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 052012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (6-6, 4.78) vs.
Cohoon (0-1, 14.63)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Pucetas (6-3, 3.24) vs.
Pettit (6-1, 3.82)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (3-6, 5.43) vs.
Wilson (4-3, 3.80)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (2-2, 7.58) vs.
Foltynewicz (9-2, 2.51)
Auburn Won, 11-5 vs. Lowell,
7:00 p.m.
Fischer (0-1, 7.71) vs.
Dahlstrand (0-1, 4.80)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-3, 5.95) vs.
Molina (1-1, 2.55)

Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Duke (W, 10-3) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 5BB, 5K
• Garcia (SV, 3) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Negrych 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Brown 2-4
• Carroll 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Zach Duke became the farm’s first 10-game winner as the Chiefs shut out the Bison, 5-0. Duke gave up four hits and walked five but also struck out five over the first six frames. Pat Lehman and Christian Garcia locked it down with three scoreless innings combined to earn the hold (#5) and the save (#3) respectively. Brett Carroll’s two-run double highlighted a three-run 8th that turned the game from a nail-biter to a comfortable win, with Jim Negrych pacing the Syracuse offense with a single, walk, and a solo HR.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 6
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, BK, HBP
• McCoy (W, 5-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Nicol 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Rahl 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI

The Senators blew a 4-0 lead but rallied with two in the 9th and held on for a 7-6 win in Bowie. Danny Rosenbaum’s struggles continue as the 24-y.o. southpaw was touched for five runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. Pat McCoy got the win while striking out the side in the 8th and Hector Nelo got the save despite coughing up a run on two two-out hits in the 9th. Sean Nicol and Sandy Leon combined to go 4-for-8 with four RBI while Chris Rahl tied Tim Pahuta for the team lead in HRs with #10.

Frederick 6 Potomac 4
• Karns 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Wort (BS, 4; L, 1-4) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Fernandez 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• King 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 3B, CS

Nathan Karns outdueled Dylan Bundy, but the P-Nats ‘pen blew a 4-0 lead Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 2
• Meyer 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Meza 4IP, H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Palace 2-4, RBI
• Ortega 2-4, RBI

Hagerstown rallied for two in the last of the 8th for a 3-2 win over Lexington. In a planned maneuver, Alex Meyer threw just two scoreless innings (presumably because he’ll be pitching in Sunday’s Futures Game) while Christian Meza went the next four, also scoreless. Matt Skole led off the 8th with his 19th HR to tie the game at 2-2 in the 8th while Sam Palace’s RBI groundout provided the margin of victory. Recently promoted Richie Mirowski got the win despite giving up both Legends runs while Aaron Barrett notched his 13th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Auburn 11 Lowell 5
• Encarnacion (W, 2-0) 6IP, 2H, 5R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Harper (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Pleffner 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI

Pedro Encarnacion weathered an ugly first inning to get his second win as Auburn scored 11 unanswered runs for an 11-5 win vs. Lowell. A pair of errors and a pair of walks helped set up the big inning for the Spinners, with Seth Schwindenhammer’s grand slam capping off the rally, with all five runs being unearned. Auburn put up four big innings, taking advantage of six (6) Lowell errors to score 11 runs on 11 hits. Shawn Pleffner led the Doubledays with two singles and a double while driving in two.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 3
• Mieses 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Barrientos (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Dicharry (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB
• Jennings 1-4, 3R, BB, 3K

With a “rally” on a pair of walks and wild pitches in the 7th, the G-Nats erased a 3-2 deficit to take a 4-3 lead en route to a 5-3 win, ending a nine-game losing streak. Adalberto Mieses got the start and went the first four innings, giving up all three G-Marlins runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out four. Joel Barrientos got the win in relief, allowing just a hit and two walks over three and 2/3rds with four strikeouts. Kevin DiCharry got the last four outs, working around a two-out single in the 9th to record the save. Will Piwnica-Worms led the G-Nats offense with a single, double, and two walks.

DSL Cubs2 7 DSL Nationals 5
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 5BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Read 2-4, SF, RBI
• De Los Santos 2-4, R, BB, RBI

A five-run 9th stole defeat from the jaws of victory as the DSL Nationals fell, 7-5. Reliever Kelvin Rodriguez took the loss, giving up all five runs on five hits. Starter Jefry Rodriguez went the first five, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out four. Raudy Read and Juan De Los Santos both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the D-Nats stranded 12 runners while going 4-for-16 with RISP.

