Jul 012011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-0 @ Buffalo, 7:05 p.m. J.D. Martin (1-5, 4.47) vs.
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-0 @ New Britain, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (5-3, 2.95) vs.
Brett Jacobson (3-1, 2.78)
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. Winston-Salem 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (2-5, 3.64) vs.
Joe Serafin (0-6, 5.80)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-4 vs. Lexington, 7:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (2-1, 2.01) vs.
Alex Sogard (1-3, 4.37)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 13-12 @ Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Colin Bates (1-1, 1.29 ERA) vs.
Austin Wright (1-0, 1.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. Gregory Baez (1-0, 3.48) vs.
Ramon Del Orbe (0-1, 9.95)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-2
@ DSL Rangers
vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 a.m. TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 3 Syracuse 0
• Detwiler 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Meyers (L, 3-3) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Lombardozzi 1-4
• Bynum 1-2, 2B, BB

Garrett Olson of Indianopolis thoroughly intimidated the Syracuse lineup in a dominant seven shutout innings. Seth Bynum’s double and Steve Lombardozzi’s hit streak (ten games) extending single were the only hits for the Chiefs. Ross Detwiler pitched two shutout innings to open the game for the Chiefs. No word yet as to why Detwiler was taken out, but Brad Meyers came on to take the loss in six innings of relief [Ed. Note: The Chiefs game notes listed both starters, so this appears to have been a planned maneuver and not an injury]. Meyers gave up a run in the sixth on two singles and a groundout. In the eighth, Meyers gave up a walk, a wild pitch, an RBI double, and a two out RBI single to give Indianapolis a 3-0 lead. Atahualupa “‘Huapa Time” Severino, pitched a scoreless ninth. With the 3-0 loss, Syracuse falls to 33-45, twelve games back of Philadelphia affiliate Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 0
• Arnesen (W, 5-1) 6IP, 4H, 0ER, BB, 5K
• Martinez 2IP, 0H, 0ER, BB, K
• Rahl 3-4, R, 3B, 2RBI
• Rhinehart 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg quickly took control over New Britain in a 6-0 victory last night. The Senators loaded the bases in the first when Josh Johnson was plunked, Derek Norris walked, and Bill Rhinehart singled. Chris Rahl singled to plate Johnson and Norris. Rhinehart later scored an unearned run on a failed pickoff attempt. Bill “The Godfather” Rhinehart wasn’t done; he launched a bomb to right field to extend the Harrisburg lead to 4-0 in the second. That would more than enough for starter and E.L. All-Star Erik Arnesen, who pitched six shutout innings and only allowed three runners in scoring position. The Sens would extend their lead by adding single runs in the 8th and 9th. Carlos Martinez added two innings of scoreless relief, and Hassan Pena pitched a low leverage shutout ninth. With the win, Harrisburg improves to 45-32 and holds a four-game lead over the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 2
• Demny (W, 5-7) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 8K
• Nelo (S, 6) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Souza 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Ramirez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Back-to-back wins has Sue in good mood about what’s been happening Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 4
• Solis (W, 2-1) 6IP, 11H, 3ER, 0BB, 6K
• Manno 2IP 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Martinson 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB
• Leonida 1-3, 2R, 2R HR, 2RBI, BB

Harrisburg defeated the Lakewood Blue Claws in a back-and-forth 9-4 affair. Kevin Keyes (1-3, 2B, 2BB) continued to hit well, launching a key double in a two-run first-inning rally. Lakewood answered back with runs in the second and fourth off starter Sammy Solis to tie the contest. In the bottom of the sixth, backup catcher Cole Leonida launched a two-run homer to put the Suns up 5-3 before Lakewood scored a run in the seventh off reliever Wilson Eusebio to make the score 5-4. Lakewood finally gave up the fight when they allowed three runs in the seventh during a three run Suns rally that included four walks and three wild pitches. Horrified by the pitching carnage, Chris Manno ended things quickly with two perfect innings of four-strikeout relief. Hagerstown improves to 5-3, good for a three-way tie for first place in the early second half of the Sally League.

