Jul 102012
 

With some luck, some timely hitting, and great pitching, the Potomac Nationals closed out their six-game homestand with a 2-1 victory that featured a scary/bizarre finish.

Anthony Gallas stroked a two-out single to left fielder J.P. Ramirez, who like most LFs, doesn’t have the plus arm. Barrelling in from second base, however, was Giovanny Urshela, a stocky infielder who doesn’t have plus speed. Urshela beat the throw. Though he went in feet first, Urshela collided head-to-helmet with catcher David Freitas, and crumpled at the point of contact.

Freitas, who had dropped the ball, picked it up and tagged Urshela out. Game over. A few minutes later, Urshela got up amid the surreal scene of the Potomac players celebrating the win while coaches, umpires, and fans nervously waited to see if the 20-year-old was okay. He received the respectful cheer as he walked up and away.

It was sour moment amid an otherwise sweet pitcher’s duel. The Indians’ #29 prospect Matt Packer was a late insert, recently recalled from the Arizona League after a couple of rehab outings. He thew three perfect innings with three strikeouts.

Nathan Karns took the hill for Potomac and turned in his fourth quality start in his last five appearances, giving up the lone Mudcat run on three hits and a walk while striking out five. He retired the leadoff batter in six of seven innings.

As the lede hinted, Potomac got a little luck in this one. After a J.P. Ramirez single in the sixth (the first of two on the night), Francisco Soriano launched a would-be flyout to left-center that Carlos Moncrief lost in the twilight. It fell in for a triple that tied the game. Blake Kelso would follow with a sac fly for what proved to be the gamewinner.

These two teams meet again on August 20-23, which bears mention because in addition to the play at the plate in the 9th, tempers flared in the 7th when shortstop Jason Martinson upended his counterpart Tony Wolters to break up a double play. While certainly rough, the play looked clean. Perhaps Wolters took exception to Martinson NOT saying something as he walked away.

Drew Storen made his third appearance in the 8th, working around a one-out error by Kelso with a little help from Carolina baserunner Delvi Cid, who kept going from first to third on a groundout to first baseman Stephen King, apparently missing either that the ball didn’t go through or the coach signalling him to retreat to second. Instead, King fired across the diamond for your “routine” 3-A-5 double play.

Neil Holland, fresh from his return from Syracuse, pitched the ninth and gave up the two hits that created the play at the plate, but got the save.

With an off day today, the P-Nats head up 95 to visit the Blue Rocks for a four-game set from Wednesday to Saturday before returning to the Pfitz next Monday.

Jul 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Won, 2-1 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (2-2, 8.19) vs.
Lyman (1-2, 8.53)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 1-0 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Mieses (0-2, 6.32) vs.
TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-2 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 3.34) vs.
Mella (1-1, 2.37)

SYRACUSE — ALL STAR BREAK
IF Jim Negrych has been added to the International League All-Star roster, joining fellow Chiefs Corey Brown, Zach Duke and Carlos Rivero. Roster move: As predicted, RHP Neil Holland was returned to the Potomac Nationals yesterday.

Erie 4 Harrisburg 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-6) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walters 2-4, 2B
• Van Ostrand 1-2, R, BB, RBI

A four-run 4th put the brakes on an eight-game winning streak as Erie dropped Harrisburg, 4-1. Danny Rosenbaum took the loss, giving up all four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings. The Sens bats were held to just five hits, with Zach Walters the only multihit Senator (2-for-4) and Jimmy Van Ostrand (1-for-2) registering the sole RBI. Roster move: RHP Rafael Martin assigned to GCL Nationals.

Potomac 2 Carolina 1
• Karns (W, 4-2) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Storen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Holland (SV, 3) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ramirez 2-3, R, SB, OF assist at HP
• Soriano 1-3, R, 3B

A wild finish Last Night In Woodbridge.

HAGERSTOWN — OFF DAY
After a five-game homestand that saw the Suns sweep the Legends, it’s an eight-game trek to Greensboro for four and a rematch against Lexington from Saturday to Tuesday before returning to the Muni next Thursday.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 1
• Monar (L, 1-2) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Self 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K, PO at 1B
• Manuel 2-4, R
• Kieboom 1-3, RBI

The Auburn Doubledays lost back-to-back games at home for the first time this season, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Hudson Valley Renegades. Blake Monar took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks over five and a 1/3rd innings while setting down five on strikes. The Doubledays were held to just five hits, however, with Craig Manuel going 2-for-4 and Spencer Kieboom driving in the sole Auburn run. Today is the first of just three scheduled off days (the other two coming next month with the NYPL All-Star Game) as the Doubledays make the first of two road trips outside of Western NY/PA Pennsylvania with a pair of three-game series against the Ironbirds (MD) and the Tigers (CT) starting on Wednesday.

