Aug 192013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (2-8, 5.06) vs.
Godfrey (5-4, 4.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.89) vs.
Westcott (5-11, 4.08)
Potomac Won, 3-2; Won, 2-0 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (3-1, 3.81) vs.
Selman (10-8, 3.53)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Asheville,
5:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-3, 5.15) and
Nick Lee (5-3, 4.06) vs.
T.J. Oakes (8-8, 4.54) and
Ben Hughes (8-9, 5.69)
Auburn Lost, 7-1 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-4, 5.35) vs.
Dickson (2-0, 1.88)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (1-1, 2.78) vs.
Villanueva (2-0, 1.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (3-3, 1.35) vs.
De Leon (0-3, 5.80)



Syracuse 3 Indianapolis 2
• Maya 7IP, 10H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Lowe (W, 3-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 2-4, RBI
• Solano 2-4, R, RBI

Chris Rahl singled, stole two bases, and scored a run. Not bad for a game. Even better with two outs in the 8th as Zach Walters drove in Rahl with the gamewinner for a 3-2 win. The win went to Mark Lowe, who tossed a 1-2-3 eighth. Yunesky Maya got the start and scattered 10 hits for two runs, walked none, and fanned four. Walters and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as to lead the Chiefs’ nine-hit attack.

Portland 2 Harrisburg 1
• Hill (L, 2-6) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Mirowksi 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bloxom 2-4
• Nicol 2-3, 2B

After an eight-run outburst on Saturday night, Harrisburg reverted to form on Sunday afternoon, losing the game, 2-1 and the series 2-1. Taylor Hill returned after his fill-in for Syracuse and gave up both runs (unearned) on six hits and three walks for his sixth AA loss. Portland’s Keith Couch went the distance, making just one mistake — a solo shot by Carlos Rivero — as he limited the Senators to six hits and no walks. Roster moves: RHP Taylor Hill reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Pat Lehman placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 3 Wilmington 2 — GAME ONE
• Schwartz (W, 11-4) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (S, 14) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Sanchez 2-3, R, 3B, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Adrian Sanchez (2-for-3) tripled in the tying run in the 6th while Cole Leonida safely squeezed him in for the gamewinner as the P-Nats took the opener, 3-2. Blake Schwartz won for the 11th time in Potomac, 13th overall, with both Blue Rocks runs allowed on five hits, but no walks, and two strikeouts. Robert Benincasa got the last out of the 6th and worked around a leadoff single in the 7th to earn his 14th save for the P-Nats, 23rd overall. Cutter Dykstra lost his hit streak but extended his on-base streak to 27 with a leadoff walk in the 1st, his league-leading 71st.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 0 — GAME TWO
• Dupra (W, 1-6) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Martin (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• B. Miller 2-3, 3B, RBI
• Nieto 1-3, R, 2B

Brian Dupra and Rafale Martin combined on a seven-inning shutout as the P-Nats swept the doubleheader with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap. Dupra gave up three hits and two walks over five innings while setting down four on strikes for his first win for Potomac and second of the season. Martin closed out the game with two hitless frames, walking two but striking out five. Brandon Miller’s RBI triple in the 4th gave the P-Nats a 1-0 lead while Cole Leonida bunted in the insurance run in the 7th.

Hagerstown vs. Asheville — PPD
Rain washed out the Suns yesterday afternoon. They’ll try to make it up with two tonight, starting at 5:05 p.m.

Jamestown 7 Auburn 1
• Ullmann (L, 1-2) 5IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Grisz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Reistetter 2-3, R, 3B, BB
• Gunter 2-4
Jamestown answered Auburns’s first-inning run with three in the bottom of the first and cruised to four more to hand the Doubledays a 7-1 loss. Ryan Ullmann got the start for Auburn but was hammered for six runs (five earned) on ten hits, including two home runs, and a walk over five innings. Benjamin Grisz made his first appearance since 2011, striking out two in a scoreless 6th. Matt Reistetter reached base three times on single, triple, and a walk while the Doubledays were held to six hits and one walk total.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Two weeks left for the G-Nats as they march towards the playoffs and are six wins shy of setting the record for the best winning percentage.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
If the D-Nats can post a 4-2 week this week as they did last week, they’ll surpass last year’s 38-32 record but will need some help to match last year’s third-place finish in the Boca Chica South.

Aug 182013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-1 vs. Indianapolis,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.97) vs. Oliver (5-4, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 8-0 vs. Portland,
2:00 p.m.
Hill (2-5, 2.49) vs. Couch (9-3, 3.76)
Potomac Won, 7-1 @ Wilmington,
3:05 p.m.
Schwartz (10-4, 2.73) and Dupra (0-6, 5.90) vs.
Sulbaran (0-2, 6.86) and Hernandez (0-0, 2.14)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0 vs. Asheville,
1:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-3, 5.15) vs. Oakes (8-8, 4.54)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Jamestown,
4:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A



Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 6-10) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2WP, PO at 1B
• Kimball 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Watts 2-3
• Walters 1-3, BB

