Aug 172011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 13-4 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (9-6, 4.62) vs.
Julio Teheran (12-2, 2.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(12 inn.)
@ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (7-8, 5.38) vs.
T.J. McFarland (9-6, 3.75)
Potomac Won, 6-3
(11 inn.)
@ Kinston,
6:30 p.m.
Evan Bronson (4-3, 3.47) vs.
Francisco Jimenez (3-2, 3.66)
Hagerstown Won, 10-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Luis Cruz (3-2, 4.18)
Auburn ALL STAR
BREAK
vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.36) vs.
Phil Wilson (0-0, 2.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cards,
12:00 p.m.
Jack McGeary (0-0, 0.75) vs.
Chase Reid (0-1, 4.50)
DSL Nationals Cancelled
@ DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 13 Gwinnett 4
• Maya (W, 2-8) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Zinicola (H, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lombardozzi 3-5, 3R, 2B, BB
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, BB

A seven-run 6th featuring a pinch-hit grand slam was more than enough to help Yunesky Maya win his second game for the Syracuse Chiefs in a 13-4 beatdown. Four Chiefs homered and six collected multiple hits, with Steve Lombardozzi leading the bunch with a 3-for-5 night. Maya gave up two solo shots, four runs total, on seven hits over five and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Zech Zinicola stranded two baserunners and finished the inning to earn the hold just before the big inning. The win was the third straight for Syracuse, which is now 55-65, 13½ games behind in the I.L. North.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Martis (ND) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 6K
• McCoy (H, 11) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davis 2-5, BB
• Pahuta 2-5

The “Martinísimos” will be dismayed to learn that Rafael was off last night in Akron, blowing the save in the bottom of the 9th as the Akron Aeros went on win in 12 innings, 4-3. Shairon Martis got the no-decision with two runs allowed on four hits, five bases-on-balls and six strikeouts over six and a 1/3rd innings pitched. Veterans Leonard Davis and Tim Pahuta both went 2-for-5 as the Sens were held to ten hits total. The Sens’ loss was a missed chance to gain some ground on the Baysox, which lost its third straight to stay one game behind while The Flying Squirrels got back to within 2½ games in the E.L. West.

Potomac 3 Kinston 1
• E Davis (ND) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Smoker (W, 5-2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Souza 3-5
• Soriano 2-4, R, RBI, 2BB
• Perez 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB (35)

A Bad News Bears moment in the 11th gave the P-Nats an opening that they exploited for a 6-3 win. With two outs, Sandy Leon chugged in from second base on what appeared to be an inning-ending popup by Francisco Soriano that was headed just behind the pitcher’s mound. It fell to the ground foul, Leon scoring the go-ahead run while Soriano took second in the confusion. Jeff Kobernus followed with an RBI flare to second base, and Destin Hood got the killshot with a double. The three-run rally made a winner out of Josh Smoker, who pitched the 10th and 11th with just a hit and a walk allowed and four strikeouts. The wins also kept pace with Frederick and Lynchburg, as Potomac trails the Keys by five but leads the ‘Cats by six, and its elimination number is 15 while its magic number to clinch is 13.

Hagerstown 10 Lexington 2
• Ray 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• McCatty 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keyes 2-3, 3R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI

The Suns put this one away early, scoring eight runs over the first three innings to win their sixth straight over the Legends, 10-2. Kevin Keyes sunk the dagger in the first with a three-run bomb, then iced the cake with an RBI triple in the 8th. Jason Martinson also went 2-for-3 with a homer, driving in three. Robbie Ray was lifted after three (most likely an opportunity to taper, as neither the team release nor the beat guy referenced an injury) after allowing a hit and a walk while striking out four. The win was the Suns’ sixth straight as Kannapolis fell last night, cutting the Intimidators’ lead to two games in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — ALL STAR BREAK
The National League defeated the American League in the 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star game, 7-3. Bryce Ortega (SS), Hendry Jimenez (2B) and Matt Skole (DH) all started for the National League, with Ortega going 0-for-2 with a walk, Jimenez 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Skole 1-for-3, with walk, a run scored, and an RBI.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Just nine games remain on the schedule, so it’s a watch now for picks to show and perhaps a couple of guys to get a bump to Auburn for a longer look.

DSL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain has apparently struck once again, cancelling the final meeting between the D-Nats and the D-Yankees1 squad. Just four games remain on the slate before the season wraps up on Saturday.

