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.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Orioles2 4
• 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.

Aug 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Lively (0-2, 7.20) vs.
Ranaudo (12-4, 2.41)
Ely (0-0, 1.75)

Harrisburg Won, 10-9 (10 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (1-1, 6.04) vs.
Roberts (10-10, 4.11)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Won, 1-0 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 6.55) vs.
Encinas (0-1, 9.90)
Auburn Won, 14-3 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 7.27) vs.
Oswalt (4-1, 2.56)
GCL Nationals Won, 13-10 vs GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (1-4, 3.61) vs.
Pacheco (2-4, 1.60)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Hill 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Madrigal (L, 0-4) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Perez 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, SB
• Laird 2-4, 2B

A two-run walkoff in the 9th dropped Syracuse, 4-2, and into a first-place tie with Pawtucket (percentage points ahead). Taylor Hill turned in his best outing of the month with one run on four hits and three walks but gave up a longball for the sixth straight start. Warner Madrigal took the loss as he gave up a single and a homer with one out in the 9th after pitching a scoreless 8th. Eury Perez scored both Chiefs runs, doubling in the 1st, stealing third, and trotting home on a Tyler Moore two-out double, then homering in the 8th to tie it at 2-2. Brandon Laird singled and doubled as Syracuse was held to just six hits on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 10 Akron 9 (10 inn.)
• Simmons 5⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self (W, 2-2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Latimore 2-4, 3R, BB, 2HR, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Michael Taylor announced his return to the lineup by going Rickey Henderson in the 1st with a leadoff home run, but it was Quincy “The Dude” Latimore’s walkoff blast in the last of the 10th that sent the folks in Harrisburg home happy with a 10-9 win. Starter James Simmons left with a 7-4 lead with one out in the 6th but both runners he turned over to Colin Bates came in while Paul Demny melted down with a three runs in the top of the 9th to put the Senators in a 9-7 hole. Harrisburg rallied to tie at 9-9 when Kevin “Special Ks” Keyes hit a two-run, game-tying single in the next half-inning. The Sens then found their best Derek Self, who stopped the bleeding in the 10th before Q “I Ended You” Latimore connected for his second HR on the night and third in two games.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The P-Nats make the first of three three-game road trips this month with a Friday-to-Sunday series in Zebulon in a rematch of last weekend’s series against the Mudcats, who they swept last weekend. It’s also the beginning of a stretch of 31 games in 32 days as two doubleheaders (19th and 31st) offset the three scheduled off days (4th, 11th, 18th) in August.

Hagerstown 1 Charleston 0
• Giolito (W, 7-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero (SV, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Difo 2-4, R
• Kieboom 1-4, RBI

Unless someone throws a complete-game shutout over the weekend, odds are Lucas Giolito’s got the Sally Lg. Pitcher of the Week for a second straight week for his effort in a 1-0 neutering of the RiverDogs. The 20-y.o. spun another six scoreless innings, letting up two hits and one walk while “only” striking out six. Wander Suero followed with three more goose eggs to complete the combined three-hit shutout, the ninth this season for the Suns. Charleston’s Chaz Hebert was nearly as brilliant — yes, we can acknowledge this — giving up just the one unearned run off two hits: a two-out Wilmer Difo single, which the defense turned into a “double” with an error, followed by an RBI single by Hagerstown backstop Spencer Kieboom in the 4th.

Auburn 14 Brooklyn 3
• A. Williams (W, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Torres 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mejia 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Read 2-3, R

The Doubledays stormed the Cyclones for 10 runs in the 4th and 5th innings en route to a 14-3 smackdown in Brooklyn. Austen Williams rebounded from a season-worst outing last Friday, with serviceable effort of three runs let in on six hits and a walk over five innings for his first professional win. Any thoughts of a comeback or getting some runs back for pride were squashed by the relief duo of Chase McDowell and Luis Torres with two scoreless inning apiece. Bryan Mejia reached base four times from the #9 spot in the lineup while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Jeff “Call Me Bad, Will You?” Gardner smacked two- and three-run HRs respectively to highlight Auburn’s six-run 5th.

