Jun 012013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-8 (12 inn.) @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.

Tatusko (0-1, 3.38) vs.
Webster (4-0, 2.52)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (4-2, 4.31) vs.
Ramirez (1-2, 2.59)
Potomac Won, 10-1 vs. Lynchburg,
6:35 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Weber (3-1, 2.61)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-1, 11.74) vs.
Almonte (2-4, 4.17)



Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 8 (12 inn.)
• Maya 3IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Broadway 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Crotta (L, 3-5) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
• Rahl 3-6, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Marrero 3-6, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Rhymes 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Five errors didn’t help the cause as the Syracuse Chiefs fell in extras, 9-8 in Pawtucket. Starter Yuneksy Maya was peppered for six hits in his three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) before leaving with an apparent injury. The top five batters in the Chiefs lineup combined for 14 of the team’s 15 hits, including six doubles. Mike Crotta, the fifth reliever of the night, took the loss in the 12th as an error followed by a sacrifice and an RBI double gave the PawSox the walkoff win.
Roster move: RHP Ryan Perry activated from the 7-Day DL.

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 3

• Demny 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Garcia (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Souza 2-3, 2-2B, BB, SB
• Nicol 2-2, R, HR, RBI, BB

Christian Garcia blew the save in his first appearance, giving up two runs on three hits in the 9th in a 4-3 Harrisburg loss to Trenton. The bigger news, however, is the report that Anthony Rendon has been promoted to Syracuse, which, of course, the Nationals have yet to confirm. Paul Demny got the no-decision with two runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Steve Souza Jr. continues to blister the ball, doubling twice, walking and stealing a base to extend his hit streak to eight games.
Roster move: RHP Christian Garcia assigned the Senators as an MLB rehab.

Potomac 10 Lynchburg 1
• Ray 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K
• Bates (W, 2-3) 4IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-5, 2R, 2B, 4RBI
• Soriano 1-2, 3R, 3BB, 2SB

This was one was over early Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lexington 6 Hagerstown 3
• Pena (L, 2-3) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Henke 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Miller 3-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Renda 3-5, 2B

Three unearned runs in the last three Lexington “ups” was the difference in Hagerstown’s 6-3 loss. Ronald Pena took the loss, as he let up nine hits over five and a 1/3rd innings and gave up four runs (three earned). The Suns committed five errors in total, two apiece by Wilmer Difo and Pedro Severino. Offensively, Brandon Miller and Tony Renda both went 3-for-5 with a double, while Miller hit his team-leading 10th home run.

May 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Gwinnett,
6:30 p.m.

Rosenbaum (5-2, 3.15) vs.
Flande (2-4, 4.70)
Harrisburg Won, 9-1 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (1 0, 1.80) vs.
Roberts (3 2, 4.08)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (4-2, 3.33) vs.
McCarthy (3-2, 4.04)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-4 @ Asheville,
11:05 a.m.
Purke (1st start of ’13) vs.
TBD



Gwinnett 5 Syracuse 4
• Torra (L, 0-1) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Broadway 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Marrero 1-2, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Brown 1-3, BB

A pair of crooked innings early proved to be too much for Syracuse to overcome as they lost their second straight at home, 5-4 to Gwinnett. Matt Torra went seven innings (important with a short ‘pen) and gave up those first four runs on 10 hits, including a two-run HR. Michael Broadway gave up a run in the 8th in his first AAA appearance since 2010. The Chiefs made the most of their limited offensive chances, scoring four times on six hits and five walks. Chris Marrero led the attack with a walk and a two-run double.
Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned from Washington, RHP Yunesky Maya outrighted from Washington; RHPs Chris Young and Cole Kimball, IF Brian Bocock placed on 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 9 Akron 1
• Jordan (W, 2-0) 7IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 3-4, 2-2B, R, BB
• Souza 1-3, 2R, 2B, 2BB, SB
• Leon 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI

Taylor Jordan saw his ERA soar from 0.82 to 1.00 as he won for the second time in four AA starts as the Senators strafed the Aeros, 9-1. The 24-y.o. scattered eight hits and walked one while striking out five over seven innings. Neil Holland rebounded his worst outing (4R in ⅓ inn. on 5/23) with two scoreless frames. Akron handed out 10 free passes, eight by starter Robert Whitenack, with Steve Souza Jr., Sandy Leon, and Brian Goodwin each reaching twice on BB’s. Jimmy Van Ostrand singled and doubled twice to lead the Senators offense and drove in two, as did Leon on a triple — his tenth in 443 games.

