Jul 022014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (9-2, 1.92) vs.
Marquis (0-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Fleet (5-1, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 3.86) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.83)
Hagerstown Lost, 2-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (3-2, 2.30) vs.
Casimiro (2-6, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 5-2 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-1, 3.60 @ GCL) vs.
Santana (0-3, 4.40)
GCL Nationals Winning, 1-0
(Susp., Bot. 1st)
@/vs. GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-3, 3.60) vs.
Guzman (2-0, 0.72)


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4
• Roenicke 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Madrigal (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Souza 3-5, 2HR, 3RBI,
• Moore 2-4, 2B, BB

The first game in July started off well for Syracuse, but in the end they fell to Richmond, 5-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday night. It was their second extra-inning loss to the Bisons in the four-game series. In the 1st inning, Syracuse took an early lead on Steven Souza’s first of two home runs on the night. Chiefs starter Josh Roenicke then surrendered the lead as the Bisons scored four runs on five hits in the 4th. In the 6th inning, Syracuse cut into Buffalo’s lead and then tied the game on Souza’s RBI single in the 7th. The Bisons’ A.J. Jimenez drove in the winning run off losing pitcher Warner Madrigal in the 10th inning.
Roster move: 1B-DH Brock Peterson traded to Dodgers for cash considerations.

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 2
• Espino 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Demny (L, 1-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2B, BB

After allowing two runs in the 1st inning, Harrisburg starter Paolo Espino settled down and did not allow a run for the next five innings, giving his team a chance to get back in the game. The Senators then tied it up in the 6th inning on Kevin Keyes’ two-run home run, which was his 12th since being called up to Harrisburg in late April. However, the Flying Squirrels answered with the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the 7th inning off losing pitcher Paul Demny. The loss is Harrisburg’s third consecutive and 50th overall defeat of the 2014 season. Roster moves: RHP Zach Kroenke reassigned from Syracuse; RHP Scott McGregor placed on the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 2
• Spann (L, 5-3) 5IP, 7H, 8R, 5ER, BB, K, HBP, 3WP
• Runion 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 2-3, BB
• Oduber 2-4, RBI

A four-run 4th, followed by a three-run 5th turned a 1-0 game into a blowout as Wilmington rocked Potomac for an 8-2 win. Matt Spann was charged with all eight runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings. He stuck one and a hit batter while taking his third loss of the season. Shawn Pleffner tripled and scored on the first of two singles from Randolph Oduber to break up the shutout in the 5th while Oscar Tejeda singled with two out in the 8th for the second P-Nats run. Tony Renda led the Potomac charge with two singles and a walk from the leadoff spot to push his batting average to a team-best .306.

Lakewood 2 Hagerstown 1
• Pivetta (L, 10-4) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Napoli 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, BB, SB
• Bautista 0-3, R, 2SB (39, 40)

Hagerstown stole a run in the 1st but was otherwise stifled by Lakewood’s Yacksel Rios as he outdueled Nick Pivetta for a 2-1 win. Rafael Bautista got plunked, stole second, and took third on a sacrifice. Following a walk to Isaac Ballou, the two executed a double steal for the lone Suns run. Pivetta gave up both BlueClaws runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out four in his fourth loss. Rios let up just one hit (a single to Narciso Mesa) and two walks over eight innings for the win, his second. Ballou doubled with one out in the 9th but was stranded as Spencer Kieboom popped out and Drew Ward grounded out to end the game.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2
• J. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 6IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Orlan (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Read 3-4, R, 2B, BB, CS
• Langlois 2-4, R, 2B

An RBI triple followed by a balk “highlighted” Auburn’s two-out, two-run rally in the 6th as they took the series opener from Mahoning Valley, 5-2. The sequence made a winner of Jefry Rodriguez, his first of the season, as the 20-y.o. scattered nine hits over six innings with no walks and one strikeout. Robert Orlan followed with two scoreless for the hold while Samuel Johns worked around an error in the 9th for the save. Raudy Read reached base four times with two singles, a double and a walk to lead the Doubledays offense.
Roster moves: RHPs Austen Williams, Chase McDowell reassigned from the GCL Nationals; RHPs Cory Bafidis, Jake Joyce released.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Mets 0 — SUSP.
Rain stopped this one before a full inning could be played. They’ll finish that one and play another one today, weather permitting.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 6
• Acevedo (L, 2-1) 6IP, 8H, 5R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Rosario 2IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• J. Ramirez 3-4
• G. Ramirez 2-4, 2R, 3SB

The D-Nats rallied for two in the 9th but fell one run short for a 7-6 loss to the D-Yankees1. Starter Carlos Acevedo was charged with five runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks over six innings in his first loss. Joshual Ramirez went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the hitters, while Gilberto Ramirez went 3-for-4 on the basepaths to lead the baserunners as the D-Nats got nine hits and stole five bases for the game.

