Aug 202012
 

Sorry, no writeups today. Driving back from New England this morning and hoping to make the game tonight in Woodbridge.

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (4-4, 3.06) vs.
McPherson (0-1, 1.59)
Harrisburg Won, 8-6 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (6-7, 5.48) vs.
Hyatt (6-4, 4.89)
Potomac Cancelled vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-1, 5.75) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Casey (5-6, 5.85)
Auburn Won, 5-4;
Won, 8-7
vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-2, 3.08) vs.
Baker (2-2, 2.27)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 3
• Pucetas (W, 1-0) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (H, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Garcia (S, 11) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Carroll 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Marrero 1-2, BB, RBI
• Perez 1-3, BB, 2CS

Harrisburg 8 Erie 6
• Broderick (W, 2-0) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Zinicola (S, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K,
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Pahuta 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Potomac vs. Salem — Cancelled
The plug was pulled early on this one due to wet grounds and as the final meeting between the two teams, it will not be made up.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 2
• Rauh (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, K
• Meza (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3BB, K
• Norfork 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Ramsey 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Auburn 5 Batavia 4 (10 inn., Comp. of 7/22 susp. gm.)
• Monar 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Davis 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Boyden (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Montilla 2-4, R
• Mesa 2-2

Auburn 8 Batavia 7
• Fischer (W, 3-3) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Medina (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Martinez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Ramos 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 1-2, R, 2RBI

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
The G-Nats finish up the 2012 campaign with seven games in six days against the Marlins, Cardinals and Astros and a chance to finish both in second in the GCL East and above .500.

DSL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
The D-Nats are still mathematically alive for a wild-card spot in the playoffs but have an elimination number of four with six games to play, those being against the Phillies, Cubs2 and Mets1 squads.

Aug 192012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 vs. Indianapolis,
2:00 p.m.
Pucetas (0-0, -.–) vs.
Locke (9-5, 2.66)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 @ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Broderick (1-0, 4.26)
Potomac Won, 7-4 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-1, 5.75) vs.
Barnes (5-4, 3.40)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-2, 4.56) vs.
TBD
Auburn Won, 10-8 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Fischer (2-3, 4.76) vs.
Helisek (2-2, 2.93)
GCL Nationals Suspended OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A

Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 2
• Lannan 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Pena (L, 3-5) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Severino ⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Teahen 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Indianapolis scored four unearned runs in the top of the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and hand Syracuse a 6-2 loss. Starter John Lannan gave up two runs on six hits and three walks over six and a 1/3rd innings while striking out three. Hassan Pena took the loss when the fourth Chiefs error of the night helped let in his one-out walk (three hits given up by Atahualpa Severino also contributed). Zach Walters hit his first AAA home run and drove in two, while Mark Teahen singled, doubled, and walked to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 2 Erie 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 8-9) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Zinicola (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K,
• Nelo (SV, 15) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Hood 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Watts 1-4, R, 2B

Danny Rosenbaum tossed seven scoreless innings as the Senators won consecutive games for the first time in two weeks with a 2-1 win over Erie. Rosenbaum won his 8th game, snapping a streak of 13 winless starts, with five hits allowed, one walk, and three strikeouts. The Senators plated two but none from scoring position, with Kris Watts scampering home on a wild pitch in the 3rd and Anthony Rendon (1-4) scoring from first on a two-out double by Destin Hood in the 4th.
Potomac 7 Salem 4
• Swynenberg (W, 5-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Wort (SV, 10) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Keyes 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Kevin Keyes’s three-run shot in the first set the tone early as Potomac broke a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over Salem. Keyes, Steve Souza Jr., and Jason Martinson each singled and homered as the P-Nats pounded out 15 hits total. Matt Swynenberg got the win in his first start since July 14, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. Rob Wort turned in two scoreless frames and struck out three for his 10th save. Roster moves: RHP Will Hudgins promoted from the GCL. A corresponding move has not yet been reported, though Nathan Karns, whose turn in the rotation was skipped yesterday and is not listed in the next five probables by the team, is a likely candidate for a deactivation.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2
• Jordan (W, 2-2) 5IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bates (SV, 5) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Nieto 1-2, R, BB, SF, HR, 3RBI
• Newsome 2-4

Adrian Nieto drove in all three Suns runs in a 3-2 win over the Shorebirds. The Hagerstown backstop hit a two-run HR in the first and a sacrifice fly in the 3rd. Starter Taylor Jordan won his second game, throwing five shutout frames with seven hits allowed, no walks, and three strikeouts. Richie Mirowski and Colin Bates both gave up a run over two ininngs but earned the hold and save respectively. The win keeps the Suns atop the Sally League North division by 1½ games over the Crawdads and Power.

