The Two SDs

Souldrummer (a.k.a. The other SD) gets all of the prestige (but none of the pay), helping Sue Dinem on "her" mission to deliver the daily roundup of how the Nats did the previous day, night, or afternoon.

Apr 062014
 

Editor’s note: Frequent commenter SoulDrummer gives us his take on the 4-3 loss last night

This Last Night in Bowie is going to focus more on my experience with the ballpark than with the game. Luke’s got the boxscore up. You can deduce all of the carnage from an excruciating loss.

Sen’s fall behind early on a poor peformance from starter Rob Gilliam. Lefty sidewinder Zack Jackson same in and restored order, retiring six in a row to start his night.

Slowly, the Senators eked their way back into the game and tied it up in the top of the 9th with a rally started by their current MVP, Michael Taylor, who got on, stole a base but caught in a rundown on a comebacker. He shrewdly occupied the Baysox long enough for the batter (Cutter Dykstra) to get all the way to second. Dykstra would eventually score on a Jason Martinson RBI single.

A couple of innings later, the Senators lost on a walkoff “single” that appeared to be a routine grounder to second that was poorly played from my poor view of the play. Wonder what Terry Byrom’s call on the radio sounded like.

Maybe they just wanted to go home. It was chilly for some by that time and the management was just praying that somebody would stick around long enough for what turned out to be an excellent fireworks show, better than many of the ones that I’ve seen at Nats Park.

photo(8)The most important part of this game is that I’ve been given a powerful tool for bringing positive change to the Natmosphere: Michael Taylor’s game-used, slightly cracked bat. He observed me the whole game, acting like a fool praising him to high heaven. If the Bowie Baysox team and fans know one player who is likely to defeat them, that player is most likely Michael Taylor.

Start to finish, here’s Last Night In Bowie. Bowie is not in downtown DC so it takes a bit of doing to get out there. I took a bus out to New Carollton and then a cab to get to the stadium. Landon, who sold me my ticket online, and a friendly saleswoman gave me my ticket at will call and directed me to the Angus Burger stand for pregame refreshment — beans, slaw, and a burger, which ran me about $12, plus a souvenir cup with a Baysox schedule for another $5. The burger was merely okay. Slaw and beans were fine.

One cool thing: The Baysox will give you an Orioles passport at their Customer Relations stand, which you can get stamped as you hit all of their affiliates.

photo(7)They had the absolutely most adorable choir of elementary school students sing the National Anthem. They were so amped before heading out to do their patriotic duty. There was even a kid dancing in the aisle to the National Anthem.

Bowie needs to get a better scoreboard. It was useless in informing me of players and stats during the game. Thankfully, there was a Philly fan sitting next to me scoring along with the game in my seats above the Senators dugout. He helped me fill out my scorebook with the lineups so that I only need to do minor edits from the online boxscore if I choose to make it fully accurate.

There were a couple of kids right behind me who had a ball harassing me, a vile opposing fan, by yelling “CHARGE!” as loud as they could every time that the Baysox were up at bat. All in good fun! I took it in stride. I clowned and encouraged players throghout the game. Sadly, I was unable to share my karaoke skills. I did, however, did some line dancing and was a hit on “I Like To Move It, Move It” during the extra innings.

The Senators were poorly represented in the fairly sparse crowd, but there was one City Island regular behind me who I schooled on this website and the Washington Nationals farm system. I also shook Terry Byrom’s hand when I went up to the concourse to charge my phone. Terry is the voice of the Senators, and he’s a totally class act.

I was extremely pleased by the customer service that I received throughout the stadium. While I would prefer to be loyal to Nats affiliates like the P-Nats and Suns, the Baysox are clearly the best value and most professional operation of all the minor-league teams near DC.

As the weather got colder and the game drifted into extra innings, families slowly filtered out of the stadium before the game was over. The hardy few enjoyed a thriller, though, and everybody went home happy.

Mar 252014
 

Editor’s note: Ever wonder what it’s like at the minors camp? Well, so have I, so when site regular SoulDrummer offered to write a first-person narrative, how could I say no?

My brother and I recently had the pleasure of attending Nationals Spring Training this past Saturday. I love baseball. It has gotten me through one of the most challenging parts of my life. This “vacation,” however, will likely be a launchpad to greatness because I was so inspired by this beautiful game and the wonderful personalities that make up the Washington Nationals.

I had hoped to watch baseball on Friday and spend all day at Nats camp. Sadly, it was an off day for the boys. No games. No baseball after morning practice. I did go to the compound, picked up a free issue of Baseball America, the schedule, and plotted my revenge on the baseball gods for not having my favorite players available at my beck and call. I was going to get up early so I’d be able to watch the players practice.

Michael Taylor and Nats stafferMy brother and I woke up promptly and got to camp around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. We had resolved to hit minors camp in the morning and catch most of the big club’s game in the afternoon. Simply put, the day is a blur of baseball joy. Right away we got to watch some of the AA/AAA players getting on the bus to head to the away game against Detroit. I got a great pic of Michael Taylor and let him know that I’ve got him pegged for MVP of the Eastern League and an September callup this year.

I then hit the field and watched the players do their drills. You meet great, similar hardcore fans doing this. Antonio is a fabulous guy local who supports the Venezuelan minor-leaguers. He befriended and supported Alcides Escobar when he barely knew English and received the joy of watching Escobar play as a major-leaguer and thank him as a countryman for helping with a hand up not a handout. Got a great pic of the man’s Omar Vizquel autograph. He had gotten the autograph at Tigers game recently because Omar is now coaching for the Tigers.

TwinkletoesBut of course the Nats players were the best. Yes, I did stalk Giolito for about 20 minutes because I knew that you guys would be interested. I clowned him and called him “twinkletoes” for his footwork during the pitchers’ agility drills. He took it in good fun, though. I said that I was giving him a hard time because I know that he gets revenge on everybody else with his blazing fastball. I also let him know that I hope to see him in Harrisburg for my late summer trip and that I know he’s going to have a great year.

me and drew ward!Drew Ward impressed me the most. This kid looks like a man, but he just turned 19. And he is so, so, fan friendly. The pic to the right is me talking to him through a fence. Drew was thankful that I followed him, and I expressed how grateful I was to Mike Rizzo for taking a chance on this high school kid. I asked him what he would study if he had gone to college, and he said “baseball, baseball, baseball.” Imagine being his age, blessed with otherworldly talent, and getting to spend all of his time immersed in the culture of the game that he loves. We are blessed to have Drew Ward as a young prospect, and I am optimistic that he will build on his progress and “master the level” to warrant a midseason promotion. What a preternatural kid.

