Jun 152013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) vs.
Hill (0-8, 6.23)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Gilliam (2-1, 4.19) vs.
Stuifbergen (0-0, 21.00)
Potomac Won, 4-0; Lost, 9-4 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (5-2, 2.17) vs.
Davies (4-3, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (5-3, 3.15) and
TBD vs.
Watson (3-6, 6.35) and
Inch (1-2, 3.98)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-6 @ DSL Orioles,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.00) vs.
LeFranc (0-1, 6.35)



Toledo 7 Syracuse 6
• Torra 6IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Roark (L, 3-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 3-4, 3R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Rivero 2-4
• Perez 2-4, SB (10)

The long ball couldn’t carry the night as Toledo edged Syracuse, 7-6. Zach Walters and Tyler Moore each went deep with a man on in the 4th as the Chiefs scored four to even the game at… wait for it… 4-4. Walters hit a solo shot in the 7th to give Syracuse a brief 5-4 lead. Tabbed as “Good” in the Friday GBI, Tanner Roark wasn’t in the 8th, giving up two runs to end his streak without giving up an unearned run at 26⅓ innings and take the loss. Starter Matt Torra went the first six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes.

Harrisburg 4 New Britain 1
• Clay (W, 6-3) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K
• Barrett (SV, 11) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB
• Howell 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Senators jumped out to a 3-0 lead early and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Rock Cats. Caleb Clay won for the sixth time, turning in seven strong innings with just a run on four hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts. A pair of relievers split the 8th while Aaron Barrett locked it down with a scoreless 9th for his 11th save. Jeff Howell doubled and homered and scored twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 4 Frederick 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 5-2) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Oduber 2-3, R, RBI
• Gilmartin 1-3, 2RBI
• Leonida 1-2, BB

Taylor Hill just owns the Keys. The 24-y.o. turned in his second seven-inning, complete-game shutout of the season as Potomac blanked Frederick, 4-0 in the opener. Hill has compiled 20 scoreless innings against the Keys, 13 in his last two starts. He allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out four. The P-Nats scored all four runs in the 4th, highlighted by a two-run single by newcomer Mike Gilmartin. Randolph Oduber led the charge with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run and driving in a run.

Frederick 9 Potomac 4 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 1ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Dupra 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Miller 3-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gilmartin 2-3, R, 2B

Spot starter Hector Silvestre was done in by four walks and an untimely error in the nightcap, which saw the P-Nats lose to the Keys, 9-4. The 20-y.o., who will likely be reassigned to the GCL or Auburn, gave up two hits and five runs over three and 2/3rds innings. The lone earned run he gave up was on a solo HR in the 1st. Justin Miller went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI in the loss. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre assigned from XST.

Lakewood 11 Hagerstown 5
• Lee 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Dickson (BS, 1) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Renda 2-5, R, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, 2RBI

Lakewood scored nine unanswered runs — three in each of the last three innings — as they pushed Hagerstown to the brink of elimination with an 11-5 loss. Newly acquired reliever Ian Dickson gave up the first three for the blown save, while Bryan Harper was charged with the last six to take the loss. Starter Nick Lee gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three for the no-decision. Khayyan Norfork led the Suns offense with a home run and two runs scored while going 2-for-4. The loss dropped the Suns tragic number to one with three games to play, as Hickory lost to Delmarva.
Roster moves: LHP Christian Meza reassigned to Auburn Doubledays; RHP Wander Suero reassigned from XST.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Rojos 6
• Reyes (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Salazar (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Florentino 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Alvarez 1-3, R, 3BB, 2SB

The D-Nats took advantage of ten walks issued by the D-Rojos in an 8-6 win. Luis Reyes went six innings and let in three runs on four hits on two walks to earn the win. He struck out three. Melvi Salazar set ‘em down in order in the 9th for his second save. Darryl Florentino went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI to pace the seven-hit attack.

Jun 132013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.44) vs.
Misch (2-3, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (4-0, 0.84) vs.
Rogers (4-2, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 13-11 @ Frederick,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 4.62) vs.
Wager (0-0, 11.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3;
Won, 6-5 (9 inn.)
vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-2, 5.79) vs.
Musser (1-2, 3.60)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Syracuse resumes its eight-game homestand with a four-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Roster moves: RHP Ross Ohlendorf recalled to Washington; RHP Ryan Tatusko reassigned to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1
• Tatusko 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 4K
• Barrett 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 2-3, R

Making a spot start because of all the rainouts, Ryan Tatusko gave the Senators seven strong innings as they edged the Flying Squirrels, 2-1. Tatusko walked four and gave up an unearned run on four hits while striking out four. Neil Holland and Aaron Barrett both turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Steve Souza homered in the first while Destin Hood singled and scored in the second, as the two combined for four of the six Harrisburg hits.
Roster moves: RHP Nathan Karns optioned from Washington.

