Jul 162011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Peacock (AAA debut) vs.
Ryan Feierabend (8-5, 5.52)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-3, 3.74) vs.
Joe Gardner (6-6, 4.11)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Kinston,
5:30 p.m.
Sammy Solis (2-0, 2.08) and
Evan Bronson (2-3, 3.77)vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 7-0;
Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.)
@ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Carlos Quevedo (6-4, 4.45)
Auburn Lost, 10-4 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 12.86) vs.
Jose Almarante (2-0, 2.81)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-6
@ GCL Mets
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (1-0, 5.40) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6
• Stammen 4⅔ IP, 10H, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, 2R HR, HR
• Mandel 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, 2K, 1 IR stranded
• Lombardozzi 3-5, R, RBI
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, RBI, SF

Syracuse fell in a 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Syracuse hit 13 singles and couldn’t match the power of Lehigh Valley’s two home runs. Starter Craig Stammen gave up two runs in the third, one run in the fourth, and two runs in two-thirds of an inning in the fifth before being lifted for Collin Balester. Balester took the loss, giving up two runs in one and a third innings pitched. Jeff Mandel and Atahualpa Severino combined for
two innings of scoreless relief to keep the Chiefs in the game. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 39-50 and a tie for fourth place with Buffalo, fifteen games back of Lehigh Valley.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 3
• Roark (L, 4-6) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• McCoy 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Moore 2-4
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, 2R HR, 2RBI, BB

Harrisburg fell 4-3 to Akron despite a two-run homer from Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart in the sixth after a Derek Norris walk. Jerry Hairston, Jr. went 0-3 and played shortstop in a rehab start. Bryce Harper has cooled off at the plate and earned a sombrero, striking out three times. Tanner Roark continues to struggle at AA (6.36 ERA) and took the loss, allowing eight hits and walking two. Jimmy Barthmaier and Pat McCoy pitched two scoreless innings apiece to keep the game close. Harrisburg remains 5½ games over Bowie for first place in the E.L. West at 54-37 overall.

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

After two unscheduled nights off, it was all right Last Night In Woodbridge
Augusta 7 Hagerstown 0
• Cole (L, 2-5) 2IP, 3H, ER, 0BB, 5K
• McCatty 2IP, 4H, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Freitas 1-3
• Rogers 1-3
Hagerstown lost 7-0 in the resumption of yesterday’s suspended game. A.J. Cole gave up a single and an RBI double in the second but struck out Bobby Haney, his last batter, and struck out five of the six Greenjackets that he retired on Thursday night. Four Greenjackets pitchers combined to limit the Suns offense to just three singles and two walks in the seven-inning shutout.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2
• Swynenberg 4IP, 2H, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Manno 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3 IR stranded
• Kelso 1-5, R
• W Moore 1-2, 2RBI
Hagerstown was swept in the doubleheader when they lost 3-2 to Augusta in eleven innings. Starter Matt Swynenberg gave up a run in the third when Carlos Willoughby tripled and scored. Two leadoff walks in the fourth eventually led to a second run. Hagerstown came back to tie in the sixth with a two-run rally. Christopher Manno came in with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth and struck out Jeff Arnold and got Willoughby to get the Suns out of deep trouble. Overall, Paul Applebee, Manno, and Ryan Demmin combined for six innings of scoreless relief before Demmin tired in the eleventh and gave up three two-out walks, one intentional, to give Augusta the dreaded walkoff walk. After the doubleheader sweep, Hagerstown falls to third place at 12-9, 1½ games back of first-place Hickory in the Sally Northern division.

Brooklyn 10 Auburn 4
• Estevez (L, 2-2) 4IP, 10H, 8R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rowe 1-2, R, 2BB
• Hughes 1-4, 2RBI

Brooklyn scored in each of the first four innings, building an 8-1 lead as the Cyclones cruised to a 10-4 win over the Auburn Doubledays. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez gave up 10 hits in four innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks. The Doubledays took advantage of five walks to score four runs on just six hits. The loss drops Auburn to 15-13, one game behind Jamestown and Mahoning Valley.

