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.

Aug 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (9-5, 2.58) vs.
Tracy (1-4, 3.62)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (2-1, 6.11) vs.
Milner (6-5, 4.57)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.18) vs.
Wendelken (6-8, 4.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (7-2, 2.17) vs.
Neverauskas (5-9, 5.35)
Auburn Won, 7-6 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 12-2 (7½ inn.) vs.GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 13-0 vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. Estevez (0-4, 2.75)


Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6
• Cole 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
• Grace (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Martin (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 2-2, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Laird 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Michael Taylor had an adventuresome but successful AAA debut as he led Syracuse to a crucial 7-6 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to hold onto 1st place in the I.L. North. It began with a whimper as Taylor ran down a deep flyball to the warning track in right-center to record the first out but dropped the ball for an error to let the first Baby Bomber run score. It ended with a bang as the 23-y.o. doubled in Emmanuel “Still Not Webster” Burriss for the game-winning run to cap a three-run 7th and a 2-for-2 night (he also walked and stole base). The Chiefs committed four errors total, which compounded poor outings by starter A.J. Cole and reliever Ryan Mattheus, but the offense saved the day. Brandon Laird went 2-for-4 with a two-run HR while Will “Skills” Rhymes went 2-for-4 with a two-run double to combined with Taylor for six of the nine Chiefs hits. Matt Grace got the win, his first at AAA, while Rafael Martin did his best to keep the cardiologists of Syracuse employed by requiring a gundown of Zelous Wheeler at the plate by third baseman Brandon Laird to help him record his third save.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 1
• Simms (L, 2-3) 3⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-4
• Vettleson 1-3, BB, SF, RBI

The Fightin’ Phils beat on the Senators for two in the 1st round inning and never looked back in a 5-1 decision versus Harrisburg. Starter and loser John Simms gave up three more in the 4th, starting with a leadoff homer by Zach Collier. Colin Bates recorded the final out in the fourth as part of two and 1/3rd innings of stellar, three-strikeout pitching for one of the few Senators highlights on the night. The Harrisburg offense was limited to just one run, which came on a Drew Vettleson sacrifice fly after the Sens loaded the bases with no outs in the 8th. A strikeout and a groundout sandwiched around a walk ended the Harrisburg threat in the 8th while a double play ended the game in the 9th

Potomac — OFF DAY
While the P-Nats were taking care of business in Zebulon over the weekend, the Hillcats were swept by the Dash two hours to the west in Winston-Salem to open up a three-game lead for Potomac over Lynchburg. For the second week in a row, the Carolina League’s division leaders will meet in Woodbridge for a pair of night games and getaway day matinee — and a possible 2014 Mills Cup preview.

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 2
• Suero 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Cooper (L, 7-4) ⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Kieboom 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Lopez 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A four-run 6th put this one away as the Power shorted the Suns, 5-2. Wander Suero made the spot start and turned in five strong innings with one unearned run and one hit allowed. He walked none and struck out four. West Virginia greeted Andrew Cooper with three straight hits and five total in the space of nine batters as the 22-y.o. reliever was charged with his fourth loss. Hagerstown was held to just three hits and two walks total, as solo shots by Spencer Kieboom and Carlos Lopez accounted for both Suns runs.

Auburn 7 Staten Island 6 (10 inn.)
• Ott 4IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Sanchez (W, 4-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• D. Ramos (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gunter 2-4, R, RBI
• Gardner 1-3, 3R, HR, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Page 2-5

Jeff Gardner homered with two out in the 9th to force extras, where Auburn struck again with two down as Clay Williamson drove in pinch-runner Willie Medina from second to snatch a 7-6 win away from Staten Island and take the series, 2-1. Travis Ott started and went the first four innings, but walked five and gave up three runs on three hits, including a two-run shot in the 4th. After the Doubledays took a 5-3 lead in the 6th, the Yankees put up a picket fence with single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to take a 6-5 lead. Mario Sanchez, who stranded three in the 7th before giving up a run of his own in the 8th, got the win. David Ramos set them down 1-2-3 in the 10th for the save, his first for Auburn and second for the 2014 season.

GCL Nationals 12 GCL Cardinals 2 (7½ inn.)
• Rivero 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, BK
• Lee (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR, 2WP
• Lora 3-5, 2R
• Florentino 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Rosario 2-3, 2R, BB

The G-Nats took a 6-0 lead after two and cruised to a 12-2 win that was shortened to 7½ innings by rain. Felipe Rivero tossed three scoreless innings to start with just two hits and no walks allowed. The win went to Nick Lee though he was largely ineffective, with two runs let in on three hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds. Edwin Lora went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, followed by Dionicio Rosario, who also reached base three times on two singles and a walk in four PAs.
Roster move: RHP Joan Baez reassigned from the DSL Naionals.

DSL Nationals 13 DSL Rojos 0
• Bermudez (W, 4-4) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Guance 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mota 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Pimentel 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The D-Nats broke open a 1-0 game with an eight-run 4th while three pitchers combined to limit the D-Rojos to no runs and five hits for a 13-0 shutout. Juan Bermudez finally evened his won-loss mark at 4-4 with five one-hit, one-walk innings with four K’s. Hector Guance and Ramses Rosario both went two scoreless innings in relief with two hits given up. Every starter reached base with Israel Mota leading the hit column at three with two singles and a double, Luis Rengel driving in three with a two-run single and a sac fly, and Andres Martinez drawing four of the nine walks taken by the D-Nats.

Aug 042014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 2.78) vs.
Turley (1-2, 6.03)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-2, 3.43) vs.
Loewen (1-4, 3.68)
Potomac Won, 5-2;
Won, 9-4
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-0, 1.64) vs.
Borden (5-7, 3.48)
Auburn Won, 5-4 @ Staten Island,
11:00 a.m.
Ott (1-2, 2.80) vs.
Hensley (0-0, 6.75)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (3-4, 1.61) vs.
Estevez (0-4, 2.75)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 Syracuse 1
• Laffey (L, 11-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Solano 2-4, 2B
• Howell 1-3, 2B

