Jul 312011
 

The good news is that the Potomac Nationals figured out a way to beat the Frederick Keys. After losing 6-2 last night and 4-0 on Friday, this afternoon’s 5-2 win over Frederick prevented a three-game sweep and kept the P-Nats within striking distance for the second-half title.

The bad news is that they’re going to have to do it with Danny Rosenbaum. Or at least, they should have to do without him.

That’s because the 23-year-old has shown that he’s ready for the next level. After a rocky first inning — two runs on three hits and a walk — Rosenbaum did more than just settle down. He no-hit the Keys for the next seven innings, allowing just two baserunners (hit by pitch in the 3rd, walk in the 4th) while finishing with a season-high 11 strikeouts.

The curve has been an unreliable weapon for Rosenbaum in 2011, but this afternoon, he had it working. Seven of the 11Ks were called third strikes, including veterans with AA experience like Miguel Abreu and Dale Mollenhauer. Considering that this is the fourth straight start where he’s fanned seven or more while going eight, nine, six and eight innings, it’s both safe and fair to say that he has earned the chance to test his mettle at the next level.

Potomac would erase the 2-0 Frederick lead in the 2nd with three runs on three hits, with a two-run shot by Sandy Leon tying the game and Francisco Soriano’s two-out, bases-loaded walk scoring the go-ahead run.

The five-run output would seem to indicate an improvement from the night before, but the P-Nats were only slightly better with runners in scoring position: 2-for-10 vs. 2-for-12 and actually left on one more baserunner. It’s tempting to chalk that up to walks because they played a part in the three-run 2nd, but the Keys pitchers actually walked two fewer today than yesterday.

Potomac would strand five base runners from the 3rd to the 6th inning before breaking through in the 7th. Destin Hood stroked an opposite field single to right and stole second. After Justin Bloxom flew out, Steve Souza tapped to the mound and Hood got caught in a rundown between second and third. Souza aggressively took second to set up Sandy Leon for another RBI chance and the backstop delivered with a single to right to extend the lead to 4-2.

Jose Lozada doubled and came around to score in the bottom of the 8th when Hood redeemed his baserunning gaffe with an RBI single to center for the fifth and final Potomac run. Hector Nelo came on to pitch the 9th, allowing a one-out single but getting the three outs necessary for his 14th save.

With the win, Potomac returns to a three-game deficit behind Frederick with a 21-15 mark in the second half. They return to action on Tuesday against the Salem Red Sox, with newly acquired SS Zach Walters expected to join the team.

UPDATE: A reliable source tells me that Rosenbaum has been promoted to Harrisburg, swapping places with Erik Davis on the Senators roster. Will have a separate post when the move is officially announced.

Jul 312011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(11 inn.)
@ Toledo,
6:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-5, 4.47) vs.
Brayan Villarreal (2-5, 4.85)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-6, 4.75) vs.
Collin McHugh (3-2, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (5-5, 2.61) vs.
Nathan Moreau (10-7, 3.92)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6
(10 inn.)
@ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Matt Bywater (0-1, 7.00)
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Tri-City,
5:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.00) vs.
Juri Perez (1-2, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Adalberto Mieses (1-1, 4.70) vs.
Jose Rodriguez (1-2, 3.30)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-1
@ DSL Yankees1
OFF DAY N/A

Toledo 4 Syracuse 3 (11 inn.)
• Mock 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Balester 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, RBI
• Hulett 1-3, 2BB, 2RBI

Garrett Mock put the Chiefs in a 3-0 hole that the offense managed to dig itself out from, but the bullpen could only hold off the Mud Hens for so long, falling in extras, 4-3. Collin Balester (4IP), Zech Zinicola (2⅔ IP), and Atahualpa Severino (⅓ IP), combined for seven shutout innings of relief, striking out 10 batters. Steve Lombardozzi led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort, as the Chiefs fell to 47-59, 14 games behind Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 5 Binghamton 3
• Roark (W, 6-7) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Martin (S, 6) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• L Davis 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Moore 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI

Back-to-back doubles by Tyler Moore and Bryce Harper highlighted a three-run 1st that Harrisburg would ride onto a 5-3 victory over Binghamton. Derek Norris was the lone position player to go hitless as the Sens pounded out 15 hits, but struggled after the first to get the clutch hit with a 3-for-12 mark overall with RISP and 11 men left on base. Tanner Roark turned in another quality start for his sixth win while Rafael Martin shut the door with two scoreless innnings for save #6. Combined with a Richmond loss, Harrisburg’s lead is back to 1½ games with an E.L.-best 61-47 record.

