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 012015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 42-66, 6th place I.L. North, 18 games behind

Good Tony Gwynn Jr. .444/.545/.600 since All-Star break (15G)
Bad P.J. Walters 6.10 ERA, 1.65 WHIP in July (7 app., 2GS)
Interesting Just one game out of 5th place (well, maybe not that interesting, but…)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 51-56, 5th place E.L. West, 10 games behind

Good Abel De Los Santos 3-0, 3SV, 0.52 ERA, 0.62 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Brian Goodwin .202/.242/.342 in July (28G)
Interesting Sens have team ERA of 4.33 on the road (53G) vs. 2.98 mark at home (54G), per Harrisburg PR team



POTOMAC NATIONALS 15-19, 3rd place C.L. North, 3 games behind (48-56 overall)

Good Rafael Bautista .341/.356/.386, 4SB since return from rehab (10G)
Bad Manny Rodriguez 0-3, 7.71 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting 25 Team saves fewest in the Carolina League



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 15-19, 6ty place Sally North, 9 games behind (50-52 overall)

Good Koda Glover 2SV, 0.90ERA, 0.90WHIP in seven appearances
Bad 86 GIDP — most in the 14-team Sally Lg.
Interesting .975% FA 2nd in Sally Lg., 39% CS rate 1st in Sally Lg.



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 18-21, 5th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7½ games behind

Good Victor Robles .367/.418/.633 since promotion from GCL (12G, on base in each)
Bad Mariano Rivera III 7.20ERA, 1.89 WHIP in seven appearances (3GS)
Interesting Relievers’ ERA 2.66, Starters: 5.46 (H/T Auburn PR staff)



GCL NATIONALS 14-20, 4th place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 6 games behind

Good Wilber Pena 8.88K/9IP in 25⅓IP
Bad Thomas Alvarez .330OPS in 12G
Interesting .364 Team SLG% 2nd in 16-team GCL



DSL NATIONALS 25-28, 5th place Boca Chica South, 13 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Aldrem Corredor .791OPS, 34BB in 50G
Bad 18-y.o. Jose Jimenez 6.00 ERA, 1.95 WHIP in 21IP
Interesting 92 team 2B fifth-best in 38-team DSL
Aug 012015
 

The Potomac Nationals Booster Club is holding its annual Silent Auction tonight at Pfitzner Stadium. This is the primary fundraiser for this group, which provides food, housing, and general assistance to the players, their friends, and their families. They also sponsor monthly awards and recognize players with in-season birthdays. In short, the club helps make life just a little easier for the young men striving to make the journey from Potomac to Washington.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the items that will be up for auction:

  •   2015 Team Signed Bat
  •   2014 Isaac Ballou Autographed 2014 P-Nat Playoff Jersey
  •   6 July Original Line-Up Card – Barrett; Giolito pitchers
  •   7 July Original Line up Card – Lopez pitcher
  •   2015 P-Nat Difo Home Opener Game Used Jersey
  •   2015 P-Nat Difo Blue Home Game Used Jersey
  •   Wilmer Difo Signed Cracked Bat
  •   Lucas Giolito Autographed Debut Card
  •   Michael Taylor Pillow
  •   Lucas Giolito Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  •   Jason Werth Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  •   Wilmer Difo Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  •   Wilson Ramos Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Rick Ankiel Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Jeff Kobernus Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Bryce Harper Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Lucas Giolito Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Michael Taylor Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Gio Gonzalez Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Anthony Rendon Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Doug Fister Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Aaron Barrett Autographed Major League Baseball
  •   Eric Davis Autographed P-Nat Baseball Cap
  •   Uncle Slam Bobblehead
  •   Randy Knorr Bobblehead
  •   Ian Desmond Bobblehead
  •   Bryce Harper Bobblehead
  •   Jason (The Wolf) Werth
  •   Jason Werth Autographed Cracked bat
Aug 012015
 

Potomac fell behind early, the offense couldn’t get it going, and the bullpen was uneven in a 5-1 loss to Salem.

It seems like a broken record for the P-Nats, who continue to lose games in bunches. Their current losing streak is four games, and they’ve lost three or more eight times thus far.

Reynaldo Lopez got the start last night and was both wild and uneven. Much has been made about his velocity, but it bears repeating because it is still misunderstood: it doesn’t matter how hard you throw if you’re not throwing strikes.

