Aug 312013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Clay (5-2, 2.57) vs.
Webster (8-4, 3.68)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (9-6, 3.37) vs.
Westcott (5-11, 3.87)
Potomac Won, 5-3 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Purke (4-3, 4.82) vs.
Clark (1-6, 9.60)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-1, 7.71) vs.
Lopez (4-3, 2.62)
Auburn Won, 6-3 vs. State College,
6:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-5, 7.26)
Simms (0-2, 4.38) vs.
Herget (6-0, 3.07)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. GCL Red Sox,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 1
• Mandel 5⅔ IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Davis (L, 3-7) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Espinosa 2-4

The PawSox rallied with two out in the bottom of the 9th to edge the Chiefs, 2-1. Erik Davis, who had gotten the last two outs in the 8th, issued a two-out walk. A stolen base put the gamewinner into scoring position and a single to center cashed him for the walkoff. Starter Jeff Mandel gave up just a run on six hits while striking out six but got the no-decision. All seven Syracuse hits were allowed by MLB rehabber Clay Buchholz in his three and a 1/3rd innings as the Pawtucket bullpen pitched five and 2/3rds of no-hit relief.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 2
• Ray (W, 5-2) 5IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 9K, HR
• Mirowski (H, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Head 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Souza 0-1, 2R, 4BB, 3SB

Harrisburg struck for three in the 9th to pull away from Richmond for a 6-2 win. Robbie Ray threw five innings of one-hit, one-run ball, surrendering his 13th longball of the year in the 4th, while walking two and fanning nine. Jason Martinson’s two-run homer in the 2nd got the Sens on the board first while Carlos Rivero’s two-run single capped off the 9th. Meanwhile, Erie took the second game of a doubleheader against Bowie to clinch a playoff berth. The Sens lead the Seawolves by one game with three left to play, but would lose the division on the first tiebreaker, having lost 8 of 15 meetings between the two teams.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 3
• Schwartz 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Bates (W, 5-4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Manuel 2-4, R
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, 2BB, 2SB
• Keyes 1-2, 2RBI

Potomac scored two runs early and three runs late to take the final game of the series vs. Winston-Salem, 5-3. Making his final regular-season start, Blake Schwartz turned in another quality start of three runs on seven hits and a walk but failed to become the first 12-game winner for the P-Nats since Tommy Milone in 2009. Colin Bates got the win with two goose eggs in the 7th and 8th innings, while Robert Benincasa worked around a hit in the 9th for his 16th save. Michael Taylor singled once, walked twice, stole two bases, and scored twice to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 8 Kannapolis 2
• Dickson (W, 5-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 9K
• Meza (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, BB
• Perrott 2-5, R

The Suns put up three crooked numbers and scored in four innings total as they lapped the Intimidators, 8-2. Starter Ian Dickson struck out nine and walked none in six innings, allowing both Kannapolis runs on four hits. Every Hagerstown batter hit safely with Tony Renda and Khayyan Norfork both reaching base three times on two hits and a walk. West Virginia, which clinched a playoff berth on Thursday, won to keep pace as the two teams remain tied for the 2nd half title at 40-25.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 3
• Ullmann (W, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hollins (SV, 5) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-4, RBI
• Dent 1-3, 2RBI
• Lippincott 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Auburn scored one in the 1st, two in the 3rd, and three in the 6th as they doubled up Mahoning Valley, 6-3. Starter Ryan Ullmann pitched into the sixth, giving up all three Scrapper runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five to earn the win. L.J. Hollins closed out the game with three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings for his fifth save. James Yezzo led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game as the Doubledays scored six times on just seven hits and two walks.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Pirates 1
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Webb 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Difo 2-3, R, BB

Drew Ward’s two-run double capped a four-run 5th as the G-Nats dispensed with the G-Pirates, 6-1 to advance the to GCL League Championship. Ward also homered and drew a walk, collecting two of the G-Nats’ four extra-base hits. Hector Silvestre pitched six one-hit innings without issuing a base on balls and set down six on strikes to earn the “W.” Joey Webb followed with two scoreless but not painless frames, as the 28th-round pick plunked two batters. David “Yes, my brother is Wilson” Ramos lost the shutout in the 9th, surrendering a leadoff triple and a pair of two-out singles.

