Jul 082014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (9-2, 1.90) vs.
Schlosser (4-4, 4.33)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 5.88) vs.
Pettit (4-6, 6.40)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.08) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.75)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-3, 5.04) vs.
Viza (3-11, 5.10)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Baez (0-0, 1.69)
GCL Nationals Postponed @ GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (1-3, 3.38) vs.
Diaz (1-2, 3.24)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 3
• Roenicke (W, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Grace (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 2SB
• Burriss 2-5, 2R, 2-2B

Yunesky “Yuleftmehanging” Maya lost another game involving the Chiefs. But this time Chiefs fans were happy to learn that he was pitching for the opposing Gwinnett Braves. Maya gave up all five runs and apparently learned that Steven “Phone” Souza is good at baseball. Souza was a homer short of the cycle. In the 1st, Souza doubled in Emmanuel “Don’t Call Me Lewis” Burriss for the Chiefs first tally. In the 3rd, Souza tripled in Emmanuel “I’m not Webster either” Burriss for another Chiefs tally. In the 6th, Steve “Believe” Souza walked, stole second, and later scored on a fielding error. Josh Johnson put Gwinnett out of their misery with a two-out pinch hit two-run double to make the final score 5-3 in the frame as well. Props to Matt Grace as well who pitched two scoreless innings of relief and remains unscored upon in 13⅔ AAA innings.
Roster move: RHP Neil Holland reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 1
• Simms (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, RBI
• Sanchez 2-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B

John Simms continues impress at the AA level, winning for the second time in three starts as Harrisburg knifed Bowie, 5-1. The 22-y.o. Texan turned in six strong innings with the lone BaySox run given up on four hits and one walk. Adrian Sanchez smacked a three-run HR in the 4th to break open a 1-0 game while Jason Martinson led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night as the Senators piled up 12 hits and drew five walks.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 1
• Dickson (L, 1-7) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Turnbull 3IP, 2H, 2R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Pleffner 2-4
• J. Miller 1-4, 2B, RBI

Wilmington broke a 1-1 tie with a single-triple-double sequence to open the 6th and cruised to a 5-1 win over Potomac in the series opener. Starter Ian Dickson turned in a quality start of three runs allowed over six innings, but four of the eight hits went for extra bases as he walked one and struck out four while taking his seventh loss. The P-Nats bats were limited to just five hits total, with Shawn Pleffner the sole batter to reach base twice. Justin Miller’s RBI double in the 2nd prevented back-to-back shutouts as the P-Nats have lost seven of their last eight scheduled games to fall below .500 at 8-9 for the second half.
Roster move: LHP Jake Walsh promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 4
• Giolito 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Cooper (W, 6-2) 3IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, HBP
• Ballou 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Ward 2-5, 3RBI

Hagerstown continued its domination of Lakewood, doubling ‘em up 8-4 for its 13th victory in 17 games versus the Sally League’s New Jersey entrant. Lucas Giolito, named the #11 prospect in BA’s midseason SEO project prospect list, was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and three walks over four innngs. He struck out six. The win went to Andrew Cooper, who turned in three scoreless frames for his sixth “W.” Hagerstown matched a season-high of 16 hits with the 3-4-5 trio of Isaac Ballou, Spencer Kieboom, and Drew Ward going 7-for-13 with two doubles (Kieboom), two runs scored, and five RBI.
Roster moves: RHP Samuel Johns reassigned from Auburn; SS David Masters activated from the 7-Day DL.

State College 3 Auburn 2
• Derosier (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Ramos 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Riopedre 1-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Eusebio 1-3

The Doubleday offense remained AWOL in a 3-2 loss to State College. Auburn managed just six hits, with the lone extra-base knock accounting for both of its runs as Chris Riopedre smacked a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the 3rd. It was an answer to the three-run homer allowed by Matt Derosier in the top of the 3rd. The almost-20-y.o. was spiked for eight hits total over four and 2/3rds while walking two and striking out four in his second loss. Tyler Mapes and David Ramos combined for four and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief, but the Doubledays had just two baserunners after the 3rd inning for a total of three left on base.
Roster moves: RHP Tyler Mapes reassigned from the GCL Nationals, SS Willie Medina demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Let’s hope they have enough (healthy) pitchers into handle three doubleheaders in four days, as Monday’s game against the G-Marlins was rained out to create twinbill this morning.
Roster move: OF Gilberto Ramirez promoted from the DSL Nationals.

