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 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Enright (3-8, 5.28)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 5.16) vs.
Mejia (4-6, 5.73)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 (7 inn., rain) @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (3-3, 3.58) vs.
Sparkman (3-2, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 8-1 (8½ inn., rain) @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 4.92) vs.
Viza (2-11, 5.38)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-1, 1.23) vs.
Lovegrove (0-1, 10.38)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 11-3 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (0-2, 4.00) or
Nunez (0-0, 7.98) vs.
Merilan (1-0, 4.00)


Lehigh Valley 2 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Hill 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 3-4, R, 2B, BB, SB(15)
• Kobernus 2-5

Neither Daniel Stange nor Zach Jackson could retire a batter in the 10th as four straight IronPigs reached base for a 2-1 win over the Chiefs. Stange walked two and gave up a single to open the inning before Jackson came on. The first batter Jackson faced bounced one high to Emmanuel Burris playing at the edge of the infield grass, forcing him to backpedal and fling a desperate throw that never had a chance to get the runner at the plate. All-Star Taylor Hill started and went six innings, allowing seven hits with just one run allowed, albeit on a solo HR. He walked one and struck out three. Burriss reached base four times from the leadoff spot with a walk, two singles, and a double as Syracuse was limited to just eight hits.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 2
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Herron (BS, 3; W, 3-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 1-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

Ricky Hague’s three-run double capped off a four-run 8th as the Senators grounded the Flying Squirrels, 6-2. John Simms pitched into the 7th for his second straight start and let in just one run (same as before) on six hits and a walk while fanning five. He left with a 2-1 lead, which was lost in the top of the 8th when Richmond loaded the bases on a walk, single, and a fielder’s choice of Tyler Herron. The 27-y.o. struck out the fourth batter but let in the tying run on a sacrifice fly. Michael Taylor led off the 8th with a walk, took second on a sacrifice, and scored on Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single. Matt Skole, who drove in two in the 1st with a double, was intentionally walked. Richmond couldn’t get the DP on Kevin Keyes, then issued their eighth walk to Jason Martinson to set up Hague’s killshot, a line drive to the right-center gap that rolled to the wall to empty the bases.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 0 (7 inn.)
• Dickson (L, 1-6) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Pleffner 1-3, 2B
• Severino 1-2

Potomac might have been better off if they’d called this one as they were shut down on two hits for 4-0 loss in 7 innings as the game was twice delayed by rain. Ian Dickson technically relieved but practically started and was charged with three runs on four hits, including his 8th HR allowed. He walked none and struck out three. Richie Mirowski followed and gave up the fourth Blue Rock score on two hits and two walks over two innings. Shawn Pleffner doubled while Pedro Severino singled to account for the two (2) P-Nats hits.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 1 (8½ inn.)
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Webb 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Lopez 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, BB, RBI

The Sally Lg. Pitcher of the Week defended his “title” with a career-high of seven innings pitched as Hagerstown continued its season-long domination of Lakewood with an 8-1 win. Lucas Giolito allowed a run on a solo HR (his sixth in 61⅔ innings) and four hits total with no walks and five K’s as he picked up his fourth win of the season. Carlos Lopez and James Yezzo combined to go 5-for-10 with three doubles, three runs scored, and four RBI as the Suns marched to a 12-hit parade against two Lakewood pitchers. Rain stopped the game in the 9th and the game was called.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Van Orden (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Derosier 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McDowell 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Marolejos-Diaz 1-3, BB
• Gunter 1-3, 2B
• Davidson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Mahoning Valley scored two in the 1st and made it stand up for 2-1 rain-delayed win over Auburn. Rain interrupted this one for 74 minutes after the 2nd, ending Drew Van Orden’s NYPL debut. The 5th Rd. pick was charged with the loss with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks with one whiff. Four Doubleday relievers combined for eight no-hit, no-run innings but the Scrapper pitchers were nearly as good, holding Auburn to two hits over eight scoreless frames before losing the shutout to Austin Davidson’s leadoff HR in the 9th.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Mets — PPD
Another day, another rainout. According to MiLB.com, they’ll make ‘em next week with doubleheaders on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Yankees1 3
• Pena 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Morel (W, 2-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• A. Martinez 2-4, 3R, RBI
• G. Ramirez 2-3, RBI, CS
• Je. Baez 2-4, 2R, RBI

