Sep 062013
 

CLNDS 13 celebrationWill Piwnica-Worms was a late addition to the playoff roster, but contributed for the second straight night with a two-out single in the 9th to give the P-Nats a 3-2 walkoff win and their third trip to the Mills Cup Finals in the last six seasons.

Kevin Keyes, who had doubled to left off Lynchburg reliever Jose Lugo in the 6th, cranked one off the right field wall with one out in the 9th for his second two-bagger. Despite having struck out three times previously, Brandon Miller was given an intentional pass in favor of a possible double play by Randolph Oduber.

The Groovin’ Aruban became the 7th P-Nat to go down by way of the K versus Jugo, which brought Piwnica-Worms to the plate. Lynchburg backup backstop Anthony Nunez, who hadn’t let up a passed ball in 18 games with the Hillcats during the regular season, let one go off his glove to move up the runners 90 feet.

The miscue proved fatal as Piwnica-Worms guided a seeing-eye single between first and second, sending in Keyes for the gamewinner.

Blake Schwartz “only” went eight innings, giving up both Lynchburg runs on eight hits but walked none and struck out five. Greg Holt got the win, working around a leadoff walk in the 9th with a flyout and two ground outs, assisting on the final out himself, 1-3.

In the Carolina League Southern Division series, the Salem Red Sox swept the Myrtle Beach Pelicans two games to none with a 4-3 win in 10 innings. The Sox will come to town tomorrow night for the best-of-five Mills Cup Championship, their first appearance since being swept by Lynchburg in 2009. Potomac was the 2008 and 2010 Carolina League Champions, defeating Myrtle Beach and Winston-Salem, respectively, three games to one.

Pitching matchups for the Finals have not yet been formally announced, but Potomac’s rotation will most likely be Matt Purke in Game One on Saturday, Paul Demny in Game Two on Sunday and Sammy Solis in Game Three in Salem on Tuesday with Schwartz and Purke going for Games Four and Five (if necessary, and also in Salem) on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sep 062013
 

Clinch-vs-Lynchburg-9513

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 (12 inn.) vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Karns (10-6, 3.26) vs.
Crouse (9-10, 4.47)
Potomac Won, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Encarnacion (10-9, 3.58) vs.
Kuchno (9-5, 4.01)



Erie 2 Harrisburg 1 (12 inn.)
• Hill 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Grace 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Swynenberg (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 3-5, OF assist at 3B
• Howell 0-3, SF, RBI

Back-to-back two-out singles plus an error plated the gamewinner in the 12th as the Seawolves edged the Senators, 2-1 to tie up the ELDS at 1-1. Matt Swynenberg took the loss, giving up three hits total over an inning and 2/3rds. Starter Taylor Hill went the first six, allowing an unearned run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Both Erie runs were unearned, however the home team outhit the visitors 10-5. Brian Goodwin went 3-for-5 but the sole Harrisburg run scored in the 8th, as Sean Nicol led off with a double then took third on a wild pitch and came home a Jeff Howell sacrifice fly.
Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman placed on the DL; C Cole Leonida reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2
• Schwartz 8IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Holt (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-5, R, 2-2B
• Piwnica-Worms 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Blake Schwartz accepted the challenge, while the “new guy” delivered the walkoff Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Pedro Encarnacion, Hagerstown’s leader in innings pitched, gets the start against West Virginia, which sends its workhorse John Kuchno. The Suns lead the best-of-three series 1-0 and will host the deciding game tomorrow night… if they don’t clinch tonight.

Sep 052013
 

No pressure, Blake, but we kinda need you to go all nine innings tonight.

OK, so maybe nobody said that to the Potomac ace last night, but this morning, that’s what P-Nats fans are thinking after last night’s 2-1 win in 14 innings over Lynchburg. At least this one.

Potomac rallied with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to tie it, as Randolph Oduber grooved a 1-1 pitch into the right-center gap to score pinch-runner Will Piwinica-Worms all the way from first base. Michael Taylor won it with a two-out RBI single in the 14th, ending the four-hour-and-30-minute marathon.

But where the game was really won was in the nine shutout innings that the quintet of Travis Henke, Colin Bates, Robert Benincasa, Rafael Martin, and Brian Dupra turned in. As a group, they walked four, struck out eight and allowed just four hits. As noted yesterday, these guys had been worked hard in the final week of the season but you’d have never known it if you seen ‘em in action last night, Colin Bates in particular (nine up, nine down in innings seven through nine).

