Aug 092013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0; Won, 5-4 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 2.44) vs.
Ranaudo (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.38) vs.
Hollingsworth (6-4, 3.20)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (2-3, 6.35) vs.
Luis Parra (A+ debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (5-4, 4.58) vs.
Simmons (1-3, 3.51)
Auburn Cancelled vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (SS-A debut) vs.
Pritcher (3-1, 2.61)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-2 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Valdez (3-0, 3.15) vs.
Nuez (1-1, 5.26)
DSL Nationals Lost, 11-3 (8 inn.) @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (4-2, 2.12) vs.
Vera (0-0, 1.99)



Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 0 — GAME ONE
• Mandel (W, 2-7) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Crotta 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Moore 2-3, 2B, 3RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Two Syracuse pitchers combined on five-hit shutout for a 4-0 win over Pawtucket in the opener. Jeff Mandel turned in six scoreless innings on three days’ rest, allowing four hits, no walks and striking out two for his second win. Zach Walters (1-for-3) smacked a solo shot in the 2nd to start the ball rolling while Tyler Moore (2-for-3) singled in two runs in the 3rd and doubled in one in the 5th to power the Chiefs offense.

Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 4 — GAME TWO
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Cedeno (BS, 3; W, 2-0) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Davis (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Johnson 2-2, R, BB, RBI
• Marrero 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Eury Perez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th broke a 4-4 tie as the Chiefs held on in the 7th for a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader from the PawSox. Taylor Hill gave up three runs on eight hits and no walks over four and 2/3rds in his AAA debut. He struck out four. Xavier Cedeno let in a run and got the benefit of the sixth-inning rally for the blown-save-win. Four Syracuse batters collected multiple hits as the Chiefs racked up 10 in six turns at bat.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Karns 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• McCoy ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 21) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Burns 2-3, 2BB, 2RBI, SB
• Hood 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Harrisburg threatened in six of seven innings before breaking out in the 8th for a 4-1 win over Reading. Starter Nathan Karns moved up a day to replace Taylor Hill and pitched seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits and walking three but got a no-decision. Pat McCoy got the win in relief while Aaron Barrett pitched a scoreless 9th for his 21st save. In addition to walking eight batters on the night, the Fightin’ pitchers plunked two in the 8th and wild-pitched in the tying run. Destin Hood (1-for-3) drove in the go-ahead run while Billy Burns (2-for-3) singled two insurance runs to complete the four-run rally. Roster move: RHP Pat Lehman activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 6 (11 inn.)
• Rauh 6IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Martin (BS, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S, 2WP
• Dupra (L, 0-5) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• 4H, 9BB, HBP, 3WP for ‘pen in 4⅓ IP
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5
• Gilmartin 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Six scoreless innings from the starter, five runs on two home runs, a 6-0 lead going into the 9th. What could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Three Potomac relievers coughed up six runs in the bottom of the 9th to send it to extras, then gave up the gamewinner on a wild pitch for a 7-6 loss in 11 innings to Myrtle Beach. Brian Rauh scattered seven hits and a walk in six scoreless innings, striking out five — including the side in the 3rd when he loaded the bases on three singles and stranded ’em all. Kevin Keyes hit the scoreboard (again) with his 11th big fly in the 2nd while Mike Gilmartin’s three-run shot in the 6th highlighted the four-run rally that built the P-Nats 6-0 advantage.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 1
• Lee (L, 4-3) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 9K, HR, 2WP
• Pena 3⅓ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, 3-2 IR-S
• Martinez 1-4, OF assist at 3B
• Manuel 1-3

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead after the top of the 1st and were stifled for the next eight innings as Lexington won, 5-1. Nick Lee took the loss, knocked from the box with two outs in the 5th after giving up two hits and five walks and striking out nine. Ronald Pena let in two of three inherited runners in the 5th to charge Lee with four runs. He finished out the game, allowing an unearned run on five hits and a walk while fanning four. The Suns were held to just five hits and a walk, with no batter reaching base twice.