DSL Mariners 7 DSL Nationals 5
• Acevedo 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Charlis (BS, 3; L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Vilorio 2-4, R, RBI, 2E
• Pilier 1-3, BB, E
• Pimentel 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The D-Nats ‘pen turned a 5-1 lead into a 7-5 loss with six runs allowed in the final three innings, including four in the 9th. Starter Carlos Acevedo turned in five innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and working around three walks with four set down on strikes. His work would go for naught as Fiyeral “El Incendiario” came on in the 9th with one out and two runners on and let them both in along with two of his own for his third blown save and first loss. Luis Vilorio went 2-for-4 with a run score and an RBI to lead the hit column while Davinson Pimentel smacked a three-run homer in the 1st to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jul 072014
 

The good news is that if this series is indeed a preview of the 2014 Mills Cup, we’re in for some good baseball. The bad news is that that it wasn’t as close as the 2-0 win by Myrtle Beach would otherwise suggest.

This, of course, is not discredit the effort that Matthew Spann did in escaping multiple jams in his five innings of work as the southpaw stranded eight runners through four innings before the Pelicans broke through in the 5th for the first of their two runs.

But the reality is that on most nights, you’re not going to be able to put that many baserunners on and get out of it unscathed. Not at this level.

Four of ‘em were definitely Spann’s doing — or the umpire’s, if you were privy to the bellowing from Myrtle Beach batting coach Josue Perez prior to being ejected in the 8th — as he walked four, including two in the first inning.

Twice Spann loaded the bases with two outs, with three singles in the 2nd and a walk and two singled in the 4th. Spann’s fourth walk followed by a double set up second and third with no out. Tripp Keister did not elect to pull in the infield against power-hitting lefty Preston Beck, who indeed hit one sharply to second for the RBI groundout.

He did pull ‘em in for Royce Bolinger and Tony Renda, playing shortstop, threw out the runner at the plate for the second out then leapt high to catch line drive 7′ off the ground to end the inning. But the damage was done.

Potomac, who got three doubles out of its five hits, saw all three extra-base hits go for naught.

Stephen Perez led off the second with a ground-rule double that bounced a foot inside the foul line in right and over the fence but only got as far as third.

Pleffner led off the 4th with double to left-center but was called out for interfering with a grounder to third as he dodged the ball but got in front of the fielder for the inning’s second, rally-killing out.

Renda got to second with two outs on an opposite-field drive to right, prompting the Pelicans to go “old-school” and call for their closer, Jose Leclerc, before the 9th inning to face Pleffner instead of issuing an intentional pass to put the go-ahead run on base and let Justin Spenger, who had already retired Oscar Tejeda easily, do it again.

Leclerc fanned Pleffner and struck out two more in 9th for the un-Soriano save that secured the 2-0 win.

Potomac remains in 1st place with an 8-8 mark as they host second-place Wilmington for the next four. It’ll be Ian Dickson (1-6, 6.11) scheduled to face off against Luis Santos (1-1, 7.06).

Jul 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Roenicke (3-4, 5.09) vs.
Maya (yes, that Maya)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (1-0, 1.35) vs.
Davies (4-4, 3.69)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-6, 6.11) vs.
Santos (1-1, 7.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-7 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.19) vs.
Casimiro (2-7, 4.98)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Derosier (0-1, 8.49) vs.
D. Perez (1-1, 4.96)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 4.37) vs.
Tamarez (0-1, 6.75)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Laffey (W, 11-3) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K; 0-1, R, BB, RBI, SAC
• Madrigal 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, BK
• Souza 2-2, R, 2-2B, 2BB, 3RBI, SB
• Johnson 1-2, R, 2BB

A five-run 2nd erased an early 1-0 lead for the G-Braves as the Chiefs cruised to a 6-1 lead. Aaron Laffey went seven strong innings with just that one run on allowed on three hits and three walks while striking out six for his 11th win. Steve Souza menaced the opposing hurlers with two doubles, two walks, and three RBI while Josh Johnson reached base three times with two walks and a single as Syracuse took advantage of seven walks to score six times on seven hits.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 5
• Dupra 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K; 1-1, BB, RBI
• Benincasa (BS, 2; L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, BB, RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB

The Senators scored in three of the first four frames to build a 5-2 lead but lost it in the 8th for a 6-5 loss to Altoona in the series finale. Brian Dupra pitched into the sixth with four runs let in on six hits and four walks but got the no-decision. In the 8th, Robert Benincasa issued a one-out walk and committed an error on the subsequent sacrifice, which plated the tying run and moved the would-be out all the way to third. The 23-y.o. struck out the next batter but gave up the gamewinner to Alen Henson on a single. Cole Leonida reached base four times with two walks, a single, and a double to pace the 12-hit, seven-walk Harrisburg attack.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 0
• Spann (L, 5-4) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Runion 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-3, 2B
• Perez 2-4, 2B

It wasn’t as close as it looks Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: OF Eury Perez transferred from GCL for minor-league rehab.

