Sep 022013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Buffalo,
2:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.81) vs.
Weber (7-5, 2.71)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Gilliam (3-6, 4.64) vs.
Gloor (9-7, 3.87)
Potomac Winning, 4-3
(Susp., 6th)
@ Frederick,
12:30 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Mooneyham (0-2, 10.13) vs.
Berry (10-7, 3.82)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3
(5½ inn.)
@ Kannapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.81) vs.
Bucciferro (3-5, 2.59)
Auburn Won, 10-0 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Selsor (0-5, 4.17) vs.
Sulser (2-2, 2.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-2 END OF SEASON N/A



Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4
• Tatusko (L, 5-8) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Lowe 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Brown 2-4, R
• Kobernus 1-2, R, 2BB, 3SB

The Bison scored twice on sacrifice flies in the 5th to take a 4-2 lead and held off the Chiefs for a 5-4 win. Ryan Tatusko took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings. Every Syracuse batter hit safely for a total of 10 hits, with Corey Brown the sole Chief to have multiple safeties. Jeff Kobernus reached base three times on a single and two walks and stole three bases to break the 40-steal mark for the third consecutive season.
Roster moves: LHP Ian Krol, RHP Erik Davis recalled to Washington; C Sam Palace activated from the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 3
• Treinen 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Grace (L, 6-3) 3BF, 1H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Holland 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rivero 1-3, R, HR, RBI

The Squirrels went nuts against the Sens ‘pen in the 6th, scoring five times to break a 1-1 tie as Richmond handed Harrisburg a 7-3 defeat. Matt Grace took the loss, unable to retire any of three three batters he faced while Neil Holland let in both inherited runners and two of his own in the innings. Billy Burns walked and stole two bases and came in on a groundout for the first Harrisburg run while Carlos Rivero and Steve Souza Jr. hit solo shots in the 8th and 9th innings to account for the Harrisburg runs. Blake Treinen pitched five innings of one-hit ball, giving up a leadoff homerun then setting down 15 of the next 16 batters (seven on strikes) but got the no-decision. Erie and Bowie were rained out, thus the Sens’ magic number to clinch the division remains at one.
Roster moves: C Sandy Leon recalled to Washington; C Jeff Howell reassigned from Syracuse

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 — SUSP.
• Demny 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K

Play was called with the P-Nats leading the Keys 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th. The game will be resumed this afternoon followed by the regularly scheduled, nine-inning game. Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from TIL; C Cole Leonida placed on the DL

Kannapolis 5 Hagerstown 3 (5½ inn., rain)
• Encarnacion (L, 10-9) 5IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 8K
• Norfork 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Severino 2-2

Rain ended this one after five and a 1/2 with the Intimidators overtaking the Suns with a two-run fourth for a 5-3 win. Kannapolis struck first with three in the bottom of the 2nd while Hagerstown tied it in the 4th on a two-run double by Khayyan Norfork and an error. The Suns got sloppy in the bottom half of the frame, with a dropped third strike with two outs extending the inning and an error on a bunt single to the next batter setting up a two-run single. Pedro Encarnacion gave up all five runs (four earned) on ten hits for his ninth loss. He walked none and struck out eight. Hagerstown had four hits in six “ups” with Pedro Severino collecting two of them while going 2-for-2. The loss combined with a doubleheader sweep by West Virginia gave the Power the second half Sally North division title.

Auburn 10 State College 0
• Orlan 4IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Cooper (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Lippincott 2-3, 2R, 2BB
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Foat 1-5, 2R, HR, 5RBI

Four Auburn pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout while the offense exploded twice for big innings for a 10-0 win. R.C. Orlan turned in four innings of one-hit ball, walking three and striking out five in his final start. Andrew Cooper got the win as the first man out of the ‘pen, retiring six of seven batters faced (hitting the other) with three strikeouts. Bryan Lippincott reached base four times with two singles and two walks to lead the 13-hit attack, which included a three-run shot by James Yezzo in the four-run 4th and a grand slam by Matt Foat in the six-run 8th.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Red Sox 2
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 7K, HBP
• Sylvestri 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• R. Encarnacion 1-3, 2R, 2BB, RBI
• Gordon 2-4, R, RBI

The G-Nats did precisely what you’d expect a team that went 49-9 in the regular season to do: Win the league championship.

