Tyler Moore Named International League Batter of the Week

Tyler MooreTyler Moore kept the International League Batter of Week award in Syracuse for another week, earning the recognition for his play the week of July 29 to August 4th. It’s the second time this season Chiefs batters have won the award back-to-back, both times following Zach Walters (June 10-16, July 22-28).

Moore singled just once last week, but doubled four times, and hit three home runs to drive in 13 runs. He scored seven times and put up a line of .308/.379/.808. Since his demotion last month, the 26-y.o. Missippi native has hit safely in 17 of 20 games and raised his AAA average from .184 to .307 with a 29-for-76 binge, including seven doubles, five HRs, and 24 RBI.

Moore is perhaps most famous for the run he made in the second half of the 2010 season, in which he won the Carolina League Batter of the Week Award four straight weeks en route to winning the Carolina League MVP, the MiLBY High-A Batter of the Year, and the Nationals Batter of the Year while leading the Potomac Nationals to the Carolina League Championship.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac OFF DAY @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Demny (0-0, 3.86) vs.
Morimando (7-1, 3.07)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (7-7, 3.30) vs.
Nunez (8-7, 4.50)
Auburn Won, 13-4 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Suero (4-1, 0.84) vs.
Kaminsky (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (3-3, 2.93) vs.
Jimenez (4-3, 1.44)

Syracuse 5 Rochester 4
• Storen 1⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Tatusko (W, 5-5) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Rhymes 1-3, 2BB, RBI
• Solano 2-4, 2R, 3B

Eury Perez’s three-run triple broke open a 2-2 game as Syracuse held off Rochester for a 5-4 win to split the two-game series. Drew Storen got the start but hit his pitch limit, charged with two runs on four hits and no walks over an inning and 2/3rds (he was scheduled to go two). Ryan Tatusko was awarded the win but was not sharp, walking three and giving up two runs on four hits and three walks over an inning and a 1/3rd. Will Rhymes reached base three times while Jeff Kobernus, Jhonatan Solano, and Chris Marrero each had two hits as the Chiefs totaled eight hits and five walks on offense.

Binghamton 6 Harrisburg 0
• Gilliam (L, 3-6) 6IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Swynenberg 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Burns 1-3, BB
• Hague 1-3

Three Binghamton pitchers combined to shut out Harrisburg on two hits and complete the three-game sweep with a 6-0 win. Starter Rob Gilliam took the loss, letting in five runs on six hits and two walks over six innings, including four in the 6th inning which began with a solo home run. He struck out seven. Billy Burns and Ricky Hague were both 1-for-3 with a single as the Senators had just one inning with multiple baserunners (the 9th) and left on five baserunners.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After a brief four-game homestand, it’s a trip down to North Carolina for three against the Mudcats and South Carolina for three against the Pelicans before returning home on Sunday for three more against Carolina, then three against the second-place (by nine games) Frederick Keys.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3
• Turnbull (L, 5-4) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Self 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Pleffner 2-4, R, 2B
• Perez 2-4, 2B

Kannapolis broke open a 1-0 game with three in the 7th and held off the Suns for a 4-3 win, snapping Hagerstown’s four-game win streak. Kylin Turnbull took the loss, his fourth, with two runs allowed on six hits and a walk over six and a 1/3rd. It was the second time this season the 23-y.o. southpaw had pitched into the 7th. Craig Manuel’s RBI single in the 7th and Khayyan Norfork’s two-run triple in the 8th pulled the Suns within one but Hagerstown went down in order in the 9th. Shawn Pleffner and Stephen Perez both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Suns’ eight-hit attack.

Auburn 13 Hudson Valley 4
• Johansen (W, 1-1) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Simms 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ballou 4-5, 3R, 2-2B, RBI
• Attl 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Gunter 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

Auburn opened up a 6-0 lead after four and cruised to a 13-4 win over Hudson Valley to complete the three-game sweep, their first of the season. Jake Johansen won his first game as a professional, scattering seven hits in five innings with one run and one walk allowed and two strikeouts. Leadoff man Isaac Ballou went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two of the team’s seven doubles as the Doubledays pounded out 17 hits total.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats continue to steamroll the GCL East, as their latest win streak is eight games as they’ve run their record to a college basketball-like 32-6 and lead the G-Marlins by 15 games.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Overall a 4-2 week has the D-Nats at 29-22, 2½ games off the pace for the wild card, but six behind the division-leading D-Cubs. With the reset provided by the All-Star break, it’s “away and home” the next six days against the D-Orioles2, D-Tigers, and the D-Pirates2.

