Jul 042013
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Potomac Nationals announced today that LHP Robbie Ray has been promoted to the Harrisburg Senators.

This is a bit of surprise, given the hammering (7HR, .245OBA) he took in June (vs 2HR, .184OBA in April/May) but apparently the powers that be are satisfied that he has made enough progress to be challenged with the next level.

Indeed, compared to the pitcher he was a year ago (especially in the second half, when he would get hit early, often, and hard), the 21-year-old southpaw has improved by leaps and bounds, getting more ground balls overall and converting more of the long counts (which are still a little too frequent to not glaze over) into strikeouts.

For the season, Ray is 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA, 3.82 FIP, and a WHIP of 1.20 with 100 strikeouts and 41 walks in 84 innings. That’s 4.39 BB/9 and 10.71 K/9. The walk rate is actually a career high, while the home run rate is only down slightly (0.96 vs. 1.19).

While not officially confirmed yet by the Senators PR folks, it would appear that Ray is the “TBA” listed in yesterday’s media notes for the probable pitcher of first game in tomorrow’s doubleheader in Harrisburg.

Jul 032013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsAn unusually high number of transactions coming in from the affiliates this afternoon, so to maximize page views help you guys sort through them, here’s a recap of what I’ve got so far…

HARRISBURG
• IF Carlos Rivero reassigned from Syracuse
• RHP Paul Demny placed on the 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Wander Ramos activated from the 7-Day DL
• LHP Kylin Turnbull reassigned from Auburn

AUBURN
• IF Matt Foat reassigned from Hagerstown
• RHP Austin Voth transferred from the GCL
• RHP John Simms transferred from the GCL

GCL NATIONALS
• LHP Elliott Waterman reassigned from Auburn
• LHP Niko Spezial reassigned from Auburn
• OF Brenton Allen assigned from Washington

Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News is reporting via Twitter that Demny has been suffering from some arm soreness and won’t be taking part in next week’s All-Star Game. Rivero hasn’t played since Saturday and would appear to have been transferred to get some more playing time as the parent club seems hell-bent on not benching Danny Espinosa.

Kylin Turnbull’s recent success in Auburn seems to spurring the club to give him another chance at testing his stuff against Low-A batters. Likewise, it would appear that the swapping of pitchers between upstate NY and the Space Coast is a matter of getting higher-calibre competition for the guys escaping Florida and more time to work with coaches at the complexes for the guys returning.

Jul 032013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2; Lost, 6-5 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-5, 4.04) vs.
Smith (2-1, 3.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (5-3, 4.02) vs.
Crouse (4-6, 4.54)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Jaye (5-2, 4.96)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (3-3, 4.32) vs.
Heredia (1-0, 2.00)
Auburn Won, 6-5 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 1.93) vs.
Newell (0-1, 1.80)
GCL Nationals Lost, 1-0; Won, 11-0 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (’13 Debut) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-0 (6½ inn.) @ DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (2-0, 1.82) vs.
TBD



Syracuse 5 Rochester 2 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 4-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Broadway (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marrero 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Yunesky Maya turned in his second straight quality start as the Chiefs took the opener, 5-2. Maya allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while stirking out two to win his fourth game overall. Mike Broadway set ‘em down 1-2-3 in the 7th to earn his fifth save. Chris Marrero and Chris RAhl both went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to pace the Syracuse offense.

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5 — GAME TWO
• Garcia 1⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Tatusko (L, 1-3) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Brown 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

The RedWings’ three-run 4th broke a 3-3 tie as the Chiefs’ comeback fell short, 6-5. Christian Garcia got his rehab in early, starting the game but giving up two hits and two walks over an inning and a 1/3rd. He was charged with three runs, two earned, and struck out two. Ryan Tatusko took the loss with three runs on five hits and a walk over two innings. Corey Brown led Syracuse’s nine-hit attack with two singles and a HR, scoring twice and driving in two.
Roster moves: RHP Cole Kimnball removed from Washington 40-man roster, outrighted to Syracuse.

