May 252013

Moving On Up for NPP
Following the news that Danny Espinosa has bone chips and will need prolonged rest, if not a stint on the DL, the Washington Nationals have promoted IF/OF Jeff Kobernus from the Syracuse Chiefs.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Kobernus over the past six months. He was selected by Boston then traded to Detroit in the MLB phase of the Rule 5 draft in December and played well into the spring for the Tigers before his return in late March. The experience may have proved beneficial, as he was asked to play outfield for Detroit to make the club as a utilityman — a position he hadn’t played since his collegiate days.

Upon his return to Nationals, he was assigned to the Chiefs and continued to play outfield, mostly in left field (19 games) but occasionally in center (9 games) as well as second and third base (12 and 3 games). More noticeable was the hot start as the 24-y.o. batted .367/.408/.467 with a home run and eight stolen bases in April.

He’s cooled some in May (.298/.344/.369) but has picked up the pace on the basepaths with 13 steals this month. Speed is his calling card as the Nats’ 2009 2nd Round Pick out of California led the Carolina League with 53 steals in 2011 and the Eastern League with 42 last season despite playing only 82 games.

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Yunesky Maya was designated for assignment (as previously hinted in this space). Putting it as mildly as possible, Maya has been a tremendous disappointment, signed as an international free agent as a Cuban defector in 2010 for four years and $6 million. In three-plus seasons, he’s pitched 59 innings at the major-league level — all but 1/3rd in 2010 and 2011 — and 367⅔ innings in the minors, mostly at AAA.

Last season was the only one in which he had an ERA below 4.00 as the 31-year-old went 11-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 28 starts for Syracuse.

RHP Taylor Jordan was also promoted, going from Harrisburg to Syracuse, though it’s likely to be a temporary move that will be reversed once Maya’s fate is ultimately determined. Likewise for the shift of RHP Brian Rauh from Hagerstown to Harrisburg, a move to replace whichever reliever (best guess: Matt Swynenberg) replaces Jordan in the rotation when his turn comes up next.

May 242013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-7 (11 inn.) @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Rosenbaum (4-2, 3.04) vs.
Bauer (2-0, 3.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1st AA start of ’13) vs.
Wright (0-2, 11.88)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Hill (4-1, 2.31) vs.
Moore (4-4, 5.94)
Hagerstown Won, 7-0 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-3, 2.48) vs.
Nina (1-2, 4.55)

Syracuse 8 Columbus 7 (11 inn.)
• Torra 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Roark 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Davis (BS, 2; W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Owings 2-6, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Rahl 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI (15-game hit streak)
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2BB, SB, CS

Chris Marrero’s two-out, two-run single in the 11th was the difference as the Chiefs won for the fifth time in 11 extra-inning games, 8-7. Matt Torra made his first start of the season, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Micah Owings drove in five of the first six Syracuse runs with a solo shot in the 2nd and a grand slam in the 5th. Columbus tied the game at 6-6 with a leadoff HR off Erik Davis in the 9th, his second blown save. Xavier Cedeno “earned” his first save despite giving up a solo HR in the 11th. Roster move: RHP Matt Torra activated from 7-Day DL.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 6
• Jordan 1+ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Holland (L, 0-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K,
• Herron 2⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 3RBI
• Leon 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Rendon 0-3, 2BB, K as DH

So much for getaway day. The ride home was shorter than the 5 hours and 49 minutes it took from first pitch to the last out as Erie took its second straight against Harrisburg, 8-6. Taylor Jordan went just an inning and walked a batter to start the second before a 149-minute rain delay ended his day. Harrisburg scored four in the third to take a 4-1 lead only to allow seven runs over the next five innings before scoring twice in the 9th. Neil Holland took the loss with four runs charged to him on two hits and two walks and a hit batsman in the space of just seven batters faced. Josh Johnson paced the Senators offense with a single, walk, and a triple and three RBI, as Harrisburg managed to score six times on just five hits thanks in no small part to ten walks issued by the Seawolves.

