Apr 302014
 

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Postponed vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-4, 9.37) vs. Rogers (0-3, 9.33)
Potomac Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
5:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.24) and Silvestre (0-0, 3.00) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 3.79) and Ledbetter (1-2, 9.98)


Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 2
• Hill (L, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR, HBP
• Gonzalez 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Laird 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 1-3, R, BB

Both teams lived and died by the long ball as Indianapolis outhomered Syracuse 2-1 to take the game 3-2 and the series 3-1. Brandon Laird smacked a two-run shot in the 2nd to answer Andrew Lambo’s solo shot in the bottom of the 1st. The Indians would strike again in the bottom the 6th with their second home run as Chris McGuiness did not miss a 3-0 fastball from Taylor Hill. Two batters later, Hill was lifted, having surrendered all three runs on seven hits, no walks, and five strikeouts to suffer his first loss of the season. The Chiefs managed just five hits total, with Laird the only multihit batter with a 2-for-3 game and Brock Peterson the only other starter to reach base twice (1-for-3, BB).

Harrisburg vs. New Britain — PPD
Harrisburg will have to wait another day or two to notch their second two-game win streak as the rains postponed yesterday’s game to create a doubleheader tomorrow night, a move that acknowledges the forecast of continued heavy rain today and tonight and possible flooding.

Potomac vs Lynchburg — PPD
The P-Nats and Hillcats were washed out for a second straight night and will have to play five games in three days to make them up when Lynchburg returns to Woodbridge next month. Today is a scheduled day off as Potomac heads to North Carolina for a four-game series against Winston Salem. Roster move: RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
The Suns pulled the plug on this early and shifted this morning’s game to tonight in the hopes that perhaps they can make this one up here as opposed to next week when Hagerstown visits Hickory from the 6th to the 8th.

Apr 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) @ Indianapolis,
11:05 a.m.
Hill (3-0, 1.80) vs.
Wilk (2-1, 4.37)
Harrisburg Won, 9-0 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-4, 9.37) vs.
Rogers (0-3, 9.33)
Potomac Tied, 0-0
(suspended, Top 2)
vs. Lynchburg,
5:00 p.m. (DH)
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.24) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 3.79)


Syracuse 6 Indianapolis 5 (10 inn.)
• Treinen 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HBP
• Laffey 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Delcarmen (BS, 2; W, 2-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• Rhymes 3-5, R, SB
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB
• Lozada 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Syracuse broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run 5th, capped off by Jose Lozada’s two-run HR, his first of the 2014 season. Indianapolis rallied for three in the 6th against piggybacking reliever Aaron Laffey and one in the 9th against would-be closer Manny Delcarmen to tie it at 5-5. Brock Peterson’s RBI single in the 10th reclaimed the lead and Delcarmen held it on his second chance in the 10th to give the Chiefs a 6-5 victory. Blake Treinen got the start and turned in four innings of one-run ball with three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts allowed. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes continues to swing a hot bat (12 hits, .429BA over last 7G) with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Emmanuel Burriss and Lozada, who both went 2-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington (unofficial, but reported by multiple online sources); RHP Taylor Jordan optioned from Washington, OF Will Piwnica-Worms reassigned from Potomac.

Harrisburg 9 New Britain 0
• Gilliam 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Keyes 3-5, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Skole 3-5, R, 2B
• Bantz 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

In a role reversal, Harrisburg scored early and often and did not have their efforts washed away in a 9-0 win over New Britain. Matt Skole and Kevin Keyes both went 3-for-5 with a run scored while veteran Brandon Bantz matched Keyes’s RBI tally of two while going 2-for-4 with a douvble and a run scored. Rob Gilliam started and went four and 2/3rds scoreless innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Brian Dupra got the win in relief as he made his AA debut with three and 1/3rd scoreless innings with three walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Herron pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the shutout, the first for the Senators this season.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Perry placed on the 7-Day DL, RHP Brian Dupra promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 0 Lynchburg 0 (SUSP.)
It was dollar Monday (and perhaps F.P. Santangelo Groupie Night?), but the P-Nats and Hillcats couldn’t make it past the top of the 2nd as rain halted play with one out and a runner on 2nd. They’ll try to finish it tonight, but with heavy rain in the forecast, odds are more likely we’ll see a couple of doubleheaders next month when the Hillcats return to the Pfitz.
Roster moves: RHP John Simms, LHP Matthew Spann promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns return to the Muni riding a six-game win streak after taking the last two from Augusta GreenJackets and sweeping the West Virginia Power for four games. Weather permitting, they’ll begin a three-game series against Hickory and round out the seven-game homestand with four games against the Lexington Legends, starting on Friday.
Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre activated from the 7-Day DL, RHP Michael Sylvestri assigned from XST.

