Aug 142012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (3-4, 3.40) vs.
Crosby (7-5, 3.91)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Pucetas (7-5, 3.64) vs.
Espino (7-2, 3.03)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-1, 7.04) vs.
L. Perez (3-4, 4.26)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 4.75)vs.
Lamb (4-8, 4.79)
Auburn ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 7-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (pro debut)
vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3
(11 inn.)
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 4
• Lannan (L, 7-11) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Pena 1⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Carroll 2-3, R, 2B, BB, CS
• Leon 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied for five runs in the 7th and 8th innings and held off a late charge from Syracuse to win the rubber game of the series, 6-4. John Lannan dropped his 11th game with three runs allowed on three hits and four walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. The Chiefs ‘pen surrendered all four inherited runners, two by Hassan Pena and two by Erik Davis. Jim Negrych homered in the 9th to drive in two of three Syracuse runs scored. Sandy Leon homered in the 5th off former Nats farmhand Michael O’Connor for the Venezuelan backstop’s first AAA longball.

HARRISBURG SENATORS — OFF DAY
The Senators six-game homestand continues with three against the first-place Akron Aeros before Harrisburg heads out for three games over the weekend to Erie, PA.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 3
• Karns 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 10K
• Swynenberg 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Soriano 3-4, R, CS, OF assist at HP
• Rendon 2-4, R

A ninth-inning rally fell short Last Night In Woodbridge.
As noted in the comments, and elsewhere online, 3B Anthony Rendon has reportedly been promoted to Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 1
• Jordan (W, 1-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Holt (H, 4) 3IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Ortega 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Newsome 2-4, R, 2B
• Skole 1-2, 2BB, RBI, E(19)

Taylor Jordan earned his first Sally League win in more than a year as Hagerstown downed Hickory, 5-1. Jordan tossed five shutout frames, giving up just two hits and two walk while striking out six. Bryce Ortega powered the Suns attack with a 2-for-4 effort, including a two-run triple. The win gave Hagerstown sole possession of second place in the Sally League North, as they kept pace with first-place West Virginia.

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS — ALL-STAR BREAK
Five Doubledays will represent Auburn in the 8th annual New York-Penn League All-Star Game in Mahoning Valley: OFs Wander Ramos and Estarlin Martinez, 1B Shawn Pleffner, SS Wes Schill and C Craig Manuel.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 2
• Turnbull 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Vasquez (W, 3-6) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, K
• Mendez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lippincott 4-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Nix 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The G-Nats rapped out 16 hits en route to a 7-2 win over the G-Marlins. Bryan Lippincott singled twice and doubled twice to lead the attack, followed by Tony Nix, who was a triple shy of the cycle with a 3-for-5 afternoon. Kylin Turnbull made the start in rehab, allowing just hit over two scoreless innings. Daury Vasquez got the win with both Marlins runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Giants 3
• Silvestre 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 4-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 3B, RBI
• A. Martinez 2-4, 2RBI
• Novas 2-5

Wester Suarez’s two-out RBI single gave the D-Nats a 4-3 win in 11 innings. Starter Hector Silvestre gave up two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts over five inning. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win with a scoreless top of the 11th. Rafael Bautista led the hit column with a 3-for-5 afternoon as the D-Nats rapped out 10 hits total. Andres Martinez (2-for-4) and Randy Novas (2-for-5) also had multi-hit games.

Aug 132012
 

Zach DukeZach Duke’s complete-game shutout late in the week cinched the International League’s Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of August 6 to 12.

Duke went the distance in Syracuse’s 6-0 shutout of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, allowing three hits, no walks and striking out seven. A week ago, the I.L. Leader in pitching wins (13) struck out eight over six frames in a 5-4 win over Buffalo.

Combined, he went 2-0 with 15 innings pitched, three runs allowed on eight hits and a walk while striking out 15.

Duke was signed as a free agent at the end of spring training following his release from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the 20th round of the 2001 Draft, making his major-league debut in July of 2005 and representing the Pirates in the 2009 All-Star game.

He is the third Syracuse Chief to win weekly honors, following Tanner Roark (July 23-29) and Corey Brown (May 21-27).

