May 022012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-0 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Arnesen (1-0, 0.64) vs.
Harvey (2-1, 4.85)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1
(12 inn.)
vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Ballard (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Albers (1-0, 3.81)
Potomac Lost, 15-6 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (0-3, 7.29) vs.
Petricka (2-2, 5.50)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Rome,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Briceno (2-1, 3.42)

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 0
• Duke (W, 2-1) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Bibens-Dirkx 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rivero 3-5, 3R, 2B, E
• Hoffpauir 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Michaels 2-4, 2RBI

The hits keep coming for the Syracuse Chiefs, rapping out 14 in an 8-0 romp over the Charlotte Knights. Zach Duke got the win with seven shutout innings, with just three hits and three walks allowed. Austin Bibens-Dirkx closed them out with two more goose eggs, with just one hit given up. Carlos Rivero and Jarrett Hoffpauir both went 3-for-5 with a double, while Jason Michaels went 2-for-4 with 2RBI.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 1 (12 inn.)
• Gilliam 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 9K
• Tatusko 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Kobernus 2-5, R, 2B
• Rahl 2-5, 2B
• Perez 2-5

The 12th inning is not the friend of the Senators as the Rock Cats won again in 12 by a 6-1 score in Harrisburg. A throwing error, a balk, and hit batsmen by Hector Nelo didn’t help matters as New Britain scored five runs on four hits in the top of the 12th. Starter Rob Gilliam went the the first seven innings and allowed just a run on three hits and three walks while fanning nine. Ryan Tatusko’s second outing was a strong three scoreless with four K’s. Jeff Kobernus and Chris Rahl both went 2-for-5 with a double to lead the Sens offense.

Winston-Salem 15 Potomac 6
• Grace (L, 1-3) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Eusebio ⅓ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 3HBP
• Freitas 3-5, R, HR, 2RB
• Moore 3-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Hague 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Winston-Salem broke open a 7-5 lead with a six-run 7th and cruised to a win Last Night In Woodbridge.

HAGERSTOWN — OFF DAY

The Suns went 4-3 on their Georgia swing, and rematch against the Rome Braves and Augusta GreenJackets over the next seven games at home.

May 012012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 12-4 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Duke (1-1, 5.57) vs.
Harvey (2-1, 4.85)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0
(12 inn.)
vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1-3, 6.00) vs.
BJ Hermsen (AA debut)
Potomac Lost, 10-5 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (1-2, 7.53) vs.
Heidenreich (1-1, 4.88)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 OFF DAY n/a

Syracuse 12 Charlotte 4
• Lannan (W, 2-2) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Lehman 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Johnson 3-5, 2R, SB
• Maldonado 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-5, R, BB, 3RBI

Let the trade blather chatter begin as John Lannan turned in another strong outing with just one run allowed on four hits over seven innings as the Chiefs tripled up the Knights, 12-4. Of course a five-run 1st and six-run 3rd gave him plenty o’ support, as the Chiefs broke into double digits for just the second time this season. Josh Johnson and Carlos Maldonado both went 3-for-5 as Syracuse collected 15 hits total, and made Charlotte pay for walking nine and a sieve-like seven errors on defense. Pat Lehman was roughed up for three runs on five hits over the last two frames in his AAA debut. Jim Negrych went 1-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, and two BB.

New Britain 1 Harrisburg 0 (12 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 7IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Davis (L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Pahuta 1-4, 3B, BB
• Leon 1-3

The breeze was going both ways in Harrisburg last night — 10 mph in, and 16K out — as the Senators fell 1-0 in 12 innings to the Rock Cats. Harrisburg managed just two hits: A leadoff single in the 5th by Sandy Leon and a leadoff triple by Tim Pahuta in the 7th. Neither man was advanced a base as New Britain pitchers struck out the next batter and then retired the side. Danny Rosenbaum was brilliant once again, posting his third straight start without an earned run to lower his ERA to 0.76. With no walks for the fourth time in five starts, his FIP fell to 1.80. Erik Davis took the loss in his third inninf of relief by giving up two infield singles with a stolen base in between, with the gamewinner coming across on a wild pitch.

