Jul 162011
 

A few transactions showed up in today’s sweep…

HAGERSTOWN
• Taylor Jordan placed on 7-Day DL
• Ben Graham placed on 7-Day DL
• Chris McKenzie assigned from GCL Nationals
• Tyler Hanks assigned from GCL Nationals

AUBURN
• Taylor Hill assigned from Washington Nationals (6th Rd. Draft Pick)

DSL Nationals
• Jesus De Los Santos assigned to DSL Nationals from Washington Nationals
(Int’l Free Agent, signed ’10-’11 offseason)

Jul 162011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (AAA debut) vs.
Ryan Feierabend (8-5, 5.52)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-3, 3.74) vs.
Joe Gardner (6-6, 4.11)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Kinston,
5:30 p.m.
Sammy Solis (2-0, 2.08) and
Evan Bronson (2-3, 3.77)vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 7-0;
Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.)
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Carlos Quevedo (6-4, 4.45)
Auburn Lost, 10-4 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 12.86) vs.
Jose Almarante (2-0, 2.81)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-6
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (1-0, 5.40) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6
• Stammen 4⅔ IP, 10H, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, 2R HR, HR
• Mandel 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 2K, 1 IR stranded
• Lombardozzi 3-5, R, RBI
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, RBI, SF

Syracuse fell in a 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Syracuse hit 13 singles and couldn’t match the power of Lehigh Valley’s two home runs. Starter Craig Stammen gave up two runs in the third, one run in the fourth, and two runs in two-thirds of an inning in the fifth before being lifted for Collin Balester. Balester took the loss, giving up two runs in one and a third innings pitched. Jeff Mandel and Atahualpa Severino combined for
two innings of scoreless relief to keep the Chiefs in the game. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 39-50 and a tie for fourth place with Buffalo, fifteen games back of Lehigh Valley.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3
• Roark (L, 4-6) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• McCoy 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Moore 2-4
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI, BB

Harrisburg fell 4-3 to Akron despite a two-run homer from Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart in the sixth after a Derek Norris walk. Jerry Hairston, Jr. went 0-3 and played shortstop in a rehab start. Bryce Harper has cooled off at the plate and earned a sombrero, striking out three times. Tanner Roark continues to struggle at AA (6.36 ERA) and took the loss, allowing eight hits and walking two. Jimmy Barthmaier and Pat McCoy pitched two scoreless innings apiece to keep the game close. Harrisburg remains 5½ games over Bowie for first place in the E.L. West at 54-37 overall.

Potomac 4 Kinston 3
• Rosenbaum (W, 5-4) 8IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Nelo (S, 11) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Soriano 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Lozada 1-3, R, 3B

After two unscheduled nights off, it was all right Last Night In Woodbridge
Augusta 7 Hagerstown 0
• Cole (L, 2-5) 2IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, 5K
• McCatty 2IP, 4H, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Freitas 1-3
• Rogers 1-3
Hagerstown lost 7-0 in the resumption of yesterday’s suspended game. A.J. Cole gave up a single and an RBI double in the second but struck out Bobby Haney, his last batter, and struck out five of the six Greenjackets that he retired on Thursday night. Four Greenjackets pitchers combined to limit the Suns offense to just three singles and two walks in the seven-inning shutout.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2
• Swynenberg 4IP, 2H, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Manno 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3 IR stranded
• Kelso 1-5, R
• W Moore 1-2, 2RBI
Hagerstown was swept in the doubleheader when they lost 3-2 to Augusta in eleven innings. Starter Matt Swynenberg gave up a run in the third when Carlos Willoughby tripled and scored. Two leadoff walks in the fourth eventually led to a second run. Hagerstown came back to tie in the sixth with a two-run rally. Christopher Manno came in with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth and struck out Jeff Arnold and got Willoughby to get the Suns out of deep trouble. Overall, Paul Applebee, Manno, and Ryan Demmin combined for six innings of scoreless relief before Demmin tired in the eleventh and gave up three two-out walks, one intentional, to give Augusta the dreaded walkoff walk. After the doubleheader sweep, Hagerstown falls to third place at 12-9, 1½ games back of first-place Hickory in the Sally Northern division.

