Jun 262012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-6 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (6-6, 4.66) vs.
Torra (6-6, 4.70)
Harrisburg Won, 9-8 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, 3.00) vs.
G. Cole (1-0, 3.60)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-3, 4.84) vs.
Pounders (0-2, 5.25)
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-4, 4.84) vs.
Taylor (2-4, 3.98)
Auburn Won, 7-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Newell (0-0, 4.50)
GCL Nationals Postponed @/vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 11-7 vs. DSL Ariz./Cin.,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Aybar (0-3, 5.06)

Syracuse 10 Gwinnett 6
• Atkins (W, 6-5) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Mandel (H, 3) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Teahen 3-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Komatsu 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-5, R, 2RBI

Syracuse completed another four-game sweep, stretching the streak to eight games as they chopped Gwinnett, 10-6. The Chiefs racked up 15 hits, including a pinch hit by Zach Duke, with Seth Bynum the only position player not to get a hit. Mitch Atkins got the Jack Morris special with five runs allowed on seven hits and four walks with just a single strikeout. Jeff Mandel followed with just a run over three innings while Christian Garcia tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.

Harrisburg 9 New Hampshire 8
• Pucetas (W, 6-2) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 6ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Davis (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Van Ostrand 2-3, R, 2B
• Valdez 2-5, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI

The Senators opened up a big lead with an eight-run 2nd and withstood three big innings to weasel past the Fisher Cats, 9-8. Kevin Pucetas got the win like a Yankees fifth starter, allowing all eight New Hampshire runs (six earned, thanks to two Zach Walters throwing errors) on eight hits and a walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Justin Bloxom’s first career AA home run in the 5th proved to be the difference, though Harrisburg’s hitters did rack up 11 hits total. Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that Austin Bibens-Dirkx will make a spot start tonight, as it appears Rob Gilliam’s shoulder soreness has returned (Gilliam missed two starts in late May/early June).

Wilmington 7 Potomac 3
• Kimball 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Olbrychowski (ND) 5⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Wort (BS, 3; L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Hague 2-4, 2B
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A no-no turns to “Oh, NO!” Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 3
• McKenzie 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Hawkins (W, 3-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Smoker (SV, 1) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramsey 3-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

The Suns ‘pen locked down the Shorebirds with five scoreless innings in a 7-3 win. Ben Hawkins got the win with three scoreless frames in relief of starter Chris McKenzie, who gave up all three Delmarva runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. Josh Smoker notched the save with just a hit and a walk allowed in the 8th and 9th innings. The offense went just 2-for-17 with RISP, but still scored in six of nine innings on 11 hits, with Caleb Ramsey leading the hit column with a 3-for-3 night.

Auburn 7 Jamestown 2
• Baez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Fischer (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Montilla 3-4, R
• Ramos 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Higley 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

Like Harrisburg, Auburn put up a big inning early. Unlike the Senators, the Doubledays cruised to a 7-2 win. Gregory Baez became the first Auburn starter to go five innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and two walks. He struck out five. Angel Montilla paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, as the Doubledays took advantage of three Jamestown errors and six walks to score seven times on just eight hits (no HR). Roster move: OF J.R. Higley was activated from Potomac DL and assigned to Auburn. Jeremy Houghtaling, sportswriter for the Auburn Citizenreports that Hood is on his way back to Harrisburg today, and has the skinny on when recently signed 3rd-rounder Brett Mooneyham will work next.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Tropical storm Debbie postponed seven of eight GCL contests yesterday. With a 50% chance or greater of precipitation over the next 24 hours or so, today’s games are also likely to be postponed.

DSL Giants 11 DSL Nationals 7
• P. Valdez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 7BB, 0K, 0HR
• Acevedo 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Cerda 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Novas 2-5, 2B

The D-Giants put up crooked numbers in each of the first four innings en route to an 11-7 win over the D-Nats. Philips Valdez took the loss, giving up seven runs on six hits and seven walks in just three innings of work. The 4-5-6 combo of Kevin Cerda, Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Randy Novas combined to go 7-for-15 with three runs scored, two doubles, a home run (Cerda) and five RBI.

