Souza, Taylor Win Weekly Honors

Steve Souza, Jr. and Michael Taylor have been named the Player of the Week for the Eastern and Carolina Leagues, respectively, for the week of July 15-21. It’s the second time Taylor has won the award for the Carolina League and the second time a Senator position player has been named (Anthony Rendon, May 6-12).

Steve SouzaSouza went 10-for-27 for a .370 batting average and collected four doubles, a triple, and two home runs for an .815 slugging percentage. He drew three walks, scored eight runs and drove in six. For the season, the 24-year-old is posting a line of .282/.382/.560 with 14 home runs and 30 RBI in 62 games. He was a 2013 Eastern League All-Star despite having spent nearly six weeks on the DL. This is Souza’s seventh season in the Nationals organization, originally drafted in 2007 as a third-round pick out of Cascade HS in Everett, WA.

Michael Taylor Last night’s 0-fer snapped an eight-game hit streak for Taylor, but the 22-year-old still batted .500 for the week (12-for-24) with five doubles, four runs scored, nine RBI, and three stolen bases. Taylor is currently 3rd in the Carolina League with 61 RBI, and second to teammate Billy Burns with 31 steals. Overall, he’s hitting .275/.343/.434 in 92 games. Taylor was originally drafted in 2009 as a shortstop out of Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL but converted to outfield in 2011, where he’s become one of the organization’s best defensive prospects.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Five times before this season, Potomac got a run in the ninth to walk off with a win. The sixth would require them to match that output in one inning.

Down 7-3 after eight and a half innings, the P-Nats sent nine men to the plate and scored five times on five hits for the improbable 8-7 win.

Billy Burns plated the gamewinner on a two-out bloop single that sent in pinch-runner Randolph Oduber. It was the fourth single of the frame, as the P-Nats had just one extra-base hit, a Cutter Dykstra double, and one walk.

The heroics made a winner out of Marcos Frias, who got the last out of the 9th and took starter Sammy Solis off the hook.

Solis was making his first start at home since coming off the DL last week in Salem. After striking out the side in the 1st, Solis stumbled in the 2nd, giving up a single then a long home run to put himself in a 2-0 hole. Two innings later, he would give up another two-run blast that ended his night early.

Final line: Four innings pitched, four runs allowed on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Salem simply made him pay for two pitches left up in the zone on fastball counts.

Brian Dupra followed Solis out of the ‘pen in the 5th, starting off about as bad as any pitcher could (solo HR) but then finishing as strong as anyone could expect (nine straight retired).

Rob Wort was next with two runs charged over an inning and 2/3rds, as Frias was greeted with a single then retired the second batter he faced.

The win improves Potomac to 16-11 in the second half, three games better than Wilmington, which lost its seventh straight yesterday. The series continues tonight with a matchup of Blake Schwartz (7-3, 2.81) vs. Henry Owens (7-4, 2.93).

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-7, 3.88) vs.
Dennick (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-2 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (2-3, 1.64) vs.
Tepera (8-6, 3.91)
Potomac Won, 8-7 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (7-3, 2.81) vs.
Owens (7-4, 2.93)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Greensboro,
5:30 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.85) and
Mooneyham (4-3, 2.96) vs.
Del Orbe (5-5, 5.79) and
Brice (6-6, 5.63)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Vermont,
7:05 p.m
Ullmann (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Finnegan (0-1, 2.16)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.

Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Broadway 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4
• Marrero 2-4, R

It was too little, too late as the Chiefs rallied for three in the 9th but fell to the Red Wings, 5-3. Starter Ryan Tatusko took the loss, his fourth, as he gabe up two runs on four hits and three walks over five innings. Zach Walters was responsible for all three runs with his 21st HR, going 1-for-4 overall with three strikeouts. Eury Perez and Chris Marrero both went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs were held to seven hits total.

