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 062015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Ross (1-1, 3.60) vs.
Johnson (8-5, 2.68)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (4-1, 3.42) vs.
Brault (1-1, 2.08)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (14 inn.);
Won, 3-1
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (3-4, 3.08) vs.
Junis (3-6, 3.47)
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (5-1, 2.70) vs.
Taylor (4-5, 4.61)
Auburn Lost, 7-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Tomchick (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Rivera (0-0, 1.80)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 1
• Walters (W, 4-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Meek (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mastroianni 2-4
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

A four-run 3rd proved to be enough for the Chiefs to take Game Two of the three-game series, 4-1. P.J. Walters allowed the sole PawSox run on four hits and two walks while striking out three to win his fourth game. Evan Meek led a trio of relievers who combined for four scoreless innings and six strikeouts. Kevin Keyes hit his third AAA home run and drove in two to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington; OF Tony Gwynn Jr. activated from the 3-Day TIL.

Altoona 3 Harrisburg 0
• Bleier (L, 6-3) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Runion 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Skole 2-4, 2B
• Difo 2-4

The Curve scored three times in the first four innings while three Altoona pitchers kept the Senators off the board for a 3-0 shutout. Richard Bleier was charged with all three runs on ten hits and no walks and just one strikeout over six innings as he lost his third AA game. Matt Skole’s double in the 6th was the sole extra-base hit of the eight that Harrisburg collected on the night.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 2 (14 inn.) — COMP
• Amlung (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 4-6, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Potomac wasted no time in finishing off the Blue Rocks in the continuation, as Estarlin Martinez led off the 14th with single, took second on an Adrian Sanchez sacrifice, third on a groundout to the pitcher, and scored on Alec Keller’s fourth hit of the contest. Justin Amlung got the win for pitching the top of the 14th as he allowed one hit and struck out two.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1 — GAME TWO
• Pivetta (W, 7-4) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• Mapes (S, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Sanchez 2-4. R
• Norfork 1-3, 2B

Nick Pivetta was perfect for 19 batters until Jack Lopez beat out a high-hop grounder that got past Grant DeBruin but not far enough for Lopez to take second base. It was ruled a hit. After Lopez was thrown out trying to steal, Pivetta lost the shutout on a long solo HR to LF. He would finish with seven innings pitched and one run allowed on two hits, no walks, and nine whiffs. The offense would give him three runs to work with, led by Adrian Sanchez (2-for-4), while Tyler Mapes closed out the game with two scoreless for his first save.

Hagerstown 7 Lakewood 5
• A. Williams (W, 8-1) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Walsh (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Keniry 2-4, 2B

The Suns burst out of the gate for three in the 1st and added four more in the 4th as they held off a late Lakewood charge for a 7-5 win. Austen Williams turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on five hits and a walk while fanning four as he won for the eighth time. Jake Walsh worked around a one-out single in the 9th to earn his fourth save. Osvaldo Abreu doubled twice to take the lead in the Sally League at 24 two-baggers and was 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead the Suns attack.
Roster move: OF Wilman Rodriguez reassigned from Syracuse.

State College 7 Auburn 1
• Baez (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K
• Gunter 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Stevenson 3-4, R, SB
• Schrock 1-3, 2B, BB

State College put up crooked number in three innings while Auburn managed just one run in a 7-1 loss. Joan Baez remains winless in six starts at two levels as he was taken for five runs on six hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds innings for his second loss at the SS-A level. 2nd Rd. pick Andrew Stevenson went 3-for-4 with a run and a stolen base while 13th Rd. pick Max Schrock doubled and walked. The rest of the Doubledays were just 1-for-23 with no walks.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hearn reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Jul 052015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 12-4 vs. Pawtucket,
5:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-4, 2.97)
Walters (3-1, 5.81) vs.
Johnson (8-5, 2.68)
Owens (2-6, 3.28)
Harrisburg Won, 11-9 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Bleier (6-2, 2.84) vs.
Kuhl (5-3, 3.29)
Potomac Tied, 2-2 (13 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and Pivetta (6-4, 2.38) and
TBD and Mills (6-3, 2.14)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (7-1, 1.88) vs.
Watson (1st Low-A start of ’15)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. State College,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Beck (0-1, 0.90)


