Aug 082013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 vs. Pawtucket,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-7, 5.59) and Hill (AAA debut) vs.
Haeger (2-2, 5.85) and TBD
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Biddle (4-12, 3.96)
Potomac Won, 8-7 (11 inn.) @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (3-1, 3.46) vs. Eickhoff (7-3, 3.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (4-2, 4.28) vs. Binford (7-5, 1.95)
Auburn Lost, 3-0 vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (SS-A debut) vs. Severino (0-4, 4.12)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 6.60) vs. Villanueva (1-0, 1.13)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 vs. DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (3-2, 2.62) vs. Cabrera (3-0, 6.33)



Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 6-8) 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K, 2WP
• Kimball 2IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 2K, HR, WP
• Kobernus 2-4, CS, OF assist at 2B
• Walters 2-4, R, HR(25), RBI, E(27)

The RailRiders scored the first seven runs of the game and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Chiefs. Danny Rosenbaum needed 83 pitches to get through four innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks and striking out four, but lost for the eighth time. Cole Kimball gave up his fourth longball in 13 appearances and ballooned his ERA to 14.92 with four runs on four hits in two innings thrown. Zach Walters hit his 25th homer and committed his 27th error as he and Jeff Kobernus both went 2-for-4 to pace the Syracuse offense.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill reassigned from Harrisburg. With doubleheaders today and Monday, this is likely a short-term move.

Harrisburg 3 Reading 2
• Ray (W, 4-1) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Herron (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4, 2R, 2B
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R, 2B

Robbie Ray turned in a quality start and the bullpen locked it down with three shutout innings for a 3-2 Harrisburg win over Reading. The 21-y.o. lefty let in both Fightin’ runs on five hits and a walk while fanning two for his fourth AA win. Matt Swynenberg pitched a scoreless 7th for the hold and Tyler Herron worked around single in the 8th and a two walks in the 9th for his third AA save. Justin Bloxom and Jimmy Van Ostrand both singled and doubled and went 2-for-4 while Ricky Hague, Jason Martinson, and Carlos Rivero each had an RBI single in three trips to the plate.

Potomac 8 Carolina 7 (11 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Benincasa 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bates (W, 4-4) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• Nieto 4-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 3-6, R

Potomac rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 6-3, tying the game in the 9th on a two-base sacrifice fly, and prevailing 8-7 in 11 innings to prevent a Carolina sweep. The P-Nats tied their season high with 18 hits, with Adrian Nieto leading the hit parade with a 4-for-5 game, including the double that was turned into the tying run in the 9th. Blake Schwartz started but was knocked for four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. Colin Bates got the win, pitching the final two frames and surviving a Mudcat rally in the 11th that saw the tying run gunned down at the plate on a one-out RBI triple that Carolina gambled could be turned into a two-run inside-the-parker, but the P-Nats denied it with a successful 7-6-2 relay.

Lakewood 6 Hagerstown 1
• Dickson (L, 2-3) 5+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-1 IR-S
• McQuillan 1-3, 2BB
• Pleffner 1-3, BB

Lakewood broke open a 3-0 game with a three-run 8th and cruised to a 6-1 win over Hagerstown. Suns starter Ian Dickson lost for the third time, lifted in the 6th after taking a line drive off his ankle for the fifth hit. He was charged with three runs, walked two and struck out three over five-plus innings. Stephen Perez’s RBI single in the 9th broke up the shutout, but Hagerstown mustered just five hits total, with Mike McQuillan leading the offense with a single and two walks in five plate appearances.

Aberdeen 3 Auburn 0
• Orlan (L, 0-3) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Cooper 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
• Yezzo 2-4
• Foat 1-4

Two Ironbirds pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as Aberdeen blanked Auburn, 3-0. Starter R.C. Orlan was struck for one run on a solo HR in the 3rd and five hits total over five innings. He walked two and struck three and suffered his third loss. James Yezzo singled once and Matt Foat singled twice as the Doubledays managed just seven baserunners and struck out 11 times.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1
• Giolito (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, WP
• Walsh 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mejia 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Lucas Giolito went five innings for the first time and was rewarded for some nifty pitching with his first professional win as the G-Nats continue to roll, 6-1 over the G-Marlins. Giolito gave up a run on five hits, no walks, and struck out five while getting eight of 15 outs on the ground. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz led the offense with single, double, and a walk as the team piled up nine hits and four walks while winning their 11th straight game.

DSL Tigers 3 DSL Nationals 1
• Morales (L, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Ramirez 2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 1-3, BB
• Mota 1-3, 2B

The D-Tigers tripled up the D-Nats in both hits and runs for a 3-1 win on Wednesday morning. Starter Jose Morales allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings, but lost for the third time. Jean Ramirez gave up the third, unearned, run on four hits in two innings of relief. Dionicio Rosario drove in the lone D-Nat run with a 2nd inning single following a hit batsman and a sacrifice, the first of just three hits registered by the D-Nats.

