May 272014
 

Sammy Solis’s AA debut was one to forget.

The 25-y.o. southpaw, originally drafted in 2010, made quick work of the first three Bowie batters in the 1st — a flyout to right, a three-pitch strikeout, and weak tapper to 1st. The velocity was as advertised: low-90s, touching 94 depending on which radar gun you choose to believe.

After an infield single and a flyout, Solis seemed ready to dispatch the Baysox again in the 2nd. But then an inside-out single to right put runners on 1st and 3rd, then a sacrifice fly erased a brief 1-0 lead that had come off the bat of Cutter Dykstra with a solo shot to the [sorry, no free advertising] cheap seats in left.

A two-out double from Garabez Rosa gave Bowie the 2-1 lead and Solis rolled a grounder to end the 2nd. He mowed down the first three BaySox in the 3rd. After Adrian Sanchez hit another solo shot to left to tie things up, all Solis needed to do was respond with another goose egg.

Instead, the BaySox connected for six hits in the space of eight batters — nothing cheap, nothing weak, nothing lucky. Solis was lifted with one out in the 4th. His replacement, James Simmons was renamed Richard with a three-run blast off the roof of the Senators team well beyond the left field fence.

The final line for Solis — nine runs, eight earned, one walk, one strikeout over three and 1/3rd innings. He faced 20 batters and threw fifty-six pitches, forty-two for strikes and only went to a three-ball count on the one batter he walked (former Nats farmhand David Freitas).

As Patriot-Times beat writer Geoff Morrow tweeted, perhaps some credit goes to the Bowie offense, which leads the Eastern League in several offensive categories (H, 2B, K’s, BA, SLG%).

The Senators would not answer the BaySox eight-run 4th until the 7th, when they mounted a similar, slow-motion rally for five runs, punctuated by Matt Skole’s two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to pull Harrisburg within four at 11-7.

Alas, Bowie answered with a pair of two-run innings in 8th and 9th and homers in both frames to make it a 15-7 final.

With the loss, Harrisburg’s quest for three wins in a row in 2014 remains unfulfilled as they fell to a 17-32 mark, second-worst in the Eastern League.

May 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-5 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Tatusko (2-5, 2.22) vs.
Diamond (2-5, 6.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 15-7 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 1.97) vs.
Ryan (3-5, 4.64)
Potomac Lost, 13-4 @ Winston-Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (0-2, 4.33) vs.
Montas (2-0, 1.54)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6;
Lost, 2-1
@ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-1, 2.83) vs.
Vader (6-1, 3.16)


Rochester 10 Syracuse 5
• Jordan (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, HR, BK
• Jackson 2⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Souza 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-5, 2B, RBI

The Chiefs’ six-game win streak came to screeching halt with a six-run Redwing 4th en route to a 10-5 loss. Taylor Jordan suffered the loss, his first at AAA, and was torched for seven runs (six earned) on nine hits, and two walks while striking out two. He threw 68 pitches, 40 for strikes. Destin Hood homered twice and Steve Souza homered once; both drove in two as the Syracuse offense scored in each of the final four innings and racked up 10 hits total.

Bowie 15 Harrisburg 7
• Solis (L, 0-1) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 9R, 8ER, BB, K
• Simmons 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, 2HR, HBP
• Nicol 3-4, R, 2B
• Sanchez 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-4

It was a rough Monday Afternoon In Harrisburg for Sammy Solis in his AA debut.

Salem 13 Potomac 4
• Dickson (L, 1-4) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 2K
• Mooneyham 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 4BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Tejeda 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• J. Miller 2-4, 2-2B, BB, RBI

After a four-run 1st, things looked pretty good for Potomac to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks, but Salem hung 13 unanswered runs and took the series 3-1 with a 13-4 win. Ian Dickson took the loss with seven runs allowed on five hits and four walks over just an inning and a third. Oscar Tejeda went 2-for-5 with a run, a stolen base and an RBI while Justin Miller doubled twice as the P-Nats piled up nine hits but struck out 11 times in their 16th loss in May.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 6 — GAME ONE
• Lopez 4⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
• Walsh (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Bautista 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Difo 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

