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

Apr 232011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed @ Scranton-W/B, 1:05 p.m. Tom Milone (1-1, 2.08) and
Craig Stammen (0-0, 3.09) vs.
Kevin Millwood (rehab) and
D.J. Mitchell (0-1, 5.40)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 vs. Trenton, 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (2-1, 3.07) vs.
Steve Garrison (0-1, 4.38)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-4 @ Salem, 6:05 p.m. Marcos Frias (1-1, 0.71) vs.
Pete Ruiz (0-0, 9.00)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 17-1 vs. Hickory, 6:35 p.m. Bobby Hansen (1-0, 1.64) vs.
TBD

Syracuse-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — PPD
Twice this past week, Syracuse was the sole affiliate to get in a game, but the rains got them last night. Thus, there’s a doubleheader in Scranton-Wilkes/Barre this afternoon.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 2
∙ Peacock 7⅓ IP 2H 0R 0BB 9K
∙ VanAllen ⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K, IR-S: 1-0
∙ Valdez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
∙ Norris 1-3, R, 2B
∙ Moore 1-4, 3B, RBI

While Trenton tried to come back in the 9th inning, scoring a pair, it was not enough to overcome the three runs that the Senators put on the board in the first three innings. The three runs came collectively from an RBI single from Jesus Valdez in the 1st inning, back-to-back doubles from Derek Norris and Tim Pahuta in the 2nd, and a Valdez double and Tyler Moore triple in the 3rd. Starting pitcher Brad Peacock won his second game of the season, pitching seven and 1/3 innings allowing only two hits with no walks, while striking out nine. Pena earned the save, but it was not an easy one, pitching the ninth inning, allowing two hits and two earned runs off a Bradley Suttle home run.

Salem 6 Potomac 4
∙ Holder (L, 0-2) 5IP 9H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K
∙ Wort 2⅔ IP 2H 0R 2BB 3K
∙ Kobernus 3-5, RBI
∙ Leon 2-5, R, 2B
∙ Higley 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Both teams got 13 hits on the night, but Salem came through in the clutch, scoring five times with two outs in a 6-4 win. Potomac got runners into scoring position 20 times but collected just three hits and left 13 men on base. Starter Trevor Holder struggled once again, allowing five runs in five innings on nine hits, but managed to keep the ball inside of Lewis-Gale Field. Jeff Kobernus led the hitters with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Sandy Leon’s 2-for-5 effort.

Hagerstown 17 Hickory 1
∙ Jordan (W, 4-0) 6IP 4H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Swynenberg 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Harper 3-3, 3R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 6RBI, SB
∙ Kelso 3-4, R, 2B, 2BB, 4RBI
∙ Moore 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 3RBI
Oduber 0-6, R, BB, 5K

Bryce Harper put any doubts about his health to rest with a career night of 6RBIs, two coming off a 4th-inning HR that cleared everything in right-centerfield, as Hagerstown blasted Hickory 17-1. Starter Taylor Jordan flirted with perfection, retiring the first 14 batters before allowing a two-out single in the 5th. He would leave after six scoreless innings, with four hits and one walk allowed and three strikeouts. Blake Kelso and Wade Moore also shined in the laugher, going 3-for-4 and 2-for-4 respectively and both doubling and drawing two walks.

Apr 192011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-1 @ Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. Yunesky Maya (0-0, 6.10) vs.
Kyle Weiland (0-1, 5.87)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-2 @ Altoona, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Jeff Locke (0-2, 1.93)
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-0 @ Frederick, 1:05 p.m. Paul Demny (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Nathan Moreau (1-0, 6.75)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 1-0 vs. Hickory, 6:35 p.m. Matt Grace (1-1, 5.40) vs.
Nicholas Tepesch (0-1, 0.00

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 1
∙ Martin (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP 9H 5ER 2BB 1K 2HR
∙ Wilkie 2⅔ IP 1H 0R 3BB 2K
∙ Rodriguez 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
∙ Brown 2-4, R, HR, RBI
∙ Bixler 1-2, 2BB