Indianapolis’s Brandon Cumpton stifled the Syracuse bats for eight innings as the Chiefs fell, 3-1. Starter Danny Rosenbaum took the loss, giving up all three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. The defense committed four errors but turned four double plays. Kris Watts (2-for-3) and Zach Walters (1-for-3) were the only two Syracuse batters to reach base twice.
Roster move: OF-1B Tyler Moore recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Portland 0
• Swynenberg (W, 4-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Holland (H, 6) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Rivero 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, 2R
• Head 2-5, R, RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout while the offense exploded for seven runs in the 6th en route to an 8-0 shutout of the Sea Dogs. Matt Swynenberg let up just three hits over five innings in his second spot start in place of Taylor Hill to earn his fourth win. Twelve men came to the plate in the 6th, with the first five reaching base as Harrisburg posted season highs for both runs and hits in a single inning as the Senators broke out for eight runs and 10 hits total.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 1
• Solis 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 4K
• Fischer (W, 4-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Dykstra 3-5, 2R, 2B, 4RBI (18-game hit streak)
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2B, 3B

The P-Nats stoned the Blue Rocks for 11 hits as they took their sixth straight, 7-1. David Fischer got the win in relief, giving up the lone Wilmington run on a solo shot in the 8th in relief. Sammy Solis failed to go the requisitve five for the fifth time in 10 starts, walking four and whiffing four in four and 2/3rds innings with two hits surrendered. Cutter Dykstra remains red-hot in the second half (.350/.508/.493 in 43G) as he drove in four while going 3-for-5, as did Adrian Sanchez with a single, double, and a triple.

Hagerstown 4 Asheville 0
• Mooneyham (W, 10-3) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 9K
• Davis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norfork 3-4, R , HR, RBI
• Mesa 3-4, 2R, 3B

Brett Mooneyham tied Pedro Encarnacion for the team lead in pitching wins with #10 while Hagerstown won its seventh straight, 4-0 over Asheville. The Stanford southpaw won his sixth straight decision with seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits, no walks, and setting down nine on strikes. Cody Davis followed for two more scoreless frames to preserve the shutout, the Suns league-leading 15th of the 2013 campaign. Khayyan Norfork and Narciso Mesa both went 3-for-4 to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 3 (10 inn.)
• Johansen 5IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Joyce (W, 1-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 2-4, 2R, 3B, 2BB
• Reistetter 3-5, 2B

The Auburn offense nearly lost this one, waiting until the 9th to tie it and winning it in the 10th, 4-3 over Mahoning Valley. Nats top 2013 pick Jake Johansen tossed five hitless innings, allowing an unearned run on two walks while striking out six to lower his ERA to 1.06 and OBA to .147 but got the no-decision for the eighth time in 10 starts. The Doubledays outhit the Scrappers 10-3 but flailed in the clutch with a 2-for-12 mark and left 14 baserunners on. Tablesetters Isaac Ballou and Matt Reistetter combined for five of those 10 hits with Ballou tripling and coming in on a sac fly in the 10th for the gamewinner.

GCL Mets 6 GCL Nationals 5
• Silvestre 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Ramos (BS, 4; L, 4-3) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Bautista 3-5
• Mejia 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

The G-Mets scored the last six runs and walked off in the 9th with a 6-5 win over the G-Nats. David Ramos blew his fourth save and lost for the third time, coughing up two runs on two hits and walk over 2/3rds of an inning. Starter Hector Silvestre went five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three. Rafael Bautista led the G-Nats offense with a 3-for-5 game, followed by Bryan Mejia, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Roster move: C Spencer Kieboom activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Cubs 3 DSL Nationals 1 (12 inn.)
• Sanchez 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Green (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 2WP
• Ortiz 3-5, 2B, CS
• Alvarez 2-4, BB, CS

The D-Cubs rallied for two in the 12th and held on for a 3-1 win, eliminating the D-Nats from the Boca Chica South Division race. Starter Mario Sanchez went seven innings, giving up the first D-Cubs run on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Oliver Ortiz and Thomas Alvarez combined for five of the D-Nats eight hits. Both were caught stealing. Adrian Green took the loss in the two-run 12th with just one hit allowed, “thanks” to a wild pitch on a strikeout and a one-out error.

Aug 172013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.97) vs.
Cumpton (5-7, 3.82)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (3-0, 3.67) vs.
Barnes (5-8, 4.27)
Potomac Won, 7-3 @ Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 3.12) vs.
Baez (1-0, 4.02)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (9-3, 2.09) vs.
Flemer (2-3, 3.97)
Auburn Won, 6-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
6:05 p.m.
Johansen (1-1, 1.21) vs. Kime
(0-2, 2.75)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-2 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
Silvestre (6-0, 2.29) vs.
Acosta (1-2, 2.28)
DSL Nationals Won, 2-0 vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Sanchez (2-2, 2.40) vs.
Mejia (0-0, 9.00)



Lehigh Valley 3 Syracuse 2
• Tatusko 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Robertson (BS, 3; L, 3-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, K,
• Moore 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Solano 1-3, R, 2B

The IronPigs rallied for two in the 7th against the Chiefs ‘pen for a 3-2 win to take the series 2-1. Tyler Robertson gave up a pair of singles then threw away a sacrifice bunt attempt to let up the tying run. After a strikeout and a runner cut down at the plate, Lehigh Valley got the go-ahead (and eventual winning run) on a two-out single off Mike Crotta. Starter Ryan Tatusko turned in a quality start with one run allowed on three hits and three walks over six innings. Tyler Moore homered while going 2-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense.

