Sunday’s News & Notes

TBD

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Tatusko (5-5, 3.61) vs.
Wright (5-6, 3.89)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Navarro (3-5, 4.50)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 3.05) vs.
Colon (3-3, 3.81)
Hagerstown Won, 8-3 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Mooneyham (8-3, 2.25) vs.
Murray (1-2, 2.34)
Auburn Won, 7-3 vs. Connecticut,
2:05 p.m.
Johansen (1-1, 1.11) vs.
Crawford (0-2, 1.89) Mantiply (0-1, 1.14)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-2 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A



Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 1
• Ohlendorf (L, 4-6) 3IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Lowe 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Espinosa 2-4, R
• Moore 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI

Pawtucket held Syracuse’s bats in check for 3-1 win that halted the Chiefs’ modest four-game win streak. Ross Ohlendorf got the last-minute rehab start and was tagged for a solo HR to leadoff batter Jackie Bradley Jr. The Princeton grad went three innings, allowed five hits, walked none and struck out four. Danny Espinosa and Tyler Moore combined for four hits, with the former scoring the lone Syracuse run, driven in by the latter on a double in the 6th.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 4
• Swynenberg 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perry (L, 1-5) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, BB
• Martinson 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

An 8th-inning HR was the difference as Altoona edged Harrisburg, 5-4 to drop the Senators into a tie for 1st place in the E.L. West. Rick Perry served up the gamewinner, the fourth pitcher of the night as the bullpen was asked to pitch all nine with the move of Taylor Hill to Syracuse. Matt Swynenberg was charged with the first four, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five. Justin Bloxom and Jason Martinson combined for three hits and three runs, with Martinson driving in two to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 2
• Demny 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Dupra (L, 0-6) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• B. Miller 3-3, R, BB
• J. Miller 1-3, 2B, RBI

After taking 10 of the previous 11 from the Pelicans, the P-Nats were swept away in Myrtle Beach with a 6-2 loss. Starter Paul Demny went just three innings (again) and gave up a couple of runs (again) on three hits and three walks with but one strikeout. Brian Dupra took the loss, giving up four runs in the 7th and six hits total over three and 2/3rds. Brandon Miller extended his hit streak to 10 games with a 3-for-3 night, raising his Carolina League average to .471 (16-for-34) in eight games since his promotion.

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 3
• Encarnacion (W, 9-7) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Self (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Martinez 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Renda 2-5, RBI

The Suns broke open a 4-3 game with two in the 5th and two more in the 8th for an 8-3 win over the Legends that snapped a three-game skid. Pedro Encarnacion win his team-best 9th game with a six innings of three-run ball, allowing three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Tony Renda and Estarlin Martinez both had two singles and an RBI to lead the 10-hit Hagerstown attack.

Auburn 7 Connecticut 3
• Voth (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 10K
• Mudron 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Lippincott 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Chubb 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Gunter 2-4, R, RBI

Three Auburn pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts in a 7-3 win over Connecticut. Austin Voth whiffed 10 in five and 2/3rds no-hit innings, but was charged with a run on two walks as he notched his first professional win. Mike Mudron struck out three of six batters faced while finishing the 6th and pitching the 7th while L.J. Hollins fanned two over the final two frames. Bryan Lippincott went 2-for-3 with a walk, a homer, two runs scored, and two RBIs as one of three Doubledays to get multiple hits on the night.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Mets 2
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Suero (W, 6-1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Flynn 2-3, 2R
• Jennings 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

G-Nats win. Rinse, lather, repeat.

DSL Pirates2 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Yrizarri 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Valerio (L, 3-3) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Alvarez 2-4, R, SB
• Mercedes 2-4, RBI, CS

The D-Nats gave up three unearned runs while losing their fourth straight, a 3-1 loss to the D-Pirates2 squad. Starter Deibi Yrizarri allowed the first run on four hits and no walks while fanning three. Maximo Valerio gave up the second and got the “L” as he let up two hits in two innings without a walks and two strikeouts. Thomas Alvarez and Yermin Mercedes both went 2-for-4, with Alvarez scoring on Mercedes’s RBI single in the 1st.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (5-5, 3.61)
Ohlendorf (rehab) vs. Webster (5-4, 4.13)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (3-0, 3.24) vs.
Baker (3-1, 6.14)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (0-1, 4.70) vs.
Pucetas (0-1, 10.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (8-7, 3.50) vs.
Billo (1-1, 0.42)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Connecticut,
6:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 1.42) vs.
TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 6-2 vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.06) vs.
Effertz (0-3, 7.04)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 (7 inn.) vs. DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (4-3, 2.60) vs.
TBD



Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 4
• Clay 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 9K, 2WP
• Robertson (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Storen (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-4, R, SAC
• Moore 3-4, 2RBI, SB

Syracuse exploited an error to score three times in the 6th and edge Pawtucket, 5-4, for their third straight win. After a Chris Marrero walk and a Zach Walters single, Jhonatan Solano’s sacrifice attempt was thrown into right field, enabling both runs to score and Solano to make it to third. Will Rhymes singled to complete the rally and give the Chiefs a 5-3 lead. The rally made a winner out of Tyler Robertson, who pitched the 6th and 7th innings. Drew Storen tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, his first scoreless appearance since his demotion. Erik Davis weathered a rally in the 9th, letting in a run on two hits, but stranding the tying run at 2nd for his 14th save. Caleb Clay started and struck out a season-high nine but allowed three runs on six hits and two walks.

Harrisburg 8 Altoona 5
• Gilliam 4+ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Grace (W, 5-1) 1⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Rivero 3-3, 4R, 2B, 2HR, 2RBI, BB, HBP
• Hague 2-5, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Hood 2-4, BB

Down 3-2, no outs, first base open and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Altoona chose to plunk Carlos Rivero to load the bases. Rivero had only smacked solo shots in his previous two at-bats, but he was the second Senator hit by a pitch and the third for the game. Ricky Hague emptied the bases with a double to highlight a five-run 5th that put Harrisburg up 7-2. Rob Gilliam emptied the benches and the bullpens with his first pitch of the 5th, a fastball that Mel Rojas Jr. leaned into with his gluteus maximus, then strode toward the mound with Gilliam walking down in preparation for an exchange of business cards. After the obligatory conference of players and coaches, seven men were ejected including manager Matt LeCroy. Matt Grace took over for Gilliam and got the win, but let in his inherited runner and two of his own over an inning and 2/3rds. Aaron Barrett struck out two in the 9th for his 22nd save.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 2
• Purke 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Benincasa (BS, 1;L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, IBB, K
• Holt 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Dykstra 3-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Oduber 1-2, RBI

For the second straight night, the P-Nats ‘pen stumbled and turned a 2-1 win into 3-2 loss to the Pelicans. Robert Benincasa blew his first save of 2013 in 23 opportunities. After a dribbler to short and a hit batsman (attempting to sacrifice on a 0-2 pitch), the P-Nats closer committed a critical error by throwing past third baseman Justin Miller on a sacrifice attempt instead of taking the sure out at first, the tying run scoring on the misplay. Manager Brian Daubach pulled Randolph Oduber and inserted Mike Gilmartin to create a five-man infield. After a liner to second, Gilmartin went out to right and Benincasa struck out the next batter. Alas, the Pelicans won it on the inning’s second infield hit. Matt Purke got the no-decision with eight K’s on five innings of one-run, three-hit ball. Cutter Dykstra reached base four times with two singles, a double, and a walk while Randolph Oduber and Justin Miller had RBI singles in the two-run Potomac 7th.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 5-5) 6IP, 5H, 4R, ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Schill 2-3, BB
• Norfork 1-3, R, BB

The Legends took advantage of a two-out error in the 6th to score three times en route to a 5-2 win over the Suns. Narciso Mesa’s dropped flyball let in the first run and extended the inning. Uber-prospect Bubba Starling made Hagerstown pay twice with a 450′ blast to left-center for a 4-1 lead. The Suns rallied for one in the 9th but Wes Schill was caught between third and home to end the game. Kylin Turnbull pitched six innings and gave up four runs (three unearned) on five hits, no walks, but took the loss. He struck out eight. Schill singled twice and walked once as Hagerstown was held to seven hits and couldn’t take advantage of the five walks issued, with 10 runners left on base.

