Sep 042011
 

It wasn’t exactly too little, but it was definitely too late as the P-Nats rallied for four in the bottom of the 9th, but came up short, 9-8 to the Kinston Indians.

The bottom of the 9th started innocently enough as Eury Perez singled for the third time, which is hardly a surprise with Perez on a hot streak which has seen him raise his batting average from .259 to .279 since August 11th. He then stole his 45th base, also not much of a shock since he’s swiped nine straight bags this week.

Soriano moved him over with a grounder to second and Kobernus moved him in with an infield single. Kobernus took second uncontested and Justin Bloxom walked. This brought up Steve Souza, who had already stranded four runners with two out. Apparently, having one out seems to suit him, as he clubbed his 11th home run to bring Potomac within one. It was his first home run since July 23, and the first one at the Pfitz since May 24.

If there’s a hotter hitter than Perez right now, it’s Zach Walters, who singled after Souza’s blast to restart the rally. Walters’ two hits pushed his Potomac batting average to .302, precisely what it was for South Bend when he was acquired for Jason Marquis in late July. Walters took second on a Sandy Leon groundout but was stranded there following a Jose Lozada walk and Brian Peacock’s game-ending flyout.

Erik Davis took the loss (his fifth in six starts) in what may very well be his final appearance for the Nationals organization. Once again, he struggled with his control, walking four batters over six and 2/3rds innings and striking out just three batters. He gave up six hits and was charged with six runs. Simply put: He looked more like a Low-A pitcher in his first High-A start than a AA pitcher that had been dropped down.

Davis is believed to be ineligible for the playoffs, but there is cause for concern with the first man out of the ‘pen. Josh Smoker let in the two runners he inherited from Davis in grand fashion with a slam over the LF wall, the second straight outing he had given up a homer. Perhaps its fatigue — Smoker leads the team in appearances with 46 — but it’s definitely something to be concerned because the heater wasn’t so hot last night (well, except on the way back out), flat, uneven and and elevated. That’s the classic recipe for getting knocked around.

Unfortunately, not only did the loss end the P-Nats’ four-game win streak, it was a missed opportunity to take first place as the Keys fell to the Blue Rocks, 3-2. The elimination number remains at three, but Potomac still can win the division regardless of what Frederick does; they just have to win the rest of their games. Conversely, a doubleheader loss combined with a Keys win today clinches the division for Frederick.

Sep 032011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 10-9
(10 inn.)
@ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
J.D. Martin (3-7, 4.09) vs.
Andy Baldwin (6-13, 5.64)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-1 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Tanner Roark (9-8, 4.75) vs.
Matt Packer (8-12, 4.37)
Potomac Won, 7-3 vs. Kinston,
6:35 p.m.
Erik Davis (0-4, 6.41) vs.
Francisco Jimenez (3-3, 3.25)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Grace (12-7, 5.13) vs.
Lisalberto Bonilla (4-5, 2.94)
Auburn Lost, 4-2;
Won, 2-1
(8 inn.)
@ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Manny Rodriguez (2-3, 4.93) vs.
Corey Baker (5-2, 2.81)

Syracuse 10 Rochester 9 (10 inn.)
• Stammen 4⅓ IP, 7H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 4K
• Zinicola (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, K
• Valdez 4-6, 3R, 2B, HR, 4RBI
• Curran 3-5, R, 3B
• Frazier 3-6, R, RBI

After blowing two four-run leads and giving up a seven-run 5th, the Chiefs rallied for five runs in the late innings and held on for a 10-9 win in 10 innings. Craig Stammen got knocked from the box in the 5th, charged with seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and a walk. Jesus Valdez’s three-run shot in the 8th tied the game at 8-8, while Corey Brown’s two-run single in the 10th gave Syracuse a 10-8 lead. Zech Zinicola got the win while Josh Wilkie hit a batter and gave up a run on two hits but got the three outs needed to earn his 16th save. The win was Syracuse’s sixth straight

Akron 7 Harrisburg 1
• Martis (L, 8-6) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Norris 0-2, R, 2BB
• Davis 1-3

The Senators were flat in a 7-1 loss to Akron, collecting just four base hits and striking out 10 times as a team. Shairon Martis gave up the first five runs on eight hits and a walk over his five innings to take his sixth loss of the season. Richmond and Bowie flip-flopped again in the standings, and for folks wondering what that might mean for the first round of the playoffs, Harrisburg has gone 9-13 vs. Richmond, 13-5 vs. Bowie this season.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 3
• Solis (W, 6-2) 7IP, 6H, 3R, ER, BB, 4K
• Holland 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R, RBI, BB, 4SB (51)
• Walters 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Leon 2-4, R, RBI

