May 022013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Norfolk,
6:35 a.m.
Perry (0-1, 4.79) vs.
Arrieta (1-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-0 @ New Britain,
10:35 a.m.
Karns (1-1, 3.80) vs.
Hermsen (0-1, 5.79)
Potomac Lost, 3-2
(10 inn.)
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 1.59) vs.
Anderson (3-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-1, 2.60) vs.
Stratton (2-1, 2.38)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
It’s the first southern swing for Syracuse, with four against the Norfolk Tides and and four against the Durham Bulls. The road has actually been a friend to the Chiefs with a 6-4 mark vs. 3-12 at home.

New Britain 4 Harrisburg 0
• Broderick (L, 1-2) 7IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Swynenberg 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Head, Bloxom, Hood 2-4
• 0-for-5 RISP, 7 LOB

Usually when the heart of the order goes 6-for-12, you can chalk up a win. But not when the rest of the lineup goes 0-for-20. The Rock Cates took Game 3 of 4 with a 4-0 shutout in mercifully short 121-minute game. Brian Broderick scattered 10 hits over seven frames and let in four runs, the last coming on a solo shot, but the sixth HR the veteran has allowed in as many starts. Jerad Head, Justin Bloxom, and Destin Hood each singled twice while Sandy Leon and Ricky Hague both drew a walk, but the top three batters struck out six times as the Senators were shut out for the first time in 2013.

Carolina 3 Potomac 2 (10 inn.)
• Ray 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K
• Herron 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Mirowkski 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 1K, 1HR
• Nieto 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Zimmerman 0-3, 2PO, 1A

Richie Mirowski fell victim to the homer again as the P-Nats fell in extras, 3-2. Unlike his previous outing in Myrtle Beach, his teammates had the chance to take him off the hook but speedster Billy Burns was caught stealing for just the second time this season to end the game in the bottom of the 10th. Robbie Ray got the start and went the first five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven. Adrian Nieto provided both Potomac runs on his second home run in the 2nd inning and went 2-for-3 with a walk overall, but the P-Nats were otherwise held in check with just five hits total, two walks drawn and 11 strikeouts.

Hagerstown 5 Augusta 3
• Pena (W, 2-2) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 6BB, 3K
• McKenzie (H, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Rauh (SV, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Pleffner 1-2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Severino 2-4
• Schill 1-4, R, 2B, 3RBI

Hagerstown got to spot starter Justin Schumer early, pounding him for five runs in the first and held off Augusta for a 5-3 win. Ronald Pena worked around six walks in five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and striking out three to even his win-loss record at 2-2. Chris McKenzie and Brian Rauh combined for four shutout innings to earn the hold and save respectively. Shawn Pleffner led the Suns attack with single, two walks, an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.

May 012013
 

After an hour’s rain delay to a game that had been postponed the night before, the Potomac Nationals shut out the Carolina Mudcats by a 5-0 count in the opening game of a doubleheader.

Blake Schwartz was making his second start in High-A but against the same team. Last week, Schwartz tossed six shutout innings against Carolina but was overshadowed by Kevin Keyes’s display of lights-out power.

Just as it’s important to not get too excited when a pitcher breezes through the lineup the first time through — watch how often mediocre-to-bad pitchers get hammered in the middle innings, you’ll see what I mean — it’s a good idea to temper expectations when a team gets to see him for a second start.

Well, Schwartz only went five shutout innings this time, giving up the same number of hits and walks (three and one) but striking one more (six vs. five). Early on, it looked like things might be different. A couple of long counts to the tablesetters (doing their job), resulting in a walk and a strikeout. But a popup behind home plate and a little help from speedster Billy Burns quashed that rally.

Indeed, the next few batters seemed to be trying to ambush Schwartz, jumping on first pitches, hoping for a fastball. Instead, they popped up or fell behind.
He didn’t throw particularly hard… or straight, with both cutting and sinking movement spotted. But he mixed in a change that had serious separation (at least 10 mph slower) and a curve that broke more like a southpaw’s.