Jul 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (11 inn.) vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Roenicke (3-4, 4.89) vs.
McGuire (3-3, 4.95)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 (12 inn.) vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Espino (3-3, 4.83) vs.
Crick (5-3, 3.52)
Potomac Lost, 10-9 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Spann (5-2, 3.99) vs.
Santos (0-1, 8.37)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-5 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (10-3, 3.52) vs.
Rios (1-0, 3.51)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 2.61) vs.
Brady (1-0, 3.29)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-3 (14 inn.) @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-0, 4.86) vs.
F. Jose (0-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 4 (11 inn.)
• Kroenke 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Stange 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Gonzalez (W, 1-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Johnson 3-4, R, RBI
• Moore 3-5, R, HR, RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, RBI

Tyler Moore’s 8th-inning HR tied it and Sandy Leon’s 11th-inning big fly ended it as the Chiefs edged the Bisons, 5-4 and took a 2-1 series lead. Starter Zach Kroenke went the first four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two. The win went to Mike Gonzalez as he turned in 1-2-3 eleventh inning following two scoreless innings from Daniel Stange. Josh Johnson (3-for-4), Moore (3-for-5), and Leon combined for eight of the 11 Chiefs hits on the night.
Roster move: LHP Xavier Cedeno optioned from Washington.

Richmond 6 Harrisburg 4 (12 inn.)
• Dupra 5⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Self (L, 0-2) 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
• Vettleson 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Hague 2-5, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg dropped the opener of this four-game series with an agonizing four-walk inning in the 12th that led to the margin of victory in a 6-4 loss to Richmond. The Senators had leads of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-2 before Richmond tied it at 4-4 in the 6th against starter Brian Dupra, who was charged with four runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out three over five and 2/3rds innings. Derek Self took the loss with two runs on two hits over two innings, and all four walks issued in the 12th. Drew Vettleson led the Sens offense with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Ricky Hague’s 2-for-5 effort.
Roster move: C Cole Leonida reassigned from Potomac; C Mitch Canham placed on 7-Day DL; OF Bryce Harper removed from roster, end of MLB rehab assignment.

Frederick 10 Potomac 9
• Schwartz ⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR
• Manno 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Henke (L, 3-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Martinez 3-5, R, 3B, 2RBI, SB
• Renda 3-5, 2R, RBI, SB
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Former Nats farmhand Mike Burgess homered in the top of the 9th to spoil a comeback from a 9-0 deficit as the Keys edged the P-Nats, 10-9 to take the series, 2-1. Blake Schwartz was hammered for six runs on three hits and three walks as he retired just two of eight batters faced. Kylin Turnbull, just off the DL, wasn’t any more effective as Frederick riddled him for seven hits over two and 1/3rd innings. The P-Nats scored in five straight innings beginning in the 3rd, while Chris Manno stopped the bleeding with three scoreless, and Travis Henke added two more before Burgess led off the 9th with his 13th homer. Estarlin Martinez and Tony Renda both went 3-for-5 to lead Potomac’s 13-hit, seven-walk attack.
Roster moves: LHP Kylin Turnbull activated from 7-Day DL; C Craig Manuel reassigned from Hagerstown.

Delmarva 9 Hagerstown 5
• Cooper (L, 5-2) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, HR
• Suero 4IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Kieboom 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Mesa, 2-4, R
• Ballou 1-3, 2R, BB

The Shorebirds put up three-spots in the 1st and 3rd innings to take a 6-0 lead and cruised to a 9-5 win for 2-2 series split. Spot starter Andrew Cooper was charged with the loss as Delmarva got to him for six runs on eight hits and a walk over four innings. Wander Suero turned in three scoreless and hitless innings before Creede Simpson left the band park and went solo in the 8th. The Suns notched nine hits for the night, with Spencer Kieboom leading the way with a single, double, and three RBI while going 2-for-4.
Roster moves: C Austin Chubb reassigned from Auburn; RHP Wander Suero reassigned from Potomac.

