Friday’s News & Notes

Rain for NPP 2

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Losing, 2-1
vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
5:00 p.m. (conclusion)
Rosenbaum (5-4, 3.69) vs.
Marshall (2-6, 6.72)
Harrisburg Won, 11-6 @ Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.44) vs.
Gamboa (3-5, 3.77)
Potomac Losing, 1-0
@ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m
Ray (6-2, 3.12) vs.
Zimmer (1-7, 5.98)
Hagerstown Won, 5-4 vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-1, 3.13) vs.
Simmons (0-1, 7.59)
Auburn Lost, 5-3; Winning, 1-0
@ Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Brewer (2-0, 2.70)
GCL Nationals Won, 4-0 @ GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-0 @ DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.96) vs.
Figueroa (2-0, 1.50)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2 Syracuse 1 — SUSP.
The rains came in the middle in fourth in upstate New York, halting play with the RailRiders leading the Chiefs, 2-1. It will be completed today, weather permitting, at 5 p.m. followed by the regularly scheduled game.
Roster move: IF Josh Johnson reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 11 Bowie 6
• Gilliam 3⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K, 2HBP
• Swynenberg (W, 2-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 3-0 IR-S
• Head 4-6, R, 2B, 4RBI
• Bloxom 3-4, 2-2B, 2BB, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, BB

Buoyed by some kid named Harper (2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI), Harrisburg clubbed Bowie for six runs in the first two innings and cruised to an 11-6 victory. The Senators pounded out 15 hits total, with Jared Head leading the way with a 4-for-6, 4RBI night, followed by Justin Bloxom’s 3-for-4, two-double, two-walk effort. Jason Martinson went 2-for-4 with a walk, double, and 2RBI in his AA debut. Rob Gilliam couldn’t get out of the fourth, giving up six hits and four walks over three and 2/3rds. Matt Swynenberg came in with the bases loaded in the 4th and stranded all three and pitched a scoreless 5th to get the win.

Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0 — SUSP.
Heavy rains swept through Woodbridge in the bottom of the third with two runners on and no outs as the game was eventually suspended. It will be picked up on the 1st of August, when the Pelicans next visit Potomac. It’ll be a 5:30 p.m. start for the completion followed by a 7-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.
Roster moves: RHP Brian Broderick placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Colin Bates activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 4
• Encarnacion 6+ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Pena (W, 3-3) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Dickson (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Pleffner 2-4, R
• Perez 1-3, R, BB

Brandon Miller’s two-run triple, the third straight hit with two outs, capped an 8th-inning comeback for a 5-4 Hagerstown win over Lexington. All the scoring cam in just three half innings, with Suns striking first with three in the 2nd. Starter Pedro Encarnacion had a three-hit shutout through six frames until Lexington stunned him with three hits and three runs in the space of three batters, including back-to-back home runs. He gave up six hits total, walked one and struck out four over six-plus innings. Ronald Pena gave up an unearned run to complete the Legends’ four-run 7th but got the win after pitching a scoreless 8th. Ian Dickson shut the door in the 9th for his first save as a Sun.

Williamsport 5 Auburn 3 — GAME ONE
• Barrientos 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Hollins (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 1K, 2-2 IR-S
• Yezzo 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Lippincott 2-3, R

Auburn posted a picket fence in the early going, only to see the 3-0 lead evaporate in the 7th for 5-3 loss. Joel Barrientos threw five shutout innings in his first start for the Doubledays, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three. Leonard Hollins blew the save and took the loss, letting in two inherited runs and giving up three hits and a walk to the six batters he faced, retiring one on a strikeout. James Yezzo and Bryan Lippincott both went 2-for-3 with a run scored, with Yezzo hitting his first professional home run.

Williamsport 1 Auburn 0 — SUSP.
Play was halted with one out in the third with the Doubledays leading 1-0. It will be made up later this season.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Cardinals 0
• Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Martin (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Eusebio 2-3, R, RBI
• Ward 1-3, 2B, BB

The G-Nats got right back up on the proverbial horse, winning for the fifth time in six games with a 4-0 shutout of the G-Cards. Jefry Rodriguez got the win with five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, walking none, and fanning seven. Diomedes Eusebio led the offense with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run and driving in a run.

