Jun 262014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
5:00 p.m.
Roenicke (3-3, 4.24) and
Delcarmen (3-2, 2.78) vs.
Mitchell (0-0, 0.00) and TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (3-3, 4.80) vs.
Arias (5-2, 3.14)
Potomac Won, 7-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (5-1, 3.40) vs.
Faulkner (4-1, 2.69)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lexington,
4:30 p.m.
Pivetta (9-3, 3.57) and
Giolito (2-2, 2.59) vs.
Reed (2-6, 6.04) and
Simmons (1-1, 6.44)
Auburn Postponed vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 2.00) vs.
Castellanos (0-0, 3.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-4 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-2, 3.71) vs.
Reyes (0-0, 6.89)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
With a doubleheader scheduled for tonight, the powers that be made the call early to scratch this one and make them up next month
with a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20th.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 0
• Dupra (L, 1-3) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Benincasa 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Latimore 1-4, HR, RBI
• Hague 1-4, 2B, RBI

Richmond completed the three-game sweep with a 6-2 win over Harrisburg on a Wednesday matinee. Seven walks helped mask the continued futility as the Senators notched just three hits for the game and went 0-for-12 with RISP. Quincy Latimore homered to lead off the 8th and break up the string of 18 scoreless innings on offense. Brian Dupra suffered his second loss over his last three starts (fourth overall at AA), giving up four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings while striking out three.
Roster move: RHP John Simms reassigned from Potomac with no corresponding move.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 4
• Schwartz (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Mendez (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R
• McQuillan 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

The P-Nats took their fifth straight and took sole possession of 1st place in the Northern Division with a 7-4 victory over the Pelicans. Blake Schwartz got his first win of 2014 as he turned in five innings of two-hit ball, allowing a leadoff homer in the 1st and a single in the 3rd to Jorge Alfaro while blanking the rest of the Myrtle Beach lineup. Tony Renda doubled twice, Stephen Perez singled twice, while Mike McQuillan went yard for his first of the season, an Earl Weaver special in the 6th that put Potomac up 5-1. The Pelicans rallied for one in the 7th and two in the 8th to make things interesting but Gilberto Mendez slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.

Lexington vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Add Hagerstown to the list of gates killed by the rain on Wednesday. It does, however, make for a killer doubleheader with both Lucas Giolito and Nick Pivetta scheduled to pitch for the Suns tonight.

Auburn vs. Williamsport — PPD
The rains that washed out the Chiefs also postponed the Doubledays and Crosscutters. The game will be made up with a doubleheader on July 4th at 12 p.m. (Wait. What? No Fireworks?!)

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 4
• A. Williams 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Morales (L, 0-2) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Alvarez 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI, CS
• Gutierrez 2-3, RBI

The G-Cards came back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to edge the G-Nats, 5-4. Sixth Rd. pick Austen Williams threw two scoreless innings in his pro debut, working around three hits and a walk. The loss was charged to Jose Morales, who recovered from the Cards’ three-run 5th to post zeroes in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. Thomas Alvarez fell a home run shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the D-Nats 11-hit attack.

DSL Red Sox 2 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo 5IP, 5H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Vargas (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Charlis (BS, 2) ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• G. Ramirez 3-4
• Guerrero 1-3, BB, 2SB

After breaking up the Star Trek convention on the scoreboard with an unearned run in the 8th, the D-Nats couldn’t repel the D-Red Sox in their final at-bat as they fell in the 9th, 2-1. Miguel Vargas walked the leadoff man to begin his fourth inning of relief, then gave up an infield single. After a sacrifice, he was lifted for Fiyeral Charlis, who struck out the first batter but Sorianoed the second as he gave up the two-run, game-winning single for his second blown save. Offensively, the D-Nats were held to just six hits, three of which came off the bat of Gilberto Ramirez (3-for-4). Roster moves: RHPs Malvin Pena, Francisco Pinto, LHP Yonathan Ramirez assigned from Washington; C Jose Cabello, LHP Jose Jimenez, RHP Angel Guillen placed on the 60-Day DL

Jun 252014
 

No, I Said The White PhoneWhile it may just be an up and back to provide bullpen depth, nevertheless, according to multiple online reports… RHP Taylor Hill will be recalled today to join the Washington Nationals in Milwaukee.

