Jul 082014
 

Yesterday, the Harrisburg Senators announced three of their players were named to the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Cutter Dykstra, Neil Holland, and Michael Taylor were selected for the Western Division squad. Holland will obviously not be playing due to his recent move to AAA to join the Syracuse Chiefs.

Dykstra is currently posting a .297/.369/.417 line for the Senators as the team’s starting second baseman, where he’s putting up a career-best 4.39 range factor. He was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 out of Westlake, CA high school.

Holland was leading the team in appearances with 29 before his promotion, and had allowed just seven of 18 inherited runners to score while not allowing any runs of his own in 17 appearances. This is his second all-star appearance, having represented the Nats NYPL affiliate in Vermont in 2010, the same year he was drafted out of the University of Louisville.

Taylor has been a force all season long, displaying both power (18 HR) speed (26 steals) while putting up an OPS of .956. Originally a shortstop when he was drafted in the 6th Rd. out of Westminster Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), he was converted to outfield in 2010 and has quickly evolved on defense to an elite level, most notably for his throwing arm where he racked up 23 assists last season and has nine so far this season.

The E.L. ASG will be held on July 16 in Altoona. Full rosters and further details can be found here.

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 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Roenicke (3-4, 5.09) vs.
Maya (yes, that Maya)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (1-0, 1.35) vs.
Davies (4-4, 3.69)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-6, 6.11) vs.
Santos (1-1, 7.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-7 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.19) vs.
Casimiro (2-7, 4.98)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Derosier (0-1, 8.49) vs.
D. Perez (1-1, 4.96)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 4.37) vs.
Tamarez (0-1, 6.75)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Laffey (W, 11-3) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K; 0-1, R, BB, RBI, SAC
• Madrigal 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, BK
• Souza 2-2, R, 2-2B, 2BB, 3RBI, SB
• Johnson 1-2, R, 2BB

A five-run 2nd erased an early 1-0 lead for the G-Braves as the Chiefs cruised to a 6-1 lead. Aaron Laffey went seven strong innings with just that one run on allowed on three hits and three walks while striking out six for his 11th win. Steve Souza menaced the opposing hurlers with two doubles, two walks, and three RBI while Josh Johnson reached base three times with two walks and a single as Syracuse took advantage of seven walks to score six times on seven hits.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 5
• Dupra 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K; 1-1, BB, RBI
• Benincasa (BS, 2; L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, BB, RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB

The Senators scored in three of the first four frames to build a 5-2 lead but lost it in the 8th for a 6-5 loss to Altoona in the series finale. Brian Dupra pitched into the sixth with four runs let in on six hits and four walks but got the no-decision. In the 8th, Robert Benincasa issued a one-out walk and committed an error on the subsequent sacrifice, which plated the tying run and moved the would-be out all the way to third. The 23-y.o. struck out the next batter but gave up the gamewinner to Alen Henson on a single. Cole Leonida reached base four times with two walks, a single, and a double to pace the 12-hit, seven-walk Harrisburg attack.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 0
• Spann (L, 5-4) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Runion 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-3, 2B
• Perez 2-4, 2B

It wasn’t as close as it looks Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: OF Eury Perez transferred from GCL for minor-league rehab.

Kannapolis 12 Hagerstown 7
• Pivetta (L, 10-5) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ward 4-5, R, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2R, 3BB, HR, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Kannapolis hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em early, and hit ‘em often in a 12-7 beatdown of Hagerstown. Nick Pivetta gave up five runs via the longball (nos. 9 and 10) and eight runs total on nine hits as he was chased with one out in the third for his fifth loss. Drew Ward went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI while Spencer Kieboom and Carlos Lopez both homered. The rest of the lineup went just 4-for-23 and was unable to fully capitalize on the eight walks issued by the Intimidators.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 1
• A. Williams (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• D. Williams 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Davidson 1-3
• Read 1-4, 2B

The Crosscutters brought out the lumber while Doubledays managed just three hits in a 4-1 loss. Austen Williams was knocked around for three runs on six hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings for the loss. Deion Williams was brilliant in relief, stranding two to keep Auburn within striking distance at 3-1 and fanning six but gave up a solo HR for the final 4-1 score. Raudy Read doubled while Austin Davidson and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz both singled to account for the feeble offense.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 1-3 week with two washouts, it’s a busy week ahead for the G-Nats, who play three against the Marlins, then five against the Mets with doubleheaders scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Things weren’t much better in the D.R. as the D-Nats went 2-4 to drop into a fourth-place tie with the D-Mets1 in the Boca Chica South at 17-14.