Syracuse 12 Pawtucket 4
• Billings (W, 4-3) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HR
• Grace (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 4-4, 4R
• Nelson 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Martinson 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI

After falling behind 4-3 after three innings, Syracuse put the pedal to the metal and scored the last nine runs for a 12-4 victory over Pawtucket. Bruce Billings got the Jack Morris win with a pedestrian four runs let in on eight hits, including two home runs. He walked none and struck out seven. Jason Martinson homered twice and drove in four while Chris Nelson singled twice and doubled once to drive in five to lead the Chiefs attack.
Roster moves: RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 11 Altoona 9
• Spann 5⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Severino 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Harrisburg rallied for three in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead and for five in the 8th to take a 10-7 lead en route to an 11-9 victory over Altoona. Matthew Spann started but was ineffective, giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Nick Lee got the “W” in his AA debut, though he allowed one of two inherited runners to score in the 6th before pitching a scoreless 7th. Wilmer Difo and Pedro Severino were both 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Sens bent the Curve’s pitchers for 16 hits total.
Roster move: LHP Nick Lee promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 2 — SUSP. (13 inn.)
• Barrett 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Simms 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5

They started late. They played late. They did not finish late, as fog forced the suspension of this one in the bottom of the 13th with the scored tied at 2-2. They’ll pick it up in the five o’clock hour tonight and finish, then play the regularly scheduled nine-inning game.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 0
• M. Sanchez (L, 4-3) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• K. Perez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 2-4
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-2, 2BB

The Suns put on 10 runners, left on nine, and scored none as the Blue Claws shut them out, 6-0. Mario Sanchez was pinched for all six runs on nine hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings to suffer his third loss. Kevin Perez and Jake Walsh combined for three and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, but the offense was limited to six hits with Raudy Read (2-for-4) and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz the only two batters to reach base more than once.

Auburn 4 State College 2
• Fedde (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Brinley (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Page 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Guzman 3-3, 2RBI

Auburn scored four times in four innings to, um, double up State College, 4-2. Erick Fedde earned his first professional win with five innings of one-run ball, striking out six, walking none, and allowing three hits. Ryan Brinley pitched two scoreless, Tommy Peterson one, to earn hold while Luis Torres was awarded the save while giving up the final Spikes run. Luis Guzman led the Doubleday hit column with three hits and drove in two, while Matthew Page also reached base three times with two singles and a walk while plating one.

GCL Update
The G-Nats won just two games this past week, which dropped them below .500 at 5-7 after two weeks of play. Victor Robles remains the flavor of the week, having stolen five bases, smacked seven extra-base hits out of 17, and scored 12 times in 12 games. Twenty-four pitchers have appeared thus with just one pitcher having pitched more than nine innings.

DSL Update
The D-Nats also were 2-4 for the week, dropping them to 12-19, which is 13 games off the pace set by the 25-6 DSL Rangers. With the July 2 start of the 2015-2016 IFA signing period, the Nats made a big splash with two notable signings: No. 13-ranked Juan Soto and SS Luis Angel Aquino.

Jul 042015
 

GBI for NPP 2Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 28-54, 6th place I.L. North, 17 games behind

Good Darin Mastroianni .289BA (11-for-38) over last 10G
Bad Eric Fornataro 10.66 ERA, 2.37 WHIP over last 10 appearances
Interesting Kevin Keyes .333/.377/.514, 2HR, 15RBI in 18G since callup



HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-42, 5th place E.L. West, 8 games behind

Good Richard Bleier 4-0, 0.68 ERA in five home starts
Bad Wilmer Difo 4BB in 40G
Interesting Shawn Pleffner .308 (8-for-26) over last 10G



