Jun 202015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 23-45, 6th place I.L. North, 15½ games behind

Good Jason Martinson .299/.333/.448, 3HR, 7RBI in June
Bad Erik Davis 0-2, 8.74 ERA, 2.47 WHIP in 10 appearances
Interesting Steven Lerud 21-game on-base streak as a backup C



HARRISBURG SENATORS 28-38, 5th place E.L. West, 11½ games behind

Good Bryan Harper 1-0, 0SV, 0.00ERA, 0.67WHIP, .136OBA in June (four appearances)
Bad Last night’s loss was the eighth walkoff loss — most in professional baseball (H/T Perry Mattern, Sens PR)
Interesting Senators will play N.L.-style baseball for the next 22 games (ditto Terry Byrom)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 31-37, 4th Place C.L. North (eliminated from 1st half title race)

Good Narciso Mesa .354/.389/.415 in June (17G)
Bad 74 errors, 2nd most in the eight-team Car. Lg.
Interesting Estarlin Martinez .364/.417/.455 in June (13G)



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 34-33, 3rd place Sally North, 9 games behind (eliminated from 1st half title race)

Good Six team shutouts, tied for 2nd in 14-team Sally Lg.
Bad Austin Davidson .170/.279/.268 in 48G
Interesting .975 FA, 2nd best in Sally Lg.



DSL NATIONALS SUNS 6-12, 8th place Boca Chica South, 7 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Edward Trejos .481 OBP in 9G
Bad 19-y.o. Williantoni Uribarri 19.89 ERA, 2.84 WHIP in 4 appearances
Interesting 17-y.o. Tomas Alastre 0-1, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in 3GS (12IP)
Jun 202015
 

Baseball Rain For NPP 3
The Potomac Nationals rallied for four in the bottom of the 4th to erase an early 1-0 deficit and even the four-game series with the Carolina Mudcats with a rain-shortened 4-1 victory.

Carolina stuck for its run in the 1st on a leadoff walk, a steal, and an advance to third on a flyout to right field. Starter Phillips Valdez nearly squirmed out of the jam with a strikeout to the No. 3 batter before giving up an RBI single to cleanup man Carlo Franco and a subsequent safety to the #5 batter Jose Briceno.

He would then settle down to retire five straight before giving up a one-out single in the 3rd, four straight before surrendering a two-out double in the 4th, then six straight before play was halted.

Potomac stranded runners in each of the first three innings before Spencer Kieboom led off the 4th with a single, took third on a one-out single by John Wooten, and scored on a Brandon Miller double, which tied the game at 1-1.

Adrian Sanchez sent in the game-winner on a grounder to second, but the insurance runs came on what initially appeared to be an inside-the-park HR by Estarlin Martinez, but later (correctly) changed to a triple and an error as Martinez scampered home when Carolina right fielder Sean Godfrey booted the ball in right-center.

The rain, which began to spit in the bottom of the 4th, eventually forced the game’s end with two outs in the 6th. The win would go to Valdez, who allowed just the one run on four hits and one walk while striking six.

The series continues tonight with a matchup of Reynaldo Lopez (4-3, 4.85) vs. Andrew Waszak (4-4, 3.29) for Carolina.

Jun 202015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-6 vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (4-4, 3.58) vs.
Doubront (0-3, 2.65)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 (10 inn.) @ Altoona,
4:05 p.m.
Bacus (2-1, 4.34) and
Simmons (3-3, 3.42) vs.
Brault (AA Debut) and TBD
Potomac Won, 4-1 (6 inn.) vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Lopez (4-3, 4.85) vs.
Waszak (4-4, 3.29)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 1.50) vs.
Long (2-1, 2.65)
Auburn Won, 10-0 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
J. Rodriguez (1st SS-A start of ’15) vs.
White (1-1, 2.61 @ GCL in ’14)


Buffalo 8 Syracuse 6
• Cole (L, 0-4) 5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, HR(GS)
• Grace 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 3-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Mastroianni 2-5, R, HR, RBI

A.J. Cole’s inability to keep the ball in the yard continues to dog him as a third-inning grand slam proved too much for the Chiefs to overcome in an 8-6 loss to Buffalo. It was the 12th HR he’s given up in 59 innings this season between AAA, MLB, and Spring Training. Cole was charged with five runs total on eight hits and a walk as he lost for the fourth time. Emmanuel Burriss and Kevin Keyes both went 3-for-5 with a double to lead Syracuse’s 15-hit attack.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill recalled to Washington.

