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.

Jul 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Roenicke (4-4, 5.00) and
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL)
Holland (1-0, 1.59) vs.
Lincoln (4-5, 4.40) and
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86)
Neris (3-2, 6.03)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Richmond,
6:05 p.m.
Kroenke (2-3, 5.91) vs.
Crick (6-4, 3.23)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (6-4, 4.39) vs.
Mercedes (2-5, 4.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.47) vs.
Severino (1-0, 3.60)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 4.15) vs.
Buttrey (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 14-1 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 10 Lehigh Valley 2
• Cole (W, 2-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Madrigal 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Moore 3-5, 2R
• Solano 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The Phillies’ AAA club is apparently as bad as its MLB club. They were destroyed by the Syracuse Chiefs last night, 10-2. Offensive leader Steve Souza, phoned in a home run to lead off the 4th. Seven of his brethren followed up with consecutive positive plate appearances with an A.J. “Slaw” Cole sacrifice bunt being the only out recorded. A strike ‘em out (Jeff Kobernus), throw ‘em out (Emmanuel Burriss) ended the inning, but the damage had been done. Six runs was enough for Cole to kick it in cruise and pound the strike zone. Cole walked not one Iron Pig, but did yield two runs on eight hits while sending six of ‘em back to the dugout with “K.”
Roster move: RHP Mitch Lively assigned from Washington. You probably already knew he’s a former Oakland N.L. West-team farmhand.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 3 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K; 1-2
• Benincasa (W, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bates (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Martinson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators won a thriller in Richmond last night. After an opening tally by Richmond in the bottom of the 3rd, Michael “BATMAN” Taylor promptly erased the evil deficit by leading off the 4th with a solo shot. Harrisburg continued its picket fence with a one-out double by Drew Vettleson and a clutch two-out RBI single by Adrian Sanchez to score him in the top of the 5th. A leadoff double by Rick “The Stick” Hague, a Matt Skole single, and a Kevin Keyes walk loaded the bases for what should have been the knockout blow. But Richmond replaced Kelvin Marte with Jose Casilla, who whiffed Jason Martinson, then yielded a bunt single to complete the picket fence but escaped further damage with lineout double play. Manno’s Minions will be disappointed to learn he issued the walk and the double that led to Richmond tying up the contest at 3-3 in the 7th. Martinson crushed the Flying Squirrels hopes with a two-out homer in the top of the 11th. Robert Benincasa got the win while Colin Bates got the save

Wilmington 3 Potomac 0
• Voth 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Dickson (L, 1-8) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Renda 1-3, 2B, BB

Austin Voth was brilliant, but things fell apart late Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 3
• Johansen (L, 5-5) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Ullmann 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Yezzo 1-3, 2B

The Shorebirds erupted for four in the 6th to break open a 3-1 game as they cruised to an 8-3 win over the Suns. Jake Johansen made it through five, but was strafed for four runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five for his fifth loss. Hagerstown was limited to just four hits though two of them were doubles by Wilmer Difo and James Yezzo, who both went 1-for-3.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 6
• Bourque (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Read 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI
• Medina 1-3, R, 2BB, 4E

If they didn’t already know it, the Doubledays learned you can’t spot a 24-9 team a 6-0 lead and still win. But they tried, as they rallied for four in the 5th but ultimately fell short with a 7-6 loss. James Bourque was riddled for eight hits and six runs over four and a 1/3rd innings with only one earned run “thanks” to three Willie Medina throwing errors (four total) in the Renegades five-run 2nd. Raudy Read’s three-run HR sparked aforementioned 5th with “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to pace the Auburn offense.
Roster move: CF Alec Keller placed on the 60-Day DL.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 2
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Plouck (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Valerio (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Gutierrez 3-4, 3B, BB
• Keniry 0-2, R, 2BB

Turnabout is fair play as the G-Nats reversed the score of Thursday with a 4-2 win over the G-Marlins on Friday. Daury Vasquez got the start and gave up one run on two hits with no walks and one whiff over three innings. Cole Plouck got the win in relief, Maximo Valerio got the save as the two combined for four and 2/3rds scoreless innings to finish out the game. Kelvin Gutierrez went 3-for-4 with a walk and a triple to lead the G-Nats attack.

DSL Giants 14 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vargas ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Guerrero 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Mota 1-3

Sandy Guerrero’s solo shot in the 3rd pulled the D-Nats within two at 3-1 but it was all downhill from here as the D-Giants piled on 11 more for 14-1 demolition. Carlos Acevedo took the loss, allowing those first three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Just five of the D-Giant runs were earned thanks to seven errors, four by Francys Peguero while positioned near third base. Guerrero also singled to go 2-for-4 as the D-Nats were held to just six hits.
C-1B Davinson Pimentel, RHP Joan Baez named to DSL NL All-Star Team.

Jul 112014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-6 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 2.82) vs.
Heath (5-1, 3.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-1 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.01) vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 4-3;
Tied 1-1 (susp.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 0.47) vs.
Kline (5-3, 3.83)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (10-5, 4.20) vs.
Reed (2-6, 5.93)
Auburn Won, 4-1 @ Connecticut,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (0-0, 5.68) vs.
Edwards (3-1, 2.40)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5;
Won, 6-4
@ GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-2 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (2-1, 1.56) vs.
LeFranc (0-1, 12.91))


Syracuse 11 Gwinnett 6
• Treinen (W, 5-0) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Grace (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 4-5, 2R, 3-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Moore 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 1-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI

Five innings of mediocre pitching from starting (and winning) pitcher Blake Treinen (5-0) was enough for Syracuse because the lineup mashed out 15 hits and 26 total bases against the lowly (38-56) Charlotte Knights. Three straight 1st inning singles and a Jordan Danks RBI groundout to start off the game led to an ominous first inning run. Steve Souza tied it up in with an RBI in the form of Jeff Kobernus, who had doubled earlier and stolen third. A single by Tyler Moore and a groundout from Walters plated Souza and gave Syracuse a 2-1 lead at the end of four. Syracuse Manager Billy Gardner pulled Treinen after he gave up two runs in the bottom of the 5th. In this crucial fifth, Blake Tekotte of Charlotte committed Blake on Blake crime with a leadoff homer. A subsequent single, walk, and another single set up the pivotal play. Walters made an error on second but recovered his wits enough to gun down greedy Carlos Sanchez at home for the second out and Treinen escaped further harm with a clutch groundout by Matt Davidson. Syracuse was so relieved to escape that they scored in every remaining inning to extend their record to a mighty 55-37.

