Aug 102011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
@ Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (8-6, 4.82) vs.
Dylan Owen (5-5, 4.72)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (7-4, 3.17) vs.
Eric Surkamp (8-4, 2.09)
Potomac Lost, 7-4 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (4-6, 4.58)
vs. Ryan Pressly (6-9, 4.25)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-2. 2.29) vs.
Jacob Cowan (0-0, 1.50)
Auburn Postponed vs. Vermont,
6:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (3-2, 4.19) and
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.71) vs.
Tyler Vail (1-3, 2.96) and
J.C. Menna (2-4, 5.09)
GCL Nationals Postponed
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.68) vs.
Austin Brice (3-0, 3.86)
DSL Nationals Lost, 8-5
vs. DSL Mets1
vs. DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Felix Moscat (3-5, 4.69) vs.
Ranfi Casimiro (2-1, 1.29)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 2 (11 inn.)
• Maya 6IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K
• Wilkie (W, 3-4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• J Valdez 3-5, BB
• C Brown 2-4
• Solano 1-1, RBI

Jhonatan Solano’s pinch-hit RBI single ended this one after 11 innings as Syracuse edged Buffalo, 3-2. The two teams combined for 24 hits and 26 runners left on, with neither team scoring from the 4th to the 10th. Yunesky Maya turned in his first quality start since July 4, tossing six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks (first no-walk start since 7/9). Josh Wilkie was the winner in relief, pitching the 10th and 11th with two hits allowed for his third win. Corey Brown was one of four Cheifs to collect multiple hits; his two singles extended his hit streak to seven games. The win improved Syracuse to 51-64, 14½ games behind Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 4
• Arnesen (W, 7-3) 7IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Martin (S, 9) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Komatsu 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, 2SB
• Davis 2-4, 3RBI

It was a veteran effort for Harrisburg as Erik Arnesen threw seven strong innings, Leonard Davis drove in three runs, and Rafael Martin nailed down the 8th and 9th as the Senators defeated the Flying Squirrels, 5-4. The first four batters in the Harrisburg lineup combined for seven of the eight hits and all five RBI. Davis drove in the first two runs of the decisive three-run 7th that saw the Senators come back from a 4-2 deficit while Tyler Moore’s sac fly proved to be the gamewinner. The win kept pace with Bowie, the third straight for both the Sens and Baysox, and knocked Richmond back to 2½ games behind in the E.L. West.

Salem 7 Potomac 4
• Selik (L, 4-8) 1⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
• Holland 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Hood 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Walters 2-4

Potomac fell behind early (again) and the offense couldn’t get it going (again), losing (7-4) to the Salem Red Sox for the second straight game and the fifth straight meeting between the two teams. Cameron Selik took the loss, getting knocked from the box after facing just 10 batters, but giving up three hits, two walks, and hitting a batter. Destin Hood cranked two solo HRs in a 3-for-4 afternoon, while Zach Walters went 2-for-4. The rest of the lineup was 2-for-23. The loss drops Potomac to 23-21, three games behind Frederick, while Lynchburg crept to within four games behind in third place, increasing the importance of the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 ‘Cats-’Nats series in Lynchburg.

Auburn Doubledays — PPD
Rain struck in upstate New York, forcing a doubleheader tonight at 6:05 against the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
The Suns start the first of four four-game series this month, alternating road then home, with a trip across the state of Maryland to Delmarva before retuning to the Muni to face Lexington. Seventeen of their last 26 games are against divisional foes, thirteen against the three teams they’re chasing for the second-half title in the Sally League North.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Rain postponed yesterday’s contest in Viera. It will be made up with a pair of seven-inning games on Sunday, August 14.