Jun 252012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (5-5, 4.46) vs.
Junge (4-7, 4.71)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Pucetas (5-2, 1.93) vs.
Hernandez (1-4, 3.65)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Kimball (rehab) vs.
Ventura (3-5, 3.10)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (2-2, 7.28) vs.
Bridwell (2-5, 5.77)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(10 inn.)
vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-0, 11.25) vs.
Hope (0-0, 2.25)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Marcelino (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Garcia (0-0, 4.91)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
P. Valdez (0-0, 6.75) vs.
C. Diaz (1-1, 7.84)

Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Duke (W, 9-3) 8IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• H. Rodriguez (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Komatsu 4-5, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Brown 2-5, R, 2B
• Marrero 2-4, RBI

After waiting out a 117-minute rain delay, the Syracuse Chiefs ran their win streak to seven with a 5-2 triumph over the Gwinnett Braves. Zach Duke improved to 9-3 with eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. Henry “El Infarto” Rodriguez worked around two walks in the 9th to notch the save. Carlos Rivero, Brett Carroll, and Corey Brown each extended their hit streaks to 13 games, with Erik Komatsu leading the hit parade with a 4-for-5 night.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3
• Rosenbaum (l, 7-4) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Frias 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 2-4, 3B, SB, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Walters 2-4, R, HR, RBI

With a 5-3 loss to New Hampshire, the Harrisburg Senators fell to .500 at 37-37. Danny Rosenbaum bounced back from his worst outing of the season with a seven-inning effort, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk and striking out four. Zach Walters smacked his first AA home run in the 9th while Eury Perez went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a stolen base.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 1
• Karns 8IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 11K
• Carr 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 3-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Freitas 2-4, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI

Nathan Karns was sensational Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 3
• Meyer (L, 6-4) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 11K, HR
• Meza 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-1, R, HR, RBI

One bad inning combined with stifling opposing pitcher were too much for Alex Meyer and Hagerstown to overcome as the Suns ace and Hagerstown lost, 5-3. The BlueClaws knocked Meyer around for four runs (three on a HR) in the first, then couldn’t touch him for the next five and 2/3rds, as the 22-y.o. allowed just two baserunners and struck out a career-high 11 batters. His opponent, Ethan Stewart, was just as untouchable and allowed just an unearned run over six. Steve Souza and Matt Skole both hit solo HRs as the Suns were held to just six hits. After a 2-2 homestand, it’s a nine-game road trip to Delmarva and Lakewood before returning home on July 4. Roster move: LHP Josh Smoker was activated from the Potomac DL and transferred to Hagerstown.

Auburn 6 Williamsport 5 (10 inn.)
• Medina 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, BB, SAC
• Schill 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Poole 2-5, R, 2B

The Doubledays went to extras again, but this time they won in the 10th, 6-5 over the Crosscutters. The lead changed hands five times through the first six innings before the game became a battle of the ‘pens. Wes Schill doubled in the 10th, took 3rd on a sacrifice by Spencer Kieboom, and came around to score on Tony Renda’s one-out single. Richie Mirowski got the win with a 1-2-3 tenth inning. After playing five of their first even on the road, Auburn returns home for a six-game homestand vs. Jamestown and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are 4-2 after their first week, tied with the GCL Cardinals in the four-team GCL East.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats are 12-7, tied for second place with today’s opponent, the DSL Giants.

Jun 242012
 

Folks are champing at the bit for the next wave to come to Potomac. This afternoon, Nathan Karns may have just reminded folks to appreciate what has come here so far.

The 24-year-old allowed just five baserunners over eight innings, racking up 11 strikeouts — career highs in both categories — as the Potomac Nationals pounded the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 7-1.

This was Karns’s fourth start since his promotion from Hagerstown on June 4 and the progression has rather quick all things considered: from seven runs over one and 2/3rds innings to two runs over four and 2/3rds to six and 2/3rds shutout innings to one run over eight innings today. Is his next start going to be a complete-game shutout? Probably not, but he’s shown enough that it might not be too optimistic to expect another quality start.

That’s because Karns showed that he can do what good pitchers do: make in-game adjustments. After weathering two walks and what was ruled an infield single in the 2nd, Karns bore down and got the groundouts he needed to turn what could have been a big inning into just a single run.

Then he found his groove.

After getting out of the second with minimal damage, Karns retired the side in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, striking out five out nine and 11 straight overall before giving up a long double to center. He then retired another eight in a row before issuing a two-out walk (his third) in the 8th.