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.

Jul 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (10-3, 2.93) vs.
C. Hernandez (4-6, 3.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Montero (2-3, 4.66)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Schwartz (1-0, 6.43) and
Voth (1-0, 0.69) vs. TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 9-0 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-6, 5.02) vs.
Dykstra (6-6, 2.87)
Auburn Lost, 2-0;
Won, 6-4 (8 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 18.00) vs.
Arteaga (1-2, 4.56)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-2 @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (2-1, 1.52) vs.
Santiago (2-2, 3.51)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2 (10 inn.)
• Cole 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2BB, 2K
• Grace 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Madrigal (L, 0-2) 1IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 1-3, R, BB, 2B
• Hood 1-4, R, 2B

It took the PawSox 14 hits to get a third run as they came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Chiefs, 3-2 in 10 innings. A.J. Cole was strafed for nine of them over five innings but with some help from his defense (two DPs, a Steve Souza gundown at the plate) allowed just two runs for a no-decision in his second AAA start. Rafael Martin and Matt Grace combined for three scoreless to keep up with knuckleballer Steven Wright, who went eight innings for Pawtucket. Zach Walters and Destin Hood both doubled for Syracuse, which was held to six hits and three walks total.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 2
• 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

Harrisburg went deep twice but couldn’t score otherwise as Altoona doubled ‘em up, 4-2 to take the series opener. Brett Brach avoided the walk but labored through six innings (102 pitches) with three runs allowed on 10 hits over six innings to suffer the loss, his fourth at AA this season. Brian Jeroloman and Kevin Keyes took the circle clout for the two Sens runs. Drew Vettleson singled twice and walked once to lead the Harrisburg hit column.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 2
• Bacus (L, 3-4) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Rauh 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-4, 2B

Unfortunately, the old saw about good pitching and good hitting was proven Last Night In Woodbridge

Kannapolis 0 Hagerstown 9
• Mooneyham (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 9K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dent 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Chubb 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• C. Lopez 2-5, R, RBI

The Suns impressed with the nines as Drew Ward’s ninth HR highlighted a five-run 4th while Brett Mooneyham’s nine K’s led the way for 9-0 win over Kannapolis. Cody Dent, Austin Chubb, and Carlos Lopez each had two hits as Hagerstown racked up (you know it) nine hits. Mooneyham tossed six scoreless and let up three hits and four walks for his first Low-A win of 2014. David Napoli (2IP) and Jake Walsh (1IP) combined for three hitless frames to secure the shutout (sorry, only the sixth).

Williamsport 2 Auburn 0 — GAME ONE
• Ott (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• D. Ramos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gordon 1-2
• Mejia 1-2

The Doubledays’ losing streak was extended to three with a 2-0 loss to the Crosscutters in the opener. Williamsport’s Mitch Gueller sawed through the Auburn lineup with just four hits and no walks for a complete-game shutout. Travis Ott was nearly his match, but allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five.

Auburn 6 Williamsport 4 — GAME TWO
• Bourque 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• M. Sanchez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Gunter 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Williamson 1-2, R, 2BB, SB
• Langlois 1-3, R, RBI

Cody Gunter’s three-run homer capped off four-run 8th as the Doubledays took the second game, 6-4 in “extras.” Mario Sanchez, who pitched three scoreless innings in relief, got the win. James Bourque went the first four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three. Gunter also singled twice and scored twice to finish the game at 3-for-4, accounting for half of Auburn’s six hits.

