Oct 262012
 

It’s been largely quiet on the transaction front thus far in the offseason, but there were a couple of signings released in this week’s dispatch from Baseball America for the week of Oct. 16-23:

• C Carlos Maldonado re-signed

• C Jeff Howell re-signed

Maldonado, along with erstwhile OF Brett Carroll, had elected free agency earlier this month.

Maldonado has twice been recalled then outrighted to AAA for the Nationals in the past three seasons, playing four games in late May/early June of 2010 and four games this past May when the Nationals catchers were doing their best impersonation of Spinal Tap drummers.

Howell saw time at each level from High-A to AA to AAA in 2012, playing a total of 53 games — not bad for a guy that spent 52 games in the independent American Association in 2011. Both catchers can be described as glove-first backups, with fielding averages of of .990+ for both backstops.

Other former Nationals that have recently re-signed include Michael Martinez and Pete Orr with Philadelphia and Shairon Martis and Aaron Thompson with Minnesota.

Sep 032012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-7 @ Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Maya (11-9, 3.72) vs.
Martis (3-3, 5.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-5 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Olbrychowski (1st AA start
of ’12) vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 4-0
(11 inn.)
@ Wilmington,
1:35 p.m.
Hill (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Ridings (6-1, 2.67)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-3 vs. Asheville,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (3-3, 3.75) vs.
Gagnon (0-0, 2.84)
Auburn Lost, 8-7 @ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.
Lee (2-1, 3.97) vs.
O’Shea (3-2, 2.91)

Syracuse 8 Rochester 7
• Atkins 5IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Garcia (SV, 14) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Valdez 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Walters 2-4, R, RBI

The Chiefs rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win their home finale, 8-7 over the Red Wings. Erik Davis got the win in relief, his first in AAA, while Christian Garcia threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save. Every Syracuse batter hit safely with Jesus Valdez, Chris Marrero, and Zach Walters each going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Roster moves: LHP Zach Duke and RHP Christian Garcia recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 5
• Holder (W, 4-3) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Frias 2IP, 2H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Hood 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Lozada 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI

The Senators filibustered for nine runs en route to an 11-5 win over the Baysox. Trevor Holder closed out 2012 with seven strong innings, giving up a run on six hits with no walks and one K for his fourth win. Destin Hood led the hit column with a 3-for-5 afternoon, scoring twice and driving in one. Roster moves: RHP Adam Olbrychowski promoted from Potomac; LHP Danny Rosenbaum placed on the 7-Day DL. Manager moves: Anthony Rendon was benched for not running out a fly ball.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 0 (11 inn.)
• Grace 8IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Holland (W, 7-1) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Barrett (SV, 1) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Souza 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI, OF assist at HP

Steve Souza’s grand slam in the 11th broke up a 0-0 tie as the P-Nats finally won a game in Delaware with 4-0 shutout of the Blue Rocks. Matt Grace, Neil Holland and Aaron Barrett combined on the eight-hit shutout, with Holland earning his 7th win and Barrett earning his first Hi-A save.

Asheville 7 Hagerstown 3
• Estevez 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 6BB, 2K
• Meza 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Burns 1-4, RBI, SB
• Ramsey 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez labored through four innings Last Night In Hagerstown.

Batavia 8 Auburn 7
• Encarnacion 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Medina 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR
• Kieboom 2-4, R, RBI
• Alvarez 1-3, R, 2RBI

The Doubledays couldn’t stop the hottest team in the minors, losing 8-7 to the Muckdogs — the 9th straight win by Batavia and 19th triumph in 21 games. Silvio Medina gave up two home runs in the 7th to turn a 6-5 lead into an 8-6 deficit. Auburn got the tying run to second with no outs in the 9th, but lined out and struck out twice to end it. The loss drops Auburn into a tie with Batavia for the Pinckney Division lead, and three-way tie with Brooklyn for the wild card. Brooklyn holds the tiebreakers with both Auburn and Batavia in the event of a tie for the wild card; Auburn holds a 6-5 advantage in head-to-head play going into today’s game but it’s not clear how that would be resolved in the event of a Batavia win today and tie at the end of the season.

Sep 022012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (15-5, 3.51) vs.
Blackburn (3-1, 3.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-5;
Won, 4-0
vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Holder (3-3, 4.17)
vs. TBA
Potomac Lost, 5-1 @ Wilmington,
1:35 p.m.
Grace (9-12, 5.13) vs.
Ferguson (4-2, 3.34)
Hagerstown Won, 2-1 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (3-3, 3.75) vs.
Winkler (10-10, 4.49)
Auburn Won, 11-3 @ Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (5-1, 4.01) vs.
Cuda (7-1, 3.97)

Rochester 8 Syracuse 4
• Roark 5⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Arnesen 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Valdez 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Teahen 2-5, R, HR, RBI

A three-run 7th deleted an early 3-1 lead and a four-run 9th broke a 4-4 tie as Rochester doubled up Syracuse, 8-4, ending a modest four-game win streak. Erik Arnesen took the loss, giving up the four last-inning tallies on five hits after pitching a scoreless eighth. Starter Tanner Roark went the first five and 2/3rds and gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three. Jesus VAldez reached base three times on a pair of singles and a walk and drove in two to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster moves: LHP John Lannan, CF Eury Perez, C Sandy Leon recalled to Washington; C James Skelton promoted from Harrisburg, IF Manny Mayorson activated from 7-Day DL.