Everyone wants to know how hard a given pitcher is throwing, but from my perch, the improvement I’m seeing from Karns is that he’s gotten more separation from the heat to his breaking stuff, especially his changeup. Seemed like at least half the Ks came on batters that were WAY AHEAD of his offering.

Offensively, Potomac did its best imitation of Winston-Salem by scoring in each of the first four innings, highlighted Kevin Keyes’s opposite-field blast in the second that turned a 2-1 game into a 4-1 game. Like two nights before, there’s some reason to be concerned as the P-Nats left 12 on and went just 3-for-16 with RISP, but perhaps that’s just nitpicking.

With the win, Potomac improves to 3-1 in the second half. Game two of the four-game series will feature Adam Olbrychowski (2-6, 5.47) versus Yordano Ventura (3-5, 3.10) tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

Jun 242012
 

It wasn’t until the ninth inning and the fifth Potomac pitcher that Winston-Salem couldn’t put up a run last night, as the Dash demolished the P-Nats, 16-6.

The Dash pounded out 20 hits over the first eight innings, including three doubles and four home runs. Perhaps the biggest mystery might be why cleanup hitter Dan Black only went 1-for-6.

Starter Matt Grace suffered the worst of the beating, giving up 10 runs — all earned — on 12 hits over three and 1/3rd innings. The outing pushed his ERA from 5.24 in 6.27 in little more than an hour.

The team’s other Matt (Swynenberg) didn’t fare much better, taking a boot to the [prosterior] with four runs over two innings, but answering the question as to which starter was the odd man out when Potomac dropped from a six-man rotation to the usual five after playing multiple doubleheaders in the last two weeks before the All-Star break.

Joe Testa and Ryan Demmin were both roughed up before Rob Wort, who hadn’t pitched in eight days, was summoned for the final frame. The closer struck out the side in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Offensively, Potomac fared fairly well, especially with a pair of rehabbing major-leaguers that brought the donuts (0-for-7 combined) and hustled like DMV clerks. Conversely, Randolph Oduber and Adrian Sanchez each had three hits, with the Groovin’ Aruban beating out two infield hits and tripling to the right-center gap and Sacnhez doubling to the left-center gap.

Jason Martinson capped off the Potomac scoring with a solo shot in the last half inning.

The loss drops Potomac to 2-1 in the second half and back into second place behind Lynchburg.

Wilmington comes to town for four, with today’s start time pushed from 1:05 to 4:05 to accommodate the Blue Rocks’ coming in from Zebulon, NC after a doubleheader. Nathan Karns (1-2, 4.15) is slated to take the hill against Tyler Sample (1-8, 5.86).

Jun 242012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 12-4 vs. Gwinnett,
5:00 p.m.
Duke (8-3, 3.83) vs.
Lugo (1-2, 3.72)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ New Hampshire,
1:35 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-3, 2.57) vs.
Jenkins (3-6, 5.20)
Potomac Lost, 16-6 vs. Wilmington,
4:05 p.m.
Karns (1-2, 4.15) vs.
Sample (1-7, 5.65)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Meyer (6-3, 3.33) vs.
Stewart (3-6, 3.76)
Auburn Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Medina (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Joaquin (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 12 Gwinnett 4
• Maya (W, 5-5) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, BK
• Arnesen (H, 1) 1⅔ 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Teahen 2-3, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Carroll 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A six-run 8th ended any hopes of Gwinnett coming back from an early 5-0 deficit as Syracuse tripled them up, 12-4. The Chiefs made the most out of their 10 hits and six walks, leaving just four baserunners on, with Mark Teahen pacing the offense with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Yunesky Maya evened his record with five strong innings and shaky 1/3rd, giving up a home run, a walk and a single to the last three batters he faced. Both Syracuse errors came in the 6th, rendering three of Maya’s runs unearned. Marrero’s rehab stint was ended yesterday with his reinstatement from the DL and immediate optioning to Syracuse.

New Hampshire 2 Harrisburg 1
• Perry 3IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Tatusko 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Zinicola (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, BB
• Bloxom 1-3, BB

The Fisher Cats scored single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to edge the Senators, 2-1. Ryan Perry tossed three innings of one-hit ball in his first professional start after 212 career relief appearances. Harrisburg was held to just five hits and had two runners thrown out at home. The sole run was scored with Eury Perez leading off the 6th, stealing 2nd, and coming in to score on an RBI single by Jeff Kobernus.
Roster moves: Perez was activated from the DL, while LHP Cory VanAllen was placed on it.

