Aug 132012
 

Zach DukeZach Duke’s complete-game shutout late in the week cinched the International League’s Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of August 6 to 12.

Duke went the distance in Syracuse’s 6-0 shutout of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, allowing three hits, no walks and striking out seven. A week ago, the I.L. Leader in pitching wins (13) struck out eight over six frames in a 5-4 win over Buffalo.

Combined, he went 2-0 with 15 innings pitched, three runs allowed on eight hits and a walk while striking out 15.

Duke was signed as a free agent at the end of spring training following his release from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the 20th round of the 2001 Draft, making his major-league debut in July of 2005 and representing the Pirates in the 2009 All-Star game.

He is the third Syracuse Chief to win weekly honors, following Tanner Roark (July 23-29) and Corey Brown (May 21-27).

Aug 132012
 

It’s the post you’ve been nagging asking for — a look at who might get sent to the Arizona Fall League.

One of the things I’ve noticed is that as the parent club improves, this kind of information becomes pushed to the periphery by the mainstream media. In other words, there’s going to be a lot more written about who might get called up in September than who’s going to play in the greater Scottsdale area in October. It’s already happening in the comments here, a niche site devoted to the future Nats, not the present Nats, as much as some folks want to bridge that gap like Evel Knievel with the Snake River Canyon.

Like last year, there is one clear choice: Brian Goodwin. Leapfrogging him from Hagerstown to Harrisburg has to have an AFL angle to it, which is not to say the only reason why the move was made. The next choice with little doubt is Anthony Rendon, assuming he doesn’t get hurt between now and then. A little less certain is Jeff Kobernus, though there is some question as to whether he’ll be healed by then (fractured rib).

As discussed previously, Zach Walters seems like a candidate to go back after being added to the taxi squad last fall, but repeats in the AFL aren’t very common. Likewise for Chris Marrero, who’s the right age and could use the playing time, especially since it’s unlikely he’ll be playing winter ball this year.

Less clear is whether Destin Hood or Justin Bloxom gets the call. Hood has been beset by injuries for a good chunk of this season, leaving some doubt as to whether his struggles at AA have been a matter of health or having hit a bump in the road developmentally. That kind of uncertainty is precisely what GMs want when it comes to the Rule 5 draft, which Hood will be eligible for in December. Bloxom might not get sent simply because the other teams responsible for filling out the roster of the Salt River Rafters have more attractive candidates (e.g. Matt Davidson, Toronto) at first base.

If Rendon is indeed the Single-A exception, then it might be safe to say that Nathan Karns and Alex Meyer might be held back, especially in the name of limiting innings with both in their first full professional season. I’ve heard whispers that Ricky Hague might be this year’s Zach Walters (taxi squad player), though that was when Hague was on a hot streak and has since cooled some.

With the new CBA, there just aren’t the late-sign, high-profile pitchers that would make obvious choices (e.g. Stephen Strasburg, Matt Purke). Folks suggesting Lucas Giolito need to share what they’re ingesting (tomorrow is his first outing, and I suspect it’ll be limited to one inning or 20 pitches, whichever comes first). We were surprised last year at the selections of Rafael Martin and Pat Lehman, neither of whom was on the verge of Rule 5 eligibility, but there just aren’t any pitchers that fit that mold at AA or AAA.

Perhaps we’ll see one or two out of the trio of Trevor Holder, Pat McCoy, and Paul Demny. That’s the safest guess at this point (and to be clear, without knowing which pitchers the other five organizations are likely to send, it’s a guess). Like last year, the only thing I’m sure of is that somebody, somewhere is going to be disappointed with the selections.

