Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Torra (0-2, 6.19) vs.
Workman (5-1, 3.43)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0;
Lost, 2-1
@ Reading,
1:35 p.m.
Gilliam (1-1, 5.65) vs.
Buchanan (2-6, 4.67)
Potomac Won, 8-7;
Won, 4-3
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (4-2, 3.78) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 @ West Virginia,
2:05 p.m.
Pineyro (4-3, 3.33) vs.
Glasnow (3-1, 3.21)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, PO
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
• Perez 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-3, R, 2RBI

Eury Perez’s two-run triple capped off a three-run 7th as the Chiefs came back from a 2-1 deficit to edge the PawSox, 4-3. Rehabbing Christian Garcia got the win in relief, giving up a run over two innings on a hit and two walks while fanning three. Starter Danny Rosenbaum turned in a quality start with six innings pitched, two runs allowed on four hits and a walk, but struck out just one. Michael Broadway got the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Harrisburg 1 Reading 0 — GAME ONE
• Jordan (W, 4-0) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Nicol 1-2, BB

Taylor Jordan outdueled Phillies top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle as Harrisburg shut out Reading, 1-0. Both pitchers went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out seven over seven innings but Jordan was just a little finer, walking none to Biddle’s three and needing just 84 pitches versus 111. The difference of course was the solo HR that batterymate Sandy Leon hit to lead off the seventh.

Reading 2 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO
• Clay (L, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Herron 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Hague 1-1, 2B, BB

Harrisburg got just a solo HR in the nightcap, but Caleb Clay couldn’t toss the shutout as the Fightin’ Phils landed a 2-1 punch on the Senators to split the doubleheader. Clay gave up both Reading runs on five hits over five innings, walking none and setting down five on strikes. Jimmy Van Ostrand homered and walked, going 2-for-4 with two walks for the night to account for the lone Harrisburg run.

Potomac 8 Frederick 7 — GAME ONE
• Detwiler 3⅔ IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Mirowski (BS, 5; W, 4-3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Burns 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB, SB

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 — GAME TWO
• Cole (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 11K, HR
• Wort (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 3-1 IR-S
• Burns 2-4, RBI
• Miller 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Took nearly five hours to play 13 innings Last Night In Woodbridge.

West Virginia 1 Hagerstown 0
• Lee (L, 1-2) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinez 1-3, SB
• Severino 1-3

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined to limit West Virginia to seven hits, but the one run given up was enough as the Power shorted the Suns, 1-0. Nick Lee gave up all seven safeties over six innings pitched with no walks and three strikeouts but suffered the loss. Cody Davis and Bryan Harper each turned in a 1-2-3 inning. Estarlin Martinez and Pedro Severino were the only two Suns to reach base, both singling, with Martinez the long Hagerstown batter to reach second base.

DSL Yankees1 8 DSL Nationals 6
• Reyes 5IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• A. Ramirez (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Lora 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

A four-run 6th stopped the D-Nats win streak at five as the D-Yankees1 squad dropped them, 8-6. Luis Reyes went five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks in start no. 2. Algenis Ramirez blew the save and took the loss, charged with all four runs on five hits over 2/3rds of an inning. 17-y.o. Edwin Lora led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, scoring two runs, drawing a walk, and driving in one.

Transaction Update

Transactions for NPP
The rain has helped solve some short-term problems for the parent club, but with yesterday’s waiver claim filling up the 40-man, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s it for now. Without further ado, here’s the latest moves, some of which were reported in the News & Notes this morning.

SYRACUSE
• RHP Christian Garcia transferred from Harrisburg for MLB Rehab
• LHP Tyler Robertson optioned from Washington (claimed on waivers)
• UT Francisco Soriano reassigned from Potomac

HARRISBURG
• RHP Paul Demny reassigned from Syracuse

POTOMAC
• IF Jean Valdez assigned from XST

SIGNED
• LHP Aneudy Rosario
• OF Gilberto Ramirez

As mentioned in the “promotions” post earlier this week, injuries have created a lot of need-based moves between the affiliates. This latest batch is no exception. It’s a bit curious to move up Valdez to Potomac, but it would not surprise me in the least if this merely a temporary move that will be undone in week or less. As usual, there’s nothing to be found on the two signees, who are presumably IFAs that weren’t high-dollar (otherwise, I’d have expected Baseball America to remark about them in yesterday’s transaction post).

