Aug 072011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Columbus,
5:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (2-1, 4.43) vs.
Zach McAllister (8-3, 3.18)
Harrisburg Won, 10-6 @ Erie,
1:05 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.28) vs.
Brooks Brown (2-6, 6.25)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Evan Bronson (2-3, 3.68) vs.
Wilfredo Boscan (4-8, 4.18)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greensboro,
4:05 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) and
Matt Grace (10-5, 4.44) vs.
Alex Caldera (NR) and TBD
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Mahoning
Valley, 6:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (2-2, 4.26) vs.
Harold Guerrero (2-1, 4.50)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.58) vs.
Brad Watson (2-1, 2.90)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1
@ DSL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A

Columbus 5 Syracuse 4
• Meyers (ND) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Severino (L, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Brown 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Antonelli 1-3, R, 2B, BB

A solo shot from Corey Brown in the top of the 9th tied the game at 4-4, but a walkoff walk by Atahualpa Severino lost it as the Chiefs lost their third straight, 5-4. A one-out walk followed by a fielding error set up runners on second and third. An intentional pass was issued to set up the double play and a lefty-on-lefty matchup, but backfired with the second base-on-balls. Brown led the offense with a 3-for-4 night. The loss sends the Chiefs to a 49-63 mark, 14½ games behind Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 10 Erie 6
• Rosenbaum (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K
• Pena (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Harper 3-5, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI, SB, GIDP, E
• Komatsu 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Davis 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Danny Rosenbaum won his AA debut while the Sens broke out of their offensive funk as Harrisburg defeated Erie, 10-6. Bryce Harper was a double shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with 3RBI. Leonard Davis and Derek Norris also homered as the Senators pounded out seven extra-base hits, 12 total and left on just four runners. Rosenbaum threw five scoreless innings before a walk, two errors and two doubles chased him in the 6th. He was charged with four runs, but just three were earned as the Ohio-born southpaw walked three and struck out three. Hassan Pena put out the fire with two and a third scoreless innings of relief for his second hold. The win keeps pace with second-place Bowie and Richmond, keeping the lead at just a ½ game in the E.L. West.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 0
• Davis (L, 0-1) 8IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Soriano 1-3, BB

Erik Davis tossed a complete game, but had the misfortune of going up against a 23-year-old on a career night as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans nearly no-hit the Potomac Nationals in a 3-0 shutout. Miguel De Los Santos tossed seven no-hit innings and struck out 10 with just two walks issued. Zach Osborne was two outs away from combining with him for the no-hitter when Francisco Soriano singled to right. Jose Lozada, the only other P-Nat to reach base, ended the game by lining into a 4-3 DP. Potomac falls to 22-19, four behind Frederick but six ahead of Lynchburg and Wilmington in the Carolina League Northern Division.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Rain made field conditions unplayable and set up a doubleheader this afternoon, which will feature a rehab outing by Stephen Strasburg.

Mahoning Valley 5 Auburn 3
• Karns (L, 1-2) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
• Hawkins 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB
• Moldenhauer 2-4, 2-2B

A pair of two-out walks in the 1st bit Nathan Karns in the [prosterior] as Mahoning Valley went on to win 5-3. Karns would walk four batters total in his four and 1/3rd innings of work, allowing all five Scrappers runs on five hits and striking out two. Ben Hawkins finished the game with three and 2/3rds scoreless innings, but the offense just couldn’t get in gear, scoring single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th. Caleb Ramsey, Russell Moldenhauer, and Bowden’s Folly combined for six of the nine Auburn hits. The loss stopped a seven-game win streak and puts the Doubledays back into a first-place tie with Mahoning Valley, one game ahead of Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Three of the next four games are in Viera, as the G-Nats play out the string until August 27. The elimination number is just two.

DSL Marlins 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Pineyro (L, 3-5) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Barrientos 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Novas 2-4, SB, CS

The D-Nats couldn’t recover from a sloppy 1st inning on defense, losing to the D-Marlins by a 4-1 count. Ivan Pineyro went the first five innings, allowing all four runs (none earned) on five hits, no walks, while striking out two. Randy Novas led the offense with a 2-for-4 game but the clutch hit was also AWOL with just one with RISP, eight hits total. The loss drops the D-Nats to .500 with a 28-28 mark, 5½ games behind in the B.C. South Division.

Aug 062011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 7-5 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 4.10) vs.
Jeanmar Gomez (10-4, 2.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (AA debut)
vs. L.J. Gagnier (3-4, 4.81)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Miguel De Los Santos (2-3, 3.64)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (10-5, 4.44) vs.
Alex Caldera (0-0, 0.00)
Auburn Won, 10-1 @ Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
Nathan Karns (1-1, 3.55) vs.
Rob Nixon (4-3, 4.22)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1
@ GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Postponed
@ DSL Cubs2
@ DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Columbus 7 Syrause 5
• Stammen (L, 8-6) 3IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 1K, 3HR
• Mock 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, 3B, BB, CS
• Marrero 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

For the second game in a row, the Syracuse starter gave up three home runs as the Clippers built a 7-0 lead and held on for a 7-5 win. Craig Stammen allowed all seven runs on eight hits and two walks, but all three homers were of the solo variety. J.D. Martin (2IP), Garrett Mock (2IP), and Josh Wilkie (1IP) clamped down on Columbus for five innings. The Chiefs got two in the 5th and three in 8th, as Corey Brown and Chris Marrero both went deep, but with just nine hits total, it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. The loss puts the Chiefs at 49-62, 14½ games off the pace in the I.L. North.

