Aug 232011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (3-1, 3.55) vs.
Alex Wilson (0-0, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Portland Danny Rosenbaum (2-0, 1.40) vs.
Matt Rusch (0-1, 8.44)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
7:00 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.35) vs.
Tyler Sample (7-11, 5.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (11-6, 4.45) vs.
Luke Jackson (4-4, 5.20)
Auburn Lost, 6-1 @ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 6.82) vs.
Trent Stevenson (0-2, 5.48)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-5;
Lost, 3-1
@/vs. GCL
Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2
• Stammen (L, 9-7) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Tatusko 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Brown 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, R, 2B

Pawtucket broke a 1-1 tie with two in the bottom of the 5th and held on for a 3-2 victory, eliminating Syracuse from the playoffs. Craig Stammen gave up the killshot, a two-run homer to Che-Hsuan Lin, to take the loss. The Chiefs were held to just six hits, none in their three (3) chances with RISP.

Harrisburg 4 Portland 1
• Roark 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• VanAllen 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B, SB

Harrisburg struck for a four-run 8th, highlighted by a three-run home run by Tim Pahuta, to break a 1-1 tie and sending Portland to a 4-1 defeat. Cory VanAllen got the win in relief while Rafael Martin struck out the side in the 9th for the save. The loss keeps pace with Bowie to maintain the Sens’ ½-game lead over the BaySox in the E.L. West.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
The P-Nats finish their penultimate regular-season homestand with three against the Blue Rocks before heading up to Frederick for a three-game set over the weekend, then down to Lynchburg for four games next week. It’s quite possible that last-place Wilmington could be eliminated from all playoff contention, and third-place Lynchburg from a shot at division title, by Thursday or Friday.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 1
• Strasburg (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Applebee 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Keyes 2-4
• Sanchez 1-3, R, HR, RBI, CS

Stephen Strasburg’s struggles matched those of the Suns offense, as Hagerstown dropped its fourth game over the last five by a 3-1 count to the Hickory Crawdads. Strasburg gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk as the Hickory baserunners stole five bases while he was on the mound, seven total to make the most out of the five Crawdad hits. The loss drops Hagerstown to four games behind in the Sally North and reduces its elimination number to 10 with 13 games left to play.

State College 6 Auburn 1
• M Rodriguez (L, 2-3) 4IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, K
• Hanks 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mayo 2-3, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, CS

Auburn’s five-game win streak was snapped with a 6-1 defeat to State College. Manny Rodriguez took the loss, charged with five runs over four innings on eight hits and two walks. Jeremy Mayo went 2-for-3 with the lone RBI to lead the offense. Auburn still leads Williamsport by one game in the NYPL’s Pinckney Division.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Cardinals 5 (Comp.)
• Baez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Heredia (S, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Peguero 2-3
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B

A four-run 6th turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead as the G-Nats held on for a 6-5 win in the completion of the game suspended last week. Inocencio Heredia stranded two runners in the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th to nail down the win and earn his third save.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez (L, 1-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-3, R, SB
• Mozingo 1-3, 2B, RBI

In the seven-inning “nightcap” (a.k.a. the regularly scheduled game), Gregory Baez took the loss by giving up all three runs on six hits and six walks as the G-Cards got a 3-1 victory. The split of the two games puts the G-Nats at 19-32, one game ahead of the last-place (and today’s opponent) GCL Astros in the GCL East.

Aug 222011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (9-6, 4.41) vs.
Tony Pena (8-5, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1
(8½ inn.)
@ Portland Tanner Roark (8-8, 5.23) vs.
Chris Balcom-Miller (3-6, 5.26)
Potomac Lost, 15-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Will Lamb (0-0, 0.00)
Auburn Won, 5-0 vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-2, 4.34) vs.
Nick Kingham (3-2, 2.57)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @/vs. GCL
Cardinals
(completion,
reg. sched. gm)
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 4
• Maya (W, 3-8) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Frazier 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

