Jul 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Lively (0-1, 9.00) vs.
D. Rodriguez (5-11, 4.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 8.27)
Simmons (2-0, 5.44) vs.
Lawrence (6-5, 2.94)
Potomac Won, 9-6 (11 inn.) vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 4.46) vs.
Merritt (10-3, 2.13)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 (13 inn.) vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (5-2, 2.54) vs.
Wheeler (1-2, 3.27)
Auburn Lost, 5-3 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 4.05) vs.
D. Perez (2-1, 3.34)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-1 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-2, 3.11) vs.
Montijo (2-3, 3.96)


Buffalo 3 Syracuse 1
• Hill (L, 9-5) 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Roenicke 2IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-4, R, HR RBI
• Laird 2-4

A Tyler Moore homer broke up the Buffalo shutout, while Brandon Laird singled and Destin Hood walked to put the tying runs on base but the Chiefs couldn’t connect for one more hit and fell by a 3-1 score. Taylor Hill lost his third straight start, giving up a third-inning solo shot in the 3rd and three hits total while walking three and striking out two. Eury Perez butchered a line drive in the 5th for a three-base error to send in what proved to be the deciding runs as the Bisons scored two unearned runs off Josh Roenicke. Moore and Laird both went 2-for-4 as the Syracuse offense was limited to six hits and two walks total on the afternoon.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill activated from 7-Day DL.

New Hampshire 5 Harrisburg 3
• Kroenke (L, 2-4) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Self 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Vettleson 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, SF, RBI

The starter was pushed an inning too far, the offense got going an inning too late as the Senators fell to the Fisher Cats, 5-3. Zach Kroenke had a quality start going until he was charged with two more in the 7th to account for all five New Hampshire runs on eight hits, including two homers. Harrisburg drew two walks, smacked two singles, and connected for two sacrifice flies to score all three runs in the 8th inning. The Sens were held to six hits and six walks total as they dropped their 62nd game and 20 games below .500.

Potomac 9 Winston-Salem 6 (11 inn.)
• Spann 2⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 1K
• Mirowski 3⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Mendez (W, 6-3) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB, CS
• Pleffner 2-6, R, 2B, 2RBI

Potomac dug themselves out of a 5-2 hole to tie it at 6-6 then broke through for three in the 11th to avoid the series sweep, 9-6 against Winston-Salem. Rain delayed the start of this nearly 90 minutes, perhaps affecting starter Matt Spann as the southpaw was knocked around for five runs on seven hits and four walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Richie Mirowski, Jake Walsh, and Gilberto Mendez combined for eight and 1/3rd innings of one-run (on a homer, natch) relief with Mendez getting the win, his sixth. Oscar Tejeda remains red-hot as the former Red Sox farmhand went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI to lead the Potomac attack.

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 4 (13 inn.)
• Johansen 3+IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, WP
• Napoli 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, 3-1 IR-S
• Cooper (W, 7-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mesa 4-4, R
• Bautista 2-2, R, SB(55)
• Wooten 2-4, 2B, 4RBI

Third Baseman John Wooten was the hero for Hagerstown on Thursday as he drove in the winning run in the 13th inning to give the Suns a 5-4 victory over the Intimidators. The three-hour and 44-minute marathon was a see-saw battle early on as the two teams traded runs in the opening innings of the game. Kannapolis then tied it up in the 8th inning as Suns reliever Sam Johns surrendered a solo shot to Tyler Williams. Andrew Cooper earned his seventh win on the season, pitching a 1/3 inning in the 13th before Hagerstown scored in the bottom half of the inning. With the win, Hagerstown improves to 7-1 in extra-inning games in the 2014 season.

State College 5 Auburn 3
• Bourque (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 0ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• D. Ramos 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• B. Miller 2-5, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, BB

Auburn was first to score, but could not hold the lead as they fell to State College, 5-3 in the opener. After the Doubledays scored single runs in the 1st and 4th innings, their lead disappeared as starter James Bourque allowed four runs on one hit in the 5th inning. None of the runs were earned as Auburn committed two fielding errors during the frame. The Doubledays added an additional run in the 6th inning, but that was the extent of their scoring for the game. Auburn had runners on second and third in the 9th, but were unable to score as Brandon Miller struck out to the end the game.
Roster move: OF Brandon Miller transferred from GCL for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 3
• Morales 5IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 1K, 2HBP, WP
• J. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Aguero 3-4
• Guzman 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R

Luis Guzman’s two-run homer in the 6th broke open a 2-2 game as the G-Nats held off the G-Cards for a 4-3 win. Jose Morales made his second start in seven appearances and tossed five shutout frames with six baserunners allowed via one hit, two hit batsmen, and three walks. His would-be win turned into a no-decision as the G-Cards scored two in the top of the 6th off D.J. Jauss, who walked three and uncorked three wild pitches while giving up two hits in 2/3rds of an inning. Jean Ramirez preserved the tie by stranding two runners in the 6th then finishing the game with one unearned run over the final three innings. “Fred” Aguero went 3-for-4 to lead the G-Nats 12-hit attack while Guzman and Kelvin Gutierrez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Yankees1 1
• Jo. Baez 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Y. Ramirez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Je. Baez 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI; ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Robles 4-5, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Mota 2-3, 2R, BB, 2SB

The D-Nats put up crooked numbers three times as they pounded out 14 hits in a 7-1 rout of the D-Yankees1. Joan Baez went the first four innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks while striking out four. The win went to Yonathan Ramirez, who also issued four free passes and set down four on strikes over the next three innings. Victor Robles led the hit column with two singles, a double, and a triple in five at-bats.

