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.

Aug 202012
 

Sorry, no writeups today. Driving back from New England this morning and hoping to make the game tonight in Woodbridge.

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (4-4, 3.06) vs.
McPherson (0-1, 1.59)
Harrisburg Won, 8-6 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (6-7, 5.48) vs.
Hyatt (6-4, 4.89)
Potomac Cancelled vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-1, 5.75) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Casey (5-6, 5.85)
Auburn Won, 5-4;
Won, 8-7
vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-2, 3.08) vs.
Baker (2-2, 2.27)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 3
• Pucetas (W, 1-0) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (H, 1) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Garcia (S, 11) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Carroll 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Marrero 1-2, BB, RBI
• Perez 1-3, BB, 2CS

Harrisburg 8 Erie 6
• Broderick (W, 2-0) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Zinicola (S, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K,
• Bynum 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Pahuta 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Potomac vs. Salem — Cancelled
The plug was pulled early on this one due to wet grounds and as the final meeting between the two teams, it will not be made up.

Hagerstown 8 Delmarva 2
• Rauh (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 6BB, K
• Meza (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3BB, K
• Norfork 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Ramsey 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Auburn 5 Batavia 4 (10 inn., Comp. of 7/22 susp. gm.)
• Monar 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Davis 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Boyden (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Montilla 2-4, R
• Mesa 2-2

Auburn 8 Batavia 7
• Fischer (W, 3-3) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Medina (H, 1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Martinez 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Ramos 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Pleffner 1-2, R, 2RBI

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
The G-Nats finish up the 2012 campaign with seven games in six days against the Marlins, Cardinals and Astros and a chance to finish both in second in the GCL East and above .500.

DSL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
The D-Nats are still mathematically alive for a wild-card spot in the playoffs but have an elimination number of four with six games to play, those being against the Phillies, Cubs2 and Mets1 squads.

Aug 192012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 vs. Indianapolis,
2:00 p.m.
Pucetas (0-0, -.–) vs.
Locke (9-5, 2.66)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 @ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Broderick (1-0, 4.26)
Potomac Won, 7-4 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Gilliam (0-1, 5.75) vs.
Barnes (5-4, 3.40)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-2, 4.56) vs.
TBD
Auburn Won, 10-8 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Fischer (2-3, 4.76) vs.
Helisek (2-2, 2.93)
GCL Nationals Suspended OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A

Indianapolis 6 Syracuse 2
• Lannan 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Pena (L, 3-5) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Severino ⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Teahen 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Indianapolis scored four unearned runs in the top of the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and hand Syracuse a 6-2 loss. Starter John Lannan gave up two runs on six hits and three walks over six and a 1/3rd innings while striking out three. Hassan Pena took the loss when the fourth Chiefs error of the night helped let in his one-out walk (three hits given up by Atahualpa Severino also contributed). Zach Walters hit his first AAA home run and drove in two, while Mark Teahen singled, doubled, and walked to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 2 Erie 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 8-9) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Zinicola (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K,
• Nelo (SV, 15) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Hood 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Watts 1-4, R, 2B

Danny Rosenbaum tossed seven scoreless innings as the Senators won consecutive games for the first time in two weeks with a 2-1 win over Erie. Rosenbaum won his 8th game, snapping a streak of 13 winless starts, with five hits allowed, one walk, and three strikeouts. The Senators plated two but none from scoring position, with Kris Watts scampering home on a wild pitch in the 3rd and Anthony Rendon (1-4) scoring from first on a two-out double by Destin Hood in the 4th.
Potomac 7 Salem 4
• Swynenberg (W, 5-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Wort (SV, 10) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Keyes 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Kevin Keyes’s three-run shot in the first set the tone early as Potomac broke a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over Salem. Keyes, Steve Souza Jr., and Jason Martinson each singled and homered as the P-Nats pounded out 15 hits total. Matt Swynenberg got the win in his first start since July 14, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. Rob Wort turned in two scoreless frames and struck out three for his 10th save. Roster moves: RHP Will Hudgins promoted from the GCL. A corresponding move has not yet been reported, though Nathan Karns, whose turn in the rotation was skipped yesterday and is not listed in the next five probables by the team, is a likely candidate for a deactivation.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2
• Jordan (W, 2-2) 5IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bates (SV, 5) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Nieto 1-2, R, BB, SF, HR, 3RBI
• Newsome 2-4

Adrian Nieto drove in all three Suns runs in a 3-2 win over the Shorebirds. The Hagerstown backstop hit a two-run HR in the first and a sacrifice fly in the 3rd. Starter Taylor Jordan won his second game, throwing five shutout frames with seven hits allowed, no walks, and three strikeouts. Richie Mirowski and Colin Bates both gave up a run over two ininngs but earned the hold and save respectively. The win keeps the Suns atop the Sally League North division by 1½ games over the Crawdads and Power.

