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 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.

Mar 252014
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DSL Rangers 5 DSL Nationals 2 — SUSP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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