Jun 212012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (5-6, 4.91) vs.
Buckner (1-1, 10.54)
Harrisburg Won, 7-3 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1-6, 5.12) vs.
Martin (3-4, 4.80)
Potomac ALL STAR
BREAK
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-3, 4.89) vs.
McCray (2-0, 2.91)
Hagerstown ALL-STAR
BREAK
vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (2-3, 4.47) vs.
Manzanillo (0-5, 5.84)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion
(1st SS-A start of ’12)
vs. Bibona (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Cardinals,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Suero (3-0, 2.65) vs.
Rosario (0-2, 4.15

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 5 (11 inn.)
• Atkins 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Pena (W, 2-3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hill 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Negrych 2-4, R, BB

With a pair of two-run rallies in the 8th and 9th innings, Syracuse rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 5-3 to send this to extra innings. In the 11th, the 7-8-9 batters each singled in succession to give the Chiefs a 6-5 walkoff win, their third straight over the first-place Pawtucket PawSox. The rally made a winner of Hassan Pena, who pitched the 10th and 11th innings with just a walk allowed while striking out four. Mitch Atkins got the start and allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Harrisburg 7 Portland 3
• Pucetas (W, 5-2) 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Zinicola 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2B, SB
• Valdez 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, R, BB, 3RBI

After 18 consecutive scoreless innings, the Senators broke the filibuster with seven runs in the first three innings en route to a 7-3 win over the Sea Dogs. Six of the nine batters got multiple hits, with Jeff Kobernus, Jesus Valdez, and Jimmy Van Ostrand each getting three as Harrisburg pounded out 16 total for the night. Kevin Pucetas improved to 5-2 with six and a 1/3rd innings pitched and three runs allowed, though two came via solo HRs. Zech Zinicola and Hector Nelo combined for two and 2/3rds scoreless relief.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Potomac opens the second half at home with three against the Winston-Salem Dash, the Carolina League South Division first-half champs. With the promotions of Zach Walters and Justin Bloxom, Jason Martinson and Stephen King will reportedly join the infield rotation at SS and 1B, respectively.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
After falling 3½ games short in the first half, the reset button is hit and the Hagerstown Suns start the second half with a four-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws. Bryce Ortega is expected to replace Martinson in the lineup.

Batavia 9 Auburn 3
• Monar (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, BB, RBI
• Manuel 2-3
• Renda 1-2, R, 2BB, E, CS

A pair of three-run innings plus a picket fence in the middle third of the game proved too much for Auburn to overcome as Batavia cruised to a 9-3 win. Blake Monar took the loss with three runs given up on two hits and three walks over three innings. Every Doubleday reliever was scored upon as the Muckdogs racked up 12 hits total. Shawn Pleffner and Craig Manuel each went 2-for-3 to pace the offense, while rehabbing Destin Hood went 1-for-3 with a run scored and one putout on defense.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Not much mystery as to when yesterday’s game will be made up as the two teams face off again today with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. in Viera.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Mets1 2
• Silvestre 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Dilone (W, 2-0) 2IP, H, 0R, 3BB, K, WP
• K. Rodriguez (SV, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Abreu 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Echenique 2-4, 2B, RBI, OF assist at 1B

Yermin Mercedes’s two-run RBI single in the 8th proved to be the game-winner as the DSL Nationals doubled up the DSL Mets1, 4-2. Angelo Dilone got the win in relief of starter Hector Silvestre, who gave up both D-Mets1 runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Kelvin Rodriguez tossed two scoreless frames for his fourth save. Ozzie Abreu and 17-y.o. Armando Echenique both singled and doubled to pace the nine-hit attack.

  5 Responses to “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. It would defy logic to send Skole back to Hagerstown.

    • Clearly, the Nationals’ hierarchy does not include any Vulcans.

    • Especially in favor of Stephen Friggin King. The guy has batted over .227 once going on 6 years now in the minors. His OPS has exceeded .700 only once (in that same miraculous 2007 season).

      The guy is not good, and clearly organizational fodder at this point. So what possibly can the rationale be for not promoting Skole and sending King down to Hagerstown (if not outright releasing him)?!

      Is defense in the Carolina League that much harder that they couldn’t possibly expose Skole to it? Or has Rizzo just been so busy shifting around his catchers that he hasn’t had time to deal with any other promotions?

  2. Two laugh out loud funny comments in two days. I love this community.

  3. Hats off to the Nats upper level minor league teams but the lower levels teams I am not excited about. Even though the GCL Nats are off to an 3-1 start. They should because they have the oldest roster in the GCL. The Marlins, Cardinals and Astros are using the GCL for the right purpose, “to develop young teen HS talent” and not focus on “the win” so much. The Nats with their new college Div. III coach in Tripp Keister is acting as you would expect a college coach to act, instead of developing teen talent he plays the older college players to win the game. However, the rosters of the other teams are 90% high school players. Its like the 15 years old beating up on the 13 years old everyday. Not fair!!

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