The D-Nats fell behind 1-0 in the 3rd then put up crooked numbers in three straight “ups” as they cruised to an 11-3 win over the D-Yankees1. Wilber Pena got the start and gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings. Melvin Morel earned the win with four innings of one-hit ball, with one walk and two strikeouts. Andres Martinez, Gilberto Ramirez, and Jeyner Baez each had two hits to pace the D-Nats offense. The Nationals signed five 16-year-old position players to kick off the 2014-2015 International Free Agent signing period.

Jul 022014
 

All Stars
The International League roster for the AAA All-Star Game between the I.L and the P.C.L. were announced today and four Syracuse Chiefs were among the 30 players named.

Taylor Hill, Jhonatan Solano, and Steve Souza were among the 13 elected to the game by the fans, media, and team managers while Aaron Laffey was one of the 17 selected by the league office to round out the roster.

According to MiLB.com, this is the first All-Star selection for Hill, the second for both Solano (2010, E.L.) and Laffey (2005, Sally Lg.), and the third for Souza (2010, Sally Lg.; 2013, E.L.).

Hill is currently leading the I.L. in ERA with a 1.92 mark and is second in both wins (9) and WHIP (0.99). Solano is tied for 1st among I.L. catchers for RBI and is second in HR with nine. Souza leads the I.L. in average, OBP, and slugging percentage. Laffey, despite not pitching until April 17th, leads the I.L. with 10 pitching wins.

The All-Star game will be held July 16th in Durham, NC and the winner will be the “home” team at the one-game exhibition billed as the Triple-A National Championship on September 16th in Charlotte, NC.

Jul 012014
 

Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez became the latest Nationals pitchers to earn weekly awards, named as the Pitcher of the Week for the Sally League and the New York-Penn League, respectively for the week of June 23-29.

Giolito, who was named to the Futures Game last week, pitched just once but threw six shutout innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader last Thursday. The Nats #1 prospect struck out a career-best nine batters while tying his season-high for innings pitched. For the season, the soon-to-be 20-year-old is 3-2 in 12 starts with a 2.30 ERA, an FIP of 3.81, and a WHIP of 1.04. In 54⅔ innings, he’s struck 61 (10.04/9IP) and walked 21 (3.46) while giving up five HRs. He’s the second Hagerstown pitcher to earn the award in as many weeks.

Lopez also pitched just once last Thursday, getting one last out (five and 2/3rds IP) and one less K (eight) but three fewer hits (zero) than Giolito in an 11-2 Auburn win. The 20-y.o. is in his third professional season and second north of Florida as he’s split time both this year and last year between the Doubledays and Suns. In three starts for Auburn, he’s 1-1 with a line of 1.23/3.15/0.89 with seven walks and 13 strikeouts in 14⅔ innings thus far in 2014.

Jul 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (11 inn.) vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Roenicke (3-4, 4.89) vs.
McGuire (3-3, 4.95)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 (12 inn.) vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (3-3, 4.83) vs.
Crick (5-3, 3.52)
Potomac Lost, 10-9 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (5-2, 3.99) vs.
Santos (0-1, 8.37)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-5 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (10-3, 3.52) vs.
Rios (1-0, 3.51)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 2.61) vs.
Brady (1-0, 3.29)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 (14 inn.) @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-0, 4.86) vs.
F. Jose (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 4 (11 inn.)
• Kroenke 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Stange 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Gonzalez (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 3-4, R, RBI
• Moore 3-5, R, HR, RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI

Tyler Moore’s 8th-inning HR tied it and Sandy Leon’s 11th-inning big fly ended it as the Chiefs edged the Bisons, 5-4 and took a 2-1 series lead. Starter Zach Kroenke went the first four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two. The win went to Mike Gonzalez as he turned in 1-2-3 eleventh inning following two scoreless innings from Daniel Stange. Josh Johnson (3-for-4), Moore (3-for-5), and Leon combined for eight of the 11 Chiefs hits on the night.
Roster move: LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned from Washington.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 4 (12 inn.)
• Dupra 5⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Self (L, 0-2) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
• Vettleson 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Hague 2-5, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg dropped the opener of this four-game series with an agonizing four-walk inning in the 12th that led to the margin of victory in a 6-4 loss to Richmond. The Senators had leads of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-2 before Richmond tied it at 4-4 in the 6th against starter Brian Dupra, who was charged with four runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out three over five and 2/3rds innings. Derek Self took the loss with two runs on two hits over two innings, and all four walks issued in the 12th. Drew Vettleson led the Sens offense with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Ricky Hague’s 2-for-5 effort.
Roster move: C Cole Leonida reassigned from Potomac; C Mitch Canham placed on 7-Day DL; OF Bryce Harper removed from roster, end of MLB rehab assignment.

Frederick 10 Potomac 9
• Schwartz ⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR
• Manno 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Henke (L, 3-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Martinez 3-5, R, 3B, 2RBI, SB
• Renda 3-5, 2R, RBI, SB
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Former Nats farmhand Mike Burgess homered in the top of the 9th to spoil a comeback from a 9-0 deficit as the Keys edged the P-Nats, 10-9 to take the series, 2-1. Blake Schwartz was hammered for six runs on three hits and three walks as he retired just two of eight batters faced. Kylin Turnbull, just off the DL, wasn’t any more effective as Frederick riddled him for seven hits over two and 1/3rd innings. The P-Nats scored in five straight innings beginning in the 3rd, while Chris Manno stopped the bleeding with three scoreless, and Travis Henke added two more before Burgess led off the 9th with his 13th homer. Estarlin Martinez and Tony Renda both went 3-for-5 to lead Potomac’s 13-hit, seven-walk attack.
Roster moves: LHP Kylin Turnbull activated from 7-Day DL; C Craig Manuel reassigned from Hagerstown.

Delmarva 9 Hagerstown 5
• Cooper (L, 5-2) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR
• Suero 4IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Kieboom 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Mesa, 2-4, R
• Ballou 1-3, 2R, BB

The Shorebirds put up three-spots in the 1st and 3rd innings to take a 6-0 lead and cruised to a 9-5 win for 2-2 series split. Spot starter Andrew Cooper was charged with the loss as Delmarva got to him for six runs on eight hits and a walk over four innings. Wander Suero turned in three scoreless and hitless innings before Creede Simpson left the band park and went solo in the 8th. The Suns notched nine hits for the night, with Spencer Kieboom leading the way with a single, double, and three RBI while going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: C Austin Chubb reassigned from Auburn; RHP Wander Suero reassigned from Potomac.

Auburn — OFF DAY
The Doubledays enjoyed their first scheduled off day — one of just four, not including the All-Star game — and enter July with a 7-9 record, the same mark as they had a year ago after 16 games.
Roster moves: LHP David Ramos reassigned from Hagerstown; C Kyle Bacak reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 2
• A. Williams 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Torres (W, 1-0) 4⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Guzman 2-3, R
• Ortiz 1-4, 2RBI

After losing a 2-1 lead in the top of the 7th, the G-Nats got the run back with the “help” of balk as they edged the G-Mets, 3-2. Austen Williams got the start and let in a run on two hits and a walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Luis Torres stranded a runner in the 3rd and allowed one run on five hits over the next four innings and was credited with the win. Maximo Valerio pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while John Feliz shut the door in the 9th for the save. Luis Guzman singled twice and scored a run and was the sole G-Nat to have multiple hits as the offense was limited to four hits and four walks.
Roster moves: RHPs Luis Reyes, Deibi Yrizarri reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Rockies 4 DSL Nationals 3
• Baez 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Charlis 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• N. Ramirez (L, 2-2) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• A. Franco 3-6
• Vilorio 2-5, SB