GCL Cardinals 7 GCL Nationals 1
• Vasquez (L, 0-2) 1+ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• A. Martinez 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, 2-2 IR-S
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ortiz 1-4, OF assist at HP

The G-Cards shut down the G-Nats after the 1st, scoring seven unanswered in a 7-1 demolition. Daury Vasquez walked three of nine batters faced in one-plus innings to suffer the loss. Meanwhile, the bats declared themselves independent of the baseball as the G-Nats mustered just three hits on the afternoon, with Edwin Lora the sole batter to reach base twice with a double and a walk.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 2
• Bermudez (L, 1-3) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Agustin 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Je. Baez 3-4, R

A three-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the D-Mets leveled the D-Nats, 7-1. Juan Bermudez fell short for the third time, giving up two solo HRs and five hits total over four innings. He walked one and struck out six. The clutch hit also went missing as the D-Nats racked up 11 hits, with Telmito Agustin and Jeyner Baez both going 3-for-4 with a run scored, but scored just twice as they left on eight runners and went 0-for-6 with RISP.

Jul 042014
 


Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Wright (3-1, 2.43)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Brach (1-3, 5.57) vs.
Ludwig (0-3, 7.88)
Potomac Postponed vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (3-3, 3.58) vs.
Bell (2-0, 4.40 ERA)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 2.00) vs.
McKenzie (1-0, 1.80)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 @ Williamsport,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 2.53) and
Bourque (0-0, 7.71) vs.
Gueller (1-1, 4.85) and
Oliver (0-1, 12.27 @ GCL)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-2, 1.46) vs.
Marte (2-0, 3.92)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
Rain postponed the finale of the two-game series between the IronPigs and the Chiefs to August 23. Syracuse returns to upstate New York for a two-game breather before heading back out on the road for a pair of four-game series in Georgia and North Carolina.
Roster moves: PH Greg Dobbs outrighted from Washington; CF Brian Goodwin placed on the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 6
• Simmons 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, HBP
• Bates 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K,
• Leonida 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg came up on the wrong end of a see-saw battle as they fell to Richmond 8-6 at Metro Bank Park. After Kevin Keyes put the Senators up 2-0 in the first inning on his 13th home run, the Flying Squirrels answered with five runs of their own in the 2nd. Harrisburg starter James Simmons allowed back-to-back home runs to start the inning and then got roughed up for three additional runs on four hits during the frame. The Senators then tied the game back up, before the Flying Squirrels took the lead for good, by scoring two runs off Colin Bates in the 7th and then adding an insurance run in the 9th. Cutter Dykstra also contributed to the Senators’ offense with his fifth home run of the season.

Potomac vs. Wilmington — PPD
Like the folks in Central Pennsylvania, officials in Northern Delware pulled the plug on the series finale between Potomac and Wilmington. The two teams play again at Frawley Stadium in late August but a makeup date has yet to be determined (best guess: Wednesday, August 27).

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 1
• Johansen (L, 4-3) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 3WP
• Ullmann 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 1-4, R, 2B

The BlueClaws answered the only Suns rally with a three-spot in the 4th and cruised to a 4-1 victory to take the series, 2-1. Jake Johansen failed to go five innings for the fifth straight time, giving up all four Lakewood runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three in his third loss. Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom smacked back-to-back doubles in the 4th to tie the game at 1-1 for the only two extra-base hits of the six that Hagerstown managed for the game.

Mahoning Valley 4 Auburn 2
• Lopez (1-2) 6IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K
• D. Williams ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• P. Valdez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Masters 1-4, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, SF, RBI

A two-run rally in the seventh inning was not enough as Auburn fell to Mahoning Valley, 4-2. The Doubledays fell behind early as the Scrappers took a 4-0 lead, scoring one run in the second and adding three more in the 7th. Auburn made it a ballgame in the bottom half of the seventh with runs on an RBI single by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and also added another run on a sacrifice fly by Osvaldo Abreu. Auburn starter Reynaldo Lopez allowed only a one hit over six innings of work, but suffered his second defeat of the season. Roster moves: RHP David Fischer released.

GCL Cardinals 11 GCL Nationals 4
• Estevez 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, BB
• Rosario 2-3, BB, RBI, CS

The G-Cards scored six unanswered runs as they dropped the G-Nats to .500 with an 8-2 pummeling. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez gave up a two-run shot in his third inning of work and three hits overall in his second start back from TJ surgery. Luis Reyes was charged with the loss with two runs on four hits over two frames. Kelvin Gutierrez and Dionicio Rosario both went 2-for-3 with a walk as the G-Nats managed seven hits and four walks on the afternoon.