The Syracuse slide continued yesterday afternoon with a 3-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Starter Aaron Laffey gave Syracuse four shutout innings before hitting some speedbumps in the 5th and 6th. He gave up a single and a double to score a run in the 5th and Kyle Roller’s 12th homer, a two-run shot, in the top of the 6th. Michael Pineda finally returned from his injury odyssey for the Baby Bombers and showed that he might be ready to contribute to the big club by mystifying the Chiefs for three and a 1/3rd innings and a total of 58 pitches. Apparently, Syracuse’s offense left along with Steven Souza, who was pulled from the game after singling in what will hopefully be his last minor-league at-bat. Syracuse’s lone run was generously gifted to them on a two-out bases loaded wild pitch in the 8th. While Jhonatan “The Wild Onion” Solano doubled to start a potential game-tying rally in the 9th, he only made it to third as Branden Pinder got the last two outs on a Emmannuel Burriss popup and a Josh Johnson whiff.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 5
• Voth (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Dupra 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Dykstra 1-2, 3BB

Austin Voth gave up one fewer run than he did in his first outing but still took the loss to Akron as Harrisburg failed to secure a four-game sweep with a 6-5 loss. Anthony Gallas hit a two-run homer for the Rubberducks with one out in the 1st. He escaped further damage, striking out Bryson “Jazzy” Myles and popping out Jake “Bad Break” Lowery, to wiggle out of a one-out with bases loaded jam in the 3rd. Sadly, hitting star Adrian Sanchez’s 8th-inning RBI single was the high-water offensive mark for the Senators. The Ric Flair “WOO!” for opposition strikeouts became the Ric Flair derisive “BOO!” for Harrisburg strikeouts when Akron’s Giovanni Soto then squashed the bases-loaded, nobody out threat with consecutive whiffs of Caleb Ramsey, Oscar Tejeda and Kevin Keyes to likely leave the home crowd in dejected silence before Shawn “Astronaut” Armstrong recorded his 12th RubberDuckian save.

Potomac 5 Carolina 2 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Norfork 2-3, R, RBI, SB(10)
• Renda 2-4, 2B, RBI

Hector Silvestre was one out away from a seven-inning no-hitter. Six batters later, the tying run was coming up to bat. The Mudcats
rallied for two in the 7th and threatened to tie before Gilberto Mendez got the final out for his 8th save as the P-Nats took the opener, 5-2. Isaac Ballou led the Potomac offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon, followed by Khayyan Norfork (2-for-3) and Tony Renda (2-for-4). Ballou’s solo HR in the 4th got Potomac on the board first as the P-Nats scored in each of the last four innings to build a 5-0 lead. Silvestre gave up a triple to lose the no-no and a two-run homer By Jeremy Lucas to lose the shutout as he finished with four hits allowed, one walk, and one whiff while earning his first High-A win.

Potomac 9 Carolina 4 — GAME TWO
• Bacus (W, 4-6) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Walsh 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, BB, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• McQuillan 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Last Sunday, D.J. Brown stopped the P-Nats onslaught when the Mudcats fell behind 5-1 after three. This Sunday, Potomac knocked the Carolina pitcher out of the box in the 2nd with seven runs en route to a 9-4 decision, a series sweep, and the sixth straight win for the Woodbridge nine against the contingent from Zebulon. Starter Dakota Bacus rebounded from his worst outing to get the Jack Morris win with four runs given up over five innings on six hits, including another HR by Carolina’s Jeremy Lucas. Kylin Turnbull and Jake Walsh both turned in a scoreless inning in relief. Isaac Ballou and Shawn Pleffner both went 2-for-3 with a walk as Potomac notched 10 hits and five walks total.

Charleston 8 Hagerstown 1
• Pivetta (L, 12-7) 3IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Valdez 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, R, 3B, BB
• Mesa 2-4, BB

A five-run 3rd broke a 1-1 tie as Charleston won handily, 8-1. Nick Pivetta took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits, including a three-run HR in his 3rd and final inning of work. He walked one and struck out three. Rafael Bautista scored the lone Hagerstown run after a 1st-inning triple as both he and Narciso Mesa went 2-for-4 with a walk. The Suns outhit the RiverDogs 11-8, but the offense needs a trip to AAMCO as just two of those came in the clutch with a 2-for-16 mark with RISP and 15 runners left on base.

Auburn 5 Staten Island 4
• A. Martinez 5IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, K, HR
• McDowell (BS, 1; W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-2 IR-S
• Eusebio 2-3, 2B
• Bacak 2-3, BB
• Mejia 2-4, 2B, BB

Auburn took advantage of some sloppy play by Staten Island to score twice in the 8th on just one hit in a 5-4 win. The Doubledays “rallied” with a leadoff double by Brian Langlois followed by a two-base error on the ensuing sacrifice by Osvaldo Abreu to score the tying run. A wild pitch sent the would-be martyr to third and a sacrifice fly by Cody Gunter, his second of the game, plated Abreu for the game-winning run. The comeback took Chase McDowell off the hook for letting in two of three runners in the bottom of the 7th and credited him with his first NYPL win. Diomedes Eusebio, Kyle Bacak, and Bryan Mejia combined for six of the ten Auburn hits, two of the four doubles, and drew two of the six walks on the afternoon.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats treaded water with another 3-3 week and remain tied with the G-Mets, four and a 1/2 games behind the G-Cards with three and 1/2 weeks to go. This week, it’s three against the Cards and Marlins, but just two home games in Viera.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats are riding a six-game win streak after a perfect week last week. This, along with $2, gets them a cup of coffee as they remain eight games off the pace set by the DSL Red Sox in the Boca Chica South and five games behind the Wild-Card leading DSL Giants.

Aug 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-0 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.13) vs.
Pineda (1-1, 3.86)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Morata (5-3, 4.81)
Potomac Postponed @ Carolina,
1:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 1-0 @ Charleston,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-6, 3.98) vs.
Davis (5-8, 4.69)
Auburn Lost, 5-2 @ Staten Island,
4:00 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 4.61) vs.
Montgomery (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 13 Syracuse 0
• Roenicke (L, 4-6) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Stange 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2-2B

The Syracuse Chiefs weren’t watching last night’s 11-0 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies by the Washington Nationals from the dugout. But had they been, they were not inspired to win as they lost by the even uglier score of 13-0 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Only reliever Daniel Stange, who only allowed three hits during his shutout 5th and 6th innings, can hold his head high. Perhaps Jeff Howell, who pitched a perfect one-third of an inning and stranded two runners to end the madness, can too. Offensively, only Will “Skills” Rhymes, whose two doubles came when Syracuse was already down 6-0 to the Evil Empire’s AAA minions, warrants mention. Thanks to a PawSox loss, the Chiefs held onto their one-game division lead, but the gap between 1st place and 3rd place was narrowed to one and a half games by a RedWings win.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• Espino (W, 5-3) 8IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Benincasa (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-4
• Latimore 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

