Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Buffalo Rosenbaum (5-6, 3.98) vs.
Vargas (5-6, 5.51)
Harrisburg Won, 3-2 ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac Lost, 12-9 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Frias (1-0, 18.00) vs.
Jaye (5-2, 4.60)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (6-4, 3.14) vs.
Lopez (2-2, 4.44)
Auburn Lost, 6-1; Won, 5-1 @ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 2-1 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (0-0, 27.00) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 5-1 vs. DSL Blue Jays,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. (Guzman (2-1, 3.48)



Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
After playing three doubleheaders over the past six days, the Chiefs got a scheduled off day yesterday. In the final week before the All-Star Break, the Chiefs have three two-game series, with a two pair against the Bisons and the Iron Pigs and a pair against the RailRiders in between. Roster move: OF-1B Tyler Moore optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 3 Bowie 2
• Karns 3⅓ 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Grace (W, 2-1) 3⅔ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 18) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Goodwin 2-3, BB, SB
• Bloxom 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI

Harrisburg took advantage a key Bowie error in the 4th and weathered a 92-minute rain delay to edge Bowie, 3-2 and take five of seven games played over the holiday weekend. Nathan Karns was rained out of his start in the 4th, charged with an earned run when Matt Grace let in one of two baserunners in the top of the 4th. Grace finished the inning and turned in three more and got the win with two hits and one run of his own allowed over three and 2/3rds. Brian Goodwin and Ricky Hague each had a pair of singles while Justin Bloxom collected the only RBI while going 1-for-2 with two walks.

Winston-Salem 12 Potomac 9
• Purke (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 11H, 9R, 9ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Martin 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burns 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Leonida 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Make that 14 straight losses for the P-Nats to the Dash at BB&T since the beginning of last season. Winston-Salem outslugged Potomac 12-9 as the two teams combined for eight home runs. Matt Purke suffered his worst outing as a pro, hammered for nine runs on 11 hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings, albeit to the Carolina League’s top offense. Adrian Sanchez, Cole Leonida, Mike Gilmartin each hit solo shots while Kevin Keyes came off the bench for a two-run pinch-hit HR in the 8th. Rafael Martin made his first appearance north of Florida in 2013 with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.
Roster moves: RHPs Rafael Martin, Marcos Frias reassigned from Harrisburg.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
The Suns return home to Municipal Stadium after a 6-1 roadtrip in West Virginia and Eastern Maryland. It’s first place versus second place again as the Hickory Crawdads return for three, followed by the Rome Braves for four.

Williamsport 6 Auburn 1 — GAME ONE
• D. Williams (L, 0-3) 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Simms 2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3
• Chubb 2-3, R, 2B

A three-run 5th broke open a 1-0 game as the Crosscutters took the first game, 6-1. Deion Williams pitched into the 4th for the second time in four starts but took the loss on a solo HR as the Doubledays failed to score until the top of the 7th. Wilman Rodriguez and Austin Chubb both went 2-for-3 with Wilmer Difo breaking up the shutout with an RBI groundout.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 1 — GAME TWO
• Voth 4IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Simko (W, 3-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Thomas (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Zebrack 3-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B

The Doubledays scored five unanswered runs over the final three innings to split the doubleheader with a 5-1 win. Austin Voth allowed an unearned run on five hits over four innnings in his NYPL debut. Todd Simko pitched a scoreless 5th for the win while Justin Thomas retired the final six batters in order for the save. Greg Zebrack drove in three runs while going 3-for-3, including a two-run shot in the 7th for his first professional HR.

GCL Cardinals 2 GCL Nationals 1
• Ott 2⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Derosier (L, 0-1) 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• K. Rodriguez 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mejia 3-4, R, OF assist at 3B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B, BB

The clutch hit eluded the G-Nats in a 2-1 loss to the G-Cards. 24th-Rd. pick Matt Derosier took the loss in relief with a run on three hits over two and a 1/3rd innings. Bryan Mejia and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz combined for five of the seven G-Nats hits, but an 0-for-8 mark with RISP led to seven men left on base. The G-Nats also struck out 12 times for the game.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Pirates2 1
• Valerio (W, 2-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Sanchez 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Atencio 2-3, 3RBI
• Corredor 2-3, 2B, RBI

Three D-Nats pitchers held the D-Pirates2 squad to just four hits and an unearned run in a 5-1 win. Maximo Valerio evened his won-loss record at 2-2 with one hit over six shutout innings, walking none and striking out four. Miguel Atencio and Aldrem Corredor both went 2-for-3 to lead the 10-hit attack.

