Jul 242013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 2.29) vs.
Rogers (2-2, 6.04)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (3-4, 4.25) vs.
Nolin (6-2, 2.09)
Potomac Won, 3-0 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-3, 9.00) vs.
Ross (6-4, 3.45)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Williamsport,
5:30 p.m (COMP. DH)
Selsor (0-3, 4.64) vs.
Gueller (3-2, 5.64)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-2 @ GCL Cardinals,
11:00 a.m.(DH)
TBD and TBD vs. TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-2 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (3-1, 2.45) vs.
Batista (1-0, 3.07)



Syracuse 6 Louisville 5
• Roark (W, 8-3) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K; 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Mattheus (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Moore 2-4, R
• Brown 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Corey Brown’s three-run homer off former National Zach Duke capped a four-run rally in the 8th for a 6-1 Syracuse lead. The bullpen nearly blew it, giving up four in the top of the 9th, but held on for 6-5 win. Tanner Roark was a two-way threat, pitching six strong innings with one run allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out four. At the plate, Roark was 2-for-2 with an RBI double. Tyler Moore was the second Chief with multiple hits (2-for-4) as Syracuse got 10 hits total.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 5
• Karns 6IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 10K, HR
• Grace (W, 4-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Barrett (SV, 20) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Van Ostrand 3-4, R, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

RBI singles by Ricky Hague and Brian Goodwin capped a 6-5 comeback win for Harrisburg, snapping a four-game losing streak. Nathan Karns struck out 10 and walked three over six innings, but also gave up four runs on six hits, including a home run. Matt Grace got the win in relief, his fourth for the Senators, while Aaron Barrett pitched around two one-out singles for his 20th save. Jimmy Van Ostrand led the Harrisburg hit parade with three singles, followed by Carlos Rivero and Hague, who both singled, doubled, and scored a run. Roster moves: RHPs A.J. Cole, Richie Mirowski promoted from Potomac; RHP Blake Treinen placed on 7-Day DL.

Potomac 3 Salem 0
• Rauh (W, 2-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Fischer (H, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Benincasa (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Taylor 1-2, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Dykstra 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Potomac closed out its seven-game homestand with a 3-0 shutout of Salem. Brian Rauh got the win and allowed all three Red Sox hits over five innings, walking three and striking out one for the win. David Fischer turned in three perfect innings for the hold, while Robert Benincasa got his eighth save in eight chances (18-for-18 overall) with a 1-2-3 ninth. Potomac collected five hits and five walks, with Adrian Sanchez leading the hit column with a 2-for-3 effort. Roster move: RHP Paul Demny reassigned from Harrisburg.

Greensboro 3 Hagerstown 2
• Lee 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Mendez (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, IBB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Norfork 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Mesa 1-4, 2B

Greensboro rallied for two in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 win over Hagerstown. Gilberto Mendez let in an inherited runner on a double and the game winner on a two-out single for the blown-save loss. Starter Nick Lee got the no-decision with a run given up on seven hits, no walks and six strikeouts over six innings. The Suns were held to just two hits — doubles by Khayyan Norfork and Narciso Mesa — but cashed in two of the six walks drawn.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 2
• Johansen (L, 0-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Medina 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Ballou 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Allen 1-3, BB

The Crosscutters got to Jake Johansen early and held off the Doubledays late for a 3-2 win over Auburn. Johansen pitched a season-high five frames, but gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out three. He was the losing pitcher. Silvio Medina finished the game with one run over the last four innings. Auburn notched nine hits but left eight runners on. Isaac Ballou led the charge with two singles and a solo home run in the 3rd. Roster moves: RHP Matt Derosier reassigned from the GCL, C Erick Fernandez released, RHP Joel Barrientos activated from the DL.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 2
• J. Rodriguez 4⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K
• Lehman (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ruiz 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, R, BB, 3RBI
• Ward 2-4, RBI

The G-Nats jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a pair of two-run innings as they won their sixth straight, 7-2 over the G-Marlins. Jefry Rodriguez got the start, but couldn’t go the requisite five for the win, falling two outs short while giving up three hits and three walks while fanning two. Adderling Ruiz, Shawn Pleffner, and Drew Ward each had two hits as the G-Nats collected nine altogether.

