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.

May 182015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 2.45) vs.
Aumont (1-1, 1.36)
Harrisburg Won, 10-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (3-2, 1.50) vs.
Mader (2-3, 5.70)


Charlotte 7 Syracuse 1
• Billings (L, 1-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Martinson 1-3, 2B
• Minicozzi 1-4, R, 2B

The Chiefs led 1-0 early but the Knights scored seven unanswered runs to take the game, 7-1 and the series, 2-1. Bruce Billings took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Syracuse was held to just five hits, scoring the lone run on an infield groundout after loading the bases on an error, a hit batsman, and a single by Matt den Dekker. Jason Martinson and Mark Minicozzi both doubled while Steven Lerud and Darin Mastroianni notched the other two singles.

Harrisburg 10 Trenton 4
• Bleier (W, 2-0) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Lisson 2-5, R, RBI

Trenton got to the Sens early with three in the 1st, but Harrisburg answered with 10 runs, beginning with five in the 4th as they built a lead big enough for the bullpen to hold and prevented a sweep with a 10-4 win. Richard Bleier recovered to record five scoreless after the 1st for a line of three runs (one earned) on seven hits over six innings pitched. Shawn Pleffner, Brian Goodwin, and Mario Lisson each had two hits as the Sens made the Thunder pay for issuing seven walks to score 10 times on just nine hits, with just one for extra bases (Pleffner’s double).

Frederick 3 Potomac 2
• Lopez 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Thomas (BS, 1; L, 0-3) ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Bostick 2-4, 2-2B, BB
• Miller 1-2, 2BB

Reynaldo Lopez’s scoreless inning streak ended at 13 but the bullpen couldn’t hold his 2-1 lead after six as the Keys edged the P-Nats, 3-2. Lopez finished with one run let in on five hits and two walks as he struck out four. Justin Thomas took the loss as he gave up a single-double-double sequence with one out in the 7th as he retired just two of six batters faced. Christopher Bostick doubled twice, walked once, and was stranded three times, along with eight other baserunners as Potomac was 0-for-7 with RISP and left on 11 men.

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 4
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Orlan (SV, 4) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Gardner 2-3, R, SF, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R

Jeff Gardner’s two-out single in the 6th turned a no-decision into a win for Luis Reyes as the Suns edged the Power, 5-4 and took the five-game series, 3-2. Reyes allowed all four West Virginia runs on five hits and two walks over six innings and was not coming out to pitch the 7th when Hagerstown rallied for their 5th and final run. Gardner singled twice as did “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz while Gavin DeBruin doubled twice to lead the 11-hit parade for the Suns.
Roster move: C Raudy Read placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jorge Tillero assigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner homered (#2), singled and stole a base (#7) to go 2-for-5 with two RBI (nos. 18 and 19) in San Antonio’s 5-3 win over Midland.

May 172015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Charlotte,
2:05 p.m.
Billings (1-2, 3.82) vs.
Beck (2-1, 3.90)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Trenton,
1:00 p.m.
Ross (2-1, 2.54) vs.
Niebla (AA debut)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Lopez (2-0, 0.00) vs.
Hess (2-2, 5.05)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 (12 inn.) vs. West Virginia,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes, L (0-2, 5.04) vs.
Coley (5-1, 2.25)


Charlotte 2 Syracuse 1
• McGregor 7IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, HBP
• Delcarmen (L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 4BB, 0K
• Hill 0IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Burriss 1-3, R, CS
• Gwynn 1-4, 2B

For the second time this week, Rich Hill couldn’t get the job done, letting in the winning run on a single to the first batter he faced as Charlotte edged Syracuse, 2-1 to walk off in the 9th. The loss went to Manny Delcarmen, who walked four (one intentionally) over an inning and a 1/3rd. Scott McGregor started and gave up the first run on leadoff HR in the 1st and eight hits total over seven innings. Emmanuel Burriss broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single in the 6th, followed by a Tony Gwynn Jr. double. Darin Mastroianni grounded out to drive in the sole Chiefs run, the first of 11 straight Syracuse batter to be retired to finish the game.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 4
• Janssen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Voth 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Ambriz (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Lisson 2-4, R
• Difo 2-4
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR(GS), 4RBI

The Senators late-inning collapses continued with a 4-1 lead turned into a 5-4 loss by newcomer Hector Ambriz. Casey Janssen got in his work early, “starting” the game with a scoreless 1st before Austin Voth came on in “relief,” allowing a run on four hits over three and 2/3rds before a 95-minute rain delay in the bottom of the 5th. Kevin Keyes smacked a grand slam in the 6th to give Harrisburg a 4-1 lead that evaporated in the 9th with the coup de grace coming on a two-out, three-run HR off the bat of Dan Fiorito.

