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 092015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Durham,
1:05 p.m.
T. Hill (2-1, 3.81) vs.
Diamond (3-0, 1.67)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-4 vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Espino vs. (0-2, 3.89)
Creasy (3-0, 2.00)
Potomac Lost, 8-7 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Simms (0-2, 12.71) vs.
Ja. Miller (1-0, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 13-0 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (3-1, 1.71) vs.
Callahan (0-2, 5.91)


Durham 7 Syracuse 6
• Jordan 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mastroianni 2-3, 2BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Stewart 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI

Rafael Martin’s struggles continued in a 7-6 loss for the Chiefs. The 30-y.o. reliever has now given up runs in three straight appearances, including two in the 9th to blow the save and lose the game. Taylor Jordan got the start pitched into the 6th, allowing two runs on five hit and no walks while striking out five for another no-decision. Veterans Darin Mastroianni (2-for-3, 2BB) and Ian Stewart (2-for-4, 2HR) powered the Syracuse offense with four hits, two runs, and four RBI combined.
Roster move: OF Kevin Mattison released.

Altoona 10 Harrisburg 4
• Rauh (L, 0-3) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Severino 2-4
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Altoona jumped on starter Brian Rauh for five runs in the first and cruised to a 10-4 win over Harrisburg. While four of those runs were unearned, Rauh gave up nine hits total over five innings, including a HR. He walked one and struck out six while losing his third AA game.
Meanwhile MLB rehab Charlie Morton shut down the Sens on two hits over seven innings. Matt Skole’s three-run shot highlighted a too-little, too-late four-run rally in the bottom of the 9th.
Roster move: RHP Tim Alderson placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 4th.

Frederick 8 Potomac 7
• Giolito 4⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• E. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-3, 2BB, 2RBI,
• Kieboom 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, E(4)

Lucas Giolito made his season debut Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: RHP Erik Davis assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Rome 13 Hagerstown 0
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• M. Sanchez 1⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, 3-3 IR-S
• Keller 2-4
• Read 1-3, BB

Rome prevented a three-game sweep with 13-0 pounding of Hagerstown. Jefry Rodriguez took the loss, charged with six runs (four earned) on five hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out two in his second loss in three starts. Alec Keller went 2-for-4 while Raudy Read was 1-for-3 with a walk. The rest of the lineup was 2-for-23 as they managed just five hits and one walk total.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went to town on Frisco pitchers, going 4-for-6 with a double and a home run and four RBI in a 12-2 San Antonio win.

May 082015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 2.79) vs.
Buschmann (2-2, 2.84)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Rauh (0-2, 8.71) vs.
Morton (MLB rehab)
Potomac Won, 2-1;
Lost, 3-1
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (10-2, 2.20 @ Low-A in ’14) vs.
Gonzalez (1-2, 5.64)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-1, 5.14) vs.
Furney (3-1, 2.92)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
The Chiefs’ nine-game homestand resumes tonight with the first of three vs. the Durham Bulls. A win tonight would even their home record at .500

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators return to City Island with the hopes of breaking a five-game losing streak. Thus far, they’ve been 6-8 at Metro Bank Park.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bacus (SV, 3) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Wooten 2-3, R, RBI
• Bostick 1-3, BB, 3B, RBI

The P-Nats scratched out runs with two outs in the 1st and 6th and survived a bases-loaded threat in the 7th to take the opener, 2-1.
Reynaldo Lopez threw five shutout innings and won his 2015 debut, giving up two hits, no walks, and striking out three. Dakota Bacus set the side down in order in the 6th but gave up three straight hits to open the 7th before settling down to earn the save, his third. John Wooten went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI while Christopher Bostick walked, tripled, and drove in the insurance run.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1
• Janssen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Pivetta 6IP, 8H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Ballou 1-3, R, 2B
• Perez 1-3, RBI

In Game Two, the Blue Rocks got the benefit of an error and a bases-loaded walk to score three unearned runs in a 3-1 win to split the doubleheader (and the series). Casey Janssen made the rehab “start” and dispatched the first three batters with less than a dozen fastballs and changeups. Nick Pivetta finished the game, allowing eight hits over six innings and walking in the first run. He struck out three while losing his third game. Isaac Ballou led off the 4th with a double and scored on Stephen Perez’s RBI single, preventing the shutout as the P-Nats managed just four hits total.
Roster move: RHP Casey Janssen assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 7 Rome 6
• Valdez (W, 3-1) 5IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Ramos (SV, 1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Reistetter 2-4, R, BB

