May 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (4-2, 4.54) vs.
Workman (3-1, 5.12)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Vasquez (0-3, 4.60)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
TBD Pena (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Mercedes (1-4, 4.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-3, 1.82) vs.
Balog (3-3, 3.38)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Tatusko (W, 2-5) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hood 3-3, 2R, BB
• Laird 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Ryan Tatusko got plenty of support on both offense and defense while Syracuse won its third straight, 6-1 over Pawtucket. The Chiefs scored in each of the first four innings, with Brock Peterson homering in the 1st to open the scoring and Steve Souza homering in the 4th to close the six-run binge. Tatusko was peppered for eight hits over six innings, but with the help of four double plays, just one run came around to score. He walked one and struck out three to earn his second win of the season. Destin Hood and Brandon Laird combined for six hits and three runs scored to lead the Chiefs’ 11-hit parade (though they did strike out 12 times).

Harrisburg 6 Trenton 4
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Martin (W, 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 1-2, BB, 3RBI, CS, SF
• Taylor 1-4, R, 3K, SB

A five-run 9th flipped the script for Harrisburg as they both scored late and won the ballgame 6-4 to earn a split of the four-game series against Trenton. It was the first time the Senators had come back in 27 games trailing in the 9th. Harrisburg ace A.J. Cole pitched a shutout into the 6th but gave up four unearned runs when a possible inning-ending double-play ball with the bases loaded was thrown away to let in two then a two-out double plated two more. Cole finished with five hits and two walks allowed with five strikeouts over five and 2/3rds. The Senators sent 11 men to the plate in the final frame, drawing four walks and connecting for four of their six hits on the night, with Cutter Dykstra’s two-run, two-out single providing the final margin of victory. Rafael Martin got the win in relief with a strikeout to end the 6th, then silenced the Thunder — save for one hit — for two more innings. Tyler Herron also gave up a hit in the 9th but got the final three outs for the save. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Potomac.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 4
• Simms (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Harper 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Severino 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB, HBP
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Hillcats scratched out four runs in the 3rd added single runs in the 7th and 9th innings to down the P-Nats 6-4 and take the series, 3-2. John Simms took the loss, his second in five starts, with four runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings with four strikeouts. Four of the eight Potomac hits went for extra bases, withe Pedro Severino the sole P-Nat to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI. Rehabbing Adam LaRoche went 0-for-2 with two flyouts at the plate and two putouts in the field.
Roster moves: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Harrisburg, 1B Adam LaRoche assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Asheville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Silvestre (L, 1-1) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Cooper 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Manuel 1-4, R, HR
• Lopez 1-3, 2B

Making his second spot start in place of the “not injured” Lucas Giolito, Hector Silvestre hit the wall in the 6th, giving up five runs in the frame, including a grand slam off the bat of Asheville’s Correlle Prime, as the Tourists trampled the Suns, 7-1. Silvestre was charged with six runs total on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Hagerstown was limited to three hits total with Craig Manuel spoiling 19-y.o. Antonio Senzatela’s complete-game shutout bid with a two-out HR in the 9th. Wilmer Difo singled in the 6th while Carlos Lopez doubled in the 2nd to account for other two Suns hits.

May 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-5, 2.31) vs.
Barnes (1-1, 2.89)
Harrisburg Won, 9-0 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.25) vs.
Ruth (0-0, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2; Lost, 3-2 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Sims (4-3, 4.07)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 1.19) vs.
Senzatela (4-1, 4.32)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
After their lone scheduled day off in May, the Chiefs continue an eight-game homestand with four against the PawSox. The Chiefs are currently in last place in the I.L. North, but trail the first-place Bison by just a game and a half.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington, RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 9 Trenton 0
• Espino (W, 1-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Tylor 3-5, 3R, HR, RBI, 2SB
• Martinson 2-4, 2HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Three Harrisburg pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 win over Trenton to break a three-game losing streak. Paolo Espino (6IP), Neil Holland (2IP), and Tyler Herron (1IP), each gave up a hit and combined for two walks and five strikeouts for Espino’s first win of 2014. Jason Martinson (2-for-4) went deep twice and Michael Taylor (3-for-5) once while Matt Skole reached base three times with two singles and a walk, one of seven the Thunder pitchers issued as the Senators scored nine times on just eight hits.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Solis (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (SV, 8) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Renda 2-3, R, SB
• Tejeda 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI

Sammy Solis continued his rehab tour Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (L, 1-3) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-2, BB, SB

Both teams got to the starters in the second game, with Lynchburg putting up three in the top half and Potomac answering with two in the bottom half. Neither team would score again as the Hillcats returned the favor with a 3-2 win of their own to split the doubleheader. Ian Dickson went six innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six but took the loss. Will Piwnica-Worms was the sole P-Nat to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-3 night, though Stephen Perez also reached base twice with a walk and a single.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis transferred from Hagerstown, LHP Matthew Spann reassigned to Harrisburg to make room on roster (two will likely swap places on Sens roster by Saturday).

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown returns home for four games against Asheville after losing its first full series of the season, 3-1 to Lexington. Like the P-Nats, the Suns are in the midst of a long sequence (31 days) where they’re home for just one series against one team. Despite the hiccup, Hagerstown still holds a commanding nine-game lead over second-place Delmarva and Greensboro.

May 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Trenton, 10:35 a.m. Espino (0-2, 6.64) vs. Cotham (0-1, 2.35)
Potomac Won, 6-5; Lost, 10-1 vs. Lynchburg,
5:30 p.m.
TBD and TBD
Solis (1st A+ start of ’14) and Dickson (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Parsons (3-1, 3.72) and Miller (1-4, 4.46)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-8 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 5 Columbus 3
• Jordan 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Stange (W, 2-2) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Peterson 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Souza 2-5, 2R, 2B

Syracuse scored all five of its runs in each of the first three innings and won the battle of the bullpens as they defeated Columbus, 5-3 and took the four-game series, 3-1. Taylor Jordan started but left after three innings with reported elbow soreness, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk and a strikeout. Four relievers combined for six innings of one-run relief, with the win going to Daniel Stange, the save going to Michael Gonzalez, and holds going to Warner Madrigal and Christian Garcia. Every Chiefs batter hit safely with two batters — Brock Peterson (2-for-4, HR) and Steve Souza (2-for-5, 2B) — racking up multiple hits.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 1
• Meyers (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Simmons 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Latimore 3-4
• Jeroloman 2-4

Brad Meyers was hit hard again while the Sens got plenty of hits but couldn’t get them in (again) in a 5-1 loss to the Thunder. Meyers was charged with all five Trenton runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out two and gave up his fourth HR in three starts. James Simmons finished the game with five scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and fanning four. The 7-8-9 trio of Quincy Latimore, Brian Jeroloman, and Jason Martison combined to go 7-for-12 and did figure in the lone run scored with Latimore and Jeroloman getting 9th-inning singles to load the bases with nobody out behind pinch-hitter Justin Bloxom, who drew a leadoff walk. Alas, Harrisburg could only get one run out of it as Martinson struck out and none of the next three batters could get the ball out of the infield.
Roster move: LHP Matt Purke placed on the 7-Day DL. A possible replacement could be LHP Zach Kroenke, purchased yesterday from the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. Kroenke is a former Yankee and Diamondback farmhand who pitched last year for the Brewers’ AAA team in Nashville.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 5 — COMP.
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 2K, 2WP
• Mooneyham 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K, BK,
• Self ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 4-5, 2R
• Perez 3-5, R, 3RBI, 2E
• Pleffner 2-4, R

Stephen Perez got his shot at redemption Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull (L, 0-1) 4IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, K, HR, BK, WP
• Suero 3IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K, 2WP
• Pleffner 2-3, BB
• Perez 1-1, 2BB