Hill has quietly put together a stellar season for Syracuse (9-2, 1.92/3.44/0.99, 9BB, 65K in 93⅔ IP) which has only recently caught the attention of the mainstream media. Obviously, we’ve known about him for much longer, having put him on the 2012 Watchlist despite having a losing record (0-2) for the 2011 Auburn Doubledays because of terrific peripherals (0.3HR, 0.9BB, 7.8SO).

The 2012 season was a struggle for Hill, as it is for many pitchers in their first full season. He won 11 games between Hagerstown and Potomac but also saw his ERA, HR rate, and H/9IP soar. Even with his resurgence over the past season and a half, the latter stat continues to hover around a hit per inning, which is also not unusual for his primary weapon: a low-90s sinker, complemented.

In 2013, Hill began to develop a curve and a change, which has helped increase his K rate but more importantly has given batters something else to consider, especially when his other two pitches — the four-seamer and the obligatory slider — are closer in speed to his sinker. This resurgence earned him a spot on the 2014 Watchlist, and as aforementioned, it’s continued at Syracuse over 14 starts and a four-inning relief appearance that earned him his first (and thus far only) save.

The corresponding move to make room for Hill on the 40-man roster has not yet been announced. Possibilities include shifting Matt Purke to the 60-Day DL (most likely) or designating a player such as Greg Dobbs for assignment (less likely).


UPDATE:
The other shoe has dropped as Greg Dobbs was indeed designated for assignment to make room for Hill. Additionally, Jeff Kobernus was activated from the 60-Day DL, optioned to Syracuse. The corresponding move for Kobernus? The release of RHP Christian Garcia, who never fulfilled the pipe dream hopes of becoming a starting pitcher and was injured too often to be an effective reliever.

Jun 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Hill (9-2, 1.92)
TBD and Delcarmen (3-2, 2.78) vs.
Smith (5-5, 4.32) and
Neris (1-0, 3.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-0 @ Richmond,
12:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-2, 5.03) vs.
Crick (4-3, 3.88)
Potomac Won, 10-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (0-0, 3.24) vs.
Wolff (7-3, 2.60)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Reed (2-6, 6.04) vs.
Pivetta (9-3, 3.57)
Auburn Lost, 10-4 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (0-1, 2.00) vs.
Whitehead (1-0, 1.54)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-2 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-0, 7.15) vs.
Diaz (1-1, 2.65)


Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 3 — GAME ONE
• Kroenke (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Madrigal (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burriss 2-3, 2R, 3B
• Souza 2-2, R, 2B, RBI, SB

Steve Souza, Tyler Moore, and Zach Walters went back-to-back-to-back with RBI doubles in the Chiefs’ three-run 3rd as Syracuse rolled to its eighth straight win in the opener, 4-3. Zach Kroenke made the spot start and got his first AAA win since last August as he pitched into the 6th, allowing three runs on eight hits over five and 2/3rds innings with one walk and one whiff. Warner Madrigal set the side down in order in the 7th for his sixth save. Roster moves: LHP Aaron Laffey placed on 3-Day TIL; OF Destin Hood activated from 7-Day DL; IF Jose Lozada placed on 7-Day DL; UT Jeff Kobernus assigned for MLB rehab.

Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
There’s a certain irony when a doubleheader, which was created by a previous rainout, is partially rained out again. They’ll try to play two again today, though there’s more rain in the forecast.

Richmond 2 Harrisburg 0
• Brach (L, 1-2) 7IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Herron 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Vettleson 2-3, SB
• Skole 1-2, BB

The Senators ran into buzzsaw as Flying Squirrels southpaw Jack Snodgrass tossed a five-hit shutout in a 2-0 win vs. Harrisburg. Starter Brett Brach took the loss despite scatting nine hits over seven innings for the two Richmond runs. He walked just one and struck out five. The Senators had but one serious threat in the game as Cutter Dykstra led off the 7th with infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Following a Matt Skole walk, the two baserunners were bunted over by Quincy Latimore. Dykstra was picked off third for the inning’s second out while Drew Vettleson struck out to end the inning.

