May 162013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-7 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (1-4, 5.70) vs.
C. Carrasco (1-0, 1.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 9-6 vs. Wimington,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-1, 2.21) vs.
Zimmer (0-2, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-1, 7.07) vs.
Brennan (1-5, 8.42)

Columbus 10 Syracuse 7
• Young (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 11H, 9R, 8ER, 4BB, 1K, 3HR
• Tatusko 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Rahl 5-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Rhymes 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Chris Young’s struggles continue as the 33-y.o. veteran was pounded for nine runs on 11 hits, including home runs nos. 6, 7, and 8 as Syracuse fell to Columbus, 10-7. He walked four and struck out just one over four and 2/3rds. Ryan Tatusko turned in a terrific long outing, stranding a runner in the 5th and giving up just one run over the final four innings, with three walks and five strikeouts. Chris Rahl had a career night, going 5-for-5 with two runs and two doubles to lead the 13-hit attack that saw eight of the nine batters in the starting lineup hit safely. Roster move: C Jhonatan Solano activated from 7-Day DL (just in time to take a plane to the West Coast?)

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 6
• Clay 4⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Swynenberg 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Head 3-5, R
• Hague 2-3, R, BB
• Leon 2-4, 2R

The Senators rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 6th to tie it at 6-6 only to see the Flying Squirrels reclaim the lead in the 7th. Richmond held on for a 7-6 win and took the series 2-1. Caleb Clay was rocked for the third straight start, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks over just four and a 1/3rd innings. Jerad Head and Ricky Hague both reached base three times to pace the Harrisburg offense, which pounded out 12 hits total but went just 3-for-12 with RISP.

Potomac 9 Wilmington 6
• Cole 5+ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Holt (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Taylor 2-2, 2R, 2B, BB
• J. Miller 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A five-run 7th propelled a 9-6 win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 0
• Pena 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Fischer (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Perez 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

Pitching on just two days’ rest, Ronald Pena combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout as the Suns eclipsed Greensboro, 6-0. Pena walked one, struck out none, and allowed five hits over five innings. David Fischer got the win in relief, allowing the sixth hit and walking one but striking out two. Robert Benicasa pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Shawn Pleffner and Stephen Perez both went 2-for-4 with two RBI as Hagerstown scored all six runs in the final three innings.
Roster moves: C Craig Manuel reassigned from Harrisburg, C Erick Fernandez reassigned to XST, RHP David Fischer promoted to Potomac, LHP Nick Lee reassigned from XST.

May 152013
 

For one inning the Potomac offense broke out of its funk, but the bullpen remains offbeat, giving up six runs in five innings in a 7-3 loss to Wilmington.

The bottom of the lineup did the bulk of the damage, as nos. 7-9 batters Adrian Sanchez, Randolph Oduber, and Wilmer Difo went back-to-back-to-back with singles to lead off the 5th, with Difo flashing some speed as he turned a would-be sacrifice into a bunt single.

Billy Burns sent in Sanchez with a sacrifice fly and Jason Martinson got the clutch double over the head of Blue Rocks CF Lane Adams to complete the three-run rally.

Rob Gilliam, making his first start of 2013, went the first four innings and allowed just one run on a home run by veteran Wilmington 1B Jared Schlehuber. He struck out five and allowed three hits total while walking two — a solid first outing. He left down 1-0.

Working on five days’ rest, Brian Dupra should have been much sharper. Instead he gave up consecutive singles to open the 5th. A botched bunt enabled Adrian Nieto to easily throw out the lead man at third and for Dupra to escape the inning without a run scored.

No such luck in the 6th as Dupra was unable to retire the four batters he faced, giving up three singles and a walk before being lifted. This was arguably at least two innings less than what was probably expected from him, given his usage this season as a long reliever and spot starter. He left with a 3-2 lead and the bases loaded.

Matt Grace was the second man in from the ‘pen and was also well-rested (five days). After getting a badly needed double play ball, which tied the game at 3-3, he served up a single to center that plated the go-ahead run. Like Dupra, his second inning of work was worse than the first. Unlike Dupra, he got two outs before letting up two singles and a two-run double that pushed the Blue Rocks advantage from 4-3 to 6-3.

Richie Mirowski repeated the pattern with a scoreless 8th and a run in the 9th as the leadoff man reached first on a strikeout that wasn’t caught and came around to score on two-out single for the game’s final run at 7-3.

The offense broke a 15-inning scoring drought with the three-run 5th but failed to score the rest of the way with just three baserunners over the last four frames.

