Jun 062013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-0 vs. Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.

Tatusko (0-2, 3.45) vs.
Wang (4-4, 2.33)
Harrisburg Won, 6-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
TBA vs. Wright (6-0, 3.30)
Potomac Won, 5-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Jackson (5-4, 2.44)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2;
Lost, 11-0
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (4-3, 2.18) vs.
Leyer (2-6, 4.95)
DSL Nationals Won, 4-3 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 0
• Demny (L, 0-1) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 6K, HR, HBP, WP
• Broadway 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 2-4, 2B
• Rahl 1-4, 2B, OF assist at 1B

The RailRiders spoiled Paul Demny’s AAA debut, lighting up the 23-y.o. for seven runs en route to an 8-0 shutout of the Chiefs. Demny pitched five inning, walked one and allowed nine hits, including a two-run HR in the four-run 2nd. Three relievers followed for an inning apiece but it was largely moot as the Syracuse offense was held to just five hits. Eury Perez and Chris Rahl accounted for three of them including both extra-base hits registered for the Chiefs. RHP Paul Demny assigned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 0
• Garcia 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Treinen (W, 5-5) 6⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Hood 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Leon 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Three Senators pitchers combined on a shutout as Harrisburg blanked Bowie, 6-0. Christian Garcia put in his rehab work early, pitching the first and second innings with two walks and hit allowed and four strikeouts. Blake Treinen nearly completed the game, going six and 2/3rds innings with six hits and a walk given up, but Aaron Barrett was summoned from the ‘pen to get the final out. Brian Goodwin and Destin Hood each went 2-for-4 with a double to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 0
• Ray (W, 4-2) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Mirowski (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 2-4, BB, RBI, SB
• Oduber 2-4, R, RBI
• Soriano 2-4, R, RBI

The P-Nats rolled to their eighth straight win as three pitchers combined to shut out the Pelicans, 5-0. Robbie Ray allowed all four of Myrtle Beach’s hits but walked just one and struck out seven over six and 2/3rds while earning his fourth win. Richie Mirowski stranded a runner in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th while Derek Self matched the feat in the 9th. Potomac rapped out 11 hits, with Billy Burns, Randolph Oduber, and Francisco Soriano each going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Frederick won to keep pace with Potomac, two games behind, but the magic number to clinch was reduced to 11.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Anderson (L, 4-3) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Hudgins ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Piwinica-Worms 1-3
• Foat 1-3

Hagerstown couldn’t keep Kannapolis off the board for consecutive innings and lost the opener, 6-2. Dixon Anderson nearly went the distance, pitching six and 2/3rds innings with all six Intimidators runs charged to him on eight hits and a walk, but suffered the loss. Five Suns went 1-for-3 (all singles) but nobody reached base twice against 18-year-old Jefferson Olacio, who got the complete-game win for Kannapolis.

Kannapolis 11 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K
• Norfork 0-1, 2BB

Three Intimidators combined on a seven-inning no-hitter as Kannapolis swept the doubleheader from Hagerstown with an 11-0 shutout in the nightcap. Brett Mooneyham’s return from the DL was a short stint of just two innings, as the 23-y.o. was lapped for three runs on a hit and four walks, though he did strike out four. Khayyan Norfork was the sole Sun to reach base twice, as he went 0-for-1 with two walks. The losses paired with a win by Hickory dropped Hagerstown into second place (percentage points ahead of West Virginia) by a ½ game. The Suns host the Crawdads next week for four games at the Muni, including a doubleheader on Tuesday.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Pirates2 3
• Torres 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Aquino (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Cerda 1-3, BB, RBI

After losing a 3-2 lead in the 8th, the D-Nats answered the D-Pirates2 run with their one of their own for a 4-3 win. Jonathan Aquino got the dreaded blown-save-win, giving up the lead in the 8th but pitching a scoreless 9th. 19-y.o. Luis Torres got the start and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six. Kelvin Gutierrez continues to dominate, doubling twice and scoring twice.

Jun 052013
 

The “TBA” for Syracuse is now Paul Demny, formerly of Harrisburg. He’ll be making his first AAA start tonight against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after posting a 4-4, 3.98/4.04/1.31 line for the Senators

Sorry for the lack of enthusiasm, but it’s difficult to tell if this is a true promotion (e.g. Taylor Jordan, Potomac to Harrisburg) or a need-based assignment (e.g. Craig Manuel, Hagerstown to Harrisburg) This has been happening a lot lately, and it’s a judgment call because not every move upward is a promotion, the verb choice of team PR staffers not withstanding.

The reason for the doubt is of course the status of veteran Ross Ohlendorf. In this morning’s News & Notes, I suggested that he may have opted out of his minor-league contract. After putting out some feelers, there’s still no word in either direction. He’s still listed as active on MiLB.com, but the site is notorious for being slow on updates (Demny, for example, is still listed on the Harrisburg roster as of this writing at ~4:35 p.m.).

