Jun 232013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-8 @ Gwinnett,
2:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.76) and
Roark (3-3, 4.47) vs.
Martin (1-0, 0.00) and
Loe (2-1, 4.19)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. New Hampshire,
2:00 p.m.
Demny (5-4, 3.33) vs.
Walden (4-7, 3.58)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m
Ray (5-2, 2.84) vs.
Pasquale (0-4, 4.31)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-0 @ Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Purke (0-1, 4.00) vs.
Dahlstrand (1-2, 4.62)
Auburn Won, 6-4 @ Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (pro debut) vs.
Hamrick (0-1, 1.80)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-1 OFF DAY N/A



Gwinnett 9 Syracuse 8
• Tatusko 5IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Robertson 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Broadway (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 2BF, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Rhymes 4-6, 2R, 2B
• Rahl 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Walters 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI

After blowing a 5-1 lead in the middle innings, Syracuse rallied for three in the top of the 9th only to lose in the bottom of the 9th, 9-8. Gwinnett knocked starter Ryan Tatusko for six runs in his 5th and final inning. He walked five and gave up eight hits while striking out two. Zach Walters homered twice, including a three-run HR in the 9th that gave the Chiefs a brief 9-7 lead and extended his hit streak to 12 games. Gwinnett turned the elation to heartbreak in the space of two batters, closing the play with a single and home run off Mike Broadway.

New Hampshire 4 Harrisburg 1
• Treinen 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Perry (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Lozada 2-3
• Souza 1-3, R, HR, BB

The Sens ‘pen was roughed up for all four runs in the final two innings in a 4-1 loss to the Fisher Cats. The implosion ruined a solid start by Blake Treinen, who threw seven shutout innings with three hits and two walks allowed while striking out four. Ryan Perry took the loss with loss and blown save, as the drain-circling reliever was charged with three runs on three hits and a walk to five batters over a 1/3rd of an inning. Harrisburg was held to just five hits, with Steve Souza’s solo HR in the 1st accounting for the lone run.

Potomac 7 Carolina 5
• Pineyro 4⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Holt (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Benincasa (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2RBI, BB, 2SB
• Nieto 3-4, HR, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

Four and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief kept this one from slipping away Last Night In Woodbridge.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 0
• Encarnacion (L, 5-4) 6IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 0BB, 5K, HR (GS)
• Meza 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Foat 2-4
• Norfork 1-3, BB

Greenville ran over Hagerstown with three in the 1st and four in the 2nd and cruised to an 8-0 shutout win. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss but saved the ‘pen by going six innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, no walks and striking out five. The Suns were limited to just five hits and couldn’t take advantage of the seven walks issued, going 0-for-6 with RISP and stranding 10 runners. Matt Foat was the only Hagerstown batter with multiple hits, while Tony Renda and Shawn Pleffner both drew two walks.

Auburn 6 State College 4
• Turnbull (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Joyce (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 3-4, R, 2B
• Poole 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Zebrack 2-4, R, 2RBI

Auburn scored in four straight innings, overcoming an early 4-0 deficit to take the game, 6-4. Starter Kylin Turnbull got the win, his second for the Doubledays in as many starts, giving up four runs on four hits and no walks while striking out six. Jake Joyce earned the hold with two scoreless, and L.J. Hollins the save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Jordan Poole led the 13-hit attack with a double and a home run and two RBI.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 2
• J. Rodriguez 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 4BB, K
• K. Rodriguez (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Jennings 1-3, R, 2B
• Read 1-4, 2B

A pair of errors led to the decisive run as the G-Nats edged the G-Mets, 3-2. Jefry Rodriguez got the start, going three innings with a run allowed on a hit and four walks with one strikeout. Kelvin Rodriguez got the blown-save-win with a run on a hit and a walk over two innings while striking out two. Hayden Jennings and Raudy Read both doubled as the G-Nats were held to just six hits and two walks (both drawn by Drew Ward). RHP Cole Kimball transferred from Syracuse for a rehab assignment.