Aug 302013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Mandel (3-9, 4.78) vs.
Buchholz (MLB rehab)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.91) vs.
Escobar (5-3, 2.59)
Potomac Lost, 6-1 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Schwartz (11-4, 2.56) vs.
Recchia (1-0, 5.23)
Hagerstown Won, 14-1 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (4-3, 4.53) vs.
Montas (5-10, 5.33)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 540) vs.
Hamrick (2-5, 3.55)
GCL Nationals Canceled vs. GCL Pirates,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 8-8) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Crotta 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 2-4
• Watts 1-3, 2B, BB

Pawtucket got to Yunesky Maya for two runs in the 1st while the Syracuse bats were stifled all night for a 2-0 shutout loss. The 32-y.o. Cuban gave up back-to-back-to-back singles to open the game, then two more singles over the next five frames for a quality start but his eighth loss. He walked one and struck out nine. Syracuse managed just six hits and four walks with Josh Johnson the sole multihit Chief and Chris Marrero drawing two of the four bases on balls.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 1
• Hill 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Goodwin 1-4, R
• Bloxom 1-4, RBI

Ricky Hague was ruled to have interfered an would-be fielder’s choice to end the game on a double play as the Senators fell to Altoona, 4-1. Roughly a half hour later, the Senators learned they had clinched a playoff spot with Richmond’s 9-8 loss to Reading. Taylor Hill gave up two solo shots and three runs total on six hits and a walk over seven innings, but lost for the 7th time at AA. Harrisburg was held to just four hits, three of which came in the 9th as did the sole walk (Hague).

Winston-Salem 6 Potomac 1
• Solis (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Dupra 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Manuel 3-4
• Ramsey 1-3, BB

The Dash pounded the P-Nats yet again at BB&T park, 6-1. Sammy Solis gave up all six on nine hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds for his first loss. Brian Dupra let in one of three and combined with Travis Henke for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief but the Potomac bats were largely silent. Craig Manuel had three of the six P-Nats hits in his High-A debut. Adrian Sanchez drove in the lone Potomac run with a sacrifice fly in the 5th.
Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra placed on Temporary Inactive List; C Craig Manuel reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 14 Lakewood 1
• Voth (W, 1-0) 6IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Self (H, 3) 2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Piwinica-Worms 3-6, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, HR, 5RBI
• Perrott 2-2, R, 2RBI

The Lakewood relievers were among the folks that got hammered at the Muni on Thursday night, giving up 12 unanswered runs in 14-1 Hagerstown win. The Blue Claws pitchers were lit up for 13 hits when they could find the plate, as they also issued 12 walks. Austin Voth got the win with six innings of one-run, two-hit pitching with just a walk allowed and five strikeouts while Derek Self and Cody Davis combined for three shutout innings and six strikeout to finish the game. Will Piwinica-Worms led the hit column with a 3-for-6 night while Stephen Perez drove in five on a 2-for-5 effort, including a three-run HR in the six-run 8th inning.
Roster move: C Geoffrey Perrott reassigned from the GCL.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Pivetta 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Mudron (L, 0-3) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, R, 2B
• Masters 1-3, RBI

Mahoning Valley edge Auburn in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel. Starter Nick Pivetta gave up one run on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three but got the no-decision. Mike Mudron took the loss, the gamewinner coming in on a passed ball in the 7th. Jean Carlos Valdez doubled in the second and scored on a Dave Masters two-out single as the Doubledays were held to five hits and one walk.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain denied the G-Nats the chance for 50 wins, but cemented the record for best winning percentage in any domestic league at .845 (the 1992 DSL Blue Jays went 68-2). The playoffs begin today with the G-Nats hosting the G-Pirates, with the winner advancing to the Finals against the winner of the G-Yankees2 and G-Red Sox.

Aug 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.91) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (2-6, 2.59) vs.
Sadler (10-7, 3.41)
Potomac Won, 8-7 (11 inn.);
Lost, 5-0
@ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Solis (2-0, 2.72) vs.
Ortiz (0-3, 8.06)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 5.79) vs.
Prosinski (2-1, 3.06)
Auburn Won, 2-0; Lost, 3-0 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m. (DH)
Pivetta (0-1, 5.56) vs.
Mathews (0-2, 2.87)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Lowe (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Espinosa 3-5, R, SB
• Walters 2-4, RBI

Pawtucket got to starter Danny Rosenbaum early to tske a 4-1 lead after two. The Xavier product settled down to go six innings, allowing four hits total and two walks while fanning six. The Chiefs rallied for three in the 7th, capped by a two-run single by Josh Johnson to take Rosenbaum off the hook. Alas, a solor HR served up by Mark Lowe in the bottom of the 8th proved to be the gamewinner as the PawSox took the game, 5-4.