Jul 042012
 

Too many moves to put in today’s Daily News & Notes, so…

SYRACUSE
• Xavier Paul has opted out of his contract.
• RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been returned to Syracuse from the Harrisburg Senators
• OF Jesus Valdez promoted from Harrisburg
• SS Manny Mayorson promoted from Harrisburg
• C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• OF J.R. Higley assigned from Auburn
• IF Jose Lozada activated from DL
• C Sandy Leon optioned from Washington
• C Devin Ivany placed on 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Richie Mirowski promoted from Auburn
• LHP Josh Smoker placed on 7-Day DL

• C Sam Palace assigned from Potomac
• C Cole Leonida placed on 7-Day DL

GCL NATIONALS
• C Michael Albaladejo, a NDFA from Florida Atlantic, signed and sent to the GCL. Yes, he is related to former National farmhand Jonathan Albaladejo (second cousin).

DSL NATIONALS
• RHP Felix Moscat released
• RHP Andeson Martinez released

If any more moves are made in the next 10-12 hours, look for this space to be updated. The move of Mayorson to Syracuse is most likely related to this.

UPDATE: A couple moves made in Hagerstown

UPDATE #2: Some shuffling of catchers, releases in the DSL.

Jul 042012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Buffalo,
6:30 p.m.
Duke (9-3, 3.91) vs.
Harvey (7-3, 3.41)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(12 inn.)
@ Bowie,
6:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-5, 3.17) vs.
Clark (7-4, 3.30)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Karns (3-2, 2.57) vs.
D. Bundy (4-2, 3.14)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 vs. Lexington,
5:05 p.m.
Meyer (6-4, 3.40) vs.
Quevedo (4-3, 4.24)
Auburn Losing, 5-2
(susp. Top 3rd)
vs. Lowell,
7:00 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Good (0-2, 1.69)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-2 vs DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 3.65) vs.
J. Diaz (0-1, 4.05)

Norfolk 4 Syracuse 3
• Maya (L, 6-6) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Mandel 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Brown 2-3, 2R, SB(10)
• Negrych 2-4, 2RBI

Nate McLouth struck again, homering in his second straight game to complete the four-game sweep of Syracuse with a 4-3 win. The big fly was the fourth that starter Yunesky Maya has surrendered in as many starts, as the Cuban took the loss with three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks while striking out two. Corey Brown and Jim Negrych both singled twice, with Negrych driving in two of the Chiefs runs and Brown stealing his 10th base.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 3 (12 inn.)
• Perry (ND) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Zinicola 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Gilliam (W, 2-7) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Nicol 3-4, R, BB
• Walters 2-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI, E(6)
• Valdez 2-6, R, 2B

Zach Walters delivered the walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 12th to end a four-hour marathon and give Harrisburg a 4-3 win over Erie. Ryan Perry made his third start for the Senators and went the first five innings, giving up just a run on three hits and a walk while fanning five. The Seawolves struck for single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to tie the game at 3-3. Jesus Valdez’s one-out double started the winning rally, with an IBB to Tim Pahuta and HBP on Destin Hood loading the bases for Walters. The Senators finished the homestand at 5-3 and now head for Bowie for a three-game set against the BaySox.
Rehab update: RHP Cole Kimball’s tour shifted from Potomac to Harrisburg. He entered the game in the 6th and faced three batters, walking one, retiring one, and giving up a hit. Just 9 of 17 pitches he threw went for strikes, none of which broke 90 mph.

Carolina 5 Potomac 3
• Grace (ND) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Carr (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• King 2-3, R, 2B
• Oduber 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Keyes 0-1, 2BB, RBI, OF assist at 3B

The Mudcats completed their second home series sweep of the P-Nats with a 5-3 decision. Starter Matt Grace broke his streak of 10-run games with a quality start: two runs on six hits and a walk — his first QS since June 9. Reliever Adam Carr took the loss with three runs (two earned) on four hits, including a solo shot in the 8th to provide the insurance run. Potomac’s 7-8-9 trio of Stephen King, Randolph Oduber and Kevin Keyes combined for four hits, three doubles, two walks, and two RBI. After a 2-4 road trip, the P-Nats return to Woodbridge for a pair of three-game series against Frederick Keys and rematch against Carolina.

