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.

Apr 182013

Catching Up On TransactionsThe Hagerstown Suns and Harrisburg Senators have both announced a series of moves shuffling pitchers on and off their rosters:


  • RHP Rob Wort placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Michael Broadway assigned from XST

While Wort may have been stung by the decision by Matthew LeCroy to lift him in his last outing, this has all the hallmarks of a procedural move designed to give the recently signed Broadway a chance to pitch.


  • LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL
  • LHP Bryan Harper placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Cody Davis assigned from XST
  • RHP Christopher McKenzie assigned from XST

Unfortunately, as noted in the comments yesterday, Mooneyham’s early exit from the Wednesday afternoon game was due to “arm discomfort” per Lacy Lusk on Twitter. Lusk also noted that Ivan Pineyro, who exited in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game after taking a line drove off his glove-side hand, did not suffer a break. Otherwise, it’s the usual roster machinations for this time of year.

Apr 182013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 5-4
(8 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
12:00 p.m.
Roark (1-1, 3.27) vs.
E.G. Gonzalez (0-0, 5.40)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona Clay (1-0, 3.27) vs.
Pimentel (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 3.97) vs.
Petersime (0-1, 13.50)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Glasnow (0-0, 2.35)

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 3 — GAME ONE
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 6K
• J.C. Romero 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Costanzo 1-3, 2RBI

It was too little, too late as Syracuse fell in the opener, 4-3. Starter Ross Ohlendorf gave up all four runs in the Buffalo 5th, as the veteran was pulled with two outs after five hits and four walks given up, though he did strike out six. Down 4-0, Chris Marrero broke up Justin Germano’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single, but the Chiefs couldn’t get in gear until the 6th. The Chiefs got four straight hits with one out in the sixth, with Jeff Kobernus (RBI double) and Mike Costanzo (two-run single) cashing in back-to-back singles by Carlos Maldonado and Will Rhymes but a double play killed the rally and the Chiefs went quietly in the 7th.

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Tatusko 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Crotta (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R
• Rivero 2-4, R

In the nightcap, Syracuse lost a 3-1 lead, rallied to tie at 4-4 but fell in the “extra” eighth inning for a 5-4 loss and a doubleheader sweep for Buffalo. Ryan Tatusko got the spot start but was ineffective, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk over three innings. Mike Crotta took the loss when an error led to the gamewinning run in the 8th. Eight of the nine Chiefs reached base, with four batters going 2-for-4, but two baserunners were cut down from the outfield and two double plays blunted the 11 hits collected and five walks drawn.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
The news yesterday wasn’t about a lucky man who made the grade, but rather that Matt Skole’s injury was worse than initially feared. Instead of a fractured wrist, the 23-year-old has become the second position player this season to require Tommy John surgery. Unlike Spencer Kieboom, the injury is to his (left) non-throwing arm, which according to Washington GM Mike Rizzo, will require four months to rehabilitate. Considering that most recovery timetables do not allow a player to swing a bat until 12-14 weeks after the surgery, that estimate seems aggressive. Regardless, it’s a tough break for a player who was expected to shed the label of “a level behind where he should be” since being drafted in 2011.

Potomac 4 Salem 2
• Jordan (W, 1-0) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Herron (S, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

With a 4-2 win Potomac completed the sweep of Salem and returned to .500 for the first time in nearly two weeks at 6-6. Taylor Jordan gave up two unearned runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out five. Tyler Herron was perfect for two frames, striking out five of six batters faced for his first save. Jason Martinson and Adrian Sanchez combined for four of the five hits the P-Nats collected, as Potomac made the most of its limited chances with just six men stranded and four ABs with RISP. Cole Leonida homered in the ninth for his first of the year.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 1
• Mooneyham 4⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Rauh (W, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-4, R, RBI
• Ramos 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, SB

“Help me” Wander Ramos struck again early, smacking a two-run triple that the Suns pitchers made stand up for a 3-1 win in the Wednesday matinee. Brett Mooneyham allowed no hits and just two walks over the first four and a 1/3rd innings, setting down two on strikes. Brian Rauh got the win in relief with the lone Lakewood run allowed on three hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Ramos and Tony Renda both went 2-for-4 to lead the Hagerstown offense, which notched seven hits total.