GCL Mets 8 GCL Nationals 6
• Encarnacion (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Lucas 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• E Fernandez 4-4, R, RBI
• Mesa 2-5, 3B, 2RBI
• Je Valdez 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

Make that six losses in a row for the G-Nats, who fell 8-6 to the G-Mets. Pedro Encarnacion started and lasted 2/3rds of an inning, giving up four hits, throwing two wild pitches as the defense committed three of its five errors in the G-Mets five-run first inning. The Mets would tag on another three runs in the fourth to build an 8-0 lead. Jean Carlos Valdez smacked a three-run homer in the top of the 7th, as the G-Nats would score five in the 7th and one in the 8th to pull within two runs. The G-Nats are now 8-14, 7½ games behind the G-Marlins in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Phillies 1
• Santana (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 9K
• W Suero (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Rosario 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Mercedes 2-5, R
• Difo 2-5, SB (25)

Behind six strong innings from starter Andy Santana, the DSL Nationals defeated the DSL Phillies by a 5-1 score. Santana gave up just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out nine to earn the win. Wilmer Difo, Dioncio Rosario and Yermin Mercedes combined to go 6-for-15 from the first three spots in the batting order. Wander Suero pitched three scoreless innings for the save, his first of the year. The D-Nats improved to 19-21, five games in back of the D-Rangers in the B.C. South Division.

Jul 152011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-2;
Lost, 5-2
@ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.11) vs.
Nate Bump (2-6, 6.32)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (4-5, 6.45) vs. TBA
Potomac Postponed,
Unplayable Field
vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown Game 1, Suspended;
Game 2, Postponed
@ Augusta,
6:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 2-0 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-1
vs. GCL Astros
@ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvio Medina (0-1, 6.23) vs.
Edioglis Villasmil (1-1, 3.38)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-0
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
• Martin (W, 2-6) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, 2R HR
• Wilkie (S, 8 ) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Aubrey 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, 2B, RBI

Syracuse won the first game of the doubleheader against Lehigh Valley 3-2. Jeff Frazier hit a two-out double to score catcher Jhonatan Solano in the second. Michael Aubrey led off the fourth with a solo shot. Seth Bynum scored on a Jesus Valdez single after getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. JD Martin offered a strong 5 and 2/3rd innings of two run ball before Josh Wilkie struck out three of the four batters he faced to close the
game for the Chiefs.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2 — GAME TWO
• Tatukso (L, 1-1) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Severino 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• J Valdez 2-2, R, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Aubrey 1-1

Syracuse fell 5-2 to split the doubleheader against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Syracuse managed just four hits in the seven inning contest. The Chiefs took a short lived 2-0 lead on a Jesus Valdez home run following a Tug Hulett walk. Spot starter Ryan Tatusko immediately gave up three runs on four straight singles and an RBI groundout by opposing pitcher Scott Mathieson. Atahualpa Severino had his best relief outing of the season, striking out all four batters that he faced and stranding an inherited runner. Collin Balester pitched a scoreless ninth to lower his AAA ERA to 2.79. With the doubleheader split, Syracuse is now 39-51, nine games back of third place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and fourteen games back of first place Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 3 Akron 1
• Wang (W, 2-0) 6IP 6H, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Martin (S, 4) 1⅓ IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rahl 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• A Fox 2-3, 2 2B
• Tim Pahuta 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Chien-Ming Wang was back to his old groundball ways as he earned the win in Harrisburg’s 3-1 victory over Akron. He retired thirteen Aeros — nine on groundouts — in 75 pitches over six shutout innings. Corey VanAllen was charged with a run when Rafael Martin gave up a two-out double to allow inherited runner Beau Mills to score. Martin pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Harrisburg started the scoring with a Tim Pahuta solo shot in the second. Chris Rahl had two out RBIs with an RBI triple in the third and an RBI double for an insurance run in the eighth. Harrisburg improves to 54-36, good for a 5½ game lead over Bowie.

Potomac-Kinston — PPD
Click the link above for the official MiLB.com story on what happened in Woodbridge. Sue showed up just in time (6:39 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. start) to hear the on-field announcement and withholds editorial comment, lest she look and sound like this.

Hagerstown-Augusta — SUSP/PPD

Bad weather continues to plague the Suns’ series against Augusta. Game 1 of a doubleheader was suspended with the Suns down 1-0 but the Suns will have Mills Rogers on 3rd with two out when the game resumes today. The two teams will then play a second, seven-inning game. With a maximum of three games played for this series, at least one doubleheader will played next week when Augusta comes to Hagerstown.

