Jul 312012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
12:00 p.m.
Bibens-Dirkx (0-2, 4.93) vs.
Chocran (5-4, 4.28)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-7, 3.67) vs.
Wheeler (9-6, 3.29)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (6-9, 5.51) vs.
Couch (7-8, 3.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0,5.63) vs.
Rowland (5-3, 3.46)
Auburn Won, 9-5 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Selsor (0-1, 4.79) vs.
Villegas (3-2, 7.39)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-3 @ Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (3-3, 4.08) vs.
Ramirez (2-3, 1.06)

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2
• Duke 6IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• MacDougal (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 2-4
• Perez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
• Rivero 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

It was a pitcher’s duel in upstate New York as Syracuse edged Lehigh Valley, 3-2. Starter Zach Duke gave up two unearned runs over the first six innings, scattering six hits and walking two with one strikeout. Recently acquired FA reliever Mike MacDougal was the beneficiary of a 1-2-3 seventh as rehabs Jayson Werth (walk) and Chad Tracy (single) set up Carlos Rivero for a routine groundout that sent in Werth for the game-winning run. Eury Perez singled to lead off the game and hit safely in the 11th straight game since his promotion. Byron Kerr has confirmed what many suspected: RHP Josh Wilkie has been released following the completion of his 50-game suspension.

HARRISBURG SENATORS — OFF DAY
It’s a brief, three-game trip to Binghamton for Harrisburg, as the Senators look to stop a four-game losing streak. It’s also the beginning of two-week stretch where they will go back-and-forth between New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia as they play both the Mets and the Richmond Flying Squirrels home and away.

POTOMAC NATIONALS — OFF DAY
Likewise, it’s a short homestand for Potomac this week before six games in seven days against the Southern Division’s top two teams in Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach.

West Virginia 14 Hagerstown 2
• Hansen 5IP, 8H, 8R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Newsome 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Ramsey 2-5, SB

The Suns probably wished this one had been rained out after all. After an 88-minute rain delay, West Virginia put up eight runs in the first two innings en route to a 14-2 beatdown of Hagerstown. Bobby Hansen Jr. suffered the loss, giving up eight runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts over five innings. Both Suns relievers that followed were charged for a six runs combined over two-plus innings with Brett Newsome mopping up in the 8th, retiring three of four batters faced. The Suns were held to just seven hits with Justin Miller leading the charge by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Roster moves: OF Billy Burns placed on the 7-Day DL, 1B/DH Newsome activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 9 Tri-City 5
• Mooneyham (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Benincasa 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Norfork 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Renda 3-4, R, 2RBI

Auburn took the rubber game between the two division leaders with a 9-5 win, holding off a late charge from Tri-City. The ValleyCats roughed up Bryan Harper and Michael Boyden for five runs in 9th with Derek Self coming in to retire one batter for the second straight outing and be credited with his seventh save. The Doubledays pounded out 15 hits with eight of nine batters hitting safely. Mike McQuillan doubled and homered and drove in three to lead the offense, improving to .327/.424/.477 in 35 games between the GCL and the NYPL. Roster moves: IF Stephen Brooks reassigned to the GCL, OF Narciso Mesa promoted from the GCL.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 1
• Hudgins (L, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Peters 1IP, 1H, 0R, ER, BB, 0K
• Chubb 2-4, 2B
• Eusebio 1-3, 2E

Eight of the nine G-Nats batters hit safely, but consecutive hits came just twice as the G-Nats lost 4-1 to the G-Cards. The G-Nats hit into two double plays and went just 1-for-7 with RISP, stranding seven baserunners. Will Hudgins took the loss, giving up all four runs on five hits, including a two-run shot in the 3rd. Wilson Eusebio and John Peters both tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Austin Chubb led the hit column with a single and a double in four ABs.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL “Redbacks” 3
• De La Cruz 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gomez (W, 6-3) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• K. Rodriguez (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, 2SB (30, 31), OF assist at 2B
• Abreu 2-3, BB, RBI, 2SB (17, 18)

The D-Nats got back over .500 by defeating the Cincy/Arizona co-op “Redbacks,” 5-3. Elisaul Gomez got the win (#6) in relief, giving up all three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Kelvin Rodriguez earned the save (#7) with a scoreless ninth. Like the G-Nats, eight of the nine batters hit safely, with CF Rafael Bautista and SS Osvaldo Abreu both reaching base twice and stealing two bases. The 19-y.o. Bautista is now hitting .314/.407/.371 and has stolen 31 bases in 49 games while the 18-y.o. Abreu has posted a line of .284/.385/.368 with 18 steals in 41 games.