Jul 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (9-4, 2.63) vs.
Valdes (3-3, 4.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-3, 5.66) vs.
Norris (1-1, 7.20)
Potomac Lost, 9-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (7-4, 3.96) vs.
Wendelken (5-8, 5.12)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-5, 5.00) vs.
Lowry (4-4, 4.14)
Auburn Won, 6-2 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-1, 2.87) vs.
Anderson (4-1, 2.52)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-6 vs GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-3 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
J. Baez (3-1, 1.21) vs.
E. Martinez (0-0, 1.82)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Cole (W, 3-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• E. Perez 2-5, R, 2B, SB
• Souza 2-5, SB

A.J. Cole and Matt Grace combined on a four-hitter as the Chiefs blanked the Bisons, 5-0. Cole walked none and struck out six over seven scoreless innings with just three hits allowed to win his third AAA game. Matt Grace put on three baserunners — hit, walk, HBP — but none made it past second in his two innings of work, preserving the shutout. Emmanuel Burriss homered in the 3rd to get the Syracuse offense started, which was led by Eury Perez and Steve Souza who both went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.
Roster move: IF Zach Walters recalled to Washington; no corresponding move.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 2-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Harper 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Taylor 2-3, 3R, 2BB, HR, RBI, SB(30)
• Martinson 2-4, 2B

The BaySox broke out for three in the bottom of the 6th to turn a 3-2 game into a 6-2 lead. The Sens responded with two in the top of the 7th but could get no closer as they dropped the series finale, 6-4. John Simms took the loss, his second at AA, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Michael Taylor singled, drew two walks, stole his 30th base, and smacked HR #21 to power the Harrisburg offense, which totaled 10 hits but just one in 12 chances with RISP.

Winston-Salem 9 Potomac 4
• Voth (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• C. Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• S. Perez 2-5, RBI, SB(25)
• Pleffner 3-4, 2B, BB

Not even the reigning C.L. Pitcher of the Week could escape the horror that is BB&T Park for Potomac, as Winston-Salem hammered them (again), 9-4. Austin Voth was lit up for five runs on six hits, including a solo HR to chase him with two outs in the 5th and hand him his first High-A loss. It was the 36th loss for the P-Nats in 49 regular-season games since the Dash’s park opened in 2010. All-Stars Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner combined for five of the ten Potomac hits. Cody Davis pitched a scoreless 8th in his Carolina League debut.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2
• Pivetta (L, 11-6) 4IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, BK, HBP
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, 2E
• Ballou 1-4, 3B, RBI

The middle innings turned out to be the difference as Kannapolis plated five runs in those innings en route to a 6-2 win over Hagerstown. After the Suns tied up the contest in the bottom of the 1st with an Isaac Ballou RBI triple, Hagerstown starter Nick Pivetta struggled in the 4th inning, allowing three runs on two hits. Ryan Ullmann did not fare much better as the Intimidators scored two additional runs in the 5th off him. The Suns came back with one in the 8th with another RBI triple, this one from Wilmer Difo, but that was all the offense they would get for the night.
Roster moves: RHP Wander Suero placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to July 18; OF Wilman Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL (rehab ended at Auburn).

Auburn 6 Jamestown 2
• Ott (W, 1-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• McDowell (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Read 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-5, R, CS
• Davidson 1-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Auburn led from the beginning and also got a solid pitching performance from Travis Ott, as they defeated Jamestown 6-2. For the second consecutive start, Ott pitched at least six innings, this time allowing only two runs on four hits for his first win of the 2014 season. At the plate, the Doubledays were led by Austin Davidson and Raudy Read, who each hit a two-run homer during the contest. Chase McDowell also picked up his first professional save, pitching three innings to cap off the two-game sweep of the Jammers.

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 6
• M. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Feliz (L, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Reetz 3-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Gutierrez 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Lora 2-4, R

After tying up the game in the 7th, the G-Nats gave it away with one in the 8th and two in the 9th for the 9-6 loss to the G-Mets. Manny Rodriguez is back with the organization after missing the 2012 and 2013 seasons and pitched a scoreless 1st. Kyle Simmons took the brunt of the G-Mets attack with six runs allowed over two and 2/3rds innings. The loss went to John Feliz with three runs over the final two and 2/3rds. Jackson Reetz walked, singled twice and scored twice, and tripled while going 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the G-Nats 12-hit parade.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez assigned to Hagerstown from Washington, transferred to the GCL for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Yankees1 3
• Bermudez (W, 2-4) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, WP
• M. Pena 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Pimentel 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, CS
• Peguero 2-4, R, RBI
• J. Ramirez 2-4, R

The D-Nats broke through again in the 4th, scoring five runs this time to erase an early 1-0 deficit as they tripled up the Yankees1, 9-3. Juan Bermudez got the win with five innings of one-run ball, giving up two hits and two walks while setting down five on strikes. Davinson Pimentel was a triple shy of the cycle as the 17-y.o. went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as the D-Nats pounded out 13 hits total.

Jul 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 3.42) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 @ Bowie,
11:05 a.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.45) vs.
Vasquez (4-6, 4.70)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 @ Winston-Salem,
12:00 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.27) vs.
Danish (2-2, 3.64)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-5, 3.87) vs.
Brennan (0-0, 1.50)
Auburn Won, 5-3 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.10) vs.
Eppler (0-1, 4.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-1 vs GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 1-0 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-4, 1.82) vs.
Gomez (1-2, 3.04)


Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 3
• Treinen (L, 6-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• E. Perez 2-4, R, 2B
• Solano 1-3, BB, SB

The PawSox jumped on Blake Treinen for two in the 1st, four in the 2nd, and seven runs total as they tripled up the Chiefs, 9-3. The 26-y.o. was charged with his first AAA loss of the year with eight hits and two walks allowed over five innings. Syracuse took advantage of six walks to score three times on seven hits, including three doubles. Eury Perez was the lone Chief to register multiple hits has he went 2-for-4 with two-base knock, while Jhonatan Solano singled, walked, and nabbed his 12th stolen base of his career.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2
• Dupra 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Demny (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Latimore 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-4, 2B, BB, 2SB

Caleb Ramsey’s two-run, pinch-hit single highlighted a three-run 9th as Harrisburg knifed Bowie, 4-2. Paul Demny got the win with two perfect innings in relief of starter Brian Dupra, who scattered eight hits over six innings while allowing both BaySox runs. Quincy Latimore led the Senators offense with a single and a double in four at-bats, followed by Michael Taylor who walked, doubled, and stole two bases.
Roster moves: RHP Paul Demny activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Paolo Espino placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 5
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Turnbull (BS, 1; L, 0-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, RBI, 2SB
• Renda 2-4, 2R, BB
• Martinez 2-4