Potomac stole nine bases in a 7-3 win over Lynchburg to complete a four-game sweep of the Hillcats. Jeff Kobernus stole four of the nine bases and broke the 50-steal mark, the most since Boomer Whiting stole 54 in ’09. Sammy Solis was solid in his (presumably) final regular-season start, going seven innings and giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Neil Holland and Hector Nelo both threw a scoreless inning of relief. Frederick kept pace with Potomac with a 10-0 win over Kinston to maintain its ½-game lead. Should the two teams tie at the end of the regular season, Potomac holds the rather odd tiebreaker of having won the first meeting of the second half as both teams went 10-10 in head-to-head competition.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 5
• Ray 4IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K
• Holt 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Kelso 2-4, R, RBI
• Nieto 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

A four-run rally in the bottom of the 8th ended an eight-game losing streak as Hagerstown clipped Lakewood, 6-5. Robbie Ray had a rough final outing, giving up all five BlueClaws runs on six hits with no walks and just two strikeouts over four innings. Blake Kelso (2-for-4) and Adrian Nieto (2RBI) led the offense which made the most of its six hits to score six runs, aided by three Lakewood errors. At 32-34, Hagerstown will need to win the rest of its games (3) to finish above .500 for the second half.

Batavia 4 Auburn 2 — GAME ONE
• Dupra (L, 4-4) 4IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Hanks 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ortega 1-3, R, 2B
• J Miller 1-3, RBI

Batavia took an early 3-0 lead with runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Auburn rallied for two in the bottom of the 6th, but gave up an insurance run in the top of the 7th to lose 4-2. Brian Dupra took the loss with three runs given up over four innings on four hits and a walk. Five different Doubledays got a hit, with Bryce Ortega doubling and Justin Miller notching the lone RBI single (Matt Skole drove in the other on a groundout).

Auburn 2 Batavia 1 (8 inn.) — GAME TWO
• Meza (ND) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Henke (W, 4-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Miller 2-4, RBI
• Montilla 2-3

Justin Miller’s RBI single in the last of the 8th gave the Auburn a 2-1 win to cap the doubleheader and give the fans a treat in the home finale. Coupled with a Williamsport loss, the Doubledays clinched the Pinckney Division title, the first for the team since 2007 and the first division crown for the organization in the New York-Penn League since 1996. Christian Meza nearly got the win with six shutout innings pitched, as the Doubledays took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 6th, but the Muckdogs rallied against Colin Bates for the tie at 1-1. Travis Henke got the win with a 1-2-3 top of the 8th.

Sep 022011
 

The Big Board is close to frozen for 2011, but a few transactions of note have taken place the past week or so…

SYRACUSE
• OF Roger Bernadina recalled to Washington
• RHP Christian Garcia assigned from Auburn
• OF Chris Curran assigned from Hagerstown
UT Sean Nicol assigned from Potomac
LHP Tom Milone recalled to Washington

AUBURN
• UT Mills Rogers assigned from Hagerstown
• C Andruth Ramirez assigned from GCL

HARRISBURG
IF Adam Fox activated from Temporary IL

For those wondering about “GBI,” I’m delaying it until Tuesday for the final edition, in which I’ll pick the bat & arm for each category for the 2011 season.

UPDATE: As expected, Tom Milone has been recalled along with a couple of procedural moves.

Sep 022011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 6-2 @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Craig Stammen (10-7, 4.51) vs.
Tom Stuifbergen (1-0, 1.80)
Harrisburg Won, 10-0 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Shairon Martis (8-5, 2.81) vs.
TBD
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Sammy Solis (5-2, 2.92) vs.
Caleb Brewer (1-1, 5.28)
Hagerstown Lost, 10-1 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Robbie Ray (2-3, 2.75) vs.
Joe Blanton (rehab)
Auburn Won, 4-2 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
(doubleheader)
Brian Dupra (4-3, 3.38) and
Christian Meza (1-1, 6.57) vs.
Ryan Sherriff (0-1, 2.45) and
Jon Cornelius (1-4, 4.30)

Syracuse 6 Buffalo 2
• Maya (W, 4-9) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K
• Mock 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bernadina 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Maldonado 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, BB

Make that five straight for the Chiefs as they took another from Buffalo by a 6-2 count. Yunesky Maya finished his AAA campaign with six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three hits while striking out six for a 4-9 mark and a 5.00 ERA. Roger Bernadina led off and went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Syracuse offense, one of three Chiefs to connect twice for base hits (Carlos Maldonado, Jesus Valdez. Garrett Mock extended his scoreless appearance streak to six with another two innings while Ryan “Ball Me Bro” Tatusko pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his second hold.