Jul 302012
 

Tanner RoarkOn the strength of his complete game win yesterday, Tanner Roark was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 23 to 29.

Roark twice went seven innings during the week, winning both starts giving up just a run in each outing. He allowed nine hits and two walks while striking out 13 batters combined.

The 25-year-old was acquired at the 2010 trade deadline along with Harrisburg Senator RHP Ryan Tatusko from the Texas Rangers for Christian Guzman, which has led to the nickname of “The Guz Two,” by regular readers here.

Roark currently leads the Syracuse Chiefs in strikeouts, walks, and losses but is also third in innings pitched, and has exceeded 100IP for four straight seasons.

Jul 302012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3;
Won, 6-1
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (11-5, 3.96) vs.
Pettibone (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 8-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-2, 4.32) vs.
Dodson (5-6, 5.07)
Auburn Lost, 9-4 vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 1.98) vs.
Rodgers (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Hudgins (2-2, 2.08) vs.
Foody (0-1, 6.23)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (5-3, 3.30) vs.
Castillo (0-4, 4.08)

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 3 — GAME ONE
• Lannan (L, 6-10) 3⅓ IP, 13H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, K, 0HR
• Pena 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Valdez 2-3, R
• Negrych 2-3
• Rivero 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

The Iron Pigs had in-game BP against John Lannan, collecting 13 hits in three and a 1/3rd innings en route to a 6-3 win over the Chiefs. Lannan walked two and struck out one, raising his ERA to 5.24, his WHIP to 1.64 and his OBA to .313. Carlos Rivero’s three-run home run in the 4th broke up the shutout as the Chiefs manage just six hits and got just two (2) runners into scoring position for the game.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 1 — GAME TWO
• Roark (W, 6-12) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Rivero 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Werth 2-2, 2R
• Hoffpauir 2-2, R, BB

Tanner Roark went the distance in Game Two as the Chiefs scored six unanswered run in a 6-1 win that split the doubleheader. Roark gave up one run over seven innings for the second straight start to get the “W.” Carlos Rivero homered again and went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and is now hitting .303/.335/.428 for the season. Eury Perez singled to hit safely for the 10th time in 10 games for Syracuse, and is now hitting .400 (16-for-40). Roster move: C Koyie Hill activated from the DL.

Trenton 3 Harrisburg 2
• Perry (ND) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Barthmaier (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Pahuta 1-4, 2B
• Lozada 1-4, 2B

With three runs in the last of the 8th, the Thunder, um, shocked the Senators for a 3-2 come-from-behind win that handed Harrisburg its fourth straight loss, and 16th out the last 20. Jimmy Barthmaier suffered the loss, letting in an inherited runner and two of his own in the fateful frame. Ryan Perry got the no-decision despite six scoreless innings with just two hits and two walks allowed. Harrisburg got just six hits, but none in the clutch for the third straight game, an 0-for-17 stretch.

Potomac 8 Frederick 3
• Ray (W, 4-7) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Barrett 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-4, 3R, HR(10), 2RBI
• Souza 2-4, R
• Ramirez 2-4, 2RBI

Three HRs and 6⅓ strong innings from Robbie Ray highlighted a Sunday Evening In Frederick

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 0
• Schwartz (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Bates (SV, 2) 3IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-5, R, HR, RBI

The force was with Blake Schwartz and Colin Bates as the two Hagerstown pitchers combined to shut out Lexington, 6-0. Schwartz gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out six over the first six innings to get the win, while Bates allowed just a hit and a walk over the final three innings to earn the save. Cutter Dykstra, Caleb Ramsey, and Adrian Nieto combined for six of the eight Suns hits, with Nieto connecting for his 5th HR, Dykstra swiping his 29th base, and Ramsey driving in two to push his RBI tally to 52.