Both teams, truth be told, pitched a hell of a game. Sammy Solis nearly lost despite giving up just a run over five innings on three hits and a walk (care to guess which was the run that scored?) while fanning five.

Lynchburg’s Greg Ross struck out 10 P-Nats, primarily by pitching backwards: throwing change after change then spotting an average fastball once he’d gotten ahead. No doubt Hillcats fans are wondering why an almost 24-y.o. journeyman wasn’t asked to go an inning or two longer after giving up just two infield hits and a walk over six shutout innings.

As the lede suggests, Blake Schwartz takes the hill tonight for Potomac with a chance to advance to the Mills Cup Finals. Schwartz was 3-0 vs. the Hillcats during the regular season, including a pair of wins 10 days apart in July. He’ll be opposed by veteran southpaw Ryan Hinson, coincidentally, the opposing pitcher in Schwartz’s last two starts against Lynchburg.

Sep 052013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Erie, 6:35 p.m. Hill (2-7, 2.71) vs.
Saupold (7-6, 3.28)
Potomac Won, 2-1 (14 inn.) vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Schwartz (11-4, 2.65) vs.
Hinson (4-4, 2.48)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Encarnacion (10-9, 3.58) vs.
Kuchno (9-5, 4.01)
Auburn Lost, 2-0 END OF SEASON N/A



Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Cole 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Mirowkski (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Herron (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Head 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Hague 2-5

Steven Souza only had one hit last night, but it cleared the fence for a 5-4 Harrisburg win over Erie in Game One of the E.L. West Divisonal series. It was the third big fly of the night, as Justin Bloxom went deep for two in the top of the 1st and Seawolves TomTyler Collins mixed up an A.J. Cole pitch for three runs in bottom of the 1st. That would be all the 21-y.o. would allow, as he finished with six innings pitched, seven hits and one walk allowed, and four strikeouts. Richie Mirowski got the win in relief, giving up a run on a controversial play at the plate that saw Erie score its fourth run and C Brian Jeroloman removed from the game. Tyler Herron struck out the side in the 9th to nail down the game and earn the save. Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News reports via manager Matt LeCroy that Jeroloman was taken to the hospital with a gash under his chin, which may make the backtop unavailable for Game Two, if not the rest of the series.

Potomac 2 Lynchburg 1 (14 inn.)
• Solis 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Oduber 3-5, 2B, BB, RBI
• Soriano 2-5, BB

It was the longest game of the year, both by time and innings Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: OF Caleb Ramsey placed on temporary inactive list; OF Will Piwinica-Worms reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Christian Garcia added to roster for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 1
• Voth (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Pena 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Severino 2-3, 2R, BB
• Perez 2-4, R, SB

“Help Me” might have been what West Virginia pitcher Tyle Glasnow was thinking after issuing two hits and two walks to the first five batters of the 3rd, but Wander Ramos did not comply, smacking a two-run double to complete a four-run inning for Hagerstown. The Suns went on to a 6-1 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Austin Voth pitched five shutout frames, walking two and letting up three hits while fanning five. Ian Dickson walked five in his his two and 1/3rd innings of work, giving up the Power run, but escaped major damage with the help of Ronald Pena, who stranded two in the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th to preserve the win. The series shifts to Hagerstown for Game Two on Friday, the Suns having two chances to win once to make it to the Sally League Championship Finals. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen removed from the roster; LHP Jake Walsh reassigned from the GCL; 1B Bryan Lippincott reassigned from Auburn

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 0
• Pivetta 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Selsor (L, 0-6) 1IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 0K, HR
• W. Rodriguez 2-5, 2B
• Ramirez 2-4, 2B

The Scrappers struck for two in the 6th for the game’s only scoring as the Doubledays fell in their season finale, 2-0. Casey Selsor took the loss, giving up both Mahoning Valley Runs on two hits, including a solo HR in one inning of relief. Nick Pivetta tossed five scoreless innings in his final start, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. Wilman Rodriguez and Andruth Ramirez both singled and doubled as Auburn racked up eight hits in the loss. The Doubledays finished the season as the NYPL’s worst at 26-49.