A pitcher’s duel turned into a slugfest, which the Suns emerged as the last man standing as they beat the Barves, 7-6. Phillips Valdez scattered eight hits over five innings of one-run ball while issuing one walk and fanning three to get the “W.” David Ramos let in the final run in the 8th but set the side down in order in the 9th to get his first save of 2015. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz smacked a three-run HR in Hagerstown’s four-run 6th and also doubled and tripled to lead the Suns offense with a 3-for-5 night.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-4 and struck out twice (his 24th and 25th K’s in 25 games) in another suspended game for San Antonio.

May 072015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
5:00 p.m.
Lopez (4-1, 1.33 at Low-A in ’14) and
Janssen (MLB Rehab) vs.
Rico (2-0, 2.93) and Caramo (0-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 @ Rome,
10:30 a.m.
Valdez (2-1, 1.29) vs.
Beech (0-2, 7.00)


Norfolk 2 Syracuse 1
• Billings 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Hill (L, 2-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Runion ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Burriss 1-3, BB, RBI
• Johnson 0-1, 2BB, CS

It was another 2-1 game in Syracuse, but this time the Chiefs were on the wrong end of the score. Bruce Billings turned in six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and no walks while fanning three. The loss when to Rich Hill for putting on the baserunner that Sam Runion let in the top of the 9th. Emmanuel Burriss drove in the lone Syracuse run with an RBI single in the 2nd. The Chiefs collected six hits and drew seven walks for the game but also hit into three double plays.

New Britain 3 Harrisburg 1
• Ross 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• De Los Santos (L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-3, BB
• Lisson 1-4, R, SB

A pair of errors in the bottom of the 8th led to the deciding runs in a 3-1 Rock Cats win that completed the three-game sweep and handed the Senators their fifth straight loss overall. Starter Joe Ross was stellar again — six innings of one-run ball, with three hits and three walks allowed and seven strikeouts. Abel De Los Santos was charged with the loss, giving up a pair of singles between a double error on a tapper to second as Tony Renda missed first baseman Matt Skole and Skole threw it away trying to get the batter-runner advancing to second. Kevin Keyes was the sole Harrisburg hitter to walk and collected one of the seven hits on the night.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — PPD
The P-Nats and Blue Rocks were washed out again, forcing a pair of doubleheaders — one tonight at 5 p.m., the other on Wednesday, May 27th at 6 p.m. Reynaldo Lopez’s debut is still set for Game One while Casey Janssen will make a rehab appearance in Game Two with Nick Pivetta to follow in his regularly scheduled turn of the rotation

Hagerstown 9 Rome 6
• Reyes 4⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
• Napoli (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, BK, WP, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Walsh (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Carey 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Dent 2-4, R, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-4, 2R, RBI

Hagerstown answered a three-run 1st with a six-run 2nd and held the lead for a 9-6 decision over Rome, breaking a three-game losing streak. Luis Reyes fell one out short of qualifying for the win, giving up all six Barves runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks over four and 2/3rds innings. The win went to recently demoted David Napoli while Jake Walsh set the side down in order in the 9th for a save in his season debut. D.K. Carey led the Suns’ 12-hit parade with three singles and two runs scored, followed by Cody Dent and Grant DeBruin, who both went 2-for-4 and combined for three runs scored and three RBI.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in a 9-1 San Antonio rout of Frisco. His hit streak is in limbo, thanks to Tuesday’s suspended game, but his on-base streak is now a modest seven games.

May 062015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Norfolk,
1:05 p.m.
Billings (0-2, 4.82) vs.
Wright (3-0, 2.81)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 (10 inn.) @ New Britain,
10:35 a.m.
Ross (1-1, 3.12) vs.
Carpenter (2-2, 3.90)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (4-1, 1.33 at Low-A in ’14) and
Bacus (0-0, 3.21) vs.
Rico (2-0, 2.93) and Caramo (0-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Reyes (0-2, 4.79) vs.
Grosser (1-0, 4.15)


Syracuse 2 Norfolk 1
• McGregor (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Meek (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ka‘aihue 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Gwynn 1-3, RBI

Kila Ka‘aihue’s 7th-inning solo HR proved to be the difference as Syracuse edged Norfolk, 2-1. Scott McGregor outdueled Tyler Wilson with seven innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out six to get the win. Eric Fornataro high-wired through a three-hit 8th for the hold while Evan Meek stranded a leadoff triple to earn his fifth save. Syracuse mustered just six hits total with Ka‘aihue the sole batter to reach base twice.
OF Darin Mastroianni acquired for cash considerations from Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia).