Aug 162011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Cancelled
DH vs. SWB
vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-8, 5.30) vs.
Steven Shell (2-2, 2.74)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.05) vs.
Paolo Espino (6-0, 2.44)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 @ Kinston,
6:30 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-2. 6.57) vs.
Clayton Cook (8-8, 3.98)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs.
Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.29) vs.
Mike Foltynewicz (4-9, 4.19)
Auburn ALL STAR
BREAK
N/A N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-2;
Won, 10-4
@/vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 5-0
@ DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — CNCLD
Rain cancelled Monday’s doubleheader, which, as the final meeting between the two clubs this season, will not be made up.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
It’s the stretch run for the Sens, as they embark on their penultimate road trip with a three-spot in Akron, sporting the Eastern League’s best record at 68-53 and a one-game lead over the Baysox in the Western Division.

Kinston 2 Potomac 0
• Olbrychowski (L, 4-7) 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Wort 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Souza 2-3, 2B, BB
• Lozada 2-4, 2B

Potomac batters struck out 18 times against Kinston in a 2-0 loss. Team leader Steve Souza (109) was the only batter not to whiff, and in fact, was one of two hitters to reach base three times (Jose Lozada was the other). The season-long inability to hit with RISP (236 in 1002 chances) was on display with an 0-for-11 night and nine runners stranded. Adam Olbrychowski put in a quality start with two runs allowed obver six innings but took the loss. Rob Wort pitched two scoreless frames to keep the game close. The loss drops the P-Nats to 26-24, five games behind Frederick, while a doubleheader loss by Lynchburg keeps the Hillcats six back of Potomac in the Carolina League Northern division.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 2
• Slaten ⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Swynenberg (W, 6-1) 7⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Freitas 3-4, R, RBI
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Handed a 1-0 deficit with two outs in the 1st by rehabbing Doug Slaten, Matt Swynenberg still managed to finish the game as the Suns won their fifth straight, 3-2 over the Legends. Swynenberg got his sixth win with seven and 2/3rds of one-run ball (a 4th-inning solo shot), giving up three hits and three walks, and striking out three. The 3-4-5 combo Adrian Sanchez, David Freitas, and Kevin Keyes accounted for all three runs in the 6th, as Sanchez doubled, Freitas singled, and Keyes homered in consecutive at-bats. The win keeps pace with Kannapolis, which still leads Hagerstown by three games as the two teams head towards a four-game showdown in N.C., starting on Thursday.

Auburn Doubledays — ALL STAR BREAK
Yesterday and today are the last scheduled off days this season in the New York-Penn League, which will fete its All-Stars tonight at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 2
• King (L, 1-4) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• Ferrer ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K 3-0 IR-S
• J.C. Valdez 2-3, 2RBI
• Difo 1-3, R, 2SB

A five-run 6th turned a 4-2 win into a 9-2 beatdown in the first game of the doubleheader. Brandon King took the loss with five runs given up over four and 2/3rds innings. Jean-Carlos Valdez drove in both runs and went 2-for-3, but the G-Nats were held to just five hits total.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Marlins 4
• Mieses 2IP, 1H, 3R, 3R, 3BB, 1K, HR
• Santana (W, 2-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• J.C. Valdez 3-4, R, 3B, 4RBI
• Mesa 2-3, R, BB, RBI

The shoe was on the other hand as the G-Nats put up a six-run 3rd to break open a 4-3 lead as the G-Nats took the second game by a 10-4 count. Jean-Carlos Valdez kept up his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 game, driving in four. Andy Santana got the win with three scoreless innings of relief of Adalaberto Mieses, who went the first two innings and allowed three runs on a home run in the 2nd. With the split, the fourth-place G-Nats move to 17-30, two games up on the fifth-place G-Astros.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Marlins 0
• Silvestre (W, 3-1) 7IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• K Rodriguez 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mercedes 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• W Rodriguez 2-2, 2R, 2BB, 2SB, 2CS

Hector Silvestre and Kelvin Rodriguez combined to shut out the DSL Marlins, 5-0. Silvestre struck out seven and walked one, allowing four hits over seven innings, while Rodriguez tossed two scoreless and hitless frames, walking one and striking out one. Yermin Mercedes drove in three of five runs with a 2-for-4 effort to lead the offense. The win improves the D-Nats to 32-33, 10½ back in the B.C. South.

Aug 152011
 

Make that 11 weekly honors for the Nats farm system, as Erik Arnesen has become the latest with his efforts last week for the Harrisburg Senators.

