Apr 272012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4;
Won, 3-2
vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (1-2, 3.18) vs.
Shirek (3-1, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Ballard (1-1, 3.18) vs.
Bascom (2-1, 3.75)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (0-3, 9.42) vs.
Font (0-2, 9.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (0-1, 6.28) vs.
Filak (1-1, 2.14)

Syracuse 5 Rochester 4 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Duke (ND) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Perry (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Michaels 3-4, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Harper 1-3, 2R, BB, E(4)
• Brown 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Jason Michaels’s two-out, two-strike, three-run HR in the first “extra” inning was the difference in a 5-4 win over the Rochester Red Wings in the front end of the double header. The Chiefs had just six hits for the game, with Corey Brown homering in the 1st to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead and Jarrett Hoffpauir singling in Bryce Harper in the 4th for a 2-1 lead. The Chiefs ‘pen benefited from Michaels’ clutch hit, as Ryan Perry let in one of two inherited runners to tie the game but got the blown-save-win. Atahualpa Severino coughed up a two-run homer in the last of the 8th but was still credited with a save, his 1st of the season.

Syracuse 3 Rochester 2 — GAME TWO
• Arnesen (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• VanAllen ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Wilkie ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Teahen 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Harper 1-2, BB, RBI

Mark Teahen’s two-RBI single in the 5th broke a 1-1 tie as the Chiefs would take the game, 3-2 to sweep both the doubleheader and the three-game series against Rochester. Erik Arnesen threw five innings and allowed just one run (a solo shot in the 1st) on two hits and no walks to earn the win. Cory VanAllen and Josh Wilkie got the last four outs to earn the hold and save, respectively. Syracuse takes its four-game win streak back home to Alliance Bank Park for a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 4
• Gilliam (L, 1-3) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 8K
• Lehman 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 2-4, 2R, RBI, SB
• Pahuta 2-4, R, 2B
• Negrych 1-2, 2B, 2BB

It was two little, too late as the Senators fell to the Curve, 6-4 in Altoona. Starter Rob Gilliam was touched for four runs on six hits over six innings but took the loss. First man out of the ‘pen Erik Davis got roughed up two runs to put Harrisburg in a 6-1 hole after seven innings. Jeff Kobernus delivered a two-out RBI single in the 8th, while veterans Tim Pahuta (double), Chris Rahl (RBI single, stolen base), and Chris McConnell (RBI single), drove in two and got the tying runs on, but neither Jesus Valdez (strikeout) nor Eury Perez (groundout) could keep the rally going. The Sens return home after the 4-2 road trip to host the Bowie BaySox.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 6
• Hansen (ND) 3⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Holland (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Demmin 3BF, 2H, BB, 1-1 IR-S
• Oduber 3-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Taylor 3-3, R, 3-2B, BB, RBI, CS
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

The P-Nats blew leads of 4-1 and 5-2 before falling behind 6-5 in just the first five innings. They would tie it on Michael Taylor’s third double in the 7th, but lost in the 9th on a single-double-walk-single sequence with one out for the 7-6 loss and the four-game sweep. Starter Bobby Hansen was chased in the 4th, giving up four runs on seven hits, including a home run, the first of three the Dash would hit. Paul Applebee gave up the other two, both solo shots in the 5th that tied then put Winston-Salem ahead. Potomac would bang out 12 hits of their own with Taylor (3-for-3) and Randolph Oduber (3-for-4, HR) leading the way, but stranded seven runners and had a runner thrown out at the plate. Potomac returns home tonight for a 10-game homestand that begins with a three-game series against Myrtle Beach.

Rome 6 Hagerstown 2
• Estevez (L, 2-1) 3#8532; IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holt 2#8531; IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-3, RBI

With too many pitches left up, the Rome Braves made Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez pay for those mistakes, knocking him around for all six runs on eight hits as the Suns lost, 6-2. The 20-year-old Dominican also gave up three walks, though he struck out four despite his difficulty locating his pitches. Cutter Dykstra was the only multiple-hit batter with a 2-for-5 night. He and Matt Skole drove in the two Hagerstown runs. Kylin Turnbull is slated to come off the DL to start tonight, so a pitcher “going to Auburn” today is likely. Adam Kilgore’s dispatch yesterday revealed that Brian Goodwin is in Viera to rehab his quadriceps injury, but (naturally) no estimate for his return was given by Bill Belichek Doug Harris.

