Transaction Update

Transactions for NPP 2Another afternoon with a lot of roster moves, so here’s a guide to the comings and goings…

SYRACUSE
• C Kelly Shoppach assigned from Washington
• C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• 1B Shawn Pleffner placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Wander Ramos placed on the 7-Day DL
• C Thor Meeks placed on the 7-Day DL
• IF Bryan Lippincott transferred from Auburn
• IF Matt Foat transferred from Abuurn

AUBURN
• OF Brenton Allen reassigned from the GCL

GCL
• RHP Brad Meyers assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab

Now for the commentary…

…A lot of shuffling here, with Watts going on the DL to make room for Shoppach that’s likely the case for Ramos as well.

…Pleffner fouled a ball off his foot on Tuesday and played for an inning afterwards, but was removed from the game.

…Meeks has yet to get into a game, so this appears to be a paper move, as were the removal and reinstatements of Foat and Lippincott, the Nationals taking advantage of the NYPL’s 30-man rosters (of which 25 are active).

…Clearly the powers that be have seen enough from the 20th Rd. pick from UCLA to move him up with the rest of the collegiate picks in Auburn.

…Last but not least, Meyers has been cleared to throw and got the start this morning in Viera, tossing two scoreless innings with one hit allowed, no walks, and one strikeout.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Weber (3-2, 1.98)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2;
Won, 5-4
vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (1-1, 1.29) vs.
Wright (6-2, 4.03)
Potomac Lost, 8-7 (11 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Schwartz (6-2, 2.60) vs.
Smith (4-4, 2.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (2-2, 4.46) vs.
Taylor (4-7, 3.61)
Auburn Losing, 1-0 vs. Jamestown,
4:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 9.00) vs.
Lodge (1-0, 4.50)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 0
• Clay (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Walters 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Espinosa 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Jeroloman 2-4, 2B

Caleb Clay tossed seven scoreless innings while Zach Walters connected on his 19th HR as the Chiefs shut out the Iron Pigs, 5-0. Clay gave up five hits, walked none, and struck out five as he evened his won-loss record at 2-2. Walters drove in three and scored twice while going 3-for-4 with a double while Danny Espinosa and Brian Jeroloman each went 2-for-4 with a double as Syracuse won their fifth straight home game.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2 — GAME ONE
• Ray (W, 1-0) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Grace (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 16) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lozada 2-2, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 1-2, RBI

The Senators packed all of their offense into one inning, scoring four in the 4th to win the opener, 4-2. Robbie Ray won his AA debut, allowing just a run on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight, though he needed 97 pitches to get through five innings. Jose Lozada singled twice and drove in two to account for two of the three Harrisburg hits.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4 — GAME TWO
• Herron (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 8K
• Holland (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-1 IR-S
• Head 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, R, RBI

Harrisburg got out of the gate fast in the nightcap, scoring four in the 1st and one in the 2nd, and held off a late charge from Bowie for a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader. Tyler Herron pitched five and 2/3rds in a spot start, retiring 13 in a row in one stretch while striking out a career-high eight batters. Jerad Head homered and drove in three while Justin Bloxom went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Senators offense. Roster move: OF Destin Hood placed on the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 7 (11 inn.)
• Cole 5IP, 11H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 4K
• Benincasa (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Nieto 2-3, R, BB

Potomac saw its modest three-game win streak halted with an 8-7 loss in 11 innings. A.J. Cole got the start but was not sharp, giving up a season-high seven runs on 11 hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Potomac scored all seven of its runs in the first four innings, but was stifled by the Wilmington ‘pen, which held them to four baserunners over the final seven frames. Adrian Nieto reached base three times going 2-for-3 with a walk to push his batting average to .304 and the lead the Potomac offense.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 3 (12 inn.)
• Mooneyham 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Davis 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 3-0 IR-S
• Self (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Severino 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Three straight two-out singles in the 12th pushed the Shorebird past the Suns, 4-3. Derek Self took the loss, his second in seven appearances, with four hits total coughed up over an inning and 2/3rds. Brett Mooneyham got the start and let in a run on four hits and three walks. Pedro Severino continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI to lead the ten-hit, two-walk Hagerstown attack.