David Napoli The Sole Doubleday Named To NYPL All-Star Game

As one might expect with a last-place team, just one Auburn Doubleday was named to the New York-Penn League 2013 All-Star game.

David Napoli got the nod from the NYPL, which released the rosters this afternoon. Napoli is currently 1-0 with three saves and a 1.37 ERA in 11 appearances, in which he’s pitched 19⅔ innings, given up four runs on 13 hits with eight walks and 23 strikeouts.

The 22-y.o. southpaw was drafted this past June in the 8th round out of Tulane University. He primarily worked as a starter for the Green Wave, but has been used as a reliever to maximize the velocity on his fastball, which, according Baseball America, can hit 94 m.p.h. though Ryan Kelley of BaseballNewshound.com is high on his curve:

Napoli’s best pitch though is his vicious curveball. It’s a big 11-5 bender… and it has a knack for making opposing hitters look silly. It’s his put-away weapon, and he likes to bury it in the dirt as his chase pitch. Impressive for his age, he’s also adept at dropping it in for called strikes early in the count, and can place it already.

The 2013 All-Star game will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT, home to the Connecticut Tigers. It will feature a matchup of prospects from the American League versus prospects from the National League.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (12 inn.) @ Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Storen (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Hendriks (3-7, 5.01)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Binghamton,
2:00 p.m.
Gilliam (3-5, 4.09) vs.
Snydergaard (4-0, 2.25)
Potomac Won, 6-3 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 7-6 (10 inn.) vs. Kannapolis,
1:05 p.m.
Turnbull (5-3, 4.82) vs.
Recchia (4-0, 1.48)
Auburn Won, 4-3 (13 inn.) @ Hudson Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-1, 0.99) vs.
Griffin (3-0, 2.66)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-5 (6 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 4-0 OFF DAY N/A

Rochester 7 Syracuse 6 (12 inn.)
• Clay 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Kimball ⅔ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, HR, WP
• Mandel (L, 1-7) 1⅓, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2B, HBP
• Moore 1-4, R, 2B, 2BB, 2K

Believe it or not, this was 1-1 after nine. The Chiefs rallied for five runs in the top of the 10th, only to have Cole Kimball serve them right back with a walk and four hits, including a two-out grand slam. Two innings later, the debacle was completed on a walk, double, and a dropped relay throw. Jeff Mandel took the loss, his seventh. Caleb Clay got his third no-decision despite seven innings of one-run, three-hit pitching with two walks and one strikeout. Eury Perez singled and doubled while Tyler Moore doubled and drew two walks as the Chiefs scored six times on just eights, though five of them were two-baggers.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 2
• Karns (L, 7-5) 8IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 11K, HR
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI

Nathan Karns turned in eight strong innings, but the offense left him hanging for a 3-2 loss to Binghamton. Karns coughed up a two-run shot in the 1st and let in the third Mets run in the 3rd but clamped down for five scoreless innings to finish, allowing five hits total, striking out 11 and walking two. Brian Jeroloman and Destin Hood hit back-to-back RBI triples in the 5th to account for the two Harrisburg runs. Jeroloman and Justin Bloxom both went 2-for-4 as the Senators notched eight hits total and left on six baserunners.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 3
• Purke (W, 2-3) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP, 2WP, 2PO
• Benincasa (SV, 12) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• B. Miller 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Nieto 2-4, 2R, 2-2B

Matt Purke recovered from a shaky start to turn in a quality start and win his second game for Potomac, which doubled up Myrtle Beach for a 6-3 win and a series sweep. Purke hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, and let up a single before recording the first out in the 1st. He finished with two runs allowed on six hits over six innings, no walks, and four strikeouts. Kevin Keyes and Brandon Miller hit back-to-back jacks in the 6th to break open a 3-2 game. All nine Potomac batters hit safely with the 4-5-6 hitters (Adrian Nieto, Keyes, Miller) each going 2-for-4.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 6 (10 inn.)
• Lee 3IP, 5H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Pena 4IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mendez (W, 3-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Mesa 2-4, R, RBI, SH
• Martinez 2-5, 2R
• Severino 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI

The Intimidators raced out to a 6-3 lead but were overtaken in extras as the Suns scored four unanswered runs for a 7-6 win in 10 innings. Nick Lee was battered for six runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks as Kannapolis put up two-spots in the first three frames. With Ronald Pena settling things down (four scoreless innings of relief), Hagerstown posted a picket fence in the middle innings to tie it at 6-6. Stephen Perez’s RBI single in the 10th sealed the deal, making a winner of out Gilberto Mendez. The Dominican trio of Narciso Mesa, Estarlin Martinez, and Pedro Severino combined for six of the Suns 11 hits while scoring four runs.

