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 272012
 

Harrisburg and Potomac both announced a series of moves this afternoon, which I’ve included with a couple of roster moves between the GCL and Hagerstown.

HARRISBURG
• RHP Jimmy Barthmaier promoted from Potomac
• RHP Brian Broderick assigned from Washington (signed as FA)
• LHP Cory VanAllen placed on the 7-Day DL

POTOMAC
• RHP Robert Gilliam demoted from Harrisburg

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Alex Kreis assigned from GCL (rehab over)

GCL
• LHP Bobby Lucas assigned from Hagerstown (rehab beginning)

The promotion of Barthmaier has been expected for quite some time now, given his age (28) and experience, if not his production. The demotion of Gilliam is reminiscent of a similar move made last summer with Erik Davis, which we can only hope pays off in a similar fashion (but sooner, please – Potomac’s in a pennant race). No word yet as to how/when he’ll be used (starter vs. reliever).

As noted in the comments, Kreis is back after spending time in Viera rehabbing, while Bobby Lucas, as suggested in today’s GBI, is presumably headed south for some time with the coaches to work on his mechanics.

Jul 272012
 

A reminder: This is just for fun, a pithy look at who’s hot and who’s not. I do make an effort to not name folks in consecutive editions unless they’re on a run like Tyler Moore in 2010. The “Curse of the GBI,” is more attributable to a hot streak ending (or beginning) than anything else, though I may attribute any twinges of pain in my back to voodoo instead of scar tissue from a microdiskectomy ;-)

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 49-56, 6th place I.L. North, 9½ games behind

Good Pat Lehman 0.71ERA, 0.95WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Seth Bynum .194/.268/.306 in July
Interesting Atahualpa Severino .288 OBA by LHBs, .147 OBA by RHBs

HARRISBURG SENATORS 51-53, 5th place E.L. West, 12 games behind

Good Zach Walters .892 OPS in 35G (6HR, 17RBI)
Bad Robert Gilliam 9.10ERA, 1.81WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting Ryan Perry 2.14ERA, 1.04WHIP in first 7 starts

POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-17, T2nd place C.L. North Division, ½ game behind (48-56 overall)

Good Michael Taylor .302/.362/.500 in July
Bad Robbie Ray 0-4, 5.70ERA, 1.73WHIP in 2nd half (7 appearances)
Interesting Adrian Sanchez .340/.364/.434 in July

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 20-14, T1st place Sally League North Divison, 2 games ahead (62-41 overall)

Good Caleb Ramsey .351/.351/.486 in last 10 games
Bad Bobby Lucas 14.54ERA, 2.92WHIp in last 10 appearances
Interesting Christian Meza 2-0, 0.60ERA, 0.87WHIP as a starter

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 23-14, 1st place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 2 games ahead

Good Wander Ramos .474SLG (4HR, 1-3B, 9-2B of 31H)
Bad Elliot Waterman 10BB in 13IP, 1.77WHIP
Interesting #1 in NYPL runs scored, #11 in runs allowed

GCL NATIONALS 13-21, 4th Place GCL East, 10 games behind

Good Mike Mudron 2.20ERA, 0.86WHIP in 16⅓ IP
Bad Diomedes Eusebio 10E in 29G
Interesting Jean-Carlos Valdez nine doubles in 29G

DSL NATIONALS 23-23, 6th Place Boca Chica South Division, 10½ games behind

Good 18-y.o. Raudy Read 1E in 29G at catcher (43% CS)
Bad 18-y.o. Miguel Acevedo 1.69WHIP, 7HB in 28⅓ IP
Interesting 18-y.o. Juan De Los Santos 24BB in 36G
Jul 272012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 17-9 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (7-8, 3.93) vs.
Manship (6-1, 2.29)
Harrisburg Winning, 3-1 @ Trenton,
6:05 p.m.
Holder (1-2, 6.28) and
Pucetas (6-3, 3.18) vs.
Betances (1-1, 4.88) and
TBA
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-8, 6.59) vs.
D. Jones (1-0, 5.00)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-0, 4.76) vs.
Quezada (1-2, 4.91)
Auburn Won, 6-5 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Powers (0-2, 4.97)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-2 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-2, 3.05) vs.
Nova (3-1, 1.44)

Syracuse 17 Rochester 9
• Bibens-Dirkx 4IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, 2HR
• Arnesen (W, 2-2) 2⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Valdez 4-6, 3R, HR, 4RBI
• Rivero 4-6, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Perez 4-6, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

Syracuse posted season highs in hits and runs scored in a 17-9 whipping of Rochester. All nine batters hit safely, with seven collecting multiple hits, and three collecting four hits. The Chiefs scored in seven of nine innings and all 17 runs were earned. Austin Bibens-Dirkx couldn’t make it to the 5th, charged with eight runs on seven hits and two walks. Erik Arnesen got the win in relief with a run on one hit and one walk over two and 2/3rds innings.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 1 — SUSP.
Rain halted play in the bottom of the second with the Senators leading the Thunder, 3-1. The game will be completed tonight, then followed by a seven-inning game. The originally scheduled doubleheader will pushed to tomorrow night.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Karns (W, 7-2) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Carr (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sanchez 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Hague 1-4, 2B, RBI