Winston-Salem 10 Potomac 5
• Winters (L, 1-3) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 3HR
• McCatty 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Freitas 3-4, R
• Hague 2-4, R, 2K
• Kelso 2-5, R

Make that five wins in five games for Winston-Salem, as the Dash smacked five HRs in a 10-5 win over Potomac. Kyle Winters gave up three solo shots in four and a 1/3rd innings to take the loss. Shane McCatty stopped the bleeding and got the next four outs, including two strikeouts. Michael Taylor drove in the first three P-Nat runs with two-out triple in the 6th, to lead the RBI column while David Freitas led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night. Down just 5-3, the Potomac bullpen couldn’t match McCatty’s effort, giving up five more runs to send Potomac back to fourth place in the C.L. North.

Augusta 7 Hagerstown 1
• Hill (L, 3-1) 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Karns 3IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 8K, WP
• Dykstra 1-4, R (9-game hit streak)
• Burns 1-4 (15-game on-base streak)
• Skole 1-4, RBI, 2E (5,6)

The GreenJackets took the rubber game of the three-game series with a 7-1 shellacking of the Suns. Taylor Hill posted just one scoreless inning out of four, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks. Nathan Karns struck out eight of the 11 batters he faced, but gave up an unearned run on an error and a wild pitch. Hagerstown collected just seven hits total, with Cutter Dykstra and Billy Burns extending their hit and on-base streaks to nine and 15 respectively. Matt Skole drove in the sole run to keep the Sally League lead at 31, but committed his fifth and sixth errors in 21 games at 3B. The Suns return to the Muni for seven games beginning tomorrow with three against Rome, then four against Augusta.

Apr 302012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 vs. Charlotte,
6:00 p.m.
Lannan (1-2, 6.63) vs.
Doyle (1-1, 3.63)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-7 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (3-0, 0.94) vs.
Bromberg (0-0, 12.86)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Winters (1-2, 5.24) vs.
Ryan Buch (1-1, 4.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-0 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-0, 2.25) vs.
Davis (1-0, 3.00)

Charlotte 5 Syracuse 2
• Maya (L, 1-3) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, 2HR
• VanAllen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rivero 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-4, RBI

The home run is quickly becoming Yunesky Maya’s worst enemy, as the 30-year-old Cuban gave up two more in a 5-2 Syracuse loss to Charlotte. Maya gave up nos. 3 and 4 in his fifth start, accounting for three of the five runs he was charged with in this start, and nine of the 13 he’s allowed this season. Carlos Rivero and Jarrett Hoffpauir both went 2-for-4 in the loss, with Rivero connecting for his first HR of the season. IF Jim Negrych was assigned to the Chiefs roster to take the place of Tyler Moore, who went 1-for-3 in his big-league debut in Los Angeles, but there’s still a roster spot open after the promotions of Bryce Harper and Ryan Perry on Friday.

Bowie 8 Harrisburg 7
• Mandel (ND) 5⅔ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Nelo 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Valdez 4-5, 3R, OF assist at HP
• Rahl 2-4, R, BB, RBI, SB
• King 2-5, R, 4RBI, SB

Harrisburg blew leads of 3-1, 5-3, and 7-5 before succumbing to the Bowie onslaught by an 8-7 count. Jeff Mandel took his first serious beating of the season, giving up six runs on 10 hits and two walks. Harrisburg was a respectable 6-for-16 with RISP with 10 runners left on, but four of them came in the final three innings, as the BaySox ‘pen held the Sens to no runs over the last four and 2/3rds innings. Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow notes reports that a move to replace Negrych on the Harrisburg roster is not expected soon. When it comes, though, read his account via Doug Harris about how “punking” is a part of the Nationals promotion process.

Potomac 2 Myrtle Beach 1
• Swynenberg (W, 2-1) 9IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• Kelso 1-3, RBI, SAC
• Keyes 1-3, 2B, OF assist (2B)
• Walters 0-3, SF, RBI

Matt Swynenberg needed just 94 pitches to complete the game on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Augusta 2 Hagerstown 0
• Meyer (l, 1-3) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K
• Meza 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Dykstra 2-4, BB, SB
• Souza 1-3, 2B, BB
• Burns 0-3, 2BB

Alex Meyer pitched into the 6th for the first time this season, but couldn’t get the “W” as the GreenJacket pitchers limited the Suns batters to just four hits in a 2-0 Hagerstown loss to Augusta. Meyer walked just two and struck out eight but gave up both runs on seven hits. The Suns best chance to score came in the third when Cutter Dykstra and Billy Burns drew back-to-back walks, then executed a double steal. The next three batters went down by way of the K, as the Suns would strand 12 runners total while going 0-for-12 with RISP.