Erie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam 5⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Holland (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2E
• Leon 1-2, R, BB

The Senators snapped a scoreless inning streak at 26⅔ with a run in the 6th, but four errors led to a fourth straight loss, 2-1 to Erie. Brian Goodwin drove in Sandy Leon with a double to tie the game at 1-1. Goodwin and Leon combined for three of the five Harrisburg hits. Starter Rob Gilliam let in a run over five and 2/3rds, giving up three hits and two walks and striking out seven. Neil Holland took the loss with a run on two hits in the 8th.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 3
• Rauh 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, WP
• Mirowski (W, 7-3) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Benincasa (SV, 4) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Nieto 2-2, 3R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B, BB

It was the Adrian Nieto show Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 1
• Encarnacion (W, 6-4) 7IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Mendez (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinez 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Miller 1-3, 2R, BB
• Pleffner 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI (left w/ foot injury)

The Suns struck for three in the first to give Pedro Encarnacion all he would need as the Suns downed the Power, 4-1. Encarnacion threw seven innings of scoreless one-hit ball, fanning six and walking none for the win. Gilberto Mendez earned his second save, working around a hit in the 9th. Estarlin Martinez doubled twice and drove in a run to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 6 Batavia 5
• Turnbull 5IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
• Sylvestri (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Lippincott 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI (1st pro HR)
• Ballou 3-5, 2R

Bryan Lippincott’s three-run HR in the bottom of the 9th capped a five-run comeback as the Doubledays put down the Muckdogs, 6-5. Michael Sylvestri gave up a ninth-inning run in his lone frame worked but wound up the winner. Starter Kylin Turnbull put on nine baserunners (three walks, six hits) in five innings, giving up three unearned runs with four strikeouts. Eight of nine Auburn batters hit safely, with Isaac Ballou leading the way with a 3-for-5 night, and Jean Valdez as “el hombre de cerveza” with an 0-for-4 game.

GCL Marlins 1 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME ONE
• Voth 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Simms (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Wa. Ramos 0-1, BB

Two Marlins farmhands combined on a seven-inning no-hitter as the G-Marlins edged the G-Nats, 1-0. John Simms took the loss with a run given up on two hits over two innings. Austin Voth got the start and tossed three scoreless freames, allowing one hit and no walks, and struck out three. Wander Ramos was the sole G-Nat to reach base without an error, drawing the lone walk of the game.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Marlins 0 — GAME TWO
• Ott 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Webb (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Suero (H, 1) 3IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 3R, 2B, 2RBI
• Gordon 3-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI

The G-Nats pounded out 14 hits in the second game of the doubleheader en route to an 11-0 smackdown. Four pitchers combined on the three-hit shutout, with Joe Webb getting the win and Wander Suero earning a hold. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Garrett Gordon led the onslaught with three hits apiece, both singling twice and doubling once.
The Nats 2012 #1 pick Lucas Giolito is scheduled to make his first appearance of 2013 per MASN’s Byron Kerr.

DSL Braves 3 DSL Nationals 0
• Valerio (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Charlis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mota 1-1, BB
• Mendoza 1-3

The D-Braves struck for all three runs in the 5th as they took the rain-shortened contest, 3-0. Maximo Valerio took the loss and was charged with two runs on four hits, including a solo HR to open the frame. He walked one and struck out six. The D-Nats were held to just three hits, with Israel Mota the only D-Nat to reach base twice, singling in the 3rd and walking in the 5th.
The Nationals reportedly spent $600K of the $1.85MM they’ve been allotted to spend on IFAs on seven players yesterday. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times has the skinny on the seven.

Jul 022013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
5:05 p.m.
Maya (3-5, 4.58) and
Tatusko (1-2, 3.79) vs.
De Vries (3-3, 8.60) and
Worley (4-3, 3.47)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 5.34) vs.
Link (0-1, 1.80)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Rauh (0-0, 4.00) vs.
Blough (7-4, 3.92)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (5-4, 3.51) vs.
Glasnow (4-1, 2.44)
Auburn Postponed vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Garner (0-0, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals GNR vs. DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (2-0, 1.82) vs.
TBD



Syracuse vs Rochester — PPD
Syracuse was rained out for the seventh time on Monday, but will attempt to make it up tonight for an actual two for Tuesday.
Roster moves: RHP Erik Davis optioned from Washington; OF-1B Micah Owings released.