Auburn 4 Hudson Valley 3 (13 inn.)
• Ullmann 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Medina (W, 1-3) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB (3IBB), 5K, 2WP
• J.C. Valdez 3-6, 2B, 3RBI
• Ballou 3-6, 2R, two OF assists at 2B

The Renegades got the winning run to 3rd with one out in the 10th, but failed to score thanks to what’s called overmanaging when it fails, brilliant when it works. Auburn manager Gary Cathcart ordered a pair of intentional walks to set up a force at any base and pulled in an outfielder for a five-man infield. Hudson Valley’s Granden Goetzman lined into your run-of-the-mill 7-8B double play to end the inning. In the 13th, Cody Gunter’s two-out RBI single plated the gamewinner. Jean Carlos Valdez drove in the first three runs while going 3-for-6 with a double to lead the Doubledays offense. Silvio Medina got the win with four innings of scoreless relief.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Mets 5 (6 inn.)
• Valdez 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 5-0) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Abreu 3-4, 2-2B, 3RBI
• Bautista 2-3, 2R
• Gordon 2-4, R

The good news for the G-Mets pitchers: They didn’t allow 10 runs to the G-Nats for the second straight game. The bad news: That’s because the game was called in the bottom of the 6th due to rain. Six errors, of course, didn’t help nor did the 12 hits they gave up in a 9-5 loss. Osvaldo Abreu led the assault, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and driving in three. Kelvin Rodriguez was tagged for three runs on four hits and a walk over two subpar innings of relief, but was issued a “W” as the pitcher of record.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Rojos 0
• Reyes (W, 4-2) 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• J. Ramirez (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
• Ortiz 1-2, 2RBI, 2BB

Four D-Nats pitchers comebined on a one-hit shutout as the D-Nats blanked the D-Rojos, 4-0 for their third straight win. Luis Reyes won his fourth game with five no-hit innings, walking two and striking out five. Oliver Ortiz walked twice and drove in two with a two-out single in the 8th to pace the D-Nats six-hit, five-walk attack.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6 (10 inn.) @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Clay (3-2, 2.61) vs.
P.J. Walters (5-2, 3.57)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (7-4, 3.41) vs.
Verrett (9-6, 4.15)
Potomac Won, 11-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:35 p.m.
Purke (1-3, 7.07) vs.
Pucetas (1st A+ start of ’13)
Hagerstown Won, 11-7 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (4-2, 3.93) vs.
Olacio (5-10, 4.90)
Auburn Won, 5-2 @ Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ullmann (1-1, 5.27) vs.
Kirsch (1-3, 3.77)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-3 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 6.94) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 18-8 @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (3-2, 2.38) vs.
Moncion (0-1, 5.93)

Louisville 7 Syracuse 6 (10 inn.)
• Roark 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Storen (BS, 1) 1IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (L, 3-6) ⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 5RBI
• Kobernus 3-5, 2R
• Espinosa 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, 2BB, 2K

Demotees Tyler Moore and Danny Espinosa combined for five hits and six RBIs while Drew Storen blew another save as Syracuse fell in extras, 7-6. Tanner Roark failed his bid for win #10, but turned in six innings with three runs allowed on eight hits and no walks. Storen gave up back-to-back singles to the first two batters he faced, then threw a sacrifice bunt away for an error and the first of two runs he would surrender, tying the game at 5-5. Moore doubled in the 8th to give the Chiefs a brief 6-5 lead and notch his 5th RBI. Mike Crotta gave up the tying run in the 8th and Erik Davis surrendered the gamewinner in the 10th for his sixth loss.

Binghamton 3 Harrisburg 0
• Hill (L, 2-5) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Burns 1-4 (25-game hit streak)
• Hood 1-3

In matchup of E.L. division leaders, Binghamton got the best of Harrisburg for a 3-0 shutout. Taylor Hill took the loss, his fifth, despite a quality start of two runs on four hit and two walks over six innings. He struck out six, his best total to date at AA. Billy Burns laid down a bunt single with two outs in the 7th to extend his hit streak to 25 games, but it was one of just four Harrisburg would manage on the night.