DSL Mets1 8 DSL Nationals 5
• Silvestre (ND) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Suero, W (BS, 2; L, 3-2) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Eusebio 2-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Ruiz 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

A three-run rally in the 6th erased a 4-3 D-Nats lead as the DSL Mets1 squad would beat them 8-5. Wander Suero took the loss, allowing those three runs on three hits, two walks, and a hit batsmen. Hector Silvestre got the no-decision for his three runs on five innings pitched. Three D-Nats had multiple hits, with Diomedes Eusebio and Adderling Ruix both doubling and driving in a run. The loss drops the D-Nats back to .500 at 29-29, seven games behind and reduces their elimination number to eight.

Aug 092011
 


[Ed. Note: Another guest column for frequent commenter BinM]

As we cross the 3/4 mark for the full-season franchises, I offer another opinionated view of the progress of each team to date…

Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) — 50-64 W-L
This team has confounded me all season. They’ve held what looked to be solid talent all year, but have never put together a run. This has surely been a disapointment for the Syracuse faithful, and for those of us who root for them from afar as well. Everything I’ve said before is still in effect, as the offense struggles and the pitching staff suffers from the constant shifts due to callups / returns from the big club.

From the hitters’ side, Chris Marrero (.308/.380/.467) and Matt Antonelli (.297/.384/.451) have been consistent, while Jhonatan Solano (.273/.322/.393) has turned it up a notch and Steve Lombardozzi (.318/.359/.436) has been a solid addition to the team. Some of the others aren’t slouches at the plate either, but either lack the ‘prospect’ cachet, or are just plain “old.”

For the pitching staff, the roster shuttle between D.C. and New York has disrupted any consistency in who manager Randy Knorr can count on. Syracuse has seen 29 different pitchers on the mound this year. Only Tom Milone (19GP, 117IP, 10.9:1 K-W, 1.03WHIP) has been dominant for the year among the starters. Craig Stammen has been steady, but unimpressive (20GP, 117⅔ IP, 3.75:1 K-BB, 1.41WHIP), as has Yunesky Maya
(17GP, 99⅓ IP, 2.83:1 K-BB, 1.30 WHIP). The latter two have both seen callups to DC this season, primarily due to their 40-man roster status. The bullpen has been a grab bag of late, but individually look to be AAA level or worse, as no one is stepping up as a real candidate for promotion.

Harrisburg Senators (AA) — 61-49 W-L
The team has stumbled since my last summary, dropping from a 3½ game lead, into second place, and are now back to a ½ game lead over Bowie in their division. Overall, the hitting has either slumped or fallen to injury, and the starters have been spotty, as the promotion of Brad Peacock left the staff without their stopper. In the bullpen, the backend is still solid, but the bridge has collapsed.

From the hitters’ side of things, the promotion of Lombardozzi (.309/.366/.454, 40RS), the trade of Bill Rhinehart (.283/.376/.587, 59RBI) and the injury to Gilbert (.298/.377/.472, 46RS), has stymied the offense of late, with no one stepping up to fill those gaps. Both Chris Rahl (.293/.343/.420, 44RS) and Tyler Moore (.273/.311/.532, 75RBI) continue to do their parts, and Norris is chipping in as well (.212/.373/.435, 56RS), but it hasn’t been enough.

The pitching is showing signs of wear as well, with Davis being demoted to Potomac after a series of bad outings; Only Arnesen (92⅔ IP, 2.53ERA, 1.09WHIP, 4.37:1 K-BB), and Shairon Martis (102⅓ IP, 3.17ERA, 1.27WHIP, 3.55:1 K-BB) have shown any stability for the starting five. Perhaps the recently promoted Danny Rosenbaum (132IP, 2.59ERA, 1.17WHIP, 2.25:1 K-BB in Potomac) will give them a boost.

From the bullpen, the combination of Cory VanAllen / Rafael Martin / Pat Lehman / Hassan Pena have been both stable and effective all year, but the bridge combo of Carlos Martinez / Jimmy Barthmaier / Pat McCoy has been high-risk, low-reward for most of the year.