Brooklyn 10 Auburn 4
• Estevez (L, 2-2) 4IP, 10H, 8R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rowe 1-2, R, 2BB
• Hughes 1-4, 2RBI

Brooklyn scored in each of the first four innings, building an 8-1 lead as the Cyclones cruised to a 10-4 win over the Auburn Doubledays. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez gave up 10 hits in four innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks. The Doubledays took advantage of five walks to score four runs on just six hits. The loss drops Auburn to 15-13, one game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 6
• Encarnacion (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Lucas 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• E Fernandez 4-4, R, RBI
• Mesa 2-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Je Valdez 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Make that six losses in a row for the G-Nats, who fell 8-6 to the G-Mets. Pedro Encarnacion started and lasted 2/3rds of an inning, giving up four hits, throwing two wild pitches as the defense committed three of its five errors in the G-Mets five-run first inning. The Mets would tag on another three runs in the fourth to build an 8-0 lead. Jean Carlos Valdez smacked a three-run homer in the top of the 7th, as the G-Nats would score five in the 7th and one in the 8th to pull within two runs. The G-Nats are now 8-14, 7½ games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Phillies 1
• Santana (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 9K
• W Suero (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Rosario 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Mercedes 2-5, R
• Difo 2-5, SB (25)

Behind six strong innings from starter Andy Santana, the DSL Nationals defeated the DSL Phillies by a 5-1 score. Santana gave up just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine to earn the win. Wilmer Difo, Dioncio Rosario and Yermin Mercedes combined to go 6-for-15 from the first three spots in the batting order. Wander Suero pitched three scoreless innings for the save, his first of the year. The D-Nats improved to 19-21, five games in back of the D-Rangers in the B.C. South Division.

Jul 162011
 

Behind a pair of Francisco Soriano two-run HRs and eight strong innings from Danny Rosenbaum, the Potomac Nationals returned to action with a 4-3 win on Friday night.

Enjoy this while it lasts because if history serves, Rosenbaum’s time in Woodbridge may be coming to an end.

One of the most common questions* is when will Player X get promoted. For position players, I keep telling folks, the new world order is that it’s a level a year below AA. Pitchers are the most likely to get in-season moves. Tonight, Brad Peacock makes his first AAA start. Next week, Nathan Karns will be likely to start for the first time north of Florida. *Answerable; I know nothing about incriminating pictures or information that’s keeping a given player active or on the 40-man roster.

With his one-year anniversary of his high-A debut coming next week, Rosenbaum’s AA debut could be on deck in the next three or four weeks. He certainly made the case with his performance: eight innings pitched, a season-high eight strikeouts and eleven groundball outs. His fastball command was a little shaky but hitters couldn’t touch his changeup, as several times he was able to fool them with it on back-to-back pitches.

Walks have been his bugaboo this year — something I believe has come with a jump in his top velocity from the high 80s to the low 90s — and though he walked just one, wouldn’t it figure that the lone walk would lead to the lone run? It came in the fourth inning with one out and was followed by a single that pushed the runner to third. Eury Perez snagged the flyout in medium center, waving off J.R. Higley and launched missile to home plate… just up the line enough for the runner to score.

The sacrifice fly was the first of five straight batters retired before a leadoff single in the sixth. That would be the last Indian to reach base against Rosenbaum, who retired the last eight batters he faced, including a 6-4-3 double to erase that single.

Not to bury poor Francisco Soriano, who was the story on offense. It’s one thing to hit two home runs in a game, it’s quite another to do it from both sides of the plate. Soriano drove in all four runs for Potomac, including a shot off the LF foul pole in the 7th to put the P-Nats up 4-1. As P-Nats broadcaster Will Flemming tweeted last night, his four HR in 41 games this year matches the four HR he had hit in the 245 games he had played previously.

