Luke Erickson

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

Aug 262011
 

A couple of notes this afternoon from the PR folks, so let’s try to get caught up from the last post of this sort…

SYRACUSE
• RHP Jeff Mandel activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• IF Adam Fox placed on temporary IL
• C Miguel Perez activated from 7-Day DL

POTOMAC
• RHP Trevor Holder placed on 7-Day DL
• IF Justin Bloxom activated from 7-Day DL
AUBURN
• IF Khayyan Norfork activated from 7-Day DL

Aug 262011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 12-4 @ Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Yunesky Maya (3-8, 5.25) and
J.D. Martin (3-6, 4.06) vs.
Liam Hendriks (2-4, 6.11) and
Cole DeVries (4-2, 3.81)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4
(10 inn.)
@
New Hampshire,
6:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-5, 2.98) and
Carlos Martinez (2-4, 5.47) vs.
Dustin McGowan (0-1, 3.18) and
Willie Collazo (1-0, 0.71)
Potomac Lost, 11-5 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.58) vs.
Nick Haughian (8-6, 3.49)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.09) vs.
Tyler Matzek (3-4, 5.40)
Auburn Won, 4-1 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 3.57) vs.
Ryan Sherriff (0-0, 1.80)
GCL Nationals @/vs.
GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A

Pawtucket 12 Syracuse 4
• Meyers 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Severino ⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, BB
• Marrero 2-5

A grand slam off Atahualpa Severino lowlighted an eight-run 9th as Syracuse fell 12-4 to Pawtucket. Brad Meyers got the no-decision despite a quality start with two runs given up over six innings. The Chiefs bullpen gave up 10 runs over the last three innings to break a 2-2 tie. Jesus Valdez, Steve Lombardozzi and Chris Marrero each collected two hits in the losing effort.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 4 (10 inn.)
• Arnesen 6⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR
• VanAllen (H, 10) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-5, R, 2B
• Gilbert 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Archie Gilbert’s two-run single in the 10th took the edge off Rafael Martin’s second blown save as the Sens gave away a 4-2 lead in the 9th but took it back for the 6-4 win. Tyler Moore joined Gilbert in going 2-for-5 to pace the 12-hit attack as the Sens won their third straight and extended their lead over Bowie to 2½ games.

Wilmington 11 Potomac 5
• Olbrychowski 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Brian Peacock 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Soriano 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Walters 2-3, R, RBI, 2BB

Like Syracuse, the 8th inning was unkind to Potomac, as the Blue Rocks rallied for six to prevent the series sweep and hand the P-Nats an 11-5 loss. Francisco Soriano led the offense with a 3-for-4 night as the P-Nats now face off against Frederick this weekend for a likely playoff preview. Potomac’s elimination number is down to seven while its magic number to clinch a playoff berth is just six.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 3
• Swynenberg (L, 6-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Weaver 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nieto 3-3, R, BB, E
• Freitas 2-4, 2B

Hickory took the series three games to one with a 5-3 win over Hagerstown, setting the Suns into fourth place. Matt Swynenberg took the loss with four runs given up over six innings on seven hits and a walk. Adrian Nieto reach base four times with three singles and a walk to lead the Hagerstown batters. Hagerstown’s elimination number is now just seven with 10 games left to play.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 1
• Karns (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Mirowski (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• Jimenez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Justin Miller and Hendry Jimenez both homered for Auburn in a 4-1 win over the Mahoning Valley. Nathan Karns won his third game with six innings of one-run pitching, allowing three hits and no walks. Coupled with Williamsport’s fourth straight loss, the magic number for the Doubledays to clinch the Pinckney Division title is just eight.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
The impending storm and rains from Hurricane Irene cancelled yesterday’s doubleheader and may cancel tomorrow’s finale.

Aug 252011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (5-4, 3.62) vs.
Kyle Weiland (8-9, 3.48)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 @
New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-4, 2.56) vs.
Yohan Pino (3-7, 3.99)
Potomac Won, 11-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (4-7, 4.31)
vs. Tim Melville (9-9, 4.32)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-2, 3.45) vs.
Cody Buckel (7-3, 2.49)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(10 inn.)
@ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (2-2, 4.21) vs.
Will Roberts (1-1, 2.93)
GCL Nationals Won, 13-2
@ GCL Mets
@/vs.
GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Milone (W, 11-6) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Zinicola (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bynum 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Antonelli 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Seth Bynum’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 7th broke a 1-1 tie as Syracuse defeated Pawtucket, 3-1. Tom Milone got his 11th win with seven strong innings, allowing a run on solo HR, walking one and striking out eight. The Chiefs are now 60-68 in the I.L. North, leading the 5th place Bisons by 4½ games.

