Aug 302014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-1 @ Pawtucket,
6:05 p.m.
Cole (7-0, 3.43) vs.
Barnes (8-8, 3.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Portland,
6:00 p.m.
Rivero (2-6, 4.38) vs.
Haley (2-2, 1.47)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
Rauh (2-3, 4.37) vs.
Bridwell (6-10, 4.51)
Hagerstown Won, 10-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Lopez (4-1, 1.49) vs.
Casimiro (5-9, 4.97)
Auburn Lost, 5-2 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (3-3, 5.08) vs.
Santana (1-8, 4.58)


Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 1-2) 4IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Runion 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Leon 1-2, BB
• Laird 1-4, R, HR, RBI

The Syracuse offense failed to rise up to the task of clinching a playoff spot in last night’s 2-1 loss to Pawtucket. The Chiefs managed just three hits and three walks. The right field defense delivered in the bottom of the 2nd when Steven Souza threw out Ryan Lavarnway at home. The bullpen delivered with four shutout innings, including two perfect innings from Aaron Barrett. Sadly, starter and loser Scott McGregor did not deliver and only lasted four innings and eighty pitches. He gave up a single by Bryce Brentz and a homer to Lavarnway to start out the 4th. Brandon Laird’s solo shot (18th homer) to start the 5th was Syracuse’s only response. Following Souza’s strikeout and a Tyler Moore walk, PawSox reliever Dalier Hinojosa retired the final two Chiefs and recorded his third save.
Roster moves: OF Eury Perez placed on 3-Day Temporary Inactive List; UT Jose Lozada activated from TIL.

Portland 3 Harrisburg 2
• Poveda (L, 1-3) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 1ER, BB, 7K
• Bates 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinson 3-4, R, 3B
• Keyes 2-4, RBI

History scored another victory against Harrisburg when the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the Senators 3-2. In the 1st, Portland jumped out to a 1-0 lead on two singles and an RBI double by Keury De La Cruz that scored Shannon Wilkerson. Starter and tough-luck loser Omar Poveda struck out the final two batters, however, and escaped further damage. Poveda’s luck went from bad to horrible when Matt Skole’s error from third base extended the 4th inning. Sean Coyle then snuck a grounder into left for a single that resulted in two unearned runs for Poveda and a 3-0 deficit. In the 6th, the Sens edged closer with a Quincy Latimore double and an RBI single by Kevin Keyes. Harrisburg narrowed the deficit to 3-2 when Jason Martinson tripled to lead off the 9th and scored on a Noe Ramirez balk. Ramirez then rebounded to strike out two of the next three Senators and record his seventeenth save.

Wilmington 2 Potomac 0
• Dickson (L, 5-9) 6⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, WP
• Harper 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR, 1-0 IR-S
• Martinez 1-3
• Dent 1-2, SAC

Fighting for their playoff lives, Wilmington shut out Potomac for a second straight by a 2-0 count. Starter Ian Dickson fired another quality start (6th in 15GS) with one run let in on five hits but was saddled with the loss. He walked none and struck out seven over six and 2/3rds innings. Bryan Harper got the last out of the 7th but was greeted by the first batter in the 8th with a big fly to give the Blue Rocks a critical insurance run. Stephen Perez doubled to lead off the P-Nats 9th and took third on a Tony Renda groundout to second, but couldn’t score on flyball to center for the second out, and watched from 90′ away as Randolph Oduber became the 14th strikeout for the Blue Rocks pitchers. Lynchburg and Frederick both won to keep pace with Wilmington.
Roster moves: UT Cody Dent reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 4
• Dickey 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 5BB, 2K
• Valdez (W, 2-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bautista 3-5, 3R, 2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Davidson 1-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI

Hagerstown responded to a two-run top of the 1st with three in the bottom of the 1st and piled on four more in the 2nd as they cruised to a 10-4 win over Lakewood. Robbie Dickey wobbled through four innings and thus couldn’t get the Jack Morris win as he allowed all four BlueClaws runs on six hits and five walks with just two strikeouts. Philips Valdez and David Napoli combined for five shutout innings to earn the win and save respectively. Austin Davidson homered in his Low-A debut, hitting a three-run bomb in the 2nd and was followed two batters later by James Yezzo with a solo shot. Rafael Bautista led the Suns’ 13-hit parade with a double, two singles, and three runs scored. Roster moves: OF Austin Davidson reassigned from Auburn.

Mahoning Valley 5 Auburn 2
• Torres (L, 1-2) 3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K
• Mapes 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Langlois 2-4, R, 2B
• Gunter 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Read 2-4, 2B

Mahoning Valley scored three runs early and held off a late Auburn charge for a 5-2 win. Starter and loser Luis Torres was dinged for the aforementioned three runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two and walked none. Robert Orlan was effective early, but the Scrappers got to him for two runs in his fourth inning of work on a pair of one-out singles and a double before Tyler Mapes came on to roll a double play. Brian Langlois, Cody Gunter, and Raudy Read all went 2-for-4 with a single and a double, but the clutch hit eluded the Doubledays as they finished with a 1-for-7 mark with RISP.

Aug 292014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Pawtucket,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (1-1, 3.79) vs.
Workman (6-1, 4.45)
Harrisburg Won, 9-3 @ Portland,
7:00 p.m.
Poveda (1-2, 6.00) vs.
Augliera (7-10, 4.69)
Potomac Lost, 8-0 @ Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (5-8, 4.54) vs.
Manaea (6-8, 3.30)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-3 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Dickey (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Rios (6-1, 3.31)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 @ Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
A. Williams (3-3, 5.08) vs.
Speer (2-1, 3.11)
GCL Nationals Lost, 19-1 (6 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A


Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 11-7) 6⅓ IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 2-3, 2BB, E(22)
• Souza 1-3, 2BB, RBI, SB(25)

Syracuse blew the lead late in its 6-3 loss to Rochester. Following the Red Wings’ 2nd inning unearned run, Michael Taylor singled, stole second, and scored on Steven Souza’s RBI grounder up the middle to tie the score at 1-1. The Chiefs took a 2-1 lead on Will Rhymes’ triple and Jhonatan Solano’s RBI single. Chris Hermann tied the game at 2-2 with a solo homer in the 6th. In the 7th, Taylor Hill allowed a run and was pulled for reliever Matt Grace with Syracuse down 3-2 and men on first and second. Grace allowed an RBI single to Eric Farris and the inherited runner to score that was charged to Hill. Rochester added two more in the 8th before Syracuse’s Brandon Laird hit a solo shot that made the final score 6-3. Michael Tonkin recorded his tenth save for the Red Wings when Souza grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Harrisburg 9 New Hampshire 3
• Dupra (W, 2-6) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Demny (H, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Skole 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 3RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Latimore 2-5, 3R

Harrisburg decided to fight the history books and dominate New Hampshire in a 9-3 victory. Former Nationals farmhand Austin Bibens-Dirkx started and took the loss for the Fisher Cats. Matt Skole’s recent hot streak (8-18, 3HR, 2BB in his last four games) continued with a two-run, two-out homer in the 1st. Jason Martinson walked, stole second, and scored on Drew Vettleson’s RBI single to put the Senators up 4-0. Cole Leonida’s two out, RBI double scored Drew Vettleson. In the 2nd, Quincy Latimore tripled and Kevin Keyes hit a two run homer to pass victory out of committee and raise the score to 6-0. The opposition from New Hampshire did respond with a three-run comeback argument on the field with a single, a double, and a three-run homer from Andy Burns in the bottom of the 3rd, but starter and winner Brian Dupra halted the debate and retired the last three Fisher Cats in order. In the 7th, RBI doubles from hot Skole and Martinson before an unearned run on a Mitch Canham grounder to first likely had fans streaming for the exits before the 7th inning stretch.