Bowie 8 Harrisburg 5 — GAME ONE
• Wang (L, 1-5) 2IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Barthmaier 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Hood 2-4, R, RBI
• Nicol 2-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Chien-Ming Wang finished up his reign of error rehab tour by giving up six runs on seven hits—two of which can’t be blamed on the defense as they cleared the outfield wall—and a walk in an 8-5 loss to Bowie. Sean Nicol singled, doubled, and walked as the Senators racked up nine hits but struggled with RISP with a 4-for-15 mark and left eight runners on base.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 0 — GAME TWO
• Tatusko (W, 4-5) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Zinicola 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Van Ostrand 3-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Bloxom 2-3
• Rendon 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI

Ryan Tatusko and Zech Zinicola combined on a seven-hit shutout to split the doubleheader as the Senators took the second game, 4-0. Tatusko tossed five scoreless innings, letting up five hits and two walks, but keeping the ball on the ground for nine of the 15 outs, including a pair of double play balls.
Jimmy Van Ostrand’s two-run home run and Anthony Rendon’s second AA home run powered the Harrisburg offense. Roster moves: C Jhonatan Solano optioned to Harrisburg from Washington following his activation from the MLB 15-Day DL.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 1
• Ray 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K
• Testa (L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, 2HR
• Skole 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramirez 1-3

Robbie Ray turned his string of rough outings around, but a four-run 6th sent the P-Nats to their eighth straight defeat in Wilmington, 5-1. Ray walked four and struck out four but gave up just one hit and one run over five innings. Joe Testa was taken deep twice in the 6th to take the loss. Potomac managed just three hits, with Matt Skole doubling twice in four at-bats and driving in the sole Potomac run.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1
• Anderson (W, 1-1) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Turnbull (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kreis (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 3-4, R
• Miller 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

Justin Miller’s RBI triple in the 1st and RBI double in the 8th supplied the offense while three Hagerstown pitchers stifled Asheville for a 2-1 win. Dixon Anderson won his first Sally League game with five scoreless frames, giving up just a hit and walking three while striking out six. Kylin Turnbull made his first Suns appearance since July 16 with three goose eggs, two hits allowed, a walk and three K’s. Alex Kreis weathered a pair of doubles in the 9th to record his third save. Cutter Dykstra led the hit column, collecting three of the Suns six hits.

Auburn 11 Mahoning Valley 3
• Mooneyham 6IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K
• Henke (W, 6-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Renda 3-6, R, RBI
• McQuillan 2-4, 3R, BB, 3RBI
• Ramos 2-3, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Auburn scored nine unanswered runs in the final two innings to turn a 3-2 nailbiter into an 11-3 laugher over Mahoning Valley. The second-place Muckdogs racked up their eighth straight win to stay just one back and set up the chance to overtake the Doubledays as the two Pinckney Division rivals face off today and tomorrow in Batavia. Travis Henke won his sixth game in relief of Brett Mooneyham, who turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on five hits and two walks over the first six innings. Auburn pounded out 12 hits with leadoff man Mike McQuillan leading the way with three runs scored, three runs driven in, two singles and a walk.

Sep 012012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (6-17, 4.50) vs.
Vasquez (9-6, 2.78)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-2 vs. Bowie,
5:30 p.m.
Wang (1-4, 5.82) and
Tatusko (3-5, 3.72) vs.
Bascom (6-6, 4.34) and
Loomis (0-0, 3.95)
Potomac Won, 3-0 @ Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Ray (4-12, 6.79) vs.
Adam (6-12, 3.61)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (0-1, 5.79) vs.
Gillingham
Auburn Won, 8-6 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (2-2, 2.72) vs.
Aviles (0-2, 5.61)

Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 2
• Mandel (W, 6-5) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR; 2-3, R, RBI
• Garcia (S, 13) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Brown 2-5, 2R
• Teahen 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI

With five runs in the first two “ups” and seven strong innings from Jeff Mandel, the Syracuse Chiefs cruised to their fourth straight win with a 5-2 victory over the Lehigh IronPigs. Mandel also contributed to his own cause with a 2-for-3 night at the plate, including an RBI single. He allowed one run on a home run, walked one and struck out six. Christian Garcia struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 13th save. Mark Teahen led the offense with a 2-for-5 night, driving in three.

Bowie 9 Harrisburg 2
• Pucetas (L, 7-6) 6⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K
• Martin 1⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Hood 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Bynum 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI

A five-run seventh broke open a 3-2 game as Harrisburg dropped its third straight, 9-2. Kevin Pucetas took the loss, charged with six runs on nine hits and two walks and five K’s. Home runs by Destin Hood and Seth Bynum prevented the shutout as the Senators only managed one other hit, a single by Brian Goodwin, while striking out 13 times.

