May 022015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Columbus,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-2, 3.21) vs.
Chen (2-1, 1.08)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Rauh (0-1, 21.60) vs.
Villanueva (2-2, 3.32)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Pivetta (1-3, 1.35) vs.
McGrath (1-1, 3.65)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
D. Jimenez (5-2, 3.28 @ GCL in ’14)


Syracuse 3 Columbus 2
• Billings 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Hill (W, 2-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Gwynn 2-3, R, 3B, BB
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Three Syracuse relievers combined for three and a 1/3rd shutdown innings while Jason Martinson went deep again in a 3-2 win vs. Columbus. Bruce Billings got the start and made it through five scoreless before the Clippers got to him in the 6th to tie the game at 2-2. Rich Hill, Eric Fornataro, and Evan Meek each struck out two as they earned the win, hold, and save respectively. Tony Gwynn Jr. walked, singled, and tripled to lead the Syracuse hit column while Martinson’s 4th HR in the 6th turned out to be the gamewinner.
Roster moves: C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Kevin Mattison assigned from XST; RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on restricted list.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 1
• Ross (W, 1-1) 6+ IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Mendez (SV, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lisson 2-4, 2B
• Hague 1-3, CS, OF assist at HP

Ricky Hague drove in the winning run and threw out the tying run in the Senators’ 2-1 win over the BaySox. Joe Ross got his first win with another quality start: six-plus innings of one-run ball, scattering eight hits, walking one, and fanning five. Gilberto Mendez stranded a runner in the 7th and retired the first six batters he faced before giving up back-to-back-to-back singles with one down in the 9th, the last of which Hague got the second out with a play at the plate. Mendez sealed the deal with a strikeout to earn his third save. Both Harrisburg runs came in the 2nd on three straight hits as Matt Skole homered, Wilmer Difo doubled, and Hague singled.

Salem 4 Potomac 1
• Spann (L, 0-4) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Ballou 1-4, BB
• Perez 0-2, R, 2BB

Salem shut down Potomac’s offense for a 4-1 win, the seventh loss in nine games for the P-Nats. Matt Spann lost for the fourth time in as many starts, charged with all four Red Sox runs on nine hits and two walks. David Napoli followed with two shutout innings of relief. Table-setters Isaac Ballou and Stephen Perez both reached base twice, with Perez scoring the lone run on fielder’s choice off the bat of Spencer Kieboom in the 4th. Potomac was held to four singles and five walks and was 0-for-8 with RISP, leaving nine men on base.

Hagerstown 3 Greenville 2
• Valdez (W, 2-1) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Orlan (SV, 3) 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• Carey 3-3, 2B, BB
• Reistetter 3-4, R

It wasn’t pretty — aided by an error and two sac flies — but Hagerstown’s three-run 4th was enough for Phillips Valdez and R.C. Orlan to work with for a 3-2 win over Greenville. Valdez spun six shutout innings, allowing just two hits, no walks while striking out four to earn his second win. Orlan was sideswiped by the Drive for two runs in the 7th but recovered to post zeroes in the 8th and 9th to earn his third save. D.K. Carey and Matt Reistetter both collected three hits to lead the Suns’ ten-hit parade.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases (nos. 3 and 4) in San Antonio’s 8-6 win last night. Yesterday, MLB reportedly amended the Pete Incavligia rule to make Turner’s Nat-but-not-really-a-Nat situation less likely to occur.

Apr 292015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Bleier (0-1, 3.86) vs.
Owens (1-0, 3.94)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. New Britain
12:00 p.m.
Voth (2-1, 4.76) vs.
Flemer (1-1, 2.50)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 @ Winston-Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Suero (3-0, 2.50) vs.
Fry (0-3, 2.45)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-2;
Won, 6-2
vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 5.52) vs.
Neverauskas (0-1, 8.71)


Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 1
• Swynenberg (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 4K
• Lively 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• J. Johnson 3-4
• Gwynn 1-4, 2B