Aug 302013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Mandel (3-9, 4.78) vs.
Buchholz (MLB rehab)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.91) vs.
Escobar (5-3, 2.59)
Potomac Lost, 6-1 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Schwartz (11-4, 2.56) vs.
Recchia (1-0, 5.23)
Hagerstown Won, 14-1 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (4-3, 4.53) vs.
Montas (5-10, 5.33)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 540) vs.
Hamrick (2-5, 3.55)
GCL Nationals Canceled vs. GCL Pirates,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 8-8) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 2-4
• Watts 1-3, 2B, BB

Pawtucket got to Yunesky Maya for two runs in the 1st while the Syracuse bats were stifled all night for a 2-0 shutout loss. The 32-y.o. Cuban gave up back-to-back-to-back singles to open the game, then two more singles over the next five frames for a quality start but his eighth loss. He walked one and struck out nine. Syracuse managed just six hits and four walks with Josh Johnson the sole multihit Chief and Chris Marrero drawing two of the four bases on balls.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 1
• Hill 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 1-4, R
• Bloxom 1-4, RBI

Ricky Hague was ruled to have interfered an would-be fielder’s choice to end the game on a double play as the Senators fell to Altoona, 4-1. Roughly a half hour later, the Senators learned they had clinched a playoff spot with Richmond’s 9-8 loss to Reading. Taylor Hill gave up two solo shots and three runs total on six hits and a walk over seven innings, but lost for the 7th time at AA. Harrisburg was held to just four hits, three of which came in the 9th as did the sole walk (Hague).

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 1
• Solis (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Dupra 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Manuel 3-4
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

The Dash pounded the P-Nats yet again at BB&T park, 6-1. Sammy Solis gave up all six on nine hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds for his first loss. Brian Dupra let in one of three and combined with Travis Henke for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief but the Potomac bats were largely silent. Craig Manuel had three of the six P-Nats hits in his High-A debut. Adrian Sanchez drove in the lone Potomac run with a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra placed on Temporary Inactive List; C Craig Manuel reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 14 Lakewood 1
• Voth (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Self (H, 3) 2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Piwinica-Worms 3-6, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, HR, 5RBI
• Perrott 2-2, R, 2RBI

The Lakewood relievers were among the folks that got hammered at the Muni on Thursday night, giving up 12 unanswered runs in 14-1 Hagerstown win. The Blue Claws pitchers were lit up for 13 hits when they could find the plate, as they also issued 12 walks. Austin Voth got the win with six innings of one-run, two-hit pitching with just a walk allowed and five strikeouts while Derek Self and Cody Davis combined for three shutout innings and six strikeout to finish the game. Will Piwinica-Worms led the hit column with a 3-for-6 night while Stephen Perez drove in five on a 2-for-5 effort, including a three-run HR in the six-run 8th inning.
Roster move: C Geoffrey Perrott reassigned from the GCL.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Pivetta 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mudron (L, 0-3) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, R, 2B
• Masters 1-3, RBI

Mahoning Valley edge Auburn in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel. Starter Nick Pivetta gave up one run on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three but got the no-decision. Mike Mudron took the loss, the gamewinner coming in on a passed ball in the 7th. Jean Carlos Valdez doubled in the second and scored on a Dave Masters two-out single as the Doubledays were held to five hits and one walk.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain denied the G-Nats the chance for 50 wins, but cemented the record for best winning percentage in any domestic league at .845 (the 1992 DSL Blue Jays went 68-2). The playoffs begin today with the G-Nats hosting the G-Pirates, with the winner advancing to the Finals against the winner of the G-Yankees2 and G-Red Sox.