The 4-3 final correctly suggests that Hector Nelo was less than stellar in the ninth. He walked the leadoff batter and his deliberate delivery enabled not one but two Kinston baserunners to steal against Sandy Leon (55% CS rate). An error “helped” make one of the two runs unearned with the runs coming in on single over Jeff Kobernus into right-center and groundout to Kobernus for the second out. Soriano gunned down the last batter with the tying run at third to end it.

The win improves Potomac to 12-8 for the second half, still a ½-game ahead of the first-half winner Frederick in the Carolina League’s Northern Division. Sammy Solis (2-0, 2.08) makes his second Pfitz start in the opener of tonight’s doubleheader against Kinston, with Evan Bronson (2-3, 3.77) pitching the nightcap.

Jul 152011
 

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

SYRACUSE 39-51, 4th place I.L. North, 14 games behind

Good Atahualpa Severino 1-0, 2.70 ERA in last 10G
Bad Ryan Tatusko 2.28WHIP
Interesting Michael Aubrey .429/.455/.905 in July

HARRISBURG 54-36, 1st place E.L. West Division, 5½ games ahead

Good Archie Gilbert .305/.387/.474
Bad Tanner Roark 6.45 ERA, 1.58 WHIP
Interesting Pat Lehman 0.37WHIP, 4SV in 12G

POTOMAC 11-8, 1st place C.L. North Division, 1½ games ahead (40-48 overall)

Good Hector Nelo 10SV, 22K in 23⅓ IP
Bad Sandy Leon .179/.294/.357 in July
Interesting Justin Bloxom .320/.388/.547, 18RBI in 19G since All-Star Break

HAGERSTOWN 12-7, 2nd place Sally League Northern Division, 1 game behind (52-37 overall)

Good David Freitas .300/.414/.473
Bad Dean Weaver 10.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP (9.37, 1.78 @ Potomac)
Interesting Kevin Keyes .504 SLG (leads team)

AUBURN 15-12, 3rd place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 1 game behind

Good Colin Bates 2-1, 1.93 ERA, 1.11 WHIP
Bad Hendry Jimenez, 8E in 22G
Interesting Richie Mirowski 1.32 ERA, 13K in 13⅔ IP

GCL NATIONALS 8-13, 4th place, GCL East, 6 games back

Good Estarlin Martinez .324/.420/.606 in 21G
Bad Inocencio Heredia 10.29 ERA, 2.86 WHIP
Interesting Wes Schill 6SB in 17G

DSL NATIONALS 18-21, 5th place, Boca Chica South Division of Dominican Summer League, 6 games behind

Good Gilberto Mendez 3-0, 2.32 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
Bad Diomedes Eusbio 12E in 32G
Interesting Dionicio Rosario 5A, 3E, 2DP in 34G as an OF
Jul 152011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-2;
Lost, 5-2
@ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.11) vs.
Nate Bump (2-6, 6.32)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (4-5, 6.45) vs. TBA
Potomac Postponed,
Unplayable Field
vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Game 1, Suspended;
Game 2, Postponed
@ Augusta,
6:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 2-0 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-1
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 6.23) vs.
Edioglis Villasmil (1-1, 3.38)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-0
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
• Martin (W, 2-6) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2R HR
• Wilkie (S, 8 ) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Aubrey 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, 2B, RBI

Syracuse won the first game of the doubleheader against Lehigh Valley 3-2. Jeff Frazier hit a two-out double to score catcher Jhonatan Solano in the second. Michael Aubrey led off the fourth with a solo shot. Seth Bynum scored on a Jesus Valdez single after getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. JD Martin offered a strong 5 and 2/3rd innings of two run ball before Josh Wilkie struck out three of the four batters he faced to close the
game for the Chiefs.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2 — GAME TWO
• Tatukso (L, 1-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Severino 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• J Valdez 2-2, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Aubrey 1-1

