Jul 212014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-6;
Won, 6-4
vs. Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 3.15) vs.
Webster (4-4, 3.05)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 (15 inn.) @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (4-3, 4.31) vs.
Bischoff (2-3, 3.80)
Potomac Won, 3-2 @ Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (1-3, 5.95) vs.
Littrell (5-5, 3.77)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (5-7, 4.32) vs.
Brault (7-6, 3.32)
Auburn Lost, 6-5 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Reilly (0-1, 7.71)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs. GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Rockies,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 6 — GAME ONE
• Lively (L, 0-1) 5IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER, 4BB, 3K
• Delcarmen 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hood 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Dobbs 2-3, R
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Apparently Mitch Lively’s fastball was anything but lively because he yielded seven runs in the first two innings of Syracuse’s 7-6 loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. First baseman Greg Dobbs’ fielding error with one out in the 1st led to two of those seven runs being unearned. The Syracuse faithful got to see ex-Nat Jason Marquis almost give this one away. After six scoreless frames, he fell short of the complete game. Destin “It’s All Good” Hood was both hero and goat in the inning. He proved that Marquis was human with a leadoff bomb to left in the seventh, but he later grounded into the game ending 6-4-3 double play after reliever BJ Rosenberg tried to blow his first save for Lehigh Valley with two walks and a single upon entering the game.

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 4 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (W, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Cedeno (SV, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Laird 2-3, 2R
• Solano 2-3, 2RBI

The Chiefs secured a doubleheader split by putting up six runs on the board over the first three innings on its way to a 6-4 victory over the IronPigs. Zach “Barbara’s not my moms” Walters 1st-inning solo shot to right got the scoring started. After Lehigh Valley’s Nate “Where’s Britney?” Spears tied it up on a solo shot of his own against starter and winner James “Big Richard” Simmons, the Syracuse offense went right back to work and put up three runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Josh Johnson’s two-run double was the key hit. After the IronPigs closed the gap to 4-3 in the top of the third, Jhonatan “The Condiment” Solano put the Chiefs back up 6-3 with a single up the middle that scored Steve Souza and Brandon Laird. Lehigh Valley made their final score with an RBI double in the 6th from Spears in the 6th before Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno closed out the game for his third save.
Roster moves: LHP Zach Jackson placed on the 7-Day DL.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 4 (15 inn.)
• McGregor 5IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Herron 3IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Bates (L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB (1 IBB), 0K
• Vettleson 4-6, R, 2B, 3B
• Taylor 3-7, R, HR, 2RBI

Harrisburg dropped the series finale, 5-4 to Richmond in heartbreaking fashion deep into extras. In the bottom of the 1st, 3B Matt Skole made a critical error that allowed a runner to score from third. The Flying Squirrels extended the lead to 2-0 in the 3rd before Harrisburg finally answered with singles by Jason Martinson, Drew Vettleson, and Cole Leonida get one back in the 5th. However, starter Scott McGregor couldn’t produce a shutdown inning and gave up four singles and two runs to put Harrisburg into a 4-1 deficit to come back from. The Sens managed to tie it up with outstanding relief work headlined by Derek Self who pitched two scoreless frames. Manno’s Millions got a scoreless frame from their hero, and the offense finally broke through with a Vettleson triple and Quincy “Don’t Call Me Jones” Latimore sac fly in the 7th. Michael “[SD’s mancrush]” Taylor hit a two-run bomb out to left that scored a Ricky Hague ahead of him and tied it up at 4-4. Harrisburg fans listening to the dulcet tones of Terry Byrom over the interwebs had to wait until the bottom of the 15th before a bases-loaded walkoff single removed the Senators from their on-field offices

Potomac 3 Salem 2
• Rauh 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Walsh (W, 2-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Martinez 2-3
• Severino 2-3, R, HR, RBI
• Tejeda 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Pedro Severino went “Marco!” with homer in the 8th while Oscar Tejeda went “Solo!” with a big fly in the 9th as the P-Nats edged the Red Sox, 3-2 and returned to sole possession of 1st place. The start went to Brian Rauh and he turned in four shutout innings with a single hit allowed, no walks, and five K’s. Severino and Estarlin Martinez both went 2-for-3 to lead the Potomac offense. Jake Walsh won for second time in four appearances with two shutout innings, with one hit and no walks allowed while setting down three on strikes.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 4
• Estevez 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, WP, 2BK
• Johns (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-4, R, BB, 2SB (51, 52)
• Ballou 2-5, R, OF assist at HP
• Kieboom 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI

The Suns scored on a wild pitch in the 9th to take their first and only lead of the night as they edged the Shorebirds, 5-4. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez was ineffective in his second start back from the GCL, giving up two runs over three innings on four hits and a walk while doing himself no favors with a wild pitch and two balks. Osvaldo Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walks and two stolen bases from the leadoff spot while nos. 3-4 hitters Isaac Ballou and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-5 with Kieboom lofting his 6th home run. Samuel Johns got the win after stranding two runners in the 7th, pitching a scoreless 8th, and working around a pair of singles in the 9th.

