Jun 112012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 3.48) vs.
Cloyd (5-1, 2.26)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 3-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Sywnenberg (4-3, 4.83) vs.
Bachanov (4-1, 3.68)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-2 vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Meza (3-1, 3.41) vs.
Perez (2-4, 6.54)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Ariz./Cincy,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Lara (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2
• Lannan (L, 5-6) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Bibens-Dirkx 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Teahen 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Michaels 1-3, BB

This was one was over early as John Lannan coughed up his tenth HR, this one a first-inning grand slam, as the Iron Pigs smelted the Chiefs, 5-2. Lannan gave up all five runs on nine hits, walked none, and struck out three over five innings. Mark Teahen led the Syracuse offense with a 2-for-5 game, driving in the first Chiefs run with a double.

Reading 5 Harrisburg 4
• Demny 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 3K, HR; 1-2, 2RBI
• McCoy (L, 3-1) 1+ IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Pahuta 3-4, R, RBI
• Rahl 2-4, R

After dodging bullets all game long, Reading’s Tim Kennelly ended the game with his second HR for a 5-4 R-Phils walkoff win over the Harrisburg Senators. Reading had been 0-for-10 with RISP and stranded eight baserunners, but used the longball to overcome deficits of 3-1 and 4-3. Pat McCoy took the loss after pitching a scoreless 8th. Starter Paul Demny lasted just four innings, but contributed to his own cause with his first career hit, a two-out, two-run single that capped off a three-run rally. Tim Pahuta led the regulars with a 3-for-4 game.

Salem 3 Potomac 2
• Holder (ND) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 5BB, 3K
• Mattheus 1IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR
• Marrero 2-4, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4

Rehabbing MLBers got two hits and gave up two hits on a Sunday Afternoon in Woodbridge.

Kannapolis 6 Hagerstown 2
• Purke (L, 0-2) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K, 2WP
• Bates 2⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Dykstra 0-2, 2BB, SB

Hagerstown’s seven-game win streak ended with a 6-2 loss to Kannapolis. Matt Purke was perfect for three innings before unraveling in the fourth, when the Intimidators scored three times with two outs. The final line: four runs (three earned) on three hits and four walks over five and 2/3rds innings with two costly wild pitches. The Suns were held to just three hits and five walks. With a win by Greensboro, the Suns’ deficit is back to 2½ games with seven to play: three at the Muni and four in West Virginia.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
The D-Nats are now 4-3 after their first full week of DSL play. This week they host the “Redbacks,” play home-and-homes against the Pirates and Phillies2 squads, and finish the week with a visit to the Cubs2.

Jun 102012
 

Sometimes rehabs giveth and sometimes they taketh — and sometimes it’s both.

Rehabbing Chris Marrero singled twice (one flare, one line drive) and drove in one but two grooved fastballs (read: no-doubt-about-it HRs) by rehabbing Ryan Mattheus tied and lost the game in the 8th as the Potomac Nationals fell 3-2 in the final home game of the first half.

Potomac opened the game with a leadoff single by Blake Kelso, who stole second (#19) an third (#20) to set up Marrero’s RBI grounder to 3B, which was momentarily bobbled to prevent a play at the plate.

Salem would tie the game at 1-1 as reserve catcher Carson Blair doubled in 19-year-old Xander Bogaerts off starter Trevor Holder, who gave up five walks in five inning.

Holder was in a position to win, thanks J.P. Ramirez’s leading off the 5th with a single to center, taking second on an error, third on Erick Fernandez’s sacrifice bunt, and sliding in under a poor throw as Kelso tapped a high grounder to short.

Jimmy Barthmaier followed Holder with two shaky innings, rescued by a diving stop and tag of third and toss across to first DP by Kelso to end the 6th and Salem’s Jackie Bradley Jr. baserunning miscue that doubled him off to end the 7th.

Despite Mattheus’s poor showing, the P-Nats still had a chance to win as Marrero and Bloxom, who both went 2-for-4, reached base with one out but neither Zach Walters (strikeout) nor Michael Taylor (flyout) could push either runner across.