The P-Nats jumped out to a 4-0 lead early but fell in the late innings, 6-5 to end a modest three-game win streak. Dakota Bacus held the lead for five innings before the Dash got to him for three in the 6th to send him packing with a no-decision. The staff ace finished with four runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks over six innings. Oscar Tejeda led the Potomac offense with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Tony Renda and Estarlin Martinez, who both went 2-for-4. Kylin Turnbull suffered the loss with two runs allowed on four hits over the final two frames.
Roster move: RHP Cody Davis reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns return to the Muni for seven games on a three-game win streak, but remain tied with Greensboro for first place in the Sally North. It’s three against division rival Kannapolis and then four against league doormat Greenville.
Roster move: RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 5 Jamestown 3
• Lopez (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, BK
• Mapes (S, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S
• Read 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Mejia 1-3, RBI, SB

Raudy Read and Cody Gunter both went deep in Auburn’s four-run 4th in a 5-3 win over Jamestown. All nine Doubledays reached base, with Read also drawing a walk and single to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored and lead the attack. Reynaldo Lopez dropped his ERA to 0.75 with six shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four in his third win. Tyler Mapes came in with the bases loaded and nobody out and let in just one in the 8th then put the lid on the Jammers in the 9th for his third save.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 1
• A. Martinez (W, 2-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Plouck 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• R. Encarnacion 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Lora 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Florentino 2-4, 2B

Randy Encarnacion’s RBI double highlighted a four-run 4th as the G-Nats cruised to a 5-1 win over the G-Mets. Anderson Martinez got the win with one run allowed on a solo HR and four hits total over five innings. He walked none and struck out two. Maximo Valerio and Cole Plouck both followed with two scoreless innings in relief. Encarnacion and Edwin Lora both went 2-for-3 with a run scored as the G-Nats registered eight hits total and drew four walks for the afternoon.

DSL Rockies 1 DSL Nationals 0
• Fuentes 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K,
• Rosario (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Robles 2-4, SB, CS
• A. Martinez 1-3, BB

The D-Nats were shut out 1-0 by the D-Rockies with the winning run scoring on a double-play ball that only got one out. The D-Nats would get the tying run to third in the final two “ups,” only to get picked off to end the 8th and miss two chances in score in the 9th. Steven Fuentes tossed six scoreless for the second time in three starts, fanning six, walking none, and allowing just three hits but would get nothing for his efforts. The loss went to Ramses Rosario, who gave up the lone in the bottom of the 7th and let up three hits total over his two innings of work. Victor Robles and Andres Martinez both reached base twice as the D-Nats were held to seven hits and three walks.

Jul 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-0, 2.25)) vs.
Barnes (4-7, 5.06)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-4, 6.17) vs.
E. Rodriguez (3-6, 5.15)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (3-5, 3.62) vs.
J. Dykstra (1-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-2 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
R. Lopez (2-2, 0.90) vs.
Minarik (1-2, 4.76)
GCL Nationals Won, 8-3;
Lost, 7-4
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-2 @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (1-2, 2.73) vs.
J. Pena (3-1, 1.19)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 3
• Laffey 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Madrigal (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Hood 1-3, R
• Burriss 2-5, R, RBI, 2E

Shuckit! The Chiefs fell to Pawtucket last night! But they did not do so without a fight. After three PawSox runs over the first five made the home fans feel less than all right, a three run rally by Syracuse made the score tight. A soft single by Jeff “Strobe Kobe” Kobernus to right, scoring Emmanuel “Purest” Burriss, tied the score for sure and was the fans’ fave highlight. But in the bottom of the 9th a vengeful Corey Brown told the fans, “Good night!” He effectively ended the contest with a solo dinger that was out of sight. The final score was 4-3, you see.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3 (10 inn.)
• Espino 7⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Manno (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Lozada 2-4, RBI
• Martinson 2-5, R

The “vengeance is mine” theme of the Syracuse game re-emerged with a two-run blast to left from Chris Marrero in the 1st to give Bowie an early 2-0 lead. Drew Vettleson answered “Not very much” and answered a two run homer to right in the 4th. After Jose Lozada’s RBI single in the top of the 9th gave put Chris Manno, who had entered the game in the 8th in relief of starter Paolo Espino, in position to win, the Brooklyn native returned the favor and gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th. When Vettleson came up in the Harrisburg in top of the 10th, Skole and Martinson were on second and third. The sight of him apparently frightened loser Julio “Why’d you have to say my name?” DePaula as he unleashed game-losing wild pitch for the hospitable Baysox. Bryan Harper saved the day with his first save for the Senators with a 1-2-3 tenth.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Ryan Perry released.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Encarnacion 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Dickson (W, 2-8) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Tejeda 4-5, R, 3-2B, RBI
• Manuel 2-4

The P-Nats are going to go into Winston-Salem, which has been house of horrors since BB&T opened in 2010, with some momentum as they defeated the Red Sox, 5-2 for their sixth straight road victory. Oscar Tejeda’s third double of the night was the catalyst in a three-run 8th that broke the 2-2 deadlock as the former Sox farmhand went 4-for-5 on the night and 7-for-13 in the series sweep. Pedro Encarnacion started and went the first four innings, giving up both Salem runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Ian Dickson, Travis Henke, and Gilberto Mendez combined for five scoreless to earn the win, hold, and save respectively.
Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; It’s unofficial, but the Potomac Booster club is passing along news that OF Will Piwnica-Worms has decided to retire and enroll in a med-school program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 1
• Silvestre (W, 6-7) 6IP, 9H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, BK
• Cooper (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, RBI

A three-run 3rd was all Hagerstown would need as they defeated Delmarva, 3-1. Wilmer Difo got the Suns on the board first with a two-RBI double after a hit batter and wild pitch. Difo then scored on Isaac Ballou’s double later in the inning. Despite surrendering nine hits, Hector Silvestre allowed only one run to the Shorebirds, with it coming on a balk in the 4th inning. Delmarva threatened in the 7th, but Andrew Cooper escaped the inning and retired the final six batters he faced to earn his second save of the 2014 season. This was Hagerstown’s 11th win in 20 games against Delmarva this year.

