Aug 152013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 2.69) vs.
Buchanan (2-0, 1.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.50) vs.
Greene (6-3, 3.11)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (0-1, 5.06) vs.
Davies (7-5, 3.41)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (5-5, 4.27) vs.
Taylor (4-11, 3.25)
Auburn Won, 3-0 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Williams (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Castellanos (2-4, 4.50)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-4 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (4-3, 2.74) vs.
Acevedo (1-0, 2.73)



Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 2-8) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K; 1-2
• Storen ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 1-4

Lehigh Valley’s Tyler Cloyd went the distance, making just one mistake in a 4-1 win over Syracuse. That was Zach Walters’s 28th HR, a solo shot in the 5th that briefly gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead and prevented a shutout. Cloyd held Syracuse to just three hits, with starting pitcher Jeff Mandel and leadoff batter Jeff Kobernus getting the other two. Mandel took the loss with two runs on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings while setting down seven on strikes. Drew Store made his third straight scoreless outing, getting the last out of the 6th and stranding two baserunners.

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 3
• Karns (L, 7-6) 5IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 4-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-4, RBI

The Thunder jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off the Senators 9th-inning charge for 4-3 win. Nathan Karns’s struggles with the longball resurfaced as the 25-y.o. gave up a pair in the 4th and all four Trenton runs on 11 hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six, but lost his sixth game. Billy Burns and Sean Nicol both drew two-out walks, with Burns scoring on Justin Bloxom’s RBI double (and fourth hit of the night) but Ricky Hague struck out to end it.

Potomac 6 Frederick 2
• Purke (W, 3-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Martin (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Nieto 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The P-Nats seem to be back on track with their third straight win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 0
• Lee (W, 5-3) 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 10K
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB,
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, 3B

Nick Lee struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings as the Suns shut out the Shorebirds, 5-0. The 22-y.o. southpaw let up just two hits and walked one while earning his fifth win. Derek Self finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. Hagerstown scored in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to put the game away. Tony Renda and Mike McQuillan both had a pair of extra-base hits, with Renda connecting on his 38th and 39th two-baggers to extend his league lead while McQuillan doubled and tripled as the Suns racked up eight hits and three walks total.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 0
• Treinen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Orlan (W, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Simms 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lippincott 1-3, R, BB, RBI
• Yezzo 1-4, RBI

With a little help from a rehab start, three Auburn pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout for a 3-0 win over Williamsport. Blake Treinen started and went two perfect innings. R.C. Orlan got the win with five innings of one-hit ball, walking two and fanning three. John Simms worked around four hits over the 8th and 9th innings to earn the save. Bryan Lippincott went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI to lead the Doubledays offense, which was limited to four hits and two walks.
Roster move: RHP Blake Treinen assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Marlins 2
• Ott (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Derosier (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Walsh (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• D. Eusebio 2-4
• R. Encarnacion 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Randy Encarnacion’s two-run HR in the 3rd proved to be the difference as the G-Nats won their 17th straight, 3-2. Travis Ott won his second decision, allowing a run on a solo HR in his fifth and final inning with no walks and seven strikeouts. Matt Derosier also gave up a run on three hits total over three innings for the hold while Dylan Walsh worked around a hit and a walk by striking out the side in the 9th for his seventh save. Diomedes Eusebio led the hit column with a 2-for-4 morning as the G-Nats notched six hits total.
Roster move: OF Jordan Poole reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Yankees1 5 DSL Nationals 4
• Valerio (L, 3-4) 4IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, 2WP,
• Torres 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Tillero 2-2, R, HR, RBI
• Rosario 2-3,R, BB

The D-Yankees1 tagged starter Maximo Valerio for five runs early and despite near-perfect relief from Luis Torres, couldn’t dig themselves out of the 5-0 hole and lost, 5-4. Valerio surrendered seven hits, including two home runs, and walked one over five innings while striking out six over four innings. Luis Torres. Jorge Tillero came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a solo HR while Dionicio Rosario went 2-for-3 with a run and a walk as the D-Nats scored four times on six hits and seven walks.