After another 1-2-3 outing by Rob Wort, Potomac’s 7-8-9 batters followed suit.

Combined with another win by Lynchburg, the elimination number for the P-Nats is now just four with seven games to play — the next four on the road against the Winston-Salem Dash, which leads the Carolina league with 37 wins, 20 at their home venue of BB&T park, where the P-Nats were swept in late April.

Jun 102012
 

Shut out 3-0 in the opener, but a 6-1 bounce back in the nightcap, the Potomac Nationals split the doubleheader with the Salem Red Sox, snapping a five-game home win streak.

Nathan Karns took the hill in Game One, having been hammered in his High-A debut on Tuesday, and gave folks an immediate jot of hope by striking out the side — the last two looking. But the second inning, Salem drew a one-out walk then a single and double plated the game’s first two runs. After another walk, Karns got the break he needed with a soft line drive that the baserunner badly misread for a 4-6 double play.

Karns would right himself in the third with another 1-2-3 inning in the third, and got the first two in the fourth before loading the bases (two singles and a walk). He struck out the #9 batter to escape that jam, then walked the leadoff batter in the 5th before getting another double play that would end his second start.

Paul Applebee came in with the bases empty and lived up his billing on the latest GBI, surrendering a solo shot (#7 in 33 IP), then back-to-back singles before finally getting an out.

Offensively, Potomac was anemic, more like the road version of this team and managed just five hits off Salem’s Matt Barnes, who threw a complete-game shutout.

Chris Marrero provided the lone extra-base hit — an opposite-field smash to right field that he lumbered in to second for a double. Suffice it to say, it looks like his leg injury suffered in the winter leagues this past offseason is still bothering him, a negative sign for a guy that could easily lose a footrace to catcher (or a coach) before he got hurt. Defensively, it did not appear to affect him.

Marrero may not be able to run very well, but he can still hit. His second safety of the doubleheader required just a trot, a line-drive shot over the left-field fence that gave Potomac a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first in Game Two of the twinbill.

Potomac put the game away in the second in what Twitter followers know as “This is A ball.”

A walk by Michael Taylor, followed by a sacrifice bunt and an error by the pitcher, then a bunt for a base hit by recently activated Brent Greer that the pitcher misplayed, then a wild pitch. Two batters later a drag bunt up the first-base line by Francisco Soriano, which the Salem first baseman gloved than shotputted over the head of the catcher, enabling two runs to score for a 5-1 lead.

Justin Bloxom launched his 11th home run in the fifth to cap off the scoring.

The tines were in the spine of Salem because Grace was on last night. After giving up moonshot in the first inning, he allowed just one baserunner (a walk in the third) over the next four and a third innings, helping his own cause with three assists, two of which required some catlike quickness to make the play.

Despite taking a line drive off the leg with one out in the sixth, he finished with a three-hit complete game, just the third thrown by Potomac this season.

With the split, and a Lynchburg sweep of Frederick, the elimination number for Potomac dropped to six with nine games to play (the magic number for the P-Nats to overtake the Hillcats is 12).

Trevor Holder (3-1, 4.42) gets the ball today, the final home game of the first half for Potomac.

Jun 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Lannan (5-5, 4.98) vs.
Cochran (3-1, 4.04)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-2 @ Reading,
1:35 p.m.
Demny (4-3, 4.70) vs.
Rodriguez (3-1, 2.67)
Potomac Lost, 3-0;
Won, 6-1
vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
Holder (3-1, 4.42) vs.
Workman (3-3, 3.55)
Hagerstown Won, 11-6 @ Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Purke (0-1, 6.52) vs.
Snodgress (1-2, 4.80)
DSL Nationals Won, 8-0 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2
• Duke 5⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
• Arnesen 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lehman (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Brown 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Skelton 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

James Skelton’s RBI single in the last of the 9th gave Syracuse a 3-2 walkoff win over Lehigh Valley. Corey Brown drove in the other two runs while doubling and homering. Pat Lehman got his first AAA win with two scoreless innings of relief. The Iron Pigs outhit the Chiefs 10-6, but had a runner thrown out at the plate (Xavier Paul) and hit into two double plays.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 2
• Gilliam (L, 1-6) 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 4K
• Tatusko 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Lozada 1-3, BB, RBI
• Van Ostrand 1-4, RBI

