Jun 092014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2
(5½ inn., rain)
vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Roenicke (1-3, 5.29) vs.
Liz (1st AAA start of ’14)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 10-4 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Brach (1-0, 1.64) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (2-0, 2.29) vs.
Casimio (2-5, 5.22)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Julio (0-0, 3.60)


Buffalo 4 Syracuse 2
• Hill (L, 8-2) 5IP, 14H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HR
• Hood 2-3, R, 3B
• Solano 2-3, RBI
• Rhymes 2-2

Rain stopped this one short — two outs in the top of the 6th — as Buffalo doubled up Syracuse, 4-2. Taylor Hill was strafed for 14 hits, including a pair of solo HRs in the 4th, and all four Bisons runs as he lost for just the second time this season. Brian Goodwin singled in the second Chiefs tally in the 6th before play was stopped for the ninth hit of the game. Jhonatan Solano had the other RBI (his team-best 34th), following Destin Hood’s one-out triple in the 2nd.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 2
• Kroenke (W, 1-1) 7IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K
• Grace (SV, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 1-2, R, 2B, 2RBI, SF
• Taylor 1-2, 2R, 2BB, RBI, SB

If you’re only going to get three hits, it’s best to get them in the same inning. That, along with with some strong pitching, is how the Senators doubled up the ‘Ducks, 4-2 and take the, um, rubber match. Down 2-1 in the 6th, Michael Taylor, who walked, stole second, and scored on a Cutter Dykstra sac fly in the 4th, cashed in an error with an RBI single to it at 2-2. Dykstra struck again with an RBI double while Matt Skole got the third and final Harrisburg hit to plate Dykstra. Zach Kroenke got the win with a quality start of two runs on four hits over seven innings, though he walked four and struck out just three. Two perfect innings of relief from Matt Grace sealed the deal and earned the 25-y.o. Californian his third save.
Roster move: RHP Brad Meyers was released. Patriot-Times beat writer Geoff Morrow has the story.

Wilmington 10 Potomac 4
• Spann (L, 4-1) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K
• Turnbull 2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Perez 2-3, R, SF, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, RBI

Wilmington scored nine times in the 5th to end this one Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 4
• Pivetta 4IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Thomas 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Walsh (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-2, 2R, BB, SB
• Kobernus 1-3, R, BB, CS
• Difo 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The elation of Wilmer Difo’s game-tying, three-run HR in the top of the 8th was short-lived as the Grasshoppers answered with one in the bottom of the 8th for a 5-4 win. Nick Pivetta struggled again, giving up four runs on six hits in four innings for the second straight appearance. Justin Thomas kept the Suns in it with three scoreless innings of relief before turning the ball over to Jake Walsh. A walk, single, one-out grounder that erased the trail runner, and a sac fly got the gamewinner home for Greensboro for their third straight triumph. Hagerstown managed just five hits total, with four of the hits coming from the 9-1-2 combo of Rafael Bautista (2-for-2), Jeff Kobernus (1-for-3), and Difo (1-for-4).
The Suns’ magic number remains at four with six days to go as they head north to play Lakewood for the next three.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
A 4-2 week has the D-Nats in second place in the Boca Chica South. This week it’s four on the road against the Rockies, Yankees1, Mets1, and Mariners and two home games against the NYC affiliates on Wednesday and Thursday.

Jun 082014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-3 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Hill (8-1, 1.57) vs.
Hendriks (5-0, 1.91)
Harrisburg Won, 8-0 vs. Akron,
2:00 p.m.
Kroenke (0-1, 4.80) vs.
Roberts (5-6, 4.26)
Potomac Won, 6-1 vs. Wilmington,
1:05 p.m.
Spann (4-0, 2.08) vs.
Sparkman (2-1, 1.45)
Hagerstown Lost, 15-5 @ Greensboro,
4:00 p.m.
Pivetta (8-2, 3.75) vs.
Garner (3-4, 4.09)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-2 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 6 Buffalo 3
• Laffey (W, 7-3) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Mattheus (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Souza 2-4, 2-2B, BB
• Moore 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Walters 2-5, 3B, 3RBI

Seven of the 11 Syracuse went for extra bases while Aaron Laffey turned in seven strong innings to lead the Chiefs to a 6-3 win over the Bisons. The 3-4-5 combo of Steve Souza, Tyler Moore, and Zach Walters combined to go 5-for-12 with four doubles, a triple, three walks and five RBI. Laffey allowed just two runs on five hits, with no walks and four strikeouts while earning his seventh win. Ryan Mattheus escaped the curse of the GBI with yet another 1-2-3 inning for his fourth hold.