Williamsport 13 Auburn 12
• M Rodriguez (L, 0-1) ⅓ 3H, 6R, 5ER, 1BB, 0K, HBP
• K Lopez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Grisz 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Jimenez 3-6, R, 2B, 3RBI
• R Perez 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Ortega 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

The Doubedays fell behind eight runs after five and scored seven runs in the last four innings, but fell short 13-12. Six of the seven batters that Manny Rodriguez faced came in to score in the seven-run first, as Kelvin Rodriguez and Aaron Barrett were also treated like guests on a “Cheatin’ Spouses” episode of Jerry Springer, the two pitchers unable to strand the five runners they inherited and giving up six hits and six walks. Meanwhile, the Doubledays were laying the lumber on the Crosscutters, as every batter getting a hit, two had two, and four had three for 19 hits total. The loss dropped Auburn to 8-6, two games off the pace set by Mahoning Valley.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 1
• Karns 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• McKenzie (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• HWBNM 2-4, RBI
• Williams 2-3, BB, RBI

DSL Rangers 6 DSL Nationals 2
• Santana (L, 0-1) 4IP, 1H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• J Hernandez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Novas 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Mercedes 1-3, 2B, BB

Jul 012011

Don’t look now, but Potomac is starting to play some pretty good baseball.

Of course, now, I may have just guaranteed a beatdown for tonight, and maybe it’s just two games against a lesser team, but things seem better.

Start with Paul Demny, who went seven full innings for the second time this season, didn’t walk a batter (also second time) and struck out a season-high eight batters. The first two innings were a high-wire act — an error, a hit batsman in the first, a two-out double by Austin Yount (son of Larry, not Robin) in the second. That’s nine batters faced, and a conservative estimate of at least 40 pitches.

But reading over the scorebook — no secret: that’s my Calgon — Demny both settled down and settled in. He retired the leadoff batter in four of the next five innings. Yes, he gave up two more doubles, but followed each with strikeout, and then retired the last nine in a row.

Much like Cameron Selik has been having success with an inside slider underneath the right-handed batter’s hands, Demny has begun to master the backdoor breaking ball to lefties. These are the little adjustments that make following the minors so much fun.

Flipping over the book, we’re seeing the offense hit double digits in the hit column for the fourth straight game. They’ve won three of those games. For this team, scoring first is a good sign. A better sign: putting up a goose egg in the top half of the next inning. Wednesday night, they failed twice to do that. Last night, they failed just once.

Two-out scoring is also nice, and two of the four runs came with two outs: Justin Bloxom’s RBI single in the first. Francisco Soriano’s RBI single in the 6th. But there’s still room for improvement, with a 3-for-13 night with RISP and nine runners left on.

Steve Souza led the attack with a 2-for-3 night, including a long double in the 6th that might have been out of some parks (but not Yellowstone), while J.P. Ramirez was close behind with a 2-for-4 effort, driving in Souza with an opposite-field double, as was Soriano (2-for-4, RBI).

Josh Smoker was greeted with a home run to start the eighth, but struck out the next two batters before issuing a walk that ended his night. Hector Nelo got out of the eighth with a groundout and nailed down the win with three outs in the ninth for his sixth save.

Selik is on the bump tonight as the P-Nats go for their second sweep of the season, opposed by the Dash lefty Joe Serafin. Tomorrow night, Chien-Mien Wang makes his second rehab start, with Danny Rosenbaum the first man out of the ‘pen.

Jun 302011

Perhaps now Tom Milone is starting to get the attention he deserves, as one of our favorites here will be representing Syracuse in the 2011 International League All-Star Game in Salt Lake City on July 13.

The 24-year-old southpaw currently sports a 6-5, 3.41 ERA in 14 starts and leads the league in strikeouts. For folks more interested in new-school numbers, Milone leads the league in FIP (2.15, ahead of Julio Teheran), second to Teheran in WHIP, the lowest walk rate (0.50/9IP), and sports a 19:1 K/BB ratio.

Milone was the 2010 pitcher of the year for the Washington Nationals farm system and came into the season as the #16 prospect in the 2011 Baseball America Top 30 rankings. He’s been recently featured by John Sickels as the Prospect of the Day.

Last, but not least, Milone was the first prospect that I scouted for this site when it was founded by Jordan Tuwiner of Orioles-Nation.com. He’s a favorite of mine because he’s not the blow-it-by-you thrower, but a pitcher who just gets guys out and has sensational control (that 2.14BB/9 is the worst year of his career; his career average is 1.43). And FWIW, not too shabby a hitter, either (.333BA this season, .233 career).

Jun 302011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 7-3 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Brad Meyers (4-3, 4.42) vs.
Garrett Olson (1-0, 2.56)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 3-2 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Erik Arnesen (4-1, 2.22)
vs. Brett Jacobson (3-1, 2.78)
Potomac Nationals Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Winston-Salem 7:05 p.m. Paul Demny (4-7, 3.98) vs.
Jacob Petricka (A+ Debut)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 7-2 vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Sammy Solis (1-1, 3.93) vs.
Garett Claypool (3-3, 3.01)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 7-3 @ Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Manny Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Colin Kleven (0-0, 4.15)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m./td>

Nathan Karns (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Rafael Montero (0-1, 2.70)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-3
@ DSL Phillies
@ DSL Rangers, 10:30 a.m.