Syracuse fell 5-2 to split the doubleheader against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Syracuse managed just four hits in the seven inning contest. The Chiefs took a short lived 2-0 lead on a Jesus Valdez home run following a Tug Hulett walk. Spot starter Ryan Tatusko immediately gave up three runs on four straight singles and an RBI groundout by opposing pitcher Scott Mathieson. Atahualpa Severino had his best relief outing of the season, striking out all four batters that he faced and stranding an inherited runner. Collin Balester pitched a scoreless ninth to lower his AAA ERA to 2.79. With the doubleheader split, Syracuse is now 39-51, nine games back of third place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and fourteen games back of first place Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 1
• Wang (W, 2-0) 6IP 6H, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Martin (S, 4) 1⅓ IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rahl 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• A Fox 2-3, 2 2B
• Tim Pahuta 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Chien-Ming Wang was back to his old groundball ways as he earned the win in Harrisburg’s 3-1 victory over Akron. He retired thirteen Aeros — nine on groundouts — in 75 pitches over six shutout innings. Corey VanAllen was charged with a run when Rafael Martin gave up a two-out double to allow inherited runner Beau Mills to score. Martin pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Harrisburg started the scoring with a Tim Pahuta solo shot in the second. Chris Rahl had two out RBIs with an RBI triple in the third and an RBI double for an insurance run in the eighth. Harrisburg improves to 54-36, good for a 5½ game lead over Bowie.

Potomac-Kinston — PPD
Click the link above for the official MiLB.com story on what happened in Woodbridge. Sue showed up just in time (6:39 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. start) to hear the on-field announcement and withholds editorial comment, lest she look and sound like this.

Hagerstown-Augusta — SUSP/PPD

Bad weather continues to plague the Suns’ series against Augusta. Game 1 of a doubleheader was suspended with the Suns down 1-0 but the Suns will have Mills Rogers on 3rd with two out when the game resumes today. The two teams will then play a second, seven-inning game. With a maximum of three games played for this series, at least one doubleheader will played next week when Augusta comes to Hagerstown.

Brooklyn 2 Auburn 0
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Skole 1-4, 3K
• Nieto 0-2, 2BB, K

Four Brooklyn pitchers combined to shut out Auburn on just three hits, as the Doubledays lost 2-0. Matt Skole, Carlos Alvarez, and Justin Miller were the lone batsmen to hit safely while Angel Montilla was the sole batter to not strike out, as the other eight whiffed 15 times. Brian Dupra allowed both Cyclone runs on two hits and three walks in his four and 2/3rds innings of work but took the loss, which now leaves Auburn at 15-12 and one game back.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez (L, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Chico 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E Fernandez 2-4, 2B
• Karlen 2-3, 2B

A four-run fourth was more than enough for the GCL Astros to send the GCL Nationals to their fifth straight defeat by a 6-1 count. Gregory Baez was charged with all four of those runs during his three and 2/3rds innings, giving up seven hits and a walk. Erick Fernandez and Frank Karlen both singled and doubled as the G-Nats collected just six hits, falling to 8-13 and six games behind.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 0
• Moscat (L, 2-3) 6IP, 11H, 6E, 5ER, 0BB, 5K
• Hernandez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rosario 2-4, OF assist @ HP
• E Gonzalez 1-2

This one was over early as the D-Mets1 squad piled on six of its seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 7-0 win over the D-Nats. Felix Moscat was left in for six innings, giving up those six runs on 11 hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Dionicio Rosario had two of the five D-Nats hits and threw a runner out at the plate. The loss drops the D-Nats to 18-21, six games behind the division leader.

Jul 142011
 


Some old news and some new news this morning while making the sweep of the transaction reports.

First, the old news: Brad Peacock has been promoted from AA Harrisburg to AAA Syracuse, with OF Bryce Harper taking his spot on the Senators roster by virtue of being activated from the Temporary Inactive List. Peacock was 10-2 for Harrisburg with a 2.01 ERA, a 0.86WHIP, and 129Ks in 98⅔ innings, all of which were in the top 5 for the Eastern League this season. He’s expected to make his first start this Saturday against Lehigh Valley.

Now, the new news: As predicted in the comments, Nathan Karns has been freed from Viera and promoted to Auburn. Karns, a 12th-round 2009 draft pick that signed at the deadline, missed the 2010 season with an unspecified injury. This year, he’s made five appearances without a decision in the GCL, pitching 18⅔ innings, allowing two (2) hits, no (0) runs, six walks and compiling 26 strikeouts. He’s expected to join the Doubledays rotation, starting perhaps as soon as Monday, July 18th or Tuesday, July 19th.