In the nightcap, Kylin Turnbull picked up where he left off in April 2013 by getting smacked around for five runs on nine hits including a two-run HR in the 1st as the Hillcats pummeled the P-Nats, 10-1 in seven innings. Turnbull pitched four innings and struck out one while issuing a balk and throwing a wild pitch. Wander Suero was no better in relief, coughing up five runs on four hits and four walks over three innings with two wild pitches. Shawn Pleffner and Stephen Perez, who had four hits in the completion, added three hits and three walks in this one with Pleffner driving in the sole Potomac run. The rest of the lineup was just 2-for-19 and left 10 men on for the night.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Schwartz placed on the 7-Day DL, RHP Dakota Bacus activated from the TIL; UT Mike McQuillan placed on the 7-Day DL, OF Narciso Mesa activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 11 Lexington 4
• Pivetta (W, 7-2) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Ullmann (H, 2) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Difo 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Middleton 2-2, R, 2RBI, 3BB
• Kieboom 1-3, 3R, 2B, 2BB

Hagerstown scored in each of the final six innings, pulling away from a 3-2 deficit to win this one 11-4 and prevent a four-game sweep by Lexington. Nick Pivetta won his Sally Lg.-leading 7th game, scattering nine hits over five and a 1/3rd innings for three runs charged, no walks, and three strikeouts. Wilmer Difo homered twice for the second time in six games and drove in four while Brendan Middleton reached base five times with two singles and three walks to lead the Hagerstown attack.
Roster moves: 3B Drew Ward placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List, OF Wilman Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL.

May 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 vs. Columbus,
12:00 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.82) vs.
Cloyd (1-3, 6.38)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Meyers (0-1, 4.15) vs.
Mitchell (1-2, 3.74)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
5:30 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 3.68) and
Turnbull (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Ross (3-1, 2.72) and
Jadofsky (2-1, 5.14)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-8 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (6-2, 3.03) vs.
Reed (0-3, 8.79)


Syracuse 5 Columbus 0
• Ohlendorf (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hill (SV, 1) 4IP, 6H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Laird 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Solano 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hood 1-3, 2B, BB

Ross Ohlendorf and Taylor Hill combined on a 5-0 Syracuse shutout of Columbus to take a 2-1 series lead. Ohlendorf allowed just one hit and one walk over five innings while striking out four in his second rehab outing since going on the DL in late March. Hill, the original starter, was less efficient — six hits and a walk over four frames — but kept the ball on the ground and took part in two of three double plays turned while he pitched, including a 1-6-3 number to end the game and cinch his first professional save. The Chiefs only had six hits, but five went for extra bases with four doubles and a home run. Brandon Laird smacked the big fly and one of the doubles to go 2-for-4 and drive in two to lead the Syracuse offense. Roster move: RHP Warner Madrigal reassigned from Harrisburg.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 4
• Poveda (L, 0-1) 6+ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Grace (BS, 1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Taylor 2-4, R, BB
• Dykstra 2-4, BB

The Senators took leads of 1-0 and 4-2 but the lack of a killshot with bases loaded haunted them again as the Thunder roared for three in the 7th and one in the 8th for a 6-4 win. Omar Poveda made his first start since his demotion but the lower level didn’t raise his game. He gave up five runs on six hits and a walk over six-plus innings to take the loss. Harrisburg loaded the bases twice with less than two outs but couldn’t get the clutch hit, scoring a total of three runs with a sacrifice fly, a walk, and a double play. Michael Taylor, Cutter Dykstra, and Ricky Hague each went 2-for-4 as the Sens totaled 10 hits and six walks but stranded 11 baserunners.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac begins stretch of five games in three days against Lynchburg with a continuation doubleheader tonight, a makeup doubleheader tomorrow, and a single game on Thursday. These are the final games between these two teams in the first half, and with a 3½ game lead, the P-Nats can hold serve with two or three wins while the Hillcats need to win four or more to climb back into the race to win the C.L. North division title. It’s also the beginning of an odd sequence where Potomac won’t be home for more than four consecutive days until the 4th of July weekend.