Indianapolis 7 Syracuse 3
• Maya (L, 1-5) 6IP, 7H, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Tatusko 2IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Solano 3-4, 2 2B
• Antonelli 2-4, 2RBI, SF

Yunesky Maya was hit hard during a four-run sixth inning rally in a 7-3 loss to the Indianapolis Indians. He was tagged for a leadoff homer by Brian Friday, a single, a walk, a two run triple by Miles Durham, and an RBI double by Gorkys Hernandez. Syracuse had built a 2-0 lead. In the third, a rehabbing Rick Ankiel (2B, 2R) hit a leadoff double and later scored on a sac fly. In the fifth, Ankiel reached on a two-base error by Miles Durham on a dropped line drive, was sacrificed over by Steve Lombardozzi (1-3, nine-game IL debut hit streak), and was driven in by a Matt Antonelli single. Indianapolis extended its lead to 7-3 with two runs off Ryan Tatusko in the seventh and Friday’s second homer of the game and the season. With the loss, Syracuse falls to 33-44, good for a fourth-place tie in the North Division of the International League, twelve games back.

Harrisburg 3 Richmond 2
• Peacock (W, 9-2) 5⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Lehman (S, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Jo Johnson 2-4, 2B
• McConnell 2-4 2B, 2RBI
• Pahuta 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, BB

In the resumption of yesterday’s suspended game, Harrisburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind five and 2/3rds shutout innings from staff ace Brad Peacock. Peacock gave up only one hit, striking out six and walking three before Rafael Martin came into strand Peacock’s runner at third as part of his one and 1/3rd innings of relief. Harrisburg scored its first run on a Tim Pahuta homer in the fifth. In the seventh, Chris McConnell landed the key blow for Harrisburg, a two-run double that scored Archie Gilbert and Pahuta. Pat McCoy yielded two runs before Pat Lehman came in for the four-out save, his second, to give Harrisburg a 3-2 win. Harrisburg improved its record to 44-32, good for a four-game lead in the Eastern League’s Western Division over Richmond.

Potomac 4 Winston-Salem 3 (10 inn.)
• Bronson 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hood 1-5, RBI, GWRBI
• Soriano 1-3, R, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

After 11 days off, LNIW is back!

Lakewood 7 Hagerstown 2
• Jordan (L, 8-4) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 8K
• McCatty 2⅓ IP 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP
• Keyes 1-1, 2B, 3BB
• Newsome 1-3, RBI, BB

Hagerstown scored two painful first inning runs against Lakewood. Wade Moore and Adrian Sanchez were hit by pitches before Bryce Harper reached on a fielding error to load the bases in front of a Jason Martinson one-out sac fly. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brett Newsome walked to plate Sanchez. Hagerstown’s four errors did its pitching staff no favors. In the third a fielding error by shortstop Jason Martinson led to an unearned run against starter Taylor Jordan. In the fourth, a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and a missed catch by Michael Taylor led to two more unearned runs. The good news for Shane McCatty was that he stranded the bases loaded to keep the score 3-2 for Taylor Jordan. The bad news is that he gave up three runs of his own in an eventful 8th inning that featured an ejection of Hagerstown pitching coach Chris Michalak. Recently demoted Dean Weaver gave up a run in the 9th to close the scoring at 7-2 in a Hagerstown loss. With the loss, Hagerston falls to 4-3, good for a three-way tie for second place, one game back in the early second half of the Sally League 2011 campaign.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 3
• Encarnacion (L, 0-2) 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Moldenhauer 2-3
• J Miller 2-4

Auburn couldn’t capitalize on the seven walks and three errors given to them by Williamsport, falling 7-3. The Doubledays stranded 13 runners and were a woeful 2-for-14 with RISP. Russell Moldenhauer went 2-for-3 to lead the nine-hit attack, as both he, Jimenez and Skole extended their hit streaks to 10 games apiece. “Vote For” Pedro Encarnacion started and went the first four innings, but gave up three runs on five hits and two walks. Neither reliever (Alex Kreis and Chris Jenkins) was effective, as both men gave up two runs in two innings. The loss drops Auburn to 8-5, good for second place in the Pinckney Divison, and one game behind the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Astros 2 (8 inn.)
• B King (W, 1-0) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Hanks 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Curran 2-5, 2R, 2K
• Schill 2-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Ramos 1-3, R, 2B, 3RBI

Brandon King rebounded from a beatdown last time out to throw five perfect innings, striking out four, as the GCL Nationals tripled up the GCL Astros 6-2 in a rain-shortened contest. Chris Curran and Wes Shill each had two hits, while Wander Ramos drove in three to pace the offense, which somehow managed to score six times on eight hits while going 1-for-12 with RISP. The GCL Nats are now 4-4 in the GCL East, one game behind the GCL Mets.