Apr 262012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-5 @ Rochester,
11:35 a.m.
Duke (1-1, 6.60) and
Arnesen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Deduno (0-1, 3.94) and
Walters (2-1, 3.38)
Harrisburg Won, 8-0 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Gilliam (1-2, 6.00) vs.
Cumpton (1-2, 4.15)
Potomac Lost, 14-0 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Hansen (1-1, 6.23) vs.
Heidenreich (1-1, 3.79)
Hagerstown Won, 24-2 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (2-0, 6.64) vs.
Briceno (1-1, 4.08)

Syracuse 10 Rochester 5
• Lannan (W, 1-2) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 3K
• Wilkie 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Teahen 2-4, 2R, HR (GS), 6RBI
• Brown 2-4, 2R, BB, OF Assist (2B)
• Moore 2-5, R
• Harper 1-3, R, BB, CS

Mark Teahen and Jason Michaels both connected for grand slams as the Chiefs hit double-digits for the first time this season in a 10-5 win over the Red Wings. John Lannan was awarded the win despite giving up all five runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks. Syracuse pounded out 12 hits total, with Carlos Maldonado the beer man as the sole oh-fer in the lineup, and the first four men in the order collecting two hits apiece. Josh Wilkie and Ryan Perry each tossed a scoreless inning in relief to close out the game.

Harrisburg 8 Altoona 0
• Rosenbaum (W, 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K; 0-2, SF, RBI
• Nelo 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leon 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• King 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Rahl 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

Danny Rosenbaum continues to dazzle, throwing seven shutout innings to lower his ERA to 0.94 and driving in a run with a sac fly as the Senators blanked the Curve, 8-0. The 24-y.o. walked two (raising his FIP from 2.32 to 2.61; the E.L. average is 3.59) and gave up three hits while claiming his third win of the season. The trio of Chris Rahl, Stephen King, and Sandy Leon combined for seven of the 12 Harrisburg hits, including a three-pitch sequence of double (Rahl), triple (King), and single (Leon) as part of Sens’ five-run 6th. Pat McCoy and Hector Nelo both allowed a hit in their inning of work but kept Altoona off the board to preserve the shutout.

Winston-Salem 14 Potomac 0
• Grace (L, 1-2) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, K
• Eusebio ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Walters 1-4, 2K, E(2)
• Nicol 1-4, 2K

BB&T continues to be a house of horrors for the P-Nats, as they lost for the 16th time in 23 regular-season games by a 14-0 count. The offense managed just two hits and three walks, with Zach Walters and Sean Nicol both going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Thanks to an error, a wild pitch, and four hit batsmen, Potomac had 11 baserunners total and they were all stranded, including seven with two out. Winston-Salem scored 12 of its 14 runners in its final three turns at bat, blowing open a 2-0 lead to 8-0 with a six-run 6th, then tacking on two in the 7th, and four in the bottom of the 8th, as every Potomac pitcher was charged with at least two runs.

Hagerstown 24 Rome 2
• Hill (W, 3-0) 5IP, 5H, 2IP, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Karns (SV, 1) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Souza 4-6, 3B, HR, BB, 9RBI
• Martinson 3-6, 3R, 2B, BB, 5RBI
• Skole 1-3, 4R, 5BB, 2RBI

It may have been April 2012, but for the Braves pitchers, it was more like November 1864, as the Suns batters marched to a 24-2 win in Georgia. Steven Souza fell a double short of the cycle and one RBI short of the Sally League record for a single game as the 23-year-old knocked in nine runs while going 4-for-6.
Hagerstown rapped out 24 hits and drew 14 walks (five by Matt Skole, a league-leading 18 for the season). Taylor Hill got the win with two runs allowed on five hits over five innings, while Nathan Karns struck out five over the last four innings to earn the rulebook save.

Apr 252012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (0-2, 7.50) vs.
Thompson (1-2, 3.21)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Rosenbaum (2-0, 1.25) vs.
Baker (2-1, 3.29)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Winston-Salem,
12:00 p.m.
Grace (1-1, 7.00) vs.
Buch (0-1, 6.75)
Hagerstown Won, 9-2 @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (2-0, 2.45) vs.
Perez (0-2, 12.27)

SYRACUSE — PPD
With snow/sleet in the forecast, and sub-40 degree temperatures, the game between the Rochester Red Wings was postponed on Tuesday night, to be replayed on Thursday morning as part of a doubleheader. Tonight’s game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. but rain is forecast for parts of this afternoon though it is significantly warmer.