Auburn 10 State College 8
• Monar 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K
• Wall (W, 1-0) 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Self (SV, 11) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 3-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Schill 1-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Auburn rallied for six in the top of the 9th to overcome a 5-4 deficit and held off a similar charge by State College in the last of the 9th for a 10-8 victory. Derek Self racked up his third one-batter, one-strikeout save and his 11th overall to nail down the win for Andrew Wall. Blake Monar started and went the first four innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Spencer Kieboom led the offense with a 3-for-3 night, scoring a run, and driving in two. The win keeps pace with second-place Batavia, which comes to Auburn for three games in two days with a completion of a July 22 contest tonight followed by regularly scheduled games tonight and tomorrow. The two teams are separated by three games in the Pinckney Division.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Astros 0 — SUSP.
• Vasquez 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K

Play was suspended after 2½ innings with the G-Nats leading 2-0. It will be resumed this coming Friday.

DSL Pirates2 2 DSL Nationals 1
• Silvestre 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Lopez (L, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Novas 1-3, 2B, SB
• Mercedes 1-3, BB, RBI

All the scoring came in the final two innings as the DSL Pirates2 edged the DSL Nationals, 2-1. Hector Silvestre tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while setting down nine on strikes. Reynaldo Lopez took the loss giving up single runs in the 8th and 9th innings. The D-Nats were held to just four hits, but two came in the ninth as Osvaldo Abreu led off with a single and Yermin Mercedes plated him with two outs with another single, the game ending on an out at third base as 17-year-old Thomas Alvarez tried to advance from first base.

Aug 182012
 

Sorry, no writeups today. Had to drive up to New England on short notice. Hoping to post regular writeups tomorrow and/or Monday.

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (7-11, 4.99) vs
Cabrera (6-6, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-9, 3.91) vs.
Avery (10-9, 4.67)
Potomac Lost, 12-6 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-5, 5.49) vs.
Celestino (7-7, 4.55)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 4.29) vs.
Chalas (9-6, 5.05)
Auburn Won, 1-0 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (2-3, 2.68) vs.
Heredia (3-1, 2.42)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-0
(6½ inn.)
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Toledo 6 Syracuse 2
• Maya 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• MacDougal (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Garcia ⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 1-3, BB, 2SB (14, 15)
• Leon 2-3, BB

Roster moves: RHP Kevin Pucetas transferred from Harrisburg, Tanner Roark placed on Temporary Inactive List.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 1
• Perry (W, 2-3) 9IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Van Ostrand 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-3, BB, RBI
• Pahuta 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

Salem 12 Potomac 6
• Meyer (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, R, BB
• Souza 3-5, R

Roster moves: OF Michael Taylor placed on 7-Day DL, OF Steve Souza Jr. activated from 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 1
• Estevez (W, 5-1) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Hawkins (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kreis (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nieto 3-4, R, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-4, R, SB
• Dykstra 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Auburn 1 State College 0
• Pineyro (W, 3-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Henke (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Benincasa (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 1-3, BB, RBI
• E. Martinez 1-3, BB

LHP Jack McGeary activated from the DL, RHP Jason Smith placed on the Temporary Inactive List.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Astros 0 (6½ inn.)
• Turnbull 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mendez (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Foat 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• D. Eusebio 2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI

Roster moves: C Michael Albaladejo placed on reserve list (suspended 50 games for PED); SS Stephen Perez, C Jhonatan Solano assigned (rehab)

