Jul 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (4-0, 2.20) vs.
Hill (1-2, 4.80)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-2, 4.74) vs.
Vasquez (3-5, 4.98)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
3:30 p.m.
Bacus (3-4, 3.76) and
Schwartz (2-0, 4.74) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.75) and Finnegan (pro debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-7 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (4-6, 4.60) vs.
Davis (2-0, 4.73)
Auburn Won, 3-1 @ Connecticut,
7:00 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.87) vs.
Ladwig (0-0, 9.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-3, 1.88) vs.
Romero (0-2, 1.09)


Syracuse 8 Gwinnett 4
• Cole (W, 1-0) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Delcarmen (S, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 3-4, R, 2RBI, 2SB (19, 20)
• Walters 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, 2B, 2SB

Three first-inning doubles by the Gwinnett Braves off A.J. Cole led to an ominous 2-0 deficit for the Syracuse Chiefs. The Chiefs were undaunted, and tied it up with a one-out rally in the top of 3rd with a single by Emmanuel Burriss (red hot .531/.614/.813 over his last 9G), double by Jeff Kobernus, and RBI single by Steve Souza. After a Joey Terdoslavich homer off Cole in the top of the 4th briefly gave Gwinnett a 3-2 lead, Syracuse went ahead for good in the top of the 5th. This time the Chiefs strung together a Burriss HBP and singles by Kobernus, Tyler Moore, and Zach Walters to carve out three runs and take a 5-3 lead. Edward Salcedo’s homer leading off the top of the bottom of the 5th would be the closest that Gwinnett would get for the rest of the night as Syracuse won by the final score of 8-4 and Cole earned his first AAA win.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 0
• McGregor 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bates (W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Skole 2-4

The Harrisburg Senators pitching staff formed the Committee on Beating Bowie Badly last night. Scott McGregor, Colin Bates, Paul Demny, and Robert Benincasa combined to shut the BaySox out 2-0 on six hits and no walks. McGregor, a recent pickup from the AAA Memphis St. Louis affiliate, put aside his season-long struggles to hurl four shutout innings to lead the charge. Michael “Senate Majority Leader” Taylor continued his assault on the Eastern League by scoring the Sens first run in the 1st after singling to start off the offense for Harrisburg. An Adrian Sanchez RBI single to score Jason Martinson in the bottom of the 4th provided some helpful breathing room. About the only unhappy person in the ballpark might have been Ric Flair (if he was there). He only got to shout “WOOOOO!” seven times for strikeouts.
Roster moves: UT Jose Lozada reassigned from Syracuse; 2B Cutter Dykstra placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Scott McGregor activated from the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — Postponed
Another twilight thunderstorm has washed out the P-Nats, shifting yesterday’s doubleheader to this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. With just one of four games played, another doubleheader is due next week when Wilmington returns for a three-game set. This is the third rainout between these two teams in a week.
Roster move: 2B Cody Dent reassigned from Hagerstown.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 7
• Mooneyham 3⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Davis (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Ballou 3-4, RBI, HBP
• Ward 2-5, RBI

A six-run 3rd was not a big enough lead for the Suns pitchers hold and complete the three-game sweep. Instead, the BlueClaws roared back with seven runs in the middle innings and held off Hagerstown for a 9-7 win in the morning matinee. Brett Mooneyham got knocked from the box with two outs in the 4th as he gave up six runs on seven hits, including a two-run home run, with one walk and three strikeouts. The Suns rallied to tie it at 7-7 in the 6th but Cody Davis, who set the side down in order in the 6th, was dinged for two runs on three hits and two walks in the 7th. Every Suns batter had a hit, with Isaac Ballou leading the 12-hit effort with a 3-for-4 game, followed by Drew Ward at 2-for-5.
Roster move: OF Brian Langlois reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 3 Connecticut 1
• Lopez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Sanchez (SV, 3) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Medina 2-3, R, 2B, CS
• Abreu 1-2, 2SAC