Sep 042013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Erie, 6:35 p.m. Cole (4-2, 2.18) vs. TBD
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Solis (2-1, 3.43) vs.
Ross (9-6, 3.27)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Voth (1-0, 3.38) vs.
Glasnow (9-3, 2.18)
Auburn Lost, 2-0; Won, 3-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 4.41) vs.
Hamrick (2-6, 3.42)



Harrisburg at Erie — Game One, Eastern League Divisional Series (Best-of-Five)
The Senators and Seawolves split their last two regular-season series in July and August, which is only fitting for the second-best road team (Harrisburg) vs. the second-best home team (Erie). Pitching has carried Harrisburg all season long, though the Sens have scored five or more runs six times in the last 10 games. A.J. Cole is the Game One starter and has faced Erie just once, losing a 4-1 decision on August 22 at Metro Bank Park. Erie has yet to announce its starters.

Lynchburg at Potomac — Game One, Carolina League Divisional Series (Best-of-Three)
On paper, this should be a warmup to the Finals. Potomac took six of eight games in their last two series and have dominated at home (47-23). If, however, the Hillcats can knock a P-Nats starter from the box, they’ll be getting into a bullpen that’s been worked hard (and hit hard) the past week. Best hope: Brian Rauh follows Sammy Solis tonight and finishes the game in a Potomac win, giving the other relievers another day of rest and Lynchburg the task of having to beat staff ace Blake Schwartz to avoid elimination tomorrow.

Hagerstown at West Virginia — Game One, Sally League Divisional Series (Best-of-Three)
The Power enter the first round on an 8-2 run and winners of the last four straight. The Suns have lost six of the last ten, including the last three in a row. Austin Voth gets the start for Hagerstown, just his third since being promoted from Auburn in late August. His previous two outings were against cellar-dwelling Lakewood. He’ll be opposed by Tyler Glasnow, West Virginia’s top pitcher. The Suns beat Glasnow in July, but the 20-y.o. pitched well in two earlier outings in June and April.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 0 — GAME ONE
• Young 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bafidis (L, 2-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K
• W. Rodriguez 1-3

Wilman Rodriguez singled to lead off the bottom of the 7th, spoiling a perfect game bid by Mahoning Valley’s Cole Sulser. Alas, it was the sole Auburn hit in a 2-0 shutout by the Scrappers. Rehabbers Chris Young and Christian Garcia combined for four scoreless innings an five strikeouts. Cory Bafidis took the loss, giving up both Mahoning Valley runs on four hits in the 5th and 6th innings.

Auburn 3 Mahoning Valley 1 — GAME TWO
• Giolito 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Mudron (W, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hollins (SV, 6) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• W. Rodriguez 1-3, 2RBI
• Masters 1-1, R, BB, RBI

Lucas Giolito gave up a solo HR in his 4th and final inning, falling short of the requisite five innings to get the “W” as the Doubledays won 3-1 to, um, salvage the doubleheader versus the Scrappers. The 19-y.o. walked three and struck out five while allowing three hits total in his final start of the season. Auburn struck for all three runs in the 2nd on a one-run single by David Masters and a two-run safety by Wilman Rodriguez. Mike Mudron got the win in relief while L.J. Hollins closed out the game for his sixth save.

Sep 032013
 

Michael TaylorFor the third time this season, Potomac CF Michael Taylor has been named the Carolina League Batter of the Week, earning the honors for the period of August 26 to September 2.

Taylor went 10-for-23 with five doubles, a home run, and five RBI for a line of .435/.536/.783. He scored seven runs and stole six bases to finish second in the stolen base race with 51 stolen bases. Taylor finished third in the league for RBIs with 87, the most for a P-Nat since Tyler Moore’s 111 in 2010.

As noted in the comments, Taylor has become an elite defensive CF in just three years since being converted from SS. He’s now ranked as the #4 prospect on the most recent ranking by MLB.com’s “Pipeline” and is a two-time outfielder on this site’s watchlist.

Sep 032013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-6; Lost, 16-5 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Postponed vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-5, 4.17) and Giolito (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Sulser (2-2, 2.06) and Mathews (0-2, 2.80)



Buffalo 4 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-11) 7IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Cedeno 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 2-4
• Van Ostrand 2-4, RBI

Syracuse fell behind 3-0 after three innings and couldn’t come up with the clutch hit, falling 4-2 to Buffalo in the season finale. Danny Rosenbaum lost for the 11th time, allowing all four Bison runs on nine hits, including a home run. The 25-y.o. southpaw struck out six and walked none. Jeff Kobernus and Jimmy Van Ostrand both went 2-for-4 to lead the Chiefs’ 10-hit attack, which included just one hit in eight chances with RISP.