Reading scored seven unanswered runs in a 7-2 win over Harrisburg. Robert Gilliam, making his first start since May 24, took the loss with five runs allowed on six hits and a walk over four innings. Jose Lozada and Jimmy Van Ostrand drove in the two runs, but the Sens were limited to just five hits total.
Devin Ivany was hurt (ankle) but is not expected to miss significant time, as Kris Watts became the seventh catcher to play for Harrisburg this season.

Salem 3 Potomac 0 — GAME ONE
• Karns (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 6K
• Applebee 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Ramirez 2-3
• Marrero 1-3, 2B

Prior to the game, IF Brent Greer was activated while J.R. Higley was placed on the 7-Day DL

Potomac 6 Salem 1 — GAME TWO
• Grace (W, 3-6) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Soriano 3-3, R, BB, RBI
• Marrero 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Chris Marrero went 2-for-6 with two extra bases Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 11 Kannapolis 6
• Hill (W, 6-4) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Lucas 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 3-5, 3R, RBI, BB, SB
• Burns 3-5, 3R, 2SB, OF assist at HP
• Skole 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

The Suns continued their surge, taking their seventh straight handily, 11-6 over Kannapolis. Combined with a Greensboro loss, Hagerstown trails by just 1½ games with nine to go. Taylor Hill got the win with four runs allowed on nine hits and a walk over five innings. Brian Goodwin and Billy Burns both were 3-for-5 with three runs scored, combining for three stolen bases.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Arizona/Cincinnati 0
• Suero (W, 2-0) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Valerio 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Diaz 4-5, 2R, 4-2B, RBI
• Abreu 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB

The D-Nats snapped a three-game skid with an 8-0 shutout of the DSL “Redbacks.” Three pitchers combined on the two-hit shutout, with Wander Suero getting the win with six innings pitched. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled four times to lead the 14-hit parade.

Jun 092012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-3 vs. Lehigh Valley,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (6-3, 4.15) vs.
Wright (1st AAA start
of ’12)
Harrisburg Won, 9-0 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (1-5, 4.98) vs.
Buchanan (2-5, 4.04)
Potomac Won, 5-4;
Won, 4-2
vs. Salem,
5:35 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 21.60) and
Grace (2-6, 5.67) vs.
Rivera (3-2, 4.89) and
Barnes (1-0, 3.51)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (5-4, 3.74) vs.
Olacio (1-3, 3.94)
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-1 @ DSL Ariz/Cin,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 7 Louisville 3
• Atkins (W, 5-5) 6⅓ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR; 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Pena (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Teahen 3-4, 2B
• Rivero 2-2, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• Brown 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI

Corey Brown’s 15th HR was a grand slam that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead as the Chiefs used the long ball to saw the Bats, 7-3. Starter Mitch Atkins was one of the three Syracuse hitters to go long (the first Chiefs pitcher to do it in 37 years), with Carlos Rivero being the third. Atkins would get the win with all three Louisville runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over six and a third innings pitched. Mark Teahean led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, including a double.

Harrisburg 9 Reading 0
• Pucetas (W, 4-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Frias 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Van Ostrand 2-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI, SF
• Mayorson 4-5, R

Every position player got a hit, and five got two or more as Harrisburg pounded out 17 hits in a 9-0 win over Reading. Kevin Pucetas, Pat McCoy, and Marcos Frias combined on the five-hit, no-walk shutout, with Pucetas allowing the hits and striking out five, and the relievers both striking out two in their single inning of work. Manny Mayorson led the hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, while Jimmy Van Ostrand went deep. As feared/expected, C Beau Seabury becomes the latest backstop to get hurt, placed on the 7-Day DL and replaced on the Senators roster with recently acquired C Kris Watts.