Erie 1 Harrisburg 0
• Hill (L, 1-1) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3
• Hood 1-3
• Lozada 1-3, 3B

Jose Lozada’s one-out triple in the 6th broke up a string of 18 hitless innings for the Senators, who were shut out again, 1-0 in Erie. Starter Taylor Hill basically matched his previous outing with a run over seven innings, albeit on a home run, but took the loss. He gave up six hits total, walked one, and struck out three. Destin Hood and Jason Martinson also singled as Harrisburg managed just three hits and one walk on offense. For those wondering, sources say that Karns’ start was shifted to Wednesday from last night to give him more time to work with coaches on “stuff,” which usually means mechanics.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Wort (L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Soriano 3-4, R
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats bullpen woes resurfaced Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke promoted from Hagerstown. His first start is scheduled for Thursday.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 2
• Lee (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 4-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Perez 3-4, R, 2RBI

A four-run 4th plus Nick Lee’s strongest outing to date added up to a 6-2 Hagerstown win over West Virginia. Lee tossed seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and a walk while fanning nine. Derek Self stranded two in the 8th and worked around a double in the 9th for his first save with the Suns. Shawn Pleffner singled, doubled, and scored twice as part of a 4-for-5 night, while Stephen Perez went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI as the Hagerstown offense produced 13 hits total.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
The rain that soaked Syracuse also bathed Batavia, postponing the game to an undetermined date as it will not be on Wednesday. Auburn visits Batavia three more times in late August (21, 22, 27).
Roster moves: RHP Austin Dicharry released; LHP Justin Thomas promoted from the GCL.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain washed out Monday’s game between the Marlins and Nationals. It will be made up today with a doubleheader.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Rojos — GNR
Game Not Reported.
Today is the “New Year” for IFAs and there have been whispers that the Nationals will be spending up to half of their $1.85MM bonus pool in August to sign the #29 prospect, Anderson Franco, a not-yet-16 (DOB: 8/15/97) third baseman who’s the reverse of the usual scouting report for Dominicans his age (polished defender, raw on offense). At 6’1″ and 185 lbs, the projection is for power but not a lot of speed. His arm is considered one of the best in the D.R.(H/T to Brian Oliver for putting this on our radar).

Jul 012013
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Hagerstown Suns have announced that LHP Matt Purke has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

It’s been a long, long, long time coming for the 22-year-old southpaw who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft despite shoulder woes that inevitably led to his having surgery last offseason after making just three starts in 2012.

The past two seasons he’s made limited appearances in spring training and held back from joining a full-season minor-league team until mid-to-late May. Pitch counts limited his appearances in the early going in 2013, but have apparently increased of late as he’s been able to go five and six innings, respectively, in his last two starts.

For the season, he’s 1-1 with a pitcher’s line (ERA/FIP/WHIP) of 2.48/2.54/1.10 in his six starts with 7 walks and 41 strikeouts, which average per nine innings at 2.17 and 12.72 respectively.

With the recent spate of rainouts, as well as the promotion of Taylor Hill last week, it’s unclear when Purke will make his High-A debut. He last pitched on Friday, which with ordinary rest would have him pitching on Wednesday or Thursday.

Jun 302013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0 vs. Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
Clay (0-2, 3.14) vs.
Hendriks (1-5, 6.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ Bowie,
1:05 p.m.
Demny (5-5, 3.65) and
Swynenberg (2-0, 3.27) vs.
Gamboa (3-5, 3.77) and
Wright (6-2, 4.12)
Potomac Lost, 2-0; Won, 6-5 @ Wilmington,
1:05 p.m
Schwartz (6-2, 2.72) vs.
Smith (4-4, 2.87)
Hagerstown Losing, 5-0 vs. Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
(DH – comp., 7-inn.)
Mooneyham (3-2, 2.73) vs.
Almonte (3-5, 3.42)
Auburn Won, 8-5 @ Jamestown,
1:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 4.91) vs.
Dickson (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 1 Rochester 0
• Roark (W, 5-3) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Broadway (SV, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Rhymes 2-4, R
• Espinosa 1-3, 2B, BB, 0K (1st gm. w/o K since demotion; 6-for-53, 30K overall)

