Apr 122014
 


Longtime readers know when they see the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, it means I’ll be hitting the road soon, usually for New England.

It’s also a warning that posts and tweets will slow down and/or shorten, as I’m at the mercy of family and in-laws cheap motel WiFi. I hit the road tomorrow, but between work, packing, renting, and boarding it may as well be today.

A note to the younger readers: Spring break ain’t quite the same in your 40s as it is your 20s. But it’ll give me some time to give my sons a TED talk.

As always, keep the conversation going in the comments (and wish me luck!)

Apr 122014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
5:35 p.m. (DH)
Hill (1-0, 0.00) and Treinen (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Gordon (1-0, 0.00) and Cotham (0-0, 7.71)
Harrisburg Postponed @ Reading,
5:00 p.m. (DH)
Gilliam (0-0, 27.00) and Purke (0-1, 18.00) vs.
Garner (1-0, 3.00) and Paulino (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Carolina,
6:35 p.m.
Encarnacion (0-0, 2.25) vs. Sulser (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 5-1 @ Lakewood,
4:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-0, 0.00) vs. Casimiro (0-0, 7.71)


Syracuse vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — PPD
It’s the third postponement in eight days for the Chiefs, who will try to make this one up with a pair of seven-inning games tonight in suburban Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA. Injury Update: Judging by his Twitter pic, UT Jeff Kobernus has undergone a medical procedure to repair a fracture in his left hand and will most likely be out the rest of April and probably May, too.

Reading vs. Harrisburg — PPD
It was the same story (rain) roughly 120 miles down I-81 from Moosic, PA at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg. The Sens will also hold a Saturday twinbill to get back on track.

Potomac 4 Carolina 2
• Mooneyham 4+ IP, 2H, 0R, 5BB, 2K, WP
• Henke (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Mendez (SV, 1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, HBP
• Renda 3-4, 2RBI, SB
• Oduber 2-4, R, SB
• Tejeda 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Tony Renda’s third hit of the night snapped a 1-1 tie while Oscar Tejeda’s second homer in as many days gave the P-Nats a 4-1 lead as they held off the Mudcats for a 4-2 win. Starter Brett Mooneyham walked five in four-plus innings to bring his season total to 11 in six and 1/3rd innings but let in no runs and struck out two. Bryan Harper followed with two and a 1/3rd innings of relief, giving up an unearned run to tie the game in the 7th. Travis Henke got the win in relief, though he gave up the second Carolina run. Gilberto Mendez worked around a single and a hit batsman to earn the save, his first of ’14. Renda (3-for-4), Tejeda (2-for-4), and Randolph Oduber (2-for-4) combined for seven of the eight Potomac hits on the night. Renda’s third hit, an infield single in the 7th, came at a cost as he pulled up lame and left the game with a noticeable limp, according to the P-Nats broadcast and gamer. No official word yet as to the nature and/or extent of the injury, though the logical deduction is a muscle strain, typically the hamstring.

Hagerstown 5 Lakewood 1
• Silvestre 1+ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Cooper (W, 1-0) 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 1-0 IR-S
• Thomas (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 3-4, R, RBI, SB, CS

The Hagerstown bullpen put in overtime, pitching eight stellar innings as the Suns boiled the BlueClaws, 5-1. Hector Silvestre left after being struck by a line drive to lead off the 2nd. Andrew Cooper turned in four innings of long relief to get the win, allowing the lone Lakewood run on four hits while walking none and fanning two. Justin Thomas followed with three perfect innings, and Jake Walsh close out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth. Wilmer Difo paced the Suns offense with three singles and a stolen base, his 6th of the season thus far.

Apr 112014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Gordon (1-0, 0.00
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (0-0, 27.00) vs.
Garner (1-0, 3.00)
Potomac Won, 7-5 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-1, 7.71) vs.
Merritt (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-0 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (0-0, 3.60) vs.
Arteaga (1-0, 3.60)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 2
• Tatusko (L, 0-1) 5⅔IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Robertson 1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K, 2-2 IR-S
• Peterson 2-4, 2K
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The RailRiders crossed the trestle from a 2-1 deficit to a 5-2 lead with a four-run 6th as they scored the last six runs in a 7-2 win over the Chiefs. Working on three days’ rest, Ryan Tatusko was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks while striking four over five and 2/3rds. Just two of those runs were earned, “thanks” to a two-out error by Zach Walters, his third of the season. Steve Souza Jr. homered again to account for both Syracuse runs while Brock Peterson was the sole Chief to notch multiple hits with a 2-for-4 game.

