Jun 092012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (6-3, 4.15) vs.
Wright (1st AAA start
of ’12)
Harrisburg Won, 9-0 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (1-5, 4.98) vs.
Buchanan (2-5, 4.04)
Potomac Won, 5-4;
Won, 4-2
vs. Salem,
5:35 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 21.60) and
Grace (2-6, 5.67) vs.
Rivera (3-2, 4.89) and
Barnes (1-0, 3.51)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (5-4, 3.74) vs.
Olacio (1-3, 3.94)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-1 @ DSL Ariz/Cin,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 7 Louisville 3
• Atkins (W, 5-5) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR; 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Pena (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Teahen 3-4, 2B
• Rivero 2-2, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Brown 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Corey Brown’s 15th HR was a grand slam that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead as the Chiefs used the long ball to saw the Bats, 7-3. Starter Mitch Atkins was one of the three Syracuse hitters to go long (the first Chiefs pitcher to do it in 37 years), with Carlos Rivero being the third. Atkins would get the win with all three Louisville runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over six and a third innings pitched. Mark Teahean led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, including a double.

Harrisburg 9 Reading 0
• Pucetas (W, 4-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Frias 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Van Ostrand 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI, SF
• Mayorson 4-5, R

Every position player got a hit, and five got two or more as Harrisburg pounded out 17 hits in a 9-0 win over Reading. Kevin Pucetas, Pat McCoy, and Marcos Frias combined on the five-hit, no-walk shutout, with Pucetas allowing the hits and striking out five, and the relievers both striking out two in their single inning of work. Manny Mayorson led the hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, while Jimmy Van Ostrand went deep. As feared/expected, C Beau Seabury becomes the latest backstop to get hurt, placed on the 7-Day DL and replaced on the Senators roster with recently acquired C Kris Watts.

Potomac 5 Salem 4 — GAME ONE
• Ray (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Testa 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Bloxom 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI
• Marrero 2-3, RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Justin Bloxom’s 10th HR put the P-Nats up 4-1 early and Joe Testa turned in two innings of shaky relief as the P-Nats held on 5-4 for the win in Game One of the doubleheader. Robbie Ray struggled with his command early, but gave up just a single run on a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd as the southpaw labored through five innings and walked four but also struck out six. Rehabbing Chris Marrero went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the DH while Zach Walters continued his hot hitting with an RBI double.

Potomac 4 Salem 2 — GAME TWO
• Hansen (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Barthmaier (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramirez 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

If Bobby Hansen Jr. wants to return to the starting rotation, he made his case in the nightcap, which the P-Nats took 4-2 for the doubleheader sweep and their 20th home win in 30 games. The 6’6″ southpaw turned in his best outing of the year with two runs given up on three hits (though all went for extra bases) over six innings with just a single walk. Offensively, Michael Taylor and J.P. Ramirez smacked back-to-back doubles to in the three-run third as Potomac made the most of its limited chances with four runs on four hits and two walks (a couple errors and wild pitches didn’t hurt ;-) As a Braves affiliate, Lynchburg is doing their best imitation of Atlanta’s 2011 September, as they dropped two to Frederick last night — their 8th loss in the last 10 games. Combined with Wilmington’s third straight loss, Potomac is back in second place, two games behind the Hillcats.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 4
• Turnbull (ND) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Eusebio (W, 1-0) 2+IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Holt (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Jimenez 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Miller 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Burns 1-3, R, BB, 2SB

Hendry Jimenez’s three-run HR highlighted a four-run 9th that gave Hagerstown its sixth straight win, 6-4 over Kannapolis. Wilson Eusebio got the win despite coughing up two-run shot in the Intimidator’s last ups. Greg Holt nailed it down by getting the next three batters for his first save. Jimenez and Justin Miller both went 2-for-4 with a HR to lead the Suns offense. Combined with first-place Greensboro’s fourth straight loss, the second-place Suns are just 2½ back in the Sally North with 10 games left in the half. Roster move: LHP Bobby Lucas was activated from the 7-Day DL

DSL Giants 6 DSL Nationals 1
• Silvestre 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Moscat (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Novas 3-4, SB
• Read 2-4

The D-Nats ‘pen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead, letting in all six D-Giants run in the last of the 8th for a 6-1 loss, their third straight. Hector Silvestre turned in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out six. The clutch was stuck in choke for most of the game as the D-Nats left on eight, five with two outs, as the offense went just 1-for-13 with RISP and hit into three double plays. Randy Novas and Raudy Read combined for five of the eight hits.

Jun 082012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (4-5, 4.33) vs.
Feierabend (1st AAA start
of ’12)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Pucetas (3-1, 1.50) vs.
May (5-3, 4.94)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Ray (2-2, 5.01) and
Hansen (1-2, 6.49) vs.
Couch (5-3, 3.23) and
Rivera (3-2, 4.89)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-3, 4.91) vs.
Walters (3-2, 2.58).
DSL Nationals Lost, 10-4 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 8 Syracuse 2
• Roark (L, 3-8) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Severino 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bynum 2-3, R, BB
• Komatsu 1-3, BB, CS

Louisville built a 4-0 lead off losing pitcher Tanner Roark and cruised to an 8-2 win over Syracuse. Roark gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out five, but suffered his team-leading 8th loss. Seth Bynum led the Chiefs attack with singling twice and walking in four plate appearances. Former Nats farmhand “Dolla” Bill Rhinehart homered in the 9th inning. OF Jason Michaels was activated from the Restricted List, putting the Syracuse roster back to the full 25

Binghamton 4 Harrisburg 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-2) 7IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K
• VanAllen 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zinicola 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mayo 1-2, BB, E
• Lozada 0-2, 2BB

In duel between the teams’ aces, Zach Wheeler bested Danny Rosenbaum, allowing just two IF hits over seven innings as the B-Mets beat the Sens, 4-1. Rosenbaum also went seven frames, but gave up all four runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Jeremy Mayo came off the bench as Beau Seabury became the latest catcher to suffer an injury (elbow) and went 1-for-2 in his 2012 and AA debut. Roster moves: RHP Cameron Selik was placed on the DL. Mayo was assigned from XST. RHP Zech Zinicola was activated from the restricted list and assigned from Syracuse.

Frederick 6 Potomac 2
• Olbrychowski (L, 2-5) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Demmin 2⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, 3-2 IR-S
• Walters 3-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B, BB

After tying the game at 2-2 in the 6th, the P-Nats allowed four unanswered runs while mustering just two baserunners over the last three innings as the Keys took the game, 6-2, and the series, 3-2. Pitchers Adam Olbrychowski and Ryan Demmin gave up three HRs (all solo) on the night, working around three errors and three walks. Zach Walters led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, but the team left on nine, including three in the 4th when the P-Nats loaded the bases with no outs and couldn’t score. Potomac heads home for its final homestand of the 1st half, a five-game, two doubleheader weekend series against the Salem Red Sox.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 5
• Meyer (W, 5-3) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Bates 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Goodwin 2-4, RBI, SB
• Martinson 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2E
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A trio of two-spots helped Hagerstown build a 6-1 lead while the bullpen gave up two home runs late in a 6-5 win over Kannapolis, completing the three-game sweep. Alex Meyer turned in his third quality start with three runs (two earned) given up over six innings to notch his fifth win. Jason Martinson and Cole Leonida both homered, while rehabbing Chris Marrero went 1-for-3 with a double, as the Suns scored six runs on just seven hits. The two teams meet again for another three-game set starting tonight in Kannapolis.

DSL Giants 10 DSL Nationals 4
• A. Martinez (L, 0-1) 4IP, H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K, 0HR
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-5, R
• Cerda 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Atencio 0-1, 3BB

When the most effective pitcher is a position player, you know it’s been a bad game. A five-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the DSL Giants beat the DSL Nationals, 10-4. Starter Anderson Martinez allowed just a hit over four innings, but walked four and struck out seven. NYC native Kevin Cerda went 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run to lead the offense.

Jun 072012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1;
Won, 1-0
vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (3-7, 5.33) vs.
Gallagher (4-3, 5.17)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-1, 1.75) vs.
Wheeler (5-2, 1.88)
Potomac Won, 8-6
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Olbrychowski (2-4, 5.71) vs.
Simon (2-7, 4.15)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Johnson (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Meyer (4-3, 3.71)
DSL Nationals Lost, 23-6 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 2 Louisville 1— GAME ONE
• Maya 5⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Severino (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Pena (W, 1-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Carroll 1-2, R, 2B
• Negrych 1-1, 2B, RBI

Jim Negrych’s pinch-hit RBI double in the last of the 7th gave the Syracuse Chiefs a 2-1 victory in the opener. Yunesky Maya turned in another strong start, charged with one run on four hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds, but got the no-decision when Atahualpa Severino gave up a double to the first batter he faced. Hassan Pena got the win by pitching a scoreless inning in the top of the 7th.

Syracuse 1 Louisville 0 — GAME TWO
• Mandel 5IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Negrych 1-2, R, 2B, BB
• Skelton 1-3, RBI

Jeff Mandel and Christian Garcia combined on a one-hit shutout while Jim Negrych and James Skelton combined on the two Syracuse hits for a 1-0 win that completed the doubleheader sweep. Negrych’s two-out double broke up the Louisville bid for a no-hitter. The win was the Chiefs’ third straight.
Tyler Moore was pulled in the 4th inning of game one and recalled to Washington. No corresponding move has yet been announced.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3
• Ballard 6IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Tatusko (W, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Davis (SV, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, OF assist
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B

Early on, it look like Mike Ballard was going to have a short night, lit up for three runs on five hits in the first. But a critical baserunning mistake — attempting to stretch a leadoff triple into an inside-the-park job — gave the southpaw the standing eight count he needed to come off the ropes, as the Senators came off the ropes for a 4-3 win. Eury Perez’s two-run double in the bottom of the 7th proved to be the gamewinner, making a winner out of Ryan Tatusko, while Erik Davis locked down the last two innings for his 4th save.

Potomac 8 Frederick 6
• Swynenberg 6⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holland 2+IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, HBP
• Wort (BS, 2; W, 1-2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Freitas 5-6, R, RBI
• Bloxom 2-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

It took 13 innings and four hours, but the P-Nats finally locked out the Keys, 8-6. The question now is “which position players can pitch?” whether the win was pyrrhic as the ‘pen was forced to turn in six and 2/3rds innings of work with five games to play in less than 72 hours. Frederick battled back from deficits of 3-0, 5-2 in regulation and 6-5 in the 11th. David Freitas’s 5th single set up the gamewinner, scoring on a passed ball and pair of groundouts. Justin Bloxom’s 2nd HR provided the insurance run. Rob Wort got the blown-save-win, surviving a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the 11th but pitching a scoreless 12th. Newly side-arming Jimmy Barthmaier made his second appearance in as many games and tossed a 1-2-3 13th for the save, his 1st of 2012 but just his second in his pro career.

Hagerstown 9 Kannapolis 6
• Encarnacion 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Holt (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Souza 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B

With a five-run 3rd, the Suns put the Intimidators into the wall en route to a 9-6 win. Steve Souza singled, doubled, and homered to lead the 13-hit attack. Ben Hawkins got the win in relief of Pedro Encarnacion, though neither pitcher was terribly effective (3IP, 3R and 3IP, 2R). Wilson Eusebio pitched a scoreless 9th for the save. Prior to the game, C Adrian Nieto was placed on the 7-Day DL, with C Sam Palace activated and assigned from Potomac to replace him on the Suns roster.

DSL Yankees1 23 DSL Nationals 6
• Valerio (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, 2 fielding errors
• Aquino 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, 0HR
• De Los Santos 2-5, R, 2B
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Well, at least nobody got hurt. The DSL Yankees1 put up rallies of seven and eight runs and only failed to score three times out nine innings, skewering the DSL Nationals, 23-6. Five pitchers took the beating, giving up 19 hits (2HRs, one triple, eight doubles) and 11 walks. 16-year-old Maximo Valerio committed the only two D-Nat errors. Offensively, 18-year-old Juan De Los Santos led the seven-hit attack with a single, a double, and a run scored.

Jun 062012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-1 vs. Louisville,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 3.65) and
Mandel (1st AAA start of ’12)
vs. Villareal (2-2, 3.90)
and Obispo (0-1, 8.38)
Harrisburg Won, 9-6 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Ballard (1-4, 3.12) vs.
McHugh (5-3, 2.17)
Potomac Lost, 8-5;
Won, 3-1
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-3, 4.74) vs.
Howard (1-2, 5.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6
(11 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Jaye (2-2, 5.97) vs.
Encarnacion (0-0, 6.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 11 Louisville 1
• Lannan (W, 5-5) 9IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR; 1-3, 2R, BB
• Paul 4-5, R, RBI
• Brown 3-4, 4R, HR, BB, RBI
• Komatsu 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI

John Lannan went the distance while Tyler Moore, Corey Brown and Erik Komatsu each homered as Syracuse throttled Louisville, 11-1. Just a fourth-inning solo shot kept the southpaw from a shutout, as he allowed just four hits and a walk otherwise and contributed to his own cause with a single and a walk. Xavier Paul led the hit column with a 4-for-5 night, Brown scored four times, and Komatsu drove in four to pace the 15-hit attack.

Harrisburg 9 Binghamton 6
• Demny (ND) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR
• McCoy (BS, 1; W, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Valdez 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, OF assist at HP
• Mayorson 2-4, R, 2RBI

Harrisburg rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 6-5, scoring the last four runs of the game to win this one, 9-6. Jesus Valdez homered twice to lead the offense, which made the most out of its chances with nine runs on 10 hits. Starter Paul Demny got the no-decision when the B-Mets rallied for two against the Sens ‘pen, with Pat McCoy giving up three hits after Cameron Selik left the game with an apparent elbow injury (he retired the first batter and left the game with a 3-2 count on the second). McCoy got the blown-save-win while Marcos Frias and Hector Nelo tossed scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th to put the game on ice. The Sports ‘Burger is reporting that the Selik injury was to his lat, not his elbow.

Frederick 8 Potomac 5 — GAME ONE
• Karns (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 7R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HBP
• Applebee 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Oduber 2-2, BB, 2RBI
• Kelso 1-2, 2BB, RBI

Nathan Karns struggled with his control in his High-A debut, walking three and hitting a batter over an inning and 2/3rds as Potomac couldn’t dig themsleves out of an early 7-0 hole and fell to Frederick, 8-5. Randolph Oduber led the seven-hit attack with a 2-for-2 and 2RBI game.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1 — GAME TWO
• Holder (W, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Wort (SV, 3) 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 1-3, RBI
• Ramirez 1-2, RBI
• Kelso 1-2, 2R, SB

Trevor Holder essentially matched his last outing, going six innings and giving up just a single run on five hits as the P-Nats took the nightcap, 3-1. Like the first game, Potomac struggled in the clutch, going 1-for-11 with RISP — a number warped, however, by five walks and four stolen bases. Rob Wort closed out the game by striking out the side for his third save.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 6 (11 inn.)
• Purke 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 8K
• Meza 3⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Leonida 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2R, 2BB
• Martinson 2-6, R, SB

The Intimidators rallied for four in the 9th to send this to extras, but the Suns batters bailed out the ‘pen for a 7-6 win in 11 innings. Starter Matt Purke was slightly better than his previous outing, walking three and allowing two runs on five hits to go with eight strikeouts. Cole Leonida came off the bench for another apparent injury (Adrian Nieto) and went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and 2RBI to lead the Hagerstown offense.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Yankees1 2 (11 inn.)
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Moscat 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Aguero 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, SB
• De Los Santos 1-2, 2RBI

“Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz’s RBI triple in the 11th was the difference as the DSL Nationals edged the DSL Yankees1 squad, 3-2. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and a walk. Younaifred Aguero scored twice and walked twice to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jun 052012
 

The South Atlantic League has officially announced its All-Star representatives, which will include four Hagerstown Suns:
• C Adrian Nieto

• 3B Matt Skole

• OF Caleb Ramsey

• RHP Aaron Barrett

This is the second All-Star game for Skole, who represented the Auburn Doubledays in the 2011 New-York Penn League game. Skole currently leads the league in BBs (51 in 55G), second in HRs (12) and third in RBIs (53).

Fellow ’11 Draft pick Caleb Ramsey got the nod with a .299/.370/.446 line, while ’10 Draft pick Barrett has gone 3-1 with 6SV in 17 appearances, striking out 33 in 20⅔ innings. Adrian Nieto (’08), who split time between Auburn and Hagerstown last season, rounds out the quartet with a .261/.333/.406.

Manager Brian Daubauch was also named one the Northern Division coaches for the game, which will be held in two weeks in Charleston, SC.

Jun 052012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (4-5, 5.63) vs.
Gustafson (2-2, 5.04)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Cohoon (3-5, 3.52)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Holder (2-1, 4.99) and
Nathan Karns (A+ debut) vs.
Zagone (2-0, 3.13) and
Howard (1-2, 5.71)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Snodgress (1-2, 5.29)
DSL Nationals Won, 12-5 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 3
• Duke (L, 6-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Arnesen 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Teahen 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

An RBI triple in the 5th broke a 2-2 tie and the sac fly that followed proved to be the gamewinner as the I-tribe downed the S-Chiefs, 4-3. It was the third straight loss for Syracuse, but the closest game as the Indians outscored the Chiefs 30-19 during the series. Zach Duke took the loss, giving up all four runs on seven hits and three walks. Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled and tripled to lead the seven-hit offense while Corey Brown smacked his 13th HR. Syracuse plays its next 21 games at Alliance Bank Park, thanks to a shifted four-game series vs. the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees next week.

HARRISBURG — OFF DAY
After a weekend jaunt to lovely (no, not really) New Britain, the Senators return to City Island to host the Binghamton Mets for three games, hoping to make a dent in their 10-16 home record (vs. 20-10 on the road).

Frederick 4 Potomac 0
• Lidge (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Grace 7⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Taylor 2-3, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3
• Oduber 1-3

Potomac’s four-game win streak came to a screeching halt in Frederick, as the Keys scored one in the first and three in the second and blanked the P-Nats, 4-0. Brad Lidge hit his pitch limit in the first inning in the space of just four batters and was charged with the loss. Matt Grace was roughed up early, but went the rest of the way for a serviceable three runs over seven and 2/3rds innings. Offensively, the P-Nats put just two baserunners into scoring position as the lineup was limited to just four hits. Prior to the game, OF J.R. Higley was activated while OF Kevin Keyes was placed on the 7-Day DL. Higley started in LF and went 0-for-4 with 2K.

HAGERSTOWN — OFF DAY
After their final scheduled off day of the first half, the Suns have a home-and-home series vs. Kannapolis over the next six games, where all signs point to Hagerstown playing out the string despite a .589 win pct. (33-23) as they trail the 40-17 Greensboro Grasshoppers by 6½ with 13 to play.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Mets1 5
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Gomez (H, 1) 3IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Mejia 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Bautista 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Diaz 3-5, 2B, 3B
• Novas 2-4, 4R, RBI, 2SB

With four big innings, the DSL Nationals overcame an early 2-0 deficit and pounded the DSL Mets1 squad, 12-5. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz and Rafael Bautista both singled, doubled, and tripled to combine for six hits and seven RBI as the D-Nats tallied 12 hits total. DSL veteran Wander Suero got the win with two runs allowed on three hits (one a HR) and two walks while fanning seven.

Jun 042012
 

As many of you know, I’m not “all in” for the MLB First-Year Player Draft, which may be a bit unusual for prospects guy. But even before I were to tell you that I graduated from the University of Oregon, you already knew I was an odd duck.

As I’ve written before, it just doesn’t interest me to speculate on who “we” might get so much as I like to follow who “we’ve” got. As a buddy of mine put it, it’s hard for MLB to manufacture the excitement of the NFL or NBA drafts because you’re pretty much going on the opinions of perhaps a dozen people.

However, this year is a little different.

Sean Hogan, author of the three-part draft series that ran the past three Tuesdays, will be live-blogging the event for us, so I hope you’ll check in tonight to see what he has to say. I’ll be keeping an eye on the minors, as usual, and resting up for a busy weekend in Potomac.

Jun 042012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 14-6 @ Indianpolis,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (6-2, 3.97) vs.
Owens (3-2, 2.30)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 8-0 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Grace (2-6, 6.02) vs.
Wilson (1-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 13-5 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
N/A

Indianapolis 14 Syracuse 6
• Atkins (L, 4-5) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Paul 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, BB, SB

Indianapolis scored early and often, pummeling Syracuse for a 14-6 win. Despite the double-digit “R” column, just four pitchers were used (and all were scored upon), with starter Mitch Atkins bearing the brunt of it with six runs allowed on seven hits and three walks. Xavier Paul and Carlos Rivero were the only two Chiefs to collect multiple hits, while James Skelton led the team in RBIs with two. Corey Brown went 1-for-5 in his first start since his return from D.C.

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 1
• Pucetas (W, 3-1) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• McCoy (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 3-4, 2RBI, CS, SF
• Rahl 3-5, R
• Mayorson 2-5, R, RBI

Kevin Pucetas stepped in for a spot start and helped deliver a 6-1 Sens win over the Rock Cats. The 27-y.o. veteran held New Britain to just a run on three hits over six innings for his third win. Harrisburg peppered the field with 14 hits but left 10 men on while going 3-for-15 with RISP. Eury Perez and Chris Rahl both singled three times to lead the Sens hit column.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 0
• Ray (W, 2-2) 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 9K
• McCatty 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hague 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Oduber 3-4, 2R, 2B, SB
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

In case you missed it yesterday, Robbie Ray had it going on Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 13 Delmarva 5
• Hill (W, 5-4) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Bates 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, 2R, HR, 4RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-2, 2R, HR, BB, RBI, CS

The Suns scored in each of the first six innings to cruise to 13-5 win over the Shorebirds. Steve Souza, Cutter Dykstra, and Jason Martinson each homered, combining to collect 7 of the 11 hits and 9 of the 13 RBIs. Starter Taylor Hill got the win despite a shaky finish, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings. RHP Wilson Eusebio was assigned from the Potomac Nationals to the Hagerstown Suns, with LHP Bobby Lucas being placed on the 7-Day DL to make room on the roster.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a funny start-stop due to the Saturday debut and Sundays being the regular off day, the D-Nats return to action this week with home and away games against the Yankees1 and Giants1 squads, and road games vs. the DSL Mets1 and the Arizona/Cincy co-op (Redbacks?). Looking over the rosters, it’s roughly a 50/50 split between the newcomers and returnees. Perhaps that’s the bad news. The good news is that the average age of the newcomers is roughly 17½ and just four on the active roster are 20 or older.

Jun 032012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-3 @ Indianpolis,
1:15 p.m.
Atkins (4-4, 3.49) vs.
Cabrera (1-1, 3.82)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ New Britain,
1:35 p.m.
Kevin Pucetas (2-1, 1.50) vs.
Aaron Thompson (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 6-1;
Won, 4-2
vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Ray (1-2, 6.66) vs.
Sims (0-0, 5.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-6;
Won, 7-2
vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (4-4, 3.47) vs.
Bridwell (2-3, 4.87)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A

Indianapolis 7 Syracuse 3
• Roark (L, 3-7) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• VanAllen 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Moore 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Rivero 3-4, R, 3B, RBI

Tyler Moore and Carlos Rivero were 6-for-8 combined, but the rest of the Syracuse lineup was 3-for-26 as Indianapolis overcame an early deficit to cruise to a 7-3 win. Starter Tanner Roark took the loss with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Corey Brown made his first appearance since returning to the club, striking out in the 9th as a pinch-hitter. Roster moves: RHP Josh Wilkie and IF Josh Johnson were placed on the restricted list, with Wilkie suspended for 50 games for a “drug of abuse.” MASN’s Byron Kerr has the story on Wilkie, while WaPo’s Adam Kilgore has the story on two more minor-leaguers entering rehab.

New Britain 10 Harrisburg 3
• Rosenbaum (W, 7-1) 7⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Garcia (SV, 7) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 2-3, RBI, SF
• Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

After his worst outing of the season, Danny Rosenbaum bounced back with strong start and secured his 7th win as the Senators held off the Rock Cats for a 4-3 win. Harrisburg raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and extended it to 4-0 in the 6th. New Britain spoiled any chance of a shutout with a two-run HR in the 7th that cut the lead to 4-2. Rosenbaum was lifted with two outs in the 8th, having given up just the two runs on five hits and three walks and two strikeouts. Christian Garcia let in an unearned run in the 9th (fielding error) to secure the win and register his 7th save. Rafael Martin was one of the two minor-leaguers sent home (former Senator Josh Johnson is the other), but no roster move has been officially announced yet.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Olbrychowski (W, 2-4) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B, CS
• Kelso 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2 — GAME TWO
• Hansen 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Testa (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Holland (SV, 2) 1⅔ 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-2, R, HR, RBI

Strong pitching and some long ball were the keys to a doubleheader sweep Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 6 — GAME ONE
• Turnbull (ND) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, HR
• McKenzie (BS, 2; L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2RBI