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Pirates2 3 (11 inn.)
• Ruiz 6IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramos 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 5-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mercedes 3-5, R, BB, RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, BB
• Bautista 2-6, R, CS

Aug 172012
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 62-65, 5th place I.L. North, 9 games behind

Good Zach Duke 1WP in 151⅔ IP (OK, 14 wins, I.L. pitcher of the week, yada yada yada)
Bad Mark Teahen .186/.259/.255 since All-Star break (28G)
Interesting Christian Garcia 20⅓ scoreless innings (3 of 5 IR-S)

HARRISBURG SENATORS 56-68, 5th place E.L. West, 17½ games behind

Good Ryan Tatusko 0-1, 0.84ERA in August (4 appearances, 10⅔ IP)
Bad Tim Pahuta .177/.235/.367 since All Star game
Interesting Jonny Tucker .162/.279/.162 in 14G

POTOMAC NATIONALS 23-30, 4th place C.L. North Division, 4½ games behind (54-69 overall)

Good Francisco Soriano .370/.458/.510 since C.L. All-Star break (35G)
Bad Rob Gilliam 0-1, 5.75ERA, 1.57WHIP in first four C.L. starts
Interesting Since Freitas trade: 23-y.o. Erick Fernandez, 4G; 29-y.o. Jeff Howell, 8G

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 29-23, 1st place Sally League North Divison, ½ game ahead (71-50 overall)

Good Greg Holt 1-0, 2.00 ERA in August (4 appearances)
Bad Angel Montilla .167/.167/.222 in August (10G)
Interesting Brian Rauh 1.13WHIP, 4.56ERA

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 32-24, 1st place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 3 games ahead

Good Blake Monar 2.68ERA, 1.35WHIP, 42K in 43⅔IP (9 GS)
Bad Carlos Lopez 9E, 39K in 34G
Interesting Shawn Pleffner .472SLG, 14 doubles in 36G

GCL NATIONALS 24-28, 3rd Place GCL East, 7½ games behind

Good Matt Foat .336/.413/.393 in 37G
Bad Andy Santana 1-4, 6.46ERA, 1.56WHIP
Interesting Gilberto Mendez 1.05WHIP, 9.5K/9IP

DSL NATIONALS 36-27, T2nd Place Boca Chica South Division, 7½ games behind

Good 20-y.o. Wander Suero 3.00 BB/9IP
Bad 17-y.o. Wester Suarez .523OPS
Interesting 18 y.o. Osvaldo Abreu 27BB, 22SB in 52G
Aug 172012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (11-8, 3.52) vs.
Smyly (0-2, 7.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Perry (1-3, 2.00) vs.
Gayhart (1-2, 4.19)
Potomac Lost, 8-5 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-1, 0.93) vs.
McCarth (0-1, 3.38)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (4-1, 6.31) vs.
Guzman (1-1, 7.94)
Auburn Won, 12-5 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (2-1, 3.27) vs.
Sampson (0-0, 2.83)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-0 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-4 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Toledo 4
• Duke (W, 14-5) 8+IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Davis 1IP, H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K,
• Rivero 3-4, 2R, HR(10), RBI
• Marrero 3-4
• Brown 3-5, R, 3B, RBI

The Chiefs scored three runs early and five runs late en route to an 8-4 plucking of the Mud Hens. Zach Duke may have sat too long in the last of the 8th, giving up a single and a home run to the first two batters in the 9th in an attempt for back-to-back shutouts. Duke finished with both Toledo runs on nine hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Syracuse pounded out 15 hits, with Carlos Rivero, Chris Marrero, and Corey Brown each had three of them, with Rivero smacking his 10th big fly of the season.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 1
• Wang (L, 1-4) 4⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lozada 2-4
• Bynum 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Chien-Ming Wang resumed his “rehab,” making his sixth start for Harrisburg, which lost yet again, 4-1. Wang gave up two runs on three hits and two walks to the sixth-best offense in the E.L. The Senators outhit the Aeros 8 to 6, but went 0-for-5 with RISP and stranded seven baserunners. Seth Bynum broke up the shutout with a leadoff homer in the 8th. Brian Goodwin was pulled from the game after failing to slide on a double play that ended the 6th, but not until he had taken the field for warmups in the top of the 7th. This is not the first time manager Matt LeCroy has asserted his authority with such boorishness, as he pulled the same stunt last summer in Potomac with Eury Perez.

