Jul 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Enright (3-8, 5.28)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 5.16) vs.
Mejia (4-6, 5.73)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 (7 inn., rain) @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (3-3, 3.58) vs.
Sparkman (3-2, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 8-1 (8½ inn., rain) @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 4.92) vs.
Viza (2-11, 5.38)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-1, 1.23) vs.
Lovegrove (0-1, 10.38)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 11-3 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (0-2, 4.00) or
Nunez (0-0, 7.98) vs.
Merilan (1-0, 4.00)


Lehigh Valley 2 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Hill 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 3-4, R, 2B, BB, SB(15)
• Kobernus 2-5

Neither Daniel Stange nor Zach Jackson could retire a batter in the 10th as four straight IronPigs reached base for a 2-1 win over the Chiefs. Stange walked two and gave up a single to open the inning before Jackson came on. The first batter Jackson faced bounced one high to Emmanuel Burris playing at the edge of the infield grass, forcing him to backpedal and fling a desperate throw that never had a chance to get the runner at the plate. All-Star Taylor Hill started and went six innings, allowing seven hits with just one run allowed, albeit on a solo HR. He walked one and struck out three. Burriss reached base four times from the leadoff spot with a walk, two singles, and a double as Syracuse was limited to just eight hits.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 2
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Herron (BS, 3; W, 3-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 1-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

Ricky Hague’s three-run double capped off a four-run 8th as the Senators grounded the Flying Squirrels, 6-2. John Simms pitched into the 7th for his second straight start and let in just one run (same as before) on six hits and a walk while fanning five. He left with a 2-1 lead, which was lost in the top of the 8th when Richmond loaded the bases on a walk, single, and a fielder’s choice of Tyler Herron. The 27-y.o. struck out the fourth batter but let in the tying run on a sacrifice fly. Michael Taylor led off the 8th with a walk, took second on a sacrifice, and scored on Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single. Matt Skole, who drove in two in the 1st with a double, was intentionally walked. Richmond couldn’t get the DP on Kevin Keyes, then issued their eighth walk to Jason Martinson to set up Hague’s killshot, a line drive to the right-center gap that rolled to the wall to empty the bases.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 0 (7 inn.)
• Dickson (L, 1-6) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Pleffner 1-3, 2B
• Severino 1-2

Potomac might have been better off if they’d called this one as they were shut down on two hits for 4-0 loss in 7 innings as the game was twice delayed by rain. Ian Dickson technically relieved but practically started and was charged with three runs on four hits, including his 8th HR allowed. He walked none and struck out three. Richie Mirowski followed and gave up the fourth Blue Rock score on two hits and two walks over two innings. Shawn Pleffner doubled while Pedro Severino singled to account for the two (2) P-Nats hits.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 1 (8½ inn.)
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Webb 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Lopez 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, BB, RBI

The Sally Lg. Pitcher of the Week defended his “title” with a career-high of seven innings pitched as Hagerstown continued its season-long domination of Lakewood with an 8-1 win. Lucas Giolito allowed a run on a solo HR (his sixth in 61⅔ innings) and four hits total with no walks and five K’s as he picked up his fourth win of the season. Carlos Lopez and James Yezzo combined to go 5-for-10 with three doubles, three runs scored, and four RBI as the Suns marched to a 12-hit parade against two Lakewood pitchers. Rain stopped the game in the 9th and the game was called.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Van Orden (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Derosier 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McDowell 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Marolejos-Diaz 1-3, BB
• Gunter 1-3, 2B
• Davidson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Mahoning Valley scored two in the 1st and made it stand up for 2-1 rain-delayed win over Auburn. Rain interrupted this one for 74 minutes after the 2nd, ending Drew Van Orden’s NYPL debut. The 5th Rd. pick was charged with the loss with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks with one whiff. Four Doubleday relievers combined for eight no-hit, no-run innings but the Scrapper pitchers were nearly as good, holding Auburn to two hits over eight scoreless frames before losing the shutout to Austin Davidson’s leadoff HR in the 9th.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Mets — PPD
Another day, another rainout. According to MiLB.com, they’ll make ‘em next week with doubleheaders on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Yankees1 3
• Pena 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Morel (W, 2-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• A. Martinez 2-4, 3R, RBI
• G. Ramirez 2-3, RBI, CS
• Je. Baez 2-4, 2R, RBI

