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.

Aug 042014
 

Ripple
With the promotion of Steve Souza from Syracuse to Washington to replace an allegedly injured Nate McLouth, also comes the promotion of CF Michael Taylor from Harrisburg to take Souza’s place on the Syracuse roster.

Now, obviously it’s possible that both moves could be reversed in two weeks when McLouth is eligible to be activated, but it seems awfully convenient coincidental that the Nats waited until after the non-waiver trade deadline to make any of these moves. Washington GM Mike Rizzo is as brilliant as he is stubborn, and we could very well be seeing both traits on display here.

It’s been a topic of debate in the comments as to where Brian Goodwin is and/or what has happened to him. Officially, he’s on the DL (and without explanation), which, to remind the newcomers here, does not necessarily mean that a player is injured. But common sense — a misnomer, as Mark Twain once said because it’s so rarely found — does suggest that Goodwin is indeed hurt. It’s one thing to stash a guy for a week, but as of today it’s been a month.

Thus, the rumor that Goodwin has suffered a separated shoulder (via the comments) doesn’t seem all that implausible. Of course, that is the function of rumor — to fill in the gaps of knowledge when there is no official information. But if it’s true — and there is precedent in the example of Matt Purke, who went missing in the summer of 2012 only to be revealed during the 2012-13 offseason that he had undergone shoulder surgery — then we may be seeing an injury allow one prospect to leapfrog another again, just as we did with Tyler Moore and Chris Marrero.

The Senators and Chiefs also announced the following moves…
• RHP Josh Roenicke released
• RHP Scott McGregor reassigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse
• IF Ricky Hague and RHP Sam Runion activated from the 7-Day DL

It’s possible that Roenicke’s release was at his request; at the time he was signed he reportedly had a June 15 opt-out clause. Though it seems more likely that he was released outright with a two in-season FAs backfilling the gaps.

As always, if there are further moves related to this story, look for this space to be updated.

Aug 042014
 


Harrisburg Senator outfielder Quincy Latimore has been named the Eastern League’s Player of the Week for July 28 to August 3rd.

The 25-y.o. smacked four home runs during the week, including a grand slam last Wednesday and a walkoff solo shot on Thursday; both big flies came in extra innings. Overall, Latimore went 9-for-23 with 11 runs driven in and an OPS 1.438 for the week.

The North Carolina native was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in he 4th Round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in January 2013 and signed with the Washington Nationals this past offseason. In 85 games for the Senators, he’s put up a line of .294/.362/.452 with 9 HR, 37 RBI, and seven stolen bases.

According to MiLB.com, this is his second Player of the Week Award in his career, the previous coming in May 2009 while he was with the West Virginia Power.

Aug 042014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 2.78) vs.
Turley (1-2, 6.03)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-2, 3.43) vs.
Loewen (1-4, 3.68)
Potomac Won, 5-2;
Won, 9-4
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-0, 1.64) vs.
Borden (5-7, 3.48)
Auburn Won, 5-4 @ Staten Island,
11:00 a.m.
Ott (1-2, 2.80) vs.
Hensley (0-0, 6.75)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (3-4, 1.61) vs.
Estevez (0-4, 2.75)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 Syracuse 1
• Laffey (L, 11-4) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Solano 2-4, 2B
• Howell 1-3, 2B

The Syracuse slide continued yesterday afternoon with a 3-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Starter Aaron Laffey gave Syracuse four shutout innings before hitting some speedbumps in the 5th and 6th. He gave up a single and a double to score a run in the 5th and Kyle Roller’s 12th homer, a two-run shot, in the top of the 6th. Michael Pineda finally returned from his injury odyssey for the Baby Bombers and showed that he might be ready to contribute to the big club by mystifying the Chiefs for three and a 1/3rd innings and a total of 58 pitches. Apparently, Syracuse’s offense left along with Steven Souza, who was pulled from the game after singling in what will hopefully be his last minor-league at-bat. Syracuse’s lone run was generously gifted to them on a two-out bases loaded wild pitch in the 8th. While Jhonatan “The Wild Onion” Solano doubled to start a potential game-tying rally in the 9th, he only made it to third as Branden Pinder got the last two outs on a Emmannuel Burriss popup and a Josh Johnson whiff.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 5
• Voth (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Dupra 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Dykstra 1-2, 3BB

