Apr 212013
 

It was the best of pitching and the worst of pitching all in one night, as Taylor Hill spun a one-hit shutout for a 6-0 win in the opening game while Kylin Turnbull couldn’t make it out of the second as Potomac fell 8-2 in the nightcap.

Hill was sensational — hitting his spots, changing speeds, mixing it up, and working fast to keep the Frederick lineup off-kilter for the first 14 batters before switch-hitting first baseman Connor Narron steered a grounder past the dive of Adrian Sanchez with two outs in the 5th.

The 23-year-old Vanderbilt product has a reputation for getting groundballs and inducing contact, but instead struck out seven and got seven flyouts to the outfield. For the season, he’s now 3-0 in as many starts with a 1.42ERA and 0.79WHIP with 16K in 19 innings.

On offense, Potomac got things started in classic fashion as leadoff man Billy Burns walked and stole second and trotted in to score when the P-Nats #2 batter put a coat on a hanger for a double. You might even say it was a Taylor made.

A wild pitch sent Michael to third and came around when Cutter Dykstra got the first of his two RBI groundouts, sacrificing average to fulfill his mission of scoring runs.

Justin Miller’s Potomac debut was highlighted by a leadoff single in the third and an RBI double in the fifth. He would come around to score on a balk

Kevin Keyes was the second P-Nat with multiple hits, and scored the 6th and final run in the sixth on sacrifice fly by Caleb Ramsey.
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It wasn’t so pretty in the second game. Starter Kylin Turnbull lost for the third time in as many starts, turning in his shortest outing with more walks (five) than outs (four), including four straight in the 2nd.

Relievers Christian Meza and Tyler Herron showed their Mr. Hyde side after Dr. Jeckyll outings in Salem, with Meza giving up five hits and two walks in an inning and 2/3rds and Herron hitting a batter and walking two while striking out the side in the 4th. Colin Bates settled things down with three scoreless innings, allowing just a single.

Frederick opted to have its bullpen cover the game, pushing the originally scheduled starter Eduardo Rodriguez to this afternoon. Potomac actually outhit the Keys 9-8 but couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it, the four-single, one-run 4th emblematic of their struggles. Will Piwinica-Worms and Cole Leonida both went 2-for-3, with Leonida doubling and Piwinica-Worms collecting an RBI.

With the doubleheader split, the P-Nats remain in the Carolina League cellar, albeit with a 7-8 mark. Robbie Ray (1-1, 2.12) gets the start this afternoon as the P-Nats aim for .500 and a series split.

Apr 212013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3;
Won, 4-3
@ Scranton/WB,
1:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-0, 0.82) vs.
Nuno (1-0, 1.53)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1;
Lost, 9-7
(11 inn.)
vs. Altoona,
2:00 p.m.
Treinen (1-2, 7.98) vs.
Bromberg (0-1, 3.60)
Potomac Won, 6-0;
Lost, 8-2
vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Ray (1-1, 2.12) vs.
Wilson (0-0, 6.46)
Hagerstown Won, 14-4 @ West Virginia,
2:05 p.m.
Dupra (1-0, 0.73) vs.
Castro (1-1, 1.17)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 3 — GAME ONE
• Maya (L, 0-2) 6IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR
• Kobernus 3-4, 2RBI, CS
• Rhymes 2-3, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, 2B

Yunesky Maya went the distance in a complete-game loss, while the Chiefs rallied for three runs in their last “ups” but still fell, 5-3. Syracuse strung together four straight singles with one out before Mike Costanzo lined into a double play to end it. Maya gave up nine hits including two solo shots, walked three and struck out five in six innings.