Akron 11 Harrisburg 2
• Ray (L, 2-1) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 6K
• Demny 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Souza 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Howell 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A seven-run 7th put the game away for Akron as they cruised to an 11-2 win over Harrisburg. Robbie Ray started strong, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters, but let up three in the 5th and was charged three more in the 6th to take the loss, his first at AA. The Senators offense was held to just four hits, led by Steve Souza going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk and Jeff Howell connecting on a solo shot.

Potomac 8 Salem 7
• Solis 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Dupra 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Sanchez 3-4, 2B, 2RBI, SF
• Dykstra 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Burns 3-6, R, RBI

Potomac rallied from four down in the 9th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown vs. Greensboro — PPD
Rain postponed the late-Sunday matchup, forcing a doubleheader today.

Auburn 5 Vermont 3
• Voth 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K (38 pitches)
• Bafidis (W, 2-0) 3IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Hollins (SV, 3) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, RBI

The Doubledays snapped a three-game skid with a 5-3 win over the Lake Monsters. Starter Austin Voth made it through the 1st unscathed, but needed 38 pitches to get three outs while facing five batters and was lifted. Cory Bafidis got the win in relief while L.J. Hollins got the final seven outs for his third save. Isaac Ballou and Wilman Rodriguez both had a pair of his and an RBI as Auburn made the most of its eight hits, going 6-for-14 with RISP.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
A pair of doubleheaders today and Wednesday makes it an eight-game week for the G-Nats, who are riding a four-game win streak and sit atop the GCL East with a 19-5 mark.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The A.L. All-Stars defeated the N.L. 3-1 in the DSL All-Star game. Melvi Salazar pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit but striking out three.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1 vs. Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
Tatusko (3-3, 3.59) vs.
Albers (9-4, 3.11)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (2-0, 1.59) vs.
Brach (5-6, 4.77)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Augliera (6-6, 4.69)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-4 @ Greensboro,
4:00 p.m.
Dickson (0-2, 6.85) vs.
Del Orbe (5-5, 4.79)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 @ Vermont,
5:05 p.m
Voth (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Trivino (0-1, 3.24)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 7 Rochester 1
• Maya (W, 5-6) 6⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Lowe 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR (20), 2RBI
• Rhymes 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Brown 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB

Yunesky Maya was one pitch short of tossing a six and 2/3rds scoreless, Zach Walters was triple shy of the cycle as the Chiefs clipped the Red Wings, 7-1. The 31-y.o. Cuban allowed just two hits, including a solo shot in the 5th, walked one and struck out two for his 5th win. The offense served up a baker’s dozen of hits, led by Walters and Will Rhymes, who both went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Treinen 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Grace 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perry (L, 0-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2K, 2E

Jesus Aguilar’s solo shot in the 10th off Ryan Perry propelled the Aeros past the Senators for a 3-2 win in extras. For five innings, Harrisburg was held hitless and they mustered just six hits total. Jason Martinson accounted for both runs, connecting for a big fly in the 5th and driving in Carlos Rivero with an RBI triple in the 7th. Starter Blake Treinen went five and 2/3rds innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out four.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 2
• Cole (W, 6-3) 6IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Benincasa (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Nieto 1-3, R, BB

Potomac rebounded from just its second six-run loss of the season with a 5-2 win over Lynchburg. A.J. Cole dominated eight of the nine Hillcats bats, but Trent Moses solved him twice, singling and homering for the two hits Cole allowed over six innings. The 21-y.o. walked one and struck out three while earning his sixth win. Kevin Keyes led the P-Nats attack with two walks and a two-run double, while Michael Taylor and Franciscoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Soriano contributed RBI singles.

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 4
• Encarnacion (L, 7-6) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Henke 2⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Mesa 3-4, RBI, CS
• Renda 3-4, CS

Greensboro exploded for four runs in the bottom of the 8th to put away the game for a 9-4 win over Hagerstown. It was the second four-run rally of the game, the first of which chased starter Pedro Encarnacion in the 6th. The 22-y.o. Dominican suffered the loss with five runs allowed on eight hits and two walks. He set down four on strikes. The Suns got double digits in hits and strikeouts (10 apiece) with Narciso Mesa and Tony Renda each going 3-for-4 and Bryan Lippincott completing the hat trick.