Frederick 7 Potomac 4
• Cole (L, 1-2) 5+ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Bates 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nieto 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2B

A four-run 6th for Frederick turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead, as the Keys split the rain-shortened series with a 7-4 win. Starter A.J. Cole failed to go six innings for the third straight start, putting the first three runners on in the sixth via a walk and back-to-back doubles. The 21-y.o. would be charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five in his second loss. Adrian Nieto paced the offense with a pair of doubles as the P-Nats piled up 11 hits to the Keys’ nine, but twice ran into outs on the basepaths to kill rallies.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 0
• Pineyro (W, 4-2) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Benincasa 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• B. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the Suns debunked the Legends, 7-0. Ivan Pineyro tossed a season-best seven innings, with no walks, six strikeout and just three hits allowed to win his fourth contest. Cody Davis and Robert Benincasa each allowed a baserunner while laying the last two goose eggs on the scoreboard. Tony Renda led the attack with a 3-for-5 night, followed closely by Brandon Miller and Will Piwinica-Worms, who each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Roster move: LHP Kylin Turnbull reassigned to XST; RHP Jason Smith reassigned from XST.

May 232013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Torra (1st start of ’13) vs.
House (1-2, 5.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 @ Erie,
11:05 a.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Lobstein (5-2, 3.14)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Cole (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Berry (2-2, 3.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (3-2, 3.96) vs.
Stumpf (3-1, 1.49)

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
The Chiefs’ eight-game Ohio swing continues with a four-game weekend set in Columbus. After a 3-1 series win in Toledo, Syracuse is 13-9 on the road and has climbed out of the I.L. North cellar, a ½ game ahead of the Rochester Red Wings.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Karns 6IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 9K, 2HR
• Broadway 1⅓ 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Barrett (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Head 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, OF assist at HP
• Nicol 1-3, R, HR, 4RBI, SF

In a game that saw six lead changes, it was the last that hurt the most as a two-out single drove in the tying run and an error let in the winning run as the Seawolves stopped the Senators, 7-6. Starter Nathan Karns suffered his first multi-HR game as a pro, surrendering two solo shots and five runs total on eight hits and a walk while striking out nine. Sean Nicol drove in four, three with a HR in the 4th and fourth with a sacrifice fly in the 9th. Jerad Head and Ricky Hague also went deep. Aaron Barrett put on the first two batters he faced but then got two flyball outs before giving up a second hit for the single-and-error that halted the Harrisburg win streak at five. Roster moves: LHP Bill Bray was placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for RHP Rob Gilliam, who was promoted from Potomac.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
Apparently, just the threat of rain can cause a delay as the P-Nats and Keys waited more than an hour before any rain actually fell at which point the game was called due to the “threat of increasingly torrential thunderstorms.” The game is scheduled to be made up on June 14th, when two teams next meet in Frederick and will turn a four-game set into a five-game series (and quite possibly six, given today’s forecast).

Greensboro 6 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 2-2) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Henke 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Severino 1-3, 2B, BB

The good news is that none of the five runs Kylin Turnbull gave up were earned. The bad news is that they still count on the scoreboard, which ended with Greensboro on top of Hagerstown, 6-2. Turnbull gave up five hits and one walk, struck out one, but gave up no homers for the first time in five starts for the Suns. “Help Me” Wander Ramos singled twice, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole a base to pace the Hagertown offense, which was held to seven hits and four walks and mustered just one hit in 12 chances with runners in scoring position.

May 222013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-5 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 (6½ inn.) @ Erie,
11:05 a.m.
Karns (4-2, 4.38) vs.
Larez (5-1, 3.40)
Potomac Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Berry (2-2, 3.50)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Greensboro,
10:35 a.m.
Turnbull (2-1, 6.50) vs.
Del Orbe (0-3, 6.37)

Syracuse 7 Toledo 5
• Tatusko (ND) 5⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 9K
• Accardo (BS, 1; W, 1-0)1 ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K, HR, 1-1 IR-S
• Davis (SV, 6) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jeroloman 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Rivero 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Brown 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Ryan Tatusko pitched brilliantly in a last-minute spot start while the Chiefs rallied for six runs in the final two innings to take the game, 7-5 and the series 3-1. The 28-year-old Hoosier pitched into the 6th and let up just three hits and a walk while striking out a season-high of nine. He left with a runner on and one out but got the no-decision. Corey Brown’s two-out, two-run shot in the 8th capped the first of two three-run rallies in the final two frames as the Chiefs scored seven times on just eight hits. Erik Davis staved off a final Toledo charge in the bottom of the 9th for his sixth save of the season.

Harrisburg 8 Erie 2 (6½ inn.)
• Clay (W, 4-2) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Head 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Bloxom 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Hood 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Harrisburg went deep three times in an 8-2 pummeling of Erie for the Senators’ fifth straight win. Josh Johnson, Jeff Howell, and Destin Hood each went solo but the “band” filled the scorebook with 15 hits, led by Jerad Head’s single and two doubles. Caleb Clay rebounded from a run of three bad outings with six strong innings, giving up both Seawolves runs on five hits and no walks for his fourth win. Ricky Hague’s hot stretch continued with another multihit game, his seventh in a row and eighth straight games with a hit overall — a 16-for-29 streak that’s raised his batting average from .220 to .286.