Altoona 4 Harrisburg 3 (10 inn.)
• Bleier 7&8531; IP, 11H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR; 1-3
• Solis (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HBP
• Turner 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2SB
• Pleffner 2-5, RBI
• Skole 1-3, 2BB

The thrill of a possible victory came in the top of the 10th when Shawn Pleffner’s RBI single plated Trea Turner for a 3-2 lead. The agony of yet another walkoff loss came in the bottom of the 10th when a double, a single, and an unintentional walk loaded the bases. A hit by pitch tied the game, another hit by pitch gave Altoona the win, Sammy Solis the loss, and Adam Frazier the Homer Simpson RBI. Starter Richard Bleier scattered 11 hits over seven innings of two-run ball for his eighth quality start. Trea Turner ran wild with two doubles, two steals, and two runs scored in a 3-for-5 game.

Potomac 4 Carolina 1 (6 inn.)
• Valdez 5⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K
• Miller 1-1, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Martinez 1-2, R, 3B, RBI

It was rain-shortened win Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Justin Amlung reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 5 Delmarva 2
• Van Orden (W, 4-1) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Napoli (SV, 3) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Keller 2-3, 2R, BB, CS
• Abreu 2-2, 2R, 2B, HR, 2BB, 3RBI, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2B

A three-run 1st put Hagerstown in the driver’s seat early as they cruised to a 5-2 win over Delmarva. For the second time this month, Drew Van Orden turned in a quality start two days after a relief appearance, giving up both Shorebird runs on four hits and a walk for his fourth win. David Napoli closed it out with three scoreless innings for his third save. Osvaldo Abreu paced the Suns offense as he reached base four times with two walks, a double, and a home run and drove in three.
Roster move: RHP Kevin Perez reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 10 Batavia 0
• Dickey 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Torres (W, 1-0) 5IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mejia 3-5, 2-2B, 3RBI, 2E
• Lora 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-2, 3R, 2BB

The Doubledays scored in four of the first five innings as they neut, er shut out the MuckDogs, 10-0. Robbie Dickey got the start and turned in three scoreless innings, though he put on four baserunners with two hits and two walks. Luis Torres got the win with five no-hit innings of relief. Second baseman Bryan Mejia made two errors but also doubled twice and went 3-for-5 with three RBI while his double play partner Edwin Lora doubled and tripled while going 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead Auburn’s 13-hit parade.

Jun 192015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Buffalo,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-3, 4.76) vs.
Boyd (0-1, 1.29)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 @ Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Bleier (4-2, 3.46) vs.
Benedict (2-2, 5.46)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Valdez (0-2, 7.94) vs.
Gil (1-8, 6.47)
Hagerstown Lost, 13-5 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Means (5-3, 3.73) vs.
Van Orden (3-1, 1.60)
Auburn N/A @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse — OFF DAY
After their first scheduled day off in June, the Chiefs resume their 10-game homestand with a three-game set against Buffalo, followed by four against Charlotte.
Roster move: RHP Taylor Hill optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 7 Richmond 6
• Spann 3IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K
• Harper (W, 1-1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Bostick 1-4, 2B, RBI

Harrisburg’s six-run 5th turned a 4-1 deficit into a 7-4 lead, which the bullpen (*not a spoiler alert*) nearly blew for a 7-6 win to prevent a three-game sweep by Richmond. Matt Spann needed 76 pitches to get through three innings, in which he gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out three. Bryan Harper got the win for two scoreless innings, with one hit and one strikeout. Wilmer Difo led off and went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored to lead the Senator offense.

Carolina 5 Potomac 3
• Simms 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Self (L, 2-1) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K, WP
• Manuel 2-4, RBI, PO at 1B
• Miller 1-3, R, HR, BB, RBI, OF assist at 2B

The Mudcats rallied for two in the 8th to snap a 3-3 tie and held on to hand the P-Nats a 5-3 loss. John Simms started and let up three over six innings on six hits and three walks while fanning four. The loss went to Derek Self, his first for Potomac in 2015, as he was charged with two runs, four hits, two walks, and no K’s over two innings. Potomac racked up 10 hits and drew two walks but left on just six as they hit into two double plays and ran into an out at second. Craig Manuel and John Wooten both went 2-for-4 while Brandon Miller homered.

