Jun 032011

For the newer Twitter followers, this is an homage to Demetri Martin’s segments of the same name

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 22-29, 5th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good Tom Milone 2-1, 2.55ERA, 0.74WHIP, 42K last 5 GS
Bad Gregor Blanco .560 OPS
Interesting Matt Antonelli .359/.432/.538 in 11G since callup

HARRISBURG 30-21, 1st place E.L. West Division, 3 games ahead

Good Tyler Moore .312, 11-2B, 3B, 6HR since May 1
Bad Matt Chico 23H, 7BB, in 12IP since demotion
Interesting Team FA .981, 3rd best in E.L.

POTOMAC 19-34, 4th place C.L. North Division, 12 games behind

Good Jeff Kobernus .351/.400/.432 in last 10G
Bad Paul Demny 6HR allowed in last 6GS
Interesting 41% CS by C’s, 2nd best in Carolina League

HAGERSTOWN 33-21, 1st place Sally League Northern Division, 2½ games ahead

Good Blake Kelso .348/.417/.446
Bad Matt Grace 1.60 WHIP
Interesting 82SBs, 1st in Sally League
Jun 032011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-1 @ Indianapolis, 7:15 p.m. J.D. Martin (0-3, 5.70) vs.
Brad Lincoln (4-5, 4.71)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 10-5 @ Erie, 7:05 p.m. Erik Davis (2-1, 3.29) vs.
Jacob Turner (1-1, 2.69)
Potomac Nationals Won, 8-5 @ Wilmington, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-4, 6.43) vs.
Noel Arguelles (2-2, 2.84)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 9-8 (10 inn.) @ Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (5-4, 4.44) vs.
Brandon Workman (1-3, 3.63)
DSL Nationals Won, 6-1 vs. DSL Yankees1 vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 5 Syracuse 1
• Stammen (L, 5-3) 6⅔ IP 7H 4R 4ER 2BB 7K 2HR
• Wilkie 1⅓ IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K 1HR
• Valdez 3-4, SB
• McConnell 1-3, 2B

All five runs came via home runs, as Louisville slugged Syracuse, 5-1 to send the Chiefs to their fifth straight defeat. Craig Stammen pitched into the seventh, giving up seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. He left, down 2-1 with two runners on and two outs, and Josh Wilkie couldn’t strand them, instead allowing a three-run blast — his first HR of the 2011 season. Offensively, Jesus Valdez led the Chiefs with a 3-for-4 night but Syracuse managed just seven hits total, going 1-for-10 with RISP and leaving eight men on base.

New Hampshire 10 Harrisburg 5
• Tatusko (L, 1-4) 6+ IP 3H 5R 5ER 4BB 3K
• VanAllen (BS, 1) 1IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K 2-2 IR-S
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, RBI
• Moore 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Valdez 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB

The Sens streak was stopped with a 10-5 loss to New Hampshire. In a classic case of why folks need to look for “Inherited runners-scored” (IR-S above) in the box score, starter Ryan Tatusko left with a 4-3 lead and two runners on and no outs in the seventh. Reliever Cory VanAllen allowed both runners to score, blowing the save and changing what might have been a quality-start win into another loss. The Sens had no problem getting runners on, with five batters collecting multiple hits and every batter reaching base, but left on 12 in the loss. LHP Patrick McCoy was removed from the 7-Day DL, bringing Harrisburg back to a full, 24-man roster.

Potomac 8 Winston-Salem 5
• Demny (W, 2-5) 5⅔ IP 6H 3R 2ER 2BB 5K 2HR
• Bloxom 3-5, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, 2-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Cuevas 2-3, R 2B

A three-run sixth broke a 3-3 tie as the Potomac Nationals snapped an 11-game losing streak with an 8-5 win in Winston-Salem. While aided no doubt by the hitter-friendly confines of BB&T park, the P-Nats bat rapped out 15 hits including seven doubles and a triple, with Justin Bloxom leading the charge with a 3-for-5 night. Starter Paul Demny got the win despite giving up two home runs among his six hits over five and 2/3rds innings, while walking two and striking out five.

