Aug 112014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (10-5, 2.52) vs.
Doran (3-1, 6.55)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Postponed OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (8-2, 2.35) vs.
Gonzalez (6-1, 2.84)
Auburn Won, 10-2 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (1-2, 3.20) vs.
Cr. Perez (1-2, 4.28)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-5 vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
M. Pena (0-1, 6.86) vs.
Viloria (0-2, 3.94)


Syracuse 5 Louisville 1
• Cole (W, 4-0) 7IP, 9H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Cedeno 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Burriss 2-4, R, 2RBI, BB, SB(20)
• Rhymes 2-4, R, RBI

A.J. Cole improved to 4-0 with seven strong innings versus Louisville as Syracuse took the game 5-1, the series 3-1, and held onto sole possession of first place by a game over Pawtucket. Cole scattered nine hits and walked one while striking out three. The defense turned two double plays for him while Eury Perez gunned down a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. Emmanuel Burris and Jeff Kobernus both reached base three times and swiped a bag to lead the 11-hit, five-walk attack for the Chiefs.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 0
• Simmons (L, 2-3) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 1-3, 2B, BB
• Latimore 1-4, OF assist at 2B

Another quality start, but another feeble offensive effort doomed the Senators as they dropped the series finale to the B-Mets, 3-0. James Simmons gave up all three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out a season-high of eight. The Harrisburg bullpen clamped down Binghamton for another three scoreless innings — nine and 2/3rds total for the series — but for the second straight game the lineup produced just four hits and drew but two bases-on-balls as they were shut out for the seventh time this season.

Potomac vs. Salem — PPD
Well, there will be a doubleheader on Wednesday. And Tuesday, too, as the entire weekend series between Potomac and Salem was rained out. That’ll make up two of the three games lost, which affects both C.L. playoff races as the Red Sox are still in wild-card contention, having gotten some help from a Hillcats sweep of the Dash over the weekend to knock Winston-Salem back to third place in the Southern Division’s overall standings. Lynchburg also made up a game and a half on Potomac, though they still trail in the loss column by five. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach continues to win — seven straight — and has opened up a five-game lead in their quest to take both halves.

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 3
• Suero 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Ullmann (W, 4-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Napoli (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Mesa 2-4, 2B, SB
• Lopez 2-4

Hagerstown completed its four-game sweep of Kannapolis with a 5-3 win. The Suns fell behind 2-1 after four and a half, but posted a picket fence with single runs in their last four “ups” to pull away. Wander Suero started and had a shutout going until Toby Thomas took him deep for a two-run HR with one out in the 5th. Ryan Ullmann got the win in relief while David Napoli earned the save, the fourth for both, respectively. Wilman Rodriguez singled twice, scored a run, drove in a run, walked and stole a base to lead the 11-hit attack for the Suns.

Auburn 10 Vermont 2
• A. Martinez (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• McDowell 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Abreu 4-4, 3R, HR, 3RBI, 2SB
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI

Raudy Read baked the offensive cake with a three-run HR in the 3rd while Osvaldo Abreu frosted it in the 7th with a solo shot as Auburn pummeled Vermont, 10-2. Anderson Martinez evened up his won-loss mark at 1-1 with both Lake Monster runs given up on five hits and no walks while setting down two on strikes. The Doubldays totaled 11 hits with Abreu leading the way with a 4-for-4 game with three runs scored and two stolen bases.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats continue to play .500 ball with yet another 3-3 week. They’ll host the G-Mets today and Wednesday with a trip to Port St. Lucie tomorrow, then go home-away-home on Thursday through Saturday against the G-Cards.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Two weeks remain in the season but the tragic number is now in single digits for both the division title and the wild-card chase. After reeling off eight straight, the D-Nats are on a two-game slide but need just five wins to surpass last season’s total of 38.

Aug 102014
 

No, I Said The White PhoneLike his teammate Taylor Hill, his stay on the big Nats may be brief, but for today Michael Taylor will be a major-leaguer as multiple outlets are reporting that the 23-y.o. outfielder will join the big club in Atlanta.

Taylor will be replacing either Jayson Werth or Steve Souza, who was called up last week to replace outmak..er, fielder Nate McLouth, as both rightfielders are battling injuries

Taylor is in the midst of a breakout season, which began in Harrisburg where he batted .313/.396/.539 with 22HR and 34SB in 98 games, which earned him a trip to the Eastern League All-Star game and the 2014 Futures game.