Austin Voth gave up one fewer run than he did in his first outing but still took the loss to Akron as Harrisburg failed to secure a four-game sweep with a 6-5 loss. Anthony Gallas hit a two-run homer for the Rubberducks with one out in the 1st. He escaped further damage, striking out Bryson “Jazzy” Myles and popping out Jake “Bad Break” Lowery, to wiggle out of a one-out with bases loaded jam in the 3rd. Sadly, hitting star Adrian Sanchez’s 8th-inning RBI single was the high-water offensive mark for the Senators. The Ric Flair “WOO!” for opposition strikeouts became the Ric Flair derisive “BOO!” for Harrisburg strikeouts when Akron’s Giovanni Soto then squashed the bases-loaded, nobody out threat with consecutive whiffs of Caleb Ramsey, Oscar Tejeda and Kevin Keyes to likely leave the home crowd in dejected silence before Shawn “Astronaut” Armstrong recorded his 12th RubberDuckian save.

Potomac 5 Carolina 2 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Mendez ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Norfork 2-3, R, RBI, SB(10)
• Renda 2-4, 2B, RBI

Hector Silvestre was one out away from a seven-inning no-hitter. Six batters later, the tying run was coming up to bat. The Mudcats
rallied for two in the 7th and threatened to tie before Gilberto Mendez got the final out for his 8th save as the P-Nats took the opener, 5-2. Isaac Ballou led the Potomac offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon, followed by Khayyan Norfork (2-for-3) and Tony Renda (2-for-4). Ballou’s solo HR in the 4th got Potomac on the board first as the P-Nats scored in each of the last four innings to build a 5-0 lead. Silvestre gave up a triple to lose the no-no and a two-run homer By Jeremy Lucas to lose the shutout as he finished with four hits allowed, one walk, and one whiff while earning his first High-A win.

Potomac 9 Carolina 4 — GAME TWO
• Bacus (W, 4-6) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Walsh 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2R, BB, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• McQuillan 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Last Sunday, D.J. Brown stopped the P-Nats onslaught when the Mudcats fell behind 5-1 after three. This Sunday, Potomac knocked the Carolina pitcher out of the box in the 2nd with seven runs en route to a 9-4 decision, a series sweep, and the sixth straight win for the Woodbridge nine against the contingent from Zebulon. Starter Dakota Bacus rebounded from his worst outing to get the Jack Morris win with four runs given up over five innings on six hits, including another HR by Carolina’s Jeremy Lucas. Kylin Turnbull and Jake Walsh both turned in a scoreless inning in relief. Isaac Ballou and Shawn Pleffner both went 2-for-3 with a walk as Potomac notched 10 hits and five walks total.

Charleston 8 Hagerstown 1
• Pivetta (L, 12-7) 3IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Valdez 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, R, 3B, BB
• Mesa 2-4, BB

A five-run 3rd broke a 1-1 tie as Charleston won handily, 8-1. Nick Pivetta took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits, including a three-run HR in his 3rd and final inning of work. He walked one and struck out three. Rafael Bautista scored the lone Hagerstown run after a 1st-inning triple as both he and Narciso Mesa went 2-for-4 with a walk. The Suns outhit the RiverDogs 11-8, but the offense needs a trip to AAMCO as just two of those came in the clutch with a 2-for-16 mark with RISP and 15 runners left on base.

