Apr 232013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-1 vs. Rochester,
6:00 p.m.
C. Young (’13 debut) vs.
V. Vasquez (2-1, 4.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (2-0, 2.65) vs.
Rosin (1-1, 2.81)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 4.76) vs.
Lee (0-1, 4.41)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Augusta,
6:35 p.m.
Pineyro (0-1, 8.31) vs.
J. Reyes (1-2, 7.71)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 1
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 5K, 0HR
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Owings 2-3, R, 2B
• Rivero 1-3, BB

Either one of the two big innings the RailRiders put up on the board would have been enough to send the Chiefs to their third straight loss, as Scranton/Wilkes Barre pounded Syracuse, 8-1. Ross Ohlendorf took the brunt of the beating, giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks for his second straight loss. Micah Owings singled, doubled and scored a run but the Chiefs were held to just six hits total.
Zach Walters was back in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game in the 7th. Chris Young is expected to make his season debut tonight, with a reliever most likely getting sent to the DL to make room.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 2
• Demny (L, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Swynenberg 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Hague 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Leon 0-3, 0K (only position player to not strike out)

Reading’s Jesse Biddle was perfect through six and a 1/3rd and struck out 16 of 24 batters faced, but nearly got the no-decision when Harrisburg rallied for two in the 8th and got the tying and winning runs on in the 9th. Alas, the Senators fell short of the comeback and fell, 3-2. Paul Demny took the loss, all three Fightin runs on five hits, including a two-run HR in the 4th. Ricky Hague doubled and scored a run while Brian Goodwin doubled and drove in a run to lead the late Harrisburg charge.

Carolina 3 Potomac 0
• Jordan (L, 1-1) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Hawkins 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Dykstra 2-3, BB, SB
• Nieto 2-4, CS

Potomac put all the pressure they could on Carolina ace Cody Anderson — stealing three bases, including third twice — but couldn’t break through as the Mudcats shut out the P-Nats, 3-0. Starter Taylor Jordan took the loss, with two runs charged to him over five and a 1/3rd innings on seven hits and a walk. Potomac managed just six hits, none consecutively, with Cutter Dykstra and Adrian Nieto collecting two singles apiece.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After scoring 33 runs versus the Power, the Suns looks to carry that offense over to the Muni as Hagerstown hosts Southern Division-leading Augusta for three games followed by a weekend series against Northern Division-leading Hickory.

Apr 222013

On the strength of their Saturday night performances, Nathan Karns and Taylor Hill were named the Pitchers of the Week for the Eastern and Carolina Leagues respectively while Jason Martinson repeated as the Player of the Week for the Carolina League for the period of April 15-21.

Nathan KarnsKarns pitched just once during the week, but was masterful: In a 7-inning complete game to open Harrisburg’s doubleheader, Karns settled down from giving up back-to-back doubles with two outs in the first to retire 19 of 20 and the last 15 batters straight while racking up a career-high 13 strikeouts. For the season, the Franklin, PA native is a modest 1-1 with an ERA of 4.60 ERA but has an FIP of 2.94 and a WHIP of 1.09 despite giving up seven runs and seven hits in his first outing.

Taylor HillHill pitched twice during the week, allowing one run on four hits to in a win against Salem last Monday and a one-hit, seven-inning shutout in the opening game of Potomac’s doubleheader on Saturday night. Hill struck out seven and walked none in his masterpiece. The Vanderbilt alum is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA, 0.79WHIP (second-best in the Carolina League) and a 2.52 FIP (fifth-best) in three starts and one relief appearance.

Jason MartinsonMartinson took home player of the week honors for the second straight week, punishing opposing pitchers for a .400 average (10-for-25) including a double, a home run and four RBI in a 12-inning game last Thursday. The 24-year-old Texan is batting .328/.425/.656 overall and is tied for the league lead in HRs with five and leads the Carolina circuit with 15RBI.