Harrisburg 2 Altoona 0
• Cole (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 7K
• Grace (H, 4) 1+IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Burns 2-4, R, 2SB
• Jeroloman 1-3

The Senators reduced their magic number to one with 2-0 shutout of the Curve. A.J. Cole threw seven scorelss inning and struck out sewven to win his fourth game. He walked two and allowed four hits. Three relievers combined for the two innings of relief, with Tyler Herron getting his fourth save. Billy Burns once again wreaked havoc on the basepaths, going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases as Harriburg was otherwise held to just four hits total. Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg activated from the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Aaron Barrett placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 7 (11 inn.) — COMP.
• Schwartz 3⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Rauh (BS, 1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holt (W, 5-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-5, 3R, 2HR, BB, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI

Kevin Keyes’s 2nd HR of the game in the 11th gave the P-Nats the 8-7 win and cinched the 2nd half title. Greg Holt got the win in relief of starter Blake Schwartz, who went three and 2/3rds and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk when the game was first played on July 11th. Brian Rauh was the de facto starter when the game resumed last night but fell victim to a three-run HR by Dash catcher Kevan Smith, which tied the game at 7-7 in the 7th. Keyes, Adrian, Nieto, and Michael Taylor combined for six of the 12 Potomac hits and five RBI while scoring five times.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 0 — GAME TWO
• Mooneyham (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Wort 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Keyes 2-3
• Oduber 1-2, SB

Brett Mooneyham’s second High-A start went better than the first, but he still took the loss as the Dash shut out the P-Nats, 5-0. The 23-y.o. southpaw gave up all five Winston-Salem runs on four hits and three walks while getting three K’s. Potomac was held to five hits, with Kevin Keyes going 2-for-3 to lead the way.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 0
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Harper (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 2-3, 2R
• Ramos 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Dakota Bacus walked four, but worked around them with six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his Nats debut, 4-2. Hagerstown twice put up crooked numbers in support of the “White Ninja,” as Shawn Pleffner and “Help Me” Wander Ramos connected for RBI singles in the 1st. Tony Renda (2-for-3) led off the 5th with a single and came in on a Ramos double while Mike McQuillan drove in Ramos with a single. Bryan Harper closed out the game with a scoreless 9th for the save.

Auburn 2 weqBatavia 0 — GAME ONE
• Giolito 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Grisz (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Foat 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Gunter 1-3, RBI

Lucas Giolito appears to have found his stride, turning in another five scoreless innings in a 2-0 Auburn shutout of Batavia. The 19-y.o. gave up four hits and walked one while striking out five. The Doubledays, however, didn’t score until the bottom of the 6th, when back-to-back-to-back singles by James Yezzo, Matt Foat, and Cody Gunter with one out plated two. Ben Grisz got the win, pitching the 6th and 7th innings with one hit and one strikeout. Folks interested in seeing some video on Giolito (hey, that rhymes!) should visit Auburn Citizen beat writer Jeremy Houghtaling’s YouTube collection.

Batavia 3 Auburn 0 — GAME TWO
• Selsor (L, 0-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Medina 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Yezzo 1-3, 3B
• Mastes 1-2

The Muckdogs put up runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th while returning the shutout favor with a 3-0 win over the Doubledays in the nightcap. Casey Selsor lost for the fifth time, allowing all three Batavia runs on six hits and no walks while setting down three on strikes. The Auburn offense was limited to just four hits and no walks, with James Yezzo the sole Doubleday to get past first base as he tripled with one out in the 4th and watched as the next two batters failed to send him home.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 0
• Young 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ott (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Derosier (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R
• Abreu 3-4, 2-2B

The G-Nats got win #49 with a 4-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Seven pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout with Chris Young starting and going two innings, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out two. Travis Ott was awarded the win by retiring all four batters he faced, following Young. Matt Derosier earned the save with a perfect innings in the 8th and 9th. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Osvaldo Abreu both went 3-for-4 as the G-Nats pounded out 12 hits total.