Apr 282014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Hagerstown Suns have announced that two relievers — RHP John Simms and LHP Matthew Spann — have been promoted to the Potomac Nationals. Taking their place on the Suns roster are LHP Hector Silvestre, who was activated from the 7-Day DL, and RHP Michael Sylvestri, who was activated from XST.

Simms was 0-0 with three saves and a 0.98 ERA in five appearances with two walks and 20 strikeouts over 18⅓ innings for Hagerstown. The 22-year-old was twice drafted by the Washington Nationals: in the 39th Rd. of the 2010 Draft out of College Park HS in The Woodlands, TX and in 11th Rd. of last June’s draft out of Rice University. He posted an 0-3, 5.79 record for Auburn last summer but had terrific peripherals (2.2BB, 10.0K per 9IP), which earned him a spot on this site’s 2014 Watchlist.

Spann was the PTBNL in the strange saga of waiver-wire claim David DeJesus last summer, which earned him an entry as one of the Notable Arms on the aforementioned Watchlist. He was 2-0 with two saves and a 1.20 ERA in four appearances with four walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 innings for the Suns.

Potomac has had 11 pitchers on the roster since LHP Nick Lee and RHP Pedro Encarnacion were placed on the DL last week, which will bring them back to the usual complement of 13 pitchers. A corresponding move to reduce the Potomac roster to the 25-man limit has not yet been announced. If/when it is, this space will be updated.

UPDATE:
The Potomac Nationals announced the following roster moves this afternoon…

  • RHP Doug Fister removed from roster as MLB rehab
  • RHP Brian Dupra reassigned to Syracuse
  • OF Will Piwinica-Worms reassigned to Harrisburg

As noted last year, there are cases such as these in which the word promotion is not used because it’s pretty clear that the roster move is a needs-based assignment. This is not an indictment of the player but merely a reflection of that judgment (sometimes the clubs’ media folks themselves will use the word “transfer”). Sadly, this could also mean that I’m wrong about Spann and Simms, but that bell has already been rung.

This latest set of moves does appears to be a ripple effect from the placement of Bryce Harper on the parent club DL, which means that an OF from Harrisburg is likely on his way to Syracuse to replace Steve Souza, who was recalled to take Harper’s spot. If/when that news is received, I’ll update this space again.

UPDATE #2: The Syracuse Chiefs and Harrisburg Senators are announcing the following moves…

  • RHP Ryan Perry placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Brian Dupra promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg
  • OF Will Piwnica-Worms reassigned from Potomac to Syracuse

Obviously, there’s some conflicting information here, which we’ll have to sort out tomorrow.

Apr 282014
 

Potomac rallied from a 4-0 deficit and scored in each of the final five innings for a 6-5 walkoff win, their third straight of the homestand and fifth in a row against Lynchburg.

Doug Fister started for the first MLB rehab outing of the season by a pitcher in Potomac but struggled with his command early, racking up deep counts to the first three batters. Two of them would reach: one by an error — Stephen Perez’s team-leading 6th — another by a single before Fister would strike out his first batter looking.

Veteran minor-leaguer Kevin Ahrens cashed in the error with an RBI single to left before Fister would forget the outs and throw over to 1st on a tapper back to mound. The P-Nats defense let him down again as a passed ball by Pedro Severino scored the second Lynchburg run.

Fister settled down in the second and third innings, facing the mininum as double-play ball erased the third hit he gave up in the 2nd.