Aug 072013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (13 inn.);
Won, 3-2
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (6-7, 3.95) vs.
Cotham (3-5, 6.26)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Ray (3-1, 3.24) vs.
Rosin (9-5, 4.24)
Potomac Lost, 5-4 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (9-4, 2.79) vs.
Pasquale (4-6, 4.33)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (2-2, 5.67) vs.
Stefan (3-6, 4.08)
Auburn Lost, 10-9 (10 inn.) vs. Aberdeen,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-2, 5.19) vs.
Vader (3-3, 2.65)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-0 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 4.26) vs.
Talbot (1-1, 2.25)
DSL Nationals Won 7-6 (13 inn.);
Lost, 6-2
@ DSL Tigers,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (2-2, 1.04) vs.
Martinez (2-0, 2.64)



Scranton/WB 7 Syracuse 6 (13 inn.) — COMP.
• Maya 5⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K
• Broadway 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Crotta (L, 4-7) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Johnson 3-5, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Rahl 3-6, R, SB
• Marrero 3-7, R, 2B, RBI

Picking where they left things off in lovely Moosic, PA on July 12, Josh Johnson singled with two outs and stole 2nd and 3rd but was stranded there when Jhonatan Solano flew out to right. Mike Crotta took over on the mound and retired three of four he faced in the 12th, but a leadoff walk, stolen base, and a pair of singles pushed him around to score to give the RailRiders the win.

Syracuse 3 Scranton/WB 2 — GAME TWO
• Maya (W, 7-7) 8IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Davis (S, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 2-3, R, 2B
• Walters 1-2, R, BB

In ther regularly scheduled game, Yunesky Maya went eight innings for the second time in three starts as Syracuse split the de facto doubleheader with a 3-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The almost-32-y.o. Cuban let in two runs on five hits, no walks, and struck out five while evening his record at 7-7 for the year. Corey Brown singled, doubled and scored a run as the Chiefs collected eight hits for the night, with Tyler Moore, Josh Johnson, and Jhonatan Solano delivering RBIs via the sac fly, single, and double respectively.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 3 (12 inn.)
• Cole 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 10K, HR
• Barrett (BS, 4) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Perry (L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Burns 2-5, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Head 2-4, BB, 2RBI

A.J. Cole struck out 10 and seemed headed for his third AA win in as many starts when the Sens scored three times in the 7th. The Harrisburg bullpen faltered in the 9th and gave up four unanswered runs for a 4-3 loss in 12 innings. Cole gave up a solo HR in the 2nd but just four hits and no walks over seven innings. Aaron Barrett blew the save with three straight hits to open the inning and let in two runs to tie it. Ryan Perry took the loss without giving up a hit, thought two walks and a wild pitch would suffice. Billy Burns singled twice, walked once, and stole his first AA base but the Senators would strand 14 baserunners while going 3-for-14 with RISP.

Carolina 5 Potomac 4
• Solis 4⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K
• Selik (BS, 4; L, 1-3) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, RBI
• Miller 2-4

A two-out, two-run triple was the difference as Potomac lost again to Carolina, 5-4. Sammy Solis failed to go five innings for the fourth time in nine appearances, tagged for three runs on seven hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four. Brandon Miller continues to rake, going 2-for-4 for the fourth straight game as the P-Nats notched nine hits and drew three walks in the loss.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 0
• Mooneyham (W, 8-3) 7⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 7K
• Self (S, 4) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Severino 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Brett Mooneyham and Derek Self combined on a two-hit shutout as the Suns took another one from Lakewood, 3-0. Mooneyham did, however, issue four walks including two to the last two batters he faced with one out in the 8th. He gave up a first-inning single and struck out seven to tie Pedro Encarnacion for the team lead in wins. Derek Self stranded both runners and pitched around a ninth-inning double for his fourth save. Shawn Pleffner singled, doubled, and walked while Pedro Severino drove in two with a triple to pace the Suns offense.

Aberdeen 10 Auburn 9
• Barrientos 4⅔ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Joyce (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Foat 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Lippincott 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SF

Auburn rallied from a 9-6 deficit in the 9th, but gave it right back in the 10th for a 10-9 loss to Aberdeen, ending a three-game win streak. Jake Joyce took the loss, giving up the final four Ironbird runs on five hits and two walks in the 9th and 10th innings. Joel Barrientos got the no-decision, charged with five runs on nine hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds. Matt Foat led the 15-hit attack with a 4-for-5 night, scoring twice and driving in a run. Issac Ballou, Greg Zebrack and Matt Reistetter each drew two walks as the Doubledays were walked eight times total. Roster move: RHP Nick Pivetta reassigned from the GCL.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Cardinals 0
• Silvestre (W, 5-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Lehman (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ruiz 3-3, 2R, 2RBI
• Mejia 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, R

Hector Silvestre tossed five scoreless frames to win his fifth while the G-Nats ran their latest win streak to 10 with a 9-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Silvestre gave up two hits, walked none and struck out one. A quartet of relievers followed, each pitching a scoreless inning. Adderling Ruiz went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the G-Nats attack of 11 hits and three walks.
Roster move: RHP Deon Williams reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Orioles2 6 (13 inn.) — COMP.
• Torres 6IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Sanchez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Aquino (W, 4-1) 2IP, 0H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rosario 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• Serrata 2-4, R, 2-3B, 2RBI

In a game that had been suspended on July 18 and unreported the morning after, the D-Nats rallied in extras to defeat the Orioles2, 7-6. Luis Torres started and went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with four K’s. Jonathan Aquino got the win despite giving up two unearned runs in the top of 13th, “thanks” to his own thowing error on a botched sacrifice. The D-Orioles2 returned the favor in the bottom of the 13th with their fifth error. Dionicio Rosario sent in the runner that reached with an RBI double, Brayan Serrata followed Rosario with his second RBI triple of the game to tie it, and Edwin Lora drove in Serrata with an RBI single for the gamewinner.