Aug 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.78) vs.
Haeger (4-4, 4.86)
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-2, 2.58) vs.
Miller (1-4, 4.07)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Winston-Salem,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Rauh (4-1, 3.81) and Mooneyham (0-1, 18.00)
vs. Marin (5-5, 4.62) Jaye (8-6, 4.36)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (Sally Lg. debut) vs.
Oviedo (1-3, 5.57) vs.
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Giolito (1-0, 0.00) and Selsor (0-4, 4.00) vs.
German (1-3, 2.40) and Effertz (1-0, 3.60)
GCL Nationals Canceled (Rain) vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Tatusko (L, 5-7) 5IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 4K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 3-5, R
• Rahl 2-4, 2B
• Johnson 2-4, 2B

Rochester dropped a five-spot on a sloppy Syracuse in the 1st and cruised to a 6-3 win that ended any chance of a .500 finish. Starter Ryan Tatusko gave up all six Red Wings runs, walking three and giving up five hits for his seventh loss. The Chiefs racked up 13 hits but dropped the transmission with just a 1-for-11 mark in the clutch. Eury Perez led the hit column with three singles while Chris Rahl and and Josh Johnson both singled and doubled while going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington; LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 3
• Treinen 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Grace (W, 6-2) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 4-5, 3R, 2B, 2SB
• Souza 4-5, 3RBI
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI

Steve Souza Jr. continues to spark the Sens offense, delivering a two-run single in the 6th in a 6-3 win over the Curve. The 24-y.o. has gone 11-for-20 with seven RBI in five games since his activation, including 4-for-5 with 3RBI last night. Blake Treinen returned to the rotation and went four and 2/3rds, giving two runs on a 4th-inning HR and four hits total while walking none and whiffing six. Matt Grace got the win as the pitcher of record by retiring the final batter of the 6th as Harrisburg used five relievers to close out the game.
Roster moves: RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; RHP Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL

Potomac — OFF DAY
Lynchburg didn’t cooperate last night, defeating Frederick 11-0 to keep Potomac’s magic number to clinch both halves at one. The P-Nats and the Dash play a de facto doubleheader tonight in Winston-Salem with a continuation of the July 11 contest that was suspended at 4-4 in the 4th. Winston-Salem has won eight in a row, but is on the verge of elimination from the playoffs thanks to a similar surge by Salem (five in a row) and spiral by Myrtle Beach (six in a row). The Red Sox’s magic number is down to three to win the second half and could clinch tonight with a doubleheader sweep and a Pelicans loss.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 5
• Encarnacion (L, 10-8) 6IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Meza 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramos 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Pleffner 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B

Lakewood put up three in the 1st and two in the 4th to build a 5-0 lead. The single run scored in the 8th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown rallied from 5-0 and 6-2 down but fell short, 6-5. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss, giving up the first five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over six innings. The Nos. 2-4 batters — Tony Renda, Shawn Pleffner, “Help Me” Wander Ramos — combined for six hits, five runs, and three RBI but also committed three of the four errors on the night.
Roster moves: LHP Nick Lee, OF Narciso Mesa placed on the 7-Day DL (corresponding moves for additions of RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou).

Batavia 9 Auburn 3
• Orlan (L, 1-5) 3IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bafidis 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Reistetter 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
• W. Rodriguez two OF assists (HP, 3B)

The Muckdogs scored in four straight innings to erase an early 1-0 Doubledays lead as Batavia tripled up Auburn, 9-3. R.C. Orlan lost for the fifth time, peppered for seven hits and two runs over three innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Auburn was held to just five hits with Matt Reistetter’s solo HR in the 1st and Cody Gunter’s two-run triple in the 5th accounting for the three Doubledays runs. Roster move: RHP Elliott Waterman reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals — CNCLD
Rain spared the G-Marlins one last beating by the G-Nats or one last chance for pride, depending on your point of view.
Roster move: RHP Chris Young assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

Aug 262013
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Auburn Doubledays announced today that OF Isaac Ballou has been promoted to Hagerstown.

Ballou had been hitting .294/.405/.398 with two HRs, 20RBIs, and eight SBs while playing in 59 of 65 games for the Doubledays. Three weeks ago, Ballou was named the New York-Penn League Batter of the Week.

He’s the third position player to get the bump this month, following Brandon Miller and Billy Burns’s shuffle from Hagerstown to Potomac and Potomac to Harrisburg, respectively.

Corresponding moves have not yet been announced for either Auburn or Hagerstown. As always if/when that occurs within a reasonable period of time, this space will be updated.

