Jul 312014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Hill (9-5, 2.62) vs.
Escobar (3-8, 5.11 @ PCL)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 (13 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (2-1, 5.68) vs.
Colon (8-6, 2.82)
Potomac Lost, 10-6 (16 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Charleston,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (6-2, 2.34) vs.
Herbert (1-2, 3.05)
Auburn Lost, 9-4 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
A. Williams (0-2, 6.89) vs.
Acosta (3-2, 2.14)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0;
Won, 7-4
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-0 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-2, 2.95) vs.
Fernandez (0-3, 7.63)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Cole 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Mattheus (L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI, SB
• Moore 1-3, 2BB

Syracuse and the Paw-Sox decided to put up a box score of binary code filled with “1’s” and “0”s last night in Pawtucket. Back-to-back doubles by former Washington Nationals Eury Perez and Steven “FREE ME” Souza scored a 1st-inning run for the Chiefs before Mookie “Not Bill Buckner’s Nemesis” Betts immediately erased A.J. Cole’s lead with a leadoff homer in the home half. Garin Cecchini added to the Paw-Sox Power Punishment of Syracuse with a one-out dinger of his own. Jhonatan “The Green Onion” Solano’s double play scored a run, but effectively killed a rally in the following top of the 3rd. While Danny Stange and Manny Delcarmen effectively kept the score tied at 2-2, former Washington National Ryan “Firework” Mattheus took the loss by allowing two singles through the infield and a sacrifice fly for the loss that shaved the Syracuse lead to one in the I.L. North.
Roster moves: OF Destin Hood placed on the 7-Day DL retroactive to July 24, C Jeff Howell activated from the 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3 (13 inn.)
• Simms 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Herron 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Holland (W, 6-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 4-7, R, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Martinson 2-6, RBI
• Tejeda 2-6, R
• Skole 0-3, R, 4BB

In a shocking development, the Harrisburg offense woke up in a 6-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Harrisburg, not Richmond, flew out to an early 1-0 lead with a 1st-inning homer from Drew Vettleson. Mr. Vettleson, like the rest of the Harrisburg Senators, then proceeded to take the next 11½ innings off at the plate. Meanwhile, Richmond tied up the game at 1-1 off of starter John Simms when Matt “I’m a Toughy” Duffy doubled, Jarrett “Squirrelyman” Parker singled and Devin “Better at Basketball” Harris hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 6th. Harrisburg exploded for five runs in the 13th with a sacrifice fly by Jason Martinson following a leadoff walk, a hit by pitch, and a Fundamental Baseball Sacrifice Bunt to advance the runners. Quincy “The Dude” Latimore ended a 406-game drought for Harrisburg with a two-out grand slam. Harrisburg would need those insurance runs because Richmond fought back and scored two runs off of Robert “Happy House” Benincasa before ultimately falling 6-3.

Myrtle Beach 10 Potomac 6 (16 inn.)
• Encarnacion 4⅔ IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Henke 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 2WP
• Norfork (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, HR(GS)
• Oduber 4-7, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Ballou 2-7, R, HR, 2RBI
• Wooten 2-6, RBI

Isaac Ballou homered with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to force extras, where the Pelicans ‘pen shut down the P-Nats for seven innings to secure a 10-6 win and the three-game sweep. Khayyan Norfork, who pitched scoreless 15th, took the loss in the 16th on a grand slam following an intentional walk to set up a possible double (or triple) play. Randolph Oduber once again threatened to cycle but missed the longball to “only” go 4-for-7 to lead the 13-hit parade for Potomac.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown begins a brutal 14-road-games-in-18-days stretch with four against Charleston as they cling to a ½ game lead in the Sally North with 33 days left in the regular season.
Roster moves: LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Wander Suero activated from the 7-Day DL.

Brooklyn 9 Auburn 4
• Bourque (L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 3ER, 2BB, K, BK, HBP, WP
• Swynenberg 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, BB
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A seven-run 2nd put this one away early for the Cyclones as they blew away the Doubledays, 9-4. James Bourque took the brunt of the beating with seven runs (three earned) allowed on five hits and two walks over just an inning and 2/3rds. Matt Swynenberg came out of retirement for two shutout frames with two hits, no walks, and two whiffs. Cutter Dykstra and Raudy Read both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Auburn nine totaled eight hits and five walks on offense.
Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg assigned from Washington.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME ONE
• Rivero 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Poveda (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, K
• Rosario 1-2, 2B
• Guzman 1-3

In the opener, the G-Marlins broke open a 1-0 game with a four-run 4th as they shut out the G-Nats, 5-0. Felipe Rivero tossed two scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed while striking out two. Omar Poveda took the loss with four charged on three hits and three walks. Dionicio Rosario connected for the sole extra-base hit as the G-Nats were limited to just three hits total.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 4 — GAME TWO
• K. Simmons 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2WP
• Je. Ramirez (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Reetz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Corredor 1-2, R, BB