Reading 2 Harrisburg 1
• Rivero (L, 0-2) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Hood 1-3
• Ramsey 1-3

The Senators were on the wrong end of a one-run ballgame as Reading edged Harrisburg, 2-1. Felipe Rivero made just one mistake, a fastball up to Kelly Dugan, who deposited it over the RF fence for a solo shot in the 4th. Rivero allowed five hits total, walked none, and stuck out three over five innings. Cutter Dykstra tripled in the 9th and came in on a groundout by Matt Skole for the sole Senator run. Destin Hood and Caleb Ramsey both singled to account for the other two Harrisburg hits.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 5
• Pena 5IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Bacus (W, 1-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Tejeda 2-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Brandon Miller and Oscar Tejeda connected for two-run homers in the 5th and 6th innings as the P-Nats scored five unanswered runs and took the series finale from the Hillcats, 7-5. Starter Ronald Pena gave up all five Lynchburg runs on four hits and two walks but got the no-decision. Dakota Bacus declawed the Hillcats with three shutout innings of relief for the win. Robert Benincasa set’ em down in order with three groundouts for his second save of the season.

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 0
• Giolito (W, 1-0) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 6K
• Suero (SV, 1) 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Masters 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Ballou 2-5, R, 3B, RBI

Like Rivero, Lucas Giolito shook off a poor first start to notch his first Low-A win, combining with Wander Suero on a three-hitter as the Suns eclipsed the Blue Claws, 6-0. Giolito struck out six, walked one, and gave up just one hit over five frames. Suero pitched the final four innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and set down two on strikes. Hagerstown scalded Lakewood pitching for 10 hits, including two doubles and two triples. David Masters led the attack with a 3-for-4 night, scoring a run and driving in a run.

Apr 102014
 

wheelscameoffthebus
It came an inning later than the previous night, but the wheels came off the bus with another big inning in the early going as Lynchburg pummeled Potomac, 9-1.

It only took three batters for the Hillcats to score in the 1st as Josh Elander served up a two-run shot to the opposite field to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead. Things would not go much better in the second with a leadoff triple and a grounder to 1st plating the third Lynchburg run.

On a night where P-Nats highlights were few and far between, Brandon Miller broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with a solo homer to right (yes, the wind was blowing that way, but it was only 5 m.p.h.) with one out in the 2nd. Tony Renda collected the second hit for the Woodbridge nine with a liner 3-4 hole into right field in the fourth and took second on a wild pitch.

Alas, Potomac would have just one more baserunner — a one-out walk by Mike McQuillan in the 6th — before McQuillan and Renda would lead off the 9th with their second walk and hit, respectively. Veterans Oscar Tejeda and Kevin Keyes couldn’t cash them in though as they hit into double play and struck out to end the bid for a second run.

Ronald Pena (0-0, 12.27) will take the hill for the P-Nats this morning in front of hundreds of screaming girls. Unfortunately, they’ll be middle schoolers there for the annual Science Day promotion. Lynchburg will be going for the sweep with Mauricio Cabrera (0-0, 2.25) on the bump for the Hillcats.

Apr 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-0 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Tatukso (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Stoneburner (0-0, 0.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (0-1, 9.00) vs.
Milner (0-0, 3.60)
Potomac Lost, 9-1 vs. Lynchburg,
10:35 a.m.
Pena (0-0, 12.27) vs.
Cabrera (0-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-3 @ Lakewood,
6:35 p.m.
Giolito (0-0, 9.00) vs.
Viza (0-1, 5.40)


Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 0
• Rosenbaum (W, 1-1) 6⅔IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
• Delcarmen 1⅓IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Souza 3-4, R, HR, 5RBI, BB
• Walters 2-5, R, 3B
• Rhymes 2-5, R, 2B

Three Chiefs pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as Syracuse avoided the sweep with a 7-0 win over Pawtucket. Danny Rosenbaum got his first win with just two hits and two walks given up over six and 2/3rds innings while striking out five. Steve Souza Jr. was a one-man wrecking crew, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and five RBI, three of which came when he dialed long distance in the 3rd inning. Zach Walters and Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes also went 2-for-5 with an extra base hit, with Walters tripling and Rhymes doubling. Roster move: OF Erik Komatsu reassigned from Auburn (XST).