DSL Mets1 6 DSL Nationals 1
• Torres (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Reynoso 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Alvarez 1-3, BB

The D-Nats mustered jsut three hits in a 6-1 loss to the D-Mets. Starter Luis Torres took the loss, charged with four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out three. 18-y.o. Thomas Alvarez was the sole D-Nat to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Jun 222013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 @ Gwinnett,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 3.08) vs.
Poveda (5-4, 3.08)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 vs. New Hampshire,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.74) vs.
Nolin (3-2, 3.09)
Potomac Won, 5-1 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m
Pineyro (1st start at A+) vs.
Peoples (0-2, 6.35)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Lost, 12-1 vs. State College,
6:05 p.m.
Turnbull (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Pierce (pro debut)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-3 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-6 @ DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 4.05) vs.
Carreno (0-1, 10.80)



Gwinnett 8 Syracuse 4
• Maya (L, 2-5) 5IP, 9H, 6R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Accardo 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Brown 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB

A four-run 5th broke open a 2-2 game as the Gwinnett Braves doubled up the Syracuse Chiefs, 8-4. Yunesky Maya lost for the 5th time in 12 starts, charged with six runs (two earned) on nine hits (including HR no. 6) with no walks and two strikeouts over five innings. Chris Rahl led the offense with a 3-for-4 night with two runs, a double, and a home run, while Corey Brown walked, stole a base, an had an RBI double while going 1-for-3.

Harrisburg 7 New Hampshire 6
• Gilliam 4⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 4K
• Grace (W, 1-0) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrett (S, 14) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Brian Goodwin’s solo HR in the bottom of the 8th was the final blow struck in a back-and-forth battle as Harrisburg edged New Hampshire, 7-6. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up four runs on six hits and five walks over four and 2/3rds innings, but was taken off the hook with a three-run rally in the 6th that tied the game at 4-4. The Senators took a 6-4 lead with two in the last of the 7th, only to give it back with two runs in the top of the 8th. Matt Grace got the win by stranding the go-ahead run in the 8th while getting the final two outs of the inning. Jimmy Van Ostrand led the Harrisburg offense with a 2-for-4 night with a homer and three RBI.

Potomac 5 Carolina 1
• Hill (W, 6-2) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Taylor 2-4, 2R
• Oduber 2-3, 2B, RBI, HBP

A three-run 6th powered Potomac to its first win of the 2nd half Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 13 Greenville 9
• Lee 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Henke (W, 3-1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Renda 2-6, 2R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Norfork 3-5, 3R
• Foat 2-3, 3R, RBI

The Suns blew a 5-0 lead but outslugged the Drive for a 13-9 victory. Tony Renda drove in five and scored twice with a double and home run as Hagerstown pounded out 13 hits with eight of the nine starters hitting safely, and everyone reaching base. Starter Nick Lee was knocked from the box during the Drive’s five-run 4th, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out two over three and 2/3rds. Travis Henke got the win in relief, finishing the 4th and tossing two more scoreless innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

State College 12 Auburn 1
• Lopez (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Fernandez ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-4, RBI
• Gunter 2-4

When a position player is the most effective pitcher of the game, you know it’s been a bad night. State College scored eight times in the second without a home run en route to a 12-1 smackdown of Auburn. Starter Reynaldo Lopez took the brunt of the beating, giving up seven runs on seven hits over an inning and a 1/3rd with no walks and no strikeouts. Erick Fernandez, a catcher, got the last out of the ninth as the only Doubleday pitcher to not let in a run. James Yezzo and Cody Gunter each went 2-for-4 to lead the Doubledays attack.
OF Greg Zebrack (NDFA) assigned from Washington.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 3
• Suero 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Broderick (W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Ramos (SV, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Ward 3-4, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, E

The G-Nats jumped to a 4-0 lead by the 5th, then held off the G-Mets in the late innings for a 4-3 win in the season opener. Wander Suero got the start and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and setting down four on strikes. Rehabbing Brian Broderick was ineffective, but was the winner by rule with three runs allowed on four hits and a walk over three innings. David “Yes, my brother is Wander” Ramos finished the game with two goose eggs for the save. Drew Ward was a one-man wrecking crew, driving in three with a single and two doubles in four at-bats as he collected three of the five G-Nats hits.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Tigers 0
• Yrizarri 3⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, WP, BK
• Sanchez (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 3WP, 2-0 IR-S
• Green (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Lora 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Mercedes 2-4, 2B, 3RBI
• Alvarez 1-4, 2R, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI

The D-Nats posted a five-run 5th to overcome an early 2-1 deficit and held off a late charege from the D-Tigers for a 9-6 win. 18-y.o. Deibi Yrizarri had his first bad outing, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Mario Sanchez got the win in relief, stranding two runners in the 4th giving up a run in the 6th. The first three batters in the lineup combined for five hits (including two doubles and a triple), five RBI, and four runs scored.