Wilmington 8 Potomac 0
• Silvestre 5IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Henke (L, 4-2) 2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, BB, K
• Renda 3-4, SB, CS
• Severino 1-3

The P-Nats’ streak of 10 straight road wins ended with a no-doubt-about-it 8-0 loss to the Blue Rocks. Taking over from starter Hector Silvestre, who spun five scoreless innings with three hits and a walk, Travis Henke was torched for five runs on seven hits in the 6th and 6th innings to suffer his second loss. Tony Renda singled three times in four trips to the plate; the rest of the P-Nats went 2-for-27 with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Lynchburg and Frederick both won to keep pace with Wilmington in the race for second place.
Roster moves: 1B Shawn Pleffner, RHP Matt Swynenberg placed on the 7-Day DL.

Asheville 4 Hagerstown 3
• Ott 4⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• M. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 0K, 1-0 IR-s
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, 2-2B, SB
• Bautista 1-3, R, BB, SB

Hagerstown managed to score three times on just three hits but the bullpen couldn’t hold a 3-2 lead, giving up single runs in the 7th and 8th innings Asheville in a 4-3 loss. Starter Travis Ott was dinged for two run in the bottom of the 1st but pitched into the 5th, allowing six hits and one walk while fanning four over four and a 1/3rd innings. Jake Johansen got the last two outs in the 5th and stranded two runners but committed a critical error in the 7th with two outs to allow the game-tying run to score. Manny Rodriguez got the last out of the 7th but gave up a single and a double in the 8th to take the loss. Thanks to the BlueClaws’ 3-0 win over the Crawdads, the Suns nevertheless clinched a playoff spot in the Sally North Division series against the Grasshoppers, who beat the Shorebirds to narrow the gap to one game behind the Suns in the 2nd-half title race.

Batavia 3 Auburn 2
• A. Martinez (L, 2-3) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3K, WP
• Bach 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Carey 2-3, R, SB
• Mejia 2-4, SB

The Doubledays connected for four straight hits with in the bottom of the 7th to rally within one but couldn’t push across the equalizer as they fell to the Muckdogs, 3-2. Anderson Martinez took the loss despite the quality start of three runs on seven hits over six innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Jeff Gardner’s 7th-inning double drove in both Auburn runs, while D.K. Carey and Bryan Mejia both singled twice and swiped a base to pace the Doubleday offense.

GCL Cardinals 19 GCL Nationals 1 (6 inn.)
• Yrizarri (L, 2-4) 10BF, 0IP, 9H, 10R, 10ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, BK
• Tillero 1-2, 2B
• Ortiz 1-2, 2B
• Lora 1-3, R, 2B

The G-Cards racked up 14 runs in the 1st and were only stopped by the rain in a 19-1 evisceration of the G-Nats, sending the mainland rookie team to the offseason with its 11th straight defeat. Starter and loser Deibi Yrizarri pitched to 10 batters, retired none of them, and all of them scored. The G-Nats batters racked up three (3) hits — all doubles — and managed to score once to avoid the shutout.

Aug 282014
 


With a long weekend to get the hell of out of Dodge enjoy, league offices aren’t waiting until the regular season is over to churn out the postseason accolades.

Well, two can play at that game. Here’s a look at the how the Nationals have been honored thus far this week…

SYRACUSE
Steve Souza was named the International League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year (an award that meant more prior to expansion) while necomer Billy Gardner took home Manager of the Year honors. Souza was also named to the postseason All-Star team along with teammates Emmanuel Burris and Brandon Laird.

HARRISBURG
Amid the worst season the Senators have had since the Expos became the Nationals, Michael Taylor was a bright spot until his callup to Syracuse (and briefly, Washington) as he was named the Eastern League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year as well as a postseason All-Star.

POTOMAC
The full list has not yet been announced, but should be soon as former National Michael Burgess was named to the C.L. Team and the Frederick folks have been quick to publicize the exploits of a 25-year-old in his fifth year at the High-A level.

UPDATE: Tripp Keister was named the Manager of the Year while IFs Stephen Perez, Shawn Pleffner, Tony Renda, and Oscar Tejeda were named to the Carolina League Postseason All-Star Team.

HAGERSTOWN
Lucas Giolito was named both Most Outstanding Pitcher and the Most Outstannding Prospect for the Sally League while Wilmer Difo was the third Nationals farmhand to garner an MVP title. Joining them on the All-Star team is outfielder Rafael Bautista, who leads the league with 66 steals.

The GCL, which finishes today, and the NYPL have not yet announced their postseason teams/awards.

Aug 282014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 4-3 vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Hill (11-6, 2.81) vs.
Vasquez (1-1, 4.50)
Harrisburg Won, 6-4 @ New Hampshire,
6:35 p.m.
Dupra (1-6, 5.61) vs.
Bibens-Dirkx (6-3, 2.57)
Potomac Won, 3-0;
Won, 3-0
@ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Silvestre (1-2, 5.40) vs.
Dziedzic (5-7, 2.65)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Ott (0-2, 9.95) vs.
Freeland (2-0, 0.48)
Auburn Won, 6-4 vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
A. Martinez (2-2, 3.63) vs.
Cavanerio (3-6, 4.86)
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-3 (10 inn.);
Lost, 4-1
vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Syracuse 4 Rochester 3
• Laffey 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 6K, HR, WP
• Cedeno (W, 5-1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Kobernus 2-3, RBI, SB
• Souza 2-4, R, 2B, RBI

With a thrilling 4-3 comeback win over the Red Wings, the Chiefs lowered their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one. Syracuse found itself down 2-0 early when starter Aaron Laffey allowed a double to Pedro Florimon and a home run to Chris Hermann in the 1st. Things got even worse in the inning when Laffey allowed two more singles, threw a wild pitch, and Josmil Pinto scored on Deibinson Romero’s RBI groundout. The Syracuse comeback from the 3-0 deficit began in the 7th when Tyler Moore and Brandon Laird drew a pair of walks on a total of twelve pitches off Rochester starter Kris Johnson. Following a Eury Perez single to load the bases, Jhonatan “Onion” Solano hit a sacrifice fly to score Moore and Jeff Kobernus hit a clutch two-out single to score Laird. Following a dominant top of the 8th (3BF, 2K) by winning pitcher Xavier Cedeno, the Chiefs completed the comeback in the bottom of the 8th on an RBI double by Steven Souza and an RBI single from Laird. Rafael Martin missed the prefect 9th with a two-out walk, but still recorded his tenth save for Syracuse. Roster move: OF Steven Souza assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Harrisburg 6 New Hampshire 4
• Kroenke (W, 3-8) 5IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, K, HBP
• Holland (H, 2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Martinson 3-5, 3R, 3B, HR, 2RBI
• Skole 2-5, 3R, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI

Harrisburg outslugged New Hampshire for a 9-6 win. Every Senator recorded at least one hit in the 15-hit attack. With two outs and one on in the 1st, New Hampshire’s first baseman, KC Hobson, breathed life into the dormant Senators offense with an error that allowed Matt Skole to reach safely and Adrian Sanchez to score. A two-out single from Jason Martinson, double from Drew Vettleson, and a single by Mitch Canham gave the Senators a 4-0 lead before centerfielder Melky Mesa gunned down Canham trying to take second and ended the inning. After starter Zach Kroenke coughed up the lead, Quincy Latimore’s sacrifice fly in the 4th scored Canham and put the Senators up 5-4. Harrisburg got some badly needed insurance on Matt Skole’s 13th HR, Jason Martinson’s fourth triple, and an RBI single by Drew Vettleson in the 5th before Kroenke gave up one more run. Martinson hit a 7th inning solo homer, but reliever Neil Holland gave up a home run to Brad Glenn in the 8th as well to make the score 8-6. In the 9th, Harrisburg tacked on another run on a Brian Jeroloman RBI single but Canham was thrown out at home to end the inning before Robert Benincasa pitched a clean 9th for his seventh save.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 0 — GAME ONE
• Spann (W, 9-5) 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Mendez (SV, 14) 1IP, H, R, ER, BB, K
• S. Perez 2-3, 2-2B, RBI
• Martinez 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Matt Spann retired 18 of 20 batters faced including the first 11 batters as the P-Nats shut out the Blue Rocks, 3-0 in the opener. The 23-y.o. southpaw gave up just two hits and no walks over six scoreless innings to earn his team-leading ninth win. Gilberto Mendez set ‘em down in order in the 7th to notch his 14th save. Estarlin Martinez snapped the 0-0 deadlock with a two-run double in the 4th while Stephen Perez drove in the third Potomac run with his second double in the 5th; both players went 2-for-3 for the game.
As noted in this space, the three cancellations in the second half worked to Potomac’s favor as they need just this win to clinch the C.L. North for the second straight season of double-half wins.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 0 — GAME TWO
• Turnbull (W, 3-3) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Walsh (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Renda 2-3, R, BB

Kylin Turnbull and Jake Walsh improved upon the efforts of Matt Spann and Gilberto Mendez in Game Two by allowing just two baserunners as Potomac hung another 3-0 shutout on Wilmington. Turnbull let up just a 3rd-inning single to Ramon Torres over his six innings of work, walking none and fanning six as he earned his third win — all in his last five appearances. Jake Walsh plunked Raul Mondesi to lead off the 7th then retired the next three Blue Rocks for his second High-A save. John Wooten smacked a two-run homer in the 3rd while Isaac Ballou tripled in Craig Manuel in the 7th to account for the three scores. It’s scoreboard watching from here on out to see who the P-Nats will host next week. Lynchburg leads the race for second place by a game over Frederick, a game and a half over Wilmington. The Hillcats finish their final five games on the road while both the Blue Rocks and the Keys close out their remaining six games at home; all three teams are playing playoff contenders — Carolina and Myrtle Beach for Lynchburg; Potomac and Salem for Wilmington; Salem and Potomac for Frederick.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Suero (W, 4-1) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 7K
• Napoli (SV, 6) ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ward 2-3, 3B, BB, RBI
• Yezzo 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Behind a solid six-inning performance by Wander Suero, Hagerstown returned to the win column with a 3-2 victory over Asheville. This is the fifth consecutive start that Suero has pitched at least five innings. The right-hander allowed only three hits and one run, while striking out seven Tourists. The Suns jumped on the board quickly with a run in each of the first two inning — one on a Spencer Kieboom double and one on a James Yezzo home run to the short porch in right field. After extending its lead to 3-1, Hagerstown held off a 9th-inning rally from Asheville, with David Napoli recording the final out to preserve the win. The Grasshoppers and Crawdads both won to keep pace, but the Suns’ win reduced their magic number to four for the second-half title, one for the wild card.

Auburn 6 Batavia 4
• Van Orden (W, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• D. Williams 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Gordon 3-3, R, 2B, BB
• Carey 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Eusebio 2-5, 2R, 2B

Auburn held off a 9th-inning rally by Batavia to defeat the Muckdogs 6-4. Reliever Mario Sanchez entered the inning with a four-run lead, but quickly got into trouble, allowing two batters to reach base, which both then came around to score on a triple by Wildert Pujols. Garrett Gordon led the Doubledays with three hits in three at-bats, as Auburn put up runs in four innings on a combined 13 hits. Drew Van Orden pitched five and 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, while striking out four Batavia batters for his second win of the season.

GCL Cardinals 5 GCL Nationals 3 (10 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Solis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• J. Ramirez (L, 3-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 0K
• G. Ramirez 2-4, R, 2B
• Rosario 1-3, R, 2B, BB

The G-Nats led just once in Game One after scoring three unearned runs in the bottom of the 5th but fell in extras, 5-3. Sammy Solis made his second appearance since Memorial Day with two perfect innings, which should prompt MASN Commenter to call him up on Monday. The loss went to Jean Ramirez, who gave up for 10th-inning runs to the G-Cards for his first loss. The G-Nats were limited to four hits and four walks, with Gilberto Ramirez and Dionicio Rosario connecting for the two (2) extra-base hits.

GCL Cardinals 4 GCL Nationals 1 — GAME TWO
• Mills (L, 1-2) 3+ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Reynoso 4IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K, 1-1 IR-S
• Aguero 1-2, BB, CS
• Ortiz 1-3, R, 2B

The G-Cards scored a pair of runs in both the 2nd and 4th innings to send the G-Nats to their tenth straight defeat, 4-1 in Game Two. McKenzie Mills took the loss with three runs allowed on five hits and two walks over three-plus innings. “Fred” Aguero singled and drew the only walk while Oliver Ortiz and Dionicio Rosario both doubled as the G-Nats mustered just six hits total.

