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.

Jun 212014
 

So Long
With the signing of 24 players earlier this week, there are more players than spots. Thus, this batch includes a few releases…

HARRISBURG
• C Wilson Ramos assigned from Washington for MLB rehab

POTOMAC
• RHP Richie Mirowski activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Brian Rauh activated from 7-Day DL
• RHP Ronald Pena placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 15

AUBURN
• OF Brenton Allen released
• IF Jean Carlos Valdez released
• OF Greg Zebrack released
• OF D.K. Carey assigned from Washington (7th Rd. pick)
• IF Austin Davidson assigned from Washington (13th Rd. pick)
• OF Alec Keller assigned from Washington (17th Rd. pick)
• OF Brian Langlois assigned from Washington (20th Rd. pick)
• SS Chris Riopedre assigned from Washington (23rd Rd. pick)
• OF Clay Williamson assigned from Washington (19th Rd. pick)

GCL NATIONALS
• RHP David Fischer assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab

Jun 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (0-1, 7.50) vs.
Montgomery (8-1, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (2-3, 5.18) vs.
Anderson (2-5, 4.92)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (4-1, 3.83) vs.
Sims (5-4, 5.00)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (2-1, 2.03) vs.
Garcia (6-2, 4.58)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Sanchez (0-1, 6.75)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-1 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 15-8 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 8.00) vs.
Jones (0-2, 4.30)


Syracuse 8 Durham 2
• Roenicke (W, 3-3) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gonzalez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 3-4
• Johnson 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Laird 2-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Brandon Laird homered for the fourth straight game — all Syracuse wins — including this one by an 8-2 count over Durham.
Roster move: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 2WP
• Holland (L, 5-2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Skole 3-4, 2B
• Kobernus 1-4, 2B, SB
• 0-for-12 RISP

The clutch hit eluded Harrisburg as they tumbled to their fifth straight loss, 2-1.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — PPD
Usually, when I write the phrase “power outage,” it’s metaphorical; This time it’s literal as thunderstorms rolled through Lynchburg in the late afternoon and knocked out the electrcity to force a doubleheader tonight on August 19.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 1
• Pivetta (W, 9-3) 6IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Cooper 2IP, 1H, 0R, ER, BB, K
• Manuel 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Mesa 3-5, R, SB, CS

Hagerstown wasted no time with Greensboro, scoring five in the 1st en route to a 9-1 win, their second in the 2nd half and third straight overall.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3
• Ott 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K, HBP (60+ pitches)
• Derosier 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Valdez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Vettleson 4-4, 2B, RBI, SB, OF assist at 3B
• Mejia 2-4, R

The Doubledays rallied for three in the bottom of the 8th for the 5-3 sportswriter’s win and got to .500 with a 4-4 mark for the season.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• L. Guzman 2-4
• T. Alvarez 1-3, R, 3B

It’s a different year and a different set of kids, as the G-Mets pounded the G-Nats, 7-1.

DSL Orioles2 15 DSL Nationals 8
• Pena (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Cespedes 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Franco 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Pimentel 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Robles 2-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

After getting pounded 19-8 on Thursday, the D-Orioles2 returned the favor on Friday with a 15-8 beating of the D-Nats.

Jun 202014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 43-30, 1st place I.L. North, 2 games ahead

Good Tyler Moore .383/.500/.660 in June (14G)
Bad Mike Gonzalez 5.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP over last 10 appearances
Interesting Daniel Stange 11⅓ consecutive IP w/o an ER allowed (7 appearances)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 28-42, 5th place E.L. West, 13½ games behind

Good Tyler Herron 1-0, 2 SV, 1.88 ERA, 1.40 WHIP over last 11 appearances
Bad 68 errors in 70 games (9th in 12-team E.L.)
Interesting 48 different players have played for the Senators thus far (H/T Sens PR)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 0-1, T2nd place, 1 game behind (38-32 overall)

Good Oscar Tejeda .297/.381/.514, 2HR, 5RBI in last 10G
Bad 7th or 8th in every team pitching category except BB (6th)
Interesting (No, not really) Excluding MLB rehabs, the P-Nats have used 13 different SP, 23 pitchers overall