The 2006 17th-round draft pick turned in a pair of seven-inning outings, winning them both, as he allowed just two earned runs (a 1.29 ERA for the 14 IP) on 11 hits and two walks while striking out 17 — including 10 yesterday in the Sens’ 4-2 win over the Trenton Thunder.

Arnesen has an 8-5 record while pitching for both Harrisburg and Syracuse this season, appearing 26 games and starting 16 games and has posted a 2.53 ERA between the two levels with a 1.12 WHIP.

Aug 152011
 


I’ve been honest about my distaste for the draft, but following an offline suggestion, I’m creating a post for folks to comment on what might happen tonight. For the first time since ’08, the pressure to sign the #1 pick overall is off, which is just as well because there are still hard feelings from that hot August night when the Nats didn’t sign Aaron Crow.

From what I can gather, the Nats should sign at least four of their top five picks, with Matt Purke being the wildcard. For the purposes of fodder, here’s a little link-o-rama of the beat guys’ thoughts (as I go to virtual press, Bill Ladson, et al):

Mark Zuckerman — Deadline day for draft picks to sign

Ben Goessling — For Nationals, annual dance with Boras ends tonight

Adam Kilgore — Nationals hoping to finish off a meaningful draft

Aug 152011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Postponed vs.
Scranton/WB,
5:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-8, 5.30),
Craig Stammen (9-6, 4.62) vs.
Adam Warren (6-5, 3.39),
D.J. Mitchell (9-9, 3.54)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 5-2 @ Kinston,
6:30 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (4-6, 4.50)
vs. Mike Rayl (0-1, 4.24)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (5-1, 3.24) vs.
Tanner Bushue (6-4, 4.28)
Auburn Cancelled ALL STAR
BREAK
N/A
GCL Nationals Won, 12-10;
Lost, 7-1
@/vs. GCL Mets
@/vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Cancelled
vs. DSL Giants
@ DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — PPD
Rain postponed Sunday’s game to today, when it will be made up with a pair of seven-inning games.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 2
• Arnesen (W, 8-3) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 10K
• Komatsu 3-5, R, RBI, 2SB
• Harper 2-2, 2BB

A pair of two-run rallies in the first two frames combined with seven strong innings from veteran Erik Arnesen was the formula for a 4-2 Harrisburg triumph over Trenton. Arnesen struck out a season-high 10 batters while allowing just an unearned run on four hits and no walks. The other Erik, Komatsu, led the offense with a 3-for-5 night, scoring a run, driving in a run, and stealing two bases. Bryce Harper reached base four times with two hits and two walks. The win combined with a doubleheader loss by Bowie puts Harrisburg back into first place, plus a one-game lead. Archie Gilbert was returned from Potomac to replace Adam Fox on the Senators roster.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 2
• Selik (L, 4-9) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Holder 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lozada 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Soriano 1-3, R, BB, SBThe 5-2 loss makes for a 3-4 homestand that ended Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 9 Lexington 1
• Demmin (W, 3-2) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K
• Holt (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 4-4, RBI
• Curran 3-4, 3R, 3B, HR, 4RBI

The trio of former Doubledays combined to limit the Lexington Legends to just one run on five hits as the Suns debunked the Legends, 9-1. Ryan Demmin got the win with the lone run allowed on two hits and two walks, while Greg Holt and Colin Bates both turned in two scoreless innings. Kevin Keyes led the 14-hit assault with a perfect 4-for-4 game and an RBI, followed closely by Chris Curran’s 3-for-4 effort that was a double shy of the cycle. The win was the fourth straight for Hagerstown, which finally gained a game on Kannapolis and slipped into second place, three games behind in the Sally North.

Auburn-Staten Island — CNCLD
It’s rain across the state of New York, as the Auburn-Staten Island game was canceled without a scheduled makeup.