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Torra (0-2, 6.19) vs.
Workman (5-1, 3.43)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Reading,
5:35 p.m.
Clay (5-2, 3.69) and
Jordan (3-0, 1.08) vs.
Zambrano (0-0, -.–) and
Biddle (3-5, 3.23)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:05 p.m.
Detwiler (MLB Rehab)
and Hill (4-2, 3.78) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63) and
Petersime (2-5, 6.99)
Hagerstown Won, 9-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-1, 7.82) vs.
Castro (6-3, 2.04)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Polanco (0-0, 7.36)



Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Ohlendorf 5IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Tatusko (W, 1-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Roark (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brown 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Rahl 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Marrero 2-3, R, BB, RBI

Corey Brown’s three-run shot in the bottom of the 8th capped a comeback from an early 2-0 deficit as Syracuse derailed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 4-2. Starter Ross Ohlendorf hadn’t pitched in more than a week, thanks to the injuries in DC as well as the rain. He walked three and paid for back-to-back walks in the third with the lone hit he allowed, resulting in a two-run double. He went five innings and struck out five. Ryan Tatusko, the originally scheduled starter, got the win in relief with three scoreless innings, with two hits and two walks given up and five strikeouts. Chris Rahl, who had doubled in front of Brown in the 8th, and Chris Marrero, who had walked, paced the eight-hit attack with two hits apiece. Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia assigned on MLB rehab; LHP Tyler Robertson optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Reading — PPD
For the second straight night, the Harrisburg Senators have been rained out. This one, however, is to be made up immediately as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Roster move: Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow reports that RHP Paul Demny will be reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
Prolonged rainfall postponed the opening game of the three-game series against the Keys, creating a doubleheader between the first- and second-place team in the C.L. North tonight. Ross Detwiler is expected to make a rehab start in the first game, with last night’s scheduled starter A.J. Cole coming on in relief.

Hagerstown 9 West Virginia 3
• Encarnacion (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Pena (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2WP
• Benincasa (SV, 9) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Martinez 3-5, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B

After taking a 5-0 lead early, then seeing the Power surge back to within two at 5-3, the Suns scored four unanswered runs in the last two innings for a 9-3 win. Tony Renda was the beer man as the sole Hagerstown batter not to hit safely. Will Piwinica-Worms led the offense with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI. Pedro Encarnacion won his team-leading fifth game with two runs allowed (one earned) on five hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Ronald Pena and Robert Benincasa each pitched two innings in relief, earning the hold and save, respectively.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Mets1 5
• Valerio 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Yefri Pena (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• D. Rosario 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Mercedes 1-1, 2RBI

The D-Nats rallied for four runs in the 8th and held off a late D-Mets1 charge to win another one-run game, 6-5. Maximo Valerio was touched for three runs on six hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings in his second start. Yefri Pena got the win in relief, tossing two and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out two. Dionicio Rosario struck again for two runs and two walks while going 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Three P-Nats Named To Carolina League All-Star Team

For the first time since 2009, Potomac has multiple representatives named to the Carolina League All-Star team, as the rosters for the 2013 contingent were announced today.

OF Billy Burns, LHP Robbie Ray, and RHP Blake Schwartz were among those named on the roster. It’s believed to be the first All-Star appearance for all three players.

Burns will be among the starting outfielders, most likely in center. The 23-year-old Georgia native leads the Carolina League with 28 steals, while his .418 on-base percentage is second in the league.

Ray leads the Carolina League with 81 strikeouts in 62 innings, but is also third in most walks allowed with 29. After a disastrous 2012 (4-12, 6.56), the 21-year-old from Tennessee will take it as he’s also third in ERA at 2.32 and has posted a won-loss mark of 4-2.