Potomac 10 Lynchburg 1
• Voth (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Runion 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Harper 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, 4RBI
• Renda 2-3, 2R, BB,
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

Bryce Harper singled, walked, homered, and drove in four in just five innings as the P-Nats completed a sweep of Salem with a 10-1 beatdown. Austin Voth tossed six scoreless innings and let up just two hits and two walks while fanning six to win his High-A debut.
The P-Nats scored in each of the first three innings, piling up 13 hits total with Harper, Tony Renda, Will Piwnica-Worms, Oscar Tejeda, and Wilson Ramos each having multiple hits.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 3
• Silvestre (L, 3-5) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Thomas 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-4
• Bautista 2-5, R, SB(36)

The Suns fell behind 4-0 and pulled to within one at 4-3 but couldn’t get the equalizer as they fell by a 5-3 count. Starter Hector Silvestre took the loss, giving up four runs and six hits over seven innings for the second straight start. Justin Thomas gave up a run in the 9th after a scoreless 8th. Leadoff man Rafael Bautista and No. 2 batter Wilmer Difo both singled twice while Carlos Lopez and James Yezzo both doubled to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Williamsport 10 Auburn 4
• Torres (L, 1-1) 4+ IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Feliz 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R,5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Sanchez 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Read 2-3, 2R
• Carey 2-4, R

Williamsport scored in five straight innings, including a four-run 5th that broke open a 4-3 game as they sent Auburn to a 10-4 loss. Luis Torres was torched for five runs on six hits, including two homers, the second of which chased him from the game with no outs in the 5th. He walked one and struck out six over four-plus innings. Raudy Read and Daley Carey were the only two Doubledays to notch multiple hits as they were held to seven total with the top four batters going 0-for-18 with one walk and one RBI on the night.
Roster move: John Feliz promoted from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Cardinals 0
• Bourque 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bach (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Lora 4-5, R, 2RBI
• Serrata 2-3, 2R, 2B
• Ortiz 2-5, R, RBI, OF assist at 2B

A four-run 3rd broke a 0-0 tie as the G-Nats went on to shut out the G-Cards, 6-0. James Bourque started and went two innings, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two. Connor Bach got the win as the first reliever out of the ‘pen, throwing two innings with one hit and and one walk. Maximo Valerio earned a hold with three innings of one-hit ball, with no walks and two K’s. Offensively, Edwin Lora led the 11-hit attack with a 4-for-5 game, scoring once and driving in two, .

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Red Sox 2
• Baez 5IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Archibald (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Cespedes (SV, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Franco 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R, RBI, CS
• Agustin 1-3, R, BB, SB(10)

The D-Nats scored eight unanswered runs — five in the 7th, three in the 8th — as they pulled into a tie for second place with an 8-3 win against the D-Red Sox. Joan Baez continues to deal, lowering his ERA to 1.50 with five innings of one-run ball with three hits and one walk allowed and six set down on strikes. 16-y.o. Anderson Franco connected for his first professional home run, a two-run shot in the 8th as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI total to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jun 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-4 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:00 p.m.
Kroenke (1st AAA start of ’14) and
Hill (9-2, 1.92)
Delcarmen (3-2, 2.78) vs.
Bootcheck (2-3, 4.09) and
Smith (5-5, 4.32)
Neris (1-0, 3.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 @ Richmond,
6:35 p.m.
Brach (1-1, 8.00) vs.
Snodgrass (7-1, 3.24)
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (High-A Debut) vs.
Light (1-3, 6.06)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-4, 4.83) vs.
Junis (7-4, 3.28)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Packrall (0-0, 9.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-0 vs. DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (2-1, 1.42) vs.
Bautista (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 7 Durham 4
• Laffey 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Cedeno (W, 3-0) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Gonzalez (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Souza 3-4, 2R, BB
• Rhymes 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Walters 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI

A four-run rally in the 8th broke a 3-3 tie as the Chiefs won their seventh straight, 7-4 to complete a four-game sweep of the Bulls. Starter Aaron Laffey spun a quality start with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out six but did not factor in the decision. The win went to Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno while the save was earned by veteran Mike Gonzalez. Steve Souza reached base with three singles and a walk while veterans Brandon Laird and Jeff Howell both drove in two while going 1-for-4.
Roster move: LHP Zach Kroenke reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 2
• McGregor (L, 0-1) 0IP, 1H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 0K, 0HR
• Bates 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Dykstra 3-4
• Vettleson 2-4