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 7 (10 inn.)
• Bleier 5IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez (L, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Jeroloman 3-4, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 2B, RBI, SB
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI, HBP

The joy of taking a 7-6 lead in extras was short-lived as the Senators once again were burned with a walkoff HR, this time a two-run shot in the bottom of the 10th to give the Rock Cats an 8-7 win. After setting down the first six batters he faced, Gilberto Mendez served up the gamewinner after a single and a flyout to take the loss. Starter Richard Bleier gave up the first six runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings while fanning just one. Brian Goodwin singled twice and doubled once while Brian Jeroloman drove in three while going 3-for-4 to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — PPD
Rain washed away the opener between the Blue Rocks and P-Nats, resulting in a doubleheader today at 4 p.m. Overshadowing that, however, is the news that Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito and have been freed from Viera activated from XST and will start today (Game One) and Friday respectively, weather permitting. Making room for them on the roster are the departures of Kevin Perez (XST) and David Napoli (Hagerstown).

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns swing though Georgia and South Carolina for three against the Rome Braves and four against the Greenville Drive. Meanwhile, the ripple effect from the Giolito and Lopez activations saw LHP Joe Webb and RHP Ryan Ullmann sent back to XST while LHPs David Napoli and Jake Walsh join the team from Potomac and XST respectively.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in a 7-7 game that was suspended in the 8th.

May 052015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 (10 inn.) vs. Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (1-2, 5.30) vs.
Wilson (1-3, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Bleier (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Flemer (1-1, 1.88)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-0, 3.21) vs.
Rico (2-0, 2.93)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-6 OFF DAY N/A


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Cole 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Martin (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-5, 2B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2BB, SB

Syracuse left runners on in each of their last three at-bats, including the bases loaded with one out in the 8th, as they fell in extras to Norfolk, 3-1. A.J. Cole rebounded from the mauling he received from the Barves last week with six innings of one-run ball, letting up seven hits, no walks, and striking out one. Rafael Martin was roughed up again, giving up the game-winning runs in the 10th after a 1-2-3 ninth on two hits and two walks. Cutter Dykstra was the sole Chief with multiple hits while Matt den Dekker walked twice and stole a base as the Chiefs stranded 14 runners total on the night.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 2-2) 5⅓ ⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Self 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Difo 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Severino 2-4

A 1-0 Harrisburg lead evaporated within the space of four batters as the Sens dropped the series opener, 4-2. Austin Voth pitched into the 6th and left with the game tied and the bases loaded after a double, error, and a pair of singles. Derek Self got the last two outs but not before the bases were emptied on a walk and a single to the first two batters he faced. Wilmer Difo continues to hit like he’s late for a date, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Pedro Severino notched his seventh multiple hit game in the last twelve with a 2-for-4 game.
Roster move: LHP Richard Bleier reassigned from Syracuse.

Salem 4 Potomac 2
• Suero (L, 3-2) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, WP, 2HBP
• Lee 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 2-3, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2SB

The Red Sox put up two-spots in the 4th and 5th innings to double up the P-Nats, 4-2 and complete the four-game sweep. Wander Suero dropped his second straight decision, giving up all four Salem runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. He also hit two batters, accounting for the final two runs as they were sent in triple in the 5th. Spencer Kieboom reached base three times on a pair of doubles and a walk while Narciso Mesa singled twice and stole two bases to lead the Potomac offense.

Greenville 9 Hagerstown 6
• Bach 3⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 7K, HBP, WP
• M. Sanchez (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keller 3-5, 2-2B, RBI
• Read 2-5, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, RBI

After answering a three-run 1st to build a 5-3 lead, the Suns could not respond to the Drive’s subsequent rallies and fell in the series finale, 10-6. Mario Sanchez took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) in two and a 1/3rd innings in relief. Connor Bach got the start and was dinged for three runs on five hits and three walks over the first three and 2/3rds innings. Alec Keller singled and doubled twice to lead Hagerstown’s 14-hit attack.