In other transactions, RHP Anthony Marcelino was placed in the 60-day DL for the GCL Nationals, a move that typically signifies season-ending surgery.

UPDATE: J.C. Romero has been given his unconditional release, a option that apparently was his if the Nationals weren’t going to activate him by July 15. Minutes later, he signed a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, the other predicted move — Oliver Perez being taken off the TIL to take Peacock’s spot in the rotation — has now officially been announced, with Jonathan Tucker going on the DL, retroactive to July 12 (which begs the question: Who’s next?) to keep the Harrisburg roster at 24.

Jul 142011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse All Star Break @ Lehigh Valley,
6:05 p.m.
J.D. Martin (1-6, 4.37) and
Ryan Tatusko (1-0, 6.14) vs.
Brian Bass (4-6, 4.12) and
Scott Mathieson (0-0, 2.59)
Harrisburg All Star Break vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
Matt Packer (3-8, 5.71)
Potomac Postponed vs. Kinston,
6:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (2-6, 4.42) and
Danny Rosenbaum (4-4, 2.76) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71) and
Steve Wright (1-1, 5.04)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) and TBD
vs. Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95) and TBD
Auburn Won, 9-3 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-1, 6.92) vs.
Eduardo Aldama (1-0, 2.35)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-0, 4.24) vs.
Adrian Houser (0-0, 3.60)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 (8 inn);
Won, 6-3
vs. DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 3-0 IL win over the PCL, Tom Milone pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one while Matt Antonelli went 0-for-2 with a strikeout but helped turn a double play.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 8-3 Western Division win over the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star game, Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena each pitched a scoreless inning with Arnesen striking out the side with no hits, runs, or walks allowed while Pena allowed one hit, no walks, and struck out two. For the baters, Tyler Moore went 0-for-5; Bill Rhinehart went 1-for-3, with double, walk, and a run scored while Archie Gilbert went 1-for-2.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
A late-afternoon thunderstorm produced yet another rainout and shifted Chien-Ming Wang’s rehab outing to Harrisburg. It’s doubleheader today at 6 p.m.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Hagerstown’s game with Augusta was postponed until today. They will play two seven-inning games today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Auburn 9 Brooklyn 3
• Bates 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grisz (S, 3) 3⅔ IP,1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J Miller 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• R Perez 2-5, R, 3RBI

Three straight crooked numbers on the scoreboard gave the Auburn Doubledays an 8-0 lead as they cruised to a 9-3 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones. Justin Miller led the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night from the leadoff spot, followed by Roberto Perez’s 2-for-5 effort with three RBI. Chad Jenkins got the win in relief of Colin Bates, while Ben Grisz earned his third save. The win was the third straight for Auburn and puts them at 15-11, one game behind Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Karns 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Hanks 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schill 2-3, R
• E Martinez 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Both hands on the keyboard when commenting about Nathan Karns, who threw another five no-hit innings in a 3-2 G-Nats loss. The 23-year-old Texan now has 26K in 18 and 2/3rds innings and two (2) hits allowed. The G-Cards had but one hit in the game, a double, scoring their three runs on two sac fies and a wild pitch. Estarlin Martinez drove in both G-Nat runs with a two-run home run in the top of the 8th. The loss drops the G-Nats to 8-12, 5½ games off the pace in the GCL East.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 6 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Guzman 3IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Vasquez 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• N Ortega 2-4, R, RBI
• E Gonzalez 2-4, R, RBI

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Yankees1 3 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
• Tillero 2-3, R, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats split an unlisted doubleheader with the DSL Yankees1, losing the first game 7-6 in eight innings and taking the second game 6-3 in seven innings. The split puts the D-Nats at 18-20 for the season, six games off the pace.