Syracuse 4 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3 — GAME TWO
• Perry 3⅔ IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Crotta 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marrero 2-3, 2R, 2HR, BB, 3RBI
• Walters 2-4, SB

Chris Marrero went deep twice and drove in three of the four Syracuse runs as the Chiefs took the nightcap, 4-3, and snapped a five-game losing streak. Ryan Perry struck out seven but walked three in his three and 2/3rds innings of work, and was lifted after 86 pitches. Mike Crotta got the win in relief by retiring all five batters he faced while Erik Davis threw a scoreless seventh to earn his first save of the season.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 1 — GAME ONE
• Karns (W, 1-1) 7IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 13K
• Bloxom 2-2, R, BB, RBI
• Leon 2-3, R, 2B
• Oduber 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

After a rough first inning in which Altoona knocked the Senators starter for back-to-back doubles, Nathan Karns flattened the Curve with a career-high 13 strikeouts. The Groovin’ Aruban gave him all the offense he would need with a three-run shot in the bottom of the 2nd, which was just as well because the Senators would only collect five hits total with Justin Bloxom (2-for-2) and Sandy Leon (2-for-3) the other two batters to hit safely.

Altoona 9 Harrisburg 7 (11 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Broderick 3IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Lehman 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Holland 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Bloxom 2-5, 2-2B, BB, 5RBI
• Lozaca 2-5, R, RBI

In theory, minor-league doubleheaders are supposed to be easier on the bullpen because there are four less innings to cover. That, of course, goes out the door when the games goes four innings longer, which is what happened in the nightcap as the Senators fell in 11 frames, 9-7. Brian Broderick was knocked for six runs on nine hits, including a three-run blast in the first. Five Harrisubrg relievers combined for just one unearned run over seven innings before Altoona broke through for two in the top of the 11th against Marcos Frias in his second inning of work. Justin Bloxom led the offense with a pair of doubles and five RBI, but as a unit the Senators continue to flail in the clutch, going just 2-for-14 and leaving on 10 men.

Potomac 6 Frederick 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill 7IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Keyes 2-3, R
• Miller 2-3, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Taylor 1-3, R, 2B, RBI

Frederick 8 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull (L, 0-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, K, 0HR
• Meza 1⅔ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 2-2 IR-S, WP
• Bates 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Piwnica-Worms 2-3, R, RBI
• Leonida 2-3, 2B

It was a Charles Dickens kind of night Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 14 West Virginia 4
• Anderson 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Hudgins (W, 2-0) 2⅔ IP, H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 3-5, 3R, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI
• Pleffner 3-5, 2R, BB, RBI
• Severino 3-4, BB, 2RBI

After posting a picket fence in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Hagerstown crashed through the gates for a three-run 5th then a seven-run 6th en route another big win over West Virginia. Every starter got a hit, six of ’em had multiple safeties, with Brandon Miller reversing the curse of the GBI with 10 total bases on a double and two HRs to lead the way. Will Hudgins got the win in relief with an unearned run allowed on one hit over two and a 2/3rds innings pitched. Starter Dixon Anderson went the first four and 1/3rd and gave up five hits, three runs (one earned), one walk, and struck out four.

Apr 212013
 

No, I Said The White PhoneFirst the straight news…

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-Day DL today with a strained left hamstring, following an MRI taken this afternoon. Taking his place on the MLB is roster is Anthony Rendon, the team’s top-rated prospect and first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Rice University.

Rendon had been hitting .292/.462/.500 with two home runs and seven RBI with AA Harrisburg. The 22-year-old Texan is expected to make his major-league debut on Sunday, playing third base and perhaps batting sixth or seventh against the New York Mets, a game that is currently not nationally televised.

Manager Davey Johnson told reporters that doctors said Zimmerman needs roughly 10 days of rest for the injury to heal, thus it’s possible that Zimmerman could be activated as early as May 3rd. GM Mike Rizzo said he expects Rendon to be sent back to the minors upon Zimmerman’s return from the DL, though cited the caveats of “keeping an open mind and letting the situation play out.”

Now, for the opinion…

Folks are excited about this. I get that. This is the team’s No. 1 guy, a talent that might not have gone #1 overall but probably should have, joining another phenom who made the same move almost a year ago.

