Jun 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0 @ Norfolk,
12:05 p.m.
Hill (8-2, 1.75) vs.
Escalona (1-1, 3.78)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Brach (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Dean (4-2, 4.48)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (2-4, 4.79) vs.
Townsley (1-1, 2.31)
Auburn Postponed @ Mahoning Valley,
5:30 p.m.
L. Torres (1-0, 0.00) and
R. Lopez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Brady (0-0, 11.25) and
Santana (0-1, 5.79)
DSL Nationals Won, 5-2 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
N. Ramirez (1-1, 3.60) vs.
J. Valdez (1-1, 1.50)


Syracuse 3 Norfolk 0
• Laffey (W, 9-3) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Madrigal (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Laird 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 1-3, 2B, RBI

Brandon Laird broke up the no-hitter with a single in the 5th then cracked a two-run homer in the 7th as the Chiefs shut out the Tide, 3-0. Starter Aaron Laffey pitched seven strong innings, giving up five hits and two walks as he won his tie-for-the-league-lead 9th game. Mike Gonzalez retired just one of three batters faced, putting on two runners with a walk and a single allowed, but Daniel Stange stranded them to close out the 8th. Warner Madrigal retired the side in order in the 9th for his fifth save. Brock Peterson doubled in Laird in the 5th while Jhonatan Solano singled ahead of Laird to round out the four-hit assualt by Syracuse.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 4
• Kroenke 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Benincasa (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Keyes 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg’s losing streak was extended to three with 5-4 collapse in the 9th to New Britain. Starter Zach Kroenke went the first five and a 1/3rd innings, charged with two runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Colin Bates let in one run but finished the 6th and Tyler Herron gave up one in the 8th after a scoreless 7th. Robert Benincasa made his AA debut in the 9th, but it was rough one as as he retired just two of seven batters faced for the blown-save-loss. Matt Skole and Michael Taylor both homered while Kevin Keyes reached base three times with a single, walk, and a double as the Senators posted a modest eight hits and drew three walks on the afternoon. Roster move: RHP Robert Benincasa promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Potomac opens on the road with three against Lynchburg and then returns home for three against Salem as they continue a bizarre schedule with only four sequences of more than three days in any one place over the next 11 weeks.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Suns and Grasshoppers rematch to begin the 2nd half with a four-game set in Greensboro, then come home for a pair of four-game series against Lakewood and Delmarva. Roster move: IF Cody Dent activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn vs. Mahoning Valley — PPD
It would appear that, weather permitting, it’s doubleheader for yours truly in Niles, Ohio. (Don’t worry, if I get a chance to write it up, I’m going to title it “Last Night In Mahoning Valley,” even though I did think about using this pic).

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Cardinals 2
• J. Baez (W, 2-1) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Cespedes (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J. Ramirez 3-4, 2R, 3B
• Franco 2-3, RBI
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Eight of nine batters hit safely as the D-Nats built a 4-0 lead early and cruised to a 5-2 win over the D-Cards for their 10th win in 16 games. Joan Baez tossed six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four to win his second game. Angher Cespedes got the last four outs, stranding two in the 8th as he notched his third save Joshual Ramirez led the 12-hit parade with a pair of singles and a triple.

Jun 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (8-3, 3.38) vs.
Jones (3-4, 5.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 vs. New Britain,
12:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-1, 4.88) vs.
Vasquez (4-2, 3.28)
Potomac ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Brady (0-0, 11.25)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (1-1, 2.08) vs.
Alcantara (1-2, 2.77)


Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Treinen (W, 3-0) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Delcarmen (H, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Moore 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Walters 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI, CS
• Burriss 2-4, 2R, BB, SB(10)

Syracuse scored in three straight innings to build a 4-0 lead and held off Norfolk for a 5-3 win to even the series at 1-1. Blake Treinen returned from DC to spin six strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while setting down six on strikes for his third AAA win. The top four batters combined to go 7-for-15 with three runs scored and three RBI while Brandon Laird homered. Leadoff man Emmanuel Burriss fit the description with two singles, two runs scored, and a walk while swiping his 10th base.
Roster move: LHP Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno optioned from Washington.