Hagerstown 9 Greenville 8 (10 inn.)
• Jordan (ND) 6IP 6H 3R 0ER 0BB 5K
• Harper 4-5, R, HR, BB, 2RBI, CS
• Keyes 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 3RBI, 2E
• Leonida 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Bryce Harper was the hero with a two-run walkoff blast to dead center to give the Suns an 8-7 win in extra innings. Playing CF, the 18-year-old also went 4-for-5 on the night, raising his average to .346. The heroics however ought not to mask the shoddy defense and bullpen, with four errors and five runs given up respectively. The win lowered the Suns’ magic number to 15, as the 2nd-place and 3rd-place teams also won to keep pace.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Yankees1 1
• Mendez (W, 1-0) 5IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 6K
• Vasquez (S, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Gonzalez, E 1-2, R
• Eusebio 1-2, RBI
• Mercedes 1-2, RBI

The D-Nats struck for two runs in the bottom of the first with RBI singles by Diomedes Eusebio and Yermin Mercedes and the D-Yankees1 squad only managed one run against starter Gilberto Mendez for a 2-1 victory in six innings. Daury Vasquez got the save with with a walk issued and three strikeouts.

Jun 022011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 2-1 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Craig Stammen (5-2, 3.65) vs.
Edison Volquez (0-0, 2.35)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 10-8 vs. New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (1-3, 5.85) vs.
Joel Carreno (4-3, 3.44)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 2-1 (10 inn.) @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Paul Demny (1-5, 4.66) vs.
Andre Rienzo (1-1, 2.68)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 14-12 vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-1, 2.79) vs.
DSL Nationals Won, 2-1 @ DSL Marlins
(10 inn.)
vs. DSL Yankees1, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 2 Syracuse 1
• Milone (L, 3-4) 7IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 9K
• Balester 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Antonelli 4-4, R, HR, RBI, SB
• Milone 2-2, SAC

Usually when a team gets double the number of its opponents hits, it’ll win. Not so with Syracuse, who got 12 hits to Louisville’s six, but fell 2-1 for their fourth straight loss. Matt Antonelli had four of those hits, driving in the long Chiefs run with a solo HR in the first and leading off the inning with a single in his next three ABs. Tom Milone took the hard-luck loss with both runs allowed on five hits, no walks, while striking out nine. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a sacrifice.

Harrisburg 10 New Hampshire 8
• Arnesen (W, 3-0) 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 2BB 4K 2HR
• Zinicola (S, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2R, HR, RBI
• Rahl 2-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Rhinehart 2-4, R, 3B, 2RBI

It’s now 10 in a row for Harrisburg, who outslugged the New Hampshire, 10-8. Six Senators collected multiple hits, with Steve Lombardozzi homering while Chris Rahl and Bill Rhinehart both tripled to lead the 14-hit attack. Erik Arnesen got the win in his spot start with four runs allowed in five innings on five hits (two were HRs) and two walks while striking out four. Zech Zinicola got the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Winston-Salem 2 Potomac 1 (10 inn.)
• Holder (ND) 6IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 3K
• Frias 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Bloxom 2-4
• Leon 2-3, 2B, 3B, BB

A walk, misplayed bunt, and a wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth sent the P-Nats to their 11th straight loss by a 2-1 decision to the Winston-Salem Dash. Trevor Holder bounced back from the narc-at-a-biker-rally beating he suffered in his last outing to pitch six strong innings, with one run given up on four hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Justin Bloxom and Sandy Leon led the P-Nats hitters with two singles by the former and a double and triple by the latter. Josh Smoker took the loss with the final run allowed on the one hit and one walk in the tenth.

Greenville 14 Hagerstown 12
• Hansen (ND) 6IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 11K 1HR
• McCatty ⅓ IP 4H 4R 4ER 0BB 0K
• Graham (BS, 2; L, 1-2) 1⅓ IP 5H 5R 5ER 2BB 1K
• Newsome 4-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Kelso 3-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB, SB
• Harper 2-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB

Bobby Hansen left the game after six with a 9-4 lead and what seemed like a decent chance for his sixth “W.” The lead vanished with a five-run seventh as the Greenville scored in each of the last six innings for a 14-12 victory. The Suns actually outhit the Drive 18-17, with four players collecting three or more hits, led by Brett Newsome’s 4-for-5 effort. Bryce Harper homered, singled, drove in three, drew a walk and stole a base in the loss.