Salem 8 Potomac 5
• Grace (L, 7-12) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B
• Soriano 2-2, R

Kevin Keyes’s three-run shot in the top of the 9th highlighted a four-run comeback bid that fell three runs short as Salem sent Potomac to its seventh loss in the past nine games, 8-5. Starter Matt Grace was tagged for six runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks for his team-leading 12th loss. Keyes went 2-for-4 as did Ricky Hague while Francisco Soriano singled twice off the bench. Potomac is now 4½ games behind in the C.L. North race, with a tragic number of 14 with 17 games left to play.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 3
• Schwartz 6IP, 9H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Holt 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Norfork 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Montilla two OF assist at HP

Hagerstown rallied for three in the 9th and held off Delmarva for a 5-3 win that put the Suns back atop the Sally League North. Starter Blake Schwartz turned in six strong innings, scattering nine hits and allowing one run, no walks, and setting down seven on strikes. Brett Newsome, Cutter Dykstra, and Khayyan Norfork each went 2-for-4, with Norfork’s two-run homer highlighting the ninth-inning rally.

Auburn 12 Mahoning Valley 5
• Lee 3⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Medina (W, 1-3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 4-6, 2B, 3RBI
• Renda 3-5, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• McQuillan 0-3, 2R, 3BB

Rallies in the 9th were de rigeur last night for the Nats as Auburn piled on five in the final frame for a 12-5 win to split the two-game series with Mahoning Valley. Starter Nick Lee gave up all five Scrappers runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three. Silvio Medina got his first New York-Penn League win with two and a 1/3rd innings of one-hit relief with no walks and three strikeouts. Shawn Pleffner drove in three and went 4-for-6, followed closely by Tony Renda’s 3-for-5 night with two runs scored as the Doubledays registered 15 hits total. Auburn continues to hold a three-game lead in the Pinckney Division as they wind their way back to Western New York with a pair of games today and tomorrow against third-place State College.

GCL Cardinals 2 GCL Nationals 0
• Selsor (L, 0-3) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Peters 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lippincott 3-4, 2B
• Poole 1-3, 2B

The G-Cards scored twice in the top of the first and made it stand up for a 2-0 shutout of the G-Nats. Casey Selsor started and gave up both Cardinals runs on six hit and two walks while striking out three for his third loss. Adalberto Mieses and John Peters each turned in scoreless innings in relief. The G-Nats bats were limited to six hits, with Bryan Lippincott accounting for half of them with a 3-for-4 afternoon.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL “Redbacks” 4
• Gomez (W, 7-3) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Sanchez (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Mercedes 3-5, 3R, 2B, 4RBI
• Novas 3-5, 2-2B, 3RBI

A four-run sixth broke open a 3-1 game as the DSL Nationals cruised to a 10-4 beatdown of the DSL “Redbacks.” Elisaul Gomez won his team-leading seventh game with a run allowed on two hits and three hits over five innings while striking out four. Yermin Mercedes and Randy Novas both went 3-for-5, with Mercedes scoring three times and driving in four and Novas plating three and doubling twice.

Aug 162012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0;
Lost, 4-3
vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (13-5, 3.57) vs.
Below (2-1, 3.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Wang (1-3, 4.88) vs.
Murata (2-1, 3.45)
Potomac Lost, 9-1 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (7-11, 5.62) vs.
Couch (8-9, 3.75)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-7 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-1, 3.80) vs.
Rodriguez (5-6, 3.29)
Auburn Lost, 5-4 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-1, 3.86) vs.
Morel (2-2, 4.39)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-4 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 13-2 @ DSL Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 1 Toledo 0 — GAME ONE
• Mandel (W, 4-4) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Garcia (SV, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 1-3, SB
• Leon 1-1, R, BB, HR, RBI

Sandy Leon homered for the second straight game while Jeff Mandel tossed six scoreless innings to lead the Chiefs past the Mud Hens, 1-0 in the opener. Mandel allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out five. Christian Garcia notched his 10th save and extended his scoreless inning streak to 20⅓. Eury Perez singled and stole his 13th base for Syracuse (44th overall).

