Jul 112014
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 56-37, 1st place I.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Matt Grace 15⅔ scoreless innings in 9 appearances since promotion to AAA
Bad Will Rhymes 1-for-27 (.037) in last 10 games
Interesting 12 team pitching shutouts leads I.L.



HARRISBURG SENATORS 36-55, 5th place E.L. West, 17 games behind

Good Kevin Keyes .297/.381/.622, 4HR, 9RBI in July (10G)
Bad James Simmons 1-0, 6.58/4.76/1.29, 7HR in 39⅔ IP as a starter
Interesting Just two pitchers (Tyler Herron, Colin Bates) have been on the roster since Opening Day
(H/T Senators PR staff)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-9, 1st place C.L. North, ½ game ahead (47-40 overall)

Good Austin Voth (duh) 1-0, 0.47/2.72/0.53 in 3GS since promotion from Low-A
Bad Oscar Tejeda 10E in 46 games on defense
Interesting Pythagorean W-L 42-45, 19-9 record in one-run games


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 14-8, 2nd place Sally North, ½ game behind (58-34 overall)

Good Spencer Kieboom .419, 2HR, 8RBI in July (8G)
Bad Andrew Cooper 2-1, 1SV, 5.67 ERA, 1.63 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting 11 holds = fewest in Sally League among teams with a +.500 record


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 12-15, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7 games behind

Good Reynaldo Lopez 2-2, 1.01/3.00/0.75 in 5GS
Bad Osvaldo Abreu 5E, .375 OPS in 22G
Interesting 21 pitching HBP in 27 games


GCL NATIONALS 8-9, 3rd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 5 games behind

Good Thomas Alvarez .343/.500/.686, 11BB in 13G
Bad Jose Morales 0-3, 9.35/5.49/2.54 in four appearances (8⅔ IP)
Interesting “Fred” Aguero six doubles in 13 games


DSL NATIONALS 20-15, 4th place Boca Chica South, 4 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Telmin Augusto 20BB in 28G
Bad 19-y.o. Miguel Vargas 5.89 ERA, 1.91 WHIP in 10 appearances
Interesting 17-y.o. Nector Ramirez 15BB, 30K, 4HBP in 23IP
Jul 112014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-6 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Laffey (11-3, 2.82) vs.
Heath (5-1, 3.22)
Harrisburg Lost, 11-1 vs. Altoona,
7:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.01) vs. TBD
Potomac Won, 4-3;
Tied 1-1 (susp.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (1-0, 0.47) vs.
Kline (5-3, 3.83)
Hagerstown Won, 6-4 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Pivetta (10-5, 4.20) vs.
Reed (2-6, 5.93)
Auburn Won, 4-1 @ Connecticut,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (0-0, 5.68) vs.
Edwards (3-1, 2.40)
GCL Nationals Won, 7-5;
Won, 6-4
@ GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-2 @ DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Jo. Baez (2-1, 1.56) vs.
LeFranc (0-1, 12.91))


Syracuse 11 Gwinnett 6
• Treinen (W, 5-0) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Grace (H, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 4-5, 2R, 3-2B, 2RBI, SB
• Moore 2-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI
• Hood 1-3, 2R, 2BB, HR, 2RBI

Five innings of mediocre pitching from starting (and winning) pitcher Blake Treinen (5-0) was enough for Syracuse because the lineup mashed out 15 hits and 26 total bases against the lowly (38-56) Charlotte Knights. Three straight 1st inning singles and a Jordan Danks RBI groundout to start off the game led to an ominous first inning run. Steve Souza tied it up in with an RBI in the form of Jeff Kobernus, who had doubled earlier and stolen third. A single by Tyler Moore and a groundout from Walters plated Souza and gave Syracuse a 2-1 lead at the end of four. Syracuse Manager Billy Gardner pulled Treinen after he gave up two runs in the bottom of the 5th. In this crucial fifth, Blake Tekotte of Charlotte committed Blake on Blake crime with a leadoff homer. A subsequent single, walk, and another single set up the pivotal play. Walters made an error on second but recovered his wits enough to gun down greedy Carlos Sanchez at home for the second out and Treinen escaped further harm with a clutch groundout by Matt Davidson. Syracuse was so relieved to escape that they scored in every remaining inning to extend their record to a mighty 55-37.

Bowie 11 Harrisburg 1
• Kroenke (L, 2-3) 2⅔ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 0K, 0HR,
• Brach 4⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Vettleson 2-4, OF assist at HP
• Keyes 1-3, R, BB

Four “pitchers” emerged from the bullpen of the Harrisburg Senators last night. All four of them gave up runs. Tyler Herron did the least harm. He allowed one earned run in the bottom of the 9th. That run, a sacrifice fly by Ronald Bermudez scored David Adams who had doubled to lead off the inning, and also resulted in a final score of 11-1 in favor of the Bowie BaySox. Starter Anthony Vazquez didn’t have it, and gave up six unanswered runs in the first three innings. I think Ric Flair even turned on the team. Rumor has it he sarcastically shouted “WOO!” during Michael Taylor’s 114th and 115th strikeouts of the season but did cheer his leadoff single when the outcome was still in doubt in the 1st inning.

Potomac 4 Wilmington 3 — GAME ONE
• Bacus 6IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
• Mendez (W, 5-3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• E. Perez 2-3, 2R, 2SB, SAC
• S. Perez 0-1, 3BB
• Renda 1-2, 2SF, 3RBI

In the opener, both teams traded runs with Potomac scoring twice in the 1st and once in the 2nd, and the Wilmington answering in reverse in the 2nd and 3rd innings to create a 3-3 tie. As the pitchers took over, both teams managed just a single over the next three and a half innings before Potomac played a little small ball. Pedro Severino led off with a single, took second on a Eury Perez sacrifice, took third on a passed ball, and trotted home on Tony Renda’s RBI single for the walkoff win.