Lexington 10 Hagerstown 8
• Johansen 6IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Thomas (BS, 4; L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, 3R
• Bautista 2-4, R

With an 8-1 lead with one out in the fourth inning, it looked like Hagerstown’s three-game skid was going to end. Instead, the Suns tumbled to a fourth straight loss as the Legends scored nine unanswered runs while Luis Rico eclipsed the Suns with five and 2/3rds innings of shutout relief for a 10-8 win. Hagerstown starter Jake Johansen was charged with five runs on six hits and a walk but left with an 8-5 lead after six innings. The loss (and blown save) was hung on reliever Justin Thomas, who stranded two runners in the 7th to preserve a slim 8-7 lead but gave up the tying run in the 8th. Michael Sylvestri let in the final two runs (charged to Thomas) to complete the meltdown. Wilmer Difo walked, singled, doubled, scored twice, and drove in three to lead Hagerstown’s offense, which Rico limited to just one hit (a single by Rafael Bautista) after the 4th inning.

May 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-3 vs. Columbus,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (5-1, 1.99) vs. TBD
Ohlendorf (MLB rehab) vs. Barnes (2-1, 3.86)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-3 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Poveda (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Banuelos (0-1, 5.59)
Potomac Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 1-0 @ Lexington,
10:05 a.m.
Johansen (3-1, 5.23) vs.
Edwards (1-2, 3.69)


Columbus 8 Syracuse 3
• Laffey (L, 4-2) 4⅔ IP, 9H, 7R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K,
• Roenicke 3⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Rhymes 3-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Nicol 2-4, 2B, RBI, E

Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes’s two-run homer highlighted a three-run 2nd, which pulled Syracuse within one of Columbus at 4-3. Alas, the Clippers shifted course and scored four unanswered for an 8-3 win, dropping the Chiefs to below .500 at 21-22. Aaron Laffey suffered his second straight loss, giving up seven runs over four and 2/3rds innings on nine hits and three walks. Rhymes would lead the 11-hit Syracuse offense with a 3-for-5 afternoon, followed by Destin Hood, Steve Souza, and Sean Nicol, who each had two hits.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus recalled to Washington; RHP Ross Ohlendorf transferred from Potomac for MLB rehab.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 3
• Purke (L, 1-6) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, HBP
• Bates 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2RBI
• Bantz 2-4, 2B, RBI

With another three-run homer in the first — his third given up in eight starts, and fourth first-inning HR out of five total — Matt Purke fell behind early and the offense couldn’t catch up as New Britain defeated Harrisburg, 5-3. The 23-y.o. gave up four runs total on eight hits over four innings in his sixth loss. Colin Bates turned in four strong innings of long relief, allowing the final Rock Cats run on a triple and a sac fly in the 5th. Justin Bloxom and Brandon Bantz both went 2-for-4 and drove in all three Senators runs, with Bloxom plating two with a single in the 1st and Bantz driving in one with a single in the 4th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2
• Schwartz 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Spann (W, 3-0) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Benincasa (SV, 7) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Perez 4-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-4, R, 2-2B

Potomac earned a split of its four-game series against the Carolina League’s top team with a 4-2 victory over Myrtle Beach. Indicating a forthcoming rotation reshuffle, Blake Schwartz threw just one inning as the starter before giving way to Matthew Spann. The 23-y.o. southpaw won for the third time in five relief appearances with four innings of one-run ball. Stephen Perez led the P-Nats offense with a 4-for-5 night, driving in one while smacking two doubles, a feat matched by Estarlin Martinez as well.
Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

Lexington 1 Hagerstown 0
• Voth (L, 1-3) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, WP, BK
• Ballou 1-4, 2B
• Manuel 0-1, HBP, 2BB

Isaac Ballou broke up the combined no-hit bid against the Suns with a one-out double in the 9th. He got as far as third base with two outs but couldn’t come around to tie the game as the Legends won, 1-0. Austin Voth took the loss despite allowing just one run on four hits and two walks while fanning four. Craig Manuel reached base three times, taking two walks and getting plunked to break up any chance of a perfect game.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned to Harrisburg, LHP Justin Thomas returned from Auburn (both moves effective May 17).

