Jul 142011
 


Some old news and some new news this morning while making the sweep of the transaction reports.

First, the old news: Brad Peacock has been promoted from AA Harrisburg to AAA Syracuse, with OF Bryce Harper taking his spot on the Senators roster by virtue of being activated from the Temporary Inactive List. Peacock was 10-2 for Harrisburg with a 2.01 ERA, a 0.86WHIP, and 129Ks in 98⅔ innings, all of which were in the top 5 for the Eastern League this season. He’s expected to make his first start this Saturday against Lehigh Valley.

Now, the new news: As predicted in the comments, Nathan Karns has been freed from Viera and promoted to Auburn. Karns, a 12th-round 2009 draft pick that signed at the deadline, missed the 2010 season with an unspecified injury. This year, he’s made five appearances without a decision in the GCL, pitching 18⅔ innings, allowing two (2) hits, no (0) runs, six walks and compiling 26 strikeouts. He’s expected to join the Doubledays rotation, starting perhaps as soon as Monday, July 18th or Tuesday, July 19th.

In other transactions, RHP Anthony Marcelino was placed in the 60-day DL for the GCL Nationals, a move that typically signifies season-ending surgery.

UPDATE: J.C. Romero has been given his unconditional release, a option that apparently was his if the Nationals weren’t going to activate him by July 15. Minutes later, he signed a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, the other predicted move — Oliver Perez being taken off the TIL to take Peacock’s spot in the rotation — has now officially been announced, with Jonathan Tucker going on the DL, retroactive to July 12 (which begs the question: Who’s next?) to keep the Harrisburg roster at 24.

Jul 142011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse All Star Break @ Lehigh Valley,
6:05 p.m.
J.D. Martin (1-6, 4.37) and
Ryan Tatusko (1-0, 6.14) vs.
Brian Bass (4-6, 4.12) and
Scott Mathieson (0-0, 2.59)
Harrisburg All Star Break vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Chien-Ming Wang (rehab) vs.
Matt Packer (3-8, 5.71)
Potomac Postponed vs. Kinston,
6:00 p.m.
Cameron Selik (2-6, 4.42) and
Danny Rosenbaum (4-4, 2.76) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71) and
Steve Wright (1-1, 5.04)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) and TBD
vs. Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95) and TBD
Auburn Won, 9-3 @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Brian Dupra (1-1, 6.92) vs.
Eduardo Aldama (1-0, 2.35)
GCL Nationals Lost, 3-2
@ GCL Cardinals
vs. GCL Astros,
12:00 p.m.
Gregory Baez (1-0, 4.24) vs.
Adrian Houser (0-0, 3.60)
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-6 (8 inn);
Won, 6-3
vs. DSL Yankees1
@ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 3-0 IL win over the PCL, Tom Milone pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one while Matt Antonelli went 0-for-2 with a strikeout but helped turn a double play.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
In the 8-3 Western Division win over the Eastern Division in the Eastern League All-Star game, Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena each pitched a scoreless inning with Arnesen striking out the side with no hits, runs, or walks allowed while Pena allowed one hit, no walks, and struck out two. For the baters, Tyler Moore went 0-for-5; Bill Rhinehart went 1-for-3, with double, walk, and a run scored while Archie Gilbert went 1-for-2.

Potomac Nationals — PPD
A late-afternoon thunderstorm produced yet another rainout and shifted Chien-Ming Wang’s rehab outing to Harrisburg. It’s doubleheader today at 6 p.m.

Hagerstown Suns — PPD
Hagerstown’s game with Augusta was postponed until today. They will play two seven-inning games today starting at 6:05 p.m.