Wilmington 1 Potomac 1 — GAME TWO (SUSP., BOT 6TH)
• Schwartz 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Rauh 1IP, 1H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
• Norfork 1-2, R
• Martinez 1-2, RBI

Blake Schwartz lost his perfect-game bid with a two-out single in the top of the 5th while Khayyan Norfork broke up the Wilmington’s
combined no-hitter with one out in the bottom of the 5th. Following a walk to Mike McQuillan, Estarlin Martinez cashed in the first Potomac scoring chance for a 1-0 lead. The Blue Rocks got it right back with a bunt single, steal, a groundout to the right side and a sac fly. Shawn Pleffner and Oscar Tejeda both singled with two outs before the rains came and suspended play. They’ll pick this one up next Wednesday when Wilmington returns to Potomac.

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 4
• Silvestre (W, 5-6) 8IP, 7H, 4R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Cooper (S, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Bautista 4-5, 3R, BB, RBI, 2SB, OF assist at HP
• Kieboom 3-5, RBI
• Difo 2-5, R, RBI, SB

Hector Silvestre turned a career-high eight innings as the Suns took the series opener, 6-4. The 21-y.o. southpaw was dinged for three unearned runs and four hits in the 1st but settled down to only give up one more run and three hits over the next seven. He walked none and struck out three in his fifth win. Andrew Cooper pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his first. Rafael Bautista was a force from the leadoff spot, reaching base five times, scoring three times, and stealing two more bags to increase his Sally League-leading tally to 48.

Auburn 4 Connecticut 1
• Ott 4IP, 2H, R, ER, 6BB, 1K
• Ramos (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mapes (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Carey 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, BB, RBI

The Doubledays pitchers flirted with disaster by walking seven over the first seven innings but scored two runs late to escape with a 4-1 win over the Tigers. Travis Ott walked six of them over his four innings, giving up the lone Connecticut run on two hits and striking out one. David Ramos turned in three goose eggs for the win while Tyler Mapes tossed two scoreless for the save. Dale Carey’s two-run homer in the 2nd turned out to be enough, but he singled in the 9th, stole second and scored on “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz’s second single of the night as Auburn got two insurance runs [insert Hartford joke here] for the 4-1 final.

GCL Nationals 7 GCL Mets 5 (12 inn.) — GAME ONE
• Encarnacion ⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP (pitched on 7/1)
• A. Martinez 4⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, HBP
• Valerio (BS, 1; W, 1-0) 3IP 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 3K, BK
• Alvarez 2-5, R, 2B, 3B
• Rosario 2-6, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Ripken 2-5, RBI

Picking up where they left off on the 1st, the G-Nats built a 5-0 lead through four only to give it away with five runs in the last four innings (no idea why it wasn’t called after seven). Andres Martinez was the de facto starter and threw four and a 1/3rd scoreless with two hits and no walks allowed with two strikeouts. Maximo Valerio coughed up the lead with a run in the 9th but stayed on to pitch the 10th and 11th and got the blown-save-win as the G-Nats rallied for two in the top of the 12th. Jean Ramirez pitched a scoreless 12th for the save. Dionicio Rosario tripled, scored a run, and drove in three to pace the 11-hit, three-walk attack.

GCL Nationals 6 GCL Mets 4 — GAME TWO
• Dickey 2⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, K
• Mills (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Gutierrez 1-3, R, 2RBI
• Tillero 1-3, 2B, 2RBI
• Ortiz 1-2, R, BB

The G-Nats dug themselves out from a 4-1 hole with a five-run 6th as they completed the doubleheader sweep with a 6-4 win. Robbie Dickey was charged with all four runs on six hits over two and 2/3rds with one walk and one whiff. The win went to McKenzie Mills for two scoreless innings in the 5th and 6th innings. Cole Plouck set ‘em down in order in the 7th for his first professional save.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Orioles2 2
• Bermudez 5IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Cespedes (BS, 3; W, 4-0) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Pimentel 1-2, R, 2BB, HR, RBI
• Guerrero 2-3, R, 3B, RBI, SB
• Pilier 2-3, R, BB

Angher Cespedes “earned” his third blown-save-win in a week as his teammates bailed him out again with two runs in the bottom of the 8th for a 4-2 D-Nats win over the D-Orioles2. Starting pitcher Juan Bermudez “Shorts” made just one mistake, a solo HR to lead off the game, as he walked one and struck out five over five innings. 17-y.o. Davinson Pimentel homered for the third straight game and walked twice to lead the D-Nats eight-hit, eight-walk offense.

Jul 102014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-4 @ Charlotte,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (4-0, 2.20) vs.
Hill (1-2, 4.80)
Harrisburg Won, 2-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Kroenke (2-2, 4.74) vs.
Vasquez (3-5, 4.98)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
3:30 p.m.
Bacus (3-4, 3.76) and
Schwartz (2-0, 4.74) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.75) and Finnegan (pro debut)
Hagerstown Lost, 9-7 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Silvestre (4-6, 4.60) vs.
Davis (2-0, 4.73)
Auburn Won, 3-1 @ Connecticut,
7:00 p.m.
Ott (0-1, 2.87) vs.
Ladwig (0-0, 9.00)
GCL Nationals Lost, 4-3 @ GCL Mets,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 4-1 vs. DSL Orioles2,
10:30 a.m.
Bermudez (1-3, 1.88) vs.
Romero (0-2, 1.09)