Jun 202013
 

While not as pronounced as in years past, the traditional realignment of players for the second half continues with the latest set of transactions today (well, that and the Hagerstown Suns start back up tonight, natch).

As the headline suggests, the majority of the movement is between the “A” teams — Potomac, Hagerstown, Auburn. As I did a year ago, here’s a breakdown of the moves over the past three days:

SYRACUSE
• 2B Danny Espinosa optioned from Washington — They can’t make him have shoulder surgery, but they can stop the accrual of service time
• RHP Caleb Clay promoted from Harrisburg — Superb first outing, seems ready to make the jump

HARRISBURG
• RHP Ryan Perry reassigned from Syracuse — The starter experiment seems over, is this a demotion to work with certain coaches or in a lower-pressure environment?
• RHP Marcos Frias reassigned from Potomac — Injured and/or ineffective most of the year, seems likely that he was sent back either due to health or having the preferred pitchers in place

POTOMAC
• RHP Robert Benincasa promoted from Hagerstown — Is the closer’s job up for grabs?
• RHP Ivan Pineyro promoted from Hagerstown — Looks like Sammy Solis is going to be out for a prolonged period of time.

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Derek Self demoted from Potomac — Hit or miss all season long for the P-Nats; at least the new Suns unis won’t clash with his preferred red glove.
• OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Auburn — Hit .343 in 32 games for Auburn last summer, but that wasn’t enough to get the the full-season assignment in April.

GCL
• RHP Brian Broderick assigned from Harrisburg on rehab — Pretty typical this time of year.

With the P-Nats roster at 12 pitchers and 24 players (one short of the usual for both), it would seem that another move is coming. What would seem most likely is an injured reliever coming off the D.L.

As always, if the other shoe drops within the next 24 hours or so, this space will be updated.

Jun 202013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Mandel (1-3, 5.55) vs.
Stewart (3-9, 5.23)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Karns (4-2, 4.60) vs.
Wilson (1-0, 4.35)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK @ Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 6-3 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-0, 0.00 in GCL in ’12) vs.
O’Shea (3-3, 3.12 in NYPL in ’12)
DSL Nationals Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) vs. DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (1-0, 2.87) vs.
Lara (1-0, 1.80)



Charlotte 2 Syracuse 1
• Clay (L, 0-1) 6⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rahl 3-4, RBI, SB
• Rhymes 3-5
• Moore 2-4, 2B

Syracuse stalled in the clutch, going just 1-for-7 with RISP and stranding 11 in a 2-1 matinee loss to Charlotte. Caleb Clay pitched into the 7th for his AAA debut, but allowed both Knights runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six and 2/3rds innings. Chris Rahl and Will Rhymes both singled three times as the Chiefs racked up 10 hits total (double the output of Charlotte).
Roster move: 2B Danny Espinosa reinstated from DL, optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 1
• Jordan (W, 6-0) 8IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 3-3, R, BB
• Nicol 1-2, RBI

Taylor Jordan slumped to allowing a run over eight innings, snapping a 23-inning scoreless streak, but the bum still pitched Harrisburg to a 3-1 victory over Bowie. The 24-y.o. walked two and struck out three while running his record to 6-0 in eight appearances for the Senators. Brian Goodwin reached base four time with three singles and a walk, while Sean Nicol came off the bench to go 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the 6th that broke the 1-1 deadlock. Aaron Barrett pitched around a two-out double to earn his 13th save.

Potomac Nationals — ALL-STAR BREAK
No doubt by design to give the league’s All-Stars an extra day of rest, the Carolina League begins the second half with an off day today before the eight-team circuit restarts tomorrow.

