May 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-5 vs. Gwinnett,
6:30 p.m.

Torra (0-0, 6.75) vs.
D. Rodriguez (2-3, 6.14)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.82) vs.
Whitenack (0-0, INF
Potomac Won, 5-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-2, 4.98) vs.
Stroup (2-3, 4.86)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-4 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (4-2, 3.32) vs.
TBD



Gwinnett 9 Syracuse 5
• Tatusko 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K, WP
• Davis (BS, 3; L, 1-2) ⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Costanzo 2-4, 2R, 3B
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI

Gwinnett rallied for five in the 9th to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 9-5 win over Syracuse. Ernesto “Ole” Mejia delivered the big blow, a three-run, pinch-hit homer off Erik Davis, who suffered his third blown save and second loss. Cole Kimball served up another homer to the first batter he faced in his first outing of the season. Ryan Tatusko got the start and allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings. Mike Costanzo singled and tripled while Zach Walters connected for his 10th HR while driving in four to lead the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 2
• Clay 6⅓ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 9K
• Herron (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Barrett (S, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Howell 3-3, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Souza 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Lozada 2-3, 2B, BB, CS

Jeff Howell’s two-run shot in the bottom of the 8th snapped a 1-1 tie as the Senators took both the game and series, 3-1. Caleb Clay got the start at the last minute (*ahem*) and struck out a season-high of nine over six and a 1/3rd innings, but gave up the Reading run in the 7th for the no-decision. Tyler Herron got the win by finishing the 7th and pitching 8th, striking out two and walking two. Aaron Barrett got his 8th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Steve Souza Jr. and Jose Lozada both went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, with Souza driving in the 1st Senator run and stealing his 5th base.

Potomac 5 Salem 2
• Solis 4IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Fischer (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, WP
• Wort (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Sanchez 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Soriano 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Potomac won its third straight to keep pace in the race for the 1st half title Last Night In Woodbridge.

Asheville 12 Hagerstown 4
• Lee (L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Pleffner 3-5, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R

Asheville homered three times and scored in six innings out of eight in a 12-4 smackdown of Hagerstown. Nick Lee got hammered in his first start, giving up seven runs on three walks and five hits (a single, two doubles, and two home runs) over three innings. The barrage continued against three Suns relievers as each one was scored upon. Ten of the Tourists’ 13 hits went for extra bases. Shawn Pleffner singled three times and Tony Renda twice to combine for five of the ten Hagerstown hits.

May 272013
 

No, I Said The White PhoneIt may just be an up and back, but Nathan Karns got the call this afternoon to make his MLB debut tomorrow night against the Baltimore Orioles.

Earlier this afternoon, there was a clue when Nathan Karns was bumped from his scheduled start today vs. Reading to tomorrow with Caleb Clay taking his place at the last minute. Others felt like the short outing of Chris Young yesterday was a hint, however, that seemed unlikely given how ineffective the veteran had been in seven starts (9HR, 50H in 32IP).

Karns has been up and down all season long for Harrisburg, posting a 4-2, 4.60 ERA mark in nine starts but includes outings of five, six, and seven runs surrendered (two of those coming in his last three starts) as well as a 13K, two-hit, seven-inning complete game on April 20th. He’s also given up five HRs in nine starts, after having three career longballs surrendered in 171⅓ innings prior to this season.

Two years removed from labrum surgery, Washignton’s 2009 12th-round pick put together a career year in 2012, going from from the Hagerstown Suns bullpen in April to the Nationals’ Minors Pitcher of the Year in September to a spot on the 40-man roster in November.

He’s a two-time watchlist player and longtime subject of speculation in the comments — heard but not seen for nearly 18 months before he emerged in Auburn in the summer of 2011, when he blew away the GCL with 26K in 18⅔ innings and then posted a modest 3-2, 3.44 mark in eight starts for the Doubledays.

The Nats No. 5 prospect per Baseball America features a fastball that can touch the mid-90s, a hard (low-80s) curve and a changeup that most scouts say will make or break him as a starter. If he can’t harness it, the feeling is that he’ll still have great upside as a late-inning relief option, a la Christian Garcia.