Winston-Salem 16 Potomac 6
• Grace 3⅓ IP, 12H, 10R, 10ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Oduber 3-3, R, 3B, BB
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2B,
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI

It was a good, old-fashioned ass-kicking Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 8
• Hansen (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 3R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 9) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 4-5, 3R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI

The Suns held off a late charge from Lakewood to take a 10-8 decision. Bobby Hansen Jr. got the win with five and 2/3rds innings pitched, scattering nine hits with the help of a pair of double plays behind him, giving up three runs (one earned) while walking two and striking out three. Brian Goodwin went deep twice, driving in four while Matt Skole and Cutter Dykstra also homered and combined to drive in four. Aaron Barrett came on in the 9th to get the save, bailing out Bobby Lucas, who was torched for four runs on three hits and a walk.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 2 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Lee 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Montilla 2-4
• Manuel 2-4, RBI

The Doubledays dropped their second straight, falling 3-2 in extras to the Crosscutters. Taylor Jordan, working his way back from TJ surgery, started and went the first two innings, giving up an unearned run while striking out three. Angel Montilla and Craig Manuel both went 2-for-4 to pace the Auburn offense, while rehabbing Destin Hood went 1-for-4 with a walk. Derek Self took the loss in the 10th when the first three batters reached base on a walk, sacrifice, and a double.

GCL Astros 4 GCL Nationals 1
• Mieses (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Hollins 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• J.C. Valdez 3-4
• McQuillan 2-4, R, BB
• Lippincott 2-4

The rematch didn’t go so well yesterday in Viera as the GCL Astros beat the GCL Nationals, 4-1. Adalberto Mieses lost his second start of the week, giving up three runs on seven hits, including a two-run HR in the Astros’ three-run 5th, but walked none and struck out five. Jean Carlos Valdez led the hit sheet with three singles, but the offense as whole sputtered with 10 runners left on and a 1-for-9 mark with RISP.

DSL Giants 7 DSL Nationals 3
• Valerio (L, 0-3) 3IP, 7H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Dilone 5⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Atencio 1-3, BB
• Aguero 1-3, R, BB

The DSL Giants got to Maximo Valerio with three in the 2nd and four in the 3rd, cruising to a 7-3 win over the DSL Nationals. The 17-y.o. Valerio gave up seven hits and two walks but struck out four. Angelo Dilone followed with five and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, setting down six on strikes. The D-Nats managed just six hits total, but strung together three of them in the three-run 7th.

Jun 232012
 

With 13 walks given up, there wasn’t much doubt that Winston-Salem would lose, the only question was by how much.

The answer was 6-2 as Potomac only mustered five hits but got seven strong innings from starter Trevor Holder and a scoreless inning apiece from sidewinders Jimmy Barthmaier and Joe Testa.

It was the second straight start that Holder pitched seven or more innings as the 25-year-old veteran has become the anchor, if not the ace, of the P-Nats rotation. He didn’t walk a single batter but more importantly (for him), he kept the ball down. Thirteen of the 21 outs he got came via groundballs, which is his hallmark when things are going well.

Winston-Salem did get to Holder early, with Dan Black roping a two-out single to right that plated Marcus Semien, who had led off the game with a double down the LF line. Black would be next batter to reach base as Holder retired nine in a row.

Potomac left ‘em loaded in the first (would you believe on three walks?) but tied it in the second. Michael Taylor led off with a bunt single and took third when the catcher’s throw to first ended up in the bullpen down the RF line. Kevin Keyes made the error moot with a wall-ball double that would have scored Taylor from any base.

The P-Nats took the lead in the third as Jason Martinson singled in Rick Hague who had… wait for it… walked earlier in the inning.

Raindrops began to fall in the fourth, and for a few moments, it seemed like it was only a matter of time that game might be called. But strangely, once the game became official as Holder worked around a one-out single in the fifth, that’s when things took a turn for the worse for the Dash pitchers.

Winston-Salem’s Jon Bachanov issued walk nos. five, six, and seven to load the bases and get the hook. J.R. Ballinger struck out rehabbing Carlos Maldonado for out #2 of the frame, then walked in a run to put Potomac up 3-1. Taylor drove in two more with a single to left.

