Estarlin Martinez Named Sally League Batter of the Week

Estarlin Martinez has been named the South Atlantic League’s Batter of the Week for the week ofJuly 1-7, the first Hagerstown Sun to win a weekly award this season.

Martinez, who is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, went 12-for-27 for the week with four doubles, a home run, and eight RBI while scoring seven runs and drawing three walks.

For the season, Martinez is hitting .251/.344/.358 with two HR and 52 RBI. The 21-year-old was on the DL from late April to late May.

He’s in his fourth season with Nationals organization, having begun in the DSL in 2009 and spending 2010 and 2011 in the GCL before making it north of Florida with a season in Auburn last summer, where he posted a strong campaign (.319/.385/.455) that put him on this site’s 2013 watchlist for outfielders for the second straight year.

Ivan Pineyro, PTBNL Traded For Scott Hairston, PTBNL

Late last night, news came that the Nats had traded for Scott Hairston for a minor-leaguer. Early this morning, it was reported that it would be a “Class A pitcher” (a CYA, BTW since that could mean Auburn, Hagerstown, or Potomac).

Now, it’s been revealed that Ivan Pineyro is “the guy the Cubs got,” as well as the two teams swapping players to be named later.

The 21-year-old Dominican entered the Nats system in 2011, leading that DSL squad in starts, innings, and strikeouts and second to former Suns teammate Gilberto Mendez in ERA and WHIP. Last summer, he started five games in the GCL and posted a 2.38ERA over 22⅔ innings (no record), before finishing with a less impressive 3-2 mark with a 5.50/3.26/1.660 line in eight starts with Auburn (note the FIP).

That was, however, good enough to earn Pineyro a trip to full-season ball in 2013, in addition to making this site’s 2013 Watchlist for the second straight year as one of the “Notable Arms” (which, along with $2, gets you a cup of coffee).

In Hagerstown, Pineyro went 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts and represented the Suns in the All-Star game. Following the break, Pineyro was moved up to Potomac, a move that at the time, appeared to be more of an injury replacement for Sammy Solis than a true promotion.

Pineyro made three starts for Potomac, all at home, with mixed results. In his debut, he was left out there a little too long and couldn’t go the requisite five innings against Carolina for the win. His second outing was in a suspended-by-rain start versus Myrtle Beach, in which he gave up a run on three hits over three innings, but was hit hard in the second inning.

His final start, however, was impressive as he threw seven scoreless on the 4th of July in a 3-1 win over Wilmington.

Pineyro was a good but not great pitcher in the limited time I was able to see him. Decent fastball, good change, but quite hittable when he missed his spots and left pitches up. There’s sure to be some overreaction to dealing one of the very few age-appropriate-to-the-level arms in the system, particularly one developed in the post-SmileyAlvarez era of the team’s efforts in the Dominican Republic.

A corresponding move in terms of “backfilling” Pineyro’s spot in the rotation has not yet been announced. Two possibilities (and this is pure speculation) are (A) Solis returning from the GCL (B) Dixon Anderson coming off the DL in Hagerstown.

Solis last pitched on July 5 in the GCL, which is prototypical for a rehabbing pitcher to appear in a game or two before returning north. Anderson was placed on the DL justbefore his scheduled start on July 4th as opposed to after his previous start on June 29, which could also indicate that he may have been one of the players under consideration (and still may be).

