Aug 232013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (6-10, 3.88) vs.
Stewart (5-13, 4.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (2-6, 2.18) vs.
Saupold (7-5, 3.18)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 2.81) vs.
Van Skike (3-5, 2.85)
Hagerstown Won, 8-3 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (4-3, 4.69)
Johansen (Low-A debut) vs.
Oliver (4-4, 5.13)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (12 inn.) @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 6.66)
Simms (0-1, 4.29) vs.
Reed (3-2, 2.36)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvestre (6-0, 2.03) vs.
Herrmann (0-4, 9.60)
DSL Nationals Won, 2-1 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 8 Charlotte 5
• Tatusko 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K, WP
• Robertson (W, 4-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Brown 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Perez 2-3, R, 3B, BB, 3RBI, CS, HBP
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2B, SAC

Eury Perez’s three-run triple highlighted a four-run 7th as the Chiefs won their fourth straight, 8-5, over the Knights. Syracuse rapped out a baker’s dozen of hits, with Corey Brown leading the charge with a single, double, and a homer (#18) and two runs scored. Tyler Robertson got the win with two perfect innings in relief. Starter Ryan Tatusko labored through five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and five walks for the no-decision.

Erie 4 Harrisburg 1
• Cole (L, 3-2) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 9K
• McCoy 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rivero 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Hood 2-3

In battle of the E.L. West’s top two teams, Erie reclaimed 1st place with a 4-1 win over Harrisburg. A.J. Cole turned in his fifth quality start out of six for the Sens, letting in three runs on four hits, no walks, and striking out nine, but lost for the second time. Carlos Rivero doubled and scored a run, Destin Hood singled twice, while the rest of the Harrisburg lineup went 3-for-26 with a walk. Patriot News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that OF Steve Souza Jr. will rejoin the team today after finishing up a four-game rehab tour of Viera.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 2
• Mooneyham (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 6BB, K, HR
• Bates 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Oduber 1-3, 3B, BB, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, BB, RBI

Brett Mooneyham and the strike zone were barely acquainted in his Carolina League debut as he walked six and gave up six runs in a 6-2 loss to Winston-Salem. The southpaw threw 75 pitches in three innings, giving up five hits, including a first-pitch fastball that Dash catcher Kevan Smith launched some 25′ over CF wall. Colin Bates, Travis Henke, and Rob Wort combined for six shutout innings. The P-Nats bats, however, were silent until the final two innings, when Michael Taylor drew a bases-loaded walk to break up the shutout in the 8th and Randolph Oduber tripled in the second run in the 9th.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 3
• Voth 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, 2WP
• Davis (W, 2-3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 3-4, 2R

Hagerstown broke a 3-3 tie with a five-run 7th en route to an 8-3 win over Lakewood. Austin Voth (ryhmes with both) got the no-decision in his Sally League debut, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. Cody Davis finished out the 5th and pitched a scoreless 6th and got the win. Mike McQuillan and Will Piwinica-Worms both went 3-for-4 to lead the 10-hit Suns offense.

Auburn 4 Batavia 3 (12 inn.)
• Pivetta 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Cooper (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Ballou 4-6, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Gunter 3-4, 2B, 3B, BB
• Lippincott 3-6, 2B

Auburn rallied for two in the 9th to tie and pushed across the deciding run in the 12th for a 4-3 win over Batavia. Three relievers combined for eight scoreless innings to make the comeback possible, with Andrew Cooper getting the win. Starter Nick Pivetta was touched for all three Muckdog runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two. Isaac Ballou singled twice, doubled twice, scored once, and knocked in three to lead the Doubledays attack.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 6
• J. Rodriguez 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 4BB, 0K
• Sylvestri (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, SB
• Difo 1-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Souza 1-3, 2R, BB, SB

A four-run 2nd gave the G-Nats a 6-1 lead after two. They led 7-2 after five. The G-Cards rallied for three in the 8th, one in the 9th, but couldn’t tie as the G-Nats won again, 7-6. Michael Sylvestri got the win in relief with three scoreless innings. Starter Jefry Rodriguez gave up the G-Cards run on one hit and four walks over and inning and 2/3rds. Randy Encarnacion led the nine-hit offensive effort with a 2-for-4 game as the G-Nats drew two walks and stole five bases.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Orioles2 1
• Yrizarri (W, 5-3) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Reynoso (H, 6) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Salazar (SV, 13) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Ortiz 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Florentino 0-2, BB, RBI, OF assist at HP

The D-Nats had a no-hitter through seven but needed an outfield kill in the 9th to secure the 2-1 win. Geremias Gil doubled to lead off the 9th for the D-Orioles2 and tried to come in on the subsequent single but was gunned down by CF Darryl Florentino. All-Star closer Melvi Salazar finished out the 9th for his 13th save. Starter Deibi Yrizarri got the win with five no-hit innings, walking two and fanning five. Oliver Ortiz had the sole extra-base hit for the D-Nats, who were held to three hits and two walks.