Lowell 6 Auburn 5
• Van Orden (L, 0-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Torres 4IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Abreu 1-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Gardner 1-4, R, 3B

The Doubledays led 1-0 early but gave up five runs in the middle innings and couldn’t complete the comeback for a 6-5 loss. Drew Van Orden took the brunt of Lowell’s assualt, giving up four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out four over five innings. Luis Torres returned to Auburn with four innings with two unearned runs let in on one hit and two walks over the final four frames. The Doubledays managed just six hits, but three went for extra bases with Osvaldo Abreu and Jeff Gardner both going 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats broke even with a 3-3 week against the Cardinals and Marlins. This week, it’s four against the Mets and three against the Cardinals.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
• Pimentel 0-2, K
• Baez ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

With a four-run 8th, the DSL NL All-Stars defeated the AL All-Stars, 9-7. Davinson Pimentel started at catcher and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout while Joan Baez appeared with one out in the 5th and struck out both batters he faced as the two managers did the best to make sure every player on the roster appeared. This week, it’s home games against the Rockies today, the Yankees1 and Mets1 on Thursday and Friday while they visit those three on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Jul 202014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2;
Lost, 5-0
vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL) and TBD
Simmons (1-2, 5.40) vs.
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86) and
Marquis (0-0, 0.50)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ Richmond,
1:35 p.m.
McGregor (0-1, 9.53) vs.
Blach (7-4, 2.98)
Potomac Won, 6-1 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.01) vs.
Kukuk (3-6, 6.61)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Estevez (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Horacek (5-8, 3.42)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Lowell,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Wilkerson (0-0, -.–)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-4 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY OFF DAY N/A


Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE
• Roenicke (L, 4-5) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Stange 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 2-3, RBI, CS
• Rhymes 1-3, R, 2B

In game one, Syracuse starter Josh Roenicke was felled by one bad inning. He gave up four runs in the top of the 5th to Lehigh Valley and the Chiefs’ offense failed to drum up an ample response. A leadoff homer by Leandro Castro to left started the fateful frame. Three singles and a double later, Syracuse found itself facing an insurmountable four-run hole. They did respond with two in the bottom of the 5th. Catcher Jhonatan Solano singled, Wil Rhymes doubled him over to third, and a sac fly by Josh Johnson scored Syracuse’s first run. After Emmanuel “I’m not Webster” Burriss was plunked, Kobernus singled in Syracuse’s second run. Lehigh Valley starter Brad “Thinkin’” Lincoln made sure that was all the runs the Chiefs would get en route to the seven inning complete game and a 4-2 score.

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Holland (L, 1-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Grace 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Moore 1-2, BB
• Walters 1-3, 2B

Syracuse suffered an even worse fate in game two. A pair of doubles in the 1st off starter Matt Holland led to Lehigh Valley’s first run. A two-run homer by Nate Spears in the second made it 3-0. Matt Grace could not stop the bleeding in the third. He yielded four single and two runs, ending his streak without an earned run at 25. The doleful Syracuse fans were now seeing a 5-0 deficit on the scoreboard. After going with the complete game victory in the opener, Lehigh Valley took the committee approach to shut out the Chiefs in the nightcap. Kudos to Hector Neris, winner Jeremy Horst and Cesar Jimenez for limiting the Chiefs offense to just three singles and Zach Walters’ 17th double of the year. Roster move: OF Eury Perez reassigned from Potomac; MiLB.com is listing this as him still being on a rehab assignment, most likely to avoid having to add him to the Chiefs’ roster.

Richmond 7 Harrisburg 3
• Kroenke 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
• Runion (L, 0-1) 2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Keyes 1-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Martinson 2-3, R, 3B, BB

The joy of Jose Lozada’s game-tying single in the top of the 8th was short-lived as the Squirrels went nuts on Sam Runion for four runs in the bottom of the 8th en route to a 7-3 win over the Senators. Runion gave up six hits total, including a home run, with no walks and one strikeout over the 7th and 8th innings. Zach Kroenke started and went the first five, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with five K’s. Jason Martinson reached base three times on a single, walk, and a triple while Kevin Keyes homered and walked twice as Harrisburg registered eight hits and four walks total.

Potomac 6 Salem 1
• Spann (W, 7-4) 7IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 3-5, 2R, 2B, OF assist at 2B
• Tejeda 2-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Manuel 2-3, BB, 2RBI

Oscar Tejeda totaled a Mercedes while Matt Spann turned in seven shutout innings as Potomac stopped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Salem. Former Red Sox farmhand Tejeda smacked a three-run HR off Simon Mercedes to give Spann all the support he would need. The 23-y.o. southpaw tied his season-best with six K’s, walked none and let up six hits to win his 7th game for the P-Nats and 9th overall. Estarlin Martinez continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs score to lead the 15-hit parade for Potomac.