After failing to catch a home run ball at the fence during batting practice (it was low minors so the players didn’t have as much pop), I went to the central area where you can see several fields and hung out and waited for the game to start. The Detroit Tigers got there first so I decided to whip out my cell phone and play DJ with them for a couple of minutes. I played “Oye Come Va,” a country song by request that I can’t remember, “In the Stone” by Earth Wind and Fire, before regaling them with an impromptu karaoke version of “One In a Million You.” Baseball builds connections. Turns out my karaoke standard was the wedding song of one of the coaches. He’s been happily married for 30 years. What a blessing to meet such great people for the opposition.

Deion WilliamsThe game finally started and I got to watch Jake Johansen throw some smoke. But I didn’t really spend that much time watching the game. Other pitchers from the squad were hanging out, and I was eager to connect with Deion Williams. Deion is making the transition from shortstop to pitcher, and it was fascinating getting his impressions on Johansen’s work. I told him that I would try to make him a star on Nationalsprospects.com so here’s his pic!

After watching the game for an inning or two, I figured I should join my brother, the Mets fan, at Space Coast and we watched that game. Spinner hit a walk off homer and Bryce had two hits in a one-run victory!

What a day.

Aug 042011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-7, 5.32) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-5, 4.17)
Harrisburg Suspended,
1-1 Top 9th
@ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.36) vs.
J.C. Ramirez (8-10, 4.25)
Potomac Lost, 10-1 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-7, 4.12) vs.
Stolmy Pimentel (0-3, 7.15)
Hagerstown Won, 12-0 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.91) vs.
Cody Buckel (4-3, 2.84)
Auburn Postponed vs. Connecticut,
5:00 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.89) and
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 3.79) vs.
Brennan Smith (1-3, 2.11) and
Matt Crouse (1-1, 4.14)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. GCL Astros
(10 inn.)
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-2, 5.79) vs.
Gabriel Ynoa (2-2, 2.83)
DSL Nationals Suspended
@ DSL Rangers
in Bot. 3rd
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
After an off day in Ohio, it’s another four games against Columbus before a 10-of-12 stretch at home against Buffalo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Gwinnett, then a trip to Fenway to oppose the Pawtucket Red Sox in Boston’s annual “Futures at Fenway” promotion.

Harrisburg 1 Reading 1 — SUSP
Harrisburg’s game with Reading was suspended after eight innings last night with the score 1-1. Harrisburg tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the 6th on a Chris Rahl RBI single to extend the contest. Bryce Harper, Tim Pahuta and Devin Ivany are the first three batters set for the 9th when play resumes tonight at 6:05 p.m. The regularly scheduled game will be played afterwards.

Salem 10 Potomac 1
• Demny (L, 7-10) 4&8532; IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Wort ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K 2-2 IR-S
• Walters 1-3, R
• Lozada 2BB, SH

An eight-run fifth spelled doom for the P-Nats as the Salem Red Sox ran roughshod over them for a 10-1 victory. Six of the 16 base hits Salem collected went for extra bases, including a two-run homer off starter Paul Demny. The big fly was the 18th that Demny has allowed, which leads the Carolina League. The Potomac offense, however, continues to be more suited to a picture on a milk carton as it’s been missing for the past two games, with just three singles and an 0-for-8 mark with RISP. The loss drops Potomac to 21-17, four games behind first-place Frederick but six games ahead of third-place Wilmington.

Hagerstown 12 Hickory 0
• Demmin (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Bates (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 4-4, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2R HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Nieto 1-5, R, 2R HR

Hagerstown whipped first place Hickory 12-0 last night in an all-around offensive effort. Hickory walked eleven batters and the Suns had eleven hits, six for extra bases. Adrian Nieto and Jason Martinson both had two-run blasts. Most importantly, the Suns benefited from clutch hitting. Eight of their twelve runs were scored on two-out RBI. Ryan Demmin and Colin Bates mystified the Crawdads and combined for a five-hit shutout. With the win, Hagerstown closes Hickory’s lead to 2½ games and improves to 20-18 in the Sally North.

Auburn-Connecticut — PPD
Rain postponed Wednesday night’s game between the Auburn Doubledays and Connecticut Tigers. It will be made up tonight with a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 5 p.m.

GCL Astros 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Encarnacion 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 7K
• Lee 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2B
• D Williams 2-4, RBI, SB

The G-Nats’ losing streak reached seven with a 3-2 loss in extras, tumbling them into a tie for last place. On a non-negative note, the team played an error-free game for the first time in four days. On a non-positive note, the G-Nats had 16 chances to hit safely with a runner on second or third and came through once, stranding 10 baserunners. Pedro Encarnacion lowered his ERA to 5.00 with five innings pitched and one run allowed on one hit and three walks while striking out seven. Narciso Mesa and Deion Williams each had two hits but the G-Nats were limited to just seven. The loss drops the elimination number to five with a 12-25 mark, 15½ games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Rangers 5 DSL Nationals 2 — SUSP

Play was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd with the DSL Rangers leading 5-2. The two teams next meet on August 11, which is presumably when this will be completed.

Aug 022011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-3 @ Toledo,
12:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (2-1, 4.41) vs.
Thad Weber (5-7, 5.56)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.46) vs.
Tyson Brummett (2-5, 3.34)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-1, 3.26) vs.
Chris Hernandez (9-5, 2.68)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-13
(10 inn.)
@ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-6, 3.47) vs.
Luke Jackson (4-2, 4.56)
Auburn Won, 13-6 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Wilsen Palacios (2-2, 3.96)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.90) vs.
Stalyn Lopez (1-1, 2.93)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-4, 4.44) vs.
TBD

Syracuse 8 Toledo 3
• Meyers 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 5BB, 6K
• Bronson (W, 1-0) 4⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Bernadina 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 3BB
• Antonelli 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB

Syracuse jumped out to an 8-0 lead as they defeated Toledo 8-3 last night. The Chiefs had ten hits and had solo shots from Roger Bernadina (first game since being optioned down) in the first and Matt Antonelli in the third. Steve Lombardozzi, Chris Marrero, and Matt Antonelli all had two-hit nights. Brad Meyers made his first start for Syracuse since June 30th and pitched 4 2/3rds innings of shutout ball. He threw 52 strikes on 84 pitches before being lifted for Evan Bronson (first AAA appearance) with runners on first and second and two outs in the 5th. Bronson induced a lineout to end the inning. The southpaw answered the call for duty and went the rest of the way to get the victory and give the Syracuse ‘pen a badly needed break (10⅔ IP on Sat/Sun), suffering a three-run hiccup in the 7th. With the win, Syracuse improves to 48-60, 13½ games in back of Lehigh Valley and two games up over fifth place Buffalo.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
After a night off, it’s a six-game trek for the Harrisburg across Pennsylvania with three in Erie and three in Reading before returning home a week from tonight. Tanner Roark became the latest Senator to win Pitcher of the Week honors with his two wins last week against Bowie and Binghamton.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Likewise, it’s a six-game swing down I-81 for three against Salem, then a six-plus-hour ride to Myrtle Beach for three against the Pelicans before a seven-plus-hour trek home for a rematch against the same two teams for seven games next week.

Hickory 14 Hagerstown 13 (10 inn.)
• Grace 4+ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 0B, 3K
• Eusebio 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• W Moore 3-4, 4R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB
• Keyes 3-5, HR, RBI, BB
• Sanchez 3-6, R, RBI

In a game that featured 27 runs and 33 hits, the Hickory Crawdads were the last man standing. The Suns built (and blew) leads of 5-1, 9-5, and 13-10 before letting in three in the 9th, and the gamewinner in the 10th. Starter Matt Grace was knocked from the box after failing to retire the first five batters he faced in the 5th, while Suns relievers were battered for nine runs on seven hits and three walks over five and 1/3rd innings, with Dean Weaver taking the blown save (9th) and Sam Brown taking the loss on a single, hit batsman, a wild pitch and a sac fly. Wade Moore, Kevin Keyes, and Adrian Sanchez each had three hits in the losing effort. Hagerstown falls back to .500 at 18-18 and trails Hickory now by four games.

Auburn 13 Tri-City 6
• Dupra 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Kreis (W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Skole 4-6, 2B, 4RBI
• Burns 3-5, 3R, HR, 4RBI

With a five-run top of the 9th, the Auburn Doubledays spayed any chance the ‘Cats would come back for a 13-6 win and three-game sweep. Jeremy Mayo was the only hitter held hitless, as Auburn pounded out 18 hits, with Matt Skole leading the onslaught with a 4-for-6 game and four RBIs. Alex Kreis got the win in relief of Brian Dupra, while Aaron Barrett go the save but no Doubleday pitcher went untouched as the Tri-City lineup collected 11 hits, including home runs off Kreis and Barrett. The win moves Auburn to 25-19 for the season, good for sole possession of second place in the Pinckey Division one game behind Mahoning Valley, but leading the wild-card race by one game over Brooklyn, Jamestown and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats didn’t lose yesterday… but they get the chance to extend their five-game losing streak today with the first of four games against the rest of the GCL East, starting with the G-Cards.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 4
• Silvestre 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Kl Rodriguez (W, 2-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Eusebio 2-5, R
• Mejia 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Late-inning home runs by Adderling Ruiz in the 8th and Algenis Ramirez in the 9th made the difference as the D-Nats held off the D-Mets1 squad for a 5-4 win. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win with three scoreless innings of relief of starter Hector Silvestre, who went the first five and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks. J.J. (Jorge Jr.) Hernandez battled past two errors that led to two unearned runs but still got the save (#4). Diomedes Eusebio and Bryan Mejia combined for four of the eight D-Nat hits, the longball masking a woeful 1-for-10 game with RISP. The win puts the D-Nats two games over .500 at 28-26, 4½ games off the pace in the B.C. South.

Aug 012011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 8-5 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 4.42) vs.
Andrew Oliver (6-7, 4.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (10-5, 4.25) vs.
Nicholas Tepesch (6-3, 3.27)
Auburn Win, 6-1 @ Tri-City,
11:00 a.m.
Brian Dupra (2-2, 3.90) vs.
Jonas Dufek (3-2, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-0
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 1.96)
vs. Andres Perez (4-1, 1.57)

Toledo 8 Syracuse 5
• Stammen 6IP, 8H, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Hyde 1IP, 0H, 0ER, BB
• Wilkie (BS, 3; L, 2-4) ⅔ IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B
• J Valdez 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The Syracuse bullpen squandered a strong outing from Craig Stammen in an 8-5 loss to Toledo. The Chiefs and Mud Hens traded runs early as Toledo took a 2-1 lead after the third. Syracuse scored four runs in the top of the 8th with the big blows being a two-out two-RBI single from Jhonatan Solano and a two-out RBI single from Jeff Frazier. Jeff Mandel gave up two runs in the bottom of the 8th, and Josh Wilkie gave up a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th for the Toledo walkoff win. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 47-60, two games up over fifth-place Buffalo and fourteen games back of first-place Lehigh Valley.

Binghamton 5 New York 2
• E Davis (L, 5-7) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• Barthmaier 2IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Rahl 1-3, 3B, RBI
• Harper 1-3, BB

All five runs were charged to Erik Davis in a 5-2 Harrisburg defeat to Binghamton. Davis gave up two unearned runs on a Michael Fisher two-out, two-RBI triple in the third following an error by Chris McConnell. Davis gave up three runs in the fifth inning on a single, a walk, a two-RBI triple, and an RBI walk. Harrisburg had just five hits. Bryce Harper, McConnell, and Tyler Moore had singles; Chris Rahl had an RBI triple and Tim Pahuta had a double. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 61-48, a ½ game up over Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Frederick 2
• Rosenbaum (W, 6-5) 8IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 11K
• Nelo (S, 14) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Sue wrote up Sunday Afternoon late yesterday afternoon. This morning she’s hearing that Danny Rosenbaum has indeed gotten the call to AA, which, when you read how he pitched, will make sense.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 1
• Swynenberg (W, 4-1) 6IP, 6H, R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• McCatty (S, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Newsome 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Keyes 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Hagerstown fell behind early, giving up an unearned run in the 2nd inning of a 3-1 victory over Delmarva. Matt Swynenberg was outstanding, however, and shut the door after that. Hagerstown scored a run on Brett Newsome’s fifth home run in the 6th and mounted a two-run rally in the 7th to take the lead for good. Shane McCatty was strong on this afternoon as he pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save for the Suns. With the win, Hagerstown improves to 18-17, 3½ games behind first half winner Hickory and 1½ games
behind third place Lakewood.

