May 242011
 

A couple of moves that didn’t make it into the notes…

HARRISBURG
• Activated RHP Erik Davis, who will start tonight’s game against the Akron Aeros

POTOMAC
• Activated RHP Cameron Selik, who started last night against the Kinston Indians
• Assigned OF Chris Curran to the Auburn Doubledays (i.e. sent back to XST)

With the DSL set to begin this weekend, I’d expect a whole bunch of procedural moves later this week that won’t be publicized until after the long weekend.

May 242011
 

As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals accepted December 2010 Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick back from the Nationals yesterday, ending his brief stint in the Nationals organization.

Broderick had been a surprise candidate to make the big club, despite his Rule 5 status, but his inexperience as a reliever and/or Jim Riggleman’s misuse of him led to disastrous results, with 16 hits and 9 runs surrendered in 11 appearances for an ERA of 6.57 and a WHIP of 1.541.

St. Louis immediately assigned him to Memphis, but his role with the AAA club remains to be determined, particularly with the coinciding move of sending down reliever Mitchell Boggs to be stretched back out as a reliever.

May 242011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 5-0 @ Rochester, 11:05 a.m. Ross Detwiler (3-3, 5.04) vs.
Scott Diamond (1-4, 5.70)
Harrisburg Senators Lost, 12-8 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. TBA vs. Joe Gardner (3-2, 2.70)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. Kinston, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (2-1, 3.12) vs.
Clayton Cook (3-3, 3.98)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 10-5 OFF DAY N/A

Rochester 5 Syracuse 0
• Maya (L, 1-4) 7⅔ IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 7K
• Mandel ⅓ IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 0K 1-1 IR-S
• Flores 1-3
• Fox 1-3, 2B

A two-run first and a three-run eighth was more than enough to snap the Syracuse Chiefs’ streak of seven straight for a 5-0 shutout loss. Yunesky Maya pitched into the eighth, but it was for naught at the offense collected just four hits and two walks, going 0-for-5 with RISP.

Akron 12 Harrisburg 8
• Martis 3IP 4H 5R 5ER 3BB 1K 1HR
• Johnson 3-4, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Moore 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Gilbert 2-4, R, 2B,

A four-run seventh inning that included a 96-minute rain delay powered the Akron Aeros past the Harrisburg Senators for a 12-8 win. Starter Shairon Martis took the lost with five runs allowed over three innings, and no reliever was left unscathed. Josh Johnson and Tyler Moore paced the 14-hit offense with three hits apiece while Derek Norris drove in three with a home run.

Kinston 5 Potomac 3
• Selik (L, 0-3) 5IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K 1HR
• Weaver 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
• Perez 2-3, R, RBI
• Kobernus 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

Check out what happened in greater detail, Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 10 Greensboro 5
• Grace (W, 4-4) 5IP 7H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K
• Manno (H, 1) 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K 3-1 IR-S
• Keyes 2-5, R, HR, 4RBI, E
• Martinson 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Newsome 3-5, RBI, 2K, E

Kevin Keyes’s three-run homer in a four-run fourth broke open a 3-1 game as the Suns doubled up the Grasshoppers, 10-5, to finish the road trip on a high note and hold onto first place. The win also snapped a four-game losing streak. Starter Matt Grace evened his record at 4-4 with one run allowed on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He also struck out three. Joing Keyes in the hit parade were Jason Martinson (2-for-3) and Brett Newsome (3-for-5) as the trio accounted for seven of Hagerstown’s 11 hits and six of the nine RBIs.

May 242011
 

For any pitcher, a leadoff walk is a bad thing. Two of them to start an inning, deadly. Follow it with a home run, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

That’s what happened in the first inning to Cameron Selik in a 5-3 loss last night. But while it was an “L” in the standings, how Selik responded to the adversity was the proverbial “W.”

After the three-run homer, Selik set down the next seven batters. Just two more runners reached base, both with two outs — neither by a base on balls. Five went down on strikes. His final line: 5IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K 1HR.

Selik was still leaving his pitches up, so as a convert from catcher, he still is learning the craft. But he was touching 92 on the gun and getting good separation on his breaking pitches.

Defensively, the P-Nats were a wreck last night. On a better night, it’s safe to say that they might have pulled this out. Only one of the four errors didn’t come back to haunt them — a pickoff throw in the first that moved up the first runner to second base before the second walk.

But the second and fourth errors directly led to the last two Kinston runs, with J.P. Ramirez dropping a flyball with two outs in the sixth and Steve Souza unable to make the scoop on grounder to short in the ninth.