New Britain 7 Harrisburg 2
• Cole (L, 6-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• Harper 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 3-4, RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, R, BB

After winning seven straight, it’s now two consecutive losses as the Rock Cats slammed the Senators, 7-2. A.J. Cole struck out eight over five innings but was also touched for three runs on six hits and two walks to take the loss. Neil Holland coughed up the killshot, surrendering a grand slam to turn a 3-2 game into the eventual score in the 7th. Bryan Harper struck out two and gave up a hit in his AA debut. Cutter Dykstra went 3-for-4 with an RBI while rehabbing Jeff Kobernus was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The rest of the lineup went 2-for-25 as Harrisburg was held to seven hits total.
Roster moves: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Syracuse, UT Jeff Kobernus reassigned from Potomac (MLB rehab), LHP Bryan Harper promoted from Potomac.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Perez got the start at SS while Pleffner came off the bench at 1B, but both men went 0-for-2 and combined for three strikeouts as the Carolina League loss to the California League, 3-2.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
Wilmer Difo went 0-for-3 with a walk and a whiff as the starting 2B, Rafael Bautista came off the bench to go 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Spencer Kieboom was the second of three catchers to play in a 10-inning, 4-4 tie at the Sally League All-Star game.

Auburn 2 Mahoning Valley 1
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (W, 1-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Sanchez (S, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Mejia 2-3, 2B

Three Auburn pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Doubledays edged the Scrappers, 2-1. Jefry Rodriguez gave up both the hit and the run as he walked four during the first five innings. Deibi Yrizarri followed with two perfect innings, striking out one, while Mario Sanchez followed suit, but struck out two as the two relievers earned the win and save, respectively. Cody Gunter and Bryan Mejia both went 2-for-3 with a double to pace the Auburn offense, which got the winning run on an unintentional walk following an intentional base-on-balls in the 8th.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Bermudez (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Fuentes 3⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Robles 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, CS
• Rengel 2-3, 2R

The D-Nats fell into an early 4-0 hole and couldn’t dig themselves out, falling to the D-Cards, 5-3. Starter Juan Bermudez took the loss, giving up the first three runs (two earned) on five hits over three and a 1/3rd innings. The 9-1 batters racked up four of the six hits and scored all three D-Nats runs as the offense left on just five baserunners.

Jun 162014
 

Shuffling The Deck
Posting from the road office in Nashville, Tennessee… The shuffling of rosters at the Class-A All-Star Breaks has begun, though it’s up and down the ladder:

SYRACUSE
• LHP Matt Grace reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Rafael Martin reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Ryan Mattheus, OF Destin Hood placed on 7-Day DL (Hood retroactive to 6/15)
• IF Jose Lozada activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Ryan Tatusko placed on 3-Day TIL

POTOMAC
• RHP Austin Voth promoted from Hagerstown

AUBURN
• RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned from Hagerstown
• LHPs Cory Bafidis, David Napoli reassigned from Hagerstown

In a season chock-full of needs-based moves, it’s hard to tell how many of these moves are permanent. Best guess: Voth stays in High-A where pitching is needed while at least two of the Harrisburg-to-Syracuse moves will be undone a la Brian Dupra last week. Likewise, I’d posit that at least one of the Hagerstown-to-Auburn moves will be reversed as this appears that the Nationals want these guys available and/or working with coaches.

UPDATE: One move that is permanent is that of Ryan Tatusko, who I can confirm has been sold to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball League as noted in the comments. He will rejoin former teammate and former Nationals farmhand Caleb Clay (H/T Geoff Morrow, Mick Reinhard).

Jun 162014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0 @ Norfolk,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (1st AAA start of ’14) vs.
Yoon (2-6, 5.54)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 8-6 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Lost, 6-3 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (0-1, 7.50 @ DSL in ’12) vs.
Cavanerio (4-1, 2.74 @ GCL in ’13)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 2.35) vs.
Brito (0-1, 19.29)


Syracuse 4 Norfolk 0
• Roenicke (W, 2-3) 6IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Jackson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 2-4, R, RBI
• Moore 2-4
• Laird 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Three Chiefs pitchers combined on a ten-hit shutout as Syracuse took the four-game series 3-1 with a 4-0 victory. Josh Roenicke got the win, his second, scattering seven hits and working around two walks over six scoreless innings. Zach Jackson and Daniel Stange followed with two zeroes and one goose egg, respectively. Zach Walters and Tyler Moore both went 2-for-4 while Brandon Laird went 1-for-3 with a two-run double as Syracuse totaled nine hits and two walks though they struck out 13 times.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 2
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 3IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 2K
• Herron 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Latimore 3-3, BB, RBI
• Martinson 2-4, RBI