Harrisburg 10 Portland 0
• Strasburg (W, 1-0) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• McCoy 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Pena 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• King 2-4, R, HR, 4RBI
• Pahuta 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Norris 1-1, 2B, 3R, 3BB

Well, I guess some rehab starts aren’t overrated. Stephen Strasburg let up just one hit and no walks over six innings and got the win as part of a 10-0 shutout that clinched the Division title for Harrisburg. Tim Pahuta (three-run) and Stephen King (grand slam) both connected for home runs to lead the 12-hit attack. Bowie broke a three-game losing streak to return to second place while Richmond fell back to third place with a loss, as the two are separated by a ½ game with four left to play.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 1
• Demny (W, 10-10) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Wort 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Walters 3-4, 2R, 2B, SB
• Perez 2-4, RBI, 2SB

Three weeks ago the Keys’ lead over the P-Nats was six games. After a 5-1 Potomac win over Lynchburg and a 3-2 Frederick loss to Kinston, just a ½ game separates the two teams for the Carolina League’s Northern Division lead. Paul Demny threw seven scoreless innings to even up his record at 10-10, giving up only five hits (all of them in the yard for the fifth straight start) and a walk while striking out six. Zach Walters and Eury Perez continue to swing hot bats, going 5-for-8 combined to lead the 12-hit offensive effort.

Lakewood 10 Hagerstown 1
• McKenzie (L, 4-7) 4IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Oduber 2-4
• Keyes 1-3, R, HR, RBI, BB

The Hagerstown spiral continues with an eighth straight loss to Lakewood, 10-1. Kevin Keyes’s solo shot in the 7th, his 16th of the season, broke up the shutout was one of just six hits the Suns could muster against Lakewood pitchers. Chris McKenzie went the first four innings and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks to take the loss. Hagerstown can still finish at .500 with three wins over the next four, but can also sink to sixth place if West Virginia can make up the 1½ games that separate the Suns from the Power.

Auburn 4 Jamestown 2
• Hill 3⅔ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 4K
• Rivera, M (W, 3-0) 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, K
• J Miller 4-4, 3B, 2RBI
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB

The Doubledays got back a little breathing room with a 4-2 win over Jamestown. That’s because Williamsport lost to fall back to two games behind, reducing Auburn’s magic number for the Pinckney Division crown to three. Justin Miller and Matt Skole combined to go 7-for-8 with a double (Skole), a triple (Miller), two runs scored (Skole) and two RBI (Miller). Manny Rivera got the win in relief with two and 2/3rds innings of scoreless relief while Christian Garcia blanked the Jammers over the last two innings for the save, his first of the year.

Sep 012011
 


The Carolina League has announced its postseason All-Star team, which includes three Potomac Nationals players: Sandy Leon, Jeff Kobernus and Destin Hood.

Just 13 players are named to the squad, with the eight defensive positions, a DH, a utility player, left- and right-handed starters and a reliever. The lineup is voted on by league managers, sportswriters, broadcasters and other media members.

Leon has turned up the heat offensively, hitting .278/.350/.411 since the All-Star Break after posting a .219/.275/.290 line prior. The 22-year-old Venezuelan was also recently named the best defensive catcher in a poll by Baseball America.

Kobernus is currently leading the league in steals with 47, quite the surprise after an injury-plagued 2010. Like Leon, Kobernus was cited by Baseball America in its 2011 “Best Tools” survey for High-A.

Hood was originally named as the Potomac’s representative to the 2011 Carolina League All-Star Game (Kobernus was his replacement), but sat with knee problems. Nevertheless, the 21-year-old has still managed to steal 20 bases and is currently third in the league with 82 RBI.

