Jun 252013
 

Transactions for NPP 2
With two major speculative items in the morning’s notes, as well as the weekly transactions post from Baseball America issued late yesterday afternoon, it’s time to get back on track when it comes to transactions…

WASHINGTON
• Recalled OF-1B Tyler Moore from Syracuse

SYRACUSE
• RHP Caleb Clay activated from TIL (placed on it 6/22)
• OF Micah Owings activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• RHP Rafael Martin transferred to GCL for minor-league rehab
• RHP Taylor Hill promoted from Potomac
• RHP Paul Demny placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List

POTOMAC
• OF Bryce Harper assigned from Washington for MLB rehab
• RHP Brian Broderick reassigned from GCL

GCL
• Reassigned RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Auburn

SIGNED (IFAs)
• RHP Jose Nunez
• SS Francys Peguero
• SS Joshual Ramirez
• OF Oliver Ortiz

SIGNED (NDFAs)
• SS Kyle Attl
• OF Greg Zebrack

PLACED ON 7-DAY DL
• 3B Carlos Alvarez (unspecified)

RELEASED
• RHP Emmanuel de la Cruz
• RHP Shane McCatty
• 2B Trey Karlen

As always, the list of releases seems incomplete, which is not to say that we wish for more churn but to acknowledge that there seems to be more signings than space available. Both NDFAs have already seen game action, with Attl assigned to the GCL and Zebrack assigned to Auburn. Attl is an infielder from Cal State Northridge, while Zebrack is an outfielder from USC, presumably scouted at the same time as Matt Foat, who also signed as an NDFA last summer.

BA reports that Carlos Alvarez, nee “Smiley” Gonzalez has been placed on the 7-Day DL but for which roster remains a mystery. His player page is blank though he shows up in player search results on MiLB.com. Perhaps he’s already been released (other Nats farmhands known to have been cut appear likewise in search results), as the BA post covers the period of June 13-19. In any case, I only mention it because it’s hopefully the end of sordid chapter in Nats history.

UPDATE: Potomac has announced that RHP Taylor Hill has been promoted to Harrisburg, with RHP Brian Broderick reassigned from the GCL to replace him. Unfortunately, given the swirling speculation regarding Taylor Jordan’s next start, it’s quite possible that his stay in AA will be short. Hill has been solid in his last four starts, going 2-0 with an 0.63 ERA including a complete-game win against Frederick last Friday, so it’s also feasible that he could stay while another pitcher is moved if/when Jordan is returned.

UPDATE #2: To make room for Hill, RHP Paul Demny has been placed on the temporary inactive list for Harrisburg.

Jun 252013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (0-1, 2.70) vs.
Ramirez (0-1, 7.71)
Harrisburg Won, 7-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (4-3, 4.41) vs.
Cooper (3-3, 3.28)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m
Schwartz (5-2, 2.47) vs.
Asher (4-4, 3.26)
Hagerstown Won, 12-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (3-1, 2.05) vs.
Holmes (2-5, 5.26)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-1, 4.15) vs. TBA
GCL Nationals Won, 4-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1 @ DSL Brewers,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-0, 1.86) vs.
Diaz (1-3, 3.32)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
A 2-6 road trip dropped Syracuse’s road record to .500 (20-20) as the team quietly passed the the halfway mark over the weekend. Up next: five games against fifth-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and a pair against fourth-place Rochester.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 1
• Jordan (W, 7-0) 5IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, K
• Grace (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Head 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Souza 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B