And that’s what worries me.

People keep asking me when is Player X gonna get promoted, and I keep telling folks that it’s a new world order, that it’s a level a year until guys hit AA with the Rizzo FO.

Then Bryce Harper gets jumped from Low-A to AA in 2011, same for Brian Goodwin in 2012. So those are two exceptions, right? No biggie.

What happens if Rendon doesn’t have success early and often? What if he’s like Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. — who I saw more of than Rendon, for what it’s worth, but was no less convinced of his potential to make it to The Show — and struggles after an initial burst?

We’re told that Rendon will be sent back to further his development, that they don’t like to bring young guys up just to make them sit. Well, which is it?

If this is just a promotion to keep the team from being short-handed, why not just call up Will Rhymes or Carlos Rivero from AAA Syracuse and let them sit the bench while Chad Tracy and Steve Lombardozzi handle third base? They can’t be added to the 40-man roster or risk being lost on waivers?

In short, this doesn’t pass the sniff test — and given how the beat writers were lied to* by unnamed Nats officials when reports of Rendon being scratched from the Senators lineup, folks ought not to take what’s being said as gospel.* Before folks feel too sorry for them, being lied to is part of the job of being a reporter. It sucks, but it happens.

It’s okay to be excited. We’re supposed to be as fans. Even if this is too much, too soon. Rendon (and JBJ) is supposed to have the makeup to be able to endure the failure. But I question taking the risk, except as a PR move.

It pains me to write this, but this is something I’d expect from the previous GM.

Apr 202013
 

With injuries to catchers becoming a thing in the Nationals organization, it should come as no surprise to see that the latest transaction post from Baseball America has Washington signing two of them along with a shortstop:

  • C Kevin Flynn
  • C Robert “Thor” Meeks
  • SS Jose Savinon

Flynn is a product of Hofstra University, where he was a C-DH from 2010 to 2012 and played briefly (i.e. one game) in the American Association (Independent).

Meeks graduated from Marshall University in 2012 but went undrafted, presumably after poor showing in his senior season that saw his line drop from .257/.337/.444 to .227/.349/.325.

Nothing could be found on Savinon, so the logical inference is that he is an international free agent.

Apr 202013
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Scranton/WB,
5:35 p.m.
Maya (0-1, 5.25) and
Perry (0-0, 6.30) vs.
Wang (2-0, 4.35) and
Marshall (0-1, 11.25)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 7.27) and
Broderick (1-0, 3.94) vs.
Liriano (MLB rehab) and
Bromberg (0-1, 3.60)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:30 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 12.00) and
Hill (2-0, 2.25) vs.
Davies (1-0, 3.27) and
Rodriguez (1-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 13-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 3.06) vs.
Holmes (1-0, 2.57)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
Make that four rainouts in 15 days (with a fifth game shortened by rain) for Syracuse. The makeup is tonight in the first visit for the Chiefs at the rebuilt facility in Moosic, PA against the renamed RailRiders. Roster moves: OF Corey Brown placed on the 7-Day DL (oblique); OF Chris Rahl activated from Harrisburg DL, assigned to Syracuse (freed from XST).

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD
Rainout #1 for the Senators, who will make it up tonight with a doubleheader.

Frederick vs. Potomac — PPD
The entire Carolina League was rained out last night, creating a boon in concessions doubleheaders at all four stops tonight.

Hagerstown 13 West Virginia 2
• Encarnacion (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K
Schwartz (SV, 1) 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Renda 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3B, 2RBI, BB
• Ramos 1-3, 3R, 3BB
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain halted play from upstate New York to the Florida panhandle, but perhaps the folks in Charleston might have wished it was there, too, as the Suns shorted the Power, 13-2. Starter Pedro Encarnacion got the win with two runs allowed on two hits and four walks over five innings while setting down four on strikeouts. Even on a full slate, Blake Schwartz would probably have the line of the night with four perfect innings and seven K’s for the save. Tony Renda was home run shy of the cycle with a pair of doubles and a triple, plus a walk to lead the Hagerstown offense, which took full advantage of West Virginia’s miscues (including two from former pitching phenom Stetson Allie at first base) to cash in 13 runs on 12 hits and nine walks. Roster moves: C Craig Manuel placed on the 7-Day DL; C Erick Fernandez assigned from XST

Apr 192013
 

It’s back! Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues. For the newcomers, this is a ripoff of tribute to comedian Demetri Martin’s segment from his old show on Comedy Central.