Sep 012011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Yunesky Maya (3-9, 5.09) vs.
Dylan Owen (6-6, 4.18)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Stephen Strasburg (rehab) vs.
Michael Lee (1-6, 5.12)
Potomac Won, 6-3 @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.54)
vs. Matt Crim (2-7, 5.81)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Chris McKenzie (4-6, 6.80) vs.
Garett Claypool (4-7, 3.63)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Hill (0-2, 3.25) vs.
Jose Urena (4-7, 4.39)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1
• Meyers (W, 6-4) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Wilkie (S, 15) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Valdez 2-4, RBI
• Antonelli 0-2, 2RBI, BB, SF

Syracuse took advantage of Buffalo miscues to take their fourth straight game, 3-1. Brad Meyers got his sixth win by scattering seven hits — OK, six; one was a home run — over five and a 1/3rd innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Jesus Valdez was the sole Chief to get multiple hits, driving in the second Syracuse run in the 3rd with an RBI single as part of a 2-for-4 night. Josh Wilkie was the last of five relievers to follow Meyers, pitching a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.

Harrisburg 2 Portland 1
• Arnesen 7IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K
• VanAllen (W, 5-3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martin (S, 13) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• T Moore 2-4, RBI
• Pahuta 2-3, R, HR, RBI

Tyler Moore’s 8th-inning RBI single put the Sens in the playoffs with a 2-1 win over Portland. Moore’s hit gave Cory VanAllen the win for pitching a scoreless 8th. Erik Arnesen got the start and allowed just an unearned run on four hits and no walks over the first seven innings while setting down nine on strikes. Tim Pahuta homered in the 5th to tie the game at 1-1, and went 2-for-3 for the game to lead the offense. Rafael Martin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for save #13. Harrisburg can clinch the Eastern League West division with a win or a Richmond loss tonight.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 3
• Olbrychowski (W, 5-7) 7⅓ IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Selik ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB
• Bloxom 2-5, R
• Kobernus 2-5, 2RBI, SB

Likewise, Potomac clinched a playoff berth with a win over Lynchburg by a 6-3 count. Adam Olbrychowski pitched a masterful seven and a 1/3rd innings, allowing just two hits, though one was a home run. He walked one and struck out six. Potomac made him a winner by taking advantage of a Hillcats error in the 8th to pile on for four unearned runs. Jeff Kobernus, Justin Bloxom, and Zach Walters each had two hits as the P-Nats collected 11 total. Combined with another Frederick loss, the P-Nats are just 1½ games behind the Keys, the tragic number frozen at five.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
The Suns finish out 2011 with a five-game set against the Lakewood BlueClaws. They’ll need to win three to avoid a losing second-half record.

Jamestown 3 Auburn 2
• Karns (ND) 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
• Kreis (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 2-5, 2-2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-5, 2R

Auburn may have the best winning percentage of any Nats affiliate, but a 3-2 loss to Jamestown has tightened up the race for a playoff spot. Colin Bates was touched for two runs in the top of the 8th to burn a 2-1 lead, handing starter Nathan Karns a no-decision for his five innings of one-run ball. Matt Skole and Caleb Ramsey both went 2-for-5 to lead the Doubledays offense, which struggled in the clutch with a 2-for-9 mark with RISP and 10 men left on base. The loss slices Auburn’s lead over Williamsport to just one game in the Pinckney Division, which is also the same margin they have over the Brooklyn Cyclones in the wild-card chase.

Aug 312011
 

It’s almost a little fitting that the very first piece that I did for this site was a scouting report on Tom Milone. Why? Well, I hyperlinked it to show the date it was published: Christmas Eve, 2009.

This is not to gloat (well, maybe just a little). Hell, I’m quite well aware that Milone could get knocked around like a guest on the Jerry Springer show, leaving me feeling like Ralphie on a late Christmas morning. So chances are, I’m just gonna tape record his first start and go to the Potomac game on Saturday — it’s what I’m used to, and besides, it’s been too long since I gave you guys a “Last Night In Woodbridge.”

But I can prove that I’m not some Johnny-come-lately when it comes to Milone, so let’s look at what I had to say back then:

Fastball: An average fastball, but added a cutter in midseason, which seems to explain his ERA dropping from 3.89 to 2.91 over his last 10 starts.

Curveball: Good separation in speed from his fastball/cutter, typically in the mid-70s

Change: Arguably his best pitch, especially with his outstanding command

Control: Terrific control, which has been his hallmark since his days at USC — 2.14/9IP in the Carolina League last season

Strengths: Mixes pitches well and can hit his spots seemingly at will and generally keeps the ball down to prevent HRs (just 9 last season)

Weaknesses: Because he’s always around the plate and doesn’t throw hard, he can be quite hittable (144 in 151IP)

Milone is an under-the-radar kind of prospect because his best assets are between his ears. His champions will compare him to Cliff Lee. His detractors will compare him to Adrian Alaniz, a prospect that shot out of the gate in ’08 then hit a wall at the next level. Milone will likely start 2010 at Harrisburg having just turned 23 in February, the youngest SP to begin the year at that level in three years.

