Jun 082015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 7-2 @ Toledo,
7:00 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.93) vs.
Belfiore (2-7, 6.59)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-2 @ New Britain,
6:35 p.m.
Bleier (3-1, 3.46) vs.
Evans (2-1, 3.71)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 @ Carolina,
7:00 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.29) vs.
Furney (0-3, 7.20)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-1 OFF DAY N/A


Pawtucket 7 Syracuse 2
• Fister (L, 0-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Martinson 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Gwynn 2-4

The PawSox put up four (yes, a grand slam) against A.J. Cole in relief to break open a 2-1 game and cruised to 7-2 win to split the two-game series. Doug Fister made the rehab start and gave up two runs on seven hits over three and 2/3rds innings while striking out six. The Chiefs managed just six hits, with two apiece by Tony Gwynn Jr. and Jason Martinson, who connected for team-leading seventh HR with a solo shot in the 4th.
Roster move: RHP Manny Delcarmen released, RHP Doug Fister added to roster for MLB rehab.

Trenton 5 Harrisburg 2
• Solis (L, 0-1) 1IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K
• Bates 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K, HR
• Hague 2-4, R
• Severino 2-4, 2B, 2RBI

Sammy Solis returned to action and was strafed for three runs on five hits in his lone inning of work, as Trenton scored in each of the first three innings to cruise to a 5-2 win and three-game sweep. Colin Bates, the originally announced starter, threw six innings of two-run relief, with one walk and one strikeout. Pedro Severino drove in both Senators runs with two-out double and went 2-for-4 overall as Harrisburg compiled nine hits and one walk total on the afternoon.
Roster move: LHP Sammy Solis added to roster for MLB rehab.

Salem 6 Potomac 5
• Giolito (L, 1-4) 6IP, 11H, 6R, 5ER, 0BB, 8K, WP
• Mapes 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Wooten 2-3, 2-2B, BB, 2RBI
• Martinez 2-4, R, RBI
• Bostick 3-5, 2R, RBI, SB

Potomac rallied from a 4-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead but had no answer for single runs in the 5th and 6th innings to drop the series finale, 6-5. Lucas Giolito gave up all six runs on 11 hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out eight while losing for the fourth time in six starts. John Wooten continues to swing a hot bat, connecting for two doubles, driving in two, and drawing a walk to reach base three times, as did Christopher Bostick, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Greensboro 4 Hagerstown 1
• Rodriguez (L, 1-4) 4IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
• Orlan 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Lopez 2-4, 2-2B
• Dent 1-3, BB

The clutch eluded the Suns as they outhit the Grasshoppers 8-7 but lost the game, 4-1. Jefry Rodriguez failed to pitch five innings for the seventh time in eight starts, charged with all four Grasshopper runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. R.C. Orlan, Sam Johns, and David Napoli combined for four scoreless innings in relief. Carlos Lopez doubled twice to lead the Hagerstown hit column, but did not score as the team was just 1-for-12 with RISP and stranded nine baserunners total.

Trea Turner Update
A 1-for-5 night dropped Turner’s batting average to .322 but extended his latest hit streak to five games.

Jun 072015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-4
(yes, really)
vs. Pawtucket,
1:05 p.m.
Fister (MLB Rehab) vs.
Couch (2-6, 5.15)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-2 @ Trenton,
1:00 p.m.
Bates (1-0, 3.29) vs.
Wooten (0-1, 6.38)
Potomac Won, 4-3 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-3, 3.95) vs.
D. Bautista (1-0, 4.91)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
Rodriguez (1-3, 7.58) vs.
Holmes (1-4, 4.03)


Syracuse 11 Pawtucket 4
• Walters (W, 1-0) 7IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 10K, 3HR, HBP
• Martin 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mastroianni 3-4, 3R, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 2-5, 2RBI
• Martinson 2-5, R
• Dykstra 0-1, 2R, 3BB