The loss drops Potomac to 20-18 for the season and into third place in the Carolina League North, a game behind division-leading Lynchburg and a ½ game behind second-place Frederick.

RHP A.J. Cole (1-1, 3.65) takes the hill in Game Two of the three-game set, opposed by Wilmington RHP Spencer Patton (3-1, 1.88).

May 152013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5
(14 inn.)
vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Young (1-1, 6.33) vs.
Murata (0-2, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1 vs. Richmond,
10:30 a.m.
Clay (3-2, 4.30) vs.
Javier (3-0, 4.09)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 3.65) vs.
Zimmer (0-2, 4.09)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-7 @ Greensboro,
10:45 a.m.
TBD* vs.
Lyman (1-3, 7.07)

*FWIW, the only Hagerstown pitcher that’s well rested is closer Robert Benincasa. The Nats do have a history of activating certain pitchers from XST on road daytime starts

Syracuse 6 Columbus 5 (14 inn.)
• Ohlendorf 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 7K, 0HR
• Abad 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Roark (W, 2-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SF
• Costanzo 2-5, R, BB, RBI
• Soriano 1-3, 2B, RBI

Francisco Soriano’s RBI double in the 14th gave Syracuse a 6-5 walkoff win. Columbus built a 5-1 lead as they torched Chiefs starter Ross Ohlendorf for five runs on seven hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. Syracuse rallied for four on six hits (all singles) in the bottom of the 7th, with Will Rhymes’s sac fly capping the rally. The foursome of Fernando Abad, Xavier Cedeno, Mike Crotta and Tanner Roark combined for eight and 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief with Roark getting win.
Roster move: OF Erik Komatsu placed on 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 1
• Demny (W, 3-4) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• McCoy 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Rendon 3-5, RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Paul Demny’s turnaround continues with six innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 Harrisburg win over Richmond. The 23-y.o. Texan did walk four and gave up a run on four hits, including a home run but struck out seven for his third win. Fellow Texan Anthony Rendon continues to savage E.L. pitchers, going 3-for-5 for his 7th multihit game since his option back to AA. Brian Goodwin and Sandy Leon both homered and drove in two while LHPs Pat McCoy and Bill Bray combined for three scoreless innings to close out the game.

Wilmington 7 Potomac 3
• Gilliam 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Dupra (L, 0-2) 1+IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2B

The scoring drought ended, but the bullpen faltered badly Last Night In Woodbridge.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 7
• Anderson ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Rauh (L, 1-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, HR, 4RBI (GS)
• Miller 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R

Will Piwinica-Worms smacked a grand-slam to highlight a five-run 4th that tied the game at 5-5, but the Grasshoppers outslugged the Suns for an 8-7 win. Starter Dixon Anderson was knocked from the box early, giving up three runs on two hits and four walks. Brian Rauh stranded three in the first but took the loss when he gave up the 6th Greensboro run on a solo shot to answer the Suns in the 4th. Brandon Miller also homered in the loss, pulling the Suns within one with a two-run shot in the 8th.

May 142013
 

About the only thing colder than the weather were the P-Nats bats, held to just six hits in a 7-0 shutout by the Dash.

Coming into the game, Potomac was riding a five-game win streak and attempting its first four-game sweep at the Pfitz since 2007. With a matching of a low-2′s ERA prospect versus a high-6′s ERA journeyman, the odds seemed stacked in Potomac’s favor.

After Robbie Ray struck out the side — all three times looking — in the first, and two more in the second, the odds looked even better. Unfortunately, these were not nine-pitch innings so all those K’s came at a cost.

Indeed, the bill came due in third when Winston-Salem sent seven men to the plate, beginning with a walk and ending with, yes, another strikeout. In between, however, was a double, a strikeout, another walk, and a single. While Ray was able to minimize the damage to just two runs, the inning took its toll as Christian Meza was spotted warming up before Ray registered the third and final out.

With long counts on every man, Ray easily cracked 30 pitches and may have hit the 40-pitches-in-one-inning limit that famously shortened several Ross Detwiler outings in 2008. (Sorry, tracking pitches is the line between fun and work when it comes to keeping score). Thus, he was done after just three innings with two runs allowed on two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.

Meza was no more effective than Ray, giving up three over the next three on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Colin Bates followed with two scoreless innings while Derek Self coughed up a two-out, two-run homer in the 9th to erase any doubt of the eventual outcome.

