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 222015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-5 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-4, 5.07) vs.
Norris (2-10, 4.15)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-1 vs. New Hampshire,
12:00 p.m.
Bleier (7-3, 2.63) vs.
T. Cole (4-7, 4.03)
Potomac Won, 7-0 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (1-1, 1.64) vs.
Lee (2-5, 3.63)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Savannah,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. S. Reyes (9-4, 3.29)
Auburn Won, 2-0 @ Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Friedrichs (0-1, 3.00)


Syracuse 7 Buffalo 5
• Billings (W, 6-4) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• Grace (SV, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Turner 3-3, 3R, 2-2B, BB, RBI, 2SB, E(5)
• Werth 2-4, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Keyes 2-4, R, RBI

Trea Turner reached base four times and scored three times as the Chiefs outslugged the Bisons for a 7-5 win. Bruce Billings pitched five innings on two day’s rest from his relief appearance on Saturday to earn the win, his sixth. He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks with one strikeout. Matt Grace got the Chad Cordero save with two hits in the 9th, no walks, and no whiffs. Jayson Werth’s wrist was healed enough for him to steal a base and go 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Roster moves: RHP Joe Ross recalled to Washington; RHP Scott McGregor activated from the 3-Day TIL.

New Hampshire 7 Harrisburg 1
• Bacus (L, 5-3) 4IP, 6H, 6R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K
• N. Lee 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Severino 1-3, 2B
• D. Robinson 1-3, RBI

New Hampshire scored six times between the 2nd and 4th and cruised to a 7-1 win over Harrisburg, sending the Sens to their third straight loss. Dakota Bacus took the brunt of the beating as he was charged with the aforementioned six runs on six hits and four walks over four innings. He struck out just three. Wander Suero and Nick Lee combined for five innings of one-run relief, but the offense was limited to just four hits. Derrick Robinson’s two-out RBI single broke up the shutout in the 8th.
Roster moves: IF Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington.

Potomac 7 Frederick 0
• Simms (W, 6-6) 8IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 10K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wooten 4-5, T, 2-2B, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Keller 2-5, 2R, SB

John Simms rebounded from bad outing to spin a career-high eight shutout innings as the P-Nat shut out the Keys, 7-0 and stopped a six-game losing streak. The 23-y.o. Texan struck out ten and walked two while giving up just two hits for his sixth win. John Wooten was his analog on offense, racking up nine total bases while going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Spencer Kieboom also homered and drove in three as the Potomac lineup totaled 14 hits and drew three walks on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Tyler Mapes reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown returns home from a 3-4 road trip to take on the 1st-half champ in the Southern Division (Savannah) and the Northern Division leader (West Virginia) for three games apiece.
Roster move: 1B Ryan Ripken assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Auburn 2 Vermont 0
• J. Rodriguez 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• A. Lee (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Peterson (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• VanMeetren 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Robles 1-3, 2B, BB, CS

Eric VanMeetren’s two-run homer in the 8th broke up the Star Trek convention on the Centennial Field scoreboard as the Doubledays shut out the Lake Monsters, 2-0. Jefry Rodriguez turned in his best outing of the season with six scoreless innings with five hits allowed, no walks, and six strikeouts. Andrew Lee got the win as he struck out five of seven batters faced over two innings. Tommy Peterson set down the side in order in the 9th for his third save. Auburn was held to just four hits total, with Victor Robles the sole batter to reach base twice (double, walk).

Jul 212015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (5-4, 4.39) vs.
Pineiro (1-1, 4.85)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (5-2, 3.77) vs.
Lawrence (9-8, 4.66)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 @ Frederick,
12:00 p.m.
Simms (5-6, 3.01) vs.
Horacek (6-9, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-3, 5.19) vs.
Derby (1-0, 1.04)


Buffalo 7 Syracuse 0
• Walters (L, 4-3) 4IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Fornataro 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Mastroianni 2-4
• Keyes 2-4

A five-run 3rd put this one away early as Buffalo shut out Syracuse, 7-0. P.J. Walters gave up all seven Bisons runs on eight hits and a walk to suffer his third loss for the Chiefs. Paul Demny and Eric Fornataro both turned in two scoreless innings of relief. The offense was held to just six hits, with Darin Mastroianni and Kevin Keyes both going 2-for-4 while the rest of the lineup was 2-for-24.
Roster moves: OF Jayson Werth added to roster for MLB rehab; RHP Blake Treinen optioned from Washington; RHP Evan Meek released.