Bowie picked up right where they left off Saturday night by putting up another four-spot in the 1st as they handed Harrisburg a 6-2 loss, ending the Sens’ seven-game win streak. Brian Dupra returned from a spot start in AAA but lost the strike zone with five walks in five innings while giving up five runs on… wait for it… five hits. Qunicy Latimore reached base four times with three singles and a walk while Jason Martinson went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Senators registered eight hits and four walks total on offense.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 6
• Bacus 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Manno (W, 1-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Harper (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• McQuillan 3-5, 2B, 4RBI
• Renda 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

Potomac couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 5-3 but scored three in the 8th to take the series finale against Winston-Salem, 8-6. Mike McQuillan twice came up big with two-RBI hits, doubling in the 5th and singling in the 8th to plate the go-ahead runs as he went 3-for-5 to lead the P-Nats attack. Dakota Bacus pitched six innings, giving up three on seven hits and two walks while striking out four but got a no-decision. The win went to Chris Manno, who pitched a high-wire 8th, while Bryan Harper nailed it down in the 9th for his 1st save of 2014. While not official (yet), according to little bro Bryce, Bryan is on his way to Harrisburg.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 5
• Voth 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Napoli (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Walsh (SV, 8) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 2-3, R, 3B, SF, 3RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The Suns bats, which had gone dead for much of the past week, awakened for three in the 6th and four in the 7th as they dropped the Drive, 8-5 to avoid a series sweep and break a four-game losing streak. Alas, it was too little, too late as the Greensboro Grasshoppers completed the improbable feat of winning 10 straight (the first three against the Suns) to finish the half and win the Sally League Northern Division first-half title. Starter Austin Voth was dinged for three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings but got yet another no-decision (six in 13 starts). The win went to David Napoli in his Low-A debut while Jake Walsh stranded two in the 8th and closed it out in the 9th for his eighth save. Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen activated from the 7-Day DL, IF John Wooten placed on the 7-Day DL.

Batavia 6 Auburn 3
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Orlan 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Diomedes Eusebio 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Diomedes Eusebio’s three-run shot in the 8th broke up the shutout bid but Batavia, um, doubled up Auburn, 6-3. Starter Luis Reyes took the loss, giving up a two-run homer in the 1st and three hits total over five innings, walking one and fanning six. The Muckdogs scored four against reliever Matt DeRosier in the 7th to break it open. Eusebio also doubled and went 2-for-4, while Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz went 1-for-3 with a walk as the Doubledays were limited to just six hits and four walks on the afternoon.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats remain in 2nd place in the Boca Chica South at 8-5, though they’ve lost two straight. This week it’s home games against the Mariners, Cardinals, and Orioles2 while they visit the Cards and O’s-dos y Los Rojos.

Jun 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 vs. Norfolk,
2:00 p.m.
Roenicke (1-3, 5.31) vs.
Additon (3-1, 3.33)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Berry (3-3, 4.15)
Potomac Won, 7-6;
Lost, 5-4 (9 inn.)
vs. Winston-Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-2, 3.54) vs.
Wendelken (5-6, 3.77)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Voth (4-3, 2.23) vs.
Ball (1-5, 7.12)
Auburn Lost, 7-2 vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
Reyes (0-1, 6.75 @ GCL in ’13) vs.
Castellanos (3-4, 3.45 @ GCL in ’13)
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-0 OFF DAY N/A


Norfolk 4 Syracuse 1
• Hill 8IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K
• Mattheus 2BF, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K
• Madrigal 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Goodwin 2-4
• Laird 2-4, CS

The Tide tied it with an unearned run in the 8th and washed over Ryan Mattheus and Warner Madrigal for three in the 9th for a 4-1 victory. Destin Hood’s removal from the game was due to knee soreness, per Lyndsay Kramer of Syracuse.com.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 4
• Brach (W, 1-0) 6IP, 7H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Demny 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 3-5, 2R, 2B, BB, OF assist at 1B
• Skole 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

The Senators won their seventh straight game and were on the verge of an 8-0 shutout before the wheels wobbled in the 9th as the BaySox got three walks and an error and scored four times in the 9th for the final 8-4 tally.

Potomac 7 Winston-Salem 6 — GAME ONE
• Spann 5⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Mendez (W, 4-3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Perez 2-3, BB, RBI, SB(18), E(16)
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, 2B

Potomac took the opener by scoring twice in 5th and 6th innings and three in 7th, overcoming a four-run outburst by Winston-Salem in the 6th, to walk off with a 7-6 win.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 4 (9 inn.) — GAME TWO
• R. Pena ⅓ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Dickson 5⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 8K, 2-0 IR-S
• Benincasa (BS, 3; L, 4-2) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 1-3, R

The P-Nats rallied again in the 7th to force “extras” in the nightcap but lost on a two-out, two-strike wild pitch by closer Robert Benincasa for a 5-4 loss.