Syracuse 8 Gwinnett 4
• Cole (W, 1-0) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K, 2HR
• Delcarmen (S, 4) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Souza 3-4, R, 2RBI, 2SB (19, 20)
• Walters 3-5, 2B, RBI
• Kobernus 2-5, 2B, 2SB

Three first-inning doubles by the Gwinnett Braves off A.J. Cole led to an ominous 2-0 deficit for the Syracuse Chiefs. The Chiefs were undaunted, and tied it up with a one-out rally in the top of 3rd with a single by Emmanuel Burriss (red hot .531/.614/.813 over his last 9G), double by Jeff Kobernus, and RBI single by Steve Souza. After a Joey Terdoslavich homer off Cole in the top of the 4th briefly gave Gwinnett a 3-2 lead, Syracuse went ahead for good in the top of the 5th. This time the Chiefs strung together a Burriss HBP and singles by Kobernus, Tyler Moore, and Zach Walters to carve out three runs and take a 5-3 lead. Edward Salcedo’s homer leading off the top of the bottom of the 5th would be the closest that Gwinnett would get for the rest of the night as Syracuse won by the final score of 8-4 and Cole earned his first AAA win.

Harrisburg 2 Bowie 0
• McGregor 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Bates (W, 1-1) 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Benincasa (SV, 3) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, HBP
• Taylor 2-3, R, 2B, BB
• Skole 2-4

The Harrisburg Senators pitching staff formed the Committee on Beating Bowie Badly last night. Scott McGregor, Colin Bates, Paul Demny, and Robert Benincasa combined to shut the BaySox out 2-0 on six hits and no walks. McGregor, a recent pickup from the AAA Memphis St. Louis affiliate, put aside his season-long struggles to hurl four shutout innings to lead the charge. Michael “Senate Majority Leader” Taylor continued his assault on the Eastern League by scoring the Sens first run in the 1st after singling to start off the offense for Harrisburg. An Adrian Sanchez RBI single to score Jason Martinson in the bottom of the 4th provided some helpful breathing room. About the only unhappy person in the ballpark might have been Ric Flair (if he was there). He only got to shout “WOOOOO!” seven times for strikeouts.
Roster moves: UT Jose Lozada reassigned from Syracuse; 2B Cutter Dykstra placed on the 7-Day DL; RHP Scott McGregor activated from the 7-Day DL.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — Postponed
Another twilight thunderstorm has washed out the P-Nats, shifting yesterday’s doubleheader to this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. With just one of four games played, another doubleheader is due next week when Wilmington returns for a three-game set. This is the third rainout between these two teams in a week.
Roster move: 2B Cody Dent reassigned from Hagerstown.

Lakewood 9 Hagerstown 7
• Mooneyham 3⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Davis (L, 0-1) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Ballou 3-4, RBI, HBP
• Ward 2-5, RBI

A six-run 3rd was not a big enough lead for the Suns pitchers hold and complete the three-game sweep. Instead, the BlueClaws roared back with seven runs in the middle innings and held off Hagerstown for a 9-7 win in the morning matinee. Brett Mooneyham got knocked from the box with two outs in the 4th as he gave up six runs on seven hits, including a two-run home run, with one walk and three strikeouts. The Suns rallied to tie it at 7-7 in the 6th but Cody Davis, who set the side down in order in the 6th, was dinged for two runs on three hits and two walks in the 7th. Every Suns batter had a hit, with Isaac Ballou leading the 12-hit effort with a 3-for-4 game, followed by Drew Ward at 2-for-5.
Roster move: OF Brian Langlois reassigned from Auburn.

Auburn 3 Connecticut 1
• Lopez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Sanchez (SV, 3) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K
• Medina 2-3, R, 2B, CS
• Abreu 1-2, 2SAC

Auburn ace Reynaldo Lopez put the brakes on a three-game skid with six shutout innings in a 3-1 win over Connecticut in the Nutmeg State. The 20-y.o. Dominican lowered his ERA to 1.01 while walking three, letting up three hits, and striking out four to even his won-loss mark at 2-2. Mario Sanchez finished out the game for his third save, losing the shutout with a 9th-inning run and three hits total with two walks and no K’s. Willie Medina led the charge with a 2-for-3 night with a run scored as the Doubledays posted nine hits, including three doubles (Medina, Diomedes Eusebio, Raudy Read) and a triple for “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz.
Roster move: OF John Wooten assigned from Hagerstown for minor-league rehab.

GCL Marlins 4 GCL Nationals 3 (5 inn.)P
• Vasquez 2⅓ IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Reyes (L, 0-2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Lora 1-2, R, 2B, RBI
• G. Ramirez 1-2, R, 2SB

Rain shortened this one to just five innings, with the G-Marlins edging the G-Nats, 4-3 win with two runs in their last “ups.” Daury Vasquez started and went two and 1/3rd innings, giving up two hits and a walk. He left with two runners on, both of which reliever Luis Reyes let in, along with two of his own. Reyes gave four hits total, including a two-run homer that proved to be the gamewinner, over the final two and 2/3rds for his second loss. The G-Nats had five hits with Thomas Alvarez, Edwin Lora, and “Fred” Aguero each connecting for a double.

DSL Nationals 4 DSL Cardinals 1
• Fuentes (W, 1-2) 6IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 7K
• Rosario (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Franco 2-4, R
• Jo. Ramirez 1-3, 2B, RBI, SB

The D-Nats duo of Steven Fuentes and Ramses Rosario combined to strike out 12 in a 4-1 win over the D-Cards. Fuentes got seven of them in his six frames, allowing five hits, no walks, and the lone, unearned run. Rosario was perfect over the final three innings and fanned five. It was the first win and save, respectively for both pitchers. Anderson Franco went 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the D-Nats offense.