Aug 132012
 

It’s the post you’ve been nagging asking for — a look at who might get sent to the Arizona Fall League.

One of the things I’ve noticed is that as the parent club improves, this kind of information becomes pushed to the periphery by the mainstream media. In other words, there’s going to be a lot more written about who might get called up in September than who’s going to play in the greater Scottsdale area in October. It’s already happening in the comments here, a niche site devoted to the future Nats, not the present Nats, as much as some folks want to bridge that gap like Evel Knievel with the Snake River Canyon.

Like last year, there is one clear choice: Brian Goodwin. Leapfrogging him from Hagerstown to Harrisburg has to have an AFL angle to it, which is not to say the only reason why the move was made. The next choice with little doubt is Anthony Rendon, assuming he doesn’t get hurt between now and then. A little less certain is Jeff Kobernus, though there is some question as to whether he’ll be healed by then (fractured rib).

As discussed previously, Zach Walters seems like a candidate to go back after being added to the taxi squad last fall, but repeats in the AFL aren’t very common. Likewise for Chris Marrero, who’s the right age and could use the playing time, especially since it’s unlikely he’ll be playing winter ball this year.

Less clear is whether Destin Hood or Justin Bloxom gets the call. Hood has been beset by injuries for a good chunk of this season, leaving some doubt as to whether his struggles at AA have been a matter of health or having hit a bump in the road developmentally. That kind of uncertainty is precisely what GMs want when it comes to the Rule 5 draft, which Hood will be eligible for in December. Bloxom might not get sent simply because the other teams responsible for filling out the roster of the Salt River Rafters have more attractive candidates (e.g. Matt Davidson, Toronto) at first base.

If Rendon is indeed the Single-A exception, then it might be safe to say that Nathan Karns and Alex Meyer might be held back, especially in the name of limiting innings with both in their first full professional season. I’ve heard whispers that Ricky Hague might be this year’s Zach Walters (taxi squad player), though that was when Hague was on a hot streak and has since cooled some.

With the new CBA, there just aren’t the late-sign, high-profile pitchers that would make obvious choices (e.g. Stephen Strasburg, Matt Purke). Folks suggesting Lucas Giolito need to share what they’re ingesting (tomorrow is his first outing, and I suspect it’ll be limited to one inning or 20 pitches, whichever comes first). We were surprised last year at the selections of Rafael Martin and Pat Lehman, neither of whom was on the verge of Rule 5 eligibility, but there just aren’t any pitchers that fit that mold at AA or AAA.

Perhaps we’ll see one or two out of the trio of Trevor Holder, Pat McCoy, and Paul Demny. That’s the safest guess at this point (and to be clear, without knowing which pitchers the other five organizations are likely to send, it’s a guess). Like last year, the only thing I’m sure of is that somebody, somewhere is going to be disappointed with the selections.

Aug 132012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (7-10, 5.03) vs.
O’Connor (2-6, 3.76)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (8-3, 2.06) vs.
Pounders (4-4, 5.43)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-2, 5.49) or
Jordan (0-2, 5.63) vs.
Martinez (6-6, 4.75)
Auburn Won, 8-4 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 11-8) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Garcia (SV, 9) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rivero 2-3
• Hoffpauir 2-3, RBI
• Teahen 1-3, R, 2RBI

Yunesky Maya continues to give up solo shots, but also continues to win as Syracuse took the first game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 3-1. Maya gave up a first-inning HR then threw four scoreless innings to get the win (#11), finishing with one run on three hits and no walks. Jarrett Hoffpauir’s RBI single tied it in the 2nd while Mark Teahen plated the winning runs with a two-run single in the 3rd. Christian Garcia went the final two frames to earn his 9th save and lower his ERA to 0.36.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Atkins (L, 6-9) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Lehman 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perez 2-3, OF assist at HP
• Leon 1-2, BB

Mitch Atkins also surrendered a solo shot, but the Yankees’ pitchers were able to keep the Chiefs off the board for a 1-0 shutout. Atkins allowed four of the five Scranton/Wlikes-Barre hits, walking one and striking out three over three innings. Eury Perez was the sole Syracuse batter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-3 and gunning down a runner at the plate. Roster move: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx released.