Greenville 3 Hagerstown 1
• Giolito (L, 2-1) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Ullmann 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 1-4, 2B
• Yezzo 1-4, RBI

The Suns lost the game, 3-1, and the division lead as the Grasshoppers took their 9th straight. With Greensboro taking the one and only series between them in the first half, Hagerstown must win today and the Grasshoppers must lose for the Suns to win the Sally League Northern Division. Roster moves: LHPs Cory Bafidis, David Napoli reassigned from Auburn.

Batavia 7 Auburn 2
• Ott 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Mooneyham 2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K
• Vettleson 1-2, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Abreu 1-3, R, 3B, BB

The Muckdogs went to town in the bottom of the 8th, scoring all seven runs as they evened the home-and-home opening series with a 7-2 victory over the Doubledays. Roster moves: RHPs David Ramos, Jefry Rodriguez reassigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Mariners 9 DSL Nationals 0
• Pena (L, 1-1) 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Acevedo 1IP, 4H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K
• Pimentel 1-2, BB
• Perdomo 1-3

The D-Mariners erupted for five in the 5th while the D-Nats were held to just three hits and committed seven (7) errors in the 9-0 loss.

Jun 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-1 vs. Norfolk,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (8-2, 1.92) vs.
Escalona (1-1, 4.91)
Harrisburg Won, 11-5 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Brach (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
E. Rodriguez (1-3, 5.50)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Montas (3-0, 1.23) and
Goldberg (2-4, 5.17)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-2;
Lost, 2-0
vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 2.06) vs.
Gunkel (2-0, 2.58)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (3-0, 4.03 @ GCL in ’13) vs.
Adames (0-0, 0.00 in NYPL in ’13)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (1-0, 3.00) vs.
Manzueta (0-2, 1.50)


Syracuse 10 Norfolk 1
• Laffey (W, 8-3) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Jackson 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burriss 4-4, 4R, BB
• Laird 3-4, 3R

Steve Souza opened the scoring with a two-run blast in the 1st and Zach Walters ended it with a three-run shot in the 8th as the Chiefs rolled the Tide, 10-1. Aaron Laffey pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight start and 8th game overall, allowing the one Norfolk run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Emmanuel Burriss reached base five times with four singles and a walk, and scored four times while Brandon Laird went 3-for-4 with three runs scored as Syracuse pounded out 15 hits total. Souza and Walters combined for nine of the 10 RBI.
Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington, RHP Blake Treinen optioned to Washington.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 5
• Kroenke (W, 2-1) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K
• Espino (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Keyes 3-4, 2R, HR(10), BB, 3RBI
• Ramsey 3-4, R, BB, SB

The Senators extended their win streak to six with an 11-5 beatdown of the BaySox. Harrisburg put up 14 hits and walked five times as every batter reached base. Kevin Keyes went deep for the third time this week with a three-run blast in the 1st for his 10th AA homer and 14th overall. He went 3-for-4 with a walk as did Caleb Ramsey to lead the barrage. Zach Kroenke didn’t pitch well, coughing up five runs on seven hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds, but got the win. Paolo Espino let in two inherited runners but kept Bowie off the board in the 7th and 8th innings. Derek Self worked around a walk to toss a scoreless inning in his AA debut.
Roster moves: RHPs Brett Brach, Derek Self promoted from Potomac.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 2 — GAME ONE
• Simms (L, 1-4) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Suero 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• McQuillan 2-2, R, 2B, BB
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI

It was supposed to be two, but they only got in one Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena activated from the 7-Day DL.

Greenville 8 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre (L, 2-4) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Cooper 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Middleton 2-2, 2RBI
• Lopez 1-3, R, 2B

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains. In the opener, it was two out of three and it was bad as Hagerstown lost to Greenville, 8-2. Hector Silvestre struggled again, giving up two runs in the space of three batters with a triple and a home run and three hits total in his one and only inning pitched. The Drive motored through three relievers, scoring in five of seven innings. Brennan Middleton’s two-run single following a Drew Ward walk and a Carlos Lopez double basically summed up the offense, accounting for the two Suns runs scored in the 2nd.