May 272013
 

Transactions for NPP 3Some serious gamesmanship by the Washington Nationals as they’ve gone to unusual measures to confuse the folks trying to read the tea leaves on tomorrow’s starter for the parent club. To wit, Nathan Karns, who is on the 40-man roster, was listed as the starter for Harrisburg Senators for today in yesteday’s media notes; today, it’s Caleb Clay, who was supposed to go to the bullpen with the promotion of Rob Gilliam.

Meanwhile, Chris Young, who is not on the 40-man roster, was lifted after one inning yesterday, though he was spanked like Ana Steele rocked for three runs on three hits, including his ninth home run allowed in seven starts. With Jeff Mandel and Tanner Roark used for four innings apiece, a pair of relievers were sent to Syracuse, which is not necessarily related, of course.

Here’s a rundown of the moves made thus far today (some previously reported)…

SYRACUSE
• LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington
• RHP Cole Kimball activated from the 7-Day DL
• RHP Michael Broadway reassigned from Harrisburg

HARRISBURG
• RHP Taylor Jordan reassigned from Syracuse
• IF Josh Johnson placed on the Temporary Inactive List (death in the family)

POTOMAC
• OF Billy Burns activated from 7-Day DL
• OF J.R. Higley transferred to Hagerstown

As of this writing, the rosters for Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Hagerstown are not full, thus there are myriad moves that can be made.
If any are made in the next 24 hours, this space will be updated.

May 272013
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-5 vs. Gwinnett,
6:30 p.m.

Tatusko (0-1, 2.97) vs.
Poveda (3-3, 2.52)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 vs. Reading,
2:00 p.m.
Clay (4-2, 4.69) vs.
Neris (3-1, 4.50)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Solis (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Quevedo (1-2, 5.67)
Hagerstown Won, 16-9 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-0, 5.79) vs.
Oakes (4-3, 5.00)



Syracuse 8 Columbus 5
• Young 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, HR
• Mandel (W, 1-1) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Roark 4IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Brown 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R, 2B, BB

Three Chiefs homered while Chris Young once again came up short on the mound as Syracuse sailed past Columbus, 8-5, for a four-game sweep. Despite a 4-0 cushion give to him in the top of the 1st, Young gave up three runs in the space of three batters before recording a single out with a single, walk, and a three-run HR (no. 9 in seven starts). Jeff Mandel and Tanner Roark combined for eight innings of relief for the win and save respectively. Chris Marrero, Carlos Rivero and Cory Brown each homered as the Chiefs pummeled Clipper pitchers for 14 hits total. Roster move: LHP Xavier Cedeno recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Reading 2
• Demny (W, 4-4) 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 9K, HR
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 2-4, R, RBI, SB, CS
• Hood 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Ricky Hague’s three-run HR highlighted a five-run 4th as Harrisburg defeated Reading, 8-2. Paul Demny evened his won-loss record at 4-4 with seven strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high of nine. Matt Swynenberg and Ian Krol each followed with a scoreless inning to lock down the win, the Senators’ fifth in the last six meetings vs. the Fightin’ Phils. Steve Souza Jr. and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 to pace the Harrisburg offense, which scored eight times on just nine hits and four walks.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2
• Ray 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Bates (W, 1-3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Soriano 2-5, R, 2B, 3B
• Taylor 2-5, SB
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Kevin Keyes’s two-run double in the 5th broke a 2-2 tie and the P-Nats ‘pen turned in five scoreless innings as Potomac took the game from Lynchburg by a 4-2 count, and the series 2-1 to pull within a ½ game of first place in the Carolina League North. Robbie Ray went just four innings as a high pitch count held him to four innings, as the 22-y.o. southpaw gave up both Lynchburg runs on five hits and two walks and struck out a season-low of three. Colin Bates threw three prefect frames, striking out the side in the 7th to earn the win. Francisco Soriano, Michael Taylor, and Keyes each had two hits to pace the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 16 Lexington 9
• Pena 2⅓ IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2HR
• Henke (W, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR, 3-2 IR-S
• Norfork 4-6, 2R, RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, 3R, 2-2B, 4RBI
• Martinez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 5RBI

