Aug 052012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Duke (11-5, 3.78) vs.
Z. Wheeler (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 vs. Richmond,
2:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-8, 3.64) vs.
Westcott (9-8, 3.72)
Potomac Lost, 10-8 @ Winston-Salem,
5:00 p.m.
Grace (6-10, 5.67) vs.
Bassitt (2-2, 3.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-0 vs. Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-1, 3.46) vs.
Devenksi (6-5, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 @ Brooklyn,
5:00 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-0, 1.37) vs.
J. Santana (rehab)
GCL Nationals Postponed OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Tied, 0-0
(Suspended)
OFF DAY N/A

Buffalo 1 Syracuse 0
• Roark (L, 6-13) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Negrych 2-5
• Rivero 2-3, BB

The Chiefs put runners on in seven of nine inning, including three in the 6th, but couldn’t push any across for a 1-0 loss to Buffalo. Tanner Roark was the tough-luck loser, giving up the sole run on six hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out four. It was his third straight one-run, seven-inning outing. Syracuse outhit Buffalo 10-6, with Jim Negrych and Carlos Rivero both singling twice. The Chiefs left 12 runners on and went 1-for-12 with RISP. Roster moves: C Sandy Leon optioned from Washington, C Jeremy Mayo transferred from Hagerstown.

Harrisburg 1 Richmond 0
• Perry 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K
• McCoy (W, 6-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Nelo (SV, 14) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B

Brian Goodwin’s solo shot in the last of the 8th was the difference in a 1-0 Harrisburg win over Richmond. Ryan Perry went the first seven innings and gave up five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The win went to Pat McCoy for a scoreless 8th, with one hit allowed. Hector Nelo shut the door with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save. The Senators were held to just three hits (Justin Bloxom went 2-for-3 with a double) as the Flying Squirrels’ Chris Gloor got the complete-game loss.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 8
• Ray (L, 4-8) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 3BB, 3K, 3HR
• Carr 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 2-4, 4R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• King 4-5, R
• Kelso 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Robbie Ray was lit up for eight runs over two and 2/3rds innings, include three home runs, as the Potomac Nationals lost another one to Winston-Salem, 10-8. Jason Martinson homered and drove in two, scoring four times to push his run tally to 96 and his RBI mark to 100, both of which lead the minor leagues. Stephen King led the hit column with a 4-for-5 night while Kevin Keyes launched his third HR of the week (17th of the season). Roster moves: C James Skelton transferred from Harrisburg, OF Steve Souza Jr. placed on the 7-Day DL (leg injury).

Lexington 8 Hagerstown 0
• Hansen (L, 2-4) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• Ortega 1-2, 2B, BB
• Newsome 1-3, 2B

Last Night In Hagerstown was postponed due to a last-minute trip to DC to acquire a new copyeditor, and the timing was fortuitous because the Suns were not shining in an 8-0 loss to Lexington. Bobby Hansen Jr. got bit but the longball, serving up two solo shots and four runs total over four and 2/3rds on six hits and two walks. He did strike out five. Justin Miller and Angel Montilla singled while Bryce Ortega and Brett Newsome doubled for the four Hagerstown hits.

Brooklyn 4 Auburn 1
• Monar 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 5BB, 4K
• Medina (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K
• Mesa 3-3, R, 2B
• Ramos 2-4

If the PA guy for Brooklyn is any good, the fans got to hear nine of these songs as Auburn pitchers issued nine walks in a 4-1 loss to Brooklyn. Blake Monar gave up five in his five innings of work but allowed just one run and three hits. Silvio Medina was not so fortunate, taking the loss as his three free passes resulted in the three runs that broke up a 1-1 tie in the 7th. The Doubledays outhit the Cyclones 6-5, with Narciso Mesa and Wander Ramos combining to go 5-for-7.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Astros — PPD
The GCL Nationals were rained out for the fourth time to give the players an extra day off. This one will be made up with a doubleheader on Friday, August 10.

DSL Nationals 0 DSL Phillies 0 — SUSP.
• Gomez 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

Inclement weather stopped play in this one in the top of the third with the score tied at 0-0. It will most likely be resumed as part of a doubleheader when these two teams next meet on Monday, August 20.