Aug 252013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Charlotte,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (3-8, 4.78) vs.
Berken (10-12, 4.10)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 vs. Erie,
2:00 p.m.
Ray (4-2, 3.86) vs.
Crouse (8-10, 4.63)
Potomac Lost, 1-0 (10 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Purke (3-3, 4.94) vs.
Davis (0-0, 2.70)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Greensboro,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (6-5, 3.88) vs.
James (2-6, 6.14)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-4, 6.38) vs.
Herget (5-0, 2.34)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-0 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A



Charlotte 5 Syracuse 4
• Maya 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Krol (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Syracuse’s five-game winning streak ground to a halt with Charlotte’s four-run 7th as the Knights edged the Chiefs, 5-4. Ian Krol took the loss, letting in two runners and giving two of his own as he retired just one of four batters faced. Yunesky Maya got the no-decision, charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks over six and a 1/3rd innings while striking out six. Chris Rahl singled and homered as Syracuse scored four times on four hits and seven walks.

Harrisburg 8 Erie 2
• Swynenberg 4⅔ IP, 6H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Perry (W, 2-5) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Nicol 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Burns 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Souza 2-5, 2B, RBI, OF assist at HP

Sean Nicol’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run 6th as Harrisburg snapped a three-game skid and sliced Erie’s lead to a half-game with an 8-2 win. Matt Swynenberg was one out shy of getting the win which went to Ryan Perry for stranding two in the 5th, albeit on an outfield kill by Steve Souza Jr., and working around a single and a pair of two-out walks in the 6th. Nicol, Souza, and Billy Burns each had multiple hits and combined to score four runs and drive in four.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 0 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 9IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Benincasa (L, 0-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Dykstra 1-5, 2B
• Soriano 1-4

Potomac was no-hit for eight innings before Cutter Dykstra greeted Wilmington reliever Andrew Edwards with a leadoff double off the CF wall. With the score being 0-0 (read: not “scoreless”), Potomac had the chance to win a 1-0 game with a run in the bottom of the ninth for the first time since June 21, 2009. After a sacrifice sent Dykstra to third, the Blue Rocks intentionally walked the next two batters. A Kevin Keyes whiff and a Justin Miller groundout ended the inning. Robert Benincasa took over for Blake Schwartz in the top of the 10th and lost for the fourth time with a pair of one-out singles and sacrifice fly. Francisco Soriano got the second P-Nats hit with two outs in the bottom of the 10th but went no further as Dykstra grounded out to end it for Potomac’s fourth straight loss.

Hagerstown 5 Greensboro 1
• Lee (W, 6-4) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Dickson (SV, 2) 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• McQuillan 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, 2B

Hagerstown rallied for three in the 7th to break open a 2-0 game as they evened the series with Greensboro with a 5-1 win. Nick Lee won his sixth game with five shutout innings, though he walked four and struck out just two. Ian Dickson finished the game, scattering six hits and giving up a run in the 9th for his second save. Mike McQuillan reached base three times with a walks and two singles to lead the Suns attack of eight hits and five walks.

State College 7 Auburn 0
• Ullmann 6IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mudron 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 5BB, K, 2WP
• Ballou 1-4, 2B
• Zebrack 0-3, ⅔IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-1 IR-S

The wheels came off the bus in the bottom of the 8th as State College scored all seven runs in their final “ups” in a 7-0 shutout of the Doubledays. Starter Ryan Ullmann pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and a walk while fanning two. Mike Mudron coughed up seven runs in the fateful frame, walking four (one intentionally) while getting just one of ten batters out. CF Greg Zebrack got the final two outs while stranding two of three inherited runners. The Doubledays were held to just three hits and three walks while striking out 12 times on offense.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Mets 0
• Silvestre (W, 7-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• P. Valdez (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walsh (SV, 8) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bautista 2-4
• Guzman 1-3, R, 2B

Three wild pitches scored both G-Nats runs while three G-Nats pitchers combined on a four-hit, no-walk shutout for a 2-0 win over the G-Mets. Hector Silvestre improved to 7-0 with five scoreless innings, with three hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. Wilmer Difo singled, stole second, and came in on G-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez’s 2nd and 3rd wild pitches in the 4th. An inning later, Luis Guzman doubled, and came in on Nuez’s 4th and 5th wild pitches. Philips Valdez and Jake Walsh each put up two zeros on the visitor’s scoreboard to earn the hold (2nd) and save (8th) respectively.
Roster move: C Geoffrey Perrott (17th-round pick out of Rice Univ.) assigned from Washington.