Matt Swynenberg’s AAA debut wasn’t much better than A.J. Cole’s MLB debut, but unlike the D.C. nine, the Syracuse batters were unable to wake up in a 4-1 loss. Swynenberg was dinged for two runs in each of the first two innings before posting a zero in the 3rd. He finished with six hits and four walks allowed. Mitch Lively and Manny Delcarmen combined for five no-hit innings of relief but the Chiefs were only able to break up the shutout with a run in the 5th as they were limited to six hits, three of which were collected by Josh Johnson.
Roster moves: Recalled RHP A.J. Cole to Washington; optioned RHP Rafael Martin from Washington.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 2
• Alderson 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, BK, WP
• Severino 3-4
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B

Gilberto Mendez got two of the first three batters out in the 9th, but couldn’t get the third as he gave up three straight singles to blow a 2-1 Harrisburg lead to New Britain. The implosion turned Tim Alderson’s seven innings of one-run ball into a no-decision as the starter gave up six hits and a walk while striking out four. Pedro Severino collected three hits for the second straight game, followed by Ricky Hague’s 2-for-4 effort to lead the Sens offense.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Simms (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K, HBP
• Mapes 4⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Ballou 2-4, R
• Difo 2-5, R

Winston-Salem continued its domination of Potomac at BB&T park with a 5-3 win. John Simms took the loss, letting in three runs on two hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings in his season debut. Tyler Mapes finished the game, allowing the final two Dash runs on five hits. Wilmer Difo and Isaac Ballou both singled twice and scored a run in the P-Nats’ fourth straight loss.

West Virginia 10 Hagerstown 2 — COMP.
• Ullmann (L, 1-1) 4IP, 8H, 10R, 10ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Cooper 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Reistetter 1-3, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, 2B

The Power scored eight times in their first two turns at bat, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 10-2 win in the completion of the April 15 game. Ryan Ullmann was charged with all ten runs on eight hits and five walks over four innings. He struck out two. The Suns were held to just four hits, with Matt Reistetter and “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz both going 1-for-3 with a double.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 2 — GAME TWO
• Bach 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 8K
• Ramos (W, 1-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Davidson 2-2, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Dent 2-3
• DeBruin 1-3, 2RBI, CS

Hagerstown scored in four straight innings as they split the de facto doubleheader with a 6-2 win in the second game played. Starter Connor Bach struck out eight but walked three in four innings as he gave up both West Virginia runs on two hits. David Ramos followed with three scoreless innings to earn the win, his first of the season. Austin Davidson hit two solo HRs and drove in a third run with a sacrifice fly to lead the Suns 12-hit parade.

Trea Turner Update
Turner did not play in Monday’s game. He did not leave Sunday’s game with an injury and was playing defense in the 12th inning when the game ended.

Apr 262015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4;
Lost, 5-2
@ Rochester,
1:35 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 0.79) vs.
Dean (1-0, 0.75)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Reading,
1:30 p.m.
Espino (0-2, 3.18) vs.
Windle (0-1, 7.36)
Potomac Postponed vs. Lynchburg,
1:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-0, 2.57) and
Spann (0-2, 5.25) vs.
Rayl (0-1, 4.50) and
Peoples (0-1, 3.48)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
A. Williams (2-1, 0.57 vs.
E. Garcia (1-1, 3.86)


Syracuse 5 Rochester 4 — GAME ONE
• McGregor (W, 1-1) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Meek (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ka‘aihue 2-3, R, BB
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• den Dekker 2-4, R

The Chiefs scored four times with two out in the 6th to turn a 4-1 deficit into 5-4 win to stop a two-game slide and take the opener. Scott McGregor got the win despite allowing all four Redwings runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings, though he did strike out seven. Even Meek did not inherit the earth, nor did he allow the tying or go-ahead runs to score in the 6th as he got the last four outs for his second save. Kila Ka‘aihue reached base three times to lead the Syracuse attack.