Jamestown 1 Auburn 0 — SUSP.
Persistent rain stopped play in the third after more than an hour’s worth of delays. It will be completed today at 4 p.m. followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 6
• Solis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Silvestre (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2E
• Bautista 3-4, 3R, BB, SB
• Mejia 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats outlasted the G-Mets in a back-and-forth contest, 7-6. Sammy Solis started and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Hector Silvestre got the win, pitching the next five frames with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Rafael Bautista and Bryan Mejia both had three-hit games for the second straight day, combining for five runs scored as the G-Nats pounded out 13 hits for the game. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 2
• Torres 5⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Feliz (BS, 1; L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Mendoza 2-4
• Mercedes 1-3, BB, CS

The D-Cards took the lead with a two-spot in the 6th and put the game away with another crooked number in the 9th, sending the D-Nats to their 8th loss in the last 10 games by a score of 5-2. 18-y.o. Venezuelan Luis Torres pitched into the 6th, allowing two runs on two hits and no walks with two strikeouts but got the no-decision. The offense squandered multiple scoring chances, going 1-for-12 with RISP and stranding eight baserunners. Pedro Mendoza led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 12


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 36-51, 6th place I.L. North, 16½ games behind

Good Jeff Kobernus .375BA, Chris Marrero .333BA since return from MLB
Bad Jeff Mandel 0-4, 7.45ERA, 1.69 WHIP in last five starts
Interesting Mike Broadway four saves in last four appearances since June 26



HARRISBURG SENATORS 45-40, 1st place E.L. West, 1½ games ahead

Good Jason Martinson .333/.417/.429 in 7G since promotion
Bad Blake Treinen 110H in 97⅓IP
Interesting 50 team HBP, most in E.L.



POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-3, 1st place C.L. North, 2½ games ahead (51-30 overall)

Good Greg Holt 2-0, 2.57ERA in last 10 appearances (14IP)
Bad Adrian Sanchez .143/.216/.147 in last 10 games
Interesting 22 saves, T1st in Carolina League (19 blown saves)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 10-5, 1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (48-34 overall)

Good Gilberto Mendez 1-0, 0.68 ERA / 0.68 WHIP in first eight appearances
Bad Pedro Severino 8BB in 52 games (.275 OBP)
Interesting 11 shutouts, 2nd best in Sally League


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 6-10, 6th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League

Good Jean Valdez .326/.383/.535, 2HR, 8RBI in 16 games
Bad Joel Barrientos 12BB in 11⅔ IP
Interesting James Yezzo .333/.367/.421 in 14 games


GCL NATIONALS 9-3, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League

Good Philips Valdez 2-0, 1.13ERA, 0.75WHIP in 8IP
Bad Osvaldo Abreu .293 OPS in 10G
Interesting 1.18 WHIP 2nd best in GCL


DSL NATIONALS 15-12, 2nd place Boca Chica South, 3 games behind

Good 20-y.o. Yermin Mercedes .318/.423/.432 in 16 games
Bad 18-y.o. Yefri Pena 1-1, 5.52 ERA, 1.98 WHIP in 14⅔ IP
Interesting 17-y.o. Israel Mota .264/.406/.340 in 19 games

Last Night In Woodbridge

Ivan Pineyro tossed seven scoreless innings, the bullpen held the lead, and Adrian Nieto smacked a three-run home run to break up a 0-0 game and lead the P-Nats to a 3-1 Independence Day victory over the Blue Rocks.

It’s been a familiar theme, even with the more-than-occasional bullpen implosion, as the P-Nats have been on ’14 Braves-like run since Memorial Day weekend with a 28-8 record, even as they continue to push up players (Taylor Jordan, Robbie Ray, Jason Martinson) to Harrisburg.

