Aug 132014
 

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-3 (5 inn.) vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-0, 3.00) vs.
Wang (11-7, 3.94)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Reading,
5:30 p.m.
Kroenke (2-5, 6.56) and TBD vs.
Nola (1-0, 1.80) and TBD
Potomac Postponed vs. Salem,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Postponed @ Delmarva,
4:35 p.m.
Lopez (2-1, 2.19) and
Swynenberg (1st Low-A start of ’14) vs.
Horacek (5-10, 3.98) and
Delgado (0-2, 3.65)
Auburn Postponed @ Jamestown,
6:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 3.81) and
A. Williams (2-2, 5.61) vs.
Duncan (2-2, 3.45) and
DuRupau (1-2, 2.85)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 (11 inn.) @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (3-4, 3.04) vs.
Guzman (5-1, 2.02)


Syracuse 9 Charlotte 3
• Laffey (W, 12-4) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Perez 2-2, RBI, SB
• Laird 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 4RBI
• Moore 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI

Turnabout is fair play as the Chiefs laid a 9-3 hurt in a rain-shortened five innings. Aaron Laffey got the complete-game win with a pedestrian three runs allowed over five innings on five hits and a walk. Brandon Laird doubled twice and got the scoring going with a two-run jack in the 1st, going 3-for-4 with four RBI on night. Syracuse scored in each of the first four innings before the game was called with two outs in the bottom of the 5th.

Harrisburg — Postponed
Rain spoiled the first of three games between Harrisburg and Reading yesterday afternoon, forcing a doubleheader tonight.

Potomac — Postponed
As feared, rain postponed a fourth straight date between the Red Sox and P-Nats, reducing this week’s five-game series to a pair of doubleheaders today and tomorrow.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — PPD
The 26th and 27th meeting between Delmarva and Hagerstown will take place tonight, thanks to the Sally League’s god-awful scheduling the rain. Tomorrow, Suns go up the coast to Jersey for Game nos. 20-23 of 27 against the BlueClaws.
In a story that should shock nobody here, the City of Fredericksburg says its **proposed** stadium project is in jeopardy

Auburn vs. Jamestown — PPD
Rain. Bad. No game. Play two today.
– Tarzan, Tonto, and Frankenstein

GCL Mets 4 GCL Nationals 1
• Yrizarri (L, 2-2) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 0K
• Reynoso 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• G. Ramirez 2-3, R, BB, SB
• Lora 2-4, RBI

The G-Mets put up four in the 3rd and held off the G-Nats for a 4-1 win. Deibi Yrizarri gave up all four runs on four hits and five walks with no strikeouts over five while losing his second game. Three of the free passes came in the 3rd and all three scored. Gilberto Ramirez singled twice, walked once, and scored the lone G-Nat run in the top of the 7th. Edwin Lora and Oliver Ortiz both went 2-for-4 as the G-Nats managed seven hits (all singles) total.

DSL Rockies 4 DSL Nationals 3 (11 inn.)
• Acevedo 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Rosario (BS, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Guance (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Rengel 3-6, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• A. Martinez 3-5
• Vilorio 3-4, 2-2B, BB, CS

The D-Nats ‘pen couldn’t hold a 3-2, givng up the equalizer in the 9th and the game-winner in the 11th for a 4-3 loss to the D-Rockies. Carlos Acevedo let in an unearned run over five innings of three-hit ball with no walks and three K’s and left with a 2-1 lead. Ramses Rosario allowed the D-Rox to tie it at 2-2 in his first inning of relief as did Hector Guance, who got the blown-save-loss for his efforts. Luis Rengel drove in all three runs including an 8th-inning solo shot that gave the D-Nats a 3-2 lead.