Jul 132011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse All Star Break N/A N/A
Harrisburg All Star Break N/A N/A
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
Chien-Mien Wang (rehab) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) vs.
Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Colin Bates (2-1, 1.85) vs.
Marcos Camarena (1-1, 1.86)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Dail Villanueva (0-0, 5.23)
DSL Nationals Lost, 18-10
vs. DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Triple-A All-Star Game is tonight in Salt Lake City, with Tom Milone and Matt Antonelli representing the Chiefs.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Eastern League All-Star Game is tonight in Manchester, NH with Five Senators representing Harrisburg.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Chien-Ming Wang makes another rehab start, scheduled to go five innings as the P-Nats begin an eight-game homestand against the Kinston Indians and Lynchburg Hillcats.

Augusta 5 Hagerstown 3
• Ray 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Demmin (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP 2H, 1ER, 0BB, K
• A Sanchez 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Martinson 3-4, 2B

Hagerstown jumped out to a 3-0 fifth inning lead but ulimately fell to Augusta 5-3. The Suns scored in the first on a two-out Kevin Keyes RBI single and scored in the fifth on a two-out, two-run double by Russell Moldenhauer. Robbie Ray was unable to make it through the fifth inning after he hit Chris Lofton, allowed Lofton to steal second and third, and gave up a two out RBI single. Sam Brown failed to stop the bleeding, allowing an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch in the fifth and later walking a batter and allowing a single to start a three-run Augusta rally in the seventh. With the loss, Hagerstown falls into a first-place tie with Hickory at 12-7 in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — OFF DAY
The Doubledays start a brief three-game road trip against the Brooklyn Cyclones today before heading back to upstate New York for a home-and-home series against Batavia.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are on the the road for three of the next four games, all against the GCL East.

DSL Marlins 18 DSL Nationals 10
• K Rodriguez 3IP, 3H 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, HR 3.32
• Ruiz ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Eusebio 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• E Gonzalez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The two teams combined for 30 hits and 28 runs with only two errors. Walks? Well, the D-Nats gave up 15 of those. Three position players were called on to pitch. One of them, Adderling Ruiz, was the most effective reliever of the game, and the only pitcher to not give up any runs — inherited or otherwise. The loss drops the D-Nats to 17-19, but they remain only 5½ games behind.

Jul 122011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse All Star Break N/A N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 All Star Brea N/A
Potomac Won, 11-10 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.75) vs.
Taylor Rogers (6-8, 2.59)
Auburn Won, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 13-12
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-0
vs. DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-0, 1.13) vs.
Miguel Del Pozo (3-2, 4.32)

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL STAR BREAK
Multiple sources are reporting that Brad Peacock will be joining the Chiefs starting rotation but the move has not been officially made yet, thus it’s not known what ripple effect will be. Most likely: A player will be placed on the DL in Syracuse, Oliver Perez will be activated from the temporary inactive list.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3
• Martis (W, 7-3) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 10K
• Lehman (S, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rhinehart 2-4, 2R, 2B
• T Moore 2-4, R, 2R HR, 3RBI
Shairon Martis continued his case for a promotion to Syracuse, striking out ten and walking only one while beating Richmond for his seventh win of the season. Harrisburg scored five of its six runs via the long ball. In the fourth, Tim Pahuta hit a three run shot that scored Bill Rhinehart and Archie Gilbert. In the sixth, Harrisburg scored an unearned run when Bill Rhinehart reached on an error in front of a Tyler Moore two-run clout. Hassan Pena, Corey VanAllen, and Pat Lehman combined for three innings of scoreless relief to seal the victory. With the win, Harrisburg improves to 53-36, good for a 5½ game lead over Bowie and Richmond.

Potomac 11 Lynchburg 10
• Demny 1⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, 3HR
• Smoker (W, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Nelo (S, 10) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Higley 3-5, 3R, 2B, 2RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Overcoming deficits of 7-1 and 8-3, Potomac put up four crooked numbers in the 4th, 6th, 7th & 9th innings and held on for an 11-10 win. Paul Demny gave up a season-high seven runs on six hits, including three home runs, in just one and 2/3rds innings. J.R. Higley led the 16-hit attack with a 3-for-5 game and 2RBI as five P-Nats had multiple hits. Josh Smoker got the win in relief while Hector Nelo got save #10 with an unearned run on two hits in the ninth. The win keeps pace with Frederick and maintains the ½-game lead for first place in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Tonight begins a seven-game road trip to Georgia and Kentucky, with four against the Augusta Greenjackets and three against the Lexington Legends. The Suns are 12-6 and hold a one-game lead over first-half division champ Hickory.