Things got hairy again in the 4th as a high-hopper to the left side was ruled an error when Adrian Sanchez couldn’t convert it into an out and the Hillcats got to Fister for three straight hits, though the first (Tyler Tewell) gave himself up by straying too far from 1B and the Potomac defense made him pay for his boneheadedness for the second straight game.

Fister rolled another double play ball to finish his day with four innings pitched, three runs allowed (all unearned) on six hits but no walks and three K’s on 59 pitches, 42 of which were strikes. The 31-y.o. former Tiger is expected to make another rehab start on Friday before returning to Washington next week.

As noted in the previous LNIW, Brett Mooneyham came on in relief instead of starting but seemed to respond well to the lower-pressure situation, though he gave up runs in his first and last innings of work. He walked a season-low of just one batter (though he hit two) and earned his second win.

This, of course, was courtesy of the offense, which scored in each of the last five innings and tallied 13 hits total; three apiece by Perez and Severino and another pair of singles by Adrian Sanchez.

Lynchburg would committ a critical balk in the 9th to set up the walkoff win, the miscue moving up Khayyan Norfork to second with nobody out after the Potomac second baseman led off with a single. The Hillcats elected to intentionally walk Oscar Tejeda to pitch to Brandon Miller and got the strikeout but Shawn Pleffner singled to center to drive in Norfork and give the P-Nats (and Mooneyham) the win.

Dakota Bacus (1-1, 2.08) gets the start tonight against Jarrett Miller (0-2, 3.86) in Game 3 of the four-game series.

Apr 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (2-0, 0.00) vs.
Jackson (1-1, 7.71)
Harrisburg Won, 10-7 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 6.92) vs.
Summers (0-1, 7.62)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Miller (0-2, 3.86)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A


Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 1
• Tatusko (L, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HBP
• Robertson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Peterson 1-4, RBI

The Indians and Chiefs batters were stymied by some good peyote pitching as the two teams combined for just eight hits in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel that Indianapolis took from Syracuse. Starter Ryan Tatusko turned in his third straight quality start but lost for the second time over that stretch. He allowed both Indians runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes doubled with two outs in the 1st and Brock Peterson cashed in the first of just three chances they would get to drive in a baserunner from scoring position. The Chiefs were no-hit the rest of the way but did draw six walks.
Roster move: OF Steve Souza recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 10 Bowie 7
• Rivero (W, 1-4) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 1K
• Mirowski (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Taylor 3-4, 4R, 3HR, BB, K, 4RBI
• Hague 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI

Frequent commenter SoulDrummer got a treat when his favorite player went deep three times Yesterday Afternoon In Harrisburg.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 2
• Fister 4IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Mooneyham (W, 2-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Perez 3-4, 3R, 2B
• Severino 3-4, R, 2RBI, SB
• Sanchez 2-4, SB

The P-Nats took their fourth straight from the Hillcats Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 2
• Giolito 4⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 3-0) 4⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Difo 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, SF

Hagerstown completed the four-game sweep with a 5-2 win over West Virginia to complete a 6-1 roadtrip, for which the “1″ came first and “6″ have been since. Isaac Ballou, Wilmer Difo, and Drew Ward each had an RBI in the Suns’ three-run 6th that broke a 2-2 tie and gave Wander Suero, who finished the game with four and 2/3rds scoreless innings, his third win of the season. Lucas Giolito got the start and gave up both Power runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four in his fourth no-decision in five starts. Eight of the nine starters collected hits with Difo and Ballou combining for eight of the eleven.

Apr 282014
 

Ed. Note: Frequent commenter SoulDrummer (@souldrummer25 on the Twitters) got quite the treat when he drove up to Harrisburg…
It’s Michael Taylor’s world today and we’re only living it.

Michael Taylor with a long HR on the 1st pitch B1. It landed beyond the people on the boardwalk in CF [pic to the right]
Terry Byrom @hbgsensradio

Michael Taylor just hit his 3rd home run of the game. He’s the first #HbgSens player to hit 3 in a game since Danny Espinosa in 2010.
Geoff Morrow ‏@RageAgainstGMo

Sadly, I missed first pitch due to a long ticket line and my own meandering ways in heading up Rt. 15 to head to Harrisburg. I didn’t mind that. What I did mind is that the Senators didn’t have Terry Byrom’s radio call audibly available while we were in line. They had a weak speaker too far away from the line that wasn’t loud enough to be properly heard.