Hagerstown Suns — ALL-STAR BREAK
After finishing the first half with seven games at home, the Suns open the second with seven games on the road, beginning with a four-game set in Greenville, followed by a three-game series in Charleston.

Auburn 6 Batavia 3
• Orlan 4IP, 3H, 0R, 5BB, 2K
• Simko (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Napoli (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lippincott 2-4, R, BB
• Ballou 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI

Walks and errors will kill you, as Batavia learned by giving out nine and committing four in a 6-3 loss to Auburn. R.C. Orlan, a 30th round pick out of North Carolina in 2012, made his pro debut as the starter with four scoreless innings. The 22-y.o. from Glen Allen, VA allowed three hits, walked five and struck out two. Rehabbing Todd Simko got the win in relief while 2013 8th-rounder David Napoli got the save in his pro debut. Bryan Lippincott led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game, while Isaac Ballou drove in two and reached base three times with a single and two walks.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Cardinals 1 (10 inn.)
• Valerio 6IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Morales 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Aquino (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mercedes 2-2, R, RBI
• Mota 2-3, 3B, 2BB
• Alvarez 2-4

Brayan Serrata’s single in the 10th ended what might have been a very frustrating game as the D-Nats outhit the D-Cards 12-3, but only won 2-1. Maximo Valerio gave up the lone D-Cards run on two hits and three walks over six innings while striking out six, but got the no-decision. Jose Morales followed with three no-hit innings, allowing a walk. Jonathan Aquino got the win with a scoreless 10th inning pitched. The D-Nats left on 15 runners and went just 2-for-16 with RISP.

Jun 192013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (11 inn.) @ Charlotte,
12:15 p.m.
TBA vs. Berken (4-7, 4.32)
Harrisburg Won, 9-1 @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Jordan (5-0, 0.66) vs.
Wright (6-0, 3.92)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 10-2 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (DNP in ’12) vs.
J. Garcia (1-3, 3.60 @ GCL in ’12)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-3 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-0, 2.03) vs.
Mateo (0-1, 1.00)



Charlotte 7 Syracuse 6 (11 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 7IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Roark 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Accardo (L, 2-1) ⅔ 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Moore 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Perez 2-6, 2R, HR, RBI, SB

For the second time in three games, the Syracuse Chiefs loaded the bases in extras on walks (one intentional) and lost, falling this time on a two-out single in the 11th for the short end of a 7-6 decision. Danny Rosenbaum got a no-decision for the fourth straight start, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out four over seven innings. Reigning I.L. Batter of the Week Zach Walters remains red-hot, doubling and homering while scoring a run and driving in three. Tyler Moore and Eury Perez also went deep, as the trio of longballers combined for six of the eight Chiefs hits.
Roster move: RHP Caleb Clay promoted from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 9 Bowie 1
• Demny (W, 5-4) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Leon 2-4, R
• Bloxom 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Paul Demny tossed seven innings of one-hit ball as Harrisburg pummeled Bowie, 9-1. The 23-y.o. Texan walked three and struck out six while earning his fifth win of the season. Brian Goodwin went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI while Justin Bloxom homered, scored two, and drove in two as the Senators made the most out their offensive opportunities with nine runs on seven hits and three walks. The win combined with an Erie loss puts Harrisburg in sole possession of first place in the E.L. West.
Roster move: RHP Marcos Frias reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac Nationals — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Carolina League blasted the California League 12-2 in San Jose. Billy Burns went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, while Adrian Nieto went 0-for-1 coming off the bench. Blake Schwartz tossed a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and striking out a batter. Robbie Ray did not pitch.

Hagerstown Suns — ALL-STAR BREAK
A two-hour-and-51-minute rain delay shortened the game to seven innings, which saw the Sally North squad edge the Sally South, 2-1. Brandon Miller started in RF and went 0-for-2, while Tony Renda came off the bench and singled as a pinch-hitter and finished the game defensively at 1B. Pedro Severino also came off the bench but struck out. Dixon Anderson got the win for pitching the 3rd, giving up two hits in a scoreless inning. Pedro Encarnacion, presumably replacing Ivan Pineyro who was placed on the TIL on Sunday, followed and turned in a goose egg with a hit allowed and strikeout. Robert Benincasa did not pitch.

