Jul 062013
 

Transactions for NPP 2Another afternoon with a lot of roster moves, so here’s a guide to the comings and goings…

SYRACUSE
• C Kelly Shoppach assigned from Washington
• C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• 1B Shawn Pleffner placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Wander Ramos placed on the 7-Day DL
• C Thor Meeks placed on the 7-Day DL
• IF Bryan Lippincott transferred from Auburn
• IF Matt Foat transferred from Abuurn

AUBURN
• OF Brenton Allen reassigned from the GCL

GCL
• RHP Brad Meyers assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab

Now for the commentary…

…A lot of shuffling here, with Watts going on the DL to make room for Shoppach that’s likely the case for Ramos as well.

…Pleffner fouled a ball off his foot on Tuesday and played for an inning afterwards, but was removed from the game.

…Meeks has yet to get into a game, so this appears to be a paper move, as were the removal and reinstatements of Foat and Lippincott, the Nationals taking advantage of the NYPL’s 30-man rosters (of which 25 are active).

…Clearly the powers that be have seen enough from the 20th Rd. pick from UCLA to move him up with the rest of the collegiate picks in Auburn.

…Last but not least, Meyers has been cleared to throw and got the start this morning in Viera, tossing two scoreless innings with one hit allowed, no walks, and one strikeout.

Jul 062013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Weber (3-2, 1.98)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2;
Won, 5-4
vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (1-1, 1.29) vs.
Wright (6-2, 4.03)
Potomac Lost, 8-7 (11 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Schwartz (6-2, 2.60) vs.
Smith (4-4, 2.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (2-2, 4.46) vs.
Taylor (4-7, 3.61)
Auburn Losing, 1-0 vs. Jamestown,
4:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 9.00) vs.
Lodge (1-0, 4.50)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 0
• Clay (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Walters 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Espinosa 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Jeroloman 2-4, 2B

Caleb Clay tossed seven scoreless innings while Zach Walters connected on his 19th HR as the Chiefs shut out the Iron Pigs, 5-0. Clay gave up five hits, walked none, and struck out five as he evened his won-loss record at 2-2. Walters drove in three and scored twice while going 3-for-4 with a double while Danny Espinosa and Brian Jeroloman each went 2-for-4 with a double as Syracuse won their fifth straight home game.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2 — GAME ONE
• Ray (W, 1-0) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Grace (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 16) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lozada 2-2, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 1-2, RBI

The Senators packed all of their offense into one inning, scoring four in the 4th to win the opener, 4-2. Robbie Ray won his AA debut, allowing just a run on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight, though he needed 97 pitches to get through five innings. Jose Lozada singled twice and drove in two to account for two of the three Harrisburg hits.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4 — GAME TWO
• Herron (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 8K
• Holland (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-1 IR-S
• Head 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, R, RBI

Harrisburg got out of the gate fast in the nightcap, scoring four in the 1st and one in the 2nd, and held off a late charge from Bowie for a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader. Tyler Herron pitched five and 2/3rds in a spot start, retiring 13 in a row in one stretch while striking out a career-high eight batters. Jerad Head homered and drove in three while Justin Bloxom went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Senators offense. Roster move: OF Destin Hood placed on the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 7 (11 inn.)
• Cole 5IP, 11H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 4K
• Benincasa (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Nieto 2-3, R, BB

Potomac saw its modest three-game win streak halted with an 8-7 loss in 11 innings. A.J. Cole got the start but was not sharp, giving up a season-high seven runs on 11 hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Potomac scored all seven of its runs in the first four innings, but was stifled by the Wilmington ‘pen, which held them to four baserunners over the final seven frames. Adrian Nieto reached base three times going 2-for-3 with a walk to push his batting average to .304 and the lead the Potomac offense.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 3 (12 inn.)
• Mooneyham 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Davis 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 3-0 IR-S
• Self (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Severino 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Three straight two-out singles in the 12th pushed the Shorebird past the Suns, 4-3. Derek Self took the loss, his second in seven appearances, with four hits total coughed up over an inning and 2/3rds. Brett Mooneyham got the start and let in a run on four hits and three walks. Pedro Severino continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI to lead the ten-hit, two-walk Hagerstown attack.

Jamestown 1 Auburn 0 — SUSP.
Persistent rain stopped play in the third after more than an hour’s worth of delays. It will be completed today at 4 p.m. followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 6
• Solis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Silvestre (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2E
• Bautista 3-4, 3R, BB, SB
• Mejia 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats outlasted the G-Mets in a back-and-forth contest, 7-6. Sammy Solis started and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Hector Silvestre got the win, pitching the next five frames with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Rafael Bautista and Bryan Mejia both had three-hit games for the second straight day, combining for five runs scored as the G-Nats pounded out 13 hits for the game. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 2
• Torres 5⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Feliz (BS, 1; L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Mendoza 2-4
• Mercedes 1-3, BB, CS

The D-Cards took the lead with a two-spot in the 6th and put the game away with another crooked number in the 9th, sending the D-Nats to their 8th loss in the last 10 games by a score of 5-2. 18-y.o. Venezuelan Luis Torres pitched into the 6th, allowing two runs on two hits and no walks with two strikeouts but got the no-decision. The offense squandered multiple scoring chances, going 1-for-12 with RISP and stranding eight baserunners. Pedro Mendoza led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game.