Frederick 6 Potomac 2
• Olbrychowski (L, 3-6) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Clegg 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B
• Higley 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats couldn’t cash in on multiple opportunities Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 6 (10 inn.)
• Ray 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K
• W Moore 2-5, R, RBI
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

A pair of errors in the 10th gave the Hagerstown Suns an 8-6 win in extras over the Delmarva Shorebirds. Colin Bates was rocked in his Low-A debut, charged with six runs in two and 1/3rd innings as the first man out of the ‘pen. Starter Robbie Ray went the first three innings, and it would appear that the organization is tapering both him and A.J. Cole down the stretch. Wade Moore was the lone Sun to get multiple hits as Hagerstown had just eight hits, but drew nine walks. The win improves the Suns to 17-17, back in fourth place, and 3½ games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 4 Tri-City 3
• Rodriguez, M 4⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Hawkins (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ortega 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• Burns 3-4, SB

Russell Moldenhauer’s sac fly in the 9th capped a comeback from a 3-0 deficit as the Auburn Doubledays defeated the Tri-City Valleycats, 4-3. Both teams had multiple chances to do much more damage than they did, each collecting 11 hits and committing two errors. Ben Hawkins got the win in relief of Manny Rodriguez, tossing three and 2/3rds shutout innings in his debut appearance for Auburn. Aaron Barrett set ‘em down in order in the bottom of the 9th for his second save. The win improves the Doubledays to 23-19, still a game back of Jamestown and Mahoning Valley and tied with Williamsport in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 2
• King (L, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 1R 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Santana 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 1-3, R, SB
• P Severino 1-3, 2B

Another bullpen implosion (four runs in the 7th, three runs in the 8th) sent the G-Nats to an 8-2 loss to the G-Mets. NDFAs John Peters and Scott Williams were the pitchers in question, both making their second appearance. Peters faced 10 batters, Williams faced seven, charged with four runs and three runs respectively, with Williams allowing one of two inherited runners to score and Andy Santana letting in one of three while throwing two innings of mopup duty. Meanwhile, the offense was limited to just four hits and two walks. The loss, which is the fourth straight for the G-Nats, tumbles them to a 12-22 mark and reduces their elimination number to 11.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Yankees1 1 (5½ inn.)
• Mendez, G (W, 5-0) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
• Ruiz 1-3, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, 2B

Gilberto Mendez “went the distance” in a (presumably) rain-shortened affair that the D-Nats won, 3-1, over the DSL Yankees1. Mendez allowed an unearned run on two hits, no walks, and struck out six over five innings. Adderling Ruiz and Jose Marmolejos-Diaz both went 1-for-3 with a double to pace the D-Nat offense. The win puts the DSL Nationals over .500 at 27-26, 4½ games behind the B.C. South Division leaders, the DSL Cubs2 and the DSL Rangers.

Jul 312011
 

Missed opportunities was the theme of the night in a 6-2 loss to Frederick.

Potomac had baserunners in eight of nine innings on offense, including a leadoff walk in the 1st by Eury Perez and a leadoff double in the 2nd. Both runners were erased or stranded.

Meanwhile, Adam Olbrychowski and the strike zone weren’t on friendly terms, with four walks issued during his three innings. Amazingly, none of them scored. But the net effect was that when he was around the plate, the 24-year-old got hit hard — a double and homer in the second and three singles in the 3rd, which chased him from the game.

Mitchell Clegg came on in relief and finally had what’s eluded him all season long: a strong appearance at home. In his eight previous appearances at the Pfitz, he’d given up 34 runs and 43 hits and walked nine over just 22⅔ innings. Instead, the lefty from UMass turned in three scoreless innngs with just two hits allowed, no walks, and four strikeouts.

Down 4-0 after three innings, Potomac broke up the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fourth, But it should have been more. Steve Souza was picked off first after drawing his team-leading 54th walk. Adrian Nieto singled, took second on on error, and scored on J.R. Higley’s ground-rule double to dead center.