Aug 272014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-4 Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Laffey (12-5, 3.38) vs.
Johnson (9-7, 3.60)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 @ New Hampshire,
6:35 p.m.
Kroenke (2-8, 6.53) vs.
Lawrence (9-8, 3.71)
Potomac Won, 3-1 @ Wilmington,
5:05 p.m.
Spann (8-5, 4.16) and
Turnbull (2-3, 5.02) vs.
Pounders (0-0, 1.80) and TBD
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 (10 inn.) @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
Suero (3-1, 2.32) vs.
Jiminian (13-5, 4.15)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (1-3, 4.58) vs.
Holmes (0-1, 2.60)
GCL Nationals Lost, 8-2 vs. GCL Cardinals,
10:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD


Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4
• Treinen (L, 8-2) 4⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 1K, WP
• Delcarmen 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Kobernus 3-4, RBI
• Hood 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI

The Chiefs’ squandered two outs at home plate in a tough 5-4 loss to the IronPigs. Starter and loser Blake Treinen was his own worst enemy. In the 2nd, Russ Canzler walked, advanced on a wild pitch and later scored on an RBI groundout. Following a game-tying RBI double by Brandon Laird scoring Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss in the top of the 3rd, Treinen loaded the bases on a single and two walks before Mikael Franco’s Giancarlo Stanton-imitating grand slam put Syracuse down to Lehigh Valley, 5-1. A two-out rally in the 6th yielded an RBI double from Destin Hood that scored Brandon Laird and an RBI single from Jeff Kobernus, though Hood was gunned down at the plate trying to score to end the inning. The Chiefs hit four consecutive two-out singles in the 8th to get one run back, but Syracuse third base coach Joe Dillon waved Hood home again and the IronPigs threw him out again to prevent the tying run from scoring. Lehigh Valley’s Luis Garcia only needed just eleven pitches to strike out two Chiefs in a clean 9th and record his 21st save.
Roster moves: RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg, RHPs Aaron Barrett, Blake Treinen activated from the 7-Day DL; RHP Daniel Stange placed on the 7-Day DL; UT Jose Lozada placed on the 3-Day TIL.

New Hampshire 6 Harrisburg 4
• Espino (L, 6-5) 7⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 8K, 2HR, HBP
• Herron ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, HBP, 2WP, 1-0 IR-S
• Vettleson 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Canham 2-4, R

Harrisburg reverted to losing form and resumed its tragic march toward franchise history in a 6-4 loss to New Hampshire. Starter and loser Paolo Espino took one for the team. After recording the first two outs in the 1st, Espino gave up two runs on four straight singles. The Rock Cats tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 3rd on a two-run homer by Brad Glenn that scored Kevin Nolan. Harrisburg declined the gift of an unearned run from the Rock Cats when Jason Martinson was picked off at first base right before Drew Vettleson’s solo home run in the 4th. In the bottom of the inning, New Hampshire made the score 5-1 on a Michael Crouse triple and a Derrick Chung single. This edition of the Harrisburg comeback that fell short included two runs in the 7th and one in the 8th, but Brad Glenn hit his second homer of the night to extend the score to 6-4 before Gregory Infante issued only a walk while recording his 21st save.

Potomac 3 Wilmington 1
• Bacus (W, 6-6) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 8K, WP
• Mendez (SV, 13) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Wooten 2-3, R, BB
• Norfork 2-4, R
• Ballou 2-4, BB

Woe be to the folks who decided to hit the concession stands (and/or the bathroom, depending on how well the hot dogs were cooked) during the 5th, as both teams scored their only runs during that inning as the P-Nats defeated the Blue Rocks, 3-1. Dakota Bacus turned in his best outing of the season, striking out eight over seven innings with just the lone run allowed on five hits to even up his won-loss mark at 6-6. Bryan Harper and Gilberto Mendez followed with a scoreless inning apiece to earn hold no. 5 and save no. 13 respectively. The bats were still breezy (13K) but the offense connected for eight hits, with Isaac Ballou, Khayyan Norfork, and John Wooten each singling twice. The win combined with a Lynchburg loss lowers the magic number for Potomac to take both halves to three.
Roster moves: OF Steven Souza removed from roster, assignment to Potomac completed.

Asheville 5 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• Pivetta 5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
• Thomas (BS, 5) 4IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Johns (L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, IBB, 0K
• Mesa 2-5, R, 2-2B, RBI
• Yezzo 2-4, R

Suns’ reliever Sam Johns allowed a sacrifice fly to Cesar Galvez, which scored Max White in the 10th inning to give Asheville a 5-4 victory against Hagerstown. The Suns did have a chance to secure the win in the 9th after loading the bases with two outs, but Cody Dent grounded out to send the game to extras. Nick Pivetta started the game and pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, leaving with a 4-2 lead. However, the Hagerstown bullpen was not able to hold the lead as Justin Thomas allowed a solo home run to Jose Briceno in the 6th inning to knot the score up at 4 runs apiece. Narciso Mesa and James Yezzo paced the Suns’ offense with four of the team’s six hits. Hagerstown remains two games ahead of Greensboro in the Sally Lg.’s North Division 2nd Half standings with six games remaining. Hickory won to stave off elimination, but is five games behind. The Suns magic number to clinch a playoff spot, which was incorrectly reported as one on Sunday, remains at two.

Jamestown 4 Auburn 1
• Bourque 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Webb (L, 0-1) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
• Langlois 2-4, 2B
• Gunter 2-4, 2B, RBI

A two-run 7th inning was the difference as Jamestown defeated Auburn 4-1. The loss snapped the Doubledays’ three-game winning streak. After allowing back-to-back hits to start off the inning, Auburn reliever Joseph Webb threw a wild pitch, which allowed both runners to score the decisive runs of the game. The Jammers then added on a single run in the ninth inning to cap off the win. Cody Gunter drove in the Doubledays’ lone run of the night in the fourth inning. The loss combined with a Brooklyn win officially eliminated Auburn from the NYPL playoffs. Things were not all that grape for Jamestown as it was revealed Monday that they will be relocating to Morgantown, WV for the 2015 season, a move that will disrupt the NYPL’s scheduling and divisions, as Jeremy Houghtaling of the Auburn Citizen (link) notes.

GCL Marlins 8 GCL Nationals 2
• Ohlendorf 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HBP
• Sisk 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Baez (L, 1-3) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR, HBP
• Corredor 2-2, 2BB, 2RBI
• Reetz 1-2, 2BB, SB

After falling behind 1-0 early, the G-Nats got the tying run in the 4th then went ahead 2-1 on Aldrem Corredor’s RBI single. Alas, there were three more innings to play and the G-Marlins scored seven unanswered runs to extend the Senators South skid to eight games by an 8-2 count. Ross Ohlendorf made his first appearance in three months and was charged with a run on two hits and a walk while hitting a batter over an inning and 2/3rds. The loss went to Joan Baez, who was torched for four runs on four hits and a walk over four and 2/3rds for his third loss. Corredor reached base four times with two singles and two walks to pace the G-Nats offense, while Jakson Reetz was close behind with a single, two walks, though he showed his age by making the third out at third base to end the 6th.
Roster moves: RHP Ross Ohlendorf assigned from Washington for MLB rehab.

Aug 262014
 

While it seems later than in years past, the Arizona Fall League rosters were revealed today, the final Tuesday in August as they were last year. The following Nats farmhands will be headed southwest to help fill out the Mesa Solar Sox roster:

• LHP Matt Grace

• RHP Neil Holland

• C Spencer Kieboom

• 2B Tony Renda

• LHP Felipe Rivero

• RHP Derek Self

• C Pedro Severino

Like last year’s contingent, none of the pitchers are Rule 5 eligible for the first time this December, which seemed to be de rigeur until the past couple of AFL seasons. But more encouraging — no returnees.

The catching tandem of Kieboom and Severino should also prove to be interesting, particularly as both backstops have made strides on offense this season (Severino may be one of the most improved hitters on the Potomac team) and will get some extra time with the coaches to fine-tune their defense.