Pineyro and Nieto, of course, are examples of how when things are going well, a minor-league team can absorb the “losses” and continue to thrive. Five seasons ago was the most extreme example, with some 70 players passing through while the 2008 edition won both halves and the Carolina League championship.

Pineyro came into the contest with a 9.64 ERA officially, 7.04 if you count his work in the suspended game last week against Myrtle Beach. But that’s just one (two?) starts and in his third outing, Pineyro showed a deft combination of heat and change of pace to keep the Wilmington batters unsettled.

The 21-year-old let up just three hits and walked one over seven frames, retiring the leadoff man six times and keeping the ball down. The latter is particularly important as that was his undoing in his debut against Carolina, leading to hard contact and multiple walks (just one last night).

Nieto, who’s moved into the cleanup spot vacated by Martinson, has been red-hot since the second half began, clubbing five of his eight HRs over the last 10 games along with slow-pitch softball numbers of .515/.579/.970 with 13RBI.

Colin Bates followed Pineyro out of the ‘pen and set ’em down in order in the 8th. Richie Mirowski got the save, his first since May, but gave up his sixth HR in just 40 innings pitched.

The two teams resume their four-game series tonight with A.J. Cole taking the hill for the P-Nats, opposed by the Blue Rocks’ Kyle Smith (4-4, 2.89).

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4;
Won, 6-5
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (1-2, 2.21) vs.
Martin (9-3, 4.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
5:30 p.m.
Ray (AA debut) and Herron (2-1, 4.91) vs.
Jones (3-3, 6.15) and Gamboa (4-5, 3.48)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Cole (5-3, 4.10) vs.
Sample (1-4, 4.44)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (4-2, 2.27) vs.
Guzman (4-0, 4.70)
Auburn Lost, 5-4 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-0, 1.38) vs.
Dickson (0-0, 6.75)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-4 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 2.89) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-2, 4.64) vs.
Changarotty (2-1, 1.69)



Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 4 — GAME ONE
• Roark (W, 6-3) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Broadway (SV, 6) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B

The Chiefs put up five in the bottom of the 6th to snap a 2-2 and held on in the 7th for a 7-4 win in the opener. Starter Tanner Roark won his 6th game with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Mike Broadway stranded a runner and got the last two outs of the 7th for his sixth save. The Chrises Marrero and Rahl combined to go 4-for-7 with three runs and an RBI to lead the 11-hit Syracuse attack.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5 — GAME TWO
• Mandel 6IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Crotta (W, 4-6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Espinosa 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Watts 2-3

Syracuse rallied for three in their final at-bat to sweep the doubleheader with a 6-5 win in the nightcap. The rally made a winner out of Mike Crotta who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Starter Jeff Mandel gave up all five Lehigh Valley runs on eight hits, no walks, and struck out four. Danny Espinosa stroked the game-winning RBI single, as he went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster move: RHP Yunesky Maya placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Treinen (L, 6-7) 6IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Perry 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The BaySox matched the runs to the innings through the first three frames to build a 6-0 lead and cruise to a 6-2 win over the Senators. Blake Treinen gutted out six innings, surrendering all six Bowie runs on 10 hits and a walk while setting down two on strikes. Steve Souza homered for the second straight game in the bottom of the 9th to break up the shutout bid.
Roster move: LHP Robbie Ray promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Pineyro (W, 1-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bates (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Nieto 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, SB

Good pitching, good defense, and a three-run HR were the keys to the win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 1
• Dickson 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Meza (W, 2-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Severino 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R,

The Suns bullpen pitched in on short notice while the offense made the most of its chances for a 5-1 win over the Shorebirds. Ian Dickson tossed four shutout innings as the spot starter, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out four. Christian Meza got the win with a run let in over the next three on two hits and a walk to go with four K’s. Pedro Severino hit his first professional home run and went 3-for-4 as he, Estarlin Martinez, and Tony Renda accounted for all seven Hagerstown hits.
Roster moves: RHP Dixon Anderson placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Cory Bafidis reassigned from the GCL.