Aug 132012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (7-10, 5.03) vs.
O’Connor (2-6, 3.76)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (8-3, 2.06) vs.
Pounders (4-4, 5.43)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-2, 5.49) or
Jordan (0-2, 5.63) vs.
Martinez (6-6, 4.75)
Auburn Won, 8-4 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 11-8) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Garcia (SV, 9) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rivero 2-3
• Hoffpauir 2-3, RBI
• Teahen 1-3, R, 2RBI

Yunesky Maya continues to give up solo shots, but also continues to win as Syracuse took the first game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 3-1. Maya gave up a first-inning HR then threw four scoreless innings to get the win (#11), finishing with one run on three hits and no walks. Jarrett Hoffpauir’s RBI single tied it in the 2nd while Mark Teahen plated the winning runs with a two-run single in the 3rd. Christian Garcia went the final two frames to earn his 9th save and lower his ERA to 0.36.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Atkins (L, 6-9) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Lehman 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perez 2-3, OF assist at HP
• Leon 1-2, BB

Mitch Atkins also surrendered a solo shot, but the Yankees’ pitchers were able to keep the Chiefs off the board for a 1-0 shutout. Atkins allowed four of the five Scranton/Wlikes-Barre hits, walking one and striking out three over three innings. Eury Perez was the sole Syracuse batter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-3 and gunning down a runner at the plate. Roster move: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx released.

Binghamton 7 Harrisburg 2
• Demny (L, 6-7) 2⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Broderick 3⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Nicol 3-4
• Bloxom 2-4, BB, RBI

A four-run third chased starter Paul Demny as Harrisburg fell for the sixth time in seven games, 7-2. Demny was buffeted with eight hits while walking three and left the bases loaded with two out in the 3rd. Brian Broderick was able to strand them but eventually gave up two runs of his own. Harrisburg racked up 10 hits but continues to struggle with getting runners in, leaving 10 runners on and going 2-for-9 with RISP. Sean Nicol led the hit parade with a 3-for-4 afternoon, followed by Justin Bloxom’s 2-for-4 effort. Roster moves: RHP Erik Davis was promoted to Syracuse with RHP Zech Zinicola activated from the DL to take his place on the 25-man roster.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 0
• Meyers (L, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Olbrychowski 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kelso 1-2
• Keyes 1-3, BB
• Rendon 0-2, 2K (ejected after 2nd AB)

In case you missed it: Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

HAGERSTOWN — OFF DAY
With a game lost to the rains, the focus is on the loss column in the Sally League North, as the Suns, Crawdads, and Power each have 22. It’s the last series between Hickory and Hagerstown this week as the two teams match up for three this week before the Suns head out to the shore to face Delmarva while the Crawdads head home for a seven-game homestand. As of now, the schedule favors Hickory as they still have four games left against West Virginia while the Suns will be done with both after this week.

Auburn 8 Mahoning Valley 4
• Fischer (W, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Henke 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 3-4, R, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Marrero 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Carlos Lopez’s grand slam highlighted a five-run first as the Doubledays doubled up the Scrappers, 8-4. David Fischer got the win with two runs over five innings on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Shawn Pleffner led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, scoring a run and driving in a run. Chris Marrero walked, doubled, scored twice, and drove in a run in what could be his final rehab appearance before rejoining Syracuse.

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
An 8-2 run thus far in August has put the G-Nats in a position to climb out of the GCL East cellar, and perhaps even make a run at .500.

DSL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
After a 3-3 week, the D-Nats play the Giants, the “Redbacks,” and Pirates2 squads with home games on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Aug 122012
 

It would be tempting to pin this one entirely on the bullpen, but it would be letting the offense off the hook.

For the second time in three games, Winston-Salem shut out Potomac, this time by a 7-0 count. The P-Nats managed just five hits and drew just one (1) walk to put three (3) baserunners into scoring position. They stranded five baserunners.

Perhaps that’s not so bad, considering that for five and 2/3rds innings, Dash pitcher Erik Johnson had a no-hitter, which was broken up when veteran utilityman Francisco Soriano served up a clean, line-drive single to center.

But after back-to-back singles to open the 7th, Potomac couldn’t do any more damage against the White Sox 2011 2nd round draft pick, who wriggled out of the 1st-and-2nd-no-out jam with a strikeout and a double-play ball.

Alex Meyer suffered his first Carolina League loss, giving up a single run over six innings on four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. His lone mistake: A leadoff triple by Michael Earley that Meyer couldn’t strand at third, getting the first out to a drawn-in infield but giving up the run on a sacrifice fly to medium right field.

As aforementioned, the firemen came out of the ‘pen with gas instead of water, as Adam Carr gave up back-to-back HRs to open the 7th and five straight hits total before being lifted for Joe Testa, who stranded one of two inherited runners then gave up two of his own on three hits in the 8th. Within the space of roughly 20 minutes, a 1-0 pitcher’s duel was transformed into another rout.