Having been hurt for most of 2014, it’ll also be interesting to see how Felipe Rivero will fare in the the usually pitcher-unfriendly league, especially after having made two decent starts to distract from the death spiral that has been the Senators since the All-Star Break.

It’s also possible that one more National may be named as a “Taxi Squad” member — eligible to play twice a week — which has included players such as Steve Souza, Jason Martinson, Zach Walters, and Bryce Whatshisname.

Aug 262014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (8-1, 2.96) vs.
O’Sullivan (5-10, 4.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 9-7;
Won, 5-3
@ New Hampshire,
6:35 p.m.
Espino (6-4, 3.76) vs.
Copeland (8-8, 3.74)
Potomac Lost, 6-0 @ Wilmington,
6:35 p.m.
Bacus (5-6, 4.47) vs.
Almonte (6-7, 4.80)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Asheville,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 5-4;
Won, 2-1
vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Bourque (2-5, 4.36) vs.
DuRupau (2-2, 2.29)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ GCL Marlins TBD and TBD


Syracuse 5 Lehigh Valley 3
• Cole (W, 7-0) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 8K, HR
• Grace (H, 7) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martin (SV, 9) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rhymes 2-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Laird 2-4, BB, RBI
• E. Perez 2-4, R, BB

The Syracuse Chiefs earned a tough, professional 5-3 team win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Their 2nd-inning two-run rally set the tone. A one-out single by Eury Perez, a Destin Hood single advancing Perez to third, a sacrifice fly by Jhonatan “Onion” Solano, and a Will Rhymes RBI double led to a 2-0 lead that Syracuse would hold for the rest of the night. In the 3rd, Syracuse added runs by Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore while hitting four singles and recording a walk to take a 4-0 lead. In the 4th, Lehigh Valley scored three runs highlighted by Philadelphia hot prospect Mikael Franco’s two-run homer off starter and winner A.J. Cole. After starter and loser Brad Lincoln departed, Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss hit an RBI single to capitalize on an earlier throwing error by new pitcher Hector Neris. Rafael Martin tossed a dominant two innings, striking out three on a total of 27 pitches, to record his ninth save and lower his ERA to a tidy 0.88.

New Hampshire 9 Harrisburg 7 (12 inn.) — GAME ONE (COMP.)
• Espino 6IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K
• Herron 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Self (L, 1-3) 1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Vettleson 2-3, R
• Skole 3-6, 3-2B, 3RBI
• Keyes 2-6, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators’ pitching staff waited until the 12th inning to blow the game in a 9-7 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Most of this game was played on July 27th, but rain defeated both teams efforts to complete a getaway game from Harrisburg in the 12th inning with one out. On July 27th Harrisburg was a competitive team that fought back in the ninth inning to tie the game at 6-6 on Matt Skole’s game tying 25th double in front of his home fans. Skole’s attempt at a walk off run on a Kevin Keyes single was thwarted by an outfield assist from left fielder Mike Newman to nab Skole at home plate. On Aug 25th. Richard Bleier took the pitcher’s rubber in New Hampshire with a two-run lead, struck out Caleb Ramsey, and casually tossed a grounder from Drew Vettleson to first base to quickly record his first save for New Hampshire’s “road” win.

Harrisburg 5 New Hampshire 3 — GAME TWO
• Rivero (W, 2-6) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, HBP
• Herron (SV, 6) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Skole 3-4, 3R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-4
• Vettleson 2-4, 2B

New Hampshire temporarily stalled the Harrisburg Senators dubious march toward history by coughing up four unearned runs in its 5-3 loss. The Senators’ win ended an eleven-game losing streak (12 if you count the suspended “Game 1” loss). Harrisburg took a 5-0 lead on Matt Skole’s two-out, three-run homer, but all three runs were unearned due to the throwing error that allowed Adrian Sanchez to reach base. Harrisburg winner Felipe Rivero provided the quality start Harrisburg desperately needed. Gustavo Pierre reached second base on a leadoff double to start the 6th, but after Rivero plunked Jorge Flores, a double play and a strikeout quickly erased the only real danger Rivero faced in six clean innings of work. Up 5-0 to start the seventh, Derek Self gave up a double to Andy Burns and Matt Skole committed an error while Mr. Burns crossed home plate. Self then gave up a two-run homer to Michael Crouse. Tyler Herron pitched a scoreless ninth to end Harrisburg’s efforts to give the game away and record his sixth save, the first for Harrisburg since Herron last managed the feat on August 13th.
Roster moves: RHPs Omar Poveda, Sam Runion reassigned from Syracuse (Blake Treinen, Aaron Barrett due off the DL today).

Frederick 6 Potomac 0
• Rauh (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, K, WP
• Encarnacion 3⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K, 2-0 IR-S
• Miller 1-3
• Renda 1-4

Potomac closed out its home schedule with a 6-0 loss that wasn’t even that close. Officially, the wind was listed at 2 mph from RF to LF, but thanks to Parker Bridwell’s changeup, there was also some breeze from home plate as the P-Nats bats fanned 15 times. Bridwell was perfect through six and a 1/3rd innings before Tony Renda singled to right to break it up. The loss was charged to Brian Rauh for giving up all six Keys runs on nine hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings. Pedro Encarnacion stranded two to close out the 6th and finished the game for three and a 1/3rd scoreless innings of relief. Wilmington and Lynchburg both lost to ease Potomac one step closer to a double-half win. The P-Nats travel to the 95 Toll Plaza state to take on the Blue Rocks for four games beginning tonight.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
Barring a 2011-Barves/BoSox collapse, the Suns will make the 2014 Sally League Northern Division playoffs. Unlike the Carolina League, there is no reward for a double-half win in the Sally League, so it’s semantics and aesthetics from here on out for Greensboro and Hagerstown. The final ’14 Suns regular-season road trip is to the bandbox on the mountainside that is McCormick field to play the Tourists before closing out the home schedule with four games from Friday to Monday against the Blue Claws.

Auburn 5 Jamestown 4 (9 inn.) — GAME ONE
• McDowell 4IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Sanchez (W, 6-1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K, 2-0 IR-S
• Williamson 3-5, R
• Abreu 3-5, R, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, SF, RBI

Auburn rallied in the 7th to send Game One to “extras,” where “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz squeezed a flyball deep enough to score Clay Williamson for the game-winning sac fly in the 9th. The 9-1-2 combo of Williamson, Osvaldo Abreu, and Marmolejos-Diaz combined for eight of the 12 Doubledays hits, with Williamson and Abreu both singling in the 9th. Mario Sanchez, who stranded a pair of runners with two out in the 8th, got his team-leading sixth win while retiring all four batters he faced in relief.

