April Whitzman

April is the Chief Foreign Correspondent for NationalsProspects.com, and a lifelong fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos. Based out of Ottawa, she also runs and writes for JaysProspects.com

May 182011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-3 vs. Norfolk, 7:00 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-3, 3.57) vs.
Michael Ballard (2-4, 4.58)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-1 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m. Oliver Perez (1st start) vs.
Liam Hendriks (3-1, 3.66)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 2-0 @ Frederick, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.20) vs.
Nathan Moreau (3-2, 3.56)
Hagerstown Suns Suspended, Top 3 vs. Kannapolis, 10:35 a.m.
(completion, then 7-inn gm)
(Game 2)
A.J. Cole (0-1, 3.52) vs.
Paul Burnside (3-1, 3.55)

Syracuse 4 Norfolk 3
• Stammen (W, 3-2) 6IP 9H 3R 3ER 0BB 7K
• Wilkie (S, 4) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Hulett 1-3, R, RBI
• Flores 1-4, R, RBI
• Aubrey 1-1 2BB

Thanks to three runs scored in the sixth inning, the Chiefs were able to take the lead and win the game, defeating Norfolk by a score of 4-3. While it took five pitchers to get the win, Stammen earned it, pitching six complete innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and seven strikeouts. Wilkie also earned his fourth save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth. Hitters of the game were Hulett, Flores and Aubrey who collectively went 3-for-8 with two runs scored, two RBIs and two walks.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 1
• Martis (ND) 7IP 3H 0R 1BB 5K
• McCoy (BS, 1)(L, 1-2) ⅓ IP 4H 4R 4ER 0BB 1K 0HR
• Barthmaier 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K 1-0 IR-S
• Norris 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4
• Gilbert 2-4

A four-run eighth was the undoing for the Senators, ruining a fine outing by Shairon Martis, as Harrisburg lost, 4-1. Martis laid seven goose eggs on the top of the scoreboard, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out five. Pat McCoy would face just six batters and give up all four runs to blow the save and take the loss. Derek Norris’s two-out RBI double in the fourth was the only hit in nine chances with RISP, as the Senators stranded seven baserunners. Norris, Steve Lombardozzi and Archie Gilbert each collected two hits in the loss.

Frederick 2 Potomac 0
• Demny (L, 1-3) 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 4K
• Nelo 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Perez 2-3, CS

Poor baserunning undid what little offense Potomac was able to bring last night, as Frederick Keys locked them out, 2-0. Paul Demny took the lost with both runs allowed on five hits and three walks. Justin Bloxom was picked off first in the ninth, doubled off second base in the second while Francisco Soriano got gunned down trying to advance to third on a ball hit to short. Eury Perez went 2-for-3 to improve his average to a team-best .329, as Potomac got just four hits in getting shut out for the seventh time this season.

Kannapolis 2 Hagerstown 1 — SUSP, T3
• Grace 3IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K
• Freitas 1-1, RBI
• Sanchez 1-1, R

Sanchez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 1st tied the game at one apiece but Kannapolis fought back in the top of the 3rd to score an additional run to gain the lead. Due to the weather, the game was called in the 3rd inning, with the Suns trailing by a score of 2-1. The nine-inning game will be completed this morning, followed by a seven-inning contest for a daytime doubleheader.

May 112011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 6-3 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Craig Stammen (1-2, 3.45) vs.
Rick VandenHurk (2-4, 5.93)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 9-2 vs. Altoona, 10:30 a.m. Erik Davis (1-1, 3.08) vs.
Jeff Locke (1-3, 3.41)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Paul Demny (0-2, 2.28) vs.
Andre Rienzo (1-0, 2.27)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-3 vs. Delmarva, 6:35 p.m. Matt Grace (3-3, 4.31) vs.
Tim Adleman (3-1, 5.28)

Syracuse 6 Norfolk 3
• Milone (W, 2-3) 7⅔ IP 5H 3R 3ER 0BB 7K 1HR
• Kimball (S, 5) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
• Aubrey 2-3, BB
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Brown 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Every Syracuse player except for McConnell got a hit, as the Chiefs made a team effort to beat Norfolk by a score of 6-3. Milone pitched his best game of the year, going seven and 2/3rds innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out seven. Corey Brown, Michael Aubrey, Chris Marrero and Tug Hulett each collected two hits, accounting for four runs, two doubles, three walks and four RBIs between them.