Potomac 5 Frederick 2
• Bacus (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Mapes 4BF, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 2-5, R, CS
• Wooten 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Miller 2-4, RBI

Potomac scored early and often (how novel) in a 5-2 win over Frederick. Dakota Bacus tossed six shutout innings to win for the second time in as many starts against the Keys, letting up four hits and two walks while matching his season high of seven strikeouts. Tyler Mapes became the latest victim of the “GBI curse” as he was not so good in giving up four hits to four batters faced without getting an out. The P-Nats pounded out 11 hits total, with Narciso Mesa, John Wooten, and Brandon Miller each connecting for two.
Roster move: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned to Potomac.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 6 (12 inn.)
• Sanchez 4IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Napoli (L, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Carey 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gardner 2-5, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, RBI

A pitcher’s duel early turned into a slugfest late as the Power outlasted the Suns, 7-6 in 12 innings. West Virginia scored single runs in the 6th and 7th innings to take a 3-1 lead. D.K. Carey’s two-run HR in the bottom of the 8th snapped a five-inning hitless streak and tied the game at 3-3. The Power answered with two in the top of the 9th to take a 5-3 lead but the Suns rallied again to tie it 5-5 and send it into extras. After swapping zeroes in the 10th and 11th, West Virginia took a 7-5 lead in the 12th and Hagerstown got three singles in the space of four batters to score the 6th run but a double-play ball ended the comeback bid and the game. David Napoli took the loss, allowing the final two Power runs on four hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds, while Mario Sanchez made the spot start with one run allowed on five hits over four innings.
RHPs Robbie Dickey and Andrew Cooper were activated and deactivated (respectively and vice-versa) prior to the game without further explanation.

Trea Turner Update
Turner continues to hit and get on base, as he was 1-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts in a 10-4 Missions win.

May 162015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 16-19, 4th place I.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Taylor Jordan 1.89 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in May (3GS, 19IP)
Bad Mark Minicozzi .534 OPS in 30G
Interesting Steven Lerud .394 (13-for-33) over last 10G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 14-20, 3rd place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Wilmer Difo .318/.340/.545 in 12G since promotion (.319/.369/.538 in 31G overall)
Bad Gilberto Mendez 6.00 ERA, 1.73 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting Just 13 of the 25 men on the Opening Day roster are still active



POTOMAC NATIONALS 14-21, 3rd place C.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Tyler Mapes 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in 4 appearances (12IP)
Bad Team BA (.234), OBP (.308) 8th in eight-team C.L., 7th in runs scored
Interesting Stephen Perez 11BB in 14G since demotion from AA



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 16-18, T5th place Sally North, 8½ games behind

Good Matt Reistetter .316/.380/.419 in 11G
Bad Team 1.40 WHIP dead last in 14-team Sally Lg.
Interesting Sam Johns 0-0, 1 SV, 1.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in eight appearances
May 162015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-3 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-2, 3.62) vs.
Drabek (0-1, 1.89)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 4.03) vs.
Lail (1-2, 4.37)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Horacek (2-3, 3.57)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Brewer (0-1, 7.20)


Syracuse 9 Charlotte 3
• Spann (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Meek 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 3-5, 3B, 2K
• Mastroianni 3-5, R, RBI, SB

With A.J. Cole sent to join the parent club in San Diego, Matt Spann bridged the gap with six strong innings of two-hit ball, with one run let in on two hits and two walks for the win. Sam Runion failed to retire the three batters he faced in the 7th and left with the bases loaded. Doug Slaten Mitch Lively got the next three outs but let in all three baserunners to lose the shutout. Emmanuel Burris and Darin Mastroianni both went 3-for-5 to lead the Chiefs offense.
Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington, LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Potomac.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 5
• Alderson (L, 1-1) 2+IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Demny 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Lisson 1-3, R, 2B, SF, 3RBI
• Goodwin 1-3, 3R, 3B, BB, RBI

Harrisburg was unable to come back from two four-run deficits (4-0, 5-1) and fell to Trenton, 6-5. Tim Alderson was activated from the DL to make the start but will likely go right back as he left after two batters into the third, charged with four runs on four hits with no walks and no strikeouts. The ‘pen kept the Sens in striking distance with six innings of two-run ball, as the offense made the most of its six hits and seven walks for five runs with Mario Lisson driving in three while going 1-for-3 with a double and Brian Goodwin scoring three times while going 1-for-3 with a triple.
Roster moves: RHP Tim Alderson activated from the 7-Day DL, C Cole Leonida released.