Apr 172013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
4:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.64) and
Tatusko (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Germano (1-1, 10.13) and
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
Potomac Won, 3-2
(12 inn.)
@ Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Owens (0-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 11-2 vs. Lakewood,
12:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-0, 0.90) vs.
Brady (0-1, 5.79)

Syracuse vs. Buffalo — PPD
Rain continues to beguile Syracuse (not only that, Skipper, it’s really starting to annoy them) as the Chiefs had their third rainout in the past week. The game is scheduled to be made up this afternoon with a pair of seven-inning games at 4 p.m.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 3 (10 inn.)
• Demny 5⅔ IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Krol 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, BB, 3RBI, 2-5 CS-SB
• Hague 1-3, BB
• Nicol OF assist at 2B
• 1-for-10 w/ RISP

Sandy Leon’s two-run shot in the top of the 9th forced extra innings for Harrisburg, but the jubilation was short-lived as Reading needed just four pitches to win it in the 10th. Starter Paul Demny scattered 10 hits over five and 2/3rds innings and gave up just three runs (one via HR) with one walk and five strikeouts. The Leon homer, however, masked another poor showing on offense as the Senators collected just five hits total and left 10 men on base. Matt Swynenberg, Ian Krol, and Aaron Barrett combined to shut down the Fightins for three and a 1/3rd innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. Marcos Frias gave up a triple and a single to the two batters he faced in the 10th to take the loss.

Potomac 3 Salem 2 (12 inn.)
• Ray 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP, WP, 2PO
• Grace 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Taylor 3-5, R, BB, SB
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2BB
• 3-for-15 w/ RISP, 12 LOB

Like the Phils in Reading, Potomac had numerous chances to score but needed extras to win in Salem. Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single in the 12th, his third hit of the contest and second two-out RBI, delivered the gamewinner as the P-Nats edged the S-Sox, 4-3. Starter Robbie Ray struggled some with his control (4BB, HBP, WP) but was more than good enough to win, letting in just one run on four hits over six innings. Michael Taylor (3-for-5, BB) and Carolina Lg. POTW Jason Martinson (2-for-4, 2BB) both reached base four times while Mark Grace and Richie Mirowski combined for five shutout innings following Salem getting the tying run in the 7th on a two-out wild pitch.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 2
• Pineyro ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Hudgins (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Pleffner 1-3, 2R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB, 2 OF assist (3B, 2B)
• Martinez 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI

Three home runs, including a grand slam by Brandon Miller, powered the Suns past the Blue Claws for an 11-2 win on Tuesday. Brian Dupra got the win in long relief, as the one hit allowed by Ivan Pineyro was literally off the starting pitcher, forcing him from the game (no word on the extent of his injury). “Help Me” Wander Ramos, activated from the DL before the game, was a three-way force: doubling and homering for three RBI and two runs scored, swiping a bag, and gunning down two runners from right field. Shawn Pleffner also went deep and drew two walks in his second game since being activated from XST. Will Hudgins got the save with three perfect frames and five strikeouts. Roster moves: C Andruth Ramirez placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Wander Ramos activated from the 7-Day DL

Apr 162013

Jason MartinsonWeekly award season has begun for the minor leagues, and Potomac SS Jason Martinson was among the inaugural winners as the Carolina Batter of the Week for the period of April 4-14.

Martinson hammered out a line of .303/.429/.788 with seven extra-base hits, including four HR’s and 11 RBIs. The RBI mark is currently tied for the league lead while his nine runs scored in ten games played is tied for second, one behind teammate Billy Burns.