Auburn ace Reynaldo Lopez put the brakes on a three-game skid with six shutout innings in a 3-1 win over Connecticut in the Nutmeg State. The 20-y.o. Dominican lowered his ERA to 1.01 while walking three, letting up three hits, and striking out four to even his won-loss mark at 2-2. Mario Sanchez finished out the game for his third save, losing the shutout with a 9th-inning run and three hits total with two walks and no K’s. Willie Medina led the charge with a 2-for-3 night with a run scored as the Doubledays posted nine hits, including three doubles (Medina, Diomedes Eusebio, Raudy Read) and a triple for “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz.
Roster move: OF John Wooten assigned from Hagerstown for minor-league rehab.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3 (5 inn.)P
• Vasquez 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Reyes (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Lora 1-2, R, 2B, RBI
• G. Ramirez 1-2, R, 2SB

Rain shortened this one to just five innings, with the G-Marlins edging the G-Nats, 4-3 win with two runs in their last “ups.” Daury Vasquez started and went two and 1/3rd innings, giving up two hits and a walk. He left with two runners on, both of which reliever Luis Reyes let in, along with two of his own. Reyes gave four hits total, including a two-run homer that proved to be the gamewinner, over the final two and 2/3rds for his second loss. The G-Nats had five hits with Thomas Alvarez, Edwin Lora, and “Fred” Aguero each connecting for a double.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1
• Fuentes (W, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• Rosario (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Franco 2-4, R
• Jo. Ramirez 1-3, 2B, RBI, SB

The D-Nats duo of Steven Fuentes and Ramses Rosario combined to strike out 12 in a 4-1 win over the D-Cards. Fuentes got seven of them in his six frames, allowing five hits, no walks, and the lone, unearned run. Rosario was perfect over the final three innings and fanned five. It was the first win and save, respectively for both pitchers. Anderson Franco went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the D-Nats offense.

  10 Responses to “Thursday’s News & Notes”

  1. Got to give props to The Blogfather for his deft edit of the Ric Flair line in the Harrisburg writeup. Flair ain’t happy if he gets less than 10 woos a night!

  2. We may look back at 2014 summer as one in which some
    Interesting Latin starters emerged lead by
    96 octane. R Lopez. Steven Fuentes
    And others .
    Plus the return of Encarnacion and Estavez

  3. How good is Steven Souza? He’s hitting .467 so far in the month of July!

    • He is good enough to let Span go now. Put Souza in CF and watch the run production go up.

    • And promote Taylor to AAA. Goodwin to AA to figure out if he really wants to be a baseball player. Taylor certainly does.

      • You appear to be a “put up or shut up” kind of guy. While some organization might try that and switch players like that, I prefer to see players master a level year by year like they’re advancing through high school. Also, dropping Goodwin likely devalues him for trade purposes. I hope Goodwin’s traded elsewhere, and he reestablishes himself in a new organization while making room for Taylor who we both agree he’s presently blocking.

        • Souldrummer,

          I have been working in business my entire career and watching baseball since I was 4. I am absolutely a put up or shut up guy. I have watched numerous bonus baby prospects being coddled and moved up at the expense of other hard working, more deserving players. Always am cheering for the folks that perform. I saw Souza play a few times and the ball sounds totally different off his bat than most players. Maybe Skole has similar stroke but Souza is better all around player. Just think .374 BA beyond the halfway point at AAA means a guy has made a mark and should be playing somewhere everyday. There are enough .240 hitters in MLB for me. Heck, San DIego has a team BA of .219. Would like to see younger, more aggressive talent infused more often.

  4. Wow. Not to pre-empt Friday’s News and Notes, but I noticed that Syracuse came up against our old friend Henry Rodriguez in last night’s game. 0.1IP, with 4 walks and 2 wild pitches.

    But that’s not what staggered me the most. Check out his overall AAA pitching line so far this season:

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=P&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=469159

    Glad he’s no longer in the organisation!

    • Not to reply to my own post or anything – but is there such a thing as an equivalent of a “three true outcomes” hitter for a pitcher? Might just be Henry…..

      • Go to the head of this class. Just finished the Syracuse writeup, and I made sure to allude to his line. I’ll be interested to see if it passes editorial muster given our space limitations. That said, if it’s not in the article, I’ll definitely put it in the comments on that thread. It’s amazing to me that H-Rod has a AAA job at this point. He is a really a freak of nature, and must be one stubborn man to keep reproducing the same results with his immense potential. He needs a year with a Spanish speaking psychologist or healer of some sort to me more than more opportunities in organized minor league baseball where he continues to throw gasoline on fires.

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