Apr 222013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Scranton/WB,
6:35 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-1, 3.45) vs.
Bootcheck (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (1-1, 4.32) vs.
Biddle (1-1, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.95) vs.
Lee (0-1, 4.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-2 OFF DAY N/A

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
• Mandel 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Roark 1IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K (Appears he’s been sent to the ‘pen; Tuesday was to be his next start)
• Kobernus 2-4, RBI
• Marrero 2-4, E(4)

Danny Rosenbaum has been pitching especially well, but he can’t throw a shutout every time out. One run of support wasn’t going to cut it as the Chiefs fell for the seventh time in nine games, 5-1 to the Railriders. Rosenbaum gave up two runs on seven hits and four walks with one whiff, getting nine of his 17 outs on the ground, including two double plays. Jeff Kobernus and Chris Marrero both went 2-for-4 in the loss as Syracuse mustered just six hits total. Zach Walters left the game in the 7th after an apparent injury incurred while sliding back into first base. No further details could be found; best guess is a jammed hand.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 1
• Treinen (L, 1-3) 7IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Krol 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Johnson 2-3, 2B
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR

It was a few degrees warmer in Harrisburg than in Moosic, but the Senators bats were just as cold in a 4-1 loss to Altoona. Blake Treinen was the hard-luck loser, tossing seven full innings but giving up four runs, two of them unearned “thanks” to three Senators errors, as he struck out eight and walked none. Brian Goodwin’s solo shot in the 6th was one just five hits Harrisburg managed on the afternoon, with veteran Josh Johnson the only multihit Senator at 2-for-3. Andy Sandrik of the Patriot-News reports that Rendon’s spot on the Harrisburg roster will remain open in the short term, quoting manager Matt LeCroy.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1
• Ray 6+ IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 10K
• Grace (BS, 2; W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mirowski (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burns 2-4, 2R, SB
• Martinson 2-3, BB, K, CS

Adrian Nieto’s two-out, two-run single saved the Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

West Virginia 11 Hagerstown 2
• Dupra (L, 1-1) 4+ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Rauh 1⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• E. Martinez 3-4, 2B
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI, 2K

After losing the previous two by a combined 27-6, West Virginia exacted a small measure of revenge with an 11-2 win and series split with Hagerstown. Starting in place of injured Ivan Pineyro, Brian Dupra was jolted for three in the 3rd and knocked from the box after the first three batter reached in the 5th. Brian Rauh received a similar shock with all five runs, um, charged to him in the Power 6th. Both Suns runs came in on “Help Me” Wander Ramos’s two-run homer in the 4th. Estarlin Martinez singled twice and doubled once to lead the hit column for Hagerstown.

Apr 212013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3;
Won, 4-3
@ Scranton/WB,
1:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-0, 0.82) vs.
Nuno (1-0, 1.53)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1;
Lost, 9-7
(11 inn.)
vs. Altoona,
2:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-2, 7.98) vs.
Bromberg (0-1, 3.60)
Potomac Won, 6-0;
Lost, 8-2
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Ray (1-1, 2.12) vs.
Wilson (0-0, 6.46)
Hagerstown Won, 14-4 @ West Virginia,
2:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-0, 0.73) vs.
Castro (1-1, 1.17)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 3 — GAME ONE
• Maya (L, 0-2) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Kobernus 3-4, 2RBI, CS
• Rhymes 2-3, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, 2B

Yunesky Maya went the distance in a complete-game loss, while the Chiefs rallied for three runs in their last “ups” but still fell, 5-3. Syracuse strung together four straight singles with one out before Mike Costanzo lined into a double play to end it. Maya gave up nine hits including two solo shots, walked three and struck out five in six innings.

Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 — GAME TWO
• Perry 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Crotta 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marrero 2-3, 2R, 2HR, BB, 3RBI
• Walters 2-4, SB

Chris Marrero went deep twice and drove in three of the four Syracuse runs as the Chiefs took the nightcap, 4-3, and snapped a five-game losing streak. Ryan Perry struck out seven but walked three in his three and 2/3rds innings of work, and was lifted after 86 pitches. Mike Crotta got the win in relief by retiring all five batters he faced while Erik Davis threw a scoreless seventh to earn his first save of the season.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 1 — GAME ONE
• Karns (W, 1-1) 7IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 13K
• Bloxom 2-2, R, BB, RBI
• Leon 2-3, R, 2B
• Oduber 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