Potomac 3 Carolina 0
• Swynenberg (W, 7-5) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Carr (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Wort (SV, 13) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramirez 3-4, R
• Sanchez 2-5, R

Three Potomac pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of Carolina, 3-0. Matt Swynenberg got his seventh win with four hits and one walk allowed over the first six frames, striking out five. Adam Carr walked two in his inning of work but gave up no hits. Rob Wort earned his 13th save by throwing two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, walking none and fanning two. J.P. Ramirez went 3-for-4 to lead the eight-hit Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 4 Asheville 3
• Schwartz 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Holt (BS, 3; W, 5-2) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Mirowski (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Higley 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Miller 2-4, R, RBI, 2SB

After coughing up the lead in the top of the 7th, the Suns rallied for two in the bottom half and held on for a 4-3 win. A loss by Hickory dropped the MiLB.com-listed magic number to two, but with a lead of four in the loss column with three games to go, Hagerstown clinched the second-half Sally League Northern Division title. Greg Holt got the blown-save-win in relief of Blake Schwartz, who allowed just a run on five hits over six innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. J.R. Higley paced the Suns attack with single, double, and a walk while driving in one run and scoring another. Roster moves: RHP Leonard Hollins placed on the Temporary Inactive List; LHP Kylin Turnbull activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 8 Mahoning Valley 6
• Fischer 4IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Pena (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Self (SV, 13) ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Martinez 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Ramos 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Auburn overcame an early 5-0 deficit, scoring eight runs across the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings and surviving a late charge by Mahoning Valley for an 8-6 win. Starter David Fischer was tattooed for five runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings, with all five runs coming in the the second. Ronald Pena picked him with three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. The Doubledays pounded out 10 hits, with Estarlin Martinez (2-for-4) and Wander Ramos (2-for-5) leading the charge. Batavia, however, continues to breathe down Auburn’s neck, winning its seventh straight game to remain one game behind in the NYPL Pinckney Division. The two teams meet in Batavia for two games on Sunday and Monday.

Aug 312012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Mandel (5-5, 2.70) vs.
Brummett (4-5, 3.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Pucetas (7-5, 3.35) vs.
Pettit (10-3, 3.93)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Swynenberg (6-5, 5.19) vs.
Suarez (0-0, 2.45)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-2 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-1, 3.34) vs.
Jensen (12-3, 4.34)
Auburn Lost, 8-6 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Fischer (3-3, 4.40) vs.
Morel (2-5, 4.85)

Syracuse 2 Charlotte 0
• Lannan 9IP, 8H, 0R, 0BB, 10K
• Hoffpauir 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Carroll 2-4, R, 2B

The reigning I.L. pitcher of the week is making a bid for a repeat honors, as John Lannan tossed an eight-hit shutout for a 2-0 Syracuse win, its third straight. The 27-y.o. southpaw gave up eight singles but no walks and struck out a season-high 10 batters in his final start for the Chiefs. Next stop: Washington. Jarrett Hoffpauir went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Syracuse offense, despite getting ejected in the bottom of the 5th.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 4
• Broderick (ND) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nelo (BS, 4; L, 1-6) ⅓IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Solano 2-4, R
• Bynum 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Make that 25 one-run losses as the Senators coughed up a walkoff loss in Richmond, 5-4. Hector Nelo blew his fourth save and took his sixth loss, giving up a leadoff homer in the 9th to achieve the former, then three singles and a walk with one out to earn the latter. The implosion handed a no-decision to Brian Broderick, who pitched six frames, gave up six hits and allowed three runs, no walks, and struck out two.

Carolina 3 Potomac 1
• Gilliam (L, 1-2) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• McCatty 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 2-2, R, BB, SB
• Fernandez 1-3
• Hague 1-4, 2B

After making the playoffs in three of the last four seasons (2008, 2010, 2011), the Potomac Nationals will be going home after Labor Day, thanks to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Mudcats. Starter Rob Gilliam turned in quality start of three runs allowed over seven innings on seven hits and a walk. The offense, however, was held to just four hits and put just three runners into scoring position; the lone run coming in the 2nd on a Steve Souza Jr. leadoff single, a steal of second with an error on the throwout attempt to take 3rd, and a wild pitch to send P-Nat outfielder home.

Greensboro 12 Hagerstown 2
• Rauh (L, 3-3) 2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K
• Bates 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burns 3-4, R, SB
• Ramsey 2-3, 2B

With seven runs in the first four innings, first-half champs Greensboro made a 12-2 statement to Hagerstown, should the Suns survive the weekend. The Grasshoppers jumped all over starter Brian Rauh for five runs on seven hits and three walks over the first two innings to hand the 21-y.o. his third loss at Low-A. The bullpen fared no better as only Colin Bates emerged unscathed from the 12-run, 18-hit onslaught. Billy Burns (3-for-4) led the Suns offense with three singles and a stolen base. The loss, combined with a wins by Hickory and West Virginia, holds the magic number steady at four with four games to play. Hagerstown finishes up the regular season with a four-game set against playoff-bound Asheville starting tonight at Municipal Stadium.