Harrisburg 8 Akron 0
• Cole (W, 5-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Espino (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramsey 3-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 2-4, 3R, 2B
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2RBI

Three Harrisburg pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout while the offense pounded out 11 hits in an 8-0 shutout of Akron. Thanks to the long stretches watching his teammates duck up the opposing pitchers, Cole was limited to five innings, with just two hits and a walk allowed while striking out seven, but earned his 5th win. Caleb Ramsey reached base four times in four plate appearances and drove in two to lead the Senators attack, followed by Ricky Hague and Michael Taylor, who both went 2-for-4.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 1
• Simms (W, 1-3) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 14K
• Dickson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Tejeda 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Renda 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Perez 1-3, R, BB, 2SB

John Simms reminded us of the difference between throwing and pitching. Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster moves: LHP Gio Gonzalez removed from roster; RHP Paul Demny activated from TIL, reassigned to Harrisburg.

Greensboro 15 Hagerstown 5
• Silvestre (L, 2-3) 4⅓ IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 0K, 2HR, HBP
• Ramos ⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR, BK, 3-3 IR-S
• Ballou 3-5, R, RBI
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI, SB

The Grasshoppers eclipsed the Suns with 10 unanswered runs in the middle innings of a 15-5 beatdown. Hector Silvestre, who had appeared to have broken out a funk in his previous outing, was lit up for eight runs on seven hits, including two home runs. David Ramos did his best to make the Greensboro batters look like his brother Wilson with a five hits allowed in the space of eight batters, letting in three inherited runners and giving up a three-run HR. Rehabbing Jeff Kobernus would appear ready to take a ride over to Wilson, NC to join the P-Nats tomorrow with a 2-for-4 game in which he walked, homered, scored twice, and stole a base.
Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day, retroactive to June 6; RHP Philips Valdez reassigned from Auburn.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Rockies 2
• Ramirez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, WP, HBP
• Charlis (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Perdomo 2-2, R, RBI, SB
• Martinez 2-3, 3B, RBI
• Robles 2-4, 3R, 2B, 2SB

The D-Nats scored the first four runs of the ballgame and took advantage of four D-Rockies errors as they closed out their first full week with a 6-2 win. Nector Ramirez started and went four innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. The win went to Fiyeral Charlis, his second, for two scoreless innings of relief with one hit, no walks, and no strikeouts. Four batters had two hits, with Andres Martinez racking up the most total bases with a triple and a single and an RBI.
Roster move: SS Leudy Molina assigned from Washington.

Jun 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (6-3, 3.72) vs.
Drabek (4-5, 4.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 vs. Akron,
6:00 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.54) vs.
Colon (5-2, 2.37)
Potomac Won, 11-10 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (1-4, 7.26) vs.
Manaea (2-4, 5.09)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-7 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Silvestre (2-2, 3.24) vs.
Milroy (5-3, 2.70)
DSL Nationals Won, 10-9 vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 5 Indianapolis 1
• Tatusko (W, 4-5) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 5K, HR; 1-2, RBI
• Delcarmen (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Solano 2-3, 2R, BB
• Goodwin 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Moore 1-2, 2BB

Ryan Tatusko gave up a home run to lead off the game, then shut down Indianapolis as his teammates rallied for two in the 2nd and
4th and took away a save chance with a run in the 8th for a 5-1 Chiefs win. The proud papa-to-be gave up four hits and four walks while striking out five to win his fourth game of the season. Brian Goodwin, Tyler Moore, and Jhonatan Solano each reached base three times as the Syracuse offense pounded out 11 hits and drew five walks.

Akron 5 Harrisburg 2
• Meyers (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, K, 0HR
• Bates 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Martinson 2-2, R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Ramsey 2-4

Harrisburg’s quest for a three-game win streak remain unfulfilled as Akron struck for three in the 1st and cruised to a 5-2 win. Brad Meyers failed to make it out of the 5th for the fifth time in five starts, as the RubberDucks pecked him for three runs and nine hits and three walks over four and 1/3rd innings. Jason Martinson was one-man wrecking crew, going 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, a solo HR, and a stolen base. The Sens managed nine hits total but just two came with RISP as they stranded seven and grounded into three double plays.

