Luke Erickson

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

May 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.

May 272015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
McGregor (3-3, 3.35) vs.
Bowden (3-1, 1.97)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-3 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Bleier (3-0, 2.48) vs.
Biagini (2-3, 1.76)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Spann (0-4, 4.66) and
Mapes (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Rico (2-2, 2.70) and
Mills (2-3, 3.32)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3 @ Greensboro,
12:30 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) vs.
Cavanerio (0-1, 3.21)

Norfolk 3 Syracuse 1
• Lively (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Fornataro 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 1-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Gwynn 1-4, 2B, RBI, OF assist at HP

The Chiefs bats were held to just three hits in a 3-1 loss to the Tides. Mitch Lively was the first of five pitchers to take the mound and the loser for allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with two K’s. Eric Fornataro followed with two scoreless, while Erik Davis let in the third Norfolk run in his two frames. Emmanuel Burriss singled, walked, and stole two bases while scoring the sole Syracuse run. Tony Gwynn Jr. drove him in with a double in the 1st while Josh Johnson accounted for the third and final hit in 9th.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 3
• Bacus (L, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Mendez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Robinson 3-4, SB
• Hague 0-2, R, 2BB

Richmond exploded for five runs in the 3rd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Harrisburg. Dakota Bacus took the loss in his second AA start, charged with all six runs on seven hits (including a three-run HR) over five innings. He walked two and struck out three. Gilberto Mendez tossed two scoreless innings and Brian Dupra one to keep the Sens within striking distance. Derrick Robinson led the Harrisburg offense with three singles and a stolen base, but the rest of the lineup managed just five hits and left on 12 baserunners.
LHP Richard Bleier was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After a drive-by, three-game homestand last week, the last-place P-Nats are in town for eight games in seven days, beginning with a doubleheader tonight (weather permitting) against the first-place Blue Rocks.

Hagerstown 10 Greensboro 3
• Dickey 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Cooper (W, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Van Orden (SV, 2) 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Carey 2-4, 2R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• DeBruin 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Read 0-2, R, 3BB, 2GIDP

Dale Carey homered twice and drove in three as the Suns scored the last seven runs in a 10-3 win over the Grasshoppers. Robbie Dickey was activated shortly before the game but was ineffective, giving up all three Greensboro runs on six hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. The win went to Andrew Cooper, who stranded two in the 3rd and went two and a 1/3rd innings total. Expected starter Drew Van Orden tossed four shutout innings for the rulebook save. Grant DeBruin was the only other Hagerstown batter to record multiple hits, thanks the Grasshopper pitchers issuing nine walks to enable ten runs to score on just eight hits.
Roster moves: RHP Austen Williams reassigned to XST, RHP Robbie Dickey reassigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner singled and doubled and stole a base for a 2-for-4 night, a 12-game hit streak, and a 25-game on-base streak.

May 262015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Norfolk,
6:35 p.m.
Lively (0-0, 1.85) vs.
McFarland (1-2, 4.24)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Lujan (1-4, 5.59)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (2-1, 2.67) vs.
Kolek (3-2, 4.50)

Norfolk 7 Syracuse 2
• T. Hill (L, 3-2) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Rivero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• den Dekker 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

A five-run 8th turned the, um, tide of a 2-1 game as Norfolk defeated Syracuse, 7-2. The loss went to Taylor Hill despite pitching into the 7th and letting in just two runs on eight hits and a walk. Manny Delcarmen retired just one of four batters faced in the 8th while Rich Hill prevented none of three inherited runners from scoring and let in two more to put the game away for the Tides. Four Chiefs recorded multiple hits but just three came with RISP as the team left on 14 runners.