Potomac 13 Carolina 11
• Rauh 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Mirowski 2IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Wort (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-6, 3R, SB
• Ramsey 5-6, 3R, 2B, 4RBI

Neither team score in just two of nine innings as the P-Nats outlasted the Mudcats for a 13-11 win. Rob Wort was the only pitcher to go unscathed, picking up the save, while Richie Mirowski got the win in relief. Starter Brian Rauh was knocked from the box with four runs on six hits and a walk in his high-A debut. Tablestters Billy Burns and Caleb Ramsey combined for five runs and a nine hits. With the win, Potomac has reduced its magic number to two with five games to play.
Roster moves: IF Jean Valdez reassigned to Auburn; IF Mike Gilmartin, signed as a FA by Washington, assigned to Potomac.

Hagerstown 10 Hickory 3 — GAME ONE
• Mooneyham (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Pleffner 3-4, R
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Manuel 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

A three-run 4th followed by a four-run 5th put this one away as Hagerstown cruised to a 10-3 win in the opener. Starter Brett Mooneyhamd gave up a run on a home run, and two hits total over five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Shawn Pleffner led the 11-hit attack with three singles, followed by Will Piwinica-Worms and Craig Manuel, who both doubled and singled and scored a run.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 5 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion ⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, RBI
• Severino 2-4, RBI, PB, PO

An error on a sacrfice in the 9th completed the doubleheader sweep as the Suns took the second game, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion’s night was over early has he gave up two home runs and four hits in just 2/3rds of an inning. Gilberto Mendez, the fifth reliever of the night, got the win with two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four. The offense tallied 14 hits total, as every batter collected at least one and five had two.
The doubleheader sweep split the four-game series and pulls the Suns back to within a ½ game of Hickory.

Jun 112013
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Pawtucket,
10:30 a.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) and
Maya (1-4, 4.96) vs.
Aceves (2-1, 3.52) and
S. Wright (2-3, 4.99)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0
(6 inn., rain)
vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (4-4, 3.98) vs.
Snodgrass (5-1, 2.04)
Potomac Postponed @ Carolina,
5:00 p.m.
Schwartz (5-1, 1.29) and
Ray (4-2, 2.32) vs.
Pasquale (0-3, 4.62) and
Anderson (5-3, 2.85)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
Anderson (4-3, 2.80) and
Purke (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00) and
Faulkner (1-0, 2.84)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 (8 inn.) vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Zapata (0-0, 0.00)



Pawtucket vs. Syracuse — PPD
This was the final game of the night to get called, but like the rest, it’ll be made up today with a doubleheader rather than turn a four-game series in August into a five-game set.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 0 (6 inn., rain)
• Treinen (L, 5-6) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K, WP
• McCoy 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Van Ostrand 1-3
• Bloxom 1-1

The only thing that saved the day from being a complete washout in the U.S. was the 9:30 a.m. start for the Harrisburg-Reading contest. Even then the rain shortened it, perhaps mercifully, as the Senators were shut out, 6-0 in six innings. Blake Treinen took the loss with three runs allowed, one earned, on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Jimmy Van Ostrand and Justin Bloxom accounted for the two Harrisburg hits.. and three of the four errors committed (Treinen was the fourth).

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
Heavy rains soaked the field at Five County Stadium yesterday afternoon, prompting officials to postpone the game more than two hours before game time (how novel) as the two teams will play a doubleheader this evening.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Hagerstown; LHP Sammy Solis placed on the 7-Day DL (undisclosed).

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The blanket of storms that made their way up I-95 found their way up I-81, too, as the Suns and Crawdads were rained out, creating a pair of doubleheaders today and tomorrow.
Roster moves: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Christian Meza, RHP Gilberto Mendez reassigned from XST.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Yankees1 3 (8 inn.)
• Yrizarri (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Salazar (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Lora 1-2, 2R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Gutierrez 1-2, 2R, 2BB

Rain, of course, shortened this one to just eight innings, but the D-Nats took advantage of five D-Yankees1 errors for a 7-3 win. Deibi Yrizarri got the win in his second start, throwinf five shutout frames with four hits and one walk allowed while striking out five. Melvin Salazar got the save, allowing an unearned run in the 8th on a hit and a walk while striking out one. Edwin Lora and Kelvin Gutierrez paced the offense, which had just three hits but drew eight walks, with a single and two walks apiece.

