Luke Erickson

Luke Erickson is a season-ticket holder for the Potomac Nationals, but makes a point of seeing games in Hagerstown and Harrisburg at least once a summer. When the PNats are away on the weekend, Luke finds a minor-league game somewhere to watch, and generally attends 70-80 baseball games a year up across several states. A former sportswriter with newspapers in Massachusetts and Oregon, Luke lives in Western Fairfax County with his wife and two sons.

Jun 022015
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Louisville,
5:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.25) and
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Axelrod (2-3, 3.83) and
Hand (1-2, 3.51)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
TBD vs. Merritt (3-4, 4.02)
Potomac Tied, 3-3 (Suspended) vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.60) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
5:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) and
Purke (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76) and
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville vs. Syracuse — PPD
Rain washed out the first of three against Louisville. It will be made up today with a doubleheader scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero recalled to Washington; LHP Matt Grace optioned to Washington; RHP P.J. Walters assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
It’s a brief three-game homestand for Harrisburg before they make a weekend road trip to Trenton and four-game set next week in New Britain.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 3 — SUSP. (10th inn.)
• Giolito 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Lee 2⅓ 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Wooten 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, 3B
• Ward 2-4, R

The only game to start on Monday did not finish as the 3-3 tie game was suspended in the 10th with the P-Nats at bat with one out and nobody on base. Lucas Giolito started and pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out nine. Both teams scored twice in the 6th and once in the 10th, with Christopher Bostick tripling and scoring on a Stephen Perez sac fly shortly before the umps ordered the teams off the field. They’ll finish the game at 5:05 p.m. and play the regularly scheduled nine-inning game
30 to 45 minutes afterwards.

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Rain also postponed the start of the Hickory-Hagerstown series, and like Syracuse, the plan is to play two games today at 5:05 p.m.

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

Jun 012015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.25) vs.
Axelrod (2-3, 3.83)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-3, 4.84) vs.
Tseng (2-2, 4.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 vs. Hickory,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76)


Durham 3 Syracuse 0
• Runion (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lively 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Burriss 2-4, 2B
• Butler 1-2, 2BB

The Bulls scored in each of the first two innings and it was more than enough as they gored the Chiefs for a 3-0 shutout and a three-game sweep. Sam Runion got the spot start and gave up the aforementioned runs in the aforementioned innings on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Mitch Lively turned in four scoreless innings of relief, but the Syracuse offense was stuck in neutral, going 1-for-10 in the clutch and stranding 11 baserunners. Emmanuel Burriss collected multiple hits for the fourth straight game with a single and a double and closed out the month of May with a .304/.385/.451 line in 26 games.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Ross 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Bacus (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-4, R
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, CS

The last Sunday in May was just like the first Sunday in May as Harrisburg blew a 4-1 lead to lose 6-4 on a walkoff grand slam. The implosion spoiled yet another strong outing by Joe Ross, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball with just three hits and no walks allowed while striking out eight. Hector Ambriz loaded the bases in the 9th before Brian Dupra was brought on. Dupra got two outs and let in one run before giving up the HR. Shawn Pleffner singled twice and doubled once to go 3-for-4 and lead the Sens offense.
Roster move: LHP Bryan Harper activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 2
• Pivetta (L, 3-4) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, 3HR
• Thomas 4⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3
• Manuel 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Myrtle Beach took a second straight game from Potomac Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHP Tyler Mapes activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Kannapolis 7 Hagerstown 5
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 3+ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, K
• Orlan 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Keller 2-5, 2R, 3B
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB
• Gardner 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Robbie Dickey was driven into the wall by the Intimidators as they lapped the Suns, 7-5 to take the series, 3-1. Dickey was charged with five runs on three hits and three walks over three-plus innings, as Brett Mooneyham let in all three inherited runners and two more of his own during Kannapolis’s five-run 4th. Hagerstown put up three runs in the 1st and two in the 5th but couldn’t advance a runner past second the rest of the way. Osvaldo Abreu, Alec Keller, and Jeff Gardner combined to go 6-for-13 with five runs scored, two doubles, two triples, and two RBI.

Trea Turner Update
That wobble in the earth’s axis yesterday? It came from Trea Turner’s 23-game hit streak coming to an end with an 0-for-4 in a 3-1 Missions loss. Without a walk, a hit-by-pitch, or catcher’s interference, Turner’s on-base streak was also stopped at 29 games.

May 312015
 

Same [stuff], different game.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans picked where they left off on Saturday night with near-constant pressure on Potomac’s pitchers, scoring in four of the first six innings en route to a 7-2 win.