In a shocking development, the Senators managed to play several innings of good baseball. They built up a 10-1 lead. They were so far ahead that I stopped paying attention to the game after maybe the third inning or so. I struck up a conversation with this fine fellow in a Lawrence Taylor throwback jersey who just so happens to be a Hagerstown Suns ticket holder. He claimed that Drew Ward is a comparable ballplayer to Bryce Harper and far nicer as a human being. Perhaps we should all attend Giolito’s next start in Hagerstown on Friday.

Given that these are the Harrisburg Senators, they decided to revert to their tragic ways. A 10-1 lead became a 10-6 score in the top of the 7th when the persistent Bowie Baysox score five, that is five, runs off of Gabriel Alfaro. The 31-year-old Mr. Alfaro has given up 15 runs in the 11.1 innings that he has pitched.

The Senators then sent Paulo Espino into pitch the 8th inning. Mr. Espino was the International League Pitcher of the week in August of 2011. He will not be the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week concluding on April 27th. Espino first drew two ground outs to the infield. But then his inner 2014 Harrisburg Senator came out. He gave up a pair of singles and a double before getting the hook with two outs and two on from Harrisburg manager Brian Daubach.

He called upon Richie Mirowski to restore order and protect a now 10-7 lead. The 25-year-old rolled a grounder to end the inning.
Thankfully, Mirowski is good at throwing baseballs, and came back out for the top of the 9th. Strikeout. Strikeout. Walk. (Because it wouldn’t be entertaining to retire the side in order, would it?)

Chien Hsien-Chang then became my favorite member of the Bowie Baysox. Why, you ask? He was the 27th out, grounding out to first to end the game and give Richie Mirowski his first save, Felipe Rivero his first win, and end a six-game losing streak.

Apr 272014
 

The fireworks after the game got cancelled by the intermittent rain, but there were plenty during the contest as the P-Nats pounded the Hillcats, 6-2 for their fourth straight win over their divisional rival.

Ronald Pena got the start instead of last night’s scheduled pitcher Brian Rauh, which may be part of an upcoming rotation realignment for Potomac, thanks to injuries both actual and perhaps phantom to teammates Nick Lee and Pedro Encarnacion. Today’s rehab starter Doug Fister is also part of the equation, as the P-Nats have yet to replace either pitcher on the roster.

Pena, who’s received the most run support of any Potomac starter as reflected by the team’s 4-0 record despite his 8.04 ERA, would have to work from behind this evening as erratic defense put him in an early 1-0 hole. Lynchburg’s Alejandro Piloto got a gift triple with one out as recently activated Narciso Mesa badly misjudged his flyball to medium center.

With the infield drawn in, Khayyan Norfork laid out to knock down a grounder to the 3/4 hole and keep Piloto on third. But just one batter latter, Jose Peraza’s high-but-shallow fly fell safely between LF, CF, and SS as nobody seemed to call for it, thus nobody got it.

The rain began to fall just as the game became official in the 5th and after a strikeout by Mike McQuillan and back-to-back walks by Stephen Perez and Cole Leonida, for a moment it looked like the elements would win.

Instead, Adrian Sanchez, who’s seen his batting average go from .045 to .189 with an eight hits over his last five games, singled in the tying run with one out while Randolph Oduber got the groove line between 3B and SS for a two-out, two-run single and a 3-1 lead.

Pena started the 6th for the first time this season, but gave up a leadoff hit and was lifted after recording his only stgrikeout of the night in favor of Rauh, who stranded that runner and retired eight of nine batters and seemed poised to finish the game for the long save.

It was put in doubt the good way — by big rally in the bottom of the 8th. Shawn Pleffner, who was making his High-A debut, singled to center for his first hit of the season. He trotted home in front of Brandon Miller’s fifth home run of the season, a rocket to the left of the scoreboard for which the only doubt was how far it went.