Bowie 11 Harrisburg 1
• Kroenke (L, 2-3) 2⅔ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 0K, 0HR,
• Brach 4⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Vettleson 2-4, OF assist at HP
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB

Four “pitchers” emerged from the bullpen of the Harrisburg Senators last night. All four of them gave up runs. Tyler Herron did the least harm. He allowed one earned run in the bottom of the 9th. That run, a sacrifice fly by Ronald Bermudez scored David Adams who had doubled to lead off the inning, and also resulted in a final score of 11-1 in favor of the Bowie BaySox. Starter Anthony Vazquez didn’t have it, and gave up six unanswered runs in the first three innings. I think Ric Flair even turned on the team. Rumor has it he sarcastically shouted “WOO!” during Michael Taylor’s 114th and 115th strikeouts of the season but did cheer his leadoff single when the outcome was still in doubt in the 1st inning.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 — GAME ONE
• Bacus 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
• Mendez (W, 5-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• E. Perez 2-3, 2R, 2SB, SAC
• S. Perez 0-1, 3BB
• Renda 1-2, 2SF, 3RBI

In the opener, both teams traded runs with Potomac scoring twice in the 1st and once in the 2nd, and the Wilmington answering in reverse in the 2nd and 3rd innings to create a 3-3 tie. As the pitchers took over, both teams managed just a single over the next three and a half innings before Potomac played a little small ball. Pedro Severino led off with a single, took second on a Eury Perez sacrifice, took third on a passed ball, and trotted home on Tony Renda’s RBI single for the walkoff win.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO (SUSP., BOT 6TH)
• Schwartz 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rauh 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Norfork 1-2, R
• Martinez 1-2, RBI

Blake Schwartz lost his perfect-game bid with a two-out single in the top of the 5th while Khayyan Norfork broke up the Wilmington’s
combined no-hitter with one out in the bottom of the 5th. Following a walk to Mike McQuillan, Estarlin Martinez cashed in the first Potomac scoring chance for a 1-0 lead. The Blue Rocks got it right back with a bunt single, steal, a groundout to the right side and a sac fly. Shawn Pleffner and Oscar Tejeda both singled with two outs before the rains came and suspended play. They’ll pick this one up next Wednesday when Wilmington returns to Potomac.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 4
• Silvestre (W, 5-6) 8IP, 7H, 4R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Cooper (S, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 4-5, 3R, BB, RBI, 2SB, OF assist at HP
• Kieboom 3-5, RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, RBI, SB

Hector Silvestre turned a career-high eight innings as the Suns took the series opener, 6-4. The 21-y.o. southpaw was dinged for three unearned runs and four hits in the 1st but settled down to only give up one more run and three hits over the next seven. He walked none and struck out three in his fifth win. Andrew Cooper pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his first. Rafael Bautista was a force from the leadoff spot, reaching base five times, scoring three times, and stealing two more bags to increase his Sally League-leading tally to 48.

Auburn 4 Connecticut 1
• Ott 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 6BB, 1K
• Ramos (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mapes (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Carey 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB, RBI

The Doubledays pitchers flirted with disaster by walking seven over the first seven innings but scored two runs late to escape with a 4-1 win over the Tigers. Travis Ott walked six of them over his four innings, giving up the lone Connecticut run on two hits and striking out one. David Ramos turned in three goose eggs for the win while Tyler Mapes tossed two scoreless for the save. Dale Carey’s two-run homer in the 2nd turned out to be enough, but he singled in the 9th, stole second and scored on “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz’s second single of the night as Auburn got two insurance runs [insert Hartford joke here] for the 4-1 final.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 5 (12 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Encarnacion ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP (pitched on 7/1)
• A. Martinez 4⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Valerio (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 3IP 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 3K, BK
• Alvarez 2-5, R, 2B, 3B
• Rosario 2-6, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Ripken 2-5, RBI

Picking up where they left off on the 1st, the G-Nats built a 5-0 lead through four only to give it away with five runs in the last four innings (no idea why it wasn’t called after seven). Andres Martinez was the de facto starter and threw four and a 1/3rd scoreless with two hits and no walks allowed with two strikeouts. Maximo Valerio coughed up the lead with a run in the 9th but stayed on to pitch the 10th and 11th and got the blown-save-win as the G-Nats rallied for two in the top of the 12th. Jean Ramirez pitched a scoreless 12th for the save. Dionicio Rosario tripled, scored a run, and drove in three to pace the 11-hit, three-walk attack.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 4 — GAME TWO
• Dickey 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Mills (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, 2RBI
• Tillero 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Ortiz 1-2, R, BB

The G-Nats dug themselves out from a 4-1 hole with a five-run 6th as they completed the doubleheader sweep with a 6-4 win. Robbie Dickey was charged with all four runs on six hits over two and 2/3rds with one walk and one whiff. The win went to McKenzie Mills for two scoreless innings in the 5th and 6th innings. Cole Plouck set ‘em down in order in the 7th for his first professional save.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Orioles2 2
• Bermudez 5IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Cespedes (BS, 3; W, 4-0) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Pimentel 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Guerrero 2-3, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Pilier 2-3, R, BB

Angher Cespedes “earned” his third blown-save-win in a week as his teammates bailed him out again with two runs in the bottom of the 8th for a 4-2 D-Nats win over the D-Orioles2. Starting pitcher Juan Bermudez “Shorts” made just one mistake, a solo HR to lead off the game, as he walked one and struck out five over five innings. 17-y.o. Davinson Pimentel homered for the third straight game and walked twice to lead the D-Nats eight-hit, eight-walk offense.