In contrast to the Chiefs, the Senators have decided to make a noble final speech before they are voted out of their playoff offices for the 2014 season. Nobody should lose to a RubberDuck, and tomorrow Harrisburg will go for a rare home four-game sweep of Akron. Starter and winner Paolo Espino was down 1-0 with no outs in the 1st following a wild pitch and a double, but he wriggled out of further harm with a flyout to Michael Taylor, a lineout to Drew Vettleson and a groundout to Jason Martinson. After a Bryan Miles homer put Harrisburg down 2-0 in the top half the 4th, Quincy “The Dude” Latimore countered with a two-run double in the bottom half before Jason Martinson was gunned down at home. Cutter Dykstra returned to the lineup for the first time since Independence Day and celebrated by singling and scoring the decisive run in the bottom of the 5th on a Matt Skole two-out single. Ric Flair was upset and stalked off angrily, however, because he only got to yell “WOOOO!” twice during Robert Benincasa’s fifth save.
Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from 7-Day DL, C Mitch Canham placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
They’ll play two today to make up for the rainout on Saturday. With an off day on Monday, both teams are shuffling the deck and neither is showing their hand as to who’s pitching today.
Roster moves: RHP Gilberto Mendez activated from the 3-Day TIL, UT Justin Miller placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 1 Charleston 0
• Lopez 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Webb (W, 4-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2 pickoffs
• Johns (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, SB(60)
• Difo 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout while Wilmer Difo provided the margin of victory with a solo shot in the 9th in a 1-0 win over Charleston. Reynaldo Lopez only struck out three but turned in another five scoreless innings to bring his total to 11 in his two starts since returning from Auburn. Joseph Webb followed with three more zeroes on the scoreboard, giving up a hit and a walk (both were picked off at first) and getting the benefit of Difo’s blast for his fourth win. Sam Johns pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save. Difo also doubled and walked as the Suns piled up nine hits but also hit into three double plays.

Staten Island 5 Auburn 2
• Dickey 4+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mapes (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Page 2-3, BB
• Mejia 2-4, 3SB

Auburn led this one 2-1 at the halfway mark but gave up four unanswered runs in the 5th and 6th innings to lose to Staten Island, 5-2. Robbie Dickey put baserunners in four of five innings he started, leaving with one on and no outs in the 5th. Tyler Mapes let in that runner and one of his own to suffer the loss, his first. The Doubledays were held to just six hits with Matt Page and Bryan Mejia accounting for four of the five singles, and Clay Williamson connecting for the lone extra-base knock, a double in the 5th.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 4
• W. Davis (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Mills 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, BB, RBI
• Reetz 1-2, R, 2BB, SB, CS

With a four-run 9th the G-Nats made this game a whole lot closer than it really was as they fell to the G-Mets again, 6-4. Eleventh Rd. pick Weston Davis took the loss with four runs (two earned) given up on six hits and two walks over three innings. Aldrem Corredor’s two-run HR highlighted the G-Nats lone rally of the game. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice and walked once while Jakson Reetz walked twice and singled once to lead the seven-hit, five-walk offense for the G-Nats.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Orioles2 3
• Fuentes (W, 2-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 9K, WP
• Cespedes 3BF, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Vargas 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP, 3-3 IR-S
• Pimentel 2-4, 2B
• Agustin 2-4, R

Angher Cespedes did his best Rafael Soriano imitation, putting three straight runners on in the 8th with a 4-0 lead to set up a Chad Cordero save for Migeul Vargas as he let in all three runners on a wild pitch and a double before getting the last six outs in a 4-3 D-Nats win over the D-Orioles2. The meltdown nearly took away the win from Steven Fuentes, who struck out nine in five innings with just a walk and two hits allowed. Seventeen-year-olds Davinson Pimentel and Telmito Augustin both went 2-for-4 to lead the D-Nats attack.

Aug 022014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (4-5, 5.02) vs.
Leroux (3-2, 4.46)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.25) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Charleston,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-1, 3.95) vs.
Clarkin (3-3, 3.46)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Holder (1-1, 4.20)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-5 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-4 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.51) vs.
Romero (0-4, 1.41)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 2
• Lively (W, 1-2) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Martin 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burriss 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Souza 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Emmanuel Burriss went Rickey Henderson for Syracuse like Quincy Latimore did for Harrisburg on Thursday night to get the Chiefs off to an early 1-0 lead over the Pawtucket Red Sox. Following former Washington National Corey Brown’s homer in the 2nd, the Chiefs scored two in the 3rd followed by an RBI triple in the top of the 4th by Will “Got Skills” Rhymes that scored Jhonatan “Red Onion” Solano. Former Chief Carlos Rivero doubled and later scored to give Pawtucket its final run. While Syracuse would score single runs in the 8th and 9th, the late-inning highlight was a dominant inning and a third from Rafael Martin, who notched his second save and struck out three of the four batters that he faced in Syracuse’s 6-2 win. Roster move: RHP Aaron Barrett optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• McGregor (W, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Herron (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Taylor 1-2, RBI, 2BB
• Sanchez 1-3, R

Scott McGregor avoided the “Good, Bad, Interesting” Curse by providing seven strong, no-walk innings and earning a victory in the Harrisburg’s 3-2 win over Akron last night. Two triples and a single in the top of the third put McGregor down by two runs, but he then plucked the ‘Ducks over the next four frames. Michael Taylor started the comeback in the 5th with a two-out RBI single to score Adrian Sanchez, who had singled two and stolen second ahead of him. Harrisburg’s 6th-inning rally was highlighted by Will “Not the Thrill” Roberts’ bases-loaded wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Oscar Tejeda to put the Senators up for good. Tyler Herron pitched to contact for two scoreless innings to record his fourth save.

Potomac 4 Carolina 2
• Dickson (W, 3-8) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Mirowski (H, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Severino 2-3, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, R, RBI, SB

The P-Nats continued their dominance against the Mudcats, taking their fourth straight contest between the two team, 4-2, ending a three-game skid. Ian Dickson got the start and turned in five serviceable innings with both Carolina runs let in on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Richie Mirowski followed with three perfect innings of relief for the hold while Bryan Harper pitched around a pair of baserunners in the 9th to earn his third High-A save. Pedro Severino reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk while Shawn “Wheels” Pleffner went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored, and his sixth stolen base as Potomac took advantage of five walks and three errors by the Mudcats to score four times on just seven hits.