While Syracuse was the first to get on the board, thanks to a solo HR from Corey Brown, the Chiefs were not the last to get on the board. Pawtucket would answer with two runs in the second and three runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead, which is how the game would end. Starting pitcher J.D. Martin pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out one. Josh Wilkie, Henry Rodriguez and Cole Kimball would follow him, collectively pitching 4 2/3 shutout innings with just three hits and five walks allowed and five strikeouts combined.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 2
∙ Meyers (W, 2-1) 5IP 4H 1ER 0BB 3K 1HR
∙ Mandel (H, 2) 2IP 1H 0ER 1BB 1K
∙ Moore 2-5, R, 3B
∙ Lombardozzi 3-5, 2B, 3B
∙ Ivany 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

With three-run outbursts in the fourth and eighth innings, the Harrisburg Senators flattened the Altoona Curve by a score of 6-2. The No. 3 and No. 4 batters Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore combined for five of the 11 Senators hits, including a double and two triples. Starting pitcher Brad Meyers pitched five outstanding innings, allowing only one earned run off four hits while walking none and striking out three. Jeff Mandel followed with two scoreless innings and Hassan Pena survived a ninth-inning scare to finish the game.

Potomac 9 Frederick 0
· Frias (W, 1-1) 6⅔ IP 4H 0R 2BB 5K
· Wort 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
· Lehman 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
· King 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
· Perez 3-4, SB
· Hood 2-4, 2R, RBI

Marcos Frias is emerging as the team’s ace, tossing six and 2/3rds innings of shutout ball to lower his ERA to 0.71 as the Potomac Nationals blanked the Frederck Keys, 9-0. Stephen King homered twice and drove in five as the P-Nats pounded out 12 hits while breaking their three-game losing streak. Rob Wort and Pat Lehman followed Frias with two and 1/3rds innings of scoreless relief, as the three pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout.

Hagerstown 1 Lakewood 0
· Selik (ND) 5IP 1H 0R 1BB 11K
· Eusebio 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 3K
· Applebee 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
· Manno (W, 1-0) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
· Freitas 1-3, 2B

Brett Newsome’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth gave the Suns a 1-0 walkoff win on Monday morning. Hagerstown’s pitchers, led by starter Cameron Selik’s 11, combined to strike out 18 batters with just one walk issued. Newsome was the replacement for Bryce Harper, who struck out and flew out before being sent to the bench in the seventh. Daubauch would not elaborate beyond the stock answer of “manager’s decision” and its corollary, “he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.”

Apr 182011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 10-6
(called, T9, Rain)
@ Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. J.D. Martin (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Matt Fox (1-1, 5.63)
Harrisburg Senators Lost 8-0; Won 8-2 @ Altoona, 7:05 p.m. Brad Meyers (1-1, 3.71) vs.
Jeff Locke (0-2, 1.93)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-0; Lost, 6-5 @ Frederick, 1:05 p.m. Paul Demny (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Jacob Rasner (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-1; Won, 8-3 vs. Lakewood, 10:35 a.m. Cameron Selik (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Ervis Manzanillo (0-1, 31.50)

Lehigh Valley 10 Syracuse 6
∙ Stammen 6⅔ IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K
Carr ⅔ IP 5H 5R 1BB 1K 2HR
Hyde ⅓ IP 2H 2ER 3BB
∙ Marrero 3-3, 3R, 2HR, 3RBI, BB
∙ Frazier 2-4 , 2B, 2RBI
Bernadina 0-4, 3K

The Syracuse Chiefs were able to get on the board early thanks to two HRs by Chris Marrero, building an early 5-2 lead after five innings. But the relief pitching  faltered badly, allowing LehighValley to score two runs in the seventh and six runs in the eighth to overcome the deficit and grab a 10-5 lead. While the Chiefs tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth as Boomer Whiting doubled in Alex Valdez, it would not be enough as the Chiefs lost by a score of 10-6; the game called with two outs in the top of the ninth due to rain. Starting pitcher Craig Stammen had a good outing, pitching 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Trenton 8 Harrisburg 0 — GAME ONE
∙ Artilano (L, 0-1). 1IP 8H 7ER 1BB 1K
∙ Arnesen 5IP 5H 1ER 0BB 4K
∙ Moore 1-2, BB
Rhinehart 0-3, 2K

With Kevin Millwood on the mound, the Harrisburg Senators expected the game to be tough, but perhaps not a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Tyler Moore’s single broke up the no-no, but that would be all for the Senators in the hit column. Conversely, Luis Atilano could only retire three of the twelve batters he faced in his inning-plus outing, as Trenton plastered him for eight his and a walk to take a 7-0 lead after two innngs. Erik Arnesen would finish the game in relief pitching the remaining five innings and allowing a run off of five hits and a walk.