Kannapolis 13 Hagerstown 5
• Baez (L, 0-1) 1+ IP, 5H, 8R, 8ER, 3BB, 0K, 0HR
• Bach 4IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, 1-1 IR-S
• Reistetter 2-3, 2RBI
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR, BB, RBI, E(19)
• Dent 2-4, R, RBI

Kannapolis struck for eight runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 13-5 win over Hagerstown to salvage the three-game series. Starter and loser Joan Baez retired just three of 12 batters faced in one-plus innings, burned for eight runs on five hits and three walks without a strikeout or a home run. Osvaldo Abreu tripled, homered, and walked while committing his 19th error to the lead the Suns nine-hit, four-walk attack.

Auburn — Opening Day
The Doubledays open the 2015 season on the road with three against the Muckdogs and three against Crosscutters. As some have noted in the comments, the roster does not appear to be set yet (just nine pitchers and nine position players as of this writing at ~7 a.m. EDT) nor has the team issued a press release regarding the Opening Day roster.

Jun 182015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 13-5 OFF DAY N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (1-0, 0.92) vs.
Beede (1-0, 1.38)
Potomac Lost, 2-1 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (3-5, 3.70) vs.
Walters (2-2, 2.89)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 (11 inn.) @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (0-0, 4.82 ERA) vs.
Lowry (7-2, 3.66 ERA)


Syracuse 13 Toledo 5
• Walters (W, 2-1) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Meek 1⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, BB, K
• Ramsey 4-5, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Burriss 3-5, 3R, HR, 4RBI
• Mastroianni 3-5, 3R, HR, 2RBI, SB

The Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens for six runs early, then answered a four-run rally in the top of the 6th with one of their own in the bottom of the 6th en route to a 13-5 victory. Josh Johnson was the beer man, as he was the sole starter not to march in Syracuse’s 19-hit parade, which was led by Caleb Ramsey’s 4-for-5 afternoon. Darin Mastroianni, Emmanuel Burris, and Jason Martinson each had three hits with Mastroianni and Burris both homering. P.J. Walters won for the second time in three starts, but was charged for four runs on five hits and two walks over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out three.
Roster move: RHP Mitch Lively released (signed with Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters).

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 3
• Strasburg (L, 0-1) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K
• Solis 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Turner 3-5, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, R, HR, RBI

Richmond scored single runs in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th innings and held off a late charge to hand Harrisburg a 4-3 loss. Trea Turner drove in two with a two-out single in the 7th and put himself into scoring position with a steal but was stranded. In the 9th, he doubled with two outs and made it to third before watching the final out. He finished the matinee at 3-for-5 to lead the Sens’ 10-hit attack. Some guy named Stephen Strasburg took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks while striking out six.
Roster move: RHP Stephen Strasburg assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Lynchburg 2 Potomac 1
• Giolito 4IP, 5H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Thomas (BS, 2; L, 0-4) 2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
• Kieboom 1-4, R, 2B
• Ward 1-4, 2B, RBI

The P-Nats pitchers high-wired through six innings, trying to make a 1-0 lead stand up despite putting multiple baserunners on, until the Hillcats finally broke through for two in the 7th for the eventual 2-1 score. Lucas Giolito labored through four innings, lifted after 86 pitches as he let up five hits, walked four, and struck out six. The loss went to Justin Thomas, who gave up the tying and winning runs and five hits total over two innings. Combined, the three P-Nats pitchers walked nine and gave up 10 hits. Offensively, Potomac was held to four hits with the lone run coming on back-to-back doubles in the 2nd by Spencer Kieboom and Drew Ward.

Hagerstown 4 Kannapolis 1 (11 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Orlan (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Walsh (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Gardner 2-5, 2B, RBI, CS
• Masters 1-3, 2BB

Hagerstown broke out for three in the 11th to take this one, 4-1. A single, sacrifice, and another single plated the go-ahead run while back-to-back doubles put the game away. The win went to R.C. Orlan, who struck out five of the six batters he faced in two perfect innings of relief. Jake Walsh set the side down in order in the 11th for his second save. Austen Williams started and gave up an unearned run over six innings on four hits while walking none and fanning three. Jeff Gardner went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI to lead the Suns offense.