Jul 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (4-0, 2.20) vs.
Hill (1-2, 4.80)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-2, 4.74) vs.
Vasquez (3-5, 4.98)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
3:30 p.m.
Bacus (3-4, 3.76) and
Schwartz (2-0, 4.74) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.75) and Finnegan (pro debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-7 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (4-6, 4.60) vs.
Davis (2-0, 4.73)
Auburn Won, 3-1 @ Connecticut,
7:00 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.87) vs.
Ladwig (0-0, 9.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-3, 1.88) vs.
Romero (0-2, 1.09)


Syracuse 8 Gwinnett 4
• Cole (W, 1-0) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Delcarmen (S, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 3-4, R, 2RBI, 2SB (19, 20)
• Walters 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, 2B, 2SB

Three first-inning doubles by the Gwinnett Braves off A.J. Cole led to an ominous 2-0 deficit for the Syracuse Chiefs. The Chiefs were undaunted, and tied it up with a one-out rally in the top of 3rd with a single by Emmanuel Burriss (red hot .531/.614/.813 over his last 9G), double by Jeff Kobernus, and RBI single by Steve Souza. After a Joey Terdoslavich homer off Cole in the top of the 4th briefly gave Gwinnett a 3-2 lead, Syracuse went ahead for good in the top of the 5th. This time the Chiefs strung together a Burriss HBP and singles by Kobernus, Tyler Moore, and Zach Walters to carve out three runs and take a 5-3 lead. Edward Salcedo’s homer leading off the top of the bottom of the 5th would be the closest that Gwinnett would get for the rest of the night as Syracuse won by the final score of 8-4 and Cole earned his first AAA win.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 0
• McGregor 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bates (W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Skole 2-4

The Harrisburg Senators pitching staff formed the Committee on Beating Bowie Badly last night. Scott McGregor, Colin Bates, Paul Demny, and Robert Benincasa combined to shut the BaySox out 2-0 on six hits and no walks. McGregor, a recent pickup from the AAA Memphis St. Louis affiliate, put aside his season-long struggles to hurl four shutout innings to lead the charge. Michael “Senate Majority Leader” Taylor continued his assault on the Eastern League by scoring the Sens first run in the 1st after singling to start off the offense for Harrisburg. An Adrian Sanchez RBI single to score Jason Martinson in the bottom of the 4th provided some helpful breathing room. About the only unhappy person in the ballpark might have been Ric Flair (if he was there). He only got to shout “WOOOOO!” seven times for strikeouts.
Roster moves: UT Jose Lozada reassigned from Syracuse; 2B Cutter Dykstra placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Scott McGregor activated from the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — Postponed
Another twilight thunderstorm has washed out the P-Nats, shifting yesterday’s doubleheader to this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. With just one of four games played, another doubleheader is due next week when Wilmington returns for a three-game set. This is the third rainout between these two teams in a week.
Roster move: 2B Cody Dent reassigned from Hagerstown.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 7
• Mooneyham 3⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Davis (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Ballou 3-4, RBI, HBP
• Ward 2-5, RBI

A six-run 3rd was not a big enough lead for the Suns pitchers hold and complete the three-game sweep. Instead, the BlueClaws roared back with seven runs in the middle innings and held off Hagerstown for a 9-7 win in the morning matinee. Brett Mooneyham got knocked from the box with two outs in the 4th as he gave up six runs on seven hits, including a two-run home run, with one walk and three strikeouts. The Suns rallied to tie it at 7-7 in the 6th but Cody Davis, who set the side down in order in the 6th, was dinged for two runs on three hits and two walks in the 7th. Every Suns batter had a hit, with Isaac Ballou leading the 12-hit effort with a 3-for-4 game, followed by Drew Ward at 2-for-5.
Roster move: OF Brian Langlois reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 3 Connecticut 1
• Lopez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Sanchez (SV, 3) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Medina 2-3, R, 2B, CS
• Abreu 1-2, 2SAC

Auburn ace Reynaldo Lopez put the brakes on a three-game skid with six shutout innings in a 3-1 win over Connecticut in the Nutmeg State. The 20-y.o. Dominican lowered his ERA to 1.01 while walking three, letting up three hits, and striking out four to even his won-loss mark at 2-2. Mario Sanchez finished out the game for his third save, losing the shutout with a 9th-inning run and three hits total with two walks and no K’s. Willie Medina led the charge with a 2-for-3 night with a run scored as the Doubledays posted nine hits, including three doubles (Medina, Diomedes Eusebio, Raudy Read) and a triple for “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz.
Roster move: OF John Wooten assigned from Hagerstown for minor-league rehab.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3 (5 inn.)P
• Vasquez 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Reyes (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Lora 1-2, R, 2B, RBI
• G. Ramirez 1-2, R, 2SB

Rain shortened this one to just five innings, with the G-Marlins edging the G-Nats, 4-3 win with two runs in their last “ups.” Daury Vasquez started and went two and 1/3rd innings, giving up two hits and a walk. He left with two runners on, both of which reliever Luis Reyes let in, along with two of his own. Reyes gave four hits total, including a two-run homer that proved to be the gamewinner, over the final two and 2/3rds for his second loss. The G-Nats had five hits with Thomas Alvarez, Edwin Lora, and “Fred” Aguero each connecting for a double.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1
• Fuentes (W, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• Rosario (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Franco 2-4, R
• Jo. Ramirez 1-3, 2B, RBI, SB

The D-Nats duo of Steven Fuentes and Ramses Rosario combined to strike out 12 in a 4-1 win over the D-Cards. Fuentes got seven of them in his six frames, allowing five hits, no walks, and the lone, unearned run. Rosario was perfect over the final three innings and fanned five. It was the first win and save, respectively for both pitchers. Anderson Franco went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the D-Nats offense.