Harrisburg 9 Altoona 2
• Martis (W, 1-1) 6IP 6H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K 1HR
• Pena 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
• Rahl 3-5, R, 2-3B, RBI, SB
• Rhinehart 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Norris 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB

Bill Rhinehart went deep twice last night — the fourth straight game a Senator has hit two home runs — as Harrisburg crushed Altoona, 9-2. Shairon Martis threw his first quality start and got the win with a line of two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three. Chris Rahl led the hit parade with a single and two triples, Rhinehart’s two HR drove in four, while Derek Norris and Jonathan Tucker both singled and doubled as the Senators pounded out 12 hits total. As predicted in the comments, Matt Antonelli was activated from the DL.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Holder (L, 1-4) 6⅓ IP 8H 5R 4ER 0BB 2K
• Weaver 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Hood 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ramirez 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A two-run triple punctuated a three-run seventh as the Dash overcame a 3-2 deficit to defeat the P-Nats by a 5-3 score for the second straight night. Half of the eight hits that Holder allowed came with one out in the seventh, leading to his team-high fourth loss of the season. Potomac was all-or-nothing on offense, with all three runs coming via the longball (HRs by Destin Hood and J.P. Ramirez) and only five hits overall, with just one P-Nat (Eury Perez) reaching base twice (double, walk).

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 3
• Hansen (W, 4-1) 6IP 7H 3R 2ER 3BB 4K
• Manno 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kelso 2-4, 2B, 1BB, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Harper 2-5, RBI

Hagerstown broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the third and scored in the next two innings, as the pitchers grounded the Shorebirds the rest of the way en route to a 7-3 victory that put the Suns in sole possession of first place in the Sally League North. Starting pitcher Bobby Hansen got the win, going six complete innings allowing only three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out four. Kelso and Sanchez combined to go 4-for-9 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBI. Bryce Harper extended hist hit streak to 14 games with an RBI single that he failed to stretch into a double. Still no official word as to which player(s) have been removed with the additions of A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray.

May 092011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-0 @ Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Brad Meyers (AAA debut) vs.
TBD
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 15-6 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Michael Colla (1-1, 4.00)
Potomac Nationals Won, 2-1 (11 inn.) @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (1-2, 6.98) vs.
Joe Serafin (0-2, 5.57)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 12-11 vs. Delmarva, 6:35 p.m. Robbie Ray (Low-A Debut) vs.
Tim Berry (0-1, 5.95)

Durham 4 Syracuse 0
• Detwiler 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 3BB 6K
• Mandel 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
• Hulett 1-4
• Flores 1-3

The Chiefs mustered just two hits in the final game of the series against Durham as they went on to lose by a score of 4-0, completing the four-game sweep. Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler took the loss, pitching six complete innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six. Mandel pitched in relief, pitching two innings, allowing only one hit and one walk. Both of Syracuse’s hits were singles, one by Tug Hulett, the other by Jesus Flores. With 10 strikeouts on Sunday, the Syracuse batters whiffed 41 times for the series.

Reading 15 Harrisburg 6
• Peacock (ND) 4⅓ IP 6H 5R 5ER 2BB 6K
• Chico (L, 0-1) 1⅔ 4H 6R 2ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Martinez 2IP 5H 4R 4EFR 0BB 2K 1HR
• VanAllen 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Gilbert 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• King 2-4, 2B
• Moore 1-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The brooms were also out in the ‘Burg as Reading picked up where they left off on Saturday night and pummeled Harrisburg, 15-6. Senators’ ace Brad Peacock retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced before the wheels spun off in a five-run fifth that turned a 4-0 lead into a 5-4 deficit. Neither Matt Chico nor Carlos Martinez could stop the bleeding as the Phillies piled on six more in the sixth and four more in the eighth. Archie Gilbert also repeated his Saturday night with a single and another two HRs, while Steven King singled and doubled.