DSL Cardinals 4 DSL Nationals 2
• Morales 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Feliz (L, 4-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ortiz 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Tillero 2-4, RBI

After twice rallying from one-run deficits, the D-Nats gave up a two in the 9th to fall 4-2 to the D-Cards in the season finale. John Feliz took the loss, allowing a pair of singles and a triple in the final frame. Starter Jose Morales went the first four innings, letting in an unearned run on two hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Oliver Ortiz scored both D-Nats runs, walking twice while going 1-for-2 with a double as the D-Nats were held to just five hits. The D-Nats finished the 2013 season at 38-31, a ½ game better than the 2012 edition but in fourth place instead of third in the Boca Chica South.

Aug 242013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-1 vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (8-7, 3.90) vs.
Johnson (3-1, 1.59)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-5 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-0, 3.39) vs.
Perez (1-0, 6.75)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 (11 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (11-4, 2.76) vs.
Selman (10-9, 3.77)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-1 vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (5-4, 4.19) vs.
Brice (8-9, 5.52)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-2, 6.66) vs.
Reed (3-2, 2.36)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
P. Valdez (3-0, 2.17) vs.
Church (2-3, 6.43)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 8 Charlotte 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 7-10) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2BB, RBI, CS
• Brown 3-5, R, RBI
• Watts 2-4, 2-2B, 2RBI

Danny Rosenbaum snapped a three-game losing streak while Syracuse extended its win streak to five with an 8-1 decision over Charlotte. The 25-y.o. southpaw allowed one run on six hits and three walks while striking out four for his seventh win. He watched from the dugout as the offense exploded for seven runs over their last three “ups” and three relievers turned in a scoreless inning each. Jeff Kobernus reached base four times on two doubles and two walks as the Chiefs pounded out 13 hits for the second straight game.
Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno, C Jhonatan Solano recalled to Washington; C Jeff Howell activated, reassigned from Harrisburg.

Erie 9 Harrisburg 5
• Hill 5+ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Grace (L, 5-2) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Souza 2-4, R, 2SB
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Nicol 2-4, R

The offense got the boost it’s been missing with the return of Steve Souza Jr., but the pitchers couldn’t stand the prosperity of a 5-1 lead. Erie rallied for four in the 6th to tie, then four more in the 9th to win it, 9-5. Starter Taylor Hill was roughed up for five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk in five-plus innings, letting the first six batters reach base in the 6th, and leaving with the bases loaded and a 5-4 lead. Tyler Herron couldn’t strand all three for the blown save. Souza, Justin Bloxom, and Sean Nicol each went 2-for-4 as the Senators notched nine hits total, though just one after the game was tied. Matt Grace took the loss, giving up the second four-spot on four hits in the 9th. Roster moves: OF Steven Souza Jr. activated from the 7-Day DL; IF Jose Lozada placed on the 7-day DL.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 2 (11 inn.)
• Solis 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramsey 3-5, OF assists at 1B, 3B, E
• Sanchez 2-5, R

Potomac remains flat as they were swept at the Pfitz for the first time this season with a 3-2 loss to Winston-Salem in 11 innings. Sammy Solis got the start and went five innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks while striking out three. He was in line for the win thanks in large part to the Dash defense giving away two in the 2nd on a passed ball and double steal attempt that saw the run score before the third out was made. The P-Nats returned the favor with an unearned run in the 8th, “thanks” to a passed ball with one out that moved up two runners into scoring position and a dropped flyball that sent in the equalizer. The Dash won it in the 11th with single and a double with one out off Brian Dupra, the fourth Potomac reliever of the night. Caleb Ramsey led the offense with a 3-for-5 game and cut down two runners but committed the critical error in the 8th.

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 1
• Johansen (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Self 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 2-3, BB
• Ramos 2-4, RBI

Jake Johansen became the latest promoted pitcher to learn there’s a difference between the levels as Greensboro schooled him for five runs in a 9-1 win over Hagerstown. The Nats’ top draft pick went four and 2/3rds innings, walked two, struck out three, but gave up six hits including a two-run shot in the 4th. The Grasshoppers scored in three of the five innings he began. Offensively, the Suns were held to five hits, with two singles apiece coming off the bats of Mike McQuillan and “Help Me” Wander Ramos and a double from Will Piwinica-Worms. Roster move: RHP Dakota Bacus assigned from Washington.

