Jason Crocker and Julie Goldberg and Luke Erickson

Aug 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (11-6, 2.81) vs.
Vasquez (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ New Hampshire,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-6, 5.61) vs.
Bibens-Dirkx (6-3, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 3-0;
Won, 3-0
@ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Dziedzic (5-7, 2.65)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-2, 9.95) vs.
Freeland (2-0, 0.48)
Auburn Won, 6-4 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (2-2, 3.63) vs.
Cavanerio (3-6, 4.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-3 (10 inn.);
Lost, 4-1
vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 4 Rochester 3
• Laffey 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Cedeno (W, 5-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Kobernus 2-3, RBI, SB
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

With a thrilling 4-3 comeback win over the Red Wings, the Chiefs lowered their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one. Syracuse found itself down 2-0 early when starter Aaron Laffey allowed a double to Pedro Florimon and a home run to Chris Hermann in the 1st. Things got even worse in the inning when Laffey allowed two more singles, threw a wild pitch, and Josmil Pinto scored on Deibinson Romero’s RBI groundout. The Syracuse comeback from the 3-0 deficit began in the 7th when Tyler Moore and Brandon Laird drew a pair of walks on a total of twelve pitches off Rochester starter Kris Johnson. Following a Eury Perez single to load the bases, Jhonatan “Onion” Solano hit a sacrifice fly to score Moore and Jeff Kobernus hit a clutch two-out single to score Laird. Following a dominant top of the 8th (3BF, 2K) by winning pitcher Xavier Cedeno, the Chiefs completed the comeback in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI double by Steven Souza and an RBI single from Laird. Rafael Martin missed the prefect 9th with a two-out walk, but still recorded his tenth save for Syracuse. Roster move: OF Steven Souza assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 4
• Kroenke (W, 3-8) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Holland (H, 2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Martinson 3-5, 3R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, 3R, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Harrisburg outslugged New Hampshire for a 9-6 win. Every Senator recorded at least one hit in the 15-hit attack. With two outs and one on in the 1st, New Hampshire’s first baseman, KC Hobson, breathed life into the dormant Senators offense with an error that allowed Matt Skole to reach safely and Adrian Sanchez to score. A two-out single from Jason Martinson, double from Drew Vettleson, and a single by Mitch Canham gave the Senators a 4-0 lead before centerfielder Melky Mesa gunned down Canham trying to take second and ended the inning. After starter Zach Kroenke coughed up the lead, Quincy Latimore’s sacrifice fly in the 4th scored Canham and put the Senators up 5-4. Harrisburg got some badly needed insurance on Matt Skole’s 13th HR, Jason Martinson’s fourth triple, and an RBI single by Drew Vettleson in the 5th before Kroenke gave up one more run. Martinson hit a 7th inning solo homer, but reliever Neil Holland gave up a home run to Brad Glenn in the 8th as well to make the score 8-6. In the 9th, Harrisburg tacked on another run on a Brian Jeroloman RBI single but Canham was thrown out at home to end the inning before Robert Benincasa pitched a clean 9th for his seventh save.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 0 — GAME ONE
• Spann (W, 9-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 14) 1IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• S. Perez 2-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Matt Spann retired 18 of 20 batters faced including the first 11 batters as the P-Nats shut out the Blue Rocks, 3-0 in the opener. The 23-y.o. southpaw gave up just two hits and no walks over six scoreless innings to earn his team-leading ninth win. Gilberto Mendez set ‘em down in order in the 7th to notch his 14th save. Estarlin Martinez snapped the 0-0 deadlock with a two-run double in the 4th while Stephen Perez drove in the third Potomac run with his second double in the 5th; both players went 2-for-3 for the game.
As noted in this space, the three cancellations in the second half worked to Potomac’s favor as they need just this win to clinch the C.L. North for the second straight season of double-half wins.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 0 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull (W, 3-3) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Walsh (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Renda 2-3, R, BB