Vermont 8 Auburn 4
• Williams 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K
• Medina (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Foat 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Chubb 2-4

The last of the 8th was unkind to the Doubledays, too, as the Lake Monsters snapped a 4-4 tie with a grand slam off Silvio Medina for an 8-4 win. Shortstop-turned-pitcher Deion Williams continues to struggle with the conversion, knocked for four runs on five hits and four walks over four and a 1/3rd innings, which actually lowered his ERA from 8.44 to 8.41. Matt Foat and Austin Chubb both went 2-for-4 as Auburn was held to just six hits and three walks while Vermont committed three errors, which lead to an unearned run in the 4th.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 3
• Giolito ⅔IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, K, WP
• Spezial (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• K. Rodriguez (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jennings 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI, SB
• McQuillan 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The G-Nats continue to roll, doubling up the G-Mets, 6-3, for their 19th win in 24 games. Lucas Giolito, who went a career-high three innings on Monday couldn’t make it out of the 1st, walking three of five batters faced and presumably hitting his pitch limit as he was lifted with two outs. Niko Spezial got the win in relied with a run on three hits over two innings, though he got five of six out by way of the K. Hayden Jennings led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, falling a homer shy of the cycle but driving in three.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Today is the DSL All-Star Game, which pits the prospects from… wait for it… the American League vs. the National League. Two D-Nat pitchers made the squad: 18-year-old Venezuelan reliever Melvi Salazar and 17-year-old Dominican starter Maximo Valerio (he turns 18 tomorrow).

Last Night In Woodbridge

“Still looks the same as he did in college.”

It’s an opinion I keep hearing from folks, as Matt Purke was battered for his third loss in four starts in an 8-2 loss to Lynchburg. The problem is that this isn’t TCU and the next start isn’t next Friday, but next Wednesday (weather permitting, of course).

Even in this loss, which I’m sure folks are champing at the bit to pin on the defense (especially if you believe you can explain away extra-base hits to the gaps), the potential that got the southpaw drafted is evident. The velocity, which is good but not great, is there. The fastball has good movement. The curve can drop like a hammer.

But the command is not yet good enough for this level, which really shouldn’t surprise anyone when factoring out age, bonus, or draft position. He’s spent less than 50 innings over two seasons in Low-A, and just 18 in High-A. He’s coming off shoulder surgery, which some believe was put off for far too long.

I’ll leave it to the experts to analyze the mechanics, but Purke thus far looks like pitcher that hasn’t spent enough time refining his stuff at the lower levels.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (4-6, 4.73) vs.
Hendriks (2-6, 4.53)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-7, 3.83) vs.
Packer (9-5, 2.58)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 vs. Lynchburg,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (5-3, 4.43) vs.
Miller (7-5, 3.40)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Encarnacion (7-5, 3.23) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 3-1 @ Vermont,
6:05 p.m
D. Williams (0-4, 8.44) vs.
Grundy (1-2, 9.20)
GCL Nationals Won, 11-6 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
DSL Nationals Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A

Rochester 5 Syracuse 4 (5 inn.)
• Clay 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Mandel (L, 1-6) 2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Brown 3-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Moore 2-3, R
• Game 2:01, Delay 2:00

The Red Wings beat the rain and the Chiefs, 5-4 in five innings. Starter Caleb Clay took the loss, tagged with three runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. His night was finished after rain interrupted play for 75 minutes between the 2nd and 3rd innings. Syracuse tied it at 3-3 with a pair of runs but Rochester answered with two in its half of the 4th. The Chiefs pulled within one in the 5th, but left the tying run at 3rd when the rains came again. After 45 minutes, the game was called.
Akron 3 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 3-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Souza 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B

The Senators pitching is the best in the league, but couldn’t toss another shutout as the Aeros took this one, 3-1. Steven Souza Jr. cranked his team-leading 14th homer in the 1st, but it was one of just three hits Harrisburg would manage. Rob Gilliam turned in six decent innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts, but took the loss.