Trea Turner Update
Make that five straight games for Turner, who was 2-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base (#6) and was caught stealing (#3) in a 4-3 Missions loss.

May 042015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-3 vs. Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 2.40) vs.
Gamboa (1-1, 4.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-9 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 3.77) vs.
Flemer (1-1, 1.88)
Potomac Lost, 10-6 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-1, 3.60) vs.
Ball (1-2, 5.57)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-4 vs. Greenville,
1:05 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Beeks (1-0, 4.12)


Syracuse 7 Columbus 3
• Hill (W, 2-1) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Fornataro 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burriss 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Gwynn 2-4, R, RBI

Syracuse rallied for six in the 2nd inning and completed the three-game sweep of Columbus with a 7-3 win. Starter Taylor Hill pitched into the 7th and got the win, allowing two runs on six hits, no walks and striking out five. Sam Runion got dusted up in the 9th for the 3rd Clipper run, but Evan Meek shut the door and got the last two outs for his 4th save. Emmanuel Burriss and Tony Gwynn Jr. both went 2-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense.

Bowie 11 Harrisburg 9
• Bates 4IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• De Los Santos (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HBP, HR
• Renda 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Keyes 3-5, 2R
• Skole 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

An 8-4 lead was too much for the Sens ‘pen to hold as they coughed up seven runs in the 8th and 9th innings, capped off by a two-out walkoff grand slam, to lose 11-9. Abel De Los Santos served up the gamewinner after giving up a double, walk, and a hit batsman to load the bases in the 9th with two strikeouts sprinkled in. Colin Bates started and went the first four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning three. Tony Renda and Kevin Keyes both went 3-for-5 to lead the 13-hit attack that included four doubles, including two by Ricky Hague.

Salem 10 Potomac 6
• Simms (L, 0-2) 2IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, K
• Mapes 3⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ward 0-0, SF, 4BB, RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Perez 2-5, 2R, 2B

Potomac scored more than four runs, but let in more than five as they lost their third straight to Salem, 10-6. John Simms was sent packing after giving up five in the 2nd, finishing with six hits and three walks allowed to lose for the second time in as many starts.
Drew Ward drew four walks and drove in the final run with sacrifice fly in the 9th, while Isaac Ballou and Stephen Perez both singled and doubled to lead the P-Nats offense, which left on 11 and was 3-for-15 with RISP.

Greenville 14 Hagerstown 4
• Williams 4⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Cooper (L, 0-2) 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 4-5, RBI
• Masters 2-4, R, SB

After taking leads of 2-0 and 4-2, the wheels came off the bus for Hagerstown as Greenville scored 12 unanswered runs for a 14-4 obliteration. Starter Austen Williams gave up the first three Drive runs on seven hits and a walk whiles striking out nine over four and 2/3rds innings. The loss went to Andrew Cooper, charged with four runs on six hits over two innings. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz went 4-for-5 with an RBI to lead the ten-hit, three-walk Suns offense.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in a 6-0 Missions win.

May 032015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
T. Hill (1-1, 4.09) vs.
Maronde (0-3, 5.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Bates (0-0, 5.14) vs.
Bridwell (1-0, 3.15)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Simms (0-1, 7.36) vs.
Buttrey (High-A debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 vs. Greenville,
3:05 p.m.
Williams (3-1, 0.83) vs.
Callahan (0-2, 5.19)


Syracuse 7 Columbus 6
• Jordan 5⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Martin (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Lerud 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gwynn 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, SB, E(6)

After blowing a 3-1 lead and trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th, the Chiefs rallied for two to walk off with a 7-6 win. Tony Gwynn Jr. drove three of the final four Syracuse runs with a two-run HR in the 7th and the walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 9th. That made a winner out of Rafael Martin, who was in line for the loss after coughing up longball to rehabbing Nick Swisher in the top of the 9th. Taylor Jordan got the start — his first on less than a week’s rest — and let in a run on three hits and three walks while striking out four and hitting a batter.