Offensively, the P-Nats started slowly, going down in order the first three innings before Eury Perez blooped one over the second baseman’s head and Jeff Kobernus followed with a Texas leaguer to shallow center in the fourth. Kinston escaped the jam with a Destin Hood strikeout, and grounders to first and third with an intentional walk to Steve Souza sandwiched between.

Perez and Kobernus would both get on base and score in the sixth. Perez reached by way of a drag bunt up the first base line and scored on a double off the top of the left field wall by Kobernus, who himself came in when Ramirez redeemed his error with an RBI single to right.

A Jose Lozada infield single, followed by Cutter Dykstra double to right and a Perez sacrifice fly capped the scoring for Potomac. Just as the first nine batters were retired to start, the last eight would make outs to finish, with kudos to Kinston relievers Adam Miller and Preston Guilmet in the eighth and ninth innings.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 18-25 for the season, dropping its second straight decision and falling to eight games behind first-place Wilmington. Opening Day starter Danny Rosenbaum (2-1, 3.12) is scheduled to take the mound tonight against Clayton Cook (3-3, 3.98).

May 232011
 

For the third straight week, a Nationals farmhand has taken home a weekly award, with Destin Hood nabbing the Carolina League Batter of the Week award for the period of May 16-22.

Hood batted .448 (13-for-29) during the week, which includes two hitless games on May 16 and 17, and hit seven doubles, a triple, and a home run while collecting 10 RBI. His 16 doubles for the season is now tied for the Carolina League lead and is the best in the system, three ahead of some kid named Harper, and is now hitting .287/.387/.490 overall.

May 232011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 9-3 @ Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-3, 3.66) vs.
Kyle Gibson (1-3, 4.25)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 4-1 @ Akron, 7:05 p.m. Shairon Martis (1-1, 3.08) vs.
Kelvin De La Cruz (2-3, 3.28)
Potomac Nationals Lost, 7-6 vs. Kinston, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (0-2, 8.71) vs.
Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 2.09)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-2 @ Greensboro, 10:45 a.m. Matt Grace (3-4, 4.66) vs.
Robert Morey (3-4, 4.98)

Syracuse 9 Rochester 3
• Stammen (W, 4-2) 5IP 7H 3R 3ER 4BB 2K
• Balester (H, 2) 3IP 3H 0R 0BB 1K
• Marrero 3-4, R, BB, HR, 4RBI
• Aubrey 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI

Make that seven straight as Syracuse defeated Rochester, 9-3. Chris Marrero’s three-run jack in the fifth inning was the offensive highlight, giving the Chiefs an 8-0 lead, and raising the 22-year-old’s average to .283 and undoubtedly the expectations of the impatient DC fans in the wake of Adam LaRoche’s shoulder woes. Craig Stammen got the win after coughing up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, nearly doubling his season total in walks (9) with four base-on-balls given up. Collin Balester followed with three scoreless innings to get the hold.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 1
• Roark (W, 1-1) 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K
• Arnesen (H, 1) 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 1K
• Valdez 2-5, RBI
• King 3-4, R, HR, RBI

The Senators jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and cruised to a 4-1 decision over Binghamton. Tanner Roark got the win with six strong innings, allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out four. Stephen King led the offense with three of its nine hits, including a home run, followed by Alex Valdez, who went 2-for-5. Erik Arnesen and Hassan Pena followed Roark from the ‘pen to earn the hold and the save, respectively.

Lynchburg 7 Potomac 6
• Demny (L, 1-4) 2⅔ 7H 6R 5ER 2BB 1K
• Smoker 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
• Hood 3-5, R, 3-2B, RBI
• Cuevas 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

Despite eight extra-base hits, the Potomac Nationals couldn’t make it five in a row, as the Lynchburg Hillcats went up 6-0 early, and held on for a 7-6 win. Destin Hood doubled three times to tie for the Carolina League lead at 16, Justino Cuevas went deep twice, and Steve Souza homered for the third straight game to pace the offense. Starter Paul Demny got knocked from the box after two and 2/3rds, charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walk. Three relievers combined for five and 1/3rd innings of relief with just one unearned run allowed.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 2
• Jordan (L, 6-1) 5IP 4H 4R 3ER 3BB 3K
• Swynenberg 2IP 2H 1R 0ER 0BB 2K
• Martinson 2-4, 2SB
• Nicol 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI, 2E

The Suns swoon continues with a 5-2 defeat to the Grasshoppers, their fourth straight loss, and third to second-place Greensboro, slicing their lead to just one game with the fourth game of the series set for this morning. Taylor Jordan suffered his first loss of the season, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks over five innings. Jason Martinson and Sean Nicol both went 2-for-4, but the rest of the lineup managed just three hits, with the team going 0-for-7 with RISP.