Mahoning Valley 8 Auburn 6
• Pineyro 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Harper (H, 3; L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Medina (BS, 1) ⅔ IP 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Martinez 3-5, R, 2B
• Schill 2-5, R
• Ramos 1-3, 2BB, 2RBI

That uneasy feeling isn’t that convenience-store hot dog you ate last night, it’s the realization by now that with Auburn’s 8-6 loss to Mahoning Valley, the Nationals farm just might get shut out of the postseason. The Scrappers rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 8th against relievers Bryan Harper (loss) and Silvio Medina (blown save). Starter Ivan Pineyro was touched for four runs on six hits, including a three-run home run in the 4th that erased an early 4-1 Doubledays lead. Estarlin Martinez led the 10-hit Auburn offense with a double and two singles and a run scored. Like the Suns, the Doubledays magic number remained unchanged at six, with the second-place Muckdogs winning for the sixth straight game. NYPL wild-card leader Brooklyn lost to stay tied with Auburn at 42-28. Roster moves: LHP Blake Monar placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to Au. 28; RHP Ronald Pena has been recalled from the GCL Nationals.

Aug 302012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2;
Won, 7-5
@ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Lannan (8-11, 4.58) vs.
Carroll (3-6, 5.15)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Broderick (2-0, 4.24) vs.
Fitzgerald (7-8, 3.20)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Gilliam (1-1, 4.66) vs.
Cooper (8-7, 3.83)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Rauh (3-2, 3.93) vs.
Heaney (0-2, 5.79)
Auburn Won, 6-4 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (3-1, 3.21)
Merritt (3-4, 4.02)

Syracuse 3 Charlotte 2 — GAME ONE
• Duke (W, 15-5) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Garcia (SV, 12) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 2-2
• Teahen 2-3, R, RBI

The Chiefs broke a 0-0 tie with two in the 5th and tacked on one in the 6th to take the first game, 3-2. Starter Zach Duke won his 15th game with both Knights runs allowed on seven hits with no walks and four K’s. Christian Garcia worked the last of the 7th and kept Charlotte off the board for his 12th AAA save. Zach Walters and Mark Teahen combined for four of the eight Syracuse hits, which included Eury Perez extending his hit streak to 16 games while stealing his 20th base as a Chief.

Syracuse 7 Charlotte 5 — GAME TWO
• Maya 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Arnesen (W, 3-3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• MacDougal (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Brown 2-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Valdez 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Syracuse scored seven times in the last three innings to overcome a 4-0 deficit and sweep the doubleheader with a 7-5 win. Starter Yunesky Maya got knocked around for four runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. Erik Arnesen got the win and Mike MacDougal the save as each tossed a scoreless inning in relief. The Chiefs racked up 11 hits, with Jesus Valdez homering and Mark Teahen driving in three. Eury Perez went 2-for-5 to push his streak to 17 games amd raise his average to .331 in 40 games with Syracuse.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2
• Perry 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• McCoy (L, 7-3) ⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Tucker 2-3, R, BB
• Lozada 1-3, R

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west… and the Sens lose by one run. Might not be what you learned in school, but it sure seems that way as Harrisburg dropped a 3-2 ballgame in Richmond, losing by a single run for the 24th time in 2012. Pat McCoy took the loss by giving up a run on three hits in the 7th, a half-inning after Harrisburg tied the game at 2-2. Starter Ryan Perry gave up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings but got the no-decision. Jonny Tucker singled twice and walked once to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Carolina 6 Potomac 2
• Hill (L, 0-1) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Holland ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Sanchez 3-4, R, 2B, 2SB (24,25)
• Ramirez 1-3, R, 2B

A pair of two-run rallies by Carolina in the 7th and 8th innings was the difference as Potomac fell, 6-2. Taylor Hill fared much better in his second High-A start, pitching into the 7th inning but took the loss. He was charged with four runs on six hits but no walks and four strikeouts over six and a 1/3rd innings. Adrian Sanchez paced the P-Nats offense with two singles, a double, and two stolen bases. The loss combined with a Wilmington win lowered the tragic number to one, meaning the next Blue Rocks win or the next P-Nats loss will eliminate Potomac from the postseason for the first time since 2009.

Greensboro 4 Hagerstown 0
• Jordan (L, 3-3) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Kreis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Miller 1-2
• Montilla 1-3

Hagerstown’s six-game win streak was stopped cold with a 4-0 shutout in Greensboro. The Suns were held to just four hits and three walks, two of which were drawn by veteran 1B Brett Newsome, the sole Hagerstown batter to reach base twice. Taylor Jordan took the loss, giving up all four Grasshopper runs on seven hits over five innings, walking none and striking out one. The magic number to clinch remains at four as second-place Hickory won while third-place West Virginia lost.