Aug 142013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mandel (2-7, 5.18) vs.
Cloyd (4-9, 5.25)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (7-5, 3.27) vs.
O’Brien (6-6, 3.90)
Potomac Won, 9-8 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (2-3, 5.77) vs.
Wager (3-6, 4.64).
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (4-3, 4.50) vs.
Guzman (6-3, 4.60)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (1-0, 5.21) or
Derosier (2-1, 2.89) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 2-1 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-3, 4.40) vs.
Cedeno (4-1, 2.68)



Syracuse 13 Buffalo 4
• Hill (W, 1-0) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Lowe 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Johnson 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, SB
• Walters 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, E(30)
• Rahl 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

The Chief laid out the lumber for 16 hits, including three doubles and three homers, as they stampeded the Bison, 13-4. Every batter had a hit, five had two, and Josh Joshnson led the hit parade with a 3-for-5 night, scoring twice and driving in four. Zach Walters moved into 2nd place on the I.L. leaderboard with his 27th HR, while Tyler Moore smacked his 9th in 42 games. Taylor Hill scattered 10 hits for three runs (two earned) while walking two and striking out five to win his first AAA game.

Trenton 8 Harrisburg 2
• Ray (L, 4-2) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K
• Perry 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burns 3-5
• Hood 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Robbie Ray was, um, thunderstruck twice for three-run rallies in the 2nd and 5th as Trenton defeated Harrisburg, 8-2. The 21-y.o. southpaw kept the ball in the yard, but gave up six runs on six hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. He struck out two while suffering his second AA loss. Billy Burns bunted his way on in the 3rd and singled twice more but was left on base all three times. The Senators stranded 10 baserunners total while going just 2-for-11 with RISP

Potomac 9 Carolina 8
• Rauh 4⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Holt (W, 6-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, WP, 3-3 IR-S
• Wort (SV, 6) 1⅓ 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Miller 2-4, 2RBI
• Soriano 1-1, 2R, 3BB, 2RBI, CS
• Dykstra 1-3, R, 2B, 3RBI, 2BB

The P-Nats and Mudcats combined for 17 hits, 17 runs, and 16 walks, with Potomac getting the edge where it matters the most, 9-8 in runs. Starter Brian Rauh walked three and and gave up six runs on seven hits, including a two-run HR in Carolina’s five-run 5th. Greg Holt let in all three runners he inherited in the 5th and one of his own in the 6th but got the win thanks to Potomac’s two-run answer in the bottom of the 5th that put the P-Nats up 9-6. Rob Wort stranded three runners in the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Lineup bookends Cutter Dykstra and Francisco Soriano combined to go 2-for-4 with three runs scored, five walks, and five RBI while Brandon Miller pushed his hit streak to 14 games with a 2-for-4 afternoon.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 1
• Dickson (W, 3-3) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Pena (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mesa 2-4, 2R, 3B
• Pleffner 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Shawn Pleffner’s three-run shot in the 6th sent the Suns to a 4-1 win over the Shorebirds. Six strong innings from Ian Dickson also helped as he evened his won-loss record at 3-3 with one run allowed on five hits and a walk while fanning six. Ronald Pena closed out the game with three scoreless frames, letting up a hit and walking a batter for his first professional save. Narciso Mesa paced the Hagerstown offense from the leadoff spot, tripling and scoring the first Hagerstown run in the first and leading off the 6th on with a bunt single and trotting in on Pleffner’s Earl Weaver Special.

Auburn — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Junior Circuit walked off against the Senior’s best for a 4-2 win in Norwich, but Auburn’s David Napoli never made it into the game. The Doubledays play out the string with a pair of road games in Williamsport before returning to Falcon Park for a Friday-Saturday duet against Mahoning Valley.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Cardinals 1
• Giolito 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Ramos (BS, 3; W, 4-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Sylvestri (SV, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• D. Eusebio 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Gordon 1-3, 3B

The G-Nats improved to 40-6 with their 16th straight win, a 2-1 victory over the G-Cards. Lucas Giolito continues to pitch well, throwing five scoreless innings with just two hits and two walks allowed while striking out five. He left with a 1-0 lead that David “Yes My Brother Is Wilson” Ramos coughed up with a solo shot surrendered in the bottom of the 8th. Ramos would get the blown-save-win thanks to a 9th inning rally as Drew Ward singled with one out in the 9th and Diomedes Eusebio plated him with an RBI double. Michael Sylvestri preserved the one-run lead despite letting up two hits in the 9th for the save.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Mets1 1
• Morales (W, 3-3) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Y. Pena (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Salazar (SV, 11) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 2-2, R, 2BB
• Ortiz 1-4, RBI