Jun 102013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) vs.
Aceves (2-1, 3.52)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 @ Reading,
9:35 a.m.
Treinen (5-5, 3.97) vs.
Wright (0-3, 11.51)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (5-1, 1.29) vs.
Pasquale (0-3, 4.62)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (0-0, 0.00) vs.
F. Jose (0-0, 9.00)



Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 3
• Torra (L, 0-3) 5⅔ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Accardo 2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Brown 2-4, RBI, SB
• Owings 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Pawtucket went deep twice against Syracuse starter Matt Torra in the first two innings to put the Chiefs in a 4-0 hole as the PawSox cruised to a 5-3 win. Torra was peppered with 11 hits total over five and 2/3rds, walking two and striking out two while losing for the third time in three starts. Veterans Corey Brown and Micah Owings both went 2-for-4 with and RBI, with Brown swiping his 6th base and Owings smacking his 6th home run. Roster moves: 1B Chris Marrero recalled to Washington; OF-1B Tyler Moore optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 2
• Gilliam (W, 2-1) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 3-5, 3R, SB
• Head 4-5, 4R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI

Rob Gilliam was perfect for five innings while Jared Head was a triple shy of cycle as Harrisburg pounded Reading, 8-2. Manager Matt LeCroy claimed an organizational directive of five innings or eighty pitches (whichever came first) is why the 25-year-old was lifted after just 57 pitches. By then, the offense had built a 7-0 lead, thanks to a pair of two-run HRs by Head. Steve Souza Jr. singled three times to lead the hit column as Harrisburg notched 14 hits total. Four relievers each turned in an inning to finish the game.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Hill 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Bates (BS, 2; L, 2-4) 1IP, 4H, 6R, 0ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Burns 2-5, SB(30)
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, PB(12)
• Miller 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI

Potomac’s luck finally ran out on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 1
• Pineyro (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Henke (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Manuel 1-3, R, BB
• Difo 1-2, BB, RBI, SB

If you missed the 6th, you missed all the scoring as Hagerstown put up four in the top half and West Virginia answered with one in the bottom half for the game’s final outcome of 4-1. Ivan Pineyro tied fellow Dominican for the team lead in wins (5) with six strong innings, allowing the Power run on a two-out solo shot, the third and final hit he gave up while walking one and fanning four. Two errors, two walks, two doubles, and two sacrifice flies accounted for the Suns runs as Hagerstown sent 10 men to the plate in the inning.
It’s a battle for the first half title as first-place Hickory comes to the Muni for four games in three days this week, with just a ½ game separating the top two teams (and the Power lurking in third place, 1½ games behind second-place Hagerstown).

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats won five of six in the first full week of the 2013 season, losing to the DSL Yankees1 squad on Saturday. This week, it’s home games against the Yankees1, the Cubs, y Los Rojos (nee the DSL Reds), and road games against the Cubs, Rojos, and the Orioles2.

Jun 082013
 

Transactions for NPP
The rain has helped solve some short-term problems for the parent club, but with yesterday’s waiver claim filling up the 40-man, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s it for now. Without further ado, here’s the latest moves, some of which were reported in the News & Notes this morning.

SYRACUSE
• RHP Christian Garcia transferred from Harrisburg for MLB Rehab
• LHP Tyler Robertson optioned from Washington (claimed on waivers)
• UT Francisco Soriano reassigned from Potomac

HARRISBURG
• RHP Paul Demny reassigned from Syracuse

POTOMAC
• IF Jean Valdez assigned from XST

SIGNED
• LHP Aneudy Rosario
• OF Gilberto Ramirez

As mentioned in the “promotions” post earlier this week, injuries have created a lot of need-based moves between the affiliates. This latest batch is no exception. It’s a bit curious to move up Valdez to Potomac, but it would not surprise me in the least if this merely a temporary move that will be undone in week or less. As usual, there’s nothing to be found on the two signees, who are presumably IFAs that weren’t high-dollar (otherwise, I’d have expected Baseball America to remark about them in yesterday’s transaction post).