GCL Nationals 13 GCL Mets 10
• Yrizarri 1⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, 3BB, 0K
• Valerio (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S, WP
• Guzman 3-5, R, 3B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2-2B, 4RBI

After blowing leads of 3-0 and 7-5, the G-Nats tied the game at 9-9 in the 6th and rallied for four in the 8th to take this see-saw battle, 13-10. Deibi Yrizarri started and was charged with five unearned runs on three hits and three walks with no strikeouts. The win went o Maximo Valerio, who finished off the 6th and allowed one run over the last three innings on two walks (one intentional) and a wild pitch. The 4-5-6 combo of Kelvin Gutierrez, Randy Encarnacion, and Luis Guzman combined to go 7-for-12 with four runs scored, two doubles, two triples and six RBI as the G-Nats pounded out 14 hits total.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Cardinals 3
• Acevedo (W, 3-2) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Charlis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Agustin 3-4, 2R, 2B, CS
• Viloro 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, RBI

Carlos Acevedo turned in six shutout innings as the D-Nats put up four in the 1st en route to a 7-3 win over the D-Cards. Acevedo walked one and struck out five while letting up just four hits in his third win. Telmito Agustin singled twice and doubled once to lead the D-Nats ten-hit parade, which featured a two-run HR by the still-just-16-y.o. Anderson Franco.

Jul 312014
 

So Long
The Zach Walters era, which began in July 2011, is now over as the Washington Nationals have dealt him to the Cleveland Indians for SS-2B Asdrubal Cabrera and cash considerations.

The sad Spike pic is obligatory, of course, but the reality is that this is probably better for Walters in the long run, given that he’s currently blocked by Ian Desmond primarily and Danny Espinosa secondarily, though I’m quite sure some folks will disagree. With minutes to go as of this writing, we can only hope that perhaps some other guys who are similarly blocked might get a chance elsewhere.

Walters was batting .300/.358/.608 with 15HR and 48RBI in 60 games for Syracuse this season when he was recalled to Washington last week when Ryan Zimmerman went on the DL again with what’s been reported to be a severe (Grade 3) hamstring tear, per MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. The trade will solidify the parent club’s infield with Anthon Rendon playing 3B, Desmond at SS, and Cabrera at 2B.

Jul 312014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Hill (9-5, 2.62) vs.
Escobar (3-8, 5.11 @ PCL)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 (13 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (2-1, 5.68) vs.
Colon (8-6, 2.82)
Potomac Lost, 10-6 (16 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (6-2, 2.34) vs.
Herbert (1-2, 3.05)
Auburn Lost, 9-4 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (0-2, 6.89) vs.
Acosta (3-2, 2.14)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0;
Won, 7-4
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-0 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-2, 2.95) vs.
Fernandez (0-3, 7.63)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Cole 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Mattheus (L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI, SB
• Moore 1-3, 2BB

Syracuse and the Paw-Sox decided to put up a box score of binary code filled with “1’s” and “0”s last night in Pawtucket. Back-to-back doubles by former Washington Nationals Eury Perez and Steven “FREE ME” Souza scored a 1st-inning run for the Chiefs before Mookie “Not Bill Buckner’s Nemesis” Betts immediately erased A.J. Cole’s lead with a leadoff homer in the home half. Garin Cecchini added to the Paw-Sox Power Punishment of Syracuse with a one-out dinger of his own. Jhonatan “The Green Onion” Solano’s double play scored a run, but effectively killed a rally in the following top of the 3rd. While Danny Stange and Manny Delcarmen effectively kept the score tied at 2-2, former Washington National Ryan “Firework” Mattheus took the loss by allowing two singles through the infield and a sacrifice fly for the loss that shaved the Syracuse lead to one in the I.L. North.
Roster moves: OF Destin Hood placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to July 24, C Jeff Howell activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3 (13 inn.)
• Simms 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Herron 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Holland (W, 6-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 4-7, R, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Martinson 2-6, RBI
• Tejeda 2-6, R
• Skole 0-3, R, 4BB

In a shocking development, the Harrisburg offense woke up in a 6-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Harrisburg, not Richmond, flew out to an early 1-0 lead with a 1st-inning homer from Drew Vettleson. Mr. Vettleson, like the rest of the Harrisburg Senators, then proceeded to take the next 11½ innings off at the plate. Meanwhile, Richmond tied up the game at 1-1 off of starter John Simms when Matt “I’m a Toughy” Duffy doubled, Jarrett “Squirrelyman” Parker singled and Devin “Better at Basketball” Harris hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 6th. Harrisburg exploded for five runs in the 13th with a sacrifice fly by Jason Martinson following a leadoff walk, a hit by pitch, and a Fundamental Baseball Sacrifice Bunt to advance the runners. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore ended a 406-game drought for Harrisburg with a two-out grand slam. Harrisburg would need those insurance runs because Richmond fought back and scored two runs off of Robert “Happy House” Benincasa before ultimately falling 6-3.