Potomac 11 Wilmington 10
• Gonzalez 3⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, 4BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Harper (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Oduber 3-6, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Tejeda 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, R, 2RBI

The P-Nats batted around and scored five runs in the bottom of the 9th to take the series opener, 11-10 versus the Blue Rocks. Gio Gonzalez made the rehab start, and as frequently (usually) happens, the hype far exceeded the performance as the southpaw was hammered for eight runs on seven hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds innings. Potomac scored in each of the first four innings and had leads of 3-0 and 6-5 before Wilmington, the worst offense in the Carolina League, put up four-spots in the 3rd and 4th. Randolph Oduber struck out to lead off the 9th, then beat out an infield single to plate the gamewinner. In between, the P-Nats walked three times, singled four times, and tied the game on a sacrifice fly. The win, which was Potomac’s sixth walkoff this season, reduced the magic number to eight. Lynchburg kept pace with a 2-1 win, coincidentally its sixth walkoff win.
Roster moves: LHP Gio Gonzalez added to the roster for MLB rehab; RHP Paul Demny placed on three-day TIL for paternity leave, RHP Blake Schwartz activated from the 7-day DL.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 7
• Rodriguez 4+ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, K
• Webb (L, 1-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Difo 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI, SB
• Wooten 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI, SF
• Mesa 2-4, R

The Suns drew first blood with three in the first, but the Grasshoppers dug out of the ditch and put a hurt on Jefry Rodriguez to take this one, 8-7. Rodriguez was knocked from the game after giving up back-to-back doubles in the 5th, charged with seven runs on 10 hits anf two walks. He struck out just one. The loss went to Joe Webb, who left with a runner on third and one out in the 7th and watched from the dugout as the gamewinner came in on a sacrifice fly. Wilmer Difo was a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple while John Wooten drove in four with a double, a solo homer, and a sacrifice fly as the Suns racked up 11 hits but drew no walks on the night.

DSL Nationals 10 DSL Giants 9
• Baez 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Acevedo (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Cespedes (S, 1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mota 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• A. Martinez 2-4, R
• Agustin 1-3, 2R, BB, RBI, SB

The D-Nats scored nine times in the 2nd inning but barely held on to win vs. the D-Giants, 10-9. Israel Mota’s three-run home run, his third of the season (really), capped off big rally as the 18-y.o. (well, you can never be sure) went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the D-Nat attack. Joan Baez started and went the first four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks. The win was awarded to Carlos Acevedo as the least ineffective of the two reliever that followed Baez. Angher Cespedes got the save with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

Jun 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-3 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (3-5, 2.79) vs.
Locke (3-1, 4.14)
Harrisburg Won, 8-7 (12 inn.) vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Meyers (1-3, 7.32) vs.
Murata (3-1, 1.95)
Potomac Won, 3-2 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Gonzalez (rehab) vs.
Santos (0-0, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 9-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 5.63) vs.
Garcia (5-2, 4.87)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Baez (0-1, 3.00) vs.
Vargas (1-0, 0.00)


Syracuse 7 Indianapolis 3
• Jordan 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 9K, HR
• Jackson (BS, 3) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Mattheus (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Moore 2-4, 2B, HR(GS), 4RBI
• Souza 1-2, R, 2BB
• Burriss 1-3, R, RBI

Tyler Moore’s grand slam in the bottom of the 7th snapped a 3-3 tie to lead Syracuse to 7-3 win over Indianapolis. The big fly, which was third of the game for the Chiefs, made a winner out of Ryan Mattheus as the pitcher of record by getting the last out of the 7th. Taylor Jordan got the start and posted a quality start with two runs allowed on six hits and three walks while striking out a season high of nine batters. Zach Jackson followed him in the 7th but was dinged for a run on two hits in 2/3rds of an inning. As aforementioned, Jhonatan Solano and Brian Goodwin also homered while Steve Souza maintained his (commanding) I.L. leads in BA (.371) and OBP (.476) with a single and two walks in four PA.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 7 (12 inn.)
• Simmons 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Dupra 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Espino (W, 2-3) 1IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, K
• Skole 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB
• Latimore 3-5, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole managed to do what few can do in the minors — upstage the Cowboy Monkeys — with a two-out, three-run bomb in the 12th to turn a 7-5 loss into an 8-7 walkoff win for Harrisburg. Skole also doubled in the 9th as a pinch-hitter to key a three-run rally that sent the game into extras. James Simmons started but was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and three walks in five and a 1/3rd innings. The win went to Paolo Espino despite giving up two runs on four hits in the top of the 12th. Quincy Latimore led the Sens’ 13-hit parade with a 3-for-5 night, homering in the 6th to score the first two Harrisburg runs. The Eastern League named Michael Taylor as its Player of the Month for May, an honor not bestowed on a Senator since Stephen Strasburg in April 2010.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 2
• Bacus 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B, SB(15)
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI

All-Stars Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner struck for doubles in the 9th while an error plated what proved to be the gamewinner as Potomac rallied for two in the 9th for a 3-2 win over Wilmington. The rally made a winner out of Wander Suero, who stranded a pair of inherited runners with no outs in the 7th and pitched two perfect innings of relief. Gilberto Mendez bounced back from his poor showing on Tuesday with a three-up, three-down, two-K ninth for his third save. Perez and Pleffner both went 2-for-4 to lead the P-Nats offense, which managed seven hits total. Potomac now leads the C.L. North by 2½ games, thanks to Lynchburg’s fourth straight loss. Their magic number now stands at nine with 11 games left to play in the first half.

Hagerstown 9 Greensboro 4
• Johansen 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K
• Ullmann (W, 2-0) 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ward 3-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, E(13)
• Difo 3-5, 2R, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, 2B

A four-run 5th broke a 2-2 deadlock as the Suns scorched the Grasshoppers for a 9-4 win and reduced their magic number to clinch the Sally North first-half title to five. Jake Johansen struggled again with his control, walking five for the second time in three starts as he only went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out just two in his fifth no-decision in 11 starts. Drew Ward doubled twice and drove in two while going 3-for-5 as Hagerstown lit up the scoreboard for 14 hits total. The win went to Ryan Ullman, who gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings.
Roster move: UT Jeff Kobernus assigned for MLB rehab.

DSL Giants 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Bermudez (L, 0-1) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• Rosario 2⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Franco 2-3, 2B, BB
• Robles 2-4, SB

All four runs scored by the D-Giants were unearned, but they count just the same on the scoreboard as the D-Nats fell, 4-1. The loss snapped a three-game win streak by the D-Nats. Starter Juan Bermudez took the loss, charged with two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six over four and 2/3rds innings. Sixteen-year-old 3B Anderson Franco singled, doubled, and walked to lead the D-Nats attack.

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In Day 1 of the Rule 4 Draft, the Nationals took a pitcher who had TJ surgery. On Tuesday. Mark Zuckerman has the story on Erick Fedde, who hopes to become the second high-round, injury-risk pick to make the big club out of the past five drafts.

With the 57th pick, the line between arrogance and confidence was broached again with another injury-history selection in LHP Andrew Saurez. Baseball America led with him in its Top 100 College Players story from last December.

Jun 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 11-2 vs. Indianapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (0-2, 4.32) vs.
Wilk (3-5, 4.95)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 2.79) vs.
Loewen (AA debut)
Potomac Won, 2-1 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 3.13) vs.
Binford (3-3, 2.68)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 4.98) vs.
German (5-1, 2.24)
DSL Nationals Won, 11-9 @ DSL Giants,
9:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Indianapolis 11 Syracuse 2
• Roenicke (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3BB, K, HR
• Stange 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Leon 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Souza 2-4, E
• Hood 2-4, R

Indianapolis put the brakes on the latest Syracuse win streak, pummeling the Nats’ AAA entry for an 11-2 win. Josh Roenicke took the brunt of it, hammered for seven runs on eight hits and three walks. The big blow was a three-run shot in the Indians’ four-run 3rd. Sandy Leon, Steve Souza, and Destin Hood each went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs were held to eight hits and had just three chances with runners in scoring position. Roster move: RHP Christian Garcia placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 2 (shoulder discomfort per MLB.com’s Bill Ladson).

Harrisburg 5 Reading 4
• Poveda 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 9K
• Herron (W, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Grace (SV, 2) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, R, RBI
• Dykstra 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

For the first time this season, the Senators dug themselves out of a four-run hole and scored the five runs of the game for a 5-4 win. Omar Poveda survived a three-run first and gutted out six innings, striking out a season-high of nine. He allowed all four Fightin runs on nine hits. Tyler Herron got the win with a huge assist/save by Matt Grace as the southpaw struck out the first batter he faced and got the second to ground out to leave the bases loaded in the top of the 9th. Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey both went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Harrisburg offense, followed closely by Kevin Keyes, who scored the gamewinner after leading off the 8th with a double, taking 3rd on a flyout, and chugging home on a wild pitch.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1
• Brach (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP
• Benincasa (SV, 9) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, HR, RBI
• Renda 2-4