Aug 042012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-7 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (6-12, 4.95) vs.
Schwinden (4-4, 2.38)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (1-2, 1.82) vs.
Gloor (2-2, 2.23)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-7, 5.19) vs.
Snodgress (1-0, 0.75)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-3, 4.63) vs.
Rollins (0-0, 16.20)
Auburn Won, 6-4 @ Brooklyn,
6:00 p.m.
Monar (2-3, 3.12) vs.
Robles (2-1, 2.04)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3
(10 inn.)
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (6-3, 3.27) vs.
Sanchez (3-3, 3.67)

Buffalo 13 Syracuse 7
• Mandel (L, 2-4) 2⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Atkins 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hoffpauir 3-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Teahen 3-5, R
• Brown 2-5, R, HR, RBI

With a four-run 3rd and three-run 4th, Buffalo erased an early 5-2 deficit and went on to stampede Syracuse, 13-7. Jeff Mandel was gored twice (two HR) and gave up six runs on seven hits over two and a 1/3rd innings to take the loss. Four relievers followed and only Mitch Atkins went unscathed as the Bisons racked up 19 hits total. Corey Brown (2-for-5) and Jarrett Hoffpauir (3-for-4) both homered as the Chiefs pounded out 15 hits with all nine starters reaching base. Roster moves: LHP John Lannan optioned to/from Washington, IF Zach Walters promoted from Harrisburg, OF Jesus Valdez placed on Temporary Inactive List, C Koyie Hill released, C Carlos Maldonado designated for assignment, C Jeff Howell activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 3
• Holder 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Broderick (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Davis (SV, 5) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB, CS
• Van Ostrand 1-4, R, 2RBI

The Senators rallied for two in the 7th and held on for 4-3 win over Richmond. Doubles by Brian Goodwin (2-for-4) and Seth Bynum (1-for-3) with Jimmy Van Ostrand’s RBI single in between did the deed. Brian Broderick got the win in relief of Trevor Holder, who turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on five hits over the first six innings. Erik Davis got the final out of the ninth for his fifth save. Roster moves: IF Seth Bynum transferred from Syracuse, OF Destin Hood placed on 7-Day DL, OF J.R. Higley transferred from Hagerstown.
Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 4
• Gilliam 6IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Demmin (L, 1-2) 1IP, 1H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Souza 1-2, R, BB, HR, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Sanchez 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Potomac’s Carolina blues continued with another loss to Winston-Salem, 6-4. The Dash rallied for three runs after Ryan Demmin retired the first two batters in the 7th, with a pair of walks, catcher’s interference, and a triple to clear the bases. The P-Nats had built a 3-0 lead on the strength of solo HRs by Adrian Sanchez and Steve Souza, who left the game with an injury after the aforementioned triple. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up three runs on nine hits over six innings but walked none and struck out five. Roster moves: C David Freitas traded to Oakland Athletics, C Sam Palace activated from the DL.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 3
• Schwartz 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 6K
• Hollins 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bates (W, 7-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, K
• Skole 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 5RBI
• Burns 2-5, R

Matt Skole’s 25th home run was, um, legendary as his walkoff grand slam with two outs in the 9th turned a 3-2 loss into a 6-3 win. Skole also had an RBI double and walked twice to notch six total bases and drive in five. Colin Bates got the win by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth. Blake Schwartz gave up all three Lexington runs on six hits and four walks. Billy Burns went 2-for-5 with a run scored after being activated from the DL prior to the game.

Auburn 6 Staten Island 4
• Pineyro 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Benincasa (BS, 2; W, 1-0) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
• Self (SV, 8) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Norfork 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, SB

Auburn answered a three-run 7th with a four-run 8th to take the game, 6-4, and complete the three-game sweep of Staten Island. Starter Ivan Pineyro scattered seven hits and allowed just one run over six frames, walking two and striking out five. The Doubledays collected ten hits by five players, with Khayyan Norfork and Mike McQuillan each hitting a single and a double swiping a base. Anthony Rendon was 0-for-4 with a walk as the DH. Robert Benincasa got the blown-save win while Derek Self notched his eighth save with a scoreless 9th. Roster move: LHP Jack McGeary assigned from Hagerstown and placed on the 7-Day DL.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 3 (10 inn.)
• Barrientos (W, 3-0) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Peters (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Jennings 2-5, R, 3B, RBI, SB(10)
• Foat 2-5, R, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 1-3, R, 2BB, SB

The G-Nats opened up a six-run lead with crooked numbers in three of the first four innings and held off a late charge from the G-Astros for a 6-4 win. Joel Barrientos improved to 3-0 with two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over five innings with five strikeouts. John Peters got the last four outs for the save. Hayden Jennings singled, tripled, and stole his 10th base to lead the G-Nats offense.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Phillies 5
• De La Cruz 3IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, K
• K. Rodriguez (BS, 2; W, 3-2) 2⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, BB, RBI
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2RBI

After blowing a four-run lead in the 7th, the DSL Nationals rallied for two in the top of the 9th to beat the DSL Phillies, 6-5. Kelvin Rodriguez, who served up a three-run HR as part of the D-Phils five-run rally in the 7th, got the blown-save win by pitching the final two and 2/3rds innings. Emmanuel De La Cruz got the start and threw three no-hit innings, walking three and striking out one. The D-Nats managed just six hits, but three were for extra-bases with “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz hitting a solo home run.