In the second game, the G-Nats returned the favor with a five-run 4th to break a 2-2 deadlock as they held on for a 7-4 win to split the doubleheader. Kyle Simmons got the start and let in one run on three hits and two walks over three and a 1/3rd. The win went to Jean Ramirez with an identical line but in one inning fewer. Kelvin Gutierrez and Jakson Reetz combined for five hits, two runs, three doubles, and three RBI to lead the G-Nats offense.
Roster moves: RHP Omar Poveda assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab; RHP Domenick Mancini reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cardinals 0
• Baez (W, 4-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Vargas (SV, 2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Vilorio 2-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• Pimentel 2-5, R, RBI
• Franco 2-5, R

Two D-Nat pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the D-Nats shut out the D-Cards, 5-0. Joan Baez struck out a season high of nine while walking just one over the first six innings. Miguel Vargas was perfect over the final three to earn his second save. Luis Vilorio reached base three times and drove in two while Davinson Pimentel and Anderson Franco both went 2-for-5 as the D-Nats pounded out 11 hits for the game.

Jul 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (3-0, 2.64) vs.
Workman (6-1, 4.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Simms (2-3, 3.78) vs.
Stratton (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 8-6 vs. Myrtle Beach,
12:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (2-3, 5.33) vs.
Bores (0-3, 3.04)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 3-2
@ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (1-2, 2.21) vs.
Reyes (2-1, 1.88)
GCL Nationals Postponed @/vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 21-10 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (3-1, 1.29) vs.
Alcantara (1-5, 2.68)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
With an extra day’s rest, the Chiefs begin a three-game series against the second-place PawSox in an unusual position: They’re in first place and do not *need* to sweep… or avoid being swept.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 2
• Voth (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Kroenke 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Latimore 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 1-4, 2B

Austin Voth pounded the strike zone in his Eastern League debut, but two Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded him back to turn what could have been a great outing into a merely serviceable one. In the 2nd, Richmond’s cleanup hitter, Jarrett Parker, hit a leadoff homer to right. In the 4th, Voth’s own wildness sparked a Richmond rally. After a leadoff single and a fielder’s choice, Voth threw a wild pitch and then walked Parker later in the at bat. After a pop up, it looked he would wiggle out of trouble, but Angel Villalona’s two-out double plated both baserunners and left Voth on the hook for the loss. Harrisburg’s offense remained feeble but did manage to decorate the scoreboard with two 8th-inning runs on Quincy Latimore’s homer as part of a three-hit effort.

Myrtle Beach 8 Potomac 6
• Spann (L, 7-5) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HBP
• Mirowski 3IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Miller 2-5, R
• Martinez 1-3, R, BB, RBI, OF assist at HP

The Pelicans clinched the season series with an 8-6 decision for their 11th win in 19 games versus the P-Nats. Starter Matt Spann took the loss as the rats-with-wings swooped on him for five runs on nine hits over six innings to hand him his fifth loss. An error led to three unearned runs in the top of the 7th to push the Myrtle Beach lead to 8-2. Potomac answered in the bottom of the 8th with three runs on five straight hits but had no more in the tank in the 9th as they could only muster a one-out walk by Randolph Oduber, who led the Potomac offense with a 2-for-4 night.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 4
• Pivetta (W, 12-6) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR, 2WP
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• W. Rodriguez 3-4, R, 2-2B
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB
• C. Lopez 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Hagerstown broke out for three in the bottom of the 6th and added one in the 7th for an 8-4 win over Greenville. Nick Pivetta got the benefit of the offense as he let in all four Drive runs on ten hits, including a solo HR in the 4th. He walked one and struck out seven while earning his 12th save. Jake Johansen turned in his first scoreless outing in 20 appearances with two shutout frames to close out the game. Eight of nine batters reached base as the Suns scorched the opposing hurlers for 13 hits and 10 extra-base hits, with James Yezzo and Wilman Rodriguez both doubling twice.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 2 — GAME ONE
• A. Martinez 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (BA, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Gunter 1-1, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2-2B

Manny Rodriguez’s return to the NYPL after missing the past two seasons with multiple elbow surgeries* was untriumphant as the Jammers edged the Doubledays, 3-2. The 25-y.o. Cuban was lit up for all three Jamestown runs on four hits and a walk over the 6th and 7th innings. Starter Andres Martinez was also back in town after five appearances in the GCL and turned in five shutout innings, with one and three hits given up and four strikeouts. Cody Gunter led off the 5th with a solo HR while rehabbing Cutter Dykstra doubled two batters and scored on fielding error to account for the two Auburn runs as the Doubledays were held to just five hits total.
* Two TJ’s, which I guess makes him a Double National?

Auburn vs. Jamestown — GAME TWO
• Ott (L, 1-2) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• Ramos 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Abreu 2-3, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2B, RBI

Jamestown struck for three in the 4th and held off Auburn for another 3-2 win to sweep the doubleheader and take the series, 2-1. Travis Ott was juiced for all three Jammer runs on three hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings. The Doubledays ‘pen held them scoreless the rest of the way but the offense was unable to push across the tying runs, held to to seven hits with Osvaldo Abreu, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Clay Williamson each going 2-for-3.
Roster move: RHP Anderson Martinez reassigned from GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s contest. They’ll try to make it up today with a doubleheader.