Shawn Pleffner wasted no time in showing why (hey now) he’s (an) All-Star, (getting his game on) with a 3-for-4 night with a pair of doubles and a solo HR in a 2-1 Potomac win over Wilmington. Brett Brach spun six solid innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and no walks while striking out four, and getting his first win. Robert Benincasa got the last four outs, stranding two in the 8th and working around a walk in the 9th for his ninth save. Tony Renda went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot while Will Piwnica-Worms drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the P-Nats managed just seven hits total in the pitcher’s duel. Combined with Lynchburg’s third straight loss, Potomac has opened up a 1½ game lead in the C.L. North and has a magic number of 11 with 12 games left in the first half.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Voth (W, 3-3) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Walsh (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Difo 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 3SB

The Suns scorched the Shorebirds for five runs in the 5th to overcome a 3-0 deficit and held on for 5-4 win. All five tallies came with two outs as Hagerstown struck for five straight hits, including a two-run homer by John Wooten and doubles by Wilmer Difo, Drew Ward, and Spencer Kieboom. Austin Voth went seven innings and let in three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out five to even his won-loss record at 3-3 (yes, really). Jake Walsh pitched around a walk in the 9th to earn his sixth save. The three-game sweep lowered Hagerstown’s magic number to six as they notched their 40th win in 59 games. The Suns hit the road for tied-for-second-place Greensboro for four games, then Lakewood for three and could return to the Muni next Friday having clinched the first-half title.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Red Sox 9
• Nunez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Charlis (W, 1-0) 2+ IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Vargas (SV, 1) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Mota 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI
• A. Martinez 3-5, 2R
• Agustin 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI, SB

The two teams combined for 32 hits and eight errors but the D-Nats struck first and won the slugfest, 11-9 for their third straight victory. Starter Jose Nunez gave up just an unearned run on five hits and two walks over the first three and 2/3rds while striking out four. The win went to Fiyeral Charlis, though he was charged with four runs over two-plus innings. Miguel Vargas was credited with the save, allowing an inherited runner and one of his own over the last two innings. Israel Mota and Telmito Agustin both homered as eight of nine batters hit safely.

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Longtime readers already know this, but for the more recent visitors to this space… I don’t cover the MLB draft because I’m simply too busy keeping track of the teams and the players that are already here than to speculate, worry, or otherwise spend time on the guys who might be here. I can, however, refer you to a couple of folks who have put in that work…

…Ryan Kelley runs down the Top 50 Draft Prospects over at District Sports Page.

…Sean Hogan focuses on possible targets for the Nats, who pick 18th this year.

Jun 032014
 

Ripple
As is often the case, the effect of activating someone on the parent club ripples throughout the minors…

WASHINGTON
• Removed 3B Ryan Zimmerman from Potomac roster, activated from 15-Day DL
• Released LHP Niko Spezial*
• Released RHP Andy Santana*
• Released OF Hayden Jennings*
* Per latest BA Transaction post.

SYRACUSE
• 1B-OF Tyler Moore optioned from Washington

HARRISBURG
• LHP Sammy Solis placed on the 7-Day DL

POTOMAC
• UT Mike McQuillan activated from the 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Narciso Mesa reassigned from Potomac
• RHP Nick Pivetta activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Cody Davis activated from the 7-Day DL

AUBURN
• OF Greg Zebrack reassigned from Hagerstown
• RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from Hagerstown
• LHP R.C. Orlan reassigned from Hagerstown

A corresponding move to make room for Moore has not yet been announced; Syracuse is at 25-man limit while Harrisburg is at 24 and could absorb a player reassigned if Washington so chooses.

It’s obviously concerning that Solis, who was hit hard on Memorial Day but did not appear to have diminished velocity, is back on the DL after just three starts total. As perverted as this may sound, we can only hope that it’s just his back (on which he has had surgery and was the reason cited for his previous trip to the DL) and not his left arm that’s bothering him because a bad back can be more readily treated versus a bad shoulder or elbow.

For the folks champing at the bit for promotions, the Nationals will sometimes realign the Low-A and High-A rosters after their All-Star Break (June 16-18) and in between when the Auburn and GCL rosters are set. (Auburn begins play June 13; the GCL on June 21).

As always, if/when further moves related to these become known, this space will be updated.