State College 9 Auburn 3
• Simms (L, 0-2) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Napoli 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Lippincott 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Foat 1-3, BB

State College scored in five consecutive innings, building a 6-0 lead before Auburn answered and pranced to a 9-3 win. John Simms lost his first career start, giving up two runs on six hits, walking none, setting down one on strikes. Silvio Medina became the latest victim of the GBI curse, letting in two inherited runners and four of his own over two and a 1/3rd innings. Bryan Lippincott drove in all three Doubleday runs, breaking up the shutout with solo home run in the 7th and plating two in the 8th with a single.

GCL Mets 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Waterman 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Mejia 2-4, R
• Gordon 1-3, R, OF assist at 3B

The G-Nats latest win streak came to an end with a soul-crushing 4-3 loss to the G-Mets. DSL callup Luis Reyes made his first stateside start but was roughed up for three runs on four hits, including a two-run homer in the 4th. The 18-y.o. Venezuelan walked two and struck out one. The G-Nats rallied for two in the 9th and had the tying run at second with one out, but couldn’t push across the equalizer as Hayden Jennings whiffed and Rafael Bautista tapped back to the mound. Bryan Mejia led the G-Nats offense with a 2-for-4 game, including a 9th-inning single and run.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 2
• Sanchez (L, 2-3) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Pena 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Alvarez 3-4, RBI
• Corredor 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

The D-Cards erupted for three in the 7th to break open a 2-1 game and went on to defeat the D-Nats 5-2. Starter Mario Sanchez turned in a quality start of two runs allowed on six hits and a walk with six K’s, but took his third loss. The offense was limited to four hits by two players: leadoff man Aldrem Corredor, who went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and no. 2 batter Thomas Alvarez, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Aug 232013
 

Early this morning, the Nationals traded C Kurt Suzuki back to the Athletics for a pitching prospect. Multiple online sources are reporting that prospect is RHP Dakota Bacus.

Dakota BacusBacus was the 9th-round pick for Oakland in the 2012 draft out of Indiana State University where he had posted a 7-4 record in 17 appearances (16 starts) with pitcher’s line of 2.70/3.17/1.16 after transferring from Southeastern C.C. (Iowa). He set the ISU single-season record in 2012 for innings pitched, including three complete games.

The 22-year-old Illinoisan went 3-0 with 7 saves in 30 innings last summer in the Arizona League. This season he’s gone 9-5 with a 3.56/3.42/1.34 line for the Low-A Beloit Snappers.

Scouting reports, as you might imagine, are sparse. In his 2013 Prospect Book, John Sickels cited Bacus’s “exceptional command of a low-90s fastball, slider, and changeup” but was hesitant to give him more than a Grade C due to his age and level of competition. Sickels also noted Bacus has enough of an arsenal to start but (the usual caveat) could move up the ladder faster as a reliever.

No word yet, obviously, as to if, when and/or where he’ll appear for the Nationals farm, though the most likely destination would be Hagerstown.

Aug 222013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Charlotte,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (5-6, 3.75) vs.
McCully (2-3, 6.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (3-1, 2.23) vs.
Garcia (0-4, 5.59)
Potomac Lost, 3-1 (5 inn.) vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (High-A debut) vs.
Jaye (7-6, 4.66)
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (Low-A debut) vs.
Oviedo (1-3, 5.60)
Auburn Won, 7-0;
Lost, 1-0 (8 inn.)
@ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (0-1, 4.91) vs.
German (1-3, 2.88)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.57) vs.
Perez (1-4, 3.09)
DSL Nationals Won, 12-1 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse — OFF DAY
Syracuse’s eight-game homestand resumes after an off day yesterday with four against Charlotte. The Chiefs are riding a three-game win streak and are now just one game out of the I.L. North cellar.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 3
• Gilliam 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Holland (L, 1-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Burns 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2SB
• Goodwin 1-2, R, 2B, 3BB

Jarrett Parker took Neil Holland deep for a two-out solo HR in the bottom of the 9th to give Richmond a 4-3 walkoff win over Harrisburg. The win prevented a sweep and put the distance between the first-place Sens and third-place Squirrels at three games with a four-games series left to play on Labor Day weekend. Rob Gilliam got the start but lasted just four innings, coughing up three runs on a walk and five hits, including a two-run HR. Tablesetters Billy Burns and Brian Goodwin both doubled and scored a run, combining for five walks, but the rest of the lineup managed just four hits and two walks.