Potomac 2 Kinston 1 (11 inn.)
• Rosenbaum (ND) 7IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K
• Smoker 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Lehman (S, 7) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Hood 2-5, R, 2B, SB
• Bloxom 1-3, 2BB, RBI

A first-inning run broke a 16-inning scoreless streak for Potomac, but it took some stellar pitching to survive the next nine-inning drought as the P-Nats prevailed in extras, 2-1 to salvage one game of the four-game series. Starter Danny Rosenbaum lowered his ERA to 1.98 with one run allowed on six hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out seven along the way. Marcos Frias got the win in relief while Pat Lehman tied for the Carolina League lead with his 7th save. Destin Hood led the offense with a 2-for-5 game, with a double and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 12 Lexington 11
• McKenzie 2IP 7H 7R 7ER 2BB 3K
• Applenee (W, 2-1) 4IP 4H 2R 1ER 0BB 3K 1HR
• Manno 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
• Kelso 1-3, 3R, HR, 2BB, 4RBI
• Leonida 2-3, 2R
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Harper 2-5, 2B, RBI

This game was certainly not a pitcher’s duel as eighteen runs were collectively scored between the two teams during the first three innings. Starting pitcher Chris McKenzie lasted only two innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Paul Applebee took over in relief, earned his second win of the year, pitching four complete innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out three. Only one Suns’ player ended the game without a hit, Randolph Oduber, while Cole Leonida, Adrian Sanchez and Bryce Harper (hitting streak now 12 games) combined to go 6-for-12 with five runs, two doubles and two RBIs. Blake Kelso also went 1-for-3, with three runs scored and a grand slam.

May 072011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-1 @ Durham, 5:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-2, 3.73) vs.
Alexander Torres (2-2, 1.78)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 7-4 vs. Reading, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (1-2, 5.68) vs.
Ryan Edell (2-1, 3.86)
Potomac Nationals Postponed @ Kinston, 4:30 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 2.15) and
Cameron Selik (A+ Debut) vs.
Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 1.54) and
Clayton Cook (1-2, 5.09)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-2 vs. Lexington, 6:35 p.m. A.J. Cole (Low-A Debut) vs.
Tanner Bushue (4-0, 3.13)

Durham 3 Syracuse 1
• Stammen 6IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K 1HR
• Kimball 2IP 1H 0ER 3BB 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Maldonado 3-3, BB, RBI, E, PB
• Brown 1-4, 3B, 3K

After tying the game at 1-1 in the seventh inning, the Chiefs relief pitchers couldn’t do their part, allowing Durham to score both inherited runners in the bottom of the seventh, which turned out to be the difference as Syracuse lost to Durham, 3-1. Starting pitcher Craig Stammen pitched a decent game, going six full innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three. Despite Maldonado going 3-for-3 on the night (with an RBI) the Chiefs mustered only six hits, losing their 18th game of the season against just nine wins.

Harrisburg 7 Reading 4
• Davis 5⅔ IP 4H 5R 2ER 3BB 3K
• Arnesen ⅓ IP 3H 2ER 0BB 0K
• Martinez 2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 1K
• Moore 2-4, R, 2B,
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Tucker 2-4, R

Despite the fact that the Senators were able to grab an early 3-0 in the first inning, thanks to Bill Rhinehart’s 3-run blast, his fifth of the season, Reading fought back, scoring two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth, winning the game by a score of 7-4. Starting pitcher Erik Davis went five and 2/3rds innings, allowing five runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Tyler Moore, Jonathan Tucker, and Jesus Valdez each collected two hits as the Sens got ten for the night, but stranded eight runners.