Lopez threw an inordinate amount of breaking pitches compared to previous starts. The good news is that he broke off some really nice ones, helping him to fan five. The bad news is that he had tremendous difficulty locating his fastball and was seemingly behind nearly every batter last night.

The result? Salem was able to sit on that mid-90s fastball and tee off for seven hits, including two doubles and moonshot HR over the left field wall. He would give up four runs and walk two over five innings and suffer his seventh loss.

Offensively, Potomac wasn’t up to snuff as they were able to get runners on early, but hit into three double plays in the first four innings. Were it not for Salem’s defensive struggles (two passed balls, a throwing error) and errant pitching (wild pitch, hit batsman), Potomac would have likely been shut out as they managed just five hits total.

The two teams continue the series tonight with a matchup of Ian Dickson (1-0, 2.50) versus Salem’s Daniel McGrath (1-4, 3.86)

Aug 012015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (1-1, 3.00) vs.
Duffey (4-6, 2.68)
Harrisburg Won, 9-4 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (0-1, 7.50)
Rosenbaum (0-2, 6.92)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (1-0, 2.50) vs.
McGrath (1-4, 3.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-6 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-6, 4.75) vs.
Wiles (9-3, 2.46)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-2, 3.50) vs.
Moss (1-1, 3.48)

Rochester 8 Syracuse 3
• Espino (L, 3-5) 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Treinen 3⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gwynn 1-3, BB
• Johnson 1-2, R, 2B, BB

The RedWings scored in each of the first four innings as they soared past the Chiefs, 8-3 in the series opener. Paolo Espino was lit up for six runs on six hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings to lake the loss, his fifth at AAA this season. Syracuse made the most of its limited offense, scoring three times on four hits and three walks. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Josh Johnson led the way with a single and walk apiece.
Roster moves: C Dan Butler outrighted from Washington; SS Jason Martinson placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Purke (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Lee (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bostick 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Pleffner 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Dykstra 3-5, R, RBI

The Senators rallied for three runs in the 4th and 7th innings on their way to a 9-4 win over the Sea Dogs. Matt Purke bounced back from the beatdown in his previous start to hold Portland to two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings for his first AA win of ’15. Christopher Bostick was a triple shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Shawn Pleffner and Cutter Dykstra also notched 3-for-5 nights as the Sens racked up 14 hits while snapping a five-game losing streak.
Roster move: RHP Paul Demny reassigned from Syracuse.

Salem 5 Potomac 1
• Lopez (L, 5-7) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Walsh 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Dent 0-1, 2BB
• Wooten 1-4, SB

The starter got hit hard early, the offense couldn’t catch up. SSDG Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Syracuse.

Hickory 9 Hagerstown 6
• Van Orden (L, 5-5) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Page 2-4, BB
• Stevenson 2-5, RBI
• Masters 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Drew Van Orden’s second-half spiral continued with his fourth straight loss as the Suns were pinched by the Crawdads, 9-6. Van Orden was charged with six runs on five hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds. Hagerstown rallied for four in the 8th to make things interesting at 8-6, but Hickory tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half to put the game out of reach. The Suns left on ten and were just 2-for-13 with RISP. Matthew Page and Andrew Stevenson both singled twice to lead the Hagerstown offense.
Roster move: LHP Paul Demny assigned GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 2
• Crownover 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Borne (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, BK, WP
• Kerian 2-4, R, 2B
• Robles 1-3, BB, SB

The jig was up for the Doubledays as the Renegades had it made against reliever Grant Borne with a three-run 6th en route to a 4-2. Starter Matthew Crownover saw his best outing of the season turn into a no-decision. He threw five shutout innings with four hits and two walks given up and two batters set down on strikes. Borne gave up all four runs (two earned) over three innings for the blown-save-loss. Victor Robles walked, singled, and stole a base while David Kerian went 2-for-4 with a double to pace the Auburn attack.