Nathan Karns finally gave up a HR in High-A, ending a streak 19⅓ scoreless innings while winning his seventh straight game in a 3-1 win over Lynchburg. The 24-y.o. Texan struck out seven and gave up five hits and a walk over six innings. Kevin Keyes, Adrian Sanchez, and Ricky Hague each doubled in the three-run fifth, taking advantage of an error that put on Michael Taylor with two outs. Adam Carr unveiled a knuckleball in his two innings following Karns, walking one and striking out two while Neil Holland pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Potomac heads back north for three against Frederick over the weekend.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 6
• Jordan 4IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bates (W, 6-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Higley 3-4, R, 2B, CS
• Ortega 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

A pair of three-run rallies, separated by a 98-minute rain delay, powered the Suns past the BlueClaws for an 8-6 win, taking the series 3-1. Taylor Jordan gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks over the first four frames, striking out five. Colin Bates got the win in relief as the pitcher of record while Richie Mirowski worked around two walks in the 9th for his first save at Low-A. Hagerstown pounded out 11 hits, with J.R Higley leading the way with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Bryce Ortega and Caleb Ramsey, who both went 2-for-4 and combined for three runs and three RBI.

Auburn 6 Vermont 5
• Lee 5⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 8K, 2HR
• Encarnacion (W, 3-1) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Renda 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, R, BB
• Rendon 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI, 2K

Blah blah blah Anthony Rendon blah blah blah homered in his first at-bat blah blah blah as Auburn blah blah blah rallied in the 8th to win their third straight, 6-5. Starter Nick Lee faltered in the 5th and 6th innings, giving up home runs that erased leads of 2-0 and 4-2. He retired the first seven batters he faced, five by way of the K, but finished with a more mundane line of five runs on seven hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings. Pedro Encarnacion picked up the win in relief with three and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Tony Renda led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, including a game-winning RBI single in the 8th.
Roster moves: LHP Andrew Wall assigned from Washington, SS Stephen Perez activated from DL.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 0
• Vasquez (L, 1-6) 5+ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Bailey 1-3
• Jennings 1-3

A grand slam in the 6th put this one away as the G-Cards swept the G-Nats in this week’s home-and-home with a 5-0 shutout. Daury Vasquez took the loss with four runs on four hits and two walks over five-plus innings. The G-Nats were held to just four hits and seven baserunners total, going 0-for-5 with RISP. Roster move: RHP Mike Shultz was released earlier this week.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Yankees1 2
• De La Cruz 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Valdez (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• A. Martinez 4-5, 2RBI, SB
• Bautista 2-2, 4R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI, 3SB
• Aguero 2-4, 2R, 2RBI

The D-Nats made the most of their scoring chances, racking up 10 runs on 12 hits in a 10-2 romp over the DSL Yankees1. Rafael Bautista wreaked havoc from the leadoff spot with a single, double, two walks, two RBI, three stolen bases and four runs scored. The team went 8-for-17 with RISP and left just five runners on base. Emmanuel De La Cruz started and tossed two perfect innings before giving way to Philips Valdez, who got the win with two runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings with three strikeouts.

Jul 262012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Rochester,
11:05 a.m.
Lannan (6-9, 4.89) or
Bibens-Dirkx (0-2, 3.79)
vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 8-3 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-7, 3.62) vs.
O’Brien (4-3, 4.52)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (6-2, 1.88) vs.
Northcraft (8-7, 4.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Rivas (1-0, 5.02)
Auburn Won, 8-7 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-0, 2.36) vs.
Avila (0-3, 4.41)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-4 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Vasquez (1-5, 3.29) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Rochester 5 Syracuse 3
• Duke (L, 11-5) 7IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Teahen 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Rivero 2-4, R
• Carroll, Valdez – OF assist at HP

A four-run 4th would be the difference as the Red Wings clipped the Chiefs, 5-3. Zach Duke lost for the second time in three starts since the All-Star break, giving up all five Rochester runs on 10 hits and no walks over seven innings. Mark Teahen homered while going 3-for-4 to lead the Syracuse offense, which included rehabbers Jayson Werth (0-3, 2BB) and Chad Tracy (0-3, BB) while OFs Brett Carroll and Jesus Valdez both gunned down a runner at the plate to shine on defense.

New Hampshire 8 Harrisburg 3
• Demny (L, 6-6) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Nelo 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB(25)
• Goodwin 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Brian Goodwin homered for the second straight game, but Harrisburg dropped the rubber game of the series with an 8-3 loss to New Hampshire. Starter Paul Demny rolled three double plays but the five walks, two hit batsmen, and six hits led to five runs in his five innings pitched. Chris Rahl singled, doubled, stole a base, scored a run, and drove in a run to lead the Sens offense. After a 2-5 homestand, Harrisburg heads across PA and into NJ for a five-game set against the Trenton Thunder.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 1
• Meyer 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Barthmaier (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 1-3, R, SB
• Souza 1-3, BB, SB

The Hillcats broke through with two in the last of 8th to win this pitcher’s duel, 3-1. Alex Meyer kept his ERA perfect, allowing just an unearned run on two hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five. Both teams managed just six hits, but four of them came against losing pitcher Jimmy Barthmaier, who pitched the last two frames and suffered the loss. Michael Taylor singled, walked, stole a base, and scored the sole Potomac run.

