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 032013

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 9-17, 6th place I.L. North, 8½ games behind

Good Chris Marrero .337/.385/.614, 6HR, 20RBI
Bad Yunesky Maya 0-3, 7.45 ERA, 1.62WHIP .310 OBA
Interesting Danny Rosenbaum 1.14ERA, 5K, 45GO in 23⅔ IP

HARRISBURG SENATORS 13-14, T2nd place E.L. West, 2 games behind

Good Nathan Karns 2-0, 1.13ERA, 0.88 WHIP in last four starts
Bad Brian Goodwin 36K in 27G
Interesting Justin Bloxom .325/.341/.500 in last 10G

POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-14, T2nd place C.L. North, 2 games behind

Good Michael Taylor .270/.341/.486, 2HR, 5SB, 8RBI in last 10G
Bad Christian Meza 2.28WHIP, 9.31ERA in six appearances
Interesting Blake Schwartz 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11K in 11IP over first two High-A starts

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 15-11, T1st place Sally North, 2½ games ahead

Good Pedro Encarnacion 1.93 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, .207 OBA
Bad Hunter Bailey .528 OPS
Interesting Wes Schill 18BB in 18G, team-best .455 OBP
May 032013

Who’s the ace of Potomac Nationals staff? Taylor Jordan made his case with eight shutout innings to lead the P-Nats to a 5-1 victory and a 3-1 series win over the Carolina Mudcats.

Facing a Carolina lineup with three lefties and three switch hitters, Jordan pounded the inside the corner all night long, producing 13 outs on the ground — thanks to some nifty defense by Khayyan Norfork, who had seven assists at 2B and combined twice with SS Cutter Dykstra on double plays — and keeping the Mudcat batters.

Indeed, the highlight of the night for Jordan might have been the matchup with the penultimate batter, Zach MacPhee. Jordan fell behind 3-0 with a runner on 2nd and just one out. A fastball inside got the mercy strike. MacPhee twirled the bat as if he were tossing it to the bat boy for ball four but didn’t let go (a rather adept move: a one-handed windmill over the shoulder and back up to the hitting position), which certainly didn’t help his case.

Jordan threw the same pitch to the same location on the 3-1 count. Though the last offering may have been ball four, this was closer, as Nieto made no effort to frame the pitch. MacPhee made the same yes-no-okay-we’re-still-here twirl with with the bat. Jordan threw the same pitch, another inch inside and lower.

Called strike three.Complain if you must about an “ump show,” but there’s not much sympathy for a guy who gets two “warnings.”

Offensively, Potomac would give Jordan all the support he would need early.

Billy Burns beat out an infield tapper despite a Omar Vizquel-style grab and sling from 19-year-old Francisco Lindor (remember that name, kid’s got the Motts), got balked to second and took third on a too-sharp line-drive single to left by Dykstra. Jason Martinson plated him a with a single literally off the pitcher (he stayed in the game) for a 1-0 lead after one.

In the 2nd, Caleb Ramsey, Adrian Sanchez, and Norfork went back-to-back-to-back with singles, with Sanchez executing a sweet hit-and-run to the right side to move Ramsey to third while Norfork got the RBI and took the extra base when Carolina missed the cutoff man. A sacrifice fly by Burns sent in Sanchez and Norfork easily came home on a leg double by Michael Taylor.

Three innings later, Norfork would complete the Potomac scoring by turning around a high fastball to dead center for his first home run of the season.

With the win, Potomac improves to 13-14 and remains two games behind Lynchburg in the Carolina League North. A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.85) takes the hill tonight for the P-Nats against Myrtle Beach’s Luke Jackson (3-0, 1.27) as the Pelicans come to town for the weekend.