Auburn 5 Staten Island 4
• A. Martinez 5IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, K, HR
• McDowell (BS, 1; W, 1-1) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-2 IR-S
• Eusebio 2-3, 2B
• Bacak 2-3, BB
• Mejia 2-4, 2B, BB

Auburn took advantage of some sloppy play by Staten Island to score twice in the 8th on just one hit in a 5-4 win. The Doubledays “rallied” with a leadoff double by Brian Langlois followed by a two-base error on the ensuing sacrifice by Osvaldo Abreu to score the tying run. A wild pitch sent the would-be martyr to third and a sacrifice fly by Cody Gunter, his second of the game, plated Abreu for the game-winning run. The comeback took Chase McDowell off the hook for letting in two of three runners in the bottom of the 7th and credited him with his first NYPL win. Diomedes Eusebio, Kyle Bacak, and Bryan Mejia combined for six of the ten Auburn hits, two of the four doubles, and drew two of the six walks on the afternoon.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats treaded water with another 3-3 week and remain tied with the G-Mets, four and a 1/2 games behind the G-Cards with three and 1/2 weeks to go. This week, it’s three against the Cards and Marlins, but just two home games in Viera.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats are riding a six-game win streak after a perfect week last week. This, along with $2, gets them a cup of coffee as they remain eight games off the pace set by the DSL Red Sox in the Boca Chica South and five games behind the Wild-Card leading DSL Giants.

Aug 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-0 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.13) vs.
Pineda (1-1, 3.86)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Morata (5-3, 4.81)
Potomac Postponed @ Carolina,
1:00 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 1-0 @ Charleston,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (12-6, 3.98) vs.
Davis (5-8, 4.69)
Auburn Lost, 5-2 @ Staten Island,
4:00 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 4.61) vs.
Montgomery (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 13 Syracuse 0
• Roenicke (L, 4-6) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Stange 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2-2B

The Syracuse Chiefs weren’t watching last night’s 11-0 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies by the Washington Nationals from the dugout. But had they been, they were not inspired to win as they lost by the even uglier score of 13-0 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Only reliever Daniel Stange, who only allowed three hits during his shutout 5th and 6th innings, can hold his head high. Perhaps Jeff Howell, who pitched a perfect one-third of an inning and stranded two runners to end the madness, can too. Offensively, only Will “Skills” Rhymes, whose two doubles came when Syracuse was already down 6-0 to the Evil Empire’s AAA minions, warrants mention. Thanks to a PawSox loss, the Chiefs held onto their one-game division lead, but the gap between 1st place and 3rd place was narrowed to one and a half games by a RedWings win.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• Espino (W, 5-3) 8IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Benincasa (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-4
• Latimore 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

In contrast to the Chiefs, the Senators have decided to make a noble final speech before they are voted out of their playoff offices for the 2014 season. Nobody should lose to a RubberDuck, and tomorrow Harrisburg will go for a rare home four-game sweep of Akron. Starter and winner Paolo Espino was down 1-0 with no outs in the 1st following a wild pitch and a double, but he wriggled out of further harm with a flyout to Michael Taylor, a lineout to Drew Vettleson and a groundout to Jason Martinson. After a Bryan Miles homer put Harrisburg down 2-0 in the top half the 4th, Quincy “The Dude” Latimore countered with a two-run double in the bottom half before Jason Martinson was gunned down at home. Cutter Dykstra returned to the lineup for the first time since Independence Day and celebrated by singling and scoring the decisive run in the bottom of the 5th on a Matt Skole two-out single. Ric Flair was upset and stalked off angrily, however, because he only got to yell “WOOOO!” twice during Robert Benincasa’s fifth save.
Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from 7-Day DL, C Mitch Canham placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
They’ll play two today to make up for the rainout on Saturday. With an off day on Monday, both teams are shuffling the deck and neither is showing their hand as to who’s pitching today.
Roster moves: RHP Gilberto Mendez activated from the 3-Day TIL, UT Justin Miller placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 1 Charleston 0
• Lopez 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Webb (W, 4-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2 pickoffs
• Johns (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, SB(60)
• Difo 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout while Wilmer Difo provided the margin of victory with a solo shot in the 9th in a 1-0 win over Charleston. Reynaldo Lopez only struck out three but turned in another five scoreless innings to bring his total to 11 in his two starts since returning from Auburn. Joseph Webb followed with three more zeroes on the scoreboard, giving up a hit and a walk (both were picked off at first) and getting the benefit of Difo’s blast for his fourth win. Sam Johns pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save. Difo also doubled and walked as the Suns piled up nine hits but also hit into three double plays.