The Chiefs doubled their runs scored in the month of June and managed not to lose, stopping a 12-game slide with an 11-4 win over Pawtucket. P.J. Walters gave up three home runs and all four Pawtucket runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked one to win his first start as a Chief. Rafael Martin threw two scoreless for just the second time this season while finishing the game. A seven-run 4th did the bulk of the damage as Syracuse pounded out 11 hits and drew six walks, with lineup bookends Darin Mastroianni leading the hit and walk columns with three apiece.
Roster move: RHP A.J. Cole optioned from Washington.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 2
• Spann 7IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP
• Dupra (BS, 2; L, 0-2) ⅔ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, BB, 0K, HR, HBP
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Robinson 1-3, RBI, SB

Matthew Spann made his case to stay at AA with seven inning of one-run ball, giving up an unearned run on five hits and two walks while setting down six on strikes. While he left with a 2-1 lead, it evaporated in the bottom of the 8th as the Thunder struck for five runs against Brian Dupra to send the Senators to a 6-2 loss. Derrick Robinson drove in Adrian Sanchez with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd and Kevin Keyes homered in the 4th but the Harrisburg offense was held to six hits and one walk (Sanchez)
Roster moves: RHP Joe Ross recalled to Washington; LHP Matthew Spann reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Salem 3
• Pivetta (W, 4-4) 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Suero (H, 1) 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Wooten 3-3, R, BB
• Yezzo 2-3, R, RBI

Potomac put up two spots in back-to-back innings and three pitchers made it stand up for a 4-3 win over Salem. Nick Pivetta allowed all three Red Sox runs on six hits and no walks while fanning four over five innings. Wander Suero and Nick Lee combined four innings of scoreless relief to earn the hold and save respectively. John Wooten reached base four times with three singles and a walk to lead the P-Nats attack, followed by James Yezzo, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Roster moves: RHP Manny Rodriguez activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 3 Greensboro 2
• Van Orden 6IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Dickey (BS, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K
• Amlung (W, 2-0) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• DeBruin 1-3, 2R, BB
• Tillero 2-3, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown blew a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th but got the lead back in the 9th on a sacrifice fly to take Game 3 of the four-game series, 3-2. Drew Van Orden threw six scoreless innings but got the no-decision when Robbie Dickey sandwiched walks around an error, then gave up a two-run double. Justin Amlung stranded two runners while getting the last two outs of the 8th and had his single given up in the 9th erased on a caught stealing to end the game. Jorge Tillero, who replaced Matt Reistetter after he was ejected in the 4th along with four Greensboro players after D.K. Carey gunned down a runner at the plate, led the Suns attack with a 2-for-3 night.
Roster moves: LHP Connor Bach, IF Austin Davidson transferred to Auburn; RHP Austen Williams reassigned from Syracuse; IF Carlos Lopez transferred from Auburn.

Trea Turner Update
Turner went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in a 5-4 Missions win.

DSL Update
The D-Nats were 3-4 in their first week of play, lowlighted by a 22-7 demolition yesterday. Thus far, it appears that there are just a few holdovers as the Nats have gotten dramatically younger with the lowest average age for batters (17.6) and the third-youngest set of pitchers.

Jun 062015
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 17-38, 6th place I.L. North, 14 games behind

Good Tony Gwynn Jr. .316BA (12-for-38) over last 10G
Bad 27 pitching HBP “leads” International League
Interesting Still trail Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (16-39) for worst record in minors



HARRISBURG SENATORS 22-31, 5th place E.L. West, 10½ games behind

Good Austin Voth 3.47/2.51/1.19 in 11 games (59⅔ IP)
Bad Drew Vettleson .488 OPS in 11 games
Interesting 26 of 53 games decided by one run (9-17)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 24-30, 4th place C.L. North, 10 games behind

Good Christopher Bostick .325 BA (13-for-40), HR in last 10G
Bad Kevin Perez 6.32 ERA, 1.53 WHIP in six appearances
Interesting 17-1, 17-0, 16-0 when leading after 6, 7, 8 innings



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 28-26, 3rd place Sally North, 7 games behind