DSL Orioles2 6 DSL Nationals 2 — GAME TWO
• Sanchez (L, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Green 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 1-3, R, SB
• Serrata 1-2, R, 3B

The D-Orioles2 struck for three in the first and never looked back, winning the second game, 6-2. Starter Mario Sanchez turned in five innings, but let in four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five for the loss, his second. The D-Nats were held to just four hits and one walk.

Aug 062013
 

No, I Said The White PhoneBetween the impending shutdown of Taylor Jordan and the injuries to the Rosses (Ohlendorf and Detwiler), a callup of a minor-league pitcher was expected this week — preferably a starter or long reliever.

However, it’s not Nathan Karns, but Tanner Roark.

Roark’s contract was purchased this afternoon as Detwiler was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL and Xavier Cedeno was optioned back to Syracuse. It’s the third time this season that a player has been added to the 40-man without a waiver claim (Taylor, Jeff Kobernus) as Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has proven extremely reluctant to add players during his tenure.

Roark is famously known as one of the “Guz Two,” acquired along with Ryan Tatusko from the Texas Rangers at the July 2010 trading deadline. He’s been workhorse ever since, making 27 starts for Harrisburg in 2010 and 2011, and 26 starts last summer for Syracuse, totaling 300+ innings over that timeframe.

This year, the 26-year-old has been used both as a reliever and as a starter, exiting the Chiefs rotation in late April with the ill-fated Chris Young experiment, and re-entering two months later when a spate of rainouts and ineffectiveness from other Syracuse starters forced the switch.

Since returning to the rotation on June 23, Roark has gone 6-0 with an ERA of 2.15 and a WHIP of 0.89 over 50⅓ innings.

Roark features the classic arsenal of fastball, curve and change. In relief, he can hit the mid-90s but tends to work in the low-90s as a starter. He’s always been a control pitcher, but in 2013 has dropped his BB/9 rate from 2.9 to a Milonesque 1.7. While not a strikeout pitcher per se, he’s averaged around seven per nine innings the past four seasons after starting his career with two seasons of 10+ per nine innings.

Aug 022013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Potomac Nationals announced today that OF Billy Burns has been promoted to Harrisburg. Taking his place on the P-Nats roster is OF Brandon Miller, who was also promoted from Hagerstown.

Burns becomes the ninth P-Nat to get the bump this season, but just the second position player. He’s currently riding a 24-game hit streak, which has been aided by a recent propensity to get hit by pitches as he’s twice left the game without an official at-bat, which is one of the exceptions of the hitting-streak rule (10.24b).

For the season, Burns is hitting .308/.417/.387 with 51 stolen bases and 68 runs scored, which is first and tied for second respectively in the Carolina League. Burns was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2011 First Year Player draft out of Mercer University (Georgia) and has played the past two seasons at Auburn and Hagerstown.

Most notably, Burns resumed switch-hitting last season after abandoning it in college, a rather odd decision for an undersized outfielder (listed very, very generously at 5’9″) whose primary weapon is his speed. In the past few weeks, he’s been spotted trying to reduce his reliance on small-ball in favor of turning gap hits into doubles and triples, which he’s obviously had some success doing (five 2B three 3B in July).

Brandon Miller will take his place in Woodbridge, but will presumably continue to play right field where he can leverage his throwing arm as some 14 Sally League runners have walked off the field when trying to take the extra base against the former catcher. Miller has led the Suns all year long in HRs (18), RBIs (72), and strikeouts (135), totals that currently place him tied for fourth, second and tied for second in the Sally League batting leaderboard.

Replacing Miller on the Suns roster is utilityman Wes Schill, who was activated from the Hagerstown DL (placed on it eight days ago). Likewise, Brian Goodwin, who had missed the previous three games with a “stomach ailment” per Dave Sottile of PennLive.com was placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for Burns in Harrisburg.

Aug 012013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1; Lost, 3-0 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-7, 4.17) vs.
Dennick (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (2-1, 3.81) vs.
Lewis (0-4, 2.17)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
(completion DH)
TBD and Schwartz (8-4, 2.88) vs.
Payano (5-6, 6.31) and
Schwendel (2-1, 4.61)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 (10 inn.) vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (6-3, 2.60) vs.
Hansen (3-6, 4.57)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-5, 7.86) vs.
Stankiewicz (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1; Won, 3-2 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 6.23) vs.
Farinaro (1-1, 5.19)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-0 vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (2-2, 1.21) vs.
Zapata (3-0, 1.25)



Syracuse 3 Louisville 1 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 6-7) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Kobernus 2-4, 2B, SB
• Perez 2-4, R, RBI
• Espinosa 2-4, RBI

Yunesky Maya tossed his first complete game as professional as Syracuse took the opener versus Louisville, 3-1. The Cuban veteran gave up a run on HR and three hits total over the seven innings while striking out six. Eury Perez, Jeff Kobernus, Danny Espinosa, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits. Kobernus and Solano both doubled while Perez and Espinosa each drove in a run.