An eight-run 6th actually proved to be the difference as Hagerstown outslugged Lexington, 16-9 to take the series 3-1 and finish the homestand at 5-2. Travis Henke got the win despite letting in two of three inherited runners and surrendering a home run. Starter Ronald Pena was charged with six runs on six hits and three walks and two home runs by 17-y.o. Raul A. Mondesi (son of Raul Sr. and brother to Raul Jr.). Khayyan Norfork led the Hagerstown hit parade with a 4-for-6 afternoon while Estarlin Martinez drove in five with two doubles and a single.

May 262013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Columbus,
6:05 p.m.

Young (1-2, 7.26) vs.
J. Martinez (1-2, 4.97)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 vs. Reading,
6:30 p.m.
Demny (3-4, 4.60) vs.
Biddle (3-3, 2.50)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Lynchburg,
2:05 p.m.
Ray (3-2, 2.42) vs.
Holland (3-2, 3.18)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-0 vs. Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Pena (2-2, 3.47) vs.
Almonte (2-4, 2.91)



Syracuse 2 Columbus 1 (10 inn.)
• Ohlendorf 5⅓ IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 11K
• Accardo (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Davis (SV, 7) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Rahl 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Perez 1-4, R, BB, RBI

The bookends of the lineup were difference as Syracuse won its fifth straight, 2-1 in extra innings over Columbus. No. 9 batter Chris Rahl homered in the 8th to extend his hit streak to 16 games while leadoff man Eury Perez’s two-out double in the 10th knocked in the game-winner. Starter Ross Ohlendorf struck out 11 in five and a 1/3rd innings but walked four and gave up a run on four hits. Three Syracuse relievers combined to throw four and 2/3rds scoreless innings to enable the comeback win. Jeremy Accardo got his second win while Erik Davis notched his seventh save.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 1
• Treinen (L, 4-5) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K, HR, 3WP
• Barrett 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Leon 1-3, BB
• Bloxom 1-3, RBI

Four errors and four wild pitches didn’t doom the Senators… but they didn’t help, either as Harrisburg lost to Reading, 5-1. Starter Blake Treinen was errant three times towards the plate and once over to first as he was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings while taking his fifth loss. Offensively, Treinen went 1-for-2 with a double, the only Harrisburg extra-base hit as the Senators were held to six hits total. Before folks panic (again), Anthony Rendon had his wisdom teeth removed on Friday and is likely to be out until Monday at the earliest, per Geoff Morrow’s latest game notebook.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 1
• Schwartz (W, 4-1) 8IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Selik (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, RBI, SF

Blake Schwartz was perfect for four innings and finished with just two hits given up over eight masterful innings as the P-Nats evened the series with the Hillcats with a 3-1 win. An infield single in the 5th broke up the perfect game while a leadoff triple in the 7th ruined the shutout as Schwartz walked none and struck out three for his fourth win. Cameron Selik pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save of the season. Michael Taylor singled and doubled, scored a run and drove in a run, but left the game with an injury after a groundout in the 8th.

Lexington 6 Hagerstown 0
• Anderson (L, 4-2) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K
• McKenzie 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, 4WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Renda 1-4
• Pleffner 2-2, 2BB

The worm turned in the Hub City as the Legends limited the Suns to just three hits in a 6-0 shutout. Dixon Anderson took the loss, his second, giving up four runs and five hits and four walks with just one strikeout. Chris McKenzie let in one inherited runner and was just as wild, walking three and misfiring four times for wild pitches. Shawn Pleffner reach base four times with two singles and two walks but the rest of the lineup went 1-for-25 with Tony Renda singling once and Estarlin Martinez walking twice. Roster moves: RHP Brian Rauh reassigned from Harrisburg; OF Wander Ramos placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Pedro Encarnacion placed on the 3-Day Temporary Inactive list.