Auburn 6 Tri-City 1
• Karns 3⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 6BB, 3K
• Henke (W, 2-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ortega 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB
• Montilla 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

The Doubledays ‘pen stepped in admirably when Nate Karns decided he and the strike zone weren’t speaking to each other, pitching five and a 1/3rd scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over Tri-City. Karns walked six over three and 2/3rds, allowing the lone run on one hit while striking out three. Travis Henke got the win with three hitless innings. Bryce Ortega (3-for-4) and Angel Montilla (2-for-5) both homered in the rout. The win keeps pace with first-place Mahoning Valley, as Auburn is now in a three-way tie for second place with Jamestown and Williamsport at 24-19.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 0
• McGeary (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Heredia 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ramos 1-3

That’s five straight losses for the G-Nats with a 6-0 shutout at the fins of the G-Marlins. Jack McGeary got the start and gave up a run on two hits and a walk over two innings. It was his first appearance since Tommy John surgery last year. The offense was limited to just three hits, one walk, and one stolen base. The defense committed four errors, reclaiming the “lead” with 73 errors, two more than the GCL Yankees despite playing two fewer games. The loss drops the G-Nats record to 12-23, just one game ahead of the last-place GCL Astros, and reduces the elimination number to nine.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s another week mostly on the road for the DSL Nationals as they have five road games and a home game on Thursday as they enter the final 20 (or so) games on the schedule.

Jul 302011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-7, 5.32) vs.
Adam Wilk (5-5, 3.47)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (5-7, 5.58) vs.
Rob Carson (3-8, 4.40)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-6, 3.95) vs.
Jake Pettit (3-0, 0.51)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-7 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Scott Copeland (5-9, 6.71)
Auburn Lost, 9-1 @ Tri-City,
7:00 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (1-2, 4.62)
vs. Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-2
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Brandon King (1-2, 7.11) vs.
Craig Missigman (0-0, 4.82)
DSL Nationals Won, 13-3;
Lost, 6-4
vs. DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syarcuse 3 Columbus 0
• JD Martin (W, 3-6) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Hyde (S, 1) 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-4, R
• Valdez 2-4, RBI

Three Syracuse pitchers combined for a 3-0 shutout of the Columbus Clippers. Starter J.D. Martin pitched seven innings before being relieved by Jeff Mandel and Lee Hyde. Sparks flew early when umpire Kelvin Bultron ejected Shelley Duncan and Clippers mangers Mike Sarbaugh following a dustup after a third strike call at the end of the top of the first [Ed. Note: Same umpire that awarded Duncan a HR on a disputed fair/foul call on Thu. night that precipitated the ejection of both Randy Knorr and Tom Milone]. The Chiefs answered back with a run in the bottom of the 1st on singles by Steve Lombardozzi and Brian Bixler followed by a Michael Aubrey sac fly. The Chiefs would go on to score their final two runs in a fourth-inning rally consisting of a leadoff double by Michael Aubrey, singles by Chris Marrero and Jesus Valdez, a Jeff Frazier single, and a two-out wild pitch by Columbus starter Joe Martinez. The Chiefs had thirteen hits; Bixler, Marrero, Valdez, Seth Bynum, and Frazier had two hits apiece. With their third straight win, the Chiefs improve to 47-58, ten games behind third-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and fourteen games back of Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Binghamton 8 Harrisburg 7
• Martis 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 8K
• McCoy 1⅓ IP, 3H, 0ER, BB, 3K
• L Davis 3-5, 2B, RBI
• McConnell 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg squandered a 5-0 lead in an 8-7 loss to Binghamton. The Senators ran up their lead with a run in the third and two runs in each of the 4th and 5th innings. Binghamton immediately answered back with a five-run 6th off of starter Shairon Martis. Martis gave up four runs on five hits before Hassan Pena came in to blow the save by allowing a fifth unearned run to be charged to Martis on Pena’s own fielding error that allowed an inherited runner to score from third. Pena would go on to allow three more runs in the top of the 8th to take the loss. The Senators had eleven hits, but batted only 4-15 with RISP. Leonard Davis, Chris Rahl, Devin Ivany, and Chris McConnell all had at least two hits. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 60-47 and its lead over Richmond in the E.L. Western Division shrinks to just a half game.

Frederick 4 Potomac 0
• Selik (L, 4-7) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Bronson 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 2-4
• Higley 1-3, 2B

One bad inning, but it was enough to send Potomac to defeat Last Night In Woodbridge

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 7
• Demmin 4⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, 2R HR
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 3H, ER, BB, 2K
• Freitas 2-3, 2R, 3R HR, 4RBI, BB
• Keyes 1-4, R, 3R HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown blew a 7-4 eighth-inning lead in an 8-7 loss to Delmarva. The Suns had just five hits, but two of those were three-run blasts by Kevin Keyes in the 1st and Davis Freitas in the 8th. Both teams committed three errors and Hagerstown’s errors led to two unearned runs. Wilson Eusebio was tagged with both a blown save (#2) the loss (#6) when he gave up four runs, three earned in the bottom of the 8th. With the 8-7 loss, Hagerstown falls below .500 to 16-17, and sinks into fifth place in the Sally North, 4½ games behind first-place Hickory.

Hudson Valley 9 Auburn 1
• Meza, C (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Jenkins 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Jimenez 1-2, 2BB

Six errors committed on defense, three hits on offense. You need to read more? Fine. The Hudson Valley Renegades put up crooked numbers in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings and then got tired, scoring just one in the 5th en route to a 9-1 demolition of the Auburn Doubledays. Christian Meza took the loss with seven runs allowed on five hits and two walks, including a three-run blast in third. Auburn got its lone run on a hit batsman, a walk, and two wild pitches. The loss drops the Doubledays into second place, a game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Astros 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Medina (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Lee 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Difo 3-5, 2-2B
• E Martinez 2-5, R

Once again, the G-Nats outhit their opponent and lost, falling to the G-Astros by a 5-2 score. Silvio Medina started and went the first five, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks, but took the loss. Wilmer Difo doubled twice and singled to the lead offense as the D-Nats got 10 hits total, but were an abysmal 2-for-14 with RISP, leaving 11 men on base. Estarlin Martinez was next with a 2-for-5 effort that raised his batting average to .350, third-best in the GCL. The loss cuts the G-Nats’ elimination number to 13 with a 12-21 mark, 11½ games off the pace in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 13 DSL Marlins 3 — GAME ONE
• Pineyro (W, 3-4) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Eusebio 3-4, 4R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI

Raudy Read’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run 5th as the DSL Nationals filleted the DSL Marlins, 13-3 in game one of the doubleheader. Ivan Pineyro got the win with five solid innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out six. Diomedes Eusebio led the 13-hit onslaught with a 3-for-4 effort, scoring four runs, followed by Read and Jose Marmolejos-Diaz, who both went 2-for-4.