Harrisburg 9 Portland 3
• Perez 4⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• McCoy 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

The Sens broke out the bats in the 8th for a five-run rally that put this one away as they downed the SeaDogs, 9-3. Chris Rahl, Tyler Moore and Tim Pahuta all homered, with Rahl leading the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon. Jimmy Barthmaier got the win in relief of Oliver Perez, who didn’t go the requisite five innings. The win keeps pace with Bowie, maintaining the Harrisburg lead at 1½ games in the E.L. West.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 3
• Bronson (W, 5-4) 7IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Frias 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Lozada 3-4, R, 2B, 2-3B, 3RBI
• Leon 2-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Potomac put up another 11-spot against Wilmington, including a pair of four-run rallies in the 6th and 7th innings, to smash the Blue Rocks, 11-3. Zach Walters and Jose Lozada both went 3-for-4 as the P-Nats pounded out 15 hits in support of starter and winning pitcher Evan Bronson, who turned in seven innings and allowed the three Wilmington runs on five hits and a walk. The win keeps pace with Frederick and Lynchburg, as Potomac trails the Keys by 3½ but leads the Hillcats by five in the C.L. North.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 2
• Cole (L, 4-7) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Eusebio 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Martinson 1-2, R, BB, 2SB

A four-run 5th by Hickory turned a 2-1 Suns lead into the eventual 5-4 loss for Hagerstown. A.J. Cole allowed all five runs on six hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings to get tagged with his seventh loss. The Suns were held to just seven hits, with Adrian Sanchez singling twice, Wade Moore doubling for an RBI, and Kevin Keyes connecting for HR #15. The loss drops Hagerstown to four games back, and reduces its elimination number to eight.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 5 (10 inn.)
• Estevez 3⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Jenkins 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Montilla 3-5, R
• Jimenez 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Hendry Jimenez’s RBI single in the top of the 10th broke a 5-5 tie as the Doubledays came back from a 5-1 deficit for a 6-5 win against Mahoning Valley. Wirkin Estevez got hit hard, giving up two home runs and eight hits total over three and a 1/3rd innings. Chris Jenkins, Colin Bates, and Aaron Barrett combined to shut down the Scrappers for the final six and 2/3rds innings. The win combined with a Williamsport loss extended Auburn’s lead to 2½ games in the Pickney Division in the NYPL.

GCL Nationals 13 GCL Mets 2
• Encarnacion (W, 2-2) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Smith (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Schill 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 5RBI, BB, SB
• Oduber 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI, 2SB
• Difo 3-5, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats scored a season-high 13 runs, including a seven-run 7th to send the G-Mets to a 13-2 defeat. Five G-Nats had multiple hits, with Wes Schill, Randolph Oduber, and Wilmer Difo each collecting three in a 16-hit onslaught. Pedro Encarnacion got the win with a run on two walks and two hits over five innings. The G-Nats are now 20-32 with three games remaining in the 2011 campaign.

Aug 242011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (10-6, 3.43) vs.
Greg Smith (1-0, 1.29)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Portland,
12:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-4, 3.13) vs.
Jeremy Kehrt (2-0, 4.52)
Potomac Won, 11-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:00 p.m.
Evan Bronson (4-4, 3.43) vs.
Allen Caldwell (1-0, 0.79)
Hagerstown Won, 13-8 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-6, 3.43) vs.
Nick Tepesch (6-4, 3.58)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (5-2, 3.50) vs.
Joseph Colon (4-3, 3.38)
GCL Nationals Cancelled
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 2
• Peacock (W, 4-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mock 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lombardozzi 2-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Antonelli 0-2, R, 3BB, SB

Tug Hulett’s 2RBI single in the 6th broke a 2-2 tie as the Chiefs downed the PawSox, 4-2. Brad Peacock got his 4th AAA win, allowing both Pawtucket runs on four hits and two walks. Steve Lombardozzi led the nine-hit offense with a 2-for-3 night, stealing two bases. Garrett Mock, Atahualpa Severino, and Josh Wilkie combined for four solid innings of relief. The win improved Syracuse to 59-68, 12½ games off the pace.