Aug 232013
 

Early this morning, the Nationals traded C Kurt Suzuki back to the Athletics for a pitching prospect. Multiple online sources are reporting that prospect is RHP Dakota Bacus.

Dakota BacusBacus was the 9th-round pick for Oakland in the 2012 draft out of Indiana State University where he had posted a 7-4 record in 17 appearances (16 starts) with pitcher’s line of 2.70/3.17/1.16 after transferring from Southeastern C.C. (Iowa). He set the ISU single-season record in 2012 for innings pitched, including three complete games.

The 22-year-old Illinoisan went 3-0 with 7 saves in 30 innings last summer in the Arizona League. This season he’s gone 9-5 with a 3.56/3.42/1.34 line for the Low-A Beloit Snappers.

Scouting reports, as you might imagine, are sparse. In his 2013 Prospect Book, John Sickels cited Bacus’s “exceptional command of a low-90s fastball, slider, and changeup” but was hesitant to give him more than a Grade C due to his age and level of competition. Sickels also noted Bacus has enough of an arsenal to start but (the usual caveat) could move up the ladder faster as a reliever.

No word yet, obviously, as to if, when and/or where he’ll appear for the Nationals farm, though the most likely destination would be Hagerstown.

Aug 222013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (5-6, 3.75) vs.
McCully (2-3, 6.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-1, 2.23) vs.
Garcia (0-4, 5.59)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 (5 inn.) vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (High-A debut) vs.
Jaye (7-6, 4.66)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (Low-A debut) vs.
Oviedo (1-3, 5.60)
Auburn Won, 7-0;
Lost, 1-0 (8 inn.)
@ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 4.91) vs.
German (1-3, 2.88)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.57) vs.
Perez (1-4, 3.09)
DSL Nationals Won, 12-1 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse — OFF DAY
Syracuse’s eight-game homestand resumes after an off day yesterday with four against Charlotte. The Chiefs are riding a three-game win streak and are now just one game out of the I.L. North cellar.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 3
• Gilliam 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Holland (L, 1-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Burns 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2SB
• Goodwin 1-2, R, 2B, 3BB

Jarrett Parker took Neil Holland deep for a two-out solo HR in the bottom of the 9th to give Richmond a 4-3 walkoff win over Harrisburg. The win prevented a sweep and put the distance between the first-place Sens and third-place Squirrels at three games with a four-games series left to play on Labor Day weekend. Rob Gilliam got the start but lasted just four innings, coughing up three runs on a walk and five hits, including a two-run HR. Tablesetters Billy Burns and Brian Goodwin both doubled and scored a run, combining for five walks, but the rest of the lineup managed just four hits and two walks.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 1
• Demny (L, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• B. Miller 1-2, R, 3B
• Gilmartin 1-1, BB

Two streaks ended Last Night In Woodbridge
Roster move: LHP Brett Mooneyham promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3
• Encarnacion 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Thomas (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-3, R, RBI
• McQuillan 2-4, 2RBI

Back-to-back doubles by Khayyan Norfork and Stephen Perez plated the gamewinner in the 9th as Hagerstown edged Lakewood, 4-3. The rally made a winner out of Justin Thomas, who struck out five of eight batters faced in the 8th and 9th innings. Starter Pedro Encarnacion gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while fanning four in a no-decision. Will Piwinica-Worms came off the bench to go 2-for-3 and an RBI while Mike McQuillan went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Suns offense.
Roster move: RHP Jake Johansen promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 7 Batavia 0 — GAME ONE
• Giolito (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mudron 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Reistetter 2-3, R, BB
• Lippincott 2-4, 2R, RBI, SB

Batavia 1 Auburn 0 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Selsor 4⅔ IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hollins (L, 1-4) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lippincott 2-3
• Ramirez 1-3

Lucas Giolito won his NYPL debut with five solid innings but the Doubledays dropped the nightcap in “extra” innings. Auburn Citizen beat writer Jeremy Houghtaling has the story.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Cardinals 3
• K. Rodriguez 3IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Williams (W, 2-1) 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Jennings 4-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Mejia 2-4, R, BB, SB