Lakewood 8 Hagerstown 3
• Hansen 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (L, 2-2) 2IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Burns 3-4, R, RBI, SB(30)
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI

For the fourth time in the five-game series, the Suns bullpen imploded, giving up five runs in the last of the 8th for an 8-3 sportswriter’s win* for the BlueClaws media. Colin Bates suffered the loss, giving up five runs on four hits over the last two frames, with the killshot being an inside-the-park three-run HR. Bobby Hansen got the no-decision with three runs allowed on seven hits and two walks. The top third of the Hagerstown lineup was 7-for-12, the bottom two-thirds was 1-for-23 with 10 strikeouts. The Suns still managed a winning roadtrip with a 5-4 mark, and return home for five against the Lexington Legends. *Anytime the home team puts the game away with a big inning late in the game, thus not killing anything written earlier in the game.

Jamestown 5 Auburn 2 — SUSP
• Jordan 1IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Henke 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Renda 1-2, R
• Alvarez 1-1, 2B, 2RBI

Rain suspended this one until August 23, with the Jamestown Jammers hanging a five-spot on Taylor Jordan in the bottom of the first inning after the oldest player in the NYPL doubled in a pair of runs in the top of the first.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 1
• Vasquez (L, 0-3) 4IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Selsor 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Heredia 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• McQuillan 2-4, R, 3B
• Piwnica-Worms 1-2, BB

The GCL Cardinals scored a pair of runs early (1st) and a pair late (9th), sending the GCL Nationals to their ninth straight loss, 4-1. Daury Vasquez struck out seven over four innings, but gave up two runs on a home run while issue three free passes to take the loss. Casey Selsor allowed just a walk over three scoreless innings of relief. Mike McQuillan continues to hit, going 2-for-4 with a triple but the G-Nats were held to just six hits total.

DSL Cubs2 12 DSL Nationals 2
• Suero (L, 4-1) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Acevedo 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, RBI
• Aguero 1-3, R

A five-run fourth broke open a 1-0 game as the DSL Cubs2 pounded the DSL Nationals, 12-2. Wander Suero took the loss with six runs (two earned) surrendered on eight hits and three walks. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the hit column with a 2-for-3 game as nine different D-Nats got a hit while five players came off the bench to get ABs.

Jul 032012
 

Ricky Hague becomes the latest Washington Nationals farmhand to win weekly honors as the Carolina League Batter of the Week for June 25th to July 1st.

Hague becomes the second Potomac National to win a weekly award — Nathan Karns was Carolina League Pitcher of the Week three weeks ago — for hanging a line of .464/.516/.750 on opposing pitchers last week. He racked up 13 hits in 28 at-bats, including five doubles and a home run, with eight runs scored, and six driven in. The 23-year-old also swiped five bags without getting caught.

The 2010 third-round pick out of Rice University is currently riding an eight-game hit streak and has posted a .349/.429/.581 mark in the 11 games since the Carolina League All-Star break.

Jul 032012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Norfolk,
7:15 p.m.
Maya (6-5, 3.52) vs.
Willis (0-3, 8.53)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (0-1, 2.70) vs.
Cooper (2-1, 5.20)
Potomac Lost, 11-1 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Grace (4-7, 6.56) vs.
Rayl (4-7, 4.66)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-10
(11 inn.)
@ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-0, 3.50) vs.
Kleven (4-6, 4.69)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 2.84) vs.
Reyes (0-0, 3.21)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-4 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-4 @ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
Suero (4-0, 2.89) vs.
Eregua (0-0, 1.80)

Norfolk 5 Syracuse 4
• Roark (ND) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Severino (BS, 4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Pena (L, 3-4) 1⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Paul 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Marrero 2-4, BB
• Carroll 1-3, 2B, 2BB, two OF assists at HP

A two-out solo walkoff shot by Nate McLouth completed Norfolk’s comeback from a 4-1 deficit, as Syracuse fell for the third straight game, 5-4. The Chiefs offense wasted numerous opportunities, going just 2-for-12 with RISP and stranding 12, including runners at third in two of the last three “ups.” Tanner Roark got the no-decision with three runs allowed on nine hits and three walks. Atahulapa Severino gave up the tying run for his fourth blown save, while Hassan Pena took the loss on the big fly, the sole hit he allowed to the six batters he faced. Xavier Paul led the offense with a 2-for-5 night, smacking his 8th HR in the 4th.

Harrisburg 8 Erie 5
• Demny 6IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 8K, 2HR
• McCoy (W, 4-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 3-4, 2R, BB, SB, CS
• Rahl 2-3, 2R, RBI, SB, CS
• Hood 2-3, R, HR, 4RBI

The Senators rallied from five down to score eight unanswered runs with a pair of four-run innings in an 8-5 win over the Seawolves. Destin Hood drove in four of the eight runs with a three-run blast in the 4th and the go-ahead RBI on a sac fly in the 7th. Harrisburg pounded out 12 hits total with seven of the nine batters hitting safely. Paul Demny’s struggles with the longball continue as all five runs scored on the two home runs he surrendered (nos. 10 and 11 in 17 starts). Pat McCoy got the win (#4) in relief while Hector Nelo notched the save (#9) as the lefty and righty combined to retire the last seven batters in order.