Auburn 2 Jamestown 1 — GAME TWO
• Reyes 5IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Mapes (W, 1-1) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Mejia 1-4, 2R
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-3, 2-2B, BB

Pitching carried the Doubledays in Game Two while poor defense lost it for the Jammers, 2-1. Bryan Mejia got on with a two-base throwing error, took third on a passed ball, and scored the second Auburn run on another Jamestown error. The yakety-sax defense made a winner out of Tyler Mapes, who worked around two hits and two walks in his two innings of relief to get the “W.” Luis Reyes returned from the GCL to start and turned in five innings with one run let in on five hits and two walks.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3
• Costa (L, 0-2) 2IP, 0H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, K, WP
• Morales 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Keniry 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• G. Ramirez 1-4, 3B, 2RBI

The G-Nats tumbled to their seventh straight defeat by a 4-3 count to the G-Marlins. John Costa made it out of the 1st and through the 2nd in his second appearance, but was charged with his second loss for letting in the first run of the game on an error, wild pitch, and an RBI groundout. The G-Nats (s)lumber awoke in the 7th with an RBI double by Connor Keniry and a two-run triple by Gilberto Ramirez in the 7th, but were held to just five hits and four walks total.

Aug 252014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-3 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (6-0, 3.26) vs.
Lincoln (6-10, 5.17)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-3 @ New Hampshire,
6:05 p.m.
Rivero (1-6, 5.18) vs.
Walters (2-1, 2.63)
Potomac Lost, 4-3;
Won, 12-1
vs. Frederick,
7:05 p.m.
Bacus (5-6, 4.47) vs.
Bridwell (5-10, 4.79)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 OFF DAY N/A
Auburn Won, 8-0 vs. Jamestown,
5:05 p.m.
McDowell (1-2, 4.63) and
Reyes (0-1, 3.21) vs.
TBD and TBD
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins TBD and TBD


Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 3
• Poveda (L, 1-4) 4⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Mattheus 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Kobernus 1-3, BB, 2SB
• Burriss 1-3, 2R, BB

Jason Marquis and his Lehigh Valley IronPigs exacted token revenge on the Washington Nationals by defeating their AAA Syracuse Chiefs 5-3 yesterday. Following a Nate Spears RBI triple, Marquis demonstrated his adeptness with the bat by singling him home for a 2-0 Iron Pigs lead. Syracuse came back to tie the game in the 4th when Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss scored on third baseman Brandon Laird’s 16th homer. Omar Poveda took the loss in the 4th, however, when Ryan Mattheus allowed inherited runner and red-hot prospect Mikael Franco to score on a two-out single past Burriss at shortstop. Russ Canzler’s 13th homer in the 7th off of Xavier Cedeno and Tyler Henson’s 8th homer off Manny Delcarmen in the 8th provided enough insurance for Lehigh Valley. Destin Hood’s RBI double in the 9th prevented Luis Garcia from a clean 9th during his 20th save. The Chiefs’ magic number to clinch the I.L. North remains stuck at six, thanks to a resurgent Bisons, who have won five straight, including the last two vs. the PawSox to take over 2nd place and the lead in the I.L. Wild Card race.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 1-3) 1+ IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 0K, HR
• Simmons 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Ramsey 2-5, RBI
• Leonida 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI

Starter and loser Austin Voth did not record an out in the 2nd inning during the Trenton Thunder’s 7-3 victory over the Harrisburg Senators in the 2014 home finale at Metro Bank Park. Following a solo shot by Jake Cave in the top of the 1st against Voth, rumor has it that Ric Flair was seen angrily leaving the park when the Thunder struck Voth for two singles, a double, and two walks before manager Brian Daubach mercifully pulled the 22-y.o. Reliever Brian Dupra walked in two inherited runners and Voth was charged with all four runs and a 5-0 deficit. Following a Jake Cave RBI double in the 3rd, Harrisburg broke up the shutout with a Jason Martinson RBI single that scored Quincy Latimore. Rob Segedin homered off Dupra in the 4th before Harrisburg closed the gap a little bit with two 9th-inning runs on a triple by Oscar Tejeda, a double by Cole Leonida, and an RBI single from Caleb Ramsey off James Pazos in the 9th.
Roster moves: RHP John Simms, IF Cutter Dykstra placed on 7-Day DL; C Mitch Canham activated from 7-Day DL.

Frederick 4 Potomac 3 — GAME ONE
• Silvestre (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Henke 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Renda 1-2, R, 3B, RBI
• McQuillan 1-3, R, HR, RBI

Potomac’s seven-game win streak went to the dogs with a 4-3 loss to Frederick in Game One. Hector Silvestre was knocked for five of the six hits he gave up in the Keys’s three-run 2nd. Travis Henke was called on in a hurry and stranded two more and kept the P-Nats in the game, giving up one run over three and a 1/3rd innings. The P-Nats bats were largely silent (four hits), aside from Mike McQuillan taking a shot at the clearing all three levels of signage with his sixth HR and Tony Renda tripling one in the right-center gap, scoring himself on a Steve Souza RBI groundout.

Potomac 12 Frederick 1 — GAME TWO
• Dickson (W, 5-8) 6IP, 0H, 0R, 5BB, 5K
• Walsh 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• S. Perez 2-3, 3R 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Wooten 2-3, R, 2B, BB 2RBI
• Miller 1-2, R, HR, 2BB, RBI

Ian Dickson no-hit the Keys for six innings while the offense scored in five of six innings to take the nightcap, 12-1. Dickson walked five and struck out five, which pushed his pitch count too high to go for the no-no. Jake Walsh lost the no-hitter and the shutout bid to the first batter he faced with a solo HR by Frederick’s Chih-Hsien Chiang. Keys promoters pitchers handed out ten free passes to enable the P-Nats to score a dozen runs on just nine hits, led by Stephen Perez and John Wooten, who both went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two RBI. With wins by the Hillcats and Blue Rocks, the P-Nats magic number is now five and six, respectively over the next two teams in the C.L. North 2nd-Half title race (the Keys are down to four).

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 2
• R. Lopez (W, 4-1) 5⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR
• M. Rodriguez (SV, 2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 3-0 IR-S
• Difo 4-5, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2SB
• C. Lopez 2-3, R, 2-2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, 2R, SB

The Suns took another 7-2 decision from the Crawdads, reducing their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one, the division title to six. Reynaldo Lopez gave up an earned run for the first time since July 3rd with a HR surrendered to Zach Cone in the 2nd that tied the game at 1-1, then clamped down for just three hits and one walk total over five and 2/3rds innings for his fourth win. He struck out four. Hagerstown put up three in 5th, one in the 6th, and two in the 7th to go up 7-1. David Napoli, who imploded for six runs on Thursday, struggled again with run allowed on three hits and two walks over 1/3rd-plus innings. Manny Rodriguez worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation without further damage and finished the game for his second, three-inning save for the Suns. Wilmer Difo was one-man wrecking crew, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored, two runs driven in, and two bases stolen to lead the Hagerstown hit parade of 12 hits.

Auburn 8 Williamsport 0
• A. Williams (W, 3-3) 5IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 3K
• D. Williams 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Medina 2-3, R, BB
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, RBI
• Page 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout while the offense put up a seven-spot in the 3rd in an 8-0 win over the Crosscutters. Starter Austen Williams got his third win with five hits and a walk kept away from home plate over five innings with three whiffs. Connor Bach and Deion Williams combined for four scoreless innings of relief to complete the shutout bid. Willie Medina and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both reached base three times to lead the ten-hit Auburn attack, which included a pair of two-run triples in the 3rd by Osvaldo Abreu and Matthew Page.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
An 0-6 week put the G-Nats five games under .500 with five games to play, which means the odds are pretty good they’ll turn in a losing season as well. It’s back and forth between Viera and Jupiter in the final week as they play the Marlins today and tomorrow, the Cards on Wednesday and Thursday.