It would be tempting to write “and the rout was on,” but lost in all these walks were the 11 strikeouts the P-Nats piled up — on a night when the Dash pitchers couldn’t find a Starbucks in Seattle, much less the strike zone. Potomac left 12 baseunners on, and should have broken into double digits in the “R” column.

With the win, the P-Nats improve to 2-0 in the second half. The chance for a sweep is in the hands of Matt Grace (4-6, 5.24), opposed by Jake Petricka (4-4, 5.34).

Jun 232012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 3.67) vs.
Teheran (5-3, 3.24)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Perry (1st AA start) vs.
Pino (4-2, 3.25)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Grace (4-6, 5.24) vs.
Petricka (4-4, 5.34)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Hansen (0-0, 2.57) vs.
Kleven (4-5, 3.80)
Auburn Lost, 13-8 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 13.50) vs.
Warner (1-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-3 vs GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m. (DH)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-3 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-2, 4.97) vs.
Flores (1-1, 1.65)

Syracuse 6 Gwinnett 2
• Roark (W, 4-9) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bibens-Dirkx (H, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Paul 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Bynum 2-4, R

A pair of two-run rallies late pushed Syracuse past Gwinnett for a 6-2 win and a .500 record — the first since April 17, 2011. Tanner Roark got the win with a run on five hits and two walks over six innings. Xavier Paul lef the hit parade with two singles and a double, with a run scored and an RBI.
Roster move: OF Jason Michaels was placed on the 7-Day DL

Harrisburg 8 New Hampshire 1
• Demny (W, 5-4) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walters 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-5, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, R

A five-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the Senators weathered a 38-minute rain delay for an 8-1 win. Paul Demny got the win with seven hits allowed over seven innings, the run coming on a solo HR in the 2nd. Eight of the nine batters got a hit as the Senators pounded out twelve for the contest, with Zach Walters, Jimmy Van Ostrand, Sean Nicol, and Jeff Kobernus each getting two hits.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2
• Holder (W, 4-2) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Barthmaier 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-4, BB, 2RBI

Lots of walks and strikeouts Last Night In Woodbridge.
Prior to the game, C Sam Palace was transferred to Potomac from Hagerstown with LHP Paul Applebee placed on the 7-Day DL to make room on the roster.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 1
• Kimball 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hill (W, 7-4) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Dykstra 3-4
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

With HRs by Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole, the Suns put the pinch on the BlueClaws for a 5-1 win. Taylor Hill got the win in relief of Cole Kimball, his 7th, with an unearned run allowed on four hits and a walk over seven innings. Kimball started the game and struck out two while giving up a hit in the first inning. Cutter Dykstra led the hit column with three singles, followed by Steve Souza’s 2-for-4 effort.
Kimball was transferred from the GCL to the Suns as an MLB rehab assignment, while C Jeremy Mayo was transferred from Syracuse to replace Palace.

Williamsport 13 Auburn 8
• Smith (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Montilla 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Schill 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A five-run 5th broke a 5-5 tie as Williamsport took an axe to the Auburn ‘pen for a 13-8 win. Jason Smith took the brunt of the beating, giving up eight runs on seven hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Three relievers followed and none went unscathed. Angel Montilla led the Doubleday offense with a 3-for-6 night and 2RBI. Rehabbing Destin Hood was just 1-for-6 (a double) with three strikeouts.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Astros 3
• Schwartz 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Selsor ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 1HR
• Chubb 2-2, R, HR, 4RBI
• D. Eusebio 1-2, 3RBI

With three runs in the 3rd, five in the 4th, and four more in the 9th, the GCL Nationals scored 12 unanswered runs in a 12-3 rout of the GCL Astros. Five pitchers were used with Blake Schwartz getting the start and OF/DH Casey Selsor making his mound debut, getting tagged for a HR but also striking out #1 overall draft pick Carlos Correa. The G-Nats pounded out 14 hits, with four G-Nats colecting multiple hits, highlighted by Austin Chubb, who went 2-for-4 with a HR and four RBI. Lots of substitutions, so folks looking for first appearances (e.g. Deion Williams) ought to click through to the box score.
Roster move: RHP Anthony Marcelino was released on Thursday.