Carolina 11 Potomac 1
• Holder (L, 5-3)5⅓ IP, 12H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Soriano 1-3, 2B, BB
• Hague 1-4, R, 3B, E(10)
• Oduber 1-3, 2B

North Carolina has not been a friend to the P-Nats as they were once again hit from behind, 11-1. Staff ace Trevor Holder was stung for eight runs on 12 hits (both career worsts) over five and a 1/3rd innings in Potomac’s 13th loss in the Tarheel state in 2012. The Mudcats scored in each of the first four innings, with Giovanny Urshela tagging Holder twice for home runs. Meanwhile, a quartet of Carolina pitchers limited the P-Nats to just six hits, though three of them went for extra-bases, with Ricky Hague scoring the lone run on an RBI single by David Freitas.

Lakewood 11 Hagerstown 10 (11 inn.)
• Hill 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hawkins (L, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Souza 3-5, 4R, 2B, 2HR, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Goodwin 2-3, 2R, 3BB, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, 2R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI

For the third straight game, the Lakewood and Hagerstown combined for 20+ runs, but the Suns fell last night in extras, 11-10. Nine of those runs came in the fifth inning alone, with the Suns scoring four in the top half and the BlueClaws responding with five in the bottom half. Steve Souza Jr. had a monster night with four runs scored, a double, two HRs, a walk, a stolen base, and five RBI. Starting pitcher Taylor Hill lasted four and a third innings, charged with six runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts. After the Suns took a 10-9 lead in the top of the 11th, Ben Hawkins suffered the loss with two runs surrendered in the bottom half of the inning.

Auburn 2 Jamestown 1
• Monar (W, 1-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Rauh (SV, 2) 4IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Montilla 2-4, R, 2B
• S. Perez 1-3, 2B

Two Auburn pitchers combined to limit Jamestown to three hits to win a 2-1 pitchers’ duel. Blake Monar tossed five shutout innings and allowed just two hits and two walks to get the win while Brian Rauh gave up a run on a hit and two walks over the last four to get the save. Angel Montilla singled, doubled, and scored a run as the Doubledays were held to just five hits, but three of them went for extra bases, as Shawn Pleffner and Stephen Perez also doubled. The win improves Auburn to 10-5 and an almost-too-good 7-2 mark in one-run contests. Roster moves: OF Brandon Miller placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Robert Benincasa (7th-Rd. draft pick) assigned from Washington.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 4
• Pineyro (ND) 5IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• McGeary (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• A. Santana (BS, 2; L, 1-1) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• J.C. Valdez 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Nix 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, E

Make that eight straight losses for the G-Nats, who coughed up five runs in the last of the 7th to turn a 4-3 lead into the eventual losing tally of 8-3. Jack McGeary made his first appearance since last August, tossing a scoreless 6th inning while giving up just a hit with no walks and no strikeouts. Andy Santana blew his second save and took the loss with five runs on five hits, including two HRs. The trio of Wilmer Difo, Tony Nix, and Jean Carlos Valdez, went 6-for-12 with four doubles and all three RBI, but the rest of lineup managed just two hits in 23ABs.

DSL Phillies 9 DSL Nationals 4
• Silvestre (L, 2-1) 3+ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, 0HR
• P. Valdez 4IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mejia 3-4
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 1-3, SH, SB(15)

After taking a 3-1 lead after the first, the DSL Phillies poured it on to beat the DSL Nationals, 9-4. Hector Silvestre took the loss with seven runs on seven hits and two walks over three innings. Philips Valdez, who gave up seven walks last Monday, turned four serviceable innings of relief, giving up two runs on six hits and one walk. The D-Nats offense notched nine hits, but left on 10 runners. 18-y.o. Bryan Mejia led the hit column with a 3-for-4 game.