Frederick 4 Potomac 1
• Simms (L, 0-4) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Self 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Mesa 2-4, R, CS
• Perez 1-2, 2B, 2BB, SB

The breaks continue to elude both John Simms and the P-Nats as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Keys. Simms spun six innings of two-run ball, one earned on six hits, no walks, and three strikeouts but lost for the fourth time. It was his second straight quality start. Derek Self was dinged for two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to put the game out of reach. Tablesetters Narciso Mesa (2-for-4) and Steven Perez (1-for-2, 2BB) got on five times but only scored once as Potomac was 0-for-6 with RISP and left on six baserunners.

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 2
• Williams (W, 5-1) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Van Orden (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Gardner 2-4, 2B, 3RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB, 2K

The Suns scored in each of the first three innings to build a 4-1 lead and cruised to a 5-2 win vs. the Power. Austen Williams won for the fifth time in seven starts, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Drew Van Orden closed out the game with one run let in for his first save. Jeff Gardner drove in three with a two-run double in the 1st and an RBI single in the 3rd while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz walked and tripled and scored twice to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 2-for-4 with a double and a whiff in 4-0 Mission loss. His on-base streak is now 15 games, over which he has hit .407/.500/.630 with 10 runs scored, nine walks, two home runs, and 12 RBI.

May 152015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 2.67) vs.
E. Johnson (3-2, 4.89)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Potomac Lost, 1-0 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (0-3, 7.71) vs.
Ramos (0-0, 1.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0;
Won, 3-0
vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (4-1, 1.72) vs.
McRae (2-2, 4.33)


Syracuse 4 Gwinnett 1
• Hill (W, 3-1) 8IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Martin (S, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Lerud 3-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, 3R, SB(5)

Steven Lerud drove in all four runs while Taylor Hill turned in a season-high eight-plus innings as the Chiefs took the game, 4-1 and the series, 3-1. Lerud posted his third straight multihit game as he went 3-for-4, including a two-run HR in the 7th to break open a 1-0 game. Hill pitched into the 9th but hit a batter and gave up a single before giving way to Rafael Martin, who lost the shutout but got the save, as he did not allow a run for just the second time in six appearances since his return from Washington.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-3) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, 2B
• Renda 1-4, R, 2B, BB, SB

The Thunder struck for four runs in the 1st and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Senators. Starter Paolo Espino turned in four shutout innnings afterwards, but the damage had been done as he gave four runs on six hits and three walks to suffer his third loss of the season. Erik Davis continued his rehab tour with a shutout inning of relief. Wilmer Difo singled and doubled while Tony Renda walked and doubled, but Harrisburg’s inability to convert baserunners into runs continued as they left on 12 and were just 2-for-10 with RISP.
Roster move: RHP Erik Davis assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0
• Giolito (L, 0-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 11K
• Suero 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mesa 2-3, 2B, BB
• Bostick 2-4

Facing the Carolina League’s weakest offense instead of its strongest, Lucas Giolito struck out a career-high 11 batters over six innings, walking one and letting in one run. He threw 84 pitches, 63 for strikes. That should have been good enough to win, but the P-Nats were unable to score a single run as they were shut out for the third time in 34 games, 1-0 by the Blue Rocks. Narciso Mesa singled, doubled, and walked to lead the Potomac offense, which collected seven hits and no walks on the night.

West Virginia 3 Hagerstown 0 — GAME ONE
• Rodriguez (L, 0-3) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mooneyham 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Carey 1-2
• Read 1-3

Jefry Rodriguez pitched into the 5th for the first time, but lost for the third time as the Suns were shut out, 3-0. Rodriguez let in all three Power runs on six hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. He left with the bases loaded, but Brett Mooneyham was able to strand all three and closed out the game with two more scoreless innings. Hagerstown managed just four hits — all singles — and no walks.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 0 — GAME TWO
• Bach (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Amlung (S, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Keller 2-2, 2R, 2B
• Reistetter 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Hagerstown scored twice in the 1st and once in the 3rd as they returned the favor with a 3-0 shutout of West Virginia. Connor Bach and Justin Amlung combined on the three-hit shutout, with Bach walking two and striking out six over five and 1/3rd innings to earn the win, and Amlung stranding two in the 6th and working around a hit batsman in the 7th to notch the save. Tablesetters Alec Keller and Matt Reistetter combined to go 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles, a triple (Reistetter) and two RBI (ditto).

