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.

Aug 092011
 

Last night, the rosters for the 2011 New York-Penn League were announced and four Auburn Doubledays got the nod:

• Hendry Jimenez .292/.366/.479, 29RBI in 36G — starting at 2B

• Matt Skole .288/.368/.440, 32RBI in 49G — starting at DH

• Bryce Ortega .358/.454/.431, 15SB in 34G — backup SS

• Ben Grisz 1-0, 4SV, 1.35 ERA, 0.85 WHIP in 11G

The Lowell Spinners are the host of the 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star Game at LaLacheur Park in Lowell, MA a week from today.

Aug 092011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-2 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-8, 5.44) vs.
Mark Cohoon (3-7, 6.71)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-3, 2.53) vs.
Chuck Lofgren (2-0, 0.92)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-7, 4.18) vs.
Stolmy Pimentel (1-3, 4.96)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-3 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-2 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.71) vs.
J.C. Menna (2-4, 5.09)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-2
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.68) vs.
Alejandro Sanabia (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 15-10
vs. DSL Angels
vs. DSL Mets,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 2.25) vs.
TBD

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 2
• Milone (W, 9-6) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Martin (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Antonelli 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Brown 2-3, BB

The bats broke out to stop a four-game losing streak as the Chiefs tanned the Bisons, 8-2. Jhonatan Solano was the lone position player to go hitless as Syracuse collected 13 hits, with four batters getting two, and Matt Antonelli leading the way with a 3-for-5 night. Tom Milone got his ninth win with five and 2/3rds innings pitched and two runs allowed, though he walked a season-high three batters. The SoCal southpaw also went 1-for-3 at the plate, lowering his batting average to .409. The win improves Syracuse to 50-64, and extends the gap between fourth and fifth place in the I.L. north to 2½ games.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Harrisburg starts a crucial three-game set against third-place Richmond tonight with veteran Erik Arnesen on the hill. The Flying Squirrels have been the Senators nemesis this season, taking 12 of the first 18 meetings and this is the final regular-season series between the two teams.

Salem 2 Potomac 1
• Demny 5+ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 6BB, 1K, 3HBP, 1WP
• Holder 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soriano 1-4, RBI
• Perez 1-3

Potomac pitchers simply gave the Red Sox too many chances Last Night In Woodbridge

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 3
• Demmin (L, 2-2) 6IP, 5H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Greensboro opened up a 2-1 game with two in the 5th, one in the 6th, and two more in the 7th as they, um, hopped past the Suns 9-3. Ryan Demmin took the loss with five runs (two earned) given up on five hits and no walks over six innings but the bullpen was battered for four over the last three. Jason Martinson and Kevin Keyes both went 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk to lead the offense, which was held to just four hits and four walks total. The loss drops Hagerstown to 22-21, four games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Mahoning Valley 7 Auburn 2
• Hill (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Kreis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 1K
• Skole 2-5
• Alvarez 2-4, 2B, RBI
• J Miller 0-5, 5K

Mahoning Valley got the series split with a 7-2 win over Auburn. Dave Hill took the loss in his second start for the Doubledays, allowing three runs over five innings with five hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. Auburn was held to just eight hits, with Matt Skole and Bowden’s folly each getting two, as the team was a woeful 1-for-12 with RISP, stranding 11 baserunners. The loss puts Auburn and Mahoning Valley back into a first-place tie, 1½ games ahead of Williamsport and three games ahead of Jamestown.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Astros 2
• McGeary 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Encarnacion (W, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• JC Valdez 4-5, R, 2RBI
• W Ramos 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Mozingo 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Jack McGeary continues to improve with each outing, tossing three innings with no walks today in a 9-2 win over the GCL Astros. McGeary allowed one unearned run on two hits while striking out two. Pedro Encarnacion followed him on the mound and pitched the next five for the win, allowing the second G-Astro run (also unearned) on four hits and a walk. Jean-Carlos Valdez led the 11-hit attack with four singles and two RBI. The win improves the G-Nats to 14-27, just their second win in the last 10 games.

DSL Nationals 15 DSL Angels 10
• Mendez 6IP, 8H, 4R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• W Rodriguez 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2SB
• Ruiz 3-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB
• Geraldo 1-4, R, 5RBI

A grand slam highlighted an eight-run 7th as the DSL Nationals piled on late for 15-10 win over the DSL Angels, despite getting outhit 18-11. Gilberto Mendez started and went the first six innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits and no walks. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win despite giving up three runs over an inning and a 1/3rd. The win puts the D-Nats at 29-28, six games off the pace in the B.C. South.

Aug 082011
 

For the tenth time this season a Nationals farmhand has been named the Player (or Pitcher) of the Week, as Corey Brown snagged the honor for the period of August 1st to the 7th.

Acquired in the offseason as part of a multiplayer trade for Josh Willingham, Brown hit .526 with four home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored last week, with slugging percentage of 1.211. He currently has a five-game hit streak.