If/when such an announcement is made within the next few fours, this space will be updated.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2; Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 1-0; Won, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
12:00 p.m.
Karns (6-3) vs.
Wilson (3-1, 2.96)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Purke (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Blough (7-5, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 11-7 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Postponed @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 9.00) and
Voth (SS-A Debut) vs.
Prosinski (0-1, 6.14) and
Anderson (2-1, 3.38)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-2, 2.22) vs.
Vivas (2-1, 2.60)

Buffalo 6 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Maya (L, 4-6) 5IP, 9H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Rhymes 3-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-3, 2B

The Bison halted the Chiefs’ win streak at four with a 6-2 win in the opener. Yunesky Maya gave up all six Buffalo runs on nine hits, including a home run, and three walks while striking out two. Will Rhymes accounted for both Syracuse runs with a two-run blast in the 3rd and went 3-for-3 overall.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Robertson (L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, HR
• Kimball 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 1-3, R, SB
• Espinosa 1-3, RBI

Buffalo stampeded spot starter Tyler Robertson for four runs in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1 win in the nightcap, sweeping the doubleheader. Robertson lasted an inning and 2/3rds and gave a walk and five hits, including a three-run home run. Jeff Kobernus singled, stole second, and scored on Danny Espinosa’s RBI single, but the bats were otherwise limp against recently outrighted Chien-Ming Wang. Roster move: Yunesky Maya activated from 3-Day temporary inactive list.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0 — GAME ONE
• Gilliam (W, 3-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 17) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Head 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Leon 1-2

Rob Gilliam and Aaron Barrett combined on a two-hit shutout as the Senators edged the BaySox, 1-0 in the opener. Gilliam allowed one hit and walked two over the first six to earn the win, his third for the year. Barrett worked around an leadoff single and retired the next three batters for his 17th save. Jerad Head’s leadoff HR in the 4th was the difference as Bowie’s Eduardo Rodriguez gave up just two hits for the complete-game loss.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 2 — GAME TWO
• Swynenberg 5IP, 7H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 0K, HBP, WP
• Head 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Goodwin 2-2, 2R, 2B, BB,
• Game Time 1:29 (1:22 delay)

Rain shortened the nightcap to just five innings, but a pair of three-run Senator rallies in the first two innings ended it early as Harrisburg completed the doubleheader sweep with a 6-2 win. Spot starter Matt Swynenberg went all five innings and scattered seven hits, giving up two unearned runs while walking one and striking out none. Jerad Head and Brian Goodwin combined for four hits, four runs, and four RBI as the Senators scored six times on just six hits.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Rauh (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 2R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Benincasa (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burns 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Dykstra 2-2, 2BB, SB

Only the rain could slow down Potomac as they scored in each of the first five innings in a 5-2 win over Wilmington. Starter Brian Rauh earned his first win for Potomac with a quality start of two runs given up on three hits and a walk over six innings. He hit a batter and struck out four. Robert Benincasa walked one but got his fifth save in as many opportunities. Adrian Nieto was the sole P-Nat to not march in the 14-hit parade, though he extended his on-base streak to 15 games while Robert Gilmartin pushed his on-base streak to 17 games.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 7
• Turnbull 2⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Harper (W, 5-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pena (H, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Martinez 2-3, 4R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Lippincott 2-5, 3B, RBI
• Miller 1-4, 2R, HR, BB, 4RBI

Hagerstown racked up three big innings in the first five “ups” to outslug Delmarva, 11-7 and take the series, 3-1. Twice-demoted starter Kylin Turnbull gave up six runs in his first start back from the NYPL, knocked from the box with one out in the 3rd with two walks, two strikeouts, and nine hits surrendered. Bryan Harper bailed him out of the third with the Suns clinging to a 7-6 lead. Estarlin Martinez and Brandon Miller both homered, combining for seven of the 11 RBIs the Suns