May 162014
 

Transactions for NPP 3
Another day, another series of transactions. Here’s the rundown…

SYRACUSE
• OF Eury Perez recalled to Washington, placed on 60-Day DL
• C Sandy Leon optioned from Washington
• RHP Christian Garcia activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• RHP Omar Poveda demoted from Syracuse

POTOMAC
• RHP Blake Schwartz demoted from Harrisburg

HAGERSTOWN
• LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Harrisburg
• LHP Justin Thomas reassigned to XST (Auburn)

The Eury Perez move is a means to an end to get Greg Dobbs onto the 40-man roster, as has been reported ad infinitum (and whole lot of other places, too, Skipper). I suspect a few more moves may be coming, as it seems odd to have three catchers and three outfielders on the Chiefs roster.

The demotions of Poveda and Schwartz are being judged as such because of the poor performances thus far. Schwartz’s turn to pitch is not until Sunday and yesterday’s rainout coupled with an off day on Monday means Potomac is not hurting for starting pitchers just yet. The continuation game on Tuesday and doubleheader on Wednesday are another matter, but the timing doesn’t seem to sync, especially if the brass decide to move Sammy Solis from the Suns to the P-Nats in time for his next scheduled turn on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Another move from Potomac is forthcoming, but has yet to be announced. Most likely: a pitcher (there are 14 active as of this writing) being placed on the DL with a strained rosteruem (pronounce it phonetically ;-).

As always, if/when that news comes, this space will be updated.

May 162014
 

rain for npp 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-0, 1.56) vs.
Hankins (2-3, 5.22)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (0-2, 7.16) vs.
Dean (2-1, 3.69)
Potomac Postponed @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 4.96) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lakewood,
4:05 p.m.
Cooper (4-0, 2.74) and
Solis (1st start of ’14) vs.
Arteaga (3-4, 7.29) and
Leiter Jr. (Mark, not Al; 3-3, 4.22)


Toledo 3 Syracuse 2
• Jordan 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K, 12-2 GO-FO
• Jackson (BS, 2; L, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Stange 1BF, BK, 2-1 IR-S
• Souza 2-3, BB
• Burriss 1-2, R, BB

A walkoff balk?! That’s how the lone Nats-affiliated game that got in on Thursday night ended as the Mud Hens rallied for three against the Chiefs in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 win. Taylor Jordan started and threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk while setting down three on strikes. He left with a 2-0 lead after Syracuse scored two in the top of the 6th on a Jhonatan Solano sac fly and an RBI single by Brian Goodwin. Zach Jackson fell a HR short of the cycle in the 9th, giving up a single, triple, a hit batsman, and a double before giving way to Daniel Stange. With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Stange threw his first pitch in the dirt, then flinched towards home plate before he could throw the second pitch to send in the gamewinner.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
While the rain probably would have given them the day off anyway, the Senators, losers of five straight, got a badly needed respite on Thursday as they return home for four games in three days against the New Britain Rock Cats. Weather and/or field condition permitting, of course.

Potomac vs. Myrtle Beach — PPD
The first of four games between the Carolina League division leaders was postponed to tomorrow night for a cash cow Saturday night doubleheader. Last weekend, the Pelicans took three of four, including a comeback from a 5-1 deficit in the 9th a week ago tonight. Roster moves: OF Brandon Miller placed on the 7-Day DL, OF Estarlin Martinez reassigned from Hagerstown.

Lakewood vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The rain that stretched from South Carolina to Montreal also washed out the second of three games against Lakewood to create a twinight doubleheader at the Muni tonight. Roster move: OF Greg Zebrack activated from XST to take place of Martinez.