Now before folks start chiming in about Strasburg, remember that at the time he was expected to begin 2010 in Potomac, not Harrisburg, like most turning-22 first-round picks have done the past couple of years (e.g. Alex White, Barrett Loux). But overall, I think I got that one right.

Aug 312011
 

While I’ve yet to see an official press release, buried in one of the Strasburg/Milone stories were the names of the prospects selected for the Scottsdale Scorpions, Washington’s AFL team for 2011.

• OF Bryce Harper

• C Derek Norris

• LHP Sammy Solis

• RHP Rafael Martin

• RHP Pat Lehman

Taxi squad members (which Harper was last year) will be revealed at a later date, and as the above story mentions, 2011 picks such as Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke are still possibilities to play in that capacity. Unlike last year, the focus doesn’t appear to be on figuring out who to protect for the Rule V draft (still not sure if Martin is eligible) but the more mundane task of supplying the roster with players that fit the description of the AFL as a “finishing school for AA/AAA players.”

Aug 312011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Buffalo,
7:00 p.m.
Brad Meyers (5-4, 3.57)
vs. Mark Cohoon (4-9, 6.37)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Erik Arnesen (8-4, 2.57) vs.
Brock Huntzinger (5-11, 6.46)
Potomac Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Paul Demny (9-10, 4.54) vs.
David Hale (3-6, 4.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-5
(11 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 11-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.69) vs.
Josh Hodges (8-1, 3.48)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
Multiple sources are now reporting that Tom Milone will be called up on Saturday to replace Jordan Zimmermann in the Washington rotation, with Brad Peacock another likely candidate to get the nod before the end of the AAA season. Meanwhile, the Chiefs finish out 2011 needing two wins and/or two Bison losses to secure a fourth-place finish in the I.L. North.

Portland 4 Harrisburg 1
• O Perez (L, 3-5) 3⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K, HR
• Lehman 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Rahl 1-3, SB
• Gilbert 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger held the Sens to just two hits in a 4-1 loss to Portland. Oliver Perez gave up a three-run shot in the first and was knocked from the box with two outs in the 4th, allowing four hits and four walks total. Harrisburg couldn’t take advantage three first-inning walks and was no-hit until the 5th, when Chris Rahl beat out an infield single. Archie Gilbert’s solo HR in the 7th broke up the shutout bid. Both Bowie and Richmond failed to capitalize on the Harrisburg loss, each losing to drop the Sens magic number to clinch a playoff spot to two.

Potomac 5 Lynchburg 4 (10 inn.)
• Bronson (ND) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Testa (W, 6-2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Nelo (S, 18) 1IP, 0H, BB, 0K
• Perez 3-4, R, 3SB
• Walters 2-5, RBI, SB

Zach Walters’ two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th gave the P-Nats a 5-4 win in extras over the Lynchburg Hillcats. The win puts Potomac one win away from clinching a playoff berth, and combined with a Keys loss, an outside shot at winning the second-half division crown with 2½ games to make up in six days. Evan Bronson got the start and went five and a 1/3rd innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk but got the no-decision when Marcos Frias let in the tying run in the last of the 7th. Joe Testa got the win with a scoreless 9th and Hector Nelo got the save with a scoreless 10th. Eury Perez led the offense with three singles and three stolen bases.

Asheville 6 Hagerstown 5 (11 inn.)
• Swynenberg 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 6K, 2HR
• Holt 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Oduber 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
• Freitas 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI

Home runs by Randolph Oduber and David Freitas weren’t enough to prevent the five-game sweep and season elimination as the Suns were beaten in extras by a 6-5 score. Matt Swynenberg also surrendered two home runs in his five and 2/3rds innings to account for the first four Tourist runs, while Sam Brown took the loss with two walks, a stolen base, and a one-out single. Oduber and Freitas went 4-for-9 combined with three runs scored, four RBI, a double (Freitas), and a walk and a stolen base (Oduber).