Winston-Salem 3 Potomac 1
• Demny (L, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• B. Miller 1-2, R, 3B
• Gilmartin 1-1, BB

Two streaks ended Last Night In Woodbridge
Roster move: LHP Brett Mooneyham promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3
• Encarnacion 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Thomas (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Piwinica-Worms 2-3, R, RBI
• McQuillan 2-4, 2RBI

Back-to-back doubles by Khayyan Norfork and Stephen Perez plated the gamewinner in the 9th as Hagerstown edged Lakewood, 4-3. The rally made a winner out of Justin Thomas, who struck out five of eight batters faced in the 8th and 9th innings. Starter Pedro Encarnacion gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while fanning four in a no-decision. Will Piwinica-Worms came off the bench to go 2-for-3 and an RBI while Mike McQuillan went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Suns offense.
Roster move: RHP Jake Johansen promoted from Auburn.

Auburn 7 Batavia 0 — GAME ONE
• Giolito (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mudron 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Reistetter 2-3, R, BB
• Lippincott 2-4, 2R, RBI, SB

Batavia 1 Auburn 0 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Selsor 4⅔ IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hollins (L, 1-4) 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lippincott 2-3
• Ramirez 1-3

Lucas Giolito won his NYPL debut with five solid innings but the Doubledays dropped the nightcap in “extra” innings. Auburn Citizen beat writer Jeremy Houghtaling has the story.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Cardinals 3
• K. Rodriguez 3IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Williams (W, 2-1) 4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 3K
• Jennings 4-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Mejia 2-4, R, BB, SB

The G-Nats won #45 by a 5-3 count over the G-Cards and never trailed. Kelvin Rodriguez got the start, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Deion Williams got the win in relief, tossing four innings of one-run ball with two hits and three walks allowed while striking out three. Hayden Jennings went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the hit column for the G-Nats.
Roster move: LHP Jake Walsh reassigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Orioles2 1
• J. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Torres (W, 1-3) 4IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Corredor 2-3, 3R, 3BB, RBI
• Ortiz 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

An eight-run 7th broke open a 4-1 game as the D-Nats leveled the D-Orioles2, 12-1. Leadoff man Aldrem Corredor singled twice, scored three times, and walked three times while 17-y.o. Oliver Ortiz was a homer shy of the cycle as the D-Nats notched 13 hits total for the game. Jean Ramirez started but went just one Nuke LaLoosh inning with no hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Luis Torres got the win in relief, giving up the lone D-Orioles2 run on five hits. He walked none and struck out five.

Aug 212013
 

RippleAfter three summers of people complaining about Nationals being too slow to promote… this summer, those people can shut the trunk up.

As noted earlier this season, the increased movement has made it harder to call true promotions versus need-based fill-ins. Thus, you’re seeing verbs “assign” or “reassign,” which are a bit more benign, but also enables me to avoid using word “demoted” for when a player is returned (e.g. Taylor Hill).

My personal guideline has been to avoid calling any movement between the short-season leagues a promotion, but Lucas Giolito is an obvious exception. Likewise for Austin Voth and Jake Johansen, as all three are top draft picks and their transfers from the GCL to Auburn and Auburn to Hagerstown are difficult to characterize as anything but.

The roster moves for Giolito and Voth have been officially announced, with Giolito scheduled to make his New York-Penn League debut (on the road, natch) tonight. Auburn Citizen beat reporter Jeremy Houghtaling (@CitizenHough for those of you on “the Twitters”) says he’ll make the trip to Batavia, so we’ll have at least one independent account.

Voth appears to be slated to start tomorrow, weather permitting, as will Brett Mooneyham for Potomac, with the younger Pac-12 pitcher taking the place of the elder, who’s reportedly on his way to Potomac according to MASN’s Byron Kerr.

The moves for Johansen and Mooneyham have not been officially announced, but the speculation here is that Paul Demny will be placed on the Potomac DL to make room for Mooneyham (and take his place in the rotation) and similar move will be made for Hagerstown (more likely a reliever with Ian Dickson going to the ‘pen).

UPDATE: Auburn has officially announced the promotion of Johansen to Hagerstown. The Suns, in turn, have announced the promotion of Mooneyham to Potomac while LHP Jake Walsh has been reassigned to the GCL to accommodate the transfers of both Johansen and Voth. A corresponding move for Potomac has not yet been announced.