Jul 112011
 

Take a look at scorecard. Savor it. Not too often you see a 9-1 game turned around so fast.

That’s what happened last night in Auburn. With a 10-run sixth inning that saw 14 batters come to the plate and feartured eight hits, the Doubledays put up an inning so big the scoreboard couldn’t list the “10” spot as they defeated the Jamestown Jammers, 11-9.

The win put the brakes on a three-game skid, the third of of three-or-more losses in a row already this season; they’ve also put together win streaks of six and four.

Take another look at that scorecard. For four and 2/3rds innings, Jamestown’s Tom Peale had a no-hitter going. Hendry Jimenez broke it up with an opposite-field double to left field to drive in Carlos Alvarez — yes, that Carlos Alvarez — to break up the no-no and the shutout bid in one fell swoop.

Matt Skole started the scoring binge in the sixth with a BOMB to right field, easily 450′ plus for a solo shot. OK, no big deal. Jamestown still up 9-2. A flyout to right, one out. But then a single. A walk. A two-run double. Now, it’s 9-4 and another reliever comes on.

A Hughes walk, Alvarez gets an RBI single. Jimenez strikes out. So now it’s 9-5 but it looks like they’ll survive. Not so fast: Justin Miller doubles down the LF line to make it 9-7. Jamestown doesn’t have a reliever ready and a conference is held on the mound to stall, and remind folks that candlesticks always make for a good gift. Skole walks, semi-unintentionally; another reliever is brought in.

Adrian Nieto and Angel Montilla both single. Now it’s 9-9 and Caleb Ramsey strikes the death blow with a two-run double and the 11-9 score that would become the final.

Blowouts like this are hard to make observations because the fan side of the brain takes over. But here’s some quick takes anyways…

…Hughes still looked lost out in right field. He has a good arm and that’s why he’s there, but it’s cost the team runs in both games I saw

…Meza doesn’t throw hard, but he’s lefthanded and his across-the-body motion is deceptive. Should his control improve, he could make for a decent middle reliever.

…Alvarez looks shorter and stockier than the 5-11, 175 (think Leonard Davis) he’s listed at but has strong throwing arm. He jumped at the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat but then showed discipline in his second and third at-bats. Nothing you wouldn’t expect, however, from a 25-y.o. playing below his age level.

…Jimenez looked better at second base than at shortstop but I suspect the M.O. is to keep swapping MI’s until a true SS emerges from the ranks. I’d have to say Francisco Soriano may stick around in the system for this reason.

…Greg Holt has a nice 12-6 curve, good enough to throw on consecutive pitches for strikes. I know the slider and the cutter are the pitches du jour, but us old folks still appreciate the bender.

And that concludes the NationalProspects.com 2011 Baseball Roadtrip. Hope you enjoyed it. I know I did.

Jul 102011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Chad Gaudin (rehab) vs.
Tyson Brummett (0-2, 5.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1;
Won, 6-4
@ Richmond,
5:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-1, 2.05) vs.
Eric Surkamp (7-3, 1.61)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (1-0, 4.50) vs.
Blaine Sims (2-3, 3.25)
Hagerstown Won, 9-5;
Won, 5-0
vs. W. Virginia,
4:05 p.m.
Paul Applebee (5-2, 4.27) vs.
Tyler Waldron (6-4, 4.16)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 vs. Jamestown,
6:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 16.87) vs.
Tom Peale (1-1, 1.42)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2;
Lost, 12-5
vs. GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-2
@ DSL Giants
OFF DAY N/A

A lot of action yesterday (well, except Last Night In Syracuse) so it’s just boxes & bullets today.

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 1-6) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-4, 2B
• Blanco 1-3, OF assist @ HP

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Davis (L, 5-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 10K, HR
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• King 1-2, RBI
• Rahl 1-3, R

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 4 — GAME TWO
• Roark 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K
• Lehman (S, 3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Rhinehart 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 3
• Olbrychowski (L, 2-5) 4⅔ IP, 11H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Smoker 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Souza 0-2, R, 2BB, K

Hagerstown 9 West Virginia 5 — GAME ONE
• Grace 1IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• McCatty (W, 1-2) 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Sanchez 3-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, SB

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 0 — GAME TWO
• Jordan (W, 9-4) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nicol 2-2, BB, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-3, R, 3B

Jamestown 8 Auburn 4
• Estevez (ND) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Kreis (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K
• Jimenez 1-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Nieto 1-4, 2B, RBI

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Astros 2 — GAME ONE
• Medina 4IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• Lucas (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Mesa 2-4
• Jo Rodriguez 1-3, 2R, 2B, SB

GCL Astros 12 GCL Nationals 5 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Herrera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• E Martinez 3-3, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Schill 2-4, R
• Ramos 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, 2 OF assists (3B, 2B)

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Giants 2
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Silvestre (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ruiz 4-5, 2R, 3RBI
• Difo 1-4, BB, RBI, SB

Jul 102011
 


Alliance Bank Stadium is a very nice stadium — clean, comfortable, with good food and good service. Perhaps second only to Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, which is a bit unfair because it’s much older. But every bit as good as other AAA stadiums I’ve been to.

