May 162014
 

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-0, 1.56) vs.
Hankins (2-3, 5.22)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (0-2, 7.16) vs.
Dean (2-1, 3.69)
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 4.96) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lakewood,
4:05 p.m.
Cooper (4-0, 2.74) and
Solis (1st start of ’14) vs.
Arteaga (3-4, 7.29) and
Leiter Jr. (Mark, not Al; 3-3, 4.22)


Toledo 3 Syracuse 2
• Jordan 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K, 12-2 GO-FO
• Jackson (BS, 2; L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Stange 1BF, BK, 2-1 IR-S
• Souza 2-3, BB
• Burriss 1-2, R, BB

A walkoff balk?! That’s how the lone Nats-affiliated game that got in on Thursday night ended as the Mud Hens rallied for three against the Chiefs in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 win. Taylor Jordan started and threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk while setting down three on strikes. He left with a 2-0 lead after Syracuse scored two in the top of the 6th on a Jhonatan Solano sac fly and an RBI single by Brian Goodwin. Zach Jackson fell a HR short of the cycle in the 9th, giving up a single, triple, a hit batsman, and a double before giving way to Daniel Stange. With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Stange threw his first pitch in the dirt, then flinched towards home plate before he could throw the second pitch to send in the gamewinner.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
While the rain probably would have given them the day off anyway, the Senators, losers of five straight, got a badly needed respite on Thursday as they return home for four games in three days against the New Britain Rock Cats. Weather and/or field condition permitting, of course.

Potomac vs. Myrtle Beach — PPD
The first of four games between the Carolina League division leaders was postponed to tomorrow night for a cash cow Saturday night doubleheader. Last weekend, the Pelicans took three of four, including a comeback from a 5-1 deficit in the 9th a week ago tonight. Roster moves: OF Brandon Miller placed on the 7-Day DL, OF Estarlin Martinez reassigned from Hagerstown.

Lakewood vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The rain that stretched from South Carolina to Montreal also washed out the second of three games against Lakewood to create a twinight doubleheader at the Muni tonight. Roster move: OF Greg Zebrack activated from XST to take place of Martinez.

May 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Toledo,
6:30 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.80) vs.
VerHagen (1-4, 4.81)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 12-5 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 4.96) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Cooper (4-0, 2.74) vs.
Arteaga (3-4, 7.29)


Syracuse 3 Toledo 0
• Hill (W, 5-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Delcarmen (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 2-4, R
• Burriss 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI, CS

Emmanuel Buriss’s two-run double in the 5th proved to be the game-winner as the Chiefs went back over .500 with a 3-0 shutout of the Mud Hens. Taylor Hill went the first five innings, allowing just two hits, no walks and striking out four. A 116-minute rain delay forced him from the game, but Mike Gonzalez and Manny Delcarmen combined for two scoreless frames apiece to earn the hold and save, respectively. Brandon Laird was the sole Syracuse batter to have multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Burriss also walked twice to reach base three times. Roster move: LHP Tyler Robertson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 2
• Meyers (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Bates 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 2-3, SAC
• Taylor 1-3, R, BB, OF assist at HP

Akron had their ducks in a row as they hit three homers in a 4-2 win to complete the three-game sweep of Harrisburg. Veteran Brad Meyers served up two of the longballs, and three runs total on five hits over four innings for his first loss. He walked one and struck out two and left on the losing end of a 3-1 score. Kevin Keyes homered in the 7th to pull the Sens within one at 3-2 but the RubberDucks answered with their third HR with two outs in the 8th for the final score.