May 032013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (2-1, 1.14) vs.
Jurrjens (2-1, 2.64)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (2-3, 4.76) vs.
deGrom (0-2, 4.91)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 4.85) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.76)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 2.25) vs.
Flores (2-0, 1.52)

Norfolk 8 Syracuse 2
• Perry 4+ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Tatusko 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Kobernus 2-4, 2SB (10)
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Tide ripped Ryan Perry for seven runs over four-plus innings as Norfolk defeated Syracuse, 8-2. The 26-year-old walked four and struck out none and gave up nine hits, including a solo shot to Trayvon Robinson. Ryan Tatusko let in two after coming in with the bases loaded and no outs, but stopped the bleeding with four innings of long relief, with just one run allowed (another Robinson HR). Jeff Kobernus and Will Rhymes both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense. Roster Moves: OF-1B Jimmy Van Ostrand reassigned to Harrisburg; OF Erik Komatsu reassigned to Syracuse

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 1
• Karns (W, 2-1) 6⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Barrett 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Head 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Watts 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB

A four-run fifth broke a string of 14 scoreless innings as the Senators pounded out a season-best 13 hits en route to a 6-1 win in the getaway matinee (hey, that rhymes!) versus the Rock Cats. Nathan Karns struggled some early, issuing leadoff walks in the 1st and 3rd innings, but recovered to pitch into the 7th for his second win and second quality start. Pat McCoy stranded one runner while Aaron Barrett stranded two as the two combined for two and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief. Jerad Head led the Harrisburg hit parade with a home run and two singles for his fourth straight multihit game.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Jordan (W, 2-1) 8IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Holt 3BF, 3H, 1R, 1ER
• Self (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 3-4, R
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 1PO, 7A

Taylor Jordan threw eight scoreless innings while Khayyan Norfork dazzled on both offense and defense Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Augusta 2
• Encarnacion (W, 2-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Henke (H, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 3-4, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Ramos 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2K

The Suns scored three in the 2nd and held off the GreenJackets in the 9th for a 3-2 win in Augusta. All three runs came with two out as Tony Renda cashed in the back-to-back walks drawn by Wes Schill and Hunter Bailey to lead off the inning with a two-run single. Mike McQuillan send Renda to third with a safety to RF but couldn’t score from first on “Help Me” Wander Ramos’s double to CF that drove in the third Hagerstown run. Pedro Encarnacion tossed six shutout innings to get the win while the trio of Cody Davis, Travis Henke, and Robert Benincasa each pitched an inning in relief, with Benincasa getting the save, his fourth, though he gave up a home run in the 9th.

May 022013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Norfolk,
6:35 a.m.
Perry (0-1, 4.79) vs.
Arrieta (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 @ New Britain,
10:35 a.m.
Karns (1-1, 3.80) vs.
Hermsen (0-1, 5.79)
Potomac Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 1.59) vs.
Anderson (3-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-1, 2.60) vs.
Stratton (2-1, 2.38)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
It’s the first southern swing for Syracuse, with four against the Norfolk Tides and and four against the Durham Bulls. The road has actually been a friend to the Chiefs with a 6-4 mark vs. 3-12 at home.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 0
• Broderick (L, 1-2) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Head, Bloxom, Hood 2-4
• 0-for-5 RISP, 7 LOB

Usually when the heart of the order goes 6-for-12, you can chalk up a win. But not when the rest of the lineup goes 0-for-20. The Rock Cates took Game 3 of 4 with a 4-0 shutout in mercifully short 121-minute game. Brian Broderick scattered 10 hits over seven frames and let in four runs, the last coming on a solo shot, but the sixth HR the veteran has allowed in as many starts. Jerad Head, Justin Bloxom, and Destin Hood each singled twice while Sandy Leon and Ricky Hague both drew a walk, but the top three batters struck out six times as the Senators were shut out for the first time in 2013.