Jul 312015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-4, 2.78) vs.
T. Rogers (7-8, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Portland,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-1, 16.20) vs.
Haley (4-11, 5.38)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (5-6, 4.62) vs.
McAvoy (5-9, 4.40)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (5-4, 3.09) vs.
Y. Mendez (2-1, 1.45)
Auburn Won, 6-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 6.75) vs.
Yepez (2-1, 3.19)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 4 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Martin (W, 5-5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 3-5, R, 3B, 3RBI, SB
• Lerud 3-5, RBI
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

What won’t surprise you is that the bullpen blew a four-run lead in the 9th and lost it in the 10th. What will surprise you is that it was Buffalo’s relievers, not Syracuse’s that imploded to turn a 4-0 lead into a 5-4 extra-innings loss. Steven Lerud’s third single of the night was the gamewinner, putting Rafael Martin even at 5-5 in the won-loss columns for his scoreless 10th inning. Taylor Jordan started and turned in six shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four. Trea Turner matched Lerud’s 3-for-5 mark but also tripled and drove in three.
Roster move: C Jeff Howell reassigned to GCL Nationals.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Voth 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K (rain delay)
• Bacus 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Mendez (L, 4-3) ⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Bostick 2-4, 2RBI
• D. Robinson 1-2, BB, 2RBI

Gilberto Mendez fit the usual script as he served up a walkoff homer to Portland’s Aneury Tavarez with nobody out in the 9th in Harrisburg’s 5-4 loss. Austin Voth started but was lifted after a 98-minute delay. He gave up two runs over an inning and a 1/3rd on two hits and two walks. Dakota Bacus followed with four innings but was charged with two runs when Bryan Harper let in both inherited runners. The Senators, who scored three in the 2nd, tied it in the 7th on Christopher Bostick’s second RBI single of the night. Derrick Robinson also drove in two and drew a walk as the Sens collected eight hits total.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3
• Rauh 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (BS, 2; L, 1-3) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR, 3-1 IR-S
• Bautista 4-5, R
• Mesa 2-5, RBI, SB

Ditto for Potomac’s Manny Rodriguez, who let in one of three inherited runners in the 8th, then served up a two-run shot in the 9th to turn a 3-1 lead into a 4-3 loss to Myrtle Beach. Brian Rauh turned in a quality start of one run on five hits over six innings without a walk and four strikeouts. Tablesetters Rafael Bautista and Narciso Mesa combined for six of the 11 hits Potomac registered for the game.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 6
• Bach (W, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Williams ⅓ IP, 4H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Orlan ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K, 3-3 IR-S
• Mejia 4-5, R, 3B, 2RBI, SB(5)
• Carey 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2R

Deion Williams and R.C. Orlan almost played the part, but Hagerstown’s seven-run lead was just large enough for them to make it interesting in an 8-6 win over Hickory. Connor Bach’s five shutout innings, with three hits and two walks allowed, weren’t erased as the 23-y.o. southpaw earned his fourth win and struck out six. Bryan Mejia led the Suns’ 13-hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, followed by D.K. Carey’s 3-for-4 line.

Auburn 6 Aberdeen 1
• Fedde (W, 3-1) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gunter (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 2-4, R, 3B, CS
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

Sorry, the snark ends here. The Doubledays broke open a 2-1 game with a four-run 3rd and the bullpen no-hit the Ironbirds for four innings to secure a 6-1 win and take the series, 2-1. Erick Fedde got the win with five innings of one-run ball, scattering seven hits, walking one, and striking out two. Cody Gunter (2IP), Kevin Mooney (1IP), and Tommy Peterson (1IP) each earned holds. Victor Robles and Kelvin Gutierrez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Auburn attack.

Jul 302015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-5 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (3-4, 2.77) vs.
Boyd (3-1, 2.77)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 @ Portland,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 2.82) vs.
Cuevas (8-5, 3.18)
Potomac Lost, 8-5 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-0, 0.51) vs. TBD
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Bach (3-2, 3.62) vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 8-5 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (2-1, 2.88) vs.
Cosme (1-3, 5.23)


Buffalo 8 Syracuse 5
• Strasburg (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, WP, BK
• Cole 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mastroianni 3-5, R, 2B
• Gwynn 2-4, R, RBI
• Hague 1-3, 2B, BB

The Bisons put up crooked numbers three times as they defeated the Chiefs, 8-5 to take a 2-1 series lead. Rehabbing Stephen Strasburg suffered the loss, giving up three runs (all in the 2nd) on four hits and a walk over four innings. A.J. Cole followed but was ineffective, allowing the next four runs on five hits and two walks over four frames. Darin Mastroianni led the Syracuse hit column with a two singles and a double while Tony Gwynn Jr. put up his fourth multihit effort in the last five games with a 2-for-4 night.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis optioned from Washington; IF Mario Lisson placed on the 7-Day DL; C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac.