I figure I’d better start with something nice to say about the game’s setting because there’s only so much positive things that can be said about the game itself, which was a 6-0 loss with just five hits and two errors for the Syracuse Chiefs.

On Friday, I could say “Well, the other pitcher was outstanding” and while Vance Worley was very good, he was by no means out of this team’s league, even if he’s likely to be back in the majors (and with a contender) next week.

That’s because Worley did not dominate the Chiefs. Sure, he scattered three hits over six innings, but he wasn’t overpowering, striking out just three batters. But he did beat them, and he did what good pitchers do: just. get. guys. out.

On the flip side (of the scorebook), Yunesky Maya continues to disappoint. Maybe some of this is simply the gap between the puff and PR from the mainstream media and his actual performance, but he very much reminds me of Robinson Checo in the late 1990s, an underwhelming, overpriced IFA that the Boston newspapers eventually dubbed “The Dominican Mystery Man” because his reputation far exceeded his results.

Maya was charged with four runs over five innings on nine hits with zero walks, but zero strikeouts. Four of nine hits went for extra bases. The Lehigh Valley batters may have been fooled the first time they saw Maya, but like many minor-league pitchers, not the second time, with eight of the nine IronPig hits coming during the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings.

Offensively, only Chris Marrero seemed to show any real fire, gumption, or moxie. He showed particularly good patience by evening the count three times after falling behind 0-2 in the count in his first three at-bats. And it paid off: The first time, he flew out to the warning track. The second time, he singled to right-center. The third time, he rapped a double to the LF corner.

Unfortunately, Marrero also grounded into a double play in his last at-bat, which was the theme of the night as three times the Chiefs would see rallies snuffed by the dreaded twin-killing. Marrero’s GIDP stung a little more because it came after the first two batters walked in the 9th, ending whatever vain hope there may have been in denying the shutout bid.

The loss drops Syracuse to 38-49 for the season, 13 games behind first-place Lehigh Valley, as the two teams clash again tomorrow with Chad Gaudin set to start the game in another rehab outing.

Jul 092011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Pawucket,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-5, 4.28) vs.
Vance Worley (4-2, 2.62)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Richmond,
5:35 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-2, 3.62) and
Tanner Roark (4-5, 6.20) vs.
Henry Sosa (4-1, 2.57) and
TBD
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (2-4, 4.93) vs.
Zeke Spruill (6-7, 3.19)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. W. Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Taylor Jordan (8-4, 2.68) and
Matt Grace (9-5, 4.50) vs.
Jameson Taillon (2-1, 2.74) and
Colton Cain (5-6, 3.14)
Auburn Lost, 8-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (2-1, 5.60) vs.
Greg Nappo (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 17-6
vs. GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros, 11:00 a.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-4
vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Shortening the writeups today, probably just boxes and bullets the next two days as my roadtrip heads east from Western PA to Central NY for games in Syracuse and Auburn… and a trip to Cooperstown.

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Stammen (ND) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Balester (H, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Solano 1-3, R, SAC, PB
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2RBI
• Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Ordinarily, getting four runs on six hits in a single inning is a good thing. When it’s the only six hits of the game, not so much. Pawtucket’s pitchers were otherwise good while the Chiefs defense faltered late with two errors in the 8th in a 5-4 loss.

Richmond-Harrisburg — PPD
Oh, look: Rain in Richmond! For third time ’11, the Sens-Squirrels matchup has been postponed there. It will be made up today on July 23 as part of a day-night, 1:05/7:05 doubleheader with two 7-inning games.

Frederick 4 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Hood, 1-4, R, 2B

Similar to Syracuse, it’s great when your 3-4 hitters get four hits. Not great when those are the only four hits of the game, as Potomac fell 4-1 to Frederick, reducing the P-Nats lead over the Keys to a ½ game once again.

