Apr 252014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
Late last night, the Potomac Nationals announced that 1B Kevin Keyes has been promoted to Harrisburg.

Keyes had been hitting .284/.346/.500 with four HRs and 17 RBI and was named the Carolina League’s Batter of the Week just this past Monday.

He’s the first true promotion from one minor-league level to the next this season, as the the majority of the player movement thus far this season has been between Syracuse and Washington for relief and bench help.

Corresponding moves have not yet been announced. The activation of Shawn Pleffner from the 7-Day DL to take Keyes’s place is probably more likely than a promotion from Low-A Hagerstown. As always, if/when that occurs within a reasonable period of time, this space will be updated.

UPDATE: As predicted, Pleffner has indeed been activated to take the roster spot vacated by Keyes. The Potomac Nationals also officially announced:

• LHP Nick Lee placed on the 7-Day DL
• RHP Pedro Encarnacion placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Narcisco Mesa reassigned from XST

As noted in today’s “Last Night In Woodbridge,” Lee left the game after taking his warmup tosses in the 5th inning last night. Encarnacion pitched four and 2/3rds on Wednesday night but did not appear to be injured.

Apr 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 9.00) vs.
Smith (3-0, 2.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 2.63) vs.
Bischoff (1-1, 3.77)
Potomac Won, 8-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 4.58) vs.
Recchia (1-2, 4.11)
Hagerstown Won, 7-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (2-0, 5.14) vs.
Topa (1-1, 4.38)


Syracuse 5 Louisville 2
• Hill (W, 3-0) 7IP, 6H, 1 ER, 0BB, 6K
• Cedeno 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0 BB, 2K
• Solano 4-4, 3R, 2B, 2R HR, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, SB

Jhonatan “The Onion” Solano made the Louisville Bats weep tears of agony with his mighty stick last night. Solano’s one-out, two-run dinger off of last year’s Colorado Rockie Jeff Francis in the 6th was the highlight of his 4-for-4 night with eight total bases night and gave the Chiefs a decisive 3-0 advantage. Taylor Hill continued to make his case for next man up in DC with a sterling quality start of seven innings of one-run ball, walking one and striking out six. Brian Goodwin’s triple to left in the 4th plated Solano and gave Syracuse an initial 1-0 lead. Eury Perez generated a key insurance run to give the Chiefs a 4-1 lead in the 7th when he singled, stole second, and later scored on a Josh Johnson single, although Johnson was thrown out trying to advance to second. Syracuse scored its final run in the eighth. Solano singled to lead off the frame, took second on a Brandon Laird walk, and scored on a Jose Lozada single to give the Chiefs a 5-1 lead. While closer of the evening, Ryan Mattheus gave up a run in the 9th to make the final score 5-2, the Chiefs clinched a rare road series victory and returned to .500 for just the first time in three weeks.
Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 22.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 1
• Purke (L, 0-4) 4IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Espino 3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Dykstra 1-4, RBI

Altoona completed its four-game sweep of Harrisburg with a 6-1 takedown. Matt Purke served up a three-run homer to pitcher-turned-hitter Stetson Allie to lowlight a four-run 1st. He would follow with three scoreless innings for a line of four runs on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts, but took his fourth loss in his fourth start. Offensively, Harrisburg managed just four hits and could only cash in one of six walks drawn. Cutter Dykstra drove in the sole Senator run after Ricky Hague and Michael Taylor drew back-to-back walks to lead off the 8th.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 2
• Lee 4IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K
• Bacus 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K
• Sanchez 3-4
• McQuillan 2-4, R, 3B
• Oduber 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

It was a wild one Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 7 West Virginia 5
• Anderson (W, 3-0) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 3K
• Simms (SV, 3) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 5K
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Ward 2-5, R, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-5, 2R

The Suns scored early and often and held off a surge by the Power for a 7-5 wi, their third straight. Dixon Anderson got the benefit of the strong support as he was hit hard for five runs on 10 hits and one walk over five innings, four of which came in the 5th. John Simms finished the game with four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Rafael Bautista and Craig Manuel both homered while Drew Ward twice connected on RBI singles to run his season total to 14 in 11 games. Roster moves: SS David Masters placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Brennan Middleton recalled from XST. Middleton, a 14th Rd. pick from Tulane, will make his pro debut if/when he plays for the Suns, as the 23-y.o. did not play last summer due to an ankle injury.