The D-Nats capitalized on four D-Mets1 errors for a 2-1 win. 18-y.o. Jose Morales tossed a season-high seven innings, allowing the lone D-Mets1 run on two hits, with no walks, and three K’s. Yefri Pena and Melvi Salazar (both also 18) each worked around a hit while laying a goose egg in the 8th and 9th innings to earn the hold and save, respectively. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice and walked twice, scoring the gamewinner on Oliver Ortiz’s infield single in 8th, to lead the D-Nats’ six-hit, three-walk attack.

Aug 132013
 

It wasn’t as pretty as the box score might indicate, but it was just what Potomac needed.

Blake Schwartz and newcomer Travis Henke combined on a six-hit shutout as the P-Nats stopped a four-game slide with a 2-0 win over the Mudcats.

Schwartz became the first 10-game winner at a single level in the Nationals organization with seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out one. He had, however, just one 1-2-3 frame (the 5th) as Carolina put on a runner six times against the ace of the P-Nats staff.

But, as any pitching coach will tell you, getting the leadoff man out in any inning is the key to success and Schwartz did that in six of seven opportunities. The one time he didn’t was the only true scoring threat that Carolina mounted on the night.

That’s also when it’s a good reminder that there are seven guys behind you and Schwartz got some help from both corner OFs in the 3rd. No. 9 batter Todd Hankins drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and took third on a line drive to right that Randolph Oduber snared on the run for the inning’s first out.

After walking the next batter, Schwartz induced a flyball to medium left. Down 1-0, Carolina gambled that newcomer Brandon Miller’s jitters from the night before would be enough to risk a play at the plate. The decision proved to be unwise as Miller’s throw had Hankins beat by six feet for the inning-ending double play.

Miller had gotten Potomac on the board in the 1st with an RBI groundout, cashing in back-to-back singles by Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey for the 1-0 lead. After walking in the 3rd with two outs, the 23-y.o. Georgian extended his hit streak to 13 games with a wall-ball double to left-center in the 6th that turned out to be Potomac’s final hit of the night.

The fifth hit was Cole Leonida’s tenth HR, a solo shot in the 4th that put the score to its eventual final of 2-0.

Travis Henke made his High-A debut in the 8th. After a shaky eighth, in which he gave up a pair of singles, Henke went 1-2-3 in the 9th, handling two comebackers to the mound for the save.

The win was Potomac’s 70th of the season and improved them to 28-20 in the 2nd half, reducing the magic number to clinch to 17 over Lynchburg with 22 games left to play. The Hillcats are the P-Nats likely first-round opponent as the second-best team in the Carolina North with a 56-59 mark, three games ahead of the Keys and four in front of the Blue Rocks.

Weather permitting, Rauh (3-1, 3.02) will take the hill today in a noontime start against Carolina RHP Robert Whitenack (0-1, 4.30).

Aug 132013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3; Lost, 3-2 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (0-0, 5.79) vs.
Weber (6-4, 2.63)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Ray (4-1, 3.20) vs.
Bleich (1-1, 2.98)
Potomac Won, 2-0 vs. Carolina,
12:05 p.m.
Rauh (3-1, 3.02) vs.
Whitenack (0-1, 4.30)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (2-3, 5.64) vs.
Guzman (6-3, 4.60)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (1-1, 3.57) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-0 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (2-3, 1.36) vs.
Marte (2-2, 2.47)



Syracuse 5 Buffalo 3 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 8-7) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Cedeno (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Espinosa 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2SB

Chris Marrero’s three-run double highlighted a four-run 1st as the Chiefs took a 4-0 lead early and held on for a 5-3 win in the opener. Yunesky Mayawon his third straight start, turning in a quality start of three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Xavier Cedeno set the side down in order in ht 7th for his fourth save. Danny Espinosa went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a strikeout while Jeff Kobernus led off the game with a single and stole both 2nd and 3rd, finshing the game at 2-for-4.