Auburn 9 Brooklyn 3
• Bates 3⅔ IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Grisz (S, 3) 3⅔ IP,1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• J Miller 3-4, 3R, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• R Perez 2-5, R, 3RBI

Three straight crooked numbers on the scoreboard gave the Auburn Doubledays an 8-0 lead as they cruised to a 9-3 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones. Justin Miller led the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night from the leadoff spot, followed by Roberto Perez’s 2-for-5 effort with three RBI. Chad Jenkins got the win in relief of Colin Bates, while Ben Grisz earned his third save. The win was the third straight for Auburn and puts them at 15-11, one game behind Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 3 GCL Nationals 2
• Karns 5IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Hanks 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Schill 2-3, R
• E Martinez 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Both hands on the keyboard when commenting about Nathan Karns, who threw another five no-hit innings in a 3-2 G-Nats loss. The 23-year-old Texan now has 26K in 18 and 2/3rds innings and two (2) hits allowed. The G-Cards had but one hit in the game, a double, scoring their three runs on two sac fies and a wild pitch. Estarlin Martinez drove in both G-Nat runs with a two-run home run in the top of the 8th. The loss drops the G-Nats to 8-12, 5½ games off the pace in the GCL East.

DSL Yankees1 7 DSL Nationals 6 (8 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Guzman 3IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K
• Vasquez 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K
• N Ortega 2-4, R, RBI
• E Gonzalez 2-4, R, RBI

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Yankees1 3 — GAME TWO
• Silvestre 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6K
• Mendez (W, 3-0) 3IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
• Tillero 2-3, R, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, R, 2-2B, 2RBI

The D-Nats split an unlisted doubleheader with the DSL Yankees1, losing the first game 7-6 in eight innings and taking the second game 6-3 in seven innings. The split puts the D-Nats at 18-20 for the season, six games off the pace.

Jul 132011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse All Star Break N/A N/A
Harrisburg All Star Break N/A N/A
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Kinston,
7:05 p.m.
Chien-Mien Wang (rehab) vs.
Brett Brach (6-5, 2.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (2-4, 2.87) vs.
Mike Kickham (1-5, 4.95)
Auburn OFF DAY @ Brooklyn,
7:00 p.m.
Colin Bates (2-1, 1.85) vs.
Marcos Camarena (1-1, 1.86)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Dail Villanueva (0-0, 5.23)
DSL Nationals Lost, 18-10
vs. DSL Marlins
@ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Triple-A All-Star Game is tonight in Salt Lake City, with Tom Milone and Matt Antonelli representing the Chiefs.

Harrisburg Senators — ALL-STAR BREAK
The Eastern League All-Star Game is tonight in Manchester, NH with Five Senators representing Harrisburg.

Potomac Nationals — OFF DAY
Chien-Ming Wang makes another rehab start, scheduled to go five innings as the P-Nats begin an eight-game homestand against the Kinston Indians and Lynchburg Hillcats.

Augusta 5 Hagerstown 3
• Ray 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
• Demmin (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP 2H, 1ER, 0BB, K
• A Sanchez 3-4, 2R, 2B
• Martinson 3-4, 2B

Hagerstown jumped out to a 3-0 fifth inning lead but ulimately fell to Augusta 5-3. The Suns scored in the first on a two-out Kevin Keyes RBI single and scored in the fifth on a two-out, two-run double by Russell Moldenhauer. Robbie Ray was unable to make it through the fifth inning after he hit Chris Lofton, allowed Lofton to steal second and third, and gave up a two out RBI single. Sam Brown failed to stop the bleeding, allowing an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch in the fifth and later walking a batter and allowing a single to start a three-run Augusta rally in the seventh. With the loss, Hagerstown falls into a first-place tie with Hickory at 12-7 in the Sally North.

Auburn Doubledays — OFF DAY
The Doubledays start a brief three-game road trip against the Brooklyn Cyclones today before heading back to upstate New York for a home-and-home series against Batavia.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are on the the road for three of the next four games, all against the GCL East.

DSL Marlins 18 DSL Nationals 10
• K Rodriguez 3IP, 3H 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, HR 3.32
• Ruiz ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Eusebio 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI
• E Gonzalez 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

The two teams combined for 30 hits and 28 runs with only two errors. Walks? Well, the D-Nats gave up 15 of those. Three position players were called on to pitch. One of them, Adderling Ruiz, was the most effective reliever of the game, and the only pitcher to not give up any runs — inherited or otherwise. The loss drops the D-Nats to 17-19, but they remain only 5½ games behind.