Potomac-Kinston — PPD

The team’s sixth rainout will result in its fifth doubleheader on Saturday afternoon and evening in Kinston.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• Grace (W, 3-3) 6⅓ IP 6H 2R 1ER 3BB 3K
• Eusebio (H, 3) 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K, 1-3 IR-S
• Harper 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, two OF assists (1B, HP)
• Sanchez 2-5, R
• Freitas 2-4, R, 2RBI

Streaks are the story for the Suns. Bryce Harper’s two doubles now has his run at 10 games as Hagerstown won its eighth straight with a 5-2 decision over the Lexington Legends. Matt Grace spun his second quality start in as many starts with two runs allowed (one earned) on six hits and three walks over six and 1/3rd innings, while Wilson Eusebio notched his third hold with one and 2/3rds innings of relief for his third consecutive outing with no earned runs. Adrian Sanchez and David Freitas each got two hits as the Suns got ten for the night, though they also committed four errors. As mentioned in the comments, Neil Holland has been summoned from XST to replace Cameron Selik

May 052011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs OFF DAY @ Durham, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 2-1 @ Bowie, 11:05 a.m. Shairon Martis (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Alfredo Simon (rehab)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-0 @ Kinston, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs.
Brett Brach (2-1, 1.17)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY vs. Lexington, 6:35 p.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse — OFF DAY
The Syracuse Chiefs had an off day yesterday. They now begin an eight-game roadtrip, with four against Durham and four against Norfolk before returning to New York next Friday.

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Meyers 7IP 8H 2R 2ER 0BB 7K
• Pena 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2B, SB

Bowie scored a single run in the first to break up the string of 18 scoreless innings by the Harrisburg pitchers and a single run in the sixth to overcome Rhinehart’s fourth home run of the season as the Senators lost by a score of 2-1. Starting pitcher Brad Meyers had yet another quality start, pitching seven complete innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Bowie’s Jose Diaz pitched the ninth, allowing only one hit, to earn his Eastern League-leading tenth save of the season.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 0
• Holder (L, 1-3) 5+ IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 3K
• Testa 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
• Ramirez 1-4, 2B
• Perez 1-3, 2SB

See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The second-place Suns return home for eight games, four against the Lexington Legends and four against the Delmarva Shorebirds.

May 032011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-2 vs. Rochester, 2:00 p.m. Tom Milone (1-3, 5.40) vs.
Andy Baldwin (2-2, 7.25)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 2-0 @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (3-1, 1.50) vs.
Steve Johnson (1-0, 0.90)
Potomac Nationals Won, 3-2 vs. Myrtle Beach, 11:05 a.m. Mitchell Clegg (1-1, 4.60) vs.
Robbie Ross (2-1, 2.61)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-0 @ Rome, 10:30 a.m. Taylor Jordan (5-0, 2.25) vs.
Carlos Perez (2-2, 4.68)

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2
• Martin (ND) 5⅓ IP 5H 2R 0ER 1BB 1K
• Balester (W, 1-0) 2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 3K
• Bernadina 1-3, 2BB, CS
• Marrero 1-4, BB, RBI

While the Red Wings were able to take a 2-0 lead into the 8th, courtesy of a two-spot on the board in the sixth, the Chiefs fought back scoring one run in the 8th and a pair of runs in the 9th inning. Chris McConnell’s RBI bases-loaded single won the game in walkoff fashion by a score of 3-2. After J.D. Martin allowed six earned runs in his last start, he improved dramatically last night, allowing two runs, both unearned, on five hits and a walk over five and a 1/3 innings. Josh Wilkie and Collin Balester pitched in relief, collectively pitching three and 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. With three errors committed by Rochester and one by the Chiefs, all five runs of the game were unearned.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 0
• Tatusko 6⅔ IP 2H 0R 3BB 9K
• VanAllen (H, 2) 1IP 1H 0ER 1BB 2K
• Mattheus (S, 3) 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K
• Tucker 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, 2B
• Valdez 1-4, R, HR