DSL Marlins 6 DSL Nationals 4 — GAME TWO
• Suero, W (L, 3-1) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Barrientos 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• W Rodriguez 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Reyes 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI

Things were looking good in the second game as Aladin Reyes went deep in the top of the 2nd to give the D-Nats an early 2-0 lead. A five-run rally in the bottom of the 2nd put the D-Marlins up 5-2 en route to a 6-4 victory. Wander Suero took the brunt of the beating with five runs allowed in the first two innings on five hits and two walks, including a three-run shot. Joel Barrientos relieved Suero with three scoreless innings, but the D-Nats bats couldn’t mount the comeback. Wilman Rodriguez also went deep with a solo HR, but the D-Nats were held to just five hits and seven men left on base. With the doubleheader split, the D-Nats are still even-steven at 26-26, 5½ behind the DSL Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 292011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
J.D. Martin (2-6, 4.78) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-4, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1
(14 inn.)
vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.18) vs.
Brandon Moore (8-7, 3.73)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (3-5, 4.68)
vs. Bobby Bundy (10-5, 2.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.00) vs.
Tim Berry (3-6, 5.81)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-0, 6.87) vs.
Andrew Bellatti (0-4, 3.25)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4
(11 inn.) vs.
GCL Cards
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 5.89) vs.
Enderson Franco (0-1, 5.14)
DSL Nationals Lost, 13-2 vs.
DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
Ivan Pineyro (2-4, 2.22) vs.
Miguel Del Pozo (3-3, 5.16)

Syracuse 6 Columbus 5
• Milone 2⅓ IP, 6H, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2R HR, 3R HR
• Zinicola 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Hyde (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Bixler 3-5, 3R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Aubrey 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• J Valdez 4-5

Syracuse mounted a spirited comeback from a 5-2 7th-inning deficit to bail out starter Tom Milone in a 6-5 victory over Columbus. Milone was victimized by the long ball, giving up a two-run homer to former Nat Nick Johnson in the 2nd, and a three-run shot to former major leaguer Shelley Duncan. Credit goes to the Chiefs bullpen of Ryan Tatusko, Zech Zinicola, Lee Hyde, Jeff Mandel, and Atahualpa Severino that pitched six and 2/3rd scoreless innings. The Chiefs had 15 hits in all. In the 7th, the Chiefs began their comeback with a Chris Marrero RBI single. In the 8th, the Chiefs scored three runs on three singles and a double to take the decisive 6-5 lead. With the win, the Chiefs improve to 46-58, four games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo and fifteen games in back of first-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 2 Binghamton 1 14 Innings
• Arnesen 8IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• VanAllen 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• C Martinez (W, 2-3) 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-6, R, 3B, RBI

Harrisburg outlasted Binghamton 2-1 in a 14-inning game (plus a one-hour, fifty-four minute rain delay) that ended well after midnight. Starter Erik Arnesen was excellent, yielding only a 7th-inning solo homer to Juan Lagares. Derek Norris helped engineer Harrisburg’s response with a leadoff walk and a stolen base in front of a Chris Rahl RBI single. From there, two stingy bullpens took over. Corey VanAllen, Pat Lehman, and Carlos Martinez combined for six shutout innings before Harrisburg mustered a merciful two-out rally in the 14th that began with a Rahl triple. Finally, Tim Pahuta hit a walkoff single to give Harrisburg the 2-1 win. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 60-46 and remains in first place, 1½ games ahead of both Bowie and Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 5
• Demny (W, 7-9) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10K, 0HR
• Wort (S, 3) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB, CS
• Hood 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Soriano 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

With two runs in and three hits allowed in the 1st, Paul Demny’s afternoon looked to be short. But Potomac rallied for three in the second and Demny settled down and in as the P-Nats went on to a 7-5 win. Demny allowed just two more hits and struck out eight of his season-high 10 batters over the next six innings to earn his team-leading seventh win. Cutter Dykstra and Francisco Soriano both homered while Steve Souza and Destin Hood both singled and doubled as the foursome collected eight of the 11 Potomac hits. Neil Holland relieved Demny and pitched a scoreless 8th but got knocked for three runs in the 9th before Rob Wort came on to get the last out for his third save. The win puts Potomac at 20-13, two games behind Frederick, which comes to town this weekend for three games — a chance for the Keys to get some breathing room or the P-Nats to reclaim first place.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 4
• Cole (L, 2-6) 3IP, 5H, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
• Applebee 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• W Moore 1-2, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2BB
• Cuevas 1-2, 2RBI, BB

Hagerstown starter AJ Cole was roughed up for five runs in just three innings in a 5-4 Hagerstown loss to Delmarva. Blake Kelso, Adrian Sanchez, Wade Moore, Mills Rogers, and Justino Cuevas all had hits for the Suns. Hagerstown scored two runs in the 1st on a Wade Moore RBI double and Justino Cuevas RBI single. DelMarva came back with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd and three runs in the 3rd on two walks and two doubles against starter AJ Cole. Paul Applebee pitched five innings of shutout relief to keep the Suns in the game. Aided by two Shorebird errors, the Suns managed a two-run rally in the 8th that just fell short. With the loss, Hagerstown falls to 16-16, 4 1/2 games behind first-place Hickory in the Sally North. As predicted by one of our commenters, Colin Bates has joined the Suns from the Doubledays, along with Justino Cuevas coming up from the GCL while Chris McKenzie has been placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 3 Auburn 1
• Estevez 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Hill (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Montilla 2-4, 2B
• Moldenhauer 2-4