A six-run 2nd wasn’t enough for the Suns pitchers as they allowed seven unanswered, including three in the 7th, for a 7-6 walkoff loss. Reynaldo Lopez became the latest fill-in starter for you-know-who as he made his Low-A debut with three runs on seven hits over four and 2/3rds innings. The 20-y.o. Dominican walked none and struck out three. Jake Walsh got the blown-save-loss as he allowed two hits and two walks in the space of seven batters in the 7th, as the winning run scored on Drew Ward’s 12th error to end the game. Wilmer Difo homered and drove in three while Rafael Bautista went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Delmarva 2 Hagerstown 1 — GAME TWO
• Cooper 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Orlan (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Ballou 1-3, R, 3B
• Bautista 1-2

Hagerstown scored first again in the nightcap, as Isaac Ballou tripled and scored on an error to lead off the game for an early 1-0 lead. It would be the first of just two hits for the Suns as they were edged 2-1 to complete the Shorebirds doubleheader sweep. Andrew Cooper started and went the first five innings, letting in a run on five hits while walking none and fanning two. R.C. Orlan gave up a solo home run in the 6th to take the loss. Rafael Bautista’s bunt single in the 3rd and walks by John Wooten and Craig Manuel summed up the rest of the Suns offense on the night.
Roster moves: RHP Phillips Valdez reassigned to Auburn, RHP Reynaldo Lopez reassigned from the GCL Nationals.

May 262014
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-9 @ Rochester,
1:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.93) vs.
May (3-3, 3.35)
Harrisburg Won, 8-2 vs. Bowie,
2:00 p.m.
Solis (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Petit (3-3, 5.29)
Potomac Won, 10-6 @ Salem,
1:00 p.m.
Dickson (1-3, 5.27) vs.
Diaz (5-3, 3.50)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Brault (4-2, 2.35) and Horacek (1-5, 3.33)


Syracuse 10 Pawtucket 9
• Ohlendorf 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Cedeno (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gonzalez (SV, 3) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Laird 3-4, R, 2RBI
• Peterson 2-4, 3R, BB, 3RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Brock Peterson’s three-run shot in the 8th capped a six-run comeback as the Chiefs edged the PawSox 10-9 for their sixth straight win and took 1st place in the I.L. North. Ross Ohlendorf made his third rehab start and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and fanning two. Pawtucket put the puss on Josh Roenicke’s face with eight runs over two and 2/3rds following Ohlendorf to put Syracuse in an 8-2 hole. The Chiefs rallied for four in the 6th, one in the 7th, Jose Lozada led off with a walk and Steve Souza walked with two outs to set up Peterson. The win went Xavier Cedeno for pitching a scoreless 9th while Mike Gonzalez cleaned up Manny Delcarmen’s mess (one batter retired out of four faced) by stranding both the tying and go-ahead runners for his third save.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 2
• Meyers (W, 1-2) 5IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Taylor 1-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assists at 3B, HP

The Senators put up three-spots in both the 4th and 5th innings as they took back-to-back games for the fifth time this season with an 8-2 decision against the BaySox. Brad Meyers gave up both Bowie runs, scattering eight hits and working around three walks over five innings for his first win since 2011. Rafael Martin followed with two perfect innings while Matt Grace and Tyler Herron each turned in a scoreless inning to seal the deal. Cutter Dykstra and Matt Skole both singled twice and doubled once to lead the Harrisburg offense, while Michael Taylor gunned down a runner at the plate and went deep again for his 13th HR of ’14.

Potomac 10 Salem 6
• Bacus (W, 2-1) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 6K
• Henke 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-1 IR-S
• Tejeda 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, SB
• Piwnica-Worms 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Severino 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Potomac broke a season-worst four-game losing streak and kept a first-place tie with Wilmington with a 10-6 win over Salem. Dakota Bacus got the win, but labored through five innings with three runs on six hits and four walks though he did strike out six. Kylin Turnbull struggled again, giving up three runs in an inning and a 1/3rd before Travis Henke came on. The 25-y.o. veteran let in one of two inherited runners but finished the game with two and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Every batter hit safely while six men had multiple hits as the P-Nats marched to a 16-hit parade, led by Oscar Tejeda’s 3-for-4 afternoon, and followed by Will Piwnica-Worms, who singled and homered, and Pedro Severino, who doubled twice.