Buffalo 3 Syracuse 2 — GAME TWO
• Rosenbaum (L, 6-9) 3IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 5BB, K
• Storen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brown 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, SB
• Moore 1-4, 2B, RBI

Like Syracuse in the opener, Buffalo struck in the 1st and never trailed, taking the nightcap 3-2 to split the doubleheader. Danny Rosenbaum was uncharacteristically wild, issuing five walks in three innings as he gave up all three Bison runs on two hits with just one strikeout while losing his ninth game. Cole Kimball, Drew Storen, and Erik Davis each threw a scoreless inning of relief but the Chiefs offense struggled in the clutch with a 2-for-11 mark with RISP and left on 10 baserunners.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators six-game roadtrip resumes after a trip across Pennsylvania from Altoona to Trenton, NJ, where they’ll play the Yankees AA affiliate today through Thursday.

Potomac 2 Carolina 0
• Schwartz (W, 10-4) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Henke (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-4
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Just two pitchers used was just what the Dr. ordered Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
With an off day to travel from central Kentucky to eastern Maryland, the Suns continue their seven-game, eight-day road trip with three against the Shorebirds today through Thursday.

Auburn — ALL-STAR BREAK
Tonight is the All-Star game in Norwich, CT, with just one Auburn player — relief pitcher David Napoli — on the N.L. roster.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Cardinals 1
• Silvestre (W, 6-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Walsh (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ruiz 2-4, R
• D. Eusebio 2-4, R

The G-Nats continue to steamroll the GCL East with a 2-1 win over the G-Cards, their 15th straight win. Hector Silvestre tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, no walks, and struck out four for his sixth win. Joe Webb and Mike Boyden both earned their third hold as the bridge to Jake Walsh, who set ‘em down in order for his sixth save. Adderling Ruiz and Diomedes Eusebio both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the G-Nats notched eight hits total.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 0
• Sanchez (W, 2-2) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, K
• Reynoso 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ortiz 2-2, 2BB
• Rosario 3-4, RBI

Three D-Nats pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the D-Mets1 for a 5-0 win. Starter Mario Sanchez got his first win as a starter, turning in five innings of four-hit ball with one walk and eight strikeouts. Yorlin Reynoso followed with three one-hit innings while Adrian Green walked one in a scoreless 9th. 17-y.o. Oliver Ortiz singled twice and walked twice while Dionicio Rosarion went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the D-Nats offense.

Aug 122013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Hagerstown Suns have announced that RHP Travis Henke has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

Henke was 3-1 with two saves, five holds, and a 2.72 ERA in 30 appearances with 17 walks and 41 strikeouts over 59⅔ innings.

The 6’6″ 25-year-old was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2011 Draft from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He spent two seasons in Auburn, posting an unimpressive ERA of 5.40 and a subpar WHIP of 1.518 in 2011 before lowering those numbers to 2.78 and 1.169 in 2012, which earned him a brief look-see last in Hagerstown last August (0-1, 12.00, 3IP in 2G).

Henke’s calling card, in addition to the surname he shares with his uncle, former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Tom, has been a decent walk rate of 2.6 per nine innings that he’s sustained throughout his professional career. He’ll be expected to help shore up a badly overworked Potomac bullpen.

A corresponding move to make room on the Potomac roster has not yet been announced.
UPDATE: RHP Cameron Selik has been placed on the 7-Day DL for Potomac, clearing a space for Henke on the roster.

Aug 122013
 

That Potomac will win both halves of the 2013 season still seems pretty certain. Whether they’ll advance to the Mills Cup Finals is not.

Playing flat on offense and sloppy on defense, the P-Nats lost 5-2 in 10 innings to the Mudcats for their fourth straight defeat.

Sammy Solis got the start, essentially his 10th as his lone relief appearance was a continuation of a suspended game, and set down the side in order in the 1st. It should have been four in a row but newcomer Brandon Miller, who’s been on a tear on offense, looked like the second coming of Chris Marrero in left field on defense as he misplayed a flyball into a leadoff double in the 2nd.

Solis nearly pitched around the mistake but a two-out double to right-center plated the first Carolina run. It happened again in the 3rd: a flyball that a stronger defender would have caught fell in for a double, Solis getting two outs before giving up the RBI hit.

At the plate, Potomac didn’t get a hit until Cole Leonida led off the 3rd with a single to right and didn’t get a runner into scoring position until the 5th, when Carolina’s defense returned the favor with a passed ball and two errors by second baseman Joe Wendle to allow the P-Nats to tie with just one clean hit, coincidentally a single by Brandon Miller.