Potomac Nationals (A+) — 23-20 [2nd half], 52-60 W-L overall
While the P-Nats are challenging for a playoff spot, I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that this years’ team is just a bad mix of real prospects and probable OG’s. The backend of the bullpen has been the only thing that is close to consistent all year, staffed by a couple of old-for-level arms; The starting arms (with a couple of exceptions) have been yo-yos, and the lineup (again, with exceptions) is cluttered with 2-3 tool players who will likely struggle at higher levels.

Starting with the hitters, Destin Hood (.285/.371/.467, 67RBI) and Jeff Kobernus (.281/.313/.386, 49RS, 39SB) have been getting it done all season. Sandy Leon could be a decent defensive catcher in the making. The rest of the roster, as much as I like them, is flawed. Justin Bloxom can hit, but has no glove skill; Souza plays a reasonably sound 1B, has shown both some power and patience at the plate, but has a very long swing; Perez is proving to be a one-tool player (speed), and J.P. Ramirez may have topped out at this level. The rest of the lineup and bench looks to be a collection of utility players and OG’s to me.

The starting staff will suffer from the loss of staff ace Rosenbaum (20GA, 132.0IP, 2.59ERA, 1.17WHIP, 2.25:1K-W), but still holds the lefty Sammy Solis and Cameron Selik, who both still hold promise. The bullpen has been a BB-prone minefield all season, save for the steadying influences of middle relievers Marcos Frias (22yo RH) and Joe Testa (25yo LH), setup man Josh Smoker (22yo LH), and closer Hector Nelo (24 yo RH).

Hagerstown Suns (A) — 22-21 [2nd half], 62-51 W-L overall
Slightly off the pace for a postseason appearance, the Suns are still in the hunt. They’ve maintained their offense, despite the loss of Harper (via transfer to Harrisburg) and Randolph Oduber (to injury). The starting staff remains solid as well, but the bullpen has taken a hit with some recent moves.

Offensively, they are mid-pack in most team categories, but are getting great seasons from David Freitas (.288/.416/.464, 53RS, 63RBI) and Blake Kelso (.292/.361/.357, 62RS, 43RBI), and good production out of Adrian Sanchez, Jason Martinson, Micahel Taylor, as well as Kevin Keyes, and OGs Sean Nicol and Brett Newsome.

The starting staff has been this teams’ cornerstone all season, with solid performances from 2010 draft picks Matt Grace (LH, 10-game winner to date), Robbie Ray (LH, 16GS, 2.29ERA, 1.18WHIP, 2.46:1 K-BB), and A.J. Cole (RH, 13GS, 3.82ERA, 1.24WHIP, 4.29:1 K-BB), as well as the injured Bobby Hansen, Taylor Jordan, and the since transferred Sammy Solis. On the other hand, the bullpen that looked so good through the 1st half of the season has fallen on hard times. The long relief corps of Paul Applebee and Matt Swynenberg have held steady, but the backend has fallen apart — Neil Holland (16GA, 1.13ERA, 0.92WHIP, 3.6:1K-W) was promoted to Potomac, Ben Graham (29GA, 2.95ERA, 1.21WHIP, 6Sv) just came off the DL, and Chris Manno (33GA, 0.85ERA, 0.80WHIP, 3.2:1K-W, 12Sv) was traded. No one has truly stepped in to fill that gap, but some help might be available in Auburn, depending on their late-season playoff chances.

Aug 092011
 

Bunch a moves that past couple of days. Without further ado…

SYRACUSE
• Activated LHP Tom Milone from 7-Day DL

HARRISBURG
• Activated OF Archie Gilbert from 7-Day DL, assigned to Potomac
• Received C Miguel Perez in trade with Pittsburgh Pirates
• Assigned C Brian Peacock to Potomac

POTOMAC
• Placed J.P. Ramirez on 7-Day DL
• Assigned C Andruth Ramirez to GCL
• Placed IF Justin Bloxom on 7-Day DL
• Assigned IF Sean Nicol from Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN
• Activated RHP Ben Graham from 7-Day DL

AUBURN
• Assigned RHP Tyler Hanks from Hagerstown

GCL
• Assigned IF Roberto Perez from Auburn

I’ve been told that Gilbert’s stay will be just a few days. Byron Kerr has also passed along word in his latest column that LHP Sammy Solis has been experiencing elbow inflammation, so it might be another turn or two before he’s back on the mound.