Auburn 6 State College 4
• Hudgins 1⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Davis (W, 4-1) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Henke (H, 5) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Self (SV, 12) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• McQuillan 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2-3B, BB, 2RBI
• Miller 1-3, 2B, 2BB

If there’s a tragedy to the NYPL this season, it’s that a very good team is going to be on the outside looking in when the postseason starts. For now, that’s the Batavia Muckdogs, which won its fifth straight and 40th overall (.580 W%) but remains two games behind the Auburn Doubledays, which won its fourth straight with a 6-4 win over the State College Spikes. Will Hudgins struggled in his first SS-A start, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over an inning and a 1/3rd. Cody Davis stranded the bases loaded in the 2nd and went three more frames to get the win. Leadoff man Mike McQuillan only stopped at first the two times he drew walks, doubling once and tripling twice to pace the Auburn offense, which scored only six runs after 28 in the previous two games. The Doubledays magic number is now six with seven games to play. In the event that Batavia overtakes Auburn, the Doubledays would need to finish ahead of current wild-card leader Brooklyn (which has the same 42-27 mark) to earn the fourth playoff spot, as the Cyclones hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with a series sweep earlier this month. Roster moves: LHP Andrew Wall placed on the 7-Day DL (strained calf); RHP Robert Benincasa activated from the 7-Day DL.

Aug 282012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Duke (14-5, 3.52) vs.
Leesman (12-9, 2.46)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Holder (3-3, 4.46) vs.
Heston (9-6, 2.12)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Grace (8-12, 5.30) vs.
Jimenez (8-8, 5.19)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (5-1, 5.79) vs.
Hodges (8-8, 3.60)
Auburn Won, 12-1 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-1, 3.83) vs.
Rodriguez (3-2, 3.32)

Charlotte 6 Syracuse 2
• Roark (L, 6-17) 6IP, 10H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Severino 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Leon 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Marrero 1-3, R, BB

A three-run 3rd would prove to be enough as the Knights inflicted more than a flesh wound on the Chiefs, winning the game 6-2 and eliminating Syracuse from the I.L. playoffs. Starter Tanner Roark surrendered 10 hits for five runs (two earned) over six innings to lose his 17th game. He walked none and struck out five. Chris Marrero and Sandy Leon both went 1-for-3 with a walk while Eury Perez extended his hit streak to 15 with a bunt single in the 3rd.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 6
• Wang 5IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Demny (L, 6-8) ⅔IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Nicol 2-3, R, RBI
• Solano 2-4, R, RBI

After overcoming a five-run deficit courtesy of Chien-Ming Wang to take a 6-5 lead, the Harrisburg offense ground to a halt in the late innings and fell to Richmond, 8-6. Facing the worst offense in the Eastern League, Wang was hammered for six runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings and struck out three. He also gave up his fifth HR in eight starts with the Senators. Sean Nicol, who replaced Seth Bynum on defense during the middle of an at-bat in the 3rd inning, led the Senators offense with a 2-for-3 game, followed closely by Jhonatan Solano’s 2-for-4 effort. No explanation was given for Bynum’s replacement, according to Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow.

POTOMAC NATIONALS — OFF DAY
With Wilmington’s win in the sole game in the Carolina League on Monday night, the tragic number for Potomac fell to four with seven games to play in the states of North Carolina and Delaware, where the P-Nats are a “perfect” 0-for-23 this season. The P-Nats trail the Blue Rocks by three games, the Keys by two games, and the Hillcats by a ½ game. Despite playing Wilmington in the final three games, Potomac does not control its own destiny, as Lynchburg can still win the second half title in addition to needing to surpass both Frederick and Wilmington in the standings if that happens. Also, with cancellations for both the Keys and P-Nats last Sunday, it’s possible for those two teams to tie atop the Carolina League North and finish a ½ game ahead of the Hillcats and Blue Rocks. Should that happen, there will be a one-game play-in game with Frederick hosting Potomac. Roster moves: RHP Alex Meyer placed on 7-Day DL, RHP Shane McCatty activated from 7-Day DL.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS — OFF DAY
Unlike Potomac or Auburn, Hagerstown is more comfortably positioned to make the playoffs with a four-game lead in loss column and a three-game lead in the Sally League’s Northern Division. The three top teams each have seven games left, but the two cancellations the Suns have had in August positions them to possibly win on percentage points with 68 maximum games in the second half to 70 for the Crawdads and Power.

Auburn 12 State College 1
• Encarnacion (W, 5-1) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• McGeary 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Pleffner 3-5, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Lopez 3-4, R, 3RBI, E(13)

A seven-run top of the 1st made the outcome of this one a no-doubter as Auburn blasted State College, 12-1. Pedro Encarnacion won his fifth game with just two hits and a walk given up over six innings. The Doubledays pounded out 16 hits with every batter hitting safely and five collecting multiple hits, with Shawn Pleffner and Carlos Lopez both collecting three hits. Batavia was rained out, thus the Auburn lead is 2½ games and the magic number to win the division is down to eight.

