Aug 112015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (4-4, 2.46) vs.
O’Sullivan (1-1, 4.70)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 2.90) vs.
Lively (8-7, 3.87)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Winston-Salem,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and Rauh (2-0, 2.43) vs.
TBD and Clark (7-3, 1.97)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Young (7-2, 3.84)
Auburn Lost, 10-5 @ Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-3, 2.89) vs.
Watkins (4-2, 2.70)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
Sadly, Syracuse cannot play Pawtucket the rest of the season, so they’ll have to see if they can continue their streak against the likes of Lehigh Valley and Buffalo as they return home for six games tonight.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators embark on a brief three-game road trip (Reading) after an off day on Monday before heading home for a weekend homestand (Bowie). Next week, the pattern repeats, with a visit to Akron on Tuesday through Thursday, then back to City Island to host Portland.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The P-Nats resume the July 13th suspended game tonight, down 3-1 to the Winston-Salem Dash before playing a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader. Weather permitting, of course.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns are riding a four-game win streak as they head out on the road to Georgia and North Carolina for three games apiece against Augusta and Kannapolis. It’s also the start of 13 straight games without a scheduled off day.

Connecticut 10 Auburn 5
• Crownover 4⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Overton (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Robles 2-3, R, SB
• Encarnacion 2-4, RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, R

The Tigers unloaded on the Doubledays bullpen to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 10-5 smackdown to even the series at 1-1. Matt Crownover started and lost steam in the 5th, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. Connor Overton stranded two in the 5th but was pummeled for three runs in the 6th to take the loss. Auburn racked up 11 hits with Victor Robles (who left after diving and missing a triple in the 6th), Randy Encarnacion, and Rhett Wiseman each collecting two singles.

Aug 102015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 4-2 @ Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.00) vs.
Alexander (0-2, 0.82)


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Cole (W, 3-5) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Martin (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-3, BB, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B, 2BB, RBI

The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s [prosterior] every day, but don’t tell that to the PawSox, who dropped all seven games to the Chiefs in a home-and-home series. It was a 3-1 win for Syracuse with A.J. Cole giving up the lone run on a home run and three hits total over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six while notching his third win. Caleb Ramsey and Matt den Dekker both reached base three times and drove in a run as the Chiefs registered eight hits total on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Aaron Barrett option voided, placed on Washington 15-Day DL retroactive to August 6.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 0
• Bates (L, 4-3) 6⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K
• Harper ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-4
• Pleffner 1-3, BB

The Seawolves silenced the Senators bats, limiting the Harrisburg nine to just five hits as they lost the series finale, 5-0. Colin Bates took the loss despite allowing just one run on four hits and one walk over six and a 1/3rd innings. Erie broke open the game with a pair two-run rallies in the 7th and 8th innings to put the game away. Brian Goodwin singled twice and struck out once while Shawn Pleffner singled and walked but the rest of the lineup was just 2-for-22 with nine whiffs.

Carolina 3 Potomac 2
• Spann 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 7K
• Walsh (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Self (L, 3-5) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bautista 2-3, 2R, HBP, SB
• Norfork 1-3, 2B, BB, CS

After slugfests on Friday and Saturday night, the series finale was pitcher’s duel that ended with some smallball as the Mudcats edged the P-Nats, 3-2. A safety squeeze after a pair of singles and a sacrifice sent in the gamewinner against losing pitcher Derek Self. Matt Spann started and pitched into the 6th, giving up five hits and five walks. He left with a 2-0 lead but Jake Walsh let in both inherited runners with a single to the first batter he faced. Rafael Bautista reached base three times and scored twice as Potomac was held to just five hits and three walks on offense.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 3
• Bach (W, 5-3) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• K. Perez 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI, SB(25)

Hagerstown scored four in the 3rd and never looked back as they pounded Delmarva, 8-2 to complete the four-game sweep. Connor Bach won his fifth game with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and three walks. He struck out five. The top third of the order combined for seven hits, four runs, and six RBI, led by Bryan Mejia, who was 3-for-5 with a home run. Osvaldo Abreu also reached base three times with two singles and a walk and stole his 25th base.