Aug 032012
 

The estimable Bill “The Rocket” Ladson is reporting that IF Zach Walters has been promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse, which has been confirmed by MASN’s Byron Kerr.

The corresponding move appears to be the reassignment of longtime National farmhand Seth Bynum from Syracuse to Harrisburg, though OF Jesus Valdez has also been placed on the temporary inactive list, a move that appears to be related to the expected up-and-back for LHP John Lannan.
Walters was acquired at the 2011 trading deadline for RHP Jason Marquis and finished the season at High-A Potomac, which was essentially a promotion as he had spent the beginning of the 2011 season with Low-A South Bend.

Walters was a late addition to Washington’s 2011 Arizona Fall League team, ostensibly going in place of Anthony Rendon, but racked up a line of just .205/.253/.301 and made six errors. He began 2012, as predicted, at Potomac but slowly before heating up in mid-May and earning a promotion to Harrisburg in mid-June.

Walters has been touted as a potential backup to current middle infielders Danny Espinosa and Steve Lombardozzi, but make no mistake: It’s his bat, not his glove that has gotten him from High-A to AAA thus far, as the errors have continue to pile up since the AFL (30 in his last 100 games). Walters can switch-hit, but he’s stronger as LHB than a RHB and has played at second base and third base as well as shortstop.

Aug 032012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Mandel (2-3, 2.53) vs.
Familia (7-7, 4.88)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(12 inn.)
vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Holder (2-2, 5.66) vs.
Fitzgerald (7-7, 3.74)
Potomac Lost, 5-3;
Won, 8-0
@ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 1.69) vs.
McCray (5-3, 3.72)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 2.38) vs.
Dufek (5-2, 5.25)
Auburn Won, 11-3 @ Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
Pineyro (1-1, 3.60) vs.
Flight (1-3, 5.86)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-4 @ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-4, 3.60) vs.
Santos (4-2, 4.21)

Syracuse 2 Buffalo 0
• Maya (W, 9-8) 7⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Severino (H, 6) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• MacDougal (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perez 1-3, CS
• Rivero 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI

Three Syracuse Chiefs combined on a two-hit shutout of the Buffalo Bisons, 2-0. Yunesky Maya, who gave up one run over eight innings in his previous start, threw seven and 2/3rds scoreless to get the win, allowing just two hits and a walk while fanning seven. Atahualpa Severino got the final out of the eighth for his sixth hold while recently signed veteran Mike MacDougal pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his first for Syracuse this season.

Binghamton 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Wang 6⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Barthmaier (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Skelton 3-3, RBI, SAC, SF
• Goodwin 3-5, BB
• Van Ostrand 2-6, R

Perhaps it’s time for a trip to AAMCO, as the Sens’ struggles in the clutch continued in a 4-3 loss to Binghamton in 12 innings. Harrisburg went 0-for-15 with RISP and left on 14 runners on. Chien-Ming Wang made his 16th rehab start over the past two seasons and gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Jimmy Barthmaier suffered the loss, his second for Harrisburg in three appearances. The Senators collected 12 hits with the #1 and #2 batters, Brian Goodwin and James Skelton, combining for six hits.

Salem 3 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Olbrychowski (L, 4-10) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K

It took just one and a half innings to decide the suspended game as Salem scored twice against Adam Olbrychowski to secure a 5-3 win. Potomac threatened in the 9th with a pair of one-out walks before Adrian Sanchez hit into a DP and stranded Stephen King at second after a leadoff double in the 10th.

Potomac 8 Salem 0 — GAME TWO
• Karns (W, 8-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K, HBP
• Barrett 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ramirez 3-4, R, RBI
• King 2-4, 2-2B

Four Potomac pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 West Virginia 7
• Hill 2⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Meza (W, 7-1) 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Holt (SV, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ortega 3-5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB, PB(14)
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI

The Suns outslugged the Power, 9-7, to reclaim first place in the Sally League. Starter Taylor Hill struggled, allowing all seven West Virginia runs on seven hits and two walks and struck out none. Christian Meza and Greg Holt got the win and save respectively, combining for six and a 1/3rd no-hit, scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts. Hagerstown pounded out 12 hits with Bryce Ortega leading the hit column with a 3-for-5 night and Matt Skole connecting for his league-leading 24th home run. Roster move: C Jeremy Mayo activated from the DL.