Of course, as aforementioned the offense was frigid and flat. Except for a leadoff double by Adrian Nieto in the 2nd, there was hardly a hard-hit ball on the night. Billy Burns’s one-out bunt single followed by Michael Taylor’s slap through the 3/4 hole in the 3rd were the only consecutive base knocks, which gave fleeting hopes of tying the game when it was only 2-0.

The chance to answer the Dash was, um, dashed with a 5-C-3 double play off the bat of Cutter Dykstra, who reached based three times with a walk and two singles. It was the first of two double plays turned by Winston Salem, as Dykstra’s leadoff walk was erased in the 6th with a 6-4-3 DP.

Kevin Keyes was the last leadoff man to reach, as the big man drew his sixth walk of the series (and ninth for the year) in the 7th as the next three batters went down in order with a pair of grounders and a popup to end Dash starter Bryan Blough’s winning night with seven strong innings that lowered his ERA from 6.94 to 5.82.

The loss drops Potomac into second place, one game behind Lynchburg in the Carolina League North. Rob Gilliam is scheduled to make his 2013 season debut tonight against Wilmington’s Aaron Brooks (0-3, 4.99) as the last-place Blue Rocks come to Woodbridge for a three-game series.

May 142013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-7
(10 inn.)
vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (3-4, 4.57) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (2-4, 4.62) vs.
Bradley (0-3, 7.03)
Potomac Lost, 7-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (1st start of ’13)
or Dupra (0-1, 6.55) vs.
Brooks (0-3, 4.99)
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Anderson (3-1, 1.80) vs.
Hope (1-2, 5.00)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 7 (10 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 4⅔ IP, 10H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Mandel 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Davis (L, 0-1) 1IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Costanzo 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rhymes 2-5, R, 2B
• Kobernus 2-5, 2R, SB(15)

After rallying from deficits of 4-1 and 7-5, Syracuse fell victim to the dreaded two-out solo shot in the 10th to fall in extras 8-7 for their third straight loss to Norfolk. Starter Danny Rosenbaum was battered for seven runs on ten hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds. Jeff Mandel, who was blasted for six runs less than 24 hours before, stemmed the Tide with two stranded runners in the 5th and two more scoreless to enable the second comeback. Frequent flier Jeff Howell homered with one out in the 9th to send the game into extras while Mike Constanzo, Will Rhymes, and Jeff Kobernus accounted for six of the Chiefs’ 11 hits. Roster moves: C Carlos Maldonado placed on 7-Day DL, C Jeff Howell assigned from Harrisburg

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 0
• Treinen (L, 3-4) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K
• Krol 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Goodwin 1-4, BB, CS, 2K
• Bloxom 0-1, 3BB

Three Richmond pitchers combined on a four-hit, 4-0 shutout in Harrisburg. Blake Treinen took the loss and gave up all four Flying Squirrels runs on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Ian Krol and Bill Bray combined for three scoreless innings in relief. The Senators drew seven walks — three by Justin Bloxom — but were held to just four singles and advanced only four men into scoring position, stranding 11 baserunners. C Craig Manuel activated from XST and assigned to Harrisburg to replace C Jeff Howell.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 0
• Ray (L, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 9K
• Bates 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 2-3, BB
• Miller 1-3

The air was cold and so was the lineup Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 4
• Encarnacion (W, 3-2) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Hudgins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Norfork 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Schill 2-5, R, 2RBI

Obviously, everyone was much warmer in Greensboro, if for no other reason than nine Suns circled the bases in a 9-4 rout of Greensboro. Pedro Encarnacion earned his third win with three runs allowed (one earned) on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Khayyan Norfork to blister the ball, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI (6-for-11 since his return from Potomac) while Tony Renda and Wes Schill both went 2-for-5 in the 11-hit attack.

May 132013
 

It’s a Harrisburg sweep for the Eastern League’s weekly awards as Anthony Rendon and Paul Demny were named Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 6 through 12.

Anthony RendonRendon hit safely in six of seven games, going 12-for-24 with six doubles, two home runs, and eight RBI for a .500 batting average. He also drew six walks and scored five runs. Despite his 15 days spent in the majors, Rendon is leading the Eastern League in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He was the Nationals’ 1st round pick out of Rice University in the 2011 draft, and the 6th pick overall.

Paul DemnyDemny pitched just once during the timeframe, but nobody got a hit during the eight innings he pitched last Thursday as he combined with Ian Krol for the fourth no-hitter in Harrisburg Senator history. Demny walked three and struck out five for that night, but has struggled to marks of 4.62/3.96/1.38 for ERA/FIP/WHIP for the season with a record of 2-4 in seven starts. He was the Nationals’ 6th round pick out of Blinn (TX) Community College in 2008.