Brooklyn 2 Auburn 0
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Skole 1-4, 3K
• Nieto 0-2, 2BB, K

Four Brooklyn pitchers combined to shut out Auburn on just three hits, as the Doubledays lost 2-0. Matt Skole, Carlos Alvarez, and Justin Miller were the lone batsmen to hit safely while Angel Montilla was the sole batter to not strike out, as the other eight whiffed 15 times. Brian Dupra allowed both Cyclone runs on two hits and three walks in his four and 2/3rds innings of work but took the loss, which now leaves Auburn at 15-12 and one game back.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Baez (L, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Chico 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E Fernandez 2-4, 2B
• Karlen 2-3, 2B

A four-run fourth was more than enough for the GCL Astros to send the GCL Nationals to their fifth straight defeat by a 6-1 count. Gregory Baez was charged with all four of those runs during his three and 2/3rds innings, giving up seven hits and a walk. Erick Fernandez and Frank Karlen both singled and doubled as the G-Nats collected just six hits, falling to 8-13 and six games behind.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 0
• Moscat (L, 2-3) 6IP, 11H, 6E, 5ER, 0BB, 5K
• Hernandez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rosario 2-4, OF assist @ HP
• E Gonzalez 1-2

This one was over early as the D-Mets1 squad piled on six of its seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 7-0 win over the D-Nats. Felix Moscat was left in for six innings, giving up those six runs on 11 hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Dionicio Rosario had two of the five D-Nats hits and threw a runner out at the plate. The loss drops the D-Nats to 18-21, six games behind the division leader.

Jul 142011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse All Star Break @ Lehigh Valley,
6:05 p.m.
J.D. Martin (1-6, 4.37) and
Ryan Tatusko (1-0, 6.14) vs.
Brian Bass (4-6, 4.12) and
Scott Mathieson (0-0, 2.59)
Harrisburg All Star Break vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
Matt Packer (3-8, 5.71)
Potomac Postponed vs. Kinston,
6:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (2-6, 4.42) and
Danny Rosenbaum (4-4, 2.76) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71) and
Steve Wright (1-1, 5.04)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) and TBD
vs. Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95) and TBD
Auburn Won, 9-3 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-1, 6.92) vs.
Eduardo Aldama (1-0, 2.35)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-0, 4.24) vs.
Adrian Houser (0-0, 3.60)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 (8 inn);
Won, 6-3
vs. DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 3-0 IL win over the PCL, Tom Milone pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one while Matt Antonelli went 0-for-2 with a strikeout but helped turn a double play.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 8-3 Western Division win over the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star game, Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena each pitched a scoreless inning with Arnesen striking out the side with no hits, runs, or walks allowed while Pena allowed one hit, no walks, and struck out two. For the baters, Tyler Moore went 0-for-5; Bill Rhinehart went 1-for-3, with double, walk, and a run scored while Archie Gilbert went 1-for-2.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
A late-afternoon thunderstorm produced yet another rainout and shifted Chien-Ming Wang’s rehab outing to Harrisburg. It’s doubleheader today at 6 p.m.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Hagerstown’s game with Augusta was postponed until today. They will play two seven-inning games today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Auburn 9 Brooklyn 3
• Bates 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grisz (S, 3) 3⅔ IP,1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J Miller 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• R Perez 2-5, R, 3RBI

Three straight crooked numbers on the scoreboard gave the Auburn Doubledays an 8-0 lead as they cruised to a 9-3 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones. Justin Miller led the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night from the leadoff spot, followed by Roberto Perez’s 2-for-5 effort with three RBI. Chad Jenkins got the win in relief of Colin Bates, while Ben Grisz earned his third save. The win was the third straight for Auburn and puts them at 15-11, one game behind Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Karns 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Hanks 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schill 2-3, R
• E Martinez 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Both hands on the keyboard when commenting about Nathan Karns, who threw another five no-hit innings in a 3-2 G-Nats loss. The 23-year-old Texan now has 26K in 18 and 2/3rds innings and two (2) hits allowed. The G-Cards had but one hit in the game, a double, scoring their three runs on two sac fies and a wild pitch. Estarlin Martinez drove in both G-Nat runs with a two-run home run in the top of the 8th. The loss drops the G-Nats to 8-12, 5½ games off the pace in the GCL East.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 6 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Guzman 3IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Vasquez 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• N Ortega 2-4, R, RBI
• E Gonzalez 2-4, R, RBI