Potomac 6 Frederick 5
• Solis 2IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, BB, K, WP
• Fischer 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Soriano 1-2, R, 2BB, HBP
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Sammy Solis gave up a pair of unearned runs in his first regular-season appearance since TJ surgery last March as the P-Nats outlasted the Keys, 6-5 in 10 innings. Solis threw 47 pitches while facing 11 batters over two-plus innings, giving up three hits and a walk. Frederick chipped away at the P-Nats ‘pen, erasing deficits of 4-1 and 5-4 with single runs in the 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 9th innings to force extras. Francisco Soriano reached base four times with a single, two walks, and a beanball that knocked him from the game. Another walk and another HBP loaded the bases for Potomac with no outs with the winning run scoring on a double-play ball. Derek Self got the dreaded blown-save-win while Richie Mirowski tossed a 1-2-3 tenth for his third save.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 4
• Pena 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Harper (W, 3-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Pleffner 3-5, 2-2B
• Manuel 2-3, BB

Hagerstown rallied for three in the bottom of the 9th with a squeeze play with one out sealing the deal for a 5-4 win. It was the Suns’ 13th win out of 17 games in May. Craig Manuel walked to get things going. Stephen Perez singled and stole second to put the tying runs on for Khayyan Norfork, who delivered a two-run single to tie it and took second on the throw to the plate. Shawn Pleffner’s third hit of the contest, an infield hit up the middle, pushed Norfork to third. “Help Me” Wander Ramos squared on the first pitch and caught the Grasshoppers napping as the righthanded batter pushed one up the first base line far enough for Norfork to scamper home. Bryan Harper got the win in relief with two scoreless innings.

May 212013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Toledo,
10:30 a.m
TBD vs.
Hankins (1-2, 2.84)
Harrisburg Won, 10-7 @ Erie,
6:35 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 5.14) vs.
Crouse (3-2, 4.19)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Solis (1st start of ’13) vs.
Hagerstown Won, 12-3 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (2-2, 3.26) vs.
Lyman (1-3, 6.00)

Syracuse 4 Toledo 3 (10 inn.)
• Young 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Cedeno (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Marrero 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SF, E(6)
• Costanzo 2-4, R, 2-2B

Jeff Kobernus drew a leadoff walk and stole 2nd and 3rd to set up a Chris Marrero sac fly as the Chiefs took the Monday matinee from the Mud Hens, 4-3 in 10 innings. Chris Young pitched well enough to not lose, giving up all three Toledo runs on six hits and two walks while tying his season-high of strikeouts with four. It was also his third start (out of six) without issuing a home run. Xavier Cedeno got the win, combining with Tanner Roark for five scoreless and hitless innings of relief with four walks and five strikeouts. Roster moves: RHP Yunesky Maya, LHP Fernando Abad recalled to Washington; OF Eury Perez optioned to Syracuse

Harrisburg 10 Erie 7
• Demny 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Herron (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Krol (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 4-5, 2R, 2B
• Hague 2-4, R, HR, 3BI, BB (7-game hit streak)
• Goodwin 2-6, 2R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 5-2 with a pair of four-run rallies to take their fourth straight game, 10-7 over Erie. Paul Demny got the no-decision with four runs allowed on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. No word on whether he failed to breathe through his eyelids. Tyler Herron got the win in relief while Ian Krol locked it down with two scoreless for his first pro save. Jimmy Van Ostrand led the hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, while Ricky Hague remains red-hot with another multihit game (six straight) at 2-for-4 and a seven-game hit streak overall.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Byron Kerr has confirmed whispers heard that LHP Sammy Solis will start for Potomac tonight in Frederick. Corresponding roster moves have not yet been announced.