Jun 082013
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Torra (0-2, 6.19) vs.
Workman (5-1, 3.43)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Reading,
5:35 p.m.
Clay (5-2, 3.69) and
Jordan (3-0, 1.08) vs.
Zambrano (0-0, -.–) and
Biddle (3-5, 3.23)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:05 p.m.
Detwiler (MLB Rehab)
and Hill (4-2, 3.78) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63) and
Petersime (2-5, 6.99)
Hagerstown Won, 9-3 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-1, 7.82) vs.
Castro (6-3, 2.04)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Polanco (0-0, 7.36)



Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2
• Ohlendorf 5IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Tatusko (W, 1-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Roark (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brown 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Rahl 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Marrero 2-3, R, BB, RBI

Corey Brown’s three-run shot in the bottom of the 8th capped a comeback from an early 2-0 deficit as Syracuse derailed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 4-2. Starter Ross Ohlendorf hadn’t pitched in more than a week, thanks to the injuries in DC as well as the rain. He walked three and paid for back-to-back walks in the third with the lone hit he allowed, resulting in a two-run double. He went five innings and struck out five. Ryan Tatusko, the originally scheduled starter, got the win in relief with three scoreless innings, with two hits and two walks given up and five strikeouts. Chris Rahl, who had doubled in front of Brown in the 8th, and Chris Marrero, who had walked, paced the eight-hit attack with two hits apiece. Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia assigned on MLB rehab; LHP Tyler Robertson optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Reading — PPD
For the second straight night, the Harrisburg Senators have been rained out. This one, however, is to be made up immediately as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Roster move: Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow reports that RHP Paul Demny will be reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
Prolonged rainfall postponed the opening game of the three-game series against the Keys, creating a doubleheader between the first- and second-place team in the C.L. North tonight. Ross Detwiler is expected to make a rehab start in the first game, with last night’s scheduled starter A.J. Cole coming on in relief.

Hagerstown 9 West Virginia 3
• Encarnacion (W, 5-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Pena (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K, 2WP
• Benincasa (SV, 9) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Martinez 3-5, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B

After taking a 5-0 lead early, then seeing the Power surge back to within two at 5-3, the Suns scored four unanswered runs in the last two innings for a 9-3 win. Tony Renda was the beer man as the sole Hagerstown batter not to hit safely. Will Piwinica-Worms led the offense with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI. Pedro Encarnacion won his team-leading fifth game with two runs allowed (one earned) on five hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Ronald Pena and Robert Benincasa each pitched two innings in relief, earning the hold and save, respectively.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Mets1 5
• Valerio 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Yefri Pena (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• D. Rosario 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Mercedes 1-1, 2RBI

The D-Nats rallied for four runs in the 8th and held off a late D-Mets1 charge to win another one-run game, 6-5. Maximo Valerio was touched for three runs on six hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings in his second start. Yefri Pena got the win in relief, tossing two and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out two. Dionicio Rosario struck again for two runs and two walks while going 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Jun 072013
 

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Scranton/WB,
7:00 p.m.

Tatusko (0-2, 3.45) vs.
Wang (4-4, 2.33)

Ohlendorf (4-5, 4.32) vs.
Nuno (2-0, 1.54)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (5-2, 3.69) vs.
Biddle (3-5, 3.23)
Zambrano (0-0, -.–)
Potomac Suspended, 5-5
(Two outs, Bottom of 9th)
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (2-2, 4.94) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.63)
Hagerstown Canceled @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (4-3, 2.18) vs.
Holmes (2-4, 5.04)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Arias (0-0, 0.00)



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s Chiefs-RailRiders game until June 26, when it will be made up at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader.
Roster move: LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD
Same story as Syracuse, but no makeup date has been set just yet. Bowie next visits for five games on July 4-8.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 5 — SUSP., Bot. 9th
• Solis 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Bates 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R

On the plus side, Potomac remains unbeaten over the last nine games. The minus is that the blown save in the 9th — the 17th of the season — denied the P-Nats to take advantage of the idle Frederick Keys and reduce the magic number to clinch to ten. Potomac overcame an early 3-0 deficit two in the 6th (courtesy of a Kevin Keyes HR) and three in the 7th to take a 5-3 lead. Myrtle Beach answered with one in the 7th and tied it in the ninth on a walk, sacrifice, and a two-out single before the rain halted play and the game was called. No continuation date has been announced, as the Carolina League will likely cross its fingers and hope that the Southern Division is won without this one affecting the outcome.

