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 082011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-5 @ Buffalo, 5:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Jenrry Mejia (0-0, 1.13)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-0 vs. Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (12-3, 2.63) vs.
Steve Johnson (7-8, 5.09)
Potomac Nationals Did Not Play vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.09) vs.
Arodys Vizcaino (0-0, 4.61)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-2 @ Rome, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (1-2, 6.41 @ GCL/NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Editor’s note: We’re trying a slightly different format this year. The bullet points will highlight the SP, one or two outstanding RPs, and the game’s top two or three batters. When there’s some related tidbits, we’ll add sentence or two in italics. The mission is to keep this succinct and manageable, so there may be times when not every prospect gets a mention.

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 5
∙ Maya 4.2IP 8H 5ER 2BB 2K 1HR
∙ Kimball (W, 1-0) 1.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Balester (H, 1) 1.2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Bynum 2-4, R, 1HR, 5RBI
∙ Bixler 2-4, R, 1-2B

Both the Syracuse Chiefs and the Buffalo Bisons scored all of their runs in the 4th and 5th innings. In fact, all five of Buffalo’s runs came off Chief’s starter, Yunesky Maya. Syracuse put eight runs up on the board, paced by 5 RBI (including a 3-run HR) from Seth Bynum, and was enough to give the Chiefs the win. The team got both stellar relief pitching (4 innings of shutout baseball), and the key hit when it mattered (3-for-6 with RISP).

Roger Bernadina was out of the lineup due a family issue and is expected out for a few games. Matt Chico appeared in relief while Josh Wilkie appeared in the ninth for the rulebook save. Chris Marrero went 0-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 0
∙ Meyers (W, 1-0) 5IP 4H 0R 0BB 9K
∙ Rodriguez 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
∙ Moore 2-4, R, 2RBI
∙ Lombardozzi 0-2, 2R, 2BB

Pitching was the story last night, as Brad Meyers tossed five shutout innings, allowing only five hits and striking out nine. The bullpen, including Henry Rodriguez, Pat McCoy and Ryan Mattheus followed suit with four more goose eggs, one hit allowed and six more strikeout. No Harrisburg pitcher issued a walk. The Baysox moundsmen could not say the same, walking eight batters. Moore and Lombardozzi were the key hitters of the game, collectively batting 2-6, while scoring 3 runs from 2 walks and collecting 2 RBI.

Derek Norris went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. The OF was a veteran contingent of Jesus Valdez, Jonathan Tucker, and Buck Coats.

Hagerstown 3 Rome 2
∙ Selik (ND) 5IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
∙ Graham (SV, 1) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Harper 2-4, SB, CS, RBI
∙ Oduber 1-3, 2R, BB, SB

Bryce Harper wasted no time in making his presence felt, driving in Randolph Oduber in the top of the 1st after the “Groovin Aruban” had drawn a walk and stolen second. Former reliever Cameron Selik got the start blanked the Rome nine for five frames and left with a 2-0 lead. Former starter Taylor Jordan was touched for two runs in the 6th to tie the game. Wade Moore walked, stole second, took third on an error and trotted home on a Jason Martinson single for what what proved to be the gamewinner in the top of the 7th. Ben Graham closed out the game with two innings of one-hit relief for the save.

Michael Taylor’s shift to the OF is now official, as he took CF, flanked by Oduber and Harper in LF and RF, respectively. David Freitas was the cleanup hitter and caught while Mills Rogers was the first baseman.

Aug 242010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs OFF DAY @ Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. N/A
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 10-5 vs. Portland, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (10-5, 2.87) vs.
Kyle Weiland (5-7, 4.61)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 6-3 (14 inn.) vs. Wilmington, 7:03 p.m. Trevor Holder (2-2, 3.74) vs.
Will Smith (4-3, 4.17)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed vs. Lakewood, 5:05 p.m.
(Doubleheader)
Paul Demny (6-7, 3.90) and
Graham Hicks (1-5, 5.79) vs.
Brody Colvin (6-7, 3.19) and
Trevor May (6-2, 2.67)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 2-1 @ Lowell, 7:05 p.m. Billy Ott (0-1, 6.00) vs.
Keith Couch (1-4, 4.66)
GCL Nationals Postponed OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Notes: Syracuse takes a quick two-game jaunt into Pennsylvania to play Lehigh Valley before returning home Thursday for two against Buffalo and three against Lehigh Valley

Harrisburg Senators L, 10-5
Starting Pitcher: Thompson (L, 4-13) 3⅔ IP 9H 8R 8ER 3BB 4K 2HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Marrero 3-5, R, HR, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Lombardozzi 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
Notes: Harrisburg’s Aaron Thompson continues to struggle, taking his 13th loss on Monday with eight runs charged against him in 3⅔ innings, including two home runs as the Portland Sea Dogs doubled up the Senators 10-5. Chris Marrero and Steve Lombardozzi both went 3-for-5 to lead the Harrisburg 13-hit attack. The loss dropped Harrisburg into a tie for second place with Bowie.

Potomac Nationals L, 6-3 (14 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum 6IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: McCoy 3IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Un-Star: Phillabaum (BS, 4) 4BF 2H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K 1HBP
Hitting Star #1: Jacobsen 2-5, R, 3B,
Hitting Star #2: Moore 2-6
Notes: See Sue’s take on what went wrong in Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns vs. Lakewood — PPD
Notes: Monday’s game with Lakewood was rained out and will be made up today as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 2-1 @ Lowell
Starting Pitcher: Jordan (ND) 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Holland (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
Hitting Star: Jimenez 2-4
Defensive Star: Moore, OF assist at HP
Notes: Single runs in the first and eighth innings were enough to support some outstanding pitching as the Vermont Lake Monsters won 2-1 in Lowell. Taylor Jordan posted his first quality start with one run allowed on three hits and two walks over six innings, while Ryan Demmin got the win in relief with 1⅔ scoreless innings. Neil Holland struck out three of the six batters he faced over the last 1⅓ innings to register the save, his third of the season.

GCL Nationals L, 9-4 @ GCL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Tyler Hanks (L, 4-1) 3⅓ IP 7H 6R 5ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Ryan Mattheus 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Michael Taylor 2-4, 2B, RBI,
Hitting Star #2: Jeremy Mayo 1-3, R, BB
Notes: Three-spots in the 1st and 4th innings by the Marlins were too much for the GCL Nationals to counter in an eventual 9-4 loss. Starter Tyler Hanks was the victim of both rallies, giving up seven hits and a walk over 3⅓ innings. Michael Taylor led the eight-hit offense with a 2-for-4 effort.