DSL Cubs 2 DSL Nationals 0
• Morales (L, 0-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 0K
• Yrizarri 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Tillero 1-3, 2B
• Mercedes 1-3, BB

The D-Nats were held to just four hits as the D-Cubs shut them out, 2-0. 18-y.o. Jose Morales started for the first time in six appearances, taking the loss with a run on two hits and a walk over three inning. Jorge Tillero connected for the sole extra-base hit while Yermin Mercedes was the only D-Nat to reach base twice; both went 1-for-3.

Jason Martinson Promoted To Harrisburg

Moving On Up for NPP
The Harrisburg Senators have announced that Potomac SS Jason Martinson has been promoted from Potomac, while SS Josh Johnson returns to Syracuse to make room on the AA roster.

Martinson had been hitting .268/.374/.484 with a team-leading 12 home runs and 53 RBIs for the P-Nats and had played in 73 of 75 games, which is also the most for the team. He was the Carolina League Player of the Week twice in April.

A corresponding move has yet to be announced, as the activation of Colin Bates from the DL more closely resembles the move in reaction to Brian Broderick going onto the DL, as feared from his aborted relief outing last night.

Martinson was drafted by the Nationals in 2010 out of Texas State University and has risen slowly through the A-ball ranks, splitting time between Low-A and High-A 2012 after spending all of 2011 in Hagerstown. He was a taxi squad player on the 2012 AFL team batting .189 with a HR and 8RBI in 11 games.

Like Zach Walters ahead him on the ladder, Martinson represents the next wave of infielders that could potentially back up incumbents Ian Desmond and (let’s face it) Anthony Rendon. Two things have held him back thus far: his penchant for strikeouts, and shaky defense.

The K’s may be something he never quite tames, and in today’s game, that seems to be tolerated as the price for such power, which he has in spades for middle infielder. Of late, he’s been drawing more walks, and all season long he’s grinded out the at-bats, which I’d be willing to bet is one of the reasons he’s getting the bump.

Defensively, he’s made great strides just in the parts of two seasons I’ve seen him, learning to play within his range and making better decisions. Does it mean he’s a highlight reel? No, but he can pretty much be counted to make the routine plays and no longer makes youthful mistakes. That may sound like faint praise, so to put it more concretely – he made 33 errors in 113 games at SS in ’11. He’s on pace in ’13 to make roughly 15 errors over that same number of games.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Bryce Harper steps to the plate in the bottom of the 1st
Perhaps it was the season in microcosm — minus the rehab appearance by Bryce Harper, of course — as the P-Nats got good starting pitching, uneven bullpen work, and timely hitting in a 6-5 win over Myrtle Beach.

All eyes of course were on the 20-year-old Bryce Harper and he did not disappoint, launching a towering flyball in his second at-bat that hit the first level of signage above and beyond the right field wall. He was originally scheduled to play LF, but switched to DH shortly before gametime as storms swept through the region, though it did not appear as if any significant rainfall had accumulated.

Harper’s HR was the second of the evening. The first was Adrian Nieto’s, a solo blast that cleared all three tiers of signage in the second inning.

Brian Rauh got the spot start in place of Taylor Hill, and filled in admirably with four innings of one-hit ball, walking none and striking out three. He was to be followed by Brian Broderick, who warmed up in the bottom of the 4th and took the mound in the 5th but left during warmups, clutching his right forearm.

David Fischer was summoned on short notice to take over and seemed none the worse for wear in his first inning of work, walking two and striking out two but allowing no hits. The second inning, however, was another story as a hit batsmen, a generously scored single, a walk, a triple, and another single sent him to the proverbial showers with no outs.

Greg Holt let in the runner he inherited with an errant pickoff throw and a sacrifice fly to finish the 6th and pitched around a leadoff single and one-out double — thanks in no small part to Nieto gunning down the leadoff hitter — in the 7th for two scoreless innings.

Down 5-2 in the 8th, the P-Nats began one of their patented runs. Three straight singles by Michael Taylor, Nieto (who went 4-for-4), and Caleb Ramsey cut the deficit to 5-3. Following a Cutter Dykstra strikeout, Adrian Sanchez beat out a double-play ball while Mike Gilmartin drew the two-out walk to load the bases.