Greenville 2 Hagerstown 0 — GAME TWO
• Pivetta (L, 8-3) 5IP, 3H, 2R, ER, 3BB, 6K
• Davis 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 1-3
• Ward 1-3

Hagerstown’s scoring woes continued in the nightcap as they were shut out on two hits, 2-0. Nick Pivetta pitched well enough to win on most nights, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out six but took his third loss. Isaac Ballou and Drew Ward both singled one in three ABs while Craig Manuel walked once to account for the three (3) Suns baserunners. If you’re a DC sports fan, you didn’t need to look up how Greensboro did — you already knew they won again to cut the Hagerstown lead to a single game with two to go in the first half.

Auburn 2 Batavia 1
• Lopez 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K, E
• Torres (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sanchez (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gunter 1-2, R, 2B, E
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, 2B, RBI

A defensive gem this game was not, but Auburn made one less mistake as they edged Batavia, 2-1 to take the season opener. Auburn got on the board in the first as the leadoff runner reached on a dropped third strike, took second on a missed pickoff, and scored on a two-out double by Jean Carlos Valdez. The Doubledays gave the run back in the 5th with two errors — one by Cody Gunter to allow the runner to reach, the other by starter Reynaldo Lopez who also threw it away trying to pick off a runner at first base. The gamewinner came in the 7th when Gunter doubled with one out, took third on a flyout to center and scored when the cutoff man muffed the throw in from the outfield. Lopez went the first five innings and gave up the lone Muckdog run on two hits and a walk while fanning five. Luis Torres got the win with two scoreless innings of relief while the save went to Mario Sanchez for a pair of 1-2-3 innings in the 8th and 9th. Roster move: LHP Brett Mooneyham activated from 7-Day DL and reassigned from Potomac.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 6
• N. Ramirez (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K, HBP
• Archibald 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, HBP, PO at 1B
• Agustin 1-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Mota 1-3, R, BB

The D-Mets greeted Nector Ramirez with three in the 3rd and knocked him from the box while scoring another three in the 4th as they held off the D-Nats for 6-5 win. Ramirez was charged with four runs total on six hits and two walks over three and 1/3rd innings as he suffered his first loss. The D-Nats were held to just seven hits but scored five times with the help of two errors and a wild pitch. Israel Mota was the only batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Jun 132014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 vs. Norfolk,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (7-3, 3.60) vs.
Gamboa (4-5, 4.06)
Harrisburg Won, 9-6 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Kroenke (1-1, 4.09) vs.
Pettit (4-4, 6.03)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
5:30 p.m. (DH)
Simms (1-3, 3.92) and Spann (4-1, 3.38)
vs. Montas (3-0, 1.23)
Jaye (2-0, 1.57) and Goldberg (2-4, 5.17)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greenville,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (2-3, 4.50) and Pivetta (8-2, 4.15)
vs. McGrath (1-3, 4.76) and Gunkel (2-0, 2.58)
Smith (2-4, 6.80)
Auburn N/A vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
R. Lopez (0-1, 7.04 at Low-A)
vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
N. Ramirez (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Rondon (0-1, 4.91)


Syracuse 5 Norfolk 3
• Tatusko (W, 5-5) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, 2WP
• Stange (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Walters 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Peterson 1-3, BB
• Souza 2-4, R

The Chiefs put up four in the first and rode out the Tide for a 5-3 win in the first of eight straight against Norfolk. Ryan Tatusko evened up his won-loss record at 5-5 with three runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over five and a third, though he did give up a home run for the third straight start. The Syracuse ‘pen combined for three and 2/3rds scoreless, with Daniel Stange and Manny Delcarmen earning hold and Warner Madrigal picking up the save. Eight of nine Chiefs hit safely, as Syracuse racked up 12 hits with Zach Walters, Tyler Moore, Steve Souza, and Jhonatan Solano each going 2-for-4. Roster move: LHP Mike Gonzalez activated from the TIL.

Harrisburg 9 Erie 6
• Cole (W, 6-2) 5IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Martin (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 3-4, 3R, 2B, BB
• Skole 2-4, HR, BB, 3RBI, E(7)
• Taylor 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, RBI

With a 9-6 win, the Senators extended their win streak to five and swept an opponent on the road for the first time this season. Staff ace A.J. Cole was knocked around for five runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks over five innings but got the Jack Morris win, his 6th of the season. Matt Skole homered again, smacking a three-run bomb in the top of the 9th for his third big fly in the last eight games and sixth overall. Michael Taylor hit HR #16 while Caleb Ramsey notched another three-hit game and drew walk to lead the 14-hit attack. Roster move: RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac 3 Winston-Salem 2
• G. Gonzalez 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 7K
• Mendez (W, 3-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Benincasa (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Oduber 2-3, R, 3B

