Apr 302013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Potomac Nationals have announced that RHP Brian Dupra has been promoted from the Hagerstown Suns.

Dupra was 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in five appearances (one start) with six walks and 12 strikeouts over 19⅓ innings. He was a 2012 watchlist player after posting strong peripherals for Auburn following a four-year career at Notre Dame, but was limited to eight starts and 11 appearances last season before undergoing season-ending surgery.

A corresponding move for Hagerstown has not yet been announced, but to make room for Dupra on the P-Nats roster, LHP Ben Hawkins was assigned to Extended Spring Training. Hawkins had no wins or losses in seven appearances, but put on 21 baserunners in eight innings pitched and had an ERA of 5.63 with nine strikeouts.

Finally, unless you’re Mitch Williams from the MLB Network, you probably already know that “Face of the Franchise” 3B Ryan Zimmerman will be rehabbing with Potomac tonight and tomorrow (weather permitting) in preparation for his activation on Friday, which will undoubtedly result in a series of transactions, beginning with the expected return of Anthony Rendon to Harrisburg.

Apr 302013
 

Ever Seen The Rain

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Durham,
12:00 p.m.
Maya (0-2, 7.33) vs.
Archer (3-1, 5.04)
Harrisburg Lost, 16-8 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (2-0, 2.70) vs.
A. Meyer (2-0, 1.64)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 0.00) and
Hill (3-1, 1.88) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 1.80) and
Roberts (1-3, 6.10)
Hagerstown Postponed OFF DAY N/A

Durham 5 Syracuse 0
• Young (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mandel 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marrero 2-4
• Rahl 2-3

Chris Young improved in his second start, albeit from awful to bad, but it was mostly a moot point as Syracuse offense was shut down (and out) in a 5-0 loss to Durham. Young was charged with all five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. Just three Chiefs hit safely (five singles) and only one reached second base (Chris Rahl) and watched as the next two batters made outs. With the activation of C Wilson Ramos, C Jhonatan Solano was optioned back to Syracuse with C Jeff Howell placed an the Temporary Inactive List. Solano was in transit when the game begun last night, thus C Sam Palace was activated from the DL as an emergency option and will likely go back once “The Onion” rejoins the team.

New Britain 16 Harrisburg 8
• Demny (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, CS
• Bloxom 3-4, R, RBI

New Britain sent 15 men to the plate in the 4th and 10 of ‘em came ’round to score as the Rock Cats doubled up the Senators, 16-8. Starter Paul Demny took the brunt of the beating, charged with six runs on eight hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings for his third loss of the season. New Britain pounded out 19 hits total, but hit no home runs against the four Harrisburg pitchers. Brian Goodwin was a home run shy of the cycle while Justin Bloxom singled three times in four trips to the plate to lead the Sens offense.

Carolina vs. Potomac — PPD
“Constant rainfall and wet grounds” were the reasons cited for the postponement last night, which was not made until slightly more than a half hour before the scheduled first pitch. It is scheduled to be made up tonight as part of a doubleheader at 6:00 p.m.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
Rain postponed the finale between the Suns and the Crawdads with both teams off until next month. The game will be made up when Hickory next comes to town on June 10th as part of a doubleheader that’s scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Apr 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-3 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Young (0-0, 12.46) vs.
Odorizzi (1-0, 4.09)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (1-2, 4.57) vs.
May (1-1, 2.11)
Potomac Lost, 9-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 vs. Hickory,
10:35 a.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.51) vs.
Smith (3-0, 2.45)

Durham 13 Syracuse 3
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-3) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Roark 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 0K, 0HR
• Marrero 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, 2B, HBP

A six-run 7th started the running of the Bulls as Durham scored ten unanswered runs in a 13-3 blowout of Syracuse. Starter Ross Ohlendorf was perhaps pushed an inning too far as he was charged with four runs on four hits and three walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Xavier Cedeno’s first appearance for the Chiefs was a forgettable three batters faced, zero batters retired. Chris Marrero led the Syracuse offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon that improved his line to .352/.405/.676 with 6HR and 20RBI in 21 games.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0
• Treinen (W, 2-3) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• McCoy (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B
• Leon 1-3, SF, RBI

Blake Treinen outdueled O’s prospect Kevin Gausman as the Senators shut out the BaySox, 1-0. Treinen pitched into the 7th and let up just three hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts for his second win of the season. Pat McCoy retired four of the five batters he faced, issuing just a two-out walk to earn the hold while Aaron Barrett came on again in the 9th to set down Bowie in order for his fourth save. Sandy Leon’s sac fly in the 2nd plated Justin Bloxom, who led off the inning with a double and advanced to 3rd on a Destin Hood groundout.