Harrisburg 8 Trenton 2 — GAME TWO
∙ Peacock, Brad (W, 1-1) 5IP 2H 2R 1ER 1BB 9K
∙ Mattheus 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
∙ Tucker 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
∙ Peacock, Bri. 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
∙ Fox 2-4, RBI

After being shut out on one hit in the first game of the doubleheader, Harrisburg came back with a vengeance, scoring eight runs on 12 hits
runs to defeat Trenton by a score of 8-2. Starting pitcher Brad Peacock got his first win of the season pitching five fantastic innings, allowing two runs (one earned) run off two hits and a walk, while striking out an impressive nine batters. It was a team effort as every player got on base while the
only player without a hit was Archie Gilbert and the only player that did not score a run was Adam Fox, though he did get two hits and an RBI. Jonathan Tucker led the offense with double, a triple, a run scored and 2 RBI.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
· Holder (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP 8H 6R 6ER 0BB 4K 1HR
· Smoker ⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K 2-1 IR-S
· King 1-3, 2B
· Ramirez 1-3, SB

Wilmington’s pitchers silenced the Potomac bats, holding them to just three hits and striking them out 10 times as the Blue Rocks bludgeoned the P-Nats, 7-0 in the first game. Starter Trevor Holder was charged with all six runs, allowing eight hits (including a solo HR) over 5 and 2/3rd innings. J.P. Ramirez and Francisco Soriano both singled while Destin Hood walked and Stephen King doubled to account for the four Potomac baserunners.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 5 — GAME TWO
· Caldera (ND) 3IP 5H 4R 4ER 2BB 2K 2HR
· Martinez (L, 0-2) 1IP 2H 2R 2ER 0BB 0K
· Demmin 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 2BB 1K
· Lozada 2-3, R, CS
· Kobernus 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
· Curran 1-2, R, 2SB, CS

Potomac jumped out to an early 4-2 lead with a pair of two-run innings in the first and second innings, taking advantage of Wilmington miscues and stealing three bases, include home plate by Chris Curran in the 2nd. Veteran pitchers Alex Caldera and Carlos Martinez continue to disappoint, with the starter Caldera chased with no outs in the fourth after allowing a home run and a walk, finishing with four runs allowed on five hits over three-plus, and reliever Martinez charged with two runs on two hits as the Blue Rocks turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead. The P-Nats crept within one with a run in the fith, but double plays in both the sixth and seventh innings killed any hopes of tying the game, as the P-Nats would be swept in the doubleheader and swept in the series.

According to MiLB.com, on Friday Rick Hague was placed on the 7-Day DL, replaced by Jose Lozada who was assigned from XST. Potomac’s three-day road trip was extended to 17 days when the Pfitz playing field was deemed unplayable for this week’s scheduled Mon-Wed series, which will be held in Frederick instead with each game starting at 1:05 p.m. and $5 GA tickets.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 1 — GAME ONE
· Bobby Hansen 6IP 5H 1R 0ER 4BB 4K
· Ben Graham 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
· Kelso 2-3, R, RBI
· Oduber 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
· Harper 1-3, R, RBI, 2K

The Suns four-run third was more than enough to support another solid pitching performance as Bobby Hansen threw six strong innings to lead the Suns to a 5-1 win in the first game. Randolph Oduber’s two-run HR was the inning’s highlight, which also included an RBI single by Bryce Harper. Mills Rogers and Michael Taylor each stole a base.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 3 &mash; GAME TWO
· Jordan (W, 3-0) 6IP 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 1K 1HR
· Brown 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
· Oduber 4-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
· Freitas 1-3, R, HR, RBI
· Harper 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Randolph Oduber was one-man wrecking crew, going deep for the second time on the day and finishing the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base, his sixth on the season. Hagerstown would score in each of the first three innings. Starter Taylor Jordan got the win with six innings pitched, three runs allowed on five hits and a walk, while striking out one and allowing a solo HR.