Kylin Turnbull and Jake Walsh improved upon the efforts of Matt Spann and Gilberto Mendez in Game Two by allowing just two baserunners as Potomac hung another 3-0 shutout on Wilmington. Turnbull let up just a 3rd-inning single to Ramon Torres over his six innings of work, walking none and fanning six as he earned his third win — all in his last five appearances. Jake Walsh plunked Raul Mondesi to lead off the 7th then retired the next three Blue Rocks for his second High-A save. John Wooten smacked a two-run homer in the 3rd while Isaac Ballou tripled in Craig Manuel in the 7th to account for the three scores. It’s scoreboard watching from here on out to see who the P-Nats will host next week. Lynchburg leads the race for second place by a game over Frederick, a game and a half over Wilmington. The Hillcats finish their final five games on the road while both the Blue Rocks and the Keys close out their remaining six games at home; all three teams are playing playoff contenders — Carolina and Myrtle Beach for Lynchburg; Potomac and Salem for Wilmington; Salem and Potomac for Frederick.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Suero (W, 4-1) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 7K
• Napoli (SV, 6) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 2-3, 3B, BB, RBI
• Yezzo 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Behind a solid six-inning performance by Wander Suero, Hagerstown returned to the win column with a 3-2 victory over Asheville. This is the fifth consecutive start that Suero has pitched at least five innings. The right-hander allowed only three hits and one run, while striking out seven Tourists. The Suns jumped on the board quickly with a run in each of the first two inning — one on a Spencer Kieboom double and one on a James Yezzo home run to the short porch in right field. After extending its lead to 3-1, Hagerstown held off a 9th-inning rally from Asheville, with David Napoli recording the final out to preserve the win. The Grasshoppers and Crawdads both won to keep pace, but the Suns’ win reduced their magic number to four for the second-half title, one for the wild card.

Auburn 6 Batavia 4
• Van Orden (W, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• D. Williams 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gordon 3-3, R, 2B, BB
• Carey 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Eusebio 2-5, 2R, 2B

Auburn held off a 9th-inning rally by Batavia to defeat the Muckdogs 6-4. Reliever Mario Sanchez entered the inning with a four-run lead, but quickly got into trouble, allowing two batters to reach base, which both then came around to score on a triple by Wildert Pujols. Garrett Gordon led the Doubledays with three hits in three at-bats, as Auburn put up runs in four innings on a combined 13 hits. Drew Van Orden pitched five and 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, while striking out four Batavia batters for his second win of the season.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 3 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Solis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J. Ramirez (L, 3-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R, 2B
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The G-Nats led just once in Game One after scoring three unearned runs in the bottom of the 5th but fell in extras, 5-3. Sammy Solis made his second appearance since Memorial Day with two perfect innings, which should prompt MASN Commenter to call him up on Monday. The loss went to Jean Ramirez, who gave up for 10th-inning runs to the G-Cards for his first loss. The G-Nats were limited to four hits and four walks, with Gilberto Ramirez and Dionicio Rosario connecting for the two (2) extra-base hits.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 1 — GAME TWO
• Mills (L, 1-2) 3+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Reynoso 4IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Aguero 1-2, BB, CS
• Ortiz 1-3, R, 2B

The G-Cards scored a pair of runs in both the 2nd and 4th innings to send the G-Nats to their tenth straight defeat, 4-1 in Game Two. McKenzie Mills took the loss with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks over three-plus innings. “Fred” Aguero singled and drew the only walk while Oliver Ortiz and Dionicio Rosario both doubled as the G-Nats mustered just six hits total.