Auburn Doubledays 11 Staten Island Yankees 3
• Lee 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 3-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Martinez 3-5, R, HR, 5RBI (15-game hit streak)
• Rendon 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, RBI
• McQuillan 3-5, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Estarlin Martinez extended his hit streak to 15 games and drove in five as Auburn smacked Staten Island, 11-3. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a home run as the Doubledays pounded out 18 hits. Cody Davis let in two of three inherited runners but was credited with the win in relief of starter Nick Lee. Anthony Rendon showed no ill effects from last night’s HBP, doubling twice and scoring thrice with an RBI and two assists on defense.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 3 (10 inn.)
• Estevez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Anderson 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Foat 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Lippincott 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5

Brian Lippincott’s RBI double in the last of the 10th took the edge off Wilson Esuebio blowing a 3-0 lead in the 9th for a 4-3 G-Nats win over the G-Marlins. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez made his first appearance since May 14 with two perfect innings to start the game, followed by four scoreless from Dixon Anderson and two from Bobby Lucas. Eusebio blew the 3-0 lead by giving up three in the 9th. The G-Nats rapped out 12 hits total, with Matt Foat leading the charge with a 3-for-4 afternoon, but were a woeful 1-for-8 with RISP with 10 runners left on base. Roster move: Estevez assigned to GCL (rehab).

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Pirates2 4
• Benitez (W, 2-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Ramos 2IP, 3H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Read 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• A. Martinez 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Aguero 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

A six-run 2nd propelled the D-Nats past the D-Pirates2 squad, 10-4. Juan Benitez got the win with five innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and walking four while striking out six. Raudy Read led the offense with a single, double, and a home run to drive in four runs.

Aug 022012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (8-8, 3.76) vs.
Olson (4-6, 4.78)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Wang (MLB rehab) vs.
Mazzoni (4-3, 3.21)
Potomac Tied, 3-3
(suspended)
vs. Salem,
5:05 p.m. (comp.)
Karns (7-2, 1.84) vs.
Celestino (7-6, 4.34)
Hagerstown Won, 12-7 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (9-6, 4.72) vs.
Von Rosenberg (3-4, 3.73)
Auburn Won, 10-5 @ Staten Island,
11:00 a.m.
Lee (1-0, 3.38) vs.
Black (0-0, 2.49)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Santana (1-3, 7.13) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-3 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Valdez (2-1, 7.02) vs.
Sanchez (3-3, 3.03)

SYRACUSE CHIEFS — OFF DAY
It’s six straight games against the Bisons with a four-game series in Buffalo over the weekend and two in Syracuse early next week.

Harrisburg 3 Binghamton 2
• Pucetas (W, 7-4) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• McCoy (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Skelton 2-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B

Kevin Pucetas and a quartet of relievers combined to limit the Binghamton Mets to just five hits as the Harrisburg Senators broke a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win in upstate New York. Pucetas went the first five innings with one run allowed on three hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Paul Demny, Marcos Frias, Hector Nelo, and Pat McCoy each threw an inning, combining for four innings, with one unearned run on two hits and three walks. Justin Bloxom and James Skelton both went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead the Senators offense.

Salem 3 Potomac 3 — SUSP.
• Meyer 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Carr 2IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, K
• Holland 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Werth 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2B
• Hague 2-4, R, RBI

Sorry, no LNIW for this one, which was suspended at 3-3 in bottom of the 9th after raining off-and-on for most of the evening. It will be completed tonight at 5:05 with the regularly scheduled contest at 7:05 p.m. Alex Meyer started and turned in five innings with one run allowed but also gave up six hits and three walks — all with two outs in the 4th. With a rehabbing Jayson Werth leading off and playing in CF, Potomac scored its three runs in the bottom of the first, with a double from Werth and singles from Michael Taylor, Ricky Hague, and Jason Martinson. Salem tied it in the 7th with three steals and a pair of singles, taking advantage of a hit batsmen and a passed ball.

Hagerstown 12 West Virginia 7
• Rauh (W, 1-1) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• Bates (SV, 3) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Jimenez 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 3-5, 2RBI
• Ortega 3-5, 3R
• Skole 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI

Hagerstown pounded out 17 hits en route to a 12-7 win over West Virginia, reclaiming a share of first place in the Sally League North. Brian Rauh got the “W” despite a subpar line of five runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. Six Suns collected multiple hits, three notched three safeties, with Matt Skole leading the total-base count with six, thanks to a double and his league-leading 23rd home run, which increased his RBI tally to 80 (2nd in the Sally). Colin Bates got the cheapest save possible by the rules, retiring one batter in the 9th with with bases loaded and a five-run lead.