West Virginia-Hagerstown — PPD
It’s a doubleheader in Western Maryland with two “sevens” between the Power and Suns, with game one featuring a matchup of aces in Jameson Taillon and Taylor Jordan.

Jamestown 8 Auburn 1
• Dupra (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Mirowski 2#&8531; IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4
• Miller 1-4, 2B, RBI

Since I might not have the time for a next-day “Last Night In Auburn,” I wrote up what I saw Last Night In Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 17 GCL Nationals 6
• Baez 2⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• W Ramos 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• E Martinez 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB

The missed extra point didn’t come back to haunt the G-Nats as a nine-run 8th turned an 8-6 slugfest into a 17-6 beatdown. No position players pitched, in case you were wondering. And presumably, no animals were harmed either.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Rangers 4
• Moscat (W, 1-1) 8⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 4BB, 6K
• Kl Rodriguez (S, 1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ruiz 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• W Rodriguez 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Felix Moscat nearly went the distance, allowing four runs (two earned) over eight and 2/3rds innings as the DSL Nationals beat the division-leading DSL Rangers 7-4 and improved their record to 16-17.

Jul 092011
 


Last night it was bark in the park for the Jamestown Jammers, but the Auburn Doubledays it was a game that went to the dogs as they lost an error-filled game, 8-1.

To be fair, none of the mistakes would have made a difference in the game’s outcome. Jamestown’s starter, 19-year-old Jose Urena, was outstanding: allowing just two hits and two walks over seven frames and dealing some serious heat (disclosure: I tried using a borrowed pocket radar gun, but it’s too distracting; now I understand why upcoming pitchers work in tandem. Better to sneak a peek at the scout’s guns).

Urena set down the first nine batters in order before Hendry Jimenez pulled a clean single into right to lead off the fourth. He would be cut down two batters later trying to steal, killing the rally.

Meanwhile, local product (and 7th round draft pick) Brian Dupra (pronounced “doo-pray”) was making his first professional start. He would surrender single runs in the first two innings before settling down to retire eight of nine.

For those of you who might need some background music while you read the next few grafs, click here. I needed it to write them.

As the lede says, on defense was less than stellar behind him. Officially, Rick Hughes was charged with two errors, but merciful scorekeeping kept it from being more. Six times the ball was hit to him, and just once did he field it cleanly. Simply put: he looked like a pitcher forced to play there due to injury.

Angel Montilla was charged with the other error, misplaying a Texas-leaguer, but some slack can be cut for him because the Jammer runners were aggressive and that aggression helped force the issue.

On the infield, both Matt Skole and Hendry Jimenez seemed to be slow on the trigger. Twice balls hit to Jimenez became singles, twice Skole picked the ball and then double-clutched turning a routine out into an adventure. Neither were terribly impressive otherwise.

As you might have guessed, the Doubledays got their lone run against the Jammers ‘pen. Jeremy Mayo led off the 8th with a single to center and took second on a slow roller to the 3/4 hole by Hughes. After a Jimenez walk, Justin Miller missed a three-run homer by about two feet, doubling off the LF wall to drive in Mayo. Skole and Montilla both hit long flyballs to end the eighth.

Auburn got another two baserunners with one out in the 9th with back-to-back opposite-field flares by Roberto Perez and Wilfri Pena, but Mayo flew out to right and Hughes tapped another roller to second that didn’t get through for the game-ending out.

The loss dropped Auburn to 12-10, two games behind Jamestown, as the two teams meet again tonight in Auburn for the next three games (with yours truly scheduled to visit on Sunday). Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez pitches tonight while Christian Meza appears set to go tomorrow.

Jul 082011
 

The Harrisburg Senators have announced that Bryce Harper has been placed on the temporary Inactive List due to his participation in the MLB Futures Game in Arizona on Sunday. Taking his spot on the roster is RHP Tanner Roark, who was taken off the… wait for it… Temporary Inactive List.

This, of course, comes much to the dismay of the Richmond Squirrels, if not local Nationals fans, who have not been able to watch a first-round pick play within 50 miles of DC since August of 2009 when Drew Storen was assigned to Potomac. Coincidence? Perhaps, but those are the facts.

In other roster moves… 24-year-old Brett Newsome was placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for 25-year-old OF Carlos Alvarez, formerly known as Esmailyn Gonzalez, and typically referred to here as HWMNBM or He Who Must Not Be Named. Alvarez had been hitting .354 with 4RBI and 5SBs in 14 games for the GCL Nationals.