Taylor Jordan threw just 65 pitches over five innings to pick up his 7th AA win as the Senators shot down the Aeros, 7-1. The 24-y.o. scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out one in his shortest outing since May 12 (4IP, 75 pitches), which followed a 10-day layoff after throwing eight innings against Carolina on May 2. Matt Grace and Neil Holland combined for four innings of scoreless relief to close out the game. Jerad Head and Steve Souza Jr. both homered for the 9th time this season, while Justin Bloxom, Josh Johnson, and Ricky Hague had multiple hits. Following the game, manager Matt LeCroy claimed Jordan had been placed on innings/pitch limit by Nats brass(click for the story from Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News). In the four seasons this website has operated, a similar midseason restriction without a trip to the DL, an assignment to the GCL, or a skipped start (see above) cannot be recalled. As noted yesterday, Jordan’s next turn to pitch is Saturday, which coincides with recently shelved disabled starter Dan Haren’s turn in the Washington rotation.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 2
• Cole (L, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Oduber 1-3, BB
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Potomac’s modest five-game winning streak came to and with a 3-2 loss to Myrtle Beach. A.J. Cole took the loss with three runs (two earned) on five hits, including his team-leading 10th HR surrendered. The 21-y.o. walked none and struck out five while notching his 6th quality start. Cole Leonida homered for the sole Potomac run as the Pelicans pitchers — #1 in the Carolina League — held the P-Nats to just six hits and two walks total. While ostensibly a story that has more import for Hagerstown, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has P-Nats owner Art Silber on record as “not objecting” to a proposed stadium in Fredericksburg that’s just 26 miles south of the latest proposed ballpark for Potomac.

Hagerstown 12 West Virginia 5
• Anderson (W, 5-4) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 4K
• Davis (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 4-6, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Schill 2-5, 2R, HR(GS), 5RBI
• Mesa 2-5, 2R

All 12 of the Suns runs came in the final four innings, capped by a grand slam by Wes Schill in the 9th as Hagerstown defeated West Virginia, 12-5. The Power jumped out to an early three run lead against starter Dixon Anderson, scoring single runs in three of the first four frames. Anderson got the benefit of a seven-run rally in the 6th, winning his fifth game with three runs allowed on five hits and six walks while striking out four. Tony Renda paved the way for the 13-hit attack, going 4-for-6 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base.

Mahoning Valley 1 Auburn 2
• Orlan 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Simko (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B
• Yezzo 2-4, R

Jean Valdez’s RBI single in the 7th broke a 1-1 tie as the Doubledays edged the Scrappers, 2-1. Starter Robert Orlan tossed five shutout innings, giving up just tow hist while walking one and fanning five, but got the no-decision in his second start. Todd Simko gave up the equalizer in the 6th but was the pitcher of record in the 7th for the blown-save-win. Isaac Ballou and James Yezzo both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead Auburn’s nine-hit offense.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 1
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Derosier (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gordon 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI
• Attl 1-3, BB

The G-Nats remain unbeaten with a 4-1 defeat of the G-Marlins. Hector Silvestre got his first win of 2013 in his second start, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out five. A trio of relievers combined for four scoreless innings of relief with 24th Rd. Pick Matt Derosier picking up his first career save with a walk over an inning and 2/3rds. 23rd Rd. Pick Garrett Gordon reached based three times to pace the G-Nat offense.

DSL Mets1 2 DSL Nationals 1
• Rosario (L, 0-2) 4IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 3K
• Y. Pena 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Mota 2-4, SB
• Alvarez 1-3, BB

The D-Nats lost consecutive games for the first time this season, dropping a 2-1 pitcher’s duel to the D-Mets1. 17-y.o. Venezuelan Ramses Rosario made his first start and went the first four innings, giving up both D-Mets1 runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Yefri Pena, who had started in the previous turn through rotation, tossed four scoreless frames, allowing a hit and walking two. 17-y.o. Israel Mota (2-for-4) and 18-y.o. Thomas Alvarez (1-for-3, BB) were the only two D-Nats to reach base twice as the offense was held to five hits and four walks.

Jun 242013
 

Chris RahlSyracuse OF Chris Rahl kept the I.L. Batter of the Week award in Syracuse for the second straight week, earning the weekly honors for the period of June 17-23.

Rahl went 16-for-28 with four doubles, a triple, and HR for a .571/.571/.893 line with four RBI and two stolen bases. His current seven-game hit streak, which is has raised the batting average of the 29-year-old to .299 from .257.

After a slow start in April (.211, 1HR, 4RBI), Rahl has batted .318 with 5HR and 20RBI and 29 runs scored in 43 games played. Last month, he had a streak of 17 games that was ended with an unsuccessful pinch-hit appearance.