The 2010 fifth-rounder out of Texas was ranked as the #14 Washington prospect in the 2013 edition of the Baseball America Prospect Handbook and (far less prestigious)is a three-time member of this website’s watchlist.

Apr 162013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1 vs. Buffalo,
6:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.64) vs.
Germano (1-1, 10.13)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Demny (1-1, 4.09) vs.
Biddle (1-1, 3.75)
Potomac Won, 7-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (1-1, 2.45) vs.
M. Pena (1-1, 4.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Pineyro (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Watson (0-0, 3.00)

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 1
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Mandel (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• McCoy 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Van Ostrand 2-4, 2B
• Kobernus 1-3, 2B
• Head 1-3, 2B

Veteran minor-leaguer Mauro Gomez feasted on lefties Danny Rosenbaum and Jeff McCoy for a pair of homers and four RBIs (and snacked on Jeff Mandel for a double), powering Buffalo to a 6-1 win over Syracuse. Gomez got both hits that Rosenbaum allowed in six innings, as the 25-y.o. dominated the rest of the lineup and kept the Chiefs infielders busy with 15 groundball outs. Jimmy Van Ostrand led Syracuse hit column with a single and a double, but it took a home run from Chris Marrero to score the lone Chiefs run as the lineup flailed to an 0-for-7 mark with RISP. Chances are, many of the moves yesterday will be reversed by the end of the month as Ben Meyers of the Auburn Citizen is reporting that Eury Perez’s wrist is sprained, not broken.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 0
• Treinen (W, 1-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 83-55 P-S
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K(H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rendon 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Nicol 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI

That guy with a 15.26 ERA in yesterday’s pitching probables? Threw seven shutout innings as Harrisburg took the fight out of Reading, 4-0. Blake Treinen needed just 83 pitches to do it, allowing just four hits, no walks, and striking out four. Neil Holland and Pat Lehman were just as dominant, as both firemen doused any hope of a comeback with six strikeouts over the final two frames. Anthony Rendon continues to give fanbo…er, the dog a bone, as the Nats top prospect doubled and homered to improve his line to .333/.473/.571 with more walks (9) than RBI (7).

Potomac 7 Salem 2
• Hill (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Meza (SV, 1) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Nieto 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R, 2B, SF, 3RBI, 3K, SB

A four-run 6th followed by a two-run 7th turned a 1-1 game into a 7-2 beatdown for Potomac against Salem. Taylor Hill won his second straight start, with one run given up on four hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Christian Meza pitched the final three frames, allowing just an unearned run on two hits and one walk for his first save of the year. Michael Taylor and Adrian Nieto each went 2-for-5 with a double, though the P-Nats could have done more damage with just a 3-for-14 mark with RISP.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 1
• Anderson (L, 1-1) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 9K, HR, HBP, WP
• Schwartz 2⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• McQuillan 2-2, R, 2B, 3B, 2BB
• E. Martinez 2-4, 2B, RBI

A two-run homer in the 7th by Lakewood’s Art Charles broke the tie and a pair of errors in the 9th broke it open as Hagerstown fell, 5-1. The big fly ruined a strong outing by Dixon Anderson, who pitched into the 7th for the first time as a pro. He finished with three runs on three hits, no walks, and nine strikeouts. Blake Schwartz finished up with just a hit and two walks surrendered. Mike McQuillan reached base for the 11th straight game and four times total with two walks, a double, and a triple.

Apr 152013

RippleThe injuries to OFs Eury Perez in Syracuse, Steven Souza Jr. in Harrisburg, and J.R. Higley in Hagerstown (the latter two detailed here by MASN’s Byron Kerr) have created a ripple effect throughout the Nats’ minors.