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 1
• Mandel (W, 2-1) 6IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ivany 2-4, 3B, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R, 4SB (15)

Speed, defense, and good pitching were all on display in Altoona as Harrisburg used strong doses of all three elements in a 5-1 win over the Curve. Jeff Kobernus stole four of the seven bases the Sens swiped, including teaming up with Chris Rahl on a double steal of home and second base in the third. His 15 steals is second to Billy Hamilton’s 18 in affiliated baseball. Harrisburg turned three double plays on the night to help Jeff Mandel scatter his nine baserunners allowed over six innings, as the veteran allowed just one run to raise his ERA to 1.09 for the season.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 4
• Winters (L, 1-2) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Freitas 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Keyes 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI, CS
• Oduber 1-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

Despite the wind blowing out at a hitter’s park, the two teams traded zeros early before the P-Nats exploded for three runs in the 5th, highlighted by Kevin Keyes’ 3rd HR of the season. Winston-Salem, however, answered with two in the 5th and four in the sixth en route to a 6-4 win, the 15th defeat in the regular season for Potomac since the ballpark opened in 2010. Kyle Winters took the loss, giving up nine hits and three walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. He was charged with six runs as Neil Holland couldn’t prevent either of the two runners he inherited from scoring. Rob Wort struck out the side in the 8th, the second time in three outings he’s achieved the feat.

Hagerstown 9 Rome 2
• Meyer 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 6K
• Dupra (W, 1-3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nieto 4-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI
• Skole 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB, SF

A pair of four-run innings pushed the Suns past the Rome Braves en route to a 9-2 win. Adrian Nieto led the 12-hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, while Matt Skole smacked his 4th HR of the season, a solo shot in the 3rd that broke a 0-0 tie. Brian Dupra got the win in relief with three scoreless innings. Alex Meyer started but labored through four innings — four walks, six strikeouts — as he continually got into long counts and struggled with his command. (At least that’s what I saw on MiLB.tv last night. Once Mike Newman of ScoutingTheSally.com files his story, I’ll link to it). Notes: Steven Souza made his first start of the season, going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, but played right field, indicating that his listing on the Suns roster as an OF may not be a mistake. On a similar note, Dupra’s usage in relief last night and Hill’s start tonight may not necessarily be a flip-flop. Dupra had not pitched in eight days and Hill has not pitched since a week ago.

Apr 242012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (0-2, 7.50) vs.
DeVries (0-1, 2.87)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Mandel (1-0, 0.96) vs.
Colla (0-2, 5.14)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Winters (1-1, 3.71) vs.
Arroyo (0-1, 10.80)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Rome,
7:00 p.m.
Meyer (1-2, 6.75) vs.
Holland (1-2, 1.37)

Yesterday was a scheduled off day for three of the four full-season affiliates, and as luck would have it, all four teams will be on the road for the next three before Potomac, Harrisburg and Syracuse return home on Friday. The rainouts also have given us a treat in that Alex Meyer will be pitching near Scouting The Sally’s home base in Georgia, which should give us an opportunity to get a view from “outside the bubble” from a more scouting-oriented prospect writer.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 1
• Swynenberg (L, 1-1) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, 2K, E(6)
• Moore 1-3, 2B

With two errors to the first two batters, the Dash struck early for two unearned runs while Winston-Salem’s Andre Rienzo stifled the Potomac lineup for seven innings for a 4-1 win over the P-Nats. Matt Swynenberg scattered nine hits over five and a 1/3rd innings, walking none and fanning three, but those two unearned runs did him in for his first loss. The damage could have been much worse, as the Dash batters went just 2-for-17 with RISP and stranded 12 runners. After answering the Winston-Salem’s two runs in the bottom of the 1st with a run in the top of the 2nd, Potomac went in order from the 3rd to the 6th until David Freitas led off the 7th with a single. The last gasp came in the 9th as a hit batsmen (Freitas), double (Justin Bloxom), and a walk (Kevin Keyes) loaded the bases with two outs in the 9th, but Sean Nicol couldn’t connect and went down swinging to end the game.