Aug 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (12-5, 3.38) vs.
Johnson (9-7, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ New Hampshire,
6:35 p.m.
Kroenke (2-8, 6.53) vs.
Lawrence (9-8, 3.71)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.16) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.02) vs.
Pounders (0-0, 1.80) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-1, 2.32) vs.
Jiminian (13-5, 4.15)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 4.58) vs.
Holmes (0-1, 2.60)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
10:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD


Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4
• Treinen (L, 8-2) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, WP
• Delcarmen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 3-4, RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI

The Chiefs’ squandered two outs at home plate in a tough 5-4 loss to the IronPigs. Starter and loser Blake Treinen was his own worst enemy. In the 2nd, Russ Canzler walked, advanced on a wild pitch and later scored on an RBI groundout. Following a game-tying RBI double by Brandon Laird scoring Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss in the top of the 3rd, Treinen loaded the bases on a single and two walks before Mikael Franco’s Giancarlo Stanton-imitating grand slam put Syracuse down to Lehigh Valley, 5-1. A two-out rally in the 6th yielded an RBI double from Destin Hood that scored Brandon Laird and an RBI single from Jeff Kobernus, though Hood was gunned down at the plate trying to score to end the inning. The Chiefs hit four consecutive two-out singles in the 8th to get one run back, but Syracuse third base coach Joe Dillon waved Hood home again and the IronPigs threw him out again to prevent the tying run from scoring. Lehigh Valley’s Luis Garcia only needed just eleven pitches to strike out two Chiefs in a clean 9th and record his 21st save.
Roster moves: RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg, RHPs Aaron Barrett, Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Daniel Stange placed on the 7-Day DL; UT Jose Lozada placed on the 3-Day TIL.

New Hampshire 6 Harrisburg 4
• Espino (L, 6-5) 7⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 8K, 2HR, HBP
• Herron ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, HBP, 2WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Vettleson 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Canham 2-4, R

Harrisburg reverted to losing form and resumed its tragic march toward franchise history in a 6-4 loss to New Hampshire. Starter and loser Paolo Espino took one for the team. After recording the first two outs in the 1st, Espino gave up two runs on four straight singles. The Rock Cats tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 3rd on a two-run homer by Brad Glenn that scored Kevin Nolan. Harrisburg declined the gift of an unearned run from the Rock Cats when Jason Martinson was picked off at first base right before Drew Vettleson’s solo home run in the 4th. In the bottom of the inning, New Hampshire made the score 5-1 on a Michael Crouse triple and a Derrick Chung single. This edition of the Harrisburg comeback that fell short included two runs in the 7th and one in the 8th, but Brad Glenn hit his second homer of the night to extend the score to 6-4 before Gregory Infante issued only a walk while recording his 21st save.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Bacus (W, 6-6) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K, WP
• Mendez (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Wooten 2-3, R, BB
• Norfork 2-4, R
• Ballou 2-4, BB

Woe be to the folks who decided to hit the concession stands (and/or the bathroom, depending on how well the hot dogs were cooked) during the 5th, as both teams scored their only runs during that inning as the P-Nats defeated the Blue Rocks, 3-1. Dakota Bacus turned in his best outing of the season, striking out eight over seven innings with just the lone run allowed on five hits to even up his won-loss mark at 6-6. Bryan Harper and Gilberto Mendez followed with a scoreless inning apiece to earn hold no. 5 and save no. 13 respectively. The bats were still breezy (13K) but the offense connected for eight hits, with Isaac Ballou, Khayyan Norfork, and John Wooten each singling twice. The win combined with a Lynchburg loss lowers the magic number for Potomac to take both halves to three.
Roster moves: OF Steven Souza removed from roster, assignment to Potomac completed.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• Pivetta 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Thomas (BS, 5) 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Johns (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, IBB, 0K
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R

Suns’ reliever Sam Johns allowed a sacrifice fly to Cesar Galvez, which scored Max White in the 10th inning to give Asheville a 5-4 victory against Hagerstown. The Suns did have a chance to secure the win in the 9th after loading the bases with two outs, but Cody Dent grounded out to send the game to extras. Nick Pivetta started the game and pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, leaving with a 4-2 lead. However, the Hagerstown bullpen was not able to hold the lead as Justin Thomas allowed a solo home run to Jose Briceno in the 6th inning to knot the score up at 4 runs apiece. Narciso Mesa and James Yezzo paced the Suns’ offense with four of the team’s six hits. Hagerstown remains two games ahead of Greensboro in the Sally Lg.’s North Division 2nd Half standings with six games remaining. Hickory won to stave off elimination, but is five games behind. The Suns magic number to clinch a playoff spot, which was incorrectly reported as one on Sunday, remains at two.