Auburn 11 Jamestown 2
• Estevez (W, 6-3) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• K Lopez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Miller 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Moldenhauer 2-3, RBI
• Pena 2-5, R, 2RBI

The Doubledays got back on track with a big win on Tuesday, spreading the Jammers, 11-2. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez won his team-leading sixth game with both Jamestown runs allowed on four hits and two walks. Four relievers combined to shut down the Jammers the rest of the way. Justin Miller led the 13-hit attack with a 3-for-4 night, including a two-run homer in the 4th, in which Auburn scored seven times to break open a 3-2 lead. The win keeps pace with second-place Williamsport to maintain a two-game lead and cuts the magic number to clinch the Pinckney division to five.

Aug 302011
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitcher
Syracuse Won, 4-0;
Won, 4-0
OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Oliver Perez (3-4, 3.04) vs.
Charlie Haeger (3-0, 2.75)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
7:05
Evan Bronson (5-4, 3.47) vs.
Chris Masters (9-5, 3.19)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-11 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Matt Swynenberg (6-3, 3.61) vs.
Josh Slaats (7-2, 4.26)
Auburn Lost, 8-7 @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Wirkin Estevez (5-2, 3.77) vs.
Helpi Reyes (1-5, 4.31)

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 0 — GAME ONE
• Milone (W, 12-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 6K
• Severino 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Antonelli 2-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
• Brown 2-3

Home runs by Matt Antonelli and Roger Bernadina were more than enough to support Tom Milone, who won his 12th game of the season to match his 2010 and 2009 totals. Milone flirted with a perfect game for 13 batters before giving up a single and two walks in the 5th, but worked out of a bases-loaded jam to finish with five scoreless innings. Atahualpa Severino finished up the 4-0 win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Syracuse 4 Lehigh Valley 0 — GAME TWO
• Peacock (W, 5-1) 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Slaten 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Brown 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Hulett 2-3, R

The Chiefs wasted no time to get their four runs in the nightcap, scoring ‘em all in the top of the 1st with Corey Brown’s two-out, two-run double capping the rally. Brad Peacock got his fifth AAA win (15th overall) with five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Brown doubled again in the 6th to match Tug Hulett as both men went 2-for-3 on the night. Doug Slaten and Jeff Mandel each laid an egg on the scoreboard to complete the shutout and sweep the doubleheader.

Portland 4 Harrisburg 2
• Rosenbaum (L, 3-1) 7IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K
• Martin 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gilbert 3-4, 2B
• Norris 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB

All the scoring in this one came in the 4th inning as the Portland Sea Dogs ended the Harrisburg Senators’ seven-game win streak by handing them a 4-2 loss. Danny Rosenbaum took his first AA loss, giving up the four runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings. Harrisburg’s struggles with RISP resurfaced with a 1-for-11 night and 12 men left on base, as Archie Gilbert was the sole Sen to collect multiple hits with a 3-for-4 night. Bowie was unable to gain ground on Harrisburg, losing to Altoona to stay 4½ back in the E.L. West.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac visits Lynchburg for the next four games, leading the Hillcats by 5½ games and trailing the Keys by 3½ games. The magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three, the tragic number to lose the division title is five.

Asheville 12 Hagerstown 11
• Cole 3⅔ IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 9K
• Graham (BS, 3; L, 4-4) ⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Sanchez 5-6, 2R, RBI
• Freitas 3-5, 2R, 2RBI, BB
• Martinson 2-6, R, HR, 3RBI

Corey Dickinson’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit home run (#31 for the year, #25 at home) over the right field wall at McCormick Field sent the Suns to their sixth straight defeat by a 12-11 count. The Suns pounded out 21 hits for the contest with Adrian Sanchez leading the way with a 5-for-6 night, overcoming an early 5-0 deficit to take an 11-6 lead. A.J. Cole struggled again, giving up five first-inning runs and allowing seven hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings while striking out nine. The loss drops Hagerstown to below .500 at 31-32 and cuts their elimination number to one.

Jamestown 8 Auburn 7
• M Rodriguez 4⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K, HR
• Bates 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Montilla 3-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Jimenez 2-3, 2RBI, BB, SB

Like the Suns, the Doubledays blew a five-run lead and imploded in the 9th for an 8-7 loss. Aaron Barrett took the hill in the 9th with a 7-4 lead and walked three, including one with the bases loaded to score the first run, uncorked a wild pitch to let in two and tie the game at 7-7, and gave up the game-winner with two outs. The loss was Auburn’s second straight and cuts their lead over Williamsport to two games in the NYPL’s Pinckney division.