Estarlin Martinez Named Sally League Batter of the Week

Estarlin Martinez has been named the South Atlantic League’s Batter of the Week for the week ofJuly 1-7, the first Hagerstown Sun to win a weekly award this season.

Martinez, who is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, went 12-for-27 for the week with four doubles, a home run, and eight RBI while scoring seven runs and drawing three walks.

For the season, Martinez is hitting .251/.344/.358 with two HR and 52 RBI. The 21-year-old was on the DL from late April to late May.

He’s in his fourth season with Nationals organization, having begun in the DSL in 2009 and spending 2010 and 2011 in the GCL before making it north of Florida with a season in Auburn last summer, where he posted a strong campaign (.319/.385/.455) that put him on this site’s 2013 watchlist for outfielders for the second straight year.

Ivan Pineyro, PTBNL Traded For Scott Hairston, PTBNL

Late last night, news came that the Nats had traded for Scott Hairston for a minor-leaguer. Early this morning, it was reported that it would be a “Class A pitcher” (a CYA, BTW since that could mean Auburn, Hagerstown, or Potomac).

Now, it’s been revealed that Ivan Pineyro is “the guy the Cubs got,” as well as the two teams swapping players to be named later.

The 21-year-old Dominican entered the Nats system in 2011, leading that DSL squad in starts, innings, and strikeouts and second to former Suns teammate Gilberto Mendez in ERA and WHIP. Last summer, he started five games in the GCL and posted a 2.38ERA over 22⅔ innings (no record), before finishing with a less impressive 3-2 mark with a 5.50/3.26/1.660 line in eight starts with Auburn (note the FIP).

That was, however, good enough to earn Pineyro a trip to full-season ball in 2013, in addition to making this site’s 2013 Watchlist for the second straight year as one of the “Notable Arms” (which, along with $2, gets you a cup of coffee).

In Hagerstown, Pineyro went 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts and represented the Suns in the All-Star game. Following the break, Pineyro was moved up to Potomac, a move that at the time, appeared to be more of an injury replacement for Sammy Solis than a true promotion.

Pineyro made three starts for Potomac, all at home, with mixed results. In his debut, he was left out there a little too long and couldn’t go the requisite five innings against Carolina for the win. His second outing was in a suspended-by-rain start versus Myrtle Beach, in which he gave up a run on three hits over three innings, but was hit hard in the second inning.

His final start, however, was impressive as he threw seven scoreless on the 4th of July in a 3-1 win over Wilmington.

Pineyro was a good but not great pitcher in the limited time I was able to see him. Decent fastball, good change, but quite hittable when he missed his spots and left pitches up. There’s sure to be some overreaction to dealing one of the very few age-appropriate-to-the-level arms in the system, particularly one developed in the post-SmileyAlvarez era of the team’s efforts in the Dominican Republic.

A corresponding move in terms of “backfilling” Pineyro’s spot in the rotation has not yet been announced. Two possibilities (and this is pure speculation) are (A) Solis returning from the GCL (B) Dixon Anderson coming off the DL in Hagerstown.

Solis last pitched on July 5 in the GCL, which is prototypical for a rehabbing pitcher to appear in a game or two before returning north. Anderson was placed on the DL justbefore his scheduled start on July 4th as opposed to after his previous start on June 29, which could also indicate that he may have been one of the players under consideration (and still may be).

If/when such an announcement is made within the next few fours, this space will be updated.