With the loss, Potomac finished 5-15 against the leading contender for the 2012 Mills Cup, which includes 0-10 at BB&T stadium. They are now 2½ games behind first-place Wilmington, which comes to town for three games starting tomorrow night and finishing on Wednesday afternoon.

Aug 122012
 

What a difference a day makes.

The P-Nats bats came to life last night. The defense made the game closer than it should have been. But the pitching carried the game.

It took a couple of innings, but once the hitters figured out the soft-tossing Winston-Salem righthander, the offense came to life. The P-Nats struck for a pair of runs in third, highlighted by singles by Blake Kelso and Francisco Soriano and an Adrian Sanchez double that the Dash defense misplayed into a triple with both poor route running and a missed cutoff man.

Potomac hounded Chris Bassitt for another pair of runs in the fourth on four hits, as J.P. Ramirez fisted a one-out single over the shortstop to start the rally, took third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored as Kelso, Erick Fernandez, and Soriano connected for consecutive two-out singles.

Meanwhile, southpaw Matt Grace retired the first nine batter he faced, getting a little help from the defense as Jason Martinson erased a hit batsman in the 2nd with a 6-3 DP. On the second pass through the lineup, though, it was a tougher go — self-inflicted with a pair of walks in the 4th with a single sandwiched in between, but Grace erased the first free pass with a pickoff and Martinson helped again with a nifty 6-5 force at third on a grounder to his right.

Grace wasn’t so fortunate in the 5th as a leadoff walk and a double to left after a strikeout put two runners in scoring position. Grace got another strikeout and was on the verge of stranding another pair of runners when Stephen King botched the would-be groundout to let in two runs. He would put on another pair of runners in the 6th but worked out of the jam with another couple of K’s, for a season-high of eight strikeouts.

Potomac would score single runs in the 6th and 7th innings, with an error on a Fernandez grounder to third after a Kelso double in the 6th and a triple to right by Anthony Rendon that was hit so hard that the Dash outfielder, Brandon Short, a triple-A guy on rehab, got spun around and fell trying to track ti down.

Winston-Salem would make this a ballgame again with a two-run blast to right-center by veteran 1B/DH Dan Black off reliever Neil Holland in the 8th inning.

In the 9th, Rob Wort did his best imitation of Chad Cordero by loading the bases on a pair of doubles and a walk, but this 23-year-old can get the K when he needs it and struck out the side, including the final batter on a 3-2 count with two outs to bring his team-leading total to 81.

With the win, Potomac keeps pace with the rest of the Carolina League’s North Division as all four teams won on Saturday night. They remain 1½ games back.

The Dash and P-Nats conclude the series and the regular-season slate — Winston-Salem has won 14 of 19, and all 10 in North Carolina — with a matchup between Alex Meyer (2-0, 0.78) and Erik Johnson (1-2, 2.13).

Aug 122012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-0 vs. Scranton/WB,
4:00 p.m. (DH)
Maya (10-8, 3.58) and
Atkins (6-8, 4.78) vs.
Warren (6-7, 4.74) and
Whitley (8-5, 3.96)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Demny (6-6, 5,29) vs.
Mazzoni (4-3, 3.60)
Potomac Won, 6-4 vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-0, 0.78) vs.
Johnson (1-2, 2.13)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0;
Canceled
OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 9-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
6:05 p.m.
Fischer (1-3, 5.28) vs.
Sisco (1-3, 3.93)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 0
• Duke (W, 13-5) 9IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Leon 2-3, BB
• Hoffpauir 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, SB

Zach Duke tossed a three-hit shutout as the Chiefs split the two-game series with a 6-0 win over Lehigh Valley. Duke struck out seven and walked nine and turned in first complete game since April of 2009. The Chiefs would tally 11 hits but didn’t break through until a two-run 6th followed by a three-run 7th. Carlos Rivero and Jarrett Hoffpauir both homered as all eight position players hit safely.