May 222011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 2-0 @ Rochester, 1:05 p.m. Craig Stammen (3-2, 3.43) vs.
Eric Hacker (1-1, 3.49)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 7-2 @ Binghamton, 1:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (0-1, 13.50) vs.
Brandon Moore (3-2, 5.05)
Potomac Nationals Won, 13-8 @ Lynchburg, 2:05 p.m. Paul Demny (1-3, 2.95) vs.
Cory Rasmus (0-5, 7.17)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 9-6 @ Greensboro, 4:00 p.m. Taylor Jordan (6-0, 2.82) vs.
Kyle Winters (4-2, 4.30)

Syracuse 2 Rochester 0
• Milone (W, 3-3) 7IP 3H 0R 0BB 9K
• Carr (H, 1) 1+ IP 0R 0H 1BB 0K
• Mandel (S, 2) 1IP 1H 0R 1BB 0K
• Brown 2-4, 2B
• Solano 2-4, RBI

Tom Milone, Adam Carr, and Jeff Mandel combined to shut out the Red Wings, 2-0, as the Chiefs won their sixth straight ballgame. Milone allowed just three hits over seven innings with no walks and nine strikeouts to even his record at 3-3. Carr and Mandel each threw an inning to notch the hold and save respectively. Corey Brown and Jhonatan Solano both went 2-for-4 to lead the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 7 Binghamton 2
• Peacock (W, 6-1) 6IP 1H 1R 1ER 2BB 10K 1HR
• Chico 1⅔ IP 1H 0R 1BB 1K
• Johnson 2-5, 3R, BB, HR, RBI
• Gilbert 2-5, 2R, RBI
• Ivany 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Brad Peacock struck out 10 over six innings for his sixth win as Harrisburg returned to .500 with a 7-2 win in Binghamton. Offensively, the Senators put runners on base in eight of nine innings, getting 11 hits and drawing six walks. The veteran trio of Josh Johnson, Archie Gilbert, and Devin Ivany went 6-for-14 with two HRs and four RBI, scoring six of the seven Harrisburg runs.

Potomac 13 Lynchburg 8
• Holder (W, 2-5) 5⅓ IP 7H 5R 5ER 0BB 6K
• Kobernus 3-5, 2R, 3B, 2SB
• Hood 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Souza 2-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

The P-Nats have taken the “s” out of their offensive slumber, battering the Lynchburg moundsmen for 16 hits in a 13-8 romp, their fourth straight win. Designated driver hitter Cutter Dykstra was the misnomer as the only batter not to join the party, as six Potomac hitters had multiple hits with Jeff Kobernus and Destin Hood leading the way with three apiece. Starter Trevor Holder got the win despite allowing five runs on seven hits over five and 1/3rd innings, but once again did not walk a batter and struck out six. Justino Cuevas has joined the team from XST, with Francisco Soriano placed on the DL to make room.

Greensboro 9 Hagerstown 6
• Hansen (ND) 6IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 6K
Brown 1⅔ 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 2K
Graham (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) ⅓ IP 2H 3R 3ER 0BB 0K 1HR 1-1 IR-S
• Kelso 2-5, 2RBI
• Freitas 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Rogers 1-2, 2R, 2BB, SB

The offense did its part, scoring six runs, with Blake Kelso and David Freitas each going 2-for-5. Starter Bobby Hansen had a quality start with two runs allowed on five hits and two walks over six innings. The bullpen, however, melted down for the second straight game, allowing seven runs in the bottom of the seventh, lowlighted by a two-out, three-run home run that proved to the difference as Greensboro defeated Hagerstown, 9-6.
As mentioned in comments, Kevin Keyes has joined the team from XST, with Randolph Oduber placed on the 7-Day DL. MiLB.com also saw fit to finally confirm our commenters’ observation that Chris McKenzie and Chad Jenkins have been removed from the roster to make room for A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray. No word on whether or not that was posted after 6 p.m. last night.

