Luke Erickson

Luke Erickson is a season-ticket holder for the Potomac Nationals, but makes a point of seeing games in Hagerstown and Harrisburg at least once a summer. When the PNats are away on the weekend, Luke finds a minor-league game somewhere to watch, and generally attends 70-80 baseball games a year up across several states. A former sportswriter with newspapers in Massachusetts and Oregon, Luke lives in Western Fairfax County with his wife and two sons.

Apr 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (11 inn.) vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Poveda (0-2, 14.63) vs.
Johnson (1-1, 2.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Reading,
6:05 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 1.80) vs.
Gonzalez (2-0, 2.65)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 (12 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-1, 4.97) vs.
Cabrera (0-0, 3.68)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lakewood,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Martin (0-2, 7.36)


Syracuse 6 Rochester 5 (11 inn.)
• Hill 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Mattheus (BS, 1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Delcarmen (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perez 2-5, R, BB
• Peterson 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SF
• Goodwin 2-4, BB, RBI, CS

Brian Goodwin’s second single of the night was an RBI walkoff that gave the Chiefs a 6-5 win over the Red Wings in 11 innings. Syracuse battered former National Alex Meyer for five runs in the first four innings while Taylor Hill turned in five innings of three-run ball, walking two and giving up six hits. He struck out a season-high of seven. Goodwin, Eury Perez, and Brock Peterson each reached base three times as the Chiefs racked up 10 hits but had trouble making the Red Wings pay for the nine walks issued with 14 men left on base. Roster moves: LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno recalled to Washington; RHP Blake Treinen optioned from Washington

Reading 6 Harrisburg 2
• Purke (L, 0-3) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Gilliam 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Dykstra 1-4, HR, RBI
• Hood 0-2, BB, SB(5)

The good news is that Matt Purke lowered his ERA (10.13 to 9.49) in Harrisburg’s 6-2 loss to Reading. The bad news is that he lost for the third time in as many starts with five runs (four earned) allowed on seven hits over four and a 1/3rd innings. He walked four and struck out two and allowed a two-run homer in the 1st. Cutter Dykstra homered in the 4th to tie the game at 2-2, the first of only three (3) hits the Sens would collect on the night. Harrisburg drew just one walk, but turned it into a run with Destin Hood’s 5th stolen base and two throwing errors (one to move him up, the other other on his steal of 3B), and struck out 13 times.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 6 (12 inn.)
• Lee 5IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Dickson (BS, 1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Bacus (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, HR
• Oduber 2-6, 2B
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI

Potomac rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take a 6-5 lead but fell to Lynchburg in extras, 7-6. Starter Nick Lee pitched a season-high five innings but was still knocked around for five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Ian Dickson turned in five innings of long relief, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out eight. Dakota Bacus retired the first five batters he faced, but the sixth left the yard for a solo shot that won the game for the Hill City Kitties. Kevin Keyes and Oscar Tejeda both homered as the P-Nats made the most of their eight hits to score six runs, thought they also struck out 15 times.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 8
• Anderson 4IP, 9H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Spann (W, 2-0) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ullmann (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wooten 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 1-2, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2BB

Hagerstown continues to dominate Lakewood, rallying from 4-0 to take a 9-5 lead and holding on for 10-8 win, their sixth in a row against the BlueClaws. Dixon Anderson gave up all eight Lakewood runs on nine hits, including a three-run bomb with nobody out in the 1st. He walked one and struck out four. The decision went to Matthew Spann for his four-inning relief bridge to Ryan Ullman who put up a fifth zero on the scoreboard for the save, his second. John Wooten homered, while Spencer Kieboom and Estarlin Martinez both doubled to combine for three of the Suns five extra-base hits on the night, which enabled Hagerstown to score 10 times on just nine hits total.

Apr 182014
 


It’s Good Friday. And Bad Friday. And Interesting Friday. It’s a silly little thing I started a few years back that’s become a site staple. Stolen from Named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment from his show on Comedy Central.

