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 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
Jun 272014
 

The Potomac Nationals Booster Club will hold the first of two Silent Auctions tomorrow at Pfitzner Stadium (the next will be on Saturday, August 16). These are the primary fundraisers for this group, which provides food, housing, and general assistance to the players, their friends, and their families. They also sponsor monthly awards and recognize players with in-season birthdays. In short, the club helps make life just a little easier for the young men striving to make the journey from Potomac to Washington.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the items that will be up for auction:

• Paul Nichols Ross Detwiler Print 16×21; autographed by Ross
• Paul Nichols Original Painted Baseball
• Paul Nichols 8.5×11 Original Drawing Caricature – Ryan Zimmerman; autographed by Ryan
• Paul Nichols 5×6 Original Drawing Caricature – Tyler Clippard
• Paul Nichols 5.88×8 Print Caricature – Steven Strasburg
• Doug Fister Autographed Baseball Card – 2013 Topps
• Ryan Zimmerman Autographed Carolina League Baseball
• Drew Storen Autographed Card – 4×6
• Danny Espinosa Autographed Card – 4×6
• Myrtle Beach Pelicans Autographed Team Baseball
• Myrtle Beach Pelicans Autographed Team Bat
• Cutter Dykstra Autographed P-Nat Batting Helmet
• Adrian Sanchez Autographed P-Nat Batting Helmet
• Derek Norris Autographed Oakland A’s Logo Baseball
• Set of Four Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Bobbleheads
• Adrian Sanchez, Rafael Martin, and Sammy Solis Autographed Eastern League Baseball
• Matt Williams Autographed MLB Baseball
• Washington Nationals Autographed Arizona Fall League Baseball – Troy Gingrich; Robert Benincasa; Matt Purke; Sammy Solis; Adrian Nieto; Brian Goodwin; Matt Skole; Steven Souza
• Delino DeShields Jr. (Houston Prospect; California League Championship Series MVP; #73 Overall Prospect) Autographed MLB Baseball
• Mason Williams (Yankees Prospect) Autographed MLB Baseball
• Reggie Jackson Autographed MLB Baseball
• Marcus Semien (CWS Prospect; Southern League MVP 2013) Autographed MLB Baseball
• Addison Russell (Oakland Prospect; #17 Overall Prospect; A’s #1 Prospect)
• Kris Bryant (Cubs Prospect #35 Overall) and Jorge Soler (Cubs Prospect #25 Overall and #3 Cubs Prospect)
• P-Nat Autographed Team Batting Helmet – Khayyan Norfolk; Randolph Oduber; Stephen Perez; Will Piwnica-Worms; Shawn Pleffner; Tony Renda; Oscar Tejeda; Dakota Bacus; Robert Benincasa; Brett Brach; Ian Dickson; Bryan Harper; Travis Henke; Gilberto Mendez; Brett Mooneyham; Ronald Pena; Brian Rauh; Blake Schwartz; Derek Self; Wander Suero; Kylin Turnball
• Gio Gonzalez Autographed Carolina League Baseball
• Kevin Keyes Autographed Cracked Bat
• P-Nat Team Signed Bat

Jun 262014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
5:00 p.m.
Roenicke (3-3, 4.24) and
Delcarmen (3-2, 2.78) vs.
Mitchell (0-0, 0.00) and TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-3, 4.80) vs.
Arias (5-2, 3.14)
Potomac Won, 7-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (5-1, 3.40) vs.
Faulkner (4-1, 2.69)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lexington,
4:30 p.m.
Pivetta (9-3, 3.57) and
Giolito (2-2, 2.59) vs.
Reed (2-6, 6.04) and
Simmons (1-1, 6.44)
Auburn Postponed vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 2.00) vs.
Castellanos (0-0, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-4 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-2, 3.71) vs.
Reyes (0-0, 6.89)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
With a doubleheader scheduled for tonight, the powers that be made the call early to scratch this one and make them up next month
with a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20th.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 0
• Dupra (L, 1-3) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Benincasa 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Latimore 1-4, HR, RBI
• Hague 1-4, 2B, RBI

Richmond completed the three-game sweep with a 6-2 win over Harrisburg on a Wednesday matinee. Seven walks helped mask the continued futility as the Senators notched just three hits for the game and went 0-for-12 with RISP. Quincy Latimore homered to lead off the 8th and break up the string of 18 scoreless innings on offense. Brian Dupra suffered his second loss over his last three starts (fourth overall at AA), giving up four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings while striking out three.
Roster move: RHP John Simms reassigned from Potomac with no corresponding move.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 4
• Schwartz (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Mendez (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R
• McQuillan 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

The P-Nats took their fifth straight and took sole possession of 1st place in the Northern Division with a 7-4 victory over the Pelicans. Blake Schwartz got his first win of 2014 as he turned in five innings of two-hit ball, allowing a leadoff homer in the 1st and a single in the 3rd to Jorge Alfaro while blanking the rest of the Myrtle Beach lineup. Tony Renda doubled twice, Stephen Perez singled twice, while Mike McQuillan went yard for his first of the season, an Earl Weaver special in the 6th that put Potomac up 5-1. The Pelicans rallied for one in the 7th and two in the 8th to make things interesting but Gilberto Mendez slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.

Lexington vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Add Hagerstown to the list of gates killed by the rain on Wednesday. It does, however, make for a killer doubleheader with both Lucas Giolito and Nick Pivetta scheduled to pitch for the Suns tonight.

Auburn vs. Williamsport — PPD
The rains that washed out the Chiefs also postponed the Doubledays and Crosscutters. The game will be made up with a doubleheader on July 4th at 12 p.m. (Wait. What? No Fireworks?!)

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 4
• A. Williams 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Morales (L, 0-2) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Alvarez 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI, CS
• Gutierrez 2-3, RBI

The G-Cards came back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to edge the G-Nats, 5-4. Sixth Rd. pick Austen Williams threw two scoreless innings in his pro debut, working around three hits and a walk. The loss was charged to Jose Morales, who recovered from the Cards’ three-run 5th to post zeroes in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. Thomas Alvarez fell a home run shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the D-Nats 11-hit attack.

DSL Red Sox 2 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo 5IP, 5H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Vargas (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Charlis (BS, 2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• G. Ramirez 3-4
• Guerrero 1-3, BB, 2SB

After breaking up the Star Trek convention on the scoreboard with an unearned run in the 8th, the D-Nats couldn’t repel the D-Red Sox in their final at-bat as they fell in the 9th, 2-1. Miguel Vargas walked the leadoff man to begin his fourth inning of relief, then gave up an infield single. After a sacrifice, he was lifted for Fiyeral Charlis, who struck out the first batter but Sorianoed the second as he gave up the two-run, game-winning single for his second blown save. Offensively, the D-Nats were held to just six hits, three of which came off the bat of Gilberto Ramirez (3-for-4). Roster moves: RHPs Malvin Pena, Francisco Pinto, LHP Yonathan Ramirez assigned from Washington; C Jose Cabello, LHP Jose Jimenez, RHP Angel Guillen placed on the 60-Day DL