Meanwhile, Carolina’s Shawn Morimando, who was Schwartz’s opponent last week, was nearly as good the last time out, setting down the first six with ease. But an opposite-field flare from Adrian Sanchez followed by a wall-ball RBI double to right-center by Caleb Ramsey put him in a 1-0 hole in the Potomac 3rd. After retiring two of the next three batters, Cutter Dyktra’s two-out slice through the 5/6 hole produced all the offense the P-Nats pitchers would need.

Potomac would tack on three in the 5th with back-to-back singles from Ramsey and Randolph Oduber, with Michael Taylor plating two on a single to left (though Oduber ran through manage Brian Daubach’s stop sign and the throw in was 10′ off the plate) and Jason Martinson hitting a sacrifice fly deep enough for the two runners on the corners to move up.

Matt Grace came on in the 6th and closed out the game, working out of a 1st-and-2nd with one out jam with a little help from the “D” on double-play ball in his first inning and stranding a two-out single with a flyball to center to end it.

With a win in the nightcap, Potomac evened its home record to 6-6 and its season record to 12-13, two games off the pace in the Carolina League North Division. Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.55) is slated to pitch tonight’s game against Carolina’s Joseph Colon (0-1, 4.15). Ryan Zimmerman, who bowed out of last night’s doubleheader due to less-than-optimal field conditions, is expected to appear tonight on a rehab assignment.

May 012013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Broderick (1-1, 5.40) vs.
Darnell (2-1, 2.73)
Potomac Won, 5-0;
Won, 4-3
vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (2-1, 1.55) vs.
Colon (0-1, 4.15)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (1-2, 4.67) vs.
Schumer (0-1, 3.86)

Durham 7 Syracuse 1
• Maya (L, 0-3) 5⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Abad ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Rahl 1-3, 2B

Poor pitching from an aging veteran? Check. Too little offense? Check. Rinse, lather; repeat. With a 7-1 defeat to Durham, Syracuse lost for the 7th time in its last eight games and 12th time in 15 home games. Starter Yunesky Maya allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds innings to suffer his third loss in five starts. Eury Perez led the Chiefs hit column with a pair of singles, scoring the lone Syracuse run on Jeff Kobernus’s 8th-inning double that prevented back-to-back shutouts by Durham pitchers. As predicted yesterday, C Sam Palace was returned to the DL with the arrival of C Jhonatan Solano.

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 2
• Clay (W, 3-0) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, K
• Krol (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Head 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, R, HR, SF, 3RBI

Caleb Clay ran out of gas in the 6th, but still outpitched former Nats farmhand Alex Meyer as Harrisburg defeated New Britain, 6-2. An error and three walks issued in the Rock Cats’ 6th rendered both runs Clay was charged with as unearned, thanks in large part to Ian Krol’s strikeout to leave ’em loaded in what was a 4-2 game at the time. Justin Bloxom’s two-run shot in the 8th gave the Senators some breathing room as well as his second and third RBIs. Jerad Head led the hit column with two singles and drove in two as well.

Potomac 5 Carolina 0 — GAME ONE
• Schwartz (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ramsey 3-3, 2R, 2B, SB, RBI
• Dykstra 2-3, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2RBI

Drizzle pushed back the start of the doubleheader to 7 p.m., hence the coverage of just the first game of the doubleheader Last Night In Woodbridge

Potomac 4 Carolina 3 — GAME TWO
• Hill 5⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Self (W, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, 2SB, 2DP
• Ramsey 1-3, 2B, RBI, SB

Billy Burns walked, stole second, and came around to score on a Michael Taylor single to give Potomac the walkoff win and a doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. Eight of the Woodbridge nine reached base as the P-Nats racked up eight hits, drew three walks, and swiped six bases (three by Billy Burns). Starter Taylor Hill gave up all three Mudcats runs on six hits, including a solo shot in the first, but pitched into the 6th for third time in five starts. Derek Self stranded two runners for Hill with a popup to the first batter he faced, then set ’em down in order in the 7th to get the win. Caleb Ramsey combined for a 4-for-5 night with two doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases for the night.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The longest roadtrip of the season for the Suns as they make their only regular-season trip to Georgia to play three against the Augusta GreenJackets and four against the Rome Braves before returning home for four against the Delmarva Shorebirds. The other shoe has dropped on the promotion of Brian Dupra, as the Suns announced LHP Bryan Harper has been activated from the DL.

