Jun 242012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 12-4 vs. Gwinnett,
5:00 p.m.
Duke (8-3, 3.83) vs.
Lugo (1-2, 3.72)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ New Hampshire,
1:35 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-3, 2.57) vs.
Jenkins (3-6, 5.20)
Potomac Lost, 16-6 vs. Wilmington,
4:05 p.m.
Karns (1-2, 4.15) vs.
Sample (1-7, 5.65)
Hagerstown Won, 10-8 vs. Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Meyer (6-3, 3.33) vs.
Stewart (3-6, 3.76)
Auburn Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Medina (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Joaquin (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-3 OFF DAY N/A

Syracuse 12 Gwinnett 4
• Maya (W, 5-5) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, BK
• Arnesen (H, 1) 1⅔ 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Teahen 2-3, 3R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Carroll 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

A six-run 8th ended any hopes of Gwinnett coming back from an early 5-0 deficit as Syracuse tripled them up, 12-4. The Chiefs made the most out of their 10 hits and six walks, leaving just four baserunners on, with Mark Teahen pacing the offense with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Yunesky Maya evened his record with five strong innings and shaky 1/3rd, giving up a home run, a walk and a single to the last three batters he faced. Both Syracuse errors came in the 6th, rendering three of Maya’s runs unearned. Marrero’s rehab stint was ended yesterday with his reinstatement from the DL and immediate optioning to Syracuse.

New Hampshire 2 Harrisburg 1
• Perry 3IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Tatusko 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Zinicola (L, 0-1) 2IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, BB
• Bloxom 1-3, BB

The Fisher Cats scored single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to edge the Senators, 2-1. Ryan Perry tossed three innings of one-hit ball in his first professional start after 212 career relief appearances. Harrisburg was held to just five hits and had two runners thrown out at home. The sole run was scored with Eury Perez leading off the 6th, stealing 2nd, and coming in to score on an RBI single by Jeff Kobernus.
Roster moves: Perez was activated from the DL, while LHP Cory VanAllen was placed on it.

Winston-Salem 16 Potomac 6
• Grace 3⅓ IP, 12H, 10R, 10ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Wort 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Oduber 3-3, R, 3B, BB
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2B,
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI

It was a good, old-fashioned ass-kicking Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 8
• Hansen (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 3R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 9) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Goodwin 4-5, 3R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Dykstra 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, 3RBI

The Suns held off a late charge from Lakewood to take a 10-8 decision. Bobby Hansen Jr. got the win with five and 2/3rds innings pitched, scattering nine hits with the help of a pair of double plays behind him, giving up three runs (one earned) while walking two and striking out three. Brian Goodwin went deep twice, driving in four while Matt Skole and Cutter Dykstra also homered and combined to drive in four. Aaron Barrett came on in the 9th to get the save, bailing out Bobby Lucas, who was torched for four runs on three hits and a walk.

Williamsport 3 Auburn 2 (10 inn.)
• Jordan 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Lee 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Montilla 2-4
• Manuel 2-4, RBI

The Doubledays dropped their second straight, falling 3-2 in extras to the Crosscutters. Taylor Jordan, working his way back from TJ surgery, started and went the first two innings, giving up an unearned run while striking out three. Angel Montilla and Craig Manuel both went 2-for-4 to pace the Auburn offense, while rehabbing Destin Hood went 1-for-4 with a walk. Derek Self took the loss in the 10th when the first three batters reached base on a walk, sacrifice, and a double.

GCL Astros 4 GCL Nationals 1
• Mieses (L, 0-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Hollins 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• J.C. Valdez 3-4
• McQuillan 2-4, R, BB
• Lippincott 2-4

The rematch didn’t go so well yesterday in Viera as the GCL Astros beat the GCL Nationals, 4-1. Adalberto Mieses lost his second start of the week, giving up three runs on seven hits, including a two-run HR in the Astros’ three-run 5th, but walked none and struck out five. Jean Carlos Valdez led the hit sheet with three singles, but the offense as whole sputtered with 10 runners left on and a 1-for-9 mark with RISP.

