Aug 262012
 

It wasn’t pretty, but it counts just the same.

Potomac scored three times in the rain with two outs in the bottom of the sixth before the umpires ordered the tarp drawn. Forty-seven minutes later they called it to give Potomac its fifth straight win, 3-0.

The rally began with a leadoff walk to Matt Skole, and after a Kevin Keyes strikeout and a Steve Souza Jr. flyout, it looked like yet another runner would be stranded. With the wind blowing in, Jason Martinson launched a drive to center that Frederick centerfielder Glynn Davis couldn’t hold onto, plating Skole with a triple. A wild pitch sent in the second run, sailed shot that banged off the backstop like Wednesday night. Jeff Howell homered to center to finish the binge.

Matt Swynenberg got the win despite putting a baserunner (or two or three) on in every inning, issuing four walks and giving up five hits. The secret to stranding eight Frederick runners was two, um, key double plays that ended the first and fourth innings — the latter started Swynenberg himself for a 1-6-3 mark in the scorebook. Ten of the 18 outs he recorded came on grounders as the 23-year-old won his sixth game and was credited with his second complete game.

With Wilmington idle, Potomac crept to within two games of first place and can tie Frederick for second place with a win tonight. Robbie Ray (4-11, 4.52) is scheduled to pitch against Tim Berry (4-5, 4.52)

Aug 262012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 @ Gwinnett,
5:05 p.m.
Mandel (4-5, 3.06) vs.
Batista (1-1, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Wang (1-4, 5.17) vs.
D. Bundy (1-0, 3.18)
Potomac Won, 3-0
(6 inn.)
vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Ray (4-11, 6.57) vs.
Berry (4-5, 4.52)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1;
Won, 6-5
vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-1, 3.34) vs.
Davies (5-6, 3.76)
Auburn Lost, 7-3
(11 inn.)
vs. Mahoning Valley,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-2, 3.26) vs.
Morel (2-4, 4.46)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2 END OF SEASON N/A

Syracuse 1 Gwinnett 0
• Lannan (W, 8-11) 9IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez 1-4 (13G hit streak)
• Negrych 1-4
• Valdez 1-4
• Walters 0-2, R, BB

John Lannan threw a three-hit shutout as the Chiefs offense got the minimum for a 1-0 win. Lannan walked just one and struck out two and needed just 87 pitched to toss the comeplete game. Eury Perez, Jim Negrych and Jesus Valdez each singled, but the lone run came in the third without a base hit or an RBI. Zach Walters walked, took second when Jarrett Hoffpauir was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a botched sacrifice and scored when Perez hit into a double play.

Bowie 5 Harrisburg 4
• Broderick (ND) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Zinicola (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 1IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Bloxom 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI, CS

The Senators couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 4-0 lead and let the last five runs go unanswered for their third straight loss, 5-4. The “L” also officially eliminated Harrisburg from the playoffs to end a two-year run. Zech Zinicola let in the tying run in the 8th and gave up the winning run in the 8th for the blown-save-loss, allowing three hits and two walks while recording three outs. Justin Bloxom was a home run short of the cycle and drove in three of the four Senator runs. The fourth came in on Brian Goodwin’s 5th home run for Harrisburg, 14th overall.

Potomac 3 Frederick 0 (6 inn.)
• Swynenberg 6IP, 5H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Howell 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Hague 1-3, SB(20)

Potomac scored three times in the rain Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 1 — GAME ONE
• Rauh (W, 3-2) 6+IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mirowski (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Leonida 1-2, 2RBI

The Suns took an early 3-0 lead and held off the Shorebirds late for a 3-1 win in the opener. Brian Rauh pitched into the seventh but was lifted after a leadoff walk. Richie Mirowski was greeted with a double to send the runner to 3rd but got the next three outs to preserve the win. Cutter Dykstra (2-for-3) and Cole Leonida (1-for-2) combined for three hits and three RBI.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5 — GAME TWO
• Anderson 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Meza (W, 8-1) 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Bates (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burns 3-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Higley 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Norfork 0-1, R, 3BB

Hagerstown scored three in the 5th only to see Delmarva respond with four in the 6th, but answered back with the gamewinner in the last of the 6th for a 5-4 win and a doubleheader sweep. Christian Meza got the benefit of the Suns’ rally for his 8th win. Colin Bates pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his sixth save. Billy Burns led the Hagerstown offense with a 3-for-3 game with two runs scored. The victories, the fourth and fifth straight, also opened up the Suns lead over second-place Hickory and West Virginia to 3½ games and lowered the magic number to clinch the Sally North to six with eight games to play.