Carolina 3 Potomac 2 (10 inn.)
• Ray 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K
• Herron 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Mirowkski 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 1HR
• Nieto 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Zimmerman 0-3, 2PO, 1A

Richie Mirowski fell victim to the homer again as the P-Nats fell in extras, 3-2. Unlike his previous outing in Myrtle Beach, his teammates had the chance to take him off the hook but speedster Billy Burns was caught stealing for just the second time this season to end the game in the bottom of the 10th. Robbie Ray got the start and went the first five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven. Adrian Nieto provided both Potomac runs on his second home run in the 2nd inning and went 2-for-3 with a walk overall, but the P-Nats were otherwise held in check with just five hits total, two walks drawn and 11 strikeouts.

Hagerstown 5 Augusta 3
• Pena (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 6BB, 3K
• McKenzie (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Rauh (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Pleffner 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Severino 2-4
• Schill 1-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

Hagerstown got to spot starter Justin Schumer early, pounding him for five runs in the first and held off Augusta for a 5-3 win. Ronald Pena worked around six walks in five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and striking out three to even his win-loss record at 2-2. Chris McKenzie and Brian Rauh combined for four shutout innings to earn the hold and save respectively. Shawn Pleffner led the Suns attack with single, two walks, an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.

May 012013

After an hour’s rain delay to a game that had been postponed the night before, the Potomac Nationals shut out the Carolina Mudcats by a 5-0 count in the opening game of a doubleheader.

Blake Schwartz was making his second start in High-A but against the same team. Last week, Schwartz tossed six shutout innings against Carolina but was overshadowed by Kevin Keyes’s display of lights-out power.

Just as it’s important to not get too excited when a pitcher breezes through the lineup the first time through — watch how often mediocre-to-bad pitchers get hammered in the middle innings, you’ll see what I mean — it’s a good idea to temper expectations when a team gets to see him for a second start.

Well, Schwartz only went five shutout innings this time, giving up the same number of hits and walks (three and one) but striking one more (six vs. five). Early on, it looked like things might be different. A couple of long counts to the tablesetters (doing their job), resulting in a walk and a strikeout. But a popup behind home plate and a little help from speedster Billy Burns quashed that rally.

Indeed, the next few batters seemed to be trying to ambush Schwartz, jumping on first pitches, hoping for a fastball. Instead, they popped up or fell behind.
He didn’t throw particularly hard… or straight, with both cutting and sinking movement spotted. But he mixed in a change that had serious separation (at least 10 mph slower) and a curve that broke more like a southpaw’s.

Meanwhile, Carolina’s Shawn Morimando, who was Schwartz’s opponent last week, was nearly as good the last time out, setting down the first six with ease. But an opposite-field flare from Adrian Sanchez followed by a wall-ball RBI double to right-center by Caleb Ramsey put him in a 1-0 hole in the Potomac 3rd. After retiring two of the next three batters, Cutter Dyktra’s two-out slice through the 5/6 hole produced all the offense the P-Nats pitchers would need.

Potomac would tack on three in the 5th with back-to-back singles from Ramsey and Randolph Oduber, with Michael Taylor plating two on a single to left (though Oduber ran through manage Brian Daubach’s stop sign and the throw in was 10′ off the plate) and Jason Martinson hitting a sacrifice fly deep enough for the two runners on the corners to move up.

Matt Grace came on in the 6th and closed out the game, working out of a 1st-and-2nd with one out jam with a little help from the “D” on double-play ball in his first inning and stranding a two-out single with a flyball to center to end it.

With a win in the nightcap, Potomac evened its home record to 6-6 and its season record to 12-13, two games off the pace in the Carolina League North Division. Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.55) is slated to pitch tonight’s game against Carolina’s Joseph Colon (0-1, 4.15). Ryan Zimmerman, who bowed out of last night’s doubleheader due to less-than-optimal field conditions, is expected to appear tonight on a rehab assignment.