A six-run 2nd inning gave Yunesky Maya the cushion and confidence to win his second straight start as Syracuse beat Pawtucket, 7-4. Maya gave up two runs on five hits over six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Jeff Frazier and Seth Bynum both homered, combining for five of the 10 Chiefs hits. The win improves Syracuse to 58-67, but the elimination number is down to one in the I.L. North.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 1
• Martis (L, 7-5) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 8K
• Pena 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B, SB
• Fox 1-3, R, 2B

Erie completed its sweep of Harrisburg with a rain-shortened 5-1 win. The Senators were held to just five hits, with Archie Gilbert leading the offense with a 2-for-4 afternoon. The loss coupled with a Bowie win cuts the Sens lead to just a ½ game, with Richmond close behind at 1½ games back in the E.L. West.

Winston-Salem 15 Potomac 3
• Davis 2⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Wort 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-1 IR-S
• Soriano 2-3, R, 3B, RBI, BB, SB
• Hood 2-3, BB

Potomac pitchers threw two scoreless innings against Winston-Salem, but the Dash got 15 runs in the other seven, pounding out 23 hits against five pitchers in a 15-3 smackdown. The loss drops second-place Potomac to 4½ games behind Frederick, but they still have a 5½ game lead over third-place Lynchburg in the C.L. North.

Kannapolis 2 Hagerstown 1
• Ray 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• McKenzie (L, 4-5) 3⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Keyes 2-3, RBI, SF

Hagerstown rallied for one in the top of the 9th but left the tying run on first as Kannapolis took the game, 2-1, and the series 3-1. Adrian Sanchez and Kevin Keyes accounted for five of the Suns’ six hits while Chris McKenzie took the loss with both runs allowed on five hits over three and 2/3rds innings of relief. The loss drops Hagerstown to third place, three games behind Kannapolis in the Sally North.

Auburn 5 State College 0
• Dupra (W, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Rivera (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rowe 2-3, R, 2B, SB
• Miller 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Four Doubledays pitchers combined to shut out the Spikes on six hits in a 5-0 Auburn win. Brian Dupra got the win, pitching the first five innings while Manny Rivera and Travis Henke both earned holds. The win, the fourth straight for Auburn, opens up a 1½ game lead over Williamsport in the NYPL’s Pinckney Divison.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a day off on Sunday, it’s six games in four days as the G-Nats have two makeup/completion doubleheaders today and on Thursday.

Aug 212011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (2-8, 5.37) vs.
Felix Doubront (1-4, 3.68)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Erie,
2:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.03) vs.
Jay Voss (8-6, 3.51)
Potomac Won, 7-3; vs.
Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-2, 4.66) vs.
Ryan Buch (3-4, 5.15)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2, 2.20) vs.
Jon Bachanov (1-2, 3.08)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (3-3, 3.46) vs.
Mike Jefferson (2-1, 4.71)
GCL Nationals Postponed
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1
vs. DSL Giants
END OF SEASON N/A

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Meyers (W, 5-4) 6IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Mandel (S, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bynum 3-4, 2RBI, SB
• Antonelli 2-4, 2R, 2B

Boston-area native Matt Antonelli went 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Chiefs beat the PawSox, 3-1 in the nightcap of the sixth annual Futures at Fenway. Brad Meyers got win #5 with one run allowed over six innings, while Jeff Mandel pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th for his third save.

Akron 7 Harrisburg 0
• Arnesen (L, 8-4) 6IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Lehman 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pahuta 1-3
• Gilbert 1-3

Akron shut out Harrisburg on four hits to hand the Senators a 7-0 loss. Erik Arnesen took the loss with 10 hits giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks in six-plus innings pitched. The loss cuts the Senators lead over Bowie to 1 game in the E.L. West.