Rochester 5 Syracuse — GAME TWO
• Billings (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 2HBP
• Lively 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• den Dekker 1-3, R
• Butler 1-1, BB, SF, RBI

Rochester scored in three of the first four innings and held off a late Syracuse charge to earn the doubleheader split with a 5-2 win. Bruce Billings let in all five runs on six hits and a walk while also hitting two batters to lose for the second time this season. Back-to-back walks to lead off the 7th led to both Chiefs runs, as Dan Butler connected on a sac fly and Jose Lozada stroked an RBI single to make the game look closer than it really was.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 4
• Ross 7IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• De Los Santos (BS, 1; W, 1-1) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 2-3, 3R, 2B, BB, E(2)
• Severino 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Lisson 1-1, 2RBI

Harrisburg blew a 3-0 lead in the top of the 8th but got it back with a four-run response in the bottom of the 8th for a 7-4 win over Reading. Abel De Los Santos got the blown-save-win, spoiling seven innings of two-hit shutout ball spun by Joe Ross, who walked two an struck out eight. Pedro Severino (1-for-2) and Mario Lisson (1-for-1, PH) both connected for two-run singles while Brian Goodwin singled, doubled, and walked while scoring three runs to pace the Senators offense.
Roster moves: C Cole Leonida placed on restricted list; C Brian Jeroloman activated from XST.

Potomac vs. Lynchburg — PPD
The Hillcats and P-Nats were rained out on Saturday. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader this afternoon.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 5
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Orlan (W, 1-0) 3+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Abreu 2-3, R, BB
• DeBruin 3-4, BB, RBI
• Keller 3-5, 2R, 2B, SB

The Suns put up three in the 1st, one in the 3rd and two in the 6th but barely held on for 6-5 win, snapping a four-game losing streak. Jefry Rodriguez made his first start in nearly 11 months, tossing four shutout innings with one hit and two walks allowed while setting down four on strikes. Three relievers combined to give up five runs over five innings, with the win going to R.C. Orlan and the save going to Sam Johns. Alec Keller and Gavin DeBruin both notched three hits as the Hagerstown batters racked up 12 hits and drew four walks total.
Roster moves: RHP Jefry Rodriguez activated from XST; RHP Drew Van Orden reassigned to Auburn.

Trea Turner Update
Turner collected his 5th double while going 1-for-6 in an 8-7 Missions win.

Apr 252015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 3.12) and
Bilings (0-1, 3.60) vs.
Hamburger (0-1, 9.35) and
Dean (1-0, 0.75)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Ross (0-1, 6.00) vs.
Eflin (2-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (0-0, 2.57) vs.
Rayl (0-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Lakewood,
4:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Oliver (1-1, 3.60)


Rochester vs. Syracuse — PPD
For the second straight game, cold weather forced a postponement. They’ll try again this afternoon with a doubleheader starting at 12:35 p.m.
Roster moves: SS Emmanuel Burriss placed on the 3-day TIL; UT Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 4
• Voth (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• Demny 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Skole 2-4, 3B
• Perez 2-2, 2R, 2BB, RBI

Reading broke open a 3-1 game with a four-run 5th as they cruised to a 7-4 win over Harrisburg. Starter Austin Voth gave up all seven runs on nine hits and two walks as her suffered his first loss of the season. Brian Goodwin made his appearance in nearly 10 months but was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts while commtting an error. Stephen Perez led the Sens offense with two walks, two singles, and two runs scored while rehabbing Anthony Rendon was 1-for-2 with a double while playing five innings.
Roster moves: IF Adrian Sanchez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Anthony Rendon added to roster for MLB rehab; OF Brian Goodwin activated from XST.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Suero (W, 3-0) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 7K
• Dupra (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bostick 2-4, SB(5)
• Martinez 1-3, RBI

Wander Suero tied career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts as he beat the Lynchburg Hillcats for the third time in three starts this season Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: RHP Blake Schwartz retired; RHP John Simms activated from XST.

Lakewood 2 Hagerstown 1
• Valdez 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HBP
• Ullmann (L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Keller 3-4, 2B
• DeBruin 3-3, 2B, RBI, E

The Blue Claws put the pinch on the Suns, 2-1, sending Hagerstown to its fourth straight loss. Phillips Valdez started and went the first five innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits while striking out five. The loss went to Ryan Ullmann as he gave up the deciding run on pair of singles in the 7th. Alec Keller and Grant DeBruin both singled twice and doubled once while the rest of the lineup was 2-for-25 with eight strikeouts.