Auburn 10 State College 8
• Monar 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K
• Wall (W, 1-0) 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Self (SV, 11) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 3-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Schill 1-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Auburn rallied for six in the top of the 9th to overcome a 5-4 deficit and held off a similar charge by State College in the last of the 9th for a 10-8 victory. Derek Self racked up his third one-batter, one-strikeout save and his 11th overall to nail down the win for Andrew Wall. Blake Monar started and went the first four innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Spencer Kieboom led the offense with a 3-for-3 night, scoring a run, and driving in two. The win keeps pace with second-place Batavia, which comes to Auburn for three games in two days with a completion of a July 22 contest tonight followed by regularly scheduled games tonight and tomorrow. The two teams are separated by three games in the Pinckney Division.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Astros 0 — SUSP.
• Vasquez 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K

Play was suspended after 2½ innings with the G-Nats leading 2-0. It will be resumed this coming Friday.

DSL Pirates2 2 DSL Nationals 1
• Silvestre 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Lopez (L, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Novas 1-3, 2B, SB
• Mercedes 1-3, BB, RBI

All the scoring came in the final two innings as the DSL Pirates2 edged the DSL Nationals, 2-1. Hector Silvestre tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while setting down nine on strikes. Reynaldo Lopez took the loss giving up single runs in the 8th and 9th innings. The D-Nats were held to just four hits, but two came in the ninth as Osvaldo Abreu led off with a single and Yermin Mercedes plated him with two outs with another single, the game ending on an out at third base as 17-year-old Thomas Alvarez tried to advance from first base.

Aug 182012
 

Sorry, no writeups today. Had to drive up to New England on short notice. Hoping to post regular writeups tomorrow and/or Monday.

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (7-11, 4.99) vs
Cabrera (6-6, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-9, 3.91) vs.
Avery (10-9, 4.67)
Potomac Lost, 12-6 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-5, 5.49) vs.
Celestino (7-7, 4.55)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 4.29) vs.
Chalas (9-6, 5.05)
Auburn Won, 1-0 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (2-3, 2.68) vs.
Heredia (3-1, 2.42)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-0
(6½ inn.)
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Toledo 6 Syracuse 2
• Maya 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• MacDougal (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Garcia ⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 1-3, BB, 2SB (14, 15)
• Leon 2-3, BB

Roster moves: RHP Kevin Pucetas transferred from Harrisburg, Tanner Roark placed on Temporary Inactive List.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 1
• Perry (W, 2-3) 9IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Van Ostrand 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-3, BB, RBI
• Pahuta 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

Salem 12 Potomac 6
• Meyer (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, R, BB
• Souza 3-5, R

Roster moves: OF Michael Taylor placed on 7-Day DL, OF Steve Souza Jr. activated from 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 1
• Estevez (W, 5-1) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Hawkins (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kreis (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nieto 3-4, R, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-4, R, SB
• Dykstra 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Auburn 1 State College 0
• Pineyro (W, 3-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Henke (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Benincasa (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 1-3, BB, RBI
• E. Martinez 1-3, BB

LHP Jack McGeary activated from the DL, RHP Jason Smith placed on the Temporary Inactive List.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Astros 0 (6½ inn.)
• Turnbull 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mendez (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Foat 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• D. Eusebio 2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI

Roster moves: C Michael Albaladejo placed on reserve list (suspended 50 games for PED); SS Stephen Perez, C Jhonatan Solano assigned (rehab)

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Pirates2 3 (11 inn.)
• Ruiz 6IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramos 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 5-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mercedes 3-5, R, BB, RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, BB
• Bautista 2-6, R, CS

