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.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 212014
 

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

HARRISBURG
• C Wilson Ramos assigned from Washington for MLB rehab

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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