Aug 232012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (14-5, 3.50) vs.
Gilmartin (1-1, 3.20)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Perry (2-3, 1.86) vs.
Wright (4-3, 5.19)
Potomac Won, 9-8
(10 inn.)
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-2, 2.45) vs.
Goodnight (2-12, 4.73)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (2-2, 3.46) vs.
Chalas (9-7, 5.07)
Auburn Lost, 5-4
(12 inn.)
vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (3-1, 2.67) vs.
Sampson (0-1, 2.43)
GCL Nationals Postponed @ GCL Cardinals,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4
(13 inn.)
vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

SYRACUSE CHIEFS — OFF DAY
Tuesday’s 2-1 loss formally eliminated Syracuse from the I.L. North Division race and the tragic number for the Wild Card is down to five. The Chiefs start their final road trip outside of New York with a pair of four-game series against Gwinnett and Charlotte and a one-night stand in Lehigh Valley next Friday.

Harrisburg 2 Reading 1
• Holder (W, 3-3) 7⅔ IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K,
• McCoy (H, 10 ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0
• Barthmaier (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rendon 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB
• Goodwin 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB

Those that got to the park late might have missed all the scoring as Harrisburg edged Reading 2-1 in the noontime contest. Trevor Holder gave up a first-inning run on a triple and a sac fly to the first two batters. Brian Goodwin and Anthony Rendon drew first-inning walks and were plated by an RBI single by Justin Bloxom and a sac fly by Jhonatan Solano for a 2-1 lead. Holder held it with his longest outing as a Senator: seven and 2/3rds innings with just the one run and six hits, no walks allowed, and two strikeouts for his third win. Pat McCoy earned his 10th hold by retiring the lone batter he faced, lefty Cody Asche, who had driven in five the night before. Jimmy Barthmaier pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save, his first of the year.

Potomac 9 Carolina 8 (10 inn.)
• Hill 3⅔ IP, 8H, 7R, 4ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Holland (W, 6-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Skole 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• King 3-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Sanchez 2-5, R, BB, SB(23), CS(15)

It was wild finish Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 5 Kannapolis 4
• Estevez 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, 2HR
• Meza 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Bates (W, 8-3) 2IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B, 3RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Cutter Dysktra’s two-run double in the 8th broke a 3-3 tie as the Suns held off the Intimidators in the last lap for a 5-4 win. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez’s struggles with the long ball resurfaced with two solo shots (six in ten starts), as the 20-year-old gave up three runs on five hits and two walks with just one strikeout. Colin Bates got the win, his eighth, with an unearned run allowed over the final two innings, with two walks and one strikeout. Caleb Ramsey emptied the bases with a three-run triple, his 10th overall and third in the past two games.

State College 5 Auburn 4 (12 inn.)
• Lee 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Self (L, 1-3) 2IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-5, 2B, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-6, SB

A four-run eighth by the Spikes erased an early 4-0 Doubledays lead as Auburn eventually fell in extras, 5-4. The bullpen blowup erased a strong outing by starter Nick Lee, who threw six scoreless innings with four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. Derek Self took the loss with an unearned run in the top of the 12th. Tony Renda and Shawn Pleffner each had two hits as the Doubledays notched eight total. The loss sliced the Auburn lead over Batavia to three games in the Pinckney Division of the NYPL. Roster moves: RHPs Will Hudgins, Gilberto Mendez promoted from GCL, RHP Robert Benincasa placed on the 7-Day DL.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Cardinals — PPD
Rain postponed this one to force a doubleheader today between the first- and last-place teams in the GCL East.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cubs2 4 (13 inn.)
• Gomez 6IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 5K
• Lopez (BS, 1) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
• Ramos (W, 1-2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-5, 3B, BB, RBI
• Read 1-1, R, HR, 2BB, RBI

Raudy Read’s pinch-hit home run sent this one to extras and three errors in the top of the 13th led to the game-winning run as the D-Nats edged the D-Cubs2, 5-4. The miscues made a winner out of David Ramos, who finished the game with two scoreless innings for his first win. Elisaul Gomez turned in a quality start with two runs allowed on two hits and four walks with five strikeouts over the first six frames. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the nine-hit attack with a 3-for-5 afternoon, including a walk and an RBI.

Aug 222012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 11-9 vs. Reading,
12:00 p.m.
Holder (2-3, 5.23) vs.
May (9-11, 5.17)
Potomac Lost, 4-0;
Won, 3-0
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (High-A debut) vs.
Rayl (10-8, 4.08)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6
(10 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Estevez (5-1, 5.83) vs.
Leyer (1-1, 6.48)
Auburn Won, 3-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-1, 4.34) vs.
Perez (0-3, 5.06)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-0 @ DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 1
• Roark (L, 6-16) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 10K, HR
• MacDougal 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Perez 1-3, BB, RBI, CS
• Negrych 1-2, BB

Instead of one bad inning, it was one mistake pitch that did in Syracuse for a 2-1 loss to Indianapolis. Tanner Roark gave up a two-run homer in the 5th but pitched six strong innings otherwise, allowing six hits, a walk and striking out 10. Like the previous night, the offense was largely quiet: just three hits and two walks, with Eury Perez driving in the lone Chiefs runs with an RBI single in the last of the 8th.
Roster move: RHP Hassan Pena has been suspended for what’s believed to be a violation of team rules.

