Luke Erickson

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

Jun 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (8-3, 3.38) vs.
Jones (3-4, 5.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 vs. New Britain,
12:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-1, 4.88) vs.
Vasquez (4-2, 3.28)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Brady (0-0, 11.25)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Alcantara (1-2, 2.77)


Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Treinen (W, 3-0) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Delcarmen (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Walters 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, BB, SB(10)

Syracuse scored in three straight innings to build a 4-0 lead and held off Norfolk for a 5-3 win to even the series at 1-1. Blake Treinen returned from DC to spin six strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while setting down six on strikes for his third AAA win. The top four batters combined to go 7-for-15 with three runs scored and three RBI while Brandon Laird homered. Leadoff man Emmanuel Burriss fit the description with two singles, two runs scored, and a walk while swiping his 10th base.
Roster move: LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno optioned from Washington.

New Britain 7 Harrisburg 2
• Cole (L, 6-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 3-4, RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, R, BB

After winning seven straight, it’s now two consecutive losses as the Rock Cats slammed the Senators, 7-2. A.J. Cole struck out eight over five innings but was also touched for three runs on six hits and two walks to take the loss. Neil Holland coughed up the killshot, surrendering a grand slam to turn a 3-2 game into the eventual score in the 7th. Bryan Harper struck out two and gave up a hit in his AA debut. Cutter Dykstra went 3-for-4 with an RBI while rehabbing Jeff Kobernus was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The rest of the lineup went 2-for-25 as Harrisburg was held to seven hits total.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse, UT Jeff Kobernus reassigned from Potomac (MLB rehab), LHP Bryan Harper promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Perez got the start at SS while Pleffner came off the bench at 1B, but both men went 0-for-2 and combined for three strikeouts as the Carolina League loss to the California League, 3-2.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
Wilmer Difo went 0-for-3 with a walk and a whiff as the starting 2B, Rafael Bautista came off the bench to go 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Spencer Kieboom was the second of three catchers to play in a 10-inning, 4-4 tie at the Sally League All-Star game.

Auburn 2 Mahoning Valley 1
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (W, 1-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Sanchez (S, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Mejia 2-3, 2B

Three Auburn pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Doubledays edged the Scrappers, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez gave up both the hit and the run as he walked four during the first five innings. Deibi Yrizarri followed with two perfect innings, striking out one, while Mario Sanchez followed suit, but struck out two as the two relievers earned the win and save, respectively. Cody Gunter and Bryan Mejia both went 2-for-3 with a double to pace the Auburn offense, which got the winning run on an unintentional walk following an intentional base-on-balls in the 8th.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Bermudez (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Fuentes 3⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, CS
• Rengel 2-3, 2R

The D-Nats fell into an early 4-0 hole and couldn’t dig themselves out, falling to the D-Cards, 5-3. Starter Juan Bermudez took the loss, giving up the first three runs (two earned) on five hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. The 9-1 batters racked up four of the six hits and scored all three D-Nats runs as the offense left on just five baserunners.

Jun 172014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (2-0, 1.96) vs.
Wright (1-5, 6.75)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Duffey (1-2, 4.84)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-2, 6.88 @ Low-A) vs.
Vizcaya (3-1, 6.88 @ AZL in ’13)
DSL Nationals Won, 17-16 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (0-1, 0.00) vs.
Oca (0-0, 7.20)


Norfolk 5 Syracuse 4
• Simmons (L, 0-1) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B

Norfolk got to James Simmons twice for two-run homers in the early going as the Chiefs could not complete the comeback from 5-0, losing by a 5-4 count.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators return home for a pair of three-game series against New Britain and Akron, having their first winning road trip with a 5-1 swing swing through Erie and Bowie last week.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Stephen Perez is expected to start at SS while 1B Shawn Pleffner may see action coming off the bench at the California-Carolina League game in Wilmington, DE.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
Wilmer Difo is expected to start at 2B for the Northern Division, but it’s not as hopeful for John Wooten (officially on the DL) and Spencer Kieboom (one of two reserve catchers) to get any ABs. Nick Pivetta, Austin Voth, and Jake Walsh were named to the team as pitchers, but with Voth having been promoted and Pivetta and Walsh pitching over the weekend, it’s possible no Suns will appear on the mound in Hickory.

Batavia 4 Auburn 3
• A. Martinez 4⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR, WP
• D. Williams 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Bafidis (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Read 2-4, 2B, CS
• Mejia 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI

Auburn gave up three runs early and rallied to tie it at 3-3 in the 5th but lost in the bottom of the 8th on a pair of one-out singles sandwiched around a walk off losing pitcher Cory Bafidis.