Connecticut 3 Auburn 1
• Pivetta (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Simms 2⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-2, 2B, BB, SAC
• Lippincott 1-4, R, 2B

Nick Pivetta gave up two first-inning runs to Connecticut and the Auburn offense couldn’t dig him out of the 2-0 hole in a 3-1 loss. Pivetta allowed four hits total and walked three over three and 2/3rds innings while losing his New York-Penn League debut. Three Doubledays relievers combined for five and a 1/3rd innings of one-run relief, but the offense was stifled. Reigning NYPL batter of the week Isaac Ballou walked, singled, and doubled but the rest of the lineup mustered just three hits and one walk. Bryan Lippincott scored the lone Auburn run after doubling in the 4th, taking third on an infield error, and coming in on groundout to the right side.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 2
• Williams (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Valdez (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• D. Eusebio 2-3, RBI, 2BB
• Gordon 2-4, RBI, BB

The G-Nats made it a baker’s dozen of wins without a loss, plus a GCL East title, with a 6-2 win over the G-Mets. Deion Williams got the win in his first start since being dropped down from Auburn, giving up both Mets runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Diomedes Eusebio walked twice, singled twice and drove in a run to lead the G-Nats offense.

DSL Pirates2 4 DSL Nationals 3 (7 inn.)
• Reyes (L, 4-3) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Y. Pena 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mota 2-2, R, 2-2B, BB
• Serrata 2-3

Rain shortened this one to seven and ended a possible comeback bid by the D-Nats in a 4-3 loss to the D-Pirates2. Luis Reyes took the loss, charged with all four D-Pirates2 runs on six hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Israel Mota doubled twice and scored on a leadoff walk in the 7th. Brayan Serrata singled twice as the D-Nats totaled just five hits and three walks for the game.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 17

GBI for NPP 2Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 55-64, 6th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good Yunesky Maya 3-1, 1.52 ERA since All-Star Break
Bad Syracuse catchers .205BA, .264SLG, 30RBI
Interesting .975FA 12th in 14-team I.L.



HARRISBURG SENATORS 63-55, 1st place E.L. West, ½ game ahead

Good Matt Grace 2-0, 1.46 ERA, 1.30 WHIP since All-Star Break (9 appearances)
Bad Carlos Rivero .567 OPS in 32G since demotion
Interesting Team Offense ranks in E.L. .240 BA (12th), OBP .321 (11th), SLG .371 (11th), R/G 4.16 (11th)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 27-17, 1st place C.L. North, 8 games ahead (69-44 overall)

Good Brandon Miller 12-for-27, HR, five RBI in first six games
Bad Paul Demny 0-1, 4.70ERA, 2.35WHIP in three starts since demotion
Interesting Excluding rehabs, 21 pitchers and 29 position players have been used thus far



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 28-19, 2nd place Sally North, 2½ games behind (66-48 overall)

Good Shawn Pleffner .320/.402/.430 since All-Star Break
Bad Bryan Harper 8HBP in 39⅓ IP
Interesting T3rd with 32 holds in 14-team Sally League



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 16-33, 6th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 15 games behind

Good Austin Voth 1.42/1.31/0.89 in five starts (19IP)
Bad David Masters .466 OPS in 29G
Interesting NDFA Greg Zebrack .267/.368/.333 in 25G



GCL NATIONALS 37-6, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 18 games ahead

Good Rafael Bautista .340/.432/.410, 22SBs in 39G
Bad Michael Boyden 2.20WHIP over 10 appearances (what’s a small sample size?)
Interesting Today’s win clinched the GCL East title



DSL NATIONALS 31-25, 5th place Boca Chica South, 7 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Jose Morales 2-3, 1.36 ERA, 0.83 WHIP
Bad 18-y.o. Miguel Atencio .459 OPS in 21G
Interesting Team pitching 11th in 35-team DSL

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0; Won, 5-4 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 2.44) vs.
Ranaudo (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.38) vs.
Hollingsworth (6-4, 3.20)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (2-3, 6.35) vs.
Luis Parra (A+ debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (5-4, 4.58) vs.
Simmons (1-3, 3.51)
Auburn Cancelled vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (SS-A debut) vs.
Pritcher (3-1, 2.61)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-2 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Valdez (3-0, 3.15) vs.
Nuez (1-1, 5.26)
DSL Nationals Lost, 11-3 (8 inn.) @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (4-2, 2.12) vs.
Vera (0-0, 1.99)



Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 0 — GAME ONE
• Mandel (W, 2-7) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Crotta 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Moore 2-3, 2B, 3RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Two Syracuse pitchers combined on five-hit shutout for a 4-0 win over Pawtucket in the opener. Jeff Mandel turned in six scoreless innings on three days’ rest, allowing four hits, no walks and striking out two for his second win. Zach Walters (1-for-3) smacked a solo shot in the 2nd to start the ball rolling while Tyler Moore (2-for-3) singled in two runs in the 3rd and doubled in one in the 5th to power the Chiefs offense.

Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 4 — GAME TWO
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Cedeno (BS, 3; W, 2-0) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Davis (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Johnson 2-2, R, BB, RBI
• Marrero 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Eury Perez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th broke a 4-4 tie as the Chiefs held on in the 7th for a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader from the PawSox. Taylor Hill gave up three runs on eight hits and no walks over four and 2/3rds in his AAA debut. He struck out four. Xavier Cedeno let in a run and got the benefit of the sixth-inning rally for the blown-save-win. Four Syracuse batters collected multiple hits as the Chiefs racked up 10 in six turns at bat.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Karns 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• McCoy ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 21) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Burns 2-3, 2BB, 2RBI, SB
• Hood 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Harrisburg threatened in six of seven innings before breaking out in the 8th for a 4-1 win over Reading. Starter Nathan Karns moved up a day to replace Taylor Hill and pitched seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits and walking three but got a no-decision. Pat McCoy got the win in relief while Aaron Barrett pitched a scoreless 9th for his 21st save. In addition to walking eight batters on the night, the Fightin’ pitchers plunked two in the 8th and wild-pitched in the tying run. Destin Hood (1-for-3) drove in the go-ahead run while Billy Burns (2-for-3) singled two insurance runs to complete the four-run rally. Roster move: RHP Pat Lehman activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 6 (11 inn.)
• Rauh 6IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Martin (BS, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S, 2WP
• Dupra (L, 0-5) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• 4H, 9BB, HBP, 3WP for ‘pen in 4⅓ IP
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5
• Gilmartin 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Six scoreless innings from the starter, five runs on two home runs, a 6-0 lead going into the 9th. What could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Three Potomac relievers coughed up six runs in the bottom of the 9th to send it to extras, then gave up the gamewinner on a wild pitch for a 7-6 loss in 11 innings to Myrtle Beach. Brian Rauh scattered seven hits and a walk in six scoreless innings, striking out five — including the side in the 3rd when he loaded the bases on three singles and stranded ’em all. Kevin Keyes hit the scoreboard (again) with his 11th big fly in the 2nd while Mike Gilmartin’s three-run shot in the 6th highlighted the four-run rally that built the P-Nats 6-0 advantage.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 1
• Lee (L, 4-3) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 9K, HR, 2WP
• Pena 3⅓ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, 3-2 IR-S
• Martinez 1-4, OF assist at 3B
• Manuel 1-3

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead after the top of the 1st and were stifled for the next eight innings as Lexington won, 5-1. Nick Lee took the loss, knocked from the box with two outs in the 5th after giving up two hits and five walks and striking out nine. Ronald Pena let in two of three inherited runners in the 5th to charge Lee with four runs. He finished out the game, allowing an unearned run on five hits and a walk while fanning four. The Suns were held to just five hits and a walk, with no batter reaching base twice.

Auburn vs. Aberdeen — CNCLD
Late-afternoon storms soaked Falcon Field, forcing the cancellation of the series finale between the Ironbirds and Doubledays.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 2
• Derosier 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Ott (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2-2B
• Ruiz 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A three-run 7th erased a 2-1 deficit as the G-Nats fileted the G-Marlins, 6-2 for their 12th straight victory and clinched a tie for the GCL East title. Matt Derosier got the start and gave up both G-Marlins runs on home run in the 1st and three hits total. He walked two and struck out four. Travis Ott won the game in relief, turning in four scoreless frames with two hits allowed, no walks and four strikeouts. Randy Encarnacion doubled twice, homered once, and scored three times while driving in two, leading the G-Nats 11-hit attack.

DSL Tigers 11 DSL Nationals 3 (8 inn.)
• Valerio 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Reynoso (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Florentino 2-4, 2B, RBI, CS
• Alvarez 1-3, BB, RBI

Rain mercifully shortened this one to eight innings as the D-Tigers pounded the D-Nats, 11-3. Five errors rendered seven of the 11 runs unearned, but explaining away 14 hits isn’t so easy. Maximo Valerio started and went two innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Yorlin Reynoso took the loss, charged with five runs (one earned) on five hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Tablesetters Darryl Florentino and Thomas Alvarez combined to go 3-for-7 with a double and two RBI as the D-Nats managed just six hits total.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-7, 5.59) and Hill (AAA debut) vs.
Haeger (2-2, 5.85) and TBD
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Biddle (4-12, 3.96)
Potomac Won, 8-7 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (3-1, 3.46) vs. Eickhoff (7-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (4-2, 4.28) vs. Binford (7-5, 1.95)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (SS-A debut) vs. Severino (0-4, 4.12)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 6.60) vs. Villanueva (1-0, 1.13)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 vs. DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (3-2, 2.62) vs. Cabrera (3-0, 6.33)



Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 6-8) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Kimball 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 2K, HR, WP
• Kobernus 2-4, CS, OF assist at 2B
• Walters 2-4, R, HR(25), RBI, E(27)

The RailRiders scored the first seven runs of the game and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Chiefs. Danny Rosenbaum needed 83 pitches to get through four innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks and striking out four, but lost for the eighth time. Cole Kimball gave up his fourth longball in 13 appearances and ballooned his ERA to 14.92 with four runs on four hits in two innings thrown. Zach Walters hit his 25th homer and committed his 27th error as he and Jeff Kobernus both went 2-for-4 to pace the Syracuse offense.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill reassigned from Harrisburg. With doubleheaders today and Monday, this is likely a short-term move.

Harrisburg 3 Reading 2
• Ray (W, 4-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Herron (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, 2B

Robbie Ray turned in a quality start and the bullpen locked it down with three shutout innings for a 3-2 Harrisburg win over Reading. The 21-y.o. lefty let in both Fightin’ runs on five hits and a walk while fanning two for his fourth AA win. Matt Swynenberg pitched a scoreless 7th for the hold and Tyler Herron worked around single in the 8th and a two walks in the 9th for his third AA save. Justin Bloxom and Jimmy Van Ostrand both singled and doubled and went 2-for-4 while Ricky Hague, Jason Martinson, and Carlos Rivero each had an RBI single in three trips to the plate.

Potomac 8 Carolina 7 (11 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Benincasa 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bates (W, 4-4) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Nieto 4-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 3-6, R

Potomac rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 6-3, tying the game in the 9th on a two-base sacrifice fly, and prevailing 8-7 in 11 innings to prevent a Carolina sweep. The P-Nats tied their season high with 18 hits, with Adrian Nieto leading the hit parade with a 4-for-5 game, including the double that was turned into the tying run in the 9th. Blake Schwartz started but was knocked for four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. Colin Bates got the win, pitching the final two frames and surviving a Mudcat rally in the 11th that saw the tying run gunned down at the plate on a one-out RBI triple that Carolina gambled could be turned into a two-run inside-the-parker, but the P-Nats denied it with a successful 7-6-2 relay.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 1
• Dickson (L, 2-3) 5+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• McQuillan 1-3, 2BB
• Pleffner 1-3, BB

Lakewood broke open a 3-0 game with a three-run 8th and cruised to a 6-1 win over Hagerstown. Suns starter Ian Dickson lost for the third time, lifted in the 6th after taking a line drive off his ankle for the fifth hit. He was charged with three runs, walked two and struck out three over five-plus innings. Stephen Perez’s RBI single in the 9th broke up the shutout, but Hagerstown mustered just five hits total, with Mike McQuillan leading the offense with a single and two walks in five plate appearances.

Aberdeen 3 Auburn 0
• Orlan (L, 0-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
• Yezzo 2-4
• Foat 1-4

Two Ironbirds pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as Aberdeen blanked Auburn, 3-0. Starter R.C. Orlan was struck for one run on a solo HR in the 3rd and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck three and suffered his third loss. James Yezzo singled once and Matt Foat singled twice as the Doubledays managed just seven baserunners and struck out 11 times.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1
• Giolito (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Walsh 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Lucas Giolito went five innings for the first time and was rewarded for some nifty pitching with his first professional win as the G-Nats continue to roll, 6-1 over the G-Marlins. Giolito gave up a run on five hits, no walks, and struck out five while getting eight of 15 outs on the ground. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the offense with single, double, and a walk as the team piled up nine hits and four walks while winning their 11th straight game.