Jamestown 5 Auburn 4
• Johansen 4IP, 0H, R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Hudgins (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Yezzo 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, SB

Jamestown erased an early 3-1 deficit with a four-run 5th and sent Auburn to 5-4 defeat. Top 2013 pick Jake Johansen turned his best and longest outing thus far, allowing an unearned run on two walks and a hit batsman over four innings but got the no-decision. Will Hudgins was squeezed for the loss, giving up the aforementiond four runs on three hits and a walk, but went four innings total and struck out six. James Yezzo and Wilman Rodriguez both had multihit games as the Doubledays outhit the Jammers 7-3.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 4
• J. Rodriguez 2⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, WP
• P. Valdez (W, 2-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Mejia 3-5, 3R, 2-3B, RBI
• Bautista 3-5, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

A pair of two-run rallies in the late innings gave the G-Nats the lead and then some insurance as they rebounded from Wednesday’s 18-3 smackdown with a 7-4 win over the G-Cards. Jefry Rodriguez got the start and was lit up for all four Cardinal runs on five hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Philips Valdez got the win with three scoreless innings, giving up no hits and two walks while setting down four on strikes. Bryan Mejia and Rafael Bautista both went 3-for-5 with an RBI whie Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz drove in three with a double and a HR in five ABs.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1
• Yrizarri (W, 2-0) 5IP, 4H, R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Morales (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mendoza 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
• Florentino 1-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating the D-Cards, 4-1. Starter Deibi Yrizarri got the win with an unearned run given up on four hits and two walks and struck out six over five innings. Eight of nine D-Nats batters hit safely with Pedro Mendoza leading the hit column with a 2-for-4 effort, while Darryl Florentino reached base three times, scored twice, and stole base while going 1-for-3 with two walks.

Robbie Ray Promoted To Harrisburg

Moving On Up for NPP
The Potomac Nationals announced today that LHP Robbie Ray has been promoted to the Harrisburg Senators.

This is a bit of surprise, given the hammering (7HR, .245OBA) he took in June (vs 2HR, .184OBA in April/May) but apparently the powers that be are satisfied that he has made enough progress to be challenged with the next level.

Indeed, compared to the pitcher he was a year ago (especially in the second half, when he would get hit early, often, and hard), the 21-year-old southpaw has improved by leaps and bounds, getting more ground balls overall and converting more of the long counts (which are still a little too frequent to not glaze over) into strikeouts.

For the season, Ray is 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA, 3.82 FIP, and a WHIP of 1.20 with 100 strikeouts and 41 walks in 84 innings. That’s 4.39 BB/9 and 10.71 K/9. The walk rate is actually a career high, while the home run rate is only down slightly (0.96 vs. 1.19).

While not officially confirmed yet by the Senators PR folks, it would appear that Ray is the “TBA” listed in yesterday’s media notes for the probable pitcher of first game in tomorrow’s doubleheader in Harrisburg.

Last Night In Woodbridge

With the threat of a suicide squeeze, the Winston-Salem infield had to play in with two outs in the 9th inning against Potomac leadoff man Billy Burns. The extra step or two in gave the speedy outfielder the margin he needed to shoot one past the Dash third baseman for a 2-1 walkoff win last night.
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It was the fifth walkoff win, and the 50th win overall for the P-Nats this season, but almost an afterthought considering who the starting pitcher was.

The announced pitcher had been Ivan Pineyro, who had pitched last Thursday in a game suspended by rain. With four pitchers throwing in the interim, it was his turn in the rotation. To your right can see that that is not a righthander warming up but a lefty.

Starting a day earlier than what sources had said, was one Matthew Taylor Purke, the Nationals’ 3rd Round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

It continues the Nationals’ pattern of minimizing the exposure and scrutiny of high-profile prospects (e.g. preventing Stephen Strasburg from starting in MD or VA, skipping Bryce Harper from Low-A to AA in 2011) as today is one of the few times the paid attendance listed in the Potomac box score will be closer to the number of people versus the number of limbs or bones.