Hagerstown 6 Asheville 5
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Ramos (W, 1-0) 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Middleton 3-4, R, RBI
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B
• Difo 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI, 2SB

Wilmer Difo doubled in two to tie and scored on a throwing error to cap a three-run 9th as Hagerstown walked off again, 6-5. It was the 8th win in 17 games in which the Suns entered the 9th trailing or tied. Jefry Rodriguez made his Low-A debut, allowing a run on six hits and a walk while striking out three, but left in a 1-1 tie. Asheville jumped on Philips Valdez for three in the 6th to take a 4-1 lead. Hagerstown scored single runs in the 6th and 7th innings but David Ramos was also greeted with a run in the 8th before pitching a scoreless 9th and was the pitcher of record. Brennan Middleton went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Suns hit column, followed by Difo at 2-for-5 with 3RBI, and John Wooten at 2-for-3 with a double.
Roster move: RHP Jefry Rodriguez activated from XST.

May 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-1 vs. Pawtucket,
6:30 p.m.
Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Webster (2-2, 2.47)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 vs. Bowie,
6:30 p.m.
Meyers (0-2, 5.40) vs.
Berry (3-1, 3.68)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 (10 inn.) @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 3.31) vs.
Kukuk (1-2, 2.55)
Hagerstown Won, 7-3 vs. Asheville,
5:05 p.m.
TBD J. Rodriguez (3-0, 2.45 in GCL in ’13) vs.
Jiminian (5-2, 3.35)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 1
• Hill (W, 6-1) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Mattheus 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 3-4, 2B, 2RBI, 10-game hit streak
• Rhymes 2-4, R, RBI

After hanging seven zeroes on the top of the scoreboard, Taylor Hill got the rest of the night off when his teammates put up four in the last of the 7th as the Chiefs won their fifth straight, 4-1. Hill improved to 6-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.63 while allowing just five hits, no walks and fanning four. Steve Souza went 3-for-4 and extended his hit streak to 10 games while Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Syracuse no. 2-3 hitters combined for five of the team’s seven hits. Former Chief Corey Brown homered in the 9th off Mike Gonzalez to break up the shutout. Roster moves: RHP Christian Garcia placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List (retroactive to 5/22), IF Zach Walters optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 5
• Poveda (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HR
• Holland (SV, 1) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Taylor 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Sanchez 2-2, 2B, RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2B, RBI

Perhaps the third time was the charm as the Senators victimized BaySox pitcher Tyler Wilson, who beat them in his first two starts, for six runs on nine hits and three walks en route to an 8-5 victory. Omar Poveda was less ineffective in his second turn in the rotation, allowing three runs on three hits, including two home runs, with no walks and seven strikeouts over five innings for his first AA win of ’14. Five Senators would notch multiple hits, with Michael Taylor and Jason Martinson both reaching base three times with two hits and a walk while stealing a base to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster move: 1B Adam LaRoche removed from roster (end of MLB rehab).

Salem 7 Potomac 6 (10 inn.)
• Spann 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Benincasa (BS, 2; L, 3-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 0BB, 0K, HR(5)
• Pleffner 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Oduber 2-4, R
• Renda 0-1, R, 3BB

After taking a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th, it took just three batters for Potomac reliever Robert Benincasa to finish the game. Unfortunately, that was single-flyout-homer as Salem’s Kevin Heller smacked a two-run blast for 7-6 walkoff for the Red Sox. It was the first loss, the second blown save, and the fifth HR for Benincasa, whose line is now 6.50/6.37/1.61 in 18 innings. Matthew Spann started and went the first five innings, giving up two runs on five hits (one of which was a Heller solo shot), with no walks and five strikeouts. Shawn Pleffner extended his modest hit streak to six games with a 2-for-5 night, scoring a run and driving in a run to lead the Potomac offense. Roster move: RHP Ian Dickson reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 7 Asheville 3
• Johansen (W, 4-1) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 5BB, 3K, 2WP
• Webb (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Wooten 3-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
• Kieboom 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ward 2-5, R, RBI