Apr 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-0 @ Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (2-0, 2.00) vs.
Francis (3-1, 1.99)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-9 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Purke (0-3, 9.49) vs.
Sample (1-0, 1.50)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (0-2, 13.06) vs.
Ortiz (0-2, 4.38)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 (13 inn.) @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (2-0, 5.54) vs.
Dickson (2-1, 4.02)


Syracuse 7 Louisville 0
• Treinen 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Laffey (W, 2-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, 2R, RBI, SF

Syracuse stopped a two-game slide with a 7-0 shutout of the Louisville Bats. Blake Treinen got the start, but was lifted due to a high pitch count, throwing 32 pitches in the 1st and four to the first out of the 2nd. This appeared to be by design as the first man out of the bullpen was warming up before the 2nd began and the originally announced starter, Aaron Laffey, went six scoreless innings for win, walking one and fanning five. Emmanuel Burriss and Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to power the Syracuse offense. Injury update: Sources are passing along news that Danny Rosenbaum will soon undergo elbow surgery.

Altoona 10 Harrisburg 9
• Gilliam 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Herron (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Ramsey 2-5, R, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Bantz 2-4, 2R

After rallying from a five-run deficit and scoring twice in the 9th to take a three-run lead, the Senators imploded in the 9th for a 10-9 loss, their 13th of the season and third straight. The blown-save-loss went to Tyler Herron who gave up but one hit, a solo HR to start the final frame, but committed two critical errors that let in the tying runs and put the winning run on 3rd with one out. After a pair of IBBs to set up a DP, PH Elias Diaz hit a SF to deep CF for the GWRBI. Caleb Ramsey, Justin Bloxom, and Brandon Bantz each had two hits to pace the 11-hit Harrisburg attack. Roster move: RHP Paolo Espino, a longtime farmhand in the Cleveland organization, has been reassigned from XST to replace LHP Zach Jackson on the Senators roster.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 2
• Encarnacion (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Dickson 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, R, 2B
• Keyes 2-4, RBI

Potomac simply got outpitched Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Augusta 3 (13 inn.)
• Voth 3IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Ullmann 4IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Thomas 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hollins (W, 2-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Yezzo 4-5, R, 2B, BB
• Wooten 3-6, 2B, 2RBI
• Difo 3-7, R, 2B

For the second straight night, the Suns rallied in the 9th but needed four extra innings to swat the GreenJackets, 5-3. Drew Ward’s two-out RBI single tied it while Craig Manuel’s two-run homer in the 13th won it. Starter Austin Voth only went three innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out four. Three relievers followed for ten innings of one-run relief, with the win going to L.J. Hollins. The Suns struggled with runners on (3-for-16), but as aforementioned, got the key when it mattered most. James Yezzo led the 15-hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, including a double and a walk, followed by John Wooten and Wilmer Difo, who both singled twice and doubled once.

Apr 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 @ Louisville,
6:35 p.m.
Laffey (1-0, 0.00) Treinen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Holmberg (0-3, 14.46) Reineke (0-0, 2.84)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Purke (0-3, 9.49)
Gilliam (0-0, 5.63) vs. Kingham (1-1, 0.53)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-1, 4.05) vs.
Buccifero (0-2, 3.63)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Augusta,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.29) vs.
Ysla (0-1, 7.00)


Syracuse 4 Louisville 1
• Tatusko (W, 1-2) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Jackson (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Robertson (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rhymes 3-4, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Souza 1-3, BB, CS

Ryan Tatusko finally got the run support worthy of his efforts thus far this season (2.18 ERA, 0.68 WHIP) in a 4-1 Syracuse win over Louisville. The 29-y.o. veteran tossed his second straight quality start for his first win, holding the Bats’, um, bats to just one run on four hits with no walks and three K’s over six innings. The Chiefs took advantage of a sloppy 5th inning, scoring three times on three hits with the help of three Louisville errors in the 5th to snap a 1-1 tie. Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes led the offense with a 3-for-4 night, scoring a run, drawing a walk, and stealing a base. Brian Goodwin saw his hit streak stop at 11 but extended his on-base streak to 12 with his team-leading 13th base-on-balls. Roster moves: LHP Danny Rosenbaum placed on 7-Day DL; LHP Zach Jackson reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno optioned from Washington; RHP Aaron Barrett recalled to Washington.