DSL Nationals 21 DSL Mariners 10
• Bermudez (W, 3-4) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Y. Ramirez (SV, 1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Je. Baez 4-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Peguero 3-4, 3R, HR, 5RBI, 2BB
• Mota 3-6, 3R, 2RBI

The D-Nats got a field goal and went for two in the 4th quart, er inning as they rode the 11-run outburst to a 21-10 win over the D-Mariners. Francys Peguero homered and drove in five while Jeyner Baez went 4-for-5 with everything but the big fly to lead the 16-hit assault. Juan Bermudez let up four unearned runs over five innings to earn his third win. Yonathan Ramirez stranded one of two runners, gave up three runs on five hits over three innings for the rulebook save.

Jul 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Canceled OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (AA Debut) vs.
A. Mejia (5-6, 5.52)
Potomac Lost, 11-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (7-4, 4.42) vs.
Parra (7-6, 5.27)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-6, 3.90) vs.
Smith (3-7, 6.46)
Auburn Postponed vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.27) and
Ott (1-1, 2.27) vs.
Eppler (0-2, 4.08) and
McRae (1-2, 3.57)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-4 (10 inn.) vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 12-9 vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (2-4, 1.82) vs.
Manzueta (2-1, 2.19)


Syracuse vs. Gwinnett — CNCLD (Rain)
Rain washed out the series finale between the G-Braves and the Chiefs. Since the two teams don’t meet again in the regular season, the game will not be made up.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bates 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Leonida 1-3, R, BB
• Sanchez 1-4

A feeble Harrisburg offense fielded a lineup of hitters whose highest batting average is now Caleb Ramsey’s .259 (Michael Taylor is out with a wrist injury). Not surprisingly, offense was a problem in a 2-1 loss to powerhouse Richmond, a team that will make a run at the Eastern League crown and presently has a 65-44 record. A committee of four Flying Squirrels yielded only one unearned run in the 2nd that gave Harrisburg a short-lived 1-0 lead. Brian Dupra took his fifth loss despite pitching well enough to win. The first “earned” run was aided by a throwing error by Cole Leonida when Squirrely Squirrel Kelby Tomlinson not only stole second but also advanced to third on the error. A single, a walk, and a single resulted in the second, decisive in the 5th inning run in a tidy 2-1 loss.
Roster moves: IFs Ricky Hague, Jose Lozada placed on the 7-Day DL; C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 2
• Bacus (L, 3-6) 3⅓ IP, 14H, 10R, 10ER, 2BB, K, 0HR
• Rauh 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2BB
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Myrtle Beach connected for six runs on six straight two-out hits in the 2nd and, like their moniker, dropped a couple more deuces in the 3rd and 4th innings en route to an 11-2 win over Potomac. Dakota Bacuse was eviscerated for ten runs on 14 hits and two walks over just three and a 1/3rd innings. Brian Rauh, who suffered a similar fate last Friday, came on in relief and saved the bullpen for a cause less lost with four and 2/3rds innings of one-run relief, which came via the only HR of the 16 hits the Pelicans pounded out. Shawn Pleffner singled twice and walked twice to lead the Potomac response of just eight hits.

Hagerstown 4 Greenville 0
• Lopez (W, 1-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Napoli (SV, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Middleton 2-3, BB
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez returned to Low-A with a vengeance, tossing six scoreless innings as Hagerstown blanked Greenville, 4-0. Lopez struck out a season-high of nine will letting up two hits and walking two. David Napoli set down all nine batters he faced to close out the game for his third Low-A save and fourth overall. James Yezzo doubled and homered and scored two runs to lead the Suns offense, which saw the bottom third account for five of its seven hits and three of the four RBI.
Roster move: LHP David Napoli reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn vs. Jamestown — PPD
The storms that sent Syracuse and Gwinnett packing also gave Auburn and Jamestown the night off. They’ll make it up with a pair of seven-inning games tonight at Falcon Park.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Marlins 4 (10 inn.)
• W. Davis 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Feliz (W, 3-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Ortiz 2-2, R, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Tillero 2-5, RBI, SB

The G-Nats took advantage of an error, a misplay, and a wild pitch to score thrice in the 10th for 7-4 win over the G-Marlins. Weston Davis got the start but was roughed up for two runs on four hits over three innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Five different batters had multiple hits as the G-Nats pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon, with Kelvin Gutierrez leading the total base column with a single and a double while drawing a walk. John Feliz got the win in relief with three scoreless innings, with one hit and one walk allowed and four set down on strikes.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Mariners 9
• Fuentes 4IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rosario (W, 1-2) 2IP, 3H, 4R, ER, BB, K
• Charlis (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Agustin 2-2, 3R, 3B, 2RBI, 2BB, 2SB
• Mota 2-4, 3R, HR, 3RBI, BB, 2SB
• Vilorio 2-4, 2R, BB, SB

The D-Nats scored in eight of nine innings while outslugging the D-Mariners for a 12-9 victory. Led by Telmito Agustin with two hits, two walks, and two stolen bases, the D-Nats totaled 13, nine, and six in each of those categories. Starter Steven Fuentes went the first four innings, but was dinged for three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The win went to Ramses Rosario while Fiyeral Charlis struck out the side in the 9th for the save.