Chris Rahl’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 1st was all the Chiefs would get. Tanner Roark and two relievers would make it all they need, combining for a three-hit shutout and 1-0 win. Roark went six innings and allowed two hits, no walks, and struck out three. Tyler Robertson struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh for the hold while Mike Broadway pitched around a hit and a walk in the and set ‘em down in order in the 9th for the save. Will Rhymes went 2-for-4 and scored the lone run to lead Syracuse’s five-hit offense.
Roster moves: 1B Chris Marrero, UT Jeff Kobernus optioned from Washington; RHP Erik Davis recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 4
• Treinen 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Grace (L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Martinson 1-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 1-4, R, 2B, RBI

Caleb Joseph took Matt Grace deep for a two-run shot in the 7th that turned out to be the difference as the Senators fell to the BaySox, 6-4. Grace had pitched 10 scoreless innings, earning him the “I” in Friday’s GBI (another victim to the “curse”). Starter Blake Treinen gave up the first four Bowie runs on eoght hits and three walks with just two strikeouts. Jason Martinson and Jimmy Van Ostrans both went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, as Harrisburg maximized its scoring chances with four runs on five hits and two walks, going 3-for-3 with RISP and two runners stranded.
Roster moves: RHP Taylor Jordan recalled to Washington; RHP Paul Demny activated from TIL; RHP Ryan Perry removed from 40-man roster (effective June 27), outrighted to Harrisburg.

Wilmington 2 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Ray (L, 6-3) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Oduber 1-2
• Gilmartin 1-2

Kyle Zimmer no-hit the P-Nats for five innings before Randolph Oduber broke it up with an infield single. Mike Gilmartin followed with a single to center, but that’s all the P-Nats could muster as the Blue Rocks shut out the P-Nats, 2-0. Robbie Ray’s troubles with the long ball continue. Nos. 6 and 7 of the month of June (eight for the year) account for both Wilmington runs. Ray gave up five hits total, walked one and struck out five for the complete-game loss.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 5 — GAME TWO
• Cole (W, 5-3) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Leonida 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Gilmartin 1-2, R, HR, RBI

Potomac took a 4-1 lead early and survived a last-inning rally to earn the 6-5 win and split the doubleheader. A.J. Cole turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out seven. Handed a 6-3 lead, Robert Benincasa gave up back-to-back singles to open the 7th and put the tying run on third by way of a one-out triple by Jack Lopez. He would earn the save by keeping the ball in the infield for two groundball outs. Cole Leonida and Mike Gilmartin both homered, with Leonida’s three-run shot highlighting the P-Nats’ four-run 2nd.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 0 — SUSP.
• Anderson 3⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 3K

The Legends scored five times in the first two innings before the rains came to save the Suns until today. The game will be resumed this afternoon, followed by a seven-inning game for the makeshift doubleheader.

Auburn 8 Jamestown 5
• Orlan 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Sylvestri (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Napoli (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Valdez 2-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 4RBI
• Dent 3-4, R, CS
• Ballou 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

The Doubledays never trailed in this one, taking a 3-0 lead in the 2nd and cruising to an 8-5 victory over the Jammers. R.C. Orlan couldn’t make it through the requisite five for the win, going four innings with three runs given up on four hits and three walks while striking out four. The “W” instead went to Mike Sylvestri for his unearned run allowed without a hit or a walk over two innings. David Napoli got the save with two scoreless innings. Jean Valdez went deep twice, scored three times, and drove in four to power the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Mets 4
• Silvestre 4⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• P. Valdez (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Wa. Ramos 1-2, 2B, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, BB

The G-Nats won for the seventh time in eight games with a 5-4 win over the G-Mets. Hector Silvestre got the start, allowing two runs on four hits, no walks, and struck out two. Philips Valdez finished the 5th and tossed two more scoreless frames for the win, walking one and striking out three. The G-Nats took advantage of three G-Mets miscues to score five times on just seven hits. Wander Ramos drove in two with a 1st-inning double while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Kyle Attl both singled and walked.
Minor-league rehab assignments: IF Blake Kelso from Potomac; OF Wander Ramos from Hagerstown.