Harrisburg 4 Portland 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 3-0) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Lehman (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Pena [S, 8] 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Fox 2-3, R, HR, 4RBI

Adam Fox drove in all four Sens runs while Danny Rosenbaum made yet another strong start for the Sens, as Harrisburg beat Portland by a 4-1 count again. Fox twice delivered two RBIs with two outs, singling in the 2nd and homering in the 7th. Rosenbaum struck out eight and allowed just a run on four hits and a walk over seven innings for his third win for the Senators. The win keeps Harrisburg 1½ games ahead of Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 1
• Solis 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Holland (W, 3-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kobernus 4-6, 3R, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB
• Soriano 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats scored early and often and showed no mercy, demolishing the Blue Rocks by an 11-1 count. Sammy Solis went four innings in his second outing since coming off the DL while Neil Holland got the win in relief. Jeff Kobernus led the 13-hit parade with a 4-for-6 night. The win gains a game on Frederick, slicing the Keys lead to 3½ games while the Hillcats fell to the Pelicans to fall to six games behind Potomac.

Hagerstown 13 Kannapolis 8
• Slaten 1 IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Grace (W, 12-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Cuevas 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Nieto 2-3, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, 2BB
• Curran 2-6, 2RBI, SB

The Suns fell behind early (3-0), went up big (10-4) and held on late for a 13-8 win against the first-half champion Crawdads. Adrian Nieto led the offense with a double and a homer for four RBI, enabling Matt Grace to get the win with three runs allowed over five innings. The win keeps pace with Kannapolis, but the elimination number is now nine, as Hagerstown trails Kannapolis by four games in the Sally North.

Mahoning Valley 7 Auburn 6
• Meza 3IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Hawkins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Skole 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three big innings did in the Doubledays as they fell to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 7-6. Christian Garcia got tagged for three runs in the bottom of the 6th to turn a 5-4 lead into a 7-5 deficit. Auburn went just 1-for-9 with RISP while collecting 11 hits. The loss blew a chance to gain some ground on Williamsport, which lost both ends of a doubleheader, as Auburn still leads the NYPL’s Pinckney Division by 1½ games.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain swept away the final meeting between the G-Nats and G-Astros, giving the GCL East’s cellar dwellers an unscheduled day off in the final week of the 2011 campaign.

Aug 232011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (3-1, 3.55) vs.
Alex Wilson (0-0, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Portland Danny Rosenbaum (2-0, 1.40) vs.
Matt Rusch (0-1, 8.44)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
7:00 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.35) vs.
Tyler Sample (7-11, 5.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (11-6, 4.45) vs.
Luke Jackson (4-4, 5.20)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 6.82) vs.
Trent Stevenson (0-2, 5.48)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-5;
Lost, 3-1
@/vs. GCL
Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Stammen (L, 9-7) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Tatusko 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Brown 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, R, 2B

Pawtucket broke a 1-1 tie with two in the bottom of the 5th and held on for a 3-2 victory, eliminating Syracuse from the playoffs. Craig Stammen gave up the killshot, a two-run homer to Che-Hsuan Lin, to take the loss. The Chiefs were held to just six hits, none in their three (3) chances with RISP.

Harrisburg 4 Portland 1
• Roark 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• VanAllen 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B, SB

Harrisburg struck for a four-run 8th, highlighted by a three-run home run by Tim Pahuta, to break a 1-1 tie and sending Portland to a 4-1 defeat. Cory VanAllen got the win in relief while Rafael Martin struck out the side in the 9th for the save. The loss keeps pace with Bowie to maintain the Sens’ ½-game lead over the BaySox in the E.L. West.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
The P-Nats finish their penultimate regular-season homestand with three against the Blue Rocks before heading up to Frederick for a three-game set over the weekend, then down to Lynchburg for four games next week. It’s quite possible that last-place Wilmington could be eliminated from all playoff contention, and third-place Lynchburg from a shot at division title, by Thursday or Friday.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 1
• Strasburg (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Applebee 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-4
• Sanchez 1-3, R, HR, RBI, CS

Stephen Strasburg’s struggles matched those of the Suns offense, as Hagerstown dropped its fourth game over the last five by a 3-1 count to the Hickory Crawdads. Strasburg gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk as the Hickory baserunners stole five bases while he was on the mound, seven total to make the most out of the five Crawdad hits. The loss drops Hagerstown to four games behind in the Sally North and reduces its elimination number to 10 with 13 games left to play.