Jul 122011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse All Star Break N/A N/A
Harrisburg Won, 6-3 All Star Brea N/A
Potomac Won, 11-10 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Augusta,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.75) vs.
Taylor Rogers (6-8, 2.59)
Auburn Won, 3-0 OFF DAY N/A
GCL Nationals Lost, 13-12
vs. GCL Marlins
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Lost, 5-0
vs. DSL Cubs2
vs. DSL Marlins,
10:30 a.m.
Jesus Guzman (0-0, 1.13) vs.
Miguel Del Pozo (3-2, 4.32)

Syracuse Chiefs — ALL STAR BREAK
Multiple sources are reporting that Brad Peacock will be joining the Chiefs starting rotation but the move has not been officially made yet, thus it’s not known what ripple effect will be. Most likely: A player will be placed on the DL in Syracuse, Oliver Perez will be activated from the temporary inactive list.

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 3
• Martis (W, 7-3) 6IP, 9H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 10K
• Lehman (S, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rhinehart 2-4, 2R, 2B
• T Moore 2-4, R, 2R HR, 3RBI
Shairon Martis continued his case for a promotion to Syracuse, striking out ten and walking only one while beating Richmond for his seventh win of the season. Harrisburg scored five of its six runs via the long ball. In the fourth, Tim Pahuta hit a three run shot that scored Bill Rhinehart and Archie Gilbert. In the sixth, Harrisburg scored an unearned run when Bill Rhinehart reached on an error in front of a Tyler Moore two-run clout. Hassan Pena, Corey VanAllen, and Pat Lehman combined for three innings of scoreless relief to seal the victory. With the win, Harrisburg improves to 53-36, good for a 5½ game lead over Bowie and Richmond.

Potomac 11 Lynchburg 10
• Demny 1⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 2K, 3HR
• Smoker (W, 3-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Nelo (S, 10) 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Higley 3-5, 3R, 2B, 2RBI
• Bloxom 2-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

Overcoming deficits of 7-1 and 8-3, Potomac put up four crooked numbers in the 4th, 6th, 7th & 9th innings and held on for an 11-10 win. Paul Demny gave up a season-high seven runs on six hits, including three home runs, in just one and 2/3rds innings. J.R. Higley led the 16-hit attack with a 3-for-5 game and 2RBI as five P-Nats had multiple hits. Josh Smoker got the win in relief while Hector Nelo got save #10 with an unearned run on two hits in the ninth. The win keeps pace with Frederick and maintains the ½-game lead for first place in the Carolina League North.

Hagerstown Suns — OFF DAY
Tonight begins a seven-game road trip to Georgia and Kentucky, with four against the Augusta Greenjackets and three against the Lexington Legends. The Suns are 12-6 and hold a one-game lead over first-half division champ Hickory.

Auburn 3 Jamestown 0
• M Rodriguez (W, 1-1) 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Mirowski (H, 1) 3IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Kreis (S, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Montilla 3-3, R, BB, 2SB
• Rowe 1-3, R, SB

Manny Rodriguez (W, 5IP), Richie Mirowski(H, 3IP), and Alex Kreis (S, 1IP) combined for a 3-0 shutout of the Jamestown Jammer, taking the series two games to one. Angel Montilla led the Doubleday offense with a 3-for-3 effort, inculding two stolen bases and a walk. Bowden’s folly played shortstop, committing an error but turning two double plays. The win improves Auburn to 14-11, one game behind Jamestown in the Pinckny division of the New York-Penn League.

GCL Marlins 13 GCL Nationals 12
• King 4⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Arnold 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mock (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, K
• Je Valdez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• A Ramirez 2-5, R, 2B, 3RBI

In a battle of generosity, Garrett Mock proved to be in the most giving mood. He gave up 4 runs in one third of an inning to turn an 11-9 win into a 13-12 loss. The Marlins tried to give it away as well, allowing the Nationals to score 12 runs on just seven hits thanks to six errors and eight walks. With the loss, the G-Nats fall to 8-11, good for fourth place and 4.5 games behind the GCL Mets.