With a 3-2 victory over Winston-Salem, Potomac clinched the Carolina League’s Northern Division first half title in back-to-back seasons for the first time as a Nationals affiliate. Gio Gonzalez made his second rehab outing, pitching four innings with one run allowed on two hits and four walks. He struck out seven, including the side in the 4th. Jeff Kobernus, also on rehab, walked with one out, stole 2nd and 3rd, and came in to score when the catcher overthrew third base. It would be prove to be the gamewinner when the P-Nats reloaded the bases on a walk and two singles only to have the insurance canceled with a 3-2-4 double play to end the inning. Gilberto Mendez got the win with three outs and two runners stranded in the 8th while Robert Benincasa mowed ‘em down in order with a pair of K’s and a flyout for his 11th save.

Greenville vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The afternoon rains were too much for the field to absorb, forcing a postponement and creating a doubleheader for Friday night against Greenville. The Suns’ magic number is stuck at two as the Grashoppers refuse to lose, taking their seventh straight decision with a 5-2 win over the Intimidators.

Auburn Doubledays — Opening Day
With more than a dozen players from the 2013 GCL Nationals, there will be high expectations for the 2014 Auburn Doubledays, writes Jeremy Houghtaling of the Auburn Citizen, who wrote a [ship]load of stories this week about the Doubledays; you can follow him on Twitter here. An official roster unveiling is unlikely this year, thanks to the NYPL starting up a week earlier than in years past.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Mets1 5
• Baez 6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Agustin 4-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Vilorio 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• G. Ramirez 2-2, R, 3B, HR, BB, 2RBI

Joan Baez showed no rust on the diamond as he walked one and let up just two hits over six innings to earn his first win as the D-Nats outslugged the D-Mets1 squad, 8-5. Telmito Agustin continues to swing a hot bat, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Luis Vilorio followed him in the hit column with a 3-for-4 game, including a double and an RBI. Gilberto Ramirez piled up the most total bases with a triple and a home run.

Jun 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Norfolk,
7:00 p.m.
Tatukso (4-5, 2.69) vs.
Wright (1-4, 6.27)
Harrisburg Won, 15-8 (10 inn.) @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (5-2, 2.30) vs.
Saupold (3-6, 6.00)
Potomac Canceled vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
G. Gonzalez (MLB rehab) vs.
Bucciferro (4-5, 3.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-2 vs. Greenville,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (2-3, 4.50) vs.
McGrath (1-3, 4.76)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-7 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (0-1, 3.86) vs.
Montijo (0-2, 12.00)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
The first-place Chiefs resume their seven-game homestand with four against Tides before heading out eight games in North Carolina next week (four against the Tides, four against the Bulls). Roster move: C Sandy Leon recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 15 Erie 8 (10 inn.)
• Simmons 5IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Grace (BS, 2; W, 3-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Ramsey 3-6, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-5, 2R, BB, 2RBI

Make that four in a row in a wild one in Erie as the Senators dug themselves out of a 7-2 hole after five, took an 8-7 lead in the top of the 8th, lost it in the bottom of the 8th, then exploded for seven in the 10th for a 15-8 win. Kevin Keyes homered twice while Matt Skole homered once as Harrisburg pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of eight walks while striking out just six times. Starter James Simmons may have been affected by the 89-minute rain delay before first pitch, as he was knocked around for seven runs on 10 hits and a walk, and gave up two HRs (nos. 4 & 5 in just 29⅔ IP) over five innings. Matt Grace got the blown-save-win after he let in the tying run in the 8th but pitched a scoreless 9th. Caleb Ramsey, Keyes, and Mitch Canham, who cleared the bases with a pinch-hit triple in the 10th, each had three RBI.

Potomac vs. Carolina — CNCLD
Rain and thunderstorms washed out the series finale between the Mudcats and the P-Nats and creates a wrinkle in the race for the first-half title. As is often the case, the cancellation benefited the division leader because it eliminated the chance for Potomac to lose. Lynchburg lost to Southern Division champ (and truth be told, the Carolina League’s team to beat) Myrtle Beach last night to create a four-game difference in the loss column. The Hillcats have just four games left while Potomac has five. Thus, the magic number is now just two as the best that the Hillcats can do is win out for a 37-33 record while Potomac only needs to not lose twice to finish with 32 or fewer losses.