UPDATE:

Multiple online sources are now reporting that it is indeed elbow soreness that’s sent Sammy Solis to the DL. This, of course, is about as bad as it gets for a pitcher who’s already had one TJ surgery (2012).

Jun 012014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Tatusko (3-5, 2.30) vs.
Romero (0-3, 5.71)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ Akron,
2:05 p.m.
Espino (1-2, 5.76) vs.
Colon (4-2, 2.30)
Potomac Won, 8-1 vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-4, 6.55) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.42)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2;
Lost, 4-3
@ Kannapolis,
3:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-2, 3.63) and TBD vs.
Barnette (2-3, 4.66) and
Dykstra (3-5, 3.83)
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-1 OFF DAY N/A


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 2
• Jordan (L, 0-2) 7⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K
• Cedeno (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, BB, K, 2-2 IR-S
• Walters 2-3, R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Goodwin 1-3

Xavier Cedeno was summoned from the bullpen with two out and two runners on to get an opposing lefthanded batter out and didn’t get the job done. Instead, he walked him, gave up a two-run single, then a two-run double to turn a 2-1 Syracuse lead into the eventual 5-2 loss to Buffalo. The meltdown hung a loss on Taylor Jordan, who rebounded from a three-inning, seven-run outing on Memorial Day to pitch into the 8th. He was charged with three runs on five hits and a walk and struck out seven. The offense was limited to four hits total for the second straight game with Zach Walters driving in both Chiefs runs with solo HR in the 4th and an RBI double in the 6th.

Harrisburg 6 Akron 4
• Simmons 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Grace (W, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 2) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the top of the 8th was the difference as Harrisburg downed Akron, 6-4. James Simmons got the spot start and went five and 2/3rds innings and was charged with all four RubberDuck runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. The win went to Matt Grace, who turned in two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings (though he did let in one of two inherited runners) with three hits given up and three strikeouts. Tyler Herron worked around a pair of hits in the 9th for his second save. Kevin Keyes also homered while Cutter Dykstra reached base three times with a walk and two singles to lead the Sens offense.
Patriot-News beat writer Geoff Morrow is reporting that both Sammy Solis and A.J. Cole will be skipped in the rotation without explanation.

Potomac 8 Salem 1
• Bacus 5⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Mendez (W, 2-2) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, 2BB, 2RBI, E(15)

The P-Nats won a laugher Last Night In Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 2 — GAME ONE
• Johansen (L, 4-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K, 2HR
• Thomas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Wooten 1-3, 2B, RBI
• Middleton 1-2, 2B, RBI

Jake Johansen may have made just two mistakes in five innings pitched, but both of them left the park as the Intimidators took the opener, 3-2. Johnansen gave up three hits and three walks total and struck out six while losing his second game of 2014. John Wooten and Brennan Middleton both hit RBI doubles as the Suns were held to six hits.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Ullmann 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 3-4, R, OF assist at 2B
• Manuel 2-3, 2B

Jefry Rodriguez avoided the long ball but also gave up the sum of Kannapolis’s runs as Hagerstown dropped the nightcap, 4-3. The 20-y.o. was lit up for four runs on four hits and two walks over three innings in the loss. Ryan Ullmann followed with three shutout frames but the Suns couldn’t push across the tying run. Isaac Ballou led the 10-hit parade with a 3-for-4 night. The two losses combined with a Delmarva win cuts Hagerstown’s lead in the Sally North to 3½ games. The Shorebirds visit the Suns for a three-game series tomorrow through Wednesday.

DSL Rojos 3 DSL Nationals 1
• J. Baez (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Bermudez 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Mota 2-3, R, 2B, 3B
• Rengel 1-3

The DSL Rojos struck for one in the 1st and two in the 3rd off D-Nat pitcher (and man I hope this is a typo) Joan Baez and cruised to a 3-1 win over the D-Nats. Baez gave up all three runs on six hits and one walks with two K’s. Juan Bermudez followed with four no-hit innings of relief but the D-Nats offense was held to just five hits. 18-y.o. Israel Mota doubled and tripled to lead the D-Nat bats.
Roster moves: RHP Anderson Martinez reassigned to the GCL Nationals, 3B Andres Martinez placed on the reserved list.