Two innings later, Potomac’s night was summarized in the 6th. Destin Hood led off with a single to center, Bloxom ripped a liner to right to send him to 3rd and Steve Souza doubled to score Hood. With runners on second and third, and nobody out and down just two at 4-2, the P-Nats appeared poised to tie the game, if not take the lead.

Instead, Frederick went to the ‘pen and got precisely what they needed to stop the momentum from Chris Petrini — three straight strikeouts by Nieto, Higley, and Sean Nicol. The lefty would strike out five in his two innings of work for his 11th hold of the season.

If that wasn’t the kill-shot, then the two runs in the top of the 7th off Neil Holland put the proverbial bullet to the brain. As if they didn’t do enough damage on defense (with two double plays and seven assists for the night), the keystone combo of Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop led off the inning with a single and double respectively and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to right and an error by Jeff Kobernus that prompted the usual treatment from manager Matt LeCroy: A seat on the bench for the rest of the night.

Potomac stranded four more over the last three innings, with Bloxom striking out with runners on first and second in the 7th, Machado and Schoop turning a Sean Nicol grounder into a 6-4-3 DP to end the 8th, and Hood’s last-gasp flyout to deep right-center ending the 9th.

The loss extends the Keys’ lead over the P-Nats to four games and narrows the gap between Potomac and third-place Wilmington to seven games. Staff ace Danny Rosenbaum (5-5, 2.61) will be tasked with stopping the losing streak and salvaging the series this afternoon. Frederick’s Nathan Moreau (10-7, 3.92) will oppose him, with a shot to tie teammate Bobby Bundy for the Carolina League lead in pitching wins.

Jul 302011
 

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There’s a whole lot less (right now) about SS Zach Walters, acquired in the trade for Jason Marquis, but in the interest of serving our readers…

A 9th-round pick last year out of the Univ. of San Diego, Walters is your prototypical “athletic shortstop” — raw power, runs well, has range and arm… and makes a ton of errors (40 in 160 games). Injuries dogged him in college but he’s stayed off the DL this year and last.

Sickels graded him a “C” in his 2011 Prospect Book and cautioned that his plate discipline needs improvement. So far so good, as he’s improved his OBP from .338 to .377 while still batting .302 and improving his slugging percentage from .440 to .485.

Baseball America describes the switch-hitter as having “all the hallmarks of a future utility player,” and say the scouts have doubts that his arm and range will improve enough to stick at shortstop.

If he is indeed assigned to Potomac, I’ll obviously have more to say after the next homestand on August 8-14. In the meantime, I’m off to Woodbridge…

UPDATE: Bill Ladson is reporting that Walters will be placed on the Potomac roster. With Walters leaving from Michigan, his debut is most likely going to happen on the road in Salem, Virginia, where the P-Nats begin a three-game series on Tuesday.

Jul 302011
 


For an organization that’s sorely lacking upper-level position prospects, flipping a journeyman 35-year-old utility player for 23-year-old AA outfielder ain’t so bad.

Maybe that’s too sunny for the rest of the Natmosphere, but I’m here to give you the cheese, not the whine.

Erik Komatsu is a short, stocky (college 5’10”, 190 lbs) outfielder that most scouting services project as a fourth outfielder. He’s a high-contact batter (more walks than strikeouts this season and last) with gap power but isn’t expected to develop into a power hitter. He can steal a base (28 last year, 13 so far this year) and has slightly above average speed. Defensively, he’s capable of playing all three positions (career .985 Fld%, most starts in CF), and his arm is described as strong and accurate.

Komatsu was drafted in the 8th round out of Cal State Fullerton in 2008, and had a strong first season in Helena (11HR, 47RBI in 68G) but injuries (hamstring, wrist, concussion) limited him to just 26 games in 2009. He recovered in 2010 to put up a .323/.413/.442 line in 130 games and earn Player of The Year honors from the Milwaukee organization. Thus far in 2011, he’s hit for a .294 average, gotten on base at a .393 clip, and clubbed 19 doubles, a triple, and six HRs for a .416 slugging percentage. As mentioned previously, he’s walked 53 times and struck out just 44 times in 379 ABs.