DSL Phillies 5 DSL Nationals 3
• Moscat (L, 1-2) 3IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Vasquez 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
• Difo 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• B Valdez 2-4, RBI

The DSL Phillies only scored once in eight innings, but the five-spot they put up on the board held up for a 5-3 win over the DSL Nationals. Felix Moscat gave up all five runs over his three innings pitched, giving up four hits and three walks while setting down two on strikes. Wilmer Difo led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, doubling and homering while scoring two runs. The loss snapped a modest three-game win streak and drops the D-Nats to 12-15 in the Boca Chica South, 5½ games behind the DSL Rangers and DSL Yankees1.

Jun 302011

In a see-saw battle, Destin Hood delivered the walkoff hit with a single to left to give Potomac a 4-3 win in 10 innings to kick off the first homestand of the second half.

Batting ninth, Eury Perez drew a leadoff walk in the tenth and went to third on a Francisco Soriano double to set up the gamewinner. Winston-Salem elected not to walk Jeff Kobernus, pulling the infield in instead. Kobernus grounded to second, the ball ricocheting off the Dash infielder’s chest momentarily but he recovered to throw out his Potomac counterpart. Hood, the team leader in OBP, worked the count to 2-1 before pulling the ball into left to send Perez home for the gamewinner.

Evan Bronson took the hill in place of the expected Trevor Holder on three days’ rest from his last outing, a relief appearance on Saturday in Kinston in which he surrendered six hits over two innings and faced 14 batters. It was his sixth start in 13 games, as Bronson has pinballed between long relief starting since making three consecutive starts in early May.

Suffice it to say, it was a bit of a surprise to see him take the mound in the top of the seventh after Potomac had taken the lead in the bottom of the sixth. It was not a surprise to see a tired pitcher give back a 3-2 lead with a leadoff home run. Perhaps Potomac had just played back-to-back extra-inning games, but with a fresh arm in the bullpen, the expected move was for a reliever to come in and start building the bridge to the ninth.

Bronson would recover from the circle clout to get the next three out (hey, that rhymes) but would miss the chance to get the win.

Offensively, Potomac would grind out 11 hits, with Justin Bloxom, Sandy Leon, and J.P. Ramirez each going 2-for-4 while Steve Souza and Justino Cuevas both rapped RBI doubles. Souza’s shot to the warning track in left-center would open up the scoring in the second while Cuevas’s tomahawked shot down the left field line gave the P-Nats the aforementioned 3-2 lead.

The whispers were true: Neil Holland came on in the top of the 8th and announced his presence with authority. Not with a 95-mph heater, but by striking out the first three batters he faced with his unusual, not-quite-sidearm delivery that had Winston-Salem batters baffled. He would go two innings and retire all six batters he faced.

Rob Wort pitched the 10th and got the win, aided by a spectacular catch from Perez in deep left-center to open the frame and running dash to the LF line by Ramirez before Kobernus got a routine grounder to end it.

The win puts Potomac at 3-4 for the second half, tied for first place with Frederick and Wilmington, with Paul Demny set to take the hill against Jacob Petricka, who’s making his High-A debut.

Jun 292011

With multiple sources reporting that J.C. Romero has been signed and will report to Syracuse, here’s a look at recent transactions that have occurred since our last update.

• OF Rick Ankiel assigned from GCL Nationals
• LHP Lee Hyde transferred to Inactive List
• LHP J.C. Romero assigned from Washington Nationals

• RHP Neil Holland assigned from the Hagerstown Suns

• RHP Trevor Holder placed on 7-Day DL
• IF Jose Lozada placed on 7-Day DL

• C Miguel Perez traded to Indianapolis Indians
• RHP Gregory Holt assigned to Doubledays

There have been multiple whispers about a Suns pitcher being promoted to Potomac, but I have yet to get an official confirmation. With a home game tonight, I’ll be on the watch for an unfamiliar face and/or uniform number in the ‘pen. As always, if I learn anything before I leave tonight or see anything overnight, I’ll post an update in this space.