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 3 — GAME ONE
• Demny (W, 9-10) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Nelo 1IP, 0H ,0R, BB, 0K
• Leon 2-2, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB

A pair of three-run rallies powered Potomac past the Dash for a 7-3 win in the first game. Sandy Leon doubled twice, scored two runs, and drove in three to pace the offense. Paul Demny gave up three unearned runs over five-plus innings to earn his team-leading ninth win.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 1 — GAME TWO
• Olbrychowski 3⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 5K, HR
• Frias
• Hood 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, BB, SB (20)
• Kobernus 1-3, R, 3B

Potomac swept the doubleheader with a 4-1 win over Winston-Salem in the nightcap. Destin Hood homered and stole a base as the P-Nats got four runs on just four hits, taking advantage of six walks and an error by the Dash pitching and defense. Potomac now trails Frederick by four games, which beat Lynchburg to drop the Hillcats to six behind the P-Nats in the C.L. North.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2
• Swynenberg (L, 6-2) 6IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Weaver 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Nieto 2-3, RBI
• Freitas 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Trayce Thompson took Matt Swynenberg deep twice, including a three-run shot in the bottom of the 1st as Kannapolis took game three of the four-game series, 6-2. Adrian Nieto led the Suns with a 2-for-3 night, but Hagerstown was held to six hits total. The loss drops Hagerstown back to two games behind in the Sally North and will need to win today to split the series.

Auburn 2 State College 1
• Hill 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Garcia (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrett (S, 7) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Ortega 1-3, R, BB
• Skole 1-3, BB

Bryce Ortega walked, took third on a Matt Skole single, and scored on a groundout to break a 1-1 tie as Auburn edged State College, 2-1. Christian Garcia got the win in relief with two scoreless innings while Aaron Barrett got the last five outs for the save. The win was the Doubledays’ fourth straight, keeping pace with Williamsport for a one-game lead over the Crosscutters in the Pinckney Divison of the NYPL.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Rain gave the boys in Viera an extra day off. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

DSL Giants 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Silvestre 6IP, 6H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 7K
• Guzman (L, 0-4) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Geraldo 2-3, 2B, CS
• Eusebio 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB

A two-out, two-run rally in the top of the 9th broke a 1-1 tie and sent the D-Nats to a 3-1 defeat. The D-Nats managed just five hits in the loss, while the pitchers combined to strike out 13. The season ends with a 33-36 mark, good for 6th place in the B.C. South Division.

Aug 202011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Pawtucket,
4:30 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 3.79) vs.
Kyle Weiland (8-8, 3.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-3, 2.36) vs.
Luis Marte (1-0, 2.23)
Potomac Postponed vs.
Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Olbrychowski (4-7, 4.39) and
Demny (8-10, 4.76) vs.
Rienzo (5-4, 3.32) and
Petricka (3-6, 4.04)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-1, 3.05)
vs. Spencer Arroyo (8-8, 3.60)
Auburn Won, 4-1;
Won, 8-3
vs. State
College, 7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 4.58) vs.
Ryan Hafner (2-4, 2.83)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-7
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 3-0
@ DSL Rangers
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 2
• Milone (W, 10-6) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 10K
• Zinicola (H, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Bynum 3-4, R

Tom Milone struck out 10 while notching his 10th win for third straight season as Syracuse beat Gwinnett, 5-2. Syracuse turned three double plays to erase the eight hits as both teams had trouble scoring runs (25 hits combined). The win improved Syracuse to 56-67, 14½ games behind in the I.L. North.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Slaten 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez, O (L, 3-4) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Johnson 2-3, 2B
• Gilbert 2-4, 2B
• T Moore 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The trouble with RISP problem isn’t limited to Potomac as Harrisburg went just 1-for-10 last night, only scoring on a Tyler Moore longball in a 2-1 loss to Erie. The loss shaved the Sens lead over Bowie to 1½ games while Richmond also fell to remain 3½ back in the E.L. West.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
Oh, look. Potomac got rained out. How novel. The game is scheduled to be made up today with a pair of seven-inning games today at 5:30 p.m. Lynchburg beat Frederick to reduce the gaps between the three teams to 4½ games in the C.L. North.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 1
• Cole 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 7K
• Demmin (W, 4-2) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A five-run eighth broke a 1-1 tie as the Suns lapped the Intimidators, 6-1. Ryan Demmin got the win with four scoreless innings of relief, striking out seven. Kannapolis still leads the Sally North by one game as the two teams play twice more this weekend.