Aug 292013
 

For the second straight season, multiple leagues have begun issue the press releases for the postseason awards — rather than waiting until, say, after the regular season,

Here’s a rundown of how the Nationals farmhands have been honored thus far…

SALLY LEAGUE
Tony Renda was named to the Sally League Postseason All-Star team as its utility infielder, with Micah Johnson (and his Mr. Spock eyebrow) taking the honors at 2B. Renda currently leads the Sally League with 42 doubles and is fourth in walks drawn (42) and sixth in on-base percentage (.381) and seventh in batting average (.295). Hagerstown skipper Tripp Keister was also honored as the Manager of the Year.

CAROLINA LEAGUE
Three P-Nats got the nod, including two-thirds of the outfield. Billy Burns and Michael Taylor — the top two thieves on the basepaths at 54 and 45 repsectively — were named to the all-league squad. Robert Benincasa, despite only pitching in 23 games, was named the top reliever (though his 15 saves does lead the circuit).

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Just one Syracuse player was named and it should shock no one that the sole midseason all-star would be the sole postseason all-star. Soon-to-be 24-y.o. Zach Walters was named the league’s best shortstop, in large part due to his corner-infielder offensive production of 29 HRs (1st), 250 total bases (1st), and 77 RBI (3rd).

No Harrisburg Senators were named to the Eastern League postseason team, which is hardly a surprise when you consider that the most likely candidates (Anthony Rendon, Taylor Jordan) were making their contributions in DC, not PA. The New York-Penn League has not yet announced its postseason team, but the odds of a Doubleday making the cut are pretty slim.

At 49-9, it’s probably safe to bet on at least a couple of G-Nats making the postseason team, which also has not yet been announced.

Aug 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.91) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (2-6, 2.59) vs.
Sadler (10-7, 3.41)
Potomac Won, 8-7 (11 inn.);
Lost, 5-0
@ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 2.72) vs.
Ortiz (0-3, 8.06)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 5.79) vs.
Prosinski (2-1, 3.06)
Auburn Won, 2-0; Lost, 3-0 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m. (DH)
Pivetta (0-1, 5.56) vs.
Mathews (0-2, 2.87)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Lowe (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Espinosa 3-5, R, SB
• Walters 2-4, RBI

Pawtucket got to starter Danny Rosenbaum early to tske a 4-1 lead after two. The Xavier product settled down to go six innings, allowing four hits total and two walks while fanning six. The Chiefs rallied for three in the 7th, capped by a two-run single by Josh Johnson to take Rosenbaum off the hook. Alas, a solor HR served up by Mark Lowe in the bottom of the 8th proved to be the gamewinner as the PawSox took the game, 5-4.

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 0
• Cole (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Grace (H, 4) 1+IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burns 2-4, R, 2SB
• Jeroloman 1-3

The Senators reduced their magic number to one with 2-0 shutout of the Curve. A.J. Cole threw seven scorelss inning and struck out sewven to win his fourth game. He walked two and allowed four hits. Three relievers combined for the two innings of relief, with Tyler Herron getting his fourth save. Billy Burns once again wreaked havoc on the basepaths, going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases as Harriburg was otherwise held to just four hits total. Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg activated from the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Aaron Barrett placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 7 (11 inn.) — COMP.
• Schwartz 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rauh (BS, 1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holt (W, 5-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-5, 3R, 2HR, BB, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Kevin Keyes’s 2nd HR of the game in the 11th gave the P-Nats the 8-7 win and cinched the 2nd half title. Greg Holt got the win in relief of starter Blake Schwartz, who went three and 2/3rds and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk when the game was first played on July 11th. Brian Rauh was the de facto starter when the game resumed last night but fell victim to a three-run HR by Dash catcher Kevan Smith, which tied the game at 7-7 in the 7th. Keyes, Adrian, Nieto, and Michael Taylor combined for six of the 12 Potomac hits and five RBI while scoring five times.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Wort 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Keyes 2-3
• Oduber 1-2, SB