Harrisburg 1 Richmond 0
• Gilliam 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Mirowski (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Holland 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Howell 3-4, RBI
• Souza 2-4, 2B

The Senators pitching has been its hallmark all season long and it showed in a 1-0 win over Richmond to secure the E.L. West Division title. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up both Squirrel hits over four and 2/3rds and walked four while striking out six. Richie Mirowski, Pat McCoy, Neil Holland, and Tyler Herron combined for four and a 1/3rd no-hit innings of relief, retiring 13 of 14 batters with no walks and six K’s. Jeff Howell plated the lone Harrisburg run with an RBI single in the 6th while going 3-for-4 overall. Harrisburg will travel to Erie for Games 1 & 2 on Wednesday with the remaining games in Harrisburg in the best-of-five playoff series. A.J. Cole, Taylor Hill, and Nathan Karns were announced as the starters for the first three games, respectively.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6 — COMP.
• Demny 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Martin (BS, 3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, K
• Rauh (BS, 2; L, 4-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Ramsey 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2BB, 2SB (49, 50)
• Keyes 2-5 2RBI

The P-Nats couldn’t hold the 4-3 lead they took on Sunday night, giving up two in the bottom of the 6th and 7th innings as they fell in the completion, 7-6. Neither Rafael Martin nor Brian Rauh could hold a one-run lead, “earning” blown saves for both with Rauh taking the loss. Starter Paul Demny had gone five innings with three runs allowed on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Michael Taylor singled twice, walked twice, and swiped two bases to lead the Potomac offense.

Frederick 16 Potomac 5 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Dupra 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Miller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2-2B, SB
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B

Brett Mooneyham got rocked for the third time in three starts since his promotion from Hagerstown, as Potomac fell 16-5 in the second game. The Keys struck for four in the 1st and seven in the 4th to knock out Mooneyham, who was charged with eight runs on eight hits and four walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Middle relievers Colin Bates and Greg Holt were also touched for eight runs combined. The P-Nats registered 11 hits and five doubles in the loss. Like the Sens, the P-Nats also announced their playoff rotation, with Sammy Solis taking the hill on Wednesday, Blake Schwartz on Thursday, and Matt Purke (if necessary) on Friday. As a double-half winner, Potomac will host the entire first round of the divisional series.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 (10 inn.)
• Turnbull 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bacus (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Meza (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Ramos 2-5, 2B
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, RBI

Jacob May’s solo shot off Christian Meza with two outs in the 10th completed the Kannapolis comeback victory over Hagerstown, 4-3. The Suns had built a 3-0 lead with single runs in the 2nd, 4th, and 8th innings on an RBI double by Mike McQuillan, and RBI singles by Will Piwinica-Worms and Estarlin Martinez. Kylin Turnbull turned in five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, walking one and fanning three. Bryan Harper got the blown save, letting in the tying runs and failing to retire any of the four batters he faced. Game One of the Sally League Northern Division Series will be tomorrow night in Charleston, WV. Games Two and Three (if necessary) are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Neither the Suns nor the Power have announced robable pitchers thus far.

Auburn vs. Mahoning Valley — PPD
Rain postponed last night’s game to tonight, forcing a doubleheader tonight to cram the final three games into two days.

Sep 022013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Buffalo,
2:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.81) vs.
Weber (7-5, 2.71)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.64) vs.
Gloor (9-7, 3.87)
Potomac Winning, 4-3
(Susp., 6th)
@ Frederick,
12:30 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Mooneyham (0-2, 10.13) vs.
Berry (10-7, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3
(5½ inn.)
@ Kannapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.81) vs.
Bucciferro (3-5, 2.59)
Auburn Won, 10-0 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-5, 4.17) vs.
Sulser (2-2, 2.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-2 END OF SEASON N/A



Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4
• Tatusko (L, 5-8) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Lowe 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Brown 2-4, R
• Kobernus 1-2, R, 2BB, 3SB