Aug 222010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 4-3 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (7-7, 4.42) vs.
Zach McAllister (8-10, 5.09)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed @ Akron, 1:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Tanner Roark (1-1, 2.25) and
Aaron Thompson (4-12, 5.74) vs.
Corey Kluber (1-2, 5.79) and
Matt Packer (0-1, 4.74)
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-2 vs. Winston-Salem, 1:05 p.m. Yuniesky Maya (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Terry Doyle (5-8, 3.62)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 6-1 vs. Lakewood, 2:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (3-2, 4.18) vs.
Colby Shreve (7-5, 3.67)
Vermont Lake Monsters Suspended, Bottom of 12th vs. Brooklyn, 1:05 p.m.
(Completion & Reg. Game)
Taylor Jordan (2-2, 5.84) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-4
@ GCL Mets
vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. DSL Giants Season Over N/A

Syracuse Chiefs L, 4-3 vs. Scranton
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen 7IP 3H 0R 2BB 9K
Pitching Un-Star #1: Bisenius (H, 2) ⅓ IP 1H 2ER 1BB
Pitching Un-Star #2: Bergmann (BS, 2)(L, 6-4) ⅔ IP 2H 1ER 0BB 1K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Orr 2-4 1-2B
Hitting Star # 2: Bynum, 0-2, 1R, 2BB
Notes: Despite an amazing pitching performance by Erik Arnesen, who pitched seven complete innings, allowing only three hits and two walks, while striking out nine, the Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold on to a 2-0 lead, allowing four runs over the final two innings. A three-run homerun by Montero in the eighth was the game-changer, but the added insurance run paid off deeply for Scranton, as the Chiefs managed to score another run in the bottom of the inning, but they fell one run short by the final score of 4-3.

Harrisburg Senators — PPD
Notes: Rain postponed last night’s game between the Harrisburg Senators and the Akron Aeros. It will be made up today with a doubleheader starting at 1:05 p.m. Click the link above for more details.

Potomac Nationals W, 9-2 vs. Winston-Salem
Starting Pitcher: Alaniz (W, 7-4) 5IP 6H 2R 2ER 2BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: Testa 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Norris 3-4, 4R, 2B, BB, HR, 2RBI
Notes: See Sue’s take on what went down Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns L, 6-1 vs. Lakewood
Starting Pitcher: Clegg, M (L, 9-2) 4⅔ IP 9H 6R 5ER 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: McCatty 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star : Leon 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Notes: Unfortunately, this game was not the best game that the Suns have ever played, as they managed more errors than hits. (five vs. four) the biggest hit came from Sandy Leon, who belted a solo shot in the eighth inning to break up the shutout. This was his 2nd of the year. It was an off game for starter Mitchell Clegg, who has been dominant all season. The loss his just his 2nd of the year. Clegg went 4⅔ innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk. McCatty tried to keep the Suns in it for the chance to come back, pitching three perfect innings, but it was too late as Lakewood’s starting pitcher, Jonathan Pettibone, was amazing. The 20-year-old went eight complete innings, allowed only three hits, one run (the Leon HR), no walks and struck out eight.

Vermont Lake Monsters, 8-7 vs. Brooklyn (Suspended) (Suspended)
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 3⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 2BB 2K 2HR
Pitching Star: Selik 2⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 7K
Hitting Star #1: Martinson 2-6, 3B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moldenhauer 2-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Mozingo 3-6, 2R
Notes: Rain suspended this game in the bottom of the 12th, with Vermont down 8-7 with one out and runners on first and second. Leadoff hitter Chad Mozingo will be at the play when play resumes today at 1:05 p.m., followed by the regularly scheduled game at 1:05 p.m.

GCL Nationals L, 5-4 @ GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Gregory Baez 4IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Manuel Rivera 3IP 2H 1R 0ER 2BB 4K
Hitting Star: Estarlin Martinez 1-2, R, 2BB
Notes: The GCL Mets did all they could to lose this one (two errors, five walks) but the GCL Nationals would have none of it, giving away the winning run with a leadoff walk, single, and a double in the bottom of the ninth to lose this one 5-4. No batter got multiple hits, as the GCL Nationals totaled just six hits. Starter Gregory Baez went four innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

DSL Nationals W, 5-3 vs. DSL Giants
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez (W, 6-7) 6IP 3H 3R 1ER 1BB 7K
Pitching Star: Andy Santana 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Victor Chavez 3-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Narciso Mesa 1-3, 2B; OF assist at HP
Notes: The DSL Nationals survived five errors and defeated the first-place DSL Giants by a score of 5-3. The win gave the D-Nats a winning record at 36-35. Starting pitcher Wirkin Estevez went six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out seven. Victor Chavez paced the offense with a 3-for-3 game, highlighted by a two-run shot in the bottom of the 6th that put the D-Nats ahead at 4-3. Chavez would also single in the bottom of the 8th and his pinch-runner would come around to score for the insurance run. Inocencio Heredia closed out the game with a scoreless inning to earn his 10th save.

Aug 212010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-1 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (5-7, 4.03) vs.
Kei Igawa (2-3, 4.87)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-1 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. Aaron Thompson (4-12, 5.74) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Lost, 9-8 vs. Winston-Salem, 6:35 p.m. Adrian Alaniz (6-4, 2.44) vs.
Joseph Serafin (1-3, 6.21)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-3 (13 inn.) vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (9-1, 2.52) vs.
Jonathan Pettibone (5-6, 3.75)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 6-1 vs. Brooklyn, 6:05 p.m. Bobby Hansen (3-2, 4.17) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-0; Won, 3-2 @ GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-1@ DSL Orioles2 vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 8-1 @ Louisville
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann (W, 1-0) 5IP 1H 0R 1BB 5K
Pitching Star: Carr 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Bixler 3-5, 2R, 1HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Martinez 3-5, 2R, 1-2B, 1RBI
Notes: Syracuse had control of this one from start to finish. To start they scored two runs in the top of the 2nd and added three more in the 5th, one in the 6th and two more in the 7th to make it 8-0. Louisville could only answer with 1 run in the 8th but that’s all they could manage as they lost 8-1. Starter Jordan Zimmermann went five innings, giving up one hit, no runs and 5 strikeouts with the win, which is expected to be his final tuneup before rejoining the parent club. Brian Bixler paced the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort, including a two-run HR.