Jamestown 4 Auburn 1
• Bourque 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Webb (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Langlois 2-4, 2B
• Gunter 2-4, 2B, RBI

A two-run 7th inning was the difference as Jamestown defeated Auburn 4-1. The loss snapped the Doubledays’ three-game winning streak. After allowing back-to-back hits to start off the inning, Auburn reliever Joseph Webb threw a wild pitch, which allowed both runners to score the decisive runs of the game. The Jammers then added on a single run in the ninth inning to cap off the win. Cody Gunter drove in the Doubledays’ lone run of the night in the fourth inning. The loss combined with a Brooklyn win officially eliminated Auburn from the NYPL playoffs. Things were not all that grape for Jamestown as it was revealed Monday that they will be relocating to Morgantown, WV for the 2015 season, a move that will disrupt the NYPL’s scheduling and divisions, as Jeremy Houghtaling of the Auburn Citizen (link) notes.

GCL Marlins 8 GCL Nationals 2
• Ohlendorf 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Sisk 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Baez (L, 1-3) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Corredor 2-2, 2BB, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-2, 2BB, SB

After falling behind 1-0 early, the G-Nats got the tying run in the 4th then went ahead 2-1 on Aldrem Corredor’s RBI single. Alas, there were three more innings to play and the G-Marlins scored seven unanswered runs to extend the Senators South skid to eight games by an 8-2 count. Ross Ohlendorf made his first appearance in three months and was charged with a run on two hits and a walk while hitting a batter over an inning and 2/3rds. The loss went to Joan Baez, who was torched for four runs on four hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds for his third loss. Corredor reached base four times with two singles and two walks to pace the G-Nats offense, while Jakson Reetz was close behind with a single, two walks, though he showed his age by making the third out at third base to end the 6th.
Roster moves: RHP Ross Ohlendorf assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Aug 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Tied, 1-1
(Suspended, Rain)
vs. Rochester,
4:05 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Laffey (12-4, 3.35) and
Hill (10-6, 2.96) vs.
TBD and
Gilmartin (2-4, 4.36)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-7, 6.49) vs.
Bleich (4-5, 3.51)
Potomac Cancelled vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.43) vs.
Vader (2-4, 5.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-6 @ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 33.75) vs.
Mendez (2-0, 1.17)
Auburn Lost, 14-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Ander. Martinez (1-2, 4.40) vs.
Pinto (1-3, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-5 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0;
Won, 4-1
vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (1-1, 5.46) vs.
Peralta (0-4, 3.12)


Syracuse 1 Rochester 1
Rain halted this after one inning. They’ll pick it up this afternoon at 4:05, then play a second, seven-inning game 45 minutes afterwards.

Portland 1 Harrisburg 0
• Espino 8IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 11K
• Self (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Vettleson 2-3
• Ramsey 2-4
• 0-1, RISP; 3 LOB

Paolo Espino turned in his best outing of the season, but the rest of his teammates turned in one of their worst in Harrisburg’s 1-0 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Ric Flair was whipping the home crowd into a frenzy with his “WOOOOOO!” as Espino struck out 11, including four straight starting off the 3rd. Harrisburg won the hit column 5-3, but lost the game 1-0 when Espino was removed after eight innings for Derek Self. Mr. Self immediately gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Miller, and the Senators dismal 2014 season continued when they were retired 1-2-3 in the home 9th by winner Mike McCarthy in his second inning of work.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — CNCLD
The series finale — and the final regular-season game — between Potomac and Lynchburg was canceled when the grounds were deemed unplayable following a thunderstorm. Combined with a Blue Rocks loss, the P-Nats magic number was reduced to eight games with 13 games left on the schedule (67+1 – 32W – 28L).

