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.
TBD vs. TBD
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…

WASHINGTON
• Recalled OF-1B Tyler Moore from Syracuse

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

HARRISBURG
• 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

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

GCL
• Reassigned RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Auburn

SIGNED (IFAs)
• RHP Jose Nunez
• SS Francys Peguero
• SS Joshual Ramirez
• OF Oliver Ortiz

SIGNED (NDFAs)
• SS Kyle Attl
• OF Greg Zebrack

PLACED ON 7-DAY DL
• 3B Carlos Alvarez (unspecified)

RELEASED
• 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 MiLB.com. 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.
TBD vs. TBD
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).

Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-1; Won, 1-0 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Jordan (6-0, 0.73) vs.
Brach (4-3, 4.76)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m
Cole (4-2, 4.16) vs.
N. Martinez (5-4, 2.84)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Creasy (2-0, 3.92)
Auburn Lost, 3-1 @ Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
Orlan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Whitenack (0-0, 4.91)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
Pena (1-1, 9.39) vs.
Guedez (0-1, 8.44)



Gwinnett 5 Syracuse 1 &mdash: GAME ONE
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-4) 4IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Accardo 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Rivero 1-2, BB
• Rahl 1-3, OF assist at HP

Gwinnett’s Cody Martin stifled Syracuse for seven innings as the Braves cruised past the Chiefs, 5-1 in the opener. Starter Danny Rosenbaum struggled early, loading the bases in the 1st and hitting a batter and letting in an unearned run on his own error in the 2nd. He finished with a walk and six hits allowed over four innings. The Braves broke it open with a three-spot against Jeremy Accardo, with all three runs coming via the home run. Carlos Rivero was the sole batter to reach base twice, going 1-for-2 with a walk.

Syracuse 1 Gwinnett 0 &mdash: GAME TWO
• Roark (W, 4-3) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Crotta (H, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 3-3, R, 2B, SB, CS
• Brown 1-2, BB, RBI

Chris Rahl singled, stole second, took third on an error and scored on a Corey Brown RBI single in the 1st. Tanner Roark, Mike Crotta, and Erik Davis combined on a six-hit shutout to make it stand up for a 1-0 win in the night cap. Roark tossed five innings in the spot start, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out one. Crotta pitched a 1-2-3 6th and Davis danced around a pair of singles in the 7th to earn the save, his 8th. Rahl singled and doubled in subsequent ABs for a 3-for-3 game that led the Chiefs offense.

New Hampshire 7 Harrisburg 0
• Demny (L, 5-5) 6IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, BB, 6K, WP
• Herron 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B

New Hampshire broke open a 2-0 lead with a four-run 6th en route to a 7-0 shutout of Harrisburg. Marcus Walden needed just 90 pitches to go the distance against the Senators, allowing just three hits and no walks. Paul Demny took the loss, coughing up six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings. Brian Goodwin was the sole Harrisburg batter to reach second on his own accord, doubling in the 6th. If the Nationals will indeed sacrifice long-term development in favor of short-term need, Taylor Jordan’s next start coincides with the spot vacated by the “injured” Dan Haren on Saturday.

Potomac 7 Carolina 5
• Ray (W, 6-2) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
• Wort (SV, 4) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 1K
• Keyes 3-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Taylor 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

Robbie Ray owes Kevin Keyes a cold beverage for the vulture win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 6 Greenville 0
• Purke (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, BB, 9K
• Pena 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Schill 2-3, R, 3B, BB
• Miller 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI, 3K

Matt Purke killed two stones with one bird, tossing five innings for the first time this season (second time overall) and getting his first professional win, as Suns scorched the Drive, 6-0. Purke also struck out a career-high nine batters, allowing four hits and no walks. Hagerstown took full advantage of four errors and five walks to score six times on six hits. Wes Schill led the way with a single, triple, and a walks while driving in two. Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena activated from the 7-Day DL.

Mahoning Valley 3 Auburn 1
• Johansen 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Selsor (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Fernandez 1-3, R, 2B
• W. Rodriguez 1-3, 2B

Mahoning Valley struck for three runs in the 5th, Auburn answered with one in the 6th, as the Scrappers junked the Doubledays, 3-1. Second-round pick Jake Johansen gave up no hits and no runs, but walked three and struck out two over two and 2/3rds in his pro debut. Casey Selsor took the loss with three runs on six hits over two and 2/3rds with three walks and two strikeouts. Auburn was held to just three hits and one walk, though two of those hits were doubles by Erick Fernandez and Wilman Rodriguez. Roster move: RHP Will Hudgins reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After the usual off day on Sunday, the G-Nats play home and away against the Marlins, Cardinals, and Mets with home games on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Another 4-2 week keeps the D-Nats atop the Boca Chica South division. This week, they’re on the road for four games against the Mets1, Brewers, Rojos, and Cubs with a pair of home games on Wednesday and Thursday.

Last Night In Woodbridge

The bullpen came through for Potomac with four and 1/3rd scoreless innings and a bases-loaded escape in the 5th as the P-Nats fileted the Mudcats, 7-5.

The offense wasn’t too shabby, either, scoring six times with two outs to give Ivan Pineyro, the newest member of the rotation, a cushion to work with. Adrian Nieto homered in the first inning to complete a three-run rally that begun with a Michael Taylor double to right, while Jason Martinson followed Taylor’s second opposite-field double with his second RBI single to left.

Turns out the 21-year-old would need the padding, as he gave up single runs in the first two innings and long hit in the third. He struck out the side in the fourth, but issued a walk.

While he featured a nasty changeup, Pineyro left way too many pitches up and the Mudcats collected three straight hits to open the 5th and cut the lead to 6-3. It’s always a matter of debate how much leeway the manager has in lifting a starter in the minors, but only an idiot would argue that Pineyro wasn’t hung out to dry.

Instead, Pineyro walked three of the next five batters as Carolina scored twice more. Greg Holt was finally summoned with two outs and the bases loaded to face the inning’s ninth batter, and he got the final out of the 5th to preserve the 6-5 lead.

Potomac got the insurance run in the 7th thanks to an error on a would-be 3-6-3 DP off the bat of Kevin Keyes following a walk and a stolen base by Martinson and a single to center by Nieto.

Holt would dance around two singles in the 6th to get the win, while Brian Rauh came within a two-out triple of two perfect innings in the 7th and 8th to deliver the ball the new closer, Robert Benincasa.

The Mudcats’ Jerrud Sabourin singled to open the 9th, completing a 4-for-4 night with a walk. Benincasa, however, worked around him to strike out the side and earn his first High-A save.

The win moves Potomac to 2-0 on the season as all-star Robbie Ray takes the mound in the series finale, opposed by Carolina’s Nick Pasquale (0-4, 4.31).