DSL Nationals 17 DSL Mariners 16
• Nunez 1⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR
• Rosario 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Morel (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 5K
• G. Ramirez 2-3, 2R, 3BB, RBI, SB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Mota 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 2B
• 16 Team BBs

The D-Nats overcame deficits of 7-0, 14-7, and 16-9 and scored the last eight runs of this slugfest — including five in the 9th — for a 17-16 win.

Jun 162014
 

Shuffling The Deck
Posting from the road office in Nashville, Tennessee… The shuffling of rosters at the Class-A All-Star Breaks has begun, though it’s up and down the ladder:

SYRACUSE
• LHP Matt Grace reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Rafael Martin reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Ryan Mattheus, OF Destin Hood placed on 7-Day DL (Hood retroactive to 6/15)
• IF Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Ryan Tatusko placed on 3-Day TIL

POTOMAC
• RHP Austin Voth promoted from Hagerstown

AUBURN
• RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Hagerstown
• LHPs Cory Bafidis, David Napoli reassigned from Hagerstown

In a season chock-full of needs-based moves, it’s hard to tell how many of these moves are permanent. Best guess: Voth stays in High-A where pitching is needed while at least two of the Harrisburg-to-Syracuse moves will be undone a la Brian Dupra last week. Likewise, I’d posit that at least one of the Hagerstown-to-Auburn moves will be reversed as this appears that the Nationals want these guys available and/or working with coaches.

UPDATE: One move that is permanent is that of Ryan Tatusko, who I can confirm has been sold to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball League as noted in the comments. He will rejoin former teammate and former Nationals farmhand Caleb Clay (H/T Geoff Morrow, Mick Reinhard).

Jun 162014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (1st AAA start of ’14) vs.
Yoon (2-6, 5.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 8-6 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 6-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.50 @ DSL in ’12) vs.
Cavanerio (4-1, 2.74 @ GCL in ’13)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 2.35) vs.
Brito (0-1, 19.29)


Syracuse 4 Norfolk 0
• Roenicke (W, 2-3) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Jackson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 2-4, R, RBI
• Moore 2-4
• Laird 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Three Chiefs pitchers combined on a ten-hit shutout as Syracuse took the four-game series 3-1 with a 4-0 victory. Josh Roenicke got the win, his second, scattering seven hits and working around two walks over six scoreless innings. Zach Jackson and Daniel Stange followed with two zeroes and one goose egg, respectively. Zach Walters and Tyler Moore both went 2-for-4 while Brandon Laird went 1-for-3 with a two-run double as Syracuse totaled nine hits and two walks though they struck out 13 times.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 3IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 2K
• Herron 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Latimore 3-3, BB, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, RBI

Bowie picked up right where they left off Saturday night by putting up another four-spot in the 1st as they handed Harrisburg a 6-2 loss, ending the Sens’ seven-game win streak. Brian Dupra returned from a spot start in AAA but lost the strike zone with five walks in five innings while giving up five runs on… wait for it… five hits. Qunicy Latimore reached base four times with three singles and a walk while Jason Martinson went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Senators registered eight hits and four walks total on offense.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 6
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Manno (W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Harper (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• McQuillan 3-5, 2B, 4RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

Potomac couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 5-3 but scored three in the 8th to take the series finale against Winston-Salem, 8-6. Mike McQuillan twice came up big with two-RBI hits, doubling in the 5th and singling in the 8th to plate the go-ahead runs as he went 3-for-5 to lead the P-Nats attack. Dakota Bacus pitched six innings, giving up three on seven hits and two walks while striking out four but got a no-decision. The win went to Chris Manno, who pitched a high-wire 8th, while Bryan Harper nailed it down in the 9th for his 1st save of 2014. While not official (yet), according to little bro Bryce, Bryan is on his way to Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 5
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Napoli (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walsh (SV, 8) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 3B, SF, 3RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The Suns bats, which had gone dead for much of the past week, awakened for three in the 6th and four in the 7th as they dropped the Drive, 8-5 to avoid a series sweep and break a four-game losing streak. Alas, it was too little, too late as the Greensboro Grasshoppers completed the improbable feat of winning 10 straight (the first three against the Suns) to finish the half and win the Sally League Northern Division first-half title. Starter Austin Voth was dinged for three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings but got yet another no-decision (six in 13 starts). The win went to David Napoli in his Low-A debut while Jake Walsh stranded two in the 8th and closed it out in the 9th for his eighth save. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen activated from the 7-Day DL, IF John Wooten placed on the 7-Day DL.

