Jul 072012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Roark (4-10, 5.27) vs.
Stewart (1-0, 1.54)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (6-4, 5.40) vs.
De La Cruz (5-7, 4.38)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Holder (5-3, 4.28) vs.
Salazar (0-2, 2.65)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (8-4, 4.46) vs.
Ordosgoitti (2-3, 5.01)
Auburn Won, 7-6 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Mooneyham (pro debut) vs.
Bierman (0-1, 5.63)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-3 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (2-1, 5.06) vs.
De Paula (3-1, 2.10)


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 1

• Lannan (L, 6-8) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Severino 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Hoffpauir 2-3, BB
• Marrero 1-4, R, 2B

John Lannan coughed up his 13th HR last night, a three-run shot in the 3rd as the Bison stampeded the Chiefs, 5-1. The former Opening Day starter gave up all five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. Syracuse mustered just five hits in the loss, with Jarrett Hoffpauir the sole batter to reach base multiple times and Chris Marrero collecting the one extra-base hit, a double in the 7th. After dropping the series to Buffalo, it’s a two-game set in Pawtucket to finish up before the All-Star break.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Tatusko (W, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Nelo (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Perez 3-5

With a three-run home run, strong pitching, and a little luck, Harrisburg completed its sweep of Bowie with a 3-2 win, its sixth straight triumph. Zach Walters only went 1-for-4, but the “1” cleared the batter’s eye in dead CF with two aboard in the 4th inning. Spot starter Ryan Tatusko turned in five innings, allowing just a run on six hits and two walks while striking out five to earn his second win. A quartet of relievers followed, combining for four scoreless innings despite issuing four walks. Bowie had baserunners in every inning but the 9th, in which Hector Nelo set ‘em down in order for his 11th save.
The Senators head back to PA, but it’s to Erie for a three-game set before the two-day All-Star Break. Roster move: LHP Cory VanAllen was activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 6 Frederick 5
• Ray 6IP, 9H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K
• Wort (BS, 5; W, 2-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• King 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Ramirez 1-2, BB, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

The first of three walkoff wins last night happened in spite of some rather questionable managing in the 9th. After Stephen King led off the 9th with a double, Kevin Keyes, with one (1) career sacrifice, was asked to lay one down and predictably bunted into an easy 1-5 putout to erase King. Mysteriously, Randolph Oduber, the team leader in sacrifice hits was called upon to pinch-hit one batter too late and popped up. A hit batsmen push Keyes to second for pinch-hitter Adrian Sanchez, subbing for an 0-for-4 Chad Tracy. Sanchez delivered the game-winning RBI single with a little help from a throw that was too far up the first base line. Rob Wort got the win despite blowing his five save for the season, third in his last four appearances. Roster move: Mascot Uncle Slam was placed on the 60-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4
• Turnbull 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Bates (W, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Burns 3-5, R, SB
• Jimenez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Newsome 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The second walkoff for the farm also had a WTF moment of doubt when Brian Goodwin singled to lead off the 9th, took second on a Billy Burns single… and got picked off after a Matt Skole strikeout. Steve Souza saved the day with an RBI double that Burns motored in from first with the decisive run. Burns and Souza also contributed on defense with outfield assists on plays at the plate. The win went to Colin Bates, who pitched three scoreless innings and worked around two hits and three walks. Starter Kylin Turnbull threw the first six, allowing all four Lexington runs 10 hits and two walks.

Auburn 7 Lowell 6
• Lee (ND) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Waterman 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Martinez 2-5, 2B, 3RBI

The third walkoff of the night was the most improbable, with three runs, three hits and and two errors in the final frame to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 win. It was the fourth walkoff win for the Doubledays in 11 home games, and the seventh come-from-behind win in 18 games total. The rally made a winner out of Elliott Waterman, who threw the final one and 2/3rds innings with just a walk allowed. Shawn Pleffner led the offense with a 3-for-5 night, including a leadoff double to start the 9th, while Estarlin Martinez was close behind with a single, double, and three RBI.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Hudgins (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Hollins 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-3, 2B, BB
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, 2B

Three straight two-run innings put this one away as the GCL Astros handed the GCL Nationals their 11th loss in the last 12 games, 6-2. Will Hudgins took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits over two and 2/3rds. He struck out three. Wilmer Difo, Mike McQuillan, and Jean-Carlos Valdez accounted for all four G-Nats hits, with Difo and Valdez collecting doubles.