Jul 082014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (9-2, 1.90) vs.
Schlosser (4-4, 4.33)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 5.88) vs.
Pettit (4-6, 6.40)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.08) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.75)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-3, 5.04) vs.
Viza (3-11, 5.10)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Baez (0-0, 1.69)
GCL Nationals Postponed @ GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (1-3, 3.38) vs.
Diaz (1-2, 3.24)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 3
• Roenicke (W, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Grace (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 2SB
• Burriss 2-5, 2R, 2-2B

Yunesky “Yuleftmehanging” Maya lost another game involving the Chiefs. But this time Chiefs fans were happy to learn that he was pitching for the opposing Gwinnett Braves. Maya gave up all five runs and apparently learned that Steven “Phone” Souza is good at baseball. Souza was a homer short of the cycle. In the 1st, Souza doubled in Emmanuel “Don’t Call Me Lewis” Burriss for the Chiefs first tally. In the 3rd, Souza tripled in Emmanuel “I’m not Webster either” Burriss for another Chiefs tally. In the 6th, Steve “Believe” Souza walked, stole second, and later scored on a fielding error. Josh Johnson put Gwinnett out of their misery with a two-out pinch hit two-run double to make the final score 5-3 in the frame as well. Props to Matt Grace as well who pitched two scoreless innings of relief and remains unscored upon in 13⅔ AAA innings.
Roster move: RHP Neil Holland reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 1
• Simms (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, RBI
• Sanchez 2-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B

John Simms continues impress at the AA level, winning for the second time in three starts as Harrisburg knifed Bowie, 5-1. The 22-y.o. Texan turned in six strong innings with the lone BaySox run given up on four hits and one walk. Adrian Sanchez smacked a three-run HR in the 4th to break open a 1-0 game while Jason Martinson led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night as the Senators piled up 12 hits and drew five walks.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 1
• Dickson (L, 1-7) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Turnbull 3IP, 2H, 2R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Pleffner 2-4
• J. Miller 1-4, 2B, RBI

Wilmington broke a 1-1 tie with a single-triple-double sequence to open the 6th and cruised to a 5-1 win over Potomac in the series opener. Starter Ian Dickson turned in a quality start of three runs allowed over six innings, but four of the eight hits went for extra bases as he walked one and struck out four while taking his seventh loss. The P-Nats bats were limited to just five hits total, with Shawn Pleffner the sole batter to reach base twice. Justin Miller’s RBI double in the 2nd prevented back-to-back shutouts as the P-Nats have lost seven of their last eight scheduled games to fall below .500 at 8-9 for the second half.
Roster move: LHP Jake Walsh promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 4
• Giolito 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Cooper (W, 6-2) 3IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, HBP
• Ballou 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Ward 2-5, 3RBI

Hagerstown continued its domination of Lakewood, doubling ‘em up 8-4 for its 13th victory in 17 games versus the Sally League’s New Jersey entrant. Lucas Giolito, named the #11 prospect in BA’s midseason SEO project prospect list, was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and three walks over four innngs. He struck out six. The win went to Andrew Cooper, who turned in three scoreless frames for his sixth “W.” Hagerstown matched a season-high of 16 hits with the 3-4-5 trio of Isaac Ballou, Spencer Kieboom, and Drew Ward going 7-for-13 with two doubles (Kieboom), two runs scored, and five RBI.
Roster moves: RHP Samuel Johns reassigned from Auburn; SS David Masters activated from the 7-Day DL.

State College 3 Auburn 2
• Derosier (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Ramos 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Riopedre 1-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Eusebio 1-3

The Doubleday offense remained AWOL in a 3-2 loss to State College. Auburn managed just six hits, with the lone extra-base knock accounting for both of its runs as Chris Riopedre smacked a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the 3rd. It was an answer to the three-run homer allowed by Matt Derosier in the top of the 3rd. The almost-20-y.o. was spiked for eight hits total over four and 2/3rds while walking two and striking out four in his second loss. Tyler Mapes and David Ramos combined for four and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief, but the Doubledays had just two baserunners after the 3rd inning for a total of three left on base.
Roster moves: RHP Tyler Mapes reassigned from the GCL Nationals, SS Willie Medina demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Let’s hope they have enough (healthy) pitchers into handle three doubleheaders in four days, as Monday’s game against the G-Marlins was rained out to create twinbill this morning.
Roster move: OF Gilberto Ramirez promoted from the DSL Nationals.

DSL Mariners 7 DSL Nationals 5
• Acevedo 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Charlis (BS, 3; L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Vilorio 2-4, R, RBI, 2E
• Pilier 1-3, BB, E
• Pimentel 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The D-Nats ‘pen turned a 5-1 lead into a 7-5 loss with six runs allowed in the final three innings, including four in the 9th. Starter Carlos Acevedo turned in five innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and working around three walks with four set down on strikes. His work would go for naught as Fiyeral “El Incendiario” came on in the 9th with one out and two runners on and let them both in along with two of his own for his third blown save and first loss. Luis Vilorio went 2-for-4 with a run score and an RBI to lead the hit column while Davinson Pimentel smacked a three-run homer in the 1st to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jul 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 @ Gwinnett,
6:05 p.m.
Laffey (10-3, 2.93) vs.
H.D. Rodriguez (4-10, 4.79)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Rodriguez (4-7, 4.38)
Potomac Won, 11-6 (comp.);
Won, 1-0 (8 inn.)
vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (5-3, 4.45) vs.
Faulkner (6-1, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (10-4, 3.43) vs.
Guerrero (5-0, 3.03)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-0, 1.93 @ GCL) vs.
Packrall (0-0, 6.94)
GCL Nationals Lost, 12-8 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 6
• Treinen 6IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 5BB, 2K
• Cedeno (BS, 2; W, 4-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, WP
• Laird 3-4, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Kobernus 3-5, 3R, 2B, 2SB
• Walters 2-3, R, 3B, 2BB