Harrisburg Senators W, 5-1 @Akron
Starting Pitcher: Tatusko (W, 1-1) 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 3BB 6K
Pitching Star: James 2⅓ IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Coon 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Burgess  2-3, R, 3B, BB
Notes: Harrisburg began the scoring in the top of the 4th with one run and added two more in the 5th. Akron added one run in the bottom of the 5th, but the Sens quickly countered that run with one run of their own in the 6th inning. To put the icing on the cake Harrisburg added one more run in the top of the 9th to take this one 5-1. Starter Ryan Tatusko went six innings giving up three hits and three walks, one run and registered six strikeouts with the win, his first for Harrisburg. Steve Lombardozzi’s eight-game hitting streak was snapped with an 0-for-4 night.

Potomac Nationals L, 9-8 vs. Winston-Salem
Starting Pitcher: Barthmaier (ND) 5IP 3H 0R 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rooney 2-3, BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Nicol 2-5, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
Notes: See Sue’s take on what happened Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown Suns 4-3 @ Delmarva (13 innings)
Starting Pitcher: Applebee 5IP 8H 3R 2ER 0BB 2K
Pitching Star: Graham (W, 3-1) 4IP 1H 0R 4BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Rogers  2-5,  1R, 1HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Jones 1-2,
Notes: Delmarva jumped out of the gate early scoring two runs in the bottom of the 1st , and added one more in the 3rd to take the quick 3-0 lead. But the Suns clawed their way back scoring one run in the 7th and then scoring two more to tie this one at 3-3 in the 9th, sending this one into extras. In the 13th inning Hagerstown managed to sneak in a run with a single, a catcher’s interference call, an error, and an RBI groundout to win this one 4-3. Starter Paul Applebee went five innings giving up eight hits, three runs with two strikeouts for a no-decision while Ben Graham got the win with four scoreless innings of relief.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 6-1 vs. Brooklyn
Starting Pitcher: Barrett (L, 0-3) 2⅔ IP 3H 3R 2ER 4BB 3K
Pitching Star: Jenkins 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Kelso 2-4,
Hitting Star #2: Freitas  1-3, 1RBI
Notes: Brooklyn got up on the board first with one run in the top of the 2nd, and added two more in the 3rd and another two runs in the 5th making it 5-0. Vermont scored one run in the 6th , but Brooklyn quickly dashed their hopes with one run of their own in the 7th as they won this one 6-1. Starter Aaron Barrett went just 2⅔ innings giving up three hits, three runs and four walks with the loss, shaving their lead over second-place Connecticut to just one game.

GCL Nationals L, 7-0 @ GCL Cardinals (comp. of 8/15 susp. gm)
Starting Pitcher (8/15): Brandon King (L, 0-2) 2IP 5H 3R 3ER 0BB 2K
“Starting” Pitcher (8/20): Miguel Navarro 0IP 1H 3R 3ER 2BB 0K
Pitching Star: Brandon Meister 3IP 2H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star: Estarlin Martinez 1-3, 2B
Notes: Up 3-0 after two, the GCL Cards took what the GCL Nationals gave them with three runs in the 3rd on a single, two walks and two hit batsmen, cruising to a 7-0 shellacking. The G-Nats managed just four hits and left just five runners on in the loss.

GCL Nationals W, 3-2 vs. GCL Cardinals
Starting Pitcher: Christian Meza 4IP 4H 0R 2BB 3K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: Jeremy Mayo 1-3, 2B, RBI
Notes: The GCL Nationals salvaged the doubleheader with a win in the second, regularly scheduled game. After giving up two runs in the top of the 5th to fall behind 2-1, the G-Nats got RBI groundouts in both the 6th and 7th innings to edge the GCL Cardinals 3-2. Starter Christian Meza went four scoreless innings with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out three. Kelvin Lopez was touched for both G-Card runs but finished the game for the win.

DSL Nationals W, 12-1 @ DSL Orioles2 (Comp. Early)
Starting Pitcher: Silvio Medina (W, 5-4) 5IP 4H 0R 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Anthony Marcelino 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Aladin Reyes 3-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Paul Chacin 2-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Jean Valdez 2-5, R, 3RBI
Notes: The DSL Nationals pummeled the DSL Orioles2 team by a 12-1 tally, pounding out 12 hits to even their record at 35-35 with a chance for a winning record with a win today in the season’s final game, weather permitting. Aladin Reyes led the hit parade with a 3-for-3 effort while starting pitcher Anthony Marcelino went five scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 3.06 and register his 5th win of the season.

Aug 202010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 6-2 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 0.75) vs.
Aaron Harang (0-1, 9.00)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 5-3 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (11-6, 4.00) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Postponed vs. Winston-Salem, 7:03 p.m. Marcos Frias (5-5, 6.57) vs.
Joseph Serafin (1-3, 6.21)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 4-3; Won, 6-2 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Paul Applebee (5-6, 3.50) vs. Nick Haughian (5-4, 3.90)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 10-9 (11 inn.) vs. Brooklyn, 7:05 p.m. Aaron Barrett (0-2, 9.26) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @/vs. GCL Cardinals
(doubleheader), 11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1 @ DSL Phillies @ DSL Orioles2, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 6-2 @ Louisville
Starting Pitcher: Kown (L, 1-4) 6IP 6H 6R 6ER 1BB 6K 2HR
Pitching Star: Bergmann 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bixler 2-4, 2B, SB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Whiting 1-3, R, BB, SB
Notes: Louisville jumped to a 4-0 lead early, thanks to a grand slam by Devin Mesaraco in the bottom of the 2nd. Syracuse responded with two in the top of the 3rd to fight back, but Louisville crushed any hope of winning in the 6th with two more runs to win this one 6-2. Starter Andrew Kown took the loss and went six innings giving up six hits, six runs, one walk and got six strikeouts.

Harrisburg Senators L, 5-3 vs Erie
Starting Pitcher: Mock (L, 0-1) 5IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 0K 1HR
Pitching Star: Hernandez 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 2BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Valdez 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Johnson 2-4, R
Notes: Harrisburg scored one run in the bottom of the 1st, while Erie answered with one run in the 3rd to tie things back up. Harrisburg reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the 3rd with two runs making it 3-1. In the 5th Erie scored three to take the lead and the game as they kept the Sens scoreless for the remainder, winning 5-3. Rehabbing Garrett Mock went five innings, giving up six hits, four runs and two walks in the loss.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Notes: The rain came just before first pitch last night, setting up a doubleheader in Woodbridge on the final weekend. Wilmington fought back from a 4-3 deficit to win 6-5 against Frederick, cutting the P-Nats lead to 1½ games (two in the loss column).