The G-Nats won #45 by a 5-3 count over the G-Cards and never trailed. Kelvin Rodriguez got the start, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Deion Williams got the win in relief, tossing four innings of one-run ball with two hits and three walks allowed while striking out three. Hayden Jennings went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the hit column for the G-Nats.
Roster move: LHP Jake Walsh reassigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Orioles2 1
• J. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Torres (W, 1-3) 4IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Corredor 2-3, 3R, 3BB, RBI
• Ortiz 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

An eight-run 7th broke open a 4-1 game as the D-Nats leveled the D-Orioles2, 12-1. Leadoff man Aldrem Corredor singled twice, scored three times, and walked three times while 17-y.o. Oliver Ortiz was a homer shy of the cycle as the D-Nats notched 13 hits total for the game. Jean Ramirez started but went just one Nuke LaLoosh inning with no hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Luis Torres got the win in relief, giving up the lone D-Orioles2 run on five hits. He walked none and struck out five.

Aug 212013
 

RippleAfter three summers of people complaining about Nationals being too slow to promote… this summer, those people can shut the trunk up.

As noted earlier this season, the increased movement has made it harder to call true promotions versus need-based fill-ins. Thus, you’re seeing verbs “assign” or “reassign,” which are a bit more benign, but also enables me to avoid using word “demoted” for when a player is returned (e.g. Taylor Hill).

My personal guideline has been to avoid calling any movement between the short-season leagues a promotion, but Lucas Giolito is an obvious exception. Likewise for Austin Voth and Jake Johansen, as all three are top draft picks and their transfers from the GCL to Auburn and Auburn to Hagerstown are difficult to characterize as anything but.

The roster moves for Giolito and Voth have been officially announced, with Giolito scheduled to make his New York-Penn League debut (on the road, natch) tonight. Auburn Citizen beat reporter Jeremy Houghtaling (@CitizenHough for those of you on “the Twitters”) says he’ll make the trip to Batavia, so we’ll have at least one independent account.

Voth appears to be slated to start tomorrow, weather permitting, as will Brett Mooneyham for Potomac, with the younger Pac-12 pitcher taking the place of the elder, who’s reportedly on his way to Potomac according to MASN’s Byron Kerr.

The moves for Johansen and Mooneyham have not been officially announced, but the speculation here is that Paul Demny will be placed on the Potomac DL to make room for Mooneyham (and take his place in the rotation) and similar move will be made for Hagerstown (more likely a reliever with Ian Dickson going to the ‘pen).

UPDATE: Auburn has officially announced the promotion of Johansen to Hagerstown. The Suns, in turn, have announced the promotion of Mooneyham to Potomac while LHP Jake Walsh has been reassigned to the GCL to accommodate the transfers of both Johansen and Voth. A corresponding move for Potomac has not yet been announced.

Aug 212013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won 3-2; Won, 5-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.59) vs.
Escobar (4-3, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (1-1, 4.60) vs.
Blough (9-10, 4.27)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (10-7, 3.45) vs.
Stefan (4-7, 3.65)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 @ Batavia,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Giolito (NYPL Debut) and
Pivetta (0-1, 4.91) vs.
Garner (0-1, 1.53) and
Newell (4-3, 1.90)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-4 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Williams (1-1, 3.00) vs.
Ju. Perez (1-3, 4.75)
DSL Nationals Cancelled @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. LeFranc (0-2, 5.87)



Syracuse 3 Indianapolis 2
• Clay 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Crotta (W, 6-7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Walters 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Espinosa 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Marrero 1-3, RBI, BB

Zach Walters led off the bottom of the 9th with a solo HR to give Syracuse a 3-2 walkoff win and take the series 3-1 vs. Indianapolis. The big fly also puts the 23-y.o. infielder on top of the I.L. leaderboard with 29 as he went 2-for-4 overall. Danny Espinosa (2-for-4) and Chris Marrero (1-for-3) also drove in runs for the Chiefs to pace the eight-hit attack. Mike Crotta got the win in relief, allowing a hit and a walk in the 9th while striking out two. Caleb Clay started but got yet another no-decision with both Indians runs given up on five hits and a walk while fanning three. Roster move: LHP Ian Krol optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 2 — GAME ONE
• Ray 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR, HBP
• Herron (W, 5-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Barrett (SV, 25) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burns 2-4, 2R, SB
• Hague 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Ricky Hague’s 7th-inning HR was the difference as Harrisburg edged Richmond, 3-2 in the opener. Starter Robbie Ray allowed both Flying Squirrel runs on five hits and two walks while setting down five on strikes. He hit a batter and gave up a home run. Tyler Herron got the win with a scoreless 8th and Aaron Barrett got the save with a scoreless 9th.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 1 — GAME TWO
• Karns (W, 8-6) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 8K
• Burns 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Head 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Brian Goodwin doubled and homered while Nathan Karns threw a complete game as the Senators completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 win in the nightcap. Goodwin was joined by Billy Burns and Jared Head as multihit Senators, both going 2-for-3 with a double. Karns struck out eight and walked just one over seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and one walk.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Purke 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Holt (W, 8-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

