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.

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.