It’s also the fourth time that a Syracuse Chief has won the weekly award, following Tom Milone, Michael Aubrey and Cole Kimball.

Aug 082011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-6, 3.62) vs.
Mark Cohoon (3-7, 6.71)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 7-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (7-10, 5.08) vs.
Chris Hernandez (10-5, 2.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5;
Won, 6-5
vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 7-0 vs.
Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-1, 4.26) vs.
Joseph Colon (4-2, 3.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2
vs. GCL Cards
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 5.00)
vs. Michael Feliz (0-2, 4.65)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Angels,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Columbus 6 Syracuse 4
• Peacock 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Zinicola 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Antonelli 3-5, R, RBI, SB

The longball continues to plague Chiefs pitchers, as the Clipper connected twice against Brad Peacock en route to a 6-4 win and the four-game sweep. Peacock gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks over the first five innings. Offensively, Syracuse broke into double digits in the hit column, with Chris Marrero driving in three of the four Chiefs runs with a double and a two-run HR. The loss drops Syracuse to 49-64, 14½ games off the pace in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 1
• Perez, O (W, 3-2) 6⅔ IP 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 0K, HR
• VanAllen (H, 9) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Komatsu 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Pahuta 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

For the third straight start, Oliver Perez allowed just one run on a home run, but this time he got the win as Harrisburg defeated Erie, 6-1. The best-paid pitcher in AA allowed four hits and a walk and had no strikeouts to earn his third win. Erik Komatsu and Tim Pahuta both went 2-for-4 with a home run as the Senators got nine hits total and stranded just six batters. The win keeps Harrisburg in first place, a ½ game ahead of Bowie and 1½ games up on Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 2
• Bronson (W, 3-3) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Frias (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 2-4, BB, RBI, SB, CS

A pair of two-run rallies late put this game away as Potomac ended its six-game roadtrip with a 7-2 win over Myrtle Beach. Evan Bronson got the start and the win, putting in five innings with two runs allowed on three hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Marcos Frias and Josh Smoker both tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Sandy Leon and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 to lead the offense as the P-Nats collected 11 hits total. With the win, Potomac inches up a game to three behind Frederick and maintains its six-game lead over third-place Lynchburg in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.

Greensboro 7 Hagerstown 5 — GAME ONE
• Strasburg 1⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Cole 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Kelso 2-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B, 3RBI

The Greensboro Grasshoppers smacked three home runs off the Suns, including Stephen Strasburg, turning a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 win in the first game of the doubleheader. Hagerstown scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the 2nd, highlighted by a two-out, three-RBI double by Adrian Sanchez. The Grasshoppers chipped away with single runs in the 3rd and 5th and got deuces in the 6th and 7th. Wilson Eusebio was charged with the loss, giving up a two-run homer in the 7th.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 5 — GAME TWO
• Grace 6⅓ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• McCatty (W, 2-3) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Martinson 2-2, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Nicol 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI

Michael Taylor’s RBI single in the bottom of the 7th gave the Suns a walkoff win and split the doubleheader. As the 6-5 score suggests, it was a see-saw affair, with the two teams answering each other’s rallies three times, including the last inning. Matt Grace went the first six and a 1/3rd innings but allowed all five Grasshopper runs on 10 hits including a solo shot by Jacob Realmuto, who took Strasburg deep in the first game. Shane McCatty got the win by finishing out the top of the 7th and stranding a runner. The split puts Hagerstown at 22-20, three games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 7 Mahoning Valley 0
• Dupra (W, 3-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Garcia 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Jenkins 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ortega 2-3, BB, SB, RBI
• Rowe 2-3, 2B, RBI

Three Auburn pitchers combined for a 7-0 shutout of Mahoning Valley, reclaiming sole possession of first place. Brian Dupra, Christian Garcia, and Chris Jenkins scattered seven hits and three walks, with Dupra earning his third win. Bryce Ortega and Connor Rowe both went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Justin Miller and Russell Moldenahuer both homered as the Doubledays were an efficient seven runs on nine hits, capitalizing on the five walks issued. Auburn now stands at 30-20, a game up on Mahoning Valley, two on Williamsport, and three on Jamestown in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 2
• Baez 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• E Martinez 2-4, R, BB, SB
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The GCL Nationals were formally eliminated yesterday with a 4-2 loss to the GCL Cardinals. Wander Ramos’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 3rd gave the G-Nats a brief 3-2 lead, but the G-Cards posted a picket fence in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings and another single run in the 9th to seal the win. Gregory Baez started and went the first four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five while Blake Monar, who was assigned from Auburn just prior to the game, took the loss in his first GCL appearance with a single run allowed in his one inning of work. Today, the G-Nats face the G-Astros with a chance to climb out of the GCL East cellar.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s a long week this week for the D-Nats thanks to three rainouts last week, presuming that they will all be made up this week. The D-Nats are at 28-28 with an elimination number of 12 with less than two weeks left in the DSL regular season schedule.