Auburn Doubledays 10 Staten Island Yankees 5
• Encarnacion 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Henke 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Renda 3-6, R, 2-2B, SB(10)
• Kieboom 3-4, 2-2B, BB, 3RBI
• Rendon 1-2, R

Apparently, it’s a rule that all games in New York City must take nearly four hours, as the Auburn Doubledays outslugged the Staten Island Yankees, 10-5 in three hours and 45 minutes (plus a 15-minute rain delay). The lead changed hands five times before Auburn scored the last five runs in the 7th and 8th innings. Starter Pedro Encarnacion got the no-decision with three runs allowed on seven hits and three walks. Reliever Travis Henke earned the win with two and 1/3rd perfect innings, striking out three. Obligatory Anthony Rendon mention: Played third base and went 1-for-2 with a run scored but left game the half-inning afterbeing hit by a pitch near his left ankle (he was not taken out for a pinch-runner).

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 2
• Vasquez (W, 2-6) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Dicharry (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Piwinica-Worms 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Lippincott 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Jennings 2-4, R, BB, 2SB

The G-Nats posted a picket fence in the first three innings and snapped a two-game slide with a 5-2 win. Daury Vasquez got the start and the win with both Marlins runs allowed on four hits and three walks and three strikeouts. The G-Nats collected 11 hits total with Will Piwinica-Worms leading the hit column with a 3-for-5 game. Hayden Jennings, who shares a birthday with some kid named Bryce Harper, led off and went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and two stolen bases.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Pirates2 3
• Valdez 4IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Chavez (W, 2-0) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Aguero 2-3, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, RBI

The D-Nats twice put up three-spots in the scorebook en route to an 8-3 win over the DSL Pirates2. Philips Valdez started and went the first four innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and three walks while setting down two on strikes. Jose Chavez got the win in relief with three scoreless innings, with four hits allowed and three strikeouts. Rafael Bautista paced the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort, scoring a run, driving in a run and stealing base #34.

Aug 012012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-6 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Demny (6-6, 5.40) vs.
Germen (6-7, 4.60)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Workman (7-6, 3.28)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-1, 6.23) vs.
Jefferson (4-6, 4.81)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-1, 4.26) vs.
Rutckyj (3-4, 3.95)
GCL Nationals Lost, 12-4 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Vasquez (1-6, 3.90) vs.
Beltre (0-5, 3.52)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-3 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Valdez (2-1, 7.02) vs.
Sanchez (3-3, 3.03)

Lehigh Valley 8 Syracuse 6
• Bibens-Dirkx (L, 0-3) 1⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Atkins 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Valdez 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, 3SB
• Hoffpauir 2-4, 2RBI

A four-run 2nd knocked out starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx and three-run 5th opened up a 4-3 ballgame as Lehigh Valley beat Syracuse 8-6 in a midday slugfest. The IronPigs belted out 16 hits off six pitchers, with Bibens-Dirkx taking the loss. Jesus Valdez smacked a three-run home run to pull the Chiefs within one at 7-6 in the last of the 5th and led the offense with a 3-for-4 game and 4RBI total. Eury Perez continues to hit, going 2-for-3 with a walk and three stolen bases. Roster moves: OF Chad Tracy recalled to Washington, OF Corey Brown optioned back from Washington.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-8) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Broderick 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B
• Pahuta 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Make that five straight losses for the Senators as Harrisburg whiffed 17 times in a 3-2 decision against Binghamton. Danny Rosenbaum lost for the seventh time over the past two months, giving up all three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out four. Zach Walters and Tim Pahuta both went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts, as the Senators got just five runners into scoring position and left six baserunners on base. Roster moves: OF Chris Rahl placed on the 7-Day DL, OF Jonathan Tucker signed from the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League and assigned to Harrisburg.

Salem 5 Potomac 4
• Grace (L, 6-10) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Swynenberg 4IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Hague 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Souza 3-4, R, 2B, 3B

It was too little, too late Last Night In Woodbridge.