Hagerstown Suns L, 4-3 @ Delmarva (Game 1)
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-7) 6⅔ IP 6H 4R 0ER 1BB 3K
Hitting Star: Perez  2-3, 1R, 2RBI, 4SB
Notes: Starter Paul Demny came within one batter of getting the complete-game win before surrendering a two-out, two-run double to tie the game at 3-3 in the 7th. After a pitching change, a wild pitch advanced the runner to third and an error sent him in, completing Delmarva’s comeback win for a walkoff 4-3 win over Hagerstown. Demny would take the loss with a line of 6⅔ innings pitched, four runs (none earned; the Suns committed four errors on the night) on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Eury Perez led the Suns offense with two hits, two RBI and four stolen bases.

Hagerstown Suns W, 6-2 @ Delmarva (game 2)
Starting Pitcher: Hicks 1IP 2H 2ER 1BB 2K
Pitching Star: Morrison 3IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Rogers  2-3, 2R
Hitting Star #2: Perez 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
Notes: Delmarva kept the scoring going in the nightcap with two runs in the 1st. But Hagerstown wasn’t going to let this one get away as they scored two of their own in the 3rd. With the game tied going into the top of the 7th, Hagerstown finished their comeback with a four-run rally to pull away and win this one 6-2. Starter Graham Hicks went only one inning before being pulled as he gave up two hits, two runs and one walk. Eury Perez kept up his hot hitting with a 2-for-3 effort, including a double and an RBI

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 10-9 vs Lowell (11 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Swynenberg 4⅔ IP 7H 7ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: Holland (W, 3-0) 3IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 4-5, R, 3B, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moldenhauer 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB
Hitting Star #3: Martinson 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Notes: Vermont had a great start as they scored seven runs in the bottom of the 1st. Like an annoying fly, Lowell started to inch their way back as they scored four in the 3rd and then took the lead in the 5th with another four runs. They also added one more run in the 6th to give them a 9-7 lead. Vermont started their comeback with one run in the 7th and in the 8th they tied things up with another run. The 9th decided nothing so that took us into extras, where in the bottom of the 11th Vermont scored the winning run to win this one 10-9. Starter Matt Swynenberg went 4⅔ innings giving up seven hits, seven runs and one walk to go along with four strikeouts.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: Less than 10 games remain in the GCL season, but long-awaited deadline signs Sammy Solis, Robbie Ray and A.J. Cole are expected to be activated soon, perhap even for tomorrow’s doubleheader against the GCL Cards.

DSL Nationals L, 2-1 vs. DSL Phillies
Starter/Pitching Star: Adalberto Mieses (ND) 6IP 5H 0R 2BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Bienvenido Valdez 2-4, 2B
Hitting Star #2: “Fred” Ortega 2-4, SB
Notes: Unlike the parent club, the DSL Nationals got strong pitching and played solid defense. Like the parent club, the hitting and the bullpen were both lacking as the DSL Phillies got single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to win 2-1. Starting pitcher Adalberto Mieses threw six scoreless inninings, allowing five hits and two walks while setting down three on strikes. Bienvenido Valdez and “Fred” Ortega both went 2-for-4 without a run scored or driven in as the D-Nats were held to just one run on seven hits and left six runners on base.

Aug 192010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-3 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Andrew Kown (1-3, 3.32) vs.
Sam LeCure (7-3, 3.76)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 10-1 vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 3.38) vs.
Duane Below (4-12, 5.12)
Potomac Nationals Won, 9-1 @ Kinston 7:00 p.m. Jimmy Barthmaier (3-1, 4.70) vs.
Joe Mahalic (4-8, 4.19)
Hagerstown Suns Postponed @ Delmarva, 6:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 4-3 vs. Lowell, 7:00 p.m. Matt Swynenberg (3-2, 4.40) vs.
Keith Couch (1-4, 3.38)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Marlins OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Mets1 @ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 5-3 @ Louisville
Starting Pitcher: Chico (ND) 6IP 6H 0R 0BB 5K
Pitching Star: Wilkie [H, 8] 2IP 1H 0R 0BB5K
Pyrotechnician: Severino (BS, 5; L, 4-3) ⅓ IP 2H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K 1HR
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 1-1, 1R, 1HR, 1RBI
Hitting Star #2: Davis 1-3, 1R
Notes: Syracuse and Louisville remained scoreless through five innings of play until the 6th where Syracuse scored two runs, courtesy of RBI singles by Boomer Whiting and Danny Espinosa. A solo HR by Seth Bynum in the 8th extended the Chiefs’ lead to 3-0, and things were looking good. Louisville had their backs to the wall until the bottom of the 9th where they scored five runs off relievers Adam Carr and Athualpa Severino, capped off by a grand slam by stud catching prospect Devin Mesaraco to give Louisville the 5-3 win. Starter Matt Chico went six scoreless innings, giving up six hits and no walks while registering five strikeouts with the loss

Harrisburg Senators W, 10-1 vs. Erie
Starting Pitcher: Milone (W, 10-5) 6⅔ IP 7H 1R 1ER 0BB 13K
Pitching Star: Jones, Jas 1.1IP 2H 0R 1K
Hitting Star #1: Marrero 4-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Ivany  3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
Notes: Tom Milone won his 10th game in striking fashion (13K), as the Harrisburg Senators drowned the Seawolves 10-1. The 23-year-old southpaw allowed just one run on seven hits and no walks over 6⅔ innings. Offensively, Harrisburg started the scoring early in the bottom of the 1st with 2 runs, and added two more in the 4th making it 4-0. Erie scored its lone run in the top of the 5th, but Harrisburg was just too hot today as they scored three more in the bottom of the 5th, then piled on with one more in the 6th then two more runs in the 8th to finish the night at 10-1. Chris Marrero led the 14-hit onslaught with a 4-for-5 night with four RBI.