Erie 6 Harrisburg 1
• Roark (L, 6-8) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
• C Martinez 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• McConnell 2-3, BB
• Rahl 1-3, BB

For the fourth straight game, the Senators failed to score three runs, losing to the Seawolves 6-1. Harrisburg also struck out 11 times and was a dismal 1-for-11 with RISP, with just one batter collecting multiple hits. It’s more noticeable when the starting pitching falters, as it did with Tanner Roark, who gave up five runs on nine hits and three hits over four and a 1/3rd innings. Carlos Martinez did an admirable job out of the ‘pen, shutting down Erie the rest of the way. The loss keeps pace with Bowie but allows Richmond to gain a game as the Harrisburg lead over the BaySox and Flying Squirrels is just a ½ game in the E.L. West.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 1
• Olbrychowski (W, 4-6) 8IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
• Clegg 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Soriano 2-4, R, BB, SB
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B

Unlike the Sens, the P-Nats broke out of their offensive funk with a 6-1 win in Myrtle Beach. But Adam Olbrychowski only needed a couple of runs as the veteran tossed eight innings (a career best), with just one run allowed on three hits and three walks. The offense was paced by newly acquired Zach Walters went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Franciso Soriano singled twice and stole a base, also scoring a run. The win helped second-place Potomac gain a game on first-place Frederick, slicing the Keys lead to three, while keeping a six-game cushion over third-place Lynchburg. Brian Peacock was assigned to Harrisburg following the game. With Derek Norris coming off the bench last night in Erie to replace Devin Ivany, it would appear that Ivany is going to be unavailable for at least a couple of games.

Hagerstown 2 Greensboro 1
• Swynenberg (W, 5-1) 7IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Holt (S, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Newsome 2-3, R
• Taylor 1-3, RBI, SF

Matt Swynenburg had the second-best outing of the night on the farm, with just one run allowed (albeit a HR) over seven innings as Hagerstown edged Greensboro, 2-1. The 22-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.26 while earning his fifth win, scattering seven hits, walking none and setting down three on strikes. The Suns got both runs in the bottom of the fifth as Brett Newsome and Adrian each singled and moved up 90′ on botched pickoff and came in on Wade Moore RBI groundout and a Michael Taylor sac fly. Greg Holt spun two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save for Hagerstown. The win puts the Suns at 21-19 for the second half, 2½ games behind first-place Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 10 Mahoning Valley 1
• M Rodriguez (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• K Lopez (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Norfork 3-3, 2R
• Rowe 2-4, 3R
• Ortega 2-5, R, 2RBI

With a 10-1 victory over Mahoning Valley, Auburn took sole possession of first place in the Pinckney Division and extended its win streak to seven games. Manny Rodriguez got the win with one unearned run allowed on just three hits over five innings. Kelvin Lopez and Alex Kreis combined for four scoreless and hitless innings out of the ‘pen. The trio of Khayyan Norfork, Connor Rowe, and Bryce Ortega combined for seven of the 10 Doubledays hits and five of the 10 Auburn runs.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1
• King ⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• S Williams 2⅓, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mozingo 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Hughes 0-0, R, 5BB

With a 6-1 win over the division-leading G-Marlins, the G-Nats broke an eight-game losing streak. Five batters collected multiple hits (Narciso Mesa, Chad Mozingo, Estarlin Martinez, Andruth Ramirez and Jean Carlos Valdez) while eight of 10 in the lineup reached base, with Rick Hughes drawing five walks. Scott Williams and John Peters both bounced back from beatdowns suffered last Saturday to combine for four scoreless innings, with Peters getting the win. The victory kept the elimination number at three, tied with the G-Astros for 4th place with a 13-26 mark in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals — PPD
Presumably rain washed away another game, forcing a third doubleheader next week for the D-Nats.

Aug 052011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-5, 4.40) vs.
Corey Kluber (5-7, 5.90)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1
(10 inn.);
Won, 2-1
@ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Tanner Roark (6-7, 5.47) vs.
Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 4-3 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (3-6, 5.03)
vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 8-1 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (4-1, 3.48) vs.
Kyle Winters (7-3, 4.62
Auburn Won, 6-5;
Won, 6-3
@
Mahoning
Valley, 7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Dan Jimenez (1-2, 2.79)
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1
@ GCL Mets
(11 inn.)
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Brandon King (1-3, 5.93) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Postponed
vs. DSL Giants
@ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Columbus 5 Syracuse 2
• Maya (L, 1-8) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 3HR
• Zinicola 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R
• Hulett 2-4

Yunesky Maya coughed up three home runs to account for all five runs scored by the Clippers in a 5-2 loss to Columbus. He gave up eight hits total and walked one while striking out four in his eighth loss for Syracuse. Offensively, the Chiefs were held to just six hits, with Steve Lombardozzi and Tug Hulett (both 2-for-4) accounting for four of them as just three baserunners got into scoring position. The two Syracuse runs came via a double by Roger Bernadina in the top of the 5th. The loss drops the Chiefs to 49-61, 13½ games behind Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Reading 2 Harrisburg 1 (10 inn.)(Comp.)
• Arnesen 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Lehman (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-4, 2B
• Jo. Johnson 1-4, R, 2B, SB

In the completion of Wednesday night’s game, Reading needed just two tries to get the gamewinner for the 2-1 win in 10 innings. Harrisburg was held to just four hits, three coming from Chris Rahl, who also drove in the lone Senators run. Erik Arnesen got the no-decision with seven strong innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and two hits while striking out six. Pat Lehman took the loss in relief, his first for Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 1 (Reg. Gm.)
• Martis 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• T Moore 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Harper 2-4, R, 2B

Tyler Moore led off the 9th with a walk and Bryce Harper’s double was muffed and followed by an error to plate both Harrisburg runs as the Senators edged the Reading Phillies 2-1 in the regularly scheduled game. Jimmy Barthmaier got the win in relief of starter Shairon Martis, who went the first six innings and allowed just one hit and three walks with five set down on strikes. Moore and Harper combined for four hits and two doubles as the Sens had just six hits total. The doubleheader split leaves Harrisburg a ½ game ahead of Bowie with a 62-50 mark in the E.L. West.