Louisville 3 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Tatusko (L, 4-5) 4⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Kimball 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Espinosa 1-3, 2B, 2K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, K

No such luck for Ryan Tatusko in the nightcap as the Hoosier Sycamore gave up a solo shot in the 5th in a 3-0 shutout loss in the nightcap. The 28-y.o. took the loss with one run on four hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds. He set down six on strikes. Danny Espinosa and Zach Walters both went 1-for-3 with a double, two of the four hits the Chiefs would manage.
Roster moves: C Kelly Shoppach elected free agency, granted his release; C Kris Watts activated from 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 5 Trenton 3
• Cole (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 6K
• Herron (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Head 2-5
• Hague 1-3, R, BB

A.J. Cole shut down Trenton for six innings while Harrisburg scored four times on miscues in a 5-3 matinee win. Cole gave up an unearned run on four hits and three walks while fanning six to win for the second time in two AA starts. The Senators mustered just four singles, but got the breaks as two-out throwing errors plated one in the 3rd and two in the 7th and a wild pitch scored one in the 4th. Carlos Rivero’s bases-loaded walk, the 6th issued by the Thunder, was the sole earned run by Harrisburg. Tyler Herron struck out four over the final two innings to get the save, his second for the Senators.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The P-Nats return home for a brief four-game homestand after a 5-2 road trip through Lynchburg and Salem that’s extended their lead in the C.L. North to seven games with 34 games to play. Tonight’s a continuation of a suspended game from June 27th followed by a seven-inning contest.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2 (10 inn.)
• Encarnacion 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Henke 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mendez (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB,
• Miller 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Manuel 2-4, 2B, RBI

Brandon Miller’s two-run double in the top of the 10th proved to be the game-winner in a 4-2 extra-innings win in Lakewood. Starter Pedro Encarnacion allowed both Blue Claws runs on five hits and two walks and struck out seven but did not receive the decision. Travis Henke and Gilberto Mendez each pitched two innings of scoreless, no-hit relief with Mendez striking out five and walking two to get the win, his second. Miller, Tony Renda, and Craig Manuel combined for six of Hagerstown’s ten hits and all four Suns doubles.

Lowell 7 Auburn 0
• Orlan (L, 0-2) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, HR, 2HBP
• Medina 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP, BK
• Dent 1-3
• Ballou 1-4

The Doubledays came within two outs of being no-hit in a 7-0 loss to the Spinners. Cody Dent and Isaac Ballou singled in the 9th to prevent the no-no, but were stranded to preserve the shutout. Starter R.C. Orlan was hammered for six runs on eight hits and four walks over four innings. He struck out two and hit two batters. The loss was Auburn’s 30th and third straight as the Doubledays have still not won consecutive games.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Cardinals 1 — GAME ONE
• Pivetta (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Valdez (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Ruiz 2-3, R, 2B
• Eusebio 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Nick Pivetta won his first professional game with five strong innings as the G-Nats continue to roll, taking the opening game of the doubleheader, 2-1. Pivetta pitched five innings of two-hit ball, giving up an unearned run but walking none with two K’s. Phillips Valdez followed with two scoreless frames for his second save. Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run HR in the 4th provided the offense Pivetta and Valdez would need to get the win and save, respectively.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Cardinals 2 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre (W, 4-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Webb (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ward 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• R. Encarnacion 2-3, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats ran their latest winning streak to five games with a 3-2 win in the second game of the doubleheader. Hector Silvestre ran his record to 4-0 with one mistake (a solo HR) and three hits total over five innings. The 20-y.o. Dominican southpaw walked two and struck out five. Drew Ward hit his first professional home, a two-run shot in the 4th, while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the G-Nats offense. He Who Must Not Be Named was assigned to the GCL from Hagerstown for minor-league rehab.

DSL Cubs 5 DSL Nationals 0
• Sanchez (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Torres 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B
• Corredor 2-4

The D-Cubs shut out the D-Nats on seven hits, 5-0. Mario Sanchez got the start and the loss, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Kelvin Gutierrez and Aldrem Corredor both went 2-for-4 as the D-Nats lost for the fifth time in seven meetings.

Jul 312013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Louisville,
6:05 p.m.
Maya (5-7, 4.25) and Tatusko (4-4, 3.55) vs.
Broxton (MLB rehab) and Corcino (5-11, 6.21)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-3 @ Trenton,
12:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Turley (8-5, 4.23)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
11:05 a.m.
Encarnacion (7-7, 3.32) vs.
Nunez (8-7, 4.78)
Auburn Lost, 6-4 @ Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-1, 4.11) vs.
Callahan (2-1, 4.55)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-0 vs. GCL Cardinals,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-1 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-3, 3.89) vs.
Paulino (4-3, 3.41)



Syracuse vs. Louisville — PPD
Rain postponed the opener of the four-game series to tonight, when it will be made up with a doubleheader.

Trenton 11 Harrisburg 3
• Gilliam (L, 3-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Bloxom 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Head 2-4, R

The Thunder struck for eight runs against the Sens ‘pen, turning a 3-1 game after five innings into an 11-3 beating in the series opener. Starter Rob Gilliam took the loss, letting in three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Pat McCoy took the brunt of the eight runs scored in the final two innings, letting in three inherited runners and giving up four runs of his own over an inning and 2/3rds. Justin Bloxom singled, doubled, and homered while going 3-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg offense.
Roster moves: C Sandy Leon activated from the 7-Day DL; C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 29.