For the second straight night it was a pitcher’s duel in Auburn, but this time the Doubledays came out on the short end of the 3-1 tally. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez pitched five scoreless innings with just four hits allowed, no walks, and six strikeouts, but left with the score tied at 0-0. The jig was up (and the news was out) as the Renegades had it made against Auburn reliever David Hill, scoring three times in the 7th on a double, walk, and two singles. Just three Doubledays collected base hits, with Russell Moldenhauer and Angel Montilla going 2-for-4 and Billy Burns going 1-for-3. The loss denied Auburn a shot at sole possession of first place, as they remain tied with Jamestown and Mahoning Valley with a 22-18 record.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 4
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Heredia 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Jo. Rodriguez 3-6, 2RBI
• Schill 2-6

The clutch hit eluded the G-Nats all game long, as 15 men were left on in a 6-4 extra-innings loss to the G-Cards. Johan Rodriguez led the 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort, followed by Wes Schill’s 2-for-6 effort. Pedro Encarnacion got the start and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. Andy Santana took the loss with two unearned runs allowed in the top of the 11th, as the G-Nats committed three errors for the game. The loss cuts the elimination number to 14 and puts the G-Nats at a 12-20 mark, 11 games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Cubs2 13 DSL Nationals 2
• Guzman 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Vasquez (L, 1-1) 2IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 0K
• Geraldo 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Ramirez 0-2, R, SB

Surprisingly, no position players pitched in this 13-2 demolition of the D-Nats by the D-Cubs2. Eleven runs were scored in the final three innings, breaking a 2-2 tie. The D-Nats managed just four (4) hits and drew just three walks while the bullfighters defense committed five errors. Jesus Guzman got the start and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Enigmatic Junior Geraldo (no DOB listed) homered in what appears to be his professional debut. The loss evens the D-Nats record at 25-25, five games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South.

Jul 282011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 2-0 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-6, 3.30) vs.
Zach McAllister (8-3, 3.11)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-3, 2.78) vs.
Matt Harvey (0-3, 7.15)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Wilmington,
12:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-9, 5.02) vs.
Justin Marks (5-7, 4.70)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-5, 2.83) vs.
Jarret Martin (4-6, 4.84)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 4.36) vs.
Jacob Partridge (0-4, 5.40)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 7.27)
vs. Ramon Ulacio (1-2, 2.83)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-2
@ DSL Giants
vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-1, 2.53) vs.
Alex Santana (3-0, 2.13)

Syracuse 2 Columbus 0
• Peacock (W, 2-1) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7K
• Wilkie (S, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Aubrey 2-4, R, 2B
• C Brown 2-3, 2B
Brad Peacock took a no-no into the 8th inning in Syracuse’s 2-0 victory over Columbus. Peacock walked four batters through four and ran up a very high pitch count early. After that, he settled down and was dominant until he gave up a leadoff double to Beau Mills. Collin Balester came on in relief and walked two and struck out two to load the bases before Josh Wilkie came in and induced a ground out. Wilkie went on to pitch a scoreless 9th to earn the save. Syracuse scored two runs in the fourth on a Chris Marrero single, Michael Aubrey double, an RBI groundout from Jesus Valdez, and an RBI triple from Tug Hulett. Syracuse improves to 45-58, fourth place in the I.L. North and 16 games behind Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 3
• O Perez 5⅔ IP, 6H, ER, 5BB, 3K, HR
• VanAllen [H, 8] 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Pahuta 3-4, 3R, HR, RBI
• Ivany 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Bryce Harper continued to bounce back from his early Eastern League slump with a dominating performance in a 6-3 Harrisburg win over Bowie. Harper whipped out the full offensive arsenal with a single the other way and stolen base in his first at-bat, a homer in his third AB, and a rope of a single in his fourth at-bat. He had plenty of help as Tim Pahuta and Devin Ivany would each go long for the Senators for a total of four RBI. Ollie Perez pitched five and 2/3rds innings of excruciating five-walk ball in the heat before Jimmy Barthmaier added a sixth walk then stranded Perez’s runner at first, which earned him the win. Corey VanAllen pitched a scoreless 7th and Rafael Martin Rafael Martin pitched a scoreless eighth, but struggled to hold a 6-1 lead in the 9th, which required Pat McCoy to record the final out for the save. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 59-46, good for a 1½ game lead over Richmond and Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 1
• Solis (W, 4-1) 7⅓ IP, 6H, E, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Frias 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Higley 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Sammy Solis carried a shutout into the 8th, but a one-out RBI double chased him from the mound but got him his fourth win in five starts as Potomac crushed the Blue Rocks, 5-1. The 2nd-round southpaw retired 13 straight beginning with a double play to end the 3rd and ending with a leadoff walk in the 8th. The P-Nats bats pounded out nine hits, with J.R. Higley and Justin Bloxom both going 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the way, while the defense played error-free and turned two double plays. Frederick still lead the P-Nats by two games, but Potomac’s 19-13 mark is eight games better than both Lynchburg and Wilmington, making a rematch of last year’s divisional round of the C.L. playoffs even more likely.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Yesterday was an off day for the Hagerstown Suns, as they embark on an eight-game road trip with four against Delmarva over the weekend, then four against Hickory from Monday to Thursday before returning to Municipal Stadium next Friday [Insert joke about whether it's a day game or night game here].

Auburn 3 Hudson Valley 1
• Meyers 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Dupra (W, 2-2) 4IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rowe 1-2, R, BB
• Montilla 1-3, SB

A rehabbing Brad Meyers and 7th-round pick Brian Dupra each tossed four strong innings as the Auburn Doubledays pitchers outdueled the Hudson Valley Renegades, 3-1. Both teams had just four hits, but the Doubledays had the fortune to get three of them in the same inning. In the 6th, a Connor Rowe single, Jeremy Mayo walk, and a Hendry Jimenez single loaded the bases, while Bryce Ortega’s single, Matt Skole’s sac fly and an RBI grounder by Justin Miller unloaded the bases. Ben Grisz was the last man on the mound for the Doubledays, pitching a scoreless 9th for his fourth save. With the win, Auburn keeps pace with Jamestown and Mahoning Valley atop the Pinckney Division at 22-17, two games ahead of Batavia and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s four days on, one day off the rest of the way for the G-Nats, who are 10 games out with a 12-19 mark and have an elimination number of just 16 with 25 games left to play.