West Virginia 4 Hagerstown 2
• Jordan (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Mirowski 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 2-4, R
• Higley 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Alvarez 2-3

Four errors led to four unearned runs as Hagerstown fell into second place with a 4-2 loss to first-place West Viringia, 4-2. Taylor Jordan took the loss with all four runs allowed on four hits and a walk while striking out two. The Suns outhit the Power 9-6 with three players (Carlos Alvarez, Justin Miller, and Cole Leonida) combining for six singles but the only scoring came off the bat of J.R. Higley, a two-run HR in the 7th.

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS — OFF DAY
It’s a six-game swing through New York City with three against the Staten Island Yankees and three against the Brooklyn Cyclones, the second (and final) road trip outside of Western Pennsylvania and New York for Auburn. MASN’s Byron Kerr is reporting that 3B Anthony Rendon will remain with the team and will continue to play 3B for roughly six innings, act as DH the next game, then rest the game after that for the immediate (and naturally, unspecified) future.

GCL Cardinals 12 GCL Nationals 4
• Selsor (L, 0-2) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Santana 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Albaladejo 2-4, BB, 2RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Jennings 2-4, 2R, 2SB

A six-run 5th followed by a five-run 6th erased an early 2-1 lead as the G-Cards pummeled the G-Nats, 12-4. Starter Casey Selsor took the loss with six runs charged on seven hits over four and a 1/3rd innings to push his ERA to 6.12 and WHIP to 1.72, with relievers Mike Mudron and Gilberto Mendez getting roughed up for four runs and two runs respectively. Nineteen-year-old Hayden Jennings was one of three G-Nats to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL “Redbacks” 3
• Silvestre (W, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 9K
• Sanchez (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Novas 2-4, 2R
• Cerda 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, SB

A four-run broke open a 2-0 game as the D-Nats cruised to a 6-3 win over the Arizona/Cincinnati co-op. Hector Silvestre won his 4th game with six innings pitched, all three “Redbacks” runs allowed on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Kevin Cerda went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen pace to lead the 10-hit attack. Roster move: 20-y.o. Venezuelan RHP David Ramos assigned from Washington.

Jul 312012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
12:00 p.m.
Bibens-Dirkx (0-2, 4.93) vs.
Chocran (5-4, 4.28)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-7, 3.67) vs.
Wheeler (9-6, 3.29)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (6-9, 5.51) vs.
Couch (7-8, 3.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0,5.63) vs.
Rowland (5-3, 3.46)
Auburn Won, 9-5 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Selsor (0-1, 4.79) vs.
Villegas (3-2, 7.39)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-3 @ Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (3-3, 4.08) vs.
Ramirez (2-3, 1.06)

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2
• Duke 6IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• MacDougal (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 2-4
• Perez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
• Rivero 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

It was a pitcher’s duel in upstate New York as Syracuse edged Lehigh Valley, 3-2. Starter Zach Duke gave up two unearned runs over the first six innings, scattering six hits and walking two with one strikeout. Recently acquired FA reliever Mike MacDougal was the beneficiary of a 1-2-3 seventh as rehabs Jayson Werth (walk) and Chad Tracy (single) set up Carlos Rivero for a routine groundout that sent in Werth for the game-winning run. Eury Perez singled to lead off the game and hit safely in the 11th straight game since his promotion. Byron Kerr has confirmed what many suspected: RHP Josh Wilkie has been released following the completion of his 50-game suspension.

HARRISBURG SENATORS — OFF DAY
It’s a brief, three-game trip to Binghamton for Harrisburg, as the Senators look to stop a four-game losing streak. It’s also the beginning of two-week stretch where they will go back-and-forth between New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia as they play both the Mets and the Richmond Flying Squirrels home and away.

POTOMAC NATIONALS — OFF DAY
Likewise, it’s a short homestand for Potomac this week before six games in seven days against the Southern Division’s top two teams in Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach.

West Virginia 14 Hagerstown 2
• Hansen 5IP, 8H, 8R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Newsome 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Ramsey 2-5, SB

The Suns probably wished this one had been rained out after all. After an 88-minute rain delay, West Virginia put up eight runs in the first two innings en route to a 14-2 beatdown of Hagerstown. Bobby Hansen Jr. suffered the loss, giving up eight runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts over five innings. Both Suns relievers that followed were charged for a six runs combined over two-plus innings with Brett Newsome mopping up in the 8th, retiring three of four batters faced. The Suns were held to just seven hits with Justin Miller leading the charge by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Roster moves: OF Billy Burns placed on the 7-Day DL, 1B/DH Newsome activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 9 Tri-City 5
• Mooneyham (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Benincasa 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Norfork 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Renda 3-4, R, 2RBI