The P-Nats scored six unanswered runs, including four in the 8th, to complete the sweep of the Blue Rocks, 6-2. The win was the 10th in a row for Potomac and the 79th of the year, matching the 2008 and 2009 teams, and one short of the franchise record set in 1982. Matt Purke turned in a quality start and allowed two runs on five hits, no walks, and struck out three. Greg Holt improved to 8-0 by pitching two scoreless frames. Cutter Dykstra extended his on-base streak 29 games with a walk while Caleb Ramsey led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Lakewood 3 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Self (L, 0-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• McQuillan 3-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Martinez 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

The Blue Claws rallied for the deciding run in the 8th and stranded two Suns in the 9th for a 3-2 win. Hagerstown starter Kylin Turnbull matched a rehabbing Roy Halladay for two runs over six innings but got the no-decision. The southpaw allowed six hits and two walks and struck out four. Derek Self retired the first four batters he faced but gave up back-to-back singles with one out. Bryan Harper couldn’t get the popup or groundball he needed, instead surrendering a sacrifice fly for the deciding run. Mike McQuillan led off the 9th with his third single and took second on a one-out single by Khayyan Norfork but watched a flyout behind him in center and a strikeout in front of him to end the game. Roster move: RHP Austin Voth promoted from Auburn.

Batavia 2 Auburn 1
• Treinen 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Orlan (L, 1-4) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• J.C. Valdez 2-3, BB, RBI
• Foat 2-4, 2E

The Muckdogs scored a pair of unearned runs in the 5th on a double error to erase an early Doubledays lead and held on to win this one, 2-1. Blake Treinen pitched four innings of one-hit ball in another rehab appearance before giving way to R.C. Orlan, who took the loss, but finished the game. Orlan gave up just three hits but hit a batter in the 5th and struck out four. Jean Carlos Valdez drove in the lone Auburn run while going 2-for-3 with a walk.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Marlins 4
• Ott 3⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Ramos (W, 5-3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Poole 2-3, 2RBI
• Souza 1-2, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Gordon 1-1, 2B, 2RBI

The G-Nats broke a 4-4 tie with a four-run 8th to double up the G-Marlins, 8-4. Travis Ott made the start and gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk while striking out six over three and 2/3rds innings. Matt Derosier stranded two runners while getting the last out of the fourth, then pitched three more innings, allowing a run on three hits. David “Yes, My Brother Is Wilson” Ramos got the win in relief, tossing two scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed while striking out three. Jordan Poole led the 11-hit attack with a 2-for-3 game while driving in two runs.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Rojos — CNCLD
Rain washed out the final meeting between the D-Nat and D-Rojos and thus it will not be made up.

Aug 202013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (4-2, 2.42) vs.
Pimentel (2-5, 3.30)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Richmond,
5:35 p.m. (DH)
Ray (4-2, 3.89) and
Karns (7-6, 3.45) vs.
Rogers (5-7, 5.34) and
Westcott (5-11, 4.08)
Potomac Won, 5-3 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (3-3, 5.40) vs.
Davis (0-0, 5.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2; Won, 4-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.95) vs.
Halladay (MLB rehab)
Auburn Lost, 8-7 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (NYPL debut)
Treinen (MiLB rehab)
vs. Williams (0-1, 3.13)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (2-0, 4.50) or
Derosier (2-1, 2.91) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (3-4, 2.86) vs.
Lara (3-7, 7.16)



Syracuse 6 Indianapolis 2
• Mandel (W, 3-8) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Robertson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Brown 3-4, R, 2B
• Rhymes 2-2, 3R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI, SB, CS
• Marrero 1-3, 2R, BB

Jeff Mandel threw seven strong innings, Will “Don’t Call Me Busta” Rhymes scored three and drove in three as Syracuse tripled up Indianapolis, 6-2. Mandel allowed just a single run on six hit and a walk while fanning six for his second win in three starts. Rhymes broke the 0-0 tie with a three-run shot in the 4th as he singled and drew two walks to reach base four times on the night. Corey Brown led the Chiefs hit column with a 3-for-4 effort.