Nick Pivetta was the primary victim this time, strafed for six runs on ten hits over four and a 1/3rd innings to suffer his fourth loss. He failed to get the leadoff batter in each of the five innings he began and faced five or more batters in the four innings he completed.

Now credit where credit is due: The Pelican hitters weren’t lucky or getting cheap hits. Just as they did to Reynaldo Lopez, they made loud, solid contact. The most noticeable difference is that three of those hits left the yard.

Justin Thomas was brought in to finish the 5th and gave up a triple followed by sac fly in the 6th. He pitched the rest of the game and put up a quite respectable line of one run over four and 2/3rds with one walk and two whiffs.

Craig Manuel was responsible for both Potomac runs as he pulled a high flyball justinsidethefoulpole with two outs in the 3rd to plate Drew Ward, who led off the inning with a walk.

Overall, the P-Nats bats collected seven hits and two walks and left five runners on base. Estarlin Martinez, the No. 9 batter, was the sole batter to reach base twice.

With the loss, Potomac drops to 21-29 in the first half and remains in last place in the Carolina League North. Uberprospect Lucas Giolito (1-3, 4.84) is slated to pitch tomorrow, opposed by Jen-Ho Tseng (2-2, 4.26) for Myrtle Beach.

May 312015
 

Myrtle Beach scored in four straight innings, including a five-run 7th that “featured” six straight walks, as they scored ten unanswered runs in an 11-1 demolition of Potomac.

Reynaldo Lopez was beaten in his previous start—also against the Pelicans—and did little to suggest that it was fluke or an aberration. The Carolina League’s best team looked every bit the part as they manhandled the 21-y.o. for a second straight start.

Lopez was charged with five runs on nine hits, five of which were for extra bases (three doubles, a triple, and a home run), and one walk. He did strike out six, but it was not enough to mitigate the damage from the cannonade of extra-base knocks.

Kevin Perez followed Lopez and was immediately greeted with a long HR to right field. While he managed to get the next three outs, he walked four straight to open the 7th before he was lifted for Cody Davis. The usually reliable reliever walked two more before getting a flyout to center to let in all three inherited runners.

Davis then wild-pitched in another run before getting the last two outs. He would close out the game, saving the bullpen from further taxation and finishing with one run charged to his record over three innings.

Meanwhile, the P-Nats had trouble getting solid contact against Myrtle Beach’s Paul Blackburn. They also helped him out — as they have quite a bit this season — with first-pitch swings that produced easy outs.

Potomac would manage just five hits total and draw three walks while striking out nine times. Even a MASN analyst can tell you that’s not enough to get it done on offense.

The series continues this afternoon with Nick Pivetta (3-3, 1.41) vs. Tyler Skulina (1-3, 4.25). Potomac’s elimination number is now 16 with 21 games left in the first half.

May 312015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Durham,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Andriese (0-0, 4.35)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Bowie,
2:05 p.m.
Ross (2-2, 3.05) vs.
Ramos (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 11-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Pivetta (3-3, 1.41) vs.
Skulina (1-3, 4.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-0, 10.12) vs.
Almonte (3-2, 3.72)


Durham 4 Syracuse 2
• Espino 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, 2HR
• Davis 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burriss 2-3, BB
• Dykstra 2-4, R

Make that six straight losses for Syracuse as Durham rallied in the 8th for a 4-2 win. Paolo Espino got the start in place of Taylor Hill and gave up two homers and four hits total over six and 2/3rds innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Erik Davis took the loss as he was dinged for two runs in the 8th. Emmanuel Burriss and Cutter Dykstra both singled twice as the Chiefs compiled nine hits (all singles) and three walks on offense.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill recalled to Washington.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 2-3) 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K
• De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

Bowie rallied for three in the 6th to turn a 2-0 deficit into eventually winning score of 3-2 over Harrisburg. Austin Voth suffered the loss, his third, with all three BaySox runs allowed on six hits and a walk while fanning eight. Abel De Los Santos worked around a walk in the 8th. The Senators were held to just five hits, with Tony Renda going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the way. Drew Vettleson was the only other hitter to reach base twice as he walked in the 4th and singled in the 8th.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 1
• Lopez (L, 2-2) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 6K, HR
• K. Perez 1+ IP, 1H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Wooten 2-4
• S. Perez 1-3, 3B, RBI

Potomac pitchers were off the mark Last Night In Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2
• Bach (L, 1-1) 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, 4K
• Cooper 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K
• DeBruin 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Abreu 1-3, 2B, BB

Hagerstown matched Kannapolis’s single runs in the 7th and 9th inning but not in the 2nd as they fell, 3-2. Connor Bach took the loss, giving up a run on three hits and five walks while setting down four on strikes over four innings. Andrew Cooper let in a run over three innings while Sam Johns gave up a run over two. The offense was held to four hits: three by Grant DeBruin, who doubled twice and scored both Suns runs, and Osvaldo Abreu’s 1st inning double. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-21 with a sacrifice hit and a sacrifice fly.