DSL Cardinals 6 DSL Nationals 2
• Reyes (L, 3-2) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• M. Sanchez 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• T. Alvarez 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Serrata 1-2, BB

The D-Nats’ five-game win streak ended with a 6-2 loss to the DSL Cardinals. Starter Luis Reyes took the loss, his second in three starts, with four runs allowed on six hits and a walk though he struck out five over three innings. Leadoff man Thomas Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, and a run scored as the D-Nats were limited to just three hits and two walks total.

Jul 232013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Potomac Nationals announced today that RHP A.J. Cole has been promoted to Harrisburg.

Also “movin’ on up” is RHP Richie Mirowski, while slidin’ on down is RHP Paul Demny, per the team release.

Cole becomes the third starting pitcher to make the jump this season, following Robbie Ray earlier this month, Taylor Hill last month, and Jordan Taylor in May — movement not seen since 2008 when Adrian Alaniz, Jordan Zimmermann, and Craig Stammen were all promoted during the season’s first half.

Unlike Ray, Hill, or Taylor, Cole’s success has been much more sporadic, which one would expect with “stuff” that’s electric but inconsistent. There’s not much doubt the 21-y.o. can bring the heat — reports of mid-90s readings have been personally spotted on radar guns — but the secondary pitches have been far behind. The feeling here is that the organization now wants him under the tutelage of Paul Menhart, who’s considered one of the best teachers of the changeup in the system.

Mirowski has suffered from bouts with the long ball (6 in 48IP) but has led the team in appearances (32) and wins (8) and posted strong peripherals (2.1 BB/9, 11.1 K/9, 6.0 H/9) in addition to pitcher’s triple-slash of 1.50 ERA / 3.05 FIP / 0.90 WHIP. He’ll be joining the Eastern LEague’s best pitching staff, one that’s already been fortified with a former Potomac pitcher, Matt Grace.

Demny continues a tradition of sorts in which a AA pitcher is dropped down in July, which began with Erik Davis in 2011 and continued last summer with Rob Gilliam. The redheaded Texan has been workhorse for most of his career (23+ starts annually from 2009-2012) with the Nationals, but has been relegated to the bullpen twice now in two seasons with the Senators and recently spent time on the disabled list.

It’s not immediately clear if Demny will start for Potomac, especially with the P-Nats roster down a man and corresponding moves above and/or below Potomac have not yet been announced.

As always, if those moves made today, this space will be updated.

UPDATE: No word from Potomac yet on who will fill the empty slot in either the roster or rotation, but the Senators have announced that Blake Treinen has been placed on the DL. Perhaps not coincidentally, Treinen last pitched on Saturday, the same day as Cole. Treinen is still officially listed as the starter for Thursday’s game in Portland. Thus, the logical deduction is that Cole will most likely make his AA debut on Thursday.

Jul 232013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (7-3, 3.56) vs.
Reineke (8-7, 3.53)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (7-3, 3.33) vs.
McGuire (5-8, 5.40)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 vs. Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 3.90) vs.
M. Pena (4-4, 5.06)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2; Won, 7-2 @ Greensboro,
12:30 p.m.
Lee (3-2, 4.56) vs.
James (1-3, 6.41)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m
Johansen (0-0, 1.04) vs.
Martin (1-2, 4.73)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-5; Won, 11-0 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 2-0 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (3-1, 1.87) vs.
Oca (1-1, 5.11)



Louisville 6 Syracuse 4
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Davis (L, 1-5) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Rahl 4-4, 2B
• Moore 2-3, R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, HR(22), RBI, E(23)

Louisville only scored in two of nine innings, but the four-run 1st and two-run 8th were enough to win, 6-4. Danny Rosenbaum was roughed up early but settled down to turn in six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while fanning five. Erik Davis took the loss when a error by Zach Walters led to two unearned runs. Chris Rahl, who had an eight-game hit streak snapped on Sunday, went 4-for-4 with a double to lead the Syracuse attack, which included homers by Tyler Moore and Walters (third straight game).