Salem 4 Potomac 3
• Selik (ND) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, K
• Frias 2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Leon 3-4, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B
• Kobernus SB #40

A walkoff walk in the bottom of the 10th gave Salem a 4-3 win and a series sweep of the Potomac Nationals. Josh Smoker started the 10th giving up a single, a wild pitch, an intentional walk (to set up the DP and face a lefty) and another single before issuing the free pass to former Nat farmhand Alex Valdez to take the loss. Sandy Leon drove in two of the three P-Nats runs with a solo HR in the 2nd and an RBI double in the 6th to lead the offense, which struggled once again with RISP with an 1-for-10 mark. The loss, the third straight, puts Potomac at 21-18, four behind Frederick but six ahead of both Lynchburg and Wilmington. Prior to the game, Evan Bronson was returned to Potomac from Syracuse. To make room on the roster, J.R. Higley was shifted to the 7-Day D.L.

Hickory 8 Hagerstown 1
• Ray (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• McCatty 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Curran 1-3, BB

Hickory paid back Wednesday night’s beatdown with an 8-1 win on Thursday. The Suns were limited to just five hits and four walks with just one batter achieving both (Curran). Robbie Ray was touched for four runs on seven hits and three walks over the first four innings. Shane McCatty was no better, giving up three runs over three innings. The loss drops Hagerstown back to 3½ games behind Hickory in fourth place in the Sally North with a 20-19 mark. The Suns return home tonight for four games against Greensboro, featuring a rehab appearance by Stephen Strasburg on Sunday.

Auburn 6 Connecticut 5 — GAME ONE
• Estevez 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K
• C Garcia 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• M Rivera 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Montilla 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI

A three-run rally in the bottom of the 7th sent Game One of the doubleheader into “extra” innings, tied at 5-5. Bryce Ortega doubled with two outs in the 9th and Matt Skole sent him home with a single to right to complete the comeback win. Christian Garcia made his Doubledays debut with a run allowed on two hits over two innings, while Ben Hawkins got the win as the last man on the mound for Auburn.

Auburn 6 Connecticut 3 — GAME TWO
• Meza 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K 0 7.71
• Henke (W, 3-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Burns 1-3

Auburn scored three in the 1st, two in the 2nd, and one in 3rd and cruised to a 6-3 victory in the nightcap. Christian Meza went the first four innings and was roughed up for all three Tigers runs in the 3rd, allowing five hits and two walks but striking out four. Travis Henke got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Caleb Ramsey led the offense with 2-for-3 game, including an RBI triple. The wins keep pace with Mahoning Valley, their opponents for the next four games in a home-and-home series, and extend their winning streak to six games. Khayyan Norfork has been recently activated from the 7-Day D.L.

GCL Mets 2 GCL Nationals 1 (11 inn.)
• McGeary 3IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Medina 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Hughes 2-2, BB, CS
• P Severino 2-3, R, BB

Jack McGeary’s second outing was a little bit better: no runs on one hit over three innings, but did give up four walks. Silvio Medina turned in five solid innings, with one run allowed on three hits. Both pitchers struck out three. The defense turned in its second error-free game in a row, but the offense remained equally feeble with one scored on eight hits and nine men left on. The loss, the eighth straight, drops the elimination number to three with a 12-26 mark that’s 16½ games worse than the G-Marlins.

DSL Nationals — PPD
Rain washed away the entire DSL yesterday, setting up doubleheaders for the D-Nats next Thursday and Friday.

Aug 042011
 

Some of you may have noticed how we’ve keeping tabs on where the affiliates are in the standings with each recap. This, of course, has led to some snarkiness in certain lower levels (OK, the GCL) but the more holistic view is that for the second straight summer, we’re looking at the possibility of multiple teams making the playoffs.

Obviously, player development is the first and foremost goal of the farm, but there is something to be said about playing in the postseason, no matter what the level. Harrisburg, for example, has several players from the 2010 Carolina League championship team and we’d like to think that they’ve learned what it takes to grind out a pennant race. Potomac and Hagerstown have younger, more age-appropriate squads and making the playoffs can only help to instill a winning attitude that many accuse the organization of lacking.

In any case, here’s a look at each affiliates chances down the stretch…

SYRACUSE
On paper, this team should have done better via its pitching, with the likes of Yunesky Maya, Craig Stammen, J.D. Martin, and Ross Detwiler — all touted as possible #5 starters coming out of spring training. The lack of offensive prowess is not as surprising, as this system is indeed lacking with position player prospects at the upper levels. Last year’s roster-filling 4As (e.g. Jason Botts, Chase Lambin, Pete Orr) were simply a little better than this year’s. Maybe we’d be singing a different tune if there were a half system and we thought that Brad Peacock and Tom Milone would be sticking around, but neither seems to be the case.