Richmond vs. Harrisburg — PPD
The grounds were deemed unplayable at Pfitzner South The Diamond in Richmond, forcing a doubleheader today.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 3
• Rauh (W, 4-1) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Henke (H, 2) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, 2SB
• Soriano 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• B. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 3rd put Potomac in the driver’s seat as they cruised to their ninth straight win, 5-3 over Wilmington. Brian Rauh gave up all three Blur Rocks runs on 10 hits and a walk for his fourth win for the P-Nats, seventh overall. Travis Henke struck three over two scoreless for the hold while Colin Bates worked around a hit in the 9th for his first save. Cutter Dykstra extended his on-base streak to 28 games with a single and a walk while Michael Taylor and Francisco Soriano both went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to highlight Potomac’s 12-hit, two-hit attack.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Lee (L, 5-4) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 5BB, 7K
• Pena 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mesa 3-4, 2B
• Renda 1-3, R, BB

Asheville struck for three in the 4th to break open a 1-0 lead and held off a late charge to hand Hagerstown a 4-2 loss in the opener. Starter Nick Lee walked five for the second time in three starts while allowing all four Tourist runs on six hits. He struck out seven to bring his season total to 100. Nos. 1-2 batters Narciso Mesa and Tony Renda combined for four hits and a walk, but scored just once as the Suns went 0-for-8 with RISP and stranded seven runners.

Hagerstown 4 Asheville 0 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (W, 4-3) 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Martinez 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

The Suns put up two-spot in the first two innings while three pitchers combined to shut out the Tourists, 4-0, and split the doubleheader. Ian Dickson tossed five scoreless innings for his fourth win, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out four. Estarlin Martinez’s two-run HR following a Shawn Pleffner double got the scoring started as the Hagerstown 3-4 batters combined for three hits and three RBI on the night.

Jamestown 8 Auburn 7
• Barrientos 3IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Medina 4IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Joyce (L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• J.C. Valdez 3-5, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Foat 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Attl 2-4, 2RBI

Auburn rallied from deficits of 5-1 and 6-3 to tie it at 6-6 but couldn’t match Jamestown’s two-run 8th to fall, 8-7. Starter Joel Barrientos was lit up for six runs on four walks and six hits, including a three-run shot in the 1st. Jake Joyce took the loss, his third, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Jean Carlos Valdez was a double shy of the cycle with a single, triple, and a homer on a 3-for-5 night.
Roster move: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from GCL.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Marlins 1
• Valdez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Waterman (W, 2-0) 3IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Read 2-4, 2B, 3RBI
• Gordon 2-4, R, 2B

The G-Nats broke open a 1-0 game with three in the 6th and four in the 7th en route to an 8-1 pummeling of the G-Marlins. Philips Valdez got the start and let up just two hits over four innings. Elliott Waterman got the win as the first man out of the ‘pen, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk. Osvaldo Abreu, Raudy Read, and Garrett Gordon each went 2-for-4 and combined for four doubles and five RBI as the G-Nats pounded out 10 hits total for the game.
Roster move: RHP Luis Reyes reassigned from DSL; OF Steve Souza Jr. assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Rojos 2
• Morales (W, 4-3) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Pena (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Florentino 2-4, R, RBI
• Rosario 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The D-Nats clinched a winning season with a 4-2 win over the D-Rojos. Jose Morales was the winning pitcher, giving up an unearned run on two hits and no walks while setting down four on strikes. Yorlin Reynoso and Yefri Pena both followed with two innings to earn the hold and save respectively. Darryl Florentino went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the D-Nats offense.

Aug 192013
 

Jeff KobernusJeff Kobernus became the fourth Chief to win International League Batter of the Week honors, and the fifth winner overall, joining Tyler Moore, Chris Rahl, and two-time winner Zach Walters.

Kobernus went 12-for-32 during the period (August 12-18), posting a line of .375/.382/.406 with four runs scored, six RBI, and six stolen bases. For the month, the 25-y.o. California native has posted a similar line of .360/.380/.373 in the month of August and is currently riding a 14-game hit streak, three less than Rahl. He’s also 2nd in the I.L. in batting average (.323) and steals (39).