Mahoning Valley 7 Auburn 3
• Fischer 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 6K
• Mendez (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Wall ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Renda 4-6, R, RBI
• Miller 2-6, R, RBI

The Auburn Citizen’s Ben Meyers has the story on the 11th-inning meltdown, including an Butch Hobson-like ejection of manager Gary Cathcart. The 7-3 loss drops Auburn’s lead over second-place Batavia to two games. The Doubledays and Muckdogs play next Sunday and Monday as part of Auburn’s 10-game roadtrip to end the season.

GCL Astros 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Mieses (L, 1-5) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Lucas 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Difo 1-4, R
• Severino 1-4, R

The GCL Nationals finished the 2012 season with a 5-2 loss to the GCL Astros. Adalberto Mieses started and gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts over five innings, but notched his fifth “L.” Bobby Lucas finished the game with a run on four hits and a walk over the final three innings. The offense was held to just five hits and one walk, with both runs scoring by virtue of an error. The G-Nats’ final record of 27-33 was eight games off the pace and last in the GCL East.

Aug 252012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (7-11, 4.89) vs.
Teheran (7-7, 5.48)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Broderick (2-0, 4.08) vs.
Bascom (6-6, 4.28)
Potomac Won, 6-4 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Swynenberg (5-5, 5.49) vs.
Jones (6-0, 2.30)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-2, 4.40) and
Anderson (0-1, 27.00) vs.
Chalas (9-7, 5.07) and
Louico (0-6, 5.92)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Fischer (3-3, 4.50)
Merritt (3-4, 4.09)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-3;
Won, 2-1
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Cancelled END OF SEASON N/A

Gwinnett 6 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 11-9) 3IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Atkins 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Lehman 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 3-4, 2B
• Perez 2-5

Gwinnett scored in each of the first four innings and cruised to 6-0 shutout of Syracuse. Yunesky Maya kept the ball in the yard for just the second time this month but was touched for five runs on eight hits and a walk over just three innings. Mitch Atkins and Pat Lehman combined for five innings of one-run (unearned) relief. The Chiefs offense stalled with just seven hits, five by Eury Perez and Zach Walters, and was a woeful 0-for-7 with RISP and left 10 runners on base.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 3
• Rosenbaum (L, 8-10) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Pucetas 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Hood 2-3, R, BB
• Rendon 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Solano 1-3, 2RBI

Danny Rosenbaum’s woes returned with a five-run 6th inning that busted open a 1-1 game as Harrisburg fell to Bowie, 6-3. Rosenbaum was charged with all six runs on seven hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Destin Hood singled twice and and walked once to lead the Senators on offense. The loss lowered the tragic number for playoff contention to one with 11 games left to play.

Potomac 6 Frederick 4
• Gilliam (W, 1-1) 7⅔ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Testa ⅓+ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Wort (SV, 11) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-2 IR-S
• Skole 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Souza 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Sorry, no LNIW. Took the new copyeditor to the Bark in the Park

Potomac posted a picket fence for six straight innings and survived a ninth-inning scare to take Game One of this pivotal series with Frederick, 6-4. Joe Testa, who was brought on with two outs in the 8th to escape a minor threat, created a big one by loading the bases with a hit and two walks. Rob Wort came on for the second night in a row and let in two before getting a double-play ball and a strikeout for his 11th save. Starter Rob Gilliam showed his AA experience with seven and 2/3rds innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits, one walk and striking out eight for the win. Potomac pounded out 14 hits, with Matt Skole leading the charge with a 3-for-5 night and Steve Souza Jr. homering again and driving in two. The win shaves the gap to 2½ games, with Wilmington assuming first place ahead of Frederick in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — PPD
An afternoon downpour rendered the field at Municipal Stadium unplayable, forcing a postponement and creating a doubleheader tonight.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 2
• Monar 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Hudgins 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Waterman (L, 2-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Manuel 3-3
• Renda 2-3, R, BB
• Miller 2-4, 2B

A two-out double in the 9th drove in the deciding run as Mahoning Valley edged Auburn, 3-2. It might have been worse had Wander Ramos not thrown out the runner at the plate on the single that followed, but the Doubledays couldn’t rally in the last of the 9th, the game ending on a line-out double play at first base. Blake Monar got the start, giving up two runs over four innings on six hits and three walks while striking out five. Will Hudgins made his NYPL debut with four scoreless innings of relief. Elliot Waterman took the loss with the run given up in the 9th on two hits and a leadoff walk. Craig Manuel led the eight-hit attack with three singles in three at-bats. Second-place Batavia also lost, keeping Auburn’s lead at three games and lowering the magic number for the division title to 10.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Astros 3 — GAME ONE
• Vasquez (W, 4-6) 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 2K, HR
• Heredia (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Foat 3-4, 2RBI
• Lippincott 2-4, 2B, 3RBI