Jul 282014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The moves first heard here in the comments are now being officially confirmed as 1B-3B John Wooten has been promoted from Low-A Hagerstown to Potomac and IF Oscar Tejeda has been promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg.

Wooten has been on a tear since returning to the Suns lineup earlier this month after taking a pitch to the face in mid-June, hanging a .413/.423/.652 line with 2HRs and 15 RBI in 12 games. Overall, he’s hitting .309 with eight HR and 54 RBI in 72 games for Hagerstown. The 23-y.o. was acquired last November from Oakland in a trade for Fernando Abad.

Tejeda, who was named the Carolina League’s Batter of the Week earlier today, returns to AA where he’s spent the past three seasons as a former farmhand for Boston, who signed him as an IFA in 2006, and Pittsburgh, where he spent 2013 largely as a backup for AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis.

In a related move, OF Brandon Miller’s rehab stint with Auburn has been completed and he’ll be returning to the P-Nats. Miller had strained a hamstring in Frederick in mid-May and missed more than two months before returning to action in the GCL for six games, then spending a series with the Doubledays to play back into game shape.

Jul 282014
 

Lucas Giolito and Oscar Tejeda were named the Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week for the Sally and Carolina Leagues, respectively for the week of July 21-27.

Giolito was near-perfect on Friday night, giving up a leadoff single then retiring the next 18 batters in a row — including seven by way of the K — for six shutout innings and his second Pitcher of the Week award during the month of July. Since returning to action in early June after a three-week layoff in May, the 20-year-old has won four of nine starts and posted a 2.22 ERA over 44⅔ innings with 52 strikeouts, 11 walks, and four HR’s allowed.

Tejeda blasted home runs nos. 15 & 16 last night, including a towering shot off the Pftizner stadium scoreboard that gave the P-Nats a 6-5 walkoff win in 11 innings. The 24-y.o. batted .438 (14-for-32) with four doubles and eight RBI during the week and has been reportedly reassigned to Harrisburg, which wourld return him to the E.L. where he spent the 2011 and 2012 season with Portland and 2013 with Altoona.

Jul 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Gwinnett,
12:00 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 2.64) vs.
Texeira (1-3, 6.00)
Harrisburg Losing, 9-7 (12 inn.) @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-4, 5.88) vs.
Blackburn (3-5, 2.93)
Potomac Won, 6-5 (11 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (3-5, 3.58) vs.
James (1-1, 5.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-4 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 7.04) vs.
McGrath (4-4, 3.59)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.27) vs.
Eppler (0-2, 4.08)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.31) vs.
Zabala (1-3, 4.26)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Treinen (W, 7-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Martin (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burriss 4-5, 2B, 2RBI,
• Leon 2-4, 2R
• Souza 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI

Syracuse starter Blake Treinen played the role of stopper last night. His victory over the Gwinett Braves ended a three-game losing streak for the Chiefs with seven innings that showed he may yet contribute to the MLB club’s pennant race. Treinin only struck out one batter in a ruthlessly efficient outing in which he yielded only two runs in seven innings on a total of 76 pitches. A leadoff hit by pitch and sacrifice bunt by Gwinnett resulted in an eventual RBI single by Syrcause nemesis Jose “No Soy Jorge!” Constanza. Tyler Pastornicky’s double in the top of the 6th preceded a sacrifice fly by Brandon “Wish I Was Wade” Boggs that scored Elmer “Wish I Was Jose” Reyes, who had singled to start the inning. Syracuse’s offense supported Treinen with a “picket fence” of single runs in the second, third, and fourth highlighted by Steven “Phone” Souza’s 17th homer in the third, a solo shot. The offense generously scored just enough runs to allow Rafael “Not Tisha Campbell’s Husband” Martin to record his first save as a Syracuse Chief this season.
Roster move: LHP Zach Jackson released.

