Apr 162014
 

Baseball Rain For NPP 3

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
4:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) vs.
Buchanan (1-0, 1.50)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
10:30 a.m.
Rivero (0-2, 4.50) vs.
Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Potomac Losing, 4-3
(Suspended)
@ Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-1, 2.84) vs.
Gonzalez (0-1, 4.00)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m. (DH)
Voth (0-1, 3.72) and Giolito (1-0, 3.38) vs.
Harvey (1-0, 1.64) and Brault (1-1, 7.20)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD
The Chiefs’ fifth postponement came as predicted as rain blanketed the East Coast — including WMass to No. VA ;-) — and affected (afflicted?) every affiliate on Tax Day. Roster moves: LHP Aaron Laffey assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD

Rain washed out the second game of the three-game series, which concludes this morning with a matinee. No makeup date was announced at the time of the press release, however, the Sens website is indicating a DH on Saturday, July 12th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — SUSP
• Pena 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Norfork 1-1, BB, RBI, 2SB
• S. Perez 1-1, R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain suspended what looked like a slugfest in the making as the P-Nats landed four hooks in the top of the 2nd while the Pelicans answered with three crosses in the bottom of the 2nd before play was halted. It will be made up today as part of a completion doubleheader (finish the original game, play a seven-inning game afterwards).

Delmarva vs. Hagerstown — PPD
The matchup of Washington’s 1st Rd. pick in ’12 vs. Baltimore’s 1st. Rd. pick in ’13 that was supposed to be tonight is now in doubt thanks to the rainout last night, as the Suns have not officially announced the order in which tonight’s presumed starters will pitch.
Roster moves: IF Cody Dent placed on the 7-Day DL; 3B Drew Ward activated from DL; IF Carlos Lopez returned to XST; IF Willie Medina activated from XST.

Apr 152014
 

John Sickels released his preliminary prospect list for the Washington Nationals this morning, and yours truly made the first comment.

All of the names Sickels listed are on the 2014 Watchlist, so as I’ve done for the past two years, it’s easier to note the omissions from the primary categories:

Sandy Leon Raudy Read Matt Reistetter Jose Marmolejos-Diaz Shawn Pleffner
Ricky Hague Bryan Mejia Wilmer Difo David Masters Cutter Dykstra
J.C. Valdez Estarlin Martinez John Wooten Bryan Lippincott Greg Zebrack
Cody Davis Gilberto Mendez L.J. Hollins John Simms Wander Suero
Nick Lee R.C. Orlan David Napoli Jake Walsh  


Not too hard to spot the pattern here: Sickels is looking for the Top 30-something guys, regardless of position, role, or usage, whereas I’ve got some built-in biases based on the how the list is constructed (Top 5′s from each affiliate) as well as the inescapable prejudice of fanhood, which isn’t necessarily inclusive.

As I put it a year ago, it doesn’t concern me that there are so many omissions; it’s just math. Sickels is looking at/for the top 15 percent of 30 organizations, my list covers the about third of one.

Hopefully, I’ll get home before Sickels releases his Top 20 list.

Apr 152014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) and Tatusko (0-1, 2.08) vs.
Smith (0-0, 5.79) and Enright (0-1, 6.52)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Rivero (0-2, 4.50) vs. Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Potomac Won, 6-5 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (0-0, 10.38) vs. Buckel (0-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-2 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Voth (0-1, 3.72) vs. Brault (1-1, 7.20)


Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley — PPD

For the third time in four Aprils, the Syracuse Chiefs have racked up four postponements. The odds of a fifth look pretty good.
Roster moves: IF Josh Johnson activated from 7-Day DL, IF Sean Nicol reassigned to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 3 (10 inn.)
• Schwartz 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 7K
• Herron (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, CS
• Skole 2-5, 2B, 3RBI

Matt Skole’s two-run double in the 8th tied it and RBI single in the 10th won it as the Harrisburg Senators took back-to-back games for the first time this season. Tyler Herron got the win in relief with two goose eggs in the 9th and 10th innings. Starter Blake Schwartz shook off a first-inning run (the 21st allowed in 11 games by Harrisburg pitchers) to toss four scoreless and allow just four hits and one walk while striking out seven. Michael Taylor led the 13-hit Senator offense with a 3-for-5 night. Injury update: H/T again to Mick Reinhard of Mayflies & Big Flies who’s reporting that Drew Vettleson has a broken bone (not the hamate) in his left hand. Click here to learn more about who may replace him on the Sens roster.

Potomac 6 Carolina 5
• Rauh 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Benincasa (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Norfork 2-4, R, 3B, HBP
• B. Miller 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI, BB

Khayyan Norfork scored from second on a grounder to short in the 9th as the P-Nats edged the Mudcats 6-5 to take the series 3-1 and close their first homestand with a 4-3 record. Kevin Keyes homered for the first time while Brandon Miller went deep for the fourth time in six games as the two combined for five RBI and three (3) walks. Brian Raugh got the start and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. Robert Benincasa got the win for pitching a scoreless 9th.