Hagerstown 12 Greensboro 3
• Anderson (W, 4-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Henke ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 1K
• Manuel 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Renda 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, 2R, BB

Craig Manuel’s three-run shot capped off a six-run first as the Suns scorched the Grasshoppers, 12-3. Manuel drove in five total and doubled as part of his 2-for-4 night. The offense was more than enough for starter Derek Anderson, who tossed six scoreless innings and gave up just two hits and two walks to win his fourth game of the year. Tony Renda singled twice, walked twice, and scored twice as Hagerstown took advantage of seven Greensboro walks and two errors to score 12 times on just 10 hits. Roster moves: IF Mike McQuillan placed on the 7-Day DL; C Thor Meeks assigned from XST, placed on 7-Day DL

May 202013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 @ Toledo,
10:30 a.m.
Young (1-2, 7.96) vs.
Hill (0-4, 4.97)
Harrisburg Won, 11-3 @ Erie,
6:35 p.m.
Demny (3-4, 4.19) vs.
Saupold (3-1, 2.03)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (3-1, 2.43) vs.
Hope (2-2, 5.63)

Toledo 4 Syracuse 3
• Ohlendorf (L, 3-5) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Accardo 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Owings 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Costanzo 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Toledo took Syracuse starter Ross Ohlendorf deep twice as the edged the Chiefs, 4-3. Ohlendorf gave up nine hits total and all four Mud Hens runs as he walked one and struck out three. Syracuse posted a picket fence in the 5th through 7th innings but couldn’t get the equalizer as Toledo’s relievers retired the last eight batters following Mike Costanzo’s solo HR in the 7th. Micah Owings singled and doubled as the sole Chief to reach base twice.

Harrisburg 11 Reading 3
• Treinen (W, 4-4) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Swynenberg 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Head 3-6, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Rendon 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI, SF, BB, 2E
• Hague 2-5, 2B, RBI

A pair of four-run rallies helped Harrisburg build a 10-0 lead as they swept their first series with an 11-3 pummeling of Reading. Blake Treinen evened his won-loss record at 4-4 with six innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out five. Jerad Head homered while going 3-for-6 and drove in three to lead the Sens offense, while Ricky Hague went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI for his fifth straight multihit game and sixth consecutive game with a hit overall.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 3 (10 inn.)
• Gilliam (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Dupra 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 4-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 1-1, 2B, 3BB

The Dash scored in each of the first five innings en route to a 7-3 win and a sweep of the P-Nats. It was the 13th straight loss for Potomac at BB&T dating back to the 2012 season. Rob Gilliam was battered for five runs on seven hits and three walks with a solo home run surrendered and two strikeouts. Caleb Ramsey homered and singled three times to pace the Potomac offense, which was held to seven hits and four walks (three by Cutter Dykstra).

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
For the eighth time this season rain has postponed or cancelled a Suns game, the latest being yesterday’s series finale vs. Kannapolis. It will be made up next month when the Intimidators visit on June 4-6.

May 192013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 @ Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (3-4, 4.96) vs.
J. Alvarez (3-2, 1.69)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Reading,
1:35 p.m.
Treinen (3-4, 5.04) vs.
Wright (0-1, 9.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
@ Winston-Salem,
2:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Jaye (1-0, 3.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-0 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Anderson (3-1, 2.43) vs.
Olacio (1-5, 6.75)

Syracuse 6 Toledo 4
• Rosenbaum 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 5BB, 6K
• Davis (SV, 5) 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Owings 2-5, 2-2B
• Rahl 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

The Chiefs batters roasted the Mud Hens pitchers for 15 hits as they scored five runs early and held off a late Toledo charge for a 6-4 win. Danny Rosenbaum rebounded again from a poor outing with seven innings of one-run ball, though he did walk five and allow five hits with six strikeouts. Jeff Kobernus singled and doubled twice to lead the offensive outburst. Erik Davis loaded the bases in the 9th with two singles and a walk but induced a popup to end it and earn his fifth save.
Roster move: RHP Jeremy Accardo activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Reading 4
• Jordan (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Herron ⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Barrett (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hague 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Rendon 2-4, R, 3B, HR, BB, 3RBI

Taylor Jordan threw six scoreless innings with just one hit and one walk allowed while setting down nine on strikes for his first AA win, as Harrisburg held off a late surge from Reading for a 6-4 win. Ricky Hague and Anthony Rendon both homered and drove in three runs to power the Senators attack. Tyler Herron’s return to AA after a four-year absence was one to forget with three runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Aaron Barrett locked it down 1-2-3 in the 9th for his seventh save.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 3 (10 inn.)
• Ray 6⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 9K
• Grace (BS, 4) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Mirowski (L, 3-3) ⅔ 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Nieto 3-4, 2R
• Difo 2-4, BB, RBI, CS

Robbie Ray flirted with a no-hitter into the 7th, but couldn’t finish the inning. For the second night in a row, the Potomac ‘pen blew the lead, allowing Winston-Salem to tie it in the 9th and win it in the 10th. Ray struck out nine and walked three and finished with six and 1/3rd innings pitched, with two runs charged on two hits. Adrian Nieto and Wilmer Difo combined for five hits; Justin Miller had the sixth and the only extra-base knock. Roster move: UT Francisco Soriano reassigned from Syracuse.

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 0
• Encarnacion (L, 3-3) 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Rauh 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Norfork 1-3, 2B, BB
• Ramos 1-3, BB

Kannapolis scored in each of the first four innings while three pitchers combined to shut out Hagerstown, 4-0. The Intimidators moundsmen issued seven walks, but with just four hits, the Suns couldn’t cash any of them in. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk with just one strikeout. Khayyan Norfork and “Help Me” Wander Ramos both went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Hagerstown offense stranded nine and went 0-for-8 with RISP.

May 182013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (3-2, 3.35) vs.
R. Garcia (1-3, 4.30)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Buchanan (1-4, 5.87)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-2, 2.36) vs.
Blough (2-4, 5.82)
Hagerstown Won, 9-7 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-2, 1.62) vs.
Cose (2-3, 1.77)

Columbus 6 Syracuse 3
• Perry (L, 1-4) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 6R, 4ER, 5BB, 3K, 0HR
• Mandel 4⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Rahl 2-4, R
• Marrero 3-4, RBI
• Walters 0-4, 3E (10,11,12)

The Clippers piled on six runs early and, um, sailed to a 6-3 victory over the Chiefs for a three-game sweep. Ryan Perry walked five (a season high) in just two and a 1/3rd innings (a season low) to lose for the fourth time in eight starts. He was charged with all six runs on two hits. Jeff Mandel and Tanner Roark combined for six and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief, but Syracuse rallied just once after the first — two runs in the 8th — as they outhit Columbus 9-6. Chris Marrero led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, driving in the first Chiefs run. Roster moves: C Brian Jeroloman traded from Washington to Pittsburgh, assigned to Syracuse Chiefs; C Sam Palace shuffled back onto the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 7 Reading 4
• Karns (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K
• Krol (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R
• Hague 2-3, 2R
• Head 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI (PH)

A five-run 4th took the fight out of the Phils as the Senators took the series opener, 7-4. Nathan Karns rebounded from his worst outing of the year with a quality start, allowing three runs on seven hits, no walks, and striking out six. Brian Goodwin’s three-run double highlighted Harrisburg’s big inning while Jerad Head’s pinch-hit two-run home run in the 9th doubled the lead from two runs to four. Jimmy Van Ostrand and Ricky Hague both singled twice to pace the 11-hit attack.
Roster move: RHP Tyler Herron promoted from Potomac; RHP Pat Lehman shelved on the 7-Day DL.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 4
• Schwartz 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Self (BS, 3; L, 2-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, 2R, SB
• Sanchez 2-4, R, SB
• 2-for-17 with RISP, 9 LOB

Winston-Salem struck for three runs in the bottom of the 8th to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead and stranded Michael Taylor’s one-out double in the 9th for the win. Blake Schwartz allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes for his third quality start. Derek Self took the loss and was charged with his third blown save as put on the the first three batters he faced (double, single, HBP). Caleb Ramsey paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night.
Roster move: OF Billy Burns placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 9 Kannapolis 7
• Pineyro (W, 3-2) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 8) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Renda 3-5, 2R, 2-2B
• B. Miller 3-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown racked up nine runs in the first five innings lead and held off a late Kannapolis charge over the last four frames for a 9-7 win. Brandon Miller and Khayyan Norfork both went deep and drove in three runs while Tony Renda singled and doubled twice as the Suns filled the scorebook with 13 hits. Ivan Pineyro got the win with four runs given up over six and 2/3rds on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Robert Benincasa came on with two on and no outs and let in one but got the three outs for his eighth save, tied for second-best in the Sally League.