New Hampshire 6 Harrisburg 1
• Bates (L, 4-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2B, BB
• D. Robinson 2-3, BB, SB, CS

The Fisher Cats put up two-spots in the 4th and 5th innings to turn a 1-0 lead into 5-0 chasm as they completed the three-game sweep of the Senators with a 6-1 win. Colin Bates suffered the loss in the spot start, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks over four innings. Once again, the Harrisburg offense sputtered in the clutch as they went 1-for-11 with RISP and left on nine baserunners. Shawn Pleffner, Derrick Robinson, and Brian Jeroloman each went 2-for-3 with a walk in the loss.
Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 5
• Spann (L, 0-6) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Valdez 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• S. Perez 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Mesa 2-3, 2B
• Norfork 2-4, 2RBI

Myrtle Beach jumped on Matt Spann for three in the 1st, piled on two more in the 4th to take a 5-0 lead, and held off Potomac for an 8-5 win. Spann lost for the sixth time for the P-Nats, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks while striking out four over four and 2/3rds. The bottom of the Potomac lineup combined for nine of the 12 hits collected, led by Stephen Perez going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a 2-5 homestand, the Suns make a trip to Hickory, NC for four games before returning to the Muni for another seven-game stretch against Charleston for three and… wait for it… Delmarva for four.
Roster move: RHP Ryan Brinley promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 8 Aberdeen 5
• Guilbeau (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Boghosian (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• K. Gutierrez 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB, E(10)
• Me. Rodriguez 2-3, 2B, 3RBI
• Dulin 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB

The Doubledays broke a 1-1 tie with two in the fourth, then tacked on two more in the 5th and 6th innings en route to an 8-5 victory over Aberdeen. Taylor Guilbeau got the win, his first, with five innings of one-run ball on four hits, no walks, and four whiffs. Adam Boghosian added two innings of scoreless relief to earn the hold. Kelvin Gutierrez paced the Auburn attack with two singles and a double in five trips to the plate while driving in a run and scoring twice.
Roster moves: RHP Sam Johns demoted from Hagerstown; OF Luis Guzman released.

Jul 292015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Copeland (7-3, 2.17)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 @ New Hampshire,
12:05 p.m.
TBD vs. J. Anderson (5-5, 4.85)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (0-5, 5.00) vs.
Torrez (7-6. 3.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 13-3 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-0 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Alvarado (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Guilbeau (0-1, 4.85)


Buffalo 6 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-6) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Treinen 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gwynn 1-3, 2B
• Mastroianni 1-4, 2B

Veteran Jeff Francis stymied the Chiefs to lead the Bisons to a 6-0 shutout. Taylor Hill was charged with all six Buffalo runs on nine (9) hits and five (5) walks over five and 2/3rds while fanning two to lose his sixth AAA game. Blake Treinen and Paul Demny shut down the Bisons the rest of the way with seven of the ten outs coming by way of the K. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Darin Mastroianni both doubled but Syracuse managed just five hits and one walk total on offense.
Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington; IF Emmanuel Burris outrighted from Washington; C Dan Butler designated for assignment.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 0
• Giolito (L, 0-1) 5+ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• De Los Santos 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 1-3
• Difo 1-4, 2B

Lucas Giolito lost his AA debut while New Hampshire nearly no-hit Harrisburg in a 5-0 shutout. Giolito was knocked for four runs on six hits and three walks over five-plus innings. He struck out three. Abel De Los Santos stranded a runner for Giolito and tossed two scoreless before the Fisher Cats got to Nick Lee for the final run. Shawn Pleffner broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the 8th while Wilmer Difo doubled with two out in the 9th for the second and final Senators’ hit.
Roster move: RHP Nick Pivetta traded to Philadelphia for RHP Jonathan Papelbon and cash considerations.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 3
• A. Williams (L, 1-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, 2HR
• Self 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Manuel 2-3, RBI
• Norfork 1-4, 2RBI

Potomac rallied for three in the 9th but left the tying run at third as the fell short, 4-3, to Myrtle Beach. Austen Williams gave up all four Pelican runs on seven hits, three coming on two home runs, over five innings. He walked three and struck out two. Derek Self and Justin Thomas combined for three scoreless innings of relief to give the offense a chance. Craig Manuel singled twice and drove in a run while Khayyan Norfork singled once and drove in two in the near-comeback effort.