Jul 022012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Norfolk,
7:15 p.m.
Roark (4-10, 5.33) vs.
Tillman (8-8, 3.63)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (6-4, 5.25) vs.
De La Cruz (5-7, 4.20)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Holder (5-2, 3.52) vs.
Salazar (0-2, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 11-9 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (8-4, 4.02) vs.
Oviedo (1-6, 8.72)
Auburn Lost, 7-1 @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Monar (0-1, 6.14) vs.
Milroy (0-1, 9.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (2-0, 3.21) vs.
Dominguez (2-3, 3.41)

Norfolk 3 Syracuse 2
• Lannan (L, 6-7) 6⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Pena 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Rivero 1-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Carroll 1-4, R, RBI, SB

Syracuse hung with Norfolk for seven innings, but with just four hits to the Tide’s eleven, the Chiefs were edged 3-2 on a sacrifice fly in the last of the 7th. John Lannan took the loss, giving up all three Norfolk runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four. Corey Brown’s 18-game hit streak was snapped with an 0-for-4 night (though he walked to keep the on-base streak going). Carlos Rivero, who saw his 18-gamer snapped the night before, went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk to pace the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 3 Erie 1
• Bibens-Dirkx (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Davis (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, SB
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R

A pair of runs early and stellar bullpen work were the key ingredients in a 3-1 win over Erie. Starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx made his longest appearance, giving up a run on four hits over five innings to get the win. Erik Davis led a trio of relievers that combined to throw four shutout innings of relief, with Davis and Henry “El Infarto” Rodriguez earning holds and Zech Zinicola notching his first save. Jeff Kobernus led the hit column with a 3-for-4 afternoon, stealing his league-leading 31st base. Roster move: C Sandy Leon was assigned to Harrisburg as an MLB rehab. Local media are reporting that Bibens-Dirkx will return to Syracuse. Demoted starter Robert Gilliam and swingman Ryan Tatusko are reportedly not taking his slot, leading to speculation that a starter from Potomac will be promoted, with Trevor Holder the most obvious candidate.

Carolina 8 Potomac 3
• Ray (L, 3-5) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Barthmaier 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kimball ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 2-4, 2B, SB
• Fernandez 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI

Five Potomac errors, including two in the 8th that plated four unearned runs to turn a 4-3 deficit into an 8-3 blowout. Robbie Ray took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk, but avoided the first-inning bugaboo that had been the hallmark of his previous two outings. The P-Nats made the most of their five hits, scoring three runs but went just 1-for-11 with RISP. Michael Taylor led the way with a single, double, and a stolen base. Cole Kimball gave up two hits to the five batters he faced, but was in position to get out of the inning when Adrian Sanchez booted a one-out grounder to second with a runner on first.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 9
• Turnbull (W, 4-4) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Barrett (SV, 12) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S, 2WP
• Newsome 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Leonida 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Miller 2-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

After taking a 9-1 lead after four and a half innings, Hagerstown nearly blew the eight-run cushion, surviving a three-run rally in the 9th to hold on for an 11-9 triumph. Kylin Turnbull evened his record at 4-4, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, striking out just one. The trio of Brett Newsome, Cole Leonida, and Justin Miller combined for eight hits and eight RBI. Aaron Barrett got the save (#12) while giving up a single and uncorking two wild pitches.

Jamestown 7 Auburn 1
• Baez (L, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Peters 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Poole 2-4, 2B
• S. Perez 1-4, SB

Gregory Baez was smacked around for five runs on five hits, getting just one of six batters faced out as Jamestown cruised to a 7-1 win over Auburn. The Doubledays were held to just four hits and stranded seven runners, hitting into four double plays. Jordan Poole had two of the four safeties, including a double. The Doubledays still remain in first, 1½ ahead of State College and Williamsport in the NYPL’s Pinckney division.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are looking to break a seven-game skid this week, having fallen into the cellar of the GCL East, 3½ games behind the G-Cards.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 3-3 week, the DSL Nationals are 15-10, tied for 2nd with the DSL Giants and three games behind the DSL Yankees1 squad.

Jul 012012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Norfolk,
6:15 p.m.
Lannan (6-6, 4.43) vs.
Britton (2-1, 5.74)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-9 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, 2.57) vs.
Garcia (6-6, 3.96)
Potomac Won, 13-4 @ Carolina,
4:00 p.m.
Ray (3-4, 5.26) vs.
Jimenez (6-5, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-9 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (3-4, 4.84) vs.
Milner (0-0, -.–)
Auburn Won, 10-9 @ Jamestown,
4:00 p.m.
Baez (1-0, 5.00) vs.
Newell (0-1, 9.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A

Norfolk 5 Syracuse 3
• Atkins (L, 6-6) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Arnesen 3⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Negrych 4-5, R, RBI
• Paul 2-3
• Carroll 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Chiefs stranded 11 runners in a 5-3 loss to Norfolk, a game that was delayed nearly an hour due to Norfolk’s late arrival from Columbus and called after a rain delay with two outs and nobody on in the 9th. Mitch Atkins took the loss with all five Tides runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Erik Arnesen turned in three and 2/3rds perfect innings of relief, but the offense sputtered — twice leaving ‘em loaded in the 5th and 7th innings. Corey Brown extended his hit streak to 18 with a third-inning single.