GCL Nationals 12 GCL Mets 10 — GAME ONE
• Encarnacion 3⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Lee 1⅔ IP, 1H 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Karlen 4-4, R, 3B, 3RBI, BB
• E Martinez 3-5, 2R, 3B, SB
• Mozingo 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB

Good pitching and defense took the afternoon off as the GCL Nationals and GCL Mets combined for 22 runs, 25 hits, and six errors, with the G-Nats scoring a pair in the “extra” 8th inning with the aid of a wild pitch. Frank Karlen led the G-Nat offense with a 4-for-4 game, with a walk, a run scored, and three RBI. Cody Davis got the blown-save-win in his 4th GCL game of the season.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 1 — GAME TWO
• Medina (L, 0-3) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Smith 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Mozingo 1-1, 2B, RBI, SF
• Difo 1-1, R

Rain shortened the second game as the G-Mets piled on four in the 5th and three in the 6th for a 7-1 win over the G-Nats. Silvio Medina took the loss with the four-spot given up over the first four innings. Offensively, the G-Mets were limited to just two hits, as Wilmer Difo singled, took third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on Chad Mozingo’s sac fly. The split leaves the G-Nats at 16-29, 1½ games ahead of the G-Astros in the “race” for fourth place in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals-DSL Giants — CNCLD
With the last week of the DSL upon us, a rainout cancelled this contest between two also-rans.

Aug 142011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Scranton/WB,
5:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-8, 5.30) vs.
Adam Warren (6-5, 3.39)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (7-3, 2.53) vs.
Graham Stoneburner (1-2, 2.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs.
Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-8, 4.33) vs.
Justin Grimm (3-2, 3.55)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0 vs. Lexington,
4:05 p.m.
Ryan Demmin (2-2, 2.28) vs.
Carlos Quevedo (7-4, 3.93)
Auburn Lost, 5-0 @
Staten Island,
4:00 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 4.58) vs.
Bryan Mitchell (0-3, 4.82)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-4
vs. GCL Astros
@/vs. GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
(doubleheader)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-2;Lost, 4-3
@/vs. DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Milone 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Mandel (W, 4-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bynum 3-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Solano 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI, BB

Back-to-back big flies by Jhonatan Solano and Seth Bynum broke a 2-2 tie and sent Syracuse on to a 4-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jeff Mandel got the win with a scoreless inning of relief, while Josh Wilkie bounced back from his last outing to record his 10th save with a perfect 9th. Tom Milone went the first seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, but walked none and struck out six. Bynum and Solano also combined for five of the nine Chiefs hits, three of the four runs and RBI. The win improves Syracuse to 54-65, 13½ games behind Pawtucket for first place in the I.L. North.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 4
• Perez, O (L, 3-3) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, 2HR
• VanAllen 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Davis 3-3, 2-2B, 2RBI, BB, SB
• Johnson 1-3, R, BB

Oliver Perez dug his own grave with an error and a first-inning grand slam as Trenton, um, thundered past Harrisburg, 7-4. Perez gave up all seven runs on eight hits and two walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Carlos Martinez and Cory VanAllen combined for four and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief to give the Sens a chance at a comeback. Leonard Davis singled, doubled twice, walked, stole a base and drove in two in the losing effort. The loss flip-flops Harrisburg from a ½ game up to a &frac; game back of Bowie in the E.L. West.
Adam Fox informs us via Twitter that he’s headed to “the Cuse” to cover Tug Hulett’s paternity leave for the next five days.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 2
• Demny (W, 8-10) 8IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Frias (S, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gilbert 3-5, R, 2B
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B

Potomac dodges the raindrops to pick up a 3-2 win Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 2 Delmarva 0
• Cole (W, 4-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Eusebio (H, 9) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Weaver, D (S, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kelso 1-3, 2R, 3B, BB
• Rogers 2-3

A.J. Cole, Wilson Eusebio and Dean Weaver combined one a one-hitter as Hagerstown shut out Delmarva, 2-0. Cole struck out nine and walked one over five innings, giving up the sole hit for his fourth win. Eusebio threw three perfect innings for his 9th hold while Dean Weaver pitched a scoreless and hitless 9th for his second save as a Sun. Blake Kelso scored both runs, which were bookends on the ‘board in the 1st and 9th, tripling and drawing a walk. The win kept pace with Kannapolis, but Hagerstown still trails by four games in the Sally North.