The D-Nats fell behind 1-0 in the 3rd then put up crooked numbers in three straight “ups” as they cruised to an 11-3 win over the D-Yankees1. Wilber Pena got the start and gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings. Melvin Morel earned the win with four innings of one-hit ball, with one walk and two strikeouts. Andres Martinez, Gilberto Ramirez, and Jeyner Baez each had two hits to pace the D-Nats offense. The Nationals signed five 16-year-old position players to kick off the 2014-2015 International Free Agent signing period.

  5 Responses to “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. Still waiting for the lefty bats and more crucial pitchers
    In intl pool

  2. @Giolito – pitching comfortably with a big lead is not necessarily the easiest thing to do. In a close game, the pressure is built in to the game. With a big lead like the Suns had, you have to create the pressure on your own to keep it up. No relaxing. This is a sign of maturity IMO (or a REALLY bad opponent). Good sign. I say keep him at Hagerstown no matter what. I like his progression this year.

  3. The top 4 International Signings being mentioned by Baseball America:

    Bryan Bencosme for $400k, top reported money guy for Nats:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/dominican-shortstop-bryan-bencosme/

    Nationals Sign Dominican Shortstop Bryan Bencosme

    July 2, 2014 by Ben Badler

    Bryan Bencosme, a 16-year-old Dominican shortstop, has signed with the Nationals for $400,000. At 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, Bencosme has been inconsistent at the plate but he’s shown some teams the ability to barrel up good fastballs from the right side with strong hands and doubles power. Some scouts liked his defense at shortstop, but others felt he would outgrow the position and move to second or third base, with the arm to play on the left side of the infield. Bencosme played in the Dominican Prospect League and trained with Josue Guerrero.

    Tomas Alastre – converted from SS to P

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/nationals-sign-venezuelan-pitcher-tomas-alastre/

    Venezuelan 16-year-old righthander Tomas Alastre has signed with the Nationals. Alastre, who is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds (at SIXTEEN!!!!), is a converted shortstop who’s athleticism has helped him transition to the mound, where he shows good arm strength up to 91 mph. . . .Alastre trained at Carlos Guillen’s academy.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/nationals-sign-dominican-outfielder-yoel-andujar/

    Nationals Sign Dominican Outfielder Yoel Andujar

    July 2, 2014 by Ben Badler

    The Nationals have signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Yoel Andujar. At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Andujar hasn’t been consistent in games but when he connects he makes hard contact with impressive power for his age. There’s projection in his frame so his power and already above-average arm should continue to improve. Andujar trained at La Academia.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/nationals-sign-dominican-outfielder-juan-evangelista/

    Nationals Sign Dominican Outfielder Juan Evangelista

    July 2, 2014 by Ben Badler

    The Nationals have signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Juan Evangelista. A wiry 6 feet, 165 pounds, Evangelista is a solid runner in center field with a line-drive approach from the right side, with tools that should improve once he gains strength. Like Bryan Bencosme, who also signed with the Nationals today, Evangelista trained with Christian Batista, who is known as “Niche.”

  4. As an FYI, the Nats still have not signed 3 of their top 10 picks from the 2014 Draft:

    #1 Erick Fedde
    #2 Andrew Suarez
    #9 Austin Byler

    IIRC, the Nats have until July 15 to sign them. Fedde is advised by Scott Boras, and he is rehabbing right now, so that signing will wait until 11:59 pm on 7/15. Would like to see Suarez and Byler signed before then.

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