Potomac 5 Salem 4 — GAME ONE
• Ray (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K
• Testa 2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 0K
• Bloxom 1-2, R, HR, 3RBI
• Marrero 2-3, RBI
• Walters 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Justin Bloxom’s 10th HR put the P-Nats up 4-1 early and Joe Testa turned in two innings of shaky relief as the P-Nats held on 5-4 for the win in Game One of the doubleheader. Robbie Ray struggled with his command early, but gave up just a single run on a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd as the southpaw labored through five innings and walked four but also struck out six. Rehabbing Chris Marrero went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the DH while Zach Walters continued his hot hitting with an RBI double.

Potomac 4 Salem 2 — GAME TWO
• Hansen (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Barthmaier (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ramirez 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

If Bobby Hansen Jr. wants to return to the starting rotation, he made his case in the nightcap, which the P-Nats took 4-2 for the doubleheader sweep and their 20th home win in 30 games. The 6’6″ southpaw turned in his best outing of the year with two runs given up on three hits (though all went for extra bases) over six innings with just a single walk. Offensively, Michael Taylor and J.P. Ramirez smacked back-to-back doubles to in the three-run third as Potomac made the most of its limited chances with four runs on four hits and two walks (a couple errors and wild pitches didn’t hurt ;-) As a Braves affiliate, Lynchburg is doing their best imitation of Atlanta’s 2011 September, as they dropped two to Frederick last night — their 8th loss in the last 10 games. Combined with Wilmington’s third straight loss, Potomac is back in second place, two games behind the Hillcats.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 4
• Turnbull (ND) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Eusebio (W, 1-0) 2+IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Holt (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Jimenez 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Miller 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Burns 1-3, R, BB, 2SB

Hendry Jimenez’s three-run HR highlighted a four-run 9th that gave Hagerstown its sixth straight win, 6-4 over Kannapolis. Wilson Eusebio got the win despite coughing up two-run shot in the Intimidator’s last ups. Greg Holt nailed it down by getting the next three batters for his first save. Jimenez and Justin Miller both went 2-for-4 with a HR to lead the Suns offense. Combined with first-place Greensboro’s fourth straight loss, the second-place Suns are just 2½ back in the Sally North with 10 games left in the half. Roster move: LHP Bobby Lucas was activated from the 7-Day DL

DSL Giants 6 DSL Nationals 1
• Silvestre 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• Moscat (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Novas 3-4, SB
• Read 2-4

The D-Nats ‘pen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead, letting in all six D-Giants run in the last of the 8th for a 6-1 loss, their third straight. Hector Silvestre turned in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out six. The clutch was stuck in choke for most of the game as the D-Nats left on eight, five with two outs, as the offense went just 1-for-13 with RISP and hit into three double plays. Randy Novas and Raudy Read combined for five of the eight hits.

Jun 082012
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 29-32, 5th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good Jim Negrych .333/.429/.611 in June
Bad Tanner Roark 0-3, 10.80 ERA, 2.18 WHIP in last 3 appearances
Interesting Team SLG .384, minus Brown/Moore/Paul (.561 combined) = .331

HARRISBURG SENATORS 32-27, 2nd place E.L. West, 5½ games behind

Good Hector Nelo 0.82ERA, 5SV, 15K last 10 appearances
Bad Chris McConnell .168/.213/.218 in 38G
Interesting Team 67 steals leads E.L.

POTOMAC NATIONALS 26-32, 3rd place C.L. North Division, 4 games behind

Good Zach Walters .429/.432/.743, 3HR, 6RBI in last 10G
Bad Paul Applebee 6HR allowed in 27⅔ IP
Interesting Team Pitching: 8th in every major category but BB;
Team Fielding: 1st in E’s, 2nd SBs allowed, CS%, Fld% and PB’s

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 36-23, 2nd place Sally League North Divison, 3½ games behind

Good Steve Souza .341/.392/.651 in 35G
Bad Chris McKenzie 9.13 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, .337 OBA
Interesting Colin Bates 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 2HR, .147 OBA in first 5 appearances (10IP)
Jun 082012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (4-5, 4.33) vs.
Feierabend (1st AAA start
of ’12)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Pucetas (3-1, 1.50) vs.
May (5-3, 4.94)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Ray (2-2, 5.01) and
Hansen (1-2, 6.49) vs.
Couch (5-3, 3.23) and
Rivera (3-2, 4.89)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-3, 4.91) vs.
Walters (3-2, 2.58).
DSL Nationals Lost, 10-4 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 8 Syracuse 2
• Roark (L, 3-8) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Severino 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bynum 2-3, R, BB
• Komatsu 1-3, BB, CS