Tri-City 9 Auburn 4
• Medina (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 2HR
• McGeary 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2WP, 2HBP, 1-0 IR-S
• Wall 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Lopez 3-4, BB, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-4 (12G hitting streak)
• Rendon 1-3, RBI, K, E

Tri-City scored early and often to take another from Auburn, 9-4. Silvio Medina gave up a pair of solo shots in the first and three unearned runs in the second and took the loss. The ValleyCats roughed up the first two Doubledays relievers (Jack McGeary and Cody Davis) before Elliot Waterman and Andrew Wall shut them down after the 5th with four scoreless innings. Carlos Lopez paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, drawing a walk and driving in two. Anthony Rendon went 1-for-3 with an RBI, but also struck out and committed an error at 3B. Roster move: Stephen Perez placed on the 7-Day DL.

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
This week, it’s the Cardinals, then the Marlins, then the Astros with home games on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

DSL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
This week’s opponents are the Arizona/Cincinnati co-op, the Pirates2 squad, and the Phillies, with home games on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Jul 292012
 

Don’t look now, but the P-Nats just had a winning road trip.

With home runs from Kevin Keyes, Ricky Hague, and Jason Martinson, Potomac pounded Frederick for an 8-3 victory that completed a 2-1 series win and 4-3 road trip against the Keys and the Hillcats — the first winning road trip that lasted more than two games or two cities.

Robbie Ray pitched into the 7th for the first time since June 3rd, a string of eight starts in which the 20-year-old southpaw went 0-5 with a 5.43 ERA. Ray was working with his entire repetoire and showed early often, baffling the Keys by pitching “backwards” — hard stuff on the outside, breaking pitches on the inside. He walked one and struck out six.

He did, however, give up six hits and while two of the hits were of the infield variety (dribbler down the third base line, bunt to the left of the mound – both by Keys SS Garabez Rosa), he also gave up a long double to Tyler Townsend and a two-run homer that the vertically challenged J.P. Ramirez was unable to gather in at the left-field wall.

Potomac got on the board first with a four consecutive hits in the second as Steve Souza singled to right, took second on a wild pitch, took third on a Martinson (3-for-4, 3R, 3RBI) single and scored on a Stephen King double that bounded off third base and down the left field line. Ramirez followed with a grounder up the middle the Rosa was able to stop but not make the play to send in Martinson. King came in on a 1-6-3 DP that ended the rally but gave the P-Nats a 3-0 lead.

Ramirez would collect his second RBI single in the 4th to extend the lead to 4-1. Keyes homered to dead center in the 6th, his team-leading 15th HR and 55th RBI.

After the Keys cut the lead to 6-3 with the aforementioned rally in the bottom of the 6th, the P-Nats put the game away with three runs in the 8th, as Ricky Hague cleared the LF wall with his 6th HR and Martinson connected for his 10th for Potomac and 20th overall for the season, driving in pinch-runner Michael Taylor, who came in to run for Steve Souza who pulled up lame after an infield single.

Potomac resumes play on Tuesday with a brief three-game homestand against the Salem Red Sox. They are tied for first place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division with Lynchburg and lead Wilmington by a half game and Frederick by 2½ games. Potomac has no more games left against the Hillcats, but six left against the Blue Rocks, including the season’s final series in Delaware, and three left against Keys, which closes out the final regular-season homestand in Woodrbridge on August 24-26.

Jul 292012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Lehigh Valley,
3:00 p.m.
Lannan (6-9, 4.89) and
Roark (5-12, 5.19) vs.
Rosenberg (3-2, 1.68) and
TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 5-1
@ Trenton,
5:05 p.m.
Perry (1-2, 2.14) vs.
Hall (8-6, 3.42)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Frederick,
4:00 p.m.
Ray (3-7, 5.26) vs.
Wilson (5-4, 3.58)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1;
Lost, 2-0
@ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-0, 5.06) vs.
Dufek (5-2, 5.26)
Auburn Lost, 5-1 vs. Tri-City,
6:05 p.m.
Medina (0-0, 4.34) vs.
Bircher (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-3 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 4
• Mandel (W, 2-3) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Severino 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Tracy 3-4, R, RBI
• Werth 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Maldonado 2-4, R, RBI

Rehabbers Jayson Werth and Chad Tracy combined for five hits and four RBI to power Syracuse past Lehigh Valley, 6-4. Starter Jeff Mandel held the Iron Pigs to just one run over seven innings, giving up five hits and walking two while striking out five. As a starter, the 27-year-old is 2-1 with 2.10ERA for the Chiefs. An error and two singles chased Pat Lehman after three batters. Christian Garcia got the three outs required for the save, his sixth, but let in both inherited runners.