Rendon and Demny are the fifth and sixth Nats farmhands to win weekly honors, following A.J. Cole, Nathan Karns, Taylor Hill, and Jason Martinson (twice).

May 132013
 

The Potomac Nationals picked up where they left off on Saturday night and rolled to a 7-1 victory in the completion from Saturday night. Then they did it again in the 7-inning game that followed with a 7-2 win to extend their streak to five games and hold onto a share of first place in the Carolina League north.

Tyler Herron took the mound and tossed three scoreless to get the win in the completion, walking one and striking out four. Between Herron and Taylor Hill’s effort the night before, the game was well in hand but Kevin Keyes removed all doubt with a three-run HR off the LF foul pole. It was also the third time in the game Potomac had hit safely back-to-back-to-back with two outs.

In the second game, Blake Schwartz walked the first two batters he faced then threw away the ball on a pickoff attempt. He rolled a grounder to send in one run but got the next two outs to escape the jam with minimal damage, just one run.

His counterpart, Jason Van Skike, was just as wild (or squeezed, depending on your bias ;-) as he walked three of the first four batters he faced. Then the P-Nats started their station-to-station offense, connecting for three straight singles to cash in the three base on balls and give Schwartz a lead to work with.

The 23-y.o. Minnesotan walked the first batter of the 2nd, and for a brief moment, it looked like this could be a long afternoon — even with the shortened contest.

Then Schwartz, who is most definitely a flyball pitcher thus far for Potomac, found his groove. Changing speeds, he kept the Winston-Salem lineup off balance and retired 11 straight without the ball touching the ground — including three strikeouts and five flyouts to CF Michael Taylor.

The Dash’s no. 9 batter, .220-batting David Herbek, ended the no-hit bid with a line-drive single to left-center. He would also be the final Winston-Salem baserunner.

That’s because Schwartz strung together another streak of outs, beginning with a groundout to second to end the 5th and a strikeout to finish the 7th and earn the complete-game one-hitter. He walked three and struck out five for his third Potomac win.

As aforementioned, the win keeps pace with first-place Lynchburg, which leads Potomac in percentage points .559 to .556. The two teams have two remaining series against each other — May 24-26 in Lynchburg and May 31-June 2 in Woodbridge.

Tonight, the P-Nats shoot for the four-game sweep with LHP Robbie Ray (3-1, 2.08) taking the hill versus RHP Bryan Blough (1-4, 6.94).

May 132013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 14-1 vs. Norfolk,
12:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.27) vs.
Jurrjens (4-1, 2.62)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1;
Lost, 9-3
vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (3-3, 4.89) vs.
Teller (1st start @ AA)
Potomac Won, 7-2;
Won, 7-1
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-1, 2.08) vs.
Blough (1-4, 6.94)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-7;
Won, 4-3
@ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Encarnacion (2-2, 1.59) vs.
Oliver (0-0, 1.80)

Norfolk 14 Syracuse 1
• Perry (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Mandel 1IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Marrero 1-3, BB
• Rahl 1-4, RBI

Norfolk put up three crooked numbers and connected for three home runs (remarkably, all solo shots) as the Tide pummeled the Syracuse Chiefs, 14-1. Ryan Perry gave up more runs than innings pitched for the third time in seven starts, allowing seven runs on 10 hits, including HR nos. five and six. Three Tides pitchers went three innings apiece and limited the Chiefs to just five hits, with Chris Marrero (1-for-3, BB) the only Chief to reach base twice.

Harrisburg 3 Binghamton 1 — GAME ONE
• Jordan (ND) 4IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Rendon 2-2, R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Goodwin 1-3, R, RBI, BB, SB

Anthony Rendon’s two-run HR in the three-run Harrisburg 5th proved to be the difference as the Senators took the opening game, 3-1. Taylor Jordan needed 75 pitches to get through four scoreless innings in his AA debut. He allowed four hits and one walk and struck out three. Pat McCoy got the win in relief as the pitcher of record when Harrisburg scored. Aaron Barrett closed out the 7th with a scoreless frame for save no. 6.