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 2
• Purke 4⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-5, R
• Taylor 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Matt Purke was lit up for six runs on six hits over four and 1/3rd innings as the Hillcats battered the P-Nats, 8-2. Purke walked four and struck out two, with four of the six hits going for extra bases (three doubles and a triple). Michael Taylor doubled twice (once to left, one to right) to lead Potomac’s nine-hit attack, which sputtered in the clutch with an 0-for-7 mark with RISP. As for my thoughts on Purke, an opinion/essay today for Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 2
• Turnbull (W, 4-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 3-4, R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Schill 0-1, 3R, 3BB

Hagerstown took the rubber game of the series and reclaimed first place with an 8-2 win over Hickory. Starter Kylin Turnbull, who was dreadful in his previous outing, pitched six shutout innings, giving up a walk and five hits and struck out eight for his fourth win for the Suns. Led by Wes Schill, the Suns drew nine walks and made the most of their nine hits to score eight runs, highlighted by a Narciso Mesa’s two-run blast in the 3rd.

Tri-City 3 Auburn 1
• Orlan 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Cooper (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Gunter 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Masters 2-4, 3B

Auburn outhit Tri-City 9-5, but the ValleyCats outscored the Doubledays, 3-1 to take the series, 2-1. Starter R.C. Orlan tossed five scoreless innings and let up three hits, walked none, and struck out five. Andrew Cooper took the loss, giving up a two-run shot in the 7th that proved to be the gamewinner. Cody Gunter homered while going 2-for-4 for the sole Auburn run.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Mets 6
• Pivetta 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Suero (W, 2-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Abreu 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Ruiz 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The G-Nats scored five runs in the bottom of the 8th to take this one, 11-6. Adderling Ruiz’s three-run blast highlighted the final “ups,” as the G-Nats offense pounded out 16 hits total, led by Osvaldo Abreu, who went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, a run scored, and four RBI. Nick Pivetta got the start and walked two and struck out three over two and a 1/3rd scoreless and hitless innings. Wander Suero got the win, pitching the final two innings with a hit and a walk allowed and two strikeouts.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Orioles2 2
• J. Ramirez 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Pena (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Serrata 2-4, RBI
• Florentino 1-3, 2R, 2B

The D-Nats scored three times in the 3rd and added insurance runs in the 8th and 9th for a 5-2 win over the DSL Orioles2. Jean Ramirez got the start, allowing both D-Orioles2 runs on three hits, no walks, and struck out three. Yefri Pena got the win with three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes. John Feliz gave up two hits over the final two innings but let in no runs for the save. Brayan Serrata led the offense with a 2-for-4 game, followed by Darryl Florentino at 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 14

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 42-55, 6th place I.L. North, 11½ games behind

Good Chris Rahl .389/.397/.593 in July
Bad Tyler Robertson 0-1, 7.45ERA, 2.28 WHIP in 11 appearances
Interesting Tanner Roark 3-0, 3.24 ERA, 0.72 WHIP since return to rotation (4 starts)

HARRISBURG SENATORS 55-44, 1st place E.L. West, 4 games ahead

Good Justin Bloxom .313/.463/.500, 9BB in last 10 games
Bad Team BA .247, worst in E.L. (pay no attention to offense 6th overall)
Interesting Jimmy Van Ostrand .393/.452/1.000, 5HR since AA All-Star Break (seven games)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 14-10, 1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead (56-37 overall)

Good Richie Mirowski 3-0, 2SV since Hi-A All-Star Break (9 appearances)
Bad Mike Gilmartin .162/.244/.297 in last 10 games
Interesting 152 doubles, 7th in Carolina League (offense overall, 2nd)/td>