He’s barely skipped a beat in Syracuse going 5-for-13 with three doubles and a triple with two RBI, albeit in four games.

Corresponding moves have obviously not yet been made, and in a season with more movement than after a bad buffet, it’s pointless to guess. As always, if/when those moves are made today, this space will be updated.

UPDATE: Steven Souza is going to the DL. Thus far, there’s just one corresponding move: UT Jose Lozada has been reassigned from Harrisburg. The P-Nats, who were rained out for the entire weekend, and the Senators both have Monday off — so it’s unlikely that any more moves will be made (or announced) until Tuesday.

Aug 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-2 vs. Louisville,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 3.15) vs.
Diamond (1-1, 2.96)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Simmons (2-2, 5.98) vs.
Matz (4-3, 2.83)
Potomac Postponed @ Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 3.55) and
Bacus (4-6, 4.49) vs.
Gunkel (2-4, 3.83) and
Light (5-5, 4.99)
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Suero (3-0, 1.47) vs.
Guerrero (6-0, 3.09)
Auburn Lost, 5-2 vs. Vermont,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Jo. Torres (0-5, 4.43)
GCL Nationals Won, 12-8 (12 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-5 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 7 Louisville 2
• Treinen (W, 8-1) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• E. Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, 2SB
• Kobernus 1-2, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Johnson 2-4, 2RBI

The Syracuse Chiefs celebrated Michael Taylor’s impending callup by breaking out offensively in a crucial 7-2 win over the Louisville Bats. Starter Blake Treinen had a rough 1sst inning and gave up two runs, the first on a Felix “I ain’t Timo!” Perez RBI double and the second on a Bryan “I and I” Anderson RBI single. Syracuse answered in the bottom of the 1st on Brandon Laird’s 26th double, an RBI that scored Emmanuel Burriss. Two walks and a Josh Johnson single tied the score. Burriss gave the Chiefs the lead for good with a single that scored Jeff “Bryant” Kobernus. When starter and loser Josh “Umpteenth” Smith walked Sandy “Candy Rapper” Leon to load the bases and then threw a wild pitch to give Syracuse a much needed insurance run, Louisville knew that it would not be their night. Kobernus, Josh “Double J” Johnson, and Greg “Hobbit” Dobbs followed up with consecutive RBI singles as the Chiefs broke it open in the four-run 5th. Rafael Martin struck out four Bats in a dominant non-save situation that extended his streak without an ER to 24 AAA innings.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 1
• Simms (L, 2-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR; 1-2 (.300BA)
• Bates 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hague 1-3, BB
• Martinson 1-4, 2B, RBI

The B-Mets scored three runs early and it was enough to win as the Sens lost again, 3-1. John Simms turned in a quality start, with all three Binghamton runs charged to him on eight hits and a walk, but lost for the fourth time at AA. Offensively, Harrisburg was held to just seven hits — four by the starting position players. The lone run came in the 9th with some help by Binghamton as Adrian Sanchez connected for a two-out pinch-hit single to drive in Jason Martinson, who reached on a three-base error to lead off the 9th.

Potomac vs. Salem — PPD
Rain struck again in Salem yesterday afternoon, forcing a doubleheader today and another this week when the two teams meet again in Woodbridge. (Best guess: Wednesday).

Hagerstown 9 Kannapolis 4
• Rivero 4IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
• Johns 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 4RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-5, 2B, RBI

The Hagerstown bullpen blew another lead in the 7th but the offense bailed them out with five unanswered runs for a 9-4 victory over Kannapolis. Felipe Rivero made his first start north of Florida since going on the DL in May. He went four innings, and let in an unearned run on three hits while striking out six. Philips Valdez hit a batter and gave up double and a run before getting the first two outs in the 7th. Joseph Webb was greeted by a triple, walked two batters and issued two wild pitches before Sam Johns came in to get the final out and preserve the 4-4 tie. Rafael Bautista singled and came around to score on Wilmer Difo’s 12th HR in the bottom of the 7th. Difo would strike again in the 8th with a two-run double to cap off a 4-for-5 night with four RBI. Johns pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th to earn his third win. Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero reassigned from Harrisburg.