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early, sample sizes are small, stats in the minors aren’t as meaningful as we think, void where prohibited, your mileage may vary. And the usual reminder: the guys, their families, and their agents reading this, so keep it clean in the comments. This is just for fun.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 5-8, 5th place I.L. North, 3 games behind

Good Taylor Hill 2-0, 0.69 ERA/2.97 FIP/0.54 WHIP in 2GS
Bad Brock Peterson .191/.220/.234, 14K in 13G
Interesting Starters not named Omar Poveda – 1.95/3.33/0.86


HARRISBURG SENATORS 3-9, 6th place E.L. West, 5 games behind

Good Justin Bloxom .357/.438/.464 in 10G
Bad Matt Purke 0-2, 10.13 ERA, 2.13 WHIP in 2GS
Interesting Destin Hood 4SB in 10G (5 in 112G in ’13)


POTOMAC NATIONALS 8-6, T1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead

Good Brian Dupra 2-0, 0.71/0.67/0.87, 17K in 12⅔ IP
Bad Adrian Sanchez .057/.171/.086 in 11G
Interesting Zero quality starts in 14G


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 10-4, 1st place Sally North, 3 games ahead

Good Wilmer Difo .317/.364/.417, 8SB in 14G
Bad David Masters .132/.233/.184 in 11G
Interesting 3HR allowed by Suns pitchers in 126⅔ IP
Apr 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0;
Won, 3-0
vs. Rochester,
6:00 p.m.
Hill (2-0, 0.69) vs.
Meyer (0-0, 2.61)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-2, 10.13) vs.
Biddle (0-2, 5.02)
Potomac Lost, 9-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Lee (0-2, 20.25) vs.
Waszak (0-0, 8.59)
Hagerstown Won, 13-3 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Anderson (2-0, 1.00) vs.
Casimiro (0-1, 8.59)


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 0 — GAME ONE
• Tatusko (L, 0-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Delcarmen 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 1-3, 2K
• Perez 1-3

No hitting is good for schools, daycares and foster homes, but not so much for baseball. The Chiefs were held to three singles (Brian Goodwin, Eury Perez, Will Rhymes) and a double (Jhonatan Solano) as the Iron Pigs shut them out, 4-0 in the opener. Starter Ryan Tatusko spun a quality start of two runs on three hits and no walks over six innings but suffered his second loss. Manny Delcarmen
was hit hard for the third straight out outing, coughing up two runs on three hits without a walk or a strikeout while pitching the 7th.

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 0 — GAME TWO
• Laffey (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Barrett (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Komatsu 2-2, R, 2B, BB, CS
• Laird 1-3, RBI

Three Syracuse pitchers returned the favor in the nightcap, shutting out Lehigh Valley on two hits for a 3-0 win. Aaron Laffey gave up both safeties in his Chiefs debut, giving out no free passes and setting down half a dozen IronPigs on strikes over five innings. Warner Madrigal and Aaron Barrett followed with a scoreless inning apiece, with Barrett earning his first AAA save. Erik Komatsu singled, doubled, and walked to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
After an abysmal 3-9 start, the Senators got their first scheduled day off yesterday as they embark on brief six-game intrastate road trip with two against Reading and four against Altoona before returning to City Island for their second homestand next Friday.

Myrtle Beach 9 Potomac 2
• Encarnacion (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Self 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, HBP
• B. Miller 1-3, BB, RBI
• Oduber 2-5, OF assist at 2B

Myrtle Beach put up crooked numbers three times, including a five-spot in the 6th as they pounded Potomac in the series finale, 9-1. Pedro Encarnacion was charged with the loss, giving up the first four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out two over four and a 1/3rd innings. Both Encarnacion and Travis Henke fell victim to Joey Gallo, who went solo against Pedro and unloaded the bases against Travis to take the Carolina League lead in HRs (6). The No. 2 man, Brandon Miller, went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI while the “Groovin’ Aruban” Randolph Oduber went 2-for-5 as the P-Nats were limited to six hits total.

Hagerstown 13 Lakewood 3
• Voth 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Wooten 2-5, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
• Manuel 3-5, 2R
• E. Martinez 3-5, R

Every starter hit safely as the Suns pounded out 15 hits against the BlueClaws in a 13-3 smackdown. Austin Voth went the first four frames, giving up a run on three hits and two walks while fanning four. Wander Suero finished the game with five innings pitched, two runs (one earned) given up on seven hits and a walk. He struck out three. John Wooten drove in four with an RBI single and a three-run double while Craig Manuel and Estarlin Martinez both went 3-for-5. MLB rehabber Denard Span went 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored, and a stolen base.