Portland 4 Harrisburg 1
• Cole (L, 3-1) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 7K
• McCoy 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Bloxom 1-3, BB
• Nicol 1-3, BB

The box score listed the wind as 7 mph from LF to RF, but didn’t measure the breeze from 16 strikeouts by the Senators in a 4-1 loss to Portland. Harrisburg was no-hit for five and 2/3rds and mustered just three total (all singles), the lone run scoring on a walk, passed ball, a steal of third (do I have to say who?) and a wild pitch. A.J. Cole suffered his first AA defeat, charged with all four Sea Dogs runs on eight hits and a walk with seven K’s. Roster moves: OF Brian Goodwin activated from the 7-Day DL; OF-1B Jimmy Van Ostrand placed on the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 7 Frederick 3
• Ohlendorf 4+ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Holt (W, 7-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Ramsey 2-5, 2B
• Oduber 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Potomac lowered its magic number to 12 with their fifth straight win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 Asheville 3
• Encarnacion (W, 10-7) 6IP, 5H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Thomas (H, 2) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-3, 2R, BB
• McQuillan 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-4, R, 3B, RBI

Pedro Encarnacion became the Suns’ first 10-game winner as Hagerstown downed Asheville, 5-3. The 22-y.o. Dominican struck out eight and walked two while posting a quality start of two runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings. Hagerstown trailed 2-1 before going triple-single-double to open the 6th inning and tie the game. A wild pitch and an RBI groundout plated the next two runs in three-run inning. Tony Renda, Mike McQuillan, and “Help Me” Wander Ramos each had two hits as the Suns notched 10 for the game. Roster move: LHP Jake Walsh reassigned from the GCL.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 1
• Voth (W, 2-0) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 11K
• Bafidis 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• J.C. Valdez 3-4, R, RBI
• Zebrack 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Auburn broke open a 1-1 game with a five-run 6th for a 6-1 win over Mahoning Valley. 5th-round pick Austin Voth struck out 11 in six innings to win his second game. The 21-y.o. U-Dub Husky allowed a run on five hits and one walk. Cory Bafidis and Silvio Medina combined for three shutout innings of relief and four strikeouts to bring the team total to 15. Jean Carlos Valdez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead Auburn’s 11-hit parade. Roster move: RHP Ben Grisz activated from the 60-Day DL.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 2
• J. Rodriguez 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 7-1) 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Abreu 1-3, R, RBI
• R. Encarnacion 3-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

The G-Nats were saved from a devastating two-game losing streak with a four-run rally in the late innings as they prevailed against the G-Mets, 5-2. Jefry Rodriguez gave up both G-Mets runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over three innings. Wander Suero got the win, his team-leading seventh, with five no-hit innings of relief. Randy Encarnacion was 3-for-3 with a run scored and a two-run HR that capped the G-Nats scoring in the 7th.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Cubs 0
• Yrizarri 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Reynoso (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Tillero 2-3, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, 2B, 2BB, CS

The D-Nats staved off elimination for one more day with a 2-0 win over the division-leading D-Cubs. Starter Deibi Yrizarri tossed six shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk with two strikeouts but got a no-decision. Yorlin Reynoso, Yefri Pena and Melvi Salazat each pitched a scoreless inning to earn the win, hold, and save respectively. Aldrem Corredor reached base three times on a double and two walks while Jorge Tillero led the hit column with a 2-for-3 game, collecting the D-Nats’ sole RBI.

Aug 162013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (5-6, 3.88) vs.
Smith (7-2, 2.42)
Harrisburg Won, 6-5 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-0, 1.73) vs.
Owens (1-1, 1.80)
Potomac Won, 5-4 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Ohlendorf (rehab) or
Solis (2-0, 3.12) vs. Clark (0-5, 14.05)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (9-7, 3.55) vs.
Flemer (2-3, 3.97)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 1.46) vs.
Kime (0-2, 2.75)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-4 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.31) vs.
Church (2-2, 6.04)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-2 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (4-3, 2.37) vs.
Perez (3-3, 2.25)



Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1
• Clay (W, 4-2) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Lowe (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kobernus 4-4, 2B, RBI, SB, CS
• Moore 2-3, BB

Jeff Kobernus’s fourth hit of the night was the difference in a 2-1 Syracuse win over Lehigh Valley. The 25-y.o. went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI while swiping his 38th base to lead the Chiefs seven-hit attack. Caleb Clay won his fourth AAA game with an unearned run allowed on four hits over six and 2/3rds innings. He walked none and struck out four. Xavier Cedeno got the last out of the 7th and the first two of the 8th for the hold while Mark Lowe escaped a two-out jam in the 9th for the save.
Roster moves: RHP Drew Storen recalled to Washington; RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 6 Trenton 5
• Gilliam 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 24) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Nicol 4-5, 3B, 2RBI, SB
• Burns 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI, SB

The Senators tablesetters combined for seven hits and drove in the last two runs in a 6-5 Harrisburg win over Trenton. Billy Burns (3-for-4) singled in the 6th to break a 4-4 tie while Sean Nicol’s RBI triple in the 8th put the Sens up 6-4. Starter Rob Gilliam was lifted in the 5th and left with a 4-1 lead. He was charged with three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Richie Mirowski let in two inherited runners and gave up one of his own but earned the win. Aaron Barrett let in one of two himself, but struck out three of seven batters faced to earn his 24th save.