POTOMAC NATIONALS 5-2, 2nd place C.L. North, 1 game behind (38-40 overall)

Good Adrian Sanchez .327/.364/.481 since demotion from AA (15G)
Bad .355 SLG % — 7th in eight-team Car. Lg.
Interesting 487 team batting K — fewest in Car. Lg.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 4-5, T3rd place Sally North, 3 games behind (39-38 overall)

Good Austen Williams 7-1, 1.88 ERA, 1.10 WHIP in 12GS
Bad 61SB, 56CS (56.4% success rate)
Interesting 48 HBP by pitchers, 3rd most in Sally Lg.


DSL NATIONALS 12-18, 5th place Boca Chica North, 13 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Luis Perdomo .291/.380/.419 in 27G
Bad 19-y.o. Ramses Rosario 2HR, 4HBP, 2.06 WHIP in 16IP
Interesting Pedro Avila 38K, 6BB in 25IP
Jul 042015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (3-3, 3.58) vs.
Couch (3-7, 5.14)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (2-0, 3.21) vs.
Glasnow (2-2, 2.45)
Potomac Won, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Simms (4-5, 3.41) vs.
Manaea (1-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
M. Sanchez (4-2, 3.18)
vs. Garcia (5-6, 3.39)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-0, 1.29) vs.
Perez (2-0, 1.80)


Buffalo 8 Syracuse 4
• Hill (L, 3-3) 5IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K
• Valverde 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mastroianni 2-4, R, BB
• Butler 2-4

The Bisons scored in five straight innings, erasing leads of 3-2 and 4-3 as they doubled up the Chiefs, 8-4. Taylor Hill was strafed for six runs on 11 hits and no walks while striking out two to lose for the third time. Veterans Darin Mastroianni and Dan Butler both went 2-for-4 as the Syracuse offense totaled nine hits and one walk but struck out 10 times.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 4 (10 inn.)
• Bates 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Simmons (W, 4-4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Vettleson 2-4, R, RBI
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, BB

A pitcher’s duel turned into a slugfest in the late innings as the Senators walked off for a 5-4 win in 10 innings for their ninth win in the last ten games. Colin Bates nursed a 1-0 deficit into the 7th until the Flying Squirrels struck for a two-out, three-run home run. Harrisburg broke up the no-hitter in the bottom of the 7th and scored two runs to cut the lead in half, then tied it in the bottom of the 9th. A single, hit by pitch, and a wild pitch set up Wilmer Difo’s 10th-inning sac fly to seal the deal.

Potomac 8 Frederick 3
• Valdez (W, 3-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Dickson 3IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Keller 3-5, R, RBI
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2B, CS

Potomac rallied for five in the 6th to snap a 3-3 tie and take the series finale, 8-3 against Frederick. Phillips Valdez recovered from a three-run first to go the minimum for the win, giving up five hits, no walks while striking out four. Alec Keller and Adrian Sanchez both went 3-for-5 with a run scored while Grant DeBruin hit his first High-A home run as the P-Nats pounded out 11 hits and drew nine walks.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Hagerstown and placed on the 7-Day DL.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 2
• Reyes (L, 3-5) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Napoli 3IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Abreu 1-3, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B

Greensboro scored five unanswered runs as they lost the game, 5-2, and the series, 2-1. Luis Reyes took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks over six innings while fanning four. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled and doubled to lead the Suns hit column, as Hagerstown was held to just seven hits on the night.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 1
• Crownover ⅔ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 1K, 0HR
• Borne 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B
• Stevenson 2-4, R

The Crosscutters completed the series sweep with a 6-1 win over the Doubledays. Matthew Crownover got knocked around for all six Williamsport runs on six hits and no walks while retiring just two batters in the 1st for his third loss in as many starts. Three relievers combined for six and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief, but the Auburn “attack” was five hits by three batters, with Andrew Stevenson and Kelvin Gutierrez both going 2-for-4 and Melvin Rodriguez going 1-for-4.