Staten Island 5 Auburn 0
• Dupra (L, 3-3) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Garcia 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Jimenez 1-3, BB
• Moldenhauer 1-4, 2B

Four Staten Island pitchers held the Auburn lineup to just four hits in a 5-0 combined shutout. Brian Dupra took the loss despite spinning five innings of one-run ball with just three hits and a walk given up and five strikeouts. Richie Mirowski took the loss with a four-run 6th, his only inning of work. Auburn remains in first place, but with just a ½ game lead over Williamsport and a one-game edge on third-place Jamestown.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Astros 4
• McGeary 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Santana (W, 1-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 3-4, 2B, RBI
• A Ramirez 2-4, 2RBI

With a six-run 7th inning rally, the G-Nats turned a 3-1 deficit into a 7-3 en route to a 7-4 win in Viera. Jack McGeary went four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, giving up no walks, and striking out three. Four D-Nats collected multiple hits, led by Narciso Mesa’s 3-for-4 effort, as they notched 12 hits total and were an efficient 5-for-10 with RISP. The win breaks the tie for last place in the GCL East, one game ahead of today’s opponent.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cubs2 2 — GAME ONE
• Mendez (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 8K
• K Rodriguez (S, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• W Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2SB
• Eusebio 3-3, RBI

Gilbert Mendez won his team-high sixth game in the first game with six strong innings, with two runs (one earned) given up on four hits and two walks. He struck out eight. Diomedes Eusebio was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the nine-hit attack. Kelvin Rodirguez pitched a 1-2-3 inning to earn his second save.

DSL Cubs2 4 DSL Nationals 3 — GAME TWO
• Suero 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• De Los Santos 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mercedes 2-4, R
• Read 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A two-run rally with two outs in the 5th broke a 2-2 tie as the DSL Cubs2 took the second game, 4-3. Losing pitcher Brian Escolastico struck out the first two batters, then walked the next two before giving up a double steal and a single. Wander Suero got the start and gave up two runs on two hits, but walked four over four innings. The loss to the division-leading Cubs2 squad officially eliminated the DSL Nationals from the playoffs.

Aug 132011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 7-4 vs. Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (9-6, 3.52) vs.
Greg Smith (3-3, 5.16)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-2, 3.04) vs.
Craig Heyer (8-6 3.92)
Potomac Won, 1-0 vs.
Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Paul Demny (7-10, 4.94) vs.
Kennil Gomez (2-2, 3.65)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (3-6, 3.82) vs.
Jarret Martin (5-8, 5.18)
Auburn Won, 12-3 @
Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
Brian Dupra (3-2, 3.68) vs.
Matt Tracy (0-1, 3.18)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-5
@ GCL Cards
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 11-8
@ DSL Giants
@/va. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
(doubleheader)TBD vs. TBD

Abbreviated version today, since I wanted to make sure I got the Strasburg story right.

Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4
• Peacock (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Tatusko (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hulett 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Solano 3-3, R, BB, RBI

A four-run 8th opened up a 3-2 game while J.D. Martin survived a rocky 9th to get the save and seal the 7-4 win. Chiefs are now 53-65, 14½ games behind Pawtucket in I.L. North.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 2
• Rosenbaum 7IP, 5H, 2R, ER, BB, 9K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Pena (W, 2-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Harper 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• L Davis 3-4, 2R, 3B, CS
• Pahuta 2-3, 2B

Bryce Harper’s two-run homer gave Harrisburg a 3-2 walkoff win. With a loss by Bowie, the Sens are back in first place by a ½ game with a 67-52 mark.

Potomac 1 Myrtle Beach 0
• Strasburg 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Bronson 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, R
• Gilbert 2-4, RBI

Here’s what happened Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 1
• Grace (W, 11-5) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• McCatty 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Freitas 2-5, R, 2K
• Keyes 2-5, R, 2RBI, 3K
• Nieto 3-4, R, 2B, 3B

Matt Grace one-hit Delmarva for seven innings as Hagerstown pounded out 12 hits in a 6-1 win. The victory keeps pace with Kannapolis as the Suns moved into 3rd place in the Sally North, but still trail by four games.

Auburn 12 Staten Island 3
• Karns 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Jenkins (W, 3-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Kreis 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Ramsey 3-5, R, RBI
• Alvarez 3-5, 2R, SB

Auburn answered a two-run 1st with a five-run 2nd as the Doubledays routed the New York-Penn League’s best team 12-3. The win coupled with a loss by Mahoning Valley puts Auburn alone in first place by a game in the Pinckney Division.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 5
• Slaten 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Baez 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ramos 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB

The G-Nats rolled out six pitchers and subbed in three batters as it’s evaluation mode. Oh, and they lost, 8-5 to the G-Cards, dropping back into a tie for last place in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Giants 8
• Pineyro (W, 4-5) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Hernandez, Jr 1⅔ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, 0BB, 0K, 1HR
• Eusebio 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Reyes 2-3, 2R, 2-2B

The D-Giants beat on J.J. Hernandez for all eight runs in the bottom of the 9th before Kelvin Rodriguez came on and got the last out in an 11-8 win. The D-Nats are now 30-32, but the elimination number is now one.