Connecticut 4 Auburn 2
• Borne (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Johns 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jefferies 2-3, RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2-2B

The Tigers roared for four in the 3rd and held off the Doubledays for a 4-2 win. Grant Borne was charged with all four runs on seven hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings to suffer the loss, his second. Sam Johns and Cody Gunter combined for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief. Randy Encarnacion doubled twice and Jake Jefferies singled twice to account for four of the eight Auburn hits on the afternoon.

Aug 092015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (2-5, 4.11) vs.
Spruill (4-8, 4.54)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Bates (4-2, 4.29) vs.
Fulmer (7-2, 1.75)
Potomac Won, 7-4 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Spann (1-6, 4.53) vs.
Walters (5-5, 2.84)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 vs. Delmarva,
3:05 p.m.
Bach (4-3, 3.30) vs.
Scott (0-1, 5.40)
Auburn Won, 8-7 @ Connecticut,
4:05 p.m.
Borne (1-1, 1.50) vs. TBD


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Billings (W, 7-4) 5⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Martin 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-5, R
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B, SB

The Chiefs broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run 5th and held on for a 4-3 win — the sixth straight against the PawSox. Bruce Billings got the “W” with one run on three hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings. Rafael Martin worked around a two-out single in the 9th for his sixth save. Syracuse pounded out 11 hits, with Jason Martinson leading the charge with a 3-for-5 game.

Harrisburg 4 Erie 1
• Giolito 6⅔ IP, 7H, R, ER, 4BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Bacus (W, 6-3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lozada 2-3, R, BB
• Goodwin 1-3, R, IBB, OF assist at 2B

Harrisburg broke out for four in the top of the 8th for a 4-1 win and took a 2-0 series lead. Lucas Giolito put on 11 baserunners (seven hits, four walks) but only let in one, albeit on a solo HR in the bottom of the 6th. He pitched into the 7th and struck out five. The win went to Dakota Bacus, who got the last out of the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. Erie walked three (one intentionally), hit a batter for a Homer Simpson RBI, and committed two errors, the last of which scored two runs on a botched 3-2-3 DP attempt. Erik Davis wobbled through the 9th with a single and a walk allowed to earn the save, his third at AA.

Potomac 7 Carolina 4
• A. Williams (W, 3-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 8K
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• S. Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI, E(15)
• Keller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

No curse of the GBI for Austen Williams as the P-Nats jumped out to a 5-1 lead and survived a scare in the 9th for a 7-4 win. The 22-y.o. Texan notched his third high-A win with a quality start of two runs on four hits, no walks, and struck out eight. Jake Johansen followed with two scoreless. R.C. Orlan stranded two of the four baserunners that Phillips Valdez put on to open the 9th to earn his first save for Potomac. Stephen Perez smacked a three-run HR in the 2nd and went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 0
• Howell 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (W, 6-5) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2SB
• Mejia 1-2, HBP, 2SB

Three Suns pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of the Shorebirds by a 5-0 score. Jeff Howell went the first four and gave up one hit and no walks while striking out three. Mario Sanchez got the win with three perfect innings, fanning two. Koda Glover finished with two innings, giving up one hit and no walks. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz capped Hagerstown’s four-run 5th with a three-run HR and also drew a walk. Wilman Rodriguez led the hit column with two singles while going 2-for-3 and stole two bases, as did Bryan Mejia.

Auburn 8 Williamsport 7
• Guilbeau 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Torres (BS, 1; W, 4-0) 3IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Robles 2-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Schrock 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Wiseman 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

Big innings were the name of the game as the Doubledays outslugged the Crosscutters, 8-7 to prevent the sweep. Taylor Guilbeau started and pitched five innings of one-run ball on three hits and a walk while setting down two on strikes. He left with a 5-1 lead. Luis Torres gave it away with four runs in the 6th but was the pitcher of record when Auburn struck back for three in the bottom of the 7th to take an 8-5 lead. Mariano Rivera III was credited with the save despite giving up two runs on four hits in the 9th. Max Schrock led the Auburn hit parade with a single and two doubles while Rhett Wiseman drove in three and went 2-for-4.
Kelvin Gutierrez was the sole Auburn representative at the 2015 NYPL All-Star game.

