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.

Jul 182014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 58-39, 1st place I.L. North, 5 games ahead

Good Tyler Moore .329/.422/.530, 6HR, 30RBI in 42G
Bad Daniel Stange 27BB in 45IP (5.4/9IP)
Interesting 75 offensive SB 2nd best in I.L.



HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-58, 5th place E.L. West, 18½ games behind

Good Paolo Espino 1-0, 2.51 ERA, 0.63WHIP in July (3 appearances, 2 starts)
Bad Drew Vettleson .170/.216/.234 in July (16G)
Interesting 7 team shutouts, 4th best in E.L.; 8th of 8 teams in pitching (5.4 R/G allowed)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-12, 1st place C.L. North, ½ game ahead (51-43 overall)

Good Estarlin Martinez .316/.355/.421 since All-Star break (19G)
Bad Matt Spann 2-3, 5.26 ERA, 1.91 WHIP since All-Star break (5GS)/td>
Interesting 4th-best offense in C.L., 2nd fewest total bases



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 18-10, T1st place Sally North, 2 games ahead (62-36 overall)

Good David Napoli 1-0, 0.68 ERA, 0.832 WHIP in seven appearances
Bad James Yezzo 11BB in 84G
Interesting Tied with Greensboro for both 2nd half and overall records



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 15-17, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 8½ games behind

Good “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz .850 OPS
Bad Drew Van Orden 0-2, 11.05 ERA, 2.32 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting 14SB – 14th in 14-team NYPL (also CS = 14)



GCL NATIONALS 13-11, T2nd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 3 games behind

Good Anderson Martinez 1-0, 0.73 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 4 appearances (12⅓ IP)
Bad Darryl Florentino .424 OPS in 20G (58PA)
Interesting Oliver Ortiz five OF assists in 20G



DSL NATIONALS 23-18, T3rd place Boca Chica South, 3 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Joan Baez 3-1, 1.21/3.12/0.90 in 9GS
Bad 17-y.o. Luis Perdomo .214/.233/.214 in 16G
Interesting 17-y.o. Panamanian Steven Fuentes 6HBP, 7BB, 35K in 33IP
Jul 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 3.78) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-6, 4.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.86) vs.
Marte (7-3, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.35) vs.
Dziedzic (5-5, 2.82)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-4, 4.86) vs.
Harvey (6-4, 3.01)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-0, 3.18) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2 (10 inn.) @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 3.21) vs.
Guzman (2-1, 3.79)


Syracuse 13 Lehigh Valley 0
• Treinen (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Jackson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 4-5, 4R, 2RBI
• Walter 4-6, 3R
• Laird 3-4, 3R, 3B, HR, BB, 5RBI
• Hood 3-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

There’s a Pig Roast scheduled for Sunday in Syracuse, but the boys got started a little early as the Chiefs grilled the IronPigs for 18 hits in 13-0 victory in Lehigh Valley. Four pitchers combined on the five-hit shutout, with starter Blake Treinen going the first six frames with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out while Zack Jackson, Daniel Stange, and Neil Holland each turned in a scoreless inning. Brandon Laird drove in five with a single, triple, and a three-run homer to lead the 18-hit assault.
Roster move: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-4) 5IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Self 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-3, 2B, BB
• Keyes 1-1, R, HR, RBI

The Flying Squirrels swooped on Senators starter Brian Dupra for five runs in the 5th to send Harrisburg to a 5-1 loss. Dupra went toe-to-toe with Richmond’s Austin Fleet for four innings in a 0-0 pitcher’s duel, with Fleet tossing a no-no and Dupra allowing a leadoff double in the 3rd. The excrement struck the spinning airflow device in the bottom of the 5th as the Squirrels rallied for for five, including a grand slam to send Dupra to his fourth loss. Jason Martinson broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double in the 5th while Kevin Keyes’s pinch-hit homer — #16 for the Senators, #20 overall — ended the shutout bid to lead off the 8th.
Roster move: OF Michael Taylor activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Paul Demny placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to July 12.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1 — COMP.
• Schwartz 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Norfork 2-3, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, RBI

Khayyan Norfork led off the continuation with a single, which was knocked down by the Blue Rocks shortstop to deny him the RBI and Mike McQuillan nearly got the Willie Mays Hayes single and an RBI with a swinging bunt that got him out to end the 6th. After Richie Mirowksi pitched around a walk in the top of the 7th, Estarlin Martinez singled, took second on a sacrifice and scored on a Randolph Oduber single in the bottom of the 7th to take the continuation, 2-1.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Bacus (L, 3-5) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Walsh 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, 2WP
• E. Perez 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Pleffner 2-4, RBI