Apr 152011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 3-2; Won, 4-1 vs. Pawtucket, 2:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-2 @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Graham Stoneburner (0-1, 1.80)
Potomac Nationals OFF DAY @ Wilmington, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Justin Marks (0-0, 5.40)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 7-0 vs. Lakewood, 6:35 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-0, 1.80) vs.
David Buchanan (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Leigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
∙ Maya (ND) 5⅔ IP 4H 2ER BB 5K
∙ Carr (W, 1-0) 2IP 1H 0R BB 1K
∙ Maldonado 2-4, R, 2-2B
∙ Bixler 1-3, 2BB, RBI

Syracuse was the first to get on the board and the last to get on the board as the Chiefs beat Leigh Valley in walkoff fashion by a score of 3-2 in their first home game. Adam Carr took the win with two innings of relief, allowing only one hit and one walk. Starting pitcher Yunesky Maya, took the no decision, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. While the team only hit 2-for-11 with RISP, key hits made a difference in the game. Maldonado was seeing the ball well, going 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored, and both Brown and Bixler combined to go 2-7, with two RBI and two walks.

Syracuse 4 Leigh Valley 1 — GAME TWO
∙ Detwiler (W, 1-0) 6IP 6H 1ER 2BB 4K
∙ Wilkie (S, 2) 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
∙ Bernadina 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
∙ Bixler 1-1, 2BB

Once again, thanks to an early lead, the Chiefs were able to settle down and sweep the double header by taking game two against Lehigh Valley by a score of 4-1. Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler got the win, pitching six complete innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Bernadina was the hero of the game, starting the game with a single and scoring on a Chris Marrero single, then launching a 2-run homerun in the third.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 2
∙ Davis (ND) 4IP 3H 0R 2BB 6K
∙ VanAllen (W, 1-0) 3IP 2H 1R 1ER 4K 1HR, PO
∙ Lombardozzi 2-4, SB, RBI
∙ Moore 2-5
∙ Ivany 1-3, R, 2BB

Harrisburg broke open a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth and held on for a 4-2 win, thanks to a game-saving catch by Jonathan Tucker to end it. Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi each had two hits as the Sens broke a three-game losing streak. Erik Davis returned on two days’ rest from his rained-out start on Monday (⅓ IP) to pitch four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six. Cory VanAllen got the win in relief with three solid innings of work, spoiled by a solo shot in the sixth but striking out four.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
The P-Nats head up 95 for a weekend set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, with Danny Rosenbaum making his second start tonight. For a tweeter, follow @pinetarpress for in-game updates, or if you make it up to Frawley, you can try to find a woofer.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 0
∙ Grace (L, 1-1) 4IP 11H 6R 6ER 1BB 1K 2HR
∙ Jenkins 1⅔ 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Martinson 2-3
∙ Harper 1-3, 2B, BB, CS

The 19-year-old Tanner Bushue was sensational in his professional debut, retiring the first seven batters he faced and holding the Hagerstown Suns to just five hits over eight innings as the Lexington Legends won 7-0 to split the four-game series. Suns starter Matt Grace was peppered for two runs on four hits in the first and tagged for four runs, including two home runs in the fourth to take the loss. Jason Martinson paced the offense with two of the five hits while Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double but was picked off third by Bushue.

Apr 142011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed vs. Pawtucket, 2:00 p.m.
(Doubleheader)
Yunesky Maya (0-0, 9.64) and
Ross Detwiler (0-0, 1.05) vs.
Kyle Weiland (0-1, 12.00) and
Matt Fox (1-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Shaeffer Hall (0-0, 7.20)
Potomac Nationals Lost 3-2 (10 inn.);
Won, 3-2 (7 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Suns Lost , 1-0; Won, 6-4 @ Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Matt Grace (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Tanner Bushue (1-0, 6.00)

Syracuse 0 Pawtucket 0 - POSTPONED

The Syracuse Chiefs’ first home game of the season against the Pawtucket Red Sox was postponed due to rain. The game will be played as part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 2 p.m.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 3
∙ Meyers (L, 1-1) 4⅔IP 9H 4R 4ER 0BB 5K
∙ Arnesen 3⅓ IP 2H 0R 2BB 1K
∙ Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
∙ Rhinehart 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Despite three solo homeruns from Bill Rhinehart, Steve Lombardozzi and Adam Fox, the Senators weren’t able to overcome New Britain as they got swept in the final game of the series by a score of 4-3. While this game was closer than the first two, the Sens lost the three games by a 15-6 margin. On a positive note, the team had nine hits in the game (a season high), the most impressive coming from Lombardozzi who hit a double in the third and a solo homerun in the fifth, breaking an 0-for-17 slump at the plate.