Solis was pulled after five innings, finishing with two runs on six hits and a walk and four strikeouts. Colin Bates was summoned from the ‘pen, which has been asked to pitch four or more innings in seven straight games, and turned in two scoreless innings. He couldn’t make it three, giving up a single and a double to open the 8th.

Rafael Martin bailed out Bates by striking out the side in the 8th and worked around a one-out single in the 9th.

As you might have already guessed, after the 5th, the Potomac offense threatened just once more — putting runners on 1st and 2nd with a one-out walk by Justin Miller and Leonida’s second single in the 7th only to have Randolph Oduber strike out for third time.

Robert Benincasa took over from the Martin in the 10th and was tagged for three runs on a walk, single, triple, and another single to suffer his third loss and the third straight outing with a run allowed.

The P-Nats would go down in order in the 10th for their sixth loss in seven games — all to the Carolina League South’s top two teams, Carolina and Myrtle Beach, which are separated by just a 1/2 game in the race for the 2nd half title.

Blake Schwartz (9-4, 2.92) will be tasked with breaking Potomac’s losing streak tonight, if not giving the bullpen some badly needed rest. He’ll be opposed by Nick Pasquale (4-6, 4.56) for Carolina.

Aug 122013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 @ Buffalo,
5:30 p.m. (DH)
Maya (7-7, 3.94) and Rosenbaum (6-8, 3.97) vs.
Romero (3-5, 6.18) and Redmond (3-1, 5.06)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 5-2 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (9-4, 2.92) vs.
Pasquale (4-6, 4.56)
Hagerstown OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-6 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Sanchez (1-2, 2.70) vs.
Gutierrez (0-2, 4.18)



Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 1
• Tatusko (L, 5-6) 5IP, 7H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Robertson 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Johnson 3-3, R, BB
• Kobernus 3-5, SB

The PawSox made the most of their offensive chances, scoring seven times on eight hits in a 7-1 win over the Chiefs to close out the five-game series. Starter Ryan Tatusko gave up all seven runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks for his sixth loss of the season. Tyler Robertson turned in three scoreless innings of relief to follow Tatusko, but the Syracuse offense couldn’t string its 11 hits together, going 2-for-12 with RISP and stranding 12 runners.

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 3
• Cole (W, 3-0) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Barrett (SV, 23) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hague 2-4, 3RBI
• Nicol 1-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

A.J. Cole turned in another quality start for his third win while Ricky Hague drove in three to lead the Senators to a 5-3 win over the Curve. The 21-y.o. gave up all three Altoona runs on three walks and four hits, including a solo shot in the 4th that gave the Curve a 3-2 lead. He struck out four in his fourth AA start. Hague went 2-for-4, plating two in the 1st with a single and the fifth Harrisburg run in the 7th with a two-out single, to lead the Senators attack. Richie Mirowski and Tyler Herron followed Cole with a scoreless frame apiece, each earning his fifth hold while Aaron Barrett struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his 23rd save.

Carolina 5 Potomac 2
• Solis 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Benincasa (L, 0-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Ramsey 2-3, BB
• Leonida 2-4

Sloppy defense and stale offense were the downfalls for Potomac Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 2
• Mooneyham (W, 9-3) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Meza 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Norfork 2-3, 2R, 3B, 3RBI
• Martinez 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB

The Suns broke through for six runs against the Legends ‘pen, turning a 2-0 game into an 8-2 beatdown. Brett Mooneyham won his fifth straight start with six innings of two-hit scoreless pitching with just one walk and eight strikeouts. Will Piwinica-Worms’s two-run homer highlighted the three-run 7th while Khayyan Norfork’s two-run triple capped the three-run 8th. Estarlin Martinez reached base three times and scored twice with a single, double, and a walk to pace Hagerstown’s eight-hit, three-walk afternoon.