Jul 032015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Hill (3-2, 4.19) vs.
Doubront (1-3, 2.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-0 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (3-0, 3.44) vs.
Lujan (5-5, 4.52)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (2-2, 5.34) vs.
Miranda (0-0, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-4, 5.35) vs.
Buckelew (3-3, 2.68)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-2, 10.80) vs.
Kilome (1-0, 0.77)


Buffalo 3 Syracuse 2
• Espino (L, 2-2) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-5, R, 3K
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Paolo Espino made but one mistake — a three-run HR to Buffalo’s Caleb Gindl in the 2nd — but it was enough for Syracuse to lose, 3-2. The Venezuelan veteran gave up six hits total, walked two, and struck out six over six innings. Matt Grace and Evan Meek both turned in a scoreless inning to keep the game close. Jason Martinson — Syracuse’s representative at the 2015 I.L. All-Star Game — doubled in both Chiefs runs in the 3rd and went 2-for-4 overall to lead the offense.
Roster move: RHP Paul Demny reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP A.J. Cole placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 30.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 0
• Voth 6IP, 5H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Suero (L, 0-1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Difo 2-4
• Pleffner 1-3, 2B

Harrisburg’s bid for a ninth straight win fell short when Richmond went deep in the 9th for 2-0 victory. Wander Suero served up a two-run shot with one down in his third inning of relief to suffer the loss. Austin Voth tossed six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks while setting down five on strikes in his seventh no-decision. Wilmer Difo singled twice, Shawn Pleffner doubled once, but the rest of the lineup was hitless with pinch-hitter Jose Lozada accounting for the fourth Senators hit.
Roster move: RHP Wander Suero reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3
• Lopez 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Self (BS, 1; L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Keller 2-3, R, 2B
• Wooten 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

Potomac’s more modest streak of four wins was also stopped last night as Frederick rallied for two in the 8th for a 4-3 win. Reynaldo Lopez turned in his best outing of the season with seven innings of two-run ball on five hits and no walks while striking out seven. Derek Self took the loss as let in the deciding runs on three hits, including a HR. Alec Keller singled, doubled, and scored a run while John Wooten launched his 5th big fly to pace the P-Nats attack.
Roster move: RHP Ian Dickson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 0
• Bach (W, 2-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 8K, 2PO at 1B
• Cooper (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Abreu 4-4, 2R, 2B, SB(20)
• Mejia 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, 2K
• Carey 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI, SB

The tables were turned at the Muni as the Suns blanked the Grasshoppers, 5-0. Connor Bach and Andrew Cooper combined on the two-hit shutout, with Bach giving up both Greensboro hits and three walks over the first six innings for the win, and Cooper closing it out with just a hit batsman over the final three. Osvaldo Abreu went 4-for-4 with a double to lead the Suns hit column while Bryan Mejia and D.K. Carey both homered to account for the final four Hagerstown runs.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 1
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-2) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Mooney 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Sagdal 1-3, RBI
• Reetz 0-3, 2K, PB, E

The Crosscutters scored in four of the first five innings en route to a 6-1 victory over the Doubledays. Starter and loser Jefry Rodriguez was knocked around for five runs (four earned) over that stretch on nine hits and two walks while striking out four as he lost for the second time for Auburn and seventh time in 2015. Ian Sagdal drove in the lone Auburn run as the Doubledays were held to just three hits and three walks total.

Jul 022015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-1 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (2-1, 1.91) vs.
Francis (3-0, 1.71)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 (13 inn.) vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (3-5, 3.69) vs.
Marte (6-1, 2.73)
Potomac Won, 4-0 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (4-4, 4.88) vs.
Hess (3-4, 5.43)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (1-1, 3.56) vs.
Holmes (2-4, 5.01)
Auburn Lost, 5-4 (11 inn.) @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez vs. (0-1, 7.00)
Arteaga (2-0, 1.50)