Louisville built a 4-0 lead off losing pitcher Tanner Roark and cruised to an 8-2 win over Syracuse. Roark gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out five, but suffered his team-leading 8th loss. Seth Bynum led the Chiefs attack with singling twice and walking in four plate appearances. Former Nats farmhand “Dolla” Bill Rhinehart homered in the 9th inning. OF Jason Michaels was activated from the Restricted List, putting the Syracuse roster back to the full 25

Binghamton 4 Harrisburg 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-2) 7IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K
• VanAllen 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zinicola 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mayo 1-2, BB, E
• Lozada 0-2, 2BB

In duel between the teams’ aces, Zach Wheeler bested Danny Rosenbaum, allowing just two IF hits over seven innings as the B-Mets beat the Sens, 4-1. Rosenbaum also went seven frames, but gave up all four runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Jeremy Mayo came off the bench as Beau Seabury became the latest catcher to suffer an injury (elbow) and went 1-for-2 in his 2012 and AA debut. Roster moves: RHP Cameron Selik was placed on the DL. Mayo was assigned from XST. RHP Zech Zinicola was activated from the restricted list and assigned from Syracuse.

Frederick 6 Potomac 2
• Olbrychowski (L, 2-5) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Demmin 2⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, 3-2 IR-S
• Walters 3-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B, BB

After tying the game at 2-2 in the 6th, the P-Nats allowed four unanswered runs while mustering just two baserunners over the last three innings as the Keys took the game, 6-2, and the series, 3-2. Pitchers Adam Olbrychowski and Ryan Demmin gave up three HRs (all solo) on the night, working around three errors and three walks. Zach Walters led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, but the team left on nine, including three in the 4th when the P-Nats loaded the bases with no outs and couldn’t score. Potomac heads home for its final homestand of the 1st half, a five-game, two doubleheader weekend series against the Salem Red Sox.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 5
• Meyer (W, 5-3) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Bates 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Goodwin 2-4, RBI, SB
• Martinson 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2E
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A trio of two-spots helped Hagerstown build a 6-1 lead while the bullpen gave up two home runs late in a 6-5 win over Kannapolis, completing the three-game sweep. Alex Meyer turned in his third quality start with three runs (two earned) given up over six innings to notch his fifth win. Jason Martinson and Cole Leonida both homered, while rehabbing Chris Marrero went 1-for-3 with a double, as the Suns scored six runs on just seven hits. The two teams meet again for another three-game set starting tonight in Kannapolis.

DSL Giants 10 DSL Nationals 4
• A. Martinez (L, 0-1) 4IP, H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K, 0HR
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-5, R
• Cerda 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Atencio 0-1, 3BB

When the most effective pitcher is a position player, you know it’s been a bad game. A five-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the DSL Giants beat the DSL Nationals, 10-4. Starter Anderson Martinez allowed just a hit over four innings, but walked four and struck out seven. NYC native Kevin Cerda went 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run to lead the offense.

Jun 072012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1;
Won, 1-0
vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (3-7, 5.33) vs.
Gallagher (4-3, 5.17)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-1, 1.75) vs.
Wheeler (5-2, 1.88)
Potomac Won, 8-6
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Olbrychowski (2-4, 5.71) vs.
Simon (2-7, 4.15)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Johnson (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Meyer (4-3, 3.71)
DSL Nationals Lost, 23-6 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 2 Louisville 1— GAME ONE
• Maya 5⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Severino (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Pena (W, 1-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Carroll 1-2, R, 2B
• Negrych 1-1, 2B, RBI

Jim Negrych’s pinch-hit RBI double in the last of the 7th gave the Syracuse Chiefs a 2-1 victory in the opener. Yunesky Maya turned in another strong start, charged with one run on four hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds, but got the no-decision when Atahualpa Severino gave up a double to the first batter he faced. Hassan Pena got the win by pitching a scoreless inning in the top of the 7th.