Salem 5 Potomac 4
• Cole 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Selik (BS, 2; L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HBP, WP
• Sanchez 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

Potomac somehow managed to dodge the rain (*ahem*) but couldn’t dodge the bullet, show down in the 9th by Salem, 5-4. Cameron Selik took the loss on the lone hit he gave up, unable to escape the mistakes of a hit batsmen, a wild pitch, and a walk. It was also the 16th blown save in 26 opportunities for the P-Nats ‘pen. Starter A.J. Cole recovered from a first-inning HR to post his third quality start, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and four K’s. Adrian Sanchez went 1-for-3 with 2-run double to lead the seven-hit Potomac attack.

Asheville 9 Hagerstown 4
• Pineyro (L, 4-3) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, 0HR
• Smith 3IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• B. Miller 2-3, R, 2-2B, BB
• Renda 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Just one ball left the yard, but the Tourists still peppered the field with 14 hits en route to a 9-4 win over the Suns. Ivan Pineyro went five innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in the loss. Jason Smith finished the game but was charged with five runs on eight hits over the final three frames. Brandon Miller doubled twice and Tony Renda doubled once to lead the Hagerstown offense, which broke into double digits with 10 hits. Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke activated from 7-Day DL; RHP Leonard Hollins reassigned to XST.

May 272013
 

No, I Said The White PhoneIt may just be an up and back, but Nathan Karns got the call this afternoon to make his MLB debut tomorrow night against the Baltimore Orioles.

Earlier this afternoon, there was a clue when Nathan Karns was bumped from his scheduled start today vs. Reading to tomorrow with Caleb Clay taking his place at the last minute. Others felt like the short outing of Chris Young yesterday was a hint, however, that seemed unlikely given how ineffective the veteran had been in seven starts (9HR, 50H in 32IP).

Karns has been up and down all season long for Harrisburg, posting a 4-2, 4.60 ERA mark in nine starts but includes outings of five, six, and seven runs surrendered (two of those coming in his last three starts) as well as a 13K, two-hit, seven-inning complete game on April 20th. He’s also given up five HRs in nine starts, after having three career longballs surrendered in 171⅓ innings prior to this season.

Two years removed from labrum surgery, Washignton’s 2009 12th-round pick put together a career year in 2012, going from from the Hagerstown Suns bullpen in April to the Nationals’ Minors Pitcher of the Year in September to a spot on the 40-man roster in November.

He’s a two-time watchlist player and longtime subject of speculation in the comments — heard but not seen for nearly 18 months before he emerged in Auburn in the summer of 2011, when he blew away the GCL with 26K in 18⅔ innings and then posted a modest 3-2, 3.44 mark in eight starts for the Doubledays.

The Nats No. 5 prospect per Baseball America features a fastball that can touch the mid-90s, a hard (low-80s) curve and a changeup that most scouts say will make or break him as a starter. If he can’t harness it, the feeling is that he’ll still have great upside as a late-inning relief option, a la Christian Garcia.

May 272013
 

Transactions for NPP 3Some serious gamesmanship by the Washington Nationals as they’ve gone to unusual measures to confuse the folks trying to read the tea leaves on tomorrow’s starter for the parent club. To wit, Nathan Karns, who is on the 40-man roster, was listed as the starter for Harrisburg Senators for today in yesteday’s media notes; today, it’s Caleb Clay, who was supposed to go to the bullpen with the promotion of Rob Gilliam.

Meanwhile, Chris Young, who is not on the 40-man roster, was lifted after one inning yesterday, though he was spanked like Ana Steele rocked for three runs on three hits, including his ninth home run allowed in seven starts. With Jeff Mandel and Tanner Roark used for four innings apiece, a pair of relievers were sent to Syracuse, which is not necessarily related, of course.