Potomac 5 Frederick 4
• Demny (W, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Dupra (H, 5) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 3-4, R, BB, RBI
• J. Miller 3-4, R
• Ramsey 3-5, R

The P-Nats won their fourth straight Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 9 Delmarva 1
• Turnbull (W, 6-5) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Piwinica-Worms 3-4, BB, 2RBI
• Martinez 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Renda 2-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB, RBI

The Suns scored eight unanswered runs in a 9-1 win to complete the sweep of the Shorebirds and finish the season 14-8 against their Maryland rivals. Starter Kylin Turnbull allowed just a first-inning run and five hits total for his 6th Low-A win while walking one and striking out four. Eight of nine Hagerstown batters hit safely, with Will Piwinica-Worms and Estarlin Martinez both going 3-for-4 with 2RBI to lead the Suns offense.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 2
• Pivetta 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Selsor 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Mudron (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Yezzo 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3

Williamsport rallied for one in the 8th and took the game 3-2 to split the two-game series with Auburn. Nick Pivetta gave up the first two Crosscutter runs on three hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Casey Selsor finished the 4th and retired all 10 batters he faced. The Doubledays offense, however, was limited to three hits: a single and two-run triple by James Yezzo and a single by Isaac Ballou. Mike Mudron lost it in the 8th, giving up a run on two hits and two walks.

GCL Marlins 5 GCL Nationals 4
• Williams (L, 1-1) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, K
• P. Valdez 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Medina 2-4, R, CS
• Bautista 2-5, R, RBI, SB

The G-Nats streak was halted at 17 with a 5-4 loss to the G-Marlins. Deion Williams took the loss in his second start since his reassignment from Auburn, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out one (1). Down 5-1, the G-Nats rallied for three in the 9th, collecting four of their eight hits in the frame, but left the tying run on second. Rafael Bautista went 2-for-5 with a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base to lead the G-Nats attack.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Yankees1 2
• Reyes (W, 5-3) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Feliz (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rosario 2-4, RBI
• Ortiz 2-4, 2R
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R

The D-Nats snapped a 1-1 tie with two runs in the 4th and scored three more en route to a 6-2 win over the D-Yankees1. Luis Reyes won his team-leading fifth game with both D-Yankees1 runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six. All nine D-Nats batters reached base while Dionicio Rosario, Oliver Ortiz, and Kelvin Gutierrez all went 2-for-4 in the D-Nats 10-hit, three-walk offense.
Roster Moves: 3B Neivy Pilier placed on the 7-Day DL; C Luis Vilorio, SS Joshual Ramirez assigned from Washington; 3B Anderson Franco signed as an IFA (not eligible to play until 2014).

Aug 152013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 2.69) vs.
Buchanan (2-0, 1.29)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.50) vs.
Greene (6-3, 3.11)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (0-1, 5.06) vs.
Davies (7-5, 3.41)
Hagerstown Won, 5-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (5-5, 4.27) vs.
Taylor (4-11, 3.25)
Auburn Won, 3-0 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Williams (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Castellanos (2-4, 4.50)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-4 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (4-3, 2.74) vs.
Acevedo (1-0, 2.73)



Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 2-8) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K; 1-2
• Storen ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Kobernus 1-4

Lehigh Valley’s Tyler Cloyd went the distance, making just one mistake in a 4-1 win over Syracuse. That was Zach Walters’s 28th HR, a solo shot in the 5th that briefly gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead and prevented a shutout. Cloyd held Syracuse to just three hits, with starting pitcher Jeff Mandel and leadoff batter Jeff Kobernus getting the other two. Mandel took the loss with two runs on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings while setting down seven on strikes. Drew Store made his third straight scoreless outing, getting the last out of the 6th and stranding two baserunners.

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 3
• Karns (L, 7-6) 5IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 4-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-4, RBI

The Thunder jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off the Senators 9th-inning charge for 4-3 win. Nathan Karns’s struggles with the longball resurfaced as the 25-y.o. gave up a pair in the 4th and all four Trenton runs on 11 hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six, but lost his sixth game. Billy Burns and Sean Nicol both drew two-out walks, with Burns scoring on Justin Bloxom’s RBI double (and fourth hit of the night) but Ricky Hague struck out to end it.