And of course, the obligatory caveats: sample sizes are here small, it’s early in the season, minors stats aren’t as meaningful as we think, past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance, etc.

Nevertheless, a reminder: the players, their families, and their agents are reading, so let’s not get carried away in the comments. It’s just for fun.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 6-7, 4th place I.L. North, 3½ games behind

Good Jeff Kobernus .463/.521/.659, 6SB in 12G
Bad Ryan Tatusko 7.11 ERA, 9BB, 2.84 WHIP in 6⅓ IP
Interesting Decision to not use a position player to pitch in a 27-9 smackdown, the day after a doubleheader

HARRISBURG SENATORS 8-6, T1st place E.L. West, ½ game ahead

Good Caleb Clay 2-0, 1.00WHIP, 14K in 17IP
Bad Justin Bloxom .503OPS, 23K in 14G
Interesting Trevor Holder 0.00 ERA, 0.78WHIP in 3G, 9IP

POTOMAC NATIONALS 6-7, 4th place C.L. North, 2 games behind

Good Jason Martinson 1.140 OPS, 15RBI in 13G
Bad Relievers – 5.82ERA, 1.42WHIP
Interesting Michael Taylor 10RBI, 13H, .228BA

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 8-7, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Dixon Anderson 0.68WHIP, 18K in 17⅔ IP
Bad Brandon Miller .172/.172/.345, 22K in 14G
Interesting Mike McQuillan 14-game on-base streak, 6SB
Apr 192013
 

Allan de San Miguel’s second home run of the night put an end to nearly four hours of not-so-pretty baseball as the Frederick Keys defeated the Potomac Nationals, 9-8 in 12 innings.

The two teams combined for 27 hits and 16 men left on base and five errors — four by the Keys, which rendered four of the last five P-Nats runs scored as unearned.

Early on, this looked like it would be a laugher. A.J. Cole struck out two in the top of the first, then Billy Burns led off the Potomac half with an opposite-field single and easily scored on a Michael Taylor double to the left-center gap. Jason Martinson doubled with one out. Kevin Keyes singled with two out.

After one inning it was three runs in on five hits. Cole would set down the next six straight, though his command was shaky and five of the outs were flies to the outfield. Meanwhile, Frederick starter Zach Petersime settled down to retire nine of eleven.

As is often the case, the middle innings are where a starter should really be evaluated and on their second look at Cole the Keys broke up both the perfecto and the shutout in the space of two batters with a leadoff triple and an RBI groundout in the 4th. In the 5th, Cole got four grounders and three outs and appeared en route to emerge from an uneven start with a decent line, if not a win, after a strikeout and a popup in the 6th.

Instead, with two outs Cole issued a walk, unleashed a wild pitch, and gave up the first of de San Miguel’s circle clouts to turn a 3-1 Potomac lead into a 4-3 advantage. He was lifted for a reliever and finished with a disappointing four runs on four hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds.

After that, things got ugly. A double, a dropped infield pop for an error extended the Keys lead to 5-3. Frederick returned the favor in the 7th with an error on a sacrifice that extended the inning and enabled Martinson to smack a three-run shot that gave the P-Nats their final lead of the night at 7-5.

Frederick went back on top in the 8th when a dropped third strike was the, um, key to the three-run rally that reclaimed the lead at 8-7. Potomac tied it at 8-8 in the last of the 9th on a Burns infield single, a Taylor single to left that pushed the P-Nats leadoff man to third, and a sacrifice by Cutter Dykstra.