Salem 6 Potomac 5 (10 inn.)
• Demny 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Holt 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Dykstra 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-5, R

Today’s off day couldn’t be better timed for Potomac, as the ‘pen was taxed for nearly eight innings in a 6-5 extra-innings walkoff loss to Salem. Starter Paul Demny failed to make it past the third inning for the second straight start since his demotion, knocked for two runs on three hits and three walks over just two innings. Cutter Dykstra’s two-run shot in the 5th and a three-run rally in the 7th built a 5-2 lead, but Salem responded with two in the 7th and one in the 8th to tie it at 5-5. Brian Dupra suffered the loss in the 10th on a Little League home run a two-out triple and an error.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 5-3) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Pena 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Mesa 3-4, 2R, BB
• Ramos 2-5, 2B

Lakewood snapped a 1-1 tie in the 4th with a two-run HR and held on for a 4-2 win over Hagerstown. Starter Kylin Turnbull pitched into 5th but took the loss as he gave up the big fly plus eight other hits for three runs (all earned), as he walked one, and fanned five over four and 2/3rds innings. Narciso Mesa scored twice while going 3-for-4 with a walk to lead the hit column for Hagerstown. Overall the Suns flailed with runners on, going 2-for-15 while stranding 13 baserunners.

Lowell 6 Auburn 4
• Barrientos (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Bafidis 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Lippincott 4-5, 2R, RBI
• Ballou 2-5, R

Auburn rallied for three in the 7th to shave a five-run lead down to two, but couldn’t get any closer as Lowell spun them for a 6-4 loss. Joel Barrientos lost his fourth game, giving up five runs on 10 hits and a walk while hitting a batter. He struck out four. Bryan Lippincott went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI before he was lifted for a pinch runner in the 9th (listed as RHP Manny Rodriguez, more likely it was OF Wilman) to lead the hit column for the Doubledays, who collected 11 hits but left on 10 baserunners.
Roster moves: SS Kyle Attl reassigned from the GCL; SS Wilmer Difo reassigned to the GCL.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 0
• Suero (W, 4-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Lehman 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Abreu 3-4, R, SB
• Medina 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Ward 2-4, 2B, RBI

Three G-Nats pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the G-Marlins, 6-0, extending their lead to 11 games. Wander Suero got the win with five innings pitched, allowing two hits, no walks, striking out four. Hector Silvestre and Pat Lehman both turned in two scoreless relief innings. Osvaldo Abreu went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base to pace the G-Nats 11-hit attack.

DSL Yankees1 6vDSL Nationals 1
• Yrizarri (L, 3-3) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• J. Ramirez 2IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Alvarez 1-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Aguero 1-3, SB

A four-run fourth erased an early 1-0 lead as the D-Nats lost to the D-Yankees1, 6-1. Deibi Yrizarri took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk though he did strike out six over four innings. The D-Nats were held to just five hits, with Thomas Alvarez the sole batter to reach base twice as he walked and doubled while going 1-for-3.

Jul 302013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 9-8 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (5-7, 4.25) vs.
Pino (3-5, 2.94)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (3-4, 3.98) vs.
Greene (3-3, 3.03)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Cuevas (6-6, 5.85)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (5-2, 4.68) vs.
Prosinski (0-0, 3.60)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 @ Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (1-3, 3.65) vs.
Buttrey (3-1, 2.22)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-4 (12 inn.) @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Pivetta (0-0, 3.52) vs.
Effertz (0-2, 6.48)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 vs DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (3-2, 2.36) vs.
De la Rosa (1-1, 4.30)



Syracuse 9 Indianapolis 8
• Clay 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Lowe (BS, 3; W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Moore 3-5, 2B, 2HR, 6RBI
• Brown 3-5, 2-2B

Syracuse blew a 7-0 lead but rallied in the 9th and held on for a 9-8 win, completing the four-game sweep of Indianapolis. Tyler Moore drove in six with a double and two home runs. Corey Brown also went 3-for-5, smacking a pair of doubles as the Chiefs piled up 15 hits. Caleb Clay turned in his sixth quality start with three runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. He struck out two but got the no-decision when Cole Kimball was tagged with four runs as he retired just two of seven batters faced. Mark Lowe, who let in the fourth Kimball run in the 7th, got the blown-save-win for pitching a scoreless 8th. Erik Davis gave up an unearned run in the 9th while earning his 11th save.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
Harrisburg’s 11-day, 10-game roadtrip continues with a three-game set in Trenton. Thus far, the first-place Sens are 4-3 but second-place Erie’s five-game win streak has shrunk the gap between the E.L. West’s top two teams to just a ½ game.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Purke (W, 1-3) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 6K
• Martin (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 3-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Dykstra 2-3, BB, RBI

Matt Purke won his first High-A start as Potomac won its fourth straight, 5-2 over Salem. Purke struck out six and walked one over five and a 1/3rd innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits. Veteran relievers Cameron Selik and Rafael Martin closed out the game for the hold and save, respectively. Caleb Ramsey, who pinch-ran for Billy Burns after the CF was hit by a pitch in the first inning, paced the Potomac offense with a 3-for-4 game, scoring twice and driving in two. The HBP on Burns was the fourth this month by Salem pitchers, and the third time Burns was forced to leave the game. Perhaps not coincidentally, Burns has stolen six bases over that same timeframe.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 4
• Lee 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Davis (L, 1-3) #8531; IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Pleffner 2-3, R, RBI
• Ramos 2-4, RBI
• Renda 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB

Hagerstown couldn’t stop Lakewood from scoring in the final four innings, as the Blue Claws eclipsed the Suns with a 5-4 walkoff win. Starter Nick Lee gave up just a hit and a walk his first five innings but faltered in his final inning, giving up both runs in the 6th on a homer and back-to-back triples. He struck out the side to preserve the 3-2 lead, finishing with eight Ks. Bryan Harper, Derek Self, and Cody Davis were each charged with a run over the final three Lakewood turns at bat. Shawn Pleffner and “Help Me” Wander Ramos combined for four of Hagerstown’s eight hits and two of the three RBIs.