Aug 152012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Toledo,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (3-4, 3.40) and
Roark (6-14, 4.72) vs.
Crosby (7-5, 3.91) and
Brown (3-3, 4.95)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Holder (2-2, 4.26) vs.
House (6-3, 3.58)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Wilmington,
12:05 p.m.
Ray (4-9, 5.99) vs.
Adam (4-11, 3.73)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (10-6, 4.75) vs.
Faulkner (4-4, 3.86)
Auburn ALL-STAR
BREAK
@ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-1, 4.43)
vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-8 vs. DSL Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse vs. Toledo — PPD
Rain postponed the opener of this three-game series. It will be made up tonight with a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
Roster moves: 1B Chris Marrero activated from the DL, RHP Mitch Atkins placed on DL.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Pucetas 5+IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Frias (BS, 2) 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• McCoy (L, 7-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bloxom 2-4
• Lozada 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Rendon 1-4, K

The addition of the Nats’ top hitting prospect did nothing to stem the tide of losses, as Harrisburg lost for the seventh time in eight games, 2-1. Anthony Rendon was 1-for-4 with a strikeout and helped turn two of the three Senator double plays. Starter Kevin Pucetas went five-plus innings, giving up three hits and walking four. The tying and winning runs came on sacrifice flies in the 7th and 8th innings off relievers Marcos Frias and Jimmy Barthmaier, with Pat McCoy taking the loss. Jose Lozada’s first-inning home run was one of just six (6) hits Harrisburg would manage, as the Senators went 0-for-5 with RISP and stranded eight baserunners.

Potomac 7 Wilmington 5
• Gilliam 5IP, 6H, 5R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Olbrychowski (W, 5-10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Wort (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Hague 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ramirez 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Skole 0-3, RBI, SF

It was like a battle between a toothless dog and clawless cat, but Potomac overcame a self-inflicted 5-0 deficit for a 7-5 win over Wilmington. The P-Nats committed six errors to two by the Blue Rocks, who did their part to catch up by uncorking a pair of wild pitches, playing right field like a high-school scrub, and dropping popups and throws to the plate. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up one earned run on a moonshot to center and four unearned runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. Adam Olbrychowski got the win in relief, pitching the top half of the 6th when the P-Nats rallied for five in the bottom half. Rob Wort got the save in high-wire fashion, striking out the final batter on a called third strike on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded. Roster moves: 3B Matt Skole promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 4 Hickory 3
• Rauh (ND) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Meza (H, 4) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Mirowski (BS, 1; W, 4-0) ⅓ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Newsome 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Higley 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Ortega 1-3, R, SAC, E

J.R. Higley’s RBI double in the bottom of the 9th gave Hagerstown its 10th walkoff win of the season, 4-3. The Suns’ 70th win also secured sole possession of first place in the Sally League North by a ½ game over the Power. Richie Mirowski got the dreaded blown-save-win in relief of starter Brian Rauh, who turned in six strong innings with just one run allowed on four hits and a walk. Higley and Brett Newsome both went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Suns’ offense. Roster moves: IF Khayyan Norfork promoted from Auburn, LHP Bobby Hansen Jr. placed on the 7-Day DL, RHP Wirkin Estevez activated from the DL.

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS — ALL-STAR BREAK
The N.L. All-Stars crushed the A.L. All-Stars, 8-1 in the New York-Penn League All-Star game. Here’s how the Doubledays performed:
• Schill 0-3, starting SS
• Martinez 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, starting LF
• Ramos 1-3, off the bench, RF
• Pleffner 1-2, off the bench, 1B
• Manuel 0-2, PH-DH

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Giolito 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Anderson 4IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Mieses (BS, 1; L, 1-4) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Foat 2-4, R
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI, 3K

Lucas Giolito gave up a run on two hits over two innings with no walks and one strikeout in his professional debut. The G-Nats, however, fell to the G-Marlins, 4-3. Dixon Anderson was stretched to four innings, allowing a run (home run) on five hits with a walk and five K’s. Adalberto Mieses took the loss by surrendering the tying and winning runs in the 7th. Matt Foat (2-for-4) and Will Piwinica-Worms (2-for-5) continue to produce on offense. Roster moves: OF Jordan Poole assigned from Auburn Doubledays, RHP Shane McCatty assigned from Potomac Nationals.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Giants 8
• Valdez 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Benitez (W, 3-2) 3IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Lopez (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Novas 4-5, 4R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 3SB
• A. Martinez 3-5, R, 2B, RBI

Randy Novas hit for the cycle and stole three bases to lead the DSL Nationals past the DSL Giants, 10-8. Starter Philips Valdez gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over the first three innings, while Juan Benitez got the win despite giving up five runs on five hits and three walks over the next three frames. Reynaldo Lopez was credited with the save for pitching the final two innings with a run on two hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. Roster moves: OF Armando Echenique on the 7-Day DL.