GCL Update
Despite a 4-3 week, the G-Nats are cellar dwellers in the GCL East with an elimination number of 14 with 19 games left to play. Telmito Agustin continues to lead the age-appropriate batters with a line of .333/.375/.481, the last of which is particularly impressive for an 18-y.o. Joan Baez has started six games without prolonged interruption since being dropped down from Auburn in early July and has pitched four or more innings, posting a 1.93 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 28IP. However, the 20-y.o. was absolutely lit up in the previous six starts in Auburn and Hagerstown (12.71 ERA, 2.29 WHIP in 17IP), which begs the question: Is it because he’s improved or because the competition is lesser?

DSL Update
As the DSL’s youngest batting lineup (yes, really) that they’re even within six games of .500 is pretty impressive. The pitchers are only marginally older, and also well below league-average age (18.3 vs. 19). More encouraging, just seven starters have been used and three of the five regulars are sporting sub-3.00 ERAs, two with FIPs under 3.2 (by formula, that’s league average). The GBI has been a challenge for this group because it’s the same names that keep excelling: Juan Evangelista and Aldrem Corredor on offense, Pedro Avila (starter) and Francys Peguero (reliever). It will be interesting to see how the Nats move (or don’t) this group along in 2016.

Aug 082015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Billings (6-4, 4.31) vs.
Todd (3-5, 5.07)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Turley (9-7, 3.87)
Potomac Lost, 9-4 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
A. Williams (2-3, 2.70) vs.
Thurman (5-3, 3.33)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (A- debut) vs.
B. Gonzalez (4-7, 5.38)
Auburn Lost, 7-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-2, 5.32) vs.
Leftwich (1-1, 2.49)


Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 0
• Bleier (W, 3-1) 9IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 106-71 P-K
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Turner 2-5, R
• Skole 1-3, R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI

Richard Bleier continued Syracuse’s domination of Pawtucket with a six-hit, complete-game shutout and a 5-0 win. Bleier walked none and struck out two as he needed just 106 pitches to dispatch the PawSox for his third AAA win. Matt Skole homered for the fourth time since his callup to give the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd. Syracuse got three runs in the 3rd with just one ball leaving the infield (Trea Turner’s single) as three walks and a groundout to first with Turner beating the play at the plate to take a 4-0 lead and give Skole a second RBI. Emmanuel Burriss and Skole both reached base three times to pace the Syracuse offense, which offset 10 walks drawn with three double plays.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (BS, 4; W, 6-3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Demny (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• A. Sanchez 2-3, BB
• Difo 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI, SB(20)
• Bostick 2-5, R, 3K

Harrisburg came back twice in this one, rallying for three in the 6th to take a 4-3 lead and one in the 9th to win it, 5-4. John Simms turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on seven hits on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd. He was in line for the “W” until Gilberto Mendez let in the tying run in the 8th on a leadoff walk followed by a double. Pedro Severino walked to lead off the 9th, advanced to second on Adrian Sanchez’s one-out walk, and scored on Wilmer Difo’s RBI double. Paul Demny worked around a two-out error to close out the 9th for his second save, with Mendez earning the blown-save-win.

Carolina 9 Potomac 4
• Dickson (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, 5BB, 5K, WP, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-4, R, RBI
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, BB,

The Mudcats scored seven times in the first four innings and held off the P-Nats for a 9-4 win in Zebulon. Ian Dickson took the loss, giving up those seven runs over those four innings on five hits and five walks. He struck out five and hit a batter. Alec Keller went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Potomac offense, which actually outhit Carolina 9-8 but grounded into two double plays (vs. none) and drew just three walks.
Roster moves: IF David Masters reassigned from Hagerstown; 3B Drew Ward placed on 7-Day DL retroactive to August 5.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 5
• Amlung 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Williams 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brinley (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Stevenson 3-5, 2R, 2RBI, 2SB
• Davidson 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Page 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Delmarva took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 8th but Hagerstown answered with four for an 8-5 sportswriter’s win. Ryan Brinley wobbled through the 8th and 9th innings but got the win. Justin Amlung started and was knocked for four runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Lineup bookends Andrew Stevenson and Austin Davidson combined to go 5-for-8 with a home run (Davidson) two stolen bases, three RBI, and four runs scored as the Suns registered 13 hits total.
Roster moves: 2B Austin Davidson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 2-5) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, PO, E
• Pirro 2BF, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Boghosian 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Eusebio 2-5