Auburn — OFF DAY
The Doubledays enjoyed their first scheduled off day — one of just four, not including the All-Star game — and enter July with a 7-9 record, the same mark as they had a year ago after 16 games.
Roster moves: LHP David Ramos reassigned from Hagerstown; C Kyle Bacak reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Mets 2
• A. Williams 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Torres (W, 1-0) 4⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Guzman 2-3, R
• Ortiz 1-4, 2RBI

After losing a 2-1 lead in the top of the 7th, the G-Nats got the run back with the “help” of balk as they edged the G-Mets, 3-2. Austen Williams got the start and let in a run on two hits and a walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Luis Torres stranded a runner in the 3rd and allowed one run on five hits over the next four innings and was credited with the win. Maximo Valerio pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold while John Feliz shut the door in the 9th for the save. Luis Guzman singled twice and scored a run and was the sole G-Nat to have multiple hits as the offense was limited to four hits and four walks.
Roster moves: RHPs Luis Reyes, Deibi Yrizarri reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Rockies 4 DSL Nationals 3
• Baez 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Charlis 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• N. Ramirez (L, 2-2) 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• A. Franco 3-6
• Vilorio 2-5, SB

The D-Rockies outlasted the D-Nats to take a five-hour, 14-inning marathon by a 4-3 score. Nector Ramirez took the loss, issuing the deadly leadoff walk that led to a sacrifice and a two-out single for the game-winner. Starter Joan Baez went the first five and 2/3rds and let in two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Andres Franco and Luis Vilorio combined for five of the 11 D-Nats hits, as they drew just five walks but also struck out just seven times.

Jun 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (1-0, 4.76) vs.
Sanchez (0-1, 4.73)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.31) vs.
Snodgrass (8-1, 2.81)
Potomac Won, 7-1 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 2.70) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Cooper (5-1, 3.99) vs.
Rennie (2-6, 6.06)
Auburn Lost, 10-8 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (2-1, 1.50) vs.
Villarroel (1-0, 0.82)


Syracuse 7 Buffalo 0
• Laffey (W, 10-3) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Burriss 4-4, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Kobernus 3-5, R, RBI, SB
• Hood 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Two Syracuse pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout out as the Chiefs blanked the Bisons, 7-0. Aaron Laffey won his I.L.-leading 10th game with seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three. Rafael Martin finished up the team’s 12th whitewash (also I.L.-best) by spinning two innings with one hit and walk allowed. Emmanuel Burriss missed the cycle by the usual (triple) but scored three times and drove in two to lead the Chiefs 13-hit parade.
Roster moves: LHP Aaron Laffey activated from TIL, RHPs Taylor Hill, Blake Treinen optioned from Washington.

Akron 11 Harrisburg 2
• Brach (L, 1-3) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Skole 1-3, 2BB
• Hague 1-3, BB, SB

Akron scored eight unanswered runs in their final two “ups” for an 11-2 win over Harrisburg and a split of the four-game series. Starter Brett Brach was knocked around for three in the 1st but recovered to post four zeroes to keep the Sens in the game. He would still lose as the firemen brought the gasoline instead of the water, as Scott McGregor and Brian Harper were torched for eight runs combined over the 7th and 8th innings. Despite drawing nine (9) walks, Harrisburg couldn’t take advantage as they struck out 11 times and hit into three double plays and mustered just four hits (all singles).

Frederick 1 Potomac 7
• Voth 7IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Runion (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Oduber 2-4, R, SB
• Norfork 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB

Potomac rallied for seven in the 8th, highlighted by Will Piwnica-Worms’s two-run homer that was last seen headed to Clifton for a 7-1 win over Frederick. Austin Voth gave up just two hits, but one was a solo HR for a tough-luck no-decision, as he struck out seven and walked just one. Randolph Oduber and Khayyan Norfork both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the P-Nats notched nine hits total, six in the 8th. [Sorry folks, personal emergency - that's why this is late.]

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5 (12 inn.)
• Silvestre (L, 3-6) 5⅓ IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 7K
• Webb 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Ballou 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Yezzo 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Hagerstown had difficulty scoring without the longball as they fell by one to Delmarva, 5-4 and ended a four-game win streak. Hector Silvestre took the loss — his sixth in seven starts — as he gave up four runs on 10 hits and two walks over five and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out a season-high of seven. Isaac Ballou and James Yezzo both smacked their 6th home run, combining for three of the four Suns runs, but a 1-for-11 with RISP and 13 strikeouts made it tough for the lineup to score otherwise.