Harrisburg 5 Binghamton 4
• Rosenbaum 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Tatukso 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McCoy (W, 7-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 3-4, BB, OF assist at HP
• Lozada 2-4, R

Harrisburg snapped a five-game skid with a five unanswered runs with a 5-4 win over Binghamton. Jose Lozada (2-for-4) came around to score on an error as Brian Goodwin (3-for-4) beat out an infield single for his third hit. Pat McCoy got the win in relief of starter Danny Rosenbaum, who remains winless since June 2. Rosenbaum gave up all four B-Mets runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out eight over five innings. Ryan Tatusko and Marcos Frias combined with McCoy for four scoreless innings.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 4
• Grace (W, 7-11) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 4BB, 8K
• Wort (SV, 8) 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, HR
• Kelso 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Soriano 2-4, R, RBI

The P-Nats came back to life Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 2 Charleston 0 (5½ inn.)
• Hansen (W, 3-4) 4+IP, 5H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Meza (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Miller 2-2, 2R, BB
• Higley 1-2, 2B, RBI

Rain cut this one short and canceled the second game of the doubleheader, but Hagerstown got the win, 2-0. Bobby Hansen and Christian Meza combined on the shutout to earn win #3 and save #2 respectively. Justin Miller reached base three times and scored both Suns runs. With the win, Hagerstown edges to a ½ game of first place in the Sally League North.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 2
• Mooneyham (L, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Mesa 2-3, BB
• Renda 2-4, R

Sloppy fielding continues to plague the Doubledays as they committed four errors for the second straight night in a 9-2 loss to Mahoning Valley. Starter Brett Mooneyham took the loss with five runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings. Tony Renda, Narciso Mesa, and Chris Marrero each had a pair of singles as Auburn totaled eight hits but also left on eight runners. The loss sliced the Doubledays lead over the Spikes to 2½ games in the Pinckney Division.

GCL Astros 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Estevez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Santana (L, 1-4) 3+ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Lucas (BS, 1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Brooks 2-4, BB, RBI
• Difo 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2SB

The G-Astros did all their damage in the 8th, blasting the G-Nats for five runs for a 5-2 win. Bobby Lucas blew the save and hung the loss on Andy Santana, letting in two inherited runner and two of his own with two hits and two walks. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez went the first four frames, giving up just a hit and a walk while striking out four. The one-two batters in the lineup, Wilmer Difo and James Brooks, combined for three hits and three walks to pace the G-Nats offense.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Yankees1 5
• Ruiz 5⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 3B, RBI, CS

A five-run 8th snapped a 3-3 tie as the D-Nats held off the D-Yankees1 for an 8-5 win. Starter Raul Ruiz gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings but the win went to Reynaldo Lopez in relief. Raudy Read led the D-Nats offense with a 3-for-4 game, including a double and two RBI as the D-Nats had no trouble plating runners from scoring position with a 7-for-11 team mark.

Aug 112012
 

Sometimes the box score doesn’t tell the full story, but for this one, it did.

The Potomac Nationals were one-hit last night by three Winston-Salem Dash pitchers in a 6-0 shutout. The one hit? A no-doubt-about-it double to the right-center gap by Kevin Keyes to lead off the second inning.

That may be some consolation to Scott Snodgress, who won’t wonder if he could have had a no-hitter, but for the P-Nats the lack of offense against a 23-year-old southpaw with mediocre stuff is something to worry about.

More troubling: Robbie Ray continues to struggle in the second half. Since the All-Star break, the 20-year-old has gone 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. He avoided the usual pattern of getting hit hard early then settling in, in favor of the the more worrisome: success early, then a series of diminishing returns (single runs in the 2nd and 3rd, followed by a four-run 4th) that ended his night after just four innings.

The final line: 4IP, 6R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR (a moonshot to dead center by the Dash backstop, not-Silent-Bob Kevan Smith).

Ryan Demmin turned in three and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief with two walks and three strikeouts followed by four outs by Aaron Barrett to lower his ERA with Potomac to 1.04 in five appearances.

Anthony Rendon’s home debut was also a disappointment: a weak grounder to 1st, a popup to shallow RF that was dropped for an error, a lineout to short (albeit a laser), and caught looking on strikes. In the field, he made a couple of decent plays but also bounced one to first for an error, that perhaps a more experienced 1B would have caught.