GCL Cardinals 1 GCL Nationals 0
• Vasquez (L, 0-4) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• R. Martin 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hollins 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• McQuillan 2-4
• Brooks 2-4

For the second straight game, the scoree was 1-0, but this time the G-Nats were on the losing end, falling to the first-place G-Cards. Daury Vasquez gave up the sole run on three hits and three walks while striking out two. Rafael Martin made his first appearance since being placed on the restricted list for Harrisburg in early June, tossing a scoreless inning. The G-Nats mustered just six hits (all singles), with Mike McQuillan and James Brooks hitting safely twice and Wilmer Difo and Narciso Mesa both singling once.

DSL Yankees1 12 DSL Nationals 2
• Suero (L, 4-2) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• A. Martinez 2-4
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A trio of trespassers crossed home plate in three straight innings as the DSL Nationals were pounded, 12-2 by the DSL Yankees1. Wander Suero was the first of four D-Nats pitchers to get [w]itch-slapped, charged with the loss on three runs allowed over three and a 1/3rd innings on two hits and three walks, though he did fan five. Andres Martinez led the the hit column with a 2-for-4 game, while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz connected for a solo HR.

Jul 092012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-5, 3.41) vs.
Carrillo (0-1, 9.45)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (3-2, 2.67) vs.
Roberts (3-5, 6.30)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (1-1, 3.65) vs.
Ames (1-0, 0.95)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Vasquez (0-3, 3.46) vs.
De Los Santos (1-1, 3.68)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Suero (4-1, 3.09) vs.
Canela (2-1, 1.55)

Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 1
• Maya 7IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Bibens-Dirkx 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Hoffpauir 2-4, RBI
• Teahen 2-4
• Bynum 2-4, R,

Yunesky Maya went seven innings but also gave up a HR in his fifth straight game, as Pawtucket beat Syracuse, 4-1. Maya gave up all four runs on nine hits as the 30-year-old Cuban neither walked not struck out a batter. Jarrett Hoffpauir, Mark Teahen, and Seth Bynum each went 2-for-4 but the Chiefs managed just seven hits total. It’s the AAA all-star break for the next three days with the Chiefs resuming with a five-game sequence against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, including a suspended-game doubleheader on Thursday.

Harrisburg 3 Erie 1
• Perry (W, 1-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• VanAllen (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Bloxom 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Senators haven’t lost since last month, taking a 3-1 decision for their 8th straight win. All three runs came via the longball, with Jose Lozada connecting on a two-run shot in the 5th and Justin Bloxom going deep again in the 9th. Ryan Perry got his first professional win as a starter with five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three. Corey VanAllen and Erik Davis both got holds while Zech Zinicola gave up a solo shot in the 9th but was credited with the save (#2).

Carolina 3 Potomac 2
• Grace (L, 4-8) 5+ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Swynenberg 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Kelso 1-3, SB(22)
• Sanchez 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI

After flirting with a no-hitter for five innings, Matt Grace hit the wall in the sixth with a single and back-to-back doubles. The Mudcats would score twice in the 6th and once in the 7th on a HR. That last run would prove to be the difference as the P-Nats rallied for two on a two-run double by Adrian Sanchez in the 9th, but fell short 3-2. Grace would suffer the loss, his 8th, giving up two runs on three hits over five-plus innings. Matt Swynenberg stranded a runner in the 6th and allow one run (a home run in the 7th) on two hits while walking two and striking out four over the last four frames.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 3
• Hansen 4⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 2K
• Mirowski (W, 2-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Holt (SV, 2) 2⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR, 3-0 IR-S
• Ramsey 3-4, RBI
• Palace 2-4, R

With a pair of three-run rallies and four and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, the Suns completed the five-game sweep of the Legends, 6-3. Matt Skole, Steve Souza, and Justin Miller each homered to highlight the offense. Bobby Hansen Jr. couldn’t go the requisite five, falling two outs short as the 22-y.o. southpaw issued six walks over four and a 1/3rd innings, but kept Lexington off the board after a three-run first. Richie Mirowski stranded two runners and went two innings to earn the win while Greg Holt escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 7th with a double play and finished the game for his second save. If you blinked, or had the sound off to not have to listen to Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone prattle on about players they clearly never saw before, you might have missed Alex Meyer’s six-pitch outing in last night’s Future’s Game.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 2
• Jordan (L, 0-1) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Rauh 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K
• Alvarez 3-4, R, 2B
• Poole 1-2, RBI

Hudson Valley put up a crooked number in the first and last innings in a 7-2 win over Auburn. Starter Taylor Jordan suffered the loss, giving up three first-inning runs on five hits while pitching three innings total, walking none, and striking out four. The New York-Penn League’s oldest and most expensive organizational guy (OG) led the hit column, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, The Doubledays offense was otherwise abysmal: just five other hits from guys not born during the Reagan administration, eight runners left on base, and a 1-for-12 mark with RISP.