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Yankees1 3 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
• Tillero 2-3, R, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats split an unlisted doubleheader with the DSL Yankees1, losing the first game 7-6 in eight innings and taking the second game 6-3 in seven innings. The split puts the D-Nats at 18-20 for the season, six games off the pace.

Jul 132011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse All Star Break N/A N/A
Harrisburg All Star Break N/A N/A
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
Chien-Mien Wang (rehab) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) vs.
Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Colin Bates (2-1, 1.85) vs.
Marcos Camarena (1-1, 1.86)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Dail Villanueva (0-0, 5.23)
DSL Nationals Lost, 18-10
vs. DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Triple-A All-Star Game is tonight in Salt Lake City, with Tom Milone and Matt Antonelli representing the Chiefs.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Eastern League All-Star Game is tonight in Manchester, NH with Five Senators representing Harrisburg.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Chien-Ming Wang makes another rehab start, scheduled to go five innings as the P-Nats begin an eight-game homestand against the Kinston Indians and Lynchburg Hillcats.

Augusta 5 Hagerstown 3
• Ray 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Demmin (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP 2H, 1ER, 0BB, K
• A Sanchez 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Martinson 3-4, 2B

Hagerstown jumped out to a 3-0 fifth inning lead but ulimately fell to Augusta 5-3. The Suns scored in the first on a two-out Kevin Keyes RBI single and scored in the fifth on a two-out, two-run double by Russell Moldenhauer. Robbie Ray was unable to make it through the fifth inning after he hit Chris Lofton, allowed Lofton to steal second and third, and gave up a two out RBI single. Sam Brown failed to stop the bleeding, allowing an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch in the fifth and later walking a batter and allowing a single to start a three-run Augusta rally in the seventh. With the loss, Hagerstown falls into a first-place tie with Hickory at 12-7 in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — OFF DAY
The Doubledays start a brief three-game road trip against the Brooklyn Cyclones today before heading back to upstate New York for a home-and-home series against Batavia.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are on the the road for three of the next four games, all against the GCL East.

DSL Marlins 18 DSL Nationals 10
• K Rodriguez 3IP, 3H 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, HR 3.32
• Ruiz ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Eusebio 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• E Gonzalez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The two teams combined for 30 hits and 28 runs with only two errors. Walks? Well, the D-Nats gave up 15 of those. Three position players were called on to pitch. One of them, Adderling Ruiz, was the most effective reliever of the game, and the only pitcher to not give up any runs — inherited or otherwise. The loss drops the D-Nats to 17-19, but they remain only 5½ games behind.

Jul 122011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse All Star Break N/A N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 All Star Brea N/A
Potomac Won, 11-10 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.75) vs.
Taylor Rogers (6-8, 2.59)
Auburn Won, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 13-12
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-0
vs. DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-0, 1.13) vs.
Miguel Del Pozo (3-2, 4.32)

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL STAR BREAK
Multiple sources are reporting that Brad Peacock will be joining the Chiefs starting rotation but the move has not been officially made yet, thus it’s not known what ripple effect will be. Most likely: A player will be placed on the DL in Syracuse, Oliver Perez will be activated from the temporary inactive list.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3
• Martis (W, 7-3) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 10K
• Lehman (S, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rhinehart 2-4, 2R, 2B
• T Moore 2-4, R, 2R HR, 3RBI
Shairon Martis continued his case for a promotion to Syracuse, striking out ten and walking only one while beating Richmond for his seventh win of the season. Harrisburg scored five of its six runs via the long ball. In the fourth, Tim Pahuta hit a three run shot that scored Bill Rhinehart and Archie Gilbert. In the sixth, Harrisburg scored an unearned run when Bill Rhinehart reached on an error in front of a Tyler Moore two-run clout. Hassan Pena, Corey VanAllen, and Pat Lehman combined for three innings of scoreless relief to seal the victory. With the win, Harrisburg improves to 53-36, good for a 5½ game lead over Bowie and Richmond.

