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.

Jun 242013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1; Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (6-0, 0.73) vs.
Brach (4-3, 4.76)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m
Cole (4-2, 4.16) vs.
N. Martinez (5-4, 2.84)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Creasy (2-0, 3.92)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Whitenack (0-0, 4.91)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-1, 9.39) vs.
Guedez (0-1, 8.44)



Gwinnett 5 Syracuse 1 &mdash: GAME ONE
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-4) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Accardo 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Rivero 1-2, BB
• Rahl 1-3, OF assist at HP

Gwinnett’s Cody Martin stifled Syracuse for seven innings as the Braves cruised past the Chiefs, 5-1 in the opener. Starter Danny Rosenbaum struggled early, loading the bases in the 1st and hitting a batter and letting in an unearned run on his own error in the 2nd. He finished with a walk and six hits allowed over four innings. The Braves broke it open with a three-spot against Jeremy Accardo, with all three runs coming via the home run. Carlos Rivero was the sole batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-2 with a walk.

Syracuse 1 Gwinnett 0 &mdash: GAME TWO
• Roark (W, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Crotta (H, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 3-3, R, 2B, SB, CS
• Brown 1-2, BB, RBI

Chris Rahl singled, stole second, took third on an error and scored on a Corey Brown RBI single in the 1st. Tanner Roark, Mike Crotta, and Erik Davis combined on a six-hit shutout to make it stand up for a 1-0 win in the night cap. Roark tossed five innings in the spot start, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out one. Crotta pitched a 1-2-3 6th and Davis danced around a pair of singles in the 7th to earn the save, his 8th. Rahl singled and doubled in subsequent ABs for a 3-for-3 game that led the Chiefs offense.

New Hampshire 7 Harrisburg 0
• Demny (L, 5-5) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B

New Hampshire broke open a 2-0 lead with a four-run 6th en route to a 7-0 shutout of Harrisburg. Marcus Walden needed just 90 pitches to go the distance against the Senators, allowing just three hits and no walks. Paul Demny took the loss, coughing up six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings. Brian Goodwin was the sole Harrisburg batter to reach second on his own accord, doubling in the 6th. If the Nationals will indeed sacrifice long-term development in favor of short-term need, Taylor Jordan’s next start coincides with the spot vacated by the “injured” Dan Haren on Saturday.

Potomac 7 Carolina 5
• Ray (W, 6-2) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Wort (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Keyes 3-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Robbie Ray owes Kevin Keyes a cold beverage for the vulture win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Greenville 0
• Purke (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, BB, 9K
• Pena 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Schill 2-3, R, 3B, BB
• Miller 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI, 3K

Matt Purke killed two stones with one bird, tossing five innings for the first time this season (second time overall) and getting his first professional win, as Suns scorched the Drive, 6-0. Purke also struck out a career-high nine batters, allowing four hits and no walks. Hagerstown took full advantage of four errors and five walks to score six times on six hits. Wes Schill led the way with a single, triple, and a walks while driving in two. Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena activated from the 7-Day DL.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 1
• Johansen 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Selsor (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Fernandez 1-3, R, 2B
• W. Rodriguez 1-3, 2B

Mahoning Valley struck for three runs in the 5th, Auburn answered with one in the 6th, as the Scrappers junked the Doubledays, 3-1. Second-round pick Jake Johansen gave up no hits and no runs, but walked three and struck out two over two and 2/3rds in his pro debut. Casey Selsor took the loss with three runs on six hits over two and 2/3rds with three walks and two strikeouts. Auburn was held to just three hits and one walk, though two of those hits were doubles by Erick Fernandez and Wilman Rodriguez. Roster move: RHP Will Hudgins reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After the usual off day on Sunday, the G-Nats play home and away against the Marlins, Cardinals, and Mets with home games on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Another 4-2 week keeps the D-Nats atop the Boca Chica South division. This week, they’re on the road for four games against the Mets1, Brewers, Rojos, and Cubs with a pair of home games on Wednesday and Thursday.

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.