DSL Mets1 12 DSL Nationals 3
• E. Gomez (L, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• P. Valdez 2IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Abreu 1-3, R, BB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, RBI
• Cerda 1-4, R, 2B, RBI

The DSL Mets1 scored 12 unanswered runs, swatting aside a three-run top of the first to win handily, 12-3. The bulk of the damage was done in the final two stanzas, with three runs in the 7th and five in the 8th off beleaguered Philips Valdez (10.80 ERA, 2.13 WHIP). Despite six D-Nats errors, nine of the 12 runs were earned. Osvaldo Abreu, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Kevin Cerda accounted for all three D-Nats hits and runs.

Jul 062012
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 44-43, 4th place I.L. North, 7 games behind

Good Jim Negrych .514/.575/.657 in last 10G
Bad Atahualpa Severino 5.9BB/9IP (22 in 33⅓ IP)
Interesting Pat Lehman 1-0, 2.03ERA in last 10 appearances

HARRISBURG SENATORS 45-40, 2nd place E.L. West, 4½ games behind

Good Hector Nelo 5SV, 1.54ERA in last 10 appearances
Bad Tim Pahuta .205/.295/.282 last 10G
Interesting Erik Davis 2-0, 1.77ERA since June 1 (20⅓ IP)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 7-8, T2nd place C.L. North Division, 2 games behind (38-47, overall)

Good Ricky Hague .415/.467/.707 in last 10G
Bad Rob Wort 0-2, 2BS, 14.72ERA, 3.00WHIP in last 3 appearances
Interesting Nathan Karns 39K in last 4 starts (12.84 K/9 over 27⅓ IP)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 9-6, T2nd place Sally League North Divison, 2 games behind (51-33 overall)

Good Matt Skole 20HR, 71RBI, 75BB — Sally League leader in each category
Bad Bobby Lucas 6.53ERA, 1.69WHIP
Interesting Christian Meza 4-1, 2.95ERA, 1.14WHIP in 22 appearances (2 starts)

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 12-5, 1st place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 2½ games ahead

Good Pedro Encarnacion 2-0, 0.55ERA, 0.98WHIP
Bad Wes Schill .192/.267/.269 in 11G
Interesting Stephen Perez .482SLG, 6E in 15G

GCL NATIONALS 5-11, 4th Place GCL East, 7 games behind

Good Tony Nix .313/.313/.469 in 10G
Bad Adalberto Mieses 0-2, 6.79ERA, 1.79WHIP
Interesting Daury Vasquez 1.23WHIP, 15K, 8BB, 2HBP in 13IP (three starts)

DSL NATIONALS 15-14, T5th Place Boca Chica South Division, 5 games behind

Good 20-y.o. Wander Suero 4-1, 3.09ERA, 1.19WHIP
Bad 18-y.o. Miguel Acevedo 6.75ERA, 1.90WHIP
Interesting 17 y.o. Thomas Alvarez .273/.500/.636 in 7G
Jul 062012
 

This one was a laugher. With 13 runs in their final three turns at bat, the Potomac Nationals turned a 3-1 deficit into a 14-3 blowout.

To your right, that’s David Freitas getting congratulated for the first of his two home runs, a three-run shot in the 6th that put the P-Nats up 4-3.
Two innings later, he stroked a two-run blast that capped a five-run eighth.

It’s tempting to get giddy but the reality is that the tables were merely turned. The Keys ‘pen let in two inherited runners and gave up 10 runs just like the two and four the Potomac ‘pen did the night before. (Hey, that rhymes!)

Until the first Freitas homer, it looked like Frederick was one hit, pitch, or misplay away from doing to Potomac what was done to them. In the 5th, the #8 batter led off with a double. The #9 batter sacrificed but had the bunt turn into a single when pitcher Adam Olbrychowski slipped and fell on his (rhymes with grass). After a steal, it was runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.