Solo home runs by Jesus Valdez in the fourth and Jonathan Tucker in the fifth, gave the Harrisburg a 2-0 lead and three Sens pitchers combined to keep it that way to defeat Bowie. While Ryan Tatusko allowed four runs in his last start, he kept Bowie off the board, pitching six and 2/3rd scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, three walks and striking out nine. Ryan Mattheus also pitched a great game, earning his third save while pitching one and a 1/3rd innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four. Steve Lombardozzi had another stellar game, going 2-for-4 at the plate and hitting his 6th double of the season. He has now raised his season to .306.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 2
• Rosenbaum (ND) 7IP 3H 0R 3BB 4K
• Wort (H, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
• Olbrychowski (BS, 2) ⅔ IP 2H 2R 2ER 0K 1HR
• Kobernus 1-4, BB, 2SB
• Hood 1-3, BB, RBI

See Sue’s take in the long-awaited return of Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Rome 0
• McKenzie (W, 2-3) 7IP 4H 0R 1BB 2K
• Eusebio 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Harper 3-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Freitas 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, BB, SB, CS

Bounceback outings was the theme of the night for the starters and Chris McKenzie, who had given up 18 runs in his last three starts over just six innings, was no exception. He threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out two. The Suns would provide him plenty of support with five runs and eleven hits, nine of which were collected by Bryce Harper, David Freitas and Blake Kelso. Wilson Eusebio and Matt Swynenberg each threw a scoreless inning to complete the shutout, which was the sixth thrown by Suns pitchers this season.

Apr 282011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 3-1 (6 inn.)
vs. Toledo, 6:00 p.m. Tom Milone (1-2, 3.00) vs.
Adam Wilk (0-2, 2.95)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 6-5 vs. Altoona, 10:30 a.m. Brad Peacock (2-1, 1.59) vs.
Mike Crolla (1-0, 4.00)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-3;
Won, 4-3
@ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (0-2, 7.56) vs.
Joseph Wieland (1-1, 0.95)
Hagerstown Suns Suspended,
Bot. 2nd, Down 7-1
@ West Virginia, 6:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (4-0, 2.37) vs.
TBD

Toledo 6 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
∙ Martin (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP 6H 6R 6ER 0BB 0K 3HR
∙ Chico 2⅓ IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 1K
∙ Marrero 2-3
∙ Frazier 1-3, R, HR, RBI
∙ Whiting 1-3, CS (4)

Toledo’s Charlie Furbush got the complete-game win as the Chiefs mustered only two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eleven times, as the Mud Hens plucked the Chiefs, 6-2 in the first game of the double-header. Syracuse’s J.D. Martin served up three home runs to earn his 2nd loss of the season, pitching four and 2/3rds innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits with no walks and no strikeouts. Matt Chico kept the damage to a minimum, pitching two and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits and no walks while striking out one. Jeff Frazier got the biggest hit of the game for Syracuse in the top of the seventh, a solo home run, his second longball of the season.

Toledo 3 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO (6 inn.)
∙ Arnesen (L, 0-1) 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 0BB 4K 1HR
∙ Balester ⅔ IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K
∙ Aubrey 1-1, 2BB
∙ Bynum 1-3 1RBI

Syracuse mustered only five hits in a 3-1 loss to Toledo in the second game of the doubleheader. Erik Arnesen, recently promoted to backfill Roger Bernadina’s callup to Washington, took the loss. He pitched five complete innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Collin Balester retired both batters he faced in the top of the sixth before the game was called due to rain. With the doubleheader loss, the Chiefs have now lost four in a row.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 5 (11 inn.)
∙ Tatusko 5⅔ IP 9H 4R 4ER 1BB 4K
∙ VanAllen 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 4K
∙ Pena (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 2K
∙ Valdez 2-5, 2B, RBI
∙ Lombardozzi 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
∙ Johnson 2-4, R, 2RBI, 2BB
∙ Tyler Moore 2-5, 2 fielding errors (5)