State College 6 Auburn 1
• M Rodriguez (L, 2-3) 4IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, K
• Hanks 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mayo 2-3, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, CS

Auburn’s five-game win streak was snapped with a 6-1 defeat to State College. Manny Rodriguez took the loss, charged with five runs over four innings on eight hits and two walks. Jeremy Mayo went 2-for-3 with the lone RBI to lead the offense. Auburn still leads Williamsport by one game in the NYPL’s Pinckney Division.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Cardinals 5 (Comp.)
• Baez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Heredia (S, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Peguero 2-3
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B

A four-run 6th turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead as the G-Nats held on for a 6-5 win in the completion of the game suspended last week. Inocencio Heredia stranded two runners in the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th to nail down the win and earn his third save.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez (L, 1-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-3, R, SB
• Mozingo 1-3, 2B, RBI

In the seven-inning “nightcap” (a.k.a. the regularly scheduled game), Gregory Baez took the loss by giving up all three runs on six hits and six walks as the G-Cards got a 3-1 victory. The split of the two games puts the G-Nats at 19-32, one game ahead of the last-place (and today’s opponent) GCL Astros in the GCL East.

Aug 222011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (9-6, 4.41) vs.
Tony Pena (8-5, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1
(8½ inn.)
@ Portland Tanner Roark (8-8, 5.23) vs.
Chris Balcom-Miller (3-6, 5.26)
Potomac Lost, 15-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Will Lamb (0-0, 0.00)
Auburn Won, 5-0 vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-2, 4.34) vs.
Nick Kingham (3-2, 2.57)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @/vs. GCL
Cardinals
(completion,
reg. sched. gm)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 4
• Maya (W, 3-8) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Frazier 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

A six-run 2nd inning gave Yunesky Maya the cushion and confidence to win his second straight start as Syracuse beat Pawtucket, 7-4. Maya gave up two runs on five hits over six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Jeff Frazier and Seth Bynum both homered, combining for five of the 10 Chiefs hits. The win improves Syracuse to 58-67, but the elimination number is down to one in the I.L. North.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 1
• Martis (L, 7-5) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Pena 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B, SB
• Fox 1-3, R, 2B

Erie completed its sweep of Harrisburg with a rain-shortened 5-1 win. The Senators were held to just five hits, with Archie Gilbert leading the offense with a 2-for-4 afternoon. The loss coupled with a Bowie win cuts the Sens lead to just a ½ game, with Richmond close behind at 1½ games back in the E.L. West.

Winston-Salem 15 Potomac 3
• Davis 2⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Wort 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Soriano 2-3, R, 3B, RBI, BB, SB
• Hood 2-3, BB

Potomac pitchers threw two scoreless innings against Winston-Salem, but the Dash got 15 runs in the other seven, pounding out 23 hits against five pitchers in a 15-3 smackdown. The loss drops second-place Potomac to 4½ games behind Frederick, but they still have a 5½ game lead over third-place Lynchburg in the C.L. North.

Kannapolis 2 Hagerstown 1
• Ray 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• McKenzie (L, 4-5) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Keyes 2-3, RBI, SF

Hagerstown rallied for one in the top of the 9th but left the tying run on first as Kannapolis took the game, 2-1, and the series 3-1. Adrian Sanchez and Kevin Keyes accounted for five of the Suns’ six hits while Chris McKenzie took the loss with both runs allowed on five hits over three and 2/3rds innings of relief. The loss drops Hagerstown to third place, three games behind Kannapolis in the Sally North.

Auburn 5 State College 0
• Dupra (W, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Rivera (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rowe 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Four Doubledays pitchers combined to shut out the Spikes on six hits in a 5-0 Auburn win. Brian Dupra got the win, pitching the first five innings while Manny Rivera and Travis Henke both earned holds. The win, the fourth straight for Auburn, opens up a 1½ game lead over Williamsport in the NYPL’s Pinckney Divison.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a day off on Sunday, it’s six games in four days as the G-Nats have two makeup/completion doubleheaders today and on Thursday.