Myrtle Beach 9 Potomac 5
• Cole 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K
• Bates (BS, 1; L, 0-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B
• Oduber 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, 3K, SB, 2E

Three times the P-Nats called, building leads of 3-0, 4-1, and 5-3. Three times the Pelicans answered, narrowing it to 3-1 and 4-3 before taking a 6-5 lead in the 7th. A sloppy bottom of the 8th (error, HBP) gave Myrtle Beach three more as they cruised to 9-5 win over Potomac and took the series, 2-1. Despite struggling with his command, starter A.J. Cole notched a quality start with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks to go with seven strikeouts. Colin Bates took the loss, his third, after surrendering the lead on three runs in a three-hit, no-walks 7th. Caleb Ramsey was the sole P-Nat to get multiple hits with a single and a double in four trips to the plate.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 0
• Pineyro (W, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 12K
• Fischer (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Ivan Pineyro and David Fischer combined to strike out 18 in a five-hit shutout as the Suns blanked the Crawdads, 3-0. Pineyro walked two and gave up three hits and struck 12 for his first win while Fischer struck out the side twice in the 7th and 8th innings and stranded a runner in the 9th for the three-inning save, his second of the season. Shawn Pleffner and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as Hagerstown took advantage of three errors to score three times on just seven hits and two walks.

Apr 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Durham,
2:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-2, 5.82) vs.
J. Martin (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(13 inn.)
@ Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-3, 6.23) vs.
Gausman (1-2, 4.71)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
3:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 4.95) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Hickory,
1:05 p.m.
Pineyro (0-2, 6.59) vs.
Stafford (0-2, 6.00)

Syracuse 2 Durham 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 2-1) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, K, HBP; E, DP, pickoff at 1B
• Crotta (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davis (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Marrero 2-4, RBI

Both teams scored just once, but stellar Syracuse pitching made the two runs stand up for a 2-1 win over Durham, stopping a three-game slide. Danny Rosenbaum was a groundball machine, getting 18 of 21 outs on the ground, including two double plays over seven innings. He struck out just one and walked two in his second win. Mike Crotta pitched a 1-2-3 eighth while Erik Davis gave up an unearned run in the 9th but struck out the last two for the save, his second. Eury Perez and Chris Marrero both went 2-for-4, with Perez swiping a base and Marrero driving in a run.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3 (13 inn.)
• Karns 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Broadway (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 3-5, 2R, BB, SB
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, 2BB, HR, 3RBI

Josh Johnson’s bases-loaded walk — the third straight issued with two out in the 13th — closed the five-inning donut shop on the Bowie scoreboard as Harrisburg ended its six-game losing streak with a 4-3 win. Johnson also doubled and homered and drove in three of the four Senator runs while Destin Hood went 3-for-5 to lead the Senator hit column. Starting pitched Nathan Karns got the no-decision with two runs allowed (one earned) on four hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds. Michael Broadway got the win with three scoreless innings while Aaron Barrett set ‘em down 1-2-3 for save number three.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 4
• Jordan 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Meza 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mirowksi (L, 1⅓ IP, H, 3R, 0ER, BB, K, HR
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB
• Nieto 2-3, R, BB

Four errors led to five unearned runs, including the last three on a walkoff home run, as Potomac fell to Myrtle Beach, 7-4. Starter Taylor Jordan lasted just four innings and he was charged with three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk. The entire lineup came to bat in the 8th as the P-Nats rallied from 4-0 to tie it at 4-4, the equalizer coming on a would-be ’round the horn double play that Justin Miller beat out. An inning later, Miller’s error with two outs in the 9th gave the Pelicans an extra life, as Kellin Deglan took advantage to deliver the killshot off Richie Mirowski. Cutter Dykstra and Adrian Nieto both went- 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, but the P-Nats offense struggled in the clutch with just a 3-for-13 mark with RISP and nine LOB.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 2
• Turnbull (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Benincasa 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 3-5, 4R, 2B, RBI
• McQuillan 3-4, 2R, 2RBI

Three crooked innings in the last four Hagerstown at-bats turned a 2-1 game into a blowout as the Suns boiled the Crawdads, 8-2. Kylin Turnbull served up a home run, but went six innings with just three hits total with no walks and seven K’s for the win in his return to Low-A. Tablesetters Tony Renda and Mike McQuillan combined for six hits and five runs scored as Hagerstown pounded out 11 hits total, with Shawn Pleffner and Wes Schill also having multihit performances at 2-for-4 with a double apiece.