Connecticut 10 Auburn 6
• Johansen 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Joyce (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Lippincott 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB

The Auburn’pen couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead, allowing nine runs in a 10-6 loss to Connecticut. Starter Jake Johansen struck out a season-high of eight batters over five innings, letting in a run on a solo HR and three hits total while walking a batter for his seventh no-decision. Jake Joyce let in the deciding runs in the Tigers five-run 9th for his second loss. Bryan Lippincott hit a two-run homer in the 1st and had an RBI double in the 9th while Isaac Ballou and Wilman Rodriguez both singled and doubled as the Doubledays notched 11 hits and drew three walks on offense.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Having wrapped up the GCL East with 16 games left to play, there’s plenty of time for the G-Nats to prepare for the arbitrary brutal one-game playoff series against the winner of what will most likely be the GCL Northwest division, currently led by the GCL Pirates at 22-22.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s the pair of games against the Mets1, Yankees1, and Cubs as the D-Nats head into the penultimate week of the season, nine games off the pace for the division and six and half behind in the Wild Card race.

Aug 112013
 

TBD

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Tatusko (5-5, 3.61) vs.
Wright (5-6, 3.89)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Navarro (3-5, 4.50)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 3.05) vs.
Colon (3-3, 3.81)
Hagerstown Won, 8-3 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Mooneyham (8-3, 2.25) vs.
Murray (1-2, 2.34)
Auburn Won, 7-3 vs. Connecticut,
2:05 p.m.
Johansen (1-1, 1.11) vs.
Crawford (0-2, 1.89) Mantiply (0-1, 1.14)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-2 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A



Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 1
• Ohlendorf (L, 4-6) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Lowe 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Espinosa 2-4, R
• Moore 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI

Pawtucket held Syracuse’s bats in check for 3-1 win that halted the Chiefs’ modest four-game win streak. Ross Ohlendorf got the last-minute rehab start and was tagged for a solo HR to leadoff batter Jackie Bradley Jr. The Princeton grad went three innings, allowed five hits, walked none and struck out four. Danny Espinosa and Tyler Moore combined for four hits, with the former scoring the lone Syracuse run, driven in by the latter on a double in the 6th.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 4
• Swynenberg 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perry (L, 1-5) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, BB
• Martinson 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

An 8th-inning HR was the difference as Altoona edged Harrisburg, 5-4 to drop the Senators into a tie for 1st place in the E.L. West. Rick Perry served up the gamewinner, the fourth pitcher of the night as the bullpen was asked to pitch all nine with the move of Taylor Hill to Syracuse. Matt Swynenberg was charged with the first four, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five. Justin Bloxom and Jason Martinson combined for three hits and three runs, with Martinson driving in two to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 2
• Demny 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Dupra (L, 0-6) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• B. Miller 3-3, R, BB
• J. Miller 1-3, 2B, RBI

After taking 10 of the previous 11 from the Pelicans, the P-Nats were swept away in Myrtle Beach with a 6-2 loss. Starter Paul Demny went just three innings (again) and gave up a couple of runs (again) on three hits and three walks with but one strikeout. Brian Dupra took the loss, giving up four runs in the 7th and six hits total over three and 2/3rds. Brandon Miller extended his hit streak to 10 games with a 3-for-3 night, raising his Carolina League average to .471 (16-for-34) in eight games since his promotion.

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 3
• Encarnacion (W, 9-7) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Self (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Martinez 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Renda 2-5, RBI

The Suns broke open a 4-3 game with two in the 5th and two more in the 8th for an 8-3 win over the Legends that snapped a three-game skid. Pedro Encarnacion win his team-best 9th game with a six innings of three-run ball, allowing three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Tony Renda and Estarlin Martinez both had two singles and an RBI to lead the 10-hit Hagerstown attack.

Auburn 7 Connecticut 3
• Voth (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 10K
• Mudron 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Lippincott 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Chubb 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Gunter 2-4, R, RBI

Three Auburn pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts in a 7-3 win over Connecticut. Austin Voth whiffed 10 in five and 2/3rds no-hit innings, but was charged with a run on two walks as he notched his first professional win. Mike Mudron struck out three of six batters faced while finishing the 6th and pitching the 7th while L.J. Hollins fanned two over the final two frames. Bryan Lippincott went 2-for-3 with a walk, a homer, two runs scored, and two RBIs as one of three Doubledays to get multiple hits on the night.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Mets 2
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Suero (W, 6-1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Flynn 2-3, 2R
• Jennings 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

G-Nats win. Rinse, lather, repeat.