Syracuse 10 Louisville 1
• Ross (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• McGregor (S, 1) 4IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Keyes 4-5, 3R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Mastroianni 2-4, R, BB
• Lisson 1-2, R, 3BB

Kevin Keyes (4-for-5, 3R) went deep twice and drove in five as the Chiefs broke the Bats, 10-1 to take the series, 2-1. Joe Ross won his first AAA game with five innings of one-run ball, though that one run did come on a home run. Scott McGregor finished with four scoreless to earn the save, his first of 2015 and the second of his career. Trea Turner also homered while Mario Lisson joined Keyes in reaching base four times with a single and three walks.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 5 (13 inn.)
• Bacus 6⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Runion (W, 2-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 4-6, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Severino 2-6, 2B, RBI
• Goodwin 2-7, R, 2B

Matt Skole’s fourth hit of the ballgame was a walkoff RBI double to give the Senators an eighth straight win by a 6-5 score in 13 innings against the Flying Squirrels. The 25-y.o. CI singled twice and homered once while hitting safely for the sixth time in the past seven games. The “W” went to Sam Runion for pitching a scoreless top of the 13th. Dakota Bacus started and went the first six and a 1/3rd innings, allowing all five Richmond runs on six hits, including two homers.
Austin Voth, Paul Demny and Pedro Severino were named to the Eastern League All-Star game, which will be played on July 15th in Portland, ME.

Potomac 4 Frederick 0
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Giolito (W, 3-4) 7IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 7K, 2HBP
• M. Rodriguez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Kieboom 1-4, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats came up two outs short of a combined no-hitter to settle for a one-hit shutout of the Keys, 4-0. Rehabbing Aaron Barrett walked one and struck out two in his rehab inning in the 1st. Lucas Giolito followed with seven innings scoreless relief, walking one batter and hitting two while earning his third win. Manny Rodriguez gave up the lone hit with one out in the 9th but retired the next two batters to preserve the whitewash. Reigning Carolina Player of the Week Adrian Sanchez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double to lead the Potomac offense.
Roster moves: RHP Aaron Barrett added to roster for MLB rehab.

Greensboro 3 Hagerstown 0
• Purke 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Williams 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Orlan (L, 2-1) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K
• Reistetter 2-4, PO at 2B
• Abreu 0-2, 2BB

Greensboro broke through for all three of its runs in the 9th as they shut out Hagerstown, 3-0. R.C. Orlan was dinged for all three runs on four hits in his single inning. Matt Purke started and turned in five scoreless innings, letting up five hits, no walks, and striking out two. Deion Williams followed with three scoreless innings of relief, putting on four baserunners with two hits and two walks. Matt Reistetter singled twice and Osvaldo Abreu walked twice as the only Suns batters to reach base twice.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 5 (11 inn.)
• Dickey 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, K
• Brinley (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Reetz 2-5, 2R, 3K
• Gutierrez 2-6, 2-2B, RBI

The Doubledays ‘pen blew a 4-1 lead in the 8th and coughed up the game-winning HR in the 11th as they lost to the Crosscutters, 5-4. Starter Robbie Dickey allowed one run over five innings on three hits and three walks for the no-decision. Ryan Brinley took the loss on the one hit he allowed over one-plus innings. Jakson Reetz went 2-for-5 with two runs scored while Kelvin Gutierrez doubled twice to lead the Auburn attack.

Jul 012015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Ross (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Holmberg (4-5, 4.64)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (4-1, 3.09) vs.
Rodriguez (3-3, 2.54)
Potomac Won, 6-5 @ Frederick,
7:05
Giolito (2-4, 3.55) vs.
Lee (2-3, 5.13)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-3, 3.97) vs.
Mader (3-7, 5.92)
Auburn Won, 3-2 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-1, 7.71)
vs. Keys (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville 4 Syracuse 0
• Jordan (L, 2-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Martin 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Lisson 2-4
• Ramsey 2-4