New Hampshire 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Voth 7IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Runion (L, 3-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, HR
• Vettleson 2-4, R
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

The Fisher Cats scored single runs in the 9th and 10th innings to rally from a 2-1 deficit and hand the Senators a 3-2 loss in extras. Austin Voth pitched seven strong innings and got a no-decision. In a related story, the Pope is still Catholic. The hard-luck northpaw scattered eight hits for one run with two walks and six K’s. The loss went to Sam Runion on a two-out, 10th-inning solo HR. Drew Vettleson, Shawn Pleffner, and Jose Lozada each went 2-for-4 as the Sens collected eight hits total.
Roster move: RHP Abel De Los Santos recalled to Washington; RHP Tyler Mapes reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 6 Potomac 5
• Purke 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• M. Rodriguez (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Ward 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI
• S. Perez 2-4, R
• Wooten 2-4, 2RBI

Matt Purke needed just 45 pitches to set down Frederick five times, but the bullpen was unable to follow suit, giving up all six runs — including two in the 9th — to lose this one, 6-5. Purke set down the first 13 batters he faced before letting up a single. He walked none and struck out two. Losing pitcher Manny Rodriguez was a train wreck in the 9th as he wild-pitched an inherited runner from 1st to 3rd, issued two walks sandwiched around two strikeouts to load the bases before giving up the two-run, walkoff single. Drew Ward homered while Stephen Perez, John Wooten, and Estarlin Martinez each went 2-for-4 to lead the Potomac offense.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Reyes (L, 4-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 0K, 2WP
• Walsh 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gardner 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, OF assist at HP
• Page 0-2, R, 2BB

Jeff Gardner’s two-run HR in the 2nd gave Hagerstown a brief 2-0 lead but Kannapolis scored three unanswered to take the series finale, 3-2. Luis Reyes started and went the first five, giving up all three Intimidator runs on seven hits and three walks with no strikeouts.
Kevin Perez (1IP) and Jake Walsh (2IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief, but the Suns bats were limited to just four hits total with Matthew Page the sole batter to reach base twice via walks.

West Virginia 4 Auburn 3
• Hearn (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Gunter 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, R, 2B, BB, CS

The Doubledays rallied for two and got the tying run to second with two out in the 9th but couldn’t get the equalizer as they fell, 4-3 to the Black Bears in the series finale. Doubledays starter Taylor Hearn gave up the first two West Virginia runs on five hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings to suffer the loss. Rafael Bautista and Rhett Wiseman both singled, doubled, and a scored a run to lead Auburn’s nine-hit, three-walk attack.

Jul 202015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Wolf (5-1, 2.93)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 3.06) vs.
Bibens-Dirkx (3-4, 6.25)
Potomac Lost, 6-0 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Gonzalez (5-7, 7.32)
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 @ Kannapolis,
12:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-5, 4.67) vs.
Lowry (9-5, 4.02)
Auburn Lost, 8-5 vs. West Virginia,
12:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-1, 3.00) vs.
Brubaker (1-3, 6.64)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 3
• Espino (W, 3-3) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Martin (H, 5) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nelson 2-2, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Keyes 2-3, 2R

Chris Nelson’s two-run HR in the bottom of the fifth turned 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 as the Chiefs took the game, 5-3 and the series, 3-1. Paolo Espino got the win with a quality start of three runs on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Rafael Martin turned in two scoreless for his fifth hold while Jose Valverde pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his tenth. Nelson also doubled and walked twice to lead the Syracuse offense, followed by Kevin Keyes’s 2-for-3 effort with two runs scored.

Bowie 7 Harrisburg 2
• Pivetta (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, 2HR
• Harper 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Corona 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Pleffner 1-2

The BaySox put the game away in the 4th with a six-run rally and prevented a four-game sweep with a 7-2 win over the Senators. Nick Pivetta took the loss, giving up all seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs. He walked two and struck out one. Bryan Harper and Sam Runion both turned in two scoreless innings of relief. Newcomer Reegie Corona cashed in a pair of one-out walks in the 5th with a two-run double to lead the Harrisburg offense, which was held to five hits total.
Roster move: 1B Ryan Zimmerman added to roster for MLB rehab.