Winston-Salem 3, Potomac 2 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
∙ Demny (ND) 5⅔ IP 3H 1R 1ER BB 3K
∙ Olbrychowski 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Souza 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
∙ Hood 1-3, R, BB
Potomac 3, Winston-Salem 2 — GAME TWO
∙ Clegg (ND) 4IP 4H 2R 2ER BB 3K
∙ Lehman (S,1) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Souza 2-3, R, 3B, SB, RBI
∙ Soriano 2-3, 3B, RBI

See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 1 Lexington 0 — GAME ONE
∙ Selik (W, 1-0) 5IP 4H 0R 2BB 5K
∙ Eusebio (S, 1) 2IP 0H 0R B 3K
∙ Rogers 2-3, 2-2B, RBI
∙ Moore 1-3, 2B
∙ Martinson 1-3, 2B

Cameron Selik turned in another strong start, throwing five shutout innings, to which Wilson Eusebio added two more for a 1-0 shutout and Hagerstown’s sixth straight win to open the season. Mills Rogers led the hit parade with two doubles and an RBI, while Wade Moore and Jason Martinson also doubled in three at-bats.

Lexington 6, Hagerstown 4
∙ Applebee (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP 6H 5R 5ER 2BB 5K 2HR
∙ Brown 1⅓ IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K
∙ Harper 1-4, R, HR, RBI
∙ Sanchez 1-3, R, BB
∙ Oduber 1-3, BB, SB

A four-run rally with two outs in the bottom of the fifth set the Suns down for a 6-4 tally and a doubleheader split. Bryce Harper hit his regular-season home run with a solo shot in the top of the third. Both managers were ejected during the game for arguing. The series concludes today in Lexington before Hagerstown returns to Municipal Stadium tomorrow for the Home Opener.

Apr 132011
 

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Postponed vs. Pawtucket, 2:00 p.m. Yunesky Maya (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Kyle Weiland (0-1, 12.00)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-1; Lost, 8-2 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m.
(Doubleheader)
Brad Meyers (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Deolis Guerra (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Winston-Salem, 6:05 p.m. Paul Demny (6-10, 4.23 @ A) and
Mitchell Clegg (9-3, 3.48 @ A) vs.
Terry Doyle (8-8, 3.71) and
Joe Searfin (3-4, 5.62)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-0 @ Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-0, 0.00) and
Paul Applebee (1st start) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–) and TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 3 Leigh Valley 4 (Postponed)
The game between the Syracuse Chiefs and Lehigh Valley IronPigs was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 6:05 PM on July 14th at Coca-Cola Park.

New Britain 3 Harrisburg 1 – Game #1
∙ Rodriguez 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 2K
∙ Peacock, Brad (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP 7H 2ER 1BB 3K
∙ Mandel 2IP 3H 1ER 0BB 1K
∙ Valdez 2-4, 1K
∙ Coats 2-3
∙ Ivany 2-4, 1R

While Harrisburg tried to fight back from a 3-0 deficit in the 9th inning, the one run scored thanks to an Ivany single and a bunch of errors and passed balls, was not enough to come back as New Britain was able to defeat Harrisburg by a score of 3-1 in the first game of the doubleheader. Brad Peacock took the loss, pitching 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three.

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 2 – Game #2
∙ Barthmaier (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP 5H 5ER 3BB 4K
∙ Pena 2IP 1H 2H 0R 3BB 2K
∙ Coats 1-3, 2RBI
∙ Rhinehart 1-3
Moore 0-3, 3K

A five-run third enabled New Britain to take the early lead and not look back as the Senators were defeated by a score of 8-2 and fall to 2-2 for the season, after losing both games of the double header. Barthmaier, took the loss after lasting only 2 2/3 of an inning, allowing five earned runs off five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Harrisburg managed just four hits, the biggest being a two-RBI single from Buck Coats. Johnathan Tucker also went 1-2 and showed his speed by stealing second base. Brian Peacock went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in his AA debut.