Williamsport vs. Jamestown — PPD
Make that four rainouts in the past nine days as Auburn and Williamsport will play two tonight with 5th Rd. pick Austin Voth scheduled to make his NYPL debut.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats still lead the GCL East by 3½ games and are riding a modest three-game win streak.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Rain shortened the slate to just four games last week, which the D-Nats split. This week, they begin at home against the Pirates2 and finish on the road against the Cubs, with home-and-home series against the Jays and Yankees1 in between.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 4.35) and Robertson (0-0, 4.91)
vs. Bush (7-6, 4.12) and Wang (4-4, 2.33)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Bowie,
1:00 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 4.78) and Swynenberg (2-0, 3.16)
vs. E. Rodriguez (0-0, 9.00) and Bischoff (2-0, 4.39)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m
Rauh (0-0, 3.86) vs.
Moen (1-1, 4.35)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (6-4, 3.14) vs.
Bridwell (5-7, 5.04)
Auburn Lost, 15-5; Lost, 14-1 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
GCL Nationals Won, 4-2 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 4 Buffalo 3
• Tatusko (W, 2-3) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Kimball ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Davis (SV, 10) ⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Espinosa 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, K
• Rhymes 3-4, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse took their fourth straight game with a 4-3 triumph over Buffalo. Starter Ryan Tatukso turned in his best outing of the season, tossing seven scoreless innings with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out five for his second win for the Chiefs. The Bisons rallied for three in the 9th against Cole Kimball, who failed to finish the 9th for second time in as many tries this season, giving up a two-run HR to Andy LaRoche (brother of Adam). Erik Davis got the save (No. 10) while giving up two hits to four batters faced. Danny Espinosa and Will Rhymes both went 3-for-4 to lead the Syracuse offense.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Hill (L, 1-2) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Frias 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Head 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, BB

Harrisburg loaded the bases in the 9th, but could only push across one run and fell to Bowie, 3-2. Starter Taylor Hill scattered eight hits over seven innings, allowing two runs and two walks while striking out four, but took the loss. As noted by Mick Reinhard of, it was seventh time in eight games the Senators failed to get six (6) hits. Jerad Head was the sole multihit batter at 2-for-4.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 5⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Dupra 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Nieto 2-5, R
• Taylor 2-5, 2B
• Burns 2-5, SB (40)

Potomac dropped its second straight Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 3
• Lee (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 9K, HR
• Henke (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Severino 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Mesa 2-5, R, RBI

A four-run second erased an early 1-0 deficit as the Suns doubled up the Shorerbirds, 6-3. Starter Nick Lee struck out a season-high nine batters over five innings, though he gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. Travis Henke pitched three scoreless for the hold and Gilberto Mendez pitched around a hit in the 9th for the save. Pedro Severino and Narciso Mesa both went 2-for-5 to lead the Hagerstown attack.

Jamestown 15 Auburn 5— COMP.
• Selsor 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Medina (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Poole 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Difo 1-3, R, BB

The Jammers scored ten times from the 6th to the 8th innings, pummeling the Doubledays in the completion of Friday night’s game, 15-5. Casey Selsor had given up an unearned run on one hit and two walks as the original starter. Silvio Medina took the loss with three runs allowed on two hits and a walk over two and 1/3rd innings. Jordan Poole’s three-run HR highlighted Auburn’s four-run 7th that briefly pulled the Doubledays to within four at 9-5 before the six-run 8th put the game away.

Jamestown 14 Auburn 1 — GAME TWO
• Orlan (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 0K
• Hollins 3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Allen 1-3

Jamestown continued its devastation of Auburn pitchers in the second game, racking up 14 runs on 20 hits in a 14-1 seven-inning game. Starter R.C. Orlan took the brunt of it (and the loss), charged with eight runs on nine hits and two walks over an inning and 2/3rds. He struck out none. Jordan Poole came off the bench to drive in the sole Doubleday run, as Auburn was held to just four hits.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 2 (10 inn.)
• Meyers 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Suero (BS, 1) 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Ramos (W, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Ruiz 3-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-2, 2RBI

The G-Nats rallied for three in the top of the 10th and held off the G-Mets for a 4-2 win in extras. Brad Meyers surfaced from the DL and turned in two scoreless innings at the outset, giving way to Wander Suero, who gave up a run on one hit and three walks while striking out four. Adderling Ruiz led the hit column with a 3-for-4 game as he drew a walk and drove in a run.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Pirates2 0
• Rosario (W, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Reynoso (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Salazar (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Aguero 1-3, R