New Hampshire 4 Harrisburg 3
• Hill 6⅔ IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Herron (BS, 1; L, 4-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2BB, 2E (4, 5)
• Van Ostrand 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Three home runs — two over the wall, one of the Little League variety — were the undoing of the Senators in a 4-3 loss to the Fisher Cats. Starter Taylor Hill pitched six and 2/3rds innings and scattered nine hits, including a solo HR, for two runs while walking one and striking out four. Tyler Herron stranded a runner to end the 7th but gave up a solo shot that tied the game to lead off the 8th. A two-out single turned into the game-winning “homer” as Brian Goodwin couldn’t field it cleanly and Steve Souza committed a throwing error on the relay back to the infield. The Senators led at one point, 3-0, scoring three times in the 3rd with Jimmy Van Ostrand driving in two with a double.

Salem 5 Potomac 2
• Schwartz (L, 7-4) 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Leonida 1-3, BB, RBI
• Dykstra 0-1, 3BB

Salem flirted with a no-hitter for six innings and broke open a 3-1 game with two in the 9th for a 5-2 win over Potomac. Blake Schwartz took the loss despite the quality start of three runs on six hits over seven innings. Rafael Martin followed him and retired the side in order in the 8th but gave up a walk and a homer to the first two batters in the 9th. Potomac rallied for one late on a walk, wild pitch, and an RBI single by Cole Leonida (1-for-3) as the P-Nats were held to four hits total. Billy Burns left the game after getting hit in the head with a pitch in the 6th, his second HBP of the game. He had walked and stolen a base in his previous two plate appearances.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 2 — GAME ONE
• Mooneyham (W, 5-3) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Meza 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-3, R, BB
• Miller 1-2, BB, 2RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB

The Suns broke open a 1-1 game with a four-run 5th and took the opener, 6-2. Starter Brett Mooneyham did not issue a walk for the first time this season, turning in his third quality start of two runs allowed on six hits while striking out two. Greensboro pitchers issued seven walks, enabling Hagerstown to score six times on just seven hits. Tony Renda led the way by walking once and singling twice.

Hagerstown 7 Greensboro 2 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Self 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ramos 2-4, R
• Norfork 2-3, R, 3B
• Miller 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, 2K

After falling behind 1-0, the Suns scorched the Grasshoppers for seven unanswered runs to complete the sweep, 7-2. Ian Dickson got his first win for Hagerstown, giving up a run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Sam Palace and Brandon Miller both hit two-run blasts to lead the Suns onslaught, which scored seven times on seven hits and left on just four baserunners.

Vermont 7 Auburn 0
• Ullmann (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Mudron 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Gunter 1-3, BB
• Dent 0-1, 2BB, E(10)

The Lake Monsters roared for six in the 3rd as they shut out the Doubledays, 7-0. Ryan Ullmann was pounded for all seven runs on eight hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings in his first start for Auburn. Four Vermont pitchers held the Doubledays to just five hits total, with the Codys Gunter (1-for-3, BB) and Dent (0-for-1, 2BB) the only batters to reach base twice.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 5 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre ⅓IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Webb (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, 2-1 IR-S
• Selik (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• McQuillan 2-4, R, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, RBI

Hector Silvestre couldn’t make out of the 1st, but the bullpen held the Marlins in check the rest of the way for a 6-5 win in morning matinee. Silvestre was charged with five runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk. The lone out he recorded was a strikeout. Joe Webb got the win in relief, letting in one of two inherited runners but closing out the inning and pitching two more scoreless. Rehabbers Mike McQuillan and Shawn Pleffner both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the G-Nats overcame a 5-2 deficit by scoring in each of the first four innings.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Marlins 0 — GAME TWO
• P. Valdez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Ramos (W, 3-2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Jennings 2-3, 2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI
• Guzman 3-4, 3R

Two G-Nats pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout as the G-Marlins were blanked 11-0 in the second game. Starter Philips Valdez let up a hit and a walk over four innings while David Ramos got the win in relief with three hitless innings, allowing just a walk. Hayden Jennings led the 14-hit parade with a double and a triple and three runs batted in.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Cardinals 0
• Valerio (W, 3-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Feliz (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Serrata 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Lora 2-4, R

The D-Nats held the D-Cards to just three hits, but despite ten of their own, eked by with a 2-0 shutout win. Maximo Valerio celebrated his 18th birthday with six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out two to lower his ERA to 1.39. Fellow All-Star Melvi Salazar tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save. Brayan Serrata led the D-Nats batters with a pair of singles and a double in four at-bats. Roster moves: SS Francys Peguero, 1B Oliver Ortiz assigned from Washington.