Good Drew Van Orden 2-1, 2.63 ERA as starter; 3-3 SV-SVO as reliever
Bad Cody Dent .481 OPS in 25G
Interesting 11-1 when starter goes six or more innings
Jun 062015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-2 (11 inn.)
(yes, really)
vs. Pawtucket,
7:05 p.m.
Walters (2-1, 4.70 @ AAA in ’15) vs.
Todd (1-1, 4.10)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Spann (1-0, 1.29) vs.
Lail (3-2, 2.52)
Potomac Won, 10-6 @ Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Pivetta (3-4, 2.28) vs.
McAvoy (4-3, 3.40)
Hagerstown Lost, 6-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Cavanerio (0-2, 4.07)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10 Syracuse 2 (11 inn.)
• Espino 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K, HR
• Fornataro (L, 0-3) 7BF, 5H, 7R, 7ER, BB, 0K, HBP
• Gwynn 3-4, 3B
• Johnson 1-4, RBI; 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S

By now, Syracuse fans are probably like Walter in “The Money Pit” after last night’s 10-2 loss in 11 innings. Down 2-1 with two outs in the 9th, the Chiefs got an error, a single, a wild pitch, a walk, and a Josh Johnson single to tie the game and send it into extras. Syracuse tried to give that run back in the 10th with a walk and an error, but got out of the 1st-and-2nd with nobody out jam. In the 11th, Eric Fornataro was lit up for five straight singles, issued a walk, then hit a batter and left with the score 6-2. Johnson came in from second base to mop up and gave up a walk and a double before getting what Fornataro couldn’t: three outs. Cutter Dykstra, who replaced Johnson at 2B, led off the 11th with single but there would be no answer for the RailRiders as the Chiefs lost their 12th straight.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino activated from TIL; RHP Mitch Lively placed on the TIL; RHP P.J. Walters activated (acquired in trade June 1); IF Mario Lisson reassigned from Harrisburg; 3B Ian Stewart released.

Trenton 4 Harrisburg 3
• Voth (L, 2-4) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, BB, 5K, HBP
• Harper 1⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Renda 2-4, 2R, SB, E
• Skole 2-4, RBI

The Senators rallied for two in the 8th pull within one of the Thunder, but couldn’t get the equalizer in the 9th as they fell, 4-3.
Austin Voth took the loss, charged with all four runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Tony Renda and Matt Skole both went 2-for-4 to lead the Harrisburg attack of nine hits and two walks.

Potomac 10 Salem 6
• Lopez (W, 3-2) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Bostick 3-5, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Ward 3-5, 3R, HR, RBI
• Miller 3-3, 2R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI

Potomac’s hitters weren’t bewitched by Salem’s pitchers as they pounded out a season-high 19 hits in a 10-6 win. Nobody walked, but everybody hit, with Christopher Bostick, Spencer Kieboom, Drew Ward, and Brandon Miller each collecting three hits and six total bases. Reynaldo Lopez got his third win in four starts not against Myrtle Beach, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings.

Greensboro 6 Hagerstown 1
• Baez 4⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• Johns (L, 0-1) 1⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, HR
• Marmolejos-Diaz 1-4, R
• Tillero 1-3

Hagerstown was no-hit for seven and 2/3rds innings in a 6-1 loss to Greensboro. Starter Joan (pronounced yo-ahn) Baez pitched into 5th in his Low-A debut with one hit and two walks allowed over four and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out three in the no-decision. Sam Johns got the last two outs of the 5th but was knocked for five runs in the 6th to take the loss, his first of the season. Jorge Tillero broke up the no-no with a single while Grant DeBruin ended the shutout with an RBI groundout in the 9th.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was 1-for-5 with a strikeout in San Antonio’s 8-7 win on Friday night.