New Hampshire 9 Harrisburg 7 (12 inn.) — SUSP.
• Espino 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Herron 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Vettleson 2-3, R
• Skole 3-6, 3-2B, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-6, R, HR, RBI

Rain suspended this one with one out in the bottom of the 12th with New Hampshire leading, 9-7. Harrisburg couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 5-4, but rallied to tie in the 9th to send it into extras. Matt Skole doubled three times and drove in three while Kevin Keyes homered again. The two teams will complete this next month when the Senators make their final road trip up 95 to Manchester (not by the sea) and Portland.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino activated from 3-Day TIL, LHP Chris Manno released.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5 (11 inn.)
• Silvestre 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Walsh (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Tejeda 3-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Severino 3-5, R
• J. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Tejeda homered twice to secure Potomac’s 13th walkoff win Last Night In Woodbridge
Roster move: RHP Gilberto Mendez placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 4
• Mooneyham 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K, 3WP, HBP
• Ullmann (L, 3-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Yezzo 3-4, R
• Wooten 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, SF
• Dent 2-5, 2R, 2-3B, RBI

The Suns pitchers didn’t miss many bats as they gave up 13 hits and walked eight in an 8-4 loss to the Drive. Brett Mooneyham somehow managed to only give up two runs on five hits, five walks, a hit batsman, and three wild pitches and escaped the loss, which went to Ryan Ullmann. James Yezzo singled three times while Cody Dent tripled twice and scored twice to lead the Hagerstown hit parade.

Auburn 3 Jamestown 1
• Dickey 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sanchez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Read 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, RBI

Auburn would take advantage of multiple miscues in the 5th to score three times and outduel Jamestown, 3-1. Robbie Dickey rebounded for a poor outing with four scoreless innings on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts to his credit. The win went to Mario Sanchez, though he served up a solo shot in the 7th and three hits total over three innings with nary a walk or a whiff. Chase McDowell closed out the game with two perfect frames for the save. Raudy Read (double), Cody Gunter (single), and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz (sac fly) accounted for two of the three Doubleday hits and all three RBI.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez reassigned from the GCL to Auburn for minor-league rehab from Hagerstown; IF Cutter Dykstra assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
With one month to go, the G-Nats are tied with the G-Mets, four games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. After a 3-3 week, it’s three against the division (and league) cellar-dweller G-Marlins then three against the Mets, with home games on Tuesday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Like the G-Nats, the D-Nats are a shade over .500 with four weeks left but further back at 10 games off the pace for the division and six behind the Wild Card leader. Thanks to the reset afforded by the All-Star Break, it’s a trio of away-home games this week against the Mariners, Cardinals, and Orioles2.

Jul 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Gwinnett,
1:05 p.m.
Treinen (6-1, 3.16) vs.
Northcraft (0-4, 6.66)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0 vs. New Hampshire,
2:00 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.11) vs.
Copeland (6-7, 4.04)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1st A+ start of ’14) vs.
Baker (1-1, 4.66)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-0, 3.86) vs.
Garcia (0-1, 7.11)
Auburn Won, 7-1 vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
Dickey (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Minarik (1-3, 5.34)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-1 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A


Gwinnett 4 Syracuse 3 (10 inn.)
• Laffey 6IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Cedeno (BS, 3; L, 4-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• E. Perez 3-4, R
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB

Revenge was sweet for former Chief Atahualpa “Huapa-Time” Severino, and one-time P-Nats closer. Gwinnett jumped out to a 2-0 lead over starter Aaron Laffey in the 1st, but Laffey righted the ship and gave up nothing else during his six innings of work. A Steven Souza three-run clout in the 3rd that scored Emmanuel Burriss and Eury Perez looked like it would be enough. Sean Kazmar, apparently the Bravest Brave, stole home off Syracuse southpaw Xavier Cedeno after leading off with single, advancing to second on another single, and advancing to third on a ground out to by Jose “No Jorge” Constanza in the 9th. Cedeno later gave up the losing run in the 10th on a Christian Behthancourt solo homer to left. Left-Handed One Out Guy (LOOGY) Severino of Gwinnett became a winner and Left Handed Two Outs Guy when he induced a line out by Will Rhymes to complete the 9th and began the 10th with a ground out by Greg “Grinding Souldrmmer’s Gears” Dobbs. Juan Jaime slammed the door and struck out the final two Chiefs to record his sixteenth save.

Harrisburg 3 New Hampshire 0
• McGregor (W, 1-1) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B

While Mike Rizzo might have preferred more than just two strikeouts, winner Scott McGregor stymied the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for six shutout innings. Caleb Ramsey tripled in the home half of the first, and Harrisburg subsequently got the only run it would need on a Jose Lozada sacrifice fly. Jason Martinson decided he wants to get on Souldrummer’s “Good, Bad like Michael Jackson, and The Most Interesting Man on the Senators.” He continued his hot July by extending the lead to 2-0 with a solo shot in the 2nd and adding a single that contributed to a third run in the 4th. Paul Demny pitched two shutout innings for his second hold, and Robert Benincasa pitched a scoreless 9th for his fourth save. The lack of earlier strikeouts by McGregor allowed Ric Flair to shout one of his loudest “WOOOOOS!” of the season when the game ended in a whiff.