The Suns scorched the Tourists for a pair of three-run innings in the early going and cruised to 7-3 win. Jake Johansen would need that cushion as he put on 10 baserunners — five hits, five walks — in five innings but managed to let in just two while striking out three for his fourth win. The 3-4-5 batters John Wooten, Spencer Kieboom, and Drew Ward combined for seven hits, four runs scored, a double (Wooten), a triple (Kieboom), and three RBI. The Hagerstown lineup saw eight of nine batters reach base, including 10 hits and seven walks as they assumed the title of the top offense in the Sally League with 253 runs scored in 47 games (5.38 R/G).
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Ullmann reassigned from Potomac; RHP Michael Sylvestri reassigned to Auburn; LHP David Ramos activated from XST.

May 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-0 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (5-1, 1.84) vs.
De La Rosa (2-3, 3.42)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. Bowie,
6:00 p.m.
Poveda (0-1, 7.50) vs.
Wilson (5-3, 3.73)
Potomac Lost, 8-2 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (3-0, 2.03) vs.
Cuevas (2-5, 5.19)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (3-1, 5.11) vs.
Wade (3-4, 5.36)


Syracuse 4 Pawtucket 0
• Laffey (W, 5-2) 9IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Burriss 3-4, 2R, BB, 2SB
• Souza 2-4, RBI
• Peterson 1-3, R, BB, RBI

Well, maybe Aaron Laffey ain’t so “bad” after all. The veteran southpaw spun a four-hit shutout as the Chiefs extended their win streak to four with a 4-0 win vs. Pawtucket. He walked one, struck out nine, and threw 74 of 108 pitches for strikes. Emmanuel Burris reached based four times with a walk and three singles while swiping a pair of bases from the leadoff spot to literally lead the Syracuse offense. Steve Souza singled twice to push his hit streak to nine games and raise his batting average to .351 with a 16-for-36 surge.

Bowie 5 Harrisburg 4
• Kroenke 4IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR, WP
• Dupra (L, 1-1) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Taylor 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI, 3K
• Latimore 2-3, R, BB

Apparently, the only way Harrisburg can score with the bases loaded is by a walk, an error, or an out. For the second time this week, the Senators couldn’t get a hit in that situation, going 0-for-5 with a Matt Skole walk, and the missed opportunities would haunt them in a 5-4 loss to Bowie. Zach Kroenke made his first start in place of Matt Purke and had similar success with four runs (two earned) on seven hits (one home run) and two walks over four innings. Brian Dupra went the next four but got the loss when he served up a solo shot in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie, one of four hits allowed with no walks and two K’s. Michael Taylor went 2-for-5 with a home run (no. 12) and three strikeouts (nos. 63, 64, 65) to keep his Eastern League lead in both categories.

Salem 8 Potomac 2
• Pena (L, 3-2) 5IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Ullmann 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Pleffner 3-3, BB
• Mesa 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac had chances to score in every inning, but only plated two while leaving 11 on in an 8-2 loss to Salem. Ronald Pena took the loss, giving up the first six on eight hits and a walk over the first five innings. Ryan Ullmann gave up the next two Red Sox runs on four hits over three innings with no walks and three strikeouts in his High-A debut. Shawn Pleffner singled three times and walked once to push his average to .320 while Narciso Mesa (2-for-4) doubled in the 9th for the lone P-Nat hit in 11 RISP chances. The loss was Potomac’s fifth straight to Salem since July 2013, including the three-game sweep in last September’s Mills Cup Finals.