Erie 13 Harrisburg 9
• Pucetas (L, 6-3) 5IP, 12H, 8R, 6ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Nelo 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 4-5, 2R, 2B
• Rahl 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, OF assist at HP
• Walters 3-5, 3R, HR, RBI
• Perez 3-6, R, RBI

The Seawolves scored early and often, weathering five unanswered runs from the Sens for a 13-9 triumph. Starter Kevin Pucetas was fileted for eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits and a walk. Five of those runs came on two longballs. Jimmy Van Ostrand led the Harrisburg hit parade with a 4-for-5 night as eight of the nine starters got a hit and five of those eight had multiple hits. Zach Walters and Chris Rahl both homered as the Senators were only outhit by one, 19-18.

Potomac 13 Salem 4
• Olbrychowski (W, 3-6) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Adam Carr 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• King 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Ramirez 3-5, R, 2B, RBI

With a 15mph breeze out and a 100-degree gametime temperature, it’s a miracle more runs weren’t scored as the P-Nats slammed Salem 13-4. Every starter reached base at least twice, and seven batters had multiple hits. Adam Olbrychowski got the win with four runs given up over five innings, while relievers Adam Carr, Rob Wort, and Neil Holland combined for four no-hit innings of relief. After their first road series win since April, Potomac swings southeast to Zebulon for a three-game series against the Carolina Mudcats.

Lakewood 12 Hagerstown 9
• McKenzie 4⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K
• Bates (BS, 2; L, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 3-2 IR-S
• Mayo 3-4, 2-2B, BB
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB
• Newsome 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI

After leading 6-0 and 9-5, the Lakewood BlueClaws scored seven unanswered runs, including four in the last of the 8th, for a 12-9 win over the Hagerstown Suns. Though they registered 13 hits, the Suns stranded 10 runners and went 3-for-18 with RISP. Chris McKenzie hit the wall in the 5th, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd. Jeremy Mayo and Brian Goodwin both singled and doubled twice to lead the hit column, while Steve Souza Jr. and Brett Newsome both tallied three RBI in the loss.

Auburn 10 Williamsport 9
• Medina 4⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 5K
• Henke (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Higley 3-5, 3R, 3B, RBI
• Renda 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Leon 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI

Like speaking ill of Stan Musial, leaving Falcon Park early might just be a cardinal sin as Auburn rallied late yet again for a walkoff win, 10-9 over Williamsport. It took just three batters to erase the 9-8 deficit, as Shawn Pleffner homered, Angel Montilla singled, and Tony Renda doubled to seal the deal. The comeback made a winner out of Travis Henke, the last Doubleday hurler of the night who tossed a scoreless 9th. Silvio Medina got the start but put up a LaLoosh-like line of four runs on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts over four and and 1/3rd.

GCL Astros 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Hudgins 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Heredia 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 3-4, 3B, RBI
• Nix 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The G-Astros cashed in on a leadoff triple in the last of the 7th to edge the G-Nats, 3-2. Will Hudgins made his second start, giving up a run on three hits (including a HR) and no walks. Both teams had seven hits, but the G-Nats had just two runners get into scoring position and left on three runners, thanks to a caught stealing, Tony Nix’s HR, and a double play ball.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Pirates2 2
• E. Gomez (W, 3-1) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Berrio (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Mercedes 2-3, R
• Novas 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Mejia 1-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Elisaul Gomez’s first start was a dandy — a single run given up over six innings on four hits and two walks, as the DSL Nationals edged the DSL Pirates2 squad, 3-2. The D-Nats had just seven hits, but three of them went for extra-bases, as 6-7-8 hitters Yermin Mercedes, Randy Novas, and Bryan Mejia combined to go 5-for-11 with those three doubles and scored all three runs. 17-y.o. Jorge Berrio’s second outing was also strong: five K’s over two frames, while Felix Moscat closed out the game with a scoreless 9th for his first save.