Frederick 6 Potomac 0
• Lopez (L, 5-6) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K
• Amlung 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• DeBruin 1-3
• S. Perez 0-3, BB, SB

Three Keys pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout of the P-Nats by a 6-0 score. Reynaldo Lopez was rocked yet again, letting in all six Frederick runs on seven hits and three walks with zero K’s. Justin Amlung followed with a bullpen-saving four innings of one-hit relief. Grant DeBruin broke up the no-hitter with a two-out single in the 7th. The loss was Potomac’s fifth straight and the sixth time they’ve been blanked this season.
Roster moves: OF Jayson Werth MLB rehab assignment ended.

Hagerstown 9 Kannapolis 4
• Rauh 4IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, WP
• Napoli (W, 4-3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Abreu 3-4, 3R, 2B, BB, SB
• Reistetter 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Suns scorched Intimidators pitchers for 14 hits in a 9-4 win to set up a possible series split this afternoon. Brian Rauh made his first appearance north of Florida in two months with four innings of one-run ball on one hit and one walk with two whiffs. David Napoli pitched the 5th and 6th without a score to earn the win, his fourth. Osvaldo Abreu and Matt Reistetter both had three hits to lead the Hagerstown attack.

West Virginia 8 Auburn 5
• Rivera (L, 0-1) 3IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 2K
• Torres 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Robles 3-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI

West Virginia struck for four in the 1st and three in the 3rd en route to an 8-5 triumph over Auburn. Mariano Rivera III failed to go four innings for the third straight start, dinged for all seven runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out two over three innings.
Three relievers combined for six innings of one-run ball, led by Luis Torres (3IP), but the offense fell short. Victor Robles went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in his NYPL debut while Rhett Wiseman homered for the third time to lead the Doubledays offense.
Roster move: OF Victor Robles reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Jul 192015
 

wheelscameoffthebus
A five-run 6th turned a slim 3-2 lead into a 7-3 deficit that Potomac could not overcome, as they dropped their fourth straight to Myrtle Beach by a 7-4 score.

Starter Phillips Valdez struggled with his command in the first inning, giving up two runs before retiring his first batter as a walk, single, and a steal put two runners in scoring position for Jacob Rogers’ double to the right-centerfield gap. He would issue two more walks but escaped further damage.

Unfortunately, much like the old saw that the prizefighter who lands the first solid punch wins the fight, such is the case with the P-Nats in 2015. Potomac’s record when that happens: 16-32 (vs. 28-15).

Valdez would recover to put in four scoreless innings before getting lifted after five innings. His final line: 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K.

Meanwhile, rehabbers Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth joined the team and combined for three hits and two RBI, but only exerted enough energy to not get hurt. Werth, for example, watched a would-be double to the gap before settling for a single while pinch-runner Narciso Mesa scored all the way from first base.

The wheels came off the bus in 6th when Tyler Mapes was knocked for five runs on on five hits, including a three-run homer to put the game out of reach. Derek Self and Brian Dupra combined for three scoreless innings afterwards.

Potomac would score one last time in the 9th as Alec Keller singled and took second on an error with one out, then scored on Narciso Mesa’s single. Spencer Kieboom would lead the regulars with a 2-for-4 night, though he also struck out twice.

Despite the loss, Potomac remains in 1st place in the C.L. North by a ½ game as they make the short trip to Frederick for three against the Keys. Reynaldo Lopez (5-5, 4.30) gets the ball, opposed by Frederick’s Ariel Miranda (0-1, 5.63).