Potomac 11 Lynchburg 10
• Demny 1⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, 3HR
• Smoker (W, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Nelo (S, 10) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Higley 3-5, 3R, 2B, 2RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Overcoming deficits of 7-1 and 8-3, Potomac put up four crooked numbers in the 4th, 6th, 7th & 9th innings and held on for an 11-10 win. Paul Demny gave up a season-high seven runs on six hits, including three home runs, in just one and 2/3rds innings. J.R. Higley led the 16-hit attack with a 3-for-5 game and 2RBI as five P-Nats had multiple hits. Josh Smoker got the win in relief while Hector Nelo got save #10 with an unearned run on two hits in the ninth. The win keeps pace with Frederick and maintains the ½-game lead for first place in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Tonight begins a seven-game road trip to Georgia and Kentucky, with four against the Augusta Greenjackets and three against the Lexington Legends. The Suns are 12-6 and hold a one-game lead over first-half division champ Hickory.

Auburn 3 Jamestown 0
• M Rodriguez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mirowski (H, 1) 3IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kreis (S, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Montilla 3-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Rowe 1-3, R, SB

Manny Rodriguez (W, 5IP), Richie Mirowski(H, 3IP), and Alex Kreis (S, 1IP) combined for a 3-0 shutout of the Jamestown Jammer, taking the series two games to one. Angel Montilla led the Doubleday offense with a 3-for-3 effort, inculding two stolen bases and a walk. Bowden’s folly played shortstop, committing an error but turning two double plays. The win improves Auburn to 14-11, one game behind Jamestown in the Pinckny division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Marlins 13 GCL Nationals 12
• King 4⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Arnold 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mock (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Je Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• A Ramirez 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI

In a battle of generosity, Garrett Mock proved to be in the most giving mood. He gave up 4 runs in one third of an inning to turn an 11-9 win into a 13-12 loss. The Marlins tried to give it away as well, allowing the Nationals to score 12 runs on just seven hits thanks to six errors and eight walks. With the loss, the G-Nats fall to 8-11, good for fourth place and 4.5 games behind the GCL Mets.

DSL Cubs2 5 DSL Nationals 0
• Pineyro (L, 1-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Barrientos 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• N Ortega 0-2, BB
• W Rodriguez OF assist @ 2B

Three DSL Cubs2 pitchers combined on a no-hitter to defeat the DSL Nationals 5-0. Just two D-Nats reached base: one via walk, the other via error. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, pitching five innings and allowing two unearned runs on four hits and three walks. The D-Nats committed four errors on defense, but did throw out a runner at second base. The loss drops the DSL Nationals to 17-18, 5½ games off the pace set by the DSL Rangers.

Jul 112011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (6-3, 2.68) vs.
Daryl Maday (2-6, 4.15)
Potomac Won, 2-0 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-7, 3.86) vs.
Aaron Shafer (2-2, 2.34)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 11-9 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (0-1, 6.10) vs.
Matt Neil (0-1, 4.02)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-1
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2
• Gaudin (L, 0-2) 4IP, 7H, 4ER, 6K, 0BB
• Romero 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Balester 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Antonelli 1-5, R, HR, RBI
• Marrero 1-3, BB
• Brown 1-4, R, 2B

At the break, Syracuse stands at 38-50, 14 games behind Lehigh Valley. Play resumes on Thursday.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 3
• Arnesen 6IP 7H, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• McCoy 1IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rhinehart 2-4, R, 3R HR, 3RBI
• McConell 1-3, 2B

The Squirrels have won 7 of the 11 games between these two teams and there’s a six-game series in Richmond in two weeks. And still one more to play today.

Potomac 2 Lynchburg 0
• Solis (W, 2-0) 7IP, 4H, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Nelo (S, 9) 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kobernus 2-4, R
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac wins to keep pace with Frederick and still holds a ½-game lead for first place.

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 2
• Applebee 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Swynenberg (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Manno ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Sanchez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, 5RBI
• Nicol 2-4, 2-2B

Who knew that Pepco was the utility provider for West Virginia? Best explanation I can think of for the Power outage the past four games.