HARRISBURG
Yes, they’re currently tied for first place, and have been there for all but one day since May 24. But the question is whether or not they can withstand the loss of their leadoff man (Steve Lombardozzi) their ace pitcher (Brad Peacock) and their cleanup hitter (Bill Rhinehart). They’ve gotten some decent replacements by way of buying Leonard Davis from the Can-Am League and taking Tim Pahuta off the taxi squad disabled list, along with two new prospects (Erik Komatsu, Danny Rosenbaum). Tanner Roark has been pitching better of late, and Shairon Martis may very well be pitching below his true level, but Senators fans have to be holding their breath because further losses seem not only possible, but maybe even inevitable. I’ve heard their current left fielder’s pretty good.

POTOMAC
It may be a bold statement in the midst of all this team’s problems, but this team will make the playoffs. That’s more because of the format than anything else. As long as they hold onto second place in the second half, they’re in. With a six-game lead and only three games left against the third-place team (Wilmington, at home 8/23-25), and a seven-game lead over the fourth-place team with four games left (in Lynchburg, 8/30-9/2), that seems like a decent chance. Whether or not they’ll do anything in the playoffs is another story entirely. Frederick would be their first-round opponent, and the two teams meet once more on August 26-28. They’ve split the six games played in the second half, both teams taking two-of-three on the road.

HAGERSTOWN
Something to consider is that a lot of these guys were on the 2010 Vermont squad that nosedived. Will they learn from that experience or repeat it? Another problem is that it’s questionable that Robbie Ray and A.J. Cole are going to be allowed to pitch for very much longer. If that’s the case, then this team is going to have to make like the 2002 Angels and mash their way to a title. It’s also a very tight race in the Sally League North, with four teams within three games of first place. Fortunately, the Suns still have five games apiece left against Hickory (tonight in NC, 8/22-25 in MD) and Lakewood (9/1-5 in MD) and four against Kannapolis (in NC, 8/18-21) and, thus, some control over their own destiny.

AUBURN
Like the Sally North, the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League is tightly bunched with four teams within two games of first. Unlike the Sally, there’s a wild card option, but five teams are within three games in that race. The good news is that they have 12 games against last or next-to-last place teams. The bad news is that they have no more games against Williamsport but seven against Mahoning Valley and four against Jamestown, which means the Crosscutters could ease past the Doubledays and let the other divisional foes beat up on each other. The Williamsport schedule is also quite favorable, with 19 games against sub-.500 foes still left to play.

GCL Nationals
Could be eliminated by the end of the weekend. Even with 28-year-olds pitching in middle relief. Just sayin’…

DSL Nationals
Like last year, they’ve been hovering near .500 for most of the season. They’re 5½ games behind with 17 games left, so mathematically they’re alive, but they’re 7½ games back in the wild-card race so unless they rip off a long winning streak against the teams in their own division, it’s over.

Aug 042011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-7, 5.32) vs.
Joe Martinez (6-5, 4.17)
Harrisburg Suspended,
1-1 Top 9th
@ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.36) vs.
J.C. Ramirez (8-10, 4.25)
Potomac Lost, 10-1 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-7, 4.12) vs.
Stolmy Pimentel (0-3, 7.15)
Hagerstown Won, 12-0 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.91) vs.
Cody Buckel (4-3, 2.84)
Auburn Postponed vs. Connecticut,
5:00 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.89) and
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 3.79) vs.
Brennan Smith (1-3, 2.11) and
Matt Crouse (1-1, 4.14)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
vs. GCL Astros
(10 inn.)
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-2, 5.79) vs.
Gabriel Ynoa (2-2, 2.83)
DSL Nationals Suspended
@ DSL Rangers
in Bot. 3rd
vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
After an off day in Ohio, it’s another four games against Columbus before a 10-of-12 stretch at home against Buffalo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Gwinnett, then a trip to Fenway to oppose the Pawtucket Red Sox in Boston’s annual “Futures at Fenway” promotion.

Harrisburg 1 Reading 1 — SUSP
Harrisburg’s game with Reading was suspended after eight innings last night with the score 1-1. Harrisburg tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the 6th on a Chris Rahl RBI single to extend the contest. Bryce Harper, Tim Pahuta and Devin Ivany are the first three batters set for the 9th when play resumes tonight at 6:05 p.m. The regularly scheduled game will be played afterwards.

Salem 10 Potomac 1
• Demny (L, 7-10) 4&8532; IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Wort ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K 2-2 IR-S
• Walters 1-3, R
• Lozada 2BB, SH

An eight-run fifth spelled doom for the P-Nats as the Salem Red Sox ran roughshod over them for a 10-1 victory. Six of the 16 base hits Salem collected went for extra bases, including a two-run homer off starter Paul Demny. The big fly was the 18th that Demny has allowed, which leads the Carolina League. The Potomac offense, however, continues to be more suited to a picture on a milk carton as it’s been missing for the past two games, with just three singles and an 0-for-8 mark with RISP. The loss drops Potomac to 21-17, four games behind first-place Frederick but six games ahead of third-place Wilmington.

Hagerstown 12 Hickory 0
• Demmin (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Bates (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keyes 4-4, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2R HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Nieto 1-5, R, 2R HR

Hagerstown whipped first place Hickory 12-0 last night in an all-around offensive effort. Hickory walked eleven batters and the Suns had eleven hits, six for extra bases. Adrian Nieto and Jason Martinson both had two-run blasts. Most importantly, the Suns benefited from clutch hitting. Eight of their twelve runs were scored on two-out RBI. Ryan Demmin and Colin Bates mystified the Crawdads and combined for a five-hit shutout. With the win, Hagerstown closes Hickory’s lead to 2½ games and improves to 20-18 in the Sally North.