Jun 172015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2 (10 inn.) vs. Toledo,
1:05 p.m.
Walters (1-1, 6.00) vs.
Farmer (6-1, 2.98)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 vs. Richmond,
12:00 p.m.
Strasburg (MLB Rehab) vs.
Mejia (0-0, 2.70)
Potomac Won, 4-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Giolito (2-4, 4.08) vs.
Peoples (4-3, 6.27)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Williams (6-1, 1.96) vs.
Martinez (2-6, 7.52)


Syracuse 3 Toledo 2 (10 inn.)
• Espino 7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 5K
• Martin (W, 3-3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hague 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Burriss 1-3, BB

The Chiefs rallied for two in the bottom of the 9th and one in the 10th to win their third straight, 4-3 over the Mud Hens. Paolo Espino started but got the no-decision with seven innings of two-run ball, giving up five hits and a walk and striking out five. The win went to Rafael Martin with two perfect innings in the 9th and 10th. Ricky Hague went 2-for-4, including the game-tying RBI double in the 9th, to lead the Syracuse offense, followed by Emmanuel Burris who was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Richmond 1 Harrisburg 0
• Voth 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Demny (L, 2-3) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• D. Robinson 1-4, SB
• Severino 1-3

The Flying Squirrels broke up the Star Trek convention on the Metro Bank Park scoreboard with the one and only run in the 9th for a 1-0 win that stopped the Senators five-game win streak. Starter Austin Voth threw seven scoreless innings with just three hits and no walks allowed. He struck out three. The loss went to Paul Demny on an unearned run that scored when Harrisburg failed to turn a double play. Derrick Robinson and Pedro Severino account for the two (2) Sens hits on the night.
Roster move: SS Trea Turner assigned from Washington.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 3
• Pivetta (W, 6-4) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 7K,
• Self (H, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perez 2-4, 3RBI
• Norfork 2-3, 2R, 3B, BB, RBI

Nick Pivetta tossed seven strong innings while Adrian Sanchez made a game-saving play in the 9th as the P-Nats downed the Hillcats, 4-3. Pivetta let in two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk and struck out seven while earning his sixth win. Derek Self pitched a scoreless 8th for the hold, his fourth, while Nick Lee stumbled through the 9th (a run, two walks, and a hit) to get credit for his seventh save. Stephen Perez went 2-for-4 and drove in three, including two in the 7th on a two-ouy single that broke a 2-2 tie, to lead the Potomac hit column.

Hagerstown 8 Kannapolis 4
• Reyes (W, 3-4) 6IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 1K, HR, WP, BK
• Van Orden 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Read 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Masters 2-4, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Gardner 2-4, R, 2B, BB

The Suns lapped the Intimidators five times in the first two innings en route to an 8-4 checkered flag in Game One of their three-game series. Luis Reyes gave up a solo HR in the 4th and six hits total over his six innings of work to get the win, his third. He walked three and struck out one. Raudy Read reached base four times with a single, double, and two walks and was one of five Suns to notch multiple hits, as Hagerstown collected 13 total and walked eight times.
Roster moves: IF Carlos Lopez placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Sam Johns reassigned from Auburn.

Jun 162015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-3 vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (1-0, 1.63) vs.
Greene (1st AAA start of ’15)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Richmond,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (3-4, 3.56) vs.
Biagini (5-3, 1.76)
Potomac Won, 6-4 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Pivetta (5-4, 2.58) vs.
Kime (2-2, 4.55)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1;
Won, 4-3
@ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (2-4, 5.27) vs.
Peralta (2-5, 6.47)


Syracuse 8 Toledo 3
• Jordan (W, 2-3) 7IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K
• Meek 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Lisson 2-3, R, 3RBI
• Hague 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Ricky Hague smacked a three-run HR to highlight a five-run 1st as the Chiefs won, 8-3 and secured back-to-back victories for the first since May 14-15. Taylor Jordan recovered from the astonishment of having a five-run lead to work with and went seven strong innings, with just an unearned run allowed on five hits, no walks, and five K’s. Hague and Kevin Keyes, both making their AAA debut, both went 2-for-4 as the Chiefs pounded out 10 hits total.
Roster moves: UT Ricky Hague, 1B-OF Kevin Keyes reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
While Trea Turner hasn’t been officially added to the Harrisburg roster yet, he’s in town and expected to debut tonight.
Roster moves: IF Cutter Dykstra, UT Jose Lozada reassigned from Syracuse; 2B Christopher Bostick promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 6 Lynchburg 4
• Lopez (W, 4-3) 5⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, HR
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Martinez 2-4, R
• Mesa 2-4
• S. Perez 2-5, R, RBI, SB, CS

Potomac stopped a two-game slide with a 6-4 win over Lynchburg. Reynaldo Lopez pitched into the 6th while winning his fourth game, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out a season-high of eight. Manny Rodriguez allowed one of three inherited runners to score in the 8th but pitched a scoreless 9th to earn his second save. Estarlin Martinez, Narciso Mesa, and Stephen Perez each singled twice while Brandon Miller homered to pace the P-Nats offense.
Roster move: IF Adrian Sanchez reassigned from Harrisburg.