Potomac 11 Myrtle Beach 1
• Rauh (W, 3-1) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nieto 3-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• B. Miller 2-4, R, 2RBI

Tied at 1-1 after 5½ innings, Potomac sent 15 men to the plate in the 6th and 10 of them circled the bases for an 11-1 rout and the seventh win in eight games. Eight of nine starters hit safely, including Brandon Miller going 2-for-4 with an RBI in his High-A debut. Brian Rauh had his night cut short by the outburst, as he faced just 19 batters in six innings pitched, with one run allowed on three hits, no walks, and one whiff. Adrian Nieto singled, doubled, and tripled, scored twice and drove in three to lead the Potomac offense.

Hagerstown 11 Kannapolis 7
• Dickson 5+ IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
• Meza (W, 3-0) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 1-1 IR-S
• Martinez 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB, OF assist at HP
• 5-for-6 RISP, 3 LOB

Before a sitting-room-only crowd of 965, Hagerstown put three consecutive big innings to win an 11-7 slugfest vs. Kannapolis. Down 3-0 in the 5th, Estarlin Martinez homered to bring in two runs as the Suns tied it with a three-run rally. An inning later, they faced another deficit (6-3) but put up five in the 6th and three more in the 7th to put the game away. Every batter hit safely, four collected multiple hits, as the Suns notched 13 hits total. Starter Ian Dickson went five-plus innings, charged with five runs on eight hits with no walks and four K’s. Christian Meza got the win in relief, giving up a run on two hits over two innings.

Auburn 5 Hudson Valley 2
• Voth 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Hollins (W, 1-3) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Joyce (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• W. Rodriguez 1-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

The Renegades had it made until the Doubledays retrieved their bounty of five runs in the 8th to snap a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win. Wilman Rodriguez’s three-run blast highlighted the Auburn 8th as the Doubledays were held to just five hits total. Starter Austin Voth gave up the first Hudson Valley run on four hits in his five innings of work. He walked none and struck out four. L.J. Hollins got the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball while Jake Joyce set ’em down in order in the 9th for his second save.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Mets 3
• Ott 3⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, PO
• Derosier (W, 2-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Abreu 2-2, 3R, 2-2B, 2BB, 3SB
• R. Encarnacion 3-4, 2R, 2-2B
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SB(20)

The G-Nats scored seven unanswered runs in the middle innings as they ran off their seventh straight win, a 9-3 decision over the G-Mets. Osvaldo Abreu had his way on offense, doubling twice, walking twice, scoring three times and stealing three bases as the G-Nats racked up 10 hits and drew seven walks. Travis Ott was charged with two runs on five hits and two walks but struck out five over three and a 1/3rd innings. Matt Derosier got the win (and the benefit of offense) as the first man out of the ‘pen.

DSL Nationals 18 DSL Rojos 8
• Valerio 4⅔ IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR, WP,
• Charlis (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K, 2WP
• Corredor 4-6, 3R, 2B, 2-3B, 3RBI
• Lora 4-6, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Rosario 2-4, 3R, BB, 3RBI

The D-Nats pounded out five runs in the 1st and never trailed in an 18-8 thrashing of the D-Rojos. Maximo Valerio was one out short of a Jack Morris win, giving up six runs on 11 hits (two home runs) with no walks and two strikeouts over four and 2/3rds innings. 18-y.o. Fiteral Charlis got the win, tossing three scoreless frames to finish the game with one hit and three walks allowed, two wild pitches, and three strikeouts. Aldrem Corredor and Edwin Lora both went 4-for-6 with three runs scored, combining for seven RBI and five extra-base hits. Dionicio Rosario hit his team-leading fourth HR, a two-run shot in the 8th.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 16

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 51-60, 6th place I.L. North, 8½ games behind

Good Zach Walters .404/.417/.936, 5HR, 11RBI since All-Star Break (14G)
Bad Cole Kimball 10.80 ERA/7.30 FIP/2.30 WHIP in 11 appearances
Interesting After game on July 4th – last place, 16½ games behind
After game on August 1 – last place, 8½ games behind

HARRISBURG SENATORS 61-51, 1st place E.L. West, 1½ games ahead

Good Brian Goodwin 24 multi-hit games, seven three-plus hit games
Bad Pat McCoy 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP since All-Star Break
Interesting Starting Pitchers ERA, 3.40; Relievers ERA, 3.56 (through 8/1)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 24-14, 1st place C.L. North, 8 games ahead (66-41 overall)

Good David Fischer 2-0, 2.12 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in July (7 appearances)
Bad Cole Leonida .150/.250/.225, 13K in July (14 games)
Interesting Cutter Dykstra 26BB in July (29BB from April to June)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 24-16, 2nd place Sally North, 1½ games behind (62-45 overall)