Hagerstown 6 Delmarva 5
• Giolito (W, 5-2) 5⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 9K
• Thomas (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HR, 2-1 IR-S
• Lopez 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 2-4, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-3, BB, RBI, SB

Carlos Lopez’s solo HR in the top of the 9th proved to be the difference as Hagerstown nearly blew a 5-0 lead but survived with a 6-5 win over Delmarva. Lucas Giolito tied a season high with nine strikeouts as he pitched into the 6th for just the fourth time in 15 starts. He was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk while earning his fifth win. Lopez and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-4 as the Suns racked up 10 hits on the night.

Auburn 5 Lowell 4
• A. Williams 4⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K, HBP, 2WP
• P. Valdez (W, 2-0) 2⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• W. Rodriguez 3-5, 2R, 2B
• Williamson 2-4, 2B
• Eusebio 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Diomedes Eusebio’s two-run homer capped off a three-run 8th as Auburn rallied from 4-2 down to win 5-4 over Lowell. Austen Williams was sloppy in the early going, hitting a batter and missing the catcher twice as the Spinners got to him for three runs in the 1st on just two hits. He would compose himself and pitch into the fifth, finishing with three hits allowed and four strikeouts over four and 2/3rds. Lowell returned the favor with a two-run error in the 1st but shut down Auburn until the 8th. That’s when Wilman Rodriguez doubled for his third hit of the night, came in on a single by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, then Eusebio hit the killshot. Philips Valdez, who let in an inherited runner in the 7th, got the win with two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th.
Roster moves: RHPs Robbie Dickey, Luis Torres reassigned from GCL Nationals. Tonight’s starter is TBD, best bet: Torres, who hasn’t pitched since July 12.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 4
• Mattheus 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (L, 1-1) 3IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 3K, HR
• J. Ramirez 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Guzman 3-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Gutierrez 2-5, R, RBI

The G-Nats answered the G-Marlins first two scores of one run and three runs, but had no response for the five-run 4th as the G-Marlins went on to win 9-4. Ryan Mattheus put in his rehab inning with a run let in on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. Deibi Yrizarri took the loss with eight runs allowed in three innings on seven hits, including a grand slam. Luis Guzman singled once and doubled twice to pace the G-Nats 10-hit attack. Roster moves: RHP Ryan Mattheus assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Much is made about the NYPL’s grueling schedule, but the DSL isn’t that much easier. Yesterday and today are the only planned consecutive days off from May 31 to August 23, with the DSL All-Star Game scheduled for this morning at 10:30 a.m.

Jul 192014
 

Rockslide
For eight innings, there was a Star Trek convention on the Pfitzner stadium scoreboard — nothing but zeroes.

Austin Voth, who actually looked a little shaky early, did nothing to discourage the folks who want to Rhinehart him to Harrisburg with another seven scoreless innings. After giving up a 1st-inning single to Raul Mondesi and walking Jared Schlehuber in the 2nd, all he did is mow down the next 16 batters — striking out the side in the 4th.

The problem was, Wilmington’s Jonathan Dziedzic was nearly as good. Not as dominant, with four hits and a walk, but matched Voth zero for zero (Trekker for Trekkie?) until this became a battle of the bullpens.

Ian Dickson came on in the 8th and extended the retired batters streak to 19. Wilmington countered with veteran Blake Wood, who retired Randolph Oduber on a tapper back to the mound, then gave up a wall-scraping double to Khayyan Norfork.

Except Norfork missed first base, which Wilmington appealed so successfully that it didn’t even show up in the official box score play-by-play*.
* Not sure who to blame for that, but I haven’t seen something that egregious since the ’90s when an entire homestand was “rained out” during a drought in southern New Hampshire.

As you’ve no doubt inferred from the picture above, things fell apart rapidly thereafter. Estarlin Martinez tapped out to end the 8th. Wilmington led off the 9th with a single, got a sacrifice turned into a single, then a walk to load the bases. A sacrifice fly and a double brought ‘em all in for the 3-0 lead and eventual final score.

Potomac went in order in the 9th to lose for the fourth time in five games and fall out of 1st place, a 1/2 game behind Wilmington. The next six are on the road against the Salems, three in Virginia, three in North Carolina before the P-Nats return next Friday for six against the Mudcats and Pelicans.

Jul 192014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 10-2 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Roenicke (4-4, 5.00) and
Lively (6-4, 5.08 in PCL)
Holland (1-0, 1.59) vs.
Lincoln (4-5, 4.40) and
G. Smith (7-6, 3.86)
Neris (3-2, 6.03)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 @ Richmond,
6:05 p.m.
Kroenke (2-3, 5.91) vs.
Crick (6-4, 3.23)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (6-4, 4.39) vs.
Mercedes (2-5, 4.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.47) vs.
Severino (1-0, 3.60)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-1, 4.15) vs.
Buttrey (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-2 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 14-1 OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 10 Lehigh Valley 2
• Cole (W, 2-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 6K
• Madrigal 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Laird 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 4RBI
• Moore 3-5, 2R
• Solano 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The Phillies’ AAA club is apparently as bad as its MLB club. They were destroyed by the Syracuse Chiefs last night, 10-2. Offensive leader Steve Souza, phoned in a home run to lead off the 4th. Seven of his brethren followed up with consecutive positive plate appearances with an A.J. “Slaw” Cole sacrifice bunt being the only out recorded. A strike ‘em out (Jeff Kobernus), throw ‘em out (Emmanuel Burriss) ended the inning, but the damage had been done. Six runs was enough for Cole to kick it in cruise and pound the strike zone. Cole walked not one Iron Pig, but did yield two runs on eight hits while sending six of ‘em back to the dugout with “K.”
Roster move: RHP Mitch Lively assigned from Washington. You probably already knew he’s a former Oakland N.L. West-team farmhand.