Lakewood 10 Hagerstown 3
• Hansen (L, 2-2) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 5BB, 4K, HR
• Burns 2-4, R, RBI
• Skole 1-3, BB, RBI

Two crooked numbers in the middle innings by Lakewood broke open a 2-2 game as Hagerstown would go on to lose this one, 10-3. The three Suns pitchers all struggled with their control, combining for nine walks, four wild pitches, and two hit batsmen. Bobby Hansen Jr. was charged with the loss, giving up the first four runs (three earned) on seven hits and five walks over four and 1/3rd innings. He also struck out four. The Suns were held to seven hits total, with Billy Burns and Matt Skole both reaching base twice and combining for three hits and two RBI.

Auburn 8 Vermont 7
• Fischer 4+ IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Davis 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Waterman (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K
• Norfork 4-5, 3R, 2B, RBI
• Manuel 2-4, R, BB
• McQuillan 2-5, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Mike McQuillan’s first professional home run was made even more memorable as the two-run shot in the 10th was a walkoff that turned a 7-6 loss into an 8-7 win for Auburn. The see-saw affair started with the Doubledays building a 5-0 lead after three, only to see the Lake Monsters roar back with five in the 5th to tie it. Starter David Fischer was charged with all five of those runs when he failed to retire any of the five batter he faced in the fifth, giving up seven hits and two walks total over four-plus innings. Eliot Waterman got the win despite giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. Khayyan Norfork led the hit column with a 4-for-5 night, scoring three runs and driving in one. Roster move: 3B Anthony Rendon transferred from the GCL (rehab). Auburn Citizen beat writer Ben Meyer has the story.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 4
• Selsor 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Mudron (L, 0-1) 4IP, H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• D. Eusebio 3-4, R
• Lippincott 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

A hit batsman, steal and a single in the 6th proved to be the game-winning sequence as the G-Cards edged the G-Nats, 5-4. Casey Selsor got the start and went four innings, but was touched for four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out two. Mike Mudron suffered the loss with the aforementioned sequence in four innings. Diomedes Eusebio and Bryan Lippincott both went 3-for-4 on the afternoon. Roster move: RHP Wilson Eusebio assigned from Hagerstown (rehab).

DSL Yankees1 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Silvestre (L, 3-3) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Ramirez 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Novas 3-4, 2-2B, RBI
• De Los Santos 2-4, R

The DSL Nationals rallied for three in the 8th, but it was too little, too late as the DSL Yankees1 held on to beat them, 5-3. Hector Silvestre took the loss with four runs allowed on five hits and three walks over four innings while striking out three. Randy Novas doubled twice while going 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the D-Nat offense.

Jul 252012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (11-4, 3.89) vs.
Vasquez (3-5, 3.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 vs. New Hampshire,
12:00 p.m.
Demny (6-4, 5.31) vs.
Tepera (3-1, 4.11)
Potomac Won, 10-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Lee (0-1, 5.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-1, 4.10) vs.
Kleven (4-7, 4.75)
Auburn Won, 9-4 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Fischer (1-2, 4.95) vs.
Streich (1-1, 1.74)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Selsor (0-1, 4.32) vs.
Villegas (2-2, 7.42)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (3-2, 3.86) vs.
Polanco (2-2, 3.42)

Syracuse 6 Rochester 1
• Roark (W, 5-12) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 9K, HR
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Carroll 1-3, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 1-3, 2B, 2RBI, BB
• Perez 1-1, SB (left w/ injury)

Tanner Roark spun his best effort of the year while Brett Carroll came off the bench and hit a three-run HR as the Chiefs beat the Red Wings, 6-1. Roark gave up a first-inning HR then threw six shutout innings, finishing with just four hits and two walks allowed and nine strikeouts over seven stanzas. Subbing for Eury Perez, who left the game after a collision at second base in the course of a successful steal, Carroll launched his big fly in the 7th to put the game on ice as the Chiefs scored six times on just eight hits, though four went for extra bases.

New Hampshire 7 Harrisburg 3
• Perry (L, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Van Ostrand 3-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Hood 2-4, 2B
• Goodwin 2-5, R, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 2SB (39, 40)

A five-run fourth powered New Hampshire in a 7-3 win over Harrisburg. Starter Ryan Perry went six innings, but the crooked number stands out in his line of five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Brian Goodwin connected for his first AA home run in the third inning, which gave the Sens their only lead at 1-0. Jimmy Van Ostrand homered in the next inning and led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night.