Louisville reversed its fortunes from Monday to shut out Syracuse on Tuesday, 4-0. Taylor Jordan turned in a quality start of three runs on eight hits and three walks but suffered his fourth AAA loss. Rafael Martin let in an unearned run on two hits and a walk out of the ‘pen. The Chiefs were a woeful 0-for-12 with RISP and left 10 men on. Mario Lisson and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-4 but the rest of the lineup managed just three hits.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 0
• Bleier (W, 6-2) 7IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Mendez (S, 8) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 1-2, R, 2BB
• Skole 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined on the 2-0 shutout of the Flying Squirrels for Harrisburg’s seventh straight win. Richard Bleier got the win with seven innings pitched, allowing six hits, one walk, and striking out two. Sam Runion and Gilberto Mendez got the hold and save respectively with a scoreless inning in the 8th and 9th. Harrisburg was held to just five hits, but got RBI doubles from Matt Skole in the 1st and Drew Vettleson in the 8th for the go-ahead and insurance run respectively.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Pivetta 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (BS, 2; W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-2 IR-S
• S. Perez 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Mesa 2-4, 2R, RBI
• DeBruin 2-4, R, 2B

Stephen Perez’s two-out RBI double gave the P-Nats a 6-5 win to complete the three-game sweep of Carolina. It also took the edge off blowing a 5-1 lead, which negated Nick Pivetta’s six innings of one-run ball, in which he allowed two hits and walked three while striking out four. Newcomer Grant DeBruin was one of three Potomac batters to have multiple hits, joining Narciso Mesa and Perez as the P-Nats racked up ten total.
Roster moves: IF Grant DeBruin, OF Alec Keller promoted from Hagerstown; 1B James Yezzo placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 3
• Van Orden (W, 5-1) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K, PO at 1B
• Johns (SV, 2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Carey 1-3, BB
• Dent 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, OF assist at HP

The Suns rallied for three in the 6th to turn a 3-1 deficit into the eventual winning score of 4-3 over the Grasshoppers. Drew Van Orden got the win, his fifth, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk over six innings. The save went to Sam Johns, who threw three scoreless innings to close out the game, giving up a hit and a walk while fanning two. Cody Dent singled and doubled and drove in two to lead Hagerstown’s offense.
IFs Carlos Lopez, Brennan Middleton released; C Raudy Read placed on 3-Day TIL; C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac; IFs Conor Keniry, Bryan Mejia, and Diomedes Eusebio reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 3 Brooklyn 2
• Mills 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Torres 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Glover (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Page 2-4, R, 2B
• Kerian 2-4, RBI

The Doubledays overcame an early 2-0 deficit and chipped away with single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th innings to edge the Cyclones, 3-2. McKenzie Mills started and let in two runs over four innings on four hits and three walks while striking out two. The win went to Luis Torres for his three scoreless innings of relief while Koda Glover struck out five of eight batters faced to earn the save. Matthew Page and David Kerian both went 2-for-4 to pace the Auburn offense while the defense turned four double plays.
Roster moves: LHP Yorlin Reynoso, RHP John Feliz reassigned to GCL Nationals; IFs Jake Jeffries, Melvin Rodriguez, Max Schrock assigned from Washington; RHP Adam Boghosian and LHP Andrew Less reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Jun 302015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-3, 2.81) vs.
Holmberg (4-5, 4.64)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Bleier (5-2, 3.13) vs.
Beede (1-2, 5.01)
Potomac Won, 7-2 vs. Carolina,
7:05
Pivetta (6-4, 2.45)vs.
Barker (3-1, 2.48)
Hagerstown Won, 9-3;
Lost, 7-3
vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (4-1, 2.67) vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 11-4 vs. Brooklyn,
7:05 p.m.
Mills (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Canelon (0‐1, 19.29)


Editor’s note: Short time to write this a.m., so it’s abbreviated writeups.