Jul 222013
 

Steve Souza, Jr. and Michael Taylor have been named the Player of the Week for the Eastern and Carolina Leagues, respectively, for the week of July 15-21. It’s the second time Taylor has won the award for the Carolina League and the second time a Senator position player has been named (Anthony Rendon, May 6-12).

Steve SouzaSouza went 10-for-27 for a .370 batting average and collected four doubles, a triple, and two home runs for an .815 slugging percentage. He drew three walks, scored eight runs and drove in six. For the season, the 24-year-old is posting a line of .282/.382/.560 with 14 home runs and 30 RBI in 62 games. He was a 2013 Eastern League All-Star despite having spent nearly six weeks on the DL. This is Souza’s seventh season in the Nationals organization, originally drafted in 2007 as a third-round pick out of Cascade HS in Everett, WA.

Michael Taylor Last night’s 0-fer snapped an eight-game hit streak for Taylor, but the 22-year-old still batted .500 for the week (12-for-24) with five doubles, four runs scored, nine RBI, and three stolen bases. Taylor is currently 3rd in the Carolina League with 61 RBI, and second to teammate Billy Burns with 31 steals. Overall, he’s hitting .275/.343/.434 in 92 games. Taylor was originally drafted in 2009 as a shortstop out of Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL but converted to outfield in 2011, where he’s become one of the organization’s best defensive prospects.

Jul 222013
 

Five times before this season, Potomac got a run in the ninth to walk off with a win. The sixth would require them to match that output in one inning.

Down 7-3 after eight and a half innings, the P-Nats sent nine men to the plate and scored five times on five hits for the improbable 8-7 win.

Billy Burns plated the gamewinner on a two-out bloop single that sent in pinch-runner Randolph Oduber. It was the fourth single of the frame, as the P-Nats had just one extra-base hit, a Cutter Dykstra double, and one walk.

The heroics made a winner out of Marcos Frias, who got the last out of the 9th and took starter Sammy Solis off the hook.

Solis was making his first start at home since coming off the DL last week in Salem. After striking out the side in the 1st, Solis stumbled in the 2nd, giving up a single then a long home run to put himself in a 2-0 hole. Two innings later, he would give up another two-run blast that ended his night early.

Final line: Four innings pitched, four runs allowed on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Salem simply made him pay for two pitches left up in the zone on fastball counts.

Brian Dupra followed Solis out of the ‘pen in the 5th, starting off about as bad as any pitcher could (solo HR) but then finishing as strong as anyone could expect (nine straight retired).

Rob Wort was next with two runs charged over an inning and 2/3rds, as Frias was greeted with a single then retired the second batter he faced.

The win improves Potomac to 16-11 in the second half, three games better than Wilmington, which lost its seventh straight yesterday. The series continues tonight with a matchup of Blake Schwartz (7-3, 2.81) vs. Henry Owens (7-4, 2.93).

Jul 222013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-7, 3.88) vs.
Dennick (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (2-3, 1.64) vs.
Tepera (8-6, 3.91)
Potomac Won, 8-7 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (7-3, 2.81) vs.
Owens (7-4, 2.93)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro,
5:30 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.85) and
Mooneyham (4-3, 2.96) vs.
Del Orbe (5-5, 5.79) and
Brice (6-6, 5.63)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Vermont,
7:05 p.m
Ullmann (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Finnegan (0-1, 2.16)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Broadway 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4
• Marrero 2-4, R

It was too little, too late as the Chiefs rallied for three in the 9th but fell to the Red Wings, 5-3. Starter Ryan Tatusko took the loss, his fourth, as he gabe up two runs on four hits and three walks over five innings. Zach Walters was responsible for all three runs with his 21st HR, going 1-for-4 overall with three strikeouts. Eury Perez and Chris Marrero both went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs were held to seven hits total.

Akron 11 Harrisburg 2
• Ray (L, 2-1) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 6K
• Demny 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Souza 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Howell 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A seven-run 7th put the game away for Akron as they cruised to an 11-2 win over Harrisburg. Robbie Ray started strong, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters, but let up three in the 5th and was charged three more in the 6th to take the loss, his first at AA. The Senators offense was held to just four hits, led by Steve Souza going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk and Jeff Howell connecting on a solo shot.