Trea Turner Update
The rain on Friday merely postponed Turner’s next three hits in Saturday’s doubleheader as the 21-y.o. went 3-for-8 with two RBI, two runs scored, and two strikeouts.

Editor’s Note
While the DSL Nationals were rained out yesterday, it should be noted that I have decided to drop day-to-day coverage of the GCL and DSL. I think I can handle the addition of Auburn to my morning writing session but I know I can’t handle all three short season teams consistently without making sacrifices to the overall coverage. I’m hoping to develop something that I can write on Sundays to summarize those two levels.

May 302015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 17-31, 6th place I.L. North, 9½ games behind

Good Scott McGregor 2-2, 2.12 ERA, 1.26 WHIP in May (5GS)
Bad Cutter Dykstra .517 OPS in 40G
Interesting Syracuse starters have had 19 quality starts in May (27G)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 21-26, 5th place E.L. West, 6½ games behind

Good Brian Jeroloman .846 in 10G
Bad Hector Ambriz 2-4 SV-SVO, 8.59 ERA, 1.64 WHIP in 7 appearances
Interesting Paul Demny 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 14 appearances



POTOMAC NATIONALS 21-27, T3rd place C.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Wander Suero 1-0, 0.00ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 5 relief apperances
Bad Estarlin Martinez .140 BA in May (7-for-50)
Interesting Five IBB issued is the most in the Carolina League



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-23, 3rd place Sally North, 7½ games behind

Good Grant DeBruin .314/.380/.396, HR, 25RBI in 41G
Bad Jefry Rodriguez 1-3, 7.58 ERA, 1.72 WHIP
Interesting 33CS 2nd most in Sally Lg., 60.7% success rate 2nd worst
May 302015
 

It’s too late for Potomac to think about a run at the Carolina League North Division title. But after a 3-1 win on Friday following an 8-3 win on Thursday, the last-place P-Nats can serve notice to the first-place Blue Rocks that things might be different in the second half.

Of course, that’s easy to write when Potomac had things go right on both sides of the ball.

Phillips “Exxon” Valdez made his High-A debut and tossed six innings of one-run ball. He hit two Blue Rocks on the puss elbow pad in the first inning, with both players making little-to-no effort (think Don Baylor) to get out of the way of the pitch, as the rules require, but got out of the bases-loaded jam.

Then in the 3rd he gave up a leadoff triple that came in on a sacrifice fly, for the one run he let in. Otherwise, he dominated the weak Wilmington offense — just three hits allowed, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Alas, his counterpart Erik Skoglund was just as good. The slim (could hide behind a telephone pole) southpaw retired six straight to start the game before Khayyan Norfork doubled to lead off the 3rd, Estarlin Martinez singled to push him over, and Narciso Mesa flew out to CF for the sac fly that tied the game at 1-1.

The P-Nats got leadoff singles in the 4th and 5th, but Skoglund dialed up 6-4-3 DPs both times to erase the threat. He also worked around a pair of two-out singles in the 6th before Norfork made the last out of the 7th trying for a second double.

Perhaps the minors are primarily for development, but the decision to send out Skoglund for an 8th inning without a reliever at the ready is hard to explain, much less defend. As lineups often do, a fourth look was what it took to beat him.

In what seemed like a rerun of Norfork’s previous at-bat, Martinez singled to left to lead off the 8th and then turned it into a double on a play that might not have stood up on instant replay. Mesa sacrificed him to third and Christopher Bostick plated him with double to center for a 2-1 lead.

Stephen Perez got the insurance run with a single to center and Skoglund escaped further damage with a popup by Isaac Ballou, an intentional walk to Spencer Kieboom, and an “oops” check-swing tapper by Drew Ward.

Derek Self, who worked around a third hit batsman in the 7th, retired six straight before giving up a leadoff single to begin the 9th. Tripp Keister had Nick Lee ready and called him in shut the door. After a strikeout and a flyout, Wilmington got a second safety to put runners at first and third, but couldn’t get a third hit as Lee whiffed the No. 9 batter to wrap it up.