Schwartz is a bit of a surprise, given that he began the season in Hagerstown and in the bullpen. Since his promotion in late April he’s won five of eight starts (5-1 for Potomac, 7-1 overall) and posted a league-best ERA of 1.29. The 23-year-old Minnesotan has risen rapidly up the Nationals ladder, going from a 17-round pick from Okalahoma City College to High-A in less than a calendar year.

The 2013 Carolina-California All-Star game is scheduled for June 18th with the San Jose Giants as the host city for the California League. The game will be televised locally as well as on MiLB.tv.

As aforementioned, the P-Nats have had only one player named the past three seasons with OF Michael Burgess the sole representative in 2010 and 2011 and C David Freitas in 2012 (RHP Rob Wort was named as an injury replacement). The previous multiple-player representation came in 2009, when RHPs Brad Meyers and Jeff Mandel were named to the Carolina League’s pitching staff.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 8


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 24-35, 6th place I.L. North, 11 games behind

Good Chris Marrero .301/.348/.500, 10HR, 43RBI in 54G
Bad Ryan Perry 1-4, 7.88 ERA/6.40 FIP/1.85 WHIP
Interesting Michael Broadway .111 OBA in first three appearances



HARRISBURG SENATORS 30-29, 3rd place E.L. West, 3 games behind

Good Sean Nicol .333/.395/.485 in last 10G
Bad Tyler Herron 6.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP in six appearances
Interesting 23 pitchers used in 59 games



POTOMAC NATIONALS 34-24, 1st place C.L. North, 2 games ahead

Good Robbie Ray 11.75K/9IP
Bad Robbie Ray 4.2BB/9IP
Interesting Kevin Keyes .302/.373/.415 during current 14-game on-base streak


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 31-25, 2nd place Sally North, 1 games behind

Good Dixon Anderson 2.80 ERA/ 3.53 FIP/ 1.07 WHIP
Bad Tony Renda 11E in 56G
Interesting Pedro Severino 7E, 6PB, 49% CS

Friday’s News & Notes

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.

Tatusko (0-2, 3.45) vs.
Wang (4-4, 2.33)

Ohlendorf (4-5, 4.32) vs.
Nuno (2-0, 1.54)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (5-2, 3.69) vs.
Biddle (3-5, 3.23)
Zambrano (0-0, -.–)
Potomac Suspended, 5-5
(Two outs, Bottom of 9th)
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-2, 4.94) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63)
Hagerstown Canceled @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (4-3, 2.18) vs.
Holmes (2-4, 5.04)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Arias (0-0, 0.00)



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s Chiefs-RailRiders game until June 26, when it will be made up at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader.
Roster move: LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD
Same story as Syracuse, but no makeup date has been set just yet. Bowie next visits for five games on July 4-8.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 5 — SUSP., Bot. 9th
• Solis 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Bates 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R

On the plus side, Potomac remains unbeaten over the last nine games. The minus is that the blown save in the 9th — the 17th of the season — denied the P-Nats to take advantage of the idle Frederick Keys and reduce the magic number to clinch to ten. Potomac overcame an early 3-0 deficit two in the 6th (courtesy of a Kevin Keyes HR) and three in the 7th to take a 5-3 lead. Myrtle Beach answered with one in the 7th and tied it in the ninth on a walk, sacrifice, and a two-out single before the rain halted play and the game was called. No continuation date has been announced, as the Carolina League will likely cross its fingers and hope that the Southern Division is won without this one affecting the outcome.

Kannapolis vs. Hagerstown — Cancelled
For the third time in a month, Hagerstown had a game canceled, increasing the odds of the first half being decided by less than a full game or on percentage points. The second-place Suns visit the third-place Power for a three-game series this weekend. Hagerstown leads West Virginia by a ½ game but trails Hickory by a full game. The Suns and Crawdads are scheduled for four games in three days on Monday through Wednesday at the Muni as Hagerstown closes out the first half at home.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 4
• J. Ramirez 2⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, K
• Feliz (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• D. Rosario 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Aguero 1-3, BB, SB

The D-Nats rallied for two in the last of the 9th to win, 5-4. John Feliz picked up his second win in relief, stranding two in the 7th and pitching two and 2/3rds scoreless inning with no hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Jean Ramirez got the start, but was roughed up four runs on three hits and four walks. Dionicio Rosario paced the offense with a 3-for-5 game, doubling, homering, and driving in three. He also stole a base.