DSL Giants 7 DSL Nationals 3
• Valerio (L, 0-3) 3IP, 7H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K
• Dilone 5⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Atencio 1-3, BB
• Aguero 1-3, R, BB

The DSL Giants got to Maximo Valerio with three in the 2nd and four in the 3rd, cruising to a 7-3 win over the DSL Nationals. The 17-y.o. Valerio gave up seven hits and two walks but struck out four. Angelo Dilone followed with five and 2/3rds scoreless innings of relief, setting down six on strikes. The D-Nats managed just six hits total, but strung together three of them in the three-run 7th.

Jun 232012
 

With 13 walks given up, there wasn’t much doubt that Winston-Salem would lose, the only question was by how much.

The answer was 6-2 as Potomac only mustered five hits but got seven strong innings from starter Trevor Holder and a scoreless inning apiece from sidewinders Jimmy Barthmaier and Joe Testa.

It was the second straight start that Holder pitched seven or more innings as the 25-year-old veteran has become the anchor, if not the ace, of the P-Nats rotation. He didn’t walk a single batter but more importantly (for him), he kept the ball down. Thirteen of the 21 outs he got came via groundballs, which is his hallmark when things are going well.

Winston-Salem did get to Holder early, with Dan Black roping a two-out single to right that plated Marcus Semien, who had led off the game with a double down the LF line. Black would be next batter to reach base as Holder retired nine in a row.

Potomac left ‘em loaded in the first (would you believe on three walks?) but tied it in the second. Michael Taylor led off with a bunt single and took third when the catcher’s throw to first ended up in the bullpen down the RF line. Kevin Keyes made the error moot with a wall-ball double that would have scored Taylor from any base.

The P-Nats took the lead in the third as Jason Martinson singled in Rick Hague who had… wait for it… walked earlier in the inning.

Raindrops began to fall in the fourth, and for a few moments, it seemed like it was only a matter of time that game might be called. But strangely, once the game became official as Holder worked around a one-out single in the fifth, that’s when things took a turn for the worse for the Dash pitchers.

Winston-Salem’s Jon Bachanov issued walk nos. five, six, and seven to load the bases and get the hook. J.R. Ballinger struck out rehabbing Carlos Maldonado for out #2 of the frame, then walked in a run to put Potomac up 3-1. Taylor drove in two more with a single to left.

It would be tempting to write “and the rout was on,” but lost in all these walks were the 11 strikeouts the P-Nats piled up — on a night when the Dash pitchers couldn’t find a Starbucks in Seattle, much less the strike zone. Potomac left 12 baseunners on, and should have broken into double digits in the “R” column.

With the win, the P-Nats improve to 2-0 in the second half. The chance for a sweep is in the hands of Matt Grace (4-6, 5.24), opposed by Jake Petricka (4-4, 5.34).

Jun 232012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-2 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 3.67) vs.
Teheran (5-3, 3.24)
Harrisburg Won, 8-1 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Perry (1st AA start) vs.
Pino (4-2, 3.25)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Winston-Salem,
6:35 p.m.
Grace (4-6, 5.24) vs.
Petricka (4-4, 5.34)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Hansen (0-0, 2.57) vs.
Kleven (4-5, 3.80)
Auburn Lost, 13-8 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 13.50) vs.
Warner (1-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-3 vs GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m. (DH)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-3 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (0-2, 4.97) vs.
Flores (1-1, 1.65)

Syracuse 6 Gwinnett 2
• Roark (W, 4-9) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Bibens-Dirkx (H, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Paul 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Bynum 2-4, R

A pair of two-run rallies late pushed Syracuse past Gwinnett for a 6-2 win and a .500 record — the first since April 17, 2011. Tanner Roark got the win with a run on five hits and two walks over six innings. Xavier Paul lef the hit parade with two singles and a double, with a run scored and an RBI.
Roster move: OF Jason Michaels was placed on the 7-Day DL

Harrisburg 8 New Hampshire 1
• Demny (W, 5-4) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Walters 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 2-5, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, R

A five-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the Senators weathered a 38-minute rain delay for an 8-1 win. Paul Demny got the win with seven hits allowed over seven innings, the run coming on a solo HR in the 2nd. Eight of the nine batters got a hit as the Senators pounded out twelve for the contest, with Zach Walters, Jimmy Van Ostrand, Sean Nicol, and Jeff Kobernus each getting two hits.