Kannapolis vs. Hagerstown — Cancelled
For the third time in a month, Hagerstown had a game canceled, increasing the odds of the first half being decided by less than a full game or on percentage points. The second-place Suns visit the third-place Power for a three-game series this weekend. Hagerstown leads West Virginia by a ½ game but trails Hickory by a full game. The Suns and Crawdads are scheduled for four games in three days on Monday through Wednesday at the Muni as Hagerstown closes out the first half at home.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 4
• J. Ramirez 2⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, K
• Feliz (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• D. Rosario 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Aguero 1-3, BB, SB

The D-Nats rallied for two in the last of the 9th to win, 5-4. John Feliz picked up his second win in relief, stranding two in the 7th and pitching two and 2/3rds scoreless inning with no hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Jean Ramirez got the start, but was roughed up four runs on three hits and four walks. Dionicio Rosario paced the offense with a 3-for-5 game, doubling, homering, and driving in three. He also stole a base.

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Longtime readers already know this, but for the more recent visitors to this space… If you’re looking for news and/or opinion on the Nats’ 68th pick, this isn’t the place. I know that sounds a bit odd for a prospect follower, but I’ll be blunt: I’m too damn busy following the guys “we” already have to expend energy wondering about the ones “we” might have… never mind the hype or Harold Reynolds.

But I’m more than happy to point you in the direction of folks that do have that inclination:
… Sean Hogan, who wrote for the site last summer, has his take.
… Local scouting guru Ryan Kelley had this to say.
… Another Ryan (Sullivan), live-blogged the 1st round and will have more later on today.

Jun 062013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-0 vs. Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.

Tatusko (0-2, 3.45) vs.
Wang (4-4, 2.33)
Harrisburg Won, 6-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
TBA vs. Wright (6-0, 3.30)
Potomac Won, 5-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Jackson (5-4, 2.44)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 11-0
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (4-3, 2.18) vs.
Leyer (2-6, 4.95)
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 0
• Demny (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 6K, HR, HBP, WP
• Broadway 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 2-4, 2B
• Rahl 1-4, 2B, OF assist at 1B

The RailRiders spoiled Paul Demny’s AAA debut, lighting up the 23-y.o. for seven runs en route to an 8-0 shutout of the Chiefs. Demny pitched five inning, walked one and allowed nine hits, including a two-run HR in the four-run 2nd. Three relievers followed for an inning apiece but it was largely moot as the Syracuse offense was held to just five hits. Eury Perez and Chris Rahl accounted for three of them including both extra-base hits registered for the Chiefs. RHP Paul Demny assigned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 0
• Garcia 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Treinen (W, 5-5) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Hood 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Leon 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined on a shutout as Harrisburg blanked Bowie, 6-0. Christian Garcia put in his rehab work early, pitching the first and second innings with two walks and hit allowed and four strikeouts. Blake Treinen nearly completed the game, going six and 2/3rds innings with six hits and a walk given up, but Aaron Barrett was summoned from the ‘pen to get the final out. Brian Goodwin and Destin Hood each went 2-for-4 with a double to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 0
• Ray (W, 4-2) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Mirowski (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 2-4, BB, RBI, SB
• Oduber 2-4, R, RBI
• Soriano 2-4, R, RBI

The P-Nats rolled to their eighth straight win as three pitchers combined to shut out the Pelicans, 5-0. Robbie Ray allowed all four of Myrtle Beach’s hits but walked just one and struck out seven over six and 2/3rds while earning his fourth win. Richie Mirowski stranded a runner in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th while Derek Self matched the feat in the 9th. Potomac rapped out 11 hits, with Billy Burns, Randolph Oduber, and Francisco Soriano each going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Frederick won to keep pace with Potomac, two games behind, but the magic number to clinch was reduced to 11.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Anderson (L, 4-3) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Hudgins ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Piwinica-Worms 1-3
• Foat 1-3

Hagerstown couldn’t keep Kannapolis off the board for consecutive innings and lost the opener, 6-2. Dixon Anderson nearly went the distance, pitching six and 2/3rds innings with all six Intimidators runs charged to him on eight hits and a walk, but suffered the loss. Five Suns went 1-for-3 (all singles) but nobody reached base twice against 18-year-old Jefferson Olacio, who got the complete-game win for Kannapolis.