Lowell 10 Auburn 2
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 2WP
• Bach 3IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Carey 1-3, R, 2B
• Gunter 1-4, R, 3B, RBI

Auburn could not overcome an early three-run deficit as they fell to Lowell, 10-2, for their second loss in as many days. Starter Robbie Dickey lasted only two innings, giving up three runs on three hits. The Doubledays then cut the lead to 3-2 in the second, but that would be the only offense they would put up all night. Auburn relievers then imploded, surrendering seven more runs to Lowell in the game, including three in the 3rd and 8th innings.The Doubledays also made three errors, which made two of the Spinners’ 10 runs unearned.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Mets 3— GAME ONE
• Reyes (W, 1-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Lee ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ortiz 1-1, R, 3B, 3RBI, 2BB, HBP
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, BB
• Rosario 0-1, 2R, RBI, 3BB

The G-Nats only got three hits but made the G-Mets pay for 10 walks as they took the opener, 8-3. Luis Reyes pitched a season-high of five innings, letting in two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning two for the win. Oliver Ortiz tripled for the sole G-Nat extra-base hit, scored a run, walked twice and drove in three to lead the G-Nats offense.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 4 — GAME TWO
• Mills (L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, ER, BB, 0K
• W. Davis 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-1 IR-S
• Rosario 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Ortiz 1-2, R, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats rallied for three in the bottom of the 4th to pull within one of the G-Mets at 4-3, but couldn’t get over the top as they dropped the second game, 7-4. McKenzie Mills took the loss, with three runs charged on five hits and a walk and zero K’s over two and a 1/3 innings. Dionicio Rosario and Oliver Ortiz both doubled and drove in a run as the G-Nats notched seven hits but no walks.
Roster move: LHP Nick Lee assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab; RHPs Matthew Derosier Jefry Rodriguez reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Rockies 7 DSL Nationals 2
• W. Pena (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Morel 2⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 1-1 IR-S
• A. Martinez 2-4, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-4, CS

Two-run outbursts in the 5th, 7th, and 9th innings by the D-Rox broke open a 1-0 game as the D-Nats lost for the fourth time in five games, 7-2. Wilber Pena was chased with one out in the 5th, eventually charged with three runs on six hits and three walks as he struck out three in his fourth loss. The D-Nats offense was stymied for six innings before scoring single runs in the 7th and 9th innings. Andres Martinez and Joshual Ramirez both went 2-for-4 to lead the seven-hit effort.

Jul 212014
 

Potomac Nationals pitcher Austin Voth has been named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week.

As he did the week prior, Voth tossed seven scoreless innings with one walk and eight K’s on the 18th but went one better with only one hit allowed versus two. He retired the last 16 batters he faced.

Unfortunately, the effort did not result in a win as Voth matched up against Wilmington’s Jonathan Dziedzic, who matched him goose egg for goose egg on the scoreboard and also got a no-decision for his efforts. The P-Nats ultimately lost the game, 3-0.

In five starts since his callup from Hagerstown, the 22-y.o. “northpaw” has turned in a quality start each time out with just a single run allowed on home run on June 29th and 36 strikeouts over 33 innings pitched. Between the two levels, Voth is 6-3 with a 1.75 ERA in 18 starts with a WHIP of 0.86 and 110 strikeouts in 102⅔ innings (9.64/9IP).

Jul 212014
 


There’s a window of opportunity here at the home office of NationalsProspects.com, so I’m taking it to catch up on an overdue feature — the revisiting of my initial observations of the Potomac Nationals, which for the record, are those of a fan, a former sportswriter, and an amateur scout… just like the tagline has always said.

One of the most common questions I get when folks notice me keeping score at the park — after “Who do you work for?” — is “Who are the real prospects here?”

That, of course, is a loaded question; all the players are prospects to a certain degree, just some more than others. But I know what they mean (the some), so I tell ‘em the usual suspects for 2014: You should watch the catcher and the middle infielders.

But then I tell them: “This is the level that makes or breaks the guys. If they make it past here, they’ll probably play professionally well into their 20s, and a couple may make it all the way to DC. But if they don’t, they still made it farther than almost everyone they ever played with and there’s no shame in that.”

With that in mind, I’ll revisit the 2014 P-Nats:

FIRST BASE
Kevin Keyes has moved up and has shown the power stroke again. Shawn Pleffner has proven to be a hitter for average, and has shown a sweet opposite-field stroke, but has not consistently shown the kind of power that folks want from the position. He is the best fielder of his age cohort (i.e. Keyes and Matt Skole).

SECOND BASE
Tony Renda missed about five weeks to injury, but it’s not enough to say that it’s impeded his development. Defensively, he’s better than advertised, which is somewhat faint praise because his glove is usually mentioned as an afterthought to his hitting tool. I’d agree that he can be an adequate fielder, but having noticed that so many of his doubles are of the single-turned-into variety — and he’s not as fast as some of his predecessors that have advanced to AAA and beyond — he’s going to have to develop some more pop to justify the, um, shortcomings elsewhere.

SHORTSTOP
Stephen Perez is having a rough July on offense, but his defense hasn’t suffered all that much (in fact, I believe it’s improved). The league has adjusted to him and now it’s his turn to adjust back. Unless he bottoms out, this is still a breakthrough year for him.

THIRD BASE
This has become Khayyan Norfork’s position, in large part because he’s a better defensive player than Oscar Tejeda. Both players are serviceable veterans who bring different skills to the party. Tejeda’s got a fair amount of power while Norfork has shown a knack for the clutch hit along with decent speed.

LEFT FIELD
Randolph Oduber has played here the most in large part because the organization has deemed others to be more applicable to the other outfield positions. The Groovin’ Aruban remains a streaky player who’s prone to strikeouts and doesn’t walk much but remains a useful role player because he can play anywhere in the outfield.

CENTERFIELD
Will Piwnica-Worms emerged as the CF of choice and was just starting to cool off from a hot June offensively when he was dropped by a pitch on July 4th. Defensively, he’s not in the class of what has been quite an impressive run of defensive CFs over the past several seasons (most notably Eury Perez and Michael Taylor) but could play the position as well as the most of the league’s CFs.