Jun 052015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Espino (1-0, 1.32) vs.
Severino (0-0, 4.15)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 @ Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Voth (2-3, 3.69) vs.
Ruth (3-0, 2.04)
Potomac Lost, 13-1 @ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Lopez (2-2, 4.01) vs.
Stankiewicz (1-5, 3.52)
Hagerstown Won, 3-1 @ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Castillo (2-2, 4.40)


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10 Syracuse 2
• Williams (L, 0-1) 4IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Delcarmen 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Gwynn 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Burriss 2-4, 2B

A five-run fourth was more than enough to send the Chiefs to their 11th straight loss, a 10-2 trainwreck to the RailRiders. Austen Williams was activated to fill in for A.J. Cole and, predictably, got hammered on the second turn through the lineup. He gave up five runs on four hits and two walks over four innings while striking out two. Tony Gwynn Jr. and Emmanuel Burriss both went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington, RHP Taylor Jordan optioned from Washington; RHP Austen Williams transferred from Auburn.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Bacus 6IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• De Los Santos (L, 1-4) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, BB
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Harrisburg got good pitching but not enough offense and lost yet another one-run game, 3-2. Dakota Bacus scattered eight hits over six innings, tossing a quality start of two runs over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. The loss went to Abel De Los Santos, who gave up a run in the 7th on two hits. Matt Skole homered in the 2nd while Brian Goodwin walked and doubled. The Senators totaled just six hits overall and left on five baserunners.
Roster move: IF Wilmer Difo optioned from Washington, IF Anthony Rendon MLB Rehab assignment ended.

Salem 13 Potomac 1
• Valdez (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 9R, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 4E
• K. Perez 3⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 0ER, BB, 6K, HBP, WP, 1-1 IR-S
• Bostick 1-3, 2B, BB
• S. Perez 0-2, BB, SB, SAC

Salem continued its domination of Potomac with a 13-1 obliteration for its fifth win in as many meetings this season. Phillips Valdez was his own worst enemy as he committed four of the five P-Nats errors while letting in nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits over four and a third innings to suffer the loss. Kevin Perez finished the game and struck out six but gave up four unearned runs on four hits and a walk. The Potomac offense managed just three hits, with Christopher Bostick the sole P-Nat to reach base twice with a walk and a double while going 1-for-3.
Roster move: LHP Justin Thomas reassigned from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown 3 Greensboro 1
• Bach 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• M. Sanchez (W, 2-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 5K
• DeBruin 2-4, R, 2B
• Davidson 2-4, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings to pull away from the Grasshoppers and take the first game of the series, 3-1. Starter Connor Bach got the no-decision despite allowing just an unearned run on four hits and a walk over six innings. The win went to Mario Sanchez, who struck out five and walked one over the final three innings. Grant DeBruin and Austin Davidson both went 2-for-4 with a double though the Suns struggled with clutch hitting, as they 0-for-9 with RISP as the three runs scored on an error, home run (“Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz), and a two-out double that Davidson tried (and failed) to stretch into triple.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Amlung reassigned from Potomac; C Raudy Read placed on the 7-Day DL; C Jorge Tillero, RHP Joan Baez activated from XST; 1B Jose Marmolejos-Diaz transferred from Auburn; 1B Carlos Lopes transferred to Auburn.

Trea Turner Update
Another game, another 2-for-5 night. This time Turner only drove in one and didn’t strike out. What a bum.

Jun 042015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Cole (0-2, 3.26) vs.
Long (3-4, 4.75)
Harrisburg Won, 2-1;
Lost, 1-0
vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bacus (1-1, 6.00) vs.
Plutko (0-0, 0.00)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Valdez (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Ball (3-5, 4.98)
Hagerstown Won, 2-0;
Won, 3-1
@ Greensboro,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs. Steckenrider (1-2, 2.63)


Louisville 4 Syracuse 2
• Billings 6IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Lively (L, 0-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
• Mastroianni 2-5, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, R

[! – – 2015 script – – ]
The Chiefs’ starter pitched well, the bullpen did not. A couple of hitters did well, but the offense otherwise struggled.
Roster move: OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 2 Akron 1 — GAME ONE
• Bleier 8IP, 7H, 0R, BB, K, BK
• Mendez (W, 3-2) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Rendon 1-4, 2B
• Lisson 1-3, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

Mario Lisson’s two-out, two-run home run in the 9th gave the Senators a walkoff win in the opener. Starter Richard Bleier threw eight shutout innings, with seven hits and one walk allowed before giving way to the bullpen. Gilberto Mendez struck out the side but gave up single and triple in the 9th. Derrick Robinson singled to lead off the final frame and scored ahead of Lisson’s big fly. The Sens totaled just four hits and a walk overall.