Greensboro 14 Hagerstown 6
• Suero 7IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Johansen (L, 5-6) 1+ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Napoli (BS, 1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Souza 1-2, BB, SB <-- on rehab assignment; expected to join Potomac tonight

Greensboro scored nine runs off Hagerstown in the 9th inning to complete a 14-6 comeback at Municipal Stadium. The game was a back-and-forth affair for the first eight innings, with the Suns leading 6-5 entering the final frame. After getting two quick outs, David Napoli allowed the next nine Greensboro batters to reach base – six on hits, four on walks and hitting one batter, resulting in nine runs for the Grasshoppers. Seven Hagerstown batters had at least one hit during the game, with Wilmer Difo leading the offense. He was 4-5, with 2 runs scored and a triple. Hagerstown now holds a two-game advantage over Greensboro in the SAL Northern Division standings with ten games remaining in the regular season. Tonight, they begin a three-game set against third-place (five games behind) Hickory in North Carolina.

State College 14 Auburn 3
• Van Orden 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• D. Williams (L, 1-3) ⅓ IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Davidson 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz, 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Auburn bullpen gave up a combined 13 runs in two innings to State College as the Spikes crushed the Doubledays 14-3. After Auburn starter Drew Van Orden pitched five innings of one-run baseball, things started to unravel as Deion Williams allowed all five batters that he faced to reach base and four of them came around to score. The Spikes then added on three more runs in the frame before being retired. State College then collected six more runs, on seven hits and two walks, in the 7th off of David Ramos to complete the rout. Despite getting 11 hits, Auburn was only able to manage 3 runs, all in the first four innings. They were led by Austin Davidson, who was 3-4 with two RBIs and a double. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz was also a top contributor, going 3-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 5
• Mills 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mancini (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Reetz 2-4, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, BB

The G-Nats dug themselves out of a 5-0 hole with a run in the 6th and a four-run 7th, but couldn’t answer the G-Mets single run in the 8th to drop a 6-5 decision and lose their fourth straight. McKenzie Mills and Yorlin Reynoso were touched for three runs and two runs respectively over three innings apiece. Domenick Mancini saw a one-out hit batsman turn into a two-out run as an infield single plated the gamewinner. Kelvin Gutierrez reached base three times with two singles and a walk as the G-Nats notched eight hits and drew three walks for the afternoon.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Cardinals 0 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Diaz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Y. Ramirez (W, 3-0) 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mota 2-3, CS
• Peguero 1-3
• Andr. Martinez 1-4, R, 2B

Yonathan Ramirez picked up where his teammates left off and completed the no-hitter with four scoreless innings as the D-Nats edged the D-Cards, 1-0. Andres Martinez scored the lone run in prototypical DSL fashion, leading off the 7th with a double, taking third on a wild pitch, then scoring two batters later on another wild pitch. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and two walks total, with Israel Mota the sole batter to reach base twice.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1 — GAME TWO
• Bermudez (W, 5-5) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Vargas (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP
• Agustin 2-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI,
• Pilier 1-3, RBI

The D-Cards finally broke through in the top of the 1st of the second game but then were shut down again as the D-Nats completed the de facto doubleheader sweep with a 4-1 win. Juan Bermudez evened up the won-loss record with five innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and a walk while fanning four. Miguel Vargas tossed two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save. Telmito Agustin doubled, tripled, and scored twice to lead the D-Nats attack.