DSL Nationals 2 DSL Marlins 1 (10 inn.)
• Marcelino 4⅓ IP 3H 1R 0ER 1BB 4K
• Suero 3⅔ IP 0H 0R 0BB 4K
• Heredia (W, 1-0) 2IP 0H 0R 1BB 2K
• Difo 2-3, 3B, BB
• Gonzalez, E 2-3, R, BB, CS

Aladin Reyes’s sacrifice fly after two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases in the 10th was the difference as the DSL Nationals downed the DSL Marlins 2-1 in extra innings. Inocencio Heredia picked up the win by with the last two innings pitched in relief. Watchlist pitcher Anthony Marcelino went the first four and 1/3rd innings, allowing the lone D-Marlin run on three hits and walk to go with four strikeouts. Wilmer Difo and Edgar Gonzalez both went 2-for-3 to pace the offense.

Jun 012011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-1 @ Louisville, 7:05 p.m. Tom Milone (3-3, 3.78) vs.
Thompson (1st AAA start of ’11)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-2 vs. New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. Erik Arnesen (2-0, 2.05) vs.
Chad Beck (5-0, 2.86)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (2-6, 7.16) vs.
Terry Doyle (1-5, 3.54)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-0 @ Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Bobby Hansen (5-1, 3.86) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 9-8 @ DSL Cubs2 @ DSL Marlins, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 5 Syracuse 1
• Meyers (L, 3-1) 5IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Severino 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Brown 2-4, R
• Antonelli 2-4

It’s nice that Brad Meyers hasn’t issued many walks, with #2 of ’11 coming last night, but he also gave up his third HR in five AAA starts, as the Louisville Bats sent the Syracuse Chiefs to their third straight loss by a 5-1 tally last night. Meyers gave up all five runs on eight hits and struck out two and took the loss. Just three Chiefs got hits, all going 2-for-4, and only two other runners reached base.

Harrisburg 4 New Hampshire 2
• Peacock (ND) 7+ IP 2H 1R 1ER 3BB 7K
• Zinicola (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K 1-1 IR-S
• Gilbert 2-4, RBI
• Rhinehart 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Norris 1-3, RBI

Brad Peacock and the Harrisburg Senators continue to roll, with the former tossing seven strong innings and the latter taking its ninth straight with a 4-2 win. Zech Zinicola couldn’t strand the leadoff walk Peacock issued, allowing a single and two sacrifices, but Peacock’s effort lowered his ERA to 2.03 and his WHIP to 0.79. Archie Gilbert led the Sens hitters with two of the six Harrisburg hits.

Winston-Salem 4 Potomac 3
• Mock (ND) 6IP 4H 0R 2BB 6K
• Martin (H, 2) 2IP 1H 1R 0ER 1BB 3K
• Perez 2-4
• Souza 2-4, RBI

The Potomac Nationals bullpen snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Winston-Salem, coughing up four runs in the last inning and 2/3rds for a 4-3 loss, their tenth straight. Garrett Mock allowed just four hits and two walks while striking six over six scoreless innings. Rafael Martin struck out three in the 7th and 8th innings, allowing an unearned run on Justin Bloxom’s 11th error in 21 games at third base and a wild pitch before Hector Nelo and Marcos Frias combined to give up three runs on three hits in the ninth. Eury Perez and Steve Souza both went 2-for-4 to lead the Potomac offense, which saw four baserunners caught stealing in six tries.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 0
• Ray (W, 2-0) 5IP 1H 0R 4BB 3K
• Holland (H, 1) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
• Manno (S, 7) 2IP 0H 0R 3BB 5K
• Harper 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI, 3SB
• Kelso 2-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Three Suns pitchers combined on a three-hit, seven-walk, 10-K shutout of the Kannapolis Intimidators for a 3-0 win. Robbie Ray got his second win with five scoreless innings with one hit and four walks allowed. Neil Holland and Chris Manno followed with two innings each for the hold and save, respectively. Blake Kelso and Bryce Harper took their soap-opera first names and cleaned up together for four hits, all three Suns runs, two doubles and two RBI (one of each for both), a home run (Kelso) and three stolen bases (Harper).

DSL Cubs2 9 DSL Nationals 8
• Moscat (L, 0-1) 3⅔ 6H 7R 3ER 4BB 2K
• Rodriguez, K 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, BB, RBI, SB
• Ortega 2-5, SB, CS, E
• Rosario 2-5, 2R, 2K

IFA Felix Moscat got chased in the fourth, (no) thanks in part to four errors by defense and four walks of his own as the DSL Nationals fell to the DSL Cubs2 by a 9-8 tally. Wilmer Difo, “Fred” Ortega and Dioncio Rosario each had two hits as the D-Nats collected 10 overall and stole three bases in the loss.