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Longtime readers already know this, but for the more recent visitors to this space… If you’re looking for news and/or opinion on the Nats’ 68th pick, this isn’t the place. I know that sounds a bit odd for a prospect follower, but I’ll be blunt: I’m too damn busy following the guys “we” already have to expend energy wondering about the ones “we” might have… never mind the hype or Harold Reynolds.

But I’m more than happy to point you in the direction of folks that do have that inclination:
… Sean Hogan, who wrote for the site last summer, has his take.
… Local scouting guru Ryan Kelley had this to say.
… Another Ryan (Sullivan), live-blogged the 1st round and will have more later on today.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-0 vs. Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.

Tatusko (0-2, 3.45) vs.
Wang (4-4, 2.33)
Harrisburg Won, 6-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
TBA vs. Wright (6-0, 3.30)
Potomac Won, 5-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Jackson (5-4, 2.44)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 11-0
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (4-3, 2.18) vs.
Leyer (2-6, 4.95)
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 0
• Demny (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 6K, HR, HBP, WP
• Broadway 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 2-4, 2B
• Rahl 1-4, 2B, OF assist at 1B

The RailRiders spoiled Paul Demny’s AAA debut, lighting up the 23-y.o. for seven runs en route to an 8-0 shutout of the Chiefs. Demny pitched five inning, walked one and allowed nine hits, including a two-run HR in the four-run 2nd. Three relievers followed for an inning apiece but it was largely moot as the Syracuse offense was held to just five hits. Eury Perez and Chris Rahl accounted for three of them including both extra-base hits registered for the Chiefs. RHP Paul Demny assigned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 0
• Garcia 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Treinen (W, 5-5) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Hood 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Leon 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined on a shutout as Harrisburg blanked Bowie, 6-0. Christian Garcia put in his rehab work early, pitching the first and second innings with two walks and hit allowed and four strikeouts. Blake Treinen nearly completed the game, going six and 2/3rds innings with six hits and a walk given up, but Aaron Barrett was summoned from the ‘pen to get the final out. Brian Goodwin and Destin Hood each went 2-for-4 with a double to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 0
• Ray (W, 4-2) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Mirowski (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 2-4, BB, RBI, SB
• Oduber 2-4, R, RBI
• Soriano 2-4, R, RBI

The P-Nats rolled to their eighth straight win as three pitchers combined to shut out the Pelicans, 5-0. Robbie Ray allowed all four of Myrtle Beach’s hits but walked just one and struck out seven over six and 2/3rds while earning his fourth win. Richie Mirowski stranded a runner in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th while Derek Self matched the feat in the 9th. Potomac rapped out 11 hits, with Billy Burns, Randolph Oduber, and Francisco Soriano each going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Frederick won to keep pace with Potomac, two games behind, but the magic number to clinch was reduced to 11.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Anderson (L, 4-3) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Hudgins ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Piwinica-Worms 1-3
• Foat 1-3

Hagerstown couldn’t keep Kannapolis off the board for consecutive innings and lost the opener, 6-2. Dixon Anderson nearly went the distance, pitching six and 2/3rds innings with all six Intimidators runs charged to him on eight hits and a walk, but suffered the loss. Five Suns went 1-for-3 (all singles) but nobody reached base twice against 18-year-old Jefferson Olacio, who got the complete-game win for Kannapolis.