Despite the loss, Potomac remains in the playoff hunt at 1½ games behind both Wilmington and Frederick and a ½ game behind first-half winner Lynchburg. Matt Grace (6-11, 5.93) and Chris Bassitt (3-2, 3.41) are slated to rematch last Sunday’s contest.

Aug 112012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (12-5, 3.81) vs.
Cochran (6-4, 4.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-9, 3.79) vs.
A. Rodriguez (2-2, 3.14)
Potomac Lost, 6-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Grace (6-11, 5.93) vs.
Bassitt (3-2, 3.41)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Charleston,
3:05 & 7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-4, 4.91) and
Jordan (0-2, 5.63) vs.
Gerritse (4-5, 3.89) and
Mitchell (7-9, 5.14)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-1, 2.53)
vs. Lee (4-1, 2.30)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1;
Won, 5-4
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-2 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 0
• Roark (L, 6-14) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Pena 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Brown 2-4, 2B
• Negrych 1-4

The offensive outage for Friday night started at the top as the Syracuse Chiefs were held to three hits in a 6-0 shutout. Tanner Roark suffered his team-leading 14th loss, giving up all six runs (three earned) on eight hits, including a three-run HR in the 6th. Corey Brown and Jim Negrych were the only two Chiefs to hit safely, as Syracuse left on six runners total and hit into three double plays.

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 0
• Perry (L, 1-3) 7⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Barthmaier 1⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4

It was Star Wars night at Metro Bank Park, complete with folks dressed up as Jedi. However, they were not the only ones who weren’t going to score on Friday night as the Senators were held to just two hits in a 5-0 shutout. As Geoff Morrow pointed out on Twitter, Binghamton’s Mark Cohoon hadn’t had an outing with no runs allowed since April of 2011, a streak of 42 starts. Cohoon struck out 10 and walked one while going the distance. Justin Bloxom’s texas-league double to shallow CF in the 7th and Brian Goodwin’s line-drive single in the 9th were the two Harrisburg items in the “H” column. The loss was Harrisburg’s fifth straight, dropping the Senators to 6½ games behind Bowie. Jim Mora has the assessment of the odds of a third straight postseason appearance.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 0
• Ray (L, 4-9) 4IP, 6H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Demmin 3⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Keyes 1-4, 2B

It was pretty much as bad as the box score looks Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown vs. Charleston — PPD
Rain washed out Game Three of the Suns-Riverdogs series on Friday night. It will be made up with a doubleheader today with first game at 3 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.

State College 4 Auburn 2
• Monar 4IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Medina (L, 0-3) 3IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-3, BB
• Marrero 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The six hits in Auburn matched the six hits tallied by Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Potomac combined. It was not, however, enough to get past State College, which got a game back in the Pinckney Division with a 4-2 win. Unlike the previous night, the Doubledays ‘pen faltered with four runs allowed over five innings. Silvio Medina took the loss, giving up three (one earned) over three innings on two hits. Starter Blake Monar scattered six hits over four innings, with no runs, no walks and six strikeouts. Tony Renda led the offense with a 2-for-3 night, while Chris Marrero homered and played six innings at first base.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Astros 1 — GAME ONE
• Turnbull 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Hudgins (W, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Piwnica-Worms 1-3
• Lippincott 1-2, BB, RBI, SB

The opener was a pitchers’s duel that saw the G-Nats edge the G-Astros, 2-1. Kylin Turnbull gave up the lone Astro run in his rehab appearance on two hits, but Will Hudgins shut ‘em down the rest of the way with six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out seven. Bryan Lippincott drove in the first G-Nat run with an RBI single in the 2nd while a walk, a stolen base, a groundout to second, and wild pitch plated the winning run in the 3rd.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Astros 4 — GAME TWO
• Selsor 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Peters (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Foat 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Difo 2-4, 2R, BB

An error in the bottom of the 9th gave the G-Nats a 5-4 win in extra innings and a sweep of the doubleheader. John Peters got the win in relief with a scoreless 9th. Casey Selsor got the start and gave up two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Matt Foat paced the offense with a 3-for-5 game, followed by Wilmer Difo’s 2-for-4 effort.