Aug 242014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-2;
Lost, 7-1
@ Lehigh Valley,
1:35 p.m.
Poveda (1-3, 6.39) vs.
Marquis (1-1, 4.41)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-4 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (1-2, 4.42) vs.
Severino (2-1, 2.55)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Dickson (4-8, 4.78) and
Silvestre (1-1, 4.57) vs.
Blackmar (8-1, 3.02) and
Bridwell (5-10, 4.79)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Hickory,
5:00 p.m.
Lopez (3-1, 1.47) vs.
Wiles (2-2, 3.94)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
A. Williams (2-3, 5.97) vs.
Gueller (5-4, 3.65)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-3;
Lost, 11-7
OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Canceled END OF SEASON N/A


Syracuse 3 Lehigh Valley 2 — GAME ONE
• Lively (W, 4-2) 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, HR
• Martin (SV, 8) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Leon 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI
• Johnson 1-2

Syracuse mustered up more runs than hits in their 3-2 victory over Lehigh Valley in Game One of yesterday’s doubleheader. Maikel Franco launched a solo shot against starter and winner Mitch Lively to give the Iron Pigs a 1-0 lead. Following leadoff walks of Tyler Moore and Destin Hood, Sandy Leon’s fifth home run gave the Chiefs all the offense that they would need and a 3-1 lead. After that, a 5th-inning single by Josh Johnson was the extent of the Chiefs’ offense as Lehigh Starter and loser Jeff Manship was masterful in his complete-game loss. Ryan Mattheus turned a scoreless 6th for the hold; Rafael Martin bounced back from a tough loss in his last outing with a clean 9th for his eighth save.

Lehigh Valley 7 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Runion 2⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Grace 2IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Kobernus 2-3, R, 2-2B
• Hood 0-1, 2BB

Two hits were enough for Syracuse in Game 1 but far from enough in a 7-1 Game 2 loss. Lehigh Valley had a big inning against starter and loser Sam Runion in the 3rd when Runion gave up a one-out single to Cesar Hernandez, a triple to Maikel Franco, and a double to Russ Kansler to make the score 3-0. Runion then hit Leandro Castro, and Sebastian Valle singled home Kansler to make the score 4-0. While reliever Daniel Stange stopped the bleeding and immediately got out of the jam, he gave up two runs of his own in the fourth. After Jeff Kobernus’ 6th-nning double, reliever Tyler Knigge’s wild pitch and a throwing error by shortstop Cesar Hernandez on Brandon Laird’s grounder got Kobernus home. 21-year old Dominican Maikel Franco might have said “Let’s play three!” after he capped off a huge night with his second homer and sixth hit of the doubleheader in the 6th.
Roster moves: OF Nate Schierholtz selected and recalled to Washington, OF Michael Taylor optioned from Washington; RHP Scott McGregor activated from TIL.

Trenton 8 Harrisburg 4
• Simms (L, 2-6) 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Holland 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Latimore 2-4, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Vettleston 2-4, R, 2B

The Harrisburg Senators provided their fans two innings of hope before ultimately falling in an 8-4 loss to the Trenton Thunder last night. In the 1st, Matt Skole doubled to score Caleb Ramsey, who had reached on a fielding error by first baseman Greg Bird. After Bird atoned for his error with a solo shot off of starter and loser John Simms in the second, Drew Vettleson doubled with one out, and Oscar Tejeda gave the Senators a 3-1 lead with his first Harrisburg homer. Taking the mound to start the 3rd with his second one-run lead, John Simms proceeded to walk the leadoff man, give up a single to Ali Castillo and allow a two-run double to Jake Cave that tied the score at 3-3. Cave later scored on a passed ball by catcher Brian Jeroloman that gave the Thunder the lead for good. Simms’s troubles continued in the 5th when he gave up two doubles before Colin Bates allowed an inherited runner to score on an RBI single from Cave that made the score 6-4. Tyler Herron gave up two insurance runs in the ninth to put this one far out of reach for Harrisburg.

Potomac vs. Frederick — PPD
The rain that fell all afternoon eventually postponed Game Two of Four between the High-A affiliates of the Nationals and Orioles.
They’ll play two tonight while welcoming the four-legged fans for the semi-annual Bark in the Park.

Hagerstown 7 Hickory 2
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Thomas (SV, 4) 2⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S
• Masters 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• Dent 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, 2R, SB

Robbie Dickey spun five scoreless innings to win his Low-A debut as the Suns boiled the Crawdads, 7-2. The 20-y.o. Texan struck out three, walked none, and allowed four hits. Justin Thomas let in one of three inherited runners in the 7th but got the last eight outs for his fourth save. Hagerstown racked up ten hits, with David Masters, Cody Dent, and Wilman Rodriguez each collecting two while Narciso Mesa clubbed his third HR. The Greensboro Grasshoppers won to keep pace, but the magic number for the Suns to clinch the second-half title was reduced to seven.
Roster move: RHP Robbie Dickey reassigned from Auburn.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 3
• Torres 5IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K, HR
• Feliz (L, 0-1) 2IP, 1H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Davidson 2-4, R
• Gunter 2-4, R, 2RBI

The Doubledays rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to tie but the Crosscutters answered back in the top of the 8th with one for the eventual 4-3 score. Luis Torres pitched five innings of one-hit, one-run ball (yep, a HR) but got the no-decision. The loss went to John Feliz. Austen Davidson and Cody Gunter both went 2-for-4 with a run scored as Auburn registered eight hits total.
Roster moves: LHP Joseph Webb (rehab), RHP Lucas Giolito (pretense) reassigned from Hagerstown.

GCL Mets 7 GCL Nationals 3 — GAME ONE
• Solis 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Yrizarri (BS, 1; L, 2-3) 5IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Lora 3-4, R, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Tillero 3-4, 2RBI

The G-Nats tacked on another run to extend their lead to 3-0 but the G-Mets scored seven unanswered runs over the last four innings to take the completion, 7-3. Sammy Solis made his first appearance since Memorial Day and retired five of the eight batters he faced, letting up one hit and one walk while striking out three. Deibi Yrizarri made the de facto start and got hammered for all seven runs on nine hits, including a two-run shot in the 8th that was the second of three straight Jeffersons the G-Mets dropped over the final three frames. Edwin Lora and Jorge Tillero both went 3-for-4 as the G-Nats racked up ten hits but left on nine baserunners.