The Nats’ 2009 second-round pick was selected by Boston in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft and immediately traded to Detroit, where he attempted to make the Tigers as a utilityman, but was returned on March 23rd. The conversion has continued as he’s actually played more outfield (58 games) than infield (24 games) and committed just two errors this season (one at 2B, one at 3B).

Injuries shortened both his 2010 and 2012 seasons, but has flashed enough speed (81 steals in 164 games the past two seasons, second only to Billy Burns’s 95 in 218 games) to be a three-time watchlist player for this site.

Aug 192013
 

Admittedly, this is a week or two late — perhaps even unnecessary as the only drama is mostly how they’ll make it, not who — but with two weeks to go in the regular season, let’s take a look at the playoff chances for all seven affiliates anyways and continue the annual tradition.

For the fourth straight summer, the Nats will have multiple teams make the postseason. This is a far cry from the summer of 2009, when just three teams had winning records (G-Nats, P-Nats, Chiefs) and none made the playoffs. This year, five of seven should break the .500 mark, three are already in the postseason and a fourth is just a half-game out of first place.

Let’s take a look…

SYRACUSE
Unfortunately, 2009 was the last winning season for the Chiefs, which should come as no surprise to those in the know as AAA nowadays is more of a taxi squad than the last rung on the ladder. The pitching, to be kind, has been spotty. The offense has been too reliant on the long ball and drives to the mailbox (unwilling to walk). There’s still chance to finish at or above .500, but that will require an especially strong finish (11-3 or 12-2).

HARRISBURG
For fans of the big club, the narrative is awfully familiar. This team can pitch and prevent runs. They have real difficulty scoring on a consistent basis. They’ve been in or near 1st place since mid-June, but the gap between 2nd and 3rd is just two games. Guess who the Senators play seven times over the next two weeks? The third-place Richmond Flying Squirrels. There’s always hope that Jimmy Van Ostrand and Steve Souza Jr. can get healthy and return to the lineup, but even with them, the team has struggled. This is the pennant race to watch because it’s all-or-nothing, in-or-out.

POTOMAC
This is perhaps the most complete Potomac team ever, with one rather notable exception — the bullpen. Over the course of season, as they’ve proven, it’s irritating but not fatal. In a short series, it can be devastating — especially in the first round, though it would take a near miracle to lose the second half with a magic number of eight with 14 to play. In the finals, Potomac wouldn’t have home-field advantage, which could be problematic as they’re much better at home vs. the road (45-19 vs. 32-28). That’s not presuming an upset in the first round isn’t possible, either.

HAGERSTOWN
The past couple of Suns teams could really hit, but they didn’t have the pitching to match. This year, they do. Like the P-Nats, they’re already in as the first-half winner. Unlike Potomac, Hagerstown is battling to win the second half (currently tied with West Virginia, their most likely opponent in the first round) but has proven it can win on the road (35-26) as well as at home (38-26). The Suns and Power don’t play each other the rest of the way, and the Suns have a much more favorable schedule (eight at home, seven on the road; .411 opp. W%) than the Power (four at home, eleven on the road; .495 opp. W%), but stranger things have happened.

AUBURN
After two 45+ win seasons in 2011 and 2012, the 2013 edition may not win 30 and could very well end up with the New York-Penn League’s worst record. Is this significant? Probably not. The previous two editions were older and drafted from higher rounds. Aside from a select few (e.g. Jake Johansen, Austin Voth, David Napoli), the pitching has been atrocious and the hitting has only been marginally better. They’ll be eliminated by week’s end. Most folks are interested to see if anyone gets the bump from the juggernaut in…

GCL NATIONALS
…Viera. They clinched a playoff berth 10 days ago, so the only drama is whether or not they’ll not set the record for the best winning percentage in GCL history (1994 Kansas City, 47-12). The playoffs are short — basically a one-game play-in between the top division winner versus the fourth-best, with #2 playing #3 and then a best-of-three between the two winners. Quick: Who won the 2012 GCL title? If you knew the answer without Googling, please wear sunscreen and make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D.

DSL NATIONALS
They were eliminated this weekend (just six of 35 teams make the playoffs), but as noted in this morning’s News & Notes, they have a chance to surpass last year’s 38-32 record and barring a collapse, will post a winning record for the second consecutive season. It’ll be discussed more in the season reviews, but that’s really, really not bad when you consider where the Nats’ Dominican operations were just four years ago.