May 012013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Broderick (1-1, 5.40) vs.
Darnell (2-1, 2.73)
Potomac Won, 5-0;
Won, 4-3
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (2-1, 1.55) vs.
Colon (0-1, 4.15)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (1-2, 4.67) vs.
Schumer (0-1, 3.86)

Durham 7 Syracuse 1
• Maya (L, 0-3) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Abad ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Rahl 1-3, 2B

Poor pitching from an aging veteran? Check. Too little offense? Check. Rinse, lather; repeat. With a 7-1 defeat to Durham, Syracuse lost for the 7th time in its last eight games and 12th time in 15 home games. Starter Yunesky Maya allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds innings to suffer his third loss in five starts. Eury Perez led the Chiefs hit column with a pair of singles, scoring the lone Syracuse run on Jeff Kobernus’s 8th-inning double that prevented back-to-back shutouts by Durham pitchers. As predicted yesterday, C Sam Palace was returned to the DL with the arrival of C Jhonatan Solano.

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 2
• Clay (W, 3-0) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, K
• Krol (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Head 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, SF, 3RBI

Caleb Clay ran out of gas in the 6th, but still outpitched former Nats farmhand Alex Meyer as Harrisburg defeated New Britain, 6-2. An error and three walks issued in the Rock Cats’ 6th rendered both runs Clay was charged with as unearned, thanks in large part to Ian Krol’s strikeout to leave ’em loaded in what was a 4-2 game at the time. Justin Bloxom’s two-run shot in the 8th gave the Senators some breathing room as well as his second and third RBIs. Jerad Head led the hit column with two singles and drove in two as well.

Potomac 5 Carolina 0 — GAME ONE
• Schwartz (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 3-3, 2R, 2B, SB, RBI
• Dykstra 2-3, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2RBI

Drizzle pushed back the start of the doubleheader to 7 p.m., hence the coverage of just the first game of the doubleheader Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac 4 Carolina 3 — GAME TWO
• Hill 5⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Self (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, 2SB, 2DP
• Ramsey 1-3, 2B, RBI, SB

Billy Burns walked, stole second, and came around to score on a Michael Taylor single to give Potomac the walkoff win and a doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. Eight of the Woodbridge nine reached base as the P-Nats racked up eight hits, drew three walks, and swiped six bases (three by Billy Burns). Starter Taylor Hill gave up all three Mudcats runs on six hits, including a solo shot in the first, but pitched into the 6th for third time in five starts. Derek Self stranded two runners for Hill with a popup to the first batter he faced, then set ’em down in order in the 7th to get the win. Caleb Ramsey combined for a 4-for-5 night with two doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases for the night.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The longest roadtrip of the season for the Suns as they make their only regular-season trip to Georgia to play three against the Augusta GreenJackets and four against the Rome Braves before returning home for four against the Delmarva Shorebirds. The other shoe has dropped on the promotion of Brian Dupra, as the Suns announced LHP Bryan Harper has been activated from the DL.

Apr 302013

Moving On Up for NPPThe Potomac Nationals have announced that RHP Brian Dupra has been promoted from the Hagerstown Suns.

Dupra was 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in five appearances (one start) with six walks and 12 strikeouts over 19⅓ innings. He was a 2012 watchlist player after posting strong peripherals for Auburn following a four-year career at Notre Dame, but was limited to eight starts and 11 appearances last season before undergoing season-ending surgery.

A corresponding move for Hagerstown has not yet been announced, but to make room for Dupra on the P-Nats roster, LHP Ben Hawkins was assigned to Extended Spring Training. Hawkins had no wins or losses in seven appearances, but put on 21 baserunners in eight innings pitched and had an ERA of 5.63 with nine strikeouts.

Finally, unless you’re Mitch Williams from the MLB Network, you probably already know that “Face of the Franchise” 3B Ryan Zimmerman will be rehabbing with Potomac tonight and tomorrow (weather permitting) in preparation for his activation on Friday, which will undoubtedly result in a series of transactions, beginning with the expected return of Anthony Rendon to Harrisburg.