Kannapolis 12 Hagerstown 7
• Pivetta (L, 10-5) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ward 4-5, R, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2R, 3BB, HR, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Kannapolis hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em early, and hit ‘em often in a 12-7 beatdown of Hagerstown. Nick Pivetta gave up five runs via the longball (nos. 9 and 10) and eight runs total on nine hits as he was chased with one out in the third for his fifth loss. Drew Ward went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI while Spencer Kieboom and Carlos Lopez both homered. The rest of the lineup went just 4-for-23 and was unable to fully capitalize on the eight walks issued by the Intimidators.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 1
• A. Williams (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• D. Williams 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Davidson 1-3
• Read 1-4, 2B

The Crosscutters brought out the lumber while Doubledays managed just three hits in a 4-1 loss. Austen Williams was knocked around for three runs on six hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings for the loss. Deion Williams was brilliant in relief, stranding two to keep Auburn within striking distance at 3-1 and fanning six but gave up a solo HR for the final 4-1 score. Raudy Read doubled while Austin Davidson and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz both singled to account for the feeble offense.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 1-3 week with two washouts, it’s a busy week ahead for the G-Nats, who play three against the Marlins, then five against the Mets with doubleheaders scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Things weren’t much better in the D.R. as the D-Nats went 2-4 to drop into a fourth-place tie with the D-Mets1 in the Boca Chica South at 17-14.

Jul 062014
 

After pummeling the Pelicans for eight runs in the completion, the second game of the de facto doubleheader proved to be a pitcher’s duel that ended in the first “extra inning” as Steve Perez’s two-out single in the bottom of the 8th drove in Tony Renda for a 1-0 win.

Starter Austin Voth can’t quite catch a break as he pitched brilliantly for a third straight start but has just one win to show for it. He allowed just three hits over six shutout innings with no walks and seven strikeouts, which puts him to the Washington minors-leading total of 94 in 88⅔ innings.

In part, that’s because Potomac had not one but two runners thrown out at the plate in the 3rd. Estarlin Martinez was the first, making an ill-advised decision to score from third base on a ball hit to the third baseman while Perez was unable to score from first one batter later when Shawn Pleffner doubled into the left-field corner (though he made it close).

The P-Nats managed just two singles from the 4th to the 7th before the game-winning rally in the 8th. After a weak flyout by Martinez (who was quite busy on defense, catching six flyballs in right field over eight inning), Renda beat out an infield single and took second on a wild pitch. Perez delivered the game-winner with a single to right that was hit fast enough to get past the infielders but too slow for the outfielder to pick up and fire in to beat Renda.

The win went to Chris Manno, who struck out four over the 7th and 8th innings while walking one. Combined with a Lynchburg loss, Potomac returned to first place by a half-game over Wilmington, who will be in town next for four games tomorrow through Thursday.

Matt Spann (5-3, 4.45) gets the ball tonight against Andrew Faulkner (6-1, 2.35) in the series finale.

Jul 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 @ Gwinnett,
6:05 p.m.
Laffey (10-3, 2.93) vs.
H.D. Rodriguez (4-10, 4.79)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Rodriguez (4-7, 4.38)
Potomac Won, 11-6 (comp.);
Won, 1-0 (8 inn.)
vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (5-3, 4.45) vs.
Faulkner (6-1, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (10-4, 3.43) vs.
Guerrero (5-0, 3.03)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-0, 1.93 @ GCL) vs.
Packrall (0-0, 6.94)
GCL Nationals Lost, 12-8 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 6
• Treinen 6IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 5BB, 2K
• Cedeno (BS, 2; W, 4-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, WP
• Laird 3-4, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Kobernus 3-5, 3R, 2B, 2SB
• Walters 2-3, R, 3B, 2BB

The beat rolls on for the mighty Chiefs who pulled off a thrilling 7-6 win over the PawSox. The lead changed hands four times and was tied twice, including the 9th when Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno blew a 6-5 lead and wild pitched in the tying run. But Pawtucket returned the favor by giving the game away with walks in the 9th! A walk for you, Sandy Leon. A sac bunt by organizational soldier Josh Johnson got Leon to second for two shots at a game-winning hit. Kobernus got that hit, but the slow-footed catcher Leon was thrown out at the plate. Zach Walters singled to Kobernus to third. An intentional walk for Steven Souza to set up the double play backfired when Pawtucket’s Drake Britton walked Tyler Moore on four pitches for the walkoff walk.
Roster move: LHP Mike Gonzalez released.