Syracuse 5 Louisville 0
• Cole 2+ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Billings (W, 3-3) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Butler 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Mastroianni 2-5, R, 2-2B, 3K

Five pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout. A.J. Cole left after throwing just two pitches in the 3rd in with an apparent injury.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2
• Spann (W, 2-0) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Davis (H, 1) 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, 2K
• Skole 1-3, BB, 2RBI

The Senators doubled up the Curve 4-2 to complete the three-game sweep and win their sixth straight overall.

Potomac 7 Carolina 2
• Simms (W, 4-5) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Dupra 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 2-4, 3RBI
• Miller 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B

Potomac scored in four of the first five innings en route to a 7-2 rout of Carolina, the 10th time they’ve beaten them in 13 games this season.

Hagerstown 9 Delmarva 3 — GAME ONE
• Williams (W, 7-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Orlan 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• DeBruin 3-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, RBI, 2K, SB

A six-run 5th broke open a 3-0 game as the Suns took the opener, 9-3.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• M. Sanchez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K
• Perez (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 4R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, R, HR, SF, 2RBI
• Gardner 2-3, R

A two-out grand slam off Kevin Perez gave the Shorebirds a 7-3 win and a split of the doubleheader. Delmarva won the series, 3-2.

Brooklyn 6 Auburn 5
• Baez (L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K, WP
• Rivera 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Kerian 4-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B, 2K

A five-run 5th by Brooklyn opened up a 4-2 lead as they took their second straight against Auburn, 11-4.
Roster moves: CF Clay Williamson, LHP Cole Plouck released.

Jun 292015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-4, 4.60) vs.
Sampson (1-1, 5.79)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2;
Won, 4-3
vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (1-0, 3.25) vs.
Kuhl (5-3, 3.18)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Carolina,
7:05
Simms (3-5, 3.79) vs.
Povse (A+ debut)
Hagerstown Won, 11-8 (12 inn.) @ Delmarva,
4:30 p.m.
A. Williams (6-2, 2.35) and
M. Sanchez (4-2, 2.93) vs.
B. Gonzalez (4-4, 4.81) and
Long (2-2, 3.26)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 (6 inn.) vs. Brooklyn,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (0­‐0, 9.00) vs.
Blackham (1-­0, 0.00)


Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 1
• Hill 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Fornataro (L, 0-4) 1+ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, 2B

The Indians broke through for three in the 7th to turn a 2-1 nailbiter into a solid 5-1 win over the Chiefs. Taylor Hill went five innings in his no-decision, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four. The loss went Eric Fornataro, who was charged with the last four Indianapolis runs on three hits and a walk over one-plus innings. Syracuse avoided the shutout on Jason Martinson’s first-inning HR as they collected just three hits total.
Roster moves: OF Tony Gwynn Jr. placed on three-day TIL; OF Wilman Rodriguez reassigned from Hagerstown.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 2 — GAME ONE
• Bates 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Runion (W, 1-0) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Solis (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2B, RBI

Back-to-back RBI doubles in the 6th turned a 2-1 deficit into the eventual winning score of 3-2 for Harrisburg in the opener. Colin Bates started and went the first five, giving up a run on a homer and three hits total with one walk and five K’s. Sam Runion got the win despite giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the 6th. Sammy Solis set down the side in order in the 7th for the save, his second.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 — GAME TWO
• Simmons 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (W, 3-4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bostick 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Skole 0-1, 2BB

Newcomer Isaac Ballou’s RBI single in the 6th broke a 3-3 tie as the Sens completed the doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 win over Altoona. James Simmons started and gave up all three Altoona runs on six hits with no walks while striking out two. The win went to Abel De Los Santos, who held the Curve scoreless for two innings.
Roster moves: IF Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington, OF Isaac Ballou reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 3 Carolina 1
• Valdez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Suero (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Lee (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mesa 2-4, R, SB(10)
• Kieboom 2-4