Apr 302013

Ever Seen The Rain

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Durham,
12:00 p.m.
Maya (0-2, 7.33) vs.
Archer (3-1, 5.04)
Harrisburg Lost, 16-8 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (2-0, 2.70) vs.
A. Meyer (2-0, 1.64)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 0.00) and
Hill (3-1, 1.88) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 1.80) and
Roberts (1-3, 6.10)
Hagerstown Postponed OFF DAY N/A

Durham 5 Syracuse 0
• Young (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mandel 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marrero 2-4
• Rahl 2-3

Chris Young improved in his second start, albeit from awful to bad, but it was mostly a moot point as Syracuse offense was shut down (and out) in a 5-0 loss to Durham. Young was charged with all five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. Just three Chiefs hit safely (five singles) and only one reached second base (Chris Rahl) and watched as the next two batters made outs. With the activation of C Wilson Ramos, C Jhonatan Solano was optioned back to Syracuse with C Jeff Howell placed an the Temporary Inactive List. Solano was in transit when the game begun last night, thus C Sam Palace was activated from the DL as an emergency option and will likely go back once “The Onion” rejoins the team.

New Britain 16 Harrisburg 8
• Demny (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, CS
• Bloxom 3-4, R, RBI

New Britain sent 15 men to the plate in the 4th and 10 of ’em came ’round to score as the Rock Cats doubled up the Senators, 16-8. Starter Paul Demny took the brunt of the beating, charged with six runs on eight hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings for his third loss of the season. New Britain pounded out 19 hits total, but hit no home runs against the four Harrisburg pitchers. Brian Goodwin was a home run shy of the cycle while Justin Bloxom singled three times in four trips to the plate to lead the Sens offense.

Carolina vs. Potomac — PPD
“Constant rainfall and wet grounds” were the reasons cited for the postponement last night, which was not made until slightly more than a half hour before the scheduled first pitch. It is scheduled to be made up tonight as part of a doubleheader at 6:00 p.m.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
Rain postponed the finale between the Suns and the Crawdads with both teams off until next month. The game will be made up when Hickory next comes to town on June 10th as part of a doubleheader that’s scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Apr 292013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-3 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Young (0-0, 12.46) vs.
Odorizzi (1-0, 4.09)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (1-2, 4.57) vs.
May (1-1, 2.11)
Potomac Lost, 9-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 vs. Hickory,
10:35 a.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.51) vs.
Smith (3-0, 2.45)

Durham 13 Syracuse 3
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-3) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Roark 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 0K, 0HR
• Marrero 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, 2B, HBP

A six-run 7th started the running of the Bulls as Durham scored ten unanswered runs in a 13-3 blowout of Syracuse. Starter Ross Ohlendorf was perhaps pushed an inning too far as he was charged with four runs on four hits and three walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Xavier Cedeno’s first appearance for the Chiefs was a forgettable three batters faced, zero batters retired. Chris Marrero led the Syracuse offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon that improved his line to .352/.405/.676 with 6HR and 20RBI in 21 games.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0
• Treinen (W, 2-3) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• McCoy (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B
• Leon 1-3, SF, RBI

Blake Treinen outdueled O’s prospect Kevin Gausman as the Senators shut out the BaySox, 1-0. Treinen pitched into the 7th and let up just three hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts for his second win of the season. Pat McCoy retired four of the five batters he faced, issuing just a two-out walk to earn the hold while Aaron Barrett came on again in the 9th to set down Bowie in order for his fourth save. Sandy Leon’s sac fly in the 2nd plated Justin Bloxom, who led off the inning with a double and advanced to 3rd on a Destin Hood groundout.