Here’s the rundown on the transactions announced today by the Suns and, Senators, and P-Nats:

  • Taking Perez’s place on the Syracuse roster is Harrisburg OF-1B Jerad Head
  • OF Randolph Oduber and UT Francisco Soriano have been reassigned from Potomac to Harrisburg, taking the place of Head and Souza
  • IF Khayyan Norfork and OF Will Piwinica-Worms have been transferred from Hagerstown to Potomac, taking the place of Oduber and Soriano
  • IFs Hunter Bailey, Matt Foat, and Shawn Pleffner were activated from XST and assigned to Hagerstown, taking the place of Norfork and Piwinica-Worms
  • IF Carlos Lopez was placed on the 7-Day DL for Hagerstown
  • IF Blake Kelso was placed on the 7-Day DL for Potomac
  • UT Justin Miller was activated from XST and assigned to Potomac

With those moves, the four full-season affiliates roster are back to the 25-man limits.

This morning, Baseball America issued its weekly update on transactions, most of which were previously reported.

As usual, signings tend to be found here and not via This time, it’s SS Kelvin Gutierrez, who appears to be an NDFA from Bates College. Absent a DOB, that’s a best guess.

Also of note are some of the players placed on the 7-Day DL, which include RHPs Rafael Martin and Shane McCatty, LHP Josh Smoker, and Cs Beau Seabury and Sean McCauley, who is listed as a coach for Potomac (and mentioned in last week’s update) could logically be inferred as this year’s Sam Palace (who’s on the Syracuse DL as of this writing).

UPDATE: Potomac issued its press release after this went to virtual press. Changes are in red.

Apr 152013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2;
Won, 3-2
(8 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-0, 0.00) vs.
R. Ortiz (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Treinen (0-2, 15.26) vs.
Buchanan (1-1, 6.75)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-0, 3.00)
W. Cuevas (0-1, 27.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Anderson (1-0, 2.45) vs.
Warner (0-1, 4.50)

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Maya (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Marrero 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 1-3, RBI

The Iron Pigs broke open the first game of the twinbill with a four-run 6th inning and held off the Chiefs in the bottom half of the inning for a 5-2 win. Yunesky Maya was charged with the loss with all five Lehigh Valley runs allowed on five hits and two walks. He struck out four. Carlos Rivero singled in a run in the 6th while Chris Marrero doubled in a run in the 1st as the two corner infielders both went 1-for-3.

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Perry (ND) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Abad (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, 2SB
• Van Ostrand 2-4, 2B, RBI

Jimmy Van Ostrand’s walkoff single in the bottom of the 8th gave Syracuse a 3-2 win to split the doubleheader and avoid the series sweep. Starter Ryan Perry gave up just one run on four hits, no walks, and struck out four but got the no-decision when Erik Davis blew the save in the top of the 7th, giving up the tying run on a double and a single after whiffing the first two batters he faced. Jeff Kobernus continues to put up Nintendo R.B.I. numbers with a 3-for-4 afternoon that pushed his batting average to .556 while swiping his 4th and 5th bags.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2
• Broderick (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, 2WP
• Holder (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Rendon 4-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Goodwin 3-5, 3R, 2-2B

Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin combined for seven hits and four doubles as Harrisburg completed the sweep of Altoona with a 4-2 win. Brian Broderick had just one three-up-and-three-down frame out of five, but gave up just one run — a solo HR in the 3rd — on five hits and three walks to earn the win. Trevor Holder followed with three scoreless innings to earn the hold. Rob Wort couldn’t get the save, giving up a run on a single, steal, and sacrifice fly. After an error extended the inning, he issued a walk, which prompted manager Matt LeCroy to pull him. Marcos Frias wasn’t much better, issuing a wild pitch to move the tying runs into scoring position, but got the final out for the save.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 4
• Turnbull (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Burns 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI, SB
• Leonida 1-3

With a 6-4 win on Sunday, Lynchburg once again took two out of three from Potomac. For the second straight start, Kylin Turnbull hit the wall in the 5th, charged with six runs (all earned) on nine hits and two walks with just a single whiff. Colin Bates let in one inherited run, but finished the frame and held the ‘Cats scoreless for the next two. The P-Nats rallied for three in the 6th and put the tying runs on in the 9th with singles by Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey, but Lynchburg closer Nathan Hyatt struck out the next two batters (all three in the inning) to kill the comeback bid.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 4
• Encarnacion 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Henke 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 2-3, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, 3RBI