Potomac 6 Frederick 2
• Purke (W, 3-3) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Martin (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Nieto 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The P-Nats seem to be back on track with their third straight win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 0
• Lee (W, 5-3) 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 10K
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-4, R, 2-2B, BB,
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R
• McQuillan 2-5, R, 2B, 3B

Nick Lee struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings as the Suns shut out the Shorebirds, 5-0. The 22-y.o. southpaw let up just two hits and walked one while earning his fifth win. Derek Self finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. Hagerstown scored in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to put the game away. Tony Renda and Mike McQuillan both had a pair of extra-base hits, with Renda connecting on his 38th and 39th two-baggers to extend his league lead while McQuillan doubled and tripled as the Suns racked up eight hits and three walks total.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 0
• Treinen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Orlan (W, 1-3) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Simms 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lippincott 1-3, R, BB, RBI
• Yezzo 1-4, RBI

With a little help from a rehab start, three Auburn pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout for a 3-0 win over Williamsport. Blake Treinen started and went two perfect innings. R.C. Orlan got the win with five innings of one-hit ball, walking two and fanning three. John Simms worked around four hits over the 8th and 9th innings to earn the save. Bryan Lippincott went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI to lead the Doubledays offense, which was limited to four hits and two walks.
Roster move: RHP Blake Treinen assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Marlins 2
• Ott (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Derosier (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Walsh (SV, 7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• D. Eusebio 2-4
• R. Encarnacion 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Randy Encarnacion’s two-run HR in the 3rd proved to be the difference as the G-Nats won their 17th straight, 3-2. Travis Ott won his second decision, allowing a run on a solo HR in his fifth and final inning with no walks and seven strikeouts. Matt Derosier also gave up a run on three hits total over three innings for the hold while Dylan Walsh worked around a hit and a walk by striking out the side in the 9th for his seventh save. Diomedes Eusebio led the hit column with a 2-for-4 morning as the G-Nats notched six hits total.
Roster move: OF Jordan Poole reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Yankees1 5 DSL Nationals 4
• Valerio (L, 3-4) 4IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 6K, 2HR, 2WP,
• Torres 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Tillero 2-2, R, HR, RBI
• Rosario 2-3,R, BB

The D-Yankees1 tagged starter Maximo Valerio for five runs early and despite near-perfect relief from Luis Torres, couldn’t dig themselves out of the 5-0 hole and lost, 5-4. Valerio surrendered seven hits, including two home runs, and walked one over five innings while striking out six over four innings. Luis Torres. Jorge Tillero came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a solo HR while Dionicio Rosario went 2-for-3 with a run and a walk as the D-Nats scored four times on six hits and seven walks.

Aug 122013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Hagerstown Suns have announced that RHP Travis Henke has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

Henke was 3-1 with two saves, five holds, and a 2.72 ERA in 30 appearances with 17 walks and 41 strikeouts over 59⅔ innings.

The 6’6″ 25-year-old was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2011 Draft from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He spent two seasons in Auburn, posting an unimpressive ERA of 5.40 and a subpar WHIP of 1.518 in 2011 before lowering those numbers to 2.78 and 1.169 in 2012, which earned him a brief look-see last in Hagerstown last August (0-1, 12.00, 3IP in 2G).

Henke’s calling card, in addition to the surname he shares with his uncle, former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Tom, has been a decent walk rate of 2.6 per nine innings that he’s sustained throughout his professional career. He’ll be expected to help shore up a badly overworked Potomac bullpen.

A corresponding move to make room on the Potomac roster has not yet been announced.
UPDATE: RHP Cameron Selik has been placed on the 7-Day DL for Potomac, clearing a space for Henke on the roster.

Aug 092013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0; Won, 5-4 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 2.44) vs.
Ranaudo (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.38) vs.
Hollingsworth (6-4, 3.20)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (2-3, 6.35) vs.
Luis Parra (A+ debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (5-4, 4.58) vs.
Simmons (1-3, 3.51)
Auburn Cancelled vs. Connecticut,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (SS-A debut) vs.
Pritcher (3-1, 2.61)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-2 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Valdez (3-0, 3.15) vs.
Nuez (1-1, 5.26)
DSL Nationals Lost, 11-3 (8 inn.) @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (4-2, 2.12) vs.
Vera (0-0, 1.99)



Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 0 — GAME ONE
• Mandel (W, 2-7) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Crotta 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Moore 2-3, 2B, 3RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Two Syracuse pitchers combined on five-hit shutout for a 4-0 win over Pawtucket in the opener. Jeff Mandel turned in six scoreless innings on three days’ rest, allowing four hits, no walks and striking out two for his second win. Zach Walters (1-for-3) smacked a solo shot in the 2nd to start the ball rolling while Tyler Moore (2-for-3) singled in two runs in the 3rd and doubled in one in the 5th to power the Chiefs offense.

Syracuse 5 Pawtucket 4 — GAME TWO
• Hill 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Cedeno (BS, 3; W, 2-0) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Davis (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Johnson 2-2, R, BB, RBI
• Marrero 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Eury Perez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th broke a 4-4 tie as the Chiefs held on in the 7th for a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader from the PawSox. Taylor Hill gave up three runs on eight hits and no walks over four and 2/3rds in his AAA debut. He struck out four. Xavier Cedeno let in a run and got the benefit of the sixth-inning rally for the blown-save-win. Four Syracuse batters collected multiple hits as the Chiefs racked up 10 in six turns at bat.

