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.

Jun 132013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.44) vs.
Misch (2-3, 4.58)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (4-0, 0.84) vs.
Rogers (4-2, 5.14)
Potomac Won, 13-11 @ Frederick,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 4.62) vs.
Wager (0-0, 11.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-3;
Won, 6-5 (9 inn.)
vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-2, 5.79) vs.
Musser (1-2, 3.60)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
Syracuse resumes its eight-game homestand with a four-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Roster moves: RHP Ross Ohlendorf recalled to Washington; RHP Ryan Tatusko reassigned to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 2 Richmond 1
• Tatusko 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 4K
• Barrett 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 2-3, R

Making a spot start because of all the rainouts, Ryan Tatusko gave the Senators seven strong innings as they edged the Flying Squirrels, 2-1. Tatusko walked four and gave up an unearned run on four hits while striking out four. Neil Holland and Aaron Barrett both turned in a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save respectively. Steve Souza homered in the first while Destin Hood singled and scored in the second, as the two combined for four of the six Harrisburg hits.
Roster moves: RHP Nathan Karns optioned from Washington.

Potomac 13 Carolina 11
• Rauh 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Mirowski 2IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Wort (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-6, 3R, SB
• Ramsey 5-6, 3R, 2B, 4RBI

Neither team score in just two of nine innings as the P-Nats outlasted the Mudcats for a 13-11 win. Rob Wort was the only pitcher to go unscathed, picking up the save, while Richie Mirowski got the win in relief. Starter Brian Rauh was knocked from the box with four runs on six hits and a walk in his high-A debut. Tablestters Billy Burns and Caleb Ramsey combined for five runs and a nine hits. With the win, Potomac has reduced its magic number to two with five games to play.
Roster moves: IF Jean Valdez reassigned to Auburn; IF Mike Gilmartin, signed as a FA by Washington, assigned to Potomac.

Hagerstown 10 Hickory 3 — GAME ONE
• Mooneyham (W, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Henke 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Pleffner 3-4, R
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Manuel 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

A three-run 4th followed by a four-run 5th put this one away as Hagerstown cruised to a 10-3 win in the opener. Starter Brett Mooneyhamd gave up a run on a home run, and two hits total over five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Shawn Pleffner led the 11-hit attack with three singles, followed by Will Piwinica-Worms and Craig Manuel, who both doubled and singled and scored a run.

Hagerstown 6 Hickory 5 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion ⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, RBI
• Severino 2-4, RBI, PB, PO

An error on a sacrfice in the 9th completed the doubleheader sweep as the Suns took the second game, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion’s night was over early has he gave up two home runs and four hits in just 2/3rds of an inning. Gilberto Mendez, the fifth reliever of the night, got the win with two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four. The offense tallied 14 hits total, as every batter collected at least one and five had two.
The doubleheader sweep split the four-game series and pulls the Suns back to within a ½ game of Hickory.

Jun 112013
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Pawtucket,
10:30 a.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) and
Maya (1-4, 4.96) vs.
Aceves (2-1, 3.52) and
S. Wright (2-3, 4.99)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0
(6 inn., rain)
vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (4-4, 3.98) vs.
Snodgrass (5-1, 2.04)
Potomac Postponed @ Carolina,
5:00 p.m.
Schwartz (5-1, 1.29) and
Ray (4-2, 2.32) vs.
Pasquale (0-3, 4.62) and
Anderson (5-3, 2.85)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
6:05 p.m.
Anderson (4-3, 2.80) and
Purke (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00) and
Faulkner (1-0, 2.84)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-3 (8 inn.) vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Zapata (0-0, 0.00)



Pawtucket vs. Syracuse — PPD
This was the final game of the night to get called, but like the rest, it’ll be made up today with a doubleheader rather than turn a four-game series in August into a five-game set.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 0 (6 inn., rain)
• Treinen (L, 5-6) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 7K, WP
• McCoy 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Van Ostrand 1-3
• Bloxom 1-1

The only thing that saved the day from being a complete washout in the U.S. was the 9:30 a.m. start for the Harrisburg-Reading contest. Even then the rain shortened it, perhaps mercifully, as the Senators were shut out, 6-0 in six innings. Blake Treinen took the loss with three runs allowed, one earned, on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Jimmy Van Ostrand and Justin Bloxom accounted for the two Harrisburg hits.. and three of the four errors committed (Treinen was the fourth).

Potomac vs. Carolina — PPD
Heavy rains soaked the field at Five County Stadium yesterday afternoon, prompting officials to postpone the game more than two hours before game time (how novel) as the two teams will play a doubleheader this evening.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Hagerstown; LHP Sammy Solis placed on the 7-Day DL (undisclosed).