Batavia 6 Auburn 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Diomedes Eusebio 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Diomedes Eusebio’s three-run shot in the 8th broke up the shutout bid but Batavia, um, doubled up Auburn, 6-3. Starter Luis Reyes took the loss, giving up a two-run homer in the 1st and three hits total over five innings, walking one and fanning six. The Muckdogs scored four against reliever Matt DeRosier in the 7th to break it open. Eusebio also doubled and went 2-for-4, while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Doubledays were limited to just six hits and four walks on the afternoon.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats remain in 2nd place in the Boca Chica South at 8-5, though they’ve lost two straight. This week it’s home games against the Mariners, Cardinals, and Orioles2 while they visit the Cards and O’s-dos y Los Rojos.

Jun 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 vs. Norfolk,
2:00 p.m.
Roenicke (1-3, 5.31) vs.
Additon (3-1, 3.33)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.15)
Potomac Won, 7-6;
Lost, 5-4 (9 inn.)
vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-2, 3.54) vs.
Wendelken (5-6, 3.77)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Voth (4-3, 2.23) vs.
Ball (1-5, 7.12)
Auburn Lost, 7-2 vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 6.75 @ GCL in ’13) vs.
Castellanos (3-4, 3.45 @ GCL in ’13)
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-0 OFF DAY N/A


Norfolk 4 Syracuse 1
• Hill 8IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Mattheus 2BF, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Madrigal 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-4
• Laird 2-4, CS

The Tide tied it with an unearned run in the 8th and washed over Ryan Mattheus and Warner Madrigal for three in the 9th for a 4-1 victory. Destin Hood’s removal from the game was due to knee soreness, per Lyndsay Kramer of Syracuse.com.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 4
• Brach (W, 1-0) 6IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Demny 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 3-5, 2R, 2B, BB, OF assist at 1B
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Senators won their seventh straight game and were on the verge of an 8-0 shutout before the wheels wobbled in the 9th as the BaySox got three walks and an error and scored four times in the 9th for the final 8-4 tally.

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 6 — GAME ONE
• Spann 5⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Mendez (W, 4-3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Perez 2-3, BB, RBI, SB(18), E(16)
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, 2B

Potomac took the opener by scoring twice in 5th and 6th innings and three in 7th, overcoming a four-run outburst by Winston-Salem in the 6th, to walk off with a 7-6 win.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 4 (9 inn.) — GAME TWO
• R. Pena ⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Dickson 5⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K, 2-0 IR-S
• Benincasa (BS, 3; L, 4-2) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 1-3, R

The P-Nats rallied again in the 7th to force “extras” in the nightcap but lost on a two-out, two-strike wild pitch by closer Robert Benincasa for a 5-4 loss.

Greenville 3 Hagerstown 1
• Giolito (L, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Ullmann 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 1-4, 2B
• Yezzo 1-4, RBI

The Suns lost the game, 3-1, and the division lead as the Grasshoppers took their 9th straight. With Greensboro taking the one and only series between them in the first half, Hagerstown must win today and the Grasshoppers must lose for the Suns to win the Sally League Northern Division. Roster moves: LHPs Cory Bafidis, David Napoli reassigned from Auburn.

Batavia 7 Auburn 2
• Ott 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Mooneyham 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K
• Vettleson 1-2, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Abreu 1-3, R, 3B, BB

The Muckdogs went to town in the bottom of the 8th, scoring all seven runs as they evened the home-and-home opening series with a 7-2 victory over the Doubledays. Roster moves: RHPs David Ramos, Jefry Rodriguez reassigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Mariners 9 DSL Nationals 0
• Pena (L, 1-1) 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Acevedo 1IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K
• Pimentel 1-2, BB
• Perdomo 1-3

The D-Mariners erupted for five in the 5th while the D-Nats were held to just three hits and committed seven (7) errors in the 9-0 loss.

Jun 142014
 

RIP Spike 08/03/2003-6/14/2012

The annual baseball road trip is a week later than last year as I’ll be heading southwest again down I-81 for a tour through Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

The mission is to keep the site running and updated while I dine on the fine breakfasts provided from two-star motels (or Dunkin’ Donuts) or snack on the gourmet offerings from vending machines (or 7-11). However, the News & Notes will be abbreviated some mornings (like tomorrow) as I’ll need to hit the road early to make the next stop and/or account for time lost crossing in/out of the Central Time Zone.