Three pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout as the D-Nats edged the D-Pirates2, 1-0. Ramses Rosario got the win, his first, with five hits given up over five innings. Yorlin Reynoso pitched the next three with a walk and two hits allowed for the hold. Melvi Salazar walked a batter in the 9th but closed out the game for his sixth save. The offense mustered just four hits, with two coming in the 2nd as the D-Pirates2 let in the lone run on a wild pitch.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Weber (3-2, 1.98)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2;
Won, 5-4
vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (1-1, 1.29) vs.
Wright (6-2, 4.03)
Potomac Lost, 8-7 (11 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Schwartz (6-2, 2.60) vs.
Smith (4-4, 2.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (2-2, 4.46) vs.
Taylor (4-7, 3.61)
Auburn Losing, 1-0 vs. Jamestown,
4:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 9.00) vs.
Lodge (1-0, 4.50)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.

Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 0
• Clay (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Walters 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Espinosa 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Jeroloman 2-4, 2B

Caleb Clay tossed seven scoreless innings while Zach Walters connected on his 19th HR as the Chiefs shut out the Iron Pigs, 5-0. Clay gave up five hits, walked none, and struck out five as he evened his won-loss record at 2-2. Walters drove in three and scored twice while going 3-for-4 with a double while Danny Espinosa and Brian Jeroloman each went 2-for-4 with a double as Syracuse won their fifth straight home game.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2 — GAME ONE
• Ray (W, 1-0) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Grace (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 16) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lozada 2-2, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 1-2, RBI

The Senators packed all of their offense into one inning, scoring four in the 4th to win the opener, 4-2. Robbie Ray won his AA debut, allowing just a run on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight, though he needed 97 pitches to get through five innings. Jose Lozada singled twice and drove in two to account for two of the three Harrisburg hits.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4 — GAME TWO
• Herron (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 8K
• Holland (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-1 IR-S
• Head 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, R, RBI

Harrisburg got out of the gate fast in the nightcap, scoring four in the 1st and one in the 2nd, and held off a late charge from Bowie for a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader. Tyler Herron pitched five and 2/3rds in a spot start, retiring 13 in a row in one stretch while striking out a career-high eight batters. Jerad Head homered and drove in three while Justin Bloxom went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Senators offense. Roster move: OF Destin Hood placed on the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 7 (11 inn.)
• Cole 5IP, 11H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 4K
• Benincasa (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Nieto 2-3, R, BB

Potomac saw its modest three-game win streak halted with an 8-7 loss in 11 innings. A.J. Cole got the start but was not sharp, giving up a season-high seven runs on 11 hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Potomac scored all seven of its runs in the first four innings, but was stifled by the Wilmington ‘pen, which held them to four baserunners over the final seven frames. Adrian Nieto reached base three times going 2-for-3 with a walk to push his batting average to .304 and the lead the Potomac offense.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 3 (12 inn.)
• Mooneyham 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Davis 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 3-0 IR-S
• Self (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Severino 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Three straight two-out singles in the 12th pushed the Shorebird past the Suns, 4-3. Derek Self took the loss, his second in seven appearances, with four hits total coughed up over an inning and 2/3rds. Brett Mooneyham got the start and let in a run on four hits and three walks. Pedro Severino continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI to lead the ten-hit, two-walk Hagerstown attack.

Jamestown 1 Auburn 0 — SUSP.
Persistent rain stopped play in the third after more than an hour’s worth of delays. It will be completed today at 4 p.m. followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 6
• Solis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Silvestre (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2E
• Bautista 3-4, 3R, BB, SB
• Mejia 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats outlasted the G-Mets in a back-and-forth contest, 7-6. Sammy Solis started and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Hector Silvestre got the win, pitching the next five frames with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Rafael Bautista and Bryan Mejia both had three-hit games for the second straight day, combining for five runs scored as the G-Nats pounded out 13 hits for the game. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 2
• Torres 5⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Feliz (BS, 1; L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Mendoza 2-4
• Mercedes 1-3, BB, CS