May 312011

A busy day today…

• Garrett Mock assigned to Potomac

• Shairon Martis placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 29

• Evan Bronson assigned to Auburn

• Chris Curran assigned to Potomac

• Carlos Alvarez assigned from the Dominican Summer League

• Gregory Baez assigned to the Dominican Summer League

Clearly, this list is incomplete. As of this writing, both the Potomac and Hagerstown rosters are at 26 (one over), the Harrisburg roster is at 23 (one under), and Syracuse is also at 25 (one over). Note the use of the word “assigned,” which has become an unfortunate necessity given the facetious nature of the roster moves lately.

My hope guess is that pitching Mock tonight in Winston-Salem is a one-off that’s related to the weekend doubleheaders. Likewise, Evan Bronson may be in Auburn in the same way that Ryan Tatusko was in Syracuse, though I projected Mitchell Clegg to be pitching tonight on six days rest.

What’s probably more curious is the placement of Martis on the DL. Unfortunately, there’s an off day on the 6th and a doubleheader on the 7th that makes it harder to guess what the brass has in mind. Most likely? A older reliever (Rafael Martin or Hector Nelo) will be assigned from Potomac to Harrisburg to fill out the roster.

As predicted in the comments, Garrett Mock’s stay with Potomac is a short one as the 28-year-old was moved to the Harrisburg roster while Hassan Pena was assigned to the Syracuse roster.

Making room for Pena, Adam Carr was placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 29.

May 312011

The streak of “Player of The Week” awards for the Nationals farmhands extends to four with the naming of Tyler Moore as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of May 23 to May 29.

Moore batted .448 (13-for-29) during the week, including three HRs and seven RBI, while scoring seven runs and also clubbing four doubles. The 24-year-old is now tied for first in the Eastern League with 25 extra-base hits and is second in slugging (.538) and total bases (99). For the month of May, the 2010 Carolina League MVP has hit .320/.365/.629 and six of his nine HRs.

May 312011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 9-4 @ Louisville, 6:35 p.m. Brad Meyers (3-0, 3.09) vs.
Scott Carroll (2-2, 5.01)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-6 vs. New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. Brad Peacock (7-1, 2.13) vs.
Henderson Alvarez (2-0, 1.50)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-1 @ Winston-Salem, 7:00 p.m. Garrett Mock (de facto rehab) vs.
Joseph Serafin (0-4, 5.67)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 3-0; Lost, 4-3 @ Kannapolis, 7:05 p.m. Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.47) vs.
Jimmy Ballinger (2-3, 2.00)
DSL Nationals Lost, 4-1 vs. DSL Giants @ DSL Cubs2, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 9 Syracuse 4
• Detwiler (L, 3-5) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 5K 1HR
• Mandel 1IP 2H 0R 0BB 0K
• Aubrey 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Flores 2-4, RBI

Ross Detwiler’s woes continue as the lefthander lost for the fifth time in the month of May and allowed four or more runs for his sixth straight start as the Louisville Bats slugged the Syracuse Chiefs, 9-4. A three-run homer in the four-run Louisville fourth was the bulk of the damage, as Detwiler allowed more baserunners than innings pitched for the ninth time in 10 starts. Michael Aubrey and Jesus Flores led the late Chiefs charge with a combined effort of 4-for-7 as the Nos. 3 and 4 batters in the Syracuse lineup.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 6
• Roark (W, 2-1) 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 2K 1HR
• Moore 2-2, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Rhinehart 1-2, 2R, 2BB, HR, 3RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-5, 2RBI

Twice the Senators answered two-run innings with three runs and held off a late charge to win 7-6, sweeping the five-game series and extending the win streak to eight games. Bill Rhinehart’s 9th HR was the second of the three-spots put up, and gave the Sens the lead for good, with Tyler Moore’s solo shot in the 5th providing the final margin of victory. Tanner Roark set down 10 straight to finish his six innings of work, overcoming four runs early for his second win of the year.