GCL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
After a 4-2 span in their first week, it’s been 2-10 in the last two weeks for the GCL Nationals as they’ll face the Cardinals, Marlins, and Astros with home games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

DSL NATIONALS — OFF DAY
Six straight losses have dropped the D-Nats under .500 (15-16) as they look to get their first win in July this week with a five-game week that features a rematch against the DSL Yankees1 and a pair of games against the DSL Giants and the DSL Arizona/Cincinnati co-op.

Jul 082012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Maya (6-6, 3.58) vs.
Duckworth (7-2, 3.53)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3
(10 inn.)
@ Erie,
1:35 p.m.
Perry (0-1, 2.31) vs.
Cooper (2-1, 5.06)
Potomac Won, 4-3 vs. Carolina,
1:05 p.m.
Grace (4-7, 6.28) vs.
Rayl (4-7, 4.45)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 vs. Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Hansen (2-0, 3.75) vs.
Dufek (5-1, 5.26)
Auburn Won, 8-7
(10 inn.)
vs. Hudson Valley,
6:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 2.84) vs.
Guerrieri (0-1, 0.90)
GCL Nationals Lost, 1-0
(12 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-0 OFF DAY N/A


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2

• Roark (L, 4-11) 6+IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rivero 2-4, R, 2B
• Negrych 0-2, 2BB, RBI

One bad inning was enough to decide this one as the Chiefs were edged by the PawSox, 3-2. Tanner Roark took the loss when he failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in the 7th, leaving with the bases loaded and a 2-2 tie. Hassan Pena got a rehabbing Jacoby Ellsbury to pop up but couldn’t get Jose “No, my Dad is not Julio” Iglesias out, sending in what proved to be the gamewinner with a single to center. Syracuse actually outhit Pawtucket 8-5, with Carlos Rivero leading the hit column with a 2-for-4 night, though he committed an error in the PawSox’s three-run 7th. RHP Neil Holland was assigned to Syracuse from Potomac. Like most A+ to AAA moves, as well as the All-Star break starting tomorrow, this is likely to be an up-and-back maneuver.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 3 (10 inn.)
• Demny 8IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Gilliam (W, 3-7) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Nelo (SV, 12) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Leon 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B, SAC
• Bloxom 1-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Make it seven straight for the Senators, as they rallied to tie in the 9th and win in the 10th, 5-3 over the Seawolves. Justin Bloxom’s one-out solo shot in the 9th took starter Paul Demny off the hook, tying the game at 3-3. Demny was knocked to the mat with a three-run third, but got up and held Erie scoreless for the next five innings, allowing seven hits and two walks total while striking out five. Sean Nicol and Destin Hood led off the 10th with back-to-back singles, but after a Chris Rahl sacrifice and Nicol getting erased at the plate, the Seawolves hit Jeff Kobernus to load the bases, then issued RBI walks to Sandy Leon and Bloxom. Hector Nelo pitched around a hit and a walk in the last of the 10th to nail it down and earn his 12th save.

Potomac 4 Carolina 3
• Holder 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 8K
• Storen (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• Barthmaier (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Keyes 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B
• Martinson 1-3, R, HR, SF, 2RBI, 3E

For the second straight night, the kid that came off the bench to replace the rehabbing major-leaguer won the game, as Kevin Keyes smashed a towering opposite-field homer in the last of the 8th for a 4-3 Potomac win over Carolina. Drew Storen got the blown-save win, letting in two runs (one earned) in the top of the 8th, the tying run coming in on the third of Jason Martinson’s three errors. The 23-y.o. Texan did drive in two for the game, homering in the 5th and getting a sac fly in the 6th. The late-inning heroics were made possible by Trevor Holder, who rebounded from his previous, career-worst outing, to throw seven innings of one-run ball with a season-high eight K’s.

Hagerstown 9 Lexington 6
• Hill (W, 9-4) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 5K
• Hawkins (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Barrett (SV, 14) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Newsome 4-5, 3R, 3-2B, HR, 2RBI
• Souza 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 4RBI, CS
• Mayo 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI

The Legends must hate going to Hagerstown. For the sixth time in seven games (the last four straight), Hagerstown beat Lexington, 9-6. Taylor Hill got the win despite giving up five runs on eight hits over five innings, though he walked none and struck out five. Brett Newsome would not settle for a single, doubling three times and homering for the third consecutive contest. Steve Souza also went deep and doubled, driving in four. Ben Hawkins got the hold with a run on three hits over three innings while Aaron Barrett pitched a scoreless 9th to tie for the Sally League lead in saves with 14.