Jamestown 8 Auburn 4
• Johansen 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 6K, 2WP
• Hollins (BS, 3; L, 0-3) ⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Allen 2-4, 2RBI
• Zebrack 2-5, 2B

The Jammers spread seven of their eight runs in the 9th, doubling up the Doubledays for an 8-4 win. L.J. Hollins retired just two of nine batters faced, giving up seven unearned runs on five hits and a hit batsman for the blown-save-loss, his second in as many appearances. Starter Jake Johansen pitched five scoreless innings, letting up four hits, a walk, two wild pitches, and striking out six. Brenton Allen drove in two while going 2-for-4 to pace the Auburn offense.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 4 (12 inn.)
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• K. Rodriguez (W, 4-0) 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Bautista 4-6, 2R, RBI, SB
• Ward 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Read 2-2, RBI

After losing a 3-0 lead after three, the G-Nats scored twice in extra innings for a 5-4 victory, opening up a double-digit lead of 10 games in the GCL East. Jefry Rodriguez got the start, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out three. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win in relief, pitching all three extra frames to run his record to 4-0. Rafael Bautista led the 11-hit G-Nats attack with a 4-for-6 game, driving in a run and stealing a base. Roster move: RHP Matt Derosier reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Yankees1 5
• Reyes 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Salazar (BS, 1; W, 4-0) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Gutierrez 4-4, R, 2-2B, BB, RBI
• Florentino 3-6, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats led 3-0 after six but needed a three-run 9th to prevail over the D-Yankees1, 8-5. Luis Reyes one-hit el imperio del mal for five innings, walking two and fanning six but got the no-decision. Melvi Salazar got the blown-save-win by closing out the 8th after letting in the tying the run and pitching a scoreless 9th. Kelvin Gutierrez singled twice, doubled twice and walked to lead the 17-hit assault on D-Yankees1 pitchers.

Jul 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 2.34) vs.
Hollingsworth (6-4, 3.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (0-3, 8.34) vs.
Pena (4-5, 4.91)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (4-2, 4.03) vs.
Oviedo (1-0, 4.50)
Auburn Won, 5-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-1, 1.21) vs.
Lodge (3-1, 3.97)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.16) vs.
Castellanos (2-3, 3.13)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (3-2, 2.70) vs.
Acevedo (1-0, 1.72)



Syracuse 2 Indianapolis 1
• Roark (W, 9-3) 7⅔ IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Crotta (SV, 4) 1IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 1-3, R, 2B
• Rhymes 2-3, BB

Tanner Roark threw a season-high seven and 2/3rds scoreless innings as the Chiefs reeled off their fifth win in six games, edging Indianapolis 2-1. Roark walked one, let up five hits and struck out five while earning his ninth win of the season. Mike Crotta wobbled in the 9th, giving up a run on three hits, but got the three outs he needed for his fourth save. Six of the eight Syracuse position players hit safely, with Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes the sole Chief to get multiple hits with a 2-for-3 afternoon.

Portland 3 Harrisburg 2
• Karns (L, 7-4) 8IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 8K, HR
• Jeroloman 2-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Lozada 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB
• Rivero 2-4, RBI

The Senators outhit the Sea Dogs, 10-5, but lost the game, 3-2. Nathan Karns went the distance, giving up all three runs on five hits and four walks and striking out eight, but took the loss. Harrisburg led just once, 1-0, as Ricky Hague and Brian Jeroloman both doubled in the 2nd. Portland answered with two in its half of the 3rd for a 2-1 lead. Carlos Rivero knotted the score at 2-2 with an RBI single in the 7th, but a solo shot in the bottom of the inning proved to be the game-winner. The Senators were stymied the rest of the way, drawing just a two-out walk in the 8th and going down 1-2-3 in the ninth. Roster move: C Sandy Leon reassigned from Auburn.

Potomac 6 Salem 4
• Rauh ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, 3WP
• Fischer 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Bates (W, 3-4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Oduber 2-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB

Kevin Keyes’s grand slam highlighted a six-run 8th in a 6-4 Potomac win over Salem. It came at the cost of eight-plus innings of bullpen work as starter Brian Rauh couldn’t make it out of the 1st, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks while getting just two outs. He also threw three wild pitches. Colin Bates got the win while Robert Benincasa got the save despite giving up a home run. The Keyes homer was the fourth hit of the inning as the P-Nats had been held to just two hits through seven innings (no-hit through 3⅓).

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 1
• Dickson (W, 2-2) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mesa 2-4, R, 2B
• B. Miller 2-4, R, RBI
• Renda 1-2, R, BB, RBI, CS

Another strong pitching performance by the Suns pitchers coupled with a big inning on offense was the recipe to take the game, 5-1, and the series 3-1. Ian Dickson won his second straight start with six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out five. Three Suns relievers followed with a goose egg apiece. Hagerstown put up four in the 4th with five hits, including back-to-back-to-back RBIs by Brandon Miller, Mike McQuillan, and “Help Me” Wander Ramos. Miller and Narciso Mesa both went 2-for-4, combining for four of the Suns eight hits.