Potomac 8 Salem 7
• Solis 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Dupra 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Sanchez 3-4, 2B, 2RBI, SF
• Dykstra 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Burns 3-6, R, RBI

Potomac rallied from four down in the 9th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown vs. Greensboro — PPD
Rain postponed the late-Sunday matchup, forcing a doubleheader today.

Auburn 5 Vermont 3
• Voth 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K (38 pitches)
• Bafidis (W, 2-0) 3IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Hollins (SV, 3) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, RBI

The Doubledays snapped a three-game skid with a 5-3 win over the Lake Monsters. Starter Austin Voth made it through the 1st unscathed, but needed 38 pitches to get three outs while facing five batters and was lifted. Cory Bafidis got the win in relief while L.J. Hollins got the final seven outs for his third save. Isaac Ballou and Wilman Rodriguez both had a pair of his and an RBI as Auburn made the most of its eight hits, going 6-for-14 with RISP.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
A pair of doubleheaders today and Wednesday makes it an eight-game week for the G-Nats, who are riding a four-game win streak and sit atop the GCL East with a 19-5 mark.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The A.L. All-Stars defeated the N.L. 3-1 in the DSL All-Star game. Melvi Salazar pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit but striking out three.

Jul 212013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1 vs. Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
Tatusko (3-3, 3.59) vs.
Albers (9-4, 3.11)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (2-0, 1.59) vs.
Brach (5-6, 4.77)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Augliera (6-6, 4.69)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-4 @ Greensboro,
4:00 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.85) vs.
Del Orbe (5-5, 4.79)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 @ Vermont,
5:05 p.m
Voth (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Trivino (0-1, 3.24)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 7 Rochester 1
• Maya (W, 5-6) 6⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Lowe 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR (20), 2RBI
• Rhymes 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Brown 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB

Yunesky Maya was one pitch short of tossing a six and 2/3rds scoreless, Zach Walters was triple shy of the cycle as the Chiefs clipped the Red Wings, 7-1. The 31-y.o. Cuban allowed just two hits, including a solo shot in the 5th, walked one and struck out two for his 5th win. The offense served up a baker’s dozen of hits, led by Walters and Will Rhymes, who both went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Treinen 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perry (L, 0-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2K, 2E

Jesus Aguilar’s solo shot in the 10th off Ryan Perry propelled the Aeros past the Senators for a 3-2 win in extras. For five innings, Harrisburg was held hitless and they mustered just six hits total. Jason Martinson accounted for both runs, connecting for a big fly in the 5th and driving in Carlos Rivero with an RBI triple in the 7th. Starter Blake Treinen went five and 2/3rds innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out four.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 2
• Cole (W, 6-3) 6IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Benincasa (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Nieto 1-3, R, BB

Potomac rebounded from just its second six-run loss of the season with a 5-2 win over Lynchburg. A.J. Cole dominated eight of the nine Hillcats bats, but Trent Moses solved him twice, singling and homering for the two hits Cole allowed over six innings. The 21-y.o. walked one and struck out three while earning his sixth win. Kevin Keyes led the P-Nats attack with two walks and a two-run double, while Michael Taylor and Franciscoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Soriano contributed RBI singles.

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 4
• Encarnacion (L, 7-6) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Henke 2⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Mesa 3-4, RBI, CS
• Renda 3-4, CS

Greensboro exploded for four runs in the bottom of the 8th to put away the game for a 9-4 win over Hagerstown. It was the second four-run rally of the game, the first of which chased starter Pedro Encarnacion in the 6th. The 22-y.o. Dominican suffered the loss with five runs allowed on eight hits and two walks. He set down four on strikes. The Suns got double digits in hits and strikeouts (10 apiece) with Narciso Mesa and Tony Renda each going 3-for-4 and Bryan Lippincott completing the hat trick.

