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 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Roenicke (3-4, 5.09) vs.
Maya (yes, that Maya)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (1-0, 1.35) vs.
Davies (4-4, 3.69)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-6, 6.11) vs.
Santos (1-1, 7.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-7 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.19) vs.
Casimiro (2-7, 4.98)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Derosier (0-1, 8.49) vs.
D. Perez (1-1, 4.96)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 4.37) vs.
Tamarez (0-1, 6.75)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Laffey (W, 11-3) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K; 0-1, R, BB, RBI, SAC
• Madrigal 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, BK
• Souza 2-2, R, 2-2B, 2BB, 3RBI, SB
• Johnson 1-2, R, 2BB

A five-run 2nd erased an early 1-0 lead for the G-Braves as the Chiefs cruised to a 6-1 lead. Aaron Laffey went seven strong innings with just that one run on allowed on three hits and three walks while striking out six for his 11th win. Steve Souza menaced the opposing hurlers with two doubles, two walks, and three RBI while Josh Johnson reached base three times with two walks and a single as Syracuse took advantage of seven walks to score six times on seven hits.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 5
• Dupra 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K; 1-1, BB, RBI
• Benincasa (BS, 2; L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, BB, RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB

The Senators scored in three of the first four frames to build a 5-2 lead but lost it in the 8th for a 6-5 loss to Altoona in the series finale. Brian Dupra pitched into the sixth with four runs let in on six hits and four walks but got the no-decision. In the 8th, Robert Benincasa issued a one-out walk and committed an error on the subsequent sacrifice, which plated the tying run and moved the would-be out all the way to third. The 23-y.o. struck out the next batter but gave up the gamewinner to Alen Henson on a single. Cole Leonida reached base four times with two walks, a single, and a double to pace the 12-hit, seven-walk Harrisburg attack.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 0
• Spann (L, 5-4) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Runion 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-3, 2B
• Perez 2-4, 2B

It wasn’t as close as it looks Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: OF Eury Perez transferred from GCL for minor-league rehab.

Kannapolis 12 Hagerstown 7
• Pivetta (L, 10-5) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ward 4-5, R, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2R, 3BB, HR, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Kannapolis hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em early, and hit ‘em often in a 12-7 beatdown of Hagerstown. Nick Pivetta gave up five runs via the longball (nos. 9 and 10) and eight runs total on nine hits as he was chased with one out in the third for his fifth loss. Drew Ward went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI while Spencer Kieboom and Carlos Lopez both homered. The rest of the lineup went just 4-for-23 and was unable to fully capitalize on the eight walks issued by the Intimidators.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 1
• A. Williams (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• D. Williams 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Davidson 1-3
• Read 1-4, 2B

The Crosscutters brought out the lumber while Doubledays managed just three hits in a 4-1 loss. Austen Williams was knocked around for three runs on six hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings for the loss. Deion Williams was brilliant in relief, stranding two to keep Auburn within striking distance at 3-1 and fanning six but gave up a solo HR for the final 4-1 score. Raudy Read doubled while Austin Davidson and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz both singled to account for the feeble offense.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 1-3 week with two washouts, it’s a busy week ahead for the G-Nats, who play three against the Marlins, then five against the Mets with doubleheaders scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Things weren’t much better in the D.R. as the D-Nats went 2-4 to drop into a fourth-place tie with the D-Mets1 in the Boca Chica South at 17-14.

Jul 062014
 

After pummeling the Pelicans for eight runs in the completion, the second game of the de facto doubleheader proved to be a pitcher’s duel that ended in the first “extra inning” as Steve Perez’s two-out single in the bottom of the 8th drove in Tony Renda for a 1-0 win.

Starter Austin Voth can’t quite catch a break as he pitched brilliantly for a third straight start but has just one win to show for it. He allowed just three hits over six shutout innings with no walks and seven strikeouts, which puts him to the Washington minors-leading total of 94 in 88⅔ innings.

In part, that’s because Potomac had not one but two runners thrown out at the plate in the 3rd. Estarlin Martinez was the first, making an ill-advised decision to score from third base on a ball hit to the third baseman while Perez was unable to score from first one batter later when Shawn Pleffner doubled into the left-field corner (though he made it close).

The P-Nats managed just two singles from the 4th to the 7th before the game-winning rally in the 8th. After a weak flyout by Martinez (who was quite busy on defense, catching six flyballs in right field over eight inning), Renda beat out an infield single and took second on a wild pitch. Perez delivered the game-winner with a single to right that was hit fast enough to get past the infielders but too slow for the outfielder to pick up and fire in to beat Renda.