DSL Pirates2 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Yrizarri 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Valerio (L, 3-3) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Alvarez 2-4, R, SB
• Mercedes 2-4, RBI, CS

The D-Nats gave up three unearned runs while losing their fourth straight, a 3-1 loss to the D-Pirates2 squad. Starter Deibi Yrizarri allowed the first run on four hits and no walks while fanning three. Maximo Valerio gave up the second and got the “L” as he let up two hits in two innings without a walks and two strikeouts. Thomas Alvarez and Yermin Mercedes both went 2-for-4, with Alvarez scoring on Mercedes’s RBI single in the 1st.

Aug 102013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (5-5, 3.61)
Ohlendorf (rehab) vs. Webster (5-4, 4.13)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (3-0, 3.24) vs.
Baker (3-1, 6.14)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (0-1, 4.70) vs.
Pucetas (0-1, 10.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (8-7, 3.50) vs.
Billo (1-1, 0.42)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Connecticut,
6:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 1.42) vs.
TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 6-2 vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.06) vs.
Effertz (0-3, 7.04)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 (7 inn.) vs. DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (4-3, 2.60) vs.
TBD



Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 4
• Clay 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 9K, 2WP
• Robertson (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Storen (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-4, R, SAC
• Moore 3-4, 2RBI, SB

Syracuse exploited an error to score three times in the 6th and edge Pawtucket, 5-4, for their third straight win. After a Chris Marrero walk and a Zach Walters single, Jhonatan Solano’s sacrifice attempt was thrown into right field, enabling both runs to score and Solano to make it to third. Will Rhymes singled to complete the rally and give the Chiefs a 5-3 lead. The rally made a winner out of Tyler Robertson, who pitched the 6th and 7th innings. Drew Storen tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, his first scoreless appearance since his demotion. Erik Davis weathered a rally in the 9th, letting in a run on two hits, but stranding the tying run at 2nd for his 14th save. Caleb Clay started and struck out a season-high nine but allowed three runs on six hits and two walks.

Harrisburg 8 Altoona 5
• Gilliam 4+ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Grace (W, 5-1) 1⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Rivero 3-3, 4R, 2B, 2HR, 2RBI, BB, HBP
• Hague 2-5, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Hood 2-4, BB

Down 3-2, no outs, first base open and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Altoona chose to plunk Carlos Rivero to load the bases. Rivero had only smacked solo shots in his previous two at-bats, but he was the second Senator hit by a pitch and the third for the game. Ricky Hague emptied the bases with a double to highlight a five-run 5th that put Harrisburg up 7-2. Rob Gilliam emptied the benches and the bullpens with his first pitch of the 5th, a fastball that Mel Rojas Jr. leaned into with his gluteus maximus, then strode toward the mound with Gilliam walking down in preparation for an exchange of business cards. After the obligatory conference of players and coaches, seven men were ejected including manager Matt LeCroy. Matt Grace took over for Gilliam and got the win, but let in his inherited runner and two of his own over an inning and 2/3rds. Aaron Barrett struck out two in the 9th for his 22nd save.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 2
• Purke 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Benincasa (BS, 1;L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, IBB, K
• Holt 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Dykstra 3-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Oduber 1-2, RBI

For the second straight night, the P-Nats ‘pen stumbled and turned a 2-1 win into 3-2 loss to the Pelicans. Robert Benincasa blew his first save of 2013 in 23 opportunities. After a dribbler to short and a hit batsman (attempting to sacrifice on a 0-2 pitch), the P-Nats closer committed a critical error by throwing past third baseman Justin Miller on a sacrifice attempt instead of taking the sure out at first, the tying run scoring on the misplay. Manager Brian Daubach pulled Randolph Oduber and inserted Mike Gilmartin to create a five-man infield. After a liner to second, Gilmartin went out to right and Benincasa struck out the next batter. Alas, the Pelicans won it on the inning’s second infield hit. Matt Purke got the no-decision with eight K’s on five innings of one-run, three-hit ball. Cutter Dykstra reached base four times with two singles, a double, and a walk while Randolph Oduber and Justin Miller had RBI singles in the two-run Potomac 7th.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 5-5) 6IP, 5H, 4R, ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Schill 2-3, BB
• Norfork 1-3, R, BB

The Legends took advantage of a two-out error in the 6th to score three times en route to a 5-2 win over the Suns. Narciso Mesa’s dropped flyball let in the first run and extended the inning. Uber-prospect Bubba Starling made Hagerstown pay twice with a 450′ blast to left-center for a 4-1 lead. The Suns rallied for one in the 9th but Wes Schill was caught between third and home to end the game. Kylin Turnbull pitched six innings and gave up four runs (three unearned) on five hits, no walks, but took the loss. He struck out eight. Schill singled twice and walked once as Hagerstown was held to seven hits and couldn’t take advantage of the five walks issued, with 10 runners left on base.