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-2; Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 1-0; Won, 6-2 vs. Bowie,
12:00 p.m.
Karns (6-3) vs.
Wilson (3-1, 2.96)
Potomac Won, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Purke (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Blough (7-5, 4.09)
Hagerstown Won, 11-7 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Postponed @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 9.00) and
Voth (SS-A Debut) vs.
Prosinski (0-1, 6.14) and
Anderson (2-1, 3.38)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-2, 2.22) vs.
Vivas (2-1, 2.60)



Buffalo 6 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Maya (L, 4-6) 5IP, 9H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Rhymes 3-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Walters 1-3, 2B

The Bison halted the Chiefs’ win streak at four with a 6-2 win in the opener. Yunesky Maya gave up all six Buffalo runs on nine hits, including a home run, and three walks while striking out two. Will Rhymes accounted for both Syracuse runs with a two-run blast in the 3rd and went 3-for-3 overall.

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Robertson (L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, HR
• Kimball 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 1-3, R, SB
• Espinosa 1-3, RBI

Buffalo stampeded spot starter Tyler Robertson for four runs in the 2nd and cruised to a 4-1 win in the nightcap, sweeping the doubleheader. Robertson lasted an inning and 2/3rds and gave a walk and five hits, including a three-run home run. Jeff Kobernus singled, stole second, and scored on Danny Espinosa’s RBI single, but the bats were otherwise limp against recently outrighted Chien-Ming Wang. Roster move: Yunesky Maya activated from 3-Day temporary inactive list.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0 — GAME ONE
• Gilliam (W, 3-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Barrett (SV, 17) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Head 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Leon 1-2

Rob Gilliam and Aaron Barrett combined on a two-hit shutout as the Senators edged the BaySox, 1-0 in the opener. Gilliam allowed one hit and walked two over the first six to earn the win, his third for the year. Barrett worked around an leadoff single and retired the next three batters for his 17th save. Jerad Head’s leadoff HR in the 4th was the difference as Bowie’s Eduardo Rodriguez gave up just two hits for the complete-game loss.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 2 — GAME TWO
• Swynenberg 5IP, 7H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 0K, HBP, WP
• Head 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Goodwin 2-2, 2R, 2B, BB,
• Game Time 1:29 (1:22 delay)

Rain shortened the nightcap to just five innings, but a pair of three-run Senator rallies in the first two innings ended it early as Harrisburg completed the doubleheader sweep with a 6-2 win. Spot starter Matt Swynenberg went all five innings and scattered seven hits, giving up two unearned runs while walking one and striking out none. Jerad Head and Brian Goodwin combined for four hits, four runs, and four RBI as the Senators scored six times on just six hits.

Potomac 5 Wilmington 2
• Rauh (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 2R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Benincasa (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Burns 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Dykstra 2-2, 2BB, SB

Only the rain could slow down Potomac as they scored in each of the first five innings in a 5-2 win over Wilmington. Starter Brian Rauh earned his first win for Potomac with a quality start of two runs given up on three hits and a walk over six innings. He hit a batter and struck out four. Robert Benincasa walked one but got his fifth save in as many opportunities. Adrian Nieto was the sole P-Nat to not march in the 14-hit parade, though he extended his on-base streak to 15 games while Robert Gilmartin pushed his on-base streak to 17 games.

Hagerstown 11 Delmarva 7
• Turnbull 2⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Harper (W, 5-1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pena (H, 3) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Martinez 2-3, 4R, HR, 3RBI, BB
• Lippincott 2-5, 3B, RBI
• Miller 1-4, 2R, HR, BB, 4RBI

Hagerstown racked up three big innings in the first five “ups” to outslug Delmarva, 11-7 and take the series, 3-1. Twice-demoted starter Kylin Turnbull gave up six runs in his first start back from the NYPL, knocked from the box with one out in the 3rd with two walks, two strikeouts, and nine hits surrendered. Bryan Harper bailed him out of the third with the Suns clinging to a 7-6 lead. Estarlin Martinez and Brandon Miller both homered, combining for seven of the 11 RBIs the Suns

Williamsport vs. Jamestown — PPD
Make that four rainouts in the past nine days as Auburn and Williamsport will play two tonight with 5th Rd. pick Austin Voth scheduled to make his NYPL debut.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats still lead the GCL East by 3½ games and are riding a modest three-game win streak.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Rain shortened the slate to just four games last week, which the D-Nats split. This week, they begin at home against the Pirates2 and finish on the road against the Cubs, with home-and-home series against the Jays and Yankees1 in between.