Auburn took the rubber game between the two division leaders with a 9-5 win, holding off a late charge from Tri-City. The ValleyCats roughed up Bryan Harper and Michael Boyden for five runs in 9th with Derek Self coming in to retire one batter for the second straight outing and be credited with his seventh save. The Doubledays pounded out 15 hits with eight of nine batters hitting safely. Mike McQuillan doubled and homered and drove in three to lead the offense, improving to .327/.424/.477 in 35 games between the GCL and the NYPL. Roster moves: IF Stephen Brooks reassigned to the GCL, OF Narciso Mesa promoted from the GCL.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 1
• Hudgins (L, 2-3) 6IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Peters 1IP, 1H, 0R, ER, BB, 0K
• Chubb 2-4, 2B
• Eusebio 1-3, 2E

Eight of the nine G-Nats batters hit safely, but consecutive hits came just twice as the G-Nats lost 4-1 to the G-Cards. The G-Nats hit into two double plays and went just 1-for-7 with RISP, stranding seven baserunners. Will Hudgins took the loss, giving up all four runs on five hits, including a two-run shot in the 3rd. Wilson Eusebio and John Peters both tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Austin Chubb led the hit column with a single and a double in four ABs.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL “Redbacks” 3
• De La Cruz 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gomez (W, 6-3) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• K. Rodriguez (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, 2SB (30, 31), OF assist at 2B
• Abreu 2-3, BB, RBI, 2SB (17, 18)

The D-Nats got back over .500 by defeating the Cincy/Arizona co-op “Redbacks,” 5-3. Elisaul Gomez got the win (#6) in relief, giving up all three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Kelvin Rodriguez earned the save (#7) with a scoreless ninth. Like the G-Nats, eight of the nine batters hit safely, with CF Rafael Bautista and SS Osvaldo Abreu both reaching base twice and stealing two bases. The 19-y.o. Bautista is now hitting .314/.407/.371 and has stolen 31 bases in 49 games while the 18-y.o. Abreu has posted a line of .284/.385/.368 with 18 steals in 41 games.

Jul 302012
 

Tanner RoarkOn the strength of his complete game win yesterday, Tanner Roark was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 23 to 29.

Roark twice went seven innings during the week, winning both starts giving up just a run in each outing. He allowed nine hits and two walks while striking out 13 batters combined.

The 25-year-old was acquired at the 2010 trade deadline along with Harrisburg Senator RHP Ryan Tatusko from the Texas Rangers for Christian Guzman, which has led to the nickname of “The Guz Two,” by regular readers here.

Roark currently leads the Syracuse Chiefs in strikeouts, walks, and losses but is also third in innings pitched, and has exceeded 100IP for four straight seasons.

Jul 302012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3;
Won, 6-1
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (11-5, 3.96) vs.
Pettibone (AAA debut)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 8-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-2, 4.32) vs.
Dodson (5-6, 5.07)
Auburn Lost, 9-4 vs. Tri-City,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 1.98) vs.
Rodgers (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Hudgins (2-2, 2.08) vs.
Foody (0-1, 6.23)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (5-3, 3.30) vs.
Castillo (0-4, 4.08)

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 3 — GAME ONE
• Lannan (L, 6-10) 3⅓ IP, 13H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, K, 0HR
• Pena 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Valdez 2-3, R
• Negrych 2-3
• Rivero 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

The Iron Pigs had in-game BP against John Lannan, collecting 13 hits in three and a 1/3rd innings en route to a 6-3 win over the Chiefs. Lannan walked two and struck out one, raising his ERA to 5.24, his WHIP to 1.64 and his OBA to .313. Carlos Rivero’s three-run home run in the 4th broke up the shutout as the Chiefs manage just six hits and got just two (2) runners into scoring position for the game.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 1 — GAME TWO
• Roark (W, 6-12) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Rivero 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Werth 2-2, 2R
• Hoffpauir 2-2, R, BB

Tanner Roark went the distance in Game Two as the Chiefs scored six unanswered run in a 6-1 win that split the doubleheader. Roark gave up one run over seven innings for the second straight start to get the “W.” Carlos Rivero homered again and went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and is now hitting .303/.335/.428 for the season. Eury Perez singled to hit safely for the 10th time in 10 games for Syracuse, and is now hitting .400 (16-for-40). Roster move: C Koyie Hill activated from the DL.