May 252013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Ohlendorf (3-5, 5.13) vs.
Salazar (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Won, 9-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (4-4, 4.62) vs.
Rosin (2-3, 3.68)
Potomac Lost, 7-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Schwartz (3-1, 0.96) vs.
J. Miller (3-2, 4.15)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (4-1, 2.12) vs.
Brickhouse (2-3, 2.47)



Syracuse 8 Columbus 4
• Rosenbaum (W, 5-2) 7IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, HR, WP, HBP, BK
• Accardo 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rivero 2-3, R, RBI
• Brown 2-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Corey Brown’s three-run shot in the 5th inning broke a 3-3 tie as the Chiefs went on to double up the Clippers, 8-4. Danny Rosenbaum got his team-leading fifth win with seven uneven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts. He also gave up a home run and hit a batter. Chris Marrero homered while Zach Walters connected for a doubled and drove in two runs as Syracuse scored its eight runs on just eight hits and five walks.

Harrisburg 9 Reading 2
• Gilliam (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Rauh (SV, 1) 4IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Johnson 3-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 5RBI
• Hood 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Souza 2-4, 2R, BB

The three newest Senators on the Harrisburg roster all played key roles in a 9-2 win over Reading. Starter Rob Gilliam struck out seven and gave a run (on a home run) on three hits and no walks over five innings. Brian Rauh, called up from Hagerstown hours earlier, tossed four innings of one-run ball for the save. Steven Souza Jr. came off the DL and picked up where he left off with two singles and a walk. Josh Johnson and Destin Hood went deep as the Senators returned to .500 (24-24) with the win.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 3
• Hill (L, 4-2) 4⅔ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 2K
• Holt 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI, SB
• Nieto 2-3, BB
• 2-for-14 RISP, 10 LOB

The curse of the GBI lives… Taylor Hill (Potomac’s “Good” for this week) was knocked around for seven runs on 10 hits over four and 2/3rds as the Hillcats downed the P-Nats 7-3. After letting in one of two runners with a single to the first batter he faced, Greg Holt retired 10 in a row to finish the game. The lockdown performance went for naught as Potomac could only muster three runs, as they struggled to get the clutch hit and stranded 10 baserunners.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 0
• Encarnacion (W, 4-3) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 5BB, 5K
• Smith (H, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Perez 2-3, BB, RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, 2RBI
• B. Miller 2-5, R, RBI

For the second straight game, three Hagerstown pitchers combined to shut out Lexington, this time by a 6-0 count. Pedro Encarnacion allowed just two hits though he walked five over five innings as he earned his fourth win. Jason Smith pitched three scoreless innings in his 2013 debut, giving up a hit and striking out four. Offensively, Stephen Perez, Will Piwinica-Worms, and Brandon Miller combined for six hits and four runs batted in.

May 252013
 

Moving On Up for NPP
Following the news that Danny Espinosa has bone chips and will need prolonged rest, if not a stint on the DL, the Washington Nationals have promoted IF/OF Jeff Kobernus from the Syracuse Chiefs.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Kobernus over the past six months. He was selected by Boston then traded to Detroit in the MLB phase of the Rule 5 draft in December and played well into the spring for the Tigers before his return in late March. The experience may have proved beneficial, as he was asked to play outfield for Detroit to make the club as a utilityman — a position he hadn’t played since his collegiate days.

Upon his return to Nationals, he was assigned to the Chiefs and continued to play outfield, mostly in left field (19 games) but occasionally in center (9 games) as well as second and third base (12 and 3 games). More noticeable was the hot start as the 24-y.o. batted .367/.408/.467 with a home run and eight stolen bases in April.

He’s cooled some in May (.298/.344/.369) but has picked up the pace on the basepaths with 13 steals this month. Speed is his calling card as the Nats’ 2009 2nd Round Pick out of California led the Carolina League with 53 steals in 2011 and the Eastern League with 42 last season despite playing only 82 games.