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 1-for-2 in a rain-shortened 2-0 Missions loss. His on-base streak is now at 14 games.

May 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Gwinnett,
10:35 a.m.
T. Hill (2-1, 4.86)vs.
G. Smith (1-1, 1.80)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (0-2, 3.67) vs.
Ruth (0-0, 4.82)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 10.38) vs.
Reed (2-2, 2.08)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. West Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-2, 6.97) and
Bach (0-0, 4.56) vs.
Y. Garcia (0-2, 2.82) and
Regalado (0-1, 3.05)


Gwinnett 2 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 8IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Fornataro (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Hill ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Stewart 2-5
• Dykstra 0-1, R, 3BB

A pitcher’s duel went into extras and Gwinnett was the last man standing with a 2-1 win in 10 innings. Taylor Jordan needed just 84 pitches to get through eight innings, in which he allowed just one run on six hits and no walks, but had no decision to show for it. Eric Fornataro pitched a scoreless 9th, but gave up a hit and a walk in the 10th which Rich Hill let in with two outs to give Fornataro the loss. Ian Stewart collected two of the seven Syracuse hits while Cutter Dykstra drew three of the Chiefs’ five walks. Syracuse left 12 men on base, including one in the 9th and two in the 10th.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 3
• Rauh (W, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• De Los Santos (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dupra (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 1-3, R, BB

Kevin Keyes’s two-run shot in the 7th broke open a 2-1 game as the Senators held off the Phils for a 4-3 win to complete the three-game sweep. Brian Rauh was Dr. Jekyll for this start, allowing one run on a HR and four hits total while walking three and fanning two over six innings for his first AA win. Keyes was 3-for-4 overall, leading the Harrisburg hit column, but the Sens struggled yet again to make Reading pay for walking seven batters with 1-for-8 mark with RISP and 10 men left on base. Brian Dupra worked around a hit and a walk in the 9th to close out the game and earn the save.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 2 (10 inn.)
• Pivetta 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 1-2) 3⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, K, WP
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Wooten 1-4, R, 2B

The offensive struggles for Potomac continue as they managed just five hits and lost in extras Wilmington, 3-2. Nick Pivetta turned in a quality start, giving two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Jake Johansen followed and was perhaps pushed an inning too far, as the Blue Rocks got to him on their second look with a three singles in the 10th. Isaac Ballou was the sole P-Nat with multiple hits as he singled, doubled, scored a run, and stole his seventh base.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a 4-3 road trip through Georgia and South Carolina, the Suns return to the Muni for eight games against the Power and the Grasshoppers, beginning with a doubleheader tonight.

Trea Turner Update
Wednesday was an off day for the San Antonio Missions.

May 132015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 2.88) vs.
Banuelos (2-0, 3.06)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 vs. Reading,
10:30 a.m.
Rauh (0-3, 6.46) vs.
Windle (0-1, 5.33)
Potomac Won, 2-0 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Pivetta (1-3, 1.41) vs.
Junis (1-3, 4.24)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 4
• Billings (W, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Delcarmen (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lerud 3-3, BB, RBI
• Ka‘aihue 2-4, 2R, 2B

Gwinnett scored single runs in the 1st and 3rd innings, but Syracuse answered with two in the 2nd and 4th and added a fifth run in the 5th to take a 5-2 lead. The Barves rallied for two in the bottom of the 9th but couldn’t push across the tying run to lose, 5-4. Bruce Billings got his first win with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. Steven Lerud reached base four times with three singles and a walk and drove in a run to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Ross (W, 2-1) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Demny (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Lisson 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Mario Lisson drove in three while Joe Ross tossed seven strong innings as the Sens beat the Phils, 4-1. Ross notched his fourth straight quality start with one run let in on seven hits and a walk while fanning five. Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while Paul Demny did the same in the 9th for the save. Brian Goodwin led the hit column with two singles and a double while Lisson singled and homered in four trips to the plate as Harrisburg pounded out 11 hits total on the night.
Roster move: RHP Casey Janssen assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 0
• Lopez (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, WP
• Self (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lee (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-4
• Wooten 1-3, 2B, RBI

Three P-Nats pitchers combined on a 2-0 shutout of the Blue Rocks. Reynaldo Lopez won his second start with another scoreless outing, giving up four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six. Derek Self got the hold with one hit allowed over two innings while Nick Lee whiffed two of three batters in the 9th for the save. Spencer Kieboom went 2-for-4 while Isaac Ballou (single in the 6th) and John Wooten (double in the 7th) collected RBIs to power the Potomac offense.
Roster moves: RHPs Casey Janssen and Erik Davis MLB rehab assignments ended.