Binghamton 7 Harrisburg 2
• Demny (L, 6-7) 2⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Broderick 3⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Nicol 3-4
• Bloxom 2-4, BB, RBI

A four-run third chased starter Paul Demny as Harrisburg fell for the sixth time in seven games, 7-2. Demny was buffeted with eight hits while walking three and left the bases loaded with two out in the 3rd. Brian Broderick was able to strand them but eventually gave up two runs of his own. Harrisburg racked up 10 hits but continues to struggle with getting runners in, leaving 10 runners on and going 2-for-9 with RISP. Sean Nicol led the hit parade with a 3-for-4 afternoon, followed by Justin Bloxom’s 2-for-4 effort. Roster moves: RHP Erik Davis was promoted to Syracuse with RHP Zech Zinicola activated from the DL to take his place on the 25-man roster.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 0
• Meyers (L, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Olbrychowski 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kelso 1-2
• Keyes 1-3, BB
• Rendon 0-2, 2K (ejected after 2nd AB)

In case you missed it: Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

HAGERSTOWN — OFF DAY
With a game lost to the rains, the focus is on the loss column in the Sally League North, as the Suns, Crawdads, and Power each have 22. It’s the last series between Hickory and Hagerstown this week as the two teams match up for three this week before the Suns head out to the shore to face Delmarva while the Crawdads head home for a seven-game homestand. As of now, the schedule favors Hickory as they still have four games left against West Virginia while the Suns will be done with both after this week.

Auburn 8 Mahoning Valley 4
• Fischer (W, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Henke 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 3-4, R, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Marrero 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Carlos Lopez’s grand slam highlighted a five-run first as the Doubledays doubled up the Scrappers, 8-4. David Fischer got the win with two runs over five innings on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Shawn Pleffner led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, scoring a run and driving in a run. Chris Marrero walked, doubled, scored twice, and drove in a run in what could be his final rehab appearance before rejoining Syracuse.

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
An 8-2 run thus far in August has put the G-Nats in a position to climb out of the GCL East cellar, and perhaps even make a run at .500.

DSL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
After a 3-3 week, the D-Nats play the Giants, the “Redbacks,” and Pirates2 squads with home games on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Aug 122012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-0 vs. Scranton/WB,
4:00 p.m. (DH)
Maya (10-8, 3.58) and
Atkins (6-8, 4.78) vs.
Warren (6-7, 4.74) and
Whitley (8-5, 3.96)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Demny (6-6, 5,29) vs.
Mazzoni (4-3, 3.60)
Potomac Won, 6-4 vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-0, 0.78) vs.
Johnson (1-2, 2.13)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0;
Canceled
OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 9-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
6:05 p.m.
Fischer (1-3, 5.28) vs.
Sisco (1-3, 3.93)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 0
• Duke (W, 13-5) 9IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Leon 2-3, BB
• Hoffpauir 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, SB

Zach Duke tossed a three-hit shutout as the Chiefs split the two-game series with a 6-0 win over Lehigh Valley. Duke struck out seven and walked nine and turned in first complete game since April of 2009. The Chiefs would tally 11 hits but didn’t break through until a two-run 6th followed by a three-run 7th. Carlos Rivero and Jarrett Hoffpauir both homered as all eight position players hit safely.

Harrisburg 5 Binghamton 4
• Rosenbaum 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Tatukso 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McCoy (W, 7-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 3-4, BB, OF assist at HP
• Lozada 2-4, R

Harrisburg snapped a five-game skid with a five unanswered runs with a 5-4 win over Binghamton. Jose Lozada (2-for-4) came around to score on an error as Brian Goodwin (3-for-4) beat out an infield single for his third hit. Pat McCoy got the win in relief of starter Danny Rosenbaum, who remains winless since June 2. Rosenbaum gave up all four B-Mets runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out eight over five innings. Ryan Tatusko and Marcos Frias combined with McCoy for four scoreless innings.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 4
• Grace (W, 7-11) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 4BB, 8K
• Wort (SV, 8) 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, HR
• Kelso 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Soriano 2-4, R, RBI

The P-Nats came back to life Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 2 Charleston 0 (5½ inn.)
• Hansen (W, 3-4) 4+IP, 5H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Meza (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Miller 2-2, 2R, BB
• Higley 1-2, 2B, RBI

Rain cut this one short and canceled the second game of the doubleheader, but Hagerstown got the win, 2-0. Bobby Hansen and Christian Meza combined on the shutout to earn win #3 and save #2 respectively. Justin Miller reached base three times and scored both Suns runs. With the win, Hagerstown edges to a ½ game of first place in the Sally League North.