Auburn vs. Aberdeen — CNCLD
Late-afternoon storms soaked Falcon Field, forcing the cancellation of the series finale between the Ironbirds and Doubledays.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 2
• Derosier 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Ott (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2-2B
• Ruiz 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A three-run 7th erased a 2-1 deficit as the G-Nats fileted the G-Marlins, 6-2 for their 12th straight victory and clinched a tie for the GCL East title. Matt Derosier got the start and gave up both G-Marlins runs on home run in the 1st and three hits total. He walked two and struck out four. Travis Ott won the game in relief, turning in four scoreless frames with two hits allowed, no walks and four strikeouts. Randy Encarnacion doubled twice, homered once, and scored three times while driving in two, leading the G-Nats 11-hit attack.

DSL Tigers 11 DSL Nationals 3 (8 inn.)
• Valerio 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Reynoso (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Florentino 2-4, 2B, RBI, CS
• Alvarez 1-3, BB, RBI

Rain mercifully shortened this one to eight innings as the D-Tigers pounded the D-Nats, 11-3. Five errors rendered seven of the 11 runs unearned, but explaining away 14 hits isn’t so easy. Maximo Valerio started and went two innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Yorlin Reynoso took the loss, charged with five runs (one earned) on five hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Tablesetters Darryl Florentino and Thomas Alvarez combined to go 3-for-7 with a double and two RBI as the D-Nats managed just six hits total.

Aug 082013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-7, 5.59) and Hill (AAA debut) vs.
Haeger (2-2, 5.85) and TBD
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Biddle (4-12, 3.96)
Potomac Won, 8-7 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (3-1, 3.46) vs. Eickhoff (7-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (4-2, 4.28) vs. Binford (7-5, 1.95)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (SS-A debut) vs. Severino (0-4, 4.12)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 6.60) vs. Villanueva (1-0, 1.13)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 vs. DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (3-2, 2.62) vs. Cabrera (3-0, 6.33)



Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 6-8) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Kimball 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 2K, HR, WP
• Kobernus 2-4, CS, OF assist at 2B
• Walters 2-4, R, HR(25), RBI, E(27)

The RailRiders scored the first seven runs of the game and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Chiefs. Danny Rosenbaum needed 83 pitches to get through four innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks and striking out four, but lost for the eighth time. Cole Kimball gave up his fourth longball in 13 appearances and ballooned his ERA to 14.92 with four runs on four hits in two innings thrown. Zach Walters hit his 25th homer and committed his 27th error as he and Jeff Kobernus both went 2-for-4 to pace the Syracuse offense.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill reassigned from Harrisburg. With doubleheaders today and Monday, this is likely a short-term move.

Harrisburg 3 Reading 2
• Ray (W, 4-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Herron (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, 2B

Robbie Ray turned in a quality start and the bullpen locked it down with three shutout innings for a 3-2 Harrisburg win over Reading. The 21-y.o. lefty let in both Fightin’ runs on five hits and a walk while fanning two for his fourth AA win. Matt Swynenberg pitched a scoreless 7th for the hold and Tyler Herron worked around single in the 8th and a two walks in the 9th for his third AA save. Justin Bloxom and Jimmy Van Ostrand both singled and doubled and went 2-for-4 while Ricky Hague, Jason Martinson, and Carlos Rivero each had an RBI single in three trips to the plate.

Potomac 8 Carolina 7 (11 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Benincasa 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bates (W, 4-4) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Nieto 4-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 3-6, R

Potomac rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 6-3, tying the game in the 9th on a two-base sacrifice fly, and prevailing 8-7 in 11 innings to prevent a Carolina sweep. The P-Nats tied their season high with 18 hits, with Adrian Nieto leading the hit parade with a 4-for-5 game, including the double that was turned into the tying run in the 9th. Blake Schwartz started but was knocked for four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. Colin Bates got the win, pitching the final two frames and surviving a Mudcat rally in the 11th that saw the tying run gunned down at the plate on a one-out RBI triple that Carolina gambled could be turned into a two-run inside-the-parker, but the P-Nats denied it with a successful 7-6-2 relay.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 1
• Dickson (L, 2-3) 5+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• McQuillan 1-3, 2BB
• Pleffner 1-3, BB

Lakewood broke open a 3-0 game with a three-run 8th and cruised to a 6-1 win over Hagerstown. Suns starter Ian Dickson lost for the third time, lifted in the 6th after taking a line drive off his ankle for the fifth hit. He was charged with three runs, walked two and struck out three over five-plus innings. Stephen Perez’s RBI single in the 9th broke up the shutout, but Hagerstown mustered just five hits total, with Mike McQuillan leading the offense with a single and two walks in five plate appearances.