Jul 092014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 2.53) vs.
Northcraft (0-1, 6.10)
Harrisburg Won, 7-0 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
TBD
McGregor (0-1, 38.57) vs.
Rodriguez (3-5, 4.81)
Potomac Postponed vs. Wilmington,
5:00 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.08) and
Bacus (3-4, 3.76) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.75) and
Finnegan (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 10-1 vs. Lakewood,
10:35 a.m.
Mooneyham (1-0, 1.20) vs.
Therrien (2-0, 6.39)
Auburn Lost, 10-2 @ Connecticut,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (1-2, 1.31) vs.
Bailey (1-2, 3.43)
GCL Nationals Lost, 9-6;
Won, 3-0
@ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Won, 6-3 vs. DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Fuentes (0-2, 4.09) vs.
Gonzalez (1-1, 3.38)


Gwinnett 6 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 9-3) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K, HR
• Holland 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Kobernus 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Johnson 3-4, SB, CS

Gwinnett scored six unanswered runs, including three in the 7th to break open a 3-2 game as they doubled up Syracuse, 6-3 to end a modest three-game win streak for the Chiefs. Taylor Hill turned in a quality start of three runs allowed on seven hits and one walk but suffered his third loss. Jeff Kobernus led off the game with a solo shot and fell the proverbial triple shy of the cycle as he drove in two while going 3-for-5. Josh Johnson matched him in the hit column with a 3-for-4 night, followed by Tyler Moore with a 2-for-4 effort as the Chiefs registered 13 hits but were 0-for-10 with RISP.

Harrisburg 7 Bowie 0
• Simmons (W, 1-0) 6IP, 6H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Espino 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Skole 4-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B
• Jeroloman 1-3, 2B, 2RBI

Matt Skole got the triple and the double but the home run eluded him as his 4-for-4 night helped power the Senators to a 7-0 win over Bowie. The corner infielder, who turns 25 at the end of the month, drove in two and scored once. Kevin Keyes homered for the 15th time at AA and 19th time overall, which leads the Nationals farm (teammate Michael Taylor is second with 18). Starter James Simmons kept the ball in the yard and pitched six scoreless innings for his first win for Harrisburg. Paolo Espino (2IP) and Bryan Harper (1IP) combined for three more goose eggs to complete the eight-hit shutout.

Wilmington vs. Potomac — PPD
Rain delayed the start of the games in Maryland and Pennsylvania, but a seven-o’clock-hour deluge created a doubleheader today (weather permitting) at 5 p.m. Roster move: OF Will Piwnica-Worms placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 10 Lakewood 1
• Johansen (W, 5-3) 6⅔ IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Johns (H, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Difo 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, SB
• Kieboom 2-4, 2R, 2RBI
• Bautista 1-4, 2R, BB, SB(45)

Jake Johansen pitched a season- and career-best six and 2/3rds innings for the Suns while his teammates scalded the BlueClaws pitchers for eight unanswered runs in a 10-1 win over Lakewood. Johansen let in one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five to earn his fifth win of the season. Sam Johns stranded two in his Sally League debut to earn the hold. Wilmer Difo and Spencer Kieboom both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored as Hagerstown maximized its offensive chances with 10 runs scored on nine hits (only one double) and five walks.

State College 10 Auburn 2
• Van Orden (L, 0-2) 3⅓ IP, 8H, 8R, 8ER, BB, 2K, HR, WP, HBP
• P. Valdez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Carey 3-4, R
• Gardner 1-4, R, HR, RBI

A four-run 3rd gave State College the early lead. A five-run 5th put the game away as they cruised to a 10-2 win over Auburn. Drew Van Orden suffered his second loss in as many starts, giving up eight runs on eight hits, including a home run, over three and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out two. Dale Carey singled three times in four trips to the plate as the Doubledays managed seven hits in their third straight loss.

GCL Marlins 9 GCL Nationals 6 — GAME ONE
• Estevez 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• R. Pena 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Morales ⅔ IP, 7H, 8R, 4ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Alvarez 1-3, R, BB, SB
• Guzman 1-3, R, BB, RBI, SB
• Rosario 1-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB

The G-Marlins pounded the G-Nats for eight runs in the 6th to turn a 5-0 deficit into an 8-5 lead as they cruised to a 9-6 win in the opener. 18-y.o. Venezuelan Jose Morales took the brunt of the assault (and the loss), skewered for eight runs (four earned) on seven hits, including a home run while retiring just two of 11 batters faced. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez started and threw three scoreless innings with one hit allowed, no walks, and three K’s. Thomas Alvarez and Luis Guzman both went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base as the G-Nats notched seven hits and three walks total.

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Marlins 0 — GAME TWO (5 inn.)
• Torres 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Yrizarri (W, 1-0) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Corredor 2-2, R, RBI
• Keniry 2-3, 2B

Rain shortened the second game to just five innings, with the G-Nats shutting out the G-Marlins 3-0 on one hit to break a four-game losing streak. Deibi Yrizarri got the win in relief, pitching three innings and allowing the lone hit with no walks or whiffs. Luis Torres started and was perfect for two innings. Aldrem Corredor singled twice, scored once, and had an RBI to lead the nine-hit parade for the G-Nats. Roster move: RHP Ronald Pena assigned from Potomac for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 6 DSL Cardinals 5
• W. Pena 4IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K, WP
• Vargas 2IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, WP, 2HBP
• Franco 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI, SB
• Je. Baez 1-3, BB, RBI
• Pimentel 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI

Anderson Franco homered in the top of the 9th to break a 3-3 deadlock as the D-Nats took advantage of some sloppy play for two more as they doubled up the D-Cards, 6-3. Franco also singled, walked, and stole a base to lead the D-Nats five-hit, six-walk attack. Angher Cespedes struck out two and worked around a walk in the bottom of the 9th for his fifth save. Nector Ramirez got the win for pitching a scoreless 8th. Starter Wilber Pena went the first four frames with one unearned run let in on one hit and three walks while fanning four.