Harrisburg 3 New Britain 2
• Voth 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-3, 2B, BB
• Lisson 2-4, R

Harrisburg closed out its seven-game homestand with another one-run victory, this one a 3-2 decision against New Britain. Drew Vettleson drove in two in the 7th to plate the tying and winning runs and make a winner out of James Simmons. Austin Voth started and went the first five innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five. Abel De Los Santos and Hector Ambriz each threw a 1-2-3 inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Kevin Keyes singled, walked, and doubled to pace the Senators offense.
Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 0
• Giolito (L, 1-3) 5IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Thomas 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Miller 1-3, 3B
• Manuel 1-2, HBP

Giolito may very well master the National League someday, but first he needs to get past the Carolina League. Myrtle Beach jumped on the Nats top prospect for three runs early, connecting for four extra-base hits in the first two innings and six hits total over five innings as Giolito suffered his third loss in four starts. The Potomac offense was limited to just four baserunners in nine innings. Craig Manuel was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice with a 6th-inning single and a hit-by-pitch in the 8th.

Hagerstown 4 Greensboro 2
• Williams (W, 6-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• M. Sanchez (SV, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Masters 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Read 1-4, 2B, SB

Hagerstown answered Greensboro’s two-run 2nd with two in the and added single runs in the 7th and 8th innings en route to a 4-2 win in the series opener. Austen Williams won his team-high sixth game with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Mario Sanchez finished the game with three scoreless for his second save. David Masters collected multiple hits for the third straight game, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored though the Suns did whiff 11 times and walked just once.
Roster moves: 1B Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, C Jorge Tillero reassigned to XST; C Raudy Read activated from 7-Day DL; IF Carlos Lopez reassigned from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Keep both hands on the keyboard while you read that Turner went 1-for-3 in both games of the San Antonio-Frisco doubleheader to extend his hit streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 24 games.

May 252015

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Norfolk,
4:05 p.m.
T. Hill (3-1, 4.57) vs.
Davies (1-3, 3.03)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. New Britain,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (2-2, 3.89) vs.
Flemer (1-1, 3.72)
Potomac Won, 1-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-2, 4.67) vs.
Tseng (1-2, 5.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-13 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Williams (5-1, 1.47) vs.
Kolek (3-2, 4.50)

Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 4
• Espino (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K; 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Valverde 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Butler 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, BB, RBI

Paolo Espino pitched seven scoreless innings and hit a three-run HR as the Chiefs stopped their seven-game slide with a 5-3 win over the Indians. Called up from Harrisburg to replace Taylor Jordan, Espino allowed just four hits and no walks while striking out three and earned the win. Dan Butler led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, adding a triple and a run scored as well as an RBI as Syracuse made the most of their eight hits and two walks.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington, RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington; RHP Paolo Espino, OF Caleb Ramsey reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Kila Ka‘aihue released.

Harrisburg 2 New Britain 1 (10 inn.)
• Bates 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Ambriz (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Pleffner 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Skole 1-2, BB, SF, RBI

Shawn Pleffner’s second double of the afternoon was the difference as the Senators edged the Rock Cats in 10 innings, 2-1. It was just the fifth hit for Harrisburg, with Matt Skole’s sacrifice fly in the 2nd providing the other run. Colin Bates made the spot start in place of Paolo Espino and turned in five innings of one-run ball. Sam Runion and Paul Demny followed with two scoreless innings apiece before giving way to Hector Ambriz, who struck out two in the 10th and got the win.
Roster move: OF Drew Vettleson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 1 Myrtle Beach 0
• Pivetta (W, 3-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Self (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lee (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-4
• Mesa 1-3, R, 3B

Three P-Nats pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Pelicans by the minimum score of 1-0. Nick Pivetta went the first six, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out four. Derek Self got his third hold in four appearances with two hits let up over an inning and 2/3rds while Nick Lee stranded a runner in the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 4th save in as many chances. Narciso Mesa tripled with one out in the 3rd and came home on a sacrifice fly by Christopher Bostick for the game’s only run.

Lexington 14 Hagerstown 13 (10 inn.)
• Rodriguez 4IP, 8H, 10R, 9ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Bach 3⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Napoli (L, 2-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 5BB, 1K
• Gardner 4-5, 2R, 3B, BB
• Masters 2-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Tillero 2-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI

Three straight walks with one out (two intentional) put Lexington on top 14-13 in the bottom of the 10th, earning the Legends a series split. David Napoli walked five total over one and 2/3rds innings to take the loss. The Suns were unable to hold leads of 9-8 and 13-10 after rallying from a 7-1 deficit after the 1st. Starter Jefry Rodriguez was pounded yet again: 10 runs on eight hits and four walks with zero (0) strikeouts. Jeff Gardner led Hagerstown’s 17-hit attack with two runs, three singles, a triple, and a walk, going 4-for-5 overall.