Rahl was originally drafted by Arizona in 2005 as a 5th round pick out of the College of William & Mary and played in the Diamondbacks system, maxing out with 87 games played for AAA Reno in 2010. He signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent and played 2011 and 2012 for Harrisburg before returning to AAA this season.

Jun 242013
 

It wasn’t pretty, but the Potomac Nationals completed the sweep of the Carolina Mudcats with a 7-5 win on Sunday evening.

Kevin Keyes’s three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth broke open a 4-4 game and made a winner out Robbie Ray despite his pitching poorly for the second time in as many starts.

Ray walked a season-high five batters and could have easily walked more, as the southpaw rarely got to two strikes without two balls in the count as his pitches drifted up or nosedived. He got the leadoff batter just once in five frames and put runners on in every inning.

In short, Ray looked more like the 2012 edition than the 2013 All-Star, particularly as he surrendered a long home run in the 3rd. Five of the seven he’s given up this season have come in his last three starts. Perhaps it’s just an anomaly, but it’s something worth noting, as these two trends combined — walks and homers — cannot continue if he’s going to make it Harrisburg this summer (yes, there have been whispers).

Perhaps more curious is the resurgence of the bullpen. For the second straight night they were asked to pitch four or more innings, and for the second straight night they got the job done. Brian Dupra, David Fischer, and Rob Wort combined to give up five hits and three walks, but just one run — the first in 10⅓ innings the bullpen logged for the series.

It’s something to hope for because if there’s one thing that’s been constant this season, it’s the offense. The 15 runs scored in the series to open the second half has brought Potomac to within eight of the league lead, held by the Winston-Salem Dash. The team has been scoring 5-6 runs a game for quite some time now, without hitting a lot of extra-base hits (7th in doubles, 4th in HRs) and is middle-of-the-pack when it comes to strikeouts and walks (4th on both)

Next up, a better chance to see how they measure up as they play four against Myrtle Beach Pelicans, which feature the league’s best pitching and were the Southern Division’s first-half champs. A.J. Cole (4-2, 4.16) gets the opening-game assignment, opposed by Nick Martinez (5-4, 2.84).

Jun 242013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1; Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (6-0, 0.73) vs.
Brach (4-3, 4.76)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m
Cole (4-2, 4.16) vs.
N. Martinez (5-4, 2.84)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Creasy (2-0, 3.92)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Whitenack (0-0, 4.91)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-1, 9.39) vs.
Guedez (0-1, 8.44)



Gwinnett 5 Syracuse 1 &mdash: GAME ONE
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-4) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Accardo 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Rivero 1-2, BB
• Rahl 1-3, OF assist at HP

Gwinnett’s Cody Martin stifled Syracuse for seven innings as the Braves cruised past the Chiefs, 5-1 in the opener. Starter Danny Rosenbaum struggled early, loading the bases in the 1st and hitting a batter and letting in an unearned run on his own error in the 2nd. He finished with a walk and six hits allowed over four innings. The Braves broke it open with a three-spot against Jeremy Accardo, with all three runs coming via the home run. Carlos Rivero was the sole batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-2 with a walk.

Syracuse 1 Gwinnett 0 &mdash: GAME TWO
• Roark (W, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Crotta (H, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 3-3, R, 2B, SB, CS
• Brown 1-2, BB, RBI

Chris Rahl singled, stole second, took third on an error and scored on a Corey Brown RBI single in the 1st. Tanner Roark, Mike Crotta, and Erik Davis combined on a six-hit shutout to make it stand up for a 1-0 win in the night cap. Roark tossed five innings in the spot start, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out one. Crotta pitched a 1-2-3 6th and Davis danced around a pair of singles in the 7th to earn the save, his 8th. Rahl singled and doubled in subsequent ABs for a 3-for-3 game that led the Chiefs offense.