Mahoning Valley 9 Auburn 2
• Mooneyham (L, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Mesa 2-3, BB
• Renda 2-4, R

Sloppy fielding continues to plague the Doubledays as they committed four errors for the second straight night in a 9-2 loss to Mahoning Valley. Starter Brett Mooneyham took the loss with five runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings. Tony Renda, Narciso Mesa, and Chris Marrero each had a pair of singles as Auburn totaled eight hits but also left on eight runners. The loss sliced the Doubledays lead over the Spikes to 2½ games in the Pinckney Division.

GCL Astros 5 GCL Nationals 2
• Estevez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Santana (L, 1-4) 3+ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Lucas (BS, 1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Brooks 2-4, BB, RBI
• Difo 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2SB

The G-Astros did all their damage in the 8th, blasting the G-Nats for five runs for a 5-2 win. Bobby Lucas blew the save and hung the loss on Andy Santana, letting in two inherited runner and two of his own with two hits and two walks. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez went the first four frames, giving up just a hit and a walk while striking out four. The one-two batters in the lineup, Wilmer Difo and James Brooks, combined for three hits and three walks to pace the G-Nats offense.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Yankees1 5
• Ruiz 5⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Lopez (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 3B, RBI, CS

A five-run 8th snapped a 3-3 tie as the D-Nats held off the D-Yankees1 for an 8-5 win. Starter Raul Ruiz gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings but the win went to Reynaldo Lopez in relief. Raudy Read led the D-Nats offense with a 3-for-4 game, including a double and two RBI as the D-Nats had no trouble plating runners from scoring position with a 7-for-11 team mark.

Aug 112012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (12-5, 3.81) vs.
Cochran (6-4, 4.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-0 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-9, 3.79) vs.
A. Rodriguez (2-2, 3.14)
Potomac Lost, 6-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Grace (6-11, 5.93) vs.
Bassitt (3-2, 3.41)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Charleston,
3:05 & 7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-4, 4.91) and
Jordan (0-2, 5.63) vs.
Gerritse (4-5, 3.89) and
Mitchell (7-9, 5.14)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-1, 2.53)
vs. Lee (4-1, 2.30)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1;
Won, 5-4
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-2 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 0
• Roark (L, 6-14) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Pena 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Brown 2-4, 2B
• Negrych 1-4

The offensive outage for Friday night started at the top as the Syracuse Chiefs were held to three hits in a 6-0 shutout. Tanner Roark suffered his team-leading 14th loss, giving up all six runs (three earned) on eight hits, including a three-run HR in the 6th. Corey Brown and Jim Negrych were the only two Chiefs to hit safely, as Syracuse left on six runners total and hit into three double plays.

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 0
• Perry (L, 1-3) 7⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Barthmaier 1⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4

It was Star Wars night at Metro Bank Park, complete with folks dressed up as Jedi. However, they were not the only ones who weren’t going to score on Friday night as the Senators were held to just two hits in a 5-0 shutout. As Geoff Morrow pointed out on Twitter, Binghamton’s Mark Cohoon hadn’t had an outing with no runs allowed since April of 2011, a streak of 42 starts. Cohoon struck out 10 and walked one while going the distance. Justin Bloxom’s texas-league double to shallow CF in the 7th and Brian Goodwin’s line-drive single in the 9th were the two Harrisburg items in the “H” column. The loss was Harrisburg’s fifth straight, dropping the Senators to 6½ games behind Bowie. Jim Mora has the assessment of the odds of a third straight postseason appearance.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 0
• Ray (L, 4-9) 4IP, 6H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Demmin 3⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Keyes 1-4, 2B

It was pretty much as bad as the box score looks Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown vs. Charleston — PPD
Rain washed out Game Three of the Suns-Riverdogs series on Friday night. It will be made up with a doubleheader today with first game at 3 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.