Trea Turner Update
The hit streak for Turner is now at nine with a 2-for-4 game on Sunday, pushing his batting average to a season-high .340

May 242015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Indianapolis,
5:35 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 2.14) vs.
Richard (1-0, 2.53)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. New Britain,
6:30 p.m.
Espino (0-3, 4.26) vs.
Burke (0-0, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Pivetta (2-3, 1.60) vs.
Skulina (1-4, 4.80)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-3, 4.71) vs.
Ray (0-3, 6.44)

Indianapolis 5 Syracuse 4
• Billings 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Meek (BS, 1; L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Ka‘aihue 1-2, R, 2BB
• den Dekker 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Indianapolis rallied for three in the 9th to send Syracuse to its seventh straight loss, 5-4. Evan Meek blew his first save and suffered his second loss while giving up three hits to turn a 3-2 lead into a 5-3 deficit. The Chiefs got one back in the 9th but left the tying run on second. Bruce Billings turned in a quality start, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings while striking out four. Matt den Dekker homered, scored twice, and drove in two while Kila Ka‘aihue singled and walked twice to lead the Syracuse six-hit, five-walk offense.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 3
• Ross (L, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Mendez 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI
• Goodwin 1-4

Joe Ross’s streak of quality starts was stopped at four in a 4-3 loss by Harrisburg. New Britain homered twice, accounting for three of their four runs, all of which were allowed by Ross over five and a 1/3rd inning. He struck out six, walked none, and gave up five hits total. Three Rock Cats errors made the score much closer than it should have been as the Senators blistered the ball for three (3) hits and one (1) walk, with Caleb Ramsey’s HR in the 3rd accounting for the only earned run Harrisburg scored on the night.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 3
• Mapes 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Johansen (L, 1-3) 2IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Bostick 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B

The Pelicans swooped on Jake Johansen for six runs in the middle innings en route to a 7-3 win vs. the P-Nats. Tyler Mapes got the spot start and went the first three innings, dinged for a HR in the 2nd and two hits total as he struck out three and walked none. Myrtle Beach batted around against Johansen in the 4th and got six of their seven hits against him, as he lost for the third time this season. Christopher Bostick homered for the second straight game against his former team and went 2-for-4 with a walk to lead the Potomac attack.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• Valdez (W, 5-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Orlan (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Gardner 3-5, 2-2B, RBI
• Abreu 2-5, 2B, RBI, CS
• Carey 2-5, R, 2B

Hagerstown scored in four straight innings and collected a baker’s dozen of hits for the sole Nats farm win on Sunday, 5-2 over Lexingto. No curse of the GBI for Phillips Valdez who spun six innings of two-run ball on three hits and a pair of walks to tie Austen Williams for the team lead in wins with five. R.C. Orlan and Justin Amlung combined for three shutout innings of relief for the hold and save respectively. The Suns probably should have scored more than five times as they also drew six walks and were caught stealing three times, going 3-for-15 with RISP and stranding 10 baserunners.

Trea Turner Update
San Antonio was rained out on Saturday.

May 232015

GBI for NPP 2

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 16-25, 6th place I.L. North, 7½ games behind

Good Matt den Dekker .286BA (11-for-38) over last 10G
Bad Rich Hill 12BB, 4HBP in 17IP
Interesting Six (6) of 25 on current roster drafted by Washington

HARRISBURG SENATORS 18-22, 3rd place E.L. West, 5½ games behind

Good Richard Bleier 3-0, 2.77 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in May (4GS)
Bad Matt Skole .194BA, 44K in 37G
Interesting 13-11 at home, 5-11 on the road

POTOMAC NATIONALS 18-23, 2nd place C.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Brandon Miller .311/.415/.622, 4HR, 8BB, 8RBI in May (15G)
Bad Justin Thomas 5.06 ERA, 1.59 WHIP in seven appearances
Interesting Team SB rate 79.1% (38-for-48)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 21-20, 4th place Sally North, 6 games behind