After a rough first inning in which Altoona knocked the Senators starter for back-to-back doubles, Nathan Karns flattened the Curve with a career-high 13 strikeouts. The Groovin’ Aruban gave him all the offense he would need with a three-run shot in the bottom of the 2nd, which was just as well because the Senators would only collect five hits total with Justin Bloxom (2-for-2) and Sandy Leon (2-for-3) the other two batters to hit safely.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 7 (11 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Broderick 3IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Lehman 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Holland 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Bloxom 2-5, 2-2B, BB, 5RBI
• Lozaca 2-5, R, RBI

In theory, minor-league doubleheaders are supposed to be easier on the bullpen because there are four less innings to cover. That, of course, goes out the door when the games goes four innings longer, which is what happened in the nightcap as the Senators fell in 11 frames, 9-7. Brian Broderick was knocked for six runs on nine hits, including a three-run blast in the first. Five Harrisubrg relievers combined for just one unearned run over seven innings before Altoona broke through for two in the top of the 11th against Marcos Frias in his second inning of work. Justin Bloxom led the offense with a pair of doubles and five RBI, but as a unit the Senators continue to flail in the clutch, going just 2-for-14 and leaving on 10 men.

Potomac 6 Frederick 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill 7IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Keyes 2-3, R
• Miller 2-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Frederick 8 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull (L, 0-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, K, 0HR
• Meza 1⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 2-2 IR-S, WP
• Bates 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, R, RBI
• Leonida 2-3, 2B

It was a Charles Dickens kind of night Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 14 West Virginia 4
• Anderson 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Hudgins (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 3-5, 3R, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI
• Pleffner 3-5, 2R, BB, RBI
• Severino 3-4, BB, 2RBI

After posting a picket fence in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Hagerstown crashed through the gates for a three-run 5th then a seven-run 6th en route another big win over West Virginia. Every starter got a hit, six of ’em had multiple safeties, with Brandon Miller reversing the curse of the GBI with 10 total bases on a double and two HRs to lead the way. Will Hudgins got the win in relief with an unearned run allowed on one hit over two and a 2/3rds innings pitched. Starter Dixon Anderson went the first four and 1/3rd and gave up five hits, three runs (one earned), one walk, and struck out four.

Apr 212013

No, I Said The White PhoneFirst the straight news…

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-Day DL today with a strained left hamstring, following an MRI taken this afternoon. Taking his place on the MLB is roster is Anthony Rendon, the team’s top-rated prospect and first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Rice University.

Rendon had been hitting .292/.462/.500 with two home runs and seven RBI with AA Harrisburg. The 22-year-old Texan is expected to make his major-league debut on Sunday, playing third base and perhaps batting sixth or seventh against the New York Mets, a game that is currently not nationally televised.

Manager Davey Johnson told reporters that doctors said Zimmerman needs roughly 10 days of rest for the injury to heal, thus it’s possible that Zimmerman could be activated as early as May 3rd. GM Mike Rizzo said he expects Rendon to be sent back to the minors upon Zimmerman’s return from the DL, though cited the caveats of “keeping an open mind and letting the situation play out.”

Now, for the opinion…

Folks are excited about this. I get that. This is the team’s No. 1 guy, a talent that might not have gone #1 overall but probably should have, joining another phenom who made the same move almost a year ago.

And that’s what worries me.

People keep asking me when is Player X gonna get promoted, and I keep telling folks that it’s a new world order, that it’s a level a year until guys hit AA with the Rizzo FO.

Then Bryce Harper gets jumped from Low-A to AA in 2011, same for Brian Goodwin in 2012. So those are two exceptions, right? No biggie.

What happens if Rendon doesn’t have success early and often? What if he’s like Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. — who I saw more of than Rendon, for what it’s worth, but was no less convinced of his potential to make it to The Show — and struggles after an initial burst?

We’re told that Rendon will be sent back to further his development, that they don’t like to bring young guys up just to make them sit. Well, which is it?