The beat rolls on for the mighty Chiefs who pulled off a thrilling 7-6 win over the PawSox. The lead changed hands four times and was tied twice, including the 9th when Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno blew a 6-5 lead and wild pitched in the tying run. But Pawtucket returned the favor by giving the game away with walks in the 9th! A walk for you, Sandy Leon. A sac bunt by organizational soldier Josh Johnson got Leon to second for two shots at a game-winning hit. Kobernus got that hit, but the slow-footed catcher Leon was thrown out at the plate. Zach Walters singled to Kobernus to third. An intentional walk for Steven Souza to set up the double play backfired when Pawtucket’s Drake Britton walked Tyler Moore on four pitches for the walkoff walk.
Roster move: LHP Mike Gonzalez released.

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 4
• Brach (L, 1-4) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-3, BB, CS
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators scared the [mess] out of the Altoon Curve with a first-inning tally. Michael Taylor mashed a double, advanced to third on a groundout by Caleb Ramsey, and scored on a Matt Skole single to left. The Curve straightened things out quickly with five runs in the bottom of the 1st starting with an Alen Hansom dinger to lead off matters. Two more singles. A double-play escape? No. One needs three outs to end an inning. Hitter (and former pitcher) Stetson Allie drew a walk. Then the lowly Senators extended the inning on a Matt Skole throwing error. Four unearned runs followed and a 5-1 first-inning lead evolved into a 7-4 victory for the Altoona Curve.

Potomac 11 Myrtle Beach 6 — COMP.
• Rauh 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Schwartz (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Renda 3-5, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB (10)
• Pleffner 2-5, 2RBI, SB
• Norfork 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• McQuillan 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

In the completion of last Friday’s suspended game in Myrtle Beach, Potomac scored eight unanswered runs while Blake Schwartz tossed five shutout innings to take an 11-6 decision. Mike McQuillan started the smackdown with a two-run shot following a Khayyan Norfork single, as the Pelicans got sloppy and committed two errors to help Potomac along as they scored five in the 6th to take an 8-6 lead. Oscar Tejeda’s two-run single capped off the three-run 7th as the P-Nats put the game away. Tony Renda led the hit column with two singles, two RBI, a double, a stolen base, and three runs scored.

Potomac 1 Myrtle Beach 0 (8 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Manno (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2B
• Perez 1-4, RBI

The P-Nats pitchers outdueled the Pelicans’ Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 1
• Silvestre (W, 4-6) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 5K
• Suero (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Bautista 2-4, CS
• Yezzo 2-3, R

Hector Silvestre tossed six shutout innings and combined with Wander Suero on a three-hitter as the Suns lapped the Intimidators, 3-1. The 20-y.o. southpaw walked four but allowed just one hit while striking out five to secure his fourth “W.” Suero put on six baserunners with two walks, two hits, and two plunks over three innings, but only one crossed home plate as he earned his second save. Rafael Bautista and James Yezzo combined for four of the team’s eight hits, which included Spencer Kieboom’s fourth home run.

Auburn 2 Williamsport 1
• Bach 3IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, K
• Mancini (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Carey 2-3, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B

Brian Langlois singled in Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz with two outs in the 9th as Auburn edged Williamsport, 2-1. The win went to Domenick Mancini, who had stranded two runners in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. R.C. Orlan got the last three outs for the save, his first of the season (and his career). The Doubledays racked up nine hits, including extra-base knocks (all doubles, natch) by “Orange,” David Masters, and Dale Carey, who also stole a base.

GCL Cardinals 12 GCL Nationals 8
• P. Encarnacion 2⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Mills 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• T. Alvarez 3-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• L. Guzman 2-5, 2R, 2B

Thirteen batters and seven pitchers made an appearance as the G-Cards outslugged the G-Nats, 12-8 to send the Nats rookie contingent to its third straight loss. Pedro Encarnacion started and was lit up for four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two in his second rehab outing. The loss went to Robbie Dickey for letting in the go-ahead run in the 5th as the 20-y.o. Texan struck out three of six batters faced in his pro debut. Thomas Alvarez reached base four times and fell a home run shy of the cycle with a 3-for-3 afternoon and led the 16-hit offense.
Roster moves: RHP Robbie Dickey (4th Rd. Pick), LHP McKenzie Mills (18th Rd. Pick) assigned from Washington; OF Eury Perez assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mariners 4 (10 inn.)
• Baez 5IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Cespedes (W, 3-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Franco 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Pimentel 2-5, R, 2-2B
• J. Ramirez 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Joshual Ramirez’s solo shot in the 10th broke a 4-4 tie and stopped a two-game slide as the D-Nats sunk the D-Mariners, 5-4. The win went to Angher Cespedes for three no-hit innings of relief, with two walks and three strikeouts. Joan Baez got the start, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks for the no-decision. The D-Nats pounded out 12 hits with five batters notching multiple hits, including Davinson Pimentel, who doubled twice, and Anderson Franco, who tripled and drove in three.