Auburn 8 Hudson Valley 7 (10 inn.)
• Mooneyham 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Benincasa (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-2 IR-S
• Henke (W, 3-0) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Montilla 3-4, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramos 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

Call them the Incredibles, the Cardiac Collegiates, or the Auburn H-Rods, the Doubledays continue to rally late, walking off for the second straight night and fifth time this season with an 8-7 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades. Third-round pick Brett Mooneyham got the start and allowed a hit over one and 2/3rds inningw while walking two and striking out two. Seventh-rounder Robert Benincasa wasn’t as fortunate, letting two of three inherited runners over an inning and a 1/3rd for the blown save. Travis Henke got the win with one hit and three walks given up over the final two and 1/3rd innings. Angel Montilla led the offense with a 3-for-4 night, extending his hit streak to eight games and his on-base streak to 17 contests.

GCL Nationals 1 GCL Astros 0 (12 inn.)
• Pineyro 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Heredia (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• McQuillan 3-6, 2B, RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, BB

It was a Star Trek convention on the scoreboard (that’s a whole lot of zeros, folks) until the G-Nats broke through with Wilmer Difo single followed by an RBI double by Mike McQuillan for a 1-0 win over the G-Astros in 12 innings. Four pitchers combined on the shutout, with Ivan Pineyro getting the start and going five innings with one hit and two walks allowed and Inocencio Heredia getting the win with one hit over the three extra frames. Casey Selsor and Kevin DiCharry both tossed two scoreless in between. McQuillan (3-for-6) and Difo (2-for-5) accounted for five of the nine G-Nats hits.

DSL Yankees1 6 DSL Nationals 0
• Silvestre (L, 2-2) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Chavez 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• A. Martinez 1-2, BB, 2CS
• Tillero 1-2, BB

With a 6-0 loss to the DSL Yankees1, it’s 0-for-July for the DSL Nationals. Hector Silvestre turned in a quality start, with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks while striking out four. However, the offense was nearly nil: just three hits and three walks and an 0-for-5 mark with RISP. Andres Martinez and Jorge Tillero both went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Jul 072012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Roark (4-10, 5.27) vs.
Stewart (1-0, 1.54)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (6-4, 5.40) vs.
De La Cruz (5-7, 4.38)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Holder (5-3, 4.28) vs.
Salazar (0-2, 2.65)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (8-4, 4.46) vs.
Ordosgoitti (2-3, 5.01)
Auburn Won, 7-6 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Mooneyham (pro debut) vs.
Bierman (0-1, 5.63)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-3 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (2-1, 5.06) vs.
De Paula (3-1, 2.10)


Buffalo 5 Syracuse 1

• Lannan (L, 6-8) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Severino 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Hoffpauir 2-3, BB
• Marrero 1-4, R, 2B

John Lannan coughed up his 13th HR last night, a three-run shot in the 3rd as the Bison stampeded the Chiefs, 5-1. The former Opening Day starter gave up all five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. Syracuse mustered just five hits in the loss, with Jarrett Hoffpauir the sole batter to reach base multiple times and Chris Marrero collecting the one extra-base hit, a double in the 7th. After dropping the series to Buffalo, it’s a two-game set in Pawtucket to finish up before the All-Star break.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Tatusko (W, 2-2) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Nelo (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Walters 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Perez 3-5

With a three-run home run, strong pitching, and a little luck, Harrisburg completed its sweep of Bowie with a 3-2 win, its sixth straight triumph. Zach Walters only went 1-for-4, but the “1” cleared the batter’s eye in dead CF with two aboard in the 4th inning. Spot starter Ryan Tatusko turned in five innings, allowing just a run on six hits and two walks while striking out five to earn his second win. A quartet of relievers followed, combining for four scoreless innings despite issuing four walks. Bowie had baserunners in every inning but the 9th, in which Hector Nelo set ‘em down in order for his 11th save.
The Senators head back to PA, but it’s to Erie for a three-game set before the two-day All-Star Break. Roster move: LHP Cory VanAllen was activated from the 7-Day DL.