Taylor stole second and took third on the fourth Frederick error to set up the chance for the win in regulation. Martinson, however, couldn’t repeat his 7th inning heroics and struck out to send the game into extras.

Potomac had a second chance at a walkoff win when Norfork led off the 11th with flare to no man’s land in left center but consecutive popups on bunt attempts by Burns and Taylor killed the rally, which ended with another Martinson whiff.

Following the second de San Miguel shot in the 12th, Potomac went quietly in their half with a popup and two grounders to short as Frederick reliever Eric Beaulac tossed the third of his three scoreless frames to get the “W.”

The series continues tonight, weather permitting, with a matchup of Kylin Turnbull (0-2, 12.00) vs. Zach Davies (1-0, 3.27).

Apr 192013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 23-9 @ Scranton/WB,
7:05 p.m.
Maya (0-1, 5.25) vs.
Wang (2-0, 4.35)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Altoona Karns (0-1, 7.27) vs.
Waldron (0-2, 1.59)
Potomac Lost, 9-8
(12 inn.)
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 12.00) vs.
Davies (1-0, 3.27)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (0-0, 4.00) vs.
J. Rodriguez (0-1, 6.00)

Buffalo 27 Syracuse 9
• Roark (L, 1-2) 3⅔ IP, 12H, 10R, 10ER, BB, 2K, HR, HBP, WP
• Romero ⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Owings 3-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Costanzo 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

A ten-run 7th broke open a 13-9 slugfest as the Syracuse Chiefs dropped their fourth straight, 27-9. Starter Tanner Roark took the loss, giving up ten runs on twelve hits and a walk while striking out two over the first three and 2/3rds innings. J.C. Romero was the only pitcher not to be charged an earned run, though he did his part by letting in both inherited runners. Chris Marrero was a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three to lead the Syracuse attack.

Harrisburg 5 Altoona 4
• Clay (W, 2-0) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Krol 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lozada 2-2, 2BB, SF, RBI
• Johnson 2-4, R, 2-2B
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI, SB

Caleb Clay continued his dominance over Altoona, throwing six innings of one-run ball as the Senators held off a late charge for a 5-4 win. Clay allowed just three hits, walked none, and struck out five for his second straight win, both against the Curve. Jose Lozada reached base four times with two singles and two walks, driving in a run with a sac fly. As a team, however, Harrisburg left 10 men on base and went just 2-for-11 with RISP.

Frederick 9 Potomac 8 (12 inn.)
• Cole 5⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Holt 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burns 2-4, 3R, 2SAC
• Martinson 2-6, 2R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Taylor 2-5, R, 2B, BB, RBI

It wasn’t exactly pretty Last Night In Woodbridge.

West Virginia 7 Hagerstown 4
• Pena (L, 0-2) 4⅓ 4IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K
• Henke 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• McQuillan 2-2, 2R, 2BB, SB
• Ramos 1-3, R, 2RBI, BB, 2SB

A four-run 6th by West Virginia broke open a 3-2 game as Hagerstown dropped this one, 7-4. Ronald Pena took the loss when he was knocked out in the 5th, as the Power surged past the Suns early 2-1 lead, as the Suns starter was charged with three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. Mike McQuillan stretched his on-base streak to 14 games with two singles, two walks and stole his sixth base while “Help Me” Wander Ramos drove in two and stole two, including home on a double steal with Brandon Miller.

Apr 182013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsThe Hagerstown Suns and Harrisburg Senators have both announced a series of moves shuffling pitchers on and off their rosters:

HARRISBURG

  • RHP Rob Wort placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Michael Broadway assigned from XST

While Wort may have been stung by the decision by Matthew LeCroy to lift him in his last outing, this has all the hallmarks of a procedural move designed to give the recently signed Broadway a chance to pitch.