DSL Giants 8 DSL Nationals 2
• Moscat (L, 3-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Eusebio 2-4, R, HR, RBI 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .274
• Mejia 2B 1-4, 3B, RBI

A modest three-game winning streak was broken with an 8-2 loss by the D-Nats to the D-Giants. Felix Moscat started and went the first six, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The duo of Jesus De Los Santos and Brian Escolastico lived up to their four-digit ERAs, surrendering one run in the 7th and four more in the 8th to erase any doubt. Both D-Nats runs came in the 9th, with Diomedes Esuebio the lone batter to hit safely twice by leading off the 9th with a solo shot to break up the shutout. The loss drops the D-Nats to 25-24, five games off the pace.

Jul 272011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (1-1, 7.71) vs.
Jeanmar Gomez (10-3, 2.32)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.75) vs.
Michael Ballard (6-0, 2.90)
Potomac Won, 4-3;
Lost, 4-3
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (3-1, 3.91) vs.
Tyler Sample (6-7, 5.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Hudson
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-2, 4.56) vs.
Jason McEachern (3-0, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-1
@ GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-3, 4.64) vs.
Jose Reyes (3-1, 1.82)

Columbus 3 Syracuse 0 [Perfect Game]
• Stammen (L, 8-5) 6⅓ IP, 11H, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Severino 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K, 2 IR stranded

All credit goes to 28-year-old Columbus Clippers pitcher Justin Germano, who threw a 3-0 perfect game against the Syracuse Chiefs last night. Germano pitched the first perfect game in Columbus history, sixth no-hitter in Clippers history, and the first perfect game in the International League since 2003. Craig Stammen was tagged for three runs early, the first on two doubles in the 1st and two more on a Tim Fedroff triple in the 2nd. Stammen put runners on second and third with one out in the 7th before Atahualpa Severino came in to stifle the rally with a short flyout and former Nat Nick Johnson’s inning-ending popup. With the 3-0 defeat, Syracuse falls to 44-58, two games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo and sixteen games behind irst-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• E Davis (L, 5-6) 6IP, 8H, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2 HR
• Pena 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Norris 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• T Moore 1-4, 2B
Harrisburg fell 6-2 in Bowie last night. Starter Erik Davis gave up a first-inning solo shot to L.J. Hoes. Derek Norris answered back with a two-run shot of his own in the 3rd inning to put Harrisburg up 2-1. The lead would not stand when Hoes hit his second homer of the game in the 6th and Bowie plated two more on a Caleb Joseph double. Hassan Pena gave up two runs in the 7th to make the final score 6-2. Harrisburg managed just four hits in defeat. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 58-46, just a ½ game up over Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 — COMP.
• Olbrychowski 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 5BB, 3K
• Clegg (W, 3-5) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Hood 2-4, 2RBI, SB
• Leon, 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• E Perez 2-4, 2R, 2SB (30,31)

In the continuation, Mitchell Clegg spun one of his best outings of the season with four scoreless innings of relief while the Potomac ‘pen held off a late charge for a 4-3 win in Wilmington. Destin Hood broke the 1-1 tie with a two-run single when play resumed and Steven Souza drove in what would prove to be the gamewinner with an RBI single that sent in Eury Perez. Rob Wort came on to protect a 4-1 lead in the 9th and got two quick outs, but was chased after a double and a single narrowed the gap to 4-2. Josh Smoker wasn’t much more effective, giving up the third run on an RBI double and walking the next batter before getting a flyout to end it for the ugly, last-blonde-at-the-bar save.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 3 – F/8
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Holland (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 1-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, RBI

In the regularly scheduled game, Wilmington went up 1-0 in the first and the stars seemed in to be in line for Noel Arguelles to get the seven-inning no-no. But a walk, a sacrifice, and a lost-in-the-twilight triple by Destin Hood ended both the no-hitter and the shutout. Justin Bloxom followed Hood with an RBI single to give the P-Nats a 2-1 lead. Danny Rosenbaum, who started and allowed just the one run on six hits over six innings, was assured of his seventh no-decision when Hector Nelo snatched a tie from the jaws of victory by surrendering a one-out double and RBI single. After J.R. Higley and Eury Perez doubled and singled in the top of the 8th to take a 3-2 lead, the bullpen implosion continued in the bottom of the frame as two relievers were victimized by two errors and gave up two singles to allow the Blue Rocks to score twice for a 4-3 Wilmington win. Potomac is now 18-13, three games behind Frederick in the Sally League North.

Greenville 11 Hagerstown 4
• Swynenberg (L, 3-1) 4IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP, BK
• Weaver 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Curran 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Leonida 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown was never really in the game in an 11-4 loss to the Greenville Drive. Starter Matt Swynenberg gave up eight runs in the first three innings. Hagerstown did manage a run on a solo shot by Chris Curran in the bottom of the 1st. Blake Kelso (1-4, 2RBI) had two of Hagerstown’s 4 RBI on a sac fly and an RBI ground out. Cole Leonida went 2-4 with a seventh-inning solo shot, and David Freitas and Russell Moldenhauer had a double apiece in the loss. Hagerstown falls to 16-15, in fourth place in the Sally North and 3½ games behind first-half champ Hickory in the Sally League North.

Auburn Doubledays
Yesterday was the second of just four scheduled days off in the New York-Penn League 2011 campaign. Auburn is in a three-way tie for first place in the Pinckney Division, a ½ game behind in the wild-card standings. Tomorrow, they begin a stretch of 11-of-17 games at home, where they’ve played .625 ball (10-6) versus .500 ball (11-11) on the road.

GCL Marlins 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• S Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Difo 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, CS
• E Martinez 0-2, 2BB

A three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the 6th was difference in this one, as the G-Marlins beat the G-Nats for (only?) the fifth time in nine meetings this season by a score of 3-1. A 78-minute rain delay limited Gregory Baez to just two innings, with one hit given up and two walks issued. Two NDFAs followed him in relief: Scott Williams from Wisconsin-Stevens Point and John Peters from Augustana College. Williams pitched two perfect innings, Williams was victimized by a two-out error but surrendered the home run to take the loss. Wilmer Difo walked, doubled and drove in the lone G-Nat run, which was also the only hit in 14 chances with RISP. The loss drops the G-Nats to 12-19 and reduces their elimination number to 17 with 25 games left on the schedule.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Rangers (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, K
• Hernandez, Jr (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Novas 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Eusebio 2-5, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB

The bullpen couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead but the D-Nats got the tying run they needed in the bottom of the 9th, and the gamewinner in the last of the 11th for a 6-5 win over the D-Rangers. Hector Silvestre got the start and allowed one run over four innings on two hits and four walks but struck out just one batter. Both D-Nat errors came in the 8th, as the D-Rangers got two unearned runs on two-out errors. Randy Novas (2-for-4) scored the tying run in the 9th when the D-Rangers catcher threw a pickoff to second into centerfield, while Diomedes Eusebio drew a bases-loaded walk (2-for-5) in the 11th to seal the deal. The win improves the D-Nats to 25-23, four games behind the D-Rangers in the B.C. South Division.