Vermont 8 Auburn 4
• Williams 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K
• Medina (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Foat 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Chubb 2-4

The last of the 8th was unkind to the Doubledays, too, as the Lake Monsters snapped a 4-4 tie with a grand slam off Silvio Medina for an 8-4 win. Shortstop-turned-pitcher Deion Williams continues to struggle with the conversion, knocked for four runs on five hits and four walks over four and a 1/3rd innings, which actually lowered his ERA from 8.44 to 8.41. Matt Foat and Austin Chubb both went 2-for-4 as Auburn was held to just six hits and three walks while Vermont committed three errors, which lead to an unearned run in the 4th.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 3
• Giolito ⅔IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, K, WP
• Spezial (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• K. Rodriguez (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jennings 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI, SB
• McQuillan 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The G-Nats continue to roll, doubling up the G-Mets, 6-3, for their 19th win in 24 games. Lucas Giolito, who went a career-high three innings on Monday couldn’t make it out of the 1st, walking three of five batters faced and presumably hitting his pitch limit as he was lifted with two outs. Niko Spezial got the win in relied with a run on three hits over two innings, though he got five of six out by way of the K. Hayden Jennings led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, falling a homer shy of the cycle but driving in three.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Today is the DSL All-Star Game, which pits the prospects from… wait for it… the American League vs. the National League. Two D-Nat pitchers made the squad: 18-year-old Venezuelan reliever Melvi Salazar and 17-year-old Dominican starter Maximo Valerio (he turns 18 tomorrow).

Jul 202013
 

“Still looks the same as he did in college.”

It’s an opinion I keep hearing from folks, as Matt Purke was battered for his third loss in four starts in an 8-2 loss to Lynchburg. The problem is that this isn’t TCU and the next start isn’t next Friday, but next Wednesday (weather permitting, of course).

Even in this loss, which I’m sure folks are champing at the bit to pin on the defense (especially if you believe you can explain away extra-base hits to the gaps), the potential that got the southpaw drafted is evident. The velocity, which is good but not great, is there. The fastball has good movement. The curve can drop like a hammer.

But the command is not yet good enough for this level, which really shouldn’t surprise anyone when factoring out age, bonus, or draft position. He’s spent less than 50 innings over two seasons in Low-A, and just 18 in High-A. He’s coming off shoulder surgery, which some believe was put off for far too long.

I’ll leave it to the experts to analyze the mechanics, but Purke thus far looks like pitcher that hasn’t spent enough time refining his stuff at the lower levels.

Jul 202013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (4-6, 4.73) vs.
Hendriks (2-6, 4.53)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-7, 3.83) vs.
Packer (9-5, 2.58)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 vs. Lynchburg,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (5-3, 4.43) vs.
Miller (7-5, 3.40)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Encarnacion (7-5, 3.23) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 3-1 @ Vermont,
6:05 p.m
D. Williams (0-4, 8.44) vs.
Grundy (1-2, 9.20)
GCL Nationals Won, 11-6 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A



Rochester 5 Syracuse 4 (5 inn.)
• Clay 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Mandel (L, 1-6) 2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Brown 3-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Moore 2-3, R
• Game 2:01, Delay 2:00

The Red Wings beat the rain and the Chiefs, 5-4 in five innings. Starter Caleb Clay took the loss, tagged with three runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. His night was finished after rain interrupted play for 75 minutes between the 2nd and 3rd innings. Syracuse tied it at 3-3 with a pair of runs but Rochester answered with two in its half of the 4th. The Chiefs pulled within one in the 5th, but left the tying run at 3rd when the rains came again. After 45 minutes, the game was called.
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Akron 3 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 3-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Souza 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B

The Senators pitching is the best in the league, but couldn’t toss another shutout as the Aeros took this one, 3-1. Steven Souza Jr. cranked his team-leading 14th homer in the 1st, but it was one of just three hits Harrisburg would manage. Rob Gilliam turned in six decent innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts, but took the loss.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 2
• Purke 4⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-5, R
• Taylor 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Matt Purke was lit up for six runs on six hits over four and 1/3rd innings as the Hillcats battered the P-Nats, 8-2. Purke walked four and struck out two, with four of the six hits going for extra bases (three doubles and a triple). Michael Taylor doubled twice (once to left, one to right) to lead Potomac’s nine-hit attack, which sputtered in the clutch with an 0-for-7 mark with RISP. As for my thoughts on Purke, an opinion/essay today for Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 2
• Turnbull (W, 4-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 3-4, R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Schill 0-1, 3R, 3BB

Hagerstown took the rubber game of the series and reclaimed first place with an 8-2 win over Hickory. Starter Kylin Turnbull, who was dreadful in his previous outing, pitched six shutout innings, giving up a walk and five hits and struck out eight for his fourth win for the Suns. Led by Wes Schill, the Suns drew nine walks and made the most of their nine hits to score eight runs, highlighted by a Narciso Mesa’s two-run blast in the 3rd.