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 4
• Brach (L, 1-4) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-3, BB, CS
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators scared the [mess] out of the Altoon Curve with a first-inning tally. Michael Taylor mashed a double, advanced to third on a groundout by Caleb Ramsey, and scored on a Matt Skole single to left. The Curve straightened things out quickly with five runs in the bottom of the 1st starting with an Alen Hansom dinger to lead off matters. Two more singles. A double-play escape? No. One needs three outs to end an inning. Hitter (and former pitcher) Stetson Allie drew a walk. Then the lowly Senators extended the inning on a Matt Skole throwing error. Four unearned runs followed and a 5-1 first-inning lead evolved into a 7-4 victory for the Altoona Curve.

Potomac 11 Myrtle Beach 6 — COMP.
• Rauh 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Schwartz (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Renda 3-5, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB (10)
• Pleffner 2-5, 2RBI, SB
• Norfork 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• McQuillan 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

In the completion of last Friday’s suspended game in Myrtle Beach, Potomac scored eight unanswered runs while Blake Schwartz tossed five shutout innings to take an 11-6 decision. Mike McQuillan started the smackdown with a two-run shot following a Khayyan Norfork single, as the Pelicans got sloppy and committed two errors to help Potomac along as they scored five in the 6th to take an 8-6 lead. Oscar Tejeda’s two-run single capped off the three-run 7th as the P-Nats put the game away. Tony Renda led the hit column with two singles, two RBI, a double, a stolen base, and three runs scored.

Potomac 1 Myrtle Beach 0 (8 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Manno (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2B
• Perez 1-4, RBI

The P-Nats pitchers outdueled the Pelicans’ Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 1
• Silvestre (W, 4-6) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 5K
• Suero (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Bautista 2-4, CS
• Yezzo 2-3, R

Hector Silvestre tossed six shutout innings and combined with Wander Suero on a three-hitter as the Suns lapped the Intimidators, 3-1. The 20-y.o. southpaw walked four but allowed just one hit while striking out five to secure his fourth “W.” Suero put on six baserunners with two walks, two hits, and two plunks over three innings, but only one crossed home plate as he earned his second save. Rafael Bautista and James Yezzo combined for four of the team’s eight hits, which included Spencer Kieboom’s fourth home run.

Auburn 2 Williamsport 1
• Bach 3IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, K
• Mancini (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Carey 2-3, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B

Brian Langlois singled in Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz with two outs in the 9th as Auburn edged Williamsport, 2-1. The win went to Domenick Mancini, who had stranded two runners in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. R.C. Orlan got the last three outs for the save, his first of the season (and his career). The Doubledays racked up nine hits, including extra-base knocks (all doubles, natch) by “Orange,” David Masters, and Dale Carey, who also stole a base.

GCL Cardinals 12 GCL Nationals 8
• P. Encarnacion 2⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Mills 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• T. Alvarez 3-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• L. Guzman 2-5, 2R, 2B

Thirteen batters and seven pitchers made an appearance as the G-Cards outslugged the G-Nats, 12-8 to send the Nats rookie contingent to its third straight loss. Pedro Encarnacion started and was lit up for four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two in his second rehab outing. The loss went to Robbie Dickey for letting in the go-ahead run in the 5th as the 20-y.o. Texan struck out three of six batters faced in his pro debut. Thomas Alvarez reached base four times and fell a home run shy of the cycle with a 3-for-3 afternoon and led the 16-hit offense.
Roster moves: RHP Robbie Dickey (4th Rd. Pick), LHP McKenzie Mills (18th Rd. Pick) assigned from Washington; OF Eury Perez assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mariners 4 (10 inn.)
• Baez 5IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Cespedes (W, 3-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Franco 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Pimentel 2-5, R, 2-2B
• J. Ramirez 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Joshual Ramirez’s solo shot in the 10th broke a 4-4 tie and stopped a two-game slide as the D-Nats sunk the D-Mariners, 5-4. The win went to Angher Cespedes for three no-hit innings of relief, with two walks and three strikeouts. Joan Baez got the start, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks for the no-decision. The D-Nats pounded out 12 hits with five batters notching multiple hits, including Davinson Pimentel, who doubled twice, and Anderson Franco, who tripled and drove in three.

Jul 052014
 

The first-half winners of the Carolina League matched up on the 4th of July — a possible preview of the 2014 Mills Cup? — with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans besting the hometown Potomac Nationals, 4-2 before a reported crowd of 7,993.

The Pelicans boast the league’s second-best pitching staff, in large part because they don’t have to face the league’s best lineup (Myrtle Beach, natch). The P-Nats, however, are second as measured by the only stat that matters: runs scored (though they are second in strikeouts and third in HRs hit).