UPDATE
A few more moves today, August 10, in red.

Aug 092011
 

Last night, the rosters for the 2011 New York-Penn League were announced and four Auburn Doubledays got the nod:

• Hendry Jimenez .292/.366/.479, 29RBI in 36G — starting at 2B

• Matt Skole .288/.368/.440, 32RBI in 49G — starting at DH

• Bryce Ortega .358/.454/.431, 15SB in 34G — backup SS

• Ben Grisz 1-0, 4SV, 1.35 ERA, 0.85 WHIP in 11G

The Lowell Spinners are the host of the 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star Game at LaLacheur Park in Lowell, MA a week from today.

Aug 092011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 8-2 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-8, 5.44) vs.
Mark Cohoon (3-7, 6.71)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-3, 2.53) vs.
Chuck Lofgren (2-0, 0.92)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Salem,
12:05 p.m.
Cameron Selik (4-7, 4.18) vs.
Stolmy Pimentel (1-3, 4.96)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-3 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Lost, 7-2 vs. Vermont,
7:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (1-1, 7.71) vs.
J.C. Menna (2-4, 5.09)
GCL Nationals Won, 9-2
@ GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.68) vs.
Alejandro Sanabia (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 15-10
vs. DSL Angels
vs. DSL Mets,
10:30 a.m.
Hector Silvestre (2-1, 2.25) vs.
TBD

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 2
• Milone (W, 9-6) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Martin (S, 1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Antonelli 3-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Brown 2-3, BB

The bats broke out to stop a four-game losing streak as the Chiefs tanned the Bisons, 8-2. Jhonatan Solano was the lone position player to go hitless as Syracuse collected 13 hits, with four batters getting two, and Matt Antonelli leading the way with a 3-for-5 night. Tom Milone got his ninth win with five and 2/3rds innings pitched and two runs allowed, though he walked a season-high three batters. The SoCal southpaw also went 1-for-3 at the plate, lowering his batting average to .409. The win improves Syracuse to 50-64, and extends the gap between fourth and fifth place in the I.L. north to 2½ games.

Harrisburg Senators — OFF DAY
Harrisburg starts a crucial three-game set against third-place Richmond tonight with veteran Erik Arnesen on the hill. The Flying Squirrels have been the Senators nemesis this season, taking 12 of the first 18 meetings and this is the final regular-season series between the two teams.

Salem 2 Potomac 1
• Demny 5+ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 6BB, 1K, 3HBP, 1WP
• Holder 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Soriano 1-4, RBI
• Perez 1-3

Potomac pitchers simply gave the Red Sox too many chances Last Night In Woodbridge

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 3
• Demmin (L, 2-2) 6IP, 5H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB
• Martinson 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Greensboro opened up a 2-1 game with two in the 5th, one in the 6th, and two more in the 7th as they, um, hopped past the Suns 9-3. Ryan Demmin took the loss with five runs (two earned) given up on five hits and no walks over six innings but the bullpen was battered for four over the last three. Jason Martinson and Kevin Keyes both went 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk to lead the offense, which was held to just four hits and four walks total. The loss drops Hagerstown to 22-21, four games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Mahoning Valley 7 Auburn 2
• Hill (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Kreis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 1K
• Skole 2-5
• Alvarez 2-4, 2B, RBI
• J Miller 0-5, 5K

Mahoning Valley got the series split with a 7-2 win over Auburn. Dave Hill took the loss in his second start for the Doubledays, allowing three runs over five innings with five hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. Auburn was held to just eight hits, with Matt Skole and Bowden’s folly each getting two, as the team was a woeful 1-for-12 with RISP, stranding 11 baserunners. The loss puts Auburn and Mahoning Valley back into a first-place tie, 1½ games ahead of Williamsport and three games ahead of Jamestown.