Potomac 10 Lynchburg 1
• Grace (W, 6-9) 7IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Wort 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 4-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• King 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 1-4, 2R, HR, SB, 3RBI (94 total RBI leads the minors)

A nine-run 4th erased an early 1-0 deficit as Potomac won on the road for just the 13th time this season in a 10-1 rout of Lynchburg. Eight of the nine runs were unearned as the Hill City Kitties committed three of their four errors in the fateful frame, which saw the P-Nats send 13 men to the plate and was capped off by Jason Martinson’s 9th home run for Potomac and 19th overall. Starter Matt Grace got the win with seven innings pitched, one run allowed on eight hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Rob Wort and Neil Holland each turned in a scoreless inning to help the P-Nats return to a three-way tie for first place.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 2
• Meza (W, 6-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Mirowski 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ortega 3-5, 3RBI
• Miller 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Spot starter Christian Meza turned in five innings of one-hit ball to lead the Suns past the Blue Claws, 6-2. Meza walked two while striking out six to earn his sixth win. Cutter Dykstra and Justin Miller both homered to help Hagerstown build a 4-0 lead. After Lakewood cut the lead in half with single runs in the 6th and 8th innings, Bryce Ortega’s two-run single in the last of the 8th salted it away while Richie Mirowski pitched around a hit and a walk in the 9th to close the door in a non-save situation.

Auburn 9 Jamestown 4
• Mooneyham 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Boyden (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Self (SV, 5) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Manuel 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI

“Oh, no, not this again” might have been the feeling of the fans after the Jammers went up 3-1 after one, but the Doubledays rallied for six in the 8th and two in the 9th to erase both the deficit and the doubt for a 9-4 win. Brett Mooneyham shook off that first inning to go four more for a line of three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Michael Boyden and Derek Self got the win and save respectively, each going two innings. Wander Ramos drove in three, including two in the 9th on a home run to lead the Auburn offense, which collected 10 hits total.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Marlins 1
• Anderson 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hudgins (W, 2-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Foat 3-5, CS
• Rendon 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Eusebio 1-3

With two runs in the top of the 8th, the G-Nats broke a 1-1 tie and held on for a 3-1 win vs. the G-Marlins. DH Anthony Rendon homered in the top of the 1st and drew two walks, including what proved to be the game-winning run, scored by PR Tony Nix. Dixon Anderson made his second appearance and struck out two while allowing a hit over the first two frames. Will Hudgins relieved and got the win with a run on five hits and a walk over five innings and three strikeouts. Matt Foat led the hit column with a 3-for-5 afternoon.

DSL Mets1 4 DSL Nationals 3
• Gomez (L, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 6K
• Salazar 3IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Aguero 2-2, 2B
• Novas 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Abreu 2-4, 2B, BB

Twelve stranded runners and a runner thrown at the plate were the difference as the D-Nats outhit the D-Mets1 10-6 but lost, 4-3. The D-Nats were just 2-for-11 with RISP. Starter Elisaul Gomez took the loss with all four runs allowed on five hits and a walk while striking out six. 17-y.o. Venezuelan Melvi Salazar turned in three shutout innings of relief. Randy Novas paced the offense with a single, a double, a walk, two stolen bases, and two RBI.

Jul 242012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (4-12, 5.47) vs.
Martis (0-0, 17.18)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (1-1,1.63) vs.
Jenkins (4-9, 5.26)
Potomac Lost, 5-0 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (5-9, 5.82) vs.
Martin (10-6, 3.28)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lakewood,
10:35 a.m.
Meza (5-1, 2.86) vs.
Stewart (4-8, 3.43)
Auburn Lost, 9-6;
Lost, 19-2
@ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Milroy (1-2, 5.57)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-2 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Hudgins (1-2, 2.16) vs.
Garcia (0-2, 4.79)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6
(13 inn.)
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (5-2, 2.98) vs.
Rosario (2-2, 2.70)

Norfolk 6 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 1-3) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Atkins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rivero 2-3, R, 2B
• Tracy 1-3

Norfolk struck for five runs in the middle innings and cruised to a 6-1 win over Syracuse. Starter Jeff Mandel took the loss, touched for the five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two. Mitch Atkins threw two innings in relief two days after a start, which perhaps may indicate a shift to the bullpen or a rearrangement of the rotation. Carlos Rivero singled and doubled but the Chiefs could only muster four hits total. Roster moves: Jayson Werth, Chad Tracy assigned from Potomac (rehab), C James Skelton activated from DL, OF Corey Brown recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 5 New Hampshire 1
• Wang (W, 1-1) 6⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 3-4, 2R, BB, 3SB
• Hood 3-4, 2B, RBI

Facing the ninth-best offense in the ten-team Eastern League, Chien Ming-Wang tossed six and a 1/3rd shutout innings to get the win for Harrisburg, 5-1. Wang allowed two hits and walked none while striking out six. Jeff Kobernus and Destin Hood both went 3-for-4 for the Senators, with Kobernus swiping three bags to up his league-leading total to 38. Roster moves: RHP Chien-Ming Wang assigned from Potomac (rehab), RHP Kevin Pucetas activated from DL, RHP Rob Gilliam placed on the DL, retroactive to 7/20.Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that former Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick has been signed as a FA and will be assigned to Harrisburg after a stint in Viera.