Batavia 10 Auburn 8
• Bourque 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Fischer (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 4-5, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Davidson 2-3, 3RBI
• Langlois 2-4, 2B

Auburn built a 6-0 lead after three innings but gave it away as Batavia scored 10 runs over the next five innings. The Doubledays rallied for two in the 9th and got the tying runs to second and third with two outs before falling, 10-8. James Bourque was roughed up for two runs on four hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings in his NYPL debut. The loss went to David Fischer as he was unable to retire any of the five batters he faced in the 5th after stranding three in the 4th with a double-play ball to end the inning. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz fell a home run shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two RBI while Austin Davidson went 2-for-3 with 3RBI as Auburn pounded out 13 hits total.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are tied for second place with a 4-4 mark after a 3-3 week. They’ll play four home games this week as they take on the Mets and Cards with road games on Tuesday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 week, the D-Nats are still in thick of the division race with a 15-10 mark, one game behind the Giants and Red Sox while tied with the Yankees1 squad in the Boca Chica South.

Jun 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (13 inn.) vs. Buffalo,
5:00 p.m.
Laffey (9-3, 3.18) vs.
Hendriks (6-0, 1.82)
Harrisburg Won, 10-4 @ Akron,
2:05 p.m.
Brach (1-2, 5.63) vs.
Colon (7-4, 2.84)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Blackmar (4-1, 4.25)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 (12 inn.) vs. Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-5, 4.87) vs.
Harvey (4-4, 2.98)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 @ Batavia,
1:05 p.m.
Bourque (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Beltre (1-1, 6.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-0 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A


Buffalo 7 Syracuse 6 (13 inn.)
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 8H, 6R, 1ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Grace 3⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Gonzalez (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Burriss 2-4, R, BB, HBP
• Souza 2-6, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

The Chiefs rallied from a four-run gap with a pair of runs in the 7th and 8th innings but couldn’t seal the deal as they fell in extras, 7-6. A.J. Cole struck out five but gave up six runs (one earned) on eight hits and walked one over five and 2/3rds innings in his AAA debut. Steve Souza’s two-run homer in the 7th and Brian Goodwin’s two-run single in the 8th tied things up at 6-6 but the Bisons’ Erik Kratz, who drove in six on the night, hit a sacrifice fly off losing pitcher Mike Gonzalez in the top of the 13th.
Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno, RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 3
• Bates 4IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Demny (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 5-5, 4R
• Bry. Harper 4-5, 3R, 3HR, 5RBI
• Martinson 2-4, BB, SB

Bryce Harper homered three times and drove in five as Harrisburg scored early and often in a 10-4 quackdown of Akron. Colin Bates started and gave up three runs on nine hits and one walk over four innings. Paul Demny followed with three scoreless innings to earn his first win of 2014. Beers are on Quincy Latimore as the sole batter not to reach base in the Senators 19-hit assault, led by Caleb Ramsey with a 5-for-5 night. Derek Self, who got the last out of the 8th with the bases loaded, was credited with the save.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Bacus (L, 3-3) 4IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
• Dickson 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Tejeda 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• McQuillan 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB, CS

The P-Nats clubbed three homers, but fell short Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5 (12 inn.)
• Mooneyham 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Ramos (BS, 1) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Walsh (W, 1-2) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Mesa 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ward 3-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI, E(15)
• Ballou 2-5, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Hagerstown rallied to tie it in the 8th and triumphed in the 12th for its fourth straight one-run victory, 6-5. Brett Mooneyham got the start and let up a run on two hits and two while striking out three. David Ramos recorded his sixth career blown save as the Shorebirds scored four in the 7th to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead. James Yezzo’s sac fly in the 8th tied things up at 5-5 to send the game into extras. In the 12th, Wilmer Difo led off with a single only to get picked off. Issac Ballou followed with a triple and watched as Carlos Lopez was intentionally walked to set up a double play, hoping Drew Ward would bat into his ninth of the season. Instead, the 19-y.o. delivered a game-winning single into left field, atoning in part for his 15th error that led to three unearned runs in 7th. Jake Walsh, who threw three perfect innings of relief, got the win while striking out five of nine batters faced.