Apr 272013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsToday, the Hagerstown Suns announced pair of transactions this afternoon:

  • OF J.R. Higley placed on the 7-Day DL
  • IF Matt Foat activated from XST

Basically, this is a reversal of the moves made on Tuesday. Higley was hit by a pitch on Thursday’s opening game and has not played since. Foat last appeared in a game on Sunday.

Baseball America issued its weekly transaction post yesterday. Among the moves not previously reported were two releases:

  • RHP Adalberto Mieses
  • LHP Graham Hicks

After a strong rookie season in the DSL (3-3, 2.98 in 2010), Mieses hit his ceiling in the GCL with two 5+ ERA, 1.61+ WHIP seasons in 2011 and 2012.

Hicks was originally drafted by Washington out HS in the 4th round of 2008 and was among three minor-leaguers traded to Chicago for the services of Tom Gorzelanny in January 2011. He was released late last spring by the Cubs, and signed as a FA by the Nationals shortly thereafter, but made just one appearance in the GCL.

Apr 272013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 1.62) vs.
Colome (1-2, 2.08)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Karns (1-1, 4.60) vs.
Pettit (1-0, 4.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 1.48) vs.
Jackson (3-0, 1.33)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Turnbull (1st Low-A
start of ’13) vs.
Sadzeck (2-0, 1.69)

Given a choice, you should always pick good pitching over good hitting… but, oh man, why can’t you have both? That’s the question/theme for Friday night on the Nats farm.

Rochester 4 Syracuse 2
• Perry (L, 0-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 1K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI (9-game hit streak)
• Rhymes 1-3, R, BB

After three games with softball scores, it was some good ol’ hardball in Game Four as the Red Wings doubled up the Chiefs, 4-2. Ryan Perry tossed seven strong innings, letting in both Rochester runs on six hits (one home run) and four walks with three strikeouts, but left trailing 2-0. His teammates loaded em up with no outs in the 7th but came away with just one run on a Zach Walters sacrifice fly. Two innings later, they got two runners into scoring position with one out, but again could only plate one with a flyball out. Wondering why Chris Marrero was taken out of Thursday’s game and skipped yesterday. Auburn Citizen sportswriter Ben Meyers has the answer.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 1
• Broderick (L, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holland 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Komatsu 2-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, SF, RBI

Brian Broderick rebounded from a poor outing last Saturday to turn in his second quality start, but the offense fell three runs short as Bowie knifed Harrisburg, 3-1. The BaySox scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th frames as Broderick worked around nine baserunners (seven hits, two walks) with rehabbing Wilson Ramos gunning down one of ‘em. Erik Komatsu was the sole Senator with multiple hits as Bowie’s trio of moundsmen held Harrisburg to just six hits and struck out 10. Justin Bloxom drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the 6th. Roster move: To make room for recently demoted LHP Pat McCoy, RHP Pat Lehman was placed on the 7-Day DL, while C Wilson Ramos joined the team on rehab assignment

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 1
• Ray (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• Herron (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Taylor 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

This was the lone game that had both good hitting and good pitching as Potomac beat Myrtle Beach, 5-1. Robbie Ray threw six shutout innings in his fourth straight quality start and fanned eight to raise his league-leading strikeout total to 34 (in 29IP) and lower his ERA to 1.55 (his 2.53 FIP is not too shabby, either). Kevin Keyes missed the scoreboard with his solo shot, while Michael Taylor’s three-run shot landed in the LF cheap seats as both homered for the second time on this road trip.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 2
• Anderson 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Wa. Ramos 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B
• 0-for-12 RISP, 9 LOB

The clutch hit eluded the Suns all night long as Hickory got the big fly in the 8th for a 3-2 win. Brian Dupra took the loss for his one mistake, a two-run homer, in three innings of relief. Dixon Anderson pitched the first six with just an unearned run allowed on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Hagerstown had but six hits but got 12 men into scoring position and plated none of them, as an error sent in the first Suns run and an RBI double by “Help Me” Wander Ramos drove in Stephen Perez (who reached on an error) for the second.