Auburn 11 Jamestown 9
• Meza 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K

For the batters, you’ll have to see the scorecard from Last Night In Auburn (story, too).

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 1
• McKenzie (ND) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Chico 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Schill 1-3, R
• E Martinez 1-3, SB
• Six (6) Errors

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
With a 4-1 week last week, the D-Nats are back to .500 and are home against the Cubs2 and Marlins
before visits to Yankees1, Mets1, Phillies and Rangers.

Jul 102011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Chad Gaudin (rehab) vs.
Tyson Brummett (0-2, 5.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1;
Won, 6-4
@ Richmond,
5:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-1, 2.05) vs.
Eric Surkamp (7-3, 1.61)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (1-0, 4.50) vs.
Blaine Sims (2-3, 3.25)
Hagerstown Won, 9-5;
Won, 5-0
vs. W. Virginia,
4:05 p.m.
Paul Applebee (5-2, 4.27) vs.
Tyler Waldron (6-4, 4.16)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 vs. Jamestown,
6:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 16.87) vs.
Tom Peale (1-1, 1.42)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2;
Lost, 12-5
vs. GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-2
@ DSL Giants
OFF DAY N/A

A lot of action yesterday (well, except Last Night In Syracuse) so it’s just boxes & bullets today.

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 1-6) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-4, 2B
• Blanco 1-3, OF assist @ HP

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Davis (L, 5-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 10K, HR
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• King 1-2, RBI
• Rahl 1-3, R

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 4 — GAME TWO
• Roark 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K
• Lehman (S, 3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Rhinehart 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 3
• Olbrychowski (L, 2-5) 4⅔ IP, 11H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Smoker 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Souza 0-2, R, 2BB, K

Hagerstown 9 West Virginia 5 — GAME ONE
• Grace 1IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• McCatty (W, 1-2) 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Sanchez 3-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, SB

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 0 — GAME TWO
• Jordan (W, 9-4) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nicol 2-2, BB, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-3, R, 3B

Jamestown 8 Auburn 4
• Estevez (ND) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Kreis (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K
• Jimenez 1-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Nieto 1-4, 2B, RBI

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Astros 2 — GAME ONE
• Medina 4IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• Lucas (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Mesa 2-4
• Jo Rodriguez 1-3, 2R, 2B, SB

GCL Astros 12 GCL Nationals 5 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Herrera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• E Martinez 3-3, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Schill 2-4, R
• Ramos 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, 2 OF assists (3B, 2B)

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Giants 2
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Silvestre (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ruiz 4-5, 2R, 3RBI
• Difo 1-4, BB, RBI, SB

Jul 092011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Pawucket,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-5, 4.28) vs.
Vance Worley (4-2, 2.62)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Richmond,
5:35 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-2, 3.62) and
Tanner Roark (4-5, 6.20) vs.
Henry Sosa (4-1, 2.57) and
TBD
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (2-4, 4.93) vs.
Zeke Spruill (6-7, 3.19)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. W. Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Taylor Jordan (8-4, 2.68) and
Matt Grace (9-5, 4.50) vs.
Jameson Taillon (2-1, 2.74) and
Colton Cain (5-6, 3.14)
Auburn Lost, 8-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (2-1, 5.60) vs.
Greg Nappo (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 17-6
vs. GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros, 11:00 a.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-4
vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Shortening the writeups today, probably just boxes and bullets the next two days as my roadtrip heads east from Western PA to Central NY for games in Syracuse and Auburn… and a trip to Cooperstown.

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Stammen (ND) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Balester (H, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Solano 1-3, R, SAC, PB
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2RBI
• Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Ordinarily, getting four runs on six hits in a single inning is a good thing. When it’s the only six hits of the game, not so much. Pawtucket’s pitchers were otherwise good while the Chiefs defense faltered late with two errors in the 8th in a 5-4 loss.

Richmond-Harrisburg — PPD
Oh, look: Rain in Richmond! For third time ’11, the Sens-Squirrels matchup has been postponed there. It will be made up today on July 23 as part of a day-night, 1:05/7:05 doubleheader with two 7-inning games.