The D-Cards took the lead with a two-spot in the 6th and put the game away with another crooked number in the 9th, sending the D-Nats to their 8th loss in the last 10 games by a score of 5-2. 18-y.o. Venezuelan Luis Torres pitched into the 6th, allowing two runs on two hits and no walks with two strikeouts but got the no-decision. The offense squandered multiple scoring chances, going 1-for-12 with RISP and stranding eight baserunners. Pedro Mendoza led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4;
Won, 6-5
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (1-2, 2.21) vs.
Martin (9-3, 4.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
5:30 p.m.
Ray (AA debut) and Herron (2-1, 4.91) vs.
Jones (3-3, 6.15) and Gamboa (4-5, 3.48)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Cole (5-3, 4.10) vs.
Sample (1-4, 4.44)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (4-2, 2.27) vs.
Guzman (4-0, 4.70)
Auburn Lost, 5-4 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-0, 1.38) vs.
Dickson (0-0, 6.75)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-4 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 2.89) vs.
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-2, 4.64) vs.
Changarotty (2-1, 1.69)

Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 4 — GAME ONE
• Roark (W, 6-3) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Broadway (SV, 6) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B

The Chiefs put up five in the bottom of the 6th to snap a 2-2 and held on in the 7th for a 7-4 win in the opener. Starter Tanner Roark won his 6th game with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Mike Broadway stranded a runner and got the last two outs of the 7th for his sixth save. The Chrises Marrero and Rahl combined to go 4-for-7 with three runs and an RBI to lead the 11-hit Syracuse attack.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5 — GAME TWO
• Mandel 6IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Crotta (W, 4-6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Espinosa 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Watts 2-3

Syracuse rallied for three in their final at-bat to sweep the doubleheader with a 6-5 win in the nightcap. The rally made a winner out of Mike Crotta who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Starter Jeff Mandel gave up all five Lehigh Valley runs on eight hits, no walks, and struck out four. Danny Espinosa stroked the game-winning RBI single, as he went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster move: RHP Yunesky Maya placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Treinen (L, 6-7) 6IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Perry 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The BaySox matched the runs to the innings through the first three frames to build a 6-0 lead and cruise to a 6-2 win over the Senators. Blake Treinen gutted out six innings, surrendering all six Bowie runs on 10 hits and a walk while setting down two on strikes. Steve Souza homered for the second straight game in the bottom of the 9th to break up the shutout bid.
Roster move: LHP Robbie Ray promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Pineyro (W, 1-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bates (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Nieto 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, SB

Good pitching, good defense, and a three-run HR were the keys to the win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 1
• Dickson 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Meza (W, 2-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Severino 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R,

The Suns bullpen pitched in on short notice while the offense made the most of its chances for a 5-1 win over the Shorebirds. Ian Dickson tossed four shutout innings as the spot starter, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out four. Christian Meza got the win with a run let in over the next three on two hits and a walk to go with four K’s. Pedro Severino hit his first professional home run and went 3-for-4 as he, Estarlin Martinez, and Tony Renda accounted for all seven Hagerstown hits.
Roster moves: RHP Dixon Anderson placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Cory Bafidis reassigned from the GCL.

Jamestown 5 Auburn 4
• Johansen 4IP, 0H, R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Hudgins (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Yezzo 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, SB

Jamestown erased an early 3-1 deficit with a four-run 5th and sent Auburn to 5-4 defeat. Top 2013 pick Jake Johansen turned his best and longest outing thus far, allowing an unearned run on two walks and a hit batsman over four innings but got the no-decision. Will Hudgins was squeezed for the loss, giving up the aforementiond four runs on three hits and a walk, but went four innings total and struck out six. James Yezzo and Wilman Rodriguez both had multihit games as the Doubledays outhit the Jammers 7-3.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 4
• J. Rodriguez 2⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, WP
• P. Valdez (W, 2-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Mejia 3-5, 3R, 2-3B, RBI
• Bautista 3-5, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