Potomac Nationals W, 9-1 @ Kinston
Starting Pitcher: Holder (W, 2-2) 5⅔ IP 3H 1R 1ER 3BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: Wort 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, R, HR, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Nicol 3-5, R, RBI
Notes: Tempers flared in the 6th inning, as both starter Trevor Holder and manager Gary Cathcart were ejected after Holder allegedly threw behind a Kinston batter (Chun-Hsiu Chen, who had homered in his previous at-bat) one inning after Tyler Moore was plunked. Moore’s crime was merely doing what he’s been doing since the middle of last month: beating the snot out of opposing pitchers, which he did in grand (slam) fashion in the first inning for third time this season as the P-Nats prevailed 9-1. The Potomac first baseman ran the bases following the HBP, but removed from the game when the Potomac took the field in the bottom of the 5th, indicating that perhaps his removal was defensive but not injury-related. Moore would finish the night at 2-for-3 with 5 RBI. Holder was done but got the win—his second in as many starts—with the one Kinston run allowed on three hits and three walks over 5⅔ innings. Two more batters would be hit (one for each side) but no more ejections were issued. The win, combined with a Blue Rocks loss, returns the Potomac lead to two games over Wilmington.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Notes: Heavy rains forced an early cancellation of Wednesday night’s game, forcing a doubleheader tonight at 6:05 p.m. For more details, click the link above.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 4-3 vs. Lowell
Starting Pitcher: Ott (L, 0-1) 3IP 3H 2R 2ER 4BB 3K
Pitching Star: Selik 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Moore 2-3, R, BB
Hitting Star #2: Freitas 1-3, 2B, BB
Notes: Vermont was well rested for this one but it seems Lowell was too. In the 3rd Lowell scored two runs and added 1 more in the 5th and another in the 6th to make it 4-0. The Lake Monsters roared back with three runs in the bottom of the 6th but lost steam after that as they were downed 4-3. Recently demoted starter Billy Ott went just three innings giving up three hits, two runs and three walks and took the loss.

GCL Nationals W, 5-4 vs. GCL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Matt Grace (W, 1-1) 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K
Pitching Star: Nick Serino (H, 3) 1⅔ IP 0H 0R 1BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Estarlin Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Roberto Perez 3-4, SB
Notes: Matthew Grace continues to pitch stronger, going five innings and allowing one run on three hits and one walk. He also struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 6.27 for his first professional win as the GCL Nationals defeated the GCL Marlins 5-4. Roberto Perez led the 11-hit offensive attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon, while Chris Manno came on in the ninth with two out and two runners on and struck out the lone batter he faced for the save, also a professional first.

DSL Nationals L, 5-3 vs. DSL Mets1
Starting Pitcher: Antonio Guzman (L, 4-5) 4IP 4H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Karin Burgos 2IP 1H 0R 2BB 0K
Hitting Star #1: Bienvenido Valdez 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Adderling Ruiz 2-4, R, 2B, 2SB
Notes: Bienvenido Valdez’s two-run HR in the bottom of the ninth made this game look closer than it was, as the DSL Nationals lost to the DSL Mets1 by a count of 5-3. The DSL Nationals hit the ball far (three extra-base hits) but not often (four hits total) going 0-for-7 with RISP and stranding five baserunners. Starting Pitcher Antonio Guzman took the loss, giving up one unearned run on four hits while striking out three, while three of the four relievers that followed surrendered runs to enable the Mets1 squad to build a 5-0 lead before Hitting Star #2 Adderling Ruiz scored on an RBI groundout in the 8th to break up the shutout.

Aug 182010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 8-5 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Matt Chico (6-7, 3.92) vs.
Chad Reineke (9-7, 3.47)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Tom Milone (9-5, 2.95) vs.
Brooks Brown (11-7, 3.70)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-1; Lost, 5-3 @ Kinston 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-2, 3.99) vs.
T.J. McFarland (10-4, 3.05)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-6 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. Kenny Moreland (7-6, 4.00)
Vermont Lake Monsters ALL-STAR BREAK vs. Lowell, 7:00 p.m. TBD vs. Hunter Cervenka (0-4, 4.40)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-9 vs.
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6 (7 inn.);
Game 2 suspended
vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 8-5 @ Louisville
Starting Pitcher: Martis (L, 7-7) 4⅓ IP 9H 7R 7ER 2BB 5K
Pitching Star: Bergmann 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star # 1: Lambin 3-4, R, 2RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Davis 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
Notes: Louisville started the scoring in the bottom of 1st with three runs, while Syracuse answered with two runs in the 4th. In the bottom of the 4th Louisville scored two more and added an additional two runs in the 5th making it 7-2. In the 6th Syracuse chipped away at the lead with one run, but Louisville didn’t let up as they scored one of their own in the bottom of the inning. Syracuse could only add two more runs in the 8th and 9th but ran out of time as they lost 8-5. Starter Shairon Martis went 4⅓ innings giving up nine hits, seven runs and two strikeout along with 5 strikeouts with the loss.        

Harrisburg Senators L, 4-3 vs. Erie (10 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Peacock (ND) 7IP 1H 0R 3BB 8K
Pitching Un- Star: Kimball (BS, 4) 1⅓ IP 1H 2R 1ER 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Burgess 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 3-4, R, 1-2B
Notes: Mike Burgess made the most of his AA debut, going 2-for-4 with two solo HRs to help the Sens build a 3-0 lead through seven innings. Unfortunately, the Senators bullpen could not keep the shutout going, allowing one run in the 8th, two runs in the 9th and the winning run in the 10th. The implosion ruined a fine outing by starter Brad Peacock who went seven scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, three walks while registering eight strikeouts.

Potomac Nationals L, 3-1; L, 5-3 @ Kinston

GAME ONE
Starting Pitcher: Rosenbaum (L, 2-2) 5IP 8H 3R 3ER 3BB 5K
Pitching Star: Testa 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star: Norris 1-1, R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: Tuesday’s offensive futility continued in the first game as the P-Nats managed just three hits, with Derek Norris’s solo HR preventing the shutout. Starter Danny Rosenbaum went five innings and allowed all three Indian runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five.

GAME TWO
Starting Pitcher: Lehman (L, 4-3) 3IP 4H 5R 2ER 2BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: McCoy 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Soriano 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Curran 2-2, R, BB
Notes: Francisco Soriano’s solo HR to lead off the 1st gave Potomac faint hopes that a split was possible, but four runs in the bottom of the inning dashed those hopes as the Kinston Indians went on to win 5-3, sweeping the doubleheader. Starter Pat Lehman gave up all five Kinston runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. The two losses shaved Potomac’s lead over second-place Wilmington to just one game. Rather than promote or demote, Washington replaced Mike Burgess on the roster with former Blue Rock Jamar Walton, a 24-year-old OF who was originally drafted by Florida in 2004.