The D-Rockies outlasted the D-Nats to take a five-hour, 14-inning marathon by a 4-3 score. Nector Ramirez took the loss, issuing the deadly leadoff walk that led to a sacrifice and a two-out single for the game-winner. Starter Joan Baez went the first five and 2/3rds and let in two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Andres Franco and Luis Vilorio combined for five of the 11 D-Nats hits, as they drew just five walks but also struck out just seven times.

Jun 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (1-0, 4.76) vs.
Sanchez (0-1, 4.73)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.31) vs.
Snodgrass (8-1, 2.81)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 2.70) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Cooper (5-1, 3.99) vs.
Rennie (2-6, 6.06)
Auburn Lost, 10-8 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (2-1, 1.50) vs.
Villarroel (1-0, 0.82)


Syracuse 7 Buffalo 0
• Laffey (W, 10-3) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Burriss 4-4, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Kobernus 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Hood 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Two Syracuse pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout out as the Chiefs blanked the Bisons, 7-0. Aaron Laffey won his I.L.-leading 10th game with seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three. Rafael Martin finished up the team’s 12th whitewash (also I.L.-best) by spinning two innings with one hit and walk allowed. Emmanuel Burriss missed the cycle by the usual (triple) but scored three times and drove in two to lead the Chiefs 13-hit parade.
Roster moves: LHP Aaron Laffey activated from TIL, RHPs Taylor Hill, Blake Treinen optioned from Washington.

Akron 11 Harrisburg 2
• Brach (L, 1-3) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Skole 1-3, 2BB
• Hague 1-3, BB, SB

Akron scored eight unanswered runs in their final two “ups” for an 11-2 win over Harrisburg and a split of the four-game series. Starter Brett Brach was knocked around for three in the 1st but recovered to post four zeroes to keep the Sens in the game. He would still lose as the firemen brought the gasoline instead of the water, as Scott McGregor and Brian Harper were torched for eight runs combined over the 7th and 8th innings. Despite drawing nine (9) walks, Harrisburg couldn’t take advantage as they struck out 11 times and hit into three double plays and mustered just four hits (all singles).

Frederick 1 Potomac 7
• Voth 7IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Runion (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, R, SB
• Norfork 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Potomac rallied for seven in the 8th, highlighted by Will Piwnica-Worms’s two-run homer that was last seen headed to Clifton for a 7-1 win over Frederick. Austin Voth gave up just two hits, but one was a solo HR for a tough-luck no-decision, as he struck out seven and walked just one. Randolph Oduber and Khayyan Norfork both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the P-Nats notched nine hits total, six in the 8th. [Sorry folks, personal emergency - that's why this is late.]

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5 (12 inn.)
• Silvestre (L, 3-6) 5⅓ IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K
• Webb 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ballou 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Yezzo 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown had difficulty scoring without the longball as they fell by one to Delmarva, 5-4 and ended a four-game win streak. Hector Silvestre took the loss — his sixth in seven starts — as he gave up four runs on 10 hits and two walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out a season-high of seven. Isaac Ballou and James Yezzo both smacked their 6th home run, combining for three of the four Suns runs, but a 1-for-11 with RISP and 13 strikeouts made it tough for the lineup to score otherwise.