UPDATE: With Pudge Rodriguez on the 15-day DL, the Nationals have recalled Jesus Flores and activated Carlos Maldonado off the 7-Day DL to take his place on the Syracuse roster.

Jul 082011
 

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

SYRACUSE 38-47, 4th place I.L. North, 11 games behind

Good Steve Lombardozzi .367/.383/.443 since callup (17G)
Bad Yunesky Maya 5.67 ERA, 1.45 WHIP since return (4G)
Interesting Matt Antonelli .850 OPS (on-roster team leader)

HARRISBURG 51-34, 1st place E.L. West Division, 5½ games ahead

Good Erik Arnesen 6-1, 2.05 ERA, 1.04 WHIP
Bad Stephen King .579 OPS
Interesting Derek Norris 13PB, 19CS (38%)

POTOMAC 9-6, 1st place C.L. North Division, 1½ games ahead (38-46 overall)

Good J.P. Ramirez .344/.355/.508 since All-Star Break
Bad Cameron Selik 0-2, 6.60 ERA, 1.73 WHIP since All-Star Break
Interesting Joe Testa 5-0, 1.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

HAGERSTOWN 9-6, T1st place Sally League Northern Division, 1 game ahead (49-36 overall)

Good Taylor Jordan 8-4, 2.68 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
Bad Mills Rogers .513 OPS
Interesting Manno still here with 0.82 WHIP, 14.5K/9IP

AUBURN 12-9, 2nd place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 1 game behind

Good Bryce Ortega .432/.532/.541 in 15G
Bad Travis Henke 7.20 ERA, 1.80 WHIP
Interesting Ben Grisz (NDFA) 0.58 WHIP in 6 appearances (8⅔ IP)

GCL NATIONALS 7-7, 4th place, GCL East, 2 games back

Good Erick Fernandez .346/.379/.500 in 26AB
Bad Anthony Marcelino 10.45 ERA, 1.94 WHIP
Interesting Gregory Baez 0.98 WHIP

DSL NATIONALS 14-17, 5th place, Boca Chica South Division of Dominican Summer League, 7 games behind

Good Adderling Ruiz .344/.447/.438 in 12G
Bad Miguel Navarro 11.17 ERA, 1.97 WHIP
Interesting Daury Vasquez 6 HBP in 16⅔ IP
Jul 082011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-2 vs. Pawucket,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.19) vs.
Kevin Millwood (4-0, 4.15)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-1, 2.48) vs.
Henry Sosa (4-1, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 6-4
(10 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (4-3, 2.81) vs.
Oliver Drake (7-3, 2.24)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. W. Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (9-5, 4.50) vs.
Colton Cain (5-6, 3.14)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-0, 7.56) vs.
Jose Urena (1-1, 3.71)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 11-4
vs. DSL Phillies
vs. DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Pawtucket 2
• Milone (W, 7-5) 7IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Wilkie 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Aubrey 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Marrero 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Tom Milone threw seven shutout innings while Michael Aubrey homered, doubled and drove in four runs as Syracuse routed Pawtucket, 8-2. The recent IL Pitcher of the Week walked a season-high two (2) batters but only allowed two hits while striking out six. Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cheifs pounded out 10 hits. Syracuse is now 11 games behind Lehigh Valley in the IL North at 38-47.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 0
• Wang (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barthmaier 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Moore 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

While things went wrong quickly in DC last night, Chien-Ming was all right in Harrisburg as Wang tossed five shutout innings to lead the Senators to 5-0 win, and complete the three-game sweep of Erie. All-Stars Tyler Moore and Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart both hit home run #17, which is good for 2nd place on the E.L. leaderboard. Jimmy Barthmaier, Cory VanAllen and Pat Lehman combined for four shutout innings in relief, helping to move the game along in just 2:01. The win keeps pace with Richmond, but the Sens still hold a 5½ game lead as the two teams clash this weekend for five games, sans Harper, who’ll be in Arizona for the Futures Game.

Potomac 6 Frederick 4 (10 inn.)
• Selik 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Clegg 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 3-5, CS
• Ramirez 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Justin Bloxom’s solo HR in the 10th broke a 4-4 tie as the Potomac Nationals took their second straight against Frederick, 6-4. J.P. Ramirez remains red-hot, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and scoring two runs. Cameron Selik started and got tagged for three runs early, but went five and allowed all four Keys runs on six hits (but no HRs). The bullpen is buried here in sentence four, but their five innings of scoreless work made all this possible, with Mitchell Clegg leading the charge with two perfect innings in the sixth and seventh. The win extends the P-Nat lead over the Keys to 1½ games with a 9-6 mark in the second half.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 2
• Cole 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Weaver (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Rogers 2-4, R, 2B

The game started 48 minutes late, but those who stayed ’til the end got to see Michael Taylor smash a three-run walkoff homer as the Suns shorted the Power, 4-2. Taylor drove in all four runs while going 2-for-4. A.J. Cole tossed six shutout innings, striking out seven, walking none, and giving up just three hits. Dean Weaver got the win in relief, his first for Hagerstown. The win puts the Suns back in first place in the Sally North, tied with Lakewood with a 9-6 mark.