It was a tale of two relievers in the 6th inning for Auburn as Williamsport scored twice on bases-loaded walks to take a 4-2 lead and cruise to a 7-3 win. Matt Pirro walked both batters he faced in relief of Jefry Rodriguez, who left with a 2-2 tie and the bases loaded and one out. Adam Boghosian got the last two outs and stranded three but the offense didn’t respond as they mustered just one more run and stranded 12 baserunners. Randy Encarnacion was the leading hitter with two singles, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

Aug 072015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Bleier (2-1, 3.71) vs.
Couch (4-9, 6.27)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (1-1, 5.25) vs.
Green (3-14, 4.58)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Dickson (1-1, 2.79) vs.
Barker (6-3, 2.91)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (2-1, 3.42) vs.
Walker (7-2, 3.17)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (2-4, 5.40) vs.
Gilbert (1-2, 1.64)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 0
• Espino (W, 4-5) 8IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Runion 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ramsey 3-4, RBI
• Johnson 0-2, 2BB

A change in scenery didn’t change the result as the Chiefs blanked the PawSox, 4-0 for their fourth straight win. Paolo Espino tossed eight scoreless innings, with seven hits allowed, no walks and six K’s for his fourth win. Sam Runion pitched around a hit and a walk in the 9th to preserve the shutout. Caleb Ramsey went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Matt den Dekker and Kevin Keyes both homered to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Aaron Barrett optioned from Washington; RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 2
• Purke (L, 1-2) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Suero 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4

Akron ducked up Matt Purke for three runs in the 1st and cruised to a 4-2 victory and took the series from the Sens, 2-1. Purke recovered to pitch three more scoreless innings, but finished with three runs allowed on six hits, including a two-run HR. He walked none and struck out four. Christopher Bostick went 2-for-4 with a HR, an RBI, and two runs scored to pace the Harrisburg offense, which went 0-for-9 with RISP and left on seven baserunners while striking out 11 times.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 (12 inn.)
• Lopez 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Self (L, 3-4) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Norfork 4-5, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-5

Lynchburg scored twice in the 1st, Potomac twice in the 9th, but the Hillcats scored in the last of 12th to take the game, 3-2, and the series, 2-1. Reynaldo Lopez gave up the first two runs and five hits total over six innings, with a walk and five strikeouts for a no-decision. The loss went to Derek Self, who retired seven straight before Lynchburg converted a one-out walk into the gamewinner on back-to-back two-out singles. Khayyan Norfork drove in the tying runs and went 4-for-5 overall to pace Potomac’s 10-hit parade.
Roster moves: LHP R.C. Orland reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5
• Reyes 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Lee (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 3-4, 2-2B, 4RBI, SB
• Page 2-3, 3R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The Suns rallied for three in the 6th then two in the 8th to overcome deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 for a 5-4 win over the Shorebirds. Luis Reyes went the first five innings and gave up the first three Delmarva runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Andrew Lee got the “W” for two scoreless innings of relief, with one hit and two whiffs. Harrisburg scored six times on eight hits, but six of them were doubles, with Bryan Mejia driving in four with a pair of two-base knocks and going 3-for-4 overall.
Roster moves: RHP Jeff Howell (yes, the former catcher) reassigned from GCL Nationals.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 3
• Hearn (L, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Gunter 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Tillero 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Robles 2-5, 2RBI

Auburn rallied for two in the 7th and one in the 8th but went in order in the 9th for a 5-3 loss to Williamsport. Taylor Hearn took the loss with the first two Crosscutter runs let in on five hits, no walks, and three whiffs. Jorge Tillero singled, doubled, stole a base, and scored a run while Victor Robles drove in two to pace the Doubledays attack.
LHP David Ramos reassigned to Auburn for MiLB rehab. Yesterday afternoon, the Doubledays announced RHP Erick Fedde had been promoted to Hagerstown but retracted the report without further details.