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 1-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (45-26 overall)

Good Jake Walsh 0-2, 4SV, 1.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Drew Ward 56K in 54G
Interesting .977 Fld%, 46% CS rate — both #1 in 14-team Sally League



DSL NATIONALS 11-6, 2nd place Boca Chica South, 2 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Angher Cespedes 1-0, 3SV, 14K in 9⅔ IP (six appearances)
Bad 18-y.o. Luis Rengel .459 OPS, 5E in 13G
Interesting 17-y.o. Victor Robles 11SB, .916OPS in 14G
Jun 202014
 

After getting rained out the night before, the clouds were ominous as Auburn and Mahoning Valley began play last night. But the rain never came and the two teams combined for a pair of close games, with the Scrappers posting a 3-0 shutout in the opener and the Doubledays returning the favor with a 2-0 whitewash in the nightcap.

Auburn’s Reynaldo Lopez took the hill in Game One and quickly established a mid-90s fastball… but not much else. The 20-y.o. Dominican walked two in the first inning as he tried to get a feel for the strike zone, showing a slider, change, and a curve.

Despite the Scrappers not having to worry too much about his secondary offerings, they struggled to get the bat on the ball solidly. They avoided the K, but also popped up four times in the first three innings.

Mahoning Valley got on the board when a two-out, two-strike fastball was taken the other way by the No. 5 batter Jorge Martinez to drive in leadoff man Ordormar Valdez, who got on with with a single, and cleanup man Leo Castillo, who walked.

Lopez would go four innings total, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, but curiously for such high heat, zero strikeouts.

Brett Mooneyham was the first man out of the ‘pen in the 5th and served up a solo HR to the first batter he faced. He then retired the side in order and the leadoff batter in the next before loading the bases in the 6th on a single, hit batsman, and a walk — committing an error on a poor pickoff throw but getting out of the mess with by starting a 1-2-3 DP to end the inning.

Offensively, the Doubledays were no-hit for three innings by 20-y.o. Sean Brady, a southpaw who could throw a nice 12-6 hook, just not for strikes. Unlike Lopez, he kept with the secondary pitches and might have had four no-hit frames had he not been caught napping by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who dropped down a bunt with one out in the 4th.

Diaz went to 2nd on a two-out walk by Cody Gunter and was stranded there as Raudy Read flew out to end the 4th. That would be the one and only batter to get into scoring position as the two Scrapper relievers finished the job with three scoreless innings.

# # #

In the second game, Auburn got on the board first in the 1st to put Mahoning Valley in chase mode for the rest of the game. With one out, Bryan Mejia singled, then stole second. After a Drew Vettleson strikeout, Jean Carlos Valdez ripped a grounder through the 5/6 hole for an RBI single to put the Doubledays up 1-0.

Luis Torres was the starter in the second game. He didn’t flash the heat like Lopez, but had much better breaking pitches and much better command. He retired the first five batters he faced and didn’t allow a runner to reach second until the 5th, which he did by firing a strike to the first base wall for a two-base error.

That was enough for manager Gary Cathcart to pull the plug and insert R.C. Orlan into the game. The slender southpaw got the Scrappers leadoff man to pop up to end the 5th, and preserve a 1-0 lead.

Auburn plated an insurance run in the 6th with some help from Mahoning Valley. Vettleson and Valdez went back-to-back with singles to lead off the inning while Cody Gunter drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out.

Matthew Page couldn’t get ‘em in when a tapper to first base was tossed in to home plate for the force, erasing Vettleson, but hit slowly enough for Page to beat the return throw from the catcher.

Garrett Gordon also came up short with a flyout to right field which wasn’t hit deep enough to send in the runner (Cathcart wisely put the brakes on Valdez, as the Scrappers outfielder fired in a bullet in that probably would have nailed him).

And then, after two good plays to deny Auburn, Mahoning Valley literally threw it away with a wild pitch and dug themselves into a 2-0 hole.