RIGHT FIELD
Brandon Miller pulled up lame at first base in mid-May and is still working his way back from the hamstring injury. Right field had been a bit of a merry-go-round until Estarlin Martinez began hitting about a month ago. There is a sense that Martinez may be simply on a hot streak — I’m fully expecting someone to knock him for the lack of homers and RBI — but his game and his intensity both seem to have turned up a notch.

CATCHER
Pedro Severino has not lived up to the offseason hype. This reminds me of when Michael Taylor got a lot of buzz prior to 2012 only to founder by midseason and have folks turn on him. Like Taylor, the tools are evident when you watch Severino catch day in and day out. He’s also the same age (turning 21). Unlike Taylor, there is no other catcher to provide cover from above. I suspect the healthier Wilson Ramos is the more patience the fans will have.

THE BENCH
Justin Miller and Mike McQuillan have gotten the bulk of the work since the departures of Adrian Sanchez, Cole Leonida, and Kevin Keyes. Craig Manuel and Cody Dent have been called up from Hagerstown, but only Manuel has seen a similar workload to his counterpart. Dent has played sparingly. Eury Perez has covered the absence of Piwnica-Worms but has since gone back to Syracuse, meaning that another move or two may be imminent.

STARTING PITCHERS
There’s no sugar-coating this: it’s been a patchwork all season long. Injuries have played a part, with Pedro Encarnacion, Nick Lee, Brian Rauh going on the DL early and Ronald Pena almost making it to the All-Star break before succumbing, while ineffectiveness sent Brett Mooneyham backwards after seven starts.

Dakota Bacus has emerged as the staff ace, though he began the season in the ‘pen. Matthew Spann was called up from Hagerstown and did likewise. John Simms came up around the same time as Spann and has since gone up to Harrisburg. Austin Voth has also been promoted from Hagerstown and is pitching better than Simms ever did, begging the question: why not Voth too?

The suspicion here is that the rest of the summer will be an exercise of rotating in pitchers as they get healthy at both Hagerstown and Potomac. That doesn’t preclude any more promotions, but I’m pessimistic since recent history shows that most pitcher promotions at the full-season “A” level generally take place by mid-July.

RELIEVERS
I said they were very good in mid-May, and sure enough three of the five relievers I singled out — Bryan Harper, Derek Self, and Robert Benincasa — are now pitching for Harrisburg. The two that remain — Gilberto Mendez and Travis Henke — are still heavily used, recently reinforced with Jake Walsh from Hagerstown.

The aforementioned hurt guys have worked in relief and have started. What remains to be seen is how they’ll be used going forward. With only six or so of the so-called “roles” seemingly set — Spann, Bacus, Voth as SPs; Mendez, Henke, Walsh as RPs — those “other innings” could be used in variety of ways and probably will.

It’s going to be an interesting six weeks or so. Even with a playoff berth secured, with an arbitrary playoff format and not much separation between teams in either division (though ultimate I still think Myrtle Beach is the team to beat), anything can happen.

Jul 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6;
Won, 6-4
vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.15) vs.
Webster (4-4, 3.05)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 (15 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.31) vs.
Bischoff (2-3, 3.80)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-3, 5.95) vs.
Littrell (5-5, 3.77)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (5-7, 4.32) vs.
Brault (7-6, 3.32)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Reilly (0-1, 7.71)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6 — GAME ONE
• Lively (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Dobbs 2-3, R
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Apparently Mitch Lively’s fastball was anything but lively because he yielded seven runs in the first two innings of Syracuse’s 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. First baseman Greg Dobbs’ fielding error with one out in the 1st led to two of those seven runs being unearned. The Syracuse faithful got to see ex-Nat Jason Marquis almost give this one away. After six scoreless frames, he fell short of the complete game. Destin “It’s All Good” Hood was both hero and goat in the inning. He proved that Marquis was human with a leadoff bomb to left in the seventh, but he later grounded into the game ending 6-4-3 double play after reliever BJ Rosenberg tried to blow his first save for Lehigh Valley with two walks and a single upon entering the game.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 4 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Cedeno (SV, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Laird 2-3, 2R
• Solano 2-3, 2RBI

The Chiefs secured a doubleheader split by putting up six runs on the board over the first three innings on its way to a 6-4 victory over the IronPigs. Zach “Barbara’s not my moms” Walters 1st-inning solo shot to right got the scoring started. After Lehigh Valley’s Nate “Where’s Britney?” Spears tied it up on a solo shot of his own against starter and winner James “Big Richard” Simmons, the Syracuse offense went right back to work and put up three runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Josh Johnson’s two-run double was the key hit. After the IronPigs closed the gap to 4-3 in the top of the third, Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano put the Chiefs back up 6-3 with a single up the middle that scored Steve Souza and Brandon Laird. Lehigh Valley made their final score with an RBI double in the 6th from Spears in the 6th before Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno closed out the game for his third save.
Roster moves: LHP Zach Jackson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 4 (15 inn.)
• McGregor 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Herron 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB (1 IBB), 0K
• Vettleson 4-6, R, 2B, 3B
• Taylor 3-7, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg dropped the series finale, 5-4 to Richmond in heartbreaking fashion deep into extras. In the bottom of the 1st, 3B Matt Skole made a critical error that allowed a runner to score from third. The Flying Squirrels extended the lead to 2-0 in the 3rd before Harrisburg finally answered with singles by Jason Martinson, Drew Vettleson, and Cole Leonida get one back in the 5th. However, starter Scott McGregor couldn’t produce a shutdown inning and gave up four singles and two runs to put Harrisburg into a 4-1 deficit to come back from. The Sens managed to tie it up with outstanding relief work headlined by Derek Self who pitched two scoreless frames. Manno’s Millions got a scoreless frame from their hero, and the offense finally broke through with a Vettleson triple and Quincy “Don’t Call Me Jones” Latimore sac fly in the 7th. Michael “[SD’s mancrush]” Taylor hit a two-run bomb out to left that scored a Ricky Hague ahead of him and tied it up at 4-4. Harrisburg fans listening to the dulcet tones of Terry Byrom over the interwebs had to wait until the bottom of the 15th before a bases-loaded walkoff single removed the Senators from their on-field offices