Batavia 10 Auburn 2
• Selsor 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Dicharry (L, 0-1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Difo 2-3, 2BB, CS
• Masters 2-4

Batavia broke open a 4-2 game with a five-run 7th to send Auburn to a 10-2 defeat. Starter Casey Selsor gave up two runs on four hits and a walk over five innings while setting down one on strikes. The Doubledays more than doubled their hit total from the opener with seven instead of three, with Wilmer Difo leading the way with a 2-for-3 game and two walks.
Roster moves: RHPs Benjamin Grisz and Manny Rodriguez placed on 60-Day DL.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Cardinals 3
• Pena (L, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Reynoso 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Lora 1-3, BB, SB, CS
• Pilier 1-3, BB, CS

The D-Cards ran up a 6-0 lead before the D-Nats cut it in half with a three-run 6th, but as close as they would get in a 6-3 loss. 18-y.o. Yefri Pena took the loss with three runs given up on three hits and two walks in his first start after three relief appearances. Edwin Lora and Neivy Pilier were both 1-for-3 with a walk as the D-Nats were held to just six hits total.

Jun 182013
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Harrisburg Senators have announced that RHP Caleb Clay has been promoted to the Syracuse Chiefs.

Clay, who was signed during the offseason as a minor-league free agent, was 6-3 with a pitcher’s line (ERA/FIP/WHIP) of 3.46/3.62/1.08 over 13 starts. He logged 75⅓ innings, averaging nearly 6 innings per start. He walked just 17 batters (2.03/9IP) and struck out 59 (7.05).

On June 1st, Clay tossed the first nine-inning shutout for the Harrisburg Senators since 2005. The three-hit gem earned him Pitcher of the Week Honors for the Eastern League for the period of May 27 to June 2.

The 25-year-old was originally drafted by Boston as a 1st Rounder (44th overall) in 2006, but saw his ascent up the Red Sox ladder stunted by TJ surgery in 2007. He made it up to High-A Salem in 2010 before shifting to the bullpen for AA Portland for the majority of 2011 and 2012.

He’ll most likely make his AAA debut against Charlotte tomorrow afternoon.

Jun 182013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (12 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.75) vs.
Leesman (1-0, 2.14)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Demny (4-4, 3.68) vs.
Gamboa (2-4, 4.02)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 7-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-4, 6.10 in ’12 at GCL) vs.
H. Reyes (0-2, 3.85 at Low-A)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
J. Ramirez (0-1, 8.44) vs.
Medrano (1-0, 3.86)



Syracuse 7 Charlotte 3
• Tatusko 5⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Broadway (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 3-4, 2R, 2BB
• Walters 2-5, 2B, BB, RBI
• Perez 2-6

It was a late start (62-minute rain delay) and a late finish (12 innings) but the Chiefs continue to play their best on the road (19-14) as they outlasted the Knights, 5-4. Starter Ryan Tatusko pitched into the 6th, charged with three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks, and struck out five but saw his “W” turn into an “ND” when recently optioned Xavier Cedeno let in a run while finish the inning. After scoring six runs combined in the 5th and 6th, the teams played to stalemate for five innings before Syracuse opened up a 5-3 lead in the 12th, scoring twice with just one hit. Mike Broadway got the win in relief while Mike Crotta rode out the 12th, allowing a run on three hits, for the save. Will Rhymes paced the Chiefs offense with three hits and two walks.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
The Senators six-game road trip continues with a three-game midweek series against the BaySox. Harrisburg remains tied for 1st place, percentage points behind Erie, thanks to a 10-4 mark in the month of June. Roster moves: RHP Ryan Perry reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac Nationals — ALL-STAR BREAK
Replacing the injured Zane Chavez, C Adrian Nieto joins RHP Blake Schwartz, LHP Robbie Ray, and OF Billy Burns at the 2013 Carolina-California All-Star game in San Jose, California.

Hagerstown Suns — ALL-STAR BREAK
The first-half Northern Division champs will send six players and two coaches to the 2013 Sally League All-Star Game in Lakewood, New Jersey. Roster moves: LHP Todd Simko, C Spencer Kieboom, OF Narciso Mesa, IF Wilmer Difo reassigned to Auburn.