Good Phillips Valdez 3-1, 0.82 ERA in May (4GS)
Bad Brennan Middleton .441 OPS in 19G
Interesting 245 batting K’s — fewest in the Sally League
May 232015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.29) vs.
Sampson (3-3, 2.61)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 vs. New Britain,
6:30 p.m.
Bleier (2-0, 3.43) vs.
Carle (5-1, 3.95)
Potomac Lost, 8-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Mapes (0-0, 3.75) vs.
Blackburn (2-2, 5.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez, P (4-2, 1.22) vs.
Rodgers (1-3, 2.67)

Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 4
• McGregor (L, 3-3) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Delcarmen ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Stewart 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB

It was a battle of attrition between the Indianapolis and Syracuse bullpens in a 6-4 win by the visitors. Starter Scott McGregor took the loss with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Four relievers followed and none of them could prevent the Indians from scoring over the final two and 2/3rds innings. Emmanuel Burriss singled, walked, homered, and scored two runs while Ian Stewart walked twice and doubled once to pace the Chiefs offense.
Roster moves: OF Tony Gwynn Jr. activated from TIL; UT Jose Lozada placed on 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 1 New Britain 0
• Bleier (W, 3-0) 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Ambriz (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Robinson 2-4, R, SB
• Lisson 1-2, BB, RBI

Two veteran pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Senators blanked the Rock Cats, 1-0. Richard Bleier gave up both hits and just one walks over eight innings while fanning seven to win his third game for Harrisburg. Hector Ambriz struck out the side — twice looking — on just 13 pitches to nail down the game and earn the save. Mario Lisson’s RBI single in the 3rd plated Derrick Robinson, who led the Senators hit column with a 2-for-4 night.
Roster move: RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Syracuse.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 4
• Lopez (L, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, WP
• K. Perez 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Miller 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Ballou 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez gave up five runs for the first time in more than two years and suffered his first loss as the Pelicans doubled up the P-Nats, 8-4. All his runs came in the 3rd on four hits (five total) and a walk (on seven pitches) as Myrtle Beach chased Lopez with two outs in the inning. Potomac homered three times with the bases empty and was unable to get the clutch hit (1-for-7 RISP) as the P-Nats scored just four times on 11 hits and three walks and left nine men on base.
Roster move: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Syracuse.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 1
• Reyes (L, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Mooneyham 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• DeBruin 2-4
• Davidson 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Legends scored three times in the 3rd and never trailed as they evened the four-game series at one apiece with a 5-1 win over the Suns. Luis Reyes suffered the loss, letting in four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. Brett Mooneyham finished the game with one run charged on two hits and three walks. Hagerstown outhit Lexington 9-7 with Grant DeBruin (2-for-4), D.K. Carey (1-for-3, BB), and Austin Davidson (same) each reaching base twice.

Trea Turner Update
The hits keep coming for Turner, who went 1-for-3 with two walks in a 4-3 San Antonio loss.

May 222015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-2, 3.20) vs.
Volstad (1-1, 4.06)
Harrisburg Won, 9-2 vs. New Britain,
6:30 p.m.
Bleier (2-0, 3.43) vs.
Carle (5-1, 3.95)
Potomac Won, 11-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-0, 0.53) vs.
Underwood (4-0, 1.09)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-2, 5.20) vs. TBD

Syracuse — OFF DAY
The Chiefs resume their six-game homestand with a weekend series against the Indians before heading to Norfolk and Durham next week to close out the month of May.
Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 9 Binghamton 2
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• De Los Santos 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• D. Robinson 4-5, 2R, SB
• Keyes 3-5, R, 2B, CS
• Renda 2-4, 4R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Harrisburg’s offense continues to roll with a 9-2 win over Binghamton. Dakota Bacus, the reigning Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, didn’t skip a beat as he spun a quality start of two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings to win his AA debut. Derrick Robinson singled four times while Tony Renda scored four times while homering for the first time in 2015. Every position player hit safely as the Senators pounded out a season-high 16 hits.
Roster move: RHP Casey Janssen rehab assignment ended.