DSL Rojos 6 DSL Nationals 4
• Pena 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• R. Rosario (L, 0-3) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Mota 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• D. Rosario 1-3, R, RBI

The D-Nats dropped their third straight game, falling to the D-Rojos by a 6-4 count. Yefri Pena got the start and allowed a run on four hits and a walk but struck out none over three innings. The loss went to Ramses Rosario, who was tagged with four runs on five hits and a walk and struck out two over three innnings. Israel Mota singled, doubled, and drove in two to pace the D-Nats attack.

Jun 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4; Lost, 6-0 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (4-3, 3.69) vs.
P. Hernandez (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.44) vs.
Wei (MLB Rehab)
Potomac Postponed @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m
Ray (6-2, 3.12) and
Cole (4-3, 4.07) vs.
Zimmer (1-7, 5.98) and
Sample (1-3, 3.09)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (5-4, 2.88) vs.
Santiago (0-0, 3.60)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 @ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Neverauskas (0-1, 4.76)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-5 vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-0 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Rosario (0-2, 2.97) vs.
Hernandez (0-0, 3.00)



Sryacuse 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 — GAME ONE (Comp.)
• Tatusko 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 8BB, 2K
• Lowe (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Garcia (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Davis (SV, 9) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 1-3, 2B, 2R, BB
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Zach Walters’s two-run double highlighted a three-run 6th that broke open a 3-2 game as the Chiefs held on for a 5-4 win in the continuation from Thursday night. Ryan Tatusko had the start and walked a career-worst eight batters but minimized the damage to just two runs on four hits over four innings. Mark Lowe got the win as the pitcher of record, turning in two innings with one run allowed. Erik Davis pitched around a hit in the 9th for his ninth save. Walters went 2-for-4, as did Chris Rahl, Brian Jeroloman, and Mike Costanzo as Syracuse pounded out 13 hits for the game.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-5) 6IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bocock 1-2, 2B
• Walters 1-3

Alas, the Chiefs may have saved some of those hits for the second game as the RailRiders pitchers held them to just two in a 6-0 shutout. Danny Rosenbaum was touched twice for the longball and gave up all six Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs on nine hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out three as his won-loss record was leveled to 5-5. Brian Bocock’s one-out double in the 3rd and Zach Walter’s two-out single in the 4th, pushing ahead Corey Brown who jhad reached on a walk, were the only two times Syracuse put a runner in scoring position.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD
Can’t mess with a fireworks night. Thus, Friday night’s rainout will be made up tomorrow afternoon instead of tonight despite this being the final visit for Harrisburg this season.

Potomac vs. Wilmington — PPD
The clouds seen in the P-Nats press box picture delivered on their promise, pouring down on Frawley Stadium and postponing Friday night’s game to tonight (how novel).

Lexington 3 Hagerstown 2
• Purke 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 8K
• Self (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Pleffner 2-3, BB, RBI
• Schill 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Matt Purke’s sensational start was erased in the space of just four batters as Lexington rallied for three in the 9th for a 3-2 win over Hagerstown. Reliever Derek Self was a double shy of the cycle in his lone inning thrown, giving up a single, home run, and a triple to first three batters he faced before retiring his first batter on a sacrifice fly. Purke had allowed just one hit over six shutout innings (his longest outing as a pro), walking none, and setting down eight on strikes. Shawn Pleffner led the Suns offense, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Jamestown 6 Auburn 5
• Johansen 2⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Dicharry (L, 0-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Selsor 4⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• J. Valdez 3-5, R, 2B
• Yezzo 2-5, CS

Jamestown’s four-run 4th was the undoing of Auburn as the Jammers held off the Doubledays’ 9th-inning charge for a 6-5 victory. Jake Johansen failed to get out of the third inning for the second straight start, giving up a hit, a run, and three walks while striking two. Kevin Dicharry took the loss, his second, with four runs charged to him over an inning pitched. Isaac Ballou’s two-run double highlighted Auburn’s three-run rally in the 9th but couldn’t get past third to tie it. Jean Valdez led the hit column with a 3-for-5 night, followed by James Yezzo at 2-for-5.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 5
• Ullmann 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (BS, 2; W, 2-0) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bafidis (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 4-5, 2R, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-5, 2RBI