Batavia 3 Auburn 0
• Reyes 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Williams (L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Masters 1-2, BB
• Read 0-1, 3BB

Batavia broke up a 0-0 pitcher’s duel with three in the 8th as they dropped Auburn below .500 (7-8) with a 3-0 win over the Doubledays. Luis Reyes threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three. Deion Williams took the loss as he was charged with two runs on five hits over two and 1/3rd innings. The Doubledays were held to just three hits: a David Masters single and doubles by Diomedes Eusebio and Garrett Gordon.
Roster moves: RHP David Fischer assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab; RHP Drew Van Orden reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 0
• Estevez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• A. Martinez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ortiz 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Guzman 2-4, R, 2RBI

Luis Guzman’s two-run single highlighted a four-run 4th as the G-Nats shut out the G-Marlins again, 5-0. Starter Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez made his first appearance since 2012 after missing all of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He pitched two perfect innings with no walks or strikeouts. Andres Martinez scattered four hits over three scoreless innings for the win. Oliver Ortiz walked, singled, and doubled to lead the G-Nats six-hit, seven-walk offense.
Roster moves: RHP Wirkin Estevez assigned from Hagerstown for minor-league rehab; C Kyle Bacak assigned from Washington.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Rockies 5
• Bermudez 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Cespedes (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Mota 3-4, 2R, 2RBI, SB, OF assist at HP
• Pimentel 3-4, R

For the second straight game, the D-Nats walked off with a little help from the visitors. Luis Perdomo drew a leadoff walk, stole second, took third on a grounder to the left side, and scored on Israel Mota’s third single of the game. Mota then stole second, took third on the overthrow, and scored the gamewinner on a wild pitch. That made a winner out of Angher Cespedes, who had blown a 4-3 lead by giving up a pair in the 7th but pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th. Juan Bermudez started and let up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three. Like Mota, Davinson Pimentel went 3-for-4 and teamed up with the rightfielder on a 9-2 DP to end the 5th.

Jun 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (AAA debut) vs.
Rogers (2-1, 3.00)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Bates (0-0, 3.86) vs.
von Schamann (3-1, 3.27)
Potomac Losing, 6-3
(susp., Top 5th)
vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (3-2, 3.39) vs.
Kline (3-3, 3.59)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Gonzalez (2-0, 1.74)
Auburn Lost, 8-6 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 5.00) vs.
Mader (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 1-0 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4 vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-2, 0.89) vs.
Requena (1-1, 4.11)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse 0
• Simmons (L, 1-2) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Stange 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Walters 1-4, 2B
• Johnson 0-1, 2BB

Two RailRider pitchers combined for a one-hitter as they shut out the Chiefs, 6-0 to take the series, 3-1. James Simmons took the loss, letting in four runs on five hits, including the 9th HR he’s allowed this season (49⅔), over seven innings. He walked three and struck out three. Daniel Stange followed but was lit up for a run in each of his two innings. Josh Johnson drew a walk to spoil the perfect game in the 6th while Zach Walters doubled in the 7th to break up the no-hit bid.
Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole promoted from Harrisburg; C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Jerad Head assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 3
• Simms (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Herron 3BF, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, HR ← Curse of the GBI
• Benincasa (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Taylor 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• Bry. Harper 1-2, 2BB, 2SB, 2RBI, CS
• Hague 1-2, R, BB, HR, RBI, CS

After surviving a late rally in the 9th, the Senators squeezed by the RubberDucks for a 4-3 victory. John Simms needed just 85 pitches to get through seven innings to win his AA debut. He allowed just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out three. The Senators hit for the cycle with a single (Bryce Harper), double (Michael Taylor), triple (Cutter Dykstra), and a home run (Ricky Hague) and stole four bases (Taylor and Harper, two apiece). The elder Harper pitched a scoreless 8th and turned the ball over to Tyler Herron, who gave up a solo HR and two walks before being lifted for Robert Benincasa. The 23-y.o. FSU product let in one run on a one-out double, got an assist from Taylor on foul flyout as he fired in a bullet that held the runner at third, then got the final out on a grounder to second for the save.