A pair of two-run rallies in the late innings gave the G-Nats the lead and then some insurance as they rebounded from Wednesday’s 18-3 smackdown with a 7-4 win over the G-Cards. Jefry Rodriguez got the start and was lit up for all four Cardinal runs on five hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Philips Valdez got the win with three scoreless innings, giving up no hits and two walks while setting down four on strikes. Bryan Mejia and Rafael Bautista both went 3-for-5 with an RBI whie Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz drove in three with a double and a HR in five ABs.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1
• Yrizarri (W, 2-0) 5IP, 4H, R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Morales (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mendoza 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
• Florentino 1-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating the D-Cards, 4-1. Starter Deibi Yrizarri got the win with an unearned run given up on four hits and two walks and struck out six over five innings. Eight of nine D-Nats batters hit safely with Pedro Mendoza leading the hit column with a 2-for-4 effort, while Darryl Florentino reached base three times, scored twice, and stole base while going 1-for-3 with two walks.

Robbie Ray Promoted To Harrisburg

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The Potomac Nationals announced today that LHP Robbie Ray has been promoted to the Harrisburg Senators.

This is a bit of surprise, given the hammering (7HR, .245OBA) he took in June (vs 2HR, .184OBA in April/May) but apparently the powers that be are satisfied that he has made enough progress to be challenged with the next level.

Indeed, compared to the pitcher he was a year ago (especially in the second half, when he would get hit early, often, and hard), the 21-year-old southpaw has improved by leaps and bounds, getting more ground balls overall and converting more of the long counts (which are still a little too frequent to not glaze over) into strikeouts.

For the season, Ray is 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA, 3.82 FIP, and a WHIP of 1.20 with 100 strikeouts and 41 walks in 84 innings. That’s 4.39 BB/9 and 10.71 K/9. The walk rate is actually a career high, while the home run rate is only down slightly (0.96 vs. 1.19).

While not officially confirmed yet by the Senators PR folks, it would appear that Ray is the “TBA” listed in yesterday’s media notes for the probable pitcher of first game in tomorrow’s doubleheader in Harrisburg.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-5, 6.14) and
Roark (5-3, 3.36) vs.
Cloyd (1-7, 7.79) and
Miner (5-5, 4.62)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0
(7 inn., rain)
vs. Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.61) vs.
Chen (MLB rehab)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Zimmer (2-7, 5.40)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (5-5, 3.20) vs.
Hader (3-3, 2.67)
Auburn Lost, 12-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 1.93) vs.
Brewer (2-0, 3.29)
GCL Nationals Lost, 18-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Losing, 5-1
@ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (0-2, 1.54) vs.
Jo. Rodriguez (0-1, 1.84)

Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 0
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-6) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 2-4
• Walters 1-3, BB
• 63 minute rain delay

The Iron Pigs got the best of a pitcher’s duel, defeating the Chiefs 2-0. Danny Rosenbaum took the loss, giving up both Lehigh Valley runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. The Chiefs were held to just five hits and two walks total, with Corey Brown (2-for-4) and Zach Walters the only two batters to reach base twice.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 0 (7 inn., rain)
• Karns (W, 6-3) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Frias (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Brian Goodwin and Steve Souza hit back-to-back jacks with one out in the 7th to put the exclamation point on a 5-0 Harrisburg shutout of Erie, shortened to seven inning thanks to (would you believe?) rain. Nathan Karns made his third start since returning to the Senators rotation, giving up a hit and two walks over five innings with five strikeouts. Marcos Frias go the save with a scoreless sixth inning. Jason Martinson led the Harrisburg hit column with a 2-for-3 night.