The Potomac bats continue to fizzle as they racked up 10 hits but only plated one run in a 4-1 loss to Wilmington. Starter Dakota Bacus had trouble putting away the leadoff man, putting him on five times out of seven innings, but pitched well enough to win with two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Jake Walsh’s Woodbridge debut was marred by two wild pitches, one of which came on a strikeout to the first batter he faced. He would give up three hits and two runs in the 8th to give the Blue Rocks a comfortable three-run lead. Eury Perez singled, doubled, walked and scored the lone P-Nat run on a Shawn Pleffner double single off the right-centerfield wall in the 3rd.
Roster move: RHP Blake Schwartz placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 2
• Pivetta 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Suero 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Johns (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wooten 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Middleton 2-4, 2B

James Yezzo singled with one out, Brennan Middleton followed with a double to push him to 3rd, and West Virginia’s shortstop Bucknered a Narciso Mesa roller to send him in as Hagerstown walked off with a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series win. Nick Pivetta started and pitched into the 6th, when the Power got to him for their two runs. Wander Suero kept the go-ahead run on base by getting the last two outs, then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Samuel Johns pitched two scoreless innings for the “W.” John Wooten got the first two Suns runs with a homer in the 2nd and led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night.

Hudson Valley 6 Auburn 2
• Ott 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• D. Williams (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 2IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR
• Gardner 3-4, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB

The Renegades had it made in the 8th as they retrieved six runs off Deion Williams to turn a 2-0 deficit into the eventual 6-2 bounty over the Doubledays. The implosion wasted a career night by Travis Ott, who pitched six innings of three-hit, shutout ball with no walks and six whiffs. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn offense with a 3-for-4 night, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who went 2-for-4 with a walk.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2 (10 inn.)
• K. Simmons 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Morales (BS, 1; L, 0-4) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Alvarez 2-4, BB
• Ortiz 1-4, R, RBI

The G-Marlins got to Jose Morales for the 2-2 tie in the 8th and smacked a two-run HR against him in the 10th for the 4-2 win. Kyle Simmons started and went the first three innings, letting in one on a hit and two walks while fanning one. Thomas Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot but the rest of the lineup struggled, adding just six more hits and one more walk and going 1-for-14 with RISP.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Giants 5
• Baez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K, HBP
• N. Ramirez (W, 5-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Franco 4-4, R, BB, RBI, E(16)
• A. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2RBI

The D-Nats erupted for five runs in the 8th to break a 3-3 deadlock and held on for an 8-5 win over the D-Giants. Starter Joan Baez let in just an unearned run over five innings on one hit and one walk as he struck out one. The win went to Nector Ramirez, though he gave up two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over the 7th and 8th innings. Angher Cespedes struck out two while earning his seventh save in a 1-2-3 ninth. 16-y.o. Anderson Franco reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Davinson Pimentel and Andres Martinez both went 2-for-4 to pace the 12-hit D-Nats offense.

Jul 172014
 

wheelscameoffthebus
As much as we like our boys to win, sometimes we’re reminded that they’re also here to learn.

At least that’s what the rational fan should be thinking after Wilmington rocked Pedro Encarnacion for five runs in the 5th to hand the P-Nats a 6-1 loss in the opener of the doubleheader last night in Woodbridge.

Encarnacion, who made four appearances — one abbreviated by rain — in the GCL over the last two weeks, looked good in his first inning of work, setting down the 2-3-4 batters 1-2-3 in the 4th on a pair of groundouts and strikeout.

But after a leadoff single in the 5th and a walk followed by a wild pitch, he looked rattled and pitched like, well, he was still in the GCL. A tapper to second was hit just slowly enough to score the go-ahead run. A triple down the right-field line sent in another. A swinging bunt scored the third Wilmington run.

Another single, this one also to right, plated the fourth run. After an aborted double-steal — Severino sniffed out, but couldn’t catch the runner at 3rd — Encarnacion rocked back and forth on the rubber for balk and another Wilmington run.

Raul Mondesi doubled to finish the binge, and Encarnacion finally got a popout. With a positive to lean on, manager Tripp Keister pulled the plug but the damage was done.

Of course, as the “1″ in the linescore suggests, the Potomac bats were largely dormant — just five hits total and one walk, with the shutout avoided only when a wild pitch plated the tying run in the third.

The loss broke a modest four-game win streak, and another in the nightcap cut the P-Nats lead in the Carolina League North to just a 1/2 game over the Blue Rocks. Tonight, they’ll pick up where things left off last Thursday and then play a nine-inning game afterwards.