Reading 11 Harrisburg 9
• Wang 6IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 8K, HR, 2WP
• Nelo (BS, 3; L, 1-5) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Skelton 2-2, R, 2B, BB, SF, 3RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, R

Hector Nelo’s third blown save halted the Senators modest four-game win streak with an 11-9 loss to Reading. Nelo coughed up the lead (9-8) as quickly as possible with a leadoff solo HR to Darin Ruf as part of the three-run meltdown in the 9th. Starter Chien-Ming Wang had no errors committed behind him while he gave up five runs on eight hits, including a two-run shot in the 3rd, walked two and struck out eight. The Senators pounded out 11 hits with four batters collecting multiple hits. James Skelton reached base three times and drove in three runs to lead the way.

Carolina 4 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Ray (L, 4-11) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR, HBP, WP
• Testa 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 2-3

Make that four straight losses for Robbie Ray as the P-Nats dropped the opener of the doubleheader to the Mudcats, 4-0. Ray gave up all four Carolina runs on five hits and three walks over five innings, raising his ERA to 6.57 for the season. Potomac was held to six hits, with Steve Souza going 2-for-3 to lead the hit column and improve his batting average to .352 in 15 games. Roster moves: Nathan Karns placed on the 7-Day DL, RHP Will Hudgins returned to the GCL.

Potomac vs. Carolina — GAME TWO
• Grace (W, 8-12) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K, HBP
• King 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Hague 1-3, 2B
• Kelso 1-2, SB

Stephen King’s three-run homer in the 2nd was more than Matt Grace needed as Potomac returned the favor in the nightcap and shut out Carolina, 3-0. Grace went the distance for his 8th win and second complete game, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out seven over the seven-inning contest. The split lowered the elimination number to eight with 11 games to play as the P-Nats trail first-place Wilmington by 4½ games in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 6 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Hollins (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miller 4-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Ramsey 3-3, 2-3B, BB, 3RBI, SB

The Suns rallied to tie three times, including the bottom of the 9th, before finally overtaking the Intimidators, 7-6 in 10 innings for their 11th walkoff win of 2012. Justin Miller and Caleb Ramsey combined for seven hits, and teamed up in the 9th with a double (Miller) followed two batters later by a triple (Ramsey) to send the game into extras. Adrian Nieto, Miller. and J.R. Higley both singled in the 10th and with the help of a Kannapolkis error, Nieto scored the gamewinning run. Leonard Hollins got the win with two perfect innings of relief. Starter Blake Schwartz went the first five innings with two runs allowed on five hits and a walk with eight K’s. The win, combined with losses by West Virginia and Hickory, extends Hagerstown’s lead to 1½ games in the Sally League North (two in the loss column).

Auburn 3 State College 1
• Encarnacion (W, 4-1) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Waterman (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Davis (SV, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramos 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Lopez 1-2, 2B, 2BB

Auburn is keeping up the pressure, adding their sixth “W” in the last seven games with a 3-1 win over State College. Pedro Encarnacion got the win, his fourth, with one run allowed on four hits and two walks over six innings. He also struck out six. Cody Davis stranded two in the eight and retired all five batters he faced his second save. Wander Ramos led the Doubledays offense with a single, double, a run scored and a run batted in. The win maintains a four-game lead over Batavia in the NYPL Pinckey Division and lowers the magic number to clinch the division to 12.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Barrientos (L, 4-1) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• D. Williams ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Hudgins 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ruiz 2-3, 2R
• Difo 1-3, BB, RBI

The G-Nats bullpen combined for five scoreless innings of relief, but the offense couldn’t dig out of a 4-0 hole to lose, 4-3. Starter Joel Barrientos took the loss, giving up all four Marlins runs on six hits and three walks. Nineteen-year-old former SS Deion Williams made his pitching debut, getting two of four batters faced with walks to the other two and no hits allowed. Adderling Ruiz went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the G-Nats offense, which was held to six hits total.

DSL Phillies 3 DSL Nationals 0
• Valerio (L, 3-5) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• De La Cruz 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Abreu 3-4, 3B, CS
• Novas 2-4, SB

A pair of errors and a wild pitch rendered all three runs in the D-Phils 5th unearned, but they count in the “R” column just the same as the D-Nats were shut out, 3-0. Maximo Valero took the loss with just three hits and a walk allowed over the first five innings. Wander Suero and Emmanuel De La Cruz combined for three scoreless innings of relief. The D-Nats offense, which outhit the D-Phils 7-4, couldn’t break through in the clutch with an 0-for-9 mark with RISP and seven runners stranded.