Trenton 3 Harrisburg 2
• Perry (ND) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Barthmaier (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Pahuta 1-4, 2B
• Lozada 1-4, 2B

With three runs in the last of the 8th, the Thunder, um, shocked the Senators for a 3-2 come-from-behind win that handed Harrisburg its fourth straight loss, and 16th out the last 20. Jimmy Barthmaier suffered the loss, letting in an inherited runner and two of his own in the fateful frame. Ryan Perry got the no-decision despite six scoreless innings with just two hits and two walks allowed. Harrisburg got just six hits, but none in the clutch for the third straight game, an 0-for-17 stretch.

Potomac 8 Frederick 3
• Ray (W, 4-7) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Barrett 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-4, 3R, HR(10), 2RBI
• Souza 2-4, R
• Ramirez 2-4, 2RBI

Three HRs and 6⅓ strong innings from Robbie Ray highlighted a Sunday Evening In Frederick

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 0
• Schwartz (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Bates (SV, 2) 3IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-5, R, HR, RBI

The force was with Blake Schwartz and Colin Bates as the two Hagerstown pitchers combined to shut out Lexington, 6-0. Schwartz gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out six over the first six innings to get the win, while Bates allowed just a hit and a walk over the final three innings to earn the save. Cutter Dykstra, Caleb Ramsey, and Adrian Nieto combined for six of the eight Suns hits, with Nieto connecting for his 5th HR, Dykstra swiping his 29th base, and Ramsey driving in two to push his RBI tally to 52.

Tri-City 9 Auburn 4
• Medina (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 2HR
• McGeary 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2WP, 2HBP, 1-0 IR-S
• Wall 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Lopez 3-4, BB, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-4 (12G hitting streak)
• Rendon 1-3, RBI, K, E

Tri-City scored early and often to take another from Auburn, 9-4. Silvio Medina gave up a pair of solo shots in the first and three unearned runs in the second and took the loss. The ValleyCats roughed up the first two Doubledays relievers (Jack McGeary and Cody Davis) before Elliot Waterman and Andrew Wall shut them down after the 5th with four scoreless innings. Carlos Lopez paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, drawing a walk and driving in two. Anthony Rendon went 1-for-3 with an RBI, but also struck out and committed an error at 3B. Roster move: Stephen Perez placed on the 7-Day DL.

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
This week, it’s the Cardinals, then the Marlins, then the Astros with home games on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

DSL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
This week’s opponents are the Arizona/Cincinnati co-op, the Pirates2 squad, and the Phillies, with home games on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Jul 292012
 

Don’t look now, but the P-Nats just had a winning road trip.

With home runs from Kevin Keyes, Ricky Hague, and Jason Martinson, Potomac pounded Frederick for an 8-3 victory that completed a 2-1 series win and 4-3 road trip against the Keys and the Hillcats — the first winning road trip that lasted more than two games or two cities.

Robbie Ray pitched into the 7th for the first time since June 3rd, a string of eight starts in which the 20-year-old southpaw went 0-5 with a 5.43 ERA. Ray was working with his entire repetoire and showed early often, baffling the Keys by pitching “backwards” — hard stuff on the outside, breaking pitches on the inside. He walked one and struck out six.

He did, however, give up six hits and while two of the hits were of the infield variety (dribbler down the third base line, bunt to the left of the mound – both by Keys SS Garabez Rosa), he also gave up a long double to Tyler Townsend and a two-run homer that the vertically challenged J.P. Ramirez was unable to gather in at the left-field wall.

Potomac got on the board first with a four consecutive hits in the second as Steve Souza singled to right, took second on a wild pitch, took third on a Martinson (3-for-4, 3R, 3RBI) single and scored on a Stephen King double that bounded off third base and down the left field line. Ramirez followed with a grounder up the middle the Rosa was able to stop but not make the play to send in Martinson. King came in on a 1-6-3 DP that ended the rally but gave the P-Nats a 3-0 lead.

Ramirez would collect his second RBI single in the 4th to extend the lead to 4-1. Keyes homered to dead center in the 6th, his team-leading 15th HR and 55th RBI.

After the Keys cut the lead to 6-3 with the aforementioned rally in the bottom of the 6th, the P-Nats put the game away with three runs in the 8th, as Ricky Hague cleared the LF wall with his 6th HR and Martinson connected for his 10th for Potomac and 20th overall for the season, driving in pinch-runner Michael Taylor, who came in to run for Steve Souza who pulled up lame after an infield single.

Potomac resumes play on Tuesday with a brief three-game homestand against the Salem Red Sox. They are tied for first place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division with Lynchburg and lead Wilmington by a half game and Frederick by 2½ games. Potomac has no more games left against the Hillcats, but six left against the Blue Rocks, including the season’s final series in Delaware, and three left against Keys, which closes out the final regular-season homestand in Woodrbridge on August 24-26.