DSL Tigers 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Ramirez 2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 1-3, BB
• Mota 1-3, 2B

The D-Tigers tripled up the D-Nats in both hits and runs for a 3-1 win on Wednesday morning. Starter Jose Morales allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings, but lost for the third time. Jean Ramirez gave up the third, unearned, run on four hits in two innings of relief. Dionicio Rosario drove in the lone D-Nat run with a 2nd inning single following a hit batsman and a sacrifice, the first of just three hits registered by the D-Nats.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (13 inn.);
Won, 3-2
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (6-7, 3.95) vs.
Cotham (3-5, 6.26)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Ray (3-1, 3.24) vs.
Rosin (9-5, 4.24)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (9-4, 2.79) vs.
Pasquale (4-6, 4.33)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (2-2, 5.67) vs.
Stefan (3-6, 4.08)
Auburn Lost, 10-9 (10 inn.) vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-2, 5.19) vs.
Vader (3-3, 2.65)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-0 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 4.26) vs.
Talbot (1-1, 2.25)
DSL Nationals Won 7-6 (13 inn.);
Lost, 6-2
@ DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (2-2, 1.04) vs.
Martinez (2-0, 2.64)



Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 6 (13 inn.) — COMP.
• Maya 5⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K
• Broadway 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Crotta (L, 4-7) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Johnson 3-5, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Rahl 3-6, R, SB
• Marrero 3-7, R, 2B, RBI

Picking where they left things off in lovely Moosic, PA on July 12, Josh Johnson singled with two outs and stole 2nd and 3rd but was stranded there when Jhonatan Solano flew out to right. Mike Crotta took over on the mound and retired three of four he faced in the 12th, but a leadoff walk, stolen base, and a pair of singles pushed him around to score to give the RailRiders the win.

Syracuse 3 Scranton/WB 2 — GAME TWO
• Maya (W, 7-7) 8IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 2-3, R, 2B
• Walters 1-2, R, BB

In ther regularly scheduled game, Yunesky Maya went eight innings for the second time in three starts as Syracuse split the de facto doubleheader with a 3-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The almost-32-y.o. Cuban let in two runs on five hits, no walks, and struck out five while evening his record at 7-7 for the year. Corey Brown singled, doubled and scored a run as the Chiefs collected eight hits for the night, with Tyler Moore, Josh Johnson, and Jhonatan Solano delivering RBIs via the sac fly, single, and double respectively.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Cole 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 10K, HR
• Barrett (BS, 4) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Perry (L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Burns 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Head 2-4, BB, 2RBI

A.J. Cole struck out 10 and seemed headed for his third AA win in as many starts when the Sens scored three times in the 7th. The Harrisburg bullpen faltered in the 9th and gave up four unanswered runs for a 4-3 loss in 12 innings. Cole gave up a solo HR in the 2nd but just four hits and no walks over seven innings. Aaron Barrett blew the save with three straight hits to open the inning and let in two runs to tie it. Ryan Perry took the loss without giving up a hit, thought two walks and a wild pitch would suffice. Billy Burns singled twice, walked once, and stole his first AA base but the Senators would strand 14 baserunners while going 3-for-14 with RISP.

Carolina 5 Potomac 4
• Solis 4⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Selik (BS, 4; L, 1-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, RBI
• Miller 2-4

A two-out, two-run triple was the difference as Potomac lost again to Carolina, 5-4. Sammy Solis failed to go five innings for the fourth time in nine appearances, tagged for three runs on seven hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Brandon Miller continues to rake, going 2-for-4 for the fourth straight game as the P-Nats notched nine hits and drew three walks in the loss.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 0
• Mooneyham (W, 8-3) 7⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7K
• Self (S, 4) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Severino 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Brett Mooneyham and Derek Self combined on a two-hit shutout as the Suns took another one from Lakewood, 3-0. Mooneyham did, however, issue four walks including two to the last two batters he faced with one out in the 8th. He gave up a first-inning single and struck out seven to tie Pedro Encarnacion for the team lead in wins. Derek Self stranded both runners and pitched around a ninth-inning double for his fourth save. Shawn Pleffner singled, doubled, and walked while Pedro Severino drove in two with a triple to pace the Suns offense.

Aberdeen 10 Auburn 9
• Barrientos 4⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Joyce (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Foat 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Lippincott 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SF

Auburn rallied from a 9-6 deficit in the 9th, but gave it right back in the 10th for a 10-9 loss to Aberdeen, ending a three-game win streak. Jake Joyce took the loss, giving up the final four Ironbird runs on five hits and two walks in the 9th and 10th innings. Joel Barrientos got the no-decision, charged with five runs on nine hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds. Matt Foat led the 15-hit attack with a 4-for-5 night, scoring twice and driving in a run. Issac Ballou, Greg Zebrack and Matt Reistetter each drew two walks as the Doubledays were walked eight times total. Roster move: RHP Nick Pivetta reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Cardinals 0
• Silvestre (W, 5-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lehman (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ruiz 3-3, 2R, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, R