Charleston 4 Hagerstown 2
• Estevez (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Johansen 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 3-3 IR-S
• Mesa 3-5, 3B
• Yezzo 2-4

Charleston snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the 5th and held on for a 4-2 win over Hagerstown. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez hit the wall in the 5th, loading the bases with one out. Jake Johansen unloaded them with a misplayed tapper back to the mound that he turned into a single with a weak throw to 1st for the first run, then two more on an RBI single. He would recover to strike out the next two batters and pitch a scoreless 6th but the damage was done. Narciso Mesa went 3-for-5 with a triple and a steal to lead the Suns offense, which sputtered to a 2-for-13 mark with RISP and left on nine for the night. No need to get your panties in a bunch like home plate umpire Rich Grassa, who ejected Spencer Kieboom in the 1st after he protested a questionable check swing call for a whiff on a 3-2 pitch. Not a lip-reader, but it seems doubtful he went Crash Davis on him.

Brooklyn 4 Auburn 3
• Van Orden 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K, 2HBP
• M. Rodriguez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramos (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Dykstra 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Langlois 2-5
• Mejia 1-1, R, HR, RBI

The Cyclones had just four hits and committed four errors and they still won, walking off in the 9th to hand the Doubledays a 4-3 loss and take the series, 2-1. Starter Drew Van Orden turned in another five strong innings, though he hit two batters and gave up a run on two hits and a walk while fanning five. Cutter Dykstra doubled, stole third and scored the first Auburn run while going 2-for-3 with a walk. His replacement, Bryan Mejia homered in the 9th to give the Doubledays a 3-2 lead, which David “Mi Hermano Es Wilson” gave away as he was unable to strand the runner he inherited and gave up both the tying and winning runs on two walks and a single.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 5
• Reyes (L, 1-3) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2WP
• Plouck 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP, 2-2 IR-S
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Florentino 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB

The G-Mets exploded for four runs in both the 4th and 6th innings and held off a late charge in the 8th and 9th innings to hand the G-Nats an 8-5 loss. Luis Reyes suffered his third loss, giving up the first four-spot on six hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings. Randy Encarnacion singled twice and walked once while scoring once and driving in one to lead the G-Nats offense, which registered eight hits and four walks.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Orioles2 4
• Pena (W, 2-4) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 5BB, 6K, WP
• Rosario 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Jo. Ramirez 4-6, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 3-6, R, 3B, 3RBI, SB
• Robles 2-6, 2R, RBI, SB

The D-Nats broke open a 1-0 game with a five-run 5th as they tripled up the D-Orioles2, 12-4. Wilber Pena got the win with a LaLoosh-like line of five walks and six K’s over five innings with one run and two hits allowed. Joshual Ramirez led the 18-hit assault with three singles and a double, followed by Telmito Agustin’s two singles and a triple.

Jul 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (3-0, 2.64) vs.
Workman (6-1, 4.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Simms (2-3, 3.78) vs.
Stratton (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 vs. Myrtle Beach,
12:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (2-3, 5.33) vs.
Bores (0-3, 3.04)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 3-2
@ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (1-2, 2.21) vs.
Reyes (2-1, 1.88)
GCL Nationals Postponed @/vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 21-10 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (3-1, 1.29) vs.
Alcantara (1-5, 2.68)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
With an extra day’s rest, the Chiefs begin a three-game series against the second-place PawSox in an unusual position: They’re in first place and do not *need* to sweep… or avoid being swept.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Kroenke 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Latimore 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 1-4, 2B

Austin Voth pounded the strike zone in his Eastern League debut, but two Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded him back to turn what could have been a great outing into a merely serviceable one. In the 2nd, Richmond’s cleanup hitter, Jarrett Parker, hit a leadoff homer to right. In the 4th, Voth’s own wildness sparked a Richmond rally. After a leadoff single and a fielder’s choice, Voth threw a wild pitch and then walked Parker later in the at bat. After a pop up, it looked he would wiggle out of trouble, but Angel Villalona’s two-out double plated both baserunners and left Voth on the hook for the loss. Harrisburg’s offense remained feeble but did manage to decorate the scoreboard with two 8th-inning runs on Quincy Latimore’s homer as part of a three-hit effort.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 6
• Spann (L, 7-5) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HBP
• Mirowski 3IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Miller 2-5, R
• Martinez 1-3, R, BB, RBI, OF assist at HP

The Pelicans clinched the season series with an 8-6 decision for their 11th win in 19 games versus the P-Nats. Starter Matt Spann took the loss as the rats-with-wings swooped on him for five runs on nine hits over six innings to hand him his fifth loss. An error led to three unearned runs in the top of the 7th to push the Myrtle Beach lead to 8-2. Potomac answered in the bottom of the 8th with three runs on five straight hits but had no more in the tank in the 9th as they could only muster a one-out walk by Randolph Oduber, who led the Potomac offense with a 2-for-4 night.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 4
• Pivetta (W, 12-6) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR, 2WP
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• W. Rodriguez 3-4, R, 2-2B
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB
• C. Lopez 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown broke out for three in the bottom of the 6th and added one in the 7th for an 8-4 win over Greenville. Nick Pivetta got the benefit of the offense as he let in all four Drive runs on ten hits, including a solo HR in the 4th. He walked one and struck out seven while earning his 12th save. Jake Johansen turned in his first scoreless outing in 20 appearances with two shutout frames to close out the game. Eight of nine batters reached base as the Suns scorched the opposing hurlers for 13 hits and 10 extra-base hits, with James Yezzo and Wilman Rodriguez both doubling twice.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 2 — GAME ONE
• A. Martinez 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (BA, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Gunter 1-1, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2-2B

Manny Rodriguez’s return to the NYPL after missing the past two seasons with multiple elbow surgeries* was untriumphant as the Jammers edged the Doubledays, 3-2. The 25-y.o. Cuban was lit up for all three Jamestown runs on four hits and a walk over the 6th and 7th innings. Starter Andres Martinez was also back in town after five appearances in the GCL and turned in five shutout innings, with one and three hits given up and four strikeouts. Cody Gunter led off the 5th with a solo HR while rehabbing Cutter Dykstra doubled two batters and scored on fielding error to account for the two Auburn runs as the Doubledays were held to just five hits total.
* Two TJ’s, which I guess makes him a Double National?