Jul 082014
 

Yesterday, the Harrisburg Senators announced three of their players were named to the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Cutter Dykstra, Neil Holland, and Michael Taylor were selected for the Western Division squad. Holland will obviously not be playing due to his recent move to AAA to join the Syracuse Chiefs.

Dykstra is currently posting a .297/.369/.417 line for the Senators as the team’s starting second baseman, where he’s putting up a career-best 4.39 range factor. He was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 out of Westlake, CA high school.

Holland was leading the team in appearances with 29 before his promotion, and had allowed just seven of 18 inherited runners to score while not allowing any runs of his own in 17 appearances. This is his second all-star appearance, having represented the Nats NYPL affiliate in Vermont in 2010, the same year he was drafted out of the University of Louisville.

Taylor has been a force all season long, displaying both power (18 HR) speed (26 steals) while putting up an OPS of .956. Originally a shortstop when he was drafted in the 6th Rd. out of Westminster Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), he was converted to outfield in 2010 and has quickly evolved on defense to an elite level, most notably for his throwing arm where he racked up 23 assists last season and has nine so far this season.

The E.L. ASG will be held on July 16 in Altoona. Full rosters and further details can be found here.

Jul 082014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-3 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Hill (9-2, 1.90) vs.
Schlosser (4-4, 4.33)
Harrisburg Won, 5-1 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Simmons (0-0, 5.88) vs.
Pettit (4-6, 6.40)
Potomac Lost, 5-1 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Rauh (1-1, 5.08) vs.
Manaea (2-7, 4.75)
Hagerstown Won, 8-4 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (4-3, 5.04) vs.
Viza (3-11, 5.10)
Auburn Lost, 3-2 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Van Orden (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Baez (0-0, 1.69)
GCL Nationals Postponed @ GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
TBD and TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 7-5 @ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
W. Pena (1-3, 3.38) vs.
Diaz (1-2, 3.24)


Syracuse 5 Gwinnett 3
• Roenicke (W, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Grace (H, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, 2BB, 2SB
• Burriss 2-5, 2R, 2-2B

Yunesky “Yuleftmehanging” Maya lost another game involving the Chiefs. But this time Chiefs fans were happy to learn that he was pitching for the opposing Gwinnett Braves. Maya gave up all five runs and apparently learned that Steven “Phone” Souza is good at baseball. Souza was a homer short of the cycle. In the 1st, Souza doubled in Emmanuel “Don’t Call Me Lewis” Burriss for the Chiefs first tally. In the 3rd, Souza tripled in Emmanuel “I’m not Webster either” Burriss for another Chiefs tally. In the 6th, Steve “Believe” Souza walked, stole second, and later scored on a fielding error. Josh Johnson put Gwinnett out of their misery with a two-out pinch hit two-run double to make the final score 5-3 in the frame as well. Props to Matt Grace as well who pitched two scoreless innings of relief and remains unscored upon in 13⅔ AAA innings.
Roster move: RHP Neil Holland reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 1
• Simms (W, 2-0) 6IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 4K
• Self 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinson 3-4, RBI
• Sanchez 2-3, R, BB, HR, 3RBI, CS
• Hague 2-4, R, 2B

John Simms continues impress at the AA level, winning for the second time in three starts as Harrisburg knifed Bowie, 5-1. The 22-y.o. Texan turned in six strong innings with the lone BaySox run given up on four hits and one walk. Adrian Sanchez smacked a three-run HR in the 4th to break open a 1-0 game while Jason Martinson led the hit column with a 3-for-4 night as the Senators piled up 12 hits and drew five walks.

Wilmington 5 Potomac 1
• Dickson (L, 1-7) 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Turnbull 3IP, 2H, 2R, ER, 3BB, 3K
• Pleffner 2-4
• J. Miller 1-4, 2B, RBI

Wilmington broke a 1-1 tie with a single-triple-double sequence to open the 6th and cruised to a 5-1 win over Potomac in the series opener. Starter Ian Dickson turned in a quality start of three runs allowed over six innings, but four of the eight hits went for extra bases as he walked one and struck out four while taking his seventh loss. The P-Nats bats were limited to just five hits total, with Shawn Pleffner the sole batter to reach base twice. Justin Miller’s RBI double in the 2nd prevented back-to-back shutouts as the P-Nats have lost seven of their last eight scheduled games to fall below .500 at 8-9 for the second half.
Roster move: LHP Jake Walsh promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 8 Lakewood 4
• Giolito 4IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K, WP
• Cooper (W, 6-2) 3IP, 4H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kieboom 3-4, R, 2-2B, RBI, HBP
• Ballou 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Ward 2-5, 3RBI

Hagerstown continued its domination of Lakewood, doubling ‘em up 8-4 for its 13th victory in 17 games versus the Sally League’s New Jersey entrant. Lucas Giolito, named the #11 prospect in BA’s midseason SEO project prospect list, was knocked around for four runs on seven hits and three walks over four innngs. He struck out six. The win went to Andrew Cooper, who turned in three scoreless frames for his sixth “W.” Hagerstown matched a season-high of 16 hits with the 3-4-5 trio of Isaac Ballou, Spencer Kieboom, and Drew Ward going 7-for-13 with two doubles (Kieboom), two runs scored, and five RBI.
Roster moves: RHP Samuel Johns reassigned from Auburn; SS David Masters activated from the 7-Day DL.