But the Keys didn’t get the break. Olbrychowski bore down, striking out the #1 batter, inducing a popup to the #2 man, and got Frederick’s .326-hitting second baseman to fly out to left. No runs, two hits, two left on. If you’re a Frederick fan, you’re thinking: “Just one run in that frame, and things might have gone differently.”

Olbrychowski earned the win with all three Keys runs allowed on five hits and a walk. He came on in relief of a rehabbing Drew Storen, who started and set down the side in the first on eight pitches: a popup to rehabbing Chad Tracy (0-for-2), a flyout to center, a grounder to second. Jimmy Barthmaier followed with hit and a walk given up in the 7th and 8th innings while Joe Testa pitched a scoreless 9th.

Aside from Freitas’s heroics (2-4, 2HR, 5RBI), Rick Hague and Francisco Soriano were both a home run short of the cycle while going 4-for-5 and 3-for-4 respectively.

The series concludes tonight with Robbie Ray (3-5, 5.22) on the hill for Potomac, opposed by Scott Copeland (3-7, 5.99) for Frederick.

Jul 062012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-8
(14 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (6-7, 4.42) vs.
Familia (5-5, 5.28)
Harrisburg Won, 8-6 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 4.76) vs.
Zagone (1-1, 4.85)
Potomac Won, 14-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-5, 5.22) vs.
Copeland (3-7, 5.99)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (4-4, 4.88) vs.
Cruz (5-5, 3.71)
Auburn Won, 9-1 vs. Lowell,
7:00 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Velette (1-1, 4.11)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-1 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (3-1, 3.55) vs.
Reyes (1-1, 2.29)

Buffalo 9 Syracuse 8 (14 inn.)
• Atkins 3IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Arnesen 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mandel (L, 0-2) 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Maldonado 2-2, 3R, 3BB, HR, RBI
• Rivero 2-7, R
• Valdez 1-4, 2R, HR, 2BB, 4RBI

The Chiefs dug themselves out of a 7-0 hole, but ultimately fell, 9-8 in 14 innings. Starter Mitch Atkins gave up seven runs on seven hits, including a three-run HR in the six-run 2nd. Jeff Mandel, the sixth Syracuse pitcher of the night, suffered the loss with a run given up in his fourth inning of work. Jesus Valdez smacked a grand slam to highlight the offense, which rapped out 12 hits and emptied the bench, forcing manager Tony Beasley to play Tanner Roark in LF and Mark Teahen in CF when Corey Brown was ejected in the 13th.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 6
• Pucetas 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K (left with a leg injury)
• Davis (W, 6-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leon 2-3, 2RBI
• Kobernus 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, 2SB

With an 8-6 triumph over Bowie, it’s five in a row for the Harrisburg Senators. Jeff Kobernus led the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night, followed closely by Sandy Leon’s 2-for-3, 2RBI effort and Eury Perez’s 2-for-5 with two steals (Nos. 25 and 26). Kevin Pucetas got the start and retired the first seven batters before leaving with “discomfort in his lower right leg,” according to the Patriot-News. Erik Davis got the win in relief with three scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and striking out two.

Potomac 14 Frederick 3
• Storen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Olbrychowski (W, 4-6) 5IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Barthmaier 2IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Freitas 2-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 5RBI
• Soriano 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 4-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

The P-Nats scored 13 times in their last three turns at bat Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Lexington 8
• McKenzie 2⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 5ER, 6BB, 2K, HR
• Holt (W, 2-1) 3IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Hawkins (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Newsome 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R, RBI

With three in the 7th and two in the 8th, the Suns completed their comeback from a 6-0 deficit to win this one, 10-8. Starter Chris McKenzie was knocked out after two and 2/3rds with six runs on four hits and six walks. Greg Holt got the win in relief with an unearned run allowed on a hit and two walks over three innings while Ben Hawkins worked around three baserunners in the 9th for his first save. The trio of Brett Newsome, Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey each went 2-for-5, combining for five runs, three doubles, and six RBI. The Suns third baseman hit his 20th HR and notched his 71st RBI.