The win went to Chris Manno, who struck out four over the 7th and 8th innings while walking one. Combined with a Lynchburg loss, Potomac returned to first place by a half-game over Wilmington, who will be in town next for four games tomorrow through Thursday.

Matt Spann (5-3, 4.45) gets the ball tonight against Andrew Faulkner (6-1, 2.35) in the series finale.

Jul 052014
 

The first-half winners of the Carolina League matched up on the 4th of July — a possible preview of the 2014 Mills Cup? — with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans besting the hometown Potomac Nationals, 4-2 before a reported crowd of 7,993.

The Pelicans boast the league’s second-best pitching staff, in large part because they don’t have to face the league’s best lineup (Myrtle Beach, natch). The P-Nats, however, are second as measured by the only stat that matters: runs scored (though they are second in strikeouts and third in HRs hit).

But as the old saw goes, good pitching beats good hitting. For three innings and a 1/3rd, burly lefthander Chad Bell was perfect against Potomac, setting down the first 10 batters he faced before Stephen Perez sliced a line drive down the left-field line for a clean double to break up the perfect game.

Alas, the one-out double wouldn’t equalize the 1-0 score that Myrtle established on the second pitch of the game by Dakota Bacus as leadoff man Chris Garia cleared the right field fence for his second HR of the season. Bacus, who had struggled with his command in his previous outing, righted the ship and found his groove to shut down the Pelicans through four innings.

But this is the best offense in the league, and in the 5th they got to Bacus for three runs, leading off with a double and closing out with a double and making him pay for a walk and a hit batsman with one out. At the midpoint, the Pelicans led 4-0.

Bell left after five innings and Potomac jumped on his replacement in the 7th, with Oscar Tejeda, Shawn Pleffner, and Randolph Oduber going back-to-back-to-back with singles to break up the shutout. Myrtle Beach left fielder threw strike to the press box but the netting blocked the throw and enabled Oduber to take second on the throw.

Khayyan Norfork plated the second and final run on a sacrifice fly that required Myrtle Beach centerfielder Garia to make what may have been the game-saving catch as he leapt while running back towards the warning track to snag a liner that if not caught was a definite triple and a possible inside-the-park job.

Instead, it went in the scorebook as an SF-8 with an RBI. After a scare when Will Piwnica-Worms was dropped and bloodied by a pitch that ricocheted off his helmet (he walked off the field under his own power, but left the game) Justin Miller struck out to the end the inning.

Potomac would go in order in the 8th and 9th innings to suffer their fourth straight loss and fall into third place in the C.L. North.

It’s faux doubleheader tonight, with a completion of the game suspended last Friday night scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and a seven-inning game to follow. Blake Schwartz (1-0, 6.43) will get the ball when the Pelicans come to bat in the 5th. Austin Voth (1-0, 0.69) is scheduled to pitch the second game, which will reportedly start 30 minutes after the first game is done.

Jul 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (10-3, 2.93) vs.
C. Hernandez (4-6, 3.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Montero (2-3, 4.66)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Schwartz (1-0, 6.43) and
Voth (1-0, 0.69) vs. TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 9-0 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-6, 5.02) vs.
Dykstra (6-6, 2.87)
Auburn Lost, 2-0;
Won, 6-4 (8 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 18.00) vs.
Arteaga (1-2, 4.56)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-2 @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (2-1, 1.52) vs.
Santiago (2-2, 3.51)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2 (10 inn.)
• Cole 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2BB, 2K
• Grace 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Madrigal (L, 0-2) 1IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 1-3, R, BB, 2B
• Hood 1-4, R, 2B

It took the PawSox 14 hits to get a third run as they came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Chiefs, 3-2 in 10 innings. A.J. Cole was strafed for nine of them over five innings but with some help from his defense (two DPs, a Steve Souza gundown at the plate) allowed just two runs for a no-decision in his second AAA start. Rafael Martin and Matt Grace combined for three scoreless to keep up with knuckleballer Steven Wright, who went eight innings for Pawtucket. Zach Walters and Destin Hood both doubled for Syracuse, which was held to six hits and three walks total.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 2
• Brach (L, 1-4) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-3, BB, CS
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg went deep twice but couldn’t score otherwise as Altoona doubled ‘em up, 4-2 to take the series opener. Brett Brach avoided the walk but labored through six innings (102 pitches) with three runs allowed on 10 hits over six innings to suffer the loss, his fourth at AA this season. Brian Jeroloman and Kevin Keyes took the circle clout for the two Sens runs. Drew Vettleson singled twice and walked once to lead the Harrisburg hit column.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 2
• Bacus (L, 3-4) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Rauh 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-4, 2B

Unfortunately, the old saw about good pitching and good hitting was proven Last Night In Woodbridge

Kannapolis 0 Hagerstown 9
• Mooneyham (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 9K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dent 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Chubb 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• C. Lopez 2-5, R, RBI

The Suns impressed with the nines as Drew Ward’s ninth HR highlighted a five-run 4th while Brett Mooneyham’s nine K’s led the way for 9-0 win over Kannapolis. Cody Dent, Austin Chubb, and Carlos Lopez each had two hits as Hagerstown racked up (you know it) nine hits. Mooneyham tossed six scoreless and let up three hits and four walks for his first Low-A win of 2014. David Napoli (2IP) and Jake Walsh (1IP) combined for three hitless frames to secure the shutout (sorry, only the sixth).