Jul 172014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.91) vs.
Fleet (6-1, 3.27)
Potomac Lost, 6-1;
Lost, 6-2
vs. Wilmington,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
TBD and Bacus (3-4, 3.71) vs.
TBD and Sparkman (5-2, 1.43)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-5, 3.90) vs.
Heredia (1-3, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 8-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.75) vs.
Pike (0-0, 2.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0 (5½ inn.) vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 13-4 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (3-1, 1.36) vs.
Concepcion (4-1, 3.60)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
• Laffey 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Solano 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI

Jhonatan Solano’s two-run blast in the 2nd broke open a 2-0 game as the I.L., um, coasted by the PCL, 7-3 in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham. Steve Souza went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double and made a diving catch to end the 8th. Aaron Laffey pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Harrisburg — All-Star Break
• Taylor 1-3, BB, RBI, SB, CS, OF assist at 3B
• Keyes 0-1, K
• Bates 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K

Michael Taylor showed off the arm, the legs, and the bat in a 5-2 win for the Western Division in the E.L. All-Star game. Kevin Keyes made a late appearance off the bench, striking out in one plate appearance. Likewise, Colin Bates was dinged for the final run on a triple and a groundout in the 8th though he fanned two.
Roster move: LHP Chris Manno promoted from Potomac; RHP Brett Brach released.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Rauh 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Encarnacion (L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, WP, BK
• Pleffner 1-2, BB
• Renda 1-3, 2B

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Schwartz (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Pena 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2HR, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillam 1-2, R, BB, CS
• E. Martinez 1-3, RBI, OF assist at 3B

Four solo HRs were basically the gap in the nightcap between Potomac and Wilmington as the Blue Rocks completed the doubleheader sweep of the P-Nats with a 6-2 win. The Schwartz was not with Blake as the 23-y.o. gave up four runs on seven hits, including two homers. Ronald Pena’s return to Woodbridge was also a bit rude as the visitors greeted him with longballs in the 6th and 7th innings. Mike McQuillan was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice (single, walk) as Wilmington limited Potomac to four hits, minimizing the damage from five walks issued.
Roster move: RHP Pedro Encarnacion activated from the 7-Day DL; OF Will Piwnica-Worms transferred from the 7-Day DL to the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 1
• Silvestre (L, 5-7) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Napoli 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, BB, SB, CS
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, CS

Hagerstown never led this one as West Virginia scored in five of the first seven innings en route to a 6-1 win. Hector Silvestre was zapped for three runs on seven hits and a walk, including a solo HR in the 1st. He struck out three while suffering his seventh loss. The Suns were held to just six hits, through three were doubles by Isaac Ballou, Drew Ward, and John Wooten who combined to go 4-for-9 with two walks.

Auburn 8 Hudson Valley 2
• Lopez 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Sanchez (W 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 3rd broke open a 1-1 game as Auburn edged one step closer to .500 with an 8-2 win over Hudson Valley. Reynaldo Lopez labored into the fourth, letting in one run on two hits and three walks, though he struck out five. He left with one out and two runners on in the 4th in favor of Mario Sanchez, who rolled a double play then tossed two perfect innings of relief for the win. The Doubledays racked up 13 hits and seven doubles, with Raudy Read collecting three of the former and two of the latter while driving in two and scoring twice, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Wilman Rodriguez, who both singled and doubled and scored a run.
Roster move: OF Wilman Rodriguez demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 0 (5½ inn.)
• Dickey (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, 2WP
• W. Davis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Serrata 1-2
• G. Ramirez 0-0, BB

Rain shortened this one to five and a 1/2 innings as the G-Cards shut out the G-Nats, 5-0 on one (1) hit to stop a six-game win streak. Robbie Dickey was strangled for four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out one over one and 2/3rds innings to take the loss, his second. Gilberto Ramirez pinch-walked to break up the perfect game with one out in the 4th while Brayan Serrata broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the 6th.
Roster move: OF Brandon Miller assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Red Sox 13 DSL Nationals 4
• Bermudez (L, 1-4) 1IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, 3BB, K, HBP
• Y. Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HBP
• J. Ramirez 3-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Agustin 0-2, 2BB, SB

The D-Red Sox scored early, late, and often as they scored five runs in the 1st and six in the 8th en route to a 13-4 beatdown of the D-Nats? Starter Juan Bermudez was lifted after one inning — pitch count, no doubt — as he was charged with five unearned runs on three hits and three walks while hitting a batter. Yonathan Ramirez was the most effective of the four relievers that followed, giving up just one run over four and a 1/3rd while striking out five. Joshual Ramirez singled once, doubled twice and drove in a run to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jul 162014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz, (2-0, 3.75) and
Rauh (1-1, 5.22) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.66) and
Finnegan (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (5-6, 4.26) vs.
Dickson (4-8, 4.45)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-2, 15.19) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5 (7½ inn.) @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-3 (11 inn.) @ DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-3, 1.87) vs.
Gonzalez (7-0, 2.48)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
As you see in the italics below, there’s one less Chief who’ll play tonight in Durham, North Carolina where the International League will match up against the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Jhonatan Solano and Steve Souza are the starters at catcher and in the outfield respectively while Aaron Laffey will be among the pitchers available in relief.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 14.