Auburn 10 Lowell 1
• Fischer 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Smith (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Manuel 3-4, R, RBI
• S. Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Poole 2-4, R, RBI

A seven-run sixth put this one away for the Doubledays as they cruised to a 10-1 win over the Lowell Spinners. Starter David Fischer went four hitless and scoreless frames in his first start, giving up a walk while striking out two. Jason Peters got the win in relief, allowing a run on two hits over three innings. Craig Manuel led the 11-hit attack with three singles, followed closely by Stephen Perez and Jordan Poole, who both singled twice.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 2
• Schwartz (L, 3IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• McGeary ⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 4BB, K, 2WP
• Mendez 4⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 1-3, BB
• Foat 1-3, BB

The Schwartz was not with Blake as the 17th-round pick fwas torched for four runs on eight hits in a 6-2 loss by the G-Nats to thr G-Marlins. Jack McGeary made his second appearance, but walked four of the six batters he faced and threw two wild pitches. The G-Nats were held to just four hits and six walks, with Mike McQuillan and Matt Foat both reaching base twice (single, walk).
Roster move: C Adrian Nieto assigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Mets1 12 DSL Nationals 1
• Valerio (L, 0-4) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Benitez 2⅓ IP, 8H, 8R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Berrio 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• A. Martinez 1-3
• Tillero 1-3, RBI

Make that three straight losses for the D-Nats, as the D-Mets1 squad handed them a 12-1 beatdown for their third straight loss. The 16-y.o. Maximo Valerio took his fourth loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over five innings. The D-Nats were limited to just three hits, with Andres Martinez and Jorge Tillero both going 1-for-3.

Jul 052012
 

Like a lot of uber-matchups, neither Potomac starter Nathan Karns nor Frederick starter Dylan Bundy figured in the decision for this one.

Instead, it was the battle of the bullpens, which the Potomac Nationals lost by turning a 4-0 lead into a 6-4 loss, the fourth straight for the P-Nats.

The disintegration began in the sixth inning, when Karns was beginning to tire but had a 4-0 lead. He had given up a two-out double followed by an infield single before he was lifted. Matt Swynenberg came in and promptly gave up a single, walk, and another single to center that sent in two runners. Suddenly, it was 4-3, and things looked much less certain.

In the bottom half, Potomac got a two-out single from Adrian Sanchez. With major-league rehab Chad Tracy coming up, Frederick went to the ‘pen to summon southpaw Trent Walters to face the lefthander. Instead, Sanchez was picked off to end the frame.

The collapse was completed in the ninth inning. Rob Wort was in his second inning of work, but the first wasn’t particularly stressful — a leadoff single, then a dropped fly to shallow center that was turned into an out, a strikeout, and then a flyout to right — but simply looked flat. A walk, a single, and then a towering shot over the RF wall gave the Keys a 6-4 lead.

As a former starter, Walters was fine to begin a fourth inning of relief. Erick Fernandez led off with sharp single up the middle to bring up the tying run, but Sanchez struck out and both Tracy and Rick Hague flew out to deep center to end the game.

Walters would finish with just two hits and no walks given up over three and 1/3rd innings. Swynenberg and Wort would combine for the same three and a 1/3rd, but with four runs on seven hits and two walks while letting in both inherited runners.

Offensively, Potomac would rap out 12 hits but struggled in the clutch (1-for-7 with RISP). Fernandez, Sanchez, and Stephen King would combine for nine hits, two doubles, and a triple, while Jason Martinson hit his fourth HR for Potomac off the LF light tower.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 6-8 in the second half, two games off the pace in the Carolina League North. Adam Olbrychowski (3-6, 5.43) gets the start tonight for the Woodbridge nine opposed by Frederick’s Tyler Wilson (4-3, 3.80).

Jul 052012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (6-6, 4.78) vs.
Cohoon (0-1, 14.63)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Pucetas (6-3, 3.24) vs.
Pettit (6-1, 3.82)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (3-6, 5.43) vs.
Wilson (4-3, 3.80)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (2-2, 7.58) vs.
Foltynewicz (9-2, 2.51)
Auburn Won, 11-5 vs. Lowell,
7:00 p.m.
Fischer (0-1, 7.71) vs.
Dahlstrand (0-1, 4.80)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-3, 5.95) vs.
Molina (1-1, 2.55)

Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Duke (W, 10-3) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 5BB, 5K
• Garcia (SV, 3) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Negrych 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Brown 2-4
• Carroll 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Zach Duke became the farm’s first 10-game winner as the Chiefs shut out the Bison, 5-0. Duke gave up four hits and walked five but also struck out five over the first six frames. Pat Lehman and Christian Garcia locked it down with three scoreless innings combined to earn the hold (#5) and the save (#3) respectively. Brett Carroll’s two-run double highlighted a three-run 8th that turned the game from a nail-biter to a comfortable win, with Jim Negrych pacing the Syracuse offense with a single, walk, and a solo HR.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 6
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, BK, HBP
• McCoy (W, 5-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Nicol 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Rahl 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI

The Senators blew a 4-0 lead but rallied with two in the 9th and held on for a 7-6 win in Bowie. Danny Rosenbaum’s struggles continue as the 24-y.o. southpaw was touched for five runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. Pat McCoy got the win while striking out the side in the 8th and Hector Nelo got the save despite coughing up a run on two two-out hits in the 9th. Sean Nicol and Sandy Leon combined to go 4-for-8 with four RBI while Chris Rahl tied Tim Pahuta for the team lead in HRs with #10.

Frederick 6 Potomac 4
• Karns 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Wort (BS, 4; L, 1-4) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Fernandez 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• King 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 3B, CS

Nathan Karns outdueled Dylan Bundy, but the P-Nats ‘pen blew a 4-0 lead Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 2
• Meyer 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Meza 4IP, H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Palace 2-4, RBI
• Ortega 2-4, RBI

Hagerstown rallied for two in the last of the 8th for a 3-2 win over Lexington. In a planned maneuver, Alex Meyer threw just two scoreless innings (presumably because he’ll be pitching in Sunday’s Futures Game) while Christian Meza went the next four, also scoreless. Matt Skole led off the 8th with his 19th HR to tie the game at 2-2 in the 8th while Sam Palace’s RBI groundout provided the margin of victory. Recently promoted Richie Mirowski got the win despite giving up both Legends runs while Aaron Barrett notched his 13th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Auburn 11 Lowell 5
• Encarnacion (W, 2-0) 6IP, 2H, 5R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Harper (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Pleffner 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI

Pedro Encarnacion weathered an ugly first inning to get his second win as Auburn scored 11 unanswered runs for an 11-5 win vs. Lowell. A pair of errors and a pair of walks helped set up the big inning for the Spinners, with Seth Schwindenhammer’s grand slam capping off the rally, with all five runs being unearned. Auburn put up four big innings, taking advantage of six (6) Lowell errors to score 11 runs on 11 hits. Shawn Pleffner led the Doubledays with two singles and a double while driving in two.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 3
• Mieses 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Barrientos (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Dicharry (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB
• Jennings 1-4, 3R, BB, 3K

With a “rally” on a pair of walks and wild pitches in the 7th, the G-Nats erased a 3-2 deficit to take a 4-3 lead en route to a 5-3 win, ending a nine-game losing streak. Adalberto Mieses got the start and went the first four innings, giving up all three G-Marlins runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out four. Joel Barrientos got the win in relief, allowing just a hit and two walks over three and 2/3rds with four strikeouts. Kevin DiCharry got the last four outs, working around a two-out single in the 9th to record the save. Will Piwnica-Worms led the G-Nats offense with a single, double, and two walks.

DSL Cubs2 7 DSL Nationals 5
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 5BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Read 2-4, SF, RBI
• De Los Santos 2-4, R, BB, RBI

A five-run 9th stole defeat from the jaws of victory as the DSL Nationals fell, 7-5. Reliever Kelvin Rodriguez took the loss, giving up all five runs on five hits. Starter Jefry Rodriguez went the first five, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out four. Raudy Read and Juan De Los Santos both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the D-Nats stranded 12 runners while going 4-for-16 with RISP.

Jul 042012
 

Too many moves to put in today’s Daily News & Notes, so…

SYRACUSE
• Xavier Paul has opted out of his contract.
• RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been returned to Syracuse from the Harrisburg Senators
• OF Jesus Valdez promoted from Harrisburg
• SS Manny Mayorson promoted from Harrisburg
• C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• OF J.R. Higley assigned from Auburn
• IF Jose Lozada activated from DL
• C Sandy Leon optioned from Washington
• C Devin Ivany placed on 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Richie Mirowski promoted from Auburn
• LHP Josh Smoker placed on 7-Day DL

• C Sam Palace assigned from Potomac
• C Cole Leonida placed on 7-Day DL

GCL NATIONALS
• C Michael Albaladejo, a NDFA from Florida Atlantic, signed and sent to the GCL. Yes, he is related to former National farmhand Jonathan Albaladejo (second cousin).