Auburn 5 Jamestown 2
• Ullmann (W, 1-1) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mudron (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Yezzo 2-4, R
• Gunter 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Auburn put up three in the 3rd and two more in the 7th for a 5-2 win that snapped a four-game losing streak. Starter Ryan Ullmann rebounded from an eight-run pounding last week in Vermont with a quality start of two runs (both unearned) on six hits and no walks over six innings for his first NYPL win. Mike Mudron followed with two scoreless innings for the hold while Jake Joyce pitched around a pair of hits and a walk in the 9th for his first first professional save. James Yezzo led the Doubledays offense, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Roster move: RHP Ryan Ullmann reactivated.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are nine games up in the GCL East with 29 games left to play, the magic number down to 21 after a 6-1 week. Thanks to the rain, it’s another seven games with a doubleheader on Wednesday vs. the Cardinals.
Roster move: RHP Michael Sylvestri reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats are in 2nd place in the Boca Chica South, but a distant 6½games back of the DSL Cubs and 3½ games off the pace for the DSL Wild Card berth. They’ll play the Yankees1, Cubs, y Los Rojos esta semana, with home games on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Jul 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-5 (10 inn.) @ Indianapolis,
1:35 p.m.
Roark (8-3, 3.42) vs.
Bromberg (5-8, 3.71)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ Portland,
1:00 p.m.
Karns (7-3, 3.42) vs.
Doyle (1-3, 5.00)
Potomac Won, 7-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-1, 3.34) vs.
Owens (8-4, 2.78)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 vs. Delmarva,
1:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-2, 5.97) vs.
Guzman (4-2, 4.63)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 vs. Jamestown,
4:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 8-5 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 7 Indianapolis 5 (10 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Davis (W, 3-5) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Cedeno (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Brown 3-4, 2R, HR, 4RBI
• Moore 2-4, R, BB
• Kobernus 2-5, R, RBI, SB

The Chiefs rallied from a 5-1 deficit with six unanswered runs in the final three innings of a 7-5 win in 10 innings. Corey Brown’s three-run blast in the 8th kick-started the comeback while Jeff Kobernus’s two-out RBI single in the 9th tied it. RBI singles by Kelly Shoppach and Zach Walters in the 10th sealed the deal for Syracuse. Erik Davis got the win in relief pitching the 8th and 9th innings while Xavier Cedeno tossed a scoreless 10th for the save. Danny Rosenbaum gave up all five Indianapolis runs on five hits and four walks while setting down two on strikes.

Portland 5 Harrisburg 2
• Hill (L, 2-4) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR (to RCF, not LF)
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB
• Jeroloman 1-2, RBI

Portland erased an early 2-0 Harrisburg lead with a three-run 3rd as the Sea Dogs scored five unanswered runs to win 5-2 at Fenway Park in Boston. Taylor Hill lost his fourth game, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. The Senators mustered just five hits, with Jason Martinson the lone Senator to reach base twice with a walk and single.
Roster moves: OF Steve Souza placed on the 7-Day DL; UT Sean Nicol activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 2
• Schwartz (W, 8-4) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Martin (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Gilmartin 3-4, R, 2B
• Oduber 2-4, R, RBI

Potomac scored four unanswered runs in the 8th and 9th innings to turn one-run game into a 7-2 victory, and taking the four-game series 3-1. Blake Schwartz became the first P-Nats starter to win eight games with a quality start of two runs on four hits over six and 2/3rds. He walked none and struck out five. Mike Gilmartin went 3-for-4 with a double to lead Potomac’s 12-hit parade on offense.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 0
• Mooneyham (W, 6-3) 8IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 8K, WP
• Self 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Pleffner 3-3, BB, RBI, SB
• Ramos 2-4, R, 2B

Brett Mooneyham issued no walks for the second straight start and pitched a season-high eight innings as the Suns shut out the Shorebirds, 6-0. The 23-y.o. Stanford alum allowed just two hits and fanned eight to win his sixth game. Derek Self preserved the shutout with a 1-2-3 ninth. Hagerstown busted out for five runs in the 4th, aided by an error on a sacrifice bunt that scored two runs. Shawn Pleffner went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base to pace the Suns offense, which registered nine hits and two walks.

State College 2 Auburn 1
• Voth 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Hollins (BS, 2; L, 0-2) 1IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• W. Rodriguez 3-4, R
• Ballou 1-2, 3BB

Through eight innings, the Doubledays held the Spikes to six hits. Three hits in the 9th, however, led to the two runs State College needed for a 2-1 walkoff win over Auburn. L.J. Hollins, who escaped a 1st-and-3rd jam with one out in the 8th, gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases, hit a batter to send in the tying run, then gave up a third single to take the blown-save-loss. Starter Austin Voth got the no-decision for his five innings of two-hit, no-walk ball with six strikeouts. Wilman Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Doubledays hit column while leadoff man Isaac Ballou reached base four times with a single and three base-on-balls.

GCL Nationals 8 GCL Mets 5
• Ott 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Walsh (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bautista 4-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Medina 2-4, 2R, RBI, CS

The G-Mets erased an early 4-0 deficit but the G-Nats responded with a pair of crooked numbers in the 5th and 6th innings to take the Saturday morning game, 8-5. Travis Ott got the start and went three inning, giving up a run on three hits and two walks. He struck out two. Philips Valdez was ruled the winning pitcher despite coughing up three runs in the 5th. Jake Walsh struck out two in 1-2-3 ninth to get the save. Rafael Bautista went 4-for-5 with two RBI, missing the cycle by a home run as the G-Nats racked up 11 hits and went 5-for-12 with RISP.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Brewers — GNR
Fifteen of seventeen games on Saturday had completed boxscores. The D-Nats vs. D-Brewers game wasn’t one of them.