The Bison scored twice on sacrifice flies in the 5th to take a 4-2 lead and held off the Chiefs for a 5-4 win. Ryan Tatusko took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings. Every Syracuse batter hit safely for a total of 10 hits, with Corey Brown the sole Chief to have multiple safeties. Jeff Kobernus reached base three times on a single and two walks and stole three bases to break the 40-steal mark for the third consecutive season.
Roster moves: LHP Ian Krol, RHP Erik Davis recalled to Washington; C Sam Palace activated from the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 3
• Treinen 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Grace (L, 6-3) 3BF, 1H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Holland 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rivero 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The Squirrels went nuts against the Sens ‘pen in the 6th, scoring five times to break a 1-1 tie as Richmond handed Harrisburg a 7-3 defeat. Matt Grace took the loss, unable to retire any of three three batters he faced while Neil Holland let in both inherited runners and two of his own in the innings. Billy Burns walked and stole two bases and came in on a groundout for the first Harrisburg run while Carlos Rivero and Steve Souza Jr. hit solo shots in the 8th and 9th innings to account for the Harrisburg runs. Blake Treinen pitched five innings of one-hit ball, giving up a leadoff homerun then setting down 15 of the next 16 batters (seven on strikes) but got the no-decision. Erie and Bowie were rained out, thus the Sens’ magic number to clinch the division remains at one.
Roster moves: C Sandy Leon recalled to Washington; C Jeff Howell reassigned from Syracuse

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 — SUSP.
• Demny 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K

Play was called with the P-Nats leading the Keys 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th. The game will be resumed this afternoon followed by the regularly scheduled, nine-inning game. Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from TIL; C Cole Leonida placed on the DL

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 3 (5½ inn., rain)
• Encarnacion (L, 10-9) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-2

Rain ended this one after five and a 1/2 with the Intimidators overtaking the Suns with a two-run fourth for a 5-3 win. Kannapolis struck first with three in the bottom of the 2nd while Hagerstown tied it in the 4th on a two-run double by Khayyan Norfork and an error. The Suns got sloppy in the bottom half of the frame, with a dropped third strike with two outs extending the inning and an error on a bunt single to the next batter setting up a two-run single. Pedro Encarnacion gave up all five runs (four earned) on ten hits for his ninth loss. He walked none and struck out eight. Hagerstown had four hits in six “ups” with Pedro Severino collecting two of them while going 2-for-2. The loss combined with a doubleheader sweep by West Virginia gave the Power the second half Sally North division title.

Auburn 10 State College 0
• Orlan 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Cooper (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Lippincott 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Foat 1-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI

Four Auburn pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout while the offense exploded twice for big innings for a 10-0 win. R.C. Orlan turned in four innings of one-hit ball, walking three and striking out five in his final start. Andrew Cooper got the win as the first man out of the ‘pen, retiring six of seven batters faced (hitting the other) with three strikeouts. Bryan Lippincott reached base four times with two singles and two walks to lead the 13-hit attack, which included a three-run shot by James Yezzo in the four-run 4th and a grand slam by Matt Foat in the six-run 8th.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Red Sox 2
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K, HBP
• Sylvestri 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• R. Encarnacion 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Gordon 2-4, R, RBI

The G-Nats did precisely what you’d expect a team that went 49-9 in the regular season to do: Win the league championship.

Sep 012013
 

Viera via Natsnq
With a 7-2 win over the GCL Red Sox, the GCL Nationals have swept the best-of-three series to win the 2013 Gulf Coast League Championship.

Offensively, the G-Nats struck first with three in the 2nd, exploiting a pair of walks and a wild pitch to score the first run, while Wilmer Difo and Garrett Gordon drove in the second and third runs with RBI singles.

The G-Sox got one back in the 4th on starter Wander Suero’s one bad inning, as the 21-y.o. Dominican got two quick outs, then gave up a single and a pair of walks, then hit a batter. Suero recovered and was finished after five innings, giving up the one run on three walks and one hit while striking out seven.

Drew Ward’s RBI double put the lead back to 4-1 after the top of the 5th and the G-Nats broke it open with a three-spot in the 7th, with Ward collecting another single and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz capping off the rally with a two-run double. The G-Nats racked up 11 hits total with Ward, Marmolejos-Diaz, Osvaldo Abreu and Garrett Gordon each having multiple hits.

Philips Valdez followed Suero out of the ‘pen and was touched for a run in the 7th but earned the hold for his two innings of work. Mike Sylvestri finished off the game with two scoreless innings including a 1-2-3 ninth to lock down the win.

The GCL championship is the second for the Nationals (2009) since the organization relocated from Montreal in 2004.