Picking where they left off last Saturday, the G-Nats blew an early 2-0 deficit by giving up three runs in the top of the 5th but matched the G-Astros with three in the bottom of the 6th en route to a 6-3 win in the completion. Daury Vasquez got the win with seven total innings pitched, three runs allowed on five hits and six walks and two strikeouts. Matt Foat led the hit colum with a 3-for-4 game while Bryan Lippincott drove in three while going 2-for-4.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Astros GCL 1 — GAME TWO
• Pena 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Williams 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dicharry (W, 4-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Lippincott 2-4, 2B, RBI
• James Brooks 1-3, R

The second game was a pitcher’s duel that saw all the scoring in the final three innings as the G-Nats completed the doubleheader sweep with a 2-1 win. Ronald Pena threw three perfect innings, striking out three to start. Deion Williams was even better in his second outing, allowing just a hit and no walks over two innings. Kevin DiCharry gave up the Astros’ run but was the pitcher of record, allowing two walks and two hits. Bryan Lippincott singled and doubled to lead the G-Nats offense.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Mets1 — CANCELLED
Presumably due to Hurricane Isaac, the final two games between the DSL Nationals and the DSL Mets1 have been cancelled.

Aug 242012
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 63-70, 5th place I.L. North, 14½ games behind

Good Sandy Leon .371/.511/.600 in August (14G)
Bad Erik Arnesen 5.51ERA, 1.59WHIP since All-Star Break
Interesting Eury Perez 8BB in 34G at AAA (7 in 82G at AA)

HARRISBURG SENATORS 61-70, 5th place E.L. West, 15½ games behind

Good Destin Hood .289/.325/.447 in last 10G
Bad Rafael Martin 9H, 8ER, 3HR in last 3 appearances
Interesting Pat McCoy Home ERA: 5.47, Road ERA: 1.32

POTOMAC NATIONALS 27-32, 4th place C.L. North Division, 3 games behind (58-71 overall)

Good Aaron Barrett 1.26ERA, 0.77WHIP since callup (14G)
Bad Adrian Sanchez 15CS vs. 23SB (39.5%)
Interesting 40-27 home record, 3rd best in C.L.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-24, 1st place Sally League North Divison, 2½ games ahead (77-51 overall)

Good Caleb Ramsey .452/.528/.710, three triples in last 10G
Bad Alex Kreis 6.75ERA, 2.34WHIP since return from GCL (8G)
Interesting Team batting 113HR in 128G

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 38-25, 1st place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 3 games ahead

Good Wander Ramos 27BB in 55G
Bad Silvio Medina 9HBP in 43⅓ IP
Interesting Team pitching 36HR — 14th in 14-team NYPL

GCL NATIONALS 26-32, 4th Place GCL East, 8 games behind (eliminated)

Good Mike Mudron 1.00WHIP in 24IP
Bad Narciso Mesa 2BB in 32G
Interesting Wilmer Difo 33BB in 52G

DSL NATIONALS 38-32, 3rd Place Boca Chica South Division, 11 games behind (eliminated)

Good 18-y.o. Raudy Read 9HR – 3rd best in DSL
Bad 18 y.o. Miguel Acevedo 7HBP in 32⅔ IP
Interesting 38 team wins most since “Smileygate”
Aug 242012
 

With six strong innings from top pitching prospect Alex Meyer, the Potomac Nationals took their third straight win with a 7-5 decision over the Carolina Mudcats, setting up a weekend showdown with the first-place Frederick Keys.

Potomac scored in each of the first four innings, highlighted by Steven Souza Jr.’s fourth home run, a light-tower shot that comfortably cleared the 400-foot marker over the centerfield wall with two outs in the top of the first. It was 23-year-old’s 21st roundtripper between Low-A and High-A. He would total two walks and two stolen bases and kept his cool when Carolina starting pitcher Michael Goodnight, who did not have one, plunked him in his third plate appearance.

Meyer turned in a quality start for the sixth time in seven starts, rebounding from a six-run shellacking last Friday night in Salem. The lone Mudcat run came in the third as Todd Hankins doubled to center, then was sent in on a sacrifice hit and a sacrifice fly.

With Nathan Karns likely on the shelf for the rest of the season, the towering 22-y.o. has become the staff ace. Like Karns, he has shown that he doesn’t necessarily need to blow guys away to be effective, as his first strikeout did not come until the 18th batter he faced with one out in the 5th — though he would need it and another whiff to escape a bases-loaded jam in the 5th, then stranded two more in the 6th with his third and final K.