Myrtle Beach 9 Potomac 5
• Cole 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K
• Bates (BS, 1; L, 0-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B
• Oduber 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, 3K, SB, 2E

Three times the P-Nats called, building leads of 3-0, 4-1, and 5-3. Three times the Pelicans answered, narrowing it to 3-1 and 4-3 before taking a 6-5 lead in the 7th. A sloppy bottom of the 8th (error, HBP) gave Myrtle Beach three more as they cruised to 9-5 win over Potomac and took the series, 2-1. Despite struggling with his command, starter A.J. Cole notched a quality start with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks to go with seven strikeouts. Colin Bates took the loss, his third, after surrendering the lead on three runs in a three-hit, no-walks 7th. Caleb Ramsey was the sole P-Nat to get multiple hits with a single and a double in four trips to the plate.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 0
• Pineyro (W, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 12K
• Fischer (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Ivan Pineyro and David Fischer combined to strike out 18 in a five-hit shutout as the Suns blanked the Crawdads, 3-0. Pineyro walked two and gave up three hits and struck 12 for his first win while Fischer struck out the side twice in the 7th and 8th innings and stranded a runner in the 9th for the three-inning save, his second of the season. Shawn Pleffner and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as Hagerstown took advantage of three errors to score three times on just seven hits and two walks.

Apr 282013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Durham,
2:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-2, 5.82) vs.
J. Martin (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(13 inn.)
@ Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-3, 6.23) vs.
Gausman (1-2, 4.71)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
3:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 4.95) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Hickory,
1:05 p.m.
Pineyro (0-2, 6.59) vs.
Stafford (0-2, 6.00)

Syracuse 2 Durham 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 2-1) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, K, HBP; E, DP, pickoff at 1B
• Crotta (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davis (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Marrero 2-4, RBI

Both teams scored just once, but stellar Syracuse pitching made the two runs stand up for a 2-1 win over Durham, stopping a three-game slide. Danny Rosenbaum was a groundball machine, getting 18 of 21 outs on the ground, including two double plays over seven innings. He struck out just one and walked two in his second win. Mike Crotta pitched a 1-2-3 eighth while Erik Davis gave up an unearned run in the 9th but struck out the last two for the save, his second. Eury Perez and Chris Marrero both went 2-for-4, with Perez swiping a base and Marrero driving in a run.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3 (13 inn.)
• Karns 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Broadway (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 3-5, 2R, BB, SB
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, 2BB, HR, 3RBI

Josh Johnson’s bases-loaded walk — the third straight issued with two out in the 13th — closed the five-inning donut shop on the Bowie scoreboard as Harrisburg ended its six-game losing streak with a 4-3 win. Johnson also doubled and homered and drove in three of the four Senator runs while Destin Hood went 3-for-5 to lead the Senator hit column. Starting pitched Nathan Karns got the no-decision with two runs allowed (one earned) on four hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds. Michael Broadway got the win with three scoreless innings while Aaron Barrett set ’em down 1-2-3 for save number three.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 4
• Jordan 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Meza 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mirowksi (L, 1⅓ IP, H, 3R, 0ER, BB, K, HR
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB
• Nieto 2-3, R, BB

Four errors led to five unearned runs, including the last three on a walkoff home run, as Potomac fell to Myrtle Beach, 7-4. Starter Taylor Jordan lasted just four innings and he was charged with three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk. The entire lineup came to bat in the 8th as the P-Nats rallied from 4-0 to tie it at 4-4, the equalizer coming on a would-be ’round the horn double play that Justin Miller beat out. An inning later, Miller’s error with two outs in the 9th gave the Pelicans an extra life, as Kellin Deglan took advantage to deliver the killshot off Richie Mirowski. Cutter Dykstra and Adrian Nieto both went- 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, but the P-Nats offense struggled in the clutch with just a 3-for-13 mark with RISP and nine LOB.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 2
• Turnbull (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Benincasa 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 3-5, 4R, 2B, RBI
• McQuillan 3-4, 2R, 2RBI

Three crooked innings in the last four Hagerstown at-bats turned a 2-1 game into a blowout as the Suns boiled the Crawdads, 8-2. Kylin Turnbull served up a home run, but went six innings with just three hits total with no walks and seven K’s for the win in his return to Low-A. Tablesetters Tony Renda and Mike McQuillan combined for six hits and five runs scored as Hagerstown pounded out 11 hits total, with Shawn Pleffner and Wes Schill also having multihit performances at 2-for-4 with a double apiece.