Potomac 6 Frederick 5
• Ray 6IP, 9H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K
• Wort (BS, 5; W, 2-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• King 3-3, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Ramirez 1-2, BB, RBI
• Keyes 1-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI

The first of three walkoff wins last night happened in spite of some rather questionable managing in the 9th. After Stephen King led off the 9th with a double, Kevin Keyes, with one (1) career sacrifice, was asked to lay one down and predictably bunted into an easy 1-5 putout to erase King. Mysteriously, Randolph Oduber, the team leader in sacrifice hits was called upon to pinch-hit one batter too late and popped up. A hit batsmen push Keyes to second for pinch-hitter Adrian Sanchez, subbing for an 0-for-4 Chad Tracy. Sanchez delivered the game-winning RBI single with a little help from a throw that was too far up the first base line. Rob Wort got the win despite blowing his five save for the season, third in his last four appearances. Roster move: Mascot Uncle Slam was placed on the 60-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4
• Turnbull 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Bates (W, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Burns 3-5, R, SB
• Jimenez 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Newsome 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI

The second walkoff for the farm also had a WTF moment of doubt when Brian Goodwin singled to lead off the 9th, took second on a Billy Burns single… and got picked off after a Matt Skole strikeout. Steve Souza saved the day with an RBI double that Burns motored in from first with the decisive run. Burns and Souza also contributed on defense with outfield assists on plays at the plate. The win went to Colin Bates, who pitched three scoreless innings and worked around two hits and three walks. Starter Kylin Turnbull threw the first six, allowing all four Lexington runs 10 hits and two walks.

Auburn 7 Lowell 6
• Lee (ND) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Waterman 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Martinez 2-5, 2B, 3RBI

The third walkoff of the night was the most improbable, with three runs, three hits and and two errors in the final frame to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 win. It was the fourth walkoff win for the Doubledays in 11 home games, and the seventh come-from-behind win in 18 games total. The rally made a winner out of Elliott Waterman, who threw the final one and 2/3rds innings with just a walk allowed. Shawn Pleffner led the offense with a 3-for-5 night, including a leadoff double to start the 9th, while Estarlin Martinez was close behind with a single, double, and three RBI.

GCL Astros 6 GCL Nationals 1
• Hudgins (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Hollins 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Difo 2-3, 2B, BB
• J.C. Valdez 1-3, 2B

Three straight two-run innings put this one away as the GCL Astros handed the GCL Nationals their 11th loss in the last 12 games, 6-2. Will Hudgins took the loss with four runs allowed on six hits over two and 2/3rds. He struck out three. Wilmer Difo, Mike McQuillan, and Jean-Carlos Valdez accounted for all four G-Nats hits, with Difo and Valdez collecting doubles.

DSL Mets1 12 DSL Nationals 3
• E. Gomez (L, 3-2) 6IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• P. Valdez 2IP, 7H, 8R, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, 0HR
• Abreu 1-3, R, BB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R, RBI
• Cerda 1-4, R, 2B, RBI

The DSL Mets1 scored 12 unanswered runs, swatting aside a three-run top of the first to win handily, 12-3. The bulk of the damage was done in the final two stanzas, with three runs in the 7th and five in the 8th off beleaguered Philips Valdez (10.80 ERA, 2.13 WHIP). Despite six D-Nats errors, nine of the 12 runs were earned. Osvaldo Abreu, “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, and Kevin Cerda accounted for all three D-Nats hits and runs.

Jul 062012
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 44-43, 4th place I.L. North, 7 games behind

Good Jim Negrych .514/.575/.657 in last 10G
Bad Atahualpa Severino 5.9BB/9IP (22 in 33⅓ IP)
Interesting Pat Lehman 1-0, 2.03ERA in last 10 appearances

HARRISBURG SENATORS 45-40, 2nd place E.L. West, 4½ games behind

Good Hector Nelo 5SV, 1.54ERA in last 10 appearances
Bad Tim Pahuta .205/.295/.282 last 10G
Interesting Erik Davis 2-0, 1.77ERA since June 1 (20⅓ IP)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 7-8, T2nd place C.L. North Division, 2 games behind (38-47, overall)

Good Ricky Hague .415/.467/.707 in last 10G
Bad Rob Wort 0-2, 2BS, 14.72ERA, 3.00WHIP in last 3 appearances
Interesting Nathan Karns 39K in last 4 starts (12.84 K/9 over 27⅓ IP)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 9-6, T2nd place Sally League North Divison, 2 games behind (51-33 overall)

Good Matt Skole 20HR, 71RBI, 75BB — Sally League leader in each category
Bad Bobby Lucas 6.53ERA, 1.69WHIP
Interesting Christian Meza 4-1, 2.95ERA, 1.14WHIP in 22 appearances (2 starts)

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 12-5, 1st place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 2½ games ahead

Good Pedro Encarnacion 2-0, 0.55ERA, 0.98WHIP
Bad Wes Schill .192/.267/.269 in 11G
Interesting Stephen Perez .482SLG, 6E in 15G

GCL NATIONALS 5-11, 4th Place GCL East, 7 games behind

Good Tony Nix .313/.313/.469 in 10G
Bad Adalberto Mieses 0-2, 6.79ERA, 1.79WHIP
Interesting Daury Vasquez 1.23WHIP, 15K, 8BB, 2HBP in 13IP (three starts)

DSL NATIONALS 15-14, T5th Place Boca Chica South Division, 5 games behind

Good 20-y.o. Wander Suero 4-1, 3.09ERA, 1.19WHIP
Bad 18-y.o. Miguel Acevedo 6.75ERA, 1.90WHIP
Interesting 17 y.o. Thomas Alvarez .273/.500/.636 in 7G
Jul 062012
 

This one was a laugher. With 13 runs in their final three turns at bat, the Potomac Nationals turned a 3-1 deficit into a 14-3 blowout.