Trea Turner Update
Turner’s 10-game hit streak and 11-game on-base streak ended last night as he was 0-for-5 and struck out three times in a 5-3 San Antonio loss.

Apr 242015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 3.12) vs.
Hamburger (0-1, 9.35)
Harrisburg Won, 3-0 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 2.50) vs.
Biddle (1-0, 1.64)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (2-0, 4.09) vs.
Lugo (0-1, 8.64)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Casimiro (0-2, 8.38) vs.
Valdez (1-1, 2.70)


Rochester vs. Syracuse — PPD
With gametime temperatures below 40, the finale of the Chiefs-Redwings series was postponed. It will be made up on July 10th as part of a doubleheader.
Roster move: RHP Matt Swynenberg reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 3 Reading 0
• Alderson (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Solis (H, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Pleffner 2-4

Three Harrisburg pitchers took the fight out of Reading with a 3-0, six-hit shutout. Veteran Tim Alderson got the win with just four hits and two walks allowed over seven innings. Sammy Solis pitched around a double in the 8th for the hold. Gilberto Mendez preserved the win with a scoreless 9th for his first save of 2015. Tony Renda and Shawn Pleffner both went 2-for-4 while Caleb Ramsey scored the first and last Senators runs with a triple in the 1st and walk in the 8th.
Roster move: RHP Brian Rauh promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The P-Nats and Hillcats square off for the third time this month — Games 9-12 of 15 in the first half — as the Woodbridge nine return for their second homestand of the season.
Roster move: RHP Kevin Perez assigned from XST.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 0
• Van Orden (L, 1-1) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR, WP
• M. Sanchez 3IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Masters 1-3
• Davidson 0-3, BB

Hagerstown tumbled to its third straight loss with a 4-0 shutout by Lakewood. Drew Van Orden let in two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Mario Sanchez gave up single runs in the 6th and 7th as the put the game out of reach, as the Suns offense was limited to just four singles and two walks.

Trea Turner Update
Turner doubled in his second at-bat to extend his hit streak to 10 games, going 1-for-5 with two whiffs in a 5-4 San Antonio loss.

Apr 232015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-7 vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 3.12) vs.
Hamburger (0-1, 9.35)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Alderson (0-0, 4.22) vs.
Nola (1-1, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Van Orden (1-0, 3.27) vs.
Viza (2-0, 4.09)


Rochester 11 Syracuse 7
• T. Hill 3⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• R. Hill 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Taylor 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI, 3K
• Stewart 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, 2K
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

A 6-1 lead was too big for Taylor Hill to hold as the Redwings put up five in the 4th to tie it and four in the 6th to pull away for an 11-7 win over the Chiefs. Hill was charged with six runs on eight hits, including a two-run home run. Sam Runion took the loss, giving up four of the final five Rochester runs. Michael Taylor (2-for-5), Ian Stewart (2-for-4), and Jason Martinson (1-for-3) each homered for Syracuse. Roster move: LHP Matt Grace recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD.
Rain and cold postponed the series finale between the Curve and Sens. It will be made up when Harrisburg returns to Altoona in mid-May.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 3
• Schwartz (L, 0-2) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, HBP
• Mapes 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ward 4-5, 2R, 2B
• Miller 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

The Blue Rocks struck for five in the 5th en route to win 6-3 win against the P-Nats and prevent a series sweep. Starter Blake Schwartz took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits over four and 2/3rds innings. Potomac racked up 12 hits and drew five walks, but left on 13 runners. Drew Ward went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored while Brandon Miller drove in three with an RBI double in the 3rd and a two-run homer in the 5th.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 4
• Reyes 5+ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Ramos (L, 0-2) 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Reistetter 4-4, R, RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Make that ten career blown saves for David Ramos as the Suns southpaw gave up two in the 9th to turn a 4-3 edge into a 5-4 loss to the Shorebirds for his second blown-save-loss of the year. The 23-y.o. brother of Wilson was dinged for a two-run HR in his third inning of work, giving up five hits total while walking one and striking out two. Starter Luis Reyes allowed the first three Delmarva runs on seven hits and two walks over five-plus innings. Hagerstown tallied 12 hits, led by catcher Matt Reistetter at 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI

Trea Turner Update
Wednesday was an off day for the San Antonio Missions.