May 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Toledo,
6:30 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.80) vs.
VerHagen (1-4, 4.81)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 12-5 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 4.96) vs.
Faulkner (1-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Cooper (4-0, 2.74) vs.
Arteaga (3-4, 7.29)


Syracuse 3 Toledo 0
• Hill (W, 5-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Delcarmen (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 2-4, R
• Burriss 1-3, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI, CS

Emmanuel Buriss’s two-run double in the 5th proved to be the game-winner as the Chiefs went back over .500 with a 3-0 shutout of the Mud Hens. Taylor Hill went the first five innings, allowing just two hits, no walks and striking out four. A 116-minute rain delay forced him from the game, but Mike Gonzalez and Manny Delcarmen combined for two scoreless frames apiece to earn the hold and save, respectively. Brandon Laird was the sole Syracuse batter to have multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Burriss also walked twice to reach base three times. Roster move: LHP Tyler Robertson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Akron 4 Harrisburg 2
• Meyers (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Bates 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Latimore 2-3, SAC
• Taylor 1-3, R, BB, OF assist at HP

Akron had their ducks in a row as they hit three homers in a 4-2 win to complete the three-game sweep of Harrisburg. Veteran Brad Meyers served up two of the longballs, and three runs total on five hits over four innings for his first loss. He walked one and struck out two and left on the losing end of a 3-1 score. Kevin Keyes homered in the 7th to pull the Sens within one at 3-2 but the RubberDucks answered with their third HR with two outs in the 8th for the final score.

Frederick 12 Potomac 5
• Ohlendorf (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 11H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Spann 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Perez 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, 2BB
• Tejeda 2-2

Ross Ohlendorf threw batting practice was dinged for seven runs on 11 hits in his first rehab start as Frederick took the rubber match from the Potomac in a 12-5 smackdown. All seven runs came in the 3rd as the Keys got six consecutive hits to open the inning and sent 11 men to the plate to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 advantage. Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner both reached base four times, combining for five hits, four runs, three doubles, three walks, and two RBI. Brandon Miller left the game in the 3rd after suffering an apparent leg injury while running out a double-play groundout.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2
• Pivetta (W, 6-2) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Thomas (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ward 2-4, R, E(8)
• Bautista 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB

Lakewood continues to be Hagerstown’s bitc… er, favorite opponent as the Suns took their eighth straight game from the BlueClaws with a 4-2 win, their fourth straight win and 30th of the season. Nick Pivetta went a season-long seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four to win his Sally Lg.-leading sixth game. Drew Ward went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the hit column. Rafael Bautista started the scoring with a two-run double in the 2nd and scored when Lakewood committed an error trying to prevent his 14th steal of the season. Roster moves: RHP Dixon Anderson retired, LHP Joseph Webb reassigned from XST.

May 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-5 @ Toledo,
10:30 a.m.
Hill (4-1, 2.22) vs.
Hardy (1-1, 3.63)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-3;
Lost, 7-6
@ Akron,
10:35 a.m.
Meyers (0-0, 1.93) vs.
Arias (4-2, 3.90)
Potomac Lost, 7-0 @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Bacus (1-1, 2.36)
Ohlendorf (MLB rehab) vs.
Taylor (4-1, 1.09)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Pivetta (5-2, 3.13) vs.
Viza (2-2, 3.71)


Toledo 11 Syracuse 5
• Laffey (L, 4-1) 4⅔ IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mattheus 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 2-3, R, HBP
• Goodwin 2-4, R, OF assist at 3B

Toledo broke out for four runs in the 4th, then three in the 5th and cruised to an 11-5 win over Syracuse. Aaron Laffey was pounded for seven runs on 12 hits over four and 2/3rds innings to suffer his first loss and push his ERA from 2.22 to 3.82. Destin Hood and Brian Goodwin both singled twice and scored a run as the Chiefs got four of the runs back in the 8th on a Brock Peterson grand slam.