DSL Mets1 6 DSL Nationals 5 (10 inn.)
• Fuentes 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP, 2HBP
• N. Ramirez (L, 2-3) 1+ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Cespedes (BS, 2) 2BF, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Robles 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, CS(5)
• G. Ramirez 2-3, R, SB

The D-Nats rallied to tie the game at 4-4 with runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings and took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th. The ‘pen however couldn’t retire anyone in the bottom of the 10th as the D-Mets drew two walks and hit three singles to score twice and take this one, 6-5. Steven Fuentes dug a 4-0 hole with five hits, a walk, two hit batsmen over the first four innings. Malvin Pena and Yonathan Ramirez both turned in two scoreless to make the comeback possible. Victor Robles and Gilberto Ramirez both went 2-for-3 to power the D-Nats offense, with the 17-y.o. Robles doubling twice and getting caught stealing for the fifth time while the 21-y.o. Ramirez doubled once and swiped his 17th base.

Jul 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Enright (3-8, 5.28)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 5.16) vs.
Mejia (4-6, 5.73)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 (7 inn., rain) @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (3-3, 3.58) vs.
Sparkman (3-2, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 8-1 (8½ inn., rain) @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 4.92) vs.
Viza (2-11, 5.38)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-1, 1.23) vs.
Lovegrove (0-1, 10.38)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 11-3 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (0-2, 4.00) or
Nunez (0-0, 7.98) vs.
Merilan (1-0, 4.00)


Lehigh Valley 2 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Hill 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 3-4, R, 2B, BB, SB(15)
• Kobernus 2-5

Neither Daniel Stange nor Zach Jackson could retire a batter in the 10th as four straight IronPigs reached base for a 2-1 win over the Chiefs. Stange walked two and gave up a single to open the inning before Jackson came on. The first batter Jackson faced bounced one high to Emmanuel Burris playing at the edge of the infield grass, forcing him to backpedal and fling a desperate throw that never had a chance to get the runner at the plate. All-Star Taylor Hill started and went six innings, allowing seven hits with just one run allowed, albeit on a solo HR. He walked one and struck out three. Burriss reached base four times from the leadoff spot with a walk, two singles, and a double as Syracuse was limited to just eight hits.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 2
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Herron (BS, 3; W, 3-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 1-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

Ricky Hague’s three-run double capped off a four-run 8th as the Senators grounded the Flying Squirrels, 6-2. John Simms pitched into the 7th for his second straight start and let in just one run (same as before) on six hits and a walk while fanning five. He left with a 2-1 lead, which was lost in the top of the 8th when Richmond loaded the bases on a walk, single, and a fielder’s choice of Tyler Herron. The 27-y.o. struck out the fourth batter but let in the tying run on a sacrifice fly. Michael Taylor led off the 8th with a walk, took second on a sacrifice, and scored on Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single. Matt Skole, who drove in two in the 1st with a double, was intentionally walked. Richmond couldn’t get the DP on Kevin Keyes, then issued their eighth walk to Jason Martinson to set up Hague’s killshot, a line drive to the right-center gap that rolled to the wall to empty the bases.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 0 (7 inn.)
• Dickson (L, 1-6) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Pleffner 1-3, 2B
• Severino 1-2

Potomac might have been better off if they’d called this one as they were shut down on two hits for 4-0 loss in 7 innings as the game was twice delayed by rain. Ian Dickson technically relieved but practically started and was charged with three runs on four hits, including his 8th HR allowed. He walked none and struck out three. Richie Mirowski followed and gave up the fourth Blue Rock score on two hits and two walks over two innings. Shawn Pleffner doubled while Pedro Severino singled to account for the two (2) P-Nats hits.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 1 (8½ inn.)
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Webb 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Lopez 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, BB, RBI