Orlan retired the side in order in the bottom of the 6th, which would earn him the win. He was replaced by David Napoli in the 7th, who got the first two batters easily. An error and a walk made things interesting before he struck out the final batter with a sharp curve to earn the save. It would be the first win and save for Orlan and Napoli, respectively.

The Doubledays (3-4) return to upstate New York for a pair of games against the Crosscutters tonight and tomorrow before hosting the Scrappers on Sunday and Monday.

Jun 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-3 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (2-3, 4.60) vs.
Andriese (6-3, 3.06)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-5 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-2, 5.59) vs.
Arias (5-2, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 10-3 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (4-1, 3.83) vs.
Sims (5-4, 5.00)
Hagerstown Won, 11-6 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (8-3, 3.95) vs.
Newell (7-4, 2.46)
Auburn Lost, 3-0;
Won, 2-0
vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Whitehead (1-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals N/A @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 19-8 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-1, 3.46) vs.
Rosario (1-1, 2.20)


Syracuse 9 Norfolk 3
• Hill (W, 9-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Jackson 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Laird 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Moore 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Taylor Hill won his 9th game with a quality start while three Chiefs homered in a 9-3 win that extended Syracuse’s win streak to three and kept a two-game lead over Rochester in the I.L. North. Roster move: RHP Ryan Tatusko was released.

New Britain 13 Harrisburg 5
• Brach (L, 1-1) 3+ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Demny 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Taylor 3-4, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Latimore 2-4, R, HR, RBI

A six-run New Britain 4th broke open a 4-2 game as the Rock Cats impeached the Senators, 13-5 to hand Harrisburg its fourth straight defeat.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Dickson (BS, 3; L, 1-5) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Tejeda 2-4, R, 2B
• Renda 1-3, BB

The Hillcats struck for four runs in each of their final two “ups” to come back from a 3-2 deficit and hand the P-Nats a 10-3 defeat.
Roster move: RHP Sam Runion assigned from Washington (MLFA).

Hagerstown 11 Greensboro 6
• Silvestre (W, 3-4) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Difo 3-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, R, RBI
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI

Drew Ward doubled twice, homered once, and drove in three as the Suns squashed the Grasshoppers, 11-6.
Roster move: RHP David Ramos reassigned from Auburn.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 0 — GAME ONE
• Lopez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K
• Mooneyham 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-1, 2BB
• Gordon 1-3

Auburn 2 Mahoning Valley 0 — GAME TWO
• Torres 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Napoli (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Valdez 2-3, R, RBI
• Abreu 1-3, BB

Auburn split a pair of games Last Night In Mahoning Valley.
Roster move: OF Matthew Page assigned from Washington (10th Rd. Pick)

GCL Nationals — OPENING DAY

The 2013 GCL Champs defend their title with the first of many, many visits to the GCL Mets in Port St. Lucie.
Roster move: OF Darryl Florentino reassigned from the D-Nats.

DSL Nationals 19 DSL Orioles2 8
• Acevedo (W, 2-0) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Archibald 1IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• F. Peguero 4-6, 4R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Pimentel 3-5, 3E, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Robles 3-6, 2R, 2RBI, 3SB

The D-Nats opened the assualt with seven in the 2nd and closed it with six in the 7th as they clipped the Orioles2 throwers for 18 hits and 10 walks in a 19-8 beatdown.

Jun 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Norfolk,
12:05 p.m.
Hill (8-2, 1.75) vs.
Escalona (1-1, 3.78)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Brach (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Dean (4-2, 4.48)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (2-4, 4.79) vs.
Townsley (1-1, 2.31)
Auburn Postponed @ Mahoning Valley,
5:30 p.m.
L. Torres (1-0, 0.00) and
R. Lopez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Brady (0-0, 11.25) and
Santana (0-1, 5.79)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-2 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
N. Ramirez (1-1, 3.60) vs.
J. Valdez (1-1, 1.50)


Syracuse 3 Norfolk 0
• Laffey (W, 9-3) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Madrigal (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Laird 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 1-3, 2B, RBI