Hagerstown Suns W, 8-6 @ Delmarva
Starting Pitcher: Bronson (W, 3-2) 6⅓ IP 6H 5R 2ER 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: Smoker (SV, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Hood 3-5, 2R, 2B
Hitting Star #2: Leon 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, 3RBI
Notes: The Suns began the scoring in the 4th with five runs, Delmarva kept the game close with three runs of their own in the bottom of the 5th. But Hagerstown didn’t want Delmarva to gain anymore ground as they scored two more in the 6th and another run in the 7th making it 8-3. Delmarva could only counter with three more runs in the bottom of the 7th but fell short in the end as Hagerstown took this one 8-6. Starter Evan Bronson went 6⅓ innings, giving up six hits, five runs and no walks with one strikeout for the win. Josh Smoker pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.

Vermont Lake Monsters — OFF DAY
Notes: Vermont had another day off today to prepare for their 2 games versus Lowell this week. Meanwhile, at the New York-Penn League All-Star game, David Freitas and Blake Kelso both started but were hitless in two at-bats while Neil Holland hit two batters and struck out two batters while pitching a scoreless inning.

GCL Nationals W, 10-8 @ GCL Astros
Starting Pitcher: Yuniesky Maya 4IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BB 4K
Pitching Star: Tim Dupuis (W, 2-1) 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Angel Montilla 2-6, R, 2B, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Roberto Perez 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
Hitting Star #3: Rashad Hatcher 3-5, 2R, RBI
Notes: Robert Perez’s 10th-inning double broke an 8-8 tie as the GCL Nationals went on to defeat the GCL Astros by a score of 10-8. Yuniesky Maya’s second start was not quite as smooth as the 29-year-old Cuban defector gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks over four innings.
Hitters of the game Angel Montilla, Perez, and Rashad Hatcher would account for seven of the 12 G-Nats hits and six RBI. Timothy Dupuis got the win in relief with three prefect innings and six strikeouts.

DSL Nationals W, 7-6 vs. DSL Yankees1 (7 inn.)
Starting Pitcher: Dennis Lellis 2IP 7H 6R 3ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Andy Santana (W, 3-0) 5IP 2H 0R 0BB 6K
Hitting Star #1: Victor Chavez 3-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bienvenido Valdez 2-4, RBI
Notes: In a repeat of last week, the two teams were scheduled to have a doubleheader but were only able to get one game played, which the DSL Nationals won 7-6 in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the 7th. Game two was suspended. Andy Santana pitched the final five innings to earn the win, allowing no runs on two hits and no walks while striking out six. In the final inning, hitter of the game Victor Chavez homered to tie it at 6-6 while Aladin Reyes singled, stole second, took third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a wild pitch.

Aug 172010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 11-4 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (7-6, 4.08) vs.
Micah Owings (0-0, 2.35)
Harrisburg Senators OFF DAY vs. Erie, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (1-1, 6.61) vs. TBD
Potomac Nationals Lost, 2-1 @ Kinston 6:00 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Danny Rosenbaum (2-1, 2.01)
vs. Austin Adams (3-0, 1.35);
Game Two Starters TBD
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-1 @ Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Evan Bronson (2-2, 4.50) vs.
Brent William Allar (2-2, 5.10)
Vermont Lake Monsters ALL-STAR BREAK N/A N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 9-4 vs.
GCL Mets
@ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 vs. DSL Marlins @/vs. DSL Yankees1
(Doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 11-4 @ Indianpolis
WDWRD: 2-5; No CS-SB
Starting Pitcher: Arnesen (W, 5-7) 5IP 6H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K
Pitching Star: Wilkie  2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Bynum 2-6, 1R, 1HR, 3RBI
Hitting Star #2: Bixler 3-5, 2R, BB, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Espinosa 1-4, 2R, HR, BB, 4RBI
Notes: Indianpolis started out with a bit of a run as they scored one in the bottom of the 1st, another run in the 2nd and one more in the 3rd. But Syracuse didn’t take this sitting down as they scored two in the top of the 3rd, three in the 4th and two more runs in the top of the 5th making it 7-3. Indianpolis answered with 1 run in the 5th, but Syracuse shut them down with one more in the 7th and another 3 runs in the 9th, courtesy of Danny Espinosa’s fourth AAA home run, to win this one 11-4. Starter Erik Arnesen went five innings giving up six hits, four runs and three strikeouts with the win.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Notes: The Sens had an off day on Monday and begin a three-game series versus Erie starting today. Harrisburg trails Bowie by one game for second place in the Western Division. The top two teams in each division make the Eastern League playoffs.

Potomac Nationals L, 2-1 @ Kinston
Starting Pitcher: Alaniz (L, 6-4) 6IP 4H 2R 2ER 2BB 7K
Pitching Star: Morris 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star: Lozada 1-3, 2B, BB
Notes: Kinston’s reputation as “House of Horrors” for Potomac remained intact as the P-Nats fell 2-1. Staff ace Adrian Alaniz took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Kinston pitchers surrendered five walks, which Potomac tried its best to exploit with five stolen bases. But the clutch hit came just once in thirteen run-scoring opportunities, as the P-Nats left nine men on base overall. The loss slices their lead to just one over second-place Wilmington, who doubled up Frederick 8-4.

Hagerstown Suns W, 8-1 vs. Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Clegg (W, 9-1) 6IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 1K
Pitching Star: Vasquez 1⅓ IP 2H 0R 2BB 1K
Hitting Star # 1: Perez 2-4, 2R
Hitting Star # 2: King 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Notes: Hagerstown scored one in the bottom of the first to start the game off. Greensboro tied the game back up in the 4th with one run but Hagerstown seemed to take offense to the run as they came back with six runs in the bottom of the inning, making it 7-1. In the 8th The Suns put this one to bed with one more run as they won this one 8-1. Starter Mitchel Clegg went six innings, giving up five hits, one run, and two walks with the win, his ninth for Hagerstown this season. 

Vermont Lake Monsters — ALL STAR BREAK
Notes: It’s the New York-Penn League All Star game tonight in Staten Island, as Neil Holland, David Freitas, and Blake Kelso will represent the Lake Monsters as the N.L. Affiliates take on the A.L. affiliates. The legendary 74-games-in-77-days schedule resumes tomorrow with Vermont hosting Lowell.

GCL Nationals W, 9-4 vs. GCL Mets
Starting Pitcher: Pedro Encarnacion 4IP 3H 2R 2ER 0BB 3K
Pitching Star: Chris Manno 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Tyler Oliver 2-5, R, 2B, HR, BB, 5RBI
Hitting Star #2: Rick Hughes 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
Hitting Star #3: Angel Montilla 3-5, R, SB, RBI
Notes: A four-run 2nd propelled the GCL Nationals to 9-4 win over the GCL Mets. Five batters collected two or more more hits, with Tyler Oliver driving in five runs. Starter Pedro Encarnacion went the first four innings, allowing two runs on three hits without a walk and striking out three while Chris Manno earned pitching star honors with two scoreless innings to close out the game.