Kannapolis 11 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K
• Norfork 0-1, 2BB

Three Intimidators combined on a seven-inning no-hitter as Kannapolis swept the doubleheader from Hagerstown with an 11-0 shutout in the nightcap. Brett Mooneyham’s return from the DL was a short stint of just two innings, as the 23-y.o. was lapped for three runs on a hit and four walks, though he did strike out four. Khayyan Norfork was the sole Sun to reach base twice, as he went 0-for-1 with two walks. The losses paired with a win by Hickory dropped Hagerstown into second place (percentage points ahead of West Virginia) by a ½ game. The Suns host the Crawdads next week for four games at the Muni, including a doubleheader on Tuesday.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Pirates2 3
• Torres 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Aquino (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Cerda 1-3, BB, RBI

After losing a 3-2 lead in the 8th, the D-Nats answered the D-Pirates2 run with their one of their own for a 4-3 win. Jonathan Aquino got the dreaded blown-save-win, giving up the lead in the 8th but pitching a scoreless 9th. 19-y.o. Luis Torres got the start and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six. Kelvin Gutierrez continues to dominate, doubling twice and scoring twice.

A Word On “Promotions” (UPDATED)

The “TBA” for Syracuse is now Paul Demny, formerly of Harrisburg. He’ll be making his first AAA start tonight against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after posting a 4-4, 3.98/4.04/1.31 line for the Senators

Sorry for the lack of enthusiasm, but it’s difficult to tell if this is a true promotion (e.g. Taylor Jordan, Potomac to Harrisburg) or a need-based assignment (e.g. Craig Manuel, Hagerstown to Harrisburg) This has been happening a lot lately, and it’s a judgment call because not every move upward is a promotion, the verb choice of team PR staffers not withstanding.

The reason for the doubt is of course the status of veteran Ross Ohlendorf. In this morning’s News & Notes, I suggested that he may have opted out of his minor-league contract. After putting out some feelers, there’s still no word in either direction. He’s still listed as active on MiLB.com, but the site is notorious for being slow on updates (Demny, for example, is still listed on the Harrisburg roster as of this writing at ~4:35 p.m.).

Naturally, it’s possible that both he and Yunesky Maya have been demoted to the bullpen or placed on the DL, but common sense dictates that as veterans that if the organization no longer wants them to start, they’d be released. More feasible is the idea that Ohlendorf has read the tea leaves and for the second straight year, decided to look for another organization to hook on with in his quest to return to the majors.

Apologies in advance to anyone this may confuse or offend, but I thought it might be worth a short post to explain the lack of “Movin’ On Up” pics for minor-leaguers lately.

UPDATE #1: With word that Stephen Strasburg being placed on the DL, another possibility is that the Nats are withholding both Maya and Ohlendorf in order to maximize the surprise factor for whomever is tapped to start in his place on Saturday. This, of course, was last done with the surprise promotion of Nathan Karns.

UPDATE #2: FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is now reporting that Ohlendorf will be added to the 40-man roster and make the start for the big club in place of Stephen Strasburg. As noted in the comments, so much for subterfuge… and so much for my “opted out” scenario. For what it’s worth, this caught the folks paid to do this flat-footed, too. It happens.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.

Demny (AAA debut) vs.
Nuno (2-0, 1.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (4-5, 4.38) vs.
Gamboa (1-3, 4.30)
Potomac Won, 9-2 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-2, 2.60) vs.
N. Martinez (4-2, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Anderson (4-2, 2.50) and
Mooneyham (1-0, 0.63) vs.
Olacio (1-7, 7.63) and
Ortiz (0-1, 3.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 12-4 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 4
• Mandel (L, 1-2) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Accardo 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jeroloman 3-4, R
• Perez 3-5, R, E

The RailRiders ran roughshod on spot starter Jeff Mandel, putting up three crooked numbers en route to a 6-4 win. Mandel was charged with all six runs on 11 hits, including two home runs, but walked none and struck out three. Jeremy Accardo finished the game with two and 2/3rds innings of one-hit, scoreless relief. The Chiefs got all four runs in the 3rd, highlighted by a three-run shot by Chris Rahl. Lineup bookends Eury Perez and Brian Jeroloman both singled three times as Syracuse rapped out ten hits total.
While unconfirmed, it would appear that Ross Ohlendorf has exercised his opt-out clause, as referenced in this WaPo story.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 5
• Gilliam 4⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR
• Grace 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Head 2-4, R, 2B

Steve “Did You Know My Dad Was Al?” Bumbry homered off losing pitcher Pat McCoy in the 9th as Bowie overcame a 5-3 deficit to edge Harrisburg, 6-5. The BaySox also went deep twice against starter Rob Gilliam over his four and a 1/3rd innings. Matt Grace pitched two and 2/3rds scoreless in his AA debut, allowing three hits but walking none and fanning one. Justin Bloxom homered (as did Destin Hood) and drove in three, as he and veteran Jared Head both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Sens offense.