Frederick 12 Potomac 5
• Ohlendorf (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 11H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Spann 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, 2BB
• Tejeda 2-2

Ross Ohlendorf threw batting practice was dinged for seven runs on 11 hits in his first rehab start as Frederick took the rubber match from the Potomac in a 12-5 smackdown. All seven runs came in the 3rd as the Keys got six consecutive hits to open the inning and sent 11 men to the plate to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 advantage. Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner both reached base four times, combining for five hits, four runs, three doubles, three walks, and two RBI. Brandon Miller left the game in the 3rd after suffering an apparent leg injury while running out a double-play groundout.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2
• Pivetta (W, 6-2) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Thomas (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ward 2-4, R, E(8)
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Lakewood continues to be Hagerstown’s bitc… er, favorite opponent as the Suns took their eighth straight game from the BlueClaws with a 4-2 win, their fourth straight win and 30th of the season. Nick Pivetta went a season-long seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four to win his Sally Lg.-leading sixth game. Drew Ward went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the hit column. Rafael Bautista started the scoring with a two-run double in the 2nd and scored when Lakewood committed an error trying to prevent his 14th steal of the season. Roster moves: RHP Dixon Anderson retired, LHP Joseph Webb reassigned from XST.

May 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-5 @ Toledo,
10:30 a.m.
Hill (4-1, 2.22) vs.
Hardy (1-1, 3.63)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-3;
Lost, 7-6
@ Akron,
10:35 a.m.
Meyers (0-0, 1.93) vs.
Arias (4-2, 3.90)
Potomac Lost, 7-0 @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.36)
Ohlendorf (MLB rehab) vs.
Taylor (4-1, 1.09)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Pivetta (5-2, 3.13) vs.
Viza (2-2, 3.71)


Toledo 11 Syracuse 5
• Laffey (L, 4-1) 4⅔ IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mattheus 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 2-3, R, HBP
• Goodwin 2-4, R, OF assist at 3B

Toledo broke out for four runs in the 4th, then three in the 5th and cruised to an 11-5 win over Syracuse. Aaron Laffey was pounded for seven runs on 12 hits over four and 2/3rds innings to suffer his first loss and push his ERA from 2.22 to 3.82. Destin Hood and Brian Goodwin both singled twice and scored a run as the Chiefs got four of the runs back in the 8th on a Brock Peterson grand slam.

Akron 10 Harrisburg 3 — COMP.
• Martin (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Simmons 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Rafael Martin’s return to AA was a grand one… for Ronny Rodriguez, who highlighted Akron’s seven-run 7th with circle clout in the continuation of Monday night’s game for a 10-3 win over Harrisburg. The Senators put runners on in the 8th and 9th innings via singles by Cutter Dykstra and Ricky Hague but neither got into scoring position as the Harrisburg failed to score after the 3rd.

Akron 7 Harrisburg 6
• Schwartz (L, 0-7) 4+ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Grace 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Latimore 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, SAC
• Hague 2-4, R
• Bloxom 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The Senators rallied for five in the 5th to erase a 3-0 deficit but the lead was short-lived as the RubberDucks scored three to take a 6-5 lead and held on for the 7-6 win. Blake Schwartz left with the bases loaded in the 5th and was charged with the first six Akron runs for his seventh loss in eight starts. He gave up six hits and walked two in four-plus innings. Quincy Latimore went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Harrisburg hit column of twelve.

Frederick 7 Potomac 0
• Mooneyham (L, 2-4) 5IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, 2WP, 2HBP
• Henke 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 1-4, K

Parker Bridwell and Jesse Beal combined on a one-hit shutout as the Keys blanked the P-Nats, 7-0. Brett Mooneyham was hammered for seven runs for the third straight start but made it through five innings with six hits, three walks, two hit batsmen, two wild pitches allowed and three strikeouts (none of them swinging). Cole Leonida broke up the perfect game with a walk in the 6th while Tony Renda singled with one out in the 9th to end the no-hit bid.
Roster moves: OF Narciso Mesa placed on the 7-Day DL, OF Will Piwnica-Worms activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 1
• Johansen 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Ullmann (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Valdez (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Wooten 2-4, 2-2B
• Yezzo 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Kieboom 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown continues to roll, winning its third straight against Kannapolis to take the game and the series, 3-1. Jake Johansen started and allowed the lone Intimidator run on six hits with no walks and six K’s but got the no-decision. The win went to Ryan Ullman for his three scoreless innings of relief while Phillips Valdez worked around a pair of walks to earn the save in his Low-A debut. John Wooten remains red-hot, doubling twice to push his hit streak to six games, all with multiple hits, and his average to .321 for the season. James Yezzo went 3-for-4 to lead the hit column while Spencer Kieboom went deep in the 8th for third and final Suns run.