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Rauh 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Walsh (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinez 2-3
• Severino 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Tejeda 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Pedro Severino went “Marco!” with homer in the 8th while Oscar Tejeda went “Solo!” with a big fly in the 9th as the P-Nats edged the Red Sox, 3-2 and returned to sole possession of 1st place. The start went to Brian Rauh and he turned in four shutout innings with a single hit allowed, no walks, and five K’s. Severino and Estarlin Martinez both went 2-for-3 to lead the Potomac offense. Jake Walsh won for second time in four appearances with two shutout innings, with one hit and no walks allowed while setting down three on strikes.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Estevez 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, WP, 2BK
• Johns (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, 2SB (51, 52)
• Ballou 2-5, R, OF assist at HP
• Kieboom 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Suns scored on a wild pitch in the 9th to take their first and only lead of the night as they edged the Shorebirds, 5-4. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was ineffective in his second start back from the GCL, giving up two runs over three innings on four hits and a walk while doing himself no favors with a wild pitch and two balks. Osvaldo Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walks and two stolen bases from the leadoff spot while nos. 3-4 hitters Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-5 with Kieboom lofting his 6th home run. Samuel Johns got the win after stranding two runners in the 7th, pitching a scoreless 8th, and working around a pair of singles in the 9th.

Lowell 6 Auburn 5
• Van Orden (L, 0-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Torres 4IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Abreu 1-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Gardner 1-4, R, 3B

The Doubledays led 1-0 early but gave up five runs in the middle innings and couldn’t complete the comeback for a 6-5 loss. Drew Van Orden took the brunt of Lowell’s assualt, giving up four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. Luis Torres returned to Auburn with four innings with two unearned runs let in on one hit and two walks over the final four frames. The Doubledays managed just six hits, but three went for extra bases with Osvaldo Abreu and Jeff Gardner both going 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats broke even with a 3-3 week against the Cardinals and Marlins. This week, it’s four against the Mets and three against the Cardinals.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
• Pimentel 0-2, K
• Baez ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

With a four-run 8th, the DSL NL All-Stars defeated the AL All-Stars, 9-7. Davinson Pimentel started at catcher and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout while Joan Baez appeared with one out in the 5th and struck out both batters he faced as the two managers did the best to make sure every player on the roster appeared. This week, it’s home games against the Rockies today, the Yankees1 and Mets1 on Thursday and Friday while they visit those three on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Jul 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2;
Lost, 5-0
vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL) and TBD
Simmons (1-2, 5.40) vs.
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86) and
Marquis (0-0, 0.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Richmond,
1:35 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 9.53) vs.
Blach (7-4, 2.98)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.01) vs.
Kukuk (3-6, 6.61)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Horacek (5-8, 3.42)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Wilkerson (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Roenicke (L, 4-5) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Stange 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 2-3, RBI, CS
• Rhymes 1-3, R, 2B

In game one, Syracuse starter Josh Roenicke was felled by one bad inning. He gave up four runs in the top of the 5th to Lehigh Valley and the Chiefs’ offense failed to drum up an ample response. A leadoff homer by Leandro Castro to left started the fateful frame. Three singles and a double later, Syracuse found itself facing an insurmountable four-run hole. They did respond with two in the bottom of the 5th. Catcher Jhonatan Solano singled, Wil Rhymes doubled him over to third, and a sac fly by Josh Johnson scored Syracuse’s first run. After Emmanuel “I’m not Webster” Burriss was plunked, Kobernus singled in Syracuse’s second run. Lehigh Valley starter Brad “Thinkin’” Lincoln made sure that was all the runs the Chiefs would get en route to the seven inning complete game and a 4-2 score.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Holland (L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Grace 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Moore 1-2, BB
• Walters 1-3, 2B

Syracuse suffered an even worse fate in game two. A pair of doubles in the 1st off starter Matt Holland led to Lehigh Valley’s first run. A two-run homer by Nate Spears in the second made it 3-0. Matt Grace could not stop the bleeding in the third. He yielded four single and two runs, ending his streak without an earned run at 25. The doleful Syracuse fans were now seeing a 5-0 deficit on the scoreboard. After going with the complete game victory in the opener, Lehigh Valley took the committee approach to shut out the Chiefs in the nightcap. Kudos to Hector Neris, winner Jeremy Horst and Cesar Jimenez for limiting the Chiefs offense to just three singles and Zach Walters’ 17th double of the year. Roster move: OF Eury Perez reassigned from Potomac; MiLB.com is listing this as him still being on a rehab assignment, most likely to avoid having to add him to the Chiefs’ roster.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 3
• Kroenke 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Runion (L, 0-1) 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Keyes 1-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-3, R, 3B, BB

The joy of Jose Lozada’s game-tying single in the top of the 8th was short-lived as the Squirrels went nuts on Sam Runion for four runs in the bottom of the 8th en route to a 7-3 win over the Senators. Runion gave up six hits total, including a home run, with no walks and one strikeout over the 7th and 8th innings. Zach Kroenke started and went the first five, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with five K’s. Jason Martinson reached base three times on a single, walk, and a triple while Kevin Keyes homered and walked twice as Harrisburg registered eight hits and four walks total.

Potomac 6 Salem 1
• Spann (W, 7-4) 7IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 3-5, 2R, 2B, OF assist at 2B
• Tejeda 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Manuel 2-3, BB, 2RBI

Oscar Tejeda totaled a Mercedes while Matt Spann turned in seven shutout innings as Potomac stopped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Salem. Former Red Sox farmhand Tejeda smacked a three-run HR off Simon Mercedes to give Spann all the support he would need. The 23-y.o. southpaw tied his season-best with six K’s, walked none and let up six hits to win his 7th game for the P-Nats and 9th overall. Estarlin Martinez continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs score to lead the 15-hit parade for Potomac.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5
• Giolito (W, 5-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Thomas (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Lopez 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3, BB, RBI, SB

Carlos Lopez’s solo HR in the top of the 9th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown nearly blew a 5-0 lead but survived with a 6-5 win over Delmarva. Lucas Giolito tied a season high with nine strikeouts as he pitched into the 6th for just the fourth time in 15 starts. He was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk while earning his fifth win. Lopez and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-4 as the Suns racked up 10 hits on the night.