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Yunesky Maya was designated for assignment (as previously hinted in this space). Putting it as mildly as possible, Maya has been a tremendous disappointment, signed as an international free agent as a Cuban defector in 2010 for four years and $6 million. In three-plus seasons, he’s pitched 59 innings at the major-league level — all but 1/3rd in 2010 and 2011 — and 367⅔ innings in the minors, mostly at AAA.

Last season was the only one in which he had an ERA below 4.00 as the 31-year-old went 11-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 28 starts for Syracuse.

RHP Taylor Jordan was also promoted, going from Harrisburg to Syracuse, though it’s likely to be a temporary move that will be reversed once Maya’s fate is ultimately determined. Likewise for the shift of RHP Brian Rauh from Hagerstown to Harrisburg, a move to replace whichever reliever (best guess: Matt Swynenberg) replaces Jordan in the rotation when his turn comes up next.

May 242013
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 19-27, 5th place I.L. North, 7½ games behind

Good Chris Rahl .320/.346/.440 in May
Bad Chris Young 47H, 8HR in 31IP – 7.26 ERA/6.68 FIP/1.90 WHIP
Interesting Tanner Roark 12⅔ scoreless innings in last 7 appearances



HARRISBURG SENATORS 23-24, 4th place E.L. West, 6 games behind

Good Ricky Hague .362/.403/.609 in May
Bad 42 pitching HRs surrendered, second-worst in E.L.
Interesting 36 batting HR, third-best in E.L. (14 in April, 22 in May)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 23-22, 3rd place C.L. North, 1½ games behind

Good Taylor Hill 45⅔ IP in eight GS (5&#8532+ innings per start)
Bad Randolph Oduber .194/.293/.333 in May
Interesting Colin Bates 4HBP, 4BB in 20IP


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 27-16, 1st place Sally North, 2 games ahead

Good Ivan Pineyro 3-0, 2.28/2.52/1.01 in May
Bad Wes Schill .258 slugging pct.
Interesting Will Hudgins 2-0, 1SV 1.09 WHIP
May 242013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-7 (11 inn.) @ Columbus,
7:15 p.m.
Rosenbaum (4-2, 3.04) vs.
Bauer (2-0, 3.23)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-6 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1st AA start of ’13) vs.
Wright (0-2, 11.88)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Hill (4-1, 2.31) vs.
Moore (4-4, 5.94)
Hagerstown Won, 7-0 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (3-3, 2.48) vs.
Nina (1-2, 4.55)



Syracuse 8 Columbus 7 (11 inn.)
• Torra 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Roark 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Davis (BS, 2; W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Owings 2-6, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI
• Rahl 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI (15-game hit streak)
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2BB, SB, CS

Chris Marrero’s two-out, two-run single in the 11th was the difference as the Chiefs won for the fifth time in 11 extra-inning games, 8-7. Matt Torra made his first start of the season, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Micah Owings drove in five of the first six Syracuse runs with a solo shot in the 2nd and a grand slam in the 5th. Columbus tied the game at 6-6 with a leadoff HR off Erik Davis in the 9th, his second blown save. Xavier Cedeno “earned” his first save despite giving up a solo HR in the 11th. Roster move: RHP Matt Torra activated from 7-Day DL.

Erie 8 Harrisburg 6
• Jordan 1+ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Holland (L, 0-2) ⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K,
• Herron 2⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, 2-0 IR-S
• Johnson 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 3RBI
• Leon 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Rendon 0-3, 2BB, K as DH

So much for getaway day. The ride home was shorter than the 5 hours and 49 minutes it took from first pitch to the last out as Erie took its second straight against Harrisburg, 8-6. Taylor Jordan went just an inning and walked a batter to start the second before a 149-minute rain delay ended his day. Harrisburg scored four in the third to take a 4-1 lead only to allow seven runs over the next five innings before scoring twice in the 9th. Neil Holland took the loss with four runs charged to him on two hits and two walks and a hit batsman in the space of just seven batters faced. Josh Johnson paced the Senators offense with a single, walk, and a triple and three RBI, as Harrisburg managed to score six times on just five hits thanks in no small part to ten walks issued by the Seawolves.