Hector Silvestre tossed five scoreless frames to win his fifth while the G-Nats ran their latest win streak to 10 with a 9-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Silvestre gave up two hits, walked none and struck out one. A quartet of relievers followed, each pitching a scoreless inning. Adderling Ruiz went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the G-Nats attack of 11 hits and three walks.
Roster move: RHP Deon Williams reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Orioles2 6 (13 inn.) — COMP.
• Torres 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Sanchez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Aquino (W, 4-1) 2IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rosario 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Serrata 2-4, R, 2-3B, 2RBI

In a game that had been suspended on July 18 and unreported the morning after, the D-Nats rallied in extras to defeat the Orioles2, 7-6. Luis Torres started and went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with four K’s. Jonathan Aquino got the win despite giving up two unearned runs in the top of 13th, “thanks” to his own thowing error on a botched sacrifice. The D-Orioles2 returned the favor in the bottom of the 13th with their fifth error. Dionicio Rosario sent in the runner that reached with an RBI double, Brayan Serrata followed Rosario with his second RBI triple of the game to tie it, and Edwin Lora drove in Serrata with an RBI single for the gamewinner.

DSL Orioles2 6 DSL Nationals 2 — GAME TWO
• Sanchez (L, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Green 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 1-3, R, SB
• Serrata 1-2, R, 3B

The D-Orioles2 struck for three in the first and never looked back, winning the second game, 6-2. Starter Mario Sanchez turned in five innings, but let in four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five for the loss, his second. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and one walk.

Tanner Roark Gets The Call

No, I Said The White PhoneBetween the impending shutdown of Taylor Jordan and the injuries to the Rosses (Ohlendorf and Detwiler), a callup of a minor-league pitcher was expected this week — preferably a starter or long reliever.

However, it’s not Nathan Karns, but Tanner Roark.

Roark’s contract was purchased this afternoon as Detwiler was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL and Xavier Cedeno was optioned back to Syracuse. It’s the third time this season that a player has been added to the 40-man without a waiver claim (Taylor, Jeff Kobernus) as Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has proven extremely reluctant to add players during his tenure.

Roark is famously known as one of the “Guz Two,” acquired along with Ryan Tatusko from the Texas Rangers at the July 2010 trading deadline. He’s been workhorse ever since, making 27 starts for Harrisburg in 2010 and 2011, and 26 starts last summer for Syracuse, totaling 300+ innings over that timeframe.

This year, the 26-year-old has been used both as a reliever and as a starter, exiting the Chiefs rotation in late April with the ill-fated Chris Young experiment, and re-entering two months later when a spate of rainouts and ineffectiveness from other Syracuse starters forced the switch.

Since returning to the rotation on June 23, Roark has gone 6-0 with an ERA of 2.15 and a WHIP of 0.89 over 50⅓ innings.

Roark features the classic arsenal of fastball, curve and change. In relief, he can hit the mid-90s but tends to work in the low-90s as a starter. He’s always been a control pitcher, but in 2013 has dropped his BB/9 rate from 2.9 to a Milonesque 1.7. While not a strikeout pitcher per se, he’s averaged around seven per nine innings the past four seasons after starting his career with two seasons of 10+ per nine innings.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:00 p.m. (comp. DH)
TBD and Maya (6-7, 4.06) vs.
TBD and Huff (1-4, 3.12)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 0.69) vs.
Hollands (2-1, 4.50)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 2.65) vs.
Colon (3-3, 3.52)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (7-3, 2.48) vs.
Musser (1-6, 5.57)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Pivetta (1-0, 2.13) vs.
McKinney (0-0, 0.73)
DSL Nationals Won, 10-0 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Sanchez (1-1, 2.31) vs.
Marrugo (2-4, 2.14)



Syracuse — OFF DAY
It’s eight games in six days for the Chiefs, beginning with the completion of the suspended July 12 game vs. the RailRiders and a seven-inning game tonight, then a doubleheader on Thursday to make up a June 10 rainout on Thursday. Naturally, there’s a chance of rain for the next four days…

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Harrisburg’s six-game homestand resumes with three against Reading, as they attempt to end a three-game skid that’s sliced their lead in the E.L. West to just a half game over Erie.