The Sally Lg. Pitcher of the Week defended his “title” with a career-high of seven innings pitched as Hagerstown continued its season-long domination of Lakewood with an 8-1 win. Lucas Giolito allowed a run on a solo HR (his sixth in 61⅔ innings) and four hits total with no walks and five K’s as he picked up his fourth win of the season. Carlos Lopez and James Yezzo combined to go 5-for-10 with three doubles, three runs scored, and four RBI as the Suns marched to a 12-hit parade against two Lakewood pitchers. Rain stopped the game in the 9th and the game was called.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Van Orden (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Derosier 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McDowell 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Marolejos-Diaz 1-3, BB
• Gunter 1-3, 2B
• Davidson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Mahoning Valley scored two in the 1st and made it stand up for 2-1 rain-delayed win over Auburn. Rain interrupted this one for 74 minutes after the 2nd, ending Drew Van Orden’s NYPL debut. The 5th Rd. pick was charged with the loss with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks with one whiff. Four Doubleday relievers combined for eight no-hit, no-run innings but the Scrapper pitchers were nearly as good, holding Auburn to two hits over eight scoreless frames before losing the shutout to Austin Davidson’s leadoff HR in the 9th.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Mets — PPD
Another day, another rainout. According to MiLB.com, they’ll make ‘em next week with doubleheaders on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Yankees1 3
• Pena 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Morel (W, 2-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• A. Martinez 2-4, 3R, RBI
• G. Ramirez 2-3, RBI, CS
• Je. Baez 2-4, 2R, RBI

The D-Nats fell behind 1-0 in the 3rd then put up crooked numbers in three straight “ups” as they cruised to an 11-3 win over the D-Yankees1. Wilber Pena got the start and gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings. Melvin Morel earned the win with four innings of one-hit ball, with one walk and two strikeouts. Andres Martinez, Gilberto Ramirez, and Jeyner Baez each had two hits to pace the D-Nats offense. The Nationals signed five 16-year-old position players to kick off the 2014-2015 International Free Agent signing period.

Jul 022014
 

All Stars
The International League roster for the AAA All-Star Game between the I.L and the P.C.L. were announced today and four Syracuse Chiefs were among the 30 players named.

Taylor Hill, Jhonatan Solano, and Steve Souza were among the 13 elected to the game by the fans, media, and team managers while Aaron Laffey was one of the 17 selected by the league office to round out the roster.

According to MiLB.com, this is the first All-Star selection for Hill, the second for both Solano (2010, E.L.) and Laffey (2005, Sally Lg.), and the third for Souza (2010, Sally Lg.; 2013, E.L.).

Hill is currently leading the I.L. in ERA with a 1.92 mark and is second in both wins (9) and WHIP (0.99). Solano is tied for 1st among I.L. catchers for RBI and is second in HR with nine. Souza leads the I.L. in average, OBP, and slugging percentage. Laffey, despite not pitching until April 17th, leads the I.L. with 10 pitching wins.

The All-Star game will be held July 16th in Durham, NC and the winner will be the “home” team at the one-game exhibition billed as the Triple-A National Championship on September 16th in Charlotte, NC.

Jul 022014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (9-2, 1.92) vs.
Marquis (0-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Fleet (5-1, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 3.86) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.83)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (3-2, 2.30) vs.
Casimiro (2-6, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 5-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-1, 3.60 @ GCL) vs.
Santana (0-3, 4.40)
GCL Nationals Winning, 1-0
(Susp., Bot. 1st)
@/vs. GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-3, 3.60) vs.
Guzman (2-0, 0.72)


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4
• Roenicke 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Madrigal (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Souza 3-5, 2HR, 3RBI,
• Moore 2-4, 2B, BB

The first game in July started off well for Syracuse, but in the end they fell to Richmond, 5-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday night. It was their second extra-inning loss to the Bisons in the four-game series. In the 1st inning, Syracuse took an early lead on Steven Souza’s first of two home runs on the night. Chiefs starter Josh Roenicke then surrendered the lead as the Bisons scored four runs on five hits in the 4th. In the 6th inning, Syracuse cut into Buffalo’s lead and then tied the game on Souza’s RBI single in the 7th. The Bisons’ A.J. Jimenez drove in the winning run off losing pitcher Warner Madrigal in the 10th inning.
Roster move: 1B-DH Brock Peterson traded to Dodgers for cash considerations.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2
• Espino 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Demny (L, 1-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2B, BB

After allowing two runs in the 1st inning, Harrisburg starter Paolo Espino settled down and did not allow a run for the next five innings, giving his team a chance to get back in the game. The Senators then tied it up in the 6th inning on Kevin Keyes’ two-run home run, which was his 12th since being called up to Harrisburg in late April. However, the Flying Squirrels answered with the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the 7th inning off losing pitcher Paul Demny. The loss is Harrisburg’s third consecutive and 50th overall defeat of the 2014 season. Roster moves: RHP Zach Kroenke reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 2
• Spann (L, 5-3) 5IP, 7H, 8R, 5ER, BB, K, HBP, 3WP
• Runion 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 2-3, BB
• Oduber 2-4, RBI