Auburn-Connecticut — PPD
Rain postponed Wednesday night’s game between the Auburn Doubledays and Connecticut Tigers. It will be made up tonight with a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 5 p.m.

GCL Astros 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Encarnacion 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 7K
• Lee 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2B
• D Williams 2-4, RBI, SB

The G-Nats’ losing streak reached seven with a 3-2 loss in extras, tumbling them into a tie for last place. On a non-negative note, the team played an error-free game for the first time in four days. On a non-positive note, the G-Nats had 16 chances to hit safely with a runner on second or third and came through once, stranding 10 baserunners. Pedro Encarnacion lowered his ERA to 5.00 with five innings pitched and one run allowed on one hit and three walks while striking out seven. Narciso Mesa and Deion Williams each had two hits but the G-Nats were limited to just seven. The loss drops the elimination number to five with a 12-25 mark, 15½ games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Rangers 5 DSL Nationals 2 — SUSP

Play was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd with the DSL Rangers leading 5-2. The two teams next meet on August 11, which is presumably when this will be completed.

Aug 032011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 17-2 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-3, 2.63) vs.
Austin Hyatt (10-5, 3.88)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (7-9, 4.86) vs.
Ryan Pressly (6-9, 4.28)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Ryan Demmin (1-1, 2.87) vs.
Joe Van Meter (5-3, 2.98)
Auburn Won, 13-3 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 3.79) vs.
Brennan Smith (1-3, 2.11)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-3
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 6.23)
vs. Francis Ramirez (0-2, 7.11)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-0
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
Ivan Pineyro (3-4, 2.01) vs.
Pedro Tirado (4-2, 3.56)

Syracuse 17 Toledo 2
• Peacock 4IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB, 4K
• Tatusko (W, 3-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Brown 4-5, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI
• Antonelli 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
• Marrero 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

The circle clout accounted for six of the 20 Syracuse hits in a 17-2 roast of the Toledo Mud Hens. Just three batters failed to collect two hits, and only four failed to hit for extra bases, with Corey Brown leading the charge with a 4-for-5 game including a double and two HRs. Brad Peacock struggled with his control, allowing just one hit but five walks and was lifted after four innings and 91 pitches. Ryan Tatusko and long relief have become a good match as the 26-year-old went three and 2/3rds scoreless innings for the the win, the second three-plus inning, no-run outing in his last five appearances. The win improves the Chiefs to 49-60, 12½ behind first-place Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Reading 8 Harrisburg 4
• O Perez (ND) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• C Martinez(BS, 1; L, 2-4) ⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR (GS)
• T Moore 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Komatsu 2-4, SB
• O Perez 1-2, SB

Carlos Martinez got hammered on a Tuesday night. To make matters worse, it was before a crowd of 8,217 as the 27-year-old reliever surrendered six runs in the 6th as the Reading Phillies went on to beat the Senators 8-4. The big inning, which featured a grand slam, spoiled a decent outing by starter Oliver Perez, who gave up a run (also on a homer) over five innings and singled and stole a base in two at-bats. Erik Komatsu had a strong debut going 2-for-4 while stalwart Tyler Moore smacked his league-leading 25th home run. The loss dropped the Senators into second place, a ½ game behind Bowie in the E.L. West.

Salem 3 Potomac 0
• Solis (L, 4-2) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Frias 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 1-3, K
• Perez 1-4, OF Assist

Chris Hernandez became the Carolina League’s fourth 10-game winner with seven scoreless innings, as the Salem Red Sox shut out the Potomac Nationals, 3-0. Hernandez and relievers Mitch Herold and Will Latimer combined on a two-hit shutout while Sammy Solis dropped his second straight decision, giving up all three Sox runs on eight hits (two solo HRs) and a walk over seven innings. Zach Walters singled in the 2nd inning of his Potomac debut, while Eury Perez singled in the 9th for the two P-Nats hits. The loss drops Potomac to 21-16, four games behind Frederick in the Carolina League North. J.P. Ramirez and Brian Peacock were both activated off the 7-Day DL, with Sean Nicol returning to Hagerstown, joining Adrian Nieto, which we hope concludes this flurry of transactions.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 2
• Cole (W, 3-6) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Applebee (S, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Curran 0-2, SH, SF, RBI

In a battle of the bullpens, Paul Applebee’s four scoreless innings sealed the deal as Hagerstown edged Hickory, 3-2. Neither team scored after the 4th, with Sean Nicol’s RBI triple and Chris Curran’s sac fly giving the Suns their second and third runs respectively. A.J. Cole got the win with five innings pitched, two runs allowed on five hits and three walks and two strikeouts. Applebee got the save with just one hit allowed and one strikeout. Nicol went 3-for-4 to lead the offense, which was held to seven hits. The win puts the Suns back over .500 at 19-18, cutting the Crawdads’ leave to 3½ games in the Sally North.