Potomac 3 Carolina 2
• Dickson 5⅔ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Encarnacion (W, 2-3) 3⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-3, BB

Mike McQuillan drove in the first and the last run for Potomac as they walked off with a 3-2 win over Carolina despite being outhit 13-6. Starter Ian Dickson scattered eight hits over five and 2/3rds innings for just one run. He walked one and struck out four. Pedro Encarnacion got the win, though he let in the tying run in the top of the 9th. McQuillan launched a solo shot in the bottom of the 2nd and singled in Stephen Perez, who led off the bottom of the 9th with his second walk and took second on a Randolph Oduber sacrifice. Perez’s first walk plated Tony Renda to give Potomac a 2-1 lead in the 6th.

Greenville 6 Hagerstown 5
• Estevez IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HBP
• Cooper (L, 7-3) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Wooten 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 3-5, 2R, RBI

A 4-0 lead wasn’t enough “For The Weekend” as the Drive edged the Suns, 6-5. Wirkin Estevez gave up two-spots in the 3rd and 4th innings after cruising through the first two innings unscathed to finish with four runs allowed on four hits and three walks over four innings. Andrew Cooper took the loss with the final two runs let in over his four innings of relief. John Wooten and Rafael Bautista both went 3-for-5 and combined for two runs scored (Bautista) and two RBI (Wooten) but the Hagerstown lineup struggled in the clutch, going just 3-for-14 and left on 11 baserunners.

Auburn 7 State College 1
• Van Orden (W, 1-3) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Torres (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Gardner 3-4, R, 2B
• Gordon 2-5, 2R, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5

The Doubledays got a little bit of revenge for the Friday-night smackdown as they ran over the Spikes, 7-1. Drew Van Orden, who suffered an eight-hit, eight-run assault on July 8th, got his first professional win with five innings of one-run ball. He walked none, fanned three, and gave up four hits, with the one run coming on a solo HR in the 4th. Jeff Gardner wasn’t “bad” as he singled twice and doubled once to lead Auburn’s ten-hit parade, followed by Garrett Gordon and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who both went 2-for-5.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 1
• Rivero 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Reyes 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Plouck (l, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K
• Guzman 1-4, 2B
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, CS

The G-Cards exploded for four in the 9th to hand the G-Nats a 5-1 loss to close out the week. Felipe Rivero put in a scoreless inning as a rehab starter before giving way to Luis Reyes, who turned in five innings of one-run ball with seven hits allowed and no walks. Cole Plouck took the loss with the aforementioned four-run inning. The G-Nats were held to just five hits with Randy Encarnacion the sole batter to reach base twice with a single and a double.
Roster move: LHP Felipe Rivero assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Mets1 4 DSL Nationals 3
• W. Pena 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• M. Pena ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mota 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Franco 3-4, RBI

Malvin Pena melted down with two out in the 9th, giving up a double, unleashing a wild pitch, and letting in the gamewinner with a single as the D-Mets1 took another one from the D-Nats, 4-3. Starter Wilber Pena had a one-hit shutout going into the 5th when he gave up a solo HR. He left with two outs in the 6th with a 2-1 lead but the bases loaded. Angher Cespedes blew the save in typical DSL fashion with a wild pitch, the first of three to go with three walks over the next two and a 1/3rd innings. Israel Mota and Anderson Franco both went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the D-Nats stranded nine baserunners and struck out 11 times for the game.

Jul 262014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.14) vs.
Martin (6-6, 3.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 8.27) vs.
Anderson (3-2, 4.58)
Potomac Won, 11-8 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (2-8, 5.61) vs.
Peoples (7-7, 4.57)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 5.14) vs.
Stankiewicz (6-7, 4.30)
Auburn Lost, 17-4 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-3, 9.49) vs.
Gomber (0-1, 2.13)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-4 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-4, 3.68) vs.
Marte (4-0, 4.15)


Gwinnett 3 Syracuse 1
• Lively (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K
• Mattheus 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 1-2, 2BB
• E. Perez 1-2, SAC, SF, RBI

Gwinnett starter Hector “Betcha Wish I Was the Other H-Rod” Daniel Rodriguez stumped Syracuse for six innings last night as the G-Braves defeated Syracuse 3-1. Syracuse starter Mitch Lively not only fell one inning short of a meager quality start, but he also gave up runs early that possibly demoralized his offense. A single and a double and a groundout in the first led to the first Gwinnett run. A single a double and two sacrifice flies pushed it to a 3-0 lead for the G-Braves in the bottom of the 4th. The Chiefs had little to do with their lone cosmetic run in the bottom of the 8th. Whatever MLBer Luis Avilan was working on wasn’t effective; a single by Greg Dobbs sandwiched between walks of Jeff Kobernus and Burriss preceded Eury Perez’s sacrifice fly. Gwinett’s Juan Jaime then shut the door with one and 2/3rd perfect innings, ending the 8th with a Tyler Moore whiff and finishing the 9th with punchouts of Destin Hood and Sandy Leon to create angst in the streets of Syracuse.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3
• Simmons (L, 2-1) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 7K, HBP, WP
• Manno 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Vettleson 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R

Manno’s Minions may be the only people satisfied by last night’s outcome in Harrisburg. While Manno stymied the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, concluding with a stifling whiff, groundout, popout perfect inning of work in the top of the eighth, his manager might have been better served to use him in some higher leverage innings. James “I’m Not Richard” Simmons gave up five runs over six innings and watched his ERA balloon to 5.68, although in his defense he did throw strikes and entertained the faithful by allowing them to shout “WOO!!!” with Ric Flair seven times for strikeouts. A two-out error by third baseman Andy “Simpson, eh?” Burns led to Harrisburg’s first two cosmetic runs in the bottom of the seventh. Drew Vettleson’s double scored Kevin Keyes to conclude an ugly night for the upper affiliates 5-3.