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 3 — GAME ONE
• Wang (L, 1-2) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 1-3, 2B

With the wind blowing in, Trenton still managed to hit two out against Chien-Ming Wang in a 4-3 win over Harrisburg. Wang gave up nine hits total over six innings, walking none and striking out two as the sole Senator pitcher. Tim Pahuta gave his hometown fans something to cheer about as the Jersey native hit s a two-run shot in the second and went 2-for-3 overall.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO (6 inn.)
• Tatusko (L, 2-4) 4IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 0HR
• Broderick 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 2-3, 2B
• Walters 1-3, RBI

Rain shortened this one to six innings but the Thunder had already built a 5-1 lead and swept the doubleheader. Ryan Tatusko suffered the loss with all five runs allowed on eight hits and no walks over four innings. Recently FA signing (and former Rule 5 pick) Brian Broderick pitched the next inning and 2/3rds before the game was called. The Senators hit into three double plays and left on four baserunners. Jimmy Van Ostrand led the six-hit attack with a 2-for-3 effort.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1
• Gilliam 5⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Demmin (W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wort (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Freitas 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Kelso 2-4, SB, CS
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 3K

Steve Souza Jr. struck out three times before finally making contact, a two-run blast to dead center to break a 1-1 tie in the 9th and push the P-Nats past the Keys, 3-1. Rob Gilliam got the start and gave up a first-inning run but pitched into the sixth allowed just five hits total, walking two and fanning five. Ryan Demmin got the win in relief while Rob Wort got the save with his fourth straight scoreless outing.

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 1 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Rauh 3IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR (Friday night)
• Hollins 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Kreis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Nieto 3-4, R
• Dykstra 1-3

The Legends picked up where they left off on Friday night and cruised from a 4-0 lead to an 8-1 win. Leonard Hollins and Chris McKenzie both gave up two runs over two innings before Alex Kreis stopped the bleeding with a scoreless 8th. Adrian Nieto went 3-for-4 to lead the hit column, but the Suns were limited to just six safeties total.

Lexington 2 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Hill (L, 9-6) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Hawkins 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Skole 1-2
• Dykstra 1-3, 2B

Taylor Hill retired the first 10 batters in order before issuing a one-out walk to lose the perfecto, then gave up a two-out triple to lose both the no-no and the shutout, then another single for the game’s final score of 2-0. Hill pitched five innings total, giving up four hits and two walks and striking out three but took the loss. Matt Skole’s single and Cutter Dykstra’s double were the only two base hits for Hagerstown, which has lost three in a row. Roster moves: Cs Jeremy Mayo and Cole Leonida swapped places on the 7-Day DL.

Tri-City 5 Auburn 1
• Monar (L, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Henke 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Lopez 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Schill 2-4, 2B

Game one of the three-game series between the NYPL’s top two teams went to Tri-City as the ValleyCats scratched the Doubledays for a 5-1 win. Blake Monar took the loss despite allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. Auburn collected eight hits but left on eight runners, going 0-for-6 with RISP. Carlos Lopez and Wes Schill both went 2-for-4 with a double, with Lopez driving in the sole Doubleday run. Estarlin Martinez extended his hit streak to 11 games with a first-inning single.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Astros 3
• Anderson 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrientos (W, 2-0) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Chubb 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Bailey 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, R

The G-Nats rallied for two in the 7th and 8th innings to break open a 2-1 game and held off the Astros for a 6-3 win. Austin Chubb went 2-for-4 with a double and homer and drove in three to lead the offense. Dixon Anderson stretched out to three innings, allowing just two hits, no walks and striking out two. Joel Barrientos got the win with with a run on five hits and a walk over five innings, setting down seven on strikes.

DSL Giants 9 DSL Nationals 3
• Valerio (ND) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Acevedo (BS, 1; L, 0-2) 2IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 3B, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• Aguero 2-4

The D-Nats ‘pen gave up nine unanswered runs to turn a 3-0 lead after five into a 9-3 loss. Starter Maximo Valerio did his part with five innings of no-run, three-hit ball, issuing a walk and striking out one. Migeul Acevedo was torched for seven runs on five hits and two walks to take the loss. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled and tripled while driving in a run, while Raudy Read and Younaifred Aguero both singled twice to combine for six of the nine D-Nats hits. Roster move: RHP Mario Sanchez, a 17-year-old from Venezuela, assigned from Washington.

