two teams, while Kannapolis is still mathematically alive at two games back with five to play but will only play 68 to ther rest of the teams’ 70 games with two games canceled

DSL Rangers 7 DSL Nationals 6
• Mendez 4IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Martinez 2IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Eusebio 2-4, 2B, SB
• Ruiz 2-2, 2R, 2B

The D-Nats fell below .500 at 6-7 with a 7-6 loss to the DSL Rangers, which was not a doubleheader as anticipated. Gilberto Mendez got the start and struck out six but gave up six hits and allowed two runs (one earned). Somehow the D-Nats nearly overcame seven errors, but only two of the seven runs surrendered were unearned. Diomedes Eusebio and Adderling Ruiz each collected two hits to account for four of the team’s seven hits.

Jun 152011
 

After a preventable, unscheduled day off on Monday, the Potomac Nationals took to the field on Tuesday to take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for pair of seven-inning games, and as the pic suggests, it was split.

Potomac won the first game 5-1 to extend its winning streak to five games, the longest of season — home or away — as Cameron Selik tossed a complete game for the victory, his second win of the season (third complete game) for the P-Nats.

Selik went all seven innings, allowing the one run on four hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. He threw 54 of his 78 pitches for strikes, and retired the side four times, though he labored through the seventh by loading the bases and giving up a warning-track flyball to right.

Since getting tattooed for 10 runs in four and a 1/3rd innings on May 13, Selik has given up just 11 runs (seven earned) over his past five starts. Though he’s won two and lost two, he’s posted a WHIP of 0.95, an ERA of 1.99 and an FIP of 3.42 — all great numbers when you compare them to the league averages of 1.27, 3.76, and 3.29.

But more importantly, Selik has shown significant improvement from that first home outing. The pitches are down in he zone, he’s getting that slider underneath the forearms of the right-handed batters (slipping in the backdoor to the lefties) and mixing in his breaking pitches with some flair (no, that flair; more like this flair) to fluster batters.

Offensively, the first game was a showcase for Jeff Kobernus, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a run scored, two RBI, and a stolen base — his league-leading 24th (No. 25 would come in the nightcap). Destin Hood and Eury Perez would drive in the other three runs as the 1-2-3 batters combined to go 5-for-11 with two doubles.

The second game was what the stat folks might call a reversion to the mean, with Potomac losing 2-0 on just two hits on offense.

Adam Olbrychowski got the spot start in the second game of the double-dip, but took the loss. The middle reliever went four innings and gave up both Pelican runs on six hits but also struck out five while walking just one, aided by two double plays but hindered by two errors, too. Josh Smoker and Joe Testa followed him out of the ‘pen, combining for three scoreless innings on two hits, a walk, and four K’s.

As the summary suggests, the pitching wasn’t the problem in the second game; the lack of offense was. Potomac loaded the bases in the first on three walks but couldn’t get the two-out hit when it needed it. Kobernus got his fourth hit of the night in the third with a infield single to short but 11 of the next 12 batters would be retired before J.P. Ramirez drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh.

Brian Peacock ripped a double to left, hard enough for Ramirez to make it to third, to put two runners in scoring position for J.R. Higley, who struck out for the third time. Destin Hood pinch-hit for Justino Cuevas but the Carolina League All-Star grounded to second to end the game.

The split puts Potomac at 27-38 for the first half, two games behind third-place Lynchburg and 14 games behind first-place (and playoff-bound) Frederick. With no team release written since Sunday, and the MiLB.com listing “TBD,” today’s starter is unknown. Sources do report, however, that last night’s expected starter (Danny Rosenbaum) is not injured.

Jun 142011
 

For the sixth time this season, a Nationals farmhand has received a weekly honor, with Steve Lombardozzi earning the Eastern League’s Player of The Week award for the period of June 5 to June 12.

The switch-hitting second baseman went 14-for-26 (.538) with a double, homer, an RBI, eight runs scored, three walks, two stolen bases and a partridge in a pear tree (just checking). The 22-year-old is riding a nine-game hit streak and leads the Eastern League with six triples, his 75 hits is tied for second, giving him the seventh-best batting average at .316. Lombardozzi entered the 2011 campaign as the No. 13 Nationals prospect according to Baseball America.