Aug 062015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-5, 3.42) vs.
Cuevas (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (1-1, 8.64) vs.
Morimando (8-10, 2.99)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Lopez (5-7, 4.77) vs.
Kaminsky (6-5, 2.09 @ FSL in ’15)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.17) vs.
Delgado (4-3, 3.39)
Auburn Won, 8-5 (10 inn.) vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Gueller (5-1, 2.21)


Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 4
• Jordan (W, 4-4) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Solis (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-1 IR-S
• Lerud 2-2, R, BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Lisson 2-3, 2R, BB,

Syracuse completed its sweep of Pawtucket with a 7-4 win to take sole possession of 5th place in the I.L. East. Taylor Jordan spun seven innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks while fanning five to win his fourth AAA game. Sammy Solis stranded two of three runners inherited from Matt Grace, who faced five batters in the 8th and put each one of them on base, to earn the save. The bottom third of the lineup (Caleb Ramsey, Mario Lisson, Steven Lerud) combined to go 6-for-8 with three walks drawn and five runs scored.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• Voth 8IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Davis (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-4, R

Isaac Ballou’s walkoff RBI single capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 Sens win over the RubberDucks. Erik Davis got the win for pitching a scoreless 9th. Austin Voth got yet another no-decision with two runs allowed, albeit both on solo HR, over eight innings and five hits total. He walked none and struck out six. Ballou and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 as Harrisburg registered 10 hits and one walk total for the night.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 6
• Rauh 6IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 7K, 2WP
• Walsh (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Manuel 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Corona 2-5, R, 2RBI

Potomac couldn’t hold an early 6-1 lead and managed just two hits over the final six innings while losing to Lynchburg, 7-6. Brian Rauh was pounded for six runs on 11 hits and four walks in his six-inning no-decision. He struck out seven. Jake Walsh pitched the final two innings and took the loss on a leadoff HR in the bottom of the 8th. Craig Manuel reached base three times with one of four walks and two nine singles that Potomac registered. He and Reegie Corona both drove in two runs and scored a run.

Charleston 7 Hagerstown 4
• Van Orden 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K, HR
• Glover (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR, 1-1 IR-S
• Abreu 2-4, R, BB, RBI,
• Page 1-3, BB

Charleston struck for one in the 8th and three in the 9th to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 win over Hagerstown. Koda Glover got the blown save and the loss, giving up three runs of his own and one inherited over those two innings on a single and two homers. Drew Van Orden started and went the first five, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out one while the no-decision snapped a four-start losing streak. Osvaldo Abreu singled twice and walked once to lead the Suns offense.

Auburn 8 West Virginia 5 (10 inn.)
• Crownover 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Johns (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Gutierrez 2-4, BB
• Eusebio 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B

The Doubledays put up two big innings late to take the series finale from the Black Bears, 8-5 in 10 innings. Auburn erased a 3-0 deficit with a five-run 8th only to see the lead slip away with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings off Sam Johns. Randy Encarnacion drove in the decisive three runs with a two-out double in the top of the 10th. Adam Boghosian worked around a walk in the bottom of the 10th for the save. Matthew Crownover started and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Kelvin Gutierrez reached base three times with a walk and two singles to lead Auburn’s nine-hit parade.

Aug 052015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (3-4, 2.57) vs.
Barnes (1-0, 3.77)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-5 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (4-5, 2.94) vs.
Plutko (6-4, 2.81)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Rauh (2-0, 0.76) vs.
Kime (2-5, 4.34)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 vs. Charleston,
1:05 p.m.
Van Orden (5-5, 3.43) vs.
Kamplain (3-12, 4.91)
Auburn Lost, 6-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Crownover (0-4, 5.24) vs.
Brubaker (4-3, 3.72)


Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Cole (W, 2-5) 5⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Treinen (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2WP, 2-0 IR-S
• den Dekker 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI

The Chiefs dragged the PawSox into the I.L. East cellar with 3-1 win. A.J. Cole won his second game with five and 2/3rds innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks while striking out six. Blake Treinen stranded the tying runs in the 6th and kept the PawSox in check for the 7th and 8th innings for the hold while Rafael Martin Cordero’d his way through the 9th with two hits allowed, no walks, and no K’s for the save. The Matts (den Dekker and Skole) both homered and scored all three Syracuse runs.
Roster move: IF Mario Lisson activated from the 7-Day DL.