Potomac 2 Winston-Salem 1
• Purke 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Holt (W, 4-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-4, R
• Burns 2-5, 2B, RBI

Some guy named Matt Purke made his High-A debut Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 0
• Pena 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Harper (W, 4-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Perez 1-4, 2RBI

Four Hagerstown pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout to complete the sweep of West Virginia, 3-0. Ronald Pena got the start and gave up a hit over three innings, walking one and striking out one. Bryan Harper got the win with two hits allowed over the next three, Travis Henke pitched two scoreless for the hold and Derek Self retired the side 1-2-3 in the 9th for the save. Estarlin Martinez led the five-hit Suns offense with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run, driving in a run, and drawing a walk.

Batavia 12 Auburn 2
• Barrientos (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 6BB, 0K, HR (solo)
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lippincott 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Masters 1-3, R, BB
• 38 minute rain delay

When a position player is the most effective pitcher, you know it’s been a bad night. Batavia took advantage of 11 base-on-balls to score 12 times on just seven hits in a 12-2 decimation of Auburn. Joel Barrientos walked six in his four and a 1/3rd inning, giving up the first four runs on three hits, including a home run. The Doubledays collected eight hits, led by Bryan Lippincott who singled and doubled and drove in a run.

GCL Cardinals 18 GCL Nationals 3
• Giolito ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Ullmann 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramos (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 1⅔IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, HBP
• Read 2-3, R, CS
• Bautista 1-3, BB

The G-Cards scored 16 unanswered runs as they overcame an early 3-2 deficit to pulverize the G-Nats, 18-3. Lucas Giolito made his first post-surgery appearance but retired just one (strikeout) of five batters faced, giving up two runs (one earned) on a hit and two walks. David Ramos took the loss with six runs charged to him over an inning and 2/3rds on three hits and two walks. Raudy Read went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the hit column as the G-Nats managed just seven hits and two walks.

DSL Braves 5 DSL Nationals 1 — SUSP.
• Reyes 3⅔IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K
• Aguero 2-2

The D-Braves scored in three of four innings before the game was suspended due to rain. Luis Reyes gave up all five runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four. “Fred Aguero” was 2-for-2 in his first two ABs.

Zach Walters To Represent Syracuse In 2013 AAA All-Star Game

The Syracuse Chiefs have announced that SS Zach Walters has been named to the International League All-Star team.

Zach WaltersWalters, who was recently named the I.L. Player of the Week, leads the Chiefs with 18 home runs and is second to Chris Marrero with 44 RBIs. With 40 extra-base hits total (20 doubles, two triples), he’s third in the International League, three behind Atlanta farmhand Joey Terdoslavich.

Overall, Walters is hitting .246/.275/.508, but since June 1, he’s hit .316 with 8HR and 20RBI. Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, the 23-y.o. Wyoming native was picked up in a trade of RHP Jason Marquis at the July 2011 trade deadline.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2; Lost, 6-5 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-5, 4.04) vs.
Smith (2-1, 3.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (5-3, 4.02) vs.
Crouse (4-6, 4.54)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Jaye (5-2, 4.96)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (3-3, 4.32) vs.
Heredia (1-0, 2.00)
Auburn Won, 6-5 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 1.93) vs.
Newell (0-1, 1.80)
GCL Nationals Lost, 1-0; Won, 11-0 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (’13 Debut) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-0 (6½ inn.) @ DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (2-0, 1.82) vs.

Syracuse 5 Rochester 2 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 4-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Broadway (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marrero 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Yunesky Maya turned in his second straight quality start as the Chiefs took the opener, 5-2. Maya allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while stirking out two to win his fourth game overall. Mike Broadway set ’em down 1-2-3 in the 7th to earn his fifth save. Chris Marrero and Chris RAhl both went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to pace the Syracuse offense.