As of this writing, it would appear that he’ll be ticketed to fill out the roster in Harrisburg.

Jul 302011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-7, 5.32) vs.
Adam Wilk (5-5, 3.47)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (5-7, 5.58) vs.
Rob Carson (3-8, 4.40)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-6, 3.95) vs.
Jake Pettit (3-0, 0.51)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-7 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Scott Copeland (5-9, 6.71)
Auburn Lost, 9-1 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (1-2, 4.62)
vs. Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Brandon King (1-2, 7.11) vs.
Craig Missigman (0-0, 4.82)
DSL Nationals Won, 13-3;
Lost, 6-4
vs. DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syarcuse 3 Columbus 0
• JD Martin (W, 3-6) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Hyde (S, 1) 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-4, R
• Valdez 2-4, RBI

Three Syracuse pitchers combined for a 3-0 shutout of the Columbus Clippers. Starter J.D. Martin pitched seven innings before being relieved by Jeff Mandel and Lee Hyde. Sparks flew early when umpire Kelvin Bultron ejected Shelley Duncan and Clippers mangers Mike Sarbaugh following a dustup after a third strike call at the end of the top of the first [Ed. Note: Same umpire that awarded Duncan a HR on a disputed fair/foul call on Thu. night that precipitated the ejection of both Randy Knorr and Tom Milone]. The Chiefs answered back with a run in the bottom of the 1st on singles by Steve Lombardozzi and Brian Bixler followed by a Michael Aubrey sac fly. The Chiefs would go on to score their final two runs in a fourth-inning rally consisting of a leadoff double by Michael Aubrey, singles by Chris Marrero and Jesus Valdez, a Jeff Frazier single, and a two-out wild pitch by Columbus starter Joe Martinez. The Chiefs had thirteen hits; Bixler, Marrero, Valdez, Seth Bynum, and Frazier had two hits apiece. With their third straight win, the Chiefs improve to 47-58, ten games behind third-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and fourteen games back of Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Binghamton 8 Harrisburg 7
• Martis 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 8K
• McCoy 1⅓ IP, 3H, 0ER, BB, 3K
• L Davis 3-5, 2B, RBI
• McConnell 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg squandered a 5-0 lead in an 8-7 loss to Binghamton. The Senators ran up their lead with a run in the third and two runs in each of the 4th and 5th innings. Binghamton immediately answered back with a five-run 6th off of starter Shairon Martis. Martis gave up four runs on five hits before Hassan Pena came in to blow the save by allowing a fifth unearned run to be charged to Martis on Pena’s own fielding error that allowed an inherited runner to score from third. Pena would go on to allow three more runs in the top of the 8th to take the loss. The Senators had eleven hits, but batted only 4-15 with RISP. Leonard Davis, Chris Rahl, Devin Ivany, and Chris McConnell all had at least two hits. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 60-47 and its lead over Richmond in the E.L. Western Division shrinks to just a half game.

Frederick 4 Potomac 0
• Selik (L, 4-7) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Bronson 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 2-4
• Higley 1-3, 2B

One bad inning, but it was enough to send Potomac to defeat Last Night In Woodbridge

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 7
• Demmin 4⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, 2R HR
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 3H, ER, BB, 2K
• Freitas 2-3, 2R, 3R HR, 4RBI, BB
• Keyes 1-4, R, 3R HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown blew a 7-4 eighth-inning lead in an 8-7 loss to Delmarva. The Suns had just five hits, but two of those were three-run blasts by Kevin Keyes in the 1st and Davis Freitas in the 8th. Both teams committed three errors and Hagerstown’s errors led to two unearned runs. Wilson Eusebio was tagged with both a blown save (#2) the loss (#6) when he gave up four runs, three earned in the bottom of the 8th. With the 8-7 loss, Hagerstown falls below .500 to 16-17, and sinks into fifth place in the Sally North, 4½ games behind first-place Hickory.