Batavia 10 Auburn 8
• Bourque 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Fischer (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 4-5, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Davidson 2-3, 3RBI
• Langlois 2-4, 2B

Auburn built a 6-0 lead after three innings but gave it away as Batavia scored 10 runs over the next five innings. The Doubledays rallied for two in the 9th and got the tying runs to second and third with two outs before falling, 10-8. James Bourque was roughed up for two runs on four hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings in his NYPL debut. The loss went to David Fischer as he was unable to retire any of the five batters he faced in the 5th after stranding three in the 4th with a double-play ball to end the inning. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz fell a home run shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two RBI while Austin Davidson went 2-for-3 with 3RBI as Auburn pounded out 13 hits total.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are tied for second place with a 4-4 mark after a 3-3 week. They’ll play four home games this week as they take on the Mets and Cards with road games on Tuesday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 week, the D-Nats are still in thick of the division race with a 15-10 mark, one game behind the Giants and Red Sox while tied with the Yankees1 squad in the Boca Chica South.

Jun 292014
 

Potomac got the big hits, but it was the little things that cost them game as Frederick took the series opener, 7-6.

The P-Nats were also coming off a long eight-hour bus trip from South Carolina, which is also a recipe for flat play.

For example, Dakota Bacus, who has shown a knack for getting guys out even when his command is wavering, couldn’t do it last night as he walked three and seemingly fell behind each and every Keys batter, which limited him to four innings. He would give up four runs (three earned) on four hits as he suffered his first loss.

Backup backstop Cole Leonida, who has been the counterpoint to passed-ball woes of the #1 catchers the past two seasons, gave up his first of the season in the first. While it was Oscar Tejeda’s bullfighter imitation that rendered the one of the Keys three first-inning runs unearned, without the misplay, things might have been different.

Tejeda would redeem himself with a two-run home run in the bottom of the 1st to pull Potomac within one at 3-2. Justin Miller drilled a solo shot in the 2nd to tie things up at 3-3 in the 2nd.

The momentum was lost immediate in the top of the third, when McQuillan LF Mike McQuillan lost a ball in the twilight that might have been the third out. Instead, it went for a double and was followed by single that gave the lead back to Frederick at 4-3.

Like Tejeda, Leonida and McQuillan would both acquit themselves with a leadoff double in the 5th and a two-run homer in the 8th, respectively, but it was just that kind of night where the P-Nats couldn’t get over the hump as they stranded six runners over the final five at-bats.

The two teams rematch tonight with Austin Voth (1-0, 0.00) making his second start for Potomac, opposed by Mark Blackmar (4-1, 4.25).

Jun 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (13 inn.) vs. Buffalo,
5:00 p.m.
Laffey (9-3, 3.18) vs.
Hendriks (6-0, 1.82)
Harrisburg Won, 10-4 @ Akron,
2:05 p.m.
Brach (1-2, 5.63) vs.
Colon (7-4, 2.84)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Blackmar (4-1, 4.25)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 (12 inn.) vs. Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-5, 4.87) vs.
Harvey (4-4, 2.98)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 @ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Beltre (1-1, 6.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-0 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Buffalo 7 Syracuse 6 (13 inn.)
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 1ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Grace 3⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Gonzalez (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, HBP
• Souza 2-6, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The Chiefs rallied from a four-run gap with a pair of runs in the 7th and 8th innings but couldn’t seal the deal as they fell in extras, 7-6. A.J. Cole struck out five but gave up six runs (one earned) on eight hits and walked one over five and 2/3rds innings in his AAA debut. Steve Souza’s two-run homer in the 7th and Brian Goodwin’s two-run single in the 8th tied things up at 6-6 but the Bisons’ Erik Kratz, who drove in six on the night, hit a sacrifice fly off losing pitcher Mike Gonzalez in the top of the 13th.
Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno, RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 3
• Bates 4IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Demny (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 5-5, 4R
• Bry. Harper 4-5, 3R, 3HR, 5RBI
• Martinson 2-4, BB, SB

Bryce Harper homered three times and drove in five as Harrisburg scored early and often in a 10-4 quackdown of Akron. Colin Bates started and gave up three runs on nine hits and one walk over four innings. Paul Demny followed with three scoreless innings to earn his first win of 2014. Beers are on Quincy Latimore as the sole batter not to reach base in the Senators 19-hit assault, led by Caleb Ramsey with a 5-for-5 night. Derek Self, who got the last out of the 8th with the bases loaded, was credited with the save.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Bacus (L, 3-3) 4IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Dickson 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Tejeda 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• McQuillan 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB, CS