Auburn vs. Jamestown — GAME TWO
• Ott (L, 1-2) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• Ramos 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-3, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2B, RBI

Jamestown struck for three in the 4th and held off Auburn for another 3-2 win to sweep the doubleheader and take the series, 2-1. Travis Ott was juiced for all three Jammer runs on three hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. The Doubledays ‘pen held them scoreless the rest of the way but the offense was unable to push across the tying runs, held to to seven hits with Osvaldo Abreu, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Clay Williamson each going 2-for-3.
Roster move: RHP Anderson Martinez reassigned from GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s contest. They’ll try to make it up today with a doubleheader.

DSL Nationals 21 DSL Mariners 10
• Bermudez (W, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Y. Ramirez (SV, 1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Je. Baez 4-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Peguero 3-4, 3R, HR, 5RBI, 2BB
• Mota 3-6, 3R, 2RBI

The D-Nats got a field goal and went for two in the 4th quart, er inning as they rode the 11-run outburst to a 21-10 win over the D-Mariners. Francys Peguero homered and drove in five while Jeyner Baez went 4-for-5 with everything but the big fly to lead the 16-hit assault. Juan Bermudez let up four unearned runs over five innings to earn his third win. Yonathan Ramirez stranded one of two runners, gave up three runs on five hits over three innings for the rulebook save.

Jul 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Canceled OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (AA Debut) vs.
A. Mejia (5-6, 5.52)
Potomac Lost, 11-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (7-4, 4.42) vs.
Parra (7-6, 5.27)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-6, 3.90) vs.
Smith (3-7, 6.46)
Auburn Postponed vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.27) and
Ott (1-1, 2.27) vs.
Eppler (0-2, 4.08) and
McRae (1-2, 3.57)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-4 (10 inn.) vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-9 vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (2-4, 1.82) vs.
Manzueta (2-1, 2.19)


Syracuse vs. Gwinnett — CNCLD (Rain)
Rain washed out the series finale between the G-Braves and the Chiefs. Since the two teams don’t meet again in the regular season, the game will not be made up.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bates 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Leonida 1-3, R, BB
• Sanchez 1-4

A feeble Harrisburg offense fielded a lineup of hitters whose highest batting average is now Caleb Ramsey’s .259 (Michael Taylor is out with a wrist injury). Not surprisingly, offense was a problem in a 2-1 loss to powerhouse Richmond, a team that will make a run at the Eastern League crown and presently has a 65-44 record. A committee of four Flying Squirrels yielded only one unearned run in the 2nd that gave Harrisburg a short-lived 1-0 lead. Brian Dupra took his fifth loss despite pitching well enough to win. The first “earned” run was aided by a throwing error by Cole Leonida when Squirrely Squirrel Kelby Tomlinson not only stole second but also advanced to third on the error. A single, a walk, and a single resulted in the second, decisive in the 5th inning run in a tidy 2-1 loss.
Roster moves: IFs Ricky Hague, Jose Lozada placed on the 7-Day DL; C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 2
• Bacus (L, 3-6) 3⅓ IP, 14H, 10R, 10ER, 2BB, K, 0HR
• Rauh 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2BB
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Myrtle Beach connected for six runs on six straight two-out hits in the 2nd and, like their moniker, dropped a couple more deuces in the 3rd and 4th innings en route to an 11-2 win over Potomac. Dakota Bacuse was eviscerated for ten runs on 14 hits and two walks over just three and a 1/3rd innings. Brian Rauh, who suffered a similar fate last Friday, came on in relief and saved the bullpen for a cause less lost with four and 2/3rds innings of one-run relief, which came via the only HR of the 16 hits the Pelicans pounded out. Shawn Pleffner singled twice and walked twice to lead the Potomac response of just eight hits.

Hagerstown 4 Greenville 0
• Lopez (W, 1-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Napoli (SV, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Middleton 2-3, BB
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez returned to Low-A with a vengeance, tossing six scoreless innings as Hagerstown blanked Greenville, 4-0. Lopez struck out a season-high of nine will letting up two hits and walking two. David Napoli set down all nine batters he faced to close out the game for his third Low-A save and fourth overall. James Yezzo doubled and homered and scored two runs to lead the Suns offense, which saw the bottom third account for five of its seven hits and three of the four RBI.
Roster move: LHP David Napoli reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn vs. Jamestown — PPD
The storms that sent Syracuse and Gwinnett packing also gave Auburn and Jamestown the night off. They’ll make it up with a pair of seven-inning games tonight at Falcon Park.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 4 (10 inn.)
• W. Davis 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Feliz (W, 3-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Ortiz 2-2, R, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Tillero 2-5, RBI, SB

The G-Nats took advantage of an error, a misplay, and a wild pitch to score thrice in the 10th for 7-4 win over the G-Marlins. Weston Davis got the start but was roughed up for two runs on four hits over three innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Five different batters had multiple hits as the G-Nats pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon, with Kelvin Gutierrez leading the total base column with a single and a double while drawing a walk. John Feliz got the win in relief with three scoreless innings, with one hit and one walk allowed and four set down on strikes.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Mariners 9
• Fuentes 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rosario (W, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 4R, ER, BB, K
• Charlis (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Agustin 2-2, 3R, 3B, 2RBI, 2BB, 2SB
• Mota 2-4, 3R, HR, 3RBI, BB, 2SB
• Vilorio 2-4, 2R, BB, SB

The D-Nats scored in eight of nine innings while outslugging the D-Mariners for a 12-9 victory. Led by Telmito Agustin with two hits, two walks, and two stolen bases, the D-Nats totaled 13, nine, and six in each of those categories. Starter Steven Fuentes went the first four innings, but was dinged for three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The win went to Ramses Rosario while Fiyeral Charlis struck out the side in the 9th for the save.

Jul 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Gwinnett,
12:00 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 2.64) vs.
Texeira (1-3, 6.00)
Harrisburg Losing, 9-7 (12 inn.) @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-4, 5.88) vs.
Blackburn (3-5, 2.93)
Potomac Won, 6-5 (11 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (3-5, 3.58) vs.
James (1-1, 5.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 7.04) vs.
McGrath (4-4, 3.59)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.27) vs.
Eppler (0-2, 4.08)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.31) vs.
Zabala (1-3, 4.26)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Treinen (W, 7-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Martin (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burriss 4-5, 2B, 2RBI,
• Leon 2-4, 2R
• Souza 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI

Syracuse starter Blake Treinen played the role of stopper last night. His victory over the Gwinett Braves ended a three-game losing streak for the Chiefs with seven innings that showed he may yet contribute to the MLB club’s pennant race. Treinin only struck out one batter in a ruthlessly efficient outing in which he yielded only two runs in seven innings on a total of 76 pitches. A leadoff hit by pitch and sacrifice bunt by Gwinnett resulted in an eventual RBI single by Syrcause nemesis Jose “No Soy Jorge!” Constanza. Tyler Pastornicky’s double in the top of the 6th preceded a sacrifice fly by Brandon “Wish I Was Wade” Boggs that scored Elmer “Wish I Was Jose” Reyes, who had singled to start the inning. Syracuse’s offense supported Treinen with a “picket fence” of single runs in the second, third, and fourth highlighted by Steven “Phone” Souza’s 17th homer in the third, a solo shot. The offense generously scored just enough runs to allow Rafael “Not Tisha Campbell’s Husband” Martin to record his first save as a Syracuse Chief this season.
Roster move: LHP Zach Jackson released.