Brandon Laird broke up the no-hitter with a single in the 5th then cracked a two-run homer in the 7th as the Chiefs shut out the Tide, 3-0. Starter Aaron Laffey pitched seven strong innings, giving up five hits and two walks as he won his tie-for-the-league-lead 9th game. Mike Gonzalez retired just one of three batters faced, putting on two runners with a walk and a single allowed, but Daniel Stange stranded them to close out the 8th. Warner Madrigal retired the side in order in the 9th for his fifth save. Brock Peterson doubled in Laird in the 5th while Jhonatan Solano singled ahead of Laird to round out the four-hit assualt by Syracuse.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 4
• Kroenke 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg’s losing streak was extended to three with 5-4 collapse in the 9th to New Britain. Starter Zach Kroenke went the first five and a 1/3rd innings, charged with two runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Colin Bates let in one run but finished the 6th and Tyler Herron gave up one in the 8th after a scoreless 7th. Robert Benincasa made his AA debut in the 9th, but it was rough one as as he retired just two of seven batters faced for the blown-save-loss. Matt Skole and Michael Taylor both homered while Kevin Keyes reached base three times with a single, walk, and a double as the Senators posted a modest eight hits and drew three walks on the afternoon. Roster move: RHP Robert Benincasa promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Potomac opens on the road with three against Lynchburg and then returns home for three against Salem as they continue a bizarre schedule with only four sequences of more than three days in any one place over the next 11 weeks.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Suns and Grasshoppers rematch to begin the 2nd half with a four-game set in Greensboro, then come home for a pair of four-game series against Lakewood and Delmarva. Roster move: IF Cody Dent activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn vs. Mahoning Valley — PPD
It would appear that, weather permitting, it’s doubleheader for yours truly in Niles, Ohio. (Don’t worry, if I get a chance to write it up, I’m going to title it “Last Night In Mahoning Valley,” even though I did think about using this pic).

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cardinals 2
• J. Baez (W, 2-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Cespedes (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J. Ramirez 3-4, 2R, 3B
• Franco 2-3, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Eight of nine batters hit safely as the D-Nats built a 4-0 lead early and cruised to a 5-2 win over the D-Cards for their 10th win in 16 games. Joan Baez tossed six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four to win his second game. Angher Cespedes got the last four outs, stranding two in the 8th as he notched his third save Joshual Ramirez led the 12-hit parade with a pair of singles and a triple.

Jun 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (8-3, 3.38) vs.
Jones (3-4, 5.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 vs. New Britain,
12:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-1, 4.88) vs.
Vasquez (4-2, 3.28)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Brady (0-0, 11.25)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Alcantara (1-2, 2.77)


Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Treinen (W, 3-0) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Delcarmen (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Walters 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, BB, SB(10)

Syracuse scored in three straight innings to build a 4-0 lead and held off Norfolk for a 5-3 win to even the series at 1-1. Blake Treinen returned from DC to spin six strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while setting down six on strikes for his third AAA win. The top four batters combined to go 7-for-15 with three runs scored and three RBI while Brandon Laird homered. Leadoff man Emmanuel Burriss fit the description with two singles, two runs scored, and a walk while swiping his 10th base.
Roster move: LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno optioned from Washington.

New Britain 7 Harrisburg 2
• Cole (L, 6-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 3-4, RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, R, BB

After winning seven straight, it’s now two consecutive losses as the Rock Cats slammed the Senators, 7-2. A.J. Cole struck out eight over five innings but was also touched for three runs on six hits and two walks to take the loss. Neil Holland coughed up the killshot, surrendering a grand slam to turn a 3-2 game into the eventual score in the 7th. Bryan Harper struck out two and gave up a hit in his AA debut. Cutter Dykstra went 3-for-4 with an RBI while rehabbing Jeff Kobernus was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The rest of the lineup went 2-for-25 as Harrisburg was held to seven hits total.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse, UT Jeff Kobernus reassigned from Potomac (MLB rehab), LHP Bryan Harper promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Perez got the start at SS while Pleffner came off the bench at 1B, but both men went 0-for-2 and combined for three strikeouts as the Carolina League loss to the California League, 3-2.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
Wilmer Difo went 0-for-3 with a walk and a whiff as the starting 2B, Rafael Bautista came off the bench to go 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Spencer Kieboom was the second of three catchers to play in a 10-inning, 4-4 tie at the Sally League All-Star game.