Naturally, it’s possible that both he and Yunesky Maya have been demoted to the bullpen or placed on the DL, but common sense dictates that as veterans that if the organization no longer wants them to start, they’d be released. More feasible is the idea that Ohlendorf has read the tea leaves and for the second straight year, decided to look for another organization to hook on with in his quest to return to the majors.

Apologies in advance to anyone this may confuse or offend, but I thought it might be worth a short post to explain the lack of “Movin’ On Up” pics for minor-leaguers lately.

UPDATE #1: With word that Stephen Strasburg being placed on the DL, another possibility is that the Nats are withholding both Maya and Ohlendorf in order to maximize the surprise factor for whomever is tapped to start in his place on Saturday. This, of course, was last done with the surprise promotion of Nathan Karns.

UPDATE #2: FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is now reporting that Ohlendorf will be added to the 40-man roster and make the start for the big club in place of Stephen Strasburg. As noted in the comments, so much for subterfuge… and so much for my “opted out” scenario. For what it’s worth, this caught the folks paid to do this flat-footed, too. It happens.

Jun 042013
 

Catching Up On Transactions
Wavered between the row of ketchup bottles or forlorn Spike due to the unusually large number of releases and retirements announced today by the Hagerstown Suns. But with updates expected (e.g. Ian Krol in DC?), let’s go with the Heinz and start with the releases, beginning with a couple that were announced in the most recent transactions post by Baseball America.

RELEASED
• LHP Ben Hawkins (Potomac)
• RHP Dean Weaver
• RHP Chris McKenzie
• OF J.R. Higley

RETIRED
• RHP Jason Smith

ACTIVATED
• LHP Brett Mooneyham (DL)
• RHP Pedro Encarnacio (TIL)
• IF Matt Foat (XST)

What’s probably the most surprising thing about this is the swiftness and openness with which this was announced. Ordinarily, players are shuffled off to Viera, then quietly released a few days or weeks later. Occasionally, the news will break via Twitter in the form of gracious goodbye.

I’d like to think that perhaps this is new way of doing things, but I’d have to see it done more consistently to believe it. In any case, the usual reminder to please remember that friends & family (and agents) are watching and to keep the comments civil.

UPDATE #1
As you may have guessed, this was written while the [dust]storm was swirling. Here’s what’s now been confirmed by multiple online sources as it pertains to the minors:

• 2B/3B Anthony Rendon has been recalled to Washington
• LHP Ian Krol has been recalled to Washington

To make room for these two, LHP Zach Duke has been released and RHP Henry Rodriguez has been designated for assignment. Corresponding moves to the Syracuse and Harrisburg rosters have not yet been announced (hence the enumeration of the update).

Jun 042013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (11 inn.) @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.

Ohlendorf (4-5, 4.32) vs.
Cotham (1-3, 7.99)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Jones (3-2, 4.68)
Potomac Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (4-1, 1.51) vs.
Asher (4-3, 2.86)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Purke (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Cose (4-3, 1.72)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 5 (11 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Roark (W, 3-2) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Brown 4-5, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 2RBI, OF assist at HP
• Costanzo 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI
• Marrero 2-5, R, RBI

Corey Brown tied it on offense in the 9th and preserved the lead on defense in the 11th as the Chiefs rallied in extras to win, 6-5. The win ended a three-game slide and prevented a series sweep. Starter Danny Rosenbaum gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. Tanner Roark got the win and pushed his IP streak without an earned run to 22⅔ over 11 appearances with three and a 1/3rd innings, assisted by both Brown and Zach Walters on a 7-6-2 play at the plate to end the game. The nos. 4-6 batters combined to go 9-for-15 with four HR, two 2B, and all six RBIs.
Roster moves: LHP J.C. Romero opted for free agency (was on 7-Day DL)

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
After an off day yesterday, the Senators’ six-game homestand resumes with a three-game series against the Bowie BaySox. Thanks in part to a six-game losing streak by Erie, Harrisburg is now just three games out of first place in the E.L. West.

Potomac 2 Myrtle Beach 1
• Hill 8⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Selik (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Nieto 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Jason Martinson’s HR in the 7th tied it at 1-1, Adrian Nieto’s HR in the 10th won it, 2-1 for Potomac over Myrtle Beach. Taylor Hill recovered from two disastrous outings to post his best, and the longest of the season for the P-Nats: eight and 2/3rds innings, with one run allowed on just three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Cameron Selik got the win by stranding a runner in the 9th and pitching a perfect 10th. Potomac was held to just four hits total with Randolph Oduber the sole P-Nat to get multiple hits with a pair of singles. The victory was the sixth in a row for Potomac, which now has the Carolina League’s best record at 32-24 and leads the Northern Division by 1½ games. Roster move: RHP Brian Dupra transferred from Syracuse.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After a miserable 1-5 road trip, the first-place Suns return to the Muni for four games in three days against the last-place Kannapolis Intimidators. Officially, today’s starter is TBD, but four pitchers have pitched since last Wednesday when Matt Purke emerged out of hiding was activated from the DL and is therefore listed as the probable.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Cardinals 5
• Reyes 4⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Feliz (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• D. Rosario 1-2, 2R, 2BB
• Mota 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB

A five-run 5th broke open a 1-0 game as the D-Nats held off a late charge by the D-Cards for a 6-5 win. 18-y.o. Luis Reyes got the start but went just 4⅔ innings, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning eight. 19-y.o. John Feli got the win, giving up three unearned runs on three hits over one and 2/3rds innings. Returnee Dinocio Rosario and 17-y.o. Israel Mota both went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks to lead the offense.