Greenville 4 Hagerstown 0
• Valdez (L, 3-2) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Orlan 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Keller 1-3, BB, SB(5)

Two Greenville pitchers shut out Hagerstown on four hits to take the game, 4-0, and split the four-game series. Phillips Valdez took the loss, his second, allowing a run on four hits over four innings while striking out four. Alec Keller was the sole Sun to reach base twice with a walk in the 4th and a single in the 6th.

Trea Turner Update
Turner lost his hit streak but extended his on-base streak to 13 games as he was 0-for-3 with a walk in the Missions’ 3-2 loss.

May 122015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Billings (0-2, 4.01) vs.
Marimon (2-0, 0.47)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Ross (1-1, 2.81) vs.
Eflin (2-2, 2.51)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Caramo (1-1, 2.67)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Greenville,
2:05 p.m.
Valdez (3-1, 1.38) vs.
Kopech (1-2, 3.86)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• McGregor (W, 3-2) 6⅔ IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Lively (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 1-3, 2R, BB, SB(5)

Chien Ming-Wang coughed up three runs in the 6th, but this time it was to the benefit of the Nats as Syracuse held off Gwinnett, 5-2. Scott McGregor allowed one run on seven hits and two walks over six and 2/3rds inning to pick up the win, with an assist (ok, fine: hold) from Mitch Lively who stranded two runners to finish the 7th. Matt den Dekker led the Chiefs offense with a 3-for-5 night while Emmanuel Burriss singled and walked to push his hit streak to 11.

Harrisburg 6 Reading 3
• Bleier (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• D. Robinson 2-3, R, BB
• Hague 2-4

Harrisburg also broke through for three runs in the middle innings, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead as they doubled up Reading, 6-3.
Richard Bleier was roughed up for a pair of runs in the 1st but settled down to go seven full, retiring 11 straight batters at one point. He gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out three. Derrick Robins reached base three times with a walks and two singles, while Ricky Hague also got two safeties as the Sens totaled nine hits and four walks on offense.
Roster moves: LHP Bryan Harper placed on 7-Day DL; RHP Hector Ambriz assigned from Washington (FA sign from L.I. Ducks, Atlantic League)

Potomac 5 Frederick 1
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Davis (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miller 2-3, 2R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Norfork 2-3, R, RBI

Brandon Miller went deep twice while Dakota Bacus turned in five strong innings on short rest as Potomac split the series with Frederick with a 5-1 victory. Miller also walked and was 2-for-3 overall, as was Khayyan Norfork to lead the P-Nats attack. Despite throwing on three days’ rest, Bacus turned in his best outing: one run on two hits and two walks over five with seven strikeouts, which earned him his first win of ’15. Erik Davis and Tyler Mapes both turned in two scoreless innings of relief to finish off the Keys.

Greenville 5 Hagerstown 4
• Reyes 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Sanchez (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Davidson 2-4, R, SB(5)
• Abreu 2-3, R, 2B, E(15)

The Drive rallied for two with two out in the 7th to snap a 3-3 tie and held on for a 5-4 win over the Suns. Luis Reyes got the start and was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The loss went to Mario Sanchez, who gave up two on three hits in the 7th after a scoreless 6th. Hagerstown scored four times without an RBI hit, thanks to a pair of sacrifice flies by Grant DeBruin and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, an error on Austin Davidson’s steal of third, and Osvaldo Abreu getting pushed over and across by back-to-back groundouts to second after his leadoff double.
Roster moves: LHP Jake Walsh placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Jake Amlung assigned from Washington.

Trea Turner Update
Turner tripled and walked in four plate appearances, extending his hit streak to seven games and his on-base streak to 12 contests in a 2-1 San Antonio loss.