Binghamton 9 Harrisburg 3 — GAME TWO
• Karns (L, 3-2) ⅓ IP, 4H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR
• Holland 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K; 1-1, R
• Bloxom 2-3
• Johnson 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Nathan Karns couldn’t make it out of the 1st, torched for six runs on four hits and three walks with no strikeouts and just one batter retired as the B-Mets pounded the Sens, 9-3 in the nightcap. Pat Lehman stranded two to get out of the 1st but got the similar smackdown in the 2nd as Binghamton hung a three-spot on the board. Josh Johnson’s two-run HR in the 6th prevented the shutout while Justin Bloxom (2-for-3) was the sole Harrisburg batter with multiple hits.

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 2 (Comp.)
• Hill 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
• Herron (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Holt 2IP, 0H, R, ER, 4BB, 5K
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 1 (7 inn.)
• Schwartz (W, 3-1) 7IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K
• Miller 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-3, R, 3RBI
• Burns 1-2, 2R, 2BB, 2SB (19, 20)

The P-Nats rolled seven twice on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 12 Hagerstown 7 — GAME ONE
• Turnbull (L, 2-1) 3IP, 9H, 9R, 6ER, BB, 0K, 2HR
• Pena 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• B. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ramos 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Kylin Turnbull’s struggles with the longball continue as the southpaw gave up nos. five and six in a 12-7 loss to Delmarva. The 23-y.o. was charged with nine runs total, six earned, on nine hits and one walk over three innings. Tony Renda (2-for-4) and “Help Me” Wander Ramos (1-for-3) both homered and drove in a pair in the loss.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 3 — GAME TWO (9 inn.)
• Pineyro 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Fischer 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Harper (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Pleffner 1-3, R, BB, RBI
• B. Miller 1-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI

A walk, sacrifice, and a wild pitch set up the game-winning two-out single by backup backstop Erick Fernandez in the 9th for a 4-3 win and a doubleheader split. The walkoff made Bryan Harper a winner, having pitched two scoreless as the second man out of the ‘pen. Ivan Pineyro got the start and gave up all three Shorebird runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four. Shawn Pleffner and Brandon Miller both went 1-for-3 with a walk to pace the Suns attack, which was limited to six hits and three walks while fanning 12 times.

May 122013
 

The rain that stayed away on Friday came back on Saturday, just three outs before becoming an official game.

It was just moments after the Potomac turned a Winston-Salem no-hitter into a 4-1 lead by sending nine men to the plate and stringing together four straight two-out hits. Adrian Nieto got the rally started with a one-out double and took third when Kevin Keyes grounded to first.

Down 1-0, the hope then was to tie the game before rains came. After a two-run homer by Justin Miller, an infield single by Randolph Oduber and an RBI double by Billy Burns, it became a matter of “OK, let’s get back out there and get three outs to make this game official.”

Michael Taylor, however, would not “cooperate” by drawing a two-out walk. The team’s two fastest baserunners then showed as much with a double steal to give Cutter Dykstra a chance to push the lead to 6-1 with the inning’s sixth hit.

Alas, it did not come; instead, a deep line drive right to the Dash centerfielder that ended the frame. The Woodbridge nine had barely gotten on to field in the top of the 5th when the downpour started, going from lawn sprinkler to car wash in less than a couple minutes.

After 92 minutes, officials called it a night. The game will be continued at noon followed by a seven-inning game.

May 122013
 

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 vs. Norfolk,
2:00 p.m.
Arrieta (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Perry (1-2, 5.87)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (AA debut) and
Karns (3-1, 3.03) vs.
Cohoon (3-0, 2.93) and
Mazzoni (0-1, 2.25)
Potomac Winning, 4-1
(suspended,
Top of 5th)
vs. Winston-Salem,
12:00 p.m. (completion,
7 inn. game)
TBD and Schwartz (2-1, 0.60) vs.
TBD and Van Skike (2-0, 0.60)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-0, 4.09) and
Pena (2-2, 4.24) vs.
Kline (1-2, 5.68) and
Hader (1-1, 1.40)

Norfolk 3 Syracuse 2
• Maya (L, 1-4) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Roark 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rhymes 2-4, RBI
• Watts 2-4, 2B

The lone game to get played to its completion was basically done after three as Norfolk got to Yunesky Maya early and held off Syracuse for six innings for a 3-2 win. Maya allowed all three Tides runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts but took the loss. Will Rhymes and Kris Watts both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs nine-hit attack.

Harrisburg vs. Binghamton — PPD
Rain stopped this one from starting, delaying the AA debut of Taylor Jordan to today as the two teams are set to make it up with a pair of seven-inning games this afternoon.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 1 — SUSP.
• Hill 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
Rain halted this one before the top of the 5th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — PPD
Wet grounds forced the postponement of the doubleheader to today at 1:05 p.m.