State College 3 Auburn 2
• Derosier (L, 0-2) 4⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, WP
• Ramos 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Riopedre 1-4, 2B, 2RBI
• Eusebio 1-3

The Doubleday offense remained AWOL in a 3-2 loss to State College. Auburn managed just six hits, with the lone extra-base knock accounting for both of its runs as Chris Riopedre smacked a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the 3rd. It was an answer to the three-run homer allowed by Matt Derosier in the top of the 3rd. The almost-20-y.o. was spiked for eight hits total over four and 2/3rds while walking two and striking out four in his second loss. Tyler Mapes and David Ramos combined for four and a 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief, but the Doubledays had just two baserunners after the 3rd inning for a total of three left on base.
Roster moves: RHP Tyler Mapes reassigned from the GCL Nationals, SS Willie Medina demoted from Hagerstown.

GCL Nationals — PPD
Let’s hope they have enough (healthy) pitchers into handle three doubleheaders in four days, as Monday’s game against the G-Marlins was rained out to create twinbill this morning.
Roster move: OF Gilberto Ramirez promoted from the DSL Nationals.

DSL Mariners 7 DSL Nationals 5
• Acevedo 5IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K
• Charlis (BS, 3; L, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HBP, 2-2 IR-S
• Vilorio 2-4, R, RBI, 2E
• Pilier 1-3, BB, E
• Pimentel 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

The D-Nats ‘pen turned a 5-1 lead into a 7-5 loss with six runs allowed in the final three innings, including four in the 9th. Starter Carlos Acevedo turned in five innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and working around three walks with four set down on strikes. His work would go for naught as Fiyeral “El Incendiario” came on in the 9th with one out and two runners on and let them both in along with two of his own for his third blown save and first loss. Luis Vilorio went 2-for-4 with a run score and an RBI to lead the hit column while Davinson Pimentel smacked a three-run homer in the 1st to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jul 072014
 

The good news is that if this series is indeed a preview of the 2014 Mills Cup, we’re in for some good baseball. The bad news is that that it wasn’t as close as the 2-0 win by Myrtle Beach would otherwise suggest.

This, of course, is not discredit the effort that Matthew Spann did in escaping multiple jams in his five innings of work as the southpaw stranded eight runners through four innings before the Pelicans broke through in the 5th for the first of their two runs.

But the reality is that on most nights, you’re not going to be able to put that many baserunners on and get out of it unscathed. Not at this level.

Four of ‘em were definitely Spann’s doing — or the umpire’s, if you were privy to the bellowing from Myrtle Beach batting coach Josue Perez prior to being ejected in the 8th — as he walked four, including two in the first inning.

Twice Spann loaded the bases with two outs, with three singles in the 2nd and a walk and two singled in the 4th. Spann’s fourth walk followed by a double set up second and third with no out. Tripp Keister did not elect to pull in the infield against power-hitting lefty Preston Beck, who indeed hit one sharply to second for the RBI groundout.

He did pull ‘em in for Royce Bolinger and Tony Renda, playing shortstop, threw out the runner at the plate for the second out then leapt high to catch line drive 7′ off the ground to end the inning. But the damage was done.

Potomac, who got three doubles out of its five hits, saw all three extra-base hits go for naught.

Stephen Perez led off the second with a ground-rule double that bounced a foot inside the foul line in right and over the fence but only got as far as third.

Pleffner led off the 4th with double to left-center but was called out for interfering with a grounder to third as he dodged the ball but got in front of the fielder for the inning’s second, rally-killing out.

Renda got to second with two outs on an opposite-field drive to right, prompting the Pelicans to go “old-school” and call for their closer, Jose Leclerc, before the 9th inning to face Pleffner instead of issuing an intentional pass to put the go-ahead run on base and let Justin Spenger, who had already retired Oscar Tejeda easily, do it again.

Leclerc fanned Pleffner and struck out two more in 9th for the un-Soriano save that secured the 2-0 win.

Potomac remains in 1st place with an 8-8 mark as they host second-place Wilmington for the next four. It’ll be Ian Dickson (1-6, 6.11) scheduled to face off against Luis Santos (1-1, 7.06).

Jul 072014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 @ Gwinnett,
6:35 p.m.
Roenicke (3-4, 5.09) vs.
Maya (yes, that Maya)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (1-0, 1.35) vs.
Davies (4-4, 3.69)
Potomac Lost, 2-0 vs. Wilmington,
7:05 p.m.
Dickson (1-6, 6.11) vs.
Santos (1-1, 7.06)
Hagerstown Lost, 12-7 vs. Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (4-2, 2.19) vs.
Casimiro (2-7, 4.98)
Auburn Lost, 4-1 vs. State College,
7:05 p.m.
Derosier (0-1, 8.49) vs.
D. Perez (1-1, 4.96)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals OFF DAY vs. DSL Mariners,
10:30 a.m.
Acevedo (2-1, 4.37) vs.
Tamarez (0-1, 6.75)


Syracuse 6 Pawtucket 1
• Laffey (W, 11-3) 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 3BB, 6K; 0-1, R, BB, RBI, SAC
• Madrigal 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, BK
• Souza 2-2, R, 2-2B, 2BB, 3RBI, SB
• Johnson 1-2, R, 2BB

A five-run 2nd erased an early 1-0 lead for the G-Braves as the Chiefs cruised to a 6-1 lead. Aaron Laffey went seven strong innings with just that one run on allowed on three hits and three walks while striking out six for his 11th win. Steve Souza menaced the opposing hurlers with two doubles, two walks, and three RBI while Josh Johnson reached base three times with two walks and a single as Syracuse took advantage of seven walks to score six times on seven hits.