Aug 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-4, 3.20) vs.
E. Johnson (5-6, 6.29)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-5, 6.56) vs.
Nola (1-0, 1.80)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Salem,
5:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 13-7 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (1st Low-A start of ’14)
vs. Horacek (5-10, 3.98)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-4, 3.81) vs.
Duncan (2-2, 3.45)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-0 (6 inn.) @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-1 @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (3-3, 3.91) vs.
Oviedo (3-2, 2.54)


Charlotte 9 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 10-6) 4+ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, K, 3HBP
• Stange 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Moore 2-4, R

The Knights scored three times in the 5th to break open a 4-3 game and made single-run crusades in the 7th and 9th to complete a 9-3 conquest of the Chiefs. Taylor Hill put on 13 baserunners in the space of 25 batters faced over four-plus innings. Seven of them crossed home plate, including the three he left to Daniel Stange, who was greeted with a two-run single by the “other” Michael Taylor before inducing a double play, which scored the third inherited run. All three Syracuse runs came in the 3rd as Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes smacked his fifth home run. Rhymes and Tyler “Boz Thinks I’m Boggs” Moore both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Chiefs managed eight hits and three walks total.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The elimination number for the Western Division race is down to five for Harrisburg, which hosts Eastern Division cellar-dweller Reading for the next three at City Island. The Fightins now lead the Senators by four and 1/2 games to avoid the tag of the worst record in the Eastern League. Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero reassigned from Hagerstown.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The rain that washed out this past weekend’s slate between Salem and Potomac has followed them to Woodbridge as thunderstorms are forecast for today. For Potomac, one or more cancellations could actually be to their benefit as it will make it harder for second-place Lynchburg to catch them as well as make it possible to win by less than a game or by percentage points.

Hagerstown 13 Delmarva 7
• Giolito (W, 9-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Difo 5-6, 2R, 2RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, BB, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 3-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lopez 3-6, 2R, HR, 4RBI

Hagerstown got a touchdown on their opening drive, featuring deep completions beyond the secondary by Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez, and added a pair of field goals for a 13-7 win over Delmarva. Lucas Giolito won his 9th game with five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. Wilmer Difo went 5-for-6 to lead the 19-hit parade while Bautista, Rodriguez, and Carlos Lopez, who had a two-run homer in the 6th, had three hits apiece. It’s not all roses as reliever Andrew Cooper was hammered for six runs on seven hits and a walk over an inning and 2/3rds — the third time in a week that the Suns ‘pen was charged with three or more runs. Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg reassigned from Auburn.

Vermont 6 Auburn 2
• Ott 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Ramos (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Williamson 2-3, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

The Lake Monsters scored five unanswered runs to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 win over the Doubledays. Travis Ott gave up a solo shot with two out in the 1st but finished with the one run allowed on four hits. He walked one and struck out five. David Ramos blew yet another save as he was knocked for two runs in the 6th and was charged with the loss. Clay Williamson singled twice while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled and tripled to lead the Auburn offense. Roster move: RHP John Feliz reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 0 (6 inn.)
• K. Simmons 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Vasquez (W, 1-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Valerio (S, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ortiz 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lora 1-2, BB

Oliver Ortiz’s three-run homer in the last of the 5th was the difference in a 3-0 G-Nats win over the G-Mets in six innings (rain). Kyle Simmons got the start and went two scoreless innings with two hits and two walks with… wait for it… two strikeouts. Daury Vasquez got the win with three shutout frames while Maximo Valerio was awarded the save for recording a goose egg in the 6th. The G-Nats totaled just four hits and one walk with Edwin Lora the sole batter to record one of each.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Rockies 1
• M. Pena (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Morel (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mota 2-4, 2B
• A. Martinez 2-4, R, 3B

The D-Nats stopped a two-game slide with a 3-1 win over the D-Rockies. Malvin Pena, who took Joan Baez’s place in the rotation, earned his first “W” with five frames of one-run ball, giving up three hits, no walks, and setting down three on strikes. Angher Cespedes completed four innings of shutdown relief that earned holds for Melvin Morel (#3) and Miguel Vargas (#1) as he set ‘em down in order in the 9th for the save (#8). The trio of Israel Mota, Anderson Franco, and Andres Martinez combined to go 5-for-12 with double (Mota), triple (Martinez) and home run (Franco) as the D-Nats registered eight hits for the game.

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.