Myrtle Beach 10 Potomac 6 (16 inn.)
• Encarnacion 4⅔ IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Henke 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 2WP
• Norfork (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, HR(GS)
• Oduber 4-7, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Ballou 2-7, R, HR, 2RBI
• Wooten 2-6, RBI

Isaac Ballou homered with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to force extras, where the Pelicans ‘pen shut down the P-Nats for seven innings to secure a 10-6 win and the three-game sweep. Khayyan Norfork, who pitched scoreless 15th, took the loss in the 16th on a grand slam following an intentional walk to set up a possible double (or triple) play. Randolph Oduber once again threatened to cycle but missed the longball to “only” go 4-for-7 to lead the 13-hit parade for Potomac.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown begins a brutal 14-road-games-in-18-days stretch with four against Charleston as they cling to a ½ game lead in the Sally North with 33 days left in the regular season.
Roster moves: LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Wander Suero activated from the 7-Day DL.

Brooklyn 9 Auburn 4
• Bourque (L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 2BB, K, BK, HBP, WP
• Swynenberg 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, BB
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A seven-run 2nd put this one away early for the Cyclones as they blew away the Doubledays, 9-4. James Bourque took the brunt of the beating with seven runs (three earned) allowed on five hits and two walks over just an inning and 2/3rds. Matt Swynenberg came out of retirement for two shutout frames with two hits, no walks, and two whiffs. Cutter Dykstra and Raudy Read both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Auburn nine totaled eight hits and five walks on offense.
Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg assigned from Washington.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME ONE
• Rivero 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Poveda (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, K
• Rosario 1-2, 2B
• Guzman 1-3

In the opener, the G-Marlins broke open a 1-0 game with a four-run 4th as they shut out the G-Nats, 5-0. Felipe Rivero tossed two scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed while striking out two. Omar Poveda took the loss with four charged on three hits and three walks. Dionicio Rosario connected for the sole extra-base hit as the G-Nats were limited to just three hits total.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 4 — GAME TWO
• K. Simmons 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2WP
• Je. Ramirez (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Reetz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Corredor 1-2, R, BB

In the second game, the G-Nats returned the favor with a five-run 4th to break a 2-2 deadlock as they held on for a 7-4 win to split the doubleheader. Kyle Simmons got the start and let in one run on three hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd. The win went to Jean Ramirez with an identical line but in one inning fewer. Kelvin Gutierrez and Jakson Reetz combined for five hits, two runs, three doubles, and three RBI to lead the G-Nats offense.
Roster moves: RHP Omar Poveda assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab; RHP Domenick Mancini reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cardinals 0
• Baez (W, 4-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Vargas (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Vilorio 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Pimentel 2-5, R, RBI
• Franco 2-5, R

Two D-Nat pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the D-Nats shut out the D-Cards, 5-0. Joan Baez struck out a season high of nine while walking just one over the first six innings. Miguel Vargas was perfect over the final three to earn his second save. Luis Vilorio reached base three times and drove in two while Davinson Pimentel and Anderson Franco both went 2-for-5 as the D-Nats pounded out 11 hits for the game.

Jul 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (3-0, 2.64) vs.
Workman (6-1, 4.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Simms (2-3, 3.78) vs.
Stratton (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 vs. Myrtle Beach,
12:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (2-3, 5.33) vs.
Bores (0-3, 3.04)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 3-2
@ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (1-2, 2.21) vs.
Reyes (2-1, 1.88)
GCL Nationals Postponed @/vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 21-10 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (3-1, 1.29) vs.
Alcantara (1-5, 2.68)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
With an extra day’s rest, the Chiefs begin a three-game series against the second-place PawSox in an unusual position: They’re in first place and do not *need* to sweep… or avoid being swept.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Kroenke 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Latimore 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 1-4, 2B