New Hampshire 9 Harrisburg 7 (12 inn.) — SUSP.
• Espino 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Herron 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Vettleson 2-3, R
• Skole 3-6, 3-2B, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-6, R, HR, RBI

Rain suspended this one with one out in the bottom of the 12th with New Hampshire leading, 9-7. Harrisburg couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 5-4, but rallied to tie in the 9th to send it into extras. Matt Skole doubled three times and drove in three while Kevin Keyes homered again. The two teams will complete this next month when the Senators make their final road trip up 95 to Manchester (not by the sea) and Portland.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino activated from 3-Day TIL, LHP Chris Manno released.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5 (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Walsh (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Tejeda 3-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Severino 3-5, R
• J. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Tejeda homered twice to secure Potomac’s 13th walkoff win Last Night In Woodbridge
Roster move: RHP Gilberto Mendez placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 4
• Mooneyham 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K, 3WP, HBP
• Ullmann (L, 3-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Yezzo 3-4, R
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, SF
• Dent 2-5, 2R, 2-3B, RBI

The Suns pitchers didn’t miss many bats as they gave up 13 hits and walked eight in an 8-4 loss to the Drive. Brett Mooneyham somehow managed to only give up two runs on five hits, five walks, a hit batsman, and three wild pitches and escaped the loss, which went to Ryan Ullmann. James Yezzo singled three times while Cody Dent tripled twice and scored twice to lead the Hagerstown hit parade.

Auburn 3 Jamestown 1
• Dickey 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sanchez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Read 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, RBI

Auburn would take advantage of multiple miscues in the 5th to score three times and outduel Jamestown, 3-1. Robbie Dickey rebounded for a poor outing with four scoreless innings on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts to his credit. The win went to Mario Sanchez, though he served up a solo shot in the 7th and three hits total over three innings with nary a walk or a whiff. Chase McDowell closed out the game with two perfect frames for the save. Raudy Read (double), Cody Gunter (single), and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz (sac fly) accounted for two of the three Doubleday hits and all three RBI.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from the GCL to Auburn for minor-league rehab from Hagerstown; IF Cutter Dykstra assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
With one month to go, the G-Nats are tied with the G-Mets, four games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. After a 3-3 week, it’s three against the division (and league) cellar-dweller G-Marlins then three against the Mets, with home games on Tuesday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Like the G-Nats, the D-Nats are a shade over .500 with four weeks left but further back at 10 games off the pace for the division and six behind the Wild Card leader. Thanks to the reset afforded by the All-Star Break, it’s a trio of away-home games this week against the Mariners, Cardinals, and Orioles2.

Jul 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Gwinnett,
1:05 p.m.
Treinen (6-1, 3.16) vs.
Northcraft (0-4, 6.66)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0 vs. New Hampshire,
2:00 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.11) vs.
Copeland (6-7, 4.04)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1st A+ start of ’14) vs.
Baker (1-1, 4.66)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-0, 3.86) vs.
Garcia (0-1, 7.11)
Auburn Won, 7-1 vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Minarik (1-3, 5.34)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-1 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A


Gwinnett 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Laffey 6IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Cedeno (BS, 3; L, 4-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• E. Perez 3-4, R
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB

Revenge was sweet for former Chief Atahualpa “Huapa-Time” Severino, and one-time P-Nats closer. Gwinnett jumped out to a 2-0 lead over starter Aaron Laffey in the 1st, but Laffey righted the ship and gave up nothing else during his six innings of work. A Steven Souza three-run clout in the 3rd that scored Emmanuel Burriss and Eury Perez looked like it would be enough. Sean Kazmar, apparently the Bravest Brave, stole home off Syracuse southpaw Xavier Cedeno after leading off with single, advancing to second on another single, and advancing to third on a ground out to by Jose “No Jorge” Constanza in the 9th. Cedeno later gave up the losing run in the 10th on a Christian Behthancourt solo homer to left. Left-Handed One Out Guy (LOOGY) Severino of Gwinnett became a winner and Left Handed Two Outs Guy when he induced a line out by Will Rhymes to complete the 9th and began the 10th with a ground out by Greg “Grinding Souldrmmer’s Gears” Dobbs. Juan Jaime slammed the door and struck out the final two Chiefs to record his sixteenth save.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 0
• McGregor (W, 1-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B

While Mike Rizzo might have preferred more than just two strikeouts, winner Scott McGregor stymied the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for six shutout innings. Caleb Ramsey tripled in the home half of the first, and Harrisburg subsequently got the only run it would need on a Jose Lozada sacrifice fly. Jason Martinson decided he wants to get on Souldrummer’s “Good, Bad like Michael Jackson, and The Most Interesting Man on the Senators.” He continued his hot July by extending the lead to 2-0 with a solo shot in the 2nd and adding a single that contributed to a third run in the 4th. Paul Demny pitched two shutout innings for his second hold, and Robert Benincasa pitched a scoreless 9th for his fourth save. The lack of earlier strikeouts by McGregor allowed Ric Flair to shout one of his loudest “WOOOOOS!” of the season when the game ended in a whiff.

Potomac 3 Carolina 2
• Dickson 5⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Encarnacion (W, 2-3) 3⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-3, BB

Mike McQuillan drove in the first and the last run for Potomac as they walked off with a 3-2 win over Carolina despite being outhit 13-6. Starter Ian Dickson scattered eight hits over five and 2/3rds innings for just one run. He walked one and struck out four. Pedro Encarnacion got the win, though he let in the tying run in the top of the 9th. McQuillan launched a solo shot in the bottom of the 2nd and singled in Stephen Perez, who led off the bottom of the 9th with his second walk and took second on a Randolph Oduber sacrifice. Perez’s first walk plated Tony Renda to give Potomac a 2-1 lead in the 6th.