Aug 122011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 vs. Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (2-1, 4.97) vs.
Manny Banuelos (0-0, 2.45)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum
(1-0, 1.59) vs.
Dellin Betances (4-6, 3.57)
Potomac Lost, 12-5 vs.
Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Wilfredo Boscan (4-9, 4.15)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (10-5, 4.60) vs.
David Baker (2-2, 2.37)
Auburn Lost, 7-4 @
Staten Island,
7:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (1-2, 5.29) vs.
Evan DeLuca (3-2, 3.40)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cards,
12:00 p.m.
N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-4;
Lost, 16-2
@/vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Buffalo 3 Syracuse 2
• Meyers 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mock (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 3K
• Lombardozzi 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Marrero 0-1, RBI, 2BB

With single runs in the 8th and 9th innings, Buffalo tied, then beat Syracuse in a 3-2 pitcher’s duel. Josh Wilkie took the loss while Atahualpa Severino blew the save, both spoiling the efforts of Brad Meyers, who started and went the first five innings. Steve Lombardozzi accounted for half the Chiefs hits with a 3-for-5 afternoon and scored both runs. The loss put the brakes on a modest three-game win streak. Syracuse is now 52-65, 14½ games behind in the I.L. North with an elimination number of 11.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 1
• Roark (W, 7-8) 7IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin (S, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Norris 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• McConnell 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

After a shaky first inning — double, double, single (out at HP; Bryce Harper assist) to start the game — Tanner Roark dug in and guided the Sens to a 4-1 win, taking the series against the Flying Squirrels. Roark went seven innings, allowing just the first-inning run on six hits, no walks, and struck out five. He also singled in two at-bats. Four Sens went 1-for-3, with Derek Norris and Chris McConnell homering. Rafael Martin worked around a single in the to earn save #10. The win keeps pace with Bowie, as Harrisburg still trails the Baysox by a ½ game in the E.L. West.

Myrtle Beach 12 Potomac 5
• Davis (L, 0-2) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 6K
• Testa 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Peacock 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Perez 2-4, 2R

Two former AA pitchers looked like they were making their High-A debuts Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 2
• Applebee (W, 6-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Weaver, D (S, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kelso 2-4, R, RBI, BB
• Rogers 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Hagerstown scored early and often, building a 5-0 lead after three innings and cruising to a 6-2 win over Delmarva. Paul Applebee got the win with five scoreless innings with just two hits and a walk allowed while setting down three on strikes. Dean Weaver got his first save for the Suns with two shutdown innings to finish. Blake Kelso and Mills Rogers both singled twice to lead the offense. The win keeps pace with Kannapolis, as Hagerstown still trails in the Sally North by four games.

Vermont 7 Auburn 4
• M Rodriguez 2⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, K
• Hanks 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 1-2, RBI, 3BB
• Norfork 1-3, R, SB

A pair of errors to start the 7th doomed the Doubledays, as coughed up four unearned runs to turn a 4-3 lead into the eventual losing score of 7-4. Kelvin Lopez was charged with the loss (and those four runs) over an inning and a 1/3rd. Manny Rodriguez got the start, but gave up three runs in two and 2/3rds on three hits and three walks. Auburn would get just six hits, with Matt Skole reaching base four times (hit, three walks) to lead the offense. The loss drops Auburn back into a first-place tie with Mahoning Valley in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League with a 32-22 mark.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Thanks to rainouts, it’s six games over the next four days for the G-Nats, starting today with a nine-inning tilt against the G-Cards.

DSL Rangers 5 DSL Nationals 4 — COMP OF SUSP GM
• Guzman, Je (L, 0-2) 2IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K
• Barrientos 5⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• W Rodriguez 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Ruiz 2-5, R, 2B

Joel Barrientos pitched in five and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief in the continuation of a game suspended last week, but the D-Nats offense couldn’t muster enough runs to complete the comeback, falling 5-4 to the D-Rangers.

DSL Rangers 16 DSL Nationals 2 — GAME TWO

• Moscat (L, 3-6) 3IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 4K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Eusebio 2-4, R, 2B

Like sailors on shore leave, the D-Rangers scored in every inning against all four D-Nats pitcher in a 16-2 rout in the seven-inning game that followed. Felix Moscat took the loss, his sixth, with six runs given up over three innings on six hits and two walks. The two losses dropped the D-Nats to 29-32 and lowered their elimination number to two.