Staten Island 5 Auburn 2
• Dickey 4+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mapes (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Page 2-3, BB
• Mejia 2-4, 3SB

Auburn led this one 2-1 at the halfway mark but gave up four unanswered runs in the 5th and 6th innings to lose to Staten Island, 5-2. Robbie Dickey put baserunners in four of five innings he started, leaving with one on and no outs in the 5th. Tyler Mapes let in that runner and one of his own to suffer the loss, his first. The Doubledays were held to just six hits with Matt Page and Bryan Mejia accounting for four of the five singles, and Clay Williamson connecting for the lone extra-base knock, a double in the 5th.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 4
• W. Davis (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Mills 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, BB, RBI
• Reetz 1-2, R, 2BB, SB, CS

With a four-run 9th the G-Nats made this game a whole lot closer than it really was as they fell to the G-Mets again, 6-4. Eleventh Rd. pick Weston Davis took the loss with four runs (two earned) given up on six hits and two walks over three innings. Aldrem Corredor’s two-run HR highlighted the G-Nats lone rally of the game. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice and walked once while Jakson Reetz walked twice and singled once to lead the seven-hit, five-walk offense for the G-Nats.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Orioles2 3
• Fuentes (W, 2-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 9K, WP
• Cespedes 3BF, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Vargas 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP, 3-3 IR-S
• Pimentel 2-4, 2B
• Agustin 2-4, R

Angher Cespedes did his best Rafael Soriano imitation, putting three straight runners on in the 8th with a 4-0 lead to set up a Chad Cordero save for Migeul Vargas as he let in all three runners on a wild pitch and a double before getting the last six outs in a 4-3 D-Nats win over the D-Orioles2. The meltdown nearly took away the win from Steven Fuentes, who struck out nine in five innings with just a walk and two hits allowed. Seventeen-year-olds Davinson Pimentel and Telmito Augustin both went 2-for-4 to lead the D-Nats attack.

Aug 022014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (4-5, 5.02) vs.
Leroux (3-2, 4.46)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.25) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Charleston,
6:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-1, 3.95) vs.
Clarkin (3-3, 3.46)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Holder (1-1, 4.20)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-5 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-4 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.51) vs.
Romero (0-4, 1.41)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 2
• Lively (W, 1-2) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Martin 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burriss 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Souza 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Emmanuel Burriss went Rickey Henderson for Syracuse like Quincy Latimore did for Harrisburg on Thursday night to get the Chiefs off to an early 1-0 lead over the Pawtucket Red Sox. Following former Washington National Corey Brown’s homer in the 2nd, the Chiefs scored two in the 3rd followed by an RBI triple in the top of the 4th by Will “Got Skills” Rhymes that scored Jhonatan “Red Onion” Solano. Former Chief Carlos Rivero doubled and later scored to give Pawtucket its final run. While Syracuse would score single runs in the 8th and 9th, the late-inning highlight was a dominant inning and a third from Rafael Martin, who notched his second save and struck out three of the four batters that he faced in Syracuse’s 6-2 win. Roster move: RHP Aaron Barrett optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 2
• McGregor (W, 2-1) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Herron (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Taylor 1-2, RBI, 2BB
• Sanchez 1-3, R

Scott McGregor avoided the “Good, Bad, Interesting” Curse by providing seven strong, no-walk innings and earning a victory in the Harrisburg’s 3-2 win over Akron last night. Two triples and a single in the top of the third put McGregor down by two runs, but he then plucked the ‘Ducks over the next four frames. Michael Taylor started the comeback in the 5th with a two-out RBI single to score Adrian Sanchez, who had singled two and stolen second ahead of him. Harrisburg’s 6th-inning rally was highlighted by Will “Not the Thrill” Roberts’ bases-loaded wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Oscar Tejeda to put the Senators up for good. Tyler Herron pitched to contact for two scoreless innings to record his fourth save.