The G-Nats answered the G-Mets three runs in the bottom of the 6th with four in the top of the 7th, holding on for a 6-5 win. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz (4-for-5), Bryan Mejia (2-for-4), and Osvaldo Abreu (2-for-5) each had RBI singles in the frame. Ryan Ullmann got the start and gave up a run over three innings on two hits and no walks while striking out four. Kelvin Rodriguez had the blown-save-win with two runs allowed over two innings. Cory Bafidis tossed two prefect innings to get the save, his first.
Roster move: C Wilson Ramos assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

DSL Cubs 3 DSL Nationals 0
• Torres (L, 0-2) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Reynoso 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Tillero 1-3, 2B
• Mercedes 1-4, 2B

The D-Cubs shut out the D-Nats and took over first place in the Boca Chica South division with a 3-0 win. Starter Luis Torres gave up all three D-Cubs runs on four his and three walks over four innings while striking out five. The D-Nats were held to just four hits, with Jorge Tillero and Yermin Mercedes each doubling.

Jun 282013
 

Rain for NPP 2

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Losing, 2-1
(suspended)
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
5:00 p.m. (conclusion)
Rosenbaum (5-4, 3.69) vs.
Marshall (2-6, 6.72)
Harrisburg Won, 11-6 @ Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.44) vs.
Gamboa (3-5, 3.77)
Potomac Losing, 1-0
(suspended)
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m
Ray (6-2, 3.12) vs.
Zimmer (1-7, 5.98)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-1, 3.13) vs.
Simmons (0-1, 7.59)
Auburn Lost, 5-3; Winning, 1-0
(suspended)
@ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Brewer (2-0, 2.70)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-0 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.96) vs.
Figueroa (2-0, 1.50)



Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 1 — SUSP.
The rains came in the middle in fourth in upstate New York, halting play with the RailRiders leading the Chiefs, 2-1. It will be completed today, weather permitting, at 5 p.m. followed by the regularly scheduled game.
Roster move: IF Josh Johnson reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 6
• Gilliam 3⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K, 2HBP
• Swynenberg (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Head 4-6, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Bloxom 3-4, 2-2B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, BB

Buoyed by some kid named Harper (2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI), Harrisburg clubbed Bowie for six runs in the first two innings and cruised to an 11-6 victory. The Senators pounded out 15 hits total, with Jared Head leading the way with a 4-for-6, 4RBI night, followed by Justin Bloxom’s 3-for-4, two-double, two-walk effort. Jason Martinson went 2-for-4 with a walk, double, and 2RBI in his AA debut. Rob Gilliam couldn’t get out of the fourth, giving up six hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds. Matt Swynenberg came in with the bases loaded in the 4th and stranded all three and pitched a scoreless 5th to get the win.

Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0 — SUSP.
Heavy rains swept through Woodbridge in the bottom of the third with two runners on and no outs as the game was eventually suspended. It will be picked up on the 1st of August, when the Pelicans next visit Potomac. It’ll be a 5:30 p.m. start for the completion followed by a 7-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Broderick placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Colin Bates activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4
• Encarnacion 6+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Pena (W, 3-3) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Dickson (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, R
• Perez 1-3, R, BB

Brandon Miller’s two-run triple, the third straight hit with two outs, capped an 8th-inning comeback for a 5-4 Hagerstown win over Lexington. All the scoring cam in just three half innings, with Suns striking first with three in the 2nd. Starter Pedro Encarnacion had a three-hit shutout through six frames until Lexington stunned him with three hits and three runs in the space of three batters, including back-to-back home runs. He gave up six hits total, walked one and struck out four over six-plus innings. Ronald Pena gave up an unearned run to complete the Legends’ four-run 7th but got the win after pitching a scoreless 8th. Ian Dickson shut the door in the 9th for his first save as a Sun.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 3 — GAME ONE
• Barrientos 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Hollins (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Lippincott 2-3, R

Auburn posted a picket fence in the early going, only to see the 3-0 lead evaporate in the 7th for 5-3 loss. Joel Barrientos threw five shutout innings in his first start for the Doubledays, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three. Leonard Hollins blew the save and took the loss, letting in two inherited runs and giving up three hits and a walk to the six batters he faced, retiring one on a strikeout. James Yezzo and Bryan Lippincott both went 2-for-3 with a run scored, with Yezzo hitting his first professional home run.