Jun 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4;
Won, 4-3
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (1-1, 5.54) vs.
Greene (4-2, 5.74)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-3, 2.92)
Simms (AA debut) vs.
Anderson (2-6, 5.21)
Potomac Lost, 11-2 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 3.86) vs.
Payano (3-4, 5.01)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2;
Won, 1-0
vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Vader (8-3, 2.96) vs.
Johansen (4-2, 5.08)
Auburn Won, 11-2 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 1.35) vs.
Cavanerio (1-0, 5.73)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-5 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 19-4 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 7.71) vs.
Parra (2-0, 1.80)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 4 — GAME ONE
• Roenicke (L, 3-4) 2⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K
• Jackson 3⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 5K, 2-0 IR-S
• Solano 2-3, R
• Laird 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

The RailRiders got to Josh Roenicke for five runs in the early going, then pulled away with two in the 7th for a 7-4 win, halting the Chiefs’ eight-game streak. The brother-in-law of Ian Desmond gave up seven hits and three walks with no strikeouts over two and a 1/3rd innings. Zach Jackson stranded two in the 3rd and blanked Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for three more innings to hold things down. Syracuse rallied for two in the 5th and 6th innings to pull within one. Alas, Mike Gonzalez couldn’t pick up where Jackson left off and coughed up two runs on three hits in his lone inning of work.

Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 — GAME TWO
• Delcarmen 2⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Martin (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Souza 1-2, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Laird 2-3, 2B, RBI

Zach Walters’s two-run home run highlighed a three-run 5th as Syracuse split the doubleheader with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. Manny Delcarmen allowed all three Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs on seven hits and a walk with just two strikeouts over two and 2/3rds innings. Rafael Martin, Matt Grace, and Warner Madrigal combined for four and 1/3rd scoreless innings to earn the win, hold, and save, respectively. Steve Souza homered, walked, and stole his 15th base while Brandon Laird went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Chiefs scored four times on just six hits, aided by five walks. Roster move: C Sandy Leon optioned from Washington.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 4
• Espino 5⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
• Self (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Taylor 3-5, CS
• Dykstra 2-3, 2R, 2BB, SB(10)
• Harper 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Akron rallied for three in the 3rd to tie, two in the 7th to take the lead as Harrisburg lost for the sixth time in seven games at Canal Park, 6-4. Starter Paolo Espino pitched into the 6th and left with a 4-3 lead as he was charged with three runs on three hits and four walks while setting down five on strikes. Derek Self got the last two outs of the 6th but loaded the bases with a single, double, and a walk before giving up a two-run single for the blown-save-loss. Cutter Dykstra remains red-hot, singling twice, walking twice, and scoring twice while swiping his 10th base to pace the Senators offense. Roster move: OF Bryce Harper added to the roster for MLB rehab.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 2
• Spann (L, 5-2) 4⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Henke 3⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6R, 2BB, K, 2HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Miller 2-3, R
• Severino 2-2, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

Myrtle Beach went deep three times and pounded out 15 hits as they handed Potomac an 11-2 loss, ending a five-game win streak. Starter Matthew Spann was dinged for five runs on 10 hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds as he suffered his second loss. He struck out three and gave up a solo HR in the 4th. Travis Henke finished the game to save the bullpen for another day, with five of the six runs he allowed coming via the long ball: a two-run shot in the 6th and a three-run blast in the 8th. Pedro Severino and Justin Miller were the only two batters to solve the Pelicans, with Severino’s two-run homer in the top of the 8th preventing the shutout.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 2 — GAME ONE
• Pivetta (W, 10-3) 6IP, 8H, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 8H, 2 HR
• Davis (SV, ) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ward 2-3 2B, RBI
• Ballou 1-3 3B, R
• Yezzo 1-2, 2R HR, 2 RBI, R

Nick Pivetta gave up two homers. He yielded eight hits. Thankfully for Suns fans, however he issued no free passes and limited the damage to two solo shots en route to a 3-2 victory for the Suns. His biggest jam was in the top of the 2nd. After a Ramos double and a Hernandez single by Lexington put runners on first and third, Pivetta buckled down. Chad “Why does everybody call me OchoCinco?” Johnson flew out to Ballou in left. Pivetta then struck out Arteaga swinging. After a solo shot by Escalera-Maldonado of the Legends, James Yezzo’s two-run blast scored Craig Manuel, who had singled with one out. Mauricio Ramos of the lovable Lexington Legends lightly lifted a ball out of the park in the top of the 6th to equal the score at 2-2 in the top of the 6th. Isaac Ballou tripled to centerfielder Escalera-Maldonado. Drew Ward sealed the deal by doubling a ball for the game-winning RBI. Cody Davis recorded the drama-free save with two grounders and a strikeout in a scoreless 7th.

Hagerstown 1 Lexington 0 — GAME TWO
• Giolito (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Walsh (SV, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lopez 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Difo 1-2, BB

Lucas “Twinkletoes” Giolito received the prestigious invite to The Futures Game all-star weekend. Last night, the official scorer calmly recorded his domination in a 1-0 shutout of the hapless Legends. A one-out walk of Dexter Kjerstad and a single by Kevin Kuntz in the top of the 3rd got a man in scoring position. Giolito did not care for that. He struck out poor Escalera-Maldonado swinging to deny him an RBI. Torres decided to not even offer at the called third strike that ended the frame. Dexter Kierstad got a two out single off of Giolito in the top of the 5th, but Kuntz flew out to CF Rafael Bautista to end the inning. A two-out single from Frank Schwindel preceded a Mauricio Ramos groundout that ended his night. Apparently, the Hagerstown bats were so mesmerized by Giolito’s heroics that they only mustered a Carlos Lopez solo shot to center in the top of the 2nd. However, it was not to be without some heart-pounding drama at the finish. Jake Walsh put the cardiac specialists of Hagerstown on call with his high-wire act in the 7th. He gave up a leadoff double; never a good plan. A sac bunt advanced the runner to third. A Fred Ford groundout to second, kept the runner at 1st. Okay, two outs. But Kierstad struck out and reached on a dropped third strike! Thankfully, Kevin Kuntz popped out and a grateful and happy (but likely not too full) Muncipal Stadium celebrated a doubleheader sweep.