Hagerstown trailed 2-0, 3-2, and 4-2 before rallying for four in the 7th to take the rubber game of the series from Delmarva, 6-4. Khayyan Norfork delivered the decisive blow in the game-winning rally, doubling in two and driving in three runs total. Starter Pedro Encarnacion was lifted after four innings after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Bryan Harper got the win in relief while Robert Benincasa worked around a pair of hits in the 9th to get his second save of the year.

Apr 142013

As predicted in this morning’s news & notes, the injury to Wilson Ramos has set off a chain reaction of roster moves:

  • C Wilson Ramos placed on the Washington DL
  • C Jhonatan Solano recalled to Washington from Syracuse
  • C Jeff Howell reassigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse
  • C Kris Watts activated from the Harrisburg DL
  • OF Steven Souza Jr. placed on the Harrisburg DL
  • OF J.R. Higley placed on the Hagerstown DL
  • C Andruth Ramirez activated from the Hagerstown DL

As of this writing, Potomac has not made any moves, which is the natural inference as there are currently three catchers on the Suns roster, not to mention the unknown severity of the wrist injury suffered by Eury Perez on a diving play in the 5th inning of yesterday’s game.

If/when such a move occurs (and I’m able to access the WordPress admin), this space will be updated.

UPDATE: OF Eury Perez has indeed been placed on the DL. As mentioned in the comments, there are two candidates in XST to replace him or Souza on the corresponding rosters of Syracuse and Harrisburg.

Apr 142013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Maya (0-0, 2.84) and
Perry (0-0, 10.80) vs.
E. Martin (0-0, 8.31 and
Rosenberg (0-0, 15.00)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1
(10 inn.)
@ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Broderick (0-0, 4.91) vs.
Waldron (0-1, 6.00)
Potomac Won, 11-6
(10 inn.)
@ Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Turnbull (0-1, 12.46) vs.
Weber (1-0, 3.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Hader (1-0, 0.00)

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 0
• Roark 5+ IP, 7H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 5K
• Romero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2B
• Walters 1-3

Syracuse’s modest three-game win streak was put to an abrupt halt with a 6-0 shutout by Lehigh Valley. Tanner Roark fell victim to some sloppy defense, giving up all six runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk over five-plus innings. It didn’t much matter as Iron Pigs starter Adam Morgan stifled the Chiefs for eight innings, holding Syracuse to three singles and a walk on just 97 pitches. Eury Perez’s 23-game hit streak ended the hard way as the 22-year-old CF rolled over his (glove) left wrist on dive during the 5th inning. He finished the inning and made the last out, but was taken out and sent to a doctor to evaluate the extent of the injury. C Jhonatan Solano was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 8th, and is most likely on his way to D.C. to replace Wilson Ramos on the Washington roster. Best bet for the catcher shuffle is for Kris Watts to be activated from the Harrisburg DL with Jeff Howell moving up from AA to replace Solano in AAA.

Harrisburg 3 Altoona 1 (10 inn.)
• Karns 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Lehman (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Leon 2-4, 2B
• Goodwin 2-5, R, RBI

Nathan Karns’ sophomore start was more in line with expectations of Top 10 prospect but the offense took nine innings to get in gear as Harrisburg took this 3-1 in 10 innings, with all four runs scored in the 10th. Karns gave up just three hits and walked one while striking out eight, throwing 47 of 73 pitches for strikes. Veteran IF Sean Nicol went hitless but made the play of the game in the 8th to quash a 1st-and-2nd with one out by snaring shot down the line for an out at third. Brian Goodwin (RBI single), Anthony Rendon (sac fly) and Destin Hood (RBI double) cashed in their opportunities in the 10th on a rally that started with a leadoff single by Ricky Hague. Pat Lehman got the “W” with the aforementioned help on “D” while Aaron Barrett notched his first AA save, albeit a bit shaky with a hit, a walk, and an error (his). Shoulder soreness continues to dog Steve Souza Jr., which is why he was pulled in the 4th after just two ABs per Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News.