Apr 232012
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1;
Won 1-0
OFF DAY n/a
Harrisburg Postponed OFF DAY n/a
Potomac Postponed @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Applebee (1-0, 1.35) vs.
Rienzo (2-0, 1.00)
Hagerstown Postponed OFF DAY n/a

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 1 — GAME ONE
• Maya (L, 1-2) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Pena 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Johnson 2-4

The long Nationals nightmare is over as Bryce Harper finally homered (above, video 1, video 2) at AAA, but the Syracuse Chiefs lost, 6-1. Yunesky Maya was in midseason form, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. He also committed an error. Josh Johnson and Harper both had two hits, but the Chiefs managed on six total as they dropped their sixth straight decision.

Syracuse 1 Buffalo 0 — GAME TWO
• Roark (W, 1-3) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, E (pickoff)
• Perry (SV, 2) 1IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Brown 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Moore 1-2

Corey Brown’s solo shot in the 4th was all the support that Tanner Roark would get, but with some help from Ryan Perry, it was all he would need as the Chiefs took the nightcap of the doubleheader, 1-0. Roark tosses six strong innings, alllowing just two hits and two walks (one intenional) while striking out four. He also worked around what could have been a critical error in the 6th, throwing to Brown in CF instead Johnson at SS on a pickoff attempt with one out. The error moved the runner up to third, but Roark painted the corner for a backwards K for the second out and got a grounder to second to end the threat. Perry also danced in and out of danger in the 7th by putting on the tying run with a walk and giving up a single before Tyler Moore pounced on the ensuing bunt for the 3-5 putout and then started the 1-6-3 DP to end the game.

HARRISBURG — PPD
The Senators took two of three from the Thunder in the rain-shortened series and have an off day today before a three-game, midweek set against Altoona. A makeup date for Sunday’s postponement is pending, with the two teams meeting again in Harrisburg in June (15-17) and the Senators visiting Trenton next in late July (26-29).

POTOMAC — PPD
Rain washed out both weekend games against the Salem Red Sox and will likely force some shuffling of the rotation as well. When the two games will be made up has not yet been announced, but the guess here is that one will be made up in Salem when the P-Nats visit May 8-10, and the other will be made up during the June 8-10. Absent another rainout, Potomac could go from May 8 to June 17 without a day off, which could mean as many as 44 games in 41 games.

HAGERSTOWN — PPD
The rain gave the Suns a 2-0 series win against the BlueClaws and a head start on their long bus ride to Georgia to face the Braves for four and GreenJackets for three before heading back and hosting Rome for three and Augusta for four. Makeup dates for the two missed games have not been announced, but with the half system, it’s probable that a pair of doubleheaders will be played when Hagerstown next visits Lakewood on May 24-27.

Apr 222012
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
12:00 p.m.
Maya (1-1, 2.60) and
Roark (0-3, 6.46) vs.
Familia (1-1, 6.59) and
Schwinden (2-1, 2.25)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Trenton,
1:05 p.m.
Mandel (1-1, 0.96) vs.
Marshall (2-1, 5.40)
Potomac Postponed vs. Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Grace (1-1, 7.00) and
Applebee (1-0, 1.35) vs.
Couch (2-1, 3.38) and TBD
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Dupra (0-3, 5.02) and
Meyer (1-2, 6.75) vs.
Manzanillo (0-1, 6.55) and
Nesseth (1-1, 7.59)

Rain washed out three of four games on the Washington Nationals farm last night, and with percentages of 80, 80 and 100 forecast for Woodbridge, Hagerstown, and Trenton, there’s a good chance that it’ll be another three rainouts today. Without further ado, here’s how things went in Trenton, NJ.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 1
• Demny (W, 1-1) 6⅓ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• McCoy (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Garcia (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, R
• Pahuta 2-4, R
• Valdez OF assist at 2B (4th in 9G)

Walks had been the bugaboo for Paul Demny — 13 in 11⅔ innings — in his first three outings, but with just one last night, the 22-year-old Texan was able to pitch into 7th inning for the first time this season. Thanks to Chris Rahl’s two-run triple in the top of the 7th, Demny would get the win, too. Rahl fell short of the cycle, but singled, tripled, and homered (#4, second in the Nats minors behind Tyler Moore) to drive in three of the four Senator runs. Harrisburg got 10 hits total, including a double by Chris McConnell to halt an 0-for-21 skid, while Pat McCoy and Christian Garcia both tossed an inning and a third of scoreless relief to earn the hold and save, respectively.