Vermont 5 Auburn 2
• Dickey (L, 0-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, BB, K
• M. Rodriguez 2⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mejia 2-4, R
• Langlois 0-1, R, 3BB

Auburn struck for two runs in the bottom of the first as they loaded the bases with two singles and a walk and connected for a sac fly and a two-out single. And that would be it as Vermont scored five unanswered runs to take game one of the series, 5-2. Robbie Dickey took the loss with three runs allowed on three hits and a walk over five innings. Bryan Mejia, D.K. Carey, and Raudy Read each went 2-for-4 but the Doubledays were held to nine singles total while drawing three walks for the game.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Marlins 8 (12 inn.)
• Mills 1⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Poveda 3⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Je. Ramirez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Alvarez 3-5, 3R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Gutierrez 3-5, 2R, 3B, 2BB, CS
• G. Ramirez 3-6, R, BB, SB, 2CS

A four-run 12th snapped a 7-7 tie as the G-Nats held off a late charge for a 12-8 win over the G-Marlins. The two teams combined for 34 hits and six errors in the 236-minute marathon. McKenzie Mills got the start but was lit up for two runs on five hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds. Thomas Alvarez led off the 1st with a home run and the 12th with a single. The 19-y.o. notched three hits total, as did Kelvin Gutierrez and Gilberto Ramirez. The trio combined for four stolen bases but were caught three times. Jean Ramirez got the win in relief, pitching all three extras with one run allowed on three hits and a walk with one whiff.

DSL Giants 8 DSL Nationals 5
• Bermudez (L, 4-5) 2+ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Pinto 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Pilier 3-3, R, BB, 2E
• A. Martinez 2-5, R, 3B
• Rengel 2-5, RBI

Juan Bermudez came up short vs. the D-Giants as they hung four runs on his pitching in the 3rd en route to an 7-5 victory over the D-Nats. Bermudez gave up four hits and no walks over two-plus innings while losing for the fifth time. Neivy Pilier led the hit column with three singles, but committed two of the five D-Nat errors on the game.

Aug 092014
 


Rosters for the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star team were announced this week and will include two Auburn Doubledays — Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Mario Sanchez.

Diaz was selected as a first baseman and has posted a line of .266/.344/.373 with one home run and 24RBI in 47 games. He’s a 21-y.o. from the Dominican Republic in his fourth professional season, having spent last year in the GCL and his first two seasons in the DSL.

Sanchez is a 19-y.o. Venezuelan who skipped the GCL after spending the 2012 and 2013 campaigns in the D.R. This season, his third, he’s 5-0 with three saves in 13 relief appearances. Over 28⅓ innings he’s allowed 12 runs (eight earned) on 22 hits (one HR) with eight walks and 22 strikeouts for a 2.54/3.38/1.06 line.

Brooklyn is the host of the 10th annual exhibition, which will pit players from the American League against players from the National League on Tuesday, August 19th.

Aug 092014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 (10 inn.) vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (7-1, 3.09) vs.
J. Smith (9-4, 4.42)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Binghamton,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (2-3, 3,98) vs.
Lara (5-4, 4.68)
Potomac Postponed @ Salem,
3:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 3.55) and
Bacus (4-6, 4.49) vs.
Gunkel (2-4, 3.83) and
Light (5-5, 4.99)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Lowry (4-5, 4.48)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Grundy (2-5, 4.74)
GCL Nationals Won, 12-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-1 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (4-4, 1.45) vs. TBD


Louisville 6 Syracuse 4
• McGregor 6IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Delcarmen (L, 3-4) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Perez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Laird 2-5, 2-2B, RBI

Louisville ended the Syracuse’s three-game winning streak with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory in 10 innings. The Bats took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd on back-to-back doubles, but avoided a 2-0 deficit when Michael Taylor threw out Rey Navarro at home when he tried to score from second on Tucker Barnhart’s single. Following single runs for Syracuse in the 3rd and 4th, Ruben “Gotcha” Gotay evened the score at two apiece with a solo homer. Syracuse looked to have the game in hand with a two-run rally in the 7th that made the score 4-2, but everyone in the bullpen not named Xavier Cedeno failed to do his job. Ryan Matthews “held” the lead but allowed a double and two walks to load the bases. Matt Grace “blew” the save when Josh Johnson muffed a grounder at short and two of those runners came home to tie the game at 4-4. Manny DelCarmen gets the largest share of the blame, however, as he recorded the first two outs in the tenth but gave up the final two Louisville runs on two walks and two singles before Aaron Barrett came in to get the third out.