Potomac 11 Lynchburg 6 (10 inn.)
• Cole (ND) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, BB
• Soriano 2-5, R
• Oduber 2-5, R, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, GIDP, CS, K, E, OF assist at HP

Three home runs in the middle innings helped Potomac build a 6-1 lead, but another bullpen meltdown sent this one into extras. The Hillcats relievers did them one “better,” coughing up five runs with two outs to give the P-Nats an 11-6 win in 10 innings. A.J. Cole got the no-decision with two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings, but just three whiffs. Jason Martinson and Adrian Nieto both hit solo shots while Michael Taylor showed all facets of his game, as the last bullet attests. The 7-8-9 hitters combined for six of the 11 Potomac hits. Matt Grace got the win with two perfect innings in the 9th and 10th.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 6
• Pena (L, 0-1) 3IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
• Fischer 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Norfork 3-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Schill 1-1, 2R, 2B, 2BB, SB

Delmarva pounded Ronald Pena for seven runs in the first three innings and held off Hagerstown for a 7-6 win. Pena gave up eight hits and two walks, but no home runs. Reliever David Fischer was outstanding in the loss, clipping the Shorebirds’ wings with five scoreless innings and just three baserunners allowed. Khayyan Norfork led the Suns failed comeback bid with a 3-for-4 night, doubling twice and driving in two, with a run scored and a stolen base. Will Piwinica-Worms went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI in his first Low-A start.

Apr 132013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Roark (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morgan (0-0, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 17.18) vs.
Pimental (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Pope (0-0, 7.36)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Pena (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Kline (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse — PPD
Rain affected the Syracuse Chiefs for the third time this week as yesterday’s home opener was postponed by rain. Same starters, same time, same festivities planned as the makeup will be a later date, most likely in July per Auburn Citizen sportswriter Ben Meyers on Sunday afternoon.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 0
• Clay IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB
• Rendon 1-3, 2B

Caleb Clay outdueled Pittsburgh phenom Jameson Taillon as the Harrisburg Senators broke a four-game slide with a 4-0 win vs. the Altoona Curve. Clay let up just four hits over six innings, walked none, and struck out five for his first “W.” Matt Swynenberg, Marcos Frias, and Aaron Barrett each put up a goose egg to preserve the shutout. Steve Souza Jr. homered and doubled while Anthony Rendon reached base three times with a single and two walks to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2
• Jordan 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Herron (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Keyes 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, RBI

Looks like the P-Nats’ bats have cooled just as the pitchers have found their stride as Lynchburg edged Potomac, 3-2. Starter Taylor Jordan turned in another quality start, giving up a pair of runs over six frames on four hits and three walks while setting down six on strikes. Tyler Herron followed with a strong 7th but was touched for a run in the 8th on a two-out single. The P-Nats were held to just four hits — two by Adrian Sanchez — and three walks, making the most of their limited scoring chances (just three LOB) with an RBI double by Kevin Keyes in the first and an RBI single by Jason Martinson in the third.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 0
• Mooneyham (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Rauh (SV, 1) 3IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Higley 2-4, R, 2B
• Perez 2-3, R, RBI

Brett Mooneyham is still struggling with the walks, but he ain’t letting up the hits — just one in six innings last night as the Suns eclipsed the Shorebirds, 4-0. The southpaw walked three to bring his season total to seven in 10IP. Brian Rauh scattered five hits over the last three to complete the shutout and earn the save. Hagerstown scored all four in the bottom of the 2nd on an RBI single by Stephen Perez, a sac fly from Wes Schill and a two-run double by Tony Renda.