State College 4 Auburn 2
• Monar 4IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Medina (L, 0-3) 3IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-3, BB
• Marrero 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The six hits in Auburn matched the six hits tallied by Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Potomac combined. It was not, however, enough to get past State College, which got a game back in the Pinckney Division with a 4-2 win. Unlike the previous night, the Doubledays ‘pen faltered with four runs allowed over five innings. Silvio Medina took the loss, giving up three (one earned) over three innings on two hits. Starter Blake Monar scattered six hits over four innings, with no runs, no walks and six strikeouts. Tony Renda led the offense with a 2-for-3 night, while Chris Marrero homered and played six innings at first base.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Astros 1 — GAME ONE
• Turnbull 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Hudgins (W, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Piwnica-Worms 1-3
• Lippincott 1-2, BB, RBI, SB

The opener was a pitchers’s duel that saw the G-Nats edge the G-Astros, 2-1. Kylin Turnbull gave up the lone Astro run in his rehab appearance on two hits, but Will Hudgins shut ‘em down the rest of the way with six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out seven. Bryan Lippincott drove in the first G-Nat run with an RBI single in the 2nd while a walk, a stolen base, a groundout to second, and wild pitch plated the winning run in the 3rd.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Astros 4 — GAME TWO
• Selsor 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Peters (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Foat 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Difo 2-4, 2R, BB

An error in the bottom of the 9th gave the G-Nats a 5-4 win in extra innings and a sweep of the doubleheader. John Peters got the win in relief with a scoreless 9th. Casey Selsor got the start and gave up two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Matt Foat paced the offense with a 3-for-5 game, followed by Wilmer Difo’s 2-for-4 effort.

DSL Yankees1 3 DSL Nationals 2
• De La Cruz 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Chavez 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• D. Ramos (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2B, BB

The DSL Yankees1 rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to take this one, 3-2. David Ramos got the blown-save-loss with all three runs allowed on four hits and two walks over an inning and a 1/3rd. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz reached base four times with two singles, a double, and a walk while driving in a run to pace the 10-hit D-Nats attack.

Aug 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-3 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (6-13, 4.73) vs.
Cochran (6-4, 4.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1
(13 inn.)
vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (1-2, 1.54) vs.
Pettibone (1-0, 4.09)
Potomac Lost, 11-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-8, 5.85) vs.
Snodgress (2-0, 2.55)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-4, 4.91) vs.
Gerritse (4-5, 3.89)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (2-3, 2.95) vs.
Sampson (0-0, 2.81)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-3 vs.GCL Astros,
11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-4;
Lost, 7-6
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 3
• Mandel (W, 3-4) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Atkins 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Walters 2-4, 2B, E
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, 2B
• Perez 0-3, 2R, 2SB, BB (hit streak over)

A five-run third proved to be enough as the Chiefs completed their two-game sweep of Pawtucket with a 6-3 win. Jeff Mandel got the win with seven strong innings, limiting the Pawsox to two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Middle infielders Zach Walters and Jarrett Hoffpauir both went 2-for-4 with a double as Syracuse registered eight hits total. The road trip continues tonight with a pair against Lehigh Valley before heading back to Syracuse for an 11-game homestand.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 1 (13 inn.)
• Holder 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Frias 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Tatusko (L, 2-5) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Pahuta 1-2, R, 2B, 3BB
• Skelton 1-4, 2BB

Richmond completed the sweep of Harrisburg with a 2-1 win in 13 innings, handing the Senators their fourth straight loss overall. Harrisburg used six of eight relievers trying to win this one. Ryan Tatusko suffered the loss on two singles given up with a wild pitch sandwiched in between. Starter Trevor Holder gave up the other run to the airborne rodents on four hits and three walks over the first five frames. The Senators were held to just five hits and left 10 runners on base. Despite the loss, Harrisburg remains mathematically alive at 5½ games behind second-place Bowie with eight games left between the two teams. They return home for six games in seven days against Binghamton and Akron, starting tonight.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 2
• Gilliam (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 10R, 9ER, 2BB, 2K, 3HR
• Swynenberg 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Rendon 2-4, 3B
• Sanchez 2-4
• Howell 2-3