Last Night In Woodbridge

A three-run 6th broke open a 2-2 game as the P-Nats fell again to Wilmington, 8-3.

It was the first time the same opponent had beaten Potomac consecutively since May 18-19, which was part of a three-game sweep in Winston-Salem. The last time they had lost to back-to-back games was nearly a month ago, when Frederick beat them 7-6 in Woodbridge on June 9 and Carolina won 11-3 in Zebulon.

This, of course, is the problem with such a prolonged streak of winning baseball — especially at the minor-league level in an eight-team league. It’s a wonder that this hasn’t happened sooner with such frequency and familiarity between the seven other teams. It’s hard to dominate the same seven teams, especially when it’s not unusual to play each other on back-to-back weekends.

Blake Schwartz took the loss for this one, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits, no walks, while striking out just one over five and a 1/3rd innings. The one K is always a troubling sign, as it’s extremely difficult to succeed with that much contact, especially for a pitcher that relies heavily on the gap in speed between an average fastball and plus changeup.

Suffice it to say, the bullpen wasn’t any better (three runs over three and 2/3rds innings) but neither was the offense. In the aggregate, eight of nine batters hit safely and collected 11 hits total. But it when it mattered most? Not so much — just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, resulting in 10 men left base.

Adrian Nieto continues to be as hot as the weather, going 2-for-5 with a run scored to extend his hit streak to six games and on-base streak to 14 games. Perhaps he’s nursing some small injuries, but since Wilson Ramos has come and gone the 23-y.o. Floridian has been the DH, thus one cannot help but wonder if this is to help him maintain this success.

The four-game series (and seven-game homestand) concludes this evening with a matchup between Brian Rauh (0-0, 3.86) and Kellen Moen (1-1, 4.35), with Potomac looking for the series split and stay in first place, as the consecutive losses have shaved the lead over Wilmington to just a ½ game.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 4.35) and Robertson (0-0, 4.91)
vs. Bush (7-6, 4.12) and Wang (4-4, 2.33)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Bowie,
1:00 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 4.78) and Swynenberg (2-0, 3.16)
vs. E. Rodriguez (0-0, 9.00) and Bischoff (2-0, 4.39)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m
Rauh (0-0, 3.86) vs.
Moen (1-1, 4.35)
Hagerstown Won, 6-3 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (6-4, 3.14) vs.
Bridwell (5-7, 5.04)
Auburn Lost, 15-5; Lost, 14-1 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 4-2 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A



Syracuse 4 Buffalo 3
• Tatusko (W, 2-3) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Kimball ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Davis (SV, 10) ⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Espinosa 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, K
• Rhymes 3-4, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse took their fourth straight game with a 4-3 triumph over Buffalo. Starter Ryan Tatukso turned in his best outing of the season, tossing seven scoreless innings with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out five for his second win for the Chiefs. The Bisons rallied for three in the 9th against Cole Kimball, who failed to finish the 9th for second time in as many tries this season, giving up a two-run HR to Andy LaRoche (brother of Adam). Erik Davis got the save (No. 10) while giving up two hits to four batters faced. Danny Espinosa and Will Rhymes both went 3-for-4 to lead the Syracuse offense.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 2
• Hill (L, 1-2) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Frias 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Head 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, BB

Harrisburg loaded the bases in the 9th, but could only push across one run and fell to Bowie, 3-2. Starter Taylor Hill scattered eight hits over seven innings, allowing two runs and two walks while striking out four, but took the loss. As noted by Mick Reinhard of mayfliesandbigflies.com, it was seventh time in eight games the Senators failed to get six (6) hits. Jerad Head was the sole multihit batter at 2-for-4.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 5⅓ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Dupra 1⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 1-1 IR-S
• Nieto 2-5, R
• Taylor 2-5, 2B
• Burns 2-5, SB (40)

Potomac dropped its second straight Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 3
• Lee (W, 3-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 9K, HR
• Henke (H, 4) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Severino 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Mesa 2-5, R, RBI

A four-run second erased an early 1-0 deficit as the Suns doubled up the Shorerbirds, 6-3. Starter Nick Lee struck out a season-high nine batters over five innings, though he gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. Travis Henke pitched three scoreless for the hold and Gilberto Mendez pitched around a hit in the 9th for the save. Pedro Severino and Narciso Mesa both went 2-for-5 to lead the Hagerstown attack.