Potomac 6 Winston-Salem 2
• Holder (W, 4-2) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Barthmaier 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-4, BB, 2RBI

Lots of walks and strikeouts Last Night In Woodbridge.
Prior to the game, C Sam Palace was transferred to Potomac from Hagerstown with LHP Paul Applebee placed on the 7-Day DL to make room on the roster.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 1
• Kimball 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hill (W, 7-4) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Dykstra 3-4
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, R, BB, HR, RBI

With HRs by Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole, the Suns put the pinch on the BlueClaws for a 5-1 win. Taylor Hill got the win in relief of Cole Kimball, his 7th, with an unearned run allowed on four hits and a walk over seven innings. Kimball started the game and struck out two while giving up a hit in the first inning. Cutter Dykstra led the hit column with three singles, followed by Steve Souza’s 2-for-4 effort.
Kimball was transferred from the GCL to the Suns as an MLB rehab assignment, while C Jeremy Mayo was transferred from Syracuse to replace Palace.

Williamsport 13 Auburn 8
• Smith (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Montilla 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Schill 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

A five-run 5th broke a 5-5 tie as Williamsport took an axe to the Auburn ‘pen for a 13-8 win. Jason Smith took the brunt of the beating, giving up eight runs on seven hits and two walks over four and 2/3rds innings. Three relievers followed and none went unscathed. Angel Montilla led the Doubleday offense with a 3-for-6 night and 2RBI. Rehabbing Destin Hood was just 1-for-6 (a double) with three strikeouts.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Astros 3
• Schwartz 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Selsor ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 1HR
• Chubb 2-2, R, HR, 4RBI
• D. Eusebio 1-2, 3RBI

With three runs in the 3rd, five in the 4th, and four more in the 9th, the GCL Nationals scored 12 unanswered runs in a 12-3 rout of the GCL Astros. Five pitchers were used with Blake Schwartz getting the start and OF/DH Casey Selsor making his mound debut, getting tagged for a HR but also striking out #1 overall draft pick Carlos Correa. The G-Nats pounded out 14 hits, with four G-Nats colecting multiple hits, highlighted by Austin Chubb, who went 2-for-4 with a HR and four RBI. Lots of substitutions, so folks looking for first appearances (e.g. Deion Williams) ought to click through to the box score.
Roster move: RHP Anthony Marcelino was released on Thursday.

DSL Yankees1 9 DSL Nationals 3
• J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K, 2HR
• Acevedo 4IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HR
• Mercedes 2-5, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI

The DSL Yankees1 squad battered the DSL Nationals for four HRs in a 9-3 win to reclaim 1st place in the Boca Chica South Division of the DSL. Starter Jefry Rodriguez took the loss with five runs on four hits and a walk over the first four innings while giving up two HRs. Reliever Miguel Acevedo wasn’t much better, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over the last four innings while coughing up two HRs. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled twice to pace the seven-hit offense.

Jun 222012
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 36-37, 5th place I.L. North, 8½ games behind

Good Carlos Rivero .323/.375/.446 in June
Bad Mitch Atkins 6.65ERA, 1.62WHIP in June
Interesting 433 Team Pitching Ks = 14th in I.L., 215 BB’s, 4th

HARRISBURG SENATORS 36-35, 2nd place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Kevin Pucetas 3-1, 2.42ERA, 0.89WHIP in first four starts
Bad Danny Rosenbaum 2-2, 5.94ERA, 1.77WHIP in last six starts
Interesting 34HRs is 8th in 10-team E.L.

POTOMAC NATIONALS 1-0, T1st place C.L. North Division, ½ game ahead (31-39, 1st half)

Good Randolph Oduber .298/.328/.404 in June
Bad Matt Swynenberg 1.95WHIP since CG on April 29
(65H, 13BB, 5HR in 40IP)
Interesting 108 doubles is 7th in 8-team C.L. (leader is 153)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 0-1, T5th place Sally League North Divison, 1 games behind (42-27, 1st half)

Good Brian Goodwin .345/.441/.483, 7SB in June
Bad Kylin Turnbull 0-1, 5.48ERA in June
Interesting 64HRs T1st in Sally League

DSL NATIONALS 12-5, T1st Place Boca Chica South Division, 2 games ahead

Good 19 y.o. Elisaul Gomez 3.38ERA, .224OBA in six appearances
Bad 20 y.o. Philips Valdez 6.75ERA, .324OBA in four appearances
Interesting 17 y.o. Armando Echinique .353/.389/.412 in 7G
Jun 222012
 

With a bases-loaded error, Potomac completed an unlikely comeback from a 4-0 deficit for a 5-4 walkoff win over Winston-Salem to start the second half.