GCL Nationals 9 GCL Astros 2
• McGeary 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Encarnacion (W, 1-2) 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• JC Valdez 4-5, R, 2RBI
• W Ramos 2-4, 2R, RBI
• Mozingo 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Jack McGeary continues to improve with each outing, tossing three innings with no walks today in a 9-2 win over the GCL Astros. McGeary allowed one unearned run on two hits while striking out two. Pedro Encarnacion followed him on the mound and pitched the next five for the win, allowing the second G-Astro run (also unearned) on four hits and a walk. Jean-Carlos Valdez led the 11-hit attack with four singles and two RBI. The win improves the G-Nats to 14-27, just their second win in the last 10 games.

DSL Nationals 15 DSL Angels 10
• Mendez 6IP, 8H, 4R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• W Rodriguez 3-5, 2R, 2B, 2SB
• Ruiz 3-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB
• Geraldo 1-4, R, 5RBI

A grand slam highlighted an eight-run 7th as the DSL Nationals piled on late for 15-10 win over the DSL Angels, despite getting outhit 18-11. Gilberto Mendez started and went the first six innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits and no walks. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win despite giving up three runs over an inning and a 1/3rd. The win puts the D-Nats at 29-28, six games off the pace in the B.C. South.

Aug 092011
 

You can only dodge the bullet so many times.

That’s the lesson that Potomac should have learned as the Salem Red Sox finally cashed in on the numerous chances the pitchers gave them for a 2-1 win.

Salem got its first run in the top of the 1st — another troubling trend that needs to stop if Potomac is to defend its Mills Cup title — but it could have been a lot worse. Two hit batsmen and a wild pitch then a walk loaded the bases. A swinging bunt drove in the run but starter Paul Demny escaped the jam with a flyout to right fielder Archie Gilbert (rehabbing from Harrisburg).

Demny would have baserunners in every inning he pitched. He walked two in the 2nd, giving up a single and double in the 3rd; got the trifecta in the 4th with another hit batsmen, a base hit, and a walk; and gave up walks in the 5th and 6th, the last chasing him in the 6th. To his credit, Demny kept the ball down and on the ground, getting two key double plays and allowing just four flyballs. For a pitcher that’s struggled with the longball, that’s bigger than Oprah.

Of course, what’s nearly always true is that good pitching gets scrutinized further when the offense is struggling, as the P-Nats have been over the past couple of weeks. It was sixth time in the past 10 games they’ve failed to score at least three runs.

It would be easy to chalk this up to the opposing pitcher, Chris Hernandez, who blanked them last week in Salem. But Hernandez was far from dominant, walking three and getting several long counts. During his five innings, it felt like he was one pitch away from getting smacked and having this game tied up.

Potomac would break through in the 7th as newly acquired Zach Walters drilled a grounder off the heel of Salem reliever Chris Martin to lead off the inning. A Steven Souza walk sandwiched between flyouts by Sandy Leon and Eury Perez (Walters taking third on the latter), brought up Francisco Soriano. The strong-armed infielder ripped a line drive into right to plate Walters and tie the game.

It would be the last Potomac baserunner.

Trevor Holder, Joe Testa and Rob Wort followed Demny on the mound. It was Holder’s first appearance in a Potomac uniform since June 24 and he tossed two solid innings of relief, allowing a hit and striking out three. Joe Testa pitched a scoreless 8th and appeared to be working around a leadoff bunt single but a two-out walk chased him from the game.

Wort gave up a single to right that Gilbert charged and threw a one-hop bullet to Leon, but on a night like this, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the bounce was higher than usual and Leon couldn’t make the snap-tag that would have been a bang-bang play. A flyout ended the threat, but like I said at the beginning, you can only give a team so many chances before they cash one in.