Winston-Salem 7 Potomac 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 2-3) 7⅔ 13H 7R 3ER 2BB 5K, PO at 1B
• Testa ⅓ IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K IR-S: 1-0
• Kobernus 1-3
• Souza 4BB, 2SB
• Leon PO at 1B, CS

Winston-Salem’s Ryan Buch was unhittable but wild, allowing no hits through six and 2/3rds but walking five in a 7-1 win over Potomac. Potomac starter Danny Rosenbaum flirted with disaster in every single inning, with the defense failing him for four unearned runs on two errors but also turning four double plays with Rosenbaum and Sandy Leon each picking a runner off first base. Jeff Kobernus got the lone P-Nat hit with two outs in the eighth while Steve Souza drew four of the team’s eight walks (none intentional).

Kannapolis 3 Hagerstown 0 — GAME ONE
• Cole (L, 0-4) 5IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K
• Kelso 1-3
• Newsome 1-3

A.J. Cole continues to pitch well but still lose, dropping his fourth decision without a win in a 3-0 loss to Kannapolis. The 19-year-old tossed five innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out six, and lowered his ERA to 3.38. The Suns managed just two hits, with Blake Kelso and Brett Newsome both going 1-for-3. Wade Moore and Sammy Solis were added to the roster over the last two days, but which players were removed is still not known — presumably Chris Curran and a pitcher.

Kannapolis 4 Hagerstown 3 — GAME TWO
• Solis 4⅔ 4H 3R 3ER 3BB 7K
• Eusebio 1⅓ 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 2K 1HR
• Harper 2-3, BB, CS
• Newsome 2-3, R, 2B
• Leonida 1-3, 3B, 2RBI

Cole Leonida’s two-run triple capped off a three-run fourth, but Sammy Solis ran into trouble in the fifth, giving up the tying runs. Wilson Eusebio surrendered the game-winning home run in the bottom of the sixth as the Kannapolis Intimidators took the nightcap and swept the doubleheader with a 4-3 win. Solis struck out seven over four and 2/3rds innings and allowed four hits and three walks. Bryce Harper and Brett Newsome each went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns offense.

DSL Giants 4 DSL Nationals 1
• Baez, G (L, 0-1) 4IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K 1HR
• Escolastico 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K, PO at 2B
• Ortega 2-3, 2SB
• Mejia 1-2, 2B

Gregory Baez returned to the DSL, perhaps only until the GCL starts up, and tossed four strong innings in a 4-1, rain-shortened (presumably) loss. The 19-year-old gave up a single, a homer, and a walk while striking out five. “Fred” Ortega went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases while 17-year-old Bryan Mejia got the only other hit for the D-Nats, a double.

May 302011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-3 @ Louisville, 4:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (3-4, 5.77) vs.
Matt Klinker (2-1, 9.00)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 6-1; Won, 1-0 vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Tanner Roark (1-1, 4.76) vs.
Wynn Pelzer (1-5, 4.43)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 3-2; Lost, 5-2 @ Winston-Salem, 4:00 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-2, 2.91) vs.
Ryan Buch (0-0, 1.50)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 10-5 @ Kannapolis, 1:05 p.m.
A.J. Cole (0-3, 3.86) and
Sammy Solis (’11 debut) vs.
Paul Burnside (3-2, 4.07) and
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Charlotte 5 Syracuse 3
• Martin (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP 8H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K 1HR
• Balester 2IP 0H 0R 2BB 1K
• Marrero 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Frazier 1-3, 2B

Filling in for the promoted Yunesky Maya, J.D. Martin started strong, striking out the side in the first, but let up all five Charlotte runs over the next three innings as the Chiefs fell, 5-3. Collin Balester tossed two scoreless innings, as the Syracuse ‘pen held the Knights down the rest of the way. Chris Marrero went 2-for-3 with a walk and solo HR to lead the offense, which was held to seven hits total.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 1 — GAME ONE
• Davis (W, 2-1) 5⅓ 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 2K
• Pena (S, 4) 1⅔ 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Moore 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R

Tyler Moore’s first-inning HR gave the Sens an early lead while a three-run sixth put the game away as Harrisburg took the first game, 6-1. Starter Erik Davis got the win with five and a 1/3rd strong innings, allowing the lone Baysox run on five hits and three walks while Hassan Pena got the last five out for his fourth save.