An ugly, ejection-filled 11th inning took the shine off a furious four-run rally in the ninth to tie the game, as the Altoona Curve got past the Senators 6-5. Beat writer Geoff Morrow describes the series of events here. Starting pitcher Ryan Tatusko went the first five and 2/3rds of inning, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out four. Hassan Pena, the third man out of the ‘pen, took the loss after pitching one and 2/3rds innings, allowing one runs on three hits while striking out two and a hit batsmen that prompted his ejection. Offensively, the Sens pounded out 13 hits, with the top third of the lineup — Steve Lombardozzi, Josh Johnson, and Jesus Valdez — collectively going 6-for-14, with three runs scored, two doubles and four RBI.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE
∙ Clegg (L, 1-1) ⅔ 7H 5R 2ER 3BB 3K 1HR
∙ Wort ⅓ 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 1HR, WP, 2-2 IR-S
∙ Kobernus 1-3, 2SB, E
∙ Souza 1-2, R, 2SB
∙ Leon 2-2, BB

Pelican home runs in the 5th and 6th innings broke open a 1-0 game and sent the Potomac Nationals to a 6-3 loss in the first game of the doubleheader. Starter Mitchell Clegg held Myrtle Beach to a pair of doubles through the first four and 2/3rds before giving up hits or walks to six of nine batters before giving way to Rob Wort, who threw a wild pitch, and gave up a home run to allow both runners he inherited to score before getting the one out he needed to escape the jam. Potomac rallied for two runs in the seventh, taking advantage of Pelican walks and wild pitches and a hit batsman.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — GAME TWO
∙ Rosenbaum (ND) 5IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K HR
∙ Testa (W, 1-0) 1IP 0H 0R 2BB 1K
∙ Lehman (S, 4) 1IP 1H 0R 0B 1K
∙ Kobernus 3-4, 2B, RBI, E
∙ Dykstra 2-4, 2R, BB
∙ Souza 2-3, BB, RBI, SB

Jose Lozada’s two-out single in the top of the 7th broke a 3-3 tie to give the P-Nats a split of the doubleheader. It was just the fourth hit with RISP, as the P-Nats collected ten hits, drew six walks, and stole three bases but left 12 runners on base. Starter Danny Rosenbaum went the first five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks, while striking out six. Joe Testa got the win in his first appearance of ’11 while Pat Lehman weathered a leadoff single to earn his fourth save of the year.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 1, suspended, Bot. 2nd

The first matchup of the top two picks in the 2010 draft was reduced to a five-pitch walk in the the top of the first, thanks (well, no, not really) to yet another game affected by rainfall. West Virginia took batting practice a 7-1 lead against Suns’ starter Chris McKenzie who walked four of the 13 batters he faced and gave up four hits, including a two-run home run with two outs in the second that chased him from the game. Wilson Eusebio walked a batter and allowed a double before play was halted. The game will be resumed today and completed to the regulation nine innings, with a seven-inning game to follow.

Apr 272011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed vs. Toledo, 5:00 p.m. J.D. Martin (0-1, 5.40) and TBD vs.
Charlie Furbush (1-1, 1.62) and
Duane Below (1-1, 4.70)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-1 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (0-2, 8.31) vs.
Jared Hughes (0-1, 5.40)
Potomac Nationals Postponed @ Myrtle Beach, 6:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (1-1, 2.60) and
Mitchell Clegg (1-0, 5.40) vs.
Robert Ross (2-0, 0.00) and
Barret Loux (1-1, 4.40)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-5 @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-2, 9.26) vs.
Jameson Tallion (pro debut)