Potomac vs. Winston-Salem — PPD
The 10:30am game between Winston-Salem and Potomac was postponed due to rain. It will be made up tonight as part of a doubleheader at 6:05 p.m.

Hagerstown 4 Lexington 0
∙ Jordan (W, 2-0) 5IP 2H 0R 1BB 5K
∙ Manno 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 5K
∙ Sanchez 2-4, R, SB, 3RBI
∙ Oduber 1-4, R, SB, BB
Harper 0-4, 3K

Hagerstown remains unbeaten, winning their fifth straight by a 5-1 score over Lexington. The Suns put up a two-spot in the first two innings, using a double steal to force an error in the first, and showing the Legends the truth about issuing walks in the second. Despite the five runs scored, the Suns were just 1-for-11 with RISP and Bryce Harper suffered through an 0-for-4 night with three strikeouts. Taylor Jordan made his first start of the season, going the first five innings, followed by two innings apiece by Shane McCatty and Chris Manno. The doubleheader that had been scheduled for last night was shifted to tonight because the field was not playable in time for the 5:05 start.

Apr 122011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley, 10:35 a.m. Yunesky Maya (0-0, 9.64)* vs.
Ryan Feierabend (4-7, 5.30)
Harrisburg Senators Suspended, Top 2nd vs. New Britain, 5:00 p.m.
(Doubleheader)
TBD and Brad Peacock (2-2, 4.66) vs.
TBD and David Bromberg (5-5, 3.62)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-5 Postponed
(Doubleheader on Wed.)
Paul Demny (6-10, 4.23 @ A) and
Mitchell Clegg (9-3, 3.48 @ A) vs.
Terry Doyle (8-8, 3.71) and
Joe Searfin (3-4, 5.62)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed @ Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Taylor Jordan (0-1, 13.50) and
Paul Applebee (6-6, 4.10) vs.
Juan Minaya (4-12, 4.79) and
Gabriel Garcia (0-1, 3.86 @ Appy Lg)

* 2011 record

Leigh Valley 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
∙ Stammen (ND_ 5IP 3H 1ER 1BB 3K
∙ Hyde 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Chico (L, 0-2) 0IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 0K WP
∙ Bixler 1-4, 2R, BB
∙ Frazier 2-4, R, 2B

For the second time this season, the Syracuse Chiefs lost on a walkoff wild pitch, as Iron Pigs’s Cory Sullivan doubled, moved to 2nd, and then scored on a Matt Chico wild pitch. Both losses were charged to Chico. The loss quickly reversed the momentum that had started when the Chiefs rallied in the 8th inning to tie the game at 3-3, thanks to doubles by Jeff Frazier and Chris Marreno. Starting Craig Stammen pitched well, allowing just three hits and one run in five innings, while walking only one and striking out three.

New Britain 0 Harrisburg 0 – Suspended (2nd inning)

The game against the Rock Cats was suspended in the 2nd inning due to field conditions. It will be made up today, beginning at 5 p.m., with the first game a nine-inning completion and the second game a seven-inning affair. In a common minor-league maneuver with the threat of rain, Henry Rodriguez started the game and pitched the top of the first inning. Unfortunately, Erik Davis warmed up to start the second and will likely be skipped in favor of Brad Peacock, with Jimmy Barthmaier and Erik Arnesen the two most likely pitchers in the nightcap. Derek Norris was injured running out a groundball, turning his right ankle on the bag according to eyewitnesses.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 5
∙ Frias (L, 0-1) 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K
Caldera 2IP 6H 4R 4ER 0BB 1K 1HR
∙ Hood 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB
∙ Leon 2-4, R
∙ Hague 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

See Sue’s take in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown @ Lexington — PPD
Rain washed away the game in Lexington, forcing a doubleheader at 5:05 p.m.