Harrisburg 2 Binghamton 1
• Voth (W, 1-2) 5⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 8K, HBP
• Demny (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Skole 1-2, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Keyes 1-3, RBI

The Sens scored early but not often as they eked out a 2-1 win over the B-Mets. Austin Voth was touched for a two-out double following a hit batsmen for a run in the top of the 1st but was lights over the next five innings. He struck out eight and walked just one to earn his first AA win. Three relievers combined for three and 2/3rds scoreless relief, with Paul Demny and Tyler Herron both earning hold #3 and Rober Benincasa pitching around a hit and a walk in the 9th for his sixth save. Matt Skole doubled and stole third ahead of Kevin Keyes’s RBI single to tie in the 1st. Drew Vettleson doubled, took third on an Adrian Sanchez groundout to first and scored on a Brian Jeroloman sac fly in the 2nd. Harrisburg managed just four hits and one walk (Skole) total for the evening.

Potomac vs. Salem — PPD
Rain washed out the opener for the first of six games (three in Salem, thee in Woodbridge) between the 2013 Mills Cup finalists. They’ll try again today at 3:05 with the second game not starting before 6:05 for the apparent convenience of ticketholders too lazy to check the website. That fans attending both games will spend more time in a confined space without their own food or drink is just a coincidence.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 5
• Pivetta 6IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Johansen ⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, 1BB, 0K
• Thomas (W, 3-4) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Yezzo 3-4, RBI, SB
• Mesa 3-5, R, RBI, SB, OF assist at HP
• Kieboom 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

With single runs in the 8th and 9th innings, the Suns put the lipstick on a pig for a 6-5 comeback victory. That’s because they originally led this 4-0 before the bullpen coughed up five runs in the top of the 7th to ruin six shutout innings by Nick Pivetta. Jake Johansen retired just one of seven batters faced (on a sacrifice), giving up five hits and one walk. Justin Thomas would inherit two and let in one to finish the frame. In the 8th, Drew Ward walked, took third on a Carlos Lopez double, and scored on an infield single by James “Mello” Yezzo to tie it at 5-5. In the 9th, Narciso Mesa led off with a single and scored one batter later when Spencer laid the Kieboom with a double down the right field line for the walkoff.

Auburn 4 Tri-City 3
• Van Orden 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• M. Sanchez (BS, 2; W, 5-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Carey 2-4, R, RBI
• Riopedre 2-4, R, 2B
• Eusebio 2-4

Like the Suns, the Doubledays won in their final at-bat. Unlike Hagerstown, Auburn only led 3-2 before letting in the equalizer. Mario Sanchez blew the save chance as a one-out walk came around to score with a wild pitch and a single but put up zeroes in the 9th and 10th innings. He would get the “W” when Austin Davidson led off the 10th with a triple and D.K. Carey followed with a single. Drew Van Orden went the first five, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning five. Chris Riopedre got the reverse GBI curse with a single, double and a run scored as he, Carey, and Diomedes Eusebio went 2-for-4 on the night.

GCL Nationals 12 GCL Marlins 1
• Baez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Salazar 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Guzman 4-5, 4R, 2-2B
• Corredor 2-3, 2R, BB, 4RBI
• Gutierrez 1-2, 2BB, 2RBI

A pair of four-run rallied in the middle innings turned a 2-0 lead into a 10-0 blowout as the G-Nats broke a three-game losing streak with a 12-1 win over the G-Marlins. Joan Baez tossed five scoreless innings in his GCL debut, giving up five hits but issuing no walks while striking out five. Las cervezas estaban a Randy Encarnacion as the only regular not to march in the 18-hit parade, which was led by Luis Guzman with two singles and two doubles.

DSL Giants 8 DSL Nationals 1
• Fuentes (L, 2-3) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 5BB, 4K
• Avila 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J. Ramirez 2-4, 2B, RBI
• A. Martinez 2-4

The D-Giants broke open a 4-1 game with a four-run 7th as they pounded the D-Nats 8-1. Steven Fuentes started and allowed three unearned runs on three hits and five walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Joshual Ramirez and Andres Martinez both went 2-for-4 with Ramirez plating the lone D-Nat run on an RBI double in the 6th.