Potomac scored its seventh run in the 7th after a Blake Kelso single, the second Souza walk, and a Ricky Hague single to left that was hit so sharply that the fleet-footed Kelso could only advance one base. Jason Martinson fell behind quickly on a pair of curves, but didn’t bite on the 0-2 fastball on the outside corner. Instead of offering something in the dirt, Carolina southpaw J.D. Reichenbach went back to the bender, but Martinson was not fooled this time and looped it into left for the RBI and a 7-1 lead.

After two shutout frames from Aaron Barrett, Rob Wort took the mound for what should have been an easy inning in the 9th. Instead, Carolina did not roll over and made him work. After following a leadoff walk with a strikeout, the slender righty gave up four straight hits — triple to right-center, double to left, a two-run homer off the second tier of signs in right field, then a single to right.

Wort would catch the next batter looking then get the cleanup hitter, 24-y.o. veteran Anthony Gallas, to fly out to shallow left to finally put the game away.

As aforementioned, one of the two teams that Potomac needs to catch and pass to make the playoffs comes to town for three this weekend. Frederick leads Potomac by three, thus the P-Nats need no less than two out of three to have a chance at postseason play and probably need to sweep, given that they will have to face second-place Wilmington on the road as well as these Mudcats for another four as part of the their seven-game road trip to finish out the 2012 season.

Tonight, the P-Nats will send Rob Gilliam (0-1, 5.48) out to the mound against Frederick’s Kevin Gausman (0-0, 12.00), the No. 1 draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles this past June.

Aug 242012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4
(10 inn.)
@ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (11-8, 3.42) vs.
Delgado (4-2, 5.13)
Harrisburg Lost, 17-2 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (8-9, 3.73) vs.
Pettit (9-3, 4.10)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-1, 5.48) vs.
Gausman (0-0, 12.00)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-2, 4.40) vs.
Chalas (9-7, 5.07)
Auburn Won, 6-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Lee (4-1, 2.17)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2;
Lost, 4-0
vs. GCL Astros,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-7
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Gwinnett 5 Syracuse 4 (10 inn.)
• Duke 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Garcia (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, K,
• Perez 3-5, 2B, SB
• Leon 1-2, 2B, 2BB

Syracuse built a 4-0 lead after two innings, but couldn’t hold off Gwinnett late to lose, 5-4 in 10 innings. Christian Garcia gave up his own earned run for the first time since June 20, surrendering back-to-back-to-back singles with one out to suffer the loss, his first at AAA this season. Zach Duke had gotten the start and went the first seven innings, with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks. Eury Perez led the offense with a double, two singles, and a stolen base.

Bowie 17 Harrisburg 2
• Perry (L, 2-4) 4IP, 10H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Tatusko 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Hood 1-3, BB, RBI
• Skelton 2-2, BB, RBI

With rallies of six in the 5th and five in the 6th, Bowie knifed Harrisburg for a 17-2 gashing. Ryan Perry saw his ERA jump from 1.86 to 2.82 with eight runs surrendered on 10 hits over the first four innings. Marcos Frias and Rafael Martin combined to give up nine over the next three before Ryan Tatusko put the band aid on the evisceration with a scoreless eighth. Destin Hood and James Skelton highlighted the six-hit Senator offense, driving in both runs and combining for three hits and two walks.

Potomac 7 Carolina 5
• Meyer (W, 3-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Wort 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Souza 1-1, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Kelso 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, RBI

Another quality start for Alex Meyer Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 5
• Jordan (W, 3-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Hollins (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Burns 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Ortega 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B,

With six runs in the first four innings, Hagerstown held off a late charge by Delmarva for an 8-5 win, the eleventh straight Suns victory over the Shorebirds. Taylor Jordan won his third game at Low-A with a run on five hits over five innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Leonard Hollins put out the fire in the 8th and pitched a scoreless ninth for his first professional save. Caleb Ramsey saw his triple streak snapped but still went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Auburn 6 State College 3
• Pineyro 1IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Henke (W, 5-1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Davis (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Miller 2-4, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Renda 2-5, R, RBI

A four-run 7th pushed Auburn past State College to take the game 6-3 and the series 2-1. The first six Doubledays batters combined for nine hits, with Shawn Pleffner, Brandon Miller, and Tony Renda each collecting two hits. Starter Ivan Pineyro left after one inning with a cut on his hand, according to Auburn beat writer Ben Meyers of The Citizen. Pineyro gave up two runs on four hits. Travis Henke got the win in relief while Cody Davis pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 2 — GAME ONE
• Selsor (L, 0-4) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• McCatty 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Poole 2-3, R
• Severino 2-3, 3B, 2RBI