Good Brett Mooneyham 7-3, 2.48 ERA, 4.19 FIP, 1.10 WHIP
Bad Estarlin Martinez .171/.262/.229 in last 10G
Interesting 430 Batting BB leads Sally League

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 13-31, 6th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 15½ games behind

Good Isaac Ballou .277/.382/.362 in 39G
Bad Deion Williams 0-6, 9.42 ERA, 1.99 WHIP in eight GS
Interesting League-worst pitching, T4th fewest HRs allowed

GCL NATIONALS 30-6, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 13 games ahead

Good Wander Suero 4-0, 0.84 ERA/2.54 FIP/0.75 WHIP
Bad Willie Medina .505 OPS in 21G
Interesting 2012 Avg. Batter Age = 20.9
2013 Avg. Batter Age = 19.7

DSL NATIONALS 27-22, 5th place Boca Chica South, 5½ games behind

Good 18-y.o. Kelvin Gutierrez .316/.341/.500 since DSL All-Star Break
Bad 17-y.o. Yorlin Reynoso 13BB in 25⅓ IP
Interesting 17-y.o. Oliver Ortiz .314/.333/.343 in first 10G (assigned July 23)

Billy Burns, Brandon Miller Promoted

Moving On Up for NPPThe Potomac Nationals announced today that OF Billy Burns has been promoted to Harrisburg. Taking his place on the P-Nats roster is OF Brandon Miller, who was also promoted from Hagerstown.

Burns becomes the ninth P-Nat to get the bump this season, but just the second position player. He’s currently riding a 24-game hit streak, which has been aided by a recent propensity to get hit by pitches as he’s twice left the game without an official at-bat, which is one of the exceptions of the hitting-streak rule (10.24b).

For the season, Burns is hitting .308/.417/.387 with 51 stolen bases and 68 runs scored, which is first and tied for second respectively in the Carolina League. Burns was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2011 First Year Player draft out of Mercer University (Georgia) and has played the past two seasons at Auburn and Hagerstown.

Most notably, Burns resumed switch-hitting last season after abandoning it in college, a rather odd decision for an undersized outfielder (listed very, very generously at 5’9″) whose primary weapon is his speed. In the past few weeks, he’s been spotted trying to reduce his reliance on small-ball in favor of turning gap hits into doubles and triples, which he’s obviously had some success doing (five 2B three 3B in July).

Brandon Miller will take his place in Woodbridge, but will presumably continue to play right field where he can leverage his throwing arm as some 14 Sally League runners have walked off the field when trying to take the extra base against the former catcher. Miller has led the Suns all year long in HRs (18), RBIs (72), and strikeouts (135), totals that currently place him tied for fourth, second and tied for second in the Sally League batting leaderboard.

Replacing Miller on the Suns roster is utilityman Wes Schill, who was activated from the Hagerstown DL (placed on it eight days ago). Likewise, Brian Goodwin, who had missed the previous three games with a “stomach ailment” per Dave Sottile of PennLive.com was placed on the 7-Day DL to make room for Burns in Harrisburg.

Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Roark (9-3, 3.16) vs.
Reineke (8-9, 3.64)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (2-4, 2.42) vs.
Peavey (0-0, 2.25)
Potomac Won, 6-1; Won, 3-1 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (2-1, 3.79) vs.
Eickhoff (7-3, 3.47)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (2-2, 5.19) vs.
Lopez (1-3, 3.25)
Auburn Lost, 7-1 @ Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 1.29) vs.
Schultz (1-1, 2.38)
GCL Nationals Won, 10-3 vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Ott (0-0, 6.94) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Game Not Reported @ DSL Rojos,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (3-2, 1.79) vs.
Lara (2-6, 7.31)

Syracuse 5 Louisville 0
• Rosenbaum (W, 6-7) 6⅔ IP, 8H, 0R, BB, 6K; 1-2, SH, RBI
• Mandel (H, 4) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Solano 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Johnson 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Espinosa 1-3, BB, K

Danny Rosenbaum scattered eight hits and got an assist from Jeff Mandel in the 7th as the Chiefs shut out the Bats, 5-0. The 25-y.o. Ohioan went six and 2/3rds innings, walking one, and striking out six while earning his sixth win. Mandel inherited two runners from Rosenbaum and retired all four batters he faced for hold no. 4. Jhonatan “The Onion” Solano peeled off another two-hit game, driving in two with a double to highlight a three-run 4th, while Danny Espinosa and Josh Johnson both went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Harrisburg 3 Trenton 1
• Ray (W, 3-1) 5IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 8K, HBP
• Mirowski (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Head 2-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 2-4, 2RBI