Francisco Soriano tied the game with a two-run single up the middle while Billy Burns plated the go-ahead run with a double to left, with Soriano getting thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Richie Mirowski, who had taken over for Holt in the 8th, set ’em down 1-2-3 in the 9th to get his 6th win of the season.

The series and homestand concludes tonight with a matchup of Ivan Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs. Victor Payano (5-4, 4.41)

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3; Lost, 6-3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Tatusko (1-2, 3.75) vs.
Cotham (2-4, 7.34)
Harrisburg Won, 11-2 @ Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 5.40) vs.
Jones (3-2, 5.53)
Potomac Won, 6-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m
Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Payano (5-4, 4.41)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-6 (12 inn.) vs. Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (5-4, 3.09) vs.
Binford (4-3, 2.30)
Auburn Postponed vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Barrientos (0-0, 7.71) and
Turnbull (2-0, 3.27) vs.
Prosinski (0-1, 40.50) and
Gueller (2-0, 1.80)
GCL Nationals Lost, 6-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
J. Perez (0-1, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 1-0 vs. DSL Cubs,
10:30 a.m.
Yrizarri (1-0, 0.96) vs.
Figueroa (2-0, 1.50)

Syracuse Chiefs 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 3-5) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Broadway (S, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Owings 3-3, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Rhymes 2-3, R, 2-3B
• Rahl 1-2, 2B, 2RBI

Chris Rahl’s sac fly in the 5th snapped the tie while Micah Owing’s big fly in the 6th gave the Chiefs the insurance run for a 5-3 win over the RailRiders. Yunesky Maya got the win, allowing all three Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings while striking out two. Mike Broadway struck out the side in the 7th for his third save.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6 Syracuse Chiefs 3 — GAME TWO
• Mandel (L, 1-5) 5⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K, 4HR
• Cedeno 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Owings 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Costanzo 2-3, R

Jeff Mandel gave up four home runs, three for solo shots, as the RailRiders rolled over the Chiefs, 6-3 in the nightcap. The 28-y.o. veteran was charged with all six Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs on nine hits over five and a 1/3rd innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. Micah Owings homered again and drove in two, as both he and Mike “Don’t Call Me George” Costanzo went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Roster moves: CF Eury Perez placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to June 24; RHP Jeremy Accardo released; RHP Cole Kimball activated from the 7-Day DL

Harrisburg 11 Akron 2
• Hill (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 3-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
• Hood 2-4, R, RBI, SB
• Nicol 2-4, R, RBI

The Senators busted out for four runs twice against the Aeros to complete the three-game sweep with an 11-2 victory. Taylor Hill gave up a run on four hits and a walk while striking out four to win his AA debut. Brian Goodwin and Jimmy Van Ostrand both hit three-run HRs to power the Harrisburg attack, which scored 11 times on 11 hits and left just five men on base.

Potomac 6 Myrtle Beach 5
• Rauh 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mirowski (W, 6-3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Harper 1-3, R, HR, RBI, K
• Nieto 4-4, R, HR, RBI

Harper and Nieto homer, but it was a good old-fashioned 8th-inning rally that won it Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: IF Cutter Dykstra activated from the 7-Day DL.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 6 (12 inn.)
• Lee 4IP, 6H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 4K
• Mendez 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Davis (L, 1-1) 2+ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Piwinica-Worms 3-6, R, 2B, RBI
• B. Miller 2-6, 2B, 3RBI
• Miller 2-6, 2B, RBI

Twice the Suns took the lead into the final frame, allowing the tying run in the 9th and the winning runs in the 12th as the Power prevailed, 7-6. Nick Lee gave up four unearned runs over four innings, though he coughed up six hits and a walk while fanning four and left down 4-2. The Suns chipped away with single runs in the 5th, 7th, and 9th, the latter giving them a 5-4 lead. West Virginia sent it to extras with a solo HR in the 9th and handed Cody Davis the loss by scoring twice on three singles and a walk in the 12th. Four Suns doubled and had multiple hits, with Will Piwinica-Worms leading the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-6 night.

Auburn vs. Williamsport — PPD
A wee bit of rain fell in the late afternoon in Auburn, forcing a doubleheader today.