Auburn 4 Aberdeen 1 — GAME ONE
• Estevez (W, 5-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Bates (S, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-1 IR-S
• Ortega 1-3, R, BB, SB
• Skole 1-2, R, RBI, BB

The two teams combined for 16 walks over 6½ innings, but the Doubledays got the clutch hits to cash them in, winning the first game 4-2. Wirkin Estevez flirted with a no-hitter for three and 2/3rds and got his team-leading win #5 with five shutout innings of work.

Auburn 8 Aberdeen 3 — GAME TWO
• Karns (W, 2-2) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Miller 3-4, 3RBI
• Burns 3-4, 2R, RBI, SB, CS
• Mayo 1-1, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB

Nathan Karns bounced back from two bad outings to throw five strong innings and get the win as the Doubledays completed the series sweep, downing the Ironbirds 8-3. Justin Miller and Billy Burns both went 3-for-4 to lead the 11-hit attack. The double dip gained a ½ game on Williamsport and opened up a three-game lead on Mahoning Valley in the NYPL’s Pinckney Division.

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 7
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Medina, S (BS, 2; L, 0-4) ⅓ IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramos 3-5, 2R, HR, RBI, SB
• Schill 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB

The G-Nats couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 6-0 lead after three innings, giving it back with three in the 5th and five in the 7th for an eventual 9-7 loss. Four errors also helped along the process. The loss drops the G-Nats to 18-31 with a week left to play.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Phillies 0
• Mendez (W, 7-0) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• K Rodriguez (S, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• W Rodriguez 2-4, R, SB
• N Ortega 2-4, R

The “other” Phillies-Nats matchup on Friday ended with a win but much less panache, as the D-Nats won the rain-shortened affair 3-0. Gilbert Mendez won his seventh game against no losses with six scoreless innings. Wilman Rodriguez and “Fred” Ortega both went 2-for-4 to pace the offense. Today is the season finale (weather permitting).

Aug 192011
 


It’s another trip to New England to visit family, which means the posts are going to slow and shorten since I’ll be working from wherever I can find free WiFi for the next week or so. Next week’s “GBI” will probably be a day late. But my goal is to keep the News & Notes going as best as possible, even it’s mostly links & bullets.

Please keep the comments coming and the conversation going.

Aug 192011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 1-0 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (9-6, 3.47) vs.
Yohan Flande (7-7, 3.99)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-3, 3.28) vs.
Casey Crosby (7-5, 3.83)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs.
Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (8-10, 4.76) vs.
Jake Petricka (3-6, 4.04)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-4 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (4-6, 3.55) vs.
Matt Heidenreich (10-8, 4.52)
Auburn Postponed vs. Aberdeen,
5:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Wirkin Estevez (4-2, 3.86)
and Nate Karns (1-2, 5.23) vs.
Matt Hobgood (0-4, 12.23) and
Trent Howard (3-1, 2.89)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-8
(11 inn.)
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Gwinnett 1 Syracuse 0
• Peacock 7IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB, 6K
• Severino (L, 1-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Wilkie 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bernadina 2-4, SB, CS

It was a pitcher’s duel in Syracuse but the Chiefs fells to the Braves, 1-0 despite outhitting them 4-2. Brad Peacock got the start and put runners on via the walk five times, but the lone hit he gave up was a leadoff single in the 2nd. Peacock went the first seven innings and struck out six. Gwinnett capitalized on Atahualpa Severino’s wildness with two outs, as the diminutive lefty hit a batter, issued a walk, and gave up a single to account for the lone run of the game. Roger Bernadina went 2-for-4 with a stolen base to lead the Chiefs offense. The loss drops Syracuse to 55-67, cutting its elimination number to two.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 2
• Rosenbaum (W, 2-0) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K
• Barthmaier 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Norris 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Gilbert 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Derek Norris’s three-run blast in the top of the 7th was the difference as the Harrisburg Senators grounded the Akron Aeros, 4-2. The big fly made a winner out of Danny Rosenbaum, who’s made the jump from High A to AA without skipping a beat, giving up six hits and three walks, but just one run over six and 2/3rds innings for his second win in three starts. Norris, Erik Komatsu, Archie Gilbert, and Tim Pahuta all had multiple hits as the Sens pounded out 11 hits in the win. Harrisburg still sits atop the E.L. West by two games over Bowie, 3½ games over Richmond. The good mood was tempered in the top of the 8th when Bryce Harper pulled up lame with a strained hamstring going from first to third on Gilbert double. It’s a sure bet he’ll be put on the 7-Day DL, and a possibility that he’ll be shelved for the rest of the regular season.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 3
• Solis 3IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Nelo (S, 16) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Leon 2-4, R