Aug 082014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (1-6, 6.34 in PCL) vs.
Holmberg (1-6, 4.90)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Ynoa (2-0, 5.23)
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 3.55) vs.
Gunkel (2-4, 3.83)
Hagerstown Won, 8-1 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-7, 4.39) vs.
Freudenberg (1-0, 1.50)
Auburn Won, 11-4 vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 6.04) vs.
Kahana (NYPL Debut)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-3 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (2-2, 2.25) vs.
Reyes (3-2, 4.03)


Syracuse 4 Louisville 1
• Lively (W, 2-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Martin (S, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burriss 2-4, R, 3B
• Taylor 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Syracuse effectively silenced Louisville in an efficient 4-1 victory last night. They immediately took a 1-0 lead before the Bats recorded an out when Emmanuel Burris tripled and Will “Skills” Rhymes singled him home. Greg Dobbs singled home Michael “BATMAN” Taylor and Jhonotan “Red Onion” Solano in the 6th. Taylor continued his assault on AAA pitching by tripling home Tyler Moore in the seventh to give the Chiefs a 4-0 lead. Matt Grace gave up a rare run on two singles and two groundouts in the 7th before Rafael “Hershiser” Martin (41⅓ IP w/o an ER) ended the proceedings with his fourth save for the Chiefs.
Roster moves: C Sandy Leon optioned from Washingtion; RHP Warner Madrigal released.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 0
• Espino (L, 5-4) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Runion 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Latimore 1-3, BB, SB(10)
• Ramsey 1-4, 2B, SB

The Harrisburg Senators failed to pass the law in the Pennsylvania legislature that would have given them a victory over the Reading Fightin’ Phils and lost 3-0 on the baseball diamond. Their feeble offense mustered only two hits. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore did his best to give Harrisburg a lead in the 1st. He singled and stole second and third before Kevin Keys whiffed. Reading’s Aaron “I’m here!” Altherr announced his presence with a solo homer to lead off the 4th off of starter and loser Paolo Espino. Jake “Not the Snake” Fox launched a solo shot to lead off the 6th against reliever Derek Self. A double and two singles against Self led to Reading’s final score. Colton “In a Hurry” Murray quickly ended Harrisburg’s latest debacle with a two-inning save.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 4
• Dickson 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, BK, 2WP
• Turnbull (W, 1-3) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Wooten 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, BB
• Oduber 2-4, R, RBI, SB, OF assist at HP

John Wooten made his first High-A homer count as the three-run bomb highlighted a four-run 8th for Potomac as they completed another series sweep with a 6-4 win over Winston-Salem. Ian Dickson shook off a shaky start to pitch into the 6th for the second time since his return to the rotation, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four. Kylin Turnbull got the win with an unearned run allowed over two and a 1/3rd with two runners stranded in the 6th. Wooten and Shawn Pleffner both went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to lead the 10-hit parade for the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 8 Kannapolis 1
• Lopez (W, 2-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Napoli 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bautista 3-5, R, RBI
• Lopez 3-3, 2R, BB, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, 2B, 3RBI

The Hagerstown Suns were not impressed by the inaptly named Kannapolis Intimidators during their 7-1 victory last night. Spencer Kieboom, Drew Ward, and Carlos Lopez all doubled to start the 2nd, resulting in two runs for the Suns. Kannapolis starter and loser Jeffrey McKenzie walked in a run the next inning before giving up a two-out, three run double to James “Mellow” Yezzo that gave Hagerstown a 6-0 lead. The merciless Suns piled on with a Wilmer Difo RBI double in the 4th before Kieboom grounded into an inning-ending double play. Meanwhile 20-y.o. starter and winner Reynaldo Lopez tossed six shutout innings and only ran into difficulty when he walked two in the 5th before two groundouts enabled him to escape. Kannapolis broke up the shutout with a Danny Hayes one-out homer against Andrew Cooper in the 9th.
Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero transferred from GCL Nationals for minor-league rehab.

Auburn 11 Tri-City 4
• A. Williams (W, 2-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, 2WP
• Orlan (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Davidson 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 2-4, 2B, 5RBI
• Gordon 1-3, 3R, HR, 2RBI

Cody Gunter drove in five without a HR as Auburn pounded Tri-City, 11-4. Gunter got the rare three-run single to cap off a four-run 6th that turned a one-run game into blowout. He struck again for a more mundane two-run double in the Auburn five-run 7th. Austen Williams, who gave up just a single run on five hits and no walks over five innings, got the win. Gunter went 2-for-4 as did Austin Davidson to pace the Doubleday offense, which registered nine hits and four walks.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 3
• Reyes (L, 1-4) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Reynoso 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lora 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI

The G-Nats lost their third straight with a 6-3 loss to the G-Marlins. Starter Luis Reyes gave up five runs on six hits and four walks over five innings while setting down three on strikes. Edwin Lora singled, doubled, walked, scored a run and stole his seventh base as the D-Nats, who managed eight hits total.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Red Sox 0
• W. Pena (W, 3-4) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Rosario (SV, 2) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• J. Ramirez 2-3, BB
• Pimentel 1-4

The D-Nats scored but one run again but it was enough to win as two pitchers combined on a 1-0 shutout of the division-leading D-Red Sox. Wilber “Where’s Charlotte?” Pena struck out eight and walked one over six innings of three-hit ball to win his third game. Ramses Rosario whiffed three, walked none, but let up four hits over the final three frames to notch his second save. Joshual Ramirez singled twice while Davinson Pimentel singled once to account for the three (3) D-Nats hits, with the game’s only run scoring on a throwing error.