May 122014
 

Catching Up On Transactions
Once upon a time, the visual pun here was a reference to how some moves would slip by and get “caught” by the weekly missive from Baseball America. This year, however, it feels more like my days covering small-town court and police blotters — something every day, and not always much rhyme or reason.

Without further vamping, here are the latest moves that have come since the last “News & Notes”…

SYRACUSE

• No official moves yet, but with a roster spot open and the announcement of a minor-league deal with 1B-OF Greg Dobbs, it seems likely he’ll be added in the next 24 hours.

HARRISBURG
• RHP Richie Mirowski placed on the 7-Day DL
• RHP Rafael Martin reassigned from Potomac
• IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Potomac

POTOMAC
• LHP Kylin Turnbull reassigned from Hagerstown
• 2B Tony Renda activated from 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Wilman Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL
• IF Carlos Lopez reassigned from XST
• RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from XST

Josh Johnson’s retroactive DL move seems to indicate that Sean Nicol’s stint with Syracuse will be a short one. Again. Likewise, it would seem that Sanchez will be covering Nicol’s absence, a la Randolph Oduber earlier this month.

Having watched Martin pitch on Friday night, he’s probably not coming back to Woodbridge. What’s less obvious is whether Turnbull’s stay in Potomac is to keep a full complement of arms in the ‘pen or if he’s up to stay. Neither Potomac nor Hagerstown have named a starter for this Thursday.

As always, if/when further moves are made within a reasonable period of time, this space will be updated.

UPDATE:
Potomac has announced its transactions, three of which were previously reported. The fourth is the activation of Tony Renda, who had been out since April 11th and returned to go 2-for-4, with a double, a walk, and a run scored in Frederick on Monday night.

May 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 @ Columbus,
10:35 a.m.
Tatusko (1-4, 2.15) vs.
Banwart (2-0, 3.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Purke (1-5, 7.18) vs.
Anderson (2-3, 5.50)
Potomac Lost, 6-1 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Pena (2-1, 5.64) vs.
Kline (3-1, 2.01)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1;
Won, 3-2 (10 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 2.28) vs.
Leyer (2-2, 5.19)


Syracuse 4 Columbus 1
• Treinen (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Delcarmen (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Goodwin 2-4, R
• Solano 2-4, 2B, RBI

Blake Treinen needed just 86 pitches to get through seven innings as he won his first AAA game for the Chiefs this season, 4-1. The 25-y.o. allowed just a single run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Syracuse scored one in the 5th and three in the 6th to take command of the game. Brian Goodwin and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense, which tallied seven hits and one walk total. Roster moves: IF Sean Nicol reassigned from Harrisburg; 1B-OF Tyler Moore recalled from Washington.

Binghamton 2 Harrisburg 1
• Cole (L, 3-2) 4⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Herron 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Hague 1-3, SF, RBI
• Taylor 0-4, 4K

Harrisburg was outhit and outscored by one as they dropped the series finale to Binghamton, 2-1. A.J. Cole took the loss, giving up just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three. The Senators avoided the shutout with a walk, error, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ricky Hague in the 7th. Cutter Dykstra singled, doubled, and walked but was caught stealing to lead the Harrisburg offense, which was held to six hits and two walks total.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 1
• Simms (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Harper 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Oduber 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 1-3, BB

Potomac scored an early run, which turned out to be the only run as Myrtle Beach took the series finale, 6-1. John Simms lost his first High-A game, giving up five runs on four hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out five. Bryan Harper followed with three innings of one-hit ball, charged with an unearned run in the 8th. Randolph Oduber, who’s been hitting .421 thus far in May, went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. The rest of the lineup was 2-for-26.