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 0
• Ray (L, 3-7) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• Barrett 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• King 1-3, 2B
• Sanchez 1-4, 2B

Gus Schlosser proved his last outing was no fluke, leaving Potomac as flat as a mackerel for a 5-0 shutout. Robbie Ray took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Adrian Sanchez and Steven King both doubled to lead the offense, which was held to five hits total.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 4 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Bates (W, 5-3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Skole 3-5, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Ramsey 3-5, R, RBI
• Burns 2-4, BB, RBI, SB

Matt Skole came off the DL and picked up where he left off, homering in the 5th (#22) and hitting the RBI walkoff single in the 10th for a 5-4 Hagerstown win over Lakewood. Starter Blake Schwartz couldn’t keep two of his mistakes in the yard but had an otherwise decent outing of three runs allowed on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Greg Holt let up an unearned run but delivered the game to Colin Bates with two and 2/3rds of one-hit, one-walk pitching. Bates got the “W” with two scoreless innings in the 9th an 10th innings. Caleb Ramsey matched Skole’s 3-for-5 mark while Billy Burns went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base (#34), but the offense struggled otherwise with a 4-for-20 mark with RISP and 14 runners LOB. Roster moves: OF Angelberth Montilla promoted from Auburn, 1B Brett Newsome placed on the DL, presumably to make room for Skole.

Jamestown 9 Auburn 6 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Jordan (L, 0-1) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Medina 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Renda 2-4, 2R, BB
• Martinez 2-4, 2B
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB

Jamestown held its three-run lead at the start of this completion for a 9-6 win. Since-promoted Taylor Jordan took the loss with five runs given up in the first inning on five hits and a walk on July 3rd. Silvio Medina, the de facto starter, gave up three on five hits and no walks. Tony Renda, Estarlin Martinez, and Wander Ramos each had two hits while Wes Schill hit a grand slam in the 8th to keep the came close.

Jamestown 19 Auburn 2 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion (L, 2-1) 1+ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Smith ⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Lopez 1-2, R, 2B, BB

When a team gets just four hits, odds are it’s a bad night. When a backup catcher is the most effective pitcher, it’s a nightmare. The Jamestown Jammers spread 13 runs on the Auburn Doubledays in the second inning alone in a 19-2 stomp in the second game. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss with seven runs allowed on six hits and two walks, with no strikeouts and no home runs. Carlos Lopez reached base twice with a walk and a double and scored once to lead the offense.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 2
• Barrientos 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Mieses (L, 1-3) 6BF, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Rendon 1-1, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Eusebio 1-2
• Jennings 1-3

A grand slam in the 5th broke up a 2-2 tie as the G-Marlins scored seven unanswered runs for a 9-2 win. Adalberto Mieses coughed up the killshot, facing six batters without retiring any of them to take the loss. Joel Barrientos started and went the first four innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five. Anthony Rendon’s first professional HR accounted for both G-Nats runs as the team was held to three hits and four walks total. Roster move: C Cole Leonida assigned from Hagerstown (rehab).

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mets1 6 (13 inn.)
• De La Cruz ⅔ IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Valerio 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Chavez (W, 1-0) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Abreu 3-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Atencio 2-4, 2RBI

After coming back from deficits of 2-0 and 6-2, the D-Nats wasted numerous scoring chances before finally delivering the gamewinner in the last of the 13th for a 7-6 win. A walk, a hit batsman, a single, and another walk by Andres Martinez pushed across the deciding run. Starter Emmanuel De La Cruz faced just five batters, getting two out while giving up a walk and hitting a batter. Maximo Valerio was the first man out of the ‘pen and went the next five and a 1/3rd, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk. Four relievers followed, combining for seven shutout innings with Jose Chavez getting the win. They couldn’t steal first, but the D-Nats stole nine other bases (caught just once), inflating the denominator for the RISP figure of 4-for-27 with 21 LOB. Osvaldo Abreu led the hit column with a single and two doubles.

Jul 232012
 

It’s a Potomac sweep for the Player and Pitcher of the Week for the Carolina League, as Nathan Karns and Michael Taylor were named the Pitcher and Player of the Week for the week of July 16-22.

Nathan KarnsKarns threw a total of 12 shutout innings in two starts (Monday, Saturday) giving up a hit, two walks and striking out eight. The 24-year-old is 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA, 0.82 WHIP in nine starts for Potomac, and 9-2 with a 1.95 ERA, 0.90 WHIP in 20 appearances overall. He leads the Nats minors with 122 strikeouts.

Taylor hit safely in six of the seven games during the week, going 14-for29 with four doubles, three home runs, and eight RBI for a Nintendo-esque line of .483/.531/.931. The 21-year-old raised his average from .226 to .245 with the outburst.

Both players are products of the 2009 draft, with Taylor picked in the 6th round and Karns going in the 12th.