Jul 282012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-3, 2.75) vs.
Brummett (3-2, 4.06)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4;
Lost, 5-1
@ Trenton,
6:05 p.m.
Wang (rehab) and
Tatusko (2-3, 4,18) vs.
Nuno (5-2, 1.84) and
Heyer (2-4, 4.75)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, -.–) vs.
Berry (3-2, 4.71)
Hagerstown Losing, 4-0
(suspended)
@ Lexington,
5:30 p.m.
Hill (9-5, 4.77) vs.
Ordosgoitti (3-3, 5.42)
Auburn Won, 4-0 vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (2-2, 3.14) vs.
Day (1-0, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-3 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-7 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 2 Rochester 1
• Maya (W, 8-8) 8IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Garcia (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Maldonado 2-3, BB

Yunesky Maya flirted with perfection for 20 batters before giving up… wait for it… a home run as Syracuse edged Rochester, 2-1 and took the series, 3-1. Maya went eight innings total and walked none and struck out one to even his record at 8-8. Christian Garcia pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save. Eury Perez singled, doubled, and stole a base to push his average to .433 and extend his hit streak to seven games.

Harrisburg 7 Trenton 4 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Rosenbaum 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Holder (W, 2-2) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Davis 1⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K. 1-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Hood 3-5, 3B, 2RBI

Harrisburg put up a pair of runs in the 3rd and 8th innings and turned a 3-1 lead into a 7-4 win over Trenton in the completion of Thursday night’s contest. Trevor Holder got the win with three runs given up on four hits and a walk over six and a 1/3rd innings, setting down five on strikes. Brian Goodwin and Destin Hood both drove in two and collected three hits as the Senators collected 10 hits total.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO
• Pucetas (L, 6-4) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Martin 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Goodwin 1-3, BB
• Rahl 1-3, R, SB
• Hood 1-3, RBI

The Thunder struck twice for two-run shots en route to a 5-1 win over the Senators in the nightcap. Kevin Pucetas gave up all five runs on six hits over three and a 1/3rd innings, walking none and striking out two. Harrisburg mustered just five hits total, but broke up the shutout with a Chris Rahl single and steal followed by a Destin Hood two-out RBI single.

Frederick 3 Potomac 0
• Olbrychowski (L, 4-9) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Swynenberg 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Taylor 1-4, 2B
• Freitas 1-4, 2B

Potomac was shut out for the 11th time this season, 3-0 by three Frederick Keys pitchers. The P-Nats managed just four hits — two doubles and two singles — and six baserunners total. Adam Olbrychowski took the loss despite the quality start of three runs on five hits and a walk over six innings, with Matt Swynenberg turning in two scoreless frames in relief.

Lexington 4 Hagerstown 0 — SUSP.
Lexington was lead 4-0 in the top of the 4th when rain halted play. It will be resumed tonight with a seven-inning contest following for a doubleheader.

Auburn 4 Vermont 0
• Pineyro (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Boyden 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Self (SV, 6) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Martinez 3-3, 2B, 3B, BB, 3BI (10G hitting streak)
• Kieboom 1-2, R, 2B, BB

Five Auburn pitchers combined on a 4-0 shutout to complete the sweep of Vermont. Ivan Pineyro got his first NYPL win with five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks and setting down five on strikes. Estarlin Martinez extended his hit streak to 10 games with a single, double, and a triple and drove in three of the four Doubleday runs. Anthony Rendon had his five-game hit streak snapped with an 0-for-3 night, though he did draw a walk and score a run.

GCL Astros 8 GCL Nationals 3
• Santana (L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Heredia 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Foat 2-3, BB, RBI
• Jennings 1-3, R, BB, SB

The G-Astros scored all eight runs in the first three innings and cruised to an 8-3 win over the G-Nats. Andy Santana retired just two of nine batters faced, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks and was charged with the loss. The G-Nats committed three errors, rendering six of the eight runs unearned. Matt Foat singled twice, walked, and drove in a run to lead the G-Nat offense.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Giants 7
• Benitez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, HR
• Sanchez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Atencio 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Aguero 3-5, R, 4RBI

A four-run 1st got the party started early as the D-Nats piled on early and held on for a 12-7 win over the D-Giants. Juan Benitez got the win with a serviceable five innings pitched, with four runs allowed on five hits and a walk. Miguel Atencio and Younaifred Aguero both went 3-for-5 to lead the 16-hit attack.