If this is just a promotion to keep the team from being short-handed, why not just call up Will Rhymes or Carlos Rivero from AAA Syracuse and let them sit the bench while Chad Tracy and Steve Lombardozzi handle third base? They can’t be added to the 40-man roster or risk being lost on waivers?

In short, this doesn’t pass the sniff test — and given how the beat writers were lied to* by unnamed Nats officials when reports of Rendon being scratched from the Senators lineup, folks ought not to take what’s being said as gospel.* Before folks feel too sorry for them, being lied to is part of the job of being a reporter. It sucks, but it happens.

It’s okay to be excited. We’re supposed to be as fans. Even if this is too much, too soon. Rendon (and JBJ) is supposed to have the makeup to be able to endure the failure. But I question taking the risk, except as a PR move.

It pains me to write this, but this is something I’d expect from the previous GM.

Apr 202013

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Scranton/WB,
5:35 p.m.
Maya (0-1, 5.25) and
Perry (0-0, 6.30) vs.
Wang (2-0, 4.35) and
Marshall (0-1, 11.25)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 7.27) and
Broderick (1-0, 3.94) vs.
Liriano (MLB rehab) and
Bromberg (0-1, 3.60)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:30 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 12.00) and
Hill (2-0, 2.25) vs.
Davies (1-0, 3.27) and
Rodriguez (1-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 13-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 3.06) vs.
Holmes (1-0, 2.57)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
Make that four rainouts in 15 days (with a fifth game shortened by rain) for Syracuse. The makeup is tonight in the first visit for the Chiefs at the rebuilt facility in Moosic, PA against the renamed RailRiders. Roster moves: OF Corey Brown placed on the 7-Day DL (oblique); OF Chris Rahl activated from Harrisburg DL, assigned to Syracuse (freed from XST).

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD
Rainout #1 for the Senators, who will make it up tonight with a doubleheader.

Frederick vs. Potomac — PPD
The entire Carolina League was rained out last night, creating a boon in concessions doubleheaders at all four stops tonight.

Hagerstown 13 West Virginia 2
• Encarnacion (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K
Schwartz (SV, 1) 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Renda 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3B, 2RBI, BB
• Ramos 1-3, 3R, 3BB
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain halted play from upstate New York to the Florida panhandle, but perhaps the folks in Charleston might have wished it was there, too, as the Suns shorted the Power, 13-2. Starter Pedro Encarnacion got the win with two runs allowed on two hits and four walks over five innings while setting down four on strikeouts. Even on a full slate, Blake Schwartz would probably have the line of the night with four perfect innings and seven K’s for the save. Tony Renda was home run shy of the cycle with a pair of doubles and a triple, plus a walk to lead the Hagerstown offense, which took full advantage of West Virginia’s miscues (including two from former pitching phenom Stetson Allie at first base) to cash in 13 runs on 12 hits and nine walks. Roster moves: C Craig Manuel placed on the 7-Day DL; C Erick Fernandez assigned from XST

Apr 192013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 23-9 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (0-1, 5.25) vs.
Wang (2-0, 4.35)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Altoona Karns (0-1, 7.27) vs.
Waldron (0-2, 1.59)
Potomac Lost, 9-8
(12 inn.)
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 12.00) vs.
Davies (1-0, 3.27)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (0-0, 4.00) vs.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 6.00)

Buffalo 27 Syracuse 9
• Roark (L, 1-2) 3⅔ IP, 12H, 10R, 10ER, BB, 2K, HR, HBP, WP
• Romero ⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Owings 3-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Costanzo 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

A ten-run 7th broke open a 13-9 slugfest as the Syracuse Chiefs dropped their fourth straight, 27-9. Starter Tanner Roark took the loss, giving up ten runs on twelve hits and a walk while striking out two over the first three and 2/3rds innings. J.C. Romero was the only pitcher not to be charged an earned run, though he did his part by letting in both inherited runners. Chris Marrero was a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three to lead the Syracuse attack.