Apr 172014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Tatusko (0-1, 2.08) and Laffey (1st start of ’14) vs.
Smith (0-0, 5.79) and Lincoln (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 7-3;
Won, 3-1
@ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-0, 2.00) vs.
Wolff (1-1, 0.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 (15 inn.) vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.72) vs.
Arteaga (1-1, 4.91)


Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
• Rosenbaum 5⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mattheus (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Peterson 2-3, 2R, BB
• Perez 2-5, R, 3B

Syracuse weathered a four-run, six-hit 1st and came back for 6-5 win over Lehigh Valley. Danny Rosenbaum shook off the bad inning to retire 14 of the next 15 batters and finish the night with four runs on eight hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings pitched. Three walks and a wild pitch tied it for the Chiefs in the 7th while the gamewinner came on Emmannuel Burriss sac fly following a one-out triple by Eury Perez. Ryan Mattheus worked around a walk in the 9th to earn the save, his second for the season.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 2
• Rivero (L, 0-3) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB
• Taylor 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, CS

A starting temperature of 32 degrees didn’t cool the Curve as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one and chugged to a 5-2 win in the series finale. Felipe Rivero lost for the third time in as many starts despite hanging a decent line of two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five. The Sens couldn’t take advantage of six bases-on-ballsas they struggled to a 1-for-11 mark with RISP. Michael Taylor and Justin Bloxom both reached base three times with a walk, single, and a double.
Roster moves: OF Drew Vettleson placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Quincy Latimore assigned from Washington.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 3 — GAME ONE
• Pena 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Dupra (W, 2-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, BK
• Benincasa (SV, 4) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Norfork 2-4, BB, RBI, 2SB
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats picked up where they left off on Tuesday night and took advantage of sloppy defense to score three unearned runs in the top of the 9th to put it away. Brian Dupra got the win in relief with four scoreless innings of relief, with just two hits and a walk surrendered while striking out seven. Robert Benincasa came on in the 8th and got the last five outs for his fourth save of the season.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 1 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 1K, WP, PO
• Mendez (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leonida 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Oduber 2-4, RBI

Brett Mooneyham walked a season-low three batters over five innings while batterymate Cole Leonida racked up eight total bases as Potomac took the nightcap, 3-1. Mooneyham allowed the lone Myrtle Beach run on three hits while earning his first win at High-A. Leonida doubled twice and homered once to lead the P-Nats offense, which racked up nine hits in just seven innings. Gilberto Mendez closed out the game with two scoreless for his second save of the year.

Delmarva 1 Hagerstown 0 (15 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Giolito 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Cooper 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K, HBP
• Thomas (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, K wit
• Yezzo 2-5, BB, CS

The two teams knew they were going to be playing 14 innings last night. Turns out it was 15 innings, but just one game as the Shorebirds won the battle of who could score first with a 1-0 walkoff win. Lucas Giolito and Hunter Harvey both put on a show, with Giolito allowing two hits and two walks over five innings. Jake Walsh, Andrew Cooper, and Justin Thomas combined for nine scoreless innings before Delmarva scored on a two-out rally of two singles sandwiched around of walk, with Thomas putting on the first two baserunners and L.J. Hollins giving up the game-winning hit to the sole batter he faced. Due to the length of the game, Game Two of the doubleheader was postponed. It will most likely be made up during the next series between the two teams, in Delmarva, on May 26-28.

Apr 162014
 

Late this morning, John Sickels released the last of his Top 20 lists, which was the Washington Nationals. As I’ve done the past couple of years, here’s a look at how it breaks down by letter grade:

A- Lucas Giolito
B A.J. Cole, Brian Goodwin
B- Matt Skole, Drew Ward, Michael Taylor, Steve Souza, Felipe Rivero, Tony Renda
C+ Drew Vettleson, Jake Johansen, Eury Perez, Zach Walters, Aaron Barrett, Rafael Bautista, Sammy Solis
C Blake Treinen, Jefry Rodriguez, Randy Encarnacion, Osvaldo Abreu


I realize some of you may be making a face like this when trying to decipher this, so let me try to do a better job than I did last year in explaining this…

The primary focus here is on letter grades, not numerical rank, which you can get by going top to bottom, then left in each row. Lucas Giolito is #1, A.J. Cole is #2, Brian Goodwin is #3… Randy Encarnacion is #19, Osvaldo Abreu is #20.

The secondary focus is on improvement by letter grade, which you can see by the color red. Because Sickels only ranks Grade C or better, that means becoming a C+ or better guy after being previously identified as a Grade C.

Top 20 guys (for the Nationals) from 2013 are in bold while guys that played their way onto the list are in italics. Because it would be specious, I chose to neither bold nor italicize Vettleson and Rivero, though I did indicate whether or not they improved.

Now that that’s out of the way, time for a few quick thoughts…

…The sea of red shows what most of us already know: there were several guys that truly improved in 2013.

…With only eight repeats, there were also quite a few guys that took a step back — most notably, RHP Christian Garcia and LHPs Sammy Solis and Matt Purke.

…After falling to seven players graded at B- or better (and none A or A-), the system has rebounded to nine, though that does include one acquired by trade and one drafted.

Rather than summarize Sickels any further, I highly recommend folks click through and read his thoughts on the system, which begins after the list of players outside of the Top 20.