GCL Cardinals 6 GCL Nationals 2
• Voth 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, K
• Suero (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Ruiz 1-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI
• L. Guzman 1-3, R, RBI

The season-opening streak of four wins for the G-Nats was halted with a 6-2 defeat by the G-Cards. Austin Voth got the start and turned in two scoreless innings, but gave up the three of the 15 hits the G-Cards collected. Wander Suero took the loss with three runs on six hits allowed over the next three frames. The G-Nats scored twice but were limited to just three hits. Adderling Ruiz and Luis Guzman each singled and drove in a run in the loss.

DSL Nationals 1 DSL Brewers 0
• Reyes (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 8K
• Sanchez (H, 3) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Salazar (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Cerda 1-2
• Aguero 1-3, 2B, RBI

Three pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as the D-Nats edged the D-Brewers, 1-0. Luis Reyes went the first five, giving up three hits and three walks, but struck out eight for his second win (his second). Mario Sanchez followed with two hits and a walk given up over three innings for his third hold. Melvi Salazar pitched around a hit in the 9th for his fourth save. “Fred” Aguero’s RBI double in the 4th accounted for the lone run, as the D-Nats were held to just two hits and four walks.

Five Senators Named To E.L. All-Star Team

Rosters for the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game were announced today, and for the third straight year, five Harrisburg Senators made the Western Division squad:

• IF Josh Johnson

• OF Steve Souza Jr.

• RHP Aaron Barrett

• RHP Paul Demny

• RHP Taylor Jordan

This is the first All-Star team selection for Demny and the second All-Star team selection for Johnson (Midwest, 2006), Souza (Sally, 2010), Jordan (Sally, 2011) and Barrett (Sally 2012).

This year’s game will be held in New Britain, Connecticut on July 10th with a HR derby on the 9th. New Britain previously hosted the All-Star game in 2003 and 1987.

UPDATE: The accolades keep coming for Jordan as the 24-year-old was named to the 2013 All-Star Futures Game.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (2-5, 4.72) and
Mandel (1-4, 5.85) vs.
Huff (0-1, 2.87) and
Bootcheck (5-2, 3.36)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 vs. Akron,
12:00 p.m.
Hill (AA debut) vs.
Roberts (5-4, 4.58)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m
Rauh (0-0, 7.20) vs.
Eickhoff (6-3, 3.59)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (1-2, 6.26) vs.
Kuchno (3-3, 4.99)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (0-0, 7.71)
vs. Prosinski (0-1, 40.50)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. DSL Brewers,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (1-0, 2.29) vs.
Padilla (0-1, 9.00)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse Chiefs 0
• Garcia 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Clay (L, 0-2) 7⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Bocock 2-2, BB
• Rivero 1-2, BB

Three Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Syracuse to hand the Chiefs a 5-0 loss. Christian Garcia gave up a hit but walked none and struck out two in his GCL-like “start.” Caleb Clay followed and was perhaps pushed an inning too far with four runs charged on seven hits over seven and 2/3rds with a walk and three strikeouts. Veteran infielders Brian Bocock and Carlos Rivero combined to go 3-for-4 with 2BB while the rest of the lineup went 1-for-23.

Harrisburg 4 Akron 1
• Karns (W, 5-3) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Barrett (SV, 15) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B
• Hague 1-2, R, HR, BB

Nathan Karns reverted to form in his second start since returning, giving up just a run on five hits over seven innings, while Harrisburg finally reached .500 at home with a 4-1 victory over Akron. The lone Aeros tally did come on a home run, which has been Karns’s weakness in 2013, with six allowed in the minors and five in the majors. Offensively, Ricky Hague answered that big fly with a solo shot in the 5th off the souvenir shop roof. Steve Souza led the Harrisburg attack with a 2-for-4 night, including a double and walk. The win evened the Senators home record at 20-20 and extended their lead in the E.L. West to two games over Erie.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 5
• Schwartz (W, 6-2) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Dupra (H, 3) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Nieto 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Harper 1-1, R, 2B, BB, SB

Potomac rallied for three in the 3rd to erase a 3-0 deficit, then posted a picket fence from the 5th to the 8th en route to a 7-5 win over Myrtle Beach. Bryce Harper, who was famously skipped over High-A in 2011, made his first appearance in Woodbridge on a rehab appearance. He doubled, walked, stole a base and scored in front of Adrian Nieto’s two-run single that capped the Potomac 3rd. Starter Blake Schwartz got the win, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings while striking out three. Nieto also homered to cap a 2-for-4 night with 3RBI.