Aug 112011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 6-1 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 4.06) vs.
Miguel Batista (1-0, 5.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (6-8, 5.73) vs.
Ryan Verdugo (7-4, 4.07)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs.
Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-1, 3.38)
vs. Miguel De Los Santos
(3-3, 2.95)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Applebee (5-2, 3.77)
vs. Matt Bywater (0-1, 3.00)
Auburn Won, 9-5;
Won, 7-1
vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-2, 4.15)
vs. Drew Granier (0-1, 1.80)
GCL Nationals Postponed
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-2
vs. DSL Phillies
@/vs.
DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m. (DH)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 6 Buffalo 1
• Stammen (W, 9-6) 7IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Hyde 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zinicola 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bernadina 3-3, 2-2B
• Lombardozzi 3-5, R, 3RBI

Steve Lombardozzi’s two-run single highlighted a five-run 6th as the Syracuse Chiefs took their third straight against Buffalo, 6-1. Craig Stammen got with win with seven solid innings, allowing one run on six hits and three walks and six strikeouts. Lee Hyde and Zech Zinicola both turned in a scoreless inning of relief to seal the deal. Roger Bernadina and Lombaradozzi both had three hits in an 11-hit attack. The Chiefs improve to 52-64, 13½ games off the pace in the I.L. North.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 1
• Martis 7IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 10K
• Pena 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Johnson 2-3, R, 2B
• Fox 1-1, 2B, RBI

Roger Kieschnick’s two-run HR in the top of the 9th off Pat Lehman broke a 1-1 tie as Harrisburg fell into second place with a 3-1 loss. Shairon Martis struck out 10 for third time this season, giving up a run on six hits but no walks. The Flying Squirrels moundsmen kept the Senators in committee with just five hits allowed, with Josh Johnson leading the way with a 2-for-3 night. Harrisburg now trails Bowie by a ½ game but leads Richmond by 1½ games with tonight’s matchup the final meeting between the Squirrels and Sens.

Potomac 6 Salem 5
• Olbrychowski (ND) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Smoker (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Hood 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Gilbert 1-3, R, RBI

The P-Nats pulled this one out of their [hats] Last Night In Woodbridge

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 4
• Swynenberg (ND) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Brown ⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• W Moore 1-3, 2B
• Martinson 1-4, 3B, 3RBI

The Suns bullpen imploded in the bottom 8th, giving up four runs to turn what might have been an improbable 4-2 win into a 6-4 loss. Hagerstown scored its four runs on just four hits, manufacturing a run in the 1st and plating two of the three walks issued with Jason Martinson’s bases-clearing triple in the 6th. Matt Swynenberg got the no-decision despite his third straight quality start, with two runs issued in six hits and a walk. The loss sets the Suns at .500 with a 22-22 mark, four games behind Kannapolis in the Sally North.

Auburn 9 Vermont 5 — GAME ONE
• Meza, C 3⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Rivera, M (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramsey 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ortega 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Burns 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

The Doubledays put away game one early, scoring six in the 1st en route to a 9-5 win over Vermont. Caleb Ramsey and Bryce Ortega both went 3-for-4 to highlight the 15-hit onslaught, which also included a two-run homer from Bowden’s Folly. Christian Meza couldn’t get out of the 4th, charged with three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out five. Manny Rivera got the win by finishing the inning and pitching a scoreless 5th.

Auburn 7 Vermont 1 — GAME TWO
• Estevez (W, 4-2) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
• Mirowski 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• J Miller 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, 2RBI

Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez got his team-leading fourth win with six strong innings as the Doubledays took the doubleheader with a 7-1 win in the nightcap. Estevez allowed just a run on three hits and three walks but set down six on strikes (also team leader, T8th in the NYPL with 46). Five Auburn batters collected multiple hits, with Justin Miller leading the charge with a 3-for-4 night. The sweep extends the Doubledays’ first-place lead over second-place Mahoning Valley to a full game, 1½ games over third-place Jamestown.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s contest in Viera. It will be made up with a pair of seven-inning games on Monday, August 15.