Harrisburg 1 Bowie 0 — GAME TWO
• Perez (W, 2-0) 6+ IP 5H 0R 0BB 5K
• Barthmaier (S, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 1BB 3K
• Tucker 1-2, R, 2B
• Lombardozzi 1-3, 2B, RBI

Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Joanthan Tucker and Steve Lombardozzi scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth as Harrisburg swept the doubleheader with a 1-0 decision, extending their winning streak to seven games. It was also their eighth win in ten games against Bowie. Oliver Perez went the first six innings, plus one batter in the seventh for the win while Jimmy Barthmaier walked a batter but struck out the side for the save.

Lynchburg 3 Potomac 2 — GAME ONE
• Selik (L, 0-4) 5⅔ 5H 3R 2ER 1BB 2K
• Frias 1⅓ 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 2-4, 2B, RBI

Lynchburg 5 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Bronson (L, 1-2) 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 3K 1HR
• Smoker 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 1HR
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2SB
• Ramirez 1-3, 2RBI

Another sweep, but two much closer games Sunday Afternoon in Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 10 Kannapolis 5
• Grace (W, 5-4) 7IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K
• Applebee 2IP 1H 1R 0ER 0BB 3K
• Harper 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Newsome 1-2, 2R, 2BB, 3RBI
• Martinson 1-4, R, HR, BB, 2RBI

After posting a picket fence in the 2nd through 5th innings, the Suns put up a six-spot in the 6th to take a 10-1 lead and cruised to a 10-5 win over Kannapolis. Bryce Harper, Jason Martinson, and Wade Moore each homered as no Sun collected multiple hits, but four drew multiple walks as the Intimidators pitchers issued 11 walks for the game. Matt Grace went the first seven innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk to earn his fifth win.

May 302011

In the standings, Sunday was the same as Saturday with two more losses for Potomac to Lynchburg, 3-2 and 5-2. Offensively, it was just 12 hits in 14 innings. But the pitching and defense was markedly better — just one crooked number and one error versus five and three the night before.

Maybe those are the little things that might not add up to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

With the first half a lost cause, it’s time to start looking for the things that have improved.

Take Cameron Selik, for example. In his first home start, he got knocked around for nine runs and ten hits. The pitches were up in the zone, hard, flat and fast. Yesterday afternoon, the pitches were down and he’s begun to command his slider, pounding it inside under the right-handed batters hands. Few hitters can handle that pitch in that spot, fewer can do much with it.

Jeff Kobernus had a breakout day, going 5-for-7 on the afternoon with a double and two stolen bases, including third bases. With the assault of flyballs of late, it’s sometimes hard to notice how good he is on defense… until someone else plays second. Maybe it was just one day, but we’ll take it.

Steve Souza drew four walks. Yes, one of them was intentional, but for a guy that has struck out 62 times in 47 games, that kind of patience is good to see. He’s still a project on defense, particularly on when to defer on popups, but has leveraged his size and athleticism very quickly. You have to see him nightly to notice the faults because on some nights he looks like he’s been there all along.

Unfortunately, Souza’s presence at first has forced Justin Bloxom to play out of position at third. The positive that can be drawn from this is that his troubles on defense have not followed him on offense, as so often happens. Bloxom went 2-for-4 in the first game to raise his average to .231 in 22 games, with a .270 mark in the last 10 games.

In the second game, Evan Bronson survived a tough second inning (three runs, three hits, a walk) retiring seven of eight after a two-out single in the third before surrendering a long home run to turn what might have been a quality start into something more mediocre. But it just might have been good enough to earn another start, as the P-Nats are going to need a sixth man in the rotation this week with the back-to-back doubleheaders this weekend.

For today, it’s back to the top of the rotation with Danny Rosenbaum on the bump in Winston-Salem, attempting to stop an eight-game slide as the P-Nats take their final road trip of the first half to North Carolina four days and Delaware for three before returning for the long-anticipated 14-game homestand from June 6 to June 19.