West Virginia 6 Hagerstown 1
• Mooneyham 3⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 5K
• Henke 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S
• Meza 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Renda 2-3, BB, RBI
• Schill 1-2, R, BB, SB

Tony Renda’s RBI single in the 5th prevented a Power shutout as the Suns fell in Charleston, 6-1. Brett Mooneyham’s control woes continued with four walks over three and a 1/3rd innings. He was charged with four runs (three earned) on four hits while striking out five. Renda (2-for-3) and Wes Schill (1-for-2) accounted for all three Hagerstown hits and two of the four walks drawn.

Mahoning Valley 4 Auburn 1
• D. Williams (L, 0-2) 3IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Medina 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Poole 1-3, R
• J. Valdez 1-3

Rain delayed the start and ended it early as Auburn lost for the second time in three nights to Mahoning Valley, 4-1. Deion Williams was rocked for four runs on six hits and a walk over three innings for his second loss in as many starts. Silvio Medina led a trio of relievers that combined for five scoreless innings. It was for naught as the offense managed just two hits and no walks, scoring the lone run with the help of a wild pitch and an error.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Marlins 2
• Kimball 1⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• P. Valdez 2⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Ramos (W, 1-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Eusebio 1-2, R, 2B, RBI, SAC
• Mejia 1-3, 2B, RBI

The G-Nats won their fourth straight without a loss as they edged the G-Marlins, 3-2. David Ramos got the win and finished the game, stranding two runners while getting the last out of the 6th and allowing just one hit over the last three frames, walking none and striking out two. Rehabbing Cole Kimball started the game and allowed four baserunners — three hits and a walk — over an inning and 1/3rd, fanning two batters. DSL Grads Diomedes Eusebio and Bryan Mejia both had a double and an RBI as the G-Nats prevailed despite being outhit 9-5.

DSL Brewers 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Valerio (L, 1-1) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, ER, 0BB, 7K
• Charlis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Mercedes 2-3, BB, RBI
• Tillero 2-4

The offensive outage extended all the way down to the lowest level as the D-Nats lost to the D-Brewers, 4-1. Maximo Valerio took the loss, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits and no walks while striking out seven. Catchers Yermin Mercedes (as the DH) and Jorge Tillero combined for four of the five hits the D-Nats mustered.

Transaction Update

Transactions for NPP 2
With two major speculative items in the morning’s notes, as well as the weekly transactions post from Baseball America issued late yesterday afternoon, it’s time to get back on track when it comes to transactions…

• Recalled OF-1B Tyler Moore from Syracuse

• RHP Caleb Clay activated from TIL (placed on it 6/22)
• OF Micah Owings activated from 7-Day DL

• RHP Rafael Martin transferred to GCL for minor-league rehab
• RHP Taylor Hill promoted from Potomac
• RHP Paul Demny placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List

• OF Bryce Harper assigned from Washington for MLB rehab
• RHP Brian Broderick reassigned from GCL

• Reassigned RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Auburn

• RHP Jose Nunez
• SS Francys Peguero
• SS Joshual Ramirez
• OF Oliver Ortiz

• SS Kyle Attl
• OF Greg Zebrack

• 3B Carlos Alvarez (unspecified)

• RHP Emmanuel de la Cruz
• RHP Shane McCatty
• 2B Trey Karlen

As always, the list of releases seems incomplete, which is not to say that we wish for more churn but to acknowledge that there seems to be more signings than space available. Both NDFAs have already seen game action, with Attl assigned to the GCL and Zebrack assigned to Auburn. Attl is an infielder from Cal State Northridge, while Zebrack is an outfielder from USC, presumably scouted at the same time as Matt Foat, who also signed as an NDFA last summer.

BA reports that Carlos Alvarez, nee “Smiley” Gonzalez has been placed on the 7-Day DL but for which roster remains a mystery. His player page is blank though he shows up in player search results on Perhaps he’s already been released (other Nats farmhands known to have been cut appear likewise in search results), as the BA post covers the period of June 13-19. In any case, I only mention it because it’s hopefully the end of sordid chapter in Nats history.