Austin Voth pounded the strike zone in his Eastern League debut, but two Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded him back to turn what could have been a great outing into a merely serviceable one. In the 2nd, Richmond’s cleanup hitter, Jarrett Parker, hit a leadoff homer to right. In the 4th, Voth’s own wildness sparked a Richmond rally. After a leadoff single and a fielder’s choice, Voth threw a wild pitch and then walked Parker later in the at bat. After a pop up, it looked he would wiggle out of trouble, but Angel Villalona’s two-out double plated both baserunners and left Voth on the hook for the loss. Harrisburg’s offense remained feeble but did manage to decorate the scoreboard with two 8th-inning runs on Quincy Latimore’s homer as part of a three-hit effort.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 6
• Spann (L, 7-5) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HBP
• Mirowski 3IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Miller 2-5, R
• Martinez 1-3, R, BB, RBI, OF assist at HP

The Pelicans clinched the season series with an 8-6 decision for their 11th win in 19 games versus the P-Nats. Starter Matt Spann took the loss as the rats-with-wings swooped on him for five runs on nine hits over six innings to hand him his fifth loss. An error led to three unearned runs in the top of the 7th to push the Myrtle Beach lead to 8-2. Potomac answered in the bottom of the 8th with three runs on five straight hits but had no more in the tank in the 9th as they could only muster a one-out walk by Randolph Oduber, who led the Potomac offense with a 2-for-4 night.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 4
• Pivetta (W, 12-6) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR, 2WP
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• W. Rodriguez 3-4, R, 2-2B
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB
• C. Lopez 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown broke out for three in the bottom of the 6th and added one in the 7th for an 8-4 win over Greenville. Nick Pivetta got the benefit of the offense as he let in all four Drive runs on ten hits, including a solo HR in the 4th. He walked one and struck out seven while earning his 12th save. Jake Johansen turned in his first scoreless outing in 20 appearances with two shutout frames to close out the game. Eight of nine batters reached base as the Suns scorched the opposing hurlers for 13 hits and 10 extra-base hits, with James Yezzo and Wilman Rodriguez both doubling twice.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 2 — GAME ONE
• A. Martinez 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (BA, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Gunter 1-1, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2-2B

Manny Rodriguez’s return to the NYPL after missing the past two seasons with multiple elbow surgeries* was untriumphant as the Jammers edged the Doubledays, 3-2. The 25-y.o. Cuban was lit up for all three Jamestown runs on four hits and a walk over the 6th and 7th innings. Starter Andres Martinez was also back in town after five appearances in the GCL and turned in five shutout innings, with one and three hits given up and four strikeouts. Cody Gunter led off the 5th with a solo HR while rehabbing Cutter Dykstra doubled two batters and scored on fielding error to account for the two Auburn runs as the Doubledays were held to just five hits total.
* Two TJ’s, which I guess makes him a Double National?

Auburn vs. Jamestown — GAME TWO
• Ott (L, 1-2) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• Ramos 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-3, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2B, RBI

Jamestown struck for three in the 4th and held off Auburn for another 3-2 win to sweep the doubleheader and take the series, 2-1. Travis Ott was juiced for all three Jammer runs on three hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. The Doubledays ‘pen held them scoreless the rest of the way but the offense was unable to push across the tying runs, held to to seven hits with Osvaldo Abreu, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Clay Williamson each going 2-for-3.
Roster move: RHP Anderson Martinez reassigned from GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s contest. They’ll try to make it up today with a doubleheader.

DSL Nationals 21 DSL Mariners 10
• Bermudez (W, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Y. Ramirez (SV, 1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Je. Baez 4-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Peguero 3-4, 3R, HR, 5RBI, 2BB
• Mota 3-6, 3R, 2RBI

The D-Nats got a field goal and went for two in the 4th quart, er inning as they rode the 11-run outburst to a 21-10 win over the D-Mariners. Francys Peguero homered and drove in five while Jeyner Baez went 4-for-5 with everything but the big fly to lead the 16-hit assault. Juan Bermudez let up four unearned runs over five innings to earn his third win. Yonathan Ramirez stranded one of two runners, gave up three runs on five hits over three innings for the rulebook save.