Altoona 6 Harrisburg 5
• Dupra 5⅔ IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 4K; 1-1, BB, RBI
• Benincasa (BS, 2; L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, BB, K
• Taylor 2-4, BB, RBI
• Leonida 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB

The Senators scored in three of the first four frames to build a 5-2 lead but lost it in the 8th for a 6-5 loss to Altoona in the series finale. Brian Dupra pitched into the sixth with four runs let in on six hits and four walks but got the no-decision. In the 8th, Robert Benincasa issued a one-out walk and committed an error on the subsequent sacrifice, which plated the tying run and moved the would-be out all the way to third. The 23-y.o. struck out the next batter but gave up the gamewinner to Alen Henson on a single. Cole Leonida reached base four times with two walks, a single, and a double to pace the 12-hit, seven-walk Harrisburg attack.

Myrtle Beach 2 Potomac 0
• Spann (L, 5-4) 6IP, 7H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K
• Runion 3IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Renda 2-3, 2B
• Perez 2-4, 2B

It wasn’t as close as it looks Last Night In Woodbridge.
Roster move: OF Eury Perez transferred from GCL for minor-league rehab.

Kannapolis 12 Hagerstown 7
• Pivetta (L, 10-5) 3⅓ IP, 9H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Ward 4-5, R, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2R, 3BB, HR, RBI
• C. Lopez 1-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Kannapolis hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em early, and hit ‘em often in a 12-7 beatdown of Hagerstown. Nick Pivetta gave up five runs via the longball (nos. 9 and 10) and eight runs total on nine hits as he was chased with one out in the third for his fifth loss. Drew Ward went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI while Spencer Kieboom and Carlos Lopez both homered. The rest of the lineup went just 4-for-23 and was unable to fully capitalize on the eight walks issued by the Intimidators.

Williamsport 4 Auburn 1
• A. Williams (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• D. Williams 4⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, 2-0 IR-S
• Davidson 1-3
• Read 1-4, 2B

The Crosscutters brought out the lumber while Doubledays managed just three hits in a 4-1 loss. Austen Williams was knocked around for three runs on six hits and two walks over three and 2/3rds innings for the loss. Deion Williams was brilliant in relief, stranding two to keep Auburn within striking distance at 3-1 and fanning six but gave up a solo HR for the final 4-1 score. Raudy Read doubled while Austin Davidson and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz both singled to account for the feeble offense.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 1-3 week with two washouts, it’s a busy week ahead for the G-Nats, who play three against the Marlins, then five against the Mets with doubleheaders scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
Things weren’t much better in the D.R. as the D-Nats went 2-4 to drop into a fourth-place tie with the D-Mets1 in the Boca Chica South at 17-14.

Jul 062014
 

After pummeling the Pelicans for eight runs in the completion, the second game of the de facto doubleheader proved to be a pitcher’s duel that ended in the first “extra inning” as Steve Perez’s two-out single in the bottom of the 8th drove in Tony Renda for a 1-0 win.

Starter Austin Voth can’t quite catch a break as he pitched brilliantly for a third straight start but has just one win to show for it. He allowed just three hits over six shutout innings with no walks and seven strikeouts, which puts him to the Washington minors-leading total of 94 in 88⅔ innings.

In part, that’s because Potomac had not one but two runners thrown out at the plate in the 3rd. Estarlin Martinez was the first, making an ill-advised decision to score from third base on a ball hit to the third baseman while Perez was unable to score from first one batter later when Shawn Pleffner doubled into the left-field corner (though he made it close).

The P-Nats managed just two singles from the 4th to the 7th before the game-winning rally in the 8th. After a weak flyout by Martinez (who was quite busy on defense, catching six flyballs in right field over eight inning), Renda beat out an infield single and took second on a wild pitch. Perez delivered the game-winner with a single to right that was hit fast enough to get past the infielders but too slow for the outfielder to pick up and fire in to beat Renda.

The win went to Chris Manno, who struck out four over the 7th and 8th innings while walking one. Combined with a Lynchburg loss, Potomac returned to first place by a half-game over Wilmington, who will be in town next for four games tomorrow through Thursday.

Matt Spann (5-3, 4.45) gets the ball tonight against Andrew Faulkner (6-1, 2.35) in the series finale.

Jul 062014
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 7-6 @ Gwinnett,
6:05 p.m.
Laffey (10-3, 2.93) vs.
H.D. Rodriguez (4-10, 4.79)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-4 @ Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Dupra (1-3, 5.04) vs.
Rodriguez (4-7, 4.38)
Potomac Won, 11-6 (comp.);
Won, 1-0 (8 inn.)
vs. Myrtle Beach,
6:05 p.m.
Spann (5-3, 4.45) vs.
Faulkner (6-1, 2.35)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 vs. Kannapolis,
5:05 p.m.
Pivetta (10-4, 3.43) vs.
Guerrero (5-0, 3.03)
Auburn Won, 2-1 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
A. Williams (0-0, 1.93 @ GCL) vs.
Packrall (0-0, 6.94)
GCL Nationals Lost, 12-8 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals Won, 5-4 (10 inn.) OFF DAY N/A


Syracuse 7 Pawtucket 6
• Treinen 6IP, 5H, 3R, 1ER, 5BB, 2K
• Cedeno (BS, 2; W, 4-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, WP
• Laird 3-4, 2-2B, HR, 3RBI
• Kobernus 3-5, 3R, 2B, 2SB
• Walters 2-3, R, 3B, 2BB