UPDATE: Potomac has announced that RHP Taylor Hill has been promoted to Harrisburg, with RHP Brian Broderick reassigned from the GCL to replace him. Unfortunately, given the swirling speculation regarding Taylor Jordan’s next start, it’s quite possible that his stay in AA will be short. Hill has been solid in his last four starts, going 2-0 with an 0.63 ERA including a complete-game win against Frederick last Friday, so it’s also feasible that he could stay while another pitcher is moved if/when Jordan is returned.

UPDATE #2: To make room for Hill, RHP Paul Demny has been placed on the temporary inactive list for Harrisburg.

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (0-1, 2.70) vs.
Ramirez (0-1, 7.71)
Harrisburg Won, 7-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Karns (4-3, 4.41) vs.
Cooper (3-3, 3.28)
Potomac Lost, 3-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m
Schwartz (5-2, 2.47) vs.
Asher (4-4, 3.26)
Hagerstown Won, 12-5 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (3-1, 2.05) vs.
Holmes (2-5, 5.26)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
D. Williams (0-1, 4.15) vs. TBA
GCL Nationals Won, 4-1 vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals Lost, 2-1 @ DSL Brewers,
10:30 a.m.
Valerio (1-0, 1.86) vs.
Diaz (1-3, 3.32)

Syracuse Chiefs — OFF DAY
A 2-6 road trip dropped Syracuse’s road record to .500 (20-20) as the team quietly passed the the halfway mark over the weekend. Up next: five games against fifth-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and a pair against fourth-place Rochester.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 1
• Jordan (W, 7-0) 5IP, 8H, R, ER, BB, K
• Grace (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Bloxom 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Head 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Souza 1-3, 2R, HR, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B

Taylor Jordan threw just 65 pitches over five innings to pick up his 7th AA win as the Senators shot down the Aeros, 7-1. The 24-y.o. scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out one in his shortest outing since May 12 (4IP, 75 pitches), which followed a 10-day layoff after throwing eight innings against Carolina on May 2. Matt Grace and Neil Holland combined for four innings of scoreless relief to close out the game. Jerad Head and Steve Souza Jr. both homered for the 9th time this season, while Justin Bloxom, Josh Johnson, and Ricky Hague had multiple hits. Following the game, manager Matt LeCroy claimed Jordan had been placed on innings/pitch limit by Nats brass(click for the story from Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News). In the four seasons this website has operated, a similar midseason restriction without a trip to the DL, an assignment to the GCL, or a skipped start (see above) cannot be recalled. As noted yesterday, Jordan’s next turn to pitch is Saturday, which coincides with recently shelved disabled starter Dan Haren’s turn in the Washington rotation.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 2
• Cole (L, 4-3) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Oduber 1-3, BB
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Potomac’s modest five-game winning streak came to and with a 3-2 loss to Myrtle Beach. A.J. Cole took the loss with three runs (two earned) on five hits, including his team-leading 10th HR surrendered. The 21-y.o. walked none and struck out five while notching his 6th quality start. Cole Leonida homered for the sole Potomac run as the Pelicans pitchers — #1 in the Carolina League — held the P-Nats to just six hits and two walks total. While ostensibly a story that has more import for Hagerstown, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has P-Nats owner Art Silber on record as “not objecting” to a proposed stadium in Fredericksburg that’s just 26 miles south of the latest proposed ballpark for Potomac.

Hagerstown 12 West Virginia 5
• Anderson (W, 5-4) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 6BB, 4K
• Davis (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 4-6, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Schill 2-5, 2R, HR(GS), 5RBI
• Mesa 2-5, 2R

All 12 of the Suns runs came in the final four innings, capped by a grand slam by Wes Schill in the 9th as Hagerstown defeated West Virginia, 12-5. The Power jumped out to an early three run lead against starter Dixon Anderson, scoring single runs in three of the first four frames. Anderson got the benefit of a seven-run rally in the 6th, winning his fifth game with three runs allowed on five hits and six walks while striking out four. Tony Renda paved the way for the 13-hit attack, going 4-for-6 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base.

Mahoning Valley 1 Auburn 2
• Orlan 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Simko (BS, 1; W, 2-0) 2IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B
• Yezzo 2-4, R

Jean Valdez’s RBI single in the 7th broke a 1-1 tie as the Doubledays edged the Scrappers, 2-1. Starter Robert Orlan tossed five shutout innings, giving up just tow hist while walking one and fanning five, but got the no-decision in his second start. Todd Simko gave up the equalizer in the 6th but was the pitcher of record in the 7th for the blown-save-win. Isaac Ballou and James Yezzo both went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead Auburn’s nine-hit offense.