Auburn 13 Connecticut 3
• Hill 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Jenkins (W, 2-0) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Mayo 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI
• Skole 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Montilla 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

The Auburn Doubledays went deep four times in a 13-3 rout of the Connecticut Tigers. Jeremy Mayo was a perfect 4-for-4 with 4RBI, singling, doubling, and homering twice to lead the 15-hit attack. Matt Skole (2-for-5) and Angel Montilla (1-for-3) accounted for the other two home runs and combined for five RBI. David Hill allowed a run over the first four innings in his first start, while Chad Jenkins went the next four, giving up two runs, to get the win. The victory puts Auburn into a tie with Mahoning Valley at 26-19, one game ahead of both Jamestown and Williamsport in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 3
• Baez (ND) 5IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Hatcher 2-3, CS
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Schill 2-5, RBI

With a three-run homer in the bottom of the 6th, the G-Cards overcame a 2-1 deficit to send the G-Nats a sixth straight loss by a 5-3 count. Gregory Baez left with the lead after giving up a run on three walks and six hits over the first five innings. Ken Ferrer served up the tater into get the blown save and the loss. Rashad Hatcher, Wilmer Difo and Wes Schill each had two hits, as the offense colleted nine hits and stranded eight baserunners. With a 12-24 mark, the G-Nats’ elimination number is down to six, 15 games behind the division-leading G-Marlins and just a game out of the cellar, currently inhabited by today’s opponent, the G-Astros.

DSL Phillies 8 DSL Nationals 0
• Moscat (L, 3-5) 7IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Mercedes 1-4

Yermin Mercedes singled with two outs in the top of the 9th to break up a combined no-hit bid by the D-Phillies, who shut out the D-Nats by an 8-0 count. Felix Moscat fell victim to the longball, accounting for four of the five runs he surrendered over seven innings pitched. He gave up eight hits and walked one while striking out six. The loss drops the D-Nats to 28-27, five games off the pace in the B.C. South.

Aug 022011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-3 @ Toledo,
12:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (2-1, 4.41) vs.
Thad Weber (5-7, 5.56)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.46) vs.
Tyson Brummett (2-5, 3.34)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (4-1, 3.26) vs.
Chris Hernandez (9-5, 2.68)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-13
(10 inn.)
@ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-6, 3.47) vs.
Luke Jackson (4-2, 4.56)
Auburn Won, 13-6 vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Wilsen Palacios (2-2, 3.96)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.90) vs.
Stalyn Lopez (1-1, 2.93)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-4, 4.44) vs.
TBD

Syracuse 8 Toledo 3
• Meyers 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 5BB, 6K
• Bronson (W, 1-0) 4⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Bernadina 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 3BB
• Antonelli 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB

Syracuse jumped out to an 8-0 lead as they defeated Toledo 8-3 last night. The Chiefs had ten hits and had solo shots from Roger Bernadina (first game since being optioned down) in the first and Matt Antonelli in the third. Steve Lombardozzi, Chris Marrero, and Matt Antonelli all had two-hit nights. Brad Meyers made his first start for Syracuse since June 30th and pitched 4 2/3rds innings of shutout ball. He threw 52 strikes on 84 pitches before being lifted for Evan Bronson (first AAA appearance) with runners on first and second and two outs in the 5th. Bronson induced a lineout to end the inning. The southpaw answered the call for duty and went the rest of the way to get the victory and give the Syracuse ‘pen a badly needed break (10⅔ IP on Sat/Sun), suffering a three-run hiccup in the 7th. With the win, Syracuse improves to 48-60, 13½ games in back of Lehigh Valley and two games up over fifth place Buffalo.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
After a night off, it’s a six-game trek for the Harrisburg across Pennsylvania with three in Erie and three in Reading before returning home a week from tonight. Tanner Roark became the latest Senator to win Pitcher of the Week honors with his two wins last week against Bowie and Binghamton.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Likewise, it’s a six-game swing down I-81 for three against Salem, then a six-plus-hour ride to Myrtle Beach for three against the Pelicans before a seven-plus-hour trek home for a rematch against the same two teams for seven games next week.

Hickory 14 Hagerstown 13 (10 inn.)
• Grace 4+ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 0B, 3K
• Eusebio 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• W Moore 3-4, 4R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB
• Keyes 3-5, HR, RBI, BB
• Sanchez 3-6, R, RBI

In a game that featured 27 runs and 33 hits, the Hickory Crawdads were the last man standing. The Suns built (and blew) leads of 5-1, 9-5, and 13-10 before letting in three in the 9th, and the gamewinner in the 10th. Starter Matt Grace was knocked from the box after failing to retire the first five batters he faced in the 5th, while Suns relievers were battered for nine runs on seven hits and three walks over five and 1/3rd innings, with Dean Weaver taking the blown save (9th) and Sam Brown taking the loss on a single, hit batsman, a wild pitch and a sac fly. Wade Moore, Kevin Keyes, and Adrian Sanchez each had three hits in the losing effort. Hagerstown falls back to .500 at 18-18 and trails Hickory now by four games.

Auburn 13 Tri-City 6
• Dupra 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Kreis (W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Skole 4-6, 2B, 4RBI
• Burns 3-5, 3R, HR, 4RBI

With a five-run top of the 9th, the Auburn Doubledays spayed any chance the ‘Cats would come back for a 13-6 win and three-game sweep. Jeremy Mayo was the only hitter held hitless, as Auburn pounded out 18 hits, with Matt Skole leading the onslaught with a 4-for-6 game and four RBIs. Alex Kreis got the win in relief of Brian Dupra, while Aaron Barrett go the save but no Doubleday pitcher went untouched as the Tri-City lineup collected 11 hits, including home runs off Kreis and Barrett. The win moves Auburn to 25-19 for the season, good for sole possession of second place in the Pinckey Division one game behind Mahoning Valley, but leading the wild-card race by one game over Brooklyn, Jamestown and Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats didn’t lose yesterday… but they get the chance to extend their five-game losing streak today with the first of four games against the rest of the GCL East, starting with the G-Cards.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 4
• Silvestre 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Kl Rodriguez (W, 2-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Eusebio 2-5, R
• Mejia 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Late-inning home runs by Adderling Ruiz in the 8th and Algenis Ramirez in the 9th made the difference as the D-Nats held off the D-Mets1 squad for a 5-4 win. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win with three scoreless innings of relief of starter Hector Silvestre, who went the first five and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks. J.J. (Jorge Jr.) Hernandez battled past two errors that led to two unearned runs but still got the save (#4). Diomedes Eusebio and Bryan Mejia combined for four of the eight D-Nat hits, the longball masking a woeful 1-for-10 game with RISP. The win puts the D-Nats two games over .500 at 28-26, 4½ games off the pace in the B.C. South.