The Sens ‘pen turned in four hitless innings to get Robbie Ray’s third AA win, 3-1 over Trenton. Richie Mirowski, Aaron Barrett, and Ryan Perry combined for six strikeouts and put on just one baserunner (HBP by Perry) to earn holds for Mirowski and Barrett and a save for Perry. Ray struck out eight and walked two, letting in an unearned run on five hits over five innings. Jerad Head, Justin Bloxom, and Carlos Rivero each had two hits, with Bloxom’s two-run single starting things off in the 3rd and Destin Hood’s RBI knock in the 4th driving in the third and final Harrisburg run.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 1 — COMP.
• Pineyro 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Solis (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Burns 2-5, R
• Taylor 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Picking up where they left off on June 27, the P-Nats erased a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the 3rd and cruised behind the pitching of Sammy Solis for a 6-1 win. Solis, in relief of the since-traded Ivan Pineyro, tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out five for his first win of 2013. Michael Taylor went 2-for-5 with a run scored on a three-run HR in the 3rd and 4RBI total as the P-Nats rapped out 10 hits total.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 1 — GAME TWO
• Schwartz (W, 9-4) 6+ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Benincasa (SV, 11) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Burns 1-2, R, RBI, HBP, 2SB (50, 51)
• Ramsey 1-2, R, 2RBI, SF

Blake Schwartz continued his dominance over the Pelicans in a 4-1 win that secured the de facto doubleheader sweep. In three starts vs. Myrtle Beach, Schwartz is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.00, as he put up a line of one run over six-plus innings on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Billy Burns broke the 50-steal mark with two pilfers and extended his hit streak to 24 games with an RBI single in the 5th. Robert Benincasa stranded a runner and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save.

Hagerstown 4 Kannapolis 1
• Mooneyham (W, 7-3) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Self (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Miller 2-4, R

Brett Mooneyham won his third straight start as the Suns lapped the Intimidators, 4-1. The 23-y.o. southpaw gave up a run (solo HR) on four hits and one walk while setting down six on strikes. Derek Self nearly matched that total with five over the final two frames, notching his second save for Hagerstown. The Suns 2-3-4 batters combined for five of the team’s six hits on the night, with Tony Renda doubling and walking, Brandon Miller singling twice, and Mike McQuillan smacking an RBI triple to send in what proved to be the gamewinner in the 6th.

Lowell 7 Auburn 1
• Williams (L, 0-6) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 3K
• Mudron 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ballou 1-3, R, BB
• Lippincott 1-4, 2B, RBI

The Spinners completed the sweep of the Doubledays with a 7-1 [striking of the prosterior], Auburn’s fourth straight loss. Deion Williams gave up all seven Lowell runs on five hits and four walks for his sixth loss in eight starts. The Doubledays doubled their hit total from two to four, with Isaac Ballou reaching base twice with a single and a walk and Bryan Lippincott breaking up the shutout with an RBI double in the 1st.

GCL Nationals 10 GCL Cardinals 3 — GAME ONE
• Giolito 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Waterman (W, 1-0) 3IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bautista 4-5, R, 2-2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Jennings 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Lucas Giolito rebounded from his worst outing to turn in his best as the G-Nats continue to do their best impersonation of the ’84 Tigers with a 10-3 win over the G-Cards. The 19-y.o. threw four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, no walks, and striking out four. Elliot Waterman got the win as the first man out of the ‘pen with one run allowed on four hits and a walk over three innings. Rafael Bautista missed the cycle but racked up eight total bases and drove in three with a 4-for-5 game to lead the G-Nats attack.

DSL Cubs vs. DSL Nationals — GNR

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1; Lost, 3-0 @ Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-7, 4.17) vs.
Dennick (0-0, 3.60)
Harrisburg Won, 5-3 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (2-1, 3.81) vs.
Lewis (0-4, 2.17)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
(completion DH)
TBD and Schwartz (8-4, 2.88) vs.
Payano (5-6, 6.31) and
Schwendel (2-1, 4.61)
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 (10 inn.) vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (6-3, 2.60) vs.
Hansen (3-6, 4.57)
Auburn Lost, 7-0 @ Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (0-5, 7.86) vs.
Stankiewicz (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 2-1; Won, 3-2 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-1, 6.23) vs.
Farinaro (1-1, 5.19)
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-0 vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (2-2, 1.21) vs.
Zapata (3-0, 1.25)

Syracuse 3 Louisville 1 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 6-7) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Kobernus 2-4, 2B, SB
• Perez 2-4, R, RBI
• Espinosa 2-4, RBI

Yunesky Maya tossed his first complete game as professional as Syracuse took the opener versus Louisville, 3-1. The Cuban veteran gave up a run on HR and three hits total over the seven innings while striking out six. Eury Perez, Jeff Kobernus, Danny Espinosa, and Jhonatan Solano each had two hits. Kobernus and Solano both doubled while Perez and Espinosa each drove in a run.