GCL Nationals 4 GCL Marlins 1
• Silvestre (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Derosier (SV, 1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gordon 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI
• Attl 1-3, BB

The G-Nats remain unbeaten with a 4-1 defeat of the G-Marlins. Hector Silvestre got his first win of 2013 in his second start, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out five. A trio of relievers combined for four scoreless innings of relief with 24th Rd. Pick Matt Derosier picking up his first career save with a walk over an inning and 2/3rds. 23rd Rd. Pick Garrett Gordon reached based three times to pace the G-Nat offense.

DSL Mets1 2 DSL Nationals 1
• Rosario (L, 0-2) 4IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 3K
• Y. Pena 4IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• Mota 2-4, SB
• Alvarez 1-3, BB

The D-Nats lost consecutive games for the first time this season, dropping a 2-1 pitcher’s duel to the D-Mets1. 17-y.o. Venezuelan Ramses Rosario made his first start and went the first four innings, giving up both D-Mets1 runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Yefri Pena, who had started in the previous turn through rotation, tossed four scoreless frames, allowing a hit and walking two. 17-y.o. Israel Mota (2-for-4) and 18-y.o. Thomas Alvarez (1-for-3, BB) were the only two D-Nats to reach base twice as the offense was held to five hits and four walks.

Chris Rahl Named International League Batter of the Week

Chris RahlSyracuse OF Chris Rahl kept the I.L. Batter of the Week award in Syracuse for the second straight week, earning the weekly honors for the period of June 17-23.

Rahl went 16-for-28 with four doubles, a triple, and HR for a .571/.571/.893 line with four RBI and two stolen bases. His current seven-game hit streak, which is has raised the batting average of the 29-year-old to .299 from .257.

After a slow start in April (.211, 1HR, 4RBI), Rahl has batted .318 with 5HR and 20RBI and 29 runs scored in 43 games played. Last month, he had a streak of 17 games that was ended with an unsuccessful pinch-hit appearance.

Rahl was originally drafted by Arizona in 2005 as a 5th round pick out of the College of William & Mary and played in the Diamondbacks system, maxing out with 87 games played for AAA Reno in 2010. He signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent and played 2011 and 2012 for Harrisburg before returning to AAA this season.

Last Night In Woodbridge

It wasn’t pretty, but the Potomac Nationals completed the sweep of the Carolina Mudcats with a 7-5 win on Sunday evening.

Kevin Keyes’s three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth broke open a 4-4 game and made a winner out Robbie Ray despite his pitching poorly for the second time in as many starts.

Ray walked a season-high five batters and could have easily walked more, as the southpaw rarely got to two strikes without two balls in the count as his pitches drifted up or nosedived. He got the leadoff batter just once in five frames and put runners on in every inning.

In short, Ray looked more like the 2012 edition than the 2013 All-Star, particularly as he surrendered a long home run in the 3rd. Five of the seven he’s given up this season have come in his last three starts. Perhaps it’s just an anomaly, but it’s something worth noting, as these two trends combined — walks and homers — cannot continue if he’s going to make it Harrisburg this summer (yes, there have been whispers).

Perhaps more curious is the resurgence of the bullpen. For the second straight night they were asked to pitch four or more innings, and for the second straight night they got the job done. Brian Dupra, David Fischer, and Rob Wort combined to give up five hits and three walks, but just one run — the first in 10⅓ innings the bullpen logged for the series.

It’s something to hope for because if there’s one thing that’s been constant this season, it’s the offense. The 15 runs scored in the series to open the second half has brought Potomac to within eight of the league lead, held by the Winston-Salem Dash. The team has been scoring 5-6 runs a game for quite some time now, without hitting a lot of extra-base hits (7th in doubles, 4th in HRs) and is middle-of-the-pack when it comes to strikeouts and walks (4th on both)

Next up, a better chance to see how they measure up as they play four against Myrtle Beach Pelicans, which feature the league’s best pitching and were the Southern Division’s first-half champs. A.J. Cole (4-2, 4.16) gets the opening-game assignment, opposed by Nick Martinez (5-4, 2.84).