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Rauh (L, 0-2) 7IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Demny 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, 2B
• Pleffner 2-3, R

After getting hammered like a Kennedy at open bar in his first AA start, Brian Rauh rebounbded in his second start to turn in seven innings of two-run ball, scattering nine hits, walking one, and striking out three. Unfortunately, his counterpart for Bowie was one run better as the BaySox edged the Senators, 2-1. Elih Villanueva and Mychal Givens held Harrisburg to just six hits, with leadoff man Caleb Ramsey and No. 9 man Shawn Pleffner each collecting two. Tony Renda drove in the lone run on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd but was caught stealing to end the rally. Something is afoot as both Paolo Espino and Tim Alderson have been skipped in this turn of the rotation as well as no official probable listed for Tuesday.

Salem 4 Potomac 2
• Pivetta 6IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HBP
• Thomas (L, 0-2) 2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, WP
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Bostick 1-3, 2B

Potomac’s offensive struggles returned in a 4-2 loss to Salem. Drew Ward’s two-run HR in the 7th took starter Nick Pivetta off the hook for the wrong side of 2-0 tally, but it was just one of only five hits on the night for the P-Nats and the 14th time in 23 games they failed to score four or more runs. Pivetta gave up nine hits, a walk, hit a batter, and set down six on strikes over six innings. The loss went to Justin Thomas, who gave up the go-ahead and insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th. Christopher Bostick, Khayyan Norfork, and Spencer Kieboom each doubled with the bases empty, with Norfork scoring on Ward’s big fly, his first of 2015.

Greenville 5 Hagerstown 3
• Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Mooneyham 4IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Read 2-4, RBI, SB
• Carey 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

The Drive ran over Jefry Rodriguez for four runs in the 1st and, um, cruised to a 5-3 win over the Suns. Rodriguez settled down to turn in two scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd innings, but gave up six hits and three walks while striking out three to take the loss. Brett Mooneyham held Greenville to one run over four innings, but the offense couldn’t catch up. Raudy Read singled twice, drove in one, and stole a base while D.K. Carey walked, doubled, and scored twice as the Hagerstown lineup was held to just six hits total.

Trea Turner Update
Turner homered for the first time in 2015 and was 1-for-3 with two RBI overall in a 3-0 San Antonio win.

May 022015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 8-14, 5th place I.L. North, 6 games behind

Good Mitch Lively 0.71 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 11K in 12⅔ IP over 6 appearances
Bad Steven Lerud .366 OPS in 31PA
Interesting Cutter Dykstra 11BB, 18K in 18G


HARRISBURG SENATORS 10-11, T3rd place E.L. West, 4 games behind

Good Mario Lisson .323/.382/.516
Bad 15HR allowed, 2nd most in E.L.
Interesting Pedro Severino .321/.377/.482, 2HR, 12RBI in 16G


POTOMAC NATIONALS 10-12, 3rd place C.L. North, 3 games behind

Good Nick Pivetta 1-2, 1.35/2.93/1.00 in 20IP (4GS)
Bad 26 errors, most in the C.L.
Interesting 13SB allowed, fewest in the C.L.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 10-11, T5th place Sally North, 5 games behind

Good “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, 3HR, .470 SLG%
Bad Ryan Ullmann 8.31 ERA, 1.69 WHIP in 13⅓ IP
Interesting 138 team batting K, 2nd-fewest in Sally Lg.
May 022015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 3.21) vs.
Chen (2-1, 1.08)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Rauh (0-1, 21.60) vs.
Villanueva (2-2, 3.32)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Pivetta (1-3, 1.35) vs.
McGrath (1-1, 3.65)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
D. Jimenez (5-2, 3.28 @ GCL in ’14)


Syracuse 3 Columbus 2
• Billings 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Hill (W, 2-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gwynn 2-3, R, 3B, BB
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Three Syracuse relievers combined for three and a 1/3rd shutdown innings while Jason Martinson went deep again in a 3-2 win vs. Columbus. Bruce Billings got the start and made it through five scoreless before the Clippers got to him in the 6th to tie the game at 2-2. Rich Hill, Eric Fornataro, and Evan Meek each struck out two as they earned the win, hold, and save respectively. Tony Gwynn Jr. walked, singled, and tripled to lead the Syracuse hit column while Martinson’s 4th HR in the 6th turned out to be the gamewinner.
Roster moves: C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Kevin Mattison assigned from XST; RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on restricted list.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 1
• Ross (W, 1-1) 6+ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Mendez (SV, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lisson 2-4, 2B
• Hague 1-3, CS, OF assist at HP

Ricky Hague drove in the winning run and threw out the tying run in the Senators’ 2-1 win over the BaySox. Joe Ross got his first win with another quality start: six-plus innings of one-run ball, scattering eight hits, walking one, and fanning five. Gilberto Mendez stranded a runner in the 7th and retired the first six batters he faced before giving up back-to-back-to-back singles with one down in the 9th, the last of which Hague got the second out with a play at the plate. Mendez sealed the deal with a strikeout to earn his third save. Both Harrisburg runs came in the 2nd on three straight hits as Matt Skole homered, Wilmer Difo doubled, and Hague singled.