Brett Mooneyham’s second High-A start went better than the first, but he still took the loss as the Dash shut out the P-Nats, 5-0. The 23-y.o. southpaw gave up all five Winston-Salem runs on four hits and three walks while getting three K’s. Potomac was held to five hits, with Kevin Keyes going 2-for-3 to lead the way.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 0
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Harper (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-3, 2R
• Ramos 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Dakota Bacus walked four, but worked around them with six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his Nats debut, 4-2. Hagerstown twice put up crooked numbers in support of the “White Ninja,” as Shawn Pleffner and “Help Me” Wander Ramos connected for RBI singles in the 1st. Tony Renda (2-for-3) led off the 5th with a single and came in on a Ramos double while Mike McQuillan drove in Ramos with a single. Bryan Harper closed out the game with a scoreless 9th for the save.

Auburn 2 weqBatavia 0 — GAME ONE
• Giolito 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Grisz (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Foat 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, RBI

Lucas Giolito appears to have found his stride, turning in another five scoreless innings in a 2-0 Auburn shutout of Batavia. The 19-y.o. gave up four hits and walked one while striking out five. The Doubledays, however, didn’t score until the bottom of the 6th, when back-to-back-to-back singles by James Yezzo, Matt Foat, and Cody Gunter with one out plated two. Ben Grisz got the win, pitching the 6th and 7th innings with one hit and one strikeout. Folks interested in seeing some video on Giolito (hey, that rhymes!) should visit Auburn Citizen beat writer Jeremy Houghtaling’s YouTube collection.

Batavia 3 Auburn 0 — GAME TWO
• Selsor (L, 0-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Medina 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Yezzo 1-3, 3B
• Mastes 1-2

The Muckdogs put up runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th while returning the shutout favor with a 3-0 win over the Doubledays in the nightcap. Casey Selsor lost for the fifth time, allowing all three Batavia runs on six hits and no walks while setting down three on strikes. The Auburn offense was limited to just four hits and no walks, with James Yezzo the sole Doubleday to get past first base as he tripled with one out in the 4th and watched as the next two batters failed to send him home.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 0
• Young 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ott (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Derosier (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R
• Abreu 3-4, 2-2B

The G-Nats got win #49 with a 4-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Seven pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout with Chris Young starting and going two innings, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out two. Travis Ott was awarded the win by retiring all four batters he faced, following Young. Matt Derosier earned the save with a perfect innings in the 8th and 9th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Osvaldo Abreu both went 3-for-4 as the G-Nats pounded out 12 hits total.

Aug 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.78) vs.
Haeger (4-4, 4.86)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 2.58) vs.
Miller (1-4, 4.07)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Rauh (4-1, 3.81) and Mooneyham (0-1, 18.00)
vs. Marin (5-5, 4.62) Jaye (8-6, 4.36)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (Sally Lg. debut) vs.
Oviedo (1-3, 5.57) vs.
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Giolito (1-0, 0.00) and Selsor (0-4, 4.00) vs.
German (1-3, 2.40) and Effertz (1-0, 3.60)
GCL Nationals Canceled (Rain) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 5-7) 5IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-5, R
• Rahl 2-4, 2B
• Johnson 2-4, 2B

Rochester dropped a five-spot on a sloppy Syracuse in the 1st and cruised to a 6-3 win that ended any chance of a .500 finish. Starter Ryan Tatusko gave up all six Red Wings runs, walking three and giving up five hits for his seventh loss. The Chiefs racked up 13 hits but dropped the transmission with just a 1-for-11 mark in the clutch. Eury Perez led the hit column with three singles while Chris Rahl and and Josh Johnson both singled and doubled while going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington; LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3
• Treinen 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Grace (W, 6-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-5, 3R, 2B, 2SB
• Souza 4-5, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI

Steve Souza Jr. continues to spark the Sens offense, delivering a two-run single in the 6th in a 6-3 win over the Curve. The 24-y.o. has gone 11-for-20 with seven RBI in five games since his activation, including 4-for-5 with 3RBI last night. Blake Treinen returned to the rotation and went four and 2/3rds, giving two runs on a 4th-inning HR and four hits total while walking none and whiffing six. Matt Grace got the win as the pitcher of record by retiring the final batter of the 6th as Harrisburg used five relievers to close out the game.
Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL

Potomac — OFF DAY
Lynchburg didn’t cooperate last night, defeating Frederick 11-0 to keep Potomac’s magic number to clinch both halves at one. The P-Nats and the Dash play a de facto doubleheader tonight in Winston-Salem with a continuation of the July 11 contest that was suspended at 4-4 in the 4th. Winston-Salem has won eight in a row, but is on the verge of elimination from the playoffs thanks to a similar surge by Salem (five in a row) and spiral by Myrtle Beach (six in a row). The Red Sox’s magic number is down to three to win the second half and could clinch tonight with a doubleheader sweep and a Pelicans loss.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 5
• Encarnacion (L, 10-8) 6IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Meza 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramos 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B

Lakewood put up three in the 1st and two in the 4th to build a 5-0 lead. The single run scored in the 8th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown rallied from 5-0 and 6-2 down but fell short, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss, giving up the first five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over six innings. The Nos. 2-4 batters — Tony Renda, Shawn Pleffner, “Help Me” Wander Ramos — combined for six hits, five runs, and three RBI but also committed three of the four errors on the night.
Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee, OF Narciso Mesa placed on the 7-Day DL (corresponding moves for additions of RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou).

Batavia 9 Auburn 3
• Orlan (L, 1-5) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bafidis 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Reistetter 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• W. Rodriguez two OF assists (HP, 3B)

The Muckdogs scored in four straight innings to erase an early 1-0 Doubledays lead as Batavia tripled up Auburn, 9-3. R.C. Orlan lost for the fifth time, peppered for seven hits and two runs over three innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Auburn was held to just five hits with Matt Reistetter’s solo HR in the 1st and Cody Gunter’s two-run triple in the 5th accounting for the three Doubledays runs. Roster move: RHP Elliott Waterman reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain spared the G-Marlins one last beating by the G-Nats or one last chance for pride, depending on your point of view.
Roster move: RHP Chris Young assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

Aug 272013
 

The Arizona Fall League rosters were released today, revealing which Nationals will be playing for this year’s assigned team, the Mesa Solar Sox.

None of the eight are Rule 5 eligibles for the first time, which has been the case a few times in the past few years, particularly with pitchers (e.g. Paul Demny in 2012, Cole Kimball in 2010). Four of the eight, however, have played here before, though for the two starting pitchers this is largely because surgeries and injuries have limited their playing time during the regular season. Perhaps the good news is that the organization feels confident enough to not shelve them yet again.

Without further ado, here’s Washington contingent (listed alphabetically):

  • RHP Robert Benincasa
  • OF Brian Goodwin
  • RHP Richie Mirowski
  • C Adrian Nieto
  • LHP Matt Purke
  • 1B/3B Matt Skole
  • LHP Sammy Solis
  • OF Steve Souza Jr.*

*Taxi squad, eligible to play twice per week

For folks that might be disappointed, let’s not forget that the Strasburg-Harper-Rendon sequence was the exception not the norm, which this seems to be. I’m a little curious as to the selection of Steve Souza Jr. if only because it was my understanding that he will be a free agent with this being his seventh season in the Nats organization. Perhaps this is a signal that he fully intends to re-sign? Or did his PED suspension delay his FA clock? Not exactly the kind of thing that’s easily researched, especially when so many offenders are quietly released.

Otherwise, I think we’re looking at the Nats fulfilling their obligations to help fill out the Solar Sox roster without providing any other teams a free look since the lion’s share of the aforementioned Rule 5 eligibles are position players or Dominican-born pitchers.