Potomac 11 Carolina 1
• Simms (W, 1-4) 6⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Thomas 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ballou 3-5, 2R, 3B, 3RBI
• Perez 2-4, 3R, 2BB, RBI
• Miller 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

In his previous four starts, John Simms had five runs scored for him. Last night, Potomac more than doubled that total with an 11-1 demoliton to complete the three-game sweep of Carolina. Simms threw his third straight quality start, dinged for home run in the 4th and five hits total as he pitched a season-best six and 2/3rds innings for his first “W” of the year. Isaac Ballou scored twice, drove in three, and went 3-for-5 with a triple to lead the Potomac onslaught of 11 hits and ten walks.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 2
• Van Orden (W, 2-1) 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K, HR
• Sanchez (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Dent 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• DeBruin 1-3, 2R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown posted a picket fence with single runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th and held off a late Lexington charge for a 3-2 win. Starter and winning pitcher Drew Van Orden returned to the rotation with one hit and one walk allowed over five innings. Unfortunately, that one hit was a solo HR in the 4th, which Suns batters Cody Dent and Grant DeBruin matched in the 5th and 6th innings. Mario Sanchez gave up an unearned run over two and a 1/3rd innings to earn the hold while David Napoli got the last four outs to pick up the save.

Trea Turner Update
Thursday’s game between San Antonio and Corpus Christi was rained out.

May 212015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 10-1 vs. Binghamton,
6:30 p.m.
Bacus (AA Debut) vs.
Cessa (3-2, 2.97)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-4, 5.60) vs.
Carlos (0-6, 4.23)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-1, 2.86) vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 2 Syracuse 1
• Lively 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Delcarmen (L, 1-3) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K
• Minicozzi 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB

If you got up to hit the concessions in the 6th, you missed all the scoring as Lehigh Valley got their two in the top half while Syracuse responded with one in the bottom half. Manny Delcarmen suffered the loss, giving up both runs on two hits and walk over 2/3rds of an inning. Mark Minicozzi homered for the sole Chiefs run.

Harrisburg 10 Binghamton 1
• Spann (W, 1-0) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Janssen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• D. Robinson 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, BB, 2RBI

Matt Spann is winless at High-A, but unbeaten at AAA and now AA as the southpaw turned in seven strong innings in a 10-1 Harrisburg blowout win. Spann gave up the one B-Mets runs on seven hits and no walks, striking out three, though he the same batter twice. The Senators put up crooked numbers in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings to turn a 3-1 game into a laugher as they pounded out 11 hits, including three doubles (Derrick Robinson, Ricky Hague, Brian Jeroloman), a triple (Caleb Ramsey), and a homer (Mario Lisson).
Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus, LHP Matthew Spann reassigned to Harrisburg; RHPs Brian Rauh, Tim Alderson placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 4 Carolina 3
• Giolito (W, 1-2) 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 9K, WP
• Davis (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ward 2-3, R, BB
• Kieboom 2-4, 2B, RBI

The breaks evened out for Lucas Giolito and the P-Nats as they edged the Mudcats, 4-3. Giolito gave up all three runs over seven strong innings on six hits, but with no walks and nine strikeouts, including four in the 6th when a wild pitch to the leadoff man got turned into an earned but unlucky run when followed by a single and a two-run triple that put him behind 3-2. Potomac tied the game in the 6th with a walk and two infield singles. Stephen Perez got the Homer Simpson RBI with a bases-loaded HBP in the 7th. Derek Self pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while Cody Davis worked around a walk in the 9th to pick up the save.
Roster move: RHP Kevin Perez reassigned from XST.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 2
• Williams 5⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Bach (BS, 1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Amlung (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K 3-0 IR-S
• Keller 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Middleton 2-4, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, BB, SB

The Hagerstown ‘pen blew a 2-0 lead but the bats came alive in the 8th for 5-2 win to complete the sweep of Greensboro. Austen Williams pitched five and 2/3rds of shutout ball with six hits and three walks allowed and five K’s. The win went to Justin Amlung who stranded three in the top of the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th. All three Suns runs in the 8th came after two outs, highlighted by Osvaldo Abreu’s two-run double.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was a triple shy of the cycle while going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run in a 2-0 San Antonio win.