Hudson Valley 9 Auburn 1
• Meza, C (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Jenkins 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Jimenez 1-2, 2BB

Six errors committed on defense, three hits on offense. You need to read more? Fine. The Hudson Valley Renegades put up crooked numbers in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings and then got tired, scoring just one in the 5th en route to a 9-1 demolition of the Auburn Doubledays. Christian Meza took the loss with seven runs allowed on five hits and two walks, including a three-run blast in third. Auburn got its lone run on a hit batsman, a walk, and two wild pitches. The loss drops the Doubledays into second place, a game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Astros 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Medina (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Lee 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Difo 3-5, 2-2B
• E Martinez 2-5, R

Once again, the G-Nats outhit their opponent and lost, falling to the G-Astros by a 5-2 score. Silvio Medina started and went the first five, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks, but took the loss. Wilmer Difo doubled twice and singled to the lead offense as the D-Nats got 10 hits total, but were an abysmal 2-for-14 with RISP, leaving 11 men on base. Estarlin Martinez was next with a 2-for-5 effort that raised his batting average to .350, third-best in the GCL. The loss cuts the G-Nats’ elimination number to 13 with a 12-21 mark, 11½ games off the pace in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 13 DSL Marlins 3 — GAME ONE
• Pineyro (W, 3-4) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Eusebio 3-4, 4R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI

Raudy Read’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run 5th as the DSL Nationals filleted the DSL Marlins, 13-3 in game one of the doubleheader. Ivan Pineyro got the win with five solid innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out six. Diomedes Eusebio led the 13-hit onslaught with a 3-for-4 effort, scoring four runs, followed by Read and Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, who both went 2-for-4.

DSL Marlins 6 DSL Nationals 4 — GAME TWO
• Suero, W (L, 3-1) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Barrientos 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• W Rodriguez 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Reyes 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI

Things were looking good in the second game as Aladin Reyes went deep in the top of the 2nd to give the D-Nats an early 2-0 lead. A five-run rally in the bottom of the 2nd put the D-Marlins up 5-2 en route to a 6-4 victory. Wander Suero took the brunt of the beating with five runs allowed in the first two innings on five hits and two walks, including a three-run shot. Joel Barrientos relieved Suero with three scoreless innings, but the D-Nats bats couldn’t mount the comeback. Wilman Rodriguez also went deep with a solo HR, but the D-Nats were held to just five hits and seven men left on base. With the doubleheader split, the D-Nats are still even-steven at 26-26, 5½ behind the DSL Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 302011
 

The first inning is not the friend of Cameron Selik. Four runs by Frederick in the frame, plus another lull from the P-Nats bats, put another “L” in the books for both Potomac and Selik on Friday night.

It was the fifth time in 13 starts that Selik had been scored on in the first inning, the second in as many starts against the Frederick Keys. There wasn’t much doubt about it, either: a leadoff home run, single, single, ground-rule double to the first four batters (with a wild pitch just before the double) before the first batter was retired.

The problem is a fairly common one. Selik simply doesn’t have the stuff to live up in the zone, and that’s where the pitches were early on. To his credit, he made the adjustment and settled down. He would retire 10 in a row after the ground-rule double before giving up his sixth and final hit in the fourth (another double), and then the last 11 batters he faced.

Of course, none of this would be dissected in that kind of detail had the Potomac batters done more than just five hits and a walk on offense. Just two batters reached second: J.R. Higley via a double (the only extra-base hit) and Jeff Kobernus on a fielder’s choice. This was the second time in three starts against the P-Nats that Frederick’s Bobby Bundy had stifled them, and the smart money says that he’ll be skipped this time next month if the two teams are still in line to meet in the first round of the playoffs.

The loss drops Potomac three games behind Frederick in the Carolina League North division. Lynchburg and Wilmington both won to narrow the gap between second and third place to eight games.

The series continues tonight with Adam Oblrychowski (no word as to why he was bumped back one night) toeing the slab for Potomac against Frederick’s Jake Pettit.