With the caveat that you see in the header, here’s my scouting report on Purke’s first High-A start.

There’s an obsession with velocity nowadays. It’s invariably the first question I get asked via Twitter. Perhaps I’m feeding the beast, but the reports of low-to-mid-90s heat are true.

What struck me more was the movement on his pitches. Rare was the fastball that came in straight. More often was the heater that had what Ryan Kelley from Baseball Newshound described here as “spin…with razor-sharp slider movement.” The southpaw also unleashed a handful of both his slurve and the 11-5 curve, but stayed mostly with the fastball in the early going.

The command last night, however, was spotty. Purke ran up long counts to five of 22 batters faced, with 20+ pitch* innings in the 1st and 5th. But let’s not forget who he was facing — Winston-Salem is the cream of the crop offensively in the Carolina League. They get some credit for working the count, too.

The lone run Purke gave up came in the 1st, on sacrifice fly following a triple to right-center that Justin Miller, a utility player, couldn’t track down. Had he gotten the next two out, the narrative might have been “well, with Caleb Ramsey or Randolph Oduber out there, they go scoreless” but he gave up a single and hit a batter so it’s not that simple.

The second inning was perhaps his best, even though most would say the fourth, in which he dispatched the 7-8-9 batters on less than 10 pitches. Winston-Salem got a break on an error by Cutter Dykstra and ambushed Purke on first-pitch fastball to put two runners on. The count went to 3-0 but Purke bore down to get it to 3-2 and got the first out on a grounder to short, then ran the next batter to 0-2 and got the double play on a grounder to second to escape further damage.

The third saw Purke get two quick outs then give up a single and a five-pitch walk before retiring the fifth batter on a flyout to center.

After the aforementioned 1-2-3 4th inning, Purke got the leadoff man in the 5th on three pitches but walked the second batter on six and needed more than seven pitches to put away Dash SS Chris Curley. He got the final batter on routine flyout to right to finish his night, roughly 70 pitches thrown over five innings with one run given up on four hits with two walks, two strikeouts, a wild pitch, and a hit batsmen.

All in all, a decent outing.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-5, 6.14) and
Roark (5-3, 3.36) vs.
Cloyd (1-7, 7.79) and
Miner (5-5, 4.62)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0
(7 inn., rain)
vs. Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.61) vs.
Chen (MLB rehab)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Zimmer (2-7, 5.40)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (5-5, 3.20) vs.
Hader (3-3, 2.67)
Auburn Lost, 12-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 1.93) vs.
Brewer (2-0, 3.29)
GCL Nationals Lost, 18-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Losing, 5-1
(Susp.)
@ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (0-2, 1.54) vs.
Jo. Rodriguez (0-1, 1.84)



Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 0
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-6) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 2-4
• Walters 1-3, BB
• 63 minute rain delay

The Iron Pigs got the best of a pitcher’s duel, defeating the Chiefs 2-0. Danny Rosenbaum took the loss, giving up both Lehigh Valley runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. The Chiefs were held to just five hits and two walks total, with Corey Brown (2-for-4) and Zach Walters the only two batters to reach base twice.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 0 (7 inn., rain)
• Karns (W, 6-3) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Frias (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Brian Goodwin and Steve Souza hit back-to-back jacks with one out in the 7th to put the exclamation point on a 5-0 Harrisburg shutout of Erie, shortened to seven inning thanks to (would you believe?) rain. Nathan Karns made his third start since returning to the Senators rotation, giving up a hit and two walks over five innings with five strikeouts. Marcos Frias go the save with a scoreless sixth inning. Jason Martinson led the Harrisburg hit column with a 2-for-3 night.