Apr 302013
 

Moving On Up for NPPThe Potomac Nationals have announced that RHP Brian Dupra has been promoted from the Hagerstown Suns.

Dupra was 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in five appearances (one start) with six walks and 12 strikeouts over 19⅓ innings. He was a 2012 watchlist player after posting strong peripherals for Auburn following a four-year career at Notre Dame, but was limited to eight starts and 11 appearances last season before undergoing season-ending surgery.

A corresponding move for Hagerstown has not yet been announced, but to make room for Dupra on the P-Nats roster, LHP Ben Hawkins was assigned to Extended Spring Training. Hawkins had no wins or losses in seven appearances, but put on 21 baserunners in eight innings pitched and had an ERA of 5.63 with nine strikeouts.

Finally, unless you’re Mitch Williams from the MLB Network, you probably already know that “Face of the Franchise” 3B Ryan Zimmerman will be rehabbing with Potomac tonight and tomorrow (weather permitting) in preparation for his activation on Friday, which will undoubtedly result in a series of transactions, beginning with the expected return of Anthony Rendon to Harrisburg.

Apr 302013
 

Ever Seen The Rain

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Durham,
12:00 p.m.
Maya (0-2, 7.33) vs.
Archer (3-1, 5.04)
Harrisburg Lost, 16-8 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (2-0, 2.70) vs.
A. Meyer (2-0, 1.64)
Potomac Postponed vs. Carolina,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 0.00) and
Hill (3-1, 1.88) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 1.80) and
Roberts (1-3, 6.10)
Hagerstown Postponed OFF DAY N/A

Durham 5 Syracuse 0
• Young (L, 0-1) 5⅔ IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mandel 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marrero 2-4
• Rahl 2-3

Chris Young improved in his second start, albeit from awful to bad, but it was mostly a moot point as Syracuse offense was shut down (and out) in a 5-0 loss to Durham. Young was charged with all five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two over five and 2/3rds innings. Just three Chiefs hit safely (five singles) and only one reached second base (Chris Rahl) and watched as the next two batters made outs. With the activation of C Wilson Ramos, C Jhonatan Solano was optioned back to Syracuse with C Jeff Howell placed an the Temporary Inactive List. Solano was in transit when the game begun last night, thus C Sam Palace was activated from the DL as an emergency option and will likely go back once “The Onion” rejoins the team.

New Britain 16 Harrisburg 8
• Demny (L, 1-3) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 3-5, R, 2B, 3B, CS
• Bloxom 3-4, R, RBI

New Britain sent 15 men to the plate in the 4th and 10 of ’em came ’round to score as the Rock Cats doubled up the Senators, 16-8. Starter Paul Demny took the brunt of the beating, charged with six runs on eight hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings for his third loss of the season. New Britain pounded out 19 hits total, but hit no home runs against the four Harrisburg pitchers. Brian Goodwin was a home run shy of the cycle while Justin Bloxom singled three times in four trips to the plate to lead the Sens offense.

Carolina vs. Potomac — PPD
“Constant rainfall and wet grounds” were the reasons cited for the postponement last night, which was not made until slightly more than a half hour before the scheduled first pitch. It is scheduled to be made up tonight as part of a doubleheader at 6:00 p.m.