DSL Nationals L, 6-5 vs. DSL Marlins
Starting Pitcher: Wirkin Estevez (L, 5-7) 6IP 5H 3R 2ER 1BB 8K
Pitching Star: Inocencio Heredia 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Wilmer Difo 2-4
Hitting Star #2: Jean Valdez 1-3, R, 2B
Notes: The D-Nats bats were held down until the bottom of the 7th, when they put up a three-spot. Unfortunately, that only cut the DSL Marlins lead in half, as the DSL Nationals could only get two more runs in the next innings, falling by a final of 6-5. Starting pitcher Wirkin Estevez went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk while setting down eight on strikes. Wilmer Difo led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort.

Aug 162010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 4-2 @ Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Shairon Martis (7-6, 4.08) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-3, 3.39)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Nationals Won, 7-5 (10 inn.) @ Kinston 7:00 p.m. Adrian Alaniz (6-3, 2.40) vs.
Austin Adams (3-0, 1.35)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 7-5 vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Clegg (8-1, 2.60) vs.
Matt Montgomery (9-10, 2.72)
Vermont Lake Monsters Lost, 11-5 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Suspended,
0-2 after 2 inn. vs.
GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Marlins TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs W, 4-2 @ Indianapolis
WDWRD: 3-4, 1R; No CS-SB
Starting Pitcher: Zimmermann (ND) 5IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 3K; 1-2, 2B as batter
Pitching Star: Bergmann (W, 6-3) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star: Davis 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
Notes: Indianapolis started the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd and retained the lead until the the 6th where they extended it with another run. Syracuse however managed to tie things up at 2-2 in 7th, then took the lead in the 8th completing the comeback as they won 4-2. Starter Jordan Zimmermann went five innings, giving up six hits, one run, one walk and got three strikeouts for a no-decision. Jason Bergmann got the win in relief while Adam Carr bounced back Saturday night to get his 4th save at AAA.

Harrisburg Senators L, 3-2 @Trenton
Starting Pitcher: Thompson (L, 4-12) 5IP 5H 3R 2ER 5BB 5K
Pitching Star: Pena 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Lombardozzi  1-3, R, BB
Hitting Star #2: Johnson 1-4, R
Notes: Trenton scored 1 run in the bottom of the 1st and added 2 more in the 3rd to give them a 3-0 lead early. Harrisburg remained scoreless until the top of the 9th when Steve Lombardozzi walked and Josh Johnson singled to lead off the inning. Chris Marrero grounded out to move them to second and third, Jesus Valdez grounded out score Lombardozzi while Ofilio Castro singled to send in Johnson. Tim Pahuta couldn’t keep the rally going, grounding into a fielder’s choice to end it. Final score: Trenton 3, Harrisburg 2. Starter Aaron Thompson took loss #12, going five innings, giving up all three Trenton runs on five hits and five walks.

Potomac Nationals W, 7-5 (10 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach
Starting Pitcher: Frias 3⅔ IP 6H 4R 4ER 3BB 2K 1HR
Pitching Star: Wort (W, 1-0)
Hitting Star #1: Rooney 2-4, R, 2B, BB, HR, 4RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 2-5, R, BB, HR, RBI
Notes: Jose Lozada’s two-run shot in the bottom of the 10th gave the P-Nats a 7-5 win and completed a three-game sweep of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Newly promoted Rob Wort got the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings with three walks (one intentional) and two strikeouts. Starting pitcher Marcos Frias went 3⅔ innings and gave up four runs on six hits and three walks and two strikeouts. Hitters of the game Tyler Moore and Sean Rooney accounted for the first four runs of the game via the longball, with Moore hitting a solo shot in the 2nd and Rooney smacking a three-run blast in the 6th to tie the game at 4-4 and take Frias off the hook. The win combined with a cancellation in Salem extended the P-Nats’ lead over second-place Wilmington to 2½ games (three in the loss column) as they head to Kinston for five games in four days before returning to Woodbridge on Friday to take on Winston-Salem.

Hagerstown Suns W, 7-5 vs. Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Applebee (W, 5-4) 5IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K 1HR
Pitching Star: Weaver (SV, 16) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star # 1: Hague 3-3, 2R, 2B, BB
Hitting Star # 2: Perez 2-3, R, RBI
Notes: Greensboro scored two in the top of the 1st, but the Suns came right back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. In the 2nd Hagerstown added one more, then another in the 3rd, making it 6-2 in favor of the Suns. Greensboro sliced the lead to three with one run in the top of the 4th, but Hagerstown got it back with a run of their own in the 6th. Greensboro made a charge in the 8th with two runs, but the Suns managed to keep Greensboro at bay as they came away with the win at 7-5. Starter Paul Applebee went five innings giving up four hits, three runs and got for strikeouts in the win.

Vermont Lake Monsters L, 11-5 @ Jamestown
Starting Pitcher: Jenkins (L, 2-6) 3IP 4H 4R 4ER 4BB 3K 1HR
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Moore 1-2, R, 2BB, SB, RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moldenhauer 2-5, R, 2B
Notes: Jamestown wasted no time getting started as they scored four in the bottom of the 1st. Vermont could only counter that with one run in the 4th, but Jamestown didn’t give them any room as they scored three more in the bottom of the inning. Vermont made a charge with two runs in each of the 6th and 7th innings, but Jamestown put any hope of a comeback to rest in the bottom of the 7th with four more runs, giving them the win at 11-5. Starter Chad Jenkins went three innings giving up four hits, four runs and four walks with the loss. Vermont returns home after the two-day All-Star break to host Lowell for two and Brooklyn for three.

GCL Nationals 0-2 vs. GCL Cardinals — SUSP (2 inn.)
Notes: After two innings this game was suspended with the GCL Cardinals leading 3-0. Starter Brandon King was touched for one run in the 1st, two in the 2nd on five hits (all singles) and no walks before play was halted. The two teams meet again on Friday, which is presumably when this game will be continued.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Notes: The DSL Nationals close out their season with home dates against the Marlins, Mets2, and Giants while visiting the Yankees1, Phillies and Orioles2. At 33-32, the D-Nats need three wins to prevent a losing season, four to finish as a winner.