Apr 222015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 1-0;
Lost, 2-0
vs. Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
T. Hill (1-0, 1.42) vs.
Wheeler (0-1, 3.09)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3;
Lost, 2-1
@ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Alderson (0-0, 4.22) vs.
Glasnow (1-0, 0.82)
Potomac Won, 6-0 @ Wilmington,
10:35 a.m.
Schwartz (0-1, 4.09) vs.
Mills (0-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-3 vs. Delmarva,
10:35 a.m.
Reyes (0-1, 5.59) vs.
Grimes (0-0, 9.72)


Syracuse 1 Rochester 0 — GAME ONE
• Cole 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Meek (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Taylor 2-2, BB, SB, CS

Jason Martinson’s leadoff, walkoff HR in the bottom of the 7th broke up the Star Trek convention on the stadium scoreboard and gave the Chiefs a 1-0 win in the opener. A.J. Cole outdueled former Nats farmhand Alex Meyer, tossing six shutout innings with five hits, no walks, and three whiffs. It was the first time in three starts that he did not give up a HR. Michael Taylor rounded out the Syracuse hit column with a pair of singles, a walk, and a stolen base in his first game back from DC.

Rochester 2 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Bleier (L, 0-1) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Lively 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 1-2, BB, SB
• Johnson 1-2, 2B

The Redwings dropped a deuce in the 4th inning and stifled the Chiefs in the second game to take the second game, 2-0. Richard Bleier started and was charged with both Rochester runs on six hits and a walk to suffer the loss. Michael Taylor singled, walked, and stole a base but the Syracuse offense was held to just four hits and two walks total.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3 — COMP.
• Self (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• De Los Santos (S, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perez 2-4, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Lisson 3-4, 2R, HR, RBI

In the continuation, Harrisburg scored twice in the 7th to tie and three in the 9th to double up Altoona, 6-3. Derek Self got the win with two scoreless innings as the first reliever out of the ‘pen. Abel De Los Santos tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save. Stephen Perez singled twice, walked once and drove in two while Mario Lisson finished at 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a HR.

Altoona 2 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO
• Espino (L, 0-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Ramsey 2-3, R, SB, OF assist at 2B
• Hague 2-3, 2SB

The Curve took the nightcap, 2-1, on a 5th-inning HR by Sebastian Vale. Paolo Espino pitched all six innings for the Sens, allowing both runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Caleb Ramsey and Ricky Hague combined for four hits and three stolen bases as the Harrisburg offense was limited to six hits and one walk total.
Roster moves: OF Delta Cleary Jr. released; OF Derrick Robinson reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Robert Benincasa placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP James Simmons activated from XST.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 0
• Rauh (W, 2-0) 7IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kieboom 1-3, R, 2BB
• Mesa 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Three Potomac pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of Wilmington, 6-0. Brian Rauh gave up both hits along with a walk while setting down three on strikes over seven innings. Justin Thomas and Cody Davis each turned in a scoreless inning in relief. Spencer Kieboom reached base three times on a single and two walks while Narciso Mesa and Drew Ward both went 2-for-4 as the P-Nats racked up 10 hits and four walks total.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown 3
• Bach 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Mooneyham (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, WP
• Gardner 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Masters 0-2, 2BB, CS

Brett Mooneyham picked up where he left off in 2014, giving up four runs in his second inning of relief as the Shorebirds defeated the Suns, 6-3. Connor Bach started and let in two runs on six hits and a walk over five innings, but left the game with a 3-2 lead. Mooneyham pitched around a walk and a wild pitch in the 6th but gave up a single, double, another walk, and a HR in the 7th for the blown-save-loss. Hagerstown scored three times on just three hits but also drew six walks and stole a base.
Roster moves: OF Wilman Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL; IF Cody Dent activated from XST.

Trea Turner Update
Turner pushed his hit streak to nine games with a single in four trips to the plate in a 3-2 San Antonio loss to Springfield.