The G-Cards broke through for three in the bottom of the 4th against Casey Selsor, then tacked on another in the 5th as they doubled up the G-Nats, 4-2, in the opener. Selsor was charged the loss with all four runs allowed on four hits and a walk while striking out one over five innings. Pedro Severino drove in both Nationals runs with a two-run triple in the top of the 5th and went 2-for-3 for the game, as did Jordan Poole.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Difo 1-2, BB
• D. Eusebio 1-2, BB
• Jennings 1-3, SB

The G-Card completed the doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 shutout over the G-Nats. Kylin Turnbull took the loss with both runs given up over three and a 1/3rd innings on five hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts. Wilmer Difo, Diomedes Eusebio and Hayden Jennings accounted for the three (3) Nationals hits.

DSL Cubs2 8 DSL Nationals 7 (11 inn.)
• Ruiz 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez (L, 0-2) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 2R, BB, RBI
• Novas 2-4, RBI

After blowing a 5-2 lead after six, the D-Nats had to rally in the 9th to send it to extras where the D-Cubs2 won it 8-7 in 11 innings. Starter Raul Ruiz got the no-decision despite spinning a quality start of two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk over six innings. Mario Sanchez took the loss with two runs allowed on three hits and a walk in the 11th. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the offense with a 3-for-5 effort, including two runs scored, a walk, and an RBI.

Aug 232012
 

After falling behind 7-3 after three and a half innings, the Potomac Nationals took advantage of four errors and four wild pitches to score the last five runs in a 9-8 win in extra innings.

The comeback began in the 8th, Potomac down 8-4, with a Stephen King double to the right-center gap that might have been a triple. Adrian Sanchez followed with a slow tapper to second that got past the first baseman for a hit and an error and the fifth Potomac run. After Sanchez got caught stealing, Ricky Hague blistered a ball to short that Carolina shortstop Ronny Rodriguez decided to backhand for the second error of the inning. Matt Skole ripped a single to right, which the the rightfielder booted for the third error of the inning and the second P-Nat run, as Hague scored all the way from first.

In the 9th, after hitting the leadoff batter (Steve Souza Jr.) then striking out the next two batters, a two out walk drawn by J.P. Ramirez set up King to deliver another double, with pinch-runner Francisco Soriano easily scoring from first to tie the game at 8-8.

The comeback was completed in the 10th as Skole lofted his second opposite-field double to left, took third on a groundout, and scampered home when Fabio Martinez hit the backstop — the one without the glove behind home plate — as the wild pitch thudded with a report loud enough to be heard over the roar of the crowd.

The improbable comeback masked what was an otherwise awful debut by Taylor Hill, who gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings, including three doubles and a long home run by Rodriguez. Three of the runs were unearned, with two errors by Skole and a couple of misplays by Souza in his fifth game as a centerfielder as a pro, but the balls were hit hard because they were up and/or over the plate.

Ryan Demmin, Adam Carr, and Neil Holland combined for six and a 1/3rd innings of one-run relief, with Demmin surrendering the run (a home run by Anthony Gallas), Carr dispatching the Mudcats on six pitches in the 7th, and Holland striking out five over the last three innings for his sixth “W” of the season.

The win keeps Potomac’s playoff hopes alive, as they trail first-place Wilmington by three and a 1/2 games, second-place Frederick by three games (Lynchburg is also ahead of them, but in the event of a double-half winner, it’s the second-place second-half team that gets the berth).

The series concludes tonight with Alex Meyer (2-2, 2.35) taking the hill against Carolina’s Michael Goodnight (2-12, 4.73).

Aug 232012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (14-5, 3.50) vs.
Gilmartin (1-1, 3.20)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Perry (2-3, 1.86) vs.
Wright (4-3, 5.19)
Potomac Won, 9-8
(10 inn.)
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-2, 2.45) vs.
Goodnight (2-12, 4.73)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-2, 3.46) vs.
Chalas (9-7, 5.07)
Auburn Lost, 5-4
(12 inn.)
vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (3-1, 2.67) vs.
Sampson (0-1, 2.43)
GCL Nationals Postponed @ GCL Cardinals,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4
(13 inn.)
vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