Aug 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-5 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (5-0, 3.29) vs.
Mitchell (4-1, 2.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (1-6, 6.11) vs.
Haley (0-2, 0.98)
Potomac Won, 3-2;
Postponed
@ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Bacus (4-6, 4.65) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.54) vs.
Parsons (4-5, 4.52) and
Sims (7-9, 4.36)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-8, 4.28) vs.
Wertenberger (1-1, 4.30)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-5, 4.50) vs.
Perez (5-1, 3.52)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (2-3, 2.30) vs.
Alcantara (1-8, 3.73)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 5
• Poveda 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Martin (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Dobbs 3-4, R
• E. Perez 2-4, R, BB, SB(20)
• Leon 2-4, R, RBI

The RailRiders drove a train through Rafael Martin’s perfect ERA in their 6-5 walkoff win over the Chiefs. In the 1st, Syracuse starter Omar Poveda allowed three straight singles before Sandy Leon’s crucial passed ball allowed Scranton to take a 2-0 lead. Jose “My Way” Pirela hit a solo shot to lead off the 3rd before the Chiefs responded with two runs in the 5th on three straight singles of their own and a Will “Skills” Rhymes sacrifice fly to foul territory in left. Three straight singles in the 6th resulted in Destin Hood scoring the tying run in his second game back from the DL. Tyler “WaPo’s 26th Man” Moore hit a two-run blast that scored Eury Perez to give Syracuse the 5-3 lead they would need to win. Sadly, the clock struck midnight for Rafael “Beer League” Martin. He loaded the bases on a walk, a single, and a walk before Jose “My Way” Pirela sent the Scranton fans into a delirious celebration with a bases-clearing triple to give Syracuse a deflating loss.
Roster moves: RHPs Omar Poveda, Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg; C Jeff Howell placed the 7-Day DL; RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 3-Day TIL; OF Nate Schierholtz assigned from Washington.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 4
• Voth 3+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Holland (L, 6-3) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Martinson 4-4, R, HR, 4RBI, SB, CS
• Vettleson 1-3, BB

Jason Martinson tried to legislate a win for the cratering Harrisburg Senators in their 5-4 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Mr. Martinson clobbered a first-inning grand slam to right field and invited Cutter “Future Soprano” Dykstra, Matt “So Phat” Skole and Kevin “Special K’s” Keyes to join his committee at home plate and celebrate Harrisburg’s 4-1 lead. Starter Austin Voth later gave up a two-run homer to Stefan “Grapes” Welch in the 4th and was pulled for Paul Demny without recording an out. Demny gave up a solo shot to Carson “Me-Jay” Daly that tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the 6th. Keury “Gives You The Blues” De La Cruz hit a solo shot off Neil Holland in the 8th inning to give Portland the eventual 5-4 victory. Ric Flair wants you to know that Holland can wrestle for him any day of the week because he did strike out three Sea Dogs and hit the next batter after he gave up the home run.
Roster move: RHP Austin Voth activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Henke (W, 4-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• McQuillan 1-1, 3B, 2RBI
• Wooten 1-3, R, 2B

The P-Nats used a three-run 5th inning to extend their winning streak to four games, as they bested the Hillcats, 3-2, in the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. After Lynchburg put up a run in the 1st inning, John Wooten and Khayyan Norfork led off the 5th with back-to-back hits, with Wooten scoring on a fielder’s choice by Estarlin Martinez. Mike McQuillan then put Potomac ahead for good with a two-RBI triple to right field. After Lynchburg scored a run in the 6th off winning pitcher Travis Henke, Gilberto Mendez shut down the Hillcats for his 12th save of the season.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — GAME TWO, PPD
Potomac can’t seem to escape the rain as the second game of Tuesday night’s twinbill against Lynchburg was postponed. The P-Nats and Hillcats will now play a doubleheader today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 0
• Lopez (W, 3-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mesa 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, CS
• Ward 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Twenty-year-old Dominican Reynaldo Lopez and 25-year-old Cuban Manny Rodriguez joined forces to twirl a 5-0 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers for the Hagerstown Suns. Reynaldo Lopez kept first baseman Carlos Lopez busy with five groundouts to his infielders before Felix “Not Frankie” Munoz flied out to end the 2nd. Chris “I’m On First” Hoo singled to lead off the 3rd and break up the perfect game. Hoo would not make it home, however, because he was stranded at third when J.T. Riddle struck out. When wild Jose Adames plunked Rafael Batista in the bottom of the frame, Hagerstown retaliated with four runs on a Naricso Mesa triple, a Spencer “I Drop The” Kieboom double, and Drew Ward’s two-run homer to take a 4-0 lead. Following a Hagerstown unearned run in the fifth, Manny Rodriguez cruised to his first save for the Suns with three innings of one-hit ball.
Roster move: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn; LHP Joseph Webb placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn — ALL STAR BREAK
The North All-Stars and the South All-Stars played to 1-1, nine-inning tie before a reported crowd of 7,230 (thus, the Cyclone owners were the winners ;-). Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz got the start at first base and went 1-for-2. Mario Sanchez got the last out of the game, retiring the only batter he faced.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Costa (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP, WP
• Reyes 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Tillero 2-4
• Guzman 1-3, R, BB