Harrisburg — All-Star Break
In Altoona, it’ll be Michael Taylor, Colin Bates, and Kevin Keyes representing Harrisburg for the Western Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game tonight. Last night, it was fun and festivities, where folks were treated to something other than a HR derby.
Mick Reinhard has the story.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s back to the grind tonight as the P-Nats and Blue Rocks, who play each other 14 times in the second half, begin the first of four-plus games in three days with a doubleheader tonight. Tomorrow, it’s a completion of the game suspended last Thursday, followed by a nine-inning game, then the regularly scheduled game on Friday.

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 4
• Estevez 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Mooneyham (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, K, 3WP
• Kieboom 3-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Wooten 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 3B

Like singles night in a trailer park, the Suns three-run 6th wasn’t pretty: just two hits, neither resulting in an RBI. But Hagerstown took advantage of West Virginia’s pitcher miscues (BB, HBP) to score once on a wild pitch and twice on sacrifice flies to break open a 3-2 game as they took the opener, 8-4. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez made his first start for the Suns since the 2012 playoffs. He went four frames, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while setting down one on strikes. Brett Mooneyham got his second win with three and 1/3rd uneven innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and four walks with one strikeout and three wild pitches. Isaac Ballou (2-for-4) and Spencer Kieboom (3-for-4) went back-to-back with triples in the 7th while John Wooten’s third hit of the night plated Kieboom as Hagerstown pounded out 13 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito activated from the 3-Day TIL; OF John Wooten activated from the 7-Day DL; LHP Joseph Webb placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn — OFF DAY
At eight and a half games back with nine games left against division leader State College, the odds are better for Auburn to make it to the crapshoot that is the New York-Penn League playoffs as the wild card. In that race, the Doubledays trail by just three games but have five teams in front of them. Two of them are in their division — Batavia and Williamsport — which means they have plenty of chances to catch them. The other three — Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Connecticut — they play just one series against, on the road. They’ve already swept Connecticut, and play the NYC contingent beginning two weeks from today. The month of August could make for some serious scoreboard watching.
Roster moves: OF Brian Langlois reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 5 (7½ inn.)
• Reyes 4+ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Perry 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R, SB
• Keniry 2-4, R, RBI
• Rosario 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Dionicio Rosario’s three-run HR highlighted a four-run 5th as the G-Nats beat the G-Cards, 7-5 for their sixth straight win. Luis Reyes got the start but was smoked for three runs on three hits and a walk over four innings. D.J. Jauss was awarded the win but was ineffective, letting in two runs (one inherited) in the top of the 5th. Likewise, McKenzie Mills was credited with the save thanks to the rain, with one run allowed on four hits and two walks over an inning and 2/3rds. Rosario was 3-for-4 overall with a double and three runs scored as the G-Nats notched 11 hits over seven turns at bat.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Perry assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Red Sox 8 DSL Nationals 3 (11 inn.)
• Fuentes 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K, 2HBP
• M. Pena (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Charlis (L, 3-2) 2IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR, HBP
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, SB
• Mota 2-5, PO at 3B
• Franco 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI

A 3-1 lead was too small a lead for the D-Nats ‘pen to hold as they coughed up two in the 6th and five in 11th in an 8-3 loss to the D-Red Sox. Starter Steven Fuentes let in an unearned run on three hits and a walk over his five innings of work for his second no-decision in four starts. The loss went to Fiyeral Charlis, who was torched for a three-run homer and five runs total in the 11th. Telmito Agustin and Anderson Franco both doubled twice while Israel Mota singled twice but was picked off third in the 7th for what might have been the game-winning run.

Jul 152014
 

Austin VothAfter flirting with a no-hitter for five innings, Austin Voth “only” threw seven shutout innings last Friday, but it was enough to win the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honor for July 7th to the 13th.

Voth, whose name rhymes with “both,” struck out a season-best of eight and walked one, which cost him the perfect game in the 5th, but won for the second time in four starts for Potomac.

Overall, the 22-y.o. native of Washington state is 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in 17 starts between Low-A and High-A, where his current pitcher’s line looks like an SEC football player’s GPA in the spring, fall, and winter at 0.35/2.43/0.50.
In 26 innings for the P-Nats, he’s allowed nine hits and four walks while striking out 28.

Originally drafted in the 5th Rd. last year The Univ. of Washington, Voth blew through three levels in 2013, making seven of eleven starts for the Auburn Doubledays where he was 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP, which earned him a place on this site’s 2014 Watchlist for RHPs.

Jul 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 9-5 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 2.25 @ GCL) vs.
Topa (3-6, 6.03)
Auburn Cancelled OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 8-6 (14 inn.) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-8 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 3.21) vs.
Mendoza (3-0, 2.40)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
All is quiet in upstate New York. Unlike summers past, both the Nationals and the Chiefs are in first place at the All-Star break.
Wait. What?