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 16-11, 2nd place Sally North, ½ games behind (54-40 overall)

Good Pedro Encarnacion 7-5, 3.23 ERA/ 3.97 FIP / 1.13 WHIP
Bad Stephen Perez 16E in 88G
Interesting Team offense #2 (5.22 R/G) in Sally League (Municipal Field 1.04 park factor for runs)
#1 Asheville (5.38 R/G, McCormick Field 1.359 park factor for runs)

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 10-19, 5th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7½ games behind

Good Brenton Allen .290/.405/.484 in 10 games since callup from GCL
Bad Team ERA 5.13, 14th in NYPL (No. 13 – Batavia, 4.20)
Interesting Jake Johansen 2BB, .000 OBA vs. RHBs (35PA); 10BB, .200 OBA vs. LHBs (35PA)

GCL NATIONALS 17-5, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 5½ games ahead

Good Jefry Rodriguez 3-0, 2.18 ERA / 2.18 FIP/ 1.16 WHIP in 5 starts
Bad Luis Guzman .173/.204/.212 in 16 games
Interesting Team 3rd in runs scored, 2nd in OBP and BA in the GCL

DSL NATIONALS 21-17, 4th place Boca Chica South, 5&fra12; games behind

Good 20-y.o. “Fred” Aguero .447/.462/.500 in last 10G
Bad 18-y.o. Jean Ramirez 7.94 ERA, 2.12 WHIP in 11⅓ IP
Interesting 18-y.o. American-born Thomas Alvarez 22BB in 36G

Last Night In Woodbridge

Kevin Keyes’s three-run double, mixed with a little fortuitous wildness, were the, um, keys to Potomac’s four-run sixth as the P-Nats scored five unanswered runs in a 5-3 win over Lynchburg.

Like many do, the big inning started with a whimper, not a bang as Caleb Ramsey drilled a grounder off the leg of Hillcats starter A.J. Holland for an infield single. Holland hit Michael Taylor, then gave up a single to Adrian Nieto to load the bases.

The Lynchburg bullpen had been busy since the Ramsey single, but Holland was left in to face the P-Nats first baseman, hoping that the right-on-right matchup might yield the badly needed double play.

Instead, Keyes looped one over the third baseman that rattled around by the left field corner, enough for Nieto to score all the way from first. Holland was still left in to face Cutter Dykstra, who singled to left, too shallow for Keyes to score, but an errant throw allowed Dykstra to take second as Holland backed up the play to keep Keyes in place.

After a pitching change, Keyes finally came in on a wild pitch by lefty Carlos Perez. The miscue loomed larger when Perez struck out the next three batters to quash the rally.

The next inning, Billy Burns led off with a triple to right-center and scored two batters later on an RBI single by Taylor. After a walk to Nieto, Lynchburg switched pitchers again, and again the fireman, John Cornely, struck out the side.

The four runs in the 6th and 7th innings gave David Fischer the vulture win, as he turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-0 hole with a run on a walk and two hits. Brian Dupra settled things down with two scoreless frames in the 7th and 8th and Richie Mirowski pitched around a single in the 9th for his sixth save.

Brian Rauh made the start and went the first five innings, allowing two runs on second-inning HR and five hits total. The 21-y.o. walked one and struck out five in his sixth start and seventh appearance since his promotion from Hagerstown.

The win was Potomac’s third in a row since ending a four-game slide on the road. Matt Purke (0-2, 8.56) is slated to make his second home start (and second Friday start) tonight, opposed by Greg Ross (5-4, 3.50) for Lynchburg.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-4 @ Rochester,
7:15 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 1.68) vs.
P. Walters (4-2, 3.68)
Harrisburg Won, 12-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-3, 4.41) vs.
Murata (3-5, 4.21)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-2, 8.56) vs.
Ross (5-4, 3.50)
Hagerstown Won, 15-2 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (3-2, 6.75) vs.
Sadzeck (9-2, 2.31)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m
Orlan (0-1, 5.23) vs.
Westwood (1-1, 0.90)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse 11 Rochester 4
• Roark (W, 7-3) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Rahl 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Perez 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Brown 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