Jul 292011
 

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

SYRACUSE 46-58, 4th Place I.L. North, 15 games behind

Good Josh Wilkie 2-0, 3SV, 0ER in last 14⅔ IP (11 appearances)
Bad Craig Stammen 0-2, 6.48 since I.L. All-Star Break
Interesting Tom Milone, Randy Knorr ejected in same game last night

HARRISBURG 60-46, 1st place E.L. West Division, 1½ games ahead

Good Derek Norris .283/.431/.478 since E.L. All Star Break
Bad Erik Davis 1-4, 7.52 ERA, 1.41 WHIP in July
Interesting Six different Ps have 4 or more saves, team is T2nd for league lead with 33

POTOMAC 20-13, 2nd place C.L. North Division, 2 games behind (49-53 overall)

Good Marcos Frias 1-0, 2.12 ERA, 1.06 WHIP since C.L. All-Star Break
Bad Rob Wort 1.60 WHIP, 5.81 FIP
Interesting Steve Souza .427 OBP since C.L. All-Star Break

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 16-16, 4th place Sally North Division, 4½ games behind (56-46 overall)

Good David Freitas 59BB, 58K
Bad Shane McCatty 8.10ERA in July
Interesting Jason Martinson 12HR, 44RBI, 46BB, 106K, 24E

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 22-18, T1st place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 1 game ahead

Good Brian Dupra 1.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP in July
Bad Connor Rowe .578 OPS, 38K in 29G
Interesting Team SB success rate of 78.33% (47/60), best in NYPL

GCL NATIONALS 12-20, 4th place GCL East, 11 games behind

Good Wander Ramos 1.092 OPS in 24G
Bad Andy Santana 2.65 WHIP, 12.71 ERA
Interesting Silvio Medina 26K in 18⅓ IP (12.76/9IP)

DSL NATIONALS 25-25, 5th place, Boca Chica South Division, 5 games behind

Good Ivan Pineyro 2.22 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 54K in 48⅔ IP
Bad Raudy Read .147/.200/.255, 7E in 30G
Interesting Yermin Mercedes .318/.361/.409, 1E in 32G
Jul 292011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
J.D. Martin (2-6, 4.78) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-4, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1
(14 inn.)
vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.18) vs.
Brandon Moore (8-7, 3.73)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (3-5, 4.68)
vs. Bobby Bundy (10-5, 2.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Tim Berry (3-6, 5.81)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-0, 6.87) vs.
Andrew Bellatti (0-4, 3.25)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4
(11 inn.) vs.
GCL Cards
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 5.89) vs.
Enderson Franco (0-1, 5.14)
DSL Nationals Lost, 13-2 vs.
DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
Ivan Pineyro (2-4, 2.22) vs.
Miguel Del Pozo (3-3, 5.16)

Syracuse 6 Columbus 5
• Milone 2⅓ IP, 6H, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2R HR, 3R HR
• Zinicola 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Hyde (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Bixler 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Aubrey 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• J Valdez 4-5

Syracuse mounted a spirited comeback from a 5-2 7th-inning deficit to bail out starter Tom Milone in a 6-5 victory over Columbus. Milone was victimized by the long ball, giving up a two-run homer to former Nat Nick Johnson in the 2nd, and a three-run shot to former major leaguer Shelley Duncan. Credit goes to the Chiefs bullpen of Ryan Tatusko, Zech Zinicola, Lee Hyde, Jeff Mandel, and Atahualpa Severino that pitched six and 2/3rd scoreless innings. The Chiefs had 15 hits in all. In the 7th, the Chiefs began their comeback with a Chris Marrero RBI single. In the 8th, the Chiefs scored three runs on three singles and a double to take the decisive 6-5 lead. With the win, the Chiefs improve to 46-58, four games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo and fifteen games in back of first-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 2 Binghamton 1 14 Innings
• Arnesen 8IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• VanAllen 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• C Martinez (W, 2-3) 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-6, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg outlasted Binghamton 2-1 in a 14-inning game (plus a one-hour, fifty-four minute rain delay) that ended well after midnight. Starter Erik Arnesen was excellent, yielding only a 7th-inning solo homer to Juan Lagares. Derek Norris helped engineer Harrisburg’s response with a leadoff walk and a stolen base in front of a Chris Rahl RBI single. From there, two stingy bullpens took over. Corey VanAllen, Pat Lehman, and Carlos Martinez combined for six shutout innings before Harrisburg mustered a merciful two-out rally in the 14th that began with a Rahl triple. Finally, Tim Pahuta hit a walkoff single to give Harrisburg the 2-1 win. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 60-46 and remains in first place, 1½ games ahead of both Bowie and Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 5
• Demny (W, 7-9) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10K, 0HR
• Wort (S, 3) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB, CS
• Hood 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