Jul 272013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2 @ Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-7, 3.99) vs.
K. Johnson (9-4, 2.52)
Harrisburg Won, 7-5 @ Portland (Fenway),
12:00 p.m.
Hill (2-3, 1.82) vs.
Couch (7-3, 3.90)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (7-4, 2.89) vs.
Hinson (0-1, 1.38)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (5-3, 2.97) vs.
Hader (3-5, 2.55)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 @ State College,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 2.00) vs.
Reyes (0-1, 2.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-4 vs. GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 10-3 @ DSL Brewers,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (3-2, 1.39) vs.
Torres (1-1, 2.96)



Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 2
• Tatusko (W, 4-4) 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K, HR
• Crotta (SV, 3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 4-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Moore 2-3, R, BB,
• Rhymes 2-4, RBI, CS

Zach Walters was a double shy of the cycle while Ryan Tatusko turned in a quality start as Syracuse defeated Indianapolis, 5-2. Walters went 4-for-4 with a triple and a HR, driving in two — his first four-hit game and the fourth time he’s come within one hit of the statistical feat. Tatusko gave up a two-run blast in the second but went six innings, with five hits, four walks and seven strikeouts as he evened up his record at 4-4. He got some help from the defense as the Chiefs turned three double plays, including a 9-2 DP when Corey Brown (who also hit his 15th HR) snagged a foul fly and gunned down the runner to end the 2nd inning.
Roster move: RHP Drew Storen optioned from Washington; C Sam Palace reassigned from Hagerstown.

Harrisburg 7 Portland 5
• Ray 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K
• Perry (BS, 2; W, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Souza 2-3, R, 2-2B (left due to hip injury)
• Goodwin 1-1, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Hood 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

The Senators blew a 5-3 lead in the bottom of 8th but got them back with two in the top of the 9th for a 7-5 win, their fourth straight. Starter Robbie Ray recovered from a six-run meltdown in his previous outing to turn in five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. Ryan Perry got the dreaded blown-save win, though he came in after a double-error that put the tying run on third in the 8th and pitched a scoreless 9th. Steve Souza started in CF and doubled twice in three at-bats, but left due to a hip injury. His replacement, Brian Goodwin, walked and homered in the 9th. As a team, the Senators registered 12 hits but were just 3-for-16 with RISP.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 1
• Solis (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Holt (H, 3) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Dykstra 1-2, R, 2B, 3BB, SB
• Keyes 2-5, R, RBI, SB

The Nationals can score five times in the 9th and break open a 1-0 game. Well, Potomac anyway as the P-Nats did just that for a 6-1 win over the Hillcats. Sammy Solis got the win with five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk. Greg Holt got the next seven outs for his third hold and his 8th scoreless outing in his last 10 appearances. Two-run doubles by Justin Miller and Caleb Ramsey highlighted the 9th as Potomac collected four of its seven hits in the final frame. Robert Benincasa, who got the last two outs on the 8th, notched his ninth save though he let up a run in the 9th on a triple and a single before retiring the final three batters.

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 1
• P. Encarnacion (L, 7-7) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K
• Henke 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Renda 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, 2B, SB

The Shorebirds made the Suns pay for their mistakes, following both errors with triples to score three unearned runs in a 5-1 Delmarva win over Hagerstown. Pedro Encarnacion saw his won-loss record fall to 7-7 with those three runs allowed on six hits and two walks over six innings. The 22-y.o. struck out six. The offense notched nine hits, with Tony Renda, Will Piwinica-Worms and Craig Manuel each going 2-for-4, but left nine baserunners on.

State College 4 Auburn 1
• Williams (L, 0-5) 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Bafidis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 3-4, R
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, SB

Deion Williams pitched a career-high six innings, but the proverbial one bad inning did him in as State College spiked Auburn, 4-1. Williams gave up five of his eight hits in the four-run 3rd. He walked two and struck out four, finishing his outing with one hit over three scoreless innings. Cody Gunter led the nine-hit Doubledays offense with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Wilman Rodriguez’s 2-for-4 effort with a stolen base.

GCL Mets 5 GCL Nationals 4
• Giolito (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Silvestre 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, R, 2B, OF assist at 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI

The G-Nats rallied for three in the 9th but left the tying run at second, losing to the G-Mets 5-4 and ending an eight-game win streak. Lucas Giolito made it out of the 1st, through the 2nd, but was lifted with two outs in the third. The Nats’ 2012 1st round pick gave up four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three. Randy Encarnacion led the G-Nats attack with a double and two singles, but just one of the team’s eight hits came in 11 RISP chances as the team stranded 11 baserunners total.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Brewers 3
• Morales 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• J. Ramirez (W, 1-1) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Aguero 3-4, 3R, RBI, SB
• Florentino 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Serrata 2-4, 2RBI

The D-Nats broke open a 2-2 game with a three-spot in the 6th and four more in the 7th as they flattened the D-Brewers, 10-3. Jose Morales gave up two solo home runs and four hits total, walked none, and struck out five in his third start. The win went to reliever Jean Ramirez, who allowed a run over three innings on three hits and a walk. “Fred” Aguero continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base. The D-Nats took advantage of five errors to score 10 times on 11 hits and two walks.