Apr 112011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 2-0 @ Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. Craig Stammen (2-0, 2.25) vs.
Brian Bass (4-4, 3.26)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-3 vs. New Britain, 7:00 p.m. Erik Davis (1-0, 3.60) vs.
Liam Hendriks (6-3, 1.93 @ A+)
Potomac Nationals Won, 7-6 (10 inn.) vs. Winston-Salem, 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (6-10, 4.23 @ A) vs.
Cameron Bayne (12-9, 3.60 @ A)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-6 @ Lexington, 7:00 p.m. Taylor Jordan (0-1, 13.50) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 2 Leigh Valley 0
∙ Milone (W, 1-0) 7.0IP 5H 0ER 0BB 4K
∙ Wilkie (H, 1) 1.0IP 0H 0ER 0BB 3K
∙ Kimball (S, 2) 1.0IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K
∙ McConnell 1-3, 1R, 1-2B
∙ Bynum 2-4, 2K
∙ Brown 1-4, R, 1-3B

The Syracuse Chiefs won their second straight game with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs thanks to stellar pitching. Tom Milone, pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits while walking no batters and striking out four. Both Wilkie and Kimball relieved him, collectively pitching 2 complete innings and allowing only one hit while striking out four. The two Chief’s runs were scored by McConnell and Brown who had a double and a triple respectfully.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 4
∙ Atilano 5.0IP 4H 2ER 2BB 2K
∙ Rodriguez 1.0IP 2H 0BB 2K
∙ McCoy (W, 1-0) 0.2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 0K
∙ Fox 1-3, R, 1BB
∙ Gilbert 2-4, R, 1BB

In today’s game, Harrisburg proved that they will not give up, as for the second game in a row, the Sens starting pitcher allowing two runs in the first few innings. The Sens rallied back in the 8th inning to tie the game at 2-a-piece. While Bowie scored a run off of Erik Arnesen in the top of the 9th, the Senators proved determination, scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game in walk off fashion. Starting pitcher, Luis Atlano pitched five complete innings, allowing two earned runs off of four hits and 2 walks, while striking out two. Fox and Gilbert were the batters of the game, collectively going 3-7, scoring two runs and getting two walks.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 6 (10 inn.)
∙ Holder (ND) 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K
∙ Demmin (H, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
∙ Hague 2-5, R, BB, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Souza 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

See Sue’s take in Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 7 Rome 6
∙ Hansen (ND) 5IP 7H 2R 2ER BB 5K
∙ Jenkins (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Kelso 3-5, R, RBI
∙ Harper 2-4, R, BB, RBI
∙ Rogers 2-5, SB, 2RBI

A four-run rally in the Top of the 9th secured a series sweep and a 7-6 win for the Hagerstown Suns. Two walks helped the rally, but Bryce Harper’s RBI single, Randolph Oduber’s Homer Simpson HBP, and a two-run single from Mills Rogers were the key hits in the ninth. Chris Jenkins got the win in relief while starter Bobby Hansen turned in five innings of work with two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. He also struck out five.

Apr 102011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley, 1:35 p.m. Tom Milone (12-5, 2.85 @ AA) vs.
Eddie Bonine (4-1, 4.63 for DET)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 2-0 vs. Bowie, 2:00 p.m. Luis Atilano (6-7, 5.15 @ WAS) vs.
Richard Zagone (5-5, 4.34)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-5 vs. Lynchburg, 1:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (3-3, 4.09) vs.
Zeke Spruill (3-5, 5.54)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-2 @ Rome, 7:00 p.m. Bobby Hansen (3-2, 4.79 @ NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 2 Leigh Valley 1 (10 innings)
∙ Mock 5⅔ IP 3H 1ER 3BB 6K 1HR
∙ Balester 1⅓ IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
∙ Kimball (S, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Bynum 2-4
∙ Aubrey 2-4
∙ Bixler 2-5, 1R, 1-2B

It was a close game between the Syracuse Chiefs and Lehigh Valley as for the second game in a row, the Chiefs game was decided in extra innings. But this time, they won, thanks to a Boomer Whiting walk and a throwing error followed by a Jeff Frazier RBI single. Lehigh Valley tried to battle in the bottom of the inning as Jeff Larish was able to get double off of Cole Kimball, but the runner was stranded at second base. While the Chiefs bats were cold, going 0-for-15 with RISP, and leaving 13 runners on base, pitching was at a premium as starting pitcher Garrett Mock, pitched 5 and 2/3 innings allowing only one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six and Kimball earned his first save of the season, pitching the 10th inning, allowing just the one hit while striking out two.