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5 — GAME TWO
• Garcia 1⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Tatusko (L, 1-3) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Brown 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

The RedWings’ three-run 4th broke a 3-3 tie as the Chiefs’ comeback fell short, 6-5. Christian Garcia got his rehab in early, starting the game but giving up two hits and two walks over an inning and a 1/3rd. He was charged with three runs, two earned, and struck out two. Ryan Tatusko took the loss with three runs on five hits and a walk over two innings. Corey Brown led Syracuse’s nine-hit attack with two singles and a HR, scoring twice and driving in two.
Roster moves: RHP Cole Kimnball removed from Washington 40-man roster, outrighted to Syracuse.

Erie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam 5⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Holland (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2E
• Leon 1-2, R, BB

The Senators snapped a scoreless inning streak at 26⅔ with a run in the 6th, but four errors led to a fourth straight loss, 2-1 to Erie. Brian Goodwin drove in Sandy Leon with a double to tie the game at 1-1. Goodwin and Leon combined for three of the five Harrisburg hits. Starter Rob Gilliam let in a run over five and 2/3rds, giving up three hits and two walks and striking out seven. Neil Holland took the loss with a run on two hits in the 8th.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 3
• Rauh 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, WP
• Mirowski (W, 7-3) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Benincasa (SV, 4) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Nieto 2-2, 3R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B, BB

It was the Adrian Nieto show Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 1
• Encarnacion (W, 6-4) 7IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Mendez (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinez 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Miller 1-3, 2R, BB
• Pleffner 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI (left w/ foot injury)

The Suns struck for three in the first to give Pedro Encarnacion all he would need as the Suns downed the Power, 4-1. Encarnacion threw seven innings of scoreless one-hit ball, fanning six and walking none for the win. Gilberto Mendez earned his second save, working around a hit in the 9th. Estarlin Martinez doubled twice and drove in a run to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 6 Batavia 5
• Turnbull 5IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
• Sylvestri (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Lippincott 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI (1st pro HR)
• Ballou 3-5, 2R

Bryan Lippincott’s three-run HR in the bottom of the 9th capped a five-run comeback as the Doubledays put down the Muckdogs, 6-5. Michael Sylvestri gave up a ninth-inning run in his lone frame worked but wound up the winner. Starter Kylin Turnbull put on nine baserunners (three walks, six hits) in five innings, giving up three unearned runs with four strikeouts. Eight of nine Auburn batters hit safely, with Isaac Ballou leading the way with a 3-for-5 night, and Jean Valdez as “el hombre de cerveza” with an 0-for-4 game.

GCL Marlins 1 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME ONE
• Voth 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Simms (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Wa. Ramos 0-1, BB

Two Marlins farmhands combined on a seven-inning no-hitter as the G-Marlins edged the G-Nats, 1-0. John Simms took the loss with a run given up on two hits over two innings. Austin Voth got the start and tossed three scoreless freames, allowing one hit and no walks, and struck out three. Wander Ramos was the sole G-Nat to reach base without an error, drawing the lone walk of the game.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Marlins 0 — GAME TWO
• Ott 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Webb (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Suero (H, 1) 3IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 3R, 2B, 2RBI
• Gordon 3-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI

The G-Nats pounded out 14 hits in the second game of the doubleheader en route to an 11-0 smackdown. Four pitchers combined on the three-hit shutout, with Joe Webb getting the win and Wander Suero earning a hold. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Garrett Gordon led the onslaught with three hits apiece, both singling twice and doubling once.
The Nats 2012 #1 pick Lucas Giolito is scheduled to make his first appearance of 2013 per MASN’s Byron Kerr.

DSL Braves 3 DSL Nationals 0
• Valerio (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Charlis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mota 1-1, BB
• Mendoza 1-3

The D-Braves struck for all three runs in the 5th as they took the rain-shortened contest, 3-0. Maximo Valerio took the loss and was charged with two runs on four hits, including a solo HR to open the frame. He walked one and struck out six. The D-Nats were held to just three hits, with Israel Mota the only D-Nat to reach base twice, singling in the 3rd and walking in the 5th.
The Nationals reportedly spent $600K of the $1.85MM they’ve been allotted to spend on IFAs on seven players yesterday. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times has the skinny on the seven.