First stop tomorrow afternoom: Kodak,TN to see the Tennessee Smokies, followed by games in Nashville, Louisville, Columbus, Mahoning Valley (versus Auburn), and Lancaster. Folks who are interested in pictures from previous vacations can take a look at the tab above labeled… wait for it… “Road Trips.”

Jun 142014
 

With the first half wrapped up on Thursday night, the P-Nats were scheduled to have a doubleheader on Friday night. Instead, they only got in one game, losing 4-2 to Winston-Salem.

This was also the first start for John Simms after he struck out a career-high of 14 last Saturday. Simply put, he was bound to do worse because it would have been very difficult to do better.

His teammates gave him runs in the first two innings. Jeff Kobernus beat out an infield hit to third and was balked to second when the pitcher slipped as the game was begun with a light but steady rain*. He would score on two-out single by Shawn Pleffner.
* It should be noted that in years past, the deluge that struck earlier in the day would have been enough to postpone both games.

In the 2nd, Mike McQuillan, Justin Miller, and Estarlin Martinez went back-to-back-to-back with singles to left-center, left field, and a seeing five-hopper between 1B and 2B that gave Potomac a 2-1 lead.

Winston-Salem took the lead back for good in the 3rd with a pair of doubles sandwiched around a walk. Simms struck out two in the inning — five in the game — but couldn’t get Keenyn Walker a second time, as the 24-y.o. drove one to left, spinning Kobernus around for a two-run knock.

Simms would set down the side in order in the 5th (and his final inning) on three groundouts. He was charged with three runs on five hits with three walks. He would suffer the loss to fall to 1-4 for the season.

Potomac put the lead runner on with a walk in the 4th and an infield single in the 5th but neither man reached second. Cole Leonida singled off the pitcher’s mitt and took third on a McQuillan double but Miller and Martinez both grounded out to end the threat.

The Dash got their final run in the 6th as Wander Suero let up a leadoff single and a one-out double to put runners on second and third. Walker singled to right to get one run in but Martinez gunned down the trail runner for the second out and keep the P-Nats within striking distance.

Kobernus drew a leadoff walk in the 7th and stole second but watched the next two batters strike out and ran in while Pleffner flew out to CF to end it.

Rain postponed the second game, forcing a doubleheader tonight. Potomac has not announced who will start tonight while Winston-Salem will send out Brad Goldberg (2-4, 5.17) to pitch the opener and RHP Frank Montas (3-0, 1.23) to throw in the nightcap.

Jun 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-1 vs. Norfolk,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (8-2, 1.92) vs.
Escalona (1-1, 4.91)
Harrisburg Won, 11-5 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Brach (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
E. Rodriguez (1-3, 5.50)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Montas (3-0, 1.23) and
Goldberg (2-4, 5.17)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-2;
Lost, 2-0
vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 2.06) vs.
Gunkel (2-0, 2.58)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (3-0, 4.03 @ GCL in ’13) vs.
Adames (0-0, 0.00 in NYPL in ’13)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Manzueta (0-2, 1.50)


Syracuse 10 Norfolk 1
• Laffey (W, 8-3) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Jackson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 4-4, 4R, BB
• Laird 3-4, 3R

Steve Souza opened the scoring with a two-run blast in the 1st and Zach Walters ended it with a three-run shot in the 8th as the Chiefs rolled the Tide, 10-1. Aaron Laffey pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight start and 8th game overall, allowing the one Norfolk run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Emmanuel Burriss reached base five times with four singles and a walk, and scored four times while Brandon Laird went 3-for-4 with three runs scored as Syracuse pounded out 15 hits total. Souza and Walters combined for nine of the 10 RBI.
Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington, RHP Blake Treinen optioned to Washington.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 5
• Kroenke (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K
• Espino (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Keyes 3-4, 2R, HR(10), BB, 3RBI
• Ramsey 3-4, R, BB, SB

The Senators extended their win streak to six with an 11-5 beatdown of the BaySox. Harrisburg put up 14 hits and walked five times as every batter reached base. Kevin Keyes went deep for the third time this week with a three-run blast in the 1st for his 10th AA homer and 14th overall. He went 3-for-4 with a walk as did Caleb Ramsey to lead the barrage. Zach Kroenke didn’t pitch well, coughing up five runs on seven hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds, but got the win. Paolo Espino let in two inherited runners but kept Bowie off the board in the 7th and 8th innings. Derek Self worked around a walk to toss a scoreless inning in his AA debut.
Roster moves: RHPs Brett Brach, Derek Self promoted from Potomac.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 2 — GAME ONE
• Simms (L, 1-4) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Suero 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• McQuillan 2-2, R, 2B, BB
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI

It was supposed to be two, but they only got in one Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena activated from the 7-Day DL.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre (L, 2-4) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Cooper 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Middleton 2-2, 2RBI
• Lopez 1-3, R, 2B

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains. In the opener, it was two out of three and it was bad as Hagerstown lost to Greenville, 8-2. Hector Silvestre struggled again, giving up two runs in the space of three batters with a triple and a home run and three hits total in his one and only inning pitched. The Drive motored through three relievers, scoring in five of seven innings. Brennan Middleton’s two-run single following a Drew Ward walk and a Carlos Lopez double basically summed up the offense, accounting for the two Suns runs scored in the 2nd.

Greenville 2 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Pivetta (L, 8-3) 5IP, 3H, 2R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Davis 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 1-3
• Ward 1-3

Hagerstown’s scoring woes continued in the nightcap as they were shut out on two hits, 2-0. Nick Pivetta pitched well enough to win on most nights, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out six but took his third loss. Isaac Ballou and Drew Ward both singled one in three ABs while Craig Manuel walked once to account for the three (3) Suns baserunners. If you’re a DC sports fan, you didn’t need to look up how Greensboro did — you already knew they won again to cut the Hagerstown lead to a single game with two to go in the first half.

Auburn 2 Batavia 1
• Lopez 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K, E
• Torres (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 1-2, R, 2B, E
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, 2B, RBI

A defensive gem this game was not, but Auburn made one less mistake as they edged Batavia, 2-1 to take the season opener. Auburn got on the board in the first as the leadoff runner reached on a dropped third strike, took second on a missed pickoff, and scored on a two-out double by Jean Carlos Valdez. The Doubledays gave the run back in the 5th with two errors — one by Cody Gunter to allow the runner to reach, the other by starter Reynaldo Lopez who also threw it away trying to pick off a runner at first base. The gamewinner came in the 7th when Gunter doubled with one out, took third on a flyout to center and scored when the cutoff man muffed the throw in from the outfield. Lopez went the first five innings and gave up the lone Muckdog run on two hits and a walk while fanning five. Luis Torres got the win with two scoreless innings of relief while the save went to Mario Sanchez for a pair of 1-2-3 innings in the 8th and 9th. Roster move: LHP Brett Mooneyham activated from 7-Day DL and reassigned from Potomac.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 6
• N. Ramirez (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K, HBP
• Archibald 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, HBP, PO at 1B
• Agustin 1-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Mota 1-3, R, BB

The D-Mets greeted Nector Ramirez with three in the 3rd and knocked him from the box while scoring another three in the 4th as they held off the D-Nats for 6-5 win. Ramirez was charged with four runs total on six hits and two walks over three and 1/3rd innings as he suffered his first loss. The D-Nats were held to just seven hits but scored five times with the help of two errors and a wild pitch. Israel Mota was the only batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Jun 132014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 38-28, T1st place I.L. North, 5 games ahead

Good Warner Madrigal 1.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP since return to AAA (8 appearances)
Bad Josh Johnson .161BA (and SLG, and OBP) over last 10G
Interesting Jhonatan Solano .462/.500/.731, 2HR, 8RBI in June



HARRISBURG SENATORS 26-38, 5th place E.L. West, 11½ games behind

Good Cutter Dykstra .316/.341/.421 in last 10G
Bad Team Pitching WHIP, 1.48 — 11th in 12-team E.L.
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .462/.523/.513 in June



POTOMAC NATIONALS 36-29, 1st Half C.L. North Division Winner

Good Robert Benincasa 1-0, 3SV, 0H, 3BB in last 5 appearances (5⅓ IP)
Bad Pedro Severino .178BA, 6E since May 1 (30G)
Interesting Randolph Oduber .309/.346/.443 since return from AA (38G)



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 42-23, 1st place Sally North, 2½ games ahead

Good Spencer Kieboom .348/.379/.551 since coming off the DL in May (23G)
Bad Nick Pivetta 10.61 ERA, 2.57 WHIP in last 3GS
Interesting Nine holds, T11th in 14-team Sally League