Potomac 9 Myrtle Beach 4
• Schwartz (W, 5-1) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Bates 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Sanchez 3-5, 2R, 2RBI
• Oduber 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Leonida 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB

A pair of four-run innings was more than enough for Blake Schwartz to work with as the bottom of the P-Nats order spanked the Pelicans for a 9-2 win, the seventh straight for Potomac. The Minnesota native won his team-leading fifth game in just eight starts with seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while setting down five. The nos. 6-9 batters combined for nine hits, six runs, three doubles and three RBI. The win, combined with a Lynchburg loss, extends the P-Nats lead in the C.L. North to two games over Frederick and lowers the magic number to clinch the first half to 12.

Hagerstown 8 Kannapolis 2
• Purke 4⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• Rauh (W, 3-2) 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Renda 4-5, 3R, 2-2B, SB
• Martinez 2-4, R, SB
• Norfork 2-5, 2RBI, SB

The Suns ran the Intimidators into the wall for an 8-2 win that broke a four-game skid. Matt Purke struck out eight in his second start of the season, but (presumably) hit his pitch limit and was lifted after four and 2/3rds innings, with three hits, two walks, and no runs allowed. Brian Rauh piggybacked again and finished the game for the “W,” giving up both Kannapolis runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Tony Renda, one of six Hagerstown All-Stars named yesterday, led the attack with two singles and two doubles (now tied for the league lead at 22) and stole his 11th base.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Pirates2 4
• Yrizarri 4IP, 6H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• M. Salazar (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gutierrez 3-6, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• D. Rosario 2-5, 2R, BB, RBI
• Florentino 2-3, R, RBI, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats scored nine unanswered runs from the 3rd to 8th before D-Pirates2 got three runs late in a 12-4 smackdown. Venezuelan newcomer Deibi Yrizarri got the start, scattering six hits over four innings, with one unearned run and a walk allowed. Returnee Melvin Salazar got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Kelvin Gutierrez led the attack with a 3-for-6 game, driving in two and and scoring twice.

Catching Up On Transactions (UPDATED)

Catching Up On Transactions
Wavered between the row of ketchup bottles or forlorn Spike due to the unusually large number of releases and retirements announced today by the Hagerstown Suns. But with updates expected (e.g. Ian Krol in DC?), let’s go with the Heinz and start with the releases, beginning with a couple that were announced in the most recent transactions post by Baseball America.

RELEASED
• LHP Ben Hawkins (Potomac)
• RHP Dean Weaver
• RHP Chris McKenzie
• OF J.R. Higley

RETIRED
• RHP Jason Smith

ACTIVATED
• LHP Brett Mooneyham (DL)
• RHP Pedro Encarnacio (TIL)
• IF Matt Foat (XST)

What’s probably the most surprising thing about this is the swiftness and openness with which this was announced. Ordinarily, players are shuffled off to Viera, then quietly released a few days or weeks later. Occasionally, the news will break via Twitter in the form of gracious goodbye.

I’d like to think that perhaps this is new way of doing things, but I’d have to see it done more consistently to believe it. In any case, the usual reminder to please remember that friends & family (and agents) are watching and to keep the comments civil.

UPDATE #1
As you may have guessed, this was written while the [dust]storm was swirling. Here’s what’s now been confirmed by multiple online sources as it pertains to the minors:

• 2B/3B Anthony Rendon has been recalled to Washington
• LHP Ian Krol has been recalled to Washington

To make room for these two, LHP Zach Duke has been released and RHP Henry Rodriguez has been designated for assignment. Corresponding moves to the Syracuse and Harrisburg rosters have not yet been announced (hence the enumeration of the update).