Aug 272013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 15-5 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (5-6, 3.90) vs.
Dean (1-2, 2.13)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Navarro (4-6, 4.43)
Potomac Won, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (10-7, 3.45) vs.
Stefan (4-7, 3.65)
Auburn Postponed @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (1-4, 3.81) or
Giolito (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Garner (0-1, 1.41)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Zulueta (0-0, 0.96)



Syracuse 15 Rochester 5
• Clay (W, 5-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Espinosa 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse scored eight times before Rochester answered with two solo HRs in the 2nd as the Chiefs destroyed the Red Wings, 15-5. Every batter reached base, but Zach Walters was the “beer man” as the only one without a hit or an RBI in the 12-hit, 11-walk assault that set a season-high in runs for the Chiefs. Danny Espinosa (3-for-6) and Jeff Kobernus (2-for-5, BB) both reached base three times to lead the offense. Caleb Clay gave up three runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts for his fifth win.

Harrisburg 12 Altoona 5
• Karns (W, 9-6) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Holland 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Burns 3-4, 4R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Bloxom 3-5, R, 2RBI

The Senators put up double digits in runs for the first time in nearly two months as they straightened the Curve, 12-5. Tablesetters Billy Burns and Brian Goodwin combined for four RBIs, six hits, and seven runs scored. Justin Bloxom also collected three hits and drove in two as Harrisburg pounded out 12 hits total. Nathan Karns got his ninth win, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings for his 11th quality start, though he gave up HR nos. 12 and 13 on the year. The 25-y.o. struck eight to bring his season total to 148, two behind E.L. leader Jesse Biddle of Reading.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 0
• Demny (W, 2-2) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (SV, 15) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keyes 1-1, R, BB, RBI
• Miller 1-3, RBI, SB

Four P-Nats pitchers combined on seven-hit shutout of the Blue Rocks, 2-0. Starter Paul Demny went six innings for the first time since his demotion, allowing four hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes. Robert Benincasa worked around a one-out single in the 9th for his 15th save at High-A (25th overall). Brandon Miller went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base while Kevin Keyes walked and drove in the insurance run in the 8th coming off the bench for leadoff man Cutter Dykstra, who appears to be headed for a stint on the temporary inactive list.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After their final scheduled off day, Hagerstown remains tied with West Virginia for first place in the Sally North. The Suns play their final three regular-season games at home against the 6th-place Blue Claws. It’s not entirely clear if Hagerstown would still win the second half it the two teams remain tied a week from today, however they do hold an 8-5 edge in head-to-head meetings with West Virginia, which is a common tiebreaker. The Power also play its final three home games today through Thursday against the last-place Tourists. Both teams finish on the road for four, with Hagerstown visiting 4th-place Kannapolis and West Virginia visiting 2nd-place Lexington.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
Inclement weather forced the postponement of this one until Wednesday, when Auburn returns to Batavia. The two teams will play a doubleheader at 5:05 p.m.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 1
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Suero (W, 8-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bautista 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI

With a 5-1 win over the G-Marlins, the G-Nats clinched the best winning percentage ever in the GCL. Jefrey Rodriguez pitched on three days’ rest after an abbreviated outing last Thursday and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while fanning a pair. Wander Suero improved to 8-1 with two shutout innings of relief as the first man out of the ‘pen. Rafael Bautista homered and drove in two while Randy Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the G-Nats totaled five runs on six hits and three walks.

Aug 262013
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Auburn Doubledays announced today that OF Isaac Ballou has been promoted to Hagerstown.

Ballou had been hitting .294/.405/.398 with two HRs, 20RBIs, and eight SBs while playing in 59 of 65 games for the Doubledays. Three weeks ago, Ballou was named the New York-Penn League Batter of the Week.

He’s the third position player to get the bump this month, following Brandon Miller and Billy Burns’s shuffle from Hagerstown to Potomac and Potomac to Harrisburg, respectively.

Corresponding moves have not yet been announced for either Auburn or Hagerstown. As always if/when that occurs within a reasonable period of time, this space will be updated.

Aug 262013
 

Blake SchwartzApparently, nine shutout innings trumps eight no-hit innings.