Akron 9 Harrisburg 5
• Bates (L, 4-2) 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bacus 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, R
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• D. Robinson 2-4

Akron erased an early 4-0 deficit with a six-run 3rd then put the game away with three unearned runs in the 7th for a 9-5 win over Harrisburg, snapping a modest three-game streak for the Senators. Colin Bates took the loss, charged with the aforementioned six runs on six hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Wilmer Difo led Harrisburg’s 12-hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, followed by Shawn Pleffner’s 3-for-4 effort.
Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Spann (W, 1-6) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Johansen (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Corona 4-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, SB
• Keller 3-4, 2B

Potomac won back-to-back games for the first time in more than a week with a 3-1 decision over Lynchburg. Matt Spann won his first game for Potomac to end a nine-appearance drought, giving up the Hillcats run on four hits and four walks over five innings with six strikeouts. Jake Johansen, Derek Self, and Phillips Valdez combined for four scoreless innings to close out the game. Potomac wasted numerous chances on offense, scoring just three times on 13 hits and a walk. Reegie Corona led the way with two singles, a double, and a triple in his first game for the P-Nats.
Roster moves: IF Reegie Corona reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP Manny Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL; UT Cody Dent placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Charleston 7 Hagerstown 2
• Bach (L, 4-3) 5+ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Brinley (BS, 1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2B
• Masters 2-3, R, BB, CS
• Read 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Charleston rallied for four in the 6th and tacked on three more in the 7th to hand Hagerstown a 7-2 loss. Connor Bach pitched into the 6th but was lifted after the first two batters reached. Ryan Brinley let ’em both in and two more to give Bach the loss and “earn” the blown save. Raudy Read homered in the 2nd to give the Suns an early 1-0 lead while David Masters reach base three times with two singles and a walk to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 8 West Virginia 3
• Fedde (W, 4-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Borne (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Me. Rodriguez 1-3, R, 2RBI
• Sagdal 1-2, 3R, HR, BB, RBI

Auburn made the most out of its offensive chances, scoring eight times on six hits and five walks in an 8-3 win over West Virginia. Erick Fedde won his fourth game with five innings pitched, two runs allowed on five hits and a walk, and three strikeouts. Grant Borne followed with one unearned run over three innings while Mariano Rivera III mopped up in the 9th. Randy Encarnacion doubled twice and drove in two while Ian Sagdal homered to lead the Doubleday attack.

Aug 042015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-5, 4.32) vs.
Spruill (4-7, 4.54)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (4-1, 3.70) vs.
Merritt (8-7, 3.61)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Spann (0-6, 4.87) vs.
Brown (7-9, 5.32)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (4-2, 3.39) vs.
Maher (2-4, 2.46)
Auburn Lost, 6-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Fedde (3-1, 2.70) vs.
McGarry (1-1, 4.86)


Syracuse 9 Pawtucket 3
• Strasburg (W, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 11K
• Grace (H, 8) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Turner 3-4, 3R, 2B, BB, SB
• den Dekker 3-4
• Keyes 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Jason Martinson’s grand slam in the 6th broke open a 5-3 ballgame as Syracuse tripled up Pawtucket, 9-3 and moved one game closer to 5th place. Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs on five hits and struck out 11 over and walked none over five and 2/3rds innings to earn the win. He threw just 85 pitches, 55 for strikes. Trea Turner singled twice, doubled once, and scored three times. Matt den Dekker also went 3-for-4 as the Chiefs racked up 13 hits total.
Roster moves: SS Jason Martinson activated from 3-Day TIL; OF Tony Gwynn Jr., RHP Taylor Hill placed on the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Harrisburg returns from 3-4 trip to Northern New England for a three-game set against Akron before heading back out on the road for six games against Erie and Reading.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After three months of insanity, the P-Nats schedule returns to the more normal week-on, week-off for most of August as they head to Lynchburg for three, then Carolina for three before coming back to Woodbridge next Tuesday for three apiece against Winston-Salem and Wilmington.