UPDATE: As first identified in our comments, Neil Holland was indeed the pitcher moved from the Hagerstown to the Potomac roster. Of course, no corresponding moves were listed on MiLB.com, which has been par for the course this season.

UPDATE #2: The shoes have dropped for the P-Nats, as Jose Lozada and Trevor Holder were placed on the 7-Day DL. The two moves leave the Potomac roster at 24, which is one short of the Carolina league limit. Eighth-round pick Gregory Holt was assigned to the Auburn Doubledays, which is at 29, one short of the NYPL limit.

Jun 292011

Rosters for the 2011 Eastern League All-Star Team were announced today and five Harrisburg Senators made the squad:

• RHP Erik Arnesen

• RHP Brad Peacock

• 1B Tyler Moore

• OF-1B Bill Rhinehart

• OF Archie Gilbert

The 2011 E.L. All Star Game will be held at the home stadium of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on July 13th. Peacock was also named to the Futures Game that will be held on July 10th at the home stadium of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It is believed to be the first All Star team honors for for all but Archie Gilbert, who Arnesen, Peacock and Moore. Archie Gilbert was named to 2010 Southern League All-Star Game for Midland, while Rhinehart was a 2008 Sally League All-Star for Hagerstown.

Jun 292011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-5 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-4, 4.28) vs.
Sean Gallagher (2-8, 6.14)
Harrisburg Senators SUSPENDED,
0-0, Bot 1st
@ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (8-2, 2.28) vs.
Daryl Maday (2-5, 3.75)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 (12 inn.) vs. Winston-Salem 7:05 p.m. Trevor Holder (3-8, 5.95) vs.
Justin Collop (2-3, 4.11)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 4-3 (14 inn.) vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (8-3, 2.83) vs.
Lendy Castillo (0-1, 3.60)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 6-1 @ Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Pedro Encarnacion (0-1, 10.29) vs.
Lino Martinez (0-1, 5.06)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1
vs. GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4
@ DSL Mets1
@ DSL Phillies, 10:30 a.m. Felix Moscat (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Yari Sosa (3-0, 1.69)

Syracuse 8 Indianapolis 5
• Stammen (W, 7-3) 5.1IP, 9H, 5ER, BB, 9K, 3R HR
• Zinicola (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Marrero 3-4, R, RBI, BB, E
• Bynum 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, RBI (8-game debut IL hit streak)

Indianapolis jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead against Syracuse on a John Bowker three-run homer. Syracuse began its comeback in the second when Craig Stammen (2-3, R, RBI) hit a two out RBI single to score Jeff Frazier. Syracuse jumped to a 4-3 lead with a three-run, two-out rally in the third with a Chris Marrero walk, a Jesus Flores RBI double, a Frazier walk, and a decisive two run double by Seth Bynum. In the bottom of the fourth, Syracuse added two more in a rally capped off by a Marrero single that scored Steve Lombardozzi. Stammen would eventually give up a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth when Atahualpa Severino failed to strand a runner on second with one out. Zech Zinicola pitched two scoreless innings of relief in his first Syracuse outing of 2011. After the Chiefs extended their lead to 8-5 with a two-run eighth inning rally, Josh Wilkie pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the victory.

Harrisburg-Richmond — SUSP.
Harrisburg’s game with Richmond was suspended in the middle of the first. They will resume the suspended game tomorrow with Brad Peacock starting/relieving for the Senators in the 2nd. Tomorrow’s regularly scheduled game will be played as part of two seven-inning doubleheader games on Friday, July 22nd in Richmond.

Kinston 4 Potomac 3
• Olbrychowski (ND) 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K
• Testa 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ramirez 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, 2B
• Leon 2-5

For the second game in a row, Potomac’s bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead. Unlike Monday night, this time they fell in extras, 5-4. Marcos Frias surrendered back-to-back home runs for his third blown save, ruining the best outing thus far from Adam Olbrychowski, who had allowed just one run on four hits and two walks over the first six and 2/3rds innings. Mitchell Clegg took the look loss as the sole P-Nat error of the night put the last runner into scoring position with one out, a lineout to center moved him up with two outs, and a single to left sent him in. J.P. Ramirez led the 11-hit attack with a single, double, and a solo HR, his 6th of the season but his first in 31 games (May 19).