Potomac got a gift Last Night In Woodbridge

Kannapolis 12 Hagerstown 4
• Grace (L, 11-6) 2⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 3ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Mills Rogers ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Curran 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B

A six-run 3rd erased a 3-1 lead as Kannapolis stopped Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak with a 12-4 win. Matt Grace took the loss with seven runs allowed on eight hits over two and 2/3rds innings. Four Suns collected multiple hits, with Adrian Sanchez homering and doubling to lead the offense. Mills Rogers turned out to be the most effective reliever, coming on with two outs in the 8th to get the last batter and stranding two runners. The loss knocked Hagerstown back to two games behind, tied with first-half winner Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — PPD
Rain and a wet infield postponed last night’s game in Auburn, setting up Friday night doubleheader at 5:05 p.m.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Astros 8 (10 inn.)
• McGeary 4IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Monar 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Mesa 4-5, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

A single-triple-double sequence in the top of the 11th broke an 8-8 tie as the G-Nats outlasted the G-Astros for a 10-8 win. Narciso Mesa went 4-for-5 with four RBI to lead the 14-hit onslaught. Jack McGeary suffered his first rough outing, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks over four innings. The win improves the G-Nats to 18-30 and opens up a 2½ game lead over the last-place G-Astros in a race to avoid last place that nobody but us gives a rat’s cares this much about.

DSL Phillies 7 DSL Nationals 5
• Pineyro (L, 4-6) 4IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Barrientos 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 1K
• Geraldo 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Mercedes 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

The DSL Phillies scored in four straight innings from the 2nd to the 5th, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 7-2 lead as they went on to a 7-5 win over the DSL Nationals. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks to finish his season on a sour note. Four D-Nats had multiple hits, with Junior Geraldo and Yermin Mercedes both collecting extra-base hits on a 2-for-4 game. The loss dropped the D-Nats to 32-35, assuring a losing season with just two games left on the schedule.

Aug 182011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (3-1, 4.35) vs.
Todd Redmond (9-8, 2.84)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (1-0, 1.42)
vs. Austin Adams (9-9, 4.00)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs.
Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-2, 3.38) vs.
Cameron Bayne (11-5, 3.30)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (11-5, 4.32) vs.
Phil Negus (3-0, 2.62)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (4-2, 3.86) vs.
Matt Hobgood (0-4, 12.23)
GCL Nationals Suspended,
Mid 4th vs.
GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-5
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Gwinnett 3 Syracuse 1
• Stammen 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 9K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bernadina 2-3, SB
• Solano 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Gwinnett broke through with two runs in the 7th in this pitcher’s duel for a 3-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. After both teams scored early — the Braves in the 1st, the Chiefs in the 2nd — journeyman Craig Stammen matched goose eggs against (yet another Atlanta) stud pitching prospect Julio Teheran through the 6th. The Braves loaded the bases against Ryan Tatusko in the 7th on a double, walk, and an infield single. Jeff Mandel came in to put out the fire with two outs and was greeted with a two-run single to the 5/6 hole. The Braves bullpen allowed just one baserunner over the last three to nail this one down. Syracuse now stands 55-66, 14½ games back, and its elimination number is just four.