Delmarva 9 Hagerstown 2
• Pivetta (L, 2-1) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 0K
• Simms 4⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 2-2, 2B, BB, SB
• Manuel 1-2, R, 2BB

Beginning with four in the 3rd, the Shorebirds scored eight unanswered runs as Delmarva defeated Hagerstown, 9-2. Nick Pivetta suffered his first loss of the season, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks over two and a 1/3rd innings. John Simms turned in four and 2/3rds of strong relief to keep the Suns within striking distance but the Shorebirds scored three against L.J. Hollins in the 8th to put the game away. Wilmer Difo walked, singled, doubled, and stole his eighth base to lead the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.

Apr 142014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 vs. Lehigh Valley,
6:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 3.09) vs.
Smith (0-0, 5.79)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Schwartz (0-2, 11.25) vs.
Dodson (0-1, 5.40)
Potomac Lost, 12-2 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (0-1, 5.87) vs.
Morimando (1-0, 1.64)
Hagerstown Won, 6-1 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Urban (0-1, 21.00)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Syracuse 1
• Poveda (L, 0-2) 4IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 4K, WP
• Robertson 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 1-4
• Goodwin 1-2, 2B, BB

Omar Poveda was pounded again, giving up runs in each of his four innings thrown as the RailRiders defeated Syracuse, 7-1. The 26-y.o. Venezuelan was charged with six runs on ten hits and two walks to lower his ERA to 14.63. Emmanuel Burriss singled while Brian Goodwin double to account for both Syracuse hits. Roster move: IF Sean Nicol reassigned from Harrisburg

Harrisburg 9 Reading 3
• Cole (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Grace 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Hood 4-5, 2R, RBI, 3SB
• Taylor 2-3, 2R, HR, 4RBI, BB, SB
• Ramsey 2-2, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB

Both the Senators and A.J. Cole won for the second time this season as Harrisburg tripled up Reading, 9-3. Cole struck out five and walked none while allowing just one run on three hits over five innings pitched. Destin Hood singled four times and stole three bases to lead the Sens’ ten-hit attack. Injury news: OF Drew Vettleson was hit in the hand in his first PA and replaced defensively two innings later. Mick Reinhard of Mayflies & Big Flies is reporting he’ll be sent for X-rays today with the hopes of confirming the initial diagnosis of a bruise.

Carolina 12 Potomac 2
• Lee (L, 0-2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 5R, 5ER, 5BB, 4K, WP, HBP
• Dickson 4⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• McQuillan 1-3, 2B, BB

Carolina had a grand time against the P-Nats as they scored six times in the 2nd en route to a 12-2 mauling of Potomac. Starter Nick Lee walked five of 12 batters faced while suffering his second loss, getting knocked out in the 2nd for the second time this homestand. Cole Leonida homered to account for both P-Nats runs and deny the Mudcats a shutout.
Roster moves: 2B Tony Renda placed on 7-Day DL; IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Hagerstown

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 1
• Johansen (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 6K, HBP
• Ullmann (SV, 1) 4IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Wooten 2-4, 2RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, 2R

Hagerstown completed a four-game sweep of Lakewood with a 6-1 smackdown. The combined score of the series was 23-4. Jake Johansen got his first Low-A win with five innings of one-run ball, though he walked four and hit a batter and struck out six. Every Suns batter hit safely, with John Wooten and James Yezzo both going 2-for-4 to lead the Hagerstown offense.
Roster moves: LHP Hector Silvestre placed on 7-Day DL; IF Cody Dent, RHP Ryan Ullmann activated from XST

Apr 132014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-1;
Lost, 2-1
@ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:00 p.m. (DH)
Poveda (0-1, 15.75) vs.
Billings (1-1, 5.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4;
Lost, 5-1
@ Reading,
2:00 p.m.
Cole (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Biddle (0-1, 6.97)
Potomac Won, 3-1 vs. Carolina,
1:05 p.m.
Lee (0-1, 17.18) vs.
Baker (1-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Martin (0-1, 5.40)


Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 — GAME ONE
• Hill (W, 2-0) 7IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K, HR
• Solano 3-4, 3RBI
• Walters 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI

Syracuse 7 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 — GAME TWO
• Roenicke 3IP, 1IP, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Delcarmen (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Burriss 1-2, BB, HBP, SB
• Goodwin 1-3, R, BB, K

Roster moves: UT Jeff Kobernus recalled to Washington, placed on 60-Day DL; RHP Blake Treinen selected and placed on Washington 25-man roster; OF Steve Souza recalled to Washington; RHP Aaron Barrett optioned from Washington

Reading 5 Harrisburg 4 — GAME ONE
• Gilliam 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Mirowski (L, 0-1) 2IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Vettleson 2-3, R, 3B, HR, 3RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2R, SB
• Hague 3-2, RBI

Reading 5 Harrisburg 1 — GAME TWO
• Purke (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 5R, 3ER, BB, 5K, BK, E
• Perry 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Bloxom 1-2, 2B, BB
• Vettleson 1-3, R, HR, RBI, E

Potomac 3 Carolina 1
• Encarnacion (W, 1-0) 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K, 2 pickoffs
• Dupra (H, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• J. Miller 3-3, R, 2-2B, SB
• Keyes 2-4, R, SB

Hagerstown 6 Lakewood 2
• Anderson (W, 2-0) 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
• Spann (SV, 1) 4IP, 6H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• E. Martinez 2-3, R, HR, 4RBI, BB
• Kieboom 2-5, 2R, RBI, SB

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.