Toledo 4 Syracuse 3 — GAME TWO
• Roark (L, 6-15) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• MacDougal 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Brown 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Perez 1-3, R, BB

Syracuse struck for two early but couldn’t hold the lead and couldn’t complete the last-inning comeback to lose the nightcap, 4-3. Tanner Roark lost his I.L.-leading 15th game despite throwing a quality start of three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Seven of the nine Chiefs batters hit safely, but they also hit into three double plays. Corey Brown and Eury Perez both reached base twice with hit and a single.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 2
• Holder (L, 2-3) 1+IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Tatusko 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K, 2-0 IR-S
• Van Ostrand 2-3, R, BB
• Hood 2-4, 2B

Despite a heroic bullpen effort from Ryan Tatukso, the Senators couldn’t muster the offense to dig out of an early 4-0 hole to lose their third straight, 5-2. Starter Trevor Holder got strafed for four runs on seven hits and two walk over the course of 12 batters faced. Tatusko came in with two on and no outs in the 2nd and stranded them both, then pitched five more shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk. The offense could only manage seven hits, with Jimmy Van Ostrand (2-for-3, BB) and Destin Hood (2-for-4, 2B) leading the way.

Wilmington 9 Potomac 1
• Ray (L, 4-10) ⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, WP
• Demmin 4⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• King 2-4, 2-2B
• Hague 2-4
• Kelso 2-4

Robbie Ray couldn’t make it out of the first, hitting the org’s pitch-count limit for a single inning while giving up three hits and three walks while getting just two outs for his 10th loss as the P-Nats fell again to the Blue Rocks, 9-1. Since the C.L. All-Star break, Ray has gone 1-7 with a 7.92 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Potomac registered 10 hits, with Stephen King, Ricky Hague, and Blake Kelso each going 2-for-4, but struggled in the clutch with a 1-for-12 mark with RISP and eight runners left on base. The loss drops Potomac to 3½ games behind Wilmington with three games left against each other (Sep. 1-3), as they head down I-81 to Salem for four games against the Red Sox.

Hickory 14 Hagerstown 7
• Hill 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Hawkins (BS, 1; L, 3-3) 1+IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HBP, WP
• Nieto 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2BB
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, R

Hagerstown gave up nine runs over the last four innings in a 14-7 loss that prevented a sweep of Hickory and dropped the Suns back into second place. Starter Taylor Hill gave up two gopherballs and eight hits total for five runs over five innings but left with a 6-5 lead. Ben Hawkins got tagged with the loss, allowing the tying run in the 6th and letting on what proved to be the winning runs in the 7th. All four Hagerstown relievers were touched for earned runs. Adrian Nieto led the Suns offense with a pair of doubles and a pair of walks, followed by Khayyan Norfork, who singled, doubled, walked, scored a run and drove in a run. Hagerstown visits last-place Delmarva for four games starting tonight before returning to the Muni for seven on Monday.

Mahoning Valley 5 Auburn 4
• Encarnacion 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Davis (L, 3-1) 1⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• E. Martinez 3-5
• Mesa 2-4, R

Auburn fought back from a 4-0 deficit, gave the lead back in 8th, and got the tying run in scoring position with two out in the 9th, but fell 5-4 to Mahoning Valley. Starter Pedro Encarnacion gave up four second-inning runs but went six innings total, with four hits allowed, a walk, and a strikeout. Cody Davis was charged with the loss when Robert Benincase gave up a hit to the first batter he faced to send in the winning run. Estarlin Martinez led the 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Narciso Mesa’s 2-for-4 effort.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Cardinals 4
• Pena 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Barrientos (W, 4-0) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Foat 4-5, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
• Bailey 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Brooks 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

The G-Nats scored in four straight innings to cruise to a 10-4 win over the G-Cards. Joel Barrientos got the win in relief, throwing four and 2/3rds innings and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three. The G-Nats pounded out 12 hits, with Matt Foat once again leading the hit column with a 4-for-5 game with a double and four RBI.