Apr 212012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Buffalo,
2:00 p.m.
Roark (0-3, 6.46) vs.
Familia (1-1, 6.59)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5
(12 inn.)
@ Trenton,
5:05 p.m.
Demny (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Hall (2-1, 3.94)
Potomac Lost, 13-4 vs. Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Grace (1-1, 7.00) vs.
Couch (2-1, 3.38)
Hagerstown Won, 15-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (0-3, 5.02) vs.
Manzanillo (0-1, 6.55)

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 4
• Atkins (L, 1-2) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Arnesen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rivero 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Moore 1-4, HR, 2RBI
• Harper 0-3, BB, 2K, OF assist (HP)

THe GBI curse is alive and well, as Mitch Atkins gave up 10 hits and five runs in a 6-4 loss to Buffalo — the fifth straight defeat for Syracuse. Tyler Moore gave the Chiefs a brief 2-1 lead with his sixth HR in the bottom of the first. After Bryce Harper Ankieled a runner at the plate in the next half-inning, it looked like this might be a good night. But things fell apart from there, as the Bisons trampled Atkins for a run in 3rd, two in the 4th, and another in the 5th. Carlos Rivero doubled in a run in the 6th and Mark Teahen singled in a run in the 7th, but Syracuse went down in order in the last two innings to end any hopes of a comeback.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 5 (12 inn.)
• Gilliam 4+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Davis 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Leon 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SF
• Kobernus 3-6, 2-2B, RBI, 2CS, E
• Pahuta 3-6

After rallying for two in the top of the 12th, the Sens ‘pen gave back three for a 6-5 loss in 12 innings. After letting in starter Robert Gilliam’s two runs in the bottom of the 5th, the relief work was shut-down: six straight goose eggs, highlighted by Erik Davis’s 3⅔ scoreless IP. Hector Nelo worked around a single and a walk in the 11th, but was tagged for three straight hits in the 12th and left with a 5-4 lead. Pat Lehman came on with nobody out and got the first on a sacrifice, but a Jeff Kobernus throwing error sent in the tying run and sacrifice fly drove in the gamewinner. Sandy Leon, Kobernus, and Tim Pahuta combined for nine of the 12 Harrisburg hits, but the no-alibi number for the offense (as in u-g-l-y) was the 0-for-9 with RISP, six of them with two outs.

Salem 13 Potomac 4
• Olbrychowski (L, 0-3) 4IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Eusebio 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kelso 3-4
• Oduber 1-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-3, R, E

It was one to forget Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 15 Lakewood 2
• Estevez (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 9K, HR
• Lucas 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 4-4, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 4RBI, BB
• Dykstra 4-6, 4R, 2-2B, RBI, SB
• Nieto 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Ramsey 2-6, R, 3RBI

The fireworks started early at the Muni, as the Suns exploded for 15 runs on 19 hits in a 15-2 pinch of the BlueClaws. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez turned in his best outing of the year: two runs over six innings with nine strikeouts for the win and a quality start. Every Suns batter got a hit [insert Cheech & Chong reference here] including home runs by Matt Skole, Adrian Nieto (his second in as many games), Brett Newsome, and J.P. Ramirez. Prior to the game, LHP Ben Hawkins was activated from XST, swapping places with LHP Christian Meza on the Suns roster.

Apr 202012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-7 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (1-1, 0.75) vs.
Harvey (0-1, 7.62)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (1-2, 5.82) vs.
Heyer (1-1, 1.69)
Potomac Won, 10-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (0-2, 6.97) vs.
Workman (6-7, 3.71 @ A- in ’11)
Hagerstown Won, 11-9
(10 inn.)
vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (1-0, 8.16) vs.
Martinez (2-0, 3.78)

Pawtucket 11 Syracuse 7
• Duke (ND) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Martin 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Moore 3-4, 2B, 3RBI, BB
• Brown 2-6, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 4K
• Harper 1-2, 3BB, K

A four-run 5th inning put the PawSox ahead for good as they completed a four-game sweep of the Chiefs with an 11-7 pounding yesterday afternoon. Austin Bibens-Dirkx took the loss, letting in both runners he inherited and surrendering three straight doubles. Rafael Martin put out the fire and turned in his best outing of the season with a run given up on one hit over three innings. Tyler Moore led the 11-hit attack with a 3-for-4 afternoon, including a double and a walk. Speaking of which, Bryce Harper may have just discovered the value of the base on balls by drawing three walks, doubling his season total to six.