The G-Marlins picked up where they left off on Monday afternoon, scoring three in the 1st and cruising to a 5-2 decision. John Costa, who missed 2013 with TJ surgery after being drafted in the 13th Rd., retired just one of four batters faced and was charged with the loss. Jorge Tillero was the sole batter to notch multiple hits as the G-Nats collected eight total, but were an abysmal 2-for-14 with RISP.
Roster move: LHP Brandon Sisk reassigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mariners 6
• W. Pena 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Morel (BS, 2; W, 3-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• A. Martinez 4-5, RBI
• Agustin 3-5, R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Rengel 1-3, 2R, 2BB, CS

The D-Nats hit the 40-win mark for the first since 2008 with a 7-6 win over the D-Mariners. Wilber Pena got the start and let in one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. He left with a 5-1 lead but the prosperity was too much for Miguel Vargas as he failed to retire a batter in the 8th as the D-Mariners took a 6-5 lead with a four-run rally. Andres Martinez’s fourth hit was the gamewinner, a two-run single that capped off a sloppy ninth inning that saw two errors, a walk, a wild pitch, and a runner thrown out at third with no outs. Melvin Morel got the benefit of the battle of who could play worse as he earned his third win despite blowing the save.

Jul 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-0, 2.25)) vs.
Barnes (4-7, 5.06)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-4, 6.17) vs.
E. Rodriguez (3-6, 5.15)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (3-5, 3.62) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
R. Lopez (2-2, 0.90) vs.
Minarik (1-2, 4.76)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-3;
Lost, 7-4
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-2 @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.73) vs.
J. Pena (3-1, 1.19)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 3
• Laffey 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Madrigal (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Hood 1-3, R
• Burriss 2-5, R, RBI, 2E

Shuckit! The Chiefs fell to Pawtucket last night! But they did not do so without a fight. After three PawSox runs over the first five made the home fans feel less than all right, a three run rally by Syracuse made the score tight. A soft single by Jeff “Strobe Kobe” Kobernus to right, scoring Emmanuel “Purest” Burriss, tied the score for sure and was the fans’ fave highlight. But in the bottom of the 9th a vengeful Corey Brown told the fans, “Good night!” He effectively ended the contest with a solo dinger that was out of sight. The final score was 4-3, you see.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3 (10 inn.)
• Espino 7⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Manno (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Lozada 2-4, RBI
• Martinson 2-5, R

The “vengeance is mine” theme of the Syracuse game re-emerged with a two-run blast to left from Chris Marrero in the 1st to give Bowie an early 2-0 lead. Drew Vettleson answered “Not very much” and answered a two run homer to right in the 4th. After Jose Lozada’s RBI single in the top of the 9th gave put Chris Manno, who had entered the game in the 8th in relief of starter Paolo Espino, in position to win, the Brooklyn native returned the favor and gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th. When Vettleson came up in the Harrisburg in top of the 10th, Skole and Martinson were on second and third. The sight of him apparently frightened loser Julio “Why’d you have to say my name?” DePaula as he unleashed game-losing wild pitch for the hospitable Baysox. Bryan Harper saved the day with his first save for the Senators with a 1-2-3 tenth.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Ryan Perry released.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Encarnacion 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Dickson (W, 2-8) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Tejeda 4-5, R, 3-2B, RBI
• Manuel 2-4