DSL Yankees1 9 DSL Nationals 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Acevedo 4IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Mercedes 2-5, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

The DSL Yankees1 squad battered the DSL Nationals for four HRs in a 9-3 win to reclaim 1st place in the Boca Chica South Division of the DSL. Starter Jefry Rodriguez took the loss with five runs on four hits and a walk over the first four innings while giving up two HRs. Reliever Miguel Acevedo wasn’t much better, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over the last four innings while coughing up two HRs. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled twice to pace the seven-hit offense.

Jun 222012
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 36-37, 5th place I.L. North, 8½ games behind

Good Carlos Rivero .323/.375/.446 in June
Bad Mitch Atkins 6.65ERA, 1.62WHIP in June
Interesting 433 Team Pitching Ks = 14th in I.L., 215 BB’s, 4th

HARRISBURG SENATORS 36-35, 2nd place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Kevin Pucetas 3-1, 2.42ERA, 0.89WHIP in first four starts
Bad Danny Rosenbaum 2-2, 5.94ERA, 1.77WHIP in last six starts
Interesting 34HRs is 8th in 10-team E.L.

POTOMAC NATIONALS 1-0, T1st place C.L. North Division, ½ game ahead (31-39, 1st half)

Good Randolph Oduber .298/.328/.404 in June
Bad Matt Swynenberg 1.95WHIP since CG on April 29
(65H, 13BB, 5HR in 40IP)
Interesting 108 doubles is 7th in 8-team C.L. (leader is 153)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 0-1, T5th place Sally League North Divison, 1 games behind (42-27, 1st half)

Good Brian Goodwin .345/.441/.483, 7SB in June
Bad Kylin Turnbull 0-1, 5.48ERA in June
Interesting 64HRs T1st in Sally League

DSL NATIONALS 12-5, T1st Place Boca Chica South Division, 2 games ahead

Good 19 y.o. Elisaul Gomez 3.38ERA, .224OBA in six appearances
Bad 20 y.o. Philips Valdez 6.75ERA, .324OBA in four appearances
Interesting 17 y.o. Armando Echinique .353/.389/.412 in 7G
Jun 222012
 

With a bases-loaded error, Potomac completed an unlikely comeback from a 4-0 deficit for a 5-4 walkoff win over Winston-Salem to start the second half.

Early on, it looked like an early night for LHP Robbie Ray, who was tagged for three runs on five very hard-hit balls in the first inning, including a leadoff HR by Marcus Semien.

But the southpaw survived the first and got in each of the next two innings, retiring eight of ten batters before the Dash got to him in the fourth, making Ray pay for his second hit batsmen with an RBI double to left to open up a 4-0 lead. Ray would labor through six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks.

Rehabbing Mark DeRosa started the game at third base, but was an uneventful 0-for-2 with a strikeout (looking) and line-out to right field. Defensively, he started the first of the two double plays.

His replacement, however, was the player of the game. Blake Kelso came in for DeRosa in the top of the 6th and broke up the Winston-Salem shutout bid with an RBI single in the bottom of the same inning. In the 7th, Kelso cleared the bases to tie the game at 4-4 with his team-leading third triple of the season.

After Ray, surgically repaired Adam Carr came on in the 7th for his first appearance north of Florida in more than a year. The burly righthander looked a little tentative at times, but allowed just one baserunner (a walk) over an inning and 2/3rds while hitting 92 on the gun with the heat, the low-to-mid 80s with the breaking stuff, and mid-’70s with his hair.

Neil Holland followed Carr with two outs in the 8th and stranded Carr’s baserunner, then tossed two 1-2-3 frames in the 9th and 10th innings to set up one of the more bizarre walk-offs in recent memory.

David Freitas smacked a one-out double down the LF line and was promptly replaced on the basepaths by Francisco Soriano. The next batter, Jason Martinson grounded one to third, but Soriano’s stop-start-stop baserunning helped induce the third Winston-Salem error of the night. A wild pitch moved up the runners and after challenging Michael Taylor, the Dash walked him to load the bases for Stephen King.

King, who had singled and doubled earlier in his first game as a P-Nat since last May, had a shot at redemption for running himself into an out at third following his double. Instead, he chopped the ball slowly to the mound. But the throw from the Winston-Salem reliever was high and wide, and the plate umpire ruled that Francisco Soriano had slid under the catcher’s foot when he lunged after the ball, giving Potomac the 5-4 win on the fourth Dash error of the night.