Aug 212011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (2-8, 5.37) vs.
Felix Doubront (1-4, 3.68)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Erie,
2:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.03) vs.
Jay Voss (8-6, 3.51)
Potomac Won, 7-3; vs.
Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-2, 4.66) vs.
Ryan Buch (3-4, 5.15)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.20) vs.
Jon Bachanov (1-2, 3.08)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (3-3, 3.46) vs.
Mike Jefferson (2-1, 4.71)
GCL Nationals Postponed
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1
vs. DSL Giants
END OF SEASON N/A

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Meyers (W, 5-4) 6IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Mandel (S, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bynum 3-4, 2RBI, SB
• Antonelli 2-4, 2R, 2B

Boston-area native Matt Antonelli went 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Chiefs beat the PawSox, 3-1 in the nightcap of the sixth annual Futures at Fenway. Brad Meyers got win #5 with one run allowed over six innings, while Jeff Mandel pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th for his third save.

Akron 7 Harrisburg 0
• Arnesen (L, 8-4) 6IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pahuta 1-3
• Gilbert 1-3

Akron shut out Harrisburg on four hits to hand the Senators a 7-0 loss. Erik Arnesen took the loss with 10 hits giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks in six-plus innings pitched. The loss cuts the Senators lead over Bowie to 1 game in the E.L. West.

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 3 — GAME ONE
• Demny (W, 9-10) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Nelo 1IP, 0H ,0R, BB, 0K
• Leon 2-2, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB

A pair of three-run rallies powered Potomac past the Dash for a 7-3 win in the first game. Sandy Leon doubled twice, scored two runs, and drove in three to pace the offense. Paul Demny gave up three unearned runs over five-plus innings to earn his team-leading ninth win.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 1 — GAME TWO
• Olbrychowski 3⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 5K, HR
• Frias
• Hood 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, BB, SB (20)
• Kobernus 1-3, R, 3B

Potomac swept the doubleheader with a 4-1 win over Winston-Salem in the nightcap. Destin Hood homered and stole a base as the P-Nats got four runs on just four hits, taking advantage of six walks and an error by the Dash pitching and defense. Potomac now trails Frederick by four games, which beat Lynchburg to drop the Hillcats to six behind the P-Nats in the C.L. North.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2
• Swynenberg (L, 6-2) 6IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Weaver 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Nieto 2-3, RBI
• Freitas 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Trayce Thompson took Matt Swynenberg deep twice, including a three-run shot in the bottom of the 1st as Kannapolis took game three of the four-game series, 6-2. Adrian Nieto led the Suns with a 2-for-3 night, but Hagerstown was held to six hits total. The loss drops Hagerstown back to two games behind in the Sally North and will need to win today to split the series.

Auburn 2 State College 1
• Hill 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Garcia (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrett (S, 7) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Ortega 1-3, R, BB
• Skole 1-3, BB

Bryce Ortega walked, took third on a Matt Skole single, and scored on a groundout to break a 1-1 tie as Auburn edged State College, 2-1. Christian Garcia got the win in relief with two scoreless innings while Aaron Barrett got the last five outs for the save. The win was the Doubledays’ fourth straight, keeping pace with Williamsport for a one-game lead over the Crosscutters in the Pinckney Divison of the NYPL.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Rain gave the boys in Viera an extra day off. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

DSL Giants 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Silvestre 6IP, 6H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 7K
• Guzman (L, 0-4) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Geraldo 2-3, 2B, CS
• Eusebio 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB

A two-out, two-run rally in the top of the 9th broke a 1-1 tie and sent the D-Nats to a 3-1 defeat. The D-Nats managed just five hits in the loss, while the pitchers combined to strike out 13. The season ends with a 33-36 mark, good for 6th place in the B.C. South Division.

Aug 202011
 

Reporting from the road office in lovely Mahwah, New Jersey… A few transactions not noted previously.