A six-run 2nd put ended this one early as Syracuse belted four home runs in an 11-4 smackdown of Rochester. Chris Rahl’s two-run HR started the big inning and a bases-loaded walk ended the scoring binge. Eury Perez led off the 3rd with a solo shot, his sixth of the season after entering 2013 with a career total of eight. Corey Brown’s solo shot in the 8th, his second big fly of the night, plated the 11th Chiefs run. Tanner Roark got the win with four runs allowed on five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts over six innings.

Harrisburg 12 Akron 3
• Karns (W, 7-3) 8IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• Swynenberg 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Souza 4-5, 4R, 2-2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Rivero 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 3R

Harrisburg scored in each of the first five innings and cruised to a 12-3 win over Akron. Starter Nathan Karns went eight strong innings, giving up a pair of runs on a trio of hits and walks while fanning seven to tie departed Taylor Jordan for the team lead in pitching wins. He threw 106 pitches, 70 for strikes. Steve Souza missed the cycle by hitting the ball too far too often, with a pair of doubles, a triple, and a home run to lead the 17-hit onslaught. Roster moves: OF Destin Hood activated from the 7-Day DL; UT Sean Nicol placed on the 7-Day DL; C Sandy Leon placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to 7/13; C Brian Jeroloman activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Harrisburg.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 3
• Rauh 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Fischer (W, 3-0) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Dupra (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Taylor 2-3, R, RBI, OF assist at HP
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 3RBI

Potomac scored five unanswered runs in the 6th and 7th innings for the win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 15 Hickory 2
• Lee (W, 4-2) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Ramos 4-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinez 3-5, 3R, 3B, 2RBI
• Schill 3-5, 2B, BB, RBI

The Suns offense steamed the Crawdads pitchers for 21 hits in a 15-2 rout. Every batter hit safely, seven had multiple hits, and four had three or more. “Help Me” Wander Ramos singled three times, doubled once, and drove in two. Stephen Perez hit the only Hagerstown home run, a grand slam in the 9th. Nick Lee got the win with a run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. Travis Henke was the first man out of the ‘pen, striking out two in the 7th that was mistakenly attributed to pinch-hitter Bryan Lippincott, who had entered the game in LF during the inning.

Tri-City 9 Auburn 3
• Selsor (L, 0-3) 3IP, 8H, 5R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-4
• J.C. Valdez 2-5

Tri-City exploited a two-out error to score four in the 2nd go up 5-0, en route to a 9-3 win over Auburn. Casey Selsor lost for third time in six appearances (four starts), peppered for eight hits and charged with five runs over three innings, with no walks and one strikeout. The Doubledays racked up 12 hits but just twice in fourteen chances with runners on 2nd or 3rd, stranding nine of them. James Yezzo went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and a run driven in to lead the offense.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain postponed today’s game until Monday, when the G-Nats and G-Marlins will rematch with an 11 a.m. doubleheader in Jupiter, FL

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — GNR
At virtual press (OK, roughly 6:45 a.m.) the box score was empty.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (6-3, 3.38) vs.
Darnell (0-1, 5.27)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (6-3, 3.45) vs.
Espino (2-2, 4.47)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 3.96) vs.
Holland (4-5, 4.52)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-0 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Lee (3-2, 4.56) vs.
Parra (5-2, 1.31)
Auburn Won, 3-1 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m
Selsor (0-2, 4.91) vs.
Thurman (0-0, 2.08)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-0 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Won, 11-6 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. Marrugo (1-4, 2.77)

Zach Walters went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts while making three assists and two putouts at shortstop, as the International League defeated the Pacific Coast League, 4-3. Syracuse returns to action with a two-game road series against Rochester before returning home for another two against the Red Wings, then four against Louisville.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 3
• Hill (L, 2-3) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Bloxom 1-3, BB
• Howell 1-3, BB