Aberdeen 3 Auburn 0
• Orlan (L, 0-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
• Yezzo 2-4
• Foat 1-4

Two Ironbirds pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as Aberdeen blanked Auburn, 3-0. Starter R.C. Orlan was struck for one run on a solo HR in the 3rd and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck three and suffered his third loss. James Yezzo singled once and Matt Foat singled twice as the Doubledays managed just seven baserunners and struck out 11 times.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1
• Giolito (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Walsh 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Lucas Giolito went five innings for the first time and was rewarded for some nifty pitching with his first professional win as the G-Nats continue to roll, 6-1 over the G-Marlins. Giolito gave up a run on five hits, no walks, and struck out five while getting eight of 15 outs on the ground. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the offense with single, double, and a walk as the team piled up nine hits and four walks while winning their 11th straight game.

DSL Tigers 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Ramirez 2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 1-3, BB
• Mota 1-3, 2B

The D-Tigers tripled up the D-Nats in both hits and runs for a 3-1 win on Wednesday morning. Starter Jose Morales allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings, but lost for the third time. Jean Ramirez gave up the third, unearned, run on four hits in two innings of relief. Dionicio Rosario drove in the lone D-Nat run with a 2nd inning single following a hit batsman and a sacrifice, the first of just three hits registered by the D-Nats.

Aug 072013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (13 inn.);
Won, 3-2
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (6-7, 3.95) vs.
Cotham (3-5, 6.26)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Ray (3-1, 3.24) vs.
Rosin (9-5, 4.24)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (9-4, 2.79) vs.
Pasquale (4-6, 4.33)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (2-2, 5.67) vs.
Stefan (3-6, 4.08)
Auburn Lost, 10-9 (10 inn.) vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-2, 5.19) vs.
Vader (3-3, 2.65)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-0 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 4.26) vs.
Talbot (1-1, 2.25)
DSL Nationals Won 7-6 (13 inn.);
Lost, 6-2
@ DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (2-2, 1.04) vs.
Martinez (2-0, 2.64)



Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 6 (13 inn.) — COMP.
• Maya 5⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K
• Broadway 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Crotta (L, 4-7) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Johnson 3-5, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Rahl 3-6, R, SB
• Marrero 3-7, R, 2B, RBI

Picking where they left things off in lovely Moosic, PA on July 12, Josh Johnson singled with two outs and stole 2nd and 3rd but was stranded there when Jhonatan Solano flew out to right. Mike Crotta took over on the mound and retired three of four he faced in the 12th, but a leadoff walk, stolen base, and a pair of singles pushed him around to score to give the RailRiders the win.

Syracuse 3 Scranton/WB 2 — GAME TWO
• Maya (W, 7-7) 8IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 2-3, R, 2B
• Walters 1-2, R, BB

In ther regularly scheduled game, Yunesky Maya went eight innings for the second time in three starts as Syracuse split the de facto doubleheader with a 3-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The almost-32-y.o. Cuban let in two runs on five hits, no walks, and struck out five while evening his record at 7-7 for the year. Corey Brown singled, doubled and scored a run as the Chiefs collected eight hits for the night, with Tyler Moore, Josh Johnson, and Jhonatan Solano delivering RBIs via the sac fly, single, and double respectively.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Cole 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 10K, HR
• Barrett (BS, 4) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Perry (L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Burns 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Head 2-4, BB, 2RBI

A.J. Cole struck out 10 and seemed headed for his third AA win in as many starts when the Sens scored three times in the 7th. The Harrisburg bullpen faltered in the 9th and gave up four unanswered runs for a 4-3 loss in 12 innings. Cole gave up a solo HR in the 2nd but just four hits and no walks over seven innings. Aaron Barrett blew the save with three straight hits to open the inning and let in two runs to tie it. Ryan Perry took the loss without giving up a hit, thought two walks and a wild pitch would suffice. Billy Burns singled twice, walked once, and stole his first AA base but the Senators would strand 14 baserunners while going 3-for-14 with RISP.