The three-game series continues tonight (weather permitting) with Trevor Holder (3-2, 3.83) as the starter for Game Two, opposed by Jon Bachanov (5-1, 3.71) for Winston Salem.

Jun 222012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (3-9, 5.74) vs.
Flande (3-5, 3.95)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (4-4, 6.06) vs.
McGuire (2-8, 6.62)
Potomac Won, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Holder (3-2, 3.83) vs.
Bachanov (5-1, 3.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (6-4, 4.41) vs.
Oviedo (1-4, 9.27)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Smith (1-0, 6.75) vs.
Perez (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-1;
Lost, 3-0
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-6 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.84) vs.
Severino (1-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Lannan (W,6-6) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Severino (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• H. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Carroll 1-2, R, 3B, RBI
• Marrero 0-1, R, 3BB

Syracuse completed the four-game sweep of Pawtucket with a 3-1 win. John Lannan evened his record at 6-6 with a run (albeit on a home run) on six hits over six innings, with two walks and three strikeouts. The Chiefs had just six hits, but drew six walks — three by Chris Marrero. Henry Rodriguez was in major-league form, issuing two four-pitch walks while earning the save. Gwinnett comes to town for four as Syracuse wraps up a three-week stretch in New York before an eight-game swing through NC and VA next week.

Portland 6 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 1-7) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K
• VanAllen 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 2-4
• Pahuta 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The bats were DOA and the gloves were MIA as Harrisburg fell 6-1 in Portland. The Senators collected just seven hits, stranding eight runners, while committing a season-high (low?) four errors as the Sea Dogs put up three in the 3rd and two in the 4th to put this away. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up all six runs on nine hits and two walks while setting down just two on strikes. Jimmy Van Ostrand was the sole batter to get multiple hits, singling twice in four at-bats. After a short ride down 95 and over on 101, the Senators visit the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the next four games before returning to City Island on Tuesday.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 4 (10 inn.)
• Ray 6IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Carr 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Holland (W, 4-1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kelso 2-3, R, 3B, 4RBI, SB
• King 2-5, 2B

It was wild walk-off win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 3
• Turnbull (L, 2-4) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B

A three-run 4th broke open a 1-0 game as the Lakewood BlueClaws took a 4-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 win at Hagerstown. Kylin Turnbull suffered the loss, giving up all five runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out two. Cutter Dykstra singled, doubled, scored a run and stole a base to lead the Suns offense, which was held to seven baserunners. Greg Holt and Chris McKenzie both turned in two scoreless innings of relief.

Auburn 6 Batavia 5 (11 inn.)
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Waterman 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, BB
• C. Lopez 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• S. Perez 2-5, R, 2RBI

Some 373 miles north of Woodbridge, the Auburn Doubledays also went into extras and walked off, 6-5 in 11 innings. Stephen Perez drove in the tying run with an RBI single and scored from third two batters later on an IF single. The rally took Cody Davis off the hook, as the reliever gave up a run on a pair of doubles in the top of the 11th in his third inning of work. He also struck out five. Perez, Estarlin Martinez, and Carlos Lopez each had two hits as the Doubledays registered 10 hits total. Auburn hits the road this weekend for three against Williamsport.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 1 — GAME ONE
• Pineyro 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Smoker (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• D. Eusebio 3-3, R
• E. Perez 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Mesa 1-2, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B

A three-run 5th broke a 1-1 tie as the GCL Nationals clipped the GCL Cardinals, 4-1. Josh Smoker got the win in relief of Ivan Pineyro, as the two combined to strike out 10 over the seven-inning contest. Diomedes Eusebio led the hit column with a 3-3 game.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME TWO
• Vasquez (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E. Perez 2-4, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 1-2

The G-Cards scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rdm and 5th innings as they shut out the G-Nats, 3-0. Daury Vasquez took the loss, giving up all three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Eury Perez singled twice while the rest of the lineup got just three hits.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Yankees1 5
• Suero 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Gomez (W, 2-1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Mercedes 3-4, R, 2B
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

A pair of three-run rallies in the 7th and 8th innings propelled the DSL Nationals past the DSL Yankees1, 8-5 and into a first-place tie in the Boca Chica South Division. Wander Suero and Elisaul Gomez combined to strike out 13 with Gomez getting the win in relief. Yermin Mercedes paced the offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon.