Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.78) vs.
Haeger (4-4, 4.86)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 2.58) vs.
Miller (1-4, 4.07)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Rauh (4-1, 3.81) and Mooneyham (0-1, 18.00)
vs. Marin (5-5, 4.62) Jaye (8-6, 4.36)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (Sally Lg. debut) vs.
Oviedo (1-3, 5.57) vs.
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Giolito (1-0, 0.00) and Selsor (0-4, 4.00) vs.
German (1-3, 2.40) and Effertz (1-0, 3.60)
GCL Nationals Canceled (Rain) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 5-7) 5IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-5, R
• Rahl 2-4, 2B
• Johnson 2-4, 2B

Rochester dropped a five-spot on a sloppy Syracuse in the 1st and cruised to a 6-3 win that ended any chance of a .500 finish. Starter Ryan Tatusko gave up all six Red Wings runs, walking three and giving up five hits for his seventh loss. The Chiefs racked up 13 hits but dropped the transmission with just a 1-for-11 mark in the clutch. Eury Perez led the hit column with three singles while Chris Rahl and and Josh Johnson both singled and doubled while going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington; LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3
• Treinen 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Grace (W, 6-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-5, 3R, 2B, 2SB
• Souza 4-5, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI

Steve Souza Jr. continues to spark the Sens offense, delivering a two-run single in the 6th in a 6-3 win over the Curve. The 24-y.o. has gone 11-for-20 with seven RBI in five games since his activation, including 4-for-5 with 3RBI last night. Blake Treinen returned to the rotation and went four and 2/3rds, giving two runs on a 4th-inning HR and four hits total while walking none and whiffing six. Matt Grace got the win as the pitcher of record by retiring the final batter of the 6th as Harrisburg used five relievers to close out the game.
Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL

Potomac — OFF DAY
Lynchburg didn’t cooperate last night, defeating Frederick 11-0 to keep Potomac’s magic number to clinch both halves at one. The P-Nats and the Dash play a de facto doubleheader tonight in Winston-Salem with a continuation of the July 11 contest that was suspended at 4-4 in the 4th. Winston-Salem has won eight in a row, but is on the verge of elimination from the playoffs thanks to a similar surge by Salem (five in a row) and spiral by Myrtle Beach (six in a row). The Red Sox’s magic number is down to three to win the second half and could clinch tonight with a doubleheader sweep and a Pelicans loss.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 5
• Encarnacion (L, 10-8) 6IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Meza 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramos 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B

Lakewood put up three in the 1st and two in the 4th to build a 5-0 lead. The single run scored in the 8th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown rallied from 5-0 and 6-2 down but fell short, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss, giving up the first five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over six innings. The Nos. 2-4 batters — Tony Renda, Shawn Pleffner, “Help Me” Wander Ramos — combined for six hits, five runs, and three RBI but also committed three of the four errors on the night.
Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee, OF Narciso Mesa placed on the 7-Day DL (corresponding moves for additions of RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou).

Batavia 9 Auburn 3
• Orlan (L, 1-5) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bafidis 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Reistetter 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• W. Rodriguez two OF assists (HP, 3B)

The Muckdogs scored in four straight innings to erase an early 1-0 Doubledays lead as Batavia tripled up Auburn, 9-3. R.C. Orlan lost for the fifth time, peppered for seven hits and two runs over three innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Auburn was held to just five hits with Matt Reistetter’s solo HR in the 1st and Cody Gunter’s two-run triple in the 5th accounting for the three Doubledays runs. Roster move: RHP Elliott Waterman reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain spared the G-Marlins one last beating by the G-Nats or one last chance for pride, depending on your point of view.
Roster move: RHP Chris Young assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

Nats Name AFL Roster

The Arizona Fall League rosters were released today, revealing which Nationals will be playing for this year’s assigned team, the Mesa Solar Sox.

None of the eight are Rule 5 eligibles for the first time, which has been the case a few times in the past few years, particularly with pitchers (e.g. Paul Demny in 2012, Cole Kimball in 2010). Four of the eight, however, have played here before, though for the two starting pitchers this is largely because surgeries and injuries have limited their playing time during the regular season. Perhaps the good news is that the organization feels confident enough to not shelve them yet again.

Without further ado, here’s Washington contingent (listed alphabetically):

  • RHP Robert Benincasa
  • OF Brian Goodwin
  • RHP Richie Mirowski
  • C Adrian Nieto
  • LHP Matt Purke
  • 1B/3B Matt Skole
  • LHP Sammy Solis
  • OF Steve Souza Jr.*

*Taxi squad, eligible to play twice per week

For folks that might be disappointed, let’s not forget that the Strasburg-Harper-Rendon sequence was the exception not the norm, which this seems to be. I’m a little curious as to the selection of Steve Souza Jr. if only because it was my understanding that he will be a free agent with this being his seventh season in the Nats organization. Perhaps this is a signal that he fully intends to re-sign? Or did his PED suspension delay his FA clock? Not exactly the kind of thing that’s easily researched, especially when so many offenders are quietly released.

Otherwise, I think we’re looking at the Nats fulfilling their obligations to help fill out the Solar Sox roster without providing any other teams a free look since the lion’s share of the aforementioned Rule 5 eligibles are position players or Dominican-born pitchers.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 15-5 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (5-6, 3.90) vs.
Dean (1-2, 2.13)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Navarro (4-6, 4.43)
Potomac Won, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (10-7, 3.45) vs.
Stefan (4-7, 3.65)
Auburn Postponed @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (1-4, 3.81) or
Giolito (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Garner (0-1, 1.41)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Zulueta (0-0, 0.96)



Syracuse 15 Rochester 5
• Clay (W, 5-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Espinosa 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse scored eight times before Rochester answered with two solo HRs in the 2nd as the Chiefs destroyed the Red Wings, 15-5. Every batter reached base, but Zach Walters was the “beer man” as the only one without a hit or an RBI in the 12-hit, 11-walk assault that set a season-high in runs for the Chiefs. Danny Espinosa (3-for-6) and Jeff Kobernus (2-for-5, BB) both reached base three times to lead the offense. Caleb Clay gave up three runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts for his fifth win.

Harrisburg 12 Altoona 5
• Karns (W, 9-6) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Holland 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Goodwin 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Burns 3-4, 4R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Bloxom 3-5, R, 2RBI

The Senators put up double digits in runs for the first time in nearly two months as they straightened the Curve, 12-5. Tablesetters Billy Burns and Brian Goodwin combined for four RBIs, six hits, and seven runs scored. Justin Bloxom also collected three hits and drove in two as Harrisburg pounded out 12 hits total. Nathan Karns got his ninth win, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings for his 11th quality start, though he gave up HR nos. 12 and 13 on the year. The 25-y.o. struck eight to bring his season total to 148, two behind E.L. leader Jesse Biddle of Reading.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 0
• Demny (W, 2-2) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (SV, 15) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keyes 1-1, R, BB, RBI
• Miller 1-3, RBI, SB

Four P-Nats pitchers combined on seven-hit shutout of the Blue Rocks, 2-0. Starter Paul Demny went six innings for the first time since his demotion, allowing four hits and a walk while setting down four on strikes. Robert Benincasa worked around a one-out single in the 9th for his 15th save at High-A (25th overall). Brandon Miller went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base while Kevin Keyes walked and drove in the insurance run in the 8th coming off the bench for leadoff man Cutter Dykstra, who appears to be headed for a stint on the temporary inactive list.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After their final scheduled off day, Hagerstown remains tied with West Virginia for first place in the Sally North. The Suns play their final three regular-season games at home against the 6th-place Blue Claws. It’s not entirely clear if Hagerstown would still win the second half it the two teams remain tied a week from today, however they do hold an 8-5 edge in head-to-head meetings with West Virginia, which is a common tiebreaker. The Power also play its final three home games today through Thursday against the last-place Tourists. Both teams finish on the road for four, with Hagerstown visiting 4th-place Kannapolis and West Virginia visiting 2nd-place Lexington.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
Inclement weather forced the postponement of this one until Wednesday, when Auburn returns to Batavia. The two teams will play a doubleheader at 5:05 p.m.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 1
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Suero (W, 8-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bautista 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI

With a 5-1 win over the G-Marlins, the G-Nats clinched the best winning percentage ever in the GCL. Jefrey Rodriguez pitched on three days’ rest after an abbreviated outing last Thursday and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while fanning a pair. Wander Suero improved to 8-1 with two shutout innings of relief as the first man out of the ‘pen. Rafael Bautista homered and drove in two while Randy Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the G-Nats totaled five runs on six hits and three walks.

Isaac Ballou Promoted To Hagerstown

Moving On Up for NPP
The Auburn Doubledays announced today that OF Isaac Ballou has been promoted to Hagerstown.

Ballou had been hitting .294/.405/.398 with two HRs, 20RBIs, and eight SBs while playing in 59 of 65 games for the Doubledays. Three weeks ago, Ballou was named the New York-Penn League Batter of the Week.

He’s the third position player to get the bump this month, following Brandon Miller and Billy Burns’s shuffle from Hagerstown to Potomac and Potomac to Harrisburg, respectively.

Corresponding moves have not yet been announced for either Auburn or Hagerstown. As always if/when that occurs within a reasonable period of time, this space will be updated.

Blake Schwartz Named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week

Blake SchwartzApparently, nine shutout innings trumps eight no-hit innings.

Blake Schwartz got the nod for the weekly honors over Wilmington’s Sam Selman, in large part because Selman got knocked around five days earlier by the P-Nats in a 5-3 loss.

This, of course, does not diminish the accomplishment of Schwartz, who probably would have won on any other night with just five hits let up over nine innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

The 23-year-old Minnesota native currently leads the Nationals organization in wins (13) and is third in ERA (2.42), WHIP (0.98) and opp. BA (.215). He was a 17th-Round pick in the 2012 Draft out of Oklahoma City University (NAIA), where he spent his senior season after three previous seasons with Minnesota State (Div. II).

Schwartz was also named to this site’s “Notable Arms” on the 2013 Watchlist, in large part because he made the rare jump from the GCL to the Suns last summer. He is the third Potomac pitcher to win the weekly award, following Taylor Hill (April 15-21) and two-time winner A.J. Cole (April 22-28, June 10-16).

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (4-2, 2.38) vs.
Walters (6-4, 3.97)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (8-6, 3.32) vs.
Baker (3-3, 6.59)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (1-2, 4.35) vs.
Santiago (3-2, 4.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-5 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (1-4, 3.81) vs.
Garner (0-1, 1.41)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (2-0, 4.23) vs.
Westmoreland (0-5, 6.67)



Charlotte 3 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 3-9) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Kimball 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Brown 1-2, 2BB
• Johnson 1-3

Syracuse missed its chance to climb out of last place in the I.L. North, losing again to Charlotte, 3-1. Jeff Mandel was charged with all three Knights runs on five hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds as Tyler Robertson couldn’t strand either of the two runners he inherited. The Chiefs were held to just four hits and four walks, with Corey Brown leading the way with a single and two walks.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 4
• Ray 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Herron (W, 6-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Barrett (SV, 26) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Nicol 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Bloxom 2-3, BB

Harrisburg regained first place with a 5-4 comeback win over Erie that split the four-game series. Robbie Ray struggled to last last four innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks while throwing 73 pitches. He struck out six. Sean Nicol’s RBI double capped a three-run 8th as the Senators scored the last five runs of the game. With the win, the magic number to clinch a playoff spot is six, nine to take the division.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Purke 5+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Dykstra 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Gilmartin 1-2, 2BB, RBI
• Taylor 1-2, 2BB, 2SB (44, 45)

Potomac snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Wilmington. Starter Matt Purke got the win, going five-plus innings with two runs allowed on three hits, including a double and a home run by Blue Rocks’ graybeard Dennis Raben. The TCU product walked five and struck out just one while earning his fourth win. Cutter Dykstra was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI as the P-Nats took advantage of seven walks to score six times on eight hits. The victory ties the franchise record for wins in a single season at 80 and surpasses the record of 79 as a Nats affiliate set in 2008 and tied in 2009.

Greensboro 3 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mendez (L, 3-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• McQuillan 2-4, 2B, RBI

After Tony Renda’s solo shot in the 8th tied it, Greensboro rallied for the gamewinner with two outs in the 9th on a single-walk-single sequence for a 3-2 triumph over Hagerstown. Gilberto Mendez took the loss while striking out four over an inning and a 1/3rd as the third reliever out of the Suns ‘pen. Starter Kylin Turnbull gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. Renda, Mike McQuillan, and Khayyan Norfork each had two hits. The rest of the lineup had one.

Auburn 10 State College 5
• Barrientos (L, 1-5) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Reistetter 3-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Yezzo 3-4, R, RBI
• Gunter 2-4, R

A five-run 1st by State College erased an early 1-0 deficit to Auburn, as the Doubledays lost again, 10-5. Joel Barrientos wore a collar of six runs on three walks and seven hits, including home run in his third and final inning. He struck out two while losing his fifth game. Matt Reistetter and James Yezzo both went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Auburn’s 11-hit, four-walk offense.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s the final week of the regular season with a pair against the Marlins and a pair against the Cardinals. The next win clinches the best winning percentage ever in the GCL. Three wins gets them to 50.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Charlotte,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (3-8, 4.78) vs.
Berken (10-12, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 vs. Erie,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.86) vs.
Crouse (8-10, 4.63)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 (10 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Purke (3-3, 4.94) vs.
Davis (0-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Greensboro,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.88) vs.
James (2-6, 6.14)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-4, 6.38) vs.
Herget (5-0, 2.34)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A



Charlotte 5 Syracuse 4
• Maya 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Krol (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Syracuse’s five-game winning streak ground to a halt with Charlotte’s four-run 7th as the Knights edged the Chiefs, 5-4. Ian Krol took the loss, letting in two runners and giving two of his own as he retired just one of four batters faced. Yunesky Maya got the no-decision, charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings while striking out six. Chris Rahl singled and homered as Syracuse scored four times on four hits and seven walks.

Harrisburg 8 Erie 2
• Swynenberg 4⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Perry (W, 2-5) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Nicol 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Burns 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Souza 2-5, 2B, RBI, OF assist at HP

Sean Nicol’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run 6th as Harrisburg snapped a three-game skid and sliced Erie’s lead to a half-game with an 8-2 win. Matt Swynenberg was one out shy of getting the win which went to Ryan Perry for stranding two in the 5th, albeit on an outfield kill by Steve Souza Jr., and working around a single and a pair of two-out walks in the 6th. Nicol, Souza, and Billy Burns each had multiple hits and combined to score four runs and drive in four.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 9IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Benincasa (L, 0-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 1-5, 2B
• Soriano 1-4

Potomac was no-hit for eight innings before Cutter Dykstra greeted Wilmington reliever Andrew Edwards with a leadoff double off the CF wall. With the score being 0-0 (read: not “scoreless”), Potomac had the chance to win a 1-0 game with a run in the bottom of the ninth for the first time since June 21, 2009. After a sacrifice sent Dykstra to third, the Blue Rocks intentionally walked the next two batters. A Kevin Keyes whiff and a Justin Miller groundout ended the inning. Robert Benincasa took over for Blake Schwartz in the top of the 10th and lost for the fourth time with a pair of one-out singles and sacrifice fly. Francisco Soriano got the second P-Nats hit with two outs in the bottom of the 10th but went no further as Dykstra grounded out to end it for Potomac’s fourth straight loss.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 1
• Lee (W, 6-4) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Dickson (SV, 2) 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• McQuillan 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, 2B

Hagerstown rallied for three in the 7th to break open a 2-0 game as they evened the series with Greensboro with a 5-1 win. Nick Lee won his sixth game with five shutout innings, though he walked four and struck out just two. Ian Dickson finished the game, scattering six hits and giving up a run in the 9th for his second save. Mike McQuillan reached base three times with a walks and two singles to lead the Suns attack of eight hits and five walks.

State College 7 Auburn 0
• Ullmann 6IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mudron 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 5BB, K, 2WP
• Ballou 1-4, 2B
• Zebrack 0-3, ⅔IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S

The wheels came off the bus in the bottom of the 8th as State College scored all seven runs in their final “ups” in a 7-0 shutout of the Doubledays. Starter Ryan Ullmann pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and a walk while fanning two. Mike Mudron coughed up seven runs in the fateful frame, walking four (one intentionally) while getting just one of ten batters out. CF Greg Zebrack got the final two outs while stranding two of three inherited runners. The Doubledays were held to just three hits and three walks while striking out 12 times on offense.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Mets 0
• Silvestre (W, 7-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• P. Valdez (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walsh (SV, 8) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4
• Guzman 1-3, R, 2B

Three wild pitches scored both G-Nats runs while three G-Nats pitchers combined on a four-hit, no-walk shutout for a 2-0 win over the G-Mets. Hector Silvestre improved to 7-0 with five scoreless innings, with three hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. Wilmer Difo singled, stole second, and came in on G-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez’s 2nd and 3rd wild pitches in the 4th. An inning later, Luis Guzman doubled, and came in on Nuez’s 4th and 5th wild pitches. Philips Valdez and Jake Walsh each put up two zeros on the visitor’s scoreboard to earn the hold (2nd) and save (8th) respectively.
Roster move: C Geoffrey Perrott (17th-round pick out of Rice Univ.) assigned from Washington.

DSL Cardinals 4 DSL Nationals 2
• Morales 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Feliz (L, 4-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ortiz 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Tillero 2-4, RBI

After twice rallying from one-run deficits, the D-Nats gave up a two in the 9th to fall 4-2 to the D-Cards in the season finale. John Feliz took the loss, allowing a pair of singles and a triple in the final frame. Starter Jose Morales went the first four innings, letting in an unearned run on two hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Oliver Ortiz scored both D-Nats runs, walking twice while going 1-for-2 with a double as the D-Nats were held to just five hits. The D-Nats finished the 2013 season at 38-31, a ½ game better than the 2012 edition but in fourth place instead of third in the Boca Chica South.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.90) vs.
Johnson (3-1, 1.59)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-5 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-0, 3.39) vs.
Perez (1-0, 6.75)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (11-4, 2.76) vs.
Selman (10-9, 3.77)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-1 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (5-4, 4.19) vs.
Brice (8-9, 5.52)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 6.66) vs.
Reed (3-2, 2.36)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
P. Valdez (3-0, 2.17) vs.
Church (2-3, 6.43)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 8 Charlotte 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 7-10) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2BB, RBI, CS
• Brown 3-5, R, RBI
• Watts 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI

Danny Rosenbaum snapped a three-game losing streak while Syracuse extended its win streak to five with an 8-1 decision over Charlotte. The 25-y.o. southpaw allowed one run on six hits and three walks while striking out four for his seventh win. He watched from the dugout as the offense exploded for seven runs over their last three “ups” and three relievers turned in a scoreless inning each. Jeff Kobernus reached base four times on two doubles and two walks as the Chiefs pounded out 13 hits for the second straight game.
Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno, C Jhonatan Solano recalled to Washington; C Jeff Howell activated, reassigned from Harrisburg.

Erie 9 Harrisburg 5
• Hill 5+ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Grace (L, 5-2) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Souza 2-4, R, 2SB
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Nicol 2-4, R

The offense got the boost it’s been missing with the return of Steve Souza Jr., but the pitchers couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 5-1 lead. Erie rallied for four in the 6th to tie, then four more in the 9th to win it, 9-5. Starter Taylor Hill was roughed up for five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk in five-plus innings, letting the first six batters reach base in the 6th, and leaving with the bases loaded and a 5-4 lead. Tyler Herron couldn’t strand all three for the blown save. Souza, Justin Bloxom, and Sean Nicol each went 2-for-4 as the Senators notched nine hits total, though just one after the game was tied. Matt Grace took the loss, giving up the second four-spot on four hits in the 9th. Roster moves: OF Steven Souza Jr. activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Jose Lozada placed on the 7-day DL.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 2 (11 inn.)
• Solis 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramsey 3-5, OF assists at 1B, 3B, E
• Sanchez 2-5, R

Potomac remains flat as they were swept at the Pfitz for the first time this season with a 3-2 loss to Winston-Salem in 11 innings. Sammy Solis got the start and went five innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks while striking out three. He was in line for the win thanks in large part to the Dash defense giving away two in the 2nd on a passed ball and double steal attempt that saw the run score before the third out was made. The P-Nats returned the favor with an unearned run in the 8th, “thanks” to a passed ball with one out that moved up two runners into scoring position and a dropped flyball that sent in the equalizer. The Dash won it in the 11th with single and a double with one out off Brian Dupra, the fourth Potomac reliever of the night. Caleb Ramsey led the offense with a 3-for-5 game and cut down two runners but committed the critical error in the 8th.

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 1
• Johansen (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 2-3, BB
• Ramos 2-4, RBI

Jake Johansen became the latest promoted pitcher to learn there’s a difference between the levels as Greensboro schooled him for five runs in a 9-1 win over Hagerstown. The Nats’ top draft pick went four and 2/3rds innings, walked two, struck out three, but gave up six hits including a two-run shot in the 4th. The Grasshoppers scored in three of the five innings he began. Offensively, the Suns were held to five hits, with two singles apiece coming off the bats of Mike McQuillan and “Help Me” Wander Ramos and a double from Will Piwinica-Worms. Roster move: RHP Dakota Bacus assigned from Washington.

State College 9 Auburn 3
• Simms (L, 0-2) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Napoli 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Lippincott 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Foat 1-3, BB

State College scored in five consecutive innings, building a 6-0 lead before Auburn answered and pranced to a 9-3 win. John Simms lost his first career start, giving up two runs on six hits, walking none, setting down one on strikes. Silvio Medina became the latest victim of the GBI curse, letting in two inherited runners and four of his own over two and a 1/3rd innings. Bryan Lippincott drove in all three Doubleday runs, breaking up the shutout with solo home run in the 7th and plating two in the 8th with a single.

GCL Mets 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Waterman 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Mejia 2-4, R
• Gordon 1-3, R, OF assist at 3B

The G-Nats latest win streak came to an end with a soul-crushing 4-3 loss to the G-Mets. DSL callup Luis Reyes made his first stateside start but was roughed up for three runs on four hits, including a two-run homer in the 4th. The 18-y.o. Venezuelan walked two and struck out one. The G-Nats rallied for two in the 9th and had the tying run at second with one out, but couldn’t push across the equalizer as Hayden Jennings whiffed and Rafael Bautista tapped back to the mound. Bryan Mejia led the G-Nats offense with a 2-for-4 game, including a 9th-inning single and run.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 2
• Sanchez (L, 2-3) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Pena 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Alvarez 3-4, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The D-Cards erupted for three in the 7th to break open a 2-1 game and went on to defeat the D-Nats 5-2. Starter Mario Sanchez turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on six hits and a walk with six K’s, but took his third loss. The offense was limited to four hits by two players: leadoff man Aldrem Corredor, who went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and no. 2 batter Thomas Alvarez, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (6-10, 3.88) vs.
Stewart (5-13, 4.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (2-6, 2.18) vs.
Saupold (7-5, 3.18)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 2.81) vs.
Van Skike (3-5, 2.85)
Hagerstown Won, 8-3 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (4-3, 4.69)
Johansen (Low-A debut) vs.
Oliver (4-4, 5.13)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (12 inn.) @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 6.66)
Simms (0-1, 4.29) vs.
Reed (3-2, 2.36)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvestre (6-0, 2.03) vs.
Herrmann (0-4, 9.60)
DSL Nationals Won, 2-1 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 8 Charlotte 5
• Tatusko 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K, WP
• Robertson (W, 4-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Brown 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Perez 2-3, R, 3B, BB, 3RBI, CS, HBP
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2B, SAC

Eury Perez’s three-run triple highlighted a four-run 7th as the Chiefs won their fourth straight, 8-5, over the Knights. Syracuse rapped out a baker’s dozen of hits, with Corey Brown leading the charge with a single, double, and a homer (#18) and two runs scored. Tyler Robertson got the win with two perfect innings in relief. Starter Ryan Tatusko labored through five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and five walks for the no-decision.

Erie 4 Harrisburg 1
• Cole (L, 3-2) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 9K
• McCoy 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rivero 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Hood 2-3

In battle of the E.L. West’s top two teams, Erie reclaimed 1st place with a 4-1 win over Harrisburg. A.J. Cole turned in his fifth quality start out of six for the Sens, letting in three runs on four hits, no walks, and striking out nine, but lost for the second time. Carlos Rivero doubled and scored a run, Destin Hood singled twice, while the rest of the Harrisburg lineup went 3-for-26 with a walk. Patriot News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that OF Steve Souza Jr. will rejoin the team today after finishing up a four-game rehab tour of Viera.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 2
• Mooneyham (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 6BB, K, HR
• Bates 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Oduber 1-3, 3B, BB, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, BB, RBI

Brett Mooneyham and the strike zone were barely acquainted in his Carolina League debut as he walked six and gave up six runs in a 6-2 loss to Winston-Salem. The southpaw threw 75 pitches in three innings, giving up five hits, including a first-pitch fastball that Dash catcher Kevan Smith launched some 25′ over CF wall. Colin Bates, Travis Henke, and Rob Wort combined for six shutout innings. The P-Nats bats, however, were silent until the final two innings, when Michael Taylor drew a bases-loaded walk to break up the shutout in the 8th and Randolph Oduber tripled in the second run in the 9th.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 3
• Voth 4⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, 2WP
• Davis (W, 2-3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 3-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 3-4, 2R

Hagerstown broke a 3-3 tie with a five-run 7th en route to an 8-3 win over Lakewood. Austin Voth (ryhmes with both) got the no-decision in his Sally League debut, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds innings. Cody Davis finished out the 5th and pitched a scoreless 6th and got the win. Mike McQuillan and Will Piwinica-Worms both went 3-for-4 to lead the 10-hit Suns offense.

Auburn 4 Batavia 3 (12 inn.)
• Pivetta 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Cooper (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Ballou 4-6, R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Gunter 3-4, 2B, 3B, BB
• Lippincott 3-6, 2B

Auburn rallied for two in the 9th to tie and pushed across the deciding run in the 12th for a 4-3 win over Batavia. Three relievers combined for eight scoreless innings to make the comeback possible, with Andrew Cooper getting the win. Starter Nick Pivetta was touched for all three Muckdog runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two. Isaac Ballou singled twice, doubled twice, scored once, and knocked in three to lead the Doubledays attack.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 6
• J. Rodriguez 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, 4BB, 0K
• Sylvestri (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• R. Encarnacion 2-4, SB
• Difo 1-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB
• Souza 1-3, 2R, BB, SB

A four-run 2nd gave the G-Nats a 6-1 lead after two. They led 7-2 after five. The G-Cards rallied for three in the 8th, one in the 9th, but couldn’t tie as the G-Nats won again, 7-6. Michael Sylvestri got the win in relief with three scoreless innings. Starter Jefry Rodriguez gave up the G-Cards run on one hit and four walks over and inning and 2/3rds. Randy Encarnacion led the nine-hit offensive effort with a 2-for-4 game as the G-Nats drew two walks and stole five bases.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Orioles2 1
• Yrizarri (W, 5-3) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Reynoso (H, 6) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Salazar (SV, 13) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Ortiz 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Florentino 0-2, BB, RBI, OF assist at HP

The D-Nats had a no-hitter through seven but needed an outfield kill in the 9th to secure the 2-1 win. Geremias Gil doubled to lead off the 9th for the D-Orioles2 and tried to come in on the subsequent single but was gunned down by CF Darryl Florentino. All-Star closer Melvi Salazar finished out the 9th for his 13th save. Starter Deibi Yrizarri got the win with five no-hit innings, walking two and fanning five. Oliver Ortiz had the sole extra-base hit for the D-Nats, who were held to three hits and two walks.

Nats Trade Kurt Suzuki Back To A’s For Dakota Bacus

Early this morning, the Nationals traded C Kurt Suzuki back to the Athletics for a pitching prospect. Multiple online sources are reporting that prospect is RHP Dakota Bacus.

Dakota BacusBacus was the 9th-round pick for Oakland in the 2012 draft out of Indiana State University where he had posted a 7-4 record in 17 appearances (16 starts) with pitcher’s line of 2.70/3.17/1.16 after transferring from Southeastern C.C. (Iowa). He set the ISU single-season record in 2012 for innings pitched, including three complete games.

The 22-year-old Illinoisan went 3-0 with 7 saves in 30 innings last summer in the Arizona League. This season he’s gone 9-5 with a 3.56/3.42/1.34 line for the Low-A Beloit Snappers.

Scouting reports, as you might imagine, are sparse. In his 2013 Prospect Book, John Sickels cited Bacus’s “exceptional command of a low-90s fastball, slider, and changeup” but was hesitant to give him more than a Grade C due to his age and level of competition. Sickels also noted Bacus has enough of an arsenal to start but (the usual caveat) could move up the ladder faster as a reliever.

No word yet, obviously, as to if, when and/or where he’ll appear for the Nationals farm, though the most likely destination would be Hagerstown.