Jamestown 15 Auburn 5— COMP.
• Selsor 3IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 2K
• Medina (L, 0-2) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Poole 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Difo 1-3, R, BB

The Jammers scored ten times from the 6th to the 8th innings, pummeling the Doubledays in the completion of Friday night’s game, 15-5. Casey Selsor had given up an unearned run on one hit and two walks as the original starter. Silvio Medina took the loss with three runs allowed on two hits and a walk over two and 1/3rd innings. Jordan Poole’s three-run HR highlighted Auburn’s four-run 7th that briefly pulled the Doubledays to within four at 9-5 before the six-run 8th put the game away.

Jamestown 14 Auburn 1 — GAME TWO
• Orlan (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 0K
• Hollins 3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Allen 1-3

Jamestown continued its devastation of Auburn pitchers in the second game, racking up 14 runs on 20 hits in a 14-1 seven-inning game. Starter R.C. Orlan took the brunt of it (and the loss), charged with eight runs on nine hits and two walks over an inning and 2/3rds. He struck out none. Jordan Poole came off the bench to drive in the sole Doubleday run, as Auburn was held to just four hits.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Mets 2 (10 inn.)
• Meyers 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Suero (BS, 1) 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Ramos (W, 2-1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Ruiz 3-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-2, 2RBI

The G-Nats rallied for three in the top of the 10th and held off the G-Mets for a 4-2 win in extras. Brad Meyers surfaced from the DL and turned in two scoreless innings at the outset, giving way to Wander Suero, who gave up a run on one hit and three walks while striking out four. Adderling Ruiz led the hit column with a 3-for-4 game as he drew a walk and drove in a run.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Pirates2 0
• Rosario (W, 1-3) 5IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Reynoso (H, 1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Salazar (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Aguero 1-3, R

Three pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout as the D-Nats edged the D-Pirates2, 1-0. Ramses Rosario got the win, his first, with five hits given up over five innings. Yorlin Reynoso pitched the next three with a walk and two hits allowed for the hold. Melvi Salazar walked a batter in the 9th but closed out the game for his sixth save. The offense mustered just four hits, with two coming in the 2nd as the D-Pirates2 let in the lone run on a wild pitch.

Transaction Update

Transactions for NPP 2Another afternoon with a lot of roster moves, so here’s a guide to the comings and goings…

SYRACUSE
• C Kelly Shoppach assigned from Washington
• C Kris Watts placed on the 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• 1B Shawn Pleffner placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Wander Ramos placed on the 7-Day DL
• C Thor Meeks placed on the 7-Day DL
• IF Bryan Lippincott transferred from Auburn
• IF Matt Foat transferred from Abuurn

AUBURN
• OF Brenton Allen reassigned from the GCL

GCL
• RHP Brad Meyers assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab

Now for the commentary…

…A lot of shuffling here, with Watts going on the DL to make room for Shoppach that’s likely the case for Ramos as well.

…Pleffner fouled a ball off his foot on Tuesday and played for an inning afterwards, but was removed from the game.

…Meeks has yet to get into a game, so this appears to be a paper move, as were the removal and reinstatements of Foat and Lippincott, the Nationals taking advantage of the NYPL’s 30-man rosters (of which 25 are active).

…Clearly the powers that be have seen enough from the 20th Rd. pick from UCLA to move him up with the rest of the collegiate picks in Auburn.

…Last but not least, Meyers has been cleared to throw and got the start this morning in Viera, tossing two scoreless innings with one hit allowed, no walks, and one strikeout.