The win went to Self (his first for Potomac this season) while the save went to Lee, his fifth.

Another first-place team comes to town as Myrtle Beach makes its first trip to the Pfitz. Reynaldo Lopez (2-1, 2.75), who suffered his first loss to the Pelicans last Friday, gets a rematch tonight against fellow righthander Paul Blackburn (3-2, 4.64).

May 302015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-2, 4.35) vs.
Diamond (4-2, 3.94)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.66) vs.
Bridwell (1-3, 4.75)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (2-1, 2.75) vs.
Blackburn (3-2, 4.64)
Hagerstown Won, 12-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (1-0, 3.93) vs.
Lowry (4-2, 4.18)


Durham 3 Syracuse 1
• Cole (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 7BB, 4K
• Fornataro 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Burriss 2-3, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI, SB

The Chiefs outhit the Bulls 5-1, but Durham outscored Syracuse, 3-1. The decision to yo-yo A.J. Cole between starting and relieving, AAA and MLB “paid off” last night as the 23-y.o. issued five straight walks with one out in the fourth and seven total before he was taken out. He would be charged with the loss, and all three Durham runs. Jason Martinson homered in the 7th, but the Syracuse bats were largely silent, collecting just five total and wasting near-perfect relief (4⅔ IP, 0H, BB, 3K) from three relievers.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Bates 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 1-4, 3B

The Senators shook off a tough loss on Thursday and rallied for three in the 7th to edge the BaySox, 3-2. Colin Bates turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Gilberto Mendez finished with three scoreless innings for his fourth save. Brian Goodwin homered to break up the shutout and lead off the 7th, while Pedro Severino singled with two out to tie, and Tony Renda got plunked for the game-winning, Homer Simpson RBI.
Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Valdez 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Self (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Lee (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norfork 2-3, R, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, 2B

Potomac rallied for two in the 8th for a sportswriter’s win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 12 Kannapolis 6
• Rodriguez 4⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 4K, 2WP, 2BK
• M. Sanchez 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Keller 2-5, R, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR (GS), 4RBI

Austin Davidson’s grand slam capped off a five-run 4th as the Suns scorched the Intimidators, 12-6. Starter Jefry Rodriguez fell one out short of getting a Jack Morris win as he was ineffective yet again: five runs on three hits and five walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Mario Sanchez got the win with three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief. Every Hagerstown batter hit safely as they racked up 12 hits total with Brennan Middleton also going deep with a solo shot in the 3rd.

Trea Turner Update
The Missions were rained out on Friday night.

May 292015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 2.67) vs.
Buschmann (4-3, 3.02)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
(0-0, 3.38) vs.
Berry (0-4, 7.66)
Potomac Won, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (A+ debut) vs.
Skoglund (3-1, 2.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-3, 7.20) vs.
Martinez (1-4, 6.14)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 0
• Billings 6⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Martin (BS, 2; L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Minicozzi 2-3, R, BB
• den Dekker 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Burriss 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Rafael Martin’s struggles returned as he coughed up three in the 9th to complete Norfolk’s 6-5 comeback win and four-game sweep of Syracuse. For the second straight game, the Chiefs starter pitched well enough to win as Bruce Billings gave up three run on six hits, though two were home runs. He walked none and struck out two. The Tides’ third and final home run was a two-out, two-run walkoff shot off Martin, who blew his second save and lost for the third time. Four Syracuse batters registered multiple hits as the offense produced 11 hits and drew five walks, with Mark Minicozzi and Emmanuel Burriss both reaching base three times.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2 (10 inn.)
• Simmons 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR; 1-2
• Ambriz (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2RBI
• Renda 1-4, R

Richmond rallied in the 9th to tie and won it in the 10th for a 3-2 win. An 89-minute rain delay shelved starter Joe Ross, but James Simmons filled in admirably with four innings of one-run ball, followed by Paul Demny with three scoreless frames. The Senators offense put up two runs in the 1st but was limited to six hits and one walk total. Shawn Pleffner drove in both runs and went 2-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg attack. Hector Ambriz, who had saved two games and won one in his last three appearances, took the loss with two runs allowed over an inning and 2/3rds.