Apr 262013
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 8-12, T4th place I.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Erik Davis 0.63WHIP, 10K in 8IP (7 appearances)
Bad Carlos Maldonado .237OPS (2-for-24, 0BB)
Interesting Six rain-affected games out of 20

HARRISBURG SENATORS 9-11, T4th place E.L. West, 2 games behind

Good Brian Goodwin .342/.405/.632 in last 10 games
Bad 15HR allowed by SPs, 24 errors on defense in 20 games
Interesting Ian Krol 0.84 ERA, 0.66WHIP, 2.07 FIP in 8 appearances

POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-11, T3rd place C.L. North, 1½ games behind

Good Taylor Jordan 1-1, 1.48ERA, 0.99WHIP, 2.58 FIP
Bad Adrian Sanchez 4E in 18G
Interesting Offense: 1st in runs, 2nd in SBs, 4th in Ks, 5th in HRs, 6th in 2Bs

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-10, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Wander Ramos .268/.412/.585, 15RBI in 13G
Bad Ronald Pena, Pedro Encarnacion — both 10BB in 17⅓ IP
Interesting Team 37SB is 2nd in Sally League (McQuillan, Renda both with 7SB)
Apr 262013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-5
(11 inn.);
Lost, 10-7
vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (0-0, 5.93) vs.
Walters (1-2, 4.43)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Broderick (1-0, 6.16) vs.
Wright (1-0, 6.75)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (1-1, 1.96) vs.
N. Martinez (2-1, 3.78)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 2.86) vs.
Edwards (1-1, 2.45)

Rochester 10 Syracuse 5 (11 inn.)
• Ohlendorf ⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S

Ross Ohlendorf was called upon to get out of the bases-loaded, one-out situation when play was halted on Wednesday night but served up a triple to empty the bases to the first batter he faced then gave up his own run on a groundout to the second batter before a popup to the third batter ended the five-run Rochester 11th. The Chiefs went in order in the bottom half to complete the 10-5 extra-inning loss.

Rochester 10 Syracuse 7
• Maya 5⅓ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• Romero (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R
• Kobernus 2-5, 2R, SB

Rochester scored in six of nine frames, including a picket fence in the last three to pull away with a 10-7 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. Starter Yunesky Maya pitched into the sixth, but gave up seven runs on 10 hits and two walks and struck out just three. J.C. Romero was pushed an inning too far, giving up a run on two hits in his second inning of work after stranding three in his first, and took the loss. Zach Walters paced the Syracuse offense with a single, double, and an RBI.

HARRISBURG — OFF DAY
It’s a swing up and down 95 this upcoming week as the Senators head to Bowie for three this weekend, then a jaunt up to Connecticut for four in New Britain next week. Harrisburg is on a five-game slide but trails its division by just two as parity reigns in the Eastern League as all 10 teams are within four games of .500 in either direction.

Carolina 4 Potomac 1
• Hill (L, 3-1) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 1B
• Nieto 2-4

No lights were shattered as the P-Nats fell to the Mudcats 4-1 for a 3-1 series loss. A leadoff homer by Carolina’s Tyler Naquin quashed any hopes of Taylor Hill pitching back-to-back shutouts. Naquin would strike again in the third with a double and come around to score what proved to be the gamewinner. Hill would give up all four runs (two earned) on eight hits over five innings but suffered the loss, his first of the season. Michael Taylor remains red-hot, connecting for a solo HR in the first and going 2-for-4 on the night (as did Adrian Nieto) as the P-Nats collected eight hits total but got just five men into scoring position and left on six.