Jamestown 7 Auburn 6
• Demmin 5⅓ IP, 5H, 4H, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Henke (BS, 2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Skole 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Perez 2-4, R, RBI
• Jimenez 0-5, K (hit streak over)

Auburn built leads of 4-1 and 5-2, but the bullpen imploded for a 7-6 loss to Jamestown. Ryan Demmin was lifted with one out in the 5th but saw both runners he left on go in as the Jamestown Jammers tied the game at 5-5 with a three-run sixth and came back again in the bottom of the 8th with two runs for the final tally. Hendry Jimenez saw his hit streak snapped while Matt Skole hit his first professional HR while going 2-for-3 to pace the Doubledays 10-hit attack. The Doubledays dropped to second place with the loss, one game back of the Jammers, as the two teams meet again tonight (with yours truly in attendance).

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are at 7-7 as they start a five-games-in-four-days stretch against the rest of the GCL East, with a doubleheader tomorrow.

DSL National 11 DSL Phillies 4
• J Guzman 5IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Suero (BS, 1; W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 2WP
• D Eusebio 4-5, RBI
• Novas 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI

With three runs in the 7th and five in the 8th, the D-Nats turned a 3-3 tie into a blowout win over the DSL Phillies, with 11-4 as the final tally. Diomedes Eusebio led the 14-hit onslaught with a 4-for-5 game, which saw the D-Nats go 7-for-15 with RISP. Wander Suero got the u-g-l-y BS-W while Jesus Guzman lowered his ERA to 1.13 with one unearned run allowed on three walks over five hitless innings. The win improves the D-Nats to 14-17, seven games behind the DSL Rangers in the Boca Chica South Division of the DSL.

Jul 072011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Pawucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (6-5, 3.38) vs.
B. Duckworth (4-5, 4.18)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
Casey Crosby (5-2, 3.42)
Potomac Won, 9-5 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (2-6, 4.15) vs.
Bobby Bundy (8-5, 2.95)
Hagerstown Lost. 1-0 vs. W. Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 3.29) vs.
Zach Fuesser (2-2, 2.09)
Auburn Won, 6-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Ryan Demmin (3-0, 3.48) vs.
Josh Hodges (2-0, 5.59)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2;
Won. 6-1 vs.
GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1
vs. DSL Mets1
vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-0, 1.42) vs.
Francibel Alejo (1-3, 3.99)

Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0
• JD Martin (L, 1-6) 6IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• JC Romero 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Aubrey 2-4
• Solano 2-3

Syracuse was shut out by the Pawtucket Red Sox’s combination of Felix Doubrount and Tony Pena. After JD Martin yielded solo home runs by Lars Anderson and Luis Exposito in the second and fifth innings, JC Romero and Lee Hyde combined for three innings of scoreless relief. The Chiefs managed just five hits on the evening. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 37-47, 7½ games behind Scranton Wilkes-Barre for third place and twelve games behind Lehigh Valley for the division lead.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 3
• Martis (W, 6-3) 7IP, 4H, ER, 2B, 6K
• R Martin (S, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Harper 3-3, RBI, S, SB
• Rahl, 1-3 2R, 2B, BB
Harrisburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Erie on a one-out Archie Gilbert doubled that scored Chris Rahl and Archie Gilbert. Following six strong innings of one-run ball from Shairon Martis, Pat McCoy gave up two runs in the eighth inning to bring the score to 4-3. Rafael Martin (0.75 ERA/.150 BAA/12IP) pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Harrisburg improves to 50-34, good for a six-game lead over Richmond for first place in the Western Divison of the Eastern League.

Potomac 9 Frederick 5
• Demny (W, 6-7) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Nelo 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2RBI

What’s that clicking noise? That’s the sound of the Potomac offense running on all cylinders, pumping out another big inning for a 9-5 comeback win over Frederick. A six-run eighth turned a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 lead, making a winner of Paul Demny who sent seven innings for the second straight start to win his team-leading sixth game. Nos. 3-4 hitters Destin Hood and Justin Bloxom combined for four hits and five RBI. Potomac is now in first place by a ½ game over the Keys.