Potomac 4 Carolina 2
• Dickson (W, 3-8) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Mirowski (H, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Severino 2-3, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, R, RBI, SB

The P-Nats continued their dominance against the Mudcats, taking their fourth straight contest between the two team, 4-2, ending a three-game skid. Ian Dickson got the start and turned in five serviceable innings with both Carolina runs let in on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Richie Mirowski followed with three perfect innings of relief for the hold while Bryan Harper pitched around a pair of baserunners in the 9th to earn his third High-A save. Pedro Severino reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk while Shawn “Wheels” Pleffner went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored, and his sixth stolen base as Potomac took advantage of five walks and three errors by the Mudcats to score four times on just seven hits.

Charleston 4 Hagerstown 2
• Estevez (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Johansen 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 3-3 IR-S
• Mesa 3-5, 3B
• Yezzo 2-4

Charleston snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the 5th and held on for a 4-2 win over Hagerstown. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez hit the wall in the 5th, loading the bases with one out. Jake Johansen unloaded them with a misplayed tapper back to the mound that he turned into a single with a weak throw to 1st for the first run, then two more on an RBI single. He would recover to strike out the next two batters and pitch a scoreless 6th but the damage was done. Narciso Mesa went 3-for-5 with a triple and a steal to lead the Suns offense, which sputtered to a 2-for-13 mark with RISP and left on nine for the night. No need to get your panties in a bunch like home plate umpire Rich Grassa, who ejected Spencer Kieboom in the 1st after he protested a questionable check swing call for a whiff on a 3-2 pitch. Not a lip-reader, but it seems doubtful he went Crash Davis on him.

Brooklyn 4 Auburn 3
• Van Orden 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K, 2HBP
• M. Rodriguez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramos (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Dykstra 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Langlois 2-5
• Mejia 1-1, R, HR, RBI

The Cyclones had just four hits and committed four errors and they still won, walking off in the 9th to hand the Doubledays a 4-3 loss and take the series, 2-1. Starter Drew Van Orden turned in another five strong innings, though he hit two batters and gave up a run on two hits and a walk while fanning five. Cutter Dykstra doubled, stole third and scored the first Auburn run while going 2-for-3 with a walk. His replacement, Bryan Mejia homered in the 9th to give the Doubledays a 3-2 lead, which David “Mi Hermano Es Wilson” gave away as he was unable to strand the runner he inherited and gave up both the tying and winning runs on two walks and a single.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 5
• Reyes (L, 1-3) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2WP
• Plouck 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, WP, 2-2 IR-S
• Encarnacion 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Florentino 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB

The G-Mets exploded for four runs in both the 4th and 6th innings and held off a late charge in the 8th and 9th innings to hand the G-Nats an 8-5 loss. Luis Reyes suffered his third loss, giving up the first four-spot on six hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings. Randy Encarnacion singled twice and walked once while scoring once and driving in one to lead the G-Nats offense, which registered eight hits and four walks.

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• Pena (W, 2-4) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 5BB, 6K, WP
• Rosario 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Jo. Ramirez 4-6, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 3-6, R, 3B, 3RBI, SB
• Robles 2-6, 2R, RBI, SB

The D-Nats broke open a 1-0 game with a five-run 5th as they tripled up the D-Orioles2, 12-4. Wilber Pena got the win with a LaLoosh-like line of five walks and six K’s over five innings with one run and two hits allowed. Joshual Ramirez led the 18-hit assault with three singles and a double, followed by Telmito Agustin’s two singles and a triple.