New Hampshire 7 Harrisburg 0
• Demny (L, 5-5) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B

New Hampshire broke open a 2-0 lead with a four-run 6th en route to a 7-0 shutout of Harrisburg. Marcus Walden needed just 90 pitches to go the distance against the Senators, allowing just three hits and no walks. Paul Demny took the loss, coughing up six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings. Brian Goodwin was the sole Harrisburg batter to reach second on his own accord, doubling in the 6th. If the Nationals will indeed sacrifice long-term development in favor of short-term need, Taylor Jordan’s next start coincides with the spot vacated by the “injured” Dan Haren on Saturday.

Potomac 7 Carolina 5
• Ray (W, 6-2) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Wort (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Keyes 3-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Robbie Ray owes Kevin Keyes a cold beverage for the vulture win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Greenville 0
• Purke (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, BB, 9K
• Pena 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Schill 2-3, R, 3B, BB
• Miller 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI, 3K

Matt Purke killed two stones with one bird, tossing five innings for the first time this season (second time overall) and getting his first professional win, as Suns scorched the Drive, 6-0. Purke also struck out a career-high nine batters, allowing four hits and no walks. Hagerstown took full advantage of four errors and five walks to score six times on six hits. Wes Schill led the way with a single, triple, and a walks while driving in two. Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena activated from the 7-Day DL.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 1
• Johansen 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Selsor (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Fernandez 1-3, R, 2B
• W. Rodriguez 1-3, 2B

Mahoning Valley struck for three runs in the 5th, Auburn answered with one in the 6th, as the Scrappers junked the Doubledays, 3-1. Second-round pick Jake Johansen gave up no hits and no runs, but walked three and struck out two over two and 2/3rds in his pro debut. Casey Selsor took the loss with three runs on six hits over two and 2/3rds with three walks and two strikeouts. Auburn was held to just three hits and one walk, though two of those hits were doubles by Erick Fernandez and Wilman Rodriguez. Roster move: RHP Will Hudgins reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After the usual off day on Sunday, the G-Nats play home and away against the Marlins, Cardinals, and Mets with home games on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Another 4-2 week keeps the D-Nats atop the Boca Chica South division. This week, they’re on the road for four games against the Mets1, Brewers, Rojos, and Cubs with a pair of home games on Wednesday and Thursday.

Jun 232013
 

The bullpen came through for Potomac with four and 1/3rd scoreless innings and a bases-loaded escape in the 5th as the P-Nats fileted the Mudcats, 7-5.

The offense wasn’t too shabby, either, scoring six times with two outs to give Ivan Pineyro, the newest member of the rotation, a cushion to work with. Adrian Nieto homered in the first inning to complete a three-run rally that begun with a Michael Taylor double to right, while Jason Martinson followed Taylor’s second opposite-field double with his second RBI single to left.

Turns out the 21-year-old would need the padding, as he gave up single runs in the first two innings and long hit in the third. He struck out the side in the fourth, but issued a walk.

While he featured a nasty changeup, Pineyro left way too many pitches up and the Mudcats collected three straight hits to open the 5th and cut the lead to 6-3. It’s always a matter of debate how much leeway the manager has in lifting a starter in the minors, but only an idiot would argue that Pineyro wasn’t hung out to dry.

Instead, Pineyro walked three of the next five batters as Carolina scored twice more. Greg Holt was finally summoned with two outs and the bases loaded to face the inning’s ninth batter, and he got the final out of the 5th to preserve the 6-5 lead.

Potomac got the insurance run in the 7th thanks to an error on a would-be 3-6-3 DP off the bat of Kevin Keyes following a walk and a stolen base by Martinson and a single to center by Nieto.

Holt would dance around two singles in the 6th to get the win, while Brian Rauh came within a two-out triple of two perfect innings in the 7th and 8th to deliver the ball the new closer, Robert Benincasa.

The Mudcats’ Jerrud Sabourin singled to open the 9th, completing a 4-for-4 night with a walk. Benincasa, however, worked around him to strike out the side and earn his first High-A save.

The win moves Potomac to 2-0 on the season as all-star Robbie Ray takes the mound in the series finale, opposed by Carolina’s Nick Pasquale (0-4, 4.31).