Auburn 2 Mahoning Valley 1
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (W, 1-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Sanchez (S, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Mejia 2-3, 2B

Three Auburn pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Doubledays edged the Scrappers, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez gave up both the hit and the run as he walked four during the first five innings. Deibi Yrizarri followed with two perfect innings, striking out one, while Mario Sanchez followed suit, but struck out two as the two relievers earned the win and save, respectively. Cody Gunter and Bryan Mejia both went 2-for-3 with a double to pace the Auburn offense, which got the winning run on an unintentional walk following an intentional base-on-balls in the 8th.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Bermudez (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Fuentes 3⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, CS
• Rengel 2-3, 2R

The D-Nats fell into an early 4-0 hole and couldn’t dig themselves out, falling to the D-Cards, 5-3. Starter Juan Bermudez took the loss, giving up the first three runs (two earned) on five hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. The 9-1 batters racked up four of the six hits and scored all three D-Nats runs as the offense left on just five baserunners.

Jun 172014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (2-0, 1.96) vs.
Wright (1-5, 6.75)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Duffey (1-2, 4.84)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-2, 6.88 @ Low-A) vs.
Vizcaya (3-1, 6.88 @ AZL in ’13)
DSL Nationals Won, 17-16 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (0-1, 0.00) vs.
Oca (0-0, 7.20)


Norfolk 5 Syracuse 4
• Simmons (L, 0-1) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B

Norfolk got to James Simmons twice for two-run homers in the early going as the Chiefs could not complete the comeback from 5-0, losing by a 5-4 count.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators return home for a pair of three-game series against New Britain and Akron, having their first winning road trip with a 5-1 swing swing through Erie and Bowie last week.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Stephen Perez is expected to start at SS while 1B Shawn Pleffner may see action coming off the bench at the California-Carolina League game in Wilmington, DE.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
Wilmer Difo is expected to start at 2B for the Northern Division, but it’s not as hopeful for John Wooten (officially on the DL) and Spencer Kieboom (one of two reserve catchers) to get any ABs. Nick Pivetta, Austin Voth, and Jake Walsh were named to the team as pitchers, but with Voth having been promoted and Pivetta and Walsh pitching over the weekend, it’s possible no Suns will appear on the mound in Hickory.

Batavia 4 Auburn 3
• A. Martinez 4⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR, WP
• D. Williams 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Bafidis (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Read 2-4, 2B, CS
• Mejia 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

Auburn gave up three runs early and rallied to tie it at 3-3 in the 5th but lost in the bottom of the 8th on a pair of one-out singles sandwiched around a walk off losing pitcher Cory Bafidis.

DSL Nationals 17 DSL Mariners 16
• Nunez 1⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR
• Rosario 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Morel (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 5K
• G. Ramirez 2-3, 2R, 3BB, RBI, SB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Mota 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 2B
• 16 Team BBs

The D-Nats overcame deficits of 7-0, 14-7, and 16-9 and scored the last eight runs of this slugfest — including five in the 9th — for a 17-16 win.

Jun 162014
 

Shuffling The Deck
Posting from the road office in Nashville, Tennessee… The shuffling of rosters at the Class-A All-Star Breaks has begun, though it’s up and down the ladder:

SYRACUSE
• LHP Matt Grace reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Rafael Martin reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Ryan Mattheus, OF Destin Hood placed on 7-Day DL (Hood retroactive to 6/15)
• IF Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Ryan Tatusko placed on 3-Day TIL

POTOMAC
• RHP Austin Voth promoted from Hagerstown

AUBURN
• RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Hagerstown
• LHPs Cory Bafidis, David Napoli reassigned from Hagerstown

In a season chock-full of needs-based moves, it’s hard to tell how many of these moves are permanent. Best guess: Voth stays in High-A where pitching is needed while at least two of the Harrisburg-to-Syracuse moves will be undone a la Brian Dupra last week. Likewise, I’d posit that at least one of the Hagerstown-to-Auburn moves will be reversed as this appears that the Nationals want these guys available and/or working with coaches.