Aug 192013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (2-8, 5.06) vs.
Godfrey (5-4, 4.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.89) vs.
Westcott (5-11, 4.08)
Potomac Won, 3-2; Won, 2-0 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (3-1, 3.81) vs.
Selman (10-8, 3.53)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Asheville,
5:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-3, 5.15) and
Nick Lee (5-3, 4.06) vs.
T.J. Oakes (8-8, 4.54) and
Ben Hughes (8-9, 5.69)
Auburn Lost, 7-1 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-4, 5.35) vs.
Dickson (2-0, 1.88)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (1-1, 2.78) vs.
Villanueva (2-0, 1.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (3-3, 1.35) vs.
De Leon (0-3, 5.80)



Syracuse 3 Indianapolis 2
• Maya 7IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Lowe (W, 3-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 2-4, RBI
• Solano 2-4, R, RBI

Chris Rahl singled, stole two bases, and scored a run. Not bad for a game. Even better with two outs in the 8th as Zach Walters drove in Rahl with the gamewinner for a 3-2 win. The win went to Mark Lowe, who tossed a 1-2-3 eighth. Yunesky Maya got the start and scattered 10 hits for two runs, walked none, and fanned four. Walters and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as to lead the Chiefs’ nine-hit attack.

Portland 2 Harrisburg 1
• Hill (L, 2-6) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Mirowksi 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bloxom 2-4
• Nicol 2-3, 2B

After an eight-run outburst on Saturday night, Harrisburg reverted to form on Sunday afternoon, losing the game, 2-1 and the series 2-1. Taylor Hill returned after his fill-in for Syracuse and gave up both runs (unearned) on six hits and three walks for his sixth AA loss. Portland’s Keith Couch went the distance, making just one mistake — a solo shot by Carlos Rivero — as he limited the Senators to six hits and no walks. Roster moves: RHP Taylor Hill reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Pat Lehman placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 3 Wilmington 2 — GAME ONE
• Schwartz (W, 11-4) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (S, 14) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 2-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Adrian Sanchez (2-for-3) tripled in the tying run in the 6th while Cole Leonida safely squeezed him in for the gamewinner as the P-Nats took the opener, 3-2. Blake Schwartz won for the 11th time in Potomac, 13th overall, with both Blue Rocks runs allowed on five hits, but no walks, and two strikeouts. Robert Benincasa got the last out of the 6th and worked around a leadoff single in the 7th to earn his 14th save for the P-Nats, 23rd overall. Cutter Dykstra lost his hit streak but extended his on-base streak to 27 with a leadoff walk in the 1st, his league-leading 71st.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 0 — GAME TWO
• Dupra (W, 1-6) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Martin (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• B. Miller 2-3, 3B, RBI
• Nieto 1-3, R, 2B

Brian Dupra and Rafale Martin combined on a seven-inning shutout as the P-Nats swept the doubleheader with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap. Dupra gave up three hits and two walks over five innings while setting down four on strikes for his first win for Potomac and second of the season. Martin closed out the game with two hitless frames, walking two but striking out five. Brandon Miller’s RBI triple in the 4th gave the P-Nats a 1-0 lead while Cole Leonida bunted in the insurance run in the 7th.

Hagerstown vs. Asheville — PPD
Rain washed out the Suns yesterday afternoon. They’ll try to make it up with two tonight, starting at 5:05 p.m.

Jamestown 7 Auburn 1
• Ullmann (L, 1-2) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Grisz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Reistetter 2-3, R, 3B, BB
• Gunter 2-4
Jamestown answered Auburns’s first-inning run with three in the bottom of the first and cruised to four more to hand the Doubledays a 7-1 loss. Ryan Ullmann got the start for Auburn but was hammered for six runs (five earned) on ten hits, including two home runs, and a walk over five innings. Benjamin Grisz made his first appearance since 2011, striking out two in a scoreless 6th. Matt Reistetter reached base three times on single, triple, and a walk while the Doubledays were held to six hits and one walk total.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Two weeks left for the G-Nats as they march towards the playoffs and are six wins shy of setting the record for the best winning percentage.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
If the D-Nats can post a 4-2 week this week as they did last week, they’ll surpass last year’s 38-32 record but will need some help to match last year’s third-place finish in the Boca Chica South.