Kannapolis 11 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K
• Norfork 0-1, 2BB

Three Intimidators combined on a seven-inning no-hitter as Kannapolis swept the doubleheader from Hagerstown with an 11-0 shutout in the nightcap. Brett Mooneyham’s return from the DL was a short stint of just two innings, as the 23-y.o. was lapped for three runs on a hit and four walks, though he did strike out four. Khayyan Norfork was the sole Sun to reach base twice, as he went 0-for-1 with two walks. The losses paired with a win by Hickory dropped Hagerstown into second place (percentage points ahead of West Virginia) by a ½ game. The Suns host the Crawdads next week for four games at the Muni, including a doubleheader on Tuesday.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Pirates2 3
• Torres 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Aquino (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Cerda 1-3, BB, RBI

After losing a 3-2 lead in the 8th, the D-Nats answered the D-Pirates2 run with their one of their own for a 4-3 win. Jonathan Aquino got the dreaded blown-save-win, giving up the lead in the 8th but pitching a scoreless 9th. 19-y.o. Luis Torres got the start and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six. Kelvin Gutierrez continues to dominate, doubling twice and scoring twice.

Jun 052013
 

The “TBA” for Syracuse is now Paul Demny, formerly of Harrisburg. He’ll be making his first AAA start tonight against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after posting a 4-4, 3.98/4.04/1.31 line for the Senators

Sorry for the lack of enthusiasm, but it’s difficult to tell if this is a true promotion (e.g. Taylor Jordan, Potomac to Harrisburg) or a need-based assignment (e.g. Craig Manuel, Hagerstown to Harrisburg) This has been happening a lot lately, and it’s a judgment call because not every move upward is a promotion, the verb choice of team PR staffers not withstanding.

The reason for the doubt is of course the status of veteran Ross Ohlendorf. In this morning’s News & Notes, I suggested that he may have opted out of his minor-league contract. After putting out some feelers, there’s still no word in either direction. He’s still listed as active on MiLB.com, but the site is notorious for being slow on updates (Demny, for example, is still listed on the Harrisburg roster as of this writing at ~4:35 p.m.).

Naturally, it’s possible that both he and Yunesky Maya have been demoted to the bullpen or placed on the DL, but common sense dictates that as veterans that if the organization no longer wants them to start, they’d be released. More feasible is the idea that Ohlendorf has read the tea leaves and for the second straight year, decided to look for another organization to hook on with in his quest to return to the majors.

Apologies in advance to anyone this may confuse or offend, but I thought it might be worth a short post to explain the lack of “Movin’ On Up” pics for minor-leaguers lately.

UPDATE #1: With word that Stephen Strasburg being placed on the DL, another possibility is that the Nats are withholding both Maya and Ohlendorf in order to maximize the surprise factor for whomever is tapped to start in his place on Saturday. This, of course, was last done with the surprise promotion of Nathan Karns.

UPDATE #2: FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is now reporting that Ohlendorf will be added to the 40-man roster and make the start for the big club in place of Stephen Strasburg. As noted in the comments, so much for subterfuge… and so much for my “opted out” scenario. For what it’s worth, this caught the folks paid to do this flat-footed, too. It happens.

Jun 042013
 

Catching Up On Transactions
Wavered between the row of ketchup bottles or forlorn Spike due to the unusually large number of releases and retirements announced today by the Hagerstown Suns. But with updates expected (e.g. Ian Krol in DC?), let’s go with the Heinz and start with the releases, beginning with a couple that were announced in the most recent transactions post by Baseball America.

RELEASED
• LHP Ben Hawkins (Potomac)
• RHP Dean Weaver
• RHP Chris McKenzie
• OF J.R. Higley

RETIRED
• RHP Jason Smith

ACTIVATED
• LHP Brett Mooneyham (DL)
• RHP Pedro Encarnacio (TIL)
• IF Matt Foat (XST)

What’s probably the most surprising thing about this is the swiftness and openness with which this was announced. Ordinarily, players are shuffled off to Viera, then quietly released a few days or weeks later. Occasionally, the news will break via Twitter in the form of gracious goodbye.

I’d like to think that perhaps this is new way of doing things, but I’d have to see it done more consistently to believe it. In any case, the usual reminder to please remember that friends & family (and agents) are watching and to keep the comments civil.

UPDATE #1
As you may have guessed, this was written while the [dust]storm was swirling. Here’s what’s now been confirmed by multiple online sources as it pertains to the minors:

• 2B/3B Anthony Rendon has been recalled to Washington
• LHP Ian Krol has been recalled to Washington

To make room for these two, LHP Zach Duke has been released and RHP Henry Rodriguez has been designated for assignment. Corresponding moves to the Syracuse and Harrisburg rosters have not yet been announced (hence the enumeration of the update).