Blake Schwartz got the nod for the weekly honors over Wilmington’s Sam Selman, in large part because Selman got knocked around five days earlier by the P-Nats in a 5-3 loss.

This, of course, does not diminish the accomplishment of Schwartz, who probably would have won on any other night with just five hits let up over nine innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

The 23-year-old Minnesota native currently leads the Nationals organization in wins (13) and is third in ERA (2.42), WHIP (0.98) and opp. BA (.215). He was a 17th-Round pick in the 2012 Draft out of Oklahoma City University (NAIA), where he spent his senior season after three previous seasons with Minnesota State (Div. II).

Schwartz was also named to this site’s “Notable Arms” on the 2013 Watchlist, in large part because he made the rare jump from the GCL to the Suns last summer. He is the third Potomac pitcher to win the weekly award, following Taylor Hill (April 15-21) and two-time winner A.J. Cole (April 22-28, June 10-16).

Aug 262013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (4-2, 2.38) vs.
Walters (6-4, 3.97)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (8-6, 3.32) vs.
Baker (3-3, 6.59)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (1-2, 4.35) vs.
Santiago (3-2, 4.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-5 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (1-4, 3.81) vs.
Garner (0-1, 1.41)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (2-0, 4.23) vs.
Westmoreland (0-5, 6.67)



Charlotte 3 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 3-9) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Kimball 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Brown 1-2, 2BB
• Johnson 1-3

Syracuse missed its chance to climb out of last place in the I.L. North, losing again to Charlotte, 3-1. Jeff Mandel was charged with all three Knights runs on five hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds as Tyler Robertson couldn’t strand either of the two runners he inherited. The Chiefs were held to just four hits and four walks, with Corey Brown leading the way with a single and two walks.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Ray 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Herron (W, 6-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Barrett (SV, 26) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Nicol 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Bloxom 2-3, BB

Harrisburg regained first place with a 5-4 comeback win over Erie that split the four-game series. Robbie Ray struggled to last last four innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks while throwing 73 pitches. He struck out six. Sean Nicol’s RBI double capped a three-run 8th as the Senators scored the last five runs of the game. With the win, the magic number to clinch a playoff spot is six, nine to take the division.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Purke 5+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Dykstra 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Gilmartin 1-2, 2BB, RBI
• Taylor 1-2, 2BB, 2SB (44, 45)

Potomac snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Wilmington. Starter Matt Purke got the win, going five-plus innings with two runs allowed on three hits, including a double and a home run by Blue Rocks’ graybeard Dennis Raben. The TCU product walked five and struck out just one while earning his fourth win. Cutter Dykstra was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI as the P-Nats took advantage of seven walks to score six times on eight hits. The victory ties the franchise record for wins in a single season at 80 and surpasses the record of 79 as a Nats affiliate set in 2008 and tied in 2009.

Greensboro 3 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (L, 3-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• McQuillan 2-4, 2B, RBI

After Tony Renda’s solo shot in the 8th tied it, Greensboro rallied for the gamewinner with two outs in the 9th on a single-walk-single sequence for a 3-2 triumph over Hagerstown. Gilberto Mendez took the loss while striking out four over an inning and a 1/3rd as the third reliever out of the Suns ‘pen. Starter Kylin Turnbull gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Renda, Mike McQuillan, and Khayyan Norfork each had two hits. The rest of the lineup had one.

Auburn 10 State College 5
• Barrientos (L, 1-5) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Reistetter 3-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Yezzo 3-4, R, RBI
• Gunter 2-4, R

A five-run 1st by State College erased an early 1-0 deficit to Auburn, as the Doubledays lost again, 10-5. Joel Barrientos wore a collar of six runs on three walks and seven hits, including home run in his third and final inning. He struck out two while losing his fifth game. Matt Reistetter and James Yezzo both went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Auburn’s 11-hit, four-walk offense.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s the final week of the regular season with a pair against the Marlins and a pair against the Cardinals. The next win clinches the best winning percentage ever in the GCL. Three wins gets them to 50.