Jul 272012
 

Harrisburg and Potomac both announced a series of moves this afternoon, which I’ve included with a couple of roster moves between the GCL and Hagerstown.

HARRISBURG
• RHP Jimmy Barthmaier promoted from Potomac
• RHP Brian Broderick assigned from Washington (signed as FA)
• LHP Cory VanAllen placed on the 7-Day DL

POTOMAC
• RHP Robert Gilliam demoted from Harrisburg

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Alex Kreis assigned from GCL (rehab over)

GCL
• LHP Bobby Lucas assigned from Hagerstown (rehab beginning)

The promotion of Barthmaier has been expected for quite some time now, given his age (28) and experience, if not his production. The demotion of Gilliam is reminiscent of a similar move made last summer with Erik Davis, which we can only hope pays off in a similar fashion (but sooner, please – Potomac’s in a pennant race). No word yet as to how/when he’ll be used (starter vs. reliever).

As noted in the comments, Kreis is back after spending time in Viera rehabbing, while Bobby Lucas, as suggested in today’s GBI, is presumably headed south for some time with the coaches to work on his mechanics.

Jul 272012
 

A reminder: This is just for fun, a pithy look at who’s hot and who’s not. I do make an effort to not name folks in consecutive editions unless they’re on a run like Tyler Moore in 2010. The “Curse of the GBI,” is more attributable to a hot streak ending (or beginning) than anything else, though I may attribute any twinges of pain in my back to voodoo instead of scar tissue from a microdiskectomy ;-)

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 49-56, 6th place I.L. North, 9½ games behind

Good Pat Lehman 0.71ERA, 0.95WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Seth Bynum .194/.268/.306 in July
Interesting Atahualpa Severino .288 OBA by LHBs, .147 OBA by RHBs

HARRISBURG SENATORS 51-53, 5th place E.L. West, 12 games behind

Good Zach Walters .892 OPS in 35G (6HR, 17RBI)
Bad Robert Gilliam 9.10ERA, 1.81WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting Ryan Perry 2.14ERA, 1.04WHIP in first 7 starts

POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-17, T2nd place C.L. North Division, ½ game behind (48-56 overall)

Good Michael Taylor .302/.362/.500 in July
Bad Robbie Ray 0-4, 5.70ERA, 1.73WHIP in 2nd half (7 appearances)
Interesting Adrian Sanchez .340/.364/.434 in July

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 20-14, T1st place Sally League North Divison, 2 games ahead (62-41 overall)

Good Caleb Ramsey .351/.351/.486 in last 10 games
Bad Bobby Lucas 14.54ERA, 2.92WHIp in last 10 appearances
Interesting Christian Meza 2-0, 0.60ERA, 0.87WHIP as a starter

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 23-14, 1st place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 2 games ahead

Good Wander Ramos .474SLG (4HR, 1-3B, 9-2B of 31H)
Bad Elliot Waterman 10BB in 13IP, 1.77WHIP
Interesting #1 in NYPL runs scored, #11 in runs allowed

GCL NATIONALS 13-21, 4th Place GCL East, 10 games behind

Good Mike Mudron 2.20ERA, 0.86WHIP in 16⅓ IP
Bad Diomedes Eusebio 10E in 29G
Interesting Jean-Carlos Valdez nine doubles in 29G

DSL NATIONALS 23-23, 6th Place Boca Chica South Division, 10½ games behind

Good 18-y.o. Raudy Read 1E in 29G at catcher (43% CS)
Bad 18-y.o. Miguel Acevedo 1.69WHIP, 7HB in 28⅓ IP
Interesting 18-y.o. Juan De Los Santos 24BB in 36G
Jul 272012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 17-9 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (7-8, 3.93) vs.
Manship (6-1, 2.29)
Harrisburg Winning, 3-1 @ Trenton,
6:05 p.m.
Holder (1-2, 6.28) and
Pucetas (6-3, 3.18) vs.
Betances (1-1, 4.88) and
TBA
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-8, 6.59) vs.
D. Jones (1-0, 5.00)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-0, 4.76) vs.
Quezada (1-2, 4.91)
Auburn Won, 6-5 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Powers (0-2, 4.97)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-2 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-2, 3.05) vs.
Nova (3-1, 1.44)

Syracuse 17 Rochester 9
• Bibens-Dirkx 4IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, 2HR
• Arnesen (W, 2-2) 2⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Valdez 4-6, 3R, HR, 4RBI
• Rivero 4-6, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Perez 4-6, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