Aug 212012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (6-15, 4.64) vs.
VandenHurk (11-4, 3.26)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Wang (1-4, 4.73) vs.
Colvin (1-2, 9.31)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m. (DH)
Ray (4-10, 6.53) and
Grace (7-12, 5.61) vs.
Cooper (6-7, 4.44) and
Jimenez (8-7, 5.03)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-4 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-1, 3.29) vs.
Lane (3-5, 4.97)
Auburn Lost, 7-4
(10 inn.)
vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-1, 4.62) vs.
Rodriguez (3-1, 3.12)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-1 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-2
(10 inn.)
@ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 2 Syracuse 0
• Mandel (L, 4-5) 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Severino 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Leon 1-3
• Perez 1-4

Jeff Mandel had one bad inning out of six, but without the offense to back him up, it was enough for Syracuse to lose, 2-0. The 27-y.o. righty scattered eight hits and walked three, but gave up both Indianapolis runs in the 2nd. The Chiefs offense was limited to just four hits and one walk, with no batter reaching base twice and just three getting into scoring position. Roster moves: RHPs Tanner Roark, Mitch Atkins activated from TIL and DL, respectively.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 2
• Demny 5IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Tatusko (W, 3-5) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Nelo (SV, 16)
• Nicol 2-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Rendon 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI

Brian Goodwin, Sean Nicol, and Anthony Rendon went back-to-back-to-back in a three-run 6th that powered the Senators to their fourth straight win, 5-2 over the R-Phils. Rehabbing Jhonatan Solano, who’s scheduled to finish the season with Harrisburg, also went deep for a solo shot in the 4th. Starter Paul Demny gave up both Reading runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. Ryan Tatusko got the win with three and 2/3rds innings of shutout ball with a three hits and a walk given up and six strikeouts. Hector Nelo got the save (#16) with the tying run on deck with a one-batter-one-strikeout outing. Roster moves: RHP Kevin Pucetas transferred from Syracuse, C Jhonatan Solano assigned as MLB rehab.

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
Rain postponed the beginning of the final Potomac homestand and the contest against the Carolina Mudcats. It will be made up with a doubleheader tonight at 6:05 p.m. Roster moves: RHP Taylor Hill promoted from Hagerstown. As with Will Hudgins’s promotion, there is no official word on who has been deactivated to take his place on the P-Nats roster.

Kannapolis 11 Hagerstown 4
• Anderson (L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR
• Eusebio 3⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Burns 3-5, R, RBI
• Ramsey 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Dixon Anderson’s Low-A debut was one to forget as the 2011 ninth-round pick was run into the wall by the Intimidators in an 11-4 Suns loss. Anderson got just two outs (both K’s) in the top of the first, as Kannapolis ran wild (four steals) and the defense faltered (three errors) to render three of the five runs he gaveup unearned, though the 23-y.o. walked two and and allowed three hits. Billy Burns led the Hagerstown offense with a 3-for-5 night. Hagerstown’s lead in the Sally North is back to just a ½ game, one in the loss column, over second-place Hickory and West Virginia. Roster moves: 2B Hendry Jimenez activated from the DL.

Batavia 7 Auburn 4 (10 inn.)
• Mooneyham 4+ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• McGeary (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Self 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Miller 2-4, R, 2B,
• Kieboom 2-4

Auburn battled back a 4-1 hole with three runs in 8th and 9th innings to force extras, but gave up three in the 10th to lose, 7-4 to Batavia. Starter Brett Mooneyham went four-plus innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Jack McGeary took the loss when a single and a botched sacrifice put the first two runners on and Derek Self was unable to strand them, giving up a two-run double and an RBI single. Brandon Miller and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-4 as the Doubledays managed eight hits total. The loss trims Auburn’s lead over second-place Batavia to four games in the NYPL’s Pinckney Divison, with third-place State College (7GB) coming to Falcon Park for the next three games. Roster moves: IF Carlos Alvarez demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Marlins 3 GCL Nationals 1
• Pena (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Mieses 3P, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Difo 1-2, BB, SB
• Brooks 1-2, BB
• Jennings 1-4, SB
The G-Nats were held to just three hits but managed to avoid the shutout, losing 3-1 to the G-Marlins. Ronald Pena got the start and took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits over two innings with a walk and a strikeout. Wilmer Difo and James Brooks both singled and walked while Difo and Hayden Jennings, who had the only other hit, both stole bases.

DSL Philies 4 DSL Nationals 2 (10 inn.)
• Gomez 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramos (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Novas 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Abreu 1-3

The D-Phils broke open a 1-1 tie with three in the top of the 10th and the D-Nats could only respond with one to lose in extras, 4-2. Starter Elisaul Gomez was the first of five D-Nats pitchers used, allowing four hits and no walks over two and 2/3rds innings. David Ramos took the loss when Mario Sanchez was unable to strand the leadoff double Ramos gave up before being lifted for Sanchez. Randy Novas came off the bench to score both D-Nats runs, including a solo home run in the 5th as part of a 2-for-3 afternoon.