Jun 232013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-8 @ Gwinnett,
2:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.76) and
Roark (3-3, 4.47) vs.
Martin (1-0, 0.00) and
Loe (2-1, 4.19)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. New Hampshire,
2:00 p.m.
Demny (5-4, 3.33) vs.
Walden (4-7, 3.58)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m
Ray (5-2, 2.84) vs.
Pasquale (0-4, 4.31)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-0 @ Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Purke (0-1, 4.00) vs.
Dahlstrand (1-2, 4.62)
Auburn Won, 6-4 @ Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (pro debut) vs.
Hamrick (0-1, 1.80)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-1 OFF DAY N/A



Gwinnett 9 Syracuse 8
• Tatusko 5IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Robertson 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Broadway (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 2BF, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Rhymes 4-6, 2R, 2B
• Rahl 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Walters 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI

After blowing a 5-1 lead in the middle innings, Syracuse rallied for three in the top of the 9th only to lose in the bottom of the 9th, 9-8. Gwinnett knocked starter Ryan Tatusko for six runs in his 5th and final inning. He walked five and gave up eight hits while striking out two. Zach Walters homered twice, including a three-run HR in the 9th that gave the Chiefs a brief 9-7 lead and extended his hit streak to 12 games. Gwinnett turned the elation to heartbreak in the space of two batters, closing the play with a single and home run off Mike Broadway.

New Hampshire 4 Harrisburg 1
• Treinen 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Perry (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Lozada 2-3
• Souza 1-3, R, HR, BB

The Sens ‘pen was roughed up for all four runs in the final two innings in a 4-1 loss to the Fisher Cats. The implosion ruined a solid start by Blake Treinen, who threw seven shutout innings with three hits and two walks allowed while striking out four. Ryan Perry took the loss with loss and blown save, as the drain-circling reliever was charged with three runs on three hits and a walk to five batters over a 1/3rd of an inning. Harrisburg was held to just five hits, with Steve Souza’s solo HR in the 1st accounting for the lone run.

Potomac 7 Carolina 5
• Pineyro 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Holt (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Benincasa (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2RBI, BB, 2SB
• Nieto 3-4, HR, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

Four and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief kept this one from slipping away Last Night In Woodbridge.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 0
• Encarnacion (L, 5-4) 6IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 0BB, 5K, HR (GS)
• Meza 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Foat 2-4
• Norfork 1-3, BB

Greenville ran over Hagerstown with three in the 1st and four in the 2nd and cruised to an 8-0 shutout win. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss but saved the ‘pen by going six innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, no walks and striking out five. The Suns were limited to just five hits and couldn’t take advantage of the seven walks issued, going 0-for-6 with RISP and stranding 10 runners. Matt Foat was the only Hagerstown batter with multiple hits, while Tony Renda and Shawn Pleffner both drew two walks.

Auburn 6 State College 4
• Turnbull (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Joyce (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 3-4, R, 2B
• Poole 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Zebrack 2-4, R, 2RBI

Auburn scored in four straight innings, overcoming an early 4-0 deficit to take the game, 6-4. Starter Kylin Turnbull got the win, his second for the Doubledays in as many starts, giving up four runs on four hits and no walks while striking out six. Jake Joyce earned the hold with two scoreless, and L.J. Hollins the save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Jordan Poole led the 13-hit attack with a double and a home run and two RBI.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 2
• J. Rodriguez 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 4BB, K
• K. Rodriguez (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Jennings 1-3, R, 2B
• Read 1-4, 2B

A pair of errors led to the decisive run as the G-Nats edged the G-Mets, 3-2. Jefry Rodriguez got the start, going three innings with a run allowed on a hit and four walks with one strikeout. Kelvin Rodriguez got the blown-save-win with a run on a hit and a walk over two innings while striking out two. Hayden Jennings and Raudy Read both doubled as the G-Nats were held to just six hits and two walks (both drawn by Drew Ward). RHP Cole Kimball transferred from Syracuse for a rehab assignment.