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 4
• Clay (W, 2-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 2-2, 2BB, SF, RBI
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB

Caleb Clay continued his dominance over Altoona, throwing six innings of one-run ball as the Senators held off a late charge for a 5-4 win. Clay allowed just three hits, walked none, and struck out five for his second straight win, both against the Curve. Jose Lozada reached base four times with two singles and two walks, driving in a run with a sac fly. As a team, however, Harrisburg left 10 men on base and went just 2-for-11 with RISP.

Frederick 9 Potomac 8 (12 inn.)
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burns 2-4, 3R, 2SAC
• Martinson 2-6, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI

It wasn’t exactly pretty Last Night In Woodbridge.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 4
• Pena (L, 0-2) 4⅓ 4IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• McQuillan 2-2, 2R, 2BB, SB
• Ramos 1-3, R, 2RBI, BB, 2SB

A four-run 6th by West Virginia broke open a 3-2 game as Hagerstown dropped this one, 7-4. Ronald Pena took the loss when he was knocked out in the 5th, as the Power surged past the Suns early 2-1 lead, as the Suns starter was charged with three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. Mike McQuillan stretched his on-base streak to 14 games with two singles, two walks and stole his sixth base while “Help Me” Wander Ramos drove in two and stole two, including home on a double steal with Brandon Miller.

Apr 182013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 5-4
(8 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
12:00 p.m.
Roark (1-1, 3.27) vs.
E.G. Gonzalez (0-0, 5.40)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona Clay (1-0, 3.27) vs.
Pimentel (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 3.97) vs.
Petersime (0-1, 13.50)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Glasnow (0-0, 2.35)

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 3 — GAME ONE
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 6K
• J.C. Romero 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Costanzo 1-3, 2RBI

It was too little, too late as Syracuse fell in the opener, 4-3. Starter Ross Ohlendorf gave up all four runs in the Buffalo 5th, as the veteran was pulled with two outs after five hits and four walks given up, though he did strike out six. Down 4-0, Chris Marrero broke up Justin Germano’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single, but the Chiefs couldn’t get in gear until the 6th. The Chiefs got four straight hits with one out in the sixth, with Jeff Kobernus (RBI double) and Mike Costanzo (two-run single) cashing in back-to-back singles by Carlos Maldonado and Will Rhymes but a double play killed the rally and the Chiefs went quietly in the 7th.

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Tatusko 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Crotta (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R
• Rivero 2-4, R

In the nightcap, Syracuse lost a 3-1 lead, rallied to tie at 4-4 but fell in the “extra” eighth inning for a 5-4 loss and a doubleheader sweep for Buffalo. Ryan Tatusko got the spot start but was ineffective, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk over three innings. Mike Crotta took the loss when an error led to the gamewinning run in the 8th. Eight of the nine Chiefs reached base, with four batters going 2-for-4, but two baserunners were cut down from the outfield and two double plays blunted the 11 hits collected and five walks drawn.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
The news yesterday wasn’t about a lucky man who made the grade, but rather that Matt Skole’s injury was worse than initially feared. Instead of a fractured wrist, the 23-year-old has become the second position player this season to require Tommy John surgery. Unlike Spencer Kieboom, the injury is to his (left) non-throwing arm, which according to Washington GM Mike Rizzo, will require four months to rehabilitate. Considering that most recovery timetables do not allow a player to swing a bat until 12-14 weeks after the surgery, that estimate seems aggressive. Regardless, it’s a tough break for a player who was expected to shed the label of “a level behind where he should be” since being drafted in 2011.

Potomac 4 Salem 2
• Jordan (W, 1-0) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Herron (S, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

With a 4-2 win Potomac completed the sweep of Salem and returned to .500 for the first time in nearly two weeks at 6-6. Taylor Jordan gave up two unearned runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out five. Tyler Herron was perfect for two frames, striking out five of six batters faced for his first save. Jason Martinson and Adrian Sanchez combined for four of the five hits the P-Nats collected, as Potomac made the most of its limited chances with just six men stranded and four ABs with RISP. Cole Leonida homered in the ninth for his first of the year.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 1
• Mooneyham 4⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Rauh (W, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-4, R, RBI
• Ramos 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, SB

“Help me” Wander Ramos struck again early, smacking a two-run triple that the Suns pitchers made stand up for a 3-1 win in the Wednesday matinee. Brett Mooneyham allowed no hits and just two walks over the first four and a 1/3rd innings, setting down two on strikes. Brian Rauh got the win in relief with the lone Lakewood run allowed on three hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Ramos and Tony Renda both went 2-for-4 to lead the Hagerstown offense, which notched seven hits total.