Aug 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Lively (1-2, 5.74) vs.
Marshall (0-7, 8.62)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-2 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (5-3, 5.07) vs.
Bootcheck (2-3, 6.06)
Potomac Won, 10-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-8, 5.27) vs.
Rodon (0-0, 6.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-1, 2.89) vs.
McKenzie (2-3, 5.89)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (1-2, 6.53) vs.
Ordosgoitti (2-3, 4.68)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 18-1 @ DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (2-4, 3.42) vs.
Jh. Diaz (5-2, 1.28)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
The Syracuse Chiefs’ nine-game homestand resumes with a chance to make some hay against the cellar-dwelling Louisville Bats for four games and the sub-.500 Charlotte Knights for three before they begin the first of two series against the third-place Rochester RedWings. Roster move: RHP Blake Treinen optioned from Washington.

Reading 9 Harrisburg 2
• Kroenke (L, 2-5) 2⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 4K
• Dupra 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Ramsey 4-4, 2B, RBI, 2SB
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B

The Harrisburg Senators briefly held a 1-0 lead in their eventual 9-2 defeat at the hands of the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Cole Leonida doubled to lead off the 3rd and was singled in by Caleb Ramsey. Ramsey stole second before Reading immediately blew the game open in the bottom half of the inning against starter and loser Zach Kroenke. Three straight singles and a bases-loaded walk made the score 1-1. Two more singles, a double, and a Sebastian “Frankie” Valle single made the score 6-1 before Brian Dupra entered and threw a wild pitch to give Reading a comfortable 7-1 lead. Cutter Dykstra’s solo homer in the top of the sixth was Harrisburg’s last gasp of offense.

Potomac 10 Winston-Salem 2
• Spann (W, 8-5) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Walsh 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Ballou 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 6RBI
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Matthew Spann tossed six one-hit innings, Randolph Oduber drove in six Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: UT Justin Miller released.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 2
• Estevez (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Valdez 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Difo 3-4, 2R, 2SB (39, 40)
• Yezzo 2-4, RBI

Starter Wirkin “For the Weekend” Estevez was tattooed for five early runs in the Suns’ 7-2 loss to the Power. Hagerstown managed only one run in the top of the 1st despite four singles, two stolen bases and a walk from West Virginia because both Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez were gunned down at second for the inning’s first two outs. The Power immediately erased the 1-0 deficit with an Austin Meadows homer. Estevez later gave up four straight singles and a walk in the top of the second before leaving with an ominous sounding “injured arm.” Austin “Power’s Powers” Meadows effectively put the game away with a two-out, two-run single against reliever Phillips Valdez. Hagerstown’s James “Mellow” Yezzo’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th preceded Drew Ward’s rally-killing double play with nobody out and runners on first and second.

Tri-City 3 Auburn 2
• Bourque (L, 1-4) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, WP, HBP
• Swynenberg 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Page 2-4, RBI
• Langlois 1-3, R, 2B, BB

With two out in the bottom of the 9th, Brian Langlois doubled, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Matthew Page’s second single of the night to pull the Doubledays within one at 3-2. Alas, Osvaldo Abreu struck out to end it and there was no joy in Auburn as they dropped the series opener to Tri-City. James Bourque started and gave up all three ValleyCat runs on seven hits and a walk over four innings. Three relievers combined for five scoreless innings, but the offense was limited to seven hits and two walks while fanning 11 times.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 0-5) 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Yrizarri 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Lora 0-3, BB, RBI
• R. Encarnacion 0-2, 2BB, SB

Four G-Cards pitchers combined to no-hit the G-Nats and take a 6-1 decision. Jose Morales started for the third time, but was perforated for nine hits and two runs over five inning. He struck out three but suffered his fifth loss in nine appearances. A walk, balk, and a wild pitch set up Edwin Lora’s RBI groundout in the 3rd that prevented the shutout. The G-Cards doubled down on reliever Deibi Yrizarri for two runs in the 7th and 8th innings to put the game out of reach.