UPDATE: One move that is permanent is that of Ryan Tatusko, who I can confirm has been sold to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball League as noted in the comments. He will rejoin former teammate and former Nationals farmhand Caleb Clay (H/T Geoff Morrow, Mick Reinhard).

Jun 162014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (1st AAA start of ’14) vs.
Yoon (2-6, 5.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 8-6 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 6-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.50 @ DSL in ’12) vs.
Cavanerio (4-1, 2.74 @ GCL in ’13)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 2.35) vs.
Brito (0-1, 19.29)


Syracuse 4 Norfolk 0
• Roenicke (W, 2-3) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Jackson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 2-4, R, RBI
• Moore 2-4
• Laird 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Three Chiefs pitchers combined on a ten-hit shutout as Syracuse took the four-game series 3-1 with a 4-0 victory. Josh Roenicke got the win, his second, scattering seven hits and working around two walks over six scoreless innings. Zach Jackson and Daniel Stange followed with two zeroes and one goose egg, respectively. Zach Walters and Tyler Moore both went 2-for-4 while Brandon Laird went 1-for-3 with a two-run double as Syracuse totaled nine hits and two walks though they struck out 13 times.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 3IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 2K
• Herron 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Latimore 3-3, BB, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, RBI

Bowie picked up right where they left off Saturday night by putting up another four-spot in the 1st as they handed Harrisburg a 6-2 loss, ending the Sens’ seven-game win streak. Brian Dupra returned from a spot start in AAA but lost the strike zone with five walks in five innings while giving up five runs on… wait for it… five hits. Qunicy Latimore reached base four times with three singles and a walk while Jason Martinson went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Senators registered eight hits and four walks total on offense.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 6
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Manno (W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Harper (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• McQuillan 3-5, 2B, 4RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

Potomac couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 5-3 but scored three in the 8th to take the series finale against Winston-Salem, 8-6. Mike McQuillan twice came up big with two-RBI hits, doubling in the 5th and singling in the 8th to plate the go-ahead runs as he went 3-for-5 to lead the P-Nats attack. Dakota Bacus pitched six innings, giving up three on seven hits and two walks while striking out four but got a no-decision. The win went to Chris Manno, who pitched a high-wire 8th, while Bryan Harper nailed it down in the 9th for his 1st save of 2014. While not official (yet), according to little bro Bryce, Bryan is on his way to Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 5
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Napoli (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walsh (SV, 8) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 3B, SF, 3RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The Suns bats, which had gone dead for much of the past week, awakened for three in the 6th and four in the 7th as they dropped the Drive, 8-5 to avoid a series sweep and break a four-game losing streak. Alas, it was too little, too late as the Greensboro Grasshoppers completed the improbable feat of winning 10 straight (the first three against the Suns) to finish the half and win the Sally League Northern Division first-half title. Starter Austin Voth was dinged for three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings but got yet another no-decision (six in 13 starts). The win went to David Napoli in his Low-A debut while Jake Walsh stranded two in the 8th and closed it out in the 9th for his eighth save. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen activated from the 7-Day DL, IF John Wooten placed on the 7-Day DL.

Batavia 6 Auburn 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Diomedes Eusebio 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Diomedes Eusebio’s three-run shot in the 8th broke up the shutout bid but Batavia, um, doubled up Auburn, 6-3. Starter Luis Reyes took the loss, giving up a two-run homer in the 1st and three hits total over five innings, walking one and fanning six. The Muckdogs scored four against reliever Matt DeRosier in the 7th to break it open. Eusebio also doubled and went 2-for-4, while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Doubledays were limited to just six hits and four walks on the afternoon.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats remain in 2nd place in the Boca Chica South at 8-5, though they’ve lost two straight. This week it’s home games against the Mariners, Cardinals, and Orioles2 while they visit the Cards and O’s-dos y Los Rojos.