Myrtle Beach 6 Potomac 3 — SUSP.
• Rauh 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Suero 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 1-2, R, 2B, BB
• Oduber 1-2, R, 2B

The P-Nats were losing 6-3 when play was halted with one out in the 5th. They had rallied for two runs and chased Pelican starter Victor Payano. No completion date has been announced. Potomac does not return to Myrtle Beach, however the two teams do have two more series remaining in Woodbridge (July 4-6, 28-30). Brian Rauh gave up all six runs on seven hits and one walk over three innings in his first start since coming off the DL. Tony Renda and Randolph Oduber both went 1-for-2 with double and a run scored.

Hagerstown 3 Delmarva 2
• Johansen 3⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Ullmann (W, 3-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Napoli (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2B

Vader was once again bested by the Sun(s) as Hagerstown’s pitchers outdueled Delmarva’s starter for a 3-2 victory. Jake Johansen failed to make it to the 5th for the fourth straight start, and was charged with both Shorebirds runs on four hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Ryan Ullmann let in one inherited runner before getting the last out of the 4th and went three more scoreless innings for the win. David Napoli kept Delmarva at bay for the last two innings for his second save. Spencer Kieboom doubled twice, scored once and drove in a run to lead the Suns offense.

Batavia 8 Auburn 6
• Ott 4IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, 2WP
• Derosier (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2WP
• Gunter 2-4, R, RBI
• Williamson 2-4, 2B, SB, CS

After rallying to tie the game a 3-3 in the 5th and taking a 6-3 lead in the 6th, the Auburn bullpen imploded in the 8th, giving up five runs for an 8-6 loss to Batavia. Starter Travis Ott went the first four innings, but was strafed for three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk. He struck out one. After setting the side down in order, Matt Derosier was battered for five runs on five hits and a walk in the 8th for the blown-save-loss. Cody Gunter and Clay Williamson both went 2-for-4 while David Masters homered as the Doubledays racked up nine hits and drew one walk (“Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz).
Roster move: SS David Masters reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Marlins 0
• Encarnacion 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Van Orden 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Simmons 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• McDowell (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Alvarez 0-1, R, 3BB
• O. Ortiz 1PA, SF, RBI
• Ripken 1-3

Thomas Alvarez’s third walk of the game led to the game’s only run as the G-Nats shut out the G-Marlins, 1-0. Alvarez advanced on a really wild pitch (he advanced to third from first) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Oliver Ortiz. Four pitchers combined to allow just three hits while striking out 12. Chase McDowell, who stranded two while getting the last out in the 7th, worked around a leadoff single in the 8th and tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his first professional win.
Roster moves: RHP Pedro Encarnacion assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Giants 4
• Fuentes 4IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• N. Ramirez (W, 2-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Robles 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• A. Martinez 1-3, BB, SB

Down 4-2 in the 9th with two outs, the D-Nats drew a walk and singled to put the tying runs on base. Pinch-hitter Gilberto Ramirez hit a grounder to third that found its way into the outfield for the first error. The return throw from the D-Giants RF did not find a fielder for the second error as Ramirez got the Little League home run for a 5-4 walkoff win. Starter Steven Fuentes gave up one run on three hits over the first four innings. Nector Ramirez got the win in relief with two scoreless innings. Victor Robles singled twice to lead the hit column as the D-Nats managed just six hits total.

Jun 272014
 

Moving On Up for NPP
The Harrisburg Senators announced today that RHP A.J. Cole has been promoted to Syracuse.

Yesterday, RHP John Simms was “moved on up” from Potomac and today it was announced that he would be starting in place of Cole, who had been listed as today’s starter in Senators media notes. Tomorrow’s starter for Syracuse is officially “TBA,” but it doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to suppose that the 22-y.o. Cole will be taking the hill against the Bisons tomorrow night.

Unlike many of the promotions this year, this one appears to be permanent, given Adam Kilgore’s report on Wednesday predicting this move. Cole was the only pitcher to make every start for the Senators since the season began, though he did miss one start with no official explanation.

Since that missed start in early June, Cole has gone 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA over four starts with one homer, five walks and 21 hits allowed over 21⅓ IP while striking out 22. Good, but not dominant numbers… much like his promotion last July that came two starts after getting rocked by Wilmington for seven runs on 11 hits over five innings.

The point? As much as we’d like to think that a player on a hot or cold streak is doing good or bad (*ahem*), the folks that make these decisions are looking for things that most of us are not able to see as readily.

Cole will be entering a rotation, that like much of the full-season affiliates, has been in flux with the semi-constant recalls of pitchers from upstate New York to the District, including Taylor Hill, Blake Treinen, Jordan Taylor, and of course, Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno. The Chiefs are also are in the middle of a 33-day stretch without a scheduled day off with 17 games to go, the last eight on the road.