The P-Nats clubbed three homers, but fell short Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5 (12 inn.)
• Mooneyham 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Ramos (BS, 1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Walsh (W, 1-2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Mesa 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ward 3-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI, E(15)
• Ballou 2-5, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Hagerstown rallied to tie it in the 8th and triumphed in the 12th for its fourth straight one-run victory, 6-5. Brett Mooneyham got the start and let up a run on two hits and two while striking out three. David Ramos recorded his sixth career blown save as the Shorebirds scored four in the 7th to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead. James Yezzo’s sac fly in the 8th tied things up at 5-5 to send the game into extras. In the 12th, Wilmer Difo led off with a single only to get picked off. Issac Ballou followed with a triple and watched as Carlos Lopez was intentionally walked to set up a double play, hoping Drew Ward would bat into his ninth of the season. Instead, the 19-y.o. delivered a game-winning single into left field, atoning in part for his 15th error that led to three unearned runs in 7th. Jake Walsh, who threw three perfect innings of relief, got the win while striking out five of nine batters faced.

Batavia 3 Auburn 0
• Reyes 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Williams (L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Masters 1-2, BB
• Read 0-1, 3BB

Batavia broke up a 0-0 pitcher’s duel with three in the 8th as they dropped Auburn below .500 (7-8) with a 3-0 win over the Doubledays. Luis Reyes threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three. Deion Williams took the loss as he was charged with two runs on five hits over two and 1/3rd innings. The Doubledays were held to just three hits: a David Masters single and doubles by Diomedes Eusebio and Garrett Gordon.
Roster moves: RHP David Fischer assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab; RHP Drew Van Orden reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 0
• Estevez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• A. Martinez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ortiz 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Guzman 2-4, R, 2RBI

Luis Guzman’s two-run single highlighted a four-run 4th as the G-Nats shut out the G-Marlins again, 5-0. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez made his first appearance since 2012 after missing all of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He pitched two perfect innings with no walks or strikeouts. Andres Martinez scattered four hits over three scoreless innings for the win. Oliver Ortiz walked, singled, and doubled to lead the G-Nats six-hit, seven-walk offense.
Roster moves: RHP Wirkin Estevez assigned from Hagerstown for minor-league rehab; C Kyle Bacak assigned from Washington.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Rockies 5
• Bermudez 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Cespedes (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Mota 3-4, 2R, 2RBI, SB, OF assist at HP
• Pimentel 3-4, R

For the second straight game, the D-Nats walked off with a little help from the visitors. Luis Perdomo drew a leadoff walk, stole second, took third on a grounder to the left side, and scored on Israel Mota’s third single of the game. Mota then stole second, took third on the overthrow, and scored the gamewinner on a wild pitch. That made a winner out of Angher Cespedes, who had blown a 4-3 lead by giving up a pair in the 7th but pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th. Juan Bermudez started and let up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three. Like Mota, Davinson Pimentel went 3-for-4 and teamed up with the rightfielder on a 9-2 DP to end the 5th.

Jun 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (AAA debut) vs.
Rogers (2-1, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Bates (0-0, 3.86) vs.
von Schamann (3-1, 3.27)
Potomac Losing, 6-3
(susp., Top 5th)
vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (3-2, 3.39) vs.
Kline (3-3, 3.59)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Gonzalez (2-0, 1.74)
Auburn Lost, 8-6 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 5.00) vs.
Mader (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 1-0 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4 vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-2, 0.89) vs.
Requena (1-1, 4.11)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 0
• Simmons (L, 1-2) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Stange 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Walters 1-4, 2B
• Johnson 0-1, 2BB