The long ball did in both Rob Gilliam and Potomac as Myrtle Beach took the rubber game of the series, 11-2. Gilliam gave up 10 runs on seven hits, including three home runs, over four innings. He walked two and struck out three. The P-Nats collected 11 hits, just one fewer than the Pelicans, with eight of nine starters reaching base safely. Anthony Rendon, Adrian Sanchez, and Jeff Howell each had two hits, with Rendon tripling to center in his first at-bat as the DH. The loss drops Potomac into a tie for third place, 1½ behind Frederick in the C.L. North, as the P-Nats return home for a six-game homestand against Winston-Salem and Wilmington.

Charleston 4 Hagerstown 3
• Schwartz (L, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Kreis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Burns 2-4, R
• Skole 1-3, BB, RBI, SB(10)

Hagerstown made the most of its limited chances but fell, 4-3 to Charleston and dropped into second place in the Sally League North. Starter Blake Schwartz gave up the first three Riverdog runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings and was charged with the loss. The Suns went 2-for-5 with RISP and left on three runners. Billy Burns led the seven-hit effort with a 2-for-4 night while Matt Skole increased his RBI tally to 91 and stole his 10th base without getting caught. Roster moves: 2B Hendry Jimenez placed on 7-Day DL, IF Cutter Dykstra activated from DL.

Auburn 5 State College 3
• Pineyro (W, 2-1) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Henke (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Self (S, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• C. Lopez 3-4, R
• Miller 2-2, R, 3B, RBI
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

After losing an early 2-0 lead, Auburn chipped away with single runs in the 4th, 6th, and 7th to come away with a 5-3 win over State College. Ivan Pineyro weathered the OBI (One Bad Inning) to get the quality start with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Travis Henke and Derek Self combined for three innings of scoreless relief to earn the hold and save respectively. Brandon Miller made his return from the disabled list and went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple. Carlos Lopez led the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night. With the win, Auburn increased its lead in the Pinckney Division to four games.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 3
• Barrientos 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, K
• Mendez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Dicharry (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Brooks 3-6, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
• Foat 3-5, BB, RBI
• Difo 2-6, 2R, RBI

James Brooks’s bases-clearing double highlighted a five-run 10th as the G-Nats beat the G-Marlins 7-3 in 10 innings. Kevin Dicharry got the win in relief, though he gave up a run in the last of the 10th. Starter Joel Barrientos went the first five innings, allowing a run on three hits and five walks. Brooks went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI total to pace the offense.

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Mets1 4 — GAME ONE
• Valerio (W, 2-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• K. Rodriguez 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Aguero 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• De Los Santos 2-3, 2R, BB
• A. Martinez 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI, SF

The D-Nats scored four in the 6th and three 7th to break open a 2-2 tie and cruise to a 9-4 win over the D-Mets1. Maximo Valerio benefited from the late rally with a win after allowing two runs on five hits and a walk over the first five innings. Kelvin Rodriguez finished the game with two unearned runs on two hits while striking out three. Youanifred Aguero and Juan De Los Santos both went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored as the D-Nats collected 10 hits and drew eight walks.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 6 — GAME TWO
• Benitez (L, 2-2) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Lopez 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mejia 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Abreu 1-3, 2RBI

Twice the D-Nats rallied for three runs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early 6-0 deficit as the D-Mets1 held on to split the doubleheader, 7-6. Starter Juan Benitez took the loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over the first three innings. The D-Nats took advantage of seven walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball and an error to score six runs on only five hits. Bryan Mejia led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort, which included a double, a run scored, and a stolen base. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez assigned from Washington (18 years old, born in the D.R.)