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 4 (10 inn.)
• McGregor 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Self (W, 1-2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI as PH
• Lozada 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, 2R, BB, 2B, RBI

The Senators rallied for one in the 9th to tie and one in the 10th for a 5-4 win over the Curve, taking the five-game series, 3-2. Jose Lozada’s two-out single sent in Cole Leonida to tie the game at 4-4 while Quincy Latimore duplicated the feat in the first extra frame with Matt Skole chugging in to secure Harrisburg’s third straight win. Derek Self got the win for pitching a scoreless 10th. Scott McGregor started and went the first five, striking out six and walking none but giving up two solo HRs and three hits total. Adrian Sanchez got those two runs back and a 3-2 lead with a pinch-hit homer in the 5th.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
After a marathon game on Sunday afternoon, a rainout on Monday was probably not unwelcome — especially the night before an off day before four-plus games in three days starting on Wednesday. The Keys announced they’ll make this one up with a twilight doubleheader on Sunday, August 31st.
Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena transferred from Hagerstown, activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After four games in the Sally League’s westernmost city, the Suns return home tonight for three against the West Virginia Power before heading out for (yet) another three-game set against Delmarva.
Roster move: RHP Wirkin Estevez transferred from the GCL Nationals, activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn vs. Aberdeen — CNCLD
The rains that postponed things in Frederick canceled the series finale in Aberdeen, as the two teams do not meet again in the 2014 season. The Doubledays return to western New York for their first of two six-game homestands of the season (against Hudson Valley and Lowell; the next is August 6-11 against Tri-City and Vermont) beginning on Wednesday.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Cardinals 6 (14 inn.)
• Yrizarri 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 2HBP
• J. Ramirez 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Feliz (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Lora 4-7, 2R, 2B, SB
• Guzman 3-6, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Keniry 3-7, R, RBI

The G-Nats spotted the G-Cards four runs early, took a 5-4 lead in the 6th, lost it in the 8th, rallied to tie in 9th, and won it in the 14th with two runs on four singles for an 8-6 win. The two teams combined for 30 hits and — believe it or not — no errors. Deibi Yrizarri gave up two-spots in the first two innings but made it through five without further damage. Jean Ramirez spun four scoreless innings from the 9th to the 12th while John Feliz put up two goose eggs in the last two innings for the win. Edwin Lora led the 18-hit parade with a 4-for-7 game, followed by Luis Guzman (3-for-6) and Conor Keniry (3-for-7).

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Rojos 8
• W. Pena 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K
• N. Ramirez (W, 4-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, WP, 2HBP, 3-0 IR-S
• Cespedes (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mota 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Franco 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI
• A. Martinez 2-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

Andres Martinez’s three-run double capped off a five-run 8th as the D-Nats held off the D-Rojos for a 10-8 win. Wilber Pena started and was knocked from the box in the 5th, leaving with the bases loaded and one out. Nector Ramirez stranded them and went three more innings and was the pitcher of record when the D-Nats rallied. Israel Mota and Anderson Franco both went 2-for-3 with two walks, combining for four of the team’s 12 hits and four of the 10 walks drawn on the afternoon.

Jul 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-8 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Won, 9-5 vs. Altoona,
12:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 14.21) vs.
Harlan (0-0, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 2-1 (13 inn.) @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.22) vs.
Wager (3-7, 5.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-2, 15.19) vs.
Tarpley (0-1, 7.36)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
N/A


Charlotte 13 Syracuse 8
• Hill ⅓ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Walters 3-4, 2R, BB, HR, 4RBI
• Souza 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI

Taylor Hill retired just one of the eight batters he faced in the 1st as the Charlotte Knights scored eight times and held on for a 13-8 to split the four-game series. It was the second straight loss for Hill, who left the game after a line drive back to the mound struck his pitching arm, though he was able to get an out at the plate. Zach Walters and Steve Souza both homered and combined for four runs scored and six RBI while Destin Hood drove in the other two runs while connecting for two doubles.

Harrisburg 9 Altoona 5
• Simmons (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Bates (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI, CS
• Ramsey 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB
• Hague 2-3, R, BB, CS

The Senators plated seven in the 1st then got two more in the 7th to hold off the Curve, 9-5. Starter James Simmons got the Jack Morris win with all five Altoona runs allowed on seven hits and three walks. He struck out four and gave up his 12th HR of the season for his second AA win. Kevin Keyes reached base four times with a walk, two singles, and a double and drove in three while Caleb Ramsey went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead the 13-hit, four-walk attack. Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as he played all nine innings in CF for the USA squad in the 2014 Futures Game.