Carolina 5 Potomac 4
• Solis 4⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Selik (BS, 4; L, 1-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, RBI
• Miller 2-4

A two-out, two-run triple was the difference as Potomac lost again to Carolina, 5-4. Sammy Solis failed to go five innings for the fourth time in nine appearances, tagged for three runs on seven hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Brandon Miller continues to rake, going 2-for-4 for the fourth straight game as the P-Nats notched nine hits and drew three walks in the loss.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 0
• Mooneyham (W, 8-3) 7⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7K
• Self (S, 4) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Severino 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Brett Mooneyham and Derek Self combined on a two-hit shutout as the Suns took another one from Lakewood, 3-0. Mooneyham did, however, issue four walks including two to the last two batters he faced with one out in the 8th. He gave up a first-inning single and struck out seven to tie Pedro Encarnacion for the team lead in wins. Derek Self stranded both runners and pitched around a ninth-inning double for his fourth save. Shawn Pleffner singled, doubled, and walked while Pedro Severino drove in two with a triple to pace the Suns offense.

Aberdeen 10 Auburn 9
• Barrientos 4⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Joyce (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Foat 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Lippincott 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SF

Auburn rallied from a 9-6 deficit in the 9th, but gave it right back in the 10th for a 10-9 loss to Aberdeen, ending a three-game win streak. Jake Joyce took the loss, giving up the final four Ironbird runs on five hits and two walks in the 9th and 10th innings. Joel Barrientos got the no-decision, charged with five runs on nine hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds. Matt Foat led the 15-hit attack with a 4-for-5 night, scoring twice and driving in a run. Issac Ballou, Greg Zebrack and Matt Reistetter each drew two walks as the Doubledays were walked eight times total. Roster move: RHP Nick Pivetta reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Cardinals 0
• Silvestre (W, 5-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lehman (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ruiz 3-3, 2R, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, R

Hector Silvestre tossed five scoreless frames to win his fifth while the G-Nats ran their latest win streak to 10 with a 9-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Silvestre gave up two hits, walked none and struck out one. A quartet of relievers followed, each pitching a scoreless inning. Adderling Ruiz went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the G-Nats attack of 11 hits and three walks.
Roster move: RHP Deon Williams reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Orioles2 6 (13 inn.) — COMP.
• Torres 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Sanchez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Aquino (W, 4-1) 2IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rosario 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Serrata 2-4, R, 2-3B, 2RBI

In a game that had been suspended on July 18 and unreported the morning after, the D-Nats rallied in extras to defeat the Orioles2, 7-6. Luis Torres started and went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with four K’s. Jonathan Aquino got the win despite giving up two unearned runs in the top of 13th, “thanks” to his own thowing error on a botched sacrifice. The D-Orioles2 returned the favor in the bottom of the 13th with their fifth error. Dionicio Rosario sent in the runner that reached with an RBI double, Brayan Serrata followed Rosario with his second RBI triple of the game to tie it, and Edwin Lora drove in Serrata with an RBI single for the gamewinner.

DSL Orioles2 6 DSL Nationals 2 — GAME TWO
• Sanchez (L, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Green 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 1-3, R, SB
• Serrata 1-2, R, 3B

The D-Orioles2 struck for three in the first and never looked back, winning the second game, 6-2. Starter Mario Sanchez turned in five innings, but let in four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five for the loss, his second. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and one walk.

Aug 062013
 

No, I Said The White PhoneBetween the impending shutdown of Taylor Jordan and the injuries to the Rosses (Ohlendorf and Detwiler), a callup of a minor-league pitcher was expected this week — preferably a starter or long reliever.

However, it’s not Nathan Karns, but Tanner Roark.

Roark’s contract was purchased this afternoon as Detwiler was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL and Xavier Cedeno was optioned back to Syracuse. It’s the third time this season that a player has been added to the 40-man without a waiver claim (Taylor, Jeff Kobernus) as Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has proven extremely reluctant to add players during his tenure.