Frederick 4 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Hood, 1-4, R, 2B

Similar to Syracuse, it’s great when your 3-4 hitters get four hits. Not great when those are the only four hits of the game, as Potomac fell 4-1 to Frederick, reducing the P-Nats lead over the Keys to a ½ game once again.

West Virginia-Hagerstown — PPD
It’s a doubleheader in Western Maryland with two “sevens” between the Power and Suns, with game one featuring a matchup of aces in Jameson Taillon and Taylor Jordan.

Jamestown 8 Auburn 1
• Dupra (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Mirowski 2#&8531; IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4
• Miller 1-4, 2B, RBI

Since I might not have the time for a next-day “Last Night In Auburn,” I wrote up what I saw Last Night In Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 17 GCL Nationals 6
• Baez 2⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• W Ramos 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• E Martinez 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB

The missed extra point didn’t come back to haunt the G-Nats as a nine-run 8th turned an 8-6 slugfest into a 17-6 beatdown. No position players pitched, in case you were wondering. And presumably, no animals were harmed either.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Rangers 4
• Moscat (W, 1-1) 8⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 4BB, 6K
• Kl Rodriguez (S, 1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ruiz 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• W Rodriguez 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Felix Moscat nearly went the distance, allowing four runs (two earned) over eight and 2/3rds innings as the DSL Nationals beat the division-leading DSL Rangers 7-4 and improved their record to 16-17.

Jul 092011
 


Last night it was bark in the park for the Jamestown Jammers, but the Auburn Doubledays it was a game that went to the dogs as they lost an error-filled game, 8-1.

To be fair, none of the mistakes would have made a difference in the game’s outcome. Jamestown’s starter, 19-year-old Jose Urena, was outstanding: allowing just two hits and two walks over seven frames and dealing some serious heat (disclosure: I tried using a borrowed pocket radar gun, but it’s too distracting; now I understand why upcoming pitchers work in tandem. Better to sneak a peek at the scout’s guns).

Urena set down the first nine batters in order before Hendry Jimenez pulled a clean single into right to lead off the fourth. He would be cut down two batters later trying to steal, killing the rally.

Meanwhile, local product (and 7th round draft pick) Brian Dupra (pronounced “doo-pray”) was making his first professional start. He would surrender single runs in the first two innings before settling down to retire eight of nine.

For those of you who might need some background music while you read the next few grafs, click here. I needed it to write them.

As the lede says, on defense was less than stellar behind him. Officially, Rick Hughes was charged with two errors, but merciful scorekeeping kept it from being more. Six times the ball was hit to him, and just once did he field it cleanly. Simply put: he looked like a pitcher forced to play there due to injury.

Angel Montilla was charged with the other error, misplaying a Texas-leaguer, but some slack can be cut for him because the Jammer runners were aggressive and that aggression helped force the issue.

On the infield, both Matt Skole and Hendry Jimenez seemed to be slow on the trigger. Twice balls hit to Jimenez became singles, twice Skole picked the ball and then double-clutched turning a routine out into an adventure. Neither were terribly impressive otherwise.

As you might have guessed, the Doubledays got their lone run against the Jammers ‘pen. Jeremy Mayo led off the 8th with a single to center and took second on a slow roller to the 3/4 hole by Hughes. After a Jimenez walk, Justin Miller missed a three-run homer by about two feet, doubling off the LF wall to drive in Mayo. Skole and Montilla both hit long flyballs to end the eighth.

Auburn got another two baserunners with one out in the 9th with back-to-back opposite-field flares by Roberto Perez and Wilfri Pena, but Mayo flew out to right and Hughes tapped another roller to second that didn’t get through for the game-ending out.

The loss dropped Auburn to 12-10, two games behind Jamestown, as the two teams meet again tonight in Auburn for the next three games (with yours truly scheduled to visit on Sunday). Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez pitches tonight while Christian Meza appears set to go tomorrow.