Kylin Turnbull hit the wall in the 6th and the Suns firemen followed with gasoline instead of water as Delmarva scored eight unanswered runs in the final two innings to send Hagerstown to an 8-6 defeat. Turnbull got the no-decision with five runs allowed on a walk and seven hits, including a three-run HR to the last batter he faced. Brian Goodwin and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-4 to lead the eight-hit attack.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 2 — GAME TWO
• Meyer (W, 4-3) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Encarnacion 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Nieto 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Newsome 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

The Suns held onto the lead in the nightcap, building a 7-0 lead before giving up two in the 7th for a 7-2 win. Alex Meyer tossed five shutout innings to get the win, allowing two hits, walking two and fanning seven. Brett Newsome and Adrian Nieto both went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the offense.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Mets1 3
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• K. Rodriguez (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K; 2-0 IR-S
• O. Abreu 4-5, RBI, 2CS
• A. Martinez 2-4, 2RBI, SB
• A. Ramirez 3-4, 2R, 2B

The D-Nats opened the 2012 campaign with bang, pounding out 15 hits in a 7-3 win over the DSL Mets1. Hector Silvestre got the start and the win with five shutout innings, with two hits and no walks allowed and three strikeouts. Osvaldo Abreu led the offense with a 4-for-5 game. Kelvin Rodriguez stranded two runners in the 8th and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

Jun 022012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-5 @ Indianpolis,
7:15 p.m.
Roark (3-6, 5.32) vs.
Locke (3-3, 3.17)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-3 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Rosenbaum (6-1, 1.69) vs.
Darnell (5-2, 4.39)
Potomac Postponed vs. Lynchburg,
5:35 p.m.
Olbrychowski (1-4, 6.62) and
Hansen (1-2, 6.85) vs.
Delgado (3-1, 3.55) and
J.R. Graham (6-0, 2.37)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
6:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-3, 4.46) and TBD
vs. Chalas (4-3, 5.77) and TBD
DSL Nationals N/A vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 7 Louisville 5
• Maya (W, 4-5) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Gonzalez 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Teahen 3-5, 2R, 2RBI
• Moore 2-5, R, 3B, HR, 4RBI

Tyler Moore tripled, homered, and drove in four runs in his return to AAA as the Chiefs cracked the Bats, 7-5 — the third straight win for Syracuse. Yunesky Maya labored through five innings, giving up four runs on six hit and two walks to get the win. Mark Teahen led the 10-hit parade with a 3-for-5 night. With the activation of OF Michael Morse, OF Corey Brown was optioned back to Syracuse and OF J.R. Higley was assigned to Potomac. LHP Michael Gonzalez was also activated, but the corresponding move to make room for him has not yet been announced.

New Britain 10 Harrisburg 3
• Mandel (L, 4-4) 6⅓ IP, 14H, 10R, 10R, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Davis 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pahuta 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• McConnell 2-4, R, 2B
• Rahl 2-4

One thing’s for sure: Jeff Mandel was throwing strikes last night (111-71). The only problem was that 13 of them landed safely in fair territory and a 14th cleared the wall as New Britain demolished Harrisburg, 10-3. The Rock Cats sent 11 men to the plate in the seven-run 2nd and five more in the one-run third, but Mandel snapped back to post three straight scoreless innings, saving the bullpen. Tim Pahuta homered twice to lead the Sens offense, which racked up 11 hits but only stranded six while hitting into just one double play.

POTOMAC — PPD
Heavy rains forced yet another postponement, as the three-game series will be compressed into a Saturday-night doubleheader and a Sunday afternoon finale. As mentioned in the Syracuse writeup, J.R. Higley has been assigned to Potomac bu there was no corresponding move announced. Potomac is slated to play in four doubleheaders over the next eight days, which, if anything, will mean some pitchers bouncing on/off the DL and TIL lists over the next few days to cover the 90-plus innings.

HAGERSTOWN — PPD
Same [situation], different affiliate. The Suns and Shorebirds will make up this one with a doubleheader on Saturday.

DSL NATIONALS — OPENING DAY
A whole new bunch of names to learn and/or pronounce. But here are some that won’t be listed in the space this summer, having been released last month: 3B Bienvenido Valdez, OF Edgar Gonzalez, 2B “Fred” Ortega, RHP Daury Vasquez, OF Aladin Reyes, RHP Jorge Hernandez, LHP Brian Escolastico, LHP Jesus Guzman.