Auburn 5 Lowell 4
• A. Williams 4⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP, 2WP
• P. Valdez (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• W. Rodriguez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Williamson 2-4, 2B
• Eusebio 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run homer capped off a three-run 8th as Auburn rallied from 4-2 down to win 5-4 over Lowell. Austen Williams was sloppy in the early going, hitting a batter and missing the catcher twice as the Spinners got to him for three runs in the 1st on just two hits. He would compose himself and pitch into the fifth, finishing with three hits allowed and four strikeouts over four and 2/3rds. Lowell returned the favor with a two-run error in the 1st but shut down Auburn until the 8th. That’s when Wilman Rodriguez doubled for his third hit of the night, came in on a single by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, then Eusebio hit the killshot. Philips Valdez, who let in an inherited runner in the 7th, got the win with two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th.
Roster moves: RHPs Robbie Dickey, Luis Torres reassigned from GCL Nationals. Tonight’s starter is TBD, best bet: Torres, who hasn’t pitched since July 12.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 4
• Mattheus 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (L, 1-1) 3IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 3K, HR
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Guzman 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, RBI

The G-Nats answered the G-Marlins first two scores of one run and three runs, but had no response for the five-run 4th as the G-Marlins went on to win 9-4. Ryan Mattheus put in his rehab inning with a run let in on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. Deibi Yrizarri took the loss with eight runs allowed in three innings on seven hits, including a grand slam. Luis Guzman singled once and doubled twice to pace the G-Nats 10-hit attack. Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Much is made about the NYPL’s grueling schedule, but the DSL isn’t that much easier. Yesterday and today are the only planned consecutive days off from May 31 to August 23, with the DSL All-Star Game scheduled for this morning at 10:30 a.m.

Jul 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Roenicke (4-4, 5.00) and
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL)
Holland (1-0, 1.59) vs.
Lincoln (4-5, 4.40) and
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86)
Neris (3-2, 6.03)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Richmond,
6:05 p.m.
Kroenke (2-3, 5.91) vs.
Crick (6-4, 3.23)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (6-4, 4.39) vs.
Mercedes (2-5, 4.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.47) vs.
Severino (1-0, 3.60)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 4.15) vs.
Buttrey (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 14-1 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 10 Lehigh Valley 2
• Cole (W, 2-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Madrigal 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Moore 3-5, 2R
• Solano 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The Phillies’ AAA club is apparently as bad as its MLB club. They were destroyed by the Syracuse Chiefs last night, 10-2. Offensive leader Steve Souza, phoned in a home run to lead off the 4th. Seven of his brethren followed up with consecutive positive plate appearances with an A.J. “Slaw” Cole sacrifice bunt being the only out recorded. A strike ‘em out (Jeff Kobernus), throw ‘em out (Emmanuel Burriss) ended the inning, but the damage had been done. Six runs was enough for Cole to kick it in cruise and pound the strike zone. Cole walked not one Iron Pig, but did yield two runs on eight hits while sending six of ‘em back to the dugout with “K.”
Roster move: RHP Mitch Lively assigned from Washington. You probably already knew he’s a former Oakland N.L. West-team farmhand.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 3 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K; 1-2
• Benincasa (W, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bates (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Martinson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators won a thriller in Richmond last night. After an opening tally by Richmond in the bottom of the 3rd, Michael “BATMAN” Taylor promptly erased the evil deficit by leading off the 4th with a solo shot. Harrisburg continued its picket fence with a one-out double by Drew Vettleson and a clutch two-out RBI single by Adrian Sanchez to score him in the top of the 5th. A leadoff double by Rick “The Stick” Hague, a Matt Skole single, and a Kevin Keyes walk loaded the bases for what should have been the knockout blow. But Richmond replaced Kelvin Marte with Jose Casilla, who whiffed Jason Martinson, then yielded a bunt single to complete the picket fence but escaped further damage with lineout double play. Manno’s Minions will be disappointed to learn he issued the walk and the double that led to Richmond tying up the contest at 3-3 in the 7th. Martinson crushed the Flying Squirrels hopes with a two-out homer in the top of the 11th. Robert Benincasa got the win while Colin Bates got the save

Wilmington 3 Potomac 0
• Voth 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Dickson (L, 1-8) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Renda 1-3, 2B, BB

Austin Voth was brilliant, but things fell apart late Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 3
• Johansen (L, 5-5) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Ullmann 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Yezzo 1-3, 2B

The Shorebirds erupted for four in the 6th to break open a 3-1 game as they cruised to an 8-3 win over the Suns. Jake Johansen made it through five, but was strafed for four runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five for his fifth loss. Hagerstown was limited to just four hits though two of them were doubles by Wilmer Difo and James Yezzo, who both went 1-for-3.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 6
• Bourque (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Read 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI
• Medina 1-3, R, 2BB, 4E

If they didn’t already know it, the Doubledays learned you can’t spot a 24-9 team a 6-0 lead and still win. But they tried, as they rallied for four in the 5th but ultimately fell short with a 7-6 loss. James Bourque was riddled for eight hits and six runs over four and a 1/3rd innings with only one earned run “thanks” to three Willie Medina throwing errors (four total) in the Renegades five-run 2nd. Raudy Read’s three-run HR sparked aforementioned 5th with “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to pace the Auburn offense.
Roster move: CF Alec Keller placed on the 60-Day DL.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 2
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Plouck (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Valerio (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Gutierrez 3-4, 3B, BB
• Keniry 0-2, R, 2BB

Turnabout is fair play as the G-Nats reversed the score of Thursday with a 4-2 win over the G-Marlins on Friday. Daury Vasquez got the start and gave up one run on two hits with no walks and one whiff over three innings. Cole Plouck got the win in relief, Maximo Valerio got the save as the two combined for four and 2/3rds scoreless innings to finish out the game. Kelvin Gutierrez went 3-for-4 with a walk and a triple to lead the G-Nats attack.