Apr 162014
 

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
4:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) vs.
Buchanan (1-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
10:30 a.m.
Rivero (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Potomac Losing, 4-3
(Suspended)
@ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-1, 2.84) vs.
Gonzalez (0-1, 4.00)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Voth (0-1, 3.72) and Giolito (1-0, 3.38) vs.
Harvey (1-0, 1.64) and Brault (1-1, 7.20)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
The Chiefs’ fifth postponement came as predicted as rain blanketed the East Coast — including WMass to No. VA ;-) — and affected (afflicted?) every affiliate on Tax Day. Roster moves: LHP Aaron Laffey assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD

Rain washed out the second game of the three-game series, which concludes this morning with a matinee. No makeup date was announced at the time of the press release, however, the Sens website is indicating a DH on Saturday, July 12th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — SUSP
• Pena 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Norfork 1-1, BB, RBI, 2SB
• S. Perez 1-1, R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain suspended what looked like a slugfest in the making as the P-Nats landed four hooks in the top of the 2nd while the Pelicans answered with three crosses in the bottom of the 2nd before play was halted. It will be made up today as part of a completion doubleheader (finish the original game, play a seven-inning game afterwards).

Delmarva vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The matchup of Washington’s 1st Rd. pick in ’12 vs. Baltimore’s 1st. Rd. pick in ’13 that was supposed to be tonight is now in doubt thanks to the rainout last night, as the Suns have not officially announced the order in which tonight’s presumed starters will pitch.
Roster moves: IF Cody Dent placed on the 7-Day DL; 3B Drew Ward activated from DL; IF Carlos Lopez returned to XST; IF Willie Medina activated from XST.

Apr 152014
 

John Sickels released his preliminary prospect list for the Washington Nationals this morning, and yours truly made the first comment.

All of the names Sickels listed are on the 2014 Watchlist, so as I’ve done for the past two years, it’s easier to note the omissions from the primary categories:

Sandy Leon Raudy Read Matt Reistetter Jose Marmolejos-Diaz Shawn Pleffner
Ricky Hague Bryan Mejia Wilmer Difo David Masters Cutter Dykstra
J.C. Valdez Estarlin Martinez John Wooten Bryan Lippincott Greg Zebrack
Cody Davis Gilberto Mendez L.J. Hollins John Simms Wander Suero
Nick Lee R.C. Orlan David Napoli Jake Walsh  


Not too hard to spot the pattern here: Sickels is looking for the Top 30-something guys, regardless of position, role, or usage, whereas I’ve got some built-in biases based on the how the list is constructed (Top 5′s from each affiliate) as well as the inescapable prejudice of fanhood, which isn’t necessarily inclusive.

As I put it a year ago, it doesn’t concern me that there are so many omissions; it’s just math. Sickels is looking at/for the top 15 percent of 30 organizations, my list covers the about third of one.

Hopefully, I’ll get home before Sickels releases his Top 20 list.

Apr 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) and Tatusko (0-1, 2.08) vs.
Smith (0-0, 5.79) and Enright (0-1, 6.52)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (0-2, 4.50) vs. Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Potomac Won, 6-5 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-0, 10.38) vs. Buckel (0-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.72) vs. Brault (1-1, 7.20)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD

For the third time in four Aprils, the Syracuse Chiefs have racked up four postponements. The odds of a fifth look pretty good.
Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson activated from 7-Day DL, IF Sean Nicol reassigned to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Herron (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, CS
• Skole 2-5, 2B, 3RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run double in the 8th tied it and RBI single in the 10th won it as the Harrisburg Senators took back-to-back games for the first time this season. Tyler Herron got the win in relief with two goose eggs in the 9th and 10th innings. Starter Blake Schwartz shook off a first-inning run (the 21st allowed in 11 games by Harrisburg pitchers) to toss four scoreless and allow just four hits and one walk while striking out seven. Michael Taylor led the 13-hit Senator offense with a 3-for-5 night. Injury update: H/T again to Mick Reinhard of Mayflies & Big Flies who’s reporting that Drew Vettleson has a broken bone (not the hamate) in his left hand. Click here to learn more about who may replace him on the Sens roster.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Rauh 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Norfork 2-4, R, 3B, HBP
• B. Miller 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB

Khayyan Norfork scored from second on a grounder to short in the 9th as the P-Nats edged the Mudcats 6-5 to take the series 3-1 and close their first homestand with a 4-3 record. Kevin Keyes homered for the first time while Brandon Miller went deep for the fourth time in six games as the two combined for five RBI and three (3) walks. Brian Raugh got the start and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Robert Benincasa got the win for pitching a scoreless 9th.