DSL Mets1 6 DSL Nationals 1
• Torres (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Reynoso 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Alvarez 1-3, BB

The D-Nats mustered jsut three hits in a 6-1 loss to the D-Mets. Starter Luis Torres took the loss, charged with four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out three. 18-y.o. Thomas Alvarez was the sole D-Nat to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Jun 222013
 

Good pitching and timely hitting were the keys to the 5-1 win Potomac posted to open the second half of the 2013 campaign.

Taylor Hill picked up where he left off prior to the break with seven strong innings, allowing one run on a homerun and five hits total. He walked none and struck out one to become the team’s first six-game winner.

Hill gave up a hit in each of the first five frames, leaving the impression that Carolina was justabouttosolvehim, which is always a concern when a pitcher isn’t getting strikeouts. Instead, he retired the last six batters he faced, getting the important shutdown inning after the P-Nats took the lead.

That happened in the bottom of the 6th. The rally started slowly, with Jason Martinson drawing a one-out walk and taking third on a Kevin Keyes double that Carolina left fielder Luigi Rodrgiuez misjudged but nearly caught anyway. Adrian Sanchez steered a single into the 3/4 hole for the go-ahead to plate Martinson and chase Mudcat starter Shawn Morimando.

Francisco Gimenez came on in relief and got an out immediately when Keyes was thrown out trying to score on a grounder to 1st, but walked Cole Leonida to load the bases then hit Randolph Oduber to give the Groovin’ Aruban the Homer Simpson RBI. Billy Burns completed the rally with a bunt down the third base line, taking advantage of the lefthanded pitcher and third baseman having to play back with two outs.

Perhaps sensing an opportunity to surprise, the P-Nats No. 3 batter Michael Taylor led off the 7th with a bunt single and took third on what was initially ruled an error as Carolina shortstop Francisco Lindor stabbed and missed at a grounder off the bat of Martinson. Keyes grounded into a double play to send in Taylor for the P-Nats fifth and final run.

Richie Mirowski followed Hill to finish the game, working around a leadoff walk in the 8th and a leadoff double in the 9th for two scoreless innings.

21-year-old Ivan Pineyro makes his High-A debut tonight in Game 2 of the series, with Michael Peoples (0-2, 6.35) opoosing him for the Carolina Mudcats.

Jun 222013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 3.08) vs.
Poveda (5-4, 3.08)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.74) vs.
Nolin (3-2, 3.09)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m
Pineyro (1st start at A+) vs.
Peoples (0-2, 6.35)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 12-1 vs. State College,
6:05 p.m.
Turnbull (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Pierce (pro debut)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-6 @ DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 4.05) vs.
Carreno (0-1, 10.80)



Gwinnett 8 Syracuse 4
• Maya (L, 2-5) 5IP, 9H, 6R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Accardo 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Brown 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB

A four-run 5th broke open a 2-2 game as the Gwinnett Braves doubled up the Syracuse Chiefs, 8-4. Yunesky Maya lost for the 5th time in 12 starts, charged with six runs (two earned) on nine hits (including HR no. 6) with no walks and two strikeouts over five innings. Chris Rahl led the offense with a 3-for-4 night with two runs, a double, and a home run, while Corey Brown walked, stole a base, an had an RBI double while going 1-for-3.

Harrisburg 7 New Hampshire 6
• Gilliam 4⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 4K
• Grace (W, 1-0) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrett (S, 14) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Brian Goodwin’s solo HR in the bottom of the 8th was the final blow struck in a back-and-forth battle as Harrisburg edged New Hampshire, 7-6. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up four runs on six hits and five walks over four and 2/3rds innings, but was taken off the hook with a three-run rally in the 6th that tied the game at 4-4. The Senators took a 6-4 lead with two in the last of the 7th, only to give it back with two runs in the top of the 8th. Matt Grace got the win by stranding the go-ahead run in the 8th while getting the final two outs of the inning. Jimmy Van Ostrand led the Harrisburg offense with a 2-for-4 night with a homer and three RBI.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Hill (W, 6-2) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Taylor 2-4, 2R
• Oduber 2-3, 2B, RBI, HBP