The P-Nats are going to go into Winston-Salem, which has been house of horrors since BB&T opened in 2010, with some momentum as they defeated the Red Sox, 5-2 for their sixth straight road victory. Oscar Tejeda’s third double of the night was the catalyst in a three-run 8th that broke the 2-2 deadlock as the former Sox farmhand went 4-for-5 on the night and 7-for-13 in the series sweep. Pedro Encarnacion started and went the first four innings, giving up both Salem runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Ian Dickson, Travis Henke, and Gilberto Mendez combined for five scoreless to earn the win, hold, and save respectively.
Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; It’s unofficial, but the Potomac Booster club is passing along news that OF Will Piwnica-Worms has decided to retire and enroll in a med-school program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 1
• Silvestre (W, 6-7) 6IP, 9H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, BK
• Cooper (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, RBI

A three-run 3rd was all Hagerstown would need as they defeated Delmarva, 3-1. Wilmer Difo got the Suns on the board first with a two-RBI double after a hit batter and wild pitch. Difo then scored on Isaac Ballou’s double later in the inning. Despite surrendering nine hits, Hector Silvestre allowed only one run to the Shorebirds, with it coming on a balk in the 4th inning. Delmarva threatened in the 7th, but Andrew Cooper escaped the inning and retired the final six batters he faced to earn his second save of the 2014 season. This was Hagerstown’s 11th win in 20 games against Delmarva this year.

Lowell 10 Auburn 2
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 2WP
• Bach 3IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Carey 1-3, R, 2B
• Gunter 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

Auburn could not overcome an early three-run deficit as they fell to Lowell, 10-2, for their second loss in as many days. Starter Robbie Dickey lasted only two innings, giving up three runs on three hits. The Doubledays then cut the lead to 3-2 in the second, but that would be the only offense they would put up all night. Auburn relievers then imploded, surrendering seven more runs to Lowell in the game, including three in the 3rd and 8th innings.The Doubledays also made three errors, which made two of the Spinners’ 10 runs unearned.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Mets 3— GAME ONE
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Lee ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ortiz 1-1, R, 3B, 3RBI, 2BB, HBP
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, BB
• Rosario 0-1, 2R, RBI, 3BB

The G-Nats only got three hits but made the G-Mets pay for 10 walks as they took the opener, 8-3. Luis Reyes pitched a season-high of five innings, letting in two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning two for the win. Oliver Ortiz tripled for the sole G-Nat extra-base hit, scored a run, walked twice and drove in three to lead the G-Nats offense.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 4 — GAME TWO
• Mills (L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, ER, BB, 0K
• W. Davis 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-1 IR-S
• Rosario 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Ortiz 1-2, R, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats rallied for three in the bottom of the 4th to pull within one of the G-Mets at 4-3, but couldn’t get over the top as they dropped the second game, 7-4. McKenzie Mills took the loss, with three runs charged on five hits and a walk and zero K’s over two and a 1/3 innings. Dionicio Rosario and Oliver Ortiz both doubled and drove in a run as the G-Nats notched seven hits but no walks.
Roster move: LHP Nick Lee assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab; RHPs Matthew Derosier Jefry Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Rockies 7 DSL Nationals 2
• W. Pena (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Morel 2⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 1-1 IR-S
• A. Martinez 2-4, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, CS

Two-run outbursts in the 5th, 7th, and 9th innings by the D-Rox broke open a 1-0 game as the D-Nats lost for the fourth time in five games, 7-2. Wilber Pena was chased with one out in the 5th, eventually charged with three runs on six hits and three walks as he struck out three in his fourth loss. The D-Nats offense was stymied for six innings before scoring single runs in the 7th and 9th innings. Andres Martinez and Joshual Ramirez both went 2-for-4 to lead the seven-hit effort.