Auburn 7 Batavia 3
• Turnbull (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hollins 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dent 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Mesa 1-4, R, BB, RBI

Auburn took advantage of seven walks and five errors to score seven times on just three hits as the Doubledays took the opener against Batavia, 7-3. Sinking from High-A to SS-A, Kylin Turnbull found his groove and turned in his first scoreless outing of 2013 with two hits allowed, no walks, and three strikeouts over five innings to get the win. The Muckdogs had success against the first two men out of the ‘pen, scoring once against Silvio Medina in two innings and twice against Todd Simko in the 8th before L.J. Hollins closed out the 9th with a goose egg. Cody Dent (2-for-3) and Narciso Mesa (1-for-4) accounted for all three Doubledays hits and two of the three RBI collected.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Orioles2 2 (12 inn.)
• Torres 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• M. Sanchez 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Salazar (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Lora 4-5, R, 2B
• Rosario 1-1, 2B, 2R, BB

The D-Nats fell behind 2-0 early but rallied to tie it with single runs in the 8th and 9th innings and scored on a wild pitch in the 12th for a 3-2 win over the D-Orioles2. The 19-y.o. Venezuelan Luis Torres gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over five innings, striking out four in his third start. Edwin Lora went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Dionicio Rosario came off the bench to score the final two runs, walking in the 9th, and leading off the 12th with a double. Mario Sanchez, John Feliz, and Melvi Salazar combined for seven shutout innings and one walk and four hits and nine strikeouts.
Roster move: RHP Fiyeral Charlis assigned to DSL Nationals from Washington.

Jun 172013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 (10 inn.) @ Charlotte,
7:15 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 3.23) vs.
Rienzo (5-4, 5.74)
Harrisburg Won, 5-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 9-8 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn N/A vs. Batavia,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 5.40) vs.
Pacheco (0-1, 2.35)



Toledo 8 Syracuse 4
• Maya 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
• Davis (L, 1-3) 1⅔ 1H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR (GS)
• Walters 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Rivero 2-4, BB

Erik Davis’s return to AAA was a near-perfect failure. In his second inning of work, the 26-y.o. walked the bases loaded (one intentional, following a sacrifice after a leadoff walk) then coughed up a grand slam as the Mud Hens defeated the Chiefs, 8-4 in 10 innings. Just an inning and a half earlier, Syracuse had victimized the Toledo ‘pen for three runs in the 8th to tie the game at four, including a two-run double by Zach Walters, who went 3-for-4 to lead the Chiefs offense. Yunesky Maya got the no-decision with four runs allowed on nine hits and no walks while striking out eight. Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned from Washington; RHP Matt Torra released.

Harrisburg 5 New Britain 2
• Treinen (W, 6-6) 5IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Holland (H, 5) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Barrett (S, 12) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Goodwin 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Johnson 2-3, R, SB

Harrisburg broke out for four runs in the 3rd and salvaged the series with a 5-2 win over New Britain. Starter Blake Treinen evened his won-loss record at 6-6 by scattering eight hits over five innings for one run allowed, with two walks and one strikeout. The Sens ‘pen turned in four innings of one-run relief to lock it down, highlighted by Aaron Barrett whiffing four of six batters faced for a multi-inning save, his 12th. Brian Goodwin singled three times and scored twice as the Harrisburg offense churned out 11 hits, including doubles by Steve Souza, Sandy Leon and Jimmy Van Ostrand.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9 (10 inn.)
• Ray 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, 3HR
• Frias (W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Fischer (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Gilmartin 3-5, RBI, CS
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

In something of a microcosm for the team’s first half, the P-Nats offense overcame its pitching deficiencies for a 9-8 win that secured a 42-win half for just the third time since becoming a Washington affiliate (2008 1st half, 2009 2nd half). Robbie Ray was lit up for six runs on six hits over four innings, with five of the runs coming on three home runs, matching his season total to date. He walked two and struck out five. Marcos Frias got the win in relief with a scoreless fifth inning, though the 24-y.o. gave up two hits. Potomac took advantage of seven walks issued by Frederick pitchers to score nine times on ten hits, with Mike Gilmartin the lead bat at 3-for-5 for the afternoon.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 6
• Purke 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Meza (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Norfork 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, BB