Syracuse-Toledo — PPD
Tuesday’s game between the Syracuse Chiefs and Toledo Mud Hens was postponed due to rain. The game will be played Wednesday as part of a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 1
∙ Davis (W, 1-0) 6IP 5H 0R 2BB 6K
∙ Mattheus (S,1) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Valdez 2-4, 2B, RBI, OF assist at 2B
∙ Johnson 3-4, 2R, RBI

Thanks to a single run in the fourth and three runs in the fifth, the Senators were able to grab an early 4-0 lead against Altoona. While the Curve would fight back and score one in the eighth, it would not be enough as Harrisburg held on to a 4-1 victory. Late-season pickup Erik Davis finally earned his first win of the season, pitching six scoreless innings, allowing no runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six. Ryan Mattheus earned the save, his first, pitching a perfect ninth and striking out one. Jesus Valdez and Josh Johnson were the batters of the game, collectively going 5-for-8 with a double, two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Potomac-Myrtle Beach — PPD
Potomac was rained out for the fifth time in eighteen games as heavy thunderstorms forced yet another doubleheader today. Last year, the fifth rainout (out of eight) took place on July 29.

West Virginia 8 Hagerstown 5
∙ Grace (L, 1-3) 4IP 8H 6R 4ER 1BB 4K 1HR
∙ Graham 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
∙ Taylor 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
∙ Newsome 1-4, R, HR, RBI
∙ Harper 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Bryce Harper went deep for the third time in four games, but like the two other Hagerstown home runs, it was just a solo shot as the Power surged past the Suns, 8-5. Starting pitcher Matt Grace was less than amazing, giving up six runs (four earned) on eight hits over just four innings. It was his third straight start in which he failed to either go six or allow less than four runs. Hagerstown collected a respectable 10 hits, with Randolph Oduber, Blake Kelso, and Adrian Sanchez each getting two, but only left five runners on base and had just three RISP opportunities.

Apr 262011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 2-1 (13 inn.) vs. Toledo, 6:00 p.m. J.D. Martin (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Charlie Furbush (1-1, 1.62)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 8-7 vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 1.86) vs.
Aaron Thompson (2-1, 2.08)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 2-0 @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (1-0, 5.40) vs.
Barret Loux (1-1, 4.40)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-0 @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (1-2, 6.00) vs.
Tyler Waldron (2-1, 5.06)

Scranton/WB 2 Syracuse 1 (13 innings)
∙ Detwiler 6⅓ IP 8H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K
∙ Carr 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
∙ Wilkie 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Brown 3-5, 2-2B
∙ Bynum 1-6, R, HR, RBI

Unfortunately, it was another one-run loss for the Chiefs as the Yankees were able to win in walkoff fashion, scoring a run in the bottom of the 13th inning. While Bynum was able to hit a solo shot for his second homerun in as many games, that would be the only run Syracuse would score as the Chiefs went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler pitched a good game, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. Carr, Wilkie, and Rodriguez, combined for five and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out seven. Unfortunately, Mandel couldn’t hold the tie, allowing a 2-out solo home run in the bottom of the thirteenth, pegging him with his first loss of the season.

Altoona 8 Harrisburg 7
∙ Martis 4IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 6K 1HR
∙ Martinez (L, 0-1) 2IP 4H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K
∙ Lombardozzi 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
∙ Moore 2-5, 2R, 2-2B
∙ Fox 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI

It was a high-scoring game right off the bat as 10 runs collectively were scored between Harrisburg and Altoona after the first three innings. Down 6-4, Altoona would score four unanswered runs until the bottom of the ninth. That’s when the Senators rallied late, with a Tyler Moore double and Adam Fox RBI single, but they fell one run short for an 8-7 loss. Including a 2-run homerun and another RBI double in the third, Fox ended the game with four RBI on the night. Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore also collectively hit 5-for-9 with three runs scored, three doubles and two RBI. The Harrisburg pitching, on the other hand, was less than admirable. Starting pitcher Shairon Martis, making his ’11 debut, threw four complete innings, allowing five earned runs on eight this and a walk while striking out six. Differnt city, same result as Carlos Martinez took the loss by allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk in his two innings of work.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 0
∙ Demny (ND) 7IP 5H 0R 3BB 2K
∙ Olbrychowski (L, 1-1) 1IP 3H 2R 2ER 1BB 1K
∙ Ramirez 1-3
∙ Lozada 1-3
∙ Kobernus 1-4, 2SB