Akron 1 Harrisburg 0 — GAME TWO
• Simmons (L, 2-3) 4IP, 4H, R, 0BB, 3K
• Demny 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Pleffner 1-2
• Hague 1-2, SB

Harrisburg couldn’t push across the equalizing run and were shut out 1-0 in the nightcap to split the doubleheader. James Simmons was the losing pitcher, giving up the lone Akron run on four hits and no walks while striking out three. Paul Demny and Colin Bates combined for three shutout innings of relief. As they did in the first game, the Senators tallied just four hits — all singles.

Potomac — OFF DAY
After splitting an eight-game homestand, the P-Nats hit the road four against Salem and four against Carolina.

Hagerstown 2 Hickory 0 — GAME ONE
• Purke (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, 0R, BB, K, HBP
• Van Orden (SV, 3) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Keller 1-2, BB
• Carey 1-2, R

Two Suns pitchers combined on a seven-inning shutout by a 2-0 score in the first of two in Hagerstown. Starter and winner Matt Purke went the first five innings, allowing a walk and all four Hickory hits while striking out one and hitting a batter. Drew Van Orden threw two perfect innings to earn the save, his third. The Suns were held to just three hits and two walks, with Alec Keller (single, BB) and Jeff Gardner (BB, HBP) the only two batters to reach base twice.

Hagerstown 3 Hickory 1 — GAME TWO
• Reyes (W, 2-3) 5IP, 2H, R, ER, 4BB, 3K, WP
• Napoli (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 2-3, R, RBI
• Masters 1-3, 2B, RBI

Hagerstown rallied for three in the bottom of the 4th in a 3-1 win that swept the doubleheader. Luis Reyes got the win, with one run let in on two hits and four walks over five innings. Andrew Cooper and David Napoli both turned in a scoreless innings to earn the hold and save respectively. The Suns made the Crawdads pay for issuing six walks as they scored three times on just four hits, led by Grant DeBruin’s 2-for-3 effort.
Roster move: LHP Brett Mooneyham released.

Trea Turner Update
Turner ended his two-game hitless streak with a 2-for-5 night, scoring once, driving in two, and striking out twice.

Jun 032015
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-5;
Lost, 6-1
vs. Louisville,
10:35 a.m.
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Smith (1-2, 3.81)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Akron,
5:00 p.m.
Bleier (3-1, 4.28) and
Simmons (2-2, 4.26) vs.
Merritt (3-4, 4.02) and
Colon (0-0, 13.50)
Potomac Won, 4-3 (11 inn.);
Won, 4-3
OFF DAY N/A
Hagerstown Cancelled vs. Hickory,
11:05 a.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) and
Purke (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76) and
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville 8 Syracuse 5 — GAME ONE
• McGregor 6⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Meek (L, 2-3) 2IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Johnson 2-4, 2R
• Gwynn 2-4, R, BB, RBI
• Burriss 2-5, R

The Chiefs bullpen allowed three of four inherited runners score while blowing a 2-0 lead in the 7th and then coughed up three more in the 9th to lose this one, 8-5. Scott McGregor pitched his sixth straight quality start, charged with two runs on four hits and a walk over six and 2/3rds innings. Rafael Martin failed to get the one out necessary to earn the save, instead giving up two hits and two walks to the four batters he faced before he was lifted. Syracuse tied it with three runs scored with two out in the bottom of the 7th to send it into “extras.” Evan Meek was dinged for three runs in his second inning of work to take the loss. The Chiefs loaded the bases with one out in their final “ups” but the three baserunners became the 8th, 9th, and 10th men left on as a strikeout and a flyout ended the game.