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 3 (14 inn.)
• Grace 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
• Graham 3IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 0K
• Keyes 3-6, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI, 2K
• Rogers 2-4, 2B
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Michael Taylor and Kevin Keyes get the glory, as Taylor’s HR tied it in the ninth and Keyes’s big fly won it in the 14th as Hagerstown outlasted Lakewood, 4-3. The real credit, however, should go to the Suns ‘pen for throwing nine (9) scoreless innings to make both HRs possible, with just three hits and two walks allowed between Paul Applebee, Wilson Eusebio, Ben Graham and Sam Brown, who got the win as the last man on the mound. Matt Grace started and went the first five, giving up all three BlueClaws runs on five his and a walk. Keyes went 3-for-6 on the night, homering in the 2nd and singling in the 5th, while Mills Rogers went 2-for-4 with a double. Taylor’s two-run blast was his only hit in 5 ABs. Bryce Harper was held out of the lineup for another night with a bone bruise on his left thumb, Adam Kilgore tweeted last night

Auburn 6 Williamsport 1
• Estevez (W, 2-1) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K
• Monar (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Moldenhauer 2-4, R
• Montilla 2-3, R, 2RBI, SB
• Skole 1-3, R, 3B

An 88-minute rain delay couldn’t cool the Doubleday offense, which put up six runs on eight hits for a 6-1 win over Williamsport. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez went the first five innings and allowed the sole Crosscutter run on four hits and a walk while striking out five for his second win of the season. Blake Monar and Richie Mirowski each tossed two scoreless innings in relief. Russell Moldenhauer (2-for-4), Andy Skole (1-for-3), and Hendry Jimenez (1-for-5) each extended their nine-game hitting streaks.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Cardinals 1
• Mieses (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K
• Meza (S, 1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• E Martinez 1-3, 2B
• E Fernandez 1-3, HR, 2RBI

Erick Fernandez’s two-run home run in the bottom of the second was all the offense could muster, but strong pitching by Adalaberto Mieses and Christian Meza made it stand up for a 2-1 victory. Mieses allowed the lone run on three hits and three walks over the first five for the win, while Mesa tossed four scoreless innings, also allowing three hits, but walking just one. The defense committed just one error while turning two double plays. Rick Ankiel and Chris Curran both singled while Estarlin Martinez doubled as the G-Nats were held to just four hits total.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mets1 4
• Guzman 4IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Suero 3⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Novas 2-4, 2-2B
• Ortega 2-4, R, 2SB
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, OF assist @ HP

Randy Novas’s two-run shot in the top of the 7th broke a 3-3 tie as the DSL Nationals held on for a 5-4 win over the DSL Mets1 squad, their third straight win. Jesus Guzman got the starting nod and went the first four innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. Wander Suero got the win in relief, while Jorge Hernandez got the save. “Fred” Ortega and Novas both went 2-for-4 to pace the D-Nats attack, which took advantage of four D-Mets errors and seven walks surrendered.

Jun 282011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 11-2 vs. Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m. Craig Stammen (6-3, 3.86) vs.
Brian Burres (3-6, 3.75)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 9-3 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (4-2, 3.59) vs.
Justin Fitzgerald (6-4, 3.59)
Potomac Nationals Won, 5-2 (11 inn.) @ Kinston, 6:30 p.m. Adam Olbrychowski (2-3, 5.45) vs.
Marty Popham (0-1, 2.72)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 5-2 vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (8-5, 5.00) vs.
Jesse Biddle (3-6, 2.70)
Auburn Doubledays Won, 13-8 vs. Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Wirkin Estevez (1-1, 6.23) vs.
Mike Nesseth (1-1, 1.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals, 12:00 p.m. Brandon King (0-1, 11.25) vs.
Dail Villanueva (0-1, 15.43)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-0 (6 inn.)
@DSL Yankees1
@DSL Mets1, 10:30 a.m.

Syracuse 11 Rochester 2
• Milone (W, 6-5) 8IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
• Mandel 1IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Brown 2-5, 2R, 3B, 3R HR, 4RBI
• Lombardozzi 3-6, 2R, RBI

Eight dominant shutout innings from Tom Milone and an offensive outpouring of 19 hits were more than enough to lead Syracuse to an 11-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings. A masterful Milone retired the first seventeen batters he faced. Jesus Flores was 0-5; every other Chiefs starter had at least two hits in the rout. Corey Brown had the big blow with a three-run homer in a four run fourth inning. Syracuse sent ten men to the plate in a five-run 8th inning, starting the inning with eight consecutive hits. Syracuse has now won four of its last five games to improve to 32-43, 12 games back in the International League’s North division.