Taylor Hill turned in his fifth straight quality start for the Senators, but lost as the offense fell one run short, 4-3 to the Rock Cats. Hill gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out two. Harrisburg mustered just seven hits total, with all three runs scoring on outs. Carlos Rivero and Justin Bloxom were the only two hitters to reach base twice, both going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Potomac 2 Lynchburg 1
• Schwartz (W, 7-3) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Wort (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 4-4, 2-2B, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Sanchez 3-3, R, 2B

Potomac outhit Lynchburg 12-7 but only won 2-1. The Hillcats turned six double plays, including an unusual unassisted double play as Cutter Dykstra struck out but interfered on the ensuing stolen base attmept. Blake Schwartz turned in yet another quality start, the only run coming on a solo HR as he let up just five hits, no walks, and fanned three over six innings. Rob Wort pitched two scoreless innings for the hold (no. 3) while Robert Benincasa danced around a single and two walks in the 9th for the save (no. 6). Michael Taylor singled and doubled twice, and drove in what proved to be game-winning run in the 6th as both he and Adrian Sanchez (3-for-3) had hits in each plate appearance. Roster move: RHP A.J. Cole activated from TIL.

Hickory 6 Hagerstown 0
• Mooneyham (L, 4-3) 5IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• C. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramos 1-3
• Perez 1-3

The Hickory Crawdads put the pinch on the Suns, shutting out Hagerstown 6-0 on two hits to take first place in the Sally League North. Brett Mooneyham gave up five runs on five hits over five innings for the loss. The killshot came with two outs in the 3rd when Lewis Brinson broke open a 2-0 lead with a three-run homer off Mooneyham, who walked three and struck out five. Wander Ramos and Stephen Perez were the only two Suns batters to hit safely, each singling one in three at-bats.
Roster move: LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Potomac.

Auburn 3 Tri-City 1
• Johansen 4⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Bafidis (W< 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S • Napoli (SV, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K • Ballou 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI • Gunter 2-4, R Three Doubledays pitchers made a three-run top of the 2nd stand up as Auburn defeated Tri-City, 3-1. Jake Johansen was an out short of qualifying for the win, letting in the Valley Cats sole run on three hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. The Nats first pick of the 2013 Draft struck out six. Cory Bafidis finished the 5th and pitched a scoreless 6th for the win. David Napoli closed it out with one hit, no walks, and three K's over the final three frames for ths save, his third. Cody Gunter led the hit column with a 2-for-4 night as the Doubledays managed just six hits total. Roster move: RHP Joel Barrientos placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Cory Bafidis reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 0
• J. Rodriguez (W, 3-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Silvestre 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, RBI, 3SB
• Pleffner 1-1, 2B, SF, 3RBI
• Medina 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Rehabbing Shawn Pleffner drove in three in the first two innings as the G-Nats blanked the G-Marlins, 5-0. Jefry Rodriguez got the win, tossing five scoreless innings with four hits allowed, no walks, and seven strikeouts. Rehabbing RHPs Pat Lehman and Cameron Selik both turned in a scoreless inning before Hector Silvestre closed it out with two straight 1-2-3 innings. Rafael Bautista singled three times, scored twice, and stole three bases to the lead the lineup. Roster moves: Pleffner, Mike McQuillan assigned from Hagerstown, Selik assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Rojos 6
• Yrizarri (W, 3-1) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K
• Reynoso 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Aguero 4-4, 3R, BB
• Alvarez 3-5, R, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Corredor 3-6, 3R, RBI

A seven-run 2nd busted the open a 2-0 game as the D-Nats, who swept a doubleheader yesterday (*ahem*), won their third straight game. 18-y.o. Venezuelan Deibi Yrizarri got the “W” four runs (three earned) allowed on six hits and a walk while striking out one over five innings. The D-Nats pounded out 16 hits total, led by “Fred” Aguero, who went 4-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.