Louisville 6 Syracuse 1 — GAME TWO
• Fornataro (L, 0-2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB
• Minicozzi 1-3, 2K

Louisville continued to beat up on the Syracuse bullpen, scoring six times against four relievers for 6-1 win that swept the doubleheader. Eric Fornataro was given the spot start and gave up a run on three hits and two walks with two K’s. With next-to-no offense, Fornataro’s effort would be a losing one as the Chiefs were held to two hits, enabling the Bats’ pitchers to get away with seven walks in seven innings.
Roster moves: OF Matt den Dekker recalled to Washington; RHP Sam Runion assigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg vs. Akron — PPD
It was an extra day off for the Senators as the Tuesday night contest against Akron was rained out. They’ll make it up with a doubleheader tonight.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3 — COMP. (11th inn.)
• Self (W, 2-0) 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• S. Perez 2-4, 2RBI

The P-Nats got three singles in the bottom of the 11th to take the completion, 4-3. The win went to Derek Self, who worked around two hits in the top of the 11th.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 3
• Simms 6⅓ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Suero (W, 5-2) 2⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Wooten 2-4, R, 2B
• Bostick 2-5, 2B, RBI

Potomac took advantage of some sloppy defense in the 8th to rally for two and take the regularly scheduled game, 4-3 to split the four-game series. Starter John Simms pitched into the 7th for the second time in three starts and let in two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Wander Suero got the win though his streak of innings without an earned run ended at 12⅔ with a run given up in the 8th. John Wooten and Christopher Bostick both singled and doubled as the P-Nats piled up 11 hits total.
Roster moves: RHP Justin Thomas reassigned to Hagerstown; RHP Justin Amlung reassigned to Potomac

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — CNCLD
Rain will shorten this three-game series to a maximum of two games today as the two teams do not meet again in the first half.

Trea Turner Update
Turner was hitless in five AB’s in a 1-0 shutout of the Missions.

Jun 022015
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Louisville,
5:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.25) and
Billings (1-3, 4.10) vs.
Axelrod (2-3, 3.83) and
Hand (1-2, 3.51)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Akron,
6:30 p.m.
TBD vs. Merritt (3-4, 4.02)
Potomac Tied, 3-3 (Suspended) vs. Myrtle Beach,
5:05 p.m.
Simms (2-4, 4.60) vs. TBD
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Hickory,
5:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) and
Purke (0-1, 4.50) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76) and
Buckel (0-0, 0.00)


Louisville vs. Syracuse — PPD
Rain washed out the first of three against Louisville. It will be made up today with a doubleheader scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Roster moves: LHP Felipe Rivero recalled to Washington; LHP Matt Grace optioned to Washington; RHP P.J. Walters assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg — OFF DAY
It’s a brief three-game homestand for Harrisburg before they make a weekend road trip to Trenton and four-game set next week in New Britain.

Myrtle Beach 3 Potomac 3 — SUSP. (10th inn.)
• Giolito 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K
• Lee 2⅓ 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Wooten 3-4, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, 3B
• Ward 2-4, R

The only game to start on Monday did not finish as the 3-3 tie game was suspended in the 10th with the P-Nats at bat with one out and nobody on base. Lucas Giolito started and pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out nine. Both teams scored twice in the 6th and once in the 10th, with Christopher Bostick tripling and scoring on a Stephen Perez sac fly shortly before the umps ordered the teams off the field. They’ll finish the game at 5:05 p.m. and play the regularly scheduled nine-inning game
30 to 45 minutes afterwards.

Hickory vs. Hagerstown — PPD
Rain also postponed the start of the Hickory-Hagerstown series, and like Syracuse, the plan is to play two games today at 5:05 p.m.

Trea Turner Update
Monday was an off day for the San Antonio Missions.

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Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-0 vs. Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (3-4, 3.25) vs.
Axelrod (2-3, 3.83)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Lost, 7-2 vs. Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Giolito (1-3, 4.84) vs.
Tseng (2-2, 4.26)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 vs. Hickory,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (1-3, 5.44) vs.
Ortiz (2-0, 1.76)


Durham 3 Syracuse 0
• Runion (L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Lively 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Burriss 2-4, 2B
• Butler 1-2, 2BB

The Bulls scored in each of the first two innings and it was more than enough as they gored the Chiefs for a 3-0 shutout and a three-game sweep. Sam Runion got the spot start and gave up the aforementioned runs in the aforementioned innings on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Mitch Lively turned in four scoreless innings of relief, but the Syracuse offense was stuck in neutral, going 1-for-10 in the clutch and stranding 11 baserunners. Emmanuel Burriss collected multiple hits for the fourth straight game with a single and a double and closed out the month of May with a .304/.385/.451 line in 26 games.
Roster moves: RHP Paolo Espino placed on the 3-Day TIL; RHP Sam Runion reassigned from Harrisburg.