Harrisburg 4 Reading 1
• Karns 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 2WP
• McCoy ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 21) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Burns 2-3, 2BB, 2RBI, SB
• Hood 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Harrisburg threatened in six of seven innings before breaking out in the 8th for a 4-1 win over Reading. Starter Nathan Karns moved up a day to replace Taylor Hill and pitched seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits and walking three but got a no-decision. Pat McCoy got the win in relief while Aaron Barrett pitched a scoreless 9th for his 21st save. In addition to walking eight batters on the night, the Fightin’ pitchers plunked two in the 8th and wild-pitched in the tying run. Destin Hood (1-for-3) drove in the go-ahead run while Billy Burns (2-for-3) singled two insurance runs to complete the four-run rally. Roster move: RHP Pat Lehman activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 6 (11 inn.)
• Rauh 6IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Martin (BS, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K, 3-3 IR-S, 2WP
• Dupra (L, 0-5) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, WP
• 4H, 9BB, HBP, 3WP for ‘pen in 4⅓ IP
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5
• Gilmartin 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Six scoreless innings from the starter, five runs on two home runs, a 6-0 lead going into the 9th. What could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Three Potomac relievers coughed up six runs in the bottom of the 9th to send it to extras, then gave up the gamewinner on a wild pitch for a 7-6 loss in 11 innings to Myrtle Beach. Brian Rauh scattered seven hits and a walk in six scoreless innings, striking out five — including the side in the 3rd when he loaded the bases on three singles and stranded ‘em all. Kevin Keyes hit the scoreboard (again) with his 11th big fly in the 2nd while Mike Gilmartin’s three-run shot in the 6th highlighted the four-run rally that built the P-Nats 6-0 advantage.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 1
• Lee (L, 4-3) 4⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 9K, HR, 2WP
• Pena 3⅓ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K, 3-2 IR-S
• Martinez 1-4, OF assist at 3B
• Manuel 1-3

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead after the top of the 1st and were stifled for the next eight innings as Lexington won, 5-1. Nick Lee took the loss, knocked from the box with two outs in the 5th after giving up two hits and five walks and striking out nine. Ronald Pena let in two of three inherited runners in the 5th to charge Lee with four runs. He finished out the game, allowing an unearned run on five hits and a walk while fanning four. The Suns were held to just five hits and a walk, with no batter reaching base twice.

Auburn vs. Aberdeen — CNCLD
Late-afternoon storms soaked Falcon Field, forcing the cancellation of the series finale between the Ironbirds and Doubledays.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 2
• Derosier 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Ott (W, 1-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, HR, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 2-2B
• Ruiz 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A three-run 7th erased a 2-1 deficit as the G-Nats fileted the G-Marlins, 6-2 for their 12th straight victory and clinched a tie for the GCL East title. Matt Derosier got the start and gave up both G-Marlins runs on home run in the 1st and three hits total. He walked two and struck out four. Travis Ott won the game in relief, turning in four scoreless frames with two hits allowed, no walks and four strikeouts. Randy Encarnacion doubled twice, homered once, and scored three times while driving in two, leading the G-Nats 11-hit attack.

DSL Tigers 11 DSL Nationals 3 (8 inn.)
• Valerio 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Reynoso (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Florentino 2-4, 2B, RBI, CS
• Alvarez 1-3, BB, RBI

Rain mercifully shortened this one to eight innings as the D-Tigers pounded the D-Nats, 11-3. Five errors rendered seven of the 11 runs unearned, but explaining away 14 hits isn’t so easy. Maximo Valerio started and went two innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Yorlin Reynoso took the loss, charged with five runs (one earned) on five hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Tablesetters Darryl Florentino and Thomas Alvarez combined to go 3-for-7 with a double and two RBI as the D-Nats managed just six hits total.

Aug 082013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-7, 5.59) and Hill (AAA debut) vs.
Haeger (2-2, 5.85) and TBD
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Biddle (4-12, 3.96)
Potomac Won, 8-7 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (3-1, 3.46) vs. Eickhoff (7-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (4-2, 4.28) vs. Binford (7-5, 1.95)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (SS-A debut) vs. Severino (0-4, 4.12)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 6.60) vs. Villanueva (1-0, 1.13)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 vs. DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (3-2, 2.62) vs. Cabrera (3-0, 6.33)



Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 6-8) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Kimball 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 2K, HR, WP
• Kobernus 2-4, CS, OF assist at 2B
• Walters 2-4, R, HR(25), RBI, E(27)

The RailRiders scored the first seven runs of the game and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Chiefs. Danny Rosenbaum needed 83 pitches to get through four innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks and striking out four, but lost for the eighth time. Cole Kimball gave up his fourth longball in 13 appearances and ballooned his ERA to 14.92 with four runs on four hits in two innings thrown. Zach Walters hit his 25th homer and committed his 27th error as he and Jeff Kobernus both went 2-for-4 to pace the Syracuse offense.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill reassigned from Harrisburg. With doubleheaders today and Monday, this is likely a short-term move.

Harrisburg 3 Reading 2
• Ray (W, 4-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Herron (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, 2B

Robbie Ray turned in a quality start and the bullpen locked it down with three shutout innings for a 3-2 Harrisburg win over Reading. The 21-y.o. lefty let in both Fightin’ runs on five hits and a walk while fanning two for his fourth AA win. Matt Swynenberg pitched a scoreless 7th for the hold and Tyler Herron worked around single in the 8th and a two walks in the 9th for his third AA save. Justin Bloxom and Jimmy Van Ostrand both singled and doubled and went 2-for-4 while Ricky Hague, Jason Martinson, and Carlos Rivero each had an RBI single in three trips to the plate.