Connecticut 3 Auburn 1
• Pivetta (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Simms 2⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-2, 2B, BB, SAC
• Lippincott 1-4, R, 2B

Nick Pivetta gave up two first-inning runs to Connecticut and the Auburn offense couldn’t dig him out of the 2-0 hole in a 3-1 loss. Pivetta allowed four hits total and walked three over three and 2/3rds innings while losing his New York-Penn League debut. Three Doubledays relievers combined for five and a 1/3rd innings of one-run relief, but the offense was stifled. Reigning NYPL batter of the week Isaac Ballou walked, singled, and doubled but the rest of the lineup mustered just three hits and one walk. Bryan Lippincott scored the lone Auburn run after doubling in the 4th, taking third on an infield error, and coming in on groundout to the right side.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 2
• Williams (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Valdez (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• D. Eusebio 2-3, RBI, 2BB
• Gordon 2-4, RBI, BB

The G-Nats made it a baker’s dozen of wins without a loss, plus a GCL East title, with a 6-2 win over the G-Mets. Deion Williams got the win in his first start since being dropped down from Auburn, giving up both Mets runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Diomedes Eusebio walked twice, singled twice and drove in a run to lead the G-Nats offense.

DSL Pirates2 4 DSL Nationals 3 (7 inn.)
• Reyes (L, 4-3) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Y. Pena 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mota 2-2, R, 2-2B, BB
• Serrata 2-3

Rain shortened this one to seven and ended a possible comeback bid by the D-Nats in a 4-3 loss to the D-Pirates2. Luis Reyes took the loss, charged with all four D-Pirates2 runs on six hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Israel Mota doubled twice and scored on a leadoff walk in the 7th. Brayan Serrata singled twice as the D-Nats totaled just five hits and three walks for the game.

Aug 092013
 

GBI for NPP 2Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 55-64, 6th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good Yunesky Maya 3-1, 1.52 ERA since All-Star Break
Bad Syracuse catchers .205BA, .264SLG, 30RBI
Interesting .975FA 12th in 14-team I.L.



HARRISBURG SENATORS 63-55, 1st place E.L. West, ½ game ahead

Good Matt Grace 2-0, 1.46 ERA, 1.30 WHIP since All-Star Break (9 appearances)
Bad Carlos Rivero .567 OPS in 32G since demotion
Interesting Team Offense ranks in E.L. .240 BA (12th), OBP .321 (11th), SLG .371 (11th), R/G 4.16 (11th)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 27-17, 1st place C.L. North, 8 games ahead (69-44 overall)

Good Brandon Miller 12-for-27, HR, five RBI in first six games
Bad Paul Demny 0-1, 4.70ERA, 2.35WHIP in three starts since demotion
Interesting Excluding rehabs, 21 pitchers and 29 position players have been used thus far



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 28-19, 2nd place Sally North, 2½ games behind (66-48 overall)

Good Shawn Pleffner .320/.402/.430 since All-Star Break
Bad Bryan Harper 8HBP in 39⅓ IP
Interesting T3rd with 32 holds in 14-team Sally League



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 16-33, 6th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 15 games behind

Good Austin Voth 1.42/1.31/0.89 in five starts (19IP)
Bad David Masters .466 OPS in 29G
Interesting NDFA Greg Zebrack .267/.368/.333 in 25G



GCL NATIONALS 37-6, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 18 games ahead

Good Rafael Bautista .340/.432/.410, 22SBs in 39G
Bad Michael Boyden 2.20WHIP over 10 appearances (what’s a small sample size?)
Interesting Today’s win clinched the GCL East title



DSL NATIONALS 31-25, 5th place Boca Chica South, 7 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Jose Morales 2-3, 1.36 ERA, 0.83 WHIP
Bad 18-y.o. Miguel Atencio .459 OPS in 21G
Interesting Team pitching 11th in 35-team DSL