Apr 062015
 

Catching Up On Transactions
While others were hitting refresh on the Washington MLB.com 40-man roster yesterday, confirming that the Michael Taylor era has begun (as well as yet another Rizzo-era Arizona draftee making the cut), we were scanning the wires for the latest moves in the minors…

SYRACUSE
• Released C Omir Santos

GCL Nationals
• Released RHP John Costa

DSL Nationals
• LHP Isaias Silfa retired

Admittedly, it’s not much. Santos hadn’t been more than a backup since 2009 and played just 11 games in 2014. Costa was drafted in the 13th round in June 2013 as a TJS gamble that didn’t pan out (yes, it happens). Silfa appeared in one (1) DSL game last summer as a 20-y.o. lefthander and finishes with a career 0.00 ERA (and a 9.00 BB, K, and HBP per 9IP).

Should the Baseball America weekly dispatch include others not listed here, this space will be updated. Otherwise, we await the release of the rosters tomorrow and Wednesday.

Mar 282015
 

So Long
Yesterday, there was another round of cuts in spring training… the big one that usually comes earlier in March, but was most likely delayed this year due to the bevy of injuries. In the latest transaction post from Baseball America today, we learned the following Nationals minor-leaguers have been released:

  • OF Garrett Gordon (Auburn)
  • RHP D.J. Jauss (GCL)
  • RHP Jean Ramirez (GCL)
  • UT Mike McQuillan (Potomac)
  • LHP Brandon Sisk (Offseason pickup)

The closest thing to a surprise was the release of Jean Ramirez, but that’s primarily because of his age (20). This is the flip side to the free-agent signings in the offseason — to make room, some guys are going to be let go, which for most means their days as a pro baseball player are over.

Mar 212015
 

Split Doubleheader
The hometown fans left the park happy today, as the Nats doubled up the Marlins, 4-2 in Viera while the Braves followed the Disney fun mandate with a 5-2 triumph in Orlando.

At Space Coast, the Nats scored all four in the 3rd inning as Wilson Ramos plated two with a one-out single, then Dan Uggla homered to erase an early 1-0 deficit. Jordan Zimmermann went five innings total in his fourth spring start, scattering eight hits while walking none and fanning four.

The Marlins got their final run in the 9th off Rafael Martin, who issued a one-out walk and gave up a two-out double, but was credited with the save.

At Champion Stadium, a 2-0 lead vanished when journeyman reliever Evan Meek allowed the first five runners to reach base in the 4th and three of them came around to score. Taylor Jordan got the start and allowed just a hit and a walk over three innings.

Michael Taylor got the start in CF for the visiting Nats and went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Here’s a rundown of how the notable minor-leaguers fared in Viera:

  • Kevin Keyes subbed for Bryce Harper in RF and was 0-for-1 with a strikeout.
  • Shawn Pleffner followed Ryan Zimmerman at 1B and struck out in his lone at-bat.
  • Chris Bostick took over at 2B from Uggla and singled in the 8th inning.
  • John Wooten subbed for Danny Espinosa at 3B and was 0-for-1.
  • Cutter Dykstra grounded out to first as a pinch-hitter.

And in Orlando:

  • Rafael Bautista followed Taylor in CF and went 0-for-1 with a whiff.
  • Matt Skole was 0-for-1 in relief of Mike Carp at 1B.
  • Tony Renda went 0-for-1 as the sub for 2B Kevin Frandsen.
  • Sandy Leon was 0-for-1 as the replacement for C Jose Lobaton.
  • Drew Vettleson drew a walk as the second RF, following Clint Robinson.

The Nats make their second trip to Lakeland to visit the Tigers, with A.J. Cole getting the start in place of Stephen Strasburg. The game can be heard locally on 1580AM.

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In the latest transaction report from Baseball America, we learned that RHPs Richie Mirowski and Melvi Salazar joined Jeff Kobernus on the list of released players over the past few days. Mirowski was a 45th Rd. pick in 2011 and came into the 2014 season with much promise after a strong AFL campaign in the fall of 2013, but struggled in his second go ’round in AA, posting a 6.23 ERA in 10 appearances before dropping down to Potomac. Salazar, who turned 20 in December, hit the wall in the GCL with 25 baserunners allowed in 15⅓ innings. In 2013, he had been 4-0 with 13 saves and a 0.98 ERA in his second DSL season.