Two RailRider pitchers combined for a one-hitter as they shut out the Chiefs, 6-0 to take the series, 3-1. James Simmons took the loss, letting in four runs on five hits, including the 9th HR he’s allowed this season (49⅔), over seven innings. He walked three and struck out three. Daniel Stange followed but was lit up for a run in each of his two innings. Josh Johnson drew a walk to spoil the perfect game in the 6th while Zach Walters doubled in the 7th to break up the no-hit bid.
Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole promoted from Harrisburg; C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Jerad Head assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 3
• Simms (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Herron 3BF, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, HR ← Curse of the GBI
• Benincasa (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• Bry. Harper 1-2, 2BB, 2SB, 2RBI, CS
• Hague 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI, CS

After surviving a late rally in the 9th, the Senators squeezed by the RubberDucks for a 4-3 victory. John Simms needed just 85 pitches to get through seven innings to win his AA debut. He allowed just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out three. The Senators hit for the cycle with a single (Bryce Harper), double (Michael Taylor), triple (Cutter Dykstra), and a home run (Ricky Hague) and stole four bases (Taylor and Harper, two apiece). The elder Harper pitched a scoreless 8th and turned the ball over to Tyler Herron, who gave up a solo HR and two walks before being lifted for Robert Benincasa. The 23-y.o. FSU product let in one run on a one-out double, got an assist from Taylor on foul flyout as he fired in a bullet that held the runner at third, then got the final out on a grounder to second for the save.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 3 — SUSP.
• Rauh 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Suero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 1-2, R, 2B, BB
• Oduber 1-2, R, 2B

The P-Nats were losing 6-3 when play was halted with one out in the 5th. They had rallied for two runs and chased Pelican starter Victor Payano. No completion date has been announced. Potomac does not return to Myrtle Beach, however the two teams do have two more series remaining in Woodbridge (July 4-6, 28-30). Brian Rauh gave up all six runs on seven hits and one walk over three innings in his first start since coming off the DL. Tony Renda and Randolph Oduber both went 1-for-2 with double and a run scored.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2
• Johansen 3⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Ullmann (W, 3-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Napoli (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2B

Vader was once again bested by the Sun(s) as Hagerstown’s pitchers outdueled Delmarva’s starter for a 3-2 victory. Jake Johansen failed to make it to the 5th for the fourth straight start, and was charged with both Shorebirds runs on four hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Ryan Ullmann let in one inherited runner before getting the last out of the 4th and went three more scoreless innings for the win. David Napoli kept Delmarva at bay for the last two innings for his second save. Spencer Kieboom doubled twice, scored once and drove in a run to lead the Suns offense.

Batavia 8 Auburn 6
• Ott 4IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, 2WP
• Derosier (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Gunter 2-4, R, RBI
• Williamson 2-4, 2B, SB, CS

After rallying to tie the game a 3-3 in the 5th and taking a 6-3 lead in the 6th, the Auburn bullpen imploded in the 8th, giving up five runs for an 8-6 loss to Batavia. Starter Travis Ott went the first four innings, but was strafed for three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk. He struck out one. After setting the side down in order, Matt Derosier was battered for five runs on five hits and a walk in the 8th for the blown-save-loss. Cody Gunter and Clay Williamson both went 2-for-4 while David Masters homered as the Doubledays racked up nine hits and drew one walk (“Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz).
Roster move: SS David Masters reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Marlins 0
• Encarnacion 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Van Orden 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Simmons 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• McDowell (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Alvarez 0-1, R, 3BB
• O. Ortiz 1PA, SF, RBI
• Ripken 1-3

Thomas Alvarez’s third walk of the game led to the game’s only run as the G-Nats shut out the G-Marlins, 1-0. Alvarez advanced on a really wild pitch (he advanced to third from first) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Oliver Ortiz. Four pitchers combined to allow just three hits while striking out 12. Chase McDowell, who stranded two while getting the last out in the 7th, worked around a leadoff single in the 8th and tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his first professional win.
Roster moves: RHP Pedro Encarnacion assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Giants 4
• Fuentes 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• N. Ramirez (W, 2-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Robles 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• A. Martinez 1-3, BB, SB