DSL Giants 14 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vargas ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Guerrero 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Mota 1-3

Sandy Guerrero’s solo shot in the 3rd pulled the D-Nats within two at 3-1 but it was all downhill from here as the D-Giants piled on 11 more for 14-1 demolition. Carlos Acevedo took the loss, allowing those first three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Just five of the D-Giant runs were earned thanks to seven errors, four by Francys Peguero while positioned near third base. Guerrero also singled to go 2-for-4 as the D-Nats were held to just six hits.
C-1B Davinson Pimentel, RHP Joan Baez named to DSL NL All-Star Team.

Jul 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 3.78) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-6, 4.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.86) vs.
Marte (7-3, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.35) vs.
Dziedzic (5-5, 2.82)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-4, 4.86) vs.
Harvey (6-4, 3.01)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-0, 3.18) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2 (10 inn.) @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 3.21) vs.
Guzman (2-1, 3.79)


Syracuse 13 Lehigh Valley 0
• Treinen (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Jackson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 4-5, 4R, 2RBI
• Walter 4-6, 3R
• Laird 3-4, 3R, 3B, HR, BB, 5RBI
• Hood 3-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

There’s a Pig Roast scheduled for Sunday in Syracuse, but the boys got started a little early as the Chiefs grilled the IronPigs for 18 hits in 13-0 victory in Lehigh Valley. Four pitchers combined on the five-hit shutout, with starter Blake Treinen going the first six frames with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out while Zack Jackson, Daniel Stange, and Neil Holland each turned in a scoreless inning. Brandon Laird drove in five with a single, triple, and a three-run homer to lead the 18-hit assault.
Roster move: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-4) 5IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Self 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-3, 2B, BB
• Keyes 1-1, R, HR, RBI

The Flying Squirrels swooped on Senators starter Brian Dupra for five runs in the 5th to send Harrisburg to a 5-1 loss. Dupra went toe-to-toe with Richmond’s Austin Fleet for four innings in a 0-0 pitcher’s duel, with Fleet tossing a no-no and Dupra allowing a leadoff double in the 3rd. The excrement struck the spinning airflow device in the bottom of the 5th as the Squirrels rallied for for five, including a grand slam to send Dupra to his fourth loss. Jason Martinson broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double in the 5th while Kevin Keyes’s pinch-hit homer — #16 for the Senators, #20 overall — ended the shutout bid to lead off the 8th.
Roster move: OF Michael Taylor activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Paul Demny placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to July 12.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1 — COMP.
• Schwartz 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Norfork 2-3, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, RBI

Khayyan Norfork led off the continuation with a single, which was knocked down by the Blue Rocks shortstop to deny him the RBI and Mike McQuillan nearly got the Willie Mays Hayes single and an RBI with a swinging bunt that got him out to end the 6th. After Richie Mirowksi pitched around a walk in the top of the 7th, Estarlin Martinez singled, took second on a sacrifice and scored on a Randolph Oduber single in the bottom of the 7th to take the continuation, 2-1.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Bacus (L, 3-5) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Walsh 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, 2WP
• E. Perez 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Pleffner 2-4, RBI

The Potomac bats continue to fizzle as they racked up 10 hits but only plated one run in a 4-1 loss to Wilmington. Starter Dakota Bacus had trouble putting away the leadoff man, putting him on five times out of seven innings, but pitched well enough to win with two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Jake Walsh’s Woodbridge debut was marred by two wild pitches, one of which came on a strikeout to the first batter he faced. He would give up three hits and two runs in the 8th to give the Blue Rocks a comfortable three-run lead. Eury Perez singled, doubled, walked and scored the lone P-Nat run on a Shawn Pleffner double single off the right-centerfield wall in the 3rd.
Roster move: RHP Blake Schwartz placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 2
• Pivetta 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Suero 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Johns (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wooten 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Middleton 2-4, 2B

James Yezzo singled with one out, Brennan Middleton followed with a double to push him to 3rd, and West Virginia’s shortstop Bucknered a Narciso Mesa roller to send him in as Hagerstown walked off with a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series win. Nick Pivetta started and pitched into the 6th, when the Power got to him for their two runs. Wander Suero kept the go-ahead run on base by getting the last two outs, then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Samuel Johns pitched two scoreless innings for the “W.” John Wooten got the first two Suns runs with a homer in the 2nd and led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night.

Hudson Valley 6 Auburn 2
• Ott 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• D. Williams (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 2IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR
• Gardner 3-4, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB

The Renegades had it made in the 8th as they retrieved six runs off Deion Williams to turn a 2-0 deficit into the eventual 6-2 bounty over the Doubledays. The implosion wasted a career night by Travis Ott, who pitched six innings of three-hit, shutout ball with no walks and six whiffs. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn offense with a 3-for-4 night, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who went 2-for-4 with a walk.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2 (10 inn.)
• K. Simmons 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Morales (BS, 1; L, 0-4) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Alvarez 2-4, BB
• Ortiz 1-4, R, RBI

The G-Marlins got to Jose Morales for the 2-2 tie in the 8th and smacked a two-run HR against him in the 10th for the 4-2 win. Kyle Simmons started and went the first three innings, letting in one on a hit and two walks while fanning one. Thomas Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot but the rest of the lineup struggled, adding just six more hits and one more walk and going 1-for-14 with RISP.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Giants 5
• Baez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K, HBP
• N. Ramirez (W, 5-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Franco 4-4, R, BB, RBI, E(16)
• A. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2RBI

The D-Nats erupted for five runs in the 8th to break a 3-3 deadlock and held on for an 8-5 win over the D-Giants. Starter Joan Baez let in just an unearned run over five innings on one hit and one walk as he struck out one. The win went to Nector Ramirez, though he gave up two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over the 7th and 8th innings. Angher Cespedes struck out two while earning his seventh save in a 1-2-3 ninth. 16-y.o. Anderson Franco reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Davinson Pimentel and Andres Martinez both went 2-for-4 to pace the 12-hit D-Nats offense.