Saturday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-0 @ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Weber (3-2, 1.98)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2;
Won, 5-4
vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (1-1, 1.29) vs.
Wright (6-2, 4.03)
Potomac Lost, 8-7 (11 inn.) vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Schwartz (6-2, 2.60) vs.
Smith (4-4, 2.89)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 (12 inn.) @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (2-2, 4.46) vs.
Taylor (4-7, 3.61)
Auburn Losing, 1-0 vs. Jamestown,
4:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-2, 9.00) vs.
Lodge (1-0, 4.50)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-6 @ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-2 @ DSL Pirates2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD



Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 0
• Clay (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Garcia 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Walters 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Espinosa 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Jeroloman 2-4, 2B

Caleb Clay tossed seven scoreless innings while Zach Walters connected on his 19th HR as the Chiefs shut out the Iron Pigs, 5-0. Clay gave up five hits, walked none, and struck out five as he evened his won-loss record at 2-2. Walters drove in three and scored twice while going 3-for-4 with a double while Danny Espinosa and Brian Jeroloman each went 2-for-4 with a double as Syracuse won their fifth straight home game.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 2 — GAME ONE
• Ray (W, 1-0) 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K
• Grace (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Barrett (SV, 16) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Lozada 2-2, 2RBI
• Van Ostrand 1-2, RBI

The Senators packed all of their offense into one inning, scoring four in the 4th to win the opener, 4-2. Robbie Ray won his AA debut, allowing just a run on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight, though he needed 97 pitches to get through five innings. Jose Lozada singled twice and drove in two to account for two of the three Harrisburg hits.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 4 — GAME TWO
• Herron (W, 3-1) 5⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 8K
• Holland (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-1 IR-S
• Head 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, R, RBI

Harrisburg got out of the gate fast in the nightcap, scoring four in the 1st and one in the 2nd, and held off a late charge from Bowie for a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader. Tyler Herron pitched five and 2/3rds in a spot start, retiring 13 in a row in one stretch while striking out a career-high eight batters. Jerad Head homered and drove in three while Justin Bloxom went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Senators offense. Roster move: OF Destin Hood placed on the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 7 (11 inn.)
• Cole 5IP, 11H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 4K
• Benincasa (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Ramsey 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, RBI
• Nieto 2-3, R, BB

Potomac saw its modest three-game win streak halted with an 8-7 loss in 11 innings. A.J. Cole got the start but was not sharp, giving up a season-high seven runs on 11 hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Potomac scored all seven of its runs in the first four innings, but was stifled by the Wilmington ‘pen, which held them to four baserunners over the final seven frames. Adrian Nieto reached base three times going 2-for-3 with a walk to push his batting average to .304 and the lead the Potomac offense.

Delmarva 4 Hagerstown 3 (12 inn.)
• Mooneyham 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K, WP
• Davis 3⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 3-0 IR-S
• Self (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Severino 3-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Three straight two-out singles in the 12th pushed the Shorebird past the Suns, 4-3. Derek Self took the loss, his second in seven appearances, with four hits total coughed up over an inning and 2/3rds. Brett Mooneyham got the start and let in a run on four hits and three walks. Pedro Severino continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI to lead the ten-hit, two-walk Hagerstown attack.

Jamestown 1 Auburn 0 — SUSP.
Persistent rain stopped play in the third after more than an hour’s worth of delays. It will be completed today at 4 p.m. followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 6
• Solis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Silvestre (W, 2-0) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 5K, 2E
• Bautista 3-4, 3R, BB, SB
• Mejia 3-5, 2R, 3B, RBI

The G-Nats outlasted the G-Mets in a back-and-forth contest, 7-6. Sammy Solis started and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Hector Silvestre got the win, pitching the next five frames with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Rafael Bautista and Bryan Mejia both had three-hit games for the second straight day, combining for five runs scored as the G-Nats pounded out 13 hits for the game. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Cardinals 5 DSL Nationals 2
• Torres 5⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Feliz (BS, 1; L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Mendoza 2-4
• Mercedes 1-3, BB, CS

The D-Cards took the lead with a two-spot in the 6th and put the game away with another crooked number in the 9th, sending the D-Nats to their 8th loss in the last 10 games by a score of 5-2. 18-y.o. Venezuelan Luis Torres pitched into the 6th, allowing two runs on two hits and no walks with two strikeouts but got the no-decision. The offense squandered multiple scoring chances, going 1-for-12 with RISP and stranding eight baserunners. Pedro Mendoza led the hit column with a 2-for-4 game.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 12