Jul 232012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-4 vs. Norfolk,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 1.83) vs.
Johnson (3-6, 2.97)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Wang (rehab) vs.
McGuire (4-10, 5.96)
Potomac Lost, 11-8 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-6, 5.13) vs.
Schlosser (10-4, 3.22)
Hagerstown Won, 10-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (Low-A debut)
vs. Milner (1-2, 5.00)
Auburn Tied, 3-3
(suspended)
@ Jamestown,
6:05 p.m. (DH)
Medina (0-0, 3.96) vs.
TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 11-1
(Saturday)
vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-4, 3.89) vs.
Rodriguez (3-3, 5.28)

Syracuse 11 Norfolk 4
• Maya (W, 7-8) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Arnesen (SV, 2) 3IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Carroll 1-3, R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Maldonado 1-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Johnson 1-2, 2B, 3BB, 2RBI, SB

The Tides outhomered the Chiefs 3-2 and tied them for hits (13), but the walk differential (9-0) was too much to overcome as Syracuse beat Norfolk, 11-4. Yunesky Maya gave up two solo shots over six innings and seven hits total, but walked none and struck out six for the win. Every starter that came to bat (see below) got a hit, with four batters collecting two safeties. Erik Arnesen was roughed up in the 7th but finished the game for the rulebook save. Roster moves: LHP John Lannan optioned to Syracuse from Washington, and all indications are that OF Corey Brown, who was pulled from the game in the first inning, will be joining the parent club to replace an injured Ian Desmond.

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 4
• Tatusko (L, 2-3) 5+ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Martin (BS, 1) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB
• Ivany 2-4, 2R, SB
• Rahl 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

After taking the lead with a three-run HR by Chris Rahl in the bottom of the 5th, Harrisburg suffered the same fate in the top of the 6th as the Senators fell behind 5-3 and gave up three runs late in an 8-4 loss to New Britain. Rafael Martin gave up the big fly after Ryan Tatusko gave up a walk and a single just before getting lifted with no outs in the 6th. Tastusko took the loss with four runs allowed on four hits and three walks while striking out five. Rahl, Devin Ivany, and Justin Bloxom combined for five of the seven hits Harrisburg collected and three of the four runs scored. After the 11th loss in 13 games, manager Matt LeCroy called out some of his players for their efforts. Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow has the story.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 8
• Olbrychowski (L, 4-8) 4IP, 12H, 9R, 8ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Demmin 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Hague 1-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Potomac couldn’t stand the prosperity of a seven-run lead after two innings and gave it all back and then some with nine runs allowed in the next two innings as Myrtle Beach prevented the sweep with an 11-8 win. Adam Olbrychowski was hit hard for the second straight outing, allowing nine runs on 12 hits and a walk, including a three-run shot in the 4th. Jason Martinson homered twice, scored twice and drove in five while going 3-for-5 to lead the P-Nats attack. After a 5-2 homestand, tied-for-first-place (three teams at 15-15) Potomac heads out on the road for four against Lynchburg and three against Frederick before returning to Woodbridge on the 31st.

Hagerstown 10 Augusta 4
• Hill 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Hollins (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Higley 2-2, 2R, 2-2B, 2BB, 2RBI

Hagerstown got two in the 7th to take the lead and five in the 8th to salt this one away for a 10-4 win over Augusta. Two was the magic number for J.R. Higley as the 24-y.o. doubled, walked, and scored twice while driving in two to lead the Suns offense. Starter Taylor Hill turned in a quality starte with three runs allowed (two earned) on five hits and three walks. The win went to Leonard Hollins, who gave up a run in the 7th but pitched a scoreless 8th. Roster move: LHP Kylin Turnbull was placed on the 7-Day DL.

Batavia 3 Auburn 3 — SUSP.
• Monar 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Davis 3IP, 0H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Montilla 2-4, R
• Lopez 1-2, BB, 2RBI

Rain halted play with one out in the bottom of the 8th before the game was eventually called. It will be continued as part of a doubleheader on August 19.

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
After a 2-4 week, the G-Nats are still cellar dwellers in the GCL East. Like last week, it’s home games on M-W-F and road games on Tu-Th-Sa.
Roster move: RHP John Peters optioned to the GCL from Auburn.

DSL Cubs2 11 DSL Nationals (Saturday)
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Benitez (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, H, 7R, 7ER, 6BB, 2K
• Bautista 1-3, R
• A. Martinez 1-2, 3B, BB, RBI

Perhaps this may have been best left unreported, but unlike the cable news, we don’t get to pick and choose the news that fits our agenda (well, mostly ;-). A nine-run 6th turned a 1-1 tie into a laugher as the D-Cubs2 squad pummeled the D-Nats, 11-1. Juan Benitez walked six and was charged with seven runs total while getting just two outs in the fateful frame. The D-Nats were held to just four hits total. This week it’s home and away vs. the Mets2, Yankees1, and the Giants as the 21-21 D-Nats try to climb out of 5th place in the Boca Chica South.