Lakewood 5 vs. Hagerstown — GAME ONE
• Purke 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Napoli (L, 2-3) 2IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K
• Keller 2-3, RBI
• DeBruin 2-3

Lakewood put up crooked numbers in both the 6th and 7th innings to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 win in the opener. Matt Purke started and went five innings, allowing just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three. David Napoli took the loss and the brunt of the Blue Claws offense, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks over two innings. Alec Keller and Grant DeBruin both went 2-for-3 to account for four of the eight Suns hits.

Lakewood vs. Hagerstown — GAME TWO
• M. Sanchez (W, 3-2) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Amlung (SV, 3) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• DeBruin 2-3, R, RBI
• Dent 1-3, 2RBI

There was another 1-1 tie in Game Two, but the Suns got the better of the Blue Claws with a two in the 4th and one in the 5th, then held on for 4-3 win to split the doubleheader. Mario Sanchez got the win in a five-inning spot start, allowing both Lakewood runs on five hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Grant DeBruin once again went 2-for-3 while Cody Dent delivered the two-run single that put Hagerstown up for good upon his rental return from Harrisburg.
Roster moves: RHPs Jefry Rodriguez, Robbie Dickey transferred to Auburn; RHPs Luis Reyes reassigned from Auburn; 3B Cody Dent reassigned from Harrisburg; LHP Jake Walsh activated from the 7-Day DL.

Jun 152015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0;
Won, 7-4
vs. Toledo,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-3, 3.71) vs.
Melville (2-5, 5.23)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 9-7 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
TBD vs. Brown (2-6, 5.37)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Lakewood,
4:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 1.38) and TBD vs.
Pinto (5-2, 3.25) and Taylor (3-4, 4.73)


Columbus 3 Syracuse 0 — COMP.
• Cole (L, 0-3) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Billings 4⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• ⅓ ⅔ IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• Lerud 2-4
• Ramsey 2-4, 2B

Bruce Billings and Rich Hill blanked the Clippers for five and 2/3rds innings when play picked back up, but the offense was unable to push across one run, never mind three as the Chiefs lost the completion, 3-0. Billings gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out five over four and 2/3rds. Caleb Ramsey and Steven Lerud both went 2-for-4 to account for four of the eight Syracuse hits.

Syracuse 7 Columbus 4 (7 inn.)
• McGregor (W, 4-4) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Valverde (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI
• Mastroianni 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Syracuse rallied for four in the 3rd to turn a 2-1 disadvantage into a 5-2 lead and held on for 7-4 win to split the de facto doubleheader. Scott McGregor won for the first time in more than a month, letting in three runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. The save went to Jose Valverde, who pitched around a one-out single in the 7th. Jason Martinson hit two solo home runs and went 2-for-4, as did Darin Mastroianni, who doubled in two during the Chiefs’ four-run outburst.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 1
• Bacus (W, 2-1) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Harper (H, 3) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Severino 2-4, R, 2B
• Difo 2-5, R, 2B

Harrisburg overcame an early 2-0 deficit to complete the sweep of Trenton with a 4-2 win and extend their winning streak to five games. Dakota Bacus got the “W” with five innings pitched, allowing both Thunder runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two. Led by Bryan Harper, three relievers combined for four scoreless innings to seal the deal. Pedro Severino and Wilmer Difo both singled, doubled, and scored a run to lead the Senators offense.
Roster move: IF Cody Dent reassigned from Hagerstown (most likely this is a stopgap until Trea Turner actually arrives).

Frederick 9 Potomac 3
• Valdez (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 7H, 9R, 7ER, 4BB, 0K, 0HR
• Mapes 4⅓ IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 3K, 3-3 IR-S
• Mesa 3-4, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Norfork 2-3, 2BB, RBI

The Keys scored in each of the first three innings to build a 9-4 lead and held on to take the rubber match, 9-7. Phillips Valdez was charged with all nine Frederick runs (seven earned) on seven hits and four walks over just two and 2/3rds innings. Tyler Mapes let in all three inherited runners but combined with Cody Davis to shut down the Keys the rest of the way. Potomac scored seven times on just nine hits, three of which came off the bat off Narciso Mesa, who also scored twice and drove in a run.