DSL Nationals 13 DSL “Redbacks” 2
• Valerio (W, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Acevedo 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mercedes 4-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• De Los Santos 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The D-Nats pounded out 16 hits en route to a 13-2 smackdown of the Cincinnati/Arizona DSL co-op. Maximo Valerio got the start and the win with two unearned runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. Yermin Mercedes singled twice and doubled twice to raise the 19-year-old’s average to .325, while 18-year-old Venezuelan Juan De Los Santos went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and two RBI.

Aug 152012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Toledo,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (3-4, 3.40) and
Roark (6-14, 4.72) vs.
Crosby (7-5, 3.91) and
Brown (3-3, 4.95)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Holder (2-2, 4.26) vs.
House (6-3, 3.58)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Wilmington,
12:05 p.m.
Ray (4-9, 5.99) vs.
Adam (4-11, 3.73)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 4.75) vs.
Faulkner (4-4, 3.86)
Auburn ALL-STAR
BREAK
@ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-1, 4.43)
vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-8 vs. DSL Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse vs. Toledo — PPD
Rain postponed the opener of this three-game series. It will be made up tonight with a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
Roster moves: 1B Chris Marrero activated from the DL, RHP Mitch Atkins placed on DL.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Pucetas 5+IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Frias (BS, 2) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• McCoy (L, 7-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bloxom 2-4
• Lozada 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Rendon 1-4, K

The addition of the Nats’ top hitting prospect did nothing to stem the tide of losses, as Harrisburg lost for the seventh time in eight games, 2-1. Anthony Rendon was 1-for-4 with a strikeout and helped turn two of the three Senator double plays. Starter Kevin Pucetas went five-plus innings, giving up three hits and walking four. The tying and winning runs came on sacrifice flies in the 7th and 8th innings off relievers Marcos Frias and Jimmy Barthmaier, with Pat McCoy taking the loss. Jose Lozada’s first-inning home run was one of just six (6) hits Harrisburg would manage, as the Senators went 0-for-5 with RISP and stranded eight baserunners.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 5
• Gilliam 5IP, 6H, 5R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Olbrychowski (W, 5-10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Wort (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Hague 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ramirez 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Skole 0-3, RBI, SF

It was like a battle between a toothless dog and clawless cat, but Potomac overcame a self-inflicted 5-0 deficit for a 7-5 win over Wilmington. The P-Nats committed six errors to two by the Blue Rocks, who did their part to catch up by uncorking a pair of wild pitches, playing right field like a high-school scrub, and dropping popups and throws to the plate. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up one earned run on a moonshot to center and four unearned runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. Adam Olbrychowski got the win in relief, pitching the top half of the 6th when the P-Nats rallied for five in the bottom half. Rob Wort got the save in high-wire fashion, striking out the final batter on a called third strike on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded. Roster moves: 3B Matt Skole promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 4 Hickory 3
• Rauh (ND) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Meza (H, 4) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Mirowski (BS, 1; W, 4-0) ⅓ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Newsome 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Higley 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Ortega 1-3, R, SAC, E

J.R. Higley’s RBI double in the bottom of the 9th gave Hagerstown its 10th walkoff win of the season, 4-3. The Suns’ 70th win also secured sole possession of first place in the Sally League North by a ½ game over the Power. Richie Mirowski got the dreaded blown-save-win in relief of starter Brian Rauh, who turned in six strong innings with just one run allowed on four hits and a walk. Higley and Brett Newsome both went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Suns’ offense. Roster moves: IF Khayyan Norfork promoted from Auburn, LHP Bobby Hansen Jr. placed on the 7-Day DL, RHP Wirkin Estevez activated from the DL.