Potomac broke a 1-1 tie with two in the 6th and held on for 3-1 win over Carolina. Phillips Valdez got his second win with a quality start of one run on four hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out six. Wander Suero followed with two scoreless to earn the hold while Nick Lee closed out the 9th for his ninth save. Every P-Nats batter hit safely with Narciso Mesa and Spencer Kieboom both going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: C Addlering Ruiz reassigned from Auburn.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 8 (12 inn.)
• Reyes 3⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 3K
• Walsh (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Perez (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gardner 3-6, 3R, 2B, RBI
• DeBruin 3-6, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Keller 3-7, R, RBI

Matt Reistetter’s two-out, three-run HR in the 9th forced extras where the Suns rallied again for three in the 12th to take this one, 11-8. The Suns trailed 5-1 and 8-3 before the two three-run rallies. Luis Reyes started but was knocked around for five runs on five hits and five walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. Jake Walsh got the win in relief while Kevin Perez worked around a one-out double in the 12th for the save. Jeff Gardner, Grant DeBruin, and Alec Keller each had three hits as the Suns piled up 16 in the comeback win.

Brooklyn 6 Auburn 5
• Fedde 4IP, 6H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Crownover (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Reetz 2-2, 2RBI
• Sagdal 2-2, 2B

The Cyclones struck for four in the 3rd and two in the 5th and got the benefit of the rain as they were winners by 6-5 when the game got called in the top of the 6th. Erick Fedde started and gave up four unearned runs on six hits over four innings. The loss went to Matthew Crownover, who allowed a two-run HR with two out in the 5th. Jakson Reetz and Ian Sagdal both went 2-for-2 to lead the Doubledays nine-hit offense.
Roster moves: C Erik Vanmeetren assigned from Washington.

Jun 282015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 @ Indianapolis,
1:35 p.m.
Jordan (2-3, 2.81) vs.
Boscan (4-3, 4.28)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
5:00 p.m.
Bates (3-0, 3.63) and
Spann (1-0, 3.25) vs.
Dodson (3-4, 3.63) and
Kuhl (5-3, 3.18)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
6:05
Valdez (1-2, 6.35) vs.
Webster (3-3, 2.79)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Reyes (3-3, 4.78) vs.
Means (5-4, 3.99)
Auburn Postponed vs. Brooklyn,
5:05 p.m.
Fedde (0-­0, 3.00) vs.
Gibbons (1-­0, 1.42)


Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 0
• Espino (L, 2-1) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Grace 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B, BB
• Mastroianni 1-3, BB

The Indians jumped on Paolo Espino for two runs in the 1st and shut out the Chiefs, 4-0 on Saturday night. Espino gave up all four Indianapolis runs on six hits and a walk whole striking out three to lose his first AAA game this season. Matt Grace and Jose Valverde held off the Indians the rest of the way, but the Syracuse offense was limited to just six hits. Caleb Ramsey was the bright spot with a double, walk, and a single in four trips to the plate.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD
The Sens were the first to cry uncle to the rain, calling it more than two hours prior to first pitch. They’ll try to make it up with a doubleheader this evening.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — PPD
The Blue Rocks and P-Nats called it a night last, sending Potomac down I-95 early to come home to host Carolina tonight. A makeup date is yet to be determined.

Delmarva vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Shortly after the Sens called it, the Shorebirds did likewise. Unlike the Sens, they’ll shoot for the doubleheader tomorrow night.

West Virginia vs. Auburn — PPD
The Doubledays were the third team to call off Saturday night’s action, announcing a makeup date on Saturday, July 18th for the Black Bears’ next trip to Auburn.
Rained-Out-2014


GCL Update
The G-Nats broke even in their first week of play, taking two of three from the Mets but just one from Cardinals. As noted in the commnents, the SSS champion was Victor Robles, who was 11-for-20 with a double, triple, and two HRs for a Nintendo OPS of 1.609. Rehabbing Ian Dickson started twice for a combined line of two runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings.

DSL Update
The D-Nats also had a 3-3 week, which puts them at 10-15 after four weeks of play. The pitching has improved, with four of the top five starters sporting a sub-3.00 ERA, as has the batting, though just one of the top eight (in terms of ABs) has an OPS above .800 and five are below the league averag of .681.