DSL NATIONALS
• RHP Felix Moscat released
• RHP Andeson Martinez released

If any more moves are made in the next 10-12 hours, look for this space to be updated. The move of Mayorson to Syracuse is most likely related to this.

UPDATE: A couple moves made in Hagerstown

UPDATE #2: Some shuffling of catchers, releases in the DSL.

Jul 042012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Buffalo,
6:30 p.m.
Duke (9-3, 3.91) vs.
Harvey (7-3, 3.41)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(12 inn.)
@ Bowie,
6:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-5, 3.17) vs.
Clark (7-4, 3.30)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Karns (3-2, 2.57) vs.
D. Bundy (4-2, 3.14)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Meyer (6-4, 3.40) vs.
Quevedo (4-3, 4.24)
Auburn Losing, 5-2
(susp. Top 3rd)
vs. Lowell,
7:00 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Good (0-2, 1.69)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-2 vs DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 3.65) vs.
J. Diaz (0-1, 4.05)

Norfolk 4 Syracuse 3
• Maya (L, 6-6) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Mandel 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Brown 2-3, 2R, SB(10)
• Negrych 2-4, 2RBI

Nate McLouth struck again, homering in his second straight game to complete the four-game sweep of Syracuse with a 4-3 win. The big fly was the fourth that starter Yunesky Maya has surrendered in as many starts, as the Cuban took the loss with three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks while striking out two. Corey Brown and Jim Negrych both singled twice, with Negrych driving in two of the Chiefs runs and Brown stealing his 10th base.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 3 (12 inn.)
• Perry (ND) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Zinicola 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gilliam (W, 2-7) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Nicol 3-4, R, BB
• Walters 2-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI, E(6)
• Valdez 2-6, R, 2B

Zach Walters delivered the walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 12th to end a four-hour marathon and give Harrisburg a 4-3 win over Erie. Ryan Perry made his third start for the Senators and went the first five innings, giving up just a run on three hits and a walk while fanning five. The Seawolves struck for single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to tie the game at 3-3. Jesus Valdez’s one-out double started the winning rally, with an IBB to Tim Pahuta and HBP on Destin Hood loading the bases for Walters. The Senators finished the homestand at 5-3 and now head for Bowie for a three-game set against the BaySox.
Rehab update: RHP Cole Kimball’s tour shifted from Potomac to Harrisburg. He entered the game in the 6th and faced three batters, walking one, retiring one, and giving up a hit. Just 9 of 17 pitches he threw went for strikes, none of which broke 90 mph.

Carolina 5 Potomac 3
• Grace (ND) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Carr (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• King 2-3, R, 2B
• Oduber 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Keyes 0-1, 2BB, RBI, OF assist at 3B

The Mudcats completed their second home series sweep of the P-Nats with a 5-3 decision. Starter Matt Grace broke his streak of 10-run games with a quality start: two runs on six hits and a walk — his first QS since June 9. Reliever Adam Carr took the loss with three runs (two earned) on four hits, including a solo shot in the 8th to provide the insurance run. Potomac’s 7-8-9 trio of Stephen King, Randolph Oduber and Kevin Keyes combined for four hits, three doubles, two walks, and two RBI. After a 2-4 road trip, the P-Nats return to Woodbridge for a pair of three-game series against Frederick Keys and rematch against Carolina.

Lakewood 8 Hagerstown 3
• Hansen 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (L, 2-2) 2IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Burns 3-4, R, RBI, SB(30)
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI

For the fourth time in the five-game series, the Suns bullpen imploded, giving up five runs in the last of the 8th for an 8-3 sportswriter’s win* for the BlueClaws media. Colin Bates suffered the loss, giving up five runs on four hits over the last two frames, with the killshot being an inside-the-park three-run HR. Bobby Hansen got the no-decision with three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks. The top third of the Hagerstown lineup was 7-for-12, the bottom two-thirds was 1-for-23 with 10 strikeouts. The Suns still managed a winning roadtrip with a 5-4 mark, and return home for five against the Lexington Legends. *Anytime the home team puts the game away with a big inning late in the game, thus not killing anything written earlier in the game.