To your right, that’s David Freitas getting congratulated for the first of his two home runs, a three-run shot in the 6th that put the P-Nats up 4-3.
Two innings later, he stroked a two-run blast that capped a five-run eighth.

It’s tempting to get giddy but the reality is that the tables were merely turned. The Keys ‘pen let in two inherited runners and gave up 10 runs just like the two and four the Potomac ‘pen did the night before. (Hey, that rhymes!)

Until the first Freitas homer, it looked like Frederick was one hit, pitch, or misplay away from doing to Potomac what was done to them. In the 5th, the #8 batter led off with a double. The #9 batter sacrificed but had the bunt turn into a single when pitcher Adam Olbrychowski slipped and fell on his (rhymes with grass). After a steal, it was runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.

But the Keys didn’t get the break. Olbrychowski bore down, striking out the #1 batter, inducing a popup to the #2 man, and got Frederick’s .326-hitting second baseman to fly out to left. No runs, two hits, two left on. If you’re a Frederick fan, you’re thinking: “Just one run in that frame, and things might have gone differently.”

Olbrychowski earned the win with all three Keys runs allowed on five hits and a walk. He came on in relief of a rehabbing Drew Storen, who started and set down the side in the first on eight pitches: a popup to rehabbing Chad Tracy (0-for-2), a flyout to center, a grounder to second. Jimmy Barthmaier followed with hit and a walk given up in the 7th and 8th innings while Joe Testa pitched a scoreless 9th.

Aside from Freitas’s heroics (2-4, 2HR, 5RBI), Rick Hague and Francisco Soriano were both a home run short of the cycle while going 4-for-5 and 3-for-4 respectively.

The series concludes tonight with Robbie Ray (3-5, 5.22) on the hill for Potomac, opposed by Scott Copeland (3-7, 5.99) for Frederick.

Jul 062012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 9-8
(14 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (6-7, 4.42) vs.
Familia (5-5, 5.28)
Harrisburg Won, 8-6 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 4.76) vs.
Zagone (1-1, 4.85)
Potomac Won, 14-3 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-5, 5.22) vs.
Copeland (3-7, 5.99)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (4-4, 4.88) vs.
Cruz (5-5, 3.71)
Auburn Won, 9-1 vs. Lowell,
7:00 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 2.70) vs.
Velette (1-1, 4.11)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 @ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 12-1 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Gomez (3-1, 3.55) vs.
Reyes (1-1, 2.29)

Buffalo 9 Syracuse 8 (14 inn.)
• Atkins 3IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Arnesen 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mandel (L, 0-2) 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Maldonado 2-2, 3R, 3BB, HR, RBI
• Rivero 2-7, R
• Valdez 1-4, 2R, HR, 2BB, 4RBI

The Chiefs dug themselves out of a 7-0 hole, but ultimately fell, 9-8 in 14 innings. Starter Mitch Atkins gave up seven runs on seven hits, including a three-run HR in the six-run 2nd. Jeff Mandel, the sixth Syracuse pitcher of the night, suffered the loss with a run given up in his fourth inning of work. Jesus Valdez smacked a grand slam to highlight the offense, which rapped out 12 hits and emptied the bench, forcing manager Tony Beasley to play Tanner Roark in LF and Mark Teahen in CF when Corey Brown was ejected in the 13th.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 6
• Pucetas 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K (left with a leg injury)
• Davis (W, 6-2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leon 2-3, 2RBI
• Kobernus 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Perez 2-5, R, 2SB

With an 8-6 triumph over Bowie, it’s five in a row for the Harrisburg Senators. Jeff Kobernus led the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night, followed closely by Sandy Leon’s 2-for-3, 2RBI effort and Eury Perez’s 2-for-5 with two steals (Nos. 25 and 26). Kevin Pucetas got the start and retired the first seven batters before leaving with “discomfort in his lower right leg,” according to the Patriot-News. Erik Davis got the win in relief with three scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and striking out two.