Hagerstown 6 Asheville 5
• Voth 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K
• Thomas (W, 2-4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kieboom 3-5, R, 2-2B
• Ward 2-5, R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Bautista 2-3, RBI, 2SB (19, 20)

James Yezzo delivered with one out and the bases loaded with a two-run single for 6-5 walkoff win for Hagerstown. Asheville led early with four runs off starter Austin Voth in the 1st. The 21-y.o. recovered with four scoreless innings to finish with five hits and one walk allowed with seven whiffs. Every Suns batter reached bases as they pounded out 14 hits, including four doubles — two apiece for Spencer Kieboom (3-for-5) and Drew Ward (2-for-5, 2RBI), and stole three bases — two by Sally League leader Rafael Bautista, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

May 232014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 24-22, T3rd place I.L. North, 1½ games behind

Good Steve Souza .351/.439/.544 in May (15G)
Bad Aaron Laffey 2-2, 6.35 ERA, 1.90 WHIP in May (4 appearances, 3GS)
Interesting Brock Peterson 4HR, 11RBI in last 10G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 15-30, 6th place E.L. West, 14½ games behind

Good James Simmons 0.79 ERA, 0.53 WHIP in first five appearances (11⅓ IP)
Bad 63 team doubles, 11th in 12-team E.L.
Interesting Zero passed balls in 45 games



POTOMAC NATIONALS 24-21, 1st place C.L. North, 2 games ahead

Good Shawn Pleffner .303/.378/.424 in last 10G
Bad 4.52 Team ERA, 1.40 Team WHIP both 8th in the Carolina League
Interesting Stephen Perez team leader in 2B, BB, SB, and E’s



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 32-13, 1st place Sally North, 8 games ahead

Good Nick Pivetta 4-0, 2.01 ERA, 1.16 WHIP in May (4GS)
Bad Willie Medina .041 ISO%
Interesting 3rd fewest pitching BB, 4th most pitching HBP
May 232014
 

Transactions for NPP 2
Another day too busy to wait for the news & notes to pass along [truck]load of transactions…

SYRACUSE
• IF Josh Johnson activated from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• UT Sean Nicol reassigned from Syracuse
• C Brandon Bantz released
• LHP Zach Kroenke assigned from Washington
• C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL
• IF Justin Bloxom placed on 7-Day DL
• 1B Adam LaRoche assigned from Washington for MLB rehab

POTOMAC
• RHP Ryan Ullmann promoted reassigned from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• RHP Nick Pivetta placed on the 7-Day DL
• OF Wilman Rodriguez placed on the 7-Day DL
• 3B Drew Ward activated from 3-Day TIL
• RHP Ian Dickson reassigned from Potomac

It’s pretty clear that more moves are coming – IF Adrian Sanchez returning to Potomac, C Jeff Howell dropping down to take Bantz’s spot are a couple of obvious reversals I can foresee with only two three of the four affiliates’ media notes in virtual hand (a.k.a. email ;-) and a tweet from Bill “The Rocket” Ladson.

As always, if/when further information comes across within the next few hours, this space will be updated.

UPDATE #1:
Harrisburg’s notes are in, and it looks like Adrian Sanchez is sticking while Syracuse will continue to carry three catchers as Mitch Canham has been activated to replace Bantz.

UPDATE #2:
Potomac’s PR folks have released their notes and there’s some interesting manuevering going on here. Ian Dickson and Ryan Ullmann have swapped roster spots, but Dickson is listed as a probable pitcher for Potomac on Monday, which is a doubleheader for Hagerstown (the Suns have not yet announced a starter for either game). Perhaps not coincidentally, Ullmann last pitched on May 20, and may not physically be in Salem, Va. — just as Matt Spann, who was “promoted” to the Senators on Wednesday and returned to the P-Nats yesterday, never left Woodbridge. Likewise for Dickson, who started on Wednesday for the P-Nats and would not be likely to appear as a reliever over the weekend.