Mike McQuillan was hit by pitch and took second when Perez tried to lay down a bunt single. The 24-y.o. DH had to jog a little to score the final run when Leonida hit one off the base of the left field wall for his fifth double in just eight games this season.

With Bryan Harper warming up during the rally, Rauh was still sent out to start the 9th but hit the only batter he faced. The elder Harper brother gave up back-to-back singles to let in the run but rolled a double play ball.

Manager Tripp Keister called on Gilberto Mendez, who hadn’t pitched in a week, to get the final out and did it as efficiently possible without pickoff: one pitch, one out, albeit a deep fly to the warning track in LF to nail it down.

As aforementioned, Fister is the scheduled pitcher for the P-Nats in this afternoon’s game, with Brett Mooneyham (1-1, 3.21) most likely to follow on the mound. The Hillcats will send Greg Ross (1-1, 2.84).

Apr 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Sadler (3-0, 1.67)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Rivero (0-4, 6.61) vs.
Berry (1-0, 1.13)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Fister (MLB rehab) vs.
Ross (1-1, 2.84)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ West Virginia,
1:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 5.54) vs.
Carle (0-1, 3.24)


Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 5
• Roenicke 4⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Mattheus (BS, 2; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 0K, 0HR,
• Solano 3-4, R, 2B
• Laird 2-4, 2RBI, SF
• 3-for-11 RISP, 13 LOB

The Syracuse ‘pen blew leads of 3-0 and 5-3, including a three-run implosion in the 9th to lose to Indianapolis, 6-5. Ryan Mattheus coughed up the decisive runs with just one of five batters faced retired as he gave up a leadoff walk, a single, a two-run double to tie, and an RBI single to lose. It was his second blown save in eight appearances. Josh Roenicke got the spot start and turned in four and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless, one-hit ball, though he walked four and struck out three. Jhonatan Solano led the Chiefs offense with a pair of singles and a double, followed by Brandon Laird’s 2-for-4 mark with 2RBI.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Schwartz (L, 0-4) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K, HR
• Grace 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, 1-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-4, 2B
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2-2B
• 14 team K’s, 10 LOB

The spiral is now six games as Bowie knifed Harrisburg for a 6-2 loss on Saturday. Blake Schwartz lost again, giving up four runs (one earned) on nine hits and one walk. He struck out three and surrendered his third HR in five starts. Matt Grace followed with two and a 1/3rd scoreless to keep the Senators close before Tyler Herron gave up two runs in the 9th. Justin Bloxom doubled twice and Kevin Keyes doubled once to go 4-for-8 combined with just one of Harrisburg’s 14 batting strikeouts.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 2
• Pena (W, 2-0) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Rauh 2⅔ IP, 0H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, RBI
• B. Miller 1-4, R, HR(5), 2RBI

The P-Nats took their fourth straight from the Hillcats Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 2
• Pivetta (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Spann (SV, 2) 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K
• Ward 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 3-5, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, R, 2B, BB, SB

Drew Ward homered for the second straight game, a two-run shot that highlighted a four-run 1st as the Suns scorched the Power, 8-2, for their fifth straight win. Nick Pivetta and Matthew Spann continued the trend of Hagerstown using just one starter and one reliever. Pivetta went the first five innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts for the win. Spann went the last four frames with the second West Virginia run allowed on just two hits and one walk for the save. Estarlin Martinez notched his third three-hit game in the last nine days to lead the Suns’ 16-hit attack.
Roster moves: C Spencer Kieboom placed on 7-Day DL, C Austin Chubb activated from XST.