But as the old saw goes, good pitching beats good hitting. For three innings and a 1/3rd, burly lefthander Chad Bell was perfect against Potomac, setting down the first 10 batters he faced before Stephen Perez sliced a line drive down the left-field line for a clean double to break up the perfect game.

Alas, the one-out double wouldn’t equalize the 1-0 score that Myrtle established on the second pitch of the game by Dakota Bacus as leadoff man Chris Garia cleared the right field fence for his second HR of the season. Bacus, who had struggled with his command in his previous outing, righted the ship and found his groove to shut down the Pelicans through four innings.

But this is the best offense in the league, and in the 5th they got to Bacus for three runs, leading off with a double and closing out with a double and making him pay for a walk and a hit batsman with one out. At the midpoint, the Pelicans led 4-0.

Bell left after five innings and Potomac jumped on his replacement in the 7th, with Oscar Tejeda, Shawn Pleffner, and Randolph Oduber going back-to-back-to-back with singles to break up the shutout. Myrtle Beach left fielder threw strike to the press box but the netting blocked the throw and enabled Oduber to take second on the throw.

Khayyan Norfork plated the second and final run on a sacrifice fly that required Myrtle Beach centerfielder Garia to make what may have been the game-saving catch as he leapt while running back towards the warning track to snag a liner that if not caught was a definite triple and a possible inside-the-park job.

Instead, it went in the scorebook as an SF-8 with an RBI. After a scare when Will Piwnica-Worms was dropped and bloodied by a pitch that ricocheted off his helmet (he walked off the field under his own power, but left the game) Justin Miller struck out to the end the inning.

Potomac would go in order in the 8th and 9th innings to suffer their fourth straight loss and fall into third place in the C.L. North.

It’s faux doubleheader tonight, with a completion of the game suspended last Friday night scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and a seven-inning game to follow. Blake Schwartz (1-0, 6.43) will get the ball when the Pelicans come to bat in the 5th. Austin Voth (1-0, 0.69) is scheduled to pitch the second game, which will reportedly start 30 minutes after the first game is done.

Jul 052014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (10-3, 2.93) vs.
C. Hernandez (4-6, 3.31)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Montero (2-3, 4.66)
Potomac Lost, 4-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
Schwartz (1-0, 6.43) and
Voth (1-0, 0.69) vs. TBD and TBD
Hagerstown Won, 9-0 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Silvestre (3-6, 5.02) vs.
Dykstra (6-6, 2.87)
Auburn Lost, 2-0;
Won, 6-4 (8 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (0-0, 18.00) vs.
Arteaga (1-2, 4.56)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-2 @ DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (2-1, 1.52) vs.
Santiago (2-2, 3.51)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2 (10 inn.)
• Cole 5IP, 9H, 2R, 2BB, 2K
• Grace 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Madrigal (L, 0-2) 1IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Walters 1-3, R, BB, 2B
• Hood 1-4, R, 2B

It took the PawSox 14 hits to get a third run as they came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Chiefs, 3-2 in 10 innings. A.J. Cole was strafed for nine of them over five innings but with some help from his defense (two DPs, a Steve Souza gundown at the plate) allowed just two runs for a no-decision in his second AAA start. Rafael Martin and Matt Grace combined for three scoreless to keep up with knuckleballer Steven Wright, who went eight innings for Pawtucket. Zach Walters and Destin Hood both doubled for Syracuse, which was held to six hits and three walks total.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 2
• Brach (L, 1-4) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-3, BB, CS
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg went deep twice but couldn’t score otherwise as Altoona doubled ‘em up, 4-2 to take the series opener. Brett Brach avoided the walk but labored through six innings (102 pitches) with three runs allowed on 10 hits over six innings to suffer the loss, his fourth at AA this season. Brian Jeroloman and Kevin Keyes took the circle clout for the two Sens runs. Drew Vettleson singled twice and walked once to lead the Harrisburg hit column.

Myrtle Beach 4 Potomac 2
• Bacus (L, 3-4) 6IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 7K, HR, WP
• Rauh 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Oduber 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-4, 2B

Unfortunately, the old saw about good pitching and good hitting was proven Last Night In Woodbridge

Kannapolis 0 Hagerstown 9
• Mooneyham (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 9K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dent 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Chubb 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• C. Lopez 2-5, R, RBI

The Suns impressed with the nines as Drew Ward’s ninth HR highlighted a five-run 4th while Brett Mooneyham’s nine K’s led the way for 9-0 win over Kannapolis. Cody Dent, Austin Chubb, and Carlos Lopez each had two hits as Hagerstown racked up (you know it) nine hits. Mooneyham tossed six scoreless and let up three hits and four walks for his first Low-A win of 2014. David Napoli (2IP) and Jake Walsh (1IP) combined for three hitless frames to secure the shutout (sorry, only the sixth).