Jamestown 5 Auburn 2 — SUSP
• Jordan 1IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Henke 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Renda 1-2, R
• Alvarez 1-1, 2B, 2RBI

Rain suspended this one until August 23, with the Jamestown Jammers hanging a five-spot on Taylor Jordan in the bottom of the first inning after the oldest player in the NYPL doubled in a pair of runs in the top of the first.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 1
• Vasquez (L, 0-3) 4IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Selsor 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Heredia 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• McQuillan 2-4, R, 3B
• Piwnica-Worms 1-2, BB

The GCL Cardinals scored a pair of runs early (1st) and a pair late (9th), sending the GCL Nationals to their ninth straight loss, 4-1. Daury Vasquez struck out seven over four innings, but gave up two runs on a home run while issue three free passes to take the loss. Casey Selsor allowed just a walk over three scoreless innings of relief. Mike McQuillan continues to hit, going 2-for-4 with a triple but the G-Nats were held to just six hits total.

DSL Cubs2 12 DSL Nationals 2
• Suero (L, 4-1) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Acevedo 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, RBI
• Aguero 1-3, R

A five-run fourth broke open a 1-0 game as the DSL Cubs2 pounded the DSL Nationals, 12-2. Wander Suero took the loss with six runs (two earned) surrendered on eight hits and three walks. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the hit column with a 2-for-3 game as nine different D-Nats got a hit while five players came off the bench to get ABs.

Jul 032012
 

Ricky Hague becomes the latest Washington Nationals farmhand to win weekly honors as the Carolina League Batter of the Week for June 25th to July 1st.

Hague becomes the second Potomac National to win a weekly award — Nathan Karns was Carolina League Pitcher of the Week three weeks ago — for hanging a line of .464/.516/.750 on opposing pitchers last week. He racked up 13 hits in 28 at-bats, including five doubles and a home run, with eight runs scored, and six driven in. The 23-year-old also swiped five bags without getting caught.

The 2010 third-round pick out of Rice University is currently riding an eight-game hit streak and has posted a .349/.429/.581 mark in the 11 games since the Carolina League All-Star break.

Jul 032012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Norfolk,
7:15 p.m.
Maya (6-5, 3.52) vs.
Willis (0-3, 8.53)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (0-1, 2.70) vs.
Cooper (2-1, 5.20)
Potomac Lost, 11-1 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Grace (4-7, 6.56) vs.
Rayl (4-7, 4.66)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-10
(11 inn.)
@ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-0, 3.50) vs.
Kleven (4-6, 4.69)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 2.84) vs.
Reyes (0-0, 3.21)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-4 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-4 @ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
Suero (4-0, 2.89) vs.
Eregua (0-0, 1.80)

Norfolk 5 Syracuse 4
• Roark (ND) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Severino (BS, 4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Pena (L, 3-4) 1⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Paul 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Marrero 2-4, BB
• Carroll 1-3, 2B, 2BB, two OF assists at HP

A two-out solo walkoff shot by Nate McLouth completed Norfolk’s comeback from a 4-1 deficit, as Syracuse fell for the third straight game, 5-4. The Chiefs offense wasted numerous opportunities, going just 2-for-12 with RISP and stranding 12, including runners at third in two of the last three “ups.” Tanner Roark got the no-decision with three runs allowed on nine hits and three walks. Atahulapa Severino gave up the tying run for his fourth blown save, while Hassan Pena took the loss on the big fly, the sole hit he allowed to the six batters he faced. Xavier Paul led the offense with a 2-for-5 night, smacking his 8th HR in the 4th.