Aug 182013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Indianapolis,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.97) vs. Oliver (5-4, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 8-0 vs. Portland,
2:00 p.m.
Hill (2-5, 2.49) vs. Couch (9-3, 3.76)
Potomac Won, 7-1 @ Wilmington,
3:05 p.m.
Schwartz (10-4, 2.73) and Dupra (0-6, 5.90) vs.
Sulbaran (0-2, 6.86) and Hernandez (0-0, 2.14)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Asheville,
1:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-3, 5.15) vs. Oakes (8-8, 4.54)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Jamestown,
4:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A



Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 6-10) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2WP, PO at 1B
• Kimball 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Watts 2-3
• Walters 1-3, BB

Indianapolis’s Brandon Cumpton stifled the Syracuse bats for eight innings as the Chiefs fell, 3-1. Starter Danny Rosenbaum took the loss, giving up all three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. The defense committed four errors but turned four double plays. Kris Watts (2-for-3) and Zach Walters (1-for-3) were the only two Syracuse batters to reach base twice.
Roster move: OF-1B Tyler Moore recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Portland 0
• Swynenberg (W, 4-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Holland (H, 6) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Rivero 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, 2R
• Head 2-5, R, RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout while the offense exploded for seven runs in the 6th en route to an 8-0 shutout of the Sea Dogs. Matt Swynenberg let up just three hits over five innings in his second spot start in place of Taylor Hill to earn his fourth win. Twelve men came to the plate in the 6th, with the first five reaching base as Harrisburg posted season highs for both runs and hits in a single inning as the Senators broke out for eight runs and 10 hits total.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 1
• Solis 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Fischer (W, 4-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Dykstra 3-5, 2R, 2B, 4RBI (18-game hit streak)
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2B, 3B

The P-Nats stoned the Blue Rocks for 11 hits as they took their sixth straight, 7-1. David Fischer got the win in relief, giving up the lone Wilmington run on a solo shot in the 8th in relief. Sammy Solis failed to go the requisitve five for the fifth time in 10 starts, walking four and whiffing four in four and 2/3rds innings with two hits surrendered. Cutter Dykstra remains red-hot in the second half (.350/.508/.493 in 43G) as he drove in four while going 3-for-5, as did Adrian Sanchez with a single, double, and a triple.

Hagerstown 4 Asheville 0
• Mooneyham (W, 10-3) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• Davis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norfork 3-4, R , HR, RBI
• Mesa 3-4, 2R, 3B

Brett Mooneyham tied Pedro Encarnacion for the team lead in pitching wins with #10 while Hagerstown won its seventh straight, 4-0 over Asheville. The Stanford southpaw won his sixth straight decision with seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits, no walks, and setting down nine on strikes. Cody Davis followed for two more scoreless frames to preserve the shutout, the Suns league-leading 15th of the 2013 campaign. Khayyan Norfork and Narciso Mesa both went 3-for-4 to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 3 (10 inn.)
• Johansen 5IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Joyce (W, 1-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, 3B, 2BB
• Reistetter 3-5, 2B

The Auburn offense nearly lost this one, waiting until the 9th to tie it and winning it in the 10th, 4-3 over Mahoning Valley. Nats top 2013 pick Jake Johansen tossed five hitless innings, allowing an unearned run on two walks while striking out six to lower his ERA to 1.06 and OBA to .147 but got the no-decision for the eighth time in 10 starts. The Doubledays outhit the Scrappers 10-3 but flailed in the clutch with a 2-for-12 mark and left 14 baserunners on. Tablesetters Isaac Ballou and Matt Reistetter combined for five of those 10 hits with Ballou tripling and coming in on a sac fly in the 10th for the gamewinner.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 5
• Silvestre 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Ramos (BS, 4; L, 4-3) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Bautista 3-5
• Mejia 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

The G-Mets scored the last six runs and walked off in the 9th with a 6-5 win over the G-Nats. David Ramos blew his fourth save and lost for the third time, coughing up two runs on two hits and walk over 2/3rds of an inning. Starter Hector Silvestre went five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three. Rafael Bautista led the G-Nats offense with a 3-for-5 game, followed by Bryan Mejia, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Roster move: C Spencer Kieboom activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Cubs 3 DSL Nationals 1 (12 inn.)
• Sanchez 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Green (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 2WP
• Ortiz 3-5, 2B, CS
• Alvarez 2-4, BB, CS

The D-Cubs rallied for two in the 12th and held on for a 3-1 win, eliminating the D-Nats from the Boca Chica South Division race. Starter Mario Sanchez went seven innings, giving up the first D-Cubs run on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Oliver Ortiz and Thomas Alvarez combined for five of the D-Nats eight hits. Both were caught stealing. Adrian Green took the loss in the two-run 12th with just one hit allowed, “thanks” to a wild pitch on a strikeout and a one-out error.