Harrisburg 4 Richmond 3 (11 inn.)
• Simms 5⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K; 1-2
• Benincasa (W, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bates (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-5, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 2B
• Martinson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators won a thriller in Richmond last night. After an opening tally by Richmond in the bottom of the 3rd, Michael “BATMAN” Taylor promptly erased the evil deficit by leading off the 4th with a solo shot. Harrisburg continued its picket fence with a one-out double by Drew Vettleson and a clutch two-out RBI single by Adrian Sanchez to score him in the top of the 5th. A leadoff double by Rick “The Stick” Hague, a Matt Skole single, and a Kevin Keyes walk loaded the bases for what should have been the knockout blow. But Richmond replaced Kelvin Marte with Jose Casilla, who whiffed Jason Martinson, then yielded a bunt single to complete the picket fence but escaped further damage with lineout double play. Manno’s Minions will be disappointed to learn he issued the walk and the double that led to Richmond tying up the contest at 3-3 in the 7th. Martinson crushed the Flying Squirrels hopes with a two-out homer in the top of the 11th. Robert Benincasa got the win while Colin Bates got the save

Wilmington 3 Potomac 0
• Voth 7IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 8K
• Dickson (L, 1-8) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Pleffner 2-4
• Renda 1-3, 2B, BB

Austin Voth was brilliant, but things fell apart late Last Night In Woodbridge.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 3
• Johansen (L, 5-5) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Ullmann 3IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K
• Difo 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Yezzo 1-3, 2B

The Shorebirds erupted for four in the 6th to break open a 3-1 game as they cruised to an 8-3 win over the Suns. Jake Johansen made it through five, but was strafed for four runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five for his fifth loss. Hagerstown was limited to just four hits though two of them were doubles by Wilmer Difo and James Yezzo, who both went 1-for-3.

Hudson Valley 7 Auburn 6
• Bourque (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Mapes 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Read 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI
• Medina 1-3, R, 2BB, 4E

If they didn’t already know it, the Doubledays learned you can’t spot a 24-9 team a 6-0 lead and still win. But they tried, as they rallied for four in the 5th but ultimately fell short with a 7-6 loss. James Bourque was riddled for eight hits and six runs over four and a 1/3rd innings with only one earned run “thanks” to three Willie Medina throwing errors (four total) in the Renegades five-run 2nd. Raudy Read’s three-run HR sparked aforementioned 5th with “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored to pace the Auburn offense.
Roster move: CF Alec Keller placed on the 60-Day DL.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 2
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Plouck (W, 1-0) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP, 1-1 IR-S
• Valerio (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Gutierrez 3-4, 3B, BB
• Keniry 0-2, R, 2BB

Turnabout is fair play as the G-Nats reversed the score of Thursday with a 4-2 win over the G-Marlins on Friday. Daury Vasquez got the start and gave up one run on two hits with no walks and one whiff over three innings. Cole Plouck got the win in relief, Maximo Valerio got the save as the two combined for four and 2/3rds scoreless innings to finish out the game. Kelvin Gutierrez went 3-for-4 with a walk and a triple to lead the G-Nats attack.

DSL Giants 14 DSL Nationals 1
• Acevedo (L, 2-2) 4IP, 7H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Vargas ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-S
• Guerrero 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Mota 1-3

Sandy Guerrero’s solo shot in the 3rd pulled the D-Nats within two at 3-1 but it was all downhill from here as the D-Giants piled on 11 more for 14-1 demolition. Carlos Acevedo took the loss, allowing those first three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Just five of the D-Giant runs were earned thanks to seven errors, four by Francys Peguero while positioned near third base. Guerrero also singled to go 2-for-4 as the D-Nats were held to just six hits.
C-1B Davinson Pimentel, RHP Joan Baez named to DSL NL All-Star Team.

Jul 182014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 58-39, 1st place I.L. North, 5 games ahead

Good Tyler Moore .329/.422/.530, 6HR, 30RBI in 42G
Bad Daniel Stange 27BB in 45IP (5.4/9IP)
Interesting 75 offensive SB 2nd best in I.L.



HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-58, 5th place E.L. West, 18½ games behind

Good Paolo Espino 1-0, 2.51 ERA, 0.63WHIP in July (3 appearances, 2 starts)
Bad Drew Vettleson .170/.216/.234 in July (16G)
Interesting 7 team shutouts, 4th best in E.L.; 8th of 8 teams in pitching (5.4 R/G allowed)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-12, 1st place C.L. North, ½ game ahead (51-43 overall)

Good Estarlin Martinez .316/.355/.421 since All-Star break (19G)
Bad Matt Spann 2-3, 5.26 ERA, 1.91 WHIP since All-Star break (5GS)/td>
Interesting 4th-best offense in C.L., 2nd fewest total bases



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 18-10, T1st place Sally North, 2 games ahead (62-36 overall)

Good David Napoli 1-0, 0.68 ERA, 0.832 WHIP in seven appearances
Bad James Yezzo 11BB in 84G
Interesting Tied with Greensboro for both 2nd half and overall records



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 15-17, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 8½ games behind

Good “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz .850 OPS
Bad Drew Van Orden 0-2, 11.05 ERA, 2.32 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting 14SB – 14th in 14-team NYPL (also CS = 14)



GCL NATIONALS 13-11, T2nd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 3 games behind

Good Anderson Martinez 1-0, 0.73 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 4 appearances (12⅓ IP)
Bad Darryl Florentino .424 OPS in 20G (58PA)
Interesting Oliver Ortiz five OF assists in 20G



DSL NATIONALS 23-18, T3rd place Boca Chica South, 3 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Joan Baez 3-1, 1.21/3.12/0.90 in 9GS
Bad 17-y.o. Luis Perdomo .214/.233/.214 in 16G
Interesting 17-y.o. Panamanian Steven Fuentes 6HBP, 7BB, 35K in 33IP
Jul 182014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-0 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 3.78) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-6, 4.20)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-1 @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (2-1, 3.86) vs.
Marte (7-3, 3.67)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (2-0, 0.35) vs.
Dziedzic (5-5, 2.82)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (5-4, 4.86) vs.
Harvey (6-4, 3.01)
Auburn Lost, 6-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (1-0, 3.18) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2 (10 inn.) @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-5 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 3.21) vs.
Guzman (2-1, 3.79)


Syracuse 13 Lehigh Valley 0
• Treinen (W, 6-0) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Jackson 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 4-5, 4R, 2RBI
• Walter 4-6, 3R
• Laird 3-4, 3R, 3B, HR, BB, 5RBI
• Hood 3-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI

There’s a Pig Roast scheduled for Sunday in Syracuse, but the boys got started a little early as the Chiefs grilled the IronPigs for 18 hits in 13-0 victory in Lehigh Valley. Four pitchers combined on the five-hit shutout, with starter Blake Treinen going the first six frames with four hits and two walks allowed while striking out while Zack Jackson, Daniel Stange, and Neil Holland each turned in a scoreless inning. Brandon Laird drove in five with a single, triple, and a three-run homer to lead the 18-hit assault.
Roster move: RHP James Simmons reassigned from Harrisburg.

Richmond 5 Harrisburg 1
• Dupra (L, 1-4) 5IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 3K, HR(GS)
• Self 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-3, 2B, BB
• Keyes 1-1, R, HR, RBI

The Flying Squirrels swooped on Senators starter Brian Dupra for five runs in the 5th to send Harrisburg to a 5-1 loss. Dupra went toe-to-toe with Richmond’s Austin Fleet for four innings in a 0-0 pitcher’s duel, with Fleet tossing a no-no and Dupra allowing a leadoff double in the 3rd. The excrement struck the spinning airflow device in the bottom of the 5th as the Squirrels rallied for for five, including a grand slam to send Dupra to his fourth loss. Jason Martinson broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double in the 5th while Kevin Keyes’s pinch-hit homer — #16 for the Senators, #20 overall — ended the shutout bid to lead off the 8th.
Roster move: OF Michael Taylor activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Paul Demny placed on the 7-day DL, retroactive to July 12.

Potomac 2 Wilmington 1 — COMP.
• Schwartz 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Norfork 2-3, 2B
• Martinez 2-3, R, RBI

Khayyan Norfork led off the continuation with a single, which was knocked down by the Blue Rocks shortstop to deny him the RBI and Mike McQuillan nearly got the Willie Mays Hayes single and an RBI with a swinging bunt that got him out to end the 6th. After Richie Mirowksi pitched around a walk in the top of the 7th, Estarlin Martinez singled, took second on a sacrifice and scored on a Randolph Oduber single in the bottom of the 7th to take the continuation, 2-1.