Richmond 9 Harrisburg 3
• Roark (L, 4-4) 5IP, 8H, 5ER, 0BB, 5K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Rhinehart 3-5, R, 2B
• Rahl 2-5, 2B

The Richmond Flying Squirrels opened the game with four consecutive hits in a four-run first. Harrisburg starter Tanner Roark settled down to allow only one more run in a five-inning outing, but the damage had been done. Derek Norris scored in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chris McConnell. In the seventh, Tyler Moore singled in Josh Johnson and Bill Rhinehart, who had doubled earlier in the frame, closing the gap to 5-3. Jimmy Barthmaier and a recently demoted Hassan Pena gave up four runs in the bottom of the frame as Richmond put the game out of reach on its way to a comfortable 9-3 win.

Potomac 5 Kinston 2 (11 inn.)
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K
• Frias 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Perez 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Bloxom 2-6, R, RBI

After an 88-minute delay to start the game, a blown save in the ninth sent this to extras, but Potomac prevailed ’round midnight for a 5-2 victory in 11 innings. It was a small-ball fest in the 11th as a bunt single, a beat-out chopper and a walk put runners on, while a double steal and an error, a squeeze play, and a line-drive single drove them in for the margin of victory. P-Nats ace Danny Rosenbaum returned to action with a solid six-inning start, allowing just one run over six inings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out six. Hector Nelo got the dreaded BS-W, Joe Testa and Rob Wort channeled Nuke LaLoosh with a 3BB & 3K eleventh for the hold and save, respectively.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 2
• Wang 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Cole (W, 2-4) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 6K
• Manno (S, 10) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Martinson 3-4, 3R, HR, RBI, SB (20), 2E (20, 21)
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

A.J. Cole pitched a solid five innings in relief of a rehabbing Chien Ming-Wang for his second win of the season, as the Suns cracked the BlueClaws, 5-2. Cole allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out six. Wang put in a pedestrian three innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits (two singles, a double, and a triple), no walks, and three strikeouts. It was the first regular-season appearance for Wang since signing a $2M-plus contract in February 2010. Jason Martinson led the offense with a steal and six total bases, offsetting errors no. 20 and 21 or the season to lead the nine-hit attack.

Auburn 13 Williamsport 8
• Demmin (W, 3-0) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Dupra 2⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Nieto 4-5, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• R Perez 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Montilla 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Auburn Doubledays scored in each of the first five innings en route to a 13-8 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters, snapping a three-game losing streak. Every starter reached base as the offense littered the field with 19 hits, with Adrian Nieto leading the way with a 4-for-5 night. Matt Skole, Russell Moldenhauer, and Hendry Jimenez all extended their current hit streaks to eight. Ryan Demmin got the win with two runs given up over six innings on three hits and two walks. Like a Kennedy at an open bar, 7th-round pick Brian Dupra got hammered in the ninth, pushed one inning too far with all five hits given up in the last 2/3rds of his two and 2/3rds innings pitched.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats look to get to .500 this week with games against the Cardinals, Astros, Mets, and Marlins.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Yankees1 0 (6 inn.)
• Pineyro (W, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 1BB, 8K
• Difo 2-3, 2R
• Mercedes 1-3

Ivan Pineyro went the distance in a 3-0 shutout, presumably shortened by rain. The 19-y.o. went all six innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and struck out eight. Wilmer Difo paced the offense with a 2-for-3 game and two runs scored.

Jun 272011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Probables
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-2 @ Rochester, :05 p.m. Tom Milone (5-5, 3.86) vs.
Scott Diamond (4-6, 4.94)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-0 @ Richmond, 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (4-3, 5.72) vs.
Henry Sosa (3-0, 0.56)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-4 @ Kinston, 6:30 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (4-3, 2.65)
vs. TBD
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 8-4 vs. Lakewood, 7:05 p.m. Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
David Buchanan (8-4, 3.21)
Auburn Doubledays Lost, 7-1 @ Williamsport, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Demmin (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Leonel Bastidas (1-1, 5.73)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-5
@ GCL Marlins
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Yankees1, 10:30 a.m.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 1
• Detwiler (W, 6-6) 5IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• J Martin (H, 3) 3IP, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• J Flores 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, SF
• Antonelli 1-2, 2R, 3B, 3BB
• J Valdez 1-4, 2R, GS HR, 5RBI, BB

The Syracuse offense exploded for six runs in a third-inning rally that helped put away the Rochester Red Wings for a 7-1 win. Seven Chiefs reached base safely before Rochester recorded an out. The big blow was a Jesus Valdez grand slam that scored Gregor Blanco, Steve Lombardozzi (1-4, six-game IL debut hit streak), and Matt Antonelli. Syracuse received strong pitching from Ross Detwiler, who turned in five innings and allowed two runs to improve his June record to 3-1 while lowering his ERA to 4.64. Detwiler has not allowed more than three earned runs this month (five starts), an improvement from May when he did not give up less than four in six starts. J.D. Martin and a rehabbing Chad Guadin combined to pitch four innings of scoreless relief. Jesus Flores also homered in the rout.