May 312014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-1, 4.67) vs.
McGuire (1-0, 3.18)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-0 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Solis (0-1, 21.60) vs.
Murata (3-1, 1.95)
Anderson (2-3, 4.35)
Potomac Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) vs. Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 3.57) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.42)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-1, 4.93) and
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Leyer (2-3, 4.22) and
Wheeler (0-2, 2.89)
DSL Nationals N/A @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 5 Buffalo 4
• Roenicke (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Mattheus (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Rhymes 0-2, R, 2BB
• Souza 1-3, R, BB

The Chiefs had but one big inning — a five-run 4th — and survived two rallies by the Bison for a 5-4 win. All four Syracuse hits came in the 4th, as the Chiefs took advantage of two walks and a two-run throwing error with one out. Josh Roenicke got the spot start and turned in five scoreless innings, with three hits and two walks allowed and two strikeouts to register his first win of the season.
Zach Jackson followed and was dinged for three runs (one earned) in the 7th. Ryan Mattheus let in one of two inherited runners but got out of the inning and pitched around an error in the 8th. Mike Gonzalez turned in a Cordero-esue 9th, opening the inning with a walk-single-walk sequence to load the bases then giving up a run while getting the next three batters out to record his 4th save.

Akron 10 Harrisburg 0
• Meyers (L, 1-3) 3IP, 8H, 8R, 7ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR, WP
• Canham 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-4, 2B
• Taylor 1-2, BB

The RubberDucks took their fourth straight game against the Senators with a 10-0 shutout. Brad Meyers took the brunt of beating — and the loss — with eight runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in only three innings. He struck out none and saw just 34 of his 58 pitches go for strikes. Harrisburg was held to just seven hits, with just two batters reaching base twice: Jason Martinson, who went 2-for-4 with a double, and Michael Taylor, who went 1-for-2 with a walk before being lifted from the game in the 8th; He did not appear to have been injured, though the (on) crack Akron broadcast team never noticed how the 6’3″ Taylor shrunk to 5’11” when Adrian Sanchez pinch-hit for him in the 8th. Catcher Mitch Canham pitched the final inning of the night, throwing 14 of 21 pitches for strikes and walking one in a scoreless 8th.

Potomac 5 Salem 4 (10 inn.)
• Brach 5+ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 7K
• Harper 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, WP
• Benincasa (W, 4-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Renda 1-4, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Oduber 1-4, R, 2B

The P-Nats won an ugly one Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster move: RHP Brett Brach assigned from Washington (previously pitched for Somerset, Columbus in ’14), LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain will compress this four-game series into two doubleheaders today and tomorrow. Hagerstown’s magic number to clinch the Sally North title is at 13 with the next two series against the second- and third-place teams, who have crept up to within 5 (Delmarva) and 6½ games (Greensboro).

DSL Nationals — OPENING DAY
It’s time to learn some new names… and the “TBD vs. TBD” macro is ready to go.

May 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-1 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Roenicke (0-2, 4.91) vs.
Stroman (2-4, 3.03)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Akron,
6:35 p.m.
Meyers (1-2, 4.86) vs.
Anderson (2-3, 4.35)
Potomac Won, 14-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Brach (1st A+ start of ’14) vs.
Kukuk (1-3, 4.43)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-1, 4.93) and
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Leyer (2-3, 4.22) and
Wheeler (0-2, 2.89)


Syracuse 5 Rochester 1
• Hill (W, 7-1) 8IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K,
• Delcarmen 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Burriss 3-5, 3R, 2B
• Souza 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Walters 2-5, 2B, RBI, 3K

Taylor Hill “defended” his I.L. Pitcher of the Week title with eight strong innings as Syracuse beat Rochester, 5-1. Hill gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two to earn his I.L.-leading seventh win. The Chiefs struck for three in the 1st and single runs in the 7th and 9th innings while posting a baker’s dozen in the hit column. Steve Souza and Emmanuel Burriss led the way with 3-for-5 marks, followed by Zach Walters and Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes, who both went 2-for-5.

Erie 5 Harrisburg 1
• Poveda (L, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 7K, 2HR
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 3-3, 2B, BB
• Martinson 2-3, BB, SB

The longball continues to be Omar Poveda’s downfall. The 26-y.o. veteran gave up two big flies for three runs in the top of the 1st as Erie went on to defeat Harrisburg, 5-1, and take the series, 2-1. Poveda followed with five scoreless innings, giving up five hits total with one walk and seven K’s over six innings, but was charged with his second AA loss of the season. Brian Jeroloman’s solo HR in the 3rd accounted for the lone Senator run, while Michael Taylor (3-for-3, 2B) and Jason Martinson (2-for-3) registered the remaining five hits as the rest of the Harrisburg lineup went 0-for-22 with a walks (Matt Skole) and four strikeouts.