Potomac 2 Frederick 1 (13 inn.)
• Dickson 5IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Mirowksi 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Walsh (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Oduber 3-6, R, 2B
• Martinez 1-2, R, 2B

Estarlin Martinez doubled and scored on Tony Renda’s lone hit in six trips to the plate as the P-Nats edged the Keys, 2-1 in 13 innings for their fourth straight win. Ian Dickson started and tossed five scoreless innings, letting up five hits and two walks with one strikeout. The win went to Jake Walsh as he pitched around a single that he turned into a double via a wild pitch in the 12th but then shut the door with a three-up-and-three-down 13th. Randolph Oduber doubled and scored in the 7th and went 3-for-6 overall as the Potomac managed just eight hits total.

Lexington 6 Hagerstown 5
• Johansen (L, 5-4) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 3K, WP, HBP
• Ullmann 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Middleton 2-3, R, BB
• Mesa 1-4, R, HR(GS), 4RBI

Narciso Mesa’s grand slam capped off a five-run rally for Hagerstown in the 9th, but it was too little, too late as Lexington held on for a 6-5 win to prevent the four-game sweep. Starter Jake Johansen, who turned in his first quality start in his 27th career start last time out against Lakewood, couldn’t make it 2-for-28. The 23-y.o. was lit up for all six Legends runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings for his fourth loss. Drew Ward (1-for-3) drove in the first run of the 9th with an RBI single as only he and Brenann Middleton (2-for-3, BB) reached base multiple times for the Suns. Lucas Giolito’s 2014 Futures Game appearance was uneven as he gave up a singlethen had Javy Baez put a coat on a hanger for a two-run blast to turn a 1-0 USA lead into a 2-1 deficit in the 6th before retiring the next two on a long flyout and strikeout before he was lifted.

Auburn 5 Aberdeen 3
• Derosier (W, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Mapes (SV, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Read 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Medina 2-4

Matt DeRosier celebrated his birthday by pitching Auburn to a 5-3 win over Aberdeen. The 20-y.o. gave up jut one run on five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out two to earn his first “W” of ’14. Tyler Mapes put the tying runs on base in the 9th but neither came in as he got the last three outs for his second save. Raudy Read helped frost the cake with a two-run homer off rehabbing Steve Johnson in the 1st as both he and Willie Medina went 2-for-4 to lead the seven-hit, four-walk Doubledays attack.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Despite a pair of rain-affected dates, the G-Nats put together a 5-2 week to move into second place in the GCL East. This week, their opponents are the first-place G-Cards and the fourth-place G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats moved up a spot in the Boca Chiac South to tie the D-Yankees1 for third place. This week, it’s four home games and two on the road and a good chance to match last week’s 4-2 mark.

Jul 132014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Charlotte,
2:05 p.m.
Hill (9-3, 2.04) vs.
Doran (2-4, 5.36 in PCL)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-1;
Won, 3-2
vs. Altoona,
2:00 p.m.
Simmons (1-0, 4.99) vs.
Dodson (2-5, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 7-5 @ Frederick,
4:00 p.m.
Dickson (1-7, 5.99) vs.
Blackmar (5-1, 4.06)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 @ Lexington,
6:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-3, 4.69) vs.
Alvarez (4-3, 6.21)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Aberdeen,
5:35 p.m.
Derosier (0-2, 7.71) vs.
Tarpley (0-1, 7.36)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3;
Won, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Roenicke 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Delcarmen (L, 3-3) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Moore 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B
• Walters 2-5, R, 2B, 3K

The Knights broke through for two in the 8th to break a 3-3 deadlock as they downed the Chiefs, 5-3. Manny Delcarmen took the loss, giving up the decisive runs on three hits and two walks in his lone inning of work. Josh Roenicke started and went the first five, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks while striking four. Zach Walters (2-for-5) and Destin Hood (2-for-4) both doubled while Tyler Moore lofted a two-run shot in the 4th to give Syracuse its only lead at 3-2.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Simms (L, 2-1) 4+ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 1K, HR
• Runion 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Lozada 2-2, R, SAC

John Simms went off the rails in his fourth AA outing as Altoona pounded Harrisburg for a 9-1 win in opener. The Curve got to him for seven runs on eight hits and four walks off in four-plus innings as he dropped his first decision for the Sens. Sam Runion came in with the bases loaded and only let in one but was lit up for two of his own in the 7th as he finished the game. The Senators managed just four hits total; two by veteran Jose Lozada.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 — GAME TWO
• Espino (W, 4-3) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 9K
• Bates (SV, 1) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Latimore 2-3, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run home run highlighted a three-run 4th as the Senators split the doubleheader with a 3-2 win over the Curve in the nightcap. After striking out Stetson Allie for his 9th K, setting a new season high, Paolo Espino gave up a double that chased him from the game with one out in the 7th. He would finish with two runs allowed on three hits and no walks. Colin Bates followed suit with another double to the first batter he faced but got the last two outs to earn his first save of the season. Quincy Latimore was the lone Harrisburg batter to reach base twice in a five-hit, one-walk offensive outing.
Roster moves: OF Michael Taylor placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (Futures Game); RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 7 Frederick 5
• Spann (W, 6-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 1K, WP
• Manno 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, BB, 2RBI, SB
• S. Perez 2-4, R, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI

A three-run 4th by the P-Nats erased an early 4-2 lead as they would go on to defeat the Keys, 7-5. Matt Spann was hit hard early and struggled with his control but gutted out five innings as he finished with four runs allowed on seven hits and five walks with one strikeout. He would get his sixth win as three relievers combined for four innings of one-run relief, with Travis Henke and Chris Manno earning holds and Gilberto Mendez notching his sixth save. Shawn Pleffner, Stephen Perez, and Pedro Severino each went 2-for-4 while the team drew nine walks and registered 10 hits.

Hagerstown 8 Lexington 2
• Suero 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Pena (W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Yezzo 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, SB
• Masters 2-3, R, 2B

The Suns scored in four straight innings and eight runs total before the Legends could answer with two in the late innings as Hagerstown won for the fifth time in six games, 8-2. Wander Suero went the first four in a spot start, giving up just one hit and no walks while striking out two. Ronald Pena won it in relief, pitching three innings of one-run ball with four hits allowed. James Yezzo dialed long distance twice and went 3-for-4 overall while his teammates got a baker’s dozen of hits off Lexington pitchers, with Wilmer Difo matching him hit the hit column with a 3-for-5 night.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (Futures Game); RHP Ronald Pena reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Aberdeen 6 Auburn 1
• A. Williams 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K, WP
• McDowell (L, 0-1) 1IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Page 2-4, OF assist at 2B

A five-run 6th by the IronBirds turned a 1-1 tie into the eventual 6-1 outcome and snapped a three-game Doubledays win streak. Chase McDowell was strafed for five runs on six hits, including a two-run home run, with two walks and no strikeouts to record the loss. Starter Austen Williams went the first five and allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six. John Wooten walked, singled, and doubled in four plate appearances while every Auburn batter hit safely for a total of 11 hits and two walks.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3 — COMP.
• Encarnacion 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Feliz (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Morales (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lora 2-3, 2R, SB
• Aguero 1-3, 2B, RBI

After a Gilberto Ramirez strikeout, Edwin Lora singled, stole second, and took third on an throwing error to set up Darryl Florentino’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th. Jose Morales pitched around Lora’s error in the top of the 7th to secure the 4-3 G-Nats win over the G-Mets in the completion of the Friday afternoon game.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3 — GAME TWO
• Torres 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• K. Simmons (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP
• Plouck (SV, 1) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ripken 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Tillero 1-2, R, 2BB

In the regularly scheduled game, Ryan Ripken’s first career HR was a three-run blast capped off a four-run 8th as the G-Nats swept the de facto doubleheader with another 4-3 win. Luis Torres started and turned in five innings of two-hit ball with no walks or runs allowed and two set down on strikes. The win went to Kyle Simmons with a LaLoosh line of three runs let in on four walks, four strikeouts and a hit batsman over two frames.

DSL Rojos 6 DSL Nationals 5 (12 inn.)
• Acevedo 6IP, 7H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Charlis (BS, 4) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Rosario (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Robles 4-6, 2R, 2-2B, 3B, CS
• Pimentel 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• Agustin 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SB

Three errors in the 12th and six overall doomed the D-Nats to defeat, 6-5 to the D-Rojos. Ramses Rosario took the loss as he retired just one of five batters faced, letting in one inherited runner and one of his own on one hit and one walk while hitting a batter. It was the second time the ‘pen had failed, as Fiyeral Charlis blew a 5-4 lead in the 8th for his fourth blown save. Offensively, Victor Robles went 4-for-6 with two doubles and a triple while Davinson Pimentel went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to pace the D-Nats attack.

Jul 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 16-9 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (4-4, 4.97) vs.
McCutchen (0-0, 9.72)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-12 (11 inn.) vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (2-0, 1.40) and
Espino (3-3, 4.47) vs.
Sampson (6-5, 2.89) and
Kasparek (1-0, 0.63)
Potomac Won, 4-0 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Spann (5-4, 4.15) vs.
Vader (1-0, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-0, 2.04) vs.
Fernandez (0-5, 7.36)
Auburn Won, 4-0 @ Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 7.36) vs.
Means (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Tied, 3-3
(Susp., Bot 6th)
@/vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 3.90) vs.
Salas (2-4, 4.58)


Syracuse 16 Charlotte 9
• Laffey 4IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Holland (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Laird 3-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Walters 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Solano 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Moore 3-6, 3R, 3-2B, 6RBI

A touchdown and a field goal in the 8th inning took the edge off a missed extra point in the 5th as Syracuse roared back from deficits of 5-0 and 7-6 for a 16-9 victory over Charlotte. Eight of the Chiefs’ 17 hits were of the extra-base variety, with Tyler Moore pounding the gaps for three doubles and six RBI while Zach Walters, Jhonatan Solano, and Destin Hood each homered. Aaron Laffey stared but was jousted by the Knights after giving up five runs on seven hits over four innings. Neil Holland earned his first AAA win, though he was touched for a run on two hits and a walk over two frames.

