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.

  9 Responses to “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. It’s good to see Hood coming around. As you’ve said, Luke, the jump to AA is the biggest of all. Look forward to see how his season plays out.
    Goodwin sure looks like he’s ready for the next level.
    A McGeary sighting, oh my!

  2. Contest Time: How many total runs will Matt Grace give up tonight? Will this be his third ten run gave in a row?

    • The high A starters as a group are pretty weak. I’d like to see some of the low A guys or some of the SS guys (after more starts) replace a few of them.

  3. What’s the story with Billy Burns? He hasn’t been in the last couple of games. Is he injured? How does he project as a prospect?

    • Good luck finding that out … Doug Harris is even more inscrutable than Rizzo. Yes, I would suspect that he is indeed a prospect.

    • Burns hurt his knee last Thursday but hasn’t been put on the DL (yet). He’s shown a lot of promise, especially for someone that has taken up switch-hitting just this year. I’ve only seen him once, but he’s got decent speed and plays good defense. Turns 23 in August, so you can label him as a little old for the level.

      • “Turns 23 in August, so you can label him as a little old for the level.”

        Him and everyone else in Hagerstown. Goodwin is the only batter born in the 90s on the team.
        Burns is actually the 5th youngest.

        But this is what happens when Rizzo refuses to draft high schoolers…

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