DSL Red Sox 18 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo (L, 3-3) 2IP, 8H, 10R, 8ER, 2BB, K, HR
• D. Rojas 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mota 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Franco 1-2

When a 17-y.o. position player is your most effective pitcher of the game, you know it was a blowout. The D-Red Sox pounded three D-Nats pitchers for 18 runs and 17 hits before Dany Rojas tossed a scoreless 9th with one walk. Israel Mota broke up the shutout with an RBI double to plate Neivy Pilier in the bottom of the 7th and was the sole batter to record multiple hits.
Roster move: RHP Yordani Garcia assigned from Washington.

Aug 062014
 

Postgame CelebrationThe regular season is now less than a month away, which means it’s time for the annual assessment of seeing minor-league baseball past Labor Day [insert Philadelphia Phillies joke here].

Since this site took off in 2010, the Nats have had multiple affiliates make the playoffs in each season — two in 2010, three in 2011, two in 2012, four last summer. Barring multiple collapses, that streak should continue. With a lot of luck, they could match last season’s high-water mark.

Obviously, development is more important than winning, but as a season-ticket holder, I’m biased towards the latter but also because it’s just plain more fun to write about a pennant race (hence a post like this, natch).

Without further ado, here’s a look at the odds of postseason play from AAA to the DSL…

SYRACUSE
For years, Syracuse was a collection of 4A replacement-level players so it’s confusing to see multiple players under the age of 25. But perhaps more unusual is that the team is winning and clicking on all cylinders. Unfortunately, they’re in a three-way fight with Pawtucket and Rochester and the schedule does not favor them. The Chiefs have eight games left against the RedWings, but just two against the PawSox, who also only have two against Rochester and an August schedule of also-rans. Meanwhile, Syracuse and Rochester play each other six times. Yes, there’s still the possibility of the wild card but we could very well see one of those three teams finish with a better record than the Southern or Western Division teams… and miss the playoffs.

HARRISBURG
The Senators are battling to not finish with the worst record in the Eastern League, and trail the Fightins by a game and a half to avoid that dishonor.

POTOMAC
The P-Nats are already in the playoffs, having won the first-half title for the Northern Division. With the first round a meager best-of-three, they still have the incentive to win the second half and get home-field advantage for all three games (currently, they will be home for the second and third game, if necessary; as first-half champs they had the choice of first game at home or hosting a deciding game). They have a three-game lead over both the Hillcats and Blue Rocks with four games left against each. Should they advance, the Mills Cup begins at the Southern Division series winner and finishes at the Northern Division, as is League custom in even-numbered seasons.

HAGERSTOWN
While some folks called it an epic choke, the reality is that the Grasshoppers pulled off a fantastic comeback to win the first half Northern Division title by finishing with 10 straight wins — the first three against the Suns. Hagerstown took three of four in late June but the two teams have been more or less even ever since. The Suns can get to the playoffs by either winning the 2nd half or by finishing ahead of the Intimidators Crawdads for the second-best best overall record (currently, it’s a 5½ game lead) in the Northern Division if Greensboro takes both halves. Hagerstown hosts Kannapolis tomorrow through Sunday. The Suns host the Grasshoppers for three games August 19-21, then visit Hickory the 22nd through the 24th. Like Potomac, should Hagerstown advance to the Finals, they’ll travel to the Southern Division Series winner for Games One and Two, then host Game Three, and if necessary, Games Four and Five.

AUBURN
Trailing State College by 8½ games, Auburn’s only realistic chance is to sneak in via the wild card. The good news is that they’ve beaten three of the four teams ahead of them in the wild-card race (Connecticut, Brooklyn, and Staten Island). The bad news: they have no more games against them. The fourth, Williamsport, they play just three times more at Falcon Park (Aug. 22-24). With a record of just 23-27, it would seem doubtful that they’d go far in the postseason, but with two short (best-of-three) series, anything is possible.

GCL NATIONALS
Unlike Auburn, the G-Nats do have a winning record… albeit against the. same. three. teams. But if they somehow manage to knock off the GCL East-leading G-Cards down the stretch, it’s only a one-game playoff to make it to the Finals, which are a mere best of the three.

DSL NATIONALS
With 36 teams in five wildly uneven divisions (ten, ten, six, six, and four), the D-Nats are riding an eight-game win streak but are still 3½ games out of the hunt for the wildcard, eight for the division despite a .589 winning percentage. As noted a couple of years ago, there’s very little parity in this league — nine teams are playing .600+ ball, six are below .400.