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 4
• Schwartz (L, 0-2) 4⅔IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, HR
• Herron 1⅔IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, 2R, 3B
• Hood 2-4, R, RBI

The longball remains the Achilles heel for Blake Schwartz as another three-run home run was his undoing in a 5-4 Harrisburg loss to New Britain. The damage was done early as the Rock Cats pounced on the Minnesota native for the Earl Weaver special in the 1st inning. Schwartz would give up all five runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks for his second loss. Zack Jackson and Tyler Herron each turned one and 2/3rds scoreless innings to keep the Senators in striking distance. Jason Martinson went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, followed by Destin Hood with a 2-for-4 effort as Harrisburg rapped out 10 hits total.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 7
• Rauh (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 9H, 8R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Dickson 3⅓IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• McQuillan 0-2, 2BB
• Renda 2-4

Neither the weather nor the P-Nats were any warmer Last Night In Woodbridge

Delmarva 5 Hagerstown 3
• Voth (L, 0-1) 4⅔IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 6K
• Hollins 1⅔IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Difo 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Bautista 3-4, 2R, 3B, RBI

The Shorebirds took the rubber game of the three-game series with a 5-3 win over the Suns. Austin Voth took the loss with four runs allowed on five hits and three walks over four and 2/3rds innings. He struck out six. The leadoff man (Wilmer Difo) and the No. 9 man (Rafael Bautista) combined for two runs, two RBI, four singles, a double and a triple. But the other seven guys had but four hits and
whiffed 11 times.

Apr 092014
 

The game was not as close as the final score would suggest, as the Hillcats defeated the Nationals, 10-7 in Potomac’s home opener.

As is often the case in April games, it was cold and it was sloppy. The two teams combined for four recorded errors, three wild pitches and two passed balls. Consequently, runs came easy, early and often.

The difference was the one really big inning, which knocked P-Nats starter Nick Lee from the box with two outs in the 2nd inning. Lynchburg would send ten men to the plate, six of them would hit safely and six of them would score to take an early 7-1 lead.

Lee, who struck out three of the 13 batters he faced, was (obviously) not sharp despite just walking one. As the old saw goes, the batters will tell you when you’re not hitting your spots as they belted three doubles against the southpaw, jumping on his curve when bent instead of broke.

He would finish with seven runs, all earned, on seven hits over one and 2/3rds.

The P-Nats offense answered the Hillcats with three runs in the second, but like the last single at the bar at closing time, it wasn’t pretty. A walk, a hit batsmen, and an error opened the frame to allow Stephen Perez (RBI single), Tony Renda (sacrifice fly) and Kevin Keyes (RBI single) to cash in the mistakes.

Indeed, walks, errors and misplays led to the next two Potomac runs in the 3rd and 5th innings before they strung together a relatively clean two-out rally in the 6th. Tony Renda reached infield hit, Oscar Tejeda singled, and Keyes delivered another single for the final Potomac run.

Pedro Severino launched a triple off the base of the centerfield wall with two outs in the 7th for the last P-Nat hit. Tejeda led the nine-hit offense with a 3-for-5 night, followed by Keyes with a 2-for-4 effort.

While Brian Dupra and Bryan Harper kept things close for five and a 1/3rd innings, Travis Henke was not as effective, giving up two runs in the 8th to give Lynchburg a 10-7 cushion.

Veteran Hillcats reliever Brandon Cunniff slammed the door on the P-Nats with a pair of 1-2-3 innings, striking out the side in the 8th and four total for the save.

The series continues tonight with Brian Rauh (0-0, 1.80) making his second start, opposed by Lynchburg’s 19-y.o. Lucas Sims (0-1, 6.75).

Apr 092014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 @ Pawtucket,
12:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (0-1, 7.20) vs.
Ranaudo (0-0, 2.25)
Harrisburg Won, 6-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Schwartz (0-1, 16.20) vs.
Dean (1-0, 3.38)
Potomac Lost, 10-7 vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Cabrera (0-0, 2.25)
Hagerstown Won, 10-2;
Won, 7-1
vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Brault (0-1, 13.50)


Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 1
• Poveda (L, 0-1) 4+ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 2K, 2HR
• Madrigal 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burriss 1-3, BB, RBI
• Souza 1-3, BB, CS

Pawtucket scored early and often in a 7-1 defeat of Syracuse. Newcomer Omar Poveda was charged with all seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs to the final two batters he faced in four-plus innings. The 26-y.o. walked four and struck out two. The Chiefs ‘pen combined for four scoreless, led by Warner Madrigal’s two goose eggs, but it was for naught as the Chiefs offense couldn’t score until the ninth when Emmanuel Burriss’s bases-loaded walk ended the shutout bid. Burriss, Steve Souza, and Jhonatan Solano each went 1-for-3 with a walk to pace the Chiefs six-hit, six-walk offense. Roster move: IF/OF Jeff Kobernus placed on 7-Day DL (hand, HBP on Monday)

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 2
• Cole (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, 0K
• Grace (SV, 1) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 3-5, R, 2B, 2K
• Martinson 2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3RBI

Harrisburg finally got good pitching and hitting on the same day as they tripled up New Brtiain, 6-2 for the first win of 2014. A.J. Cole gave up both runs (one earned; Senators still committed two errors) on six hits and a walk while striking out none. Richie Mirowski got the next five outs for the hold while Matt Grace retired all seven batters he faced for the save. Jason Martinson’s (2-for-5) two-run double highlighted the Senators’ three-run first while Caleb Ramsey’s two-run single in the 5th gave Harrisburg some breathing room at 5-2. Destin Hood led the 12-hit parade with a pair of singles and a double in five ABs.