Lakewood vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Heavy rainfall postponed Sunday’s game against Lakewood. They’ll try to make it up with doubleheader this afternoon.
Roster move: C Jorge Tillero transferred to Auburn; IF Austin Davidson transferred from Auburn.

Jun 142015
 

A five-run 7th turned a 4-1 ballgame into a rout, as the Frederick Keys evened the three-game series with a 9-3 win.

John Simms started and was ineffective early, giving up one run in the 1st and two in the 2nd on five hits, including a double to the right-center gap and a triple down the right field line. A long homer in the 5th accounted for the fourth and final run he gave up, as he went six innings and allowed seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

However, with an offense that’s basically league average in everything but runs scored, four runs allowed is too much. After answering Frederick’s run in the top of the first with a Christopher Bostick single, steal of second combined with a wild pitch, and a Stephen Perez sacrifice fly, the P-Nats bats fell silent until one out in the 5th, when Narciso Mesa laid down a magnificent bunt down the third base line.

While they would eventually score three runs, as aforementioned, the game was already over after Jake Johansen failed to retire any of the five batters in the top of the 7th. He walked three (two with the bases loaded) and allowed one hit on one of the handful that came in over the plate and in the strike zone.

Derek Self was unable to prevent further damage and let in all three of his inherited runners, but saved the rest of the ‘pen with three innings pitched.

The series concludes today with a matchup of Phillips Valdez (0-1, 5.02) vs. Chris Lee (1-2, 5.40).

Jun 142015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Losing, 3-0 (Susp.) @ Columbus,
4:05 p.m.
TBD and McGregor (3-4, 3.44)
vs. TBD and Chacin (1-2, 2.75)
Harrisburg Won, 4-1 vs. Trenton,
1:30 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 4.50) vs.
Sulbaran (3-3, 4.29)
Potomac Lost, 9-3 vs. Frederick,
1:05 p.m.
Valdez (0-1, 5.02) vs.
Lee (1-2, 5.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-1 vs. Lakewood,
3:05 p.m.
Purke (1-2, 1.38) vs.
Pinto (5-2, 3.25)


Columbus 3 Syracuse 0 — SUSP.
• Cole 2⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K, HR

Play was halted with one out in the bottom of the third, shortly after A.J. Cole surrendered his fifth HR in seven AAA appearances. They’ll pick it back up today and finish the game along with a second seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

Harrisburg 4 Trenton 1
• Bleier (W, 4-2) 7IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Solis (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• D. Robinson 2-3, 2B, SF, RBI
• Vettleson 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI

Harrisburg got strong pitching from start to finish and reeled off their fourth straight victory, a 4-1 decision over Trenton. Richard Bleier won his fourth game with seven innings of one-run ball, allowing seven hits, no walks, and striking out three. Sammy Solis shook off his previous shellacking with two scoreless innings for his first professional save. Derrick Robinson and Drew Vettleson both went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the 10-hit Senator parade.

Frederick 9 Potomac 3
• Simms (L, 3-5) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Johansen 5BF, 1H, 5R, 3ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ward 1-3, BB, K, E
• Bostick 1-4, R, SB

It was another rough one Last Night In Woodbridge.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 1
• Rodriguez (L, 1-5) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Orlan 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4
• DeBruin 2-4

The BlueClaws put the game away with a five-run 7th as they eclipsed the Suns, 9-1. Jefry Rodriguez made it through five innings, coughing up four runs on four hits while walking two and striking out two. Connor Bach took the brunt of the beating, surrendering all five runs in the Lakewood 7th, including a grand slam. “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Grant DeBruin both singled twice as Hagerstown totaled 10 hits but also stranded 10 baserunners.

Trea Turner Update
First, what everybody’s been wondering: According to San Antonio Missions broadcaster Mike Saeger, Turner will be joining the Harrisburg Senators today. If so, Turner’s final game was a 1-for-4 effort with a single and an RBI.

DSL Update
The D-Nats won just once this past week, a 7-0 decision over the D-Cards on Wednesday. As noted in yesterday’s GBI, 17-y.o. Omar Meregildo is putting up strong numbers early with 11 of his 14 hits coming for extra bases. Eighteen-year-old Pedro Avila struck out 10 in his second start and has 15 overall. Among the age-appropriate relievers, 19-y.o. Francys Peguero has allowed just two hits and no walks over three appearances totaling six and 2/3rds innings.