Aug 012011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 8-5 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (4-4, 4.42) vs.
Andrew Oliver (6-7, 4.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (10-5, 4.25) vs.
Nicholas Tepesch (6-3, 3.27)
Auburn Win, 6-1 @ Tri-City,
11:00 a.m.
Brian Dupra (2-2, 3.90) vs.
Jonas Dufek (3-2, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-0
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 1.96)
vs. Andres Perez (4-1, 1.57)

Toledo 8 Syracuse 5
• Stammen 6IP, 8H, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Hyde 1IP, 0H, 0ER, BB
• Wilkie (BS, 3; L, 2-4) ⅔ IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B
• J Valdez 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The Syracuse bullpen squandered a strong outing from Craig Stammen in an 8-5 loss to Toledo. The Chiefs and Mud Hens traded runs early as Toledo took a 2-1 lead after the third. Syracuse scored four runs in the top of the 8th with the big blows being a two-out two-RBI single from Jhonatan Solano and a two-out RBI single from Jeff Frazier. Jeff Mandel gave up two runs in the bottom of the 8th, and Josh Wilkie gave up a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th for the Toledo walkoff win. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 47-60, two games up over fifth-place Buffalo and fourteen games back of first-place Lehigh Valley.

Binghamton 5 New York 2
• E Davis (L, 5-7) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• Barthmaier 2IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Rahl 1-3, 3B, RBI
• Harper 1-3, BB

All five runs were charged to Erik Davis in a 5-2 Harrisburg defeat to Binghamton. Davis gave up two unearned runs on a Michael Fisher two-out, two-RBI triple in the third following an error by Chris McConnell. Davis gave up three runs in the fifth inning on a single, a walk, a two-RBI triple, and an RBI walk. Harrisburg had just five hits. Bryce Harper, McConnell, and Tyler Moore had singles; Chris Rahl had an RBI triple and Tim Pahuta had a double. With the loss, Harrisburg falls to 61-48, a ½ game up over Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 5 Frederick 2
• Rosenbaum (W, 6-5) 8IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 11K
• Nelo (S, 14) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Sue wrote up Sunday Afternoon late yesterday afternoon. This morning she’s hearing that Danny Rosenbaum has indeed gotten the call to AA, which, when you read how he pitched, will make sense.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 1
• Swynenberg (W, 4-1) 6IP, 6H, R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• McCatty (S, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Newsome 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Keyes 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Hagerstown fell behind early, giving up an unearned run in the 2nd inning of a 3-1 victory over Delmarva. Matt Swynenberg was outstanding, however, and shut the door after that. Hagerstown scored a run on Brett Newsome’s fifth home run in the 6th and mounted a two-run rally in the 7th to take the lead for good. Shane McCatty was strong on this afternoon as he pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save for the Suns. With the win, Hagerstown improves to 18-17, 3½ games behind first half winner Hickory and 1½ games
behind third place Lakewood.

Auburn 6 Tri-City 1
• Karns 3⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 6BB, 3K
• Henke (W, 2-1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ortega 3-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB
• Montilla 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

The Doubledays ‘pen stepped in admirably when Nate Karns decided he and the strike zone weren’t speaking to each other, pitching five and a 1/3rd scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over Tri-City. Karns walked six over three and 2/3rds, allowing the lone run on one hit while striking out three. Travis Henke got the win with three hitless innings. Bryce Ortega (3-for-4) and Angel Montilla (2-for-5) both homered in the rout. The win keeps pace with first-place Mahoning Valley, as Auburn is now in a three-way tie for second place with Jamestown and Williamsport at 24-19.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 0
• McGeary (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, K
• Heredia 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ramos 1-3

That’s five straight losses for the G-Nats with a 6-0 shutout at the fins of the G-Marlins. Jack McGeary got the start and gave up a run on two hits and a walk over two innings. It was his first appearance since Tommy John surgery last year. The offense was limited to just three hits, one walk, and one stolen base. The defense committed four errors, reclaiming the “lead” with 73 errors, two more than the GCL Yankees despite playing two fewer games. The loss drops the G-Nats record to 12-23, just one game ahead of the last-place GCL Astros, and reduces the elimination number to nine.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s another week mostly on the road for the DSL Nationals as they have five road games and a home game on Thursday as they enter the final 20 (or so) games on the schedule.