Harrisburg 6 Altoona 0
• Martis (W, 5-3) 8⅓ IP 3H, 0R, 0BB, 10K
• R Martin ⅔ IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ivany 2-4, 2R, 2R HR, 3RBI
• Tucker 1-3, R, RBI, BB

In Harrisburg’s best pitching performance of the season, Sharion Martis dominated the Altoona Curve in a 6-0 victory, striking out ten batters and walking none while pitching into the 9th inning. The near complete game shutout helped Martis lower his ERA to 2.37 over his last ten starts. Harrisburg did most of its damage in a four-run fourth inning that included a leadoff single by “The Godfather” Bill Rhinehart, an RBI single by hitting star Devin Ivany, a key double by Chris McConnell, and a two-out run-scoring strikeout/wild pitch of Shairon Martis. Ivany helped put the game out of reach with a two-run homer in the 8th to finish the scoring at 6-0 and complete the three-game sweep.

Kinston 5 Potomac 4
• Selik (L, 2-5) 5IP, 4H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HBP, 2WP
• Clegg 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Cuevas 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Higley 1-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Poor defense offset opportunistic offense as the P-Nats lost their third straight, 5-4 to Kinston. Potomac had four runs on just four hits, as the Kinston pitchers issued five walks and hit a batter to help set up the runs. Unfortunately, four errors made four of the five runs Kinston got unearned, which is roughly the same consolation as breaking the same limb twice. Cameron Selik took the loss with four hits allowed and two walks issued over his five innings. Mitchell Clegg and Josh Smoker combined for three scoreless innings of relief and allowed just three baserunners. Justino Cuevas got three of the hits, including a two-run double, while J.R. Higley got the fourth while also driving in two runs.

Greensboro 8 Hagerstown 4
• Ray (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K, 2HR
• Brown 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 3-4, R
• Freitas 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

A sloppy bottom of the fourth was Hagerstown’s undoing as a double error on a pickoff attempt after an RBI double turned a 3-3 tie into a 5-3 deficit as Greensboro would pile on three more runs agains the the Suns ‘pen for an 8-4 win and a split of the four-game series. Robbie Ray suffered his worst outing to date with six runs allowed on five hits (including two HRs) and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. He also struck out six. Four Suns would get multiple hits, as the team collected 12 total, with Sean Nicol leading the way with three singles and David Freitas collecting two RBIs on a first-inning single.

Williamsport 7 Auburn 1
• Bates (L, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
Henke 1⅓ 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Moldenhauer 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Jimenez 2-4, 2B, SB

A five-run seventh by Williamsport broke open a 2-1 game as the Crosscutters felled the Doubledays, 7-1. Colin Bates went the first five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while setting down three on strikes. Travis Henke was the victim of the Williamsport 7th, charged with the five runs on four hits and two walks. Russell Moldenhauer and Hendry Jimenez both went 2-for-4, hitting back-to-back doubles in the 4th for the sole Doubleday run. The loss was the third straight for Auburn, and the fourth in four home games this season.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Marlins 5
• Chico (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 3K
• McKenzie 1IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• Ramos 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• E Fernandez 3-5, R
• JC Valdez 3-5, 2R, 2B

Three straight big innings in the fourth through sixth innings put the GCL Nationals up 9-0 as they cruised to a 9-5 win over the GCL Marlins. Matt Chico went five innings for some inapparent reason, allowing two hits, no runs, one walk, and getting three strikeouts. Anthony Marcelino got hammered for the second time in as many relief appearances, allowing all five G-Marlins runs on four hits and two walks over three innings. Erick Fernandez, a 2011 25th-rd pick, and Jean Carlos Valdez both went 3-for-5 to pace the G-Nats offense, which pounded out 16 hits total.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY

Since beginning the season 6-3, the DSL Nationals have lost 11 of the last 15 and have not won back-to-back games in nearly three weeks. After just one road game last week, it’s just one home game this week, as they look to cut into the 5½ game deficit in the Boca Chica South Division.