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 0
• Rivero (L, 0-4) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 2-4
• Hood 2-4

Felipe Rivero couldn’t stop the Sens trend of giving up runs early and often as the Curve shut them out, 7-0. Rivero was charged with six runs on nine hits and three walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out two and gave up his second home run of the season while taking his fourth loss in as many starts. Caleb Ramsey and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the five (5) Harrisburg hits. Michael Taylor whiffed four times to extend his E.L-leading batting strikeout mark to 28 in 16 games.
A corresponding move to the reassignment of LHP Zack Jackson to AAA has not yet been announced.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac returns to the Pfitz on a three-game win streak after a 4-2 road trip to Myrtle Beach and Lynchburg. They’ll host Winston-Salem for the three games and finish their first-half slate against the Hillcats with a four-game series from Saturday to Tuesday. Doug Fister is expected to make a rehab start on Sunday, which should take some pressure off Brett Mooneyham, presuming he’s not skipped and/or there’s no rainout between now and then.

Hagerstown 4 Augusta 3
• Giolito 4IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K, HBP
• Suero (W, 2-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Difo 3-4, R, BB, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 2-3, BB, SB, CS

Isaac Ballou’s RBI triple tied it and Wilmer Difo’s RBI single put the Suns ahead as they rallied for two in the 9th to even the series at 1-1 with 4-3 win over the GreenJackets. Lucas Giolito got his third no-decision as the Hagerstown ace was buzzed for three runs on three hit and three walks over four innings. He struck out five but also hit a batter. Wander Suero got the win with four shutout frames of two-hit relief with no BBs and 2 K’s. Difo went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI to lead the Suns attack, followed closely by Estarlin Martinez’s 2-for-3 night with a walk and a stolen base, though he was also caught stealing.

Apr 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-3 vs. Rochester,
12:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 4.15) vs.
Diamond (0-2, 15.00)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Schwartz (0-2, 7.62) vs.
Dodson (0-1, 2.53)
Potomac Won, 6-5 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-1, 2.38) vs.
Parsons (1-1, 3.45)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (2-1, 4.38) vs.
Jones (0-1, 3.00)


Rochester 9 Syracuse 3
• Roenicke (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Delcarmen 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-2, R, 2B, 2BB
• Komatsu 0-2, BB, SF, RBI

The Chiefs’ modest three-game win streak was halted with a 9-3 loss to the RedWings. Spot starter Josh Roenicke was pounded for four runs on six hits and two walks over just three innings. Brian Goodwin extended his hit streak to 10 games with a single and a double, and also drew two walks, pushing that tally to 12 in 16 games. The rest of the lineup managed just two hits and a walk, capitalizing on an error, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch to score twice in the 7th while Erik Komatsu plated Goodwin’s leadoff double in the 9thg with a sacrifice fly in the 9th. RHP Warner Madrigal placed on the 7-Day DL with a calf injury to make room for OF Steve Souza on Chiefs 25-man roster.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
The Senators complete their six-game road trip with a three-game series against the Curve in Altoona in a battle between the fifth- and sixth-place teams in the Eastern League’s Western division.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 5
• Pena (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K
• Self (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Kevin Keyes’s three-run homer, his fourth in seven days, powered a four-run 4th as the P-Nats defeated the Hillcats, 6-5 and took sole possession of 1st place in the Carolina League North Division. Starter Ronald Pena earned his first win but fell one inning short of the six innings required to turn in the team’s first quality of start of 2014. Instead, he game up two runs over five frames on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Robert Benincasa pitched a shaky ninth, allowing a run on two hits but was awarded his league-leading fifth save. Randolph Oduber singled twice to lead the Potomac offense, which scored six times on just seven hits and two walks.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown’s second road trip is the first of five two-team, 1,000-mile-plus road trips of the season as they’ll visit Augusta, GA for three against the GreenJackets today through Wednesday, then head north to Charleston, WV for four against the Power.

Apr 202014
 

near-fight-in-Hagerstown

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-2 vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Roenicke (0-1, 7.20) vs.
May (0-0, 4.82)
Harrisburg Won, 10-3 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 10-4 @ Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Pena (0-0, 10.97) vs.
Sims (1-1, 4.20)
Hagerstown Won, 11-6 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 4 Rochester 2
• Poveda (W, 1-2) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Barrett (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lozada 2-3, R
• Laird 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs doubled up the RedWings 4-2 to run their win streak to three and pull within a game of .500. Omar Poveda tossed seven strong innings, giving up both Rochester runs on three hits and three walks while fanning four. Aaron Barrett worked around a pair of ninth-inning singles to earn his second save. Emmanuel Burriss and Gerald Laird both went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Syracuse offense while Brian Goodwin singled to extend his hit streak to nine games. OF Steve Souza optioned from Washington; the corresponding move to reduce the roster to 25 has not yet been announced.