DSL Cubs2 5 DSL Nationals 0
• Pineyro (L, 1-4) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Barrientos 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• N Ortega 0-2, BB
• W Rodriguez OF assist @ 2B

Three DSL Cubs2 pitchers combined on a no-hitter to defeat the DSL Nationals 5-0. Just two D-Nats reached base: one via walk, the other via error. Ivan Pineyro took the loss, pitching five innings and allowing two unearned runs on four hits and three walks. The D-Nats committed four errors on defense, but did throw out a runner at second base. The loss drops the DSL Nationals to 17-18, 5½ games off the pace set by the DSL Rangers.

Jul 112011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 ALL STAR BREAK N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Shairon Martis (6-3, 2.68) vs.
Daryl Maday (2-6, 4.15)
Potomac Won, 2-0 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (6-7, 3.86) vs.
Aaron Shafer (2-2, 2.34)
Hagerstown Won, 8-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 11-9 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (0-1, 6.10) vs.
Matt Neil (0-1, 4.02)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-1
vs. GCL Mets
vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Cubs2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 2
• Gaudin (L, 0-2) 4IP, 7H, 4ER, 6K, 0BB
• Romero 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Balester 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Antonelli 1-5, R, HR, RBI
• Marrero 1-3, BB
• Brown 1-4, R, 2B

At the break, Syracuse stands at 38-50, 14 games behind Lehigh Valley. Play resumes on Thursday.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 3
• Arnesen 6IP 7H, 3ER, 2BB, 8K
• McCoy 1IP, H, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Rhinehart 2-4, R, 3R HR, 3RBI
• McConell 1-3, 2B

The Squirrels have won 7 of the 11 games between these two teams and there’s a six-game series in Richmond in two weeks. And still one more to play today.

Potomac 2 Lynchburg 0
• Solis (W, 2-0) 7IP, 4H, 0ER, 2BB, 5K
• Nelo (S, 9) 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Kobernus 2-4, R
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Potomac wins to keep pace with Frederick and still holds a ½-game lead for first place.

Hagerstown 8 West Virginia 2
• Applebee 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K
• Swynenberg (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K
• Manno ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Sanchez 1-3, 2R, BB, SB
• Keyes 2-4, R, 2B, 5RBI
• Nicol 2-4, 2-2B

Who knew that Pepco was the utility provider for West Virginia? Best explanation I can think of for the Power outage the past four games.

Auburn 11 Jamestown 9
• Meza 4⅓ IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Holt 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K

For the batters, you’ll have to see the scorecard from Last Night In Auburn (story, too).

GCL Mets 9 GCL Nationals 1
• McKenzie (ND) 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Chico 1⅓ IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
• Schill 1-3, R
• E Martinez 1-3, SB
• Six (6) Errors

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
With a 4-1 week last week, the D-Nats are back to .500 and are home against the Cubs2 and Marlins
before visits to Yankees1, Mets1, Phillies and Rangers.

Jul 112011
 

Take a look at scorecard. Savor it. Not too often you see a 9-1 game turned around so fast.

That’s what happened last night in Auburn. With a 10-run sixth inning that saw 14 batters come to the plate and feartured eight hits, the Doubledays put up an inning so big the scoreboard couldn’t list the “10″ spot as they defeated the Jamestown Jammers, 11-9.

The win put the brakes on a three-game skid, the third of of three-or-more losses in a row already this season; they’ve also put together win streaks of six and four.

Take another look at that scorecard. For four and 2/3rds innings, Jamestown’s Tom Peale had a no-hitter going. Hendry Jimenez broke it up with an opposite-field double to left field to drive in Carlos Alvarez — yes, that Carlos Alvarez — to break up the no-no and the shutout bid in one fell swoop.

Matt Skole started the scoring binge in the sixth with a BOMB to right field, easily 450′ plus for a solo shot. OK, no big deal. Jamestown still up 9-2. A flyout to right, one out. But then a single. A walk. A two-run double. Now, it’s 9-4 and another reliever comes on.

A Hughes walk, Alvarez gets an RBI single. Jimenez strikes out. So now it’s 9-5 but it looks like they’ll survive. Not so fast: Justin Miller doubles down the LF line to make it 9-7. Jamestown doesn’t have a reliever ready and a conference is held on the mound to stall, and remind folks that candlesticks always make for a good gift. Skole walks, semi-unintentionally; another reliever is brought in.