Jul 192015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-8 vs. Gwinnett,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (2-3, 2.54) vs.
White (1-2, 3.71)
Harrisburg Won, 11-7 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Doyle (10-1, 2.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (5-5, 4.30) vs.
Miranda (0-1, 5.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Rauh (1st A- Start of ’15) vs.
Adams (6-4, 3.43)
Auburn Won, 6-4;
Lost, 3-1
vs. West Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Rivera (0-0, 5.73) vs.
McGarry (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 7 Gwinnett 6
• Cole 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Billings (L, 5-4) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB
• Nelson 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Mastroianni 2-5, R, SB

A seven-run 7th broke a 3-3 tie as the Braves outslugged the Chiefs, 11-8. A.J. Cole got the start and was lifted after four and 2/3rds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. The loss went to Bruce Billings as he was charged with six runs on four hits over an inning and 2/3rds. Chris Nelson led the Syracuse hit column with a 3-for-5 night.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington, optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 7
• Bates 4⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Suero (W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Jeroloman 4-4, 3R, BB
• Dykstra 3-6, R, 2B, HR, 6RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

Tablesetters Cutter Dykstra and Brian Goodwin combined for three HR and nine RBI as the Senators beat the BaySox, 11-7. Colin Bates started but was ineffective, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks over four and 1/3rd innings. Wander Suero stranded three in the 5th and pitched two more innings to get the win, his first at AA. Brian Jeroloman reached base five times with four singles and a walk to lead the 15-hit attack.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 4
• Valdez 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 5K
• Mapes (L, 1-2) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Rendon 2-2, 2B
• Kieboom 2-4, 2B, RBI

The wheels came off the bus in the sixth inning Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon added to roster for MLB rehab.

Kannapolis 1 Hagerstown 0
• Van Orden (L, 5-3) 4+ IP, 6H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Orlan 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Read 1-4, 2B, K
• Page 1-4, 2B, 2K

Kannapolis pitchers outdueled Hagerstown’s for a 1-0 win. Drew Van Orden took the loss after giving up a leadoff triple in the 5th as R.C. Orlan gave up the game-winning sacrifice fly. Orlan and Sam Johns both spun two scoreless innings, but the Suns offense was held to two hits — leadoff doubles by Raudy Read and Matthew Page in the 3rd and 7th innings respectively.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Jose Morales, 2B Austin Davidson placed on the 7-Day DL; SS Osvaldo Abreu activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 6 West Virginia 4 — GAME ONE
• Fedde (W, 2-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HBP
• Peterson (S, 2) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB
• Encarnacion 1-1, R, 2BB
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B

The Doubledays scored six times in the bottom of the 1st then held on for a 6-4 win in the opener. Erick Fedde got the win, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Tommy Peterson got the save, allowing one run on one hit over two innings with one whiff. Rafael Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to pace the Auburn offense, which drew seven walks.

West Virginia 3 Auburn 1 — GAME TWO
• Crownover (L, 0-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Brinley 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kerian 3-3, 3B, RBI
• Me. Rodriguez 2-3, 2-2B
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B

The Black Bears took the nightcap by a 3-1 score. Matthew Crownover turned in his best outing of the season with five innings of two-run ball, letting up five hits and a walk while striking out four but lost his fourth game. Three batters accounted for all seven Auburn hits with David Kerian singling twice and driving in the lone Doubleday run with an RBI triple in the 6th.
Roster move: RHP Connor Overton added to roster from Washington.

GCL Update
The G-Nats won five of six games and now trail the GCL Mets by just one game in the GCL East, albeit with a 12-12 mark. Telmito Agustin leads the team with a .378 batting average and is now slugging a robust .622 in 14 games. Maximo Valerio, who turns 20 this week, has won three straight appearances, which earned him a mention in yesterday’s GBI.

DSL Update
Today is the DSL All-Star game, with the Nationals represented by two pitchers — Pedro Avila and Francys Peguero — and outfielder Juan Evangelista. A 2-3 week dropped the D-Nats to a 19-23 mark, which is 11 games off the pace of the Boca Chica North division-leading DSL Rangers1 at 30-12.