Potomac 14 Frederick 3
• Storen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Olbrychowski (W, 4-6) 5IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Barthmaier 2IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• Freitas 2-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 5RBI
• Soriano 3-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2RBI
• Hague 4-5, 3R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI

The P-Nats scored 13 times in their last three turns at bat Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Lexington 8
• McKenzie 2⅔ IP, 4H, 6R, 5ER, 6BB, 2K, HR
• Holt (W, 2-1) 3IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Hawkins (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Newsome 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R, RBI

With three in the 7th and two in the 8th, the Suns completed their comeback from a 6-0 deficit to win this one, 10-8. Starter Chris McKenzie was knocked out after two and 2/3rds with six runs on four hits and six walks. Greg Holt got the win in relief with an unearned run allowed on a hit and two walks over three innings while Ben Hawkins worked around three baserunners in the 9th for his first save. The trio of Brett Newsome, Cutter Dykstra and Caleb Ramsey each went 2-for-5, combining for five runs, three doubles, and six RBI. The Suns third baseman hit his 20th HR and notched his 71st RBI.

Auburn 10 Lowell 1
• Fischer 4IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Smith (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Manuel 3-4, R, RBI
• S. Perez 2-3, 2R, BB, RBI
• Poole 2-4, R, RBI

A seven-run sixth put this one away for the Doubledays as they cruised to a 10-1 win over the Lowell Spinners. Starter David Fischer went four hitless and scoreless frames in his first start, giving up a walk while striking out two. Jason Peters got the win in relief, allowing a run on two hits over three innings. Craig Manuel led the 11-hit attack with three singles, followed closely by Stephen Perez and Jordan Poole, who both singled twice.

GCL Marlins 6 GCL Nationals 2
• Schwartz (L, 3IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• McGeary ⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 4BB, K, 2WP
• Mendez 4⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 1-3, BB
• Foat 1-3, BB

The Schwartz was not with Blake as the 17th-round pick fwas torched for four runs on eight hits in a 6-2 loss by the G-Nats to thr G-Marlins. Jack McGeary made his second appearance, but walked four of the six batters he faced and threw two wild pitches. The G-Nats were held to just four hits and six walks, with Mike McQuillan and Matt Foat both reaching base twice (single, walk).
Roster move: C Adrian Nieto assigned from Hagerstown.

DSL Mets1 12 DSL Nationals 1
• Valerio (L, 0-4) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Benitez 2⅓ IP, 8H, 8R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Berrio 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
• A. Martinez 1-3
• Tillero 1-3, RBI

Make that three straight losses for the D-Nats, as the D-Mets1 squad handed them a 12-1 beatdown for their third straight loss. The 16-y.o. Maximo Valerio took his fourth loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over five innings. The D-Nats were limited to just three hits, with Andres Martinez and Jorge Tillero both going 1-for-3.

Jul 052012
 

Like a lot of uber-matchups, neither Potomac starter Nathan Karns nor Frederick starter Dylan Bundy figured in the decision for this one.

Instead, it was the battle of the bullpens, which the Potomac Nationals lost by turning a 4-0 lead into a 6-4 loss, the fourth straight for the P-Nats.

The disintegration began in the sixth inning, when Karns was beginning to tire but had a 4-0 lead. He had given up a two-out double followed by an infield single before he was lifted. Matt Swynenberg came in and promptly gave up a single, walk, and another single to center that sent in two runners. Suddenly, it was 4-3, and things looked much less certain.

In the bottom half, Potomac got a two-out single from Adrian Sanchez. With major-league rehab Chad Tracy coming up, Frederick went to the ‘pen to summon southpaw Trent Walters to face the lefthander. Instead, Sanchez was picked off to end the frame.

The collapse was completed in the ninth inning. Rob Wort was in his second inning of work, but the first wasn’t particularly stressful — a leadoff single, then a dropped fly to shallow center that was turned into an out, a strikeout, and then a flyout to right — but simply looked flat. A walk, a single, and then a towering shot over the RF wall gave the Keys a 6-4 lead.

As a former starter, Walters was fine to begin a fourth inning of relief. Erick Fernandez led off with sharp single up the middle to bring up the tying run, but Sanchez struck out and both Tracy and Rick Hague flew out to deep center to end the game.

Walters would finish with just two hits and no walks given up over three and 1/3rd innings. Swynenberg and Wort would combine for the same three and a 1/3rd, but with four runs on seven hits and two walks while letting in both inherited runners.

Offensively, Potomac would rap out 12 hits but struggled in the clutch (1-for-7 with RISP). Fernandez, Sanchez, and Stephen King would combine for nine hits, two doubles, and a triple, while Jason Martinson hit his fourth HR for Potomac off the LF light tower.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 6-8 in the second half, two games off the pace in the Carolina League North. Adam Olbrychowski (3-6, 5.43) gets the start tonight for the Woodbridge nine opposed by Frederick’s Tyler Wilson (4-3, 3.80).