Adrian Nieto and Angel Montilla both single. Now it’s 9-9 and Caleb Ramsey strikes the death blow with a two-run double and the 11-9 score that would become the final.

Blowouts like this are hard to make observations because the fan side of the brain takes over. But here’s some quick takes anyways…

…Hughes still looked lost out in right field. He has a good arm and that’s why he’s there, but it’s cost the team runs in both games I saw

…Meza doesn’t throw hard, but he’s lefthanded and his across-the-body motion is deceptive. Should his control improve, he could make for a decent middle reliever.

…Alvarez looks shorter and stockier than the 5-11, 175 (think Leonard Davis) he’s listed at but has strong throwing arm. He jumped at the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat but then showed discipline in his second and third at-bats. Nothing you wouldn’t expect, however, from a 25-y.o. playing below his age level.

…Jimenez looked better at second base than at shortstop but I suspect the M.O. is to keep swapping MI’s until a true SS emerges from the ranks. I’d have to say Francisco Soriano may stick around in the system for this reason.

…Greg Holt has a nice 12-6 curve, good enough to throw on consecutive pitches for strikes. I know the slider and the cutter are the pitches du jour, but us old folks still appreciate the bender.

And that concludes the NationalProspects.com 2011 Baseball Roadtrip. Hope you enjoyed it. I know I did.

Jul 102011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Chad Gaudin (rehab) vs.
Tyson Brummett (0-2, 5.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1;
Won, 6-4
@ Richmond,
5:05 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (6-1, 2.05) vs.
Eric Surkamp (7-3, 1.61)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (1-0, 4.50) vs.
Blaine Sims (2-3, 3.25)
Hagerstown Won, 9-5;
Won, 5-0
vs. W. Virginia,
4:05 p.m.
Paul Applebee (5-2, 4.27) vs.
Tyler Waldron (6-4, 4.16)
Auburn Lost, 8-4 vs. Jamestown,
6:05 p.m.
Christian Meza (0-0, 16.87) vs.
Tom Peale (1-1, 1.42)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-2;
Lost, 12-5
vs. GCL Astros
vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 9-2
@ DSL Giants
OFF DAY N/A

A lot of action yesterday (well, except Last Night In Syracuse) so it’s just boxes & bullets today.

Lehigh Valley 6 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 1-6) 5IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Marrero 2-4, 2B
• Blanco 1-3, OF assist @ HP

Richmond 3 Harrisburg 1 — GAME ONE
• Davis (L, 5-3) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 10K, HR
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• King 1-2, RBI
• Rahl 1-3, R

Harrisburg 6 Richmond 4 — GAME TWO
• Roark 3⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K
• Lehman (S, 3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Rhinehart 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Lynchburg 8 Potomac 3
• Olbrychowski (L, 2-5) 4⅔ IP, 11H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
• Smoker 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2B, 3B
• Souza 0-2, R, 2BB, K

Hagerstown 9 West Virginia 5 — GAME ONE
• Grace 1IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• McCatty (W, 1-2) 4IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Sanchez 3-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI, SB

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 0 — GAME TWO
• Jordan (W, 9-4) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Nicol 2-2, BB, RBI, SB
• Taylor 2-3, R, 3B

Jamestown 8 Auburn 4
• Estevez (ND) 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Kreis (BS, 1; L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 2H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K
• Jimenez 1-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Nieto 1-4, 2B, RBI

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Astros 2 — GAME ONE
• Medina 4IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• Lucas (W, 1-0) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Mesa 2-4
• Jo Rodriguez 1-3, 2R, 2B, SB

GCL Astros 12 GCL Nationals 5 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion (L, 0-1) 3IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 2HR
• Herrera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• E Martinez 3-3, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Schill 2-4, R
• Ramos 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, 2 OF assists (3B, 2B)

DSL Nationals 9 DSL Giants 2
• Vasquez 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Silvestre (W, 1-1) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ruiz 4-5, 2R, 3RBI
• Difo 1-4, BB, RBI, SB

Jul 102011
 


Alliance Bank Stadium is a very nice stadium — clean, comfortable, with good food and good service. Perhaps second only to Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, which is a bit unfair because it’s much older. But every bit as good as other AAA stadiums I’ve been to.