Jul 312011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 4-3
(11 inn.)
@ Toledo,
6:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-5, 4.47) vs.
Brayan Villarreal (2-5, 4.85)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-6, 4.75) vs.
Collin McHugh (3-2, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (5-5, 2.61) vs.
Nathan Moreau (10-7, 3.92)
Hagerstown Won, 8-6
(10 inn.)
@ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Matt Bywater (0-1, 7.00)
Auburn Won, 4-3 @ Tri-City,
5:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.00) vs.
Juri Perez (1-2, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Adalberto Mieses (1-1, 4.70) vs.
Jose Rodriguez (1-2, 3.30)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-1
@ DSL Yankees1
OFF DAY N/A

Toledo 4 Syracuse 3 (11 inn.)
• Mock 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Balester 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Lombardozzi 2-4, RBI
• Hulett 1-3, 2BB, 2RBI

Garrett Mock put the Chiefs in a 3-0 hole that the offense managed to dig itself out from, but the bullpen could only hold off the Mud Hens for so long, falling in extras, 4-3. Collin Balester (4IP), Zech Zinicola (2⅔ IP), and Atahualpa Severino (⅓ IP), combined for seven shutout innings of relief, striking out 10 batters. Steve Lombardozzi led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort, as the Chiefs fell to 47-59, 14 games behind Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 5 Binghamton 3
• Roark (W, 6-7) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K
• Martin (S, 6) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• L Davis 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Moore 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI

Back-to-back doubles by Tyler Moore and Bryce Harper highlighted a three-run 1st that Harrisburg would ride onto a 5-3 victory over Binghamton. Derek Norris was the lone position player to go hitless as the Sens pounded out 15 hits, but struggled after the first to get the clutch hit with a 3-for-12 mark overall with RISP and 11 men left on base. Tanner Roark turned in another quality start for his sixth win while Rafael Martin shut the door with two scoreless innnings for save #6. Combined with a Richmond loss, Harrisburg’s lead is back to 1½ games with an E.L.-best 61-47 record.

Frederick 6 Potomac 2
• Olbrychowski (L, 3-6) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Clegg 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B
• Higley 2-4, 2B

The P-Nats couldn’t cash in on multiple opportunities Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 6 (10 inn.)
• Ray 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K
• W Moore 2-5, R, RBI
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB

A pair of errors in the 10th gave the Hagerstown Suns an 8-6 win in extras over the Delmarva Shorebirds. Colin Bates was rocked in his Low-A debut, charged with six runs in two and 1/3rd innings as the first man out of the ‘pen. Starter Robbie Ray went the first three innings, and it would appear that the organization is tapering both him and A.J. Cole down the stretch. Wade Moore was the lone Sun to get multiple hits as Hagerstown had just eight hits, but drew nine walks. The win improves the Suns to 17-17, back in fourth place, and 3½ games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 4 Tri-City 3
• Rodriguez, M 4⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Hawkins (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ortega 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• Burns 3-4, SB

Russell Moldenhauer’s sac fly in the 9th capped a comeback from a 3-0 deficit as the Auburn Doubledays defeated the Tri-City Valleycats, 4-3. Both teams had multiple chances to do much more damage than they did, each collecting 11 hits and committing two errors. Ben Hawkins got the win in relief of Manny Rodriguez, tossing three and 2/3rds shutout innings in his debut appearance for Auburn. Aaron Barrett set ‘em down in order in the bottom of the 9th for his second save. The win improves the Doubledays to 23-19, still a game back of Jamestown and Mahoning Valley and tied with Williamsport in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 2
• King (L, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 1R 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Santana 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mesa 1-3, R, SB
• P Severino 1-3, 2B

Another bullpen implosion (four runs in the 7th, three runs in the 8th) sent the G-Nats to an 8-2 loss to the G-Mets. NDFAs John Peters and Scott Williams were the pitchers in question, both making their second appearance. Peters faced 10 batters, Williams faced seven, charged with four runs and three runs respectively, with Williams allowing one of two inherited runners to score and Andy Santana letting in one of three while throwing two innings of mopup duty. Meanwhile, the offense was limited to just four hits and two walks. The loss, which is the fourth straight for the G-Nats, tumbles them to a 12-22 mark and reduces their elimination number to 11.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Yankees1 1 (5½ inn.)
• Mendez, G (W, 5-0) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
• Ruiz 1-3, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, 2B

Gilberto Mendez “went the distance” in a (presumably) rain-shortened affair that the D-Nats won, 3-1, over the DSL Yankees1. Mendez allowed an unearned run on two hits, no walks, and struck out six over five innings. Adderling Ruiz and Jose Marmolejos-Diaz both went 1-for-3 with a double to pace the D-Nat offense. The win puts the DSL Nationals over .500 at 27-26, 4½ games behind the B.C. South Division leaders, the DSL Cubs2 and the DSL Rangers.

Jul 302011
 


For an organization that’s sorely lacking upper-level position prospects, flipping a journeyman 35-year-old utility player for 23-year-old AA outfielder ain’t so bad.

Maybe that’s too sunny for the rest of the Natmosphere, but I’m here to give you the cheese, not the whine.

Erik Komatsu is a short, stocky (college 5’10″, 190 lbs) outfielder that most scouting services project as a fourth outfielder. He’s a high-contact batter (more walks than strikeouts this season and last) with gap power but isn’t expected to develop into a power hitter. He can steal a base (28 last year, 13 so far this year) and has slightly above average speed. Defensively, he’s capable of playing all three positions (career .985 Fld%, most starts in CF), and his arm is described as strong and accurate.

Komatsu was drafted in the 8th round out of Cal State Fullerton in 2008, and had a strong first season in Helena (11HR, 47RBI in 68G) but injuries (hamstring, wrist, concussion) limited him to just 26 games in 2009. He recovered in 2010 to put up a .323/.413/.442 line in 130 games and earn Player of The Year honors from the Milwaukee organization. Thus far in 2011, he’s hit for a .294 average, gotten on base at a .393 clip, and clubbed 19 doubles, a triple, and six HRs for a .416 slugging percentage. As mentioned previously, he’s walked 53 times and struck out just 44 times in 379 ABs.

As of this writing, it would appear that he’ll be ticketed to fill out the roster in Harrisburg.