Apr 262014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-7 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (0-2, 9.00) vs.
Locke (0-1, 5.73)
Harrisburg Lost, 14-2 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (0-3, 7.50) vs.
Wilson (3-0, 2.70)
Potomac Postponed vs. Lynchburg,
6:35 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 4.58) vs.
Sims (1-2, 4.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (2-2, 5.40) vs.
Neverauskas (2-0, 3.00)


Louisville 10 Syracuse 7
• Poveda (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 2K
• Robertson 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perez 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Souza 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Howell 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Syracuse posted a picket fence in its first three turns at the plate but got whitewashed by Louisville for 10 runs in the middle innings and fell short of a comeback in a 10-7 loss. Omar Poveda reverted to form with five runs allowed on eight hits and one walk over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out two in his third loss in four starts and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Leadoff man Eury Perez went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and stole his seventh base to lead the Syracuse hit parade of 15, followed closely by Steve Souza and Jeff Howell, who both went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. The 3-1 series win was the first-ever for the Chiefs against the Bats since Louisville Slugger Field opened in 2000. Roster move: LHP Mike Gonzalez activated from XST, filling the roster spot vacated yesterday.

Bowie 14 Harrisburg 2
• Cole (L, 2-1) 3⅔ IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB, RBI, 2E
• Hood 2-4, RBI, OF assist at HP

Kevin Keyes doubled once and struck out twice in his AA debut but couldn’t prevent the Harrisburg tailspin from extending to five games as the BaySox battered the Sens for a 14-2 win. Staff ace A.J. Cole gave up a leadoff single but kept Bowie from scoring in the first, the first starter to do so twice this season. The BaySox got to him for three runs on seven hits in the 2nd and chased him with two outs in the 4th after racking up 10 hits total. He walked one and struck out two and suffered the loss. The curse of the GBI lives as the Harrisburg relievers were ineffective, charged with eight runs and nine hits before manager Brian Daubach waved the white flag and sent Sean Nicol to mop up, though the 27-y.o. journeyman was swabbed for three runs on four hits including two home runs while getting the last two outs in Bowie’s seven-run 9th. Cutter Dykstra and Destin Hood both had two hits and an RBI to lead the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman activated from XST, C Mitch Canham placed on 7-Day DL; 1B Kevin Keyes promoted from Potomac, OF Qunicy Latimore placed on 7-Day DL.

Potomac vs. Winston-Salem — PPD
Between the rain, a return trip to the Pfitz for Winston-Salem in June, and getaway day, the decision to postpone came early for the series finale between the Dash and P-Nats. It will be made up with a doubleheader on Friday the 13th, with everyone welcome except Mrs. Voorhees and her son Jason.

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 5
• Johansen 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Cooper (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Walsh (SV, 2) ⅔ 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP, 1-0 IR-S
• Ward 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Manuel 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, R

Drew Ward homered for the first time this season while Craig Manuel went deep for the third straight game this week as Hagerstown extended their win streak to four with a 7-5 win over West Virginia. Ward went 3-for-5 on the night, including a two-run single in the 9th that proved to the difference. Andrew Cooper couldn’t finish the game and gave up a run in the 9th, his second over three and a 1/3rd innings in relief. Jake Walsh got the last two outs by way of the K for his second save. Jake Johansen started but was jolted for three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings. Manuel also doubled while going 2-for-3 with a walk and had two RBI as the Suns racked up 11 hits total with four doubles and two walks.

Apr 252014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 10-10, T3rd place I.L. North, 1 game behind

Good Brian Goodwin 13BB in 20G, .388 OBP
Bad Josh Roenicke 0-2, 9.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP
Interesting Syracuse pitchers, I.L.-best 42BB in 20G


HARRISBURG SENATORS 4-14, 6th place E.L. West, 6½ games behind

Good Relievers 3.44 ERA / 2.00 FIP / 1.26 WHIP
Bad Starters 2-11, 6.93 ERA / 4.63 FIP / 1.83 WHIP
Interesting 25 errors leads the Eastern League


POTOMAC NATIONALS 12-8, 1st place C.L. North, 3 games ahead

Good Khayyan Norfork .295/.367/.477, 4 triples (T1st C.L.) in 11G
Bad Travis Henke 9.35 ERA, 2.42 WHIP in 8⅔ IP
Interesting 99 runs scored, 99 runs allowed


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 15-5, 1st place Sally North, 4 games ahead

Good John Simms 0.98 ERA / 1.67 FIP / 0.82 WHIP, 3 saves
Bad Drew Ward 4E in 11G (yes, I’m reaching)
Interesting Six of eight saves, which leads the Sally League, have been 3 or more innings