May 232014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (4-2, 4.54) vs.
Workman (3-1, 5.12)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (1st AA start of ’14) vs.
Vasquez (0-3, 4.60)
Potomac Lost, 6-4 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
TBD Pena (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Mercedes (1-4, 4.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-1 vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (1-3, 1.82) vs.
Balog (3-3, 3.38)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Tatusko (W, 2-5) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Hood 3-3, 2R, BB
• Laird 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Ryan Tatusko got plenty of support on both offense and defense while Syracuse won its third straight, 6-1 over Pawtucket. The Chiefs scored in each of the first four innings, with Brock Peterson homering in the 1st to open the scoring and Steve Souza homering in the 4th to close the six-run binge. Tatusko was peppered for eight hits over six innings, but with the help of four double plays, just one run came around to score. He walked one and struck out three to earn his second win of the season. Destin Hood and Brandon Laird combined for six hits and three runs scored to lead the Chiefs’ 11-hit parade (though they did strike out 12 times).

Harrisburg 6 Trenton 4
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Martin (W, 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Herron (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dykstra 1-2, BB, 3RBI, CS, SF
• Taylor 1-4, R, 3K, SB

A five-run 9th flipped the script for Harrisburg as they both scored late and won the ballgame 6-4 to earn a split of the four-game series against Trenton. It was the first time the Senators had come back in 27 games trailing in the 9th. Harrisburg ace A.J. Cole pitched a shutout into the 6th but gave up four unearned runs when a possible inning-ending double-play ball with the bases loaded was thrown away to let in two then a two-out double plated two more. Cole finished with five hits and two walks allowed with five strikeouts over five and 2/3rds. The Senators sent 11 men to the plate in the final frame, drawing four walks and connecting for four of their six hits on the night, with Cutter Dykstra’s two-run, two-out single providing the final margin of victory. Rafael Martin got the win in relief with a strikeout to end the 6th, then silenced the Thunder — save for one hit — for two more innings. Tyler Herron also gave up a hit in the 9th but got the final three outs for the save. Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis reassigned from Potomac.

Lynchburg 6 Potomac 4
• Simms (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Harper 2⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Severino 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SB, HBP
• Pleffner 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The Hillcats scratched out four runs in the 3rd added single runs in the 7th and 9th innings to down the P-Nats 6-4 and take the series, 3-2. John Simms took the loss, his second in five starts, with four runs allowed on five hits and two walks over five innings with four strikeouts. Four of the eight Potomac hits went for extra bases, withe Pedro Severino the sole P-Nat to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI. Rehabbing Adam LaRoche went 0-for-2 with two flyouts at the plate and two putouts in the field.
Roster moves: LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Harrisburg, 1B Adam LaRoche assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Asheville 7 Hagerstown 1
• Silvestre (L, 1-1) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Cooper 2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Manuel 1-4, R, HR
• Lopez 1-3, 2B

Making his second spot start in place of the “not injured” Lucas Giolito, Hector Silvestre hit the wall in the 6th, giving up five runs in the frame, including a grand slam off the bat of Asheville’s Correlle Prime, as the Tourists trampled the Suns, 7-1. Silvestre was charged with six runs total on eight hits and a walk over six innings. Hagerstown was limited to three hits total with Craig Manuel spoiling 19-y.o. Antonio Senzatela’s complete-game shutout bid with a two-out HR in the 9th. Wilmer Difo singled in the 6th while Carlos Lopez doubled in the 2nd to account for other two Suns hits.

May 222014
 

Sammy Solis continued his latest rehab tour with another win, as the P-Nats edged the Hillcats 3-2 in the opener of a true doubleheader on Wednesday.

Solis, who went on the DL with back problems after just two spring-training appearances, consistently hit the low 90s on the gun while showing both his change and curve with mixed success. He didn’t pile up the Ks but induced weak contact — two of his first three singles allowed were of the ‘tweener flyball variety, falling short of outfielders that others may have caught.

He walked one in the first and worked around those two singles with a popup to short, a groundout, and the first of four strikeouts. Lynchburg scored the lone run off him in third when Lynchburg shortstop Daniel Castro singled to left followed by a Josh Elander double — a truly hard-hit shot down the left field line.