SYRACUSE
• IF Tug Hulett activated
• IF Adam Fox returned to Harrisburg

HARRISBURG
• OF Bryce Harper placed on 7-Day DL
• C Miguel Perez placed on 7-Day DL
• C Devin Ivany activated from 7-Day DL

GCL NATIONALS
• Bryan Harper assigned from Washington
• Randolph Oduber assigned from Hagerstown

Aug 202011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Pawtucket,
4:30 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 3.79) vs.
Kyle Weiland (8-8, 3.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-3, 2.36) vs.
Luis Marte (1-0, 2.23)
Potomac Postponed vs.
Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-7, 4.39) and
Demny (8-10, 4.76) vs.
Rienzo (5-4, 3.32) and
Petricka (3-6, 4.04)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-1, 3.05)
vs. Spencer Arroyo (8-8, 3.60)
Auburn Won, 4-1;
Won, 8-3
vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 4.58) vs.
Ryan Hafner (2-4, 2.83)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-7
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-0
@ DSL Rangers
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Milone (W, 10-6) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10K
• Zinicola (H, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bynum 3-4, R

Tom Milone struck out 10 while notching his 10th win for third straight season as Syracuse beat Gwinnett, 5-2. Syracuse turned three double plays to erase the eight hits as both teams had trouble scoring runs (25 hits combined). The win improved Syracuse to 56-67, 14½ games behind in the I.L. North.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Slaten 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez, O (L, 3-4) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Johnson 2-3, 2B
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B
• T Moore 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The trouble with RISP problem isn’t limited to Potomac as Harrisburg went just 1-for-10 last night, only scoring on a Tyler Moore longball in a 2-1 loss to Erie. The loss shaved the Sens lead over Bowie to 1½ games while Richmond also fell to remain 3½ back in the E.L. West.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Oh, look. Potomac got rained out. How novel. The game is scheduled to be made up today with a pair of seven-inning games today at 5:30 p.m. Lynchburg beat Frederick to reduce the gaps between the three teams to 4½ games in the C.L. North.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 1
• Cole 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 7K
• Demmin (W, 4-2) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A five-run eighth broke a 1-1 tie as the Suns lapped the Intimidators, 6-1. Ryan Demmin got the win with four scoreless innings of relief, striking out seven. Kannapolis still leads the Sally North by one game as the two teams play twice more this weekend.

Auburn 4 Aberdeen 1 — GAME ONE
• Estevez (W, 5-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Bates (S, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-1 IR-S
• Ortega 1-3, R, BB, SB
• Skole 1-2, R, RBI, BB

The two teams combined for 16 walks over 6½ innings, but the Doubledays got the clutch hits to cash them in, winning the first game 4-2. Wirkin Estevez flirted with a no-hitter for three and 2/3rds and got his team-leading win #5 with five shutout innings of work.

Auburn 8 Aberdeen 3 — GAME TWO
• Karns (W, 2-2) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Miller 3-4, 3RBI
• Burns 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB, CS
• Mayo 1-1, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB

Nathan Karns bounced back from two bad outings to throw five strong innings and get the win as the Doubledays completed the series sweep, downing the Ironbirds 8-3. Justin Miller and Billy Burns both went 3-for-4 to lead the 11-hit attack. The double dip gained a ½ game on Williamsport and opened up a three-game lead on Mahoning Valley in the NYPL’s Pinckney Division.

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 7
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Medina, S (BS, 2; L, 0-4) ⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramos 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Schill 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB

The G-Nats couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 6-0 lead after three innings, giving it back with three in the 5th and five in the 7th for an eventual 9-7 loss. Four errors also helped along the process. The loss drops the G-Nats to 18-31 with a week left to play.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Phillies 0
• Mendez (W, 7-0) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• K Rodriguez (S, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• W Rodriguez 2-4, R, SB
• N Ortega 2-4, R

The “other” Phillies-Nats matchup on Friday ended with a win but much less panache, as the D-Nats won the rain-shortened affair 3-0. Gilbert Mendez won his seventh game against no losses with six scoreless innings. Wilman Rodriguez and “Fred” Ortega both went 2-for-4 to pace the offense. Today is the season finale (weather permitting).

Aug 192011
 


It’s another trip to New England to visit family, which means the posts are going to slow and shorten since I’ll be working from wherever I can find free WiFi for the next week or so. Next week’s “GBI” will probably be a day late. But my goal is to keep the News & Notes going as best as possible, even it’s mostly links & bullets.

Please keep the comments coming and the conversation going.