Jul 052013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4;
Won, 6-5
vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (1-2, 2.21) vs.
Martin (9-3, 4.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
5:30 p.m.
Ray (AA debut) and Herron (2-1, 4.91) vs.
Jones (3-3, 6.15) and Gamboa (4-5, 3.48)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Cole (5-3, 4.10) vs.
Sample (1-4, 4.44)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (4-2, 2.27) vs.
Guzman (4-0, 4.70)
Auburn Lost, 5-4 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-0, 1.38) vs.
Dickson (0-0, 6.75)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-4 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 2.89) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-2, 4.64) vs.
Changarotty (2-1, 1.69)



Syracuse 7 Lehigh Valley 4 — GAME ONE
• Roark (W, 6-3) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Broadway (SV, 6) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B

The Chiefs put up five in the bottom of the 6th to snap a 2-2 and held on in the 7th for a 7-4 win in the opener. Starter Tanner Roark won his 6th game with a quality start of two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Mike Broadway stranded a runner and got the last two outs of the 7th for his sixth save. The Chrises Marrero and Rahl combined to go 4-for-7 with three runs and an RBI to lead the 11-hit Syracuse attack.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5 — GAME TWO
• Mandel 6IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Crotta (W, 4-6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Espinosa 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Watts 2-3

Syracuse rallied for three in their final at-bat to sweep the doubleheader with a 6-5 win in the nightcap. The rally made a winner out of Mike Crotta who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Starter Jeff Mandel gave up all five Lehigh Valley runs on eight hits, no walks, and struck out four. Danny Espinosa stroked the game-winning RBI single, as he went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Chiefs offense. Roster move: RHP Yunesky Maya placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Treinen (L, 6-7) 6IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Perry 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The BaySox matched the runs to the innings through the first three frames to build a 6-0 lead and cruise to a 6-2 win over the Senators. Blake Treinen gutted out six innings, surrendering all six Bowie runs on 10 hits and a walk while setting down two on strikes. Steve Souza homered for the second straight game in the bottom of the 9th to break up the shutout bid.
Roster move: LHP Robbie Ray promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Pineyro (W, 1-0) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Bates (H, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Nieto 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Burns 2-4, R, SB

Good pitching, good defense, and a three-run HR were the keys to the win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 1
• Dickson 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Meza (W, 2-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Severino 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R,

The Suns bullpen pitched in on short notice while the offense made the most of its chances for a 5-1 win over the Shorebirds. Ian Dickson tossed four shutout innings as the spot starter, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out four. Christian Meza got the win with a run let in over the next three on two hits and a walk to go with four K’s. Pedro Severino hit his first professional home run and went 3-for-4 as he, Estarlin Martinez, and Tony Renda accounted for all seven Hagerstown hits.
Roster moves: RHP Dixon Anderson placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Cory Bafidis reassigned from the GCL.

Jamestown 5 Auburn 4
• Johansen 4IP, 0H, R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K, HBP
• Hudgins (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Yezzo 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, SB

Jamestown erased an early 3-1 deficit with a four-run 5th and sent Auburn to 5-4 defeat. Top 2013 pick Jake Johansen turned his best and longest outing thus far, allowing an unearned run on two walks and a hit batsman over four innings but got the no-decision. Will Hudgins was squeezed for the loss, giving up the aforementiond four runs on three hits and a walk, but went four innings total and struck out six. James Yezzo and Wilman Rodriguez both had multihit games as the Doubledays outhit the Jammers 7-3.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 4
• J. Rodriguez 2⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, WP
• P. Valdez (W, 2-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Mejia 3-5, 3R, 2-3B, RBI
• Bautista 3-5, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

A pair of two-run rallies in the late innings gave the G-Nats the lead and then some insurance as they rebounded from Wednesday’s 18-3 smackdown with a 7-4 win over the G-Cards. Jefry Rodriguez got the start and was lit up for all four Cardinal runs on five hits and a walk over two and 2/3rds innings. Philips Valdez got the win with three scoreless innings, giving up no hits and two walks while setting down four on strikes. Bryan Mejia and Rafael Bautista both went 3-for-5 with an RBI whie Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz drove in three with a double and a HR in five ABs.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1
• Yrizarri (W, 2-0) 5IP, 4H, R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Morales (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mendoza 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
• Florentino 1-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating the D-Cards, 4-1. Starter Deibi Yrizarri got the win with an unearned run given up on four hits and two walks and struck out six over five innings. Eight of nine D-Nats batters hit safely with Pedro Mendoza leading the hit column with a 2-for-4 effort, while Darryl Florentino reached base three times, scored twice, and stole base while going 1-for-3 with two walks.

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.