Sep 012013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Buffalo,
6:30 p.m.
Tatusko (5-7, 4.20) vs.
Romero (4-8, 5.88)
Harrisburg Won, 12-3 @ Richmond,
2:05 p.m.
Treinen (6-7, 3.72) vs.
Snodgrass (11-4, 3.79)
Potomac Won, 7-5 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Demny (2-2, 3.38) vs.
Howard (3-2, 3.32)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (10-8, 3.43) vs.
Olacio (5-11, 4.61)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 vs. State College,
2:05 p.m.
Orlan (1-5, 3.93) vs.
Bautista (1-4, 4.61)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-3 @ GCL Red Sox,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 1
• Clay 6IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Krol (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kimball (SV, 1) 1IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 1-3, BB, SB, OF assist at HP (9th)
• Brown 1-4, RBI
• Marrero 1-4, HR, RBI

A solo shot in the 5th, 20 consecutive batters retired, and an outfield kill in the 9th were the keys to the Chiefs 2-1 win over the PawSox. Chris Marrero’s 11th HR proved to be the gamewinner in the pitcher’s duel. Caleb Clay got his 6th no-decision for Syracuse despite pitching his ninth quality start, letting in a run on two hits in the second inning, then retiring the last 14 batters he faced. Ian Krol and Mike Crotta each pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th and 8th innings to make it 20 in a row. Pawtucket struck for three singles in the 9th against Cole Kimball, who earned his 1st save for Syracuse thanks to Chris Rahl gunning down the tying run at the plate after the third hit of the inning.

Harrisburg 12 Richmond 3
• Karns (W, 10-6) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HR; 1-4, RBI
• Perry 2IP, H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Souza 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, HBP, SB(20)
• Hague 3-5, 2R, BB, 3RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, 2BB, 2

An eight-run 5th and seven strong innings from Nathan Karns powered Harrisburg past Richmond, 12-5. The 3-4-5 combo of Steve Souza Jr, Justin Bloxom, and Ricky Hague combined to go 8-for-14 with five runs scored and six RBI as the Senator offense notched 13 hits total. Karns became the third 10-game winner in the organization, giving up a run on a HR (14th in the minors, 19th overall), six hits, a walk, and seven strikeouts. With a 6-1 Erie loss to Bowie, Harrisburg’s magic number to clinch the E.L. West was reduced to one.

Potomac 7 Frederick 5
• Purke (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Benincasa (SV, 17) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 4-4, 2R, 2-2B, HR, BB, SB, 5RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Keyes 3-5, 2-2B

Michael Taylor reached base five times, scored twice, drove in five, stole a base, threw out a runner, and saved 15% on his car insurance in a 7-5 Potomac win over Frederick. Kevin Keyes doubled twice and Justin Miller singled twice as the P-Nats rackek up 13 hits. Matt Purke tossed five scoreless innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and setting down five on strikes for win no. 5. The Keys rallied for five against the P-Nats relievers, “forcing” Robert Benincasa to work on back-to-back nights for another save, his 17th for Potomac.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 1
• Johansen (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Pena 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, BB
• Perez 1-3, 2B

Jake Johansen’s second start was slightly better than his first, but with an AWOL offense, the result was another “L” — 4-1 to Kannapolis. The Suns mustered just four hits against the Intimidators, with Shawn Pleffner collecting two of them. Johansen allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks while fanning four. West Virginia and Lexington were suspended with the Power leading 1-0 in the 3rd, but with the Sally League playoff format, Game One will be in Charleston regardless of whether there is a double-half winner.

State College 7 Auburn 4
• Simms (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Joyce 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Masters 2-3, R
• Foat 2-4, 2RBI

State College scored six times in four innings before Auburn answered with two as the Spikes went on to a 7-4 win. John Simms was charged with all six runs on 10 hits, though he walked none and struck out three over three and a 1/3rd innings. Matt Foat and David Masters both had two singles, as did the rest of the lineup, which only walked once as the final two Doubleday runs scored with the help of two errors and a passed ball.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Red Sox 3
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Derosier (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, BB, 0K
• Walsh 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, OF assist at 1B
• Mejia 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB, 2E
• Bautista 2-4, RBI

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of 7th, the G-Nats sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the 7th. Eight of them scored. An inning later, two more circled the bases as the G-Nats defeated the G-Sox, 10-3 in Game One of the GCL Finals. Randy Encarnacion connected for a three-run homer, joining teammate Bryan Mejia in going 3-for-4 with two runs scored as the G-Nats pounded out 12 hits total, nine in the final two frames. Jefry Rodriguez got the start and gave up two runs, one unearned, on six hits and a walk while striking out two. Matt Derosier got the win with one run allowed over two innings. Jake Walsh closed out the game with two scoreless innings.