HAGERSTOWN

  • LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL
  • LHP Bryan Harper placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Cody Davis assigned from XST
  • RHP Christopher McKenzie assigned from XST

Unfortunately, as noted in the comments yesterday, Mooneyham’s early exit from the Wednesday afternoon game was due to “arm discomfort” per Lacy Lusk on Twitter. Lusk also noted that Ivan Pineyro, who exited in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game after taking a line drove off his glove-side hand, did not suffer a break. Otherwise, it’s the usual roster machinations for this time of year.

Apr 182013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3;
Lost, 5-4
(8 inn.)
vs. Buffalo,
12:00 p.m.
Roark (1-1, 3.27) vs.
E.G. Gonzalez (0-0, 5.40)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Altoona Clay (1-0, 3.27) vs.
Pimentel (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 3.97) vs.
Petersime (0-1, 13.50)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Glasnow (0-0, 2.35)

Buffalo 4 Syracuse 3 — GAME ONE
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-1) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 6K
• J.C. Romero 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Costanzo 1-3, 2RBI

It was too little, too late as Syracuse fell in the opener, 4-3. Starter Ross Ohlendorf gave up all four runs in the Buffalo 5th, as the veteran was pulled with two outs after five hits and four walks given up, though he did strike out six. Down 4-0, Chris Marrero broke up Justin Germano’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single, but the Chiefs couldn’t get in gear until the 6th. The Chiefs got four straight hits with one out in the sixth, with Jeff Kobernus (RBI double) and Mike Costanzo (two-run single) cashing in back-to-back singles by Carlos Maldonado and Will Rhymes but a double play killed the rally and the Chiefs went quietly in the 7th.

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Tatusko 3IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Crotta (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R
• Rivero 2-4, R

In the nightcap, Syracuse lost a 3-1 lead, rallied to tie at 4-4 but fell in the “extra” eighth inning for a 5-4 loss and a doubleheader sweep for Buffalo. Ryan Tatusko got the spot start but was ineffective, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk over three innings. Mike Crotta took the loss when an error led to the gamewinning run in the 8th. Eight of the nine Chiefs reached base, with four batters going 2-for-4, but two baserunners were cut down from the outfield and two double plays blunted the 11 hits collected and five walks drawn.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
The news yesterday wasn’t about a lucky man who made the grade, but rather that Matt Skole’s injury was worse than initially feared. Instead of a fractured wrist, the 23-year-old has become the second position player this season to require Tommy John surgery. Unlike Spencer Kieboom, the injury is to his (left) non-throwing arm, which according to Washington GM Mike Rizzo, will require four months to rehabilitate. Considering that most recovery timetables do not allow a player to swing a bat until 12-14 weeks after the surgery, that estimate seems aggressive. Regardless, it’s a tough break for a player who was expected to shed the label of “a level behind where he should be” since being drafted in 2011.

Potomac 4 Salem 2
• Jordan (W, 1-0) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Herron (S, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

With a 4-2 win Potomac completed the sweep of Salem and returned to .500 for the first time in nearly two weeks at 6-6. Taylor Jordan gave up two unearned runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out five. Tyler Herron was perfect for two frames, striking out five of six batters faced for his first save. Jason Martinson and Adrian Sanchez combined for four of the five hits the P-Nats collected, as Potomac made the most of its limited chances with just six men stranded and four ABs with RISP. Cole Leonida homered in the ninth for his first of the year.

Hagerstown 3 Lakewood 1
• Mooneyham 4⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Rauh (W, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-4, R, RBI
• Ramos 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, SB

“Help me” Wander Ramos struck again early, smacking a two-run triple that the Suns pitchers made stand up for a 3-1 win in the Wednesday matinee. Brett Mooneyham allowed no hits and just two walks over the first four and a 1/3rd innings, setting down two on strikes. Brian Rauh got the win in relief with the lone Lakewood run allowed on three hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Ramos and Tony Renda both went 2-for-4 to lead the Hagerstown offense, which notched seven hits total.