Salem 4 Potomac 1
• Spann (L, 0-4) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 1-4, BB
• Perez 0-2, R, 2BB

Salem shut down Potomac’s offense for a 4-1 win, the seventh loss in nine games for the P-Nats. Matt Spann lost for the fourth time in as many starts, charged with all four Red Sox runs on nine hits and two walks. David Napoli followed with two shutout innings of relief. Table-setters Isaac Ballou and Stephen Perez both reached base twice, with Perez scoring the lone run on fielder’s choice off the bat of Spencer Kieboom in the 4th. Potomac was held to four singles and five walks and was 0-for-8 with RISP, leaving nine men on base.

Hagerstown 3 Greenville 2
• Valdez (W, 2-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Orlan (SV, 3) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• Carey 3-3, 2B, BB
• Reistetter 3-4, R

It wasn’t pretty — aided by an error and two sac flies — but Hagerstown’s three-run 4th was enough for Phillips Valdez and R.C. Orlan to work with for a 3-2 win over Greenville. Valdez spun six shutout innings, allowing just two hits, no walks while striking out four to earn his second win. Orlan was sideswiped by the Drive for two runs in the 7th but recovered to post zeroes in the 8th and 9th to earn his third save. D.K. Carey and Matt Reistetter both collected three hits to lead the Suns’ ten-hit parade.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases (nos. 3 and 4) in San Antonio’s 8-6 win last night. Yesterday, MLB reportedly amended the Pete Incavligia rule to make Turner’s Nat-but-not-really-a-Nat situation less likely to occur.

May 012015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (0-2, 5.54) vs.
Roth (1-0, 3.38)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Ross (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Berry (0-2, 9.50)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (0-3, 5.82) vs.
McAvoy (1-1, 1.72)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (1-1, 1.80) vs.
Kopech (1-1, 1.96)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 0
• McGregor (L, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Runion 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-4, 3B
• Lerud 1-3, 2B

The PawSox took the four-game series with the Chiefs by a 3-1 count with a 4-0 shutout in the Thursday matinee. Scott McGregor gave up all four runs on four hits and three walks over five innings, including solo HRs in the 1st and the 4th. Sam Runion and Rafael Martin combined for three scoreless innings of relief, but the offense was unable to push across any runs despite a leadoff double in the 3rd and loading the bases in the 5th. Jason Martinson was the only batter with multiple hits, tripling in the 4th and singling in the 9th.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
After their first scheduled off day of the season, the Senators embark on a six-game swing through Bowie and New Britain before returning to City Island next Friday.
Roster move: IF Wilmer Difo promoted from Potomac. No corresponding move yet to replace LHP Sammy Solis.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 4
• Bacus 4IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Johansen (W, 1-1) 3#8432; IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Wooten 4-5, 2B, E(4)
• Perez 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats got both timely hitting and took advantage of sloppy Dash defense in a three-run 6th, which proved to be the difference as they held off two late charges to win, 5-4 and stop a five-game losing streak. Dakota Bacus started and posted four goose eggs on the scoreboard before turning it over to Jake Johansen in the 5th. The Nats top pick in 2013 hit a bump in the 6th with two runs but finished with six whiffs over three and 2/3rds innings to earn the win. John Wooten led the hit parade with a 4-for-5 game while Stephen Perez homered scored twice in his return to High-A. Roster move: SS Stephen Perez demoted from Harrisburg.

West Virginia vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The Power and Suns were rained out for the second time in as many series. No makeup date has been announced but the two teams will play again in Hagerstown from May 14-17.

Trea Turner Update
Turner broke out of a 1-for-20 stretch with a walk, two singles, and a double as he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI in a 9-0 San Antonio win.