Jul 082011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-2 vs. Pawucket,
7:00 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.19) vs.
Kevin Millwood (4-0, 4.15)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-1, 2.48) vs.
Henry Sosa (4-1, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 6-4
(10 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Danny Rosenbaum (4-3, 2.81) vs.
Oliver Drake (7-3, 2.24)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. W. Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (9-5, 4.50) vs.
Colton Cain (5-6, 3.14)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-0, 7.56) vs.
Jose Urena (1-1, 3.71)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 11-4
vs. DSL Phillies
vs. DSL Rangers,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Pawtucket 2
• Milone (W, 7-5) 7IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Wilkie 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Aubrey 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Marrero 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Tom Milone threw seven shutout innings while Michael Aubrey homered, doubled and drove in four runs as Syracuse routed Pawtucket, 8-2. The recent IL Pitcher of the Week walked a season-high two (2) batters but only allowed two hits while striking out six. Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cheifs pounded out 10 hits. Syracuse is now 11 games behind Lehigh Valley in the IL North at 38-47.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 0
• Wang (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barthmaier 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Moore 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

While things went wrong quickly in DC last night, Chien-Ming was all right in Harrisburg as Wang tossed five shutout innings to lead the Senators to 5-0 win, and complete the three-game sweep of Erie. All-Stars Tyler Moore and Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart both hit home run #17, which is good for 2nd place on the E.L. leaderboard. Jimmy Barthmaier, Cory VanAllen and Pat Lehman combined for four shutout innings in relief, helping to move the game along in just 2:01. The win keeps pace with Richmond, but the Sens still hold a 5½ game lead as the two teams clash this weekend for five games, sans Harper, who’ll be in Arizona for the Futures Game.

Potomac 6 Frederick 4 (10 inn.)
• Selik 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Clegg 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 3-5, CS
• Ramirez 3-5, 2R, 2-2B

Justin Bloxom’s solo HR in the 10th broke a 4-4 tie as the Potomac Nationals took their second straight against Frederick, 6-4. J.P. Ramirez remains red-hot, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and scoring two runs. Cameron Selik started and got tagged for three runs early, but went five and allowed all four Keys runs on six hits (but no HRs). The bullpen is buried here in sentence four, but their five innings of scoreless work made all this possible, with Mitchell Clegg leading the charge with two perfect innings in the sixth and seventh. The win extends the P-Nat lead over the Keys to 1½ games with a 9-6 mark in the second half.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 2
• Cole 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Weaver (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Rogers 2-4, R, 2B

The game started 48 minutes late, but those who stayed ’til the end got to see Michael Taylor smash a three-run walkoff homer as the Suns shorted the Power, 4-2. Taylor drove in all four runs while going 2-for-4. A.J. Cole tossed six shutout innings, striking out seven, walking none, and giving up just three hits. Dean Weaver got the win in relief, his first for Hagerstown. The win puts the Suns back in first place in the Sally North, tied with Lakewood with a 9-6 mark.

Jamestown 7 Auburn 6
• Demmin 5⅓ IP, 5H, 4H, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
• Henke (BS, 2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Skole 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Perez 2-4, R, RBI
• Jimenez 0-5, K (hit streak over)

Auburn built leads of 4-1 and 5-2, but the bullpen imploded for a 7-6 loss to Jamestown. Ryan Demmin was lifted with one out in the 5th but saw both runners he left on go in as the Jamestown Jammers tied the game at 5-5 with a three-run sixth and came back again in the bottom of the 8th with two runs for the final tally. Hendry Jimenez saw his hit streak snapped while Matt Skole hit his first professional HR while going 2-for-3 to pace the Doubledays 10-hit attack. The Doubledays dropped to second place with the loss, one game back of the Jammers, as the two teams meet again tonight (with yours truly in attendance).

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are at 7-7 as they start a five-games-in-four-days stretch against the rest of the GCL East, with a doubleheader tomorrow.

DSL National 11 DSL Phillies 4
• J Guzman 5IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Suero (BS, 1; W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, 2WP
• D Eusebio 4-5, RBI
• Novas 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI

With three runs in the 7th and five in the 8th, the D-Nats turned a 3-3 tie into a blowout win over the DSL Phillies, with 11-4 as the final tally. Diomedes Eusebio led the 14-hit onslaught with a 4-for-5 game, which saw the D-Nats go 7-for-15 with RISP. Wander Suero got the u-g-l-y BS-W while Jesus Guzman lowered his ERA to 1.13 with one unearned run allowed on three walks over five hitless innings. The win improves the D-Nats to 14-17, seven games behind the DSL Rangers in the Boca Chica South Division of the DSL.