Wilmington 4 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO
• Bacus (L, 3-5) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Walsh 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, 2WP
• E. Perez 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SB
• Pleffner 2-4, RBI

The Potomac bats continue to fizzle as they racked up 10 hits but only plated one run in a 4-1 loss to Wilmington. Starter Dakota Bacus had trouble putting away the leadoff man, putting him on five times out of seven innings, but pitched well enough to win with two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Jake Walsh’s Woodbridge debut was marred by two wild pitches, one of which came on a strikeout to the first batter he faced. He would give up three hits and two runs in the 8th to give the Blue Rocks a comfortable three-run lead. Eury Perez singled, doubled, walked and scored the lone P-Nat run on a Shawn Pleffner double single off the right-centerfield wall in the 3rd.
Roster move: RHP Blake Schwartz placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 2
• Pivetta 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K
• Suero 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Johns (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wooten 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Middleton 2-4, 2B

James Yezzo singled with one out, Brennan Middleton followed with a double to push him to 3rd, and West Virginia’s shortstop Bucknered a Narciso Mesa roller to send him in as Hagerstown walked off with a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series win. Nick Pivetta started and pitched into the 6th, when the Power got to him for their two runs. Wander Suero kept the go-ahead run on base by getting the last two outs, then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Samuel Johns pitched two scoreless innings for the “W.” John Wooten got the first two Suns runs with a homer in the 2nd and led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night.

Hudson Valley 6 Auburn 2
• Ott 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• D. Williams (BS, 1; L, 1-2) 2IP, 4H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, 0HR
• Gardner 3-4, R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB

The Renegades had it made in the 8th as they retrieved six runs off Deion Williams to turn a 2-0 deficit into the eventual 6-2 bounty over the Doubledays. The implosion wasted a career night by Travis Ott, who pitched six innings of three-hit, shutout ball with no walks and six whiffs. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn offense with a 3-for-4 night, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, who went 2-for-4 with a walk.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 2 (10 inn.)
• K. Simmons 3IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, K
• Morales (BS, 1; L, 0-4) 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Alvarez 2-4, BB
• Ortiz 1-4, R, RBI

The G-Marlins got to Jose Morales for the 2-2 tie in the 8th and smacked a two-run HR against him in the 10th for the 4-2 win. Kyle Simmons started and went the first three innings, letting in one on a hit and two walks while fanning one. Thomas Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot but the rest of the lineup struggled, adding just six more hits and one more walk and going 1-for-14 with RISP.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Giants 5
• Baez 5IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K, HBP
• N. Ramirez (W, 5-3) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Franco 4-4, R, BB, RBI, E(16)
• A. Martinez 2-4, R, 2B, BB
• Pimentel 2-4, 2RBI

The D-Nats erupted for five runs in the 8th to break a 3-3 deadlock and held on for an 8-5 win over the D-Giants. Starter Joan Baez let in just an unearned run over five innings on one hit and one walk as he struck out one. The win went to Nector Ramirez, though he gave up two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over the 7th and 8th innings. Angher Cespedes struck out two while earning his seventh save in a 1-2-3 ninth. 16-y.o. Anderson Franco reached base five times with four singles and a walk while Davinson Pimentel and Andres Martinez both went 2-for-4 to pace the 12-hit D-Nats offense.

Jul 172014
 

wheelscameoffthebus
As much as we like our boys to win, sometimes we’re reminded that they’re also here to learn.

At least that’s what the rational fan should be thinking after Wilmington rocked Pedro Encarnacion for five runs in the 5th to hand the P-Nats a 6-1 loss in the opener of the doubleheader last night in Woodbridge.

Encarnacion, who made four appearances — one abbreviated by rain — in the GCL over the last two weeks, looked good in his first inning of work, setting down the 2-3-4 batters 1-2-3 in the 4th on a pair of groundouts and strikeout.

But after a leadoff single in the 5th and a walk followed by a wild pitch, he looked rattled and pitched like, well, he was still in the GCL. A tapper to second was hit just slowly enough to score the go-ahead run. A triple down the right-field line sent in another. A swinging bunt scored the third Wilmington run.

Another single, this one also to right, plated the fourth run. After an aborted double-steal — Severino sniffed out, but couldn’t catch the runner at 3rd — Encarnacion rocked back and forth on the rubber for balk and another Wilmington run.

Raul Mondesi doubled to finish the binge, and Encarnacion finally got a popout. With a positive to lean on, manager Tripp Keister pulled the plug but the damage was done.

Of course, as the “1” in the linescore suggests, the Potomac bats were largely dormant — just five hits total and one walk, with the shutout avoided only when a wild pitch plated the tying run in the third.

The loss broke a modest four-game win streak, and another in the nightcap cut the P-Nats lead in the Carolina League North to just a 1/2 game over the Blue Rocks. Tonight, they’ll pick up where things left off last Thursday and then play a nine-inning game afterwards.