Roark is famously known as one of the “Guz Two,” acquired along with Ryan Tatusko from the Texas Rangers at the July 2010 trading deadline. He’s been workhorse ever since, making 27 starts for Harrisburg in 2010 and 2011, and 26 starts last summer for Syracuse, totaling 300+ innings over that timeframe.

This year, the 26-year-old has been used both as a reliever and as a starter, exiting the Chiefs rotation in late April with the ill-fated Chris Young experiment, and re-entering two months later when a spate of rainouts and ineffectiveness from other Syracuse starters forced the switch.

Since returning to the rotation on June 23, Roark has gone 6-0 with an ERA of 2.15 and a WHIP of 0.89 over 50⅓ innings.

Roark features the classic arsenal of fastball, curve and change. In relief, he can hit the mid-90s but tends to work in the low-90s as a starter. He’s always been a control pitcher, but in 2013 has dropped his BB/9 rate from 2.9 to a Milonesque 1.7. While not a strikeout pitcher per se, he’s averaged around seven per nine innings the past four seasons after starting his career with two seasons of 10+ per nine innings.

Aug 062013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
6:00 p.m. (comp. DH)
TBD and Maya (6-7, 4.06) vs.
TBD and Huff (1-4, 3.12)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 0.69) vs.
Hollands (2-1, 4.50)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 2.65) vs.
Colon (3-3, 3.52)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (7-3, 2.48) vs.
Musser (1-6, 5.57)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Pivetta (1-0, 2.13) vs.
McKinney (0-0, 0.73)
DSL Nationals Won, 10-0 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Sanchez (1-1, 2.31) vs.
Marrugo (2-4, 2.14)



Syracuse — OFF DAY
It’s eight games in six days for the Chiefs, beginning with the completion of the suspended July 12 game vs. the RailRiders and a seven-inning game tonight, then a doubleheader on Thursday to make up a June 10 rainout on Thursday. Naturally, there’s a chance of rain for the next four days…

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Harrisburg’s six-game homestand resumes with three against Reading, as they attempt to end a three-game skid that’s sliced their lead in the E.L. West to just a half game over Erie.

Carolina 5 Potomac 3
• Demny (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 8K
• Dupra 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Ramsey 3-5, R
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, 2SB

The P-Nats pitchers struck out 19, walked seven, but couldn’t overcome a critical three-run error in a 5-3 loss to Carolina. In the 2nd, starter Paul Demny sandwiched a pair of walks around back-to-back singles and a strikeout. Brandon Miller, who went 2-for-4, muffed a liner to the left-center gap for an error that emptied the bases and put Potomac into a 4-0 hole. Michael Taylor smacked a two-run HR in the 8th to cut the deficit to 4-2 but that’s as close as the P-Nats would get. Caleb Ramsey led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, but Potomac hit into two double plays and stranded 10 men while outhitting Carolina 13-5.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 4
• Encarnacion (W, 8-7) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Harper (H, 8) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Severino 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, 2RB

Hagerstown’s second three-run outburst in the 7th turned a 5-4 game into the eventual 8-4 victory over Lakewood. Pedro Encarnacion broke a three-start winless streak but allowed all four Blue Claws runs on five hits, including a two-run blast by rehabbing Phillie Domonic Brown. He walked one and struck out six while earning his eighth win. Bryan Harper pitched two scoreless for his eighth hold while Gilberto Mendez worked out of a bases-loaded jam without a run scoring in the 9th for his seventh save. Six Suns had multiple hits, with Pedro Severino, Mike McQuillan, and Estarlin Martinez each driving in two runs while collecting two hits.