Jun 022013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.

Torra (0-1, 5.73) vs.
De La Rosa (0-1, 3.45)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Trenton,
2:00 p.m.
Jordan (2-0, 1.00) vs.
Turley (5-2, 4.10)
Potomac Won, 5-4 vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Weber (3-1, 2.61)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Pineyro (4-3, 3.35) vs.
Binford (4-2, 2.73)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-0 OFF DAY TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 0-2) 7IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
• Cedeno 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Costanzo 2-3, BB
• Marrero 1-3
• Rendon 1-4, R, BB

Pawtucket scored in each of its last four at-bats, including unearned runs in the 7th and 8th, which were the difference in a 5-3 win over Syracuse. Starter Ryan Tatusko took the loss but went seven innings with four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. Anthony Rendon walked and singled in his first two PAs but finished 1-for-4. Corey Brown homered for the third straight game while Chris Marrero singled to extend his hit streak to 10 games.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Dupra assigned from Auburn, RHP Erik Davis recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Trenton 0
• Clay (W, 5-2) 9IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 9K
• Souza 1-3, BB, SB, CS
• Hood 1-2, RBI, SF

Caleb Clay went the distance in a three-hit shutout, the first nine-inning number by a Senator since 2005, as Harrisburg blanked Trenton, 2-0. Clay struck out nine (tying his career best) and walked three while throwing 117 pitches, 70 for strikes. Steve Souza Jr. singled, walked, and stole a base while Destin Hood went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI to lead the Senators offense.
Roster move: IF Anthony Rendon promoted to Syracuse.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 4
• Solis 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K
• Fischer 3IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, 4BB, 1K
• Keyes 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-4, R, 2RBI

Caleb Ramsey’s one-out, walkoff double in the 9th propelled Potomac to a 5-4 win, its fourth in a row, and sole possession of first place in the Carolina League North. Starter Sammy Solis went the first five innings, giving up two runs on six hits but walking one and setting down one on strikes. David Fischer walked four and gave up two unearned runs in three hitless innings after Solis. Derek Self got the win in relief after tossing a 1-2-3 ninth. Kevin Keyes and Adrian Nieto both went 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace the P-Nats attack.
Roster move: LHP Matt Grace promoted to Harrisburg.

Lexington 3 Hagerstown 2
• Lee 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K, WP, BK
• Hudgins (BS, 2;L, 2-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Martinez 1-3, BB
• Perez 2-4, R

Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the 3rd and 5th innings, but Lexington got one in the 5th and two in the 6th and won the battle of the bullpens, 3-2. Starter Nick Lee struck out six over five innings but walked three while giving up a run on four hits. Will Hudgins gave up two of the Legends’ three extra-base hits along with a walk to take the loss for his single inning of work. The Suns were held to just seven singles and went 0-for-7 with RISP and stranded eight baserunners.

DSL Cardinals 8 DSL Nationals 0
• Valerio 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rosario (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, K
• Corredor 3-4, 2B
• Gutierrez 2-4

The DSL Cardinals scored seven runs in their final two “ups” to blast the DSL Nationals, 8-0. Second-year man Maximo Valerio pitched four scoreless, allowing a walk and three hits while striking out three. 17-y.o. Ramses Rosario took the loss, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits, with two walks and one strikeout. 17-y.o. Aldrem Corredor went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jun 012013
 

Transactions for NPP 3Score one for the local beat writers, who got the news first and got it right… As reported last night by the Patriot-News, Anthony Rendon has indeed been promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse.

At Syracuse, Rendon will work with manager Tony Beasley and play second base, the Nationals tacitly admitting the obvious that the parent club needs him at second base this sooner rather than later.

Also promoted was LHP Matt Grace, going from Potomac to Harrisburg. Grace was a 2010 Draft pick out of UCLA and was a starter until this season, where he’s been uneven (4 blown saves) for the P-Nats but 2-0 with a pitcher’s line of 3.18/2.80/1.17 (ERA/FIP/WHIP).

Corresponding moves by Potomac and/or Hagerstown have not yet been announced.

Last, but not least, RHP Erik Davis has been recalled from Syracuse. He’ll be taking the place of OF Bryce Harper, who was placed on the DL retroactive to May 27. Davis was picked up in a trade in March 2011 and added to the Nats 40-man roster this past November.

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

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



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

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

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 3

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

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

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

This was one was over early Last Night In Woodbridge.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 272013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 272013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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