Auburn 11 Batavia 2
• Lopez (W, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• Yrizarri 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Gordon 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Langlois 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez no-hit the Muckdogs for five and 2/3rds while the Doubledays put up four crooked numbers on the scoreboard for an 11-2 win. The 20-y.o. Dominican walked two and struck out eight in his first win of 2014. Deibi Yrizarri kept Batavia off the bases until a two-out double in the 7th while Cory Bafidis lost the shutout in the 9th despite working with an 11-0 lead. Garrett Gordon and Brian Langlois both reached base three times to lead the Auburn offense. Roster moves: RHPs James Bourque, Samuel Johns, Domenick Mancini and LHP Connor Bach reassigned from the GCL Nationals; LHP Kylin Turnbull assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 5
• Vasquez (L, 0-1) 2IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Turnbull 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Aguero 2-3
• Keniry 2-4, RBI, CS
• Ripken 2-4, 2R

The G-Marlins got their hooks into the D-Nats pitchers early and often as they scored the3 first six runs of the ballgame and cruised to a 9-5 win. Starter Daury Vasquez was filleted for three runs on seven hits and a walk over two innings without a strikeout for his first loss. “Fred” Aguero, Conor Keniry and Ryan Ripken each had a pair of singles as the G-Nats posted 11 hits on the afternoon.
Roster moves: RHPs John Feliz, Anderson Martinez, and Luis Torres reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Giants 19 DSL Nationals 4
• W. Pena (L, 1-3) 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• M. Pena ⅔ IP, 4H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, K
• A. Martinez 2-3, R, BB
• Trejos 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI

The wheels came off the bus in the 4th inning for the D-Nats as they were blasted for seven runs to turn a 1-0 game into a laugher. The D-Giants scored in every inning thereafter, taking advantage of five D-Nats errors and 11 walks along with 13 hits for a 19-4 demoliton of the D-Nats. Starter Wilber Pena was the least ineffective of the bunch, walking three and striking out three while giving up a solo HR over the first three innings. 17-y.o. Edward Trejos came off the bench to hit a three-run HR while Andres Martinez singled twice and walked once to lead the D-Nats batters.

May 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-3 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (AAA debut) vs.
Cloyd (1-2, 6.61)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (0-1, 7.94) vs.
Lara (2-1, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 7-5 (11 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 5.06) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 3.08) vs.
Leyer (2-2, 5.19)


Columbus 7 Syracuse 3
• Hill 5IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Delcarmen (L, 2-2) 1IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Hood 1-3, BB, OF assist at HP
• Solano 0-2, R, 2BB, OF assist at 2B
• Solano 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

After trailing 3-0 for most of the game, Chiefs’ backstop Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano thumped a three-run dinger to tie the score in the 8th, making Nick Hagadone of Columbus pay for walking Brian Goodwin and Tyler Moore. Solano’s team-leading fifth homer must have woken up the Columbus Clippers because the Chiefs’ new lease on life did not last long. Right-hander Manny Delcarmen emerged from the ‘pen in a giving mood and promptly issued the dreaded leadoff walk to Roberto Perez. Solano the hero became Solano the goat when he committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Audy Ciriaco. All hands were safe. A Todd Hankins sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk of Tim Fedroff loaded up the sacks for the pivotal moment, which was a Justin Sellers walk by Delcarmen to give Columbus a lead that they would not relinquish. Syracuse would only manage a Destin Hood leadoff walk in the top of the 9th, and kissed their six-game win streak goodbye.
Roster moves: 1B/OF Tyler Moore optioned from Washington, OF Erik Komatsu released.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3
• Meyers 4⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Holland (BS, 1; W, 3-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Madrigal (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, SB
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Cutter Dykstra (3-for-4) led off the 9th with a single, stole second and came around to score after singles by Justin Bloxom and Ricky Hague for a 4-3 Harrisburg win over Binghamton. It was the first road win of the season that came in the Sens final at-bat. Brad Meyers made his season debut and his first start north of Florida since 2011. The 28-year-old gave up just a run on three hits, walked one intentionally, and struck out six over four and 2/3rds innings but left with the score tied 1-1. Michael Taylor (2-for-4) pushed Harrisburg to a 3-1 advantage with a two-run shot in the 6th. Neil Holland was touched for two runs in the bottom of the 8th but got the blown-save-win. Warner Madrigal earned his first AA save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 5
• Bacus 5⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Benincasa 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Mendez (L, 1-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 2HR
• Oduber 3-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R

Apparently, a four-run lead was too much prosperity for the Potomac ‘pen as Myrtle Beach used four home runs in the final three innings to turn a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 win in 11 innings. Robert Benincasa served up two (2) two-run homers and five hits total in the 9th to send the game into extras. Gilberto Mendez became the latest to suffer from the GBI curse as the “Good” went to “Bad” with two solo shots in the 11th to take the loss. The implosion erased a strong start by Dakota Bacus, who pitched five and 1/3rd innings of one-run ball with three walks and five whiffs. Randolph Oduber led the offense with a 3-for-5 night, with the second of his two doubles starting a back-to-back-to-back sequence with Stephen Perez and Oscar Tejeda in the bottom of the 8th for the final two P-Nat runs.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 2
• Pivetta (W, 5-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Walsh (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns are as hot as their namesake as they boiled the Crawdads, 5-2, to complete a four-game sweep and take their 10th consecutive road game and seventh straight win overall. Nick Pivetta won for the fifth time in seven starts with five shutout frames, giving up three hits and three walks and striking out six. John Wooten homered for the third time this week and fourth of the season with a solo shot in the 4th. He followed Spencer Kieboom’s RBI double in the 8th with an RBI single as both men went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the night. Jake Walsh struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th to earn his team-best fourth save.