Frederick 7 Potomac 4
• Cole (L, 1-2) 5+ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, HR
• Bates 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nieto 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2B

A four-run 6th for Frederick turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead, as the Keys split the rain-shortened series with a 7-4 win. Starter A.J. Cole failed to go six innings for the third straight start, putting the first three runners on in the sixth via a walk and back-to-back doubles. The 21-y.o. would be charged with five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five in his second loss. Adrian Nieto paced the offense with a pair of doubles as the P-Nats piled up 11 hits to the Keys’ nine, but twice ran into outs on the basepaths to kill rallies.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 0
• Pineyro (W, 4-2) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Benincasa 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Renda 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• B. Miller 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Piwinica-Worms 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Three Hagerstown pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout as the Suns debunked the Legends, 7-0. Ivan Pineyro tossed a season-best seven innings, with no walks, six strikeout and just three hits allowed to win his fourth contest. Cody Davis and Robert Benincasa each allowed a baserunner while laying the last two goose eggs on the scoreboard. Tony Renda led the attack with a 3-for-5 night, followed closely by Brandon Miller and Will Piwinica-Worms, who each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Roster move: LHP Kylin Turnbull reassigned to XST; RHP Jason Smith reassigned from XST.

May 232013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Torra (1st start of ’13) vs.
House (1-2, 5.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-6 @ Erie,
11:05 a.m.
Jordan (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Lobstein (5-2, 3.14)
Potomac Postponed @ Frederick,
11:00 a.m.
Cole (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Berry (2-2, 3.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Pineyro (3-2, 3.96) vs.
Stumpf (3-1, 1.49)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
The Chiefs’ eight-game Ohio swing continues with a four-game weekend set in Columbus. After a 3-1 series win in Toledo, Syracuse is 13-9 on the road and has climbed out of the I.L. North cellar, a ½ game ahead of the Rochester Red Wings.

Erie 7 Harrisburg 6
• Karns 6IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 9K, 2HR
• Broadway 1⅓ 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Barrett (BS, 1; L, 1-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K
• Head 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Hood 2-4, R, 2B, OF assist at HP
• Nicol 1-3, R, HR, 4RBI, SF

In a game that saw six lead changes, it was the last that hurt the most as a two-out single drove in the tying run and an error let in the winning run as the Seawolves stopped the Senators, 7-6. Starter Nathan Karns suffered his first multi-HR game as a pro, surrendering two solo shots and five runs total on eight hits and a walk while striking out nine. Sean Nicol drove in four, three with a HR in the 4th and fourth with a sacrifice fly in the 9th. Jerad Head and Ricky Hague also went deep. Aaron Barrett put on the first two batters he faced but then got two flyball outs before giving up a second hit for the single-and-error that halted the Harrisburg win streak at five. Roster moves: LHP Bill Bray was placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for RHP Rob Gilliam, who was promoted from Potomac.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
Apparently, just the threat of rain can cause a delay as the P-Nats and Keys waited more than an hour before any rain actually fell at which point the game was called due to the “threat of increasingly torrential thunderstorms.” The game is scheduled to be made up on June 14th, when two teams next meet in Frederick and will turn a four-game set into a five-game series (and quite possibly six, given today’s forecast).

Greensboro 6 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 2-2) 4IP, 5H, 5R, 0ER, BB, K, 0HR
• Henke 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ramos 2-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Severino 1-3, 2B, BB

The good news is that none of the five runs Kylin Turnbull gave up were earned. The bad news is that they still count on the scoreboard, which ended with Greensboro on top of Hagerstown, 6-2. Turnbull gave up five hits and one walk, struck out one, but gave up no homers for the first time in five starts for the Suns. “Help Me” Wander Ramos singled twice, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole a base to pace the Hagertown offense, which was held to seven hits and four walks and mustered just one hit in 12 chances with runners in scoring position.