Harrisburg 5 Akron 3
• Roark (W, 8-8) 7⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Pena (S, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davis 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• T Moore 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

Akron and Harrisburg playing swimming-pool tag, with the pitchers saying “Marco” and five hitters going “Solo.” But the Sens got a two-run shot from Leonard Davis and an unearned run on an errant pickoff for the difference in a 5-3 win. Tanner Roark evened his record at 8-8 with seven and 2/3rds innings, with six hits and three runs (all on home runs) given up. Pat McCoy stranded two runners to get the last out of the 8th for his 12th hold while Hassan Pena got his 7th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. The win took advantage of Bowie’s fourth straight loss to extend Harrisburg’s lead to two games, while Richmond kept pace at 2½ games back in the E.L. West.

Kinston 2 Potomac 1
• Bronson (L, 4-4) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Holland 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 2-4, SB
• Lozada 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2K

Kinston scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st. Thanks to Potomac’s twin troubles of an inability to hit in the clutch and make contact, that was enough to lose by a 2-1 count. Francisco Soriano’s two-out RBI single in the top of the 5th was the only one in 11 chances with RISP while Eury Perez was the sole batter not to strike out, as the P-Nats whiffed 11 times. Evan Bronson was the latest hard-luck loser, giving up the two Kinston runs on four hits and three walks over six innings. The loss dropped second-place Potomac to six games behind first-place Frederick and shaved its lead over third-place Lynchburg to five games in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.

Hagerstown 9 Lexington 6
• Strasburg 1⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Applebee (W, 7-2) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Curran 3-4, 2R
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B

Stephen Strasburg struggled in his second rehab outing in Hagerstown, unable to finish the second inning as he took 49 pitches to get five outs with the first four batters reaching against him in a three-run 1st. The Suns, however, remain red-hot, winning this one 9-6 for their 7th straight. Kevin Keyes erased that 3-0 deficit with a three-run shot in the bottom of the 1st, and Hagerstown put up another three-spot in the 2nd to take Strasburg off the hook with a 6-5 lead. The Suns got nine runs on 11 hits, including three doubles and two triples. Chris Curran led the hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. Paul Applebee finished the game with six strong innings, allowing a solo home run, a double and a single, no walks, and set down five on strikes for his 7th win. Hagerstown heads into Kannapolis for a four-game showdown against the Intimidators, needing three wins to take first place.

Auburn Doubledays 4 Aberdeen Ironbirds 2
• Meza 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Ortega 2-4, RBI
• Burns 1-2, R, BB, SB

Bryce Ortega’s one-out single, coupled with an error, broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 7th as Auburn, um, doubled up Aberdeen, 4-2. The Christians Meza and Garcia got the start and the win, with Meza going the first five and giving up both Ironbird runs on four his and a walk, while Garcia struck out six over two innings in the 6th and 7th innings for the win. Aaron Barrett walked three but struck out four over the last two innings for the save, his sixth. Ortega led the Doubleday offense with a 2-for-4 night. The win keeps Auburn one game up on Mahoning Valley and Williamsport in the Pinckney Divison of the NYPL.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Cardinals 0 — SUSP, Mid 4th
Rain halted play in the middle of the 4th with the Nationals leading 1-0. It will presumably be made up when the two teams next meet on Saturday, August 27. My apologies to folks hoping for news on Jack McGeary’s next outing. The GCL and DSL are guessing games when it comes to probables, especially when there are lots of rainouts and doubleheaders. With less than 10 days left, it’ll be TBD vs. TBD the rest of the way.

DSL Mets 12 DSL Nationals 5
• Moscat (L, 3-7) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 2K
• Suero 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Rosario 2-3, 2R
• Eusebio 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB

A six-run 3rd put this one out of reach at 8-0, as the D-Mets blasted the D-Nats 12-5. Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run homer in the 4th, broke up the shutout, but the D-Nats were held to just six hits total, taking advantage of four D-Mets errors and seven walks drawn to score their five runs. Felix Moscat got the start and got knocked from the box with two outs in the 3rd, charged with eight runs on seven hits and two walks to take the loss. The D-Nats are now 32-34 and will need to win two of the next three to finish above .500.

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.