The P-Nats went down in order and on strikes to end the game. The loss was a missed chance to gain ground on Frederick, which lost to Myrtle Beach. Lynchburg edged a game closer with a win over Kinston, trailing Potomac by five games while the Keys still lead the division by three.

Cameron Selik (4-7, 4.18) takes the hill this afternoon in the final midweek daygame (no gamer tomorrow), opposed by Salem’s Stolmy Pimentel (1-3, 4.96).

Aug 082011
 

For the tenth time this season a Nationals farmhand has been named the Player (or Pitcher) of the Week, as Corey Brown snagged the honor for the period of August 1st to the 7th.

Acquired in the offseason as part of a multiplayer trade for Josh Willingham, Brown hit .526 with four home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored last week, with slugging percentage of 1.211. He currently has a five-game hit streak.

It’s also the fourth time that a Syracuse Chief has won the weekly award, following Tom Milone, Michael Aubrey and Cole Kimball.

Aug 082011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 6-4 vs. Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Tom Milone (8-6, 3.62) vs.
Mark Cohoon (3-7, 6.71)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 7-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (7-10, 5.08) vs.
Chris Hernandez (10-5, 2.50)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5;
Won, 6-5
vs. Greensboro,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 7-0 vs.
Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-1, 4.26) vs.
Joseph Colon (4-2, 3.38)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-2
vs. GCL Cards
@ GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Pedro Encarnacion (0-2, 5.00)
vs. Michael Feliz (0-2, 4.65)
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Angels,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Columbus 6 Syracuse 4
• Peacock 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR
• Zinicola 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Antonelli 3-5, R, RBI, SB

The longball continues to plague Chiefs pitchers, as the Clipper connected twice against Brad Peacock en route to a 6-4 win and the four-game sweep. Peacock gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks over the first five innings. Offensively, Syracuse broke into double digits in the hit column, with Chris Marrero driving in three of the four Chiefs runs with a double and a two-run HR. The loss drops Syracuse to 49-64, 14½ games off the pace in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 6 Erie 1
• Perez, O (W, 3-2) 6⅔ IP 4H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 0K, HR
• VanAllen (H, 9) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Komatsu 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Pahuta 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

For the third straight start, Oliver Perez allowed just one run on a home run, but this time he got the win as Harrisburg defeated Erie, 6-1. The best-paid pitcher in AA allowed four hits and a walk and had no strikeouts to earn his third win. Erik Komatsu and Tim Pahuta both went 2-for-4 with a home run as the Senators got nine hits total and stranded just six batters. The win keeps Harrisburg in first place, a ½ game ahead of Bowie and 1½ games up on Richmond in the E.L. West.

Potomac 7 Myrtle Beach 2
• Bronson (W, 3-3) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Frias (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 2-4, BB, RBI, SB, CS

A pair of two-run rallies late put this game away as Potomac ended its six-game roadtrip with a 7-2 win over Myrtle Beach. Evan Bronson got the start and the win, putting in five innings with two runs allowed on three hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Marcos Frias and Josh Smoker both tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Sandy Leon and Destin Hood both went 2-for-4 to lead the offense as the P-Nats collected 11 hits total. With the win, Potomac inches up a game to three behind Frederick and maintains its six-game lead over third-place Lynchburg in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.

Greensboro 7 Hagerstown 5 — GAME ONE
• Strasburg 1⅔ IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Cole 4IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Kelso 2-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Sanchez 2-4, 2B, 3RBI

The Greensboro Grasshoppers smacked three home runs off the Suns, including Stephen Strasburg, turning a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 win in the first game of the doubleheader. Hagerstown scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the 2nd, highlighted by a two-out, three-RBI double by Adrian Sanchez. The Grasshoppers chipped away with single runs in the 3rd and 5th and got deuces in the 6th and 7th. Wilson Eusebio was charged with the loss, giving up a two-run homer in the 7th.