Here’s a rundown of the moves made thus far today (some previously reported)…

SYRACUSE
• LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington
• RHP Cole Kimball activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Michael Broadway reassigned from Harrisburg

HARRISBURG
• RHP Taylor Jordan reassigned from Syracuse
• IF Josh Johnson placed on the Temporary Inactive List (death in the family)

POTOMAC
• OF Billy Burns activated from 7-Day DL
• OF J.R. Higley transferred to Hagerstown

As of this writing, the rosters for Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Hagerstown are not full, thus there are myriad moves that can be made.
If any are made in the next 24 hours, this space will be updated.

May 272013
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 vs. Gwinnett,
6:30 p.m.

Tatusko (0-1, 2.97) vs.
Poveda (3-3, 2.52)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 vs. Reading,
2:00 p.m.
Clay (4-2, 4.69) vs.
Neris (3-1, 4.50)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Quevedo (1-2, 5.67)
Hagerstown Won, 16-9 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-0, 5.79) vs.
Oakes (4-3, 5.00)



Syracuse 8 Columbus 5
• Young 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Mandel (W, 1-1) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Roark 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Brown 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Three Chiefs homered while Chris Young once again came up short on the mound as Syracuse sailed past Columbus, 8-5, for a four-game sweep. Despite a 4-0 cushion give to him in the top of the 1st, Young gave up three runs in the space of three batters before recording a single out with a single, walk, and a three-run HR (no. 9 in seven starts). Jeff Mandel and Tanner Roark combined for eight innings of relief for the win and save respectively. Chris Marrero, Carlos Rivero and Cory Brown each homered as the Chiefs pummeled Clipper pitchers for 14 hits total. Roster move: LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 2
• Demny (W, 4-4) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-4, R, RBI, SB, CS
• Hood 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Ricky Hague’s three-run HR highlighted a five-run 4th as Harrisburg defeated Reading, 8-2. Paul Demny evened his won-loss record at 4-4 with seven strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high of nine. Matt Swynenberg and Ian Krol each followed with a scoreless inning to lock down the win, the Senators’ fifth in the last six meetings vs. the Fightin’ Phils. Steve Souza Jr. and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 to pace the Harrisburg offense, which scored eight times on just nine hits and four walks.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2
• Ray 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Bates (W, 1-3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Soriano 2-5, R, 2B, 3B
• Taylor 2-5, SB
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Kevin Keyes’s two-run double in the 5th broke a 2-2 tie and the P-Nats ‘pen turned in five scoreless innings as Potomac took the game from Lynchburg by a 4-2 count, and the series 2-1 to pull within a ½ game of first place in the Carolina League North. Robbie Ray went just four innings as a high pitch count held him to four innings, as the 22-y.o. southpaw gave up both Lynchburg runs on five hits and two walks and struck out a season-low of three. Colin Bates threw three prefect frames, striking out the side in the 7th to earn the win. Francisco Soriano, Michael Taylor, and Keyes each had two hits to pace the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 16 Lexington 9
• Pena 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2HR
• Henke (W, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR, 3-2 IR-S
• Norfork 4-6, 2R, RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, 3R, 2-2B, 4RBI
• Martinez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 5RBI

An eight-run 6th actually proved to be the difference as Hagerstown outslugged Lexington, 16-9 to take the series 3-1 and finish the homestand at 5-2. Travis Henke got the win despite letting in two of three inherited runners and surrendering a home run. Starter Ronald Pena was charged with six runs on six hits and three walks and two home runs by 17-y.o. Raul A. Mondesi (son of Raul Sr. and brother to Raul Jr.). Khayyan Norfork led the Hagerstown hit parade with a 4-for-6 afternoon while Estarlin Martinez drove in five with two doubles and a single.

May 262013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Columbus,
6:05 p.m.