Hagerstown vs. Hickory — PPD
Rain postponed the finale between the Suns and the Crawdads with both teams off until next month. The game will be made up when Hickory next comes to town on June 10th as part of a doubleheader that’s scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Apr 292013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 13-3 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Young (0-0, 12.46) vs.
Odorizzi (1-0, 4.09)
Harrisburg Won, 1-0 @ New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Paul Demny (1-2, 4.57) vs.
May (1-1, 2.11)
Potomac Lost, 9-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Schwartz (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morimando (1-2, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 vs. Hickory,
10:35 a.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.51) vs.
Smith (3-0, 2.45)

Durham 13 Syracuse 3
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-3) 6⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Roark 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 0K, 0HR
• Marrero 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, 2B, HBP

A six-run 7th started the running of the Bulls as Durham scored ten unanswered runs in a 13-3 blowout of Syracuse. Starter Ross Ohlendorf was perhaps pushed an inning too far as he was charged with four runs on four hits and three walks over six and a 1/3rd innings. Xavier Cedeno’s first appearance for the Chiefs was a forgettable three batters faced, zero batters retired. Chris Marrero led the Syracuse offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon that improved his line to .352/.405/.676 with 6HR and 20RBI in 21 games.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0
• Treinen (W, 2-3) 6⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 6K
• McCoy (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Barrett (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B
• Leon 1-3, SF, RBI

Blake Treinen outdueled O’s prospect Kevin Gausman as the Senators shut out the BaySox, 1-0. Treinen pitched into the 7th and let up just three hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts for his second win of the season. Pat McCoy retired four of the five batters he faced, issuing just a two-out walk to earn the hold while Aaron Barrett came on again in the 9th to set down Bowie in order for his fourth save. Sandy Leon’s sac fly in the 2nd plated Justin Bloxom, who led off the inning with a double and advanced to 3rd on a Destin Hood groundout.

Myrtle Beach 9 Potomac 5
• Cole 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K
• Bates (BS, 1; L, 0-3) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-4, R, 2B
• Oduber 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, 3K, SB, 2E

Three times the P-Nats called, building leads of 3-0, 4-1, and 5-3. Three times the Pelicans answered, narrowing it to 3-1 and 4-3 before taking a 6-5 lead in the 7th. A sloppy bottom of the 8th (error, HBP) gave Myrtle Beach three more as they cruised to 9-5 win over Potomac and took the series, 2-1. Despite struggling with his command, starter A.J. Cole notched a quality start with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks to go with seven strikeouts. Colin Bates took the loss, his third, after surrendering the lead on three runs in a three-hit, no-walks 7th. Caleb Ramsey was the sole P-Nat to get multiple hits with a single and a double in four trips to the plate.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 0
• Pineyro (W, 1-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 12K
• Fischer (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Severino 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Ivan Pineyro and David Fischer combined to strike out 18 in a five-hit shutout as the Suns blanked the Crawdads, 3-0. Pineyro walked two and gave up three hits and struck 12 for his first win while Fischer struck out the side twice in the 7th and 8th innings and stranded a runner in the 9th for the three-inning save, his second of the season. Shawn Pleffner and Pedro Severino both went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as Hagerstown took advantage of three errors to score three times on just seven hits and two walks.

Apr 282013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1 vs. Durham,
2:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-2, 5.82) vs.
J. Martin (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3
(13 inn.)
@ Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-3, 6.23) vs.
Gausman (1-2, 4.71)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 @ Myrtle Beach,
3:05 p.m.
Cole (0-1, 4.95) vs.
Payano (1-2, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 vs. Hickory,
1:05 p.m.
Pineyro (0-2, 6.59) vs.
Stafford (0-2, 6.00)

Syracuse 2 Durham 1
• Rosenbaum (W, 2-1) 7IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, K, HBP; E, DP, pickoff at 1B
• Crotta (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Davis (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4, R, SB
• Marrero 2-4, RBI

Both teams scored just once, but stellar Syracuse pitching made the two runs stand up for a 2-1 win over Durham, stopping a three-game slide. Danny Rosenbaum was a groundball machine, getting 18 of 21 outs on the ground, including two double plays over seven innings. He struck out just one and walked two in his second win. Mike Crotta pitched a 1-2-3 eighth while Erik Davis gave up an unearned run in the 9th but struck out the last two for the save, his second. Eury Perez and Chris Marrero both went 2-for-4, with Perez swiping a base and Marrero driving in a run.