Hagerstown 6 Greensboro 5 — GAME TWO
• Grace 6⅓ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• McCatty (W, 2-3) ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Martinson 2-2, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Nicol 1-2, R, HR, BB, RBI

Michael Taylor’s RBI single in the bottom of the 7th gave the Suns a walkoff win and split the doubleheader. As the 6-5 score suggests, it was a see-saw affair, with the two teams answering each other’s rallies three times, including the last inning. Matt Grace went the first six and a 1/3rd innings but allowed all five Grasshopper runs on 10 hits including a solo shot by Jacob Realmuto, who took Strasburg deep in the first game. Shane McCatty got the win by finishing out the top of the 7th and stranding a runner. The split puts Hagerstown at 22-20, three games behind Hickory in the Sally North.

Auburn 7 Mahoning Valley 0
• Dupra (W, 3-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Garcia 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Jenkins 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Ortega 2-3, BB, SB, RBI
• Rowe 2-3, 2B, RBI

Three Auburn pitchers combined for a 7-0 shutout of Mahoning Valley, reclaiming sole possession of first place. Brian Dupra, Christian Garcia, and Chris Jenkins scattered seven hits and three walks, with Dupra earning his third win. Bryce Ortega and Connor Rowe both went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Justin Miller and Russell Moldenahuer both homered as the Doubledays were an efficient seven runs on nine hits, capitalizing on the five walks issued. Auburn now stands at 30-20, a game up on Mahoning Valley, two on Williamsport, and three on Jamestown in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 2
• Baez 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Davis 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• E Martinez 2-4, R, BB, SB
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The GCL Nationals were formally eliminated yesterday with a 4-2 loss to the GCL Cardinals. Wander Ramos’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 3rd gave the G-Nats a brief 3-2 lead, but the G-Cards posted a picket fence in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings and another single run in the 9th to seal the win. Gregory Baez started and went the first four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five while Blake Monar, who was assigned from Auburn just prior to the game, took the loss in his first GCL appearance with a single run allowed in his one inning of work. Today, the G-Nats face the G-Astros with a chance to climb out of the GCL East cellar.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
It’s a long week this week for the D-Nats thanks to three rainouts last week, presuming that they will all be made up this week. The D-Nats are at 28-28 with an elimination number of 12 with less than two weeks left in the DSL regular season schedule.

Aug 072011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 @ Columbus,
5:05 p.m.
Brad Peacock (2-1, 4.43) vs.
Zach McAllister (8-3, 3.18)
Harrisburg Won, 10-6 @ Erie,
1:05 p.m.
Oliver Perez (2-2, 3.28) vs.
Brooks Brown (2-6, 6.25)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Evan Bronson (2-3, 3.68) vs.
Wilfredo Boscan (4-8, 4.18)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Greensboro,
4:05 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) and
Matt Grace (10-5, 4.44) vs.
Alex Caldera (NR) and TBD
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Mahoning
Valley, 6:05 p.m.
Brian Dupra (2-2, 4.26) vs.
Harold Guerrero (2-1, 4.50)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY vs.
GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-1, 3.58) vs.
Brad Watson (2-1, 2.90)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1
@ DSL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A

Columbus 5 Syracuse 4
• Meyers (ND) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K
• Severino (L, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 2K
• Brown 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Antonelli 1-3, R, 2B, BB

A solo shot from Corey Brown in the top of the 9th tied the game at 4-4, but a walkoff walk by Atahualpa Severino lost it as the Chiefs lost their third straight, 5-4. A one-out walk followed by a fielding error set up runners on second and third. An intentional pass was issued to set up the double play and a lefty-on-lefty matchup, but backfired with the second base-on-balls. Brown led the offense with a 3-for-4 night. The loss sends the Chiefs to a 49-63 mark, 14½ games behind Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North.