West Virginia 13 Hagerstown 3
• M. Sanchez (L, 5-5) 3IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, BB, K, HR
• Cooper 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Carey 2-4, OF assist at 3B
• Read 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI

West Virginia scored 11 unanswered runs after falling behind 2-0 early as they took the game, 13-3 and the series, 3-1. Starter and loser Mario Sanchez gave up the first seven runs on seven hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out one. Sam Johns was charged with the last six runs (four earned) on four hits with neither a strikeout nor a walk over two and a 1/3rd innings. Raudy Read homered in the bottom of the 1st for the aforementioned two runs and finished at 3-for-4 to lead the Suns hit column.

Aberdeen 10 Auburn 0
• J. Rodriguez (L, 1-4) 4⅔ IP, 12H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 5K
• Overton 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robles 2-4, OF assists at 2B, 3B
• Kerian 1-4, 2B

Three Aberdeen pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Auburn, 10-0. Jefry Rodriguez got lit up. Again. This time, it was six runs on twelve hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings while striking out five for his fourth loss for the Doubledays and ninth overall this season. Victor Robles singled twice in four trips to the plate and gunned down a runner trying to go from first to third. David Kerian doubled while Ian Sagdal singled to round out the Doubledays tally of four hits on the night.

Jul 282015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-5, 4.92) vs.
Francis (4-0, 1.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (AA debut) vs.
Hoffman (0-0, 1.54)
Potomac Won, 7-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-2, 2.30) vs.
Jo. Martinez (6-2, 3.39)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 vs. West Virginia,
11:05 a.m.
M. Sanchez (5-4, 4.98) vs.
Coley (11-5, 3.93)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez(1-3, 4.22) vs. TBD


Syracuse 6 Buffalo 5
• Bleier 5⅔ IP, 9H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Runion (BS, 1; W, 5-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 1-2, 2B, BB, SF, 4RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, R, SB
• Turner 2-5

Josh Johnson’s sac fly in the bottom of the 8th put Syracuse back on top after blowing a 5-0 lead as they edged Buffalo, 6-5 in the series opener. Richard Bleier’s return to AAA was one out short of a quality start as he let in three runs on nine hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. Sam Runion got the dreaded blown-save-win, while Rafael Martin struck out the side in the 9th for his fourth save. Johnson walked, doubled, and drove in four to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster move: RHP Stephen Strasburg assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

New Hampshire 8 Harrisburg 6
• Simms (L, 0-1) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Bostick 2-5, 2B
• Pleffner 2-4, R, RBI

The reigning Carolina Pitcher of the Week was rocked for five runs in the 2nd but gutted out six innings in an 8-6 Sens loss to the Fisher Cats. John Simms went six innings total, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks and struck out five while losing his first AA game of the year. Pedro Severino and Isaac Ballou both hit two-run homers while Christopher Bostick and Shawn Pleffner both had multiple hits to lead the Harrisburg attack.

Potomac 7 Salem 1
• Mapes (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johansen 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• DeBruin 2-3, 2BB, RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Wooten 2-4, RBI

Potomac completed the three-game sweep of Salem with a 7-1 blowout. Tyler Mapes won the spot start with five shutout innings, giving up just three hits, no walks, and striking out three. Jake Johansen returned from the DL to turn in two scoreless while Jake Walsh lost the shutout with a run on three hits over the final two innings. Rafael Bautista continues to swing a hot bat, this time going 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored while the P-Nats broke out for 13 hits total.
Roster move: RHP Jake Johansen activated from the 7-Day DL.