In an improbable turn of events, the Suns won the first half with a 9-6 win over Lakewood by a half game over Hickory. Starter Matt Purke turned in four and 2/3rds innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Christian Meza got the win in relief, walking one and striking out two over an inning and a 1/3rd. Tony Renda doubled once, tying for the league lead at 24, while Khayyan Norfork and Estarlin Martinez both doubled twice as the Suns pounded out 12 hits total. With the Sally League’s arbitrary predetermined playoff format, Hagerstown hosts Games Two and Three (if necessary) of the Semifinals, and should they advance, Games One and Two of the Finals. For those wondering, the Suns took four of seven games from Hickory during the first half and play them six times in the second half. Roster moves: RHP Ivan Pineyro placed on TIL; RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned to Auburn Doubledays, RHP Pedro Encarnacion reassigned from Auburn Doubledays.

Auburn Doubledays — OPENING DAY
The 2012 Pinckney Division Champions look to defend their title as they open the 2013 campaign against the second-place Batavia Muckdogs. Despite multiple inquiries, the Auburn Doubledays have yet to release information (or issue a press release) regarding the 2013 Opening Day roster. The current roster is inaccurate, containing multiple players who were released in the spring.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 week, the D-Nats remain atop the Boca Chica South division with a 9-4 mark, 1½ games up on the second-place D-Pirates2 squad. It’s home games this week against the D-Orioles2 and D-Mets1 and home-and-home series against the D-Cards and D-Tigers.

Jun 162013
 

Father's Day
Today’s a travel day, so it’s a lite version this morning. Click on the hammock if you’d like to read my 2011 Father’s Day post.

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 vs. Toledo,
2:00 p.m.
Maya (2-4, 4.68) vs.
Hankins (2-3, 3.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-1 @ New Britain,
1:35 p.m.
Treinen (5-6, 3.87) vs.
Baxendale (1-1, 7.02)
Potomac Won, 10-9 (10 inn.) @ Frederick,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (5-2, 2.22) vs.
E. Rodriguez (6-3, 2.99)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 (8 inn.);
Won, 9-3
vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Purke (0-1, 4.05) vs.
M. Nunez (5-3, 4.47)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 OFF DAY N/A



Toledo 2 Syracuse 1
• Mandel (L, 1-3) 7IP, 9H, R, ER, BB, K
• Crotta 1⅓IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 2-4, 2B, RBI, E
• Espinosa 1-2, BB, E

Jeff Mandel lost a pitcher’s duel to former National Shawn Hill as the Chiefs were edged again by the Mud Hens, 2-1.

New Britain 8 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 2-2) 4⅓IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Leon 1-3, 2B

New Britain scored early and often, taking advantage of six walks to pummel Harrisburg, 8-1 on six hits.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 11H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Wort (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1⅓IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 3-2 IR-S
• Holt (SV, 1) ⅓IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Leonida 3-5, 2B, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Taylor 2-3, SB(25), OF assist at HP; HBP in 7th, replaced by Ramsey

Sixteen of the 19 runs scored came in the final three innings as the P-Nats outlasted the Keys, 10-9.
Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre reassigned to the GCL Nationals.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 2 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Pineyro 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Perez 2-3, R
• Difo 1-2, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Suns rallied for two in the 7th to tie, then won it with a run in “extra” inning for a 3-2 win.

Hagerstown 9 Lakewood 3 — GAME TWO
• Lope 4IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Henke (W, 2-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B

Hagerstown scored four in the 1st, three in the 2nd, and two in the 3rd and cruised to a 9-3 win, sweeping the doubleheader, and apparently keeping their slim playoff hopes alive, as the magic number remains at one, which means the Suns must win today and Hickory must lose to secure the first-half title. Roster moves: LHP Christian Meza reassigned from Auburn Doubledays; RHP Wander Suero reassigned to XST (reverses moves made yesterday); RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from DSL Nationals.