May 172013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2
(11 inn.)
vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (1-3, 7.15) vs.
D. Salazar (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (3-2, 4.36) vs.
Smith (1-1, 4.50)
Potomac Won, 7-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (3-1, 0.82) vs.
Buch (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 10-7 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (2-2, 3.64) vs.
Hansen (0-0, 6.75)

Columbus 4 Syracuse 2 (11 inn.)
• Maya 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Davis 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rahl 2-5
• Marrero 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Syracuse was held to just six hits over 11 innings as good pitching went to waste in a 4-2 defeat by Columbus. Yunesky Maya pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just five hits and two walks while setting down five on strikes. Fernando Abad and Erik Davis combined for three scoreless, but Mike Crotta couldn’t lay the fourth goose egg, giving up three in the top of the 11th. Chris Marrero homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th for the final Chiefs hit, with Chris Rahl the only Syracuse batter to notch multiple hits. C Jhonatan Solano recalled to Washington; C Sam Palace activated from 7-Day DL; OF Corey Brown activated from 7-Day DL; LHP J.C. Romero placed on 7-Day DL; IF Brian Bocock assigned from Harrisburg

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
The Senators embark on a seven-game jaunt through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, beginning with a weekend set against the Reading Fightin Phils and followed by a four-game series against the Erie Seawolves. Roster moves: C Jeff Howell assigned from Syracuse; RHP Tyler Herron promoted from Potomac

Potomac 7 Wilmington 4
• Hill (W, 4-1) 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Mirowski (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, CS
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, E

The P-Nats closed out a 5-2 homestand with a 7-4 win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 7
• Turnbull 4IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, 2E as fielder
• Lee (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• B. Miller 1-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• S. Perez 2-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

After falling behind 4-1, Hagerstown put the Kannapolis ‘pen into the wall with a four-run 7th and a five-run 8th and held off a late charge for a 10-7 win. Kylin Turnbull gave up his sixth HR in four starts for the Suns and allowed seven hits total with four runs (two earned) a walk, and three K’s charged to him in the no-decision. Nick Lee got the win in his 2013 debut with two and 1/3rd scoreless innings pitched. Wes Schill was the beer man as the only Sun not to march in the 10-hit parade, which included Brandon Miller’s team-leading eighth home run.

May 162013

After scoring just three runs in the previous 20 innings, the Potomac Nationals tripled that output in one game in a wild 9-6 win over Wilmington.

The offensive resurgence featured 12 hits, including three doubles, a triple, and a Justin Miller home run that bounced halfway up the LF light tower that served as an double exclamation point (a two-run shot, natch) as the P-Nats scored the last seven runs without an answer from the Blue Rocks.

The highlight of the night was the 7th inning, in which Potomac rallied from four down to score five. It began with a whimper, not a bang, as Randolph Oduber took one off the left ankle and had to leave the game in favor of Wilmer Difo. Michael Taylor followed with a rocket to right-center that easily pushed Difo to third.

A wild pitch pushed across Difo and moved up Taylor, but a shallow flyout by Miller and a strikeout by Cutter Dykstra left it up to cleanup man Jason Martinson. The two-time Carolina League Player of the Week delivered Taylor with double to dead center, the second in as many nights, for the fourth Potomac run.

Kevin Keyes continued his walking ways with his seventh BB of the homestand while Caleb Ramsey delivered the fifth P-Nat run with a single to left. Adrian Sanchez capped off the rally with two-run triple to right-center, reminiscent of Taylor’s shot six batters earlier.

Unfortunately, the comeback was made necessary by another uneven outing by A.J. Cole. The 21-year-old was torched for six runs on six hits and two walks and just three strikeouts. The latter matters because it’s his go-to when the going gets rough, and the escape route wasn’t there last night.

That’s because Cole couldn’t get his breaking stuff over enough to keep hitters honest. Too much gets made about velocity nowadays and it cannot be repeated too often: Even in single-A, a batter can hit a 95 m.p.h. fastball when he knows it’s coming.

Hence, a pair of two-run home runs that accounted for four of the six runs Wilmington hung on his pitching line, one preceded by a double, the other by a walk. He would be lifted with no outs in the sixth.

Tyler Herron came to relieve Cole and promptly loaded the bases with a walk and two singles. He cleaned up his own mess with help from Dykstra on a tapper to third for a force at home, then two strikeouts.

Greg Holt would get the win for his two innings and also a little help from the 23-y.o. third baseman as he raced across the diamond to corral a slow roller and gun down the Blue Rocks leadoff man to end the 8th inning, helping Holt strand two runners in scoring position.

Derek Self tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

With the win, Potomac returns to second place, a game behind Lynchburg in the Carolina League North. Jayson Werth, who went 1-for-2 with a sharp single to center and threw out a runner at the plate as part of a 9-2 double play to end the 2nd, is expected to rehab for a second night.

The rubber match of the series will feature a matchup of “northpaws,” with Taylor Hill (3-1, 2.21) going for Potomac and Kyle Zimmer (0-2, 4.09) pitching for Wilmington.