Carolina 5 Potomac 3
• Demny (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 8K
• Dupra 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Ramsey 3-5, R
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, 2SB

The P-Nats pitchers struck out 19, walked seven, but couldn’t overcome a critical three-run error in a 5-3 loss to Carolina. In the 2nd, starter Paul Demny sandwiched a pair of walks around back-to-back singles and a strikeout. Brandon Miller, who went 2-for-4, muffed a liner to the left-center gap for an error that emptied the bases and put Potomac into a 4-0 hole. Michael Taylor smacked a two-run HR in the 8th to cut the deficit to 4-2 but that’s as close as the P-Nats would get. Caleb Ramsey led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, but Potomac hit into two double plays and stranded 10 men while outhitting Carolina 13-5.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 4
• Encarnacion (W, 8-7) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Harper (H, 8) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Severino 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, 2RB

Hagerstown’s second three-run outburst in the 7th turned a 5-4 game into the eventual 8-4 victory over Lakewood. Pedro Encarnacion broke a three-start winless streak but allowed all four Blue Claws runs on five hits, including a two-run blast by rehabbing Phillie Domonic Brown. He walked one and struck out six while earning his eighth win. Bryan Harper pitched two scoreless for his eighth hold while Gilberto Mendez worked out of a bases-loaded jam without a run scoring in the 9th for his seventh save. Six Suns had multiple hits, with Pedro Severino, Mike McQuillan, and Estarlin Martinez each driving in two runs while collecting two hits.

Auburn — OFF DAY
Auburn returns to Falcon Field after a 3-3 roadtrip for six games against Aberdeen and Connecticut before the All-Star break next Monday and Tuesday. Barring any injuries or promotions, the Doubledays will send just one player to Norwich, reliever David Napoli.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 3
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Suero (BS, 2; W, 5-1) 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR, 3WP
• Jennings 2-3, R, SAC, CS
• Medina 2-4, 2R, CS

Wander Suero coughed up a two-run HR in the bottom of the 8th to blow a 3-1, but the G-Nats bailed him out with some small-ball in the 9th to take their ninth straight, 4-3 over the G-Cardinals. Willie Medina led off the 9th with single, took second on Hayden Jennings’s sacrifice, third on a grounder to the right side, and scored on Osvaldo Abreu’s two-out single, the 12th hit of the game for the G-Nats. Jefry Rodriguez started and gave up a run on five hits, no walks, and struck out four. Suero got the dreaded blown-save-win.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Orioles2 0
• Yrizarri (W, 4-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Feliz 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 3-5, 2R, 3B
• Florentino 2-5, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Mota 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Three pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the D-Nats blasted the D-Orioles2, 10-0 for their fourth straight win. Starter Deibi Yrizarri struck out seven and allowed just three hits and no walks over six innings for his fourth win. Aldrem Corredor went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored to lead the 13-hit parade, followed by Darryl Florentino at 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI.

Isaac Ballou Named NYPL Batter of the Week

Isaac Ballou has been named the New York-Penn League’s Batter of the Week for the week of July 29-August 4, the first Doubleday to win a weekly award this season.

Ballou, who is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, went 12-for-24 with three doubles, three RBI while scoring eight runs and drawing four walks for a line of .500/.539/.577 for the week.

For the season, Ballou is hitting .307/.404/.405 with two HR and 15 RBI. He’s stolen six bases and scored 23 runs in 42 games for Auburn. He was drafted in the 15th round by the Nationals this past June out of the Marshall University, where he set career records for walks (129) and triples (16). The 23-y.o. native of Smithfield, Va. was also drafted in the 36th round by the Pirates in 2011 but did not sign.

Tyler Moore Named International League Batter of the Week

Tyler MooreTyler Moore kept the International League Batter of Week award in Syracuse for another week, earning the recognition for his play the week of July 29 to August 4th. It’s the second time this season Chiefs batters have won the award back-to-back, both times following Zach Walters (June 10-16, July 22-28).

Moore singled just once last week, but doubled four times, and hit three home runs to drive in 13 runs. He scored seven times and put up a line of .308/.379/.808. Since his demotion last month, the 26-y.o. Missippi native has hit safely in 17 of 20 games and raised his AAA average from .184 to .307 with a 29-for-76 binge, including seven doubles, five HRs, and 24 RBI.

Moore is perhaps most famous for the run he made in the second half of the 2010 season, in which he won the Carolina League Batter of the Week Award four straight weeks en route to winning the Carolina League MVP, the MiLBY High-A Batter of the Year, and the Nationals Batter of the Year while leading the Potomac Nationals to the Carolina League Championship.