Williamsport 2 Auburn 0 — GAME ONE
• Ott (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• D. Ramos 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gordon 1-2
• Mejia 1-2

The Doubledays’ losing streak was extended to three with a 2-0 loss to the Crosscutters in the opener. Williamsport’s Mitch Gueller sawed through the Auburn lineup with just four hits and no walks for a complete-game shutout. Travis Ott was nearly his match, but allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five.

Auburn 6 Williamsport 4 — GAME TWO
• Bourque 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• M. Sanchez (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Gunter 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Williamson 1-2, R, 2BB, SB
• Langlois 1-3, R, RBI

Cody Gunter’s three-run homer capped off four-run 8th as the Doubledays took the second game, 6-4 in “extras.” Mario Sanchez, who pitched three scoreless innings in relief, got the win. James Bourque went the first four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three. Gunter also singled twice and scored twice to finish the game at 3-for-4, accounting for half of Auburn’s six hits.

GCL Cardinals 7 GCL Nationals 1
• Vasquez (L, 0-2) 1+ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• A. Martinez 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, 2-2 IR-S
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Ortiz 1-4, OF assist at HP

The G-Cards shut down the G-Nats after the 1st, scoring seven unanswered in a 7-1 demolition. Daury Vasquez walked three of nine batters faced in one-plus innings to suffer the loss. Meanwhile, the bats declared themselves independent of the baseball as the G-Nats mustered just three hits on the afternoon, with Edwin Lora the sole batter to reach base twice with a double and a walk.

DSL Mets1 7 DSL Nationals 2
• Bermudez (L, 1-3) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, 2HR
• Agustin 3-4, R, HR, RBI
• Je. Baez 3-4, R

A three-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the D-Mets leveled the D-Nats, 7-1. Juan Bermudez fell short for the third time, giving up two solo HRs and five hits total over four innings. He walked one and struck out six. The clutch hit also went missing as the D-Nats racked up 11 hits, with Telmito Agustin and Jeyner Baez both going 3-for-4 with a run scored, but scored just twice as they left on eight runners and went 0-for-6 with RISP.

Jul 042014
 


Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 51-35, 1st place I.L. North, 2½ games ahead

Good Steve Souza .333 in April, .359 in May, .353 in June; .354 overall
Bad Josh Roenicke 6.18 ERA, 1.63 WHIP over last six starts
Interesting Emmanuel Burris .459/.565/.649, 4SB over last 10G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 33-51, 5th place E.L. West, 16½ games behind

Good John Simms 2-0, 1.35 ERA, 0.90 WHIP since promotion from Potomac (2GS)
Bad Adrian Sanchez 0-for-16 in last 10G played
Interesting Team #2 in batting HR’s, BB’s, K’s



POTOMAC NATIONALS 6-6, T1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead (44-37 overall)

Good Mike McQuillan .344/.488/.625, 2HR, 13RBI in June (16G)
Bad Kylin Turnbull 0-2, 8.44 ERA, 2.25 WHIP in seven appearances
Interesting Tied for fewest SBs allowed, 2nd in most CS, fewest PBs in C.L.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 9-6, 4th place Sally North, 4 games behind (53-32 overall)

Good Lucas Giolito 1.84 ERA, 0.85 WHIP since return to rotation on June 3 (6GS)
Bad 213 team batting BB — 13th in 14-team Sally Lg.
Interesting Rafael Bautista 43SB in 48 attempts, 15BB, .322 OBP



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 8-11, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 4½ games behind

Good Raudy Read .300/.435/.420, 7RBI in 15G
Bad Matt DeRosier 8.49 ERA, 1.46 WHIP in 11⅔ IP (4 appearances)
Interesting 18 pitching HBP in 19 games (2nd most in NYPL)



DSL NATIONALS 16-13, 3rd place Boca Chica South, 4 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Juan “Shorts” Bermudez 1-2, 1.46 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 24K in 24⅔ IP
Bad 17-y.o. Neivy Pilier .122/.146/.163, 4E in 11G
Interesting 20-y.o. Luis Vilorio 1BB, 6K in 50PA
Jul 042014
 


Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Wright (3-1, 2.43)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Brach (1-3, 5.57) vs.
Ludwig (0-3, 7.88)
Potomac Postponed vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (3-3, 3.58) vs.
Bell (2-0, 4.40 ERA)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 2.00) vs.
McKenzie (1-0, 1.80)
Auburn Lost, 4-2 @ Williamsport,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 2.53) and
Bourque (0-0, 7.71) vs.
Gueller (1-1, 4.85) and
Oliver (0-1, 12.27 @ GCL)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-2, 1.46) vs.
Marte (2-0, 3.92)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
Rain postponed the finale of the two-game series between the IronPigs and the Chiefs to August 23. Syracuse returns to upstate New York for a two-game breather before heading back out on the road for a pair of four-game series in Georgia and North Carolina.
Roster moves: PH Greg Dobbs outrighted from Washington; CF Brian Goodwin placed on the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 6
• Simmons 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, HBP
• Bates 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K,
• Leonida 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Dykstra 2-4, 2R, 2B, BB, HR, RBI
• Keyes 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg came up on the wrong end of a see-saw battle as they fell to Richmond 8-6 at Metro Bank Park. After Kevin Keyes put the Senators up 2-0 in the first inning on his 13th home run, the Flying Squirrels answered with five runs of their own in the 2nd. Harrisburg starter James Simmons allowed back-to-back home runs to start the inning and then got roughed up for three additional runs on four hits during the frame. The Senators then tied the game back up, before the Flying Squirrels took the lead for good, by scoring two runs off Colin Bates in the 7th and then adding an insurance run in the 9th. Cutter Dykstra also contributed to the Senators’ offense with his fifth home run of the season.

Potomac vs. Wilmington — PPD
Like the folks in Central Pennsylvania, officials in Northern Delware pulled the plug on the series finale between Potomac and Wilmington. The two teams play again at Frawley Stadium in late August but a makeup date has yet to be determined (best guess: Wednesday, August 27).

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 1
• Johansen (L, 4-3) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 3WP
• Ullmann 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 1-4, R, 2B

The BlueClaws answered the only Suns rally with a three-spot in the 4th and cruised to a 4-1 victory to take the series, 2-1. Jake Johansen failed to go five innings for the fifth straight time, giving up all four Lakewood runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three in his third loss. Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom smacked back-to-back doubles in the 4th to tie the game at 1-1 for the only two extra-base hits of the six that Hagerstown managed for the game.

Mahoning Valley 4 Auburn 2
• Lopez (1-2) 6IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K
• D. Williams ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• P. Valdez 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Masters 1-4, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, SF, RBI

A two-run rally in the seventh inning was not enough as Auburn fell to Mahoning Valley, 4-2. The Doubledays fell behind early as the Scrappers took a 4-0 lead, scoring one run in the second and adding three more in the 7th. Auburn made it a ballgame in the bottom half of the seventh with runs on an RBI single by Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and also added another run on a sacrifice fly by Osvaldo Abreu. Auburn starter Reynaldo Lopez allowed only a one hit over six innings of work, but suffered his second defeat of the season. Roster moves: RHP David Fischer released.

GCL Cardinals 11 GCL Nationals 4
• Estevez 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Reyes (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, BB
• Rosario 2-3, BB, RBI, CS

The G-Cards scored six unanswered runs as they dropped the G-Nats to .500 with an 8-2 pummeling. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez gave up a two-run shot in his third inning of work and three hits overall in his second start back from TJ surgery. Luis Reyes was charged with the loss with two runs on four hits over two frames. Kelvin Gutierrez and Dionicio Rosario both went 2-for-3 with a walk as the G-Nats managed seven hits and four walks on the afternoon.

DSL Mets1 6 DSL Nationals 5 (10 inn.)
• Fuentes 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP, 2HBP
• N. Ramirez (L, 2-3) 1+ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Cespedes (BS, 2) 2BF, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Robles 2-3, 2R, 2-2B, CS(5)
• G. Ramirez 2-3, R, SB

The D-Nats rallied to tie the game at 4-4 with runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings and took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th. The ‘pen however couldn’t retire anyone in the bottom of the 10th as the D-Mets drew two walks and hit three singles to score twice and take this one, 6-5. Steven Fuentes dug a 4-0 hole with five hits, a walk, two hit batsmen over the first four innings. Malvin Pena and Yonathan Ramirez both turned in two scoreless to make the comeback possible. Victor Robles and Gilberto Ramirez both went 2-for-3 to power the D-Nats offense, with the 17-y.o. Robles doubling twice and getting caught stealing for the fifth time while the 21-y.o. Ramirez doubled once and swiped his 17th base.