I figure I’d better start with something nice to say about the game’s setting because there’s only so much positive things that can be said about the game itself, which was a 6-0 loss with just five hits and two errors for the Syracuse Chiefs.

On Friday, I could say “Well, the other pitcher was outstanding” and while Vance Worley was very good, he was by no means out of this team’s league, even if he’s likely to be back in the majors (and with a contender) next week.

That’s because Worley did not dominate the Chiefs. Sure, he scattered three hits over six innings, but he wasn’t overpowering, striking out just three batters. But he did beat them, and he did what good pitchers do: just. get. guys. out.

On the flip side (of the scorebook), Yunesky Maya continues to disappoint. Maybe some of this is simply the gap between the puff and PR from the mainstream media and his actual performance, but he very much reminds me of Robinson Checo in the late 1990s, an underwhelming, overpriced IFA that the Boston newspapers eventually dubbed “The Dominican Mystery Man” because his reputation far exceeded his results.

Maya was charged with four runs over five innings on nine hits with zero walks, but zero strikeouts. Four of nine hits went for extra bases. The Lehigh Valley batters may have been fooled the first time they saw Maya, but like many minor-league pitchers, not the second time, with eight of the nine IronPig hits coming during the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings.

Offensively, only Chris Marrero seemed to show any real fire, gumption, or moxie. He showed particularly good patience by evening the count three times after falling behind 0-2 in the count in his first three at-bats. And it paid off: The first time, he flew out to the warning track. The second time, he singled to right-center. The third time, he rapped a double to the LF corner.

Unfortunately, Marrero also grounded into a double play in his last at-bat, which was the theme of the night as three times the Chiefs would see rallies snuffed by the dreaded twin-killing. Marrero’s GIDP stung a little more because it came after the first two batters walked in the 9th, ending whatever vain hope there may have been in denying the shutout bid.

The loss drops Syracuse to 38-49 for the season, 13 games behind first-place Lehigh Valley, as the two teams clash again tomorrow with Chad Gaudin set to start the game in another rehab outing.

Jul 092011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 vs. Pawucket,
7:00 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (1-5, 4.28) vs.
Vance Worley (4-2, 2.62)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Richmond,
5:35 p.m.
Erik Davis (5-2, 3.62) and
Tanner Roark (4-5, 6.20) vs.
Henry Sosa (4-1, 2.57) and
TBD
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Adam Olbrychowski (2-4, 4.93) vs.
Zeke Spruill (6-7, 3.19)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. W. Virginia,
5:05 p.m.
Taylor Jordan (8-4, 2.68) and
Matt Grace (9-5, 4.50) vs.
Jameson Taillon (2-1, 2.74) and
Colton Cain (5-6, 3.14)
Auburn Lost, 8-1 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (2-1, 5.60) vs.
Greg Nappo (0-0, 0.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 17-6
vs. GCL Cardinals
@ GCL Astros, 11:00 a.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 7-4
vs. DSL Rangers
@ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Shortening the writeups today, probably just boxes and bullets the next two days as my roadtrip heads east from Western PA to Central NY for games in Syracuse and Auburn… and a trip to Cooperstown.

Pawtucket 5 Syracuse 4
• Stammen (ND) 6IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Balester (H, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Solano 1-3, R, SAC, PB
• Lombardozzi 1-4, 2RBI
• Bynum 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Ordinarily, getting four runs on six hits in a single inning is a good thing. When it’s the only six hits of the game, not so much. Pawtucket’s pitchers were otherwise good while the Chiefs defense faltered late with two errors in the 8th in a 5-4 loss.

Richmond-Harrisburg — PPD
Oh, look: Rain in Richmond! For third time ’11, the Sens-Squirrels matchup has been postponed there. It will be made up today on July 23 as part of a day-night, 1:05/7:05 doubleheader with two 7-inning games.