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The blanket of storms that made their way up I-95 found their way up I-81, too, as the Suns and Crawdads were rained out, creating a pair of doubleheaders today and tomorrow.
Roster moves: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Christian Meza, RHP Gilberto Mendez reassigned from XST.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Yankees1 3 (8 inn.)
• Yrizarri (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Salazar (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Lora 1-2, 2R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Gutierrez 1-2, 2R, 2BB

Rain, of course, shortened this one to just eight innings, but the D-Nats took advantage of five D-Yankees1 errors for a 7-3 win. Deibi Yrizarri got the win in his second start, throwinf five shutout frames with four hits and one walk allowed while striking out five. Melvin Salazar got the save, allowing an unearned run in the 8th on a hit and a walk while striking out one. Edwin Lora and Kelvin Gutierrez paced the offense, which had just three hits but drew eight walks, with a single and two walks apiece.

Jun 102013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-2, 6.08) vs.
Aceves (2-1, 3.52)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 @ Reading,
9:35 a.m.
Treinen (5-5, 3.97) vs.
Wright (0-3, 11.51)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (5-1, 1.29) vs.
Pasquale (0-3, 4.62)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-0, 2.08) vs.
Lopez (1-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (0-0, 0.00) vs.
F. Jose (0-0, 9.00)



Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 3
• Torra (L, 0-3) 5⅔ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Accardo 2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
• Brown 2-4, RBI, SB
• Owings 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Pawtucket went deep twice against Syracuse starter Matt Torra in the first two innings to put the Chiefs in a 4-0 hole as the PawSox cruised to a 5-3 win. Torra was peppered with 11 hits total over five and 2/3rds, walking two and striking out two while losing for the third time in three starts. Veterans Corey Brown and Micah Owings both went 2-for-4 with and RBI, with Brown swiping his 6th base and Owings smacking his 6th home run. Roster moves: 1B Chris Marrero recalled to Washington; OF-1B Tyler Moore optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 2
• Gilliam (W, 2-1) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 3-5, 3R, SB
• Head 4-5, 4R, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI

Rob Gilliam was perfect for five innings while Jared Head was a triple shy of cycle as Harrisburg pounded Reading, 8-2. Manager Matt LeCroy claimed an organizational directive of five innings or eighty pitches (whichever came first) is why the 25-year-old was lifted after just 57 pitches. By then, the offense had built a 7-0 lead, thanks to a pair of two-run HRs by Head. Steve Souza Jr. singled three times to lead the hit column as Harrisburg notched 14 hits total. Four relievers each turned in an inning to finish the game.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Hill 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Bates (BS, 2; L, 2-4) 1IP, 4H, 6R, 0ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Burns 2-5, SB(30)
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, PB(12)
• Miller 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI

Potomac’s luck finally ran out on a Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 1
• Pineyro (W, 5-3) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Henke (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Harper 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Manuel 1-3, R, BB
• Difo 1-2, BB, RBI, SB

If you missed the 6th, you missed all the scoring as Hagerstown put up four in the top half and West Virginia answered with one in the bottom half for the game’s final outcome of 4-1. Ivan Pineyro tied fellow Dominican for the team lead in wins (5) with six strong innings, allowing the Power run on a two-out solo shot, the third and final hit he gave up while walking one and fanning four. Two errors, two walks, two doubles, and two sacrifice flies accounted for the Suns runs as Hagerstown sent 10 men to the plate in the inning.
It’s a battle for the first half title as first-place Hickory comes to the Muni for four games in three days this week, with just a ½ game separating the top two teams (and the Power lurking in third place, 1½ games behind second-place Hagerstown).

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats won five of six in the first full week of the 2013 season, losing to the DSL Yankees1 squad on Saturday. This week, it’s home games against the Yankees1, the Cubs, y Los Rojos (nee the DSL Reds), and road games against the Cubs, Rojos, and the Orioles2.

Jun 082013
 

Transactions for NPP
The rain has helped solve some short-term problems for the parent club, but with yesterday’s waiver claim filling up the 40-man, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s it for now. Without further ado, here’s the latest moves, some of which were reported in the News & Notes this morning.

SYRACUSE
• RHP Christian Garcia transferred from Harrisburg for MLB Rehab
• LHP Tyler Robertson optioned from Washington (claimed on waivers)
• UT Francisco Soriano reassigned from Potomac

HARRISBURG
• RHP Paul Demny reassigned from Syracuse

POTOMAC
• IF Jean Valdez assigned from XST

SIGNED
• LHP Aneudy Rosario
• OF Gilberto Ramirez

As mentioned in the “promotions” post earlier this week, injuries have created a lot of need-based moves between the affiliates. This latest batch is no exception. It’s a bit curious to move up Valdez to Potomac, but it would not surprise me in the least if this merely a temporary move that will be undone in week or less. As usual, there’s nothing to be found on the two signees, who are presumably IFAs that weren’t high-dollar (otherwise, I’d have expected Baseball America to remark about them in yesterday’s transaction post).