Potomac 8 Wilmington 3
• Simms (W, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Suero (SV, 1) 4IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 3K
• S. Perez 2-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, BB
• Ward 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac scored in each of the first three innings and put the game away with a four-run 5th in an 8-3 win over Wilmington. A perhaps too-rested John Simms wobbled through five innings but got his second win in as many starts, giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings while striking out four. Wander Suero was peppered for seven hits over four scoreless innings to register his first save of 2015. Stephen Perez singled twice, walked twice, and drove in two to lead the P-Nats offense.
Roster moves: RHP Phillips Valdez promoted from Hagerstown; RHP Tyler Mapes placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 0
• Purke (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, BK
• Orlan 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K
• Abreu 1-3, BB
• DeBruin 1-3, BB

Matt Purke made his first start since having Tommy John surgery last May in a 4-0 Hagerstown loss to Kannapolis. The oft-injured southpaw was charged with two runs on three hits over four innings. He walked none and struck out three. The Suns ‘pen walked seven over five innings but gave up just two more runs. The Hagerstown batters were held to four hits and four walks and were just 1-for-8 with RISP with seven men left on base. Osvaldo Abreu and Grant DeBruin both reached base twice with a single and a walk.
Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke activated from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner tripled to keep his 14-game hit streak alive and was 1-for-4 overall.

May 282015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 @ Norfolk,
12:05 p.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Villanueva (1-1, 5.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-0 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Ross (2-2, 3.05) vs.
Marte (4-0, 3.31)
Potomac Lost, 3-1;
Lost, 5-1
vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-4, 4.44) vs.
Caramo (2-2, 2.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-5 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (5-2, 1.47) vs.
Peralta (1-4, 9.45 ERA)


Norfolk 3 Syracuse 0
• McGregor (L, 3-4) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Meek 1IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Minicozzi 2-3
• Ramsey 0-2, 2BB

The Chiefs bats remained AWOL as the Tide shut them out, 3-0 for Syracuse’s third straight loss. Scott McGregor was the hard-luck loser, letting in two runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three. Mark Minicozzi singled twice while Darin Mastroianni and Tony Gwynn Jr. each singled once to account for the four (4) hits. Caleb Ramsey drew two of the four walks as the Chiefs left on all eight baserunners and were 0-for-4 with RISP.

Richmond 12 Harrisburg 0
• Bleier (L, 3-1) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 2K
• De Los Santos 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Robinson 1-3, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg defense blocked two extra points but couldn’t cross the goal line in a 12-0 loss to Richmond. Reigning E.L. Pitcher of the Week Richard Bleier took the brunt of the beating, charged with eight runs on eight hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings for his first AA loss of the season. The Senators offense was held to four singles, one double (Brian Goodwin), and five walks with Brian Jeroloman the only batter to reach base three times on a single and two walks.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Spann (L, 0-5) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• K. Perez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 1-3, R, 2B
• Yezzo 1-3, 2B

The lack of hitting was spotted in Woodbridge, too, in a 3-1 Potomac loss to Wilmington. Matt Spann took the loss, his fifth, while giving up all three Blue Rocks runs on nine hits and a walk. The P-Nats 5th encapsulated the offensive struggles as Brandon Miller drew a leadoff walk and would have scored on a James Yezzo double to the right-center gap had it not bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double. Miller and Yezzo would watch the next two batters strike out then a flyout ended the 2nd-and-3rd no-out threat.

Wilmington 3 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Mapes 4IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 1-4) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K
• Kieboom 2-3, 2-2B
• S. Perez 1-2, 2B, SF, RBI

Wilmington broke open a 0-0 game with a five-run 5th and easily took the nightcap, 5-1 to sweep the doubleheader. Starter Tyler Mapes scattered five hits over four scoreless innings with no walks and four K’s. The loss went to Jake Johansen, who was pummeled for a second straight appearance as the Blue Rocks sent nine men to the plate in his first inning of work and five of them came in to score. Spencer Kieboom doubled twice and Stephen Perez doubled once to account for three of the four hits and the sole run (Perez sac fly in the 6th) that Potomac produced.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 5
• Reyes 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Mooneyham (L, 0-2) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, HBP, 2WP
• Masters 3-4, R, 2B
• DeBruin 3-4, RBI

Greensboro prevented a three-game sweep by Hagerstown with an 8-5 win in the series finale. Losing pitcher Brett Mooneyham gave up the decisive three runs on four hits, a hit batsman, and two wild pitched in one inning thrown. Starter Luis Reyes was dinged for four runs (three earned) on eight hits, including two solo HRs. The Suns collected 12 hits — five less than the rest of the Nats minors on Wedensday — with David Masters and Grant DeBruin both going 3-for-4.

Trea Turner Update
Turner struck out twice and was only 1-for-4 on Wednesday, which dropped his batting average to a paltry .342 but extended his hit streak to 13 games.