Scott McGregor continued the Sens starter tradition of giving up lots of runs early as the Squirrels scored six in the 1st and, um, flew to a 7-2 win. The 27-y.o. walked the first five batters he faced, then gave up a two-run double before he was lifted to preserve an infinite ERA. Colin Bates let in both inherited runners but finished the 1st, then pitched four more scoreless innings. The offense did not reward Bates’ bullpen-saving work, scoring just single runs in the 3rd and 7th innings. Cutter Dykstra singled three times for second straight game to push his BA over .300 while Drew Vettleson went 2-for-4 in his first game back with the Senators since April 13.
Roster moves: MLB Rehabs Jeff Kobernus and C Wilson Ramos removed from roster.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 2
• Bacus (W, 3-2) 7IP, 8H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez (SV, 4) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• W. Ramos 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 1-3, R, 2B

Good pitching, adequate defense, and a three-run home run were the recipe for a win Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: OF Bryce Harper and C Wilson Ramos added to roster for MLB rehab.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 1
• Mooneyham 4IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Cooper (W, 5-1) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Napoli (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, HBP
• Ward 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Lopez 2-4, R, 2B

Isaac Ballou’s two-run blast highlighted a three-run sixth as Hagerstown tripled up Lexington, 3-1 in the series opener. Starter Brett Mooneyham walked just two over four innings and gave up three hits while fanning five while pitching at his third stop of 2014. The win went to Andrew Cooper for three scoreless innings of relief while David Napoli pitched the 8th and 9th innings for his first Low-A save. Drew Ward and Carlos Lopez both went 2-for-4, including back-to-back doubles for the third run of the Hagerstown sixth.
Roster moves: LHPs Brett Mooneyham, David Napoli reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 4 Mahoning Valley 3 (10 inn.)
• J. Rodriguez 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Valdez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Page 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Read 2-3, 2R, BB

The Doubledays rallied for two in the 8th to tie and took advantage of two costly Scrapper mistakes for the 4-3 walkoff win in extra innings. Osvaldo Abreu reached and went to second on a two-base error to lead off the 10th, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a flyball over the drawn-in centerfielder for a game-winning single by Matthew Page. The win went to Jake Joyce, who pitched a scoreless 10th inning. Starter Jefry Rodriguez went five and a 1/3rd innings with two runs charged to him on six hits with no walks and six K’s. Page and Raudy Read both reached base three times with two hits and a walk to pace the Auburn offense.
Roster move: OF David Gardner (8th Rd. pick) assigned from Washington.

GCL Cardinals 8 GCL Nationals 2
• Van Orden (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Johns 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Corredor 2-3, R, BB
• Aguero 2-3, 2B

The G-Cards scored in four of the first five innings as they cruised to an 8-2 beating of the G-Nats. Washington 5th Rd. pick Drew Van Orden took the loss, giving up two runs on four hits and no walks in his pro debut. Aldrem Corredor and “Fred” Aguero both went 2-for-3 as the G-Nats got eight hits total but went 0-for-13 with RISP.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Rojos 0
• Bermudez (W, 1-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Charlis 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• G. Ramirez 3-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Je. Baez 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 4RBI, SB

Three D-Nat pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over the D-Rojos. Juan Bermudez got the win with four hits and two walks allowed over five and 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Jeyner Baez singled, doubled, and walked to lead the 12-hit, three-walk offense.

Jun 212014
 

So Long
With the signing of 24 players earlier this week, there are more players than spots. Thus, this batch includes a few releases…

HARRISBURG
• C Wilson Ramos assigned from Washington for MLB rehab

POTOMAC
• RHP Richie Mirowski activated from 7-Day DL, reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Brian Rauh activated from 7-Day DL
• RHP Ronald Pena placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 15

AUBURN
• OF Brenton Allen released
• IF Jean Carlos Valdez released
• OF Greg Zebrack released
• OF D.K. Carey assigned from Washington (7th Rd. pick)
• IF Austin Davidson assigned from Washington (13th Rd. pick)
• OF Alec Keller assigned from Washington (17th Rd. pick)
• OF Brian Langlois assigned from Washington (20th Rd. pick)
• SS Chris Riopedre assigned from Washington (23rd Rd. pick)
• OF Clay Williamson assigned from Washington (19th Rd. pick)