Aug 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Kroenke (2-4, 5.72) vs.
Nola (AA Debut)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (7-5, 4.65) vs.
Dykstra (2-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 10-6 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-1, 7.04) vs.
Heredia (1-4, 4.53)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-3, 3.27) vs.
Musgrove (4-1, 3.88)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-1 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. Bautista (2-0, 0.38)


Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6
• Hill (W, 10-5) 6⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HBP, 2WP
• Barrett (H, 1) 1⅓, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Cedeno (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Laird 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, 2B

Syracuse improved to 2-0 on the Michael Taylor era with a 4-1 win over Scranton Wilkes-Barre. The Chiefs gained a run on doubles by Emmanuel Burris and Brandon Laird in the bottom of the 1st, but lost Manager Billy Gardner for what appeared to be arguing against an out call at first base on a Tyler “Quite Contrary” Moore groundout. Starter and winner Taylor Hill pounded the zone with 54 strikes on 88 pitches en route to his tenth win. His lone mistake was an RBI double in the second. A Jeff Kobernus double and a Josh Johnson single gave Syracuse a 2-1 lead in the 3rd. A Brandon Laird two-run homer in the 4th concluded the offense for the night and scored Emmanuel Burriss. Xavier Cedeno recorded his fourth save with a scoreless 9th after a dreaded leadoff walk.
Roster move: C Sandy Leon recalled to Washington.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 2
• Simmons (L, 2-2) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Demny 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B
• Dykstra 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg Senators moved one day closer to fall recess with a 3-2 loss to the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Things started great for Harrisburg with a Cutter Dykstra leadoff double and a Quincy “The Dude” walk preceding sacrifice flies by Kevin Keyes and Jason Martinson to give Harrisburg a 2-0 lead after one. Things came to a screeching halt offensively when Adrian Sanchez was gunned down at home on a Cole Leonida double in the top of the 2nd. Starter and loser James Simmons immediately yielded a run in the home 2nd and two more in the bottom of the 4th on a Zach Collier homer. Reading’s Colton Murray lowered his ERA to a tidy 1.64 when he recorded his fourth save.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2
• Rauh (W, 2-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Mirowski 1IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Martinez 2-4, R
• Severino 2-4, R, RBI
• Ballou 1-4, 3B, 2RBI

Brian Rauh was lights out Last Night In Woodbridge

West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 2
• Giolito (W, 8-2) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Johns (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Yezzo 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Ward 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Masters 2-3, R, 2RBI

Lucas “Twinkletoes” Giolito recorded his eighth victory in a 10-6 offensive battle against the West Virginia Power that was not as close as the score indicated. Giolito gave up a two-run homer to Austin Meadows in the 1st. In the 3rd, three one-out singles loaded the bases before an Edwin Espinal groundout to first scored a run. Jake Johansen struggled in relief, giving up two runs in the 7th on an RBI double and a sacrifice fly. The Suns pounded starter and loser Dovydas “Bleak Greek” Neverauskas for seven runs in two and 1/3rd innings. They erupted for three doubles and a two run Wilmer Difo homer in a six run third that gave them an 8-1 lead.

Auburn — OFF DAY
The Doubledays return to upstate New York after 4-2 swing through the two borough teams of NYC for a six-game homestand against the Tri-City and Vermont.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 0
• Poveda 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, WP
• K. Simmons (L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Encarnacion 2-3, BB
• Rosario 2-3, 2B

The G-Nats took a step back in their quest to overtake the G-Cards, losing 4-0 with three of the four runs coming in the top of the 9th. Omar Poveda took another step closer to getting the hell out of Viera returning to Harrisburg with three scoreless innings. Kyle Simmons took the loss on an unearned run over three frames. The offense was limited to Randy Encarnacion, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, and Dionicio Rosario, who singled and doubled. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-25 with a walk.

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Rojos 1
• M. Pena 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3WP
• Pinto (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Y. Ramirez (SV, 2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mota 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Agustin 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Another big inning in early going — five runs in the 3rd — propelled the D-Nats to their eighth straight win, 9-1 over the D-Rojos. Malvin Pena got the start and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. The win went to Francisco Pinto, who gave up the lone D-Rojos run while pitching two innings. Yonathan Ramirez closed out the game with three innings of one-hit ball for the save. Israel Mota singled, walked, doubled and scored three times while 17-y.o.’s Davinson Piomentel and Telmito Augustin both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the 3-4-5 combo collected six of the nine D-Nats hits for the game.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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