Lakewood 10 Hagerstown 2
• Rodriguez (L, 0-2) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Yezzo 2-4
• Ballou 1-3, R, BB, SB

Any hope the Suns had in coming back were eclipsed as the BlueClaws put up seven in the bottom of the 8th to prevent the sweep and win the series finale, 10-2. Ryan Ullmann became the latest victim of the GBI curse as Lakewood got to him for four hits and three walks in the space of nine batters during the 8th. Starter Jefry Rodriguez took the loss, touched for three runs on seven hits over the first five frames. He struck out four and walked none while suffering his second loss. Hagerstown was limited to six hits, with James Yezzo (2-for-4) and Isaac Ballou (1-3, BB) the only two batters to reach base twice. The magic number remains at two as Greensboro won its sixth straight last night against the Power. The Suns return home to finish the half while the Grasshoppers hit the road in Kannapolis.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Yankees1 7
• Bermudez 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Charlis (BS, 1; W, 3-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Agustin 3-5, 3R, 3B, 2SB
• Franco 2-3, R, BB, RBI

Turnabout is fair play, though it wasn’t as dramatic as Tuesday as the D-Nats rallied in the bottom of the 9th for an 8-7 win over the D-Yankees1. Starter Juan Bermudez tossed three no-hit innings with five strikeouts while the offense built a 4-0 lead. The D-Yankees pummeled the D-Nats ‘pen for seven runs, including five in the 7th, before the batters bailed them out in the 9th. Telmito Agustin led the 11-hit attack with a 3-for-5 game, followed by Anderson Franco, who went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Jun 112014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-4 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 3.65) vs.
Coller (2-5, 6.39)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Schwartz (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Merritt (6-2, 1.66)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Leiter (4-5, 4.48)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (0-1, 0.00) vs.
Gomez (1-0, 3.60)


Buffalo 8 Syracuse 4
• Dupra 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Jackson 1⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Solano 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Hood 2-4

Buffalo scored seven unanswered runs on the Syracuse bullpen as they doubled the Chiefs, 8-4 to split the two-game series. Spot starter Brian Dupra gave up three runs on five hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings. Zach Jackson was able to strand one runner and preserve a 3-3 tie in the 5th but was lit up for two runs on three hits in the 6th to take the loss. Jhonatan Solano extended his modest six-game hit streak with a 3-for-4 game, hitting a double and driving in two while Destin Hood went 2-for-4 to account for five of the 10 Syracuse hits. Taylor Jordan was reportedly skipped due to a “little dead arm,” per Doug Harris via Syracuse.com’s Lindsay Kramer. Roster moves: RHP Brian Dupra reassigned from Harrisburg, LHP Mike Gonzalez placed on 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 4
• Poveda 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holland (W, 5-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• Martin (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 3-4, 2R, RBI
• Skole 2-5, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB

After 62 games, the Senators have finally strung together three straight wins with a 6-4 triumph over Erie. Harrisburg rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 with rallies of three, two, and one in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. Adrian Sanchez led the Sens hit parade with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Matt Skole at 2-for-5 and Jason Martinson at 1-for-3 with a walk; both Skole and Martinson drove in two. The win went to Neil Holland with three scoreless innings in relief, though he did let one of two inherited runners. Starter Omar Poveda was knocked out after four innings, touched for three runs on five hits, including his sixth HR surrendered at AA and ninth overall. Rafael Martin worked the 9th, putting two baserunners on with a walk and a single but keeping the Seawolves at bay for his 1st save.

Carolina 6 Potomac 4
• Bacus (L, 2-2) IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• McQuillan 1-4, 2RBI

Carolina struck for three runs in the 1st and built a 6-1 lead after five, holding on for a 6-4 win over Potomac. Dakota Bacus was charged with the first four Mudcat runs, filleted for nine hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out two while dropping his won-loss record to 2-2. The P-Nats took advantage of two errors and four walks to score four times on just five hits, the last of which cleared the wall for Pedro Severino’s fourth home run. The loss, combined with a Lynchburg win, keeps Potomac’s magic number at four with six games left to play. The Hillcats are 2½ games behind but will finish the half on the road with one more tonight in Myrtle Beach and four over the weekend in Salem. The P-Nats return home for five against the Dash, including a scheduled doubleheader on Friday.