Apr 172013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
4:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.64) and
Tatusko (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Germano (1-1, 10.13) and
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
Potomac Won, 3-2
(12 inn.)
@ Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Owens (0-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 11-2 vs. Lakewood,
12:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-0, 0.90) vs.
Brady (0-1, 5.79)

Syracuse vs. Buffalo — PPD
Rain continues to beguile Syracuse (not only that, Skipper, it’s really starting to annoy them) as the Chiefs had their third rainout in the past week. The game is scheduled to be made up this afternoon with a pair of seven-inning games at 4 p.m.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 3 (10 inn.)
• Demny 5⅔ IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Krol 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, BB, 3RBI, 2-5 CS-SB
• Hague 1-3, BB
• Nicol OF assist at 2B
• 1-for-10 w/ RISP

Sandy Leon’s two-run shot in the top of the 9th forced extra innings for Harrisburg, but the jubilation was short-lived as Reading needed just four pitches to win it in the 10th. Starter Paul Demny scattered 10 hits over five and 2/3rds innings and gave up just three runs (one via HR) with one walk and five strikeouts. The Leon homer, however, masked another poor showing on offense as the Senators collected just five hits total and left 10 men on base. Matt Swynenberg, Ian Krol, and Aaron Barrett combined to shut down the Fightins for three and a 1/3rd innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. Marcos Frias gave up a triple and a single to the two batters he faced in the 10th to take the loss.

Potomac 3 Salem 2 (12 inn.)
• Ray 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP, WP, 2PO
• Grace 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Taylor 3-5, R, BB, SB
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2BB
• 3-for-15 w/ RISP, 12 LOB

Like the Phils in Reading, Potomac had numerous chances to score but needed extras to win in Salem. Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single in the 12th, his third hit of the contest and second two-out RBI, delivered the gamewinner as the P-Nats edged the S-Sox, 4-3. Starter Robbie Ray struggled some with his control (4BB, HBP, WP) but was more than good enough to win, letting in just one run on four hits over six innings. Michael Taylor (3-for-5, BB) and Carolina Lg. POTW Jason Martinson (2-for-4, 2BB) both reached base four times while Mark Grace and Richie Mirowski combined for five shutout innings following Salem getting the tying run in the 7th on a two-out wild pitch.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 2
• Pineyro ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Hudgins (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Pleffner 1-3, 2R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB, 2 OF assist (3B, 2B)
• Martinez 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI

Three home runs, including a grand slam by Brandon Miller, powered the Suns past the Blue Claws for an 11-2 win on Tuesday. Brian Dupra got the win in long relief, as the one hit allowed by Ivan Pineyro was literally off the starting pitcher, forcing him from the game (no word on the extent of his injury). “Help Me” Wander Ramos, activated from the DL before the game, was a three-way force: doubling and homering for three RBI and two runs scored, swiping a bag, and gunning down two runners from right field. Shawn Pleffner also went deep and drew two walks in his second game since being activated from XST. Will Hudgins got the save with three perfect frames and five strikeouts. Roster moves: C Andruth Ramirez placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Wander Ramos activated from the 7-Day DL

Apr 162013

Jason MartinsonWeekly award season has begun for the minor leagues, and Potomac SS Jason Martinson was among the inaugural winners as the Carolina Batter of the Week for the period of April 4-14.

Martinson hammered out a line of .303/.429/.788 with seven extra-base hits, including four HR’s and 11 RBIs. The RBI mark is currently tied for the league lead while his nine runs scored in ten games played is tied for second, one behind teammate Billy Burns.

The 2010 fifth-rounder out of Texas was ranked as the #14 Washington prospect in the 2013 edition of the Baseball America Prospect Handbook and (far less prestigious)is a three-time member of this website’s watchlist.