Young (1-2, 7.26) vs.
J. Martinez (1-2, 4.97)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Demny (3-4, 4.60) vs.
Biddle (3-3, 2.50)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Ray (3-2, 2.42) vs.
Holland (3-2, 3.18)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-0 vs. Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Pena (2-2, 3.47) vs.
Almonte (2-4, 2.91)



Syracuse 2 Columbus 1 (10 inn.)
• Ohlendorf 5⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 11K
• Accardo (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Davis (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Rahl 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Perez 1-4, R, BB, RBI

The bookends of the lineup were difference as Syracuse won its fifth straight, 2-1 in extra innings over Columbus. No. 9 batter Chris Rahl homered in the 8th to extend his hit streak to 16 games while leadoff man Eury Perez’s two-out double in the 10th knocked in the game-winner. Starter Ross Ohlendorf struck out 11 in five and a 1/3rd innings but walked four and gave up a run on four hits. Three Syracuse relievers combined to throw four and 2/3rds scoreless innings to enable the comeback win. Jeremy Accardo got his second win while Erik Davis notched his seventh save.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 1
• Treinen (L, 4-5) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR, 3WP
• Barrett 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Leon 1-3, BB
• Bloxom 1-3, RBI

Four errors and four wild pitches didn’t doom the Senators… but they didn’t help, either as Harrisburg lost to Reading, 5-1. Starter Blake Treinen was errant three times towards the plate and once over to first as he was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings while taking his fifth loss. Offensively, Treinen went 1-for-2 with a double, the only Harrisburg extra-base hit as the Senators were held to six hits total. Before folks panic (again), Anthony Rendon had his wisdom teeth removed on Friday and is likely to be out until Monday at the earliest, per Geoff Morrow’s latest game notebook.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Schwartz (W, 4-1) 8IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Selik (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, RBI, SF

Blake Schwartz was perfect for four innings and finished with just two hits given up over eight masterful innings as the P-Nats evened the series with the Hillcats with a 3-1 win. An infield single in the 5th broke up the perfect game while a leadoff triple in the 7th ruined the shutout as Schwartz walked none and struck out three for his fourth win. Cameron Selik pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save of the season. Michael Taylor singled and doubled, scored a run and drove in a run, but left the game with an injury after a groundout in the 8th.

Lexington 6 Hagerstown 0
• Anderson (L, 4-2) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K
• McKenzie 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 4WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Renda 1-4
• Pleffner 2-2, 2BB

The worm turned in the Hub City as the Legends limited the Suns to just three hits in a 6-0 shutout. Dixon Anderson took the loss, his second, giving up four runs and five hits and four walks with just one strikeout. Chris McKenzie let in one inherited runner and was just as wild, walking three and misfiring four times for wild pitches. Shawn Pleffner reach base four times with two singles and two walks but the rest of the lineup went 1-for-25 with Tony Renda singling once and Estarlin Martinez walking twice. Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Wander Ramos placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Pedro Encarnacion placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive list.

May 252013
 

Moving On Up for NPP
Following the news that Danny Espinosa has bone chips and will need prolonged rest, if not a stint on the DL, the Washington Nationals have promoted IF/OF Jeff Kobernus from the Syracuse Chiefs.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Kobernus over the past six months. He was selected by Boston then traded to Detroit in the MLB phase of the Rule 5 draft in December and played well into the spring for the Tigers before his return in late March. The experience may have proved beneficial, as he was asked to play outfield for Detroit to make the club as a utilityman — a position he hadn’t played since his collegiate days.

Upon his return to Nationals, he was assigned to the Chiefs and continued to play outfield, mostly in left field (19 games) but occasionally in center (9 games) as well as second and third base (12 and 3 games). More noticeable was the hot start as the 24-y.o. batted .367/.408/.467 with a home run and eight stolen bases in April.

He’s cooled some in May (.298/.344/.369) but has picked up the pace on the basepaths with 13 steals this month. Speed is his calling card as the Nats’ 2009 2nd Round Pick out of California led the Carolina League with 53 steals in 2011 and the Eastern League with 42 last season despite playing only 82 games.

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Yunesky Maya was designated for assignment (as previously hinted in this space). Putting it as mildly as possible, Maya has been a tremendous disappointment, signed as an international free agent as a Cuban defector in 2010 for four years and $6 million. In three-plus seasons, he’s pitched 59 innings at the major-league level — all but 1/3rd in 2010 and 2011 — and 367⅔ innings in the minors, mostly at AAA.

Last season was the only one in which he had an ERA below 4.00 as the 31-year-old went 11-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 28 starts for Syracuse.

RHP Taylor Jordan was also promoted, going from Harrisburg to Syracuse, though it’s likely to be a temporary move that will be reversed once Maya’s fate is ultimately determined. Likewise for the shift of RHP Brian Rauh from Hagerstown to Harrisburg, a move to replace whichever reliever (best guess: Matt Swynenberg) replaces Jordan in the rotation when his turn comes up next.