Jul 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Canceled OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (AA Debut) vs.
A. Mejia (5-6, 5.52)
Potomac Lost, 11-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (7-4, 4.42) vs.
Parra (7-6, 5.27)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-6, 3.90) vs.
Smith (3-7, 6.46)
Auburn Postponed vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.27) and
Ott (1-1, 2.27) vs.
Eppler (0-2, 4.08) and
McRae (1-2, 3.57)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-4 (10 inn.) vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-9 vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (2-4, 1.82) vs.
Manzueta (2-1, 2.19)


Syracuse vs. Gwinnett — CNCLD (Rain)
Rain washed out the series finale between the G-Braves and the Chiefs. Since the two teams don’t meet again in the regular season, the game will not be made up.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bates 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Leonida 1-3, R, BB
• Sanchez 1-4

A feeble Harrisburg offense fielded a lineup of hitters whose highest batting average is now Caleb Ramsey’s .259 (Michael Taylor is out with a wrist injury). Not surprisingly, offense was a problem in a 2-1 loss to powerhouse Richmond, a team that will make a run at the Eastern League crown and presently has a 65-44 record. A committee of four Flying Squirrels yielded only one unearned run in the 2nd that gave Harrisburg a short-lived 1-0 lead. Brian Dupra took his fifth loss despite pitching well enough to win. The first “earned” run was aided by a throwing error by Cole Leonida when Squirrely Squirrel Kelby Tomlinson not only stole second but also advanced to third on the error. A single, a walk, and a single resulted in the second, decisive in the 5th inning run in a tidy 2-1 loss.
Roster moves: IFs Ricky Hague, Jose Lozada placed on the 7-Day DL; C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 2
• Bacus (L, 3-6) 3⅓ IP, 14H, 10R, 10ER, 2BB, K, 0HR
• Rauh 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2BB
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Myrtle Beach connected for six runs on six straight two-out hits in the 2nd and, like their moniker, dropped a couple more deuces in the 3rd and 4th innings en route to an 11-2 win over Potomac. Dakota Bacuse was eviscerated for ten runs on 14 hits and two walks over just three and a 1/3rd innings. Brian Rauh, who suffered a similar fate last Friday, came on in relief and saved the bullpen for a cause less lost with four and 2/3rds innings of one-run relief, which came via the only HR of the 16 hits the Pelicans pounded out. Shawn Pleffner singled twice and walked twice to lead the Potomac response of just eight hits.

Hagerstown 4 Greenville 0
• Lopez (W, 1-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Napoli (SV, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Middleton 2-3, BB
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez returned to Low-A with a vengeance, tossing six scoreless innings as Hagerstown blanked Greenville, 4-0. Lopez struck out a season-high of nine will letting up two hits and walking two. David Napoli set down all nine batters he faced to close out the game for his third Low-A save and fourth overall. James Yezzo doubled and homered and scored two runs to lead the Suns offense, which saw the bottom third account for five of its seven hits and three of the four RBI.
Roster move: LHP David Napoli reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn vs. Jamestown — PPD
The storms that sent Syracuse and Gwinnett packing also gave Auburn and Jamestown the night off. They’ll make it up with a pair of seven-inning games tonight at Falcon Park.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 4 (10 inn.)
• W. Davis 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Feliz (W, 3-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Ortiz 2-2, R, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Tillero 2-5, RBI, SB

The G-Nats took advantage of an error, a misplay, and a wild pitch to score thrice in the 10th for 7-4 win over the G-Marlins. Weston Davis got the start but was roughed up for two runs on four hits over three innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Five different batters had multiple hits as the G-Nats pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon, with Kelvin Gutierrez leading the total base column with a single and a double while drawing a walk. John Feliz got the win in relief with three scoreless innings, with one hit and one walk allowed and four set down on strikes.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Mariners 9
• Fuentes 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rosario (W, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 4R, ER, BB, K
• Charlis (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Agustin 2-2, 3R, 3B, 2RBI, 2BB, 2SB
• Mota 2-4, 3R, HR, 3RBI, BB, 2SB
• Vilorio 2-4, 2R, BB, SB

The D-Nats scored in eight of nine innings while outslugging the D-Mariners for a 12-9 victory. Led by Telmito Agustin with two hits, two walks, and two stolen bases, the D-Nats totaled 13, nine, and six in each of those categories. Starter Steven Fuentes went the first four innings, but was dinged for three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The win went to Ramses Rosario while Fiyeral Charlis struck out the side in the 9th for the save.