Jul 172014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK @ Richmond,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.91) vs.
Fleet (6-1, 3.27)
Potomac Lost, 6-1;
Lost, 6-2
vs. Wilmington,
6:00 p.m. (Comp. DH)
TBD and Bacus (3-4, 3.71) vs.
TBD and Sparkman (5-2, 1.43)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (11-5, 3.90) vs.
Heredia (1-3, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 8-2 vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.75) vs.
Pike (0-0, 2.45)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-0 (5½ inn.) vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 13-4 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (3-1, 1.36) vs.
Concepcion (4-1, 3.60)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
• Laffey 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI
• Solano 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI

Jhonatan Solano’s two-run blast in the 2nd broke open a 2-0 game as the I.L., um, coasted by the PCL, 7-3 in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham. Steve Souza went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double and made a diving catch to end the 8th. Aaron Laffey pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Harrisburg — All-Star Break
• Taylor 1-3, BB, RBI, SB, CS, OF assist at 3B
• Keyes 0-1, K
• Bates 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K

Michael Taylor showed off the arm, the legs, and the bat in a 5-2 win for the Western Division in the E.L. All-Star game. Kevin Keyes made a late appearance off the bench, striking out in one plate appearance. Likewise, Colin Bates was dinged for the final run on a triple and a groundout in the 8th though he fanned two.
Roster move: LHP Chris Manno promoted from Potomac; RHP Brett Brach released.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 1 — GAME ONE
• Rauh 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Encarnacion (L, 1-3) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K, WP, BK
• Pleffner 1-2, BB
• Renda 1-3, 2B

The wheels came off the bus in the 5th Last Night In Woodbridge.

Wilmington 6 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Schwartz (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K, 2HR
• Pena 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, 2HR, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillam 1-2, R, BB, CS
• E. Martinez 1-3, RBI, OF assist at 3B

Four solo HRs were basically the gap in the nightcap between Potomac and Wilmington as the Blue Rocks completed the doubleheader sweep of the P-Nats with a 6-2 win. The Schwartz was not with Blake as the 23-y.o. gave up four runs on seven hits, including two homers. Ronald Pena’s return to Woodbridge was also a bit rude as the visitors greeted him with longballs in the 6th and 7th innings. Mike McQuillan was the sole P-Nat to reach base twice (single, walk) as Wilmington limited Potomac to four hits, minimizing the damage from five walks issued.
Roster move: RHP Pedro Encarnacion activated from the 7-Day DL; OF Will Piwnica-Worms transferred from the 7-Day DL to the 3-Day Temporary Inactive List.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 1
• Silvestre (L, 5-7) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Napoli 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Ballou 1-3, 2B, BB, SB, CS
• Ward 2-3, R, 2B, CS

Hagerstown never led this one as West Virginia scored in five of the first seven innings en route to a 6-1 win. Hector Silvestre was zapped for three runs on seven hits and a walk, including a solo HR in the 1st. He struck out three while suffering his seventh loss. The Suns were held to just six hits, through three were doubles by Isaac Ballou, Drew Ward, and John Wooten who combined to go 4-for-9 with two walks.

Auburn 8 Hudson Valley 2
• Lopez 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 3BB, 5K
• Sanchez (W 2-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Read 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2B
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI

A four-run 3rd broke open a 1-1 game as Auburn edged one step closer to .500 with an 8-2 win over Hudson Valley. Reynaldo Lopez labored into the fourth, letting in one run on two hits and three walks, though he struck out five. He left with one out and two runners on in the 4th in favor of Mario Sanchez, who rolled a double play then tossed two perfect innings of relief for the win. The Doubledays racked up 13 hits and seven doubles, with Raudy Read collecting three of the former and two of the latter while driving in two and scoring twice, followed by “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Wilman Rodriguez, who both singled and doubled and scored a run.
Roster move: OF Wilman Rodriguez demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 0 (5½ inn.)
• Dickey (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, BB, K, 2WP
• W. Davis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Serrata 1-2
• G. Ramirez 0-0, BB

Rain shortened this one to five and a 1/2 innings as the G-Cards shut out the G-Nats, 5-0 on one (1) hit to stop a six-game win streak. Robbie Dickey was strangled for four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out one over one and 2/3rds innings to take the loss, his second. Gilberto Ramirez pinch-walked to break up the perfect game with one out in the 4th while Brayan Serrata broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the 6th.
Roster move: OF Brandon Miller assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Red Sox 13 DSL Nationals 4
• Bermudez (L, 1-4) 1IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, 3BB, K, HBP
• Y. Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HBP
• J. Ramirez 3-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Agustin 0-2, 2BB, SB

The D-Red Sox scored early, late, and often as they scored five runs in the 1st and six in the 8th en route to a 13-4 beatdown of the D-Nats? Starter Juan Bermudez was lifted after one inning — pitch count, no doubt — as he was charged with five unearned runs on three hits and three walks while hitting a batter. Yonathan Ramirez was the most effective of the four relievers that followed, giving up just one run over four and a 1/3rd while striking out five. Joshual Ramirez singled once, doubled twice and drove in a run to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jul 162014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg ALL-STAR BREAK ALL-STAR BREAK N/A
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Wilmington,
6:00 p.m.
Schwartz, (2-0, 3.75) and
Rauh (1-1, 5.22) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.66) and
Finnegan (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (5-6, 4.26) vs.
Dickson (4-8, 4.45)
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Hudson Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-2, 15.19) vs. TBD
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5 (7½ inn.) @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-3 (11 inn.) @ DSL Red Sox,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-3, 1.87) vs.
Gonzalez (7-0, 2.48)


Syracuse — All-Star Break
As you see in the italics below, there’s one less Chief who’ll play tonight in Durham, North Carolina where the International League will match up against the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Jhonatan Solano and Steve Souza are the starters at catcher and in the outfield respectively while Aaron Laffey will be among the pitchers available in relief.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to July 14.