Harrisburg 10 Reading 3
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Holland (W, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Dykstra 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Canham 2-4, 2R

Harrisburg fell behind early 2-0 but didn’t phone it in. Instead, they dialed long distance three times — twice in the five-run 9th as they pummeled Reading, 10-3. Cutter Dykstra drove in four while going 3-for-5, including a two-run shot in the 3rd (his second in as many games) to tie the game at 2-2. Michael Taylor struck out twice to maintain the league lead in K’s but drove in three with his second HR while Destin Hood hit his first HR to cap the Sens scoring binge. A.J. Cole started but was lifted with two outs in the 4th after giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk while throwing 82 pitches. Neil Holland got the win with two and 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief.

Potomac 10 Lynchburg 4
• Rauh (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Mendez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Piwnica-Worms 3-4, R, BB, 3RBI
• Norfork 3-5, 3R, 3B, BB, RBI
• S. Perez 3-5, 2R, RBI, E(5)

Potomac pounded out a season-best 17 hits and returned to a first-place tie with a 10-4 victory over Lynchburg. Brian Rauh won for the first time this season, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out two. Bryan Harper and Gilberto Mendez combined for four innings of one-run relief, with Mendez stranding two in the 8th to quash a Hillcat comeback. Kevin Keyes continued his bid for POTW honors with his third HR and 8th RBI since Monday. Will Piwnica-Worms, Khayyan Norfork, and Stephen Perez each had three hits as eight of the nine starters hit safely.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 6
• Johansen (W, 2-0) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, WP, HBP
• Simms (SV, 2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Difo 2-4, 3B, 3RBI
• E. Martinez 3-5, 2R
• Ward 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Tempers flared in the 8th (H/T to @NatAC1 via Twitter) as the Suns scored in each of the first seven innings en route to an 11-6 scalding of the BlueClaws, the seventh win by Hagertsown in seven meetings (and only 20 more to go). Jake Johansen got the Jack Morris win with five runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. John Simms closed out the game with three shutout frames for his second save. Lakewood pitchers walked seven Suns (Isaac Ballou three times) and hit a batter (Spencer Kieboom, prompting the above) which enabled Hagerstown to score 11 runs on 12 singles, a double, and a triple. Estarlin led the hit parade with a 3-for-5 night as all nine Suns batters reached base at least twice. OF Denard Span removed from roster, end of MLB rehab

Apr 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (11 inn.) vs. Rochester,
2:00 p.m.
Poveda (0-2, 14.63) vs.
Johnson (1-1, 2.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Reading,
6:05 p.m.
Cole (2-0, 1.80) vs.
Gonzalez (2-0, 2.65)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 (12 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-1, 4.97) vs.
Cabrera (0-0, 3.68)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lakewood,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Martin (0-2, 7.36)


Syracuse 6 Rochester 5 (11 inn.)
• Hill 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Mattheus (BS, 1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Delcarmen (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perez 2-5, R, BB
• Peterson 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SF
• Goodwin 2-4, BB, RBI, CS

Brian Goodwin’s second single of the night was an RBI walkoff that gave the Chiefs a 6-5 win over the Red Wings in 11 innings. Syracuse battered former National Alex Meyer for five runs in the first four innings while Taylor Hill turned in five innings of three-run ball, walking two and giving up six hits. He struck out a season-high of seven. Goodwin, Eury Perez, and Brock Peterson each reached base three times as the Chiefs racked up 10 hits but had trouble making the Red Wings pay for the nine walks issued with 14 men left on base. Roster moves: LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno recalled to Washington; RHP Blake Treinen optioned from Washington

Reading 6 Harrisburg 2
• Purke (L, 0-3) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Gilliam 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Dykstra 1-4, HR, RBI
• Hood 0-2, BB, SB(5)

The good news is that Matt Purke lowered his ERA (10.13 to 9.49) in Harrisburg’s 6-2 loss to Reading. The bad news is that he lost for the third time in as many starts with five runs (four earned) allowed on seven hits over four and a 1/3rd innings. He walked four and struck out two and allowed a two-run homer in the 1st. Cutter Dykstra homered in the 4th to tie the game at 2-2, the first of only three (3) hits the Sens would collect on the night. Harrisburg drew just one walk, but turned it into a run with Destin Hood’s 5th stolen base and two throwing errors (one to move him up, the other other on his steal of 3B), and struck out 13 times.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 6 (12 inn.)
• Lee 5IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Dickson (BS, 1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Bacus (L, 1-1) 1⅔ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, HR
• Oduber 2-6, 2B
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI

Potomac rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take a 6-5 lead but fell to Lynchburg in extras, 7-6. Starter Nick Lee pitched a season-high five innings but was still knocked around for five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Ian Dickson turned in five innings of long relief, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out eight. Dakota Bacus retired the first five batters he faced, but the sixth left the yard for a solo shot that won the game for the Hill City Kitties. Kevin Keyes and Oscar Tejeda both homered as the P-Nats made the most of their eight hits to score six runs, thought they also struck out 15 times.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 8
• Anderson 4IP, 9H, 8R, 7ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Spann (W, 2-0) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Ullmann (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wooten 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• E. Martinez 1-2, 2R, 2B, RBI, 2BB

Hagerstown continues to dominate Lakewood, rallying from 4-0 to take a 9-5 lead and holding on for 10-8 win, their sixth in a row against the BlueClaws. Dixon Anderson gave up all eight Lakewood runs on nine hits, including a three-run bomb with nobody out in the 1st. He walked one and struck out four. The decision went to Matthew Spann for his four-inning relief bridge to Ryan Ullman who put up a fifth zero on the scoreboard for the save, his second. John Wooten homered, while Spencer Kieboom and Estarlin Martinez both doubled to combine for three of the Suns five extra-base hits on the night, which enabled Hagerstown to score 10 times on just nine hits total.

Apr 172014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Tatusko (0-1, 2.08) and Laffey (1st start of ’14) vs.
Smith (0-0, 5.79) and Lincoln (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 7-3;
Won, 3-1
@ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-0, 2.00) vs.
Wolff (1-1, 0.79)
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 (15 inn.) vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.72) vs.
Arteaga (1-1, 4.91)


Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
• Rosenbaum 5⅔ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mattheus (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Peterson 2-3, 2R, BB
• Perez 2-5, R, 3B

Syracuse weathered a four-run, six-hit 1st and came back for 6-5 win over Lehigh Valley. Danny Rosenbaum shook off the bad inning to retire 14 of the next 15 batters and finish the night with four runs on eight hits and a walk over five and 2/3rds innings pitched. Three walks and a wild pitch tied it for the Chiefs in the 7th while the gamewinner came on Emmannuel Burriss sac fly following a one-out triple by Eury Perez. Ryan Mattheus worked around a walk in the 9th to earn the save, his second for the season.

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 2
• Rivero (L, 0-3) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB
• Taylor 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, CS

A starting temperature of 32 degrees didn’t cool the Curve as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one and chugged to a 5-2 win in the series finale. Felipe Rivero lost for the third time in as many starts despite hanging a decent line of two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five. The Sens couldn’t take advantage of six bases-on-ballsas they struggled to a 1-for-11 mark with RISP. Michael Taylor and Justin Bloxom both reached base three times with a walk, single, and a double.
Roster moves: OF Drew Vettleson placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Quincy Latimore assigned from Washington.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 3 — GAME ONE
• Pena 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Dupra (W, 2-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, BK
• Benincasa (SV, 4) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Norfork 2-4, BB, RBI, 2SB
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

The P-Nats picked up where they left off on Tuesday night and took advantage of sloppy defense to score three unearned runs in the top of the 9th to put it away. Brian Dupra got the win in relief with four scoreless innings of relief, with just two hits and a walk surrendered while striking out seven. Robert Benincasa came on in the 8th and got the last five outs for his fourth save of the season.

Potomac 3 Myrtle Beach 1 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 1K, WP, PO
• Mendez (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leonida 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Oduber 2-4, RBI

Brett Mooneyham walked a season-low three batters over five innings while batterymate Cole Leonida racked up eight total bases as Potomac took the nightcap, 3-1. Mooneyham allowed the lone Myrtle Beach run on three hits while earning his first win at High-A. Leonida doubled twice and homered once to lead the P-Nats offense, which racked up nine hits in just seven innings. Gilberto Mendez closed out the game with two scoreless for his second save of the year.