May 242013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-7 (11 inn.) @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Rosenbaum (4-2, 3.04) vs.
Bauer (2-0, 3.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1st AA start of ’13) vs.
Wright (0-2, 11.88)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Hill (4-1, 2.31) vs.
Moore (4-4, 5.94)
Hagerstown Won, 7-0 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-3, 2.48) vs.
Nina (1-2, 4.55)



Syracuse 8 Columbus 7 (11 inn.)
• Torra 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Roark 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Davis (BS, 2; W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Owings 2-6, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Rahl 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI (15-game hit streak)
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2BB, SB, CS

Chris Marrero’s two-out, two-run single in the 11th was the difference as the Chiefs won for the fifth time in 11 extra-inning games, 8-7. Matt Torra made his first start of the season, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Micah Owings drove in five of the first six Syracuse runs with a solo shot in the 2nd and a grand slam in the 5th. Columbus tied the game at 6-6 with a leadoff HR off Erik Davis in the 9th, his second blown save. Xavier Cedeno “earned” his first save despite giving up a solo HR in the 11th. Roster move: RHP Matt Torra activated from 7-Day DL.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 6
• Jordan 1+ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Holland (L, 0-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K,
• Herron 2⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 3RBI
• Leon 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Rendon 0-3, 2BB, K as DH

So much for getaway day. The ride home was shorter than the 5 hours and 49 minutes it took from first pitch to the last out as Erie took its second straight against Harrisburg, 8-6. Taylor Jordan went just an inning and walked a batter to start the second before a 149-minute rain delay ended his day. Harrisburg scored four in the third to take a 4-1 lead only to allow seven runs over the next five innings before scoring twice in the 9th. Neil Holland took the loss with four runs charged to him on two hits and two walks and a hit batsman in the space of just seven batters faced. Josh Johnson paced the Senators offense with a single, walk, and a triple and three RBI, as Harrisburg managed to score six times on just five hits thanks in no small part to ten walks issued by the Seawolves.

Frederick 7 Potomac 4
• Cole (L, 1-2) 5+ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Bates 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nieto 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2B

A four-run 6th for Frederick turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead, as the Keys split the rain-shortened series with a 7-4 win. Starter A.J. Cole failed to go six innings for the third straight start, putting the first three runners on in the sixth via a walk and back-to-back doubles. The 21-y.o. would be charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five in his second loss. Adrian Nieto paced the offense with a pair of doubles as the P-Nats piled up 11 hits to the Keys’ nine, but twice ran into outs on the basepaths to kill rallies.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 0
• Pineyro (W, 4-2) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Benincasa 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• B. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the Suns debunked the Legends, 7-0. Ivan Pineyro tossed a season-best seven innings, with no walks, six strikeout and just three hits allowed to win his fourth contest. Cody Davis and Robert Benincasa each allowed a baserunner while laying the last two goose eggs on the scoreboard. Tony Renda led the attack with a 3-for-5 night, followed closely by Brandon Miller and Will Piwinica-Worms, who each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Roster move: LHP Kylin Turnbull reassigned to XST; RHP Jason Smith reassigned from XST.

May 232013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Torra (1st start of ’13) vs.
House (1-2, 5.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 @ Erie,
11:05 a.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Lobstein (5-2, 3.14)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Cole (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Berry (2-2, 3.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (3-2, 3.96) vs.
Stumpf (3-1, 1.49)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
The Chiefs’ eight-game Ohio swing continues with a four-game weekend set in Columbus. After a 3-1 series win in Toledo, Syracuse is 13-9 on the road and has climbed out of the I.L. North cellar, a ½ game ahead of the Rochester Red Wings.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Karns 6IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 9K, 2HR
• Broadway 1⅓ 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Barrett (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Head 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, OF assist at HP
• Nicol 1-3, R, HR, 4RBI, SF