Jun 142011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-3 vs. Scranton/WB, 7:00 p.m. Ross Detwiler (5-5, 5.13) vs.
Adam Warren (4-2, 3.53)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Garrett Mock (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Shaeffer Hall (5-3, 4.00)
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Myrtle Beach, 6:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Cameron Selik (1-4, 4.11) and
Danny Rosenbaum (4-3, 2.50) vs.
Justin Grimm (2-0, 0.96) and
Barret Loux (5-3, 3.75)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-1 @ Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Sammy Solis (1-0, 3.86) vs.
Jesse Biddle (3-6, 4.13)
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported vs./@ DSL Rangers TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 3
• Gorzelanny (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 4ER, BB, 3K, 3R HR
• J.D. Martin 4IP, 7H, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Aubrey 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Blanco, 1-2, R, HR, RBI, 2BB
Tom Gorzelanny was not sharp in his first rehab start back from injury. The big blow was a three-run home run in the third inning that gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 4-0 lead. Syracuse answered with a solo home run from George Blanco in the fourth. They added two runs against Andrew Brackman, who had replaced George Kontos in the fifth. A leadoff double from Michael Aubrey, followed by a Flores HBP, a Jesus Valdez single, and a Corey Brown sac fly led to the additional runs. The Yankees extended their lead in the top of the sixth with an RBI double from Greg Golson. They put it out of reach with three more runs against relievers Lee Hyde and Ryan Tatusko in the 9th.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Despite getting swept at home by Akron, the Senators remain in first place by three games in the E.L. West. They’re back on the road for seven games in six days before returning to Harrisburg a week from today for a six-game homestand.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Unplayable field conditions was the announced (offline) explanation for the postponement. A doubleheader is scheduled for tonight at 6:05 p.m. to make up the game.

Lakewood 3 Hagerstown 1
• Jordan (L, 6-3) 5IP, 4H, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Swynenberg 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Freitas (1B) 3-4
• Kelso 2-4, R, K

With a 3-1 loss to Lakewood, Hagerstown’s lead is down to one over Greensboro and Hickory in the race for the first-half division title in the Sally League North. The Suns were eclipsed each time a runner reached the apex of the basepaths, going 0-for-10 with RISP and stranding nine runners — seven with two out in the inning. Starter Taylor Jordan’s winless streak was extended to six starts by allowing all three Lakewood runs over five innings on four hits and two walks. Brad Kelso and David Freitas, playing first base, combined for five of the eight Suns hits (Bryce Harper did not play. The magic number to clinch remains at seven with seven games to play, the last five of which are scheduled for Municipal Stadium, where the Suns have actually played worse than on the road (15-15 vs. 22-11).

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Phillies — Empty Box Score
We’ll put the link here so you can see for yourself, but as of this writing at ~7:55 a.m., it looked like LeBron James’s digitus quartus.

Jun 132011
 

Potomac has announced that tonight’s game against Potomac has been postponed and will be made up tomorrow night with a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are coming to town following the longest game in Carolina League history at 23 innings, a game in which they used seven pitchers, six for two or more innings.

The pic above was taken during the brief rain delay prior to yesterday’s game.

Jun 132011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-4 vs.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre, 7:00 p.m.
J.D. Martin (1-4, 4.71) vs.
David Phelps (4-4, 2.95)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 5-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-2 vs. Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Tom Gorzelanny (rehab) TBD vs.
Justin Grimm (2-0, 0.96)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-4 @ Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-2, 2.62) vs.
Ervis Manzanillo (3-3, 5.43)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. Anthony Marcelino (0-0, 1.00) vs.
Adrian Sierra (0-2, 6.17)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 4
• Arnesen 6⅔ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Severino 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Frazier 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Marrero 3-4, 2B

Ryan Zimmerman’s rehab start was unsuccessful at the plate with an 0-5 afternoon. He handled five chances in the field — including two bunt attempts — but made a poor fielding choice that helped contribute to Scranton Wilke-Barres four-run 8th inning. Erik Arnesen was stung early by the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees with an Austin Krum double and a Ramiro Pena single but settled down and gave up no additional runs. Jeff Frazier homered to lead off the fifth, the only run off Yankees’ overpriced AAAA signee Kei Igawa. Syracuse scored an unearned run in the 7th inning on a throwing error by relief pitcher Josh Schmidt on a single by Matt Antonelli (3-for-5, now hitting .364/.430/.545). Things fell apart during an 8th inning in which Hassan Pena took the loss when he could not retire a batter. He left the bases loaded for Josh Wilkie after a the dreaded leadoff walk, and two singles. Josh Wilkie not only allowed three runs for Pena to score, he allowed one run of his own to put Syracuse down 5-2 heading the 9th. Syracuse launched a furious comeback, putting the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position with two outs for #MrWalkoff, Ryan Zimmerman, who became #MrWalkBacktotheDugout after a groundout to end the game.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 4
• Peacock (L, 7-2) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 10K
• VanAllen 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Lombardozzi 2-3, 2R, BB
• Rahl 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI

Brad Peacock continues to dominate Eastern League batters, this time to the tune of 10 Strasburgesque strikeouts of the Akron Aeros with only one walk. In the first inning, a Steve Lombardozzi leadoff walk eventually led to a Tyler Moore sac fly. Jonothan Tucker singled in Alex Valdez for to tie the score after Peacock had given up two runs in the with the big blow a Nick Weglarz – who later scored – double to right field. Akron scored three more in a 7th inning rally, aided by a Stephen King fielding error. This key error led to FAIL from both Pats: Lehman McCoy, who allowed three singles without retiring a batter, and McCoy Lehman, who gave up a Chun-Hsiu Chen double on a grounder down the line to left field before inducing two groundouts. Akron gave up an unearned
run of its own in the bottom of the 8th as Harrisburg fell short in its comeback bid to eventually match the Chiefs score with a 5-4 loss.

Potomac 5 Carolina 2
• Demny (W, 3-6) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR (10)
• Frias (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Higley 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Cuevas 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Leon 2-3, R

Four wins in a row for Potomac, playing for pride on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 4
• Ray (ND) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Holland 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Freitas 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, RBI, SF

Apparently, Potomac didn’t get the memo about losing 5-4, but the Suns did, falling to Lakewood but having its magic number reduced to 7 with a loss by second-place Greensboro. Robbie Ray showed signs of mortality, giving up three runs over five innings pitched on five hits and three walks and a mere three strikeouts. David Freitas led an otherwise moribund offensive effort with three-fourths of the cycle, singling, doubling, and homering while driving in two of the four Hagerstown runs. Suns batters went just 1-for-11 with RISP while stranding seven.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
A three-game losing streak has dropped the D-Nats to 6-6 for the season, which is three games off the pace. After hosting three of their last four, the D-Nats hit the road for four of the next six days, including rainout/makeup doubleheader against the Rangers.

Jun 122011
 

This could become a habit.

With a steady offensive attack — 10 hits, baserunners in six of eight innings, and just six runners stranded — the Potomac Nationals prevailed by a 5-2 count this afternoon, sweeping the Salem Red Sox for their fourth straight win.

With the first-place Myrtle Beach Pelicans the next team to visit as the P-Nats enter game eight of a 14-game homestand, we’ll soon see how much this is actual progress and how much this has been a function of merely facing an also-ran.

Paul Demny won his first home start in four tries, pitching five and 2/3rds innings, surrendering both Salem runs on five hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a monster solo shot that hit the top of the scoreboard for his 10th home run allowed, tied for the most among Carolina League pitchers.

For better or worse, the hit parade was clustered with the Nos. 6-8 batters Sandy Leon (2-for-3), J.R. Higley, and Justino Cuevas (both 3-for-4). For folks looking for signs of progress, six of the ten hits and two of the four RBI came with two outs. Potomac would score single runs in four straight innings from the third to the sixth to overcome a (*surprise*) 1-0 first-inning deficit and then again in the eighth for the insurance run.

The P-Nat ‘pen did its best to keep the game interesting. Dean Weaver was greeted with a hard single to center with two outs and a runner on in the sixth, but got out of the inning with no further damage. He would then put on two runners in the seventh before Marcos Frias would come on with two outs in the seventh to get a flyball to center. Frias would give up two hits to the first three batters of the eighth before striking out the last two he faced. Rob Wort would put two runners on via the plunk (just wild) but got the three outs he needed to earn the save.

Combined, the three relievers would put on seven runners of their own and strand eight altogether. Unlike the two-out hitting, this smells more like luck, the kind that sandlot players would bark things like “I’m surprised you’re not walking funny with that horseshoe up your [hind quarters].”

Tom Gorzelanny is scheduled to make a rehab appearance tomorrow, with Cameron Selik (the displaced starter) most likely the first reliever to pitch against the Southern Division-leading Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who will send Justin Grimm to the mound, hoping for a very, very long outing as they come off a Sunday afternoon/evening game that is still in progress as of this writing (bottom of the 20th) in Kinston, NC.