DSL NATIONALS SUNS 42-23, 1st place Sally North, 2½ games ahead

Good 18-y.o. Israel Mota .349/.391/.721, 3HR, 14RBI in 11G
Bad 19-y.o. Carlos Acevedo 11.81 ERA, 1.88 WHIP in 1st two appearances
Interesting 16-y.o. Anderson Franco 7E, 7RBI in 11G
Jun 132014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 vs. Norfolk,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (7-3, 3.60) vs.
Gamboa (4-5, 4.06)
Harrisburg Won, 9-6 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Kroenke (1-1, 4.09) vs.
Pettit (4-4, 6.03)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
5:30 p.m. (DH)
Simms (1-3, 3.92) and Spann (4-1, 3.38)
vs. Montas (3-0, 1.23)
Jaye (2-0, 1.57) and Goldberg (2-4, 5.17)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (2-3, 4.50) and Pivetta (8-2, 4.15)
vs. McGrath (1-3, 4.76) and Gunkel (2-0, 2.58)
Smith (2-4, 6.80)
Auburn N/A vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
R. Lopez (0-1, 7.04 at Low-A)
vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
N. Ramirez (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Rondon (0-1, 4.91)


Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Tatusko (W, 5-5) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, 2WP
• Stange (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Walters 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Peterson 1-3, BB
• Souza 2-4, R

The Chiefs put up four in the first and rode out the Tide for a 5-3 win in the first of eight straight against Norfolk. Ryan Tatusko evened up his won-loss record at 5-5 with three runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over five and a third, though he did give up a home run for the third straight start. The Syracuse ‘pen combined for three and 2/3rds scoreless, with Daniel Stange and Manny Delcarmen earning hold and Warner Madrigal picking up the save. Eight of nine Chiefs hit safely, as Syracuse racked up 12 hits with Zach Walters, Tyler Moore, Steve Souza, and Jhonatan Solano each going 2-for-4. Roster move: LHP Mike Gonzalez activated from the TIL.

Harrisburg 9 Erie 6
• Cole (W, 6-2) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Martin (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 3-4, 3R, 2B, BB
• Skole 2-4, HR, BB, 3RBI, E(7)
• Taylor 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI

With a 9-6 win, the Senators extended their win streak to five and swept an opponent on the road for the first time this season. Staff ace A.J. Cole was knocked around for five runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks over five innings but got the Jack Morris win, his 6th of the season. Matt Skole homered again, smacking a three-run bomb in the top of the 9th for his third big fly in the last eight games and sixth overall. Michael Taylor hit HR #16 while Caleb Ramsey notched another three-hit game and drew walk to lead the 14-hit attack. Roster move: RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac 3 Winston-Salem 2
• G. Gonzalez 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 7K
• Mendez (W, 3-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Benincasa (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Oduber 2-3, R, 3B

With a 3-2 victory over Winston-Salem, Potomac clinched the Carolina League’s Northern Division first half title in back-to-back seasons for the first time as a Nationals affiliate. Gio Gonzalez made his second rehab outing, pitching four innings with one run allowed on two hits and four walks. He struck out seven, including the side in the 4th. Jeff Kobernus, also on rehab, walked with one out, stole 2nd and 3rd, and came in to score when the catcher overthrew third base. It would be prove to be the gamewinner when the P-Nats reloaded the bases on a walk and two singles only to have the insurance canceled with a 3-2-4 double play to end the inning. Gilberto Mendez got the win with three outs and two runners stranded in the 8th while Robert Benincasa mowed ‘em down in order with a pair of K’s and a flyout for his 11th save.

Greenville vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The afternoon rains were too much for the field to absorb, forcing a postponement and creating a doubleheader for Friday night against Greenville. The Suns’ magic number is stuck at two as the Grashoppers refuse to lose, taking their seventh straight decision with a 5-2 win over the Intimidators.

Auburn Doubledays — Opening Day
With more than a dozen players from the 2013 GCL Nationals, there will be high expectations for the 2014 Auburn Doubledays, writes Jeremy Houghtaling of the Auburn Citizen, who wrote a [ship]load of stories this week about the Doubledays; you can follow him on Twitter here. An official roster unveiling is unlikely this year, thanks to the NYPL starting up a week earlier than in years past.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Mets1 5
• Baez 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Agustin 4-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Vilorio 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• G. Ramirez 2-2, R, 3B, HR, BB, 2RBI

Joan Baez showed no rust on the diamond as he walked one and let up just two hits over six innings to earn his first win as the D-Nats outslugged the D-Mets1 squad, 8-5. Telmito Agustin continues to swing a hot bat, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Luis Vilorio followed him in the hit column with a 3-for-4 game, including a double and an RBI. Gilberto Ramirez piled up the most total bases with a triple and a home run.