Tri-City 3 Auburn 1
• Orlan 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Cooper (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Gunter 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Masters 2-4, 3B

Auburn outhit Tri-City 9-5, but the ValleyCats outscored the Doubledays, 3-1 to take the series, 2-1. Starter R.C. Orlan tossed five scoreless innings and let up three hits, walked none, and struck out five. Andrew Cooper took the loss, giving up a two-run shot in the 7th that proved to be the gamewinner. Cody Gunter homered while going 2-for-4 for the sole Auburn run.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Mets 6
• Pivetta 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Suero (W, 2-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Abreu 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Ruiz 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The G-Nats scored five runs in the bottom of the 8th to take this one, 11-6. Adderling Ruiz’s three-run blast highlighted the final “ups,” as the G-Nats offense pounded out 16 hits total, led by Osvaldo Abreu, who went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, a run scored, and four RBI. Nick Pivetta got the start and walked two and struck out three over two and a 1/3rd scoreless and hitless innings. Wander Suero got the win, pitching the final two innings with a hit and a walk allowed and two strikeouts.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Orioles2 2
• J. Ramirez 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Pena (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Serrata 2-4, RBI
• Florentino 1-3, 2R, 2B

The D-Nats scored three times in the 3rd and added insurance runs in the 8th and 9th for a 5-2 win over the DSL Orioles2. Jean Ramirez got the start, allowing both D-Orioles2 runs on three hits, no walks, and struck out three. Yefri Pena got the win with three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes. John Feliz gave up two hits over the final two innings but let in no runs for the save. Brayan Serrata led the offense with a 2-for-4 game, followed by Darryl Florentino at 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Jul 192013
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 42-55, 6th place I.L. North, 11½ games behind

Good Chris Rahl .389/.397/.593 in July
Bad Tyler Robertson 0-1, 7.45ERA, 2.28 WHIP in 11 appearances
Interesting Tanner Roark 3-0, 3.24 ERA, 0.72 WHIP since return to rotation (4 starts)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 55-44, 1st place E.L. West, 4 games ahead

Good Justin Bloxom .313/.463/.500, 9BB in last 10 games
Bad Team BA .247, worst in E.L. (pay no attention to offense 6th overall)
Interesting Jimmy Van Ostrand .393/.452/1.000, 5HR since AA All-Star Break (seven games)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 14-10, 1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead (56-37 overall)

Good Richie Mirowski 3-0, 2SV since Hi-A All-Star Break (9 appearances)
Bad Mike Gilmartin .162/.244/.297 in last 10 games
Interesting 152 doubles, 7th in Carolina League (offense overall, 2nd)/td>



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 16-11, 2nd place Sally North, ½ games behind (54-40 overall)

Good Pedro Encarnacion 7-5, 3.23 ERA/ 3.97 FIP / 1.13 WHIP
Bad Stephen Perez 16E in 88G
Interesting Team offense #2 (5.22 R/G) in Sally League (Municipal Field 1.04 park factor for runs)
#1 Asheville (5.38 R/G, McCormick Field 1.359 park factor for runs)



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 10-19, 5th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7½ games behind

Good Brenton Allen .290/.405/.484 in 10 games since callup from GCL
Bad Team ERA 5.13, 14th in NYPL (No. 13 – Batavia, 4.20)
Interesting Jake Johansen 2BB, .000 OBA vs. RHBs (35PA); 10BB, .200 OBA vs. LHBs (35PA)



GCL NATIONALS 17-5, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 5½ games ahead

Good Jefry Rodriguez 3-0, 2.18 ERA / 2.18 FIP/ 1.16 WHIP in 5 starts
Bad Luis Guzman .173/.204/.212 in 16 games
Interesting Team 3rd in runs scored, 2nd in OBP and BA in the GCL



DSL NATIONALS 21-17, 4th place Boca Chica South, 5&fra12; games behind

Good 20-y.o. “Fred” Aguero .447/.462/.500 in last 10G
Bad 18-y.o. Jean Ramirez 7.94 ERA, 2.12 WHIP in 11⅓ IP
Interesting 18-y.o. American-born Thomas Alvarez 22BB in 36G