Jul 222012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 vs. Norfolk,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (6-8, 3.98) vs.
Eveland (3-2, 2.21)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 vs. New Britain,
2:00 p.m.
Tatusko (2-2, 3.88) vs.
Hirschfeld (6-4, 2.78)
Potomac Won, 9-0 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-7, 6.00) vs.
Jackson (2-1, 4.33)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Augusta,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (9-5, 4.88) vs.
Davis (4-4, 3.73).
Auburn Won, 6-4 vs. Batavia,
6:05 p.m.
Monar (2-2, 2.66) vs.
O’Shea (1-1, 3.98)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-7 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported OFF DAY N/A

Norfolk 5 Syracuse 1
• Atkins (L, 6-8) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Severino 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rivero 2-4, SB
• Perez 2-5, CS

A pair of two-run home runs were essentially the difference in a 5-1 Syracuse loss to Norfolk. However, starter Mitch Atkins also gave up eight other hits and was charged with all five Tides runs over his five innings pitched. Offensively, the clutch hit escaped the Chiefs as they went 1-for-10 with RISP and stranded 10 men for the game. Carlos Rivero and Eury Perez both singled twice to lead the hit column for Syracuse. Roster moves: LHP John Lannan recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 5 New Britain 0
• Holder (W, 1-2) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Bloxom 2-4, R
• Nicol 2-4, RBI
• Goodwin 1-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Trevor Holder earned his first AA win with seven scoreless innings as Harrisburg ended its seven-game losing streak with a 5-0 win versus New Britain. Holder allowed just three hits and struck out three, getting 10 ground-ball outs total. Erik Davis and Pat McCoy each laid a goose egg to complete the shutout. Justin Bloxom and Sean Nicol both went 2-for-4 and combined on a pair of 5-C-3 double plays. Brian Goodwin’s first AA hit was a two-run double as part of a three-run rally in the 4th.

Potomac 9 Myrtle Beach 0
• Karns (W, 6-2) 6IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barthmaier 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Holland 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 5-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Hague 3-4, 2B, 2RBI

It was a combined shutout in Woodbridge, too, and a near no-no, as the Pelicans finally broke through with a one-out single in the 9th in a 9-0 loss to Potomac. Michael Taylor continues to hit like somebody stole his lunch money — 5-5 with a double and a home run, his third of the year and third of the week. The P-Nats pounded out 15 hits total as they reclaimed first place in the Carolina League North division with their 15th win of the second half.

Hagerstown 5 Augusta 4 (10 inn.)
• Rauh (ND) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Meza (BS, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Mirowski (W, 3-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 0K
• Burns 3-5, 2R, CS
• Ortega 3-5, R, RBI, SB(10)
• Higley 2-4, BB, RBI

J.R. Higley’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave Hagerstown a walkoff win over Augusta and ended a five-game losing streak for the Suns. Starter Brian Rauh pitched five and 2/3rds innings in his Low-A debut, giving up three runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Christian Meza couldn’t hold the lead as Augusta tied the game at 3-3 and went ahead with another run off the southpaw in the 7th. Richie Mirowski got the win with three no-hit innings of relief. Higley’s single masked an otherwise frustrating night on offense, as the Suns left on 10 runners and outhit the GreenJackets 13-6.

Batavia 6 Auburn 4
• Pineyro (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K
• McGeary 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramos 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI, OF assist at HP
• Lopez 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Montilla 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Ivan Pineyro lost his SS-A debut as Batavia scored three runs early and two runs late and held on for a 6-4 win over Auburn. The 20-y.o. Dominican allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings, but walked none and struck out four. Wander Ramos, Carlos Lopez, and Angel Montilla combined for six of the nine Doubledays hits, including three doubles.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Astros 7
• Mendez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Hicks 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Kreis 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-5, RBI, SB
• J.C. Valdez 2-5
• Rendon 1-2, RBI, K, E

The G-Astros opened up a 3-0 lead early and held off the G-Nats for a 4-3 win. Starter Gilberto Mendez gave up all four runs on 10 hits, including a home run. Three relievers combined for five innings of shutout relief, with just three hits allowed. Wilmer Difo and Jean-Carlos Valdez both went 2-for-5 while Anthony Rendon singled and drove in a run, but also committed an error.

DSL NATIONALS — GNR
As of 1:22 a.m., the D-Nats/D-Cubs2 boxscore was still blank as this went to virtual press.

Jul 212012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Norfolk,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (6-7, 4.99)
Arrieta (1-0, 5.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-2;
Lost, 5-4
vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Holder (0-2, 12.27) vs.
Darnell (8-6, 4.27)
Potomac Won, 8-3 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Karns (5-2, 2.12) vs.
Rojas (8-1, 2.15)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-3;
Lost 1-0
vs. Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (Low-A debut)
vs. Mejia (6-6, 5.55)
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (SS-A debut) vs.
Cuda (2-0, 2.66)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-7 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 @ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 6 Norfolk 5
• Duke (W, 11-4) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Garcia (SV, 4) 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Hill 2-2, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Brown 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs rallied for two runs in three consecutive innings and rode out the Tides comeback bid for a 6-5 win. Zach Duke got the win but gave up four runs on nine hits, including a two-run HR in the 1st. Christian Garcia earned his fourth save by stranding two of three runners in the 8th and pitching a scoreless 9th. Koyie Hill, Corey Brown, and Josh Johnson each had two hits. Eury Perez went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his AAA debut. Roster moves: C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for Perez on the Syracuse roster.