Early on, it looked like an early night for LHP Robbie Ray, who was tagged for three runs on five very hard-hit balls in the first inning, including a leadoff HR by Marcus Semien.

But the southpaw survived the first and got in each of the next two innings, retiring eight of ten batters before the Dash got to him in the fourth, making Ray pay for his second hit batsmen with an RBI double to left to open up a 4-0 lead. Ray would labor through six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks.

Rehabbing Mark DeRosa started the game at third base, but was an uneventful 0-for-2 with a strikeout (looking) and line-out to right field. Defensively, he started the first of the two double plays.

His replacement, however, was the player of the game. Blake Kelso came in for DeRosa in the top of the 6th and broke up the Winston-Salem shutout bid with an RBI single in the bottom of the same inning. In the 7th, Kelso cleared the bases to tie the game at 4-4 with his team-leading third triple of the season.

After Ray, surgically repaired Adam Carr came on in the 7th for his first appearance north of Florida in more than a year. The burly righthander looked a little tentative at times, but allowed just one baserunner (a walk) over an inning and 2/3rds while hitting 92 on the gun with the heat, the low-to-mid 80s with the breaking stuff, and mid-’70s with his hair.

Neil Holland followed Carr with two outs in the 8th and stranded Carr’s baserunner, then tossed two 1-2-3 frames in the 9th and 10th innings to set up one of the more bizarre walk-offs in recent memory.

David Freitas smacked a one-out double down the LF line and was promptly replaced on the basepaths by Francisco Soriano. The next batter, Jason Martinson grounded one to third, but Soriano’s stop-start-stop baserunning helped induce the third Winston-Salem error of the night. A wild pitch moved up the runners and after challenging Michael Taylor, the Dash walked him to load the bases for Stephen King.

King, who had singled and doubled earlier in his first game as a P-Nat since last May, had a shot at redemption for running himself into an out at third following his double. Instead, he chopped the ball slowly to the mound. But the throw from the Winston-Salem reliever was high and wide, and the plate umpire ruled that Francisco Soriano had slid under the catcher’s foot when he lunged after the ball, giving Potomac the 5-4 win on the fourth Dash error of the night.

The three-game series continues tonight (weather permitting) with Trevor Holder (3-2, 3.83) as the starter for Game Two, opposed by Jon Bachanov (5-1, 3.71) for Winston Salem.

Jun 222012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 vs. Gwinnett,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (3-9, 5.74) vs.
Flande (3-5, 3.95)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-1 @ New Hampshire,
7:05 p.m.
Demny (4-4, 6.06) vs.
McGuire (2-8, 6.62)
Potomac Won, 5-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Holder (3-2, 3.83) vs.
Bachanov (5-1, 3.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (6-4, 4.41) vs.
Oviedo (1-4, 9.27)
Auburn Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Smith (1-0, 6.75) vs.
Perez (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-1;
Lost, 3-0
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-6 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.84) vs.
Severino (1-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 3 Pawtucket 1
• Lannan (W,6-6) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Severino (H, 2) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• H. Rodriguez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Carroll 1-2, R, 3B, RBI
• Marrero 0-1, R, 3BB

Syracuse completed the four-game sweep of Pawtucket with a 3-1 win. John Lannan evened his record at 6-6 with a run (albeit on a home run) on six hits over six innings, with two walks and three strikeouts. The Chiefs had just six hits, but drew six walks — three by Chris Marrero. Henry Rodriguez was in major-league form, issuing two four-pitch walks while earning the save. Gwinnett comes to town for four as Syracuse wraps up a three-week stretch in New York before an eight-game swing through NC and VA next week.