Bowie 6 Harrisburg 4
• Ross 7IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 7K, HBP
• Bacus (H, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Renda 2-4, R
• Pleffner 3-4, R, 2B, CS

The last Sunday in May was just like the first Sunday in May as Harrisburg blew a 4-1 lead to lose 6-4 on a walkoff grand slam. The implosion spoiled yet another strong outing by Joe Ross, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball with just three hits and no walks allowed while striking out eight. Hector Ambriz loaded the bases in the 9th before Brian Dupra was brought on. Dupra got two outs and let in one run before giving up the HR. Shawn Pleffner singled twice and doubled once to go 3-for-4 and lead the Sens offense.
Roster move: LHP Bryan Harper activated from the 7-Day DL.

Myrtle Beach 7 Potomac 2
• Pivetta (L, 3-4) 4⅓ IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, 3HR
• Thomas 4⅔ IP, 1H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3
• Manuel 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Myrtle Beach took a second straight game from Potomac Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: RHP Tyler Mapes activated from the 3-Day TIL; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Kannapolis 7 Hagerstown 5
• Dickey (L, 0-1) 3+ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, K
• Orlan 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Keller 2-5, 2R, 3B
• Abreu 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, BB
• Gardner 2-4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Robbie Dickey was driven into the wall by the Intimidators as they lapped the Suns, 7-5 to take the series, 3-1. Dickey was charged with five runs on three hits and three walks over three-plus innings, as Brett Mooneyham let in all three inherited runners and two more of his own during Kannapolis’s five-run 4th. Hagerstown put up three runs in the 1st and two in the 5th but couldn’t advance a runner past second the rest of the way. Osvaldo Abreu, Alec Keller, and Jeff Gardner combined to go 6-for-13 with five runs scored, two doubles, two triples, and two RBI.

Trea Turner Update
That wobble in the earth’s axis yesterday? It came from Trea Turner’s 23-game hit streak coming to an end with an 0-for-4 in a 3-1 Missions loss. Without a walk, a hit-by-pitch, or catcher’s interference, Turner’s on-base streak was also stopped at 29 games.

May 312015
 

Same [stuff], different game.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans picked where they left off on Saturday night with near-constant pressure on Potomac’s pitchers, scoring in four of the first six innings en route to a 7-2 win.

Nick Pivetta was the primary victim this time, strafed for six runs on ten hits over four and a 1/3rd innings to suffer his fourth loss. He failed to get the leadoff batter in each of the five innings he began and faced five or more batters in the four innings he completed.

Now credit where credit is due: The Pelican hitters weren’t lucky or getting cheap hits. Just as they did to Reynaldo Lopez, they made loud, solid contact. The most noticeable difference is that three of those hits left the yard.

Justin Thomas was brought in to finish the 5th and gave up a triple followed by sac fly in the 6th. He pitched the rest of the game and put up a quite respectable line of one run over four and 2/3rds with one walk and two whiffs.

Craig Manuel was responsible for both Potomac runs as he pulled a high flyball justinsidethefoulpole with two outs in the 3rd to plate Drew Ward, who led off the inning with a walk.

Overall, the P-Nats bats collected seven hits and two walks and left five runners on base. Estarlin Martinez, the No. 9 batter, was the sole batter to reach base twice.

With the loss, Potomac drops to 21-29 in the first half and remains in last place in the Carolina League North. Uberprospect Lucas Giolito (1-3, 4.84) is slated to pitch tomorrow, opposed by Jen-Ho Tseng (2-2, 4.26) for Myrtle Beach.