Jul 182015
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 37-57, 6th place I.L. North, 13½ games behind

Good Trea Turner, 12-game on-base streak
Bad Taylor Hill 0-2, 9.00 ERA, 1.86 WHIP in July (3GS)
Interesting A.J. Cole 16 shutout inning streak



HARRISBURG SENATORS 47-46, 5th place E.L. West, 4 games behind

Good Austin Voth 1-0, 0.45 ERA, 0.80 WHIP in July (3GS)
Bad 37 team HR — fewest in Eastern League
Interesting Pedro Severino .333/.368/.417in July (10G)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 11-9, 1st place C.L. North, ½ game ahead (44-46 overall)

Good Khayyan Norfork .357/.386/.452 in July (12G)
Bad Norfork’s .684 OPS highest on the current roster
Interesting 43 of 338 runs scored without an RBI


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-11, T4th place Sally North, 4 games behind (46-44 overall)

Good Connor Bach 2-0, 2.11 ERA, 0.98 WHIP since All-Star break (4G, 3GS)
Bad Diomedes Eusebio .119/.178/.143 since All-Star break (11G)
Interesting Bryan Mejia .943OPS since his callup


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 11-14, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 8 games behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .361/.413/.431, 7SB, 11R, 9RBI in 18G
Bad McKenzie Mills 0-2, 11.74 ERA, 2.23 WHIP (11⅔ IP)
Interesting Dalton Dulin 10BB in 14G


GCL NATIONALS 12-11, 2nd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 1 game behind

Good Maximo Valerio 3-0, 1.52 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 5G, 3GS
Bad Andres Martinez 5E, .437OPS in 9G
Interesting Philip Diedrick 3HR in 5G


DSL NATIONALS 19-23, T3rd place Boca Chica North, 11 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Juan Evangelista .273/.323/.460, 28RBI in 40G
Bad 18-y.o. Angel Guillen 1-2, 5.87 ERA, 1.70 WHIP in 15⅓ IP
Interesting 19-y.o. Yordani Garcia 3-2, 2.93 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, 5HBP, 8BB in 15IP
Jul 182015
 

Myrtle Beach scored in six of nine innings while Potomac struggled to score at all, as the Woodbridge nine fell for the third straight gane, 7-2.

Lucas Giolito got the start on Friday night, but struggled with his command. As is often the case with high-profile prospects, it’s diffiuclt to separate the talent from the results. Giolito had moments where his changeup was a thing of beauty, as the Pelicans were light years ahead of the pitch. Yet Giolito “only” struck out four in five innings. And walked three — his second-highest total in 12 starts (oh, the horror).

Giolito would finish with a crooked line of 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, WP — not great, but not horrid, either.

While it might not satisfy the fair-weather fans, it’s fair to say that the Nats’ #1 prospect, and the #1 overall prospect according to some midseason prospect rankings (or is that post-preseason rankings?) might not yet be ready for AA just yet. And that’s okay. We’re still talking about a player that turned 21 this week.

Ulitmately, as has been the case for the past three games, it’s about the Potomac offense and its inability to score consistently. In three games against the Pelicans, they’ve collected 14 hits and scored four runs. It should come as no surprise that that’s resulted in three losses.

Veteran Khayyan Norfork was 2-for-4 and scored both runs, but the rest of the lineup was an atrocious 3-for-29 with one walk. The P-Nats had just four chances with runners in scoring position, and the one hit was a bunt single that scored the first run.

The series concludes tonight with a matchup of Phillips Valdez (3-2, 4.66) versus Jeremy Null (0-1, 4.24).

Jul 182015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-4, 3.91) vs.
Foltynewicz (1-5, 3.15)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Bates (3-0, 3.45) vs.
Gunkel (3-1, 2.23)
Potomac Lost, 7-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Valdez (3-2, 4.66) vs.
Null (0-1, 4.24)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ Kannapolis,
6:05 p.m.
Van Orden (5-2, 2.92) vs.
Thompson (2-4, 4.44)
Auburn Won, 6-3 (7 inn.) vs. West Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 1.59) and
Crownover (0-3, 11.74) vs.
Paula (0-1, 27.00) and
Pimentel (0-0, 4.58)


Syracuse 7 Gwinnett 6
• Hill 5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Demny (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Fornataro (W, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Martinson 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Johnson 1-1, RBI

Josh Johnson’s two-out, pinch-hit single gave the Chiefs a 7-6 walkoff win. Syracuse trailed 5-0 after just one half inning as Gwinnett climbed all over Taylor Hill for five of the seven hits he would give up. Hill would recover to put up four goose eggs and finish with five innings pitched, with no walks and three K’s. Meanwhile, the Chiefs bats did not stand still chipped away at the 5-0 lead until they took a 6-5 lead in the 7th. Gwinnett tied it back up in the 8th against Paul Demny. Dan Butler and Tony Gwynn Jr. drew back-to-back walks with two out to set up Johnson, who delivered the gamewinner and the win to Eric Fornataro.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4
• Spann 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mendez (BS, 2) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Harper (W, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Bostick 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R