In a game that saw six lead changes, it was the last that hurt the most as a two-out single drove in the tying run and an error let in the winning run as the Seawolves stopped the Senators, 7-6. Starter Nathan Karns suffered his first multi-HR game as a pro, surrendering two solo shots and five runs total on eight hits and a walk while striking out nine. Sean Nicol drove in four, three with a HR in the 4th and fourth with a sacrifice fly in the 9th. Jerad Head and Ricky Hague also went deep. Aaron Barrett put on the first two batters he faced but then got two flyball outs before giving up a second hit for the single-and-error that halted the Harrisburg win streak at five. Roster moves: LHP Bill Bray was placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for RHP Rob Gilliam, who was promoted from Potomac.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
Apparently, just the threat of rain can cause a delay as the P-Nats and Keys waited more than an hour before any rain actually fell at which point the game was called due to the “threat of increasingly torrential thunderstorms.” The game is scheduled to be made up on June 14th, when two teams next meet in Frederick and will turn a four-game set into a five-game series (and quite possibly six, given today’s forecast).

Greensboro 6 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 2-2) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Henke 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Severino 1-3, 2B, BB

The good news is that none of the five runs Kylin Turnbull gave up were earned. The bad news is that they still count on the scoreboard, which ended with Greensboro on top of Hagerstown, 6-2. Turnbull gave up five hits and one walk, struck out one, but gave up no homers for the first time in five starts for the Suns. “Help Me” Wander Ramos singled twice, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole a base to pace the Hagertown offense, which was held to seven hits and four walks and mustered just one hit in 12 chances with runners in scoring position.

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Catching Up On TransactionsThe Big Nats bullpen getting hammered like a Kennedy at an open bar the past two nights has forced the front office to dip into minors for help, creating a series of transactions. Here’s a recap plus a couple releases relayed via the latest BA transactions post

WASHINGTON
• RHP Yunesky Maya recalled from Syracuse
• LHP Fernando Abad selected, added to the 40-man roster

SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez optioned from Washington
• RHP Ryan Perry placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 19

HARRISBURG
• RHP Rob Gilliam reassigned from Potomac

POTOMAC
• RHP Rob Wort activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Harrisburg
• OF J.R. Higley promoted from Hagerstown
• RHP Cameron Selik reassigned from XST
• LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from XST

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Estarlin Martinez activated from 7-Day DL
• IF Wilmer Difo reassigned from Potomac
• IF Hunter Bailey reassigned to XST

AUBURN
• LHP Christian Meza reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Potomac

RELEASED
• RHP Adam Olbrychowski
• RHP Dean Weaver

LHP Sammy Solis is expected to make a rehab start tonight in Frederick, which will necessitate another move or two for Potomac. OF Billy Burns is eligible to come off the 7-Day DL tomorrow, so don’t be surprised if Higley’s stay is just a day (hey, that rhymes!) and/or if a starter is placed on the 3-day temporary list retroactively (e.g. Rob Gilliam) and replaced by Solis tomorrow or Thursday.

Ultimately, it’s probably a good bet that RHP Pat Lehman will recover from his Hellenic flu and replace whichever Syracuse pitcher ultimately stays in DC to replace the (broken) right-handed Ryan Mattheus. I’d also wager that somebody, somewhere will be disappointed that Erik Davis is probably not going to be that pitcher. Even Stevie Wonder can see that the moves of Maya and Abad are indication that the Nats are willing to risk losing one of them if a designation for assignment is needed.

If you sense any cynicism or hesitation, it’s because every year I learn something new about how the transaction rules can be exploited work. I believe the retroactive placement of Perry on the DL is a clue that perhaps the plan is merely to skip him for one start. Jeff Mandel, for example, has not pitched since last Friday and would be the favorite to replace Perry, who had been scheduled to start on Thursday.

As always, if/when the Nationals make corresponding moves, this page will be updated.

UPDATE: The Potomac Nationals have announced a series of eight transactions, six of which (in red) were not previously reported.

As expected, Sammy Solis was added to the roster. Less of a surprise: Rob Gilliam being sent back to Harrisburg (which will require a corresponding move). Brian Dupra and Christian Meza being sent to Auburn might just be a procedural move, but unfortunately, could be a clue that one or both might get released. In the short term, the additions of Rob Wort and Cameron Selik should help shore up the P-Nats’ biggest weakness — the bullpen — while allowing both men to get back up to speed (can we keep ‘em until the 1st half title is won?) in preparation for their return to AA.