GCL NATIONALS
• RHP David Fischer assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab

Jun 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-2 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (0-1, 7.50) vs.
Montgomery (8-1, 3.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (2-3, 5.18) vs.
Anderson (2-5, 4.92)
Potomac Postponed @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (4-1, 3.83) vs.
Sims (5-4, 5.00)
Hagerstown Won, 9-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (2-1, 2.03) vs.
Garcia (6-2, 4.58)
Auburn Won, 5-3 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Sanchez (0-1, 6.75)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-1 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 15-8 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 8.00) vs.
Jones (0-2, 4.30)


Syracuse 8 Durham 2
• Roenicke (W, 3-3) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Gonzalez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Rhymes 3-4
• Johnson 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Laird 2-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Brandon Laird homered for the fourth straight game — all Syracuse wins — including this one by an 8-2 count over Durham.
Roster move: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Akron 2 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, 2WP
• Holland (L, 5-2) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Skole 3-4, 2B
• Kobernus 1-4, 2B, SB
• 0-for-12 RISP

The clutch hit eluded Harrisburg as they tumbled to their fifth straight loss, 2-1.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — PPD
Usually, when I write the phrase “power outage,” it’s metaphorical; This time it’s literal as thunderstorms rolled through Lynchburg in the late afternoon and knocked out the electrcity to force a doubleheader tonight on August 19.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 1
• Pivetta (W, 9-3) 6IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Cooper 2IP, 1H, 0R, ER, BB, K
• Manuel 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Mesa 3-5, R, SB, CS

Hagerstown wasted no time with Greensboro, scoring five in the 1st en route to a 9-1 win, their second in the 2nd half and third straight overall.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3
• Ott 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K, HBP (60+ pitches)
• Derosier 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Valdez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Vettleson 4-4, 2B, RBI, SB, OF assist at 3B
• Mejia 2-4, R

The Doubledays rallied for three in the bottom of the 8th for the 5-3 sportswriter’s win and got to .500 with a 4-4 mark for the season.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• L. Guzman 2-4
• T. Alvarez 1-3, R, 3B

It’s a different year and a different set of kids, as the G-Mets pounded the G-Nats, 7-1.

DSL Orioles2 15 DSL Nationals 8
• Pena (L, 1-2) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Cespedes 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Franco 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Pimentel 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Robles 2-3, 2R, 2BB, SB

After getting pounded 19-8 on Thursday, the D-Orioles2 returned the favor on Friday with a 15-8 beating of the D-Nats.

Jun 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-3 @ Durham,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (2-3, 4.60) vs.
Andriese (6-3, 3.06)
Harrisburg Lost, 13-5 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-2, 5.59) vs.
Arias (5-2, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 10-3 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (4-1, 3.83) vs.
Sims (5-4, 5.00)
Hagerstown Won, 11-6 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Pivetta (8-3, 3.95) vs.
Newell (7-4, 2.46)
Auburn Lost, 3-0;
Won, 2-0
vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Whitehead (1-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals N/A @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 19-8 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-1, 3.46) vs.
Rosario (1-1, 2.20)


Syracuse 9 Norfolk 3
• Hill (W, 9-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Jackson 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Laird 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Moore 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Taylor Hill won his 9th game with a quality start while three Chiefs homered in a 9-3 win that extended Syracuse’s win streak to three and kept a two-game lead over Rochester in the I.L. North. Roster move: RHP Ryan Tatusko was released.

New Britain 13 Harrisburg 5
• Brach (L, 1-1) 3+ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Demny 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR, 3-3 IR-S
• Taylor 3-4, R, RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Latimore 2-4, R, HR, RBI

A six-run New Britain 4th broke open a 4-2 game as the Rock Cats impeached the Senators, 13-5 to hand Harrisburg its fourth straight defeat.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Dickson (BS, 3; L, 1-5) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Tejeda 2-4, R, 2B
• Renda 1-3, BB

The Hillcats struck for four runs in each of their final two “ups” to come back from a 3-2 deficit and hand the P-Nats a 10-3 defeat.
Roster move: RHP Sam Runion assigned from Washington (MLFA).