Hagerstown 4 Augusta 0 — GAME ONE
• Pena (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Rauh 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• S. Perez 2-2, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Schill 0-1, 2R, 2BB

It was the Stephen Perez show in the opener, as the 22-year-old from Miami doubled and homered and drove in three of the four Hagerstown runs in a 4-0 shutout of Augusta. Fellow Floridian Ronald Pena got his first Low-A win, tossing five innings of shutout ball with three hits and three walks allowed and two strikeouts. Brian Rauh closed out the game with a pair of goose eggs and two baserunners allowed.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Henke 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-3, OF assist at 2B

Shawn Pleffner nearly matched Perez in the nightcap by driving in both Suns runs on a pair of doubles, but the proverbial one bad inning was enough for Augusta to edge Hagerstown, 3-2. Two errors made it too hard for starter and losing pitcher Pedro Encarnacion to work around three singles, as the GreenJackets scored all three (unearned), including the game-winner on a bases-loaded walk. Encarnacion gave up five hits and two walks total over three and 1/3rd innings. Travis Henke worked out of the jam with a double-play and went two more innings, but the Hagerstown offense was held to just four hits total (six for the doubleheader).

Apr 252013
 

Transactions for NPP 3It took a couple of days, but another series of moves necessitated by the activations of RHP Chris Young and OFs Eury Perez and J.R. Higley along with the waiver claim of Xavier Cedeno were revealed this afternoon:

HARRISBURG

  • LHP Pat McCoy assigned from Syracuse

HAGERSTOWN

  • OF Estarlin Martinez placed on the 7-Day DL
  • OF Will Piwinica-Worms assigned from XST

This leaves the Harrisburg roster one over the limit. With an off day today, it’s quite possible that the player removed from the Senators won’t be announced until tomorrow. For folks wondering about the Suns move, there is no indication that Martinez was hurt in Tuesday’s game. Given that Piwinica-Worms has been moved around four times in 11 days, it’s likely that Martinez is a procedural move, too.

Apr 252013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Losing, 6-5
(Susp., Top 11th)
vs. Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (0-2, 6.00) vs.
Walters (1-2, 4.43)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 2-0 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (3-0, 1.42) vs.
Roberts (0-3, 8.56)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Augusta,
5:05 p.m.
Pena (0-2, 6.57) and
Encarnacion (1-0, 3.21) vs.
Gregorio (2-0, 1.06) and
Stratton (2-0, 1.08)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5 — SUSP
• Tatusko 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Mandel 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, BB, K
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Rain suspended play in the top of the 11th with the Rochester Red Wings leading 6-5. It’ll be completed today at 5 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game at 6 p.m. Prior to the rains, the Red Wings rallied for four to tie it in a mistake-laden 8th, which took away a possible “W” from Syracuse starter Ryan Tatusko, who threw six innings of one-run, four-hit ball with no walks and four K’s. Chris Marrero and Chris Rahl both homered and drove in two to lead the Chiefs offense, which will send up the Carloses Rivero and Maldonado and Rahl in the bottom of the 11th.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 5
• Holder (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Broadway 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 2-4, BB, SB
• Bloxom 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI, BB

Sloppy defense and mental miscues put Harrisburg in an early 4-0 hole that they couldn’t dig themselves out of for a 6-5 loss and a series sweep by Reading. Spot starter Trevor Holder took the loss, giving up those first four runs (two earned) on five hits, a walk, and a hit batsman. Brian Goodwin singled twice and stole his fifth base of the season while Justin Bloxom homered and scored twice to pace the Senators offense. They may not have been lollygagging to first, but manager Matt LeCroy had some strong words for his team’s play, captured here by Mick Reinhard at Mayflies and Big Flies

Potomac 2 Carolina 0
• Schwartz (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Herron (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB

Three Potomac pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout while Kevin Keyes went deep in a 2-0 triumph over Carolina. Blake Schwartz retired the leadoff man five times in six innings, allowing a pair of one-out doubles in the first two innings before running into some trouble in the 4th. A leadoff single and a walk put two runners on with no outs, but a DP and a K got him out of the jam as the Minnesota native retired eight straight to finish his night. Jason Martinson walked ahead of Keyes’s first big fly of 2013, while Randolph Oduber doubled to lead off the 5th as the Mudcats pitchers nearly matched their counterparts with just seven baserunners allowed. Roster moves: OF Randolph Oduber reassigned from Harrisburg, OF Will Piwinica-Worms assigned to XST.

Augusta vs. Hagerstown — PPD
It’s a doubleheader today thanks to a rainout yesterday, which the team let folks know the new-fashioned way: via Twitter and Instagram. Roster move: C Andruth Ramirez reassigned to XST.