Bowie 2 Harrisburg 0
∙ Tatusko (L, 0-1) 4IP 2ER 4BB 5K
∙ VanAllen 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Norris 1-3, BB
∙ Coats, 1-3, BB
∙ Moore, 0-4, 2K

The Baysox got on the board early, scoring 2 runs in the first inning off of Senators starter Ryan Tatusko, who lasted four innings allowing two earned runs on 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. Unfortunately, the Sens just weren’t able to execute offensively, going 0-for-8 with RISP and leaving 9 players on base.  The upside to the game was that four Harrisburg relievers collectively pitched five strong innings, allowing no runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out eight.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 5
∙ Rosenbaum (L, 0-1) 5IP 2H 3R 2ER 3BB 4K
∙ Olbrychowski 1⅔ IP 1H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K 3WP
∙ Smoker 1⅓IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
∙ Kobernus 2-4, R, RBI
∙ Souza 1-4, HR, 3RBI

See Sue’s take in the first Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 3 Rome 2
∙ McKenzie (W, 1-0) 5IP 1H 1R 1ER 3BB 3K
∙ McCatty (H, 1) 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
∙ Graham (SV, 2) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Freitas 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
∙ Kelso 2-4, 2B, RBI

Another pitcher’s duel, another win for the Suns. David Freitas homered and Blake Kelso doubled in another for the first two runs in the fifth while Bryce Harper’s RBI groundout in the sixth proved to be the gamewinner. Four Hagerstown pitchers combined on a five-hitter, with starter Chris McKenzie getting the win, Steve McCatty got the hold, and Ben Graham got the save.

Apr 092011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-2 (13 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley, 6:35 p.m. Garrett Mock (1-1, 4.09) vs.
Eddie Bonine (4-1, 4.63 for DET)
Harrisburg Senators PPD vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (12-3, 2.63) vs.
Steve Johnson (7-8, 5.09)
Potomac Nationals PPD vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.09) vs.
Arodys Vizcaino (0-0, 4.61)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 2-0 @ Rome, 7:00 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-2, 8.54 @ NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 2 Buffalo 3 (13 innings)
∙ Detwiler 6IP 4H 1ER 1BB 8K
∙ Martin 4IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Chico (L, 0-1) ⅓IP 2H 1ER 1BB 0K
∙ Marrero 2-5, BB, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Solano 2-4, BB
∙ Brown 2-5, R, BB, CS

It was a closely matched game between the Syracuse Chiefs and the Buffalo Bisons as the game was not decided until the 13th inning, when the Bisons were able to score a run off of Chico and win the game in walk-off fashion. Unfortunately, just four out of the 13 batters got a hit, including a pair from Marreno, Solano, Brown, and a single from Bixler. The Chiefs’ problem in today’s game was execution, going 1-for-10 with RISP and leaving 14 men on base. One strength of the game was pitching, as starter Ross Detwiler pitched 6 complete innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out eight. J.D. Martin also pitched four outstanding innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD

Last night’s Harrisburg Senators game versus the Bowie Baysox was postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 29th at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader, and tonight’s fireworks show has also been shifted to that date.

Potomac Nationals vs. Lynchburg Hillcats — PPD

Ditto for Potomac, who will make up the game when Lynchburg returns next month, according to beat writer Robert Daski. Unlike Harrisburg, the fireworks show will still be held.

Hagerstown 2, Rome 0
∙ Grace (W, 1-0) 6IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
∙ Manno (SV, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Oduber 2-5, 2B, 2SB
∙ Kelso 1-3, BB, RBI

Hagerstown took their second straight with a 2-0 win as three pitchers combined for an eight-hit shutout. The Suns scored just single runs in the 7th and 8th innings, with Wade Moore singling in Jason Martinson and Blake Kelso driving home Bryce Harper, who was hitless in three at-bats but drew a walk. The Suns were outhit 8-4 but ran rampant with four stolen bases in five tries.