Syracuse 1 Louisville 0 — GAME TWO
• Mandel 5IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Negrych 1-2, R, 2B, BB
• Skelton 1-3, RBI

Jeff Mandel and Christian Garcia combined on a one-hit shutout while Jim Negrych and James Skelton combined on the two Syracuse hits for a 1-0 win that completed the doubleheader sweep. Negrych’s two-out double broke up the Louisville bid for a no-hitter. The win was the Chiefs’ third straight.
Tyler Moore was pulled in the 4th inning of game one and recalled to Washington. No corresponding move has yet been announced.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3
• Ballard 6IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Tatusko (W, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Davis (SV, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, OF assist
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B

Early on, it look like Mike Ballard was going to have a short night, lit up for three runs on five hits in the first. But a critical baserunning mistake — attempting to stretch a leadoff triple into an inside-the-park job — gave the southpaw the standing eight count he needed to come off the ropes, as the Senators came off the ropes for a 4-3 win. Eury Perez’s two-run double in the bottom of the 7th proved to be the gamewinner, making a winner out of Ryan Tatusko, while Erik Davis locked down the last two innings for his 4th save.

Potomac 8 Frederick 6
• Swynenberg 6⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holland 2+IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, HBP
• Wort (BS, 2; W, 1-2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Freitas 5-6, R, RBI
• Bloxom 2-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

It took 13 innings and four hours, but the P-Nats finally locked out the Keys, 8-6. The question now is “which position players can pitch?” whether the win was pyrrhic as the ‘pen was forced to turn in six and 2/3rds innings of work with five games to play in less than 72 hours. Frederick battled back from deficits of 3-0, 5-2 in regulation and 6-5 in the 11th. David Freitas’s 5th single set up the gamewinner, scoring on a passed ball and pair of groundouts. Justin Bloxom’s 2nd HR provided the insurance run. Rob Wort got the blown-save-win, surviving a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the 11th but pitching a scoreless 12th. Newly side-arming Jimmy Barthmaier made his second appearance in as many games and tossed a 1-2-3 13th for the save, his 1st of 2012 but just his second in his pro career.

Hagerstown 9 Kannapolis 6
• Encarnacion 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Holt (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Souza 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B

With a five-run 3rd, the Suns put the Intimidators into the wall en route to a 9-6 win. Steve Souza singled, doubled, and homered to lead the 13-hit attack. Ben Hawkins got the win in relief of Pedro Encarnacion, though neither pitcher was terribly effective (3IP, 3R and 3IP, 2R). Wilson Eusebio pitched a scoreless 9th for the save. Prior to the game, C Adrian Nieto was placed on the 7-Day DL, with C Sam Palace activated and assigned from Potomac to replace him on the Suns roster.

DSL Yankees1 23 DSL Nationals 6
• Valerio (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, 2 fielding errors
• Aquino 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, 0HR
• De Los Santos 2-5, R, 2B
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Well, at least nobody got hurt. The DSL Yankees1 put up rallies of seven and eight runs and only failed to score three times out nine innings, skewering the DSL Nationals, 23-6. Five pitchers took the beating, giving up 19 hits (2HRs, one triple, eight doubles) and 11 walks. 16-year-old Maximo Valerio committed the only two D-Nat errors. Offensively, 18-year-old Juan De Los Santos led the seven-hit attack with a single, a double, and a run scored.