Auburn 3 Jamestown 0
• M Rodriguez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mirowski (H, 1) 3IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kreis (S, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Montilla 3-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Rowe 1-3, R, SB

Manny Rodriguez (W, 5IP), Richie Mirowski(H, 3IP), and Alex Kreis (S, 1IP) combined for a 3-0 shutout of the Jamestown Jammer, taking the series two games to one. Angel Montilla led the Doubleday offense with a 3-for-3 effort, inculding two stolen bases and a walk. Bowden’s folly played shortstop, committing an error but turning two double plays. The win improves Auburn to 14-11, one game behind Jamestown in the Pinckny division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Marlins 13 GCL Nationals 12
• King 4⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Arnold 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mock (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Je Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• A Ramirez 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI

In a battle of generosity, Garrett Mock proved to be in the most giving mood. He gave up 4 runs in one third of an inning to turn an 11-9 win into a 13-12 loss. The Marlins tried to give it away as well, allowing the Nationals to score 12 runs on just seven hits thanks to six errors and eight walks. With the loss, the G-Nats fall to 8-11, good for fourth place and 4.5 games behind the GCL Mets.

DSL Cubs2 5 DSL Nationals 0
• Pineyro (L, 1-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Barrientos 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• N Ortega 0-2, BB
• W Rodriguez OF assist @ 2B

Three DSL Cubs2 pitchers combined on a no-hitter to defeat the DSL Nationals 5-0. Just two D-Nats reached base: one via walk, the other via error. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, pitching five innings and allowing two unearned runs on four hits and three walks. The D-Nats committed four errors on defense, but did throw out a runner at second base. The loss drops the DSL Nationals to 17-18, 5½ games off the pace set by the DSL Rangers.

Jul 112011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (6-3, 2.68) vs.
Daryl Maday (2-6, 4.15)
Potomac Won, 2-0 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-7, 3.86) vs.
Aaron Shafer (2-2, 2.34)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 11-9 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (0-1, 6.10) vs.
Matt Neil (0-1, 4.02)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-1
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2
• Gaudin (L, 0-2) 4IP, 7H, 4ER, 6K, 0BB
• Romero 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Balester 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Antonelli 1-5, R, HR, RBI
• Marrero 1-3, BB
• Brown 1-4, R, 2B

At the break, Syracuse stands at 38-50, 14 games behind Lehigh Valley. Play resumes on Thursday.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 3
• Arnesen 6IP 7H, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• McCoy 1IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rhinehart 2-4, R, 3R HR, 3RBI
• McConell 1-3, 2B

The Squirrels have won 7 of the 11 games between these two teams and there’s a six-game series in Richmond in two weeks. And still one more to play today.

Potomac 2 Lynchburg 0
• Solis (W, 2-0) 7IP, 4H, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Nelo (S, 9) 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kobernus 2-4, R
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac wins to keep pace with Frederick and still holds a ½-game lead for first place.

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 2
• Applebee 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Swynenberg (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Manno ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Sanchez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, 5RBI
• Nicol 2-4, 2-2B

Who knew that Pepco was the utility provider for West Virginia? Best explanation I can think of for the Power outage the past four games.

Auburn 11 Jamestown 9
• Meza 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K

For the batters, you’ll have to see the scorecard from Last Night In Auburn (story, too).

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 1
• McKenzie (ND) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Chico 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Schill 1-3, R
• E Martinez 1-3, SB
• Six (6) Errors

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
With a 4-1 week last week, the D-Nats are back to .500 and are home against the Cubs2 and Marlins
before visits to Yankees1, Mets1, Phillies and Rangers.