DSL Phillies 9 DSL Nationals 2
• Guzman (L, 0-2) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Hernandez Jr (BS, 3) ⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S
• W Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2B
• Ruiz 1-4, 2SB

A five-run 7th erased a 2-0 lead and a four-run 9th erased all doubt as the D-Nats fell below .500 with 9-2 loss to the D-Phillies. Jesus Guzman was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings and took the loss. J.J. Hernandez let in all three runners he inherited for the blown save. Wilman Rodriguez led the batters with a 2-for-3 effort, including a double and a run scored. The loss drops the D-Nats to 29-30, eight games behind in the B.C. South, and reduces the elimination number to six.

Aug 102011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
@ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-6, 4.82) vs.
Dylan Owen (5-5, 4.72)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.17) vs.
Eric Surkamp (8-4, 2.09)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (4-6, 4.58)
vs. Ryan Pressly (6-9, 4.25)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2. 2.29) vs.
Jacob Cowan (0-0, 1.50)
Auburn Postponed vs. Vermont,
6:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 4.19) and
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.71) vs.
Tyler Vail (1-3, 2.96) and
J.C. Menna (2-4, 5.09)
GCL Nationals Postponed
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.68) vs.
Austin Brice (3-0, 3.86)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-5
vs. DSL Mets1
vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-5, 4.69) vs.
Ranfi Casimiro (2-1, 1.29)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 2 (11 inn.)
• Maya 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K
• Wilkie (W, 3-4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• J Valdez 3-5, BB
• C Brown 2-4
• Solano 1-1, RBI

Jhonatan Solano’s pinch-hit RBI single ended this one after 11 innings as Syracuse edged Buffalo, 3-2. The two teams combined for 24 hits and 26 runners left on, with neither team scoring from the 4th to the 10th. Yunesky Maya turned in his first quality start since July 4, tossing six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks (first no-walk start since 7/9). Josh Wilkie was the winner in relief, pitching the 10th and 11th with two hits allowed for his third win. Corey Brown was one of four Cheifs to collect multiple hits; his two singles extended his hit streak to seven games. The win improved Syracuse to 51-64, 14½ games behind Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 4
• Arnesen (W, 7-3) 7IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Martin (S, 9) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Komatsu 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• Davis 2-4, 3RBI

It was a veteran effort for Harrisburg as Erik Arnesen threw seven strong innings, Leonard Davis drove in three runs, and Rafael Martin nailed down the 8th and 9th as the Senators defeated the Flying Squirrels, 5-4. The first four batters in the Harrisburg lineup combined for seven of the eight hits and all five RBI. Davis drove in the first two runs of the decisive three-run 7th that saw the Senators come back from a 4-2 deficit while Tyler Moore’s sac fly proved to be the gamewinner. The win kept pace with Bowie, the third straight for both the Sens and Baysox, and knocked Richmond back to 2½ games behind in the E.L. West.

Salem 7 Potomac 4
• Selik (L, 4-8) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Holland 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Walters 2-4

Potomac fell behind early (again) and the offense couldn’t get it going (again), losing (7-4) to the Salem Red Sox for the second straight game and the fifth straight meeting between the two teams. Cameron Selik took the loss, getting knocked from the box after facing just 10 batters, but giving up three hits, two walks, and hitting a batter. Destin Hood cranked two solo HRs in a 3-for-4 afternoon, while Zach Walters went 2-for-4. The rest of the lineup was 2-for-23. The loss drops Potomac to 23-21, three games behind Frederick, while Lynchburg crept to within four games behind in third place, increasing the importance of the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 ‘Cats-’Nats series in Lynchburg.

Auburn Doubledays — PPD
Rain struck in upstate New York, forcing a doubleheader tonight at 6:05 against the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
The Suns start the first of four four-game series this month, alternating road then home, with a trip across the state of Maryland to Delmarva before retuning to the Muni to face Lexington. Seventeen of their last 26 games are against divisional foes, thirteen against the three teams they’re chasing for the second-half title in the Sally League North.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s contest in Viera. It will be made up with a pair of seven-inning games on Sunday, August 14.

DSL Mets1 8 DSL Nationals 5
• Silvestre (ND) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Suero, W (BS, 2; L, 3-2) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Eusebio 2-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Ruiz 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

A three-run rally in the 6th erased a 4-3 D-Nats lead as the DSL Mets1 squad would beat them 8-5. Wander Suero took the loss, allowing those three runs on three hits, two walks, and a hit batsmen. Hector Silvestre got the no-decision for his three runs on five innings pitched. Three D-Nats had multiple hits, with Diomedes Eusebio and Adderling Ruix both doubling and driving in a run. The loss drops the D-Nats back to .500 at 29-29, seven games behind and reduces their elimination number to eight.