Kannapolis 2 Hagerstown 1 — GAME ONE
• Giolito 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Thomas (BS, 3; L, 1-3) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 2B
• Wooten 2-3

Lucas Giolito threw six innings and struck out seven (career highs for both) while allowing just one hit and one walk. Alas, Kannapolis jumped on Justin Thomas for two unearned runs in the 7th to take the opener, 2-1, and end Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak. It was Thomas’s third loss and third blown save. Spencer Kieboom and John Wooten both went 2-for-3 while Drew Ward drove in the lone Suns run with the only other Hagerstown hit.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 2 (10 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 4IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Sylvestri 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Anderson (W, 4-0) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Wooten 3-3, R, 2-2B, BB
• Middleton 2-4, R

For nine innings, the Municipal Stadium scoreboard was a Star Trek convention (nothing but zeroes), until the Intimidators struck for two in the top of the 10th. The Suns responded with three to walk off with a 3-2 win and split the doubleheader. The gamewinner came on a suicide squeeze as Wilmer Difo laid a bunt down on the third-base line while Brennan Middleton charged in for the score. Derek Anderson vultured the win despite coughing up two runs on one hit and two walks in the final frame. Hector Silvestre, Michael Sylvestri, and Jake Walsh combined for nine scoreless innings with seven hits allowed and 11 strikeouts.

May 112014
 
Helen Callaghan, the only mother of an MLB player to play professionally

Helen Callaghan, the only mother of an MLB player to play professionally

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Treinen (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Davies (1-0, 2.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (3-1, 2.86) vs.
Pill (0-5, 6.38)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
1:05 p.m.
Simms (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Payano (2-1, 5.00)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 3.08) and
Silvestre (1-0, 1.32) vs.
Wheeler (0-2, 4.15) and
Danish (3-0, 0.84)


Columbus 4 Syracuse 2
• Jordan 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Jackson (H, 3; L, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Mattheus (BS, 3) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Souza 1-2, 2BB
• Laird 2-4, R

Taylor Jordan returned from a long layoff to turn in five innings of one-run ball, leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Clippers got the the Chiefs ‘pen for three runs in the 7th and held on for a 4-2 win. Jordan gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out six in his AAA debut. Zach Jackson was tagged with the loss when Ryan Mattheus let in one two inherited runners and coughed up one of his own for his third blown save. Steve Souza reached base three times with a single and two walks to keep his on-base streak alive at 17 games.
Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to 5/7).

Binghamton 5 Harrisburg 2
• Espino (L, 0-2) 5IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Bates 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 2-3
• Skole 1-4, R, HR(1), RBI

Binghamton took an early 3-0 lead and piled on the ‘pen late as they defeated Harrisburg, 5-2. Paolo Espino gave up just two hits over five innings, but walked and hit a batter before serving up a homer in the 2nd to lose his second straight start. Matt Skole’s 2014 home run drought also ended with a solo shot in the 4th. The Sens pulled within one at 3-2 in the 7th on a Ricky Hague RBI double but
Sean Nicol’s second single couldn’t plate Hague to tie the game. Tyler Herron gave up two in the 8th to give the B-Mets breathing room. Harrisburg went in order in the 9th to lose for the second time in three games.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 5
• Dickson 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Spann (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Oduber 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit and held off a late charge from Myrtle Beach to halt a three-game skid with a 6-5 win. Ian Dickson recovered from the early damage to toss five scoreless frames for a total of three runs on five hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out four but did not receive the decision. That went to Matthew Spann who was victimized by Pelican DH-to-be Joey Gallo for a two-run HR in the 8th. Derek Self stranded two inherited runners and pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of ’14. Shawn Pleffner drove in the tying and go-ahead runs while going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the P-Nats attack, followed closely by Randolph Oduber’s single, double, walk, and three runs scored in four PAs.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
Rain postponed the Suns return from the road to create a Mother’s Day doubleheader this afternoon at Municipal Stadium.