A four-run 4th, followed by a three-run 5th turned a 1-0 game into a blowout as Wilmington rocked Potomac for an 8-2 win. Matt Spann was charged with all eight runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings. He stuck one and a hit batter while taking his third loss of the season. Shawn Pleffner tripled and scored on the first of two singles from Randolph Oduber to break up the shutout in the 5th while Oscar Tejeda singled with two out in the 8th for the second P-Nats run. Tony Renda led the Potomac charge with two singles and a walk from the leadoff spot to push his batting average to a team-best .306.

Lakewood 2 Hagerstown 1
• Pivetta (L, 10-4) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Napoli 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, BB, SB
• Bautista 0-3, R, 2SB (39, 40)

Hagerstown stole a run in the 1st but was otherwise stifled by Lakewood’s Yacksel Rios as he outdueled Nick Pivetta for a 2-1 win. Rafael Bautista got plunked, stole second, and took third on a sacrifice. Following a walk to Isaac Ballou, the two executed a double steal for the lone Suns run. Pivetta gave up both BlueClaws runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out four in his fourth loss. Rios let up just one hit (a single to Narciso Mesa) and two walks over eight innings for the win, his second. Ballou doubled with one out in the 9th but was stranded as Spencer Kieboom popped out and Drew Ward grounded out to end the game.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2
• J. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 6IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Orlan (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Read 3-4, R, 2B, BB, CS
• Langlois 2-4, R, 2B

An RBI triple followed by a balk “highlighted” Auburn’s two-out, two-run rally in the 6th as they took the series opener from Mahoning Valley, 5-2. The sequence made a winner of Jefry Rodriguez, his first of the season, as the 20-y.o. scattered nine hits over six innings with no walks and one strikeout. Robert Orlan followed with two scoreless for the hold while Samuel Johns worked around an error in the 9th for the save. Raudy Read reached base four times with two singles, a double and a walk to lead the Doubledays offense.
Roster moves: RHPs Austen Williams, Chase McDowell reassigned from the GCL Nationals; RHPs Cory Bafidis, Jake Joyce released.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Mets 0 — SUSP.
Rain stopped this one before a full inning could be played. They’ll finish that one and play another one today, weather permitting.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 6
• Acevedo (L, 2-1) 6IP, 8H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rosario 2IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• J. Ramirez 3-4
• G. Ramirez 2-4, 2R, 3SB

The D-Nats rallied for two in the 9th but fell one run short for a 7-6 loss to the D-Yankees1. Starter Carlos Acevedo was charged with five runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks over six innings in his first loss. Joshual Ramirez went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the hitters, while Gilberto Ramirez went 3-for-4 on the basepaths to lead the baserunners as the D-Nats got nine hits and stole five bases for the game.

Jul 012014
 

Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez became the latest Nationals pitchers to earn weekly awards, named as the Pitcher of the Week for the Sally League and the New York-Penn League, respectively for the week of June 23-29.

Giolito, who was named to the Futures Game last week, pitched just once but threw six shutout innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader last Thursday. The Nats #1 prospect struck out a career-best nine batters while tying his season-high for innings pitched. For the season, the soon-to-be 20-year-old is 3-2 in 12 starts with a 2.30 ERA, an FIP of 3.81, and a WHIP of 1.04. In 54⅔ innings, he’s struck 61 (10.04/9IP) and walked 21 (3.46) while giving up five HRs. He’s the second Hagerstown pitcher to earn the award in as many weeks.

Lopez also pitched just once last Thursday, getting one last out (five and 2/3rds IP) and one less K (eight) but three fewer hits (zero) than Giolito in an 11-2 Auburn win. The 20-y.o. is in his third professional season and second north of Florida as he’s split time both this year and last year between the Doubledays and Suns. In three starts for Auburn, he’s 1-1 with a line of 1.23/3.15/0.89 with seven walks and 13 strikeouts in 14⅔ innings thus far in 2014.