West Virginia 4 Hagerstown 2
• Amlung (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K
• K. Perez 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Carey 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, 2B

West Virginia’s three-run 5th turned a 2-1 deficit into the eventual winning score of 4-2 over Hagerstown. Justin Amlung lost the spot start, charged with all four runs on eight hits over four and 2/3rds innings. Kevin Perez (2⅓ IP) and Deion Williams (2IP) short-circuited the Power the rest of the way, but the Suns offense was eclipsed by West Virginia reliever Dovydas Neverauskas with three scoreless innings himself. D.K. Carey and Matthew Page both went 2-for-4 with a double, but as a team Hagerstown was just 1-for-11 with RISP.
Roster moves: OF Andrew Stevenson reassigned from GCL Nationals; LHP R.C. Orlan reassigned from Potomac; RHP Luis Reyes placed on 3-Day TIL.

Auburn — OFF DAY
The Doubledays return to upstate New York after making the 800-plus-mile road trip to Vermont and Lowell and back to host Aberdeen for three and Hudson Valley for three as they enter a stretch of nine home games out of 12. Unfortunately, Auburn has been much better on the road (12-8) vs. home (4-11).

Jul 272015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (1-1, 2.93) vs.
Norris (3-10, 4.10)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-3 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1st AA start of ’15) vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 3-0 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (1-2, 3.00) vs.
McGrath (1-2, 3.02)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (2-0, 2.16) vs.
Brewer (2-8, 5.13)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 4 (13 inn.)
• Billings 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2WP
• Walters (W, 5-3) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 8K, WP
• Gwynn 4-6, 2R, 2B
• Lisson 3-6, R, HR, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-5, CS

Jason Martinson’s solo HR in the top of the 13th gave the Chiefs a 5-4 win in 13 innings and prevent a three-game sweep by the Iron Pigs. Bruce Billings turned in a quality start of two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings and left with a 4-2 lead. P.J. Walters struck out eight in four scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, his fifth for Syracuse. Tony Gwynn Jr. led the hit column with a 4-for-6 afternoon, followed by Mario Lisson at 3-for-6 and Josh Johnson at 2-for-5.

Bowie 10 Harrisburg 3
• Purke (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 10H, 9R, 6ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Bacus 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Goodwin 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Lozada 1-4, RBI

The BaySox fileted the Senators for a 10-3 win on Sunday and a 3-1 series win. Matt Purke’s return to AA in ’15 was not unlike his departure in ’14 as Bowie lit him up for nine runs on 10 hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. Dakota Bacus, Nick Lee, and Colin Bates combined for five and 2/3rds innings of one-run relief, but the Senators offense was filibustered for one hit over the last eight innings after a three-run 1st that featured a two-run HR by Brian Goodwin and an RBI single by Jose Lozada.

Potomac 3 Salem 0
• Dickson (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Orlan (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, BB
• Bautista 2-5, 2RBI

Rafael Bautista’s two-run single capped off a three-run 2nd that the P-Nats rode to a 3-0 triumph over the Red Sox. Three pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout, with starter Ian Dickson going the first five and 1/3rd innings for the win, R.C. Orlan following with two and 2/3rds innings for the hold, and Brian closing out the 9th for the save. John Wooten singled, doubled, and walked to reach base three times while Bautista, Drew Ward, and Grant DeBruin each singled twice on the night.
Roster moves: LHP Matthew Spann demoted from Harrisburg; RHP Brian Rauh promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 4
• Reyes (W, 5-6) 5+ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Cooper (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Masters 2-3, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown broke out for six runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 6-1 lead and held on for an 8-4 victory over West Virginia. Luis Reyes got the win, but was charged with all four Power runs on six hits over five-plus innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Raudy Read both smacked two-run homers while David Masters went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the Suns offense.

Lowell 6 Auburn 5
• Hearn 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Brinley (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 3-4, R, 2B
• Sagdal 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Encarnacion 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Lowell rallied from a 4-0 deficit to score six times in the middle innings and edge Auburn, 6-5. Taylor Hearn hit the wall in the 5th, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. The loss went to Ryan Brinley on an unearned run in the 8th as two-out double was followed by a two-out error to send in the gamewinner. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice and doubled once in four trips to the place to lead the Doubledays’ attack.