May 292011

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-7; Won, 8-3 vs. Charlotte 6:30 p.m. TBD vs. Gaby Hernandez (2-5, 8.77)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 8-3 vs. Bowie, 5:00 p.m. Erik Davis (1-1, 3.55) and
Oliver Perez (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Chorye Spoone (0-1, 3.12) and
Tim Bascom (2-1, 4.76)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 10-5; Lost, 7-2 vs. Lynchburg, 12:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-3, 7.63) and
Evan Bronson (1-1, 2.42) vs.
Willie Kempf (2-3, 7.96) and
Blaine Sims (0-0, 1.65)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 8-6; Won, 2-1 @ Kannapolis, 5:05 p.m. TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 8-7 vs. DSL Giants, 10:30 AM TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 7 (Comp.)
• Milone (ND) 6⅔ IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K
• Mandel (BS, 1)(W, 1-1) 2IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K 1HR
• Marrero 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Valdez 2-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Hulett 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Jeff Mandel gave away the lead on Friday and nearly the game on Saturday until Tug Hulett’s solo HR and Chris Marrero’s RBI single gave him the blown-save-win and the Chiefs an 8-7 victory. Tom Milone started and got the no-decision with four runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. He also struck out six.

Syracuse 8 Charlotte 3
• Stammen (W, 5-2) 7IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K
• Carr 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
• Aubrey 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Antonelli 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Hulett 1-3, R, BB, 2RBI

Syracuse got five first-inning runs and cruised to an 8-3 victory in the “nightcap.” Craig Stammen got the win with seven strong innings, allowing all three Charlotte runs on eight its and two walks while striking out five. Michael Aubrey paced the offense with a 3-for-4 night, including a double and an RBI.
The expected Yunesky Maya move has not officially occurred, but Collin Balester was optioned back from DC while Atahualpa Severino was activated from the DL

Harrisburg 8 Bowie 3
• Martis (W, 2-2) 6IP 5H 0R 1BB 5K
• Lombardozzi 2-5, R, 2B
• Moore 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Norris 2-2, 3R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI
• King 2-4, 2RBI

The Sens won their fifth straight with an 8-3 takedown of the Baysox. Shairon Martis tossed six scoreless innings to get the win, lowering his ERA to 3.57 while the quadrimvirate of Steve Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore, Derek Norris, and Stephen King combined for eight of the 14 Harrisburg hits, with Norris homering for the fifth time in his last nine games played.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 5 — GAME ONE
• Holder (L, 2-6) 1⅔ IP 9H 8R 8ER 2BB 0K 1HR
• Olbrychowski 3⅓ IP 1H 0R 3BB 2K
• Higley 1-3, R, HR, RBI
• Hood 1-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 2 — GAME TWO
• Demny (L, 1-5) 4IP 6H 6R 6ER 5BB 4K 2HR
• Martin 2IP 0H 0R 1B 2K
• Hood 1-3, R, HR, RBI

FWIW, here’s my take on LNIW.

Hagerstown 8 Asheville 6 (Comp.)
• Hansen 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 1HR
• Graham (W, 1-1) 2IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 1K
• Kelso 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Sanchez 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB
• Rogers 2-3, R

A four-run eighth, highlighted by Adrian Sacnhez’s two-out, two-RBI single, powered the Suns past the Tourists for an 8-6 win in the completion. Relievers Matt Swynenberg and Ben Graham both gave up a run over two innings with Graham getting the decision. Sanchez led Hagerstown’s offense with a 3-for-5 effort and a stolen base.

Hagerstown 2 Asheville 1
• Jordan (ND) 5IP 4H 1R 0ER 1BB 5K
• Eusebio 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
• Sanchez 2-4, RBI
• Taylor 2-4, R

Michael Taylor scored the tying run in the 6th and singled to left in the 9th, an error erasing the RBI, but not the game-winning run as the Suns swept the de facto doubleheader with a 2-1 win. Taylor Jordan started and went the first five innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and a walk while setting down five on strikes. Wilson Eusebio, Chris Manno, and Neil Holland combine four four scoreless innings of relief with Holland getting the win.

DSL Nationals 8 DSL Rangers 7
• Pineyro (ND) 3IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K
• Heredia (W, 1-0) 2IP 2H 0R 0BB 1K
• B. Valdez 1-3, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Reyes 2-4, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI
• Difo 1-2, 2R, 3BB

A six-run top of the 9th, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Bienvenido Valdez, catapulted the D-Nats past the D-Rangersfor an improbable 8-7 win.
Ivan Pineyro (19 y.o.) started the game and struck out six but was touched for three runs on three hits and two walks. Inocencio Heredia got the win with two scoreless innings in relief. Two of the 2010 IFA Signees — Diomedes Eusebio, 1-4 @ 3B; Dioncio Rosario, 0-4 @ CF — were spotted in the lineup.