Jun 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-4;
Won, 4-3
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (1-1, 5.54) vs.
Greene (4-2, 5.74)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-3, 2.92)
Simms (AA debut) vs.
Anderson (2-6, 5.21)
Potomac Lost, 11-2 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 3.86) vs.
Payano (3-4, 5.01)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2;
Won, 1-0
vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Vader (8-3, 2.96) vs.
Johansen (4-2, 5.08)
Auburn Won, 11-2 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 1.35) vs.
Cavanerio (1-0, 5.73)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-5 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 19-4 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 7.71) vs.
Parra (2-0, 1.80)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 4 — GAME ONE
• Roenicke (L, 3-4) 2⅓ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K
• Jackson 3⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 5K, 2-0 IR-S
• Solano 2-3, R
• Laird 2-3, R, 2B, RBI

The RailRiders got to Josh Roenicke for five runs in the early going, then pulled away with two in the 7th for a 7-4 win, halting the Chiefs’ eight-game streak. The brother-in-law of Ian Desmond gave up seven hits and three walks with no strikeouts over two and a 1/3rd innings. Zach Jackson stranded two in the 3rd and blanked Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for three more innings to hold things down. Syracuse rallied for two in the 5th and 6th innings to pull within one. Alas, Mike Gonzalez couldn’t pick up where Jackson left off and coughed up two runs on three hits in his lone inning of work.

Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 — GAME TWO
• Delcarmen 2⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Martin (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Souza 1-2, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Laird 2-3, 2B, RBI

Zach Walters’s two-run home run highlighed a three-run 5th as Syracuse split the doubleheader with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. Manny Delcarmen allowed all three Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs on seven hits and a walk with just two strikeouts over two and 2/3rds innings. Rafael Martin, Matt Grace, and Warner Madrigal combined for four and 1/3rd scoreless innings to earn the win, hold, and save, respectively. Steve Souza homered, walked, and stole his 15th base while Brandon Laird went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Chiefs scored four times on just six hits, aided by five walks. Roster move: C Sandy Leon optioned from Washington.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 4
• Espino 5⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
• Self (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Taylor 3-5, CS
• Dykstra 2-3, 2R, 2BB, SB(10)
• Harper 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Akron rallied for three in the 3rd to tie, two in the 7th to take the lead as Harrisburg lost for the sixth time in seven games at Canal Park, 6-4. Starter Paolo Espino pitched into the 6th and left with a 4-3 lead as he was charged with three runs on three hits and four walks while setting down five on strikes. Derek Self got the last two outs of the 6th but loaded the bases with a single, double, and a walk before giving up a two-run single for the blown-save-loss. Cutter Dykstra remains red-hot, singling twice, walking twice, and scoring twice while swiping his 10th base to pace the Senators offense. Roster move: OF Bryce Harper added to the roster for MLB rehab.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 2
• Spann (L, 5-2) 4⅔ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Henke 3⅓ IP, 5H, 6R, 6R, 2BB, K, 2HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Miller 2-3, R
• Severino 2-2, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

Myrtle Beach went deep three times and pounded out 15 hits as they handed Potomac an 11-2 loss, ending a five-game win streak. Starter Matthew Spann was dinged for five runs on 10 hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds as he suffered his second loss. He struck out three and gave up a solo HR in the 4th. Travis Henke finished the game to save the bullpen for another day, with five of the six runs he allowed coming via the long ball: a two-run shot in the 6th and a three-run blast in the 8th. Pedro Severino and Justin Miller were the only two batters to solve the Pelicans, with Severino’s two-run homer in the top of the 8th preventing the shutout.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 2 — GAME ONE
• Pivetta (W, 10-3) 6IP, 8H, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 8H, 2 HR
• Davis (SV, ) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ward 2-3 2B, RBI
• Ballou 1-3 3B, R
• Yezzo 1-2, 2R HR, 2 RBI, R

Nick Pivetta gave up two homers. He yielded eight hits. Thankfully for Suns fans, however he issued no free passes and limited the damage to two solo shots en route to a 3-2 victory for the Suns. His biggest jam was in the top of the 2nd. After a Ramos double and a Hernandez single by Lexington put runners on first and third, Pivetta buckled down. Chad “Why does everybody call me OchoCinco?” Johnson flew out to Ballou in left. Pivetta then struck out Arteaga swinging. After a solo shot by Escalera-Maldonado of the Legends, James Yezzo’s two-run blast scored Craig Manuel, who had singled with one out. Mauricio Ramos of the lovable Lexington Legends lightly lifted a ball out of the park in the top of the 6th to equal the score at 2-2 in the top of the 6th. Isaac Ballou tripled to centerfielder Escalera-Maldonado. Drew Ward sealed the deal by doubling a ball for the game-winning RBI. Cody Davis recorded the drama-free save with two grounders and a strikeout in a scoreless 7th.