Jul 052012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (6-6, 4.78) vs.
Cohoon (0-1, 14.63)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Pucetas (6-3, 3.24) vs.
Pettit (6-1, 3.82)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Olbrychowski (3-6, 5.43) vs.
Wilson (4-3, 3.80)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
McKenzie (2-2, 7.58) vs.
Foltynewicz (9-2, 2.51)
Auburn Won, 11-5 vs. Lowell,
7:00 p.m.
Fischer (0-1, 7.71) vs.
Dahlstrand (0-1, 4.80)
GCL Nationals Won, 5-3 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-3, 5.95) vs.
Molina (1-1, 2.55)

Syracuse 5 Buffalo 0
• Duke (W, 10-3) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 5BB, 5K
• Garcia (SV, 3) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Negrych 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Brown 2-4
• Carroll 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Zach Duke became the farm’s first 10-game winner as the Chiefs shut out the Bison, 5-0. Duke gave up four hits and walked five but also struck out five over the first six frames. Pat Lehman and Christian Garcia locked it down with three scoreless innings combined to earn the hold (#5) and the save (#3) respectively. Brett Carroll’s two-run double highlighted a three-run 8th that turned the game from a nail-biter to a comfortable win, with Jim Negrych pacing the Syracuse offense with a single, walk, and a solo HR.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 6
• Rosenbaum 6IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR, BK, HBP
• McCoy (W, 5-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Nicol 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Leon 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Rahl 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI

The Senators blew a 4-0 lead but rallied with two in the 9th and held on for a 7-6 win in Bowie. Danny Rosenbaum’s struggles continue as the 24-y.o. southpaw was touched for five runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. Pat McCoy got the win while striking out the side in the 8th and Hector Nelo got the save despite coughing up a run on two two-out hits in the 9th. Sean Nicol and Sandy Leon combined to go 4-for-8 with four RBI while Chris Rahl tied Tim Pahuta for the team lead in HRs with #10.

Frederick 6 Potomac 4
• Karns 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 7K
• Wort (BS, 4; L, 1-4) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Fernandez 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• King 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 3B, CS

Nathan Karns outdueled Dylan Bundy, but the P-Nats ‘pen blew a 4-0 lead Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Lexington 2
• Meyer 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Meza 4IP, H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Skole 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Palace 2-4, RBI
• Ortega 2-4, RBI

Hagerstown rallied for two in the last of the 8th for a 3-2 win over Lexington. In a planned maneuver, Alex Meyer threw just two scoreless innings (presumably because he’ll be pitching in Sunday’s Futures Game) while Christian Meza went the next four, also scoreless. Matt Skole led off the 8th with his 19th HR to tie the game at 2-2 in the 8th while Sam Palace’s RBI groundout provided the margin of victory. Recently promoted Richie Mirowski got the win despite giving up both Legends runs while Aaron Barrett notched his 13th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Auburn 11 Lowell 5
• Encarnacion (W, 2-0) 6IP, 2H, 5R, 0ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Harper (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Pleffner 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-4, R, 3B, BB, 2RBI

Pedro Encarnacion weathered an ugly first inning to get his second win as Auburn scored 11 unanswered runs for an 11-5 win vs. Lowell. A pair of errors and a pair of walks helped set up the big inning for the Spinners, with Seth Schwindenhammer’s grand slam capping off the rally, with all five runs being unearned. Auburn put up four big innings, taking advantage of six (6) Lowell errors to score 11 runs on 11 hits. Shawn Pleffner led the Doubledays with two singles and a double while driving in two.

GCL Nationals 5 GCL Marlins 3
• Mieses 4IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K
• Barrientos (W, 1-0) 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Dicharry (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB
• Jennings 1-4, 3R, BB, 3K

With a “rally” on a pair of walks and wild pitches in the 7th, the G-Nats erased a 3-2 deficit to take a 4-3 lead en route to a 5-3 win, ending a nine-game losing streak. Adalberto Mieses got the start and went the first four innings, giving up all three G-Marlins runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out four. Joel Barrientos got the win in relief, allowing just a hit and two walks over three and 2/3rds with four strikeouts. Kevin DiCharry got the last four outs, working around a two-out single in the 9th to record the save. Will Piwnica-Worms led the G-Nats offense with a single, double, and two walks.

DSL Cubs2 7 DSL Nationals 5
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 5BB, 4K
• K. Rodriguez (BS, 1; L, 2-1) 1IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Read 2-4, SF, RBI
• De Los Santos 2-4, R, BB, RBI

A five-run 9th stole defeat from the jaws of victory as the DSL Nationals fell, 7-5. Reliever Kelvin Rodriguez took the loss, giving up all five runs on five hits. Starter Jefry Rodriguez went the first five, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out four. Raudy Read and Juan De Los Santos both went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the D-Nats stranded 12 runners while going 4-for-16 with RISP.