SYRACUSE CHIEFS — OFF DAY
Tuesday’s 2-1 loss formally eliminated Syracuse from the I.L. North Division race and the tragic number for the Wild Card is down to five. The Chiefs start their final road trip outside of New York with a pair of four-game series against Gwinnett and Charlotte and a one-night stand in Lehigh Valley next Friday.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 1
• Holder (W, 3-3) 7⅔ IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K,
• McCoy (H, 10 ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0
• Barthmaier (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rendon 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB

Those that got to the park late might have missed all the scoring as Harrisburg edged Reading 2-1 in the noontime contest. Trevor Holder gave up a first-inning run on a triple and a sac fly to the first two batters. Brian Goodwin and Anthony Rendon drew first-inning walks and were plated by an RBI single by Justin Bloxom and a sac fly by Jhonatan Solano for a 2-1 lead. Holder held it with his longest outing as a Senator: seven and 2/3rds innings with just the one run and six hits, no walks allowed, and two strikeouts for his third win. Pat McCoy earned his 10th hold by retiring the lone batter he faced, lefty Cody Asche, who had driven in five the night before. Jimmy Barthmaier pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save, his first of the year.

Potomac 9 Carolina 8 (10 inn.)
• Hill 3⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 4ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Holland (W, 6-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Skole 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• King 3-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-5, R, BB, SB(23), CS(15)

It was wild finish Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 4
• Estevez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, 2HR
• Meza 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Bates (W, 8-3) 2IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B, 3RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Cutter Dysktra’s two-run double in the 8th broke a 3-3 tie as the Suns held off the Intimidators in the last lap for a 5-4 win. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez’s struggles with the long ball resurfaced with two solo shots (six in ten starts), as the 20-year-old gave up three runs on five hits and two walks with just one strikeout. Colin Bates got the win, his eighth, with an unearned run allowed over the final two innings, with two walks and one strikeout. Caleb Ramsey emptied the bases with a three-run triple, his 10th overall and third in the past two games.

State College 5 Auburn 4 (12 inn.)
• Lee 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Self (L, 1-3) 2IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-5, 2B, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-6, SB

A four-run eighth by the Spikes erased an early 4-0 Doubledays lead as Auburn eventually fell in extras, 5-4. The bullpen blowup erased a strong outing by starter Nick Lee, who threw six scoreless innings with four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. Derek Self took the loss with an unearned run in the top of the 12th. Tony Renda and Shawn Pleffner each had two hits as the Doubledays notched eight total. The loss sliced the Auburn lead over Batavia to three games in the Pinckney Division of the NYPL. Roster moves: RHPs Will Hudgins, Gilberto Mendez promoted from GCL, RHP Robert Benincasa placed on the 7-Day DL.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Cardinals — PPD
Rain postponed this one to force a doubleheader today between the first- and last-place teams in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cubs2 4 (13 inn.)
• Gomez 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 5K
• Lopez (BS, 1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
• Ramos (W, 1-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 3B, BB, RBI
• Read 1-1, R, HR, 2BB, RBI

Raudy Read’s pinch-hit home run sent this one to extras and three errors in the top of the 13th led to the game-winning run as the D-Nats edged the D-Cubs2, 5-4. The miscues made a winner out of David Ramos, who finished the game with two scoreless innings for his first win. Elisaul Gomez turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on two hits and four walks with five strikeouts over the first six frames. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the nine-hit attack with a 3-for-5 afternoon, including a walk and an RBI.

Aug 222012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 11-9 vs. Reading,
12:00 p.m.
Holder (2-3, 5.23) vs.
May (9-11, 5.17)
Potomac Lost, 4-0;
Won, 3-0
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (High-A debut) vs.
Rayl (10-8, 4.08)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6
(10 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (5-1, 5.83) vs.
Leyer (1-1, 6.48)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-1, 4.34) vs.
Perez (0-3, 5.06)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-0 @ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 1
• Roark (L, 6-16) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 10K, HR
• MacDougal 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Perez 1-3, BB, RBI, CS
• Negrych 1-2, BB

Instead of one bad inning, it was one mistake pitch that did in Syracuse for a 2-1 loss to Indianapolis. Tanner Roark gave up a two-run homer in the 5th but pitched six strong innings otherwise, allowing six hits, a walk and striking out 10. Like the previous night, the offense was largely quiet: just three hits and two walks, with Eury Perez driving in the lone Chiefs runs with an RBI single in the last of the 8th.
Roster move: RHP Hassan Pena has been suspended for what’s believed to be a violation of team rules.