The beat rolls on for the mighty Chiefs who pulled off a thrilling 7-6 win over the PawSox. The lead changed hands four times and was tied twice, including the 9th when Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno blew a 6-5 lead and wild pitched in the tying run. But Pawtucket returned the favor by giving the game away with walks in the 9th! A walk for you, Sandy Leon. A sac bunt by organizational soldier Josh Johnson got Leon to second for two shots at a game-winning hit. Kobernus got that hit, but the slow-footed catcher Leon was thrown out at the plate. Zach Walters singled to Kobernus to third. An intentional walk for Steven Souza to set up the double play backfired when Pawtucket’s Drake Britton walked Tyler Moore on four pitches for the walkoff walk.
Roster move: LHP Mike Gonzalez released.

Altoona 7 Harrisburg 4
• Brach (L, 1-4) 6IP, 10H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Harper 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Vettleson 2-3, BB, CS
• Jeroloman 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The Harrisburg Senators scared the [mess] out of the Altoon Curve with a first-inning tally. Michael Taylor mashed a double, advanced to third on a groundout by Caleb Ramsey, and scored on a Matt Skole single to left. The Curve straightened things out quickly with five runs in the bottom of the 1st starting with an Alen Hansom dinger to lead off matters. Two more singles. A double-play escape? No. One needs three outs to end an inning. Hitter (and former pitcher) Stetson Allie drew a walk. Then the lowly Senators extended the inning on a Matt Skole throwing error. Four unearned runs followed and a 5-1 first-inning lead evolved into a 7-4 victory for the Altoona Curve.

Potomac 11 Myrtle Beach 6 — COMP.
• Rauh 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Schwartz (W, 2-0) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, K
• Renda 3-5, 3R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, SB (10)
• Pleffner 2-5, 2RBI, SB
• Norfork 2-5, R, RBI, SB
• McQuillan 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

In the completion of last Friday’s suspended game in Myrtle Beach, Potomac scored eight unanswered runs while Blake Schwartz tossed five shutout innings to take an 11-6 decision. Mike McQuillan started the smackdown with a two-run shot following a Khayyan Norfork single, as the Pelicans got sloppy and committed two errors to help Potomac along as they scored five in the 6th to take an 8-6 lead. Oscar Tejeda’s two-run single capped off the three-run 7th as the P-Nats put the game away. Tony Renda led the hit column with two singles, two RBI, a double, a stolen base, and three runs scored.

Potomac 1 Myrtle Beach 0 (8 inn.)
• Voth 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Manno (W, 2-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pleffner 2-3, 2B
• Perez 1-4, RBI

The P-Nats pitchers outdueled the Pelicans’ Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 Kannapolis 1
• Silvestre (W, 4-6) 6IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 5K
• Suero (SV, 2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HBP
• Bautista 2-4, CS
• Yezzo 2-3, R

Hector Silvestre tossed six shutout innings and combined with Wander Suero on a three-hitter as the Suns lapped the Intimidators, 3-1. The 20-y.o. southpaw walked four but allowed just one hit while striking out five to secure his fourth “W.” Suero put on six baserunners with two walks, two hits, and two plunks over three innings, but only one crossed home plate as he earned his second save. Rafael Bautista and James Yezzo combined for four of the team’s eight hits, which included Spencer Kieboom’s fourth home run.

Auburn 2 Williamsport 1
• Bach 3IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, K
• Mancini (W, 1-0) 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-0 IR-S
• Carey 2-3, 2B, SB
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2R, 2B

Brian Langlois singled in Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz with two outs in the 9th as Auburn edged Williamsport, 2-1. The win went to Domenick Mancini, who had stranded two runners in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. R.C. Orlan got the last three outs for the save, his first of the season (and his career). The Doubledays racked up nine hits, including extra-base knocks (all doubles, natch) by “Orange,” David Masters, and Dale Carey, who also stole a base.

GCL Cardinals 12 GCL Nationals 8
• P. Encarnacion 2⅓ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Mills 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• T. Alvarez 3-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• L. Guzman 2-5, 2R, 2B

Thirteen batters and seven pitchers made an appearance as the G-Cards outslugged the G-Nats, 12-8 to send the Nats rookie contingent to its third straight loss. Pedro Encarnacion started and was lit up for four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two in his second rehab outing. The loss went to Robbie Dickey for letting in the go-ahead run in the 5th as the 20-y.o. Texan struck out three of six batters faced in his pro debut. Thomas Alvarez reached base four times and fell a home run shy of the cycle with a 3-for-3 afternoon and led the 16-hit offense.
Roster moves: RHP Robbie Dickey (4th Rd. Pick), LHP McKenzie Mills (18th Rd. Pick) assigned from Washington; OF Eury Perez assigned from Syracuse for minor-league rehab.

DSL Nationals 5 DSL Mariners 4 (10 inn.)
• Baez 5IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K, WP, HBP
• Cespedes (W, 3-0) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Franco 2-4, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Pimentel 2-5, R, 2-2B
• J. Ramirez 2-5, R, HR, RBI

Joshual Ramirez’s solo shot in the 10th broke a 4-4 tie and stopped a two-game slide as the D-Nats sunk the D-Mariners, 5-4. The win went to Angher Cespedes for three no-hit innings of relief, with two walks and three strikeouts. Joan Baez got the start, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks for the no-decision. The D-Nats pounded out 12 hits with five batters notching multiple hits, including Davinson Pimentel, who doubled twice, and Anderson Franco, who tripled and drove in three.