Auburn — OFF DAY
Auburn returns to Falcon Field after a 3-3 roadtrip for six games against Aberdeen and Connecticut before the All-Star break next Monday and Tuesday. Barring any injuries or promotions, the Doubledays will send just one player to Norwich, reliever David Napoli.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 3
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Suero (BS, 2; W, 5-1) 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K, HR, 3WP
• Jennings 2-3, R, SAC, CS
• Medina 2-4, 2R, CS

Wander Suero coughed up a two-run HR in the bottom of the 8th to blow a 3-1, but the G-Nats bailed him out with some small-ball in the 9th to take their ninth straight, 4-3 over the G-Cardinals. Willie Medina led off the 9th with single, took second on Hayden Jennings’s sacrifice, third on a grounder to the right side, and scored on Osvaldo Abreu’s two-out single, the 12th hit of the game for the G-Nats. Jefry Rodriguez started and gave up a run on five hits, no walks, and struck out four. Suero got the dreaded blown-save-win.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Orioles2 0
• Yrizarri (W, 4-3) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Feliz 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 3-5, 2R, 3B
• Florentino 2-5, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Mota 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Three pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the D-Nats blasted the D-Orioles2, 10-0 for their fourth straight win. Starter Deibi Yrizarri struck out seven and allowed just three hits and no walks over six innings for his fourth win. Aldrem Corredor went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored to lead the 13-hit parade, followed by Darryl Florentino at 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI.

Aug 052013
 

Isaac Ballou has been named the New York-Penn League’s Batter of the Week for the week of July 29-August 4, the first Doubleday to win a weekly award this season.

Ballou, who is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, went 12-for-24 with three doubles, three RBI while scoring eight runs and drawing four walks for a line of .500/.539/.577 for the week.

For the season, Ballou is hitting .307/.404/.405 with two HR and 15 RBI. He’s stolen six bases and scored 23 runs in 42 games for Auburn. He was drafted in the 15th round by the Nationals this past June out of the Marshall University, where he set career records for walks (129) and triples (16). The 23-y.o. native of Smithfield, Va. was also drafted in the 36th round by the Pirates in 2011 but did not sign.

Aug 052013
 

Tyler MooreTyler Moore kept the International League Batter of Week award in Syracuse for another week, earning the recognition for his play the week of July 29 to August 4th. It’s the second time this season Chiefs batters have won the award back-to-back, both times following Zach Walters (June 10-16, July 22-28).

Moore singled just once last week, but doubled four times, and hit three home runs to drive in 13 runs. He scored seven times and put up a line of .308/.379/.808. Since his demotion last month, the 26-y.o. Missippi native has hit safely in 17 of 20 games and raised his AAA average from .184 to .307 with a 29-for-76 binge, including seven doubles, five HRs, and 24 RBI.

Moore is perhaps most famous for the run he made in the second half of the 2010 season, in which he won the Carolina League Batter of the Week Award four straight weeks en route to winning the Carolina League MVP, the MiLBY High-A Batter of the Year, and the Nationals Batter of the Year while leading the Potomac Nationals to the Carolina League Championship.

Aug 052013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac OFF DAY @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Demny (0-0, 3.86) vs.
Morimando (7-1, 3.07)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (7-7, 3.30) vs.
Nunez (8-7, 4.50)
Auburn Won, 13-4 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Suero (4-1, 0.84) vs.
Kaminsky (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (3-3, 2.93) vs.
Jimenez (4-3, 1.44)



Syracuse 5 Rochester 4
• Storen 1⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Tatusko (W, 5-5) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Rhymes 1-3, 2BB, RBI
• Solano 2-4, 2R, 3B

Eury Perez’s three-run triple broke open a 2-2 game as Syracuse held off Rochester for a 5-4 win to split the two-game series. Drew Storen got the start but hit his pitch limit, charged with two runs on four hits and no walks over an inning and 2/3rds (he was scheduled to go two). Ryan Tatusko was awarded the win but was not sharp, walking three and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks over an inning and a 1/3rd. Will Rhymes reached base three times while Jeff Kobernus, Jhonatan Solano, and Chris Marrero each had two hits as the Chiefs totaled eight hits and five walks on offense.