DSL Orioles2 4 DSL Nationals 3
• Yrizarri 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Morales (BS, 2;L, 0-1)1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• D. Rosario 2-4, R,
• Serrata 2-4
• 1-for-9 RISP, 8 LOB

Four errors were the undoing of the D-Nats, who blew a 3-0 lead over the D-Orioles2 in the 8th to lose, 4-3.

Jun 152013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) vs.
Hill (0-8, 6.23)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Gilliam (2-1, 4.19) vs.
Stuifbergen (0-0, 21.00)
Potomac Won, 4-0; Lost, 9-4 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (5-2, 2.17) vs.
Davies (4-3, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 11-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (5-3, 3.15) and
TBD vs.
Watson (3-6, 6.35) and
Inch (1-2, 3.98)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-6 @ DSL Orioles,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.00) vs.
LeFranc (0-1, 6.35)



Toledo 7 Syracuse 6
• Torra 6IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Roark (L, 3-3) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 3-4, 3R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Rivero 2-4
• Perez 2-4, SB (10)

The long ball couldn’t carry the night as Toledo edged Syracuse, 7-6. Zach Walters and Tyler Moore each went deep with a man on in the 4th as the Chiefs scored four to even the game at… wait for it… 4-4. Walters hit a solo shot in the 7th to give Syracuse a brief 5-4 lead. Tabbed as “Good” in the Friday GBI, Tanner Roark wasn’t in the 8th, giving up two runs to end his streak without giving up an unearned run at 26⅓ innings and take the loss. Starter Matt Torra went the first six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes.

Harrisburg 4 New Britain 1
• Clay (W, 6-3) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 8K
• Barrett (SV, 11) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB
• Howell 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Senators jumped out to a 3-0 lead early and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Rock Cats. Caleb Clay won for the sixth time, turning in seven strong innings with just a run on four hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts. A pair of relievers split the 8th while Aaron Barrett locked it down with a scoreless 9th for his 11th save. Jeff Howell doubled and homered and scored twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 4 Frederick 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 5-2) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Oduber 2-3, R, RBI
• Gilmartin 1-3, 2RBI
• Leonida 1-2, BB

Taylor Hill just owns the Keys. The 24-y.o. turned in his second seven-inning, complete-game shutout of the season as Potomac blanked Frederick, 4-0 in the opener. Hill has compiled 20 scoreless innings against the Keys, 13 in his last two starts. He allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out four. The P-Nats scored all four runs in the 4th, highlighted by a two-run single by newcomer Mike Gilmartin. Randolph Oduber led the charge with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run and driving in a run.

Frederick 9 Potomac 4 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 1ER, 4BB, K, HR
• Dupra 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-2 IR-S
• Miller 3-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Gilmartin 2-3, R, 2B

Spot starter Hector Silvestre was done in by four walks and an untimely error in the nightcap, which saw the P-Nats lose to the Keys, 9-4. The 20-y.o., who will likely be reassigned to the GCL or Auburn, gave up two hits and five runs over three and 2/3rds innings. The lone earned run he gave up was on a solo HR in the 1st. Justin Miller went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI in the loss. Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre assigned from XST.

Lakewood 11 Hagerstown 5
• Lee 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Dickson (BS, 1) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Norfork 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Renda 2-5, R, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, 2RBI

Lakewood scored nine unanswered runs — three in each of the last three innings — as they pushed Hagerstown to the brink of elimination with an 11-5 loss. Newly acquired reliever Ian Dickson gave up the first three for the blown save, while Bryan Harper was charged with the last six to take the loss. Starter Nick Lee gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three for the no-decision. Khayyan Norfork led the Suns offense with a home run and two runs scored while going 2-for-4. The loss dropped the Suns tragic number to one with three games to play, as Hickory lost to Delmarva.
Roster moves: LHP Christian Meza reassigned to Auburn Doubledays; RHP Wander Suero reassigned from XST.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Rojos 6
• Reyes (W, 1-0) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Salazar (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Florentino 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Alvarez 1-3, R, 3BB, 2SB

The D-Nats took advantage of ten walks issued by the D-Rojos in an 8-6 win. Luis Reyes went six innings and let in three runs on four hits on two walks to earn the win. He struck out three. Melvi Salazar set ‘em down in order in the 9th for his second save. Darryl Florentino went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI to pace the seven-hit attack.