Potomac 14 Winston-Salem 4
• Spann (W, 4-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Oduber 4-6, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Tejeda 4-6, 4R, HR, 3RBI
• Leonida 2-5, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Potomac broke a three-game slide and returned to .500 (26-26) with a 14-4 victory over Winston-Salem. The P-Nats sent 15 men to the plate in the nine-run 2nd, ellipsed with four Dash errors. The 14 runs and 19 hits were both season highs for Potomac as every starter reached base at least twice, led by Randolph Oduber and Oscar Tejeda, who both went 4-for-6 and combined for five runs scored and five RBI. Matt Spann tossed six shutout innings for his team-best fourth win, giving up four hits and three walks while striking out one.
Roster move: RHP Paul Demny activated from XST — and a strong candidate to replace the tireless TBD as tonight’s starting pitcher.

Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis — PPD
Rain postponed the opening of the four-game series between the Suns and Intimidators. It will made up tonight with a doubleheader.

May 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (5-2, 3.66) vs.
Meyer (2-1, 3.55)
Harrisburg Tied, 4-4
(Suspended, Top 8th)
vs. Erie,
5:30 p.m.
Kroenke (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Palacios (3-2, 5.04)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (0-1, 10.80) vs.
Ortiz (0-4, 4.66)
Jaye (9-6, 4.11 in ’13 @ High-A)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-2 @ Delmarva,
10:35 a.m.
Voth (1-3, 2.42) vs.
Rennie (2-3, 5.57)


Syracuse 10 Rochester 2
• Tatusko (W, 3-5) 6+ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Mattheus 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johnson 3-5, R, 2RBI, CS
• Hood 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Walters 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Syracuse clipped the Red Wings pitchers for 17 hits and nine unanswered runs en route to a 10-2 win. Ryan Tatusko got back-to-back wins for the first time this season, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks over six-plus innings. It was his seventh quality start out of 11. Josh Johnson and Destin Hood both went 3-for-5 with a run scored as every Chiefs batter hit safely. Brock Peterson and Zach Walters both homered as eight of the Syracuse hits were of the extra-base variety. Roster moves: LHP Xavier Cedeno activated from 7-Day DL (eff. May 25), RHP Christian Garcia activated from 3-day TIL (eff. May 26), IF Zach Walters optioned from Washington, IF Jose Lozada placed on 7-Day DL (retroactive to May 26).

Erie 4 Harrisburg 4 — SUSP.
• Cole 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K, 0HR
• Bates 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sanchez 2-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Ramsey 1-2, 3B, BB, RBI

The umpires may have had an assist in this one as they refused to stop play in the 7th, just long enough for the Senators to draw back-to-back-to-back walks to tie the game at 4-4. A.J. Cole was hit hard, giving up four runs in the 1st and seven hits total but managed to make it through four innings. Colin Bates relieved with three scoreless while the Harrisburg offense single runs in the 2nd, 5th, 6th, and of course, the 7th. Play was halted with one out in the top of the 8th and will be resumed tonight with the regularly scheduled nine-inning game to follow.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 2
• Simms (L, 0-3) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
• Harper 3IP, 3H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, 3WP
• Oduber 2-4, R, SB
• Severino 2-4, R, SB

Winston-Salem put up three crooked numbers to erase an early 1-0 Potomac lead and knocked the P-Nats out of 1st place with a 7-2 win. John Simms lost for the third time in six starts, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings. Bryan Harper allowed the final five Dash runs on three hits and three walks and did not help his cause with three wild pitches. Randolph Oduber and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored as Potomac was held to just six hits total. Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena placed on the 7-Day DL.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 2
• Silvestre (L, 1-2) 6+ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HR
• Ramos 2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, WP
• Lopez 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ward 2-4, 2K

Hector Silvestre was perhaps pushed an inning too far. The 21-y.o. southpaw gave up a three-run HR to third batter he faced in the bottom of the 7th to snap a 2-2 tie as the Shorebirds took a third straight from the Suns, 7-2. Silvestre gave up five runs total on eight hits and a walk, with one walk and a one K over six-plus innings. David Ramos was hit hard again in his second outing, giving up the final two Delmarva runs on five hits with neither a walk nor a strikeout in two innings pitched. Carlos Lopez reached base three times with a single, walk, and a double to lead the Hagerstown offense.