A three-run 6th powered Potomac to its first win of the 2nd half Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 13 Greenville 9
• Lee 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Henke (W, 3-1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Renda 2-6, 2R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Norfork 3-5, 3R
• Foat 2-3, 3R, RBI

The Suns blew a 5-0 lead but outslugged the Drive for a 13-9 victory. Tony Renda drove in five and scored twice with a double and home run as Hagerstown pounded out 13 hits with eight of the nine starters hitting safely, and everyone reaching base. Starter Nick Lee was knocked from the box during the Drive’s five-run 4th, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out two over three and 2/3rds. Travis Henke got the win in relief, finishing the 4th and tossing two more scoreless innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

State College 12 Auburn 1
• Lopez (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Fernandez ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-4, RBI
• Gunter 2-4

When a position player is the most effective pitcher of the game, you know it’s been a bad night. State College scored eight times in the second without a home run en route to a 12-1 smackdown of Auburn. Starter Reynaldo Lopez took the brunt of the beating, giving up seven runs on seven hits over an inning and a 1/3rd with no walks and no strikeouts. Erick Fernandez, a catcher, got the last out of the ninth as the only Doubleday pitcher to not let in a run. James Yezzo and Cody Gunter each went 2-for-4 to lead the Doubledays attack.
OF Greg Zebrack (NDFA) assigned from Washington.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3
• Suero 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Broderick (W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Ramos (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Ward 3-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, E

The G-Nats jumped to a 4-0 lead by the 5th, then held off the G-Mets in the late innings for a 4-3 win in the season opener. Wander Suero got the start and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and setting down four on strikes. Rehabbing Brian Broderick was ineffective, but was the winner by rule with three runs allowed on four hits and a walk over three innings. David “Yes, my brother is Wander” Ramos finished the game with two goose eggs for the save. Drew Ward was a one-man wrecking crew, driving in three with a single and two doubles in four at-bats as he collected three of the five G-Nats hits.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Tigers 0
• Yrizarri 3⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, WP, BK
• Sanchez (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 3WP, 2-0 IR-S
• Green (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lora 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Mercedes 2-4, 2B, 3RBI
• Alvarez 1-4, 2R, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI

The D-Nats posted a five-run 5th to overcome an early 2-1 deficit and held off a late charege from the D-Tigers for a 9-6 win. 18-y.o. Deibi Yrizarri had his first bad outing, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Mario Sanchez got the win in relief, stranding two runners in the 4th giving up a run in the 6th. The first three batters in the lineup combined for five hits (including two doubles and a triple), five RBI, and four runs scored.

Jun 212013
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 28-43, 6th place I.L. North, 15½ games behind

Good Zach Walters .382/.417/.836, 6HR in June
Bad Mike Crotta 0-4, 4.87 ERA, 2.00 WHIP since May 1 (17 appearances)
Interesting .973 Fielding Pct. – dead last in I.L.



HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-33, T1st place E.L. West, 1 game ahead

Good Steve Souza Jr .570 SLG%
Bad Rob Gilliam 5.27 ERA / 5.47 WHIP in last three starts
Interesting Senators pitching in June – 1.75ERA (28ER, 144IP)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 42-27, 1st place C.L. North Champs, 6 games ahead

Good Taylor Hill 1-0, 0.42 in last three starts
Bad Randolph Oduber 8BB in 47G (9 in 52 overall)
Interesting 11 wins trailing or tied after 7 innings


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 1-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (39-29 overall)

Good Robert Benincasa 0.82 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 16K in last 10 appearances (hence the promotion)
Bad Derek Self 7.14 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, 6K in last 10 appearances (hence the demotion)
Interesting Estarlin Martinez HR last night 1st since 9/3/12 = 144AB (per Hagerstown Suns Fan Club)


DSL NATIONALS 12-5, 1st Boca Chica South, 2½ games ahead

Good 19-y.o. Dionicio Rosario .280/.410/.400 in 15G
Bad 18-y.o. Yefri Pena 9.39 ERA, 2.74 WHIP in four appearances
Interesting 17-y.o. Yorlin Reynoso 1.08 ERA, .172 OBA in four appearances