With two runs in and three hits allowed in the 1st, Paul Demny’s afternoon looked to be short. But Potomac rallied for three in the second and Demny settled down and in as the P-Nats went on to a 7-5 win. Demny allowed just two more hits and struck out eight of his season-high 10 batters over the next six innings to earn his team-leading seventh win. Cutter Dykstra and Francisco Soriano both homered while Steve Souza and Destin Hood both singled and doubled as the foursome collected eight of the 11 Potomac hits. Neil Holland relieved Demny and pitched a scoreless 8th but got knocked for three runs in the 9th before Rob Wort came on to get the last out for his third save. The win puts Potomac at 20-13, two games behind Frederick, which comes to town this weekend for three games — a chance for the Keys to get some breathing room or the P-Nats to reclaim first place.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 4
• Cole (L, 2-6) 3IP, 5H, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
• Applebee 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• W Moore 1-2, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2BB
• Cuevas 1-2, 2RBI, BB

Hagerstown starter AJ Cole was roughed up for five runs in just three innings in a 5-4 Hagerstown loss to Delmarva. Blake Kelso, Adrian Sanchez, Wade Moore, Mills Rogers, and Justino Cuevas all had hits for the Suns. Hagerstown scored two runs in the 1st on a Wade Moore RBI double and Justino Cuevas RBI single. DelMarva came back with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd and three runs in the 3rd on two walks and two doubles against starter AJ Cole. Paul Applebee pitched five innings of shutout relief to keep the Suns in the game. Aided by two Shorebird errors, the Suns managed a two-run rally in the 8th that just fell short. With the loss, Hagerstown falls to 16-16, 4 1/2 games behind first-place Hickory in the Sally North. As predicted by one of our commenters, Colin Bates has joined the Suns from the Doubledays, along with Justino Cuevas coming up from the GCL while Chris McKenzie has been placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 3 Auburn 1
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Hill (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Montilla 2-4, 2B
• Moldenhauer 2-4

For the second straight night it was a pitcher’s duel in Auburn, but this time the Doubledays came out on the short end of the 3-1 tally. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez pitched five scoreless innings with just four hits allowed, no walks, and six strikeouts, but left with the score tied at 0-0. The jig was up (and the news was out) as the Renegades had it made against Auburn reliever David Hill, scoring three times in the 7th on a double, walk, and two singles. Just three Doubledays collected base hits, with Russell Moldenhauer and Angel Montilla going 2-for-4 and Billy Burns going 1-for-3. The loss denied Auburn a shot at sole possession of first place, as they remain tied with Jamestown and Mahoning Valley with a 22-18 record.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 4
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Heredia 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Jo. Rodriguez 3-6, 2RBI
• Schill 2-6

The clutch hit eluded the G-Nats all game long, as 15 men were left on in a 6-4 extra-innings loss to the G-Cards. Johan Rodriguez led the 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Wes Schill’s 2-for-6 effort. Pedro Encarnacion got the start and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. Andy Santana took the loss with two unearned runs allowed in the top of the 11th, as the G-Nats committed three errors for the game. The loss cuts the elimination number to 14 and puts the G-Nats at a 12-20 mark, 11 games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Cubs2 13 DSL Nationals 2
• Guzman 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Vasquez (L, 1-1) 2IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 0K
• Geraldo 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ramirez 0-2, R, SB

Surprisingly, no position players pitched in this 13-2 demolition of the D-Nats by the D-Cubs2. Eleven runs were scored in the final three innings, breaking a 2-2 tie. The D-Nats managed just four (4) hits and drew just three walks while the bullfighters defense committed five errors. Jesus Guzman got the start and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Enigmatic Junior Geraldo (no DOB listed) homered in what appears to be his professional debut. The loss evens the D-Nats record at 25-25, five games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 282011
 

While there appears to be a waiting game on this front, the weekly BA report has been issued, and the following, previously unreported moves are now noted:

SIGNED
• RHP Cody Davis (NDFA—Tampa)
• RHP Christian Garcia
• RHP John Peters (NDFA—Augustana)

RELEASED
• RHP Patrick Arnold
• C Hector Taveras

PLACED ON 60-DAY DL
• RHP Dixon Anderson