Jul 262011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 15-1 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-4, 4.49) vs.
Justin Germano (0-2, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 13-2 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-5, 4.66) vs.
Rick Zagone (3-6, 4.62)
Potomac Suspended,
1-1, Top 5th
@ Wimington,
5:05 p.m.
(Comp, 7 inn.)
Danny Rosenbaum (5-5, 2.67)
vs. Noel Arguelles (3-4, 2.92)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 vs. Greenville,
11:05 a.m.
TBD vs.
Scott Swinson (2-2, 2.67)
Auburn Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 4.21) vs.
Patrick Hope (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-0
vs. DSL Phillies
vs. DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 1.89) vs.
Aliangel Lopez (1-0, 2.03)

Scranton/WB 15 Syracuse 1
• Maya (L, 1-7) 3IP, 8H, 7ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR (5.32 ERA)
• Mandel 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-3, BB
• Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse was out of this game early as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored three runs in the 2nd inning against Yunesky Maya and was up 7-0 after four innings, with all seven earned runs charged against Maya. Collin Balester’s ERA also took a beating as he gave up seven runs in the 8th while retiring only one batter. Outside of Chris Marrero’s 2-3 night, not much happened offensively for the Chiefs. Syracuse’s lone run came from a Seth Bynum homer in the 9th inning. With the loss, the Chiefs fall to 44-57, 14½ games back of first-place Lehigh Valley and ten games behind third-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and just two games ahead of fifth-place Buffalo.

Harrisburg 13 Bowie 2
• Roark (W, 5-7) 8IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• McCoy 1IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Rhinehart 2-5, R, 3R HR, 3RBI
• Moore 2-5, R, HR, RBI
Harrisburg brought out the big bats in a 13-2 rout over Bowie. All starters except Josh Johnson and Leonard Davis (1-5, R in his Harrisburg 2011 debut) had at least two hits in a 15-hit onslaught. Tanner Roark easily had his best outing of the season, pitching eight innings to a total of 27 batters. Roark’s one run allowed was unearned, although his own error on a pickoff attempt contributed. Bowie led 1-0 until Harrisburg put the game out of reach with an eight-run fifth inning that featured two doubles, a triple, two singles, and back-to-back home runs from Bill Rhinehart and Tyler Moore after an error that made four of the eight runs unearned. Harrisburg would go on to score one more in the seventh and four more in the eighth before Pat Lehman gave up a run in the 9th to make the final score 13-2. With the victory, Harrisburg improves to 58-45, good for a 1½ game lead over second-place Bowie in the E.L. West.

Potomac 1 Wilmington 1 — SUSP
Play is set to resume this afternoon at 5 p.m. with the scored tied at 1-1, runners on 1st and 2nd, one out and Destin Hood at the plate. The two teams will play out this one, then a seven-inning game afterwards.

Greenville 6 Hagerstown 4
• Ray 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• McCatty (L, 1-3) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB
• A Sanchez 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• W Moore 2-3, R, 2B, BB

Shane McCatty has had eight appearances in which no runs came across while he was on the mound. This was not one of those outings. The 24-year-old served up four runs in the top of the 6th, three coming on one swing of the bat, as the Hagerstown Suns would eventually lose this one, 6-4. Robbie Ray went the first four innings, giving up a hit and three walks while striking out six. Adrian Sanchez doubled twice, scored a run, drove in a run and stole a base to lead the Suns offense. The loss puts Hagerstown at 16-14, 2½ games behind Hickory in the Sally League North. Chris Manno gave up a HR in the top of the 9th, his first of the season, but still leads the Sally League with the lowest OBA at .135

Auburn 8 Lowell 2
• Karns (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 4BB, 6K, HR
• Holt 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Miller 2-5, R, 2B
• Ramsey 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Jimenez 1-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI, BB

Auburn’s offense amply supported Nathan Karns in an 8-2 thumping over the Lowell Spinners. Auburn had 11 hits; Justin Miller, Caleb Ramsey, and Jeremy Mayo had two hits apiece. Karns pitched well in his second start for the Doubledays, giving up only a 2nd-inning solo shot. Auburn scored one run in each of the 2nd through 5th innings and put the game out of reach with a three-run 6th inning to make the score 6-1. Gregory Holt allowed one run and three hits in three innings of relief. Travis Henke pitched a scoreless 9th. With the win, Auburn improves to 21-17 and moved back into first place, tied with Jameston and Mahoning Valley for first place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 2
• Mieses 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lee (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• J Rodriguez 2-4, R
• E Martinez 2-4, 2B, RBI

A balk and a sac fly scored the first two G-Nats in the 6th, Estarlin Martinez’s RBI single in the top of the 8th was the deciding run in a 3-2 victory over the GCL Mets. Martinez and Johan Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 to lead the offense, which collected just seven hits. The G-Nats pitchers survived seven walks, allowing six hits. Nick Lee got the win with two scoreless innings of relief of Adalaberto Mieses (3IP) and Garrett Mock (1IP). Ben Hawkins pitched the final three innings to notch the save. The win improves the G-Nats to 12-18, 8½ games off the pace.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Phillies 0
• Mendez, G (W, 4-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Vasquez (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ramirez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A trio of 18-year-old D-Nats pitchers combined on four-hit shutout of the D-Phillies for an 8-0 victory. Gilberto Mendez walked two and gave up two hits while striking out a season-high nine batters over the first six innings. Daury Vasquez followed him out of the ‘pen, striking out four in two innings. Jesus De Los Santos had his first scoreless outing with a one-hit, one-K 9th inning. Offensively, the D-Nats had just eight hits with Algenis Ramirez, a 17-year-old recently signed from the Dominican Prospect League, connecting for two doubles, scoring twice, and driving in two. With the win, the D-Nats move into fourth place and above .500 at 24-23, five games behind the DSL Rangers.