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 36-51, 6th place I.L. North, 16½ games behind

Good Jeff Kobernus .375BA, Chris Marrero .333BA since return from MLB
Bad Jeff Mandel 0-4, 7.45ERA, 1.69 WHIP in last five starts
Interesting Mike Broadway four saves in last four appearances since June 26



HARRISBURG SENATORS 45-40, 1st place E.L. West, 1½ games ahead

Good Jason Martinson .333/.417/.429 in 7G since promotion
Bad Blake Treinen 110H in 97⅓IP
Interesting 50 team HBP, most in E.L.



POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-3, 1st place C.L. North, 2½ games ahead (51-30 overall)

Good Greg Holt 2-0, 2.57ERA in last 10 appearances (14IP)
Bad Adrian Sanchez .143/.216/.147 in last 10 games
Interesting 22 saves, T1st in Carolina League (19 blown saves)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 10-5, 1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (48-34 overall)

Good Gilberto Mendez 1-0, 0.68 ERA / 0.68 WHIP in first eight appearances
Bad Pedro Severino 8BB in 52 games (.275 OBP)
Interesting 11 shutouts, 2nd best in Sally League


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 6-10, 6th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League

Good Jean Valdez .326/.383/.535, 2HR, 8RBI in 16 games
Bad Joel Barrientos 12BB in 11⅔ IP
Interesting James Yezzo .333/.367/.421 in 14 games


GCL NATIONALS 9-3, 1st place East Division, Gulf Coast League

Good Philips Valdez 2-0, 1.13ERA, 0.75WHIP in 8IP
Bad Osvaldo Abreu .293 OPS in 10G
Interesting 1.18 WHIP 2nd best in GCL


DSL NATIONALS 15-12, 2nd place Boca Chica South, 3 games behind

Good 20-y.o. Yermin Mercedes .318/.423/.432 in 16 games
Bad 18-y.o. Yefri Pena 1-1, 5.52 ERA, 1.98 WHIP in 14⅔ IP
Interesting 17-y.o. Israel Mota .264/.406/.340 in 19 games

Last Night In Woodbridge

Ivan Pineyro tossed seven scoreless innings, the bullpen held the lead, and Adrian Nieto smacked a three-run home run to break up a 0-0 game and lead the P-Nats to a 3-1 Independence Day victory over the Blue Rocks.

It’s been a familiar theme, even with the more-than-occasional bullpen implosion, as the P-Nats have been on ’14 Braves-like run since Memorial Day weekend with a 28-8 record, even as they continue to push up players (Taylor Jordan, Robbie Ray, Jason Martinson) to Harrisburg.

Pineyro and Nieto, of course, are examples of how when things are going well, a minor-league team can absorb the “losses” and continue to thrive. Five seasons ago was the most extreme example, with some 70 players passing through while the 2008 edition won both halves and the Carolina League championship.

Pineyro came into the contest with a 9.64 ERA officially, 7.04 if you count his work in the suspended game last week against Myrtle Beach. But that’s just one (two?) starts and in his third outing, Pineyro showed a deft combination of heat and change of pace to keep the Wilmington batters unsettled.

The 21-year-old let up just three hits and walked one over seven frames, retiring the leadoff man six times and keeping the ball down. The latter is particularly important as that was his undoing in his debut against Carolina, leading to hard contact and multiple walks (just one last night).

Nieto, who’s moved into the cleanup spot vacated by Martinson, has been red-hot since the second half began, clubbing five of his eight HRs over the last 10 games along with slow-pitch softball numbers of .515/.579/.970 with 13RBI.

Colin Bates followed Pineyro out of the ‘pen and set ’em down in order in the 8th. Richie Mirowski got the save, his first since May, but gave up his sixth HR in just 40 innings pitched.

The two teams resume their four-game series tonight with A.J. Cole taking the hill for the P-Nats, opposed by the Blue Rocks’ Kyle Smith (4-4, 2.89).