Williamsport 2 Auburn 0 — GAME ONE
• Ott (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• D. Ramos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gordon 1-2
• Mejia 1-2

The Doubledays’ losing streak was extended to three with a 2-0 loss to the Crosscutters in the opener. Williamsport’s Mitch Gueller sawed through the Auburn lineup with just four hits and no walks for a complete-game shutout. Travis Ott was nearly his match, but allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five.

Auburn 6 Williamsport 4 — GAME TWO
• Bourque 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• M. Sanchez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Gunter 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Williamson 1-2, R, 2BB, SB
• Langlois 1-3, R, RBI

Cody Gunter’s three-run homer capped off four-run 8th as the Doubledays took the second game, 6-4 in “extras.” Mario Sanchez, who pitched three scoreless innings in relief, got the win. James Bourque went the first four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three. Gunter also singled twice and scored twice to finish the game at 3-for-4, accounting for half of Auburn’s six hits.

GCL Cardinals 7 GCL Nationals 1
• Vasquez (L, 0-2) 1+ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• A. Martinez 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, 2-2 IR-S
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ortiz 1-4, OF assist at HP

The G-Cards shut down the G-Nats after the 1st, scoring seven unanswered in a 7-1 demolition. Daury Vasquez walked three of nine batters faced in one-plus innings to suffer the loss. Meanwhile, the bats declared themselves independent of the baseball as the G-Nats mustered just three hits on the afternoon, with Edwin Lora the sole batter to reach base twice with a double and a walk.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 2
• Bermudez (L, 1-3) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Agustin 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Je. Baez 3-4, R

A three-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the D-Mets leveled the D-Nats, 7-1. Juan Bermudez fell short for the third time, giving up two solo HRs and five hits total over four innings. He walked one and struck out six. The clutch hit also went missing as the D-Nats racked up 11 hits, with Telmito Agustin and Jeyner Baez both going 3-for-4 with a run scored, but scored just twice as they left on eight runners and went 0-for-6 with RISP.

Jul 042014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 51-35, 1st place I.L. North, 2½ games ahead

Good Steve Souza .333 in April, .359 in May, .353 in June; .354 overall
Bad Josh Roenicke 6.18 ERA, 1.63 WHIP over last six starts
Interesting Emmanuel Burris .459/.565/.649, 4SB over last 10G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 33-51, 5th place E.L. West, 16½ games behind

Good John Simms 2-0, 1.35 ERA, 0.90 WHIP since promotion from Potomac (2GS)
Bad Adrian Sanchez 0-for-16 in last 10G played
Interesting Team #2 in batting HR’s, BB’s, K’s



POTOMAC NATIONALS 6-6, T1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead (44-37 overall)

Good Mike McQuillan .344/.488/.625, 2HR, 13RBI in June (16G)
Bad Kylin Turnbull 0-2, 8.44 ERA, 2.25 WHIP in seven appearances
Interesting Tied for fewest SBs allowed, 2nd in most CS, fewest PBs in C.L.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 9-6, 4th place Sally North, 4 games behind (53-32 overall)

Good Lucas Giolito 1.84 ERA, 0.85 WHIP since return to rotation on June 3 (6GS)
Bad 213 team batting BB — 13th in 14-team Sally Lg.
Interesting Rafael Bautista 43SB in 48 attempts, 15BB, .322 OBP



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 8-11, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 4½ games behind

Good Raudy Read .300/.435/.420, 7RBI in 15G
Bad Matt DeRosier 8.49 ERA, 1.46 WHIP in 11⅔ IP (4 appearances)
Interesting 18 pitching HBP in 19 games (2nd most in NYPL)



DSL NATIONALS 16-13, 3rd place Boca Chica South, 4 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Juan “Shorts” Bermudez 1-2, 1.46 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 24K in 24⅔ IP
Bad 17-y.o. Neivy Pilier .122/.146/.163, 4E in 11G
Interesting 20-y.o. Luis Vilorio 1BB, 6K in 50PA
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.