Greenville 6 Hagerstown 5
• Estevez IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Cooper (L, 7-3) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Wooten 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, RBI

A 4-0 lead wasn’t enough “For The Weekend” as the Drive edged the Suns, 6-5. Wirkin Estevez gave up two-spots in the 3rd and 4th innings after cruising through the first two innings unscathed to finish with four runs allowed on four hits and three walks over four innings. Andrew Cooper took the loss with the final two runs let in over his four innings of relief. John Wooten and Rafael Bautista both went 3-for-5 and combined for two runs scored (Bautista) and two RBI (Wooten) but the Hagerstown lineup struggled in the clutch, going just 3-for-14 and left on 11 baserunners.

Auburn 7 State College 1
• Van Orden (W, 1-3) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Torres (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Gardner 3-4, R, 2B
• Gordon 2-5, 2R, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5

The Doubledays got a little bit of revenge for the Friday-night smackdown as they ran over the Spikes, 7-1. Drew Van Orden, who suffered an eight-hit, eight-run assault on July 8th, got his first professional win with five innings of one-run ball. He walked none, fanned three, and gave up four hits, with the one run coming on a solo HR in the 4th. Jeff Gardner wasn’t “bad” as he singled twice and doubled once to lead Auburn’s ten-hit parade, followed by Garrett Gordon and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who both went 2-for-5.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 1
• Rivero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Reyes 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Plouck (l, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K
• Guzman 1-4, 2B
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, CS

The G-Cards exploded for four in the 9th to hand the G-Nats a 5-1 loss to close out the week. Felipe Rivero put in a scoreless inning as a rehab starter before giving way to Luis Reyes, who turned in five innings of one-run ball with seven hits allowed and no walks. Cole Plouck took the loss with the aforementioned four-run inning. The G-Nats were held to just five hits with Randy Encarnacion the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a double.
Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Mets1 4 DSL Nationals 3
• W. Pena 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• M. Pena ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mota 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Franco 3-4, RBI

Malvin Pena melted down with two out in the 9th, giving up a double, unleashing a wild pitch, and letting in the gamewinner with a single as the D-Mets1 took another one from the D-Nats, 4-3. Starter Wilber Pena had a one-hit shutout going into the 5th when he gave up a solo HR. He left with two outs in the 6th with a 2-1 lead but the bases loaded. Angher Cespedes blew the save in typical DSL fashion with a wild pitch, the first of three to go with three walks over the next two and a 1/3rd innings. Israel Mota and Anderson Franco both went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the D-Nats stranded nine baserunners and struck out 11 times for the game.

Jul 262014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.14) vs.
Martin (6-6, 3.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 8.27) vs.
Anderson (3-2, 4.58)
Potomac Won, 11-8 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (2-8, 5.61) vs.
Peoples (7-7, 4.57)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 5.14) vs.
Stankiewicz (6-7, 4.30)
Auburn Lost, 17-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-3, 9.49) vs.
Gomber (0-1, 2.13)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-4 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-4, 3.68) vs.
Marte (4-0, 4.15)


Gwinnett 3 Syracuse 1
• Lively (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K
• Mattheus 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 1-2, 2BB
• E. Perez 1-2, SAC, SF, RBI

Gwinnett starter Hector “Betcha Wish I Was the Other H-Rod” Daniel Rodriguez stumped Syracuse for six innings last night as the G-Braves defeated Syracuse 3-1. Syracuse starter Mitch Lively not only fell one inning short of a meager quality start, but he also gave up runs early that possibly demoralized his offense. A single and a double and a groundout in the first led to the first Gwinnett run. A single a double and two sacrifice flies pushed it to a 3-0 lead for the G-Braves in the bottom of the 4th. The Chiefs had little to do with their lone cosmetic run in the bottom of the 8th. Whatever MLBer Luis Avilan was working on wasn’t effective; a single by Greg Dobbs sandwiched between walks of Jeff Kobernus and Burriss preceded Eury Perez’s sacrifice fly. Gwinett’s Juan Jaime then shut the door with one and 2/3rd perfect innings, ending the 8th with a Tyler Moore whiff and finishing the 9th with punchouts of Destin Hood and Sandy Leon to create angst in the streets of Syracuse.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3
• Simmons (L, 2-1) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 7K, HBP, WP
• Manno 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R

Manno’s Minions may be the only people satisfied by last night’s outcome in Harrisburg. While Manno stymied the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, concluding with a stifling whiff, groundout, popout perfect inning of work in the top of the eighth, his manager might have been better served to use him in some higher leverage innings. James “I’m Not Richard” Simmons gave up five runs over six innings and watched his ERA balloon to 5.68, although in his defense he did throw strikes and entertained the faithful by allowing them to shout “WOO!!!” with Ric Flair seven times for strikeouts. A two-out error by third baseman Andy “Simpson, eh?” Burns led to Harrisburg’s first two cosmetic runs in the bottom of the seventh. Drew Vettleson’s double scored Kevin Keyes to conclude an ugly night for the upper affiliates 5-3.

Potomac 11 Carolina 8
• Rauh ⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Turnbull 4IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Oduber 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB

It looked like it was over early, but it wasn’t Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 1
• Giolito (W, 6-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Webb (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
• Mesa 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3SB
• Wooten 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-3, 2B, RBI

What a bum. Lucas Giolito gave up a leadoff single in the 1st then only retired the 18 batters in a row, seven by way of the K, to win his sixth game in a 5-1 Hagerstown win over Kannapolis. The 20-y.o. walked none and got five groundouts and six flyouts. Joseph Webb couldn’t preserve the shutout with an unearned run, but finished out the game with three hitless innings for his first save. Narciso Mesa singled, doubled, and swiped three bags from the top of the order as the Suns scored five times on just six hits and three walks.

State College 17 Auburn 4
• A. Williams (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 9R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HR, WP
• Read 2-3
• Carey 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The buck didn’t stop with either Williams (Austen or Deion) as the Spikes gored Auburn for 11 unanswered runs in the first thee innings en route to a 17-4 demolition. Austen got the start and was charged with nine runs (six earned) on five hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings. Deion came on in relief in the 3rd and let in one before giving up two of his own in State College’s nine-run 3rd. Raudy Read and Dale Carey both went 2-for-3 to pace the Doubledays offense.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Cardinals 2
• Yrizarri (W, 2-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• De La Cruz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Tillero 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Aguero 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Florentino 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Darryl Florentino got the party started with a two-run homer in the 2nd as the G-Nats would add on two more in the 3rd and 6th innings as they tripled up the G-Cards, 6-2. Deibi Yrizarri escaped the tag of “Bad” with five shutout innings, giving up four hits and two walks while fanning four for his second win. Jorge Tillero doubled twice and singled once to lead the D-Nats nine-hit attack.
Roster move: RHP Erick Fedde assigned from Washington.