Harrisburg 4 Bowie 3 (13 inn.)
• Karns 5⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Broadway (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Hood 3-5, 2R, BB, SB
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2B, 2BB, HR, 3RBI

Josh Johnson’s bases-loaded walk — the third straight issued with two out in the 13th — closed the five-inning donut shop on the Bowie scoreboard as Harrisburg ended its six-game losing streak with a 4-3 win. Johnson also doubled and homered and drove in three of the four Senator runs while Destin Hood went 3-for-5 to lead the Senator hit column. Starting pitched Nathan Karns got the no-decision with two runs allowed (one earned) on four hits and three walks over five and 2/3rds. Michael Broadway got the win with three scoreless innings while Aaron Barrett set ’em down 1-2-3 for save number three.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 4
• Jordan 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Meza 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mirowksi (L, 1⅓ IP, H, 3R, 0ER, BB, K, HR
• Dykstra 2-3, R, BB
• Nieto 2-3, R, BB

Four errors led to five unearned runs, including the last three on a walkoff home run, as Potomac fell to Myrtle Beach, 7-4. Starter Taylor Jordan lasted just four innings and he was charged with three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk. The entire lineup came to bat in the 8th as the P-Nats rallied from 4-0 to tie it at 4-4, the equalizer coming on a would-be ’round the horn double play that Justin Miller beat out. An inning later, Miller’s error with two outs in the 9th gave the Pelicans an extra life, as Kellin Deglan took advantage to deliver the killshot off Richie Mirowski. Cutter Dykstra and Adrian Nieto both went- 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, but the P-Nats offense struggled in the clutch with just a 3-for-13 mark with RISP and nine LOB.

Hagerstown 8 Hickory 2
• Turnbull (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Benincasa 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 3-5, 4R, 2B, RBI
• McQuillan 3-4, 2R, 2RBI

Three crooked innings in the last four Hagerstown at-bats turned a 2-1 game into a blowout as the Suns boiled the Crawdads, 8-2. Kylin Turnbull served up a home run, but went six innings with just three hits total with no walks and seven K’s for the win in his return to Low-A. Tablesetters Tony Renda and Mike McQuillan combined for six hits and five runs scored as Hagerstown pounded out 11 hits total, with Shawn Pleffner and Wes Schill also having multihit performances at 2-for-4 with a double apiece.

Apr 272013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsToday, the Hagerstown Suns announced pair of transactions this afternoon:

  • OF J.R. Higley placed on the 7-Day DL
  • IF Matt Foat activated from XST

Basically, this is a reversal of the moves made on Tuesday. Higley was hit by a pitch on Thursday’s opening game and has not played since. Foat last appeared in a game on Sunday.

Baseball America issued its weekly transaction post yesterday. Among the moves not previously reported were two releases:

  • RHP Adalberto Mieses
  • LHP Graham Hicks

After a strong rookie season in the DSL (3-3, 2.98 in 2010), Mieses hit his ceiling in the GCL with two 5+ ERA, 1.61+ WHIP seasons in 2011 and 2012.

Hicks was originally drafted by Washington out HS in the 4th round of 2008 and was among three minor-leaguers traded to Chicago for the services of Tom Gorzelanny in January 2011. He was released late last spring by the Cubs, and signed as a FA by the Nationals shortly thereafter, but made just one appearance in the GCL.

Apr 272013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 1.62) vs.
Colome (1-2, 2.08)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Karns (1-1, 4.60) vs.
Pettit (1-0, 4.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 1.48) vs.
Jackson (3-0, 1.33)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Turnbull (1st Low-A
start of ’13) vs.
Sadzeck (2-0, 1.69)

Given a choice, you should always pick good pitching over good hitting… but, oh man, why can’t you have both? That’s the question/theme for Friday night on the Nats farm.