Hagerstown 11 Greensboro 6
• Silvestre (W, 3-4) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Difo 3-4, 2R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-4, R, RBI
• Ward 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI

Drew Ward doubled twice, homered once, and drove in three as the Suns squashed the Grasshoppers, 11-6.
Roster move: RHP David Ramos reassigned from Auburn.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 0 — GAME ONE
• Lopez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K
• Mooneyham 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-1, 2BB
• Gordon 1-3

Auburn 2 Mahoning Valley 0 — GAME TWO
• Torres 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Napoli (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Valdez 2-3, R, RBI
• Abreu 1-3, BB

Auburn split a pair of games Last Night In Mahoning Valley.
Roster move: OF Matthew Page assigned from Washington (10th Rd. Pick)

GCL Nationals — OPENING DAY

The 2013 GCL Champs defend their title with the first of many, many visits to the GCL Mets in Port St. Lucie.
Roster move: OF Darryl Florentino reassigned from the D-Nats.

DSL Nationals 19 DSL Orioles2 8
• Acevedo (W, 2-0) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Archibald 1IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• F. Peguero 4-6, 4R, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Pimentel 3-5, 3E, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Robles 3-6, 2R, 2RBI, 3SB

The D-Nats opened the assualt with seven in the 2nd and closed it with six in the 7th as they clipped the Orioles2 throwers for 18 hits and 10 walks in a 19-8 beatdown.

Jun 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Norfolk,
12:05 p.m.
Hill (8-2, 1.75) vs.
Escalona (1-1, 3.78)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Brach (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Dean (4-2, 4.48)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (2-4, 4.79) vs.
Townsley (1-1, 2.31)
Auburn Postponed @ Mahoning Valley,
5:30 p.m.
L. Torres (1-0, 0.00) and
R. Lopez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Brady (0-0, 11.25) and
Santana (0-1, 5.79)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-2 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
N. Ramirez (1-1, 3.60) vs.
J. Valdez (1-1, 1.50)


Syracuse 3 Norfolk 0
• Laffey (W, 9-3) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Madrigal (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Laird 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 1-3, 2B, RBI

Brandon Laird broke up the no-hitter with a single in the 5th then cracked a two-run homer in the 7th as the Chiefs shut out the Tide, 3-0. Starter Aaron Laffey pitched seven strong innings, giving up five hits and two walks as he won his tie-for-the-league-lead 9th game. Mike Gonzalez retired just one of three batters faced, putting on two runners with a walk and a single allowed, but Daniel Stange stranded them to close out the 8th. Warner Madrigal retired the side in order in the 9th for his fifth save. Brock Peterson doubled in Laird in the 5th while Jhonatan Solano singled ahead of Laird to round out the four-hit assualt by Syracuse.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 4
• Kroenke 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg’s losing streak was extended to three with 5-4 collapse in the 9th to New Britain. Starter Zach Kroenke went the first five and a 1/3rd innings, charged with two runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Colin Bates let in one run but finished the 6th and Tyler Herron gave up one in the 8th after a scoreless 7th. Robert Benincasa made his AA debut in the 9th, but it was rough one as as he retired just two of seven batters faced for the blown-save-loss. Matt Skole and Michael Taylor both homered while Kevin Keyes reached base three times with a single, walk, and a double as the Senators posted a modest eight hits and drew three walks on the afternoon. Roster move: RHP Robert Benincasa promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Potomac opens on the road with three against Lynchburg and then returns home for three against Salem as they continue a bizarre schedule with only four sequences of more than three days in any one place over the next 11 weeks.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Suns and Grasshoppers rematch to begin the 2nd half with a four-game set in Greensboro, then come home for a pair of four-game series against Lakewood and Delmarva. Roster move: IF Cody Dent activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn vs. Mahoning Valley — PPD
It would appear that, weather permitting, it’s doubleheader for yours truly in Niles, Ohio. (Don’t worry, if I get a chance to write it up, I’m going to title it “Last Night In Mahoning Valley,” even though I did think about using this pic).

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cardinals 2
• J. Baez (W, 2-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Cespedes (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J. Ramirez 3-4, 2R, 3B
• Franco 2-3, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Eight of nine batters hit safely as the D-Nats built a 4-0 lead early and cruised to a 5-2 win over the D-Cards for their 10th win in 16 games. Joan Baez tossed six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four to win his second game. Angher Cespedes got the last four outs, stranding two in the 8th as he notched his third save Joshual Ramirez led the 12-hit parade with a pair of singles and a triple.