Paul Demny pitched his best game of the season but had the misfortune of matching up against Texas’s #4 prospect in a 2-0 loss. Demny threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. The 21-year-old lefthanded Erlin, however, allowed just two hits and walked none and struck out 10 in his seven innings. Potomac managed just three hits, all singles, and had just one runner reach third base all evening. Folks interested in vicarious road-trippin’ might be interested in following Tug Haines, who was on hand last night at BB&T Coastal park as part of his 113-game sojourn.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 0
∙ Selik (W, 4-0) 8IP 6H 0R 0BB 3K
∙ Manno (S, 2) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K
∙ Martinson 3-4, R, SB, CS, E
∙ Taylor 1-4, 2B, RBI

Cameron Selik wasn’t about to rest on his laurels, combining with Chris Manno, to short-circuit the West Virginia Power 3-0. Selik scattered six hits over eight innings with no walks and three strikeouts for his fourth win while Manno struck out the side in the 9th for his second save. Jason Martinson led the offense with a 3-for-4 night as the Suns scored single runs in the 1st, 4th and 5th innings, but struggled in the clutch with a 2-for-10 mark with RISP and seven runners left on base.

Apr 252011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-2 @ Scranton-W/B, 1:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (2-0, 2.50) vs.
David Phelps (1-2, 5.51)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. Altoona, 7:00 p.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 1.86) vs.
Jeff Locke (0-2, 2.30)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 11-4 @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (0-1, 4.66) vs.
Robbie Erlin (1-0, 4.20)
Hagerstown Suns OFF DAY @ West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Zack Dodson (1-1, 4.85)

Scranton/WB 3 Syracuse 2
∙ Maya 7IP 3H 3R 3ER 0BB 9K 1HR
∙ Kimball 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Bernadina 1-4, R, 2B
∙ Bynum 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Despite an early first inning 2-0 lead, thanks to Seth Bynum’s second homerun of the season, the Yankees were able to fight back, scoring two runs in the fourth inning and one run in the fifth to win the game by a score of 3-2. Starting pitcher Yunesky Maya was perfect through three and 2/3rds, but took his second loss, pitching seven complete innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Impressively, he had good command of the strike zone, walking none and striking out nine. Kimball pitching a perfect inning of scoreless relief without allowing a Yankee player to reach base.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY

The Senators had an off day but will continue their homestand today with the first game of a four-game series against the Altoona Curve. The Senators’ three-game winning streak has put them atop the Eastern League Western division with an 8-7 record and a ½ game lead over Bowie.

Salem 11 Potomac 4
∙ Caldera (L, 0-1) 2IP 5H 5R 5ER 1BB 3K 2HR
∙ Bronson 3IP 1H 0R 0ER 3BB 2K
∙ Lozada 2-4, R, RBI
∙ Kobernus 0-2, BB, RBI, 2SB

Spot starter Alex Caldera’s struggles continued with yet another multi-run appearance as the journeyman was blasted for five runs on five hits over two-plus innings in an 11-4 Potomac loss to Salem. His ERA stands at 16.71 with 5HRs, 16 hits, and 13 runs given up in seven innings over three appearances. Potomac’s offense was only marginally better, held to just six hits and two walks with six runners left on base.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY

After a losing homestand (4-5), Hagerstown takes to the road for the second time this season with five against the West Virginia Power and four against the Rome Braves. The Suns were 6-2 in the first road trip and are now 10-7, tied for third place, 2½ games behind Kannapolis in the Sally League Northern division.