Harrisburg 8 Erie 5
• Demny 6IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 8K, 2HR
• McCoy (W, 4-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 3-4, 2R, BB, SB, CS
• Rahl 2-3, 2R, RBI, SB, CS
• Hood 2-3, R, HR, 4RBI

The Senators rallied from five down to score eight unanswered runs with a pair of four-run innings in an 8-5 win over the Seawolves. Destin Hood drove in four of the eight runs with a three-run blast in the 4th and the go-ahead RBI on a sac fly in the 7th. Harrisburg pounded out 12 hits total with seven of the nine batters hitting safely. Paul Demny’s struggles with the longball continue as all five runs scored on the two home runs he surrendered (nos. 10 and 11 in 17 starts). Pat McCoy got the win (#4) in relief while Hector Nelo notched the save (#9) as the lefty and righty combined to retire the last seven batters in order.

Carolina 11 Potomac 1
• Holder (L, 5-3)5⅓ IP, 12H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Soriano 1-3, 2B, BB
• Hague 1-4, R, 3B, E(10)
• Oduber 1-3, 2B

North Carolina has not been a friend to the P-Nats as they were once again hit from behind, 11-1. Staff ace Trevor Holder was stung for eight runs on 12 hits (both career worsts) over five and a 1/3rd innings in Potomac’s 13th loss in the Tarheel state in 2012. The Mudcats scored in each of the first four innings, with Giovanny Urshela tagging Holder twice for home runs. Meanwhile, a quartet of Carolina pitchers limited the P-Nats to just six hits, though three of them went for extra-bases, with Ricky Hague scoring the lone run on an RBI single by David Freitas.

Lakewood 11 Hagerstown 10 (11 inn.)
• Hill 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hawkins (L, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Souza 3-5, 4R, 2B, 2HR, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, 3BB, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, 2R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI

For the third straight game, the Lakewood and Hagerstown combined for 20+ runs, but the Suns fell last night in extras, 11-10. Nine of those runs came in the fifth inning alone, with the Suns scoring four in the top half and the BlueClaws responding with five in the bottom half. Steve Souza Jr. had a monster night with four runs scored, a double, two HRs, a walk, a stolen base, and five RBI. Starting pitcher Taylor Hill lasted four and a third innings, charged with six runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts. After the Suns took a 10-9 lead in the top of the 11th, Ben Hawkins suffered the loss with two runs surrendered in the bottom half of the inning.

Auburn 2 Jamestown 1
• Monar (W, 1-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Rauh (SV, 2) 4IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Montilla 2-4, R, 2B
• S. Perez 1-3, 2B

Two Auburn pitchers combined to limit Jamestown to three hits to win a 2-1 pitchers’ duel. Blake Monar tossed five shutout innings and allowed just two hits and two walks to get the win while Brian Rauh gave up a run on a hit and two walks over the last four to get the save. Angel Montilla singled, doubled, and scored a run as the Doubledays were held to just five hits, but three of them went for extra bases, as Shawn Pleffner and Stephen Perez also doubled. The win improves Auburn to 10-5 and an almost-too-good 7-2 mark in one-run contests. Roster moves: OF Brandon Miller placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Robert Benincasa (7th-Rd. draft pick) assigned from Washington.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 4
• Pineyro (ND) 5IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• McGeary (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• A. Santana (BS, 2; L, 1-1) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• J.C. Valdez 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Nix 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, E

Make that eight straight losses for the G-Nats, who coughed up five runs in the last of the 7th to turn a 4-3 lead into the eventual losing tally of 8-3. Jack McGeary made his first appearance since last August, tossing a scoreless 6th inning while giving up just a hit with no walks and no strikeouts. Andy Santana blew his second save and took the loss with five runs on five hits, including two HRs. The trio of Wilmer Difo, Tony Nix, and Jean Carlos Valdez, went 6-for-12 with four doubles and all three RBI, but the rest of lineup managed just two hits in 23ABs.

DSL Phillies 9 DSL Nationals 4
• Silvestre (L, 2-1) 3+ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, 0HR
• P. Valdez 4IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mejia 3-4
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 1-3, SH, SB(15)

After taking a 3-1 lead after the first, the DSL Phillies poured it on to beat the DSL Nationals, 9-4. Hector Silvestre took the loss with seven runs on seven hits and two walks over three innings. Philips Valdez, who gave up seven walks last Monday, turned four serviceable innings of relief, giving up two runs on six hits and one walk. The D-Nats offense notched nine hits, but left on 10 runners. 18-y.o. Bryan Mejia led the hit column with a 3-for-4 game.