Potomac 2 Winston-Salem 1
• Purke 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Holt (W, 4-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-4, R
• Burns 2-5, 2B, RBI

Some guy named Matt Purke made his High-A debut Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 0
• Pena 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Harper (W, 4-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Perez 1-4, 2RBI

Four Hagerstown pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout to complete the sweep of West Virginia, 3-0. Ronald Pena got the start and gave up a hit over three innings, walking one and striking out one. Bryan Harper got the win with two hits allowed over the next three, Travis Henke pitched two scoreless for the hold and Derek Self retired the side 1-2-3 in the 9th for the save. Estarlin Martinez led the five-hit Suns offense with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run, driving in a run, and drawing a walk.

Batavia 12 Auburn 2
• Barrientos (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 6BB, 0K, HR (solo)
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lippincott 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Masters 1-3, R, BB
• 38 minute rain delay

When a position player is the most effective pitcher, you know it’s been a bad night. Batavia took advantage of 11 base-on-balls to score 12 times on just seven hits in a 12-2 decimation of Auburn. Joel Barrientos walked six in his four and a 1/3rd inning, giving up the first four runs on three hits, including a home run. The Doubledays collected eight hits, led by Bryan Lippincott who singled and doubled and drove in a run.

GCL Cardinals 18 GCL Nationals 3
• Giolito ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Ullmann 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramos (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 1⅔IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, HBP
• Read 2-3, R, CS
• Bautista 1-3, BB

The G-Cards scored 16 unanswered runs as they overcame an early 3-2 deficit to pulverize the G-Nats, 18-3. Lucas Giolito made his first post-surgery appearance but retired just one (strikeout) of five batters faced, giving up two runs (one earned) on a hit and two walks. David Ramos took the loss with six runs charged to him over an inning and 2/3rds on three hits and two walks. Raudy Read went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the hit column as the G-Nats managed just seven hits and two walks.

DSL Braves 5 DSL Nationals 1 — SUSP.
• Reyes 3⅔IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K
• Aguero 2-2

The D-Braves scored in three of four innings before the game was suspended due to rain. Luis Reyes gave up all five runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four. “Fred Aguero” was 2-for-2 in his first two ABs.

Catching Up On Transactions

Catching Up On TransactionsAn unusually high number of transactions coming in from the affiliates this afternoon, so to maximize page views help you guys sort through them, here’s a recap of what I’ve got so far…

HARRISBURG
• IF Carlos Rivero reassigned from Syracuse
• RHP Paul Demny placed on the 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Wander Ramos activated from the 7-Day DL
• LHP Kylin Turnbull reassigned from Auburn

AUBURN
• IF Matt Foat reassigned from Hagerstown
• RHP Austin Voth transferred from the GCL
• RHP John Simms transferred from the GCL

GCL NATIONALS
• LHP Elliott Waterman reassigned from Auburn
• LHP Niko Spezial reassigned from Auburn
• OF Brenton Allen assigned from Washington

Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News is reporting via Twitter that Demny has been suffering from some arm soreness and won’t be taking part in next week’s All-Star Game. Rivero hasn’t played since Saturday and would appear to have been transferred to get some more playing time as the parent club seems hell-bent on not benching Danny Espinosa.

Kylin Turnbull’s recent success in Auburn seems to spurring the club to give him another chance at testing his stuff against Low-A batters. Likewise, it would appear that the swapping of pitchers between upstate NY and the Space Coast is a matter of getting higher-calibre competition for the guys escaping Florida and more time to work with coaches at the complexes for the guys returning.

Zach Walters To Represent Syracuse In 2013 AAA All-Star Game

The Syracuse Chiefs have announced that SS Zach Walters has been named to the International League All-Star team.

Zach WaltersWalters, who was recently named the I.L. Player of the Week, leads the Chiefs with 18 home runs and is second to Chris Marrero with 44 RBIs. With 40 extra-base hits total (20 doubles, two triples), he’s third in the International League, three behind Atlanta farmhand Joey Terdoslavich.

Overall, Walters is hitting .246/.275/.508, but since June 1, he’s hit .316 with 8HR and 20RBI. Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, the 23-y.o. Wyoming native was picked up in a trade of RHP Jason Marquis at the July 2011 trade deadline.