Binghamton 6 Harrisburg 0
• Gilliam (L, 3-6) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Swynenberg 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Burns 1-3, BB
• Hague 1-3

Three Binghamton pitchers combined to shut out Harrisburg on two hits and complete the three-game sweep with a 6-0 win. Starter Rob Gilliam took the loss, letting in five runs on six hits and two walks over six innings, including four in the 6th inning which began with a solo home run. He struck out seven. Billy Burns and Ricky Hague were both 1-for-3 with a single as the Senators had just one inning with multiple baserunners (the 9th) and left on five baserunners.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After a brief four-game homestand, it’s a trip down to North Carolina for three against the Mudcats and South Carolina for three against the Pelicans before returning home on Sunday for three more against Carolina, then three against the second-place (by nine games) Frederick Keys.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3
• Turnbull (L, 5-4) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 2B
• Perez 2-4, 2B

Kannapolis broke open a 1-0 game with three in the 7th and held off the Suns for a 4-3 win, snapping Hagerstown’s four-game win streak. Kylin Turnbull took the loss, his fourth, with two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over six and a 1/3rd. It was the second time this season the 23-y.o. southpaw had pitched into the 7th. Craig Manuel’s RBI single in the 7th and Khayyan Norfork’s two-run triple in the 8th pulled the Suns within one but Hagerstown went down in order in the 9th. Shawn Pleffner and Stephen Perez both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Suns’ eight-hit attack.

Auburn 13 Hudson Valley 4
• Johansen (W, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Simms 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ballou 4-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI
• Attl 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Gunter 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

Auburn opened up a 6-0 lead after four and cruised to a 13-4 win over Hudson Valley to complete the three-game sweep, their first of the season. Jake Johansen won his first game as a professional, scattering seven hits in five innings with one run and one walk allowed and two strikeouts. Leadoff man Isaac Ballou went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two of the team’s seven doubles as the Doubledays pounded out 17 hits total.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats continue to steamroll the GCL East, as their latest win streak is eight games as they’ve run their record to a college basketball-like 32-6 and lead the G-Marlins by 15 games.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Overall a 4-2 week has the D-Nats at 29-22, 2½ games off the pace for the wild card, but six behind the division-leading D-Cubs. With the reset provided by the All-Star break, it’s “away and home” the next six days against the D-Orioles2, D-Tigers, and the D-Pirates2.

Aug 042013
 

As one might expect with a last-place team, just one Auburn Doubleday was named to the New York-Penn League 2013 All-Star game.

David Napoli got the nod from the NYPL, which released the rosters this afternoon. Napoli is currently 1-0 with three saves and a 1.37 ERA in 11 appearances, in which he’s pitched 19⅔ innings, given up four runs on 13 hits with eight walks and 23 strikeouts.

The 22-y.o. southpaw was drafted this past June in the 8th round out of Tulane University. He primarily worked as a starter for the Green Wave, but has been used as a reliever to maximize the velocity on his fastball, which, according Baseball America, can hit 94 m.p.h. though Ryan Kelley of BaseballNewshound.com is high on his curve:

Napoli’s best pitch though is his vicious curveball. It’s a big 11-5 bender… and it has a knack for making opposing hitters look silly. It’s his put-away weapon, and he likes to bury it in the dirt as his chase pitch. Impressive for his age, he’s also adept at dropping it in for called strikes early in the count, and can place it already.

The 2013 All-Star game will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT, home to the Connecticut Tigers. It will feature a matchup of prospects from the American League versus prospects from the National League.

Aug 042013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (12 inn.) @ Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Storen (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Hendriks (3-7, 5.01)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-5, 4.09) vs.
Snydergaard (4-0, 2.25)
Potomac Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 (10 inn.) vs. Kannapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (5-3, 4.82) vs.
Recchia (4-0, 1.48)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (13 inn.) @ Hudson Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-1, 0.99) vs.
Griffin (3-0, 2.66)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-5 (6 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 4-0 OFF DAY N/A



Rochester 7 Syracuse 6 (12 inn.)
• Clay 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Kimball ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HR, WP
• Mandel (L, 1-7) 1⅓, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B, HBP
• Moore 1-4, R, 2B, 2BB, 2K