Hagerstown 5 Charleston 4
• Orlan 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Lee (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 2B
• Mejia 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Gardner 2-4, 2R, RBI

Jeff Gardner led off the bottom of the 9th with a single and scored on Osvaldo Abreu’s single up the middle to give the Suns a 5-4 walkoff win over the RiverDogs. Andrew Lee got the dreaded blown-save-win for Andrew Lee, whose fielding error came around to score to tie the game in the top of the 9th. R.C. Orlan made the start and turned in five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while fanning five. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Bryan Mejia and Gardner, who both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 3
• Guilbeau (L, 1-2) 4+ IP, 11H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Gunter 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kerian 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Eusebio 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Black Bears mauled the Doubledays for five unanswered runs to take this one by a 6-3 score. Taylor Guilbeau took the brunt of the beating, charged with all six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and two walks over four-plus innings. He struck out one (1). David Kerian went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Diomedes Eusebio cracked a two-run HR to cap off Auburn’s three-run 2nd, which gave the Doubledays a 3-1 lead that disappeared when West Virginia scored two in the bottom of the 3rd (then two more in the 4th, and one more in the 5th).
Roster move: OF Darryl Florentino promoted from the GCL Nationals.

Aug 032015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Escobar (0-1, 8.10)
Harrisburg Won, 16-12 (11 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 5-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 vs. Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (3-1, 3.20) vs.
Marsh (1-3, 1.99)
Auburn Won, 8-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (1-1, 4.00) vs. TBD


Rochester 6 Syracuse 0
• Hill (L, 3-7) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, HR(GS)
• McGregor 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ramsey 1-3
• Butler 1-3

Rochester’s Pat Dean struck out 10 and shut out Syracuse on four hits to take the game, 6-0, and the series, 2-1. Taylor Hill gave up all six runs (one earned) on seven hits, including a grand slam in the Red Wings’ five-run 3rd. He walked two and struck out six while suffering his seventh AAA loss. Caleb Ramsey, Dan Butler, Josh Johnson, and Trea Turner each connected for a single but no Chief reached base twice.
Roster move: OF Darin Mastroianni placed on 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 16 Portland 12 (11 inn.)
• Giolito (L, 0-2) 5IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 5-3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 5-7, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 4SB
• Vettleson 3-5, 3R, 2BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Pleffner 3-6, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI

Harrisburg fell behind 5-1 after one, blew a 12-9 lead in the 8th, and rallied for four in the 11th to take the series finale, 16-12. Buried in the box score: Lucas Giolito started and labored through five innings, charged with six runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out four and threw 98 pitches, 58 for strikes. Wilmer Difo ran wild with four stolen bases and went 5-for-7 with a walk and three runs scored to lead the Senators’ 22-hit parade, which included two doubles, a triple, and five homers.

Potomac 5 Salem 0
• A. Williams (W, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 6K, HBP
• Dupra 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ward 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Mesa 3-4, R, 2B, CS
• DeBruin 2-4, R, RBI

Four P-Nats pitchers combined on five-hit shutout while Drew Ward launched a three-run HR to power Potomac past Salem for 5-0 win that ended a five-game losing streak. Austen Williams allowed all five hits, walked one, hit one, but struck six over six innings to earn his second win at High-A. Ward’s HR came in Potomac’s four-run 4th, which also saw five straight hits. Jake Johansen, Phillips Valdez, and Brian Dupra combined for three no-hit innings of relief to close out the game.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 3
• Amlung 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Napoli (BS, 1; W, 5-3) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Page 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Keniry 2-3, R, BB

The Suns rallied for three in the 7th to break a 3-3 tie and added on a run in the 9th to take the game, 7-3 and split the four-game series. Justin Amlung started and went the first five, letting in two on a 2nd-inning HR and seven hits total over five innings. He left with a 3-2 lead, which David Napoli blew in the 6th but got the benefit of the Suns rally for the win. Matthew Page led the Hagerstown hit column with two singles and a double while Wilman Rodriguez doubled and homered and drove in two.

Auburn 8 Hudson Valley 5
• J. Rodriguez (W, 2-4) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 5K
• Mooney (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lora 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Robles 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Dulin 2-5, 3B, RBI

Auburn put up big innings in the 2nd and 8th innings and outslugged Hudson Valley to take the game, 8-5, and the series, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez wobbled through five innings with four runs allowed on seven hits and four walks to earn the win, his second for the Doubledays. Four Auburn batters had multiple hits, with Edwin Lora driving in three and Victor Robles plating two in the 12-hit parade.