Williamsport 1 Auburn 0 — SUSP.
Play was halted with one out in the third with the Doubledays leading 1-0. It will be made up later this season.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 0
• Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Martin (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Eusebio 2-3, R, RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB

The G-Nats got right back up on the proverbial horse, winning for the fifth time in six games with a 4-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Jefry Rodriguez got the win with five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, walking none, and fanning seven. Diomedes Eusebio led the offense with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run and driving in a run.

DSL Cubs 2 DSL Nationals 0
• Morales (L, 0-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Yrizarri 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Tillero 1-3, 2B
• Mercedes 1-3, BB

The D-Nats were held to just four hits as the D-Cubs shut them out, 2-0. 18-y.o. Jose Morales started for the first time in six appearances, taking the loss with a run on two hits and a walk over three inning. Jorge Tillero connected for the sole extra-base hit while Yermin Mercedes was the only D-Nat to reach base twice; both went 1-for-3.

Jun 272013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3; Lost, 6-3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 3.75) vs.
Cotham (2-4, 7.34)
Harrisburg Won, 11-2 @ Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 5.40) vs.
Jones (3-2, 5.53)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m
Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Payano (5-4, 4.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 (12 inn.) vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (5-4, 3.09) vs.
Binford (4-3, 2.30)
Auburn Postponed vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Barrientos (0-0, 7.71) and
Turnbull (2-0, 3.27) vs.
Prosinski (0-1, 40.50) and
Gueller (2-0, 1.80)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
J. Perez (0-1, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0 vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.96) vs.
Figueroa (2-0, 1.50)



Syracuse Chiefs 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 3-5) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Broadway (S, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Owings 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Rhymes 2-3, R, 2-3B
• Rahl 1-2, 2B, 2RBI

Chris Rahl’s sac fly in the 5th snapped the tie while Micah Owing’s big fly in the 6th gave the Chiefs the insurance run for a 5-3 win over the RailRiders. Yunesky Maya got the win, allowing all three Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings while striking out two. Mike Broadway struck out the side in the 7th for his third save.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse Chiefs 3 — GAME TWO
• Mandel (L, 1-5) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K, 4HR
• Cedeno 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Owings 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Costanzo 2-3, R

Jeff Mandel gave up four home runs, three for solo shots, as the RailRiders rolled over the Chiefs, 6-3 in the nightcap. The 28-y.o. veteran was charged with all six Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs on nine hits over five and a 1/3rd innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. Micah Owings homered again and drove in two, as both he and Mike “Don’t Call Me George” Costanzo went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Roster moves: CF Eury Perez placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 24; RHP Jeremy Accardo released; RHP Cole Kimball activated from the 7-Day DL

Harrisburg 11 Akron 2
• Hill (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
• Hood 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Nicol 2-4, R, RBI

The Senators busted out for four runs twice against the Aeros to complete the three-game sweep with an 11-2 victory. Taylor Hill gave up a run on four hits and a walk while striking out four to win his AA debut. Brian Goodwin and Jimmy Van Ostrand both hit three-run HRs to power the Harrisburg attack, which scored 11 times on 11 hits and left just five men on base.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 5
• Rauh 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 6-3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Harper 1-3, R, HR, RBI, K
• Nieto 4-4, R, HR, RBI

Harper and Nieto homer, but it was a good old-fashioned 8th-inning rally that won it Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from the 7-Day DL.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 6 (12 inn.)
• Lee 4IP, 6H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Davis (L, 1-1) 2+ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Piwinica-Worms 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• B. Miller 2-6, 2B, 3RBI
• Miller 2-6, 2B, RBI

Twice the Suns took the lead into the final frame, allowing the tying run in the 9th and the winning runs in the 12th as the Power prevailed, 7-6. Nick Lee gave up four unearned runs over four innings, though he coughed up six hits and a walk while fanning four and left down 4-2. The Suns chipped away with single runs in the 5th, 7th, and 9th, the latter giving them a 5-4 lead. West Virginia sent it to extras with a solo HR in the 9th and handed Cody Davis the loss by scoring twice on three singles and a walk in the 12th. Four Suns doubled and had multiple hits, with Will Piwinica-Worms leading the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-6 night.