Altoona 13 Harrisburg 12 (11 inn.)
• Dupra 3IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 1K, 0HR, PO at 2B
• Benincasa (L, 0-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 2HR
• Keyes 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, SAC(!)
• Jeroloman 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Skole 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB
• Hague 2-6, 2-2B, 4RBI

Altoona launched six solo HRs, including two in the final two innings, as they outslugged Harrisburg 13-12 in 11 innings. Starter Brian Dupra kept the ball in the yard, but had his fielders chase after eight hits as the Curve railroaded him for seven runs over three innings. Tyler Herron was the sole Senator pitcher to keep Altoona off the board, as he posted two goose eggs in the 7th and 8th innings before giving up a big fly in the 9th. Robert Benincasa took the loss with the aforementioned two homers in the 10th and 11th innings. The Senators never led in this one but racked up 15 hits and six doubles, including two by Ricky Hague who drove in four for the night.

Potomac 4 Frederick 0
• Voth (W, 2-0) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Walsh 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E. Perez 2-4, R, 2RBI, CS
• Norfork 2-4, RBI

Austin Voth is just too good for the curse of the GBI as the 22-y.o. flirted with a perfect game into the 4th, a no-hitter though five, and finished with seven scoreless innings as the P-Nats blanked the Keys, 4-0. Voth gave up just two singles and one walk while striking out eight for his second High-A win. Richie Mirowski and Jake Walsh each turned in a zero on the board to complete the third shutout of ’14 for Potomac. Eury Perez and Khayyan Norfork both went 2-for-4 to lead the 10-hit parade against Frederick’s pitchers.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 0
• Pivetta (W, 11-5) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Thomas (SV, 3) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, HBP
• Middleton 2-3, RBI, SAC
• Masters 3-5, R, 2B
• Lopez 2-5, R, RBI

Nick Pivetta became the second 11-game winner on the Nats farm as the Suns debunked the Legends, 5-0. The 21-y.o. Canadian turned in six scoreless frames and let up just three hits with no walks and seven K’s. Justin Thomas finished the game with three hits, no runs, no walks allowed and five whiffs for his third save. The trio of Carlos Lopez, David Masters, and Brenann Middleton combined to go 7-for-13 with a double (Masters), two runs scored, and two RBI to pace the 11-hit Hagerstown attack.

Auburn 4 Connecticut 0
• Bourque (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bach (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Page 2-2, 3B, 2BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB, RBI

Third time’s the charm for James Bourque as he combined with two Auburn relievers for 4-0 shutout of Connecticut. The 14th Rd. pick from the Univ. of Michigan got his first professional win in his third start for the Doubledays, giving up four hits and no walks over five innings while striking out one. Connor Bach no-hit the Tigers over the next three and Philips Valdez worked around a safety in the 9th. Matt Page singled once, walked twice, and tripled in a run while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Willie Medina both went 2-for-4 as Auburn notched 10 hits and extended its winning streak to three games.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 3 — GAME ONE (SUSP., BOT 6th)
• Encarnacion 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Feliz 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Aguero 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Keniry 1-2, R, SAC, SB

Rain halted play in the bottom of the 6th with this one tied at 3-3 and postponed its completion to tomorrow when they’ll try again to get two games in. The second, regularly scheduled game, was postponed to July 21st. Pedro Encarnacion made his fourth start and gave up all three G-Mets runs on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. John Feliz followed with two scoreless innings in relief. The G-Nats were held to just four hits and three walks. There were no runners on and one out when the game was suspended.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Orioles2 1
• Baez (W, 3-1) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K
• Nunez (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Vilorio 3-5, R, 2B, E
• Franco 2-4, R, BB
• Robles 2-5, R, 3B, RBI

The D-Nats scored three early and two late as they cruised to a 5-1 win over the D-Orioles2 for their fourth straight win. Joan Baez got the win with an unearned run let in on two hits and two walks over five innings with seven strikeouts. Jose Nunez followed with scoreless innings to earn the hold. Luis Vilorio went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Anderson Franco singled twice and walked once to lead the D-Nats offense, which racked up 11 hits and seven walks for the game.