May 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-3 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (AAA debut) vs.
Cloyd (1-2, 6.61)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Binghamton,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (0-1, 7.94) vs.
Lara (2-1, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 7-5 (11 inn.) vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 5.06) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 3.08) vs.
Leyer (2-2, 5.19)


Columbus 7 Syracuse 3
• Hill 5IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Delcarmen (L, 2-2) 1IP, 1H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Hood 1-3, BB, OF assist at HP
• Solano 0-2, R, 2BB, OF assist at 2B
• Solano 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

After trailing 3-0 for most of the game, Chiefs’ backstop Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano thumped a three-run dinger to tie the score in the 8th, making Nick Hagadone of Columbus pay for walking Brian Goodwin and Tyler Moore. Solano’s team-leading fifth homer must have woken up the Columbus Clippers because the Chiefs’ new lease on life did not last long. Right-hander Manny Delcarmen emerged from the ‘pen in a giving mood and promptly issued the dreaded leadoff walk to Roberto Perez. Solano the hero became Solano the goat when he committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Audy Ciriaco. All hands were safe. A Todd Hankins sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk of Tim Fedroff loaded up the sacks for the pivotal moment, which was a Justin Sellers walk by Delcarmen to give Columbus a lead that they would not relinquish. Syracuse would only manage a Destin Hood leadoff walk in the top of the 9th, and kissed their six-game win streak goodbye.
Roster moves: 1B/OF Tyler Moore optioned from Washington, OF Erik Komatsu released.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3
• Meyers 4⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Holland (BS, 1; W, 3-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Madrigal (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, SB
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Cutter Dykstra (3-for-4) led off the 9th with a single, stole second and came around to score after singles by Justin Bloxom and Ricky Hague for a 4-3 Harrisburg win over Binghamton. It was the first road win of the season that came in the Sens final at-bat. Brad Meyers made his season debut and his first start north of Florida since 2011. The 28-year-old gave up just a run on three hits, walked one intentionally, and struck out six over four and 2/3rds innings but left with the score tied 1-1. Michael Taylor (2-for-4) pushed Harrisburg to a 3-1 advantage with a two-run shot in the 6th. Neil Holland was touched for two runs in the bottom of the 8th but got the blown-save-win. Warner Madrigal earned his first AA save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 5
• Bacus 5⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Benincasa 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Mendez (L, 1-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, 2HR
• Oduber 3-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R

Apparently, a four-run lead was too much prosperity for the Potomac ‘pen as Myrtle Beach used four home runs in the final three innings to turn a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 win in 11 innings. Robert Benincasa served up two (2) two-run homers and five hits total in the 9th to send the game into extras. Gilberto Mendez became the latest to suffer from the GBI curse as the “Good” went to “Bad” with two solo shots in the 11th to take the loss. The implosion erased a strong start by Dakota Bacus, who pitched five and 1/3rd innings of one-run ball with three walks and five whiffs. Randolph Oduber led the offense with a 3-for-5 night, with the second of his two doubles starting a back-to-back-to-back sequence with Stephen Perez and Oscar Tejeda in the bottom of the 8th for the final two P-Nat runs.

Hagerstown 5 Hickory 2
• Pivetta (W, 5-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Walsh (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wooten 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

The Suns are as hot as their namesake as they boiled the Crawdads, 5-2, to complete a four-game sweep and take their 10th consecutive road game and seventh straight win overall. Nick Pivetta won for the fifth time in seven starts with five shutout frames, giving up three hits and three walks and striking out six. John Wooten homered for the third time this week and fourth of the season with a solo shot in the 4th. He followed Spencer Kieboom’s RBI double in the 8th with an RBI single as both men went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the night. Jake Walsh struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th to earn his team-best fourth save.