DSL Mets1 6 DSL Nationals 4
• Acevedo 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Morel (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Vilorio 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Rengel 2-5

The D-Mets1 scored twice in each of the 6th and 7th innings to break open a one-run game as they defeated the D-Nats, 6-4. Starter Carlos Acevedo spun five innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits and two walks while striking out five but got the no-decision. Melvin Morel took the loss with the aforementioned four runs (two earned) in two innings on four hits, including a two-run HR. The Luises combined for four of the eight D-Nat hits with Vilorio scoring twice and homering once and Rengel connecting for two singles.

Jul 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6;
Won, 6-4
vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.15) vs.
Webster (4-4, 3.05)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 (15 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.31) vs.
Bischoff (2-3, 3.80)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-3, 5.95) vs.
Littrell (5-5, 3.77)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (5-7, 4.32) vs.
Brault (7-6, 3.32)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Reilly (0-1, 7.71)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6 — GAME ONE
• Lively (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Dobbs 2-3, R
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Apparently Mitch Lively’s fastball was anything but lively because he yielded seven runs in the first two innings of Syracuse’s 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. First baseman Greg Dobbs’ fielding error with one out in the 1st led to two of those seven runs being unearned. The Syracuse faithful got to see ex-Nat Jason Marquis almost give this one away. After six scoreless frames, he fell short of the complete game. Destin “It’s All Good” Hood was both hero and goat in the inning. He proved that Marquis was human with a leadoff bomb to left in the seventh, but he later grounded into the game ending 6-4-3 double play after reliever BJ Rosenberg tried to blow his first save for Lehigh Valley with two walks and a single upon entering the game.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 4 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Cedeno (SV, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Laird 2-3, 2R
• Solano 2-3, 2RBI

The Chiefs secured a doubleheader split by putting up six runs on the board over the first three innings on its way to a 6-4 victory over the IronPigs. Zach “Barbara’s not my moms” Walters 1st-inning solo shot to right got the scoring started. After Lehigh Valley’s Nate “Where’s Britney?” Spears tied it up on a solo shot of his own against starter and winner James “Big Richard” Simmons, the Syracuse offense went right back to work and put up three runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Josh Johnson’s two-run double was the key hit. After the IronPigs closed the gap to 4-3 in the top of the third, Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano put the Chiefs back up 6-3 with a single up the middle that scored Steve Souza and Brandon Laird. Lehigh Valley made their final score with an RBI double in the 6th from Spears in the 6th before Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno closed out the game for his third save.
Roster moves: LHP Zach Jackson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 4 (15 inn.)
• McGregor 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Herron 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB (1 IBB), 0K
• Vettleson 4-6, R, 2B, 3B
• Taylor 3-7, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg dropped the series finale, 5-4 to Richmond in heartbreaking fashion deep into extras. In the bottom of the 1st, 3B Matt Skole made a critical error that allowed a runner to score from third. The Flying Squirrels extended the lead to 2-0 in the 3rd before Harrisburg finally answered with singles by Jason Martinson, Drew Vettleson, and Cole Leonida get one back in the 5th. However, starter Scott McGregor couldn’t produce a shutdown inning and gave up four singles and two runs to put Harrisburg into a 4-1 deficit to come back from. The Sens managed to tie it up with outstanding relief work headlined by Derek Self who pitched two scoreless frames. Manno’s Millions got a scoreless frame from their hero, and the offense finally broke through with a Vettleson triple and Quincy “Don’t Call Me Jones” Latimore sac fly in the 7th. Michael “[SD's mancrush]” Taylor hit a two-run bomb out to left that scored a Ricky Hague ahead of him and tied it up at 4-4. Harrisburg fans listening to the dulcet tones of Terry Byrom over the interwebs had to wait until the bottom of the 15th before a bases-loaded walkoff single removed the Senators from their on-field offices

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Rauh 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Walsh (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinez 2-3
• Severino 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Tejeda 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Pedro Severino went “Marco!” with homer in the 8th while Oscar Tejeda went “Solo!” with a big fly in the 9th as the P-Nats edged the Red Sox, 3-2 and returned to sole possession of 1st place. The start went to Brian Rauh and he turned in four shutout innings with a single hit allowed, no walks, and five K’s. Severino and Estarlin Martinez both went 2-for-3 to lead the Potomac offense. Jake Walsh won for second time in four appearances with two shutout innings, with one hit and no walks allowed while setting down three on strikes.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Estevez 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, WP, 2BK
• Johns (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, 2SB (51, 52)
• Ballou 2-5, R, OF assist at HP
• Kieboom 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Suns scored on a wild pitch in the 9th to take their first and only lead of the night as they edged the Shorebirds, 5-4. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was ineffective in his second start back from the GCL, giving up two runs over three innings on four hits and a walk while doing himself no favors with a wild pitch and two balks. Osvaldo Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walks and two stolen bases from the leadoff spot while nos. 3-4 hitters Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-5 with Kieboom lofting his 6th home run. Samuel Johns got the win after stranding two runners in the 7th, pitching a scoreless 8th, and working around a pair of singles in the 9th.

Lowell 6 Auburn 5
• Van Orden (L, 0-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Torres 4IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Abreu 1-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Gardner 1-4, R, 3B

The Doubledays led 1-0 early but gave up five runs in the middle innings and couldn’t complete the comeback for a 6-5 loss. Drew Van Orden took the brunt of Lowell’s assualt, giving up four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. Luis Torres returned to Auburn with four innings with two unearned runs let in on one hit and two walks over the final four frames. The Doubledays managed just six hits, but three went for extra bases with Osvaldo Abreu and Jeff Gardner both going 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats broke even with a 3-3 week against the Cardinals and Marlins. This week, it’s four against the Mets and three against the Cardinals.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
• Pimentel 0-2, K
• Baez ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

With a four-run 8th, the DSL NL All-Stars defeated the AL All-Stars, 9-7. Davinson Pimentel started at catcher and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout while Joan Baez appeared with one out in the 5th and struck out both batters he faced as the two managers did the best to make sure every player on the roster appeared. This week, it’s home games against the Rockies today, the Yankees1 and Mets1 on Thursday and Friday while they visit those three on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.