Aug 092012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Mandel (2-4, 3.51) vs.
Buckner (4-5, 4.48)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Holder (2-2, 4.73) vs.
Fitzgerald (7-7, 3.73)
Potomac Lost, 9-2 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 2.38) vs.
Van Meter (1-4, 1.93)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 3.31) vs.
Black (0-0, 2.28)
Auburn Lost, 10-6 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (1-1, 2.81) vs.
Rodriguez (2-1, 2.72)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-2 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Postponed @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 10 Pawtucket 2
• Lannan (W, 7-10) 8IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Bibens-Dirkx 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brown 3-6, 2B, RBI
• Carroll 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Hoffpauir 1-3, 2R, 3BB, HR, 4RBI

John Lannan struck out nine and went eight innings while Jarrett Hoffpauir hit a grand slam as Syracuse pounded Pawtucket, 10-2. Lannan gave up just two runs on five hits and a walk, though he did allow his 16th HR in 20 starts. The Chiefs racked up 13 hits and drew 10 walks and could have done more damage as they went just 4-for-14 and left on 13 baserunners. Corey Brown led the hit parade with a 3-for-6 night, Hoffpauir drew three walks and drove in four, and Eury Perez extended his hit streak to 19 games.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 0
• Pucetas (L, 7-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Broderick 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Lozada 1-3, 2B

Jose Lozada broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out double, which turned out to the sole Harrisburg hit in a 6-0 loss to Richmond. Kevin Pucetas took the loss with three runs allowed on six hits and a walk. The loss drops the Senators into 5th place in the E.L. West, 5½ back in the wild-card race. Roster move: OF Destin Hood activate from DL to bring Senators roster to the full 25.

Myrtle Beach 9 Potomac 2
• Karns (L, 8-3) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Olbrychowski 3IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 0K
• Soriano 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, RBI
• Rendon 0-3, BB, 2E

While a last-place team might make not a struggling pitcher look bad, a first-place team usually will. Myrtle Beach jumped on Nathan Karns for five runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 9-2 win over Potomac. Karns gave up three walks and five hits in his two innings pitched and struck out three. Two of the five runs were unearned, as Potomac committed two errors behind him and three on the night. Francisco Soriano basically was the Potomac offense, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. The P-Nats remain a ½-game behind Wilmington and Frederick, tied with Lynchburg in the C.L. North.

Hagerstown 6 Charleston 0
• Hill (W, 10-6) 6IP, 8H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Mirowski 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hollins 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-5, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, SB
• Burns 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB(35)
• Ortega 2-5, R, 2RBI

Matt Skole might not hit his way to Potomac this season, but the 23-year-old might want to clear some space in his trophy cabinet for some Sally League hardware after hitting two home runs (nos. 26 & 27) and driving in three (nos. 88, 89, and 90) in a 6-0 Hagerstown win over Charleston. Taylor Hill, Richie Mirowski, and Leonard Hollins combined for the shutout, with Hill scattering eight hits over six innings for his 10th win. Skole also singled and stole a base while going 3-for-5 as the Suns notched 12 hits total. The win puts Hagerstown in a three-way tie for first with Hickory and West Virginia in the Sally League North.

Jamestown 10 Auburn 6
• Lee (L, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K
• Davis 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramos 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Pleffner 1-3, R
• Marrero 1-2

A five-run 7th broke open a 4-3 lead as the Jammers spread the Doubledays, 10-6. Nick Lee suffered the loss with four runs allowed on nine hits over five and 2/3rds with no walks and four strikeouts. All-Star reserve Wander Ramos singled and doubled twice to lead the Auburn attack, which saw eight of the nine starters get a base hit. The Doubledays remain 3½ games ahead of State College in the Pinckney Divison, and four ahead of third-place Batavia. Chris Marrero, who’s been assigned as rehab, singled in his two ABs and played first base and is expected to DH tonight, take Friday off, then repeat the pattern over the weekend. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Chiefs next week.