Potomac 8 Carolina 7 (11 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Benincasa 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bates (W, 4-4) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Nieto 4-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 3-6, R

Potomac rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 6-3, tying the game in the 9th on a two-base sacrifice fly, and prevailing 8-7 in 11 innings to prevent a Carolina sweep. The P-Nats tied their season high with 18 hits, with Adrian Nieto leading the hit parade with a 4-for-5 game, including the double that was turned into the tying run in the 9th. Blake Schwartz started but was knocked for four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. Colin Bates got the win, pitching the final two frames and surviving a Mudcat rally in the 11th that saw the tying run gunned down at the plate on a one-out RBI triple that Carolina gambled could be turned into a two-run inside-the-parker, but the P-Nats denied it with a successful 7-6-2 relay.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 1
• Dickson (L, 2-3) 5+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• McQuillan 1-3, 2BB
• Pleffner 1-3, BB

Lakewood broke open a 3-0 game with a three-run 8th and cruised to a 6-1 win over Hagerstown. Suns starter Ian Dickson lost for the third time, lifted in the 6th after taking a line drive off his ankle for the fifth hit. He was charged with three runs, walked two and struck out three over five-plus innings. Stephen Perez’s RBI single in the 9th broke up the shutout, but Hagerstown mustered just five hits total, with Mike McQuillan leading the offense with a single and two walks in five plate appearances.

Aberdeen 3 Auburn 0
• Orlan (L, 0-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
• Yezzo 2-4
• Foat 1-4

Two Ironbirds pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as Aberdeen blanked Auburn, 3-0. Starter R.C. Orlan was struck for one run on a solo HR in the 3rd and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck three and suffered his third loss. James Yezzo singled once and Matt Foat singled twice as the Doubledays managed just seven baserunners and struck out 11 times.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1
• Giolito (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Walsh 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Lucas Giolito went five innings for the first time and was rewarded for some nifty pitching with his first professional win as the G-Nats continue to roll, 6-1 over the G-Marlins. Giolito gave up a run on five hits, no walks, and struck out five while getting eight of 15 outs on the ground. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the offense with single, double, and a walk as the team piled up nine hits and four walks while winning their 11th straight game.

DSL Tigers 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Ramirez 2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 1-3, BB
• Mota 1-3, 2B

The D-Tigers tripled up the D-Nats in both hits and runs for a 3-1 win on Wednesday morning. Starter Jose Morales allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings, but lost for the third time. Jean Ramirez gave up the third, unearned, run on four hits in two innings of relief. Dionicio Rosario drove in the lone D-Nat run with a 2nd inning single following a hit batsman and a sacrifice, the first of just three hits registered by the D-Nats.

Aug 072013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (13 inn.);
Won, 3-2
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (6-7, 3.95) vs.
Cotham (3-5, 6.26)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Ray (3-1, 3.24) vs.
Rosin (9-5, 4.24)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (9-4, 2.79) vs.
Pasquale (4-6, 4.33)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (2-2, 5.67) vs.
Stefan (3-6, 4.08)
Auburn Lost, 10-9 (10 inn.) vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-2, 5.19) vs.
Vader (3-3, 2.65)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-0 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 4.26) vs.
Talbot (1-1, 2.25)
DSL Nationals Won 7-6 (13 inn.);
Lost, 6-2
@ DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (2-2, 1.04) vs.
Martinez (2-0, 2.64)



Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 6 (13 inn.) — COMP.
• Maya 5⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K
• Broadway 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Crotta (L, 4-7) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Johnson 3-5, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Rahl 3-6, R, SB
• Marrero 3-7, R, 2B, RBI

Picking where they left things off in lovely Moosic, PA on July 12, Josh Johnson singled with two outs and stole 2nd and 3rd but was stranded there when Jhonatan Solano flew out to right. Mike Crotta took over on the mound and retired three of four he faced in the 12th, but a leadoff walk, stolen base, and a pair of singles pushed him around to score to give the RailRiders the win.

Syracuse 3 Scranton/WB 2 — GAME TWO
• Maya (W, 7-7) 8IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 2-3, R, 2B
• Walters 1-2, R, BB

In ther regularly scheduled game, Yunesky Maya went eight innings for the second time in three starts as Syracuse split the de facto doubleheader with a 3-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The almost-32-y.o. Cuban let in two runs on five hits, no walks, and struck out five while evening his record at 7-7 for the year. Corey Brown singled, doubled and scored a run as the Chiefs collected eight hits for the night, with Tyler Moore, Josh Johnson, and Jhonatan Solano delivering RBIs via the sac fly, single, and double respectively.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Cole 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 10K, HR
• Barrett (BS, 4) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Perry (L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Burns 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Head 2-4, BB, 2RBI

A.J. Cole struck out 10 and seemed headed for his third AA win in as many starts when the Sens scored three times in the 7th. The Harrisburg bullpen faltered in the 9th and gave up four unanswered runs for a 4-3 loss in 12 innings. Cole gave up a solo HR in the 2nd but just four hits and no walks over seven innings. Aaron Barrett blew the save with three straight hits to open the inning and let in two runs to tie it. Ryan Perry took the loss without giving up a hit, thought two walks and a wild pitch would suffice. Billy Burns singled twice, walked once, and stole his first AA base but the Senators would strand 14 baserunners while going 3-for-14 with RISP.