Harrisburg 10 Erie 6
• Rosenbaum (W, 1-0) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 3K
• Pena (H, 2) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Harper 3-5, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI, SB, GIDP, E
• Komatsu 2-5, 2R, 2B
• Davis 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI

Danny Rosenbaum won his AA debut while the Sens broke out of their offensive funk as Harrisburg defeated Erie, 10-6. Bryce Harper was a double shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with 3RBI. Leonard Davis and Derek Norris also homered as the Senators pounded out seven extra-base hits, 12 total and left on just four runners. Rosenbaum threw five scoreless innings before a walk, two errors and two doubles chased him in the 6th. He was charged with four runs, but just three were earned as the Ohio-born southpaw walked three and struck out three. Hassan Pena put out the fire with two and a third scoreless innings of relief for his second hold. The win keeps pace with second-place Bowie and Richmond, keeping the lead at just a ½ game in the E.L. West.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 0
• Davis (L, 0-1) 8IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K
• Soriano 1-3, BB

Erik Davis tossed a complete game, but had the misfortune of going up against a 23-year-old on a career night as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans nearly no-hit the Potomac Nationals in a 3-0 shutout. Miguel De Los Santos tossed seven no-hit innings and struck out 10 with just two walks issued. Zach Osborne was two outs away from combining with him for the no-hitter when Francisco Soriano singled to right. Jose Lozada, the only other P-Nat to reach base, ended the game by lining into a 4-3 DP. Potomac falls to 22-19, four behind Frederick but six ahead of Lynchburg and Wilmington in the Carolina League Northern Division.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Rain made field conditions unplayable and set up a doubleheader this afternoon, which will feature a rehab outing by Stephen Strasburg.

Mahoning Valley 5 Auburn 3
• Karns (L, 1-2) 4⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
• Hawkins 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Ramsey 2-3, R, BB
• Moldenhauer 2-4, 2-2B

A pair of two-out walks in the 1st bit Nathan Karns in the [prosterior] as Mahoning Valley went on to win 5-3. Karns would walk four batters total in his four and 1/3rd innings of work, allowing all five Scrappers runs on five hits and striking out two. Ben Hawkins finished the game with three and 2/3rds scoreless innings, but the offense just couldn’t get in gear, scoring single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th. Caleb Ramsey, Russell Moldenhauer, and Bowden’s Folly combined for six of the nine Auburn hits. The loss stopped a seven-game win streak and puts the Doubledays back into a first-place tie with Mahoning Valley, one game ahead of Williamsport.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
Three of the next four games are in Viera, as the G-Nats play out the string until August 27. The elimination number is just two.

DSL Marlins 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Pineyro (L, 3-5) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Barrientos 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Novas 2-4, SB, CS

The D-Nats couldn’t recover from a sloppy 1st inning on defense, losing to the D-Marlins by a 4-1 count. Ivan Pineyro went the first five innings, allowing all four runs (none earned) on five hits, no walks, while striking out two. Randy Novas led the offense with a 2-for-4 game but the clutch hit was also AWOL with just one with RISP, eight hits total. The loss drops the D-Nats to .500 with a 28-28 mark, 5½ games behind in the B.C. South Division.

Aug 062011
 

In addition to the assignment of catcher Brian Peacock to Harrisburg (corresponding move TBA), the Potomac Nationals announced three more moves today…

• LHP Sammy Solis placed on 7-Day DL

• RHP Trevor Holder received from GCL, activated from 7-Day DL

• C Andruth Ramirez received from GCL

We don’t have any news regarding the reason Solis’s stay on the DL. With a “TBA” for tomorrow, it’s quite likely that Mr. Holder will be the starter tomorrow night, having last thrown on Wednesday for an inning in the GCL. Ramirez is most likely on call until Peacock returns or if a longer-term solution is needed (bear in mind how close Myrtle Beach and Viera are in terms of geography, Hagerstown is leaving for a roadtrip tomorrow night, and Potomac is returning home on Monday).

UPDATE #1: Devin Ivany has indeed been placed on the DL, which means Peacock’s stay will be longer than day-to-day. Evan Bronson has been listed as tomorrow night’s starter for Potomac.