Reading 11 Harrisburg 9
• Wang 6IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 8K, HR, 2WP
• Nelo (BS, 3; L, 1-5) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Skelton 2-2, R, 2B, BB, SF, 3RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R

Hector Nelo’s third blown save halted the Senators modest four-game win streak with an 11-9 loss to Reading. Nelo coughed up the lead (9-8) as quickly as possible with a leadoff solo HR to Darin Ruf as part of the three-run meltdown in the 9th. Starter Chien-Ming Wang had no errors committed behind him while he gave up five runs on eight hits, including a two-run shot in the 3rd, walked two and struck out eight. The Senators pounded out 11 hits with four batters collecting multiple hits. James Skelton reached base three times and drove in three runs to lead the way.

Carolina 4 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Ray (L, 4-11) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, HBP, WP
• Testa 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 2-3

Make that four straight losses for Robbie Ray as the P-Nats dropped the opener of the doubleheader to the Mudcats, 4-0. Ray gave up all four Carolina runs on five hits and three walks over five innings, raising his ERA to 6.57 for the season. Potomac was held to six hits, with Steve Souza going 2-for-3 to lead the hit column and improve his batting average to .352 in 15 games. Roster moves: Nathan Karns placed on the 7-Day DL, RHP Will Hudgins returned to the GCL.

Potomac vs. Carolina — GAME TWO
• Grace (W, 8-12) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K, HBP
• King 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Hague 1-3, 2B
• Kelso 1-2, SB

Stephen King’s three-run homer in the 2nd was more than Matt Grace needed as Potomac returned the favor in the nightcap and shut out Carolina, 3-0. Grace went the distance for his 8th win and second complete game, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out seven over the seven-inning contest. The split lowered the elimination number to eight with 11 games to play as the P-Nats trail first-place Wilmington by 4½ games in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 6 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Hollins (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miller 4-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Ramsey 3-3, 2-3B, BB, 3RBI, SB

The Suns rallied to tie three times, including the bottom of the 9th, before finally overtaking the Intimidators, 7-6 in 10 innings for their 11th walkoff win of 2012. Justin Miller and Caleb Ramsey combined for seven hits, and teamed up in the 9th with a double (Miller) followed two batters later by a triple (Ramsey) to send the game into extras. Adrian Nieto, Miller. and J.R. Higley both singled in the 10th and with the help of a Kannapolkis error, Nieto scored the gamewinning run. Leonard Hollins got the win with two perfect innings of relief. Starter Blake Schwartz went the first five innings with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk with eight K’s. The win, combined with losses by West Virginia and Hickory, extends Hagerstown’s lead to 1½ games in the Sally League North (two in the loss column).

Auburn 3 State College 1
• Encarnacion (W, 4-1) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Waterman (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Davis (SV, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Lopez 1-2, 2B, 2BB

Auburn is keeping up the pressure, adding their sixth “W” in the last seven games with a 3-1 win over State College. Pedro Encarnacion got the win, his fourth, with one run allowed on four hits and two walks over six innings. He also struck out six. Cody Davis stranded two in the eight and retired all five batters he faced his second save. Wander Ramos led the Doubledays offense with a single, double, a run scored and a run batted in. The win maintains a four-game lead over Batavia in the NYPL Pinckey Division and lowers the magic number to clinch the division to 12.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Barrientos (L, 4-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• D. Williams ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Hudgins 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ruiz 2-3, 2R
• Difo 1-3, BB, RBI

The G-Nats bullpen combined for five scoreless innings of relief, but the offense couldn’t dig out of a 4-0 hole to lose, 4-3. Starter Joel Barrientos took the loss, giving up all four Marlins runs on six hits and three walks. Nineteen-year-old former SS Deion Williams made his pitching debut, getting two of four batters faced with walks to the other two and no hits allowed. Adderling Ruiz went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the G-Nats offense, which was held to six hits total.

DSL Phillies 3 DSL Nationals 0
• Valerio (L, 3-5) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• De La Cruz 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Abreu 3-4, 3B, CS
• Novas 2-4, SB

A pair of errors and a wild pitch rendered all three runs in the D-Phils 5th unearned, but they count in the “R” column just the same as the D-Nats were shut out, 3-0. Maximo Valero took the loss with just three hits and a walk allowed over the first five innings. Wander Suero and Emmanuel De La Cruz combined for three scoreless innings of relief. The D-Nats offense, which outhit the D-Phils 7-4, couldn’t break through in the clutch with an 0-for-9 mark with RISP and seven runners stranded.