Carolina 5 Potomac 4
• Solis 4⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Selik (BS, 4; L, 1-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, RBI
• Miller 2-4

A two-out, two-run triple was the difference as Potomac lost again to Carolina, 5-4. Sammy Solis failed to go five innings for the fourth time in nine appearances, tagged for three runs on seven hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Brandon Miller continues to rake, going 2-for-4 for the fourth straight game as the P-Nats notched nine hits and drew three walks in the loss.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 0
• Mooneyham (W, 8-3) 7⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7K
• Self (S, 4) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Severino 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Brett Mooneyham and Derek Self combined on a two-hit shutout as the Suns took another one from Lakewood, 3-0. Mooneyham did, however, issue four walks including two to the last two batters he faced with one out in the 8th. He gave up a first-inning single and struck out seven to tie Pedro Encarnacion for the team lead in wins. Derek Self stranded both runners and pitched around a ninth-inning double for his fourth save. Shawn Pleffner singled, doubled, and walked while Pedro Severino drove in two with a triple to pace the Suns offense.

Aberdeen 10 Auburn 9
• Barrientos 4⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Joyce (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Foat 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Lippincott 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SF

Auburn rallied from a 9-6 deficit in the 9th, but gave it right back in the 10th for a 10-9 loss to Aberdeen, ending a three-game win streak. Jake Joyce took the loss, giving up the final four Ironbird runs on five hits and two walks in the 9th and 10th innings. Joel Barrientos got the no-decision, charged with five runs on nine hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds. Matt Foat led the 15-hit attack with a 4-for-5 night, scoring twice and driving in a run. Issac Ballou, Greg Zebrack and Matt Reistetter each drew two walks as the Doubledays were walked eight times total. Roster move: RHP Nick Pivetta reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Cardinals 0
• Silvestre (W, 5-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lehman (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ruiz 3-3, 2R, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, R

Hector Silvestre tossed five scoreless frames to win his fifth while the G-Nats ran their latest win streak to 10 with a 9-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Silvestre gave up two hits, walked none and struck out one. A quartet of relievers followed, each pitching a scoreless inning. Adderling Ruiz went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the G-Nats attack of 11 hits and three walks.
Roster move: RHP Deon Williams reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Orioles2 6 (13 inn.) — COMP.
• Torres 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Sanchez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Aquino (W, 4-1) 2IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rosario 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Serrata 2-4, R, 2-3B, 2RBI

In a game that had been suspended on July 18 and unreported the morning after, the D-Nats rallied in extras to defeat the Orioles2, 7-6. Luis Torres started and went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with four K’s. Jonathan Aquino got the win despite giving up two unearned runs in the top of 13th, “thanks” to his own thowing error on a botched sacrifice. The D-Orioles2 returned the favor in the bottom of the 13th with their fifth error. Dionicio Rosario sent in the runner that reached with an RBI double, Brayan Serrata followed Rosario with his second RBI triple of the game to tie it, and Edwin Lora drove in Serrata with an RBI single for the gamewinner.

DSL Orioles2 6 DSL Nationals 2 — GAME TWO
• Sanchez (L, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Green 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 1-3, R, SB
• Serrata 1-2, R, 3B

The D-Orioles2 struck for three in the first and never looked back, winning the second game, 6-2. Starter Mario Sanchez turned in five innings, but let in four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five for the loss, his second. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and one walk.

Aug 062013
 

No, I Said The White PhoneBetween the impending shutdown of Taylor Jordan and the injuries to the Rosses (Ohlendorf and Detwiler), a callup of a minor-league pitcher was expected this week — preferably a starter or long reliever.

However, it’s not Nathan Karns, but Tanner Roark.

Roark’s contract was purchased this afternoon as Detwiler was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL and Xavier Cedeno was optioned back to Syracuse. It’s the third time this season that a player has been added to the 40-man without a waiver claim (Taylor, Jeff Kobernus) as Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has proven extremely reluctant to add players during his tenure.

Roark is famously known as one of the “Guz Two,” acquired along with Ryan Tatusko from the Texas Rangers at the July 2010 trading deadline. He’s been workhorse ever since, making 27 starts for Harrisburg in 2010 and 2011, and 26 starts last summer for Syracuse, totaling 300+ innings over that timeframe.

This year, the 26-year-old has been used both as a reliever and as a starter, exiting the Chiefs rotation in late April with the ill-fated Chris Young experiment, and re-entering two months later when a spate of rainouts and ineffectiveness from other Syracuse starters forced the switch.

Since returning to the rotation on June 23, Roark has gone 6-0 with an ERA of 2.15 and a WHIP of 0.89 over 50⅓ innings.

Roark features the classic arsenal of fastball, curve and change. In relief, he can hit the mid-90s but tends to work in the low-90s as a starter. He’s always been a control pitcher, but in 2013 has dropped his BB/9 rate from 2.9 to a Milonesque 1.7. While not a strikeout pitcher per se, he’s averaged around seven per nine innings the past four seasons after starting his career with two seasons of 10+ per nine innings.