Believe it or not, this was 1-1 after nine. The Chiefs rallied for five runs in the top of the 10th, only to have Cole Kimball serve them right back with a walk and four hits, including a two-out grand slam. Two innings later, the debacle was completed on a walk, double, and a dropped relay throw. Jeff Mandel took the loss, his seventh. Caleb Clay got his third no-decision despite seven innings of one-run, three-hit pitching with two walks and one strikeout. Eury Perez singled and doubled while Tyler Moore doubled and drew two walks as the Chiefs scored six times on just eights, though five of them were two-baggers.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 2
• Karns (L, 7-5) 8IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 11K, HR
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Nathan Karns turned in eight strong innings, but the offense left him hanging for a 3-2 loss to Binghamton. Karns coughed up a two-run shot in the 1st and let in the third Mets run in the 3rd but clamped down for five scoreless innings to finish, allowing five hits total, striking out 11 and walking two. Brian Jeroloman and Destin Hood hit back-to-back RBI triples in the 5th to account for the two Harrisburg runs. Jeroloman and Justin Bloxom both went 2-for-4 as the Senators notched eight hits total and left on six baserunners.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 3
• Purke (W, 2-3) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP, 2WP, 2PO
• Benincasa (SV, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• B. Miller 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, 2-2B

Matt Purke recovered from a shaky start to turn in a quality start and win his second game for Potomac, which doubled up Myrtle Beach for a 6-3 win and a series sweep. Purke hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, and let up a single before recording the first out in the 1st. He finished with two runs allowed on six hits over six innings, no walks, and four strikeouts. Kevin Keyes and Brandon Miller hit back-to-back jacks in the 6th to break open a 3-2 game. All nine Potomac batters hit safely with the 4-5-6 hitters (Adrian Nieto, Keyes, Miller) each going 2-for-4.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 6 (10 inn.)
• Lee 3IP, 5H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Pena 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez (W, 3-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mesa 2-4, R, RBI, SH
• Martinez 2-5, 2R
• Severino 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI

The Intimidators raced out to a 6-3 lead but were overtaken in extras as the Suns scored four unanswered runs for a 7-6 win in 10 innings. Nick Lee was battered for six runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks as Kannapolis put up two-spots in the first three frames. With Ronald Pena settling things down (four scoreless innings of relief), Hagerstown posted a picket fence in the middle innings to tie it at 6-6. Stephen Perez’s RBI single in the 10th sealed the deal, making a winner of out Gilberto Mendez. The Dominican trio of Narciso Mesa, Estarlin Martinez, and Pedro Severino combined for six of the Suns 11 hits while scoring four runs.

Auburn 4 Hudson Valley 3 (13 inn.)
• Ullmann 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Medina (W, 1-3) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB (3IBB), 5K, 2WP
• J.C. Valdez 3-6, 2B, 3RBI
• Ballou 3-6, 2R, two OF assists at 2B

The Renegades got the winning run to 3rd with one out in the 10th, but failed to score thanks to what’s called overmanaging when it fails, brilliant when it works. Auburn manager Gary Cathcart ordered a pair of intentional walks to set up a force at any base and pulled in an outfielder for a five-man infield. Hudson Valley’s Granden Goetzman lined into your run-of-the-mill 7-8B double play to end the inning. In the 13th, Cody Gunter’s two-out RBI single plated the gamewinner. Jean Carlos Valdez drove in the first three runs while going 3-for-6 with a double to lead the Doubledays offense. Silvio Medina got the win with four innings of scoreless relief.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Mets 5 (6 inn.)
• Valdez 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 5-0) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Abreu 3-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Bautista 2-3, 2R
• Gordon 2-4, R

The good news for the G-Mets pitchers: They didn’t allow 10 runs to the G-Nats for the second straight game. The bad news: That’s because the game was called in the bottom of the 6th due to rain. Six errors, of course, didn’t help nor did the 12 hits they gave up in a 9-5 loss. Osvaldo Abreu led the assault, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and driving in three. Kelvin Rodriguez was tagged for three runs on four hits and a walk over two subpar innings of relief, but was issued a “W” as the pitcher of record.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Rojos 0
• Reyes (W, 4-2) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• J. Ramirez (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
• Ortiz 1-2, 2RBI, 2BB

Four D-Nats pitchers comebined on a one-hit shutout as the D-Nats blanked the D-Rojos, 4-0 for their third straight win. Luis Reyes won his fourth game with five no-hit innings, walking two and striking out five. Oliver Ortiz walked twice and drove in two with a two-out single in the 8th to pace the D-Nats six-hit, five-walk attack.