Hagerstown 1 Lexington 0 — GAME TWO
• Giolito (W, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Walsh (SV, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lopez 1-2, R, HR, RBI
• Difo 1-2, BB

Lucas “Twinkletoes” Giolito received the prestigious invite to The Futures Game all-star weekend. Last night, the official scorer calmly recorded his domination in a 1-0 shutout of the hapless Legends. A one-out walk of Dexter Kjerstad and a single by Kevin Kuntz in the top of the 3rd got a man in scoring position. Giolito did not care for that. He struck out poor Escalera-Maldonado swinging to deny him an RBI. Torres decided to not even offer at the called third strike that ended the frame. Dexter Kierstad got a two out single off of Giolito in the top of the 5th, but Kuntz flew out to CF Rafael Bautista to end the inning. A two-out single from Frank Schwindel preceded a Mauricio Ramos groundout that ended his night. Apparently, the Hagerstown bats were so mesmerized by Giolito’s heroics that they only mustered a Carlos Lopez solo shot to center in the top of the 2nd. However, it was not to be without some heart-pounding drama at the finish. Jake Walsh put the cardiac specialists of Hagerstown on call with his high-wire act in the 7th. He gave up a leadoff double; never a good plan. A sac bunt advanced the runner to third. A Fred Ford groundout to second, kept the runner at 1st. Okay, two outs. But Kierstad struck out and reached on a dropped third strike! Thankfully, Kevin Kuntz popped out and a grateful and happy (but likely not too full) Muncipal Stadium celebrated a doubleheader sweep.

Auburn 11 Batavia 2
• Lopez (W, 1-1) 5⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• Yrizarri 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Gordon 2-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Langlois 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Reynaldo Lopez no-hit the Muckdogs for five and 2/3rds while the Doubledays put up four crooked numbers on the scoreboard for an 11-2 win. The 20-y.o. Dominican walked two and struck out eight in his first win of 2014. Deibi Yrizarri kept Batavia off the bases until a two-out double in the 7th while Cory Bafidis lost the shutout in the 9th despite working with an 11-0 lead. Garrett Gordon and Brian Langlois both reached base three times to lead the Auburn offense. Roster moves: RHPs James Bourque, Samuel Johns, Domenick Mancini and LHP Connor Bach reassigned from the GCL Nationals; LHP Kylin Turnbull assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 5
• Vasquez (L, 0-1) 2IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Turnbull 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Aguero 2-3
• Keniry 2-4, RBI, CS
• Ripken 2-4, 2R

The G-Marlins got their hooks into the D-Nats pitchers early and often as they scored the3 first six runs of the ballgame and cruised to a 9-5 win. Starter Daury Vasquez was filleted for three runs on seven hits and a walk over two innings without a strikeout for his first loss. “Fred” Aguero, Conor Keniry and Ryan Ripken each had a pair of singles as the G-Nats posted 11 hits on the afternoon.
Roster moves: RHPs John Feliz, Anderson Martinez, and Luis Torres reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Giants 19 DSL Nationals 4
• W. Pena (L, 1-3) 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• M. Pena ⅔ IP, 4H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, K
• A. Martinez 2-3, R, BB
• Trejos 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI

The wheels came off the bus in the 4th inning for the D-Nats as they were blasted for seven runs to turn a 1-0 game into a laugher. The D-Giants scored in every inning thereafter, taking advantage of five D-Nats errors and 11 walks along with 13 hits for a 19-4 demoliton of the D-Nats. Starter Wilber Pena was the least ineffective of the bunch, walking three and striking out three while giving up a solo HR over the first three innings. 17-y.o. Edward Trejos came off the bench to hit a three-run HR while Andres Martinez singled twice and walked once to lead the D-Nats batters.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 252014
 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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