Christopher Bostick’s solo shot in the 9th put Harrisburg over the top for 5-4 win vs. Bowie and above .500 for the first time since April. Bostick was one of three Senators to collect multiple hits as they built a 4-1 lead for starter Matt Spann, who went six innings with five hits and three walks allowed and two strikeouts. The bullpen blew the lead with two runs allowed in the 7th and one in the 8th. Bryan Harper got the benefit of Bostick’s big fly as he got the last four outs of the game for the win, his second.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 2
• Giolito (L, 3-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Dickson 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Norfork 2-4, 2R
• Mesa 1-4, RBI

The P-Nats bats were mostly AWOL Last Night In Woodbridge

Roster move: RHP Jake Johansen assigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 2
• Morales (L, 0-2) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mejia 2-4
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-2, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Intimidators lapped the Suns four times in the 2nd en route to a 5-2 checkered flag. Jose Morales was charged with all five Kannapolis runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. Andrew Cooper and Deion Williams combined for four scoreless innings of relief, but the offense was limited to just five hits. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz broke up the shutout with a two-run double with one out in the 8th.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 3 (7 inn., rain)
• Guilbeau 5IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Boghosian (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wiseman 2-3, 2R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2SB

The Doubledays struck for three in the top of the 7th and then retired the side in the bottom of inning. A rain delay turned into a called game with Auburn the 6-3 winners. Taylor Guilbeau started and went the first five innings, letting in all three Scrappers runs on seven hits. He struck out four. Adam Boghosian got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Rhett Wiseman led the Doubleday offense with 2-for-3 night, including a two-run HR in the 1st and finished with three RBI total.

Jul 172015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-0 vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-4, 4.92) vs.
Jenkins (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 (11 inn.) @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (2-1, 4.57) vs.
O’Brien (1-1, 4.38)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (3-4, 2.76) vs.
Torrez (6-5, 3.65)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Morales (0-1, 15.00) vs.
Almonte (6-4, 4.40)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Robinson (0-2, 3.86)


Syracuse 2 Gwinnett 0
• Ross (W, 3-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Valverde (SV, 9) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Turner 2-4
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Four Syracuse pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Gwinnett by a 2-0 score. Joe Ross went the first five, letting up two hits, no walks, and striking out three. Matt Grace and Rafael Martin both earned holds while Jose Valverde struck out two in the 9th for his ninth save. Trea Turner singled twice while Kevin Keyes doubled and walked to lead the Chiefs six-hit, three-walk offense.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Harrisburg; SS Trea Turner activated from 3-Day TIL; RHP Evan Meek placed on 3-Day TIL; C Steven Lerud activated from 7-Day DL; C Zach Wright placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 14.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 1 (11 inn.)
• Bleier 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Runion 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (W, 4-4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, BB, RBI
• Lozada 2-5

The Senators scored three times in the 11th to break a 1-1 deadlock and defeat the BaySox, 4-1. Richard Bleier started and threw seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits, two walks, and striking out two. Sam Runion turned in two scoreless, as did Abel De Los Santos, who got the win, his fourth. Jose Lozada singled twice while Brian Goodwin singled and walked as Harrisburg was held to just nine hits over 11 innings.
Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Reegie Corona assigned from Washington (purchased from Long Island Ducks).

Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0
• A. Williams (L, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Thomas 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ward 2-3, 2B
• Martinez 1-3

Myrtle Beach’s Jonathan Martinez outdueled Austen Williams for a 1-0 victory over Potomac. Williams allowed the lone, unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out three over five innings. Justin Thomas (3IP) and Tyler Mapes (1IP) combined for four scoreless innings to keep it close, but the offense was stifled — limited to just five hits, one of which came from rehabbing Jayson Werth. Drew Ward was the sole batter to reach base twice, singling in the 4th and doubling in the 7th.
Roster move: OF Jayson Werth assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 0
• Bach (W, 3-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Orlan 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davidson 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Carey 2-5, 3RBI

Like the Chiefs, four Suns pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout last night, but the bats were busier for a 5-0 win over the Power. Connor Bach walked four but only gave up two hits over six innings for his third win. R.C. Orlan, Koda Glover, and Jake Walsh each put up a goose egg in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. Lineup bookends D.K. Carey and Austin Davidson combined for four hits and four RBI as Hagerstown scored five times on eight hits and three walks with just five men left on.
Roster move: C Jake Mayers placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Wilman Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Mahoning Valley 4 Auburn 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 1-3) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Pirro 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Stevenson 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Lora 1-3

Mahoning Valley rallied for four in the 6th to take a 4-2 lead and held off Auburn for a 4-3 win. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss, charged with all four runs on eight hits and two walks while setting six down on strikes. The Doubledays could only answer with one in the 7th as Max Schrock led off with a triple and scored on a one-out groundout, then went in order in the 8th and 9th innings. Andrew Stevenson led the Auburn attack with a single, walk, and a stolen base. He also scored a run and drove in a run.

Jul 162015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Villanueva (7-6, 2.77)
Potomac Lost, 5-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Martinez (5-1, 2.92)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2;
Lost, 5-0
@ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (2-1, 3.70) vs.
Brewer (2-6, 5.23)
Auburn Won, 11-3 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Shane (0-2, 3.38)


Syracuse — ALL-STAR BREAK
Jason Martinson went 0-for-1 with a walk and scored a run the International League’s three-run 9th that gave the I.L. a 4-3 win over the Pacific Coast League in the AAA All-Star game.

Harrisburg — ALL-STAR BREAK
Pedro Severino came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with a run scored while Gilberto Mendez struck out two in the 8th as the E.L. All-Star game was played to a 4-4 tie, with the “win” awarded to East Division after Reading’s Brian Pointer homered in the ninth round of the “HR Derby Shootout.”

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 2
• Simms (L, 5-6) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, 3HR
• Amlung 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Norfork 3-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Yezzo 1-4, RBI

The Pelicans took John Simms deep three times and took advantage of a critical error to take the series opener from the P-Nats, 5-2. Down 2-0 with two outs in the 3rd, Khayyan Norfork charged a slow roller and missed it completely. The next batter homered to turn what should have been a 2-0 deficit into a 4-0 hole. Simms gutted out six innings, giving up all five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks, and struck out two. Norfork was a HR shy of the cycle while James Yezzo broke up the shutout with an RBI single — the fourth and final hit for Potomac.
Roster move: C Craig Manuel reassigned from Syracuse, C Adderling Ruiz placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 13.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 2 — GAME ONE
• Reyes 4⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 0K
• Napoli (W, 3-3) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gardner 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Page 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Hagerstown scored twice in the 2nd and once in the 3rd and held on to edge West Virginia, 3-2. Luis Reyes made the spot start and pitched into the 5th, letting in two unearned runs on three hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings with nary a strikeout. David Napoli stranded one in the 5th and completed the game for the win. Jeff Gardner singled twice, doubled once, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Suns offense.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• M. Sanchez (L, 4-4) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, 2HR, HBP
• Perez 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Mejia 3-3, 2B, CS

The Power shocked Mario Sanchez for five runs in the 3rd, four of which came via the longball as the Suns dropped the nightcap, 5-0. Sanchez allowed five hits and a walk while hitting a batter over two and 2/3rds innings. Kevin Perez and Sam Johns kept West Virginia at bay the rest of the way, but it was for naught as Bryan Mejia went 3-for-3 with a double and the rest of Hagerstown lineup was 0-for-20 with one (1) walk.

Auburn 11 Mahoning Valley 3
• Hearn (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Gunter 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lora 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Reetz 2-4, 2R, 2B

The Doubledays put up big innings three times to junk the Scrappers, 11-3. Taylor Hearn gave up a run on a home run in the 4th and went five innings total for the win, the first for the 2015 5th Rd. pick in his second NYPL start. He walked one and struck out five. Edwin Lora led the 13-hit assault with two singles and a double and drove in three while Rafael Bautista, Andrew Stevenson, David Kerian, and Jakson Reetz each had two hits.