Apr 282014
 

Ed. Note: Frequent commenter SoulDrummer (@souldrummer25 on the Twitters) got quite the treat when he drove up to Harrisburg…
It’s Michael Taylor’s world today and we’re only living it.

Michael Taylor with a long HR on the 1st pitch B1. It landed beyond the people on the boardwalk in CF [pic to the right]
Terry Byrom @hbgsensradio

Michael Taylor just hit his 3rd home run of the game. He’s the first #HbgSens player to hit 3 in a game since Danny Espinosa in 2010.
Geoff Morrow ‏@RageAgainstGMo

Sadly, I missed first pitch due to a long ticket line and my own meandering ways in heading up Rt. 15 to head to Harrisburg. I didn’t mind that. What I did mind is that the Senators didn’t have Terry Byrom’s radio call audibly available while we were in line. They had a weak speaker too far away from the line that wasn’t loud enough to be properly heard.

In a shocking development, the Senators managed to play several innings of good baseball. They built up a 10-1 lead. They were so far ahead that I stopped paying attention to the game after maybe the third inning or so. I struck up a conversation with this fine fellow in a Lawrence Taylor throwback jersey who just so happens to be a Hagerstown Suns ticket holder. He claimed that Drew Ward is a comparable ballplayer to Bryce Harper and far nicer as a human being. Perhaps we should all attend Giolito’s next start in Hagerstown on Friday.

Given that these are the Harrisburg Senators, they decided to revert to their tragic ways. A 10-1 lead became a 10-6 score in the top of the 7th when the persistent Bowie Baysox score five, that is five, runs off of Gabriel Alfaro. The 31-year-old Mr. Alfaro has given up 15 runs in the 11.1 innings that he has pitched.

The Senators then sent Paulo Espino into pitch the 8th inning. Mr. Espino was the International League Pitcher of the week in August of 2011. He will not be the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week concluding on April 27th. Espino first drew two ground outs to the infield. But then his inner 2014 Harrisburg Senator came out. He gave up a pair of singles and a double before getting the hook with two outs and two on from Harrisburg manager Brian Daubach.

He called upon Richie Mirowski to restore order and protect a now 10-7 lead. The 25-year-old rolled a grounder to end the inning.
Thankfully, Mirowski is good at throwing baseballs, and came back out for the top of the 9th. Strikeout. Strikeout. Walk. (Because it wouldn’t be entertaining to retire the side in order, would it?)

Chien Hsien-Chang then became my favorite member of the Bowie Baysox. Why, you ask? He was the 27th out, grounding out to first to end the game and give Richie Mirowski his first save, Felipe Rivero his first win, and end a six-game losing streak.

Apr 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 9.00) vs.
Smith (3-0, 2.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 2.63) vs.
Bischoff (1-1, 3.77)
Potomac Won, 8-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 4.58) vs.
Recchia (1-2, 4.11)
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (2-0, 5.14) vs.
Topa (1-1, 4.38)


Syracuse 5 Louisville 2
• Hill (W, 3-0) 7IP, 6H, 1 ER, 0BB, 6K
• Cedeno 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0 BB, 2K
• Solano 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, SB

Jhonatan “The Onion” Solano made the Louisville Bats weep tears of agony with his mighty stick last night. Solano’s one-out, two-run dinger off of last year’s Colorado Rockie Jeff Francis in the 6th was the highlight of his 4-for-4 night with eight total bases night and gave the Chiefs a decisive 3-0 advantage. Taylor Hill continued to make his case for next man up in DC with a sterling quality start of seven innings of one-run ball, walking one and striking out six. Brian Goodwin’s triple to left in the 4th plated Solano and gave Syracuse an initial 1-0 lead. Eury Perez generated a key insurance run to give the Chiefs a 4-1 lead in the 7th when he singled, stole second, and later scored on a Josh Johnson single, although Johnson was thrown out trying to advance to second. Syracuse scored its final run in the eighth. Solano singled to lead off the frame, took second on a Brandon Laird walk, and scored on a Jose Lozada single to give the Chiefs a 5-1 lead. While closer of the evening, Ryan Mattheus gave up a run in the 9th to make the final score 5-2, the Chiefs clinched a rare road series victory and returned to .500 for just the first time in three weeks.
Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 22.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 1
• Purke (L, 0-4) 4IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Espino 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Dykstra 1-4, RBI

Altoona completed its four-game sweep of Harrisburg with a 6-1 takedown. Matt Purke served up a three-run homer to pitcher-turned-hitter Stetson Allie to lowlight a four-run 1st. He would follow with three scoreless innings for a line of four runs on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts, but took his fourth loss in his fourth start. Offensively, Harrisburg managed just four hits and could only cash in one of six walks drawn. Cutter Dykstra drove in the sole Senator run after Ricky Hague and Michael Taylor drew back-to-back walks to lead off the 8th.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 2
• Lee 4IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K
• Bacus 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K
• Sanchez 3-4
• McQuillan 2-4, R, 3B
• Oduber 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

It was a wild one Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 5
• Anderson (W, 3-0) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 3K
• Simms (SV, 3) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 5K
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Ward 2-5, R, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-5, 2R

The Suns scored early and often and held off a surge by the Power for a 7-5 wi, their third straight. Dixon Anderson got the benefit of the strong support as he was hit hard for five runs on 10 hits and one walk over five innings, four of which came in the 5th. John Simms finished the game with four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Rafael Bautista and Craig Manuel both homered while Drew Ward twice connected on RBI singles to run his season total to 14 in 11 games. Roster moves: SS David Masters placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Brennan Middleton recalled from XST. Middleton, a 14th Rd. pick from Tulane, will make his pro debut if/when he plays for the Suns, as the 23-y.o. did not play last summer due to an ankle injury.

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.