May 092014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (4-1, 1.82) vs.
House (1-2, 2.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 12-6 @ Binghamton,
6:35 p.m.
TBDMeyers (1st start of ’14) vs.
Bowman (3-1, 4.57)
Potomac Lost, 10-4 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.53) vs.
Wolff (3-3, 2.80)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2;
Won, 6-4 (8 inn.)
@ Hickory,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (4-2, 3.71) vs.
Vasquez (1-0, 3.42)


Syracuse 6 Durham 5 (10 inn.)
• Laffey (W, 4-0) 6⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, 1K
• Stange 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-3, 3R, BB,
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 4th followed by a three-run 5th powered Syracuse to an 8-5 win to complete a four-game sweep of Durham and sixth straight win overall. Aaron Laffey survived six walks to give up just two runs on three hits while striking out one (yes, it was called) to push his record to 4-0. Destin Hood doubled twice and scored two runs while going 3-for-4 on the afternoon to lead the 13-hit attack that saw eight of nine batters hit safely, with Brock Peterson, Emmanuel Burriss, and Brandon Laird also notching multiple hits.

Binghamton 12 Harrisburg 6
• Schwartz (L, 0-6) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0K, HR
• Dupra 3IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Taylor 3-5, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Blake Schwartz’s HR woes continue as the 24-y.o. surrendered his 6th — a three-run shot in the 5th — in seven starts as the B-Mets doubled up the Sens, 12-6. Schwartz gave up only four hits in five innings, but three of the four walks he issued scored as he was charged with five runs total. Michael Taylor returned from his leg injury to lead off the game with his seventh round-tripper and went 3-for-5 with two RBI overall. Ricky Hague also homered and drove in two while Caleb Ramsey singled and doubled and plated a pair.
Roster move: RHP Tyler Herron reassigned from Syracuse; roster is now back to full complement of 25

Myrtle Beach 10 Potomac 4
• Mooneyham (L, 2-3) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Suero 5⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• Perez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Sanchez 3-4, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Brett Mooneyham was knocked from the box in the second frame for the second straight starts as the Pelicans pounded the P-Nats, 10-4. The 24-y.o. southpaw was strafed for six hits, including a home run, walked three and was charged with seven runs while striking out two in just an inning and a 1/3rd. Stephen Perez and Adrian Sanchez continue to swing hot bats as the two IFs combined for six hits, two runs, and two RBI. Brandon Miller homered for the second time in as many nights for his team-leading ninth big fly.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 2— GAME ONE
• Johansen (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 4-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, OF assist at 2B

Jake Johansen flirted with a no-no for four innings before giving up a single to lead off the 5th. The Nats top draft pick in 2013 finished with one unearned run allowed on three hits as the Suns took the opener, 6-2. Spencer Kieboom went 4-for-4 with a solo HR while Isaac Ballou went 3-for-4 to combine for seven of the 13 Hagerstown hits while Rafael Bautista and Wilman Rodriguez both stole two bases and hit the 10-steal mark.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 4 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper (W, 3-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Wooten 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B

John Wooten’s two-run triple highighted a three-run 8th as Hagerstown beat Hickory in “extras,” 6-4 to sweep the doubleheader and extend the Suns’ latest win streak to five. Kylin Turnbull went five innings in his 2014 debut and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and fanning three. The decison went to Andrew Cooper, who finished the game with a run on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Wooten and Wilmer Difo both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the Hagerstown offense.

May 072014
 

Transactions for NPP
It’s at this point that I remind the teams that perhaps there should be a set of uniforms with a high number and a name plate “New Guy” sewn on, just in case of an example like Justin Thomas.

Thomas, who was reassigned yesterday to Harrisburg from Hagerstown, has been returned to the Suns today. He was replaced on the Harrisburg roster by recently signed RHP James Simmons a bass guitarist from NYC a former Oakland (yes, really) prospect who had been pitching for the Camden Riversharks in the Atlantic League, where he was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings over two starts. Simmons split time between High-A and AAA last season in the A’s organization with a record of 8-8 and a 5.48 ERA in 20 High-A starts and an 0-2 mark with a 7.16 ERA in 12 AAA relief outings.