Louisville 3 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Tatusko (L, 4-5) 4⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Kimball 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Espinosa 1-3, 2B, 2K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, K

No such luck for Ryan Tatusko in the nightcap as the Hoosier Sycamore gave up a solo shot in the 5th in a 3-0 shutout loss in the nightcap. The 28-y.o. took the loss with one run on four hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds. He set down six on strikes. Danny Espinosa and Zach Walters both went 1-for-3 with a double, two of the four hits the Chiefs would manage.
Roster moves: C Kelly Shoppach elected free agency, granted his release; C Kris Watts activated from 7-Day DL.

Harrisburg 5 Trenton 3
• Cole (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 6K
• Herron (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Head 2-5
• Hague 1-3, R, BB

A.J. Cole shut down Trenton for six innings while Harrisburg scored four times on miscues in a 5-3 matinee win. Cole gave up an unearned run on four hits and three walks while fanning six to win for the second time in two AA starts. The Senators mustered just four singles, but got the breaks as two-out throwing errors plated one in the 3rd and two in the 7th and a wild pitch scored one in the 4th. Carlos Rivero’s bases-loaded walk, the 6th issued by the Thunder, was the sole earned run by Harrisburg. Tyler Herron struck out four over the final two innings to get the save, his second for the Senators.

Potomac — OFF DAY
The P-Nats return home for a brief four-game homestand after a 5-2 road trip through Lynchburg and Salem that’s extended their lead in the C.L. North to seven games with 34 games to play. Tonight’s a continuation of a suspended game from June 27th followed by a seven-inning contest.

Hagerstown 4 Lakewood 2 (10 inn.)
• Encarnacion 6IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Henke 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mendez (W, 2-1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB,
• Miller 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Manuel 2-4, 2B, RBI

Brandon Miller’s two-run double in the top of the 10th proved to be the game-winner in a 4-2 extra-innings win in Lakewood. Starter Pedro Encarnacion allowed both Blue Claws runs on five hits and two walks and struck out seven but did not receive the decision. Travis Henke and Gilberto Mendez each pitched two innings of scoreless, no-hit relief with Mendez striking out five and walking two to get the win, his second. Miller, Tony Renda, and Craig Manuel combined for six of Hagerstown’s ten hits and all four Suns doubles.

Lowell 7 Auburn 0
• Orlan (L, 0-2) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, HR, 2HBP
• Medina 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP, BK
• Dent 1-3
• Ballou 1-4

The Doubledays came within two outs of being no-hit in a 7-0 loss to the Spinners. Cody Dent and Isaac Ballou singled in the 9th to prevent the no-no, but were stranded to preserve the shutout. Starter R.C. Orlan was hammered for six runs on eight hits and four walks over four innings. He struck out two and hit two batters. The loss was Auburn’s 30th and third straight as the Doubledays have still not won consecutive games.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Cardinals 1 — GAME ONE
• Pivetta (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Valdez (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Ruiz 2-3, R, 2B
• Eusebio 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Nick Pivetta won his first professional game with five strong innings as the G-Nats continue to roll, taking the opening game of the doubleheader, 2-1. Pivetta pitched five innings of two-hit ball, giving up an unearned run but walking none with two K’s. Phillips Valdez followed with two scoreless frames for his second save. Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run HR in the 4th provided the offense Pivetta and Valdez would need to get the win and save, respectively.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Cardinals 2 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre (W, 4-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Webb (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Ward 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• R. Encarnacion 2-3, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats ran their latest winning streak to five games with a 3-2 win in the second game of the doubleheader. Hector Silvestre ran his record to 4-0 with one mistake (a solo HR) and three hits total over five innings. The 20-y.o. Dominican southpaw walked two and struck out five. Drew Ward hit his first professional home, a two-run shot in the 4th, while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the G-Nats offense. He Who Must Not Be Named was assigned to the GCL from Hagerstown for minor-league rehab.