Jul 262015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Billings (6-4, 4.45) vs.
Berken (5-7, 3.39)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Purke (1st AA start of ’15) vs.
Bridwell (3-5, 4.21)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (0-0, 3.55) vs.
McAvoy (5-8, 4.70)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-6, 4.60) vs.
McRae (4-6, 4.53)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Lowell,
3:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-2, 3.38) vs.
Romero (2-2, 2.84)


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3
• Espino (L, 3-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Treinen 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, WP
• Werth 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, BB

The IronPigs answered the Chiefs two-run rally in the 5th with two of their own to go up 4-2 and held on for a 4-3 win. Paolo Espino became the latest victim of the GBI curse as the “G” took the “L” with all four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk over five innings.
Paul Demny and Blake Treinen combined for three scoreless and six strikeouts to keep the game close. Rehabbing Jayson Werth drove in the aforementioned two runs with a two-out double and went 3-for-4 overall to lead the Syracuse offense, which collected 10 hits total.
Roster moves: LHP Richard Bleier, RHP Sam Runion, IF Matt Skole promoted from Harrisburg; 3B Chris Nelson, RHP Chris Nelson released.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 4-2) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K
• Vettleson 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 2-2, R, 3B, BB

Drew Vettleson’s two-out walkoff shot was the difference as the Sens edged the BaySox, 3-2. Austin Voth labored through five shutout innings on 87 pitches, walking three, striking out four, and giving up four hits. The win went to Gilberto Mendez, who came on in the 8th and gave up the tying run in the top of the 9th. Vettleson also singled as did Isaac Ballou twice to pace the Harrisburg attack.
Roster moves: RHPs Lucas Giolito, John Simms, LHP Matt Purke promoted from Potomac; RHP Abel De Los Santos optioned from Washington.

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Lopez 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Self (W, 3-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 3-4, 3SB
• Keller 2-3, R, BB, CS

The P-Nats were just 1-for-11 with RISP so it should come as no surprise to learn that the gamewinner came in on a passed ball in the 9th for a 3-2 win over the Red Sox. The miscue made a winner out of Derek Self, who had pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, while Manny Rodriguez matched the feat in the 9th for his fourth save. Reynaldo Lopez started and turned in seven innings of two-run ball, walking three and striking out four. The P-Nats hit parade was led by Rafael Bautista, who turned three singles into three doubles via three stolen bases, though he failed to score a run.
Roster move: C Spencer Kieboom placed on the 7-Day DL; C Zach Wright reassigned from Syracuse; LHPs Jake Walsh, R.C. Orlan promoted from Hagerstown.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 2
• Rauh 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
• Torres (L, 0-1) 2+ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4
• Abreu 1-4, R, BB

The Power, um, surged for four runs in the late innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 6-2 win over the Suns. Brian Rauh started and went the first five innings, letting in two runs on three hits and three walks while fanning six. Luis Torres “earned” the loss with four runs charged on five hits and three walks over two-plus innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the Hagerstown hit parade with three singles in four trips to the plate.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Amlung reassigned from Potomac; RHP Matthew DeRosier assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Auburn 5 Lowell 3
• Dickey 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Borne (W, 1-0) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Reetz 2-3, R, 2B, SB, 2HBP
• Sagdal 1-2, 2R, 2RBI, 2BB, SB, SF
• Dulin 1-3, R, 2BB, SB

Auburn took advantage of sloppy defense and pitching to take 5-3 decision from Lowell. Robbie Dickey made his first appearance in more than three weeks, turning in two innings but giving up a run on two hits and two walks. The Doubleday bullpen combined for seven innings of one-run ball, led by Grant Borne, who earned the win with one run allowed on four hits and two walks. Offensively, the trio of Jakson Reetz, Ian Sagdal, and Dalton Dulin combined for four hits, four runs, four walks, and three stolen bases.

GCL Update
After winning five of six the week before to get to .500, the G-Nats dropped all five this week to fall back into the GCL East cellar with a 12-17 mark. That’s roughly three games off their Pythagorean projection, though the G-Nats are just about league average in the three major phases (4.28 R/G vs. 4.20 batting; 4.34 R/G vs. 4.21 R/G pitching; .964 FA vs. 964 FA).

DSL Update
The D-Nats are 22-26 after a 3-3 week and will need to go 15-9 down the stretch to finish above .500. Seventeen-year-old Colombian Robert Medina has emerged as the team leader in OPS at .823 though he’s played in just 16 games. Nineteen-year-old Francys Peguero and 18-y.o. Pedro Avila continue to pile up the K’s, with Peguero second in the DSL with a 14.1 K/9IP rate and Avila fourth with 55K’s in 39IP (12.7/9IP).