Portland 6 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam (L, 1-7) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K
• VanAllen 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 2-4
• Pahuta 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The bats were DOA and the gloves were MIA as Harrisburg fell 6-1 in Portland. The Senators collected just seven hits, stranding eight runners, while committing a season-high (low?) four errors as the Sea Dogs put up three in the 3rd and two in the 4th to put this away. Starter Rob Gilliam gave up all six runs on nine hits and two walks while setting down just two on strikes. Jimmy Van Ostrand was the sole batter to get multiple hits, singling twice in four at-bats. After a short ride down 95 and over on 101, the Senators visit the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the next four games before returning to City Island on Tuesday.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 4 (10 inn.)
• Ray 6IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Carr 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Holland (W, 4-1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kelso 2-3, R, 3B, 4RBI, SB
• King 2-5, 2B

It was wild walk-off win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 5 Hagerstown 3
• Turnbull (L, 2-4) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, SB
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B

A three-run 4th broke open a 1-0 game as the Lakewood BlueClaws took a 4-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 win at Hagerstown. Kylin Turnbull suffered the loss, giving up all five runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out two. Cutter Dykstra singled, doubled, scored a run and stole a base to lead the Suns offense, which was held to seven baserunners. Greg Holt and Chris McKenzie both turned in two scoreless innings of relief.

Auburn 6 Batavia 5 (11 inn.)
• Encarnacion 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Waterman 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Davis (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• E. Martinez 2-4, R, BB
• C. Lopez 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• S. Perez 2-5, R, 2RBI

Some 373 miles north of Woodbridge, the Auburn Doubledays also went into extras and walked off, 6-5 in 11 innings. Stephen Perez drove in the tying run with an RBI single and scored from third two batters later on an IF single. The rally took Cody Davis off the hook, as the reliever gave up a run on a pair of doubles in the top of the 11th in his third inning of work. He also struck out five. Perez, Estarlin Martinez, and Carlos Lopez each had two hits as the Doubledays registered 10 hits total. Auburn hits the road this weekend for three against Williamsport.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 1 — GAME ONE
• Pineyro 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Smoker (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• D. Eusebio 3-3, R
• E. Perez 2-3, 2R, RBI
• Mesa 1-2, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B

A three-run 5th broke a 1-1 tie as the GCL Nationals clipped the GCL Cardinals, 4-1. Josh Smoker got the win in relief of Ivan Pineyro, as the two combined to strike out 10 over the seven-inning contest. Diomedes Eusebio led the hit column with a 3-3 game.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME TWO
• Vasquez (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• E. Perez 2-4, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 1-2

The G-Cards scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rdm and 5th innings as they shut out the G-Nats, 3-0. Daury Vasquez took the loss, giving up all three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Eury Perez singled twice while the rest of the lineup got just three hits.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Yankees1 5
• Suero 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Gomez (W, 2-1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Mercedes 3-4, R, 2B
• Abreu 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

A pair of three-run rallies in the 7th and 8th innings propelled the DSL Nationals past the DSL Yankees1, 8-5 and into a first-place tie in the Boca Chica South Division. Wander Suero and Elisaul Gomez combined to strike out 13 with Gomez getting the win in relief. Yermin Mercedes paced the offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon.

Jun 212012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5
(11 inn.)
vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Lannan (5-6, 4.91) vs.
Buckner (1-1, 10.54)
Harrisburg Won, 7-3 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1-6, 5.12) vs.
Martin (3-4, 4.80)
Potomac ALL STAR
BREAK
vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (3-3, 4.89) vs.
McCray (2-0, 2.91)
Hagerstown ALL-STAR
BREAK
vs. Lakewood,
7:00 p.m.
Turnbull (2-3, 4.47) vs.
Manzanillo (0-5, 5.84)
Auburn Lost, 9-3 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion
(1st SS-A start of ’12)
vs. Bibona (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Cardinals,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Suero (3-0, 2.65) vs.
Rosario (0-2, 4.15

Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 5 (11 inn.)
• Atkins 6IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K
• Pena (W, 2-3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hill 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Negrych 2-4, R, BB