DSL Cubs 5 DSL Nationals 0
• Sanchez (L, 1-1) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Torres 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B
• Corredor 2-4

The D-Cubs shut out the D-Nats on seven hits, 5-0. Mario Sanchez got the start and the loss, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning four. Kelvin Gutierrez and Aldrem Corredor both went 2-for-4 as the D-Nats lost for the fifth time in seven meetings.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Louisville,
6:05 p.m.
Maya (5-7, 4.25) and Tatusko (4-4, 3.55) vs.
Broxton (MLB rehab) and Corcino (5-11, 6.21)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-3 @ Trenton,
12:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Turley (8-5, 4.23)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
11:05 a.m.
Encarnacion (7-7, 3.32) vs.
Nunez (8-7, 4.78)
Auburn Lost, 6-4 @ Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-1, 4.11) vs.
Callahan (2-1, 4.55)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-0 vs. GCL Cardinals,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD and TBD vs.
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-1 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Torres (0-3, 3.89) vs.
Paulino (4-3, 3.41)

Syracuse vs. Louisville — PPD
Rain postponed the opener of the four-game series to tonight, when it will be made up with a doubleheader.

Trenton 11 Harrisburg 3
• Gilliam (L, 3-5) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Bloxom 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Head 2-4, R

The Thunder struck for eight runs against the Sens ‘pen, turning a 3-1 game after five innings into an 11-3 beating in the series opener. Starter Rob Gilliam took the loss, letting in three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Pat McCoy took the brunt of the eight runs scored in the final two innings, letting in three inherited runners and giving up four runs of his own over an inning and 2/3rds. Justin Bloxom singled, doubled, and homered while going 3-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg offense.
Roster moves: C Sandy Leon activated from the 7-Day DL; C Jeff Howell placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 29.

Salem 6 Potomac 5 (10 inn.)
• Demny 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Holt 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Dykstra 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 2RBI
• Oduber 2-5, R

Today’s off day couldn’t be better timed for Potomac, as the ‘pen was taxed for nearly eight innings in a 6-5 extra-innings walkoff loss to Salem. Starter Paul Demny failed to make it past the third inning for the second straight start since his demotion, knocked for two runs on three hits and three walks over just two innings. Cutter Dykstra’s two-run shot in the 5th and a three-run rally in the 7th built a 5-2 lead, but Salem responded with two in the 7th and one in the 8th to tie it at 5-5. Brian Dupra suffered the loss in the 10th on a Little League home run a two-out triple and an error.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 2
• Turnbull (L, 5-3) 4⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Pena 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Mesa 3-4, 2R, BB
• Ramos 2-5, 2B

Lakewood snapped a 1-1 tie in the 4th with a two-run HR and held on for a 4-2 win over Hagerstown. Starter Kylin Turnbull pitched into 5th but took the loss as he gave up the big fly plus eight other hits for three runs (all earned), as he walked one, and fanned five over four and 2/3rds innings. Narciso Mesa scored twice while going 3-for-4 with a walk to lead the hit column for Hagerstown. Overall the Suns flailed with runners on, going 2-for-15 while stranding 13 baserunners.

Lowell 6 Auburn 4
• Barrientos (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Bafidis 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Lippincott 4-5, 2R, RBI
• Ballou 2-5, R

Auburn rallied for three in the 7th to shave a five-run lead down to two, but couldn’t get any closer as Lowell spun them for a 6-4 loss. Joel Barrientos lost his fourth game, giving up five runs on 10 hits and a walk while hitting a batter. He struck out four. Bryan Lippincott went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI before he was lifted for a pinch runner in the 9th (listed as RHP Manny Rodriguez, more likely it was OF Wilman) to lead the hit column for the Doubledays, who collected 11 hits but left on 10 baserunners.
Roster moves: SS Kyle Attl reassigned from the GCL; SS Wilmer Difo reassigned to the GCL.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 0
• Suero (W, 4-1) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Lehman 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Abreu 3-4, R, SB
• Medina 2-3, R, 2RBI
• Ward 2-4, 2B, RBI

Three G-Nats pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the G-Marlins, 6-0, extending their lead to 11 games. Wander Suero got the win with five innings pitched, allowing two hits, no walks, striking out four. Hector Silvestre and Pat Lehman both turned in two scoreless relief innings. Osvaldo Abreu went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base to pace the G-Nats 11-hit attack.

DSL Yankees1 6vDSL Nationals 1
• Yrizarri (L, 3-3) 4IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K
• J. Ramirez 2IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Alvarez 1-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Aguero 1-3, SB

A four-run fourth erased an early 1-0 lead as the D-Nats lost to the D-Yankees1, 6-1. Deibi Yrizarri took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk though he did strike out six over four innings. The D-Nats were held to just five hits, with Thomas Alvarez the sole batter to reach base twice as he walked and doubled while going 1-for-3.