Delmarva 1 Hagerstown 0 (15 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Giolito 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Cooper 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K, HBP
• Thomas (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, K wit
• Yezzo 2-5, BB, CS

The two teams knew they were going to be playing 14 innings last night. Turns out it was 15 innings, but just one game as the Shorebirds won the battle of who could score first with a 1-0 walkoff win. Lucas Giolito and Hunter Harvey both put on a show, with Giolito allowing two hits and two walks over five innings. Jake Walsh, Andrew Cooper, and Justin Thomas combined for nine scoreless innings before Delmarva scored on a two-out rally of two singles sandwiched around of walk, with Thomas putting on the first two baserunners and L.J. Hollins giving up the game-winning hit to the sole batter he faced. Due to the length of the game, Game Two of the doubleheader was postponed. It will most likely be made up during the next series between the two teams, in Delmarva, on May 26-28.

Apr 162014
 

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
4:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) vs.
Buchanan (1-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
10:30 a.m.
Rivero (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Potomac Losing, 4-3
(Suspended)
@ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-1, 2.84) vs.
Gonzalez (0-1, 4.00)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Voth (0-1, 3.72) and Giolito (1-0, 3.38) vs.
Harvey (1-0, 1.64) and Brault (1-1, 7.20)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
The Chiefs’ fifth postponement came as predicted as rain blanketed the East Coast — including WMass to No. VA ;-) — and affected (afflicted?) every affiliate on Tax Day. Roster moves: LHP Aaron Laffey assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD

Rain washed out the second game of the three-game series, which concludes this morning with a matinee. No makeup date was announced at the time of the press release, however, the Sens website is indicating a DH on Saturday, July 12th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — SUSP
• Pena 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Norfork 1-1, BB, RBI, 2SB
• S. Perez 1-1, R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain suspended what looked like a slugfest in the making as the P-Nats landed four hooks in the top of the 2nd while the Pelicans answered with three crosses in the bottom of the 2nd before play was halted. It will be made up today as part of a completion doubleheader (finish the original game, play a seven-inning game afterwards).

Delmarva vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The matchup of Washington’s 1st Rd. pick in ’12 vs. Baltimore’s 1st. Rd. pick in ’13 that was supposed to be tonight is now in doubt thanks to the rainout last night, as the Suns have not officially announced the order in which tonight’s presumed starters will pitch.
Roster moves: IF Cody Dent placed on the 7-Day DL; 3B Drew Ward activated from DL; IF Carlos Lopez returned to XST; IF Willie Medina activated from XST.

Apr 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) and Tatusko (0-1, 2.08) vs.
Smith (0-0, 5.79) and Enright (0-1, 6.52)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (0-2, 4.50) vs. Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Potomac Won, 6-5 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-0, 10.38) vs. Buckel (0-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.72) vs. Brault (1-1, 7.20)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD

For the third time in four Aprils, the Syracuse Chiefs have racked up four postponements. The odds of a fifth look pretty good.
Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson activated from 7-Day DL, IF Sean Nicol reassigned to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Herron (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, CS
• Skole 2-5, 2B, 3RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run double in the 8th tied it and RBI single in the 10th won it as the Harrisburg Senators took back-to-back games for the first time this season. Tyler Herron got the win in relief with two goose eggs in the 9th and 10th innings. Starter Blake Schwartz shook off a first-inning run (the 21st allowed in 11 games by Harrisburg pitchers) to toss four scoreless and allow just four hits and one walk while striking out seven. Michael Taylor led the 13-hit Senator offense with a 3-for-5 night. Injury update: H/T again to Mick Reinhard of Mayflies & Big Flies who’s reporting that Drew Vettleson has a broken bone (not the hamate) in his left hand. Click here to learn more about who may replace him on the Sens roster.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Rauh 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Norfork 2-4, R, 3B, HBP
• B. Miller 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB

Khayyan Norfork scored from second on a grounder to short in the 9th as the P-Nats edged the Mudcats 6-5 to take the series 3-1 and close their first homestand with a 4-3 record. Kevin Keyes homered for the first time while Brandon Miller went deep for the fourth time in six games as the two combined for five RBI and three (3) walks. Brian Raugh got the start and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Robert Benincasa got the win for pitching a scoreless 9th.

Delmarva 9 Hagerstown 2
• Pivetta (L, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K
• Simms 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 2-2, 2B, BB, SB
• Manuel 1-2, R, 2BB

Beginning with four in the 3rd, the Shorebirds scored eight unanswered runs as Delmarva defeated Hagerstown, 9-2. Nick Pivetta suffered his first loss of the season, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings. John Simms turned in four and 2/3rds of strong relief to keep the Suns within striking distance but the Shorebirds scored three against L.J. Hollins in the 8th to put the game away. Wilmer Difo walked, singled, doubled, and stole his eighth base to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.