With a pair of two-run rallies in the 8th and 9th innings, Syracuse rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 5-3 to send this to extra innings. In the 11th, the 7-8-9 batters each singled in succession to give the Chiefs a 6-5 walkoff win, their third straight over the first-place Pawtucket PawSox. The rally made a winner of Hassan Pena, who pitched the 10th and 11th innings with just a walk allowed while striking out four. Mitch Atkins got the start and allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Harrisburg 7 Portland 3
• Pucetas (W, 5-2) 6⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Zinicola 1⅔ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2B, SB
• Valdez 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, R, BB, 3RBI

After 18 consecutive scoreless innings, the Senators broke the filibuster with seven runs in the first three innings en route to a 7-3 win over the Sea Dogs. Six of the nine batters got multiple hits, with Jeff Kobernus, Jesus Valdez, and Jimmy Van Ostrand each getting three as Harrisburg pounded out 16 total for the night. Kevin Pucetas improved to 5-2 with six and a 1/3rd innings pitched and three runs allowed, though two came via solo HRs. Zech Zinicola and Hector Nelo combined for two and 2/3rds scoreless relief.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
Potomac opens the second half at home with three against the Winston-Salem Dash, the Carolina League South Division first-half champs. With the promotions of Zach Walters and Justin Bloxom, Jason Martinson and Stephen King will reportedly join the infield rotation at SS and 1B, respectively.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
After falling 3½ games short in the first half, the reset button is hit and the Hagerstown Suns start the second half with a four-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws. Bryce Ortega is expected to replace Martinson in the lineup.

Batavia 9 Auburn 3
• Monar (L, 0-1) 3IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, BB, RBI
• Manuel 2-3
• Renda 1-2, R, 2BB, E, CS

A pair of three-run innings plus a picket fence in the middle third of the game proved too much for Auburn to overcome as Batavia cruised to a 9-3 win. Blake Monar took the loss with three runs given up on two hits and three walks over three innings. Every Doubleday reliever was scored upon as the Muckdogs racked up 12 hits total. Shawn Pleffner and Craig Manuel each went 2-for-3 to pace the offense, while rehabbing Destin Hood went 1-for-3 with a run scored and one putout on defense.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Not much mystery as to when yesterday’s game will be made up as the two teams face off again today with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. in Viera.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Mets1 2
• Silvestre 5IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Dilone (W, 2-0) 2IP, H, 0R, 3BB, K, WP
• K. Rodriguez (SV, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Abreu 2-5, 2R, 2B, SB
• Echenique 2-4, 2B, RBI, OF assist at 1B

Yermin Mercedes’s two-run RBI single in the 8th proved to be the game-winner as the DSL Nationals doubled up the DSL Mets1, 4-2. Angelo Dilone got the win in relief of starter Hector Silvestre, who gave up both D-Mets1 runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Kelvin Rodriguez tossed two scoreless frames for his fourth save. Ozzie Abreu and 17-y.o. Armando Echenique both singled and doubled to pace the nine-hit attack.

Jun 202012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (5-5, 4.31)
vs. Germano (8-3, 2.49)
Harrisburg Lost, 14-0 @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Pucetas (4-2, 1.63) vs.
Britton (1-0, 1.10)
Potomac ALL STAR BREAK ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 8-7 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Monar (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Cuda (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-8 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 14-5 @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 2.81) vs.
Almeida (0-1, 11.25)

Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 3
• Duke (W, 8-3) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 0K, 2HR
• H. Rodriguez (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 0WP, 0HBP
• Pena (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Brown 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Komatsu 2-4

Zach Duke danced with the devil in the pale moonlight danger in each of the first four innings, walking four in the first two innings and stranding eight in the first four, but left the game with a slim 4-3 lead. Despite an appearance by rehabbing Henry Rodriguez, the Syracuse ‘pen got the “W” for Duke with three scoreless innings of relief. Corey Brown and Erik Komatsu combined to go 5-for-8 while rehabbing Chris Marrero delivered an RBI single in four at-bats. FA catcher Koyie Hill was assigned to Syracuse. Jeremy Mayo is a good bet to be transferred in the next couple of days.