Harrisburg 6 Trenton 2
• Ballard (W, 1-1) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 8K
• Garcia (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Valdez 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB, 2RBI, OF assist (2B)
• Hood 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Kobernus 3-5, 2R, 2SB (10, 11)

With a four-run first, the Sens put the hurt on the Thunder early and cruised to a 6-2 win, their third straight. Mike Ballard kept up the string of strong pitching, tossing six and 2/3rds innings with one unearned run on four hits and two walks for his first “W.” Jesus Valdez, Destin Hood, and Jeff Kobernus combined for nine of the 14 Harrisburg hits, with Kobernus swiping two more bases to increase his SB total to 11. Christian Garcia struck out three of the five batters he faced for the hold, his third of the season.

Potomac 10 Salem 4
• Hansen (ND) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Applebee (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Sanchez 3-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Bloxom 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Soriano 1-3, 2R, BB, 3B, 3RBI

A five-run 6th broke open a 2-2 game as the P-Nats cruised to a 10-4 win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 9 (10 inn.)
• McKenzie ⅓ IP, 3H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, HR, HBP
• Meza 3⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrett (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinson 3-6, 3R, 2RBI
• Skole 2-3, 3R, 3BB, HR, 2RBI
• Nieto 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI (GS)

Matt Skole’s two-run shot in the bottom of the 10th gave the Hagerstown Suns an improbably 11-9 walkoff win in extras. Hagerstown pounded out 15 hits in the contest, but not before taking a beating early. Chris McKenzie got knocked from the box in the 1st, giving up three hits and three walks to the eight batters he faced to put the Suns in 6-0 early. Christian Meza put the kibosh on the BlueClaws and led the quartet of Suns relievers, who combined for eight and 2/3rds relief with three runs allowed. Adrian Nieto’s grand slam in the bottom of the third launched the comeback bid as the two teams eventually fought to a 9-9 tie after six and half innings. Aaron Barrett got the win with three strikeouts over the last inning and a 1/3rd. Prior to the game, Cutter Dykstra was activated from Extended Spring Training, and went 2-for-6 while playing 3B. Narciso Mesa was taken off the roster and assigned to XST to make room for Dykstra.

Apr 192012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-1
(11 inn.)
vs. Pawtucket,
12:00 p.m.
Duke (1-1, 4.91) vs.
Wilson (1-0, 1.80)
Harrisburg Won, 7-1 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Ballard (0-1, 5.23) vs.
Romanski (1-0, 5.23)
Potomac Postponed vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Hansen (1-1, 7.88) vs.
Celestino (1-1, 3.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (0-1, 10.50) vs.
Kleven (1-1, 2.45)

Pawtucket 6 Syracuse 1 (11 inn.)
• Lannan (ND) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Arnesen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Brown 1-3, 2BB
• Michaels 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Chiefs had held the PawSox to just two runs over the previous 22 innings, but the levee broke in the top of the 11th with a five-run implosion as Pawtucket defeated the Chiefs, 6-1. John Lannan finally turned in the kind of start you’d expect from a major-leaguer at AAA, with just a solo HR given up over six innings. The problem is that the Syracuse offense, which was shut out on Tuesday, was just as woeful on Wednesday: Just five hits and five walks over 11 innings. Hassan Pena took the loss, loading the bases on a walk and two singles, and sending in the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk. Josh Wilkie nearly escaped the jam with a first-batter strikeout (out #2 of the inning), but then gave up a bases-clearing double to put the game out of reach, and a single to add insult to injury. Bryce Harper went 0-for-5 to drop his season average to .222

Harrisburg 7 Altoona 1
• Rosenbaum 9IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K, 95-71 B-S
• Pahuta 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• King 2-4, RBI

Already the most accomplished Nats pitching prospect in the organization, Danny Rosenbaum put another notch on his belt with a four-hit, nine-inning complete game in a 7-1 win over Altoona. The 24-year-old southpaw needed just 95 pitches to do it, pounding the zone with 71 strikes. Can’t say that this surprises me; I’ve seen something like it before. The Senators also gave Rosenbaum plenty of support, with the 4-5-6 batters (Pahuta-Rahl-King) each going 2-for-4, with Pahuta and Rahl smacking back-to-back jacks in the 7th. The Senators finished their first homestand with a 4-3 mark and now hit the road for Trenton and Altoona before returning to City Island next Friday.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
The rains that pelted the DC area yesterday forced the first postponement of the 2012 campaign. The game will be made up with a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 5th, which might be pivotal as last year’s two playoff teams from the Carolina League’s Northern Division were already set for a four-game series. Currently, both are in second place, two and a half games behind Lynchburg. The P-Nats return to Woodbridge tonight for a four-game series against the Salem Red Sox.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hill 3⅓ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Jimenez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Burns 1-3, R