GCL Marlins 7 GCL Nationals 2
• Anderson (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K, HR (GS)
• Mieses 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Foat 3-4, BB, RBI
• Brooks 2-4, 2B

Dixon Anderson hit his first rough patch in the GCL, allowing five runs in a 7-2 G-Nats loss to the G-Marlins. Anderson went three innings but gave up seven hits, including a grand slam in the first inning, with a walk and three strikeouts to raise his ERA to 3.46. Matt Foat continues to rake, as the 22-year-old went 3-for-4 to improve his line to .318/.393/.374 to lead the G-Nats offense.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Mets1 — PPD
Rain washed out the entire DSL docket. There is no indication if/when this game will made up, though the two teams play today and twice more at the end of the regular season.

Aug 082012
 

Rosters for the 2012 New York-Penn League All-Star team were announced this afternoon and five Auburn Doubledays made the N.L. squad:

• 1B Shawn Pleffner .322/.354/.471, 24RBI in 29G (reserve)

• SS Wes Schill .270/.329/.333, 16RBI in 38G (reserve)

• C Craig Manuel .273/.354/.313, 8RBI in 40G (reserve)

• OF Estarlin Martinez .329/.392/.484, 24RBI in 40G (starting OF)

• OF Wander Ramos .284/.388/.466, 26RBI in 43G (reserve)

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are the 2012 hosts for the 8th annual exhibition. Manuel is a 10th round pick from the 2012 draft, Pleffner is a 26th round pick from the 2011 draft, Schill is a 2011 NDFA, and Martinez and Ramos are products from the DSL that began their careers in 2009.

Aug 082012
 

The Potomac Nationals Booster Club is holding its annual Silent Auction this Saturday at Pfitzner Stadium. This is the primary fundraiser for this group, which provides food, housing, and general assistance to the players, their friends, and their families. They also sponsor monthly awards and recognize players with in-season birthdays. In short, the club helps make life just a little easier for the young men striving to make the journey from Potomac to Washington.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the items that will be up for auction:
1. 2012 Washington Nationals Team Signed MLB Baseball
2. 2012 Carolina League Autographed Balls – All 8 Teams
3. 2012 Potomac Nationals Team Signed Bat
4. 2012 Potomac Nationals Team Signed Carolina League Baseball
5. Rollie Fingers Autographed MLB Baseball (Oakland A’s MLB 1992 HOF Inductee)
6. Michael Morse Autographed MLB Baseball (Washington Nationals Outfielder)
7. Bryce Harper Autographed Washington Nationals Logo Mini Home Plate
8. Bryce Harper Autographed Community College of Las Vegas Photo
9. Bryce Harper Autographed Hagerstown Suns Photo
10. Washington Nationals 2011 Arizona Fall League Baseball Signed by: Paul Menhart, Pat Lehman, Raphael Martin, Sammy Solis, Matt Purke, Bryce Harper, Derek Norris and Zach Walters
11. Gerrit Cole Autographed MLB Baseball (#1 Pick in 2011 MLB Draft by Pittsburgh Pirates)
12. Robbie Grossman Autographed MLB Baseball (2011 Minor League Leader in Runs Scored (127) and Walks (104), Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect)
13. Matt Purke Autographed MLB Baseball (2011 3rd Round Draft Pick of Washington Nationals)
14. Derek Norris Autographed MLB Baseball (Oakland A’s Catcher)
15. 2012 Carolina League All Star Autographed Logo Sheet
16. 2012 California League All Star Autographed Logo Sheet
17. Uncle Slam Autographed SGA Bank
18. Nick Markakis SGA Delmarva Shorebirds Bobble Glove
19. Jason Werth SGA Bowie Baysox Autographed Bobblehead
20. Al Bumbry SGA Bowie Baysox Autographed Bobblehead
21. Stephen Strasburg SGA Potomac Nationals Bobblehead
22. Chris Marrero The Potomac Nationals Years Autographed Photo Sheet
23. John Lannan MLB Authenticated Autographed MLB Baseball
24. Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Autographed MLB Baseball
25. Jason Werth Washington Nationals SGA July 30, 2011 Bobblehead
26. Ian Desmond Washington Nationals SGA August 20, 2011 Bobblehead
27. Danny Espinosa Washington Nationals SGA September 10, 2011 Bobblehead
28. Ed Ott Prince William Pirates 1985 Manager Autographed MLB Baseball
29. Handcrafted Afghan in Nationals’ Colors of Red, White and Blue