DSL Yankees1 3 DSL Nationals 2
• De La Cruz 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Chavez 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• D. Ramos (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B, BB

The DSL Yankees1 rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to take this one, 3-2. David Ramos got the blown-save-loss with all three runs allowed on four hits and two walks over an inning and a 1/3rd. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz reached base four times with two singles, a double, and a walk while driving in a run to pace the 10-hit D-Nats attack.

Aug 102012
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 58-61, 5th place I.L. North, 8 games behind

Good Carlos Rivero .371/.451/.649 since All-Star break (27G)
Bad 713 pitching K’s last in I.L. (next-worst, 824)
Interesting Mitch Atkins 0.87ERA, 0.39WHIP in last six relief appearances

HARRISBURG SENATORS 53-59, 5th place E.L. West, 13½ games behind

Good Justin Bloxom .281/.324/.344 last 10G
Bad Team OBP of .315 dead last in Eastern League
Interesting Team streaky — 3+ Wins, eight times; 3+ Losses, eight times

POTOMAC NATIONALS 21-25, T3rd place C.L. North Division, 1½ games behind (52-64 overall)

Good Current starters named Meyers or Karns: 1.73ERA, 0.93WHIP
Bad Current starters not named Meyers or Karns: 5.98ERA, 1.67WHIP
Interesting Steve Souza Jr. .875OPS in 12G

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-22, T3rd place Sally League North Divison, 1 game behind (67-49 overall)

Good Matt Skole 1.019OPS (Best in Low-A)
Bad Wilson Eusebio 7.71ERA, 1.88WHIP
Interesting Billy Burns .323BA, 3rd in Sally Lg. (.328 vs. RHBs, .315 vs. LHBs)
First full year of switch-hitting

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 30-20, 1st place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 4 games ahead

Good Mike McQuillan .300/.371/.488 in 23G
Bad Jason Smith 7.94ERA, 1.85WHIP in 22⅔ IP
Interesting Nick Lee 43K in 42IP

GCL NATIONALS 20-25, 4th Place GCL East, 8½ games behind

Good Joel Barrientos 3-0, 2.48ERA, 1.29WHIP
Bad Michael Albaladejo .483OPS
Interesting Hayden Jennings .281BA, 9SB in last 10G

DSL NATIONALS 31-26, 3rd Place Boca Chica South Division, 9½ games behind

Good 19-y.o. Younaifred Aguero .294/.397/.394 in 40G
Bad 20-y.o. Philips Valdez 5.80ERA, 2.01WHIP in 40⅓ IP
Interesting 19-y.o. LHP Hector Silvestre 2-1, 1.71ERA in last four appearances
Aug 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-3 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (6-13, 4.73) vs.
Cochran (6-4, 4.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1
(13 inn.)
vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (1-2, 1.54) vs.
Pettibone (1-0, 4.09)
Potomac Lost, 11-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-8, 5.85) vs.
Snodgress (2-0, 2.55)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-4, 4.91) vs.
Gerritse (4-5, 3.89)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (2-3, 2.95) vs.
Sampson (0-0, 2.81)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-3 vs.GCL Astros,
11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-4;
Lost, 7-6
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 3
• Mandel (W, 3-4) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Atkins 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Walters 2-4, 2B, E
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, 2B
• Perez 0-3, 2R, 2SB, BB (hit streak over)

A five-run third proved to be enough as the Chiefs completed their two-game sweep of Pawtucket with a 6-3 win. Jeff Mandel got the win with seven strong innings, limiting the Pawsox to two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Middle infielders Zach Walters and Jarrett Hoffpauir both went 2-for-4 with a double as Syracuse registered eight hits total. The road trip continues tonight with a pair against Lehigh Valley before heading back to Syracuse for an 11-game homestand.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 1 (13 inn.)
• Holder 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Frias 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Tatusko (L, 2-5) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Pahuta 1-2, R, 2B, 3BB
• Skelton 1-4, 2BB