Portland 14 Harrisburg 0
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-3) 3+ IP, 7H, 9R, 7ER, 4BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Rahl 2-2, 2B
• Walters 1-3, BB, E

A grand slam chased Danny Rosenbaum from the game in the 4th as part of a nine-run inning as Portland pounded Harrisburg, 14-0. Rosenbaum was charged with nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and four walks over three-plus innings. In his last six starts, he’s gone 2-2 but with an ERA of 5.94 and a WHIP of 1.74 (contrasted to 5-1, 0.86, 0.73 in his first eight starts). Chris Rahl singled and doubled to lead the offense. Zach Walters and Justin Bloxom both made their AA debuts, with Walters going 1-for-3 with a walk and Bloxom going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
David Freitas doubled, walked, scored a run, and drove a run but failed to stop any of the five stolen base attempts against him in the Carolina League’s 9-1 win over the California League last night in Winston-Salem. Rob Wort also appeared, giving up a hit but striking out speedster Billy Hamilton (80SBs in 66G) to end the game.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Sally League Northern Division beat the Southern, 3-2 last night in Charleston. Matt Skole went 0-for-3 coming off the bench and made an error while playing 3B in the 9th. Caleb Ramsey relieved the starting CF and went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Aaron Barrett got the save, but gave up both Sally South runs (one earned) on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

Auburn 8 Batavia 7
• Baez 4IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Henke (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mirowski (SV, 1) 1IP, H, 0R, BB, K
• B. Miller 1-2, 3R, HR, 2BB, 3RBI
• Montilla 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 2B

In a back-and-forth contest, Auburn won the battle of attrition with Batavia on a sacrifice fly, 8-7. The Muckdogs scored in each of the first four innings and outhit the Doubledays 15-9, but committed three errors and hit into three double plays. Starter Gregory Baez was lit up for five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two. Travis Henke got the win in relief with two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings while Richie Mirowski got the save despite letting two baserunners on in the 9th. Angel Montilla, Steven Perez, and Spencer Kieboom each went 2-for-4 while Brandon Miller drove in three with a first-inning HR.
RHP Pedro Encarnacion was transferred from Hagerstown to Auburn.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Marlins 8
• Kimball 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marcelino 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Santana (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 3-3 IR-S
• Difo 2-4, 3R, 3B, 2RBI
• Mesa 1-2, 3R, 2B, BB, HBP, RBI
• McQuillan 3-4, BB, 2RBI

After blowing an 8-5 lead in the top of the 9th, the G-Marlins couldn’t stand the prosperity and gave it right back for a 9-8 walkoff win by the G-Nats. A walk, a hit batsmen, balk, and a throwing error turned the trick. Rehabbing Cole Kimball got the “start” and tossed a scoreless inning, followed by Anthony Marcelino who was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and and two walks while striking out four. Andy Santana got the blown-save-win by giving up a bases-clearing double to the first batter he faced before retiring three of the next four batters. 33rd-rounder Mike McQuillan led the eight-hit attack with three singles and a walk while driving in two.

DSL Nationals 14 DSL Mets1 5
• P. Valdez 5IP, 6H, 5R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, 0HR
• Aquino (W, 2-0) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Aguero 3-5, R, 2RBI
• Read 2-4, 3R, 2HR, BB, 4RBI
• Bautista 2-2, 3R, 2BB, SB

The D-Nats scored 14 unanswered runs in a 14-5 decision over the D-Mets1 squad. 18-y.o. Raudy Read continues to flash serious power, smacking HRs #4 and #5 while driving in four to push his slugging percentage to .517 (lg. avg. is .341). Philips Valdez got the no-decision but went five innings, giving up five runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out four. 17-y.o. Jonathan Aquino got the win with four scoreless innings of relief, with just two hits allowed and four set down by way of the K.