Syracuse posted season highs in hits and runs scored in a 17-9 whipping of Rochester. All nine batters hit safely, with seven collecting multiple hits, and three collecting four hits. The Chiefs scored in seven of nine innings and all 17 runs were earned. Austin Bibens-Dirkx couldn’t make it to the 5th, charged with eight runs on seven hits and two walks. Erik Arnesen got the win in relief with a run on one hit and one walk over two and 2/3rds innings.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 1 — SUSP.
Rain halted play in the bottom of the second with the Senators leading the Thunder, 3-1. The game will be completed tonight, then followed by a seven-inning game. The originally scheduled doubleheader will pushed to tomorrow night.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Karns (W, 7-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Carr (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sanchez 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Hague 1-4, 2B, RBI

Nathan Karns finally gave up a HR in High-A, ending a streak 19⅓ scoreless innings while winning his seventh straight game in a 3-1 win over Lynchburg. The 24-y.o. Texan struck out seven and gave up five hits and a walk over six innings. Kevin Keyes, Adrian Sanchez, and Ricky Hague each doubled in the three-run fifth, taking advantage of an error that put on Michael Taylor with two outs. Adam Carr unveiled a knuckleball in his two innings following Karns, walking one and striking out two while Neil Holland pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Potomac heads back north for three against Frederick over the weekend.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 6
• Jordan 4IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bates (W, 6-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Higley 3-4, R, 2B, CS
• Ortega 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

A pair of three-run rallies, separated by a 98-minute rain delay, powered the Suns past the BlueClaws for an 8-6 win, taking the series 3-1. Taylor Jordan gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks over the first four frames, striking out five. Colin Bates got the win in relief as the pitcher of record while Richie Mirowski worked around two walks in the 9th for his first save at Low-A. Hagerstown pounded out 11 hits, with J.R Higley leading the way with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Bryce Ortega and Caleb Ramsey, who both went 2-for-4 and combined for three runs and three RBI.

Auburn 6 Vermont 5
• Lee 5⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 8K, 2HR
• Encarnacion (W, 3-1) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Renda 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, R, BB
• Rendon 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI, 2K

Blah blah blah Anthony Rendon blah blah blah homered in his first at-bat blah blah blah as Auburn blah blah blah rallied in the 8th to win their third straight, 6-5. Starter Nick Lee faltered in the 5th and 6th innings, giving up home runs that erased leads of 2-0 and 4-2. He retired the first seven batters he faced, five by way of the K, but finished with a more mundane line of five runs on seven hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings. Pedro Encarnacion picked up the win in relief with three and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Tony Renda led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, including a game-winning RBI single in the 8th.
Roster moves: LHP Andrew Wall assigned from Washington, SS Stephen Perez activated from DL.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 0
• Vasquez (L, 1-6) 5+ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Bailey 1-3
• Jennings 1-3

A grand slam in the 6th put this one away as the G-Cards swept the G-Nats in this week’s home-and-home with a 5-0 shutout. Daury Vasquez took the loss with four runs on four hits and two walks over five-plus innings. The G-Nats were held to just four hits and seven baserunners total, going 0-for-5 with RISP. Roster move: RHP Mike Shultz was released earlier this week.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Yankees1 2
• De La Cruz 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Valdez (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• A. Martinez 4-5, 2RBI, SB
• Bautista 2-2, 4R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI, 3SB
• Aguero 2-4, 2R, 2RBI

The D-Nats made the most of their scoring chances, racking up 10 runs on 12 hits in a 10-2 romp over the DSL Yankees1. Rafael Bautista wreaked havoc from the leadoff spot with a single, double, two walks, two RBI, three stolen bases and four runs scored. The team went 8-for-17 with RISP and left just five runners on base. Emmanuel De La Cruz started and tossed two perfect innings before giving way to Philips Valdez, who got the win with two runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings with three strikeouts.