Hagerstown 2 Lakewood 0
• Voth (W, 4-3) 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Ramos (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B

Austin Voth retired the first 18 batters in a row before losing the perfecto and the no-no on consecutive batters in the 7th. He finished the frame. David Ramos picked up where Voth left off and retired the last six batters to combine on a one-hit shutout and a 2-0 Hagerstown win over Lakewood. Voth struck out six over his seven innings. Ramos fanned two in the 8th and 9th innings and earned his first save. Wilmer Difo and Isaac Ballou both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Suns offense, which was held to eight hits and one walk total. Hagerstown’s magic number is down to two, as Greensboro won its fifth straight but remains four games behind in the Sally League North.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 6
• Nunez 4IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Rosario 2⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Franco 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI, BB
• J. Ramirez 2-4, 2R

The D-Nats rallied for two runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to tie it, but the D-Yankees1 walked off in the 9th on a homer to the first batter for a 7-6 victory and their seventh straight win. Starter Jose Nunez was charged with four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two but got the no-decision. The loss went to Stephen Fuentes. Anderson Franco doubled twice and walked once while driving in two to lead the hit column, as the D-Nats mustered just six hits but walked seven times in the loss.

Jun 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Buffalo,
10:30 a.m.
Jordan (0-2, 4.06) vs.
McGuire (2-0, 2.29)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 5.86) vs.
Ferrell (4-5, 4.67)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 3.12) vs.
Peoples (2-6, 5.36)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 (12 inn.) @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (3-3, 2.50) vs.
Viza (2-7, 4.65)
DSL Nationals Won, 7-5 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Nunez (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Cedeno (1-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 6 Buffalo 5
• Roenicke 5IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Cedeno (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Madrigal (SV, 2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Leon 3-3, 2R, BB
• Moore 1-2, R, HR, RBI, BB
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

Buffalo and Syracuse battled back and forth before breaking through with two in the 7th and holding on for 6-5 win. Josh Roenicke was charged with the first four Bisons runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. Xavier Cedeno got the win in relief, stranding a pair of runners in the 7th and pitching a scoreless 8th. Warner Madrigal was touched for a run on two hits in the final frame but earned the save, his second at the AAA level. Tyler Moore and Zach Walters both homered while Sandy Leon went 3-for-3 with a walk as the Chiefs totaled 10 hits and two walks on the night.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
After taking the past two series at home two games to one, the Senators hit the road for three in Erie and three in Bowie as they continue their second of three straight weeks of Tuesday-to-Sunday with Monday off.

Potomac 5 Carolina 4
• Brach 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Self (W, 3-0) 2IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Benincasa (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• J. Miller 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Norfork 1-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 1-3, BB, RBI

Potomac decided to win this one an inning early with three in the 8th and held off Carolina for a 5-4 win, reducing their magic number to clinch to four. The 6-7-8 combo of Khayyan Norfork, Will Piwnica-Worms, and Justin Miller combined for five of the P-Nats’ seven hits, including back-to-back-back RBI singles that turned a 3-2 disadvantage into a 5-3 advantage. The rally took starter Brett Brach off the hook for a loss as he gave up those three runs on seven hits and two walks over fine innings. The win went to Derek Self, though he was peppered for five hits over two innings. Robert Benincasa registered save #10 with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Roster moves: LHP Kylin Turnbull placed on the 7-Day DL; LHP Chris Manno assigned from Washington; RHP Derek Self added to Carolina League All-Star Team.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 3 (12 inn.)
• Giolito 4IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Davis 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 3-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Medina 2-4, BB, RBI
• Ward 1-4, 2R, 3B, 2BB, RBI, 2SB

The Suns broke a five-inning deadlock in the 12th with a pair of runs to stop a three-game slide with a 5-3 win, which reduced their magic numer to three. Lucas Giolito spun four no-hit innings, walking three but fanning six. His teammates had built a 3-0 lead with two in the 2nd and one in the third only to see Lakewood follow suit in the 5th and 6th innings off reliever Andrew Cooper. Four relievers combined for six scoreless innings afterwards, with the win going to Joseph Webb and the save going to Jake Walsh. Spencer Kieboom led the nine-hit, five-walk attack with a 3-for-5 game, including a walk, double, and a run scored.
Roster move: UT Jeff Kobernus transferred to Potomac for MLB rehab.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Rockies 5
• Pena (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Cespedes (SV, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Pimentel 2-3, 3R, 2-2B, BB
• Robles 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2BB, SB, CS
• Perdomo 2-4, R

The D-Nats scored in each of the first three innings to build a 4-0 lead and held off a late charge by the D-Rockies for a 7-5 win, their third straight. Wilber Pena got the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks. Angher Cespedes let in two of three inherited runners with no outs in the 8th but finished out the game for his second save. Davinson Pimentel and Victor Robles both went 2-for-3 with two doubles to lead the D-Nats offense.