Potomac 11 Carolina 8
• Rauh ⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Turnbull 4IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Oduber 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB

It looked like it was over early, but it wasn’t Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 1
• Giolito (W, 6-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Webb (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
• Mesa 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3SB
• Wooten 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-3, 2B, RBI

What a bum. Lucas Giolito gave up a leadoff single in the 1st then only retired the 18 batters in a row, seven by way of the K, to win his sixth game in a 5-1 Hagerstown win over Kannapolis. The 20-y.o. walked none and got five groundouts and six flyouts. Joseph Webb couldn’t preserve the shutout with an unearned run, but finished out the game with three hitless innings for his first save. Narciso Mesa singled, doubled, and swiped three bags from the top of the order as the Suns scored five times on just six hits and three walks.

State College 17 Auburn 4
• A. Williams (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 9R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HR, WP
• Read 2-3
• Carey 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

The buck didn’t stop with either Williams (Austen or Deion) as the Spikes gored Auburn for 11 unanswered runs in the first thee innings en route to a 17-4 demolition. Austen got the start and was charged with nine runs (six earned) on five hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings. Deion came on in relief in the 3rd and let in one before giving up two of his own in State College’s nine-run 3rd. Raudy Read and Dale Carey both went 2-for-3 to pace the Doubledays offense.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Cardinals 2
• Yrizarri (W, 2-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• De La Cruz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Tillero 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Aguero 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Florentino 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Darryl Florentino got the party started with a two-run homer in the 2nd as the G-Nats would add on two more in the 3rd and 6th innings as they tripled up the G-Cards, 6-2. Deibi Yrizarri escaped the tag of “Bad” with five shutout innings, giving up four hits and two walks while fanning four for his second win. Jorge Tillero doubled twice and singled once to lead the D-Nats nine-hit attack.
Roster move: RHP Erick Fedde assigned from Washington.

DSL Mets1 6 DSL Nationals 4
• Acevedo 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Morel (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Vilorio 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Rengel 2-5

The D-Mets1 scored twice in each of the 6th and 7th innings to break open a one-run game as they defeated the D-Nats, 6-4. Starter Carlos Acevedo spun five innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits and two walks while striking out five but got the no-decision. Melvin Morel took the loss with the aforementioned four runs (two earned) in two innings on four hits, including a two-run HR. The Luises combined for four of the eight D-Nat hits with Vilorio scoring twice and homering once and Rengel connecting for two singles.

Jul 252014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
Among the slew of transactions that were received today, the promotion of 22-year-old Austin Voth stands out.

The move comes despite his worst outing in High-A this past Wednesday when he gave up five runs on six hits to Winston-Salem, chased by his second HR in 37⅔ innings. He’ll join former teammate John Simms as one of two pitchers to advance two levels this season, which has been rare since current GM Mike Rizzo took the helm from leath..er, previous GM Jim Bowden in 2009.

Here’s a rundown of the other moves made today…
SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez optioned from Washington (end of rehab)
• RHP Ryan Mattheus activated from the 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• RHP Neil Holland reassigned from Syracuse
• RHP Sam Runion placed on the 7-Day DL
• LHP Matt Purke recalled to Washington, placed on the 60-Day DL

POTOMAC
• LHP Bryan Harper reassigned from Harrisburg
• LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned from Hagerstown
• OF Isaac Ballou promoted from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• IF-OF Cody Dent reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from Auburn
• LHP Joseph Webb activated from the 7-Day DL

AUBURN
• LHP David Napoli reassigned from Hagerstown

Now, it’s certainly possible that the corresponding moves of Silvestre and Lopez are also promotions, but in a season where it feels like I need to take an Ex-Lax to keep up with all the moves, I’m hedging my bets with the more neutral verb.

Apologies in advance… the GBI is going to be delayed a day or so as some of you may have noticed that my website was having server issues earlier.