Apr 292012
 

Multiple online sources are reporting that 1B-LF Tyler Moore has been recalled from Syracuse and will join the Washington Nationals. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, UT Mark DeRosa will be placed on the DL to make room for Moore.

The 25-year-old Moore is one of two minor-leaguers (Paul Goldschmidt) to connect for 30+ home runs in 2010 and 2011. He was drafted three times by the Nationals (41st Round, 2005; 33rd Round 2006) before finally signing in 2008 as a 16th Round draft pick. His 7 HRs and 20 RBIs for Syracuse this season thus are both tied for third-best in the International League.

Moore racked up a slew of awards in 2010, including the Carolina League MVP, and made the Eastern League postseason All-Star team in 2011.

Moore is expected to come off the bench to play 1B and LF, though it’s most likely he’ll be used as PH against LHPs as an adequate defender at first and just a handful of pro games in left field.

Apr 292012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3; Lost 11-1 vs. Charlotte,
2:00 p.m.
Maya (1-2, 2.82) vs.
Leesman (1-2, 3.98)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Mandel (2-1, 1.09) vs.
Pettit (3-0, 1.57)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (1-1, 4.50)
vs. Mendez (1-2, 7.23)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ Augusta,
2:05 p.m.
Meyer (1-2, 6.14) vs.
Crick (0-1, 3.09)

Syracuse 5 Charlotte 3 — GAME ONE
• Atkins (W, 2-2) 5+IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Severino (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP, HBP
• Moore 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Carroll 1-2, BB, RBI

Highlighted by a three-run HR by Tyler Moore, the Chiefs exploded for four runs in the bottom of the 5th en route to a 5-3 win in the front end of the doubleheader. It was the 7th of the year for the “Magnolia Muscle,” which is 3rd-best in the I.L. while his RBI tally of 19 is 4th-best. Mitch Atkins evened his record with all three runs allowed on six hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Atahualpa Severino threw two scoreless to get his second save.

Charlotte 11 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Roark (L, 1-4) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 4ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Martin 2⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Moore 1-2, 2B, BB, RBI
• Teahen 1-3, 2B

A six-run 5th inning put this game away for the Knights, as the Chiefs were checkmated, 11-1, ending the win streak at five for Syracuse. Tanner Roark suffered his fourth loss, giving up eight runs on seven hits (two HR) and a walk. Rafael Martin also suffered the long ball, giving up a three-run shot in the top of the 7th. Tyler Moore continues to swing a hot bat, doubling in the sole Chiefs run in the bottom of the 6th. Still no word on who will fill the vacant spot on the Syracuse roster, but the educated guess is that when Solano comes off the DL there will be a chain reaction between Harrisburg and XST.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4
• Demny 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, WP, HBP
• Pucetas (W, 1-0 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Lozada 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Kobernus 1-2, 2R, 3B, BB, 2SB
• Negrych 1-2, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Paul Demny was wild early, giving up all four Bowie runs in the space of 12 batters, but a valiant effort by the Sens ‘pen held the fort to enable Harrisburg to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 win. Kevin Pucetas came on with the bases loaded and one out in the 2nd and stranded them all, pitching four and 2/3rds scoreless. Veteran Jose Lozada went 2-for-3 to lead the comeback, with Sandy Leon driving in Chris Rahl with what proved to be the gamewinner in the bottom of the 6th. Erik Davis got the hold with two scoreless and Christian Garcia notched the save with a 1-2-3 ninth (all Ks) as the three relievers threw seven and 2/3rds scoreless innings total.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Wang 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Holder (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2Hm 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Walters 3-3, R, BB
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 2-4, RBI

A three-run 4th with four strong from Wang keyed a 4-3 win Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 6 Augusta 1
• Dupra (W, 2-3) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hawkins (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Ortega 2-3, 2R
• Burns 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI

A three-run 5th broke a 1-1 tie as the Suns cruised to a 6-1 win over Augusta. Brian Dupra got the win with a run allowed on three hits and two walks, while Ben Hawkins got the hold with three scoreless innings of relief. Cutter Dykstra went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, and an RBI while Billy Burns single once and walked twice — both extending their hit streaks to seven and eight games, respectively. Matt Skole’s RBI was #30 for the year, which leads the Sally League. Bryce Ortega reached base twice for the 17th straight game. (H/T to Suns PR man Matt Leite on the streak info)

Apr 282012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Charlotte,
1:00 p.m.
Atkins (1-2, 3.18) and
Roark (1-3, 4.64) vs.
Shirek (3-1, 3.38) and
Zaleski (0-1, 4.09 @ AA)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (1-1, 4.00) vs.
B. Bundy (1-3, 5.31)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Wang (rehab) vs.
Buckel (2-0, 0.84)
Hagerstown Won, 9-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 4.15) vs.
Bandilla (1-0, 1.29)

SYRACUSE — PPD
Lost in the excitement over Ryan Perry being recalled to Washington to replace Brad Lidge in the bullpen (what? there was another move?), was the postponement due to cold weather for the second time this week. The two teams will play a pair of seven-inning games this afternoon at 1 p.m.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Ballard 5⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Frias (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Pahuta 3-3, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, OF assist (2B)
• Leon 2-4, R, 2B

With four runs in the 9th, Bowie knifed the Senators for a 6-2 loss in Harrisburg. Marcos Frias took the loss, giving up four hits in the frame, and five hits total. Harrisburg notched eight hits total, but just four batters hit safely with Tim Pahuta leading the foursome with a single, walk, and a pair of doubles. Starter Mike Ballard went the first five and 1/3rd innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks while striking out six.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 4
• Olbrychowski (ND) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Wort (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K, E(1, pickoff)
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Freitas 1-3, BB, RBI

Errors will be the excuse, but hitlessness was the reason for the loss Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 9 Rome 3
• Turnbull (ND) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Barrett (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Burns 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Souza 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Miller 1-5, R, HR, 5RBI

Justin Miller’s grand slam highlighted a six-run ninth as the Hagerstown Suns took the third of three games from the Braves with a 9-3 win. Kylin Turnbull came off the DL to toss five innings, giving up a run on five hits, with no walks and three strikeouts, leaving with a 2-1 lead. Christian Meza and Alex Kreis each gave up a run in relief before Aaron Barrett shut down the Braves over the last two innings to earn the win. The Suns took advantage of the seven walks and two hit batsmen to score their nine runs on just six hits, though four of them were for extra bases. Hagerstown finishes its Georgia swing with three against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Apr 272012
 

It’s the news you’ve been whining waiting to see: Bryce Harper will be recalled from Syracuse and make his major-league debut tomorrow in Dodger Stadium.

The move will come in conjunction with Ryan Zimmerman’s placement on the 15-Day DL for an inflammation of the AC joint. The move will be retroactive to April 21.

“We thought that we needed to bring in an impactful[sic] left-handed bat,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo told reporters at a press conference this afternoon. Rizzo also noted that Harper will initially play left field, and admitted the move was out of need due to injuries to Zimmerman and Michael Morse.

“This wasn’t the coming out party for Bryce we had in mind,” Rizzo said.

With the retroactive placement on the DL, Ryan Zimmerman could be activated on May 6th, which could also mean that Harper will return to AAA. In the meantime, Rizzo said that Harper will likely be the everyday left fielder, the position he played yesterday in the first game of the doubleheader.

While previously Rizzo had remarked that once Harper was recalled he would stay, this afternoon he backpedaled from that assertion, citing OF Mike Trout, who was recalled from AA to the Los Angeles Angels for 40 games last summer.

“(There’s) a possibility that this might not be his breakout moment. This could be a step sideways to take a leap forward,” Rizzo said.

Perhaps coincidentally, Stephen Strasburg will be the starting pitcher tomorrow in Los Angeles. Perhaps not coincidentally, Harper’s 20+ days of AAA service ensures that the 19-year-old phenom will not become a free agent until after the 2018 season.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Quotes were taken from Nationals beat writers on Twitter as this was written in real time to meet a personal deadline of filing something before leaving to attend tonight’s Potomac Nationals game. I mention this in the spirit of professionalism and disclosure.

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.