Harrisburg — All-Star Break
In Altoona, it’ll be Michael Taylor, Colin Bates, and Kevin Keyes representing Harrisburg for the Western Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game tonight. Last night, it was fun and festivities, where folks were treated to something other than a HR derby.
Mick Reinhard has the story.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s back to the grind tonight as the P-Nats and Blue Rocks, who play each other 14 times in the second half, begin the first of four-plus games in three days with a doubleheader tonight. Tomorrow, it’s a completion of the game suspended last Thursday, followed by a nine-inning game, then the regularly scheduled game on Friday.

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 4
• Estevez 4IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Mooneyham (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 4BB, K, 3WP
• Kieboom 3-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Wooten 3-4, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 3B

Like singles night in a trailer park, the Suns three-run 6th wasn’t pretty: just two hits, neither resulting in an RBI. But Hagerstown took advantage of West Virginia’s pitcher miscues (BB, HBP) to score once on a wild pitch and twice on sacrifice flies to break open a 3-2 game as they took the opener, 8-4. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez made his first start for the Suns since the 2012 playoffs. He went four frames, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while setting down one on strikes. Brett Mooneyham got his second win with three and 1/3rd uneven innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and four walks with one strikeout and three wild pitches. Isaac Ballou (2-for-4) and Spencer Kieboom (3-for-4) went back-to-back with triples in the 7th while John Wooten’s third hit of the night plated Kieboom as Hagerstown pounded out 13 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito activated from the 3-Day TIL; OF John Wooten activated from the 7-Day DL; LHP Joseph Webb placed on the 7-Day DL.

Auburn — OFF DAY
At eight and a half games back with nine games left against division leader State College, the odds are better for Auburn to make it to the crapshoot that is the New York-Penn League playoffs as the wild card. In that race, the Doubledays trail by just three games but have five teams in front of them. Two of them are in their division — Batavia and Williamsport — which means they have plenty of chances to catch them. The other three — Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Connecticut — they play just one series against, on the road. They’ve already swept Connecticut, and play the NYC contingent beginning two weeks from today. The month of August could make for some serious scoreboard watching.
Roster moves: OF Brian Langlois reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Cardinals 5 (7½ inn.)
• Reyes 4+ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Perry 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R, SB
• Keniry 2-4, R, RBI
• Rosario 3-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Dionicio Rosario’s three-run HR highlighted a four-run 5th as the G-Nats beat the G-Cards, 7-5 for their sixth straight win. Luis Reyes got the start but was smoked for three runs on three hits and a walk over four innings. D.J. Jauss was awarded the win but was ineffective, letting in two runs (one inherited) in the top of the 5th. Likewise, McKenzie Mills was credited with the save thanks to the rain, with one run allowed on four hits and two walks over an inning and 2/3rds. Rosario was 3-for-4 overall with a double and three runs scored as the G-Nats notched 11 hits over seven turns at bat.
Roster moves: RHP Ryan Perry assigned from Harrisburg for minor-league rehab.

DSL Red Sox 8 DSL Nationals 3 (11 inn.)
• Fuentes 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 6K, 2HBP
• M. Pena (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Charlis (L, 3-2) 2IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR, HBP
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, SB
• Mota 2-5, PO at 3B
• Franco 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI

A 3-1 lead was too small a lead for the D-Nats ‘pen to hold as they coughed up two in the 6th and five in 11th in an 8-3 loss to the D-Red Sox. Starter Steven Fuentes let in an unearned run on three hits and a walk over his five innings of work for his second no-decision in four starts. The loss went to Fiyeral Charlis, who was torched for a three-run homer and five runs total in the 11th. Telmito Agustin and Anderson Franco both doubled twice while Israel Mota singled twice but was picked off third in the 7th for what might have been the game-winning run.

Jul 152014
 

Austin VothAfter flirting with a no-hitter for five innings, Austin Voth “only” threw seven shutout innings last Friday, but it was enough to win the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honor for July 7th to the 13th.

Voth, whose name rhymes with “both,” struck out a season-best of eight and walked one, which cost him the perfect game in the 5th, but won for the second time in four starts for Potomac.

Overall, the 22-y.o. native of Washington state is 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in 17 starts between Low-A and High-A, where his current pitcher’s line looks like an SEC football player’s GPA in the spring, fall, and winter at 0.35/2.43/0.50.
In 26 innings for the P-Nats, he’s allowed nine hits and four walks while striking out 28.

Originally drafted in the 5th Rd. last year The Univ. of Washington, Voth blew through three levels in 2013, making seven of eleven starts for the Auburn Doubledays where he was 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP, which earned him a place on this site’s 2014 Watchlist for RHPs.