Lynchburg 10 Potomac 7
• Lee (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 3K
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Tejeda 3-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Keyes 2-5, 2RBI

Potomac dropped its home opener on a chilly night Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 10 Delmarva 2 — GAME ONE
• Johansen 4IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Spann (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K
• Kieboom 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Ballou 2-4, R, 2B
• Yezzo 1-2, R, HR, 2RBI, BB

A six-run 3rd erased an early 1-0 lead by Delmarva as Hagerstown took the opener, 10-2. James Yezzo went deep for a two-run shot in the frame while Spencer Kieboom lived up to the last syllable of his last name with a three-run bomb in the 6th. Jake Johansen gave up both Shorebirds runs on four hits and two walks and struck out seven over four innings. Matthew Spann got the win with three scoreless to close out the game, giving up two hits and a walk while fanning one.

Hagerstown 7 Delmarva 1 — GAME TWO
• Pivetta (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Walsh 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Bautista 2-2, 2R, 2B, SB
• E. Martinez 2-4

The Suns piled on in the nightcap, posting a pair of two-run innings in the first two innings to cruise to a 7-1 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Shorebirds. Nick Pivetta gave up a solo home run and two singles over five innings for his second win in as many starts. He walked none and set down three on strikes. David Master was the beer man as the only Sun not to march in the 12-hit parade on offense. Roster moves: IF Carlos Lopez activated from XST, 3B Drew Ward placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to April 5.

Apr 082014
 

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.) @ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Poveda (6-7, 3.62 @ in ’13) vs.
Webster (0-1, 7.36)
Harrisburg Postponed @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.18 in ’13) vs.
Gilmartin (3-9, 5.72 @ AAA in ’13)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Lynchburg,
7:05 p.m.
Lee (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Waszak (3-5, 2.03 @ Adv. Rk. in ’13)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Delmarva,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Johansen (0-2, 5.79 in ’13) and
Pivetta (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Urban (3-5, 3.32 @ SS-A in ’13) and
Rennie (4-5, 3.91 in ’13)


Pawtucket 3 Syracuse 2 (10 inn.)
• Treinen 5IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K
• Cedeno 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Stange (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, 2K, 2WP
• Goodwin 1-3, 2BB
• Laird 2-4, 2B, BB

Two walks (one intentional) and two wild pitches decided this one in extras, as Pawtucket edged Syracuse 3-2 in 10 innings. Daniel Stange walked three overall over his one and 2/3rds innings, striking out two but was undone by his wildness. The Chiefs outhit the PawSox 10-4 but needed an error and a wild pitch to plate both their runs as they left 12 runners on base total. Blake Treinen allowed two unearned runs in his AAA debut, walking two, fanning four, and impressing Baseball Prospectus writer Al Skorupa.
Roster move: IF Jose Lozada activated from XST, assigned to Syracuse.

Harrisburg vs. New Britain — PPD
The rain that postponed more than a dozen games from Kentucky to New York to Georgia found its eastern edge in Connecticut as the Senators and Rock Cats were rained out in New Britain. The game has been rescheduled to be a Saturday doubleheader on Aug. 16th.

Potomac — OFF DAY
Potomac opens the 2014 season at home with a three-game series against Lynchburg before rematching against Carolina for three games over the weekend.

Hagerstown vs. Delmarva — PPD
Yesterday’s series opener against the Shorebirds was postponed due to wet grounds early yesterday afternoon. It will be made up today with a pair of seven-inning games, starting at 5:05 p.m.