Aug 212012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (6-15, 4.64) vs.
VandenHurk (11-4, 3.26)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Wang (1-4, 4.73) vs.
Colvin (1-2, 9.31)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m. (DH)
Ray (4-10, 6.53) and
Grace (7-12, 5.61) vs.
Cooper (6-7, 4.44) and
Jimenez (8-7, 5.03)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-4 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-1, 3.29) vs.
Lane (3-5, 4.97)
Auburn Lost, 7-4
(10 inn.)
vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-1, 4.62) vs.
Rodriguez (3-1, 3.12)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-2
(10 inn.)
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 0
• Mandel (L, 4-5) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Severino 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Leon 1-3
• Perez 1-4

Jeff Mandel had one bad inning out of six, but without the offense to back him up, it was enough for Syracuse to lose, 2-0. The 27-y.o. righty scattered eight hits and walked three, but gave up both Indianapolis runs in the 2nd. The Chiefs offense was limited to just four hits and one walk, with no batter reaching base twice and just three getting into scoring position. Roster moves: RHPs Tanner Roark, Mitch Atkins activated from TIL and DL, respectively.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 2
• Demny 5IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Tatusko (W, 3-5) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Nelo (SV, 16)
• Nicol 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Rendon 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

Brian Goodwin, Sean Nicol, and Anthony Rendon went back-to-back-to-back in a three-run 6th that powered the Senators to their fourth straight win, 5-2 over the R-Phils. Rehabbing Jhonatan Solano, who’s scheduled to finish the season with Harrisburg, also went deep for a solo shot in the 4th. Starter Paul Demny gave up both Reading runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. Ryan Tatusko got the win with three and 2/3rds innings of shutout ball with a three hits and a walk given up and six strikeouts. Hector Nelo got the save (#16) with the tying run on deck with a one-batter-one-strikeout outing. Roster moves: RHP Kevin Pucetas transferred from Syracuse, C Jhonatan Solano assigned as MLB rehab.

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
Rain postponed the beginning of the final Potomac homestand and the contest against the Carolina Mudcats. It will be made up with a doubleheader tonight at 6:05 p.m. Roster moves: RHP Taylor Hill promoted from Hagerstown. As with Will Hudgins’s promotion, there is no official word on who has been deactivated to take his place on the P-Nats roster.

Kannapolis 11 Hagerstown 4
• Anderson (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR
• Eusebio 3⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Burns 3-5, R, RBI
• Ramsey 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Dixon Anderson’s Low-A debut was one to forget as the 2011 ninth-round pick was run into the wall by the Intimidators in an 11-4 Suns loss. Anderson got just two outs (both K’s) in the top of the first, as Kannapolis ran wild (four steals) and the defense faltered (three errors) to render three of the five runs he gaveup unearned, though the 23-y.o. walked two and and allowed three hits. Billy Burns led the Hagerstown offense with a 3-for-5 night. Hagerstown’s lead in the Sally North is back to just a ½ game, one in the loss column, over second-place Hickory and West Virginia. Roster moves: 2B Hendry Jimenez activated from the DL.

Batavia 7 Auburn 4 (10 inn.)
• Mooneyham 4+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• McGeary (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Self 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Miller 2-4, R, 2B,
• Kieboom 2-4

Auburn battled back a 4-1 hole with three runs in 8th and 9th innings to force extras, but gave up three in the 10th to lose, 7-4 to Batavia. Starter Brett Mooneyham went four-plus innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Jack McGeary took the loss when a single and a botched sacrifice put the first two runners on and Derek Self was unable to strand them, giving up a two-run double and an RBI single. Brandon Miller and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-4 as the Doubledays managed eight hits total. The loss trims Auburn’s lead over second-place Batavia to four games in the NYPL’s Pinckney Divison, with third-place State College (7GB) coming to Falcon Park for the next three games. Roster moves: IF Carlos Alvarez demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Marlins 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Pena (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Mieses 3P, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Difo 1-2, BB, SB
• Brooks 1-2, BB
• Jennings 1-4, SB
The G-Nats were held to just three hits but managed to avoid the shutout, losing 3-1 to the G-Marlins. Ronald Pena got the start and took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits over two innings with a walk and a strikeout. Wilmer Difo and James Brooks both singled and walked while Difo and Hayden Jennings, who had the only other hit, both stole bases.

DSL Philies 4 DSL Nationals 2 (10 inn.)
• Gomez 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramos (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Novas 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-3

The D-Phils broke open a 1-1 tie with three in the top of the 10th and the D-Nats could only respond with one to lose in extras, 4-2. Starter Elisaul Gomez was the first of five D-Nats pitchers used, allowing four hits and no walks over two and 2/3rds innings. David Ramos took the loss when Mario Sanchez was unable to strand the leadoff double Ramos gave up before being lifted for Sanchez. Randy Novas came off the bench to score both D-Nats runs, including a solo home run in the 5th as part of a 2-for-3 afternoon.