Jun 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (8-3, 3.38) vs.
Jones (3-4, 5.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 vs. New Britain,
12:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-1, 4.88) vs.
Vasquez (4-2, 3.28)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Brady (0-0, 11.25)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Alcantara (1-2, 2.77)


Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Treinen (W, 3-0) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Delcarmen (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Walters 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, BB, SB(10)

Syracuse scored in three straight innings to build a 4-0 lead and held off Norfolk for a 5-3 win to even the series at 1-1. Blake Treinen returned from DC to spin six strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while setting down six on strikes for his third AAA win. The top four batters combined to go 7-for-15 with three runs scored and three RBI while Brandon Laird homered. Leadoff man Emmanuel Burriss fit the description with two singles, two runs scored, and a walk while swiping his 10th base.
Roster move: LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno optioned from Washington.

New Britain 7 Harrisburg 2
• Cole (L, 6-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 3-4, RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, R, BB

After winning seven straight, it’s now two consecutive losses as the Rock Cats slammed the Senators, 7-2. A.J. Cole struck out eight over five innings but was also touched for three runs on six hits and two walks to take the loss. Neil Holland coughed up the killshot, surrendering a grand slam to turn a 3-2 game into the eventual score in the 7th. Bryan Harper struck out two and gave up a hit in his AA debut. Cutter Dykstra went 3-for-4 with an RBI while rehabbing Jeff Kobernus was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The rest of the lineup went 2-for-25 as Harrisburg was held to seven hits total.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse, UT Jeff Kobernus reassigned from Potomac (MLB rehab), LHP Bryan Harper promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Perez got the start at SS while Pleffner came off the bench at 1B, but both men went 0-for-2 and combined for three strikeouts as the Carolina League loss to the California League, 3-2.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
Wilmer Difo went 0-for-3 with a walk and a whiff as the starting 2B, Rafael Bautista came off the bench to go 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Spencer Kieboom was the second of three catchers to play in a 10-inning, 4-4 tie at the Sally League All-Star game.

Auburn 2 Mahoning Valley 1
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (W, 1-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Sanchez (S, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Mejia 2-3, 2B

Three Auburn pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Doubledays edged the Scrappers, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez gave up both the hit and the run as he walked four during the first five innings. Deibi Yrizarri followed with two perfect innings, striking out one, while Mario Sanchez followed suit, but struck out two as the two relievers earned the win and save, respectively. Cody Gunter and Bryan Mejia both went 2-for-3 with a double to pace the Auburn offense, which got the winning run on an unintentional walk following an intentional base-on-balls in the 8th.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Bermudez (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Fuentes 3⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, CS
• Rengel 2-3, 2R

The D-Nats fell into an early 4-0 hole and couldn’t dig themselves out, falling to the D-Cards, 5-3. Starter Juan Bermudez took the loss, giving up the first three runs (two earned) on five hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. The 9-1 batters racked up four of the six hits and scored all three D-Nats runs as the offense left on just five baserunners.

Jun 162014
 

Shuffling The Deck
Posting from the road office in Nashville, Tennessee… The shuffling of rosters at the Class-A All-Star Breaks has begun, though it’s up and down the ladder:

SYRACUSE
• LHP Matt Grace reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Rafael Martin reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Ryan Mattheus, OF Destin Hood placed on 7-Day DL (Hood retroactive to 6/15)
• IF Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Ryan Tatusko placed on 3-Day TIL

POTOMAC
• RHP Austin Voth promoted from Hagerstown

AUBURN
• RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Hagerstown
• LHPs Cory Bafidis, David Napoli reassigned from Hagerstown

In a season chock-full of needs-based moves, it’s hard to tell how many of these moves are permanent. Best guess: Voth stays in High-A where pitching is needed while at least two of the Harrisburg-to-Syracuse moves will be undone a la Brian Dupra last week. Likewise, I’d posit that at least one of the Hagerstown-to-Auburn moves will be reversed as this appears that the Nationals want these guys available and/or working with coaches.

UPDATE: One move that is permanent is that of Ryan Tatusko, who I can confirm has been sold to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball League as noted in the comments. He will rejoin former teammate and former Nationals farmhand Caleb Clay (H/T Geoff Morrow, Mick Reinhard).