Jul 032014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 1.59) vs.
Enright (3-8, 5.28)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 5.16) vs.
Mejia (4-6, 5.73)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 (7 inn., rain) @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (3-3, 3.58) vs.
Sparkman (3-2, 1.76)
Hagerstown Won, 8-1 (8½ inn., rain) @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-2, 4.92) vs.
Viza (2-11, 5.38)
Auburn Lost, 2-1 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (1-1, 1.23) vs.
Lovegrove (0-1, 10.38)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 11-3 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (0-2, 4.00) or
Nunez (0-0, 7.98) vs.
Merilan (1-0, 4.00)


Lehigh Valley 2 Syracuse 1 (10 inn.)
• Hill 6IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 3-4, R, 2B, BB, SB(15)
• Kobernus 2-5

Neither Daniel Stange nor Zach Jackson could retire a batter in the 10th as four straight IronPigs reached base for a 2-1 win over the Chiefs. Stange walked two and gave up a single to open the inning before Jackson came on. The first batter Jackson faced bounced one high to Emmanuel Burris playing at the edge of the infield grass, forcing him to backpedal and fling a desperate throw that never had a chance to get the runner at the plate. All-Star Taylor Hill started and went six innings, allowing seven hits with just one run allowed, albeit on a solo HR. He walked one and struck out three. Burriss reached base four times from the leadoff spot with a walk, two singles, and a double as Syracuse was limited to just eight hits.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 2
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Herron (BS, 3; W, 3-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Skole 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 1-3, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, SB

Ricky Hague’s three-run double capped off a four-run 8th as the Senators grounded the Flying Squirrels, 6-2. John Simms pitched into the 7th for his second straight start and let in just one run (same as before) on six hits and a walk while fanning five. He left with a 2-1 lead, which was lost in the top of the 8th when Richmond loaded the bases on a walk, single, and a fielder’s choice of Tyler Herron. The 27-y.o. struck out the fourth batter but let in the tying run on a sacrifice fly. Michael Taylor led off the 8th with a walk, took second on a sacrifice, and scored on Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single. Matt Skole, who drove in two in the 1st with a double, was intentionally walked. Richmond couldn’t get the DP on Kevin Keyes, then issued their eighth walk to Jason Martinson to set up Hague’s killshot, a line drive to the right-center gap that rolled to the wall to empty the bases.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 0 (7 inn.)
• Dickson (L, 1-6) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mirowski 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 1K
• Pleffner 1-3, 2B
• Severino 1-2

Potomac might have been better off if they’d called this one as they were shut down on two hits for 4-0 loss in 7 innings as the game was twice delayed by rain. Ian Dickson technically relieved but practically started and was charged with three runs on four hits, including his 8th HR allowed. He walked none and struck out three. Richie Mirowski followed and gave up the fourth Blue Rock score on two hits and two walks over two innings. Shawn Pleffner doubled while Pedro Severino singled to account for the two (2) P-Nats hits.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 1 (8½ inn.)
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Webb 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• C. Lopez 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, R, BB, RBI

The Sally Lg. Pitcher of the Week defended his “title” with a career-high of seven innings pitched as Hagerstown continued its season-long domination of Lakewood with an 8-1 win. Lucas Giolito allowed a run on a solo HR (his sixth in 61⅔ innings) and four hits total with no walks and five K’s as he picked up his fourth win of the season. Carlos Lopez and James Yezzo combined to go 5-for-10 with three doubles, three runs scored, and four RBI as the Suns marched to a 12-hit parade against two Lakewood pitchers. Rain stopped the game in the 9th and the game was called.

Mahoning Valley 2 Auburn 1
• Van Orden (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, HR
• Derosier 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McDowell 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Marolejos-Diaz 1-3, BB
• Gunter 1-3, 2B
• Davidson 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Mahoning Valley scored two in the 1st and made it stand up for 2-1 rain-delayed win over Auburn. Rain interrupted this one for 74 minutes after the 2nd, ending Drew Van Orden’s NYPL debut. The 5th Rd. pick was charged with the loss with two runs allowed on four hits and two walks with one whiff. Four Doubleday relievers combined for eight no-hit, no-run innings but the Scrapper pitchers were nearly as good, holding Auburn to two hits over eight scoreless frames before losing the shutout to Austin Davidson’s leadoff HR in the 9th.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Mets — PPD
Another day, another rainout. According to MiLB.com, they’ll make ‘em next week with doubleheaders on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th.

DSL Nationals 11 DSL Yankees1 3
• Pena 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Morel (W, 2-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• A. Martinez 2-4, 3R, RBI
• G. Ramirez 2-3, RBI, CS
• Je. Baez 2-4, 2R, RBI

The D-Nats fell behind 1-0 in the 3rd then put up crooked numbers in three straight “ups” as they cruised to an 11-3 win over the D-Yankees1. Wilber Pena got the start and gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings. Melvin Morel earned the win with four innings of one-hit ball, with one walk and two strikeouts. Andres Martinez, Gilberto Ramirez, and Jeyner Baez each had two hits to pace the D-Nats offense. The Nationals signed five 16-year-old position players to kick off the 2014-2015 International Free Agent signing period.