Aug 142010
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-2 @ Indianapolis, 7:15 p.m. Andrew Kown (1-3, 3.32) vs.
Michael Crotta (5-7, 4.70)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 4-1 @ Trenton, 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Cory Arbiso (4-1, 3.43)
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach 6:35 p.m. Garrett Mock (rehab) vs.
Zeke Spruill (3-2, 4.65)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 10-2 vs. Greensboro, 7:05 p.m. Paul Applebee (4-4, 3.81) vs.
Rob Morey (0-2, 2.78)
Vermont Lake Monsters Won, 8-7 @ Jamestown, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (2-2, 5.67) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost 4-0; Lost, 7-3
@ GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-4
@ DSL Giants
vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs L, 5-2  @ Indianapolis
WDWRD: Did Not Play
Starting Pitcher: Chico (L, 6-7) 6IP 6H 3R 3ER 0BB 10K; 1-2, R as hitter
Pitching Star: Mandel 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Bixler 2-4, 1RBI
Hitting Star #2: Whiting 1-3, R, SB (#30)
Notes: Indanapolis started the game with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. The Chiefs meanwhile tried to fight back with one run in the 4th and another run in the 6th making it 3-2. But Indianapolis pulled away in the 8th with 2 runs which gave them the win at 5-2. Starter Matt Chico went six innings giving up six hits, three runs and no walks while striking out a season-high 10 batters, but took the loss.

Harrisburg Senators L, 4-1 @ Trenton
Starting Pitcher: Tatusko (L, 0-1) 6IP 5H 4R 3ER 2BB 8K 1HR
Pitching Star: James 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K
Hitting Star #1: Johnson 2-3, 1R, 1BB
Hitting Star #2: Castro 2-4, 1-3B
Notes: Trenton began the game in the bottom of the 3rd with one run, while the Sens came back in the 4th with a run of their own, tying things up at 1-1. In the bottom of the 5th Trenton broke the game open with a three-run home run off recently acquired Ryan Tatusko, who finished with four runs allowed on five hits over six innings while striking out eight. Hitters of the game Josh Johnson and Ofilio Castro combined for four of the Senators’ six hits as the team went an abysmal 1-for-12 with RISP.

Potomac Nationals W, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach
Starting Pitcher: Holder (W, 1-2) 6⅓ IP 5H 1R 1ER 0BB 7K 1HR
Pitching Star: McCoy (SV, 3) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Hitting Star #1: Norris 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Moore 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
Defensive Star: Curran L8-3 DP
Notes: This one was basically decided in the first inning, which is just as well because Sue had to leave in the bottom of the second. Here’s what she saw, in lieu of “LNIW”:

Derek Norris was moved to the #2 spot in the batting order, in the age-old ploy to feed him some fastballs. The move paid off instantly in the first inning with a two-run jack to left field as he drove in Dan Lyons, who had been hit by a pitch to lead off the game. After a Mike Burgess single, Tyler Moore put a coat on a hanger for another two-spot shot to give Potomac a 4-1 lead. Trevor Holder, who had given up a home run to lead off the game, settled down to pitch 6⅓ innings, giving up the one run on five hits, walking none, and striking out seven to earn his first win for Potomac this season. The win kept pace with second-place Wilmington; the two teams still separated by two games, three in the loss column.

Hagerstown Suns L, 10-2 vs. Greensboro
Starting Pitcher: Demny (L, 6-6) 3⅓ IP 6H 4ER 1BB 5K 1HR
Pitching Star: Erb 3⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB
Hitting Star #1: Hood  2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
Hitting Star #2: Hague 2-4, 2R
Notes: Hagerstown began with the lead in the bottom of the 3rd with one run, but Greensboro quickly shattered that lead with seven runs of their own in the 4th. Greensboro wasn’t done there as they added one run in the 5th and another run in the 6th to make it 9-1. In the 8th they added one more, while the Suns added one in the bottom of the inning, but unfortunately it was far too late for a comeback as the Suns were downed 10-2. Starter Paul Demny went just 3⅓ innings, giving up six hits, four runs and one walk with the loss.

Vermont Lake Monsters W, 8-7 @ Jamestown
Starting Pitcher: Hansen 3IP 6H 5R 5ER 3BB 0K
Pitching Star: Demmin (W, 1-1) 3IP 1H 0ER 2BB 5K
Hitting Star # 1: Moore 2-3 3R, 2BB, HR, RBI
Hitting Star # 2: Leonida 2-5, 1-2B, 2RBI
Notes: Three errors by Jamestown and eight runs by the Lake Monsters game Vermont the win. It was a close game, however, as Jamestown had the lead going into the 9th inning. That being the case, Vermont rallied to score two in the top of the ninth to get the lead while Ryan Demmin finished the game for the win, going the last three innings, allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks, while striking out 5.

GCL Nationals L, 4-0; L, 7-3
GAME ONE
Starting Pitcher: Yuniesky Maya 3IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star: None
Notes: The professional debut of Yuniesky Maya — three scoreless & hitless innngs with no walks and one strikeout — is about the only thing worth noting in the first game, as the GCL Nationals were shut out 4-0 by the GCL Marlins. Angel Montilla and Estarlin Martinez were responsible for the two (2) GCL Nats hits in this one.

GAME TWO
Starting Pitcher: Kelvin Lopez (L, 3-4) 2IP 6H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K
Pitching Star: Chris Manno 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 3K
Hitting Star #1: Sean Nicol 1-3, SB
Hitting Star #2: Randolph Oduber 1-2, R, RBI
Notes: Game Two wasn’t much better as the GCL Marlins bested the GCL Nationals 7-3 to sweep the doubleheader. Rehabbing Sean Nicol and Randolph Oduber got two of the three (3) G-Nats hits in the, um, afternoon-cap.

DSL Nationals L, 9-4
Starting Pitcher: Adalberto Mieses (L, 3-3) 6IP 13H 8R 5ER 1BB 4K
Pitching Star: None
Hitting Star #1: Edgar Gonzalez 3-5, 2R
Hitting Star #2: Jean Valdez 1-2, 3RBI
Notes: A five-run sixth broke erased a 4-3 leads for the DSL Nationals, who went went on to lose 9-4 to the DSL Giants. Starting Pitcher Adalberto Mieses took a 13-hit beating over six innings, with eight runs (five earned) allowed with one walk and four strikeouts for his third loss of the season. Hitters of the game Edgar Gonzalez and Jean Valdez combined for four hits, two runs, and three RBI.