The 26-y.o. Simmons has already made his Nats debut, appearing in this morning’s Senators game with two shutout frames with one walk and no K’s.

The Suns, meanwhile, announced a flurry of moves this morning:

• RHP Wander Suero promoted to Potomac
• LHP Robert Orlan assigned from XST
• C Spender Kieboom activated from the 7-Day DL
• C Austin Chubb reassigned to XST
• LHP Kylin Turnbull activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP L.J. Hollins placed on the 7-Day DL

A corresponding move from Potomac may not be forthcoming, as RHP Rafael Martin’s assignment to the P-Nats from XST is a minor-league rehab stint (officially, Martin remains on the Harrisburg DL) per MilB.com.

UPDATE #1
The Senators have made a second announcement today regarding player transactions:

• C Wilson Ramos MLB rehab ended (activated today by Washington)
• RHP Brad Meyers assigned from XST
• RHP Gabriel Alfaro released
• RHP Rafael Martin activated and reassigned to Potomac

MiLB.com is still reporting the Martin’s move as a rehab assignment, which conflicts with this announcement as well as one made by the P-Nats late Monday night. Not the first time this has happened. Stay tuned for updates if/when Potomac & Syracuse make press releases this afternoon.

UPDATE #2

Potomac and Syracuse’s PR folks have weighed in, clarifying the corresponding moves:

POTOMAC
• RHP Brian Dupra promoted to Harrisburg

SYRACUSE
• RHP Brad Meyers activated from the DL, reassigned to Harrisburg.

The Potomac, Hagerstown, and Syracuse rosters are all full, while it appears that the Senators roster has one spot open. There are, of course, TBAs and TBDs in the upcoming probables. Stay tuned to the daily News & Notes to see how it plays out.

May 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-4, 2.20) vs.
Montgomery (3-0, 3.19)
Romero (2-4, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Richmond,
10:30 a.m.
Purke (0-5, 9.30) vs.
Blackburn (2-2, 2.00)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Fredreick,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (2-0, 6.23) vs.
Kline (2-1, 2.36)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Hickory,
6:00 p.m.
Voth (0-2, 2.91) vs.
Bostick (0-1, 4.30)


Syracuse 3 Durham 2
• Poveda 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Stange (W, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Gonzalez (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rhymes 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Komatsu 2-3, R, SB, HBP

Syracuse finally surpassed the .500 mark (16-15) as they won their fourth straight with a 3-2 decision over Durham. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes’s two-run double in the last of the 7th was the game-winner, which also marked the Chiefs’ sixth win in ten one-run ballgames. Omar Poveda got the start, giving up both Bulls runs on three hits and two walks while fanning a season-high of seven. Daniel Stange got the win while Mike Gonzalez got the save (the first for both, respectively) as the two veteran relievers combined for three shutout innings. Erik Komatsu singled twice, scored once, and stole a base to lead the Syracuse attack.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington, RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 1
• Cole (W, 3-1) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 7K; 1-2
• Grace 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-3, BB, RBI
• Skole 1-4, 2B, RBI

A.J. Cole spun six scoreless innings while the Harrisburg offense put up a four-spot in the bottom of the 5th to take a 5-1 win from Richmond. Cole scattered seven hits and struck out seven in his best outing of the season thus far, which earned him his third win and dropped his ERA to 2.86. Kevin Keyes and Brian Jeroloman both reached base twice with a single and a walk to pace the balanced attack of eight hits and four walks. Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Hagerstown. As noted by Byron Kerr via Twitter, this is likely a signal that LHP Sammy Solis is about to return from XST (back).

Potomac 4 Frederick 3
• Simms 6IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

A sloppy start, a fantastic finish Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 homestand, the Suns take to the road on a three-game win streak to take on Hickory for four games over three days, with one of last week’s rainouts scheduled to be made up with a doubleheader tomorrow.