Jul 262012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Rochester,
11:05 a.m.
Lannan (6-9, 4.89) or
Bibens-Dirkx (0-2, 3.79)
vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 8-3 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-7, 3.62) vs.
O’Brien (4-3, 4.52)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (6-2, 1.88) vs.
Northcraft (8-7, 4.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Rivas (1-0, 5.02)
Auburn Won, 8-7 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-0, 2.36) vs.
Avila (0-3, 4.41)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-4 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Vasquez (1-5, 3.29) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Duke (L, 11-5) 7IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Teahen 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Rivero 2-4, R
• Carroll, Valdez – OF assist at HP

A four-run 4th would be the difference as the Red Wings clipped the Chiefs, 5-3. Zach Duke lost for the second time in three starts since the All-Star break, giving up all five Rochester runs on 10 hits and no walks over seven innings. Mark Teahen homered while going 3-for-4 to lead the Syracuse offense, which included rehabbers Jayson Werth (0-3, 2BB) and Chad Tracy (0-3, BB) while OFs Brett Carroll and Jesus Valdez both gunned down a runner at the plate to shine on defense.

New Hampshire 8 Harrisburg 3
• Demny (L, 6-6) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Nelo 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB(25)
• Goodwin 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Brian Goodwin homered for the second straight game, but Harrisburg dropped the rubber game of the series with an 8-3 loss to New Hampshire. Starter Paul Demny rolled three double plays but the five walks, two hit batsmen, and six hits led to five runs in his five innings pitched. Chris Rahl singled, doubled, stole a base, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Sens offense. After a 2-5 homestand, Harrisburg heads across PA and into NJ for a five-game set against the Trenton Thunder.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 1
• Meyer 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Barthmaier (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 1-3, R, SB
• Souza 1-3, BB, SB

The Hillcats broke through with two in the last of 8th to win this pitcher’s duel, 3-1. Alex Meyer kept his ERA perfect, allowing just an unearned run on two hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five. Both teams managed just six hits, but four of them came against losing pitcher Jimmy Barthmaier, who pitched the last two frames and suffered the loss. Michael Taylor singled, walked, stole a base, and scored the sole Potomac run.

Lakewood 10 Hagerstown 3
• Hansen (L, 2-2) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 5BB, 4K, HR
• Burns 2-4, R, RBI
• Skole 1-3, BB, RBI

Two crooked numbers in the middle innings by Lakewood broke open a 2-2 game as Hagerstown would go on to lose this one, 10-3. The three Suns pitchers all struggled with their control, combining for nine walks, four wild pitches, and two hit batsmen. Bobby Hansen Jr. was charged with the loss, giving up the first four runs (three earned) on seven hits and five walks over four and 1/3rd innings. He also struck out four. The Suns were held to seven hits total, with Billy Burns and Matt Skole both reaching base twice and combining for three hits and two RBI.

Auburn 8 Vermont 7
• Fischer 4+ IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Davis 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Waterman (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K
• Norfork 4-5, 3R, 2B, RBI
• Manuel 2-4, R, BB
• McQuillan 2-5, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Mike McQuillan’s first professional home run was made even more memorable as the two-run shot in the 10th was a walkoff that turned a 7-6 loss into an 8-7 win for Auburn. The see-saw affair started with the Doubledays building a 5-0 lead after three, only to see the Lake Monsters roar back with five in the 5th to tie it. Starter David Fischer was charged with all five of those runs when he failed to retire any of the five batter he faced in the fifth, giving up seven hits and two walks total over four-plus innings. Eliot Waterman got the win despite giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. Khayyan Norfork led the hit column with a 4-for-5 night, scoring three runs and driving in one. Roster move: 3B Anthony Rendon transferred from the GCL (rehab). Auburn Citizen beat writer Ben Meyer has the story.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 4
• Selsor 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Mudron (L, 0-1) 4IP, H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• D. Eusebio 3-4, R
• Lippincott 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

A hit batsman, steal and a single in the 6th proved to be the game-winning sequence as the G-Cards edged the G-Nats, 5-4. Casey Selsor got the start and went four innings, but was touched for four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. Mike Mudron suffered the loss with the aforementioned sequence in four innings. Diomedes Eusebio and Bryan Lippincott both went 3-for-4 on the afternoon. Roster move: RHP Wilson Eusebio assigned from Hagerstown (rehab).

DSL Yankees1 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Silvestre (L, 3-3) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Ramirez 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Novas 3-4, 2-2B, RBI
• De Los Santos 2-4, R

The DSL Nationals rallied for three in the 8th, but it was too little, too late as the DSL Yankees1 held on to beat them, 5-3. Hector Silvestre took the loss with four runs allowed on five hits and three walks over four innings while striking out three. Randy Novas doubled twice while going 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the D-Nat offense.