Down 4-2 in the 9th with two outs, the D-Nats drew a walk and singled to put the tying runs on base. Pinch-hitter Gilberto Ramirez hit a grounder to third that found its way into the outfield for the first error. The return throw from the D-Giants RF did not find a fielder for the second error as Ramirez got the Little League home run for a 5-4 walkoff win. Starter Steven Fuentes gave up one run on three hits over the first four innings. Nector Ramirez got the win in relief with two scoreless innings. Victor Robles singled twice to lead the hit column as the D-Nats managed just six hits total.

Jun 272014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Harrisburg Senators announced today that RHP A.J. Cole has been promoted to Syracuse.

Yesterday, RHP John Simms was “moved on up” from Potomac and today it was announced that he would be starting in place of Cole, who had been listed as today’s starter in Senators media notes. Tomorrow’s starter for Syracuse is officially “TBA,” but it doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to suppose that the 22-y.o. Cole will be taking the hill against the Bisons tomorrow night.

Unlike many of the promotions this year, this one appears to be permanent, given Adam Kilgore’s report on Wednesday predicting this move. Cole was the only pitcher to make every start for the Senators since the season began, though he did miss one start with no official explanation.

Since that missed start in early June, Cole has gone 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA over four starts with one homer, five walks and 21 hits allowed over 21⅓ IP while striking out 22. Good, but not dominant numbers… much like his promotion last July that came two starts after getting rocked by Wilmington for seven runs on 11 hits over five innings.

The point? As much as we’d like to think that a player on a hot or cold streak is doing good or bad (*ahem*), the folks that make these decisions are looking for things that most of us are not able to see as readily.

Cole will be entering a rotation, that like much of the full-season affiliates, has been in flux with the semi-constant recalls of pitchers from upstate New York to the District, including Taylor Hill, Blake Treinen, Jordan Taylor, and of course, Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno. The Chiefs are also are in the middle of a 33-day stretch without a scheduled day off with 17 games to go, the last eight on the road.

Jun 272014
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 49-31, 1st place I.L. North, 6 games ahead

Good Aaron Laffey 4-0, 1.95ERA, 1.18WHIP in June (5GS)
Bad Brian Goodwin .147/.237/.235 in last 10G
Interesting Six-game division lead the largest since August 12, 1998
(H/T Kevin Brown, Syracuse Dir. of Media & P.R.)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 30-47, 5th place E.L. West, 16 games ahead

Good Matt Skole .299/.409/.571, 5HR, 24RBI in June (22G)
Bad Neil Holland 1-1, 6.60 ERA, 1.53 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting Tyler Herron 1-0, 2SV, 1.88 ERA, 1.26 WHIP in last 10 appearances



POTOMAC NATIONALS 5-2, T1st place C.L. North, 1½ games ahead (43-33 overall)

Good Gilberto Mendez 3-1, 3SV, 1.80 ERA, 0.60 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Estarlin Martinez .157/.228/.196 vs. RHPs (.261/.292/.391 vs. LHPs)
Interesting Will Piwnica-Worms .324/.366/.432, 1HR, 16RBI in June (21G)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 6-2, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (50-28 overall)

Good Isaac Ballou .310/.365/.448, 2HR, 15RBI, 6SB in June (24G)
Bad Hector Silvestre 2-3, 6.49 ERA, 6HR allowed in June (5GS)
Interesting Rafael Bautista 33SB since May 1 (54G)


DSL NATIONALS 13-10, 3rd place Boca Chica South, 2 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Davinson Pimentel .362/.448/.517 in 17G
Bad 18-y.o. Jose Nunez 7.71 ERA, 2.49 WHIP, 11BB in 11⅔ IP
Interesting 17-y.o. Victor Robles 13SB in 18G