Jul 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Lively (0-1, 9.00) vs.
D. Rodriguez (5-11, 4.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 8.27)
Simmons (2-0, 5.44) vs.
Lawrence (6-5, 2.94)
Potomac Won, 9-6 (11 inn.) vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 4.46) vs.
Merritt (10-3, 2.13)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 (13 inn.) vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (5-2, 2.54) vs.
Wheeler (1-2, 3.27)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 4.05) vs.
D. Perez (2-1, 3.34)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-1 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-2, 3.11) vs.
Montijo (2-3, 3.96)


Buffalo 3 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 9-5) 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Roenicke 2IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-4, R, HR RBI
• Laird 2-4

A Tyler Moore homer broke up the Buffalo shutout, while Brandon Laird singled and Destin Hood walked to put the tying runs on base but the Chiefs couldn’t connect for one more hit and fell by a 3-1 score. Taylor Hill lost his third straight start, giving up a third-inning solo shot in the 3rd and three hits total while walking three and striking out two. Eury Perez butchered a line drive in the 5th for a three-base error to send in what proved to be the deciding runs as the Bisons scored two unearned runs off Josh Roenicke. Moore and Laird both went 2-for-4 as the Syracuse offense was limited to six hits and two walks total on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill activated from 7-Day DL.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3
• Kroenke (L, 2-4) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Self 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, SF, RBI

The starter was pushed an inning too far, the offense got going an inning too late as the Senators fell to the Fisher Cats, 5-3. Zach Kroenke had a quality start going until he was charged with two more in the 7th to account for all five New Hampshire runs on eight hits, including two homers. Harrisburg drew two walks, smacked two singles, and connected for two sacrifice flies to score all three runs in the 8th inning. The Sens were held to six hits and six walks total as they dropped their 62nd game and 20 games below .500.

Potomac 9 Winston-Salem 6 (11 inn.)
• Spann 2⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 1K
• Mirowski 3⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Mendez (W, 6-3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, CS
• Pleffner 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

Potomac dug themselves out of a 5-2 hole to tie it at 6-6 then broke through for three in the 11th to avoid the series sweep, 9-6 against Winston-Salem. Rain delayed the start of this nearly 90 minutes, perhaps affecting starter Matt Spann as the southpaw was knocked around for five runs on seven hits and four walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Richie Mirowski, Jake Walsh, and Gilberto Mendez combined for eight and 1/3rd innings of one-run (on a homer, natch) relief with Mendez getting the win, his sixth. Oscar Tejeda remains red-hot as the former Red Sox farmhand went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI to lead the Potomac attack.

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 4 (13 inn.)
• Johansen 3+IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, WP
• Napoli 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, 3-1 IR-S
• Cooper (W, 7-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mesa 4-4, R
• Bautista 2-2, R, SB(55)
• Wooten 2-4, 2B, 4RBI

Third Baseman John Wooten was the hero for Hagerstown on Thursday as he drove in the winning run in the 13th inning to give the Suns a 5-4 victory over the Intimidators. The three-hour and 44-minute marathon was a see-saw battle early on as the two teams traded runs in the opening innings of the game. Kannapolis then tied it up in the 8th inning as Suns reliever Sam Johns surrendered a solo shot to Tyler Williams. Andrew Cooper earned his seventh win on the season, pitching a 1/3 inning in the 13th before Hagerstown scored in the bottom half of the inning. With the win, Hagerstown improves to 7-1 in extra-inning games in the 2014 season.

State College 5 Auburn 3
• Bourque (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 0ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• D. Ramos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• B. Miller 2-5, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, BB

Auburn was first to score, but could not hold the lead as they fell to State College, 5-3 in the opener. After the Doubledays scored single runs in the 1st and 4th innings, their lead disappeared as starter James Bourque allowed four runs on one hit in the 5th inning. None of the runs were earned as Auburn committed two fielding errors during the frame. The Doubledays added an additional run in the 6th inning, but that was the extent of their scoring for the game. Auburn had runners on second and third in the 9th, but were unable to score as Brandon Miller struck out to the end the game.
Roster move: OF Brandon Miller transferred from GCL for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 3
• Morales 5IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 1K, 2HBP, WP
• J. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Aguero 3-4
• Guzman 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

Luis Guzman’s two-run homer in the 6th broke open a 2-2 game as the G-Nats held off the G-Cards for a 4-3 win. Jose Morales made his second start in seven appearances and tossed five shutout frames with six baserunners allowed via one hit, two hit batsmen, and three walks. His would-be win turned into a no-decision as the G-Cards scored two in the top of the 6th off D.J. Jauss, who walked three and uncorked three wild pitches while giving up two hits in 2/3rds of an inning. Jean Ramirez preserved the tie by stranding two runners in the 6th then finishing the game with one unearned run over the final three innings. “Fred” Aguero went 3-for-4 to lead the G-Nats 12-hit attack while Guzman and Kelvin Gutierrez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Yankees1 1
• Jo. Baez 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Y. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Je. Baez 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI; ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Robles 4-5, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Mota 2-3, 2R, BB, 2SB

The D-Nats put up crooked numbers three times as they pounded out 14 hits in a 7-1 rout of the D-Yankees1. Joan Baez went the first four innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks while striking out four. The win went to Yonathan Ramirez, who also issued four free passes and set down four on strikes over the next three innings. Victor Robles led the hit column with two singles, a double, and a triple in five at-bats.