May 212011
 

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Tom Milone (2-3, 4.21) vs.
Ryan Mullins (1st AAA start of ’11)
Harrisburg Senators Postponed @ Binghamton, 1:05 p.m. Brad Peacock (5-1, 2.13) vs.
Robert Carson (1-4, 3.96)
Potomac Nationals Won, 6-2 @ Lynchburg, 7:00 p.m. Trevor Holder (1-5, 5.57) vs.
Zeke Spruill (2-4, 2.88)
Hagerstown Suns Lost, 5-4 @ Greensboro, 7:00 p.m. Bobby Hansen (5-1, 3.53) vs.
Zachary Neal (3-2, 3.73)

Syracuse 5 Norfolk 4 (10 inn.)
• Meyers (ND) 5⅓ IP 7H 3R 3ER 0BB 3K 2HR
• Martin 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
• Marrero 3-5, R
• Hulett 2-2, R, 2BB, RBI
• Frazier 2-4, R, RBI

Pinch-runner Yunesky Maya scored the gamewinner off the bat of Tug Hulett in the bottom of the 10th as the Chiefs won in extras, 5-4, and swept the four-game series with the Norfolk Tide. The win was the fifth straight for the Chiefs and the first four-game sweep since May 2010. Brad Meyers started and went the first five innings, but fell victim to the longball twice for solo shots and allowed three runs on seven hits overall. Chris Marrero led the hit parade with three singles in five at-bats to raise his average to .323 for the month of May and .278 overall.

Harrisburg-Binghamton — PPD
Aliens invaded a small town in upstate New York and hatched their evil plan to postpone yet another Senators ballgame. Well, maybe not. The game will be made up as part of doubleheader on Tuesday, June 7th.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 2
• Clegg (W, 2-2) 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K
• Nelo 2IP 2H 1R 0ER 1BB 1K
• Souza 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Hood 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Perez 3-5, RBI, SB

The P-Nats were clicking on all cylinders, showing speed (five SBs) and power (five XBHs) on offense and limiting the Hillcats to just six hits in a 6-2 triumph in Lynchburg. Mitchell Clegg pitched a season-high seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Destin Hood (double, triple) and Eury Perez (three singles) remain red-hot on offense, with Steve Souza phoning long distance over the centerfield wall for two of his three RBI on the night. Combined, the trio accounted for seven of the 11 Potomac hits.

Greensboro 5 Hagerstown 4
• Ray (ND) 6IP 7H 2R 1ER 0BB 4K
• Eusebio (L, 0-2) 1IP 4H 3R 3ER 0BB 2K
• Harper 2-3, R, 2B, BB, HR, SB, 3RBI
• Taylor 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A fifth-inning run ended Robbie Ray’s scoreless inning streak at 15, while a bullpen blowup denied him the chance for the win as the Greensboro edged Hagerstown, 5-4. Ray gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and no walks. Wilson Eusebio was torched for three runs on four hits, with a two-out double clearing the bases that had been loaded with singles. Bryce Harper drove in three with a double and a homer while Michael Taylor’s solo shot accounted for the fourth Sun run.

May 202011
 

In the thankless task of keeping up with transactions, here are the ones that we’ve missed since our last “catch up.”

RELEASED
Saskuel Herrera (DSL Nationals)
Boomer Whiting (Syracuse Chiefs)

PLACED ON 7-DAY DL
Rob Wort (Potomac)
Pat Lehman (Potomac)
Pat McCoy (Harrisburg)

ACTIVATED FROM 7-DAY DL
C Brian Peacock (Potomac)
RHP Rafael Martin (Potomac)

May 202011
 

As discussed earlier this month, as the indys start up in May, we’d be checking back to see if we could find some familiar names. Absent a searchable database, it’s an eyeball test. Here’s what we found for the American Association of Professional Baseball (nee the Central League) and one of the original two of the modern era, the Frontier League.

AAPB

RHP Mike Bacsik, Fort Worth Cats

OF Christian Guerrero, Gary-Southshore Railcats

RHP Osvaldo Rodriguez, Shreveport–Bossier Captains

IF Trevor Lawhorn, Sioux Falls Pheasants

LHP David Trahan, Sioux City Explorers

LHP Kevin Light, Winnipeg Goldeyes

Frontier League
OF Jamar Walton, Evansville Otters

IF Kyle Breault, Lake Erie Crushers

LHP Clayton Dill, Southern Illinois Miners

RHP Tim Dupuis, Washington Wild Things

The Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball (nee Northeast League) and the new North American League (reformed from the ashes of the Golden League, the Northern League, and United League) are up next and will conclude our look-see.