Aug 022015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-4 @ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Hill (3-6, 5.22) vs.
Dean (7-9, 3.13)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Portland,
1:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Diaz (1-9, 5.21)
Potomac Lost, 11-3 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-3, 3.48) vs.
Buttrey (7-4, 3.39)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-7 @ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Pettibone (2-3, 4.66)
Auburn Won, 1-0 vs. Hudson Valley,
2:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1-4, 5.15) vs.
Varga (1-2, 3.33)


Syracuse 10 Rochester 4
• Bleier (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Solis (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Burriss 4-5, 2R, BB, SB
• Turner 4-5, 3R, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Mastrioanni 2-5, R, 2RBI, SB(20)

Trea Turner and Emmanuel Burriss reached base 10 times in Syracuse’s 10-4 rout of Rochester. Richard Bleier got the Jack Morris win with all four RedWing runs allowed on nine hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings. Sammy Solis stranded two in the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th to earn the hold. Turner homered, scored three times, and drove in two while stealing his 8th AAA base while going 4-for-5 with a walk – the same line for Burriss, who scored twice and stole his 11th base.

Harrisburg 3 Portland 2
• Simms (W, 1-1) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Demny (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• D. Robinson 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Corona 0-1, R, 3BB

The Sens took advantage of seven walks — six by former Nats farmhand Danny Rosenbaum — to edge the Sea Dogs, 3-2. John Simms evened up his won-loss record with a quality start of two runs allowed on six hits and three walks over six innings. Paul Demny (2IP) and Erik Davis (1IP) closed out the game with three scoreless to earn the hold and save, respectively. Derrick Robinson collected both the lone extra-base hit and RBI with a 2nd-inning double that was the third and decisive run for Harrisburg.

Salem 11 Potomac 3
• Dickson (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 1ER, BB, K
• Mapes 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Norfork 2-4

The P-Nats dropped their ninth straight home game and fifth overall in an 11-3 Red Sox smackdown. Ian Dickson couldn’t make it out of the 2nd after Roger Dorn Drew Ward and Stephen Perez committed back-to-back to errors to lead to three unearned runs. Dickson gave up four runs total on five hits over an inning and a 1/3rd. Narciso Mesa and Khayyan Norfork both had two hits while John Wooten homered to lead the P-Nats offense.

Hickory 10 Hagerstown 7
• Reyes (L, 5-7) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, 2HR
• Brinley 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Stevenson 3-4, 4R, 3B, BB
• Abreu 4-5, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B, BB, 4RBI

A four-run 6th broke open a 6-5 game as the Crawdads eclipsed the Suns, 10-7 to take a 2-1 series lead. Starter and loser Luis Reyes was ripped for six runs on seven hits, including two homers and two walks over three innings. Tablesetters Andrew Stevenson (3-4, BB) and Osvaldo Abreu (4-5) both reached base four times and combined for five runs scored and ten total bases as Hagerstown tallied 14 hits for the game.
Roster move: RHP Luis Reyes activated from 3-day TIL.

Auburn 1 Hudson Valley 0
• Hearn 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Overton (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lora 2-3, R
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, RBI

Four Doubledays combined on a three-hit shutout of the Renegades by a 1-0 score. Taylor Hearn started and turned in five scoreless, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three. Connor Overton got the win with a hit and a walk let up over two innings. Kelvin Gutierrez’s two-out RBI single in the 6th, his second hit of the night. That scored Edwin Lora, who singled twice and committed two errors.
Roster move: RHP Luis Torres demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Update
Rain limited the G-Nats to five completed games last week, with a 2-3 record. The elimination number is now 21 with less than a month to go and a six-game deficit to overcome. In terms of usage (arguably the only reliable indicator in the short-season leagues), 18-y.o. Blake Perkins (2nd Rd. HS pick) has appeared in 30 of 34 games thus far while 20-y.o. Maximo Valerio has logged the most innings at 29.

DSL Update
A 4-2 week has improved the D-Nats to 26-28 and third place in the Boca Chica North division. Usage update: Nineteen-year-old Venezuelan Aldrem Corredor has appeared in 50 of 54 games while 18-y.o. Yonathan Ramirez has made 11 starts and logged the most innings pitched (54⅔).