Auburn vs. Williamsport — PPD
A wee bit of rain fell in the late afternoon in Auburn, forcing a doubleheader today.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 2
• Voth 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Suero (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Ruiz 1-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• L. Guzman 1-3, R, RBI

The season-opening streak of four wins for the G-Nats was halted with a 6-2 defeat by the G-Cards. Austin Voth got the start and turned in two scoreless innings, but gave up the three of the 15 hits the G-Cards collected. Wander Suero took the loss with three runs on six hits allowed over the next three frames. The G-Nats scored twice but were limited to just three hits. Adderling Ruiz and Luis Guzman each singled and drove in a run in the loss.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Brewers 0
• Reyes (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 8K
• Sanchez (H, 3) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Salazar (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Cerda 1-2
• Aguero 1-3, 2B, RBI

Three pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as the D-Nats edged the D-Brewers, 1-0. Luis Reyes went the first five, giving up three hits and three walks, but struck out eight for his second win (his second). Mario Sanchez followed with two hits and a walk given up over three innings for his third hold. Melvi Salazar pitched around a hit in the 9th for his fourth save. “Fred” Aguero’s RBI double in the 4th accounted for the lone run, as the D-Nats were held to just two hits and four walks.

Jun 252013
 

Transactions for NPP 2
With two major speculative items in the morning’s notes, as well as the weekly transactions post from Baseball America issued late yesterday afternoon, it’s time to get back on track when it comes to transactions…

WASHINGTON
• Recalled OF-1B Tyler Moore from Syracuse

SYRACUSE
• RHP Caleb Clay activated from TIL (placed on it 6/22)
• OF Micah Owings activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• RHP Rafael Martin transferred to GCL for minor-league rehab
• RHP Taylor Hill promoted from Potomac
• RHP Paul Demny placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List

POTOMAC
• OF Bryce Harper assigned from Washington for MLB rehab
• RHP Brian Broderick reassigned from GCL

GCL
• Reassigned RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Auburn

SIGNED (IFAs)
• RHP Jose Nunez
• SS Francys Peguero
• SS Joshual Ramirez
• OF Oliver Ortiz

SIGNED (NDFAs)
• SS Kyle Attl
• OF Greg Zebrack

PLACED ON 7-DAY DL
• 3B Carlos Alvarez (unspecified)

RELEASED
• RHP Emmanuel de la Cruz
• RHP Shane McCatty
• 2B Trey Karlen

As always, the list of releases seems incomplete, which is not to say that we wish for more churn but to acknowledge that there seems to be more signings than space available. Both NDFAs have already seen game action, with Attl assigned to the GCL and Zebrack assigned to Auburn. Attl is an infielder from Cal State Northridge, while Zebrack is an outfielder from USC, presumably scouted at the same time as Matt Foat, who also signed as an NDFA last summer.

BA reports that Carlos Alvarez, nee “Smiley” Gonzalez has been placed on the 7-Day DL but for which roster remains a mystery. His player page is blank though he shows up in player search results on MiLB.com. Perhaps he’s already been released (other Nats farmhands known to have been cut appear likewise in search results), as the BA post covers the period of June 13-19. In any case, I only mention it because it’s hopefully the end of sordid chapter in Nats history.

UPDATE: Potomac has announced that RHP Taylor Hill has been promoted to Harrisburg, with RHP Brian Broderick reassigned from the GCL to replace him. Unfortunately, given the swirling speculation regarding Taylor Jordan’s next start, it’s quite possible that his stay in AA will be short. Hill has been solid in his last four starts, going 2-0 with an 0.63 ERA including a complete-game win against Frederick last Friday, so it’s also feasible that he could stay while another pitcher is moved if/when Jordan is returned.

UPDATE #2: To make room for Hill, RHP Paul Demny has been placed on the temporary inactive list for Harrisburg.