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS — ALL-STAR BREAK
The N.L. All-Stars crushed the A.L. All-Stars, 8-1 in the New York-Penn League All-Star game. Here’s how the Doubledays performed:
• Schill 0-3, starting SS
• Martinez 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, starting LF
• Ramos 1-3, off the bench, RF
• Pleffner 1-2, off the bench, 1B
• Manuel 0-2, PH-DH

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Giolito 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Anderson 4IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Mieses (BS, 1; L, 1-4) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Foat 2-4, R
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI, 3K

Lucas Giolito gave up a run on two hits over two innings with no walks and one strikeout in his professional debut. The G-Nats, however, fell to the G-Marlins, 4-3. Dixon Anderson was stretched to four innings, allowing a run (home run) on five hits with a walk and five K’s. Adalberto Mieses took the loss by surrendering the tying and winning runs in the 7th. Matt Foat (2-for-4) and Will Piwinica-Worms (2-for-5) continue to produce on offense. Roster moves: OF Jordan Poole assigned from Auburn Doubledays, RHP Shane McCatty assigned from Potomac Nationals.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Giants 8
• Valdez 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Benitez (W, 3-2) 3IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Lopez (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Novas 4-5, 4R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 3SB
• A. Martinez 3-5, R, 2B, RBI

Randy Novas hit for the cycle and stole three bases to lead the DSL Nationals past the DSL Giants, 10-8. Starter Philips Valdez gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over the first three innings, while Juan Benitez got the win despite giving up five runs on five hits and three walks over the next three frames. Reynaldo Lopez was credited with the save for pitching the final two innings with a run on two hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. Roster moves: OF Armando Echenique on the 7-Day DL.

Aug 142012
 

It was first whispered on Twitter, then mentioned here in the comments, and now it’s been confirmed by the likes of MASN’s Byron Kerr — Anthony Rendon has been promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg.

One has to wonder if there is a timeline for Rendon that’s divorced from the usual developmental path. In other words, he was only going to be in Potomac for the month of April anyway and may have even been a three-level guy this year. The promotions of Bryce Harper and Brian Goodwin also lend credence to the theory that the usual rule of a level per year below AA doesn’t apply to certain guys.

No sense in me parroting Rendon’s bona fides or brief prospect history; Kerr does a fine job here. I liked what I saw over the four (4) games I got to see him, both offensively and defensively. And clearly the folks that know better (or have the power other than this virtual press) appear to agree.

Meanwhile, the champing at the bit for Matt Skole to join the P-Nats resumes. Perhaps today will be a good day all around for prospect watchers if indeed the Hagerstown third baseman is promoted to take Rendon’s place on the Potomac roster. The corresponding move to make room for Rendon in Harrisburg has not yet been announced. When it is, look for this space to be updated.

UPDATE #1
We still don’t know the corresponding move for Harrisburg yet, but as SpringfieldFan notes, the Senators have been carrying three catchers and it’s been the pattern to plug & play the backstops all season long. We do, however, know that 3B Matt Skole has been freed from Hagerstown and will replace Rendon on the Potomac roster. Replacing Skole for the Suns will be IF Khayyan Norfork from Auburn.

UPDATE #2
Longtime Nationals farmhand Devin Ivany was released to make room for Rendon on the Harrisburg Senators 25-man roster.

Aug 142012
 

For eight innings, the Potomac lumber was in a slumber but awoke in the ninth for two runs. They needed three, and lost 4-3 to the first-place Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Nathan Karns was tagged with his second straight loss, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings. And it could have been worse. Twice Wilmington ran into outs at home plate, the first coming in the 2nd inning when Nick Van Stratten attempted to score from second on groundout to short, the second when Van Stratten attempted to score from first on a one-out double to right-center in the 4th.

Karns had but one clean inning, and it didn’t come until the 5th. Much will be made of the 10 strikeouts, but more should be made of how hittable Karns was. Command and control are not the same thing, but poor command will often lead to fat fastballs and that’s what the Blue Rocks were feasting on last night.

Like too many pink drinks on Ladies Night, the Potomac offense made a big ugly look good. For seven innings, the aptly surnamed Brooks Pounders (6’4″, 270, 5.43ERA) held the P-Nats to just four hits and one unearned run, walking none and striking out five. The portly starboarder retired the last nine batters he faced, but did not appear to have overpowering stuff.

Matt Swynenberg followed Karns from the bullpen and turned in three solid innings of relief, with one run on two hits, no walks and three strikeouts. The lone mistake was a dropped third strike to lead off the 8th. A steal and a two-out single plated the extra runner for Wilmington’s fourth run and it turned out to be the difference.