GCL Mets 11 GCL Nationals 7 — GAME TWO
• W. Davis (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, K, 3HBP
• De La Cruz 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Gutierrez 2-3, R, 3RBI, SB
• Keniry 2-3, CS
• Alvarez 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB, SB

The G-Mets had two big innings — six in the 2nd, five in the 5th — as they handed the G-Nats their sixth straight loss to eliminate the 2013 GCL Champions. Weston Davis took the loss with six runs charged to him on one hit, two walks, and three hit batsmen over an inning and a 1/3rd. The G-Nats outhit the G-Mets 9-8, with Kelvin Gutierrez leading the way with a 2-for-3 mark and three RBI.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — CNCLD
The final scheduled game between the D-Nats and the D-Orioles2 was also rained out. The D-Nats finished 42-28 for a .600 winning percentage, the best in the six seasons since Washington dropped from two DSL teams to one in 2009.

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Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2;
Won, 7-0
@ Lehigh Valley,
5:35 p.m.
Lively (3-2, 4.10) and
Runion (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Manship (0-0, 4.20) and
Horst (4-2, 4.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-0 vs. Trenton,
6:00 p.m.
Simms (2-5, 4.42) vs.
De La Rosa (3-3, 3.40)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (10 inn.) vs. Frederick,
6:35 p.m.
Dickson (4-8, 4.78) vs.
Blackmar (8-1, 3.02)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-1 @ Hickory,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Ledbetter (6-6, 5.65)
Auburn Won, 4-0 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Torres (1-1, 1.63) vs.
Whitehead (4-3, 2.61)
GCL Nationals Winning, 2-0
(Suspended, 4th)
@ GCL Mets,
10:00 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals DNP @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD


Rochester 4 Syracuse 2 — GAME ONE (COMP.)
• Laffey (L, 12-5) 7IP, 12H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Delcarmen 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Burriss 2-5, R, RBI
• Kobernus 1-3, 2BB, RBI

The Rochester Red Wings flew past the Syracuse Chiefs 4-2 when their suspended game resumed play with two outs in the bottom of the 1st yesterday. Syracuse took a brief 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Jose Lozada doubled, and Wilson High School alum and D.C. native Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss singled him home. After the small ball of two singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third in the 6th, Rochester took the lead on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch by “starter” but now long man Aaron Laffey. Despite combining for four free passes in four innings, Rochester’s Stephen Pryor managed to secure a win in relief and Lester Oliveros recorded a hold by stymying the Chiefs offense from the 5th through the 8th. Michael Tonkin recorded his eighth save for the Red Wings with a clean 9th.

Syracuse 7 Rochester 0 — GAME TWO
• Hill (W, 11-6) 7IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K, HBP
• Rhymes 2-2, R, BB
• Dobbs 2-3, R, RBI
• Hood 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI

An angry Syracuse squad responded in Game Two with a 7-0 whitewashing of Rochester. Starter Taylor Hill pitched a seven-inning complete game that was a model of efficiency, requiring only 86 pitches to earn his 11th victory. Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss singled and later scored on a Tyler Moore single in the first. The Chiefs turned this one into a laugher in a five-run 4th. Destin Hood circled the bases and invited Tyler Moore to join him in celebration at home plate with a two-run bomb to left field. Burriss did him one better by hitting a three-run bomb later in the inning that scored Greg Dobbs, who got on with a single, and Will Rhymes, who had reached base on a walk. To add insult to injury, the Chiefs tacked on their seventh run in the 5th when they punished the RedWings for walking fearsome Moore with a single by Hood then an RBI single by Greg Dobbs that scored Moore.

Trenton 7 Harrisburg 0
• Kroenke (L, 2-8) 5+ IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Dupra 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 1K
• Ramsey 2-4
• Martinson 1-3, BB

The Harrisburg Senators continued their dubious march toward history with nine lackluster innings in a 7-0 loss to the Trenton Thunder, a sub-.500 Yankees AA affiliate that they made look like the 1927 Yankees. Dante Bichette, Jr. evoked memories of Dante Bichette, Sr.’s glory days for the Colorado Rockies by depositing a baseball into the right field seats in the second inning. Since only Caleb Ramsey and Jason Martinson were capable of recording hits for the Senators, that’s all the offense the Thunder would need. Trenton scored an unearned run following a Rick Hague error in the 4th. Starter and loser Zach Kroenke ran out of gas in the top of the 6th when he allowed a single, a double, and a single to start out the inning before reliever James Simmons poured gasoline on the fire. After promptly recording two outs, Mr. Simmons melted down with a single, a walk, and two more singles that allowed three more Thunder to rattle home plate and put this one out of reach.
Roster moves: LHP Sammy Solis assigned to the GCL Nationals for minor-league rehab.

Potomac 4 Frederick 3 (10 inn.)
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Mendez (BS, 3; W, 7-4) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Perez 2-4, R, BB
• Norfork 1-3, 2B, BB

Much like the big Nats, the P-Nats put lots of runners on but only one in — courtesy of Isaac Ballou, who went (han) solo on Frederick’s Sebastian Vader over the CF wall in the 3rd — through the first seven innings. A two-out single, a two-base wild pitch and a passed ball gave Potomac a 2-1 advantage after eight innings. Gilberto Mendez, however, coughed up that lead with a two-run HR in the top of the 9th. The Keys returned the favor with a pair of errors to set up Tony Renda’s game-tying RBI single in the 9th, then committed another miscue in the 10th (fourth of the night) to give Potomac the 4-3 win in extras. The win, Potomac’s seventh straight, combined with a Wilmington loss reduces the magic number to clinch to six.
Roster moves: OF Stephen Souza reassigned from Hagerstown for MLB rehab.

Hickory 5 Hagerstown 1
• Ott (L, 0-2) 5IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Valdez 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Mesa 2-4
• Kieboom 1-3, RBI

Hagerstown got one in the 1st, then were shown who’s their Crawdaddy by two Hickory pitchers for a 5-1 loss. Yohander Mendez and Angelo Leclerc held the Suns to just five hits and one walk on the night, with Narciso Mesa the sole batter to reach base twice. Travis Ott lost the 1-0 lead to the first batter he faced, gave up two more in the 3rd, and another in the 4th. He finished with four runs allowed (two earned) on four hits and two walks while setting down four on strikes. Greensboro, however, also lost to reduce Hagerstown’s magic number to eight. Should the Suns make the playoffs, Lucas Giolito won’t be pitching, according to WaPo’s Adam Kilgore.

Auburn 4 Williamsport 0
• Ander. Martinez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Orlan (H, 3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Gardner 3-3, 2B, RBI, CS
• Langlois 2-3, R, 2B
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Three Doubledays pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout of the Crosscutters by a 4-0 count. Anderson Martinez went the first six innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Robert Orlan let up two hits over the next two for this third hold while Mario Sanchez worked around a two-out single in the 9th to seal the deal. Jeff Gardner led the Auburn hit parade with two singles and a double while Raudy Read got things started with his sixth home run in the bottom of the 1st.

GCL Nationals 2 GCL Mets 0
Play was halted in the top of the 4th after G-Met farmhand Manuel Hilario was seriously hurt in a head-first collision at second base. According to an official release by the Mets, he was airlifted to an area hospital where he was given a CT scan, which appears to normal and the 22-y.o. could be released today. They’ll pick up play today and play a second game afterwards.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Orioles2 — DNP
Rain washed out the penultimate game on the schedule. While the game is listed as “postponed,” it’s quite possible that it’s actually cancelled.