New Britain 13 Harrisburg 2 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Demny (L, 6-5) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, K, 2HBP, 2WP
• Gilliam 3⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Nicol 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-4, RBI
• Walters 2-4

The Rock Cats picked up where they left off on Thursday night and pummeled the Senators, 13-2. Robert Gilliam “started” in place of losing pitcher Paul Demny, and was savaged for seven runs over three and 2/3rds on six hits and three walks. Sean Nicol led the attack with a 2-for-4 effort, scoring twice and hitting his first HR of the season. Brian Goodwin went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his AA debut.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 4 — GAME TWO
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-7) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K
• Nelo ⅔IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Walters 2-3, 3B, HR, RBI
• Nicol 2-3, 2B, RBI

Hector Nelo couldn’t strand the runner he inherited from Danny Rosenbaum, letting in the game-winner in a 5-4 loss that extended the Harrisburg losing streak to seven games and dropped the Senators below .500 at 49-50. Brian Goodwin reached base in his eighth PA with a walk in the last of the 7th but only made it to third base after a sacrifice and two groundouts ended the inning and the game. Rosenbaum took the loss, charged with all five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Zach Walters tripled and homered to lead the offense.

Potomac 8 Myrtle Beach 3
• Meyer (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Carr 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Taylor 3-5, 3R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Souza 2-4, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Alex Meyer won his Carolina League debut as Potomac pounded out seven extra-base hits in an 8-3 win over Myrtle Beach. Meyer tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven. Michael Taylor doubled twice and hit his second HR, joining Jason Martinson and Ricky Hague in the longball fest. Steve Souza Jr. went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his return to High-A.

Augusta 10 Hagerstown 3 — GAME ONE
• Jordan 4IP, 5R, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Holt (L, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, BB, K
• Newsome 3-3, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Jimenez 2-3, 2B, RBI

The curse of the GBI continues as Greg Holt (yesterday’s “Good” for Hagerstown) got roughed up for six runs on six hits and a walk as the Suns were stung by the GreenJackets, 10-3. Taylor Jordan went first four innings and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks with no strikeouts in his return to Low-A. Brett Newsome led the Hagerstown offense with two singles and a triple, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Augusta 1 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Hansen 6IP, 9H, 0R, BB, 3K, HBP, WP
• Bates (L, 4-3) 1IP, H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Burns 1-2, BB, OF assist at 3B
• Newsome 1-2, BB
• Miller OF assist at HP

After stopping 11 baserunners from scoring through six innings, Augusta’s 12th baserunner made it home in the 7th for a 1-0 and a doubleheader sweep. Bobby Hansen Jr. scattered nine hits, walked one (intentionally) and hit a batter over six innings, getting defensive help via two double plays and two kills from the outfield and picking off a runner at first. Colin Bates took the loss when a one-out walk scored on a two-out single. The Suns were held to just three hits but drew five walks, with Billy Burns and Brett Newsome both reaching base twice.

Auburn 4 Batavia 3
• Lee 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Boyden (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Renda 2-4, R, RBI
• McQuillan 1-2, R, 2B

Auburn rallied two runs in the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and held off a late Batavia charge for a 4-3 win. Starter Nick Lee went five and 2/3rds innings and gave up two runs on five hits and a walk but struck out nine. Michael Boyden got the win in his NYPL debut with two and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit and two walks. Tony Renda led the hit coulmn with a 2-for-4 night, driving in the deciding run in the 9th. Roster move: RHP Gregory Baez optioned to GCL.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Astros 7
• Anderson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Vasquez (W, 1-5) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, K
• Piwnica-Worms 3-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Eusebio 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Rendon 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, 2K

The G-Nats held off a late charge from the G-Astros for an 8-7 win. Daury Vasquez got his first win despite a pedestrian five runs allowed on nine hits and two walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. Will Piwnica-Worms reached base four times with three singles and a walk to lead the hit column. Anthony Rendon struck out twice but doubled in two. Dixon Anderson, a ninth-round pick from the 2011 draft, tossed a 1-2-3 first for his professional debut. Roster moves: LHP Graham Hicks assigned from Washington (signed 6/7 as FA following release by Chicago Cubs on 5/30).

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cubs2 3
• Suero ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Valdez 4⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• A. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Cerda 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, R, 2B

Kevin Cerda’s two-run home run in the last of the 9th gave the D-Nats a 4-3 walkoff win vs. the DSL Cubs2. Cerda was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 for the afternoon and scoring twice. Starter Wander Suero left after just two batters, with no notation of injury in the MiLB.com recap. Philips Valdez went the next four and a 1/3rd innings with no runs and two hits allowed, with a walk and four strikeouts. Cerda’s shot made a winner out of Algenis Ramirez, an 18-y.o. OF who’s pitched in relief twice before.