The offense, which was held to an infield hit by Tony Renda in the 1st and an opposite-field safety by Pedro Severino in the 3rd, gave Solis the lead with two in the 4th.

Oscar Tejeda led off with a double and took third on a single by red-hot Shawn Pleffner (.314BA in last 10G). Randolph Oduber was hit by pitch to load the bases, setting up Khayyan Norfork, who ripped a double to right to plate Tejeda and Pleffner. Estarlin Martinez whiffed and Oduber got caught in a rundown to kill the rally.

More importantly, Solis responded to the two runs with his first (and only) three-up and three-down frame in the 5th. After striking out the first batter in the 6th, he would give up back-to-back singles and be lifted for Robert Benincasa.

The Potomac closer stranded both runners with tapper to the mound and a popup to second after a long struggle with pinch-hitter Eric Garcia, who worked the count full and fouled off several pitches.

Renda and Tejeda would team up for an insurance run with a single and double respectively, and it would prove necessary as Benincasa, who has had just one outing with zero baserunners in 14 appearances, was touched for a run in the top of the 7th on two hits. He would get a key strikeout of Hillcat cleanup man Kevin Ahrens and after an intentional walk to lefty Levi Hyams, then retire DH David Nick on a liner to short for the inning’s third out and notch his 8th save.

The P-Nats would lose the second game, 3-2, which coupled with another Wilmington win (four in a row), reduces Potomac’s lead in the Carolina League North to two games over the second-place Blue Rocks. Lynchburg and Potomac conclude the five-game series tonight with a matchup of Sim(m)s as John (0-1, 3.68) takes the hill for the home team against Lucas (4-3, 4.07) for the visitors.

May 222014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-5, 2.31) vs.
Barnes (1-1, 2.89)
Harrisburg Won, 9-0 @ Trenton,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.25) vs.
Ruth (0-0, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2; Lost, 3-2 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (3-1, 4.81) vs.
Sims (4-3, 4.07)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (1-0, 1.19) vs.
Senzatela (4-1, 4.32)


Syracuse — OFF DAY
After their lone scheduled day off in May, the Chiefs continue an eight-game homestand with four against the PawSox. The Chiefs are currently in last place in the I.L. North, but trail the first-place Bison by just a game and a half.
Roster moves: RHP Blake Treinen recalled to Washington, RHP Ryan Mattheus optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 9 Trenton 0
• Espino (W, 1-2) 6IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Tylor 3-5, 3R, HR, RBI, 2SB
• Martinson 2-4, 2HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, R, BB, RBI

Three Harrisburg pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 win over Trenton to break a three-game losing streak. Paolo Espino (6IP), Neil Holland (2IP), and Tyler Herron (1IP), each gave up a hit and combined for two walks and five strikeouts for Espino’s first win of 2014. Jason Martinson (2-for-4) went deep twice and Michael Taylor (3-for-5) once while Matt Skole reached base three times with two singles and a walk, one of seven the Thunder pitchers issued as the Senators scored nine times on just eight hits.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 — GAME ONE
• Solis (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 7H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (SV, 8) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Renda 2-3, R, SB
• Tejeda 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI

Sammy Solis continued his rehab tour Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (L, 1-3) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, 2B, RBI
• Perez 1-2, BB, SB

Both teams got to the starters in the second game, with Lynchburg putting up three in the top half and Potomac answering with two in the bottom half. Neither team would score again as the Hillcats returned the favor with a 3-2 win of their own to split the doubleheader. Ian Dickson went six innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six but took the loss. Will Piwnica-Worms was the sole P-Nat to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-3 night, though Stephen Perez also reached base twice with a walk and a single.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis transferred from Hagerstown, LHP Matthew Spann reassigned to Harrisburg to make room on roster (two will likely swap places on Sens roster by Saturday).

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Hagerstown returns home for four games against Asheville after losing its first full series of the season, 3-1 to Lexington. Like the P-Nats, the Suns are in the midst of a long sequence (31 days) where they’re home for just one series against one team. Despite the hiccup, Hagerstown still holds a commanding nine-game lead over second-place Delmarva and Greensboro.