Anthony Rendon started the 9th-inning rally with one out with a grounder steered between first and second with two strikes. Kevin Keyes followed suit with Rendon going to third. Ricky Hague sent Rendon in with a single to left. After a Jason Martinson strikeout, Jeff Howell drove in Keyes with a single to center and snuck into second on the relay throw trying to get Hague at third.

Stephen King, however, couldn’t cash in either runner and struck out to end the game.

The loss drops Potomac to 3½ games back in the Carolina League North. The P-Nats and Blue Rocks are scheduled to play tonight with Rob Gilliam (0-1, 7.04) facing off against Leondy Perez (3-4, 4.26).

Aug 142012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (3-4, 3.40) vs.
Crosby (7-5, 3.91)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Pucetas (7-5, 3.64) vs.
Espino (7-2, 3.03)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-1, 7.04) vs.
L. Perez (3-4, 4.26)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 4.75)vs.
Lamb (4-8, 4.79)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 7-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (pro debut)
vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3
(11 inn.)
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 4
• Lannan (L, 7-11) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Pena 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Carroll 2-3, R, 2B, BB, CS
• Leon 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied for five runs in the 7th and 8th innings and held off a late charge from Syracuse to win the rubber game of the series, 6-4. John Lannan dropped his 11th game with three runs allowed on three hits and four walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. The Chiefs ‘pen surrendered all four inherited runners, two by Hassan Pena and two by Erik Davis. Jim Negrych homered in the 9th to drive in two of three Syracuse runs scored. Sandy Leon homered in the 5th off former Nats farmhand Michael O’Connor for the Venezuelan backstop’s first AAA longball.

HARRISBURG SENATORS — OFF DAY
The Senators six-game homestand continues with three against the first-place Akron Aeros before Harrisburg heads out for three games over the weekend to Erie, PA.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 3
• Karns 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 10K
• Swynenberg 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Soriano 3-4, R, CS, OF assist at HP
• Rendon 2-4, R

A ninth-inning rally fell short Last Night In Woodbridge.
As noted in the comments, and elsewhere online, 3B Anthony Rendon has reportedly been promoted to Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 1
• Jordan (W, 1-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Holt (H, 4) 3IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Ortega 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Newsome 2-4, R, 2B
• Skole 1-2, 2BB, RBI, E(19)

Taylor Jordan earned his first Sally League win in more than a year as Hagerstown downed Hickory, 5-1. Jordan tossed five shutout frames, giving up just two hits and two walk while striking out six. Bryce Ortega powered the Suns attack with a 2-for-4 effort, including a two-run triple. The win gave Hagerstown sole possession of second place in the Sally League North, as they kept pace with first-place West Virginia.

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS — ALL-STAR BREAK
Five Doubledays will represent Auburn in the 8th annual New York-Penn League All-Star Game in Mahoning Valley: OFs Wander Ramos and Estarlin Martinez, 1B Shawn Pleffner, SS Wes Schill and C Craig Manuel.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 2
• Turnbull 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Vasquez (W, 3-6) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, K
• Mendez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lippincott 4-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Nix 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The G-Nats rapped out 16 hits en route to a 7-2 win over the G-Marlins. Bryan Lippincott singled twice and doubled twice to lead the attack, followed by Tony Nix, who was a triple shy of the cycle with a 3-for-5 afternoon. Kylin Turnbull made the start in rehab, allowing just hit over two scoreless innings. Daury Vasquez got the win with both Marlins runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Giants 3
• Silvestre 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 4-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 3B, RBI
• A. Martinez 2-4, 2RBI
• Novas 2-5

Wester Suarez’s two-out RBI single gave the D-Nats a 4-3 win in 11 innings. Starter Hector Silvestre gave up two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts over five inning. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win with a scoreless top of the 11th. Rafael Bautista led the hit column with a 3-for-5 afternoon as the D-Nats rapped out 10 hits total. Andres Martinez (2-for-4) and Randy Novas (2-for-5) also had multi-hit games.