Frederick 4 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Bloxom 3-4, 2B, RBI
• Hood, 1-4, R, 2B

Similar to Syracuse, it’s great when your 3-4 hitters get four hits. Not great when those are the only four hits of the game, as Potomac fell 4-1 to Frederick, reducing the P-Nats lead over the Keys to a ½ game once again.

West Virginia-Hagerstown — PPD
It’s a doubleheader in Western Maryland with two “sevens” between the Power and Suns, with game one featuring a matchup of aces in Jameson Taillon and Taylor Jordan.

Jamestown 8 Auburn 1
• Dupra (L, 1-1) 4⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 5K
• Mirowski 2#&8531; IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Perez 2-4
• Miller 1-4, 2B, RBI

Since I might not have the time for a next-day “Last Night In Auburn,” I wrote up what I saw Last Night In Jamestown.

GCL Cardinals 17 GCL Nationals 6
• Baez 2⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Lee 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• W Ramos 3-4, R, 2B, BB
• E Martinez 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB

The missed extra point didn’t come back to haunt the G-Nats as a nine-run 8th turned an 8-6 slugfest into a 17-6 beatdown. No position players pitched, in case you were wondering. And presumably, no animals were harmed either.

DSL Nationals 7 DSL Rangers 4
• Moscat (W, 1-1) 8⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 4BB, 6K
• Kl Rodriguez (S, 1) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ruiz 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• W Rodriguez 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Read 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Felix Moscat nearly went the distance, allowing four runs (two earned) over eight and 2/3rds innings as the DSL Nationals beat the division-leading DSL Rangers 7-4 and improved their record to 16-17.

Jul 092011
 


Last night it was bark in the park for the Jamestown Jammers, but the Auburn Doubledays it was a game that went to the dogs as they lost an error-filled game, 8-1.

To be fair, none of the mistakes would have made a difference in the game’s outcome. Jamestown’s starter, 19-year-old Jose Urena, was outstanding: allowing just two hits and two walks over seven frames and dealing some serious heat (disclosure: I tried using a borrowed pocket radar gun, but it’s too distracting; now I understand why upcoming pitchers work in tandem. Better to sneak a peek at the scout’s guns).

Urena set down the first nine batters in order before Hendry Jimenez pulled a clean single into right to lead off the fourth. He would be cut down two batters later trying to steal, killing the rally.

Meanwhile, local product (and 7th round draft pick) Brian Dupra (pronounced “doo-pray”) was making his first professional start. He would surrender single runs in the first two innings before settling down to retire eight of nine.

For those of you who might need some background music while you read the next few grafs, click here. I needed it to write them.

As the lede says, on defense was less than stellar behind him. Officially, Rick Hughes was charged with two errors, but merciful scorekeeping kept it from being more. Six times the ball was hit to him, and just once did he field it cleanly. Simply put: he looked like a pitcher forced to play there due to injury.

Angel Montilla was charged with the other error, misplaying a Texas-leaguer, but some slack can be cut for him because the Jammer runners were aggressive and that aggression helped force the issue.

On the infield, both Matt Skole and Hendry Jimenez seemed to be slow on the trigger. Twice balls hit to Jimenez became singles, twice Skole picked the ball and then double-clutched turning a routine out into an adventure. Neither were terribly impressive otherwise.

As you might have guessed, the Doubledays got their lone run against the Jammers ‘pen. Jeremy Mayo led off the 8th with a single to center and took second on a slow roller to the 3/4 hole by Hughes. After a Jimenez walk, Justin Miller missed a three-run homer by about two feet, doubling off the LF wall to drive in Mayo. Skole and Montilla both hit long flyballs to end the eighth.

Auburn got another two baserunners with one out in the 9th with back-to-back opposite-field flares by Roberto Perez and Wilfri Pena, but Mayo flew out to right and Hughes tapped another roller to second that didn’t get through for the game-ending out.

The loss dropped Auburn to 12-10, two games behind Jamestown, as the two teams meet again tonight in Auburn for the next three games (with yours truly scheduled to visit on Sunday). Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez pitches tonight while Christian Meza appears set to go tomorrow.