Jun 302012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-7 @ Norfolk,
7:15 p.m.
Atkins (6-5, 4.65) vs.
M. Gonzalez (3-2, 1.61)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-3 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Pucetas (6-2, 2.63) vs.
TBD
Potomac Won, 4-1
(8 inn.)
@ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (2-6, 5.28) vs.
Celestino (5-3, 3.88)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (2-2, 7.22) vs.
Martinez (3-4, 6.50)
Auburn Lost, 5-4 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Medina (0-0, 0.96) vs.
Guth (0-0, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 10-5 vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
P. Valdez (0-1, 10.22) vs.
Alejo (3-1, 4.63)

Syracuse 11 Durham 7
• Duke (ND) 6⅓IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Severino (BS, 3; W-5) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, 1HR
• Negrych 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Hoffpauir 3-4, 3R, 2B, RBI

Altoona 11 Harrisburg 3
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-5) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Kobernus 2-4, SB(30)
• Mayorson 2-4

Potomac 4 Salem 1 (8 inn.)
• Karns (W, 3-2) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 10K
• Soriano 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Sanchez 1-3, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 1
• Meyer 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Smoker (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Dykstra 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Miller 2-4

Williamsport 5 Auburn 4
• Lee (ND) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Fischer (BS, 2; L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Manuel 2-3, R
• Renda 2-4, BB
• Higley 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

GCL Astros 8 GCL Nationals 2
• Mieses (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Mendez 4⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, 1-0 IR-S
• Selsor 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2B
• Mesa 2-5, R, 3B

DSL Pirates2 10 DSL Nationals 5
• Valerio 4IP, 5H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Dilone (L, 2-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Mejia 2-4, BB, 2RBI

Jun 292012
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 42-38, 4th place I.L. North, 3½ games behind

Good Zach Duke 8-2, 3.12ERA since May 1
Bad Koyie Hill .100/.171/.200 in 8G since signing as FA
Interesting Since April 22, Chiefs have gone 40-25 after starting 2-13

HARRISBURG SENATORS 40-38, 2nd place E.L. West, 7½ games behind

Good Zach Walters .317/.364/.610 since callup (10G)
Bad Walters, 5E in 10G at AA, 23 overall in 54G
Interesting Paul Demny, back-to-back outings of 7IP, 1R after 3IP, 11R on 6/16

POTOMAC NATIONALS 4-4, T1st place C.L. North Division, 1 game ahead (35-43, overall)

Good Trevor Holder 3-2, 3.18ERA, 1.19WHIP, 5QS in 8G as starter
Bad Matt Grace 20R, 21H, 2HR, 4BB, 3K in last two appearances
Interesting Rick Hague .316/.386/.579 in last 10G

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 6-2, T1st place Sally League North Divison, 1½ games ahead (48-29 overall)

Good Alex Meyer 3-1, 2.51ERA, 0.88WHIP in June
Bad Hendry Jimenez .167/.219/.433 in June
Interesting Cutter Dykstra .333/.378/.500 in last 10G (Happy 23rd Birthday)

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS SUNS 8-3, 1st place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 1 game ahead

Good Wander Ramos .391/.481/.609 in 9G
Bad Bryan Harper 10.38ERA, 2.77WHIP in 3G
Interesting Cody Davis 11K in 4⅔ IP

GCL NATIONALS 4-6, 4th Place GCL East, 2½ games behind

Good Ivan Pineyro 12K in 7⅔ IP
Bad Narciso Mesa 10K, .222BA in 9G
Interesting Mike McQuillan .435/.581/.435, 5E in 10G

DSL NATIONALS 14-8, T2nd Place Boca Chica South Division, 2½ games behind

Good 19 y.o. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz .329/.404/.633 in 22G
Bad 18 y.o. Bryan Mejia .592OPS, 6E in 15G
Interesting 17 y.o. Jonathan Aquino 1.06 WHIP in 5G
Jun 292012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 14-3 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (9-3, 3.69) vs.
Buschmann (0-0, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-4, 2.76) vs.
Irwin (0-5, 5.05)
Potomac Lost, 16-14 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (2-2, 3.00) vs.
Workman (5-3, 2.78)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (6-4, 3.51) vs.
Stewart (4-6, 3.46)
Auburn Won, 4-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 3.60) vs.
U. Joaquin (0-0, 3.48)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1;
Lost, 2-1
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Game Not
Reported
vs. Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-3, 6.89) vs.
De Aza (0-1, 4.09)

Syracuse 14 Durham 3
• Maya (W, 6-5) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Mandel (SV, 1) 3IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Bynum 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 5RBI
• Rivero 3-5, 3R, RBI
• Brown 3-6, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI

A trio of four-run frames put this one away early as the Syracuse Chiefs gored the Durham Bulls, 14-3. Yunesky Maya turned in another quality start with two runs allowed over six innings on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. Jeff Mandel scattered six hits over the last three, giving up one run to earn his first save. Seth Bynum drove in five while going 3-for-5, racking up eight total bases with two doubles and a HR.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 2
• Perry (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Tatusko 3⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K, 2HBP
• Perez 1-4, RBI, SB
• Kobernus 1-3, BB, SB
• Walters 1-4, R, 3B (8-game hit streak)

Three runs in the middle innings proved to be enough as Altoona doubled up Harrisburg, 4-2, ending the Sens’ modest three-game win streak. Ryan Perry took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds while fanning five. Ryan Tatusko finished the 4th and gave up a run over the next three frames, setting down four on strikes. Harrisburg mustered just five hits total and went 1-for-10 with RISP in the loss.

Salem 16 Potomac 14
• Kimball (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, 3HR
• Grace 1IP, 9H, 10R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, HR,
• Swynenberg 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Martinson 3-5, R, 3B, HR, 4RBI
• Hague 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-5, 4R, BB, 2RBI

Potomac scored seven unanswered runs but it was too little, too late as Salem’s 16 runs in the first three innings held up in a 16-14 slugfest. The two teams combined for 36 hits, but the difference was the five home runs by Salem, three of which came off rehabbing Cole Kimball in the first inning. Scheduled starter Matt Grace gave up 10 runs for the second straight outing. Matt Swynenberg made his case to return to the rotation with five and a 1/3rd innings of long relief, giving up just two runs. Jason Martinson led the P-Nats offense with a 3-for-5 night, falling a double shy of the cycle while driving in four.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Hansen (W, 2-0) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K
• Meza (H, 3) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Jimenez 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Hendry Jimenez’s two-run HR capped a three-run 6th as Hagerstown came back from a 4-2 deficit to win this one 5-4, completing the four-game sweep of Delmarva. Bobby Hansen Jr. got the win, though he gave up all four Shorebirds runs on seven hits and five walks. An assist (ok, hold) goes to Christian Meza for stranding two baserunners and setting up Aaron Barrett for his 11th save. Caleb Ramsey led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night. Possible roster move: Billy Burns left the game with a knee injury after stealing his 29th base.

Auburn 4 Williamsport 3
• Jordan 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Smith 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Davis (W, 2-0) ⅔ IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI (9-game hit streak)
• Ramos 2-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Leon 2-3,

Shawn Pleffner’s two-out, two-run double completed a three-run rally in the bottom of the 9th as the Doubledays edged the Crosscutters, 4-3, preserving their perfect home record (6-0) and taking sole possession of first place in the Pinckney division of the New York-Penn League. Pleffner went 3-for-4 to lead the Auburn offense, and extended his streak to nine games. Taylor Jordan allowed just hit over three innings while striking out three, throwing just 34 pitches. Cody Davis got the win in relief, striking out two of the four batters he faced. Roster moves: LHP Brett Mooneyham assigned to Auburn; 3B Carlos Lopez on the 7-Day DL.

GCL Cardinals 2 GCL Nationals 1 — GAME ONE
• Vasquez (L, 0-2) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K
• Hollins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• McQuillan 2-2, BB, RBI, CS, E
• Nix 2-3

Despite outhitting the G-Cards 7-3, the G-Nats fell in game one, 2-1. DSL grad Daury Vasquez suffered the loss, giving up both runs (one unearned) on three hits and four walks while striking out four. Tony McQuillan reached base three times with a walk and two singles to lead the offense, followed by Tony Nix, who went 2-for-3.

GCL Cardinals 2 GCL Nationals 1 — GAME TWO
• Schwartz (L, 0-1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Boyden 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Barrientos 2IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Difo 1-2, R, 3B, BB, SB
• Jennings 2-3, 2B

In a much tighter contest (but the same result), the G-Cards swept the doubleheader with a 2-1 win in game two. 17th-rounder Blake Schwartz took the loss in his first pro appearance, allowing both Cardinals runs on three hits over the first three innings. 31st-rounder and Univ. of Maryland product Mike Boyden also debuted, combining with DSL grad Joel Barrientos for four scoreless innings and six strikeouts. The sole run came in on a groundout following a one-out triple by Wilmer Difo in the 4th.

DSL Nationals-DSL Pirates2 — GNR
No, not Guns & Roses, it’s Game Not Reported