Apr 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-0;
Lost, 5-0
@ Pawtucket,
6:15 p.m.
Treinen (6-7, 3.64 @ AA in ’13) vs.
C. Hernandez (3-9, 5.72 in ’13)
Harrisburg Lost, 10-5 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (4-2, 2.18 in ’13) vs.
Gilmartin (3-9, 5.72 @ AAA in ’13)
Potomac Won, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Johansen (0-2, 5.79 in ’13) vs.
Urban (3-5, 3.32 @ SS-A in ’13)


Syracuse 3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 0 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Mattheus (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Peterson 2-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Rhymes 2-2, 2-2B

Two Syracuse pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout while a pair of veterans combined for four hits and three doubles in a 3-0 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the opener. Taylor Hill tossed six innings, allowing all three RailRiders hits, no walks while fanning five for his 1st “W” of ’14. Ryan Mattheus shook off an error to the leadoff batter and set down the next three in order to preserve the shutout and earn the save. Brock Peterson went 2-for-3 with a two-run double while Will “Don’t Call Me Buster” Rhymes doubled twice in as many ABs to lead the Chiefs offense.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Syracuse 0 — GAME TWO
• Tatusko 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Roenicke (L, 0-1) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 0K
• Walters 2-3, 2B
• Peterson 1-3

The RailRiders broke a 0-0 tie with a four-run 5th as they returned the favor by shutting out the Chiefs, 5-0 in the nightcap. Starter Ryan Tatusko put two runners on base by a walk and a hit batsman in his three innings before the bullpen was called upon. The line between rest and rust was crossed as Josh Roenicke retired just three of nine batters faced in the aforementioned inning, giving up four hits and a walk to suffer the loss. Zach Walters singled and doubled while Brock Peterson singled to account for all three (3) Syracuse hits. Roster move: 1B-OF Tyler Moore recalled to Washington.

Bowie 10 Harrisburg 5
• Purke (L, 0-1) 3IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 2K, 2WP
• Bates 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Nicol 3-4, 2B
• Martinson 2-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 0-2, 2R, 3BB

Bowie completed its four-game sweep with a 10-5 pounding of Harrisburg. Matt Purke pitched a scoreless inning in the 3rd as the BaySox rested after pummeling the southpaw for seven runs in the first two innings of his three-inning start. He gave up nine hits and walked one while striking out two in the loss. Five Sens had multiple hits, led by Sean Nicol’s 3-for-4 effort but failed to capitalize on seven walks drawn (three by Matt Skole) as Harrisburg left 12 runners on base. The Senators defensive woes also continued as they doubled their season error total to eight with four more miscues.

Potomac 6 Carolina 4
• Encarnacion 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 2K, HBP
• Henke (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• S. Perez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Severino 1-2, R, BB, RBI, SF

Potomac rallied for three in the 8th and two in the 9th and held off a late Carolina charge for a 6-4 win and a split of the four-game series. Starter Pedro Encarnacion needed 84 pitches to get through four innings, as he walked four and hit a batter but minimized the damage with just one run on two hits while striking out two. Travis Henke got the win for pitching a 1-2-3 seventh while Robert Benincasa got the save, though he gave up a one-out double that came around to score on a wild pitch and a groundout. Stephen Perez was only P-Nat with multiple hits as Potomac maximized its limited offensive opportunities by scoring six times on just five hits and three walks.

Hagerstown 6 Rome 2
• Silvestre 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, BK
• Anderson (W, 1-0) 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Manuel 2-3, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Ballou 2-5, R, 3B, 3K

Hagerstown took advantage of three Rome errors to score the game’s last six runs to take the game, 6-2 and the series, 3-1. The R-Braves scored twice in the first on four singles but Hector Silvestre shook it off to go five innings and only allowed one more and hit and two walks while striking out six. The win went Dixon Anderson, who pitched the final four innings in his first appearance since last June. Craig Manuel, Wilman Rodriguez, and Isaac Ballou each had two hits as the Suns scored six times despite going 1-for-12 with RISP.

Apr 062014
 

The Nationals have recalled Tyler Moore from the Syracuse Chiefs for the second time in three Aprils. He will take the place of OF Scott Hairston on the Washington Nationals 25-man roster. Hairston was placed on the 15-day DL with what Nats officials say is a left oblique strain.

Perhaps not coincidentally, an MRI was performed on Ryan Zimmerman’s ailing right shoulder after being removed from last night’s 6-2 loss to Atlanta. Given that Zimmerman is the primary backup to 1B Adam LaRoche, the timing of this move allows Moore to assume that role should Zimmerman require a trip to the DL. Until 2012, 1B was the only position Moore played defensively.

A corresponding move by the Syracuse Chiefs has not yet been announced. Via Twitter, Syracuse media officials announced that the Chiefs would play with 24 players in today’s scheduled doubleheader. Both Syracuse (RI) and Harrisburg (CT) will be traveling to New England for a three-game series from Monday to Wednesday. Potomac is idle on Monday, while Hagerstown remains at home.

Thus, it’s possible for a series of moves to be made following this afternoon’s games to backfill Moore’s spot (and any others should Zimmerman be placed on the DL as well). A similar shuffle occurred last April after an injury to Eury Perez.