Jun 062012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-1 vs. Louisville,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 3.65) and
Mandel (1st AAA start of ’12)
vs. Villareal (2-2, 3.90)
and Obispo (0-1, 8.38)
Harrisburg Won, 9-6 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Ballard (1-4, 3.12) vs.
McHugh (5-3, 2.17)
Potomac Lost, 8-5;
Won, 3-1
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-3, 4.74) vs.
Howard (1-2, 5.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6
(11 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Jaye (2-2, 5.97) vs.
Encarnacion (0-0, 6.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 11 Louisville 1
• Lannan (W, 5-5) 9IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR; 1-3, 2R, BB
• Paul 4-5, R, RBI
• Brown 3-4, 4R, HR, BB, RBI
• Komatsu 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI

John Lannan went the distance while Tyler Moore, Corey Brown and Erik Komatsu each homered as Syracuse throttled Louisville, 11-1. Just a fourth-inning solo shot kept the southpaw from a shutout, as he allowed just four hits and a walk otherwise and contributed to his own cause with a single and a walk. Xavier Paul led the hit column with a 4-for-5 night, Brown scored four times, and Komatsu drove in four to pace the 15-hit attack.

Harrisburg 9 Binghamton 6
• Demny (ND) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR
• McCoy (BS, 1; W, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Valdez 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, OF assist at HP
• Mayorson 2-4, R, 2RBI

Harrisburg rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 6-5, scoring the last four runs of the game to win this one, 9-6. Jesus Valdez homered twice to lead the offense, which made the most out of its chances with nine runs on 10 hits. Starter Paul Demny got the no-decision when the B-Mets rallied for two against the Sens ‘pen, with Pat McCoy giving up three hits after Cameron Selik left the game with an apparent elbow injury (he retired the first batter and left the game with a 3-2 count on the second). McCoy got the blown-save-win while Marcos Frias and Hector Nelo tossed scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th to put the game on ice. The Sports ‘Burger is reporting that the Selik injury was to his lat, not his elbow.

Frederick 8 Potomac 5 — GAME ONE
• Karns (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 7R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HBP
• Applebee 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Oduber 2-2, BB, 2RBI
• Kelso 1-2, 2BB, RBI

Nathan Karns struggled with his control in his High-A debut, walking three and hitting a batter over an inning and 2/3rds as Potomac couldn’t dig themsleves out of an early 7-0 hole and fell to Frederick, 8-5. Randolph Oduber led the seven-hit attack with a 2-for-2 and 2RBI game.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1 — GAME TWO
• Holder (W, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Wort (SV, 3) 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 1-3, RBI
• Ramirez 1-2, RBI
• Kelso 1-2, 2R, SB

Trevor Holder essentially matched his last outing, going six innings and giving up just a single run on five hits as the P-Nats took the nightcap, 3-1. Like the first game, Potomac struggled in the clutch, going 1-for-11 with RISP — a number warped, however, by five walks and four stolen bases. Rob Wort closed out the game by striking out the side for his third save.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 6 (11 inn.)
• Purke 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 8K
• Meza 3⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Leonida 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2R, 2BB
• Martinson 2-6, R, SB

The Intimidators rallied for four in the 9th to send this to extras, but the Suns batters bailed out the ‘pen for a 7-6 win in 11 innings. Starter Matt Purke was slightly better than his previous outing, walking three and allowing two runs on five hits to go with eight strikeouts. Cole Leonida came off the bench for another apparent injury (Adrian Nieto) and went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and 2RBI to lead the Hagerstown offense.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Yankees1 2 (11 inn.)
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Moscat 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Aguero 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, SB
• De Los Santos 1-2, 2RBI

“Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz’s RBI triple in the 11th was the difference as the DSL Nationals edged the DSL Yankees1 squad, 3-2. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and a walk. Younaifred Aguero scored twice and walked twice to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jun 052012
 


A series of transactions were made this afternoon to reshuffle the minor-league deck. More moves are undoubtedly coming with rosters below the limit as well as the restocking from the draft, so stay tuned to dispatches such as these as well as the morning News & Notes.

SYRACUSE
• RHPs Christian Garcia, Jeff Mandel promoted from Harrisburg

HARRISBURG
• LHP Cory VanAllen assigned from Syracuse
• RHP Cameron Selik promoted from Potomac
• RHP Rafael Martin placed on the restricted list

POTOMAC
• RHP Nathan Karns promoted from Hagerstown
• RHP Shane McCatty placed on 7-Day DL
• RHP Jimmy Barthmaier assigned from Washington (XST)

HAGERSTOWN
• 1B Chris Marrero assigned from Washington (rehab)