Jun 192012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-7 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Duke (7-3, 3.77) vs.
Mathis (5-3, 4.10)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Hernandez (3-6, 2.89)
Potomac ALL STAR BREAK ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Hagerstown ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Auburn Won, 6-5 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Melling (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 6-4 vs. DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Moscat (0-1, 6.75) vs.
Reyes (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse 11 Pawtucket 7
• Maya (ND) 6+IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Severino (BS, 2; W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Garcia (SV, 1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Carroll 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Paul 3-4, 3R, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Rivero 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI

After blowing a 4-1 lead, the Chiefs rallied for five in the 7th and held on in the 9th to take down the first-place Pawtucket PawSox, 11-7. Atahualpa Severino got the dreaded blown-save-win, coughing up a three-run HR to the first batter he faced. Yunesky Maya lost the quality start on the gopherball, giving up five runs on six hits and walk, though two of the six were HRs. Christian Garcia struck out the only batter he faced in the 9th for his first career AAA save. Brett Carroll and Xavier Paul both went 3-for-4, and combined for five runs scored and four RBI while Syracuse made hay when it mattered with an 8-for-17 mark with RISP.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
After a long bus ride from central PA to southern ME, the Senators make their sole road trip to New England to play the Portland Sea Dogs for the next three games, then the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for four over the weekend.

Potomac — ALL-STAR BREAK
C David Freitas and RHRP Rob Wort are the sole two representatives for Potomac at the annual Carolina-California League All-Star Game to be held tonight in Winston-Salem.

Hagerstown — ALL-STAR BREAK
C Adrian Nieto, 3B Matt Skole, OF Caleb Ramsey, and RHP Aaron Barrett are the four representatives for the Suns at the Sally League All-Star game to be held tonight in Charleston, SC. Skole was a finalist in the HR derby, with the semifinals held yesterday on the deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown.

Auburn 6 Batavia 5
• Jordan 1⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Medina 5⅓ 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, 2-0 IR-S
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, E
• Ramos 2-4, R

Stephen Perez drove in the last four Doubleday runs, including two on a triple in the 9th to break a 4-4 tie as Auburn edged Batavia, 6-5. Perez also homered while going 2-for-4 on the night but committed one of the three Doubleday errors. Starter Taylor Jordan lasted just an inning and a third (no mention of injury in any of the local coverage, so perhaps he was on a pitch count) after giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out two. Silvio Medina tossed five and a 1/3rd innings in relief (another indication that Jordan’s outing was limited) with just a walk and two hits allowed. Seven of the nine Auburn batters got a hit, with Wander Ramos joining Perez as the second multihit Doubleday.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Marlins 1
• Mieses 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Carr 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• E. Perez 3-5, RBI, 2SB
• Selsor 1-3, 2R, BB
• Difo 0-2, 2R, 3BB, SB

The G-Nats opened up the 2012 campaign with a 6-1 victory over the G-Marlins. Adalberto Mieses got the start and gave up a run on four hits and no walks. Adam Carr got the win in his first regular-season appearance since having shoulder surgery, tossing two scoreless frames. Josh Smoker made his first appearance since April with a pair of goose eggs following Carr. Rehabbing Eury Perez went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases, while OF/P Casey Selsor went 1-for-3 with two runs scored as the DH.

DSL Cubs2 6 DSL Nationals 4
• Valerio (ND) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• E. Gomez (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, K
• Atencio 3-4, R, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, R, 2SB

For the second straight outing, 17-y.o. Maximo Valerio gave up one run over five, but the ‘pen couldn’t hold the 2-1 lead as the D-Nats fell to the D-Cubs2, 6-4. 20-y.o. zurdo Elisaul Gomez took the loss, giving up the tying run in his first inning of work, and three more in his second inning on a total of six hits and two walks. Miguel Atencio led the hit column with three singles, while “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz doubled and tripled and Rafael Bautista singled twice and stole two bases.

Jun 182012
 

A pair of Nationals pitchers were named Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 11-17, as Alex Meyer won it for the South Atlantic League and Nathan Karns garnered the honor for the Carolina League.

Alex MeyerMeyer threw a rain-shortened six-inning shutout last Tuesday, giving up just two hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Yesterday, he whiffed a career-high nine batters but got the no-decision in the Suns’ 5-3 loss to the Power. The 22-year-old is 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA over 14 starts thus for Hagerstown.

Karns pitched just once during the timeframe, throwing six and 2/3rds scoreless innings last Friday in a 3-0 Potomac shutout of Myrtle Beach. He allowed just four hits and walked two while striking out 10, the second time he’s done that this season (May 26). The 24-year-old is 4-2 with two saves and a 2.51 ERA over 14 appearances (eight starts) for Hagerstown and Potomac.