Delmarva 9 Hagerstown 2
• Pivetta (L, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K
• Simms 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 2-2, 2B, BB, SB
• Manuel 1-2, R, 2BB

Beginning with four in the 3rd, the Shorebirds scored eight unanswered runs as Delmarva defeated Hagerstown, 9-2. Nick Pivetta suffered his first loss of the season, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings. John Simms turned in four and 2/3rds of strong relief to keep the Suns within striking distance but the Shorebirds scored three against L.J. Hollins in the 8th to put the game away. Wilmer Difo walked, singled, doubled, and stole his eighth base to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.

Apr 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) vs.
Smith (0-0, 5.79)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Schwartz (0-2, 11.25) vs.
Dodson (0-1, 5.40)
Potomac Lost, 12-2 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-1, 5.87) vs.
Morimando (1-0, 1.64)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Urban (0-1, 21.00)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 1
• Poveda (L, 0-2) 4IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Robertson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 1-4
• Goodwin 1-2, 2B, BB

Omar Poveda was pounded again, giving up runs in each of his four innings thrown as the RailRiders defeated Syracuse, 7-1. The 26-y.o. Venezuelan was charged with six runs on ten hits and two walks to lower his ERA to 14.63. Emmanuel Burriss singled while Brian Goodwin double to account for both Syracuse hits. Roster move: IF Sean Nicol reassigned from Harrisburg

Harrisburg 9 Reading 3
• Cole (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 4-5, 2R, RBI, 3SB
• Taylor 2-3, 2R, HR, 4RBI, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-2, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB

Both the Senators and A.J. Cole won for the second time this season as Harrisburg tripled up Reading, 9-3. Cole struck out five and walked none while allowing just one run on three hits over five innings pitched. Destin Hood singled four times and stole three bases to lead the Sens’ ten-hit attack. Injury news: OF Drew Vettleson was hit in the hand in his first PA and replaced defensively two innings later. Mick Reinhard of Mayflies & Big Flies is reporting he’ll be sent for X-rays today with the hopes of confirming the initial diagnosis of a bruise.

Carolina 12 Potomac 2
• Lee (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• Dickson 4⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• McQuillan 1-3, 2B, BB

Carolina had a grand time against the P-Nats as they scored six times in the 2nd en route to a 12-2 mauling of Potomac. Starter Nick Lee walked five of 12 batters faced while suffering his second loss, getting knocked out in the 2nd for the second time this homestand. Cole Leonida homered to account for both P-Nats runs and deny the Mudcats a shutout.
Roster moves: 2B Tony Renda placed on 7-Day DL; IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Hagerstown

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 1
• Johansen (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K, HBP
• Ullmann (SV, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Wooten 2-4, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R

Hagerstown completed a four-game sweep of Lakewood with a 6-1 smackdown. The combined score of the series was 23-4. Jake Johansen got his first Low-A win with five innings of one-run ball, though he walked four and hit a batter and struck out six. Every Suns batter hit safely, with John Wooten and James Yezzo both going 2-for-4 to lead the Hagerstown offense.
Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre placed on 7-Day DL; IF Cody Dent, RHP Ryan Ullmann activated from XST

Apr 132014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1;
Lost, 2-1
@ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:00 p.m. (DH)
Poveda (0-1, 15.75) vs.
Billings (1-1, 5.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4;
Lost, 5-1
@ Reading,
2:00 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Biddle (0-1, 6.97)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Carolina,
1:05 p.m.
Lee (0-1, 17.18) vs.
Baker (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Martin (0-1, 5.40)


Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 2-0) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Solano 3-4, 3RBI
• Walters 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 — GAME TWO
• Roenicke 3IP, 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Delcarmen (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Burriss 1-2, BB, HBP, SB
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB, K

Roster moves: UT Jeff Kobernus recalled to Washington, placed on 60-Day DL; RHP Blake Treinen selected and placed on Washington 25-man roster; OF Steve Souza recalled to Washington; RHP Aaron Barrett optioned from Washington

Reading 5 Harrisburg 4 — GAME ONE
• Gilliam 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mirowski (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2R, SB
• Hague 3-2, RBI

Reading 5 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO
• Purke (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 5K, BK, E
• Perry 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Bloxom 1-2, 2B, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, R, HR, RBI, E

Potomac 3 Carolina 1
• Encarnacion (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, 2 pickoffs
• Dupra (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• J. Miller 3-3, R, 2-2B, SB
• Keyes 2-4, R, SB

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 2
• Anderson (W, 2-0) 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Spann (SV, 1) 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• E. Martinez 2-3, R, HR, 4RBI, BB
• Kieboom 2-5, 2R, RBI, SB