The Shorebird batters turned into the Lehman Brothers in the middle innings, putting up crooked numbers in three consecutive innings for another 6-2 win over the Suns. Kylin Turnbull took the loss with all six runs charged against him over four and 2/3rds innings, giving up nine hits and two walks. Taylor Hill finished the game with three and 1/3rd scoreless innings. Despite the solid relief, the Hagerstown nine couldn’t mount a late-inning charge and were limited to just six hits and one walk. Hendry Jimenez was the leading batter with a 2-for-4 night, driving in both Suns runs with a third-inning double. The Suns will be back in action tonight at the Muni for a four against the Lakewood BlueClaws.

Apr 182012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 vs. Pawtucket,
6:00 p.m.
Lannan (0-2, 13.50) vs.
Cook (2-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-0, 2.13) vs.
Baker (2-0, 0.82)
Potomac Won, 5-3 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Hansen (1-1, 7.88) vs.
Copeland (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (0-0, 3.72) vs.
Bridwell (1-0, 2.70)

Pawtucket 1 Syracuse 0
• Maya (ND) 7⅓ IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• Wilkie (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, IR-S 3-0
• VanAllen ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, IR-S 1-0
• Hoffpauir 2-3

Ryan Lavarnway’s solo shot off Josh Wilkie was the sole score of the night to send the Chiefs to a 1-0 defeat. The two teams combined for just 11 hits, with Lavarnway and Syracuse’s Jarrett Hoffpauir the only muti-hit performances of the night. Yunesky Maya turned in 7⅓ innings but left the bases loaded in the 8th. Wilkie escaped that jam with a double play ball. The Chiefs got the tying and winning runs on in the last of the ninth, thanks to singles by Seth Bynum and Tyler Moore, with a wild pitch setting up a 2nd-and-3rd with two out situation for Bryce Harper. Facing the 35-year-old Brandon Duckworth, the 19-year-old scorched a liner… right at second baseman Tony Thomas to end the game.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 0
• Mandel (W, 1-1) 7IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 4K; 2-3, 3RBI
• Nelo (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Hood 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Rahl 1-4, R, RBI

Jeff Mandel must have felt like he was back in high school, throwing seven shutout innings while going for 2-for-3 with 3RBI, as he powered the Senators past the Curve for a 4-0 shutout. The 26-year-old also picked up his first win of the season while lowering his ERA to 0.96. Hector Nelo picked up the save despite allowing four baserunners in two innings, walking a pair in the 8th and giving up two singles in the 9th. Destin Hood doubled, walked, and scored a run to lead the position players on offense.

Potomac 5 Frederick 3
• Winters (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Eusebio (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Oduber 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Taylor 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

After coughing up a two-run shot early, Kyle Winters settled down to turn in a quality start of six innings pitched to earn his first win for the P-Nats. Wilson Eusebio followed with two scoreless to give the ball to Rob Wort, who did his best imitation of Chad Cordero by walking one, giving up three straight singles, the striking out the side with the bases loaded for the save. Randolph Oduber paced the offense from the leadoff spot with a 2-for-4 night, followed by Michael Taylor, who doubled in the first two runs in the top of the 1st. David Freitas also connected for solo shot in the 6th. Just prior to the game, Brent Greer and Josh Smoker were placed on the 7-Day DL. A follower reported to me on Twitter that Greer had broken his finger during BP; no word on Smoker. The roster now stands at 24 with three catchers, as Sam Palace was activated from the DL, with C James Skelton the likely option to replace Greer on an emergency basis (73G experience).

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 2
• Meyer (L, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K
• Newsome 2-4
• Leonida 2-4
• Skole 1-4, RBI (16, leads SAL lg.)

Alex Meyer made it out of the first inning, matching zeros with O’s uber-prospect Dylan Bundy for the first three, but ran into trouble in the 4th and 5th innings as the Shorebirds pecked him for three runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Suns. For the second straight game, Hagerstown did all its scoring in the 9th. Delmarva committed two errors to lead to the two unearned runs. Brett Newsome and Cole Leonida both went 2-for-4 to combine for four of the seven Suns hits. OF Brian Goodwin is eligible to come off the DL, but is not yet ready to return to game action, per the Suns radio broadcast last night.