Richmond completed the sweep of Harrisburg with a 2-1 win in 13 innings, handing the Senators their fourth straight loss overall. Harrisburg used six of eight relievers trying to win this one. Ryan Tatusko suffered the loss on two singles given up with a wild pitch sandwiched in between. Starter Trevor Holder gave up the other run to the airborne rodents on four hits and three walks over the first five frames. The Senators were held to just five hits and left 10 runners on base. Despite the loss, Harrisburg remains mathematically alive at 5½ games behind second-place Bowie with eight games left between the two teams. They return home for six games in seven days against Binghamton and Akron, starting tonight.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 2
• Gilliam (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 10R, 9ER, 2BB, 2K, 3HR
• Swynenberg 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Rendon 2-4, 3B
• Sanchez 2-4
• Howell 2-3

The long ball did in both Rob Gilliam and Potomac as Myrtle Beach took the rubber game of the series, 11-2. Gilliam gave up 10 runs on seven hits, including three home runs, over four innings. He walked two and struck out three. The P-Nats collected 11 hits, just one fewer than the Pelicans, with eight of nine starters reaching base safely. Anthony Rendon, Adrian Sanchez, and Jeff Howell each had two hits, with Rendon tripling to center in his first at-bat as the DH. The loss drops Potomac into a tie for third place, 1½ behind Frederick in the C.L. North, as the P-Nats return home for a six-game homestand against Winston-Salem and Wilmington.

Charleston 4 Hagerstown 3
• Schwartz (L, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Kreis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Burns 2-4, R
• Skole 1-3, BB, RBI, SB(10)

Hagerstown made the most of its limited chances but fell, 4-3 to Charleston and dropped into second place in the Sally League North. Starter Blake Schwartz gave up the first three Riverdog runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings and was charged with the loss. The Suns went 2-for-5 with RISP and left on three runners. Billy Burns led the seven-hit effort with a 2-for-4 night while Matt Skole increased his RBI tally to 91 and stole his 10th base without getting caught. Roster moves: 2B Hendry Jimenez placed on 7-Day DL, IF Cutter Dykstra activated from DL.

Auburn 5 State College 3
• Pineyro (W, 2-1) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Henke (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Self (S, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• C. Lopez 3-4, R
• Miller 2-2, R, 3B, RBI
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

After losing an early 2-0 lead, Auburn chipped away with single runs in the 4th, 6th, and 7th to come away with a 5-3 win over State College. Ivan Pineyro weathered the OBI (One Bad Inning) to get the quality start with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Travis Henke and Derek Self combined for three innings of scoreless relief to earn the hold and save respectively. Brandon Miller made his return from the disabled list and went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple. Carlos Lopez led the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night. With the win, Auburn increased its lead in the Pinckney Division to four games.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 3
• Barrientos 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, K
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Dicharry (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Brooks 3-6, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
• Foat 3-5, BB, RBI
• Difo 2-6, 2R, RBI

James Brooks’s bases-clearing double highlighted a five-run 10th as the G-Nats beat the G-Marlins 7-3 in 10 innings. Kevin Dicharry got the win in relief, though he gave up a run in the last of the 10th. Starter Joel Barrientos went the first five innings, allowing a run on three hits and five walks. Brooks went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI total to pace the offense.

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Mets1 4 — GAME ONE
• Valerio (W, 2-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• K. Rodriguez 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Aguero 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• De Los Santos 2-3, 2R, BB
• A. Martinez 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI, SF

The D-Nats scored four in the 6th and three 7th to break open a 2-2 tie and cruise to a 9-4 win over the D-Mets1. Maximo Valerio benefited from the late rally with a win after allowing two runs on five hits and a walk over the first five innings. Kelvin Rodriguez finished the game with two unearned runs on two hits while striking out three. Youanifred Aguero and Juan De Los Santos both went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored as the D-Nats collected 10 hits and drew eight walks.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 6 — GAME TWO
• Benitez (L, 2-2) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Lopez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mejia 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Abreu 1-3, 2RBI

Twice the D-Nats rallied for three runs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early 6-0 deficit as the D-Mets1 held on to split the doubleheader, 7-6. Starter Juan Benitez took the loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over the first three innings. The D-Nats took advantage of seven walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball and an error to score six runs on only five hits. Bryan Mejia led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort, which included a double, a run scored, and a stolen base. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez assigned from Washington (18 years old, born in the D.R.)