May 112015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
McGregor (2-2, 4.21) vs.
Wang (0-3, 5.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Bleier (0-0, 5.63) vs.
Biddle (3-0, 4.62)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-0, 3.38) vs.
Horacek (2-2, 2.83)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 4.97) vs.
Fernandez (0-4, 4.91)


Durham 5 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 0-1) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Runion ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Burriss 2-4
• Lerud 2-3

The HR bug continues to bite A.J. Cole, as two of three hits he gave up left the yard in a 5-1 Chiefs loss to the Bulls. Cole went six innings and was charged with three runs, all coming via the longball, with one walk and five strikeouts for his first AAA loss of the season. The Syracuse ‘pen gave up single runs in the 7th and 9th, but it was mostly moot as the offense consisted of Ian Stewart’s HR and six other hits, four of which came from Emmanuel Burriss (2-for-4) and Steven Lerud (2-for-3).

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 4
• Voth 4IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Simmons (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Keyes 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Renda 2-4, R, BB, SB

Altoona put up crooked numbers in the first two innings and another in the 9th as they reversed their fortunes from Saturday night to win this one, 7-4. Austin Voth labored through four innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks while fanning four, but needing 83 pitches to do it. James Simmons took the loss as he allowed the go-ahead run in his two innings of relief. Kevin Keyes singled once and doubled twice to lead the Sens offense, which struggled with RISP at 3-for-14.
Roster move: RHP Brian Dupra promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Frederick 3
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Janssen (BS, 1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Suero (W, 4-2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-4, R
• Ward 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Potomac scored in each of its last three “ups” to stop a three-game slide and walk off in the 9th, 4-3 vs. Frederick. Rehabbing Casey Janssen took away a “W” from Matt Spann, who turned in his best out of the year with six shutout innings with no walks and four hits allowed. Janssen was a single shy of giving up the cycle in the 7th, as her served up a homer, double, and triple for three runs. Christopher Bostick delivered the gamewinner after a walk, error, and failed double play got the deciding run to third with less than two out. Drew Ward doubled twice while Isaac Ballou singled twice to lead the P-Nats attack.
Roster move: RHP Derek Self demoted from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 2 Greenville 0
• Van Orden 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, PO at 1B
• Napoli (W, 2-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B
• Keller 1-3, BB

Three Suns pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of the Drive for a 2-0 win. Drew Van Orden (3IP), Connor Bach (2IP), and David Napoli (4IP), each gave up one hit with Napoli earning the win while walking one and striking out six. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled to lead off the 7th and scored on Grant DeBruin’s RBI double. DeBruin took third on the failed play at the plate and scored on Jeff Gardner’s sacrifice fly to account for the two Hagerstown runs.
Roster moves: LHP David Ramos placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Drew Van Orden recalled from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner has hit safely now in five straight games for the second time in a span of 11 games as he was 2-for-4 with a double in a 6-5 San Antonio win.

May 102015
 

Potomac’s losing streak was extended to three as they were shut out for the second time this season, 4-0 by the first-place Frederick Keys.

Perhaps the outcome was evident from the first inning, which began with such promise. Isaac Ballou led off with a line-drive single to right, followed by a ‘tweener that fell in to short right-center off the bat of Christopher Bostick. Stephen Perez then drew the first of two walks on the night to load the bases.

Then Spencer Kieboom was caught looking. Drew Ward swung and missed for another K. John Wooten worked the count full, which allowed the runners to take off and ensure that at least two runs would score on anything that got out of the infield.

Nope — Wooten whiffed. It was the first and best chance for Potomac to score.

The next-best chance came in the 5th when Ballou walked and took third on another Bostick single to short right-center, though an on-line throw would have got him. Bostick advanced on the throw, which missed third but was backed up by the pitcher.

Perez flew out to shallow center and Ballou ran the P-Nats out of the inning by getting thrown out at the plate.

John Simms, who had been hit hard in his first two starts, was the hard-luck loser as he turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on four hits and no walks over six innings.

Jake Johansen was the first man out the ‘pen and also had the misfortune of a one-out error followed by a double, which forced the Potomac infield to play in. Sure enough, Frederick’s John Ruettiger bounced one up the middle to double the Keys lead from 2-0 to 4-0.

It was mostly a moot point, though, since P-Nats went down in order in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th as Keys reliever Dennis Torres was perfect while earning his first save of the season.

The loss dropped Potomac to 11-18 for the season, five and half behind Frederick and just a game and a half out of the Carolina League North cellar.

Today, it’s a matchup of southpaws Matthew Spann (0-4, 5.87) faces off against Jhonathan Ramos (0-0, 1.93).