Akron 10 Harrisburg 3 — COMP.
• Martin (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Simmons 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 2-4, RBI
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Rafael Martin’s return to AA was a grand one… for Ronny Rodriguez, who highlighted Akron’s seven-run 7th with circle clout in the continuation of Monday night’s game for a 10-3 win over Harrisburg. The Senators put runners on in the 8th and 9th innings via singles by Cutter Dykstra and Ricky Hague but neither got into scoring position as the Harrisburg failed to score after the 3rd.

Akron 7 Harrisburg 6
• Schwartz (L, 0-7) 4+ IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Grace 1⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Latimore 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, SAC
• Hague 2-4, R
• Bloxom 1-3, R, BB, RBI

The Senators rallied for five in the 5th to erase a 3-0 deficit but the lead was short-lived as the RubberDucks scored three to take a 6-5 lead and held on for the 7-6 win. Blake Schwartz left with the bases loaded in the 5th and was charged with the first six Akron runs for his seventh loss in eight starts. He gave up six hits and walked two in four-plus innings. Quincy Latimore went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Harrisburg hit column of twelve.

Frederick 7 Potomac 0
• Mooneyham (L, 2-4) 5IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, 2WP, 2HBP
• Henke 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 1-4, K

Parker Bridwell and Jesse Beal combined on a one-hit shutout as the Keys blanked the P-Nats, 7-0. Brett Mooneyham was hammered for seven runs for the third straight start but made it through five innings with six hits, three walks, two hit batsmen, two wild pitches allowed and three strikeouts (none of them swinging). Cole Leonida broke up the perfect game with a walk in the 6th while Tony Renda singled with one out in the 9th to end the no-hit bid.
Roster moves: OF Narciso Mesa placed on the 7-Day DL, OF Will Piwnica-Worms activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 1
• Johansen 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Ullmann (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Valdez (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Wooten 2-4, 2-2B
• Yezzo 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Kieboom 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown continues to roll, winning its third straight against Kannapolis to take the game and the series, 3-1. Jake Johansen started and allowed the lone Intimidator run on six hits with no walks and six K’s but got the no-decision. The win went to Ryan Ullman for his three scoreless innings of relief while Phillips Valdez worked around a pair of walks to earn the save in his Low-A debut. John Wooten remains red-hot, doubling twice to push his hit streak to six games, all with multiple hits, and his average to .321 for the season. James Yezzo went 3-for-4 to lead the hit column while Spencer Kieboom went deep in the 8th for third and final Suns run.

May 122014
 

Catching Up On Transactions
Once upon a time, the visual pun here was a reference to how some moves would slip by and get “caught” by the weekly missive from Baseball America. This year, however, it feels more like my days covering small-town court and police blotters — something every day, and not always much rhyme or reason.

Without further vamping, here are the latest moves that have come since the last “News & Notes”…

SYRACUSE

• No official moves yet, but with a roster spot open and the announcement of a minor-league deal with 1B-OF Greg Dobbs, it seems likely he’ll be added in the next 24 hours.

HARRISBURG
• RHP Richie Mirowski placed on the 7-Day DL
• RHP Rafael Martin reassigned from Potomac
• IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Potomac

POTOMAC
• LHP Kylin Turnbull reassigned from Hagerstown
• 2B Tony Renda activated from 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Wilman Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL
• IF Carlos Lopez reassigned from XST
• RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from XST

Josh Johnson’s retroactive DL move seems to indicate that Sean Nicol’s stint with Syracuse will be a short one. Again. Likewise, it would seem that Sanchez will be covering Nicol’s absence, a la Randolph Oduber earlier this month.

Having watched Martin pitch on Friday night, he’s probably not coming back to Woodbridge. What’s less obvious is whether Turnbull’s stay in Potomac is to keep a full complement of arms in the ‘pen or if he’s up to stay. Neither Potomac nor Hagerstown have named a starter for this Thursday.

As always, if/when further moves are made within a reasonable period of time, this space will be updated.

UPDATE:
Potomac has announced its transactions, three of which were previously reported. The fourth is the activation of Tony Renda, who had been out since April 11th and returned to go 2-for-4, with a double, a walk, and a run scored in Frederick on Monday night.