Rochester 4 Syracuse 2
• Perry (L, 0-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 1K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI (9-game hit streak)
• Rhymes 1-3, R, BB

After three games with softball scores, it was some good ol’ hardball in Game Four as the Red Wings doubled up the Chiefs, 4-2. Ryan Perry tossed seven strong innings, letting in both Rochester runs on six hits (one home run) and four walks with three strikeouts, but left trailing 2-0. His teammates loaded em up with no outs in the 7th but came away with just one run on a Zach Walters sacrifice fly. Two innings later, they got two runners into scoring position with one out, but again could only plate one with a flyball out. Wondering why Chris Marrero was taken out of Thursday’s game and skipped yesterday. Auburn Citizen sportswriter Ben Meyers has the answer.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 1
• Broderick (L, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holland 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Komatsu 2-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, SF, RBI

Brian Broderick rebounded from a poor outing last Saturday to turn in his second quality start, but the offense fell three runs short as Bowie knifed Harrisburg, 3-1. The BaySox scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th frames as Broderick worked around nine baserunners (seven hits, two walks) with rehabbing Wilson Ramos gunning down one of ’em. Erik Komatsu was the sole Senator with multiple hits as Bowie’s trio of moundsmen held Harrisburg to just six hits and struck out 10. Justin Bloxom drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the 6th. Roster move: To make room for recently demoted LHP Pat McCoy, RHP Pat Lehman was placed on the 7-Day DL, while C Wilson Ramos joined the team on rehab assignment

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 1
• Ray (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• Herron (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Taylor 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

This was the lone game that had both good hitting and good pitching as Potomac beat Myrtle Beach, 5-1. Robbie Ray threw six shutout innings in his fourth straight quality start and fanned eight to raise his league-leading strikeout total to 34 (in 29IP) and lower his ERA to 1.55 (his 2.53 FIP is not too shabby, either). Kevin Keyes missed the scoreboard with his solo shot, while Michael Taylor’s three-run shot landed in the LF cheap seats as both homered for the second time on this road trip.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 2
• Anderson 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Wa. Ramos 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B
• 0-for-12 RISP, 9 LOB

The clutch hit eluded the Suns all night long as Hickory got the big fly in the 8th for a 3-2 win. Brian Dupra took the loss for his one mistake, a two-run homer, in three innings of relief. Dixon Anderson pitched the first six with just an unearned run allowed on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Hagerstown had but six hits but got 12 men into scoring position and plated none of them, as an error sent in the first Suns run and an RBI double by “Help Me” Wander Ramos drove in Stephen Perez (who reached on an error) for the second.

Apr 262013
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 8-12, T4th place I.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Erik Davis 0.63WHIP, 10K in 8IP (7 appearances)
Bad Carlos Maldonado .237OPS (2-for-24, 0BB)
Interesting Six rain-affected games out of 20

HARRISBURG SENATORS 9-11, T4th place E.L. West, 2 games behind

Good Brian Goodwin .342/.405/.632 in last 10 games
Bad 15HR allowed by SPs, 24 errors on defense in 20 games
Interesting Ian Krol 0.84 ERA, 0.66WHIP, 2.07 FIP in 8 appearances

POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-11, T3rd place C.L. North, 1½ games behind

Good Taylor Jordan 1-1, 1.48ERA, 0.99WHIP, 2.58 FIP
Bad Adrian Sanchez 4E in 18G
Interesting Offense: 1st in runs, 2nd in SBs, 4th in Ks, 5th in HRs, 6th in 2Bs

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-10, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Wander Ramos .268/.412/.585, 15RBI in 13G
Bad Ronald Pena, Pedro Encarnacion — both 10BB in 17&#8531 IP
Interesting Team 37SB is 2nd in Sally League (McQuillan, Renda both with 7SB)