Lakewood 1 Hagerstown 0
• Ray 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Graham 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Brown (L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Nicol 1-3, BB
• Keyes 1-4, SB

It was a pitcher’s duel in Lakewood, as the Blue Claws drew blood in the first extra frame to win 1-0. Robbie Ray was great, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and walking two while striking out seven. But Lakewood’s Lisalberto Bonilla was sensational, throwing nine shutout innings and striking out 12 with no walks and yielded just five singles. A single, sacrifice and another single made Sam Brown the losing pitcher. With the loss, Hagerstown drops to 8-6 but remains in first place, tied with Lakewood, Hickory, and Kannapolis for the Sally North lead.

Auburn 6 Jamestown 2
• Bates (W, 2-1) 5IP, 8H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Grisz (S, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Jimenez 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI, E
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K, PB

NYPL pitchers would like to know how to hold Hendry Jimenez hitless, failing again for the 17th time as the Doubledays spread the Jammers, 6-2. Colin Bates got the win by scattering eight hits and two walks over five innings, giving up just an unearned run. Jimenez was one of five Doubledays to get multiple hits, joined by Adrian Nieto, Justin Miller, Angel Montilla, and Roberto Perez. Missing from the H column for the first time in 16 games was Matt Skole, who went 0-for-5 with an RBI. The win puts Auburn back in first place, tied with Jamestown with a 12-8 mark.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2 — COMP.
• Baez 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Heredia 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Jo. Rodriguez 2-2
• Curran 2-3
• W Ramos 2-4

The Nationals came into this suspended game losing 4-2 in the 7th and that’s how it finished as the G-Marlins Luis Gomez tossed three scoreless innings to earn the save. Gregory Baez started and went the first four innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Wander Ramos, (reassigned in the interim) Chris Curran and Johan Rodriguez paced the offense with two hits apiece.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1 — Reg. Gm
• Karns 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Simko (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-4, RBI
• HWNBM 2-5, 2R

In the regularly scheduled contest, Nathan Karns tossed four no-hit innings, walking one and striking out six, to extend his season total to 13⅔ scoreless innings for a perfect 0.00 ERA. Todd Simko got the win in relief, giving up just a hit and striking out three over two innings. Pedro Severino led the age-appropriate hitters with a 2-for-4 effort. The “doubleheader” split keeps the G-Nats at .500 with a 7-7 mark.

DSL Nationals 2-1 over DSL Mets1
• Pineyro (L, 1-3) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Difo 1-3, BB, CS
• Ortega 1-3, R, 2B

In another pitcher’s duel, the DSL Nationals were outgunned 8-2 in the hit column but couldn’t muster a second run in the 9th to lose 2-1. “Fred” Ortega doubled and scored on a wild-pitch-error sequence for the lone run while Wilmer Difo was the other D-Nat to hit safely. Ivan Pineyro took the loss with a run given up over the first five innings while Gilberto Mendez was nearly as good with one run over four innings; both pitchers allowed four hits and one walk. The loss drops the D-Nats to 13-17, seven games off the pace.

Jul 062011
 

Just a quick catch-up on the recent transactions in the minors… many were tweeted yesterday:

SYRACUSE
P Brad Meyers placed on 7-Day DL retroactive to July 1
P Carlos Martinez assigned from Harrisburg
P Ross Detwiler called up to Washington

HARRISBURG
OF Bryce Harper assigned from Hagerstown

POTOMAC
P Sammy Solis assigned from Hagerstown
IF Justino Cuevas placed on 7-Day DL
IF Jose Lozada activated from 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
P Matt Swynenberg activated from 7-Day DL
OF Chris Curran assigned from Potomac

AUBURN
C Jeremy Mayo assigned from GCL
P Christian Meza assigned from GCL

GCL
P Pedro Encarnacio assigned from Auburn
P Patrick Arnold assigned (on Hagerstown 7-Day DL)

Before folks get their panties in a bunch about Meyers, this is a less-opaque paper move related to the placing of Collin Balester on optional waivers. Likewise, I expect Carlos Martinez to return to Harrisburg once the merry-go-round stops later this week.

UPDATE: As predicted, Martinez’s stay was brief. The Harrisburg Senators have announced the following:
“RHP Carlos Martinez has been transferred from Syracuse to Harrisburg and RHP Tanner Roark has been placed on the temporary inactive list.”